Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Monday we did literacy centers with Mrs. Moen but with a Christmas twist.  Mrs. Gerber was gone, so we did 3 centers with 6-7 kiddos in a group.  We worked on rhyming and initial sounds.  It went pretty well.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Moen is going to ARIZONA for a couple of months, so we will be missing her when we get back in January!

We also were quite busy for a good 20 minutes wrapping our special surprise for you.  The kids did all of the wrapping all by themselves.  No adult help allowed.  Lots of tape.  Lots.  But they turned out perfectly!  I'm sure you will agree- once you see them.

My favorite thing about this is that they are all the same thing in those pretty packages!  :)

I'm not sure when you all are getting them.  Some of them decided they were waiting until after Santa came- some thought on Christmas Eve and most were going to hide them somewhere special (Translation: not where all of the other presents were!)  It has been several years since I was brave enough to do this with my class again, but since I have such great adult help this year, I decided we could tackle it.  I hope you love them as much as I think you will!

Wednesday went exactly as you imagined it would with 20 5 year olds on the last day of school before Christmas!  It was a very fun day.  We went to the Elementary Talent Show and then exchanged presents.  We got in two circles.  One circle was for the boys
and the other for the girls.
We passed presents to music and then stopped when the music stopped.  We made sure nobody had the present they brought and then we got into a big circle and opened the presents one by one.  All of the kids were very thankful and gracious as they opened their presents.   I was very proud of them and you should be too!  They are great kids!


The party was awesome!  Thank you so much to the moms who helped to make it so special for us! The kids got to build a snowman
, had some delicious treats, pinned a nose on Rudolph
and made a craft wreath!  Thank you again to the moms!

Elliss is our STUDENT OF THE WEEK this week!  He has 3 big brothers and all of their names start with an E also!  He loves his mom, the color blue and does not like snakes.  He brought in lots of great pictures for us to look at and one had him lining up baseballs to hit.  He told us that he really, really loves to play baseball and to wrestle.  Elliss, as you can see from his picture, is a fun loving boy who keeps us smiling in TK!
Thank you, Elliss for sharing your pictures with us and telling us a little about you!

TK will resume on Wednesday, January 4.  I will take care of snacks and we will go to Music that day.

Friday: Jan. 6:  Snacks: Jameson  PE

Have a very Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Friday (Dec. 9) was one of those whirlwind- fly by the seat of our pants sort of day!  It was only HALF of a day with no breakfast or lunch being served.  We learned quite a bit about Hibernation.  We read a fact book about hibernation and then practiced/read a predictable reader about hibernation.

The BIG news on Friday was that Mrs. Doorneweerd came into our room and we did CODING!  The kids were rockstars at it!  It was a bit frustrating at times because we would get "booted" off the internet server or accidentally would rest our wrists on something and end up somewhere completely off the grid, but the kids stuck with it and blew through the stages that we thought might take a time or two- it did not!!  :)  We will be moving on to the next stage the next time Mrs. Doorneweerd comes in (after Christmas).

We also tried to facetime one of our classmates that is in the hospital.  He had just gotten poked and prodded by the doctors and nurses and wasn't really all too happy to have to talk to us, so we all said hello, goodbye, waved, wished him well and we were done.  We will try again if he is still in the hospital on Monday.

Monday we finished a couple of things with Hibernation that we did not get to on Friday (because coding was such a grand success and we did it WAAAAAAY longer than we had planned).  Mrs. Moen was able to come so we did our literacy centers.  Mrs. Moen's groups did a version of initial sounds or actual Christmas words cut and glued to a picture.  Mrs. Gerber's group worked on matching lowercase letters on Christmas trees, a center of iPads and Mrs. T's group worked on something TOP SECRET.  I'm sorry, but that is all I can tell you and do not try to pry it out of your kiddo because they are NOT TELLING!

We were able to get to the library and computer lab AND we had a successful Facetime time with our friend and classmate who is still in the hospital!  We are all hoping that he will be able to come back to school soon!

