Saturday, October 5, 2013

Welcome to a New School Year

Dear Parents,
I am so excited to be starting a new school year at Kelly Elementary.  It has been so refreshing and so exciting to get to know some of you and also to get to know your children.  This blog is dedicated to you throughout the school year.  I will be updating it each month with activities that we have done in the classroom.  I hope you enjoy. :)

If you have not been in the classroom yet this year, here are a few before and after pictures to let you know what your child's classroom looked like before and after I got done decorating.

Here is a view of the Classroom Library area.

Here is the Classroom Library after I decorated. The children love to work in this area.
Here is a view of the math bulletin board, classroom door and mailbox area.

Here is what it looks like now.  (Close up of the children's mailboxes.)
Our first day of school we made Jitter Juice
and the students gave it a thumbs up.
A couple of weeks later after routines had been established, we began our unit on Monarch Butterflies.  It was such a fun experience and we had 11 Monarch Butterflies emerge from chrysalises this year.  Here are a few pictures of our experience with the butterflies.
One of our caterpillars decided to make his chrysalis on one of our reading baskets.
   A butterfly emerging from the chrysalis.
We let the butterflies go into the Wichita sky but one decided that he liked the flower bush beside the school.
Here are two of our students experiencing the butterfly on their skin. It was such a few unit.  We will be finished up this unit with making a butterfly that will migrate to Mexico and children in Mexico will watch over it and send it back next spring.  It is an exciting project.
I am very excited to meet and visit with each of you about your child's progress in second grade.  Remember, parent-teacher conferences are coming up October 16, 17 & 18.  Please plan to attend.  I look forward to it.
Until Next Time,
          Mrs. Flickinger

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