Kindergarten is on the Road to Learning

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Kindergarten Room 4
Your Teacher: Miss Yampol

Email teacher:
School: yampolg@edmonds.wednet.edu
Telephone teacher:
(425) 431-2092

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Lunch Water Bottles Survival Kits
Vacations Start of Day
Daily Schedule
Backpack PeeChees
Homework   Paddington  




Corduroy

Our class bear will be going home with your children on their birthdays starting this month. Please make sure that he is well taken care of by everyone in your home. Please keep little ones (and pets) away from him. Your children will keep him “one” night (unless there is a holiday, or it is the weekend) and then come back to school so the next child can take him home. He is very special and your children know how important it is to care for him.
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Miscellaneous Kindergarten Skills
Please help your child learn these skills:
     *Tie shoelaces
     *Use a Kleenex
     *Write name with first letter capital & all others lower case.
     *Wash their hands 
     *Cough and sneeze into their "elbow house".

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Centers:

Centers will be every Monday and Tuesday unless I have written a change in the newsletter. Sometimes we have assemblies, fire drills, holidays, etc. and then centers will be changed. Please call, email or write a note letting me know if you will still be able to come in due to the changes. That will help let me know if we can still do them. 

Volunteers are needed for this.  We appreciate you so much and you will enjoy working with the children and getting to know you child’s classmates and the other parents this year!!!!!!

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Recess
Sometimes it is really warm out and there will be days where it is really cold. Please dress your children in layers (t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket). The classroom is warm but it is not that way outside. Please send clothes that will be o.k. for drizzly, cool days. They need to wear shoes that they can climb the equipment with. They need some kind of jacket that is weather resistant and has a hood.
 
Umbrella’s are now o.k. to bring outside. They can open their umbrellas once they are by the big toy. They spend over a half hour in the afternoon outside and we don’t have indoor recess unless it is really inclement weather. They need to get outside and get some exercise and fresh air and it would be great for them to have clothing that is appropriate. 

Please, please, please write your child’s name on sweatshirts and jackets. I cannot believe the amount of clothing that is lost every day and there are NO names on anything. I even saw a new bobcat sweatshirt hanging on the hook in the area of lost clothing. There was NO name on it. Your children do not always  recognize their own clothing so this will assure you that your child’s clothing will be returned to them.


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Lunch
Lunch is 25 minutes long.
If your child brings a sack lunch from home, here are some tips to give him/her the most time to eat & stay safe:
    *partially open all prepackaged foods
    *cut all fruit
    *pack healthy choices with protein 
    *avoid sugary treats (no hard candy)
    *Cut grapes to avoid choking 
    *money should be in a bag/coin purse (can prepay)
    *Caprisuns are very hard for kids to use without help
    *Please do not send any soda
If your children have hot lunch frequently at school please consider buying lunch tickets for them. It will be easier for you, for your child and for our cook. If you send in money for lunch, please send in a coin purse or reusable baggie.  Loose money does get lost. 

I spoke with many of you about sending something in your child’s lunch that has protein in it. Protein WAKES up the brain, which is a
good thing, especially in the afternoon. Our school gets out late and the kids are really tired so this will help them make it through the day.

Lunch Menu
http://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/menus/menu.cfm

Pre-pay for lunch/milk
https://www.mylunchmoney.com/index.aspx


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Water Bottles- 
Please send in water bottles with you kids if you can and fill them up at home. The water line still takes a really long time and your children need to have as much water as they want. Please make sure only water is in the water bottles, Thank you!

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Survival/Emergency kit- 
Please remember to do this as soon as possible.  It really helps your children if there is a reason to use it. Please do not forget the comfort letter to your child 

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Book Orders
Each month, I will be sending home a book order from “See Saw” Scholastic Book Club. If you would like to order any books, please follow these directions to place your order online:

1) Go to http://www.scholastic.com/bookclubsand create your own User Name and Password
ENTER the onetime Class Activation Code: HGNDL to link you to Ms. Yampols classroom and teacher recommendations.
2) Browse & Pay online (Online orders are safe!)
3) Send the order to your child's teacher online and watch your child get excited to read!

 
The books are usually sent to us in about 3 weeks after the due date for orders. Thank you! I have already given you all a book order from curriculum night.Every order placed online earns free book rewards for our classroom. You must order by the due date (check letter)

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P.T.A.
The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) has asked this year to have one parent be a representative at each monthly meeting to help with planning and organizing events. This is a great idea. The meetings are in the evening and there are other great people who are doing this. If you would be willing to be room 4’s representative, please let me know. You are all welcome to attend all the months’ meetings, but it would be nice to know that at least one parent can attend each month. They are encouraging everyone to attend meetings, so that you will know what is going on at Brier. It’s a great way to meet other families too!
 
Parents, please consider joining our PTA. They are extremely generous to us and give us some money for our classroom and field trips. They depend on contributions for this. We all appreciate the things they do for our school and show things benefit your children. They will also need help with their fundraisers and will be asking for volunteers periodically. Thanks you! We have wonderful, beautiful, exciting equipment on the playground thanks to all the fund raising by the PTA, so please, please, consider a contribution…it’s for your children. You are the PTA!  

