OUR WEEK—-March 27-30

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Well, we made it!  It is officially SPRING BREAK!  The kinders have been anxiously counting down the days this week.  Take a peek at what happened this week in kindergarten.

SCIENCE:  We began our learning about SOIL by using our schema and listed facts we already knew about soil.  Some of the facts were:  Soil is brown, Soil is messy.  Soil is another name for dirt.  Plants and flowers grow in it.  Worms live in it.  Plants grow in it. Soil can turn into mud. Soil can have holes in it.  We read an informational book that helped us learn more about what soil is.  Then we drew pictures of what we think soil looks like and added it them to our chart.  We also worked together to write out what we think the word means.  This week your kinder brought home a yellow paper with an attached baggie.  Please take a few minutes during spring break to scoop some soil into the baggie, seal it shut and return the baggie by Wednesday, April 12.  We are going to be investigating their soil very closely.  The kinders and I can’t wait to “dig” into learning about soil.  🙂

MATH:  The kinders showed  their knowledge of number partners by playing FROGS ON THE LOG.  For example: We laid 6 frogs on a log.  Then we said, “4  frogs sitting on a log.  How many frogs hopped off the log?”  The kinders had fun closing their eyes while their friends removed frogs and opening their eyes to figure out the answer. We continued to play this game by changing the number of frogs sitting on the log and how many hopped off. A great way to practice number partners. The kinders drew Tiny Tumblers on Math Mountains to also practice this skill.  They are becoming great mathematicians!

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Mrs. Estefan’s class joined us on Tuesday morning to welcome our guest reader.  It was fun to teach them our Mystery Guest Reader song and they taught us their song prior to seeing Dr. Nick Ceglarek, our school superintendent, walk into our room.  Before reading his book with us we watched this short video to give us some background information about the author. Malcom Mitchell is a wide receiver with the Super Bowl champions,the New England Patriots.  We enjoyed listening to Dr. Ceglarek read The Magician’s Hat. This story encouraged us to check out books at a library because by reading books we can become anything we want to be.  After reading the last page in the book “What do you do want to be?”, Dr. Ceglarek asked the kinders to answer that question. Their answers included: a policeman, a doctor, a teacher, an artist, a baseball player and more.  Mr. Mitchell enjoys playing football but his greatest accomplishment is becoming an author.  He hopes that his story and his writing will  inspire children to read.   Thank you so much for reading us this book and visiting with us.  

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders put their informational skills to the test this week. After reading informational books about wolves and creating a chart of facts we learned,  it was time for each kinder to write their own “All About Wolves” books, including facts of their choice. Before they began writing, the kinders were reminded to include all of the things that good writer uses..capital letters, spaces between words, sentence stoppers and popcorn words. They did this independently without teacher assistance…we call this “on-demand” writing. After some ‘fix and fancy’ time, the kinders shared their informational writing with friends from Mrs. Estefan’s class.  What an awesome job as writers they have become!:)  I will be sharing how well they did with you after spring break.

             

PJ DAY:  What a fabulous, fun day at school.  The kinders were SO excited to wear their jamies and slippers to school again.  The day was filled with fun bedtime related stories and activities like Llama, Llama, Red Pajama,  Ten in the Bed (with a fun song to sing…it stays with you awhile :), 5 Little Monkeys jumping on the Bed, The Napping House and Mooncake.  Enjoy looking through your kinders story pocket that is filled with their work.

 REMINDERS:  

*POPCORN WORDS:   It was a week of review and what a review we did!  The March flash cards were sent home this week so you can add them to your collection.  Keep practicing!  It helps so much!

*TAKE HOME Books and Homework:  Your kinder will not have a book to take home over Spring Break.  They will be taking home a new book to read on Monday, April 10.  Reading books with parent volunteers will resume on Tuesday, April 11. Your kinder did not take home any homework this week.  If you have free time, continue to practice popcorn words, addition & subtraction stories with written partner equations and write various kinds of stories…narrative, informational, how to, and pattern books.

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is spring, some days this week reminded us that winter has just finished.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens with your kinder. Thanks! :)

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send a daily healthy snack for your child, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*LUNCH MENU: The April lunch menu can be found under the food service tab.

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  The April Calendar can be found under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  It lists birthdays, events, and more.  Please take time to read it.

