Welcome to a new school year! Our theme this year is “Telling the Story.” Throughout the year we will use this as a focus during chapels, prayer circles, daily devotionals and daily life in the school. You may want to reflect on this theme together as a family and ask your child what we have talked about in school. I look forward to being a part of your child’s story this year. I’m sure the year will bring many ups and downs but we will face them together with faith that God is always by our side on the journey.
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. Psalm 89:1
This blog/website is intended to serve as a communication tool for the upcoming school year. You will find weekly updates on the “Home” page; the school year calendar under “Calendar;” links to interesting sites for parents and students on the “Links” page; vocabulary, links to videos and more under “Vocab and More;” links to photo albums on the “Photos” page and you can refresh your Spanish letter knowledge on the “ZooPhonics” page.
If there is anything in particular you would like to see on the site please let me know!
**One detail for the coming weeks. Please talk with your child about snack and lunch times. There are a lot of children who are confused about what to eat for snack and what to order for lunch. Every morning they will be asked to tell me if they are having Hot Lunch, Sack Lunch (this is Option #2 on the menu), lunch from home or just ordering milk. You may want to go over with them what to order before dropping off at school.
This week we spent a lot of time reacquainting ourselves with old friends and making some new friends. We will spend the first few weeks of the school year using English as we get used to our routines, learn school rules and form relationships with each other. We spent time going over procedures for bathrooms, snack time, recess, lunch, special classes and dismissal – that’s a lot to learn for a kindergartener! I’m sure your children have been more exhausted than usual at night. They could probably use some extra sleep in the next weeks as they get used to their new school year schedule. We also began reviewing letter sounds and names with our ZooPhonics animal friends and used our names as a starting point for naming letters and their sounds. We are also talking about numbers and introducing some math manipulatives that will help us all year long as we study numbers together.
A reminder that GRPS bussing starts next week. The first days of bussing and the parent pick up line always bring some bumps in the road, if your child is riding the bus please be prepared for it to arrive later than scheduled while routes are worked out. If you are using parent pick up please review the sheet sent home in your child’s blue take home folder. If you ever need to change your after school pick up plans you must send a note to school or e-mail me so that I can make sure your child gets to the right place.
In the coming weeks you can help us by praying for patience for both teachers and students as we negotiate all of the newness that comes with a brand new school year.
Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, see you on Tuesday!