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Field Trip Memories

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We had so much fun learning and observing living and non-living things during our class trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center this week.  We observed birds flying and chirping, saw a beaver lodge and watched tadpoles and water beetles swimming.  We saw plant life and creatures in meadows and wetlands. Our five senses were very busy all morning long.  

Thank you, thank you to Mr. Kniceley, Mrs. Scholten, Mrs. Daley, Mrs. Shaffer, Mrs. Parrish and Mrs. Kinsman for joining us in learning. I am so glad that many other parents and grandparents were able to join us for a picnic lunch at Hager Park.  What a fun day…even though it was a bit cold.

Enjoy the video that showcases our memories.

 

Field Trip Reminders for Wed 5/8

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Are you excited for our field trip? The kinders are!  It will be happening TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 8.  Here is a schedule of our day. 

9:30am – 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 

11:40am -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….it is predicted to rain. We go RAIN OR SUN to Hemlock Crossing.  

**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 (or a grandparent) are welcome to join us for lunch. We will be eating by the area near the bathrooms of the wooden structure play area.  When you first pull into the park we will be on the left.  Younger siblings are welcome to join in the fun at the park.   Please let me know if you are coming. This is the list of parents/grandparents so far. We should be arriving at the park around 12:00pm, weather permitting!

If it is raining we will forgo Hager Park and return to school to enjoy our picnic lunch in the classroom. Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us!!

~~~We are every excited for a great day of learning!!  If you have any questions, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net         Mrs. Bohl

Please check tonight……

Our field trip today at Hemlock Nature Center was AWESOME!! (even if it did rain at the end)  However, with our day of nature always comes those little critters we need to mindful of.  Ticks!  

As a staff we always give the good once over to look for any little hitchhikers.  However,  these little “friends” love to find spots to hide out that we aren’t allowed to search.  So maybe tonight is a bath night and an extensive once over would be helpful for Tick safety. I have attached the link from the CDC on Ticks.  Please let me know if you have any questions OR if you did see any hitchhikers (Ticks).

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html

Field Trip Reminders

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Are you excited for our field trip? The kinders are!  It will be happening TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 10.  Here is a schedule of our day. (you can refer to the yellow paper sent home on Monday too)

9:15/20am – leave for Hemlock Crossing Nature Center

10:00-11:30am – Learning led by the ODC leaders 

11:45am -leave for HAGER PARK IN JENISON (NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION)

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

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

2:00pm – students arrive back at school

**All kinders need a home sack lunch LABELED WITH THEIR NAME and a drink. We will be throwing away  our trash at the park.  WE WILL NOT BE ORDERING HOT LUNCH.

**Please be sure to dress your Kindergartener according to the the weather report.outdoor gym shoes and coat are needed.  I am hearing reports of in the 60’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

  Younger siblings are welcome to come to the park, if you wish.  We should be arriving at the park around 12:00pm, weather permitting!  

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

OUR WEEK—May 1-5

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!  We watered  and journaled about the growth of our bean plant and you now have the responsibility of caring for that plant. Be sure to continue to write in the journal about what you do! 🙂 I hope that  you can find a good spot in your yard for planting the bean plant.

 

We also spent some time this week learning facts about worms and connecting their importance to the soil we learned about earlier.  Today we compared real worms to gummy worms by investigating each up close.  Take a peek inside your kinder’s Wonderful Worms booklet to read our findings. Can you tell which worm is which? 🙂

 

MATH:  The kinders compared objects using math terms such as longer than, shorter, heavier than, lighter than.  We also reviewed showing tens and extra ones for teen and twenty numbers.  The kinders will be taking their LAST math test…Unit #5 this coming Thursday. Please encourage your kinder to do their best.  The test will cover addition & subtraction problems; comparing numbers using terms shorter, longer, heavier, lighter; showing tens & extra ones for teen numbers; and   On Friday, we played FLOWER POWER working on writing and solving addition problems. A fun way to practice this math skill.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  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. The kinders became Jabber the Reteller as we retold the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.  I hope that you have heard the story!  We had fun creating the beanstalks.

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 one more week 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. Each day they give their opinion about a topic, write two reasons to support why they felt that way and write a closing sentence.  WOW!  WOW!  The kinders are writing like first graders!  They are including popcron words, spaces between words, sentence stoppers as well as giving awesome reasons.  Have I said lately, how proud I am of them! 🙂  

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  James jumped up and gave his dad a big hug as he entered our room and was pretty excited to see that his mom and little sister came along too.  His dad brought along another fun book that needed a flashlight to uncover hidden pictures.(James’ mom was a mystery reader earlier this year and introduced us to these cool flashlight books.)  This one was called Wonders of the USA.  The kinders were excited to recognize many of the symbols such as Statue of Liberty, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Bald Eagle.  We will be studying various American Symbols soon so what a surprise introduction.  Thank you so much for stopping by this morning.

REMINDERS 

*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!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send a daily healthy snack 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.

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MAY 8:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MAY 9: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books and POPCORN words; 

