2019-2020 school supply list

Ms. Jen’s Classroom supply list 2019-2020

*Notice* The items on this list will be used during the regular school day. They may be brought from home on a voluntary basis. Otherwise they will be furnished by the school.

Personal items (labeled with child’s name)
– Backpack
– inside shoes/slippers
– Gallon size zip-lock bag which contains: pants, shirt, underwear, socks.  These need to stay in your child’s backpack all year.
– water bottle
– 1 inch white 3 ring binder with the child’s name on the inside cover
– package of 50 sheet protectors (please place inside the binder)
– Carabiner clip for your child’s backpack (non-locking)

AM classroom donations (please do not label)

colored pencils
ream of white copy paper
White construction paper/card stock
Playdough (red, yellow, blue)
1 box of tissue
sand toys

For your convenience and reference, I have added these items to a wish list on Amazon. Here is the link:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/W5QMHHEX0PJN?&sort=default

PM classroom donations (please do not label)

package of colored construction paper
1 roll of paper towels
Glue sticks
sidewalk chalk
blunt nosed child size scissors
sand toys

For your convenience and reference, I have added these items to a wish list on Amazon. Here is the link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3MY6QYPR40KI4/ref=cm_wl_huc_view

The following link contains optional items that you may purchase for our class.  These items are not part of your child’s supply list.  These are items that we will be using throughout the school year.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/4CKCDB2MNDZR/ref=cm_wl_huc_view

 

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The week of May 20th

Parents,

I cannot believe that this is the last week of school!!

Thank you to all the parents who helped with and endured our VERY rainy field day.  At least it will be a memorable field day even though it was not a warm sunny one.

Monday is our bridging ceremony (kindergarten graduation). The ceremony begins at 10:30 am.  There will not be class this day.  We would love to invite family to attend.  The program will be held in the gym.  If the weather cooperates we will have a picnic lunch after the ceremony. Please bring a sack lunch for you and your child and we will provide a dessert. Our preschool students are welcome to attend.

Many parents wonder why we refer to kindergarten graduation as “bridging”. Graduations are a special part of a Montessori experience.  It symbolizes  a “passing through”  and marks a significant period of growth in a child’s life. It is also an exciting beginning to new adventures and discoveries for the child.  Our children are not finished with their education, on the contrary they are just beginning.  We want to celebrate what they have accomplished as well as what lies ahead.  These are some of the reasons why we refer to this ceremony as a bridging ceremony and not a graduation.

Tuesday through Friday are early out days.  The morning class will be from 8:30 to 10:30 and the afternoon class will be from 11:00 to 1:00.  Tuesday – Thursday will be our final parent teacher conference.  We want to invite you to bring your student along so they can show you their portfolio.  Friday will be yearbook signing and we will be watching a slide show of the year.

Thursday and Friday are spirit days.  Thursday is crazy sock and/or crazy hair.  Friday is tie dye or sports team day.

We could not let the year end with out expressing our deepest gratitude to the parents for sharing your children with us!  They are amazing!! The little bit we might have taught them pales in comparison to what they have taught us.  It truly is a gift to be able to work with them every day.

Have a great week and a great summer!

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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The week of May 13th

Parents,

This week we will be wrapping up our studies on the rain forests of Africa, flowers and butterflies.   This week we will also be collecting all of the Sam books.  If you have one hanging round your house please send it back.  We will be dyeing out shirts for field day.  I will send the shirts home on Thursday so your child can wear their shirt on Friday.

Friday is our field day at Oak Lawn Park 1200 E 2500 N, North Ogden.  Please make arrangements to drop off and pick up at the park.  The morning class will have their field day from 9 to 11:30 and the afternoon class.  The afternoon class will have their field day from 12:00 to 2:30.  Please have your child wear their tie dye shirt.  There is a chance of rain in the forecast.  Field day will happen regardless, but cross your fingers for no rain. We could use a few more chaperones on this day.  Email me if you would like to chaperone. Here is the sign up if you would like to help with snack for field day https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/474052

Monday May 20 is our bridging ceremony (kindergarten graduation). The ceremony is from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  There will not be class this day.  We would love to invite family to attend.  The program will be held in the gym followed by a picnic with your child (weather permitting).  Please bring a sack lunch for you and your child and we will provide a dessert. Our preschool students are welcome to attend.

Many parents wonder why we refer to kindergarten graduation as “bridging”. Bridging ceremonies are a special part of a Montessori experience.  It symbolizes  a “passing through”  and marks a significant period of growth in a child’s life. It is also an exciting beginning to new adventures and discoveries for the child.  Our children are not finished with their education, on the contrary they are just beginning.  We want to celebrate what they have accomplished as well as what lies ahead.  These are some of the reasons why we refer to this ceremony as a bridging ceremony and not a graduation.

