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, playing
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 be
counting, sorting and even making holiday patterns. I've been really trying
to encourage some independent work in the morning class for short periods of
time. But, we're a group that still really just wants to play! The morning
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 the
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 story,
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. The
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, as
it makes it very difficult for little guys to remember to be in "preschool"
mode when Mommy is around.
Enjoy your Sunday, and I hope everyone is getting close to being ready for
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 miss
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 will
be sprinkling silver glitter on our names (first names for the morning class,
and last names for the afternoon class) to practice recognizing the letters.
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 the
MORNING class. The school rule is it must be 20 degrees for outside recess-
that makes it tough for the morning class, but we'll try! Please label all
your child's clothing and boots-it makes it so much easier for us to figure
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 Friday
night. My power came on as she was calling me Friday afternoon and I caught
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 the
next 3 weeks.
I so hope everyone has their power back on and don't forget boots, etc. for
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 something
brown and bring in a few little things that can be glued to a class "brown"
collage! Turkeys are brown so we'll be having some turkey fun this week in
Remember, Wednesday is an early release day for NBCS, so there will be no
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 family
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! Make
sure your child is dressed appropriately, as we will continue to get outside
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 it
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 on
Wed. the 26th.
You should all have received progress reports (and graded IEP's) by the end
of tomorrow--please let me know if you have any questions, or would like to
schedule a conference.
I have received the class photos and have put them in the childrens' cubbies-
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
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 on
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. Welcome
Mav! We will be learning a silly song about "Gray Squirrel" this week and we
might even make a couple of recipes for treats for the squirrels and even for
ourselves! Yum. Don't forget "Gray Day" on Thursday for both classes!
I did a quick numeral recognition screen with the afternoon class this week,
and most of us are making great practice. Any time you can practice numbers
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 routine
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 home
at the end of this week, and I will leave it up to you to contact me if you
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 for
Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday November 2nd-good morning-don't blow away! What a great party day we
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 everyone
who provided treats and party supplies. We certainly had plenty to eat!
The morning class will begin discussing squares this week. We'll make square
collages, and paint squares at the easel. We're learning to use just 1 hand
to paint and to reach across the midline to paint the entire paper. We will
also begin talking about squirrels and acorns and have lots of fun exploring
acorns/nuts this week.
The afternoon class will be discussing the new month tomorrow and some of the
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 harvest
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-
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-I
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 fun
Halloween fun this week1 The sign-up sheets for Halloween parties are on the
door! Morning parents, please check the safe list of foods due to allergies.
We will continue to talk about fire safety and have an opportunity to visit
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 noticed
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 this
week. We have really cool "tag bags" that have numbers on them, and we will
practice counting sets of 2 items to put inside and use our finger muscles to
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 we
will learn about how pumpkins grow and we'll sequence pictures of the pumpkin
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". We're
also practicing the sounds as well. Any practice you can do at home as well
would be appreciated.
This week is Fire Prevention week, and both classes will have their turns to
visit with the fire fighters, both outside with the vehicles, and also inside
the trailor for an age appropriate lesson on fire safety. The weather is NOT
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 be
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 be
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 this
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 olds
are going to practice sequencing numerals 1-10 in the correct order. Those
pesky 6's and 9's require some really good looking. We've been talking about
how to make our numbers during calendar. Hopefully our poems will help: "big
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 going
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 tomorrow-
Both classes will enjoy lots and lots of apple activities this week. We're
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 using
circles to decorate an apple.
The morning class welcomes our new friend Noah on Tuesday and we wish happy
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" in
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 as
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
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 still
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 home
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 a
We're rolling right into apples and pumpkins in the aftenoon class. When the
calendar rolls over to the new month, we'll have an apple/pumpkin pattern on
the calendar to talk about. We'll be exploring other patterns as well, with
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 group
at circle time when we do calendar.
Ask your child about "work dough". We each have our own container of playdon
that is strictly for numeral and letter formation. This is part of our HWT
curriculum and is a great developmentally appropriate way to begin to learn
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 we
can barely still see the outline, we make it with our little pieces of chalk
(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 birthday
What fun we've had with all the "yellow" activities. Fingerpaint was a huge
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 Lamb".
It's been so much fun to recite the rhymes, make cute crafts to go with and
also to learn fun yoga poses for some of the animals!
This week we learned about "starfish hands"-spread fingers on the ground for
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 Mrs.
Anderson's bag when we each have a turn. You'd be amazed at the engagement
and ability to "wait" in your children during this activity.
Thursday is "RED DAY" for both classes--again, wear something red, see if you
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 a
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 they
already have in terms of: letter ID, letter sounds, listening for beginning
sounds, rhyming, and concepts of print. Please, please, please don't think
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 your
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 'up"
and "down" as well as "same" and "different". Different is a very difficult
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 "color
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 tht
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 ready
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 child
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 to
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 out-
there are tons of great books!
Enjoy your sunny Sunday and have a great week! Unfortunately, the germs have
already permeated the classroom and we've had sick students and staff. We'll
keep wiping down everything with all those generously donated clorox wipes!
Sunday September 7th--good morning and happy sunny Sunday! For those of you
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 end
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 and
spelling our names in stars. We'll also practice "Hickory Dickory Dock" and
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 this
week. We'll be counting ladybugs, putting ladybug numerals in order, making
a cute ladybug project and rolling tiny balls of playdoh with our fingers to
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. I'm
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 school,
and I think we all had lots of fun,even with the changes in rooms and staff.
I'll be in and out the next 2 week, but will definitely be accessible via e-
mail: email@example.com, at any time.
In the next 2 weeks, I will be putting 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 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 to
see everyone! Arrival for the morning class is between 7:45 and 8:00. Please
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 child
to the classroom once the classroom door is open. We have a few students who
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 weeks--
I check my e-mail every day and will get back to you quickly!
I'll be in touch!
See you soon!