Sunday, June 3, 2018

Last Newsletter of the Year!

Dear Parents,

Please click here to read our last newsletter, lots of important information to keep in mind!

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Week 38 - May 27 - 31

Welcome to the last full week of school!

Please click here to read this week's newsletter.

Thank you!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Week 36 May 13-16

Here’s to another week of fun, exploring and learning! Our kindergarteners are having a wonderful time with the ABC countdown, thanks to all parents who have been supporting us with this.

Important Lunch Information!!!
Please click here to see the letter shared by Ms. Jackson-Jin

Student Led Conferences!

Please mark your calendars for a very special event. On Monday, May 21st, there will be no school for students as we will have our Student Led Conferences. On this day, you will come in for an hour-long conference session with your child. The main focus of this conference is for students to reflect on their progress and achievements this year. They will share with you what they have learned in Math, Reading and Writing as well as they digital portfolio.

This is a special day for all kindergarteners as they will be leading the entire conference. We will have several centers in the classroom and there will be 4 families engaging at the same time. We ask that only two families work at each center at the time.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on May 21st! Thanks to those who have already signed up. If you haven’t done so, please be sure to sign up for a conference slot via Skyward.

Here are a few tips for parents as they also prepare for these conferences:

Express positive interest and anticipation about the upcoming conference
  • Be on time
  • Listen and respond to the student (not the teacher)
  • Express pride in growth and progress
  • Ask questions (see below for samples)
  • Be positive, offering to help in areas where improvement is needed
  • Recognize that students need to develop independence in communicating progress – the teacher will be there to facilitate and answer specific questions but will not take charge of the conference
  • Conference can be conducted in the student’s choice of language

Possible Questions to Ask During the Conference:

  • Can you explain this to me?
  • How did you come up with this idea?
  • How have you grown in this area?
  • How can you improve in this area?
  • How can we help you at home?
  • What was important to you about this?
  • If you could do this work over again, how would you change it?
  • What future goals do you have as a student?

Calendar updates

As always, we encourage you to check our KG calendar to find out about lunch options for Monday lunches, special events and activities.

Monday lunch: Koshari - Please remember that lunch cards and cash will not be accepted this week as the online payment trial is taking place.
May 21 - Student Led Conferences (No school for ES Students)
May 22 - ES Assembly - KGS (7:55 am - 8:25 am, ES Hall)
May 29 - Big Splash (7:55 am - 8:25 am, Pool)
June 3 & 4 - End of Year Parties. Information coming soon!
June 5 - Last Day of School for Students (Early Release Day)
June 5 - End of Year Assembly (10:30 am - 11:30 am, ES Hall). Parents welcome
June 5 - Trimester 3 Report Cards issued

Learning This Week

Reading Workshop

Our avid readers are having a blast exploring, reading, and pretending with books! This week they will shift genres and work with nonfiction books in their book bags. Readers react to books by remembering to “Stop and Jot” when something interesting or curious happens in the book. Our readers will learn to talk like experts when they read and learn about nonfiction. They will share what they learn with excited with words like “Look!” “wow!” “huh?” “Why?” Finally, readers will have another Reading Play Date with their book club but this time, play with nonfiction books. What fun!

Writing Workshop


As we approach the end of the school year, writers will embark on an independent writing project choosing to write in their favorite genre! We will review the purpose of writing and remind students how we communicate through our books. The goal for this last unit is to boost stamina and independence, and to give our young authors a chance to be creative and write about anything they want!

Our conferring and small group work will focus on the mechanics of writing: handwriting, spelling and punctuation.


This week we will be conducting end of module assessments. While we have one on one meetings with students, they rest will engage in math centers reviewing the concepts and strategies learned throughout Module 5, such as:

  • Counting by tens and some ones
  • Grouping objects to find the 10
  • Saying the numbers the “Say Ten Way”
  • Using Ten-frames to compose teen numbers
  • Using number bonds to decompose teen numbers


The design/build projects are coming along! Students will be reviewing their work this week. Our young scientists are looking forward to showing off their projects during Student-Led Conferences!

The last step in the Super 3 is to look at worked well and what didn’t to write reflections. Scientists will be asked these questions to review their projects:

  • What went well?
  • Did you choose the right materials for your project?
  • Could you have chosen other materials?
  • What was difficult about building your project?
  • What was easy about it?
  • What didn’t go well? Why not?
  • What would you do differently next time?

