Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome to Kindergarten Student Letter


                                                               August 4, 2017
Dear Students,
When you come to kindergarten,    
I’ll be here to help you meet new
friends, read lots of books,
sing songs, play games, draw,
write, investigate the outdoors,  and much more!  
classroom pictures 431.JPGWe will have a wonderful year together in kindergarten.
I am excited to get to know you better and learn about your interests.  I hope you and your family can make it to Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, August 23, 8:00-9:45 am.  Until then, continue to enjoy summer with your family and friends.

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                     Your Kindergarten Teacher,           
         Mrs. Gilbar                                                         

Welcome to Kindergarten Family Letter and Supply List

                                   August 4, 2017
Dear Families,

    Welcome to kindergarten!  The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time.  We look forward to working with you and your child.  As a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life, and we need to work together for your child’s benefit.  We need your support with academic goals, parent/teacher communication, and helping your child be organized for their day at school.
    In kindergarten we will have a scheduled snack time lasting about 10 minutes. Parents need to provide snacks for their child.  This is a great time for students to have a nourishing, wholesome, no/low sugar snack to keep them feeling good for the important work they are doing at school.  This shouldn’t be a substitute for breakfast or lunch.  We have no refrigeration.  Please remember to pack cooler packs and utensils if needed.  Review with your child what’s in their lunchbox.  It is helpful for them to know what is meant for their snack or lunch.  Breakfast, snack and/or lunch can be purchased at school.  Your child can bring a water bottle to school.
    We have developed several checklists of supplies you’ll need at home or school to help your child transition more easily.  We recommend that you label everything.  Label snack foods, clothes, footwear, backpacks, etc.  We ask that all personal toys stay at home.
    Finally, all of your preparation and organization is important.  It will go a long way in helping your child be successful at school.  This will be a great year!  Thank you for your support and if there are any questions write a note, email, or call us at school, 434-2461.


                           Ms. Darling,  Mrs. Gilbar and Mrs. Mumford

School Supplies to bring to school:     
  • Labeled headphones for your child’s personal use                  
  • 1 laminated folder
  • Expo dry erase markers (low odor)  fine tip & bullet or chisel
  • Glue sticks                                     
  • Scotch tape                             
  • Pencils (#2) Ticonderoga
  • 1 package of thin washable markers
  • 1 package of thick washable markers
  • 1 - 100% cotton t-shirt (your child’s size) for a tie-dye project at beginning of year
Labeled on collar with permanent marker

These will be shared materials so there is no need to label (except for t-shirt).  
(If this poses a financial hardship please be assured that we will have extras.)

Classroom wish list of supplies: (If you are able to donate any of these items to our classrooms please bring to orientation or send in when school begins.  Thank you.)
o   gallon size ziplock bags                     o   large white paper plates (9in.)
o   quart size ziplock bags            o   small white paper plates
o   brown paper lunch bags                     o   plastic spoons and forks
o   craft sticks (popsicle stick width)    o    stickers

What your child needs to bring to school everyday:
o   A large backpack (name inside)
o   Non-marking sneakers for Physical Education (labeled with name)
    Sneakers are recommended Kindergarten footwear
o   A labeled morning snack with utensil- if needed
o   A labeled lunch with utensil- if needed
o   A labeled water bottle  (if desired)
o   Home/School Communication Folder (We will place a home/school
label on the laminated folder you bring in.)
o   Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for the weather

Snack and Lunch Food Ideas:
o   bagels  (bite size pieces) o   raisins
o   cut up cheese o   small sandwiches
o   crackers                                              o   applesauce (4 oz.)
o   pretzels                                               o   cut up vegetables
o   graham crackers                                  o   cut up fruit
o   yogurt (4 oz.)                                

Please do not send in candy, chips, soda, or sugary drinks.  Thank you.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Insects - Part 4

Another installment in our insect writing and illustrating.
Students are doing a great job learning and sharing facts about insects.
Click on the link below to see our latest work.

