October 18

Swimming

Dear KG-1AM,

Today was our first day of swimming. The kids had a great time in the school,  but there are a few things that I need your help with.

  1. PLEASE practice having your child getting dressed and undressed on their own. It takes a very long time for Ms. Magz and I to assist and dress 19 children, so the more independent they are the better.
  2. PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING!!!!!! There were items of clothing that the students mixed up, and Ms. Magz and I had to go through each child’s swim bag AND backpack to determine who it belonged to because there was no name.
  3. Please have your child come to school with their swim suit under their uniform. Don’t forget to bring underwear for them to change into after swimming. Also, not all students had flip-flops, Crocs, or other swimming shoes.

Ms. Magz and I greatly appreciate your support in helping make our swimming time as smooth as possible. Thank you so much!

October 18

Quick Reminders

Good Morning,

Two quick reminders

  1. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, all students are encouraged to wear pink tomorrow. It doesn’t have to be a shirt. It can be a headband, bracelet, even a ribbon pinned to a shirt.
  2. Halloween treats are due on Sunday October 22nd, but please feel free to drop them off earlier.

Thanks! Have a great day!

October 12

October 8-12

This week we focused on the letter L. We read our letter L poem and made L lions. Our nursery rhyme of the week is Jack and Jill.

                                                                                          Click on the picture to hear the recording

We are continuing to learn each other’s names, as well as recognizing our own name. This week we played a matching game with our friends’ pictures and made the letters in our name using playdough and other materials.

We’ve had a lot of fun with shapes and colors. We read the story How the Shapes Became Friends. Then students created their own pictures using the shapes from the story. They were very creative. In centers, students chose a color and made their own color posters.

In math we count the number of days we have been in school every day. We also are continuing to work on 1:1 correspondence to five. This means students reecognize that each number has it’s own value. For example, in the cookie game this week, students rolled the die and had to place that many cookies on their plate.

 

During centers this week we also continued to practice using scissors and cutting on the lines. We learned how to follow directions and draw a person step by step, and we started to practice how to turn and talk.

We also read about Johnny Appleseed and conducted our apple investigation. We discussed what we could do with an apple. We recorded our wondering on a chart. Then we investigated what would happen if we were… to throw apples, smash them, put it in water, cut them, eat them and even paint with them. Needless to say, the kids had a blast!

 

This week we began Rock Star Recess. This week’s Rock Stars are Aanya and Miya Z.

Next week…

  • We will begin learning about patterns
  • Continue to learn about school rules and read the book No David by David Shannon
  • Begin our Halloween activities during centers
  • Learn about the letter F
  • Begin using the dramatic play room

KG-1 Announcements

  • SWIMMING– All KG1 classes will begin swimming next week. Please refer to your October calendar, as well as the Swimming Letter that was sent home last week, in your child’s folder. We need your child to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE getting dressed INDEPENDENTLY, at home with you. They need to WEAR swimsuits to school, with SCHOOL UNIFORM on top. Bring towel, swim cap (mandatory) and swim shoes, inside a separate swim bag. Goggles are optional.
    • Sunday, October 15 @ 11:00-11:35– KG1-ECC
    • Monday, October 16 @ 11:00-11:35– KG1- LD
    • Tuesday, October 17 @ 11:00-11:35– KG1- KB
    • Wednesday, October 18 @ 11:00-11:35– KG1- AM
  • HALLOWEEN TREATS– Your child brought home an ORANGE note in their folders yesterday regarding our Halloween celebration and Trick or Treating. Please send in 30 small items (individual pencils, stickers packs, erasers, boxes of raisins , bag of pretzels, etc) by Sunday, October 22. These items will be given out when they Trick or Treat within the classrooms, and we will provide bags for all KG1 students. Please do not send in a pumpkin or container.
  • HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES– Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to do an activity with our class. We are looking for one more parent to sign up. You will make one activity, but will do that activity 4x in a small group of 4-5 students. If you would like to volunteer please click here.
  • Library books are due back on Sunday.
Thanks for all you do to support your child and their learning experiences in KG1! Have a great weekend!
October 10

F.Y.I.

Good Afternoon,

I have three quick annoucements.

  1. Please remember to have your child bring an uncut apple tomorrow, Wednesday October 11th for our apple investigation.
  2. As you may have noticed by our classroom decorations, Halloween is approaching. We would like to ask for four parent volunteers to come in on October 31st to do an activity. Please click here for more details and to sign up.
  3. There is no swimming tomorrow. Our class starts swimming next Wednesday.

Have a great Tuesday!

October 5

October 1-5

This week our class read a few books about…COOKIES! Who read Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Then we made cookies together. Thank you Nancy (Anthony’s mom) for volunteering to bake our cookies! The kiddos LOVED them. Click here for the recipe we used.

Because we have been learning about colors, we decided to make our own water color paints. This was such a fun activity and something you could do at home with your little one. Then we made the letter A with tape and painted around it. Click here for directions and a list of materials needed.

We are continuing to work on recognizing and quantifying numbers 1-5. This week one of our centers was a math movement game. It incorporated fitness, gross motor and math skills. We practiced the different movements together as a class before we did them in a small group. Believe it or not, jumping jacks are quite difficult at this age. It takes a lot of coordination that most of them have not developed yet. Click here to print out the materials and directions to play at home.

Our class is still working on learning routines and expectations. However, they have made great progress in learning how to walk in a line, using a ZERO voice in the halls and bathroom and following the safety rules on the playground.

Next Week:

-We will begin learning about simple patterns

-Conduct an apple investigation

-Continue learning about the letter L

-Begin discussing the PYP profile Principled

-Kick off Rock Star Recess

Announcements

-Please bring in an uncut apple for your child on Wednesday October 11th.

