What have we been doing?

Sunday April 13th-good morning!  What a great job everyone did adjusting to 
the new times!  The morning class has been able to have a little bit more 
free play time, and I've been able to start teaching everyone how to trace 
their first names!  So exciting.  The afternoon class was sooooo excited to 
get outside to play more than just 1 day!  

What a great week using our 5 senses!  On Monday, we made popcorn-watching 
and listening to it fly out of the air popper was super fun!  We chose 3 
different flavors: butter/salt, butter/brown sugar, and butter/parm cheese.  
There was lots of tasting and voting, and our class favorite was a tie!

On Wednesday, we used our 5 senses to bake bread.  The smell was amazing!  We 
worked very hard to knead the dough, and watched it rise.  We couldn't 
believe how much bigger it got while we were at centers.  Punching it down 
was tons of fun, and eating was the best part!  I was very pleased with the  
children's use of butter knives to spread the butter and even cut the bread!

Tomorrow is Purple Day for both classes and "P" Day for the 4 yr olds-
Landan's day! We're looking forward to lots of Easter activities and maybe 
even some Easter Egg hunts!

Happy 4th Birthday to Hunter on Thursday!

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday April 6th-good morning!  It looks like it just might be a beautiful 
spring day and maybe a spring week too!

So, tomorrow is the first day of our extended day schedule. 
*****IMPORTANT******* Please read the following VERY carefully!  Effective 
April 7th, our school day will be extended by 30 minutes to make up 4 snow 
days.  That means that school will BEGIN at 7:45, with ARRIVAL between 7:30 
and 7:45.  Morning preschool dismissal and afternoon preschool arrival times 
WILL NOT CHANGE!  Afternoon preschool will DISMISS at 2:20 (just a few 
minutes before the walkers). If there are no more snow days, the last day of 
school for NBCS will be June 20th-and Thursday the 19th for preschool.******

I'll be expecting the morning preschoolers to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45.  
Our day will begin at 7:45.  My intention is to maintain the same schedule, 
but add some small group or individual instruction during our extended free 
play times.  I would also like to plan on adding a second outside day: 
Tuesday as well as Thursday.  Please keep this in mind when planning clothing 
choices for your child.

We will be having some "rainy" fun this week and then jump right into Easter 
Bunny fun.  

Attention afternoon parents: our day will continue to begin between 11:20 and 
11:30, but I will be dismissing at approximately 2:20-5 minutes ahead of the 
walkers so you can get out of the parking lot!  

Our daily schedule in the afternoon will remain the same, except I will be 
adding a second outside day, Thursday.  On Monday and Wednesday, we will be 
using the extra time for whole group games, rhyming activities, letter 
identification, and whole group reading activities.  

Monday is "N" Day-Brady's day, and Thursday is "O" Day-Connor's day.  We 
continue to explore our 5 senses.  On Monday we will explore popcorn with our 
sense of :hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste!  Which flavor will be our 
favorite: sweet, salty, or cheesy?  On Wednesday, we'll make bread and see 
how many of our senses we'll use for this activity.  I'm pretty sure smell 
will be one of them!  Yum!

Grades close this week, and I'll have progress notes (narrative this quarte) 
and graded IEP's out by the end of next week. 

Happy 5th birthday to Andre on Wednesday!

Enjoy your sunny Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday March 30th-good morning!  Soggy, pouring rainy morning! blech

Well, what a week we had!  First and foremost, I couldn't be more proud of 
our morning class who performed at Community Meeting on Thursday!!They were 
amazing and everyone in the entire school is talking about it!  

Secondly, some sadder news-our friend Kingston's last day of preschool was 
this week.  We will miss him.

On Monday, we had our annual "lockdown" drill in both classes.  I try not to 
overdo it with the conversation, so as not to frighten anyone, but we talked 
about our "safety plan" in case there was bad weather, a stranger, or a sick 
animal that wants to get into the school.  We practiced staying very, very 
quiet so we could hear Mr. Chauvette come tell us that everything is ok.  
Both classes did extremely well. Now let's all hope we only ever practice!

So, here we are about to turn the page to APRIL!!!!!  I'm assuming you are 
all aware by now of the school-wide time changes that will go into effect on 
April 7th-

*****IMPORTANT******* Please read the following VERY carefully!  Effective 
April 7th, our school day will be extended by 30 minutes to make up 4 snow 
days.  That means that school will BEGIN at 7:45, with ARRIVAL between 7:30 
and 7:45.  Morning preschool dismissal and afternoon preschool arrival times 
WILL NOT CHANGE!  Afternoon preschool will DISMISS at 2:20 (just a few 
minutes before the walkers). If there are no more snow days, the last day of 
school for NBCS will be June 20th-and Thursday the 19th for preschool.******

I have another VERY IMPORTANT announcement for MORNING parents************

We have a student in the morning class who is immune compromised.  That means 
that we will now be enforcing a HAND WASHING protocol for EVERYONE entering 
the classroom.  I am counting on parents to assist with this during the busy 
arrival time.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Happy birthday Lizzy on Thursday!  Another 4 yr old in the house!!!:))

The morning class will be continuing their transportation unit this week-we 
have a fun surprise for the water table!  We will also be talking about 
spring (hopefully!) and make some spring robins!  Toward the end of the week, 
we'll begin to explore airplanes.  Mrs. Anderson has already taught us a 
really fun song abuot being an airplane-we'll definitely sing that one again 
this week.

We will continue to go outside on Thursday mornings-boots are VERY important 
as it's going to get very muddy out on the playground.

The afternoon class will start our  week with "L" Day-Mrs. Lamontagne's 
turn!  and we will also try to use our 5 senses to look for signs of 
spring.   We've been doing lots of pre-writing and coloring in the afternoon 
class and it's looking better and better.  