Have a great week!

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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The week of May 6

Parents,

This week we will be talking about the animals of the African rain forest.  We will also talk about the parts of flowers and butterflies.  We have some painted lady caterpillars in our classroom. With any luck they should be butterflies in about 2 weeks. We will also introduce our last simple machine: the wheel and axle.  Our chicks are scheduled to hatch Wednesday. Everyone is very excited!  I will keep you posted.

Friday May 17 Field Day. Our field day will happen at Oak Lawn Park.  Morning class will be there from 9 am to 11:30 am and the afternoon class will be there from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.  We will need some parent volunteers to help this day.  If you would like to help please email me. In preparation for our field day we will be tie dying T-shirts please send your child with a white t-shirt to dye by Monday May 6th.  This will be the shirt they wear on field day.  Please let me know if you need the school to provide a shirt for your child to dye.

Monday May 20 Early Childhood Bridging. Families are invited to attend.  There will not be regular class on this day. Our preschool students are invited to attend.  As the date gets closer I will send home more details.

Tuesday May 21- Thursday May 23 Parent Teacher Conferences.  Your child will be showing you their portfolio they have been adding to all year.  These days will also be early release days.  Morning class is 8:30 – 10:30  Afternoon class 11:00 – 1:00.

Here are the links to sign up for parent teacher conferences

Tuesday May 21  https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472963

Wednesday May 22  https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472964

Thursday May 23  https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472965

Friday May 24 Last day of school. This is also an early release day.  This will be our yearbook signing day as well as when we watch our end of year video.

Have a great week!

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents,

Here are the links to sign up for parent teacher conferences

Tuesday May 21  https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472963

Wednesday May 22  https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472964

Thursday May 23  https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472965

 

We look forward to seeing you and your child there!

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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The week of April 29

Parents,

I cannot believe that we only have 4 weeks left of school. Time is going too fast! Here are some important details you will need to know for the upcoming month:

Monday April 29 Shadowing. For those of you who are not familiar with what shadowing is let me fill you in. Each one of our kindergarten students goes to visit one of the 9 lower elementary classes.  They are partnered up with a student from that class and will do some activities and work in that classroom with their partner for about an hour. They will then come back to our class.  This is a great chance for them to see what they get to look forward to next year as well as ease some of their fears. Please make every effort to have your child at school this day.

Friday May 17 Field Day. Our field day will happen at Oak Lawn Park.  Morning class will be there from 9 am to 11:30 am and the afternoon class will be there from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.  We will need some parent volunteers to help this day.  If you would like to help please email me. In preparation for our field day we will be tie dying T-shirts please send your child with a white t-shirt to dye by Monday May 6th.  This will be the shirt they wear on field day.  Please let me know if you need the school to provide a shirt for your child to dye.

Monday May 20 Early Childhood Bridging. Families are invited to attend.  There will not be regular class on this day. Our preschool students are invited to attend.  As the date gets closer I will send home more details.

Tuesday May 21- Thursday May 23 Parent Teacher Conferences.  Your child will be showing you their portfolio they have been adding to all year.  These days will also be early release days.  Morning class is 8:30 – 10:30  Afternoon class 11:00 – 1:00.

Friday May 24 Last day of school. This is also an early release day.  This will be our yearbook signing day as well as when we watch our end of year video.

For our cultural studies this month we will continue to study the continent of Africa but we will be focusing on the rain forest biome. In biology we will be talking about insects with a focus on butterflies. In botany we will be learning about the flower and our next simple machine will be the screw.  We have some new practical life activities out for the new month and could use a few items. If you have any fabric scraps we would love to have them. If you would be willing to donate other items here is the link https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/471603

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” Maria Montessori

Have a great week!

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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The week of April 22

Parents,

Please remember that Monday is an early release day. Morning class is from 8:30 to 10:30 and afternoon class is from 11:00 to 1:00.

We just got our eggs to incubate from the Fremont high school FFA program.  The eggs should hatch around May 8th.  It is always amazing to watch this process!  To go along with this we will be talking about the life cycle of a chicken this week.

We will be putting the finishing touches on our class play Anansi and the moss covered rock. You should be getting an invitation but just in case this does not make it home here are the important details.  The performance will be Friday April 26th in the small gym.  The morning class will perform at 10:30 am and the afternoon class will be at 2:00 pm.

This week we will be finishing up our study of fruits.  On Wednesday we will be making a fruit salad.  Please send your child with a piece or small serving of their favorite fruit.  If their favorite fruit is watermelon (or any melon) please only send a slice 😉

We will talk about the animals of the African grasslands as well as introduce our next simple machine, the pulley.

