Kindergarten News by Jennifer Neafcy, Kindergarten Teacher
Kindergarten is a wonderful place to learn and to grow! In the mornings, the majority of our day is spent on our literacy block. During this time, the Kindergartners work on strengthening their reading and writing skills. The program we used is called Daily 5. Daily 5 teaches children to engage in five different literacy activities each day: listening to reading, writing, working on words (phonics and spelling), reading to self, and reading to someone. As Kindergarten is accomplishing these tasks during literacy centers, I am able to work with small groups of children during guided reading. I am amazed at how independent these children have become rotating through the centers. They have taken control of their own learning.
Here are some things that I have observed during literacy centers:
- Kindergartners walking around the room with clipboards writing down the words that they know and reading them.
- Kindergartners reading picture books to a buddy by either reading the words, or using the pictures to help tell the story.
- Kindergartners saying aloud the words they want to write for the pictures they have drawn, listening for the sounds and letters they hear in the word, and writing the words.
- Kindergartners using letter tiles, or stamps to create words.
- While working with a small group of Kindergartners on reading, observing a child’s excitement when he or she is able to read the text, blend together a word, or identify a sight word.
What a joy it is to teach these little ones each day and watch them blossom and grow!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tues. 1/12: 6:30 PM Preschool Open House at Hope School / Re-enrollment Materials Sent Home / Spirit Kit Orders Due
Wed. 1/13: 8:40 AM Chapel Led by Grade 2
Thurs. 1/14: 6:30 PM Auction Meeting – Commons
Blue Friday 1/15: Free Dress Day
Mon. 1/18: No School & No ESC – MLK Holiday
Wed. 1/20: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 5
Sunday 1/24 – Friday 1/29: Lutheran Schools Week
Sports Events Calendar – Click Here
Find 7/8 grade basketball schedules here as well as Cheerleading practice schedule.
Wow, what a game Sunday! Student council invites all students to celebrate the Seahawks’ next football playoff game this weekend with Blue Friday. Students are encouraged to show their support by wearing Seahawk apparel or Seahawk colors of blue and green as we show our love of our Hawks! This is a free dress day so students not wearing Seahawk colors can have a usual free dress day.
Pizza & Teriyaki Lunches – Order Form
Just a quick note to let you know that today you will receive an order form in the yellow envelope for ordering Teriyaki/Gyoza on Mondays and Pizza on Fridays for your children for the second half of the school year. As you may recall, in addition to being fun and nutritious meals, they are also a big part of fundraising for the Washington DC trip that 7th and 8th graders will take in April 2017.
We are requesting a separate form for each child you order food for. You may pay for all of your children’s orders with one check. The order form is also available on the school’s website in the event you misplace one of your forms.
All orders need to be turned into the school office by Friday, February 5th. Thank you for your support in purchasing teriyaki/gyoza and pizza. We truly appreciate it!
Your Feedback is Needed – Access the Parent Survey Here
We mentioned last week in the Words of Hope that the school staff has been hard at work on re-accreditation by the NLSA (National Lutheran Schools Association). One very important part of this process is evaluating our relationships with the West Seattle community, sponsoring church, and parents.
A 40-question survey has been created in order to gather your opinions on topics of interest by the NLSA and Hope School. It should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will be available to complete for the month of January. You may remain annonymous, however you may fill out your contact information at the end of the survey (optional) should you like us to respond back to you on a certain questions or issue.
Your feedback is not only important to the accreditation process but important to the administration at Hope so that we may continue to improve upon the many opportunities, curriculum, and enrichment programs we provide. We realize that you have many choices when it comes to where your child is educated, and we are honored that you have chosen Hope school. Thank you for helping us with this important process.
Parent Workshop – Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 – 8 p.m. Hope Commons
All parents are invited to this special event – It’s way bigger than puberty. Greg Smallidge of Great Conversations will lead a conversation about staying connected with your children and not getting fired from being their sexuality educator. Please RSVP for this worth-your-time complimentary event to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Auction News & Opportunities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here