Mark Those Calendars
- Happy Father’s Day!: I am so grateful for the love, time and effort you put into
helping your little ones learn and succeed. You are like superheroes to them and they’re so proud of you. I hope you have an amazing day!
- Progress Reports Underway: I am done with assessments and am almost done writing their reports. What a privilege it is to teach your children!
- Whole Kinder Pod Hike: Monday June 19th – We will go on a nature hike behind the school. Technically it’s a field trip, so you’ll be hearing from Arielle!
- Whole-Kinder Pod Water Exploration Celebration: Tuesday June 20, Victoria Tran (Joan’s coordinator) will email details soon.
- Whole-Kinder Pod Arts & Crafts Celebration: Wednesday June 21.
- Community Snack Schedule: This week is the Ging family. Please use the
snack signup genius here to sign up for a week to bring snack. Let the Snack Coordinator, Kudsana (email@example.com), know if you need special accommodations or are unable to fulfill your commitment. And a BIG thank you to the Paiyou/Ramos family for snack last week!
- ADULTS-ONLY End of the Year Party: Feel free to drop by at some point on Saturday June 24, 12-6pm at 1257 Lakeside
Drive, Sunnyvale CA 94085. Please join me at my complex for an end of the year pool party/BBQ potluck. Sheila (Cici’s mom) has offered FREE CHILD CARE that day. Give her a call! There is also FREE parking in the garage, though I recommend carpooling. We have a grill, a pool, good music and a cabana! Feel free to bring a yummy dish or drinks and DEFINITELY a bathing suit 🙂 Adam and I
have rented the cabana adjacent to our pool, and are looking forward to hosting you for some fun in the sun to celebrate all your hard work this year! Let’s party like it’s 1999! Click Signup genius to RSVP!
- Kindergarten Closing Ceremonies:
Friday, June 23 from 11:30-1:10pm we have closing ceremonies and a potluck lunch party to follow. We’ve had great year of goal-setting, goal striving, and goal reaching since we began our Olympic Brain & Body Goal Wall! Now, it’s time to bring the Kinder Academic Games of 2016-2017 to end 🙂 Parents, please join us in class on the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for the Special Kindergarten Closing Ceremonies for Room 7. Children have planned how they want to celebrate their accomplishments, together, which include a potluck (click here for sign up genius) complete with a BIG cake, “Secret Santa” goodbye cards (each child picked ONE person to make a really nice card for), a time to say nice comments about each other or how we feel about the year, using finger lights to process in, and finally parading around the school passing around “the goal torch”. After that, we will have a nice lunch and then say goodbye!
- Enrichments/Coordinators for FIRST GRADE: Think about what enrichments orclassroom jobs you may want to take on for first grade. I would like to start making plans for curriculum with those volunteers for next year. For definitions of the roles below visit https://discoverykinderworld.wordpress.com/classroom-coordinator-info/:
- Classroom Coordinator- (Possibly) Christina Wayne
- Field Trip Coordinator -Arielle Kurtze (taken)
- Class Librarian/Scholastic Coordinator – Nicole Kerbey
- Social Events Coordinator – Jennifer Coscarart (taken)
- Documentation Parent – Kristel Fritz
- Science – Christine Ging and _______________
- Cooking – Arielle Kurtze and ______________ (we really need 2 here)
- Arts & Crafts – Ale Rincon and Akiko Fukuhara (we really need 2 here)
- Gardening – Julie Olsen
- Math Enrichments – Sheila Hunter
- Music & Movement: Possibly Lonnell Graham (if scheduling works out)
- Materials Manager -Doreen
- Classroom Prep for Next Year: We need help between July 12-17! We’re planning a couple prep days to spruce up the classroom for next year. If you’re available between July 12-17, let us know! We need help deep cleaning the classroom, sanding down cabinets, painting, cleaning toys, possibly rearranging furniture, and sprucing up the wall space. More details to come, soon! (Note: We usually provide you some light snacks, soda, and adult beverages 🙂 Thanks!)
- Room 7 Exit Surveys: If you haven’t filled out my exit survey for your family
please do so and either email it OR leave it on my desk. IT IS NOT the school survey. It’s specifically for room 7 and for my own betterment as a teacher. I want your feedback! Click the link to download the survey: Exit Survey Parents. Thank you!
- Parent Appreciation Day: D2 celebrated our amazing parents who help make our vision possible with a breakfast and various classroom gifts! We offered each parent a rose, but next Friday is when we planned to give our official thank you gifts.
- Heritage Day: D2 celebrated the surface cultures of various countries from around the world with posters, music, crafts, and special foods to enjoy. The kids had a blast learning about different areas of the world what’s famous in each place. I’d like to see something like this on a more regular basis with a focus on deeper culture, as well, because it was a fabulous experience that the kids really enjoyed!
