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Class News Week of June 8th Room 1

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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 go prepared to 1st grade and continue on their journey of lifelong learning.

This week has so many fun happenings. We will be visiting the first grade classrooms and asking lots of questions. We will be performing our readers theater for you parents and a few other classes this week. We will attend the end of year assembly to bid farewell to our 5th grade friends.

On the last day of school you are all invited to come to Room 1 for a farewell event of our own.

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!

Class News Room 1 Week of June 1st

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Hello Room 1 families,

Well, we are in the home stretch of the school year. My how it has gone fast! We are continuing with our classroom routines right up to the end as much as possible. This week our lead story is The Little Engine That Could. The big vocabulary word is perseverance. We have talked a lot about sticking with things even when they are tough, and that its ok to rely on friends for help. We have lots of fun activities going on in our worktime centers this week.

Our classroom garden is growing like crazy. Yesterday we got to eat some peas and some lettuce. The kids are so excited to reap the fruits of their labor. If anyone is interested and willing to water over the summer, I believe there will be a sign up sheet. Please see Kathleen Witter our school garden lady!

On Friday, we got to see the Spring Concert. Mr. Jamesbarry our music teacher teaches a variety of music groups… recorder, Boomin’ Beats (percussion), band and strings. Our school is so fortunate to have these options. Kids have these opportunities as they move up in the grades.

Looking ahead: We will be going to Berkeley Park for our buddy Celebration. I’d love to have some parents bring some fun things like balls and  bubbles and any other outdoor fun activities. Let me know if you are interested.

And once again, I’d like to invite parents or anyone who wants to come on the last day of school from 2:00-3:00 to say goodbyes and to just celebrate our amazing year together.

I really want to thank all of you amazing volunteers.

You have been such a huge part of the success of this year. I couldn’t do it with out  you!!!

Class News Week of May 25th Room 1

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We had so much fun on our field trip to the Children’s Museum. The kids loved exploring all the exhibits. They were just exhausted when we returned. Thanks to the wonderful chaperones who helped make it a successful trip.

I can’t believe how little time we have left this year. This time of year is so emotional for kids. The feeling of anticipation for the transition to first grade can be very exciting and also very scary. We will be having lots of conversations in class over the next few weeks so that the kids will have a firm idea of what to expect and so that I can answer any of their questions. We will be visiting the first grade classrooms and meeting the first grade teachers.

We are looking forward to field day which is June 4th. We are also going to have a celebration with our buddy class the last week of school. We will be walking to Berkley Park together and playing in the park. I will be sending more information home about that when the date is firmly set. On the last day of school, I would like to invite anyone who can come to say goodbyes and to celebrate the great year we have had. Please come if you can at 2:00 pm.

Room 1 Class News Week of May 18th

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Hello Room 1 Families,

There is so much going on this last part of the school year. This time of year is so bitter sweet for me because I am excited for the kids to become first graders, and yet I am so sad to see them move on. We have worked so hard in Room 1 to become independent learners, to learn to read and write, to learn how to solve problems, to learn to persevere when things are difficult and to learn how to be a part of a classroom community. This time of year is so enjoyable as I can watch the fruits of all of the hard work we have done pay off.

This week our lead story is called Messenger, Messenger. It is a story about a bicycle messenger in NY City. The kids are loving this story. We are learning about different occupations and how life is different in a big city.

Next week, we have a field trip, and we will begin our artist in residence with drama. Our class will go for 30 minutes a day for 2 weeks. Half the group will go at a time. They will play drama games and learn about performing. At the kindergarten level, they do not do a performance for the whole school. However, we are working on some Reader’s Theater plays that we may invite some guests to come watch. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Class News Week of May 11th Room 1

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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!

This week we are finishing up our lead story Mayday, Mayday. We have had a lot of fun with this theme this week. I have observed the kids outside at recess acting out a coast guard rescue. We are loving watching our classroom garden space and how all the plants are really taking off. As I was browsing the school calendar today I was struck by just how little of the year we have left, and how many things we still need to accomplish. Its going to be a very busy month! We are all really looking forward to our final play at the Northwest Children’s Theater on Wednesday. Then in 2 weeks, we will be going to the Children’s Museum. I will also be scheduling a picnic at Berkley Park with our buddy class. It will most likely be the last week of school.

Our Days:

Math: I am introducing subtraction and we are learning some games for math centers based on subtraction. This is a confusing concept to most kindergarteners. We will have lots of opportunity to practice the skill over the next several weeks.

Science: We are going to be doing a little unit on Worms beginning next week. It will go on until the end of the school year. We will be observing worms, labeling worms, researching worms and writing about them.

Writers Workshop: We have completed our how to writing, and our riddles. Each child is going to be writing an All About book about an animal of choice. We will be sharing them with our kindergarten friends.

Readers Theater: We are going to be doing a little readers theater in our class over the next week. Depending on how it goes we may invite people in to see our short plays.


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Our classroom garden is fully planted and is growing beautifully. The kids are really loving checking it out each day to see what is growing. We noticed that over the weekend the peas have flowers. We are observing the garden this week in worktime as our observation of an object from Nature.

We are gearing up for Art Night. The sign up sheet is outside the classroom. This event is always a very powerful experience for kids. They have so much pride in their work, and then to share it with adults is so exciting and empowering to them. It’s also so much fun to wander the school and see the art throughout the building. There is also planned performances, and dessert. We can’t wait.

Kids have started chattering about the transition to 1st grade. This is always a little anxiety provoking for kindergarteners. We will be doing lots of talking and listening to make the transition the least stressful as possible. It’s really an exciting time of year.

Looking ahead

NWCT production of The Little Mermaid, May 13th

The Children’s Museum May 26th

Class News Room 1 Week of April 27th

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This week in Room 1 our lead story is called Max Takes the Train. It is a fiction story about Max and Ruby. Our higher level vocabulary words are transportation, excursion, impatient, subway, sidecar, tunnel and ferryboat. This week we will be observing our class garden and writing our observations. This week, we are going to begin really discussing and making plans for our Family Art Night. I’m going to put out a sign up sheet by the end of the week for docents, and we will be talking about what a docent does and preparing kids for the evening. Once again, Art Night is the first Thursday in May, May 7th to be exact. This week we will have time with our buddy class on Friday, we will be visiting the school garden with Kathleen along with many other fun activities.  Today in gym, the kids had a blast doing a May Pole, and driving little scooter cars. Last week we changed out a lot of books from book buckets that have gotten too easy. It was a thrill for me to hear all the kids reading their new books with such confidence. I so love this time of year when I get to see the fruits of my labors by watching them READ!