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School begins on January 6!

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Welcome back to school and Happy New Year!  

I am looking forward a great start to 2020 at school on Monday. I can not wait  to see all of my kinders again.  I missed my 28 morning hugs. 🙂  

It is January and it is winter.  Remember the bus ride to and from school can be cold.  The wind chill can fluctuate throughout the day.  If the wind chill warms to above O, we will go outside to play for recess.  So PLEASE CONTINUE TO SEND SNOW PANTS, BOOTS, HATS, MITTENS to school each day with your kinder.  This way they will be prepared and will stay warm playing outside. Don’t forget to label their clothing.

Enjoy the rest of the break, pack your kinder’s backpack with their daily folder & library book, give your kinder an extra hug while preparing them for making good choices and working hard at school again.  I will see them Monday morning!  The heat has been turned down at school during vacation so dress your kinder in warm layers as the school will chilly before it warms up.

Hugs, Mrs. Bohl

Spreading Kindness in December

This is Jingle Joy….the kindness elf.

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During the month of December, she has been living in our classroom. Maybe your kinder has already told you about her??

Each morning the kinders looked eagerly (actually “excitedly” is a more accurate word 🙂 ) around the room to locate her hiding spot.  She was found on top of the flag, inside the empty one hundred bucket, on top of the big whiteboard, way up high on top of the cupboards and inside the kitchen sink as well as other places.  Did you notice that she likes to climb up high?  (ha, ha).  Her main mission was to help us spread kindness to others.  Please ask your kinder to explain about our daily secret missions.  This was and still is TOP SECRET!! 🙂  

It was an amazing, fun time for us to learn how to think of others during this holiday season….and always!  Have some fun spreading the Magical Reindeer Food (on your front lawn) that Jingle Joy left for each kinder. They were so excited to find her gift.  I just loved seeing their happy and (believing) faces! 🙂

 

NEWS—Dec. 16-20

Here is what we did the first 2 days of school.  See the previous postings for the rest of the week.

MATH:  We used gingerbread cookies, various school items to make balance scale balance. We played a fun elf game to practice partners of 10. We counted holiday objects and decided which group had more.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We read 2 more Gingerbread stories.  After reading The Gingerbread Girl we practiced using speech bubbles.  We drew our favorite part of the story from The Gingerbread Cowboy and independently wrote our own sentence.

LITERACY:  Our Split Lit centers were holiday themed to help us practice reading and writing color and sight words, listening for initial, medial and final sounds, writing upper and lower case letters.  We used our comprehension skills to figure out parts of The Gingerbread Man story such as the characters, setting, problem and solution.  The kinders did a fabulous job!

MYSTERY READER:  Elliott immediately said “Mom” when she walked into the room.  She read us Elliott’s favorite story Little Excavator. because like in the story Elliott is sometimes called Little E at home. What a cute story about big machines!

Stay safe as you travel visiting family or if you stay home.  Enjoy the next two weeks with your kinder….making memories together.  If you find you are in need of some activities to do with your kinder you can refer to the green paper in the blue folder or look below for ideas…..

*practice counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100

*writing numbers 1-30

*practice identifying popcorn words using your flash cards

*create and write a small moment (personal narrative) story or create a list of things

*practice writing first and last name (first letter capital, rest of letters lower case)

*read books together 

*go sledding, make a snowman( if we have snow), drink hot chocolate, have fun together!

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:            REVIEW OF WORDS         Ask your kinder to show you how 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)

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day.  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 over break to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*CLEAN OUT BACKPACKS:  Please take a few minutes and empty your kinder’s backpack of unnecessary items.  Many of the backpacks are full of extra items (stuffed animals, blankets, etc).  It is hard to find space for folders, shoes, lunch boxes.  Thank you!

*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.

*The JANUARY calendar is posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  A paper copy was sent home this week.

*The January lunch menu is available to read under the FOOD SERVICE tab on the side bar.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 3:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break. School resumes on Monday, January 6!

*Monday, January 6—Back to School; ART

*Tuesday, January 7—STEAM

*Wednesday, January 8—MUSIC;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book! 

*Thursday, January 9—GYM; Jet’s Pizza Night 4-9pm

*Friday, January 10—ART

*Friday, Jan 31…Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Winter Break: February 1-4

~~~I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; hoping that you spend time making family memories that will be remembered fondly.  I look forward to seeing my kinders on January 6.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  Mrs. Bohl

Polar Express Day

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

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Our day started with a visit from SANTA CLAUS!  What a treat!

The rest of the day was filled with reading the book The Polar Express, finding rhyming pictures based on the Polar Express, watching the movie by traveling to all of the kindergarten classrooms, drinking hot chocolate (with and without marshmallows), writing teen numbers 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!

 

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!

Grinch Day!

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“And the Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day!”  What a great message we learned that when you think of others and give to them, your own heart grows more and more.  

All day long, the Grinch was the theme as we worked on writing, sight words and math.  Of course, we threw in some fun of learning how to draw the Grinch (thank you Mrs. Estefan, a 4th grade teacher, for being our “guest art teacher”) and by watching the movie (the cartoon version) while eating green grinch cookies.  

Enjoy these pictures of our fun day of learning!

Holiday Shopping…at school

Did your kinders get their Holiday shopping done yet?  No worries!  The Penguin Patch Holiday Shop will be open for business this week at Georgetown. 

We are scheduled to shop on Monday, Dec 16 from 2:00-2:45pm.  This is our only time for shopping. 

If you would like your kinder to purchase gifts for family members, please send the money in the envelope that was provided to you.   It would be very helpful if you would fill out the necessary information on the front of the envelope.  This will make shopping easier for your kinder ( and the parent volunteers who will be helping your kinder shop). 

Thank you for supporting Georgetown!

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