Walk-a-Thon Information

On Friday we will be having our school walk-a-thon.  This is a fundraising event that our school does every year.  Each grade level will go outside and walk around our path that is located behind our school.  It is a very fun event. Please consider supporting our school.

Parents are welcome to come and walk with us during our walking time.  Our class will be walking 9:45-10:30 a.m.  Please feel free to come and join us around the back of our school during this time. 

If it rains…the outside walk-a-thon will be canceled.  We will not be walking.

 

Turkey Trot Information

WHAT:  TURKEY TROT —  $6.00 Registration = T-SHIRT!

Race Location:  EAGLE STADIUM on Baldwin Middle School Campus

Date: October 29, 2019

Arrival:  4:30 pm

Race Time:  5:00 pm

Race Information:  The Turkey Trot is a fun run for Hudsonville students.  Designed for K-5 students.  *There is also a 6-12 race AFTER the K-5 races.

Entry Fee $6.00 per person.   T-Shirt part of registration fee.  DUE BY OCTOBER 9.

Prizes:  Frozen Turkeys, Apple Cider, Pumpkins

Race Groups:  PK, K, 1st Gr., 2nd Gr:  1/4 Mile.   3rd, 4th, 5th:  Approx 1 mile.  Grades 6-12:  1 mile race.  *If your child needs special accommodations, connect with your school PE teacher.

Late Registration:  4:30 pm on Race Day.  Additional shirts will be available while supplies last.  

Severe Weather:  The Turkey Trot will be cancelled if there is SEVERE WEATHER.

To participate, you must complete this online form.

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NEWS—Sept. 16-20

Here is what your kinder did at school this week:

POPCORN WORDS:    THE      DOG       The kinders added another popcorn book  to their blue book boxes and highlighted this week’s words ;”the” and “dog”.  These words were “buttered” (colored with a yellow crayon) so that they popped off the pages as we read it.

COLOR WORD:        BLUE         We learned about different things that are blue,  practiced writing the word blue, made a blue book, wore blue clothes and made a blue craft of a favorite cat….Pete the Cat because “Kindergarten is a groovy place!” We also read many blue theme books like…Blueberry Mouse, The Little Blue Truck (a sweet, fun story about friends working together to help each other), Blueberries for Sal and Pout Pout Fish.  A few crafts may have come home relating to these fun books.  Of course Mrs. Bohl brought in a surprise blue snack….fresh blueberries this time!  Wearing blue was fun too!

 

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders practiced rereading their books to try to learn more information. They practiced by noticing things in the pictures the first time through the book and then looked through it again, noticing more things.  Our private read time is up to 5 mintues!  Hooray for the kinders!

 MATH: The kinders used their math toolbox to practice addition and subtraction.  We talked about how it’s ok if some of us picked 3 red tiles or 2 blue tiles & 1 red tile to show the number 3.  It may look different but it is still showing the number that we are talking about….3. 

We practiced identifying circles by learning a song…. “A circle is like a button.  A circle is like a button.  Round and round it never stops.  A circle is like a button.” (sung to Farmer in the Dell).  The kinders worked as teams to sort shapes into two groups….circles and not circles.  They did a great job recognizing the differences in shapes.  

 

The kinders built towers to compare numbers 1-5 by using their math toolboxes.

LITERACY:  We continued our ABC Bootcamp by studying the letters Kk, Ll, Mm and Nn this week. We also split our class into 2 groups. One of the groups worked on identifying letters and producing their sounds and the other group practiced rhyming words.  We also were word detectives when we found our popcorn word “the” in the poem The Leaves.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that when they try to draw a picture that is tricky, they can keep going by saying “I think I can.”  They used their whiteboards to draw pictures of doing gymnastic stunts.  They added many details and shared their drawings with the class.

Thank you so much!  If you would like to be one of our Mystery Readers, look on the sidebar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES to find “Mystery  Reader”.  Click on this link to sign up for a date that is convenient for you. There are many to choose from. We would love to have you read us a story!

BUCKET FILLER OR BUCKET DIPPER:  We read How Full is you Bucket? to help us distinguish between being a bucket filler or bucket dipper.  A bucket filler is kind, listens, walks in the hallway, is respectful, etc.  A bucket dipper hits, interrupts, does not let others play, uses toothpaste words, etc.  The kinders sorted pictures to solidify the differences.  All of us took a promise to be a bucket filler at school and at home.  We are all going to work hard to be bucket fillers!  

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

LIBRARY:  We got to go to library each Wednesday and visit Mrs. VandenBurg. It is so much fun to go to library! Please remember to help your kinder return their library book every Wednesday so they can get a new one book!

KOOL KINDER:  Kinder completed an “All About Me and My Favorite Things” pages to share with their classmates.  These pages are being placed in a class book for all to view.  These pages will be given back to the kool kinders at the end of the school year.  Thank you for helping your kinder with these pages as they each get a turn to be the Kool Kinder!

