News Round-Up for the Week of January 27, 2020

A Note to Parents:

Last week we created door decorations about what we love about school, please see your child’s artwork! This week we continue with our unit on Transportation. This is a popular unit with the children as we talk about and create various modes of transportation. In our centers we will be “traveling” therefore if anyone has any used Metro or LIRR train tickets they could donate for our playtime it would be appreciated! Since this week is Catholic Schools Week we will have a few changes to our class schedule as we enjoy a Mad Science presentation and Buddy Day with our 2nd Grade friends! In addition, please note the “dress down” days listed below also.

Please Note a temporary change to our schedule: For the month of January we will have gym on Wednesdays at 9:00 therefore students must wear sneakers every Wednesday in order to participate in gym. In addition, please try to be on time each day as we begin our schedule by 8:30 each morning. All parents/guardians should be out of the room by or before 8:30 in order that we may begin our schedule, thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Sunday, January 26 – Catholic Schools Week begins with 9:30 am Mass in the Church followed by Open House at the School with refreshments and a Scholastic Book Fair in the school cafeteria;
2. Monday, January 27 – Dress Code: Fashion Disaster Day;
3. Tuesday, January 28 – Spirit Day! Dress Code: School colors Red & White;
4. Wednesday, January 29 – Think Pink! Dress Code: Pink. The Student Council will collect a voluntary $2.00 donation for the Breast Cancer Foundation;
5. Friday February 7 – Full day for Pre-K; Grades N, K-8 will have an early dismissal with After School available;
6. Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 – School Closed for Winter Break.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, I have posted the January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet, we need readers for February if you are available, thank you!

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our fifth unit of study: Transportation. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. How do we stay safe when using transportation?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. I use transportation to get to pre-K and other places.
2. We use different types of transportation for different reasons.
3. Vehicles move in different ways.
4. My family is important and unique.
5. Some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers.
6. There are many ways to stay safe when using transportation.

This week we will talk about who operates the various modes of transportation we see in our community. We will continue to build our 3-D transportation vehicles and we will celebrate Lunar New Year with Calla’s mother this Monday! We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include: airplane, airport, ambulance, bus driver, cement mixer, conductor, crossing guard, EMT, engineer, fire engine, firefighter, helicopter, locomotive, mail carrier, mail truck, operator, pilot, police car, police officer, train tracks.

FEP: Nothing this week! Thank you for all your work with your children on our Transportation posters which we continue to discuss this week.

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”; 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.5 (Counting & Cardinality):Identifies whether the number of objects in one group is greater than/fewer than/equal to the number of objects in another group.

News Round-Up for the Week of January 20, 2020

A Note to Parents:

Last week we began our new unit on Transportation. This is a popular unit with the children as we talk about and create various modes of transportation. In our centers we will be “traveling” therefore if anyone has any used Metro or LIRR train tickets they could donate for our playtime it would be appreciated!

Please Note a temporary change to our schedule: For the month of January we will have gym on Wednesdays at 9:00 therefore students must wear sneakers every Wednesday in order to participate in gym In addition, please try to be on time each day as we begin our schedule by 8:30 each morning. All parents/guardians should be out of the room by or before 8:30 in order that we may begin our schedule, thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Wednesday, January 22 – Harper’s Last Day; we will have a little party to wish our friend good luck in her new home;
2. Friday, January 24 – Lunar New Year – We will celebrate with a small party in class;
3. Sunday, January 26 – Catholic Schools Week begins with 9:30 am Mass in the Church followed by Open House at the School;
4. Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 – School Closed for Winter Break.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, I have posted the January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet for sign-up; thank you to our many exciting Mystery Readers!

What We’re Learning:

This week we will continue our fifth unit of study: Transportation. We will focus on the following concepts:

1. What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. How do we stay safe when using transportation?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:

1. I use transportation to get to pre-K and other places.
2. We use different types of transportation for different reasons.
3. Vehicles move in different ways.
4. My family is important and unique.
5. Some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers.
6. There are many ways to stay safe when using transportation.

This week we will talk about how various modes of transportation are similar and different and we will go over our posters with the Air, Land, Sea categories into which we have sorted various modes of transportation. We will build various forms of transportation and experiment with shapes and how they aid us in transportation. We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include: axle, cargo, crutches, drive, engine, ferry, fly, mechanic, motor, propeller, ramp, roll, run, transport, tunnel, walk, walker, wheelchair.

FEP: Transportation Poster. Please help your child create a Transportation poster on construction paper (no bigger than 12 x 18) as per the attached/online directions. Due 1/24/2020.

