Pre-K 2 News Round-Up

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Hello and welcome to the class page for Pre-K for All Class 2!

I am Mrs. Lake and I am the teacher of Pre-K2, Mrs. Romanello is my assistant and Mrs. LaTempa works with us also. This is my 11th year teaching at Sacred Heart and I have a Masters of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Molloy College. I look forward to working with you and your child as we learn and grow together using the Pre-K for All program.

Each Monday I will distribute a newsletter detailing the work we will be doing in class, the books we will read and the standards we will fulfill for the week; please read the newsletter which will also be posted on the Parent Portal by the children’s closet and is posted below; it contains information you will need on the week ahead. In addition, a Family Engagement Project (“FEP”) will be attached to the letter, this project is an important part of the Pre-K for All Program and encourages family time together going over the lessons of the week. Each FEP is due that Friday unless a different date is mentioned in the directions.

Each child has received a Communications Notebook to be used for any messages you may have for me concerning your child. I read it daily during Rest Time and I will also be sending you messages through the notebook therefore it is important that you check it each night and that you keep it in your child’s folder each day in order for me to correspond with you.  If you need to change your child’s Afterschool/Pick-Up arrangements and did not write it in the notebook, please call the Office at 718-631-4804 and I will receive your message. If you have any questions or you need to inform me of some information concerning your child you can always reach me through the Notebook, at pick-up/drop-off, through the Office or my school email tlake@sacredheartbayside.org. As you can see there are several ways for us to communicate which is important for your child as we are working together to provide your child with a happy and positive early learning experience.

Please toilet your child before entering the classroom as our class schedule begins at 8:25; parents/guardians should exit the classroom as soon as possible since we have our Specials (Music, Physical Education, etc.) by 8:30, thanks in advance! Our arrival routine follows:

  1. Child hangs up backpack and coat in their grey tote bag,
  2. Parent puts office papers in red tray,
  3. Child puts folder in folder bin,
  4. Parent helps child wash hands;
  5. Parent helps child sign in using upper and lower case letters,
  6. Child takes his/her feelings card and places it on the Feelings chart and puts his attendance card in the Attendance chart;
  7. Parent settles child down at any of the toys/puzzles already set out on the tables as well as the floor puzzle or Lego table; children should not take out any additional toys/puzzles or use the back of the room as the child will be out of my view while I am greeting students/taking attendance upon classroom arrival.

Thank you for following these procedures.  Please keep in mind that if the menu includes foods which you know your child will not eat, you may pack your child a nut-free alternative meal, including healthy snacks and drinks, such as cheese sticks, pretzels, fruit, and water bottles, no cookies or candy please as we are teaching healthy eating habits. Each meal we serve includes a fruit and water or milk to drink. As mentioned during Orientation,  our classroom is A NUT-FREE CLASSROOM; we have several children who are allergic to nuts of various types therefore please do not send in treats or substitute lunches (check your Lunchables; no Nutella!) with nuts or nut products, thank you in advance. Please make sure you have supplied a full change of clothes, including sneakers, in a labeled Ziploc bag for your child’s use; we do not share clothes therefore if no clothes are supplied, we will need to call you to bring a change. Please make sure your child’s name is on EVERYTHING he/she brings to school, including their blanket and small soft toy for your child to snuggle with during Quiet Time. Blankets and cot sheets will be sent home for laundering every Friday therefore please remember to pack the clean linens each Monday for the week ahead. Finally, going forward we will dismiss children at the red door on 217 St. Parents/guardians should wait at the bottom of the awning for their child to be brought to them; please do not walk up to the doors as it is harder for the children to see their parents/guardians and causes crowding and confusion, thanks in advance.

In closing, I am very happy to be working with you and your child during the coming year as we explore, learn, and grow together and I look forward to seeing their smiling faces each morning!

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of April 15, 2019

Posted on April 14, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:

1. Wednesday, April 17 is an 11:30 AM dismissal for all students including Pre-K for All; NO AFTERSCHOOL AVAILABLE. Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, April 17. Beginning Thursday, April 18, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will close for Easter Break; all classes, including Pre-K for All, are cancelled. The school will re-open for classes on Monday, April 29, 2019.
2. Wednesday, April 17 we will celebrate Spring with a special snack. Please send in treats by Tuesday, April 16.
3. Wednesday, May 8 is a Professional Development Day for the Pre-K staff. There will be NO PRE-K this day.
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.
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 continue our study of Unit 8: Plants. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What are plants? We will begin to look at the parts of plants.
2. What do plants need and where do we find them? (Soil, Water, Light)
3. What are some different kinds of plants?
4. Why are plants important?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function;
2. Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients(soil), and light to live;
3. Plants are all around us;
4. There are many different kinds of plants;
5. Plants are important for many reasons.

