Dear Families,
    It's hard to believe that this will be my last newsletter to you this year!! It will be pretty bare-bones...
General Classroom News:
    Families are invited to join our class on the last day, June 16, at 1:45. I do a slideshow of pictures of this year and hand out certificates. Then I like to end with ice cream sundaes!! I will ask our Room Parent to call for donations for that.  Do not get confused by the school newsletter. June 21st is the last day of school for the "olders"!!
    I have completed the cumulative assessment with each child. Your child's results will come home with his/her report card on the last day.

Writer's Workshop:
    This week, we did a quick review of Narrative Writing (true stories). The children then did an on-demand writing on Thursday ~ since the last true story they wrote was back in January or so!! I wanted a more recent writing sample for that genre for the report card & to send on to their 1st grade teachers. 

Reader's Workshop:
    Our small group reading jobs this week were: making letters with Design Builders; drawing a self-portrait and writing his/her first name; choosing stories on Tumblebooks on the iPads; using Three Little Pigs flannel board pieces while I finished up assessments with them individually.
    We continued the reading unit, Becoming Avid Readers. We continued to practice our avid reader skills.
    I have also read them different versions of The Three Pigs over the past 2 weeks, and we have worked on comparing & contrasting them.

Math Work:
    We begin our math time with some whole group work. This week, the children did count down and sit down, counting to 25. They also practiced writing numbers based on the math hands I showed them.  
    The activities in the math bins this week were again: 3-D shape builders; Pop for Numbers (more/less with teen numbers); shape bingo; 10's partner Go Fish; Shape Shopper (sorting pictures according to 3-D shape); Popcorn math (roll & add the quantity on 2 die); roll & draw a shape; roll & build a hexagon (using other pattern block shapes). When they met with me, I worked on some math assessments with them.

Fun Friday:
    In the morning, we got together with our 3rd-grade buddies again. The 3rd graders shared their dioramas and reports with their buddy. They then decorated a frame for a picture we took of the 2 (or 3!).
    In the afternoon we read a Let's Find Out: It's Time to Say Goodbye. We talked about what our schedule will look like next week, the special activities we will do to end our year together. The children got to request their favorite activities, stories, etc. that they would like to do one more time.
    They each chose 2 versions of The Three Pigs to compare & contrast for me.

    PBiS is a school-wide behavior program, with school-wide behavior expectations. The over-arching expectations are:
    P personal best
    A act responsibly
    W work and play safely
    S show kindness

    I will be sending home a packet of activity ideas to help your child keep all his/her great learning going this summer.

School Sing:
    School Sing is a K-4 activity that takes place every Friday morning from 8:30-9 a.m. in the cafeteria. We sing songs (of course!!), birthdays and individual students are celebrated, and we collect for various service agencies in our community. Each child in our class will have a turn to be celebrated. When it is your child's turn, I will send home a poster for you to fill out and have your child decorate. We will display the poster, and any 5-7 photos you might want to send in, in our classroom for the week before it is shared at School Sing on Friday. Families are always welcome to join us for School Sing!
    We will be collecting for Martha's Kitchen until June 16. They are in need of canned and packaged foods. Please, no glass containers, no foods that contain nuts or any foods that need to be kept cold.

Last Week
    Our last week of Kindergarten (June 12-16) will include some closure activities, some cleaning, and lots of fun! The children will get the chance to request a re-do of favorite activities from throughout the year (except for field trips!). I would like each child to bring in a plain white t-shirt that we will decorate. Here's a run-down of the plans:
    Monday ~ activities requested, decorate t-shirts, a surprise!
    Tuesday ~ movie and pajama day, decorate t-shirts (if needed)
    Wednesday ~ Kindergarten fun day, starting with a picnic lunch 
    Thursday ~ rain date for our fun day if needed; classroom cleaning
    Friday ~ celebration of learning. Families are invited to join us at

Upcoming Dates:
    June 16 ~ last day of Kindergarten (!!!) I do a celebration of learning & hand out certificates starting at about 1:45 that day