What have we been doing?

Sunday October 23rd-good morning and hold onto your hat!  Boy is it windy 
out there!  

So, what a fun, crazy busy week we had in both classes!  The spider 
obstacle course was a hit! and we all had so much fun with the fire 
fighters!  Hurray for fire hats!!

Tomorrow is picture re-take day.  If you want re-takes, send back the 
package that you received and I will take your child up to try again!  I 
guess the class pictures are coming separately.  

So, we're really going to have some Halloween fun this week.  Thursday is 
Black Day in both classes and we'll have spooky activities all week.  The 
sign-up sheets are on the door for Halloween parties.  Keep in mind that 
we have 10 students in the afternoon class and 16 in the morning!  Don't 
feel you  have to sign up to bring something.  We'll have other parties 
during the year, and we always seem to have more than enough goodies.  
While we certainly enjoy sweet treats, cheese and crackers or veggies and 
dip are always hits as well.  We do NOT have any food allergies this year, 
so that's helpful.  If you have any questions, by all means, shoot me an 
e-mail.  And, just to be very clear: our parties are ONLY FOR CHILDREN.  
Parents DO NOT ATTEND preschool parties.  It is just toooooo much for the 
children.  Please respect this policy.  Thanks for understanding.

The afternoon class will be walking in the school-wide parade at 1:00, so 
stake out your spot along the route for some fun photos.  

It's going to be a chilly week, but we're still going to have our outside 
times when we can, so be sure your child has appropriate clothing to play 

The afternoon children will have a little bit of a surprise when they 
tomorrow-hmmmm! 

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


Sunday October 16th-good morning and happy perfect Sunday!  Boy, do we 
have a busy week ahead for both classes.  It is Fire Prevention week, and 
it is also the week for Mrs. Moulton's spider obstacle course in the gym.  
Permission slips for fire prevention participation will be going home 
tomorrow, so please be sure to return them.  Our day for both classes is 
Thursday.  Important:  the permission slip talks about simulated smoke--we 
DO NOT do that with preschool.  We go in the trailer and talk about things 
in our house that are hot (fireplaces, woodstoves, oven, stove burners, 
etc.)  We talk about smoke detectors, turning pot handles toward the back 
of the stove and also "get low and go".  The children are reminded to 
never hide from a fire fighter, because they help us.  After climbing out 
the window of the trailer, we get to explore the fire truck and/or 
ambulance, inside and out!  Then we talk about all the safety clothing the 
fire fighters wear.  Finally, we ALL GET A HAT!!!!!  We work very hard to 
make the whole experience age appropriate and NOT scary.  If you have any 
questions, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail or give me a call.

The obstacle course is also not scary, but soo FUN!!!!  The 4 yr olds have 
done it before, so it will be super awesome for them.  We will be fully 
staffed for the 3 yr old class, and modify as necessary for our little 
legs!  It's really, really fun.

No color day this week: next Thursday the 27th is BLACK DAY, and Halloween 
parties are on Monday the 31st.  My goal is to have sign-up sheets up by 
the end of this week!  Fingers crossed!

In our LIPS lessons, the 4 yr olds have now learned about "Lip Poppers" 
and "Tip Tappers".  lip popper sounds are the "p" and "b" sounds, and tip 
tappers are the "t" and "d" sounds.  We have learned that both of these 
sounds can be made quietly with just the air from our mouths, or loudly, 
by turning on our "mouth motors"-voice.  Try them with your child!

Monday is "P" Day in the afternoon class.  We've added "big curves" to the 
lines, so we now know how to make:#1, L,F,E, #2,D.  This week we will add 
"little curves" to make "P" and #3.  All of these letters and numbers 
start in the left corner, at the top.  See the progression?

Thank you to the Prive's for the sand for our sandbox!  We've had tons of 
fun in both classes, and it looks like the weather might hold for more 
outside fun this week as well!

One last reminder: Picture Retake Day is Monday the 24th-guess those 
pictures must be coming this week!  So exciting! or something!  hahah

Enjoy this beautiful fall Sunday and hurray for 70's this week!


Sunday October 9th-good morning!  Happy rainy Sunday.  Despite all the 
runny noses, and juicy coughs, we had a great week!  As I've said 
previously. I'm not terribly worried about runny noses, but if your child 
has had a fever, or is miserable from the coughing, please keep him/her 
home.  thanks

The 4 yr old class had their first visit to the Library this week and met 
Mrs. Charles.  She read us 2 stories, and then taught us how to return the 
books we chose to the proper shelf.  It was lots of fun, ,and the children 
are looking forward to our next visit on the 18th.  

Orange Day is this week: Tuesday for the 4's and Wednesday for the 3's.  
If your child doesn't attend school on a color day, by all means, send 
collage items the next day.  We will work on the color for a few days in 
the morning class. 

