Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

This week was another of discovery, play, joy, and learning. We continued to get to know one another, learn each other’s names, make new friends, and learn classroom routines.

Our students went to their “specials” for the first time. We had Movement, Art, Kindergarten Sing, and Music. Kindergarten Sing is a time when the entire kindergarten gets together with our Music teacher, Chris, and learns songs together. Music is a time when groups of 12 or 13 children spend time with Chris learning about different instruments and rhythms and make music together. Movement, with Meg, integrates Spanish, physical education, and mindfulness practices. During art, with Kait or Catherine, children spend time in the Art Studio experimenting with different art materials and techniques.

Our first “Seed to Table” class this week focused on getting to know the garden space. The children were given clues to solve the mysteries of where things grow in the garden - connected to our all-school theme. Children learned about some of the different vegetables, fruits and herbs growing in the garden. They went on a scavenger hunt and discovered eggplant, cucumbers, raspberries, tomatoes and much more. During drop off and pick up, ask your child to give you a tour of the garden!

In our classroom the students collaged self-portraits out of paper and foam shapes. Each individual portrait is hung proudly on our walls and they beautifully represent our class community. If you have an extra moment at drop off or pick up, we would love to have you come in and see them!

At The Schuylkill Center today we “hiked” from the bus, explored one small area, observed lots of nature, and built forts. Our goal for this first week at The Schuylkill Center is to help the children feel comfortable in nature and to learn how to play in a place that doesn’t have equipment.

Our Friday Notes often include questions for you to ask your child to help begin conversations about what is happening in school.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What did you do in movement class?
  • List at least three things that grow in the garden.
  • Tell me two things your group does during Morning Meeting.
  • What do you do during Number Corner?
  • What was one thing you enjoyed doing at Activity Time?
  • What is the name of a new friend you’ve played with in kindergarten? What did you do with that friend?
  • What was interesting/surprising/fun at The Schuylkill Center?

Reminders:

Chris, our Music teacher asked us to share this information: As you probably know, tomorrow is  Play for Change day at TPS. Kindergarteners are invited to sing "This Little Light of Mine" as part of the music making. The Play for Change program will begin at 2:00, and the kindergarten will be the first to sing. There will also be another opportunity for everyone to sing the song, "Ripple" later in the program. Although participation is not obligatory, we hope to see you there!

Join us this coming Tuesday, September 22 from 8:15 to 9:15am in the Garage for a preschool and kindergarten parent coffee. This will be an opportunity to talk with Carlye Nelson-Major, Associate Head for preschool-3rd grade, as well as members of our Learning Resources team about the first six weeks of school. We welcome your questions and wonderings. Coffee and pastries will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30 pm in the Garage for Back to School Night. (There is a TPSA Meet and Greet beforehand starting at 5:30 pm.) We will present you with some information about kindergarten and answer your questions about what happens in our classrooms every day. Please note that this is an event for adults, and there is no child care available.

Please remember that there is a drop-off-only lane in front of the school on 25th Street. Please do not park there if you plan to escort your child into the Garden. Thanks.

Enjoy the weekend,

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Team
Rachel, Melissa, Marisa, Katie, Jonah, and Elizabeth