Wednesday our classmate that had been in the hospital was able to come back to school!  We were so excited to see him!  WELCOME BACK!  WE MISSED YOU!

We read a story Wednesday morning called SANTA'S STUCK!  I had some questions about the story that we had to do some recalling of details.  I was not surprised when the kids did really, really well!!! There were true and false questions, questions that had the kids rhyming, listening for initial sounds and ending sounds.  Next, we made our own stuck Santa and the students dictated to me how THEY would help Santa get unstuck from their chimney.  They turned out quite well and I'm sure you will enjoy reading it with them.

We cut out puzzle pieces for a Christmas puzzle and instead of gluing them down, we decided to take them home in a baggie so YOU could try your luck at it too!  :)

I have several pictures to share with you, but apparently my camera (which is not quite as old as me- but close) has decided it is done for now with pictures.  Sorry.

REMINDER:  We will be doing a Christmas Gift exchange on Wednesday during the day BEFORE our party (so party parents should send the gift with your student and not bring it with you when you come to the party).  Boys will bring a gift with a tag saying TO: BOY  FROM: BODEE (or whomever your child is)  Girls will bring a gift with a tag saying: TO:GIRL  FROM: ISABELLE (or whomever your child is)  The price range is $3-$5.  As I mentioned last week, please do not hesitate to let me know if you would like your child to participate but it would be difficult to send something.  NOT A PROBLEM!!!  Let me know and we will take care of it!  If you choose for your child to not participate in the gift exchange, that too is fine, but please explain it to your child before Wednesday.  I also would like an email or note so I can honor your wishes and not assume it just wasn't an oversight.  :)


NO TK ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
NEXT WEEK: Student of the week: Elliss
MONDAY:  LIBRARY  ART (remember that our schedule is off one because of last Friday)
Snack: Isabelle
WEDNESDAY: CHRISTMAS PARTY!  12:30-1:15


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

We tackled the letter H this week.  H is a tricky sounding letter because often times when we are just learning letters and sounds, TKers like to make the long A sound! AAAApe.  NOPE!  It's a toughie.

Mrs. Moen came on Monday, so we did our literacy centers.  Mrs. Moen's group read a predictable reader about /h/ /h/ hair!

Mrs. Gerber's group made a /h/ /h/ hippo with /h/ pictures in his mouth
Mrs. T's group practiced writing capital H (pretty easy, so when we were done, we read a funny book by Robert Munsch called Aaron's Hair.)
and of course, iPads

We went to the library and the computer lab AND helped Mrs. Gerber celebrate a very special, milestone birthday.  The kids correctly guessed (or so Mrs. Gerber claimed) that she was 29!  :)
Happy Birthday, you youngin'!

Working on our fine motor skills is something we TRY to do each week.  Monday we were able to get in a couple rotations of the fine motor boxes!


Wednesday we focused our /h/ work on HATS!  We read a rhyming book called THE MAGIC HAT.  After we read it a second time, listening for the rhyming clues and the picture clues as to what the hat was going to do next, we made our own rhyming hats.  These hats look like Cat in the Hat hats, so we donned our own Cat in the Hat hats
and worked on WRITING words that rhyme with cat and hat!  WE DID AWESOME!!!  I am so proud of the kids!  Be sure to brag up your child when they read all of those rhyming words to you!

We also made a Christmas "hat" book with several different characters and hats.  Each of the hats has a special something on it, so we had to do it in phases (before lunch/after lunch, before specials/after specials, before recess/after recess) but we got it done and the kids are excited to show you all of the different options for all of the characters in the book!

Ellie is our Student of the Week.  Ellie brought in lots of fun pictures for us to oooh and aaaaah over.  Ellie loves the color blue and does not like scary movies.  She wants to be a cowgirl and doctor when she grows up.  I asked her if she wanted to be a PEOPLE doctor or an ANIMAL doctor and she said ANIMAL doctor.  When I asked her if she knew what that kind of a doctor was called, she knew immediately they are VETERINARIANS!  :)
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Ellie!

