Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ November 16th

Family/Holiday Traditions
Last year we started a new tradition in our class – sharing our family traditions!We’ll continue this year, and I would like to request your support:

  • Please check your student’s homework folder today for a blue “Family Traditions” page
  • Ask your child about their favorite tradition(s) that you share as a family. This can be holiday oriented, anytime throughout the year, or another tradition that your family upholds. Maybe they can’t think of one, but a discussion might spark their thinking.
  • When ready to fill it out, you and your child can fill it out together (You may do the writing / take dictation). They can illustrate the tradition in the space provided. The page is two-sided, allowing for two different traditions, or for more space to write from side one.
  • We will share/read our traditions together in class – students should bring in their page no later than this Friday
  • My example I shared with the class today: When I was a kid in Tucson Arizona, every Thanksgiving my family would get together with another family, make a bunch of food, pack it up in the car, and drive up Mount Lemmon. There was often snow up there, which made it exciting and cold! We’d put all our food out on the picnic table and just eat all day long. We’d make a fire and cook fish and potatoes. My dad would create a scavenger hunt for the kids, which would often end in s’mores over the fire. Then we’d play a little football game on family teams. Then, we’d eat more food!


Upcoming Dates / Events:

  • Thanksgiving Holiday – no school Wednesday 11/24 – Friday 11/26
  • 1st Trimester Progress Reports will be handed out Monday 11/22
  • Friday Sharing:
        Sun Group – November 19th**

        Moon Group – December 3rd
        Star Group – December 10th


**If students’ shares require a parent coming to the school, please email me so that we can coordinate

Photo time!!
Our class has had two special clay lessons/activities so far with a guest teacher from Art & Soul: monsters & coiled cups. What creative kiddos!

* Miss Kristen *

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”
~Pablo Picasso

Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ November 9th

Wow! What a wonderful Dia de Muertos!
Thank you all for being a part of Village’s first festival this year.
Special thanks to:

  • Claudia (Lucia’s mom) for making tacos, writing poems, and painting rocks with the students.
  • Carolina (Noa’s mom) for painting faces before the festival.
  • Amy (Reed’s mom) for gifting sugar skulls to each student in our class on the day of the event.

    Upcoming Classroom Events:
  • Pajama Day – This Friday November 12th – we’re celebrating the end of the first trimester with some fun … stuffies welcome!
  • Friday Sharing – begins next Friday November 19th with the SUN group – we’ll be talking more about Friday sharing in class this week and next – ask your student what it entails!
  • 1st trimester Progress Reports will be handed out on Monday November 22nd

    Please enjoy some more photos from our festivities last week below….
    In gratitude & appreciation,
    *Miss Kristen*


Guacamole…
Feast!
Poems…
Tortillas…
Masks with our big buddies…

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive”
~Alice Waters

Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ November 2nd

Don’t miss our Dia de los Muertos Festival…

Festival Attire:

  • Students are encouraged to wear black skeleton attire – check Friday’s bulletin for a link to a stencil
  • Masks: All students and families must wear masks. Our class made their masks last week and can change into that mask when they arrive at the classroom.
  • Face Paint: students are encouraged to paint their faces in traditional dia de los Muertos style – Noa’s mom Carolina has graciously volunteered to help with student face paint on Friday evening beginning at 5:00 in our classroom. – Thank you, Carolina!

Arrival & Festivities:

  • Our festival begins at 6:00
  • Please arrive between 5:00 – 5:30 if your student would like their face painted, and no later than 5:50 to be ready to line up as a class for our school’s first song.
  • There will be no childcare/supervision provided so please be prepared to keep an eye on your child before they line up with our class at 5:50
  • After our whole-school songs and individual class poems, etc, families will be invited to check out each class’s ofrenda

Ofrenda Offerings

  • photos of loved ones and ancestors for our class ofrenda are still welcome!
  • Muchas gracias, Claudia! Lucia’s mom Claudia led students in Dia de los Muertos poetry writing and art today. Student’s work will be on display in our classroom on Friday, so be sure to come check them out!  

