Monthly Archives: January 2017

TK Days – Jan. 23 – 27

IN THIS POST:  Morning Playground Rules, Chinese New Year, Take Care of Your Teeth, Father Daughter Dance, Chelsea’s Light Run, Box Top Collection 1/30 – 2/10, February Volunteer Calendar, Upcoming Holiday Information, Upcoming Events, This Week

Morning Playground Rules

Just a reminder, that in the mornings we ask that all children stay off of the mats and the equipment. Teachers each take turns supervising the playground in the mornings and after school (3:15). This is to ensure all kids stay safe while students waiting for school to start . Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Chinese New Year

This Saturday is the official date of Chinese New Year! It is the year of the Rooster! Huaqing Bai came in on Friday to speak with us about the holiday. She brought decorations and showed a wonderful Powerpoint to the students to help explain the traditions and beliefs that are connected with this holiday. We saw an example of the Dragon Dance…learned, learned how to say Happy New Year with our hands and learned about the Chinese Zodiac. This is the year of the Rooster! The students also made a red lantern (similar to the ones used in parades) to celebrate and wish good luck through the year!

Take Care of Your Teeth

This past week, Kirsten Morton helped to arrange for a dental hygienist to come in and visit our class to share about dental health. She shared many good dental habits with the students and explained why these were important! The hygienist came from Pediatric Dental and Orthodontist Specialists in RB. She gave a goody bag to each student along with a great understanding of how to take care of those pearly whites! This was a fun experience for all the kids and reminded them how and why these habits are so important!

Father Daughter Dance

Don’t forget to sign up for this awesome event that you definitely don’t want to miss out on! It allows for some awesome daddy/daughter time! Turn in your reg forms now to the office to reserve a spot!

Chelsea’s Light Run

An amazing mother in our 206 Family is helping to group together fellow Scripps Ranchers for a wonderful cause!

  • Date: March 4th
  • Event: Family Friendly run to support a great cause for a special lady!
  • Cause: Monies raised fund the Sunflower Scholarship Fund which provides college scholarships for San Diego’s youth and helps to pass legislation to keep our children safe.
  • WHY: Be healthy, support a cause to help others, and build some Scripps Ranch Community!
  • How: Sign up with the link below (choose our team name) and share with neighbors and friends…we are trying to get 100 Scripps Ranchers to come on out!
Please follow the link below and remember to register under our team name THE SCRIPPS RANCHERS. Remember, fundraising is not required to attend this event, only encouraged.

Unable to run or attend….No Problem….you can still contribute by a small donation https://www.crowdrise.com/chelseas-mom

Box Top Collection – Jan. 30 – Feb. 10

Its that time again! Its our last Box Top collection for the year. There are prizes for classes and individuals! If you’ve been saving, now is your time to turn them in! Put them in a marked Ziploc baggie as you could be eligible for an individual prize, depending how many you bring in! Collection dates are listed above!

Volunteer Calendar

I apologize for all the errors I made in the February calendar. The most recently updated one (in hot pink) is mostly accurate with the exception of the dates during the last week of Feb. Thanks for your understanding!

Sight Words

We have started to focus on specific sight words for reading and writing in class. If you are using the cards to play, My Pile, Your Pile (as discussed in Parent Teacher Conferences with the packet of sight words) these are words that your child should know or be familiar with. If you need a new packet of words, please let me know.

These words are also on our word wall in class for kids to use and access on a regular basis. As we add words in context we add them up on our wall!

I, a, the, like, and, is, see, you, went, can, of, play (new words in red).

Upcoming Holiday Information

  • Valentine’s Day – We will have a small celebration in class. Please make sure you DO NOT fill out the “TO:” section on your child’s valentine’s. No candy is allowed, but small toys or stickers are welcome. More details to follow soon.
  • 100th Day – This will also be a day in February where we celebrate being in school for 100 days.

