TK Days: Feb. 11 – 15

IN THIS POST:   Valentine’s Day Party, 100 Coins, Assessment & Progress, Spring Time Parent Teacher Conferences, Book Bag Updates, Macarena Mrs. Sloan, Dr. Seuss Week, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Valentine’s Day Party

Today we enjoyed Valentines Day with many special activities planned by Dani Powell and Emily Forgeron (Thank you!). The students enjoyed a rotation of activities (Bingo, I-LOVE-YOU books, and Cupid’s Arrows) followed by decorating a bag and delivering their special Valentines to their friends!

These little TK’s were so excited and enjoyed giving out their special valentines! Thank you for all the love they shower, not just today, but every day! One of the best parts of my job is joy and love these little kiddos give each day! Seeing life through their eyes is so bright! May each of you have a Happy Valentine’s Day and wonderful Presidents Holiday with your family! 

100 Coins

This month we are collecting 100 coins as a grade level! We have multi purposes in this activity! This is a way for students to be generous to others! These coins will be delivered to San Diego Food Bank! This is also an opportunity to practice counting as they collect and earn coins. They can practice counting to 100 by 10’s or 1’s. In addition this can be a chance to practice working on a goal at home (cleaning your room, dressing by yourself, doing your homework, etc) to earn coins. We’ve had some bags already turned in….GREAT JOB!! This coin collection is a Kindergarten Community effort and is completely optional. We are collecting through the whole month of February. Please turn all coins in by Thursday, February 28th. Thank you! 

Assessments and Progress

During this month we are doing many assessments with each child to check their progress. The students have made much academic growth in each area of learning! I’m so proud of their progress as well of their effort! This year is such a year of learning and growth as we get a strong base of academics but are also equally working on many social goals. Learning how to work through struggle, friendship issues, how to request help or say an opinion in a kind way, following directions, etc. These are just some of the areas we focus on in this TK year!

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

As many of you remember from our Fall Conferences, our Spring Time Conferences are only for 3 days as we only meet with some families that we request to check in regarding behavior and/or academic progress. I will be in contact with families that I am requesting to conference with. Thank you for your patience and support!

Book Bag Updates

Many students have moved reading levels, so you may be seeing a new level or a mix of two levels in their book bags in the next week or two as we change over. I typically send home their “Instructional Level” at home knowing you will be reading with them at home and will be able to support them. I put their independent level in their chair bags at their desk, as they will reading those independently. Just a few reminders regarding home reading support: 

  • Rather than using the phrase, “sound it out,” remind them to look at the picture and the first sound and then think what would make sense. (Sounding out is a strategy we only use in writing unlike the reading terms we may have heard when we were in elementary school). 
  • If the book is so challenging it is causing frustration, stop and read the book to your child or with your child the first time and the discuss the meaning. Then have your child go back and read it by themselves with support. The second time around is easier. 
  • If the book is too easy, it will do no harm and focuses more on improving “Fluency” rather than learning to read new words. It is a helpful and necessary skills. 
  • Log in books in their reading log and return in your child’s folder. Please feel free to ask any questions or support that you may have regarding your child’s reading. 

Macarena Mrs. Sloan

How awesome is our Principal, that on a crazy rainy half day, she has kids come up on stage to dance the macarena and joins in with them! Love her! Had to capture this on my cam!

Dr. Seuss Week

More on this to come but here’s a peek-ahead on a flyer going some in the next week! 

 

Upcoming Events

  • February 25 – March 1st: Dr. Seuss Week (Read Across America)
  • March 5th – TK/K PLC All Day Meeting
  • March 14th – Celebration of the Arts @ Barnes & Noble
  • March 20th – 22nd – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 22nd – EBS Jog-A-Thon
  • March 25th – 29th – Spring Break
  • April 12th – EBS Idol

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 2/18/19

  • No School – President’s Holiday

Tuesday – 2/19/19

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

Wednesday – 2/20/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 2/21/19

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

Friday – 2/22/19

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

TK Days: Feb. 4 – 8

IN THIS POST:   100 Days of TK, 100 Years Old, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Party, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Chinese New Year

This week we celebrated Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year officially started on Tuesday, but we were lucky enough to have Panda Express come and visit us on Thursday. We heard all about a legend that started the traditions and many beliefs behind Chinese New Year! We also watched a video that explained a lot of the traditions as well. It was an exciting day and each student brought home a “Free Meal” card from Panda Express along with a book mark that would allow a whole other visit and free meal if filled out! Thank You Panda Express for your generosity and for all you taught us about the lunar new year!

