TK Days: Oct. 14 – 18

IN THIS POST:  Birthday Thanks!, We Got Boo’d, First Field Trip …SURPRISE!, Buddy Time…Math Tiles, Miss Ellen Assembly, Disaster Drill, Running Club Achievement,  Letter of  the Week Tt,, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Birthday Thanks!

A sincere thanks to all the birthday love you shared with me this past Wednesday! I was floored by all the home made cards and my favorite treats! I was greeted by a delicious coffee, a delightful and flavorful lunch (that I didn’t have to pack in the morning) and a lovely kid-print gift with gift cards to a date with my husband!! Such a great day! I had continuous hugs all day and got to share my birthday with a 206 buddy! Thank you for caring so much for me!! 

We Got Boo’d!!

We came in to class this Tuesday and found a bag at our door! We had been “Boo’d” by another class! The kids were so excited and we couldn’t believe what the treat was! Check out our picture!! We had some belly laughs with this treat! 

First Field Trip….SURPRISE!!

I had no idea, but the kindergarten class decided to go to the Apple Farm this year! Since they are taking buses they were kind enough to extend an invite to our class since 2 classes can fit on one bus (which makes 6 classes in all if we are included). We will be taking the students in a bus to the farm and going with Mrs. Huynh’s class. Please return items as soon as possible. You will still be able to go even if you are not D cleared as we are taking a bus together and will be with the teacher the entire time. We hope you can make it and I apologize about the surprise notice….it was a last minute invite!!

Buddy Time …. Math Tiles!

During our buddy time this week, our 3rd grade buddies, taught our students how to do Math Tiles! This is a math (number sense foundation) activity. We will begin doing this with volunteers but were given introductory tutoring by our buddies since they did it in first grade and in kindergarten! It is so awesome to have these 1:1 helpers!!

Ms. Ellen Assembly!

This week we celebrated another special birthday…Ms. Ellen Browning Scripps had a birthday! Each year we celebrate her life and all that she was to the community. We had a few speakers give a speech about her and the choir sang a couple different birthday songs to her. There was a surprise appearance from the Wednesday Hip Hop class …it was a great way to celebrate a phenomenal lady!

I’m not sure if you know much about her, but her heart to give was seriously unreal! Check out some Ms. Ellen facts here! 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Browning_Scripps

Disaster Drill 

This was an eventful week as we also had our first Disaster Drill. I did not warn the students of this as I thought it might be more powerful to let it play out and then follow up with talk afterwards as they would be able to understand better. Different from a fire drill, Ms. Sloan gets on the intercom and announces that we are having a disaster drill in a very calm voice. She steps them through what they should be doing (getting under a table, holding on to a leg of a table and covering their eyes/face) as we pretend we are in current earthquake. She names the stopping of the pretend shaking in which I wait 2 minutes for the shaking to stop and then we all head up to the outside safe spot that we also go to for fire drills. The kids did a pretty good job considering and our talk after the drill was very powerful. We practiced the tuck and cover body positioning! I’m so proud of them and confident that they will know better during our next disaster drill what to do and the most important parts of our body to protect!

Running Club Achievement

One our dear students made it to 100 laps in the Before School Run Club! He is the first in our class to make this achievement! We are so proud of him and his efforts! Give a round of applause!!

Letter of the Week…Tt!

This week we practiced writing and remembering the capital letter, lower case letter and sound of “Tt.” These students have made such great improvements. 

This Coming Week….BLACK Week!

Each week we celebrate a new color and talk a little about the color word. On Thursdays, the TK/Kinder wear our week’s color to celebrate! 
If you wish to plan ahead on your color wardrobe here is the color wearing order:

  • Thurs. 10/24 – BLACK
  • Thurs. 10/31 – ORANGE
  • Thurs. 11/7 – WHITE
  • Thurs. 11/14 – PINK
  • Thurs. 11/21 – BROWN

Save these Dates

  • Halloween Boo-tique Donations – October 2nd – October 14th
  • Halloween Boo-tique – Begins October 17th 
  • AFP Meeting – October 8th 
  • EBS Fall Festival – October 25th 

 

The Week Ahead…

 

Monday – 10/28/19

 

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

 

Tuesday – 10/29/19

 

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

 

Wednesday – 10/30/19

 

  • Computer Lab – Practice logging in at home!!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

Thursday – 10/31/19

 

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • BLACK  WEEK – All Kinders and TK wear BLACK

 

Friday – 11/1/19

 

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

TK Days: Oct. 7 – 11

IN THIS POST: Fine Artist Lesson #1, Parent Teacher Conference Week, Family Fun Wall,  Buddy Time, Reading at Home (Logs), Letter/Sound of the Week…Cc, Green Week! Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Fine Artist Lesson #1

This week the students had their first Fine Artist Lesson! The students had a blast expressing their creativity while our awesome Artist Team helped to support the students from start to finish! Check out these artists and their awesome experience!

Parent Teacher Conference Week

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up! This first set of conferences, I will meet with all parents to discuss your child’s progress and next steps for growth. Each conference is about 25 minutes with 30 minute time slots. 

An on line link will be mailed out to each family for you to sign up for a time that works best for you. We ask that we meet with parent or parents only as it is a preference to discuss the growth and next steps without your child present. 

I look forward to meeting with each of you! The link should be out by the end of October. 

Family Fun Wall

Our Family Fun Wall is up on the wall! The kids are loving seeing their families in our room! If you haven’t sent in a photo yet, please feel free to send a 4×6 photo of your family! 