Upcoming Events

  • Chinese New Year – January 28th
  • Father/Daughter Dance – February 10th
  • 100th Day of School – Thursday, Feb. 9th
  • Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, Feb. 14th
  • Presidents Holiday Weekend – NO SCHOOL – Feb. 17 – 20

This Week……

MONDAY – 1/30
  • Before School Run Club

TUESDAY – 1/31

  • Before School Run Club
  • Window Art with Neda Ashfar

WEDNESDAY – 2/1

  • Before School Run Club

THURSDAY – 2/2

  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30 (pick up at Room 206)
  • Mission to Save Table open at 8:00 am in front of the school

FRIDAY – 2/3

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

TK Days – Jan. 16 – 20

IN THIS POST:  Penguin Parade, Father Daughter Dance, Free Sea World Pass, Rainy Days, New Informational Writing, Sight Words, Upcoming Holiday Information, 

Penguin Parade –

This week we had a our annual Penguin Parade. This is a march/walk for a concept (a concept per classroom) we have learned about and believe in! Each class participates and shows their spirit in a different way. We lined up and with excitement waited to start our walk!

We walked up Cypress Canyon and then took the stairs into the parking lot of the Community Center. Then we headed back down to our blacktop where we had an assembly.

At the assembly the choir sang and there were student speakers who read what they believed in. The sun ended up coming out that day along with the blue sky! Thank you to all the parent support and helpers who came!

Father Daughter Dance

The annual Father Daughter Dance is here! A green flyer went home (pictured below). A slip and envelope were attached to be filled out and returned. These may be returned to the classroom or the front office.
This evening is full of fun! Daughters dress up and come to the school at night to take pictures, dance with their friends and share a date night with their daddies! This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Free Sea World Pass

Its that time of year where the annual Sea World Preschool Pass is offered again for all 3 – 5 year olds. I have got this pass the last 4 years! Its a great deal for all your TK students along with any 3 – 4 year old (or soon to be 3 in 2017) siblings. The flyers went home on Friday and have directions on the back.

Rainy Days –

I think this is the most rain we’ve had in all the years I’ve been at EBS! As its been exciting, it does change our day a little bit. In case you were wondering here’s a little info about how our rainy days work.

  • If we can avoid, we may eat in the classroom
  • Buying lunch? …Students must go out to get food, as an option to make it easier for your child you may want to send a snack on predicted rainy days. For students purchasing lunch they will walk up the ramp to the cafeteria and then back to the classroom or to the MPR with their tray lunch.
  • We have recess in the classroom (except on Thursdays) and watch a G rated show/movie in class or have Free Time to draw, play in the kitchen, legos, etc.
  • Snack time will either be in the classroom or the Multi Purpose room depending on the severity of the weather and if Mrs. Miller/Hickson have snack duty.
  • Dismissal – on a rainy day to avoid as much rain as possible we dismiss at the double-doored gate right next to the office door as it is a covered area and we get walk all the way to that gate without having to go in the rain. On Thursdays, we dismiss from the classroom as usual.
  • We do have the kids put on jackets. A great skill to practice is having your child put on their jacket by themselves as well as how to pull an inside-out sleeve out (this happens often as they take their jackets off). We have some who have recently figured this out and are independent!!…awesome perseverance!

New Informational Writing Unit

We started a new writing unit a week or two ago on “How-to” writing. As we continue from December on informational writing, the students are focusing on a particular type of writing. They choose a topic on something they know about (brushing their teeth, feeding the dog, etc) and write out each step for the process along with pictures to match each step.

They have all come so far in their writing and are greatly enjoying the empowerment of writing authentic text manuals to explain how-to accomplish specific goals. If you wish, stop by and take a peek in their green writing folders and have your child read you a piece they have been working on! We are so proud of these awesome writers!

Sight Words

We are continuing to focus on specific sight words for reading and writing in class. We go over these words in context to introduce them as well as practice the spelling and formation of these words (in lower case letters). These words are also up on our word wall for students to access as needed during writing.

If you are using the cards to play, My Pile, Your Pile (as discussed in Parent Teacher Conferences with the packet of sight words) these are words that your child should know or be familiar with. If you need a new packet of words, please let me know.

I, a, the, like, and, is, see, you, of

Upcoming Holiday Information

  • Valentine’s Day – We will have a small celebration in class. Please make sure you DO NOT fill out the “TO:” section on your child’s valentine’s. No candy is allowed, but small toys or stickers are welcome. More details to follow soon.
  • 100th Day – This will also be a day in February where we celebrate being in school for 100 days.

