“The Kindergarten link between classroom and home”
Week of: September 20-24
Theme for Literature: “My Family and Me”
Story of the week: “Peter’s Chair”
Letters of the week: review: Mm, Aa
Word of the week: review: we, the
Math: positional words
Activity schedule: Mon. Music/Tues. Art/Wed. Media/Thurs. PE/Fri. Music
Edline - VII=Very Important Information
In today’s Friday folder, I placed a very important document that included an activation code which has been exclusively assigned to your child. This form introduces “Edline” and how you will need to set up your account so that when I begin inputting information in to “Edline”, you will be able to access it. Also, with this year’s new kindergarten report card, you will be able to access it online as well as receive a hard copy of it. I am in the process of activating my end of the “Edline” program. I recently had training as to how to set it up so if you are on it, there is not any information available at this time but you will still need to activate your account. Kindergarten has never used Edline so we are all new to this “adventure” and you know by now how well I love technology J so I am trying my hardest to get this up and going on my end as well. This will be a learning experience for all of us. The slip of paper that was stapled to your Edline sheet is very important. It HAS to be signed and returned on Monday. The slip of paper states and verifies that you have received your child’s exclusive Edline activation code. It is vital that you activate your Edline account in the next few days since accounts that are not activated before Wednesday will be deactivated. At that time, we will have to make arrangements for another activation code to be designed, set up and assigned for you to access your child’s Edline account.
So, in a nutshell, please sign and return the yellow slip of paper verifying that you have received your child’s activation code. Follow the instructions to set up and activate your child’s Edline account. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Writing Wall of Fame
This week, we began the infamous “Writing Wall of Fame” where a student is selected each week as the recipient of this award. Their writing is displayed in the cafeteria with all of the other classes of each grade level school wide. Their writing will be on display for one week. The recipient will also be recognized on our school TV news as well as receive a famous “Writing Wall of Fame” pencil to continue creating great writing pieces. I am excited to announce that his week’s first “Writing Wall of Fame” recipient from our class was Camden. Congratulations to Camden and we are anxiously awaiting next week’s recipient which will be announced real soon.
Our busy, busy, week of reflections
This week, our story was about several families that went on a picnic to “Apple Park”. We worked on recognition, writing, and sounding out the letter Aa /a/ as well as discovering many things that began with the letter Aa. We also used apples throughout the week for many different activities. One of our favorite activities was taste testing 4 different kinds/colors of apples and then graphing our favorite one. We also learned about the avocado. We compared two different types of avocados and then we opened one up to observe the inside. We are now “growing” the avocado seed in our science area of the classroom. Several of the students wanted to taste the avocado so samples were cut and made available for those that wanted to try it.
We have also learned about positional words as well as being able to verbalize the location of different objects. We have been reviewing the 5 frame in math and working on different combinations/ways of representing, composing, and decomposing each number from 1-5.
We learned about the Pledge of Allegiance and what different aspects of the pledge represent as we incorporated the songs “America, the Beautiful” and “My Country Tis of Thee”. We briefly discussed “The Constitution along with the Bill of Rights” since this is a concept that is difficult for 5 & 6 year olds to understand. We discussed patriotism and what it means to be an “American”. This has been a week with a lot of heavy topics but yet important to at least plant the seed for them to discover and learn about. We also listened to President Obama today talk to us, the students, about how it is our responsibility to learn and do well in school.
I am sure that I have left out a lot of things that we have covered but this has just been a snapshot of a few of the adventures that we have participated in this week. Please ask your child about some of them, I love hearing their aspect of the different activities.
Just a reminder that our Kindergarten Campfire is coming up this Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 5:30-6:30. Students should come wearing their pajamas and parents are even welcome to wear their “appropriate” pajamas. If you volunteered to bring in a donation item, please send it in Monday so that I will know that we have everything covered. Please remember that this is a very special evening where the K student will be able to check out their first library book from the Manatee Media center so please make every attempt to join us on the 21st. Please re-read the flyer in last week’s Friday folder for specific information.
Entertainment Book Party
For those students who sold at least one entertainment book, they have been invited to attend a popsicle party with Mr. Brown, our principal, to award them for a job well done. The popsicle party will be on Monday, Sept. 20th in the cafeteria. We have 9 students that will be attending from our class. Other prizes and/or awards will be given out during this recognition time.
Scholastic Book Order
There is still 1 week remaining in the window to order Scholastic books from either the Seesaw or Firefly order forms. You can order online with a credit card or send in your payment to me with the check made out to Scholastic. I have the online order window available until Friday, Sept 24th.
Field trips & shirts
The K-team met again yesterday and we now have 3 field trips that are being processed. We will be working on creating our field trip shirt “front” display next week and hopefully, we will be able to send out a request for the first couple of field trip payments and permission slips in the next week or two. Please note that in order to chaperone a field trip, you must be an approved volunteer through the Brevard County Schools. It usually takes 4-6 weeks for your paperwork to be processed, especially at the beginning of the school year. If you have not filled out the volunteer information packet, you will need to pick one up in the front office. When it is time to select chaperones for field trips, I will only choose those parents that are from my list of approved chaperones. Please take the time to fill the packet out now so that you will be ready when the assignments are requested.
Field trip t-shirts are being designed with each class in a different color and the students face drawn by the student on the front of the shirt. (I had a sample hanging during the meet & greet, open house and ice cream social) Shirts usually run around $5-6 and will also be available in adult sizes. We will send out an order form when we are ready to begin collecting money for the shirt that is exclusively worn on all K field trips.