 

100 Days in TK

We had a wonderful day celebrating 100 Days in TK! Thank you to all the parents who helped in our Fashion Show! The kids each took turns walking the runway in their aprons. There were so many creative ideas! Thank you for helping your child and making this activity so fun and so special!! 

The rest of the day we celebrated 100 by doing many other activities! We did 100 exercises, we counted to 100 with popcorn and then had it for a snack! We also made 100 hats and listened to a 100 Days of School story! They had a blast! (Photo credits: Kranthi Vananma)

100 Years Old

Check out these fun photos of what your child would look like if they were 100 years old!!! 

Valentine’s Party

This week is our Valentine’s Day Party! Please email Dani if you coming! We’d love to have any and all cleared volunteers join us that day! 

Library Books Due

Don’t forget Library Books are due this week! Please send all books Monday or Tuesday at the latest! 

Jog A Thon

The annual EBS Jog-A-Thon is coming up! This is a fun day for all! We hope families are able to come out and join us (and we are hoping for some great weather!!). Save the date…March 22nd! 

Upcoming Events

  • February 15 – 18th – President’s Holiday
  • March 20-22nd – Parent Teacher Conferences (Teacher Requested Only) 
  • March 22nd – Jog-A-Thon

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 2/11/19

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

Tuesday – 2/12/19

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

Wednesday – 2/13/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 2/14/19

  • Valentine’s Day Party (Begins at 9:00)
  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am

Friday – 2/15/19

  • No School – Presidents Holiday

TK Days: Jan. 28 – Feb. 1

IN THIS POST:   5th Grade Character Ed. – Forgiveness, 100th Day, Box Tops – Feb. 1st – 15th, Computer Lab, Canned Food Drive, Father Daughter Dance, Heart Art, Valentine Party, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

5th Grade Character Ed. – Forgiveness

These ladies came in and engaged these TK’s beautifully! They created a puppet show to show an example of forgiveness and how to handle situations when you have been hurt by someone else. They show great leadership in how they lead these students and help them to understand challenging character traits such as forgiveness!

100th Day

Our 100th day is almost here! We are all so excited! You should have received a reminder of all that is going on and due!

  • APRONS: We have already received some aprons and they are lovely! Don’t forget to send in the half sheet that describes their apron of 100 items. 
  • 100 Year Old Writing: A rubric also went home to see how we will grade the students on their 100 year old writing. This is just to let you see an example and notice it is listening/speaking grade. 
  • Dress Up: On the actual 100th day we will be dressing like we are 100 years old! So fun! Look for some ideas this weekend! This day is super adorable!

Box Tops – Feb. 1 – Feb. 15th

We have entered Box Top Collection Time. If you have any Box Tops you have found or have been saving, please package them individually in a ziploc baggie with your child’s name, classroom and grade. Thank you! This greatly helps our school and there are some prizes that go out for collecting. Feel free to ask family, friends and neighbors to save for you!

Computer Lab

The students have made much progress in Computer Lab. They can almost all log in by themselves. They are making great progress in ST Math, and RAZkids. Many students are also doing RAZkids at home and logging this in their Reading Log. Don’t forget on RAZkids they build up points which them allows them build a robot through the RAZkids website. They love this! Keep up the great work! 

Canned Food Drive

If you haven’t brought a can of food in yet, send one this week. We are collecting cans to help the workers that were furloughed as the Food Banks were running low. 

Father Daughter Dance

Next Friday is the Father Daughter Dance! Hoping you all signed up! This is a special treat for the girls at EBS. Not only do they get a Daddy Date, but they also typically have stations for nail painting, choosing a piece of jewelry and dancing of course! They love to socialize with all their friends and get some dancing in with daddy and their besties!

Heart Art

Our lovely room mom found an adorable and fun art for the students to do. She started off the art with a Valentine story and then had the kids dig in the fun! Each student was able to roll paint-covered marbles around inside  a container on their piece of paper. There were different colors for them to roll to make their masterpieces! They had a ball!

Valentine Party!

Our Valentine Party will be on February 14th around 9:00 am. If you are interested in helping, please contact Dani Powell. Thank you! (You may send your valentines any day on or before the 14th of February). 

