Ms. Bethanie's Classroom

November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 1:49 pm

Hello Parents:

We will be exploring the various versions of the Gingerbread Boy this month. This topic will allow us to delve deeply in literacy rich activities. If you have a unique version of the story that you would like to lend us we would be very appreciative. Please be sure to check your child’s mailboxes so that you can complete the homework and return it by December 7, 2015.

We need parents to sign up to make play dough for the month of December.  Thank You
Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten- The deadline is fast approaching!
Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, December 9-Friday, December 11- Scholastic Holiday Book Fair- If you would like for your child to purchase a book from the book fair, please take them between 11:20-1:10 or after school until 6 pm. I will not be taking the class down to purchase books.
December 18th- 3rd Parent & Child Activity in the school cafeteria from 9:30-10:30. All children are invited to attend with an adult. There will be no regular scheduled classes.
December 21st- January 4th- No School- Winter Break
Special Announcements:
I will be out on a short medical leave beginning December 11th and will be return to work after our Winter Break on January 4th. Ms. Byas will be covering my class for the week that I am out. She is very capable and has substituted for me in the past. She is familiar with many of the children and knows the routine.

November 22, 2015

November 23, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 9:38 pm

Hello Parents:
We want to thank all of the parents who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Have a great Thanksgiving Break!
Please remember to check your child’s mailbox each day. Important information is placed in your child’s mailbox on a regular basis.
Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten- The deadline is fast approaching!
Dates to Remember:
November 24th- The second Parent & Child activity 9:30-10:30 in the school cafeteria. (Regular classes are cancelled for this day). All children should attend the session with an adult.
November 25-27- No School- Thanksgiving Break
Special Announcements:
I will be out on a short medical leave beginning December 11th and will be return to work after our Winter Break on January 4th. Ms. Byas will be covering my class for the week that I am out. She is very capable and has substituted for me in the past. She is familiar with many of the children and knows the routine.

November 15, 2015

November 16, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 11:02 pm

Hello Parents:
Curriculum:
We will end the month by concentrating on Family Celebrations and focusing on being “Thankful”. Please be sure to complete the “thankful feather” and return it to school so that we can display our class results for all to read all of the awesome things preschoolers are thankful for.
Please be sure to check out the bulletin boards inside the classroom and in the hallway to see the great learning opportunities the children have had during our fall/autumn study.
Reminders:
If you have not signed up for a Parent & Teacher Conference please do so. There will be no regular class as the conferences occur.
Please remember to check your child’s mailbox each day. Important information is placed in your child’s mailbox on a regular basis.
Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.
Dates to Remember:
November 18th- Parent & Teacher Conferences- No School- Please keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet
November 24th- The second Parent & Child activity 9:30-10:30 in the school cafeteria. (Regular classes are cancelled for this day). All children should attend the session with an adult.
November 25-27- No School- Thanksgiving Break
Special Announcements:
I will be out on a short medical leave beginning December 11th and will be return to work after our Winter Break on January 4th. Ms. Byas will be covering my class for the week that I am out. She is very capable and has substituted for me in the past. She is familiar with many of the children and knows the routine.

November 8, 2015

November 9, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 8:39 pm

Hello Parents:
Special Announcements:
The next couple of weeks are full of special events and non-attendance days for students. Please be sure to mark your calendars so that we can keep our attendance strong. It is vital that students attend school on a consistent basis.
Please be sure to sign up for the first Parent & Teacher conference. The sign-up sheet is near the sign-in sheet on the cubbies.
We want to thank Rokeya (Adeel & Jotsna’s mother) for volunteering in our classroom. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please be sure to sign up on the November calendar.

Curriculum:
We have begun exploring the beautiful fall leaves. We are asking parents to go on a Fall Scavenger Hunt with your child as well. The scavenger hunt sheet is in your child’s mailbox. The hunt will hopefully give you a special activity to do during the days when class is not in session.
Please be sure to check out the bulletin boards inside the classroom and in the hallway to see the great learning opportunities the children have had during our fall/autumn study.
The November calendar for volunteers and is posted. 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.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.
Dates to Remember:
November 11th-No School – Veteran’s Day
November 13th- No School
November 18th- Parent & Teacher Conferences- No School- Please keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet
November 24th- The second Parent & Child activity 9:30-10:30 in the school cafeteria. (Regular classes are cancelled for this day). All children should attend the session with an adult.
November 25-27- No School- Thanksgiving Break

November 1, 2015

November 2, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 11:17 pm

Hello Parents:

We want to thank all of the families who participated in our 1st Parent & Child Activity! We were happy to see such a huge turnout. We will be conducting at least 3-4 more this year, so be sure to check the blog often to make sure you are able to attend the sessions.
We also want to thank all of the adults that volunteered on our very 1st field trip to Eden’s Place Nature Center. The children had such a great time and thankfully the weather was gorgeous.

Curriculum: 
We will begin 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 and is posted. 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.
Please see archived September 2015 posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.
Dates to Remember:
November 11th-No School – Veteran’s Day
November 13th- No School
November 18th- Parent & Teacher Conferences- No School- Please keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet
November 25-27- No School- Thanksgiving Break

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