Party Safari (posted by Christine Chardon; 01/11/17)
Party Safari
On January 20th, we will be having an in-school field trip with Party Safari. The students will get to meet and learn about live animals which ties into our FOSS Animals 2X2 Unit. This will still be a normal school day for the students. Please be sure you have registered your child on the school store so they can participate in this fun learning experience!

President Project (Full Day Only) (posted by Christine Chardon; 01/11/17)
President Project (Full Day Only)
Your child should have come home this week with a president puppet project. These are all due on February 21st regardless of your child’s presentation date. Your child will be making a puppet and presenting three facts about their assigned president. Further details and a rubric can be found on the hard copy that was sent home. Get creative and have fun with this!

Update Illness Policy (posted by Christine Chardon; 01/11/17)
Update Illness Display
Our school policy has always been that if a child has diarrhea, they must wait 48 hours before returning to school and 24 hours for vomiting. Students must now wait a full 48 hours after vomiting, per CDC policy, before returning to school as well. This policy has also been updated in the parent handbook.

Winter Conferences (posted by Erin April; 01/02/17)
Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner! They will be held the week of January 9th at various times throughout the week. Please stay tuned for an email with a sign-up from your child’s reading teacher. These are literacy conferences, so email your child’s reading teacher if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting with all of you about your child’s progress in reading!

Door Decorating Contest (posted by Katherine Zimmer; 12/09/16)
Door Decorating Competition
American Academy is holding a holiday themed door decorating contest across the whole campus! Kindergarten is doing a “Winter Wonderland” theme and we are looking for parent volunteers to help make our hallway as festive as possible :)! Door decorating deadline in December 13th. Please sign up using the link below if you can help! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c45ada722aaf94-door
Dumbledore’s Army
Does your child love Harry Potter, but the books are too advanced to read? Did they miss out on the other Harry Potter Club because they were too young? Well this is their chance to enjoy some Harry Potter related activities at their age! We will be watching movies 1-3 as well as doing fun Harry Potter activities. I will also be supplying yummy snacks fit for Diagon Alley! Come join Mrs. Chardon for a fun dip into the Harry Potter World! This club will be every Wednesday from January 18th to March 15th from 4-5pm in Mrs. Chardon’s room, 156. This is for kindergarteners through second graders. Sign up on the school store!
Math Facts
We are continuing to learn more and more math facts. When you see math flash cards come home please make sure that your child is practicing them each night so that they become automatic. Fact sheets should be pretty quick for your child to complete. If it is taking longer than 4 minutes you will definitely want to practice those facts with your child. These make for a strong math foundation. It is difficult to add on more facts when students are still struggling with previous math fact sets.

Morning Carpool Dec. 6th-14th (posted by Christine Chardon; 12/01/16)
Morning Carpool Dec. 6th-14th
During the Book Fair, December 6th – 14, we will not be able to use the library for morning carpool. Instead, we will have morning carpool in rotating kindergarten classrooms. There will be a teacher present as always, but we are looking for an additional parent volunteer each morning to accommodate the large number of kids in the smaller spaces (one teacher, two parents). Please sign up using the link below as soon as possible if you can help with these specific dates. Thank you for all you do for us! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44aeac23a3f94-morning

Fire Drill (posted by Katherine Zimmer; 11/04/16)
Fire Drill Safety
We are very strict during drills to ensure the safety of all children. There is no talking or goofing off allowed during these drills. Please talk to your child at home about the importance of good behavior during drills. It is our number one goal to keep all kids safe at school.
Toys
In our class we have had several issues with toys. Students are sneaking small toys around in their pockets and they are causing problems at recess, during specials and even at STEM. To prevent further issues, I am asking that no students bring toys of any kind in their backpack. Thank you for your support and understanding. (The one exception to this would be their favorite item for student of the week).
Illness
We are starting to have many students coming down with various illnesses. If your student is home with an illness, here are the American Academy guidelines for when they should return to school. -Students must be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication. -Students need to stay home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting. -Students must stay home for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhea. We ask that you follow these guidelines to help keep other students (and teachers) healthy!
Snacks
Snacks in the classroom should be healthy, nut-free, and not too messy. After Halloween, it is important to remember that candy is not a great morning or afternoon snack. Students have about 10 minutes to eat snack and then we need to get back to our academic day. Please keep in mind that snacks should be something to give students some quick energy so that their brains are ready to learn. Also, if your child can’t open their snack, consider putting a small cut in their snack so they can open it. Thank you for your help and support! ?

