Thursday, September 29, 2016

Francis Wyman Falcons SOAR

Our school mascot is the Francis Wyman Falcon. The Kindergarten classes had an assembly this week to learn about how we can SOAR like a falcon. Each letter stands for an important trait we are looking for.

S = Self-Reliance
O = Outstanding Effort
A = Acts of Kindness
R = Respect 

Principals Visit

Mrs. McDonald and Mr. Doyle, our two principals, joined us for some free time one morning this week! The students enjoyed having them take part in the fun!

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We can safely say that we had a wonderful second week in Kindergarten!  The children are learning to listen to and follow directions.  They are learning to use materials and put them away.  The children walk in a safe and caring line and are learning one another’s names as we greet one another at meeting time.

The students have begun their first of many innovations.  This one is following the predictable words of Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.  The children have also taken part in interactive writing with our daily news and announcements.  They have also learned poems, participated in shared reading, and have listened to many stories.  They are doing a great job rotating around to their daily work centers and have been enjoying all the painting, gluing, and clay!

We have started making letter/alphabet books.  We are going in the order that the letters are presented in Fundations.  The students have completed the T and B books and will start their F books next week.  I would encourage you to put these books and other books that your child makes in a shoe box or on a special shelf so that they can find them and read them often.

In math, the children are practicing counting, representing, and writing numbers 1-5.  I hope the math papers that are coming home are helpful for you to see what they are doing in math.  The homework sheet is optional but would be a great tool for you to use with your child for further practice.  I would encourage you to practice writing the numbers 1-5 with your child during the next couple of weeks to make sure your child is getting lots of practice with them.  Feel free to get creative with it...they can write the numbers in sand, salt, or even shaving cream!  During calendar time, the students follow patterns and practice counting and have been working on learning the days of the week.

Our first field trip will be Thursday, October 13th.  We are going to the Franklin Park Zoo!  The cost of the trip is $6.  Checks need to be made payable to Francis Wyman Kindergarten and should be in by October 6th.  We can only bring a limited number of chaperones so if you are interested, please let me know by the end of next week so I can pull names from a hat if necessary.  More information about the trip went home in your child’s folder today.

The students enjoyed seeing the book all of you helped make at the Back-to-School Night last week that included the drawings of your faces!  I won’t say which children looked proud and which ones looked embarrassed. :) I do want to thank all of you for willingly participating in such a fun project for the students!  The students also completed the same project as a work center and enjoyed guessing who their friends were on each page.  Both of these books have started circulating as Class Books.  Please enjoy reading them with your child when they come home and return them on the next school day so they may be shared with other families.

I sent the class directory home today as well.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I made a few typos in all those numbers!  Please check your information and let me know if I need to make any changes.

Have a great weekend!

Melanie Duncan

Please label your child’s jackets, sweatshirts, hats, etc. with his/her name.  It will be much easier to find out what belongs to everybody that way!  Thanks!

Here are a few pictures from this week.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The first week of school has come and gone and your children seem to have adjusted well. We have spent the week doing "guided discoveries" which are focused, purposeful, and playful ways to introduce materials, areas, and activities in the classroom.  This helps in the use and care of the materials and also promotes independence at cleanup time.  Our expectations are clear and encourage students to keep a kind, caring, and safe classroom.  This is all part of Responsive Classroom and will be continued next week.

We have read many stories, which we call "read alouds".  The children have read our news and announcements and have answered questions in morning meeting.  We have sung songs, done activities, and read poetry.  We are also getting to know one another better every day.  We have completed three days of work centers.  The students have a job list to complete each morning and will eventually rotate through their jobs independently (although need quite a bit of support at the beginning of the year).  They have improved each day!

The nurse would like to remind parents to make sure all medical forms are turned in ASAP.  Please send them to school with your child in his/her blue folder and we will make sure they get to the nurse.

It was so nice seeing so many of you at our Back-to-School Night this past Wednesday night.  I know there was a lot of information presented that night.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for your willingness to complete the coloring project!  The students haven't seen them yet but I know they will love them when we go through them this coming week!

Our principal, Mrs. McDonald has scheduled another Confidentiality Meeting.  It will be this Tuesday morning, September 20th, from 8-8:15am.  I would encourage you to attend the meeting if you weren’t able to make it to the meeting this past week.  There will be other meetings scheduled throughout the fall but maybe not before our first field trip in October.

Mrs. Sullivan and I are both enjoying our time with your children and are excited about working with them for the remainder of the year.  We are looking forward to working with all of you too!

We hope you enjoy the pictures below.  They capture small glimpses of some of what we did during our first week of Kindergarten!

Have a great weekend!
Melanie Duncan

Please don’t forget to send in the $5 to cover the cost of the field trip t-shirt.  You can send either cash or a check made out to Francis Wyman Kindergarten.  Thank you!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Back to School Night on Wednesday

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Our annual Francis Wyman Back to School Night will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm for all grade levels.  This evening is designed for parents to meet their child’s teacher(s), learn about grade level curriculum materials, and hear about classroom expectations.  Please refer to the schedule below and plan to attend the presentations that are conducive to your needs.

 Back to School Night Schedule

6:00 - 6:30  Grades K-2 presentation 1

6:45 - 7:15  Grades K-2 presentation 2

6:15 - 6:45  Grades 3-5 presentation 1

7:00 - 7:30  Grades 3-5 presentation 2

All grade level presentations will take place in your child’s homeroom class.  Teachers will be starting and ending presentations promptly to allow enough time for them to repeat their presentations for families with students in multiple grades. Parents should only plan to attend one presentation for each child.

Mrs. McDonald, Mr. Doiron, and Guidance staff will be available in the library to meet with families throughout the evening.  Please stop by to say hello and introduce yourself.

Specialists – Staff from the Music, Art, Band, and PE departments will be available in the front lobby to speak with parents regarding these programs. 

Special Education Staff – All special education staff and specialists will be available in their individual classrooms to meet with parents regarding these specialized services.

PTO representatives and information will be available in the front lobby.  Please be sure to support our Francis Wyman community!

A Confidentiality Meeting will be held in the auditorium at 7:40 pm for parents looking to volunteer for any school activity.  This meeting needs to be completed once during your years at FW and the signed documentation will be kept on file in the main office.

Back to School Night will end at 8:00pm.

Please remember that Back to School Night is an informational event designed for parents only and students should not attend when possible.

We look forward to seeing all of our families on Wednesday night!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to Room 115!  Our names are Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Sullivan and we are excited to start our year with you in Kindergarten!  Take a peek at the pictures below to see different parts of our classroom!