The morning class will be talking about squares this week and sorting 
squares and circles.  We will have fun making beautiful fall trees with 
tissue squares also!

We can go on the grass!!!!!  I'm sure you've noticed that our playground 
is back where it belongs and we are so excited!  It will be so much easier 
to squeeze in a few more outside times when we don't have to trek all the 
way up to the Kindergarten playground.  Thanks to Emma's family for sand 
for our sandbox!

Reminder: Picture Re-take day is October 24th-so I guess that means we 
should be receiving our pictures before that!  

Book order: I forgot to put in a book order deadline, so let's make it 
this Thursday the 13th.  That way I can send in the order on Friday and 
you'll get Halloween books in time.

Enjoy the rainy fall day and have a great week!


Sunday October 2--Good afternoon and happy Sunday!  We had an absolutely 
perfect apple picking day on Thursday and brought back sooooo many apples 
to share with the 3 yr old class!  We are very excited to make our own 
applesauce and maybe even some other delicious apple treats!

We have lots of apple activities planned for both classes in the next week 
or 2.  We'll be counting, sorting, patterning and even writing our names 
in apples!  

In our Social Thinking lesson this week, we learned that everyone has 
thoughts and feelings.  We talked about different kinds of feelings and 
showing different kinds of feelings.  We also learned in our Second Step 
lesson about listening rules.  Ask your child (4 yr old class) if he/she 
remembers the listening rules.  They are: 1. watching eyes, listening 
ears, quiet mouth and calm bodies!  This week we'll begin to talk about 
"focusing our attention"--I can't wait for that one! hahah!

Keep in mind that we will continue to try to go outside in the morning 
when we can, and it's pretty cool and often wet outside, so be sure your 
child has a sweatshirt or jacket. The aftenoon class will go outside on 

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



Sunday September 25th-brrrrrrr!  What a pretty, chilly September morning! 
So, we completed our first full week of school and I really think we're 
beginning to settle in nicely and are getting the hang of it.  I apologize 
for the "Picture Day" confusion with forms, but hopefully everyone was 
able to go online and make orders. There will definitely be a re-take day 
and I'll be sure we get plenty of heads up for that!

We've been having lots and lots of "bus" fun in the moring class.  We're 
singing "The Wheels On The Bus" and we've been painting with buses and 
making our own buses to bring home!

This coming week will start with RED DAY on Monday (yup, I already forgot 
the color day notice!)  Whenever we have a color day, we will always try 
to wear that color to school and bring a few small things to glue on the 
class collage.  If you notice the big "YELLOW" collage on the wall, you 
will get some ideas: ribbon, stickers, fabric, pompoms, bows, etc.  If 
your child isn't scheduled to come to school on the color day, send the 
items the next day.  Our "color" activities usually last for 2-3 days.

Red is the color of apples and fall is the time for apple picking!!!!  The 
AFTERNOON class will be taking a field trip on Thursday to pick apples.  
Look for the permission slip tomorrow.  We will bring apples back to 
school to share with the morning class.  

The next 2 weeks will be filled with apple activities in both classes: 
recognizing our names, counting, sorting, patterning, painting, cooking--
everything we an think of!  

IN the afternoon class, we have started right in with learning how to make 
letters and numbers.  We have made #1,and the letter "L".  Both of these 
begin at the top,and are made on the left with a 'big line" straight down.  
This week we will add the letter "F".  

Wednesday brings our first whole group "Social Thinking" lesson.  Be on 
the look out for a parent newsletter to help you understand what we'll be 
doing in these lessons during the year.

FYI-we already have gross colds going through the classes.  Remember, you 
child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.  I don't 
worry too much about runny noses, but please use good judgement.  No 
matter how many Clorox wipes we use, it spreads fast with little ones.  

Enjoy the sunny, last September Sunday and have a great week!

Sunday Sept. 8, 2016--good morning.  I hope everyone is enjoying a lazy, 
rainy morning!

Another week is behind us and this is going to be the first full week of 
school!  Hopefully the children (and teachers) are building up some 
stamina!  Tomorrow is PICTURE DAY!!!!   If you didn't get a picture order 
form, you can get them when you drop off or in in the office.  If you 
didn't hahve a chance to complete one, you can also place an order online.  
Everyone in attendance will get a picture taken and you can order, or not.  
Or even if you order, and when you get them, you aren't happy (who's not 
happy with school pictures?  come on!)  you can send them back and have 
them re-taken.  I don't know off the top of my head when re-take day is, 
but I'll let you know as soon as I know.  

We had a fun YELLOW DAY on Thursday, and we'll be continuing with our 
yellow activities in the morning class tomorrow.  The goodies that came in 
for our collage were amazing!!  

