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Kindergarten Open House is TONIGHT!

 

Are you ready for school to begin? Our Kindergarten Open House is TONIGHT! This is a great way for your kinder to see our classroom and meet some of their classmates.
 
Please bring your kinder’s classroom supplies this evening….it will help them have a lighter backpack on the first day and it will help keep our classroom organized. Thank you!!
 

Items include:

  • Clean, inside gym shoes, labeled with your kinder’s name or initials (these shoes will be kept inside of your kinder’s cubby for gym days) Velcro helps your kinder be independent!
  • 1 inch Avery WHITE (3 hole) plastic binder. Please make sure that it has a clear pocket on the front to insert a paper inside.
  • Spiral notebook–wide ruled 70 count (labeled with name)
  • Cuddle Buddy—A SMALL stuffed animal that will stay inside their cubby for the first few weeks of school. (labeled with name)Wish list supplies (optional items..see earlier posting)Wish list supplies (optional items..see earlier posting)
  • Wish list supplies (optional items..see earlier posting)
I hope that you can visit our classroom on
Tuesday, August 20 between 6:30-7:30pm.
 
I can’t wait to see you!
~Mrs. Bohl

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If you are a parent from last year and your kinder is moving onto a new grade and class, please follow the instructions below to unsubscribe to this blog.  

1.  When you receive an email alert that the blog has been updated, scroll to the bottom of the email.

2.  At the bottom, look for the option to “UNSUBSCRIBE”.  Click on this and you will be all set.  

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to teach your kinder.  Have a wonderful, super, great summer!  Please subscribe to your first grade teacher’s blog.  Mrs. Bohl 🙂

Heart Challenge

Dear Parents,
 
We are SO CLOSE to meeting our needed sign up to get $500 worth of PE EQUIPMENT!  We just need 26 more kids…that is one student per class.  This does not involve money — it simply involves registering and committing to taking care of your heart through exercise and diet.
 
Here is a link to the BLOG POST about the challenge.
 
Our School Page for registration can be found here.
 
WE CAN DO IT!  Just 26 more kids and we have $500 worth of new PE equipment for everyone to use!
 

Polar Express Day Fun!

Wearing comfy pajamas was just right for boarding the Polar Express today.

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Our day was filled with reading the book The Polar Express, watching the movie by moving through all of the kindergarten classrooms, drinking hot chocolate (with and without marshmallows), solving addition problems using mini marshmallows and solving mystery words using a code. 

The day ended with a package delivered to our classroom!  Inside were silver jingle bells from Santa Claus!!!  They were super cold…probably because they arrived right from the North Pole.  WE BELIEVE!!

Happy pj day to all!

Holiday Party Snacks needed

Kinder families,

Our next party will be held on Thursday, December 20 from 2:00-3:00pm.

We have enough volunteers for our Holiday party but  opportunities to donate snack items are available.  Go to this google document to sign up.  Thank you for being part of our second class party. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net

 

FALL PARTY FUN

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A very BIG thank you to ALL of the parent volunteers who donated supplies and to the parent volunteers  who donated their time to make our first party a hit!  We had so much fun. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Today was all about the book The Day the Crayons Quit.  The kindergarten teachers wore color crayon costumes. The kinders rotated throughout all 4 kindergarten classes to participate in fun related activities relating to colors. Be sure to look inside their pocket folders for appropriate materials.

Enjoy this video of today’s activities.  Thank you again for all of the parent volunteers and for all of your donations!!  You are awesome parents of awesome kinders!!

 

5 Stars = A Reward!

As a class family, our fabulous kinders, earned 5 stars.  We earned our stars for AWESOME classroom behavior.

 

To celebrate, we stopped working on Thursday afternoon and took advantage of a beautiful fall day to play outside with our friends.  Here are some pictures of our time together.  Way to go, kinders!

Fire Fighters Visit

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This morning four Georgetown Township fire fighters came to teach us about fire safety.  

Firefighters Rob, Dan and Jason spoke with our class and Ms. Hutchinson’s class about fire safety.

   

Here are some of the fire safety tips that we learned:

  • Check the smoke detectors in your house to make sure they work properly. Change the batteries yearly.
  • Go outside!  Talk about a safety plan for your family in case of a fire – where is your meeting spot? 
  • Call 911 immediately! 
  • Do not play with matches or lighters– they are dangerous and can cause fires! They are tools for grown-ups only!
  • If a part of your clothing or your body catches on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL. 

