Sunday, May 25, 2014

The BUGZ Show!

 Dear Parents,

What a great week this has been! The BUGZ Show was a complete hit. Thank you for everyone's support with the costumes and coming to watch your little ones perform. They all did so wonderful and I was so proud of all of my little larva! (We joked how I was the mom ladybug and they were the baby ladybugs- larva. :) )

This week in math, we learned about sorting. We talked about different things that you might sort at home. Many of them told about how their clothes are sorted in their closet by longs sleeve and short sleeve, how their toys are sorted into different types in bins, and how their silverware is sorted in their kitchen. Then we did a fun activity at our desks where the kids sorted buttons!

 The kids sorted the buttons all different ways! Some sorted them by shape, some by color. Other kids sorted them by texture, size, number of buttons, shininess, dark vs, light. They were getting so creative! I was so proud of them. 

 Again, our BUGZ Show was a hit! The kids did a great job singing and remembering their actions that they have been practicing. I love how all the ladybug shirts turned out different too. It all turned out so great. Thank you for your support! They sure do make some cute ladybugs!

Kindergarten News

1. Our Show n' Tell theme for this week will be: Summer is coming up quick! The weather is getting hot. Bring something that reminds you of summer!

2. DRA testing and PALS testing are now over! The kids all did a great job. I am very pleased with their progress this year. 

3. This week is our last week of homework! No homework will be given the last two weeks of school in June. However, to keep up the students' skills, I will would encourage them to continue to read each day and spend time on Raz Kids as well as IXL. These programs will be available during the entire summer break so use them wisely. We want every student to be fully prepared for 1st grade and using these programs during the summer will help them not lose what they have gained this year. 

4. Our end of the year class party will be June 11th. If you would like to volunteer for this day please let our room moms know! The theme is, Minute to Win It! We need lots of parent helpers to run the different stations inside the classroom where the kids will completing different tasks. The AM party will be from 9:30-10:15 and the PM party will be from 1:30-2:15. 

5. The kindergarten field day will be on Thursday, June 12th. As well as the party, we need lots of parent helpers for this day! The entire kindergarten will be doing 8 different outdoor stations that they rotate between and we need parent helpers to run the stations. Please send me an email if you are able to help out! We need you! The AM field day will be from 8:00-9:30 and the PM field day will be from 12:00-1:30. Every child needs to wear their bathing suit to school this day because they will be getting wet! 

6. Our last day of centers will be June 5th. We still have some openings for parents to come in and help. If you would like to come in before the year is done and help with centers, please go to to sign up! 

7. With only 3 more weeks left of school, I am saddened that my time with my students is soon coming to an end. This year has been so much fun and I have enjoyed getting to know your kids so much. Thank you for sharing them with me. I am going to miss them!

Have a great week!
-Mrs. Hembree :)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Only 4 Weeks Left!

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I can't believe how fast time is passing by this year. We only have 4 weeks left! This year has been so much fun. I have enjoyed every day with your cute little ones.

The Bugz Show is this Thursday! The kids have been working so hard on memorizing their songs and actions to perform for you. We have been learning about different types of bugs for the last couple of weeks. I hope that everyone can make it.

AM Show- 9:15 (time change)
PM Show- 1:45

Please have the kids come to school in their ladybug outfit- Red shirts, black pants or skirts, and black dots pinned on their red shirt. The dots can be black felt or fabric, black construction paper, or anything else black that you have at home.

-No show n' tell this week.

-Any library books that your child have checked out, please return all of them as soon as possible to the school library.

- The kindergarten field day is Thursday, June 12th. We need lots of parent volunteers for this day to help out with games and other outdoor activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please email me.

-Our end of the year class party is Wednesday, June 11th. If you would like to help out with this fun event, please contact the room moms.

-No school May 26th in honor of Memorial Day. Happy long weekend!

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Hembree :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Dear Parents,

What an amazing week this has been. Teacher appreciation week is always a great week for teachers of course. I was blown away by the cute notes, cards, gifts, gift cards, treats, Wanted signs, everything! Thank you so much! I absolutely loved everything and felt very appreciated! Thank you for your generosity! I am so blessed to have such an amazing group of supportive and kind parents. Pinebrook parents and the PTA really are amazing! 

 Pinebrook participated in Project ACES this week. This project promotes healthy living and wellness. From 2:00-2:15, all of the students at Pinebrook were exercising at the same time. We exercised by dancing to the Just Dance songs for 15 minutes on the big promethean board. The kids loved it and were very tired at the end. 
 In the AM class, we participated in the book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," with a felt caterpillar puppet and felt food for the caterpillar to eat. In the end, he turned into a butterfly! It was very cute.

Kindergarten News

1. There will be movie night this Friday night at Pinebrook to raise money for Relay for Life. We will be watching, "Frozen!" I will be one of the teachers chaperoning for it. Have your child come and help support a good cause from 6-8:30. 

2. Show n' Tell this week will be: Foreign places. Bring an item from a foreign place and be able to show where it is from on our classroom globe or map. 

3. DRA Testing begins this week. PALS testing is now complete and I was very pleased with how everyone did. Great job students!

4. Our BUGZ show is coming up in 2 weeks! May 22nd! The kids have been practicing very hard on their song and movements. Please remember for our class costume your child will need: a red shirt, black bottoms of some kind (skirt, pants, shorts). I hope to see all the parents there. 

Have a great week everyone!
-Mrs. Hembree :) 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Butterfly Life Cycle!

Dear Parents,

Sorry this post is late this week! Better late than never though I guess. :) I hope everyone is having a fabulous week! Here is what we have been up to in class.

Thomas was our star of the week in the AM class. He made a fabulous poster. Thomas has two brothers and he likes to play in the snow. He was a firefighter for Halloween, he likes to play video games, and he enjoys spending time with his mom and dad. Great job Thomas!

This week we have been learning about the butterfly life cycle. I had the kids act out the life cycle as if they were the butterfly. They started as an egg, then hatched out as a caterpillar, gobbled leaves, formed a chrysalis, and then became a beautiful butterfly. I dimmed the lights and played nature music in the background to set the mood. It was amazing to see them get so creative and use their bodies to tell the story. Ask your child about the life cycle and what they have been learning. 

Kindergarten News

1. BUGZ Show coming up on May 22nd! Our class is the ladybug. Our costumes will be simple. The kids need to wear a red shirt and black bottoms of some kind. Please cut out black circles of paper, fabric, or felt, and pin them all over their red shirt to look like ladybug spots. Hope everyone can come!

2. Our themes for the rest of the year are: addition and subtraction, healthy choices, sorting, Mother's Day, needs of living things, and life cycles. 

3. No school May 26th for Memorial Day!

4. If you wish for your child to have sunscreen on for recess, please apply it at home before coming to school.

5. More information on Field Day will follow! If you are interested in volunteering for the fun, let us know!

6. The Raz Kids subscription is good throughout the summer. Keep up the good reading!

-Mrs. Hembree :)

Our show n' tell this week will be: 
Bring something that reminds you of your mom. Tell something that you love about your mom. 
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