What have we been doing?

Sunday March 22nd--good afternoon!  

So, the fun continues in preschool this week with a continuation of "pete" 
activities for the afternoon class, and "Brown Bear" activities for the 
morning class.  Unfortunately our huge bear friend has gone home, but he 
sure was fun to play with while he was here.  He was also very fun to 
cuddle with!

The sensory table will have a big surprise when the children see it 
tomorrow-it's full of Easter grass, baskets and eggs.  The janitors like 
the grass almost as much as the glitter at Christmas!

We will begin a few fun activities involving eggs and bunnies this week 
and continue into next week.

Happy 4th birthday to Will on Tuesday.

The afternoon class will also have a surprise when they arrive--they'll be 
ssigning in with their addresses now!  This should be lots of fun.

We're working our way through those tricky diagonal letters and this week 
we'll be practicing making: N and A.  We also will be practicing counting 
to 9 and making the number 9.  I made up a little poem to help us remember 
the difference between 6 and 9.  "Little circle at the top, and pull down 
the big line, if it's standing nice and tall, it's a number 9."  The other 
poem for 6: "Big line down, curve around until it sticks.  If it's sitting 
on the ground, it's the number 6!" These really help the kids visualize 
the difference.

We'll be exploring letter "D" on Thursday--it's Dominic's day, and we'll 
also be practicing letter recognition with the help of Pete The Cat.

Enjoy the rest of your blustery, sunny Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday March 15rh-good morning.  What a nasty looking morning it is.  

The morning class has been having sooooo much fun with all of our "bear" 
actiiites.  I've been seeing some really nice counting, sorting, and some 
the children are even making patterns with their bears!  We've been 
with some clothespin counting cards-the counting isn't too hard, but boy 
those clothespins tough to manage for some of  us.  This is a great 
for home-tie a string between 2 chairs and let your child clip socks, dish 
towels, etc. with clothespins.  Also great is to just clip them on empty 
coffee cans, pieces of tagboard, etc.  So good for finger strength and to 
work on using those fingers separately.

Tuesday is Green Day in both classes-good timing, don't you think?  We do 
have St. Patrick's parties, but the room will be full of green activities.

The afternoon class continues to work hard on our letters, and to go along 
with all those diagonals, we'll be making some kites this week!  We'll 
be putting kites with numerals 1-20 in order!  Boy, are we getting good at 

We had a great lesson with Mrs. Dana this week about "whole body 
listening"-our social thinking and Second Step lessons align really 
In both, we've been learning to focus our attention, have calm bodies 
are in the group) and making ourselves ready to learn and participate 
appropriately.  Our Second Step lessons are now focusing on strong 
that keep us from being ready to learn or act appropriately, and what to 
about them.  We've learned to "put our hands on our bellies and say STOP" 
we've also learned to take "belly breaths".  

If your child has an IEP, and I have not contacted you yet about summer 
program, please touch base with me about it.  

Enjoy the day-drive safely-it's really slick out there.  Have a great 

Sunday March 8th-good morning and I hope everyone remembered to turn the 
clocks ahead!  At least it looks to be a nice sunny day!

Things are moving right along in the preschool classes and everyone is 
working hard.  Pete The Cat has joined the afternoon class for some fun 
activities and lessons.  We'll be talking about Pete's message in his 
and he always has one that is really great for kids.

Wednesday was "A" day  in the afternoon preschool.  I brought 3-4 items 
begin with "a" and we talked about them at circle.  I'm sure by now, 
all seen the beautifully decorated "A"'s --those are apples on them!  
be hanging them up in the classroom as we complete each letter of the 
alphabet.  After we finish our letter, we have time to go to "exploration 
station."  This is a table where the children can explore activities 
to the letter of the day at their own level and/or pace.  There are letter 
stencils, stamps, tracers, textured letters to feel with our fingers, 
pictures of items that begin with the letter, books about the letter, and 
picture/word wheels. The children had a really good time 'exploring" this 
week, and are looking forward to the next letter.

We also learned a super fun new song: The Alphabet Boogie!  It was so much 
fun we sang it twice on Thursday!

The morning class was sooooooooo surprised to see the very HUGE teddy bear 
that is visiting our classroom!  We've been sitting with (on) him and 
lots of fun with him!  Painting bears at the easel has been a favorite 
activity  and we've also been reading books about Corduroy Bear.  This 
we'll make our own Corduroy bears, and learn about sponge painting.  We'll 
also practice our colors by making a book of his different colored 

Remember, there is no school on Tuesday, due to voting at the school.  At 
least it doesn't look like there will be any snow days this week!  

Enjoy your Sunday and have a good week.

Sunday March 1st-good morning and I hope everyone has had a restful, 
vacation.  I know I had a wonderful visit with my grandson-just hope it 
hold me till April vacation! haha!

