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About me

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.

Happy Fall! I am so excited for this school year. This group is eager to learn and I have a lot of fun things planned. As I said in our Parent Meeting, we will get messy. I love art and sensory tubs so be prepared for stained hands.

Important Dates: 

 September 3 – No School (Labor Day)

September 18 – Preschool/Sibling Pictures

September 19 – Elementary Pictures

Show and Tell:

September 6 – Something you can Taste

September 13 – Something you can Smell

September 20 – Something you can Hear

September 27 – Something you can See and Touch

Themes:

5 Senses

5 Senses

Nutrition

Nutrition

Language Arts: Each week we will do multiple letters corresponding with our Animated Alphabet curriculum. We will do tracing and writing letters and letter sounds. I will probably be sending home extra tracing/writing worksheets as well. We need a lot of handwriting practice. So far, everyone is doing really well with sounds. 

Math: We have a number of the day and a reinforcing worksheet. We will also have a math worksheet with patterns and counting on. I will not be sending very much math papers home this year. We have daily folders that we will be working from. If you’d like to see what we are doing, please let me know and I’d be happy to show you what we are working on. 

 

August

Important Dates:

~ August 3rd
 NO SCHOOL – New Student Orientation

~August 6th – 10th– 
Placement Testing/Spirit Theme
Monday: Wear Your Favorite Color Day

Tuesday: Dress as your favorite sport or sports team
Wednesday: Dress Yourself Day
Thursday: Fun Hat Day
Friday: Bring your favorite stuffed animal/PJ Day

~August 17th- 
Parent’s Night 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Welcome to E3! I am so excited to start the new school year. To start we will  review letters and sounds and numbers. We also have a new literacy program for this year that I’ll go over at Parent’s Night. This year I have a lot of new and fun activities planned for our themes to reinforce our letters and numbers. 

As always if you have any questions or concerns, you may email me at laura@kennedyacedmy.com or my hours are 7:15-5:15 M,Tues, Thurs, Fri. I also have a group private Facebook page for E3 that I’ll share during Parent’s Night as well. 

 

splashing into summer

MPORTANT DATES/REMINDERS:
July 2nd – July 6th: NO SCHOOL (Summer Break)
July 9: Zoo Presentation
July 12: Metro Bus Presentation
July 13: Ice Cream Truck
July 16: Fred the Preparedness Dog
July 17-18: Boomer Bear
July 20: Ice Cream Truck
July 25: Bouncy House & Pizza Party
July 27: Ice Cream Truck
July 31: Taco Tuesday

Happy Summer! July will be a pretty busy for us. We will have a lot of activities planned along with everything we have scheduled. Our splash days are on Tuesdays. Please bring a swimsuit and towel marked with their name on Mondays. They can go home after if you wish to wash them or they can stay here. If they stay make sure they are in a separate bag so they’re easy to spot. 

We will continue our daily circle time and do reviewing language arts and math concepts in the form of games hands on exercises. We also have a Grow It summer curriculum where will learn about growing food and trying new fruits and veggies. This is the 2nd year for me doing this and everyone loves it! 

And as always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. You ccan email me at laura@kennedycademy.com

 

Jump, Jive into June

Important Dates:

June 4-8- Testing Week/Spirit Week

Monday- Career Day

Tuesday- Sports Team Day

Wednesday- Luau Day

Thursday- Red, White, and Blue Day

Friday- Pajama Day

June 6- Fire Safety Demonstration

June 12- EMT Demonstration

June 13- Fire Safety Demonstration, part 2

June 20- Fire Safety Demonstration, part 3

June 22- No School, All School Picnic and Graduation

June 25- Pop, Top, and Read

June 27- Boomer Visits/Final Fire Safety Demonstration

Student of the Month- Jase

Show and Tell:

June 1- A book about Nursery Rhymes

  June 8- Free Choice

June 15- A picture of Dad

June 22- No School

     June 29- Free Choice

It’s hard to believe it is the end of the school year! It has flown by! Since we will, wrapping up this school year we will be doing our final school testing. We will test over everything we have worked on over the year.

This month we will discuss our dads and how important they are. We will be doing some fun stuff to send home for them.

We are also going to be practicing our songs for graduation and preparing for the cap and gown ceremony.