Upcoming Events

  • Chinese New Year – January 26th (with Mrs. Bai)
  • Father/Daughter Dance – February 10th (register now)
  • 100th Day of School – Thursday, Feb. 9th
  • Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, Feb. 14th (please read info above)
  • Presidents Holiday Weekend – NO SCHOOL – Feb. 17 – 20

This Week…

MONDAY – 1/23

  • Before School Run Club

TUESDAY – 1/24

  • Before School Run Club

WEDNESDAY – 1/25

  • Before School Run Club

THURSDAY – 1/26

  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30 (pick up at Room 206)
  • Mission to Save Table open at 8:00 am in front of the school

FRIDAY – 1/27

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

TK Days – Jan. 9 – 13

IN THIS POST:  Penguin Parade, Character Education, Fine Artists, ST Math, Volunteer Calendar, Mother/Son Bowling, Sight Words, Upcoming Holiday Information, This Week

Penguin Parade – Postponed

Due to rain our Parade has been postponed until Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. We are excited about showing our love for generosity!

Character Education – Forgiveness

This week Alison Jones came in to speak about Forgiveness to the kids. She did some role plays with them to help explain the concept. Then they cut our hearts at their desk and decorated them. Then they brought their hearts back to the rug and traded with a friend. She then asked them to crumble the heart up. The students reactions were shock and sadness as they didn’t want to crumble them, but eventually they crumbled them. She spoke to them about how you can hurt someone’s feelings and though you may apologize it doesn’t necessarily make everything better (some wrinkles from crumbling it are still there). This is why asking for forgiveness is a next step to tell them your sincerity and that you will make an effort to not do that again. Next they traded their hearts back. We spoke a lot about how the word “Will you forgive me?” often come with an apology. We practiced these words and have continued to use them in class as we have many small situations that come up in TK. It was a great lesson, practice and understanding to know that we need ask others to forgive us for something we did that we know was hurtful.

Here’s a sample of one of our signs!

Fine Artists – Pablo Picasso

This week, our class got to participate in Fine Artists! Kiersten Morton taught this lesson about Pablo Picasso. I read the students a book about Picasso and Matisse and their relationship and their history. At the end of the book there was an information page about each artist and their relationship. Then the kids made their own art based off of one of Picasso’s art pieces. They each made a circle of their handprints to create a flower. Then using some special crayons they colored and decorated the negative space around and in the middle of the flower.  These are great little artists!

ST Math

We had our first class in the computer lab using the new district ST Math. It is done completely independently and is universal as it has no words or directions. The students use trial and error to show their understanding and learn math concepts. We explained to the kids that there could be some difficult parts but that they will just keep trying and trying….”perseverance!” Ms. Martin explained that JiJi (the Penguin…ST Math character) calls it “Productive Struggle.” They did great! Feel free to ask your child what they thought about JiJi and her math! See a picture of JiJi below!

Volunteer Calendar – February

Volunteers! We are so grateful for you and the quality instruction you allow us to provide with all your help! If you have any changes or requests for the February Calendar, please let me know this weekend as I am finishing up the calendar and plan to print it next week. Thank you!

Mother/Son Bowling

Last weekend was the EBS Mother/Son bowling event. We heard it was a blast and got a few pictures that were shared with us!

Sight Words

We have started to focus on specific sight words for reading and writing in class. If you are using the cards to play, My Pile, Your Pile (as discussed in Parent Teacher Conferences with the packet of sight words) these are words that your child should know or be familiar with. If you need a new packet of words, please let me know.

I, a, the, like, and, is, see, you,

Upcoming Holiday Information

  • Valentine’s Day – We will have a small celebration in class. Please make sure you DO NOT fill out the “TO:” section on your child’s valentine’s. No candy is allowed, but small toys or stickers are welcome. More details to follow soon.
  • 100th Day – This will also be a day in February where we celebrate being in school for 100 days.

Upcoming Events

  • MLK Holiday – NO SCHOOL – Monday, January 16th
  • Chinese New Year – January 28th
  • Father/Daughter Dance – February 10th
  • 100th Day of School – Thursday, Feb. 9th
  • Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, Feb. 14th
  • Presidents Holiday Weekend – NO SCHOOL – Feb. 17 – 20
MONDAY – 1/16
  • NO SCHOOL – MLK Day

TUESDAY – 1/17

  • Before School Run Club
  • Mrs. Hickson will be teaching!

