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Hello, my name is Laura Burns. I am the Lead E3 teacher. I started in the P1 classroom in 2016 but I have about 10-12 years experience working with kids from 1 to 12. I have a lot of exciting and fun activities planned and can't wait to see your child grow.

Fall into October

We have a busy month ahead of us!

Important Dates

Upcoming Dates:
October 9 – 13 1st Quarter Testing/Spirit Week
Monday: Inside Out Day – wear your clothes inside out
Tuesday: Dress Like an Animal Day
Wednesday: Crazy Sock Day
Thursday: Superhero/Villain Day
Friday: Pajama Day
October 16 NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
October 27 Halloween Festival (See Note Below)

Our Annual Halloween Festival is being held on Friday, October 27th. We invite you to spend the day with your child enjoying games, a catered chili lunch, Halloween costume parade, and Halloween classroom parties. The activities will begin at approximately 8:45 am and the students will rotate through the stations until 11:00 am. At 11:00, the preschool building, and E1 and E3 will begin lunch in the Preschool lunchroom. We’d love for each student to bring their family for lunch; however, we only have room for 2 guests per child. You may pick up a form to RSVP from the office. This year we are offering a meatless chili option as well as the hamburger chili. If you would like to have lunch with your child that day, please fill out a form indicating your chili preference, how many guests will be attending (up to 2), and provide the payment to the office no later than Friday, October 13th.
The teachers will be walking the children from class to class, so we are asking for parents to help us run the games. If you are interested in volunteering some of your time, please see your child’s teacher or the office to sign up for volunteer times. We are looking for several volunteers. We will have nap after lunch. Feel free to let your child stay or keep them with you and return after. The costume “parade” (around the neighborhood, will start at 2:45 pm for the Elementary students and at 3:00 pm for the preschool students. Please make sure your child’s costume is at the school by 2:30 pm so they can get dressed (no weapons as part of the costume please). Immediately following the “parade”, each teacher will have their own Halloween party in their classroom. Please see me for details.

Student of the Month:  Raelynn

Show and Tell:
October 6th- Community Helpers
October 13th- Fall related
October 20th- Halloween related
October 27th- No Show and Tell (Fall Festival)

Themes/Letters: 

October 2nd-6th – Community Helpers/Letters R & H

October 9th-13th – 1st Quarter testing/NO letters this week

October 16th-20th – Communication/Transportation/Letters At & J

October 23rd-27th – Halloween/Letters K & F

Language Arts:

I’m very proud with how everyone is doing with multiple letters in a week so we will continue with the 2 letters. We have also begun doing a follow and draw with each letter that everyone loves. Each time is a simple drawing where they follow step by step as I draw it on the board. Their drawings are so much fun to see and they look forward to them each time.

Math

This month we will introduce the concept of ordinal numbers. An example would be to color the 3rd star green, the 2nd star red, etc. We have begun to count by tens and will continue with that and number recognition to 100. We will continue building on these skills throughout the year. 

I do have a few special requests for our class. We LOVE puzzles and coloring but we have run out of scrap paper to use. If you have any in your offices or at home please bring it in. We don’t care if it has writing on it. As for puzzles, they are now working on 100 piece puzzles. We have a couple but I’d love to have a few more.

 

Splendid September

Important Dates:

September 4-  NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

September 21-  School Pictures (please note that sibling pictures are on Sept. 20)

Student of the Month:  Jessiah

Show and Tell:

September 1- something to “touch”

September 8- something to “see”

September 15- something to “hear”

September 22- something to “smell”

September 29- something to “taste”

Themes: 

5 Senses and Nutrition

We will spend the first two weeks learning about the 5 senses. We have a lot of activities planned around these. The 2nd half of the month we will be talking about nutrition and learning about healthy and unhealthy foods. 

Language Arts

We will continue working on handwriting every day. Also, now that we have some experience under our belts with Animated Alphabet and have a routine, we will try and do 2 letters a week. This will be a trial run so if it proves to be too overwhelming we will go back to one letter a week. 

Math

Since our themes are 5 senses and nutrition it is the perfect time to introduce graphing. We will be graphing our likes and dislikes in class. Also during this month we will introduce other concepts such as learning number recognition, as well as counting, and patterns. We will continue building on these skills throughout the year. 

 

 

 

 

Happy New School Year!

Important Dates To Remember:

7/30-8/4-Transition from Summer Program

8/4 NO SCHOOL- MEET & GREET 12-2pm 

8/7-8/11- Placement Testing

8/18-Parent Night

Weekly Themes:

7-11-Placement Testing

14-18-Rules & Manners

21-25-All About Me

Summer: We are finishing up our Summer curriculum. We have been working hard learning our food groups and what foods go into each groups. We have loved watching all the plants grow and learning about them. And with the end of summer quickly approaching we will transition into a brand new school year. 

Language Arts: We will jump right into the new year after placement testing week. The first week we will review letters and sounds and start our Animated Alphabet the second week.

Science and Social StudiesWe will begin our new year learning the rules of the classroom and how to use our manners. We will then get to know our friends by posting All About Me posters in the stairway to our classroom. These will be considered one of the only times I will “assign” homework.

 

MathJust like with Language Arts we will spend the first week revisiting our numbers, shapes and colors. After that we will dive into our curriculum head on.

Some HousekeepingEveryone will have a cubbie in the hallway with their assigned number. Please check your child’s on a daily basis. Along with daily worksheets and art, they will also have folders with a monthly calendar. I will document your child’s day on them. Above the cubbies, I have a monthly calendar that I will post events and themes. Any important information for parents will be posted beside the calendar. Please check this regularly throughout the year.

