Sunday, December 6, 2015


We got a new sensory table, sparkly, sticky, snow!  It is a gak made of liquid starch, water, and washable glue.  I have given many instruction on proper use of the materials, but if they should get on clothes or in hair, it should be water soluble. 
We made thankerchief poems and tubes.  We played this game as a class and highly encourage all of you to play this game at your family thanksgiving feast(s).  Enjoy! 
We worked on counting as well.  I know this looks like a basic worksheet but I promise it works on a lot of skills.  Students counted, recognized numbers, pinched their writing tool correctly, had to completely full in the circles for fine motor development and strengthening.  I was able to work one on one with each child with these and wrote a little note on how they did on the sheet.  If you are looking for more data on how they are doing in this area check it out!
For those who came on Wednesday (AM), we made silly turkey hats.  We worked on how many letter in our names, writing our letters, and then putting them in order on our cool turkey hats.

Important Notes:
  • ****PM STUDENTS**** There is no school on Wednesday November 25 due to the Thanksgiving break starting at 12:30.  There is also no school on Wednesday December 23 because that is the start of the Christmas break at 12:30.  Those are the only half days that there will be no PM 4k.  All other district half days 4k will be in session.
  • ****AM STUDENTS**** On Wednesday Nov 25 and Wed Dec 23, because it is the start of the holiday breaks, there will be no after care offered.  All students must be picked up by 11 (normal pick up time) or 12:30 if they stay all day.  Please reply to the email if you haven't already with pick up time and WHO is picking up.  Thank you.
  • Dress for the weather Please send your child dressed for the weather.  We go outside 2 days a week (We really TRY).  AM goes out Wednesday and Thursday.  PM goes out Tuesday and Thursday.  Extended day (students who stay all day) go out every day.  Unless it is below 0* or raining we do go out.  Please send the clothes that will keep them warm.  Also, please attempt to send in clothes that your child can do themselves.  This may be sending a zip up sweatshirt over a pull over, zipper instead of buttons, mittens instead of gloves, etc.  Thought we will always help to get your child ready, we cannot help all at the same time.  Teaching the children self help and self dress skills is an important goal of the 4k program.  By sending easier clothes, it helps them be more successful.  
  • Layers may be necessary in the school.  Heat does not turn on until later in the fall/early winter so the building can be a little chilly in the morning before the bodies warm it up.  Send your child in layers and maybe have an extra sweatshirt/sweater left in lockers in case they are cold.  It may also be time to switch out the clothes in the top of lockers to warmer options.
  • As a part of our room decorations and to make every one feel at home, we have a "family and friends" board in our room.  Students will feel more at home and have a school family if they have their home family with them.  (The same as you putting a family picture on your desk).    Please feel free to send in a family photo that will be stapled up on our wall for the duration of the school year. Send in those family photos!
  • Background checks. When it comes to these, we assume you are good unless we get a note otherwise, but we are counting on it not being processed (and will not make that assumption that it was run and you are good) until 2 WEEKS AFTER TURNING THE FORMS IN.
  • Homework Some parents have asked about homework and keep home stuff.  Homework would be the only blank stuff sent home.  We have a homework stamp page in the back of you child's every day folder.  When you do homework with your child and send it back, we stamp the homework, stamp the homework page, and then send it back. Anything with a stamp on it or a project that is already done is yours to keep.  The homework page in the back of the folder explains more about homework. Homework TYPICALLY comes home on Thursdays and it is some reinforcing of letters at home (same sheet different letters so they also become independent).
  • Folders. Please be checking your child's daily folder each night.  We put notes on the notebook pages in their folders as well as any notes we may have for you.  Artwork is also sent home this way. As we start letter of the week, we will also start sending home homework to help reinforce the letter concept and identification.  Please work on this with you child to help the students make the connection between home and school. 
  • Also, Please check the student's Wednesday Folders.  Please try to take info out and return the folder and any forms/info/payments in those folders a day or two after receiving. 
  • Literacy Bags come home every three weeks.  Students will have a week to complete the project inside and can then return the bag with completed sheets in it on MONDAY.
  • Library Books come every week.  We go to library on Monday and student have the opportunity to check out a book and keep it for a week. It can be kept in their back packs or at home, but please remember to bring it on Mondays. 
  • Book Order Books will be sent home with your child when they come in unless you send a note that you would like it done differently.  We do encourage books to be gifts so if this is the case, please send a note and we put them in brown paper bags and tell the student it is mom/dad's homework.  The next book order is due November 25th.  Please click on the link for scholastic at the top of this page.  When you buy books for your child, it helps buy books and supplies for our classrooms. If you do not get your order in by Novemeber 25, a final Christmas order will be submitted December 10 (to be in in time for the holidays).  No more pamphlets are coming home.
  • Snack reminder. Please remember healthy, nut free choices.   A list can be found on the blog at the bottom.  If you send an item that needs spoons/forks, please also send in those items. Thank You!
Next Week:
Theme: Elf.Gingerbread.St.Nick
Letter of the Week: Ee
AM Snack: Neubert (Breanna)

PM Snack : Olson
***Thanks to a parent suggestion, here is a healthy snack list site that can help with some ideas!***
Snack List

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