While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.

~Angela Schwindt

Saturday, December 18, 2010

We WON (again)!!!!!!!!!

....nope not wii won, this time we really won BIG!!! Because of the children's WONDERFUL behavior while in the computer lab and while using the laptops we won the Virtual Field Trip for January!!! It is a BIG secret where we will be going, but these field trips are always AMAZING!! I am so excited for the kids to get this experience. Thanks kids for being so wonderful so we get this opportunity. I will let parents know all the details as soon as we possible. Thanks and CONGRATULATIONS KIDS!!!!

Mrs. Chidester

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Really LONG email!!

Most wonderful Parents:

Quick reminder that tomorrow is pajama day. All kids are welcome to wear their pajamas; however, because it is not a free dress down day, they need to wear pajamas or their uniform. We will also be having our Christmas parties from 10:15-11:15 and from 2:00 to 3:00. Thanks SO VERY much to all the wonderful parents who are have put everything together for the parties. Any of you who did not sign up to volunteer, but have time are more than welcome to still come in and help.

I have been hearing today that there are many of you who were unable to open the homework attachment this week. Also several of you did not receive the homework this week. Because of the frustration I am resending the homework tonight and asking that if you did not receive it or were unable to open it you try again. I am not asking you to have them do homework over Christmas break. I will accept all homework until close to the end of the term which is Jan 12. I hope this makes sense to all of you and helps with your frustration. If you have any questions, as always let me know and I will be glad to help.

Starting in January I will be making a few more changes to the homework process. Even though Mrs. Baggaley and I spend the first 10 minutes of class asking for homework and reading books, we are still missing some kids and some books. In order to fix this problem, I will be printing all homework and sending it home each Monday. It will be sent home in the folder that you purchased at the beginning of the year. This folder will be turned in by your child at the beginning of EACH class. Even if it is empty I want the kids to turn it in so that we are catching all of the reading books every day. This means that as parents, I will need you to put (or help your child put) ALL important work and
books into the folder. I know that mornings can be hectic (at least they are at my house) but I really want the kids to be responsible for turning in their homework on time each day. Mrs. Baggaley or I will make sure that folders are checked and returned each day so that they are available for you!! I really think this will help me be more effective as a teacher and will ensure that your kids get their reading books quickly!! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for all you do, Mrs. Chidester

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pajama Day (again)

Due to the huge amount of box tops, soup labels, and milk caps that have been collected school wide, the POQA is awarding the entire school a special pajama day!  All students are invited to wear their pajamas on Friday December 17, 2010. We will also be having Christmas parties on that day. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks, Mrs. Chidester

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Christmas Performance

There has been some confusion on the Christmas performance so I wanted to, hopefully, clear it up. We are not having a Christmas performance. We are however producing a Christmas movie in which all of the children will have a part. We had hoped to keep a secret from you parents so that you would be surprised while watching the movie. WE have spent the last few days recording the movie with Miss Larkin's class. The movie will be available for you to download sometime next week. It is a school wide project, so the exact date it will be released is out of my hands. Your children are darling in the movie and I am almost as excited as all of you to see the final edited version. We will be watching the movie in class on Tuesday last thing before we leave (approx. 11:00 for the am class and 2:40 for the pm class). Parents are welcome to come in a little early to watch the premiere with their kids. It may be a little crowded, but it will be fun for the kids to get to see the movie with their class. If you have any other questions, please e-mail me and I will be happy to try and answer them for you.

Thanks, Mrs. Chidester

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Break:


Please let me know if you will be leaving early for Christmas break. I want to make sure that all the kids get their gift from me and take home their gift for you. If you are leaving, please drop me an e-mail as to when you are leaving so I make sure your kids take everything home before then. Thanks again for all you do, and for all your support.

Mrs Chidester

Monday, November 29, 2010


Homework will be sent home with the kids today, Monday. As soon as the IT department can set up the list serve I will begin e-mailing homework to you each week. Thanks for all you do!!!

Mrs. Chidester

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Pictures

Just wanted to post the pictures from Native American Day!! Here you go

Friday, November 26, 2010

Artist Needed:

I am looking for a parent volunteer to teach art every other Wednesday from 2:25-2:55 during the afternoon class. You do not need to be a real artist, just be willing to teach simple art concepts to children. Subjects like the color wheel, mixing colors, and fun simple art projects would be perfect. If no one volunteers your children will be forced to suffer through my LAME attempt a being an artist!!! Just kidding, this is just a great way to be involved in your child's classroom. If you are interested, let me know. Thanks for all you do!

Mrs. Chidester

Monday, November 22, 2010


It worked....we made butter from nothing but a little cream and some salt. The kids did great shaking the bottles until...TA DA...butter.  Pilgrim day was loads of fun, can't wait to see what happens on Native American Day. Here are some pictures of the butter making experience. I have also included the recipe....some of your kids insisted it needed to be posted so that they could make butter for their parents.  Good luck. Add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and a pinch of salt to a tightly sealing jar. Shake, shake and then shake some more. You will know you are done when there is a lump of butter floating around in your jar. ENJOY!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

No homework next week!!!!

