Monthly Archives: November 2016

TK Days – Nov. 14 – 18

IN THIS POST: Parent Teacher Conferences, Grandparents Day, Thanksgiving Feast, Teachers Blaze 3 Day Walk, Rainbow Day, Scholastic Book Order, Growth Mindset, Running Club Achievements, Birthday Shout Outs, This Week

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mrs. Hickson and I just wanted to say a special thank you to each family for arranging your schedules and for many taking off work and coming out to meet with us to talk about your fantastic children! We love your kiddos and feel very lucky to work with such wonderful families!

We are wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Vacation and look forward to seeing you all when we come back!

Grandparents Day

What an amazing and wonderful day we had on Friday! Many grandparents and parents came to spend time with their sweet kiddos! The students sang 2 songs: Autum Leaves, and Mr. Sun. They did a great job!

Then we worked together to make a turkey headband, with each feather listing something they are thankful for along with the cutest little turkey vest (craft creations by Rachel Franklin). How great was it to spend time with our families! Thank you to everyone who came out and to those who helped make the day so special!

Thanksgiving Feast

Later in the morning on Friday we had a Thanksgiving Feast. We had it catered from the cafeteria and enjoyed Turkey/Mash Potatoes, along with a roll, salad, fruit, a juice box, and crackers. The lovely and personalized table decorations were created/designed by Alison Jones and Neda Afshar….thank you! Many family members decided to stay or come back to watch the kids feast! We finished off the morning with November Birthday Popsicles (see the cute picture below)

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EBS Teachers Blaze the 3-Day Walk

Four of our own EBS teachers, are in the middle of their 3-day walk (60 miles) this weekend to raise money, awareness and support for Breast Cancer! Cheer them on and applaud them for this amazing support and achievement!


RAINBOW DAY – Thursday, December 1st!

Our last color day has arrived! On December 1st, students will deck themselves out, the best they can, in their favorite color! We will do our best to make a rainbow out of the color choices. Wear as much of your favorite color as you can for the picture and to let people know your choice! Hmmm…what to choose?

Scholastic Book Order

Our December Book Order was meant to go home before we left for break (Sorry!)! There is also a Save $5 coupon code for any family that orders $10. These will all go home the Monday we return and will be due 2 days later on Wednesday, November 30th! Check out all the catalog options this month online!


Growth Mindset

Many discussions we had during conferences brought up the concept of students who struggled with struggle. We spoke about this at Back to School Night, but I saw this great quote this week (passed on by Ms. Sloan) regarding Growth Mindset (by Carol Dweck…the Mindset Guru) and just thought I’d pass it on as we all continue to praise effort and child we love rather than anything they accomplish or fail at! The word failure often gets a bad wrap, but those who see “failure” as a stepping stone strength, as a positive, as the pathway grow beyond belief with strength and joy rather than fear and frustration!


Running Club Achievement!

This little lady, achieved a ribbon for completing 100 laps in  the Before School Run Club program! Give her an applause for such a great accomplishment!


Birthday Shout Outs

Check out this birthday cutie pie from this week! This was our last birthday this year! To honor all of our November birthdays, we had birthday popsicles this week!

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Upcoming Events

  • Family BBQ Day – Wednesday, December 7th (after TK dismissal…info will go home)
  • Minimum Day – Friday, December 16th
  • Winter Vacation – Saturday, December 17, 2017 – Monday, January 2nd, 2017
MONDAY – 11/28
  • Before School Run Club (Mrs. Miller will be there!)

TUESDAY – 11/29

  • Before School Run Club
  • Fire Fighter Presentation


  • Before School Run Club


  • Computer Lab
  • 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
  • Color Day – RAINBOW DAY!Cover yourself in favorite color! 

