i will be holding early parent/teacher conferences next tuesday at Penmar golf course at 2:18. I have 3 open spots. My conferences usually take 2 hours and 45 minutes. Please let me know if you would like a conference.
On Wed (or THurs) please bring in a tooth brush for your child. It
must be 6 inches or less. no motorized ones. make sure your child can
identify it clearly.
I think most of you have already seen it but here is my website where you can find out all about my curriculum and philosophy. Take a look at the GOLF UNIT, it's awesome! Again, don't show this to the kids please. Thanks.
Please send me any questions you have that were not covered tonight.
here are the videos from tonight. DO NOT LET THE KIDS SEE THE "Class" one with all the units. I do not need them asking when we are going to study Star Wars for the next 3 months!
Trashless Lunch Video:
We will be trashless by next week.
Don't let the kids see this one and don't send it to your aunt jennie who taught kindergarten for 30 years. She won't get it.
we survived our first lunch! (pix are up on
take a look at all the pix to help you understand the lunch procedure.
you will see that EVERY child has a little credit card they use so that
they NEVER EVER bring cash to school!
there were lots of infractions such as unlabelled items, metal lunch
boxes (not prohibited but not recommended), juice pouches,... you will
learn all about this tonight.
after lunch I instinctively told the kids to brush their teeth and they
used last years kid's toothbrushes. oopsies.
see now that was a joke, if you thought that was funny you are going to
do very well in here.
Monday night is back to school night! I cannot stress to you how important Monday night is. Please be sure you are there or else you will spend the year in a haze of confusion and frustration as everytime you ask me a question I will put my hand up and walk away from you saying "that was answered on Back to School night..."
You report to the cafe at 6:30pm then in here at 7pm and we are done at 8pm.
ok, not really but you will really be lost if you can't come. both parents should come.
Monday is a NOT an information night where I will stand there reading a list of policies. It's half pep rally and half fundraiser. I am hoping to raise the Maximum of $50 per head on Monday night. If you have not already given to the "CLASS FUND" be sure to bring your check book with you (the good checks, not the bouncy ones...)
VOLUNTEERING IN and OUT of CLASS:
On Monday you will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer in class (the only shifts are Tues, Wed, Thurs, 8:450-10am). Parents can sign up to come in EVERY TUES for example or share a shift with another parents and come everyother Wed...
There are plenty of jobs to be done outside of class also (recording secretary, laundry lady, lice buster, carpenter, smellmeister general...). All these jobs will be explained and we will not leave the room until they are all filled!!!!!!!!!
Let's make this the first year that no one brings their kids to Back to School Night! This is an ADULT ONLY PARTY! I am assuming you all remember how to tap a keg...
You will be learning all about the upcoming year as well as a little about your child's teacher. For instance, I spent the summer Racing Lawnmowers (I won several events thank you) and (in case I look familiar) reprising my role on Days of Our Lives... Feel free to google me!
On Monday we are doing our first MARVELOUS MONDAY ROTATION. I am the P.E. coach. The kids will rotate with another class to PE, Library and Music/Dance. It's awesome, they will love it!
did I mention how important monday night is?
The in class shifts are T,W,Th 8:45-10am. If you NEED a certain day let me know ASAP and I'll make sure you get it.
There are other opportunities to help out outside the class. Let me know if you can do any of these jobs:
Wall Painter (12 times this year paint our mural wall white)
Laundry Lady (about 8 loads this year)
Historian (someone who can save all my emails into a word doc for future reference...)
Power Washer (3 times all year...)
Group Photog (someone with a kick butt camera who will be on all the field trips)
Parking will be a nightmare!
6:30 in the cafe (this is really for new Franklin families)
7pm in the classroom. Here you will find out why Bill Maher is an IDIOT and Debbie Gibson is a genius!
8pm you go home and watch Prison Break.
that big old packet of papers is to be returned to me in the big envelope they came in...
