We're wrapping up another week of FUN. I have just a couple more announcements for you.
Tomorrow, the kids can wear their marathon shirts with bottoms of their choice. This will continue every Friday until Christmas break!
Tomorrow is also a marathon money-counting day! Students who have $150 in by tomorrow will receive a special SWS cookie!
All students are invited to walk in the Dozinky Days Parade on Saturday! The St. Wenc School float is #45, about halfway through the parade. Kindergarteners who would like to walk MUST have an adult to walk with them. They should wear a red shirt and bring an ice cream bucket for candy to throw. See Ms. Doyle's most recent newsletter for more information and for a sign-up link.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
I hope a colorful envelope made it home with your child last weekend! I will now be sending home letters and sight words to work on at home. This group is so ready! They're doing such an incredible job at school and their foundations are getting stronger and stronger! Please work on the letters/words each night with your student. Keep them at home until your child can fluently and quickly identify each letter and word RIGHT when they see it! This can be a great job for older siblings as well. I will run through the letters and words with the student when they bring them back and then send home new words! Occasionally you'll see ones that have been home before--this helps keep them fresh in their minds. You'll be amazed at how their reading progresses with the addition of new sight words!
Kindergarten came in 1st place AGAIN today! George has rejoined our classroom for a few days! Thank you for helping the kids collect pledges for the marathon. As a school, we are almost 50% of the way to our goal!
The kids took their math MAP test this morning and ROCKED IT OUT. I could not be more proud of them! We took the test in the Mac lab on our iPads with Mrs. May to help us through any hiccups. This will give us a good data baseline as to what they knew coming into kindergarten. I explain to the kids that these tests show me exactly what I need to teach them next! I make it a very low-stress situation; they're showing me what they know! We will take the reading test on Thursday afternoon.
Have a wonderful week! Please let me know if you have any questions!
What an incredible week we've had together so far! Today was another money-counting day and kindergarten came in FIRST PLACE!!!! The kids are absolutely thrilled to have Fluffy and Hops the kangaroos in the classroom until Friday. We've been incredibly fortunate to have ALL THREE stuffed animals spend some time in our room!
I am so happy to see the kids coming together as a classroom of friends. I'm noticing students reaching out and playing with others during recess and free-choice time, which makes my heart SMILE! They're really starting to make connections with each other!
The kids have been working hard on classroom etiquette over the past few weeks and are making awesome strides! Taking turns talking and raising hands are two skills we've been working on the most! They also did a great job in Mass this morning!
Friday is another money-counting AND a prize day for marathon pledges! If the kids have $100 in by Friday, they will get a drink of their choice! I will give the kids the option to drink it at lunch OR to bring it home. If you would prefer them NOT to drink it at school, please have that conversation with them and let me know as well! Thank you!
A few book orders have trickled in over the first few weeks--if you would like to enter an order in September, I will not be submitting the class order until Friday the 28th, so there is plenty of time! You can send in the paper form and a check if you'd like, but the easiest method is by entering online! Our class code is RBJZZ.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Enjoy the rest of your week!
We had such an awesome day back after the long weekend! I was wildly impressed by how much the kids remembered from last week. They absolutely blow me away! They have grown so much in the past week and a half; parents and family, you have SO MUCH to be proud of!
We spent some time in the church today preparing for the first all-school Mass of the year! We discussed expectations and procedures. I know I gave them A LOT of information all at once, and I told them I know it's quite a bit to remember, but we're all learning together! Mass is at 8:00 tomorrow morning! If you are able to join us, feel free to stop by our section after Mass to say a quick "Hello!".
Tomorrow is also the first "money counting" day for the Marathon fundraiser! I sent home the small manilla envelopes last week. Please send any pledges that your child collects back in this envelope! My suggestion would be NOT to hold onto all of the pledges until the last week, because the kids who bring money in gradually are more likely to earn prizes along the way. For example, the kids who bring in $50 by this Friday will receive a coupon for a free Papa Murphy's pizza!