Buddy Time!

We love our buddy time! We played Roll a pumpkin this week! 

Reading at Home (logs)

Just a reminder that we are aiming to read consistently. Books will be exchanged after you return them or your child can read on RAZKids. Your child will move along the Road to Reading as they turn in their logs. They get a prize when they reach the library! Remember to log all reading: 

  • Reading to your child (your books of choice)
  • Reading with your child
  • Your child reading to you! (each time they read the book, log it)

All are valued and an important part of reading! 

Letter/Sound of the Week…Cc

This week we studied the letter and sound of C. This letter is a foundation in handwriting. Did you realized from a lower case “c” that all these other letters are formed. 

GREEN Week!

Check out pics from this week’s color day!!

This Coming Week….PURPLE Week!

Each week we celebrate a new color and talk a little about the color word. On Thursdays, the TK/Kinder wear our week’s color to celebrate! 
If you wish to plan ahead on your color wardrobe here is the color wearing order:

  • Thurs. 10/17 – PURPLE
  • Thurs. 10/24 – BLACK
  • Thurs. 10/31 – ORANGE
  • Thurs. 11/7 – WHITE
  • Thurs. 11/14 – PINK
  • Thurs. 11/21 – BROWN

Save these Dates

  • Halloween Boo-tique – Begins October 17th 
  • EBS Fall Festival – October 25th 
  • Room 206 Halloween Party – Thursday, October 31st. 
  • Make Up Picture Day – November 7th
  • Veteran’s Day – No School – November 11th

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 10/14/19

  • Computer Lab – Practice logging in at home!!
  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

Tuesday – 10/15/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

Wednesday – 10/16/19

  • Computer Lab – Practice logging in at home!!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

Thursday – 10/17/19

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • PURPLE  WEEK – All Kinders and TK wear PURPLE

Friday – 10/18/19

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

TK Days: Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

IN THIS POST: Picture Day TK-2, Federal Survey Cards, Spookly, The Square Pumpkin, Buddy Time…Art, STEAM Focus, TK/K PLC Planning Days, Letter/Sound of the Week…Aa, STEAM, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Picture Day!

Picture Day went off without a hitch! A special thanks to all the parents who came in to help!

Federal Survey Cards

If you haven’t returned your card yet, please turn them in as soon as possible! These went out this past week and all need to be returned. 

Character Education

This week Nicole Meyer came in to teach the first Character Education lesson of the year. The trait of the month is Respect. Nicole worked with the kids to see that we are all different and can love and respect each other for ways we are different and the same. The students loved the lesson!

Super Penguin Update

Have you turned in your envelope yet? We are trying to get to 100% of envelope return! We have had about 8 envelopes turned in and those students received their bracelets! Remember no donation is required! As current AFP members…thank you!

Spookley, The Square Pumpkin

This week Caitlyn Tschernskowitsch prepared a story and craft for our students. The story of Spookley discusses many huge concepts of building confidence and valuing differences and of course helping others! Each student made their own Spookley pumpkin of different shapes and colors. Check out our Spookley Pumpkin Patch.

Buddy Time …Art!

This week we met with our buddies! We were having so much fun I forgot to take pictures! Our TK’s look forward to meeting with their buddies more than any other part of our week! I hear our 3rd graders feel the same!!! We seriously love them and the help they give! WE made some fall trees with our buddies this week! 

STEAM Focus

In our focus to learn about Living and Nonliving things, we have learned that Animals, Plants and People are living things. We’ve been discovering what living things need to survive. Check out some of the work and thinking we’ve studied and charted!

TK/K PLC Planning Days

This week the TK/K Teachers have their first Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Planning Day. We have these days about 1x a month. During these days, we have trainings, we plan together, and create vision and plan support and growth for our students. Our first PLC day is this Tuesday. Mrs. Whelehon is a wonderful substitute teacher and will be teaching our sweet class while I’m gone.

Letter/Sound Aa

This past week we studied the multi-faceted letter Aa. We practiced what it looks like, sounds like (many different sounds) and how to write it properly! 

This Coming Week….GREEN Week!

Each week we celebrate a new color and talk a little about the color word. On Thursdays, the TK/Kinder wear our week’s color to celebrate! 
If you wish to plan ahead on your color wardrobe here is the color wearing order:

  • Thurs. 10/17 – PURPLE
  • Thurs. 10/24 – BLACK
  • Thurs. 10/31 – ORANGE
  • Thurs. 11/7 – WHITE
  • Thurs. 11/14 – PINK
  • Thurs. 11/21 – BROWN

Save these Dates

  • Halloween Boo-tique Donations – October 2nd – October 14th
  • Halloween Boo-tique – Begins October 17th 
  • AFP Meeting – October 8th 
  • EBS Fall Festival – October 25th 
  • Room 206 Halloween Party – Thursday, October 31st. 

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 10/7/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am
  • Scholastic Book Orders due!

Tuesday – 10/8/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am
  • TK/K PLC Day (Mrs. Miller will be in an all day meeting…Mrs. Whelehon will be here!)

Wednesday – 10/9/19

  • Computer Lab – Practice logging in at home!!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • First Character Education Lesson! 

