Learning to Read by Jennifer Neafcy, Kindergarten Teacher
We have been back at school for three weeks, and there is already a lot happening in the Kindergarten class! What a joy it has been to watch these new Kindergartners enter the classroom excited about school and about learning. The children have been making new friends, learning new routines, and have been having a great time.
At the beginning of each year, we spend time talking about all the things we will be learning throughout the year. A majority of our morning is spent on our literacy block. During this time, the Kindergartners work on strengthening their reading and writing skills. Our class uses literacy centers to accomplish this. Children are able to read books, write stories, listen to stories, and build and write words during this time. As I was explaining the centers to the class and talking about how the children would be rotating through the centers, I could tell some were getting a little nervous about having to read to themselves. We were able to take time developing three strategies for reading to oneself: by reading the words, by reading the pictures (using the pictures to tell the story), and by retelling the story. This seems to put some of the children at ease. I even overheard one of the children say “I can do that”! After some practice, the children were able to read and enjoy books by themselves. There has even been some laughter from the children as they are enjoying the books.
What a joy it will be to spend the year with these children! I look forward to not only observing growth in their reading skills, but also observing their growing excitement and love for reading and for books.
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Wed. – Fri. 9/21-23: 6th Grade Outdoor Education at Miracle Ranch
Wed. 9/28: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mr. Meyer, Principal of Seattle Lutheran High School
Fri. 9/30: 4:00 PM Bowl-A-Rama
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Before & After School Clubs – Click Here
NEST Hot Lunch Program Corrections – Tuesday – Thursday
Updated registration forms are coming home today. NEST sends their apologies for incorrect date and cost information. Contact and registration information can be found here: http://www.cafestellinacatering.com/NEST-School-Lunch-Program.html.
WA D.C. Teriyaki & Pizza Hot Lunch Program – Deadline Extended
Exciting news! Pizza and teriakyi/gyoza ordering extended one additional day. You can order either pizza or teriyaki/gyoza or both for your child to enjoy on Monday’s and Friday’s and order forms now need to be received in the office by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21st. Pizza starts this Friday, September 23rd and teriyaki/gyoza begins on Monday, September 26th. Order forms can be found here. Don’t miss out on this opportunity – after September 21st, ordering will not be available until February, 2017!
Family Friday Bowl-A-Rama – September 30
The Bowl-A-Rama is here! Join us for a fun night of bowling, pizza and drinks at West Seattle Bowl from 4 to 6 PM! Shoe rentals, pizza and drinks are included in the $25/bowler fee, and there will be fun prizes raffled off. Don’t miss out on the fun! Sign up your family or team by September 23rd to secure your lane. All proceeds benefit the Washington D.C. enrichment program. Visit our website here to learn more about this wonderful educational program for our 7th & 8th grade students. Contact Sally Heit or Jacinda McFeely for more information.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Job Opportunity at Hope School
Would you like to work on an occasional basis with a fun and caring group of teachers and kids? Hope School is looking for subs to work in our preschool program, extended care program, and the K-8 program. Applicants should have some experience working with children, and K-8 applicants should have experience teaching and/or a teaching certificate. Work around your schedule as a sub at Hope! Fill out an application http://hls.hopeseattle.org/home/about/job-opportunities/ and return to the school office or principal Kristen Okabayashi at email@example.com.
Hope Church Community Meal – September 25
Are you looking for an opportunity to teach your children how we can help the homeless in West Seattle? Your family can help prepare or serve Hope’s “Community Meal”. It is this Sunday, September 25 at noon at Our Lady of Guadalope. Volunteers are needed to prepare the food on Saturday night at 6:00 pm in Hope’s Kitchen. Deserts are also needed and can be dropped off on Sunday morning at 10:00 am in Hope’s Kitchen. Sign up your WHOLE FAMILY in the church Commons or call Greta Thode at 206-932-8034 to find out more!
Part Time Job Opportunity
A West Seattle resident is looking for an in-home part-time caregiver on Mondays and Fridays from approximately 9:00/9:30am to 4:00/5:00 pm. Transferring and caring for wheelchair bound lady (training provided) and light housekeeping and cooking. This is a great part-time opportunity for a caring Mom while the kids are in school. For more information call Julie at 206.234.2698.
Save the Date – Free Screening of Screenagers – October 6
Seattle Lutheran High School invites you to a free screening of Screenagers. This documentary highlights the ever-present impact of technology on our youth, and provides encouragement and strategies for finding a balance in your own household. Based on feedback from our students and families, and others in the community, we know this is a “hot topic” for many. We’d like to respond to your “call for help” by coordinating this time to gather, share, and learn.
Come join us! Thursday, October 6, 2016 @ 6:30 PM, Seattle Lutheran High School Gymnasium, 4100 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98116. Please RSVP at 206-937-7722 Ext. 18 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.