Next week is a short week so there will be no homework. However, I would LOVE IT if the kids continued to read over the long break. Enjoy the time with your family, I know I will. I am truly thankful for all of you and your amazing children. I am thankful for all your children have taught me in this short time and look forward to the rest of the year to complete my "real" education. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! See you on November 29th.

Volunteers Needed:

Sorry for the short notice, but I would love to have extra volunteers on hand for Monday and Tuesday during the Pilgrim and Native American day. We will be having many fun and exciting activities both days and a few extra hands would be helpful. If you can give up a few hours, I would love to see you there. Thanks for all you do!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Homework for 11/15-11/19

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. The homework for this week will be sent home with your child on Monday. It will be the same format: however, several parents requested a simple form to check off to show which activities their child completed.

Don't forget the Art Show and Dinner on Wednesday. Your child's art work will be be displayed in our classroom all evening for you to come in and see. Hope to see you all there!!!

Mrs. Chidester

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

wii Won!!!!!!!

Congratulations to both the am and pm classes for winning the pink ticket drawing!!! This award is for silent movement in the hallways. I am so proud of all the kids for working so hard to follow the school rules. We win a special hour long session with Mrs. Rounds and the wii. She will pick up the am class on 9:30 on Friday and the pm class at 2:15 on Monday. GREAT JOB KIDS!!!!!  I can't wait to "just dance" with all of you!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Login Information

In case ya didn't get the note, here is the login information........

Website Login Name Password None Needed: this is the general home page for student computers. Access to many websites is provided on this one page!!  Lots of great websites for kids to learn and explore  login name: first initial last name
ie. bchidester password:  rams Phonics, reading skills, and math all kids friendly and approved  Login name: firstnamelastname848 ie. beckychidester848 password: k math concepts in a nice format for kids.  Sends scores to the teacher for review.  login name: quest101 password: rams fun videos and activities on a wide variety of topics none needed  letters and sounds, reading and special holiday sections

Homework for 11/8-11/12

Hello Parents:
Hope you all had a nice weekend. Here is the homework for this week. I will always post homework on Monday, and it will always be due on Friday. You just need to send any writing to school with your child in order for them to get credit for homework. If your child chooses to do activities on the computer, just send a note saying what they did and that they did the reading. If you have questions, give me a call or an e-mail so I can clarify!!! OK, so here it is...remember homework is supposed to reinforce what we are learning in the classroom, not be torture for you or the kid :)
Homework for 11/8-11/12/2010
*Read to a parent or have them read to you for 10 minutes EVERY night!! (required)
*pick 4 activities to complete
1.Complete section G.1 on ixl math with 80% or better.
2.Spend 10 minutes (at least) on superstar online.
3.Write or draw a picture of 10 things you are thankful for.
4.Practice letter naming and letter sounds with a grown-up or older sibling. See if you know all 26 letters and their sound
5.Work on starfall for 10 minutes (or more). See if you can read one book by yourself.
6.Write your name using capital and lower case letters 5 times in your best kindergarten handwriting.

Have a great week, Mrs. Chidester

Monday, November 1, 2010


Home work will be posted to the bolg and emailed to all parents begining next week. Thanks, Mrs. Chidester

A special Thank You to all you Parents!!!

I just wanted to take a minute and express my sincere thanks to all the wonderful parents who have helped me get the classroom back together this last week. When I was asked to take this position I was a little concerned about the parents reaction. You have all made me feel so welcome and ready to take on this new opportunity. I have always known that Quest Academy had the best parents in the ENTIRE WORLD, but never did I dream you would be this amazing!!! I can see why all of you kids are so wonderful, they all have great examples!!!! Again, if you or your child is struggling with this change please send me an e-mail or come in so we can work to make this a smooth positive transition!!!

Weekly Schedule

Each day of the week we will have a different alternating activity.
Our weekly schedule will be:

Monday: Computers: we will focus on reading strategies
Tuesday: PE
Wednesday: 1st and 3rd Wednesday will be art
                    2nd and 4th Wednesday will be music
Thursday: Computers: we will focus on math strategies
Friday: Centers and Classroom parties when appropriate

*If any of the parents of PM kindergartners would like to volunteer to help with the music and art activities, please send me an e-mail asap.
Thanks for all you patience and help with these changes.

Daily Schedule

Here is our daily schedule:

8:30-8:45 Self-Start Activity                                          
8:45-9:00 Circle Time                                                      
9:00-9:23 Reading and Writing Activity                             
9:23-10:13 Reading Groups                       
10:15-10:30 Recess/drinks/bathroom break
10:30-10:50 Alternating Activities                                     
10:50-11:10 Math                                                            
11:10-11:20 Story Time, Clean-up and Dismiss                 
12:20-12:35 Self-Start Activity
12:35-12:50 Circle Time
12:50-1:00 Story Time
1:00-1:45 Reading Groups
1:45-2:10 Reading and Writing Activity
2:10-2:25 recess/ drinks/ bathroom break
2:25-2:45 Math
2:45-3:05 Alternating Activities
*Activities are subject to change depending on school activities

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Welcome to our blog!!!

I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten. This blog is where I will post classroom happenings, announcements, and homework. Please check in often to see what we have been doing in class!!!