Thursday – 10/11/19

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • First Fine Artists Lesson @ 11:30
  • GREEN  WEEK – All Kinders and TK wear GREEN

Friday – 10/12/19

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

TK Days: Sept. 23 – 27

IN THIS POST: Start with “Hello” Week, Picture Day TK-2, Volunteers Cleared,  D Clearance Now Available, Buddy Time, Read to Self, Scholastic News, Give A Cheer, Letter of  the Week Mm, STEAM, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Start With “Hello” Week

What a fantastic week! All of the elementary schools in Scripps participated in Start With Hello Week. It was a great week of intention and awareness and students not only stepped outside of comfort zones, but were taking on intentional efforts to seek-out those who were alone, act kind to others, and be a model member of the EBS community! See some pictures from this week’s highlights!

Picture Day TK-2

Picture Day is Tuesday! If you wish to come on Tuesday, just stay with our class from drop off time. We will be taking our pictures first that day and will head over shortly after the first bell! Remember to say “cheese” and to practice those adorable smiles in the mirror! 

Volunteers Cleared – HOORAY!

Many of our applications have been processed and we have volunteers starting Tuesday! If you are coming in to volunteer, please come into the room before school starts so I can go over what the volunteering time and requests will look like that day. Thank you in advance! I’ve been waiting and so excited for this day!!

D Clearance Now Available

If you plan to drive on one of our field trips, you can now pick up a “Category D” clearance applications. These were released this week. A new “D” application will need to be filled out each year, however the District fingerprinting lasts for a lifetime. 

Buddy Time

This week we spent our buddy time on something very worthwhile….logging in at the Computer Lab! It was MAGIC…seriously!! We tried this strategy out and it was awesome! Each child had an older child helping to 1:1 coach and encourage them through this process! Many more of our students are now able to or on the brink of being able to log in! Super exciting! They also got modeled and could practice how to log out! Go 206!!

Read to Self

In Read to Self this week we finally reached 3 minutes. This isn’t any old 3 minutes, but rather 3 minutes of practicing the diligence of “Read to Self.” Check out this video out and applaud your little reader!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiSffzl9NKc&feature=youtu.be

Scholastic News

Friday the students came home with their first scholastic news magazine! We do these in class together and let them try out the activity on the back by themselves. Enjoy! 

Give a Cheer

We just wanted to give a special shout out to Shinobu Watanabe (Anna’s Mom). This sweet lady has been doing our folders and book bag trading almost every day this year. It may not be noticed by all, but it a huge help. I only have one 12-15 minute break each day to go to the restroom and have a snack/water. This is normally when I would be scurrying to get the folders barely finished before the kids came in to pack up for the end of our day! Please give a big round of applause to her! 

Lianna Lam (Jeremiah’s Mom) and Aklesh Jain (Anaya’s dad) are also helping with the morning unpacking and packing! We are super grateful for these folks! They model responsibility and consistency! Give a round of applause!!

Letter of the Week – Mm

This week we learned the letter Mm. Letter Mm books stayed in our book drawers this week and will come home soon. In the meantime we will be practicing them at school! Next week is the letter/sound Aa. 

To also celebrate and practice the letter Mm this week, we read the book Go Away Big Green Monster. We made our own Big Green Monsters and practiced capital and lower case Mm’s (start every letter going down) and sound that it makes! We had a lot of run with this!!

 

STEAM

We have been learning about Living vs. NonLiving things in STEAM. We have discussed what makes a living and non living thing and this week we each built a living thing with our STEAM legos. 

This Coming Week….YELLOW Week!

Each week we celebrate a new color and talk a little about the word RED also. On Thursdays, the TK/Kinder wear our week’s color to celebrate! *NOTE: This week, due to Say Hello Week, we will be wearing our color on Wednesday instead. 
If you wish to plan ahead on your color wardrobe here is the color wearing order:

  • Thurs. 10/10 – GREEN
  • Thurs. 10/17 – PURPLE
  • Thurs. 10/24 – BLACK
  • Thurs. 10/31 – ORANGE
  • Thurs. 11/7 – WHITE
  • Thurs. 11/14 – PINK
  • Thurs. 11/21 – BROWN

Save these Dates

  • Halloween Boo-tique Donations – October 2nd – October 14th
  • Halloween Boo-tique – Begins October 17th 
  • AFP Meeting – October 8th 
  • EBS Fall Festival – October 25th 

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 9/30/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

Tuesday – 10/1/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am
  • School Picture Day for TK-2nd

Wednesday – 10/2/19

  • Computer Lab – Practice logging in at home!!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • First Character Education Lesson! 

Thursday – 10/3/19

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • YELLOW WEEK – All Kinders and TK wear YELLOW

Friday – 10/4/19

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

TK Days: Sept. 16 – 20

IN THIS POST: Start with “Hello” Week, Picture Day TK-2, Volunteers Cleared, Book Bags, Box Tops, Sight Words, Letter of the Week Ss, Red Week, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Start with “Hello” Week

This week our school is being a part of something that could be life-changing for many students or even for one student. We are participating in “Start With Hello Week” as a part of the No Place for Hate Campaign. You may have seen some of the emails and may have skimmed the content, but it is something designed to remind us of inclusiveness. Though isolation and depression may not seem to happen often in younger grades like TK, the act and feeling of responsibility to include all members and value others (even those we may not agree with or those who are different than us) could start to make a real change in our world. 

This week our school is making it a priority to focus on how we can not only be a part of this movement, but truly strengthen these types of character traits in our students. We want EBS to be a place where people feel welcome, invited and safe. Belonging is one of the core basic needs in every human being. We will be discussing this in class for  few moments each day as we also participate in the whole school activities. See the sheet below if you missed them. 

Encourage your child each day to try on the goal for that day! Talk about how to do it and the impact it will have on others. 

