Hello Chestnut Families,
Between conferences, classroom visits, performances, and fall enrollment, we've had a busy winter here at Chestnut.
Our good friend and Spellbinders' storyteller, Cheryle, visits us once a month with a collection of tales and, usually, a few special treats. We love her kind smile and enchanting voice. Everyone always sits nicely for Cheryle's stories. She alternates her visits between Thursdays and Fridays so that each child at Chestnut gets to participate in the Spellbinders Program. In March, we had a wonderful visit from a group of Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers. They chatted to us about habitats and even taught us a 'Habitat Dance.' We enjoy their visit each year as it corresponds nicely with our biome unit. This group of kindergarteners wanted to learn more about each biome and told me I didn't teach them enough about the polar regions.
We love, love, love teaching young children how to Irish Dance. Both Gertie and I grew up Irish Dancing (in different decades and on different continents) and it is still a joy to us to dance. After many years of teaching Irish Dance in our classrooms, this was the first year that Gertie taught a song verse to children in Irish. They enthusiastically learned both lines which we still hear them singing throughout the day. Thank you parents for attending our performance!
You may have heard about our new addition to the classroom; a box tortoise named Bob. He is most likely someone's lost pet, but after making inquiries throughout the neighborhood and at the humane society, with no luck, we are ready to make Chestnut Bob's forever home. :) The children love watching him sit in his box and eat the dandelions in the front yard.
Last week the children generously decorated and assembled goodie bags for those without homes as part of the Soup Angels Program. The children cut out hearts and sprinkled glitter onto brown paper bags. Then we made a small assembly line of sorts and the children added snacks and treats to each bag. It was special to watch how excited the children were to share and not one child asked to keep the special snacks.
Here is the Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement, HOPE, office number: 720-494-4673.
We are hosting a Community Conference on Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30 in the evening. This will be a chance for us to share with parents about classroom happenings. We will go into detail about what your child has been working on and present to you a few phonemic awareness and reading games. We will hand out a final set of pictures for the school year in your child's school album.
Bridget & Gertie