Friday, August 11, 2017

Welcome to Kindergarten!


Hopefully if you are reading this, your child may be starting kindergarten this fall at East! I am so excited to get to know each student and to watch them grow throughout the year.

I wanted to provide some information for you about a couple things before school even gets started!

Open House: Monday, August 21, 6:00-7:00
At East, we do our Open House before school starts. This is an opportunity to see the school and our classroom. This is also the perfect time to bring in all that paperwork you should have received in the mail! Mrs. Beach, our secretary, will be in the office to take that and you may also pay school fees at this time.
You should have received a sheet in your packet that was mailed that was called About Your Child - that sheet is for my information to give me a little bit of background and an easy way to get in contact with you. Please bring that form to open house with you!
You may also bring your school supplies with you so that all you need the first day of school is your backpack! Here is our supply list for this year.

Stagger Start
In Upper Sandusky, we do a stagger start for kindergarten to help everyone transition in smoothly. This only affects the first week of school Students whose last name begins with the letters A-L will come to school Wednesday, August 23 and Friday August 25. Students whose last name begins with the letters M-Z will come to school Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25. Starting August 25, all kindergarten students come every day.

School Hours
Students need to be in our classroom by 7:55 AM each morning. The school opens at 7:30, with breakfast available. Students come to the classroom at 7:45 after waiting in the gym. Parents, you may bring your child back to our room the first day of school, but after that, we have found that it is easier on the students if you drop them off at the north school door, where there are staff members to greet them.
The bus picks up the bus riders at 2:30, and once the bus leaves, the rest of the school is dismissed. If your child has an older sibling, they will walk out with them. Otherwise, we are the last class that comes out the door. You may wait on the school lawn and I will dismiss your student to you. You may also wait in your car and drive going north on 3rd Street, and I will walk your child to your car. The end of the day routine can be a little chaotic the first couple days of school until I learn faces, but it becomes very smooth as the year goes on!

If you have any questions, please email me and I will do my best to help you! I realize this may be your first experience at East School, and I am here to help!

Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Right to Read Week Wrap Up

We had a great week! It was fun to have a different pace with Right to Read Week activities.
We had school wide reading times in the hallways. I was so impressed - all the kids were able to read for 15 solid minutes without losing interest or giving up!

We walked to Stepping Stones park with second grade and did buddy reading. The kids did great with this as well!

Wednesday, we had a book swap. It was set up kind of like a tailgate to go with our sports theme, so we had music playing and popcorn. The kids in our class all were able to take home 2 books to keep!

On Thursday, we walked to the public library for story time with Miss Jill. She signed up our class for the Summer Reading Program, so you can start filling out your reading logs! The library has a lot of activities every day of the week during the summer, so I encourage you to check them out!

We did some switch days with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Our class went to each room to do a different activity. In my room, we made "foam" fingers. This turned out to be much harder than I expected but it was a good lesson in perseverance!

We also had guest readers throughout the week - thank you for taking your time to read to us! I enjoyed hearing some different books than I've seen before.

This week, we also released our butterflies. Some were not too interested in leaving our butterfly habitat!

We only have 4 days this week, and there is a lot packed into those days! Please use your newsletter to help keep track of everything! The most important part of this week, in my opinion, is Wednesday! We do not do a kindergarten graduation at East, but we do a Kindergarten Celebration following the school awards. Family members are welcome and invited! K-5 has awards at 8:30 in the gym that all families are invited to, and then when that is finished, we will have our program in the gym as well.

It was so nice to see so many of you at our family picnic on Friday! I thought we had a great turn out, and I hope you enjoyed yourself!

Thanks for all you've done this year - it has been a great year in kindergarten!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Rainforest Week

With the school year quickly winding down, we changed our pace this week to spend time studying the Amazon Rainforest. The kids have really enjoyed anytime we have learned about habitats and animals, so this was a perfect fit for this class! I forgot to take pictures because a lot of the activities were discussion based or independent work!
We learned about the layers of the rainforest, and made a picture of it that we added to throughout the week. We spent a day on frogs. The kids were especially interested in poison dart frogs and red eyed tree frogs. We also spent a day on sloths. I think the favorite piece of information they learned was that sloths only use the restroom once a week! We also found it interested that algae grows in the sloths' fur. We spent a final day on toucans. They were interested in how the birds are playful and play catch with fruit or use their bills to have pretend sword fights. After we got information from several sources, students wrote their own informational sentences and made detailed illustrations. All their work from the week should have come home yesterday. We watched the movie Rio 2 to wrap up our study, and the kids were so excited when they would see an animal they recognized or hear a word we had learned. We also spent some time on the Chromebooks on National Geographic. There is a lot of information on different animals and videos that the kids can watch.

We have been watching our painted lady caterpillars grow and change for the last few weeks. All the caterpillars have come out of their chrysalis and are now butterflies! We will release them next week, it was too cold on Friday to let them go.

Next week will be a busy week! East School is having a Right to Read week where our focus will be on reading. We have different activities planned that should have come home on an orange sheet. All the spirit days are on the calendar on the front of your child's folder. We have a sports theme, so we will be reading a lot of books about different types of sports!
Be sure to check the newsletters that came home to make sure you know what is happening in these last two weeks. If you have any questions, please ask!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

Can you believe it's May?!?
We spent the week learning about insects. We started on Monday by looking at different photographs of insects to see what they noticed. Students noticed the legs and antennae. We learned that insects have three body parents and six legs and that most insects have wings and antennae.

We spent time learning about butterflies, ants, ladybugs and bees. Most insects follow the same type of life cycle - egg, larva, pupa, adult. We made hats with the butterfly life cycle.

We read a book about the ladybug life cycle, and then students had to use their own resource to order the pictures for the life cycle. They did great!
On Wednesday, we had an assembly with an illusionist, Bryan Drake. He talked about how our choices have consequences and did some really cool illusions.

Next week, we are going to study the rainforest habitat. I'm looking forward to it! We are taking our assessment on coins on Monday, and then we will be reviewing in Math the remainder of the year. We have learned all 87 sight words for kindergarten! Please be sure to check your newsletter for information about the last few weeks of school. There's a lot going on - I will do my best to help you keep track of everything.
Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman