Monthly Archives: November 2018

TK Days: Nov. 12 – 16

IN THIS POST: Character Education – Gratitude, STEAM Materials Have Arrived, Grandparents Day in 206, Writing, POD, Gratefulness, Western BBQ, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Character Education – Gratitude

This week Eva’s Mom – Emily Forgeron came in to teach our class about November’s Character Trait. This month we are learning about Gratitude. She explained to the students what Gratitude is and gave many examples of ways to be grateful for people, food, places or things. She then had each child choose a leaf with different color options. The color of the leaf they chose determined what topic they would write about. In the end, all the kids added their leaf to our 206 Gratitude Tree. Thank you Emily for an awesome lesson!

Our Fifth Grade students will be teaching us a follow up lesson on Gratitude when we return!

STEAM Materials Have Arrived

All of our STEAM materials (LEGOS) have arrived! They are unpacked and we will plan to start some lessons this week! I have a representative coming to meet with me on Monday to go over some ideas and teaching tips! The kids can’t wait, especially now that they see the tubs of materials!

Grandparents Day in 206

Grandparents day went fantastically thanks to Mrs. Taber and Dani Powell! Thank you for all your hard work in planning and preparing materials! We had a great turn out and are so thankful for our families!

Writing

The students have really started to take off in their writing! Its been exciting to watch and to see their own excitement grow a they can now communicate messages in written word. I discussed with many of you some of the goals we are working on in class as they are just starting to get their own sentence down. Check out the three main focuses below that we will continue to review.

  • Capitalization – This is a common habit that can be challenging to break in the years ahead. Many of the students learned to write their letters and name in the years prior to TK. They may have learned to write some or all of their letters using mostly or only capital letters. As they develop their are typically specific letters that they capitalize regardless of where or how they are using the letter. Often it is also letters that are the same/alike in capital or lowercase such as: Ss, Cc, Pp, Kk, Oo, Vv, Ww, Xx, Zz.
  • Punctuation (periods mostly at this point) – This is a beginning to understanding and helping others understand where their ideas begin an end. As they begin to add more than one sentence this will become more noticeable if it is missing. In addition, you may see an overuse of periods as they explore such as adding them after every word or even after the writing of their name.
  • Spacing – Consistent adding spaces between words. This is typically will come in and out before its consistent. It becomes especially important when they or others try to reread their writing. We aim to count out our intended sentences first and identify how many words will be in that sentence. We rehearse the intended sentence 3-4 times. Then we write the sentence with added spaces between each word.

POD

Problem of the Day – This is an activity we work on almost daily. We are learning how to read, understand, model, solve and explain number stories. The students have made great improvements. Many are still showing some confusion in writing the number sentence/equation to explain the solution. We don’t officially learn the addition and subtraction unit until early spring, but will have a strong foundation when that unit comes.

Gratefulness

Just a note to say how thankful I am for each of you and your students. This has been a great start to the school year. Your communication and support have strengthened the work that happens daily in the classroom and more importantly has helped me to learn more about each of your families.

Many of your have shown so much love and support regarding my recent marathon and 3-Day walk. These were each special experiences! Thank you for asking and understanding the importance of these. The 3-Day walk was so impacting and powerful to feel that we can do something unifying and against cancer and in memory of so many lost. Thank you again!

Western BBQ

Check out the details of this fun event! It is a day offered by the district to come and eat with your child. Since it takes place after our dismissal parents may check in at the office prior to 12:30 and then enter our TK dismissal gate with their visitor sticker to go up to the lunch arbor to eat lunch. This event also takes place in May if you are unable to make it to this one!!

Upcoming Events

  • November 28 – December 7th – Holiday Sale
  • December 4th Western BBQ
  • December 4th AFP Meeting
  • December 21st – All School Minimum Day
  • December 22 – January 4th Winter Break

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 11/26/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Tuesday – 11/27/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 11/28/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Library Visit

Thursday – 11/29/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am
  • Mission Federal

Friday – 11/30/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!

TK Days: Nov. 5 – 9

IN THIS POST: Happy Veteran’s Day, Book Fair, Food Drive, Conferences, Pink Contest, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Happy Veteran’s Day

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day! Though we all enjoy the day home from school and for some of us work, this day is to remember those who gave their time, courage and for some their lives to keep our freedom, to protect our families, and to serve our country. It is a time we can say, we see you, we notice you, and we thank you!

This week we made two crafts to honor our veterans. You likely all saw the flags that came home! These were so awesome! Each one was so different and special. I went to take a sample picture and I just couldn’t pick. They were all so beautiful and unique, so I had to take a picture of all of them.

The other craft we made, I learned about from a parent a couple years ago. I had no idea, but the poppy symbolizes “remembrance” for our veterans. We each made a tear art picture of a red poppy. On the back is a famous poem that goes with the meaning behind this poppy of remembrance. These are hanging on our back wall and will go home soon! So beautiful!

