We have had a great first week of school! The kids have done a wonderful job. We have begun to set the tone for an awesome Kindergarten year packed with learning!
We have been working on establishing a community of learners this week. This will be our focus for several weeks and will continue throughout the year. Children are much more willing to take a risk in a comfortable, supportive environment. We learned about our student characteristics at Beulah Ralph to help us establish our classroom community. Our words are kind, respectful, responsible, positive and problem solver. The time we spend now will be well worth it as it sets expectations for the rest of the year.
We are also working on many social skills such as looking at the person talking, taking turns, actively listening to peers, participating in discussions/conversations and raising our hand to speak.
In order to build independence during drop off, we are encouraging parents to allow their kindergartener to put their things away on their own. If you walk your kindergartener down we ask you to give a quick hug at the door and let them come into the classroom and put their belongings away independently. There are also many BEU staff members in the hallway to help your child if you want to take advantage of the drop off lane in the circle drive.
In addition, it would be great if you could put a full change of clothes in a labeled ziplock bag in your child’s backpack for emergencies (underwear, shirt, pants, socks). Sometimes, kindergarten can be messy!
Next week we will visit the library for the first time. Each class has their own special library day, which your teacher will let you know about. The students will be allowed to check out one book and bring it home for the week (until their checkout day the following week). We ask that your child please keep their library book in their backpack when they aren’t reading it.