October 1, 2015


Dear K-Kid Families,

WELCOME BACK!  We have missed you and we are looking forward to the next quarter.  First some important starting news:

            We will be starting our Skating Unit on Tuesday at 9:05 in Brooks Gym. Be sure your child wears socks. If your child has a bicycle helmet I would recommend that they wear it. They will have a high schooler as their person partner who will hold them up as they learn to skate. J This is such a wonderful learning experience that forms bonds with others in our University
School Family.  Our schedule will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for two weeks. We will also have a Skating Party at the Skate Inn at the end of the Unit.  You are very welcome to come and watch your child at Brooks Gym when we are there.

            Vacation Journals:  We will begin on the first day to share these with the class.  Your child will share their own Journal.  We will do some each day so please try to get those in asap.

This is will be a great quarter of discovery!!! We will be exploring the season of autumn in Northeastern Tennessee.  What changes have occurred and are occurring? What changes are we adjusting to? How about the animals? The plants? What about the harvest here in this region? They will discover these things on their own as we go outside to explore…use resource books…conduct research. Throughout all these experiences we will be using math and reading and science and social studies and wonderful inquiry to learn!

You can help.  I will be asking that a few of you each week bring in a squash to explore and cook and taste…or apples…or different types of potatoes.

Later in the quarter we will be learning about long ago which is a very abstract concept for young children as you know.  This will be in preparation for learning about the first settlers.  We will be taking a Field Trip to the Doak House to experience how people lived long ago.  I am trying for November 10th for this trip and you are welcome to come along.

Lots of wonderful discovery!


September 3, 2015

Hello All,

Just a reminder that the K-Kid time for the Mega Party is 8:30 – 9:30 on Tuesday.  Tuesday is also the time for the Cookie Sales pickups.

You will be receiving your K-Kid’s Progress Report electronically in the first week of break if not before. At the conference you will see your child’s journals and work which will support the Progress Report.  Please remember to call or email Dianna Rea to set your time for a conference.

We will be sending home your K-Kid’s Vacation Journal to be their homework for the break.  The assignment is for them to write/draw pictures/take pictures/postcards/etc. be able to read/show to the class when they come back.  They should have at least three entries for each week. 3 X 3 = 9!  Your child will then share their Vacation Journal with the class.  This Journal will be used for each break and then go home as a wonderful reminder of Kindergarten Year Breaks!  This is also a wonderful way to get them writing/reading/spelling over break.  J

Have a wonderful and safe three day weekend and three week break! We are already looking forward to their return before they have even left!!! J J J



August 3, 2015


Dear K-Kid Families,

            I can’t believe that it is already August.  Your K-Kids are learning a lot and most importantly they are coming together as a family of learners.  J  Sharing, taking turns, having to listen and follow directions…these are huge for a large group but they are learning quickly. You should be very proud. J

            Thank you for sending in the environmental print for our boards…we are only lacking N, R, X, and Y items so if you spy something send it in please. 

            We put up pictures of our families each year so please send in a family photo…doesn’t have to be fancy.  You can email me one and I will print it off.  This helps our K-Kid family in being able to know all their extended families!

            We have another Professional Day on Friday August 21st so be aware that school will be closed that day.

            Thank you so much for all that you do. 



July 20, 2015


Dear K-Kid Families,

We had a super first full week of school.  Wow..your K-kids accomplished a lot.  They look forward to showing several of their Journals at Open House this Thursday.  The University School Foundation will open at 5:30  with introductions and then you will be dismissed to come to the classroom. We are looking forward to having you. J

I have a lot of things to share with you so I am just going to list those below in no particular order of importance.

ICE CREAM on Fridays.  The K-Kids can get their ice cream after they have had their lunch.

We have started Share Days.  Your K-Kid has selected ONE day of the week to bring a share.  See listing below.  Shares WILL NOT be played with…too easy for things to be broken.  They serve as an opportunity for your child to show and talk about something that is meaningful to them.  J

Several of you have not received emails from me…although happily your spouses have.  I will be looking into this during the week…either a typo on my part or my not being able to read writing.

As you probably have heard – or maybe not – we are working with the alphabet.  Some of the curriculum at the beginning is a review for a few…and when this is the case we add some extra challenge.  In math we are sorting, classifying, counting; writing numbers, talking about more than-less than and equal to.

We could use you help with our Environmental Alphabet Board.  We will need two or three small logos from places that are very familiar to children: i.e. Pal’s; McDonalds; Earthfare, etc.  PLEASE share some old magazines with us to cut up and find words that begin with the letters we are focusing on.  Old magazines like southern Living, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, etc.

Thank you so much for bringing in snacks, etc.  They are hungry little kiddos!






Natalie, Maya, Avery, Meredith, Cooper



Elliott, A.J., Isla, Lexie, Ava



Shane, Joshua, Finley, Anton



Gabriella, Owen, Lucas



Mattie, Mille


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