Thursday, August 17, 2006

Welcome Back To School!


Does anyone know what this is a picture of? It's a pumpkin! It's one of the extremely large pumpkins. We went out to look at it today, and we all got to touch it. It doesn't feel like a pumpkin yet. It is very smooth and round. We also looked at the watermelon, cantaloupe and gourds while we were out in the garden. But it's too hot to spend much time outside, so we just took a look and went back into the nice air conditioned classroom! Today we went to music, and we had a very good time. We sang our names, clapped our names, and danced to some music. Right now we are learning about the color red, counting one object and recognizing the numeral 1, and identifying circles. We are also learning the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty". In the classroom, we are all enjoying the zebra finches. They make little noises, talking to each other. The finches take baths, drink water, eat a lot and fly around the cage. They sometimes get IN the seed container to eat! They are making a nest, and there is a little more in the nest every day. When they get finished making their nest, we hope that they will lay some eggs! We also worked on the computer today. We know what a mouse is and what we do with the mouse. In a few weeks, when we learn how to use the mouse a little better, we will be able to get on the computer by ourselves! Parents, don't forget about the Parent Orientation next Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:00 pm. And also mark your calendars for September 19th Back To School Open House and PTA meeting. If you are interested in working with the PTA or being an officer in the PTA, let me know. While you are marking your calendar for the PTA meeting, remember that September 1st is a Professional Inservice Day for the teachers, no students attend. And, September 4th is Labor Day, so no school for students or teachers! And don't forget that PTA dues are $4.00 this year, and Room Fees are $6.00. I will be sending home a snack calendar the first of September. Since we were staggering attendance for testing, and there isn't much of August left, I just bought snacks to finish the month. But be looking for the calendar in a week or so. Parents, please send back the Emergency Information sheet (its the lime green piece of paper). With little children, no matter how closely you watch them, they sometime have accidents, and sometime they feel fine when they leave home, but by 10:00 am they are sick. It is very important that we have working contact numbers. And, if you change your address or telephone number during the year, please let me know about the change. One more thing...don't forget to send photographs for me to copy for the books they are making about their family. I will copy them and get them back to you in a day or two. Thank you so much for all of your support. If you need to contact me, the classroom telephone number is 364-4229, and my email is jhowell@caddo.k12.la.us.

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