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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.

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!

Pre-K2 News Round-Up for the Week of February 11, 2019

Posted on February 10, 2019

Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Thursday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day! We will have a class party that afternoon. Please sign-up to bring something for our party; the sign-up sheet is by the door.
2. The week of Monday, February 18, 2019, Sacred Heart School, including Pre-K for All, will be closed for Winter Break. School will reopen on Monday, February 25, 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.

What We’re Learning:
This week we are studying Week 2 of Unit 6: Light. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Week 1: What kinds of light are around us? (Natural vs. man-made)
2. Week 2: What is darkness?
3. Week 3: How does light help us?
4. Week 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 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.

The January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks! The March/April Sign-up sheet will be posted later this week.

Thursday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day; we will have a small class party that afternoon. Please see the sign-up sheet by the door. Treats may be bought in for the party on the 14th. If you wish to bring in goody bags/Valentine’s cards, please bring them in by Wednesday, Feb. 13th; NO NAMES please on bags/cards, and we have 18 students in our class. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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:
Clouds, dark, diurnal, horizontal, light, moon, night, nocturnal, opaque, shade, stars, sunglasses, transparent, translucent, vertical.

FEP: Starry Night Picture: Students will re-create Van Gogh’s picture, Starry Night, using paint, crayons, colored pencils, glitter, whatever the child chooses to use. Please see attached instructions and sample. Paper supplied need not be used if the child wishes to use another source. Picture is due Monday, February 25.

Books we will read this week:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise 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.4 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CLL.1 (Language): Demonstrates a command of the conventions of standard English grammar through speech/writing; PK.AL.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.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 February 4, 2019

Posted on February 2, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Thursday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day! We will have a class party that afternoon. Please sign-up to bring something for our party; sign-up sheet by the door.
2. The week of Monday, February 18, 2019, Sacred Heart School, including Pre-K for All, will be closed for Winter Break. School will reopen on Monday, February 25, 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.

What We’re Learning:
This week we are beginning Unit 6: Light. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Week 1: What kinds of light are around us? (Natural vs. man-made)
2. Week 2: What is darkness?
3. Week 3: How does light help us?
4. Week 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 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.

The January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

Thursday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day; we will have a small class party that afternoon. Please see the sign-up sheet by the door. Treats may be bought in for the party on the 14th. If you wish to bring in goody bags/Valentine’s cards, please bring them in by Wednesday, Feb. 13th; NO NAMES please on bags/cards, and we have 18 students in our class. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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:
Candle, curve, electricity, fire, firefly, flame, flashlight, lamp, lantern, light, light bulb, lightening, lines, moon, rainbow, stars, straight, street light, sun, traffic light.

FEP: Natural Lights Around Us Mobile: This week please help your child create a mobile showing naturally occurring sources of light around us (i.e., sun, moon, stars, fire, lightening, fireflies, etc.). Mobiles should be ready for hanging in the room. Please have your mobile in by this Friday, Feb. 8th. See attached paper for directions and samples.

Books we will read this week:
Round Trip by Ann Jonas.

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.4 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CLL.1 (Language): Demonstrates a command of the conventions of standard English grammar through speech/writing; PK.AL.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.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; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.8: Demonstrates interest & awareness about a wide variety of careers & work environments. 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 January 28, 2019

Posted on January 26, 2019

A Note to Parents:\

Please note the following important schedule information:
1. Monday, January 28 – Superhero Day! Students may wear Super Hero tee shirts as we continue our celebration. Note: NO COSTUMES, TEE SHIRTS ONLY PLEASE!
2. Friday, Feb.1, 2019, is 11:30 AM dismissal for all students, including Pre-K. After School is available from 11:30 onward. If you intend to use After School, please pack a sandwich and drink for you child as the cafeteria will not be open. Please also let me know in order that I may get a head count for After School, thank you.
3. The week of Monday, February 18, 2019, Sacred Heart School, including Pre-K for All, will be closed for Winter Break. School will reopen on Monday, February 25, 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.

What We’re Learning:

This week we are on Week 4, the final week of our Transportation Unit of Study. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Week 1: What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. Week 2: How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Week 3: Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. Week 4: How do we stay safe when using transportation?

