TK Days: Apr. 8 – 12

IN THIS POST:  Character Education – Perseverance, Human Impact, Problem of the Day, EBS Idol, Field Trip – Going Home on Monday, Generosity Bags, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Character Education – Perseverance

This week Deb Marich taught the class about Perseverance. Deb read them a book that had a familiar mantra of perseverance. One of the goals of the lesson was to make sure the kids walked away with the understanding of what Perseverance meant. Deb had them go to their seats and write “Perseverance, Keep on trying; don’t give up!” There were some supports for the kids to access to write this, but not too many supports that they had to struggle a little to write this and draw an example of their own life when they used perseverance!

Human Impact

We have started a new STEAM unit on Human Impact. We have just started this unit and discussions of positive and negative examples of human impact on plants, animals and our planet! My hope is that you will hear some of these words and examples as the kids begin to digest these concepts along with the influence they can have. 

Problem of the Day 

We recently finished our Problem of the Day book. We will send it home this week for you to look over and possibly create some problems at home on your own. 

We will continue Problem of the Day with individual pages that will come home (not in a booklet). These will help to custom fit the needs of our class. 

EBS Idol

Did you see the stage on Friday night? Wow there were some amazing students full of courage to play, perform, dance, sing, etc! Our very own Shruti got up to sing in front of everyone! The night ended with the Teacher Finale. See the link below! I was a bit partial to the amazing emcee as he was my sweet husband who loves the mic and a big crowd! If you weren’t able to come, plan to come next year…its a fun show!! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52c_KTXzqGw&list=LLnZjZ_jsotZU4zh0DXvc4mg&index=1

Field Trip – Going Home Monday

Tomorrow you will receive the flyer and info regarding our first field trip in May. This is being sent home a month ahead. Please check the dates, confirm if you plan to chaperone or not (only if you are D cleared) and return. There is no cost for this field trip as we are going to practice our year long effort to understand and be generous! We will all be excited about this day and it will bring JOY to others! 

Generosity Bags

We have collected 73 Generosity Bags so far! The kids are excited and so many people will be very grateful to receive these! If you still want to get a bag in, you can still turn them in this week. 

Save these Dates

  • Mother’s Day in 206 – Friday, May 3rd @ 9:00 am
  • Open House – Thursday, May 9th @ 5:30 pm
  • Field Trip Sunrise Senior Living – Wednesday, May 15th
  • Father’s Day – Thursday, June 6th @ 9:00am – 9:40am
  • Field Trip June (aka End of Year Party)

*NOTE: With both Mother’s and Father’s Day events, another relative is welcome to participate on behalf of a parent if a family member is unable to make it. 

Upcoming Events

  • Earth Day – April 22nd 
  • Get Air Family Night – Thursday, April 25th 
  • Mother’s Day in 206 – Friday, May 3rd @ 9:00 am 

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 4/15/19

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

Tuesday – 4/16/19

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

Wednesday – 4/17/19

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

Thursday – 4/18/19

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

Friday – 4/19/19

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

TK Days: Apr. 1 – 5

IN THIS POST:  New Room, JAT 2019, Last Birthday in TK, Spring Picture Day, Get Air Family Night, Fine Artists, EBS Idol, Alphabet Complete, Generosity Bags, Morning Hallways, Save the Dates, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

New Room

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but we got a little plastic surgery done to our classroom over the break! A construction crew came in and removed the cabinets under the window. This expanded the width of our room by a few feet. This also created some rearranging of our desks and seats! Its been a minor change and super fun!

