The Very Merry Month of May!

EE83ED89-CFA2-4C49-A50A-A95001E40185Greetings, Families!

I hope you are all surviving all of this blasted rain we’ve been having. UGH! I am ready for warmer, Spring temps.

We have begun the busy month of May – this is the home stretch of Kindergarten. It is always such a gratifying time of year for me – I can truly see all of the growth and learning we’ve accomplished in our classroom.

This past week, we put the finishing touches on our non-fiction books about the American Robin. We have been working hard to make our writing clear and detailed. This week, we are going to get together with Miss Myriah’s students to exchange information about backyard birds. Her class has been learning about the Cardinal.

Next. we are going to use our “forest names” as the focus of our individualized, non- fiction reports. We are hoping to share our reports in a Voice Thread (video) platform, so, we will send you the link when it is complete.

In math, we are practicing numbers beyond 20 and also reviewing the “teen” numbers. We have learned a few new workplaces that have to do with building and comparing equations, too.

In the next few weeks, we will be completing the formal end-of-the-year assessments in math and reading. Along these lines, I will have a sub on 5/15 so that I can complete the math work. Additionally, I will be out on 5/24 to complete the Reading assessment. I will be in the building but I will be working with each student.

This Wednesday (5/10), we are headed to Mt. Abe for the afternoon to view the Fine Arts Festival Gallery and Presentations. We will go after lunch and recess and be back at school in time for the buses. If you’d like to meet us there, we’d love to see you! It is such a special event – each child in our ENTIRE district has a piece on display. Our art teacher, Mrs. Gombosi has worked tirelessly to highlight the creative minds at work in her art studio!

On Thursday (5/11), Myriah and I are headed to Keene, NH for the day. We are participating in a conference sponsored by Antioch University – “Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education” – Mrs. Brakeley will be subbing for me that day. We can’t wait to learn and to experience all that this conference has to offer!

Here are a few pictures from Forest Friday this past week. It was soggy but Andy installed a new tarp over our new platform (THANK YOU COUSINO FAMILY!) so we stayed a little dryer… As always, it was really fun!! Sorry we sent them home so muddy!

 

Important Dates to Remember – this time of year always goes FAST!

*The last book orders are due on 5/12 so if you think you would like to order something, please do so by that date. The link to follow on the web to order is:
Our class code is: H2M3D
*The First Grade Placement Forms are due this week! Please have them to me by Tuesday (5/9) at the latest!
*We will be going to Shelburne Farms on 5/22. If you haven’t given me your permission slip and the money for the trip, please do so quickly! Also, WE NEED a few more drivers for the trip. Please let me know if you can help us!
*Please consider signing your child up for the Summer ELP Program. It looks amazing! Here is more information below!
The summer Expanded Learning Program is open for registration! Another round of sign-up forms will be going home in Friday folders and can also be found online at https://sites.google.com/site/anesuelp/bristol-elp/schedule
 
The program runs for 5 weeks from July 3rd to August 4th from 8AM to Noon M-F. You can sign up for one week or all!  This summer the ELP will be emphasizing robotics, coding, circuitry, foreign language, culture, literature, and outdoor education. No summer program offers more for your learner than ANESU’s Expanded Learning Program. A bus option is available for morning pick up and afternoon drop off.
 
Please contact John Amory at jamory@anesu.org with any questions.
*FINALLY – but very importantly – our school is going to do a food drive for the next few weeks. If you can contribute to this event, with non-perishable food items or cash donations, it would be greatly appreciated. We are honoring Mrs. Shep’s service to our school as she retires soon with a Food Drive for the Starksboro Food Shelf.
Check out Ms. Myriah’s blog for some amazing pictures – she is really a talented photographer! Glad to have her on my team!
Happy Sunday! Enjoy time with your family on this rainy day!
Let me know if you have any questions.
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