Wednesday will be "M" Day-Miss Lisa's turn! 

In our Social Thinking lesson with Mrs. Dana, we started to learn 
about "listening with our eyes".  We practiced guessing what other's were 
thinking about by looking at where their eyes were looking.  We have also 
been practicing showing the teachers that we're listening with our eyes by 
making eye contact to show we're ready for the directions.  In our Second 
Step lesson, we learned about the feeling of frustration and how it caan make 
our body feel bad.  We practiced putting our hands on our bellies and telling 
ourselves to "stop".  We will also learn abut belly breaths this week.  

I'll be starting to work on progress notes and grading IEP's this week. Let 
me know if you'd like a parent/teacher conference.  

IEP parents: you should have received the parent survey in the mail on Friday-
-it has little paw prints on the envelope!  Please, please complete these 
(they can be done online if that's easier for you) and return before May 
9th.  Don't forget to fill in the name of the school!  thanks

Well, that's about enough news for one week!  Enjoy the rest of your rainy 
Sunday and have a great week!


Sunday March 23rd-good morning!  Looks like we should enjoy this reasonable 
weather because it's heading south pretty quickly-blach!

*****IMPORTANT******* Please read the following VERY carefully!  Effective 
April 7th, our school day will be extended by 30 minutes to make up 4 snow 
days.  That means that school will BEGIN at 7:45, with ARRIVAL between 7:30 
and 7:45.  Morning preschool dismissal and afternoon preschool arrival times 
WILL NOT CHANGE!  Afternoon preschool will DISMISS at 2:20 (just a few 
minutes before the walkers). If there are no more snow days, the last day of 
school for NBCS will be June 20th-and Thursday the 19th for preschool.

I am very well aware that changing schedules at this stage of the game might 
be difficult, but we'll all do the best we can, keeping our eyes on the 

Well, hurray for a full week of school last week and let's keep our fingers 
crossed for this week as well.  The morning class has been practicing our 
songs and in case you haven't already heard: we're performing at The 
Community Meeting on Thursday morning.  It starts at 8:30, and we are 
scheduled to perform near the beginning (around 8:45 or so).  I hope you can 
attend-this will be a FIRST for preschool!!! We're very excited!

The morning class continues with our transportation unit and will be 
exploring boats this week.  Be prepared-the sensory table will be filled with 
water and boats!  We'll do our best to stay dry, but we are 3, so no promises!

Our new shape will be a diamond and we will begin to explore diamonds this 

Please remember to continue to send snow gear on Thursdays-we'll keep trying 
to get outside to play in the snow as long as possible in this crazy weather.

What fun the afternoon class has been having with our 5 Senses unit-have you 
seen the bulletin board in the hall?  It's really cute!  Any reinforcement of 
the following: sight, hearing, smell,taste, touch would be greatly 
appreciated.  We played a listening bingo game with Mrs. Dana and tried to 
identify environmental sounds-that was lots of fun.  We'll continue our 
listening fun this week and combine it with listening to the wind!

Monday is "K" day-Logan's day.  We only have 1 letter this week, as Wednesday 
is our whole group social skills/movement day and we don't have centers on 
those days. 

The afternoon class will also continue to ATTEMPT to play outside on 
Tuesdays, so please continue to send snow gear.  

Have a great week-stay warm-and stay healthy!!!

Sunday March 16th-good morning.  I'm feeling hopeful that we're on the other 
side of the disease in the school.  We're disinfecting everything and hoping 
for the best!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and Green Day for both classes!  This is not a 
party day, but just a fun day!  

Tomorrow is also "I" Day for the afternoon class: Landon W's day!

Our vehicle activities have been so much fun in the morning class.  Did you 
see our traffic lights hanging in the classroom?  We're even going to make a 
traffic light snack this week!  Yum!  

As you have heard, the morning class has been invited to perform in the next 
Community Meeting: Thursday, March 27th at 8:30.  We will be performing 2 of 
our favorite songs, and we're scheduled close to the beginning of the meeting 
(around 8:45 or so).  I certainly hope you can make it!

The afternoon class has begun our unit on The 5 Senses.  Did you see our very 
cute bulletin board?  Check it out!  We've been playing and talking about a 5 
Senses Bingo game, and have been reading several books about the senses.  
We're combining this unit with our work on the weather.  We can certainly 
experience the weather through many of our senses!  

We'll have a new surprise upon arrival tomorrow! Shhh! We're going to start 
learning our addresses!  Yikes!  

Finally, welcome to our new friend, Mason, to the morning class starting 

Enjoy the blustery Sunday and let's all hope to have a great, healthy week!


Sunday March 9th-good morning, and I hope everyone remembered to turn their 
clocks ahead! 

What a week!  In case any of you are unaware, NBCS has been hit by the 
norovirus and it is baddddddd!  If any of your children complain of stomach 
aches, please take them seriously! Apparently, it's been coming on extremely 
quickly.  If anyone vomits, please keep them home for another day, at least.  

The morning class has been having lots and lots of fun with cars and trucks 
this week.  The sand table is a huge hit!  This week we're going to dip our 
cars in paint and "drive" them on the letters in our first names!  We've been 
sorting, counting, and singing a fun song about cars!    This week we're 
going to talk about traffic lights and what the different colors mean-and 
maybe even make our own! 

We will also have a class book circulating, starting this week.  

The afternoon class will begin talking about our 5 Senses this week and 
continue practicing our letters of the week.  Monday is "H" Day-Peyton's day. 
Many of us are ready to begin putting numerals 1-30 in order! 

In our "Social Thinking" lesson this week with Mrs. Dana, we will begin 
learning about "listening with our eyes".  

Enjoy the sunny Sunday, and STAY HEALTHY!!!!!

p.s. remember, no school on Tuesday-voting day. 

