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All about Mrs. Kelley

I feel so happy to say I have loved my last 31 years of teaching! Each grade level I've taught (1st-5th) has brought such a unique joy, but I have to admit I am over the moon loving my new teaching experience in Transitional Kindergarten! This is my third year working with TKers. Their enthusiasm for life and eagerness to take in the world around them makes them a joy to be with each day! I am one very lucky teacher!

A little about myself:
I moved to California in 1989, and besides two years teaching in Indonesia, I've been so happy to call Grass Valley home. Education is a family thing, because my husband, Tom, is a high school counselor. I have three grown children (Brian, Kyle and Kaity) who have fond memories from the years they also spent at Alta Sierra School!  We love the mountains and being at the ocean as well. Time away from school usually takes us one place or the other. In the winter I love snowboarding, and during the summer time camping and finding trails to walk are some of my favorite things!
 

Recent Posts

Week of February 20th-23rd

This was another quick four day week! TK practiced writing A and thinking about the /a/ sound. Our classroom puppets, Jack and Annie, also helped up as we learned about fair ways to play - share, trade, take turns. Have your little TKer share their thoughts on playing fair. We also had fun spending a little time each day this week working on our fine motor skills as we worked on a rainy weather art project - water coloring, cutting, using oil pastels, gluing and glittering! Now they are on the wall and looking adorable!
 
Don't forget our big adult fund raising event, Denim and Diamonds, is next Saturday evening, March 3rd! The silent and live auction, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and time with old and new friends will make it a fun night for all. Please check out our school website (altasierra.prsd.us) to find out all the details and how to buy tickets. I've seen lots of fabulous "baskets" all put together and ready for the silent auction. Our class has two items being auctioned: 4 hour-long guided horseback rides (along with four bandanas and one child's cowboy hat to make it extra authenic!) and a "To Pamper You" jar filled with a women's hair color, men's haircut, brow and lip wax, and a punch card for 12 pilates sessions! Thank you Williams, Curetons and Adams for helping this happen!
 
 
DATES TO REMEMBER:
March 3rd - Denim and Diamonds at Alta Sierra Country Club 6-10 pm
March 24th-April 2nd - Spring Break (no school) - School will resume Tuesday, April 3rd.
April 17th - Our TK field trip to Gold Country Gymnastics - Woohoo
(Permission slips/consent forms will be going home the first week of March.)
 
 

February 12th-15th

Valentines was a lot of fun in TK! We graphed heart-shaped candies, added dice and found the answer with our paint dobbers, ate chocolate covered strawberries and heart-shaped cheese, and made fabulously glittered love bugs! (Thank you to all who donated items for our special day!) Our most exciting part of the day was being able to take home our Valentine bags with with special notes and treats from our friends!
 
We've been working with the letter K this week, and we had lots of fun thinking of words that start with the /k/ sound. Playing this game at home would be a great idea. (Don't worry if it's a C or K word, just think about the beginning /k/ sound.)
 
Just a reminder that our school is extra cold in the mornings. Bringing a jacket to school makes recess more comfortable and fun.
 
Wow! Our biggest fundraising event of the year, Denim and Diamonds, is only two weeks away! If you haven't had a chance to buy tickets yet, you still have time. Our school website (altasierra.prsd.us) has all the details. It's a great chance to support our community school, make new friends (and have fun with old), and hopefully end up with some awesome auction items. I hope you can make it!
 
If you are still wanting to contribute to our class baskets that will be in the silent auction the night of Denim and Diamonds, you can. $5 will help add a few more details to round out our baskets. BTW - Our two awesome baskets are a western/equestrian theme with 4 hour-long guided horseback rides and a "Just for You" theme with hair-cut, color, facial, and 10 pilates sessions! (Thank you to the Williams, Cureton and Adam families for their help with these great basket items!) Thank you, everyone, for all you do!
 
DATES TO REMEMBER:
February 16th-19th - Presidents' Day Weekend (no school)
February 23rd (Friday) - Spirit Day - SPORTS DAY! (wear something to show a favorite sport!)
March 24th-April 2nd - Spring Break (no school) - School will resume Tuesday, April 3rd.
April 17th - Our TK field trip to Gold Country Gymnastics - Woohoo! (Permission slips/consent forms will be going home the first week of March.)

Valentines Day is in Two Days

Just a quick reminder that Valentines Day is in two days. Valentines can come in tomorrow or Wednesday. If you bring your cutie to school in the morning and can help him/her find the right bag to put their Valentines in that would be great! I can definitely help our TKers who come on the bus in the morning. Hope you had a great Monday!

