Ms. Bethanie's Classroom

May 22, 2017

Week Of May 22nd

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 4:27 pm

Hello Parents:

We want to thank all of the parents who volunteered for our Walk-A-Thon. It was cold and wet but the children enjoyed it!

Our caterpillars have arrived! Finger’s crossed that we will actually be in session long enough to witness the entire life cycle!

I want to thank all of the families who have donated water, cups, and snacks to our class. The children thoroughly enjoy the extended time we are able to spend outdoors! We will be walking over to Botany Pond in the in next few weeks as well.

We will be extending our outdoor learning by taking our very 1st walk over to Hyde Park Farmers Market Music Concert in Harper’s Court on Thursday, June 1st (Morning Students Only- the concert is over at 11:15) We will have some sort of special music event for the afternoon class that day as well, but we will not be going off school grounds). We will need lots of volunteers to walk over with us and stay and enjoy the music concert featuring Junie B! Please keep an eye out for the permission slip. We will be dismissing the students from Harper’s Court at 11:20 that day (you will also need to fill out a special form for this dismissal as well.

Lending Library for our classroom has officially ended for this school year. Please be sure to send in any books that you still have checked out!

May 12, 2017

Week of May 15th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 10:07 am

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend!

If you are able to help out during the Walk-A-Thon please let me know!

 

We will be wrapping up our Eric Carle study as soon as our caterpillars arrive (hopefully this week).

 

Being that our topic of studies will be more nature centered we will spend a great deal of time outdoors. Please dress your child accordingly. Remember to put sunscreen on before they come to school. In addition, flip flop types of sandals are not ideal for running and gross motor activities on playground. You are welcomed to leave a pair of old/play running shoes at school for your child to change into when needed (please write their names somewhere on the shoe –inside of the tongue is a great place).

 
As the weather begins to warm up we will visit Bixler Park and also travel over to Botany Pond to observe the baby ducks and turtles. I will post notices on the entry door and sign-in sheet to remind you of the days we will be traveling over. We are also asking for a wagon or two to take with us. We will also need gallons of water and small Dixie cups (any donation is welcomed). We also like to offer a small snack on our trips (graham crackers, animal crackers, and pretzel rods are always a hit), donations are welcomed as well.

 

Important Dates:

Kindergarten Visits for children going to Kindergarten (children returning to Pre K next year do not need to visit this year):

Are you interested in learning more about the Kindergarten program at Ray? If so, please come to Ray School on May 17th from 2:45-3:45 when our K teachers will showcase the curriculum and discuss a “day in the life” of a Ray Kindergartner. Our main entrance is on Kimbark Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.

The Ray Walk-A -thon is Friday May 19, 2017.  Please join us for our annual walk.  The preschoolers will walk at 9:45- 10:15 in the morning and from 1:15-1:45 in the afternoon class.  We need volunteers for both sessions. If you are able to join us, please let me know.  Be sure to bring your water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes and clothing, along with sunglasses and a hat or other sun protection. You may want to bring rain gear too. This is a rain or shine event!

May 8, 2017

Week of May 8th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 11:47 am

I want to thank all of the families who participated in International Night! It was a huge success. We are continuing our Eric Carle study and will shift to butterflies as soon as our caterpillars arrive!

Important Dates:

Kindergarten Visits for children going to Kindergarten (children returning to Pre K next year do not need to visit this year):
Are you interested in learning more about the Kindergarten program at Ray? If so, please come to Ray School on May 17th from 2:45-3:45 when our K teachers will showcase the curriculum and discuss a “day in the life” of a Ray Kindergartner. Our main entrance is on Kimbark Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.

The Ray Walk-A -Thon is Friday May 19, 2017. Please join us for our annual walk. The preschoolers will walk at 9:45- 10:15 in the morning and from 1:15-1:45 in the afternoon class. We need volunteers for both sessions. If you are able to join us, please let me know. Be sure to bring your water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes and clothing, along with sunglasses and a hat or other sun protection. You may want to bring rain gear too. This is a rain or shine event!

May 1, 2017

Week of May 1st

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 8:43 am

We thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities during our celebration of Week of Young Child! If your child forgot their toy for show and tell, please feel free to bring one this week.
We will need play dough in mid-May! If you are willing to make a batch please sign up on the play dough calendar. Thank You!
We will be ending the school year on June 20, 2017. Be sure to keep an eye out for all of the special events that will happen the last week of school.
We will spend the last month and half focusing on Eric Carle, gardening, and the Life cycle of the Butterflies. Please sure to look at the cool art work the children have been working on. Our cool display of Mix It Up was a cool art experiment where children used primary colors to create the secondary colors using their fingertips. We also created our own versions of Eric Carle’s Little Cloud. Be sure to check it out!
Dates To Remember:
May 18th– Ray Walk-a-Thon (fundraising goal is $25,000- we exceeded this goal last year!) More information will be forthcoming.
No School- May 29th- Memorial Day Holiday

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