Welcome to the KC and KM website!  Here you will find news about your children’s activities at school, reminders for upcoming events, links to important sites, and general TDS news.

May Talented Tornadoes:  KC – Bella; KM – Henry, Skylar, Waverly

May Birthdays:

Highlights from last week: 

Last week was another wonderful week in Kindergarten!  We continued finding patterns in our May calendar cards.  We also practiced our addition and subtraction skills through games and centers in Math.  For language arts, we reviewed antonyms with a fun project that resulted in class books called Harry the Opposite Dog.  First we read Harry the Dirty Dog.  Then we made a list of antonyms.  Lastly, we each illustrated the character Harry in two opposite ways for our class books.  We also started learning about Fairy Tales and the kinds of characters in them.

For Mindfulness, we reviewed everything we’ve done this year.  Then we each illustrated a picture of something that makes us happy.  We realized that we have learned A LOT of different ways to use mindfulness, like when we are sitting on the rug, walking to PE, eating our food, or playing with friends on the playground to name just a few!

The week was especially fun because it was Pet Week!  Everyone agreed that the best part of the week were the pet shares.  Thanks to all who brought in pets or helped work on pet posters.  We learned so much about the pets who live with our little ones as well as the many responsibilities of being a pet owner.

When the school week was over, we kept going!  Students from both classes came to the Durham Farmer’s Market to help sell lemonade and raise money for Alex’s Lemonade, a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.  The ice-cold lemonade was a hit in the heat.  With their third-grade buddies showing them what to do, the children worked hard to help make a difference.  Way to go KC and KM!

Mindful Challenge: Find ways to use mindfulness when we are not doing it during school.

This week in kindergarten….

“Popcorn Words” – does, us, must

Reading – fairy tales (character traits and setting)

Writing Workshop – fairy tales

Math – subtraction and addition games

Social Studies – Father’s Day and Kindergarten Celebration preparation

Science – Building things

Special Announcements:

Science Lab Critters: The LS lab animals are looking for homes over summer break. We have gerbils, 2 sets of dwarf hamsters, and fire-belly toads. Dr. Nelson is happy to provide instructions, starter food, and supplies. Please contact her if you are available to care for some of them.

Share Calendar – We are each sharing our favorite song and why it is our favorite for the month of May.  (Poems do not need to be memorized and a teacher can read it if needed.)  You can download your class’ May Share Schedule below:
For KC, please click here.
For KM, please click here.

Mystery Reader – Please sign up to be a Mystery Reader in our class:
For KC, please click here.
For KM, please click here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at or

Mrs. Cowan and Ms. Morgan


“Popcorn words” we have learned so far:

is, the, it, see, an, can, ran, go, to, we, look, do, at, are, am, in, for, or, they, on, you, all, of, but, and, like, said, by, no, he, she that, not, will, come, his, her, me, be, was, my, with, this, play, yes, so, have, what, out, your, good, has, as, had, get, from, new, help, make, how, when, who, little, some, where, here, now

Upcoming Events

May 26 – Assembly

May 29 – NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day

June 2nd – Kindergarten Celebration at 9:00 in the gym

June 6th – **CHANGE** Full day dismissal for the last day of school

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does school begin for my child?

A. You are more than welcome to send your child to school as early as 7:45am. If your child arrives before 8am they will go straight to the gym for Walking Club. Walking Club is a great way for students to interact and get some energy out in the morning.


Q. When does school end for my child?

A. Students will arrive at After School Care or Car Line at 3pm. If you are picking up your child in Car Line please make sure that you arrive early or on time in order to help make dismissal as smooth as possible. If you arrive early please park in the parking lot across the street from the school. We highly encourage parents to help their child become independent with buckling themselves into their car seat.


Q. What should I pack my child for snack?

A. Here at TDS we highly encourage parents to pack 1 healthy snack for their child.


Q. How much time do the students play throughout the day?

A. We truly believe in the importance of learning through play! Students will have many chances throughout the day to interact with one another. We take many “brain breaks” and participate in energizers.  We also have designated times to play indoors and outdoors.


Q. How long is rest time, and what will my child need?

A. The students will have rest time for 30 minutes everyday. We will provide mats for each child. 


Q. What kinds of clothes should the kids wear?

A. It is very important that the students are comfortable while they are school. Please make sure that your child does not wear flip-flops for safety purposes during outdoor play. If your child is wearing a dress it is important that she wears shorts underneath.