November News

Dear families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I loved seeing so many of you at the Carnival on Friday night! Thank you to everyone that donated items or volunteered to help. It was a great evening.

Can you believe your little ones started kindergarten 66 days ago? Our classroom is certainly a joyful place to be. My hope is that the children are sharing some stories about their day with you. Ask them about our morning greetings, morning messages, which reading strategies they use when reading their just right books, what story they're writing about in their Storybook Journals, how many tens and ones are in the teen numbers, ask him/her to tell you an addition or subtraction story problem, practice counting to 100 by 1's and 10's, how many sight words does your child know by heart, and what's their favorite book that I've read recently. 

This week brings several special learning activities along with some Thanksgiving traditions at Zaharis.

Tomorrow, Monday, is our Thanksgiving Rotations - the children will spend the morning rotating through the different kindergarten classrooms from 8:30-10:15a.m.  I love our kindergarten team and it's such fun for the kids to get to benefit from all of the teachers! Here's a glimpse of what each teacher will be doing; Mrs. Purcell is playing Thanksgiving Bingo, Mrs. Phillips is conducting a science experiment, Ms. Miller is doing a math activity and Mrs. Taylor is reading about the Mayflower's journey.  

On Tuesday is our Friendship Fruit SaladOur class will be participating in a feast of sharing!  The children will be making a Friendship Fruit Salad. We would like to ask each child to bring in a sandwich sized ziploc bag filled with cut up fruit. We will use these items to make a class fruit salad.  Any type of fruit that is already cut up or in small pieces will be perfect such as; mandarin oranges, sliced green or red grapes, apples, strawberries, blueberries, honeydew melon, watermelon, etc. Also, we will have Mrs. Bradshaw, a speech pathologist, as a guest. She'll be teaching the children about letter sounds.

Wednesday is the Turkey Trot from 9am-9:30am. We'd love to have you join us as we walk for 30 minutes. This is a tradition at Zaharis and the whole family is welcome to come. Meet in our classroom at 8:45 a.m. 

Thursday and Friday- No School - Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a blessed week! Let me know if you have any questions. I will be gone tomorrow to a doctor's appointment and Mrs. Taylor will be subbing for me. Room 9 was her classroom before she retired so I know she's thrilled to come back.

I love your children and grateful for your support! Zaharis is a wonderful place to be! 

Much love,




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