Jun 09

The Fun Isn’t Quite Done!

Friends and acquaintances comment to me about school “winding down,” but that’s just not happening! We’re packing in the fun until the very end!

Be sure to read about all of the fun going on (below or in your child’s folder) and what your Honey Bear can bring to school next week.

The Honey Bears Love Mr. Williams

We were so lucky to have Mr. Williams come in and help with reading groups this year.  His help was one integral part to the progress the Honey Bears made to all become independent readers!!!  The kids and I made sure to take time to say thank you and presented him with cards they made.

The Honey Bears helped plant herbs that Ms. Hudson got as a gift during Teacher Appreciation Week.  We had lots of fun making our dirt babies as well!!  

Thank you so much to the families of:

Levin, Levi, Brayden, Kayden and Elaheh

for providing supplies to allow us to do this fun science project.

 The Honey Bears can’t wait to take their Dirt Babies home next week!

Ordering Papa John’s online?

Be sure to include our school code to have 10% of your purchase go to Greenwood!!

Papa John’s Greenwood school code: GATORS1

 

 

School News:

 
 

Monday, June 12

KINDERGARTEN BEACH DAY – bring beach towels, sun hats and sunglasses, but NO bathing suits

  • Pastries for Parents from 7:20 – 8:00 AM for K-2nd Grade.  If you also have a child in an upper grade, our families can choose to attend this special breakfast either on Monday or Wednesday morning.
  • Career Day for 2nd through 5th grade.
  • Moving Up Ceremony practice for 5th graders at Glen Allen High School from 12:00 – 1:45 PM.

 

Tuesday, June 13

  • Field Day — Honey Bears wear blue (turquoise)
    • Our opening ceremony at 8:15 AM and closing ceremony at 1:20 PM
    • Kona Ice will be available for parents to pick up a cup and bring to your student’s class during lunch only (10:30 – 11:30AM). Students will not have an opportunity throughout the day to visit the truck since they’ll be packed with games!

 

Wednesday, June 14

KINDERGARTEN Camping Day! You can bring a flashlight, canteen, stuffed animal and/or other camp gear.

  • Pastries for Parents from 7:20 – 8:00 AM for 3rd-5th Grade.  
  • Starting at 8:00AM, PreK – 1st grade students will participate in Touch-A-Truck Day!  
  • Challenger Day for 2nd – 5th grade
  • 5th grade end of the year party in the gym from 12:00 – 1:45 PM.
Thursday, June 15

  • Award Ceremonies
    • 8:00 – 8:45 AM            Kindergarten Gym
    • 8:45 – 9:15 AM            1st Grade Classrooms
    • 9:15 – 10:00 AM          2nd – 3rd Grade Gym
    • 9:30 – 10:30 AM          Preschool – Gibbons-Plowcha (AM class) Classroom
    • 10:00 – 10:45 AM        Preschool Ms. Jones Gym
    • 12:00 – 12:30 PM       Preschool – Ms. Tarsha/Ms. Brittany Classroom
    • 1:00 – 1:45 PM            4th Grade Gym
    • 1:00 – 1:45 PM          Preschool – Gibbons-Plowcha (PM class) Classroom
    • 6:00 – 7:30 PM           5th Grade Glen Allen High School
  • 20th Reunion – 4th Grade Thursday,
  • Hot dog solar cooker out – 3rd Grade
Friday, June 16

Wear green or GATOR gear!

    • Final Pep Rally/Gator Gathering – 8:30 – 9:30 AM
  • 5th Grade/Senior Clap Out – 10:45 – 11:00 AM

 

Ask your Honey Bear about our visitor from Henrico County Public Library.

Jun 02

Merci!

Merci Beaucoup!

Thank you so much to the families of Troy, Mariah, Levin, Carter, Canyon, Brayden,  Kayden, and, especially, Levi’s for making our French celebration a délicieux success!

Most of the Honey Bears had never had a crepe before!  Madame McDonough and I loved them and thought how lucky the French are to be able to pick up a  crepe at the local creperie on the way to work.  Not surprising, the sweet crepes were more popular than the savory with the Honey Bears.  The actual crepes received mixed reviews, but everyone liked the fillings that they picked!

