Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated a kindergarten birthday this week with the classic story Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  Seeing pancakes in the trees and hamburgers flying from the sky made everyone giggle!

Thank you for sharing your special day with us!  It's so much fun to be six!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fourth Grade Buddies

Today we had Ms. Nelson's class visit to share their picture books.  They used well-known fairy tales as springboards to create their own fictional narratives.  Our students were active listeners to a few partners who read in small groups.  Both classes gathered to listen to a few stories by some of our fall lunch biddies too!

The students' use of detailed illustrations and character really captured our attention--perfect timing as the kindergartners publish their own narratives this week!  Thank you 4th grade!
Friday, March 10, 2017

Final Ice Skate

Everyone used their growth mindset today to "give it a go" on the ice without the trainers.

Everyone did a fantastic job sticking with it.  Well done kindergartners!  You are all ready for the first grade skating unit in P.E. next year!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Today's biobuddies was a culmination of our study of the digestive system.  The children started with recreating how the stomach breaks down food--using Sprite and saltine crackers.
Ewww-so fun and gross!

Then it was time to build the "body vest," with working lungs and a working esophagus and stomach combination.

The children did their custom weighing and measuring to see their growth since the winter as well.  Next month, kindergarten will join their buddies in the middle school dining room for a special pizza lunch.  The year has gone by so quickly, so it will be a bittersweet goodbye to our buddies!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wacky Wednesday!

This week, we celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday.  We read many stories, wrote, made hats, and of course had to celebrate with a Wacky Wednesday!  We kicked off the day with some imaginative couture!  Six ponytails, three braids, six barrettes, mismatched shoes, inside-out pants, capes, tie-dye, space pants, beads, ties, pajamas--even one friend dressed in a first grade uniform!

We read Dr. Seuss books during Readers' Workshop... what an AMAZING job everyone did reading!   We made a class book based on Green Eggs and Ham, and of course had to top it off with a yummy Cat in the Hat snack.
Our short week was a whirlwind, but it was lots of fun--we spent time rhyming, reading, writing and being silly.  This week is actually named "Read Across America" week by the National Education Association, in conjunction with Dr. Seuss' birthday, to promote reading and literacy nationwide.    For more resources featuring Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, check out Seussville, the NEA's  Read Across America, or for messy fun make some Oobleck from Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck.  Keep rhyming, reading and having fun!
Monday, February 27, 2017

Country Study: Venezuela

We were so thrilled to hear from our friend Nico and his parents about Venezuela today.  The kindergartners got to see where Venezuela is located in South America, see photographs of animals from the jungle and coast, and study the Venezuelan flag.  We even saw photographs of Carnival, which takes place in the month of February.  

Finding Venezuela in South America
Studying all the different animals--lots of children liked the tiger and the sloth

Zooming on the coast near Caracas
We were impressed with our kindergartner's Powerpoint presentation!  Then it was time to sample the amazing foods--arepas, papaya, mango, plantains, pineapple, fried yuca... so delicious!  Many children were fans of the fruit and the plantain chips.

The children made the Venezuelan flag and wore beads in celebration of Carnival as well.  Thank you so much to our family for sharing some of the geography and culture of Venezuela.  It will definitely give many students extra background knowledge when we dive into creating animal atlases of the continents this spring!
Thursday, February 23, 2017

March Service: Used Book Sale

Calling all Readers! Used Book Drive & Sale

Upper School students are collecting kids picture books, chapter books, YA books, adult novels, non-fiction - everything! Books will then be sold in the Middle School entrance over the two days of conferences on March 2 and 3. Every book will cost $1 and the proceeds will be used to support Reading Partners, a literacy tutoring organization.

Please bring in gently used books for the book sale. There will be donation boxes in every division through March 2. Then come shop the sale and pick up some books to read over spring break!

Medallion Ceremony

We were so excited to give everyone their medallion ribbons this week!  Everyone had the opportunity to receive their medallion sash and gets LOTS of applause from their peers for their hard work.  We know that each child worked tremendously hard and practiced many times to remember items like their phone numbers, addresses, how to tie shoes, and coin values.  It is a definitely a sign of the digital age when many kindergartners shared their parents' iPhone lock code or iPad lock code with us, thinking at first it was their phone number!!

Congratulations on all your hard work kindergarten!
Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated a summer birthday with a half-birthday sing-a-long this week!  We had a reading of the adorable Elephant and Piggie book Can I Play Too?

Then it was time to sing and celebrate.  Happy 1/2 birthday!

Locker Project: Who I Am

We read the story I Am America as part of our study of American symbols and leadership this month.  In the non-fiction story, children identify with characteristics or things that they celebrate about themselves, making a connection to music, clothes, religion, culture, and more.  We invited the students to think about something they celebrate about themselves, and how it connected them to their family, community or school.  Many children wanted to talk about their favorite animal and their favorite food, but we encouraged them to think a little deeper about how they identify themselves. They worked with a partner to take a series of pictures to capture the portraits as well.