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 "Bubbles".

  • 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 had our first "Star of the Week".

  • We experimented with “static electricity”.

  • 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 orientation, 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 16th.

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

  • A HUGE thank you to everyone who signed up to bring playdough and/or library books. The playdough sign up is full, but there are still a few slots available for library books, if anyone is interested. To sign up to bring library books: click here

  • Thank you to Nicco’s mom, Devon, for spray painting our family flower pots. There are 2 more projects in the Triple-P box on top of the cubbies, if anyone has time to help out.

  • Our theme for next week is "friendship" and we will be having our Friendship Fair with the Yellow Duck class on Thursday, 9/19. Many thanks to Joie, Kirstin and Yan for volunteering to help with this fun event!

Finally, a note about pickup. As you know, our playground time this year is from 11:30 - 12:00. In order to maximize your child’s playground time and avoid congestion in the hallway, Ms. Missy and I would like to dismiss the students from the playground on Tuesdays and Thursdays (our non “lunch bunch” days), weather permitting. For those of you that were ladybugs last year, this will be familiar. The students will also be bringing their water bottles to the playground with them, so you will be able to pick that up there as well. If there are other items you’d like to retrieve from your child’s cubbie, you can pick them up either before or after you pick up your child. So, beginning next Tuesday, Sept 17th, pick up will be from the playground at noon. We will continue to dismiss from the classroom at 1:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Your children are terrific! Ms. Missy and I are so impressed by how kind and sweet they are! Thanks again for sharing them with us. Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you again on Monday!

Linda