TK Days: Dec. 3 – 7

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

Meals for Mexico

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

Problem of the Day

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

Sight Word Correction

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

Art

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 12/10/18

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

Tuesday – 12/11/18

  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 12/12/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Library Visit

Thursday – 12/13/18

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

Friday – 12/14/18

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

TK Days: Nov. 26 -30

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

Meals for Mexico

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

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

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

Pajama Day

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

A couple final reminders for this fun day!

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

Holiday Shop

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

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

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

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

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

STEAM has Started!

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

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

RAZkids

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

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

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

Fine Artists

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

Character Education – 5th Grade

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

Upcoming Events

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

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 12/3/18

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

Tuesday – 12/4/18

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

Wednesday – 12/5/18

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

Thursday – 12/6/18

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

Friday – 12/7/18

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

TK Days: Nov. 12 – 16

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

Character Education – Gratitude

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

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

STEAM Materials Have Arrived

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

Grandparents Day in 206

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

Writing

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

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

POD

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

Gratefulness

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

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

Western BBQ

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

Upcoming Events

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

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 11/26/18

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

Tuesday – 11/27/18

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

Wednesday – 11/28/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Library Visit

Thursday – 11/29/18

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

Friday – 11/30/18

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

TK Days: Nov. 5 – 9

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

Happy Veteran’s Day

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

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

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

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

Book Fair

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

Canned Food Drive

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

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

Conferences

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

PINK Contest

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

Last Week Color Day (White Day)

Color for this Week: PINK

Letter for this Week: Jj

Upcoming Events

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

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 11/12/18

  • NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day

Tuesday – 11/13/18

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

Wednesday – 11/14/18

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

Thursday – 11/15/18

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

Friday – 11/16/18

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

TK Days: Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

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

Parent Teacher Conferences

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

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

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

Halloween Celebration in 206

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

Disaster Drill

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

Clearance Check

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

Parking

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

Outdoor Wall Art

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

Scholastic Book Order

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

Library Book Return

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

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

Book Fair

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

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

Make Up Picture Day

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

Next Week’s Color: WHITE

Next Week’s Letter: Ii

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

Upcoming Events

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

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 11/5/18

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

Tuesday – 11/6/18

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

Wednesday – 11/7/18

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

Thursday – 11/8/18

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

Friday – 11/9/18

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

TK Days: Oct. 22 – 26

IN THIS POST: Mrs. Miller @ Marine Corps Marathon, Cleared, Character Education  – Generosity, Halloween Celebration in 206, Will you post?, Parent Teacher Conferences, Grandparents Day!,  Color of the Week, Letter of the Week, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Mrs. Miller @ Marine Corps Marathon

Mrs. Miller made it back from Washington DC today! It was a great weekend and race! I haven’t done a full marathon in 7 years and running a marathon over 40 was so much harder than in my 30’s and slowed me down! Luckily the reward was just as sweet! Thank you all for supporting this race and enjoying the loveliness of Mrs. Taber! She’s an amazing teacher! Here’s a few pics of this memorable race and all the patriotism that went along with this race!

Cleared?

Our most recent cleared list is posted here! Please ensure you are on it, if you plan to attend any event in our classroom or on campus. Grandparents Day is the one exception of the year, where grandparents are welcome to come on campus to participate in activities.

Please stop by the whiteboard this week by our backpack hooks and highlight your name if it is on the list. This will help us in checking who is available for events. Thank You!

Cleared volunteers as of 10-26-18

Character Education  – Generosity

Last week we had 2 wonderful lessons to teach us about generosity!

  • Our 5th grade students came in to teach us about Generosity. One of these young ladies is Mrs. Leatherwood’s daughter. They did an outstanding job teaching the students through the story of Rainbow Fish and having the students determine through different examples, to show thumbs up/down to tell if they thought the example showed generosity or not. In the end, ever student was able to decorate their own Rainbow Fish and we were given a bag of scales to put on when the students modeled generosity to each other.
  • Mrs. Deb Marich also came in last week to teach us about Generosity. After some explaining and reading to them about ways to show generosity at school, home, their community or beyond, she let each child draw a way they could show generosity. After they drew their picture they had to place their picture in the area to show where they showed generosity (home, school, community, or beyond). Thank you Deb!

