Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5th Grade Bake/Craft Sale

This Thursday and Friday the 5th grade will be hosting a craft sale. All monies raised will benefit the annual grade five field trip to Boston this Spring. Items range in price from $.25 to $5.00. Our class will visit for a short time on each day.  If you would like your child to make a purchase, please send an envelope with cash to school sealed and labeled with their first and last name. Thank you!

Kinder-Art Round Two

Our artist focus for this month is Vincent Van Gogh. We have been looking at Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night" and working on kindergarten versions. Kids have been excited to use lots of thick paint like Van Gogh did. We will continue to learn about classic artists and will have a kindergarten show in late April to share the lovely kindergarten artwork.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Special ECO Reminder

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All kindergarten classes will  have ECO( Educating Children Outdoors)
this Thursday afternoon.( December 11th)
Please make sure that your child is prepared with winter gear. All kindergarten classes will visit stations at Harrison Field and will spend most of the afternoon outside.Please make sure that your child is prepared with  warm winter gear.
  • winter boots
  • wool socks and extra socks
  • layers of warm clothes
  • water bottle
  • winter coat
  • snowpants
  • hat, gloves or mittens
  • a complete change of dry clothes (at school)
Thanks so much!

Squirrel-Line-Art-GraphicsFairy.jpgPlease join us for this special day! More adults make the stations work better, and we love lots of helpers for ECO! Contact your child’s teacher if you can join us from 12:15-2:30 this Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanks a Lot

At literacy time yesterday, we listened as Raffi sang this song about thanks. We then practiced some "super reader" powers ;to point, and use pictures to read an accompanying booklet called "Thanks a Lot." A heartwarming kindergarten discussion of thanks followed. Some of the things that your children are thankful for: family, friends, school, Legos, chicken, gum, choice time, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, snow, aunties, grandmas and grandpas, the Earth, the sun and moon and stars.

Enjoy your family time this week as we pause to give thanks for all we've got.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


We have a new member of our class! A big welcome to our new friend and her family. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cooking a Feast for Our Buddies

We are thankful for our fourth grade buddies in Mrs. Kelly's class. Today we made some cornbread and homemade butter to "feast" together. Kindergarten cooks have so much fun!



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Super Reader Capes

Last week all of the kindergarten readers got their own "Super Reader " capes. These red fleece capes have really helped kids to stay focused ( and cozy) as they practice their reading powers. Ask your kindergarten kid about picture power, pointer power, first letter power, pattern power, heart word power and fix- it- up power.

We even read a story involving a super cape!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kinder- Art

Our kindergarten curriculum offers an opportunity to explore art forms and classic art. This fall, we have learned to " look closely" and to create "still life" artwork. Our featured artist, Paul Cezanne was known for his oil paintings and his ability to look closely at everyday objects. We replicated a still life, and then painted our own version of apples in a bowl.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Super Readers!

At reading workshop time, we have been practicing strategies that super readers use. Ask your child to show you how to activate, "Pointer Power", "Picture Power" or "Pattern Power". Next week, we will add to the list of Super Reader Powers. We may even get some reading capes!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nicaragua comes to UES

Volunteers fromPlanting Hope came to share about Nicaruagan culture at an assembly this morning. Kindergarten kids got to watch traditional dance,learn some Spanish phrases, see what school is like in Nicaraugua, and learn some dance moves.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Day

On Friday, October 31st ,we will celebrate Pumpkin Day. We have been learning about pumpkins and their life cycle this week and will conclude our studies with Pumpkin Day.  Please help your child dress in orange-colored clothing on this day to celebrate!

We will not be having a “Halloween” party or be changing into costumes. Please do not send your child to school with costumes or masks, etc.  Halloween can be a controversial holiday and many of our school families do not choose to participate in its festivities.We will be doing many fun math, science, and art activities with our pumpkins. We will be weighing, measuring, rolling and floating our pumpkins. We will also be doing art projects and other fun activities!

You can help make our learning engaging and hands on by donating a miniature (ornamental), small, or medium-sized pumpkin for your child to use. If you would like to donate a pumpkin to our class as an extra, it would be appreciated.

Please send to school by Wednesday, October 29th