Kindergarten – Mrs. Baranoski

May/June Newsletter

Helpful Hints for Home
We are doing a ton of review during the end of the year!    All students will benefit greatly from simply reading at home.    There are many ways to do this including: reading to your child, your child reading to you, your child reading the sight words he/she recognizes, you read a page/your child reads a page, etc.  Also ask your child about the various literary elements: characters/main character, setting, problem/solution, main idea and details, etc.

ACES—All Children Exercise Simultaneously
Project ACES was created by physical education teacher Len Saunders in 1989 as a method of motivating children to exercise.  The event is an international celebration of health more commonly known as All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) Day.  The Michigan Fitness Foundation coordinates Michigan’s ACES Day, which takes place on the first Wednesday in May as part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month along with National Physical Education Week.

The celebration emphasizes physical activity among students and helps combat childhood obesity.  With millions of participants worldwide, ACES Day is a global event that brings students together from all fifty states and more than fifty countries to exercise, laugh and learn.   Schools have the freedom to make the event their own and are encouraged to get creative!  ACES will be on Wednesday, May 10th at 2:30 P.M.

Scholastic Book Order
This is our last book order for the school year.  It’s a great opportunity to stock up on books for you and your child to enjoy over the summer.  Please return orders and payment by Friday, May 12th.

Jump Rope for Heart
Evergreen Academy will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart on May 12th at 2 PM.  The note has come home, along with the pledge information.  Please let me know if you have any questions! :smile:

NWEA testing
We have finished all of our NWEA testing, yay!  To celebrate all of the students’ hard work, PTO is hosting a dance.  We will have the dance during the school day on Wednesday, May 24th at the YMCA during the school day.  We are so excited for this awesome celebration! :smile:

Kalamazoo Nature Center
I am working with the Kalamazoo Nature Center  and we have a field trip on Thursday, May 25th.  Please return the attached permission slip by Thursday, May 18th.  Thanks to the Evergreen PTO, students and chaperones will be attending this program for FREE!! :smile:

John Ball Zoo:
The zoo trip will be all day on Tuesday, June 6th.  We will be leaving the school PROMPTLY at 8:15.  We will be bringing a sack snack for the students that ordered snack through the school and eating it at 9:00am when we arrive at the zoo. Kindergarten-2nd grade are attending this field trip.  3rd-6th will be busy as well, so if you arrive after 8:15 A.M. you will need to take your child home for the day and they will be marked absent.  A note has already been sent home with the details.  The permission slip is due by May 13th!  Once again, this trip is also free of charge thanks to the Evergreen Academy PTO.

Kindergarten NWEA reward Trip:
To acknowledge all of the hard work that students have put into learning and the NWEA test this year we are going to take a trip to River Oaks County Park.  There is a splash pad that features fun in-ground and above-ground water spray elements.  There is also a new playground near the splash pad.  We have reserved the picnic area and splash pad for the afternoon on June 8th. We will leave school at 11:30 and have lunch when we arrive at the park.  Please send a change of clothes and a towel with your child.  Make sure to apply sunscreen to your child in the morning before they arrive at school.  This is a new trip and we are excited to check out this lovely county park!

Kindergarten Graduation:
We will be celebrating our accomplishments on Monday, June 12th from 2:30-3:15 PM.  It will be a nice little ceremony in the upstairs room with dessert and refreshments afterwards.  I look forward to seeing many of you there! :smile:

Field Day:
Field day will be on Tuesday, June 13th. If you have volunteered to operate a station, you will receive further information closer to the day of the event.  As many field day activities involve running, please be sure that your child wears proper shoes that day.

Character Awards:
The character trait for the month of April was respect.  We chose a student that is always respectful to both teachers and his peers!  That student is Dorian, congratulations!  The winner of the writing award this month is Zoey and our math winner is Madison.  Our character trait for May is Caring. :smile:

Sincerely,
Mrs. Baranoski