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Kindergarten News 5/14/14

                                                                      May 14, 2014

Room 114 families,

The class is excited for our farm field trip this Thursday.  Here are some tips for the trip:

Don’t be late!  We leave at 7:50am.

We go rain or shine!  Many of the animals are under some cover.  I’ve been on this farm trip in rain and sun; we’ve always had fun!  Dress for cool weather, we’ll be there in the morning.  I’ve put the Thursday weather predictions on the bottom of this note.  I usually talk about sunscreen but I don’t think this will be our problem this year! A sweatshirt might come in handy.

All the student’s lunches have to fit in two coolers with ice.  Just for the trip could you please put your child’s lunch in a paper bag with their name on it.  I provided a paper bag in the take-home folder today in case you do not have one. If your child is having a school bag lunch, it comes in a bag.  Lunch bags just take up so much more room in the coolers, this will save us space.

Please send your child in gym shoes no sandals unless they are sneaker sandals like, “Keenes”. 

When we get back from the farm the children will have a snack and we will watch the movie “Charlotte’s Web”, it has all the farm animals we will have just seen.

Thank you so much for your help in making our day successful!

The children have been learning lots of farm animal facts all week.  We have used observational drawing techniques to draw a horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, chicken and a cat.

On Wednesday the children are writing list poems.  I read several examples of “list poems” and we wrote one as a class.  The children will write their list poems on 11x17 sized paper allowing kids room to create lots of white space (space on the page with no text), make a list, add a title, or draw accompanying illustrations. The beauty of a “list poem” is that you use repetition of the main subject after every idea or description.  Her is a List poem example from a kindergartener (not from our class, those will come later!)
                        JUNE by Nate Bixenstine
     
                        June
                        I
                        Play
                        Baseball
                        June
                        My
                        Brother
                        Plays
                       Baseball
                       June
                       I              
                      Wear
                      Shorts
                       June
                       I
                       Have
                       Fun  
Hopefully, I will have some amazing list poems from student’s in our class in next week’s newsletter!  

We will meet with our Buddies this Friday morning.  If weather permits we plan on going out for a little early morning recess with the 7th/8th graders.  If you come late join us on the playground.

We start a new specialist schedule next Tuesday, May 20th.  We end our year with media in the morning and gym in the afternoon.  Please make sure your child wears gym shoes starting May 20th until the end of the year!

Star Student this week:  Isla Meysenburg
Star Student next week:  Violet Lundgren
Thanks to the Steiner/Peske family for washing our class water bottles and snack cups over the weekend!

Star Tribune weather forecast for Farm Field trip tomorrow:

Low of 37 high of 53 degrees “gray and raw”, few p.m. showers  (at least we will probably miss the rain?)