JAT 2019

Our students have greatly enjoyed the excitement of the Jog-A-Thon and raising funds to support our school. They love coloring in the red meter with each donation that came in. We had a total of $1740.00 raised for JAT 2019! Great job! Check out the link to some pictures that taken by Anaika’s mom on the day of! 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/vwLifA6F8Cj4hZ9a7

Spring Picture Day

This Tuesday is our Spring Picture Day! Unlike Fall pictures, you will receive a proof first and then will have the choice to buy. These pictures are not for any other purpose than personally purchasing. Our class will be taking our pictures at 8:45ish on Tuesday morning. We will be in our PLC meeting that day but Mrs. Van Duren will be here. If you are wanting or able to help with pictures, you can stay with our class that morning and head up to help with managing the waiting and helping students be ready when its their turn to say, “cheese,” we’d love your help! 

Last Birthday in TK

This week we celebrated our last birthday in our TK class! This cutie had his birthday and the next birthdays for this group won’t be until they are all in Kindergarten! We were so happy to celebrate, but a bit sad to know the end of the year is coming soon! We have many special days ahead! Please take a moment each week to skim/read the blog each week to stay up-to-date on information!

Get Air Family Night

You might have seen the flyer for the EBS Get Air Family Night! It sounds like a fun event that is new for our school! We hope you can make it and are able to jump with all your friends from school! 

Fine Artists

This week our awesome Room Parent, Dani Powell taught the students about Van Gogh and helped them to understand warm/cool colors as well as different texture lines used to create a beautiful art piece! We have one more art lesson left! Wondering what happens to all these art pieces???….  At Open House on Thursday, May 9th, there is an art show that is displayed in the MPR. Each student in the school will have one piece of art on display at the show. Following the art show, all the piece created this year will come home to you during the last week of school along with many other things from this year! 

EBS Idol

Next Friday is EBS Idol! It is a fun and exciting show you won’t want to miss! There are many student performances showing off mad skills on the piano, singing, skits, martial arts, etc.! The night finishes off with a Teacher Finale that I will be participating in (dancing is way out of my comfort zone, but I wouldn’t miss the chance to perform with my awesome colleagues!). Hope you can make it! 

Alphabet Complete

We have carefully been through each letter in the alphabet this year! We are now focusing on a blend, dipthong, or suffix each week. This week we started with the dipthong – – CH. We commonly use this chunk in writing and see it in our books! We will start making charts for these instead of letter books. In addition, there will be some sight word books we begin to use and send home to practice reading, writing and knowing these words even better!

Generosity Bags

This week we collected many more generosity bags (we still have more coming over the weekend!). The kids are getting super excited and are reminded of those out there who are in great need as well as ways that we can be generous to others! If you still want to be involved, please feel free to bring in a bag or two! We will be delivering in a couple weeks to a downtown area. In the past we have given out at least 100+ bags in less than 10 minutes. Word spreads quickly and many friendly faces come to grab a bag and are extremely grateful!

A special thanks to all those who have donated bags this year! 

Morning Hallway

Our Kindergarten and TK Hallways have become a busy & noisy traffic area in the morning. We are reminding all Kinder & TK classes as stated back in August to:

  • Hang up backpacks
  • Walk around the building to the side gate to the Kindergarten playground  for line up. 
  • Please aim to arrive by 8:40 so your student can be a part of the class as we come in for morning greeting and to start our day. 

If you are arriving in the 8:40 – 8:50 range, it is especially important that you still go around to meet our class in line as you will be going against the class lines as they are coming in to begin their day. We ask that you do not wait in the hallway for the class to come in or walk through the hallway door to get to our line. We appreciate your support in helping us keep our hallways clear, quiet and the student traffic flowing. 

Save these Dates

  • Mother’s Day – Friday, May 3rd @ 9:00am – 9:40am
  • Open House – Thursday, May 9th @ 5:30 pm
  • Field Trip Sunrise Senior Living – Wednesday, May 15th
  • Father’s Day – Thursday, June 6th @ 9:00am – 9:40am
  • Field Trip June (aka End of Year Party)

*NOTE: With both Mother’s and Father’s Day events, another relative is welcome to participate on behalf of a parent if a family member is unable to make it. 

