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Holiday Party!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to ALL of the volunteers (Sabrina’s mom, Elliott’s dad, Sutton’s mom, Ellery’s mom, Rowan’s mom, Jude & Kieran’s mom, Ariya’s mom, Katelyn’s mom, Isla’s mom and Reagan’s mom) who ran our fun centers and to ALL of the volunteers who donated supplies to make our Holiday Party so fun!  It takes a lot of work to plan, organize, and run the party centers. The kinders and I had a fabulous time!  

Enjoy this short, fun video that captures the holiday fun of the day!

Kindergarten has Holiday Spirit

Here is the spirit line up for next week (12/16-12/20):

  • Monday: Wear Green and Red
  • Tuesday: Wear a holiday hat (antlers, elf, Santa, etc…)
  • Wednesday: Grinch Day….Wear cozy socks, scarf or dress in Grinch attire.  
  • Thursday: Holiday Party Day….Wear a Holiday Sweater
  • Friday: Polar Express Day….Wear PJs (slippers can be worn but need shoes for gym)

NEWS—Dec 9-13

What a Merry and Bright week of learning.  See what we did at school this week.

POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                 December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.  You might want to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

MATH: We practiced making teen numbers by looking at a group of 10 and extra ones.  We put numbers in correct order and then practiced writing them correctly….not always starting at number one.  Example: (7,8,6, should be 6,7,8).  We also used shapes to create new shapes.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We stepped away from writing personal narrative (true stories) to enjoy several Gingerbread stories.  Each day we read a different Gingerbread story and focused on using one of the many writing skills we have learned.  On Monday we read The Gingerbread Man by Jim Alsworth making sure our pictures and words matched.  On Tuesday, after reading The Gingerbread Boy, we focused on starting with a capital letter, putting spaces between words and ending with a sentence stopper (period).  On Wednesday The Gingerbread Baby was read so that we could work on identifying a feeling when we write.  Next week we will read a few more versions before their Gingerbread Cookie Jar packets come home.

HANDWRITING:  This week it was learning how to correctly write CLOCKWISE UPPERCASE LETTERS (P,B,R,D,T). Thank you for using these writing packets at home to give your kinder extra writing practice.  

READING:   This week the kinders practiced using all of their reading superpowers such as POINTER POWER, SOUND POWER, PICTURE POWER, BOOK TALK POWER. Their individual book boxes include interest books like Pete the Cat, Clifford, Fly Guy and books that are “good fit” books. “Good Fit” books that are at or near their tested reading level to help them sharpen their reading skills. We also worked to increase our private read to self time reading stamina.  At the beginning of the week we were at 4 minutes.  By the end of the week the kinders were reading at 10 minutes.  Way to go!  The kinders are SUPER READERS!! 

SPLIT LIT: The kinders really do enjoy this time of the day.  They rotate to 5 different centers (3 independent & 2 teacher led) where they practice specific skills to build their knowledge of sounds, words and phonemic awareness.  All of these skills help them grow in their ability to become independent readers. This week the kinders worked on identifying & writing popcorn words, final and medial sounds, blending and segmenting sounds and syllables.  

MYSTERY READER: Kylie was not expecting her grandparents to walk into the room.  They are visiting from AZ so it was so nice they could visit Georgetown.  Kylie’s Grandpa read There was a Coyote who swallowed a Flea.  A fun book about different animals found in AZ.

Candy Cane Sale:                                                                          
The 5th grade annual candy cane sale is here! Don’t miss out! You can buy a tasty treat for only $1. The sale runs through Wednesday, Dec. 18th! Thank you in advance for your support!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day even if there is not any snow.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.

*BOOK EXCHANGE:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift. If you would like your kinder to participate, please send a book in next Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation.  Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me your preferance (Monday/ Thursday, weekly, 2X month, 1X month) and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Tuesday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Here is the link to the sign up list if you need to check what you offered to donate. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec 16GYM    Holiday Gift Shopping  2:00-2:45pm.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  More details coming soon    Wear Red and Green Day

*Tues. Dec 17ART   Wear Holiday Hat Day (antlers, hat, etc)

*Wed. Dec 18STEAM   Grinch Day  

*Thurs. Dec 19MUSIC    Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  If you would like to check what your donated supplies, the sign up is HERE.  

