Tomorrow is the Apex Fun Run! This is our big school fundraiser for the year. Kindergarten students will be running the course between 2:30 and 3:30. Parents are welcome to come watch and cheer on the children.
1-16-17 Upcoming Dates to Remember
1-19 Downtown Library Field Trip 1-26 Apex Fun Run 2-7 100th Day of School Celebration (tentative) 2-14 Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip
Welcome Back to Kindergarten 2017!
We are very excited to start the second half of our school year! There are so many exciting things coming up! Next week we will be traveling to the downtown Denver Public Library. On 2/14 we will be going to the Butterfly Pavilion to begin our metamorphosis unit. And, we will also have our 100th day celebration soon! Both classrooms are in need of glue sticks and extra snacks. Any donations are greatly appreciated!
Gingerbread Fun! 12-21-16
Kindergarten Updates 12-1-16
Mark Your Calendars:
December 15 – Kinder Winter Gala @ 6pm
December 21- Gingerbread day
December 22- Jan 6 – No School
Cold weather has finally arrived. Please send your child in appropriate clothes to go outside everyday. Please label all coats, hats, mittens, and boots. They are easier to find if they are properly labeled.
The kindergarten student will be participating in the Winter Gala on Thursday, December @ 6:00pm. The students will be singing songs they have learned in music class and have some artwork on display. Students are to arrive by 5:45 to be in their seats ready to perform. Kindergarten goes first so it is very important to be on time! Ms. Harkins asks that students wear “concert clothes” (dress up clothes).
Cold weather days: Students are to wait in the cafeteria on mornings it is below 20 degrees outside. Teachers will pick them up from the cafeteria at 8am.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science Excursion 10-31-16
Berry Patch Farm Pumpkin Adventure 10-18-16
Demonstration Night is Thursday, October 20th at 5:00PM.
Join us on Thursday, October 20th for a demonstration of learning. The kindergarten students will lead you around the classroom showing what we have learned so far this year. This begins at 5:00 PM and lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Hope to see you there!
10-6-16 Special Happenings in Kindergarten
Gifted and Talented Education Denver Green School Lana von Tersch Gifted and Talented Specialist Lana_vontersch@denvergreenschool.org
This is to inform you that your child will soon be given the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT3) at school. The assessment will be given to all Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th graders in Denver Public Schools. It is one of the many measures that can be used as a part of a larger body of evidence to identify students who may need gifted educational services.
The NNAT3 is a brief nonverbal test of general intellectual ability that uses progressive matrices to allow for a culturally neutral evaluation of students’ nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving ability, regardless of the individual student’s primary language, education, culture, or socioeconomic background.
The value of nonverbal assessments is that they can provide reliable and valid evaluations of any student’s ability that is not dependent on a their ability to read, write, or speak. It does not depend on proficiency in any particular language. The test will be administered online and does not test a student’s computer literacy.
The NNAT3 test will be administered at DGS the week of October 10, 2016 for all Kindergarten students.
Lana Von Tersch
9-29-16 Field Trips are Coming!
This week we began reading The Knight at Dawn from the MagicTree House series. We have worked on our comprehension skills by writing a summary of the chapter read aloud each day. We have also had the opportunity to act out what happens in the story each day at centers.
Our first field trip is coming on Tuesday, October 18th. We will be traveling to Berry Patch Farm in Brighton, CO to learn a little about bees and check out their pumpkin patch. We are looking for chaperones. Please contact Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Herman if you are interested in chaperoning!
Our second field trip will be to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Monday, October 31st. We will be looking for chaperones for this trip as well!
9-15-16 Early Literacy Parent Workshop Next Week!
ECE and Kindergarten’s Early Literacy Parent Workshop When: Tuesday, September 20th Time: 4-5PM Where: Mrs. Herman’s classroom 108 What: We will be explaining what reading and writing looks like for our youngest readers. We will talk about how you can help your child grow through read alouds and writing at home. ***Childcare will be provided in Mrs. Wagner’s classroom by our kindergarten paraprofessionals***
9-7-16 It's all about Dramatization!
These past two weeks have been filled with fairy tales and dramatization! We practice retelling stories through dramatization. We made props, practiced our character voices, and turned our rooms in to The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. This retelling of familiar stories is the beginning of story comprehension skills that will one day lead to lesson learning and summarizing.
8-24-16 We have had such a wonderful first week of Kindergarten! It has been so fun getting to know all of our students.
This week we learned about: •Making new friends •Being a part of a classroom community •How we write our names Things you can work on at home: •Writing our names •Counting •Continuing to read books •Acting out favorite stories
Next week, we will begin reading Fairytales and practice writing about them and dramatizing them.
Important Information: •Snacks: Please send in a box of snack! In addition to the Healthy Snack Calendar (also included in folder) we ask that every family send in one non-perishable box of snack, such a Goldfish, pretzels, or crackers. We have snack as a class in the morning and afternoon. We have 30 students in the class. Thank you so much! •No School: Monday, September 5th & Friday, September 16th. •Early Literacy Parent Workshop: Tuesday, September 20th @ 4:15. Childcare will be provided.
