What a wonderful turn out we had at Open House! Thank you so much for attending. I too can appreciate the adjustments you may have made in your schedules to attend, and we truly appreciate you taking the time to be there. I hope you found it helpful. As mentioned, our information only touches on what we are eager to share with you. We are planning another information night especially for your child's special area classes which include Art, Music, Spanish, Physical Education and the Media Center. As soon as we have a date finalized for the Special Area Parent Information, we will let you know.
In Kindergarten, we took a little break from our Primary and Secondary colors lesson to complete a cute little Alien Hat we will wear to our Annual Reading Celebration. This year our theme is "outer space". Coming up, we will return to our study of colors and complete our work with secondary colors. We will also make a tiny paper mouse puppet to bring home. I encourage you to ask them about the book Mouse Paint that we read in class or about how colors can mix together.
In First Grade, the students have completed their astronaut helmets for the Annual Reading Celebration, so now the students have reviewed the concept of a color wheel. They have drawn their own wheels and are ready to start adding paint in the coming week. They will be given Primary Colors, and will mix their own Secondary Colors - it's a lot of fun!
When we met some of you learned the good news! We have added an Art Teacher, a Music Teacher and a Spanish Teacher to our staff here at the Primary Center. We share these talented teachers with the middle school in the afternoon, so they are only here part-time in the mornings. I'd like to welcome Ms. Kaczmarek to the Art team! Ms. Kaczmarek teaches the following classes; Ms. Danford's, Ms. Van Voorhees' and Ms. Hendren's first grades. Ms. Kazzy, (as she likes the students to call her), and I will be working closely together to make sure all our Art students have a full and complete learning experience this year.
First Grade Sketchbooks
I wanted to let you know that FIRST grade students will be using sketchbooks in the art room this year. The school supply list says a "9.5 x 6" size, but I know that size can be difficult to find. ANY sketchbook SIZE will do, :) The binding is what's important. IF possible, a SPIRAL bound sketchbook is the best for our purpose. If you have already purchased a sketchbook and it is not spiral bound, that's okay, we can bind it for the student. My favorite sketchbooks can be found at Wal-Mart, usually in the crafts section and in the crayons section. They seem to carry two types, one with a hard cover, very nice for the price and one with a bluish-turquoise cover and it has a pocket folder in the front - that one is probably my personal favorite.
If you'd like to get a jump on your Parent Involvement hours, remember making donations is one way to do that. If you are able to donate an extra sketchbook for a student who wasn't able to bring one in, just let me know, I'll be sure to turn in your PI time. Other items that are needed throughout the school year will be listed here such as baby wipes and cotton swabs. We go through those quickly.