Kindergarten will spring into April with many exciting activities and experiences that involve science, nature, and the world around us.
Digging, planting, and creating dioramas are a few activities along with ocean study and exploring the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the computer room where we can observe live sea life. We will compare pond life to ocean life and study the life cycle of tadpoles.
Respect for nature and all living things will bring us to Earth Day and the importance of caring for our planet and how we can contribute. Our trip to Rushton Farm will help to cultivate this concept. In between our nature studies we will enjoy a Bunny Brunch and Basket Hunt. We will hop along and enjoy the moment for food, friends, and fun.
April comes to an end with our fabulous International Week. Our countries this year are Israel, Canada, and Nigeria. The school, as a community, will join together to participate in presentations and many opportunities for learning. The World Café will be open at 5:30pm on May 1st. Don't miss the fun and the food.
May brings the arrival of our butterfly larva. Each day we will observe and chart the metamorphosis from larva to caterpillar to butterfly. Each child will have a specimen to graph and engage with. The following week our chick eggs arrive which is always exciting. We will incubate the eggs until they safely hatch. Thank you to the local 4H Club for allowing us to share this wonderful experience.
As we keep busy with our nature work we will also be preparing our special art project for the Clothesline Art Festival that is scheduled for May 13th, right after Grandfriend Day. The children will have an opportunity to discuss their artwork during the festival. This year kindergarten will be doing "Monet Our Way.".The rest of May we will be putting it all together; our studies, our growth as individuals, and our contribution as good group members. We will prepare for our Kindergarten Celebration that will take place on Tuesday, June 3rd at 10:00am. The children will sing and share poems. This is a special time to honor the children in every way. Please feel free to invite family and friends for this very special day.
In Gratitude,Teacher Kara
Dates to RememberMay 1: 5:30pm. World CaféMay 13: 1:30pm Celebration of Friends DayMay 13: 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Clothesline Art Festival.May 22: 6:00pm. Spring Concert for kindergarten and 1st Grade. Arrive by 5:45.May 29: 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Game Day.June 3: 10:00am. Kindergarten Celebration in the Meeting House.June 6: 11:00. Lower School Picnic on school groundsJune 6: LAST DAY OF CLASSES.
"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May."
(Edwin Way Teale)
This month begins as we finish up the excitement of International Week and continue with our study of butterflies and their life-cycle!
We will also be selecting and readying our work for the annual Clothesline Art Festival, and begin preparing for our Celebration of Friends Day event with Lower School. We will celebrate the season in song during our Spring Concert. In addition, we will continue with our exploration of plants and plant characteristics. Later in the month we will begin an in-depth ocean study and participate in Lower School Game Day. More information will be coming home about these exciting school events!
As always, if you have a question or concern during this month please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will try to respond as quickly as possible!
Highlight on the Quaker “SPICES”:
In keeping with the Quaker values of “Integrity” and “Community”, we will continue to work on peaceful problem-solving and discuss issues of truth and fairness as they relate to our interactions with self and others. We will also be involved in exciting school-wide projects, themes, and events that bring our community together as a fellowship of learners.
Reminders: Don’t forget the light outerwear and boots for mud or rainy days! Please practice tying shoelaces at home whenever possible to increase independence. Many students are proud to help their friends and demonstrate their new shoe-tying skills!
Dates to Remember:
International Week May 1st (school events)
International Week 2nd (school events)
One World Café 2nd (5:30-7:00 p.m.)
NO SCHOOL (in-service) 3rd
Celebration of Friends Day 7th (2:00 p.m.)
Clothesline Art Festival 7th (begins at 3:00 p.m.)
Community Cares 13th
Lower School Spring Concert 15th (K/1st at 6:00 p.m.)
Lower School Game Day 30th
Tr. Michele and Tr. Kara
Kindergarten Home-School Connection:
Don’t forget to make reading together a daily part of your lives! Try to read to and with your child every day. 15-10 minutes around bedtime makes for a cozy routine.
Other fun May activities:
1. Draw and write about your favorite country! (Japan, Sri Lanka, Turkey)
2. Hope from your kitchen to the front door. Count each hop aloud.
3. Write your first and last names.
4. Share a word of kindness with a family member or friend.
5. List as many words as you can that rhyme with “May”.
6. Name your favorite springtime sport or activity.
“I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness.” (George Fox)
We promote peaceful conflict resolution, trustful relationships, and respect for individual spiritual growth.