Dear Hummingbird Parents,

We have had such a wonderful first week of school.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children.  Each one is unique and special and I am so glad you are sharing them with me this year.

I spent a lot of time evaluating, observing and talking with your children this week.  We talked about character and being kind and how each one of us can be a Hummingbird Star.  We learned about our schedule, routines and expectations.  We talked a lot about listening.  We read some wonderful stories, worked on writing our letters and numbers, started learning letter sounds, and worked with manipulatives and played games in math.  We also learned about hummingbirds and had our first science class.

If you have been to our classroom, you may have noticed a big tree in our reading corner…that is our Reading Tree.  The purpose of the tree is to see how many leaves we can grow through our reading.  For each book a student reads at home, he/she can put a leaf on the tree.  I put a Reading Tree Form in the yellow folder for you to fill out throughout the week with the books your child is reading at home.  Please fill it out and return it on Mondays.  It is so much fun to watch the tree grow.

Fridays we will have show and tell during our morning routine.  Encourage your student to bring something special they would like to share with the class.

The yellow folder will go home every Friday with that week’s work, as well as Classroom Happenings, permission slips, school-wide information, Reading Tree Form, and so on.  The papers on the left need to be read, signed, and/or completed and returned in the folder on Monday.  The papers on the right may be kept at home.  This week I’ve also included the information I handed out at the parents’ meeting, in case you did not receive it.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

Kris Straub (a.k.a. Ms. Strauberry)