Field Trip Reminders for May 9

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Are you excited for our field trip? The kinders are!  It will be happening TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 9.  Here is a schedule of our day. (you can refer to the orange paper sent home on Monday too)

9:15/20am – leave for Hemlock Crossing Nature Center (chaperones either met us at the park or you can come to school and follow the bus there)

10:00-11:30am – learning led by Hemlock Crossing Nature Center leaders 

11:45am -leave for HAGER PARK IN JENISON

12:00pm – eat lunch, use bathroom, play at park 

1:30/45pm – load buses and say good byes

2:00pm – kinders arrive back at school

**All kinders need a SACK LUNCH LABELED WITH THEIR NAME and a WATER BOTTLE. We will be throwing away  our trash at the park.  WE WILL NOT BE ORDERING HOT LUNCH.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND LUNCH BOXES!!

**Please be sure to dress your kinder (layers are best) according to the the weather report….outdoor tennis shoes and coat are needed.  I am hearing reports of in the high 60’s-low 70’s for tomorrow. Hooray!

**Here are the addresses if you are planning to enter them into your GPS. 

Hemlock Crossing Park Nature Center 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive, MI 49423  (Printed maps, group member names were sent home for the volunteers.)

Hager Park 8134 28th Ave, Jenison

You are welcome to join us for lunch. Please let me know if you are coming. This is the list of parents/grandparents so far.  Younger siblings are welcome to come to the park!  We should be arriving at the park around 12:00pm, weather permitting!  

~~~We are every excited for a great day of learning!!   Mrs. Bohl

Please read—-Correct field trip date

Our field trip will be on Wednesday, May 9!  It was mistakenly listed on the school main blog. 

We will be at Hemlock Crossing Nature Park for the morning.  We plan on arriving at Hager Park around 12:00pm.  We will be eating our picnic lunch at the picnic tables. The kinders will have some time to play on the playground after lunch before returning to Georgetown.

 If you are planning to meet your kinder for lunch, please let me know. Younger siblings are welcome to join in the fun at the park.  You will find a note containing this information inside your kinder’s folder on Monday.  

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

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—April 30-May 4

Look what your kinder did at school this week.

SCIENCE:  Hooray! We have learned that not all plants grow at the same rate but thank goodness they all sprouted!  The warmer spring weather helped so much.  We are watering  and journaling about the growth of our bean plant.  

  

We explored each part of flower by reading informational books, labeling the various parts (seed, roots, stem, leaves, petals) and creating a craft which is hanging in the back of our room.  

  

We also read and discussed two different Let’s Find Out newspapers, both relating to seeds and the growth cycle of a plant.

 

It was fun to review previous knowledge of fairy tales when we enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk.  We read the original version and one with a favorite character, Little Critter, who pretended to be Jack.  The kinders were excited to paint their beanstalk so that we could retell the story today.  Enjoy hearing your kinder retell the story to you.

 

 MATH:  The kinders compared numbers and identified if they were Greater than or Less than other numbers by writing G or L.  They also practiced showing teen numbers using ten and extra ones as well as writing partner equations for numbers 7-10.  We are getting to the end of our last unit in math learning.  Thank you for your continual support and encouragement towards your kinder in completing their weekly homework.  It is so beneficial to solidify their learning.

  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders continued to dive deeper in learning about characters.  We looked at the main characters, noticing that they can be in more than one book.  For example, the Little Critter character (books by author Mercer Mayer) is in many different books. We noticed that Little Critter does different things in different stories.  We also explored the difference between 2 main characters in books.  The Kinders loved comparing the characters of Hansel and Gretel in the classic tale Hansel and Gretel.  Noticing that Hansel and Gretel each do different things in the story.  The kinders have done a great job!

    

We are constantly celebrating being READERS!   Reading everyone’s clothing today was a lot of fun.  It soon became a challenge to see how many popcorn words were on each others’ clothing.  Thank you for helping your kinder participate. 

TAKE HOME BOOKS:  Thank you  so much for encouraging and supporting your kinder this year as they participated in our TAKE HOME book program.  We have two more weeks of reading.  Then we will begin to collect all of the books for summer inventory. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who came into school each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to listen to the kinders read.  It would not have been possible without your assistance.  I am so grateful for your help!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders began learning how to write their last style  of writing…..Opinion writing.  We started with learning the difference between fact and opinion.  Then we sorted statements into an opinion or fact column.  Reading a fun book called Duck! Rabbit! helped us verbally practice giving our reasons to why we felt that way. 

   

Each day they need to give their opinion about a topic, write two reasons to support why they feel that way and write a closing sentence such as “_____ is my favorite.” or “I really like _______.”  WOW!  WOW!  The kinders are writing like first graders!  They are including popcorn words, spaces between words, sentence stoppers as well as giving awesome reasons. Our topics this week were 1. playing on the swings or slide  2. like winter or summer  3. enjoy eating home lunch or hot lunch.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the kinders tasted chips and salsa before writing their opinion if it was yucky or yummy.  Have I said lately, how proud I am of them! 🙂

      

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  We were lucky to enjoy two visits this week.

