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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 October 21, 2019

Posted on October 20, 2019

A Note to Parents:

A few important dates:
1. October 31 – Thursday – 8:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in our classroom – Pre-K Fall Festival! If you wish to make goody bags for the class please include non-edible treats for the children and bring in by Wed, 10/30, thanks!
2. November 8, Friday – Pre-K for All is open, we have a full day;
3. November 11, Monday – Sacred Heart and Pre-K for All closed for Veteran’s Day;
4. November 18, Monday – Pre-K for All closed for teacher professional development;
5. November 27, Wednesday – Pre-K for all 11:30 dismissal, school closed for Thanksgiving until Monday, December 2.

At dismissal, please wait in the courtyard, not on the step, by the door and we will dismiss your child right after Nursery class is finished. If you will be using After School, please let us know at drop off in the morning. Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, please note that the November/December Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.  

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. How do we use our sense of sight?
2. How do we use our sense of hearing?
3. How do we use our sense of taste?
4. How do we use our sense of smell?
5. How do we use our sense of touch?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:

1. There are five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
2. We use our senses to understand our bodies, to learn what they need and keep us safe;
3. We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us;
4. We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, such as vision or hearing, are impaired.

This week we will be learning about our senses of smell and taste and how they work together. We will make applesauce and do an apple tasting. In our Sensory Center we will test different smells in the classroom: lemons, onions, flowers, etc., and we will learn that we use our nose to smell and our tongue, in particular our taste buds, to taste. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers and care for each other’s feelings while we play and learn.

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Flavor, mouth, nose, savory, smell, sour, sweet, taste, taste buds, tongue

FEP: Shaker Bottles. Last Friday I sent home small plastic water bottles and directions for the shaker bottles which are due on Monday, October 21. Experiment and enjoy decorating them!

Books we will read this week:
Rah, Rah, Radishes! By April Pulley Sayre.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things& having new experiences; PK.CKW.6(Sci.): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of October 14, 2019

Posted on October 12, 2019

A Note to Parents:

What a busy week we had with school pictures and beginning our new unit about our 5 Senses!

1. October 31 – Thursday – 8:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in our classroom – Pre-K Fall Festival! I still have a few outstanding responses, please return attendance form sent home 2 weeks ago, thanks!

At dismissal, please wait in the courtyard, not on the step, by the door and we will dismiss your child right after Nursery class is finished. If you will be using After School, please let us know at drop off in the morning. Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, please note that the November/December Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.  

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. How do we use our sense of sight?
2. How do we use our sense of hearing?
3. How do we use our sense of taste?
4. How do we use our sense of smell?
5. How do we use our sense of touch?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
2. We use our senses to understand our bodies, to learn what they need and keep us safe;
3. We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us;
4. We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, such as vision or hearing, are impaired.

This week we will be learning about our sense of hearing; we will learn that we use our eyes to see and our ears to hear. This week we will take a combined Sight/Hearing Walk around the school property later in the week to observe what we can see and hear. We will crunch dry leaves and listen for their sounds as well as discuss the other sounds we hear outside every day. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers and care for each other’s feelings while we play and learn.

Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Crackle, crunch, deaf, ears, hear, hearing aids, listen, loud, quiet, sign language, sound

FEP: Shaker Bottles. Last Friday I sent home small plastic water bottles and directions for the shaker bottles which are due on Monday, October 21. Experiment and enjoy decorating them!

Books we will read this week:
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things& having new experiences; PK.CKW.6(Sci.): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of October 7, 2019

Posted on October 5, 2019

A Note to Parents:

What a busy week we had finishing our first unit of study and beginning our study of autumn! This week ahead promises to be just as busy!

1. October 9 – Wednesday – School is open and we have our class pictures to be taken!
2. October 10 – Thursday – Individual school pictures to be taken;; please return forms & payment by Thursday for the sitting;
3. October 14 – Monday – School is closed for Columbus Day observance.
4. October 31 – Thursday – Pre-K Fall Festival! Please return attendance form sent last week, thanks!

At dismissal, please wait in the courtyard, not on the step, by the door and we will dismiss your child right after Nursery class is finished. If you will be using After School, please let us know at drop off in the morning. Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, please note that the November/December Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.

