Communication

Welcome to Fall!

What a wonderful start to Kindergarten this year! We are having such a great time getting to know your children as they make new friends and learn how to be Irving Tigers. These first few weeks of school we have focused on the basics of manners and friendship. There are a lot of names to learn, so don’t be surprised if your child talks about playing with friends but can’t remember their names yet. Every day is busy with many academic jobs to do as we begin to learn the letters of the alphabet and how to count and write numbers. Next week we will get to explore the tastes of autumn as we sample different apple varieties and have a cool drink of apple cider from local farms.

As a reminder, PTO has sent out order forms for our school fundraiser and Popcorn Day. Please double check the dates for those order forms to be returned to school! PTO is also partnering with Cub Scout Pack 52 this year to assemble birthday boxes to distribute to families in need. You can contribute cake mix (McFarland) or disposable cake pans (Bratland) by dropping them off in the front office or at the classroom.

Best,

Ms. McFarland and Mrs. Bratland

Parent Conferences Coming Soon!

Conference confirmation slips will be coming home in your child’s red folder on Monday. PLEASE double check that the day and time you are scheduled for is correct – or at least as close to your preferred time as we could make it! We try our best to accommodate each family but sometimes we simply have too many families requesting one time slot and have to adjust as needed.

At your child’s conference you can expect to receive their first report card, a brief update on how they are progressing academically and socially, and additional information on skills to work on at home. If your child receives Title I Reading or Special Education services, you will also receive a brief report from our academic specialists.

PLEASE CALL US DIRECTLY TO RESCHEDULE if you feel that you require more than 15 minutes to conference or if you need to cancel. We can often arrange to conference on a different day/time or by phone if you let us know as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for a great year so far! We’re looking forward to seeing you again next week at our Kindergarten Music Show!

Best,

Ms. McFarland and Mrs. Bratland

Open House is this week!

Wow! September flew by and here we are almost through October! The children have made such wonderful progress in using their friendship skills and learning how to be members of our school community. Please join us this Wednesday, October 24th, for our Irving Open House. Dinner will be served from 5:15-6:15 pm in the cafeteria. Come meet Mr. Bridgens, our principal, and Mrs. Dilworth, our Title I Reading Specialist, from 6:15-6:30. Then come on down to Kindergarten where your child will be glad to give you a tour of some of the activities we are working on each day from 6:30-7:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Best,

Ms. McFarland and Mrs. Bratland

Welcome to Kindergarten at Irving!

Welcome Irving Families!

With the switch to online registration this year we will be meeting many of our new students for the first time at our Meet the Teacher event on Thursday, August 30th from 4:45-5:30 p.m. Our fabulous Irving PTO will also be hosting a BBQ that evening with food, drinks, and games for everyone to enjoy!

A few tips for the first day of school…

*We will have a sign-in table outside the kindergarten classrooms to make sure each child gets a name tag and a photo of their first day. We will also confirm your child’s transportation plan for the end of the school day before you leave.

*Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and shoes. The weather may be hot and we will be out on the playground several times during the day.

*We will have lunch in the cafeteria – exciting! The menu is posted online here and paper copies are available in the front office.

*Kindergarten lines up along the wall across from Jesse’s Memorial Garden by the flag pole at the end of the school day. We teach the children to “let our families come to us” so that children do not become separated from our group in the rush at the end of the day. We will give your child a High 5 to let them know that we see you and they are ready to go home. Don’t worry if you are running late or need extra time to find a parking spot! We typically wait at our line-up space until 2:35 and then go to the front office to keep cool (or dry, or warm, depending on the season!)

*The After School Club, which operates daycare and preschool on the Irving campus, is offering a childcare option for Smart Start. For more information and to contact them directly: Smart Start Irving 2017

We are so very excited to meet all of you and are looking forward to a fantastic school year!

Best,

Ms. McFarland and Mrs. Bratland

Fall Fun at School

Wow! The busy autumn days are flying by faster than the leaves are falling off the trees!

This Friday, October 27th, our fantastic Irving PTO invites all Irving families to join us for the Monster Mash Bingo Bash from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. There will be hot dogs for purchase, crafts, bingo, dancing, and prizes to win! All proceeds from the Bingo Bash support student activities at our school that are funded through PTO. Hope to see you there!

