Beginning kindergarten is amazing and challenging! Each child has a unique response to starting a new school or grade level. Some kids are so excited, others are nervous, others are calm. Many children are a mix of all these things and more! All feelings and responses are ok. If you anticipate your child having trouble with this transition, one thing that can help is to help them get used to the idea with a personalized story. You can make the book and read it together each day to help your child make sense of their new school. Here is a resource with a printable book you can print and personalize for your child. If you do not have a way to print at home, email me and I am happy to print it for you here at school.
Our penny drive is still going strong! Our new total for the grade level is $360 and $140 for our class! Wow! We have a few days left so please dig in the couch cushions and check all the cup holders in the car to help us finish strong! The last day to send donations is May 1st!
Here are the dates of special events in May. It is a little early but I figured this information will help everyone plan.
May 1st- Last day of Penny Drive
May 1st- Hy Vee field trip (We will return to school for lunch as usual. No volunteers due to space limitations.)
May 2nd- Tie Dye (If you would like to volunteer, please email me.)
May 14th- Talent Show
May 16th- Columbia Manor and Bethel Park field trip (Volunteers needed to transport coolers and assist with supervision at the park. Sign up for volunteering to come.)
May 17th- Field Day
May 24th- Kindergarten Celebration 10-11:25
May 28th- Last day of School
The Kindergarten End of Year Celebration is May 24th from 10-11:30. There will be a program from 10-10:30 and a family picnic afterwards. More information coming soon! I hope everyone can attend!
April 5th- Donuts with Dudes
April 16th- Planetarium Field trip-am only
I think these are the only important dates in April. Seems a little weird to only have 2! I will update the post if I have forgotten anything or if new things are scheduled.
March 1st- No School due to Parent Teacher Conferences.
March 4-8th Reading Week
March 4th- Hats off the Reading- Wear a favorite hat to school.
March 5th- Crazy for Reading- Crazy Hair, mismatched clothes, funny socks…
March 6th- Relax and Read- Wear comfy clothes and bring a pillow and blanket to read with.
March 7th-Buddy Reading (nothing to do or bring from home.)
March 7th- Kindergarten Registration for incoming kindergarteners (May apply to younger siblings but not current kinders.)
March 8th-Dress as your Favorite Book Character! Bring the book that matches your character if possible but not necessary.
March 14th- Pi/Pie Night-Come to school to play fun math games (free) and purchase a slice of pie if you would like.
March 18th and 19th- Talent Show Tryouts
March 19th- Spring Picture Day
March 21st- Field Trip to Columbia Public Library for our class. For students only due to space limitations.
March 22- Box Tops Due
March 25-29th Spring Break! No School 🙂
February 6th- Global Play Day! Bring a toy to share and enjoy unstructured play time.
February 4-8th Responsible Week
February 8th- Career Day- Dress up as the career you would like to have when you grow up!
February 14th- Spring Party (info coming soon)
February 14th- Valentine Card Exchange
February 15th- Teacher Workday- No school!
February 19th-Letters of Support due for Teacher of the Year Nominees (Mrs. Concannon, Mrs. Pennington, and Mrs. Starbuck)
February 22nd- Progress Reports sent home
February 25th and February 28th- Parent teacher conferences (We will keep the same days/times as last trimester unless you need to change)
February 28th- Reading Logs due
Spring Party and Valentine Cards and Bags
Our last class party is February 14th at 2:30 to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Spring! Your child will need a plain solid colored gift bag to decorate the morning of the 14th. We will use this bag as a “mailbox” for the children to deliver their valentine cards to their friends. About 8×10 inches is a good size-big enough to hold the cards but small enough for the kids to manage. Your child may also bring valentine cards. Cards are optional but all children will need a bag. If you choose to send cards- please do a card for every child in our class. We will decorate bags and pass out cards before the party starts so please send all bags and cards with your child the morning of the 14th.
Thank you for your help!
Here is a list of children in our class:
January 7-11- Kindergarten Spelling Bee Week
January 11th- Matching Colors Day to celebrate Kindness (More info to come)
January 18th- Book Orders due
January 21st- No School for MLK Day
January 31st- Reading Logs due
The week of January 7th, kindergarten is having a spelling bee in each classroom! Our spelling bee is going to be written rather than verbal and low key! I want all the kids to try their best but not have the words they don’t know how to spell highlighted publicly. Our spelling bee words are the kindergarten sight words. Another copy of the list is in the blue folder today. Please practice those words with your child to prepare them for the spelling bee. We will practice at school as well. If your child knows all the kindergarten words, you may practice the first grade words(on the note in the folder). We will not practice the first grade words in class. Any children who spell all the kindergarten words correctly will participate in a second written spelling bee over the first grade words to determine the top two spellers in our class.