The last week of the month we are going to be starting our summer program.  We will begin doing all kinds of fun hands on activities like planting and painting. It might be a good idea to send your child in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Also,E3 has a Facebook page where you can get in touch with me via messenger or post on the page. I’ll be putting lot of pics up of the class and any important information you may need. If you’d like to join the page I can give you the name.

April Showers

Important Dates:

April 4- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

April 18- Adventuremobile at 2:45 pm

April 25- Boomer Visits 9:30 am

April 27- No School/Inservice Day

 

Show and Tell:

April 6- something “winter”

April 13- something “fall/spring”

April 20- a recycled item

April 27- NO SCHOOL

 

Language ArtsWe will keep focusing on spelling and sight words this month. I have some new ideas to incorporate into our daily practice so I’m hoping everyone has fun with it while learning.

Math: We will keep working on skip counting 2’s and 5’s this month. The 5’s are almost mastered. Also we will begin working hard on ordinals such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. We are a visual bunch so we are going to try some games.

Science/Social Studies:  This month is our weather and seasons month. Everyone has a pretty good understanding of the seasons and the weather that goes along with it so it should be a fun two weeks. We are going to be doing a lot of hands on activities so they can visually learn it.

We are also doing our unit on the Earth and recycling this month.  The class will be learning about what they can do to help our environment.   They will also be learning what it means to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

We are finishing out the month with our plant lesson.  We have seedling growing in our room now that should be ready to plant at the end of the month. We will talk a lot about different types of plants and get dirty with a few fun projects I have in mind.

FYI: My Remind app is NOT working. I have uninstalled it and reinstalled it 3 times and it just refuses to work on my phone.

I want to start a private Facebook group but want to get input from parents. I would post all 4000(just kidding) pics I’ve taken of the kiddos and post them there and any announcements as well. Please let me know if this is something that you would use.

March Madness

Important Dates: 

March 5-9- Testing Week/Spirit Week

  Monday- Crazy Hair Day

              Tuesday- Pattern Day

              Wednesday- Blast from the Past Day

              Thursday- Camo Day

              Friday- PJ Day

March 14- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

March 16- NO SCHOOL

March 19-20- NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

March 22- Kansas Connections (Topeka Library) *Earth, Moon, Sun* 9-10am

March 28- Boomer Bear Visits 9:30am

March 30- Trike-A-Thon (Bring a riding toy AND helmet, labeled with the student’s name.)

March Themes:  Dr. Seuss, St. Patricks Day, Solar System, Easter

Show and Tell: 

March 2- A Dr. Seuss Story

March 9- Free Choice

March 12- Ms. Laura is on vacation so you’ll have a substitute for this week. I have faith everything will go smoothly. 

March 16- NO SCHOOL

March 23- Spring related

March 30- Riding toy and helmet (labeled with students name)

Please DO NOT let your child bring any toys to school unless it is Show and Tell day. It is too hard to keep track of the toys. The only exception is a soft/stuffed toy for nap time. 

Language Arts:  We are working very hard getting the spelling words and tests down. It is a bit of a struggle for some but I expect them all to get it by the end of next month. I know it is tough but keep practicing with them. It is really showing in the test scores. We will also continue with our sight word work. I’m really proud how everyone is doing with them so far. 

Math: Every day we count by 10’s, 5’s and 2’s. We are getting there with the counting by 2’s but we have almost mastered the 5’s and have the 10’s. I’m super proud how far we have come in a few short months. We will also bounce back and forth between our Math books and worksheets depending on what are theme and expectations for the week. 

Theme Activities:  We are going to be learning more about rhyming during our Dr. Seuss week and a lot of art. This will be a fun week for us as we will be getting quite messy in E3! 

We are also going to be doing St. Patrick’s Day activities the 2nd week.Prepare for a lot of green projects and art to come home.

Our third week is all about the solar system. This is a short week so we w ll go over as much as we can in the short amount of time we have. I’m hoping to do some cool activities this week as well. 

We are ending the month with our Easter theme.The students will be learning about how to ride their bikes safely during our daily lessons on bike safety. 

 

Fabulous February

Important Dates:

February 14- Valentines Party

February 16- NO SCHOOL

February 21- Boomer visits from the library

February 28- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

Student of the Month:  Amari

Show and Tell:

February 2- A Machine

February 9- Valentines item

February 16- NO SCHOOL

February 23- An Animal

Language Arts: We have started our spelling and sight words. I’m hoping that the excitement for them will continue. So far everyone is doing well with them. Please check your child’s cubbie on Mondays for a new list of spelling words and sight words. 

