Monthy Newsletter

      

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Hello and welcome to kindergarten in room 201!  If you are new to Hawk, or new to me, I look forward to meeting you!  If you are a repeat family, it’s nice to have you back with another sibling of a former kindergartnerJ

 

This September newsletter will be quite brief, as I will be giving you a lot of information at Back to School Night on the 12th.  However, every month I will post a newsletter filling you in on all the lessons and activities your little one will be working on. 

 

September is a time for the children and I to get acclimated to new routines and expectations.  It is by far the most important month, as going over every little detail now, with consistency and thoroughness, has a huge impact on how the rest of the school year will progress.  It may seem to you, or even to your kindergartner, that things are moving too s-l-o-w-l-y at first.  I can assure you, the pace picks up quite a bit in the coming months so I’m asking you to please bear with us as we go through the process of establishing routines. Thank you!!

 

During the month of September, your child will learn how to properly meet and greet his/her new classmates by engaging in Responsive Classroom activities.  I am going to concentrate heavily on character education: respect, empathy, kindness, forgiveness, honesty, etc. I will give you a more detailed definition of this on Back to School Night.

 

I am trying out a new “flexible seating” arrangement in my classroom this year! It sounds good in theory but the jury’s still out until the kids actually get in the classroom!  This seating is a bit different from the traditional seating arrangements.  When you come to our classroom, you’ll see a table tall enough for 4 students to either stand at or lean on stools, a table so low to the ground the children can sit on small mats to do their work, a table with 4 yoga balls to sit upon, and two traditional-seat tables.  There are also soft chairs and rocker-bucket style chairs to choose from.  I’m anticipating the need for clear and concise rules for sitting in each of these spaces but I’m hoping the more comfortable your kindergartner is in a particular space, the more likely he/she will be to attend to the lessons of the day.

 

A few weeks into the month, we will begin launching our Writer’s and Reader’s workshop. I’ll speak more about that on Back to School Night.  Our first of many STEM activities will be to construct an apple tower with toothpicks and your child will be given some special “magic dough” to see if this will, in fact, be a great school year!

 

That’s just a brief overview of what we’ll be doing.  Our days are SUPER short and we have A LOT to do in the next 10 months!  I can’t wait to get started!

 

I’m looking forward to meeting you all very soon!  Enjoy what’s left of your summer!

 

Kindly,

Kim Moss