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Diana's Update 5-11-21

Kindergarten Update

May 11, 2021

CDL Students: Trifold research boards, sashes with directions and other activity supplies can be picked up this week, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours. Call Leauriy (541-681-9662) when you arrive and she may be available to bring them to your car.

Hi All,


Each year the kindergarteners design and sew a sash. Teachers interpret and cut out the designs and pin them to the sashes for each child to sew themselves. We have reserved some 9:45 am meetings for our “sewing circles.” (Schedule goes home this week.) In a typical year, these are worn at the kindergarten spring music program. This year these will be worn when they present their research to their class. Presentations will begin in June. Lessons on the expectations and preparation for these will be given during in-person days. Each family will receive a video of their child’s presentation. CDL students will receive their lessons for presenting and recording via Seesaw.

A calendar will be sent home this week showing the schedule for the research project and the days children will meet to sew their sashes, one design per class time.

Also, it is time for the 4j district assessments. We’ll need to squeeze these 10-minute sessions in during our mornings. Be looking for an email with information about the day and time of your child’s slot soon.

A reminder: Wednesday is a school day. Be sure to turn in your work so you will be counted in attendance.

Happy days,

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 5-5-21


Even though Ridgeline’s annual school-wide Project Fair won’t be happening on campus, the kindergarten will move forward with our animal research projects.

Kristin and Diana will be giving lessons on each step of the research process and, also, modeling the process during zoom meetings and Seesaw assignments. Each step will be assigned as a Seesaw lesson over a three-week period. Cohort A and CDL will receive these assignments on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Cohort B will receive them on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Our hope is that the children will be confident in their work and the decisions they make around their projects. We will send the entire research plan next week.

Usually, there is much excitement about the project. But, it is better not to let your child rush through the process. They will get more out of the project if they have a chance to reflect after each step. And, the result will most likely be more attractive.

To begin, your child will choose an animal to research and tell us in the Research Topic assignment posted Wednesday but not necessarily due until Friday. Help them gather information about their animal from books and/or websites. This “big work” will be broken up into manageable chunks over a couple of weeks. The result will be an attractive, informative research board that your child will use in presenting the research to our class. (The trifold board and other supplies will be sent home next week.) This project has always been a source of pride for the children.

Happy May!

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 4-7-21

Seesaw will be down this afternoon from 3:00-3:30.

We hope all of the kindergarten families enjoyed the break. It’s always fun for us to see the children’s journal entries upon their return to school. And, the limericks!

We will be using two different weekly work schedules that will alternate every other week. The format will not change and the schedule will show up as always on Seesaw. Most of the assignments will be familiar. The main difference is that every other week, works that have typically been assigned on Monday and Tuesday will be assigned on Thursday and Friday and the vice-versa for that week. This will enable us to observe the different skills of the children in cohorts A and B while they are in the classroom.

Also, to find the other, more general schedules for CDL, Cohort A and Cohort B go to the kindergarten webpage.

Happy working!

The following information applies to students participating in hybrid learning:

And, now to backtrack about the contents to send in the “back-and-forth box” and the backpack. (What was I thinking?)

As for the printouts and materials, just send those that are needed for the two days at school. (Refer to the materials list on the week’s posted schedule.) The updated lists for box and backpack:

Back-and-Forth School Supply Box

Be attentive to the total weight as each child will be responsible for independently carrying their own box and backpack.

Please do not mark on the box as it will be reused by another student in the future.

Contents

Printouts for the two in-person days. (See materials list on weekly schedule.)

Pencil Pouch: pencil, eraser, colored pencils, dry-erase marker, scissors, glue stick, glue.

Container of markers.

Geoboard, rubber bands

Pad, pushpin

Tongs, pom-poms.

Bag of beads, pipe cleaners.

Playdough (cookie cutters or rolling pin optional).

Container of building blocks such as Legos or other builders. Change out according to interest.

Puzzle Change out according to interest.

