Round-Up for June 18, 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.