Sunday March 2--good morning!  I hope everyone had a relaxing, fun week off 
and is looking forward to spring!  After March "roars" in like a lion this 

After some crazy weather the last 2 weeks of February, I'm hoping for some 
consistency as we begin March.   Forgive my typo last week: tomorrow is "F" 
day for Allie, not "E" day.  Thuraday will be "G" day for Aila.  

We're getting very good a letter recognition and beginning to learn the 
sounds as well.  The afternoon class will meet a new "friend" this week-
Weather Bear.  We will add the weather to our daily circle time activities.  
It's lots of fun to decide what clothing is appropriate for Weather Bear to 
wear each day, based on the weather.  We will discuss weather we can see, 
feel, hear, smell and taste? sure, taste!  That will also set the stage for 
our 5 Senses unit as well.  We'll practice a little sign language, and do 
some listening games, taste tests, smelling discrimination, and learn some 
new words to describe how things feel.  

We'll spend another 2 weeks reviewing and practicing our telephone numbers, 
and then move on to our addresses!  We'll also be practicing putting numbers 
in order, 1-20!  

The morning class (especially the boys!) will be exploring all kinds of 
transportation in the next several weeks. We will begin with cars: counting, 
sorting, matching, painting with cars, driving them in the sand table, and 
singing a new fun song "Driving in my Car"!  

We will be reviewing numerals 1-5, and practice counting those sets again.  
We will put numbered cars in order, 1-10, and we will be practicing 
prepositions as well.

This week, we are going to focus on some auditory and visual discrimination 
activities.  Our lesson involves the concept of "and".  We will be looking at 
a variety of pictures and choosing the appropriate one when given a 
verbal "the___and the ____".  We will have to listen VERY carefully!

I'm looking forward to a regular schedule, with healthy children!! Hopefully 
we will have more opportunities to play in the snow and improve our self-help 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and let's all have a great week!

Sunday February 16th-good morning!  For those of you who didn't get the 
message last week, we will definitely be celebrating Valentine's Day 
tomorrow! The morning class will be making an "ice cream pie" during free 
time to eat at snack--this is our favorite pie,based on our taste testing 
last week and our fun song about pie!  We will help the children deliver 
their valentines into each other's bags/boxes.  

The afternoon class will be celebrating with lots of fun Valentine movement 
and phonemic awareness activities!  

Our letter days have been thrown off just a little: Wednesday will be "D" day-
Landan's day, and Thursday will be "E" day-Andre's turn.  We return from 
vacation with "E" day-Alexandra on Monday March 3rd.

Both groups will be practicing counting: the afternoon class will be ordering 
numerals 1-20!  and practicing making number 6.  The morning class will be 
practicing recognizing number 6, and counting sets or items to 6. 

The weather looks promising for outside fun on Tuesday for the afternoon 
class, and Thursday for the morning class!  Maybe we'll finally get to build 
that snowman!

We are desparately in need of clorox wipes for the classroom, as well as 
tissues!  Thank you in advance!

Enjoy the sunny Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday February 9th-good morning!  Happy 4th birthday Kingston!!!  And Happy 
5th birthday to Landan on Friday!

So, it looks like we're going to be spared from a huge storm tonight and I am 
very thankful.  We're already in school until the 24th of June! yikes

The Valentine party sign-up sheets are on the classroom door for anyone who 
wants to contribute to our parties on Thursday.  The class lists have also 
gone home for the children to work on their valentines for each other.  

I have asked the afternoon children to each bring  in 1 empty tissue box 
tomorrow for their valentine boxes. We'll be painting and decorating them 
Monday and Tuesday.  

Wednesday is Pink Day for both classes-the boys always love this one!  ha! 

I'm very hopeful for outside play for both classes this week!  We packed down 
a trail for sledding on Thursday!  Don't forget snowsuits.

Everyone should have had time to review progress reports and/or IEP's.  
Please afeel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I'd 
be more than happy to have a conference with anyone interested.  

Please don't forget to complete Kindergarten registration paperwork.  As I 
mentioned previously, IEP placements will be made with the team at your 

Role model applications are being accepted right now for next year's 
classes.  Morning parents, please remember that your child will go up to the 
afternoon class next year.  Please let me know if it is your intention for 
your child to return as a role model next year.  And, by all means, tell your 
friends about our program and have them call me to inquire!

Enjoy the Olympics and have a great week!

Sunday February 2--good morning!  Shadow?  No shadow?  Hmmmmm!  Either way, 
we're beginning another month, and the days are definitely getting longer!

Report cards, graded IEP's, Valentine lists and monthly calendars will all be 
going home this week! Wow!  Our Valentine parties will be on Thursday the 
13th, and sign up sheets will be up by the end of the week.

The morning class has been doing some really great work with counting and 
numeral recognition to 5.  We're ready to start thinking about 6-10.  We have 
been practicing some associations (thnigs that go together) and this week 
we'll be talking about big and little.  

Our pretend play is getting better and better, and we've been having lots an 
dlots of fun with our Doctor kit this past week.  

Mrs. Dana has brought her crazy friend "Mrs. Peobody" (a puppet) to circle 
time and we've been singing some new songs.  One is about pretending to be a 
baby and it's very funny to pretend to cry!  Our job is to repeat sounds in 
the song.  Another song "Do You Like Pie?"  is also silly, and we repeat 
sounds in this one as well.  We'll probably be tasting some pies in the next 
week or so, to see what our favorites are!  the children also want to make an 
ice cream pie!  The last sone Mrs. Peobody has taught us is a kazoo song.  We 
play our kazoos and do all kinds of silly things like wiggling, waving and 
blinking while we're playing-so much fun!