What We’re Learning:
This week we will begin our second unit of study: Our Five Senses. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. How do we use our sense of sight?
2. How do we use our sense of hearing?
3. How do we use our sense of taste?
4. How do we use our sense of smell?
5. How do we use our sense of touch?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. There are five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
2. We use our senses to understand our bodies, to learn what they need and keep us safe;
3. We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us;
4. We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, suchas vision or hearing, are impaired.

This week we will be learning about our sense of sight and we will take a Sight Walk around the school property later in the week. We will mix paints to see what colors we can create and we will continue our discussions about Fall/Autumn and the changes we will be observing. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers and care for each other’s feelings while we play and learn.
Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Autumn, blind, Braille, eyes, eyesight, fall, foliage, see, senses, view, vision

FEP: Our Five Senses poster per the directions attached. You may use the poster paper supplied or your own however please no larger than 14 x 22 inches, thanks! Due Friday, October 11.

Books we will read this week:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety; PK.PDH.1(Uses senses to assist & guide learning; PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things& having new experiences; PK.CKW.6(Sci.): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of Sept. 30, 2019

Posted on September 28, 2019

A Note to Parents:

We worked hard on creating our class book! Two more classmates and I will laminate for our classroom library! We are looking forward to our Walk-A-Thon on Tuesday! Please wear sneakers for the Walk-A-Thon and gym, thanks!

1) Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 – Sacred Heart is open for class, we will have school both days;
2) October 4 – Pre K for All has a full day schedule although the rest of the school has an early dismissal.
3) October 9 – Wednesday – school is open;
4) October 14 – Monday – School is closed for Columbus Day Observance.

At dismissal, please wait in the courtyard, not on the step, by the door and we will dismiss your child right after Nursery class is finished. If you will be using After School, please let us know at drop off in the morning. Drop off is from 8:10 through 8:25 am from the 217th Street entrance and pick up is at 2:45 pm from the same entrance. Please remember at drop off to put your child’s folder in the orange bin and the office papers in the red tray next to it. Every child should have a folder with their name on it. Please remember to label all backpacks, water bottles, blankets, folders, and clothes with your child’s name. If you have not already done so, please bring in a complete change of clothes for your child in a labeled, Ziploc bag.

Once in the classroom, please help your child wash their hands before signing in; after sign-in they may play at any of the puzzles or table top toys left out for this purpose. Remember if you wish to provide a substitute meal for your child, this is a nut free classroom therefore no foods with nuts, Nutella, or other nut products may be brought into the classroom; thank you for your cooperation. Finally, please note that the Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet has been posted on the clipboard by our classroom door.  

What We’re Learning:
This week we will finish our study of Unit 1: Welcome to Pre-K. We will focus on the following concept:
1. What will I learn and do in Pre-K?
2. What do I bring to my classroom community?
3. Who are the people in my classroom community?
4. Who else is in my school?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun.
2. I am an important member of my class. My thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
3. My family, my teachers and other children make up my classroom community; their backgrounds, thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter.
4. The teachers and adults in my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning.
5. In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play.
6. Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.

This week we will be learning about who else is in our school and we will take a tour of the school to meet some of the people who work in our school. We continue to talk about feelings and how each one of us is a very special member of our classroom community and we will also talk about Fall/Autumn and the changes we will be observing. In addition we will review class rules, fire drills, emergency drills, schedules and how we work with our Centers.
Finally, please help your child practice at home correctly signing their name using both upper and lower cases: initial letter capital, the rest lower case, thank you. Please also practice putting on and taking off coats and jackets; we are learning how to zipper and button and we need to practice at home, too!

Some centers we will work in:
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sensory, and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:
Custodian, director, nurse, principal, secretaries, security guard

FEP: Nothing new, a catch-up week to turn in missing Puzzle Pieces and Family Trees.

Books we will read this week:
I Like Myself, by Neil Gaiman.

Some Standards:
PK.PDH.9 (Physical Dev. & Health): Demonstrates awareness & understanding of safety rules;PK.SED.1:Recognizes self as a unique individual with own abilities, characteristics, feelings & interests; PK.SED.6 (Social & Emotional Dev.): Understands & follows rules & routines; PK.CLL.1(Reading Standards for Literature): With support, can ask & provide details in a text; PK.AL.1 (Approaches to Learning): Actively & confidently engages in play as a means of exploration & learning; PK.AL.4(Approaches to Learning): Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things& having new experiences.PK.CKW.1: Develops basic awareness of self in context of family & community.

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