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Greetings Primary 4 Families!

We are coming to a close on our last days of school! We can hardly believe it.

It was so special to connect with all of your families at conferences. Thank you all for your time.

Field Day is next Friday, May 26th. On this special day we will play fun games on the lawn, enjoy a watermelon treat and enjoy the sun. Please make sure your child wears appropriate clothing because they will get dirty. No swimwear necessary, please apply bug spray and sunscreen prior to school that day.

As the year unwinds we would like to invite all of your families to our Gates of Life Ceremony which will be held on the last day of school, Thursday, June 1st at 2:00 p.m.

The Monday before we will tell the children about Miss Maria and Miss Maia’s new journeys and will have our own special Gates of Life ceremony with the children.

Please refrain from sharing any information with the children until we have our special circle.

Please make sure to send a big bag for Thursday, May 31st so we may send all your child’s belongings home. If you have extra grocery bags we would love to use them, we prefer paper bags if possible.

A big congrats to Miss Maia for graduating from The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies! She is now a certified American Montessori Society Guide.

We are so happy to be able to spend the rest of May with your children. Thank you for a wonderful year!

Warmly,

Your Primary 4 Guides

 

IMG_5429.JPGGreetings Primary 4 Families!

We want to start by sending you a huge THANK YOU to all of you for the kind and generous birthday gifts.  We are very grateful for all of your appreciation.

We are looking forward to meeting with you at conferences to give updates on your child’s progress and connecting one on one with each of your families.

In Spanish, we are beginning our unit study of animals.  We have mastered the song “Un Goso Como Una Fuente,” and can sing without any teacher help. This semester we have also mastered days of the week, months of the year, clothing items and parts of the body. If anyone would like to contribute Spanish storybooks please do so!

We are so happy to start our “April Showers Bring May Flowers” art project and enjoyed the “March Comes In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb” work that was sent home last week.  It is so fun to see the differences in each child’s unique artistic hand.

Next Week, Miss Maia will be sharing her Passover tradition with our class by preparing a special Passover food called “Charoset” at circle.  We will be talking about the traditional Passover Seder, which means “Order.”  The class will be celebrating this holiday with a mini-Seder.  If anyone has Passover story books to contribute to our library please get in touch with Miss Maia.

Our classroom has been thriving with sewing works, creative writing and poetry.  We are also currently doing observation work on mold and food.  Be sure to ask your child about ingredients, nutrition facts, mold, decomposing and compost.

We can hardly believe it is already April, and the beautiful weather has been making our days bright and shiny.

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Hello families, 

Happy month of love.  As a reminder tomorrow we will celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing ONE Valentine with the class.

In Spanish we have been studying parts of the body, numbers, days of the week and months of the year.

Remember school is closed Monday, February 20th as we have an in service day.

Please remember to keep your child home if they have taken medicine to reduce a fever.  There have been lots of bugs going around and we are doing our due diligence to sterilize the classroom and be as germ free as possible.  We appreciate your partnership in keeping our children well!

Our clean up song this month is “All You Need is Love.”  The children have been so cute singing along to this tune.

We have begun our human body unit of study.  We are going through the different systems and have so far studied digestive and circulatory.

The Kindergarteners have been doing Writer’s Workshop and discussing what it means to be a writer and time management.

We also have been talking a lot about trash, compost and recycling and want to encourage all of our families to send your child’s food in reusable containers if possible, so we can reduce our classroom impact on the environment.

Our can food drive is still going strong and we would love to collect more nonperishable items until the last day of February.  Thank you to those of you who have already contributed!

Sewing has been a big hit during work time, you may notice your child coming home with sewing practice, dolls or pillows! Be on the lookout on Fridays.

 

 

 

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(Hendrix, Liam and Charlie discover different leaf shapes after a botany lesson!)

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

Spring semester is off to a rainy start, but we have been joyful and happily working inside the classroom. The children have transitioned back beautifully and are ready to work! It is very normal to have a second bout with separation anxiety after the break. If you need support or extra tools, feel free to call us during our office hours.

