October 22-26-18


Our Pumpkin Patch field trip is Tuesday!!!! We are so excited to have all of our students and many of our parents join us on the trip.  We plan to board the bus around 9:15 and return around 12:00 noon.  Half day friends should arrive to school at their typical time and will need to be picked up when we return.  Remember to pack a lunch, wear weather appropriate clothes (we will be outside the entire trip) and to bring a bag for your child’s pumpkin.

Bus Driver Appreciation Week is Next Week (10/22-10/26)  Please tell the bus drivers and attendants a Big THANK YOU as you load your children on and off the buses next week!  They have a huge responsibility to drive our students safely and maintain a positive environment on the bus.  Please consider having your child make a card or getting a small gift to give to the drivers.  We will make cards in class.  

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 5 and 6.  A link will be sent in the Coyote Courier so you can sign up for a 15 minute slot.  I hope to be able to conference with all of you.

Together against bullying. UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Wednesday, October 24 is Unity Day. The entire school is encouraged to wear orange to stand up to bullying.  Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Hh; number 8; shape heart; color brown.  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

October 1-5

THANK YOU, PTA!!!!! The PTA has supported our program once again and purchased a set of 10 yoga mats for our class.  As you can see below, it is very helpful for our friends to have their own space to practice yoga.  Please make sure you are a member of the PTA.  They provide all students with many resources.

Please remember to return your child’s permission slip for the pumpkin patch.  Also, return the volunteer application if you plan to join us on the trip.  We hope to have one adult per child.

KES Volunteers

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Ee; number 5; 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

 

Book Fair is Oct. 9-12! We will soon start signups for volunteers to help with set up the week before (Oct.3), shopping assistance during fair (Oct.9-12) and take-down (Oct.15).

We will also be collecting donations for the teacher raffle prizes for Teacher Preview day.  We will need 20+ donations to give away which could range anywhere from a $5-$25 for our teachers to win! You can start gathering donations and drop them off any time between now and Oct.1 in the library.

 

Save the date! The Kaechele Fall Festival will be on Friday, October 12 from 4:30-7pm. More details and volunteer opportunities will be coming soon.

KES Yearbook: Purchase your Kaechele yearbook by Sept 30 for 15% off! You may purchase and personalize your KES yearbook online. Go to treering.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode 1014084686722099

A few important notes:

*When you log in to Treering please be sure to add your child’s teacher. This will help tremendously when we pass the books out at the end of the year.

* Your personalized yearbook only costs $21.00.

If you order by September 30th you will get 15% off your order!

If you order by October 31st you will get 10% off your order!

If you order by November 30th you will get 5% off your order!

Join the PTA!! Our goal is 100% – one PTA member for every Kaechele student.

Haven’t joined yet? You can either fill out the form that was sent home in orange folders the first day of school or sign up online with your MySchoolAnywhere account. Need help? Contact Keri Fail at kaechelepta@gmail.com.

Please note: In past years, PTA membership dues and annual giving donations were bundled as one payment. This year, we separated the PTA Fee of $6 from the annual giving donations. This change was implemented to be compliant with upcoming Virginia PTA requirements.

Please log into your MSA account and confirm that you joined the PTA and paid your PTA Membership Fee. Please find this under MY ACCOUNT, PURCHASES.  If you signed up on a paper form, your payment is also viewable in MSA. If you need a registration link to access MSA, please email Mary Brewer at kaechelepta@gmail.com. If you do not see a purchase record for the PTA Membership, then you are not currently a Member.

 

 

September 24-28

PEACE DAY Homework:  #KES Stands for Peace
On Friday, 9/21/18, our school celebrated International Peace Day by participating in a school wide assembly and recognized ways to be peaceful.  When we find our own sense of peace, then we can share it with others. At KES we show our support for peace by being kind, loving, compassionate, and empathetic with each other.  Each KES student will receive a copy of a picture of our entire school in the shape of a heart. Students were challenged by Mrs. Patterson to support peace in our school and community by sharing this picture with an individual person, a group of people or perhaps in a local community organization.  Students can write a note on the heart, color a picture, or just post the picture somewhere. The purpose of this activity is to encourage our students to think about ways to share peace within their community and to also advertise that KES students promote peace. We look forward to hearing how KES hearts have made a difference in our community.    