Upcoming Events

  • February 5th – TK/K Teacher PLC Day
  • February 5th – Monthly AFP Meeting
  • February 6th – 100th Day of School
  • January 8th – EBS Father Daughter Dance
  • March 22nd – EBS Jog-A-Thon
  • March 25 – 29 – Spring Break
  • April 12th – EBS Idol

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 2/4/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Send in aprons with half sheet describing their apron for the Fashion Show
  • Send in “When I’m 100 Years Old” Writing (don’t forget to practice)

Tuesday – 2/5/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Van Duren will teach. Mrs. Miller will be at all-day Grade Level Planning. 

Wednesday – 2/6/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • 100th Day – Dress Like You’re 100 Years Old!!!

Thursday – 2/7/19

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

Friday – 2/8/19

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

TK Days: Jan. 21 – 25

IN THIS POST:  Half Way Through TK, STEAM Problem Solving, 100th Day, Valentine’s Day, Copiers Down – Need a Reading Log, EBS Idol – April 12th, Canned Food Drive, Math Tile Penguins, Super Penguin, Sight Words, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Half Way Through TK!

Did you realize that this past week we hit the half-way point of the school year! As part of our counting routine we count the days of school and do a little math warm up each day with this number. This week we hit 90 days which is half way through TK! Give these kids a round of applause for their efforts this far! They are doing great and each have a sweetness about them in their own individual way! The effort factor is quite amazing! #imsoproud

Just as an FYI, some of the counting activities we do each morning are:

  • Name the number of days we’ve been in school
  • Is the number of the day a doubles or doubles + 1 (odd or even) – NEW
  • What is the equation for the doubles or doubles +1 (95 = 2 + 2 + 1) – NEW
  • Count by 10’s to 100
  • Count from a random number past a decade number (38, 39….40, 41, 42)
  • Count backwards from 20

There are varied levels of difficulty for varied levels of learners. We have added, modified and changed these routines through the year based on the student abilities and progress! They are doing great!

STEAM Problem Solving

Our current unit in STEAM is Forces, Push and Pull. Last week we read a STEAM story about some friends that were trying to solve this problem: 

How can we move varied sizes of rocks (some very heavy) from the corner of his backyard, to the side of their house so that a new swing set could get put in. 

The students each went back to their “Wondering Journals” and tried to come up with 1-2 ideas of devices that would solve the problem. Their ideas blew me away. This week we used our legos to try and build one of our device ideas. We also noticed that when we started to build, we changed some of the original ideas we had drawn into our plan. Check out some of these devices and the inventors explaining their ideas and how they work! 

We have a future unit coming up on Human Impact to our Earth!! Super excited! 

100th Day

The 100th day is quickly approaching! A reminder will also go home but we are celebrating in a few different ways! Most of the activities are optional (except for 1 as it will receive a listening/speaking grade when students present/read it). Check below for a recap of what we are doing. Please reach out if you have any questions.

  • 100 Item/Design Aprons – to be modeled on the 100th day! 
  • 100 Year Old Dress Up – on Wed. Feb. 6th
  • 100 Year Old Writing – presented the week of 2/4/19 (graded for speaking)
  • 100th day activities done in class on 2/6/19 (please let me know if you are available to volunteer as we need a couple parents to help run a station). 

This is a special and fun day that we look forward to every year! The pictures will be way too adorable! I promise you will enjoy it! 

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly! We will be having a party on Thursday, Feb. 14th sometime between 9 – 11 am. More details will go out soon. Please remember when making your Valentines, to only label who the valentine is from not who it is to (as it makes it extremely challenging for each student to pass out when they are individually labeled. Thank you for your help in this! There are 24 students in the class. As a friendly reminder, students are not able to send any candy or food valentines. If you need ideas, please visit Pinterest for non-food valentines. This is completely optional, but very exciting for the students to give any type of note, treat, message to each of their peers! 

Copiers Down – Need a Reading Log?

Our school copiers are on their last legs and should be replaced soon, therefore I was unable to copy more reading logs this week. I should be able to copy more this week, but if you are in need, remember you can always write or print your own reading logs from our resource page on the class website or feel free to write down books read on paper. Please remember you are always welcome to leave any questions or comments on the log if you are wondering anything about your child’s reading progression. 

https://www.linneamiller.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/206-Reading-Log.pdf

EBS Idol – April 12th

If you are new to EBS you’ll want to know about EBS Idol! Its our annual talent show and such a hit to watch or participate in! Students can perform an instrument, a skit, a song, a dance in front of our whole school audience on a Friday evening show time! Its a great experience for kids and super memorable! My favorite part is the courage students muster to perform in front of so many! Watch for upcoming details to participate and mark your calendars for the April 12th evening show! 

