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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 now 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.

When you arrive with your child each morning, please toilet your child before entering the classroom as our class schedule begins at 8:25 and 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!

PreK-2 News Round-Up for the Week of December 10, 2018

Posted on December 8, 2018

Please note the following important information:

  1. We have a new item added to our arrival routine. Per instruction from the Dept. of Health, all children are to wash their hands before signing in at the beginning of the day therefore after putting away folders, coats and backpacks, please bring your child to the sink to wash hands before signing in and doing attendance and feelings charts. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please note that backpacks & coats should be placed in the grey bags provided on your child’s hook.
  2. Please put coats in backpacks and backpacks in the grey tote bag on your child’s hook, thanks!
  3. 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.
  4. Parent /Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 12:00. Children will be dismissed at 11:30; After School is available if needed. Appointment schedule will be sent home Monday. Last appointment is at 5:00 pm.
  5. Class holiday party will be held on Thursday, December 20th. If you wish to bring in goodies for our party, please see sign-in sheet and bring in on Thursday morning. NO NUTS PLEASE!
  6. Friday, Dec. 21 is a half day with 11:30 dismissal for Pre-K; NO AFTER SCHOOL available this day.

 

Please help your child with the arrival routine which includes putting away the backpack, placing the child’s folder in the bin, and parents putting important papers for the Office in the red tray; washing hands, and then child may sign in on the paper and do Feelings and Attendance charts. Note the Names are in upper and lower case; please help your child sign in using both cases. After sign-in children should put their Feelings and Attendance cards on the charts,  then settle down to one of the tabletop toys left out (children do not take out additional toys), the Art table, Lego table or puzzle that will be on the rug; thank you in advance for your cooperation. Parent-Teacher cooperation is a huge part of this program as we are both working together to provide your child with a happy, positive first learning experience.

Before arriving in the classroom, please toilet your child as our schedule begins at 8:25 and our Specials (Music, Physical Education, etc.) begin at 8:30, thanks in advance for your help in keeping to our schedule! Please keep in mind that only healthy snacks and drinks, such as cheese sticks, pretzels, fruit, and water bottles, may be sent in for your child (no cookies or candy). If you know your child will not like the meal being served that day, please pack a substitute meal, keeping in mind that this is a nut-free program (check your Lunchables and no Nutella please!). We have several student with allergies to nuts therefore no nuts/products with nuts may be brought to our classroom for snacks or substitute meals, thank you for your understanding. 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 also make sure that your child’s name is on EVERYTHING he/she brings to school, including our cot sheet and blanket, thank you!

What We’re Learning:

This week we will begin our fourth unit, Where We Live. We will focus on the four following concepts:

  1. Week 1: Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
  2. Week 2: Where do people and animals live?
  3. Week 3: What types of homes do the people in my city live in?
  4. Week 4: How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that homes are the places where we live; animals and people have many different types of homes; some animals live with people, and people and animals make homes. The FEP for this unit is to create a “Where Do I Live?” booklet as per the attached (and online) directions. The booklet is due this Friday, December 14th. The December 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:

Burrow, den, habitat, hibernate, hive, nest.

FEP: Where I Live book due Friday, December 14th.

Books we will read this week:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! by Michael Rosen.

Some Standards:

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.2: Demonstrates an awareness and appreciation of their own culture and other cultures, 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; 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 December 3, 2018

Posted on December 2, 2018

Please note the following important information:

  1. We have a new item added to our arrival routine. Per instruction from the Dept. of Health, all children are to wash their hands before signing in at the beginning of the day therefore after putting away folders, coats and backpacks, please bring your child to the sink to wash hands before signing in and doing attendance and feelings charts. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please note that backpacks & coats should be placed in the grey bags provided on your child’s hook.
  2. Religion class (for those who signed up) begins this Tuesday, 12/4 at 8:10 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. PreK Religion classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room beginning this week, thanks!
  3. Please note that this Friday, December 4th, is a full day for PreK although the rest of the school will dismiss at 11:30.
  4. Parent /Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 12:00 as per the appointment papers sent home last week therefore Pre K will be dismissed at 11:30 with afterschool available for those who need it. Please return appointment requests soonest in order to create a schedule, thanks. Last appointment is at 5:00 pm.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will begin our fourth unit, Where We Live. We will focus on the four following concepts:

  1. Week 1: Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
  2. Week 2: Where do people and animals live?
  3. Week 3: What types of homes do the people in my city live in?
  4. Week 4: How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that homes are the places where we live; animals and people have many different types of homes; some animals live with people, and people and animals make homes. The FEP for this unit is to create a “Where Do I Live?” booklet as per the attached (and online) directions. The booklet is due Friday, December 14th. Thank you for all the delicious family recipes you have supplied for our last FEP, I will laminate them and add them to our kitchen! They sound delicious! The December 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:

Address, borough, city, far, home, house, near, neighborhood, roads, streets.

FEP: Where I Live book due Friday, December 14th.

Books we will read this week:

A House is a House for Me, by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Some Standards:

Family Home: 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.2: Demonstrates an awareness and appreciation of their own culture and other cultures, PK.CKW.3 (Social Studies): Demonstrates a knowledge of the relationship between people, places & regions. Family Count: PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

PreK 2 News Round-Up for the Week of November 26, 2018

Posted on November 24, 2018

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing and happy Thanksgiving; did you use your homemade butter? Please note the following important information:

  1. We have a new item added to our arrival routine. Per instruction from the Dept. of Health, all children are to wash their hands before signing in at the beginning of the day therefore after putting away folders, coats and backpacks, please bring your child to the sink to wash hands before signing in and doing attendance and feelings charts. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please note that backpacks & coats should be placed in the grey bags provided on your child’s hook.
  2. Please put coats in backpacks and backpacks in the grey tote bag on your child’s hook, thanks!
  3. Please return Religion Class slips if you are interested in having your child attend our PreK Religion classes to be held Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:10 to 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s room beginning next week, thanks!

