Monday, May 2, 2022

  May/June 2022

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Here we are, in the month of May! I've been blessed to grow with your children each day, and I am amazed at their growth!  So, what does the month of May look like for us in kindergarten?

We will be learning about plants and the students will get to watch a bean seed sprout and begin to grow.   Once the plant is well established the students will get to take it home.  Hopefully, you will get to harvest some purple green beans!  They turn green when you cook them.

Fine Arts Gala-this Friday, May 6th, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Our children will have artwork displayed, and there will be wonderful expressions of creativity throughout the school.  

Friday, May 13 – Please come and enjoy the day at BCS for the annual Bulldog Run.  Each student will be participating, and you are invited to attend and enjoy this wonderful family day. There will be food trucks, a live auction, and more!  Let's all team up for Team Fiscus and cheer for the children. As a reminder...the kindergarten department is responsible for a toy related basket, so any donations are greatly appreciated.


IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT BULLDOG RUN DAY:

Your child will need to come directly to our classroom in the morning, I will bring them to the gym for the Live Auction, where we will sit as a class, and afterwards it will be announced that you can then sign out your child on my clipboard. This validates that your child is under your supervision for the rest of the day. Don't forget sunscreen, water, and your sneakers for an awesome day together!


Children will not come to school on May 17th.  This is an in-service day for teachers.  We all have off for Memorial Day on May 30th.


Please be on the lookout for information about field day and run club awards, which will take place in June.


KINDERGARTEN PICNIC-every year we enjoy a picnic at Little Britain Park on the last day of school, which is June 8th.  We will meet there at 9:00 am. Melissa Auger has graciously volunteered to lead some games for the children, and there’s a wonderful playground.  Kate Price, a mom from the other kindergarten class, will be organizing a Sign-up Genius for you to sign up for food and we’re going to enjoy a family-style lunch together.  I’ll get that link to you soon.  Mrs. Dowd and I will be presenting each kindergartener with a special present to celebrate their kindergarten year.


Please continue to work on reading and sight words every evening.  This is so very important.  First grade is around the corner...and you don't want a summer lag in your child’s academic growth. So, let's finish strong. I encourage you to limit the video games, read daily and visit the local library regularly over the summer.  Remember to access the list of summer reading and math expectations for first grade from the Bethany website so you know what to be working on over the summer. 


Our last Bible memory for the year is Psalm 23.  I will be working on it at school with the children.  They may work ahead if they wish.  Once they can say the whole chapter, your student will be finished for the year.  Please return the books weekly until your child is finished with all six verses.


Happy Birthday to Decklin on May 20th!  Happy Birthday to our June birthdays too!  Emma is June 3rd.  Foster is June 22nd and Simon is June 29th.




Thanks for your amazing support throughout the year.


Blessings, 

Mrs. Dowd :)


Friday, April 1, 2022

 

April 2022

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Happy April to all of you!  Jesus is Alive!!  How nice it is to see the flowers blooming and to be able to take the children out to enjoy the playground!

I hope you all enjoyed the show at the Dutch Apple.  I was so glad we were able to go this year!

The Bull Run and Auction is coming up on Friday, May 13th.  Please plan to join us for this great family day!   You should be receiving an email from the office to let you know how you can help raise money for our school. You will be asked to set up your own webpage link, and the children will get a special treat if you set that up by the date given.  Our class will be setting a goal and if we reach it, we hope to have a “ride you toy (bike, tricycle, scooter etc.) day” at school in the church parking lot.  We had a great time last year riding together!

Don’t forget to send in any kind of new toys to contribute to the Pre K/K basket for the Live Auction.  Thank you to those of you who have already sent in some fun items!

I am amazed at the progress in reading this year!  We have learned our blends and moved on to long vowels! What fun it is to listen to our “teacher in training” readers!

We will be moving on to shapes in math.  I need to give you a heads up that our curriculum does teach the children that a square is a rectangle.  I wanted you to know that this “curveball” is coming!  We will keep working on fluency with addition and subtraction facts.  During calendar time we have learned money and will start time soon.

In Bible we will be moving on to stories from the New Testament and learn more about the life of Jesus while he was on Earth.

