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K-Connection

“The Kindergarten link between classroom and home”

Week of:  September 27-October 1

Theme for Literature:  “My Family and Me”

Story of the week: “What Do You Like

Letters of the week:  Ss

Word of the week:  like

Math: review more, fewer, same, one more than, two more than, one less than, two less than

Activity schedule: Mon. Music/Tues. Art/Wed. Media/Thurs. Computer/Fri. PE

 

Writing Wall of Fame

Our “Writing Wall of Fame” recipient for this past week was Olivia. She was recognized on the news Thursday and her writing has been displayed all week in the cafeteria on the “Writing Wall of Fame”.  We will now shift our time schedule for announcing the Writing Wall of Fame recipient. Due to some scheduling conflicts, the initial announcement will now be made on Friday in the weekly K-Connection as well as in our circle time.  The writer’s work will be displayed on the “Writing Wall of Fame” the following Monday-Thursday and the recipient will be featured on the news on Wednesday.  Sooo…to begin the new schedule, our next “Writing Wall of Fame” recipient that will be featured next week on the wall is Gabriel.  He will appear on the news Wednesday as he is given his official “Writing Wall of Fame” pencil. Congratulations to our first three recipients, Camden, Olivia, and Gabriel.

 

Kindergarten Campfire

We are still in need of boxes of graham crackers and cans of chocolate frosting if anyone wants to make a donation to our campfire smores collection. Don’t forget the campfire event on Tuesday, September 28th at 5:30, I hope to see you and your kindergarten child at Manatee in your pajamas.  It is our 2nd annual kindergarten campfire planned exclusively for kindergarteners as it is an official introduction to the checking out process and procedures for our media center.  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 planned just for kindergarten where the K student will be able to check out their very first library book from the Manatee Media center so please make every attempt to join us on the 28th.  I have attached the flyer if you would like to re-read it for specific information.

 

Scholastic Book Order

I have delayed the submission of the scholastic orders until next Friday, October 1st. This gives you an extra week to go online and shop for books. I will submit the order next Friday afternoon. At that point, the books usually arrive within a 2 week period. Thank you for your order and I hope you and your child enjoy your new books. Our next flyer will be in either late November or early December.

 

Student Parent teacher conferences

I would like to begin scheduling student parent teacher conferences.  I am available before school, during my planning time at 9:00 or after school time depending on other commitments.  I would also like to open the conference up for the student to attend as well except for my 9:00 conference time in which the student will be attending their daily activity. If you would prefer the conference without the student, then that is your choice.  Please contact me with a time and day that is convenient for you and I will confirm or give you another day that is available.  During the conference, I would like to discuss where your child is at the beginning of school pertaining to skills as well on share what area you can help with at home.  I would also like to go over the homework that will be starting in October as well as discuss the progress report that will be distributed on October 20th.  Please contact me so that I can begin scheduling our conferences. My goal is to meet with every family in the next couple of weeks.

 

Field trips & shirts

Our first field trip is scheduled for December 1 to Publix. I have pulled the approved chaperone list and I will be contacting those chaperones that have been approved.  We also have 2 other field trips scheduled later in the year and will need chaperones for them as well. I can only invite chaperones who have been approved through the district so if you have not filled out the volunteer paperwork, please do so as soon as possible if you would like to chaperone one of our future  field trips.

 

Pizza Gallery Pizza available

Only 1 week left to support the Manatee 5th graders in purchasing pre-baked pizza from Pizza Gallery. For each pizza that the 5th graders sell, 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.

Book It

In today’s Friday folder, there is a “Pizza” recording sheet for the “Book-It” program from Pizza Hut for the month of October.  This is a fun and rewarding way to earn a free pizza for your child. It is very simple and probably something that you are already doing at your home. Your child will either need to read or be read to ten books during the month of October. After reading the book, record the title of the book and the author on a pizza slice. When all of the slices are full, return the sheet with your child’s name on it and I will present your child with a coupon for their own personal pizza.  Only one coupon will be issued each month.  Our classroom goal is to read 100 books during the month of October. The program begins on Friday, October 1st and goes through the month of March. This is optional but a great incentive for your child as well as discovering a new world when they are reading or being read to.