Well,it definitely doesn't feel like "lambs" out there ,so I guess the 
afternoon class will have fun making some "lions" tomorrow for the 
board.  We'll begin talking about weather and will add "weather" to our 
circle time activities.  We'll meet Weather Bear, and we'll have lots of 
choosing appropriate clothes for him each day.  

The afternoon class will also be continuing with our diagonal letters and 
shapes. Diagonals are very tricky and later developing strokes.  You might 
have noticed your child making "A's" that are standing straight up and 
curve down to the right-we're going to try to work on that!

This week also starts our "letter of the day" activities.  From now until 
beginning or June, we will talk about a letter or two each week-they will 
in sequential order, and each child will have a turn to bring in a couple 
things from home that begin with that letter that can be shared at circle 
time.  We'll review how to make the letter (uppercase), and talk about the 
beginning sound, and decorate a large letter to bring home.  I'll put each 
child's "day" on the calendar, on the website, AND I'll try to remember to 
send home a note the day before.  

The morning class is going to have so much "bear" fun during the next few 
weeks.  There's going to be a HUGE surprise in the classroom!  We'll be 
painting bears at the easel, counting and sorting bears, learning to play 
Teddy Bear Bingo game, make bear projects, and maybe even attempt some 
with bears.  It should be lots of fun!

I've heard from most morning parents about next year-a reminder-my 
is to have all the morning role model students transition to the afternoon 
class in September.  this will be Mon-Thurs, 11:20-2:10.  If you haven't 
already confirmed with me that you want your child in the afternoon class, 
please be sure to let me know, so I can save a slot when creating the 

Enjoy your Sunday, and have a great week!


Sunday February 15th-good morning!  Isn't it awesome-it snowed!  Holy 
Well, hopefully, we'll be able to  get it cleaned up to go to school 

We had great Valentine's Day parties on Thursday--thanks to everyone who 
brought the yummy goodies, and the kids went home loaded with valentines 
enjoy at home.

We'll be finishing our "pink" activities tomorrow and also all the snowman 

Remind your friends that we're looking for role model students for next 
year's classes.  The screen day will be Tuesday March 10th from 12:30-2.  
Students already in the program do NOT need to attend.  If you want your 
morning student to come back to the afternoon class next year, please be 
to let me know. 

Enjoy the snowy Sunday and stay warm.

Sunday February 8th-good evening, and sorry for not getting to this 
As you all probably already know, we will not be in school tomorrow--
hopefully we'll be there Tuesday.  Wednesday is "Pink Day" in both 
and our Valentine parties will be on Thursday.  Sign-up sheets are on the 
classroom door.  Valentine lists went home with the afternoon class on 
Thursday and will go home with the morning class if we ever come back! 

I am still working hard to finish the morning progress reports-I can't 
children I can't see!  augh!  I'm just about done and will have them out 
the end of the week at the latest. 

Enjoy your day tomorrow and hopefully we'll see everyone Tuesday!


Sunday February 1st-how did that happen?  The year is just flying.  So, 
like another crazy, most likely short week.  We will be working very hard 
finish up assessing for progress reports. 

As we flip the calendar to February, we'll be enjoying all things 
Valentine'!  I"ll send home class lists (first names only) for valentines 
will have a sign up sheet on the door by the end of this week for our 
on Thursday the 12th .  As always, we will have VERY low key parties, only 
during snack time. 

The morning class continues with our fun winter activities.  Playing in 
snow INSIDE this week was a huge hit!  I promised we could do it again!  

Mrs. Dana has brought a silly new puppet to the morning class.  Her name 
is "Mrs. Peobody" and she loves to sing very silly songs about kazoos, 
and crying babies! All of  these songs emphasize making a variety of 
and are a great way to work on our speech.  

With Mrs. Anderson, we've been acting out 2 favorite books with our yoga 
poses: My Many Colored Days, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  We're getting 
better and better at colors, talking about our favorite animals, and you'd 
amazed at how strong we're getting through the poses. There are some of 
best "downward dogs" I've ever seen!

The afternoon class has started working on letters that combine3 curves 
lines: D,B,P, and this week we'll start practicing some diagonal lines 
are quite difficult) so we can also learn to make R and then K.

It would be really beneficial for all of the afternoon students to 
cutting at home.  Activities as simple as cutting up the newspaper, 
out coupons, or even drawing lines on scraps of paper to practice on.  
noticing that many of the children are not yet holding scissors with 
up" positioning and many are also holding elbows very high.  Cutting takes 
lot of practice!

We're starting some fun penguin stories and activities this week.  And 
going to really practice patterns.

Boy, do I have a surprise for the 4 yr olds when they sign-in tomorrow (or 
Tuesday!)--shhhhhh! They're going to be met by their telephone numbers on 
their sign-in crayone!  Yikes! We'll be practicing those for the next 5 or 

Remember, TUESDAY is outside day for the AFTERNOON  class, and THURSDAY is 
outside day for the MORNING class. Unless the temperature is below 20 
degrees, or the snow is over their heads!  haha!