Bonus learning!!! Each of these crafts required different skills. The poppy was “tear art.” The students had to tear paper to get the petals. Tear art required fine motor skills and is different than ripping. It was a new skill at first but most who were worried overcame! The flag had unique stars you had to roll around your pencil. This was a true challenge! Most the class struggled at first. They kept on trying. There were 3-4 students that really had a tough time figuring out how to roll the paper on their pencil…but without frustration or negative emotion they tried and tried again and they got it! I was especially proud of this perseverance! The effort and determination to keep trying repeatedly is the exact mindset we all work for in this life! So proud of this class! Know these pieces were made with love and lots of effort!

Book Fair

This week we visited the book fair. The students were able to walk around and look at all the books. Some students bought books and others enjoyed seeing the options. The book fair is open this whole week before and after school (except Friday …it closes down at 10:30). On Grandparents Day, students will be able to go over with their grandparents for a visit after our time in class together (and then return to class).

Canned Food Drive

Our annual school Canned Food Drive has arrived! We are collecting any cans you have in your home that you could send to donate to our school food drive. The food will then be given to the San Diego Food Bank.

The week we return from break we will be collecting grains, pasta and legumes in personalized sandwich bags as our first class act of generosity. I deliver these with my family and some friends to those in Mexico with many needs. More information will come on this giving project over the break! Stay tuned!

Conferences

Thank you so much for all the families that came out to conference and for those who are scheduled to come this week! It is so nice to spend time with each of you and getting to spend the whole time telling about your child and who they are in Room 206. I know for many of you, your child may act a little different in class than at home, so its fun to swap stories and share all their effort and progress! I’m loving this class and though I’ve said it many times, I love that each of their personalities bring a unique and important piece to our 206 family!

PINK Contest

This week, since our color of week is not so common for some of our 206 friends, each class has their own pink contest. A small prize is given for the boy and for the girl wearing the most pink. This can be challenging and a fun contest. Get creative and have fun! For some kids this will require courage…remind them that we are all trying to wear pink this day!
We purposely choose pink this week to honor the 3 Day walk and especially to remember and love those individuals and their families who have faced breast cancer. In some years, our whole school will participate in this pink day! Thank you for wearing pink and have fun with it!

Last Week Color Day (White Day)

Color for this Week: PINK

Letter for this Week: Jj

Upcoming Events

  • November 7th – 16th – Book Fair
  • November 12th – Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
  • November 8th – 9th, 13th – 16th – Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 16th – Grandparents Day @ EBS
  • November 16th – Mrs. Miller’s 3-Day Walk (Susan G. Komen)
  • November 19th – 23rd – Thanksgiving Break
  • November 26th – Students return to School
  • November 26 – December 8th – 206 Meals for Mexico

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 11/12/18

  • NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day

Tuesday – 11/13/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Minimum Days – Parent Teacher Conference Days
  • School Book Fair

Wednesday – 11/14/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Minimum Days – Parent Teacher Conference Days
  • School Book Fair

Thursday – 11/15/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am
  • COLOR DAY – PINK CONTEST
  • School Book Fair

Friday – 11/16/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!
  • Grandparents Day in 206
  • Book Fair open until 10:30
  • Whole School Minimum Days – Parent Teacher Conference Days

TK Days: Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

IN THIS POST: Conference Reminders, Halloween Celebration in 206, Disaster Drill, Clearance Check, Parking Outdoor Wall Art, Scholastic Book Order, Library Book, Return, Book Fair, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Parent Teacher Conferences

(This information is a repeat from last week in case you missed it.)

Parent Teacher Conferences begin this Wednesday! Everyone has signed up and we are ready to go. A couple reminders to make your parent conference go smoothly and give you an idea of what to expect.

  • Be aware we only have 30 minutes to meet. I will do the best I can to go through all of your child’s progress and leave 1-2 minutes for questions. If there is something specific you want to make sure there is time for, please let me know when you first come in so I can plan/adjust accordingly.
  • When you arrive, PLEASE make sure you come in and let us know you are here. This is very important as we may not realize you are outside and your conference could begin late once we realize you are there.
  • There is no child-care in class or at school as this is a meeting for Parents and Teachers to discuss progress.
  • We will go over your child’s report card and some of the pieces of work to explain their progress. We will also spend a little time discussing their citizenship behaviors.
  • If an emergency comes up and you are unable to make it to your conference, please email ASAP and call the office to have them send me a message. Thank you!
  • Don’t worry! Bring a smile! I know some parents can get worried about conferences or feedback. Remember we are at Period 1 for the year. Some students grow faster or slower as they all take off at different rates. Each one of these special kiddos are near and dear to my heart! I LOVE watching them all grow at their own pace and am grateful for the unique personalities they bring to make up this awesome class! Enjoy the time as we discuss these past 2.5  months of the year.