-Library books are due back this Sunday October 8th.

-Scholastic book orders and money are due Sunday October 8th.

-Students will begin wearing their regular white UAS uniform shirt.

Have a great weekend!

 

October 4

Quick Reminders

  • The PTSO will be hosting a Community Fair tomorrow at UAS. The event will run from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the school’s main reception area and elementary lobby and exits.  There will be a variety of booths selling cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, pizza and sandwiches. There will be service booths as well (including: ASA vendors, beauty salons, health and fitness services, accessories and more). KG1 students will not be attending with their classes, so please do not send money with your child.
  • Scholastic orders due on Sunday October 8th.
  • Students begin wearing their regular UAS white uniform shirt on Sunday October 8th.
September 28

Week September 24-28

This week we had our first library class. Ms. Leslie read “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” The students then practiced proper library etiquette and how to find a book. Beginning this Sunday, students will begin checking out books to bring home. The books will be due back every Sunday.

                                               Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

This week we read “Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes.” Students loved singing the song. Our class then made our own Pete the Cat books. Those went home today. Please read them with your child. Click here to watch the short video and sing the song with your child. You can also view last weeks song and video here.

                                                                                                                                                              Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

We also read the book Ten Black Dots. We then used our imaginations to think of things we could make with black dots. Students were able to use up to 10 black dots for their creations. I was so proud of how hard they all worked.

                                                                                                                                                              Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

Our Letter of the week was A. Our nursery rhyme of the week was Mary Had A Little Lamb. You can click on each image to listen to the letter and nursery rhymes.

 

During centers we practiced:

  • cutting straight lines
  • fine motor- using tweezers and stringing beads
  • using blocks to create numbers to 10
  • sorting by color using pasta and balls
  • how to use glue
                                               Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

Next Week…

  • Next week we will be reading books my Laura Numeroff, the author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Then we will make cookies as a class. Our class needs 1-2 parents to volunteer to take our trays of cookies home to bake them. Please email me if you are able to help.
  • We will continue to work on identifying and counting numbers to 5.
  • We will also begin activities to help students recognize their own names.
  • We will be learning shapes, including a rhombus, trapezoid, octagon and parallelogram. Don’t worry…I do not expect mastery in one week. The goal is simply to start exposing students to the vocabulary and help them to begin recognizing these shapes around them.
  • Show and tell will begin on Sunday. Please click here for the schedule.

Announcements

  • Back to School Night is Monday October 2nd at 1pm and 5:15pm. If you have not already done so please sign up for a time.

Have a great weekend!

September 20

Week September 17-20

Happy 1st week KG-1AM!!!! I enjoyed getting to know each child even better this week. More importantly, they enjoyed getting to know one another. I have already seen such great friendships emerge.Our class excels at playing together and sharing. I was quite impressed.

To kick off our PYP Unit: Who We Are, this week we read books about our feelings and how each person is different. Students then drew a picture of how they were feeling. As a form of free expression, students painted whatever they wanted using water colors.

During learning centers, students matched shapes, worked on fine motor skills such as using tweezers and scissors. During morning circle time we discussed the days of the week, counted and learned a nursery rhyme.

Reminders:

  1. Class quilt square is due on Monday September 25th.
  2. Thank you to the families that have sent their family photo. I only have 7 pictures. Please send in a photo for our board.
  3. Click here to view more photos and follow our class on Flickr.

Have a great holiday! See you on Sunday!

September 18

Birthday Policy and Reminders

Good Afternoon,

There are a few reminders that I need to send out.

  1. Please NO shoes with laces.
  2. If you have not already done so, please send in spare clothes for your child.
  3. UAS is a nut free school. This includes peanut butter.
  4. No chocolate for snack. This includes chocolate milk.

EC Birthday Policy

This is a time for your child to celebrate their birthday with classmates. It is our EC policy that  parents are allowed to bring a healthy snack (fruit kebabs, popcorn, fruit cups etc) and/or cupcakes or mini doughnuts. Please, no cakes or treat bags.

You will need to make arrangements with your child’s teacher a week in advance for planning purposes. Unfortunately due to fire regulations, we are not allowed to light any candles and would also appreciate no birthday decorations or party horns.

We would also like you to know that siblings, cousins or friends from other classes may not join the class celebrations.

September 17

Reminders

I have a few quick announcements, but I would like to start by saying that we had ZERO tears today!!! YAY!!!!

  1. In your child’s folder is a super hero flag. Please answer the questions with your child and have him/her color it. If your child is able to do so, please have him/her cut it out (if they are struggling please cut it for them).
  2. There is NO early dismissal for PK/KG-1. Tuesdays will be normal dismissal at 12:45.
  3. Your child’s orange shirts were sent home today.
  4. Show and Tell will begin next week. I will send home a schedule later this week.
  5. If you have not already done so, please email or send in a family picture for our wall.
  6. There is no school on Thursday September 21st.
  7. Please see the late procedures message from Mrs. Hanna below.
Every day PreK/KG1 children are dismissed at 12:45. Please be on time and pick your child up at their classroom. Both the TA and teacher have scheduled meetings, planning and lunch to eat!
 
We do acknowledge that there might be the odd occasion that puts you behind schedule. Here is what that procedure looks like:
*Notify your child’s teacher when you are able to do so but remember that while they have children in their care, they do not check emails.
*Your child will stay with their teacher until 12:55.
*At 12:55, the TA will take your child to the lobby by the main bus doors.
*The TA will sign them over to one of our duty monitors.
*Your child will sit and wait for you in this area.
*The time your child is picked up will be documented.
 
Thank you for your cooperation on this important matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
 
Sincerely,
 
Crystal Hanna
Early Childhood Coordinator