                                                         Thank you Madame McDonough                                                         for teaching the Honey Bears the French language and helping us learn about the culture!

 

Be on the lookout for an email to help donate supplies for making dirt babies!

 

The Honey Bears  used cookies to learn about equal parts.

One Honey Bear was asked to cut the cookie evenly, while the other observed.  There was an extra incentive for the “cutter” to slice the cookie as equally as possible, because his/her friend (who didn’t cut) got to pick which piece he/she wanted to take (and eat).

 

 

 

We welcomed a new Honey Bear on Tuesday to finish out the school year with us.

 Shaiza is a great new addition to our Honey Bear family!

School News

Registration forms are due on June 8  for Pastries with Parents http://schools.henrico.k12.va.us/greenwood/2017/05/29/june-12-or-june-13-pastries-with-parents/

“Moving Up Ceremony” Reminders:

8:00 – 8:45 AM            Kindergarten – Gym

8:45 – 9:15 AM            1st Grade – Classrooms

9:15 – 10:00 AM          2nd – 3rd Grade – Gym

9:30 – 10:30 AM          Preschool – Gibbons-Plowcha (AM class) –  Classroom

10:00 – 10:45 AM        Preschool Ms. Jones – Gym

12:00 – 12:30 PM       Preschool – Ms. Tarsha/Ms. Brittany – Classroom

1:00 – 1:45 PM            4th Grade – Gym

1:00 – 1:45 PM       Preschool – Gibbons-Plowcha (PM class) – Classroom

6:00 – 7:30 PM            5th Grade – Glen Allen High School

Ask your Honey Bear to tell you about the life cycle of a frog.  Does he/she remember any other fun facts we learned?  What happens to the frogspawn in the water? (Hint: It does the same thing that the toothpick did in our sink and float experiment.)

May 26

Sunshine and Summertime

Unofficial summertime begins this weekend.  We have enjoyed learning about the summer season and had fun painting suns to go with our summer writing displayed in the hallway.

Speaking of writing . . . . I’m so proud of what amazing writers the Honey Bears have become! Before the summer break, I will send home writing samples taken from different points during the school year.  Each year, I am amazed to see how much growth my Honey Bears have made since entering school.  Please continue to encourage writing at home and over the summer by keeping a journal and sending letters and postcards to family and friends.

 

Next Friday is our final French lesson with Madame McDonough, and we will have a French celebration, including crepe making! I will be sending a sign up email form for donations for these fillings.

Nutella

Bananas

Strawberries

Blueberries

Blackberries

Raspberries

Chocolate sauce

Whipped Cream

Ham

Cheese

French mustard

 

We will also be concluding our plant study by making Dirt Babies, which are like homemade chia pets.  If anyone has old baby food jars or similar small empty jars, please save them and send them in Tuesday.  We will need these for the containers.   

 

School News

With the end of the year coming to an end, we wanted to send a few reminders regarding early dismissals and lunch visits. Requests for early dismissal must be made in writing to the teacher by a parent. Early dismissal should not be requested after 1:45 unless it is an emergency.  This allows our office staff to focus on maintaining a calm and orderly dismissal of our bus, car, and daycare riders.  During lunch, parents are welcomed and encouraged to visit the school dining room.  We have a designated section available for parents to sit with their child and due to spacing, they will not be allowed to bring a friend to this section. Furthermore, in light of the growing incidences of food allergies among the children, providing take-out food or other food treats to your child’s classmates is not permitted.

Ask your Honey Bear to tell you about the game he or she got to play with Mrs. Davis on Wednesday.

May 19

GATORVAL is TONIGHT

Tonight is PTA’s BIG fundraiser…

GATORVAL

6 – 8  Tonight

This is our spring carnival with fun, games and a silent auction!

Hope to see you!

 

LEGO READING  . . .  

The Lego Reading directions sent home may have been a bit confusing and a bit tedious.

The purpose of the Lego Reading Project is to have a fun way to encourage reading at home.