TK ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9!  This is an EARLY DISMISSAL day at 11:40.  There is no breakfast or lunch served on these days so please plan accordingly!  We will have a snack before we go home, but remember that we eat at 10:30 on TK days, so we will be well past the usual lunch time by the time we get home Friday afternoon!!  :)

OH AND PS: We do NOT have MUSIC on Friday (our early dismissal day) so our entire December calendar is off on Specials.  Sorry.  I wasn't for sure if we were running a morning or afternoon schedule.  I guessed wrong (per the usual) and we are totally off.  Not that it makes a HUGE difference, but just an FYI!  Sorry!

Because the windchill made it feel below zero, we did not go outside for recess on Wednesday.  TUESDAY it was just above zero, AND THE KIDS WENT OUT FOR ALL 3 RECESSES!  Your child needs to have a coat, hat and mittens, at the very least.  Boots and snowpants are not mandatory for these non snowy days, but they are surely nice for warmth.  WE WILL BE GOING OUTSIDE if it is above zero.  My suggestion is: don't try to guess if we will be going out or not.  Assume we will.  We had several students in our class that did not have hats or mittens today.  If your child does not have any or all of any winter gear, please just email me and I can get them some.  We have access to winter coats, boots, snowpants, hats, gloves/mittens that you can HAVE, just let me know.  Otherwise, I would strongly suggest that you send your child with all necessary gear to school- EVERY DAY!  :) 

We will be doing a gift exchange in our classroom.  This gift should be around $3-$5.  We will NOT be exchanging NAMES.  This prevents any child from being forgotten by accident.  If you do not wish for your child to participate in the gift exchange, that is fine.  Just let me know via email and please explain it to your child before hand.  If it is a financial reason, again, please email me and I can take care of it.  We have access to small gifts that can be used if needed.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or Mr. Snyder if you want your child to participate but it just is not going to work out.  If your child is a boy, he should bring a gift for a boy.  The tag will read: TO BOY FROM BODEE (or whomever your child is :) )  Girls will bring a gift for a girl and the tag will read: TO GIRL FROM GRACELYN (or whomever your daughter is :) )  We will do a little game to distribute and open the gifts.  The kids can bring them anytime now.  Our party day is Wednesday, December 21, so it should be here before then.  Even if you are one of the "party parents"- we will do the opening BEFORE the party, so please send it before the 21st.

NEXT WEEK:
MONDAY: Library  MUSIC  Snack: Gracelyn
WEDNESDAY: PE  Snack: Hendrix
FRIDAY: NO TK (December 16)


Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday we devoted our day to MITTENS!  We read the story THE MITTEN by Jan Brett.  We looked at the beautiful illustrations and figured out that the illustrator gives us hints of what will be coming on the next page by drawing a clue picture in the corner of the current page.  We also got a predictable reader that has SOME of the characters in Jan Brett's story, but the kids quickly pointed out that this book is missing several of the "real" book's characters.  Good observation!!

After we read the story, we worked on our small motor skills and sewed a paper mitten.  When we were done sewing our mittens,

we retold the story and put in each of the animals into the mitten when it was their turn to squeeze in! (we also practiced writing numbers and numbered each of the animals so they can retell you the story and put the animals into the mitten in the right sequence)

After lunch, we reenacted the book by putting on a little play!  We divided into 2 groups and did the play.  I sent you the play your child was involved in through Seesaw.  If you have put in the QR Code I gave you at conferences, you should have received it.  They turned out pretty cute and the kids were very excited to have me send it to you!  :)

For math, we made a pattern on a paper with a Christmas Poem on it, and then made a countdown chain to bring home.


A couple of the kids said that they have a chain on their fridge, or somewhere in their house- they were quick to tell me that THIS ONE was going to go in their ROOM!