Here is the list of rules the kids came up with for the year. looks like an interesting year...
josh - no wedgies
nellie - no laying down on the rug
garrett - raise your hand
hugo - no sharing food
andrew - no hands on the rug
kayla - no lying
mr. s - no biting
olivia - listen to the teacher
jake - no food fights
fiona - go down the slide on your boom boom
ohara - no hitting
riley - no karate
chelsea - no high heels
emma - no throwing things
kevin - no running in class
stella - no teasing
kiki - sit on your bum
hayden - no fighting
elijah - be nice
analise - no shouting
yasmeen - put stuff away when you are done
1. today was even better than yesterday. great playground pix up on www.barrymanilow.shutterfly.com password: swordfish
2. the roster info was missing 3 very important parts. please answer the following.
1. do you golf?
2. who are you rooting for on Big Brother 8? please answer carefully because a certain answer could negate any chance of us having a civil relationship.
3. what sports are you good at? i am going to pit this years parents against last years and need to know what kind of talent pool i am dealing with here.
ask the kids who "Mr. Cool" is and what he does
i will be doing individual academic assessments of the children IN CLASS, not afterschool like the other classes.
1. I was talking to the lady who comes around to take all the class photos on the first day of kindergarten and in a lapse of professionalism she let it slip that our class was "by far the cutest". I would agree with her.
2. Don't worry about bringing a toothbrush just yet. wait til after back to school night.
1. it is perfectly acceptable for you to email me if you think that your child is ever underrepresented in the photos. i don't keep a daily tally, i just hope it evens out over the year but you would know better than I. I always try to get a pic of every kid once in each batch..
we opened the presents (see the pix). the kids went nuts. we made the class rules. ask your kid about the rules. we did ABC writing. we had snack and recess. we drew a 'first day of K' picture. we sang happy birthday to jake. i read them a book. we had fun.
i love k29!
what a great first day and i have the pix to prove it. go to:
www.barrymanilow.shutterfly.com password: swordfish
to view the pix from class. I'll take about 2000 this year.
i'll put some more up later today!
you can view all the pix and order them from there! (the prints turn out way better than how you are viewing them on the internet...)
If you join shutterfly.com (FOR FREE) please enter my email address (if you can) as I get credited 15 free prints for class use...
I would always encourage you to view the pix as a slideshow with your child so you get to see all the kids and not just yours...
I can't wait for tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!
I always like to send the parents an email as soon as the crying stop. the tears stopped exactly 30 seconds after you left this morning. That's a new record! These kids are awesome!
signing off for the day, I'll email you a full report on the day later today.
here is a rough draft of most of the BIG K29 events this year. Please consult this calendar when you are planning vacations. It's tragic when we study basketball for 3 weeks and then a child has to miss the field trip..
9/10 back to school night
9/13 no school
9/17 volunteering in class starts
9/28 back to school picnic
10/2 picture day
11/3 or 11/10 mini golf 10am
11/29 dino field trip?
11/12 no school
11/4 no school, parent/teacher conferences
1/21 No School
1/26 Star Wars Movie Day
2/17 UCLA womens basketball vs USC at UCLA
2/18 no school
2/29 Silent Auction
3/1 UCLA baseball game at USC
3/12 Kindergarten round up
4/11 family bowling night
4/16 open house
5/8 earth wind and flour pizza making field trip
5/26 no school
6/7 home depot?
6/20 treasure hunt
Hello everyone! You will be learning an awful lot about your child's teacher on Back to School night (9/10, 6:30pm) but for those of you who cannot wait you can always google me ("kurt schwengel")
If I look familiar to you it's probably because you watch "Days of our lives". I have a recurring role (Matthew Mahaney) who was last seen frozen in a lake so I may have to take some days off this year during the spring thaw.
I also spend a good portion of my summer in the midwest racing lawnmowers (I don't like to brag but I am quite good...)
see you all in the morning! If you have ANY questions feel free to email me, I'll be up til about 2am.