FRIDAY – 12/2

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Before School Run Club

TK Days – Nov. 7 – 11

IN THIS POST: Veteran’s Day Special, Food Drive, Gift Card Orders, Conferences, Volunteer Calendar, Character Education – Gratitude, 50’s for the 50th Day of School, Book Fair, Pink Week – Dual Purpose, Informative Writing, 100 Lap Achievement, Storybots, Partner Work, Birthday Shout-Outs, Upcoming Events

Veteran’s Day Special

Friday, November 11, is a very special day! In fact, it is so special it is a national holiday in which we are all off! This week a wonderful father in our class who serves in the Marines, came to read a book to the class about Veteran’s day. At the end of the text, he and his wife passed out Marine Corps stickers and Red Poppy clips to signify the value, honor and respect we pay to all our veteran’s! A special thank you to all who have served!
PS…Thursday, November 11th was the Marine Corps birthday! Happy Birthday Marines!

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Food Drive

Just a friendly reminder to bring in any dry or canned food for the EBS annual Food Drive. If you have any to bring, drop it off at our class first as we are keeping count in our class and then we deliver it to the school collections. We have brought in 26 items so far! Thank you for all who have donated to help so many that are in need!

Our school is trying to fill 10 barrels of food this year. So far there are 4 barrels filled. There are still 3 days next week to donate. Check your cupboards or stop by the store and pick up a few extra items to help others in need!


Gift Card Orders

Gift card orders went out today! This is a fundraiser that EBS does 2-3 times a year. This comes at a perfect time of year as the holidays are just around the corner! There are many different gift card options in multiple dollar amounts. Go through your lists of those you are purchasing for and see if anything on the list matches. If so, considering buying these early and through our school to help fundraise!

*If you decide to order, you can have the cards delivered to our classroom in which I can personally deliver them to you, or you can choose to pick them up across the hall in Mrs. Offord’s Room (Room 202). Gift cards will be ready for pick up on December 8th.

All orders are due next Wednesday, November 16th!
A special thanks to Kindergarten Teacher, Mary Offord, who updates and organizes this fundraiser! Thank you for giving your time to help benefit our school!



Thank you so much for signing up and arranging your schedules to meet for Parent Teacher Conferences. Each conference is 30 minutes long. There is a lot to go over so thank you in advance for your patience! When you arrive for your conference, please check in the room to let me know you are here! If I am meeting with another family, feel free to wait in the hall as we finish. Thank you in advance for your support and flexibilty!

Minimum Day Schedule all next week:  This means that each day will act as a Thursday. Students will eat later in the morning at 11:35 (so eat big breakfasts each day). This also means if you child goes to SAY they will not be able to buy from the cafeteria in the afternoons. The entire school will be dismissing at 12:30 next week so traffic will be very busy at dismissal each day. In addition, students will dismiss from the classroom door each day next week! Thank you for keying into these details!

Volunteer Calendar – December

I’m creating the December Volunteer Calendar this weekend. If you have any changes or requests for next month’s calendar, please let me know by Monday morning (11/14/16)! Thank you!

Character Education – Gratitude

This week Alison Jones came into to our class to speak about Gratitude this week! What a great trait to speak about that our kids can continue to practice for months to come! In her lesson, she spoke about when she was young and was able to go to the country of Kenya. She explained to the kids about how the people there, lived so differently than our living experience here in San Diego. This was a great attention-getter and awareness opportunity for students to begin to get a glimpse outside of the small world we live in!

Afterwards, the students went back to their seats and were given a picture of a bear with a large heart in the middle. The students were asked to write a name on the heart of someone they are thankful for, in which they could be reminded. In addition they could give this heart to someone they loved! I had a sweet student, come up at the end of the day with a surprise for me…she gave me her heart!

Finally, the students came back to the carpet and were shown a bag with many items inside. Mrs. Jones, invited different students to come up and take out an item or two and we discussed how the item symbolized something we have to be grateful for! What a great lesson and reminder of how fortunate we are and to get us thinking how we can remember giving to others (October’s lesson of Generosity). Thank you Mrs. Alison Jones!