We were all excited to see how our celery turned red or blue (depending on the water color) after we put the freshly cut, flowered stalks in colored water! The red color was very noticeable. The children were able to see how the celery “drank” the water as well as how it traveled from the stem to the leaves. The May/June 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:
Botanist, bouquet, courtyard, environment, farm, field, farmers, forest, forester, floral arrangement, florist, gardener, ground, landscape, lawn, nature, nursery, park, patio, terrarium, vegetation, yard.

FEP:
Nothing this week!

Books we will read this week:
The Curious Garden, by Peter 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.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.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.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; 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.

Have a safe and restful break, see you when we return on Monday, April 29!

Pre K2 News Round-Up for the Week of April 8, 2019

Posted on April 7, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Wednesday, April 17 is an 11:30 AM dismissal for all students including Pre-K for All; NO AFTERSCHOOL AVAILABLE. Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, April 17. Beginning Thursday, April 18, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will close for Easter Break; all classes, including Pre-K for All, are cancelled. The school will re-open for classes on Monday, April 29, 2019.
2. Wednesday, April 17 we will celebrate Spring with a special snack. Please send in treats by Tuesday, April 16.
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.
4. 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 begin our study of Unit 8: Plants. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What are plants? We will begin to look at the parts of plants.
2. What do plants need and where do we find them? (Soil, Water, Light)
3. What are some different kinds of plants?
4. Why are plants important?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function;
2. Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients(soil), and light to live;
3. Plants are all around us;
4. There are many different kinds of plants;
5. Plants are important for many reasons.

The children had a wonderful time with Ms. Esther from APEC who brought us Sam the box turtle, Chi Chi the corn snake, Julie the ring neck dove, and Quinn the rabbit. The children were able to pet the animals and we learned many interesting facts about each animal. This week we will learn about the parts of a plant and we will see what happens to celery when we put it in colored water! The May/June 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:
Botany, branch, bud, bulb, dirt, flower, food, fruit, grow, leaves, nutrients, petals, plant, pollen, rain, roots, seed, seedling, soil, sprinkler, sprout, stem, sunlight, trunk, vine, water, watering can.

FEP:
Poster: Three Things Plants Need to Live (see attached).

Books we will read this week:
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner.

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.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.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.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; 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 April 1, 2019

Posted on March 31, 2019

Please note the following important schedule information:
1. This Tuesday, April 2 we will have a presentation by Alley Pond Environmental Center (“APEC”) introducing us to several different animals! The presentation will be made in our classroom.
2. Friday, April 5 Pre-K for All has a full day; Grades N, K-8 will have early dismissal for a faculty meeting. Afterschool is available as regularly scheduled;
3. Wednesday, April 17 is an 11:30 AM dismissal for all students including Pre-K for All. Beginning Thursday, April 18, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will close for Easter Break; all classes, including Pre-K for All, are cancelled. The school will re-open for classes on Monday, April 29, 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.
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 are studying Week 4 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.

The children very much enjoyed the Sink or Float experiments we did last week as well as Rain in a Jar experiment the prior week. This week we will put celery stalks in colored water to see what happens! 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:
Clean, drink, hydrate, perspiration, quench, sweat, thirst, wash.

FEP:
Nothing this week.

Books we will read this week:
Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas.

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.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.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.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; 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 March 25, 2019

Posted on March 24, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:
1. April 2 we will have a presentation by Alley Pond Environmental Center (“APEC”) introducing us to several different animals! The presentation will be made in our classroom.
2. Thursday, April 18 Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will close for Easter Break; all classes, including Pre-K for All, are cancelled. The school will re-open for classes on Monday, April 29, 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.
4. 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 3 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.

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:
Absorb, boat, captain, dissolve, diver, drenched, ferry, float, island, predict, repel, sailor, saturate, sink, soak, sponge, swim, temperature, umbrella, waterproof.

FEP:
Sink vs Float Chart/Poster per the attached directions.

Books we will read this week:
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen.

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.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.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.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; 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.

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