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Kindergarten News 4/16/2014

Room 114 Families,

Though we are in the season of spring the temps have been chilly for recess.  Please make sure your kindergartener has a warm coat and even hat and mittens until the temperatures act more seasonable.

So far five brave kindergarteners have signed up to read some writing work at the Student Author Night, next Thursday, April 24th.  If your child is interested, send me an email before Thursday.

Barton is having its every other year, Gently Used Book Sale on April 24th-25th. We are looking for gently used books children and adult donations. If you have been “spring cleaning” and have a box or bag of outgrown or already read books please consider donating them to Barton. Books can be brought in any time between now and April 25th tables are set-up in the main hallway.

Next time you drop off your child or you are school look in the main hallway for the children’s art projects from the “My Head Is Full of Colors," book. The kindergarteners also painted daffodil still life with Meri in art and they are up in our classroom, making the room feel ready for spring. Stop in and take a look!

Yesterday, the children recycled paper into new paper in science. They made paper pulp, screened it, blotted it and reformed it into paper we will use later in another project. Thanks to Sara Stenzel (Kate and Meg’s mom) for helping with this project. 

We continue to listen to lots of different kinds of poetry. We are finding that poetry frees the writer from other kinds of writing rules. We have seen very short simple poems and poems that are not written in left to right lines but in shapes and even pictures. Today the children tried writing short poems by making observation of a picture. As an alternate activity a small group of students worked together to write a cinquain poem. A cinquain poem is a very prescribed, formula form for writing a poem. It has five lines and each line has a special rule about the number of rules and what type of words to use. Each kindergartener will get a turn to work with others making a cinquain. I will put them in the newsletter as they are written.

We have an All School Morning this Friday. Sounds like there is going to be some amazing musical numbers, please join us if you can! Be on time or meet us in the Commons.

We start a new specialist rotation on Thursday of this week. We have music in the morning and media in the afternoon. The media center is very booked for classes taking the MCA tests so our Media prep may be in our classroom depending on the testing schedule.

Star Student this week: Evan Bennett

Star Student next week: Avery Amundson

Thanks to the Steiner/Peske family for washing the class water bottles and snack cups over the weekend!