Pre-K 2’s News Round-Up for the Week of June 17, 2019

Can you believe that this is our last newsletter! All too soon we must end our school year! On behalf of Mrs. Romanello, Mrs. La Tempa, Mrs. Lutsky and myself, I would like to thank each of you for entrusting your child to our care this year. It has been a busy and exciting year and all of the children have grown so much! It has been our pleasure to guide them and share with them the exciting adventures of Pre-K; we will miss each and every one of our children! We wish our alumni a wonderful summer vacation and all the best in Kindergarten, wherever they may be! Remember to watch for our butterflies in your garden this summer and remember what fun we had raising and releasing them! A great big “Thank You!!!” to our two wonderful class parents, Mrs. Stacey Capeleris and Mrs. Rosemary Cipriani Sklar for all the help you provided throughout the year, you have truly made my job a little easier! Also a huge “Thank You!!!” to all our many Mystery Readers, the children loved the anticipation and excitement of guessing who it would be and truly enjoyed each of the stories you have shared with us!

Step Up Ceremony Information:

Please bring your child directly to the classroom at 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday; they will not need their backpacks. You may also drop off your party supplies at this time (remember: 18 children + parents and guests) and then please leave. We will need a few minutes to toilet the children and prepare them for their procession into the gym.

Parents and guests may enter the gym at 8:45 a.m. to find seats.

Children should wear comfortable, light clothes as the gym and the classroom will be warm. No loose shoes or long dresses on girls please as we must use the stairs and these items are a tripping hazard; no loose shoes on boys and please no suits that will be too uncomfortable in the heat, thanks.

The children will process in and up the center aisle; please remain in your seats so as not to frighten the children, thank you.

After the ceremony is completed children will process back to our classroom and will be seated at a table waiting your arrival. There will be whatever light refreshments parents have supplied arranged about the room.

Before you leave the school, please remember to take your child’s goody bag and transitional bucket along with the folder that contains your child’s certificate. You should also take your child’s work off the walls and bulletin boards to keep as cherished mementos of your child’s educational beginnings and the fun you had working together on some of these items.

Please do not bring in balloons/balloon bouquets as they are a hazard with the fans we will be using, thank you in advance.

After the party, children will leave with their parents; we should be done by 11:30 at the latest.

Once again, thank you for this opportunity to work with and get to know your child; each one of my students always holds a special place in my heart and a special, wonderful memory. Enjoy your summer!

Love,

Mrs. Lake

Enjoy Your Summer!!

Pre-K 2 News Round-Up for the Week of June 10, 2019

A Note to Parents:
This is our last full week of class! As we come closer to our Closing Ceremony, please note that we have posted a “Giving Tree” listing items needed for our party following the ceremony. We are asking each family to try to pick at least one item to bring for our party. Please note the following schedule information:

1. The Pre-K for All Step-Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 9:00 A.M. in the Gym. We will have a small party in our classroom following (please see the Giving Tree for items we still need for the party, thanks!). Please see the notes for Tuesday sent home with this letter.
2. Due to the closeness of the room, students may invite up to a maximum of 4 guests each.
3. Tuesday, June 18 is the last day of school for Pre-K for All; have a great summer!
4. Please bring non-perishable items to our classroom any time this week or by Monday, June 17. All perishable items may be brought in on Tuesday, June 18.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our 10th and final Unit of Study: Transformation. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What kinds of change happen in nature? How will I continue to change and grow?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Many things around me change
2. There are many ways objects can change;
3. There are many kinds of changes in nature;
4. Some things about me change and some things stay the same.

This week we will look at what things in nature change (caterpillars to butterflies, tadpoles to frogs, etc.) and we will discuss how we will change and grow and how we remain the same. We will measure ourselves in our Block Center, mix paint colors in Art, and create a Kindergarten classroom in Dramatic Play. We will celebrate Lia’s and Julia’s summer birthdays and we will have our final Mystery Reader this Thursday! A big “Thank You!” to all those family members who have so generously given up your free time to come and read to our class; the children love Mystery Reader!

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Birth, butterfly, camouflage, caterpillar, chrysalis, cocoon, combine, continue, egg, experience, independent, learn, life cycle, recycle, responsible, re-use, re-purpose, seasons, stages.

FEP: The Night (Child’s Name) Was Born. Please see the online directions and help your child write the story of the night your child was born. Please include pictures/photos/drawings to make this memory come alive for your child. Your child may decorate the paper or mount it on construction paper no larger than 9 x12. Due Monday, June 10.

