Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week of May 21st

We are heading into the final stretch here with many year-end events, so keep your calendars updated! This week is actually event-free-- our last "quiet" week before the year-end whirlwind. However, I do need to let you know that I will be out one day this week--Thursday. On Thursday, all K teachers will be out to meet with the incoming kindergartners at our "Roundup" event (remember that??). 

Language Arts
We will be covering the ea and ending sound of y this week. Children will be reading and spelling words like read, seal, meal, happy, funny, baby, etc. Our sight words this week are be and how. You have probably noticed that we are introducing some sight words that were not on our list because the students have done well at mastering the original 40 words. We continue to do a lot of writing in class and will be doing a piece for our memory books this week. We will also be writing an opinion piece for our final writing assessment this week.

"Virtual homework" began last week as the blue bag program is done. Please take about 15-20 minutes a day to have your child do either Lexia, ixl.com, or raz-kids. If you are not sure how to log into these sites, please email me, as these sites will also be available to your child over most of the summer and are a great way to maintain & improve skills.

Math
We are continuing with Module 5, Numbers 10-20, as well as further reinforcement on addition and subtraction facts. I have noticed that subtraction will continue to need a lot of review, and encourage you to work with your children at home on subtraction. I have also been and will continue to be administering the final round of assessments to evaluate your children for the 3rd trimester report cards. Those report cards will come home with your children on the last day of school.

Science
We are continuing our unit on the life cycle of a butterfly. The caterpillars all went into chrysalids last week, so we are awaiting their emergence as butterflies!

Upcoming Events
Next week, on Thursday the 31st, please come to the cafeteria any time between 5:30 and 8:00 to enjoy the Art Vista Art show. Every child in our class will have several pieces on display. The Art Vista art show is always a sight to behold-- such beautiful artwork from all the grade levels! It is truly impressive.

We have our "Splash Bash"/class party coming up on Friday the 1st. We will have a pizza lunch and some fun in the sun! Please send your children with a towel, a swimsuit under their clothes (or boys just wear their swimsuits as shorts) water shoes or flip flops or old shoes you don't mind having them get wet. We don't let children go barefoot on the blacktop, so we need them to be wearing shoes that will work with the water. Please coat them in sunblock before their arrival. Children who are going to daycare after class should have a change of clothes and shoes.

The following week, on Wednesday the 6th, we have a school-wide Olympic Day. Children will participate in different fun fitness challenges throughout the event. We will be outside for over an hour-- please plan accordingly with sunscreen and hats. Bulldog shirts are our team t-shirt that day! It starts at 10:00.

Our last big event altogether is Tuesday the 5th for our Promotion Day celebration. This event is at 1:30. Please plan on joining us as we have a small presentation and will look back on our wonderful year together! This should wrap up before class is out, and then the kids can stay and sign yearbooks, etc. If you want them to leave early that day, please sign them out in the office. We are trying to keep this event to immediate family (parents) only due to space limitations, as it is in our classroom. Also, school-aged siblings are not to be pulled out of class to attend. Thank you for your understanding.

There are no events on Thursday the 7th, but all kindergarten classes attend from 8:05 to 11:25. Both the morning class and the afternoon class will be in the room together, cleaning up, signing yearbooks, and wrapping up our year together.

Upcoming Events:
Monday, 5/28: Memorial Day Holiday
Tuesday, 5/29: In-class YSI Presentation
Thursday, 5/31: Art Vista Art Show
Friday, 6/1: Class Party, "Splash Bash"
Friday 6/1: Alta Vista Variety Show
Tuesday, 6/5: Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony @ 1:30-- please attend!
Wednesday, 6/6: Wacky Wednesday, School-wide Olympic Day
Thursday, 6/7: Last Day of School, all kindergartners come from 8:05 to 11:25