Mrs. Orth's Buzzing Bees
Notes From Mrs. Orth
Thank you all for a fantastic Jog-a-Thon event! The kids had a great time and our PTA was able to raise funds for our school. It was a win-win for everyone! Thanks also to Mrs. Theslof, our Room Mom, for organizing and creating our awesome banner, and the mom and dad volunteers who came to cheer us on.
November is flying by and December will be here in no time! We are going to be very busy, so here's what will be happening in the next few weeks.
In language arts we will be finishing up the farm and we will be reading and comparing different winter stories. We are learning about story elements and comparing and contrasting characters and events.
We are also continuing to blend sounds to make words and learning about rhyming word families. We are continuing to add new sight words to our word wall each week. Students should be practicing these at home.
In writing, we are continuing to work on writing the letters and sounds we hear in the words we want to write (kid's writing) and using simple sight words in our writing. We are working on stretching out the words we want to write to hear as many sounds as possible and adding more details to our writing.
Thematic Connections – Science/Social Studies
On Friday, November 22nd we are having our Kindergarten Friendship Feast. We are learning about the Pilgrims, the Wampanoag and the first Thanksgiving so we are eating a snack together to commemorate this event. Unfortunately, our space is limited so we only need a couple of parent volunteers. We will be serving, popcorn, apple slices, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and apple juice. If your child has any food allergies or cannot eat any of these items, please let us know and we can make other arrangements.
We will also be talking about caring in the month of December so we wanted to give families the opportunity to participate in our Kindergarten Cares project. The Kindergarten students would like to collect winter socks for the homeless in our community. Students may bring in pairs of new men’s socks, size 9-12 and they will be distributed to the homeless and under-resourced in Temecula. The Winter Socks Project will end on Friday, December 20th. We hope you will consider taking part in our Caring Project this month. The kids are excited about showing how much they care about our community and our world!
In math, we have been talking about sorting and measurement. Now we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes. As a part of that unit, we are going to create a Shape Museum. We are asking families to assist us by helping students take pictures and find objects that show their assigned shape. These could be objects or photographs that show the shape in your home, in your yard, or out in the enviroment. Students will bring the pictures and objects to school when we return from break on Monday, December 2nd. The homework letter explaining the project will come home in Wednesday Folders on 11/20.
Here are some upcoming events to be aware of. See the Calendar of Events and Newsletters for more information.
11/22 - Kindergarten Friendship Feast
11/25-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
12/16-12/20 - This is our last week of school before Winter Break. The only homework this week will be to work on your Polar Express train car. The Polar Express Parade will begin immediately following our Friday Flag Assembly on Friday the 20th .
12/20 - Kindergarten Polar Express Day - All kindergarten students will be participating in the Kindergarten Polar Express Parade on Friday, December 20th. This is a Modified Day so Late Birds come in the morning and are dismissed at 1:00. It is also Pajama Day. Information about the parade and building your train car was sent home in the homework packet on 11/15.
12/20 - Winter Holiday Program - All grade levels will be singing holiday songs at our Friday Flag Winter Program, so it will be longer than usual. We should get started with the Polar Express parade about 9:45 or so. Parents are welcome to attend the Friday Flag Winter Program and to follow our Polar Express train around the school. We will begin our Holiday Rotations immediately after the parade, about 10:15, and finish about 11:30. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to help.
1/6 - No school for students - This is a Staff Development Day for teachers.
1/7 - School resumes