Halloween Celebration in 206

Our amazing Room Parent, Mrs. Dani Powell, has rallied some help and these kids have a fun time planned for this special day! Remember you must be cleared to participate in our classroom events. Dismissal will still be at 12:30 at the gates as usual. Here is a message from Dani:

Our classroom Halloween party will be on Wednesday, October 31 from 11:15am-12:30pm. If you are cleared and would like to join us, please email Dani at Dani.powell@gmail.com. We have fun games and crafts planned for the kiddos, and would love any extra help! Just a reminder that no costumes are allowed in school that day.

PS…One more reminder about Halloween is that we are not allowed to bring or pass out any candy on campus due to district nutrition guidelines and allergy precautions. Thank you for remembering and respecting this rule to keep everyone safe!! We also ask that siblings stay at home that day to not distract from the TK’s celebration (Thank you!).

Will you post?

If you are a member of our private Facebook page, please remember to post and share any pictures you might catch! We love seeing them and it makes our page more active and fun! Thanks for participating! Feel free to share a Halloween picture of your cutie pie if you celebrate halloween. Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming soon! I believe everyone has signed up and we are ready to go. A couple reminders to make your parent conference go smoothly and give you an idea of what to expect.

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

Grandparents Day!

On Friday, November 16th our school will have Grandparents Day! This is one day when the Cleared List is not in affect! We want to make sure all grandparents are welcome to come on campus and love on their kiddos!

The Color of Next Week: ORANGE

Get those orange shirts out! Its ORANGE week!

The Letter of Next Week: Rr

To practice the /r/ sound we make our arms move like a robot as we make the /r/ sound.

Upcoming Events

  • October 31st – TK Classroom Party (no costumes at school)
  • November 6th – Monthly AFP Meeting @ 5:30 pm, MPR
  • November 7th – Make Up Picture Day, Volunteer Picture Day
  • November 7th – 16th – Book Fair
  • November 8 – 16: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 12 – NO SCHOOL/ Veteran’s Day Observed
  • Thanksgiving Vacation: Monday, November 19th – November 23

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 10/29/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Taber is Teaching!

Tuesday – 10/30/18

  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Miller is back!!

Wednesday – 10/31/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Halloween Celebration at 11:15 (must be cleared to attend)

Thursday – 11/1/18

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

Friday – 11/2/18

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

TK Days: Oct. 15 – 19

IN THIS POST: Mrs. Ellen’s Birthday!, Reading Program Begins, Conferences, Chess Club, Great Shake Out, Fine Artists, Fall Festival @ EBS, Color of Next Week, Letter of Next Week, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Mrs. Ellen’s Birthday!

This past week was Mrs. Ellen’s birthday! We had an all school assembly to honor and remember her. The choir sang some fun birthday songs, we heard a speech about Ms. Ellen and we got to do an all school dance called the “Cha, Cha Slide.”

Reading Program Begins

This week we will begin a new reading reorganization that we started last year. We as K/TK teachers came together and mixed up our students all by reading level. Four day a week, for 20 minutes each of those days, we gave instruction at targeted at the level of students we were teaching. This means that each child would receive reading instruction at their level 4 times a week. We found it really helped the students and allowed them to meet other teachers in the grade, which was especially helpful to our TK’s as they will move to Kindergarten next year.

In short, we all line up outside. Students will be told which teacher they will be going to as well as have a name tag with the other teacher’s name/color. Teachers will hold up a sign in their color to help students know were to line up. Students will move to their new line and go inside for the 20 minute instruction time. At the end of the 20 minutes, students return to their normal class for the remainder of the day. The students do great and gain more confidence each day.