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Dd; number 4; 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

 

Book Fair is Oct. 9-12! We will soon start signups for volunteers to help with set up the week before (Oct.3), shopping assistance during fair (Oct.9-12) and take-down (Oct.15).

We will also be collecting donations for the teacher raffle prizes for Teacher Preview day.  We will need 20+ donations to give away which could range anywhere from a $5-$25 for our teachers to win! You can start gathering donations and drop them off any time between now and Oct.1 in the library.

 

Save the date! The Kaechele Fall Festival will be on Friday, October 12 from 4:30-7pm. More details and volunteer opportunities will be coming soon.  

KES Yearbook: Purchase your Kaechele yearbook by Sept 30 for 15% off! You may purchase and personalize your KES yearbook online. Go to treering.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode 1014084686722099

A few important notes:

*When you log in to Treering please be sure to add your child’s teacher. This will help tremendously when we pass the books out at the end of the year.

* Your personalized yearbook only costs $21.00.

           If you order by September 30th you will get 15% off your order!

           If you order by October 31st you will get 10% off your order!

           If you order by November 30th you will get 5% off your order!

Join the PTA!! Our goal is 100% – one PTA member for every Kaechele student.

Haven’t joined yet? You can either fill out the form that was sent home in orange folders the first day of school or sign up online with your MySchoolAnywhere account. Need help? Contact Keri Fail at kaechelepta@gmail.com.

Please note: In past years, PTA membership dues and annual giving donations were bundled as one payment. This year, we separated the PTA Fee of $6 from the annual giving donations. This change was implemented to be compliant with upcoming Virginia PTA requirements.

Please log into your MSA account and confirm that you joined the PTA and paid your PTA Membership Fee. Please find this under MY ACCOUNT, PURCHASES.  If you signed up on a paper form, your payment is also viewable in MSA. If you need a registration link to access MSA, please email Mary Brewer at kaechelepta@gmail.com. If you do not see a purchase record for the PTA Membership, then you are not currently a Member.

 

 

September 17-21

  Wednesday, September 19 is an early release day for all students!


 

Back To School Night is Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-8:00.  For those of you with just one child at Kaechele, the evening should end around 7:30.

We are continue with our “All About Me” theme.  This week we are talking about families- identifying our own family members, who lives in our house, answering questions do you have a brother/sister? etc.  We have been reading the Kaechele, Kaechele Who Do You See? book almost every day so we can learn the names of our classmates.  Please look in the picture section of the blog to access a digital copy of the book.

Since we are now 3 weeks into the school year, the students have learned our class routines and expectations.  Ashley and I have observed many wonderful skills and are very proud of all that they can do.  Please continue to encourage independence with your child- self feeding, independent toileting and hand washing, putting on book bag, using words to request needs/wants.  Let me know if you need suggestions on how to work on these things at home.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Cc; number 3; 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

Back to School Night

Dear KES Families,

In light of the upcoming weather forecast, Kaechele Elementary School’s PTA Back to School Night scheduled for this Thursday has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 20th; 6:30-8:00 PM.   We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; however, we believe it will be important this Thursday evening for families to focus on any impending needs related to the storm.   Please refer to information in the parent newsletter, Coyote Courier, for specific details related to the Back to School event on Thursday, September 20th.

We look forward to seeing you on September 20th and sharing with you information related to this new school year.

Sincerely,

Cindy Patterson, Principal

September 4-8

We have had a great week in preschool so far.  I am so proud of everyone.  We have seen friends being kind, good listeners, helping hands and rule following.  I know this is going to be an amazing year for everyone.

This week’s pre-academic skills are: letter/sound Aa; number 1; 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

Back to School Night is Thursday, September 13 from 6:30-8:00. There will be a brief PTA meeting in the gym and then Mrs. Patterson will dismiss parents to classrooms.  If you only have one child at Kaechele, the evening will end around 7:30.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you there.

Reminder: Wednesday, September 19 is a half day for all friends.  Car riders need to be picked up at Door 10 at 10:40 (same time as usual for half day friends).  Bus riders will be dismissed at 10:50.

Welcome to Pre-K

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year.  We are excited to have a fabulous year at Kaechele Elementary School.  Our school wide theme this year is “Kaechele Campout- We Put the Adventure in Learning.”  I am excited to be camping with your little “pups” all year.

A few things to remember as we move into the school year.

