Kindergarten Newsletter - April 1, 2016


Spanish Class: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. Kindergarten will have Spanish at its normal time, 10:30-11:00am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the teachers, or our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner.

Week of The Young Child: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!  Please checkout the note from our Director (Lana Weiner) regarding all of the upcoming Week of the Young Child events.

Field Trip: We will take our final kindergarten field trip on Tuesday, April 19th. We will head into the city to see Skippy Jon Jones in the Cirque de Olé at the Apollo Theatre. We will be leaving GBN promptly at 8:45am. Please have your child here no later than 8:20am. If your child would like breakfast, we will be serving from 7:45am – 8:15am. We have spots for 4 parents to join us on this field trip. Because it is a ticketed event, these are the only spots available. A sign-up sheet will be on our clipboard starting today. The bus will return to school around 1PM, and we will have lunch upon our return to school.

Wagner Farm:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

Studio Day:  Art Studio Day will be Friday, April 8th, 2016.  We will transform the mini-gyn into an artists studio complete with 5 different art mediums that the children can experience together.  They range from painting on canvases, to wood sculptures , to flower arranging.  Kindergartens time slot if from 11:45 to 12:20 p.m.


Community Happenings

The Artist's Studio, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago 60603

What’s in store to explore? Studio art-making, visits by a guest artist, or a gallery activity station? Where will the Artist’s Studio pop up next? Visit the Family Room on the day of your visit to discover what’s planned. Included with admission.

Time: 10:30am–5:00pm

Cost: Included with admission

Ages: For Families

Curriculum Update 

This week, we began a 2 week study of visual arts. Each day, we’re focusing on a different art movement or technique. During group times, we introduce different pieces of art explain that every piece of art tells a story. We asked the children to observe each piece and express their opinions on what they think might be happening in each piece. It’s pretty interesting to hear how different or similar the opinions and ideas seem to be. Because there are no wrong answers to these questions, everyone has been participating during group time, which is great! In addition to these discussions, we’ve had a fun time experimenting with new techniques at the art table. So far, we’ve used popsicle sticks and paint to emulate impressionist paintings, Q-Tips and paint for pointillism. We’ve also used bright colors, rulers and tracing shapes to practice the lines and shapes of abstract art. We’ve reiterated that creating pieces of art is all about the process and have been encouraging the children to take their time while creating their masterpieces.  We will be doing something special with all of our creations – look for them to be displayed soon!

This week's sight words: at, by, now

Next week's lesson: Visual Arts

Literacy Table

This week at the literacy table we introduced more story elements. We focused on fiction books and the different things that make up a story. Some of these things included: title, author, illustrator, and characters. Children chose a familiar big book to “write a book report” this week.  Please look for these reviews in your child’s portfolio in May.


Math Table

At the math table this week, children began to work on math addition facts by attempting various addition problems with and without manipulatives. Each child has a chance to work at their own pace. 


Art Table

At the art table we’ve practiced new techniques creating artwork. We’ve learned about the techniques that artists of the past have used and tried to emulate those while creating our own masterpieces. 


Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Ms. Berne and Mr. Mark