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.
It is FINALLY starting to feel and look like spring! We are itching to be outside in this beautiful weather, especially at recess time! PLEASE continue sending snow pants, boots, and coats until further notice. It is warming up, which is WONDERFUL! But warmer temperatures also mean wet grass and puddles! Snow pants and boots will help the kiddos stay as dry as possible. On this note, extra socks and pants in lockers will be very helpful until the end of the year. Even the best boots and snow pants can't always prevent wet knees and feet during this sloppy season!
This coming week is a bit of a "calm before the storm" type of week! There is not much going on besides Teacher Appreciation Week and family group lunch/recess on Friday, and a concert practice. Next week will be a CRAZY week for us! Two concert practices, two concerts, K mass...we will be BUSY! I'll write more about that week next weekend. Things you need to know NOW:
We are getting ready for our Mass on the May 2nd! Mass will be at 8:00. I will ask Mrs. Wetchka if she would graciously agree to move her class again so families can sit in those front pews. Mrs. Gorr and I are excited yet again and are blown away at these kiddos' willingness and ability to learn their music so quickly!
Please return special guest forms to school as soon as possible so I know how many extra bodies to plan for! Special guest day is May 3.
There are two spring concerts, just like there were two Christmas concerts! The first will be at 1:00 on Thursday, May 3. The second will be later that evening at 6:30.
Also, please return zoo permission slips as soon as possible! If you need another form, PLEASE let me know. As of now, we will be having MANY adults meeting us at the zoo. This is wonderful! Sending in your forms ASAP allows me to put the kiddos into groups and solidify who can come early on. Thank you so much!
As the year starts to wind down, kinders feel all sorts of emotions. There might be more tears on some days, there might be more energy, more excitement! I'm anticipating all of this myself! Prepare to go with the flow with me! The next five (yes, only five!) weeks are going to FLY and I hope we all have a blast and make more memories together.
"Lord, it is good for us to be here!" MT 17:4
I heard the above quote MANY times on our first day back from Spring Break! And what a day it was! They never cease to amaze me with their ability to jump right back in with their routine! We had a fabulous day!
Head over to the "What are we Learning" tab to se what we'll be up to for the next few weeks! We have a LOT of important learning going on! We're starting to work on addition in math. I would encourage you to add simple numbers together with your kids at home. You can add fruits, vegetables, books, toys--the possibilities are endless! It helps show the kids that addition isn't just another "thing" they learn in school--it matters in real life too!
Believe it or not, we will begin planning our next Mass next week! Please mark your calendars: the next (and final) Kindergarten Mass will be Wednesday, March 2. I can't believe it! It'll be here before we know it. I am so excited to plan another Mass with these talented and God-loving kiddos.
Speaking of that first week in May, I have another important date for your calendars! May 3 will be Grandparents' Day for the Living Rosary and the Spring Concert! This is a busy day! Ms. Doyle will be sending out more information as the date grows nearer. This special guest can be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, good family friend, or a parent! The guest will attend the Living Rosary with their student, have coffee afterwards as the kids have a snack, do an activity with the class(es), have lunch with the student, and end the day with the Spring Concert at 1:00! That's a busy day! If your family has one special guest coming for more than one student, the guest can certainly float between classrooms and spend time with each child. I do not know all of the details for how lunch will work for this day--I'll get them to you once I know more! Again, that date is Thursday, May 3.
Although it is April, please continue to send boots, snow pants, hats, gloves, and a winter coat until further notice. Even as the snow starts to melt, the ground is WET! We move recess around occasionally to avoid the puddles, but we know occasional wet knees are unavoidable! Thank you!
The kids are rounding the corner towards becoming first graders! We talked today about how my expectations for them will continue to rise and I will never stop believing in their abilities! They're big kids who can do big things!
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Happy Conferences Week! Thank you all SO MUCH for singing up for a time to meet with me! I can't wait to discuss your child's progress with you. Conferences are held tonight until 8:00 and on Thursday from 12:00-8:00. If you need to change your time for any reason, please shoot me an email so I can change my copy of the schedule, as I will probably not check the sign-up again after tomorrow night.
We are approaching St. Patrick's Day! I'm sure you've heard about our mischievous leprechaun, Phinney, who has been wreaking a bit of (playful!) havoc on our classroom overnight. We will be building leprechaun traps in class on Friday! I haven't told the kids yet, but prepare for some super fun pictures to come!
The kindergarten-led Mass is already next Wednesday! We have been counting down the days--the kids are SO excited! Mrs. Gorr and I have been hard at work with them learning the music and song intros (which you may have heard at home) and Mrs. Smisek and I are working on helping them with petitions! We will even have a special entrance with Father Kevin in the spirit of Palm Sunday! All are welcome to attend this Liturgy!
