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.)

Image result for story champs visuals

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.)

Mar 17

May the Luck of the Irish be with you!

I constantly count my Honey Bear family as one of the blessings in my life.  I feel so lucky to spend my days with your wonderful children and to have such great supportive families from which they come. 

The Honey Bears read the book, At the End of the Rainbow by A.H. Benjamin & John Bendall-Brunello, then wrote about what their treasure or “pot of gold” is.  They loved making the artwork to go with their writing which is displayed in the hall.

I was stopped in the hall yesterday by Ms. Clark, the substitute teacher who filled in for me last week, who just wanted to tell me what a sweet class I had.  Ms. Clark commented on how loving and kind they were and how each one of them gave her a hug goodbye, and stated again what a special class I have.  I was so proud and couldn’t agree more!

My pot of gold overflows with the love shared in our Honey Bear family.  

 

The Honey Bears LOVE acting out nursery rhymes when we are studying concept of word (COW).

 

The Honey Bears all know Ms. Hudson’s favorite holiday is St. Patrick’s Day!   I love to remember my year of living in Northern Ireland and share stories about the Irish culture with my students.  So with the help of the Honey Bears, it is only fitting to share an Irish blessing with you!

School Notes:

The clinic is in GREAT need of boys pants.  If you have any hand-me-downs or outgrown pants for smaller boys (sizes 6-10) they would be greatly appreciated!!

This is a friendly reminder that if your child arrives after the late bell at 7:40 AM, you will need to walk your child into the building. Students may not enter the building without an adult. Furthermore, we encourage our families to login to PowerSchool to check your child’s attendance and unexcused tardies. As a reminder, attendance will play a factor in our Gator Achievement Celebrations, upcoming Talent Show, and Leadership Opportunities for our rising 4th and 5th graders.

The spring after school enrichment programs have been posted! These classes will fill up fast! Flyer Attached

Daddy Daughter Dance on March 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM!!! Buy your ticket today!!! Flyer Attached

Save the date for the Cultural Arts and Science Festival on April 6 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM! Flyer Attached


Ask your Honey Bear to tell you his/her favorite Go Noodle activity we did this week.  (Check it out at home gonoodle.com  It’s a great resource to get your kids moving when you’re stuck inside!)

Mar 09

Thanks to our Interventionist, Mrs. Hagberg!

We were so lucky to have Mrs. Hagberg working with our small groups during our reading rotations.  Her services are now needed during our reading time for the older grades as they get ready for the SOL tests. The Honey Bears and I are thankful for Mrs. Hagberg’s help in growing our reading skills. 

Talent show applications have been extended to Wednesday, March 15 at 8:00 AM. We also revised the flyer since a practice date was during spring break. Flyer Attached

The spring after school enrichment programs have been posted! These classes will fill up fast! Flyer Attached

Ms.Hudson and her dad are making their annual appearance at the Daddy/Daughter Dance.  Hope to see all my Honey Bear girls and their fathers or father figures (uncles, grandpas, etc.) there too!

Over 100 dads have signed up for our Daddy/Daughter Dance on March 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM!!! Buy your ticket today!!! Flyer Attached

Save the date for the Cultural Arts and Science Festival on April 6 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM! Flyer Attached

Ask your Honey Bear to sing the coin songs to you as he/she identifies each coin (penny- 1 cent, nickel – 5 cents, dime – 10 cents, quarter – 25 cents).

Ask your Honey Bear what his/her favorite part of the new playground is.

Mar 02

Dr. Seuss Week

Some 100 Fun Highlights  included:

*  stringing Fruit Loop necklaces by rows of ten, then skip counting by 10’s

* an Engineering Project . . . . What to create with 100 cups?

                   *  watching a fun 100 Eyeglasses movie featuring some of our classroom puppets,                                                  helping them find different ways to count to 100 (skip counting),                                         creating our own  “100” eyeglasses

The kindergarten teachers had fun dressing up as book characters           for Dr. Seuss week.  
The Book Fair is coming!  It will be held in the library NEXT WEEK, March 6 – 10! It will be open before school from 7:20 – 7:40, Thursday evening from 6  – 7:30, and Friday evening from 6 – 7.

Mother vs Son Field Day – Click Flyer to learn more.                                                              Friday, March 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM @ Greenwood Elementary                                Thanks to Carter’s mom for organizing this new event!

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.” Parents and students can have a sampling of herbs & vegetables harvested from the Garden Towers. Students will perform several songs of inspiration. Then lastly, a showcase of the diverse cultures that we are proud to have here at Greenwood. We are looking for any families who would like to represent their culture at the festival!  We have such a rich kaleidoscope of cultures, nationalities & traditions at Greenwood, and we want to proudly display this wonderful diversity!

Ask your Honey Bear to tell you about the artwork we created this week to go along with our March writing for the hallway.

Feb 23

Libbie Mill Library — worth the visit!

 

If you haven’t been to Libbie Mill Library, I HIGHLY recommend a family outing!  It is an absolutely beautiful facility, with a great outdoor area as well (which we didn’t get to explore).  

SCHOOL NEWS > > >

Book drive from February 16 – March 3 (Reading Levels PK – 5th Grade) SCA reps will collect  books and distribute to our classrooms at Greenwood! Which grade level will bring in the most books?

Read Across America Week

Monday – 2/27: Dress as your favorite animal/ pet/ animal patterns

Tuesday – 2/28: “The World According to Humphrey” is over 10 yrs old!- Dress as your favorite decade!

Wednesday – 3/1: Cat in the Hat Day- Wear your favorite hat

Thursday – 3/2: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday-Dress as your favorite book character

Friday – 3/3: Wacky Dr. Seuss Day (SCA Battle Event)

We value our parent volunteers at Greenwood. Please be mindful that when you are coming to school to make copies for teachers, you must not use this time and resources for your personal use. Parents are asked not to bring household bills, letters, or other paraphernalia to the school to reproduce or laminate. These tools and supplies are used to enhance our students’ educational experience. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Ask your Honey Bear what his/her favorite 100 Day activity was, and ask about what Humphrey the Hamster is doing from our chapter book read aloud. 

If your Honey Bear got to go to the Libbie Mill Library, ask about the story of the library mouse.

Feb 22

Poor OLD Honey Bears . . . . 

. . . and you thought your job was hard!!  Look how kindergarten has worn on your poor OLD Honey Bears!

 

Forget Barnum and Bailey, the Honey Bears think the Greatest Show on Earth is happening outside of our classroom window . . . . ask your Honey Bear what is happening on the playground!

Feb 17

Practicum Student

Did your Honey Bear tell you we have a new helper in the classroom?

Mrs. Goodrich, a senior at VCU, is a practicum student working with our class this semester.  We look forward to helping her in her journey to becoming a teacher!

TUESDAY is the 100th Day of Kindergarten!  Don’t forget to dress like a 100 year old and count out 100 of the same items (like dried beans, paperclips, pennies, etc.)  to bring back in the ziplock bag sent home in your folder today. It will be such a fun week with activities surrounding 100!

School News . . . .

No school on Monday, Presidents’ Day!

Book drive from February 16 – March 3 (Reading Levels PK – 5th Grade) SCA reps will collect  books and distribute to our classrooms at Greenwood! Which grade level will bring in the most books?

 

Ask your Honey Bear about the Robert Jospe Worldbeat music performance they got to hear on Tuesday, and what did they learn about with Ms. Guelig today (when you lie it feels like a weight on your back, and when you’re honest the weight is taken off).  

 

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