3 Picture books. Change out according to interest.

Now, each child has a cubby with room for indoor shoes and one change of clothes. These can remain at school.

Backpack Contents

Lunch and snack

Water bottle with pop-up straw

Sun hat (Apply sunscreen prior to arrival.) or raingear and/or extra layers. (Dependent on weather.)

Diana's Update 3-5-21

Well, we made it through our week of double-trouble during which both Kristin and Diana were ill and Diana’s computer crashed and died with no hope of retrieving any of the files.

Still, as best we could under the circumstances, we celebrated Dr. Seuss and the 100th day of the 2020-2021 school year. It was fun to see how the children individualized their own “I am 100 Days Kinder!” crowns. And, the stacks of books sorted as to fiction or nonfiction were heartwarming.

Money was a focus recently. Activities included the money-exchange game, making props and acting out Benny’s Pennies and singing “One Cent, Two Cent” and “You Are My Dollar”.

Shape and Say stories have highlighted the letters e and k and their sounds.

An exciting, new part of our Friday Letters/Sounds assignment is blending sounds to make words.

Upcoming meeting cancellations: From Thursday, March 11 through Friday, March 19, individual student/teacher meetings, as well as zoom read-aloud, will be canceled as the teaching staff will be preparing classrooms on those afternoons.

Executive Director, Chrystell and Principal, Michelle would love to hear from students about their thoughts regarding the hybrid learning plan. If your students have questions or would like to share their thoughts, have them join for a Zoom session on Monday, March 8, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. Here is the link: Hybrid Learning Question and Answer Session for Students

Happy March,

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 2-18-21

In celebration of Dr. Seuss, we will wear stripes to our zoom meetings on Tuesday, March 2.

Recent Shape and Say stories have highlighted the letters and sounds of p, g, d, and j. One activity for the letter j was taking turns acting out the poem “Junco.” Each really enjoyed having a time in the spotlight.

The children have been sharing their original stories. We are quite proud of them and look forward to hearing the creative plots.

Best-guess spelling is the new expectation for journal entries and the dictionary was introduced for finding words that start with the letter of the week. In the lesson, we looked at the pages for the vowels a, I and o.

Groups of a hundred are now being gathered with the golden bead place value material.

The many Valentine crafts, including the pillows and bracelets with sequins were quite popular works. Also, it was fun to see the children dancing at our card exchange party.

The children have made hoecakes in honor of our first president. They practiced measuring, mixing and flipping.

In addition to books about presidents, we have listened to Juneteenth For Mazie” and highlighted some of the activists in the book, “Enough!”

February songs and rhymes: “February is a Short Month,” “His Name was Washington,” “Abraham Lincoln,” “Mail Myself to You”, “Skid-a-ma-rink-a-dink-a-dink,” “Heart of Paper,” “L-0V-E Spells Love” and more.

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 2-4-21

Valentines will be available for pickup on Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9. Other items included for distribution will be new math booklets and materials for the March sewing project along with other supplies. Bags will be in the breezeway and available for pickup till 4:00 both days.

Our class will be decorating Valentine bags on Monday. On Wednesday, February 10, we will open them “together” during one of our meetings.

The groundhog puppet shows were adorable. Did you take the woodchuck tongue twister challenge?

We’ll be sharing the children’s stories in our zoom meetings over the next couple of weeks. The children are always so proud of their story writing ability and enjoy hearing their classmates’ original tales, too.

Recent letters and their sounds: o, p, g, and d.

Next week promises lots of Valentine fun with sewing, crafts and singing.

Conferences: Thursday and Friday.

Happy February!

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 1-21-21

Weekly Art Update

This week (1/19-22), we continued practicing our portrait drawing skills by finishing up self-portraits, and also drawing Martin Luther King, Jr. Next week (1/25-28), we'll start on a landscape unit. We'll look at the painting “Landscape With Rainbow” by Robert Duncanson. This hopeful painting was chosen by Jill Biden for display during the inauguration and (I learned) this artist was one of the best-known and most acclaimed African American painters of the Civil War era.

