Sunday, November 18, 2012

Giving Thanks

At this time of year,  I  reflect upon all of the things I am grateful for. I am so glad that I have your children in this class. They have come to school excited about learning, and open to new ideas. We have had generosity of spirit, and many acts of kindness. I appreciate all of your family involvement, your donations, and your support. I look forward to our time togethr in the next two years.

Enjoy your family time this week, and have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

Thank you!

The First Thanksgiving

Did You Know?

That the Mayflower was as big as two trucks?
That the children on the Mayflower had no toys?
That on the Mayflower there were 2 dogs and 1 cat?
That the children slept on the floor on the Mayflower?
That their clothes were torn and smelly?
That the trip lasted 2 months and 3 days?
That the first houses built in Plymouth had straw roofs that often caught fire?
That benches were used for tables?
That there were no glasses for the Pilgrims to use?
That their mugs were made of leather and wood?
That there were no forks to eat with?
That the Pilgrims used shells for spoons?
That each family had one pot which was used for stews, soap, and candle making everyday?
That the Native American who helped the Pilgrims the most was named Squanto?
That the children in Plymouth did not go to school the first year?
Did you know that in Colonial days, good manners meant children stood for all meals, all family members wore hats while eating, and children only spoke when spoken to at meal time?
That the first Thanksgiving was in October?
That the first Thanksgiving lasted 3 days?
That on the Mayflower only salted beef, fish, and a bit of butter was eaten?
That the Native Americans brought a gift of 5 deer to the Pilgrims?
That the Pilgrims ate lobster, clams, oysters, fish, carrots, cucumbers, cabbages, turnips, beets, radishes, onions, turkeys, geese, duck, deer, fruits, and popcorn?
That 90 Native Americans came to the first Thanksgiving?
That not one Pilgrim chose to return to England when the Mayflower sailed back?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kindergarten Sing-Along

Each month the kindergarten classes have gathered to sing a song related to the theme of study. This month, our music teacher, Ms. Sales, taught the song,"Thanks a Lot", and led the sing-along.We will continue with this community building activity each month and promise to share all songs with kindergarten families at a year-end "Kindergarten Celebration."

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Please join us for a special lunch on Wednesday, November 14th. We will eat together in our classroom. A turkey dinner is available for purchase from the cafeteria.Please plan to arrive a few minutes before our lunch time -11:50-if you would like to purchase the school lunch. You can sign in at the office, and go right to the cafeteria to buy your lunch, and help your kindergarten kid too! We will all then meet in the classroom to enjoy a meal together. Everyone, including cold lunch kids, will get a piece of pie to celebrate....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Letter to Our President

Here is a letter that was written by the class. It warms my heart when I hear these comments come from the student. These are the words of the kindergarten kids, without any editing from me....

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Important updates from Room 7

1. We are visiting the Scholastic book fair at 11:00 on Friday November 9th. Your child may browse or shop at this time. If you would like your child to buy an item, it helps to have a labeled envelope with planned purchases listed on the outside. If your child is free to choose at the fair, just let me know. Families can visit on Friday afternoon and evening as well. ( I would love some volunteers to assist with our visit on Friday. Please let me know if you can join us at 11:00 for the book fair)

2.. I AM IN NEED HELPERS FOR ECO on Wednesday the 14th. We have an excellent forest lesson and a  mystery quest. I will need some help with small groups at Harrison Field on that day. Please let me know if you can join us from 9:00-11:30.

3.The UES Thanksgiving luncheon is next Wednesday, November 14th.All families are invited to join us for this luncheon. We will eat in our classroom on this day, and a turkey meal will be available for purchase from the cafeteria. Our lunch time is usually at 11:50, and may shift slightly. I will keep you posted, and look forward to seeing you.

4. Picture retakes are on November 15th. Just return your photos on that day if you would like a retake. We will also have a class photo retake, since 7 people have their eyes shut in our class shot! Everyone will get a new copy of the class photo.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

If I was the President.....

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Looking at the Future






We have been getting ready for the election by learning about the role of a president, imagining what it would be like to be president, and watching adults vote for president. We also had a kindergarten vote for our favorite president themed book. The three books we read were "Duck for President", "My Teacher for President" and " Otto for President". In our classroom it was a three way tie with each book receiving five votes. Really incredible! When we totaled all of the kindergarten votes, Otto was the winner. Ask your child about our trip to city hall today.

Thursday, November 1, 2012