Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Shout hooray for a fab first day!

Kinder Families - Guess what!  Your kiddos totally rocked their first day of K (as I'm sure you could tell from the crowns they wore home after school.  I wanted to share a quick blog post to show everyone how awesome our day went.  There were many smiles, VERY few tears (that quickly subsided when we realized how much fun we were having), and lots of laughs.  All in all, an amazing day that I hope your child is sharing about this evening if they aren't already zonked out on the couch.  :)  Check out our photos from today and then read on for a few important reminders and tidbits about life in kindergarten.

First Recess

We totally lined up like pros!  We are working on learning line spots :)

Everyone had such kind manners at lunch too!

First Day Photos!

Guided Discovery - Today we explored crayons and learned all about how to take care of them, share with others, color only on paper, and put them in a safe spot when we're done.  We have lots of creative artists in Room 111! 

First Day Assembly - Kinders LOVED our first assembly as a whole school to kick off the year!  Here we are waiting anticipation, sporting our sweet crowns.  

We hope these pictures bring as many smiles to your faces as they did ours.  :)

And for a few business items . . . here are a few helpful reminders for our classroom.

1.  Red Folders - Red folders are students' school to home folders.  Everyday they take them out of their backpacks at school, and everyday they are returned to their backpacks with work they did, important information, or notes from me.  Please be sure that your child remembers to put their red folder in their backpack before school each morning.  Also, please be sure to check their red folder each evening for any important items.

2.  Bus Tags - Please have students wear their bus tags to and from school each day until further notice.  We are still working on this whole getting to our destination after school thing (lots of systems in place!) so until it is 100% automatic for your child, the bus tag helps to ensure that they get to where they need to be.

3.  Extra Clothing - We are kinders.  Accidents happen.  Spills happen.  Sometimes we go down the slide after a rainy morning and are met with a puddle at the bottom.  A spare set of clothing (everything from head to toe - shirt, pants, underwear, socks) helps us to be comfortable for the remainder of the day when these situations arise - and they will.  Please send these items to school as soon as possible so that we can be prepared for any situation.  Sometimes kindergarten is a little like the weather: unpredictable.  :)  (Clothing can either be kept in your child's backpack or on their hook at school.)

4.  Birthday Treats - Birthdays and cupcakes.  They go together like PB and Jelly, right?  Whether it's cupcakes, cookies, fruit, or any other fun treat you come up with, we do have some guidelines for what is brought in to share with our Team.  First and foremost, we are a nut aware school.  Therefore and pre-packaged or made from home treats must be free of all nuts, traces of nuts, and not processed on machinery that also processes nuts.  Also, if your child does have an allergy or food sensitivity (to nuts or other ingredients) and you would like me to set aside the birthday treat for him or her and send it home in a baggie, I would be happy to do so.  Sometimes families like to decide at home about foods if they were not there to check all ingredients.  If I do not hear from you, I will assume that your child may eat any treats brought to be shared at school.  (Side note: birthday treats are NOT required, but I know some children love to bring them in.)

5.  Classroom Wish List - There is by no means any requirment that families send in any other items to school other than the supply list for back to school.  Thank you for your diligence in getting these items to school for the first day.  If you would like to contribute to our classroom beyond those items, we do have a few things that it would help to have on hand.  :)
*disinfecting table wipes
*soft tissues
*box of plastic spoons for snacks