Field Trip to the Apollo Theater

On Thursday, February 25th we will be going on our first field trip to the Apollo Theater!  We will be leaving shortly after the children arrive on Thursday to see the theater’s  morning performance of, “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.”  This will be a wonderful time for us to share in the excitement of riding the bus together and being somewhere besides room 203 🙂  To ensure that your child is able to attend the field trip, please sign the parent consent form and send in $12 with your child as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at mmheffinger@cps.edu.

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On Tuesday, February 23rd, we will be celebrating our 100th day of school!  This is a very exciting time for the children because we have been anticipating this day for a long time.  This year, we will be doing many activities in celebration of this day.  Two activities that you, as parents need to be aware of is the 100’s day project and the 100’s day hash.  Please work with your child at home to bring in a project to share that is 100 of something.  This can be as simple as a necklace with 100 beads or it can be something that your child has a collection of.  This can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be.  Please make sure that your child checks and re checks that they bring in 100 of the object by counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and of course 10’s.  We will also be making a “100’s Day Hash.”  Each child will bring in 100 of any particular food (excluding peanut products).  We will mix these foods together to create a 100’s day snack to enjoy.  Remember, this day is quickly approaching so do not delay!  Thank you!

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Sliding Through Penguin Week

This week we had an amazing time learning about penguins.  We started the week off by talking about what we already knew about penguins (which happend to be a whole lot)!  Then, we worked on our fine motor skills by cutting out a penguin of our own.  Through out the week we did some really fun penguin activities too!  We practiced holding eggs on our feet like a penguin would, we did an interesting science experiment with blubber and we ended the week watching the phenomenal movie, “March of the Penguins.”  While engrossing ourselves with the non fiction information about penguins, the children learned that penguins survive in the Antarctic because of their amazing swimming skills, their layer of blubber to keep them warm, and their keen sense of direction.  Who knew that the penguins could keep their chicks warm by keeping them in their brood pouch?  If you are confused by this, start  your children this week and ask them what a brood pouch is 🙂 

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January Scholastic Book Order Wish List

Thank you so much for your interest in donating a book to our classroom library!  This month the scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday, January 13th.  If you are interested in donating one of the following books for our classroom library, please email me so that I do not have multiple donations of the same book.  This month, I am looking to add the following books to our classroom library collection:

Martin’s Dream – $3

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? – $12

Winter Award Winners Pack – $12

John, Paul, George & Ben – $4

Tooth Trouble Tales Pack – $10

Doctor De Soto – $4

Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again – $5

Word Family Tales Pack – $15

Appleville Elementary The 100th Day – $3

Telling Time Pack – $6

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Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter break and a Happy New Year.  2010 is officially here which means that we are nearing the halfway point in Kindergarten.  During the second half of the school year, we will be visiting the Science room to carefully examine weather and plants!  This will be an exciting time for the children so please make sure to inquire about these activities at home.  We will also be starting Art class at the end of January.  Art will replace music, so please make sure that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays your children are dressed in clothes that are extremely washable and not their favorite 🙂  Art is such a fun time for the children but can be a messy one too!  We have also begun writing stories with a beginning, middle and end so please encourage your child to write at home.  This will only help support their learning!  As always, thank you for your support!

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The Nutcracker – HUGE success!

Thank you so much to all of the parents who came to see the kindergarten classes perform in the Nutcracker on December 16th!  They had such a great time and did a wonderful job.  We hope that it brought you happy memories for the holidays.  I have posted pictures of the performance (click the link below and to the right to view).  Thank you again for coming!

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Important Reminder!

On Wednesday, December 16th at 4:00 p.m. the Kindergarten classes will be performing their own rendition of the Nutcracker.  This is something that you simply won’t want to miss!  Please meet us in the gymnasium promptly at 4:00 to enjoy this special performance!  Please remember, if you child usually rides the bus, you will need to send a note that day letting the office know they he/she will not ride the bus.  We will be celebrating this occasion afterwards with cookies and drinks so if you could do so, please bring cookies or a drink with you for the Kindergarten classes to enjoy.  Also, please dress your children in black clothing that day.  It will help enhance the rest of the props for the performance 🙂  Thank you so much for your constant support.

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