Saturday, August 27, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

We completed our first full week of kindergarten!
We spent a lot of the week working on routines and foundational skills, but we also started our curriculum. We have a set of standards that help guide us in what we spend time learning.
One of our social studies standards states that students should recognize symbols of our country. We learned the Pledge of Allegiance and also learned about our flag. We used a brace map to draw each part of the flag and then the entire flag together.

I loved the flags that each student made about themselves! It helped our whole class get to know each other!

We have done several activities to work on fine motor skills this week. We have spent time cutting and talk about the proper way to hold scissors each time. I've seen improvements already!

We also talked about the proper amount of glue to use for different projects. We read a book called "Too Much Glue" and then practiced making small dots, not lots, on a monster. Then, we added glitter to each monster.

The bus garage comes to East every years to teach students about bus safety. They bring Barney Sue with them, and she helps teach the students!
You are doing great checking and emptying the orange folders each night! That is your best place to stay up to date and stay aware. Please make sure any lunch money you send is in the folders, because I give it to Mrs. Ward at the beginning of the day and it gets added to your child's account. That way, the lunch money doesn't get lost before lunch time! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, August 19, 2016

First Week of School

We had such a great start to our school year! This week, we learned routines and rules.

We read Pete the Cat Rocking In My School Shoes. You can see a video of this book here. We took a tour of the school to see the lunchroom, playground, office, music, and art room. We also made hats with Pete the Cat!   

We are learning how to do centers. Eventually, our centers will be a great time for the kids work with each other and practice academic skills we are doing in class. Right now, we are starting off with more play based centers. During centers, we rotate to different stations that each have a different activity. This is when we use the computers, iPads, read books, write, and use the Smart Board.

We spent a lot of time learning each other's names. We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and then made a letter for the beginning of everyone's names. I will hang these in the hallway, and they will come home in a couple weeks.

I'm so excited to get to know our class better and for us all to learn about each other! Next week, we will start our Reading and Math curriculum. We will start learning letters Aa-Ee next week and have the sight words "I" and "am." We are going to work on numbers 0-5. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me, send a note in the orange folder, or send a text using the Remind service if you have signed up for that! 

:) Mrs. Steinman

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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 15, 6:30-7:30
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 colored sheet (I think it was green) 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 17 and Friday August 19. Students whose last name begins with the letters M-Z will come to school Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19. Starting August 19, 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 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