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.