Picture Day TK-2

Picture Day is coming up! The information went home in daily folders this week. You can purchase photos online or send in the envelope. Typically we are one of the first slots of the day……so, if you are cleared and would love to stay after drop off, we’d love to have you help us out in the Multi Purpose Room that morning. In general the students wait in line with their name card to get their picture taken. Some volunteers help students get combed (they have separate combs for each student as needed) and check fine details. Other parents help with students are have already taken their picture and are waiting for the remainder of the class. Please let me know if you are interested! We’d love to have your help on that day!!

Volunteers Cleared – HOORAY!

We should be getting cleared volunteers any day! I will set up a calendar each month to let know the schedule. If you wish to add on or change days, please let me know in advance so I can prepare. We love having help and we love to see family faces in our day, we just need to prepare items for you to help or make sure we make other arrangements if you need to cancel. These first 6 weeks of school we may need additional help with students more than usual as they are settling into routines. If you are able and willing to cover some additional hours these first 6 weeks to help with students, please let me know. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out about clearance levels! We can’t wait! 

Student Reactions to Parent Volunteers! – Some students want to stay with mommy/daddy the whole time they are there, some students ignore their parent while they are there, some students have a hard time saying goodbye when the volunteer time ends and others are completely comfortable with it. In general most kids love it regardless of how they show it! If you think your child might have a hard time with you being there, just remember to discuss it with them before hand how you will be coming and that you are there to help all the kids, but you are helping in this class at this time because they are your child and you love them! Remind them about when it is time to leave, you will hug goodbye but not to worry as you will see them so soon they won’t even realize. 

Book Bags

This week you received your child’s book bag at home! How has it been going??? I hope your child has been enjoying the books! They may be doing even better than you expected just with having the first few weeks of school down and having the 10 new sight words under their belt! Please make sure to read the papers in the bag and the log. 

  • Too easy? – We often hear the phrase, “this was too easy for my child,” or “they blew right through them without any help,” or “they had the words memorized after the first read.” Though it may seem to you that that means the book is too easy, know that this is all part of the reading process. Reading fluency, memorizing the pattern, reader confidence, repeating the same read and most of all understanding the story or What the book is all about? are extremely valuable parts of reading. Try not to worry if this is the case. Try to read the books for 3, 4 or 5 days and then return the books! Our amazing folder volunteer has been kind enough to change out the books as they return. 
  • Need copies? – Road to Reading Logs were sent home with the first set of books. Every time you complete 10 reads, log them in and return the log a new log should come back that day in your folder. If for some reason you don’t get a new log, just stop in and we can hand you an extra log. 
  • Types of Reading – You can log in books you read to your child, books your child reads to you, reading from the Book Bag, Reading from RAZKids, etc. all on your log. All of these types of reading have great value. 
  • “What is this book all about?”  – Comprehension or Reading for Meaning is the most important factor in our reading….even more than getting the words “right.” Please make sure in any type of read you are asking what the book is about. If it is a picture book you are reading to your student, you can stop throughout the book to ask What it’s about?, What is happening?, Opinion – “What do you think about that?”, “What would you do if that was you?” This is powerful foundation for Independent Critical Thinking in literacy! Thank you for partnering in this work! 
  • Comments or Questions? – If you have any comments or questions about your child’s reading, feel free to mark it on the log and I will respond back to your comments or questions.
  • Prize Box – As a little extra motivation, when students complete a log, their car will move on the Road to Reading. After 5 or 6 logs, their car will make it to the library and they will get to the prize box. (Our Road to Reading in our classroom is almost finished. I will show a picture in facebook once its complete!)

Box Tops

You all received an email from our awesome Room Parents regarding Box Tops. This year is a little different due to the electronic/app ability in Box Tops. For me, it will actually make the task easier, but it will take a new habit to remember. Download the app (follow instructions in the email) and try a new habit such as scanning your receipt before you leave the store or once you get in the car. This will help you get all points possible to help our school and possibly even win the Box Top contest at our school!!

Sight Words

Keep working on those sight words. The end of the month is near and a new set of Orange words will come in October. If your child knows them well, I have one little friend who is practicing writing them at home! This is a great goal to add if your child is ready. Trying looking at the word, then facing it down and seeing if they can write the word. This requires them to picture it in their mind and build automaticity even it it’s just for 1-3 words. 

Letter of the Week – Ss

This week we learned the letter Ss. Letter Ss books went home yesterday. Your child can finish them with you at home. See our Ss chart below! 

Red Week

Each week we celebrate a new color and talk a little about the word RED also. On Thursdays, the TK/Kinder wear our week’s color to celebrate! *NOTE: This week, due to Say Hello Week, we will be wearing our color on Wednesday instead. 
If you wish to plan ahead on your color wardrobe here is the color wearing order:

  • Wed. 9/25 – BLUE
  • Thurs. 10/3 – YELLOW
  • Thurs. 10/10 – GREEN
  • Thurs. 10/17 – PURPLE
  • Thurs. 10/24 – BLACK
  • Thurs. 10/31 – ORANGE
  • Thurs. 11/7 – WHITE
  • Thurs. 11/14 – PINK
  • Thurs. 11/21 – BROWN

Save these Dates

  • Fine Artists Orientation – Monday, September 16th, 9 am in Room 354
  • Character Ed. Orientation – Tuesday, September 17th @ 6:30 pm, Room 353
  • Family Night Out @ Public House 131 – September 19th all day 
  • TK – 2nd Picture Day – Tuesday, October 1st

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 9/23/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am
  • HELLO ACTION: Everyone wears a name tag (I will provide)

Tuesday – 9/24/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am
  • HELLO ACTION: No one eats alone day….sit and talk with someone new!