Canned Food Drive

To help those going through the furlough, we are having a school food drive. We are trying to get all students to bring 1 can to help keep the food banks full to help those families. As a school we can provide 750+ cans if everyone bring one or more cans. Would you be willing to help??

Math Tile Penguins

If you receive a Math Tile Penguin that is all colored in like the ones below it means that your child completed and entire set/level of Math Tiles! Give him/her a huge congratulations as it means they are moving on to the next level! Great perseverance!!

Super Penguin!

Each week, Mrs. Sloan chooses 3 Super Penguins from the school raffle! This week was our very own 206 student! Give a round for his effort and excellence! He won a gift card to Rita’s!

Sight Words

Keep on working on those sight words! The new list for February is coming out next Friday! This will be the light blue list! This is an amazing skill that will strengthen their reading and writing AND prepare them greatly for kindergarten next year!

Upcoming Events

  • January 29th and February 1st – Mrs. Taber teaches! 
  • January 4th – Turn in 100 Day Writing and Aprons
  • January 5th – TK/K Teacher PLC Day, Mrs.Van Duren Teaches
  • February 6th – 100th Day of School
  • February 8th – EBS Father Daughter Dance, Register Soon!
  • February 15th – 18th – No School (President’s Holiday)

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 1/28/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Star of the Week Poster(s) due

Tuesday – 1/29/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Taber will be teaching

Wednesday – 1/30/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 1/31/19

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

Friday – 2/1/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!
  • Mrs. Taber will be teaching!

TK Days: Jan. 14 – 18

IN THIS POST:  Laptop Swap!, How-To Writing, Math Tiles – Math Concepts, 100th Day of School, Character Education – Forgiveness, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Laptops Swap!

Our kind neighbor, Mrs. Offord is swapping her class Chromebooks with us for some STEAM materials! We have been able to log into ST Math and soon we will get on RAZKids in class. The log in process is little different than the computer lab since the Chromebooks remember them by name. The kids are navigating the new modified process but we have almost every student who is able to type in their own Password now! 

How To Writing

We have continued with our How-To Writing this week! The students are doing great! They are progressing in understanding how this informational text works and how to write procedure in steps with visual pictures that match! Check out this student book on How to Clean Your Room! 

Math Tiles – Math Concepts

We also started Math Tiles recently! This is a program used in TK – 1st grade at EBS that builds Math Concepts and Number Sense. It begins with very basic counting and number matching, and gets more challenging as they move through the levels. The students are doing fantastic! See a sample below!

100th Day of School – 2/6/19

For the 100th day of school there are many ways in which we will acknowledge and celebrate this monumental number and day. An information sheet will be going home on Wednesday to explain all the parts but here is a snap shot of them now. The apron is one part of our day and went home this past Thursday.

  • 100 Day Aprons – You received directions and an apron for the 100th day. These will be used for a Fashion Show on the 100th Day! 
  • 100 Day Writing – This will go home this week, but is a simple writing prompt that parents can help students will The grade will only be based on the presentation. 
  • Dress Like your 100 Years Old – On the 100th Day al Kindergarten and TK students (and teachers) will be dressing like they are 100 years old. This information will also go home this week! It is purely for fun and super adorable! Be creative! 
  • 100 Day Activities – On the actual day of 100 Days of School we will be doing a few different activities to celebrate in addition to the Fashion Show. 

Character Ed. – Forgiveness

This past Friday, Deb Marich came in to teach us about our January  is FORGIVENESS. This was a big concept for our TK’s to understand and Deb personally tailored this lesson to fit these guys. First she explained making a mistake and how we apologize for what we have done (even by mistake). Then she explained the concept of saying, “Will you forgive me?”  She read them the book, Words Are Not For Hurting? The concept of this book was to use words for helping not hurting, but if we misuse our words (by mistake) we can ask for forgiveness to apologize, forget and try again. The book also touched on the feeling of regret and fixing our mistake after we say hurtful words.

Next she used  blowing up a balloon to demonstrate the concept that when we are getting frustrated our balloon inside us get bigger and bigger. Rather than going crazy with built up anger (letting the balloon run wild while air escapes), we can calm down and slowly release air in small spurts by the tips in the song below!

This is where she sang a song to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it…” to show how to calm down when we are mad. 