Thank you again for all your support!
Ms. Ana
Mr. Balazs
Ms. Paola

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Week 35. May 6 - 10

Welcome to a new week of school!

Calendar updates

As always, we encourage you to check our KG calendar to find out about lunch options for Monday lunches, special events and activities.

  • Monday lunch: Pizza!
  • KGB Assembly - this Tuesday!
  • Last Library day - Thursday, May 17th
  • Student Led Conferences - May 21st
  • KGS Assembly - May 22nd
  • KG End of the year celebrations - June 4th (more information will be shared later)
  • Last day of school on June 5th, dismissal will be at 11:30 am

Learning This Week

Reading Workshop

This week’s reading lessons are all about having fun with books! Readers will meet in small groups, or “clubs,” to have what we call “Reading Play Dates.” They will bring books to the group and choose to play school (where students take turns being the teacher) or playing games like Guess the Covered Word or Snap Word Hunt. We will do a lot of pretending, acting, and cooperating. As teachers we strive to nurture a love of reading in every student, and being playful with books is a great way to make reading fun!

Writing Workshop

Writers are eager to publish their stories, and we are eager to read them! This will be the last week of our second narrative unit. Writers will choose a piece to publish and will continue to work on making it the best it can be. Our last two teaching points will be:

How to write a catchy title for my story?
How to illustrate my story?

Each class will celebrate the unit in a very special way. Stay tuned for photos of our published authors!


This week we will cover the last topic in this module, Topic E. In this unit  students will represent teen number decompositions and compositions by writing addition sentences and make bonds with materials and hide one of the parts for their partners, who must figure out what the hidden part is. They will also compare teen numbers by counting and comparing the extra ones as well as counting teen quantities and represent them in various ways.

Here is what this topic includes:

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Students will be expected to:

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Our scientists have used writing and drawing to make a design for something they would like to build. Students considered the properties of available materials as they planned and this week it’s time to build! As students build they will adjust their design as they encounter obstacles and make changes. This is truly how the design process works! We can’t wait to see what they construct.

Circle Solutions

In circles this week, classes will be reviewing all the CAC core values, reflecting on what each core value entails. Students and teachers will discuss together how this has been manifested throughout the school year, leading up to personal reflections on how we have strived and worked towards personal growth, within the overarching principles of the core values.

Thank you for taking the time to read our weekly newsletters!
KG Team

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Week 34. April 29 - May 3

Welcome to a new week of school!

Today we started our super fun ABC countdown to the last day of school! Please make sure you have read our previous post with the information about what will be happening each day. Today’s letter is A: “Animal Day”. We have also added the ABC Countdown to our upper tabs for you to find it easily.

From the ES library

ES Library Calendar Dates
May 8-10 Used book sale
May 15 Last day for check out
May 22 Last day for classes; All books are due
May 29 Summer check out starts

Swim bags and library bags
Library books that get wet are in danger of developing mold. Mold is a highly contagious growth that can invade a library. It is very hard to get rid of, and is toxic to humans. Please keep your swim bags and any liquids well away from library bags. Any book that is returned wet or damp will need to be replaced, either by paying the replacement fine or by giving us a new copy. Take care of our books. Do not get them wet!

Swimming Starts this week for KGS (May 3), next week for KGC and KGB (May 8).

This week Kindergarten will begin swimming in PE in their 1 hour lesson each week for the remainder of the school year. Please remember to send a swimsuit, towel and goggles with your swimmer. Swimmers with long hair must either wear a swim cap or have their hair tied back. 

To support independence in all students please make sure they wear clothes that they can easily take off and put on. Crocs and sandals are the best option for shoes, socks and shoes with laces are not recommended on swimming days.

Students will need to wear their full PE uniform in all 30 minute classes for the remainder of the year. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s PE teacher.

Other Important Dates

  • There is no school on Tuesday, May 1st for Labor Day.
  • KGB will have their ES assembly on May 8th
  • The last Library day for KG will be May 17th. Please make sure you return all books by this date.
  • Student Led Conferences will be on May 21st.
  • KGS will have their assembly on May 22nd.