Wednesday – 9/25/19

  • Computer Lab – Practice logging in at home!!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • HELLO ACTION: Random Act of Kindness Day
  • BLUE WEEK – All Kinders and TK wear BLUE

Thursday – 9/26/19

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • HELLO ACTION: Favorite Shirt Day

Friday – 9/27/19

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • HELLO ACTION: Wear your school spirit wear!

TK Days: Sept. 9 – 13

IN THIS POST: Math – Sorting, Name Practice, Interactive Writing, Read to Self Stamina, RAZkids, Computer Log-In, Zones of Regulation, Letter of the Week – Bb, Story Arc,  Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Math – Sorting

This week we continued out sorting experiences. We started to use a new manipulative to practice. Using the Attrilinks, students continued to practice sorting by color, shape, and number of sides. This upcoming week we will introduce sorting by size. 

Home Practice (optional): Get a cup of beads, or legos and have your child try sorting by size and name how they sorted the items. Then mix them up again and have them sort by color and name how they sorted the items. If your child is up to it, ask them if they can come up with an additional way to sort. Applaud your child’s efforts and mistakes! 

Name Practice

I apologize for not explaining this ahead of time. Name practice sheets have gone home 1-2 times. I will send these home a few more times. These are not homework nor are they due back, but just an additional way to properly write their name and form their letters and proper casing. If your child wants to send these back they may, but it is not necessary. Spend time working with your child on their grip, where they begin their stroke, etc. Use the letter direction page on the back to check proper formation. These are important habits they will use in their years of writing ahead!

Interactive Writing

Another way we practice formation is Interactive Writing. This is a time where we are all practicing the same writing together at the same time.

We have started using whiteboards this week for interactive writing. The kids have done awesome! We have started by writing our first name as a warm up. I have put a card in each bag with their name correctly printed. We then work on letter formation. We write a message together using our letter practice. You can see an example of this on our No Place for Heart message with our patriotic heart art. Below there is also a picture of the students all ready for interactive writing. 

Read to Self Stamina

We have continued to practice working on Read to Self. We are building our STAMINA. We began reading for 2 minutes and are successfully up to 2.5 minutes while still using our reading goals! These kids are awesome! 

RAZKids

Friday you received a log-in paper regarding an online reading program/subscription. We are attempting to log in and try this out on Monday, but you have access now to give this a try. Many kids enjoy reading on line and having the variety of books. Within this reading program there are comprehension checks in higher levels, and point incentives to motivate the kids to read more. I receive an email each week with a summary of each student and how often they logged in and how long they read for. Try this out this weekend and see how your child responds to it. They get to hear each book first and then try reading the book right after. 

Computer Log-In

This week we had our first time logging in at the computer lab. We will get there, but one of the biggest supports to your child is practicing their log in at home. This allows them 1-on-1 support in learning their log in. We will continue to practice in the lab but are limited in our time and have a higher adult-to-child ratio in class. We are also practicing in class with a paper keyboard (like the one sent home) to give additional practice. Thank you in advance for your time and practice at home. Keep on trying! 

Zones of regulation

This week we spent some time in class learning about the Zones of Regulation. This is a language we will use in class to help understand our own feelings and be empathetic towards the feelings of others and our impact on them. In our discussion we explained what each color means in terms of feelings and how our words or actions can escalate or de-escalate other person into a different color zone. Check out some of the posters we used in class during our discussion and/or google “Zones of Regulation” to learn more. 

Letter of the Week – Bb

Each week we will be focusing on a different letter. You will notice the letters do not go in order, which is why we are starting with the letter Bb. We will practice saying the letter out loud, saying the sound out loud (which is connected to bouncing a ball from our alphabet song) and writing the letter in the air. Throughout the week we come up with a list of words that begin with that sound/letter which the students can refer back to over the year.

Closer to the end of each week, we complete an alphabet book. You likely saw this come home this week. Notice the 3 lines towards the top right of the book. These lines signify the 3 times that your student read the book. There is also an activity page towards the back and a letter formation page for them to practice. If your child did not complete this they can work on it at home. I would also encourage them to read these at home. These could also be logged in on their Reading Logs each week. We are working on “using your reading finger” when they read so they practice 1:1 reading (one touch per one word read). The students have all improved in this area as well! You will love watching the progression of reading happen over these first few months! Its magical to watch!!!

 

Story Arc

The picture below shows the Story Arc that we use as a Graphic Organizer in understanding the concept of stories. This visual helps us to understand how in stories there is a Normal, how things are when the story begins, then something happens (Exposition) to begin the climbing of the conflict. The conflict concept continues to get worse and worse until a climactic event occurs to begin the resolution. The resolution concept will bring balance to the conflict and in some stories you will see the “New Normal,” in which the author shows how things are now after going through the journey of conflict and resolution. The students have done awesome in beginning understand the way that stories work and learning new concepts about texts! 

Consider…

Check out these dates below. If you are still considering ways to be involved, the Fine Artists lessons and Character Education Lessons are a fun way to help. The teach you everything you need to know for the lessons as well as give you all the materials in the trainings and I am of course here to help if you need anything as well. 

My Room Parent from last year is heading up the Fine Artist program and is amazing! This is also something you can join in with other parents if you only wish to teach one lesson or if you prefer to only help at the lessons, but not teach them.