See you on Friday!
*Miss Kristen*

En el Dia de los Muertos
me acuerdo de tí
todavia quisiera
que estuvieras aquí
Pero vives en mi corazón
y nunca me voy a olvidar
del cariño y buenos recuerdos
que siempre van a estar


~Angelina Sáenz

Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ October 26th

Dia de los Muertos

  • I have enjoyed seeing pictures of and learning about the students’ loved ones and ancestors so far!
  • We are gathering our items and will begin making our ofrenda on Friday.
  • I encourage students to bring in their photos and special items this week, though next week will work as well.
  • We are excited to share our seasonal poem with you, as well as our school songs with you during our festival next Friday November 5th.


Poetry

Our class has been learning poems about the earth, the moon, the stars… the seasons and the feelings that go with them. We often have sign language or other hand motions to go with our poems. Maybe your child can teach you?

Here’s one example of a favorite of ours:

The Valleys Shape the Mountains
The Valleys shape the mountains
The shadow shapes the crescent moon
The chill of late December Shapes the warmth we feel in June
So next time that you’re crying
Just remember this small rhyme
Your sadness shapes the happiness
You’ll feel again in time


Calling All Artists

  • Speaking of poetry, I like to make cards with the titles of our songs and poems, with some art representing the theme.
  • I just don’t have time (or the artistic expertise) to create these cards, and would like to ask for your help!
  • If you like to draw and color, and would like a small project from time to time, let me know!


Que Llueva!
Let it rain!
It looks as though all students have boots and coats, THANK YOU!

  • As a reminder, students may leave their boots here at school, or arrive to school with them every day.
  • Students are encouraged to play in puddles in a slow and careful manner, avoiding splashes and mishaps so that they can remain dry for the remainder of the school day, however, accidents happen….
  • I might recommend during this rainy season that students have extra socks, underwear, and a pair of pants in their backpacks for these inevitable mishaps.


I’ll leave you with some pictures of puddle-pals, and Paul with his masked stick-man. 🙂

Thank you for reading,
*Miss Kristen*

“Winter is an etching
Spring, a watercolor
Summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all”

~Stanley Horowitz

Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ October 19th

Wet, Wintery Weather is HERE! Rain Boots / Rain Coats Needed!
The rain has arrived, and with it we must be prepared…

Students need to have rainboots at school every day:
– Ideally, students will have a set of rain boots to keep here at school all season
– If students just have one set of boots between home and school, they need to wear them to school everyday.
– Even when it is not raining, we go out to recess in the field and it can be very soggy and muddy, which is why they need to be prepared everyday.

Students need to have a raincoat on rainy days:
– We still go outside in the rain, and in order to stay warm and dry students must have a water-proof raincoat with a hood.
– They do not need to leave them at school, but students should come to school on expected rain days with their raincoats.

*Thank you for your help in preparing students for the upcoming weather.
*I may have a few extra pairs of rain boots to donate if needed
*If you have extra rainboots to donate, feel free to send them our way!


Que Llueva!

Let it rain!
It looks as though all students have boots and coats, THANK YOU!

  • As a reminder, students may leave their boots here at school, or arrive to school with them every day.
  • Students are encouraged to play in puddles in a slow and careful manner, avoiding splashes and mishaps so that they can remain dry for the remainder of the school day, however, accidents happen….
  • I might recommend during this rainy season that students have extra socks, underwear, and a pair of pants in their backpacks for these inevitable mishaps.I’ll leave you with some pictures of puddle-pals, and Paul with his masked stick-man. :)Thank you for reading,*Miss Kristen*
The Earths and their Blocks creation
The Earths and their Blocks creation
The Bold Boys of the Boulder; Arthur, Ousei, Oliver, & Sonny
The Bold Boys of the Boulder; Arthur, Ousei, Oliver, & Sonny
“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods”
~Rachel Carson


Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ October 12th

Building is Serious Business
At the beginning of each week, students get to build with blocks together as part of our morning center rotations. Can it get a bit loud? Undoubtedly. Am I continuously amazed at the creativity and teamwork demonstrated by the students? Absolutely!