 

K-Connection

“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.

 

Kindergarten Campfire

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.

 

Previous Reminders

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:  mclellanc@brevardschools.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. 

K-Connection

“The Kindergarten link between classroom and home”

Week of:  September (13) 14-17

Theme for Literature:  “My Family and Me”

Story of the week: “The Picnic at Apple Park

Letters of the week:  Aa

Word of the week:  the

Math: positional words

Activity schedule: Mon. No school/Tues. Art/Wed. Media/Thurs. PE/Fri. Music

 

Monday -  Holiday for Students

Just a reminder that there is No school for students on Monday, Sept 13th due to a teacher professional development day.   Have another great extended weekend.

 

Our busy, busy, week of reflections

Oh my, we have really been busy this week and I am so proud of the students for all of their efforts. I am seeing a lot of improvement in behavior as we learn to treat each other with care and concern.  We have talked about our classroom being a part of the big manatee family as well as having our own smaller McLellan kindergarten manatee family. We have discussed how we use our words and hands for helping others and being a great friend.  In reading, we have covered many different topics this week including animals and their babies, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom abc as well as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 123. We also read the stories “If you give a mouse a cookie…” and “If you give a moose a muffin…” and we sequenced the events in both stories.  Another favorite theme that incorporated into our week with the letter “Mm” was several of the books from the series “Five little monkeys…”.  In Math, we have been counting, composing and decomposing numbers from 1 to 5 as well as one more and one less.  We have also sorted and graphed different items from buttons to M&M’s. In science, we discussed characteristics of animals both baby and mother as well as sorting different types of animals by outer covering, numbers of legs, habitat, ways that they move, etc. We also learned new names for some of the baby animals such as calf, joey, cub, kitten, puppy, owlet, foal and chick. Today, we celebrated America by discussing the “Pledge of Allegiance” and what all of those “big words” really mean. We talked about our American Flag and the representation of the stars and stripes. We also discussed freedom and different monuments in Washington DC. We started Literacy Stations this week and the kids did a fabulous job with all of the procedures as far as choosing a station, working as a team, recording their progress, and WANTING TO DO MORE!!!!! I made a promise that we would do the “purple circle” (another literacy station) on Tuesday as a whole group so that is something that they are all looking forward to. We also had our second “Zero the Hero” day as we learned about regrouping in the ones and tens “classroom” (aka. the McLellan version) which is an easy way that I present placement value. I am sure that I am forgetting many skills that we have gone over but this just gives you a snapshot of how busy a four day week can be.J

 

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is looking for students who enjoy problem solving, painting, building, performing, and just having fun!  This international problem solving competition is open to students in kindergarten through college.  Teams are forming now at Manatee.  If parents would like to know more about the program, they can join us for a brief Odyssey Parent Information Night on Tuesday, September 14th, at 5pm here in the Media Center.  We are also looking for volunteer parent coaches.  Permission slips will be available online on our website, in the office, or from Mrs. Schenck beginning next Tuesday.  Come join the fun and excitement of Odyssey of the Mind at Manatee Elementary School!

Kindergarten Campfire

In today’s Friday folder, there is an information sheet for the kindergarten campfire evening that will happen on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 5:30-6:30.  After reading the campfire flyer, let me know if there are any other questions that were not answered. This is a 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.

