What Treat Will Ruben Eat?

Teaching young students about not sharing food after teaching them to share everything else can be difficult sometimes. Allergies are much more common and due to the severity of some food allergies schools must be diligent.

Author and Kennett Consolidated School District parent, Mr. John Aranton, Jr., has been a huge help to the staff at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center with his educational, entertaining story about a raccoon named Ruben. Each year, Mr. Aranton, shares his story through a children’s book he authored after dealing with allergies himself. The book tells the story of a raccoon named Ruben who is embarrassed about his allergies but comes to find out his friends are more accepting than he had anticipated.

This year’s kindergarten students were a great audience and they proved it by answering questions about the story and about allergies themselves. Mr. Aranton hands out either a sticker of Ruben or a bookmark for questions answered correctly. The students were engaged and have a much better understanding of why we shouldn’t share food and to ask questions prior to spending time with friends outside of school.

This is the book authored by a KCSD parent to help students learn about allergies. Written by John Aranton Jr.
Students win bookmarks or stickers. Students stand with Mr. Aranton for a photo celebrating their correct answers during the presentation.
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December is a Month for Generosity

Each year during the holidays, students are selected to receive a little north pole magic. December is also the month we learn and speak about generosity during our Mindful Monday lessons.

The staff at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center takes this effort very seriously. Full of kindness, compassion, and generosity, staff pulls wish lists off of a Christmas tree in the faculty room. Each tag is labeled with the age and wishes of an unsuspecting child from the local area. The items listed are prepared only with an age and their desires.

Within a day or two of the tags being placed on the tree, the bottom of tree becomes a holding area for wishes coming true. Parents are contacted and the gifts are delivered just in time for Christmas morning.

It is our hope and wish that our entire Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center Family has a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends.

Staff helps bring holiday cheer to local families. A picture of gifts from staff members to students.
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Kindergarten Students Earn a Ride on the Polar Express!

In November, Principal Mrs. April Reynolds gave the students of Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center a goal. Their goal was to bring in 600 cans of non-perishable items to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Their prize – a pajama day and a whole school showing of “The Polar Express!”

All month long, Nurse Kelly Hostetler and Mrs. Jane Henry collected, counted, and kept track of how many items were donated. The totals were announced on the intercom so that students could hear their progress.

Nurse Kelly and Mrs. Henry are proud to announce that the students not only met their goal, but they more than doubled it! To date, the amount collected is 1,145. With a few more days to donate, we couldn’t prouder of our students as they make a difference in the lives of others.

One of our school rules is “Take care of others.” Our students are truly living out the words they recite every morning.

Kindergarten students collect can goods for Ronald McDonald House Nurse Kelly and Mrs. Henry display all of the donated items collected in November and December.
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Lend a Hand, Give a Can

Mrs. Jane Henry, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center Administrative Assistant and Mrs. Kelly Hostettler, School Nurse, have teamed up to organize a food drive at the school.

Families are asked to send in cans of food, boxed foods, dry goods, and paper products to help the Ronald McDonald Charities.

According to thethe Ronald McDonald Charities’ website, “Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost.”

Items can be sent in your child’s book bag until December 22, 2017.

Thank you in advance for helping other families during their time of need.

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Big Sister, Little Sister Begins

Each month laughter and chatter can be heard filling the hallways at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. An after school program called Big Sister/Little Sister gives kindergarten girls an opportunity to meet and connect with a student from Kennett High School.

The program, in it’s second year, allows students to meet together once a month. They enjoy a sharing circle, an activity, and a craft with their “sister.”

The program has proven to be successful as each year the interest is outstanding. The program is at full capacity and the girls could not be more excited.

High school students have fun with kindergarteners. High school students and students from MDLKC pose for a picture at Big Sisiter/Little Sister.
High school students have fun with kindergarteners. Kindergarten girls share activity time with their big sisters from Kennett High School.
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Family Reading Night is a Hit!