Learning This Week

Reading Workshop

As students read different genres, we will review strategies readers use to read fluently. One of our lessons will be that readers always stop, pause and jot their thoughts. They do this because it helps them to understand what they are reading to later share and talk with others about what they are reading. So far readers have only written jots on nonfiction books, starting this week they will be encouraged to record their thinking as they read fiction also.

Students will also try to go beyond “happy” and “sad” to precisely describe the feelings of the characters in the books they read. We will build a shared vocabulary of feelings-words to help us accomplish our goals. Speaking of goals, we will do some individual goal-setting so that readers can understand what they do well and what they need to work on. 

Writing Workshop

Writers continue to revise their stories. This week, we will incorporate editing strategies to make their writing easier to read. Using a checklist, writers will reread their stories and stop whenever they find something to fix: spaces, punctuation, lowercase letters and sight words. These sight words we also call them “no excuse words” as we expect students to spell them correctly. Sight words can also be used to elaborate and stretching sentences”

I got ice cream → I got ice cream with my mom.

On Thursday, we will being to prepare for publication. Writers will work with their partners to choose one piece they wish to publish at the end of the unit.


This week students will start working on Topic D which leads students beyond teen numbers up to 100 . They will begin by counting up and down to 100 both the regular way (ten, twenty, thirty, ...) and the Say Ten way (ten, 2 tens, 3 tens, ...).

Based on their work with numbers 11-19, students will realize the number sequence of 1–9 is repeated over and over again within each decade as they count to 100. Students begin by counting within and then across decades. Students also write some of the numbers ranging from 21 to 100.


This week, kindergarten students will continue discussing the CAC core value of courage. They will be discussing personal connections to Courage, and giving examples of times they or someone else have shown courage when feeling afraid of doing something. We will also be discussing how courage is important in growing as a learner and as a human being.


Thanks to all parents who have supported our science unit by sending recycled materials to school. We can always use more! 

This our scientists will start planning their matter project! They have explored all recycled materials you have kindly sent to our classrooms. They will now start thinking about what object they would like to design and built, and most importantly, what materials they will need for this project. Stay tuned for a very creative and fun project!

Thank you for your support and feedback!
Ms. Ana, Ms. Paola, and Mr. Balazs

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week 33. April 22-26

Welcome to a new week in Kindergarten! 

Egypt Festival was a success! Students had a wonderful day and we thank all parents who came and helped us out. Click here to see more photos!

This Wednesday there will be no school due to the Sinai Liberation Day. There will be regular school on Thursday.

As the year approaches, we would like to share important days and events for you to add to your calendar:

  • The second swimming unit in PE class starts on May 3rd for KGS and May 8th for KGB and KGC. Scroll down to see more information from our PE teachers
  • KGB will have their ES assembly on May 8th
  • The last Library day for KG will be May 17th. Please make sure you return all book by then
  • Student Led Conferences will be on May 21st
  • KGS will have their assembly on May 22nd

To celebrate the last weeks of Kindergarten, we have planned to have an ABC countdown with many activities for students to have fun and enjoy each other. Starting on April 29th we will have an activity a day following a letter of the alphabet. Check it out:

KG ABC Countdown!

Sunday, April 29
A - Animal Day
Children bring a book about an animal or a photo of their favorite animal.

Monday, April 30
B -Book Day
Children bring their favorite book for a show and tell at the end of the day.

Wednesday, May 2
C - Creative Day
Children will have creative art activities at the end of the day.

Thursday, May 3
D- Dance Party
Children will have a dance party in the classroom at the end of the day.

Sunday, May 6
E - Eric Carle Day
Children will enjoy reading Eric Carle books; they may bring their favorite book if they choose to.

Monday, May 7
F - Fun games day
Children will play different fun games at the end of the day.

Tuesday, May 8
G - Green Day
Children wear something green to school.

Wednesday, May 9
H - Hat Day
Children wear a hat to school.

Thursday, May 10
I - Inside Out Day
Children will come to school wearing their clothes inside out.

Sunday, May 13
J - Journey’s ahead
Children will make cards for the students who are leaving CAC.

Monday, May 14
K - Kindergarten Buddies
KG classes will buddy up for some partner reading time. (tentative field trip)

Tuesday, May 15
L - Lego Day
Children will engage in a Lego challenge.