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 10:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  TimberTown  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.  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;  Birthday celebration for Easton!

*THURSDAY, MAY 11:  MUSIC; Last day for reading TAKE HOME books;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/11) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

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

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Ronen

*FRIDAY, MAY 19:  Kindergarten Olympic volunteer note due

*MONDAY, MAY 22:  Birthday celebration for Mason (July 1 birthday)

*TUESDAY, MAY 23:  Birthday celebration for Lauren (July 29 birthday)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 24:  Birthday celebration for Hudson (August 19 birthday)

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

*MONDAY, MAY 29…Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY, JUNE 2:  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 9:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

 

2 Special Upcoming Events

Dear Kinder Families,

We have 2 special events occurring in kindergarten.  Please read the following information.  Exciting things are still happening in kindergarten!

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Field Trip:  Our field trip is on Wednesday, May 10  We will be visiting Hemlock Crossing Nature Center and then traveling to Huizenga Park in Zeeland for lunch and play time at TimberTown.  We will be leaving school at 9:15 a.m. promptly and returning around 2:00 p.m. Remember, as a chaperone you will need to provide your own transportation to the field trip location.  PLEASE pack your kinder a lunch and drink for the day with their name labeled on their paper lunch bag and sent it to school with them in the morning.  Thank you to all of our parents who are able to attend the field trip and chaperone the kinders. All parents are welcome to join us for our picnic lunch and fun.  We will be at the park around 12:00pm.  Please dress your kinder according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day, rain or shine. 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.  We will go on this trip rain or shine….rain gear may be needed. 

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Kindergarten Olympics:  What are the Kindergarten Olympics?  A fun day of games where all the Kindergarten classes join together!  We will be having the Kindergarten Olympics on Friday, June 2.  A note asking for parent volunteers went home in your child’s folder this past Friday. If you are interested in volunteering, please return the bottom portion of the note by Friday, May 19.

OUR WEEK—April 24-28

Can you believe it?  It is the end of April and we are moving into our last full month of school.  We began  learning about another new science unit,  we enjoyed learning by playing games, making a craft.  I am so proud of the kinders and their choices while I was away this past week.  Ms Smith told me that the kinders were awesome and she would love to return again if needed.  That is great news that every teacher wants to hear!  🙂

SCIENCE:  What is Alive? helped us begin our learning about living and non-living things.  The kinders learned that living things need *air, *water, *food, *soil (plants), *space (habitat)  and can *move, *grow.  We created a class tree map (are, have, need) for plants, working together to write answer on both the class poster and their own papers.  They made their own mini poster for ‘Parts of a Flower’, labeling each section, which came home today.  We are continuing to water and watch to see if our bean seeds will grow.  Many are starting to sprout!  Hooray! 🙂  

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:   I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This month was all about reviewing the different genres of writing.  Their writing pieces will come home next week. I hope that you enjoyed learning some facts from reading their All About Plants books. 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.  Thank you so much for encouraging your kinder to complete their homework each week.  This helps to solidifying their learning.  

 

FUN CENTERS:  Thank you so much to Gavin’s mom, Ronen’s mom and Gabriel’s dad 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, and used our questioning skills by playing GUESS WHO.  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:  August was so surprised to see his mom walk through the door. She chose to read Dachy’s Deaf.  because she works in an audiologist’s office. A fun story about a dinosaur who learns the importance of wearing his hearing aides.  A fabulous giant THANK YOU to her office for giving each kinder their own book. How very thoughtful of them.  Enjoy reading these books (they came home today).  

Avery jumped right up and ran across the room to welcome her Mimi (grandma).  Mimi lives in the Upper Peninsula and was visiting Avery and her family.  She read Franklin in the Dark, because Avery likes to read Franklin books.  Thank you so much for creating time in your schedule to come read to us!

 

REMINDERS

*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!

*KOOL KINDER AND THE SPRING TIME JOURNAL:  We are enjoying being the Kool Kinder for the last time. Be on the lookout for your kinder to take home our class SPRING TIME journal.  Choose one activity that you enjoy doing as a family in the spring.  Your kinder will draw a detailed picture and write 2 sentences explaining your activity.  Have fun discussing and choosing your activity! 🙂

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  May is FILLED with many birthday celebrations.  Be sure to look at the May 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 a daily healthy 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.  We only have two weeks left…keep reading!!!

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MAY 1: MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MAY 2: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & POPCORN WORD LIST;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.  

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 3: STEAM; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy 

*THURSDAY, MAY 4: GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*FRIDAY, MAY 5:  MUSIC

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 10:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  TimberTown   Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  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!  Birthday celebration for Easton!

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

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Ronen

*MONDAY, MAY 22:  Birthday celebration for Mason (July 1 birthday)

*TUESDAY, MAY 23:  Birthday celebration for Lauren (July 29 birthday)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 24:  Birthday celebration for Hudson (August 19 birthday)

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

*MONDAY, MAY 29…Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY, JUNE 2:  Kindergarten Olympics  Volunteer note due Friday, May 19