We are excited to share our new unit of study, “Feelings,” with the children. We have been listening to the song called, “Fighting is not the Solution,” by The Mosaic Project. This song models what to do in a situation when conflict arises.

“Stop and cool off and take a deep breath, if you get angry don’t lose your head. Fighting is not the solution, try conflict resolution.”

After we finish our Feelings Unit we will begin the Human Body.

We are also very excited to share that each Wednesday, Miss Maia is beginning our new Spanish Curriculum, by Somos Amigos, “Mi familia, mis amigos y yo.” So far we have introduced four songs entitled, “ Hola, hola,” or “Hello, Hello,” “Hola means “Hello” in Spanish, “Buenos dias,” or “Good Morning,” “Cuantos ninos hay?”-How Many Children Are There?”

Here are the lyrics to “Hola, Hola” in case you would like to sing it at home!

“Hola, hola, hola, hola a los ninos,

Hola, hola, hola, hola a las mamas,

Hola, hola, hola, hola a los papas.

Hola, hola, hola,

Bienvenidos.

Welcome to you.”

For Valentine’s Day, we plan on each student bringing only ONE valentine for the whole Primary 4 class. Examples of this may include a poster, a plant, a balloon, or bouquet of flowers. Please refrain from sending individual Valentine’s and please respect our NO sugar policy.

We are beginning a canned food drive tomorrow and our goal is to collect 100 cans of unperishable items by February 14th so we can send some love to our community. Please drop off your canned items on the Primary 4 porch.

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(Zadie works on her stringing technique!)

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(Raeley spells words with our moveable alphabet)

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(Pax and Barrett palling around!)

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(Chloe C. uses the addition strip board!)

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Hello P4 Families,

We cannot believe that we are already at the halfway point in the school year.  As we reflect back on the first part of the year we are so grateful for such an amazing group of students this year.  This class is a particularly kind and emotionally intelligent group we have, which has made for a really lovely school year.

Thank you so much for the wonderful and generous holiday gifts!  We feel so appreciated and grateful for your sweet children and all of you.

NO LUNCH NEEDED FRIDAY!

Please make sure you take all of your child’s things home tomorrow after the party (water bottles, nap rolls, art work, work in cubbies). If you want to get an early start on your holiday vacation, feel free to take your child home after the party.  Please check that the extra clothes you brought in are weather appropriate and still fit.

Food items for the potluck should be dropped off in the morning at drop off so we can have it all set up.  We will invite parents promptly in at 11 for our performance.  Afterwards, you can browse our art show and enjoy a picnic outside or in the classroom with your child. The children’s art is representative of three artists we have been studying; Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, and Jackson Pollock.

We still need cloth napkins and would thoroughly appreciate donations if you have any laying around.

By way of reminder, please make sure EVERYTHING you send to school is labeled with your child’s name.

Have a wonderful break, see you next year.

love,

your p4 Teachers

 

 

 

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Hello Quetzal Families!

It is so crazy to think that the holiday season is right around the corner! The children have been talking about all of the things they are grateful for, and this month’s clean up song is Raffi’s “Thanks A Lot”. We will be tasting cranberry sauce, stuffing and turkey for snack this week!

It was so fun sharing the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) with the children. They created such a beautiful altar and you could feel all of love in their hearts as we celebrated those who have lived their whole lives. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures with our classroom! We got to try the special pan de muerto (bread) and we decorated our classroom with skulls and flower petals and smelled incense. It was such a wonderful day!

We have also been learning about Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist. We read about her life and looked at some of her paintings, and even created our own Frida Kahlo inspired art, more to come on that!!

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Thank you to all who came to casino night, it was so fun sharing the evening with you, and congrats to Barrett’s family on winning our P4 art item!

A few friendly reminders:

There is no school next week we will see you on Monday November 28th, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

*We need cloth napkins for lunchtime, if anyone has some that you are not using, or wants to donate some, we would love to have them! We are hoping to have 99 of them on hand(3 for each child).

Please remember the children have been playing a lot in the dirt box and using paint in classroom, so please do not send them in clothes that you would not like to see dirty or potentially stained!

We are grateful for all of you!!!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Your P4 teachers