Spring Fever!!! March 31, 2017

Eric Carle Books are Alive in Kindergarten

This week, Kindergarten launched an exciting new author study on Eric Carle. Young readers are discovering the many duties of an author and illustrator and the great details that Eric Carle puts into his special books. This week readers focused on book structure and learning from picture clues. Eric Carle writes many books and Kindergarten readers are having so much fun delighting in the unique and beautiful books created by this amazing author/illustrator! Ask your child what they have learned about Eric Carle this week!

Tree Study

Our scientists have been busy observing our school’s backyard trees! Students collaborated to measure and find the circumference of two different trees. They have noticed that there are a wide variety of trees. Students also observed that trees have different types of bark, leaves, and branches. We examined nuts, seeds, cones, flowers, and twigs! Young scientists compared deciduous trees to evergreen trees, noting that deciduous trees’ leaves turn vibrant colors in the fall while evergreen trees’ leaves stay green all year. Kindergarteners have been observing trees and illustrating their observations in our Tree Observation Journal. Ask your young scientist what they learned about trees this week!

Empathy

Our new Social-Emotional Learning strand is empathy. Empathy is an important skill to nurture in children. It helps people understand others better, it builds mindfulness and selflessness, and hones listening skills. Luckily for us, there are some excellent examples of children’s literature that seem tailor-made for teaching empathy. As we explore these books, our students will build a clearer picture of what empathy is and what it looks like at school and at home. Be on the lookout for empathy at home and discuss it with your child. They already have a lot to say on the subject! 

Important Dates:

Wednesday, April 5                     Make-up Picture Day 8-9

Monday, April 10 – 17                Spring Break, No School

Tuesday, April 18                        School Resumes

Wednesday, April 19                   Study Trip to Legare Farms

Thursday, April 20                      Silent Auction 5:30-8:30

SCHOOL NEWS

Back to School Night!

We can’t wait to see everyone at Back to School Night on Friday, August 18th from 5:30 to 6:30!  New Parent Orientation will begin at 5:00pm in the Library.

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