To help clarify and simplify:

  • Please just color one Lego Man on the log for each day that you read, working for at least 10 -20 minutes of reading a day.
  • ALL students who participate will get a prize, and I will recognize who logs the most time read.
  • You do NOT need to use the red reading log that I sent home.  You may simply write the titles or just record the dates or amount of time read, I will accept this.
  • You do NOT need to sign next to each book. ONE signature at the completion of the project is fine.
  • You do NOT need to turn in the reading log each Friday as requested, as long as you will be sure to keep up with the reading.  I will ask for the reading logs next month.
  •  I want him/her to practice reading, but I also encourage you to continue to read aloud to your Honey Bear as well. Both count for the reading log.
  • The MOST IMPORTANT thing is that your Honey Bear is incorporating reading into his/her daily routine.

Do you have a half hour that you could give to:

read a book?

 or

play a game with the students?

 or

 simply monitor them while they are doing independent work?

If so, please email to let me know vmhudson@henrico.k12.va.us

It’s testing time!

In kindergarten that means getting one-on-one time with the teacher.  That’s great news for your Honey Bear when it’s his/her turn to work with me one-on-one, but there is a catch!  It also means your Honey Bear has to be very patient and demonstrate self-control while I am working with his/her peers.  

The Honey Bears and I were thrilled to have Mrs. Davis volunteer time this week to read and help monitor students while I pulled students for testing. Having another adult in here during this time is a real gift!  And for parents and family members, it is a fun way for you to get to spend time with your little loved one and meet his/her Honey Bear friends.   If you want to lend a helping hand and spend some time with the Honey Bear family, please let me know!  

Hope to see you at the Gatorval and that you win lots of great things at the auction!  Happy Friday!!

 

SCHOOL NEWS . . 

It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to wrap up what’s been a fun and fantastic year at Greenwood.  We thought it may be helpful to provide details and highlights regarding all of the exciting things scheduled during the last week of school. http://schools.henrico.k12.va.us/greenwood/2017/05/11/end-of-the-year-2017/


Please help us spread the word about our new tradition called the SENIOR CLAP OUT on June 16. We are inviting ALL High School Graduates that attended Greenwood to participate! Details below: http://schools.henrico.k12.va.us/greenwood/2017/05/11/senior-clap-out/

Ask your Honey Bear to tell you what we have been living things we are watching transform at school.  (You can probably guess by the life cycle plates we sent home this week.)

May 12

We love our Moms!

Did you hear?

Last week . . . 

For all of you who celebrate.  . .

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Honey Bears have the best mothers!

                                     Thank you for all that you moms, guardians, grandmothers, aunts and second mothers                                    do to make the Honey Bears the amazing children they are!

Your Honey Bear worked very hard to make a little surprise for you,

so let your little one hide it away and pull it out for you Sunday!

NEW FUN

READING WITH LEGOS

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April was the last month that the library is doing Reading Reflections for this school year.  

So, we will have a new fun way to track your reading from now until the end of the year!  Legos seem to be a popular toy for our kindergators, so I thought I’d use them to add a little fun to our reading program.  On Monday, there will be a new reading log in your child’s folder.  Attached to the log is a sheet of Lego people.  For each book your Honey Bear reads, he or she can color in one Lego man. 

As an extra incentive, your Honey Bear can turn his/her reading at home into a fun engineering project of an evolving structure by earning one Lego piece for each book that is read.  So after the first book is read, there will be one Lego standing alone.  For every additional book read, your child will add one Lego piece to that Lego. At the end of the year, we can have a show and tell of Lego structures!  If you’d like to participate and do not have Legos, please let me know.  I can’t wait to see the masterpieces!

 (If you want to get a head start this weekend on tracking books read, just write the title(s) on a sheet of paper at home and attach to your log when you get it.)  

 

SCHOOL NEWS . . . .

