Busy Blue Whales!

We had a very busy and wonderful week!   A few of the things we did...

  • We learned about "classroom helpers" and each student was assigned their first "job". The “jobs” will rotate on a weekly basis, so your child will have a turn (or two) at each job throughout the year.

  • We had our first "lunch bunch".

  • We graphed our eye and hair colors and made "people" to look like ourselves.

  • We voted on a name for our class fish. The winner was "Isabelle".

  • We sponge painted our Blue Whale t-shirts. These t-shirts will be kept at school and used for special class events and field trips. Your child will get to bring it home for good at the end of the school year.

  • We learned about the letter "L" and Clara our class caterpillar.

  • We made faces out of our snack food (A special thank you to Quinn's family for providing the ingredients.)

  • We had our first "Star of the Week".

  • We celebrated our first Blue Whale Birthday!

  • And we learned about skill rings. Your child had an opportunity to earn their first token for knowing their first and last names.

A note about the skill rings...as I mentioned at the parent open house, this activity is meant to be FUN (collecting things) and motivating, NOT stressful!  Our theme this week was "All About Me", so we have been talking about how we are all special and unique.  I told the students that not everyone will receive their tokens at the same time and that this is perfectly okay because we are all different.  They can earn them anytime throughout the entire year:

A few reminders and notes about next week:

  • Family and baby pictures are due Monday, Sept 17th.

  • Snack is kindly being provided next week by Ava’s family.

  • We still really need volunteers to help with play dough and library books. Please consider signing up by clicking on the links below:

    Playdough: click here

    Library Books: click here

  • Thank you to Jocelyn's family for providing library books for the next 2 units.

  • Our theme for next week is "friendship" and we will be having our Friendship Fair with the Yellow Duck class on Thursday, 9/20. A huge thank you to Tori, Jennifer and Angie for volunteering to help with this fun event!

  • Music with Ms. Rebecca and chapel with Ms. Debbie begin next week too!

  • And finally, a very sincere thank you to everyone who picked up a Triple P project. “Many hands make light work!” :)

I’d also like to thank you all for dropping off and picking up your child on time. You have no idea how helpful this is to both the students and the teachers!

I've added a few more pictures to the photo album from last week.  I think I’ve resolved the problem viewing the photos, but if you are still having trouble, please drop me an email. Enjoy!

Class photo album: Click here

Have a safe weekend and I hope to see everyone again on Monday!

Linda

Our First Week!

 

We had a terrific start to the new school year!  The Blue Whales have already begun to learn their new routines and seem to be adjusting beautifully to the classroom, their teachers and to each other! What a kind and lovely group of children...thank you for sharing them with us!

A few notes and reminders for next week:

  1. Our first lunch bunch is on Monday.  Please don't forget to pack a lunch for your child and pick them up at 1:00 pm. 
  2. We will need some printed pictures from you for our upcoming unit on families.  We would like to have these photos on or before Monday, September 17th.
    1. First, please provide us with a baby picture of your child.  This picture will be returned to you, in tact, when we are through with it.
    2. Second, we need a family photo, including your child.  We will be cutting this photo and using it in an art project.  If you'd prefer we keep your photo in tact, just let us know, and we will be happy to make a copy for our use and will send the original back home with you.
  3. I also wanted to let you know that we have modified the student sign in for each child based on our initial observations.  Please remember that this activity is a process and that all children develop at different rates.  We will continue to monitor each student throughout the year and work to meet their individual needs.  
  4. We still have a Triple P project in the hallway.  Please consider helping out!
  5. A quick reminder, Quinn's family has snack next week (we currently have 14 students) and Jocelyn is our first "Star of the Week"!
  6. A heartfelt thank you to those of you who have already volunteered to bring in playdough and library books, but more help is needed!!!  Please take a turn if you are able.  You can click on the links below or from the "buttons" on the Blue Whale web page.

Playdough: click here

Library Books: click here

Finally, to see a few pictures from our first week of school, click on the class photo album button.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday!

First Week Reminders

 

It was great to see so many of you at Playground Fun Day and Parent Orientation!  Thank you for coming!  

Below are a couple of reminders for the first week:

  • Tuesday is a half day of class.  Below are the times and names for each of the two groups:
    • 9:00 - 10:15 - Quinn, Gracey, Sawyer, Levi. L, Thomas S, Sydney, Ava, Nao
    • 10:45 - 12:00 - Emery, Jocelyn, Thomas C. Braxton, Allison, Levi H.
  • On Wednesday and Thursday: Drop off time is between 8:50 and 9:10.  Pick up is at 12:00. (Lunch bunch begins Monday, Sept. 10.)
  • Please escort your child to their cubbie and drop off any items that will not be coming into the classroom (for example, their change of clothes in a Ziploc bag).
  • Our morning procedure is to have your child sign in at the handwriting center next to the door (we will just show them this on Tuesday, actually sign in will begin on Wednesday), move their "person" from "home" to "school" on an attendance poster, and then continue to the sink to wash their hands.  We will then help your child start an activity.
  • As I mentioned at the Parent Orientation, Ms. Missy or I will greet your child at the door to assist them.  You can say goodbye at that point (which is the goal!), or if you feel it would ease their transition, you may accompany your child through any part of this procedure.  On Wednesday and Thursday we would like to begin our circle time around 9:30, so it would be best if you have said your goodbyes before then.
  • At pickup, please wait patiently in the hall until I call your child to the door to be dismissed.  Also, remember to fill out a permission slip (located beside the white board) if someone other than a parent will be picking up your child.

Finally, please don't forget to sign up to bring play dough and/or library books, if you haven't done so already.  Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.  Happy Labor Day and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Welcome to the Blue Whale Class!

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We'd like to wish a warm welcome to all our Blue Whale Families!

Hi!  My name is Linda Laubscher and I am the lead teacher in the Blue Whale class.  Missy O'Connor is my amazing teacher assistant and this will be our fifth year working together. We can not wait to get to know and love your child! 

 I will do my best to use this blog to keep you up to date on what is happening in our classroom.  From the Blue Whale page, you will also be able to access the Classroom Calendar. This calendar is already "loaded" with all sorts of important dates, including snack schedules, birthdays, "star of the week" dates, special celebrations and other events. Once we have taken some photos, you will be able to access them through the Class Photo Album link.  Finally, please consider volunteering to bring playdough and library books through our sign up links. You will need a Sign Up Genius account (please let me know if you have any questions about this) and thanks in advance for your help!

In September, we will spend time getting to know each other and becoming a "classroom family".  Your child will become familiar with our "centers", they will learn our daily routines, and, most importantly, they will learn how to be good, kind friends and keep each other safe.  We will also get to know our Yellow Duck friends at the Friendship Fair and will conclude the month by learning more about each other's families.

Thanks so much for sharing your child with us and we look forward to a great year!

Ms. Linda and Ms. Missy

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