*Fri. Dec 20GYM   Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

*Dec 21-Jan 5—Holiday Vacation   School resumes on Monday, January 6

Holiday Party Sign Up

The Holiday Party planning is done and now we could use your help.  Please follow the instructions below to sign up to donate the needed supplies for the party.  

All of the volunteer help spots have been filled.  If you have not had the opportunity to attend a party, no worries.  We will have our last party in February.  You are welcome to email me if you would like to be part of that party.  Thank you so much for helping to make our classroom parties a fun experience for the kinders.

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Holiday Party 2019!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/7987944240105
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Dec. 10-14

What a merry and bright week we had at school.  We had so much fun doing some last minute gingerbread man activities, playing games, singing songs and just learning! 

WRITING:  We wrote a few more books this week too.  We thought of a topic, came up with a patterned sentence, wrote our words and drew detailed pictures.  We learned how to add specific details so that readers can infer more about the story.  Some of the patterns were “____ can fly.”  “It is a ____(color) gift.” I have been so impressed by their hard work!  Hooray for the kinders!! 🙂 Be on the lookout for these books…they will come home next week.  The kinders are very observant as they read books too…they are on the lookout for these fun patterns. 🙂

HANDWRITING:  This week COUNTER CLOCKWISE letters of C,G,S,O,Q,U were spotlighted.  Thank you for practicing at home too.  

MATH:  The kinders explored seeing 5 groups and extra ones to make larger numbers….6-10. by playing a fun game using holiday erasers for practice.  We also told some subtraction stories using the erasers too.  We completed a worksheet to practice teem number building as well as looking for number partners in number sentences.

    

POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                                  December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.  You might want to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE GINGERBREAD MAN?:  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) sent us a big envelope filled with post cards from his latest destination…..SPAIN.  We learned that they like to play futball (soccer), they speak Spanish, they like to eat churros, snails, olives and more. We had fun trying to count to 10 in Spanish too.  Where will Gingy go next?

READING:  We learned about more superpowers that Super Readers use when reading….SNAP WORD POWER, PARTNER POWER and PICTURE POWER.  Snap word power is when a reader can find words they know, like sight words, and read those words in a snap.  The kinders explored the classroom for words they knew in a snap.  Partner power is when readers help each other when they are reading.  The kinders worked with their reading partner to read a book together, taking turns to point and read to each other while helping each other with words that might be tricky. Picture power is when readers really look at the picture to see if it matches the words written.

SPLIT LIT:  I am reassessing the kinders on the skills that they are working on in small groups. They made great progress. I am so proud of their hard work in learning. We will begin working on new literacy skills in small groups after vacation along with new independent literacy work. We worked as a whole group to practice hearing syllables in Christmas words. If you have time during our break, please continue to use your flash cards to practice identifying sight words.

MYSTERY READER:  Parker literally jumped up and screamed when his mom stepped into the room.  She read Mooseltoe because she loves Christmas.  What a fun story!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day even if there is not any snow.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.

*BOOK EXCHANGE:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift. If you would like your kinder to participate, please send a book in next Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation.  Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Monday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Please be respectful of Mrs. Reagan’s request……Due to the large number of parent volunteers attending class parties with in the school, Mrs. Reagan has limited the parent attendees to ONLY those volunteering. You MUST have completed a background check if you wish to volunteer. Thank you for understanding.  Click on this link to see who is scheduled to volunteer.  

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec. 17–-MUSIC;  ALL non-food party donations are due

*Tuesday, Dec. 18—GYM; Celebrate Jacob’s birthday  

*Wednesday, December 19–-ART; LIBRARYDon’t forget to return your kinder’s book! Grinch Day—-wear Green, or dress like Grinch characters. We will learn how to make our heart grow!

