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!

 

December 11-15

We have loved learning about holidays around the world.  Last week we talked about Kwanzaa, Diwali, Korean New Year and Hanukkah.  This week we will learn about Eid and Christmas.  We are so excited to have the Jack Frost Jog and Jam on Thursday, along with our class party.  It will be a very exciting day.  Friday we will get to watch a movie with the rest of the school.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Oo; number 15; 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

Coyote Courier Dec 11, 2017

December 4-8

We are really enjoying reading and listening to The Gingerbread Man.  We are talking about what we would do if we caught him.  Some kids say they would help  him run away and some say they would eat him!  We will start talking about holidays around the world next week.  I will share pictures and information you have given me.  If you have not emailed me photos or information about holiday traditions for your family, please do so.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Nn; number 14; 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.

Please sign up to help with our class Winter Party if you have not already done so.  If you are bringing food, you can send it with your child in the morning or bring it at 9:30. Winter Party  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Coyote Courier Dec 4, 2017

Dec 14th — Jack Frost Day
9:00-9:30  Jack Frost Jog on the KES track ( all KES students and staff run/walk the track while listening to a festival of winter music)

9:30-10:30 Class Party

12:15-12:45 Jack Frost Jam in the KES Gym ( all KES students and staff put on their dancing shoes and “jam” out to favorite dance songs)  ** During this time, room parents will be setting up for the classroom winter party.

 

 

November 27- December 1

Wow! This week has really gotten away from me!  I cannot believe that tomorrow will be December.  We are just having too much fun in room 108 and time is flying.  We have started listening to The Gingerbread Man. I have played several different versions of the story from YouTube and the kids love it.  Next week we will start reading the winter holidays book I have written.  Please send me pictures and information about the holidays you celebrate if you have not already done so.  The kids love to see their pictures up on the promethean board.

I sent out a SignUpGenius link today to sign up to help with our class party.  Let me know if you have any questions about sign ups.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Mm; number 13; 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.

November 20-21

We have a short week this week but it will still be packed full of fun!  We will have a firefighter visit on Tuesday to help teach us more about fire safety.

Just a reminder that school is closed from Wednesday- Friday.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Ll; number 12; 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.

Nov. 20, Coyote Courier

 

 

November 13-17

The kids did an amazing job this morning at our Veteran’s Day assembly.  Everyone sat quietly and respectfully throughout the entire assembly.  I am so proud of our friends.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Kk; number 11; shape circle; color red.  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 to learn about Community Helpers and their roles in helping us where we live. We will be reading many different books that describe different jobs.  Some will be teacher made books and some will be published books. Talk to your child about your job and what you do to support our community.Our Community Helpers unit will have a large focus on fire safety.

Last week we introduced calling 911 in an emergency and talked about different emergency situations; practiced “stop, drop and roll”, and practiced crawling under smoke.  We will continue to focus on these skills until Thanksgiving break.  Please talk to your child about your fire safety plan at home.  At my house, we practice fire drills just like at school.  I talk to my children about where to meet (Granddaddy’s big building), that they can go outside without a grown up, to not take anything with them, they don’t need shoes or a jacket, and to never go back inside until a firefighter tells them it’s ok.  We also talk about yelling “here I am” if we are stuck somewhere and a firefighter is looking for them in the house.  During a fire children get scared and will often hide. It is critically important that your child understand that even though a firefighter in full gear looks scary, they are there to help.  Please make fire safety a regular conversation at your home.

As always, please take time to review the weekly Coyote Courier

Nov. 13, Coyote Courier

NOVEMBER

17 College shirt day- wear a shirt from your favorite college

21 Report cards sent home

22,23, 24 Student Holiday- School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

DECEMBER

1 Make-up Picture Day

5 PTA Spirit Night at Longhorn Steakhouse & 6:30 PTA board in KES library

14 KES Jack Frost Day/ Kg-5 Winter Parties

18-29 School Closed for Winter Break ( students return on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

Upcoming Event for January:  The next community wide KES event is International Night on Friday, January 19th.   Please consider hosting a “booth” and sharing information about a country.  We would love to have countries represented from all the continents.   

KES Yearbook: Purchase your Kaechele yearbook by November 30 for 5% off! You may purchase and personalize your KES yearbook online.

A few important notes:

* Your personalized yearbook only costs $21.00.

* The deadline to order your copy and complete your free personal pages (optional) is April 30.

* Additional personal pages can be added later for $0.99/page up until April 30 even if you purchase now!