All next week we will be enjoying five days of fun with “Spirit Days” instead of a traditional costume day on Tuesday, October 31st. Your child can choose to participate in one or all of the Spirit Days to show their Irving Spirit!

Monday – crazy socks day (Don’t have crazy socks? Turn your socks inside out!)

Tuesday – hat day

Wednesday – pajama day (Please make sure pajamas are appropriate for school and the playground!)

Thursday – crazy hair day

Friday – Team spirit/Irving spirit (Favorite team or school colors)

Best,

Ms. McFarland and Mrs. Bratland

“Fall” Into Kindergarten!

Happy autumn everyone! Just a few quick updates for this week…

Kindergarten is off to a fantastic start and the children have settled in to our daily routine. Each week we are enjoying learning time in the classroom and experiencing new things in Music, P.E., and Library. We also had our first popcorn day of the year! If you would still like to pre-pay for a popcorn bag just send me a note and I can send the PTO signup form home with your child.

Speaking of popcorn….our awesome PTO volunteers are always looking for more helpers. The next popcorn day is Wednesday, October 11th and you can contact PTO to volunteer.

The monthly newsletter for our classroom will be coming home in your child’s folder next week. It has some information about what we’re learning in the month of October and info about various other classroom happenings. Feel free to call, email, or send a note if you have a question about any of the newsletter items.

Best,

Ms. McFarland

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome Families!

It was such a pleasure to meet so many of our newest Irving Tigers at the Meet the Teacher event! For those of you who didn’t have a chance to stop by, here are a few reminders for your child’s first day of school…

*Please check-in at our kindergarten table before coming into the classroom. We want to be sure your child has his/her name tag and that we confirm your transportation plans before you say goodbye for the day.

*We will be going outside for recess so please make sure your child is wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable for playing on the playground.

*We will also be having lunch in the cafeteria – please make sure your child can open most of his/her own lunch items if your child is bringing a lunch from home.

Thank you again for helping to make the start of this new school year so inspiring! We are looking forward to meeting with you again at conferences on Thursday and Friday.

Best,

Ms. McFarland & Mrs. Bratland

The 21st Annual Kindergarten Tea Party!

This Thursday, March 2nd is our 21st Annual Kindergarten Tea Party. Thank you to all of the families who donated items to make our tea party a tasty success. Special thanks also go to the University of Oregon Catering Department for donating the fancy dishes we are using for tea time.

We are looking forward to greeting all of our guests that day! In case you missed the schedule that went home:

12:30   Guests begin to arrive – Welcome!

1:15      Everyone is seated for tea, finger sandwiches, and cookies

1:45     Tea party concludes – Thank you for coming!

You are welcome to take your child home early after the tea party, but please be sure to sign out in the front office before you leave campus. If you would like to stay til the end of the day we will have several small chores to be done to clean up and put away all of the many tables and chairs.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Best,

Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

Introducing Typing Agent

Dear Families,

We are excited to inform you that Irving PTO has purchased licenses for every K-5 student to access Typing Agent, a 100% web-based program that teaches keyboarding skills. Typing Agent has hundreds of lessons and reinforces learning to type with fun and exciting games and quests for students to enjoy.

Look for a parent letter and student log-in card to come home next week explaining how to get started with Typing Agent at home. We hope your child will enjoy using Typing Agent at home in addition to their practice here at school. Many thanks to Mrs. Minson, one of our fantastic 3rd grade teachers, for coordinating the purchase of Typing Agent. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Best,

Ms. McFarland and Ms. Rutherford

Parent Conferences Coming in December!

What a day of sunshine here in Kindergarten! We are sending home a ray of sunshine for your student this week in the form of a BRIGHT YELLOW parent conference appointment slip.

Parent conferences will be scheduled this year on December 6th, 7th, and 8th. Please reserve a day and time NOW so that we can try to best accommodate each family’s unique schedule. Appointment slips are DUE by Friday, November 18th.

Once the appointment slips are returned we can arrange the Kindergarten conference schedule and send out a confirmation for your conference day and time the week of November 28th. Please be sure to indicate on the form if you have another child attending Irving School. We work with teachers at every grade level to make sure that families can schedule all of their conferences on the same day.

Best,

Ms. McFarland and Ms. Rutherford