~~~Have a great weekend.   Stay dry and warm 🙂   Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—-April 17-21

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EARTH DAY: We enjoyed making and wearing our Earth Day hats today.  We read Just a Gum Wrapper by Mercer Mayer  and Mrs. Fox’s class GO GREEN! among other books to assist in our learning about Earth Day.  We learned how we can take care of the earth and “go green” by recycling paper, cans and bottles, turning off lights when leaving a room, turning off the water while brushing teeth and using containers instead of plastic baggies for snacks.  Cheers were heard when I explained what we would be doing with blue & green frosting, a popsicle stick and a cookie……making an Earth Day cookie. Who knew that frosting and cookies made kinders explode with cheers?  🙂 Love it!!

       

SCIENCE…IT ROCKS!:   This week we focused our learning on rocks.  We investigated our rock collections by sorting them to be either rough or smooth.  We also lined them up by size….from smallest to biggest. We continued to investigate our rocks by the look of them, the height, the  texture and if whether they would float or sink in water.  Be sure to take a look at their booklet for their answers.  Don’t forget to read the previous posting to learn about our 3 types of rocks experiments.

       

This week we planted bean seeds in preparation for our next  science unit…….living and non-living.  Learning about the need for soil was a great connection to our seeds. 

  

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders are busy reviewing the different writing genres they learned this year.  This week they wrote an informational book about a dog or a cat. The kinders were full of factual information for these animals. They are working so hard remembering to use everything that a good writer uses….popcorn words, put spaces between their words, include sentence stoppers, add feelings and draw detailed pictures.  I am so proud of them.  

*MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Taylor quickly popped up to hug her mom when she walked into our room.  She brought along a book that they enjoy reading at home called Hello, My name is Octicorn.  A sweet book that reminded us it is good to be ourselves.  Thank you so much for the fun stickers that related to the book.  So very thoughtful!  There still are open dates available.  Please consider signing up. 

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:         THEY          THESE.                                              Be sure to ask your kinder the song that we sing to help us remember the spelling for “they”.  

*OUTSIDE SHOES:  THANK YOU for sending your kinder in outside shoes or boots on rainy days.  Please remember that…..OUTSIDE SHOES CAN NOT BE WORN IN THE GYM AS MUD AND DIRT GETS ON THE GYM FLOOR.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHILD HAS GYM SHOES TO WEAR THAT ARE NOT THEIR OUTSIDE SHOES.  Thank you!

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

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your kinder 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 so let’s end strong! 🙂

*LUNCH MENU:  The May/June lunch menu is available under Food Service tab on the side bar of our blog.

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, APRIL 24: GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; Ms. Smith teaching

*TUESDAY, APRIL 25: MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; Ms. Smith teaching 

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26: ART;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book; Ms. Smith teaching

*THURSDAY, APRIL 27: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; Mrs. Bohl is back! 

*FRIDAY, APRIL 28:  GYM; FUN CENTERS…Parent volunteers please arrive at 1:40pm for instructions

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 10…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Huizenga Park.   Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  It would be helpful if you would please return the bottom portion of the yellow note so that your kinder and I can know of your plans. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 12….Fast Friday (Early Release Day dismissal at 12:15pm)

*Friday, May 26…..Red, White and Blue Day!  Wear your Red, White and Blue to school!!

*Monday, May 29.. .Memorial Day, No School

~~~Have a great weekend.     Mrs. Bohl