News Round-Up for the Week of October 21, 2019

A Note to Parents:

A few important dates:
1. October 31 – Thursday – 8:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in our classroom – Pre-K Fall Festival! If you wish to make goody bags for the class please include non-edible treats for the children and bring in by Wed, 10/30, thanks!
2. November 8, Friday – Pre-K for All is open, we have a full day;
3. November 11, Monday – Sacred Heart and Pre-K for All closed for Veteran’s Day;
4. November 18, Monday – Pre-K for All closed for teacher professional development;
5. November 27, Wednesday – Pre-K for all 11:30 dismissal, school 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 continue our second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. How do we use our sense of sight?
2. How do we use our sense of hearing?
3. How do we use our sense of taste?
4. How do we use our sense of smell?
5. How do we use our sense of touch?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:

1. There are five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
2. We use our senses to understand our bodies, to learn what they need and keep us safe;
3. We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us;
4. We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, such as vision or hearing, are impaired.

This week we will be learning about our senses of smell and taste and how they work together. We will make applesauce and do an apple tasting. In our Sensory Center we will test different smells in the classroom: lemons, onions, flowers, etc., and we will learn that we use our nose to smell and our tongue, in particular our taste buds, to taste. 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!

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

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Flavor, mouth, nose, savory, smell, sour, sweet, taste, taste buds, tongue

FEP: Shaker Bottles. Last Friday I sent home small plastic water bottles and directions for the shaker bottles which are due on Monday, October 21. Experiment and enjoy decorating them!

Books we will read this week:
Rah, Rah, Radishes! By April Pulley Sayre.

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.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; 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.6(Sci.): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of October 14, 2019

A Note to Parents:

What a busy week we had with school pictures and beginning our new unit about our 5 Senses!

1. October 31 – Thursday – 8:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in our classroom – Pre-K Fall Festival! I still have a few outstanding responses, please return attendance form sent home 2 weeks ago, thanks!

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 second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. How do we use our sense of sight?
2. How do we use our sense of hearing?
3. How do we use our sense of taste?
4. How do we use our sense of smell?
5. How do we use our sense of touch?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
2. We use our senses to understand our bodies, to learn what they need and keep us safe;
3. We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us;
4. We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, such as vision or hearing, are impaired.

This week we will be learning about our sense of hearing; we will learn that we use our eyes to see and our ears to hear. This week we will take a combined Sight/Hearing Walk around the school property later in the week to observe what we can see and hear. We will crunch dry leaves and listen for their sounds as well as discuss the other sounds we hear outside every day. 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!

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

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Crackle, crunch, deaf, ears, hear, hearing aids, listen, loud, quiet, sign language, sound

FEP: Shaker Bottles. Last Friday I sent home small plastic water bottles and directions for the shaker bottles which are due on Monday, October 21. Experiment and enjoy decorating them!

Books we will read this week:
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle.

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.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; 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.6(Sci.): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of October 7, 2019

A Note to Parents:

What a busy week we had finishing our first unit of study and beginning our study of autumn! This week ahead promises to be just as busy!

1. October 9 – Wednesday – School is open and we have our class pictures to be taken!
2. October 10 – Thursday – Individual school pictures to be taken;; please return forms & payment by Thursday for the sitting;
3. October 14 – Monday – School is closed for Columbus Day observance.
4. October 31 – Thursday – Pre-K Fall Festival! Please return attendance form sent last week, thanks!

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 second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. How do we use our sense of sight?
2. How do we use our sense of hearing?
3. How do we use our sense of taste?
4. How do we use our sense of smell?
5. How do we use our sense of touch?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
2. We use our senses to understand our bodies, to learn what they need and keep us safe;
3. We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us;
4. We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, suchas vision or hearing, are impaired.

This week we will be learning about our sense of sight and we will take a Sight Walk around the school property later in the week. We will mix paints to see what colors we can create and we will continue our discussions about Fall/Autumn and the changes we will be observing. 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!

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

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Autumn, blind, Braille, eyes, eyesight, fall, foliage, see, senses, view, vision

FEP: Our Five Senses poster per the directions attached. You may use the poster paper supplied or your own however please no larger than 14 x 22 inches, thanks! Due Friday, October 11.

Books we will read this week:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle.

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.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; 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.6(Sci.): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of Sept. 30, 2019

A Note to Parents:

We worked hard on creating our class book! Two more classmates and I will laminate for our classroom library! We are looking forward to our Walk-A-Thon on Tuesday! Please wear sneakers for the Walk-A-Thon and gym, thanks!

1) Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 – Sacred Heart is open for class, we will have school both days;
2) October 4 – Pre K for All has a full day schedule although the rest of the school has an early dismissal.
3) October 9 – Wednesday – school is open;
4) October 14 – Monday – School is closed for Columbus Day Observance.

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 Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.  

