KB - Ms. Ayers

 

Ms. Ayers
 

Welcome to Kindergarten (KB) at De Chantal!! I am so excited to be teaching your children this year! Kindergarten is the home of the Superkids, The Thanksgiving Day Feast, The Valentine’s Day Ball, The 100th Day of School, where we build traps in hopes to catch a Leprechaun and much, much more! Please be sure to check this page frequently for updates and contact me should you have any questions.

 

 Week of December 10th-14th

 

Tis the season! We are now in Christmas mode and break is right around the corner! We have begun practicing for the Christmas show which is on December 17th. You can find more information about the show below. This is a great time of year and I look forward sharing the Christmas spirit with your children!  

 

Secret Santa is Monday, December 10th! This is one of my favorite traditions at deChantal. The students can shop for gifts for their family and friends, wear their PJs to school, and see Santa! This year, Secret Santa will be held on Monday, December 10th.  Kindergarten will visit the Secret Santa shop at our assigned shopping time and receive help with our shopping lists from 7-8th grade students. This is not a time for you, the parent, to be there because they will be shopping for you and your family and they want it to be a surprise! We suggest that you sit down with your child the week before the event to make a list of people who they want to buy gifts for. In a plastic ziplock bag send in money to spend on gifts and a gift tags labeled of who they are shopping for so we can help them. Also please provide gift bags to put the gifts in. We will provide a large shopping bag for them to carry their gifts home. You can return the shopping bag to school after the event so that we can send home their Christmas play costume the afternoon of the Christmas play in the same bag. Gifts are between $2-$6, with the majority being $3-4. Email me if you have additional questions or ask a friend with older siblings in the school!

 

The annual Christmas play (grades pre-k through 4th) will be held Monday, December 17th. The kindergarten girls will be sheep and the kindergarten boys will be shepherds. Everyone needs the following to complement the costume pieces we will provide: 

  • Sheep: plain, black turtleneck/long sleeve shirt, black pants (most wear stretchy pants- no stockings/tights please), dark socks, dark dress shoes (school mary janes are perfect, no sneakers please)

  • Shepherd: Dark turtleneck (black or dark blue), dark pants (can be school pants), school shoes 

Please wear the above items to school on Monday, Dec 17th (if you are a girl, just wear your jumper over the shirt and pants) so that we can perform the play for the school. Your child will come to church the same evening wearing the above items for the evening performance for the parents. More information will come home in the red folders when we return to school about this event!

 

Please remember to provide a place mat and trash bag in your child's lunchbox every day. Many students have been missing this items over the last few weeks. Also, please only pack items that are nut free for snack. Students cannot eat anything that is made or processed in a facility that contains nuts. 

 

Every Holiday season, we ask students to give to others in our community. You received this information in your child’s red folder. This is mandatory families to participate. Thank you for your support. On Tuesday, December 11th: Shoeboxes for the Homeless (each child is to bring in at least 1 shoebox. For families with 3 or more children, you may limit to 2)

 

Remember that when is it your child's turn to be the Star Student he or she can bring in their favorite book(s) and show and tell items. The entire week is for them, so if they want to bring in a different book and show and tell item everyday, they can! At the end of the week, the student will take home our class puppies. There is a journal to write in about your child's weekend with the puppies. The puppies and their journal are due back the following Tuesday. 

 

Every week on a yellow sheet of paper, the Kindergarten newsletter goes home in the red folder. This is a great source to find the most updated information. Often, during the week dates and events are being changed. Also, we will give other information about what is going on in Kindergarten such as bringing in items, updated academic schedule, and field trip volunteer sign ups, and other fun surprises. The secret word is, Ella. on Monday, have your child tell me the secret word and they will receive a special treat. 

 

Scholastic Book Orders are due Tuesday, December 18th. Flyers and a cover letter explaining how to order books were sent home last week. Scholastic has many fun books and resources for students. Go take a look at the flyers! Every order gives KB classroom points to purchase books for our classroom library. Don't forget to check out the wishlist. Code: P4MNC.

 

Our class is look for baby wipe donations. This time of year, we need to keep the room fresh and clean of germs. No one wants to be sick for the Holidays. If you are able to pick up a pack when you are out doing to grocery shopping KB we would greatly appreciate it. Thank your for generosity! 

 

 

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have! I am so impressed with everyone. I look forward for what is to come!

 

Love, 

Ms. Ayers


Below you will find important information for the upcoming week of school as well as our special schedule. 

 

Weekly Schedule

Religion: We continue to say our three class prayers: Glory Be, Our Father, and Hail Mary and continue our discussion of Advent, the time in the church when we prepare ourselves for Jesus' birth on Christmas Day. We will discuss the details of the Nativity scene as it is a symbol of Christmas. We will begin to test students on the Joyful Mysteries.  A list of the Joyful Mysteries went home last week. Be reviewing with your child the titles of each of the 5 Joyful Mysteries. Take a moment to discuss your family's Christmas traditions with your child.

Math: This week we wrap up Chapter 5: Geometry, Fractions, and Probability. In this unit we will review basic shapes such as circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and learn three dimensional shapes such as cube, cone, sphere, cylinder, and rectangular prism. This week we learn about dividing a shape in half, and smaller, equal parts. We make patterns with shapes and problem solve with shapes. We learned about tangrams, an ancient Chinese puzzle, made out of seven distinct shapes. This week we will review for the test with the review booklet: I See Shapes and have our test on Thursday. 