Sneakers

At PE this week, we had 3 students sit out during PE time due to inappropriate shoes.  Please note that I have been told by our PE coach that there are still shoes being worn that are unacceptable for PE and pose a safety issue to the student wearing them. Please refer to the PE dress code online at the manatee web site for shoe safety.  Shoes must completely cover the top of the foot and they have to be able to be tightened by either laces or Velcro. If your child’s shoes do not have laces or Velcro closures on them, then they are probably not in the “safe shoe” category. If you would like to ask Coach Best about a particular pair of shoes, you can email her at best.tabitha@brevardschools.org or bring the pair of shoes by for her to examine. Student safety is her number one concern as she is trying to keep students from being injured.

 

Scholastic Book Order

In today’s Friday folder, I went ahead and made available 2 October book order selections, See saw and Fire fly.  You can order online with a credit card or send in your payment to me with the check made out to Scholastic. I was going to wait and try to hit every other month but October had a lot of great book selections. We will also be hosting a scholastic book fair here at the school in October and since this order will be sent in September, I didn’t want to conflict with sending out November’s order in October during the book fair….so now, you have another great opportunity to order some great books at reasonable prices. I have the online order window available until Friday, Sept 24th. I am also attaching a letter with today’s K-Connection with more info.  on the scholastic book club ordering procedures.  

Pizza & camp

Don’t forget that 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 were in the last Manatee school newsletter and are also posted on the 5th grade web site. The sale will run through Oct. 5th.

Field trips & shirts

There has been no change since last week’s announcement…..The K team is making some progress in planning several field trips. We are working on dates, cost, and awaiting district approval for the ones that we are scheduling. If you are interested in chaperoning any of the upcoming field trips, you MUST be an approved volunteer through the Brevard County Schools. There is a volunteer packet in the office that you can fill out and submit. 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 will soon be designed and ordered ordered 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) Specific details will follow in a later K-Connection but the shirts usually run around $5-6.  They 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.

 

Previous Reminders

*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:  mclellanc@brevardschools.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. 

 

 

K-Connection

“The Kindergarten link between classroom and home”

Week of:  September (6) 7-10

Theme for Literature:  “My Family and Me”

Story of the week: “Whose Baby Am I?

Letters of the week:  Mm

Word of the week:  we

Math: sorting, grouping and classifying

Activity schedule: Mon. Music/Tues. Art/Wed. Media/Thurs. PE/Fri. Music

 

Monday -  Holiday for All

Just a reminder that there is No school on Monday due to the labor day holiday. Also, the following Monday, Sept 13th, students do not have school. This is a professional development day for all teachers.  Have a great extended weekend.

 

FAIR testing results

All students participated in FAIR testing and the results to their assessment are in today’s Friday folder. Please read over the letter which will give you direction as to what areas your child did great in as well as areas that you can practice at home. I will be setting up parent teacher conferences shortly to discuss our first few weeks of school. Keep an eye out for the available dates and times.  

Kindergarten Campfire

Reserve your calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 5:30-6:30. More details will follow but this will be a special event held here at the school for all K students and their parents.  Since it is a K event, we ask that siblings are left with someone else so that the parent can spend a special evening with their K child. This is just a heads up announcement so that you can begin arranging for child care if you have other children.

Field trips & shirts

The K team is in the planning stages of several field trips. We are working on dates, cost, and awaiting district approval for the ones that we are scheduling. If you are interested in chaperoning any of the upcoming field trips, you MUST be an approved volunteer through the Brevard County Schools. There is a volunteer packet in the office that you can fill out and submit. 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 will soon be designed and ordered ordered 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) Specific details will follow in a later K-Connection but the shirts usually run around $5-6.  They 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.

 

Lysol BOGO

Lysol wipes are buy one get one free at Publix this week. Now would be a great time to stock up since this will be a supply that we will use all year long. I went ahead and bought 2 and got 2 free to keep in the classroom. What a clean deal!

 

Entertainment Book fundraiser

This is the last weekend to collect orders for the entertainment book or purchase one for your own savings. All orders are due on Tuesday, Sept 7th. If you are not interested in selling any books and you do not want one for yourself, please return the initial one that was given out to your child. All orders and/or books are due by Sept. 7th.  Once again, All envelopes and entertainment books must be returned unless you are sending in payment for the one that was sent home with your child and you are keeping it.