The afternoon class will have a new surprise when they arrive tomorrow to 
sign in!  (phone numbers!)  I will say, this skill is getting more and more 
difficult to teach as so many fmailies are using cell phones, with a variety 
of area codes!  augh!

We are going to continue our rhyming and opposites practice, and any practice 
you can do at home would be greatly appreciated.

Tomorrow will be our first "letter day".  We will be exploring all of the 
letters of the alphabet, in order, from now until the end of the year.  The 
children will decorate large letters with things that start with the sound, 
for exampls (apples on A, buttons on B, etc.)  I will keep 1 of each letter 
to hang in the classroom and return at the end of the year. 

Each child's "day" will be on the monthly calendar, on the "what's coming 
up..." section of the website, and I will also send home a little reminder 
note the day before.  

If you have any questions about this-feel free to give me a call or e -mail 
me.  In the past, the children have been really excited to have their turns 
to share at circle the items they have brought from home that begin with 
their letters. 

Enjoy the Sunday and the Super Bowl!  We'll all be wishing Mrs. Lamontagne a 
happy birthday tomorrow!

Have a great week-looks like we might actually be able to get outside!!!!Yeah!


p.s.  AFTERNOON parents-you should be receiving Kindergarten rgistration 
paperwork in the mail this week.  Please complete and return as soon as 
possible.  Everyone who receives this should complete it, and specific IEP 
placement decisions will be made by the team at IEP meeting. 

ALL IEP PARENTS-I will be in touch with you prior to vacation with ESY 
(summer) recommendations, and will have paperwork for signatures right after 
vacation! Guess you can tell what I'll be doing DURING vacation:)))

Sunday January 26-good afternoon! So it looks like another freezing cold week 
ahead.  Tuesday definitely doesn't look like an outside day for the afternoon 
class and right now, Thursday morning looks pretty terrible as well.  We'll 
keep our fingers crossed, but it doesn't look good.

That's ok-we'll have lots and lots to keep us busy inside.  The afternoon 
class has been talking about penguins and some facts about them.  We've 
really been enjoying fiction and non-fiction books about penguins.  We've 
been patterning like crazy and working so hard on rhyming and opposites.  
Opposites is a difficult concept and all of the children coud use some 
practice at home.  

We're finishing up with our last 3 letters: R, S, and U.  A note will be 
going home this week to discuss what's coming up in February regarding 
letters!  We're going to start at the beginning of the alphabet and practice 
letter sounds.  Each child will have a turn to bring in 3 or 4 items that 
begin with his/her letter to share at circle time.  This has been lots and 
lots of fun in the past and I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun with it. 

We'll have fun counting and using fish (goldfish!) for a variety of penguin 
activities/lessons this week!

The morning class has been having lots of fun making snowmen, We've also been 
talking about all of the clothes we wear in the snow.  We'll be having lots 
of fun with mittens this week: matching identical mittens, counting, painting 
at the easel.

We'll be talking about the number 5 this week and practicing a lot with 
numbers 1-5. Did you see our hats on the bulletin board?  This week we'll be 
looking at a series of numerals, and determine what number is missing.

We'll also be talking about things that go together and playing with 
some "associations boards"  we have.  

On Friday, I placed a raffle ticket for each of the children (in both classes)
in a theme basket, soooooooo good luck!

Enjoy the frigid week!

Tuesday, January 21-good morning.  I hope everyone enjoyed their long 
weekend, and are prepared for yet another blast of cold.  The afternoon class 
will not be able to play outside today, and it's not looking good for the 
morning class on Thursday either-but keep checking the temp-20 degrees or 

Whilel this is a short week, it will be a busy one.  I will be doing some 
informal assessing in both classes for progress reports.  Thursday is Blue 
Day for both classes. 

Even though we haven't been able to spend much time actually IN the snow, 
we're having lots of inside snow activities in the morning class.  We've been 
singing and moving our bodies, and counting, sorting all kinds of snowmen.

The afternoon class enjoyed 2 stories about penguins last week, and we've 
been having some penguin fun in our class.  Make sure to check out the 
penguin windsocks hanging in the classroom-they're super cute!

The deadline for the theme baskets has been extended to Thursday for anyone 
that's interested. 

Have a great week and stay warm!

Saturday January 11th-good afternoon!  Well, finally, we were able to come 
back to school and see all of our friends!  What a "chatty" few days we had!  
I'm hopeful that everyone is back on track on Monday, and settled back 
into "school" mode.  

I'm hopeful that we don't lose ALL our snow this weekend, as the children are 
very excited to play outside and sled on our hill.  Keeping our fingers 
crossed for some reasonable January weather!

I am so very pleased with the increased independence with our outergarments.  
Even the morning students are putting on their own boots, coats, hats and 
mittens.  We're working very hard on those tricky zippers, but getting better 
and better all the time.  The afternoon students are making awesome progress 
as well!

Our winter trees on the classroom bulletin board are beautiful and if you 
look closely, you'll notice that he snowflake borders in the hallway are in 
patterns!  The 4 yr olds have been enjoying experimenting with patterns and 
having lots of fun with them.  

In the morning class, we're really working hard to identify numerals 1-5, and 
also the individual letters in our names.  We're getting better and better 
every day.

On Monday, we'll continue with some of our "White Day" actiities, such as the 
collage, so feel free to send in anything "white" that could be glued onto 
the paper.  

For those of you familiar with classroom theme baskets, ours is "Fun in the 
Sun! - Water sports, beach/outdoor items".  We're working together with Ms. 
Sam's class.  For you "first-timers", there is information in the notices 
that went home on Thursday.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend-drive safely!  and have a great week!

