Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Beginning Monday, November 26, your child will be engineering and designing unique puzzles that will have positive messages and words that express kindness. In addition, your child will also be creating and packaging special messages for members of our Armed Services. Some of these “kindness packages” are going to be distributed to our friends at Amy’s place, a memory café for seniors living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Others will go to Sunrise Assisted Living, as well as be available for your children to pass out to neighbors, those working in our community, and to leave for friends in their neighborhood. If your family chooses to participate in our “sharing kindness” project, your child may choose to bring a puzzle home to share with someone in our community. With safety being our number one priority, please plan to participate with your child as they spread kindness outside of school and deliver their messages of kindness.

As we begin our kindness project, we are asking each kindergarten student to donate one bag of individually wrapped candy that will not melt. Beginning Wednesday, November 7, there will be a large tub that is labeled “Kindergarten” outside the Makerspace classroom for your child to drop off their donation if you wish to participate. If you would like to donate more than one bag, please feel free to do so. We appreciate your willingness to collaborate with us for this project.


Mollie Cushing – Makerspace Teacher

Danny Carlson – STEM Lab Teacher


Foundation Capital Campaign draws to a close

Hi Families,

We are coming to the end of the Capital Campaign drive hosted by the Foundation. Unlike years in the past, the drive is being focused on participation versus donation amounts. Donations to the drive will count as class credit for your family and help fund the new turf field going in this winter. We would LOVE to be able to be the first on the turf field and/or get to have an art class with Mr. Carlson!!! But, we need participation from as many people as possible. We actually, just received news today, that at the Foundation meeting this morning the Kindergarten classes were awarded an amazing grant we had applied for. As a team we asked for some wonderful tools/supplies to have in our classroom to help students with their fine motor and gross motor skills that are still developing at this age. We cannot tell you how excited we are to get these items and use them with all of our students, because every child at this age can benefit from using them. This grant would not have been possible without the funding from the Foundation. Please, if you can, donate today! Every little bit helps!

The Foundation is quick to grant requests from our teachers year after year…the grant request just fulfilled yesterday is being paid for by donations from last year’s families! Thank you so very much…for donating to keep our children benefiting through their East Side career!

If you have already donated, THANK YOU!!!!!!!


Debra and Kim

First 10 days + 1!

We celebrated our first 10 days of school with a first visit from Zero the Hero. We sang to her as she met us…Zero the Hero came to school…Zero the Hero…she’s so cool! Zero the Hero saves the space….so all the other numbers can stay in their place!

Happy b’day to Smera! We have counted down to our first birthday celebration and it was today! And, she was fortunate enough to be leader on her birthday!

We did a first baseline writing about ourselves on Monday which kicked off a week and a half of how to draw, label and compose. WE are now working on our first book…you will receive at conference.

Reading folders will come home soon with a leveled, appropriate book for your little reader. We have administered our first reading assessments one on one with most of our Cowpokes.

You will receive a writing folder this week to decorate with your child and return to school. Directions are included inside the folder.

In math we went on a number walk on Monday and discussed why numbers are important.

In social studies we will write class rules tomorrow…after brainstorming and reading about rules and why they are important.

Our STEM shelf and maker space materials have been a favorite spot in out classroom since Aug. 1. Thank you to Coleman’s family for providing Solo cups for our shelf…the class is beyond excited.

On that note, thank you so much for your donations from our wish list! The response was immediate and exciting.

Kim and I are loving all the little personalities…we lucked out to have such a precious little group assigned to us!

Open House

Thank you for an amazing open house experience yesterday evening! You were a sweet audience for us! Thank you for your quick response to our wishes and needs as well…so many sent in T-shirt/folder $$ and class funds…paper work was completed…it’s all good!

Welcome new Cowpokes and Cowpoke famlies!

Mrs. Turner and I are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday between 10 and 11:30!
We’ve read over the names…noted birthdates…everything we can to familiarize ourselves with our new group.
We have 20 children right now…12 boys and 8 girls…Shhh! Don’t share that info with your kinder…# in class will be math the first day…# of boys and girls the next day!