Principal’s Message November

November 2019

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Isn’t it amazing how this school year continues to move quickly? This weekend our Eighth graders will be taking the TACHS Exam. This test will help determine what High School they will be attending after graduating from Sacred Heart.

Please keep them in your prayers.

 

Yesterday was the Veterans Day Celebration. I was so proud of our students as they sang and recited to the community of Veterans that came.  We also had representatives from Fort Totten. Sixth and second grade were very impressive in their participation. Many thanks to Mrs. Marsar Farrell, Ms. Shrinivas and Mrs. Valmond. Their work with the students was outstanding.   

 

Tomorrow, Friday, November 8th,  school is closed for an EPAC meeting. PK4 All will be in session on that day. Our teachers will be with their peers from other schools receiving training. For the first half of the day they will be participating in active shooter training. This is a scary and  a necessary thing to do. It goes hand in hand with the security grant that we are working on. Please remember that there will be no after care on this Friday.

 

We are currently running 3 service projects. The two I have mentioned before are: Collecting gently used clothing for  Bridge for Life and the collection of used dance costumes. This month, until December 1 we will be partnering with Laffey Real Estate to help collect toys for Easter Seals.  It is a worthwhile effort. You will be hearing of other opportunities to give throughout the Holiday Season.

 

Breakfast with Santa will be on December 7th in the Parish Hall.  More details will be sent out soon. 

 

I wish you all a good weekend. Enjoy the four days off.

 

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

Pre-K2’s New Round-Up for the Week of Oct. 28, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Ahhh, the yummy smell of cooking applesauce filled our room last week and we enjoyed the fruits of our labor on Thursday afternoon! This Thursday is our Fall Festival! Please note that unfortunately no costumes may be worn in school although a themed tee shirt would be great! Please note 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! No costumes; holiday themed tee shirts acceptable.
2. November 8, Friday – Pre-K for All is open, we have a full day. Early drop off available, NO AFTERSCHOOL TODAY.
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 finish our second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concept:
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 touch. We will dissect a pumpkin in school and feel all the gooey, slippery, hard, soft, and smooth goodness of our pumpkins inside and out! In our Sensory Center we will test different surfaces: hard blocks vs. soft cotton; rough pine cones vs. smooth apple skins; wet sponges vs. dry sponges. We will learn that our skin, on every part of our body, gives us the sense of touch that is so important to our safety and learning. We will learn how touch keeps us safe and how we learn from touch if our sense of sight is impaired. 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:
Dry, feel, fingers, hard, rough, skin, smooth, soft, touch, wet

FEP: None this week.

Books we will read this week:
Press Here, by Herve Tullet.

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-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!!

New Tuition Payment Plan for Next Year.

Dear Parents. 

Starting in the 2019 – 2020 school year there will be a tuition payment plan in place that will streamline your payments. Sacred Heart will be incorporating FACTS tuition into our program. This plan will help us keep current in tracking tuition delinquencies. 

Payments are scheduled to start in July and end in April. Your payments can be streamlined to be payed automatically through a credit card or bank check. In order to start this process it is necessary for you to enroll in FACTS tuition. It is the same company that handles the Futures in Education Scholarships for the Diocese. In fact, if you are receiving Futures in Education Scholarship, you can use the same account to log in.  There is a small registration fee. Once you are registered, we will input the tuition you are paying and, at the end of June, you will receive an invoice from FACTS. 

We are looking forward to using this service. Payments can still be made at the school and we will enter your payment for you. Please note that there is a late service charge for delayed payments.  

Please follow the link to start registering for FACTS. FACTS Tuition Plan

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of March 18, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Welcome back! In between fire drills last week we squeezed in our little St. Patrick’s Day party! The children had a great time eating cookies and treats while clapping along to some peppy Irish songs! Please note the following important schedule information:

1. Thursday, March 21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences. Children will be dismissed at 11:30 AM, After School is available however please pack your child lunch and a drink as the cafeteria is not open. Meetings will be held in our classroom beginning at 12:00 pm.
2. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
3. 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 are studying Week 2 of Unit 7: Water. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where can we find water?
2. What happens to water when it changes temperature?
3. What happens when we put things in water?
4. How does water help us?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Water is all around us;
2. Water changes depending on how warm or cold it is;
3. Some things float in water and some things sink;
4. Some things change when you put them in water;
5. All living things need water.

We will add food coloring to ice cube trays and freeze the water, then paint with it! We will also make it rain in the classroom! We have lots of experiments and fun things to do with water this week!

The March/April Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!
Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases, initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

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

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Boil, conclude, condensation, evaporate, form, freeze, gas, ice, liquid, melt, meteorologist, observe, precipitation, predict, solid, state.

FEP:
Nothing new this week, we will continue to make our own posters this week using the pictures children brought in last week.

Books we will read this week:
Rain! by Linda Ashman.

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

Mock Trial at SHCA

Students in Mrs. Frawley’s Seventh Grade Social Studies class experienced Law and Justice first hand by staging a Mock Trial of the Boston Massacre. Students got to be lawyers, defendants and judges in a British courtroom. What a wonderful way to learn about the justice system at the time of the British colonialism right before the Revolutionary War.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of February 11, 2019

Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Thursday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day! We will have a class party that afternoon. Please sign-up to bring something for our party; the sign-up sheet is by the door.
2. The week of Monday, February 18, 2019, Sacred Heart School, including Pre-K for All, will be closed for Winter Break. School will reopen on Monday, February 25, 2019.
3. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.