Conferences

An email will be sent soon to you with a link to sign up for conferences. There are a range of days and times especially since there is no school on Monday, November 12th to honor Veteran’s Day. On these days, the entire school will be released at 12:30 (just like on Thursdays). This means we will also pick up at the classroom each of these days. Please make sure you are on time to pick as we have conferences scheduled right after school as well.

I will send an email to both parents (through Sign Up Genius), but please sign up for one 30-minute slot per student. During our meeting we will go over your child’s report card and progress in academic and social areas. We will also discuss next steps in your child’s learning.

Our next Parent Conference week is in March and is only 3 days long, as teachers only conference with any families in which there may still be a concern, therefor we will not meet with all families again in the spring. Your child’s report card will still be sent home for you to review. In June, for our third reporting period, we send home your child’s final report card for the year, but there are no scheduled conferences.

Chess Club

This past Friday, we had the Chess director/teacher come to our class to do a presentation. The students were all highly engaged and interested. You also received a flier in your child’s folder that they may have told you about. Take a look to see if you are interested as all new enrichment classes are starting next week.

Great Shake Out

Thursday morning we participated in the California Great Shake Out. At 10:18 am on 10/18/18 we practiced as a school what we would do in the event of an earthquake. We discussed this as a class and shared how it would be important to get under the desks for the shaking and to cover our head and eyes with one arm while the other arm held on to the leg of the table. After 2 minutes of no aftershocks we would exit the building quickly and get to our safe meeting place. Our meeting place is the same place we meet in the event of a fire, which is located on the large blacktop in the back, by the basketball courts.

The students did great and were very brave! Have a conversation with your child about the drill and how we use drills to practice what to do in unexpected emergencies.

Fine Artists

This week we had our first Fine Artist lesson taught by Dani Powell. (THANK YOU!) She read them 2 books to help explain and set the scene for the art they were about to try. In our Fine Artists program, students will learn about 6 different artists each year and try on a piece of art that is designed and modeled after their work. Though I forgot to capture a picture of the student art as I was helping students at the tables, I caught a picture at the beginning of the lesson. Dani has a great way with the students and reminds them that art can be whatever you, the artist, decides for it to be. This was a great platform for students to feel safe and enjoy the work of art they made!

In this particular piece of art, students were given a sign that is used for communicating a message (for example it could have been a “Danger, Peligro” sign). Students then chose how they wanted to cut up the sign and rearrange the pieces into their own work of art.


Fall Festival @ EBS

  • Teacher Playdate – Bid on Playdate with a teacher. These tables are also located in the auditorium. You are able to put a bid down to win a playdate with any teacher of your choice. The kids love this and all proceeds go back to our AFP.
  • Silent Auction – fun to bid on some things for you or your family to enjoy.
  • BINGO – This is going on for a portion of the night.
  • Bake Sale – Buy some treats and give back to EBS.
  • Cake Walk, other activities – on Kinder playground
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest – Enter your pumpkin in a grade level contest and see if you win!!
  • Come dressed in your costume!

The Color of Next Week: BLACK

The Letter of Next Week: Ll

Upcoming Events

  • October 26th – Fall Festival Night @5:30 pm
  • October 25th – October 29th – Mrs. Miller @ Marine Corps Marathon (Mrs. Taber here)
  • October 31st – TK Classroom Party (no costumes at school)
  • November 6th – Monthly AFP Meeting @ 5:30 pm, MPR
  • November 7th – Make Up Picture Day, Volunteer Picture Day
  • November 7th – 16th – Book Fair
  • November 8 – 16: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 12 – NO SCHOOL/ Veteran’s Day Observed

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 10/22/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15am
  • Music at 9:00 am

Tuesday – 10/23/18

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

Wednesday – 10/24/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Library Visit

Thursday – 10/25/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Mission Federal
  • Mrs. Taber teaches this day! – Mrs. Miller goes to DC

Friday – 10/26/18

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

TK Days: Oct. 8 – 12

IN THIS POST: Super Pledge Update, Mrs. Taber’s Science Experiment, Sight Words, Log In Practice, STEAM, This Week’s Color, This Week’s Letter, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Super Pledge Update

We only have 7 envelopes left to return! If you haven’t returned yours yet, please try to get it in. Thank you for everyone who has returned their envelopes and all who have donated to make this place the amazing school that families want to be at! We get a popsicle party when we get 80% of our envelopes in. No donation is necessary!

