Sunday November 27th--good morning! Happy Thanksgiving and I hope
everyone has enjoyed the long weekend!
We are back at it tomorrow with number and shape practice in both classes.
The afternoon kids will have a surprise when they sign in tomorrow! Shhh-
we're going to start learning and recognizing our last names! We'll be
working a lot on drawing and printing our names this week. We won't have
a new letter to learn this week, but we will be working on #5, and #6.
The morning class will be practicing some cutting and distinguishing
between circles, squares, and triangles. We'll also be practicing body
part awareness with "Mat Man." "He" is from our Handwriting Without Tears
program. We use our wood pieces to build him sequentially, and with a
song to remind us where all the body parts go. The next step (which the 4
yr olds will do) is to attempt to draw him.
The afternoon class will have our whole group movement and social thinking
lesson on Wednesday.
Happy 4th birthday Elliot on Wednesday!
Please keep in mind that we will go outside on our designated days, and
the children need to be prepared. It's time for hats and mittens. When
boot season begins, I ask that your child please remove boots in the hall
and put on shoes out there as well. Boots can remain under the bench
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday November 20th-good morning. What a yucky morning it is, but I
guess we can't complain after yesterday!:))
So it's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving week already, but here it is.
Remember there is no afternoon preschool on Wednesday, as the whole school
will be dismissing at noon. There is no school Thursday or Friday either.
The morning class will continue our shape practice with circle, square and
triangle. We will also have some fun turkey activities as well.
Tomorrow is "J" Day for the afternoon class, and we will be going to the
Library on Tuesday.
All afternoon students have received graded IEP's and progress notes, and
there are just a couple more morning ones to go out this week. Please
feel free to shoot me an e-mail or call if you feel like you would like to
schedule a parent/teacher conference.
Enjoy your day, and keep warm and dry! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Sunday November 13th-good afternoon! I hope everyone enjoyed their long
weekend-I know I did-still am actually! We actually have a full week this
week before the shortened holiday week next week.
We'll be continuing our squirrel and nut fun, and also start to have some
turkey activities as well. Thursday is Brown Day for both classes.
The afternoon class will be working on #4 this week, and reviewing the
letters and numerals we've learned so far. We'll be practicing numeral
recognition to 10 as much as we can.
We'll keep trying to get outside as often as we can. Remember: Thursday
is outside day for the morning class and Tuesday is the outside day for
the afternoon class. there may be other opportunities to get out for a
bit, but these days are definite, depending on the weather. So, the
children should be prepared to go out. In the morning that may mean hats
and mittens to go with our coats.
Reminder: grades closed and progress notes and graded IEP's will be going
home by Thursday or next Monday at the very latest. Please feel free to
contact me if you are interested in scheduling a parent/teacher
Enjoy the rest of your sunny Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday November 6th-good morning. I hope everyone remembered to turn the
clocks back-now it's even earlier!
Well, we all survived Halloween and the touch couple of days after. The
time change, and days off this week might be just as tough, but we'll get
So, I forgot the Gray Day note again, for the morning class, but tomorrow
is Gray Day for both classes. We're going to have lots of fun this week
talking about squirrels and acorns!
The afternoon class will be talking about making the number "4" tomorrow
and the letter "H" on Thursday.
I'd like to have all book orders in by this Thursday, the 10th, so we can
try to get your books to you before Thanksgiving. If your book orders are
gifts for your child, let me know and I can wrap them up or not give them
to your child.
Remember, there is no school on Tuesday, but don't forget to vote! There
is no school for NBCS on Friday the 11th-Veteran's Day.
Grades close for the first quarter this week, and I will have progress
reports and graded IEP's out next week. I don't generally just
automatically schedule conferences with everyone because I have the
opportunity to see so many of you on a regular basis. I will certainly be
happy to schedule a conference with anyone who would like one, either
before or after progress reports go home. Just shoot me an e-mail or give
me a call and we'll set one up.
Enjoy the extra hour today and have a great week!
Sunday October 30th-good morning! Yes, tomorrow is Halloween! The
children can wear their costumes to school--just be aware that the
afternoon class will be walking outside in the parade at 1:00, so be sure
they have jackets. The morning class will parade through the building.
It looks like we'll be in great shape with goodies for the morning class.
Afternoon parents, if you'd like to send something in that would be great.
We have 1 sweet treat, and 1 snack mix.
I plan to have the afternoon party BEFORE the parade to be sure we have
time. If you are at school for the parade and want to take your child
when its's over, feel free.
For the rest of the week, our theme will be on scarecrows and crows in
both classes. We'll be talking about scarecrows keeping the birds away
from the harvest, in the afternoon class. Tuesday is library day for the 4
yr olds, and Wednesday will be "R" Day. No colors this week, but next
Monday the 7th will be Gray Day. I can't wait to sing "Gray Squirrel"
with the children.
We're working hard in the morning class on recognizing our first names in
print. It will be lots of fun to make our first initial in candy corns
We're also working VERY VERY hard on getting into our own jackets. This
is a very important milestone. The more you allow your child time at home
to practice this skill, the quicker it will happen. I'm not expecting
them to zip the jackets, but to finish a started jacket. The afternoon
children are working on starting those zippers!
In the afternoon class, we've been working on lots and lots of counting
and identifying numerals to 10. I'm seeing some nice improvement, but
maintaining our focus on what we're doing can sometimes lead to mistakes.
When you count items with your child, try having him/her "touch count" the
I'm hoping to introduce "center cards" by the end of the week for the 4 yr
old class. This is a visual schedule of the 4 centers. I'm starting to
give responsibility to the children to figure out what they're supposed to
be doing next. There's always a pretty good learning curve with this! ha!
We're in great shape with tissues in the classroom, but I'd LOVE some
clorox wipes if anyone has any to spare! Thanks in advance.
Enjoy your last October Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday October 23rd-good morning and hold onto your hat! Boy is it windy
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
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
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 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,
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!
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
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!