  • Blow it out (breathing to calm down)
  • Walk away (as a way to calm down)
  • Tell someone how you feel (to release frustration)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

This past week, we read about Martin Luther King and how he wanted to make the world fair and a better place. We touched on some of the injustices during his youth and how he was brave to peacefully speak out to help gain equality for all. The students made their own art and wrote what their own, “I have a dream…” statements. 

Upcoming Events

  • January 22nd – Mrs. Miller attends one-day STEAM training
  • January 31st – EBS International Event
  • January 5th – TK/K Teacher PLC Day
  • January 6th – 100th Day of School
  • January 8th – EBS Father Daughter Dance

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 1/21/19

  • NO SCHOOL – MLK Holiday

Tuesday – 1/22/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Van Duren will teach. Mrs. Miller will be at STEAM training!

Wednesday – 1/23/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 1/24/19

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

Friday – 1/25/19

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

TK Days: Jan. 7 – 11

IN THIS POST: Mrs. Leatherwood, Mother/Son Bowling, 100th Day of School, Star of the Week, Library Books, How-To Writing, Math Tiles, Updated Cleared List, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Upcoming Events

Mrs. Leatherwood

As many of your have heard Mrs. Leatherwood will not be joining us this semester as planned. She accepted another position at Walker Elementary as a third grade teacher! We will miss her so much, but are so proud of this milestone for her! Congrats Mrs. Leatherwood! 

Mother/Son Bowling

This past Saturday was the EBS annual Mother/Son Bowling event! It was my first time I had attended and what a blast. I believe we had the whole bowling alley in use with about 250 EBS family members! Here’s a couple EBS/206 families I spied there! #somuchfun

100th Day of School

The 100th Day of TK/K is a big deal in school world!! We have been counting the days since August and are already at 83 days of school! This year our 100th day falls on Wednesday, February 6th. For this day we will celebrate in many fun ways! We wanted to give you a heads up as to what was coming so you could start to think ahead about some ideas. 

  • Dress 100 Years Old – Be thinking and be creative how your 5 year old could dress as if they are 100 years old. Want some ideas…check out ideas on Pinterest or Google. Then get your cameras ready….cuteness factor comes in full effect on this day! 
  • Soon each student will receive an child-sized apron. Directions in detail will be attached. Students will be gluing 100 items (one type or idea) on their apron. Students will walk the red carpet in class to model their 100 day collection (wearing their apron). 
  • We will also do some in class activities/art on the 100th day as well! 

Star of the Week

We will begin our Star of the Week Presentations this next week! Each week, one child will receive a Star of the Week Poster with directions and a sample rubric. The focus of the presentation is listening/speaking skills. Students/Families will have a week to create and the poster and MOST IMPORTANTLY practice presenting their poster. Remember, only one child a week will have a turn, so it may be soon or in a month or two that your child has a turn. 

Library Books

We will be returning to the library next week! Please make sure you have returned your books by Tuesday at the latest as the library needs to check them in early before we come. Thank you! 

How-to Writing

This last week, we began a new type of writing….”How-To” writing! First we read a “How-to” book and discussed/charted what we noticed. Then we wrote a “How-to” book together as a class. We also made a list of different topics that the students know “how-to” do that could be possible topics to start their first book. Students then tried writing their own “How-to” books. They did awesome on their first shot. We will continue working on this type of writing for the next couple of weeks. Ask your child to tell you about their “How-to” book or help them come up with an idea that they they know how to do well and independently. 

Updated Cleared List

The most recent Cleared List came out this week! Check to see if you are on it and if so, what clearance level are you?! We will be attending about 2 field trips this spring and need enough drivers to help us get there. You must be D cleared to attend or drive any field trip. Please make sure if you plan to join us or are interested in helping, you must get D cleared. The fingerprinting lasts a lifetime in our district, though an updated school application will need to be submitted each year. 

Cleared volunteers as of 1-10-19

Upcoming Events

  • January 21st – No School for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday!
  • January 22nd – Mrs. Miller attends one-day STEAM training
  • January 31st – EBS International Event
  • January 5th – TK/K Teacher PLC Day
  • January 6th – 100th Day of School

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 1/14/19

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

Tuesday – 1/15/19

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

Wednesday – 1/16/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 1/17/19

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

Friday – 1/18/19

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

TK Days: Dec. 17 – 21

IN THIS POST: Thank You! Happy Holidays, Room 206 Winter Celebration, Pajama Day, Character Education – Respect, Marble Party Recess, Sight Words, RAZkids Robots, Zones of Regulation,  Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

THANK YOU! Happy Holidays!