Upcoming Events

  • Spring Picture Day – Tuesday, April 9th 
  • EBS Idol – Friday, April 12th
  • Earth Day – April 22nd 
  • Get Air Family Night – Thursday, April 25th 

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 4/08/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • STEAM Training with Mrs. Sloan – Mrs. Van Duren will be teaching!

Tuesday – 4/09/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • TK/K PLC Meeting – Mrs. Van Duren will be teaching!

Wednesday – 4/10/19

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

Thursday – 4/11/19

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

Friday – 4/12/19

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

TK Days: Mar. 11 – 15

IN THIS POST:   Generosity Bags, D Cleared??? – Drivers Needed, Jog-A-Thon, New Library Policy, Writing Goals, Spring Break, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Generosity Bags 

We are extending our Generosity Bag collection until after spring break! We have 10 bags! Thank you so much to all of those who have donated! If you still want to participate we are excepting bags through Friday, April 5th!

D Cleared??? Drivers Needed

A pink slip of paper was sent home on Friday, so we could check who was D cleared to ensure we had enough drivers for a field trip. Please return with your clearance information. 

If you plan to D cleared to attend field trips or B cleared to join us at Mother’s or Father’s Day, please make sure you turn in your application and necessary documents by next Friday, March 22nd, 2019. 

Jog-A-Thon 

Great job Team Miller! We are currently $640 dollars! Great job!! Our Jog-A-Thon is this coming Friday and the kids are excited, but also not totally sure what they are in for! Its a fun day they will love! 

We will pass out JAT shirts the day of the event. Kids can wear the JAT shirt over another shirt, or they can change before we go to the field.

Snapshot of our JAT Time: We will head up to the field together around 10:30. You are welcome to meet us in the classroom or up at the field. The kids will warm up and then be set free to run for an hour. Their laps will be counted by getting their cards scanned each time around. There will also be a Kindergarten/TK Pop-Up with all the waters for each Kindergarten/TK class. At the end, we will walk back to the cafeteria area to eat lunch and dismiss for the day! We can’t wait to see you there!!

New Library Policy

New library policy – If you happen to lose your EBS Library book and can’t find it anywhere…no need to stress! We have a new policy to recover the book: 

EBS will not accept money / checks for lost books anymore! Parents can donate a book from our new Amazon Wish List in order to replace a lost or damaged book.

This way we can keep the library stocked with books that we need and that the students are interested in reading without collecting and refunding money, and the books get sent right to the EBS library. 

Writing Goals

The students have made such amazing progress this year! Remember back in August….many of students wrote lines, or a few random letters. Now they are phonetically spelling and writing messages! It’s one of the best parts of this year! As we are nearing the end of the year, we are focusing on a couple writing goals as we write. Most of the students in our class are writing without period/punctuation or using them incorrectly. We are currently focusing on understanding how to use periods at the end of each idea and reread to check if they are properly placed. We will be working on this along with another goal to get ourselves and our writing ready for the next school year! Can you believe its been 125 days of school already! 

Spring Break

Enjoy this week! Spend it resting, with friends or family, playing and having fun! If you would like to practice any reading or writing, you are always welcome to go through the EBS website to access:

  • ST Math
  • RAZKids

Fun Friday

Each Friday at the end of the day, the students get a free time to use social play centers in the classroom. They love this time and it is unstructured time in class that they get. It allows for social skills practice in sharing, taking turns, encouraging, communicating feelings and a lot more. Here’s a couple pics I snapped from this week’s time.

 

Upcoming Events

  • March 20th – 22nd – All School Minimum Days for Conferences
  • March 22nd – EBS Jog-A-Thon
  • March 22nd – Last Day to turn in Volunteer Clearance Applications
  • March 25th – 29th – Spring Break
  • April 5th – Last day to turn in Generosity Bags for Homeless
  • April 12th – EBS Idol (its a late night, but you won’t want to miss it!)

