Welcome to Kindergarten!

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, 6/12: Spirit Day - Western Wear Day

  • Monday, 6/17: Kindergarten Walking Field Trip to Ebright Park
    • Stay tuned for details!
    • Volunteers will be needed

  • Wednesday, 6/19: Room 165 Portfolio Day - 9:30-10:15 AM
    • Time to celebrate all of the accomplishments from the year!
    • Save the date - more details coming soon!

  • Thursday, 6/27: Last Day of School
    • Report cards available in Family Access after 5:00 PM
    • ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!
Bits & Bobs

June 10

I can't believe we are preparing for the end of the year! Time certainly does fly. There are two very big end-of-year events to tell you about. Please contact me if you have any questions.

  • On Monday, 6/17, all Creekside Kindergarten classes will have a walking field trip to Ebright Park. This end-of-year tradition is a time for students to have a fun play day and celebrate an amazing year of hard work, growth, and friendship. We will leave Creekside around 9:40 and return before lunch. There is no limit to how many parents attend, but I do need at least 3 parent volunteers to walk with our class to and from Ebright, and one parent volunteer to drive snacks/gear to and from the park. We also need donations of snacks and drinks. I would love to receive the snack donations by Friday, 6/14. Due to district policy, siblings cannot walk with us to or from the park. But, they are more than welcome to meet us at Ebright to join in the fun. Students are welcome to bring play gear such as soccer balls, sidewalk chalk, frisbees or jump ropes. All students will need to bring their own water bottle that day. Please sign up to volunteer and/or donate snacks here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548ABAE28AAF94-ebright1

  • On Wednesday, 6/19, the students of Room 165 invite you to our Portfolio Day from 9:30-10:15 AM. This is an opportunity to look at a collection of your child’s work they have completed throughout the year, celebrate their growth and achievement, and then watch a slideshow of pictures from this year. (Moms/dads requested to attend, siblings are welcome.)

May 22

  • We are having a great week in Kindergarten! It was pure joy to watch your kiddos at their first elementary music concert last night. They worked so hard to learn all the songs and give their very best performances. Such a delight! A HUGE THANK YOU to Mr. Johnson for his amazing work with all our Kindergarten students. We are truly lucky here at Creekside to have him sharing his talent and love of music with our students each and every week!

  • Mrs. Ludka is finishing up her full time student teaching this week. She will transition back to part-time student teaching after Memorial Day and I will return to my role as full time teacher in the classroom. She has done an excellent job honing her professional practice as full time teacher. Your students have been superb teachers! We thank them, and you, for your flexibility in this very important part of her teacher preparation!

  • We have been learning all about plant parts and needs in our most current science unit. Students are able to identify all of the parts of a plant and their functions. They also know what plants need to survive and thrive! As part of our learning, we planted "Mammoth" sunflower seeds to observe and care for. They will be coming home tomorrow before they get too big to transport safely. We planted 3 seeds in each cup just in case, and sure enough the majority of students have three lovely sprouts to transplant into the ground! Plant them in a nice sunny place in your yard and ask your student to care for them over the summer for a great learning experience!

  • It's so hard to believe we are coming to the end of the year! You'll notice several end-of-year activities on our calendar of events. Please save the dates for the Family BBQ, Kindergarten Walking Field Trip, and Room 165 Portfolio Day. More information about each will be coming soon!

May 1

  • Our Toymaker's Workshop is coming up this Monday, May 6th. Every child needs an adult present to assist them with the awesome toy making project we will be working on.  I have only received RSVPs from 5 families. Please RSVP today to let me know who will be coming to assist your student. If Dad is unavailable, that's ok. Moms, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and nannies are welcome also! It is a very hands-on event, and Mrs. Ludka and I don't have enough hands to help everyone. Thanks and RSVP today! 

  • My gosh, how time flies. It is so hard to believe it is already May 1st! There is so much great learning happening here in room 165. Be sure to check out what we're working on in the purple Academic Focus section of the website.

