Friday, October 28, 2016

Eighth Grade Mentors
Kindergarten has spent time with their 8th grade mentors twice this Fall. On the first expedition, they walked to the park next to the stone church and built fairy houses in the forest.
This week, kindergarten met their buddies in the forum where they played hand-made board games. 
The eighth graders have been exceptional role models. Many of them seek out their young friends on the playground at Recess and play games with them. These relationships are very special to me, as I taught most of the eighth graders when they were five and six years old!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Donations Please!
Now accepting donations of various sized pumpkins for our classroom. At the end of October, we'll begin studying the life cycle of pumpkins. We'll also do a problem solving math activity with the pumpkins on the 28th. If someone could donate a very large pumpkin that a 5 year old could move using two hands, but still be a challenge, that would be much appreciated. We could also use 6 more small and medium sized ones. Thanks so much!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Above, you see our first Birthday Celebration of the school year 2016-2017. Students performed "I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee". Everyone was brave and stood up in front of grades 1-4 as they sang and did the hand movements to the song. Not all students are shown here. One kindergartener was absent and I'm waiting for permission from parents of two others to publish their photo on the internet.
There's a story that goes along with these photos. Kindergarten was expecting to be called up first to perform. Instead, the second graders were hosting and they needed to go first due to some props they were wearing. After the second grade went they called the other classes up to perform but forgot the Kindergarten. Your K students were very polite and patient when it seemed no one was going to ask them to come up. They sat there quietly and probably wondering what was going on. I called attention to the fact that Kindergarten had been forgotten and they were finally invited. Kudos to them!
Stay tuned to a notice from the office on how to sign up for Parent Teacher conferences.