Please help your child with the arrival routine which includes putting away the backpack, placing the child’s folder in the bin, and parents putting important papers for the Office in the red tray; washing hands, and then child may sign in on the paper and do Feelings and Attendance charts. Note the Names are in upper and lower case; please help your child sign in using both cases. After sign-in children should put their Feelings and Attendance cards on the charts,  then settle down to one of the tabletop toys left out (children do not take out additional toys), the Art table, Lego table or puzzle that will be on the rug; thank you in advance for your cooperation. Parent-Teacher cooperation is a huge part of this program as we are both working together to provide your child with a happy, positive first learning experience. At dismissal, parents/guardians should wait at the bottom of the awning of the 217 St. entrance for their child to be brought to them; please do not walk to doors as it is harder for the children to see their parents/guardians and causes crowding and confusion, thanks in advance.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will finish our third unit, All About Us. We will focus on the four following concepts:

  1. Week 1: What makes me special and unique?
  2. Week 2: What feelings do I have and why?
  3. Week 3: What makes my class important and unique?
  4. Week 4: What makes my family important and unique?

By the end of the unit children will understand that each child is unique and special in their own way; they can feel different things at different times and that is okay; each child is an important member of their family and of our classroom community; and, we all work together to make our classroom a fun, safe and exciting place. No FEP this week since the Family Recipe is due today; we will collect the recipes and put them in a classroom book for our Kitchen center. The November/December 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:

Adopted, aunt, brother, cousin, culture, family, father, grandfather, grandmother, mother, siblings, sister, together, uncle, younger.

FEP: Family Recipe due Monday, Nov. 26th.

Books we will read this week:

I Love Saturdays y Domingos, by Alma Flor Ada.

Some Standards:

Family Home: 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.2: Demonstrates an awareness and appreciation of their own culture and other cultures Family Count: PK.CKW.4 (Counting and Cardinality): Count to answer “How many?” questions; 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 November 19, 2018

Posted on November 17, 2018

What lovely dolls and books the children made! They are beautiful and very unique to each child! Great work everyone! Please note the following important information:

  1. This week, Wednesday, Nov. 21, is a half day with 11:30 AM dismissal for the Thanksgiving holiday; there is no afterschool this Wednesday, Nov. 21. We will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 & 23 as well. Pre-K will resume on Monday, Nov. 26th with our regular class schedule.
  2. Thank you so much for your very generous contributions to the Thanksgiving food drive! Your kindness will make this holiday season a little easier for some less fortunate families, thanks so much!
  3. We have a new item added to our arrival routine. Per instruction from the Dept. of Health, all children are to wash their hands before signing in at the beginning of the day therefore after putting away folders, coats and backpacks, please bring your child to the sink to wash hands before signing in and doing attendance and feelings charts. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please note that backpacks & coats should be placed in the grey bags provided on your child’s hook.

Please help your child with the arrival routine which includes putting away the backpack, placing the child’s folder in the bin and parents putting important papers for the Office in the red tray; washing hands, and then child may sign in on the paper and do Feelings and Attendance charts. Note the Names are in upper and lower case; please help your child sign in using both cases. After sign-in children should put their Feelings card on the chart,  then settle down to one of the tabletop toys left out (children do not take out additional toys), the Art table, Lego table or puzzle that will be on the rug; thank you in advance for your cooperation. Parent-Teacher cooperation is a huge part of this program as we are both working together to provide your child with a happy, positive first learning experience. Please reinforce the idea of listening to directions and Sharing hands, thank you. At dismissal, parents/guardians should wait at the bottom of the awning of the 217 St. entrance for their child to be brought to them; please do not walk to doors as it is harder for the children to see their parents/guardians and causes crowding and confusion, thanks in advance.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will continue our third unit, All About Us. We will focus on the four following concepts:

  1. Week 1: What makes me special and unique?
  2. Week 2: What feelings do I have and why?
  3. Week 3: What makes my class important and unique?
  4. Week 4: What makes my family important and unique?

By the end of the unit children will understand that each child is unique and special in their own way; they can feel different things at different times and that is okay; each child is an important member of their family and of our classroom community; and, we all work together to make our classroom a fun, safe and exciting place. Our FEP this week is to provide a family recipe on the attached recipe card; we will collect the recipes and put them in a classroom book for our Kitchen center. The FEP is due Monday, Nov. 26.  The November/December Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

This week we will make our special Thanksgiving Sharing Soup from the vegetables you so generously provided last week. We will also make our own butter and eat it during our Thanksgiving party this Wednesday. We will also learn a Native American poem of thanksgiving for the holiday!

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:

Community, friends, kind, manners, peace, polite, respect, share, teamwork, together

FEP: Family Recipe (see attached). This FEP is due Monday, Nov. 26th.

Books we will read this week:

Friendshape, by Amy Kraus Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld.

Some Standards:

Butter/Soup/Family Recipe: PK.CKW.2: Demonstrates and awareness and appreciation of their own culture and other cultures; PK.SED.4: Develops positive relationships with their peers; Stick Self Portrait: PK.CKW.1 (the Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he knows, thinks, believes, and feels through the Visual Arts; Class Recipe Book: PK.CCL.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; Centers: PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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