Check weekly schedule (and below) for your child’s additional one-on-one meeting needed for assessments: We will be scheduling additional meetings over the next week in order to complete the 4J district assessments. The language section includes three different one-minute checks for letter sounds, phoneme segmenting and word reading. The math is untimed. Please plan for your child to be at their regular, recurring individual meeting as well.

Popular assignments this week were sewing snow gnomes and creating a diorama for them, the Big and Little Dippers poster and building with recyclables.

In astronomy, we will be returning to the solar system. The children will sponge paint Suns. Using their Sun and the planets they water-colored and punched out so beautifully, each will complete a long wall poster displaying the planets’ order from the Sun.

Adult prep for the following week: cut out the thicker set of the triangle pages. There are four pages printed on cardstock, one each in red, yellow, green and manilla. (The set printed on regular colored paper will be assigned at a later time for your child to cut out.) The children will be working with the thicker set for a while before they need the other.

Valentines will be available for pickup on Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9. Once home, they can be placed in the Valentine bag your child will have created during our meetings that Monday. Wednesday, February 10, we will open them “together” during one of our meetings. Other items for this distribution will be new math booklets and the March sewing project.

Happy Weekend,

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 1-11-2021

Supplies Distribution (and Valentines drop-off): Another bag of supplies is scheduled for pickup this Thursday afternoon between 2:00 and 5:00.

If your child will participate in our class Valentine exchange please drop a bag of 29 signed cards into the labeled container. Please do not address the cards to specific students. The cards will be divided so each student will receive one from every child who participates. These bags will be available for pickup on Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9. They can be placed in the Valentine bag your child will have created during our meetings that Monday. Later that week, we will have a zoom party and open Valentines.

Needed for this Friday’s Peace Medal craft: a lid from an average to large can. If edges are sharp from the can opener then wrap with masking tape. A roll of tape as well as the other materials for this craft will be in the new supplies to be picked up this Thursday.

Happy working!

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 12-17-2020

The completed world maps are beautiful. It is exciting to see the results of such careful effort taken over the past weeks. The children are proud of themselves, as they should be.

And, speaking of effort, the winter banners turned out lovely and shiny, as did the Milky Way galaxies. (Teachers can never go wrong with sequins and glitter.)

Kristin’s “Draw with Me” lessons continue to engage the children. These lessons usually involve drawing animals with names that start with the letter/sound of the week.

Today, we will finish Ruth Stiles Gannett’s My Father’s Dragon trilogy. Remember, the daily read-aloud recording is posted to our kindergarten webpage.

Our most recent letters and their sounds were b and f.

Our next supply distribution is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 4-6:00 pm. This will include supplies for our seasonal projects, astronomy lessons and more. If you are running low on consumable supplies (paper, pencils, notebooks etc.) let us know and we can include these in your child’s bag.

Things to gather for January: a jar for a snow globe project and at least 10 birthday candles to go with a new subtraction card.

We wish you all a happy holiday season and a …

Happy New Year!

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 12-3-2020

Our class cultural lessons this week introduced the solar system. Building the play-dough planets gave the children a sensorial experience of the sizes of each planet. This, in addition to the “Sun and Planets Spin” with classmate paper dolls, gave practice with the order of the planets.

Today kindergarteners used their watercolor sets for the first time in our mid-morning small group time to paint the planets. The translucent color made for a beautiful glowing effect. Place this sheet in the paper folder as there will be future work with it.

We are focusing on the letter Nn and its sound. During Thursday morning meeting, everyone looks forward to seeing the posting of all the different Wednesday Walk sightings of things that start with the letter of the week.

For read-aloud we have completed Russell E. Erickson’s series about the two toad brothers Warton and Morton. Yesterday, we began the first book of the My Father’s Dragon trilogy. If you ever miss a day, the recording is posted on the kindergarten web page.

Things to gather for January projects: a small, clear jar, a box of birthday candles.

