Kindergarten News

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    Evening conferences are coming up on Feb. 4. 6 and 10.  Please make sure you are able to come and see what your kindergartner has done so far this year!
     
    Book fair---will be in the library on the evenings of conferences, so stop and by and take a look!
     
    FIELD TRIP - Stages Theater on Thursday, Feb. 6th.  We are going to see "The Dot".  It should be an exciting and fun morning for all our students to see a play performed on stage.
     
    Pajama day - Friday, February 7th.  Students can come to school in their favorite jammies!
     
    Valentine exchange - Thursday, February 13th.  Please have your child bring in valentines for the class.  We have a total of 19 kids in our class this year.  Your child should sign their name on each one.
     
    Special Valentine Surprise - If you'd like to send in a secret surprise for your child, send it in with my name on the outside and I will save it to pass out during our valentine exchange.
     
    NO SCHOOL - Friday, February 14th (teacher staff development)
                         Monday, February 17th  (Presidents Day)
     
    PTO Dinner nights - February 17-19 at Marco's Pizza from 4-7 p.m.
     
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    **Please send in a family photo that we can post on our "Family Tree" in our classroom.  We'll have it displayed all year - they will be sent home in the spring.
     
     
    When sending snacks to school please do not use a lunch bag/lunch box.  This confuses the kindergartners as they think it's a lunch.  Just place a small snack in their backpack - either in a baggie or by itself.  Please make sure your child is able to open their snack on their own...also no pudding, sauces, or things that need a spoon.
     
    No water bottles are necessary as we have a water fountain in our classroom and water is also an option during lunch.
     
    Remember to keep practicing with your child to memorize their student number that was listed on the page you received.  They need to enter this number on their own in the lunch room! You can help them practice saying it loud...or put it to the tune of "Happy Birthday to You" to help remember those 6 numbers in order.
     
    You can watch for a red folder to come home on Mondays filled with important papers for you to read through.  Please return it to school the next day.
    If your child is going home a different way than usual, you MUST write a note or call the office to relay your message to me before your child leaves school. They will be sent home the regular way unless I have your written permission or a phone call stating otherwise. (office=496-5892) Thanks!
     
    BOXTOPS - We are collecting boxtops at Sun Path!  If you have a collection at home, please send them in with your child so we are able to get reimbursement to buy things for our classroom.
     
    Birthdays-
    We will celebrate your child's birthday in class.  If it falls on a weekend, you will receive a note saying what day we will celebrate.  "Half birthdays" will be celebrated for birthdays in the summer. You will receive a note about this also.
    If your child would like to bring birthday treats for the class, it's recommended to choose a non-food item such as stickers, pencils, etc., although you do have the option of bringing in candy from the acceptable treat list below (peanut/nut free). It must be individually wrapped to be taken home in backpacks.

    Tootsie Rolls
    Swedish Fish
    Life Savers
    Laffy Taffy
    Tootsie Roll Pops
    Jolly Ranchers
    Sour Patch Kids
    Nerds
    Starburst
    Hershey Kissables
    Life Saver Gummies
    Fun Dips
    Dots
    Fun Fruits
     
     
    When winter weather arrives --- please dress your child each day for the cold weather.  They will be outside unless it is raining or below 0 degrees.  Snowpants and winter boots must be worn in order to play on the playground (when there's snow).  If a child doesn't wear these...they have to stay on the blacktop area during recess.  Please make sure your child has school shoes or gym shoes to change into while at school.  Clunking around in snow boots is not safe and also makes a mess in the classroom.
    Label your child's winter gear with names or at least initials inside or on the tag.  So many snowpants, boots, mittens, etc. look the same.  It would be very helpful with identifying what belongs to whom!  PRACTICE ZIPPING COATS INDEPENDENTLY.
    Also - encourage your child to put hats, mittens, scarves inside their sleeves.  This will help keep everything together and not make a 'trail' of things behind them on the floor!
     
    There are great links to all kinds of early learning activities online.  Here's how to find them:
     
    *go to www.shakopee.k12.mn.us
    *choose Sun Path Elementary in the drop down menu for schools
    *click on Learning Commons (media center)
    *click on K-5 Media Resources
    *click on Early Learning
    Once there you can choose from many websites that are great practice for young students!
     
     
     
    If you're looking for ways to help your child learn at home...this is a great website to help your kindergartner with sight words, phonemic awareness and math!