Dear Families, April 2, 2015
Bonjour! March was an extremely busy month and it is hard to believe April has arrived. This month we will be learning about France, we will learn several new songs and count to ten in French. We will also explore some of Matisse’s artwork. Margaret Wise Brown is the author of the month and we will also be reading books by Françoise. Her stories are about a little French girl named Jeanne-Marie who lives in the countryside of France.
Melrose School’s reading week will start on Monday, April 13th through the 16th. We will be sending home information at a later date. However, to accommodate all of you who would like to be guest readers in my class (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc.) I will start next week and go through until the end of the month. So, please let me know in the blue book if you are able to come in and I will do my best to accommodate you. The times available are 8:30, 11:30(except Fridays) and 2:00.
The Osprey have arrived! The birds know it is spring despite the unseasonable temperatures (more daylight). Please be on the lookout for different birds migrating through Jamestown. The Egrets and Red-Winged Blackbirds have arrived and the Glossy Ibis should be arriving soon to the marsh area. So…I’ve asked the children to be aware of them. If you don’t have a bird book available, the Ibis has a long curved beak, long and slender, flocks together both in the sky/ground and can often be seen in the marsh wading or in fields at the farms. It is a major sign of spring, much like the Osprey, which you can see on the platform in the marsh near Zeek’s Creek and on the baseball field at school.
We finished up our exploration of lambs, Sheep in a Jeep series and circle stories like, If You Take a Mouse to School. We acted out The Three Little Pigs (our version had the wolf so tired and hungry that he fainted and the pigs dragged him back into the woods and enjoyed a cup of tea on the patio of the brick house). Hilarious and very fun! We will continue to discuss the changes taking place outside. We will also continue with word families and Mother Goose rhymes until the end of the school year which is approaching quickly. Wow! There are only 52 days before summer vacation begins! The children have progressed wonderfully. It is amazing how much they have learned and in how many ways they use their new skills.
Please continue to encourage your child to read and return the little books each week. We can only send home a new one if the old one has been returned. Also, please encourage your child to be observant, explore and guide him/her as spring continues to unfold. Notice the spring peepers peeping, bulbs coming up, swelling buds on the trees, birds singing, longer days, etc.
We will begin an egg unit when we return from spring break and the children will learn that egg-laying animals are called oviparous. We will learn about the different animals that hatch from eggs and the process of development, for example: egg, tadpoles, frog, etc.
Important Dates to keep in mind:
No school tomorrow in observance of Good Friday.
We have our spring break that begins Friday, April 16th through the 24th.
Our field trip to Casey Farm is on Thursday, April 30th (more info to follow).
Kindergarten graduation will be Thursday, June 25th (more info to come).
Wish list: Disinfecting wipes.
Have a wonderful long weekend! Ms. Mitchell