UPCOMING DATES:

*FRIDAY,MARCH 31- FRIDAY, APRIL 7….Spring Break…NO SCHOOL

*MONDAY, APRIL 10—ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS will arrive home again; 

*TUESDAY, APRIL 11—STEAM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12—GYM; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  BAGGIE OF SOIL DUE

*THURSDAY, APRIL 13—MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME books;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (4/13) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, APRIL 14—-ART; “Fast Friday” (Early Release Dismissal at 12:15pm)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 10…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  TimberTown (More information later)

~~~Enjoy your Spring Break!  Take this time to relax and enjoy your time together, whether you are staying home or traveling. Mrs. Bohl  

SCHOOL RESUMES ON MONDAY, APRIL 10!

Kindergarten PJ Day Tomorrow

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Hello Kindergarten Families!

Don’t forget….we will be enjoying a pajama day (in honor of celebrating March is Reading month) at school on Thursday, March 30! The kinders may wear slippers but remember that they will need shoes/boots for the playground. PLEASE KEEP BLANKETS AND PILLOWS AT HOME! The kinders may bring one SMALL stuffed animal if they wish. The kinders are VERY excited about this fun day!

Looking forward to our cozy reading day at school!  

Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—March 20-24

ONCE UPON A TIME….THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF:  Our last fairy tale of the month was about 3 brave goats who had courage to cross a bridge and deal with a bully.  Again, we used the SHAPE GO map to help us retell the story, talk about the characters, setting and heart of the story. Do you know what this is?

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The kinders were wide-eyed when I turned on my record player so we could hear a song about the three goats.  (This was one of my favorite songs growing up!) They were so fascinated by how the record player worked with the giant CD!  Another precious kindergarten moment!!:) We acted out the song with puppets and with our own storytelling props so many times I lost count.

                  

We worked together to list words that described the three goats and the troll.  This led into a good discussion about what we can do if we encounter a bully. We also had an awesome discussion about what makes a hero.  We thought the biggest billy goat was like a hero for saving his little brothers. Be sure to ask  your kinder about these talks. We ran out of time on Friday to make our trolls so that is scheduled for Monday.  Look for them to come home then. I think that they will not be too mean….just cute! That is a good thing!! 🙂  Enjoy all of the activities your child took home today. 🙂

 READER’S and WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  This week the kinders reviewed what makes a book fiction or non-fiction.  They also compared fiction and non-fiction books (The Three Billy Goats Gruff,  The Three Billy Goats Fluff) about goats.  They incorporated this learning into their writing as they created another book of All About Goats.  The kinders are doing a fantastic job with their informational writing.  They have made incredible progress this year in their writing.  We ended our week by reading informational books about wolves.  Next week the kinders will write independently to complete their “on demand” informational writing piece.  I am excited for them!

MATH:  The math skills that the kinders worked on this week were writing equations for partners of 10, building numbers 1-20 using tens and extra ones, telling and solving story problems with drawings and equations. They are becoming quite the math learners. 🙂

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Micah was super surprised to see his aunt Kaylee walk into our room.  She brought 2 books to read.  How exciting since we usually hear one story. First she read Click, Clack, Moo, a silly story about farm animals. How thoughtful of her to bring cow stickers for each of the kinders.  Thank you so much!  The second story, Giraffes Can’t Dance, had a good lesson about being yourself and to keep trying new things. 

 If you would like another turn feel free to log onto our  SignUp page on the sidebar or email me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  and we can schedule another time.  Dates and times are flexible.

Spring has sprung:  Spring is in the air!  With the change of weather, excitement is in the air and in our classroom.  PLEASE remind and  encourage your kinder to keep on trying hard and doing their best listening everyday.  Next week is spring break and hopefully we will all be recharged to hard work during last few months of  Kindergarten.  We are making AWESOME progress.  Let’s keep it up!!!

REMINDERS:

*POPCORN WORDS:          AS             HAS                                                         The kinders practiced identifying these words in books, in messages and in writings.  

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is spring, some days this week reminded us that winter has just finished.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens with your kinder.  Many kinders were cold earlier in the week playing outside due to not having  proper gear. Thanks! :)

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send a daily healthy snack for your child, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*LUNCH MENU: The April lunch menu can be found under the food service tab.

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  The April Calendar can be found under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  It lists birthdays, events, and more.  Please take time to read it.

*TAKE HOME Books:  We will be reading books ONLY ON MONDAY this week.  Your kinder will not take home a book over spring break.  This will give me time to reassess the books that they are taking home.  They will take home a new book on Monday, April 10. 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 28––ARTreading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 28-–STEAM; return TAKE HOME BOOKS…no reading

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30– GYM; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY, MARCH 31: MUSIC;  Kindergarten PJ Day….wear jamies and slippers to school.  Don’t forget that shoes are needed for outside play. NO BLANKETS OR STUFFED ANIMALS PLEASE!!

*MARCH 31-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 10…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  TimberTown (More information later)