  • Lost your envelope?? – you can get a new one in the office, just make sure you mark your child’s name on it.
  • Have another sibling at this school? – You can return both envelopes for each child so they each get a pair of laces and help their classes get to 100% return!

Mrs. Taber’s Science Experiment

Our amazing Mrs. Taber came while I was at STEAM training! She will be back for my marathon! This amazing teacher brought in her own science experiment for the kids on Capillary Action!! Check it out below! She’s an awesome teacher and loved the class! She’ll be back at the end of the month!

Sight Words

Keep on playing and practicing with those sight words. We have been retesting in reading and are able to see the big improvements made by sight word practice and knowledge. We have been testing on RED Words and many kids know all their red words. Many kids only have 1-2 left to learn. When a child fluently names all 10 RED words, they get to color in their RED rectangle!

We will test ORANGE words at the of the month!  YELLOW words will be sent home at the beginning of November. The kids love playing My Pile, Your Pile to practice the words and for you to identify the words your child still needs some automaticity on.

Log In Practice

We will be logging in to the Computer Lab on Monday and Tuesday. We have a handful of students who are able to successfully log in independently!! They are all doing awesome! If you are able to practice logging in today 1-2 times, please do so to help your student become independent! Guide with your words and let them do as much of the work as possible…just as they will be doing at school! They impress me so much!

STEAM

Look what arrived today!! These are the STEAM materials that we were told we would receive from our training to begin teaching the units. So excited! The students will love this! It was so engaging!

LOST LOG

This Rainbow Reading Log was turned in with no name. If you recognize this reading log, please stop by to claim it! Thank You!

This Week’s Color: Purple

Wear any purple you have this Thursday!

This Week’s Letter: Dd

Practice saying the sound and drawing the capital and lower case from top to bottom.

  • Capital D: “Down to the bottom and lift. Start back at the top and belly down.”
  • Lower Case d: “Make a c. Up, Up, Up, and trace back down.”

Upcoming Events

  • October 15th – TK Fine Artist Lesson #1 (all cleared helpers welcome @ 11:20 am)
  • October 16th – TK/K PLC Day (Mrs. Burns will be here)
  • October 17th – All School Assembly (Miss Ellen’s Birthday)
  • October 18th – Costume Boutique
  • October 26th – Fall Festival Night @5:30 pm
  • October 25th – October 29th – Mrs. Miller @ Marine Corps Marathon (Mrs. Taber here)
  • October 31st – TK Classroom Party

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 10/15/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Music 9:00 – 9:55 am (changed time from Thursday for this week and next)
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Fine Artists Lesson – all cleared volunteers are welcome to come and help at 11:15!

Tuesday – 10/16/18

  • TK/K – PLC Planning Day – Ms. Carolyn Burns will be teaching
  • Computer Lab @10:15 am

Wednesday – 10/17/18

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 10/18/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Great Shake Out Practice
  • Mission Federal

Friday – 10/19/18

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

TK Days: Oct. 1 – 5

IN THIS POST: Scholastic Book Order, Super Pledge Update, STEAM Training, New Student, Outdoor Art, Read to Self, Sight Words, Reading Logs, This Week’s Color, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Scholastic Book Order

Apologies for having an incorrect date on the book order. Book orders went home last Monday. If you would like to order books for October please have them in by this THURSDAY, October 11th and I will submit the order that day. In case you forgot our class code is G6LT6 in case you need it for ordering from the website (click on web address below). You can order from any grade/age from the website. There are also $1 books each month I like to purchase and save as gifts!

https://clubs.scholastic.com/home

When books arrive, we put them in your child’s backpack that day to go home (with instructions not to take them out until they get home).