Library Tomorrow and Sign-up Genius

Hello Parents!
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is library day. Also, I just sent everyone an email through signupgenius.com with a list of items we are needing for our special upcoming Valentines Day. If you are able to donate one of the items, thank you so much! All you need to do is sign-up for the item you'd like to donate and I'll get an email letting me know right away. (You'll even get a reminder two days before.) Thank you again for all you do!

Happy 100th Day of School! We had so much fun! Hopefully you've seen your TKer's fabulous 100's crown and colorful100 "gumballs" art.
 
Today three important notes went home:
1.  TK's pink Valentine card list. We won't need Valentines to come to school until the week that Valentines Day is here. If you bring your cutie to school in the morning that week, we'd love your assistance in helping your TKer find the right bag for each of their friends' cards. (We will be making the bags at school.)
2.  A blue Denim and Diamons note giving us all the details of our biggest, and most fun, fund-raising event of the year!
3.  A white half-sheet note explaining our talent show and try-out rules for those performers who are interested.
 
Thank you to those of you who have already donated $5 dollars to help add a little extra fun to our two gift baskets that will be in the silent auction the night of our big Denim and Diamonds night. If you are still planning on donating the $5 dollars, thank you so much! Anytime in the next two weeks is great!
 
Thank you for all you do!

Week of January 22nd-26th/Big School Fund Raiser

Hello Parents!
THIS WEEK
I hope you were able to enjoy the sunshine today! With all the wet, cold weather this week, we were excited when we got to see the blue sky just as we were saying good-bye, so I'm sure your cutie will be wanting to play outside lots this weekend.
 
We thought a lot about P this week. Your little TKer is now an expert at writing P and thinking about words it starts with, just ask them. We also talked a lot about feeling disappointed and how belly breaths can help. The note that went home today has some great play and discussion ideas to help reinforce at home what we are learning at school.
 
Yesterday we were lucky enough to be able to go inside a big mobile planetarium, just like the big kids. It was fun seeing so many stars up in the "sky" and and seeing pictures of the earth was also very exciting!
 
DIAMONDS AND DENIM - OUR BIGGEST SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
One of our school's biggest fundraisers is just around the corner!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3rd for our "Denim and Diamonds" spring auction at the Alta Sierra country club!  This is always such a great night out for parents!  Be watching for our first flyer that will be coming home soon!
 
 
Each classroom will be putting together a basket that will be part of a silent auction happening that night. It looks like we might be having two baskets this year! One will be a western/equestrian theme and the other a beauty/pampering theme. Yay! So far we have a certificate from Alpine Meadows Stables and Guided Trail Rides for 4 One-hour Rides, and we will soon have certificates for a hair cut, hair color, and fun things like that! (Thank you everyone SO, SO much!) If you have a connection to someone that would be willing to  contribute a product or service that would fit into one of these categories, it is so appreciated! Also, to help fill in the baskets, if anyone can donate $5 to our class basket project thank you so much! If you are able, putting the money in an envelope/baggie labeled "Class Basket Project - Mrs. Kelley's Class" and turning it into me by February 9th would be great!

Library tomorrow

Hello Parents!
Just a quick reminder to have your TKer put their library book in their backpack tonight, so they're ready for library tomorrow.

School on Tuesday

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break. I can't wait to see all my TKers tomorrow (Jan. 9th)! Give them a big hug and hello for me! Please remember that coats and mittens are really needed for our morning recess playtime. (It always amazes me how much colder school is than most other areas in Alta Sierra.) Also, tomorrow would be a great time to return library books, so everyone can check out a new book on Wednesday.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School

Jan. 19 - Spirit Day - Story Book Character Day

Week of December 11th-15th

So many sick little TKers this week! If yours is still feeling yucky, please give him/her a big hug for me!
 
We were thinking a lot about sequence this week, and had fun figuring out what had to happen first, next and last. We also have been learning that some emotions make us feel uncomfortable (i.e. worried, frustrated). It's important to understand how these feelings make us feel, and know that talking to an adult really helps us feel better.
 
We have been practicing for our "Holiday Cheer" program that is coming up this Tuesday (12/19), and we're so excited to share it with you! Please have your cutie come in their holiday best, and bring an appetizer or dessert to share for our social afterwards. It will be so fun getting to know each other better! See you at 6:00pm in room K.
 