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”; 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.5 (Counting & Cardinality):Identifies whether the number of objects in one group is greater than/fewer than/equal to the number of objects in another group.

PreK-2 News Round-Up for the Week of January 13, 2020

A Note to Parents:
Last week was our final week on the subject of Where We Live. Some of the children chose to make birds’ nests or stick houses of their homes. In addition, the children brought in beautiful and interesting dioramas of various animal habitats; they had a great time explaining to their classmates how they made the habitats and what they knew about the animals. Thank you for all your hard work on this project!

Please note a temporary change to our schedule: For the month of January we will have gym on Wednesdays at 9:00 therefore students must wear sneakers every Wednesday in order to participate in gym. In addition, please try to be on time each day as we begin our schedule by 8:30 each morning. All parents/guardians should be out of the room by or before 8:30 in order that we may begin our schedule, thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Friday, January 17, 2020 – Full day of school for Pre-K for All although the rest of the school will be closed;
2. Monday, January 20 – No class, school closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, I have posted the January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet for sign-up; thank you to our many exciting Mystery Readers!

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our fifth unit of study: Transportation. We will focus on the following concepts:

1. What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. How do we stay safe when using transportation?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. I use transportation to get to Pre-K and other places.
2. We use different types of transportation for different reasons.
3. Vehicles move in different ways.
4. My family is important and unique.
5. Some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers.
6. There are many ways to stay safe when using transportation.

This week we are focusing on Transportation and “What types do I use?” We will talk about how we get to school and we will create a chart showing how we each get to school. We will build various forms of transportation and experiment with shapes and how they aid us in transportation. We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include: bicycle, bus, car, fare, feet, helmet, keys, license plate, local, MetroCard, scooter, skateboard, stroller, subway, swim, taxi, train, truck, van, vehicle.

FEP: Transportation Poster. Please help your child create a Transportation poster on construction paper (no bigger than 12 x 18) as per the attached/online directions. Due 1/24/2020.

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”; 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.5 (Counting & Cardinality):Identifies whether the number of objects in one group is greater than/fewer than/equal to the number of objects in another group.

Pre-K2’s Round-Up for the Week of January 6, 2020!

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break! Thank you so much for your generous and beautiful gifts, I can’t express enough how grateful I am to everyone for their thoughtfulness. In this portion of the year we will be exploring Transportation, Light, Water, Plants, Babies, and Changes! Lots of exciting experiments are coming up as we look into these topics! Plus we will have parties to look forward to, especially our Luau this February! Aloha!

When last we met we were discussing and creating various kinds of homes we can find in New York City, in addition to celebrating the holidays with parties and crafts. This week our dioramas are due and I know the children will be very excited to explain what they created over break; I can’t wait to see them! Since we are learning about where we live, please work with your child to learn their address and phone number, two important pieces of information that each child should learn.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Monday, January 6, 2020 – Welcome back to school! Full day with aftercare available.
2. Friday, January 17, 2020 – Full day of school for Pre-K for All although the rest of the school will be closed;
3. Monday, January 20 – No class, school closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, I have posted the January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet for sign-up; thank you to our many exciting Mystery Readers!

What We’re Learning:

This week we will finish our fourth unit of study: Where We Live. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
2. Where do people and animals live?
3. What types of homes do the people in my city (NYC) live in?
4. How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Homes are the places where we live;
2. Animals and people have many different types of homes;
3. Some animals live with people;
4. People and animals make homes.

This week we are focusing on how people and animals make their homes; we will talk about drawing plans for a home (people or animal) and creating it from materials in our classroom. We will discuss the use of blueprints, the materials real homes are made from, architects and their jobs and how animals make their homes and the materials they use. We will talk about shapes and how they are used in building our homes. We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include: architect, backyard, blueprint, build, bricks, cement, concrete, construction, exit, fire escape, floor plans, glass, metal, shingles, and straw.

FEP: Animal Habitat Diorama. Please help your child pick a favorite animal and create a shoe box diorama of the animal’s habitat. Previously we discussed ocean, woodland, desert, and polar habitats and what animals we would find in each; we also discussed which animals we would find on a farm. Dioramas will be due on Friday, January 10 after we return from break. Please see the online directions. You may bring in your diorama early if it is ready.

On behalf of myself, Mrs. Romanello, Mrs. LaTempa, Mrs. Lutzky, Mrs. Cosgrove, and Mrs. Conlan, I would like to thank all of our families for entrusting your children to our care; each child is a special gift and holds a very special place in our hearts; we are “ohana” (family). I would also like to thank our Mystery Readers and families who have contributed their time and talents to make our class exciting and interesting. We thank you all for your kindness and generosity over this holiday season and we are glad to be back with your children!