Super Pledge Update

We have had many envelopes come in! Thank you for returning them so quickly! Remember that regardless if you or how much you donate your child will get their EBS shoelaces when they return their envelope! If our entire class returns their envelopes, we will get a popsicle party!!

All of these donations go to fund the many extra curricular activities that make our school so awesome and unique! Thank you for being such an amazing AFP that helps our school and each student!

STEAM Training

As you read in my email this past week I will be at STEAM Training  Monday and Tuesday. Mrs. Taber will be our wonderful substitute! I’m excited for you all to meet her! She volunteered to spend the day with our kids a week ago on her free time to get to know them and get familiar with our class routines and the schedule.

New Student

Monday we have a student who  will be returning to EBS. He was in Mrs. Offord’s class before his trip, so this will be his first visit to Room 206. Please give him a warm welcome to our class as you meet him!

Volunteers

WELCOME and THANK YOU! We have had our first week of volunteers. We are so grateful! Just a few reminders about volunteering. Please feel free to come in the classroom before school to go over the directions and see what needs to get done that day. I typically have directions written out for the day. There is also a small daily items list that you can check on each time you come. Please make yourself at home and feel free to ask any questions.

Outdoor Art

Dani Powell came in this past week and read Big Pumpkin to the kids (an October favorite) and  prepared stain-glassed pumpkin art for the kids to do. It was a hit with the kids and the pumpkins came out adorable!!

Read to Self

This is a time of our day when the kids read independently. We have been learning to get better at this since the first week of school. We have reminders we go over each time to help us remember how to get better at Read to Self. At the end of our time we use our “thumb meter” to check how it went for us. Our stamina is up to 4:00 minutes of straight independent reading.

We also have a special point to help us bounce from word to word as we read (1:1 correspondence).

Sight Words

Have you all been enjoying your color sight words? We read over these each morning and notice them in our reading. Please continue reviewing these at home and playing, the “My Pile, Your Pile,” game when you get home.

Reading Logs

Thank you for returning regular reading logs to keep up consistent reading for your child. Its super important and motivating for your child. Every 10 books fills a log and moves your child over on the reading rainbow. If you somehow are missing a new log or need an extra copy, please download the copy on our resources page.

https://www.linneamiller.com/resources/

This Week’s Color: GREEN

Upcoming Events

  • October 15th – TK Fine Artist Lesson #1
  • October 16th – TK/K PLC Day
  • October 17th – All School Assembly (Miss Ellen’s Birthday)
  • October 18th – Costume Boutique
  • October 26th – Fall Festival Night @5:30 pm
  • October 31st – TK Classroom Party

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 10/8/18

  • STEAM Training – Mrs. Taber will be here to teach
  • Before School Run Club
  • 10:15 Computer Lab

Tuesday – 10/9/18

  • STEAM Training – Mrs. Taber will be here to teach
  • Before School Run Club
  • 10:15 Computer Lab

Wednesday – 10/10/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Library Visit @ 11:45 am

Thursday – 10/11/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am
  • Mission Federal Bank – Deposit table before school
  • Color Day – Wear GREEN

Friday – 10/12/18

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

TK Days: Sept. 24 – Sept. 28

IN THIS POST: STEAM Training Monday, Log In, Picture Day, Super Pledge, Mrs. Miller’s 3-Day Walk, RAZkids Online Reading Subscription, FaceBook, Library Visit Postponed, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead…

STEAM Training on Monday/Tuesday

I have been given a rare opportunity to attend a Kindergarten/TK STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Training. The training provides some free materials to your class and curriculum. I am hoping it will give me some ideas and understanding of how to work in the new Maker Lab at EBS. A sub will be there each day and I have detailed plans on our day so it will be familiar for them. The dates are 10/1, 10/2 and 10/8. I also told the students on Friday so they would be prepared for my absence. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and excitement for the learning this will bring!!