 Jonathan has been wishing his mom would stop by and this week she did.  His baby brother, Christopher came along too.  She brought a big book of The Little Old Lady who swallowed a Fly AND an Old Lady puppet with all of the characters she swallowed.  What a fun way to listen and enjoy a story. 

  

Victoria jumped up and gave her mom a big hug as she entered our room. Her mom brought along her favorite book when she was younger,Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. It is one of our favorite books too.  It was fun to help Victoria’s mom read many of the pages.  Thank you so much for stopping by this morning.

  

POPCORN WORDS:        HAVE     ON      OF                                                                     It is amazing.!  Before a kinder can move the letter magnets to spell our popcorn words, the class is shouting out the word.  The kinders are beginning to SPELL the words in addition to identifying them.  How amazing!

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

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

*PLAYGROUND:  Our playground is very wet and muddy and then it is dry and dirty.  Please keep this in mind as you send your kinder to school. Rain boots or outside play shoes might be a good idea until the spring weather clears.  Thank you for being considerate of helping to keep our inside floors and rugs clean.

*BOOK ORDERS: On Monday, the last book orders for this year will be sent home.  You will be able to order online or send in the paper form along with a check to school.  All orders are due on Friday, May 11.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 7:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MAY 8: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; LIBRARY…Return you library books.  NOTE CHANGE IN DAY DUE TO OUR FIELD TRIP

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  Hager Park  HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. Younger siblings are welcome. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!; HOMEWORK DUE….literacy and math  

*THURSDAY, MAY 10:  MUSIC;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/10) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MAY 11:  ART: FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm); Book Orders due (online or paper forms); Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small stuffed animal to read with

*MONDAY, MAY 14:  Birthday celebration for Dominic

*THURSDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Parker 

*FRIDAY, MAY 18:  Volunteer note (coming home Monday) is due Friday, May 18; Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small flashlight to read with

*FRIDAY, MAY 26: RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28:  Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know soon.

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

TWO Backpack snacks a day

 

This is a friendly reminder that we take TWO snack breaks during our school day.  ONE in the MORNING and ONE in the AFTERNOONThat means your kinder should come to school with TWO snacks each day.  Many of the kinders area coming to school without snacks. or snacks that they say they do not like to eat.  I have a some cereal that I am glad to pass out those kinders who forget but it is becoming quite common lately.

I am sure that your kinder will enjoy eating a variety of snacks that you can pack for them instead the the plain cereal I have on hand.

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

 

Read a T-Shirt Day tomorrow 5/4

Wear a shirt with words on Friday!!

We are celebrating our fabulous year of reading growth throughout May by having “Fun Reading Fridays!” Our first reading Friday is tomorrow: Read a T-Shirt Day. Your kinder is welcome and/or encouraged to wear a t-shirt with words so our class can read each other’s shirts! Check the pink note for details about the rest of our Fun Reading Friday events.  It came home earlier this week.

The Kinders will love reading their friends shirts!!

Please keep TOYS at home!

This is a friendly reminder that ALL toys (baseball cards, outside balls…footballs, soccer balls, shopkins, etc) are to be kept at home. Many kinders are bringing these items to school, often without parent permission. 

We have outside balls designated for our playground that the kinders can use during our recess time.  Our classroom has many toys/materials to explore and use during our choice time.

You can find this request and more under INFORMATION ABOUT KINDERGARTEN posting at the top of our class blog.

Thank you so much.    Mrs. Bohl

 

Award given to a kinder

When we make green (good) choices and they are noticed, Mrs. Reagan hands out OUTSTANDING awards to classes in school.  We have quite a few on the wall outside our classroom door.  Way to go!

This  past week she gave an OUTSTANDING award to one particular kinder……LUCAS…..for making awesome green choices that show he is “IS NICE, WORKS HARD AND IS READY TO LEARN”.  Congratulations, Lucas!  

Mrs. Reagan will be passing out more individual OUTSTANDING awards throughout the school year.  Remember….your choices matter!  🙂

WHAT HAS HAPPENED—April 23-27

Can you believe it?  It is the end of April and next week we are moving into our last full month of school.  Take a look at what was accomplished this week.

SCIENCE:  What is Alive?  and Living and Non-Living were books that assisted us as we began learning about things that are alive and not alive.  The kinders learned that living things need *air, *water, *food, *soil (plants), *space (habitat)  and can *move, *grow.  Sorting living and non-living pictures was a fun activity. 

    

The kinders watched a science video that reviewed what makes something alive.  They also made a booklet about living and non-living things by building the missing words.  

   

We planted bean seeds and are patiently watering and waiting for them to sprout.  Hopefully the warmer, sunny spring weather helps.  We will keep you updated!  We also had some fun looking a a variety of seeds and had to match them with what they would grow into…a daisy, an onion, a sunflower, a radish and more.

     

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:   I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This month’s genre was about HOW TO….  do various things.  This week the kinders wrote How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; How to wash your hands; How to eat an Oreo and How to plant a seed.

 