We will have TK NEXT Friday also.  This is an early dismissal day at 11:40.  There will be no breakfast or lunch served that day.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WELCOME BACK TO US!  Wow!  A whole week off definitely made us excited to be back.  There were lots of stories to share!  It was good to be back together!

Mrs. Moen came on Monday, so we were able to tackle different stations during our literacy time.  Mrs. Moen's group read a story that we just didn't get to about Turkey Disguises.  Each group does an activity tweaked to the group.

Mrs. Gerber's center worked on letters (capitals or lowers or sounds- depending on each group)

Mrs. T's center was writing our names!  It is tough going these first few times, but we will get better and better at it as we go!  The kindergarten teachers LOVE having TK kiddos in their class because we know how to write our names THE RIGHT WAY.  Because- by hook or by crook, it WILL happen! :)  That's why we start early.  I kept these first attempts so you will be able to see the amazing growth that happens when you come for your visit in February at conference time.  You just won't believe it and I like looking at them and sharing them with your kiddos so we can all marvel at what smarties we are!!  :)

We worked on several different math activities including ten frames.  I flash a ten frame on the smartboard and the kids shout out what it is showing.  They are really, REALLY good at this!

We also each made a little CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN for our room.  He's green and he's mean but his heart grows each day and by Christmas Day... he will be a good guy!!!  Yes!  He's the grinch.  These will stay at school until our party day and then he will come home with a couple of stickers to add until Christmas Day.  They turned out pretty cute!

Wednesday morning we read the story MOOSELTOE.
We had a lively discussion about MISTLETOE- what it looks like and what happens if you see it.  Making a moose out of a precut M that looked like the Moose in the story was the next order of business.
We had to glue the M down, add eyes, a nose and antlers cut out from tracing our hands.  The last thing was making ornaments to hook to the moose's antlers.

I also had the good fortune to hit Hobby Lobby last winter when antler headbands were on the 90% off bin!  SOOOOOOO, we busted them out today and made wearable MOOSELTOE antlers!!  :)  (once again, you are so very welcome!:) )

The school nurse came in to our room this afternoon to talk about handwashing.  She gives them a discussion about spreading germs and how to try to NOT spread them.  The main thing she focused on was hand washing.  They practiced pretend washing their hands and then, the MAIN EVENT.  Mrs. De Jong put some "germs" on their hands.
These "germs" are a special powder that glow in the dark IF they are not washed off.  After spreading the germs on their hands the kids went into the bathroom and washed their hands.

They came back to the room and Mrs. De Jong used her magic light and checked our washing habits.
 It was good for the kids to see the spots they missed when they were washing their hands.  Hopefully, this will stick with them and they will really work on making sure their hands are washed well.  (funny story- Mrs. Twedt came in this afternoon and we had a kiddo in the classroom bathroom.  He didn't come out and he didn't come out and we could hear the water running- we all knew that he was really working hard on getting those hands clean!!  :) )

The REALLY big news on Wednesday is we got a package from the North Pole!  This special delivery held not one, but TWO elves to watch over us until Christmas break!  We read the story that came with them and the special note that Santa wrote to us.  The first thing we had to was to name our elves!  We voted and (drum roll please).... the girl is OLIVIA and the boy is CHARLIE!  HOPEFULLY they won't get in too much mischief on the days we are gone but we will see on Friday!!

Ella brought treats today to celebrate her half birthday today!  She chose CHA CHA CHA for her birthday song add on.
Happy half birthday, Ella!

(which brings me to a side note: your child may have a snack or two in their backpack this afternoon.  That would be because we had our regular snack, Ella's birthday treat AND it was WACKY WEDNESDAY!  When it rains, it pours!)

TK on Friday, December 2!


