Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday and Tuesday

Note to parents, please read through to the end for three announcements.

I've been really busy these past two days. We started up KIDS club Monday and are settling into the new routines and schedules with some predictable bathrooming accidents arising from the longer day. All in a day's work.

I forgot to dig my camera out of my kayaking gear Monday morning and showed up to work without a camera. It did have this cool photo I got of a Bald Eagle on Lake Hennessey in Napa County on Saturday, though. See?

Luckily, Pat Higgins had his camera and was there to get a photo of Ian riding on two wheels for the first time. As he says, Mrs. Everson has the magic touch with teaching kids to ride on two wheels. She has taught more children to ride on two wheels than I can keep track of.

Here, courtesy of Ian's dad:

Yesterday was also the occasion for Bella, Caleb, and Drew to show us all that they know everyone's names. Today Stasia added herself into the elite crew of eight.

And now there's a long list of classmates who want to be in the know. Gaining this knowledge is as contagious as the giggles. I am pleased.

Today we started out a new set of centers. My center is Ukulele 101. My first table group played wonderfully. We'll be ready to do a concert for parents in a month or so. Here's a peek into the practice room:

They're good!

We also did one of the games in centers as a whole group. It's a game called "Roll and Record" from the math program.

Three Announcements:

We're going to squeeze in a little bicycle time tomorrow, Wednesday. We don't often get to ride on Wednesdays, but we will tomorrow. When the rains start up in earnest we'll be glad to have ridden when the opportunities presented themselves.

Room parent Alicia Petersen sent out information about Halloween. Please read it. To reiterate a four of the points:

  • We'll have a classroom party starting at 11:00. 
  • There is an optional parade after lunch. If you wish, you may bring your child back to take part in the parade, but be sure to be here by 1:00 when the parade begins. I'll be here from about 12:30 to help with costumes etc. for kids who are in daycare. 
  • Do not send your child to school in costumes. Costumes go on starting at 12:30. 
  • Halloween cancels KIDS club.

The PTO is putting on a Walk-a-Thon on Thursday, November 10. This event, like Halloween, preempts KIDS club. All kindergarten students are invited to participate. The kindergarten will dismiss at 2:30 that day so we can help raise funds for the school.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for ALL the information. I hope others are checking your blog and appreciating it as much as the Poncia family.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you for saying so. More than 100 visits a day are common here, so I think many if not most of the families are stopping by to check in on kindergarten.

Alicia Petersen said...

What is KIDS Club? I may have missed a flyer somewhere or something. Just curious!

Dan Gurney said...

KIDS club stands for Kindergarten Increased Day Schedule. It's small group instruction after lunch. No flyer went out, but invitations for students who could use extra instruction did go out.