Wednesday January 1, 2014- Happy, Happy New Year!!!  Don't know if I'll be 
seeing anyone tomorrow or not, but.......I'm hoping everyone had a relaxing, 
restful vacation.  That's exactly the kind I had.  Feeling relaxed, 
refreshed, and ready to see my kiddos!  

We will be having so much fun with snow, snowmen, mittens, all things 
winter!  Yes, that means boots too.  Please, please send your child in boots 
every day, with SHOES to change into.  Slippers are not safe, as they are 
very slippery on the floor, and unacceptable if we were to leave the building 
in an emergency.  The children are learning to stop at the boot bench in the 
hallway to change before coming into the classroom.  Your reminders would be 
appreciated as well.

We are all working very hard on putting on and taking off our own winter 
clothing.  I realize it requires a few more minutes of your time, but 
allowing your child to work on this him/herself builds confidence and 

The month of January will be a hard-working month for both classes.  We will 
be focusing on rhyming in the afternoon class, as well as concepts of print, 
such as: title, author, directionality, etc.  We will be finishing our 
exposure to all of the letters of the alphabet, just in time to start over in 
February on each one and the formation and sounds.  

Our January colors will be white and blue for both classes, and we will 
practice all things "5". 

As always, I am available for parent-teacher conferences at any time, and 
check e-mail several times each day.  Feel free to  contact me with any 
quiestions or concerns.

Kindergarten registration packets are coming out-please be sure to register 
your child.  For students with IEP's, specific placement decisions will be 
determined by the team when we meet.  

We continue to be in need of disinfectant wipes and soft tissues if anyone is 
willing to donate a few.  Thanks in advance.

Enjoy your freezing New Year's Day with your family and maybe I'll see you 
tomorrow, and maybe I won't!  


Sunday December 15th-good afternoon-it's a pretty one! About 10 inches here.

Sooooo, that being said, PLEASE be sure your  child has his/her gear for 
outside play this week.  The AFTERNOON class goes outside on Tuesday and the 
MORNING class goes out on Thursday. The school rule is 20 degrees or above. 

What an exciting week we have in store.  Both classes are having small, low-
key class parties on Thursday.  Sign-up sheets are on the classroom door.  
The children DO NOT exchange gifts in preschool.  

Our elf, Jingle, has been very busy this week: he climbed the Christmas tree, 
made a mess in the bathroom, and played with our letter game, spelling his 
name with the letters!  We've been having lots of fun with him.

Tomorrow is GOLD DAY in both classes!  I can't wait to see what everyone is 

We will be very busy little elves ourselves, making gifts for parents this 
week and trying very hard to keep the surprise.  The afternoon class will be 
having a special day on Wednesday (note to go home tomorrow) on The Polar 
Express.  Each year, Mrs. Dana reads the story to us, and we get our tickets 
and board the "train".  We sing fun songs, do yoga poses with Mrs. Anderson 
and ride back "home".  We are always surprised to find bells under the tree 
for everyone and we enjoy some nice hot chocolate!  It's soo much fun.  

Sunday December 8th-good morning-brrrr!  I hope everyone took advantage of 
our day on Friday-I know I did!  Will there be another one tomorrow?  Hmmmm?

So, we've been having a lot of fun this week seeing where our elf Jingle has 
been hiding himself.  We did have to review the "rules" because some of the 
children were so excited, they couldn't help but touch Jingle, and we 
certainly don't want him to lose his powers-at least not in the next 2 

The afternoon class has done a wonderful job recognizing their last names.  
some practice at home to distinguish between "first" and "last" would be 
great.  Many of them are just telling their whole name together.

We've had lots of fun exploring stars, and the afternoon class has been 
excited to tear off loops on our countdown chain.

Tomorrow is Silver Day for both classes-let's see the bling!  If there is no 
school, or a delay, we will continue into Tuesday with our Silver fun.

I hope to have sign-up sheets up by the end of the week for our holiday 
parties which will take place on Thursday Dec. 19th for both classes. 

I am looking for a few large mason jars with lids for a project if anyone has 
some hanging around. 

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

Sunday December 1st-good morning, and, ready or not, welcome December.  ONly 
fitting that it's a snowy morning.  I hope everyone had a wonderful 
Thanksgiving and few days off.  I know I enjoyed time with family and a few 
days to relax.

Both classes will be exploring stars this month, and since we only have 3 
weeks of school before Christmas vacation, the holiday fun will begin right 
away!  I have a feeling there's an elf hiding in our classroom right now! 
He'll be busy during the next 3 weeks;D

The afternoon class will have a big surprise when they sign in tomorrow-shhhh-
we're going to start practicing our last names!  We will also be working on 
the remainder of the letters with diagonals: V,W,X,Y, and Z.

Both classes will continue to practice counting, numeral recognition, and 
sorting.  The afternoon class will practice patterning and rhyming as well. 

Remnders: 1. There is no school for all of NBCS on Friday Dec. 6th.
          2. Monday Dec. 9th is Silver Day for both classes
          3. TUESDAY is outside play day for the afternoon class.
          4. THURSDAY is outside play day for the morning class.
          5. PLEASE, please send your child with SHOES, not slippers, to 
             change into from boots.  Slippers are very slippery, and also not
             appropriate if we were in an emergency.  

Enjoy your snowy Sunday-drive carefully and have a great week!

Sunday November 24th-good morning, and what a freezing morning it is!  Yikes!
We had a fun Brown Day on Thursday and are having fun with our turkey 

As you know, it's a very short week for us this week.  We will explore the 
number "3" in both classes.  The morning class had fun creating their "3" 
book last week, and will practice the numeral itself.  We will also continue 
talking about triangles (they have 3 sides and 3 corners too!)  

IN the afternoon class, our exploration of "3" will include making the 
numeral on our slates with the "wet, dry, try" method from our HWT program, 
and then practicing it again inour workbooks.  

