What a great first two days of school! We had a blast getting to know each other. This is such a fun group of kiddos. I'm excited to spend the year with them! We did several fun activities. We created a "web of connections" by tossing yarn to each other when we had things in common, used Play-doh to create an object that represented what was important to us, and practiced our daily routines. We also created two classroom expectations: Be Kind and Work Hard. Here is some information for next week.
Pictures: We have several pictures trickling in and our bookshelf is looking great! If you have not sent in a picture yet, that is fine. The plan is just to have a picture of something special to each child in a frame. I have extra frames if needed. I appreciate you doing this!
Writing notebooks: We will spend time developing an "ideas" section in writing notebooks to give students a place to look when they struggle to choose a writing topic. The cover of our writing notebooks will also be a place filled with writing ideas. We will spend about 15 minutes on Monday "decorating" our writing notebooks. I have some magazines and paper to use, but you are welcome to send your child with pictures, magazine clippings, stickers, drawings, or words to transform their notebook into a place full of writing ideas. Some students took these home Friday to work on over the weekend and that is perfectly fine. If you have extra supplies that other students may use feel free to send those in also.
Take Home Folders: Your child should have come home with a red folder Friday with "Home" written on it. This folder will be used to transport paperwork to and from school. The two pockets are labeled "Keep" and "Return". Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack for paperwork to come home in this folder. I try to send a Dojo message if I am sending something super important, but I do forget sometimes.
Snack: Due to our late lunch time, students are allowed to bring in a snack to eat around 10:30. This snack should be something healthy and store bought. I do not have any extra snacks in the classroom.
Monday's Eclipse: We will spend most of the day learning about the eclipse. We will go outside to view it around 1:00 using the solar glasses that were donated by Dr. Jarvis. I will explain to students the importance of only viewing the eclipse with the solar glasses on. Please discuss this with them at home as well. I am so excited to experience something this awesome with a great group of kids!
Please Email or Dojo message me with any questions you have.