Pre-K2’s News Round-Up for the Week of Nov. 25, 2019

A Note to Parents:

Last week we talked about our class and how we are a community of friends; how we work together doing our classroom jobs and help each other when we need help. We also discussed Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for; each student drew a picture of what they are thankful for, they are posted by our Family Trees. Please take a look at the lovely art and sentiments from your children as well as their When I Grow Up paintings across the blackboard! I will be sending home the Parent/Teacher appointments this week; I have tried to accommodate everyone as best I could within the parameters requested; if your date and time are not convenient for you, we can arrange a mutually convenient meeting for another date; just write me a note, thanks!

Please note a few important dates:

1. November 27, Wednesday – Pre-K for All has an 11:30 dismissal, No After School. School is closed for Thanksgiving until Monday, December 2.
2. 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;
3. Monday, December 9 – School closed, no Pre-K for All classes.
4. Monday, December 16 – No After School available,
5. 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 will post January/February Mystery Reader Sign-Up Sheet when we return from Thanksgiving break.  

What We’re Learning:
This week we will continue our third unit of study: All About Us. We will focus on the following concepts:
1. What makes me important and unique?
2. What feelings do I have and why?
3. What makes my class important and unique?
4. What makes my family important and unique?

By the end of the unit children will understand that:
1. I am unique, there is no one who looks, feels, thinks and acts exactly like I do;
2. I feel different ways at different times for different reasons;
3. I am part of a family and a classroom community;
4. My family is important and unique;
5. My classroom is a community. All of the people in my class are important and unique;
6. I can help make my classroom a fun, safe and exciting place.

This week we are focusing on our families, we will discuss what makes our families unique and special. We will talk about our families and our cultures. We will make butter in class and bring it home for Thanksgiving; we will also have a Thanksgiving Breakfast together on Wednesday morning and use the butter we made since we have an 11:30 dismissal; remember there is No After School on Wednesday so please make arrangements to pick up your child at the door this Wednesday at 11:30 AM! 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 special and unique and that we all have feelings which we must respect in order to learn and play safely together.

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:
Adopted, aunt, cousin, culture, grandfather, grandmother, older, siblings, uncle, younger

FEP: Family Recipe: Please provide a simple, easy family recipe that you would like to share with us; we will make a class recipe book! Recipe card attached/online; due Monday, Dec. 2!

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.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.

In closing, on behalf of myself and my colleagues in Pre-K2 I would like to thank all our families who so generously donated to our Thanksgiving Food Drive and we wish all our families a very Happy Thanksgiving!