That's all for today! Check out "What are we learning" to see what we're up to in the classroom this week! Please let me know if you have any questions!
We had a wonderful day today with all of our class here! I wanted to throw out a quick note about book orders.
I'm SO EXCITED to see some families already ordering books! That's wonderful! Please know that book orders are always completely optional. Also, I will typically hold off on officially submitting the book orders until the end of the month. This is because the class can earn bonuses depending on how large the orders are. If you have already selected items to purchase online, I will not submit the order until the end of September.
HOWEVER--I understand that books make incredible gifts! If you need a book for a birthday or other holiday and need it to arrive sooner than the end of the month, PLEASE let me know! The books will arrive about one week after I submit the classroom order.
I also wanted to let you know that I will be sending home a name-writing practice sheet with your child tomorrow. We will begin focusing on using "kindergarten handwriting" with our names, which means a capital letter at the beginning and lowercase letters for the rest. Please have your child use a pencil. Your child does NOT have to complete it all in one night--you can send it back anytime next week!
Your kiddos have been absolute rockstars and we are having a blast getting to know each other! They are such blessings! Thank you for all that you do from home!
I hope you and your kiddos had a great morning! I had a BLAST and I know we're all going to have an awesome time getting to know each other this year! Tomorrow will feel more "officially" like the first day of school! If your child is feeling a bit nervous, you can let them know that our day will consist of learning HOW kindergarten works and answering unasked questions! Rules for lunch, recess, the bathroom etc. All these "little" things that we as adults don't think about, but are very important in school and can be different than preschool or daycare! . We'll read a story and do a coloring activity in the morning, they'll go to gym with Mr. T, and we'll play in the afternoon before we pack up to go home! It will be a quick, fun day! I'll check in with each of you individually after school tomorrow as well.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
It was SO WONDERFUL to see everyone at Open House on Tuesday! I can't believe that our first day of school is only a few days away.
Kindergarten Orientation will take place on Monday morning from 8:30-10:00. This is just as much of an opportunity for YOU as parents as it is for the kids! When you come in the morning, you will do an art activity with your child, and the kids will have calendar time with me on the carpet. Then, the kids will go across the hall with Mrs. Smisek so we can have a conversation about the year and I can answer any questions you might have!
Please bring the three forms from Open House to school on Monday. I will have extras in the room in case any have been misplaced!
All supplies that were brought to school on Monday are labeled and ready to go! If possible, please bring any remaining supplies to school on Monday.
I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday! I am so excited for the incredible opportunities your child's class will have this year. I cannot wait to get to know your child and help them grow through the school year. We are going to have a BLAST!
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you have before Monday. I hope you enjoy the last weekend of summer!
We have a busy couple of days coming up. They are going to FLY BY!
Tomorrow (Wednesday), the kids should bring their backpacks like normal. I told them to also bring their MUSCLES! They will be bringing ALL of their school supplies back home tomorrow at the end of the day. They will also bring their habitat projects home tomorrow. We have received NUMEROUS compliments from higher-grade teachers and students on these projects! They've been on display on the main level. They truly did a wonderful job creating them!
On Thursday, the kids do NOT need to bring their backpacks! They will only have to bring home their water bottle and my end-of-the-year gift to them. Please also send a water bottle to school with your child on Thursday as well! They will be able to bring their water bottle to the park! I can give them a plastic bag to carry their water bottle and gift home if they're worried about it on the bus.
We will be walking to Memorial Park for lunch on Thursday! We will leave the school between 11:30 and 12:00 and make our way over as a class. We will sit together as a class to eat lunch, and then the kids can play on the playground until around 1:45. You are welcome to join us at the park if you would like! The whole class will return to the school with me at 1:45. I will use the time at the end of the day to give the kids their gifts!