DATES TO PUT IN YOUR CALENDAR:
TUESDAY (12/19) - HOLIDAY CHEER TK PROGRAM @6:00pm Room K
WEDNESDAY (12/20) - Please have your TKer bring a can of food to donate
so that Thursday it can be donated with other food gathered throughout Grass Valley for the annual Donation Day Parade that will happen in town. Our "parade" will be walking down to the lunch room with our can to place it in a special box. (Donation Day dates back to days of bringing a potato, as well as a stick for the cooking fire, to help families of displaced miners. Now it goes to local food closets.)
THURSDAY (12/21) - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY - Wear your Christmas attire/colors
FRIDAY (12/22) - ANOTHER SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY! WOOHOO! Wear your pajamas to school!
DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 8TH - NO SCHOOL (Monday, Jan. 8th) is a teacher inservice day.
JANUARY 9TH - SEE EVERYONE AT SCHOOL!

Mistletoe Mall and Pancake Breakfast

Mistletoe Mall is tomorrow morning! If your TKer is buying something special for family, please send the money to school in an envelope with a list of who he/she is buying for. We'll have helpers there, but if you can join us in room 22 at 8:15 tomorrow that would be great also.
 
Woohoo! Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday from 8:00-11:00! I just bought my $5 ticket in the parking lot this morning. Two nice Parent-Teacher-Club reps will be in the parking lot tomorrow morning as well ($7 at the door on Saturday.)
Hope to see you there!

Mistletoe Mall

REMINDER: Mistletoe Mall is in two days (12/8) at 8:15am! This is a fun opportunity for our little TKers to buy presents for special members of their family. The gifts range in price from $0.25 to $15.00. If you can't be there to help Friday morning in room 22, then sending a little money with the names of who your little one should be buying for will be great. We'll make sure everyone gets help. Thank you for all you do! Have a nice evening!

Library and Coats

This is the time of year where our mornings are very cold (especially in the valley where our school is). Please send your cutie to school with a coat and gloves. Running, jumping, climbing and sliding are so important for gross motor and cognitive development. Recess is the perfect place for strengthening these things, but it's not as fun if fingers and bodies are cold.
 
Also, please have your TKer put their library book in their backpack tonight.
 

Scholastic Book Order

I just wanted to remind everyone that if you are planning on ordering books from the Scholastic Book order packet that went home just before Thanksgiving break, you need to turn the order in to me (or order it online) by Monday. That way I can make sure the books get back in time for possible Christmas gifts. Have a wonderful weekend!

Week of November 27th-December 1st

I wanted to send of our weekly note a day early, so I could let you know that a report card, packet of important events from Parents Club, and nurse's note is in your TKer's backpack ready to be looked at. When you look at your little cutie's report card, remember that he/she is learning and growing so quickly that somethings that weren't mastered last week during assessments might be completely mastered now. Woohoo!
 
We've been thinking about opposites this week. Playing, "What's the opposite of ______?" would be a great game this week. We've also been talking about how we can show someone we care and understand. (Tomorrow a sheet will go home with ideas for discussion.)
 
YAY! NEXT WEEK OUR CLASS GETS TO GO TO MISTLETOE MALL TO PICK OUT CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR OUR FAMILY (please see the note in tonight's Parent Club packet). WE NEED EXTRA PARENTS TO HELP OUR LITTLE SHOPPERS NEXT FRIDAY. IF YOU CAN HELP US FRIDAY, DEC. 8TH FROM 8:15-9:00 PLEASE EMAIL ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (kkelley@prsd.us).
 
OUR HOLIDAY CHEER PROGRAM AND SOCIAL IS COMING SOON (DEC. 19TH)! OUR TKERS GET TO WEAR THEIR HOLIDAY BEST AND PERFORM SOME ADORABLE HOLIDAY SONGS AND POEMS JUST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. AFTER OUR SHORT PROGRAM WE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT AND GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER A LITTLE BETTER. PLEASE BRING AN APPETIZER OR DESSERT TO SHARE. IT WILL BE A SPECIAL NIGHT!
 
DATES TO REMEMBER (details in Parent Club packet that went home today):
Friday, December 8th - Mistletoe Mall! (8:15-9:00am)
Saturday, December 9th - Pancake Breakfast w/ Santa! (8:00-11:00am)
Thursday, December 14th - Family Science Night! (6:30-8:30pm)
Tuesday, December 19th - TK Program, Holiday Cheer (6:00pm in Rm K)
December 23rd-January 8th - Winter Break (no school)
December 9th - Back to school :-)