Happy New Year!

I hope all of our Room 4 families had a wonderful winter break. December was such a fun month!

We were very excited on Dec. 1st to receive a COLD, wrapped package addressed to our classroom. We opened it to find an Elf on the Shelf, which we (after many great suggestions and quite a few votes) named “Jingle”.

Each morning is very exciting as we arrive and search for Jingle!

Our field trip to the Children’s Museum was SO MUCH FUN. We learned about binary code and “speaking the language” of computers, then had an amazing time exploring and playing in the Museum. Click the link below or the “Photo Albums” page to find a link to see MANY more pictures from the Children’ Museum! We all had a blast.

Photo Albums

We also enjoyed our “ride” on the Polar Express and especially enjoyed our post-parade refreshments! Thanks so much to our volunteers!

We kicked off Winter Break in a great way with the annual Echo Lake Sing & Ring, followed by a wonderful Winter Activity that afternoon.

As always, don’t forget to check out our Photo Albums page for links to many more pictures of our kindergarten fun. Don’t forget to look back to November for photos from our ice cream election, math stations, Veterans Day, the Corn Feast, Master Cho Tae Kwon Do, and more!

I’m excited to kick off a new year with the amazing students of Room 4! Happy 2019!

Fall Fun

October was such a busy & fun month! We were so happy to be able to reschedule our field trip to Ashland Berry Farm. It may have been at the end of the pumpkin season, but we still had a great time!

The weather was perfect and we loved riding the bus, the hayride, picking pumpkins & seeing some of the parts of a pumpkin’s life cycle, having a picnic lunch, and going in the hay maze, obstacle course, Boo House, and more. What a great day! Thanks to all who could join us! Visit our Pumpkin Patch photo album to see more pictures! If you have any other great photos to share from the trip, send them to me and I’ll add them to our google album.

We also loved celebrating fall during our Fall Activity, as well as that night at Pumpkin Palooza! Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered and sent in items for our Activity. We had a wonderful time and it was a super fun fall day!

We did lots of math & science investigating with our class pumpkin, then enjoyed cleaning it out and carving it on Halloween! We voted for our jack-o-lantern features and also counted the seeds- all 387 of them!

Check out our Photo Albums for more pictures of our Fall Activity & Pumpkin Palooza, and also a bunch of new pictures in our Fall Fun album!

Welcome, Fall!

We had a super stellar month of September, and October is off to a fantastic start!

Every student had the chance to be our “Beaming Bee” of the day. We enjoyed learning about one another, studying the letters & sounds in our names, and being the daily helper. We loved giving the Beaming Bee a cheer as we spelled their name!

Now, we have daily Hive Helpers. Calendar helper is one of our favorite jobs!

Our Shapes unit was a fantastic review for most of us. We talked a lot about shapes’ attributes and used snack foods to make a variety of shapes with both straight lines and curves.

We really enjoyed our study of the five senses. In addition to activities to use our senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch, we also did a taste test to experience four basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, and bitter. Our sour lemon faces were priceless!

We began this month in a super fun way- using our C.O.W. laptops for the first time. We did an excellent job logging in and following the many steps it took to get to the best part… playing games! We practiced clicking, dragging, and using the track pad as we made funny faces.

We also used the apples you sent in to do many math activities, which culminated in making our own APPLESAUCE! It was delicious!

We are also enjoying Math Stations in which we are practicing writing and recognizing numbers, as well as counting. LOTS of counting!

It is especially exciting to use the Promethean Board!

As always, check out the links on our Photo Albums page to see a few more photos!

We love centers!

What a great third week of kindergarten! We were especially excited to begin our daily Literacy Centers this week. We will do these stations all year to practice the reading and writing skills we will learn.

To introduce us to the routine & the rotations, we started the first round with a Listening Center (listening to “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”), iPad Center, Housekeeping, Writing Center (making a September Words Pictionary book), and our first time in the class library for Reading Center.

We love wearing our “reading glasses” and reading to/with our book characters. We also get to use pointers as we read!

Whenever our class is extremely focused for awhile or works extra hard, we give our brains a short rest and have a “Brain Break”. We often use a site called GoNoodle and earn points to add features to our class avatar. We love the breaks and they help us to be better learners! Each time we celebrate a student’s birthday in class, we do a special Birthday Brain Break to sing Happy Birthday to our friends.

We also had a lesson this week with our school technology teacher, Mrs. Robinson. She brought in extra iPads and we all learned how to use a great app called SeeSaw.

In other exciting news, Room 4 earned 10 cafeteria stars, which means we got to have extra recess time! We chose to use our extra playtime on the rock wall. It was so much fun! We earn extra recess each time we make it to 10 cafeteria stars.

Don’t forget to check out our Photo Albums to see more photos from our Literacy Centers and our days in Kindergarten!

First Week Fun

Our school year is off to a wonderful start! We have learned so much in our first few days and have had lots of fun, too. Here are a few photos from the first week!

Check out our PHOTO ALBUMS page for many more pictures. Click on the “First Week Fun” album link and you will be directed to google where you can view and download all of our photos.

Don’t forget to visit the Photo Albums page and the First Week Fun link to see the other pictures!

Volunteer Forms

In addition to volunteer opportunities, there are many school activities this year that we would love to have parents attend. VOLUNTEER FORMS must be on file in the school office to volunteer in any way, even as a lunch helper or mystery reader. In order to attend our class parties, field trips, etc. you also must have a volunteer form on file.

One copy of the form came home in your child’s Dolphin Folder today, but each parent/grandparent/guardian needs their own form on file. If you’d like to print an additional form (and/or fill out the form electronically), please visit the link below. If you need another paper copy, just let me know and I will send one home. Thanks & I look forward to seeing you soon!

HCPS Volunteer Application


Welcome to Kindergarten!  I can’t wait to meet all of our new Room 4 Busy Bees.

Learning is an Adventure this year at Echo Lake. I can’t wait to meet you all during Open House on Thursday! It’s going to be a great year!