Pre-K2’s Round-up for the Week of December 16, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Last week we discussed animals and their homes. On that note, please save your shoe boxes for our FEP where your child will create an animal home diorama using a shoe box, please see below for the details. Since we are learning about where we live, please work with your child to learn their address and phone number, two important pieces of information that each child should learn.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Monday, December 16 – No After School available,
2. Thursday, December 19 – Class Holiday Party. Please bring in any goody bags today to be sent home to classmates.
3. Friday, December 20 – Full day of school, No After School available. School closed for Christmas break.
4. Monday, January 6, 2020 – Welcome back to school! Full day with aftercare available.
5. Monday, January 20 – No class, school closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our fourth unit of study: Where We Live. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
2. Where do people and animals live?
3. What types of homes do the people in my city (NYC) live in?
4. How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Homes are the places where we live;
2. Animals and people have many different types of homes;
3. Some animals live with people;
4. People and animals make homes.

This week we are focusing on the kinds of homes/buildings we find in our city. We will talk about houses, apartment buildings, hotels, skyscrapers, etc. We will also touch on where other people may live, including tents, castles, pueblos, etc. This week the children will create their home using Popsicle sticks and glue by gluing the sticks on tag board paper in the shape of their homes. They will then draw windows, doors and other details on their homes. We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include: Attic, apartment, basement, castle, door, elevator, farm, floor, garage, house, roof, skyline, skyscraper, shelter, stairs, and window.

FEP: Animal Habitat Diorama. Please help your child pick a favorite animal and create a shoebox diorama of the animal’s habitat. Last week we discussed ocean, woodland, desert, and polar habitats and what animals we would find in each; we also discussed which animals we would find on a farm. Dioramas will be due on Friday, January 10 after we return from break. Please see attached and/or online directions.

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”. PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things.

On behalf of myself, Mrs. Romanello, Mrs. LaTempa, Mrs. Lutsky, Mrs. Cosgrove, and Mrs. Conlan, I would like to thank all of our families for entrusting your children to our care; each child is a special gift and holds a special place in our hearts. I would also like to thank our Mystery Readers and families who have contributed their time and talents to make our class exciting and interesting. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break filled with the joy and happiness that this season brings to us all! See you in 2020!

Pre-K2’s Round-Up for the Week of December 9, 2019

REMINDER: NO CLASS MONDAY, DECEMBER 9; SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. SEE YOU TUESDAY!

A Note to Parents:
Last week we began our unit Where We Live and we talked about the kinds of homes in which people live in Bayside. We drew pictures of our home and our family and this week we will discuss animals and their homes. On that note, please save your shoe boxes for an upcoming FEP where your child will create an animal home diorama using a shoe box! Since we are learning about where we live, please work with your child to learn their address and phone number, two important pieces of information that each child should learn.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Monday, December 16 – No After School available,
2. Thursday, December 19 – Class Holiday Party. Please bring in any goody bags today to be sent home to classmates.
3. Friday, December 20 – Full day of school, No After School available. School closed for Christmas break, reopening Monday, January 6, 2020!

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our fourth unit of study: Where We Live. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
2. Where do people and animals live?
3. What types of homes do the people in my city (NYC) live in?
4. How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Homes are the places where we live;
2. Animals and people have many different types of homes;
3. Some animals live with people;
4. People and animals make homes.

This week we are focusing on where animals live; we will be talking about different kinds of animals and their habitats. We will look at the woodland, ocean, desert and polar habitats in particular and discuss different kinds of bears, fish, moose, rabbits, wolves, snakes, lizards, etc. We will also discuss what animals we would find on a farm. Over the holiday break your child will create a diorama from one of these habitats (or a farm) with an animal of his/her choosing so save those shoe boxes! Dioramas will be due on Monday, January 6 when we return from break. Further information/directions will be sent home next week. We will continue to discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Bedroom, burrow, den, downstairs, habitat, hibernate, hive, nest, pet, upstairs

FEP: Where I Live booklet: See online directions for a booklet to be created by your child about where he/she lives. Due: Friday, December 13.

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”. PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things.

Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of December 2, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving! Last week we finished up our Unit on All About Us; we talked about what we wanted to be when we grew up and how we are a community of friends working together doing our classroom jobs and helping each other when we need help. We also discussed Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for and we made butter for our family Thanksgiving dinners! Last Wednesday I sent home the appointments for Parent/Teacher Conferences this Thursday; I have tried to accommodate everyone within the parameters requested. If you are unable to meet at your scheduled time, please write me a note and we will reschedule for mutually convenient time on another date, thank you! This Thursday the class will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for meetings; After School is available however you will need to pack a lunch and drink for your child if using After School this Thursday.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Thursday, December 5 – Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:30 Dismissal. After School available, please pack a lunch and drink for your child if attending After School;
2. Monday, December 9 – School closed, no Pre-K for All classes.
3. Monday, December 16 – No After School available,
4. Friday, December 20 – Full day of school, No After School available. School closed for Christmas break, reopening Monday, January 6, 2020!

Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of seasonal clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, I have posted the January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet for sign-up; December is a short month and has already been filled! Thank you to our many exciting Mystery Readers!

What We’re Learning:

This week we will begin our fourth unit of study: Where We Live. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
2. Where do people and animals live?
3. What types of homes do the people in my city (NYC) live in?
4. How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Homes are the places where we live;
2. Animals and people have many different types of homes;
3. Some animals live with people;
4. People and animals make homes.

This week we are focusing on where we live; we will be talking about Bayside and the other areas of New York City where our classmates live. We will discuss who lives with us in our homes and where the other members of our families live. We will draw pictures of our homes and the people who live with us. We will discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is a special and unique member of our class and our family and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to live, learn and play safely together. Since we are learning about where we live, please work with your child to learn their address and phone number, two important pieces of information that each child should learn.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Address, borough, city, far, home, near, neighborhood, roads, street

FEP: Where I Live booklet: See attached (and online) directions for a booklet to be created by your child about where he/she lives. Due: Friday, December 13. We are now collecting our Family Recipes and we will create a class cookbook! Yum Yum!

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates knowledge of the relationship between people, places and regions; PK.CKW.1 (Geometry): Describes objects in the environment using the names of shapes & describes their relative positions using terms such as “top, bottom, up, down, in front of, behind, over, under, and next to”. PK.CKW.2: Demonstrates awareness & appreciation of their own culture & other cultures; PK.CKW.8: Demonstrates an interest and awareness of a wide variety of careers and work environments.

Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of Nov. 25, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Last week we talked about our class and how we are a community of friends; how we work together doing our classroom jobs and help each other when we need help. We also discussed Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for; each student drew a picture of what they are thankful for, they are posted by our Family Trees. Please take a look at the lovely art and sentiments from your children as well as their When I Grow Up paintings across the blackboard! I will be sending home the Parent/Teacher appointments this week; I have tried to accommodate everyone as best I could within the parameters requested; if your date and time are not convenient for you, we can arrange a mutually convenient meeting for another date; just write me a note, thanks!

Please note a few important dates:

1. November 27, Wednesday – Pre-K for All has an 11:30 dismissal, No After School. School is closed for Thanksgiving until Monday, December 2.
2. Thursday, December 5 – Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:30 Dismissal. After School available, please pack a lunch and drink for your child if attending After School;
3. Monday, December 9 – School closed, no Pre-K for All classes.
4. Monday, December 16 – No After School available,
5. Friday, December 20 – Full day of school, No After School available. School closed for Christmas break, reopening Monday, January 6, 2020!

Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of seasonal clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, I will post January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet when we return from Thanksgiving break.  

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our third unit of study: All About Us. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What makes me important and unique?
2. What feelings do I have and why?
3. What makes my class important and unique?
4. What makes my family important and unique?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. I am unique, there is no one who looks, feels, thinks and acts exactly like I do;
2. I feel different ways at different times for different reasons;
3. I am part of a family and a classroom community;
4. My family is important and unique;
5. My classroom is a community. All of the people in my class are important and unique;
6. I can help make my classroom a fun, safe and exciting place.

This week we are focusing on our families, we will discuss what makes our families unique and special. We will talk about our families and our cultures. We will make butter in class and bring it home for Thanksgiving; we will also have a Thanksgiving Breakfast together on Wednesday morning and use the butter we made since we have an 11:30 dismissal; remember there is No After School on Wednesday so please make arrangements to pick up your child at the door this Wednesday at 11:30 AM! We will discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is special and unique and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to learn and play safely together.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Adopted, aunt, cousin, culture, grandfather, grandmother, older, siblings, uncle, younger

FEP: Family Recipe: Please provide a simple, easy family recipe that you would like to share with us; we will make a class recipe book! Recipe card attached/online; due Monday, Dec. 2!

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.2: Demonstrates awareness & appreciation of their own culture & other cultures; PK.CKW.8: Demonstrates an interest and awareness of a wide variety of careers and work environments.