Books we will read this week:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.ATL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.ATL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.3 (Technology): Expresses an understanding of how technology affects them in daily life & how it can be used to solve problems; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.4(Social Studies): Develops an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to present and future activities; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.5(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual with their own abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests; PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K 2’s New Round-Up for the Week of June 3, 2019

A Note to Parents:

As we come closer to our Closing Ceremony, please note that we have posted a “Giving Tree” listing items needed for our party following the ceremony. We are asking each family to try to pick at least one item to bring for our party. Please note the following schedule information:

1. Please return the Family Option Letter concerning Kindergarten arrangements for your child;
2. This Friday, June 7 Pre K for All has a full day with After School available;
3. Step-Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 9:00 A.M. in the Gym. We will have a small party in our classroom following (please see note re the Giving Tree). This is the last day of school for Pre K for All. More information about the ceremony will follow as we get closer to the date.
4. Pre-K Religion classes have finished for this year, we revert back to our usual schedule and arrival procedures.
5. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our 10th and final Unit of Study: Transformation. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What changes around me and how can objects change?
2. What kinds of changes happen in nature? How will I continue to grow?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Many things around me change
2. There are many ways objects can change;
3. There are many kinds of changes in nature;
4. Some things about me change and some things stay the same.

During the week we will look at what things around us change and how they change (ex.: my feelings, my clothes, my neighborhood, my school); we will measure ourselves in our Block Center, mix paint colors in Art, and create a Kindergarten classroom in Dramatic Play. The June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door and I believe is full for these two weeks! A big Thank You!” to all those who will and/or have given up your time to come and read to our class; the children love Mystery Reader!

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Appearance, change, date, feelings, larger, longer, narrower, objects, state, shorter, seasons, smaller, transform, transition, weather, wider

FEP: The Night (Child’s Name) Was Born. Please see the attached directions and help your child write the story of the night your child was born. Please include pictures/photos/drawings to make this memory come alive for your child. Your child may decorate the paper or mount it on construction paper no larger that 9 x12. Due Monday, June 10.

Books we will read this week:
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.ATL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.ATL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.3 (Technology): Expresses an understanding of how technology affects them in daily life & how it can be used to solve problems; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.4(Social Studies): Develops an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to present and future activities; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.5(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual with their own abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests; PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of May 27, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable long weekend! Last week we released our butterflies and hopefully they will visit us in our gardens over the summer! We made baby animals from Styrofoam noodles and pipe cleaners, and we created a veterinarian’s office! Please note the following schedule information:
1. Please return the forms distributed last week indicating where your child will attend Kindergarten as it will be used to forward records;
2. Step-Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th; this is the last day of school for Pre K for All. More information about the ceremony will follow as we get closer to the date.
3. Pre-K Religion classes have finished for this year, we revert back to our usual schedule and arrival procedures.
4. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will finish our study of Unit 9: Babies. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What do human babies need?
2. What can we learn about animal babies?
3. How do babies change?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Human babies need special food and care;
2. Animal babies need special food and care;
3. There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for;
4. All babies grow.

This week we will create pictures of ourselves Then/Now, and When I Grow Up…; we will also create our homes in Dramatic Play where we will care for our babies. The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks! Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Adult, babble, big, change, child, coo, crawl, grow, height, roll, size, small, talk, tiny, toddler, walk, weight.

FEP: Nothing new; we are presenting our Timelines this week and enjoying our stories;

Books we will read this week:
When I Was Little: A Four Year-Old’s Memoirs of Her Youth, by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.ATL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.ATL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.3 (Technology): Expresses an understanding of how technology affects them in daily life & how it can be used to solve problems; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.4(Social Studies): Develops an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to present and future activities; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.5(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual with their own abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests; PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K 2’s News Round-Up for the Week of May 20, 2019

We had a great week studying human babies last week; the children created baby bottles, rattles and pacifiers using paper towel tubes, pipe cleaners and craft buttons; what great imaginations! Please note the following schedule information:
1. Monday, May 27 school will be closed for everyone in observance of Memorial Day;
2. Step Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th ; this is the last day of school for Pre K for All. More information about the ceremony will follow as we get closer to the date.
3. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
4. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we continue our study of Unit 9: Babies. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What do human babies need?
2. What can we learn about animal babies?
3. How do babies change?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Human babies need special food and care;
2. Animal babies need special food and care;
3. There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for;
4. All babies grow.