Reading: This week we continue to learn about the letter Tt with Tic, Tac, and Toc, our newest superkids. Tic, Tac, and Toc are best friends who love to tootle on a Tuba, toss tangerines, and jump on the trampoline. We learn the sound of Tt and use Tt at the beginning and end of words. We learn to write Tt and associate the sound with pictures and decodable words such as tag, sit and sat. 

 

Please note I have added Memory words and Decodable words to the list below. These are words that we will test your child on at the end of the second quarter. Make sure you have made flashcards for the words and are practicing multiple times a week.We will not send the flashcards for Tic, Tac, and Toc until next week, but you won't have to send them in as a homework assignment, they will be to use at home only.

 

Scroll down to find a list of the Superkids (as we meet them) and what they are known for.  Please review these with your children for our first quarter testing. Keeping the Superkids booklets in a safe place to review is a good way to have your student practice the letter sounds.

Language Arts: We will practice writing our letters and our decoable words. We will read Christmas books. We will answer questions about a story, identify the main topic and retell key details from the story, understand text features such as headings, labels, and diagrams, and we will understand the text-picture relationship. We will differentiate between the vowel sounds a, i, and o. We will learn the difference between nouns and verbs. We will read the library book: Toss It and read the online, interactive Supersmart book: Join the Band! On Friday, we will continue to write in our journals. 

Science/Social Studies: In Social Studies and Science we continue to discuss different symbols of Christmas and learn about Christmas traditions around the world such as the poinsettia in Mexico, Sinterklass in Holland, and St. Lucia day in Sweden. We will also writing about our favorite symbol of Christmas. 


 Superkids We Have Covered

C is for Cass who loves to cook concoctions

O is for Oswald who loves odd animals 

G is for Golly who loves to sniff grass and garbage   

A is for Alf who loves adventures    

D is for Doc who loves to fix broken toys  

S is for Sal who loves Sports

 L is for Lily who Loves her Little Lions

I is for Icky who love to watch TV

T is for Tic, Tac, Toc who love to Toss Tangerines & Toot on a Tuba

Memory Words

(words you just have to memorize)

God, Oswald, Golly, Alf, Lily

Decodable Words

(words you can sound out by blending letters)

cod, add, odd, cog, dog, gas, sad, sag, sod, Cass, clad class, clog, doll, glad, glass, gloss, lad, lag, lass, log, loss, Sal, salad 

 

 Weekly Special Schedule

Monday  - Computers

Tuesday – PE (Kindergartners wear their PE uniform and sneakers to school on Tuesdays)

Wednesday – Library

Thursday – Music

Friday  - Art

 

Important Dates

 

Monday, December 10th: Secret Santa and PJ Day!

Tuesday, December 11th: Shoeboxes for SOME are due

Monday, December 17th: Christmas Show 

Tuesday, December 18th: Christmas Class Parties/movie 

Tuesday December 18th: Scholastic Book orders due

Wednesday, December 19th: Early Dismissal/ break begins 

Thursday, January 3rd: School Resumes

 

*** Important Reminders***

 

  • We are nut free in the classroom. When we begin eating in the cafeteria, children may bring LUNCH items that contain nuts (or processed in a factory with nuts) because there are peanut free tables for the children with allergies.

  • Important papers will be sent home in your child's red folders every Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Label ALL of your child's belongings.

  • Please send in a washcloth and trash bag in your child's lunchbox every day.

  • When sending in money to school, please be sure to put it in a sealed envelope and write who/where it is to go on the front of the envelope.

  • KB is collecting any gently used toys, books, games, recess equipment for the classroom. Please consider donating to our class. It would be GREATLY appreciated!

  • Scholastic Reading Club code: P4MNC. Every book you order earns KB points to purchase books for the classroom library!! Don’t forget to check out our classroom wishlist! Flyers will be sent home a couple of times over the year with a letter explaining how to submit orders online.

 Star Student

On the Monday your child is Star Student please remember to send in their favorite book, pictures and show and tell item so they can share them with the class throughout the week. These items will be returned on Friday. Your children will have the opportunity to bring our class dogs home for the weekend! You will be able to write about their adventures at your house in a notebook that is provided. The dogs come back to school on Tuesday – the kids LOVE this!!

 

Volunteering

Please visit this site on our school's web page regarding the compliance process for all volunteers as it has recently change. Before you can volunteer and come into KB you need to have completed the VIRTUS workshop and background checks. If you have any questions please contact Catherine Tomsheck .Before you may volunteer in the school, you must attend a Child Protection Workshop and complete a background check with Catherine Tomsheck. Please click here for more information: http://www.dechantal.org/hsa/volunteering-compliance-process/

 

Sick Information

KB loves to share but we do not share germs, please keep your child home if he or she is sick! Children have to be without a fever for 24 hours without Tylenol &/or Ibuprofen before returning to school.Children have to stay home for at least 24 hours after vomiting. Please let me and Kathy Hayzlett, our school nurse, know if your child is sick and will be out of school. 

 

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