Mrs. Bales

Graduated from University of Maryland
Teaching experience: 15 years
Years at Calvary: 6 years
Email address: albales0119@gmail.com
Classroom Assistant: Louisa Potts

 

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Mrs. Bales’ March Newsletter

March 3, 2020

Welcome, March! Spring is right around the corner! Our theme for this month is In the City, In the Country.  During this theme we will discuss Country Life, The Busy, Busy City and To Market, To Market.  We will compare the similarities and differences between country life and city life. To help with this unit, we will be sending home a project Called Calvarytown for your child to complete. The projects will be due Thursday, March 12th.   We will also talk about the food we eat and where it comes from (interesting topic for 4 year olds J).

On Tuesday, March 10th we will go on our Winter Nature Walk to Baker Park. Original volunteers, please let us know if this date still works for you. Thanks!

Please remember to bring in your child’s word/letter ring so we can continue to check your child’s progress.  Also, their Guided Reading books each Tuesday. We are really proud of the progress they are making J.

In Science, we will explore shadows as the shape and outline of an object. They will determine that shadows need a source of light and an object. They will explore shadow sizes and how they relate to the distance of the light source. We will also introduce the following vocabulary words—opaque, transparent, and translucent.

  • Opaue: blocks all the light
  • Transparent: an object is transparent when it does not block any light—like windows
  • Translucent: when an object blocks part of the light, but lets part of the light through (such as a filter that creates colored shadows)

In Math, we will continue to identify and sequence numbers 0-20, look for patterns around us as well as number patterns. We will also make sets and practice writing the numbers to go along with that set. During this month we will also spend some time exploring money and discovering the value of a penny.

We will have Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 5th. Please be sure to send the Pre-Conference form back to school ASAP. School will still be in session that day.

Important Dates:

Monday, March 2 – Staff In-service, School Closed

Thursday, March 5 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, March 10 – Winter Nature Walk

Thursday, March 12 – Calvary Town Projects Due

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Interested in volunteering in the classroom? We are looking for parent helpers who have completed the volunteer training (if you haven’t–it’s quick and easy—see Mrs. West in the office) to work with small groups of students on Mondays from 2-3 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 in the morning. This is during the students’ center time and we would love your help! If interested, please write your name on our Volunteer Calendar located on the bulletin board in the hallway on the day that you are able to help out. Thanks in advance! It truly takes a village and these kiddos are such a joy to work with!

Activities to do at home:

*As your child is getting dressed talk about the color of his/her clothing and discuss whether they are lighter/darker shades.

*Purchase (at the dollar store, Target, Michael’s) a special journal for your child to draw or write.  You will be amazed at what they can do.  Allow them to use special markers, pens or whatever makes them feel most comfortable. Have them label his/her picture with inventive spelling.

 

*Organize pictures or photographs in a book.  Have your child dictate the caption for each page.  Then practice “reading the book” together.

 

*Write the different members of your family’s name.  Count how many letters are in each name.  Who has the most/least letters?  Who has the longest or shortest name?

 

*While giving your child a bath, test different objects to see if they sink or float.

 

***Read to your child.

***Read to your child.

***Read to your child J.

 

Then ask your child to help you retell the story.  Was there a problem in the story?  How was it solved?  Who were the characters? Where did the story take place? Decide if the story was fiction or non-fiction.

 

As always, any questions or concerns please let us know. Thanks for your support! Also, please check out the attached page from Mrs. Potts for some great suggestions dealing with healthy living and yoga.

 

Amanda Bales

Albales0119@gmail.com