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Class News Room 1 Week of June 9th

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Hello Families,

This week is filled with so many sweet moments. It is always bittersweet when the school year ends. We have bonded so much as a class. It is hard to let them go, but I am proud of them and know that they are going to all be prepared for 1st grade and continue on their journey of lifelong learning.

I wanted also to take the time to thank all of you parents for being so supportive and helpful this year. As hard as it is to send the kids on, I feel the same way about the parents. We have created a little classroom family and I will miss you all greatly… thank you for that!

A few bits of info for the week. We have our final field trip on Thursday to the Children’s Museum. I am looking forward to this trip. Its always a fun one! Please return your permission slips if you haven’t done so.

Friday I would like to invite you all to the room at 2:20. We have some things we’d like to share with you  in our closing moments of kindergarten. These kids are so proud of their growth over the year and would like to share a few memories from the year with you all. See you then. Dana

Class News Week of June 2nd

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It is a busy, busy time in Room 1. We are working hard to keep our regular routines as much as possible for as long as possible. Here are a few highlights of this week.
We have a new collection of books Ms. Dana bought at the International Reading Conference. They are all about to little dogs named Rosie and Bella. The kids have really gotten into reading them every chance they get. They are highly motivating books at their reading level. We decided as a class that we would write our own book all about Gus. (Gus is my little dog that looks a lot like Rosie and Bella.) So, Gus visited our class Tuesday for a short time. We got photos of him in different stances that will fit into the book. We will be working on completing it this week. Last week when we were learning about Antarctica we made clay penguins. We learned a lot of details about the process of creating clay sculptures. I took the class down to see our school Kiln, and taught them about the firing process. Our penguins should be ready to go home by next week. 
Coming up we have Field Day on Thursday. Please be sure to send your child in clothes appropriate for lots of activity. Monday we are walking to Berkeley Park for a celebration with our buddy class after lunch. Thursday June 12th is our field trip to the Children’s Museum. Whew! So much to look forward to.P1000469

Class News Room 1 Week of May 27th

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Hello Room 1 Families! I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend. Big news in Room 1. Today we all got to eat peas from our class garden. They are delicious. We are looking forward to sharing carrots before school is out. This week we are finishing our worktime related to our lead story If You Could Go to Antarctica. We have learned lots of facts about Antactica. We have learned many new vocabulary words as well. One of our main focus’ this week was on describing words. We are learning about how to make our writing more interesting for the reader by using describing words. In worktime we viewed a short documentary about Emperor Penguins and wrote information we learned from the documentary. We also looked at realia related to Antarctica and labeled it. We also made penguins out of clay. We will be firing them in the kiln next week, glazing them and firing again before the end of the  year. The kids are very excited about their penguins.

Looking ahead, we have a field trip to The Children’s Museum on June 12th. Look for permission slips later this week. We are also going with our 4th grade buddy class for a picnic at Berkeley Park on June 9th. We will not be sending forms for this one as it is a walking field trip.

Ms. Layman our gym teacher asked me to please remind families to have kids wear appropriated shoes for gym… no sandals. I know as the weather gets warmer thats hard to remember. Kids are welcome to bring gym shoes in their bags, and change before we go to gym.

Class News Room 1 Week of May 19th

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I’m still smiling thinking about Art Night. I was so proud of all of the kids as artists, and as docents. They did a fantastic job. They were clearly extremely proud of the art they had created, and eager to share it with anyone who would listen. So cute! Our Jackson Pollock paintings were raffled off and won by the Dorchucks (Oliver’s parents) and also Kathleen Witter. Congratulations!

As the year is coming closer to an end, Kindergarteners typically get a little anxious about what lies ahead in 1st grade. We will be visiting the first grade classrooms and having lots of conversations about ending the kindergarten year. There are always a lot of mixed emotions that happen for the kids as the year ends. Please feel free to come talk to me about how to talk to your kids about this transition.

This time of year is always busy and hectic with lots of special things going on. We are going to try as much as possible to keep our regular routine so that the learning continues.

Our days:

Literacy: This week our lead story is If You Could Go To Antarctica. Several kids had a lot of background knowledge about Antarctica already. I am very impressed! Ask your child to tell you a few facts they have learned about Antarctica.

We have also been reading fairy tales. We have read several versions of Little Red Riding Hood in preparation for our field trip to The Northwest Children’s Theater play of Little Red. So far, or favorite in Petite Rouge, the cajun version. I got the book on my trip to New Orleans. It is set in the bayou and instead of a wolf there is a crocodile. It is quite funny, and a little difficult to read as it is written with a cajun dialect.

Math: We are venturing more deeply into the world of subtraction with games. They are really getting the concept of subtraction and taking apart, and addition as putting together.

Writers Workshop: We are working hard on expanding our stories and using “amazing words” like , awesome, fantastic, unique, chaos… those are a few used by the kids this week. We are building a list in the room as kids use them.

I wanted to let  you all know how much I appreciate your kind and supportive words this week (teacher appreciation week). I feel so lucky each day to do the work I do and to be able to do it here in the Lewis community. What a gift!

Class News Room 1 Week of May 12

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Art night was a huge success. Thank you to all the friends and families who were able to come support the Room 1 kindergarteners. Over the last couple of days I’ve overheard many students sharing how much fun it was to be a docent and how proud they were to show off all the art we’ve been working so hard on this year.

This week our lead story is the fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In addition to the traditional version of the story we also get to hear different adaptations of the story. One version has a character named “Dustylocks”, another version has dinosaurs instead of bears! Throughout the week students will be bringing home a cottage-shaped picture book so they can retell the story to you at home. For math this week we will be introducing subtraction to the whole class. The subtraction activity will eventually turn into a math center. All month long we will be practicing counting by 5’s.

Please remember to return permission slips for our field trip on Tuesday May 20th. We are going to the Northwest Children’s Theater to see Little Red Riding Hood the Musical. Lastly, with the hot weather forecasted for this week please talk with your student about drinking lots of water while at school.

Class News Room 1 Week of May 5th

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We are all very excited for art night here in Room 1. Kids have signed up to be docents and our art is ready to be displayed. Thanks to all the parent help in getting our art hung and ready to go for Thursday.

Much of our week this week has been dedicated to preparing for art night. However, we are back on schedule with our worktime. Our lead story this week is called My Lucky Day. It is a fiction story about a clever little pig who “out foxes” the fox. The kids have been very happy to be back into the routine of worktime. In math we are introducing a few new games that will be focusing on numbers from 10-20. We are also learning through a game that 10 pennies is equivalent to a dime. We are also continuing with measurement and moving to standard forms of measurement using a ruler.

Looking ahead, we are going to be going on a field trip on May 20th to the Northwest Children’s Theater to see Little Red Riding Hood the musical. We will also be going to the Children’s Museum on June 12th.

I wanted to let you all know that I am going to be gone Friday May 9th- Wednesday May 14th to the International Reading Association Conference. Ms. Heinlein will be here as a helper to Ms. Ashley.