Oh my goodness!  Our Harvest Celebration was tremendous fun.  We had lots of treats to eat and crafts to complete.  I could not have done it without the brave volunteers who spent the day with us.  Hats off to Vivian’s mom, Jaleesa’s dad, Anika’s mom, and Makaela’s mom.  You are wonderful! Photos will be posted soon on our photoblog.

Mrs. P

Pumpkin Day

zucca_architetto_frances_01Here’s a few quotes from our class today.

Today was special because we got to weigh a pumpkin and count the seeds.   Lynette

Today was special because we got to count seeds with our buddies.  Brandyn

Today was special because we got to eat pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie.  Daniel

Today was special because I got to hold a heavy pumpkin.  Vivian

Today was special because we made pumpkin faces.  Nnaemeka

Check our Twitter feed or Shutterfly for some pictures of the activities.

Gardening Begins

Today we got together with our Big Buddies from Mrs. Goodwin’s class.  We met them in the school garden.  Half of us went to do PE with our buddies and the other half worked in the garden.  We had to identify weeds and pull them out.  There were a lot of weeds!  There are a lot of carrots, too.  They are not ready to eat, yet.  We had to thin the crop because the carrots were growing too close together.  They won’t get very big if they are too crowded.  We also turned over the soil and added some organic fertilizer.  It was stinky!  But the plants need it so they can grow better.  Then we switched activities so everyone could participate.  The second group finished weeding and made rows for planting.  In one section, we planted arugula, lettuce and spinach.  In another section, we planted green onions, radishes, and green peppers.  In a third section we planted cilantro and basil.  In a fourth section we planted a mystery mixture of seeds.  It will be interesting to see what actually grows there.  We even added some anenome flower bulbs to the center of the garden bed. They should bloom in early spring.  Our watering system is damaged so water doesn’t reach the entire bed.  So we used a watering can to get all the seeds a drink.  If it doesn’t rain enough this weekend, we’ll be back on Monday to water again.10-23-14 263

Check Out Our Photoblog!

Camera-iconNew photographs are available for viewing! As I told you at our Back-to-School meeting, I will be posting photographs of our classroom activities on Shutterfly.  I like to use Shutterfly because it takes a password to access the photos and you can print your own photos or even create a book for yourself.  I hope you enjoy the photos throughout the year.  Just click the tab above marked “Photoblog” and look for the link to the pictures for this school year, 2014-15.  You will need a password to sign in and view the photos.  I have emailed that password to you at the email address I have on file.  Let me know if you have any trouble.

Mrs. P

Buddy Art Today

fall trees 002We spent the morning with our Third Grade Buddies from Mrs. Ghilain’s class. They helped us create beautiful painted trees to represent autumn. Now we’d like to put them on display in the office. Please let me know if you are available to decorate the office bulletin board with our trees. We would like to get them up some time next week. Thanks in advance for your help.

Mrs. P

Did You Know…?

Did you know that Kindergarten starts at 7:45 AM? Many students are arriving late and missing out on our Morning Journal experience. I know the parking lot is a busy place, but I hate to have students miss out on any activity. Our dismissal time comes quickly and it is very difficult to redo missed assignments. Please make adjustments to your morning routine so your child can benefit from our entire school day. Thank you so much for partnering with me to make this a wonderful year.

Mrs. P

What a Week!

We certainly had some fun this past week. On Tuesday, we cut open our large pumpkin and looked inside at all those seeds. Everyone had a chance to take some out and count the seeds. Then we filled the pumpkin with dirt, gave it some water and set it outside to see what will happen. What will you do with the seeds you took home?

On Thursday, we met with our Big Buddies from Mrs. Goodwin’s class to decorate our large butterflies that we are sending to Mexico. We are taking part in the Symbolic Migration of Monarch Butterflies. We are learning about how the real monarchs move south for the winter through Journey North, an online collaboration of citizen scientists around the world. Our Big Buddies helped us write friendship messages in Spanish! We included them with our butterflies that were sent to school children who live the forests where the monarchs spend the winter in Mexico. We will track the migration online and in the spring we will receive symbolic monarchs to represent the return of the butterflies to the north.

On Friday, we completed a delicious math and science experiment with Oreos! We needed to find out how many Oreos we each could stack before they fell over. Our Big Buddies guided us as we made predictions, stacked and counted. Then we got a short nutrition lesson and we each enjoyed a full serving of cookies and milk. Next week, we will post our information online and compare our results with many other classes around the country.

Isn’t Kindergarten a great place to learn? I think so!

Mrs. P 🙂