Insects - Part 4

INSECTS - Part 1

Please check out our insect writing and illustrations.  We are learning a lot about insects!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Library Books

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Once again this summer the RES library media center will be holding summer book checkouts! Scholars in kindergarten and grades one, two, and three will be able to check out up to 10 books from the library media center and take them home for the summer. Starting on Thursday June 15, scholars will be bringing home “Carry Out a Good Book” bags with their summer library books. Each scholar will also get a note explaining the program and a list of books he or she has checked out for the summer. The books will be due back when school starts in the fall. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our librarian Mrs. Redford at 434-2461 or

Monday, May 1, 2017

Flynn Performance

Kindergarten and third grade classes went to the Flynn theater to see Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.  We had seats in the very front of the theater.   The performance was based on an African tale and included singing, dancing and a wonderful story.  We all enjoyed the show and marveled at the scenery, lighting, clothing and masks.  The performers made the story come alive.  Thank you to Darcie Rankin for arranging our trip and to all the parent volunteers who came with us to chaperone.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - May 1

On our first day back from vacation RES kindergarten classes will go the Flynn theater to see
a performance of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.  

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - link to Flynn

Friday, April 21, 2017

Creating Dream Homes for Pets

As part of a science unit on organisms we have been learning about what animals and plants need to survive. One of our favorite activities was creating dream homes for pets.  The home had to have everything the pet needed to live.   Students were very creative as they designed and built animal homes.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flynn Companion Workshop

On Wednesday we had a Flynn teacher come in to help us prepare for our trip to the Flynn on May 1 to see Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.  She helped us understand the performance and what we would see.  We found out that there would be African drums and masks.  We were thrilled to try on a mask, hear a
drum and learn how to show emotions with our voices and bodies.   The games and activities helped us understand the show and the characters' feelings.  Our class is so excited to go to the Flynn when we get back from vacation.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

RES Science Fair

Open ...
Thursday March 16th, 2017

Students in Grades K- 4 will be sharing their great science projects in the RES gym!  The Farm to School program will be offering a dinner during the event so that both participating families and those looking for a night out can grab a great meal!   Raffle prizes will be awarded to students who ask great science questions! Everyone is welcome!
RES Farm to School Dinner and RES PTO COOKIES
Time: 5-6:30pm
Location: RES Cafeteria

RES Science Fair
Time: 5:45 – 6:45 pm
(participants may set up projects any time after 5:15pm)
Location: RES Gym
We hope to see you on Thursday to support our awesome scientists!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Math and Muffins on Monday

Thank you families for joining us this morning for math and muffins.  Kindergarten students had a great time teaching you some of our math games.  They are definitely mathematicians.
We appreciate you taking the time to come in and play with us.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Family Morning Math on February 20

Mathematics, Pay, Digits ...
             Math Morning

Date: Monday, February 20, 2017  

Time: 7:30 am- 8:15 am

Our class loves math and would like to play some math games with our families.  Please join us for math games and muffins on Monday, February 20.  We hope you can make it !  (Snow date: Wednesday, February 22.)

Mrs. Gilbar’s Kindergarten

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Snow Motion

Amazing day on the slopes today!  Our kindergarten class had a wonderful time skiing and snowboarding at Cochran's Ski Area.  The weather was great and we enjoyed the sunshine and comfortable temperature.
A big thank you to Mr. Godfrey, our P.E. teacher, and to the parents who volunteered to help us today.
We hope you like the photos from our first day on the slopes.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Kindergarten Assembly

Today Kindergarten students led the school in an assembly about Martin Luther King Jr.
They shared a short video about Dr. King and sang the song "Freedom, Freedom, Let It Ring.
When they finished singing they invited the entire school to join them in singing the song one more time. Excellent job kindergarten students.

Pajama Day

What a fun Friday!  We were all so comfy in our pajamas.  Pajama Day was a great way to celebrate positive and expected behavior.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Professional Development with Beth Moore

Today several K- 2 teachers in our district had reading professional development with Beth Moore, reading expert and consultant for our district.  Beth Moore came into our classroom to teach a reading lesson and support students in working with partners.  Kindergarten students were great listeners and tried out the ideas that Mrs. Moore taught them.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Chalk, Snow and Ice

Kindergarten students found ways to enjoy the snow and ice at recess today.  They combined it with chalk to make colorful designs.