PTA Websitehttp://www.brierelementarypta.org/




Vacations:
 
Several of you have already let me know that you have planned time away with our families to go on a trip. I always think it is wonderful to spend time together as a family and that it is okay to miss some school. If you do go, it would be great for your children to keep a journal. They could draw a picture every day and dictate a few sentences to you about what they did and bring it in to share when you return.   YOU AND YOUR TIME TOGETHER AS A FAMILY IS WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT. 
 
If possible though, it would be great if you child’s dentist, doctor, etc… appointments could be made in the afternoon. I do think that this year is VERY IMPORTANT for your children. It instills an attitude that they all know that school is important starting NOW. If you will be going on a trip during school time, you will need to complete a vacation approval form from the office. You need permission to take your children out of school, but there won’t be any problem with this. 

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Specialist Schedule
It would be helpful if your children wear tennis shoes every day. They are on the playground three times each day and it is much safer for them to have shoes they can run, jump and climb in. Dressy shoes are cute but they do not help your child when they are at recess.. On p.e days your children MUST wear tennis shoes. !!! 
 

Monday: Music: 1:45- 2:15

Tuesday: Library: 1:40-2:15

Wednesday: P.E. 1:45-2:15

Thursday: Music: 1:45-2:15

Friday: Library: 3:20-3:50


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Start of Day:

Please remember that school starts at 9:15 this year. That means your children should be in their seats ready to start by 9:20. They need to hang up their things, go to the bathroom, take the chairs down and put their names up for attendance in that 5 minutes. There are some children who are coming in late. It’s important that we start the children out knowing that being on time helps the day begin in a better way. This is actually working and the kids are doing an excellent job.


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Snack
Please send a snack with your child every day. Some ideas are: raisins, cheese sticks, protein bars, crackers, celery sticks with peanut butter, hard boiled egg that is peeled, Your children will only have a short quick snack break -- please make it easy on them) No drinks - only water bottles please!!! If you can send something that has protein it will help your child stay awake ...!!! That is a good thing :) !!!

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Supply List
Download the Supply List/ Pdf format

EVERYONE, please bring:
1 ream(pkg.) of white copy paper
1 Very large backpack (ADULT-SIZED; small ones are not big enough for a sweater, a peechee, lunchbox and for large
papers to fit into. The fancy ones with the characters that the kids love are just not big enough)
4 8 count boxes crayons (no large, neon or “smelly” ones, please!)
2 24 count box crayons (ditto the above!)
4 containers Elmers glue-all  (4 oz. Size only, white only) DO NOT SEND “school glue-non drip” it doesn’t work
2 large boxes of Kleenex, regular size (no scented or colored tissues, please – white only)
1 “Fiskars” scissors, small pointed( blunt ones don’t cut well) Please don’t buy any other brand (Fiskars are the best)
2 sponges
5 large unused paper grocery bags with handles
1 box fun bandaids
20 sharpened #2 pencils – not decorated
4 bags (2 gallon) plastic Ziploc bags (this brand only and not the ones with plastic zip)
1 plastic folder –they last longer–pockets at bottom & not on sides (papers don’t fit into folders that have pocket on side.)
1 package addition flashcards (new, used or print your own– link is http://www.aplusmath.com/flashcards/)

$8.00 check payable to Brier PTA for the Art in Action program in room 23 (art program kids do once a month)
*Donations are greatly appreciated for any supplies mentioned above.
Please send a $20.00 check payable to Edmonds School District in an envelope with your child’s name room number and note it’s for the "art party" fund. Send check after September 15th. (This will be used for our parties and to purchase art project supplies throughout the year.) Please make checks payable to Edmonds School District. If this poses a financial hardship in any way, please let Miss Yampol know.

Important things to note:
1. No school boxes, please. They will be returned.
2. You may want to consider the “soft” lunch packs instead of plastic lunch boxes that come with a thermos for your
child because”
Please do not send thermos’s – they leak!
Soft packs often come with an ice pack that will keep a small plastic bottle filled with your child’s favorite
drink cool throughout the day. These bottles may be purchased with a permanent straw lid.
3. Please do not send “Capri Sun” type drinks unless you have previously opened them and put the juice in another
container. Trying to help a classroom full of kindergarten students stick the straw into that little hole is to say the
least, amusing!
EVERYONE MUST HAVE A SURVIVAL KIT!!!
Survival kit ingredients: Apple juice, pkg skittles, cheese & crackers, pkg. raisins, fruit cup, pkg gum, 2 cans Vienna sausage, pudding, small
flashlight & batteries, stocking cap, family photo, 2 plastic spoons, letter of comfort, large garbage bag, wet wipes, emergency space blanket, beef
jerky. Please put in one gallon size ziplock with last name. If you would like to purchase a pre-made Survival kit, please complete the PTA Survival
Kit form which can be found on the website. You can also purchase


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Glue, scissors, and crayons for home: 
It would be great if you could have a set of these at home. The children will sometimes bring things home that need to be completed. It would also be good for them to have extra stuff to do at home to practice skills using glue, scissors and crayons.

