"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."
-- Socrates

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Here's wishing all my students and their families a safe and happy New Year! 2011 is sure to be a great year in Room 108!

Upon leaving last week, we all enjoyed some fun games and the magical book and movie The Polar Express. I am sure you have been listening to the bell your child brought home as a momento!

We were also treated to the musical talents of some AAK students who surprised us with a small concert in the hallway outside our room!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fun Week!

This week was full of fun! On Tuesday, Mrs. Ettinger (Caroline's mom) came it to read to the class. She and Caroline picked out some of their favorites to share. Excitement filled the room during the interactive readings by Mrs. Ettinger. Thank you for such a special time!!

We also had our annual Kindergarten Holiday Concert. The children were very excited to share their talents with Mom and Dad the very second they walked into the room on Friday! As a matter of fact, we have had to do a Concert Countdown during calendar time! They all did such a great job! And thank you to all parents who donated cookies for our get-together after the concert! I hope all the gingerbread houses made it home safely!

I have a couple pics and video clips of the concert and of Mrs. Ettinger's visit. Enjoy!!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Look Out Rudolph...We Want YOUR Job!!!

I don't know about you, but aren't these the cutest little reindeer you've ever seen??

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Graham Crackers, Frosting and Candy...Oh MY!!

I know we all had fun today making our Gingerbread Houses! The proof was ALL OVER our mouths, clothes, fingers and tables...boy, does frosting taste extra yummy at 9:00 in the morning! Our creations came out wonderful! Thank you to Mrs. Hinman and Mrs. LaMora, Mrs. Bennett and her students from AAK and to Miss Sun and Miss Jin, our visiting Korean students from SUNY Potsdam. We could never have done it without you!

Our creations will make their way home NEXT week after our Holiday Concert on Friday. I will have them bagged and ready to go for parents to carry safely home.

A special Farewell also goes to Miss Sun and Miss Jin who have spent the better part of their semester Fridays in our classroom assisting us in more ways than we can mention. They have read us stories, taught us skills one-on-one, cleaned up our messes, made us smile and consoled us when there were tears. Today, Miss Sun presented each of the students with a small token of her love for them - a magnet showing traditional Korean dress and an origami heart. Miss Jin will be joining us again in the Spring semester. We can't wait to see her again!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Sammy Spider Returns

Today, Sammy Spider returned to Room 108 for another adventure in Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah. He is excited about the menorah the Shapiro family has lit for Hanukkah. Not only is it beautiful, but it warms his feet!! Sammy also teaches us about numbers and colors!! Ezra's mom came in to read the book to us. She and Ezra also sung a traditional song they sing each night they light their own menorah during Hanukkah. Then we all learned how to play Dreidel. Thank you for the dreidels and gelt (chocolate coins) you gave us to bring home with us, Mrs. W. (The directions to play Dreidel are on the back of our Weekly Newsletter)

I would also like to take this time to mention what a wonderful Thanksgiving feast we enjoyed recently. Each kindergartener contributed to the feast. We had Pilgrims and Native Americans attend our feast (us dressed in our head pieces and hats). Thank you to all the parent volunteers and to Chef Dave and his crew for making our day such a special one!

Lastly, a big THANK YOU to our high school friends who came and taught us all about germs with the Scrubby Bear program. We had lots of fun! We even got to design our own germ (pics in the slideshow) since we really don't know what germs look like!!

A very big part of the kindergarten experience is learning about others. And that we are all alike and different in many ways! Tolerating and respecting each others' differences is an extremely important part of life. Please continue to stress the importance of "Bucketfilling" with your child.

As we enter the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I wish you peace, joy, health and happiness.

A wise woman once said (Helen Keller)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

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