WEDNESDAY – 1/18

  • Penguin Parade
  • Before School Run Club

THURSDAY – 1/19

  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30 (pick up at Room 206)
  • Mission to Save Table open at 8:00 am in front of the school

FRIDAY – 1/20

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

TK Days – Jan. 3 – 6

IN THIS POST:  Penguin Parade, Math, Fine Artists, RAZ kids, Mother/Son Bowling, Field Trip – D Clearance, Upcoming Holiday Information, Upcoming Events

Penguin Parade – Generosity!

Next Friday, our school will have its annual Penguin Parade. In this event, each class will march for a concept that they have learned about and believe in. For our class, we will march for GENEROSITY. We will continue to learn about this concept this year and will participate in more events this year that focus on giving to others.

All cleared volunteers are welcome! Meet us in the class as we head out to line up. We will then march, meet as a school at the field and then march back to our class for the end of the day dismissal.

  • Time: Meet at the class before 11:10 am
  • Date: Friday, January 13th, 2017
  • Location: Meet in Room 206 (the march will go up Cypress Cyn, to the field and back down to the school).
  • What to Wear: An EBS shirt, if you don’t have one wear Red or Black.

Math

There are a few things happening in Math right now.

  1. ST Math – This is a new (online) math program that our district has started using. We are beginning to use this as well. The students each have a username and password. Once logged in the program matches the level each student. This is a program that will only be used at school as it is also a way to monitor student progress.
  2. I have had some parents asking me for additional ways to help their child practice math skills. At this level, one of the most important parts of math is gaining a strong foundation in number sense. This will be used and built upon in future years. In addition at this age level, math should be fun! Playing games, counting objects, etc…are all great ways to build a strong foundation. Below are some links that you can use to have your child play some games that practice number sense skills.

https://www.ixl.com/math/kindergarten

http://www.sowashco.org/ro/pages/studentlinks/math/k-1math.htm

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmcam/

Fine Artists – Help Needed

This week is our 3rd Fine Artist Lesson, run by our lovely Fine Artist Classroom Volunteers! We will be creating an art piece that is based one of Pablo Picasso’s pieces. If you are cleared and would like to join in for the fun, come to Fine Artists Room on Wednesday at 11:00 for set up! The students will be joining at 11:15. The class should run 45 minutes to an hour. Thank You!

RAZ Kids

Remember to use your RAZ kids subscription for another venue of independent reading for you child. If you need your password again, send me a quick email and I can help. Its a great way for your child to practice reading and some basic comprehension (starts at a certain level). NOTE: The RAZ levels do not correlate with the levels we use in class.

Mother/Son Bowling

If you attended this fun event on 1/7/17, be sure to send me a picture to post in next week’s blog!

Field Trip – D Clearance

I sent out an email earlier this week regarding D clearance. This is a new level of clearance that is now required. A good thing about the clearance is that the fingerprinting only needs to be done once for this level of clearance. The regular volunteer form will still need to be completed each year. The D clearance allows you to be alone with a group of students (in a car ride to a field trip, in a small group at the zoo, etc.). In order to do any class field trips this year we would need enough D cleared parents to drive all the students.

If this is something you have, or interested or willing to get, please contact Mrs. Hickson or myself. If we have enough drivers we will be able to plan 1-2 field trips this spring. Either way our class will have other fun events to participate in as we enter spring time!

Upcoming Holiday Information

  • Valentine’s Day – We will have a small celebration in class. Please make sure you DO NOT fill out the “TO:” section on your child’s valentine’s. No candy is allowed, but small toys or stickers are welcome. More details to follow soon.
  • 100th Day – This will also be a day in February where we celebrate being in school for 100 days.

Upcoming Events

  • MLK Holiday – NO SCHOOL – Monday, January 16th
  • Chinese New Year – January 28th
  • Father/Daughter Dance – February 10th
  • 100th Day of School
  • Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, Feb. 14th
  • Presidents Holiday Weekend – NO SCHOOL – Feb. 17 – 20
MONDAY – 1/9
  • Before School Run Club

TUESDAY – 1/10

  • Character Education with Alison Jones
  • Fine Artists @ 11:15 (volunteers come to art room at 11:00 am)
  • Before School Run Club
  • TK/K PLC – Mrs. Miller in All Day Collaboration Meeting (Mrs. Ramchadan will be here)

WEDNESDAY – 1/11

  • Before School Run Club

THURSDAY – 1/12

  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30 (pick up at Room 206)
  • Mission to Save Table open at 8:00 am in front of the school

FRIDAY – 1/13

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Penguin Parade @ 11:15 am