The preschool team is busy discussing ESY (summer) reommendations, and 
be contacting those IEP parents in the next few weeks.  We're also looking 
ROLE MODEL screenings for next year.  Morning parents: your child will be 
moving to the afternoon class next year and I generally have them attend 
4 days.  Please let me know if you are interested in having your child go 
the afternoon class next year. I'm currently planning on all of the 
role models going to the afternoon, but occasionally this schedule doesn't 
work for parents, and I need to know if you can't do it.  

Phew-I think that's enough for 1 day.  Enjoy the calm before the storm and 
have a great week!


Sunday January 25th-enjoying the sunny calm before the storm! Looks like 
could be having another short week this week.  We'll be working hard to 
everyone assessed (just informal things) for report cards.  I'll send home 
actual progress report this quarter, that looks at skill acquisition.  As 
always, please let me know if you'd like to schedule a parent/teacher 

Blue day was great--we'll still be completing our "blue" activities this 
week.  We'll be continuing to explore rectangles and practicing  some 
cutting/pre-writing skills in both classes.

Both classes finally were able to go outside last week!  Hopefully this 
as well.  Please put your child's name in snowpants, boots, etc.  They all 
start to look the same!

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a great week!

Monday January 19th-good morning from Alexandria Virginia-home of the 
cutest baby!!!  We had a great week and the 3 yr olds were so excited to 
outside on Thursday to play in the snow!  We made lots and lots of snow 

The afternoon class has been working hard on our letters with curves, and 
this week we'll explore letters with lines and curves: J, B and D.  Next 
is adding some "diagonals" for R and K.  Keep reminding your child to  
at the top"!  

Rhyming is coming along slowly-any time you can read rhyming books at home 
play rhyming games is great practice.

Thursday is "Blue Day" for both classes.   The morning class is welcoming 
new friends this week: welcome to Lucciano and Brayden!

Enjoy your extra day with your family and have a great week!

Sunday January 11th-good morning-brrrrrrr! Yeah-we all survived our first 
week back to school, even with the freezing weather!  I was so happy to 
everyone and hear all about all the wonderful surprises from Santa!

As many of you  have probably heard, we had a "lockdown" drill on Thursday 
afternoon, and it went really well.  In preparation, we talked about 
practicing being safe inside the school in case there was really bad 
that could break our windows, or a stranger, or a sick animal that wanted 
get inside.  I did say "stranger" but with no more emphasis than the other 
scenarios.  We talked about being somewhere safe and being very, very 
so we could hear the police offices tell us it was safe to come out.  I 
not say where we hid on this public forum, but I'm sure your child has 
you all about it-that's fine.  I was very proud of the children-no one 
overly frightened and they were amazingly quiet.  If they bring it up  at 
home, feel free to discuss it with them and remind them that their 
will always tell them what to do and if they listen to the teachers, we 
all stay safe.  

I hate that we have to do a drill like this, but it is what it is.  I did 
practice with the 3 yr olds as I really didn't think there'd be any 
understanding.  If we were ever forced to implement this protocol in an 
actual emergency, the staff is trained and we would scoop the children and 
get them to our safe spot.

So, Monday is WHITE DAY for both classes!  Wear something  white to 
The afternoon class will talk a little about Polar Bears and start our 
on artic animals.  

Both classes will be having lots of fun with mittens--painting, counting, 
matching, decorating, etc.  Some of the children in the morning class 
even try making hat/mitten patterns!


Remember: TUESDAY is outside day for AFTERNOON, and THURSDAY is outside 
for MORNING.  This Tuesday isn't looking good at all! Yuck.  Keep in mind, 
the school rule is 20 degrees or above.  This is often tough to reach by 
10:00, but we'll try whenever we can to get out there.

We still have a little more time to bring in items for our theme basket: 
Picture It!"

Ruth told me there are still quite a few tuition families that need to 
up with their payments.

Afternoon parents: is your child registered for KIndergarten?  Check in at 
the office!

Grades close Jan 26th and progress reports/graded IEP's  will go home the 
first week in February.  

No school Monday Jan 19th.


*********Finally, I want to thank everyone for assisting with the morning 
hand washing.  It's got to help with the germs.  That being said, I also 
to remind everyone to please, please remember to follow school protocol 
regarding illness and absence.  Please keep your child home the required 
after vomiting, fevers, etc.  We have a student in the preschool whose 
system is suppressed and common viral infections that may put your child 
the couch for  day or 2, can put him in the hospital for  several days.  
Thank you for your understanding and support.*************** 

Stay warm on this freezing Sunday and have a great week!


Saturday January 3rd--Happy New Year!  I hope everyone is savoring the 
last 2 
days of vacation and relaxing !  I know I am!  