Check out these block creations featuring the Fire and Air groups 

Kooky Kids with Kickballs
Every Wednesday and Friday students have movement/P.E. with Matt, and often get to play games with their big buddies in Ms. Parent’s class. They have been practicing their gross motor skills in games such as Pac-Man, Blob, and relays.

Our colorful kickballs / hats however have been sitting neglected on the shelf for too long now… is it time to inflate them and put them to use? Or perhaps keep them as hats? 🙂 

It has been wonderful to speak with you all in person during conferences!Stay tuned for more news next week about our El Dia de los Muertos activities and festival.

Thank you for reading,
*Miss Kristen*

P.S. – Our class explored the word “whimsical” last week, and so this next quote seemed perfectly fitting to end this particular newsletter 

“Creativity does not belong exclusively to professional artists and geniuses; it is the birthright of every single human being. Creativity is our common heritage. You don’t need to quit your job and move to Paris in order to lay claim to this heritage – all you have to do is clear some space in your life for whimsy, invention, sensory pleasure, and play. Most of all, you have to learn how to follow your curiosity more than your fear.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert


Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ October 5th

Reminder:  no school Friday October 8th and Monday October 11th

Woodwork:  Students are getting some great practice cutting, hammering, & creating!

So far they are practicing skills by designing and building their own creations… stay tuned for some student woodworking collaborations, and I may even employ them to make some things for the classroom and garden!

Thanks to Matt for his knowledge and patience in teaching this awesome skill to the students!

Look at these kiddos go! Artists and craftspeople in action! More pics coming soon…

*Miss Kristen*

“A craftsperson knows in advance what the finished result will be, but the artist knows only what it will be when they have finished it.”
~W.H. Auden


Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ September 28th

Parent Conferences

  • I look forward to meeting with you beginning next week!
  • Please check in with me if you need a reminder of the day/time of your conference

Science Stars

  • We have had a fun couple of weeks so far with Stephanie and our Science Stars!
  • First students got to explore the path behind our school with the olders on a good-natured scavenger hunt… heart shaped rocks, animals tracks, birds…. they found a bunch of cool nature stuff!
  • Last week Stephanie gave students an introduction to the busy world of bees… we got to BeeCOME the BEES!
  • This week our class will work with their fellow Science Stars (the olders) to put their bee skills into action with our BEE ALIVE game… they can’t wait!

Thank you for reading!

*Miss Kristen*

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”
~Elizabeth Lawrence


Miss Kristen’s Tuesday News ~ September 21st

Happy Autumnal Equinox!
And…. Happy International Day of Peace!

Students made Peace Pinwheels today and we went outside to let them catch the wind!


Moon Journals & Writing Workshop

We had a great morning outside writing about the moon! Students were so creative comparing that big, bright full moon to so many things!

“The moon is like a soccer ball”. ~Arthur

“The moon looks like a frisbee”. ~Roman

“The moon looks like cheesecake”. ~Jasmine

Then later in the day they “workshopped” their journals by learning new sight words, practicing spelling, or adding new ideas.


Life Skills

Responsibility: Follows through on individual actions without guidance.

We have been discussing this life skill together in class, and students are showing some amazing responsibility.

They know whose responsibility it is to put their homework back into their folders, their folders back into their backpacks, and turn it the next morning!..but you are welcome to give gentle reminders if needed 🙂


Reminder: No school this Friday!

Thank you for reading,
*Miss Kristen*


“On this platform of peace, we can create a language to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.”
~Maya Angelou, ‘Amazing Peace’