Pre-K 2 News Round-Up

 

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. This is my tenth year teaching at Sacred Heart, my ninth in Early Childhood. I have a Masters of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I look forward to working with you and your child as we learn and grow together using the Pre-K for All program.

Each week 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, each week 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 on Friday unless a different date is mentioned in the directions.

At the beginning of the year you received a Communications Notebook and a folder for your child, the notebook is to be used for any messages you may have for me concerning your child; I read it daily and I will also send you messages through the notebook therefore it is important that you check it each night. 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 my school email tlake@sacredheartbayside.org, or during pick-up or drop-off of your child. As you can see there are several ways for us to communicate which is important for your child.

In addition, please note that 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!) with nuts or nut products, thank you in advance. Finally, please send in a 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.

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!

Round-Up for June 18, 2018

Posted on June 17, 2018

A Note to Parents:

This is it, our last week of Pre-K! It’s hard to believe that we are here already! Our children have been practicing for our closing ceremony to be held this Thursday, June 21 at 9:00 AM in Mrs. Wunch’s classroom. Light refreshments will follow in our classroom after the ceremony. Thank you to all those who have taken a leaf off our “Giving Tree” for a small contribution to our Pre K Closing Party on the 21st. Please note that due to the combined size of the two classes, guests are limited to 3 people per student; thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. For this week, please note that Monday and Tuesday, June 18 and 19, are full days of school while Wednesday, June 20 is an 11:30 dismissal. The Closing Ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 and the ceremony and party should be done by 11:00 a.m. Afterschool is available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but not on Thursday or Friday. Since Friday, June 22 is the last day of school for Sacred Heart with a 10:30 AM dismissal, Pre-K students have the option to attend however they will be dismissed at 10:30 AM with the rest of the school so please make arrangements to pick up your child at 10:30 AM as there will not be any afterschool available on Friday, thank you.

Closing Ceremony:

Please bring non-perishable items you are supplying for the celebration to class on Tuesday/Wednesday this week; all perishables should be brought in on Thursday. Please remember to dress your child comfortably for hot weather as the classrooms will be quite warm due to the number of people attending. On Thursday students should be brought to the classroom at our regular time as we will do our usual bathroom runs before the ceremony begins. You may bring your child’s backpack in order to bring home a packet of information and documentation which you will receive; in addition you may take your child’s artwork/pictures home with you after the celebration.

What We’re Learning:

This week in our final unit on Transformation; we will continue looking at “What changes happen in nature and how will I continue to grow and change?” This week we will look at the caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis and learn about lifecycles; we will also talk about how we will continue to grow and change: what do I want to be when I grow up? We will continue to talk about Kindergarten and how it is different/same as Pre-K. The Countdown to Summer is very popular and helps us see how close the Closing Ceremony is; thank you for all your work with your children throughout the year on these beautiful Family Engagement Projects; I hope they were enjoyable and fun opportunities for you to spend time with your child. Over the summer please have your child continue to practice their writing, coloring, letter and number practice, dressing and zippering skills, as well as hand washing skills, all of which we will need for Kindergarten! I will enclose copies of their names in dotted line print for your child to practice over the summer. Please practice all these skills at home also in order that we do not lose the skills we have achieved over the course of this exciting year!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with your precious children; each child will always hold a special place in my heart! On behalf of myself, Mrs. Romanello, and Mrs. LaTempa I would like to wish each of you a safe, relaxing, and pleasant summer! We look forward to seeing in September!

Some centers we will continue to work in are:

Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Library, Writing, Blocks, Sand & Water

Some vocabulary words for the week are:

Birth, butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis, cocoon, egg, experience, independent, larva, learn, lifecycle, metamorphosis, pupa, responsible.

Books we will read this week:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle; Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, by Joseph Slate.

