Sunday Appril 16th-good morning, and Happy Easter! It looks like a
perfect egg hunting day! I can't wait to get outside.
So, I'm sure you all know that this is the last week of school before we
have vacation. We are busy finishing up our "purple"activities in the
morning class, and reviewing some shapes and starting to trace some lines
with our crayons.
I'm starting to really put a little bit more emphasis on sitting down with
an activity for more than a second or 2. We tend to have a 'one and
done!" mindset in the morning class, and I'd like to see a little more
"time on task".
The afternoon class will be finishing up their weather unit with a fun
"dauber" weather book. Now that we have finished all our letters, we'll
be practicing some pre-writing strokes--those diagonals are still VERY
tricky for us. We're also going to be working on numeral ID to 20 with a
fun Bingo game and sequencing our letters--we're actually getting pretty
good at that.
Happy 5th birthday today to Kaitlyn and happy 4th birthday on Saturday to
I know you've all been informed by the school, but I want to be sure
everyone "gets it." When we come back from vacation, we will begin the
extended day. That means the MORNING session will begin 15 minutes
earlier! I know, right?!? Arrival will be between 7:30 and 7:45 and
dismissal will remain THE SAME. For the AFTERNOON session, arrival will
remain THE SAME, but dismissal will be 15 minutes later. For us that will
be 2:20-a couple of minutes before everyone else just like before.
Bus students should have heard from their drivers I hope.
That's it for now! Enjoy the beautiful day and have a great week!
Sunday April 9th-good morning! So excited for a warm spring day-and
week?!? Fingers crossed!
Just a heads up-we've had some Strep Throat and Norovirus-awesome! Keep
those Clorox wipes coming PLEASE!!!!!
The afternoon class is so excited that we have learned every letter of the
alphabet and now we are going to practice, practice, practice! We'll be
doing letter puzzles, letter games, sequencing letter cards, building
letters with out wood pieces, our work dough, and on our stamp screens!
We'll also be practicing letter sounds every chance we get! Practicing at
home is a great idea as well. Keep in mind that we are currently just
focusing on uppercase letters.
This week will be filled with super fun Easter egg activities. We're
looking forward to having an egg hunt OUTSIDE on Thursday!
Wednesday is Purple Day for both classes-can you believe this is our last
color to learn? Wow! We'll definitely be reviewing colors, particularly
in the morning class.
The morning class is also having lots of Easter fun this week. We've been
sponge painting bunnies for our bulletin board, and we've been hopping
like bunnies! Painting eggs at the easel is going to be a favorite this
week! We'll even be coloring eggs to take home on Thursday-be sure to
check those backpacks-ewwwww!
Grades have closed for the quarter and progress reports and graded IEP's
will go hone Thursday or next Monday at the latest.
The book order is due Thursday the 13th-if you place an order online, can
you please just give me a heads up to look for it? Scholastic used to
send me an e-mail when a parent placed an order, but somehow I missed one
last month and the order sat there for a VERY long time:(((((
1. Afternoon parents: if you have not registered your child for
Kindergarten please do it ASAP! Most important is whether you want/need
morning or afternoon.
2. We have had our role model screen day, but if you know anyone who is
looking for 3 yr old preschool PLEASE PLEASE have them call me-I
definitely have room for a couple more children.
That's all for now! Enjoy the sunny Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday April 2-good afternoon-running late today! Just when I thought I
could change the picture from snow to something springy-ha! Oh well-here
we are on April 2nd-Autism Awareness Day!
Tomorrow is "A" Day in the afternoon class and that is our last letter to
learn! Wow! We will spend the next 3 months reviewing, practicing and
even begin to match upper to lowercase letters. We WILL NOT be learning
to form lowercase letters-that's Kindergarten work!
The children have worked hard to remember their addresses and are doing a
great job! They've also had lots and lots of interesting words to
describe the weather. Well, it's been interesting! This week we will
talk about graphs again, and will play a game with a weather graph.
In the morning class we read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" last week and have
been talking about the animals in the story. This week we will make a
class book about the animals we might see! It's also time to start
thinking about Easter eggs and bunnies! We'll be practicing numbers with
eggs, practicing carrying eggs on spoons, and sorting some fun Easter-y
Weather permitting, we WILL be playing in the snow this week-send
everything on the outside day, please. I know Tuesday looks like a
washout, but we'll give it a try!
Our role model screening will take place on Friday, from 8:00-9:30, so
please, if you know of anyone who is interested, have them call me asap!
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day and have a great week!
Sunday March 26th-good morning and happy birthday Payton! So, it seems
like spring doesn't quite have a spring in her step just yet! Outside
days still require appropriate clothing!
What fun we've been having in the morning class with our friend Corduroy
the bear. We helped him find his button, and then we helped him find a
pocket. We've also been practicing our colors with a fun book about him
and his overalls!
This week we're going to start talking about "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and
Mrs. Anderson has been teaching us some yoga poses for the animals in the
book. We're going to act out the whole thing when we learn them all!