- Kinder Sing: Practiced “The Climb” which is the secret song the whole school is singing for the 8th grade. Please use the video to practice lyrics with your children!
- Secret Santa Goodbye Cards: Children wanted to do ONE really elaborate goodbye to ONE friend, rather than making 22 cards each. So we picked from a hat on Friday and everyone has ONE secret person they will make a card for and give it to them on Friday.
- Last Parent Meeting: It was Wednesday June 14th at 6:30pm. VERY productive! See minutes here: Wednesday 6.14.17 Parent Meeting
- Art: Making art like Michelangelo drawing upside down under tables AND making beautiful wrapping paper for Father’s Day presents with poster paper and soccer balls covered in various paints rolling around in kiddie pools!
- Pod Bathrooms CLOSED: Indoor bathrooms were closed due to children’s continued misuse of them. Now, we can only use the outside bathrooms and only with an adult present.
- Child Read-Alouds: Cameron, Oscar and Nadia
- Fairies: We were visited by Binx, FINALLY!
- Community Talks: We discussed plans for the last week of school, father’s day presents, and how to tidy up the classroom.
- Skill Share: Sadie
- Literacy: Story Workshop
- Math: We learned about word problems! Word problems are just stories with an equation hidden inside them. We went over steps to dissect the information we needed in order to solve them, including figuring out key words for addition and subtraction! They were encouraged to use wrecknrecks to count and drawings to show their work. It was investigative work and as they practiced, it became easier and easier to do. They especially liked the sheets I made for them with their names in the word problems.
- Just-Right Reading! Each morning, parents can help kids choose leveled books to take home and practice reading with children. Please be sure to return the books and put them in the proper bins!
Parent Appreciation Day
Father’s Day Present Project: Shrinky Dink Key Chains & Kid-made Wrapping Paper!
Children’s Read-Aloud Schedule!
After hearing Ellie Luz read last month, many other children felt inspired to read
tothe class, too. They begged me to create a sign-up and kept asking when they would read! So, we took time to create this list, below. They chose where on the list they wanted to be (knowing the higher or lower they were meant sooner or later), but please talk with your child about when they’re scheduled to read and whether they’ll be able to prepare their book, in time. This is the list that the kids asked me to put together, because they wanted to read a book to the class themselves. If your child’s goal is to do this, but he/she’s not ready right now, I can definitely have him/her go later! For children who aren’t reading yet but volunteered, too, they could simply do a picture walk (narrating the story orally based on each picture)! The last option is perhaps they can read with a partner, taking turns, or they can read a page and I read a page. The bottom line is that I want them to take as much ownership over this activity as possible 🙂 What type of book?
Whatever book they want! From BOB books to picture books. It’s their choice of whatever makes them feel comfortable and CONFIDENT.
List of read-aloud dates and students:
Ellie 3/23 Genevieve 3/24 Logan 3/29 Dominic 3/30 Jada 4/21 Claudia 4/27 Maddie S./Izzy 5/4 (reschedule?) Nakiya 5/11 Pranav 5/12 Tyler 5/18 Maddie K. 5/18 Sthanika 6/1 Sadie 6/7 Donovan 6/8 Quentin 6/9 Oscar 6/13 Nadia 6/15 Cameron 6/16
- Steele 6/20
- Byron 6/21
Opted Out (Maybe Next Year!)
Friday Skill Sharing Schedule (9:15ish-9:50am)
Children will have an opportunity to explain, demonstrate and field
question/comments on ONE (1) skill of their choice. Some have to decide WHICH SKILL because they thought of two. Those children have an (*) next to their name. They have 5-10 minutes each. You can discuss with them how they may want to show their skill, what props they might need, how they will utilize the space of our classroom safely, and help them prepare for this public speaking opportunity by rehearsing it with them. I will prepare the children to be encouraging, kind, and respectful audience members. Some children already told me what they chose as a skill. So that’s why some names already have a skill in parenthesis. If your child has not chosen a skill, yet, please help them choose and prepare before their debut! Please see the following sign-ups, this week’s in bold:
March 31: Cici (Flexibility), Genevieve (Art)
April 21: Byron (Karate) and Nadia (Cat’s cradle) April 28: Tyler (Dance moves), Ellie (Drawing), Maddie K (Gymnastics) May 5: Donovan (Hockey), Pranav (Art), May 12: Dominic (Basketball), Oscar (T-Ball) and Jada (Gymnastics) May 26: Logan (?) and Henry (Gymnastics) June 2: Cameron (Gymnastics), Sthanika (_________) and , Maddie S. (Gymnastics) June 9: Nakiya (Teaching Reading) and Nicholas (_______), Steele (Baseball) June 16: Sadie (Dance moves)
- June 22: Quentin (Karate)