We have finished learning how to write all of the lowercase letters. Now we are learning how to know which type of letter to use when writing.

As we look ahead to the end of the year, we are planning to have a picnic at the Little Britain Park on Wednesday, June 8th.  This is a fun way to celebrate the end of the year together.

The school will be closed from April 11-15.

Thanks again for sharing your child with me this year!

Mrs. Dowd

 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

 


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March 2022

Dear Kindergarten Families,

     We have celebrated 100 days of school, Valentine’s day, President’s day and Groundhog day and spring is around the corner.  What a blessing it is to share these special days with your child!   Here are some important tid-bits for you as we enter the month of March:

    Easter is coming on April 17th, and we have the week off beforehand, so we will be starting our Resurrection Eggs in March this year.  As we teach the children the true meaning of Easter we use a tool called "Resurrection Eggs".  The children create a dozen of eggs that have items and Bible verses inside that help them to be able to share the true meaning of Easter with others.  To help this process go more smoothly I need each child to bring in a clean egg carton (I prefer the Styrofoam sort), a dozen of regular sized (plain colored) plastic Easter eggs, and three dimes.  We provide the rest of the materials to create this meaningful activity. Please send these items by March 11th so we can have the process finished before Easter. 

    You may have heard of the Bull Dog Run and Auction.  It is an annual fundraising event that you will be hearing more about from the office.  For now, I'd like you to be aware that kindergarten classes have the theme of TOYS and you are invited to buy and donate a toy.   Be creative! There is no obligation, but your donations are most appreciated to make our class basket one that brings a great price at the auction and represents the kindergarten department well.

    I am thrilled with the transition we have made in reading class to consonant blends.  The children are really flying with this concept and beginning to read fluently.  It's very exciting to see them progress from basic alphabet knowledge, to blending consonants and vowels, to reading CVC words, and now adding letters to make bigger words with consonant blends.  They will be reading long vowel words by the end of the year.  More importantly I am seeing them read for meaning, which is really what it’s all about.

    Our math curriculum is moving quickly as we’re learning numbers up to 20. It is very important that your child counts carefully, using one to one correspondence, as we count to higher numbers.  You can help by reviewing the numbers from 10-20 on a regular basis. We will soon be learning about solid figures and geometrical concepts, and we are also beginning to tackle the concepts of money.

     Don’t forget that March 22nd is our field trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater to enjoy lunch and the performance of Pinkalicious. Thank you for joining us for this special event.

    Thank you for your hard work with the reading assignments.  Together we are working hard to help your child be ready for first grade. Don’t forget that the children may practice a short book from home and read it to the class when they are ready. They really do enjoy having their moment as “the teacher”!

Thank you so much for entrusting your children to our care here at Bethany Christian School!  I dearly love my kiddos and pray for them often.

Truly blessed, 

Mrs. Dowd


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

 

 February 2022

Dear Parents,

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1John 3:1a)  This is one of my favorite verses on love in the Bible.  It is such a comfort to know that we can be a child of God even after we have reached adulthood!

Our 100th day of school is Thursday, February 10th and we will take a break from our traditional curriculum and celebrate with lots of 100th day activities.  It should be a great time of learning for everyone.  I will send home a bag for each child to bring in 100 of something.  I can’t wait to see what the children bring!

On Monday, February 14th, we will have a Valentine’s Day celebration.  I will send home a list of all the children’s names in our class.  Please be sure to send a valentine for every child in the class, if you plan to send in valentines.  Please use this as writing practice, and have your child write the names on the cards.  I know this can take time, so try to start early and have your child do as much as they can.  I will send a list of items requested for this event and the 100th day of school.

 I hope the report cards you received were helpful in understanding your child’s progress in my class.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Your child will get another report card at the end of the school year.

 We have finished learning all the letters and sounds, and will be starting consonant blends soon. As the students get more comfortable with reading aloud, I would like to give them the opportunity to read to the class.  When your child is prepared to read a short book, have them bring it in.  After I listen to them and if they are ready, I will give them time to share with the class.  This can be a very exciting event for a child to read to the whole class.

