Homework

At Beulah Ralph the only required homework (except for 5th grade) is reading homework. Our reading homework will begin next week. You can expect the reading log to be slipped into the back cover of the blue Daily Communication Folder this Friday so you will have it next week. The expectation is for students to read 15 minutes each night Monday-Thursday. You may read to your child, they may read to you, or they may read independently. Please fill out the reading log. If you miss a night of reading, please make the time up another night. I would recommend keeping the reading log in the back pocket of the blue folder and filling it out each evening. If you want to keep it at home or have another system that is great too. I will collect the reading logs at the end of each month. I will award Book-It pizza coupons for completed reading logs as long as your child has read most nights Monday-Thursday for 15 minutes. If you missed a few nights it is ok and if you read different nights, that’s ok too!

You will start finding math and alphabet work in your child’s folder each Friday. These are not considered homework and are not required for you to do. Please use them as a resource to work with your child as much as you feel they need extra practice. These papers are also a way for you to know some of the things we have learned this week at school and get a sense of how much your child has mastered. You do not need to send completed work back to school. I apologize that last week I sent some math pages in the folder but forgot to explain what they were in my weekly email!
As always, please email with any questions! Have fun reading (and mathing, and alphabeting)!

Important Dates for August and September

Here are some important dates for August and September. I will update the post if more events are scheduled later

August 14-15 K Assessment Appointments

August 16- First day of School for K

August 16- BooHoo Breakfast at 8:20 (K parents are invited to enjoy breakfast and special activities in the Media Center.)

August 30th- Get the Scoop Night(Come tell me all about your child. PTA is providing ice cream as well!)

September 3rd- No School for Labor Day

September 6th- PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30

September 10th- Dental Clinic (More information to come in Friday folders.)

September 24th- No School for Teacher Workday

September 28th PTA Movie Night

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.

Tie Dye

The week of May 14th each kindergartener will have the opportunity to make a blue and green tie-dyed t-shirt to wear on the last day of school.  The only thing needed is a white t-shirt.  (Many craft stores are having specials on these types of t-shirts or provide weekly coupons in their ads.)  All of the other supplies will be provided along with the washing of the t-shirts. The t-shirts will be at school ready to wear on the last day of school, Tuesday, May 22. Please make sure to bring your t-shirt to school by Friday, May 11th with your child’s name in the collar.

May Dates- Updated

May 8th- Field Trip to Hyvee

May 10th- PTA Meeting

May 10th- Last library check out

May 11th- White t- shirts due for Tie Dye

May 16th- All library books due

May 17th- Tie Dye Day ( wear old clothes)

May 18th- Field Day

May 22nd- Last Day of School,  Kindergarten Program, Early Release

 

Volunteers Needed- April 25th

April 25th we are making our clipboards for our service learning project! We will need a minimum of 4 adults to help! Tasks will include: helping the kids arrange their letters and words onto scrapbook paper to form a collage, helping the kids decoupage their collage onto the clipboard, helping set up and clean up, and helping students write a friendship note. If you are available on the 25th from 8-10:40 and would like to help please email me. Thank you so much!

Layla

Special Surprise for Mrs. Starbuck

We are making a special surprise for Mrs. Starbuck and her baby! Our class is making a photo collage inspired by the book , A Beauty Collected which is a particularly beautiful alphabet book of photographs of objects found in nature. I will be taking photos of the children’s hands holding beautiful objects from nature and compiling the photos into one large collage. I also have a copy of the book for the class to give Mrs. Starbuck. If you would allow your child to bring a natural object like a rock, fruit, flowers, seeds… for me to take a photograph of, that would be great. I will have extra objects here at school so no worries if you don’t get a chance. It would be good excuse to go on a walk and see what your child can find. Please send your object this week or early next week if you choose to do so.

Thank you !

April Dates

April 20th Book Orders due ( I will send the forms home this Friday. This will be our last book order of the school year)

April 26th- Planetarium field trip (This is a short field trip and we will be back at school for lunch like normal. Due to space limitations we will not have any parent volunteers join us.)