It is ALWAYS cold out here in the arctic circle! ALWAYS!  The wind just blows constantly.  If it is a gentle breeze in town - it is a GALE FORCE WIND out here!  We always go outside.  Please send the proper outside gear EVERYDAY with your child- most important on the list: HAT AND GLOVES/MITTENS.  They don't take up much room in your child's bag and if we would happen to NOT need them, they can just leave them in their bag.  Boots and snowpants are optional, HOWEVER, if they do not have boots and it is deemed too sloppy on the blacktop to not have boots, your child will have to stand by the wall.  If your child has boots but does not have a pair of shoes to wear in school- the boots are considered their shoes and they stand by the wall.  Not my rules.  Just the way it is at West Lyon.

NEXT WEEK:
MONDAY: Library  PE  Snacks: Evie
WEDNESDAY: ART  Snacks: Flyn
FRIDAY:  EARLY DISMISSAL!  NO BREAKFAST OR LUNCH PROVIDED AT SCHOOL!  MUSIC  Snacks: Mrs. T

Monday, November 21, 2016

WELL!!  SHORT WEEK TO SAY THE LEAST THIS WEEK!!!

We were all about Thanksgiving today!  We read a story called THANKSGIVING RULES.  It is written with lots of rhymes.  Later in the day, we read TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING.  This is a very sweet story about some kids on a field trip to a Turkey Farm.  Both of these stories are coming home with your child as they are HAPPY THANKSGIVING gifts from me to your child.

We got a predictable text book to bring home called I KNOW AN OLD LADY.  This book is based on the story called, I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A PIE.  She eats so much throughout the story that she ends up being a Thanksgiving Day balloon in a parade!  We looked up some pictures of other balloons in the actual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.  Don't be surprised if your child asks to watch the parade on Thanksgiving Day.  Sorry.  It was an important detail to understanding the book!  :)


We practiced coloring by number today.  Small motor skills along with number recognition was the goal.  The kids need to color with care as certain spaces are different colors and the WHOLE space needs to be colored in order for the picture to be complete.

We were able to go to the computer lab as well as the library today, also.

Putting on and taking off our outdoor gear went AAAAAMAZING!  Seriously!  They were AWESOME at taking care of themselves!  Getting ready has never gone so smoothly in TK for me!  WOW!  Thank you for sending them prepared for the weather and for getting themselves ready!  Mittens/gloves are a toughie (often times) to get on by themselves.  The goal is INDEPENDENCE!  We encourage them to pull, tug, work around the outside of the mitten, shove their glove hands into each other to get them on. It's tough love out in the hallway.  Lots of encouragement, but not a lot of help.  They eventually figure it out.  Maybe not today, but it will happen.  I am sure there are some kiddos that are frustrated with me and our classroom helpers.  Again, the goal is independence.  There were a couple of kiddos that didn't have gloves/mittens with them today.  I have a couple of pairs of those very thin knit mittens in my locker, and that worked for today but it won't cut it in January out here in the Arctic Circle!  Thank you again for preparing your kiddos so well!  WOW.  Just WOW!

Ella is our STUDENT OF THE WEEK this week.  She loves the colors purple and pink.  Ella would like to be a horse rider when she grows up and does NOT like to be hit with mud.  We asked her to explain that one a little, and she told us a very funny story that involved her brother and mud.  Finally, Ella loves her dog, Bailey and she is a good bike rider!
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Ella!

Monday, November 28 will be the deadline for ordering books from the Book Club.  I think I may have said WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, but I would like to get the order in and beat the Christmas rush.  If you are ordering online, be sure to have that done before noon on Monday.  If you send an order with your child, please remind them that they have something they need to give me- we do not go through the kids' folders.  (There's that INDEPENDENCE thing again! :) )

NEXT WEEK:
MONDAY: Library  PE  Snack: Ella
WEDNESDAY: ART  Snack Ellie
FRIDAY: MUSIC  Snack: Elliss

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It was MMMMMMMustache MMMMMMMMonday this week!  We read a great story called MOOSETACHE by Margie Palatini.  Moose has a horrible, uncontrollable MOOSETACHE that he just cannot get a handle on.... until he meets a GIRL Moose who shows him the secret to manageable hair!  :)  Ask your child what the END of the story had in store for Moose! We had fun sporting our own mustaches!