*GYM DAYS..Please consider having your kinder keep a pair of socks either in their cubby or backpack to wear during gym days.  On these warm days, many kinders do not like to wear their gym shoes without socks when they come to school wear sandals or flip flops.

*LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS…Happy Birthday to Emmie (9/17) and Jude and Kieran (9/20)  Thank you so much for ALL of the birthday wishes and small gifts that you bestowed on me.  I am honored and grateful to spend my days with your kinder.

This coming week at our school is SPIRIT WEEK! Please check each day listed below for the way to help us celebrate school spirit leading up to the Hudsonville homecoming football game. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 23—STEAM, KOOL KINDER:Major  PAJAMA DAY!

*Tuesday, Sept. 24—MUSIC;  KOOL KINDER: Evelyn  CRAZY SOCK DAY!

*Wednesday, Sept 25—GYM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  KOOL KINDER: Breckon  CRAZY HAIR DAY!

*Thursday, Sept 26–ART; KOOL KINDER: Ellery  SCHOOL PICTURES!  Come with your smile 🙂 and your sealed picture form envelope if you are purchasing a picture packet.

 *Friday, Sept 27—STEAM; KOOL KINDER: Lucas  BLUE/GOLD DAY andWALK-A-THON!…Wear Blue and Gold or Hudsonville gear;  

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Details coming soon.

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

 

We read Have you filled a Bucket today? and learned that we all have invisible buckets.  We can be bucket fillers by saying kind words, helping others without being asked, walking quietly in hallway, etc OR we can be bucket dippers by using mean words, not doing your best, etc. 

Constitution Day

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Did you know that today, September 17 is Constitution Day?  Do you know what Constitution Day is?  We talked about it at school today.

 

Today we learned that many years ago important men got together and wrote down important laws on paper and signed their names.  These laws (rules) were made to help the people get along, treat each other fairly and be safe.  At school, we too, have rules we need to follow. We reviewed the pictures of choices we should make during the school day (green choices), and ones that we should never do in school (red choices).

Each day we recite (with motions) our 5 class rules that they can help us soar as learners! These rules are posted in our room, along with all of our signatures (handprints).  Ask your kinder to recite them to you.  They are doing a great job!

1.  Follow directions quickly.

2. Raise your hand to speak.

3.  Make smart choices.

4. Be kind.

5. Make everyone happy.

 

 We the kids…of Mrs. Bohl’s class….are already working hard to not break any of these rules. We can work better together when we are kind and considerate of one another.  We can make good choices and we DO!  I am so proud of my kinders! 🙂

Guest Reader spots AVAILABLE!

Do you like to read books to your kinder at home?  We would love to have you come and be one of our Guest Readers!  We LOVE reading books at school!

 

Guest Readers typically arrive on Wednesdays at 2:45pm and on Fridays at 11:15am and it takes about 10-15 minutes.  If the days and times listed on this link do not work for your schedule alternative plans can be made.  Please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net. 

Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, even older siblings are invited to sign up to SURPRISE your kinder by reading a special, family favorite story.  When you sign up using SignUp.com, I will be notified and you will be receive an email reminder. 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/PsGbiQq
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. The link on our blog page is on the sidebar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  listed as “Guest Reader”.

Please consider being a Guest Reader this year.  Seeing the surprised and happy smile on your kinder’s face is PRICELESS!  And SHHHH!!  Don’t tell your kinder if you sign up and when you are coming.  It is more fun when they are surprised!

NEWS—Sept. 9-13

Here is a peek at what your kinder did at school this week:

POPCORN WORDS:     I       SEE                                                                                      

COLOR WORD:        YELLOW     We learned another song to sing to help us spell yellow.  We read many books with yellow characters such as Pete the Cat…The Wheels on the Bus and Curious George books. We learned about different things that are yellow, practiced writing the word, made a yellow flip book and made a yellow bus craft, adding a fun message using our popcorn words, I see a yellow bus.   They will come on Monday. The kinders were happy to hear that I had another surprise color snack for them….yellow bananas this week.  Yummy!  We practiced positional words by moving Pete the Cat in front of the bus, behind the bus, under the bus, on top of the bus, etc.  Have fun doing the same thing at home with your Pete and his bus!  We really enjoyed watching an old favorite video of Mrs. Bohl’s to review the bus safety rules.  Here is the link if you want to watch it too.

SHARED READING:  We have been practicing our reading skills by doing shared reading each day. Shared reading is a time when the kinders and I all read a poem or story together at the same time. This helps build fluency and some important concepts of reading for our little ones!  We read a poem called I See. There were familiar words in the poem (I, see, a). We highlighted the words we know and then put them in our 3 ring binder to practice at school. We also added a paper book to our book boxes, the book included our popcorn words. 

