Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

The year is off to a great start!  Our week has been filled with activities to help us get to know one another, learn routines, and explore our spaces.  We hope your child has shared a few details with you about life in kindergarten.   Today our all-school-theme was revealed ... MYSTERIES.

Throughout the year we will engage in activities related to mysteries in our classrooms, as well as with the larger school.   We found a mysterious box together this afternoon, and answered riddles to figure out what was inside.  Put on your detective hat and see if you can figure it out:

  1. I am filled with words, but I cannot speak.
  2. I have a spine but no bones.
  3. I can take you on adventures without ever leaving your seat.
  4. I can be hard or soft, big or small.
  5. Sometimes I tell the truth, sometimes I make things up.
  6. Inside me you might meet Mercy Watson, Elmer Elevator,  the Big Bad Wolf, or Sherlock Holmes.

The children were very excited when we opened the box to discover a mystery book.                      

Ask your child to tell you about it!  We also revealed that our group names are mystery-related.  Jonah’s group is called “The Detectives.”  Elizabeth’s group is “The Investigators”  Rachel’s group is, “The Riddles.”  Katie’s group is “The Clues.”  Our students seems excited to weave this study of mysteries into our days.  We will give you more details about this as the year unfolds.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30 pm for Back-to-School Night, when we will give you an overview of how our days are spent in kindergarten.  In the meantime, here is some information we thought you’d find helpful.

Friday Classroom Notes
Please read our “Friday Classroom Notes” carefully each week.  They will be posted on the parent portal of the school website, www.tpschool.org.  Friday Notes are extremely important.  They will include upcoming events and highlights from our classroom.  Please let us know if you do not have regular access to e-mail or the Internet. 

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Kindergarten students go together each Friday during the fall and spring to The Schuylkill Center.  Unless notified otherwise, please send your child to school on  Fridays ready to go to The Schuykill Center.  We sometimes make weather-related decisions at the last minute.  Our first trip to The Schuylkill Center will be next Friday, September 18th.  Please send a water bottle and a trashless lunch each time we go to the Center since there are no trash facilities available.  We recommend long sleeves and long pants to protect your child from insect bites, ticks, and scrapes and scratches as we hike through the woods.  We will be teaching the children to check themselves and each other for ticks before they board the buses to return to school.  A thorough tick check and a shower or bath are strongly recommended on Friday nights.  If you want your child to wear sunscreen or bug repellant, please apply it before school.  Your child should wear sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers.    

Change of Clothes
Please send a full change of clothes for your child to keep in school in a plastic bag in case of accidents or a particularly muddy time at The Schuylkill Center.  

Appropriate Footwear
Please make sure your son/daughter comes to school dressed to participate fully and with appropriate footwear.  We ask children to wear closed-toed shoes that make running and climbing at the park easy to navigate.

Dismissal
If your child is in ASEP, s/he will be walked to the ASEP program by kindergarten and ASEP teachers.  If your child is being picked up directly after school, s/he will be brought out of the classroom around 3 o’clock on Monday-Thursday when the children play in the garden.  Dismissal is officially called for 3:15 pm on Monday-Thursday but you may come and be in the garden with your child at 3pm.   Friday dismissal is at 3pm, and we come out to the garden around 2:55 pm.  Kindergarten dismissal is through the South Street exit of the garden (this is a change from previous years). Please be sure to leave the garden with your child when you hear the bell ring. It is important that the teachers return to our classrooms to prepare for the following day and we were asked not to leave the garden until every student has departed.  We also ask that you not pick any vegetables with your child when in the garden.  Part of our curriculum is harvesting those vegetables, and we want to be sure to have enough for the entire class to harvest.  Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Birthdays
We love celebrating birthdays at school.  If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday in our classroom, please email us at least a week in advance so we can plan.  In kindergarten (unlike 1st-8th grade), parents usually supply a small snack to celebrate.  Please send birthday party invitations, thank you notes, gifts, etc. through the mail or outside of school unless everyone in the class is included.

We look forward to working closely with you throughout the year.   Now that you and your child have experienced a few days of kindergarten, we want to check in to see if you have any questions.  Your child’s “contact teacher” will call you this weekend or early next week.   You can also reach us by email (see our addresses below).  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Elizabeth ezack@tpschool.org
Jonah jpatten@tpschool.org
Katie kmiller@tpschool.org
Marisa mblock@tpschool.org
Melissa mroldan-stills@tpschool.org
Rachel radamskaplan@tpschool.org