Please bring in any expired Metro cards, LIRR tickets, etc. which we will use in our Dramatic Play Center as we explore our Transportation unit, thank you in advance.

By the end of the unit children will understand that we use transportation to get to pre-K and other places; we use different types of transportation for different reasons; vehicles move in different ways; some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers; and there are many ways to stay safe when using transportation. Our Transportation Poster FEP was due last Friday. You can bring your poster in any day this week if you have not turned it in yet. The January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up sheet is posted by the door for those who would like to read to us, thanks!

Some centers we will work in:

Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Blocks, Sand & Water (Sensory), and Transportation.

Vocabulary words for the week include:

Accident, emergency, safety, seat belt, speed limit, stop, traffic light, traffic signs, yield.

FEP: There is no FEP for this week.

Books we will read this week:
Go, Go, Go, Stop! By Cherise Mericle Harper.

Some Standards:

PK.PDH.9 (Physical Development & Health): Demonstrates awareness and understanding of safety rules; PK.PDH.5: Demonstrates hand-eye coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects; PK.AL.4 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CLL.1 (Language): Demonstrates a command of the conventions of standard English grammar through speech/writing; PK.AL.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 (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.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; PK.CKW.5 (Counting & Cardinality): Identify whether a group of objects is greater/fewer than, or equal to another group of objects; PK.CKW.8: Demonstrates interest & awareness about a wide variety of careers & work environments. 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 January 21, 2019

Posted on January 20, 2019

A Note to Parents:
Please note the following important schedule information:
1. 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.
2. Sunday, January 27 – Scholastic Book Fair will open in the Parish Center (in Cafeteria) after the 9:30 Mass. The school will be open for Catholic Schools Week if you are interested in touring the school or visiting the Book Fair. Come see what makes Sacred Heart Academy special!
3. Monday, January 28 – Superhero Day! Students may wear tee shirts with their favorite Superhero as we continue our celebration. Note: NO COSTUMES, tee shirts only please!
4. The week of Monday, February 18, 2019, Sacred Heart School, including Pre-K for All, will be closed for Winter Break. School will reopen on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Please help your child with the arrival routine which includes putting away their backpack, placing their folder (with Communication book inside) in the bin; parents putting important papers for the Office in the red tray; children washing hands, signing in, and doing the Feelings and Attendance charts. Note that Names are to be signed using 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.

What We’re Learning:

This week we are on Week 3 of our fifth Unit of Study, Transportation. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Week 1: What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
2. Week 2: How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
3. Week 3: Who operates the vehicles in my community?
4. Week 4: How do we stay safe when using transportation?

Please bring in any expired Metro cards, LIRR tickets, etc. which we will use in our Dramatic Play Center as we explore our Transportation unit, thank you in advance.

By the end of the unit children will understand that we use transportation to get to pre-K and other places; we use different types of transportation for different reasons; vehicles move in different ways; some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers, and mail carriers; and there are many ways to stay safe when using transportation. Our Transportation Poster FEP is due this Friday. You can bring your poster in any day this week if you have completed it. The dioramas brought in by our classmates are beautiful and the children love looking at all the habitats; great work everyone! The January/February 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:

Airplane, airport, ambulance, cement mixer, conductor, crossing guard, driver, EMT, engineer, fire engine, firefighter, helicopter, locomotive, mail carrier, mail truck, operator, pilot, police car, police officer, train tracks.

FEP: Transportation Poster:
Divide poster (no larger than 14 x 22) into 3 sections: Air, Land, and Water. Use drawings, pictures, computer images, etc. of different forms of transportation and glue them into the proper category. Decorate background to match the category. Due Friday, January 25, 2019. See directions on the Pre-K 2 Class page and attached to the Newsletter of January 14, 2019.

Books we will read this week:
Whose Vehicle Is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper.

Some Standards:
PK.AL.4 (Approaches to Communication): Demonstrates ability to express ideas using a variety of methods; PK.CLL.1 (Language): Demonstrates a command of the conventions of standard English grammar through speech/writing; PK.AL.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 (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.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; 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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