A special thanks for all the love! Thank you for the beautiful class gift and adorable poster! So beautiful! Thank you for gift to one of my favorite restaurants! I appreciate all your kind words and trust as you let me work with your children each day! They are raw joy!

Room 206 Winter Celebration!

What a day we had on Friday! The kids were full of excitement with it being the last day and knowing there was a party to finish our day! Thank you to everyone came out and our awesome Room Mom, Dani Powell for planning such a fun day! We had a pre-party snack and story telling with popcorn, oranges, and juice boxes. After the snack, students broke into 3 groups and rotated through 3 different stations consisting of: Roll-A-Reindeer, Snowman Bowling/Stacking, and making a snow globe craft! Students had a great time and loved all the games and crafts! Thank you everyone for coming out and helping the students have such an amazing day!

Pajama Day!

Friday’s excitement was increased by experiencing their first pajama day! There were many smiles to come in  a fun pair of PJ’s!! Check out these adorable and cuddly kiddos!

Zones of Regulation

We have been discussing a new way to be aware of our own emotions and how to handle some of our emotions to make good choices and to be sensitive to the feelings of others. We have had some beginning conversations simply to understand each color and to discuss what we can do when we are in a yellow zone to slowly come back to green. Take a look at the pictures to understand more clearly. When in yellow zone, we have practiced:

  • Blowing candles out (blowing on each finger of one hand to calm down)
  • Taking deep, slow breaths
  • Walking away or ignoring the words or actions that upset you

These are a couple ways we have discussed to help us to be more aware of yellow zone and to move us back down to green zone. In an ideal world, we aim to stay far from red zone, where we are likely to make choices that can hurt others or ourselves.

Character Education – RESPECT

This Friday, Emily Forgeron came in to speak to the class about Respect! She came in to teach the students about Respect. She gave each child a small flag with the word “respect” written on it. She proceeded to read a couple short stories where respect and disrespect were shown. She asked the kids to raise their flag every time they heard an example of respect being shown. The students did a great job of listening and understanding examples of respect! Thank you Emily!

Marble Party Recess

This week, the 206 Team filled the marble jar and earned a class “marble party.” For marble parties, we have a list of choices that the class can choose from. Each student voted on the option they would like best to choose for a party. The “extra recess” option was chosen by the class! We celebrated this week and have started to fill the jar again. The jar is already 1/4 full! So proud of these guys for their effort and team work!

Sight Words

First off…apologies for last month’s confusion of light green words. The direction sheet had different words than the words on the cards. We realized their was a mix up in copying. To make it easiest, we are keeping the words printed on light green as December words. Dark green words will go home on Monday, January 7th. Thank you for understanding.

Don’t forget to play the sight word activities over the break with the first 40 Rainbow words!

RAZkids Robots

Have you been reading from RAZkids lately?? If you forgot about this access, take some time to have your child read over the break! The Robot Rewards have been turned on by our Computer Lab reacher. This means that as your child listen, reads and answers comprehension questions they can earn points (and use previously earned points) to build a Robot! Its unique fun that motivates the kids to read more! Give it a try!

Upcoming Events

  • January 7th – Return to School
  • January 12th – Mother/Son Bowling
  • January 21st – No School for Martin’s Birthday!

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 1/07/19

  • Welcome back to school!
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Tuesday – 1/08/19

  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 1/09/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 1/10/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am
  • Behavior Assembly for all TK and Kindergartners

Friday – 1/11/19

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

TK Days: Dec. 10 – 14

IN THIS POST: Winter Party – Dec. 21st, Pajama Day Reminder, Character Education – 5th Grade, Holiday Learning, Absent Next Week?, Return Library Books, Mother-Son Bowling, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Winter Party – Dec. 21st

Our Winter Party is this Friday, December 21st. This is our last day before Winter Break and is also a minimum day for all students. We plan to have our party from 11:00 am – 12:00pm. The students will then go to snack and recess and finish our day! If you would like to join us, and are cleared, please let Dani Powell know….we’d love to have you!

Pajama Day Reminder

Friday, December 21st is Pajama Day! Check the Weather and make sure to dress in weather appropriate PJ’s. Remember we are not able to wear slippers or footsie pajamas. Layer with a jacket if needed and most importantly…HAVE FUN! Teachers wear their PJ’s too!

