Spring Break!

How have we already made it to spring break?  I know lots of you have wonderful travel plans and have scheduled some great activities.  While vacation can be so fun, it can also be challenging for some children with so many changes to their routines.  I have listed some ideas below that may help travel go more smoothly.

  • Keep bedtime routines/time the same.  If your child has a special toy or blanket they sleep with, take it with you.  If they enjoy a specific book, take it with you.  If they listen to certain music, make sure to play it.  Those things can help alleviate anxiety about sleeping in a new place.
  • Keep food “normal” for your child.  Vacations are a great time to try new things, but too many changes can be hard.  If there are specific breakfast or snack items your child prefers bring them along and offer them for those times so you know your child will eat something.  A hungry child is never a happy child.
  • Keep expectations in place.  Just because you are on vacation, does not mean a “free-for-all.”  Make sure to clearly communicate that the rules in your vacation home are the same as at home.  Also clearly communicate any changes to rules that you expect.
  • Keep nap time routines for children who nap.   A well rested child will have a much happier vacation. Plan for down and quiet time.
  • Expect the unexpected… Pack extra patience…  Be prepared to be exhausted… Allow for exploration… And have a wonderful time.

March 26-30

Spring Break is April 2-6 (last day is this Friday)

 

 

 

 

We are working on beginning sound sorts during our academic circle time.  We are listening to how words sound at the beginning.  This week we are sorting by the beginning sounds P/S. We reach into a pillow case and pick out one item without “sneaky peeking” and then figure out which sound it starts with.

Our theme for this week and following spring break is plants/flowers.  We are playing with plants and flowers in playdough and the sensory table.  We are using shapes to create floral and garden scenes in the writing center.  We are also starting to practice for the Little Feet Meet, which is the Young Athletes Special Olympics Event that we will participate in on May 1st.  More information will be coming home about this event soon.

Coyote Courier March 26, 2018

Kaechele’s annual Festival of the Arts will be on Thursday, March 29th from 5:30-7:30 PM.  In addition to food trucks, music, dancing, student artwork showcased, and students participating in the Spoken Word Cafe, we will be hosting an art auction.  This year, professional artist Charlene Woods has helped art classes create a beautiful, collaborative art piece to be auctioned off during the festival.  Check out Charlene Woods’ Facebook page to get a better idea of what we will be creating in class! www.facebook.com/OvertheRiverArtwork     All money collected during the auction will be added to a Outdoor Classroom Fund to purchase plants and landscaping items in our courtyard space.   

 

March 12-16

I cannot believe we are already 26 weeks into our school year.  Spring will be here so soon!  Please remember to set your clocks an hour ahead Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Don’t want anyone late to school on Monday!

 

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Zz; number 26; shape star; color pink.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

Coyote Courier March 12, 2018

Kaechele Elementary School will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 Preschool Reverse Mainstreaming classes.  This half day morning class (7:40- 10:40 AM) consists of a mix of children with and without disabilities attending a high-quality, literacy- rich preschool program together.   If interested, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, March 15 at 6:00 PM in our school’s library.  Applications will be handed out during this meeting.  Please refer to the brochure for further information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10DFQ33t6N1QDqbXplqm1JNB2sxPA1oYz/view?usp=sharing Also, please feel free to share this information with other families that live in the Short Pump community.   Parents must be able to provide transportation to and from Kaechele Elementary.

Picture Day  Will be on Friday, 3/23, individual pictures only. 

March 5-9

I cannot believe it is already March.  We are certainly flying through the school year.  During the second half of the school year, we put much more focus on independence.  Please ensure that you are following through with this at home.  Students should be washing their own hands, managing their clothing and belongings, feeding themselves, opening snack and lunch containers, etc.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Yy; number 25; shape oval; color purple.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

We will continue focusing on rhyme this week.  When we finish all of the letters of the alphabet our “academic” time will focus on rhyme and beginning sounds.

Coyote Courier March 5, 2018

Kaechele Elementary School will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 Preschool Reverse Mainstreaming classes.  This half day morning class (7:40- 10:40 AM) consists of a mix of children with and without disabilities attending a high-quality, literacy- rich preschool program together.   If interested, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 PM in our school’s library.  Applications will be handed out during this meeting.  Please refer to the brochure for further information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10DFQ33t6N1QDqbXplqm1JNB2sxPA1oYz/view?usp=sharing Also, please feel free to share this information with other families that live in the Short Pump community.   Parents must be able to provide transportation to and from Kaechele Elementary.

Calling all Parents!  Are you interested in learning more about internet safety?  If so, then plan to attend KES’s Parent Internet Safety Program on March 8 from 6:30-7:30 PM.  One of our guest speakers will be Officer Steve Francis, HCPS School Resource Officer.  Please RSVP and let us know what you want to learn.  Complete the short survey so that information shared at the program can be relevant to your concerns. https://goo.gl/gTsCTK

February 26- March 2

Reminder: Thursday, March 1 is a half day for all students.  Full day bus riders will arrive home 3 hours earlier than usual.  All car riders must be picked up at 10:40.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Xx; number 24; shape rectangle; color green.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

We will spend the week reading lots of Dr. Seuss books.  We will start focusing on rhyme this week.  When we finish all of the letters of the alphabet our “academic” time will focus on rhyme and beginning sounds.