  1. Please make sure to send your child with a healthy snack  and drink (water bottle) every day.  Full day friends will also need to bring or purchase a lunch.
  2. Please send your child’s orange folder to school every day.  The daily sheet and other important information will come home in this folder.  You can send any teacher or office notes in this folder.
  3. Please join the Kaechele PTA.  The PTA is incredibly supportive of teachers and students and your students will definitely benefit from the PTA this year. You can find a link to the PTA website on the KES INFO tab or my homepage.

We have had a wonderful first day.  We are really looking forward to the next weeks and months of school!

May 29- June 1

Reminder: Monday, May 28 is a student and staff holiday.

 

 

We will have  2 water play days at school, June 8th (Friday) and 11th (Monday).  On both of these days, we will spend the majority of the day outside.  Please send your child to school in clothes and shoes that can get wet (most years, the kids get drenched head to toe).  Also, please send in a change of clothes, shoes and a towel.  Please put sunscreen on your child before they come to school on those days.  We will have water tables, buckets, sponges, toys, etc for the kids to play with.  Ms. Gena and Ms. Catherine will also have their classes outside with us.

Coyote Courier May 29, 2018

bbgb Kick-Off to Summer Reading Book Fair

Our bbgb Kick Off to Summer Reading Book Fair is June 7th from 4:00-7:00 pm here at Kaechele as part of our end of year celebration and outdoor classroom dedication! Yipppeee! Come by the Library Learning Commons to find the perfect summer reads for your family. Cash, check, and credit/debit cards will be accepted! Whoop! The incredible staff from bbgb will be here to chat with you and your children to assist them in making great selections! What a great opportunity! But that’s not all!  If you can’t make it by the Book Fair, bbgb is also extending our book fair dates after our event to include any purchases made at at bbgb’s shop (3003 W. Cary St.) June 7 – 10—and….15% of the proceeds will go back to KES! Yay! Please let everyone you know they are welcome to take part in this opportunity, but remind them to mention that they are with Kaechele Elementary School when making their purchases in order for KES to receive the benefits.

Mark this time because you won’t want to miss it!  Dedication Ceremony for our new outdoor classroom will begin promptly at 6:00 PM on June 7th.   Following the ceremony, the 2018-19 PTA Board members will be sworn in and new information will shared about next school year.     

 

Friday, June 15th is the last day of school, and this day is a half day for students.  We will begin dismissal three hours early at 11:00 AM.  As a result, students will not go to the cafeteria for their assigned lunch time.  If you are interested in ordering your child a bagged lunch to be eaten at school before dismissal, then please sign up using this link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch.   

May 7-11

Oh my! I have been neglecting this poor blog.  Believe me when I say that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy, busy having tons of fun in room 108.  We have done lots of planting, including outside in our raised garden- we are getting some good growth on our sunflowers.  Can’t wait to see how much they grow before the end of the year.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Little Feet Meet.  It was truly a spectacular day and we could not have done it without you.  Thank you for your continued support through our class activities.

Please make sure that you have registered your child for kindergarten.  If you have not done it yet, please call your child’s receiving school (email me if you are unsure of what school that is) to set up a registration appointment.  You will need to take the following items

  • Your photo ID (driver’s license)
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • 2 proofs of residency (current- within 30 day- utility bill and lease/mortgage agreement)
  • Physical with immunization record (required prior to your student starting school in September)

Coyote Courier May 7, 2018

There is no doubt that we have the best teachers and staff at KES!!  At KES, Teacher Appreciation Week is about ALL KES teachers and staff.   Our belief is that everyone is a “teacher” if he/she works with and supports our students,  regardless of the person’s formal title. There is no doubt our KES families and community love our teachers and would join me in the cheer……. 2-4-6-8,  WHO DO WE APPRECIATE?!?!!   KES Teachers and Staff!!!!

 

During the month of May (Tuesday, May 1st through Thursday, May 31st),  KES students and families will have the opportunity to participate in Health and Wellness activities from 7:00- 7:20 AM in our school‘s gym.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, participants will get their hearts pumping and their blood flowing with a brisk walk/run. On Wednesdays, a KES parent will provide an introduction to beginners Power Yoga, which will focus on the power of breath and movement to help minds stay focused on the power within.  All students and families are invited to participate in one activity on one day or participate in all days. If interested, at 7:00 AM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, report to the KES gym to meet Mrs. Patterson or Mrs. Shaia. At 7:20 AM all students will be dismissed to their classes to begin the school day.    

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.