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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-K 2’s News Round-Up for the Week of June 17, 2019

Posted on June 16, 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

Posted on June 9, 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

Posted on June 2, 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.

Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of May 27, 2019

Posted on May 26, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable long weekend! Last week we released our butterflies and hopefully they will visit us in our gardens over the summer! We made baby animals from Styrofoam noodles and pipe cleaners, and we created a veterinarian’s office! Please note the following schedule information:
1. Please return the forms distributed last week indicating where your child will attend Kindergarten as it will be used to forward records;
2. Step-Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 18th; 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.
3. Pre-K Religion classes have finished for this year, we revert back to our usual schedule and arrival procedures.
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 will finish our study of Unit 9: Babies. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What do human babies need?
2. What can we learn about animal babies?
3. How do babies change?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Human babies need special food and care;
2. Animal babies need special food and care;
3. There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for;
4. All babies grow.

This week we will create pictures of ourselves Then/Now, and When I Grow Up…; we will also create our homes in Dramatic Play where we will care for our babies. 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:
Adult, babble, big, change, child, coo, crawl, grow, height, roll, size, small, talk, tiny, toddler, walk, weight.

FEP: Nothing new; we are presenting our Timelines this week and enjoying our stories;

Books we will read this week:
When I Was Little: A Four Year-Old’s Memoirs of Her Youth, by Jamie Lee Curtis.

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.

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