Well, I sure wish we had snow on the ground for the children to play in--
maybe after tonight!  But we'll certainly have lots and lots of wintry fun 

The morning class will be exploring all kinds of mitten activities and 
talking about other clothing we need in the snow.  We'll be practicing 
putting numerals in order, 1-10 and learning about the number 5.  

Both classes will be making new placemats this week, as the old ones were 
ruined by a defrosting refrigerator during the Thanksgiving power outage!  
Just as well because everyone has grown sooooo much that new photos are 
definitely in order!

The afternoon class will have fun talking about the new year and will 
what we'd like to learn in the new year.  That should be fun.  After 
reading "The After Christmas Tree", we'll begin talking about animals in 
winter, and then move on to artic animals like polar bears, penguins, etc.

This week we'll be reviewing making letters with "magic C" curves such as 
G, O and Q. We'll also practice making number 6.  I have 2 poems that 
up remember 6 and 9.  

"Big line down, curve around till it sticks, if it's sitting on the line, 
it's a number 6!"   little circle at the top, pull down the big line, if 
standing nice and tall, it's a number 9!"  We say often "number 9 stands 
the line" and "number 6 sits".

January should be a very busy month in preschool.  The morning class will 
meeting a couple of new friends by the end of the month and the afternoon 
class will be doing some assessments for report cards, which will be going 
home the first week of February. 

I have a few thing to go in the theme basket that we're doing with Mrs. 
Blythe's class.  Check the announcements for when everything's due.

Stay safe on the roads tonight and tomorrow and I can't wait to see all 
children Monday morning!


Sunday December 21st-good snowy morning!  So, here we go-only 2 days this 
week, and what a fun 2 days it will be!  

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to bring goodies for our parties-I 
think we're going to have quite a selection! 

Tomorrow,  both classes will be finishing up our projects and gifts-shhhh! 
and Tuesday will be party days!  

Last week was also lots and lots of fun--the morning class was soooooo 
behaved when we went to see the First Grade performance on Thursday.  It 
really cute.  

The afternoon class had an absolutely wonderful time for our "Polar 
day on Wednesday.  Mrs. Dana, Mrs. Anderson and I look forward to this 

On a serious note, remember that TUESDAY is outside day for the AFTERNOON 
class and THURSDAY is outside day for the MORNING class, when possible.  
hoping this will involve sledding at some point!

              PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY!!!!!!!

*********Finally, I want to thank everyone for assisting with the morning 
hand washing.  It's got to help with the germs.  That being said, I also 
to remind everyone to please, please remember to follow school protocol 
regarding illness and absence.  Please keep your child home the required 
after vomiting, fevers, etc.  We have a student in the preschool whose 
system is suppressed and common viral infections that may put your child 
the couch for  day or 2, can put him in the hospital for  several days.  
Thank you for your understanding and support.*************** 

If you see Mrs. Dana tomorrow, wish her a happy birthday!   and I 
wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday and vacation!  See you in 2015!!


Sunday December 14th-good morning!  Well, what a weird weather week that 
was.  The children were so disappointed to not get any outside play time-
hopefully this week will be better.

Well, our Elf has been very silly this week.  He was in the fridge, 
with our toys, sleeping in the doll house, and he even got himself all 
tangled up in the lights on the bulletin board.  The children have been 
really enjoying his antics! Thank goodness for Pinterest, right?

The classroom will be bustling with holiday activities this week.  We'll 
counting, sorting and even making holiday patterns.  I've been really 
to encourage some independent work in the morning class for short periods 
time.  But, we're a group that still really just wants to play!  The 
class will be able to go see the First Grad holiday show on Thursday-I'm 
really looking forward to it!

The afternoon class has a very special day on Wednesday--we're "going" on 
Polar Express!  A note will be going home tomorrow reminding to have your 
child wear jammies on Wednesday.  We'll be reading and acting out the 
singing and dancing to the soundtrack, and making and eating a special 
snack.  We've done this for several years, and I don't know who enjoys it 
more, the children or the teachers!

I'll have a party sign-up on the door by Tuesday morning at the latest.  
parties for both classes will be on Tuesday the 23rd.  Just like Halloween 
parties, these are VERY low key and I do not encourage parents to attend, 
it makes it very difficult for little guys to remember to be in 
mode when Mommy is around. 

Enjoy your Sunday, and I hope everyone is getting close to being ready for 
the holiday!

Have a great week.

Sunday December 7th-good morning!  I'm back and have very mixed emotions!:
I am looking forward to seeing all the children tomorrow, but boy do I 
my baby Liam!

I can only imaging that everything went great last week with Miss Amy and 
Mrs, Kearns, and I'm looking forward to a fun Silver  Day tomorrow! We 
be sprinkling silver glitter on our names (first names for the morning 
and last names for the afternoon class) to practice recognizing the 
We will also begin lots and lots of fun reindeer and  Christmas tree 
activities and projects.  This is such a fun time!

