Kindergarten News

  • FIELD TRIPS!!!
    Kindergartners will be going on two field trips this year.  Permission slips went home in red folders on Monday, Dec. 2nd.  Please sign the permission slip and send in $20 (for both field trips) by Friday, Dec. 6th.  The first field trip is Stages Theater in Hopkins to see the play "The Dot" (in Jan.) and the second field trip is the MN Landscape Arboretum (in May).  
     
     
    Sun Path Student Council is having "Twins Day" on Friday, Dec. 6th.  Student can wear MN Twins gear or dress up like someone's twin!
     
    Library books due:  12/5    12/12    12/29 
     
    Sun Path Student Council's Food Drive:
    December 9-13  Please bring in canned food/grocery/pet items any day for our food drive. Thank you!
    The items will be collected in each classroom and counted out each day by the student council representatives.  Our goal is to beat last year's total!
     
    Winter break begins on Friday, Dec. 20th.  School resumes on Thurs., Jan. 2nd.
     
     
    **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!