October 12

We had a wonderful week learning about the letters Ll and Cc as well as Columbus and Community Helpers!  The homework that children brought in looks amazing and clearly shows a lot of hard work and planning.  Looking forward to another fantastic week!  In the week ahead, we will be giving the PALS assessments to all kindergarten children.  We are also looking forward to two very special days — October 16th when we have our first visit from the Young Scientists and October 26th when we take our first field trip to the Ashland Berry Farm.  Please check out the Coyote Courier for the upcoming week.



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October 5

We had a wonderful week in Kindergarten learning about fall/seasonal changes and Johnny Appleseed.

Children completed many hands on activities with apples this week and did a simple science experiment in which we cut an apple in half and labeled all parts of the apple.  Children were then asked to create their own cross section on an apple and label it with construction paper.  We also read books about seasonal changes and made an project in which children had the opportunity to create a tree from each season.  These are now displayed in our classroom and look amazing.

In math, we’ve been working on numbers and number order and were able to incorporate apples in many math lessons this week.  A favorite of ours was when we read the book ‘Ten Apples Up on Top.’  After reading the book, children were given a picture of themselves and asked to put the apples up on top of their heads in the correct order from 1 to 10, tracing over the numbers as they added the apples.  In addition to number order, children were challenged to create their own pattern when coloring the apples.  Some patterns that were created were:  ABAB, AAB, AABB, ABC, and even some growing patterns!  Wow!

We are continuing our journey through the alphabet and this week focused on Cc and Hh.  Children are reading books with me, writing sentences, and coming up with rhyming words in our small group time.  Please read these books that come home with your child and remember to remind them to touch each word as they read along.

It has really been a wonderful start to the month of October!  We have met our new Author of the Month, Jerry Pallotta, and the children are thrilled to have him as our Author because he is the author of the ‘Who Would Win’ series of books.  This is a favorite of many children!

This upcoming week, the Book Fair will be held in the Library in the afternoons with a culminating celebration of the Fall Festival on Friday evening from 4:30 – 7 PM.  We look forward to seeing everyone at this annual event.  Below is the Coyote Courier from Mrs. Patterson which is full of many details for the upcoming week!  Be sure to check it out!  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EHc4owCztcFAT1Ql0Q4X3fa8DuHccJXSbq5GoOGt79A/edit?usp=sharing


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October 2, 2018

What a wonderful first month we have had in Kindergarten this year!  Thank you for sending me such prepared kindergarten learners!  It has been a joy to get to know each one and I continued to be amazed at how well everyone gets along and helps one another whenever the need arises.  It is quite a caring group we have in Room 129!

We have been quite busy during the month of September learning all kinds of things!  Children have been introduced to many letters (B, M, S, R, T, N, P, and G).  We’ve been working on our handwriting on a daily basis as well as identifying letters and producing sounds.  Children have been hard at work reviewing their sight word booklet each time they visit with me in our small group time.  Please continue to review these words on a nightly basis as this is one of the stepping stones for beginning readers to blossom!  Children have been doing a marvelous job of learning the new routines and movement rules as far as our Literacy Station Rotation goes.  I am so proud of them!

In math, we have worked with shapes, sorting/classification, and patterns.  We cover a lot of our math skills during our calendar time each morning –we review patterns, money, tens/ones, hundred chart, ten frames, odd/even numbers, and tally marks—-just to name a few!  Whew—that’s a lot!  We also play a lot of partner games and do hands-on activities during this time.

In social sciences, we have discussed rules, behavior, colors, patriotism, and Fall.  Children have conducted simple science experiments with food coloring and apples.

We are looking forward to another wonderful month of learning here at KES!

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Yearbook Pictures Wanted!

Calling all photographers! Yearbook pictures are needed now! The Yearbook Committee would like to get as many pictures of the entire school year as possible. Group class photos as well as cameos are needed for the class pages of the 2015-16 yearbook. Please submit all photos to Lisha Levin, lrubin11@me.com .

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KES Canned Food Drive

Please send in can goods and other non-perishable food items for our fall canned food drive. All food items will go to needy families in Henrico County. High need items this year include: peanut butter, cereal, and canned meat. The class on each grade level that collects the most items will win an extra recess.

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KES Recycles

We are excited to announce that Kaechele will begin collecting recycled materials for our students to use when building and creating. This is a great way for us to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Each grade level will be in charge of a different item to bring in. If you have that particular item, please make sure it is clean before having your child bring it to school and drop it in the labeled bin located on each hallway. Please see the list below.Pre-K- Plastic bottle topsKindergarten- empty paper towel rollsFirst grade- empty toilet paper rollsSecond grade- Empty water bottlesThird grade- Egg cartonsFourth grade- string/ ribbon/ yarnFifth grade- Broken down small card board boxes (cereal boxes, cracker boxes, etc.)We will start our collection on Tuesday October 13th! Thank you for helping contribute to materials for our students to use and keeping Kaechele “Green”!

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Book Fair Kick Off

Children are invited to wear their KES Spirit Wear on Tuesday, October 13th as we kick off the first day of the KES Book Fair.

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Field Trip — Tomorrow (10/8)

Don’t forget that we will be heading to Lewis Ginter tomorrow for our Fall Field Trip! Children have been asked to bring a snack to eat in the classroom before we board the buses. Children will also need to have a bagged lunch. No water bottles or lunchboxes because we will be throwing everything away when we finish our lunch. Please also remember to wear walking shoes because we will be exploring the gardens in our small groups after attending the program provided by the educational department.

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Power Pack Update

Power Pack will kick off this year on Wednesday October 14th in the Grey Oaks neighborhood from 5:30-6:00. We will have a half mile and one mile loop for parents and students to run together. If you aren’t a runner, we still need you to help with supervision along the course. Meet us at the Grey Oaks Clubhouse and we will have all the details you need. If you are a Grey Oaks family and would like to sponsor a “water stop” email kjott@henrico.k12.va.us. Also, don’t forget to order your Power Pack jersey to wear at local running events!

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Coyote Bike Race

Cody the Coyote Cyclist

Coyote Bike race info

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