Save these Dates

  • Fine Artists Orientation – Monday, September 16th, 9 am in Room 354
  • Character Ed. Orientation – Tuesday, September 17th @ 6:30 pm, Room 353
  • Family Night Out @ Public House 131 – September 19th all day 
  • TK – 2nd Picture Day – October 2nd

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 9/16/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

Tuesday – 9/17/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am
  • September AFP Meeting @ 5:30pm

Wednesday – 9/18/19

  • Computer Lab
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

Thursday – 9/19/19

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am
  • RED WEEK – All Kinders and TK wear RED

Friday – 9/20/19

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

TK Days: Sept. 2 – 6

IN THIS POST: Math, Read to Self, Computer Lab, Home Reading, Sight Words, 3rd Grade Buddies, Lock Down Drill, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Math

Since school started 2 weeks ago, we’ve been in our first unit in Math (Sorting & Classifying). The students have been practicing and understanding the different ways to sort and the attributes. They have not only practiced these skills but working with a partner and teamwork. We have also had mini math challenges within this math period in which they had to work together with their partner to use all the pieces in bowl to create something. We have seen great improvement in their learning and their awareness of others. 

Read to Self

We started Read to Self last week! To keep the routine and momentum going we have read every day since. The video below was from our first time reading together. We co-created this chart to go set goals of how our Read to Self time works. Since this day we have created our Stamina chart which reminds us with “stamina” means and helps us to see our stamina progress in Read to Self! I’m super proud of each of these kiddos! They are doing so awesome! 

I’m also attaching the “How to Read” chart we made the first few days of school. This is a big anchor in our understanding of reading! 

Read to Self Link 

Computer Lab

We were able to visit the computer lab for the first time this week! The students met Ms. Martin, our Computer Lab Teacher as well as got a look at the room. Next week we will return to the computer lab and try logging in on the computers to try them out. We will continue to practice logging in over the next couple of months so that every student is able to independently do this! Its a huge celebration each time one of the students keeps on trying and is able to do this! 

Clever Log In

This can be challenging but I promise the students can do it! (even those who don’t recognize the numbers or their names). Please practice this at home. Go over it first on the paper keyboard many times to help with number identification and location. We’ll keep on trying and making mistakes with cheers! 

Home Reading

I’m hoping to get reading book bags out to students soon. Directions will come with home reading bags as well as a first reading log. Remember to read both ways….each are valuable. 

  • student reads ……to parent
  • parent reads……..to student

Each type of reading holds different values but are equally important. When reading to your child remember to discuss the book and ask opinion questions about the story and characters. This is a great foundation to understanding literature. 

In addition to home book bags, you will also receive a log in to a home reading program. This subscription allows your child to have access to online books at their level. 

*NOTE: The password given to your child will continue to be their same log in password each year in school. 

Sight Words

Many of the students already know many of their September Red Words! So awesome! Thank you for practicing with them and playing the My Pile Your Pile game with them! This will be a huge support as they begin learning to read!

3rd Grade Buddies

Many of you saw us with some “big kids” at Friday’s TK Dismissal! We had an exciting afternoon. We met with our 3rd grade buddies for the first time on Friday. We will meet with them every other Friday. Our activities will vary but in general the 3rd graders will interact with them, help them, and build a relationship with them over the course of this year! Super exciting! Ask your student about this experience! 

Lock Down Drill

We had a lock down drill this week. We spoke to the students about the purpose of a lockdown drill (the danger being outside the classroom) and how we need to stay in the room to stay safe. The students were so brave and able to stay quiet until the drill is over! I’m so amazed by these guys!

Save these Dates

  • First AFP Meeting (all are welcome) – Tuesday, September 10th @ 5:30pm
  • TK – 2nd Picture Day – October 2nd

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 9/09/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

Tuesday – 9/10/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am
  • September AFP Meeting @ 5:30pm

Wednesday – 9/11/19

  • Computer Lab
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

Thursday – 9/12/19

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

Friday – 9/13/19

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

TK Days: Aug. 26 – 30 (First Blog Post)

IN THIS POST:  First Day Form, First Day Photos, Restrooms Before School, Morning Procedures, First Fire Drill, Kinder Assessments, EBS Morning Run Club, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

First Day Form

Thank you all who have filled out the Student/Family Information Form. If you have not filled this form out yet, please do so as soon as possible so we communicate with all families on multiple platforms (email, facebook, etc). We are waiting on a few more forms to come in. Thank you! 

First Day Photos

We took first day photos and we’ve been dying to share them with you!! These sweet little faces are a joy and what make my job so much fun! Seriously …..so cute!! Enjoy! 

Restrooms Before School

Please make sure your TK’er uses the restroom before school. This not only helps your child to come in ready to learn, but can prevent a chain reaction of other students needing to use the restroom just as we enter the room and start our day of learning! Thank you so much for your help on this!!

There are 2 restrooms located out on the Kindergarten Playground where we line up (one on each side of the building. 

Morning Procedures

Thank you so much for all those families who have not only remembered morning procedures, but have had your student exercise their independence and do it themselves! Just a reminder as we are still getting many folders left in backpacks in the morning. This can make it challenging to get paperwork returned and sent home to families each day. Please remind your TK’er to:

  • Students put their snack in the blue tubs
  • Students put their folders in the green tub (labeled “Folders”)
  • Students hang their backpacks up on a hook. Any hook is fine until we give numbers out to students to specify which hook. (remember we have hooks around the corner if they run out). 