In closing, on behalf of myself and my colleagues in Pre-K2 I would like to thank all our families who so generously donated to our Thanksgiving Food Drive and we wish all our families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

PK 2’s News Round-Up for the Week of November 18, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Last week we talked about our feelings and how we all have feelings. We learned that the Calm Down Corner is there for us when we need some alone time. We also discussed Thanksgiving and how different people celebrate it; we talked about what we are thankful for and made handprint turkeys by ourselves, we will cut them out this week & post them on our door.

Please note a few important dates:
1. November 18, Monday – No PreK for All classes, teachers have Professional Development workshops;
2. November 27, Wednesday – Pre-K for All has an 11:30 dismissal, school is then closed for Thanksgiving until Monday, December 2.
3. Thursday, December 5 – Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:30 Dismissal;
4. Monday, December 9 – School closed, no Pre-K for All classes.

At dismissal, please wait in the courtyard, not on the step, by the door and we will dismiss your child right after Nursery class is finished. If you will be using After School, please let us know at drop off in the morning. Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, please note that the November/December Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.  

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our third unit of study: All About Us. We will focus on the following concepts:

1. What makes me important and unique?
2. What feelings do I have and why?
3. What makes my class important and unique?
4. What makes my family important and unique?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:

1. I am unique, there is no one who looks, feels, thinks and acts exactly like I do;
2. I feel different ways at different times for different reasons;
3. I am part of a family and a classroom community;
4. My family is important and unique;
5. My classroom is a community. All of the people in my class are important and unique;
6. I can help make my classroom a fun, safe and exciting place.

This week we are focusing on our classroom community and our jobs; we will also talk about our parents’ jobs and how jobs are important. We will discuss what we want to be when we grow up and paint a picture of ourselves in our future jobs! We will discuss how manners show others that we care about them and that kind words and actions are necessary to have a happy classroom. We will learn that each of us is special and unique and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to learn and play safely together. In addition we will review class jobs, rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers and care for each other’s feelings while we play and learn.

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! Please practice storing your mittens/gloves in your hat and your hat in your coat sleeve, this way all our clothes are available in one package for recess. Please check your clothing bins and switch to cold weather clothing for changes, many children still have summer clothes. Please make sure your child has warm outerwear for recess since we go outside for recess every day!

Vocabulary words for the week include:

Community, friends, kind, manners, peace, polite, respect, share, teamwork, together

FEP: Family Recipe: Please provide a simple, easy family recipe that you would like to share with us; we will make a class recipe book! Recipe card attached/online; due Monday, Dec. 2!

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences; PK.CKW.2: Demonstrates awareness & appreciation of their own culture & other cultures; PK.CKW.8: Demonstrates an interest and awareness of a wide variety of careers and work environments.

News Round-Up for the Week of Nov. 11, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Last week we made our self-portraits while looking in a mirror, take a look at your child’s vision of what he/she looks like on our display board in the front of the room! Beautiful work!

Please note a few important dates:
1. November 18, Monday – Pre-K for All closed for teacher professional development;
2. November 27, Wednesday – Pre-K for All has an 11:30 dismissal, school is then closed for Thanksgiving until Monday, December 2.

At dismissal, please wait in the courtyard, not on the step, by the door and we will dismiss your child right after Nursery class is finished. If you will be using After School, please let us know at drop off in the morning. Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, please note that the November/December Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our third unit of study: All About Us. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What makes me important and unique?
2. What feelings do I have and why?
3. What makes my class important and unique?
4. What makes my family important and unique?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. I am unique, there is no one who looks, feels, thinks and acts exactly like I do;
2. I feel different ways at different times for different reasons;
3. I am part of a family and a classroom community;
4. My family is important and unique;
5. My classroom is a community. All of the people in my class are important and unique;
6. I can help make my classroom a fun, safe and exciting place.

This week we are focusing on our feelings and how to recognize and express them as well as how to recognize the feelings of our classmates and respect them as well. We will look at our feelings chart and discuss other feelings not listed and we will explore our Cozy Corner where we can go when we are upset and need some alone time. We will learn that each of us is special and unique and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to learn and play safely together. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers and care for each other’s feelings while we play and learn.

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! Please dress your child for the weather as we go outside each day!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Afraid, angry, bored, brave, comfortable, confused, ecstatic, grumpy, happy, hopeful, love, mad, nervous, playful, relaxed, sad, shy, strong, surprised

FEP: All About Me doll; due Friday, November 15. Please see directions sent home last week and on class page. Be creative and have fun!

Some Standards: PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with peers; PK.SED.5: Develops pro-social problem solving skills; PK.SED.10: actively engages in group reading activities; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.CLL.11: with support makes connections between self, text & world around them; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things & having new experiences.