Pizza Gallery Pizza available
Manatee’s 5th graders are selling pre-baked pizza’s from Pizza Gallery. For each pizza that they sale, they will earn $5 towards the cost of the camp. The pizza’s are made by pizza gallery and are packaged so that all you have to do is bake them. Details are available in the Manatee school newsletter and are also posted on the 5th grade web site. The sale will run through Oct. 5th.
*Box Tops, Campbell Soup Labels, Capri Sun Pouches & Pop Tops
Manatee is collecting General Mills box tops and the UPC label from Campbell soup labels all year long as well as Capri Sun pouches. This is a great, easy way that you can help our PTO fund requests for classroom materials and manipulative request from teachers. Clipping these items will only cost you minimal time and effort. We are also collecting pop top tabs as we support the Ronald McDonald house through tab donations. Send the items in ziplock with McLellan’s name written on the outside of the bag. Please separate the items in to alike bags since they are placed in different locations. Thanks for helping out our PTO by clipping boxtops, campbells upc labels, sending in Capri sun pouches without the straw and pop-tops. I have even heard that the upc from goldfish packaging is also being collected…..
*Birthdays - If your child is having a birthday during the school year, the policy for our classroom is… if you would like to bring in a birthday snack for your child to share with their classmates, I would like to request that you drop it off first thing in the morning and I will work it into our daily schedule depending on our activities for that day. Our birthday celebration will be a very low key event. Sometime during the day, we will sing the birthday song, share the birthday snack and then I present the birthday student with a small token such as a hat, pencil or certificate. Please do not send in treat bags or anything extra, save that for your own party, just a birthday snack will suffice. Some of the suggested birthday snacks include but are not limited to muffins, fruit salad or kabobs, cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, etc. or even your child’s favorite snack. The birthday snack choice is totally up to you and your child.
In case you are wondering, since I do not have a specific time when I will work the birthday snack into our day due to our schedule and daily activities changing, I will take a picture of your child with their birthday snack. That way, you will not miss a thing and it will be available for their scrap book.
If you are planning a party outside of school and would like to send invitations to classmates, please send them in before Friday so that they can discreetly be placed in the Friday folders. I will not allow the students to pass out birthday invitations during school to keep it fair for everyone. The main goal is to recognize the birthday but keep it as low key as possible so you can have the proper celebration outside of school. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
*My phone extension is #5308. If you call during the day, you will reach my voice mail. Please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If it is an emergency, please call the front office and they will relay the message. I can also be reached by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or compliments.
*Please send in a snack each day for your child. We have a water fountain in the classroom so sending in a drink during snack time is not necessary.
*Please have your child bring in an extra outfit in a ziplock bag for emergency purposes. Sometimes, spills happen and a change of clothing is necessary. This change of clothes will be kept in their cubby. If your child does not have an extra set of clothes in their cubby, then they will be sent to the clinic to “borrow” a change of clothes. Please wash and return them as soon as possible for others to use.
*Sneakers are the preferred shoes at Manatee Elem. We will be going outside each day for supplemental PE. It is very important that your child wears safe and comfortable shoes that can get dirty. Please assist your child in selecting and wearing safe shoes for school.
Please Please Please…Very Important…Transportation Information
It is very important that the end of the day runs smoothly for me to get the students home by way of correct transportation mode. It is school policy that any change to the normal transportation procedure must be written. This is school policy in which I will follow completely for your child’s safety. You can email or call me as a heads up but I will still need you to write me a note so that I can attach it to the transportation clipboard. If I have a sub, the phone messages and emails are not accessible to a sub. Please, Please, Please, if you need to make any changes to your child’s pick up, it HAS to be in writing. Even if someone else is picking up your child from the car loop, (unless it is a regular basis situation) I will need to have the pick-up change in writing. Thank-you so much for your understanding in this important matter. Bus information: Kindergarteners who ride the bus are tagged in the classroom and are escorted to the bus by an assigned safety patrol specific to our classroom. There are also adult staff members walking with them as well. Each bus has been assigned a color and each bus has a patrol that stands by the bus with that color flag as well as the number of the bus listed on it. Bus drivers check the students tag as they get on the bus at the school. Also, it is district policy that kindergarten students will not be left at the bus stop unless the person that has been approved and listed on their tag is present. If the approved pick-up person is not present at the bus stop, the student will then be brought back to the school and the parent will be called.
I will say that the majority of the afternoon dismissals have run pretty smoothly. The only 2 areas that need some extra attention are…..first, all changes in transportation other than what you have listed and signed on the yellow verification sheet HAVE TO BE IN WRITING and the second area is that if it is raining at 2:00, then it is a rainy day plan, if it stops at 2:10, we have already gone into our rainy day grouping and will continue in that
mode for the remainder of dismissal.
* Each student will need to bring in an old shirt with sleeves covering the elbow or art smock for art class. These shirts will be stored in the student’s cubby and worn during art activities. It is very important that your child bring this in as soon as possible so that they may fully participate in art activities.
*If your child is a car rider, we are asking that you pick your child up in the car loop. Please write their first and last name, along with K-McLellan on the car loop paper that was distributed at the meet and greet. To make it easier to read, please hang it from the rear view mirror with a pant or skirt hanger, as you drive by. This will make identifying the student’s car easier for the teachers. You will stay in the flow of traffic and the kindergarteners are toward the front of the line so you will pass by the other grades first before reaching us. For the next few weeks, the Kindergarteners will be coming outside a few minutes early. This is only so that the Kindergarten students can proceed outside without being separated by the exit of other students in grades 1-6.
Thank-you for your interest and cooperation in making our school year even better by acknowledging the above requests.