CHECK OUT OUR COVER PHOTO CAREFULLY... We ALL had on a mustache!  :)
Mrs. Moen was able to join us for our Literacy Centers also on Monday.
Mrs. Moen worked with different groups doing pictures on feathers for different lettered turkeys.  Some groups worked as a whole group.  A couple of groups worked independently.
Mrs. Gerber worked on dotting a turkey with letters. Again, different activities for different groups.
Mrs. T's group worked on writing the letter M the correct way.  M is a tricky letter to write so we needed a lot of practice on the Magna Doodles (since they are easy to erase).  We will be working on that letter again and again.
And of course, the independent group working on iPads.

We did a graphing game rolling different Thanksgiving foods for math time.  It was a race to the top and SALAD of all things, won the race!  The kids are very good graphers at this point and there is always lots of discussion about which row has more or less and if there are equal amounts... it is really fun to hear them use math terms we have learned!

Book Orders came home on Monday afternoon.  If you would like to order books and would like them for a Christmas surprise, just email me or attach a note to the order form and we can arrange some other mode of transportation home!  As always, there is no obligation to order, just an opportunity! :)
Our online classroom code is GRY67 on Scholastic's site.

Wednesday we read the story IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN by Laura Numeroff.  This is a great story to practice sequencing so that's just what we did with a little "wallet" of numbered cards to retell the story.

And no reading of IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN would be complete without making some muffins, so we mixed up some muffins and baked them in the FCS room in the High School.
We let them cool off during recess and then we ate them!  :)




We matched numbers to muffins for math and did a couple of boxes (rounds) of fine motor practice!

It sounds like we COULD have the "S" word this weekend.  IF there is snow on the ground, West Lyon's rule is that kids have to have boots to play on the blacktop at recess time.  If they want to get off the blacktop, they will need snow pants and boots.  If the snow melts (hopefully) as quickly as it falls, and there is no accumulation, then boots will not be needed- unless it is a sloppy mess- in which case we probably won't go off the blacktop until it freezes hard or is covered with snow.  All kids will go outside - even if they don't have boots, they will stand by the wall of the school.  We have talked about it in class and what the West Lyon rules are concerning boots, snow, etc.  (and so it begins... )

We have been practicing on some Thanksgiving songs and we also have a Turkey Poem in our repertoire!  Ask your child to sing you the songs and say the poem for you!  They are all pretty good at it! :)

NO TK ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
NEXT WEEK:
STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Ella
MONDAY: Library  Music  Snack: Cora
WEDNESDAY: NO SCHOOL
FRIDAY: NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This week we worked on the letter N!  Mrs. Moen came in on Monday so we were able to do our Literacy Centers.
Mrs. Gerber's group worked on putting feathers in the right order to make our NAME on a turkey
Mrs. T's group practiced the correct formation of the letter N (ALL letters will start at the top.  If you ever notice your child starting at the BOTTOM to make a letter be sure to stop them and remind them to start at the top!!)
Mrs. Moen's group worked on different skills all around the letter N and the sound it makes
and the 4th group worked on the iPads individually

For math, we played a little game called ROLL AND COVER.  We have played this game before and will play it again.  Subitizing (being able to see small groups of objects and not have to count them) is an important skill to have and this is a fun way to practice that skill.

We found out on Monday that WE WON THE PIZZA PARTY!  Luckily for us, we only had to wait until WEDNESDAY TO ENJOY IT!  Along with winning the pizza party, we were able to get some amazing books from the Book Fair!  We got a few 3D books, a couple of dinosaur books, a couple of shark books (including a ginormous shark encyclopedia) 2 pet books, a newly released Thanksgiving book and a dinosaur model that we will make on one of our FRIDAY SCIENCE DAYS!

