Message From: Mrs. Kutsko , for the Blue, Dolphin class

Hello all my Blue Room And Dolphin friends!  I hope that everyone is well.                    
Last week we explored some facts about the Rainforest.  Some of my other favorite themes are the Ocean and the Beach.  Did you know that most of our earth is water?  All that water makes the earth look blue when we see it in pictures from outer space.  The ocean is very deep and dark at the bottom.  There are creatures living there that don’t need sunlight to survive.

The sand at the beach that we all like to play with is made up of rocks that have been broken up by the wind, the rain and the waves of the ocean.  Sand can also contain bits of sea shells that have been broken up by the waves.  It is always fun to find sea shells on the beach.  Sometimes you can find a shell that still has a live sea creature inside it.  We should leave it alone so it can find it’s way back to the water!

Some of my favorite sea creatures are starfish, sand dollars and sea turtles.  Starfish and sand dollars have tube feet.  But they don’t use them to move around like we use our feet.  They use them to eat!  Sea turtles come out of the water and lay their eggs up on the beach. Then they go back in the water and once the baby turtles hatch, they find their way back to the ocean.

Here are some activities for you to try!
Can you crawl like a crab?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you poke your head like a turtle?
Can you bark like a seal?
Can you twirl like a Dolphin?
Can you jump like a sea horse?
I know that you can all chomp like a shark!!                                                                                  

Take care everyone and and stay safe.  I miss you all!




Message From: Mrs. Kutsko , for the Blue, Dolphin class

Hello Dolphin and Blue Room Friends!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I am so sorry that our school year ended early.  We did not have time to talk about some of my favorite things.  One of them is the Rainforest. Here are some Rainforest facts.                    
The Rainforest has trees that can grow three hundred feet tall!  They make up what we call the Emergent Layer. This is where eagles, macaws, bats and butterflies live.              
The lower treetops are called the Canopy. This is where monkeys, toucans, tree frogs and sloths live. Did you know that Red Eyed Tree frogs and sloths never touch the ground?                                                                                                                                                  
Next we have the Understory.  Spider monkeys and ocelots  live here as well as frogs and snakes.                                                                                                                                            
The last layer of the Rainforest is called the Forest Floor.  It is home to snakes, insects like the leaf cutter ants and frogs like the Poison Dart frog.  Anteaters and jaguars live here too.          
There are many beautiful butterflies in the Rainforest.  The Blue Morpho butterfly is a bright blue and you can see straight through the wings if a Glasswinged butterfly.  Here is a butterfly for you to decorate.                                                                                                    
There are many kinds of snakes in the Rainforest.  Some are really big like the Boa constrictor and the Anaconda.  Here is a snake I made out of paper.  Mine is green but you can make one in any color!                                                                                                      
I hope you enjoy these projects.  I miss you all! 

















Message From: Mrs. Wheeler , for the Blue, Dolphin class

Hello my Blue Class and Dolphin Class friends! 

Thank you so much for all the kind notes and cards you’ve emailed to me over the past few weeks. They mean so much to me! I’ve missed you so much and I hope that everyone is finding fun things to do around the house and in your neighborhoods! One of the things I’ve noticed while I was walking around the ponds in my neighborhood are all the wonderful little animals who live right here near me. I love the turtles and the red-winged blackbirds, the frogs and the bunnies. But most of all, I love the ducks!

I made some videos for you about a funny little duck named Ping who lived in China a long time ago. Ping doesn’t want to get in trouble, so he hides…but he winds up in more trouble than ever before! One of the things I find most interesting about this story is that all the boats have eyes. A long time ago, many Chinese boats had eyes painted on them so that they could “see” where they were going. People imagined that if the boats could see, then the people on them would be safe. Sometimes, I’ve seen cars with eyelashes stuck on the headlights…I wonder if that’s sort of the same thing? 

I hope you enjoy the videos. There is one with the story, one with an art project, and one with a song. Please send the pictures of your ducks if you make one!

Have a beautiful day, my friends!
Mrs. Wheeler

The Story About Ping:

A Duck Painting:

A Duck Song:

Message From: Mrs. Kutsko for the Blue and Dolphin Classes , for the class

Hello everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well. I know the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” but I would be grateful for some warm, sunny days!  
I hope that all of you have a chance to practice writing your names. You all were doing such a great job with your writing!  If you get tired doing your name look in a favorite book and try writing some new words. Making a card for someone special would be a fun thing to do!
Here are some other ideas to practice your letters and your fine motor skills. 
Use water and a paint brush to write letters on the sidewalk. 
Make letters out of Lego Blocks. 
Use chalk to write letters on the sidewalk. 
Read a favorite book and look for the letters in your name on each page. 
Write your name in rainbow colors. 
Ask an adult to help you staple some papers together to make a book. Write a story           
and draw pictures.  When you are done, read your story to your family.                                  
Ask an adult to put a thin layer of salt on a tray or a plate.  Use your finger to “write”       
letters, words or your name in the salt.  

I hope you find some of these ideas fun to do.  Take care and know that we miss all of you very much!




Message From: Mrs. Kutsko and Mrs. Wheeler for the Blue and Dolphin Classes , for the class

Happy Earth Day Everyone!  We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Today is the day we celebrate our Earth. There are so many things we can do to care for our planet. We all know to recycle and reuse the things we can. And we can take care of our own spaces. Put our toys away and clean our rooms.  With our grownup’s help we can clean up our yards and the spaces around our homes.
A fun thing to do it to take empty boxes, empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls and pieces of cardboard to make something.  You can take an empty box or a paper bag and decorate it with markers or crayons.  Maybe it can be a home for a special toy.  When I was little I would make beds for my dolls and stuffed animals.  And we know superheroes all need a place to sleep too!  An old shoe box can become a playhouse or fort for your small toy figures.  As always be sure to ask Mom or Dad for permission first.  
Can you think of other things we can do to take care of our Earth?
I hope everyone has a chance to get outside and enjoy this beautiful spring day! 
Take care and we miss you all!



Message From: Mrs. Kutsko , for the Blue class

Hi Blue Class!  I hope you and your families are staying safe and well.  I was so glad when the rain stopped yesterday and the sun came out.  It was nice and warm too!  Here are some activities to do for fun  

Choose a shape and find five things in your home that are that same shape.  You could do this outside too.                                                                                                                             
Stand on one foot and count how long you can balance.                                                          
Count how many windows are in your home. Then count the doors.                                        
Go outside and look at the front of your home. Draw a picture of it. Make sure you draw all the windows and doors on the front!

Take care everyone.  We miss you all!                                    





Message From: Walter , for the Blue class

Walter says Hi to his teachers and friends in the Blue class. He hopes everyone is washing their hands and staying healthy.

we made fireworks and are practicing bike riding 

Message From: Mrs. Kutsko , for the Blue class

Hi to all our friends in the Blue room!  Mrs. Wheeler and I miss all of of you!  We hope you and your families are doing well. When I went on my walk this morning the weather was lovely and I hope all of you have a chance to spend some time today outside. When we read the story about Muffin the dog who couldn’t see, she heard all kinds of sounds as she walked home. When you go out today close your eyes for a moment and listen to the sounds around you. Right now I can hear the birds singing!



Message From: Jules , for the Blue class

Hi Blue class! Jules misses her friends and teachers so much! She has been able to videa call with a couple of her friends, so that helps make things easier. The other day, she wrote her first sentence all by herself. She felt very proud! Here is a picture of what she wrote. What have you guys been up to?