End of Summer School Newsletter

We had a wonderful summer school session! We made friends and connections, and became familiar with the routines of school. The kids enjoyed practicing letters with songs, poems, coloring, and crafts. We learned about circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, pentagons, rhombuses, ovals, and the numbers 1-10. We enjoyed chalk drawing, painting, puzzles, games, songs, and read aloud. I am proud of all the kids accomplished and excited to see them learn and grow in kindergarten!

Here are a few things practice at home to prepare your child for the upcoming school year:

• Student id number
• Writing first name
• Counting to 20
• Letter names and sounds (The students will learn them first trimester and they do not need to be mastered before kindergarten.)
• Identifying numerals 0-10
• Counting sets of objects up to 10
• Fastening and unfastening shoes, jackets, backpacks, and lunchboxes independently
• Following one or two step directions
• Unstructured play indoors and out
Please don’t worry if there are things on this list your child is still working on when they begin kindergarten. Any exposure to these skills will be beneficial to your child.
*Important Dates for the beginning of kindergarten are on the back of this sheet.

Have a wonderful summer!
Layla Cunningham
Important Dates for the Beginning of the School Year
Please check the school web site to stay informed of school events at www.cpsk12.org/beu.

August 9th- Meet the Teacher Night
Meet the Teacher Night is from 3:30-5:30 pm at Beulah Ralph Elementary. Meet your teacher and see you classroom. You will also sign up for a kindergarten screening appointment.

August 14th and 15th- Kindergarten Screening
Bring your child for your kindergarten screening appointment at the time you signed up for at Meet the Teacher Night. This appointment gives teachers valuable information about our students and helps guide our instruction at the beginning of the school year.
***The 15th and 16th are regular school days for all other grade levels besides kindergarten.

August 16th -First Day of Kindergarten
Arrival is from 8-8:20. Dismissal is 3:20.

Our Library Visit

Today we got to know the library and our wonderful Librarian/ Library Media Specialist, Mrs Fitch. It was so fun! Mrs. Fitch read a dinosaur story and taught us songs about dinosaurs as well. We also got a chance to read some library books! We had a great time and are excited to return to the library for book check out when kindergarten starts!

B is for Butterfly

Today we learned about the letter b and also made a butterfly craft. These activities help the children become more familiar with each letter’s name and sound as well as provide opportunities to develop fine motor skills. Our crafts also help the children learn focus skills and build stamina to complete a task. Here are the kids working on their butterflies!

Welcome to Summer School!

The summer school kindergarten team is excited to welcome you and your child to Beulah Ralph Elementary. This summer, we will help your child make the transition to kindergarten through play and learning activities. We are focused on giving your child a positive first experience at school.

Bring the Following…
A backpack without wheels (optional).
A water bottle that does not spill or leak.
A snack for a class of 25 one time during summer school. You can bring this in at your convenience. Snacks need to be non-perishable and require no silverware.
A beach towel for rest time. Your child may also bring a pillow, stuffed animal, or blanket. Anything your child brings will need to fit in his / her cubby.
An extra set of clothes.

Rest Time
While your child is not expected to go to sleep, every child is expected to lie peacefully and quietly during rest time. Calm music and a dark room provide a restful environment for your child.

Sunscreen
During summer school, we do spend a lot of time outside. We encourage you to apply sunscreen to your child before coming to school to help prevent sunburn.

Clothing
We encourage your child to wear closed-toed shoes each day. It is much easier to play on the playground when your shoes aren’t falling off and you aren’t worried about stubbing your toe on the equipment. Make sure outfits are comfortable and play-friendly.

Dismissal
If you need to change your child’s dismissal plans, you must call the office as soon as possible. For your child’s safety, we will not deviate from the dismissal plan unless the office was contacted before 3:00pm. Thank you!

Breakfast
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 8:00am-8:20am. If you would like your child to eat breakfast, please get them here as close to 8:00 am as you can so that they have plenty of time to eat.

Summer School Newsletter

Literacy
Your child will have the opportunity to explore early literacy skills through songs, games, read aloud, poems, and hands on activities. We will introduce letter names, sounds, and formation. We will also practice recognizing and writing first names.

Math
We will explore early math skills through read aloud, songs, games, and hands on activities. We will learn about shapes, counting, and numbers. Your child with also practice their student identification number. They will need to be able to type it in a keypad, on a keyboard, and say it aloud during the school year.

Science/ Social Studies
We will explore a variety of student chosen topics through read aloud, crafts, and journaling activities.

Fine Motor Skills
We will build fine motor skills through craft activities and hands on activities using a variety of materials such as crayons, markers, scissors, and glue. We will work on building hand strength and practice gripping a writing tool appropriately. We will also use journaling, singing songs with actions, and building with blocks to develop fine motor control.

Social Skills
We will focus on building skills for play and friendship, and handling disputes. We will work on using words to ask for what we want and invite others to play. We will also work on building social skills helpful for school success such as walking safely in a line, focusing on our work, and raising hands to speak.

We will have a wonderful summer together, filled with fun and learning!

2nd to Last day!

We had a busy 2nd to last day. We cleaned out our book boxes and seat sacks. We also did some fun crafts based on one of our favorite book characters this year, Pigeon!

We also released the butterflies who had emerged from their chrysalis over the weekend.