Students in kindergarten must be able to "participate in...conversations with diverse partners...in large groups," "follow agreed-upon rules for discussions," and ask and answer questions." (CCSS SL.k.1, 1a, 3) To this end, some participated in an adorable share and tell. Though this was an informal arrangement, the participants took it upon themselves to bring something to share without reminders. Kudos to them!
We had many events go on today. Students got to go to the Roar Store, listen to Show and Tell, and watch a movie with the wonderful eats and drinks you helped provide (and thank you so much for doing so!). This celebrates the half-year of learning and progress your children have made. I look forward to a half a year more!
One of kids' favorite games is the classic Duck, Duck, Goose! We had a chance to get outside today in supreme weather for a huge game of DDG. Both kindergarten classes participated, and students were able to run the game, literally.
Twice a school year, students, parents, and teachers meet together in conference week to get updated on learning progress. Students and community members look forward to this week for those reasons but also look forward to the book fair that goes on. Students especially become enthused with reading and picking a book with which to do so. Our students had a chance on Tuesday to "window shop" for books for their parents to purchase. Yes, you can thank Mr. Firme for your child being persistent in asking for that book you got them. 😅
On Tuesday, our bus drivers taught our students, many of them that have never been on the bus before, what to do in the event of an emergency. The drill culminated in getting to jump out of the bus!
Today, we had our first student of the month assembly of the year. Though students seemed to be confused as to what being a Student of the Month means, they quickly became motivated to perform at their best to reach this goal! "Bucket Fillers" were also awarded, and students learned what it means to be a nice community member and to fill others' imaginary "buckets." Congratulations to all of our SOTMs and Bucket Fillers for this month! We'll see who gets picked next time!
As a culmination of learning throughout the week, our students participated in diverse activities. They got to visit the Roar Store for the first time, get extra exercise outside, and do some fall finger painting to learn of the colors of the season. It was definitely a good day!
As a PBIS school, positive behavior incentives are a crucial part of the school environment and culture. To encourage positive behavior, students are given Lion Bucks to spend at the Roar Store. Today, our class had their first school assembly teaching them how to buy things at the store, how to safely keep and fill out Lion Bucks, and what is available to purchase. Students are totally excited to start saving their money!
Second day of school went smoothly as students transition very well into the routines of the class. They are learning to line up, cut, glue, and share during exploratory activities.
Kindergarten celebrated their passage into first grade and one of their first academic celebrations. Songs were sung, and parents cheered.
I would really like for all parents to upload pictures they have taken to this album:
If there are any problems with the link or process, let me know. Any pictures uploaded there will be visible to others. I recommend that everyone keep their ClassDojo app as the school will frequently post school wide announcements on it. This class website will always be here to make reference to pictures and resources.
It has been an absolute pleasure spending the past year with your students. I will say goodbye for now, but not forever! I will be here next year for all of your children to visit whenever they want to help, say hi, or any other reason. Thank you parents for being the best parents a teacher could ask for!
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