Friday, February 14, 2020

It was another great day in Kindergarten! Thank you to the parents brought in supplies (frosting and sprinkles, paper plates and knives and gift bags) and who volunteers for coming in and helping for our Great Hearts Party.

Later in the morning, the students 'mailed' their Great Hearts cards to each other and were very sneaky to deliver cards to Administration, Mrs. Bettis and to our beloved porter, Mr. Harris. In Math, the students sorted by color and graphed conversation hearts). After recess, the students ate lunch in the classroom. Currently the students are totally engaged in a cute art project with Mrs. King. They will go to recess and talk about healthy eating and exercise in Science and it will be the end of our day.
What a wonderful way to start a three-day weekend. Please make sure to include unstructured, down time with your kindergartner this weekend. Let them be little a little longer.
Happy Great Hearts Day!

Spalding Spelling for next week:
can: (first or only, no markings)
see: (double phonogram /ee/)
run: (first or only, no markings)
th e: (underline /th/ put a 2 over the th to show it makes it’s  2nd sound, underline /e/ - Rule 4)
now:  (double phonogram /ow/)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Giving Tuesday Reminder:

On Thursday afternoon in Kingdoms, the students will be writing letters to active military personnel. The school is also collecting items for soldiers to send with the letters. There are drop boxes in the lobby of the school (or you can send items in with your Kinder) to show appreciation for those who serve and protect our country. Please add beef jerky, slim jims, assorted nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, 6 pack of crackers, 6 pack of cookies, etc to your shopping list and bring the items in before next Friday. Thank you so much.
Also remember to make your donation to our Community Investment today by using the link below.

Field Trip

Friday, December 6th is our first field trip to watch Ella Enchanted at Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix. IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, I need you to register your child for the field trip as soon as you can.

Here’s more info:
  • The buses will leave school promptly at 9:00.
  • All students/chaperones  will need a disposable lunch and disposable water bottle with their names clearly labeled on both, please.
  • We will watch the play, then we will have a picnic lunch at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.
  • We should arrive back at school around 1:30-1:45 p.m.
  • All students will be wearing regular school uniforms. Check the forecast, sweaters or jackets may be necessary – please make sure your child’s name is on the outerwear tag, in case it gets left somewhere! 
  • Everyone is an all-day student on this day. We cannot have anyone leave from the park. If you choose to have your child leave before 3:20, please come to school and sign him/her out at the front office.
  • If you are unable to chaperone but would like to meet us at the park for lunch, we estimate to arrive at Tumbleweed around 12:30.
  • If you are chaperoning, there isn’t enough room on the buses for all the parents, so you will need to provide your own transportation. I will send a separate email to you so that you can arrange a car pool and have all the pertinent information that you need.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Field Trip

Our field trip to Herberger Theater is December 6th. There will be a sign up in the Headmaster Update and on the website soon. I will also be sending you the link. It will go live on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 pm. I will need 7 chaperones. If you are not a chaperone on this field trip there will be another in spring, we will allow other parents to go then who don't get to chaperone this trip. Having said that, anyone can meet us at Tumbleweed Park for lunch that day, around noonish. Mark your calendar.

Chaperones will need to drive themselves to the theater and park. You may carpool with other chaperones. All half-day students will be staying for the full day. We will not return from the park until around 1:15pm. No students will be released from the park and any students leaving early will need to be signed out from the front office. 

Kindergarten Project

A blue packet went home last week with information on the Kindergarten Project. Please read through the packet to understand what is required and how we will be grading the projects. Please make sure that one of the resources is a book. You may use the internet for the other resource.This is a mandatory assignment - the written portion is due December 16th. The 3D animal can be done and brought in before break or on January 8th. 


Watch your little one for signs of illness, we had one out last week (thank goodness short lived!) but there have been many students out in other classes! I would advise washing everything thoroughly! (The book bag can be washed if you remove the tag, and contents, and air dry! - Lysol wipe the backpack and lunch box, dishwasher the water bottle.) 


Thank you to all the parents who have come in to volunteer and all of the parents who send in items. Last week we talked about the Native Americans, have your child tell you about the Wampanoag tribe and Squanto. You might even hear a little bit about our attempt to 'plant corn' the way Squanto taught the Pilgrims! It was yummy! 

Thanksgiving Feast

Next week is our Thanksgiving Feast. Parents, grandparents, and other family members are welcome to  join us. However, older siblings in class will not be allowed to join in. Please be aware the food is only for the kindergartners.  Please let me know if you have any question.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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Thank you all for helping with the Medieval Faire! It was a great success! You truly make that event possible!  

No School Monday

There is no school on Monday, November 11th to honor Veteran’s Day. When you are out or at the airport, please allow your child to tell a soldier – “thank you for your service!” It truly makes a veteran’s or soldiers day.

Thanksgiving Feast

 Kindergartners can dress as either Native Americans or Pilgrims and enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday November 26th from 11:00-11:45.  Parents and Grandparents are welcome to come and observe (only Kinders will be eating however). It is a good time to meet other parents. No one needs to be fingerprinted to join us, you just have to sign in at the front office and come back to the MPR. We will need food items and other supplies for this feast and  we will need help getting children into costume and getting the feast set up and cleaned up. If you can help, please sign up:

Field Trip

The Kindergartens will enjoy their first field trip of the year by going to the Herberger Theater 222 E. Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix to watch the fairy tale, “Ella Enchanted” on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10:30.  After the play, the students will go to Tumbleweed Park in Chandler (745 E Germann Rd) for a sack lunch. Our regular dress code applies and every student is ‘full day’. We will need 8 chaperones. Every student and chaperone will need to pack a disposable lunch and disposable water (with their name clearly written on both). Those parents who are unable to chaperone are invited to join us at the park for lunch around noon. We should be back to the school around 1:10. Students cannot leave from the park but they can be signed out at the front office after we get back. We are looking forward to seeing a live play. The sign up link will show up in the Headmaster’s Update soon BUT THE LINK WILL NOT WORK UNTIL THE SPECIFIC TIME AND DATE GIVEN. It is usually LIVE after 8 pm one evening, a few weeks before the event. I will let you know.

Kindergarten Project

Kindergartners will be studying the animals of the Arctic and Antarctica in January so we will be incorporating this into our Kindergarten Project. Each student will be assigned an animal on November 15th. They will write a brief report and make a 3D animal to present to the class on January 8th or 9th. This is how it works: with your help and books from the Library, your child will write a rough draft (only 3 sentences) of facts about their animal. Then they will use their best Spalding letter formations to make the final copy of the 3 sentences and a bibliography (1 internet source and 1 book required). This written portion is DUE on December 16th. Then with your help, your child will make a 3D model of their animal (think water bottle covered with fur or Styrofoam balls with felt). The 3D animal is not due until January 8 but if you would like to have this project completely done before break, bring the animal in by December 20th.  On January 8 and 9, each student will present his report to the class, explain how (s)he made the model and answer any questions that the class might have about that animal. It is really a fun thing to do – but even more fun when everything is done ahead of time so that there isn’t too much last minute stress and no extra work over the break.