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


 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

 

June 2021

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We made it to June! What a blessing it was to be in the school building for the entire school year!  We have learned so much together!  The next two weeks will be a busy end.  Here are some of our happenings.

June 3- The Lefever brothers earned the chance to be “Principle for the Day” for being the top fundraisers with the Bulldog Run event.  We will be having a “Super Clash Day” with crazy hair, socks, hats and lots of clashing colors and patterns.  A prize will be awarded to a student in each class.

June 7- Kindergarten will attend a Reader’s Theater by the third grade.

June 8- Field Day and Run Club Awards

June 9- We will enjoy a visit to the First grade for a sneak peek of next year!  Preschool will stop by to visit us too!

June 11- We will meet at the Little Britain Park for a last day of school picnic celebration.   Please come around 9 and bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy.  We will have a little special bag to give each student. 

June 18- Report cards will be emailed to you from the school office.

I encourage you to visit your local library regularly over the summer and be sure your child is spending time reading!  We want to avoid the “summer slide” and have them ready to get started in the fall. 

 

What a blessing it has been to be your child’s teacher this year!  Thank you for sharing them with me!  I greatly appreciated your encouragement and support this year. Have a great summer!

Mrs. Dowd 😊

 

 

Monday, May 3, 2021

 

May 2021

Dear Parents,

          It is hard to believe that our last full month of school has arrived.  I am so glad we are still here meeting in the building and busy learning together! 

          Coming up on Friday May 7th is our annual Fine Arts Gala from 6-8. You are invited to enjoy an evening of talent and creativity.  Students taking music lessons will be performing, live art will be happening in the hallways and all students in the school have artwork on display.

          The following Friday, May 14th, is the Bulldog Run and family fun day.  Please plan to meet us at the soccer field at 8:30 am where the activities will begin.  You will need to sign out your child once we have prayed and gotten directions for the day.  It really is an exciting day and fun for all.  Hopefully, you have the paper schedule that was sent home last week. Please pray that the weather is good!

          We are so close to reaching our goal for the Bulldog Run online fundraiser.  I think we are currently at 98% of our class goal.  Just a little more and we will earn our Ride your toy at school event.

          The children will not have school on Tuesday, May 18th.  It is an in-service day for teachers.  We have off on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

          Another kindergarten tradition is our end of the year picnic at Little Britain Park.  This will be Friday, June 11th from 9:00-12:00.  You will need to provide transportation for your child to the park and are invited to join us.  Please let me know if you would like to help plan this event.  We will send out more information at a later date.

          We will continue with learning Bible lessons from the New Testament and I will be teaching the children the books of the Bible in song.  We will learn measurement, more about shapes and even do some moving up to first grade lessons in Math.  I will also be teaching the children to tell time on a clock.  At some point our bean plants will be ready to go home and be planted in a garden or larger pot.  Please feel free to send me a picture if your child harvests the beans this summer!

 

Mrs. Dowd

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 

April 2021

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 never got to post a newsletter for April last year, because we were doing school from home.  I am so glad we are able to be at the school this year!

Our warm fuzzy jar is just about full, so you will be hearing about a warm fuzzy party again soon.  The children are working hard to develop self-control and are maturing in so many ways!

We are looking forward to our Bull Dog Run this year.  It sounds like we will be enjoying the event live here at the school.  There will be a few changes this year, so stay tuned for more details.  We will not be collecting addresses and sending letters this year.  It will all be done on- line.  You should be receiving an email from the office in a few weeks to let you know how that will work.  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 have never done this before and are excited to give it a try!

Don’t forget to send in anything Lego to contribute to the 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 will continue learning our blends and move on to long vowels in a bit.  We have enjoyed listening 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 go back to the old testament to finish up Daniel and Jonah.  Then we will go to 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.

Thank you so much for your generous gift cards from the Classroom Cares fund raiser.  I was able to order, supplies, games and learning tools for our classroom.  The children and I were so excited opening the boxes!

I have noticed that many of the children are not bringing napkins for lunch and snack.  I have been providing them for the children.  My supply is now depleted and I need napkin pack donations and plastic spoons.

Thanks again for sharing your child with me this year!

Mrs. Dowd

Monday, March 1, 2021

 

March 2021

 

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that March is here and spring is just around the corner!  The children will be so happy when the ground dries up and they can get back out on the playground! We did meet our class goal for the Spread the Love collection, so I owe the children and extra playground recess!  Thank you for your generosity!

The children are doing a fabulous job with their reading.  I get excited as I watch their reading improve every day.  I write them a morning message each morning, and we circle the words they know.  We have now reached the point where the class knows most of the words and can read the letter to me.  I just love the enthusiasm! 

Don’t forget that the children can practice reading a short book at home.  When they are ready they may read it to the class.  Children love to be “the teacher”!

Each year around Easter the kindergarten class does a special project.  We make our own resurrection eggs to share the story of Easter with others.  For this project, each child needs to bring in a foam or cardboard egg carton for 12 eggs, 12 plastic eggs that will fit inside, and three dimes.   We will supply all the other items.  Please send the carton, plastic eggs and dimes in by Friday, March 12th.

The Bulldog Run will be coming up in another two months. In preparation for this important fundraiser each class participates in creating a basket to sell at the Bulldog Run silent auction.  Kindergarten and PreK are doing a Lego basket.   We will be excited to accept any Lego book, kits, or Lego themed items to create our fabulous basket to be auctioned off in May!

 Please look for the sign-up genius that will be sent out for you to sign up for spring conferences.  I look forward to meeting with you again and talking about the progress your child is making in kindergarten!

I would like to wish a Happy Belated Birthday to Matthew, who turned 6 on February 24th.  Nason will celebrate his birthday this month on March 30th.  We love our birthday celebrations in kindergarten!

Please send in your box tops if you have any you have been collecting at home.  Please sign up to do the online Box Top collection they have moved to, if you have not already done so.  Scanning those receipts can earn a nice bit of cash for our school!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the last fundraiser.  I really appreciate the gift cards I have to spend on items for our classroom!  I am picking our some pretty cool stuff for us!!

Don’t forget we will have school on March 29 and 30 to make up snow days.  On the calendar it says we have off March 9th for conferences.  This may be changed, so please be looking for information on conferences. 

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

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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