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 3/18/19

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

Tuesday – 3/19/19

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

Wednesday – 3/20/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • All School Minimum Days – Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday – 3/21/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am
  • All School Minimum Days – Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday – 3/22/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!
  • All School Minimum Days – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Happy Spring Break! 

TK Days: Mar. 4 – 8

IN THIS POST:   Jog-A-Thon, Character Education – Honesty, New Spots, Celebration, TK/Kinder Science Night, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Jog-A-Thon (JAT) Update – Team Miller

WE DID IT!! So proud of Team Miller! We placed in the top 3 for whole class registrations! The JAT team is giving little squishy keychains for donations. Kids are asking how to get them. We’ve had some discussions about donations to help our school, but you may want to have this discussion and possibly ask neighbors and family to see if they are interested in supporting their little runner and EBS (flat donation or an amount per lap). 

If you want to check our donations page click here:  https://secure.eventsonline.us/reg/getmovincrew/pub/classroom/63076

The top class gets to silly string Ms. Sloan! How fun would that be? As fo this morning we are up to $320 raised in our class! I put a picture of our fundraising meter on Facebook. We add to it each day! Great job Team Miller! 

Character Education – Honesty

  • This week our 5th grade students came in to share about Honesty. They had the students get in small groups and drop a quarter in a tub of water. They then proceeded to see if they could cover up the quarter by dropping pennies in the water to cover up the quarter. The quarter represented a lie and the pennies represented our trying to hide the lie with other lies. It was a great representation and engaging activity for the students. 
  • We also had Emily Forgeron come in this week to also give the students a follow up lesson on Honesty. She shared a book with them and gave some examples of “truth” or “not truth.” In the end the students each got their own Honesty Heart necklace with words to remind them about honesty and the trust it brings! Thank you Emily!

Changing Spots!!

In case you haven’t heard we got some new rug spots and desk areas this week! It was a fun change and we always make minor adjustments as needed. All students moved desks and most students moved rug spots. Its a great time for this relocation and good practice to getting used to change and working with different personalities. Ask your child about their new neighbors and how they felt about the change! #dinnerdiscussionidea

Celebration of the Arts

Next Thursday is the Celebration of the Arts at Barnes at Noble. This is a fun night we have each year. Some of the activities include: 

  • Marking your passport as you visit stations at the store (used as a raffle ticket)
  • Listening to the EBS choir and band
  • Visiting with Mrs. Sloan’s dogs
  • Checking out student art (there could be a piece of your child’s art!)

TK/Kinder Science Night

What a blast we had on this night. We solved different experiments to help Mr. Peabody. The kids who came explored with their parent and found some solutions for Mr. Peabody! If you didn’t get a chance to join this event, you can definitely join next year!

Parenting Idea: Make it a daddy date night or mom date night with your child. Grab a quick meal before hand and give special and undivided attention to your child that night. Its a lovely time to spend with your child and remind them that they are a special gift in your life!

Upcoming Events

  • March 14th – Celebration of the Arts @ Barnes & Noble
  • March 20th – 22nd – All School Minimum Days for Conferences
  • March 22nd – EBS Jog-A-Thon
  • March 25th – 29th – Spring Break
  • April 12th – EBS Idol (its a late night, but you won’t want to miss it!)

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 3/11/19

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

Tuesday – 3/12/19

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

Wednesday – 3/13/19

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

Thursday – 3/14/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am
  • Celebration of the Arts @ Barnes & Noble

Friday – 3/15/19

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

TK Days: Feb. 25 – Mar. 1

IN THIS POST:   Dr. Seuss Week Follow-Up, Assessments, Jog-A-Thon, Parent Survey, Kindergarten Science Night, EBS Idol Auditions, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Dr. Seuss Week Follow-Up

This past week, we had a great time celebrating a beloved author, with a fun spirit week and reading many of his books. We noticed that as an author he used lots of rhyming, silly words and humor, repetition, and many sight words. Here are a couple pictures from this week in which we celebrated a wonderful writer who left a legacy of reading that will be carried on for many years to come! 