I can't wait to hear about the adventures of Jingle (our Elf) while I was 
gone and have some fun ideas for him for this week as well.

So, please pay close attention to the following:  outside days (with snow 
gear) are as follows:  TUESDAY for the AFTERNOON class and THURSDAY for 
MORNING class.  The school rule is it must be 20 degrees for outside 
that makes it tough for the morning class, but we'll try!  Please label 
your child's clothing and boots-it makes it so much easier for us to 
out who belongs to what, because the kids certainly don't know!  lol!

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week-looking forward to seeing everyone 

Sunday November 30-good evening!  Sorry this is late, but as some of you 
already know, my daughter had her baby here in Alexandria VA at 10:42 
night.  My power came on as she was calling me Friday afternoon and I 
a flight and was there in time to be a part of his birth!  Liam is 
beautiful--I might be a little prejudiced, but he really is!!

Anyway, I'll be here for the week, and Miss Amy has everything under 
control.  The 4 year olds are in for a big surprise when they sign in 
tomorrow--hmmmmm, are those LAST names?  Tricky!  

The morning class will be practicing shapes this week: circle, square and 
triangle-wait till you see the shape Santas!

I believe there might be an Elf hiding in the classroom right this minute-
shhhhh!  We should have lots of fun with our Elf on the Shelf, Jingle in 
next 3 weeks.

I so hope everyone has their power back on and don't forget boots, etc. 
the children. Unfortunately, we will NOT have outside snow play  this week 
while I am gone-I don't want to overwhelm Miss Amy, but we'll get out next 
week when I'm back. Thank you for your understanding.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thankgiving, and have a great week!

Sunday November 23rd-good morning!  Looks like a nice morning too! So, 
it's a 
short week this week, but a fun one at that.  The afternoon class welcomes 
our new friend Alexa tomorrow!  And the morning class wishes a happy 4th 
birthday to Elaina on Wednesday1

Tomorrow (Monday) is Brown Day for both classes-see if you can wear 
brown and bring in a few little things that can be glued to a class 
collage! Turkeys are brown so we'll be having some turkey fun this week in 
both classes.

Remember, Wednesday is an early release day for NBCS, so there will be no 
afternoon preschool.  

I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I am personally thankful for 
all the support of all of you and the time I have with your wonderful 
children.  I am also thankful for the health and happiness of my own 
and for the new baby that's coming ANY DAY!!!!!!!

Enjoy the warm Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday November 16th-good morning!  I think our mild weather is done!  
sure your child is dressed appropriately, as we will continue to get 
whenever possible! Thanks.

What fun we've been having with our squirrel and acorn activities and now 
it's time to talk turkey!  We will begin discussing Thanksgiving and what 
means to us, and also having lots of fun with cute turkey activities and 

The afternoon class continues to practice : E,F,H,I,L and T.  After 
Thanksgiving, we'll begin adding letters with "curves".  

Remember, next Monday is "Brown Day" and there is no afternoon preschool 
Wed. the 26th. 

You should all have received progress reports (and graded IEP's) by the 
of tomorrow--please let me know if you have any questions, or would like 
schedule a conference.  

I have received the class photos and have put them in the childrens' 
if you already have one, please don't take one, as they didn't send enough 
for everyone.  I'm thinking some of you in the morning class may already 
received them.

Stay warm on this frosty Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday November 9th-good morning!  I was so glad to see all the children 
Thursday after being out on Monday and Wednesday. Miss Amy gave a great 
report about the 2 days I was gone-that was great news!

Our new friend Maverick will be joining the morning class tomorrow.  
Mav!  We will be learning a silly song about "Gray Squirrel" this week and 
might even make a couple of recipes for treats for the squirrels and even 
ourselves! Yum. Don't forget "Gray Day" on Thursday for both classes!

I did a quick numeral recognition screen with the afternoon class this 
and most of us are making great practice.  Any time you can practice 
to 10 at home and count sets as well would be great practice.  Rhyming and 
opposites concepts are coming along gradually, as is letter recognition.  
More importantly, we are really getting good at following the daily 
with fewer and fewer reminders and everyone is working very hard on taking 
care of our own belongings and zipping our own coats!  Hurray!

As I mentioned last week, graded IEPS and progress notes should be going 
at the end of this week, and I will leave it up to you to contact me if 
are interested in scheduling a conference. 

Happy 5th birthday to Dominic on Tuesday and Abby S on Saturday! 

Remember, there's no school on Tuesday. Take a minute to thank a veteran 
his/her service.

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday November 2nd-good morning-don't blow away!  What a great party day 
had on Thursday with both classes.  We paraded all over the school and 
everyone thought the children were just too cute!  Thanks so much to 
who provided treats and party supplies.  We certainly had plenty to eat!  