This week we will create a Veterinarian’s office in Dramatic Play and we will create pictures of baby animals in their habitat in Art. Our Caterpillars are in the chrysalis stage so we are hoping to see some butterflies this week! As we wait we will learn about the butterfly life cycle. The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks! Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Brood, calf, duckling, egg, elephant, frog, habitat, hatch, tadpole, veterinarian, zoologist.

FEP:
Create a timeline of your child’s life since birth. A minimum of 5 pictures/drawings and captions should be included. This project is due this Friday, May 24. Please see directions attached to last week’s newsletter for this project.

Books we will read this week:
Stellaluna! by Janelle Cannon.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; PK.AL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.AL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.3 (Technology): Expresses an understanding of how technology affects them in daily life & how it can be used to solve problems; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.5(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K 2 News Round-Up for the Week of May 13, 2019

What a great time we had at the Special Person’s Day party! Thank you for sharing your time with us; the children love having visitors! Please note the following schedule information:

1. Monday, May 27 school will be closed for everyone in observance of Memorial Day;
2. Step Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th ; this is the last day of school for Pre K for All. More information about the ceremony will follow as we get closer to the date.
3. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
4. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will start our study of Unit 9: Babies. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What do human babies need?
2. What can we learn about animal babies? (Two weeks)
3. How do babies change?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Human babies need special food and care;
2. Animal babies need special food and care;
3. There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for;
4. All babies grow.

This week we will create a Nursery or Pediatrician’s office in Dramatic Play and we will create baby rattles in Art. In addition, last week the children noticed how large our caterpillars have gotten; this week they should be entering the chrysalis stage so we will continue to wait anxiously for our butterflies to emerge! As we wait we will learn about the butterfly life cycle. Our green beans are also sprouting and the children are very excited! The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Adopted, appointment, baby, bassinet, bib, bottle, born, care, car seat, clothing, cradle, crib, cry, diaper, gentle, hospital, infant, lullaby, newborn, nursery, nurture, parent, pediatrician, premature, sleep, stroller, swaddle.

FEP:
Create a timeline of your child’s life since birth. A minimum of 5 pictures/drawings and captions should be included. This project is due Friday, May 24. Please see attached directions and timeline handout for this project.

Books we will read this week:
Everywhere Babies! by Susan Meyers.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; PK.AL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.AL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.5(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K2 New Round-Up for the Week of May 6, 2019

A Note to Parents:
The children have been busy “bees” working on their Mother’s Day gifts and creating a florist shop in dramatic play as we start our last week studying plants. There is a lot going on this week so please note the following important schedule information:

1. Due to the local road closures Pre K will be dismissed at 2:30 from the 217 St. door on Monday and possibly Tuesday. This is being done in order to allow other classes in the building use of the 217 St. doorway at dismissal since the other doors can’t be accessed due to the construction.
2. Wednesday, May 8 is a Professional Development Day for the Pre-K staff. There will be NO PRE-K this day.
3. Friday, May 10 is our Special Person’s Day party! This week please return all forms indicating who will be your child’s Special Guest;
4. Monday, May 27 school will be closed for everyone in observance of Memorial Day;
5. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
6. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will finish our study of Unit 8: Plants. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What are plants? We will begin to look at the parts of plants.
2. What do plants need and where do we find them? (Soil, Water, Light)
3. What are some different kinds of plants?
4. Why are plants important?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function;
2. Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients(soil), and light to live;
3. Plants are all around us;
4. There are many different kinds of plants;
5. Plants are important for many reasons.

This week we will take a plant taste test to see what parts of the plant we are eating (ie, carrots are roots, celery are stems, etc…). We will try to get our nature walk in this week, weather permitting, to observe as many different kinds of plants that we can find. In addition, we received our caterpillars last Friday and we look forward to watching them as they transform into beautiful butterflies! The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Compost, edible, fabric, habitat, harvest, medicine, shade, shelter, vegetarian, wood.

FEP: Nothing this week. Our bee projects are beautiful and wonderfully creative!

Books we will read this week:
The Vegetables We Eat, by Gail Gibbons.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of April 29, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful vacation! The children had a lovely time at our Spring celebration and enjoyed wearing their bunny ears!

Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Friday, May 3 is a FULL DAY FOR PRE-K although Nursery and Kindergarten through 8th grade will dismiss at 11:30 for their monthly faculty meeting.
2. Wednesday, May 8 is a Professional Development Day for the Pre-K staff. There will be NO PRE-K this day.
3. Friday, May 10 is our Special Person’s Day party! This week please return all forms indicating who will be your child’s Special Guest;
4. Monday, May 27 school will be closed for everyone in observance of Memorial Day;
5. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
6. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we continue our study of Unit 8: Plants. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What are plants? We will begin to look at the parts of plants.
2. What do plants need and where do we find them? (Soil, Water, Light)
3. What are some different kinds of plants?
4. Why are plants important?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function;
2. Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients(soil), and light to live;
3. Plants are all around us;
4. There are many different kinds of plants;
5. Plants are important for many reasons.

This week we will plant our seeds and dissect a bean seed to look at the parts of the seed. In addition we will look at different kinds of plants, such as succulents, evergreens, fruits, vegetables, trees, bushes and flowering plants. We will also take a nature walk (weather permitting) and observe as many different kinds of plants that we can find. The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!
Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases, initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Bush, cactus, evergreen, grass, herbs, seaweed, succulent, tree, weeds, vegetables, water lily.

FEP:
The Bee Project – see attached directions.

Books we will read this week:
An Orange in January, by Diana Hutts Aston.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of April 15, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:

1. Wednesday, April 17 is an 11:30 AM dismissal for all students including Pre-K for All; NO AFTERSCHOOL AVAILABLE. Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, April 17. Beginning Thursday, April 18, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will close for Easter Break; all classes, including Pre-K for All, are cancelled. The school will re-open for classes on Monday, April 29, 2019.
2. Wednesday, April 17 we will celebrate Spring with a special snack. Please send in treats by Tuesday, April 16.
3. Wednesday, May 8 is a Professional Development Day for the Pre-K staff. There will be NO PRE-K this day.
4. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
5. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we continue our study of Unit 8: Plants. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What are plants? We will begin to look at the parts of plants.
2. What do plants need and where do we find them? (Soil, Water, Light)
3. What are some different kinds of plants?
4. Why are plants important?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function;
2. Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients(soil), and light to live;
3. Plants are all around us;
4. There are many different kinds of plants;
5. Plants are important for many reasons.

We were all excited to see how our celery turned red or blue (depending on the water color) after we put the freshly cut, flowered stalks in colored water! The red color was very noticeable. The children were able to see how the celery “drank” the water as well as how it traveled from the stem to the leaves. The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases, initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Botanist, bouquet, courtyard, environment, farm, field, farmers, forest, forester, floral arrangement, florist, gardener, ground, landscape, lawn, nature, nursery, park, patio, terrarium, vegetation, yard.

FEP:
Nothing this week!

Books we will read this week:
The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Have a safe and restful break, see you when we return on Monday, April 29!

Pre K2 News Round-Up for the Week of April 8, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Wednesday, April 17 is an 11:30 AM dismissal for all students including Pre-K for All; NO AFTERSCHOOL AVAILABLE. Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, April 17. Beginning Thursday, April 18, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will close for Easter Break; all classes, including Pre-K for All, are cancelled. The school will re-open for classes on Monday, April 29, 2019.
2. Wednesday, April 17 we will celebrate Spring with a special snack. Please send in treats by Tuesday, April 16.
3. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
4. Please make sure your child has a complete change of seasonally appropriate clothes in his/her bin, thank you.

What We’re Learning:
This week we begin our study of Unit 8: Plants. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What are plants? We will begin to look at the parts of plants.
2. What do plants need and where do we find them? (Soil, Water, Light)
3. What are some different kinds of plants?
4. Why are plants important?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function;
2. Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients(soil), and light to live;
3. Plants are all around us;
4. There are many different kinds of plants;
5. Plants are important for many reasons.

The children had a wonderful time with Ms. Esther from APEC who brought us Sam the box turtle, Chi Chi the corn snake, Julie the ring neck dove, and Quinn the rabbit. The children were able to pet the animals and we learned many interesting facts about each animal. This week we will learn about the parts of a plant and we will see what happens to celery when we put it in colored water! The May/June Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases, initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Botany, branch, bud, bulb, dirt, flower, food, fruit, grow, leaves, nutrients, petals, plant, pollen, rain, roots, seed, seedling, soil, sprinkler, sprout, stem, sunlight, trunk, vine, water, watering can.

FEP:
Poster: Three Things Plants Need to Live (see attached).

Books we will read this week:
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.5 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates persistence; PK.CLL.1(Speaking & Listening): With guidance & support, participates in collaborative conversations with Pre-K partners about Pre-K topic and textsPK.CLL.4: Demonstrates s/he building background knowledge; PK.ATL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.