Wednesday, May 16
M - Musical Chairs
Children will play musical chairs in the classroom at the end of the day.

Thursday, May 17
N - New Friend Day
Make a new friend today! Children will be encouraged to spend time with someone who they don’t usually hang out with, and share something nice about that child at the end of the day.

Sunday, May 20
O - Orange Day
Children will wear something orange to school.

Tuesday, May 22
P - Pizza Day!
Children will have pizza for lunch!

Wednesday, May 23
Q - Q-tip Painting Day
Children will use Q-tips to make some art.

Thursday, May 24
R - Red Day
Children will wear something red to school.

Sunday, May 27
S - Sunny Day
Reading in the sun. Children will enjoy some D.E.A.R. time on the grass.

Monday, May 28
T - Teddy Bear Day
Children bring their favorite stuffed animal to school for a special share at the end of the day.

Tuesday, May 29
U - Under The Table Reading
Children will enjoy reading under the tables during Reading Workshop.

Wednesday, May 30
V - Very Big Splash!
Last house event of the year: The Big Splash (more information will be shared in our blogs very soon)

Thursday, May 31
W - Wacky Hair
Children will show their Wacky Hair in class. Feel free to come with a funny hairdo!

Sunday, June 3
X - X-change autographs
Children will exchange autographs in class.

Monday, June 4
Y - Yeah!
KG Fun Day!

Tuesday, June 5
Z - Zoom Out Day
Last day of school!

We will link this information to our blog for you to have access to it easily. We’re looking forward to this! Please, let us know if you have any questions.

A Message from Mr. Greene and Mr. Mark

On Sunday, April 29th/18 students in KG - Grade 5 will begin swimming in PE in their 1 hour lesson, each week, for the remainder of the school year. Could you please ensure that your child is fully prepared for swimming by making sure they have what is listed below.

For swimming each child should have, in a separate swim bag:
  • An appropriate swimsuit
  • OWN pair of properly fitted goggled (not shared with siblings)
  • Suitably sized towel
  • Long hair tied back off the face or a swim cap (girls and boys)
  • No jewelry, including rubber and string bands and watches
  • Easy to take on and off clothes and shoes (crocs are ideal)

As a reminder each classes swimming days are:
Sunday - 5J, 3H, 1C and 2R
Monday - 5G, 3C, 1S and 4D
Tuesday - KGC, KGB and 4M
Wednesday - 3W, 5K, 2K and 4F
Thursday - 1M, 5O, KGS, 3D and 2S

Students will need to wear their full PE uniform in all 30 minute classes for the remainder of the year, including shorts, t-shirt, and sneakers.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your support,

Mr. Phil Greene -
Mr. Mark Mayfield -

Learning This Week

Reading Workshop

This week, we begin a new reading unit! “Becoming Avid Readers” is all about reading books from different genres and enjoying a variety of books. From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, students will explore books from different genres on a daily basis. We begin by asking “ What is an avid reader?” and “How can we react to books?” We will then move on to learn how to capture our thinking about books. 

Writing Workshop

This week, we will be doing On Demand assessments by asking writers to write a story, and informational book and an opinion piece. They will write one genre each day. We tell students that this is an opportunities for them to show teachers what they have learned and can do as independent writers! 

Next week we will have the last four sessions of this unit and celebrate! We’re eager to see their published stories!


This week, we will be having mid-module assessments and students will be working at various math centers while their teacher pulls them out to work with them individually. Next week, students will begin work on Topic D “ Extending the Say Ten and regular count sequence to 100”.


Have you ever wondered how magnets work? Kindergarten scientists do! This week we will explore magnetism and materials that attract and repel magnets. We will have a variety of materials for students to get their hands on in order to make new discoveries. 

Later in the week, students will test their materials know-how by blindfolding themselves and using only their sense of touch to try and find out what kind of material they’re touching. Without seeing, how can you discern stone from metal? Plastic from rubber? Students will try their best!


This week, kindergarten students will be discussing the CAC core value of courage. During circles, we will be exploring what it means to be courageous in different situations, such as trying  to do something that we’ve never tried before, feeling afraid but knowing what to do to feel better, or speak in front of others even if we feel shy.

Thanks for reading!
Ms. Ana, Ms. Paola, and Mr. Balazs