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Daily Schedule (download)

Time

   Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

 Thursday

  Friday

9:15-9:20

Sign-in

Sign-in

Sign-in

Sign-in

Sign-in

9:20-10:40

-Read to self
  (9:25-9:50)

-Read to Someone
  (9:50-12:15)
-Listen to Reading

  (9:50-10:05)
-Word Work
  (10:05-10:40)

-Read to self
  (9:25-9:50)

-Read to Someone
  (9:50-12:15)
-Listen to Reading

  (9:50-10:05)
-Word Work
  (10:05-10:40)

-Read to self
  (9:25-9:50)

-Read to Someone
  (9:50-12:15)
-Listen to Reading

  (9:50-10:05)
-Word Work
  (10:05-10:40)

-Read to self
  (9:25-9:50)

-Read to Someone
  (9:50-12:15)
-Listen to Reading

  (9:50-10:05)
-Word Work
  (10:05-10:40)

-Read to self
  (9:25-9:50)

-Read to Someone
  (9:50-12:15)
-Listen to Reading

  (9:50-10:05)
-Word Work
  (10:05-10:40)

10:40-11:15

Writers’ Workshop
-work on writing/journals

Writers’ Workshop
-work on writing/journals

Writers’ Workshop
-work on writing/journals

Writers’ Workshop
-work on writing/journals

Writers’ Workshop
-work on writing/journals

11:15-12:15

Math Workshop
-quick practice

-computation practice
-work on math strategies

Math Workshop
-quick practice

-computation practice
-work on math strategies

Math Workshop
-quick practice

-computation practice
-work on math strategies

Math Workshop
-quick practice

-computation practice
-work on math strategies

Math Workshop
-quick practice

-computation practice
-work on math strategies

12:15-12:40

Lunch
           

Lunch 

Lunch KQ
            

Lunch

Lunch

12:40-1:10

Recess  

Recess    

Recess    

Recess

Recess

 1:15-1:45

Comprehension Strategies
          

Comprehension Strategies
                        

Comprehension Strategies
                        

Comprehension Strategies
                        

Comprehension Strategies
          

 1:45-2:15

Music

Library

P.E.

 Music

Library      

 2:15-2:30

Recess   

Recess    

Recess    

Recess    

Recess  

 2:30-2:50

Snack/Pack-up

Snack/Pack-up

Snack/Pack-up

 Snack/Pack-up

Snack/Pack-up

2:50 – 3:20

 

Choice Time (work in small groups) 

 

Choice Time (work in small groups)

Choice Time   
(work in small groups)

Choice Time   
(work in small groups)

Choice Time   
(work in small groups)

3:20 – 3:50

Closing

Closing    

Closing

Closing        

Closing       



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Backpacks and Peechees: 
Please help your children to remember that they need to bring these in EVERY DAY – even Fridays!! Lots of stuff goes home and it is much better if they have these things with them. Loose papers get lost! If you have any messages of information for me, please put it in their peechees. This is an important routine for them to learn. I would really appreciate your support for this routine.
Labeling: 
Please label backpacks, lunchboxes, and clothing. Your children sometimes have difficult recognizing their own things, and it makes it easier if I can read their names on all their stuff. Please, please, please, label everything.

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Birthdays: 
Birthdays may be celebrated at school! If you would like to donate a book to our classroom library in honor of your child’s birthday, it would be greatly appreciated! Please write your child’s name on the inside covers and that this is a donation to our library. There are many quality literatre children's books out in paperback. Please don not send “Strawberry Shortcake” and “Ninja Turtle” type books. Caldecott award books and Reading Rainbow literature books are much better. I mentioned during curriculum night hat if you would like to send in stickers or pencils that it would be a fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday. We will NOT do cupcakes, cookies, etc… this year.   There are 23 children in our classroom if you choose to send home something special for your child’s birthday. 
 
I cannot send home party invitations from the classroom. I will be doing a classroom address book that each of you need to fill out for your child that I gave out at curriculum night if you want your child invited to parties. Please use this address book if you are planning on having a party for your child at home and would like to send invitations. Please have an adult print out the information on the sheet and return it ASAP. This is a great way for the students to keep in touch with each other and for parents to use for planning activities or parties. The only people who will get this book are students in my class. Summer birthdays may be celebrated on your child’s half birthday making it possible for them to have a special birthday at school. Please let me know which day you would like to do this. 

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Themes
These are the units that are taught during the year: These are integrated using all the curriculum areas (reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, music, art, etc.)
 
September
Building our Classroom Community
 
October- North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
 
November-Europe
British Isles
France
Italy
Russia
 
December
Celebrations around the world
 
January- Antarctic
 
 
February-Africa
Kenya
Tanzania
Egypt
 
March-South America
Brazil
Chile
 
April- Asia
China
Japan
Vietnam
India
 
May- Austrailia
 

Our theme for this year is “On the Road to Learning”. We are doing an “around the world” theme and will be learning about the continents and many countries. Paddington came from “London” and your children will be bringing him home when they are the “Student of the Day”. This is the same process as Corduroy, and the expectations are the same.

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