Kinder

Classroom Updates

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. --

Kindergarten Schedule 20-21.pdf

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