Tuesday, October 19, 2010

K-1 Happy Talk

Dear Parents,

The children had another opportunity to Skype with our friends in Mrs. Poulin's Kindergarten class in Massachusetts. It was such a wonderful experience for both classes. They showed us some huge pumpkins that they brought back from their field trip to a pumpkin patch earlier that day. And both classes had questions and answers about life in Hawaii and Massachusetts. The children are so spontaneous with their responses. It would make anyone smile.

Later in the day, a streaming video was viewed about the life cycle of a pumpkin from seeds to harvesting. The children were impressed since we don't get to experience the seasons, nor see a pumpkin patch too often.

Several educational websites, as resources for children, are available so we have the opportunity to view and discuss them. Various resources are designed to motivate children to read with phonics, or to learn about various topics in Science , Social Studies, Health, etc. What a wonderful and engaging way to share and absorb new information.

Next Tuesday, October 26th, is Grandparent's Day. Attire is whatever suits their fancy. Headbands, created in class will be worn. The program begins at 8:30am and will be in the Social Hall. Parking is tight, so please make arrangements to arrive early.

On Friday, October 29th,  the Kindergarten  students are encouraged to dress in orange and black. The Student Council has a game planned for class representatives  in the morning.  After morning recess, K-1 celebrates Halloween with games and a cookie creation activity.  At the end of the day, each child will be  given a 'Longs' recyclable bag with his/her name tag  filled with goodie bags from their classmates. We hope that they don't eat all the goodies by the time you pick them up from school!

These 'Longs' recyclable bags will be used throughout the year for special holiday goodie bag  treasures, so kindly have your child return the bag to me on Monday, November 1st. Thank you.

Please note:
Monday, October 25th - Fire Safety  Guide Pledge due.  Please discuss fire safety with your child. Return the last page of the Fire Safety Guide, signed by you and your child.

Wednesday, October 27th - Picture Retake Day.  Please complete a Picture Retake Form (from the office) and return the pictures taken, before or on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 28th - Book Log and 1(one) Book Report due. Your child should reflect on one book s/he read. Drawing and coloring a picture of a character, setting or anything about that book, then writing freely about that picture would be a perfect  voice with a choice.

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.
-- George Evans

Much aloha,
Mrs. Lee

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Mrs. Lee, for the wonderful post on our conversation. It was lots of fun for all of us in Massachusetts! That's for sure. We had a couple of parent chaperones on hand to watch. They had been to the pumpkin patch with us earlier and seeing how we Skype was a great experience! One of the things it does is show the parents how different the kindergarten experience is now compared to their own kindergarten many years ago.