Week 13: November 16 - November 20Posted by Courtney Fischer on 11/19/2015
Thanksgiving is next week, and I have to start this blog by letting you know how thankful I am for your children and your families this year! School is flying by, and I am amazed at the progress and fun that has happened in just a short few months. I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday next week, and please stay safe if you are traveling.
Before we know it, December will be here, and it's always a busy time in Room 14. We will have a holiday party in the classroom, and there will be a few special events at Southwest. The Kiwanis Club has a celebration for all of the EC students in the county, and we are lucky that it's held at Southwest each year. Santa Claus will even make an appearance! I will bring my camera and snap photos that I will send to all of you before the Winter Break. Also, we will have a special Polar Express event, where the conductor from the train will visit us and we will make hot chocolate! I try to focus our lessons more on being thankful/giving, rather than focusing on who's been good or naughty and what toys do we want. I understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so December won't just be a month of talking about that particular holiday! We will incorporate some learning about different holidays around the world. If anyone celebrates anything else at this time of year, and would like to share with the class, please let me know! We would love that.
A few reminders:
- We go outside every morning, so please be sure your child has a weather-appropriate jacket. Feel free to send a hat and gloves as well, we will make sure they are worn!
- No school next Wednesday - Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Week 11: November 2 - November 6Posted by Courtney Fischer on 11/5/2015
We had a few rainy days this week, but today was SO beautiful! The students had a great time being back outside, and there is a new slide on the playground that most of our friends loved!
We spent this week talking about "bugs and crawly things" - there's a great song/dance we learned to go along. Some students were very excited about the spiders we talked about with Halloween last week, so we explored spiders and some other bugs more in depth this week. Lots of cool videos were watched and fun art projects were made. Beginning next week, we will learn about Thanksgiving and discuss some of the things we are thankful for! It would be a great topic to talk about at home, too.
A couple of reminders - there is no school next Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. We will also be out for Thanksgiving, beginning on Wednesday, November 25.
And finally, a big THANK YOU to all our families for throwing our fall party last week. It was a LOT of fun, and the students are still talking about it!
Week 10: October 26 - October 30Posted by Courtney Fischer on 10/29/2015
Wow! I am sorry I have not been posting regularly. This school year is flying by!
Since my last posting, we have done a lot of fun things! I was out for two days, and the students LOVED Mrs. Hix. She gifted us with some new blocks and cars, which was very exciting for everyone. We have learned songs about leaves, tasted pumpkin seeds, played outside, created fall artwork, and played lots of Fall-O (like Bingo)! Tomorrow is our Fall Celebration, and I can't wait to celebrate with the students and some of their parents! I know not everyone can make it, but your child will bring home some goodies to share afterward.
A few quick reminders:
Cold and flu season is upon us - we have already had several students out sick. Please keep Mrs. Z and I updated about any illnesses your child has, so we can do everything we can to keep everyone healthy, and hopefully cough-free! If your child gets sick at school, school policy says they need to be out for 24 hours before coming back to class.
No school on November 11, Veteran's Day. We will also be off November 25 - 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Be sure to send a jacket in with your child for these chilly mornings! We try to go outside every day we can.
Thank you for all your support, and all of the generousity you have shown our class this year. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any concerns or questions!
Week Seven: October 5 - October 9Posted by Courtney Fischer on 10/9/2015
Wow, these past two weeks have FLOWN BY! I did not even get a chance to blog last week - so sorry!
We have had an exciting two weeks - we had Picture Day last week, our trip to the fair this week, and FALL FEST tonight! I hope you can all make it - my times have changed, and I will be in the silly string pit at 7pm! If you took any pictures at the fair, I would love if you could upload them to our class Shutterfly site that Mrs. Grimes put together. I took some pictures on the bus ride of everyone having fun, so I will try to get those up this weekend. The children were all so excited about the animals we got to see - and even pet - at the fair, so we will spend the next several days learning more about farm animals.
Next week, I will be out on Tuesday and Wednesday for an autism training, which I am really excited about (the training, not being gone!). My substitute is named Suzy Hix, and she is fabulous! I wanted to let everyone know, so we can all work together to begin to prepare the students for the change in their routines. Mrs. Hix has visited our room before, so a few of the students will recognize her. Next Wednesday, October 14, is also another Early Release day. We will dismiss two hours early, so please plan accordingly.
As another reminder, please be sure that your child has a jacket for those cold mornings! We go outside around 9:30 every day, as long as it's not raining or below freezing.
Thanks for all of your support, and I hope I see you all out tonight at our Fall Festival!
Week 5: September 21 - September 25Posted by Courtney Fischer on 9/24/2015
Wow! It is hard to believe we have already been in school for a month! Things are starting to get busy in Room 14, so I will use this week's blog as a reminder of sorts.
Next week, we have a lot going on. Wednesday, September 30, is our next early release day. We will dismiss two hours early! Please make arrangements, and be sure to fill out and return the early release form when it comes home.
Thursday, October 1, is School Picture Day! I don't have any more information from the office about it, but I will send home order forms when I receive them.