Halloween Celebration in 206

What a fun time we had a in our class on Halloween Wednesday! The kids were so excited and the parents (led by Mrs. Dani Powell) planned a party with a bang! The kids started off by painting some pumpkins with glitter glue and sequins. They moved on to a rotation of three stations and finally had a “Freeze Dance” party with fun-faced balloons at the end! Thank you to all who came out and for fun and energy that each brought to our kids! Photo credits: Kranthi Yarlagadda

Disaster Drill

This past week we had a disaster drill in full form. We practice this type of drill 1-2 times a year. Students get under the desks as Ms. Sloan told us information that we were having a Disaster Drill and to pretend that the room was shaking. After we were informed the room wasn’t shaking anymore, we proceeded outside as quickly as possible and lined up in our safety spot up on the large blacktop area. After taking attendance and turning our sheet in, teachers went to safety teams to proceed as if there had been a true disaster. Other teachers watched over classes as students waited on the black top. Classrooms were checked and posts were covered bringing students to the reunification gate for a pretend parent pick-up. All went smoothly and our class did fantastically!

Clearance Check

Each class was sent an email regarding clearance checks. It was noted that many parents came on campus on Halloween to join Halloween parties. We were asked to remind all parents that unfortunately if you are not on the cleared list, you are not able to attend parties or events (with the one exception of Grandparents Day). The office will be checking the clearance list with the next event day to ensure all visitors are cleared. If you haven’t been cleared yet….please get your paperwork in so you don’t miss any of the fun this year! Our nurse stops processing cleared parents for the school year at the end of March. Thank you!

Parking

We have also been reminded to tell families to please park on the street when coming to the school to pick up or drop off your child. Our lot is reserved for teachers, school staff, support aides, etc. Please make sure you find legal parking on the street and leave the lot spaces for EBS personnel. Thank you so much for your support and understanding.

Outdoor Wall Art

I sadly forgot to take a picture today….but our awesome Room Mom came in this week to read the students the book, Turkey Trouble and have the kids make a turkey craft! Come stop by the backpack hook area to see these silly turkeys! A picture will be posted in Facebook!

Scholastic Book Order

Flyers for November Book Order went out. Consider checking out the $1 -$2 books you can get for Christmas or Hanukkah  gift toppers. You can’t beat that price….a book as cheap as a pack of gum! Can you tell I’m a deal buster!? I just can’t pass on the $1 books each month as they are too good to pass up!

Library Book Return

We have been asked to return all library books on the Tuesday before our visit so that the librarian is able to check the books in first thing in the morning before the classes arrive for the day at the library. Please make sure you return your library book the Tuesday before we visit. I will try to put a reminder on Facebook.

Our next visit is not until Wednesday, November 28th due to the book fair and Thanksgiving break. Please feel free to return your book before then so you don’t forget.

Book Fair

Our next visit won’t be for a couple weeks as our library is about to be transformed into our annual Book Fair. We will visit the book fair on Thursday, November 8th at 9:00 – 9:30. If you would like to stay and visit with our class, we would more than welcome you if you are cleared. Students are typically able to create a wishlist of books they want to buy and can always use help writing.

You can also send money for your child to purchase a book. Most paper books are $3.99 – $6.99. Hardback books have increased costs. Please note their are lots of erasers, pointers, highlighters and pencils that easily grab the attention of the students. If you choose to send money you may want to pre-visit the book fair before school and choose a book together. Please tell your child and specify what your family choices to purchase will be if this is a concern to you.

Make Up Picture Day

This Wednesday, November 7th is Make Up Picture Day. Please visit the office to inquire information regarding a Make Up Pictures if you wish for your child to retake their picture or take one that they missed.

Next Week’s Color: WHITE

Next Week’s Letter: Ii

We make this sound by pretending to itch around our neck area and making the short /i/ sound. The long /i/ sound is when the letter says its name.

Upcoming Events

  • November 6th – Monthly AFP Meeting @ 5:30 pm, MPR
  • November 7th – Make Up Picture Day, Volunteer Picture Day
  • November 7th – 16th – Book Fair
  • November 8th – 206 Visits the EBS Book Fair @ 9:00am in the library
  • November 12th – Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
  • November 8th – 9th, 13th – 16th – Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 16th – Grandparents Day @ EBS
  • November 16th – Mrs. Miller’s 3-Day Walk (Susan G. Komen)
  • November 19th – 23rd – Thanksgiving Break
  • November 26th – Students return to School

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 11/5/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Tuesday – 11/6/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Miller at STEM training  – Mrs. Granucci will be teaching!

Wednesday – 11/7/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • No Library due to Book Fair, but please return books regardless.
  • Make Up Picture Day
  • Day 1 of 206 Conferences

Thursday – 11/8/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Book Fair Visit 9:00 – 9:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am
  • Day 2 of 206 Conferences

Friday – 11/9/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!
  • Day 3 of 206 Conferences