Monday, June 1, 2015

Dear Families,                                                                 May 29th, 2015
Hello!  In the month of June we will be reviewing all of the different languages we have learned throughout the school year.
          Graduation, as you know, will be held Thursday, June 25th in the multipurpose room at 9:15. K-1 will be located on the left hand part of the stage. Please have your children arrive at school at the regular time so they can get organized for the celebration. I recommend arriving early so you can get a good seat. Also the children should be dressed in something cool so that they don’t become overheated on stage. The children have created graduation caps and the girls should wear their hair in a way that will accommodate their hats. So no fancy hairdos! You may want to bring an extra set of clothes for the picnic.
          The family picnic will be held right after the graduation ceremony at Fort Wetherill. Each family is responsible for providing their own food and beverages. Remember absolutely NO PEANUT PRODUCTS!!!!  You can bring lawn chairs, beach blankets, or outdoor games that you would like to share.
          We have been on a few bird walks together this week to look for different types of birds that live around our schoolyard. To name a few: the Great-Crested Flycatcher, Osprey, Cardinals, House Wren, Carolina Wren, Kingbird, Goldfinch, Crow, Chickadee, etc.
Field Day Wednesday June 10th (sneakers, water bottles and sunscreen highly recommended)
Penny Carnival Friday, June 19th (bring an assortment of coins)
Kindergarten Graduation is Thursday, June 25th at 9:15 with a picnic to follow at Fort Wetherill.
Have a great weekend! Ms Mitchell



Dear Families,                                                                 May 22, 2015

          Ciao! Happy Memorial Day weekend!
Another busy week in kindergarten! This week we have been reading and acting out poems. We have also started reading stories about birds. Next week we will go outside to look and listen for different birds. Please consider doing this at home. There are so many birds that come to Jamestown in spring it can be so much fun (and addicting). It is the beautiful spring plumage of the orioles, warblers and tanagers that can be so exciting.
 In writing workshop the children continue to challenge themselves by writing two to three sentences, using capitals and punctuation. This seems to be a favorite part of the day and they have all become such wonderful illustrators too!
I will continue to send little reading books home until about the middle of June. Please send them back after the three days so I can send new ones home. Thank you! The children should have a routine to read daily. This will help prepare them for first grade. Be sure to visit the library weekly during the summer to help support your children’s growth. Reading should be fun though…not stressful. It is extremely important to map out a good plan for the summer. I found my kids would love to read on a super hot day in the shade, relaxing in the hammock or after a fun day at the beach. Sounds like a good plan?
          In math we have been adding and subtracting simple equations, comparing numbers to decide which is greatest and ‘counting on’ as a strategy to add numbers from dice throws.
If you would like to have a year-end parent/teacher conference, please write the best times in the blue book and I will do my best to accommodate you. Thank you!
This week in centers:
Listening: The children listened to Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman and drew their favorite part of the story.
Math: The children practiced addition and subtraction by completing a worksheet.
Writing: The children practiced writing Ii and Jj.
Science: The children documented information in their science journals.
Computer: The children used Lexia to practice literacy and phonic skills.
Wish list: Sanitary wipes, snacks would be very much appreciated. Thank you to those who have sent some in.
Memorial Day: Monday, May 25th ( no school)
Field Day: Wednesday, June 10th  All children should wear sneakers.
Rain Date: Thursday, June 11th.  
Trivia for Charity: Monday,June 22nd
Kindergarten Graduation is Thursday, June 25th at 9:15 and a picnic to follow at Fort Wetherill.
Have a wonderful long weekend! Ms. Mitchell



Saturday, April 4, 2015

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 Fran├žoise. 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

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Building Rapunzel and her Castle

Fire Station Field Trip

K-1 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Families,                                                                 November 7, 2014
          O si yo! Our trip to McQuade’s will be the week of the 17th . Because this field trip is weather dependent, I will not make the final decision until I know the weather forecast. I have included a permission slip so please sign and send back by next Friday. This trip is intended to be an educational experience. The children will be able to pick out a food item, place it in our cart and go through the check out. If you can volunteer to join us please let me know in the blue book. In addition to our trip, we also have a basket in the class to collect non-perishable items for the food pantry. You may send them in at any time. As you may imagine, this time of year can be challenging for some families and your contributions help spread kindness and joy to those in need. Thank you!
          We continue to practice our listening skills, reading different sight words, recognizing letter sounds, inventive spelling and numbers. We are now learning about Native Americans through our literature, languages, stories, crafts, local history and artifacts. We will have a celebration (powwow) after the Thanksgiving break.
          Thank you for sending in different 3-dimensional objects for our shape museum. The children have fun finding concrete objects at home and in the classroom to share with their peers. It really helps them recall and retain the names of each shape. We are currently learning cone, sphere, cylinder, cube, rectangular prism and pyramid. The 2-dimensional shapes we have been learning are circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, square, rhombus and trapezoid. In the classroom, they learn by using the 2-D magnetic blocks to construct larger 2-D shapes and 3-D objects.
          Centers this week:
Listening: The children listened to The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses and drew about their favorite part.
          Math: The children played a game using ten frames.
          Computer: The children played games using the Lexia program, reviewing beginning and ending sounds and rhyming based on their individual skills. (I have included a sheet with your child’s name and password (mitchell) so your children can  access their account on Lexia from their home computers).
          Art: The children created an animal mask to use while acting out Mrs. Wishy-washy.
Please remember that parent/teacher conferences are also scheduled for the week of the 17th. Each conference is scheduled for 20 minutes. Please help me remain on schedule by arriving on time and concluding our meeting within the 20 minute time frame. If you find you need more time to discuss your child’s progress we can schedule another time to do so. Please remember to attend. I am including a confirmation letter that needs to be signed and returned.  Please mark the date on your calendar and return this sheet to me. Thanks! I am looking forward to meeting with you and discussing your child’s progress.
          Kindergarten has a holiday performance which will be held before the Christmas break. We have not confirmed the date with the music department, but I thought it might be helpful to know ahead of time for planning purposes.  I will let you know the date when we confirm it. In the past, it is has been scheduled in the morning of the last day before Christmas break. More information to come.
          Please remember there is no school next Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 to observe Veteran’s Day. Don’t forget to go to Godena Farm this weekend to check out the Melrose School scarecrows. Our scarecrow is Rapunzel in her castle. Have fun!!! I’ve been editing and organizing photos for our kindergarten blog…thanks for your patience. Hopefully I will be adding new posts today.
Have a relaxing weekend!
Ms. Jane Mitchell