Standards:

Books: PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting & support, aske & answer about details in a text; Self Portrait: PK.CKW.4 (Social Studies): Develops understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past event to their present and future activities; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual having own abilities, characteristics, feelings, and interests; Color Mixing: PK.ATL.4: Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things and having new experiences; Bridge Challenge: PK.ATL.2: actively engages in problem solving; Straw Shapes: PK.CKW.2 (Geometry): Creates & builds shapes from components; Chameleon: PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of living things. Jello/Melt in the Sun/ Freeze: PK.CKW.6 (Science): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Round-Up for the Week of June 11, 2018

Posted on June 9, 2018

A Note to Parents:

This week, Monday, June 11 is a mandatory Professional Development Day for Pre-K teachers therefore there are No Pre-K Classes on June 11, 2018. Please bring in your Countdowns as soon as possible as we will begin using them this week.  A reminder that our Pre-K Closing Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 9:00 AM in Mrs. Wunch’s classroom. Light refreshments will follow in our classroom after the ceremony. Thank you to all those who have taken a leaf off our “Giving Tree” for a small contribution to our Pre K Closing Party on the 21st. Please note that due to the combined size of the two classes, guests are limited to 3 people per student; thank you. For the week of June 18, please note that Monday and Tuesday, June 18 and 19, are full days of school while Wednesday, June 20 is an 11:30 dismissal. Friday, June 22 is the last day of school at Sacred Heart with a 10:30 AM dismissal, NO AFTERSCHOOL FRIDAY, June 20th.

 When you arrive with your child each morning, please pull out any important papers/envelopes which need to be sent to the office from your child’s folder and put them in the paper tray next to the folder bin, thank you! Remind your child to sign–in on the chart paper, then do the Attendance and Feelings charts which are around our rug.  Afterward, children may play with Table top toys, the floor puzzle left out, or the Legos; no other toys except those left out please. Please toilet your child before entering the classroom as our class schedule begins at 8:25 and we must leave to be at our Specials (Music, Gym, etc.) by 8:30; thanks in advance. 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. Please note that this is nut-free program, we have several students with allergies to nuts therefore nuts/products with nuts may not be brought to our classroom for substitute meals/snacks; thanks in advance for your understanding.  Please remember to return laundered sheets on Mondays along with a small blanket/soft toy for snuggling.

What We’re Learning:

This week in our final unit on Transformation; we will continue looking at “What changes around me and how do things change?” This week we will look at the states of matter and explore what happens to certain items when left in the sun; what happens when we combine certain items (ex: sugar & water; water and flour, vinegar and baking soda, etc). We will continue to talk about Kindergarten and how it is different/same as Pre-K. The Countdown to Summer was our last Family Engagement project, thank you for all your help with these activities and I hope you enjoyed creating these items with your child. Of course we will also continue writing our names in upper and lower case; please continue to have  your child practice writing their name using upper and lower case letters; please also correct their pencil grip as they practice writing with pencils and coloring with crayons. As I mentioned during Parent-Teacher Conferences, children should be familiar with the basic shapes and should practice drawing these shapes at home, as well as counting from 1 to 10. In class we will continue with our scissor skills, counting skills, dressing and zippering skills as well as learning to pack our backpack, another skill we will need for Kindergarten! Please practice all these skills at home also in order that we are ready for Kindergarten.

Family Engagement Project: My Countdown to Kindergarten/Summer (see online).

Some centers we will continue to work in are:

Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Library, Writing, Blocks, Sand & Water

Some vocabulary words for the week are:

After, bigger, birth, butterfly, camouflage, caterpillar, chrysalis, combine, cocoon, continue, cycle, darker, development, disguise, egg, evaporate, freeze, grow, harder, inches, less, lighter, magnify, more, newer, off, older, purpose, recycle, repurpose, reuse, shrink, smaller, softer, stages

Books we will read this week:

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback; The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

Standards:

Books: PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting & support, aske & answer about details in a text; Self Portrait: PK.CKW.4 (Social Studies): Develops understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past event to their present and future activities; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual having own abilities, characteristics, feelings, and interests; Color Mixing: PK.ATL.4: Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things and having new experiences; Bridge Challenge: PK.ATL.2: actively engages in problem solving; Straw Shapes: PK.CKW.2 (Geometry): Creates & builds shapes from components; Chameleon: PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of living things. Jello/Melt in the Sun/ Freeze: PK.CKW.6 (Science): Acquires knowledge about the physical properties of the world.

