KLD Update May 23rd – 27th

Hello families!

Poetry Writing! 

The KLD kids wrote poems about different holidays. They each wrote different lines and then put them together as a group poem. Each group read their poem to the class when finished. Wonderful collaboration and writing efforts!

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Measurement with our stuffed animals

The children used unifix cubes to measure the length of their stuffed animal. They then took the cubes and found two items in the room that were the same length as their train of cubes. Last, we put them in a row from the smallest to the longest.

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Avid Readers read everywhere! 

Our last reading unit is to celebrate being an avid reader! Avid readers love books, read often and read everywhere! The children enjoyed “flashlight reading” by themselves or with others.

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Science learnings about plants & animals

We toured the 2nd Grade hallway to see the environments created by the 2nd Grade students. We walked through a rainforest, past a desert, polar region and the ocean! 

The KLD kids used laptops, ipads and the program Pebble Go to research an animal.They worked with a partner in the Innovation Hub to find QR codes that showed the food and habitat for their animal research project. Then the children  worked together to draw and write the information on a graphic organizer. They will use this information to create a poster about their animal and what people can do to help protect its habitat. Posters will be displayed for our End of Year celebration next Friday morning!

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End of Year Celebration

Friday, June 3rd

10:00 – 10:30 – KLD End of Kindergarten ceremony

10:30 – 11:00 – Activities for the children

11:00 – Pizza lunch!

Last day of swimming

Friday, June 3rd will be the last PE class of swimming lessons. Mr. Biros, our SAS Aquatics Director and Mr. Heck, PE teacher, invite all parents to come on the pool deck to take photos/videos of your child swimming and to talk with swim teachers. The children are at the pool 1:50 – 2:15. 

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Mhina







Weekly Update May 3 – 6th

Hello families!

A rainy trip to the Mahota Farm!

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PreK – 2 Assembly, May 13th

All Kindergarteners will perform on the stage in the PAC during this last PreK-2 Assembly on Friday, May 13th!!

The assembly is approximately 8:20am – 9:00. We would like the children to wear the red KLD t-shirt to school on Friday. We will have a sharing snack after the performance! Parents are invited to come watch the performance and enjoy a morning snack with us. Children may bring a snack item to share that day before play time on the playground. (popcorn, pretzels, crackers, cheese cubes/slices, sliced fruit or grapes).

Swimming Lessons – PE time/Aquatics

Swimming during PE times (1:50 – 2:20 – Wed. & Fridays) Children can wear their swimwear to school if they will be able to use the toilet with their swimsuit on. (Ex: Girls in a 2 piece suit, boys in swim shorts). All other children will need to be able to change into their suit during our Activity Time (12 – 12:30) and be able to do so independently. Children should have clothing to wear on top of their swimsuit so that they may be able to go to Chinese class before we go to the pool.

Library deadlines  and summer reading lists

KLD will go to the Library for library book check out on May 9th, 16th and 23rd.

Please note: All library books are due by Friday, May 27th.  All library books need to be returned in order to receive the report card at the end of the year.


We hope all Moms had a truly wonderful Mother’s Day!

Ms. D and Ms. M

Weekly Update April 25 – 29th

Hello families!

The highlight of the week was our walking field trip to the SRC to release our baby frogs back into the pond. The baby frogs went into the water and some hopped up onto the mud. We made leaf boats and saw lots of baby frogs on the grassy island! It was fun to play on the equipment and to enjoy our snack outside that day! We made a life cycle of a frog too!


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The children loved doing math work with lego shaped candies!

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We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. D and Ms. M.

Weekly Update April 18th – 22nd

Hello families!

This week was EARTH Week at school. The KLD kids learned various ideas to help take care of the earth. They worked with few lights on one day, kept track of how much trash we used and turned off the water when soaping up. The children helped to beautify the earth by planting flowers and seeds. Children were invited to write about taking care of the earth as a connection to the persuasive/opinion writing unit.



The children experimented with ways to make triangles from other shapes. They worked with play-doh and straws with pipe cleaners to make solid shapes. They will continue with exploring 3-D shapes in their world next week.

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This week I asked the children what they were doing when they were playing during Activity Time. Here is what they told me.

Children building tents :

“We are building apartments! This is my room with Sally. And this is Tiffany’s. When I want to go to Tiffany’s I open the door! And this is the bathroom.”

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At Dramatic Play:

“William is the frog. Anthony is the tadpole. Amber is now a frog! She was the mom, but now she is a frog. We are poison frogs! Rudy is the doctor and Serena is the big sister.”

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Lego Building:

“This is a robot. This is the house for the people.”

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“I am making another robot.”

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We are excited about the tadpoles changing into baby frogs!

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It was a wonderful week in KLD!

Weekly Update April 11th – 15th

Hello families!