The afternoon class has been working so hard on a number book and we're
also almost done learning about our letters! This week is "Y" and then
all that's left is "A"! Then the real work begins really practicing how
to make those letters and what sounds go with them! We practice every day
and we're getting really good!
We're also getting really good at learning our addresses. Did you like
the kite pictures? Those were lots of fun to make. We're making kites to
decorate our classroom too.
At circle time we're been doing great work with categories. We listen
carefully and can name: food, clothes, vehicles, even furniture!
It's so fun to watch the learning momentum that's taking place right now
in the 4 year old class!
Enjoy the rest of the day and have a great week!
Sunday Marth 19-good morning! Do I dare say hurray for spring tomorrow?
So we're looking forward to a full week this week! Hopefully, we'll be
able to do some "spring sledding!"
The morning class continues with our "bear" unit and this week we'll meet
Corduroy and have some fun with him.
In the afternoon, we'll continue talking about weather. Mrs. Dana is
reading "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and everyone's having lots of
fun with her activities.
We're also getting the hang of our addresses!
If anyone has any spare disinfecting wipes kicking around, we could use
some more! Thanks in advance!
Have a great week!
Sunday March 12th-brrrrrrrrrr! Holy cow! This is a whole different level
of cold! So, we had a great week back at school after our vacation. We
started a super fun "Teddy Bear" unit in the morning class, and we've been
learning a new song "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around". We've also
been counting, describing, sorting and naming colors with our bears. This
week we'll continue with all of those activities, and we'll even try to
see if we can copy some bear patterns as well!
The afternoon class met "Weather Bear" this week, and we've been having
lots and lots of fun dressing him each day according to the day's weather.
we've been talking a lot about "weather" words, "clothing" words, "foods",
etc. We have to listen carefully to the category label. We've also been
working hard to distinguish between months, seasons, and weather. That's
a little tricky as well.
We learned a new math word this week: Graph. We talked about how a graph
is like a picture that shows us information about different groups. We
used the words "most", "least", and "equal"! This week we graphed our
favorite seasons. We'll continue to practice with our birthdays,
We also had a fun conversation about the month of March and "lions" and
"lambs"--if you haven't seen it, check out the bulletin board-it's so
Remember, there is no school on Tuesday, and Thursday is "Green Day" for
both classes. Looks like we'll be needing those snowsuits again-woohoo!
Stay warm, don't forget to move those clocks ahead, and have a great week!
Sunday March 5th-good morning and I hope everyone had a great week! Holy
cow is it cold out there! What interesting weather to start our "weather"
unit in the afternoon class! Lions? Lambs? Brrrrr!
This week is "K" Day on Wednesday and we'll certainly talk about kites!
We'll also be meeting "Weather Bear" this week and every day we'll talk
about the weather at circle time (afternoon).
Tuesday is out outside day, so be sure to send appropriate clothing--
whatever that might be! ha!
Happy birthday to Rory on Wednesday!
The morning class welcomes our new friend Mark tomorrow! We'll also be
starting a fun "Teddy Bear" unit in the morning class. On Tuesday and
Wednesday, the children can bring a bear to school and we'll have lots of
fun at circle talking about our bears. Which ones are big? little? What
colors are our bears? So much language opportunities!
Our outside day continues to be on Thursday and I'll repeat the request
for appropriate clothing-probably including boots, because I'm sure it's
quite muddy out there now!
Don't forget-next week, there's no school on Tuesday the 14th, and for
your own planning, Thursday the 16th is Green Day in both classes!
Enjoy the rest of this blustery Sunday and stay warm!
Sunday February 19th-good morning! I can't wait to get outside and enjoy
Well, we actually had our Valentine parties and I want to thank everyone
who sent goodies! We sure had plenty to eat! Thanks to those who sent
teacher goodies, as well!
I'm very hopeful for a full week this week-I feel like I haven't seen the
morning class forever!
We will be finishing up our "pink" actvities and winter activities in the
morning class. We'll be working hard on name recognition.
Tomorrow will be "M" Day in the afternoon class, and we might actually get
to the Library on Tuesday for the first time all month! We'll be learning
about #10, and will be ready to begin reviewing numerals 1-10.
Reminders: afternoon parents, please be sure to stop in the office to
register for Kindergarten. I'll be having conversations with IEP parents
All parents: I'm looking for 3 yr role models for next year-tell your
friends and have them give me a call!
Happy 5th birthday to Brendan on Saturday!
Enjoy the beautiful day and have a great week!
Sunday February 12th-good morming-this is Robin Fillion, your child's
teacher-remember me? hahah! Ok, so here's the info for this week:
If we should be in school tomorrow, it will be "PINK DAY" for both
classes, if not: Tuesday. Parties will be Tuesday, but if for some reason
there is a delay, and there's no morning preschool, we will skip the party
as we've already missed so much time. The children can still pass out
their valentines, and if you've already prepared a treat, feel free to
send it in on Wednesday, but DO NOT do anything additional.