—–HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND   MRS. BOHL

OUR WEEK—-March 13-17

A fabulous week of learning.  Take a look and see 🙂

There was a sea of green clothes, green socks and green hair ribbons worn to school on Thursday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The kinders created some unique leprechauns to decorate your home. 

        
We also talked about how lucky we are to know each other and be a family this year.  So…each kinder was given a friend’s name and they needed to think of one ‘nice dice’ compliment they could give them.  It was precious to hear the kinders read their message (in front of the class) to their friend and to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the recipient.  I am SO LUCKY to have such kind hearted kinders.  What an awesome way to spend my days!! 🙂

      

ONCE UPON A TIME—-THE THREE LITTLE PIGS:  We read a collection of non-fictional books about pigs and located many interesting facts to write on our chart paper.  We used this information to help us write our information writings “All About Pigs.”  The writings by the children have been SO impressive! They are beginning to use spaces between words, popcorn words and sentence stoppers with more regularity.  Hooray for them!  We also read the classic story The Three LIttle Pigs as well as some books with a twist The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and The Three Little Pigs and the somewhat bad pig.  Of course we needed to practice our retelling skills by creating props (character puppets and the straw, stick and brick houses out of a milk carton!) so that your kinder can tell you the story at home. We sang this fun song (using my CD) frequently this week. I found it on YouTube so that you can enjoy it at home. Here is the link to The 3 Little Pigs Blues by Greg and Steve. Check out all of the pig activities inside your kinder’s story pocket.      

MATH:   We began our last…yes our last…unit this week. We will continue to work on number partners, telling and solving addition/subtraction story problems, teen numbers and more. Thank you so much for encouraging your child to complete their math homework each week! I know that some weeks it seems more intense than others but thank you for taking the time to break up the pages over several nights.  Completing the homework reinforces math concepts (and literacy) taught and learned at school.  During Friday Math Centers, the kinders practiced identifying pennies and dimes and the writing the amount writing (teen numbers showing tens and extra ones) by playing THIS LITTLE PIGGY.  They also played FIND MY GOLD by identifying numbers 1-30.  Have fun playing this game at home using the leprechaun number cards inside your kinder’s folder.

FRIDAY CENTERS:  Thank you so much to Gavin’s mom for giving an helping hand to the kinders this afternoon. The kinders HUFFED AND PUFFED like the wolf to graph and blow objects.  They also practiced reading popcorn words by playing RUN, PIGGY, RUN. (look for this game inside the pig story pocket) and made a fun rainbow name necklace good enough to eat (if you like fruit loops:) If you would like volunteer to be part of fun centers, the dates for April and May will be coming home soon.

REMINDERS:

*POPCORN WORDS:     COULD        WOULD       and bonus word….SHOULD We noticed that all of these words had the “ould” pattern in them.  We are so smart!!

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes and warm winter attire.  New snow keeps falling and melting causing the playground to become very wet and dirty. Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct coat…winter, spring or sweatshirt.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please, please remember to send a healthy snack for your child, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 20–MUSICreading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 21–ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and word lists  

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22– STEAM; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY. MARCH 23–GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS  

*FRIDAY, MARCH 24–MUSIC 

*SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Mother/Son Event at BAM in Holland  2:00-4:00pm

*THURSDAY, MARCH 30:  Kindergarten PJ Day….wear jamies and slippers to school.  Don’t forget that shoes/boots are needed for outside play.  NO BLANKETS OR STUFFED ANIMALS PLEASE!!

*MARCH 31-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

THANK YOU FOR COMING!

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Dear kinder parents,

Thank you so much for taking the time to attend your kinder’s conferences.  I enjoyed meeting with each of you to share the awesome progress they made and continue to make.  

It is hard to believe that within a few months they will be first graders!  Oh my! I will need to say good-bye….I don’t know if I am ready to do that.  

Give your child a hug and a high five!  They are AWESOME!!!  If you have any questions or concerns as the year comes to a close, please contact me.  

~~Mrs. Bohl

Sickness is going around

There have been multiple cases of strep throat diagnosed in the last few weeks in our school.   Your child may have recently been exposed to strep throat at school. Properly treated cases are no longer infectious. However, please watch your child for the symptoms which usually appear 2-5 days after exposure.

Cause: Strep throat and strep throat with a rash (scarlet fever) are common bacterial infections in children spread by coughing or sneezing.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

  •   Throat pain
  •   Difficultyswallowing
  •   Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  •   Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate — the area at the back of the roof    of the mouth
  •   Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck
  •   Fever
  •   Headache
  •   Rash
  •   Stomachache and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children

Call your Health Provider: If you recognize any symptoms and suspect strep. For accurate diagnosis, a throat culture needs to be taken. Symptoms generally occur 2-3 days before a culture will show positive results. Following a culture being taken, your child should remain at home until you know the results.  Please call the office at 797-9797 to let the office know if your child tests positive for strep.  Our school needs to report these illnesses to the Health Department.

OUR WEEK—March 6-10

Take a peek at what your kinder did this week at school.

