Ms. Bethanie's Classroom

October 25, 2015

October 26, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 6:51 pm

Hello Parents:

Curriculum: 
The children are really excited about the Parent and Child Activity that will be held on Thursday, October 29th. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from a book/comic/magazine. We are asking that children NOT wear masks. Some children are afraid of masks and we want all children to enjoy themselves and feel safe. We will be completing our pumpkin study this week. We will be moving onto exploring the beautiful fall leaves.

We will go on several walks exploring the leaves and fall changes that are occurring in the neighborhood. Please dress your child with warm clothes and/or the ability to layer their clothes. It will most likely be a bit brisk in the next few weeks and we will be spending extended time outdoors exploring and observing on our campus (children will not be running and playing on the playground equipment at this time, thus they may need warmer clothing).
We will also need new play dough in November. Please sign up if you would like to make a batch for us.
The November calendar for volunteers is posted and we want to thank Jenny (Jackson’s mom) for helping us out in the classroom. Please sign up to volunteer if you would like to spend time in our classroom or help out with “housekeeping” duties as well.
We want to thank all of the parents who will be volunteering on our field trip to Eden’s Place Nature Center. If you have signed up to volunteer there will be a field trip chaperone expectation sheet in your child’s mailbox. Please take a minute to read over it, so that we can ensure that the field trip is safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Reminders:
Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
If you would like to join us on the field trip please let me know ASAP. We are only allowed a certain number of volunteers. Please be sure to turn in the forms and payment by Monday, October 26th.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.
Dates to Remember:
October 29th-Parent & Child Activity- All children attend with their parents from 9:30-10:30 in the school cafeteria. Remember children are invited to dress up as their favorite character!
October 30th- Field Trip Eden’s Place Nature Center 9:00-11:30

October 18, 2015

October 19, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 8:08 pm

Hello Parents:
Curriculum:
We have been thoroughly enjoying exploring apples. The children have tasted a variety of apples and we made applesauce in the class. We have been focusing on the parts of the apple. The following key vocabulary we are using is: stem, leaf, skin, flesh, core, seeds, pips, tangy, sweet, sour, crisp, and crunchy. We will continue with our study of apples this week and move onto a deeper study of pumpkins and gourds until the end of October.
We welcomed our U of C student volunteer Ms. Alex this past Wednesday. Ms. Alex will volunteer in our class on Wednesday mornings. The children enjoy her presence in the classroom. Please feel free to introduce yourself to her.

The October & November calendar for volunteers is posted and we want to thank Serena (Miles’ mom) for signing up to help us out in the classroom. Please sign up to volunteer if you would like to spend time in our classroom or help out with “housekeeping” duties as well.
Reminders:
Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
If you would like to join us on the field trip please let me know ASAP. We are only allowed a certain number of volunteers. Please be sure to turn in the forms and payment by Monday, October 26th.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.
Dates to Remember:
October 22nd- PTA Meeting in the school cafeteria 6 pm
October 24th- Ray School Clothing Exchange
October 29th-Parent & Child Activity– All children attend with their parents from 9:30-10:30 in the school cafeteria.
October 30th- Field Trip Eden’s Place Nature Center 9:00-11:30

October 12, 2015

October 13, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 8:38 pm

Hello Parents:
Curriculum:
I want to thank all of the parents who came to Open House, hopefully you gained new insight of the type of educational experiences we strive to give students. If you were unable to attend Open House please be sure to look through the handout in your child’s mailbox.
We have begun our Autumn/Falll Topic of Study. We would like to thank all of the families that brought in cool gourds and pumpkins! The children have been learning how to complete the Pre-Project skill of Observational Drawings using the gourds as their focus. We have been focusing on using descriptive words when observing. The key vocabulary words are: bumpy, smooth, grooves, lines, round, long, top, bottom, and various colors.  We will begin exploring apples this week.  Please be sure to ask your child to explain what “Pips” are also called!
Reminders:
Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
If you would like to join us on the field trip please let me know asap. We are only allowed a certain number of volunteers. Please be sure to turn in the forms and payment by Monday, October 26th.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.
Dates to Remember:
October 15th- All Medical Forms are due
October 22nd- PTA Meeting in the school cafeteria 6 pm
October 24th- Ray School Clothing Exchange
October 29th-Parent & Child Activity- All children attend with their parents from 9:30-10:30 in the school cafeteria.
October 30th- Field Trip Eden’s Place Nature Center 9:00-11:30

October 4, 2015

October 5, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 7:08 pm

Hello Parents:
Curriculum:
We are winding down our “All About Me” Topic of Study with a few more family focused activities. Please remember to assist your child in completing the family portrait homework sheet. We will begin our study of Apples/Gourds/Pumpkins. We are collecting unique and cool looking gourds. Please feel free in adding to our collection. We will conclude our study with a trip to Eden’s Nature Center on Friday, October 30th. We will need 6 parent chaperones for each classroom. Please keep an eye out for the detailed field trip form in your child’s mailbox. We will also have our first Parent & Child activity on Thursday, October 29th. The Parent & Child activities are designed for parents to experience the type of activities that their child participates in during the preschool day. Parents will get hands on experiences with their child as they rotate through the various stations. Parents (or designated adult) are required to stay with their child during the Parent & Child activity (younger siblings are welcomed).
Reminders:
We are ready for volunteers to start in the classroom. Please sign up on the volunteer sheet if you would like to volunteer. Please be sure that your volunteer paper work has been turned into the main office before you sign up to volunteer.
October begins the sign up with Access and Enrollment to apply for the spot through the lottery (kindergarten only). If you would like your child to attend Ray for kindergarten, please be sure to sign up (*if you live within the Ray School District you do not need to sign up through the lottery system. If you are not sure if you live within the Ray school boundaries please check with the main office and the can assist you with figuring out the boundaries). http://www.cpsoae.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=72700&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=121706
Dates to Remember:
October 8th- Open House 4:30-6:00 Please plan to attend without children.
October 9th- Fall Picture Day Please read the photo form for order information. Please send the exact amount if you will be paying on the day of.
October 12th- No School (Columbus Day)
October 15th- All Medical Forms are due
October 22nd- PTA Meeting in the school cafeteria 6 pm
October 24th- Ray School Clothing Exchange
October 29th-Parent & Child Activity– All children attend with their parents from 9:30-10:30 in the school cafeteria.
October 30th- Field Trip Eden’s Place Nature Center 9:00-11:30.

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