Greenwood’s Annual Silent Auction/Gatorval is quickly approaching! The date is Friday, May 19th from 6-8 PM, and we need everyone’s help! Sign up here

It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to wrap up what’s been a fun and fantastic year at Greenwood.  We thought it may be helpful to provide details and highlights regarding all of the exciting things scheduled during the last week of school. http://schools.henrico.k12.va.us/greenwood/2017/05/11/end-of-the-year-2017/

We are starting a new end of the year tradition for our 5th graders at Greenwood Elementary! Therefore, we are calling ALL 2017 High School Graduates that attended Greenwood to participate in our SENIOR CLAP OUT on June 16 at 10:00AM.  http://schools.henrico.k12.va.us/greenwood/2017/05/11/senior-clap-out/

Ask your Honey Bear about the fun lesson on shadows that they had yesterday from the Math and Science Center!  (And be sure to check out all the cool programs they have to offer.  https://www.mymsic.org/)

May 05

Thank you, Sweet Honey Bear Families!

What an amazing week!  

I have felt so loved all week as you have showered me with gifts and flowers, fruit and school supplies, notes and sweet treats, and my Honey Bears’ hugs!
I am so lucky to work with such wonderful, supportive families. It is a privilege to get to be the Honey Bears’ teacher as they start their educational careers.  I am constantly touched by the love my Honey Bears share with me and their peers each day in the class, and honored by the Honey Bears who have moved on to other grades and continue to keep me a part of their lives.  
The other day, a parent told me that her son didn’t seem to love the idea that when he goes to first grade, a new class of Honey Bears will be in room 108.  I told her what I told all of my students.  Just because he will no longer be in my class, doesn’t mean he won’t be a Honey Bear anymore. Once you’re my Honey Bear, you will always be  my Honey Bears, no matter how old you become.

Thank you all for being a part of the Honey Bear family and making me feel so loved!

School News . . . 

With testing beginning next week for all grade levels, arriving to school on time is essential. We encourage our students to get a good night’s rest and eat a big breakfast as we strive to reach our school’s academic goals over the next three weeks!

Just a friendly reminder that if you are planning on having your child early dismissed, a note should be sent into the teacher. We can not dismiss a student after 1:45PM without a note.

If you know of any rising kindergarten students in your neighborhood that have NOT registered for school next year, please help us by encouraging them to set up an appointment with Ms. Sizemore (804-261-2970).

Greenwood’s Annual Silent Auction/Gatorval is quickly approaching! The date is Friday, May 19th from 6-8 PM, and we need everyone’s help! Sign up here

Ask your Honey Bear what we’re doing to learn about how plants get water with our latest science experiment. (You can help jog their memories by mentioning the carnation in water.)

Apr 28

Financial Literacy in Kindergarten

I am so excited to have the Junior Achievement program back for another year with the Honey Bear family.

Today was our first class of Junior Achievement with Miss Semhar and Miss Vanessa.

The kindergarten program, JA Ourselves, uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work.

Volunteers from the business world come to teach the program to classes in the schools.  Our volunteers come from Wells Fargo.  One of our teachers, Semhar, has nieces that attend Greenwood, and one is next door in Mrs. Barker’s class.  

Click to learn more about Junior Achievement.

Are you reading books from RAZ Kids at home? 

Diwakar is our leading the class for stories read at home on the RAZ Kids app.  Way to go, Diwakar!  

We will be testing for end of the year reading levels in just 2 weeks.  Henrico County’s goal is to have all kindergartners reading at a level E by the end of the year.  Please have your child practice reading books at his/her reading level by spending time each night listening and reading stories from the app.

Did you know  I can listen to you read at home? You can record your reading in the RAZ Kids app if you allow access to the microphone.  Look for the icon of the mic on the top right corner when reading the story.

Click to go to RAZ Kids. I will reward all of the students who I see are reading on the site outside of school hours.  

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS . . .

Greenwood’s Annual Silent Auction/Gatorval is quickly approaching! The date is Friday, May 19th from 6-8 PM, and we need everyone’s help! Sign up here

Other ways to help…

  • Find out what the theme for your classroom basket or gift card is, and send in items or a monetary donation! Please contact your room parents for more information.
  • If you have a business, or know someone who does that would like to donate an item please feel free to share the attached “vendor donation letter.”

Ask your Honey Bear what where we pretended to go in French class this morning.

Apr 21

Maymont Memories

Happy Spring!

We are having lots of fun being back from the break, as we continue to study animals and their habitats, and are working on a special surprise to share our knowledge with you all.