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50’s for the 50th Day of School

This past week we celebrated the 50th day of school! Students dressed up like we were back in the 50’s! We wrote about 50 things we wish for and made 50 Days Smarter bracelets! In addition, we listened, danced, and hand-jived to 50’s music. We even got to chew bubble gum and practice blowing bubbles! What a day we had!

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Book Fair

The 2016 Book Fair has officially began! This year there is a pirate theme! Arrrgh!!!

We will be going as a class on Monday, November 14th at 9:00 am! If you are able to go and help (as student’s will be writing down lists of book titles, costs, and shelf locations of books they wish to purchase). You may also send money with your child to buy books without you. Be aware their are many pencils, erasers, toys, etc. near the cash registers. Students get wide-eyed and distracted with these items. Please clarify to your student, if you send money, if or how much you wish for them to spend on books vs. small items (you may write this on the envelope).

*There is a sign-up on the whiteboard if you are able to join the class at the Book Fair.


Pink Week – Dual Purpose

Next week our color of the week is Pink! In addition, we have 4 teachers at our school who will be doing the Susan Komen 3-Day walk next weekend! To show our support to our teacher representatives and our support in fighting Breast Cancer, the whole school will be wearing PINK next Thursday! Parents — feel free to join in the support by wearing pink also!

Informative Writing

This week we started a new type of writing that we will be working on through December. This writing focuses on the diligences of writing (such as using capital letters, finger spaces, periods, etc.). It is taught around the concept and understanding of Informative Writing. Students will be working to improve their writing while learning the practices of writing information rather than events, or opinion.

This week we wrote about fruit. The first day we write together and focus on a group topic. The second day the students try on a similar subject (same topic) as we did together the day before.

The past writing work we did focused on Narrative writing and focused more on the craft and ideas of writing. All past writing work will be sent home during parent conferences!

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100 Lap Achievement!!

This sweet girl has been diligent in her attendance and running in the Before School Run Club program! She is the first this year in Room 206 to run 100 laps! Congratulate her on her efforts and determination!



This is a new website that Mrs. Martin has shared with us us to use. I just set this up this week, and added my own daughter to try it out. We tested it on Thursday afternoon, and discovered there was only 1 book we could use. As I understood we would have more capability on the website/app. I will follow up with Ms. Martin and she mentioned that next Thursday we would be going onto Storybots in our next session to try.

In the future, families and students should be able to drop their picture into stories along with practicing different math activities. The letter with your child’s code went home today.


Partner Work

This week we started some focused work on partnerships. We are aiming for students to engage in conversations and to be active participants (listening and speaking) within the partnerships. This week we discussed different partnership positions that help support our work together and our conversations.


Birthday Shout Outs

Here’s the birthday buddies from this week! This week and next week will be our last 206 birthdays this school year!


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Upcoming Events

  • 206 Visit to the Scholastic Book Fair – Monday, November 14th @ 9 am
  • 206 Fine Artists Lesson – Wednesday 11:00 – 12:20
  • Grandparents Day – November 18th @ 8:45 in Room 206
  • Minimum Days, Parent Teacher Conferences – November 14 – 18
  • Thanksgiving Vacation – November 19th – November 27th

MONDAY – 11/14

  • Parent Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule)
  • Before School Run Club

TUESDAY – 11/15

  • Window Art Project
  • Before School Run Club
  • Parent Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule)


  • Fine Artists @ 11:15 am
  • Before School Run Club
  • Parent Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule)

THURSDAY – 11/17

  • Computer Lab
  • Mission to Save Table open at 8:00 am in front of the school
  • Color Day – Don’t forget to wear PINK 
  • Mrs. Hickson will be teaching (Mrs. Miller @ Professional Development)
  • Parent Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule)

FRIDAY – 11/18

  • Music with Mr. Waczek
  • Before School Run Club
  • Parent Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule)