Pizza & camp

What do pizza and camp have in common? Well, now that I have your attention, Manatee’s 5th graders have a tradition each year as they pack up in the spring and head to camp in the Ocala National Forest as they experience an extension to their classroom academics. Each student is responsible for raising their own money to pay for this “rather expensive” but important and monumental trip. (I can say that it was a growing experience for my own child when he attended…mom was a nervous wreck but I wouldn’t have traded the results and experience that he came back with for anything)  This year, the 5th grade will be selling pre-bake pizza’s from Pizza Gallery and 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 coming and forms will be distributed soon. There will also be information about this 5th grade fund raiser posted on the Manatee web site as well as the Manatee school newsletter.  Sales begin on Sept 7th and run through Oct. 5th.

Treasure Box

We had our first group of students earn the treasure box today. Ask your child if they earned a visit to the treasure box for choosing good behavior. I also have 3 students, that if they stay on green Tuesday, they will earn their trip to the treasure box. These three students have been on green everyday but they were absent so they did not earn their sticker for the absent day. Congratulations to all of the students who have shown personal best and made great choices in their words and actions.

Sneakers

I have been told by our PE coach that there are still shoes being worn that are unacceptable for PE and pose a safety issue to the student wearing them. Please refer to the PE dress code online at the manatee web site for shoe safety.  Shoes must completely cover the top of the foot and they have to be able to be tightened by either laces or Velcro. If your child’s shoes do not have laces or Velcro closures on them, then they are probably not in the “safe shoe” category. If you would like to ask Coach Best about a particular pair of shoes, you can email her at best.tabitha@brevardschools.org or bring the pair of shoes by for her to examine. Student safety is her number one concern as she is trying to keep students from being injured.

 

Previous Reminders

 

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.

 

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:  mclellanc@brevardschools.org

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or compliments.

 

*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 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.

 

* 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.

 

*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.

 

*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. 

 

 

K-Connection

Week of:  August 30- September 3

Theme for Literature:  “We Are Special”

Story of the week: “Jazz Baby

Letters of the week: s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z

Word of the week: Review: I, Can

Math: numerals 0-5

Activity schedule: Mon. Music/Tues. Art/Wed. Media/Thurs. PE/Fri. Music

 

Parent lunch procedures have changed

Please note that our new lunch time is 11:52-12:20.  Also, parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child but due to limited seating must take their child to the lobby area to eat.  Parents will no longer be allowed to eat in the cafeteria with their child due to seating being reduced to provide room for our new classes.

Color Parade

This is our last week of the color parade. Thank you to the parents who helped their child participate in the color of the day. The last weeks’ colors are listed below and will continue through Friday, September 3rd.  We are focusing on colors, recognition of the color word, and several activities that highlight the color of the day.  Please have your child wear something that is the color of the day.  Each Friday is Manatee shirt day so if you have a Manatee shirt, please have your child wear it on Fridays.

Mon. 30

white

Tues. 31

pink

Wed. 1

grey

Thurs. 2

Your favorite color shirt

 

Fri. 3 Manatee shirt day

 

FAIR testing

All students participated in FAIR testing this week. The testing was done in the classroom by the teacher. Parents will be receiving a letter soon (probably in next week’s Friday folder) that will provide you with information as to what skill areas were tested as well as your child’s score in each area. The information will also give suggestions for assisting your child in reviewing the skills at home.

 

Book Boxes Needed

Each child will need to bring in an empty cereal box for a reading project.  It will be more meaningful if it is their favorite cereal (box). We will also be completing a graph on the different varieties of cereal (boxes).  These boxes will then become your child’s storage space for their own personal reading books. Please send in a cereal box with your child as soon as the cereal is gone!