Thank you so much for helping with this! 

First Fire Drill

Friday we had our first fire drill of the year! We typically have 1 drill a month. Sometimes we have a lockdown drill and other times we have a disaster drill, but most commonly are fire drills. Since it was our first drill and it began at the end of recess, we discussed what a drill is, why we have drills and our procedures in a drill. We also discussed the loud bell that goes off in order to get our attention and help move everyone out of the building into safety. 

I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of this drill but the students did outstanding in getting in line and walking to our safe space on the upper blacktop. 

Kinder Assessments

Many of you have asked if you would get results of the assessments I have given after school with each student. I should have clarified this at Back to School Night as there is an impression that some sort of score or grade will be given. These “assessments” are really more of a get-to-know your child time. We are meeting them 1:1 and seeing what they know and how they respond to questions. This helps us know the personality and starting ability range of this class as each year, the classes are different. Our goal as teachers is to cater our day to the needs of your child and this helps us understand their needs on all fronts. Thank you for bringing them in!

EBS Morning Run Club

In case you haven’t heard, our school has a morning run club! Of course this excites me as I’m a runner, but if you and your child are interested give it a try! Here are some benefits of this optional program:

  • You get great parking!
  • You get to school on time!
  • Your child gets to run and get daily exercise before they come to school! 
  • It’s  a fun place to meet new friends.
  • Your child can earn prizes and at the end of the year they can earn a certificate and even a medal depending how much they run!
  • It creates a sense of accomplishment and pride in each runner! 

Just a reminder, students must have a parent up at the run club field with them the whole time. This fun all begins on Tuesday, and is available every day of the week from 8:15am – 8:30am. Run club is on the field just above the upper playground. 

Extra Pics

Save these Dates

  • EBS Registration packets are due back Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Volunteer Fair – September 6th
  • First AFP Meeting (all are welcome) – Tuesday, September 11th @ 5:30pm
  • Family Boomers Night – Friday, September 29th
  • TK – 2nd Picture Day – October 2nd

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 9/02/19

  • NO SCHOOL – Labor Day 

Tuesday – 9/03/19

  • EBS Morning Run Club begins @ 8:15am – 8:30am

Wednesday – 9/04/19

  • First Computer Lab Visit
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

Thursday – 9/05/19

  • Music Class with Mr. Waczek
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

Friday – 9/06/19

  • EBS School Spirit Days! Wear Spirit Wear!
  • EBS Morning Run Club @ 8:15 am

TK Days: June 10 – 11

IN THIS POST:  Room Mom Gratitude, Summer Playdates Save the Dates, Human Impact Effect, Last Day of School, 206 Floor Renovation, Summer!!!!

Room Mom Gratitude

I’m sure each of you will agree when I say how amazing Dani Powell has made this year! She has loved on every child and treated us all (myself included) with great care. She planned and communicated on each and every activity or event we had and helped in our class 1-2 days a week from our October Volunteer Start all the way through the last day of school! She always reached out to see how she could help and did everything with a smile, without complaining and always in a kind voice! It is with great gratitude and sadness to say goodbye that I applaud and cheer on this stellar mom, wife, volunteer, art teacher, nurse, connector, communicator, reader, and much, much more! Thank you Dani Powell

EBS Summer Playdates

Don’t forget about the EBS Summer Playdates! Its such a great way to reunite with our TK buddies and meet some new friends that will be joining us in Kindergarten this year!

Practice some introduction language with your child so they can be a leader in making new friends and joining old friends and new friends together!

Practice Introductory Language

  • “Hi, my name is _____, what is your name?”
  • “Do you want to play with me?”
  • “This is my friend _______.”
  • “What do you like to play?”
  • “My favorite _______ is _____. What is your favorite _______?”

Human Impact Effect

We had quite an impact on our EBS Community! On Thursday, May 24th we made an attempt to get our school to vow to completely avoid using plastic bags for ONE day! We set up an, “I promise…” sheet for students in the school to sign if they didn’t use a bag that day! Check out the results below!!

Last Day of School

Our last day of school was a blast! We just soaked up the time together and took it easy! We watched a movie together and ate pizza and Otter Pops! Special thanks to our Room Mom, Dani Powell for getting our pizza on the last day! 

We also snapped these cute pictures of students on their last day! Enjoy! 

Mother’s Day Photos

In case you missed your e-version of Mother’s Day photos, I’ve uploaded them here! We love you Mom…every day of the year! 

Room 206 – Floor Renovation

Special thanks to those mamas who came in to help pack up our classroom. I had to be completely out of Room 206 for the summer by Thursday, June 13th! I would have never made it without the help of Dani, Emily C. and Chrissy! Thank you so very much for helping! If you are curious what the room looks like during renovation, I’ve had some pics sent to me while they’ve worked! Its amazing! 

Summer!!

Summer is officially here! What are your plans??? Hopefully lots of play, rest and rejuvenation! Maybe you visited the fair, went to the pool, went on a trip or lounged around for a day or two! We are starting our mornings off with reading and math each day to keep in good habits and get in our brain exercise each day, then play and some cleaning out of our drawers! So far so good! Hoping your summer has started off with lots of fun and smiles as the sunshine has finally made its way to SD!

