Reminder: Library tomorrow

Just a reminder that we have library tomorrow: Tuesday, October 26th. Thanks!

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Kids Heart Challenge

Today your child had an assembly for the Kids Heart Challenge, and is bringing home information. Here is additional parent information from Dr. Janssen:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our schools are participating in a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  We’re joining in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers – cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Kids’ Heart Challenge events are held at schools nationwide and not only help students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health, but also raise funds to support vital heart and stroke research as well as educational programs.  Although all 3rd-6th-grade students will jump rope at the events as part of physical education, and all K-2nd grade students will be involved in various movement activities, the students are NOT required to raise money; in other words, raising money is optional, BUT greatly appreciated.  HOWEVER, JUST BY REGISTERING ONLINE, your child will receive a free wristband and help the school to earn additional funds for equipment!! If your child raises money, individual prizes are also earned (please see the collection envelope that was sent home for prize information)! MOST PRIZES ARE DISTRIBUTED APPROXIMATELY 8 WEEKS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE EVENT!

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE events will be organized as follows:

On December 9 at Letort Gym:

     9:45-10:45 = 3 Wr, 6M, 5M, 4G

     1:45-2:45 = KPM, 1M, 2W

On December 10 at Letort Gym:

     9:45-10:45 = KAM, 1B, 2P

     1:45-2:45 =  3Wo, 6J, 5B, 4B

*If there are any school cancellations between now and these dates, the event dates will need to be adjusted with the cycle day due to my teaching schedule. 

The American Heart Association is dedicated to helping people live longer, healthier lives.  The money we raise helps people in our community learn how to avoid heart disease and stroke and also helps our local patient care.  Our schools will qualify for gift certificates for free physical education equipment based on the amount we raise, and students will qualify for individual thank-you gifts based on the donations they collect. 

Family and friends are welcome to support your child’s participation by making contributions.  However, we ask that children not go door-to-door and ask strangers for donations.  If your child receives any cash donations, please convert those to a check prior to turning in the collection envelopeAll checks should be made payable to the American Heart AssociationYour student’s collection envelope should be turned in to his/her classroom teacher on or before Tuesday, November 30 so that we can have an accurate tally of the money raised by the end of the events! 

Also, don’t forget to ask your child’s donors if their employers have matching gift programs.  This is an easy way to increase donations collected by your child.  To find out which companies will match the American Heart Association, please visit matchinggifts.com/aha.  All matching gift forms should include your child’s name and school name so the donations can be properly designated.

Kids Heart Challenge is a fun event that helps our children understand the importance of community service and physical activity while helping to save lives. Our efforts truly are meaningful and can make a difference!  Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Janssen

Physical Education Specialist

(dawn.janssen@pennmanor.net)

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Zero the Hero and Laps for LeTort

On Thursday, Zero the Hero brought us a fun spider ring dice game for the 30th day of school!

We had a great day for Laps for LeTort! Students each received a t-shirt, had fun running or walking with friends, listening to music and dancing, and having a popsicle treat. Thank you PTO!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Next week we will focus on letter name, sound, and formation of letters d, s, e, and r.

“d, dog, /d/”

“s, snake, /s/”

“e, Ed, /ĕ/”

“r, rat, /r/”

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This week’s events

Here’s what is going on this week in kindergarten:

Wednesday- Wear your Kindergarten Crew T-Shirt!

Thursday- Library Book Exchange

Friday- Laps for LeTort: Please wear sneakers!

We had a busy and fun first month of school!

Each day we have phonological awareness time which is done orally. We identify rhyming words, the first sound in a word, and blending compound words. So when I say, “milk, shake” they clap their hands together to say, “milkshake!” We also take the word apart, add or take away a word part, and substitute in a new word. This will eventually lead to doing these skills with individual sounds.

During Fundations time, we are focusing on letter names, sounds, and letter formation. Here are the letters and phrases we have practiced so far: “t, top, /t/” “b, bat, /b/” “f, fun, /f/” “n, nut, /n/” “m, man, /m/” “i, itch, /i/” “u, up, /u/” “c, cat, /c/” “o, octopus, /o/.” This week we will be adding “a, apple, /a/” and “g, game, /g/.”

During math, we have been focused on numbers to 10. We practice 1:1 counting, number formation, number bonds, and representing numbers in different ways using arrays and ten frames. Every 10th day of school, Zero the Hero brings us a fun math activity. Students enjoyed making their bracelets on the 20th day!

We have had fun reading many stories, such as The King of Kindergarten, where we discussed sequence and made crowns, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, where we counted how many letters were in our name. Mr. Rohm, a retired LeTort teacher, has visited to read stories as well, such as Z is for Moose.

For apple day, students sampled red, yellow, and green apples to decide on their favorite kind. We tried McIntosh, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith! 🙂

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Reminder-Library tomorrow

Friday, October 1st is Library! Don’t forget to bring your book. 🙂

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Materials

I can’t believe we only have a few days left of school! Feel free to send back the virtual bag of materials (whiteboard, math blocks, red/yellow chips). I’m so glad we didn’t have to use it very much this school year!! Your child is bringing home a blue handwriting book today-this can stay at home. Thank you!

***Also, just a remember that Thursday, June 3rd is the last kindergarten day. Only grades 1-6 will come on Friday, June 4th.

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Library book return tomorrow

Please send in any remaining library books with your child tomorrow. There have been some students that turned them in already. 🙂 Thank you!

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Stuffed Animal Day tomorrow

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 16) both the AM and PM kindergarten classes voted to bring in a stuffed animal. Please make sure the stuffed animal can easily fit inside a backpack. 🙂

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Twin Day

Tomorrow is twin day! Some students decided they wanted to dress exactly like a friend or sibling. 🙂

If your child doesn’t know what to wear, Mrs. Eme and I are wearing a gray Letort shirt and black pants. They are welcome to wear gray and black tomorrow!

(and yes, this was a big topic of conversation today in kindergarten to figure this out 😂)

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This week’s reminders

Students are bringing home a book to practice reading: Nan and Pap. Please have your child practice it a few times to build that fluency! If they get stuck on a word, they know to tap out the sounds. 🙂 Then, they will record themselves reading it one time on Seesaw. There will also be a letter sounds Seesaw assignment.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9th is Twin Day.

Wednesday, March 10th is Library.

Thursday, March 11th is Spring Picture Day. Be on the lookout for a paper in your child’s OWL folder tomorrow. I will ask you to either check yes or no to getting a spring picture taken.

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