 

Scholastic

Online orders were closed yesterday and paper orders were due in today. I will be placing the order today and the books should arrive within the next 2 weeks. I try to provide the opportunity to order scholastic books every other month. The next Scholastic order form will come home in October. Please hold onto the document that was in last week’s Friday folder.  It has the activation code for ordering online as well as explaining the process of online ordering. This is a win-win situation for everyone since the class earns free books by ordering both online and by paper submission and the child ordering can build their own personal home library. Thanks for helping us build our classroom library by ordering books so that we can earn free books.

 

Class Size Amendment

Due to the class size amendment, our class, starting on Monday has been reduced to 18 students and we are now in compliance with the state. We will miss our 2 “kinderfriends” that have joined a new class but we will see them at activity, lunch, SPE and for all other kindergarten activities. 

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…..

 

Behavior “color choices” plan

We began implementing our color choices behavior plan this past Monday and the majority of the students have made fantastic choices. At this point, the warnings are being given and better choices are being made.  After a short grace period (for getting use to this new system) the warnings will become fewer as responsibility will be a part of the growing independent process.  If you are unaware of the color choice plan, the information was included one of the latest Friday folder’s.  Please remember that there was a form at the end of the explanation letter that needs to be detached, signed and returned in the folder on Monday. If you have any further questions about the plan, feel free to contact me.

 

Entertainment Book fundraiser

If you have or have not sold any entertainment books, please return the order information as soon as possible. All orders and/or books are due by Sept. 7th.  All envelopes and entertainment books must be returned unless you are sending in payment for the one that was sent home with your child and you are keeping it.

 

 

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.

 

Chick-Fil-a night

Thanks to all of the families who came out to support Manatee’s Chick-Fil-A night on Thursday evening.  I worked late at school and went by a little after 6 in the drive thru and it looked like a packed crowd inside. I wish I could have joined in on the fun but I had another commitment at 6:30 so it was a “eat supper in the car” night……..and yes, I got my peach milkshake. I am telling you, if you have not tried one, you do not know what you are missing. Thanks again for supporting Manatee Elementary by participating in our Chick-Fil-A night.

 

Previous Reminders

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:  mclellanc@brevardschools.org

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or compliments.

 

*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 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.

 

* 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.

 

*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.

 

*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. 

 

K-Connection

Week of:  August 30- September 3

Theme for Literature:  “We Are Special”

Story of the week: “Jazz Baby

Letters of the week: s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z

Word of the week: Review: I, Can

Math: numerals 0-5

Activity schedule: Mon. Music/Tues. Art/Wed. Media/Thurs. PE/Fri. Music

 

Parent lunch procedures have changed

Please note that our new lunch time is 11:52-12:20.  Also, parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child but due to limited seating must take their child to the lobby area to eat.  Parents will no longer be allowed to eat in the cafeteria with their child due to seating being reduced to provide room for our new classes.

Color Parade

This is our last week of the color parade. Thank you to the parents who helped their child participate in the color of the day. The last weeks’ colors are listed below and will continue through Friday, September 3rd.  We are focusing on colors, recognition of the color word, and several activities that highlight the color of the day.  Please have your child wear something that is the color of the day.  Each Friday is Manatee shirt day so if you have a Manatee shirt, please have your child wear it on Fridays.

Mon. 30

white

Tues. 31

pink

Wed. 1

grey

Thurs. 2

Your favorite color shirt

Fri. 3

Manatee shirt day

 

FAIR testing

All students participated in FAIR testing this week. The testing was done in the classroom by the teacher. Parents will be receiving a letter soon (probably in next week’s Friday folder) that will provide you with information as to what skill areas were tested as well as your child’s score in each area. The information will also give suggestions for assisting your child in reviewing the skills at home.

 

Book Boxes Needed

Each child will need to bring in an empty cereal box for a reading project.  It will be more meaningful if it is their favorite cereal (box). We will also be completing a graph on the different varieties of cereal (boxes).  These boxes will then become your child’s storage space for their own personal reading books. Please send in a cereal box with your child as soon as the cereal is gone!