We welcome Peyton to the afternoon class tomorrow! Remember, no school for 
the afternoon class on Wednesday.  The entire school dismisses at 12:00.

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


Sunday November 17th-good morning.  We have a full, fun week planned this 
week for both classes.  The morning class continues with the squirrel and 
acorn fun and I have a special treat planned!  We had lots of fun making, and 
eating our squirrel treat.  We worked very hard to count 10 peanuts, scoop 
the seeds and the popcorn without spilling.  

The afternoon class has been working very hard on their letters with 
diagonals: A,K, M, and N so far.  We'll explore triangles as well.

Thursday is Brown Day for both classes, and we'll be having lots of fun with 
turkeys in both classes.

Everyone should have received progress reports and IEP's as appropriate.  I 
attached some information regarding letter formation with the 4 yr old 
progress reports.  If the children receive the same information and guidance 
about how to print their names, it will be much easier for them in the long 

I am scheduling conferences for anyone interested in having one.  Just let me 

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!

Monday November 11th-good morning and Happy Veteran's Day. Take a moment 
today to give thanks for the service of our soldiers, past and present, in 
all of our families. 

What fun we had in the morning class last week with those gray squirrels.  
Ask your child to "swish his/her bushy tail"!  We will continue with our gray 
activities and some more squirrel fun as well. We will explore triangles this 
week.  They have 3 sides, so we'll also talk about the number 3!  

The afternoon class continues to practice our letters with clay and 
fingerpaint.  This week we will learn about "diagonals."  those are tricky 
and are necessary to make triangles and also the following letters: A,K,M, 
N.  These will be our focus for the next few weeks.  We are also singing 
songs about the alphabet, doing alphabet puzzles and exploring alphabet cards 
that make a puzzle when put in the correct order.  

Progress reports and graded IEP's will go home either Thursday or next 
Monday.  Attached to afternoon reports will be some information about how we 
make letters in our HWT program, and some practice sheets for home.  Always 
great practice, as long as we're consistent in how we help the students. 

TUESDAY is outside day for the AFTERNOON class, so please be sure your child 
has appropriate clothing for outside play.  THURSDAY is outside day for the 
MORNING class, so the same holds true for the morning kiddos as well. 

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

Saturday, November 2nd--good afternoon and what a beautiful afternoon it was!

Well, Halloween was a great success, except for the pictures I tried to take
of the kids-they all came out ridiculously blurry-boo.  Oh well, we had a
great time in both classes, and had lots and lots of yummy snacks.  Hurray tht
the rain held off for the parade, and the children were soooo excited to see
all of you in the crowd!

We get back to a more typical week on Monday, with the morning class having
lots of fun with squirrels an nuts/acorns.  We have a couple of fun songs to
sing, and lots of counting, color recognition, sorting, shape recognition and
numeral recognition activities.

The afternoon class will be learning about harvest and having fun with
scarecrow and crow activities.  

I will be completing some informal assessing in both classes in preparation of
our first report card.  Grades close on NOv. 7th and report cards will go out
the following week.

I will be scheduling parent/teacher conferences in the next couple of weeks. 
Please contact me if you have a specific time or date that you would like to
touch base. 

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

Sunday October 27th-good morning! Welcome to a crazy, busy week at NBCS!  On 
Tuesday, both of our classes will have their chance to visit with the fire 
fighters and have a great lesson on fire prevention.  I have most permission 
slips back, but if yours hasn't been returned yet, please return it 
tomorrow!  Thanks

Wednesday is BLACK DAY for both classes and Thursday is Halloween!!!  The 
children can wear their costumes to school, if they choose, but keep in mind 
that the afternoon class will be walking in the parade, outside.  The weather 
is looking pretty good, but we will be outside for around 45 minutes or so.

Party sign-up sheets are on the clasroom door, so stop by and check them out, 
or feel free to give me a call or e-mail, and I can let you know what we 
still need.

The morning class will have their party at snack time (around 9:30-10:00) and 
will be VERRRRRRYYYYYYY low key.  We will most likely just go outside after 
to run off some of the sugar!:)))

The afternoon class will have their party at about 12:15 or so, before the 
parade.  Again, low key!!  The parade begins at 1:00, so find a good spot 
along the route to take pictures!

Just a reminder, I have not had great luck with parents attending parties, 
because it's just too hard for 3 and 4 yr olds to remember that they are 
still "preschoolers" when Mommy or Daddy is around.  Thanks in advance for 
your understanding.

Friday, November 1st, is a teacher workshop day, so there is no school for 

Now that it's getting cooler, please keep in mind that the morning students 
will definitely go outside on Thursdays (unless it's raining) and afternoon 
students will definitely go outside on Tuesdays.  Please plan accordingly 
with your child's clothing, outerwear and footwear.  Thanks

Enjoy the sunny Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday October 20th-good morning!  It's looking like another beautiful fall 
Sunday-can't wait to get out there and enjoy it!

Let the Halloween fun begin!  This week we will be exploring spooky materials 
and activities set up, and we will be able to have a turn with it on Tues. in 
the afternoon (dress your child appropriately for climbing and crawling!) and 
Thursday for the morning class. 

We have lots of "pumpkin" activities planned as well!  We have 1 nice big 
pumpkin to carve for the class, but if someone is willing to donate another 
so both classes can experience the "goo", we'd really appreciate it.

This week the afternoon class will begin to practice tracing our first names. 
I've held off on this because we weren't really ready, but since so many of 
the children are so invested in printing their names, it's time to teach them 
the correct way to form their letters--FROM THE TOP!  Ask your child to 
sing "where do you start your letters?" for you.

I will try to have party sign-up sheets on the door by the end of this week.  
Parties will be at 9:30 in the morning class on the 31st, and 12:00 in the 
aftenoon class (before the parade).  