Round-Up for the Week of June 4, 2018

Posted on June 3, 2018

Note to Parents:

A few important dates for you to note: next Monday, June 11 is a mandatory Professional Development Day for Pre-K teachers therefore there are No Pre-K Classes on June 11, 2018. As you know from the notices sent out last week, our Pre-K Closing Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 9:00 AM in Mrs. Wunch’s classroom. Light refreshments will follow in our classroom after the ceremony. Please take a leaf off our “Giving Tree” and bring in a small contribution to our Pre K Closing Party on the 21st, thank you in advance. Please note that due to the combined size of the two classes, guests are limited to 3 people per student; thank you. Finally, please note that Tuesday/Thursday Religion classes with Mrs. Wunsch have finished for the year, school arrival for these days is regular time. I hope you and your child enjoyed your classes with Mrs. Wunsch.

 When you arrive with your child each morning, please pull out any important papers/envelopes which need to be sent to the office from your child’s folder and put them in the paper tray next to the folder bin, thank you! Remind your child to sign–in on the chart paper, then do the Attendance and Feelings charts which are around our rug.  Afterward, children may play with Table top toys, the floor puzzle left out, or the Legos; no other toys except those left out please. Please toilet your child before entering the classroom as our class schedule begins at 8:25 and we must leave to be at our Specials (Music, Gym, etc.) by 8:30; thanks in advance. 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. Please note that this is nut-free program, we have several students with allergies to nuts therefore nuts/products with nuts may not be brought to our classroom for substitute meals/snacks; thanks in advance for your understanding.  Please remember to return laundered sheets on Mondays along with a small blanket/soft toy for snuggling. Finally, please note that Religion classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:10 until 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s classroom.

What We’re Learning:

This week we are starting our final unit on Transformation; we will be looking at “What changes around me and how do things change?” During the course of this unit we will look at changes to ourselves and changes around us (seasons, weather, states of water, etc.). We will look at Kindergarten and how it is different/same as Pre-K, as well as perhaps a move to a new home, a big change for some of us. This week’s Family Engagement is to create a 10 day countdown to Kindergarten/Summer (see attached). We will use this countdown as we do our calendar during Circle Time over the last 10 days of class in order for your child to understand when our Closing Ceremony will take place. Please have this countdown in on Friday, June 8th. In addition, we should have our short stories about the night your child was born, which were due today; we will go over these stories during Circle Time this week.  Of course we will also continue writing our names in upper and lower case; please continue to have  your child practice writing their name using upper and lower case letters; please also correct their pencil grip as they practice writing with pencils and coloring with crayons. As I mentioned during Parent-Teacher Conferences, children should be familiar with the basic shapes and should practice drawing these shapes at home, as well as counting from 1 to 10. In class we will continue with our scissor skills, counting skills, dressing and zippering skills as well as learning to pack our backpack, another skill we will need for Kindergarten! Please practice all these skills at home also in order that we are ready for Kindergarten.

Family Engagement Project: My Countdown to Kindergarten/Summer (see attached).

Some centers we will continue to work in are:

Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Library, Writing, Blocks, Sand & Water

Some vocabulary words for the week are:

Appearance, change, date, feelings, larger, longer, narrower, objects, state, shorter, seasons, smaller, transform, transition, weather, wider

Books we will read this week:

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback

Standards:

Books: PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting & support, aske & answer about details in a text; Self Portrait: PK.CKW.4 (Social Studies): Develops understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past event to their present and future activities; PK.SED.1: Recognizes self as a unique individual having own abilities, characteristics, feelings, and interests; Color Mixing: PK.ATL.4: Exhibits curiosity, interest & willingness in learning new things and having new experiences; Bridge Challenge: PK.ATL.2: actively engages in problem solving; Straw Shapes: PK.CKW.2 (Geometry): Creates & builds shapes from components; Chameleon: PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of living things.

Round-Up for the Week of May 28, 2018

Posted on May 27, 2018

A Note to Parents:

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend! Each year my family enjoys viewing the Douglaston Memorial Day parade and it was as lovely and fun this year as it has been in the past. This past week we sent home the marigold plants that the children grew, they really did well in our classroom! Last week we looked at various baby animals and their mommies and learned which animals hatch from eggs and which are born live. We painted pictures of baby animals and some of us chose to create bird nests with scraps of paper, yarn, glue and other materials from the classroom.