 

Scholastic

Online orders were closed yesterday and paper orders were due in today. I will be placing the order today and the books should arrive within the next 2 weeks. I try to provide the opportunity to order scholastic books every other month. The next Scholastic order form will come home in October. Please hold onto the document that was in last week’s Friday folder.  It has the activation code for ordering online as well as explaining the process of online ordering. This is a win-win situation for everyone since the class earns free books by ordering both online and by paper submission and the child ordering can build their own personal home library. Thanks for helping us build our classroom library by ordering books so that we can earn free books.

 

Class Size Amendment

Due to the class size amendment, our class, starting on Monday has been reduced to 18 students and we are now in compliance with the state. We will miss our 2 “kinderfriends” that have joined a new class but we will see them at activity, lunch, SPE and for all other kindergarten activities. 

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…..

 

Behavior “color choices” plan

We began implementing our color choices behavior plan this past Monday and the majority of the students have made fantastic choices. At this point, the warnings are being given and better choices are being made.  After a short grace period (for getting use to this new system) the warnings will become fewer as responsibility will be a part of the growing independent process.  If you are unaware of the color choice plan, the information was included one of the latest Friday folder’s.  Please remember that there was a form at the end of the explanation letter that needs to be detached, signed and returned in the folder on Monday. If you have any further questions about the plan, feel free to contact me.

 

Entertainment Book fundraiser

If you have or have not sold any entertainment books, please return the order information as soon as possible. All orders and/or books are due by Sept. 7th.  All envelopes and entertainment books must be returned unless you are sending in payment for the one that was sent home with your child and you are keeping it.

 

 

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.

 

Chick-Fil-a night

Thanks to all of the families who came out to support Manatee’s Chick-Fil-A night on Thursday evening.  I worked late at school and went by a little after 6 in the drive thru and it looked like a packed crowd inside. I wish I could have joined in on the fun but I had another commitment at 6:30 so it was a “eat supper in the car” night……..and yes, I got my peach milkshake. I am telling you, if you have not tried one, you do not know what you are missing. Thanks again for supporting Manatee Elementary by participating in our Chick-Fil-A night.

 

Previous Reminders

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:  mclellanc@brevardschools.org

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or compliments.

 

*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 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.

 

* 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.

 

*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.

 

*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. 

 

kindergarten color days

Dear Parents,

For the next three weeks, kindergarten will be having a “Color Parade”.  Many activities have been planned to enrich the children’s color experience.  To reinforce the reading lessons, we have planned a “color of the day”.  The children will be creating an art project, listening to literature, and wearing clothes of the assigned color of the day. If possible, please have your child wear the specific colors on the following days.  The colors may be on your shoes, shirt, dress, pants, shorts, hair bows or even socks.

 

 August

Mon. 16

red

 

 

Tues. 17

orange

 

 

Wed. 18

yellow

 

 

Thurs. 19

green

 

 

Fri. 20

Manatee shirt day

 

 

Mon. 23

blue

 

 

Tues. 24

purple

 

 

Wed. 25

brown

 

 

Thurs. 26

black

 

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Fri. 27

Manatee shirt day

 

 

Mon. 30

white

 

 

Tues. 31

pink

 

Sept.

Wed. 1

grey

 

 

Thurs. 2

Your favorite color shirt

 

 

Fri. 3

Manatee shirt day

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Manatee T-shirts are available for purchase in the school office. 

 

We realize that many of the children know their colors already.  Other objectives of the Color Parade experience include increasing self-confidence by being successful with reading, creating a feeling that everyone is an important member of the class family, and instilling a positive attitude toward school.

 

We are looking forward to this very special learning experience.

