Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of December 2, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving! Last week we finished up our Unit on All About Us; we talked about what we wanted to be when we grew up and how we are a community of friends working together doing our classroom jobs and helping each other when we need help. We also discussed Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for and we made butter for our family Thanksgiving dinners! Last Wednesday I sent home the appointments for Parent/Teacher Conferences this Thursday; I have tried to accommodate everyone within the parameters requested. If you are unable to meet at your scheduled time, please write me a note and we will reschedule for mutually convenient time on another date, thank you! This Thursday the class will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for meetings; After School is available however you will need to pack a lunch and drink for your child if using After School this Thursday.

Please note a few important dates:
1. Thursday, December 5 – Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:30 Dismissal. After School available, please pack a lunch and drink for your child if attending After School;
2. Monday, December 9 – School closed, no Pre-K for All classes.
3. Monday, December 16 – No After School available,
4. Friday, December 20 – Full day of school, No After School available. School closed for Christmas break, reopening Monday, January 6, 2020!

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 seasonal 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, I have posted the January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet for sign-up; December is a short month and has already been filled! Thank you to our many exciting Mystery Readers!

What We’re Learning:

This week we will begin our fourth unit of study: Where We Live. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. Where do I live? Where do my family members live?
2. Where do people and animals live?
3. What types of homes do the people in my city (NYC) live in?
4. How do people and animals make homes?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. Homes are the places where we live;
2. Animals and people have many different types of homes;
3. Some animals live with people;
4. People and animals make homes.

This week we are focusing on where we live; we will be talking about Bayside and the other areas of New York City where our classmates live. We will discuss who lives with us in our homes and where the other members of our families live. We will draw pictures of our homes and the people who live with us. We will 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. Since we are learning about where we live, please work with your child to learn their address and phone number, two important pieces of information that each child should 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! 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:
Address, borough, city, far, home, near, neighborhood, roads, street

FEP: Where I Live booklet: See attached (and online) directions for a booklet to be created by your child about where he/she lives. Due: Friday, December 13. We are now collecting our Family Recipes and we will create a class cookbook! Yum Yum!

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.2: Demonstrates awareness & appreciation of their own culture & other cultures; PK.CKW.8: Demonstrates an interest and awareness of a wide variety of careers and work environments.