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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.

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!

News Round-Up for the Week of March 9, 2020

Posted on March 7, 2020

A Note to Parents:

This is our final week on the unit Light. Last week we learned about the many ways that we use light: to see, to read, to melt snow and ice, to grow plants, etc. We planted seeds and left one container in the dark and one in the sunlight, we are anxious to see what has happened over the weekend! Mrs. Romanello started tracing our silhouettes and we discussed our beautiful interpretations of Starry Night, which are hanging in the hallway.

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. Tuesday, March 10 – Spring Photos will be taken, please do not wear green to school!
2. Wednesday, March 11 – No school for Pre-K for All; Teacher Professional Development workshop;
3. Tuesday, March 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We will have a little party with a healthy snack today! If anyone would like to supply paper goods it would be appreciated!
4. Thursday, March 19 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – 11:30 am early dismissal for conferences. Afterschool is available however you will need to pack a lunch and drink for your child if you use Afterschool. Please return appointment slips in order that a schedule may be made, thanks.
5. Saturday, March 28 – Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Come march with Sacred Heart! See the flyer re start time and join our school in the parade!

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, I have posted the March/April Mystery Reader sign-up sheets by the door.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will continue our sixth unit of study: Light. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What kinds of light are around us?
2. What is darkness?
3. How does light help us?
4. What are shadows?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:

1. There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
2. Light helps us see and stay warm.
3. Light helps plants grow.
4. When there is little or no light it is dark.
5. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.

This week we will create shadow shows and do shadow play; we will see how the closeness of the light source effects the size and sharpness of our shadows. We will check our plants and see how they are growing in the light or darkness. 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: outline, parallel, shadow, silhouette, wavy, weather.

FEP: Nothing this week.

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.1(The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he thinks, knows, believes, feels through visual arts; 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.4(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of earth & space; PK.CKW.5(Science): Observes & describes characteristics of living things; 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.

News Round-Up for the Week of February 24, 2020

Posted on February 23, 2020

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful break! During our last week before break we started our new unit on Light. We learned that there are many sources of light in our world, some of which are natural sources and some of which are man-made sources of light. We discussed our beautiful mobiles which the children created with you at home.

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. Wednesday, February 26 – Ash Wednesday – ashes will be distributed by Mrs. Wunsch to those children who returned permission slips requesting ashes;
2. Friday, February 28 – Aloha! Class luau! Wear your flowered shirt and sunglasses for our class party! I will supply fruit and juice if someone could supply luau themed paper goods, mahalo!
3. Friday, March 6 – Full day for Pre-K for All; early dismissal for the rest of the school.
4. Wednesday, March 11 – No school for Pre-K for All; Teacher Professional Development workshop.

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, I have posted the March/April Mystery Reader sign-up sheets by the door.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will continue our sixth unit of study: Light. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What kinds of light are around us?
2. What is darkness?
3. How does light help us?
4. What are shadows?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
2. Light helps us see and stay warm.
3. Light helps plants grow.
4. When there is little or no light it is dark.
5. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.

This week we will talk about darkness and how it occurs (when an object blocks the light), shadows and silhouettes. We will create black and white art and start to look at cloudy vs. sunny days. We will look at Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night, and how he shows us the darkness of night while also creating silhouettes through the use of moonlight. We will also discuss how his use of swirling lines indicates the movement of clouds in the wind as well as the glow of the moon and stars. We will talk about how this painting makes us feel and for our FEP the children will create their own version of Starry Night using whatever media (crayon, paint, marker, colored paper, etc.) they choose. 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: candles, clouds, dark, diurnal, horizontal, night, nocturnal, opaque, shade, shadow, silhouette, sunglasses, translucent, vertical.

FEP: “Starry Night”. Please help your child create their own version of Van Gogh’s painting using the blue paper supplied and whatever media your child chooses. Due: Monday, March 2.

New Round-Up for the Week of February 10, 2020

Posted on February 8, 2020

A Note to Parents:

Last week we learned about transportation safety. We learned that we must always wear our helmet while riding our bicycles, we should use elbow and knee pads when using our skates and bikes, and we always use our car seat when we are in a car. We also learned that we use our life vest/ floaties when we are in the pool or on a boat, and that we always stop for a red light. The children learned about traffic lights and various traffic signs, they were very interested in what these signs meant. 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 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.
2. Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 – School Closed for Winter Break.
3. Friday, Feb. 28 – Aloha! Practice your hula and find your flowered shirts and sunglasses for our annual Pre-K Luau! We would appreciate luau themed plates, cups, napkins etc. for our party; I will supply the fruit & juice, mahalo!

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 have posted the March/April Mystery Reader sign-up sheet by the door.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our sixth unit of study: Light. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What kinds of light are around us?
2. What is darkness?
3. How does light help us?
4. What are shadows?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
2. Light helps us see and stay warm.
3. Light helps plants grow.
4. When there is little or no light it is dark.
5. Shadows appear when an object blocks light.

This week we will talk about what kinds of light are around us (man-made vs. natural light) and how/why we use light. We will look at the sun as the primary source of light, as well as the moon, stars, fire, (natural light sources) and lamps, street lights, headlights, flashlights, etc (man-made light sources). 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: candle, curved lines, electricity, fire, firefly, flame, flashlight, lamp, lantern, light-bulb, lightening, moon, rainbow, stars, straight, street lights, sun, and traffic light.

FEP: “Natural Light Around Us” mobile. Please help your child create a mobile showing the natural light sources around us. Due: Friday, Feb. 14. 

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.1(The Arts): Expresses self & represents what s/he thinks, knows, believes, feels through visual arts; 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.

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

Posted on February 2, 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.

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