On Friday, February 18th, we have an in-service day and the children will not come to school. On Monday, February 21, there will be no school in honor of President’s Day.  I will be reading books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and discussing their importance in the history of our nation.

 We have several Open House dates coming up in the next few weeks. If you refer a family and they come for a tour, you will receive a $25 credit towards next year’s tuition.  The dates for the Open Houses are Tuesday, February 28th and Thursday, February 24th.  The time is from 3:30 until 6:30.

 On Tuesday, March 22, kindergarten has a tentative field trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. We will let you know shortly if we are going or planning a different activity. 

We wish a Happy Birthday to Luke (4th), Alice (11th) and Walter (16th)!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

 

January 2022

 Dear Parents,

I hope all of you had a great Christmas break and that the children are ready to jump back into learning!  As we begin a new calendar year it is the perfect time to encourage the children to always do their best.  The verse from Colossians 3:17 is a good encouragement for a new year.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

We had a great time celebrating Jesus’ birthday together! I really missed having all the parents here to join in the fun, but we wanted to be cautious with COVID on the rise.  I would also like to thank you for the many thoughtful gifts I received from the children.  God must have smiled at the excitement the children had about giving gifts.  It really is a greater blessing to give than to receive. Thank you!!

There will be no school on Monday, January 17th, in honor of Martin Luther King.  We will learn about his contributions to our country in the coming weeks.

We would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Greg who celebrates his birthday on January 14th!

I am getting ready to start my next round of the assessment packets.  I am excited to see all the areas of academic growth in your children.  They are learning so much so quickly!! Report cards will be sent out near the end of the month.

Now that we explored why we need and not just want Christmas, we will be heading back into the Old Testament to learn more about God’s promises. We will be learning about Samuel and David. I did send home a Bible verse that is due on Tuesday, January 11th. 

In Math we began subtraction today!  We will continue to explore both addition and subtraction in the coming weeks.

We will be finishing up the individual letter sounds in the coming weeks of phonics. Then we will move on to blends and even long vowels. What fabulous readers your children are becoming!

We are ready to begin learning to write the lowercase letters.  As we continue learning more lowercase letters the children will also begin transitioning to using uppercase and lowercase letters.  In Kid Writing the children have been practicing capitals at the beginning of sentences and punctuation at the end.

I continue to pray for health for all our families.  Thank you again for entrusting your children to me. Have a happy and blessed New Year!

Sincerely.

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

 

December 2021

Dear Parents,

Happy December to all of you!  In the midst of the holiday busyness, I hope that you find time to think about and thank God for the greatest gift ever given.  In John 3:16, we read “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

What a pleasure it was to meet with you and talk about the progress your child is making.  I am always interested in hearing what the children are saying about school.  As a kindergarten teacher, I delight in hearing that your children are enjoying their time in the classroom!

For Bible class this month I will be supplementing with the book One Wintry Night.  This book reviews many of our previous lessons and helps us understand why we need and not just want Christmas. It does a great job of showing how God keeps his promises through time. We will only learn Isaiah 9:6 for Bible memory this month.  We will do the first highlighted part this week and I will assign the rest of the verse next week.

During the month of December, we talk a lot about Jesus being God’s greatest gift to us.  We will talk about why gifts are given at Christmas and that it is in honor of Jesus’ birthday.   I hope they begin to understand that Christmas is more about giving than getting presents. (Although it is fun to get presents!)  To help with this concept Kindergarten is partnering with  World Vision, an organization that helps provide for those in need.  We are collecting money for the “goat fund” until December 17th.  I think the children have earned around 30 dollars so far, doing their chores!

We are just about finished up learning how to write our capital letters and will begin learning the lowercase letters soon.  It is fun to watch as the children’s handwriting begins to look more “grown-up” with capital and lowercase letters! We have already begun to transition to full-size pencils.

I can’t believe how much progress the children have made learning to read!  I hope you are enjoying the partner reading and seeing the progress your child is making with letters, sounds, word families and sight words.  I enjoy hearing the expression many of the children put into their reading!

