Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!





I hope you are all having a wonderful summer up to this point with lots more fun and adventure to come! I
just went white water rafting for my birthday and it was AMAZING! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
I thought you might like to have an overview of what our school day is going to look like and what supplies
you will need as you enter kindergarten. 


School begins at 8:40am every day except Wednesday. All schools in RSU1 have a late start on
Wednesdays and we begin that school day at 9:40am. The end of our day is 2:50pm. 


The bus schedule is usually in the newspaper in August. If you have any questions about busing please
contact the front office. 


We have a snack in the morning and again at the end of the day. Please send in healthy snacks and
drinks in a lunchbox labeled with your child’s name. Breakfast and lunch are available every day and the menu is
always posted on the Woolwich Central School website. 



PLEASE make sure I know where to send your child at the end of every day. If there is a change of plans for
after school PLEASE send in a note, send me an email, or call the front office before the end of the day.
My main goal is the safety of your child. PLEASE help me do that!


Supplies:
***Backpack (labeled with name)
***Lunchbox (labeled with name)
***Pencil box or pouch (labeled with name)
***Thick markers
***A 2-pocket folder for home/school communications (labeled with name)
***Headphones for use with Chromebooks. We find that headphones work better than earbuds but that is up to
your family to decide. (labeled with name)
***A pair of sneakers that will live at school and be used for P.E. 
***I ask that parents send in an extra set of clothes to stay at school for unexpected mishaps. A large ziplock
bag with their name on it works well to store them in.


As the year goes on we will need other supplies like; Lysol Wipes, Kleenex, Paper Products,
Hand Sanitizer and I will ask for them in our weekly newsletters. If you would like to send in any of these
items at the start I would not be sad!


We will be having a bus run and get together on August 27th @ 10:00 am. We will all meet at
school and the children will take a short bus ride, go to their classrooms, and have a snack.
They might want to bring their supplies that day to make their first day of school backpack a little lighter!
Hope to see you there~


If you need to contact me:
Or
(207)443-9739 ext. 3102
Or

mrssampleskindergarten.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Time To Play!




Hello Families!

I am in the process of taking a class centered around the importance of play. We have spoken about how strongly supportive I am in the area of children playing both at school and at home and this class has once again given me researched, tried and true data about the importance of play in your child's life. I hope to share with you some things that I found fascinating in the text and ideas that might reignite your own ideas about different ways that play can be incorporated into your busy schedule at home! Feel free to comment on any ideas you want to look into or with any questions you might have. I hope your summer is amazing thus far and filled with much adventure and fun!

There are so many places for inspiration on the web and although I have included a couple of my favorites, please keep looking on your own and let me know of some that you find so I can enjoy them to. Resources are endless and communication is so important~we are all in this together!

The National Association for the Education of Young Children gives us their top 10 things they feel are important for us to know as parents as well as educators. I think it is an exceptional list!
https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/10-things-every-parent-play

As another resource for families and early childhood educators alike, Parenting Counts has another information handout for us. It reviews some myths and long-held beliefs that simply are untrue as well as offering a variety of types of play that your children will be experimenting with both at home and at school this year. (The "rough and tumble" category will be practiced at home and not at school!)
http://www.parentingcounts.org/parent-handouts/information-for-parents-play.pdf

This is a Youtube video entitled: Importance of Play. I find it helpful to have a Doctor with research behind him to back up what I already know to be true...Children HAVE to play in order to develop in all areas of their life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnH4Ijen7OI


The text points out some wonderful tips and tricks for you to look at and incorporate in your journey of parenthood. Copy and paste the link and have a look around!

file:///media/fuse/drivefs-c03327024f87afcc72cce470d30ba901/root/MovingChild_BONUSFAMILYHANDOUTS.pdf


Some activities that are sure to be fun with your children are given here and look to be appropriate for the entire family! Younger and older siblings can join in the excitement~ Copy and paste the link and have a look around!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FZ1GhrgWNsguMYFCxi8dDfaN4r4CSfwr/view

If you like these kind of blog posts and would like me to put together more like it, please let me know what area you are interested in diving into and I will get started researching that for you! See you in September~

Fondly,
Sarah

RESOURCE: Connell, G. & McCarthy, C. (2014).A moving child is a learning child. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

https://www.amazon.com/Moving-Child-Learning-Teaches-Brain/dp/1575424355/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1PIDGNFYYPQ9K&keywords=a+moving+child+is+a+learning+child&qid=1562438049&s=books&sprefix=A+moving+child%2Caps%2C181&sr=1-1


Friday, May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019



Dear Families,

I am in disbelief that the end of May is here. Perhaps because the weather has been questionable or because our days have been so full. Maybe both? Anyway, good-bye May and Hello June!

This week has been simply incredible for us here in Mrs. Sample's kindergarten! Tuesday started us off with an exciting visit from author/ illustrator Kevin Hawkes. He entertained us with his storytelling and sketching. Wednesday our pen pals from Pittston visited us and we were able to share a snack and play outside with them. So fun! Thursday was our field trip to Morris Farm. We learned a great deal about cows, worms, chickens, and sheep. The farm always does such a fantastic job of creating a hands-on experience for us. THANK YOU to all of the parent volunteers that braved the mud and tall grass. You are appreciated! Today is the special all morning event of field day. The children will probably be quite dirty and tired when they get home but they will have had a fun-filled day!

The rest of our time in kindergarten is going to be focused on assessments and preparation for first grade. I get a little melancholy this time of the year. I am so proud of the children and all they have accomplished.

Have a joyful weekend~ Sarah

Friday, May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019



Dear Families,

HAPPY MOTHER's DAY!!!

This week we have spent a great deal of time studying animals that are hatched from eggs (oviparous). They are having so much fun deciding which animals come out of eggs.

We are in our last week of our mission to Baja. The hypothesis we were asked to test is almost ready to be determined and we have learned so much about cetaceans and Baja, Mexico's water, deserts, fossils, food, lifestyle, and people. We also had a tremendous amount of fun designing, constructing, and testing our own whaling boats. So much thinking and planning going on!

A HUGE thank you for all of the pocket change coming in for donation to the well we are supporting to be dug in Kenya at HIP Academy. It will be an exciting mission with Go2Science next year and we are still trying to find ways to integrate your students into that mission so they can see how their contributions have helped those far,far away. I'm so proud of them!

There are many activities coming up in the next few weeks. I can't believe how fast time is going! Please fin a permission slip attached for our trip to Morris Farm. Exciting!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

May 16 & 17- NO SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN ONLY
May 27- Memorial Day-No School
May 30- Field Trip to Morris Farm
June 14- Last Day of school- 12:00 dismissal



Friday, May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019


Dear Families,

Happy May! I just know the sun is going to start shining and the heat is going to rise! Positive thinking!

I hope by now you all received my postcard from Arizona. It was a perfect trip and I have had fun sharing pieces of it with the students. The Biosphere 2 was an especially exciting adventure!

We are still studying cetaceans off the coast of Baja. Beth and Curtis implored us to design, create, and test out our own boats. We had a really good time working with our friends trying to get our boats just as we wanted them to be and then testing them in the water to see if they would float. A lot of great engineering going on!

Lots going on from now until the end of the year. Please keep checking back for updates! So far we have:

May 16 & 17- NO SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN ONLY- for incoming kindergarten screening.

May 27- NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day

May 29- Our pen pals visit from Pittston

May 30- Field trip to Morris Farm (more details to follow)

Happy Weekend and thank you for making screen free week fun for your children! We could all do with a little less screen time!