We finished up our biggest Social Studies unit--American Symbols! I will be sending your child's book home with you at conferences. If your child has missed school recently, I will send it home as soon as it is finished.
Let me know if you have any questions!
I hope you all enjoyed your snowy weekend! The weather outside today was GORGEOUS at recess time! I'd like to think that it's going to begin slowly warming up, but who knows what MN weather has in store for us! Please continue sending all snow gear to school. In addition, please send an extra pair of socks in your child's backpack, as socks can get WET when boots get wet during this sloppy time of year! Your child will thank you! It's no fun to have wet socks!
Students will continue needing higher socks and a helmet (optional) until further notice for gym class on Mondays and Thursdays. I told the kiddos their helmets can stay here if they don't need them for skating on the weekends. If you want your child to bring his/her helmet home over weekends, please let me know!
You may have already received notice of this, but Mrs. Doyle made the announcement today that, starting this Friday, students can wear their choice of bottoms and a spirit wear shirt IF they bring an item for the food shelf! I think this is so wonderful--food shelves are often BOOMING around the holiday season but then see a drop in donations after the holidays are over. This is a great way for the school to continue giving back! Again, they can wear a spirit wear shirt on Fridays if they bring a non-perishable food item!
We have a pretty calm week this week--nothing too crazy going on! Next week I'll be doing quite a bit of assessing so I have accurate data for you all at conferences. The following week is conferences, then we have one more week, and then it's Spring Break! Time will fly! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend!
We jumped right back into things today. Head over to the "What are we Learning?" to see what we're up to. We have kids doing all sorts of different things, which is amazing! This is a busy time of year because of Lent prayer services and Adoration, but both only enhance the education your child is receiving! What a wonderful opportunity to pray together and with Jesus during this time of patience and waiting.
Conferences are coming up quickly already! The link to sign up was in Mrs. Doyle's most recent newsletter, but I'll also leave it below. If none of the dates/times work for you, please let me know so we can set something up. I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you! We have plenty of awesome progress to discuss! Note that there are two different sign-ups for the two days.
If you are interested in ordering books, book orders for February are due next Tuesday the 27th! If you want to submit an online order, please do so by that date. I will officially submit all orders on the 28th.
We started the Archdiocesan required safety curriculum last week. We will work through it between now and Spring Break. The lessons cover a variety of topics from car and bus safety to safe and unsafe touches. Be aware that the kiddos may come home with questions.
We had a very relaxing week last week, and it was wonderful! We took several days to come down from the CSW excitement, but we should be back into a comfortable routine this week.
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day TOMORROW! Because it falls on Ash Wednesday, we're celebrating a day early. I sent out a list of names last week. If you need another copy, let me know. I have boxes for the kids to decorate (thanks to Dominos!) so you do not need to send a Valentine's box for them. Tomorrow and Wednesday will NOT be out of uniform days.
NWEA tests took place before Catholic School's Week. This was the kiddos first time taking the test, so please don't stress out about their scores. Mrs. Doyle will be sending them home shortly with a note about interpreting the scores. Because the kinders have never taken the tests before, these are used mostly as a base-line for their future testing. Although they are helpful for me to look at, I do not use the data as intensively as some of the other teachers in higher grades might. We will discuss the reports at conferences in mid-March!
Next week in gym (on Thursday) the kindergarten class will begin ROLLER SKATING! How exciting! They will need to begin bringing (or wearing) shin-high socks to school for this unit. If girls wear tights, they will be fine. The purpose of this is to keep their skates from rubbing uncomfortably against their shins. Mr. T made it clear that, if they weren't going to be good listeners, they wouldn't get to skate. A handful of kids have had some trouble listening in gym, so the kids and I talked about it today; I made it clear that there can't be any more issues if they want to participate.
Thanks for checking in! Let me know if you have any questions.
What a wonderful Catholic Schools Week! It was so much fun! We are returning to a more relaxed, "typical" week in kindergarten this week! A few things to note:
I sent home February book orders! They are due back on February 26.
We will be celebrating our 100th Day of Kindergarten on Wednesday! I can't believe we've already made it to 100 days. We will celebrate all day long with different activities within our classroom. It won't be as extravagant as the 50th day, but it will still be something to remember!
Next Wednesday is Valentine's Day! However, it is also Ash Wednesday. Because of this, the classes will be hosting their "Valentine's Parties" next Tuesday instead. I attached a name list to the email that announced this lovely blog post. We have 18 total students in our class. I plan on getting some pizza boxes to use as our Valentine's boxes (SO FUN, but a secret!) I also have plenty of things for the kids to decorate the boxes with.
Our Silent Auction basket is coming along! Thank you to those who have already contributed. If you are still looking to contribute we definitely have more Legos than Barbies at this point! Thank you!