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Kindergarten News 4/24/2014

Room 114 Families,

     I wanted you to be aware of two future dates to put on your family calendar.  Our class farm field trip is on Thursday, May 15th and our end of the year Portfolio and Memory Book Sharing is on Monday, June 2nd.  The field trip information and permission slip to be signed by a parent and returned to school is in your child’s folder today.  The Portfolio and Memory Book Sharing is very informal an open house format.  Parents may come anytime between 7:30 -9:00, what ever works for your own family’s schedule.  I will send more information on the Portfolio Day as it nears. 
     This week in kindergarten we are learning all about seeds and planting.  On Monday the children planted bean seeds and we will record their growth.  I am also reading many versions of the story, Jack and the Beanstalk and the children are identifying main character, story details, different endings and settings of the stories.  Next week we will add a math component about measuring as a part of the Jack and the Beanstalk stories.
     Today the children went “shopping” at the Barton Used Book Sale.  Every student received a free book ticket and I did tell students they could bring money if they wished to buy more books.  If your child wishes to buy more books they can shop again on Thursday.  Books are very inexpensive, twenty-five cents so no one needs to bring more than a dollar and remember you do not need to send money for books unless you wish, children will get some books for free.
     This Thursday is Student Author Night at 6pm.  Good luck to the seven kindergarteners from our class who are reading their own writing that evening:  Kate Stenzel, Meg Stenzel, Ben Johnson, Henry Peske, Frankie Reil, Julia Kelley and Aiden Tupper.  Students who are participating have a note in the folder today that explains tonight’s process. Any families just wanting to come and listen are welcome, it might peak the interest for more writers to share in first grade!
     In Writers Workshop this week we continue to study poetry and try to write the poem in a shapes that has to do with the poem.  Another small group will write their cinquain with parent volunteer Sara.  Here is the first group’s poem by:  Isla ,Mohamed, Violet, Aiden and Imelda.

                                  Games,
                                Video fun,
                       Jumping, rescuing, imagining,
                         Happy times with family.
                                Cooperating!    

     This Friday we are having a bagel celebration with our Big Buddies.  Everyone will get a bagel and juice and have time to visit and eat together.  Don’t be late but don’t worry we will save you a bagel!
     We continue to have music in the morning and media in the afternoon.  Because of the testing schedule and older students using the media center computers for testing media is being taught in our classroom.  The children have been using the ipads to explore the world.  The students are looking up cities all over the world and taking virtual walks.  I heard one kindergartener say, “I am in Paris walking by the Eifel Tower!”  Pretty cool.

Star Student this week:  Avery Amundson
Star Student next week:
Thanks to the Elmi/Mohamed family for washing the class water bottles and snack cups this week.