I cannot believe that the year is coming to a close.  May can be a crazy month so I wanted to give you all a heads up on some important dates.

  • DIBLES testing this week (kindergarten students only)
  • Shadowing in lower elementary Monday April 29 (kindergarten students only)
  • KEEP assessment will be done April 29 – May 3 (kindergarten students only)
  • May 17th Early Childhood Field day .  We will be going to Oak Lawn park for our field day
  • May 20 Bridging ceremony (graduation).  There will be no class this day only the graduation.  More details will be coming soon.
  • May 21- 23 Early release for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • May 24 early release for the last day of school

We could use a few more eggs for our food prep job.  If you would be willing to donate please sign up here https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/470987

 

Thanks to the many parents who have donated supplies!! Your support is invaluable!

Have a great week!

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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Bird report

Parents,

On Monday I sent home a homework project with all kindergarten students.  If you kindergarten student did not bring this home here it is so you can work on it.

bird home project

Please email me if you have any questions.

Ms. Jen

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The week of April 15

Parents,

We are learning about the 7th habit of happy kids this month which is sharpen the saw.  Sharpen the saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you.  Last week Ms. April from one of the lower elementary classes came in and did a guided meditation with us to help us sharpen our saws.  This week Ms. Steph will come in a guide us through some yoga moves.  We talked about how when our bodies and minds are calm we are able to accomplish a lot more!  We will continue our study of Africa and its grasslands.  We will talk about one group of people who live in the grasslands, the Maasai. We will also talk about the parts of birds.  We will do a group activity with incline planes this week as well.

On Monday April 29th our kindergarten students will be shadowing in a lower elementary class. For those of you who are not familiar with what shadowing is let me fill you in. Each one of our kindergarten students goes to visit one of the 9 lower elementary classes.  They are partnered up with a student from that class and then they do some activities and work int hat room with their partner for about an hour and then they come back to our class.  This is a great chance for them to see what they get to look forward to next year as well as ease some of their fears. Please make sure that you child is at school on the 29th.

Have a great week!

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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The week of April 8

Parents,

This month we will begin a new continent/biome study: the grasslands of Africa.  The new vertebrate we will be studying is birds.  For botany we will be talking about fruit.  Our simple machine we will introduce is the incline plane and we will be talking about the element of form in art (it’s like shape but 3D).

We have a lot of fun and exciting activities to go along with our new units of study but there are a few I want to make you aware of.  To kick of our study of birds we will be having a presentation at the school with some live birds.  Your child should have brought home an information sheet just before spring break but if not here are the details.  The bird show is happening on Tuesday April 9th at the school in the small gym.  We are having one presentation for both the morning and afternoon  classes.  This means that the morning class will stay late on Tuesday and the afternoon class will arrive at school early.  I apologize now to those of you who are creatures of habit, this might mess up your schedule on Tuesday. We are asking that our afternoon students be dropped off at 11:15 am and our morning students be picked up at 12:00 pm.  Families are welcome to attend.

This month we will be doing a partici play. We have this scheduled for Friday April 26.  I will post more information when it gets closer but we want to invite families to mark that date and plan to attend it will be amazing.

We have some new practical life activities out like peeling, slicing and eating hard boiled eggs as well as making quesadillas.   If you would like to help with some of the supplies needed for these activities here is the link to sign up https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/468810

With the warmer weather (hopefully its coming sooner rather than later) we would love to have a few new sand toys for recess.  If you would like to donate an item to use in the sand box we would greatly appreciate it!!

My Montessori thought for the week is one that I recently shared with my colleagues. I was in a Montessori class taught by Paul Epstein.  He posed the question “What do the children in your class want most from you?” I would add what do the children in your house/family neighborhood want most from you?  Many of the Montessori teachers who were there gave answers such as love, attention, a friend, a confidant.  He accepted all the answers but said that we had all missed the mark.  While children might want all of these things at some point it is not what they want most.  At this point he had my full attention.  What was it that my students wanted most from me?  Dr. Epstein said what children want most from the adults in their lives is for the adults to be authentic, meaning giving them our true selves.  This then raises the question of how do we give the children in our lives our true, authentic selves?  In the book The Tao of Montessori Catherine McTamaney says ” Authentic, selfless love for the child revolves around an authentic, self-love”.  It’s so important to take time to refill our reservoirs so we can in turn refill the reservoirs those wonderful little people around us.  So spend a little time this break refilling your reservoir!

Have a great rest of your spring break!  See you on Monday

Ms. Jen, Ms. Jess & Ms. Kimber

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