ONCE UPON A TIME—-GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS:  We read MANY stories of The Three Bears…the ‘original’ versions, along with others like Goldilocks and the 3 Hares, Tackylocks and the Three Bears and Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears. We used the Shape Go map during retell, focusing on what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of story.  

We learned what porridge is (oatmeal) and agreed (after tasting) that porridge for breakfast is good. Yum, Yum!  Enjoy learning from your kinder as they show you their story pocket materials.

                

 READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we learned what the illustrator’s role is in writing non-fiction books.  They help us learn something new, they zoom in to help us see details up close and they work with the author to make sure the pictures match the words.  When the kinders read their books, they are busy noticing these features.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we complied new information called facts about bears onto a large chart and referred to that chart throughout the week.  We organized our facts onto our “have, can, are” papers.  As we wrote our informational booklets we asked ourselves “What else can I add?” by remembering what writers and illustrators do…write words and drawing matching detailed pictures.  

MATH:  Earlier in the week we worked on writing partner equations, solving addition & subtraction problems, drawing tens and extra ones for teen numbers and more. At the end of the week, the kinders did a great job working within their office spaces as they took the unit #4 math test..  They are becoming awesome math learners. I am so proud of the results.  I will send home their graded math tests home soon.  We will begin unit #5 next week.

SPLIT LIT: The kinders continue to work independently for 15 minutes each day while their friends meet with either Ms. Lisa or myself.  They have new literacy activities to explore and complete.  Be sure to ask your child what they needed to do as their papers come home. 

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:     WHERE          THERE             WERE              Please, please keep practicing at home!  Some of these popcorn words are a bit more challenging to learn and remember.  You are unable to stretch them out but need to just remember them by looking at them.  However, we do like it when some words rhyme like ‘where’ and ‘there’. 🙂

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty and the wind is very COLD.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct coat…winter, spring or sweatshirt.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please, please remember to send a healthy, peanut free snack for your child, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your child to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Our Spring Conferences will be held Monday, March 13 – Wednesday, March 15 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conference time reminders were sent home  with your kinder. Please let me know if you will not be able to attend conferences or if you have a conflict so that we can reschedule. Report cards will be sent home Monday.  If possible, please take a moment to review it.  We will be looking at it together. Please arrive on time, as we have 15 minutes to discuss your wonderful kinder! I will  do my best to stay on schedule.  I can’t wait to share your Kindergartener’s progress with you!! They are AMAZING!!!

*TIME CHANGE:  Don’t forget to move  your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Remember the saying….. “SPRING AHEAD”

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 13–GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; preview (look at) book fair books; parent teacher conferences 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 14–MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  LIBRARY: I am not sure if Mrs. VandenBerg will be coming into our room to exchange books or not.  To be on the safe side, please return your book; parent teacher conferences

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15– ART; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  purchase book fair books (If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.); parent teacher conferences

*THURSDAY. MARCH 16–STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  ST PATRICK’S DAY–wear green if you wish

*FRIDAY, MARCH 17– GYM; ST PATRICK’S DAY–wear green if you wish

*THURSDAY, MARCH 30:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 31-APRIL 1-7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

Is it Spring or Winter outside?

Dear Kinder Families,

Please help your kinder remember the following items:

1. PLAYGROUND AND OUTSIDE GEAR:  For the most part, the snow has disappeared from our playground.  It was fun to play in the snow this winter but I think that we are all ready for a new season. 🙂  If you are wondering what gear (boot, snow pants) to pack for your kinder to wear, please keep your kinder in mind.  If they are prone to jumping into mud…please continue to send snow pants and boots.  If they are good about staying away from “muddy, dirty areas” eliminating these items is fine.  You can replace the boots with a pair of shoes that can be worn ONLY outside.  The playground still has areas that are wet and dirty. Wearing outside shoes will help keep the mud outside and wearing gym/inside shoes will keep our rugs and floor free from mud when we are inside the room.  Coats will need to be worn outside.  Please watch the weather to know which kind of coat your kinder should wear….winter or spring coat. 

2. SPRING EXCITEMENT:  With the change of weather the excitement is in the air and in our classroom.  Please  encourage your kinder to keep on trying hard and to do their best listening everyday. Remembering to focus and learn during teaching times and to keep conversations with our friends  to snack time, lunch time and recess.   We will all soon get a much needed spring break and hopefully be recharged to work hard to finish up the end of our kindergarten experience together. Thank you for supporting and encouraging your kinder to do their best at school.  They are making AWESOME progress and we want it to continue! 🙂

Fast Friday 3/10 means Early Release Day

Please note that this Friday, March 10 will be “Fast Friday” as the kinders and I like to call Early Release Days.  It looks like on this week’s blog posting I mistyped the time of dismissal.  Dismissal is 12:15pm NOT 2:15pm as I stated.  Thank you for your understanding in my typing error.

 Remember….if your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please send a note or email me at kbohl@hpseagles.net by Thursday, March 9.