 

 

 

STAYING SAFE AT SCHOOL:  This week was filled with learning some of our school’s safety drills.  The kinders practiced exiting the school and learning where our meeting spot is located during a fire drill.  They also practiced sitting criss cross applesauce with their hands on their head in a safe room within school during a tornado drill.  In case it was unsafe to be in the hallways, we practiced how to sit quietly in a safe place inside our locked room. Oh my!!  The kinders did an AMAZING  job during ALL of these practice drills! I was so proud of them!  We are learning that “we don’t need to be scared, we need to be prepared”. Do you practice your safety drills at home?

COOL TOOLS: We finished learning about the last two cool tools and then read two more books to help us know how we can further use our cool tools. 

Being Friends was a great book that showed us that it is okay that we are not all the same…we are different and special, just like a KALEIDOSCOPE. It was fun to look through a real kaleidoscope and then color our own.

We read Mine-a-saurs and learned that we can tell a friend to STOP in a kind way by saying “It bugs me when ______, I wish that you would stop.”  A ladybug and a wishing wand helps us remember this. 

We read Howard B. Wigglebotttoms learns about bullies and learned about what bullying is.  The kinders were reminded about how important and useful it is to use our cool tools. We talked about how we need to care of our friends and stand up for them when someone teases them.  We are a class family….inside our room and on the playground.  We have very caring kinders.

We also read A Monster who lost his mean. Monster lost his M and was now called “Onster”.  We were reminded that being kind and doing kind actions is much more fun that doing monster actions. The kinders did an amazing job figuring out which actions were things a FRIEND would do OR a BULLY would do.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We are starting to learn that when we are done, we have just begun!  We can always add to our picture, add to our writing or start a new piece of writing.  We need to work the whole time to make the most out of our writing workshop time.  Writers also learned that they can solve a problem like “What can I draw?” or “What can I add to my picture?” by closing their eyes and  picturing it in their head (like a camera picture).  Stretching out sounds in words and trying to write the sounds is what super writers do.  We shared the marker and practiced these skills as we drew about our playground. Writers also love sharing their drawing with friends.

ABC BOOTCAMP:  We learned about the letters Hh, Ii and Jj this week. We will continue to review letters and learn new ones.

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders learned what jobs the teacher and kinders do during Reader’s Workshop time.

Readers can read by themselves (privately) and they can read with a friend (partners).  When reading with a partner, they sit side by side, hold a book in the middle, take turns reading and share WOW pictures and facts. They practiced reading real world books (non-fiction) and storybooks using a level 1 voice (a whisper voice). We also learned and practiced reading from cover to cover this week. We looked at the front cover, went through all all the pages and read all the way to the back cover. They did a great job and had fun reading together!  As a class, we pledged to be book lovers, whether privately or with partners.

MATH:  We read Anno’s Counting again to help us better understand “number scenes,” which are pictures that have a specific number of objects (3 buildings, 3 people, 3 birds, 3 bridges, etc.)  before we drew our own scenes of 2,3,4 & 5 on paper and on whiteboards.

We also used foam tiles to represent different numbers (1-5). The kinders practiced writing numbers 4  & 5 on whiteboards too!  We even worked in our math workbooks for the very first time….Yay!!!

GUEST READER: The kinders were surprised to see Mrs. Reagan walk into the room as our first guest reader.  She read us Jabari Jumps. . A book about being brave to try new things.  Would you like to be a guest reader in our classroom this year? Follow this link to sign up to surprise your kinder.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

*GYM DAYS..Please consider having your kinder keep a pair of socks either in their cubby or backpack to wear during gym days.  On these warm days, many kinders do not like to wear their gym shoes without socks when they come to school wear sandals or flip flops.

*LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS…Happy Birthday to Elliott (9/12, Evelyn and Mrs. Bynum (both on 9/13).  

IMPORTANT DATES:

*Monday, Sept. 16–GYM; Kool Kinder: Ryleigh  Birthday celebration for Mrs. Bohl

*Tuesday, Sept 17—ART;   Kool Kinder: Adrian Birthday celebration for Emmie

*Wednesday, Sept 18—STEAM; Homework due; Library….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book;  Kool Kinder:  Amin

*Thursday Sept 19—MUSIC;  Kool Kinder: Sabrina  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (9/19) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*Friday, Sept 20—GYM;  COLOR DAY…Wear BLUEKool Kinder: Mrs. Bynum Fast Friday (early release) Dismiss at 12:15  Birthday celebration for Jude & Kieran

*Thursday, Sept. 26—School Pictures….ordering information will be sent home soon.  

~~~Have a great weekend.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  YOUR KINDER IS SPECIAL TO ME! 🙂   Mrs. Bohl