For lunch at the park, all students will have a "bag lunch", similar to how we had lunches at the zoo. If they order a hot lunch, the bag lunch will come from the kitchen. If they bring a bag lunch from home, I would highly suggest putting it in a brown paper bag so it can be thrown away at the park.
If you have any transportation changes for the last few days of school, please let the office know! Thank you!
If you have any questions, please let me know! Thank you for an incredible year--it has been such a blessing to work with you and your wonderful children. I cannot wait to continue watching them grow!
We're winding down the school year! We have a couple things coming up in the next seven (yes, SEVEN!) days.
The animal habitat projects are trickling in and they look INCREDIBLE! Please help your child build their habitat and bring their diorama in by this Friday. I plan on displaying the projects along with their writing in the building for the last week of school.
Tomorrow is Preschool Graduation Mass. It will be a bit longer than our regular Mass.
Next week, our all-school Mass will be on THURSDAY instead of Wednesday! It will be at the same time: 8:00.
I've heard a few inklings about what the last day of school will look like next week, but I don't have a timeline just yet. I'll forward it onto you when I learn about exactly what we'll be doing as a school!
The kids and I will pack up their supplies next Wednesday. They will not need much on Thursday! I will send the majority of their items home with them next Wednesday.
As some of you may have experienced, occasionally kids get a bit emotional when we're working up to a big transition like this one. Even though summer is EXCITING, it's still a big change and it can be kind of scary! Patience is key over the next few weeks for all involved!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the upcoming days. I'll get more information about the last day to you as I get it!
What a busy week we have! Before we jump into details...
Some of you may have heard that we had an extra-special visitor yesterday! My mom decided to pop in and say “hello” at the end of the day! The kids had a wonderful time asking her great questions and singing “Yellow Submarine” for her. They’re excited to see her again tomorrow morning at church, along with my grandma! I love it when my family gets to meet the most important 5 and 6 year-olds in my life! What a blessing.
Today we had a relaxed day before a busy next couple of days. We borrowed the iPad mini’s from 2nd grade and explored EpicBooks! for our Zoo Animal Research Projects! The kids loved listening to and reading non-fiction books about their chosen animal. EpicBooks! is an app and a website that you can check out at home too! You can visit getepic.com or download the app. We also worked on our Reader’s Theaters this afternoon; they’re so excited to share them with their special guests on Thursday!
I’m going to go over tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday. PLEASE don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or if anything is unclear!
WEDNESDAY: Tomorrow is our second and final kindergarten Mass of the school year! Students must be in uniform—please no out-of-uniform passes tomorrow! The kids have been working hard yet again for this beautiful Liturgy! They’re so excited to worship with the school and with you again. Please help your student get to school as close to 7:30 as possible. We will be walking over to the church at 7:45 as a class. Mass begins right at 8:00! You are welcome to sit in the front section by the choir. The kids have been reminded by Mrs. Gorr and myself that Mass is neither the place nor the time to be making faces at family members or friends. Feel free to find your child AFTER Mass is over to say “hello”!
THURSDAY: Thursday is a crazy day! As far as clothing goes, nice spring outfits will be perfect. Please NO jeans and NO spaghetti strap tops or dresses.
Living Rosary is the first major thing on the agenda—their special guests can come to the church by 9:00 and seat themselves. The kiddos will NOT be sitting with their guests for the service. After the service, grandparents will be given a school-wide itinerary that includes all the activities the various classrooms are hosting! We will be performing our Reader’s Theaters in the classroom 10:00-10:45. Visitors can feel free to come at 10:00 and leave after your child performs if necessary. I know there are some guests with multiple kiddos to support!
The afternoon concert is at 1:00. The special guests will go to the church to allow classes times to get organized before heading over. All are welcome to attend this concert!
For the evening concert, please have your child in my classroom by 6:00. We will leave for the church at 6:15 AT THE LATEST. The same dress code rules apply. The concert will run approximately one hour.
THANK YOU for your continued support as we wind down the school year. We have many memories left to make! Please send me an email with any questions or concerns.