*Thursday, Dec 20–-STEAM;  Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Thank you for being part of our second class party. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  Food donations should arrive in the morning.  Celebrate Carter’s birthday

*Friday, December 21–MUSIC; Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!  Come to school wearing your cozy pajamas.  Wear boots and snow pants for outside play but slipper shoes are welcome inside of school.  NO STOCKING FEET ARE ALLOWED. NO STUFFED ANIMALS OR BLANKETS.  Thank you! Be prepared for a fun day of learning.  

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!  

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Dec 3-7

Thank you for supporting Georgetown and allowing your kinder to think of family members as they chose gifts at the Holiday Shop.  They had a lot of fun picking ‘just the right’ gift for their loved ones.  

 

GINGERBREAD MAN: We continued to read many different versions…The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Girl, The Gingerbread Girl goes Crackers. We are having fun comparing the endings of each of these stories.  More to come next week.

MATH:  We started unit #3 by meeting TEN BUG…a bug that has ten dots on it and helps us look for groups of ten. The Kinders had fun when ten bug flew around and talked to each of us. Looking for partners of numbers 2-6 (ex: 1+3=4,2+2=4,3+1=4 are partners of number 4) were also part of this week’s lessons.  The kinders used the “break apart stick” and math tiles to help them visually see this concept. Telling addition and subtraction math stories are becoming part of our daily math practice. Ask your kinder about how we like to act out our stories. 

Math games played were GINGERBREAD MEN PATTERNS (making patterns) and WHERE IS THE ELF? (identifying numbers 1-20)  Math is so much fun!! 🙂

WRITING: We continued to write pattern books have repeating words on each page, but one word changes. Sometimes the word that changes is at the beginning of the sentence, at the end of the sentence and in the middle of the sentence. This week we wrote four pattern books! All of the kinders are doing an excellent job!  I am so proud of them.  

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER:  The topic was HIBERNATION.  We read a fiction book that helped us identify animals that sleep during the winter.  Then we read our newspaper that gave us true facts about how bears get ready for the winter.  

READING:  The kinders learned that readers have SUPER POWERS!

This week it was all about POINTER POWER.  By pointing under each word, making sure that what they say matches what is written and remembering that even longer words get one tap, help to strengthen their super powers. We practiced using our pointer power by reading a Gingerbread Man book filled with popcorn words and by using some very cool googly eyes. Pointer Power….activate!!  You can practice using pointer power at home too!

HANDWRITING:  We worked on writing CLOCKWISE family letters,     Encouragement to write neatly and slowly is stressed as we work on these letters. Thank you for your continual practice at home. 🙂 

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE GINGERBREAD MAN?:  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) sent us a big envelope filled with post cards from his latest destination…..FRANCE.  We learned about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, etc.  We agreed that we would like to eat a chocolate souffle, baguette, crepes but escargots would not be tasty.  Mrs. Rossback has had them and she said “they are a bit slimy”.  🙁 . It was fun to see that their flag had the same colors as ours….red, white and blue.  (Sorry….no pictures….we were so busy learning that I forgot! 🙁 )

MYSTERY READERS: Lila jumped up with glee and a small shout when she saw her grandma walk into the room on Wednesday.  She read a Piggy and Elephant book…There is a bird on your head!  What a silly, fun story.

Thursday Aria ran to greet her mom.  She read The Giving Tree.

Elliot was so surprised to see her mom and baby sister come into the room.  We heard Elliot’s favorite story, An Awesome Book.  A sweet story about dreams.

It is always fun to have grandparents & parents come and read to us.  Thank you!!

POPCORN WORDS:     LOOK      RUN       FROM                                    Like always, we used them in the our writing and found them in books!

REMINDERS 

*WINTER GEAR:  Please continue to send winter gear each day (when necessary) with your child.   It has become cold and snowy outside and we want our kinders warm.  They may wear their gym shoes every day or you can send a pair of shoes.  Wearing snow boots in our room is not a good option.  :)  Refer to earlier posting for more information.  PLEASE LABEL YOUR KINDER’S CLOTHING!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing 2 quick, healthy backpack snacks each day!

