Week 4

Sneak Peek of the Week

 

Week 4: September 19th-September 23rd

Dear families,

I think it’s safe to say we are “getting into the groove” of things in Kindergarten!  We’ve learned many classroom expectations, procedures, and rules so that we can be successful and hard workers in the classroom.

 

Hopes and Dreams

Last week students worked on their “Hopes and Dreams” for the school year.  We engaged in conversations about our academic and social goals for the school year.  Each child wrote about one thing he/she would most like to accomplish this year in Kindergarten.  Our Hopes and Dreams are displayed on our classroom walls and remain there all year long to remind us of what we hope to accomplish this year!  In the folder, you will find a sheet of paper for you to fill out your Hopes and Dreams for your child.  

 

Bus Safety

Minnesota State law requires all school districts to present school bus safety to all Pre-K through grade 10 students.  We will learn about bus safety and address the following objectives:

  1. I understand that the privilege of riding the bus to school must be earned and may be taken away.
  2. I can select goals on how to maintain courteous and sade school bus ridership throughout the school year.
  3. I can discuss the correct and safe procedure to board and exit the school bus.
  4. I can discuss safe crossing techniques for crossing in front of the bus.

 

Refill Station/Zones of Regulation

This week students will learn about and practice using the Refill Station.  Refill Station is a place for student to go to regain their self control.  It can be teacher-directed or a student choice.  It is designed for students to calm their minds and bodies in order to rejoin the class and refocus their learning.  Students will learn the purpose, procedure and expectations for visiting the Refill Station.  

In addition, Kindergarten students will learn about the Zones of Regulation.  The Zones of Regulation is a framework to foster self-regulation and emotional control, used school-wide.  We will learn techniques to cope with different emotions so we can be happy, calm and ready to learn.

If you want to learn more about the Zones, please visit: http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html

You can ask your child: What can you do if you're in the Red Zone?  What are some things you can do to get back to the Green Zone?  How are you feeling today, what zone are you in?

 

Math

Students will continue to explore classroom math materials (including: geoblocks, geoboards, pattern blocks, connecting cubes and counting bears).  We'll learn several math games and activities through centers.  In centers, students rotate through 3-4 centers to engage in different math activities connected to a math objective.

 

Special Notes:

-This Thursday evening is Curriculum Night!  I would love for you to be able to come to Room 116 or Room 118.  If you are unable to join, I will send information from the evening in your child’s folder.  Please keep in mind that Curriculum Night is intended for adults only.  

Here is the schedule for Curriculum Night: 

5:30-5:50-Classroom session 1 

5:55-6:15- Classroom session 2

6:20-6:50 Whole School session 

-I'm still looking for a few more parent chaperones for our field trip to the Apple Jacks on September 29th.  Please e-mail me if you're interested and would like to know more details!

-If you have not signed up for conferences, please e-mail me as soon as possible so we can select a time that works for you.  If I do not hear from you, I will schedule an open time for you and send home the details.

 

Here is a note from Carissa, our Spanish teacher:

La clase de español

In Spanish class we are working on greetings. 
Hola = Hi
Buenos días = Good morning
Buenas tardes = Good afternoon
Buenas noches = Good night
Try using these greetings at home. Also, ask your student to teach you the Buenos días song!
Muchas gracias,
Carissa Tobin, Spanish teacher at Webster