Dear families, Sept. 15, 2011
This week we welcomed two new members to our class: Edison and Kaden. They are both 6-years-old. Our students did a great job of helping them acclimate to the classroom and showed them all of the routines.
On Thursday, we welcomed another classmate who has 8 legs. Felicity the spider was placed on a forked stick (provided by Teddy) glued to the bottom of a plastic pool. She immediately got to work spinning silk and the kids had a blast watching her throughout the day. Ask your child about it!
Math groups began this week. For the next 2 weeks, the teachers (Ms. Tucker, Mr. Lewis and the 2 of us) are trying kids out in the group we think best suits them. After a couple weeks, we’ll make a few adjustments and then let you know who your child’s math teacher is. In other words, the teacher they’re going to right now for math may not be their math teacher all year.
We have broken the kids into 2 groups for PE: The red dots and the blue dots. Red dots have PE on Tuesday/Thursday; blue dots on Monday/Wednesday. Why do the groups have these names? Because on the first day, we stuck a red or blue sticker on them so they’d know which group they were in. (Not exactly the most deep, meaningful thing you’ve ever heard, is it?) On the days the kids aren’t in PE, they are in the classroom working on the conventions of writing. Currently, the Red Dots are learning about letter formation and using letter sounds to make good guesses as to how words are spelled. The blue dots are learning parts of speech (beginning with nouns).
Please remember that the red and green folders MUST be returned every day. This system is the best we’ve discovered to ensure communication flows smoothly. Every night, you should check your child’s folder for notices/papers. Use the folder to send us any notes, lunch money, book orders etc.
Speaking of folders, on Wednesday, we sent home a registration form. Please look it over carefully, correct any errors and return it to us ASAP. If you have no changes to make, simply sign the back and return it.
Overheard in the Trillium Room:
Teacher: “When you’re feeling sad, what really makes you feel better?”
Child: “Top Ramen!”
Child: “When I grow up, I’m going to be one of those outside teachers.” (referring to the aides doing playground duty)
Here’s the another poem we’re memorizing this month:
A Circle of Friends
We’ve joined together as classmates
as the new year begins…
A year full of learning
while we become friends.
We’ll share and be kind
as we work and play.
And our friendship will grow
with each passing day.