Assessments

As you know that conferences are coming up. Beyond conferences, this is a time we take at this time of year to assess where the children are at and to see how they are progressing. The majority of these assessments need to be done one-on-one as it is typically the only way to see what each child truly knows at this young age. Though these grades have no affect on their college acceptance letters, they are interesting and informative to see how your child has adjusted to their first year in elementary school so far. If there are areas your child may not be progressing as quickly as possibly you expected or as quickly as a sibling might have in the past…no need to worry. Children progress and learn differently and at various paces. As with my own children, when they are struggling in an area, we take a little more of our home practice time to focus on that area. If you need specific ideas, we can discuss that in our conference. 

If you child is not needing a conference, are there any areas in school that your child is feeling are more challenging or that they may have dislike? For these areas you can try to maybe focus on in a new or fun way at home to build a fresh opinion or new perspective on that subject area. 

EBS Jog A Thon

This past Friday, you received a packet regarding the Jog-A-Thon in your child’s folder. Check out this video to tell you a little more about it and give you some visuals on what our day will be like! It’s a day of fun, exercise and loads of excitement from the class. Read through the packet and let me know if there are any questions. We are scheduled to have this day on Friday, March 22nd! 

2019 Jog-A-Thon Video

PLEASE go to this link and register your child: http://www.tinyurl.com/ebsjogathon

If we register 100% of our class we get an otter pop party and possibly an extra recess if we are the first of 3 classes to register!! Help our class by going on to register!

Here are some Individual incentives: 

  • Raise $40 – You will get  (1) monster squishy and enter in drawing to do Friday announcements with Ms. Sloan OR a $50 g.c. to Corvette Diner.

  • Raise $80 – You will receive (2) monster squishies AND enter in drawing to win a FitBit (2 winners!)

  • Raise $100+ – You will receive (3) monster squishies AND enter in drawing to win a 4 tickets to Aquatica Waterpark or a 4 tickets to Legoland!

School Wide Incentives include: 

  • At $15k – We will have a 5min Dance Party over the PA for the whole school!
  • At $25k –  We will have a School Pajama Day
  • At $35k – We will have a School Crazy Hair Day
  • At $45k – Every classroom gets 2 wobble seats

Parent Survey

This past week, you also received a Parent Survey. Please take a moment to fill this out and let us know about your experience here at EBS this far. These are completely anonymous. Feel free to drop them off in the front office or send back in your child’s folder. 

If you have any feedback on our 206 class, I am always looking for ways to improve and would love to hear ways you may see to better the TK experience for the remainder of this and for future TK students. I welcome any feedback and truly value your opinion. 

Kindergarten Science Night

Our turn is coming up! Next Thursday, March 7th @ 6:30, EBS will be having its TK/K Science Night. This night takes place in the MPR. The organizers request for every science night that no siblings attend as there are limited materials for the experiments and it is a special night for you and your child to experience some Science fun together! Come and enjoy! 

EBS Idol Audition

I’m not sure if you saw the past post about EBS Idol! This is a very fun and unique EBS night! Besides the fun entertainment, it is an awesome opportunity to have your child experience a true and admirable skill of being on stage in front of an audience. Some kids love this and some kids are frightened by it, but for all children it takes true bravery and a great sense of pride when it is over! You will see a variety of piano performances, cultural dances, solos, dances, tricks, and skits that are performed. Consider signing your child up for a solo act or two perform with a friend or group! You won’t regret it. 

Sign-Ups end on March 5th and are located on the doors of the school library! 

Upcoming Events

  • Last Day for EBS Idol Audition Sign Ups….consider it!
  • 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 – 3/4/19

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

Tuesday – 3/5/19

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

Wednesday – 3/6/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Mrs. Van Duren will be teaching!