What We’re Learning:
This week we will finish our study of Unit 1: Welcome to Pre-K. We will focus on the following concept:
1. What will I learn and do in Pre-K?
2. What do I bring to my classroom community?
3. Who are the people in my classroom community?
4. Who else is in my school?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun.
2. I am an important member of my class. My thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
3. My family, my teachers and other children make up my classroom community; their backgrounds, thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
4. The teachers and adults in my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning.
5. In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play.
6. Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.

This week we will be learning about who else is in our school and we will take a tour of the school to meet some of the people who work in our school. We continue to talk about feelings and how each one of us is a very special member of our classroom community and we will also talk about Fall/Autumn and the changes we will be observing. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers.
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, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Custodian, director, nurse, principal, secretaries, security guard

FEP: Nothing new, a catch-up week to turn in missing Puzzle Pieces and Family Trees.

Books we will read this week:
I Like Myself, by Neil Gaiman.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety rules;PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; 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.1: Develops basic awareness of self in context of family & community.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of Sept. 23, 2019

We had a great week last week and we experienced our first Fire Drill! A few housekeeping notes:

1) Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 – Sacred Heart is open for class, we will have school both days;
2) October 4 – Pre K for All has a full day schedule although the rest of the school has an early dismissal.

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 Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard along with the voluntary class contact spreadsheet.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our study of Unit 1: Welcome to Pre-K. We will focus on the following concepts over the next four weeks:
1. What will I learn and do in Pre-K?
2. What do I bring to my classroom community?
3. Who are the people in my classroom community?
4. Who else is in my school?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun.
2. I am an important member of my class. My thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
3. My family, my teachers and other children make up my classroom community; their backgrounds, thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
4. The teachers and adults in my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning.
5. In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play.
6. Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.

This week we will be learning about feelings and how each one of us is a very special member of our classroom community. We will make a class book and we will also talk about Fall/Autumn and the changes we will be observing. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers.
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, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Classmates, community, friends, peers, sharing, taking turns

FEP: Please see attached directions for Our Family Tree. Due Friday, 9/27.

Books we will read this week:
Llama Llama Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety rules;PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; 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.1: Develops basic awareness of self in context of family & community.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of Sept. 16, 2019

A Note to Parents:
We made it through our first full week of school! Last week we talked about rules and agreed on our classroom rules, they are posted on the blackboard by the red easel. Please look at the rules and go over them with your child at home in order to help them remember and practice them in school. The children are transitioning so well that we will begin dismissing them from the 217 St. door at 2:45 pm this week going forward. 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 Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard along with the voluntary class contact spreadsheet.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our study of Unit 1: Welcome to Pre-K. We will focus on the following concepts over the next four weeks:
1. What will I learn and do in Pre-K?
2. What do I bring to my classroom community?
3. Who are the people in my classroom community?
4. Who else is in my school?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun.
2. I am an important member of my class. My thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
3. My family, my teachers and other children make up my classroom community; their backgrounds, thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
4. The teachers and adults in my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning.
5. In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play.
6. Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.

This week we will be learning about feelings, how each feeling looks, how feelings can change and that all our feelings are important. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules, centers and how we are each important members of our class.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, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Angry, disappointed, embarrassed, emotions, excited, expressions, feeling, frustrated, lonely, proud, rules, scared, silly.

FEP: Please see attached directions for We All Fit Together puzzle piece. Due Friday, 9/20.

Books we will read this week:
On Monday When It Rained, by Cherryl Kachenmeister.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety rules;PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; 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.1: Develops basic awareness of self in context of family & community.

PreK2′ s News Round Up for the Week of September 9, 2019

Well, we survived our first few days of school! The children are transitioning nicely to class and our routines. Last week we talked about rules and agreed on our classroom rules, they are posted on the blackboard by the red easel. Please look at the rules and go over them with your child at home in order to help them remember and practice them in school. This week we will continue to have parents drop off and pick up their children in the classroom. 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. This week begins After School care, please let me know each morning if your child will be attending After care for that day. 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. This week’s menu was sent home last Thursday, if there is anything which your child can’t or won’t eat, please provide a substitute healthy meal or snack. Remember 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. This Tuesday we will have our first Pancakes with PreK1! Very exciting opportunity to eat with our friends across the hall! Finally, we expect to send home Communication Notebooks this week for your use.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our study of Unit 1: Welcome to Pre-K. We will focus on the following concepts over the next four weeks:
1. What will I learn and do in Pre-K?
2. What do I bring to my classroom community?
3. Who are the people in my classroom community?
4. Who else is in my school?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun.
2. I am an important member of my class. My thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
3. My family, my teachers and other children make up my classroom community; their backgrounds, thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
4. The teachers and adults in my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning.
5. In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play.
6. Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.

This week we will be learning about rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules, centers and how we are each important members of our class
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, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Welcome, classroom, schedule, centers, teacher, science, library, construction, materials, manipulatives, and movement.

FEP: Nothing this week.

Books we will read this week:
The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety rules; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; 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.

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.