Back to School Information for 2016-2017
Welcome to DGS kindergarten! We are very excited to meet all of the new kindergarten families! DGS Registration is August 8-10. Please come in to DGS to fill out important paperwork, sign up for home visits, and receive supply lists.
Back to School Night is Monday, August 15th beginning at 5:30 PM.
Kindergarten students begin the school year with a staggered start. Your child will have their first day of kindergarten on either Thursday, August 18th OR Friday, August 19th from 8:00-12:45. The whole class begins full days on Monday, August 22nd. We will have a list of what day your child starts kindergarten available at Back to School Night.
Kindergarten supply lists can be found on the DGS homepage. In addition we ask all families bring in 2 boxes of dry snacks to be shared with the class during recess.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Mrs. Herman & Mrs. Wagner
May 13, 2015
Thanks to all our chaperones who came on the field trip! We had a blast learning about bees!
May 7, 2015
This week kindergartners got to spend time on the farm helping Farmer Meg. We went out in small groups to take turns raking the paths to help keep our farm commons healthy. Next week we will be heading to Hudson gardens to meet with Bee Keeper Bob. He will talk to us about his bees and show us an actual beehive. We have already learned much about bee jobs and how bees are important pollinators for plants. We think Bee Keeper Bob will be impressed at all that we know. Later in the week we will again visit Farmer Meg to see if we can find any pollinators hard at work in the farm or gardens at DGS.
4-22-15 What an exciting week!
Thank you to everyone who came to DGS for community day. It was great to see so many families. Students worked hard to prepare for the day. We even got to have a dress rehearsal the day before by demonstrating our learning to our 4th and 5th grade students. We also got to go to their classrooms to see their presentations as well.
Our field trip to Denver Botanic Gardens was a huge success! Many students said it was the best field trip ever!! We were lucky to have cool sunny weather and spent the majority of the day outdoors in the gardens. Thanks to all of our parent/grandparent chaperones students were able to explore the gardens in groups of 2-3 students. This gave all students the opportunity to move around the gardens at their own pace. We even got to go inside to the tropical rainforest area. Each class also had an hour long class on pollinators. Look for their documentation (a folded sheet about pollinators and flower parts) in Thursday folders.
4-15-15 Kindergarten Reminders
1. Community Day is this Saturday, April 18th. There is a Fun Run at Crestmoor Park at 8am and festivities at the Denver Green School from 10:30-2. The students will be presenting their unit on metamorphosis between 12-12:30 and will guide their family and community members through a series of fun centers to demonstrate what they have learned. For example, the students will teach their family how to measure the distance that frogs can hop, sing a song about bees and plant some flowers for butterflies. There will be even more surprises there as well!
2. Our field trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens is Monday, April 20th. Please make sure your child wears closed toed shoes and dresses in layers, as it may be a bit colder in the morning. Please also remember to pack your child a lunch box, unless they signed up for a bag lunch from the cafeteria. Let us know if you want to chaperone!
4-8-15 COMMUNITY DAY
Remember to come to Community Day on Saturday, April 18th! The children are super excited to teach their knowledge about frogs, bees and butterflies to parents and the school community! There will be events from 10:30-2 that day. The mayor will be speaking from 11:35-11:50am, 12-12:30pm ECE-3rd grade demonstrations and 12:35-1:-05pm 4-8th grade demonstrations.
3-18-15 Learn about Our New EfS Unit
Please note our two family events: April 4th- a frog search at Cook Park and April 18th- community day at DGS
3-16-15 FROGS! Ribbit...ribbit...ribbit
Today we begin our study of frogs. Our students are so excited to learn about these little creatures. We know so much about frogs already and have talked about all of the things we wonder..... We can't wait to have all of our questions answered!
2-18-15 Butterfly Pavilion
These are just the beginning of pictures from our field trip! We will post more photos in the upcoming days. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PARENTS WHO JOINED US TODAY!
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Kindergarten Field Trips
Just a reminder that we are going to the Downtown Public Library on Thursday. Please send your child with a sack lunch. We will be eating at school but will not be at our normal time.
On Wednesday, February 18 we will be going to the Butterfly Pavilion. We could use some more parent chaperones. Please let Mrs. Wagner or Ms. Lishinski know if you can join us!
2-4-15 Accidents Happen...
Accidents Happen. ECE and Kindergarten are collecting donations of pants (specifically size 4-6). Please send in CLEAN pants clearly labeled as a donation (and not your child’s extra clothes). We are also looking for donations of both boy and girl underwear (new) in the same sizes. We appreciate any donations (and you can bet our kids do as well!). Thanks!
1-28-15 Kindergarten Updates!
01-14-15 Kindergarten News
On Monday, January 12th Mrs. Wagner, Ms. Lishinski, Ms. Schleifer, and Ms. Child's attended our 3rd Tools of the Mind curriculum training. We are excitedly preparing materials for our next book, Afternoon on the Amazon as well as preparing materials for new Literacy Centers. Students will also begin book groups during this time! We are thrilled to see our students become even better readers! Be sure have your students show off their skills at home.