Math: We are continuing skip counting by 2’s and 5’s. We have mastered 10’s! We will also start more/less/same and work on positioning numbers.  

 

Happy January!

Important Dates:

  • January 1st- NO SCHOOL (Happy New Year)
  • January 15th  Martin Luther King Jr Holiday – School is in session! (Calendar misprint)
  • January 17th- Adventuremobile 2:45pm
  • January 18th & 19th – Free Eye Exams
  • January 24th-  Boomer 9:30am
  • January 29th- Kansas’ Birthday
  • January 31st- Adventuremobile 2:45pm

Student of the Month:  Travis

Show and Tell:

  • January 5- A Fairy Tale
  • January 12- Free Choice
  • January 19- Something “Kansas”
  • January 26- Free Choice0

Themes: 

  • Fairy Tales- We will be reading fairy tales and talking about the difference between real(non fiction) and make believe(fiction). We will also be creating our own classroom fairy tale complete with pictures to reinforce our learning about authors and illustrators.
  • Black History- We are going to be learning about famous men and women of history that helped to change laws so that all people could the same rights. We will talk about Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and the significance of Brown v. Board.
  • Kansas- We are going to be learning about the Kansas symbols in a book that will go home on that Friday. Along with that, we will learn what Kansas known for and will learn where Kansas is on a map.
  • Machines/Magnets- This will be a fun week for us. We will do a lot of hands on  activities to learn how machines are made by creating our own.

Language Arts:

We are going to really focus on learning blends and begin working on both sight words and spelling. Spelling words lists will go home every Monday and we will have tests on Wednesdays. They will be repeated on Fridays for those who do not get 100% on Wednesdays. I am also going to introduce sight words. We will do 5 a week and practice these daily during our circle time.

Math:

We will continue working on skip counting. Everyone has done an amazing job learning to skip count by 10’s so we should get the 5’s and 2’s with little issue but recognizing and writing numbers will be our main focus.

 

Dino-mite December

Important Dates: 
December 8-  Kennedy Academy Christmas Program
December 11-15- Testing Week 
Monday – Neon Day
Tuesday – Christmas Sweater/Shirt Day
Wednesday – Christmas Character Day 
Thursday – Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness
Friday – Pajama Day
December 13- Adventuremobile at 2:45 pm
December 20- Boomer at 9:30 am
December 22- Christmas Party/Book Exchange
December 25-January 1- NO SCHOOL
 
Student of the Month:  Avni

Show and Tell:
Dec. 1- Dinosaur
Dec. 8- Free Choice
Dec. 15- Something Christmas
Dec. 22-  NO SHOW AND TELL

Language ArtsThis month we are finishing our letters and sounds and begin working on blends.  We are also going to be reviewing all of the sounds we have learned so far this year.  We will spend the first part of the month reviewing and introduce sight words the second half.

Math:  We will continue working with patterns and numbers. We will also review all our numbers and begin simple addition.

Themes:Dinosaurs-  We are learning the names of some Dinosaurs and having fun trying to pronounce them. It is definitely a fun moment to see. We are also learning about the fascinating jobs that entail the removal and excavating of dinosaur bones.
Christmas-  We will do a lot of crafts and art for Christmas

 

Thankful for November

Important Dates: 

November 1- Happy Bear

November 8- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

November 22-  Boomer Bear

November 23, 24- No School – Thanksgiving break

November 29- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

 

Student of the Month: Raelynn 

 

Show and Tell:

November 3- Free choice

November 10- a family picture

November 17- something you are thankful for

November 24- NO SCHOOL

 

Themes: 

Family-  We will talk about families and the people who are in our own.

Thanksgiving- We are going to be talking about how each family celebrates the holiday and what we are thankful for.

Dinosaurs-  We are starting our unit on dinosaurs at the end of November.  We are going to be talking about the different types of dinosaurs and what happened to them.

 

Language Arts:  We are going to be continuing our letters. We are almost through the alphabet and will be starting blends and sight words soon. Everyone is doing well and I am sure they will catch on to the sight words quickly as well.

Math:  We will continue working on our math curriculum, focusing on number recognition, and counting.  After reviewing our testing, we will focus on days of the week, months, and patterns. We have begun a bit with patterns so it won’t take long for them to get the hang of of them. After we will begin working with ordinals and then simple addition.