K22 welcomed the first day of spring with a visit to the Shedd Aquarium. Students saw scary sharks, crusty crabs, beluga whales, starving sea lions, electric eels, flying stingrays, juicy jelly fish, infinite fish an a colorful coral reef!!! Everyone loved the dolphins as they jumped into the air and skimmed across the water! A wet and wonderful time was had by all!!
Have you seen this leprechaun? Kerkstra Room 7 has a sneaky leprechaun who has been causing lots of trouble! Every morning our students come in to the classroom and find the messes he has made. We have been hard at work making leprechaun traps, wanted posters, and creating detailed descriptions of this little trouble maker. The students will complete their traps by Friday the 15th and other classrooms will come visit to vote on the best ones. We are hoping to leave our traps out over the weekend and catch this sneaky leprechaun when he comes to look for gold on St. Patrick's Day. Wish us luck!
We studied the Kingdom of Lesotho for Black History Month. We learned about where Lesoto is in Africa. We learned about the homes the Basoto people live in called Rondavels. They are made of stone and have thatched roofs. They are also round and have only one room and no bathrooms inside.
The students tried on Basotho blankets which most people wear at important ceremonies. Herd boys also wear them when in the mountains when watching the sheep.
The next day we learned about Kruger National Park in South Africa. Many students now want to take a field trip there.
K22 students participated in our winter PBIS booster activities focusing on "Following Directions".
We reviewed the 3 B’s of CD:
Students attended the CD PBIS Kick-Off Community Outing at Orland Bowl. We joined the entire CD Program to celebrate with bowling and pizza. Can your child name the 3 B’s of CD?
While learning about the color pink in February, K18 had fun by making pink play-doh! We followed directions to add all the ingredients before playing with our pink creation!
"Dabbing Through the Snow" was the PBIS theme for our CD Program January Kick-Off. Our students reviewed classroom expectations necessary for being respectful, responsible and safe at school. We took the following "CD Pledge" for following the 3 B's of CD:
We the students and staff of the CD Program pledge to follow the 3B's of CD!!!!
The CD program has implemented a new creative writing program this year....First authors! The program has student’s of all ages and abilities participating in creative writing tasks! Brainstorming, collaborating and, of course, writing take place on a daily basis! Check out these K-9 authors sharing their work in our classroom designed author’s chair!
December wouldn't be complete without our annual Polar Express Party in our pajamas to help kick-off winter break!! We managed to jam pack our half day of school with loads of activities. We started our morning with center rotations in our classroom making reindeer food, snowman soup, and candy cane ornaments before heading off to the Occupational Therapy room for a winter wonderland obstable course! We then got in line to "board" the Polar Express. Students had their tickets ready and silly props to pose in front of our Polar Express train. After boarding our train we settled in with a tub of popcorn and a nice, warm cup of homemade hot chocolate. A special thanks to our parent volunteers for helping out: Mr. France, Mrs. McMullen-Perry, Mrs. Hilliard and Mrs. Qtaishat. It was the perfect day!
December was a fun and busy month in Kerkstra room 7! We spent the month learning all about different Holidays around the world, reindeer, making holiday ornaments and creating our very own candy houses with some parent volunteers (special thanks to Mrs. Medek, Mr. France, and Mrs. Curpisin). We had a blast!
K-18 dove right into our White/Winter unit with shaving cream snowmen and sensory play with ice! We are learning about all things cold and white this month!