August 16, 2018

posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:29 PM by Kari Barksdale
Good afternoon!
  I hope this email finds you happy and healthy! We've survived our first two days and I think we've all had a good time! It is an adjustment in the first few weeks of Kindergarten. My expectations for behavior are high! I expect the kids to show respect, as well as being treated with respect by both me and their classmates. I expect them to use their manners when talking with me, using "ma'am" when answering. It'll take them a while to learn and remember our classroom procedures, but we'll get there! 
  Don't be surprised if your child spends time on Yellow (which is a warning and they'll sit out of recess for 10 minutes) or Red (which means stop and they'll sit out of recess for 15 minutes). I know it may seem harsh for children their age, but I promise you, it'll be fine and they'll learn! They're getting use to me, as I am getting use to them. My focus is to help your child be the best they can be, not just academically, but behaviorally and socially. 
  If you ever have questions about the color they "landed on" (green, yellow, red, gold), please don't hesitate to ask me. I'm available via email, phone, text, or in person. I never want their to be confusion, we're a team! 
  Tomorrow will be our first Show and Tell. We typically have the Show and Tell related to our letter for the week, but this week we're doing Readiness Testing. Next week is when we'll start with our formal SuperKids Lessons, so they're asked to bring a Show and Tell that corresponds to the letter we're studying. Tomorrow, your child can bring anything they would like to "show" for Show and Tell! 
  I sent home your child's Field Trip shirt and Kindergarten Shirt today in their backpacks. Fridays are the day we ask the kids to wear AW gear! Feel free to send them in either shirt tomorrow (or another one if you have it) for "Cougar Gear Fridays".
  Next week we'll be working on the following:

** Christ light ** John the Baptist is Born & Jesus the Savior is Born
** Memory Treasure ** This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us. 1 John 4:10
** Math ** Matching & Sorting Unit
** SuperKids ** Cass and the letter C
** Science ** The 5 senses
** Social Studies ** nothing yet, this class is incorporated into the schedule in September 
** Phonics ** ABC's
** Writer's Workshop ** nothing yet, this class is incorporating into the schedule in October
** Art ** One in Christ Cross Project
** PE ** Basic Movement with Mr. Lange
** Music ** Music Around Us with Mrs. Patterson
** Choir ** Wednesdays from 1:30-2pm 

  Important Upcoming Calendar Events:
** Thursday, August 30th: Miss Fuerstenberg's birthday- I'll bring in a birthday treat for the kids and I to enjoy together! (not an important calendar item, other than the fact I'm turning 30 and having mixed feelings about it :) !!!) 
** Monday, September 3, 2018- No School/ Labor Day
** Wednesday, September 12, 2018- Grandparent's Day

  Bible encouragement for you this week: 
  Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15  
I am so thankful for all of you! Thank you for trusting me with your child. I promise to take the best care of them possible. Just like this passage says- we are members of one body. I ask that this year, you keep the Kindergartners and I in your prayers! We'll be spending a lot of time together, and I pray we're all blessed through it. I pray that we (as parents and educator) can work together to help the child grow as much as possible this year! My door is always open! Here's to 2018-2019!

Have a fantastic Thursday!