1st day of EC & Family Picnic

Hello Parents,

For a first day of school everything went as well as can be expected. Most of the children were excited to be at school and very enthusiastic and eager to learn and make new friends. We had some tears, but by the end of the day those tears dried up and a smile replaced them.

Family Luncheon-

We invite all families to a family luncheon this Thursday, August 22nd.

We have several new families in Early childhood each year and we want to give everyone a chance to meet the teachers as well as each other.  We are inviting all families to a family luncheon this Thursday to get to know our staff and the other families in your child’s class.

Since early childhood is half day, we invite kindergarten and pre-k families to come the last 30 minutes of class (AM 11:00-11:30, PM 2:30-3:00) to have snack and recess with your child and their class.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

See you all there!

Ms. Martha & Ms. Valerie

Week of August 19, 2019

Week of 8-19-19

Dear Parents,

It was wonderful to have the chance to meet with your child one-on-one while doing the KEEP assessments. Each child came with their own special personality, which will help create a beautiful learning environment in our classroom. We will spend the first 5 weeks focusing on our peace curriculum. These lessons come from the book Honoring the Light of the Child by Sonnie McFarland. During this week, the lessons will focus on our love lights. A Love Light is the feeling you get when you do something that makes you feel good inside, and it is also that place inside you that tells you right from wrong. You may refer to love lights as a gut feeling, the Holy Spirit, your conscience, intuition, inner voice, etc. At school we will call them Love Lights, but this would be a great conversation to have with your child to help them tie this vocabulary with whatever vocabulary you use at home. We will also have our first opportunity to make silence. This is a very common activity in an Early Childhood classroom, but it is also very misunderstood. We are not forcing the children to be quiet. This exercise helps them become more aware and sensitive to the sounds around them. It also helps develop willpower and self-control over their bodies. Finally, this activity shows children that we must work together to achieve a collective goal. In the beginning of the year our silence may last only a few seconds, but by the end of the year we may be able to be silent for several minutes. It is beautiful to see the joy that making silence can bring the children.

SNACK SIGN-UPS

Many of you have been asking about snack sign-ups. We have a snack available each day for our students.  We ask families to sign up for and provide snacks for 2 weeks during the year. To signup please go to the track-it-forward website- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/events

PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF PROCEDURES
These first two weeks are the most difficult time for us during drop off and pick up. Our students do not know the procedures nor do parents. We find that no amount of talking about what to do at pick up/drop off will prevent every student from wandering off or running toward a moving vehicle. That is why as teachers we must have constant vigilance. It is not that we don’t want to talk to you or tell you the amazing things your children did today, or reassure you that they will be ok, it is just that we are trying to keep the children safe. May I request that pictures with teachers be done a few weeks from now when things have mellowed out, and that if you need to have an at length conversation that you schedule time before or after school.
Here are some things you can do to make drop off/ pick-up bearable:
Pull forward (it is rule #1)
Pull forward (and rule #2 just to make it stick.)
Pay attention to teachers and volunteers directing traffic (it’s a dirty job!)
Stay in your car if you are using the pick-up lanes.
Ask for help (if you pulled forward and your student was not paying attention ask a teacher to assist you)
If your child needs help getting into or out of the vehicle, park in the parking lot. North Shore parking lot will be available after Labor day.
Use the cross walk (it teaches children to use it too, and we always want children to use the cross walk).
Come get your child, do not call for them to run across the parking lot to you.
Wait your turn.
Speak to teachers before or after pick up.
Be nice. I know it’s frustrating but try to imagine your happy place.
Pay attention. Stay off your phone, students will step in front of cars.
Prepare other relatives/friends that may pick up, by explaining these rules.

For the first week or so we will be outside assisting students at drop off. You can help by encouraging their independence, try not to carry them, make goodbyes short and sweet, if you must cry try to do it when they are not looking.

A.M. pick-up will be done at the front doors. Please pull all the way forward to utilize all the space at the front of the school. We will encourage them to use walking feet and to stay as far away from the curb as possible.  If they need help buckling up, you can either park or pull all the way forward to assist them.
P.M. Pick-up will be done at the South end of the pick-up lane please follow the flow of traffic. Early childhood students must stay with their teachers. We will not let our students cross the cross walk to North Shore by themselves or with a sibling unless you send us an email explaining that this is what you prefer.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Have a great week!

