Sunday, May 12, 2024

 

                                                                            Spring Beauty

The spring ephemerals are popping up all over.  Students are enjoying watching our forest transform into a green paradise once again.  We learned that some of these special plants take several years to bloom, making coming upon a blossom that much more special!

This week we had fun watching our growing tadpoles, went on a frog hunt and got a bit muddy exploring.  We learned that spring peepers can jump 17 feet and a kindergartner can jump around 4-5 feet!

In our Geography unit, we have begun to learn about our country, the United States of America.  We now know that VT is one of 50 states!  We will continue to discover more about the U.S.A. this week.  

Thank you to those who helped make Teacher Appreciation Week so fun.  The thoughtful postcards, gifts, and delicious food all week for the staff made the week very special!

Lastly, Happy Mother's Day! Hopefully, you all received your marigolds. 💮


Notes:

A message from Mrs. Cowan:  We are very excited to start our biking unit next week in PE!  Kindergarten students will be biking on Mondays and Tuesdays (5/13 and 5/14, 5/20 and 5/21).  If your child is bringing their own bike, please drop it off Monday morning (at the bike racks by the stone bench) and you can pick it back up Tuesday.  Students should also bring their own bike helmets (we have extras for them to use if they don't have one).  Please make sure your child is wearing sneakers and has comfortable clothing to bike in.  Attached is a letter with more info as well as your child's schedule for biking.  If you are able to volunteer, please email Mrs. Cowan (PE) at Amanda.Cowan@mmuusd.org  Bike Trailer Parent Letter

5/13:  UCS Art/Music Night (rain date of 5/14), 5:00-6:30 pm: 













Sunday, May 5, 2024

Tadpoles, Kindness Rock Garden, and Math Games Galore!

This week excitement has been around watching our frog eggs hatch to tadpoles in our classroom!  There has been endless gazing and wonder over these little amphibians.  We will follow this curiosity a little deeper next week.

Students have worked hard playing several partner games this week in math where they are working with subtraction and addition problems.  They also played another version of Bump, a loved game because of its playful and competitive bump advantage!

On Friday, we had a wonderful visit from some MMU students for their service day.  We created a kindness rock garden near the Owl Nest classroom.  It was a beautiful collaboration from all ages!




Monday, April 22, 2024

 Enjoy spring break and rest up for the remaining weeks of Kindergarten, they are going to fly by!

Notes:

*My outdoor theater project has been funded, thank you to all who donated!!

*Looking to take a family walk? The UCS trail now has our Earth Day posters up!

*Earth Day Challenge for fun!

*5/13:  UCS Art/Music Night (rain date of 5/14), 5:00-6:30 pm: 



Saturday, April 13, 2024

 What a fantastic week together!  We have said farewell to the snow (hopefully) and have welcomed the wind. rain, and some warmer temps!  Birds are chirping, daffodils are beginning to pop up, and buds are forming on the trees.  What a magical time.  

During ECO we brought the compass and our school grounds map and we went in search of different birds.  In the West, we saw and heard a flock of geese, a Northern Cardinal, an Eastern Phoebe, and a Crow. In the far-off field in the east, we heard Chickadees and Crows.  It was a blustery day so we suspected many birds were in their nests. We were able to stay out all morning long for this adventure.  Please check your child for ticks daily, especially on our eco days. 

In Literacy, we continue to build our bank of Heart Words/high-frequency words. Kindergarteners have been enjoying our Jeopardy word game, where they read a word and earn a sticker. We have done Heart Words and CVC words.  Next week we will incorporate words with digraphs in them!  We will also begin to write about problems that we see around us and brainstorm ways to be problem solvers.  This past week we read several books about environmental activists: Greta and The Giants, The Watcher, and The Tree Lady.  These women inspired us to think about how we can help make a difference and fight for what we believe is important. 

IMPORTANT Notes & DATES

Please continue to send your child in layers.  The forecast may seem warmer than it actually is. Thank you!!

4/14:  UCS Garden Day (rain or shine), 1:00-4:00 pm: see below for details

4/19:  Fun Friday, Wear rainbow colored clothing or your favorite color

4/19:  My Child As A Learner forms due for rising 1st through 4th graders

4/22-4/26:  April Break

5/13:  UCS Art/Music Night (rain date of 5/14), 5:00-6:30 pm: more details coming soon.


Link to My Donor's Choose Project!   Please share this with anybody who you think may like to donate!  I am very excited about this project! And it is almost complete! Thank you so much!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

 


What an interesting start to April!  Snow storms and a Total eclipse! People are calling it The Great American Eclipse.  It is interesting to think the sun is 400 times bigger than the moon (about 64 million moons would make up the volume of the sun)! But with this perfect alignment, it appears to be the same size! It is also interesting to think people have been observing eclipses since the dawn of time and in the beginning years people thought it was a bad omen, now people are flocking to see these. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and allow for this image above to happen. It is fascinating to think scientists and astronomers can gather important information from this to learn more about the sun! 

If you want to make safer glasses HERE is a fun activity we were unable to get to. Happy viewing!


Link to My Donor's Choose Project!   Please share this with anybody who you think may like to donate!  I am very excited about this project!  Thank you so much!

Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Compass, Optimism, & Math Game Fun!

This week we explored the theme of optimism.  Some students thought of little skits to act out that practiced looking on the bright side of things.  This little video was shared at All School MM on Friday.  

We are moving right along with our Geography unit.  Students learned about the cardinal directions.  We can use tools like a compass and a compass rose on a map to help us navigate to places.  We discovered that the Coyote Den (outdoor classroom) is in the North, the Owl's nest is in the West, the playground is in the South, and the start of the bike path is in the East.  Later students colored a compass rose to add to their classroom map.

This week we looked at the glued sound an again and noticed it is included in many words like our latest heart word - can.  We also looked at the word said and noticed the tricky center that makes the /e/ sound. This word is found in most books that have a dialogue.  

If you celebrate Easter, wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend!


Notes:

There are a couple of cases of strep throat in our classroom in case you notice symptoms along with some itchy heads. We have put our pillows and blankets away for now, FYI.  



Sunday, March 24, 2024

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The sun is out, and the snow is asking to be played in! I hope you had some fun this weekend!

This week, kindergartners were surprised when they arrived at school on Monday to find out that a Leprechaun had visited our classroom and left clues behind for us to follow! 

Students enjoyed a math game that had them playing competitively with a partner.  They also had opportunities to play versions of the game called "I have... who has...?" with numbers and letters. 

Buddy Dubay came by and shared some fun spring songs with us.  He is so kind to come and visit us every few months. He captures our attention with his warm and playful spirit!

Kindergarteners enjoyed creating a map of our classroom in Social Studies this week.  The challenge was to think about why we make maps.  How can we make maps easy for others to understand? What important features of a map must we consider when creating a map?  In the next week or two we will explore the cardinal directions using the compass rose and begin to think about creating a school and town map. 

IMPORTANT DATES

3/29:  Weather At Your School, 4:30 am-8:00 am (parents must be 

3/29:  Silly Weather Day - Dress for the weather you love the most. You'll see a range of outfits, from summer sunglasses to hats and mittens.

3/29   Guest teacher

4/8:    No School

5/13:  UCS Art/Music Night (rain date of 5/14), 5:00-6:30, more details coming soon




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