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Manatee Elementary > McLellan > Posts > K-Connection

“The Kindergarten link between classroom and home”

Weeks of:  Dec. 14-18

1st semester assessing

Theme for Literature:  “Gingerbread stories (compare & contrast) Holiday theme

Letter of the week:  Review all letters & sounds from 1st semester (masptinc)

High Frequency Word:    Review words: I, we, can, the, like, a, at, am, see, go, to, have

Math:  Measurement (length, height, capacity, and weight), standard measurement tools

Social Studies:  Our Big, Wide World/”Where in the World is the Gingerbread Man?”


Activity schedule: (Monday, Dec. 14th will be day 5)

Red group: Day 1 Music Day 2  Art Day 3  Media Day 4 Computer Day 5 PE Day 6 Science

Blue group: Day 1 PE Day 2  Science Day 3  Music Day 4 Art Day 5  Media Day 6 Computer

Orange group:Day 1 Computer Day 2 PE Day 3 Science Day 4 Music Day 5 Art Day 6 Media

Purple group: Day 1 Science Day 2  Music Day 3  Art Day 4 Media Day 5  computer Day 6 PE

Green group: Day 1 Media Day 2  Computer Day 3 PE Day 4 Science Day 5  Music Day 6 Art

Yellow group: Day 1 Art Day 2  Media Day 3 computer Day 4 PE Day 5  Science Day 6 Music


Important note: If you are planning on your child being absent any next week or if you are checking your child out early, please let me know.  I am in the process of administering 1st semester assessments as well as district assessments and I need to be able to plan so that your child has all assessments completed before next Friday. Thanks for the heads up on any planned absences and remember that Wed., Thurs. and Fri. are all early dismissal days. The students will be dismissed one hour earlier on those days and bus riders will arrive home one hour earlier.


Thank-you very much

Thank you for the unexpected surprise this morning as the moms presented me with a beautiful orange and blue decorated “Gator style” wreath.  It is gorgeous and the gift cards all around it are so very special. I haven’t had a chance to get to each one but I wanted to say thank you so much for the beautiful wreath which will be hanging on the inside of my front door as soon as I get home. Thanks again for all of the gift cards, this was definitely a very unexpected surprise.

Special Guest

On Monday, the K students will be visited by a special guest (who lives in the north pole) and they will be able to tell him what they would like for Christmas.  We will also have a guest reader, Mr. Brown our principal, who will be visiting our classroom and reading us the story of the “Polar Express”. I will be providing doughnuts and juice/milk for the students to celebrate this special event.  On Monday afternoon, ask them to tell you about their special day. This is a surprise as I have not told them yet of our expected visitor J

Hat Day

To support the United Way, we are holding a hat day on Tuesday, Dec. 15th.  If your child would like to participate in wearing a hat, we are asking for a $1 donation that will go to the United Way. This is a fun way to support such a great cause, especially at this time of the year when so many families are in need and the united way will be supporting families in our area.  Please send in $1 with your child and don’t forget to wear a special hat on Tuesday. 

Where in the world is the Gingerbread Man”

We have been all around the world tracking sightings of the gingerbread man during our social studies/geography time.  So far, in North America, we have traveled to the states of Alabama, California, Illinois, New York, Virginia, Texas, Colorado, Alaska, Washington DC and Florida.  We have also traveled to other continents to visit Vietnam, Dubai, and the Netherlands.  We still have several more sightings for us to discover so we are extending our adventures until the end of the semester. We are enjoying using the cool new classroom technology where we can actually take our “kindergarten airplane” and “fly” into each area that has reported a sighting of the gingerbread man.  This has been a fun adventure and I hope that your child is learning something new each day about out “big, wide, world”.


Gingerbread Academic Stations

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to help with our gingerbread station celebration.  We had a total of 11 moms, grandmom’s and Ms. Kroger, our intern assist with the stations. Thank-you to ALL of the families that made donations so that our special gingerbread day could be a success.  The kids really enjoyed themselves and the adults had fun to.  The gingerbread houses that were made today were sent home today with the students.  I saw many houses missing decorations before they hit the exit door J  The other items are drying and will be sent home next Friday with all of their decorations, work, and Friday folders. Thanks again for all of the support whether through donation or as a volunteer.


Box Tops, Campbell Soup Labels, Capri Sun Pouches & Pop Tops

Manatee will continue to collect General Mills box tops and the UPC 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 thorough tab donations.  


Writer Wall of Fame

Due to the winter break, our next Wall of Fame recipient will not be announced until we return in January.  Stay tuned for the next great writer to appear on the Writing Wall of Fame.


Homework (Fast Start)

This is just a friendly reminder that when you return the weekly homework “Fast Start” poems, papers, forms, correspondence, please remember to have your child write their name on their paper. Thanks J


Early Dismissal Days

Please note:

Dec. 16, 17, 18 (Wed., Thurs and Fri.) are early dismissal days where the students will get out one hour early. Please make note of this when making plans for transportation.  Car riders will be dismissed at 1:20 and bus riders will be arriving home one hour earlier than their normal arrival time.



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