The morning class will begin discussing squares this week.  We'll make 
collages, and paint squares at the easel.  We're learning to use just 1 
to paint and to reach across the midline to paint the entire paper.  We 
also begin talking about squirrels and acorns and have lots of fun 
acorns/nuts this week.

The afternoon class will be discussing the new month tomorrow and some of 
things we will be thinking of during this month of November.  We will be 
having lots of fun with crows and scarecrows during our discussion of 
and getting ready for winter. 

Grades close this week, so I will be working on progress notes and grading 
IEP's.  I generally write narratives for the first quarter and then use a 
progress checklist for the 2nd quarter.  Since I see so many of you 
regularly, I won't schedule conferences unless you would like to have one.  
If so, just let me know. 

Remember, no school Tuesday--teacher workshop day.  Also, next Tuesday-
Veteran's Day.  

Miss Amy will be leading the classes Monday and Wednesday while I am at a 
conference.  I'll be back on Thursday, full of new ideas!

We will miss our friend Hunter while he spends the winter in Concord while 
his new house is being built.  His mom thinks he'll be back in the spring-
sure hope so.  

Enjoy the extra hour of this blustery Sunday and have a great week!


sunday October 26th-good afternoon! I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful 
Sunday-I had a wonderful time with family at my daughter's baby shower!

Tomorrow is "Black Day" for both classes!  We will have lots and lots of 
Halloween fun this week1  The sign-up sheets for Halloween parties are on 
door!  Morning parents, please check the safe list of foods due to 

We will continue to talk about fire safety and have an opportunity to 
the obstacle course at the gym!  It's going to be a super fun week.  

Have a great week!

Sunday October 19th-good morning.  It's a little chilly, but still very 
pretty out there.  And it's also pretty in our classroom!  Have you 
the beautiful fall leaves hanging in the classroom?  Both classes had fun 
marble painting them!  We also have quite the pumpkin patch growing in the 

Orange Day was lots of fun and the fun will continue withthe moring class 
tomorow as we continue finger painting with orange and making our orange 
books.  The collage loods great!  We'll also be focusing on the number 2 
week.  We have really cool "tag bags" that have numbers on them, and we 
practice counting sets of 2 items to put inside and use our finger muscles 
close them.  We'll also decorate a number 2 with leaves if we have time. 

The afternoon class is having all kinds of pumpkin fun as well.  Tomorrow 
will learn about how pumpkins grow and we'll sequence pictures of the 
growth cycle to share with you at home.  Our #2 practice will involve 
tracing, printing and coloring 2's in our HWT workbooks.  We've been 
practicing and practicing: E,F,H,I,T,+, and square.  All of these are made 
with just big lines and little lines that only go "down" or "across".  
also practicing the sounds as well.  Any practice you can do at home as 
would be appreciated.  

This week is Fire Prevention week, and both classes will have their turns 
visit with the fire fighters, both outside with the vehicles, and also 
the trailor for an age appropriate lesson on fire safety.  The weather is 
looking good, so please be sure your child has warm, dry clothes.  The 
afternoon class will be going out on Tuesday, and the morning class will 
going out on Thursday.

You'll be getting your child's pictures tomorrow, and re-takes are on 
Thursday.  Please let me know if you're planning on a re-take, so I can be 
sure to get everyone down to the gym, who needs to go.  

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!

sunday October 13th-good morning!  What a gorgeous sunny fall Sunday!  

What fun we all had last week with all the apples the afternoon class 
picked!  Cooking our own applesauce was fun and delicious!  During our 
readings, we learned that apples can come in red, yellow and green!  We'll 
exploring and taste-testing them this week to see which are our favorites.  
Check out the border on the hallway bulletin board--the afternoon children 
have already made patterns with the different colors of apples!

The sensory table that is filled with paper and scissors has been a hit 
week-what a great opportunity for new "cutters" to explore and practice. 

This week brings lots and lots of counting in both classes, and the 4 yr 
are going to practice sequencing numerals 1-10 in the correct order.  
pesky 6's and 9's require some really good looking.  We've been talking 
how to make our numbers during calendar.  Hopefully our poems will help: 
line down, curve around till it sticks, if it's sitting on the ground, 
it's a 
number 6!"  "little circle at the top, pull down the big line,if it's 
standing nice and tall, it's the number 9!"  

Thursday is Orange Day for both classes-that should be a fun day.  

Happy birthday to Noah on Friday!

Enjoy the beautiful day and have a great week!


Sunday October 5th-good morning! I see blue sky and it looks like it's 
to be a beautiful fall day!

What fun we had on our apple picking field trip on Thursday!  the children 
were so proud to bring home their own bag of apples.  We also picked a bag 
for the classroom.  We're looking forward to cooking some applesauce 

Both classes will enjoy lots and lots of apple activities this week.  
learning some fingerplays about apples,and we'll be matching, counting, 
sorting, patterning, etc.  

