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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 1, 2021

 

 February 2021

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!

On Thursday, February 11th, we will exchange our valentines.  We are doing this on Thursday because of the In-Service Day on Friday and our President’s Day break on Monday. I sent home a list of all the children’s names in our class.  Please be sure to send a valentine to 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.  Don’t forget to send the valentines in by the 5th so they have time to quarantine.   

We are starting the “Spread the Love” campaign this month.  It will run from February 1st-16th.  Our class is setting a goal of collecting 25 plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly.  When we reach our goal, I will schedule extra time on the playground for the children to play!  They are so excited when we have a recess “at the park”, so I know this will be greatly appreciated by my little friends!! Our school goal is 500, so more than 25 containers would be fabulous as we try to show love to those who are in need of food!

As I said before, we have off for President’s Day this month.  I use this time to weave in some history lessons about our country when we learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  They really were some pretty fascinating men with much to teach us about character!

Our 100th Day of School is coming up at the end of the month!  We will spend the day doing all kinds of fun activities.  We will have stories, games and make a special necklace. 100 is such a fun number!!

Report cards will be available on-line February 12th.  I hope the report cards are 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. I think the plan is to offer conferences again in March.

 We are busy learning a lot in Kindergarten! Our Bible lessons will continue teaching about God through Old Testament stories.  In Phonics we will finish up the letter sounds and begin working on consonant blends.  I hope you and your child are enjoying the variety of reading books being sent home.  The children are really making wonderful progress!  We are steadily progressing through the lowercase letters and the students will continue the transition to writing with appropriate upper-case and lower-case letters.  Our next topic in math will explore understanding and

 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.

 Re-registration information will be sent home shortly.   Please prayerfully consider sending your child to Bethany for first grade.  I would love to see them in the hallway next year as first graders!  I always tell the children that if I have to share them next year, I am glad that it is with Mrs. McClure.  She is a fabulous teacher and the children will love her class!

I hope your family is enjoying this snow day!  I know that I am enjoying a productive day at home!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

 

January 2021

 

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.”

 Even with our COVID restrictions, we still had a great time celebrating Jesus’ birthday together! I really missed having all the parents here to join in the fun.  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 18th, in honor of Martin Luther King.  We will learn about his contributions to our country in the coming weeks.

 Because we started the school year later the first semester of school will not end until February.  Please note that report cards will not be available online until February 12th and not in January like I previously mentioned.

We would like to wish a belated Happy Birthday to J.J. who turned six on January 3rd!

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!!

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 12th.  We got a good start on it today.

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!

In the coming weeks we will be transitioning to full-size pencils!  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. I look forward to a time when we no longer need masks and COVID is no longer such a concern.  Thank you again for entrusting your children to me.  I so appreciate your kindness and support during these crazy times!

Have a happy and blessed New Year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

 

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

 

December 2020

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, despite our COVID format.

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.  Today we talked 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 asking the children to do extra chores to earn money to put towards the gift of a goat for a family in need.  Please see the flyer in the white envelope for more information.

We just 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 will begin to transition to full-size pencils in January.

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 Wednesday, 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. 

Kindergarten has almost filled the Warm Fuzzy jar!!  It looks like we will be wearing pajamas on Friday, December 11th. Please do not send in stuffed animals, blanket, pillows, or slippers.  The children will still be going out for recess. Please let me know if you would like to send in individual bags of popcorn to eat during our movie. 

Happy Birthday to Alex!  He will be turning six on December 13th.

Have a peaceful and healthy December and a Merry Christmas!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

 

November 2020

                            

Dear Parents,

 

Psalms 107:1 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” As Thanksgiving approaches let us remember to give thanks to our great God for our many blessings!

As you have already heard, we are participating in a food drive to help our local Neighborhood Services.  Kindergarten is asked to bring in cans of cranberry sauce or fruit.  Please mark the cans with a B for boy or a G for girl. This is a competition and the children get very excited watching the lines of food grow down our hallways!

I am thankful to have your children in my class this year and to have the opportunity to teach them to read! It is so much fun to listen to the children gain confidence as they are reading their books.  This class is very good at finding sight words in any books they are looking at!  Thank you for your diligent efforts at home to complete the homework and partner with me in the learning process.

I am looking forward to talking with you about the wonderful things your children are doing n school! Conferences will be held on November 24th and 25th, with afternoon and evening time slots available. An email was sent from the office with times to sign up.  If you have not signed up and do not have the email, please contact the office. The students will be dismissed at 12:30 on November 24th and no aftercare is provided.

 You will notice that kindergarten does not receive a report card in November.  I will send a report card in January and at the end of the year.

On Tuesday, November 24th, our kindergarten class will celebrate Thanksgiving together. We will have a feast in our classroom around 11:45.  I will send home a paper asking each family to donate something for this event.  I will need empty cube tissue boxes for a craft I would like to do.  Please send in any boxes that you have. I love teaching about Thanksgiving and we will spend time this month learning all about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving!

It is tradition in kindergarten to decorate gingerbread houses and do a book exchange for our Christmas party.  We are looking into getting individual gingerbread house kits for the children, so we can still enjoy this activity despite all our Covid restrictions.  Girls should bring a wrapped book for a girl and boys should bring a wrapped book for a boy.  We ask that you keep the cost of the book at about $5.00.

 I hope your children are enjoying their time in kindergarten.  It is amazing how much they have learned and matured already. They make me smile every day with the precious things they do and say!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

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