Enjoy the beautiful Sunday, and have a great week!

Monday October14th-good morning!  Feeling so grateful for this beautiful 
sunny Monday to relax and enjoy the weather/foliage.  

We have another busy (though short) week on tap this week.  We will continue 
talking and learning about squares in both groups and will sort shapes to 
find those we know so far: circles and squares.  

The afternoon class has been counting, counting and practicing recognizing 
numerals to 10.  We are now "air writing" at calendar--always starting t the 
top!  We've also begun to notice patterns at calendar and we know a pattern 
is something we see or hear "over and over and over".  We'll be practicing 
our own this week.

Thursday is Orange Day in both classes-perfect color for   this time of year 
and all the fun pumpkin activities we have planned.  Speaking of pumpkins-I 
picked our pumpkin from our garden on Thursday-it's soooooo big.  We'll be 
carving it soon.  

Enjoy the day and have a great week!

Sunday October 6th-Happy Birthday Miss Lisa!  And Happy October to all of you-
it sure came quickly, didn't it?  

We had a wonderful field trip to Brookdale Farm stand on Monday and we 
couldn't have asked for better weather.  The children were so excited to pick 
apples, especially their own bags to bring home.  We've already made 
applesauce and a delicious apple crisp this week in the classroom.  They're 
telling me they want to make apple pie-oh boy!

The afternoon class learned a fun song last week: "where do you start your 
letters?"  The answer is "at the top!"  We've been practicing talking about 
top, middle and bottom, to get ready to form letters.  This week we will be 
finding our beginning letter for our first names, and making a big line down 
from the top of the chalkboard to the bottom to sign in.  We'll talk about 
how many names we have of each letter.  

We'll also be talking about squares and the numeral 2 in both classes. 

Some things that would be great to practice at home are: rhyming games with 
your 4 yr olds.  We attempted a rhyming pre-assessment this week, and very 
few of the children have any idea, at this point.  Singing rhyming songs, and 
reading rhyming books is the perfect place to start.

For 3 yr old parents: count anything and everything with your child.  Also, 
practicing colors would be super helpful as well.  

All of the children are fascinated with scissors--putting out a pile of paper 
and scissors and letting your child snip it all us is a great activity for 

Feel free to call or e-mail with any questions or concerns!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday september 29th-  good afternoon!  HOly cow-I can't believe I didn't do 
this this morning!  I guess I was in a hurry to get outside and enjoy this 
perfect September Sunday!

Speaking of perfect weather-let's keep our fingers crossed for our afternoon 
class tomorrow as we have our field trip to Brookdale Farm Stand in Hollis.  
Weatherchannel.com is saying 70 and sunny.  That's the one I'm sticking with!

We will be outside for the entire visit, and the grass around the apple trees 
is usually very wet.  Keep that in mind when dressing your child.  We will 
take our snacks and have a quick picnic snack in between picking our apples, 
and exploring the corn maize. I'm sure the children are as excited as I am 
for tomorrow!! Please, please be on time,as we will be leaving no later than 
11:45 and closer to 11:30 is even better.

We had so much fun doing yoga again with Mrs. Anderson and I was amazed at 
how many children remembered all the poses from last year.  Mrs. Dana 
introduced us to 4 new friends from our Social Thinking curriculum and read a 
story about the "thoughts" we have in our brains.  We will build on this 
theme to learn about focusing our thoughts or managing our thoughts.

Tuesday brings a new month and we will draw in our journals again.  ""October 
makes me think about....." I draw with the children and we brainstorm about 
topics that we've been talking about.  After the chidlren (with my guidance) 
they dictate to me and I write their words on their pictures.  This is the 
very beginning of writing!!

We will also begin building the following letters with our wood pieces this 
week: E, F, H, I, L, T.  If you notice, all these letters have only 
horizontal and vertical lines. Those are the strokes we've been focusing on 
so far.  We will eventually move towards letters that have straight lines and 
curves (B,D,G, P, ), those with just curves (C, O, S) and finally those with 
diagonal lines (A,K, M, N,Q,  R, V, W, X, Y, Z).  J, and U are in a group by 
themselves, because the language we use for them is "big line and TURN, not a 

We will be making the letters with wood pieces, clay, and a stamp and see 
board (like a MagnaDoodle).  We will also be tracing them in our workbooks 
and eventually printing them on our own.  

I believe strongly in the developmental sequence of this program, as it 
doesn't require paper/pencil work too early.  Many of the children are no 
where near ready for that.  They are still holding the pencil in a fist, 
switching hands, and none are able to imitate a diagonal line yet. 

This week brings apple activities in both groups.  The morning class worked 
very hard tearing and s nipping paper to make their apples on Thursday.  We 
will continue to make many apple crafts, and count, sort, and explore apples. 

I am looking forward to a "normal" week in the classroom without all the 
disruptions like pictures and evac. drills.  Although, I must say, I was 
beyond proud of both classes during both of these unusual activities.  We 
even received many compliments regarding our behavior during the drill!!

Thank you Kingston for the sandbox sand-it was awesome to play in it on 
Thursday, and the weather is looking like we'll be able to enjoy it quite a 
bit this week as well!

Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday SEptember 22, 2013- good morning! The sunshine is an unexpected 
surprise!  And it's looking like another great week!

We worked hard again this week and I was able to complete all my PALS 
screening with the afternoon class. Mrs. Anderson was also able to help 
assess our pre-writing skills as well.  She'll be introducing crayon grip 
tomorrow with a cute song called "Pick Up A Crayon" from our HWT program.  
We'll experiment with some cutting this week as well.  