All of their writings came home today.  Enjoy having them show you how to do some of these tasks.  Your  kinder is a great teacher!  Next week we will begin our last writing unit…Opinion Writing.  Wow! I know that the kinders will do a fabulous job and will enjoy this type of writing. 

MATH:  The kinders are doing well comparing numbers, identifying numbers that are Greater than and Less than other numbers.  They are also doing well showing teen numbers using tens and extra ones. The kinders put away their workbooks for a few days and had fun playing games to practice identifying number partners.  For one game, they used two different colors of unifix cubes to create number partners of 7. For example: 4 red cubes + 3 blue cubes = 7 cubes.

   

Another game was called Flower Power.  The kinders took turns tossing a butterfly and bumble bee bean bag onto a large flower, using the numbers that the insects landed on to create number equations.  For example: 1+3=4.

Thank you so much for encouraging your kinder to complete their homework each week.  This helps to solidifying their learning.  

POPCORN WORDS:         COME   SOME                                                                           April popcorn flash cards were sent home to add to your kinder’s collection. The work that you do at home helps your kinder be the best student they can be. Thank you!

FUN CENTERS:  Thank you so much to Hunter’s mom, Katelynn’s mom and Lucas’ grandma for helping us learn while having fun.  We practiced using our predicting, comparing and counting skills by playing MAGIC BEANS, identified popcorn words by playing GOING BUGGY, used our questioning skills by playing GUESS WHO and used our investigating skills by comparing earthworms and gummy worms. (I am sorry there are not any pictures to share with you….I was also running a center.) Thank you so much for volunteering to be part of fun centers each month.  The kinders looked forward to this time and it would not have been possible without your support and help.  

END OF THE YEAR ASSESSMENTS:  Preparation for the end of the year assessments and records have begun.  I am excited to be the listener as I ask each kinder read books to me.  They are doing an AMAZING job!! They are making FABULOUS progress.  Supporting your kinder at home by practicing/reviewing popcorn words, reading books, completing math homework and more has helped your kinder be a successful learner.  Thank you so much.  

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  Izabel was so surprised to see her mom and younger brother, Grayson walk through the door…again. She chose to read Spaghetti on my hot dog bun.  It was a fabulous story about having courage to show kindness to those who are unkind to us. Thank you so much for choosing a timely book and being willing to stop in to read us another story.  

    

  Happy birthday to Anderson.  He turned 6 on April 24.  Thank you so much for the birthday treat bags. 

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  May is FILLED with many birthday celebrations.  Be sure to look at the May calendar and the June calendar for May and summer birthday celebration dates, along with other important information.  It has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snacks for your kinder, 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.  We only have a few weeks left…keep reading!!!

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, April 30: MUSICreading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MAY 1: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: STEAMHOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.

 *THURSDAY, MAY 3: GYMreading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word lists

*FRIDAY, MAY 4:  MUSIC

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hager Park.   Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a paper sack lunch LABELED WITH THEIR NAME and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!  

*THURSDAY, MAY 10:  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (4/12) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 11:  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 14:  Birthday celebration for Dominic

*MONDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Parker 

*FRIDAY, MAY 26…..RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28…Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  Volunteer note (coming home Monday) is due Friday, May 18

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

Spring Field Trip

Our class field trip is happening very soon.  Our class, along with Ms. Hutchison’s class, will be going to Hemlock Crossing Park  in West Olive for a nature and wild life study using our 5 senses. The kinders will travel by bus together, leaving by 9:15 a.m.  We will explore the Nature Center from 10-11:30 approx.  Then we will climb on the bus to travel to Hager Park in Jenison for a picnic lunch and play time, returning to school by 2:00 p.m.   A  bright orange informational note came home.

Hemlock Crossing limits the number of parent chaperones that can attend.  ONLY 6 parent volunteers can join us for the morning activities.  All volunteers have been contacted.  Thank you for ALL of the volunteers to chaperone.  It is least favorite part of my job to have to limit chaperones.  All chaperones will provide their own transportation to and from the field trip.  Please consider carpooling if it is easiest.

However, all parents and younger siblings are more than welcome to meet us for the second portion of our day at Hager Park in Jenison for a picnic lunch and playtime. We should be at the park by 12:00 p.m.   Kinders will be asked to bring a sack lunch and drink on our field trip day for the park.  

If it rains on our field trip day we will still go to the Nature Center and if rain persists we will cancel lunch and playtime at the park and return to our classroom for an inside picnic and playtime.  You are welcome to join us there if it rains.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or fill out the orange sheet and return it as soon as possible and I will add you to this FIELD TRIP PARENTS list. 

More specific details about our field trip will be coming home prior to our trip day.  Thanks so much for your support and understanding!  Mrs. Bohl