*PARTY DONATIONS:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Monday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Please be respectful of Mrs. Reagan’s request……Due to the large number of parent volunteers attending class parties with in the school, Mrs. Reagan has limited the parent attendees to ONLY those volunteering. You MUST have completed a background check if you wish to volunteer. Thank you for understanding.  Click on this link to see who is scheduled to volunteer.  

*5th Grade Candy Canes:  Mon. Dec 3 thru Fri Dec 14. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered.  Please enclose the money inside a labeled envelope, listing the number of candy canes needed.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec 10—MUSIC  

*Tuesday, Dec 11—GYM  

*Wednesday, Dec 12—ART;  LIBRARYDon’t forget to return your child’s book!  

*Thursday, Dec 13–-STEAM; HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Georgetown Holiday Music Program  6:30pm at Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  Kinders arrive by 6:15pm;    Sack lunch orders (by note in kinder’s folder or email) due for tomorrow’s Fast Friday

*Friday, Dec. 14— GYM;  Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm

*Monday, Dec. 17–ALL non-food party donations are due at school

*Wednesday, December 19–Grinch Day—-wear Green or dress like Grinch characters. We will learn how to make our heart grow!

*Thursday, Dec 20–-Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  All donations should be brought to school by Monday, Dec. 18.  Food donations should arrive on party day in the morning.  If you would like your kinder to participate in the class book gift exchange, please send a  wrapped book (suited for either a boy or girl) with tag on the outside. (TO A FRIEND   FROM (YOUR KINDER’S NAME)  ALL BOOKS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 but can come into school anytime.   

*Friday, December 21-Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!  Come to school wearing your cozy pajamas.  Wear boots and snow pants for outside play but slipper shoes are welcome inside of school.  NO STOCKING FEET ARE ALLOWED. NO STUFFED ANIMALS OR BLANKETS.  Thank you! Be prepared for a fun day of learning.  

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7! 

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

 

Busy December Details!

We have a very busy December planned! Below is a detailed list of everything you need to know for the main events leading up to winter break. December calendars will also be sent home with your kinder this week. Please take a few moments to read through this entire post – lots of details are on this page!

   (1) Holiday Party

Our Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 20 from 1:50-3:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer to lead a station (game or craft),plan the snack/drink or bring a snack/drink, please sign up on this Google sheetDue to the large number of parent volunteers attending class parties with in the school, Mrs. Reagan has limited the parent attendees to ONLY those volunteering. You MUST have completed a background check if you wish to volunteer. Thank you for understanding.

    (2) Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

Georgetown’s Holiday Shop is next week, and our class is scheduled to shop on Wednesday, December 5 from 2:00-2:45 pm. An informational page and envelope will be coming home in your kinder’s folder with more details about the items in the shop.

 

     (3) Book Exchange

We will be doing our holiday book exchange during the last week of school before break. Please send in a gender-neutral book (less than $5) with your kinder by Friday, December 14. Please wrap the book and include a tag that says who the gift is from (ex: To a Friend, From Mrs. Bohl). These can be sent in at any time. 🙂 Book orders (online or paper forms) due by Tuesday, Nov 27.

     (4) Holiday Music Program

Georgetown’s Holiday Music Program will be held at Fair Haven Church on Thursday, December 13. Our kinders need to arrive by 6:15pm and they will be performing at 6:30 pm. They have been practicing so hard and are ready to impress you with their musical talent!

    (5)  December Calendars

The December lunch menu can be found here.  Be sure to read the December calendar to view all of the events happening in this month.  I will send home a paper copy of the December calendar soon.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding these plans – I hope I didn’t miss anything!  Thank you so much for your continued support of our little learners!  Mrs. Bohl

Holiday Party Sign up

Can you believe it’s already time to begin planning our second holiday party?!

Our Holiday party is scheduled for Thursday, December 20 from 2:00-3:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering to lead a game or craft or if you’d be willing to donate game/craft items, snacks or drinks, please sign-up on this spreadsheet. Games and crafts have been determined but please offer suggestions for snacks and drinks.

Thanks so much for your willingness to join in on our Holiday fun!