We will also be exploring circles.  Hopefully there will still be a big 
circle (tape) on the rug when we come in tomorrow and we will have fun 
circles to decorate an apple.  

The morning class welcomes our new friend Noah on Tuesday and we wish 
birthdays to Sawyer on Thursday and Daphne on Saturday!

The afternoon class wishes a happy birthday to Miss Lisa tomorrow! 

To prepare to make more letters, we will practice a "plus" and a "square" 
our HWT books.  We will also practice making the number "2".  

Please keep in mind that we will try to get outside as often as possible 
long as the weather holds, so please be sure your child has appropriate 
clothing.  The mornings are pretty chilly and the grass is pretty wet!

And, finally, for those of you who have been wondering, YES, we do have 
school on Monday October 13th. 

Enjoy your sunny Sunday and have a great week!


Sunday September 28th-good morning--looking forward to more warm, sunny 
weather today!

Great job with all the "red" on Thursday!  We'll be continuing our red 
activities in the morning class tomorrow with our collage, and red books.  

You should have all received you school picture packets by now, but if you 
didn't, stop in the office and get one tomorrow--picture day is Tuesday.  
Morning parents, please please bring all students to school on Tuesday for 
pictures! We're scheduled to go up right away, so hopefully we'll all 
look like we did when we left the house! hah!

The afternoon class is going on a field trip on Thursday!  We're going to 
Brookdale Farms in Hollis to pick apples!  This is a favorite field trip 
every year!  Be sure to return your permission slip that will be going 

The morning class is almost ready to wind down our Nursery Rhyme unit and 
start to explore apples and pumpkins.  This week we'll talk about Mary Had 
Little Lamb.

We're rolling right into apples and pumpkins in the aftenoon class.  When 
calendar rolls over to the new month, we'll have an apple/pumpkin pattern 
the calendar to talk about.  We'll be exploring other patterns as well, 
different colors of apples.  

Counting practice continues, and I'm reminding the children to touch each 
item they count for accuracy.  We'll begin "air writing" numerals as a 
at circle time when we do calendar.  

Ask your child about "work dough".  We each have our own container of 
that is strictly for numeral and letter formation.  This is part of our 
curriculum and is a great developmentally appropriate way to begin to 
how to make these symbols!  We were also introduced to our "wet-dry-try" 
method of making letters and numbers this week.  Each child has a slate, 
sponge, chalk, and paper towel.  First the teacher writes the letter (or 
number) on the slate, and the child erases it with the wet sponge (wet!), 
then we repeat the process with our dry pieces of towel (dry!), and while 
can barely still see the outline, we make it with our little pieces of 
(try!)  It's a great process to reinforce correct formationm and visual 

Let's hope this great weather holds out, or at least stays dry!  Enjoy the 
rest of your Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday September 21, 2014-good morning and happy Sunday!  Happy 4th 

What fun we've had with all the "yellow" activities.  Fingerpaint was a 
hit!  The morning class continues with our Nursery Rhymes--did you see our 
clocks on the bulletin board?  They came out soooo cute!  This week we'll 
practice "Hey Diddle Diddle", "Humpty Dumpty" and "Mary Had a Little 
It's been so much fun to recite the rhymes, make cute crafts to go with 
also to learn fun yoga poses for some of the animals!

This week we learned about "starfish hands"-spread fingers on the ground 
our poses.  We also learned to sit in "candle pose" --feet under, in a 
kneeling position.    It's just so much fun to see what we pull out of 
Anderson's bag when we each have a turn.  You'd be amazed at the 
and ability to "wait" in your children during this activity.

Thursday is "RED DAY" for both classes--again, wear something red, see if 
can bring a red snack, and bring something red to glue on a class collage.  

In the afternoon class, we continue our ladybug fun, and last week we read 
few non-fiction books about ladybugs.  We'll be making our own books 
tomorrow, full of facts that we've learned.   

I've begun some baseline literacy screening.  The children are all very 
excited to have their turns for the "big kid test".  I'm looking at what 
already have in terms of: letter ID, letter sounds, listening for 
sounds, rhyming, and concepts of print.  Please, please, please don't 
the children should have already mastered these skills. This is simply a 
baseline to drive instruction. 

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!

On Tuesday we'll have our first visit to the Library.  We try to go every 
other week to hear a story or 2 from Mrs. Weiss, and explore the picture 
books.  We do not check out books in preschool, just enjoy looking at them 
while we're there, and practice matching the letter on the spine to the 
appropriate bin to replace them properly.

Sunday September 14th-good morning-freezin, but sunny.  I'm definitely 
holding out for more warm weather.This can't be "it"!

Another great week has flown by and I couldn't be more proud of all of 
children.  I've been observing some nice social interactions, cooperative 
play and great cleaning up when asked!