Ms. Martha & Ms. Valerie

 

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year

Welcome Parents,

We are excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year with some of our returning friends as well as meeting many new friends. Because our classroom blog is our main form of communication with parents please read the entire post. We need you to subscribe to our classroom blog to receive email notifications for weekly classroom updates as well as special classroom notifications.  Here are the instructions on how to subscribe:

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Here are some other things to help make our new beginning run more smoothly:

We will be administering Utah’s Kindergarten Entry Exit Profile, or the (KEEP) assessment for all kindergarten age students. To allow us the time necessary to accomplish this, we will be using August 12 through August 16 for assessments. There will not be school during this week for kindergarten students.  Kindergarten and preschool students will have their first day of school on Monday, August 19th. We are asking all parents (preschool students as well) to sign your child up for 1 time slot. During the hour they are with us, we will do the assessment as well as give each student an orientation to the classroom and playground.  The preschool students will only come for 30 minutes for an orientation.

Please sign up here: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/events

The school and MAPA use the track it forward website as a way to help parents keep track of their volunteer hours as well as find all volunteer opportunities in one place.  You will need to create an account before it will allow you to sign up for a time slot.  It can take up to 24 hours for the registration process to be complete. Please be patient.  If you have any problems, please email me. For those parents who do not sign up by the August 12th they will be assigned a date and time.

Each day we have a snack available for our students.  We ask families to sign up and provide snacks for 2 weeks during the year.  The signup sheets can also be found on the track it forward website. https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/events

We have also included Ms. Martha’s Classroom supply list for 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.

All students Personal items (labeled with child’s name)
– Backpack
– inside shoes/slippers- soft soles, free from characters (see dress code)
– 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)

-sponges- no scouring pad
– 1 box of tissue
– playdough- (red, yellow and blue)

PM classroom donations (please do not label)

-gallon size Ziplock bags
– 1 roll paper towels
– playdough- (variety of colors)

Lastly, MMA will be hosting a PreK-9th Sneak A Peak event on Friday, August 9th from 3-6pm. On the half hour, beginning at 3pm, then again at 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30pm – Ms. Valerie and I will give an overview of the classroom as well as answer any questions you might have.  This will be an ideal time to drop off supplies and check out the classroom with your student.  There is no RSVP, so just show up for a time that is most convenient for you.

We look forward to meeting with you and your child and having an excellent and exciting school year. See you soon!

Ms. Martha & Ms. Valerie

Ms. Martha’s classroom supply list 2019-2020

Ms. Martha’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.

All students- Personal items (labeled with child’s name)
– Backpack
– inside shoes/slippers- soft soles, free from characters (see dress code)
– 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)

-sponges- no scouring pad
– 1 box of tissue
– playdough- (red, yellow and blue)

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/OOEV0CW243P6?&sort=default

 

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/2HHLKPEMHXP7Y?&sort=default

 

PM classroom donations (please do not label)

-gallon size ziplock bags
– 1 roll paper towels
– playdough- (variety of colors)

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

 

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.

 

 

End of year

Dear Parents,

I want to thank you for sharing your children with me. It has been a wonderful year. I have grown to love each child. I appreciate all the support you have given to me. You have been more than generous in giving of your time, talents, and monetary contributions. Thank you for everything! I hope you all have a fabulous summer!

Fondly,

Ms. Martha

Field day and end of year stuff

Hello Parents.

Here is the link that I told you about if you would like to sign up to bring apples for our field day snack  on Friday-https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/474052 

Also, for those that might not know where Oaklawn Park is, the address is 1200 E 2500 N, North Ogden. Your children will be wearing the shirts that we dyed today for the fieldtrip. I will send them home on Thursday. There is a chance of rain in the forecast for Friday. Field day will happen regardless. Please plan accordingly and dress your child appropriately. I have not heard back if anyone is planning to chaperone. We welcome any who can come and help. Please email me if you are planning on coming.

