The end of the school year is quickly approaching. Here is a list of important events to keep in mind.

Mark your calendars:

• Police and Fire Station Trip: Wednesday, April 25, from 9:30-11:30
• Muffins with Moms: Wednesday, May 9, from 1:00-2:00
• Art Show: Friday, May 18. We will be auctioning off pieces of classroom art. Your child will also have one piece of individual work on display.
• Student-Led Conferences: Tuesday, May 9. The conferences will be approximately 10 minutes long. They will take place during normal school hours.
• Bowling: TBA
• Field Day: Wednesday, May 30. I will need parent volunteers to help support this event. We will do a potluck lunch and field day activities from 12:30-2:00. Please email me if you would like to help organize this event (
• Kindergarten Celebration: Thursday, May 31 (on the last day of school)
• All School Picnic at Weiss Park: Friday, June 1, in the evening.

Community Helpers: This past week, we began discussing community helpers. We began our unit by explaining what it meant to be a helper. Many children were able to quickly identify a variety of jobs they have seen in their city, such as doctor and police officer. On a large piece of chart paper, we wrote out the whole alphabet. As a class, we are trying to add an occupation beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Next week, we will continue to extend our knowledge of community helpers with a trip to the Avon Lake Police and Fire Station. In the classroom, we will begin Monday by building our own city in block area. We will start by making a list of all the places a community needs. Then each child will be given a Lego building square to build one thing of their choice from our list. We will continue to add to the Lego city for approximately 2 weeks.

As an extension of this lesson, I am inviting parents in to the classroom to share their occupations. Please sign up on the list posted outside the classroom door.

Poetry: Children expanded their writing by studying poetry this week. Children are learning about picking a topic and writing several adjectives to describe their topic. Most children like writing about animals. Last week, we took our writing outside to the large field. Children were instructed to write about what they saw in nature. This activity did a great job to expand their writing topics and observation skills. Children will continue to be exposed to various writing topics during the remaining weeks.

TIME CAPSULES: Over the next few weeks, I will be collecting a variety of things to put into individual student time capsules. I am asking families to write letters to your child to include in the capsule. Time capsules will be sent home on the last day of school. They are meant to stay sealed until the child graduates high school. I will be including a class photo, a photo of your child, student art work, and a note from me, along with other surprises.

Summer Birthdays: If your child has a summer birthday, we would like to still celebrate it during the school year. Please select a day before the end of the year if you would like to bring in a special treat. Please notify me in advance so that we do not schedule more than one birthday celebration per day. Thank you!