Character Education – 5th grade

This week our 5th grade Character Education Teachers came in and taught us about Respect. They gave a short demonstration to explain how respect work. Using some home ingredients they explained that the pepper they poured represented the people. The soap they put in were to model people who are being disrespectful. The pepper moved away from the soap, just as people move away from those who are being disrespectful. When sugar was add (representing respectful people) the pepper drew close to the sugar. This was an engaging representation to explain others reactions to us when we are respectful or disrespectful. We learned that “Respect is treating people kindly even if they are different from us!”

Holiday Learning

Back in November, we learned about Diwali. This week, we will take some time to learn a little about Hanukkah and Christmas. We will read or listen to a story and make a small craft to learn how others celebrate these holidays and what they believe.

Absent Next Week?

I know it is close to a 2-week winter break and many of us have plans to leave town. If you plan on missing any days next week, leaving early, etc, please let us know as we have different activities planned each day and some items to send home and want to make sure we don’t miss anyone. Thank you and hope you have a wonderful winter break with your family!

Return Library Books

We will not be visiting the library until we come back from break. I would strongly encourage you to return you library book sometime this week before we go on vacation! This will keep books from getting lost and to keep students from forgetting their book. Our next visit will be: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019!

Mother Son Bowling

Our annual Mother Son Bowling event is coming up! This will be my first time going as my son is new at EBS this year! I’ve heard its great fun and is a special way to have some quality time with your little man! If mother’s aren’t able to attend with your son, another special guest may escort your son. Hope to see you all there!

Not a son??? Not to worry! Early February is usually the time that EBS has their annual Father/Daughter Dance! Your turn is coming up soon!

Upcoming Events

  • December 21st – All School Minimum Day
  • December 22 – January 4th Winter Break

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 12/17/18

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

Tuesday – 12/18/18

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

Wednesday – 12/19/18

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 12/20/18

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

Friday – 12/21/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Minimum Day – 12:30 dismissal for all students
  • Pajama Day!!
  • Room 206 Class Party! 11am – 12:00pm (All cleared family members are welcome)

TK Days: Dec. 3 – 7

IN THIS POST: Meals for Mexico, Problem of the Day, Sight Word Correction, Art Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Meals for Mexico

WOW!! Friday afternoon at the end count, we ended up with 77 meal bags! That’s amazing! Saturday morning, we left to drive down to Mexico! We decorated cookies, made a craft and they each opened presents. The beans/rice were given to each family as a take home meal for the adults. Thank you for your generosity!

Problem of the Day

This past Friday, the class finished their Problem of the Day book. Please take time to look through their booklet and see their work, struggles, and improvements. This will give you and idea of how the stories vary. We will start a new book this week.

Sight Word Correction

Apologies! I realized that an incorrect list went home for the “December Sight Words.” Since we love mistakes in Room 206, we ask that you continue to study those words on the light green cards, even though the words listed on the direction sheet are incorrect. In January, the dark green words will go home. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Art

This past week, Dani Powell came in to read the students a story and create a new craft for our outdoor walls! They are adorable! Stop by and take a moment to check out your child’s winter penguin!

Stop by and visit our Snowman Directed Drawing in the hallway! They are adorable and all unique in their own way….the best!

Upcoming Events

  • December 21st – All School Minimum Day
  • December 22 – January 4th Winter Break

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 12/10/18

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

Tuesday – 12/11/18

  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 12/12/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Library Visit

Thursday – 12/13/18

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

Friday – 12/14/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!
  • Mrs. Taber teaches this day!

TK Days: Nov. 26 -30

IN THIS POST: Meals for Mexico, Pajama Day, Holiday Shop, STEAM has Started, RAZkids, Fine Artists, Character Education – 5th Grade, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Meals for Mexico

This week you received an orange flyer with a quart-sized ziploc bag attached. This is a time when we give to others and this is a simple and fun way to get your family and friends involved in giving a meal to a whole family! Unless we have any border issues, the plan is that I will be going down to Mexico next Saturday with my kids and some other families. We bring gifts, cookies to decorate and for the parents, I bring meals. The parents are so excited to get a gift of their own. All that is needed is:

  • Decorate the bag with permanent marker (this is an optional personalization)
  • Fill the bag with rice, beans, legumes, or pasta (rice and beans are a favorite)
  • Seal the bag and return

If you are willing to make more bags please do so! This is not only a way to give a meal to a whole family, but a great conversation to have about those who don’t always have food even if they are hungry. This is a luxury we have ….whenever we are hungry we can open a cupboard or refrigerator and there is something we can eat. Thank you in advance for sharing this with your child and giving to others!