What We’re Learning:
This week we are studying Week 2 of Unit 6: Light. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Week 1: What kinds of light are around us? (Natural vs. man-made)
2. Week 2: What is darkness?
3. Week 3: How does light help us?
4. Week 4: What are shadows?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are many types of lights in our homes and cities;
2. Light helps us see and stay warm;
3. Light helps plants grow;
4. When there is little or no light it is dark;
5. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.

The January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks! The March/April Sign-up sheet will be posted later this week.

Thursday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day; we will have a small class party that afternoon. Please see the sign-up sheet by the door. Treats may be bought in for the party on the 14th. If you wish to bring in goody bags/Valentine’s cards, please bring them in by Wednesday, Feb. 13th; NO NAMES please on bags/cards, and we have 18 students in our class. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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:
Clouds, dark, diurnal, horizontal, light, moon, night, nocturnal, opaque, shade, stars, sunglasses, transparent, translucent, vertical.

FEP: Starry Night Picture: Students will re-create Van Gogh’s picture, Starry Night, using paint, crayons, colored pencils, glitter, whatever the child chooses to use. Please see attached instructions and sample. Paper supplied need not be used if the child wishes to use another source. Picture is due Monday, February 25.

Books we will read this week:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.1: Uses senses to assist and guide learning; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.4 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CLL.1 (Language): Demonstrates a command of the conventions of standard English grammar through speech/writing; PK.AL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows thinks, believes and feels through visual arts; PK.CKW.1 (Science): Asks questions and makes predictions based on observations and manipulation of objects in the environment; PK.CKW.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth and space; PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the week of January 28, 2019

A Note to Parents:\

Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Monday, January 28 – Superhero Day! Students may wear Super Hero tee shirts as we continue our celebration. Note: NO COSTUMES, TEE SHIRTS ONLY PLEASE!
2. Friday, Feb.1, 2019, is 11:30 AM dismissal for all students, including Pre-K. After School is available from 11:30 onward. If you intend to use After School, please pack a sandwich and drink for you child as the cafeteria will not be open. Please also let me know in order that I may get a head count for After School, thank you.
3. The week of Monday, February 18, 2019, Sacred Heart School, including Pre-K for All, will be closed for Winter Break. School will reopen on Monday, February 25, 2019.
4. Pre-K Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.

What We’re Learning:

This week we are on Week 4, the final week of our Transportation Unit of Study. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Week 1: What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. Week 2: How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Week 3: Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. Week 4: How do we stay safe when using transportation?

Please bring in any expired Metro cards, LIRR tickets, etc. which we will use in our Dramatic Play Center as we explore our Transportation unit, thank you in advance.

By the end of the unit children will understand that we use transportation to get to pre-K and other places; we use different types of transportation for different reasons; vehicles move in different ways; some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers; and there are many ways to stay safe when using transportation. Our Transportation Poster FEP was due last Friday. You can bring your poster in any day this week if you have not turned it in yet. The January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

Some centers we will work in:

Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:

Accident, emergency, safety, seat belt, speed limit, stop, traffic light, traffic signs, yield.

FEP: There is no FEP for this week.

Books we will read this week:
Go, Go, Go, Stop! By Cherise Mericle Harper.

Some Standards:

PK.PDH.9 (Physical Development & Health): Demonstrates awareness and understanding of safety rules; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.4 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CLL.1 (Language): Demonstrates a command of the conventions of standard English grammar through speech/writing; PK.AL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (Soc.Studies): Develops a basic awareness of self as an individual within the context of a family and within the context of a community; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates a knowledge of the relationship between people, places & regions. PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.8: Demonstrates interest & awareness about a wide variety of careers & work environments. Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

PreK2 News Round-Up for the Week of January 14, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:
1. PreK Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room. Please arrive in our room between 8:00 and 8:10 to hang coats, drop off folders, and sign in before crossing the hall to Mrs. Wunsch’s room. For those who are not taking this class, the usual arrival routine applies.
2. Pre K only will be closed for a Pre K Teachers’ Workshop on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Pre K will be in session again on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
3. PreK will have a full day on Friday, January 18, although the rest of the school will be closed for a Teachers’ Conference. Early Drop off is available however there is NO AFTERSCHOOL on Friday, January 18th.
4. Monday, January 21 Sacred Heart Catholic Academy, including Pre K, will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What We’re Learning:

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

By the end of the unit children will understand that we use transportation to get to pre-K and other places; we use different types of transportation for different reasons; vehicles move in different ways; some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers; and there are many ways to stay safe when using transportation. Remember that the FEP for Unit 4, our animal habitat dioramas, were due last Friday. You can bring your diorama in any day this week if you have completed it. The January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

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

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

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Axle, cargo, crutches, engine, ferry, mechanic, motor, propeller, ramp, roll, transport, tunnel, walker, wheelchair.

FEP: Transportation Poster: Divide poster (no larger than 14 x 22) into 3 sections: Air, Land, and Water. Use drawings, pictures, computer images, etc. of different forms of transportation and glue them into the proper category. Decorate background to match the category. Due Friday, January 25, 2019. See attached directions.

Books we will read this week:
What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince.

Some Standards:
PK.AL.3: Approaches tasks, activities, and problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences or activities; PK.CLL.4 (Approaches to Learning): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods,; PK.CKW.1 (Soc.Studies): Develops a basic awareness of self as an individual within the context of a family and within the context of a community; PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates a knowledge of the relationship between people, places & regions. PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects. Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.