Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NAP Fundraiser- Help Needed

Mark your calendars for our 2nd Annual Nature Adventure Program Garage Sale:

This will take place on Sat. April 30th in the big gym at UES from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. This gives you time over the spring break to clean out those closets (and to make room for some new-to-you items)! Donations  are greatly appreciated.  Please bring any donated items to the main hallway (outside of the big gym) between 3:00-6:00 pm on Friday, April 29th.  

Parent volunteers are needed for both Friday (3:00-7:00pm) and on Sat.(7:30am-3:00pm).  Even an hour or two will help a great deal. Please email Theresa Giffin at

We are also looking for donations of good quality outerwear (all seasons)---jackets, fleeces, hats, mittens, etc., for children aged 5-7 1/2 years old that may be used to help supplement our additional clothing supply.  

Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Nature Adventure at Harrison Field

We enjoyed the balmy weather this morning as we traveled to Harrison Field for our Nature Adventure Program. Temps in the 30's felt lovely! The sun was out, we had many parent volunteers and Amy Butler led some games which helped us to understand our Vermont animals even better. After snacking in the sunny field, we headed into the forest to explore, slide, and look for "stories'". Some children found tracks, others found scat(poop) and others looked for signs of animal life. Some  folks found gigantic holes, water below the snow, and buds on trees. Kathy, a writer, joined us and her photographer friend, Jeb, came too. Best of all, we got to shush and slide down the big hill. It was a great day!!

Is the circle ready yet?
Whose track is this?

Kathy is taking notes.
The same size legs?

Jeb is taking photos.
Up the big hill!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Updates from Room 7

**We have Nature Adventure Program tomorrow. We will go to Harrison Field this time! Please help your child dress in layers. We will leave UES at 8:45 and return at 10:30.

** We visited the Scholastic Book Fair today. Your child made a wish list with one book title that they are wishing for. They were told that a wish list is not necessarily a promise to purchase. Please feel free to visit the book fair with your child or to send in money to
cover the cost.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wacky Wednesday!

Mario and Fairy Princess
Mrs. Frey gets wacky!

What a special day! Costumes, stuffies and many smiles prevailed on Wacky Wednesday!Check out some of the wacky folks in room 7.

Little Red and Batman

Mya, Ballet Tusa and Mr. Bradley

Clown and Ironman

Puffball and Dalamtion Puppy
Ninja and Annikan
Hockey Fan
Thanks to all families who helped make the day special. This super class has already started to refill the warm fuzzy jar!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Warm Fuzzy Jar is Full Again!!

The class has earned another celebration!! As promised, we will have "Dress up and Stuffies" day. It seems most appropriate that we celebrate on Wacky Wednesday. Please help your child select an appropriate dress up outfit(no masks) or stuffed animal, or both, to bring to school on Wednesday March 23rd! It should be a fun day.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Conference Times

Please check your time, and let me know if any changes need to happen. If you have not signed up yet, please pop me a note or an e-mail.

Remember, there is no school on conference day, MONDAY MARCH 21st.

7:30  Liam
8:00  Everett
8:30  Lillian
9:00  Jillian
9:30 Cameron
10:00 Ian
10:30 Maria

12:00 Cokie
12:30 Isaac
1:00   Molly
1:30 Anna
3:30 Mya
4:00 Anthony
4:30 Logan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Green Day

We made Oobleck
We had an exciting day in room 7 on "Green Day." We spent some morning time at "Green Centers."

Is Oobleck a solid or liquid? We cannot tell.

Fresh green playdough in honor of "Green Day".

The playdough was so soft

Connecting green things was exciting.

Water makes them sticky.

Focused sculpting
 In the afternoon, we did some cooking together. Everyone helped with the egg beater. Then Debra and JJ cooked the eggs and served a lovely snack. Almost everyone DID like green eggs and ham. They did like them Sam-I -Am.
Everyone got a chance to beat the eggs.

One bowl had a bit of blue food coloring added. We know that blue and yellow make ....

Green eggs and ham. Did they taste different from the yellow eggs?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Green Day in Room 7

Please help your child select a green item of clothing to wear to school on March 17th.We will be celebrating "Green Day". We plan to do many color blending activities, to taste"Green Eggs and Ham," and to enjoy the color green.Please do not go out and buy any new green items, just search for some green socks, shirts, headbands, pants, necklaces, or other green items. If you cannot find anything, do not worry. Kindergarten kids have a great ability to create, given green paper!!

Conference Schedule

Please check your time, and let me know if any changes need to happen. If you have not signed up yet, please pop me a note or an e-mail.

Remember, there is no school on conference day, MONDAY MARCH 21st.

7:30  Liam
8:00  Everett
8:30  Lillian
9:00  Jillian
9:30 Cameron
10:00 Ian
10:30 Maria

12:00 Cokie
12:30 Isaac
1:00   Molly
1:30 Anna
3:30 Mya
4:30 Logan

Friday, March 11, 2011

Igloo Fun

Our igloo was completed right before February vacation. Thank you for all of your help with milk jugs. Thanks also go to JJ, Deborah, and Tiffany, for all of their help with the hot glue gun!

As you can see, we have a very cozy and colorful place to read, play games, and hang out. As the weather warms, and we move into our next unit, we will recycle our igloo, as we prepare for Earth Day!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Conferences- March 21st

Spring conference time is here! I would like to schedule a time to meet with you ( about 20 minutes),to discuss the individual needs of your child, progress since the January report card, as well as address any questions or concerns that you may have.I have sent home a  blue conference sign up sheet. Please return the sheet, or send an e-mail with times that will work well for you. I will send you a confirmation note with your scheduled time.

Conferences will be held in our classroom at school.

There will be no school on March 21st. Your child is not expected to be at the kindergarten conference.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Coconut Investigation

We have had a coconut in our classroom since September! We were reading "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and enjoyed viewing a real coconut. We played games with the coconut, listened to it, and noticed many things about it. By March, our coconut had changed. It no longer sloshed, and felt much lighter. We wondered why. Today, Mr. Keller helped us to find out. We opened our old coconut to find it had become rotted and moldy!!
The 6 month old coconut

Today, Anna brought in a fresh coconut(from the coop). It was heavy and made a sloshing sound. We compared it to the old coconut and noticed similarities and differences. Mr. Keller helped us to drill a hole, and we were amazed how much coconut juice/milk came out. We then opened and tasted the fresh coconut and the juice.
The fresh coconut

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Cats in the Hats

We have been celebrating Dr. Seuss and his books. We are learning about rhyming words, and getting our mouths ready to read.We made our own hats! Each is unique.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome Back!

School begins again tomorrow, March 2nd. I hope you have all enjoyed the winter break together. I am looking forward to some exciting kindergarten days ahead.This week, we will be reading Dr. Seuss books to join NEA America Reads .If you have any Dr. Seuss books at home and would like to share them, please LABEL THEM, and send to school with your child. We will be reading these books at school in the month of March.

Also, a reminder that we will be heading out for Nature Adventure Program this Friday, March 4th. We would love many adult helpers. Please join us if you can.