Sunday, February 26, 2017

Winter Gear

Even though the weather forecaster may predict a warm day, please continue to send warm clothes to school with your student.
I'd like to think Spring is arriving early, but I fear we're simply having a late January thaw.
On a snowy background you see 14 pair of beautiful mittens donated by Arai Dunbar, hand knit by her great grandmother, Jane Dunbar.
If your child loses or forgets her/his mittens, these are in a bag outside the first grade classrooms and may be borrowed.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


I'd like to think an unscheduled early release won't happen again this school year, but I can't promise it. You may have read (or surmised) we need an alternate after-school plan for days when children must be sent home early due to extreme weather conditions. If you haven't already done so will you send one in? Some of you may be fairly certain that you'd like your child sent home on the bus. Others may not know for sure about child care until the day it happens. In that case, if a storm has been predicted, please send in your alternate plan on that morning. We appreciate your flexibility.

Previous Request

Thank you. Landon and Abbie are bringing in pretzels for Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentines Name List
It's coming up! We'll be having a little Valentine Celebration on Tuesday, February 14. I'll buy some organic cranberry juice and raspberry lime seltzer water because the kids seemed to relish it when we served it for a Writer's Celebration toast. I really don't want to serve them sweets as they're so excited on this day, even without sugar! But how about donations of heart shaped pretzels? I know they're not really hearts...but they're close. Please send me an e-mail if you'd like to send in a bag, or if you have any other festive, non-sweet ideas.
Thank you for understanding that when we pass out Valentine cards (or any invitations such as Birthday ones), we include all members of the class.
Below you will find another class list for your convenience.


January Birthday Celebration
Last Friday, for the first time in their history, Kindergarten hosted the Birthday Celebration. Some of them were chosen to give the announcements and all Kindergarten students, save the ones who were the January birthday guests, served the delicious snack. Chef Emily and Jan prepared the parfaits with fruit. Unfortunately, I didn't have them practice snack distribution and it could have gone more smoothly. We'll work on improving that when we host again in the Spring.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

One last post this weekend.
You buy cheap, you get cheap, I suppose. I bought a new one this weekend, again a cheap one. 
What's wrong with it? It no longer lets me select a track. Has a mind of its own.
I tried cleaning the sensor with a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. No luck.
If anyone wants to take a look and see if they can figure it out, you're more than welcome. Send me an e-mail or note by your student. Then (maybe) we'll have a back-up.

Winter Decorations
Above you see one of the many paper chains our students made before Christmas vacation in collaboration with their 7th and 8th grade buddies. I came in during the break and put up every chain that was made on the last day of school.
 The "littles" and the "olders" all had great fun. I taught many of the 7th and 8th graders when they were in kindergarten. It's so nice to see them back in my classroom. Being a mentor is a fantastic confidence booster and an all round good experience. It's amazing to see the nurturing these "tough" junior high kids can give. Just think, one day, your child will be the nurturers!

Blue Book Envelopes
Students should be bringing home books to read with you at least once a week. They may take them more often if they want. Please encourage your student to return his or her envelope to the classroom when he or she is done with the book. I generally don't allow readers to take books home unless their book envelope is available. that way books are protected.
If a reader is stuck on a word we use these beginning strategies:
*Get your mouth ready with the first sound.
*Cross check information from picture and does the word make sense?
When a reader seems frustrated after trying the above, just give him the word.
Have fun and relax together!