Many of the kinders already knew these fire safety rules and know that it is good to “not be scared but be prepared”.  Fire fighter Jason showed how he would crawl on the floor looking for people and had the kinders practice yelling “Over Here” if they were inside a building.

The firefighters also showed us of what they looked like wearing their heavy uniforms. 

      

After our time in the classroom, we were able to go outside and look at all of the tools the fire fighters keep and use on the fire truck.  Pretty cool stuff!!

    

Thank you, Georgetown Township Firefighters, for a great visit AND for the fire safety treat bags! 

 

Some Important Details…PLEASE READ!

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Please take a few minutes to read the following important reminders before your kinder begins school.  I realize this posting is a bit long but please read to the end.  Thank you!! 🙂

BACKGROUND CHECK:

If you would like to attend a school event (field trip) or volunteer at school, you must complete a background check. You must complete a new background check every year.  Please do this now so that we are not scrambling to get background checks the week that you would like to volunteer.

The district has streamlined the process allowing parents to access the form online (laptop, tablet or smartphone).

To access the form online, please visit the website link here.

TRANSPORTATION:

PK and Kindergarteners must ride their assigned bus all year long.  Changes in their bus ride is not allowed.  Please do not send a note or call to ask permission for your kinder to change busses.  This is specific for kindergarteners and it is Board of Education Policy established for the safety and security of the children.

CHANGES IN GOING HOME:

We pride ourselves in making sure that all of the children are safe at school — constantly reviewing our procedures for security.  We feel the same way about the process of sending your kinder home at the end of the day.  I want to make sure that every single kinder goes home safely each day.

If there CHANGE in the plan for going home, you must contact the office or me (by email) before 2 pm on the day of the change.  You may also send a note inside your kinder’s folder.  I must hear from you by email, phone or note before 2 pm on the day of the change.  Because I am busy teaching and working with the kinder, this is my last opportunity to check email before the end of the school day.

PLEASE avoid making changes mid-day and contacting school by phone.  When the office is contacted, the classroom is interrupted by intercom to inform me of the change.  This is a disruption in our learning environment.

We understand that occasionally last minute changes do occur, however, when this becomes a pattern it is very disruptive to the classroom environment — and can cause anxiety with some children.  Limited changes means consistency which also means we are less likely to make errors.  We want your kinder to be safe and secure after school.  

Also, please read the district BUS PASS policy so that you are well informed about the limits of changing busses.

ORDERING LUNCH:

You can check out the Hudsonville Food Service website (listed under the right side of our blog under “helpful links”) for payment information including the option of setting up an online lunch account (highly recommended!)  If your kinder will be having home lunch but ordering MILK, attaching a small note on the outside of their lunch box would help me SO MUCH for the first few weeks of school.This helps me and them remember they would like milk.  Thank you!

Lunch ordering is brand new for most of the kinders.  I will be helping them learn the process and soon they will be professional lunch orderers!  It will help me and them if you could have some discussion on what they are having for lunch daily (home lunch, blue or white lunch choice).

Please make sure that you send a water bottle labeled with your kinder’s name to school each day. We want to keep them hydrated. Kinders learn best when they are hydrated.  We will be taking time to have water breaks during the day. Save the juice boxes for lunch only.

STARTING SCHOOL:

The 2 name tags found inside the folder are to be worn on Day 1 (Tuesday) and Day 2 (Wednesday) of school.  Send them wearing their name tags.  My name is also on the name tags which will help get them to our classroom on these busy mornings!  I do plan to be outside the first week a few minutes before the bell rings to ease any fears. Have your kinder look for this sign, which will be outside our classroom door (facing the playground), to locate our classroom quickly.  Remember our door is in the middle and is labeled with the letter “M”.

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Remember, at this age these little ones often get their cues from parents and adults around us.  If we get emotional and cry….they will too.  The more excited and reassuring you can be with your kinder the better. Routines are important so starting them on the very first day is suggested. I truly LOVE what I do and will definitely be calming any fears that may happen.   Whether it be  a loving hand to hold, distraction or hugs of reassurance.

I wish you all a VERY HAPPY last few days of summer. Feel free to contact me (kbohl@hpseagles.net) with ANY questions you have!!  Thanks again for sharing your amazing kinder with me this year!!  I will see everyone on Tuesday, August 28. Mrs. Bohl