When you arrive with your child each morning, please pull out any important papers/envelopes which need to be sent to the office from your child’s folder and put them in the paper tray next to the folder bin, thank you! Remind your child to sign–in on the chart paper, then do the Attendance and Feelings charts which are around our rug.  Afterward, children may play with Table top toys, the floor puzzle left out, or the Legos; no other toys except those left out please. Please toilet your child before entering the classroom as our class schedule begins at 8:25 and we must leave to be at our Specials (Music, Gym, etc.) by 8:30; thanks in advance. 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. Please note that this is nut-free program, we have several students with allergies to nuts therefore nuts/products with nuts may not be brought to our classroom for substitute meals/snacks; thanks in advance for your understanding.  Please remember to return laundered sheets on Mondays along with a small blanket/soft toy for snuggling. Finally, please note that Religion classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:10 until 8:25 AM in Mrs. Wunsch’s classroom.

What We’re Learning:

This week we will finish up our unit on babies and this week we will be focusing on what we can learn about animal babies and how babies (including human) change. Our timeline projects were due last week and they are very helpful for us to compare what we could do as infants versus what we can do now as young children; if you have not returned your Timeline please bring it in this week. Last week we went over the timelines that were brought into class and the children were so proud to be able to tell us all about the pictures in their timelines! The pictures were so beautiful; thank you for all your help in creating such beautiful stories! This week we will be looking at how we have changed from infancy to now: what can we do now that we could not as infants? What do we like to do that we couldn’t do then? We will also talk about what we would like to be when we grow-up and discuss what we think we will need to learn in order to do that job. This should make for some interesting drawings/stories! This week’s Family Engagement is to help your child by writing a short story about the night they were born; who was there and how happy was their family? Your child may also add a drawing if they would like! The FET is due on Monday, June 4 because we have a short week. Of course we will also continue writing our names in upper and lower case; please continue to have  your child practice writing their name using upper and lower case letters; please also correct their pencil grip as they practice writing with pencils and coloring with crayons (please note that I have added pencil grips to some pencils for sign-in). As I mentioned during Parent-Teacher Conferences, children should be familiar with the basic shapes and should practice drawing these shapes at home, as well as counting from 1 to 10. In class we will continue with our scissor skills, counting skills, dressing and zippering skills as well as learning to pack our backpack, another skill we will need for Kindergarten! Please practice all these skills at home also in order that we are ready for Kindergarten! Please complete and return the Kindergarten forms soonest, thank you.

Family Engagement Project: On the Night I was Born…(see attached).

Some centers we will continue to work in are:

Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Math, Library, Writing, Blocks, Sand & Water

Some vocabulary words for the week are:

Adult, babble, big, change, child, crawl, grow, height, roll, size, small, talk, tiny, toddler, walk, weight

Books we will read this week:

When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, by Jamie Lee Curtis

Standards:

Books: PK.CLL.1 (Reading Standards for Literature): With prompting & support, aske & answer about details in a text; Create Nursery: PK.AL.2: Actively engages in problem solving; Approaches tasks, activities & problems with creativity, imagination, and/or willingness to try new experiences/activities; PK.SED.5: Demonstrates pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions; Baby Rattles: PK.AL2: Actively engages in problem solving; Baby Self-Portraits: PK.CKW.4 (Soc. Stud.): Develops an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to their present & future activities; Water in a Diaper: PK.CKW.2 (Science): Tests predictions through exploration and experimentation; Time Line: PK.CKW.4 (Soc. Stud.): Develops an understanding of how people and things change over time and how to relate past events to their present & future activities; Baby Baths: PK.PDH.8: Demonstrates an awareness and understanding of healthy habits. Build a Habitat: PK.CKW.5 (Science): Observes and describes characteristics of living things. Now/Then Chart: PK.SED.1: Recognizes him/herself as a unique indiv. having own abilities, characteristics, feelings, and interests.

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