1.07.2015

The weather outside if frightful...

Please be sure your child has a jacket and something to keep their ears/head and hands warm every day.  The walk to and from the school buses is often windy and frigid during the winter months.  

If you need assistance with winter clothing or boots, please contact the school. 

Thank you!


1.05.2015

Making Math Commonplace and Real for our Children

Parents can best support the mathematical development of their children by making mathematics commonplace and fun whenever and wherever it occurs naturally in our daily lives. Questions can be simple and informal, and answers can be responded to with “How did you get that?” or “Share with us your thinking?” For example:

AT ANY FAST FOOD RESTAURANT – IN LINE OR AT THE DRIVE THROUGH
·         How much do you think your order will cost?
·         What’s the least and most expensive reasonable meal we could order?
·         Can we all get a meal and spend less than $20? How?
·         About how much should the tax be?
·         Is a Happy Meal a good deal?
·         Does it make sense to order large soda if there are free refills?

AT THE RESTAURANT:
·         You can spend up to $8 without going over. What could you order?
·         How much do you think the bill will be?
·         What’s the most expensive reasonable meal we could order?
·         How much should we tip?

AT THE GAS STATION AND ON A TRIP:
·         About how many miles per gallon are we getting?
·         If gas is $4.09/gallon, about how much will we spend?
·         If we have only $30, how many gallons of gas can we get?
·         About how much longer should it take us to get there (looking at mileage signs?)
·         If it’s 1:30 now, when do you think we’ll get there?

AT THE GROCERY STORE:
·         How much do you think we just spent (looking at a full shopping cart?)
·         What fractional part of the items it taxable (looking at the register tape)?
·         About how much do we pay per item in the cart?
·         What should the scale say if we order 1 ½ pounds of cheese?
·         About how much will threequarters of a pound of ham cost?
·         What the unit price? Which is the best buy?
·         What does it say on the nutrition label?

AT THE BANK:
·         What’s a withdrawal? What’s a deposit? Which is addition and which is subtraction?
·         If I have $____, how much will I have after a deposit/withdrawal of $____.

IN THE KITCHEN:
·         Recipes (Can you measure that much out? How much more or less? Suppose we double/halved the recipe?)
·         Measuring cups and spoons
·         Ounces, cups, pints, quarts and gallons, ounces and pounds

FROM THE NEWSPAPER:
·         Graphs and tables
·         Sports statistics
·         Scavenger hunts (for percent, for numbers greater than 1000, etc.)

JUST FOR ANYTIME:
·         About how big is that? (height, width, weight, capacity)
·         About how many would fit? (For example: How many dogs could fit in the car?
·         How many McNugget boxes could fit in the trunk? About how many people can fit in this room?

POWERFUL GAMES:
·         Yahtzee
·         Cribbage

·         Card games 

12.10.2014

Ms. Kittlinger Receives the Channel 8 Golden Apple Award!

Alana Neri, first grader at Village, nominated her kindergarten teacher, Ms. Kathy Kittlinger, for the Channel 8 Golden Apple Award.  On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Kevin Doran from Channel 8 and Alana surprised Ms. K in her classroom with the award!  It was an exciting and fun filled afternoon recognizing an outstanding educator who always puts her students first!