12-17-14 Pajama Day Tomorrow!
Tomorrow is Pajama Day! We still go out to recess so no slippers and make sure your child is dressed warm enough to be outside!
12-16-14 Pirate Day Pictures
12-4-14 Classroom Needs
Both kindergarten classrooms will be in need a few supplies after winter break. If you happen to be shopping and have the means, our classrooms are in need of a few things... black dry erase markers, snacks, glue sticks, and child size pants for "accidents"
11-14-14 Egypt Day!
Today both classes celebrated their knowledge of Ancient Egypt. The children made pyramids, papyrus paper, jewelry, ate Egyptian food, and made side locks (Egyptian children shaved their heads except for a side pony tail). Ask your child about their favorite thing they learned about Ancient Egypt.
Link to Mrs. Wagner's class pictures: https://plus.google.com/photos/106679282185967979801/albums/60816
10-29-14 Education for Sustainability: Healthy Relationships
In kindergarten, we will be starting a new Education for Sustainability (EfS) unit on Healthy Relationships. This unit will focus on:
1.Creating a positive view of the self by knowing we are all important members of the community and unique individuals.
2.Learning how to form strong friendships with peers (i.e. friends give compliments, friends are helpful, friends play safe, etc.).
3.Learning why healthy relationships are important (i.e. we have friends to listen when we are sad and friends can teach us new things, like drawing hearts).
4.Learning how to acknowledge and express our feelings (i.e. angry, sadness, frustration, anxiety, etc.)
As for assessment, we will be interviewing children to see if they can define a healthy friendship. We will also take videos of the children being a good, kind friend to one another. At the end of the unit, we will celebrate our classroom community by having a friendship day!
10-21-14 Medieval Day PowerPoint
Conferences and Field Trip
Fall parent/teacher conferences are coming up November 11-14. Please look in your child's green folder (or email) for a sign up from your teacher. Fall conferences are mandatory at DGS for all students.
We will be going to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on October 29th. Permission slips were sent home in your child's green folder. Each classroom will need 8-10 parent volunteers. This is a great way to meet the other children in your child's class!
10-6-14 DMNS Visit
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science came to visit us on Thursday, October 2. We had so much fun! Check out our PowerPoints (there were too many awesome pictures to make just one!).
10-2-14 Library Time!
Both kindergarten classes went to the library for the first time on Thursday. Please return all library books to your classroom teacher each Thursday. A big THANK YOU to Ms. Kristen for helping us in the library each week.
9-24: Both Kindergarten classes visited Sprout City Farms. Thanks Farmer Meg!
Join us Sunday 9/21 for the Kindergarten "Let's Be Friends" Potluck at Crescent Park from 11am-1pm. Please bring a side dish from your culture to share. Sandwiches will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please check out the powerpoint on our fairytale unit and other fun adventures happening in kindergarten!
9-8-14 Picture day is Wednesday!!! Kindergarten is first so please be on time.
8-28-14 Kindergarten is using a new curriculum this year called Tools of the Mind. Please read the following newsletter to learn a little more about the program and what the kindergarten students will be doing in the following weeks. Every other week there will be a new newsletter explaining what is happening in our new curriculum.
8-26-14 Please check out our first day of kindergarten powerpoint. Follow this link:
8-22-14 We had two amazing days in the kindergarten this week. The kindergarten teachers were very excited to meet all of the students and families. Just a reminder that ALL kindergarten students attend school Monday with a normal school schedule (Monday-Thursday 7:55-3:45, Fridays 7:55-12:45). Please make sure to meet your teacher on the blacktop Monday morning no later than 7:55! If you have not returned the "How does my child get home" form to your teacher please do so Monday morning. Teachers may contact you Monday to make sure the dismissal lists are correct.
Back to School Information
We’re so excited for the 2014-2015 school year! Here are a few need-to-know pieces:
Back to School Night
Kindergarten will hold a back-to-school night the same night and time as the rest of the school, on Monday, August 18th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Even if you are familiar with the school or the program, please plan on attending, as this is a wonderful opportunity to meet other families in the class.
If your family is new to DGS, we will be calling to schedule a home visit. These are 20-30 minute visits, and are an opportunity to discuss hopes and dreams you have for your child.
First Day(s) of School
To help everyone ease into the school year, we will have a staggered start this year. This means: during the first two days of school (Thursday the 21st and Friday the 22nd) your child will attend only ONE day from 7:55am-12:45pm. You will be responsible for finding care for the afternoon and the day your child is not attending. No other childcare will be available at DGS. Those students attending school on Thursday, August 21st will need to provide their own transportation at pick up. There will be NO bus service at the 12:45pm pick up on Thursday. If your child will be riding the bus starting the first day of school please contact the kindergarten teachers and your child’s first day will be Friday, August 22nd as there will be bus pick up at 12:45pm on Friday. A list of students who will be attending each day will be available at Back to School Night after class lists have been made.