Thank you so much for sending in your extra change (and bills!:) ) to help us earn such amazing books and of course, the pizza party!  WOOP WOOP FOR US!

Wednesday we learned about NOCTURNAL ANIMALS!  We already knew that bats were nocturnal, but we added to our base finding out (sometimes by checking with google) what animals were nocturnal or not.  I found an activity with animals on a teacher website, so I downloaded it and VOILA! We had nocturnal and diurnal animals to sort!
We did not know that rabbits are basically nocturnal- it's true!  Google it! :) TECHNICALLY they are crepuscular (which means most active at dusk and dawn) We didn't go quite that in depth, but rabbits were in the picture at the night school of the book we read, so we had to double check it!  Speaking of the book we jumped off our discussion on, we read THE KISSING HAND.  This is usually a story that is read at the beginning of the school year since it is about going to school the first day and the feelings of being a bit afraid of the unknown, but I save it for our NOCTURNAL discussion.  The main character is Chester the raccoon, and he goes to school at night with other nocturnal animals.

We got a small little paper book to read and bring home (The book is not really predictable, except for the pictures- which I'm pretty sure your child will point out that we noticed there is a mistake in the daytime picture.  I'm sure they will want to show it to you themselves, so I will leave it to them to tell you! :)

We did a patterning page with Chester during math time.  These were ABAB patterns and pretty basic for the smartie TK kids that we are at this point, but we did it anyway with gusto!

We also did a counting page with the leftover pattern pieces we had.  We didn't have enough to finish the whole page but nearly everyone got done with numbers 1-5

Ella found a butterfly outside of her house on the ground.  She picked it up and brought it with her on the bus to show us all.  To ALL of our surprise (except to Ella) the butterfly was ALIVE!  We put it in our butterfly house and it fluttered around a bit.  We identified that he was a boy and so since Ella found him, she got to name him.  She named him DAD. :)  We took DAD out to the football field but not to the trees.  Just away from the school far enough that he wouldn't have to deal with kids bothering him.  We put him on the fence, all walked past him and said "BYE, DADDY!" and we left him to fly to Mexico.  Thank you, Ella for finding DAD and sharing him with us!

Cora is our STUDENT OF THE WEEK this week and next.  Cora has one big sister named Olivia who is in 2nd Grade.  Her favorite color is blue, she loves her mom and dad and hates snakes!  Cora brought in lots of colorful pictures to share.  She pointed out that in one of the pictures it was her birthday and her mom made her a FRUIT cake (because she doesn't like cake cake)  She told us it was really good and all of her cousins ate the cake and she only got ONE piece! : )  She's hoping her mom will make another one next year!  (hint, hint)
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Cora!  And I hope your mom makes you a FRUIT cake next year, too!

THE REALLY BIG NEWS ON WEDNESDAY WAS OUR PIZZA PARTY!  It was so exciting and so hard to wait, but definitely WORTH THE WAIT once it finally arrived!  The kids also had the option of having some orange pop, another milk or water with their pizza to wash it down.



THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COME AND MEET WITH ME FOR PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES!  We had 100% attendance for our TK!  YAY US!  I enjoyed meeting so many of you for the first time and I love having siblings of kiddos I have already taught, it is like catching up with friends you haven't seen for a while, and of course, there is always the "I remember when you were in my class all those years ago"... fortunately, I do not have that... THIS year.  :)  I did explain to a couple sets of parents about our morning routine that includes books and puzzles and coloring while the "breakfast kids" are out of the room eating breakfast.  I do not introduce new concepts or start our morning meeting (calendar activities) until they return from breakfast.  So, if your child comes home with coloring pages, be assured that this is happening as a choice while we wait for the breakfast kids to get back to our room.

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY (PS-12)

NEXT WEEK:
MONDAY: Library  PE  Snack: Brystol
WEDNESDAY: Art  Snack: Camrie
NO TK FRIDAY, November 18