Pajama Day

Who doesn’t love staying in their PJ’s ALL DAY??? Friday, December 21st, is our last day before Winter Break. It is also a half day for the entire school. In addition, EBS has a Pajama Day tradition on this last day….all students and staff will be in their PJ’s this day. Invite your child to join in the fun. If your child is uncomfortable or nervous about this, they of course don’t have to wear their PJ’s. I have also learned, if your little one seems nervous about unique, out-of-routine events like these, begin to talk about it early, and plant the idea and discussion ahead of time. For those of us that love some structure and routine (myself included) love a little time to get used to an idea that it out of the norm. Make a fun experience! If you happen to have Penguin PJ’s …. you can add in your school spirit on this day.

A couple final reminders for this fun day!

  • No slippers
  • No spaghetti straps
  • Shorts or pants under night gowns
  • Check the weather if your child needs a jacket for cold or short sleeve PJ’s for heat.

Holiday Shop

This a a new event for EBS this year! Our school has their own holiday shop for your child to buy gifts for others. Its a great way to continue the discussion about giving to others as it can be hard to not want for ourselves when you are 5 and all these fun items come around. Generosity and thinking of others a concept we work on a lot at school and at my own home.

We will be going as a class on Wednesday at 10:00 am. I have not been able to visit myself yet, but I hear their are gifts ranging from .25 – $15ish dollars. This might be a great time to let your child choose a gift for mom and dad or a sibling. Talk about it ahead of time. Make them aware of the amount you sent and encourage them to think through the eyes of the person they are shopping for…”What would they like?, How can you surprise them?.” This ended up being a great way for my own kids to shop for each other and work on keeping a secret about their gift.

A flyer was sent home before Thanksgiving break with an envelope attached. If you lost yours, there are more in the office, or you could make an envelope of your own. Just include on the envelope:

  • Your child’s name
  • Who they are supposed to shop for
  • How much money is included in the envelope

If you would like to join us, we will be going at 10:00am on Wednesday, 12/5 and we would love to have you as a “personal shopper” for our TK friends!

STEAM has Started!

This week we started our first STEAM lessons! They went fantastic! The students were so engaged and not just for the legos! The topic of this STEAM unit is Living and Non-Living Things. We used our “Wondering Journal” to write down some of our thinking, questions, and noticings. This week we discussed the difference between living and non living things along with with what living things need. This is a big concept that we are still continuing to work on. We learned that Plants, Animals and People are living things and they all need things that are the same (water, food, air, sun) and they each need things that are different (different homes, companionship for people, etc).

Of course the highlight was bringing out the “lego tools.” We used our tools to build a non-living things, and living things! Check out a couple of “living thing” examples. Can you guess which is the red daisy (by Matthew), hippopotamus (by Mason), elephant (by Ben), and tree (by Logan)???

RAZkids

We got back on RAZkids in the computer lab this past week. The students did great and enjoyed the listening and reading to books. Once you get past the beginning levels, the books will ask your child comprehension questions. You can even record your child reading a book. Take some time this week to mix up your child’s reading. Log on and take advantage of our RAZkids subscriptions. The students enjoyed it and its a way to track their progress. You can also add these books onto their reading log! I also get a weekly summary of all the students who logged on and read online each week.

If you forgot how to log on: (Encourage your child to do these steps with your help)

  • Go to the EBS webpage.
  • Click “students” > “Computer Lab” > “EBS Subscription Sites”
  • Scroll down to RAZ kids (with the parrot picture.
  • Find our class (class name is “ebs206”)
  • Find your child’s name, click the watermelon and read away!!!

Fine Artists

This past week Chrissy McComish (James’ mom) came in to teach our class about a new artist. The art technique used lines and shapes to make a cat. The students then filled in different parts of the cat shapes with patterns and designs. They did awesome! My favorite part about these lessons is that they encourage each child to make the art their own, unique from their peers! This is art! Check out our time at Fine Artists! Thank you Chrissy and our other mom helpers! This is a great gift to our students.

Character Education – 5th Grade

This past Monday our 5th grade teachers came in to share the Character Education lesson about Gratitude. They shared some examples with the students, read them a story and then had the students write down a gratitude. We love our 5th grade teachers and look forward to their lessons!

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 – 12/3/18

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

Tuesday – 12/4/18

  • TK/K PLC Meeting. Mrs. Miller will be out all day – Mrs. Taber will be here!
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 12/5/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Holiday Shop Visit @ 10:00 am

Thursday – 12/6/18

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

Friday – 12/7/18

  • Mrs. Taber will be teaching this day! 
  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!