We are so proud of our Kindergarteners for leading you and teaching you last week during Student Led Conferences! Thank you so much for coming to support your child and asking them questions about their learning. It was wonderful to see the pride and excitement in each child. We hope you enjoyed the Page of photos that came home inof you and your child from the conference.

Math Learnings

The next few weeks we are exploring everything about shapes. We looked through magazines to find shapes and took photos with the ipads of shapes in our classroom and around our school. One of the standards for math is to compose (build) and to decompose (take apart) shapes – the idea that two or more of a shape can be put together to make a shape. The children are solidifying their knowledge of 2D shapes. Next week we’ll be doing some hands-on exploration of 3D shapes!

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Exciting times for science learnings in KLD!

We started the investigation of plants and animals by identifying the living and non-living things at SAS. We identified what living things need – air, water, food, space, and love & care. The children planted basil seeds into cups of soil and mung beans in ziplock bags with damp paper towels. They will observe and sketch the changes in the weeks to come! We also have small plants to plant in our planters outside and our planter in the Elementary community Garden. Thank you Anthony’s mom, Kelly, for the plants and seeds.

We were so excited about the tadpoles that Sally brought into the classroom on Thursday! She found them at the SRC. The children used magnifying glasses to observe them swimming and noticed that some already had hind legs starting to show! The children will observe and sketch the changes of the tadpoles as they change in the next few weeks. We are excited to watch them become frogs!

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Readers Workshop & Buddy Time

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Upcoming Events- Mark Your Calendars

April 18th – After School Activities Start this week! Children will be walked to the activity meeting area. Activities are 3:10 – 4:05. Kindergarten children should be picked up in the Elementary foyer at 4:05pm.

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April 21 – Passport Check for Kindergarten

April 22 – EARTH DAY and RELAY for LIFE.

May 13th – Dad’s Day Off OR Date with Dad!  3-5pm

May 14th – Mother’s Day! 

We hope you have a truly wonderful weekend!

Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Mhina

Weekly Update March 21 – 25

Hello families!

Todd Parr Week  

Children’s author Todd Parr read from his books and talked about the life of an author! We learned that authors play with their dogs and eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub! Todd Parr’s books inspire us to be our unique selves, to accept everyone and honor differences. What a wonderful time with him here at SAS! 

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Field Trip Scientists and Fun

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Scientists and Engineers

Two building sessions in the Innovation Hub (ihub) to solidify the knowledge that to move an item requires a push or a pull. The pull can be from gravity. The children worked with a partner to design something, using the items provided, to move a marble, ping pong ball or tennis ball. They could affect the direction or the speed. They will be ready to explain their design during Student Led Conferences.

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Upcoming Events

Student Led Conferences! April 7th – after school and April 8th

We wish everyone a happy and safe Spring Break! 

Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Mhina

Weekly Update March 14 – 18

Hello families!

The leprechauns came to KLD this week. We hope you enjoy the videos on the KLD WeChat! We worked in the kitchen on Thursday to make Irish biscuits in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! The sure were yummy with melted butter.

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On Friday we were introduced to animation by our 5th grade buddies! They used an animation software called SAM.

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We are getting ready for author Todd Parr! We worked in the Innovation Hub on a collaborative mural that will be in the Library.



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A shorter Blog post this week – no computer for two days and a new photo program has made this a more challenging week.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Mhina


Weekly Update March 7 – 11

Hello families!

Readers Workshop

We started a new Readers Workshop unit called Bigger Books Bigger Reading Muscles. The children are learning how to better read to gain fluency, understand the text and to talk about what happens in the books they read. We are working towards comprehension when reading because Reading is Thinking! When children read the words they use decoding skills. When children can retell a story in sequence, make a connection to the story, tell someone what happened, then they are demonstrating understanding of the words in the text. Be sure to spend time talking about the books in the Take Home Reading with your child to help build your child’s comprehension skills.

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Kindergarten Sing-A-Long


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Student Led Conferences

Thursday April 7th (3pm-5pm) or Friday April 8th (8am-11:30am)

Parents will come with their child so that your child can demonstrate his/her learning at a variety of stations in the classroom. Your child will share reflections on being a friend and a learner in KLD. There will be 3 – 4 child/parent groups in the room at the same time. Each child/parent will have a 45 minute slot scheduled for one of the conference days. Please look ahead at your schedules so that you can be available on these dates. Families will sign up for a time-frame on Powerschool soon.

Upcoming Events

March 9th – 21st – Faculty Art Show in PAC lobby (come see artwork of SAS faculty and staff – Amaya’s mom & dad have work up and Ms. Dickinson too!)

March 21st – 25th – Author Todd Parr visits SAS – You will want to get one of his great books!! KLD will have time with Todd on Tuesday, March 22nd 8:30am. Come join us!

