Mrs. Kuligowski's Class News
It's That Time of Year Again...Posted by Stephanie Kuligowski on 8/14/2019
It's that time of year again - back-to-school time! I am busy getting our classroom ready for the school year. You will recognize our classroom by the bright, yellow emoji decorations inside and outside.
I can't wait to see you at the Meet Your Teacher event on Tuesday, August 20 from 9-10:00 a.m. (Last names A-L 9:00-9:30; M-Z 9:30-10:00) Bring your school supplies, and I will show you where to put them. We will not be doing many "community supplies" this year. Most of the supplies you bring will be yours to use and take care of (except pencils), so be sure to label each item with your name or initials. (As a mom, I even like to label each marker and crayon in the box so my kiddos can keep track of their supplies in a busy classroom.)
You can find the North School Supply list at Target, Wal-Mart, or below. The district has purchased many of the basic items in bulk this year, so the list is shorter than in past years - hooray! I am not concerned that you purchase the exact brands or amounts of the items listed on the offical supply list. (Teachers simply suggest Crayola and Elmer's because they tend to last longer and work better.) The most important items are at the top of the list, so if you can't get everything, work from the top down and just do the best you can. And please let me know if your child needs school supplies. Our school has resources to assist your family with this.
● 1 small pencil box (label)
● 2 plastic pocket folder w/3 ring hole fasteners
● 4 spiral notebooks
● 2 wide rule 3 ring notebook paper
● 2 1" 3 ring binder w/pocket
● 1 water colors
● 1 3x3 Post-It notes
● 1 3x5 Post-It notes
● 1 package baby wipes
● 1 pencil sharpener
● 1 pkg sticky tabs, 2" colored
New School Year, New RoutinesPosted by Stephanie Kuligowski on 8/14/2019
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! As a parent of school age kids myself, I know that the first days of a new school year can be a bit scary for your child and for you, too. I assure you that I will ease the children into new routines and work hard to make them as comfortable as possible. It is my hope that the following information will make this a smooth transition.
Daily Take Home Binder
Your child will bring home a "Boomerang" Binder every day. This is a key form of communication between school and home. I will send notes, finished work, homework, and other paperwork home in this folder. Please take a minute every night to go through the folder and clean it out with your child. Third graders still need hands-on help with this routine. Return the binder to school every day. Place your notes to me, notes to the office, lunch money, etc. in this binder.
We will use an assignment notebook this year to get your child into the habit of keeping track of their own homework. It will be placed inside the Boomerang Binder. Please check the assignment notebook every night and sign it. (See the orange half-sheet note re: agenda payments ~ thanks.)
We will have two quick snack times every day due to the fact that our lunch is right in the middle of the day. Students may choose to eat snack during the morning, during the afternoon, or both. Your child must be able to eat the snack independently while working on school work. Some snack ideas: carrots sticks, cherry tomatoes, bananas, grapes, pretzels, crackers, popcorn. Children may also bring water bottles to school (Water only; No juice!). Please put all bottles in a ziplock bag to avoid spills and sweating on school items. Labeling all bottles, including disposable bottles is extremely helpful.
- Daily lunch - $2.90 (includes milk)
- Daily breakfast - $1.50 (includes milk)
- Milk - $0.55 (if purchased separately)
Your child has the option to bring their own lunch or purchase a school lunch. You can refill your child’s lunch money account by sending a check to school in a labeled envelope. You can also refill the lunch money account online at www.mypaymentsplus.com. Taking a minute each morning to discuss the lunch menu choices with your child helps start our days more smoothly here at school. You can go to https://crystallake47.sodexomyway.com/menus/index.html to see the lunch menu. If your child brings lunch to school, please clearly label all lunch boxes on the outside. All of these little things save time and confusion. I appreciate your support!
If there is ever a change in your child’s normal transportation routine, you must send in a signed and dated note. Please do not rely on email to notify me, as I don’t always have a chance to check it throughout the day. I will not be able to honor any change your child tells me about without a signed note. Children cannot ride different buses for playdates.
Bus riders line up on the back playground. Walkers are dismissed from door #7, which faces Park Place. Car riders are dismissed from the ramp at the back of the school parking lot. Car Passes are available in the school office if you plan to pick your child up in the car line regularly. Tip: The car rider line can be a long wait. Many parents park at Park Place on the corner of Oak and Woodstock streets and walk to meet their children at Door #7. If you want to do this, your child would be called a Walker, so that he or she would be sent to Door #7 rather than the car pickup line. You must leave your car and meet your child in person at the dismissal door. Children may not cross the bus lane without an adult.
I will send home a class newsletter every 2 weeks to keep you informed about our classroom events and activities. I also request that all parents sign up for the Remind texting notification system. I will use Remind to send out quick reminders for homework assignments, homework answers, field trips, parties, and special events. Finally, I will use e-mail and phone calls to communicate with you one-on-one. Please feel free to reach out to me with your questions and concerns - big or small - via e-mail at SLKuligowski@d47.org.
Birthdays at School
We will make sure your child's birthday is a special one at school. He or she will recieve a small gift from me, and we will sing the birthday song to your child very loudly and off-key! Your child is welcome to send in non-food favors for each child. Popular items include pencils, erasers, bouncy balls, yo-yos, and other inexpensive party favors. Summer birthdays will be celebrated on the child's half birthday.
Back to School Bash and Parents’ Night
I hope to see you at the North School Back to School Bash on Thursday, August 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This is a fun event for our school community. Parents’ Night will be Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-7:00 or 7:15-7:45. Plan to attend this event to find out much more about your child’s school year. I hope to see you all there!
Thank you for taking the time to read this very long post. I hope it answered some of your more pressing questions and concerns. I am looking forward to working with you to make third grade an exciting, fun, and memorable year for your child!
Yoga Ball Chairs Welcome in the Classroom!Posted by Stephanie Kuligowski on 8/14/2019
I welcome students to bring in yoga balls to sit on this school year. For the past two years, I have done this, and students have enjoyed it. I have seen an increase in students' ability to sit still, focus and stay alert when using yoga balls. You can check out this article (http://www.livestrong.com/article/403541-what-are-the-benefits-of-stability-balls-in-schools/) to see some of the research-based reasons that alternative seating is becoming more popular in classrooms.
If you would like to send in a yoga ball for your child, please also send in a pool noodle taped into a circle or a frisbee to act as a base. I cannot allow ball chairs without bases to hold them in place. When ordering or purchasing a ball, pay attention to the size. You will want to choose a medium-sized ball that inflates to about the size of a school chair. I have seen size charts that define this as 42-45 cm/16-18 in., but that is just a guideline.
You can put your child's name on the ball, and it will be his or hers to use exclusively. Please note, I cannot be held responsible for any damage done to your child's yoga ball in the classroom.
Let me know if you have any questions. SLKuligowski@d47.org