Log In

Thank you to everyone who helped their child log in. I know it is challenging at first, but it is worth the teaching as it helped tremendously in the lab. The students who have practiced a handful of times are able to get logged much easier. Please continue to practice more at home until they are able to do it by themselves. Speed is not an issue, just independence (and don’t forget to give lots of praise for any effort and mistakes they make!…We LOVE mistakes) Some kids struggle to put the number in one box and then to switch boxes to put in the password. The logistics can be tricky. We are able to go back twice this week for some additional practice. Thank you again for your help.

Picture Day

This Monday is our school picture day! We are scheduled to take pictures first (just after the school day starts). If you would like to help we’d love to have you. You must be CLEARED (check the most current list in the office) to stay with us. We will need help with prepping students for their picture and mostly to help after they take their picture as they have to wait for their other classmates to take their picture. That can be challenging for some. The ordering form below went home last week. Please return it before or by Monday, October 1st, 2018. Practice those smiles at home!

SUPERPLEDGE

Our SuperPledge has begun! We are so excited to begin! You heard a little bit about SuperPledge at the Back To School Meetings. The SuperPledge helps to fund our entire year. This is also what covers all the classrooms so that we did not ask for any supplies as school started and get covered with all of our classroom materials! Our computer lab and teacher, and many other extras are covered by this drive. Please see the attached paper to see all the ways that SuperPledge 100% goes to students and makes EBS the kind of school that it is!

The information went home earlier this week! An envelope was attached though you may donate on line. PLEASE return the envelope regardless if you donate or not. There is also a way that many businesses will match your donation (please see the form). The students each get a set of EBS Shoelaces for returning. A pair worn (on shoes, as a hairbow, a belt…etc, but must be both laces) will earn them some privileges with lining up first when going to the playground with other classes.

Mrs. Miller’s 3-Day Walk

Mrs. Miller along with 3 other EBS teachers (Wick, Casey and Burningham) are striving and training to complete the 3-Day Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk. We are raising funds to help the research to support all the women and families that face this awful disease each year. You likely know someone who has been through this and painfully hard on them and everyone who loves them. A pink flyer went home on Friday if you are interested in donating to help raise my funds to walk and support these families. We will also be in front of the school to help raise funds for our whole team if you are interested.

Please know this is all optional.

RAZkids Online Reading Subscription

This past Friday, you received directions and a password icon in order to log on to RAZkids online reading subscription paid for by our AFP (thank you). This another option your child has to independently read. Some children enjoy this more and other students prefer actual paper books. Both are great support, but see if your child draws more to one over the other. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by an ask.

 

FaceBook

Some families have still reported having trouble getting into Facebook. I resent many reminders. Please make sure it is the email address that is linked to your FaceBook account. Please come and see if you have any additional questions. My IT guy lives with me  😉 so I will ask for help from him as needed!

Library Visit Postponed

This week the EBS Library is closed to all students as they will be updating the software. This will push back our library visit for 1 week. Our next visit will be Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Upcoming Events

  • Mrs. Miller STEAM Training 10/1, 10/2, 10/8
  • October 2nd – Picture Day, Grades 3 – 5
  • October 2nd – Monthly AFP Meeting @ 5:30 pm, MPR
  • October 16th – Mrs. Miller at TK/K All-Day Planning
  • October 18th – All School Assembly (Miss Ellen’s Birthday)
  • October 18th – Costume Boutique
  • October 26th – Fall Festival Night @5:30 pm

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 10/1/18

  • Picture Day! (If you are CLEARED, you are welcome to join us!)
  • Computer Lab 10:15 am.
  • Before School Run Club

Tuesday – 10/2/18

  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 10/3/18

  • Before School Run Club
  • Mrs. Leatherwood Teaches

Thursday – 10/4/18

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

Friday – 10/5/18

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