Heather Spiegelman

Heather Spiegelman

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Welcome back! We have missed all of these smiling faces and have loved hearing about everyone’s break! We especially loved welcoming our new student, Charlie, into the classroom. The boys love having a new classmate! 


We have begun January by diving into our season of winter! We watched a BrainPop, Jr. and learned about how the Earth orbits the sun, and it tilts away during winter, making it feel cold outside! We read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and then created our own winter scene at night. 


Our week was off to an exciting start with the introduction of the letter, Vv, and our volcano lettercard!  We watched a Reading Rainbow video on the book, Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis and discussed what happens when a volcano erupts.  We practiced handwriting V’s on dry erase boards and loved seeing what Maggie munched!

We have begun our study of graphing this week, and we have graphed a lot of information and learned a lot about our friends! Who knew graphs could tell us so much?   The boys enjoyed doing their very own graph survey around the EC building asking teachers particular questions! 


Looking ahead to next week, we will begin our study of the letter Ww. In math, we will focus on identifying and creating 3-part patterns by color, size, and kind. We will continue our study of winter and begin to learn how other animals cope with cold temperatures!


Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

No School


Friday, January 31st Parent/Teacher Conferences

No School for Boys

What an unbelievable week we have had in JK! We introduced the letter Uu
and made our umbrella letter cards. We read “Aliens Love Underpants" 
by Claire Freedman and practiced  handwriting Uu.
We continued learning how to write numbers focusing on 6- 10 this week. We
will send home the wording we use when writing each number. Please
practice over the holiday.
Santa and Rudolph have been big topics this week as we prepare for the
Christmas break. 
 We are looking forward to our Christmas party next week
and hope to have a special visitor stop by for a quick visit!

Reminders and Looking Ahead
Thursday, December 19th Christmas Party, Half- Day Dismissal

Wear red or green
Friday, December 20th Half-Day Dismissal
No aftercare- holding room until 11:30
Thursday, January 6th Classes Resume

The Christmas season is upon us! We are lucky to be learning about the letter Ll in Junior Kindergarten. We began our week by creating Christmas lights on our Ll lettercard. We generated as many Ll words as we could think of and drew pictures of our favorite Ll words after Maggie visited! We also played with legos, light brights and Lincoln logs!

We practiced writing the numbers 3-5 this week! We have practiced our handwriting on magic slates, whiteboards, and on doodle boards. We would encourage you to continue practicing writing numbers at home as well!

We have begun our Christmas unit with a study of the Nativity. We have been reading The Story of Christmas by Linda Jennings and have been learning about Gabriel who came to visit Mary with the special message that she was to be the mother of God’s son, Jesus. We continued to learn about the special Jerusalem donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem with Joseph and that they were grateful for the stable in which they stayed to give birth to baby Jesus. We have been working on a special nativity art project all week.

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, December 19th                        Christmas Party, Half-Day Dismissal

                                                            Wear red or green

Friday, December 20th                         Half-Day Dismissal

                                                                   No aftercare- holding room until 11:30

Thursday, December 20                        Christmas Break Begins

Monday, January 6th                                    Classes Resume

Looking ahead in JK!

Reminders and Looking Ahead

Next week, we look forward to studying the letter Ll and starting our study of the first Christmas. We will work on learning to write the numbers 0-10 over the next few weeks as well.

Friday, December 6th                         Maggie Monster Munches, Ll

Thursday, December 19th                        Christmas Party, Half-Day Dismissal

                                                            Wear red or green

Friday, December 20th                         Half-Day Dismissal

                                                                   No aftercare- holding room until 11:30

Thursday, December 20                        Christmas Break Begins

Monday, January 6th                                    Classes Resume

We kicked off this week with studying the letter, Kk! We created our key word page with a kite! Write-the-room is one of our favorite activities, and we practiced hunting down and writing every Kk word we could find in our classroom. We practiced handwriting the letter Kk, and had fun seeing what Maggie munched and coming up with our own words that begin with Kk. It’s a tricky letter that shares the same sound with Cc.

In continuation of our study of the first Thanksgiving, we read Red Fox and His Canoe by Nathaniel Benchley and talked about methods of transportation used by Native Americans long ago. We molded our own canoes out of Model Magic clay! We are looking forward to painting them next week. We also learned about how the Native Americans used symbols and pictographs to communicate. We made teepees and decorated them with symbols. We also loved reading Over the River; A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson. We loved sharing our creative disguises we made for our turkeys with the class! We also read I’m Thankful For So Many Things, by P.K. Hallinan and then we wrote in our journals about what we are thankful for.

We can’t wait to show off our hard work at the Thanksgiving Play on Friday! Below are a few reminders. Thank you for helping make our show a success!

-Please send your son to school in a white collared shirt or turtleneck and long khaki pants.

-Please do not send your son’s backpack or water bottle to school.

-Refreshments will follow your son’s performance in the Fellowship Hall.

-It is a precious and brief performance, so please be on time to ensure you do not miss a moment!