Happy Working,

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 11-20-2020

The children are so amazed at how the seeds are sprouting and growing. It has been a delight to see and hear about their experience with plants.

We’ll continue to observe fungi as well. There were two sightings posted on our Wednesday Walk assignment.

In addition to previous Fall projects like the placemat weaving, leaf lacing and leaf pillow, our short week coming up will include some festive crafts as well as opportunities to reflect on the people, things and experiences we appreciate.

With gratitude on our minds and hearts, and in the spirit of the holiday, we want to thank all the adults who are helping keep the children engaged and learning. You are doing great!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 11-6-2020

The kindergarteners are looking forward to hammering tomorrow. We included additional wooden sticks (orange and green) and nails (little plastic container) to be kept with the others in the pouch. The hammering board’s fibers shed, so you may want to keep it in a tray or cut down a cardboard box for it.

A list of materials was included in the most recent bag of supplies. It explains what some items are and also which need some adult prepping.

Also, the children will need the flannel blindfold from their supply box for the rhymes and songs movement assignment tomorrow. They may, also, enjoy a long ribbon, scarf or streamer. I’m attaching a couple of the rhymes to this email for those who want to print them out. It isn’t necessary to have copies.

There is no school next Wednesday, Veteran’s Day.

Happy autumn,

Diana and Kristin

Diana's Update 10-22-2020

Our calendar leaders are doing such a good job. Maci’s modeling was quite effective training for this important responsibility. We will be assigning one child a day to update the calendar each morning. The assignment will be posted to an individual student’s Seesaw journal a couple days in advance of their turn, giving time to make a recording. If your child wants to decline the invitation, just let us know and we will assign the job to another student.

Adjusting our schedule: Beginning next week, we will be posting all daily assignments at the beginning of the day. Also, we are discontinuing our 2:40 meetings that have been scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The remaining order of hammers has arrived. If you do not have the pouch containing a hammer, nails and wooden shapes, be sure to ask for this when picking up the other supplies. Finally, everyone will have a hammer and we can introduce the hammering work in November. Hurray!

Art Supply & Other Supplies Distribution - Now that we are a month into school we have more items for you to pick up to assist you student(s) with CDL. There are items for ALL students to pick up. Pick up times are on conference days - Thursday, October 29, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. AND Friday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. - 10am. Please make every effort to come during those times to pick up art supplies and other items. If you cannot come at these times we encourage you to reach out to another Ridgeline family to pick up your child’s items.

Please present a clearly written sign with each student’s FULL NAME, GRADE, and CLASS on it. Add siblings to your sign with all the same information.

Example: Patty Smith Simon Smith

Grade 3 Grade 5

Rachel’s Class Jasper’s Class

Pull up as far as you can in the driveway circle and wait for a staff member to come to your vehicle. Masks are required. Remain in your vehicle. Hand the sign to the staff member and they will hand you your bag/box.

Happy Working,

Diana and Kristin

In order for us to be able to make recordings of zoom lessons that absent students can access, we really need to have families give permission for participating students to be included in the video. These videos will only be used by their classmates in order to access lessons at future times. Without these permissions it makes it virtually impossible for teachers to make meaningful instructional videos. Contact me if you have any questions and please fill out the permission as soon as you can:

Distance Learning Recording Consent Form- Kinder

Diana's Update 10-8-20

Hello,

With all there is for you to manage each day, we are hoping that having more of the kindergarten routine in place will help in gathering materials . Every Monday the children will need the letter of the week card and will work in their journals. They will work in their addition booklet on Tuesday. On Wednesday they bring their laminated sheet and handwriting pages to midmorning group. Thursday is the day to work in the subtraction booklet. Beginning next Friday, we will introduce our letter review time. Of course, we will continue to list materials needed each day at the bottom of our weekly schedule. ( A heads-up: one project next week requires ½ cup of cornstarch.)

Another supply pick up is in the works for late October. We’re hoping that those of you who have volunteered to prep projects for November and December will be able to return these by Friday, October 23.