Thursday – 3/7/19

  • Kindergarten Science Night at 6:30 pm in the MPR
  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am

Friday – 3/8/19

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

TK Days: Feb. 18 – 22

IN THIS POST:  Dr. Seuss Week, 100 Coins, Conferences, Volunteer Calendar, Jog-A-Thon, Generosity Bags, Clearance,  Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Dr. Seuss Week

Don’t forget this week we celebrate Dr. Seuss! Check reminders on the dress up theme for each day! Remembering an amazing man who had a big impact on kids and reading! 

100 Coins

This month we were trying to collect 100 coins as a way to help others, working hard to earn for others, and counting! How did counting coins to 100 go? This month comes to an end this week. If you planned to participate in this and haven’t turned your coins in, this is the week to do it! Thank you so much for participating and joining the work and fun!!

Conferences

Conferences are coming up! If a conference is needed, an invitation will go out likely by next weekend after all assessing has been completed. If a conference is not necessary, I will send an email notifying families that no conference is needed. All students will receive their report card and work to accompany it by Friday, March 22nd. 

Volunteer Calendar

The March volunteer calendar has been created and copied and will go out on Monday. It has all volunteer dates on there, in addition to important dates that apply to the whole class! The back side of this month’s calendar is a second copy to this week’s Dr. Seuss Week! 

Jog-A-Thon

Our upcoming Jog-A-Thon is coming up in the month of March! If you haven’t ever experienced this day, it is one you will sure enjoy! Your child will be getting a packet sent home in which they can gather donations and/or sponsors for the laps they run this day. 

On the day of the event, families come out to watch, volunteer and/or participate! The students are given 1 hour to run around the Run Club field as many times as they can. They will receive a free T-shirt from the school in a color that signifies our grade so we are easy to spot! The kids have a blast and get a lot of good exercise! We encourage you to come out and participate in some way that day! 

  • Date: Friday, March 22nd (this is a minimum day)
  • Time: 2nd half of the morning (likely around 10:30/10:45)
  • Location: Run Club Field

More information will be going out to families regarding this day! Save the date if you haven’t already!

Generosity Bags

March is a special month in 206! During the month of March, we focus on helping a population of people who don’t have a home. This week we read a book called Good People Everywhere. The focus and theme of the book is that there are people all over the world, right this minute doing good things. (We even discussed how our sweet parents are doing good things every day to take care of us; ) 

At the culmination of the book and our discussion we discussed, what good things we could do! This was a great start to our activity this month. This is completely optional but if you are interested, we would love your participation! 

Flyers will go home explaining how you can help. In general you can prepare a bag (or as many as you would like) filled with items that might help someone without a home. I have some ideas that you can fill it with, but please know that you can come up with some of your own great ideas as well! If you make a gender specific bag, please mark it on the outside Here is an example of a generosity bag: 

Clearance

Just a reminder about being cleared…

Typically our school only clears parents up to the end of March as the office is then preparing for Kindergarten registration and the following school year. If you haven’t been cleared and plan to get cleared for Father’s Day in 206, Mother’s Day in 206 or either of our upcoming field trips in the spring, PLEASE make sure you get cleared now so you don’t miss out on activities. (Please share with other families who plan to attend our special events). 

  • D Clearance is necessary to attend, drive, or accompany our class on any field trip. This is also necessary to work with students outside, or in a hallway. 
  • Only a B Clearance is needed to join us in class for special events. 

Upcoming Events

  • 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 – 2/25/19

  • Red Fish, Blue Fish Day – Wear Red and Blue!
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Tuesday – 2/26/19

  • Fox in Socks Day – Wear crazy socks!!
  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 2/27/19

  • Green Eggs and Ham Day – Wear Green! 
  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 2/28/19

  • Mrs. Taber will be teaching this day!
  • Cat in the Hat Day! Wear a fun or favorite hat this day!
  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am

Friday – 3/1/19

  • Mrs. Taber will be teaching this day! 
  • PJ Day…wear your PJ’s! Parents come in and join us to read for 30 minutes. 
  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!

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!