Yellow is the color of school buses, so we'll be talking about buses in 
both classes!  We might even make a "bus" snack to eat!  

Our "Pete" fun continues in the afternoon--check out the handprint 
"Pete's" on the bulletin board!  They came out really cute!  This week 
we'll practice painting and using both of our hands together to create 
another "Pete" craft. 

We learned to make "1" last week, and we also learned to start ourletters 
at the top.  On Tuesday, we'll learn about the letter "L".  

We're really starting to get in our groove and enjoying our time together!

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


Sunday September 11, 2016-good morning and wow!  What a storm!  Guess my 
run/walk will be a bit late today!  

Soooooo, week 1 is behind us and I have to say that I think it went quite 
well for the most part!  I'm hoping it feels that way at your house as 
well.  What we learned: fire drills are way too loud and scary, but 
everyone did great!  It's a very long walk from our classroom to the gym!  
The stairs coming back are pretty steep!  All of our parents really did 
come  back after we played and 2.5 hours is actually a VERY long time 

The morning class read a few books about going to preschool for the first 
time and being a little scared, but learning that it is actually quite a 
fun place to be.  The afternoon class has been having sooooo much fun 
reading "Pete The Cat" books, and we have a lot more of them.

I jumped right in with assessing in the afternoon class, and with the help 
of Mrs. Dana and Mrs. Anderson, we got just about all of it done.  We 
looked at pre-writing and coloring skills, color, shape, numeral and 
letter recognition.  We also looked at counting and 1 to 1 correspondence 
skills as well as understanding of math language skills such as: top, 
middle, first, last, biggest, smallest, etc.   Early literacy and phonemic 
awareness skills we assessed included: vocabulary, rhyming, categories, 
describing and ability to hear different parts in words.

Let me be clear that these are not skills that I expected the children to 
come in with, but rather skills that will be part of our curriculum this 
year, so it gives a baseline from which to measure each child's progress.

Remember, there is no school on Tuesday Sept. 13th.  Even more 
importantly, remember that Thursday is YELLOW DAY for both classes.  On 
color days, we all try to wear that color and bring a few glueable items 
to add to a whole class collage.  The 3 yr olds  will explore fingerpaint 
on color days and make little color books. The 4 yr olds will be 
introduced to their "Get Set For School" (green book) workbooks this week, 
and in this book, there is a coloring page for every color.  We will 
choose a variety of 'yellow" items to color with: crayons, markers, 
colored pencils, chalk, etc.) and talk about the items on the page that 
usually are that color.  

We'll also be having lots and lots more fun with Pete, exploring buttons.  
We can count, sort, pattern, all kinds of things with buttons!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday (it is supposed to clear up this afternoon) 
and have a great week!


p.s. a huge THANK YOU to those that brought classroom supplies!  We're in 
good shape with tissues and clorox wipes for now, and I'll let you know 
Jen P. when the chocolate runs out!  hahaha! 

Sunday September 4, 2016---good morning!  This is the first of my Sunday 
morning newsletters-I update every weekend, and almost always on Sunday 

It was awesome to see so many of you at the picnic Wednesday night and I 
hope everyone had as much fun as me!  If your child will be riding the 
Safeway bus, I'm hoping you've heard from your driver by now-insert 
crossed fingers here!  Please remember to contact them, as well as me, if 
your child will be absent, or just not riding the bus on a particular day.  

Be sure to look every day for a folder in your child's backpack, and 
please remember to send it back every day.  There will be LOTS of 
important information coming home this week, requiring signatures and 

Welcome to Miss Katie, our new classroom paraeducator!  I just know the 
children are going to love her!

I hope I haven't forgotten anything, but if I did, please feel free to e-
mail me any time during the rest of the weekend.

Enjoy these last days of summer and I'll see you on Tuesday!

Can't wait!

Tuesday August 16th-so, here I sit, on the coolest day we've had so far 
summer, trying to wrap my brain around the beginning of school!  I think 
off to a good start, and I should have "back to school" letters in the 
by the end of the week.  Days for morning students will be on the letters.

I'm sure many of you have noticed our playground toys perched on the hill.  
They're going to be digging and working on the leach field in the next 2 
weeks.  Hopefully our toys will be back on the ground when school starts 
the 6th!

I've already received a few e-mails from parents wondering about the 
it will be on Wed Aug 31st, from 4:00-5:30, here at school.  It's a 
so bring something to share, and I'll provide paper products, and drinks.

For your own planning, I'd love it if all morning students could come on 
first day, even if it's not usually your "day."   The same thing will be 
true for picture day, which is Monday Sept. 19th.  

I think that's about it for now!