Friday, October 2, is the annual Fall Fest at Southwest. It is a TON of fun!! I will be in the silly string pit from 5:45 - 6:00, so be sure to stop by and see me! It's a great fundraiser for our school, and there is plenty for everyone to do. The raffle baskets are amazing!
Our trip to the fair is quickly approaching. Many parents have decided to join us, which is great! I am very excited. The students will all ride a bus - which they are really looking forward to - and we will arrive at the fair around 9 a.m. I will email out my cell phone number next week. This way, I can contact all of you when we arrive, or you can call/text me to meet up with us. It should be a lot of fun!
Speaking of field trips, I found out last week that we will be able to participate in the Special Olympics in the Spring as part of their Young Athletes program. We will participate in the track and field events - the date is tentatively set for April 27, but that could easily change between now and then. Permission forms will be coming home about that eventually, but I will keep everyone updated.
I have a couple more little reminders for parents - if you are picking your child up in the afternoons, please remember that we dismiss at 2:40, and your child needs to be picked up by then! And finally, we go outside in the mornings, so your child will need a coat for school in the coming weeks. Fall is my favorite season, and we have a lot of fun things to do, both inside and out!
Thank you for everything, and as always, you can always contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at the school, 703-4195.
Week 4: September 14 - September 19Posted by Courtney Fischer on 9/17/2015
This week has flown by! Early Release days always make a week go by faster, I think. Our students handled the adjusted schedule very well, and I was very proud of how our day went yesterday. Mrs. Cunningham, the school counselor, visited us this week to talk about feelings and play a fun game! The students also loved learning a new song with her, where we learned that all of our feelings are okay! We always say it is okay to be mad or sad (or happy or sleepy or whatever you're feeling!), we just work on expressing all of those different feelings in appropriate ways. Our classroom also gained an exciting addition this week - we now have a set of steps in front of our ActivBoard, so that every child can reach the board when we are interacting with it. We use the board during Circle Time every day, and we also use it to sing songs and dance, practice skills like writing, tracing, and counting, and we even occasionally listen to stories on it!
Please remember to check your child's bookbags frequently. I sent home a letter about our field trip to the fair! We will go on October 7. There's more information, and a short form to complete and return, on the flyer in your child's bookbags. Thanks so much!
Week 3: September 8 - 11Posted by Courtney Fischer on 9/10/2015
We have a had an exciting, but short, week in room 14! All of my friends in class have really begun to understand the routine and expectations in our classroom, which has made for smoother transitions and more fun! This week, the students continued learning about sea life - they especially enjoyed the Rainbow Fish. We even worked together to create a large Rainbow Fish for our room, and each student decorated his or her own scale. We went to art for the first time, with Ms. Cables, where we read Dr. Seuss' "My Many Colored Days," and colored in outlines of people.
A couple of reminders:
If your child does not have an art shirt at school yet, please remember to send that in before we go to art next Tuesday.
Next Wednesday is an Early Release day. School ends two hours early, at 12:40, that day.
Our class will be going to the Dixie Classic Fair in October! I will have more information about that next week. I would LOVE for any parents who are available to come!
The Pout Pout FishPosted by Courtney Fischer on 9/3/2015
We have been so excited to learn about the Pout Pout Fish this week! One of the class' favorite stories has been "The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School." He's new at school, just like our friends were last week! The students painted their own fish one day, and they explored different kinds of sea life through books and even some stamps. We've also incorporated the Pout Pout Fish into some math projects - we used pictures of different characters to practice completing patterns. The students have been very interested in different kinds of sea life, so we will continue learning and exploring sea life next week.
We started attending specials this week - the students went to PE yesterday and Music today. We will start going to Art on Tuesdays, beginning next week. Please remember to send in a shirt for art class, if you have not done so yet. We'll just keep the shirts at school all year to wear - art is a lot of fun, but it is also messy!
Don't forget, Curriculum Night is next Tuesday from 6:30 - 8. There will be a short PTA meeting, followed by sessions with the classroom teachers. The sessions run from 6:50 to 7:20, and 7:25-7:55. It's just a time where you can learn a bit more about our classroom and our program, so I hope to see some of you there.
Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!
Back to SchoolPosted by Courtney Fischer on 8/27/2015
We have had a GREAT first week of school! Everyone has adjusted to school well, and we are really focusing on learning procedures and expectations. We'll continue focusing on this the entire school year, but it's very important that we all take the first couple of weeks of school to learn the routines of our classroom. Things will change a bit next week, as we will start going to specials three days a week. We will go to Art, Music, and PE, and I know all of the students will love it!
If you have not turned in all of your paperwork from Open House, please be sure to do so as soon as possible. Mrs. Z and I will use the folders to send home information in bookbags throughout the year, so I'd love to have them all back. I will use this blog as a way to communicate openly about what is going on in our classroom, as well as any important events in the school. Curriculum Night is coming up on September 8th, and the Southwest Fall Fest is on October 2nd. I hope to see many of you and your families at both events!