  • Big thanks to our art docent, Lynell Thomas, and all the moms who came in to help with the Japanese Carp Kites project! It was a very complex project and the kids worked hard to make them really beautiful.  They had a blast flying them outside once we had good weather!

  • We celebrated Earth Day by learning that we need to take good care of our planet so it can take good care of us! We talked about all the ways we can help be good stewards of our environment, including saving water, turning off lights and electronics when not needed, picking up litter, walking or biking when we don't need to ride in a car, and of course following the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle model. 

  • Mrs. Ludka is moving into the next phase of her student teaching and will take over instruction for all subjects starting on Monday, May 6th. She will be the full time teacher for three weeks, with assistance from substitute para-professionals. I will provide mentorship and guidance on overall planning, but she will be fully responsible for designing lessons, instruction, grading, and classroom management. Mrs. Ludka has done an excellent job of applying all that she is learning in her graduate program, along with her observations and her extensive background in education, to her work here in our classroom. She has wonderful relationships will all of our students and I have no reservations transitioning instruction to her capable hands. Join me in wishing her well with this important experience in her teacher preparation!

  • Don't forget to put the Kindergarten Music Concert, Tuesday May 21st, on your calendar. It is a wonderful celebration of all that your kiddos have learned in Music class this year and one of my favorite events of the year!

April 16th

  • Welcome Back! I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break. It was wonderful to see everyone again and to hear about their adventures over the break! 

  • Our class reached our newest Creekside Coin goal of 100 coins and we earned a class celebration! Students voted and Stuffie/Toy day won! We will have our celebration this Friday, April 12th. Students are allowed to bring in a small stuffie or toy that can fit into their backpacks. This needs to be something that would not break their heart if they lost it -- nothing valuable please! Also, no video games, handheld devices, tablets, or anything else with a screen. Students will get time during Learning Centers and small segments through the day to play with their own toys. Hooray! This is a very big achievement. Strong work, Kindergarteners!!!

  • Pennies for Patients donation boxes are due back to school by this Friday, April 12th. Thank you for supporting our student council fundraiser and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  • Thanks to those of you who have RSVP'd for the Toymaker Workshop on May 6th. If you haven't yet, please check out the flyer and RSVP to me as soon as you can. Links are above in the Upcoming Events section.

  • Another quick reminder about snacks...please don't send anything in with nuts or nut butters for snack time, including peanut butter pretzels.  Thank you!

April 2nd

  • Tomorrow is a school spirit day. Wear your favorite color!

  • The Creekside Student Council is leading a service learning project to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS.) This "Pennies for Patients" fundraiser is completely optional. Your child brought home a collection box. If you choose to participate, collect small change and return the box to school. Student Council will collect the boxes and make the donation to LLS.  Many thanks!

  • A friendly reminder about snacks. Please remember to pack a healthy snack for your child each day. Or better yet, have your child pack their own snack each day ;) We ask that gloopy foods - yogurt, apple sauce, hummus - be saved for lunchtime as they can be too messy in our classroom. And due to allergies, please no nuts. Thanks!

  • We are excited to announce the annual Kindergarten Toymaker Workshop on Monday, May 6th. This is a special event that we love to invite Dads to enjoy with their kiddos. If Dad is not available, other special adults are also welcome. Please see the flyer for all the info and to RSVP.

March 14th

  • We are finally back to the swing of things since all of the snow days and late starts. Hooray - Lots of great learning happening!

  • We celebrated the 100th Day of school. This is such an important milestone for your Kindergartner. They are definitely 100 days smarter, stronger, and more responsible!

  • We have started Daily 5 Literacy Centers and the students love it! They are showing excellent focus and responsibility as they rotate through the different centers (Word Work, Listening to Reading, Read to Self, Read to Someone, and small group Guided Reading.) Our small groups allow us to focus on the specific skills we need to improve our fluency and comprehension.