Our class party will be on Thursday, December 23rd, which is a half day.  I will send home a paper soon with items needed for this event.  Each child will have a prepackaged gingerbread man to decorate.  Please be sure to send a wrapped book for a girl if you have a daughter, or a book for a boy if you have a son in my class.  This is for our gift exchange.   Keep the cost at about $5.00 and have your child write who it is from on the package. You may send these in ahead of time. 

You are invited to join us for the PreK and Kindergarten Christmas Chapel performance on Wednesday, December 8th.  It will begin at 9:00 am in the church sanctuary.  I still need a few volunteers to come early to help the children get into their shepherd costumes.  Don’t forget to keep practicing the speaking parts and songs I sent home previously.  Let me know if you lost the speaking part and I will send another home.  This will be a regular school day, so the children should not dress up in fancy clothes. 

I hope to see you at our Winter Fellowship Fundraiser on December 9th at 6:45. We will enjoy some popcorn, hot chocolate, mini concert and some time of praise and worship!

Kindergarten had a great time at our warm fuzzy party and is already working on filling the jar again!

Happy Birthday to Grant!  He will be turning six on December 10th.

Have a peaceful and healthy December and a Merry Christmas!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

 

October 2021

Dear Parents,

The first month of school has gone by so quickly!  The children are beginning to adjust to the kindergarten routine and seem to enjoy our time together.  I look forward to teaching the children so many new things!  Here is an update on our classroom.

Language Arts:

We are already cruising along learning our letters and should recognize and know the sounds of I, T, S, N, H and W. We have also learned the sight words I, the, is, it, in, and here, a, what, and she.  I always look forward to hearing the children read.  Thank you for your efforts at home to practice the reading. The reading books should be returned daily until I write “Finished” on the back.  I might not read with each child every day, so keep practicing even if I don’t get to put a sticker on the back. Be sure to look over the reading guide at the front so you know how to help your child.  Have your child practice the “words at work” page located at the back.  Be sure to have them point to the words as they are learning to read.

Handwriting:

We have been hard at work learning to write our numbers on our little slates using the wet, dry, try method.  We are starting our capital letters and learning all kinds of fun sayings to help us remember how to write our letters and numbers.  Developing fine motor skills is very important at this age, so we are doing various activities o strengthen their hands.  I encourage you to help your child develop a healthy pencil grip. Our goal is a tri-pod grip.  I say “pinch and tuck”.  The thumb and pointer finger should pinch the pencil where the paint ends.  It rests on the middle finger.  The ring finger and pinky are tucked in.

Math:

We have learned the concepts of zero through five, as well as greater than and less than.  We look forward to counting and learning concepts up to 10 this month.

Bible:

We started at the beginning with Creation and Noah.  We are beginning the life of Abraham. Thank you for working hard on the Bible verses.  I am sure you have heard at least part of our Grandparent’s Day song.  We are singing the books of the Old Testament!

Emotional Intelligence:

I use the term to describe the growth in skills related to behavior, regulating emotions, understanding self-control and how to treat others.  We use a “token economy” where the children earn tickets for good choices.  It is fun to watch them make decisions on spending or saving the tickets in the class store. They love to “buy” a special lunch visit with Mr. Fry.  Mr. Fry loves to have kindergarteners visit for good behavior! As a class, we earn warm fuzzies and when the jar is full we will have a special class party! We have already earned quite a few!

Field Trip:

We are excited to have some time at Milburn Orchard on October 19th!  Please arrive by 9:15. Thank you for your willingness to drive your children.  Don’t forget to send in $7.00 for additional tickets.  You may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy when the tour is over.

Reminders:

October 8th is Grandparent’s Day!  We can’t wait to be a part of this special program.  After the program, Grandparents are welcome to sign out their grandchildren and spend some additional time with them. 

Pretzel Day begins 10/6

Pizza Day begins 10/15

Picture Day is   10/20

Happy Birthday to our two September Birthdays!

  Quinn- 13th   Carter -18th

And a Happy Birthday to Adalynn on October 5!

 

Don’t hesitate to send an email or a note if you have a question or concern.  Let’s continue to have a great year!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Dowd


 

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