News Round-Up for the Week of February 3, 2020

A Note to Parents:

Last week we finished our 3-D models of various forms of transportation; please take a look at them on your child’s display board. Please do not touch them as they are fragile; they are lovely and very imaginative! Great work children! Thank you to everyone who has donated Metro cards and LIRR tickets; we are taking some great trips in our Dramatic Play area!

Please Note: We are back to Monday Gym period therefore please make sure your child is wearing their sneakers every Monday in order to participate in gym, thanks! 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 February 7 – Full day for Pre-K; Grades N, K-8 will have an early dismissal with After School available;
2. Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. If you wish to send in cards/treats, please bring them to school by Thursday, 2/13 for distribution. Please do not address the cards, thanks.
3. 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, February Mystery Reader slots are full, thank you for volunteering your time! I will post March/April Mystery Reader sign-up sheets shortly.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will finish 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 we stay safe while using various forms of transportation. We will talk about traffic signs and lights and what they mean; using helmets and knee and elbow pads when skating or bike riding, seat belts and how important they are for our safety in cars, buses and airplanes. 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: accident, emergency, safety, speed, speed limit, stip, traffic light, traffic signs, yield.

FEP: Nothing this week! Thank you for all your work with your children on our Transportation posters which are hanging in our room!

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.