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, families filled Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center for the annual “Family Reading Night.” Organized by Dr. Tricia O’Laughlin, this is the third year that the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center has played host to this thrilling evening.

Throughout the night, family members get to see some of the activities that students use during their school day. There are three stations totaling about an hour of activity. At the three stations, families are shown ideas for helping with handwriting and introduced to our Handwriting Without Tears program; they are given the opportunity to log into Reading Eggs and Mathseeds with the assistance of teachers; and families are introduced to some of the phonics instruction students receive at school.

The program provides, not only an opportunity for families to see what the students are learning, but also time to ask questions of their child’s teachers. This family night provides a glimpse into those activities while promoting reading as a partnership between the school and the home.

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Kennett Fire Company Visits Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

In early October, Kennett Fire Company visited Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center for their annual Fire Prevention Program. Students learned about fire equipment, fire fighting gear, and also what to do in case of a fire. Students were also treated to their very own Kennett Fire Company fire hats that the entire school wore to their buses. The information presented was extremely important, but also fun and engaging for the students. Everyone at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center appreciates our emergency personnel from Kennett Fire Company No. 24 for making sure we all know what to do in case of emergency.

 
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Mindfulness Matters

Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kourtney Phillips, introduced mindfulness to the students at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center in an exciting new way for the 2017-2018 school year! The program is called Mindful Movement and is the newest favorite at the school.

In the second year of mindful instruction, Mrs. Phillips is teaching classrooms of students how to calm their minds as well as their bodies and to be “in the here and now”in order to have the best experience throughout the day. Mindful Movement is a variation of yoga that initiates thoughtful movements while the instructor gives the directions. It incorporates listening, movement, and relaxation into one activity. The movements themselves require students to be on yoga mats while their minds are taking in refreshing instruction.

In addition to Mindful Movement, Mrs. Phillips also uses morning announcements on Mondays to motivate teachers and students to use mindfulness in their morning routines. Mindfulness Mondays also give teachers a resource to use in their morning meeting such as a greeting, an activity, or a moment to reflect. These activities illicit feelings of togetherness, community, belonging, and, most of all, caring. Each classroom received a singing bowl this year to assist teachers in facilitating relaxing conversations, breathing techniques, and activities to focus the student’s energy.

Mindful Movement is another way that teachers at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are meeting the needs of all learners. By incorporating the students’ emotional growth into their educational experiences an amazing learning environment is created.

Students participate in yoga. Mrs. Phillips shows students how to calm their mind through mindful movement.
M Pod has their first Mindful Movement lesson. Mrs. Phillips shows students how to calm their mind through mindful movement.
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An Apple Picking We Will Go!

Fall is for leaves changing colors, cooler temperatures (usually), pumpkins, and everything apple!

This month, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center students were treated to a delightfully delicious field trip to Highland Orchard to celebrate the start of school, their apple theme, and fall!

Each class went on a hayride to the apple field where the students exited the wagon and received a bag. Guided by knowledgeable farmers, each student chose an apple from three different varieties available at Highland Orchard. After the students filled their bags, they reloaded the wagon and made their way to the pumpkin patch. There, the farmers showed the students the life cycle of a pumpkin using tangible examples right from the field. The farmer very carefully chose a pumpkin for the class as the students yelled out their wishes for the perfect pumpkin. The farmers shared that always have a good time choosing as the students guide them to their dream pumpkin.

After the hayride came the most delicious and sweetly scented part of the trip. Students entered a classroom of benches and … there was an apple grinder! Each student got a turn to use the apple grinder as they assisted their farmer in the production of fresh apple cider. Everyone received a cup of cider and a fresh baked apple cider doughnut. As one can imagine, they do not last long.

The scarecrow building was up next. It is usually the last leg of the trip. The students really enjoyed stuffing and fluffing their scarecrow to perfection. When it is completely assembled, the scarecrow joins the students and staff back to it’s new home at MDLKC.

This trip is one of the best and the farmers are outstanding. Our students enjoyed the apples, the scarecrow, the sweet treats, and the ride.

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