 

TK Days: June 3 – 7 (LAST WEEK)

IN THIS POST:   Father’s Day, All Book Bag Books Due Now, Newspapers or Packing Paper…Help Wanted, Parachute Fun, TK/K Summer Play Groups, Ramadan – Thank you Sania Ghandi, Library Summer Reading Program, ST Math, Yearbooks – Thank you Emily Caballero, Save the Dates, The Week Ahead

Father’s Day

What a fun time we had at our Father’s Day! We love to celebrate our dads and how they make such a difference in our lives! They for sure balance out the house and bring a whole special and fun feel to parenting! Thank you for taking the time to move your schedules around and spend some fun moments in class with us!! We had a full house! 

We spent a moment showing dad our top 3 Reason’s why we love him and giving him our Father’s Day gift! Then we watched the students version of Here Comes the Sun and finally we got down to the fun stuff! We played some Minute to Win It games. We had to up the challenge with our dads though! They not only had a lot of fun with us but they are total studs! They did amazing!! We love you dad!!

All Book Bag Books Due Now

If you haven’t turned in your 206 Book Bag yet, please do so tomorrow. We use these books each year and let the next students borrow them to learn to read, just as your child did. If you happen to still have them, send them in your folder tomorrow. If you already sent yours in…Thank You! 

Newspapers/Packing Paper? – Help Wanted

Room 206 is having a little reconstructive surgery done over the summer. Our floors will be completely ripped out (foundation and all) and replaced. With that said, I have to pack up all my personal belongings by Wednesday while the work is being done. If you are interested in coming in on Monday to help pack up, I’d be more than grateful! 

I’m in search of some newspapers or packing paper to pack many of these items up. Thank you so much! 

Field Trip Recap!

What a fun day we had a the San Diego Science Discovery Museum! The kids had a blast exploring all the options to play with their buddies! We took a STEAM class on Force and then got more play time together! It was a perfect way to celebrate the finish of our school year together! Thank you to all the parents who chaperoned and helped our students!!

Parachute Fun

This past week we got to rotate to all the kindergarten classes to do a quick and fun activity for 20 minutes. In Room 206, we did parachute play! Catch these pics of our class having a blast with the parachute! 

TK/K Summer Playgroups

Just a reminder to mark your calendars regarding our Summer Playgroups! As TK’s, you have a unique position in that your are getting a reunion and meeting new classmates! You never know who you might meet and how you could connect! Some best buddies were met at these playdates…and different friends and some EBS staff show up at each one! 

Ramadan – Thank you Sania Ghandi!

The last week of May, Sania Ghandi came in to teach us about Ramadan & Eid! This year we have learned about many different holidays and traditions from many different cultures! It has been an absolute joy to share how each family celebrates! I have taught for 20 years and I still learn more every year! This also helps us gain and appreciation and respect for all families with similarities and differences! This is important learning and greatly impacts who we become and how we appreciate life and those who we get to share this world with! Thank you Sania! 

We learned about when Ramadan comes and how it is around the lunar calendar! For Ramadan, we fast in the day time for 30 days and when the moon is sighted on the 30th day, we begin the celebration of Eid. Eid last three days and is full of fun! My favorite part of Ramadan is that during the 30 days of fasting, the focus is on respecting others, helping those in need, doing your best and giving to the poor (those who have less than you). This is our best self and this is something we can always improve on! I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing Sania! We all learned so much and gained a new respect understanding and respect for Ramadan! 

Library Summer Reading Program

If you haven’t ever joined the summer reading program put on by the public library system…this is something you should try this summer! My kids have done it for  years. There are no strings and each summer our accomplishments have varied but we have always had fun! Sign up at the link below and simply read 10 books or 10 hours (your choice) and you can receive a free book, some coupons and usually a little gift or swag! Its motivating for us to get to the library and try out some new books as well as read a book or two while we are there! The Scripps library is fun and close or if you haven’t visited the PQ library…thats a great one too (its in our old hood and we had many great memories there). Take a moment to check it out, maybe sign up and see some of the other activities they are providing over the summer! 

https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/kidsandteens/summerreading

ST Math 

Set a learning goal for summer! My family has set a time and goal for our reading…what about Math! Conveniently, you can keep using the ST Math log-in and system through July 31st. If you complete it to 100% you will receive a certificate in the fall. Set a time goal or a number per week goal that your child will work on ST Math. Just get your kids to the EBS website and they should be able to navigate to the Clever Portal and sign in from there! 

Remember in ST Math to let your kiddo do most of the problem solving. If they get stuck and keep making the same mistake over and over, use guiding questions to help them move past the bump. 

Yearbooks – Thank you Emily Caballero!

Our annual year books showed up this past Friday. If you ordered one (it was a pre-order) they brought yours to the class. If you still wanted to purchase one you can typically get one at the front of the school tomorrow before or after school until they are all sold. 

This year was especially unique in that there are 2 Mrs. Miller pages! It was a mistake by the company, but in the first Mrs. Miller page, I was paired with a 3rd grade class. If you turn the page, our actual TK page and class are there! Totally okay though…right….as the TK’s say, “We love Mistakes!” 

Check out the beautiful layout that Emily Caballero spent a lot of time to build! Thank you so much! There are some class favorite pictures to remember our year! 

Puppet Show

We got to visit Mrs. Gelaro’s annual Puppet Show! The students make their own puppets and write their own versions of plays to present! They did awesome and our class enjoyed!! Thank you Mrs. Gelaro’s Class! 

Save these Dates

  • Spirit Week – June 5 – 12
  • Last Day of School – June 11th (whole school minimum day)

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 6/10/19

  • Music @ 9:00 am

Tuesday – 6/11/19

  • Movie & Pizza in Room 206

Wednesday – 6/12/19

  • Summer begins!!