TK Days – Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

IN THIS POST: 206 Halloween Celebration, Box Top Award!, Generosity, Grandparents Day, EBS Song, Remind App, Check Out our Color Week Picture, Birthday Shout Outs, This Week

206 Halloween Celebration

Last Monday was our Halloween Celebration! What a fun day we had! (Get the Remind app for extra pictures and reminders throughout the week). We got to attend Computer Lab and then came back for a fun story and poem with our Guest Reader….Rachel Franklin! We made spider hats to match our story and poem as well! After recess we rotated to different stations to play Halloween games and crafts! So much fun! We had so many special helpers that day as well!

Our awesome volunteers!
Our Hallo Photo Booth!
Pin the eye on the Monster!

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Box Top Award!

This week awards were given to the member within each class with the highest Box Top contribution. Our class winner was was given a certificate and ribbon to applaud him! Cheers! Thanks to everyone who brought in Box Tops this month! Start saving and collecting from friends and neighbors for the spring collection!



We will be doing many acts of generosity this year! Our first acts are school wide!

  • FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring in dry or canned goods to our class to add to our Food Bank tally!
  • ALL FOR BOOKS: Donate a dollar or change to Reading Legacies! These funds give books to children who have little (or often none) books!

These are 2 of our first ways to give back to others and realize how much we really have!

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Grandparents Day @ EBS

Friday, November 18th, we will be having Grandparents Day at EBS. Our class will be celebrating from 8:50 – 9:30. All grandparents are welcome and if you grandparent lives far and can’t make it, you are of course welcome to join in the fun too! We will be doing a small craft together as we appreciate these sweet people we adore! This is also the last day of the book fair, so after the craft grandparents may escort their grandchild to the book fair to shop for a bit, after which they can bring their grandchild back to the classroom! We hope to see you all there!

*An Evite will be sent out to get a head count of grandparents we have coming and which children have grandparents coming. Please make sure to send in your RSVP so we can plan around the information requested! Thank you in advance for your help!

EBS Song

Did you know our dear, sweet EBS had its own Rally Song! They practice it often at the lunch tables (I’m still learning it myself, but these kids know it by heart!). Mama Penguin caught this sweet TK singing our Rally song in solo with some peppy penguin cheerleaders in the background! Love these TK’s! Check out the feed here in Ms. Sloan’s Twitter page!

Ask your child to sing you the Rally Song (my kindergartner is trying to teach me!). Here are the words if you need extra help!


Remind App

Don’t miss out on extra fun pics that come throughout the week or another way to personally communicate a message (aka text through the app) to the teacher or class. The more people we have in our class app the more we can use the app for whole class reminders and other fun pictures! I try to send out a couple pics or reminders each week! There were a few extra on Halloween! Download the app “REMIND” and look up our class or use the class code: @tk206

Here’s a sample of 2 messages that went out this week!

Check out our Color Week Picture!


Birthday Shout Outs

Here’s the birthday buddies from this week!


Upcoming Events

  • Make-Up Picture Day – November 8th
  • Volunteer Picture Day – November 8th (for Visitor Badges)
  • Scholastic Book Fair – Thursday, November 10 – 18
  • Grandparents Day – November 18th
  • Minimum Days, Parent Teacher Conferences – November 14 – 18
  • Thanksgiving Vacation – November 19th – November 27th

MONDAY – 11/7

  • Before School Run Club (Mrs. Miller will be there!)

TUESDAY – 11/8

  • Before School Run Club
  • 50th Day of School!! – Dress up in 50’s gear!
  • Election Day! – Don’t forget to get out and vote!


  • Before School Run Club

THURSDAY – 11/10

  • Computer Lab
  • 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
  • Color Day – Don’t forget to wear BROWN (sorry for last week’s mistake)

FRIDAY – 11/11

  • NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day! – Enjoy your 3 day weekend!