Welcome to Manatee

K – Connection

"The Kindergarten link between classroom and home"

Welcome

Welcome to Manatee Elementary for the 2010-2011 school year.              Mrs. McLellan's web page is currently under construction.  I wanted to take the opportunity to welcome our newest Manatee family members........      our kindergarteners. 

Important upcoming dates to remember are:

K-screening appointments (sign up was during registration) Aug. 9-11

Kindergarten Open House will be on Wednesday, August 11 beginning at 3:00.  Please bring your supplies at this time as you will be able to find out teacher assignments and visit the classroom.

School begins for Kindergarten on Thursday, Aug. 12th at 7:50a.m.

End of the year post

K – Connection

"The Kindergarten link between classroom and home"

Summer

Wow, I still can't believe that this year is over and summer is here. I have so many fond memories of the 2009-2010 k class as I watch the slideshow of events that we have experienced throughout the year. Starting with the first day of school where we had several criers not wanting to leave the comfort of mom's arms and enter into this strange room to now, criers on the last day of school not wanting to leave the familiar room for the last time. As they exited, they knew that they would never be a Kindergartener again. The exiting of the room was the entering into first grade status. What a grand moment!!!

I have enjoyed the many events this year from the open house/ice cream social, Fall harvest celebration, book character pumpkins, Thanksgiving Feast and gingerbread hunt and celebration stations to field trips to the king center, Mr. Al, Rockledge Gardens and pizza Gallery as well as Friendship day, 100th day of school, young authors, butterfly release, pizza party, pajama day and summer celebration only to name only a few of the events experienced this year. The students have matured so much as I reflect back upon their first photos' taken for our daily graphs, some of them were so young looking. As I look over the various curriculum facets that the students have experienced, there are so many subjects, themes, skill, and equations that have been mastered, built upon, and continued on to the next level. I am so proud of each and every student's accomplishments and most of all, personal best attempts given.

It has been a fabulous kindergarten year and it would not have been possible without some key parents who have helped keep things moving smoothly. Thanks to our room mom, Mrs. Freeman, for organizing, recruiting and collecting donations throughout the year for the various events that were scheduled. Thanks also to our very committed, every Friday morning, ladies who came in and completed Friday folders, Mrs. Hanney and Mrs. Petrucelli….what an awesome job you ladies did each and every week. THANK-YOU SO MUCH for all of your hard work. A big thank you to all of the volunteers that came in during the various celebration stations, walk-a-thon, 100th day, summer celebration, and to the chaperones who kept our students safe during our field trips…thanks again for all of your time and effort. I also want to thank another group of important volunteers and that is our donation group. These volunteers could not physically be here but yet they supported the class through material donations whenever a need was voiced, things always were covered and donations were made. Thank you again to everyone who had a part in this year's success. It is definitely a team effort here in our manatee family and our team has completed a successful year.

During the summer, don't forget to review the specific skills listed on the bragging sheet for your child as well as the broad array of skills listed on the reverse side of the bragging sheet. I also sent home 2 review books, science and math that can be used throughout the summer to review skills as well.

Have a wonderful, fun-filled, relaxing summer and enjoy every moment of quality time with your child. I will truly miss seeing their faces on Monday morning. Enjoy…..Summer!!!!

 

Manatee Elem. Faculty/Staff Softball Team

What a fantastic, down to the last inning, money's worth experience as the Manatee Manatee's defeated the Williams Cranes 12-11. The faculty/staff did a fabulous job representing the school and Mr. Larry hit in the winning run. What a great start to the summer vacation.

 

Looking Ahead…. Manatee Happenings in summer

July – Look for a "back to school" letter in the mail from Mr. Brown with important information about registration and the upcoming year's events.