March 23rd – Walking Field trip to Forest Manor. We will leave at 10 am, have lunch at Ms. Koshika’s home and come back to school around 1:00pm. Look for the permission slip that was sent home today in your child’s Take Home Folder. It is to be signed and returned.

March 25th – Report Cards available in powerschool at 3pm

March 28th-April 4 — No School for Spring Break

April 7th (after school 3pm – 5pm)  and April 8th (in the morning) Student Led Conferences.

We hope your weekend is terrific! 

Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Mhina


Weekly Update Feb. 29th – March 4th

Hello families!

We welcomed warm spring weather this week with more play outside and a walk to the PAC to see trees changing into bloom. After the walk the children created their own spring trees for display.

Spring Trees

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Writing Celebration with KTK

The children from KTK came to our room and the students shared their “How to” books with each other! We are so proud of our writers! They were able to read and tell their books to each other. It wouldn’t be a celebration without a snack together and then some play time on the playground.

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Each day we have at least 30 minutes of Activity Time in our classroom space. During this time the children can decide what activity they would like to do – to build with blocks, legos, puzzles or other items; to create with paper, paint, pastels or collage items; to play in the dramatic play area, play with water, or play dough. When children are playing they are learning to collaborate, design, create, invent, make decisions, negotiate and solve problems and so on. Play is so crucial at this age as the children learn and practice many life skills when playing. It is always a favorite time in their day!

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Play during Science 

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Math Learnings

This week the children showed their understanding of subtraction or taking away and then how many are left. For example: 5 – 3 = 2. The children learned the symbol,   for taking away. They drew stories to show their thinking, putting a circle around the part that is taken away. They also used draw and tell to create a taking away number story. When children show their thinking in a number story, they show their understanding. This is very different thinking than memorizing math facts. We want the children to know when they see 5, they know all the different ways to to make 5, to subitize 5. Here is a cute youtube video to show number subitizing – also known as number fluency –


and another video that explains subitizing –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFcXHhV5sI0

A website from Stanford University to check out for more math learnings for parents is:



Upcoming Events

March 4th – End of Trimester 2  – 120th Day of Kdg.

March 9th – 18th – Faculty Art Show in PAC lobby (come see artwork of SAS faculty and staff)

March 21st – 25th – Author Todd Parr visits SAS – You will want to get one of his great books!! KLD will have time with Todd on Tuesday, March 22nd 8:30am. Come join us!

March 23rd – Walking Field trip to Forest Manor. We will leave at 10 am, have lunch at Ms. Koshika’s home and come back to school around 12:45.

March 25th – Report Cards available in powerschool at 3pm

March 28th-April 4 — No School for Spring Break

April 7th (after school 3pm – 5pm)  and April 8th (in the morning) Student Led Conferences. Your chld will be leading you through stations in our room to show his/her learning. Conferences are organized so that about 3 children are leading their conference at the same time and will have about 45 minutes to lead you through. I will be at one of the stations. Some children will use all of this time and others will need only about 30 minutes. These are not individual parent/teacher/student conferences as they were in the fall. More information coming later in March. Please mark these dates on your calendars.

Have a wonderful weekend families! 

Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Mhina

Weekly Update February 21 – 25th

Hello families!

Lots of new learning happening in KLD!

Math Learnings

The children were introduced to the idea of number talks this week and to use tools (ex: manipulatives, ten frames) to show their thinking. Hopefully they should be able to talk about the math language we have been using. One of the things we would like them to understand is that = means the same as. For example, the children may know that 3+2= 5, but for them to understand that 3 and 2 more is the same as 5.  When they see the number 5, they can construct 5 as 2 and 3; 4 and 1; 5 and 0 and so on. Developing strong number sense during the early years helps students to develop their own strategies to solve problems in years to come. Also giving them concrete experiences with manipulative is a way to ensure that learning will stick. As the saying goes…I do and I remember!

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Science Learnings

The children are experimenting to understand that to move an item they need to apply a force. A force can be a push or a pull. People push and pull lots of things! Friction makes an object stop or slow down. More force needs to be used to move a heavy object such as a backpack full of books! Objects can move faster with more force and little friction such as rolling a car down a ramp. Gravity pulls an object towards the ground. Objects can change direction when they collide. The children are learning this new vocabulary as they play to move objects and change their direction.




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Upcoming Events

March 4th – End of Trimester 2

March 7th – 18th – Faculty Art Show in PAC lobby (come see artwork of SAS faculty and staff)

March 21st – 25th – Author Todd Parr visits SAS

March 25th – Report Cards available in powerschool at 3pm

March 28th-April 4 — No School for Spring Break

April 7th (after school) and April 8th – Student Led Conferences. The children will be leading you through stations in our room to show their learning. More information coming in March.

Have a wonderful weekend families! 

Ms. Dickinson and Ms. Mhina