 

 

Happy July!

Important Dates:  July 3-7– NO SCHOOL (Summer Vacation)

Our class will have Splash Days on Wednesdays with E1. Please bring swim suits, towels and water shoes labeled with your child’s name on Monday for the week. They will go home on Fridays along with their nap stuff.

This July we will be working on our school garden.  We will be learning about plants, nutrition, and growing our own foods thanks to the grant we received from the food program.

We will continue doing circle time, reading stories, practicing basic math skills, and reading skills.

June is here!

Important Dates:

18th–  Fathers Day

1922–  4th Quarter Testing

23rd–  All School Picnic 10:00am-12:00pm at Shelter House #2 Shawnee Lake, Graduation- 3:00pm at the VA Theater

THEMES:

Nursery Rhymes

Circus

Father’s Day

4th Quarter Testing/Graduation

We have a lot of summer activities planned for June. We will plant our carrot plants we started from seeds and spending a lot of time outside.

With the weather getting warmer if you’d like to send a refillable water bottle to school that would be great. I’ll have a container so we can bring take them out with us on the playground. Also, if you have not brought in sun screen please do so.

This month we will also be celebrating dads. We will spend quite a bit of time talking about why they are special. If you have any pics of your children with their dads, can you send one to school please?

April Showers

Important Dates 

  • 4/14- Trike-A-Thon
  • 4/10-4/14- Book Fair
  • 4/17- NO SCHOOL
  • 4/22 – Earth Day

Themes:

  • 4/3- 4/7- Seasons
  • 4/10-4/14- Easter/ Trike-A-Thon
  • 4/17-4/21- Earth/ Recycling
  • 4/24-4/28- Plants

Student Of the Month: Amiyah

Language Arts: We love our Animated Alphabet and will be continuing it. We will also work on tracing skills. We do shape and color recognition every day at circle time and everyone is doing really well. Along with that we will begin daily scissor time. If you have old magazines please bring them in. We love cutting them up. 

Math: We will be doing more math worksheets and trying to get our recognition of the numbers 0-10 mastered. We are working with flash cards at circle time every day to help.  

Science/Social Studies/Art: I have many fun activities based on the theme of the week.

March Madness

Important Date:

  • 3/13 – 3/16 : Testing Week
  • 3/17 : Parent / Teacher Conference
  • 3/20 – 3/21 : NO SCHOOL/ Spring Break

Themes:

  •  2/27 – 3/3 : Dr. Seuss
  • 3/6 – 3/10 : Dr. Seuss
  • 3/13 – 3/17 : St. Patrick’s (TESTING WEEK)
  • 3/20 – 3/24 : Solar System 

Student Of the Month: Marcus

Language Arts: We love our Animated Alphabet and will be continuing it. We will also work on our cutting and tracing skills. We work on shape and color recognition every day and everyone is doing really well. Now that we have our daily routine down, we will be doing more hands on art in the afternoons. You’ll notice more “Picasso-esque” art coming home.

Math: We will be doing more math worksheets and trying to get our recognition of the numbers 0-10 done. We have started to count to 30 and recognition of 0 to 20.

Science/Social Studies/Art: I have many fun activities based on the theme of the week.

Falling for February

Student of the month: Marcus

Themes:

  • 1/30 to 2/3: Machines and magnets
  • 2/5 to 2/10: Valentines day
  • 2/13 to 2/16: Animals
  • 2/20 to 2/24: Animals

Dates to Remember

  • February 14th: Valentine’s day party
  • February 17th: No school
Language Arts: We love our Animated Alphabet and will be continuing it. We will also work on our cutting and tracing skills. We work on shape and color recognition every day and everyone is doing really well.

MathWe will be doing more math worksheets and trying to get our recognition of the numbers 0-10 done. We have started to count to 30 and recognition of 0 to 20.

Science/Social Studies/ArtI have many fun activities based on the theme of the week.

Happy New Year!

P1 Wish List: CLICK HERE

Student of the month: Aurea

Themes:

  • Jan 2nd- 6th Fairytales
  • Jan 9th- 13th Folktales
  • Jan 16th-20th Kansas
  • Jan 23rd- 27th Kansas

Dates to Remember

  • January 1, 2017 – Happy New Year!
  • January 2, 2017 – School Resumes
  • January 9 – January 13 – 2nd Quarter Testing
  • Spirit Week:
    • Monday 1/9: Neon Day 
    • Tuesday 1/10: Western Day
    • Wednesday 1/11: Workout Day (Exercise Clothes)
    • Thursday 1/12: Circle of Life Day (Dress Young or Old or anything in between)
    • Friday 1/13: PJ Day 

Language Arts: We will continue with the Animated Alphabet and alphabet art this month, as well as singing our alphabet and introducing the students to the letters in their names. We will continue to work on letter recognition throughout the month.

Math: Most of our math is done during circle time with flashcards and counting; as well as number recognition activities. The students enjoy hands-on activities and file folder games that they are able to complete independently.

Sensory/Art: The class enjoys sensory time and working with manipulatives. We will make hot chocolate and snow this month and are very excited to play in the “snow”. 

Introduction

Hello, my name is Laura Burns. I am the Lead P1 teacher. I just started at the beginning of December but I have about 10-12 years experience working with kids from 1 to 12. I have a lot of exciting and fun activities planned and can’t wait to see your child grow.