Our class has enjoyed the special books students have shared during their birthday celebrations. If your child has a book they would like you to read to their classmates, you don’t have to wait until their birthday. Just let us know and we will schedule it.

Thank you for posting your child’s work to their Seesaw journal. Viewing their work gives us information and insight that will enable us to better help your child as the year progresses.

Diana and Kristin

In order for teachers to effectively use zoom, they may need to view the students on the screen to ensure student engagement. This means that if teachers record the lesson for absent students or student review, the participating students will be included in the video.

Distance Learning Recording Consent Form- Kinder

https://forms.gle/SSV2TTttcz38S4iM9

Diana's Update 10-1-2020

As a rule, the children are becoming more comfortable with school. They are more animated when we say poems and sing. They are, also, becoming more adept with the zoom settings, muting and unmuting by themselves, as well as independently leaving our meetings.

To be used during our morning meeting, they have created a peace flag, practiced the Kindness Pledge and created a solar calendar that they will learn to update. Eventually, each will be able to lead calendar time and announce the current date with confidence.

In addition to our zoom meetings, the kindergarteners have been introduced to a little bit more of our normal weekly routine—our letter of the week and its daily activities, journal writing, read-aloud and the check-in

Next week, the kindergarteners will be introduced to an addition and a subtraction work that will become part of their weekly routine.

It is such a joy to see your children’s faces at our meetings and their postings on Seesaw.

Have a happy weekend,

Diana and Kristin


Diana's Update 9-28-2020

Dear Families,

We are coming to the end of our first week of kindergarten. It is such a joy to begin the day, looking out at all the smiles. The small group work time has been a delight, too. The children are mostly working parallel at this point but are slowly starting to open up and converse.

Next week, we will start some beginning math and language activities. We will begin the weekly check-ins. And, we are looking forward to art at 11:00 on Wednesday and Friday. You will receive more information from our art teachers soon.

In past years, we have invited parents to bring one of their child’s favorite books into the classroom to read to the children. We would like to carry this tradition into our virtual gatherings. If you and your child would want to share a book in this way, let Kristin and me know and we’ll schedule it.

We can be reached by email and the kindergarten zoom link. This week, we had a problem with the waiting room feature display and some break out room issues. We hope the glitches are worked out.

Kristin and I appreciate all your support.

Diana

P.S. I am going to try to post or email the kindergarten weekly schedule earlier in the weekend.

Zoom Recordings:

This week we have been working out the kinks and learning how to record our zoom lessons and make them available to parents and students through the classroom website.

By Monday (9/28) evening, you can expect to access the recordings through the Recorded Zoom Lesson Link button located on our classroom webpage. It may ask you to request access, if so please hit the request access button and we will grant you access as soon as possible. --


Diana's Update 9-25-2020

We are coming to the end of our first week of kindergarten. It is such a joy to begin the day, looking out at all the smiles. The small group work time has been a delight, too. The children are mostly working parallel at this point but are slowly starting to open up and converse.

Next week, we will start some beginning math and language activities. We will be the weekly check-ins. And, we are looking forward to art at 11:00 on Wednesday and Friday.

In past years, we have invited parents to bring one of their child’s favorite books into the classroom to read to the children. We would like to carry this tradition into our virtual gatherings. If you and your child would want to share a book in this way, let Kristin and me know and we’ll schedule it.

We can be reached by email and the kindergarten zoom link. This week, we had a problem with the waiting room feature display and some break out room issues. We hope the glitches are worked out.

Kristin and I appreciate all your support.

Diana

Zoom Recordings:

This week we have been working out the kinks and learning how to record our zoom lessons and make them available to parents and students through the classroom website.

By Monday (9/28) evening, you can expect to access the recordings through the Recorded Zoom Lesson Link button located on our classroom webpage. It may ask you to request access, if so please hit the request access button and we will grant you access as soon as possible. --

Kinders-CDL.pdf
Kinders Cohort A.pdf
Kinders Cohort B.pdf

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