In the afternoon class, we enjoy a whole group lesson from Mrs. Dana and Mrs. 
Anderson every other Wednesday.  This week will be our first time!  Mrs. Dana 
has a fun "Social Thinking" lesson planned and we'll  get to do some our our 
yoga that we love, with Mrs. Anderson!  This is always a super fun day in 
preschool! I'll always try to put it on the calendar so we can be prepared 
with "yoga-friendly" clothes and shoes.

Wednesday and Thursday are crazy, busy days for both classes, with class 
pictures on Wednesday, and the evacuation drills on Thursday.  The weather is 
looking good, but please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for a 
long walkj (especially in the morning when it's still quite chilly).

Thursday is also Red Day for both classes. 

The morning class continues to explore the number 1 and also the shape 
circle.  We'll be sorting circles and squares, tryng to make circles from our 
playdoh, and talking about body parts, both on ourselves and on Mr. Potato 

We welcome our new friend Ella tomorrow!

Afternoon parents, please look for field trip information this week.  We're 
scheduled to go to Brookdale Farm Stand on Monday September 30th to pick 
apples, visit the baby animals, explore the corn maize and climb on Pumpkin 
Man!  This is always soooooo much fun!

As always, feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns and it's 
always helpful to receive an e-mail when your child is going to be absent!

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Sunday and have a great week.
RobinSunday September 15th-good morning!  We had another great week in 
this week.  Everyone is settling in and enjoying exploring new and old 

If you've noticed your afternoon student come home with a variety of stamps 
and stickers on his/her hand, it's because we've been working very hard to 
learn our "right" hand for the Pledge of Allegience, and also for shaking 
hands.  This is the beginning of our pre-writing curriculum: we will be 
talking about left and right a lot as we learn where to start making letters, 
and reading/writing.
 Our first Second Step lesson focused on listening rules. We practiced "eyes 
watching", "ears listening", "voices quiet", and "body calm."  Ask your child 
to show you!

Mrs. Dana and Mrs. Anderson joined our center time in the afternoon this 
week.  They will both be with us 3 x's per week.  Mrs. Dana generally focuses 
on articulation on Monday, language development and/or social skills on 
Wednesday, and phonological awareness on Thursdya.  Mrs. Anderson generally 
focuses on pre-handwriting on Monday, gross motor skills on Wednesday, and 
fine motor skills or Thursday.  We always look forward to their fun centers!

Yellow Day was a huge success in both classes.  The morning class will 
continue with a variety of "yellow" activities tomorrow for reinforcement. 
The afternoon students were very excited to receive their very 
first "workbooks" on Thursday, and practiced some careful coloring on 
the "yellow" page of their "Get Set For SChool" workbooks.  These go along 
with the HWT program we are using and will be used to reinforce many of the 
skills we will be practicing throughout the year.  They'll stay in the 
classroom and go home in June.  Feel free to ask me and I'll show you the 

We will continue with lots and lots of counting activities in the aftenoon 
class this week-any practice you can squeeze in at home is always 

Both classes will learn about circles this week and we'll have lots 
of "circle" activities. 

I'll be starting some PALS (phonological awareness and literacy screen) pre-
screening with the afternoon class this week.  It's a 10-15 minute screen 
that assesses : uppercase letter ID, lowercase, beginning letter sounds, 
rhyming, concepts of print and nursery rhyme comprehension.  The purpose of 
this is strictly to see what the kids know already and helps me drive my 
instruction based on their skills.  It's repeated in June to show progress.

We are soooooo looking forward to the sandbox sand that Kingston's family 
will be bringing to us-boy do we need that!  thanks so much.

Enjoy your sunny Sunday, and have a great week!
RobinSunday September 8,2013-good morning and welcome back!  What a great 
week of preschool we had-I definitely think the tears are going to stop very

I am happy to report that I have received almost all of the "back to schol"
paperwork-just waiting for 1or 2 more, and I think the bus routes are settling
down as well.

This week we'll be jumping right into our curriculum and learning about the
school routines and expectations.  Afternoon parents-it's great that more of
you are allowing your children to complete their daily arrival routines
independently.  We are also working on independence at snack time and
dismissal as well.  I've been working with each child independently to learn
to pack up backpacks and we're getting the hang of it. 

The morning class will be exploring the concept of "1" this week--this is the
first step in numeral recognition and also understanding 1 to 1
correspondence.  We will also be practicing the language concepts of "in/out"
and "same/different".  

In the afternoon class, we will be learning which hand is our "right" hand for
the Pledge of Allegience, and we will also be exploring and becoming familiar
with the wood pieces from our HWT curriculum.

We are going to take our time with learning to print our first names, and
begin with stamping our names to learn the individual letters/sequence.  I
realize some students are already printing their names, but we will practice
printing/tracing in a few weeks with the HWT terminology.  In the meantime, if
you want to support your child at home, please encourage him/her to "start at
the top" when makeing ALL letters!  

Thursday is YELLOW DAY for both classes.  As usual, we'll all try to wear
yellow that day.  The morning children are invited to bring YELLOW collage
materials to contribute to the class color collage, and the afternoon children
are asked to bring something small (fits in your hand) that is yellow that can
go in a "feely box" and be taken out for discussion.

We are desparately in need of some new sandbox sand if anyone can donate a bag
or two.  It would be greatly appreciated. 

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

Thursday August 15th-well, today was the last day of summer school, and now I 
breathe, for a minute!  Just kidding!  We had lots of fun this summer and I 
have seen some wonderful progress!

Next week, I hope to put together my "back to school" packets and get then 
out to you all.  I'm planning on our back to school picnic for Thursday, 
August 29th, from 4-6. 

I will be at school all day that day, and also on Tuesday september 3rd,    
if anyone has any last minute questions.

We will all start school on Wednesday, September 4th! I am sooooo excited to 
see everyone!

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

I'll be in touch!
See you soon!