Changing Weather (posted by Kasey McHugh; 10/20/16)
Fall is in the air and it is definitely getting chilly. Please be sure to send your child to a school with a coat. We still go out for recess in cold weather. If you label their coats and sweatshirts, it will reduce the risk of your child losing them. If your child wears snow boots to school, they need to bring dress code shoes to change into during the school day.

Karma Kids (Yoga Club) (posted by Kasey McHugh; 10/20/16)
Karma Kids! (Yoga Club)
Does your K-3rd Grade child want to learn yoga in a fun, positive environment? Sign them up for Karma Kids (Yoga Club) with Ms. McHugh and Ms. Zimmer! This club will allow students to learn strength, balance, and self-calming skills while practicing real yoga poses in a kid-friendly way! This club will take place on Tuesdays during Winter Trimester from 4:00pm- 5:00pm. Sign up on the school store today!

(posted by Erin April; 12/16/16)
Curriculum Update
Please read below for an overview of what we are studying this week!
Science- Materials in Our World (Wood)
Social Studies - Pilgrims
Literacy - phonograms, handwriting, narratives, retelling a story, writing about topics of their choice, guided reading, informative, narrative, simple sentences, nouns, verbs
Math- Number writing, number sense, pictographs, repeating patterns, problem solving, addition and subtraction stories, dividing solids in half, coins (penny), number sentences, double facts, adding one facts, adding zero facts, subtracting one facts, telling time to the hour

(posted by Erin April; 10/14/16)
Carpool
Please help train your student with how to get into your car on their own. Once you are parked in the coned section of the carpool lanes, students will need to open the car door and get in on their own. Thank you for helping carpool to run smoothly!

(posted by Katherine Zimmer; 09/28/16)
New Walker Procedure
Students who are walkers no longer exit through the student doors. They will go to the gym and exit through the door on the east side. Kindergarten students will be escorted to the gym by a teacher until they get the hang of this new procedure. We are asking that siblings simply meet them in the gym, rather than picking them up in their classrooms for the first couple of weeks. This way, all students can practice going to the gym instead of the student doors. Siblings may resume picking them up once everyone feels comfortable. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we learn this new procedure!

(posted by Katherine Zimmer; 08/25/16)
Morning Library Volunteer
Every morning the kindergarten students will be waiting for their day to start in the library. We are in need of volunteers to help supervise this time. You will help keep the kids quiet and safe along with one of the kindergarten teachers. Please sign-up below if you want to help! This is a very important volunteer opportunity!
Morning Library Volunteer
Absent/Make Up Work
If your child is absent please e-mail me and let me know. You will also need to call the attendance hotline number which can be found on AA’s homepage. The kindergarten team does not typically send home work prior to an absence. If we can, we will. However, our lesson plans can change quickly depending on how each lesson goes. For every one day that your child is absent, your child will have two school days to make up the work. For example, if you child is absent on a Friday, they will have until the following Wednesday to get their work completed and turned in.
Food Allergies
If you are concerned about your student eating a birthday treat or other classroom treat please feel free to bring in a baggie of your student’s favorite treat for me to keep in class.
Thanks for the Clip Art
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Event Calendar
JAN 20
Party Safari (In-School Field Trip)
MAY 1
Ms. Burton's Birthday
JUNE 30
Ms. Chardon's Birthday
OCT 27
Ms. April's Birthday
DEC 8
Ms. McHugh's Birthday