IN the morning class, we continue to have nursery rhyme fun, and will 
continue talking about the numeral 1 this week.  We've been practicing 
and "down" as well as "same" and "different".  Different is a very 

What fun we've been having in the afternoon class with Ladybug Girl's 
adventures.  Have you seen our ladybugs flying around the classroom?  
Tomorrow we will meet her friend "Bumblebee Boy"-yes, we'll also be making 
some bumble bees.

Tomorrow is "yellow day" for both classes.  I will work harder to get 
day" notes out in the future, but it got away from me this week.  On color 
days, we like to see if we can all wear that color, and bring somethibng 
color that we can glue to a class collage.  It's also fun to see who can 
bring foods in our snacks with that color.  It's fun "homework" getting 
for color days.

The afternoon class has done a great job finding the letters to make their 
first names, and this week, we'll begin tracing the letters with correct 
formation.  You can certainly help with this at home, by reminding your 
to always, always start letters AT THE TOP!  We will stick to uppercase 
letters so we can be sure to master correct formation.  I don't intend to 
teach lowercase letters this year, except for exposure and maybe matching 
uppers towards the end of the year.  I'll let Kindergarten do that!

I will NOT  be taking our classes up to browse the book fair.  It's very 
overwhelming and confusing for them.  But, please stop in and check it 
there are tons of great books!

Enjoy your sunny Sunday and have a great week!  Unfortunately, the germs 
already permeated the classroom and we've had sick students and staff.  
keep wiping down everything with all those generously donated clorox 

Sunday September 7th--good morning and happy sunny Sunday!  For those of 
unfamiliar with my newsletter practices, I generally update the website on 
Sunday mornings with a note about the week before and highlights about the 
upcoming week.  The "what's coming up....." page will contain a list of 
important dates that are coming up.  Be sure to read if there are items 
specific to morning or afternoon.  

So, we had an awesome first week of school!  No tears!  Let's see what 
tomorrow brings!  Miss Amy and I are quickly getting to know all of your 
beautiful children and they are also getting to know each other.  By the 
of the week, I hope to have class books to go home so you can all see the 
names that go with the faces!

We'll be starting some nursery rhyme fun this week in the morning class, 
starting with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". We'll be counting, sorting 
spelling our names in stars. We'll also practice "Hickory Dickory Dock" 
have some really cute clock projects that we'll be making. 

Remember, there is no morning preschool on Tuesday this week.

The afternoon class has begun the year with a bang!  We have gotten right 
down to work and some wonderfully inventive cooperative play.  We read 
a "Ladybug Girl" book on Thursday to kick off our ladybug activities for 
week.  We'll be counting ladybugs, putting ladybug numerals in order, 
a cute ladybug project and rolling tiny balls of playdoh with our fingers 
fit into little ladybug "spots" on a ladybug mat.

We are jumping right into our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum by 
learning how to "pick up a crayon" and pinch it correctly when we color. 
happy to say that most of us already have mastered at least a 
modified "pinch". We'll be doing lots and lots of "ABC" activities that 
involve sequencing the letters and putting the individual letters of our 
first names in order. We'll also learn a very important song "Where Do You 
Start Your Letters?"  The answer is "AT THE TOP".  

Finally, I'd love to have e-mail addresses from everyone, if possible.  It 
sure makes communication easier for us all.  I am always available via e-
mail, even on weekends.  If you contact me at night, I will see it in the 
morning before I go to school.

Enjoy the rest of the day and lets hope we all have a great week!

Sunday August 10th--well, this past week  was the last day of summer 
and I think we all had lots of fun,even with the changes in rooms and 

I'll be in and out the next 2 week, but will definitely be accessible via 
mail: rfillion@nbcs.k12.nh.us,  at any time. 

In the next 2 weeks, I will be putting together my "back to school" 
and get then out to you all.  I'm planning on our back to school picnic 
Thursday, August 28th, from 4-6. 

I will be at school all day that day, and also on Tuesday september 2nd,    
if anyone has any last minute questions, .

We will all start school on Wednesday, September 3rd! I am sooooo excited 
see everyone! Arrival for the morning class is between 7:45 and 8:00.  
park in the lot and bring your child to the classroom. Dismissal for the 
morning class is between 10:30 and 10:35, outside on the school steps.  
Please park and meet your child in person.

 Arrival for the afternoon class is between 11:20 and 11:30-bring your 
to the classroom once the classroom door is open.  We have a few students 
will be in the room between sessions, so respecting their privacy is 
important. I will be meeting bussers at the bus and walking them in! 
Dismissal for afternoon preschool is approximately 2:05, and again, please 
park and meet your child at the school steps. 

By all means, feel free to e-mail me with any questions in the next 2 
I check my e-mail every day and will get back to you quickly!

I'll be in touch!
See you soon!