The Honey Bears are enjoying reading classic fairy tales and new variations of them.  This week we’ve studied Little Red Riding Hood, both the traditional version as well as the “Prairie Tale” version by Lisa Campbell Ernst.  Ask your Honey Bear to retell both stories to you using the Little Red Riding Hood/Wolf plate made in school.

 

 

School News:

On Friday, April 21 we have our Gator Achievement Celebration, Talent Show dress rehearsals, 3rd Quarter Pep Rally, and Parent Achievement Celebration, Jazz on the Lawn (6:00 – 7:15PM).  What an incredible day to celebrate our GATORS!!!

You are cordially invited to the 4th annual HCPS A.R.T.S Festival at Henrico High School on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017  10am- 4pm and Sunday, April 23rd from 10am – 4pm. CFA Visual Arts Showcase Sat. 5- 7pm and CFA Musical Theater Showcase Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm.  Artwork from each HCPS school will be on display, along with food, putt-putt golf, community arts organizations, and special musical performances.

Ask your Honey Bear about our science experiment that helped us learn about how penguins can handle being in the icy cold arctic waters.

Mar 31

Champs and Champions

Ask your Honey Bear to tell you about Story Champs with Ms. Orange, our speech pathologist.

Learn more about the program by clicking the link: https://www.languagedynamicsgroup.com/index.php/products/story-champs-intervention/storychamps-about-old.html

Use the same prompts we use with Story Champs to help your child with retelling stories.  (See icons below.)

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Encourage your Honey Bear to retell stories in detail by referring to the prompts:

  • Character,
  • Setting
  • Problem
  • Feeling (How did the character feel?)
  • Action (How did the character handle the problem?)
  • Ending
  • End Feeling (How did the character feel at the end?)

Speaking of champs, this girl is our champion!

We miss you, Z!

April Reading Reflection logs went home in folders today.  Please turn in the March reading logs, so your minutes read at home are counted in the Honey Bears’ reading “tower” in the library. 

 

School News . . .

College And Career Week at Greenwood! April 3 – 7  Spirit Week!!  Flyer Attached

Thursday, April 6th from 6-7 pm is the Cultural Arts Festival! It is going to be an amazing event! An ice cream social/fundraiser benefiting the “Empty Bowl Project.” A sampling of herbs & vegetables harvested from the Garden Towers. A concert performed by our fantastic 2nd & 5th grade students. Then lastly, a showcase of the diverse cultures that we are proud to have here at Greenwood. We have such a rich kaleidoscope of cultures, nationalities & traditions at Greenwood and we want to proudly display this wonderful diversity! We hope to see you there!

The talent show will be on April 27 at 6:00.   Come see the great talent that we have here at Greenwood. You don’t want to miss these wonderful acts. Tickets are $3 each.

Ask your Honey Bear to tell you about which habitats we have learned about.  What sort of plants and animals would you find in them?

Mar 24

Honey Bear Hunters

The Honey Bears are so excited about going to Maymont today!

 

Please keep reading at home and turning in your monthly Reading Reflection logs to Mrs. Coward!        We want to be the top readers for kindergarten!

 

Honey Bears Hunting for Leprechauns 2017

 

School News . . . .

The lunch order forms for our half day of school on April 7 are due on Wednesday, March 29 at 8:00 AM. The cafeteria will not accept late lunch orders.

College And Career Week at Greenwood! April 3 – 7  Spirit Week!!  Flyer Attached

Field Day Order Form – Flyer Attached

April is Military Child Month! We will recognize and honor the service of Virginia’s youngest heroes, over 70,000 military children. We ask that Greenwood families and staff wear PURPLE on April 21st to show support.

 

The next time your honey bear is riding in a car with you to go on an errand, give him/her a pad of paper and a crayon (Just be sure they take it out of the car, so it doesn’t melt!) . . . Ask your Honey Bear to tally how many stop lights (or stop signs, cars, etc.) you pass until you reach your destination.  Then together count up the tally marks to figure up the total at the end.  (This is a fun way to pass time on a road trip, by picking  a few different colored cars to tally and finding which you pass the most of.)

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