Coyote Courier Feb. 26, 2018

Kaechele Elementary School will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 Preschool Reverse Mainstreaming classes.  This half day morning class (7:40- 10:40 AM) consists of a mix of children with and without disabilities attending a high-quality, literacy- rich preschool program together.   If interested, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 PM in our school’s library.  Applications will be handed out during this meeting.  Please refer to the brochure for further information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10DFQ33t6N1QDqbXplqm1JNB2sxPA1oYz/view?usp=sharing Also, please feel free to share this information with other families that live in the Short Pump community.   Parents must be able to provide transportation to and from Kaechele Elementary.

February 19-23

We are continuing to learn about emotions and friendships.  We are having a really good time signing in under the emotion that we are feeling.  It is amazing how many of our friends are feeling “Sadness” and “Anger” while they are laughing and playing with their friends… or maybe they just like those characters from Inside Out. 🙂 We are all working hard to identify emotions, how we are feeling and how we feel when things happen.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Ww; number 23; shape triangle; color yellow.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

Coyote Courier Feb 19, 2018

February 12-16

In February we are focusing on kindness, friendship and emotions.  We are working to identify our emotions and what are things that make us feel those emotions.  We are making Valentines and friendship bracelets, working together to build block structures and make delicious pretend snacks in the kitchen, and using pictures of ourselves in the playdough center to show different emotions.  We are very busy!

Just a reminder to please send in your child’s Valentines and a  decorated, shoebox sized box by Tuesday, February 13.  We will exchange Valentines in class, but we will not be having a class party.  Please remember that our KES school policy says we are not allowed to share food, so please do not send in any snacks for your child to pass out.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Vv; number 22; shape square; color blue.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

Coyote Courier Feb. 12, 2018

Kaechele Elementary School will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 Preschool Reverse Mainstreaming classes.  This half day morning class (7:40- 10:40 AM) consists of a mix of children with and without disabilities attending a high-quality, literacy- rich preschool program together.   If interested, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 PM in our school’s library.  Applications will be handed out during this meeting.  Please refer to the brochure for further information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10DFQ33t6N1QDqbXplqm1JNB2sxPA1oYz/view?usp=sharing Also, please feel free to share this information with other families that live in the Short Pump community.   Parents must be able to provide transportation to and from Kaechele Elementary.

January 30-February 2

Just a reminder there is no school on Monday for students (January 29).

We are continuing to talk about dinosaurs this week.  We have had such a good time digging for fossils in sand, playing with dinosaurs in playdough and sensory table and counting dinosaurs!  We will read several different books this week, but our main book will be How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?  In early February we will focus on emotions/feelings so this book will be a good segue between the two themes.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Tt; number 20; shape crescent; color white.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

Coyote Courier Jan 30, 2018

February 1-14 –Donate gently used coats, shoes and boots  We will be collecting gently used or new winter coats, boots, and shoes (all sizes – child to adult) to donate to the HCPS Parent and Families Department.  We are calling this collection, HEAT UP HENRICO!!   If you are cleaning out closets, then we hope you would consider holding any coats, boots and shoes until Feb and donate them to our school during our Feb. coat, boots and shoe drive.   Collection bins will be out in the main hallway the first of February for your child to place any donated items.

 

January 22-26

Oh my- I think, we may, go to school 5 days this week!!! While I have loved having snow days home with my own children, I have missed all of yours.  And I think we all do a little better with a typical routine.  This week we have moved on from talking about snow and now we are learning about dinosaurs.  The kids had a great time today digging in sand for “fossils”, counting dinosaurs and eggs, making dinosaur tracks in playdough and enjoying some sensory play in the touch and feel table with big dinosaurs and kid-fetti.  It was a great start to a full week.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Ss; number 19; shape octagon; color black.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

Coyote Courier Jan 22, 2018

Save the Date:  February is Random Acts of Kindness Month, and our school will be collecting gently used or new  winter coats, boots, and shoes (all sizes – child to adult) to donate to the HCPS Parent and Families Department.   If you are cleaning out closets, then we hope you would consider holding any coats, boots and shoes until Feb and donate them to our school during our Feb. coat, boots and shoe drive.   Collection bins will be out in the main hallway the first of February for your child to place any donated items.   Donations are welcomed from Feb. 1st-Feb. 14th.   

 

January 2-5

Welcome back!  We have had a wonderful, although very cold with no outdoor recess, start to 2018 in our classroom.  Everyone has come back to school excited to be here and ready to work.  I am so proud of all our little coyotes.

Our theme for the next few weeks will be snow!  We hope to get to learn about snow at school and then experience it at home.  This week we are reading Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Pp; number 16; shape star; color pink.  Please review these with your child.  You can go on letter/number/shape/color hunts around your house and community.  Discuss colors and shapes in your food, clothes, home, vehicle, books, etc.

As we move into the second half of the year, we are putting much more focus on independence in the classroom.  It is our expectation that all students will be as independent as possible, specifically with toileting routine, hand washing, feeding, and dressing (i.e. coats, hats and mittens).  Students should be carrying their own bookbags, putting them on independently, removing their belongings when they arrive at home, etc.  Please encourage independence with these things at home as well.  We will be looking at these skills, along with other areas of development as we make projections and placements for kindergarten.  We will start discussing the 2018-19 school year during transition IEP meetings which will take place between March and April.

Looking forward to a wonderful 2018!