 

August- Manatee registration – all students – Aug. 3rd 4-8 pm or Aug 4th 8 a.m - noon

School begins on Monday, August 9th, 2010 @ 7:50

K-Connection

“The Kindergarten link between classroom and home”

Week of:  May 17-21

Theme for Literature:  Favorite things

Weekly Story: variety of favorite stories  

Math:  subtraction

Activity schedule: (Monday,May 17 will be day 1 )

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 Mus

Summer Celebration

The Kindergarten classes will be celebrating the upcoming summer by participating in a fun day on Tuesday, May 18th (my 25th wedding anniversary J).  After the awards ceremony and activity time, we will be going outside (weather permitting) to participate in some fun summer activities with our kindergarten friends. We will also be celebrating summer with a pizza party that day for lunch so you do not need to send a lunch or lunch money with your child, we will be eating in the classroom and the cost of the pizza has already been covered.  We are going to be celebrating our summer birthdays with a special birthday cake which will include summer birthday names. Parents are needed to help out from 9am (set-up) til 11:15 (clean-up) and then you are free to go and enjoy the rest of the day. This is the last full day of kindergarten, on Wednesday, May 20th, we will begin early dismissal days.

Pajama Day

If you have heard rumors about an upcoming pajama day, you will have to stay posted on this one. The students have requested to participate in a class pajama day so I have sent in my negotiation team and we have come up with the following compromise or great deal. If the students can earn the letters to spell “pajama” before Thursday, then we will have a pajama day on Thursday, May 20th.  They told me that I could even wear my pajamas. If they meet their goal , then the students will be allowed to wear their pajamas on Thursday and bring along a stuffed animal to visit our classroom.  I will provide a popcorn snack and a movie so if they want to bring a blanket and stretch out on the floor, that will be fine. Please remember that this event will depend on whether they earn it between now and Wednesday at closing so look for an email Wednesday afternoon as to whether or not pajamas will be the attire on Thursday.

 

Lunch in Classrooms

Due to other events being held in the cafeteria, the following dates have been assigned as “eat in your classroom” dates: Thursday 20th, and Friday 21st.  This is just a “heads up” in case you were planning on coming and eating lunch with your child out in the foyer area under the umbrella’s, these dates may be a little bit more crowded than normal so you may want to plan accordingly. 

 

Manatee Elem. Faculty/Staff Softball Team

Tickets are still available for the 7th Annual Faculty Softball Game on Friday, May 21st. This is a great way to celebrate the last day of school and see your friends and teachers one last time before summer. The participating schools and game times are:

Game 1 with Suntree  vs Quest @6:00pm     Game 2 Manatee vs Williams @ 7:15

Admission is $2 in advance per ticket and all pre-sale tickets come with a free ice cream coupon from Chick-Fil-A, a discount coupon from Top Dog Express Car Wash & oil change, AND 1 free baseball card! All freebies are while supplies last…if you wait and purchase your ticket at the door, no freebies and the cost increases to $3 per ticket so send in your orders now…tickets are non-refundable. Baseball cards of the Manatee faculty/staff players are also available.  Supplies are limited. Cards can be purchased as 5 random cards for $1 or the complete set of 20 cards for only $3. Cash only will be accepted for both the tickets and the cards. You can either send the request in an envelope with the cash and item requested or items can be purchased in the front office. Hurry, time is running out.

 

Early Dismissal Days

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday May 19th, Thursday May 20th and Friday May 21st. These last 3 days are early dismissal days and the students will get out one hour earlier. Bus riders will arrive at home one hour earlier than their normal time.  Car riders will need to be picked up at 1:20 instead of the normal 2:20 time. Please make a note of this now so plans can be made for this upcoming dismissal change.

 

Looking Ahead…. Manatee Happenings in May

18th Kindergarten Awards Ceremony

18th Kindergarten Summer Celebration/pizza lunch in classroom

20th Possible tentative pajama day

19, 20, 21 Early Dismissal Days @1:20

20, 21 lunch in classrooms

21 Progress Reports issued/last day of school

21 Softball game Manatee vs Williams faculty/staff @7:15 (Quest vs Suntree faculty/staff will play before our game at 6:00)

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