As we look forward to celebrating this special holiday, we will review our literacy and math skills next week and conclude our unit on Thanksgiving.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Friday, November 22nd, 9:00AM: JK Thanksgiving Play!

                                                                                    Tuesday, November 26th: Thanksgiving Feast (We encourage you to send lunch items that the Pilgrims and Native Americans might have shared at the first Thanksgiving, which are compatible with our nut policy.)

November 27-29th: Thanksgiving Break

We had happy, happy week in JK! We spent the week learning about the letter Hh. We used hammers and made silly heads. We also used highlighters to practice writing the letter Hh.

Our math skill this week was patterns. We created pattern headpieces for our Thanksgiving Play as well as necklaces to wear. We worked on both two part and three part patterns.

We introduced the Thanksgiving story this week. We learned about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and the Native Americans. We created our own tell and draw of Squanto.

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, November 14th- Report Cards sent home

Friday, November 22nd- Thanksgiving Play 9:00 (Dismissal following the program. Aftercare will be available for those enrolled.)

We had a magnificent week in JK! We introduced the letter Mm and we made moon letter cards with glow in the dark paint. We practiced writing the letter Mm with magna doodles built with magna tiles and drew pictures with markers.

We continued our farm unit this week and focused on animals. We made chicken hats and discussed predators. The boys were daddy hens and spent the day protecting their egg from the sneaky, sly fox who would sneak in and grab their eggs. The boys had fun building chicken coops and fox traps! We read the book “Pigs Pigs” by Gail Gibbons. We did a STEAM activity to go along with “The Three Little Pigs.” We “built” houses and tried to see whose house would not be huffed and puffed and blown down! We finished our farm unit with a delicious Harvest Breakfast. We had foods from the farm and enjoyed music from Mr. Hancock. Thank you to all the party parents who helped provide for our party!

Next week is the PDS Book Fair. The books will be set up in Baber Gym and our day to visit is Thursday at 12:00. Please pick your son up from our classroom.

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, November 7th- Book Fair visit 12:00-12:30

Thursday, November 14th- Report Cards sent home

Friday, November 22nd- Thanksgiving Play 9:00 (Dismissal following the program. Aftercare will be available for those enrolled.)

What a Nice week in JK! We introduced the letter Nn. We made noodle necklaces, and created our nest letter card.

Hi ho the dairy-o! We have loved diving deeper into our study of the farm and studied farm animals this week. We learned how milk gets from a cow to carton, and we even “milked” our own cow and churned cream into butter. We got to taste our hard work! Mmmm…. We will wrap up our farm unit next week with a Harvest Breakfast!

We were also busy getting ready for our Grandparents’ Day program. We celebrated 70 years of Spirit and Song at PDS. Thank you to all the grandparents and special visitors that came!

Reminder for Nurse Alice Ball:

With Halloween coming up, we ask that ALL treats of any kind MUST be on the nut-free list.  Any candy/cookie/cupcake label has to clearly state that the product was made in a peanut and tree nut free facility…any product with language that says something like "made in a facility that also processes nuts" is not allowed.  

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, October 31st: Harvest Breakfast 11:00-12:00

Friday, November 22nd: Thanksgiving Play

We were rocking and rolling this week while we introduced the letter Rr. We made rainbows and created our own robot. We used rainbow crayons and talked about Roy G Biv and the colors in a rainbow.

Continuing our farm unit, we read the book "Food From Farms" by Nancy Dickmann. Also, each boy planted their own bean seed. We talked about all the things that seed will need to grow.  To introduce the different parts of vegetables we eat, we read the book “The Vegetables We Eat” by Gail Gibbons and sorted pictures based on the different parts we eat. We had a wonderful time on our field trip touring the Agricenter Farmer’s Market. This tour reinforced the parts we eat of different fruits and vegetables. Is it the package, which is the outside; seeds, which are usually on the inside but not always; or both? We also talked about the different sizes, shapes, and colors of the fruits and vegetables. We ended our field trip with a hay ride and a picnic lunch- the weather was perfect! Thank you to all our parent volunteers- fun was had by all!

Looking Ahead:

Friday, October 25th- Grandparents Day ( half day dismissal)

Thursday, October 31st – Harvest Breakfast (11:00-12:00)

Friday, November 22nd – Thanksgiving Play @ 9:00

It was a short week in JK! We spent some time reviewing our letters F, E, P, D and B.
We made our own review book and practiced writing our letters on dry erase boards.
We are continuing to review numbers 6-10.
We introduced our Farm unit this week. We discussed the differences in urban,
suburban and rural areas. We did a thinking routine on farmers and did a tell and
draw art piece of a farmer.  We also talked about the equipment farmers use and made our our tractors with our footprints.
 We are excited about our field trip to the Agricenter when we get
back from Fall Break!
We hope you all have a wonderful Fall Break.

Looking Ahead:
October 10 th -14 th Fall Break
October 17 th Field Trip to the Agricenter
October 25 th Grandparents Day
October 31 st Harvest Breakfast

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