Thanks,

Ms. Martha

 

Week of May 13, 2019

Week of May 13, 2018

Hello Parents,

Monday we will-dye our shirts for the fieldtrip on Friday. Remember the fieldtrip will be at Oaklawn Park on Friday, May 17, 2019. Times for you to drop off and pick up you children are- AM 9:00 am – 11:30 am and PM 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm. We welcome parents to help with the fieldtrip if you would like to come. Ms. Jen will be adding a link to track-it-forward for volunteers to sign up for apples for our snack on the fieldtrip. This will be for both classes. Please keep your eyes out for it.

There will be one more “Box Top” store for this year. It will be held on Wednesday, May 15.

Looking ahead at our bridging ceremony on Monday, May 20, remember there will not be regular class that day for Early Childhood. The ceremony will be held in the Big Gym and all Kindergarten children should be on the stage in their seats so we can begin at 10:30. Families are invited to attend and bring a sack lunch for afterwards if you would like to join us in this tradition. Our preschoolers and their families are also welcome to attend if they would like to support their peers, however, they will not be bridging. Everything should be wrapped up around noon.

I have spent the last two days doing the KEEP assessments. I will be finishing them up hopefully by next Wednesday. Ms. Valerie and Ms. Kimber will both be in the classroom while I do the assessments. We will be learning about the people of the rainforests in Africa as well as learning about the life cycle of flowers and insects.

If you have not had a chance to sign up for PTC please take time to sign up soon. We look forward to seeing everyone to celebrate the accomplishments of your children. Here are the links:

Tuesday, May 21-

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473636

Wednesday, May 22-

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473639

Thursday, May 23

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473641

Thank you and we look forward to our visits,

Ms. Martha, Ms. Valerie and Ms. Kimber

Parent Teacher Conferences

Hello Parents,

I have my Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) up now. Please plan to bring your child with you to PTC so we can celebrate their accomplishments throughout the school year.

Here are the links:

Monday, May 21-

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473636

Tuesday, May 22-

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473639

Wednesday, May 23

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473641

Thanks and look forward to our visit,

Martha

 

Week of May 6, 2019

 

Hello Parents,

We will be starting our Kindergarten Entrance Exit Profile (KEEP) assessments this week. I am not sure of the exact date because we need to wait until Ms. Jen finishes her assessments. Ms. Kimber is filling in for Ms. Jen while she does her assessments and then she (Ms. Kimber) will fill in for me while I do my assessments.

In geography we will learn about some animals living in the rainforests of Africa. We will learn about the parts of a flower in botany, and parts of an insect in zoology. We will introduce a new simple machine, the wheel and axel. We will also have some art instruction by our art specialist, Ms. Trudy.

Be looking for the May Parent Teacher Conferences on trackitforward coming soon. I thought I had it to post today, but some how I lost it. Have a wonderful weekend, and we will see you soon.

Ms. Martha, Ms. Valerie, and Ms. Kimber

 

 

Week of April 29, 2018

Hello Parents,

Thank  you for coming to support us with the participlay.  The children were excited to perform for you and were so happy to see you there.

We will continue our study of Africa, but the biome study will change. We will now be learning about the rain forest. In botany we will learn about flowers. Insects  will be our focus in zoology. Our simple machine for this week will be the screw and in art we will learn about positive and negative space.

Looking ahead-

For our field day at Oak Lawn Park on May 17, we will be doing tie dye shirts to help us to easily distinguish each group (each group will be in a different color combination). We need everyone to bring a plain white T-shirt by Thursday, May 2. We will tie them then and then dye them on Monday, May 13. It is too hard to get them tied and dyed on the same day, and I will be doing the KEEP assessments the week of May 6 and will not be available for much of anything else.

  • Shadowing in lower elementary Monday April 29 (kindergarten students only)
  • KEEP assessment will be done May 6 – May 10 (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

It is crazy how fast this year has gone by and there is still a lot of work to do. We thank you for the support you have been for us this year. Have a great weekend!

Ms. Martha, Ms. Valerie, and Ms. Kimber