If you need a list of names, or have any other questions about parties,
please e-mail and I"ll connect with you individually.
The afternoon party is all taken care of thanks to Jen Prive!
Outside day on Tuesday will depend on how well the playground has been
plowed. Over 2 feet of untouched snow is a little scary to me-you?
I still have a handful of progress reports to get out-fingers crossed!
Feel free to contact me if you have concerns or if you are interested in
scheduling a conference,
Drive carefully and be safe. Keep fingers crossed for no lost power!
Monday February 6th-oops! Missed this yesterday! I'm sure this is a very
good morning for Patriot's fans. So, we're hoping to have a healthier
week this week. There's been sooooo much illness.
Sign-up sheets are on the door for Valentine parties. We're looking for
empty tissue boxes for the morning class to hold their valentines.
This Thursday is "Pink Day"==I wonder how many boys will have pink to
wear! That's always a challenge.
The remainder of progress reports, and graded IEP's will go home today and
tomorrow. Please, feel free to give me a call and/or schedule a
conference if you have questions or concerns.
Have a great week!
Sunday January 29th--good morning and happy Sunday! What a weird weather
week we had!
Both classes will continue with our winter/mitten activities. We've been
matching mittens, talking about mittens, ordering mitten numerals and
decorating our windows with beautiful mittens!
The mmorning class read "The Jacket I Wear in the Snow" and we'll also be
talking about hats this week.
The afternoon class has been working hard on letters with curves: C,O,Q,G,
and S. This week we will learn to make #8, which is also made with
curves. Talking about "magic C" helps us remember which way to go first.
We've been learning to trace our last names and perfect printing our first
names as well. If you practice at home, please remember to assist your
child to "START AT THE TOP!!!" thanks
We continue to practice rhyming in the afternoon class, and I have a new
rhyming game to share this week. We've also been talking about the
difference between a word and a sentence, and letters and numbers. The
children are getting really good at understanding the difference.
I am almost finished assessing for progress reports, and I'm hoping to get
them out on Thursday,but more likely next Monday! Graded IEP's will also
go home, and if you have any questions or would like to schedule a
conference, please give me a shout!
I'm noticing many parents waiting patiently (or impatiently!ha) for the
children to work on jackets, backpacks and boots/shoes. I appreciate your
support in this area. The more we're all on the same page, the quicker
we'll see independence!
PLEASE, PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD'S OUTERGARMENTS, INCLUDING BOOTS!!!!! The
children often have absolutely no idea what belongs to them and it makes
dismissal chaotic. thanks
Happy 4th birthday to Cayden on Wednesday and happy_____ birthday to Miss
Katie on Saturday!
Valentine lists will go home this week for those who want to send in
valentine's for classmates. Sign-up sheets for parties will be up on the
door next week.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday January 22-good morning and thank you to all that donated to the
theme basket. Wait till you see them all lined up in the hallway-it's
What fun we had playing in the snow Thursday morning! Thank you for
remembering outer gear and please label the children's clothing-they have
We'll be continuing with our snow and winter clothing activities this
week. The morning class has been exploring mittens, matching them,
counting them and this week we'll be decorating them. I'm going to
introduce the easel for painting. This is a great activity to work on
stretching up high, and crossing the mid-line to paint our whole picture
with 1 hand, rather than switching hands for each side!
Thursday is Blue Day for both classes. Can your child wear "blue" that
day and bring something blue to put on our collage?
I've begun assessing for progress reports, so if your child tells you that
he/she did "big kid work", that's what that's all about!
Tomorrow is "S" Day for the afternoon class. "S" is a skinny air sound-
we've been working on that as well. We have a busy week, with Library on
Tuesday and our whole group Social Thinking and movement activities on
Wednesday. We're beginning to talk about "whole body listening" and last
time we learned to "think with our eyes".
Thank you to everyone who has sent in Clorox wipes! That's a never ending
Please don't forget to register your afternoon student for Kindergarten
(yes, even if he/she has an IEP!)
That's it for now! Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday January 15th-good afternoon and woohoo for another day to the
Although we have a short week ahead, it's still going to be a busy, full
week! I will be doing some assessing in both classes to prepare for the
end of the quarter. In the fall, you received a "narrative" progress
note, but this quarter there will be a skill-based progress report.
Tuesday will be "Q" Day in the afternoon class, and also our outside day-
well, we'll do our best.
Both classes are working on numeral recognition and counting sets and we
will have lots of fun with mittens!
We continue to need clorox wipes and some gallon-sized zip-lock bags as
1. AFTERNOON PARENTS: please register your child for Kindergarten
2. MORNING ROLE MODEL PARENTS: please let me know if you are planning on
having your child move to our afternoon session next year. If NOT, PLEASE
LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I have to begin to think about role
models for next year, and need to know who will be returning.
3. If you have younger children or friends with children who will be 3
during next school year, and want them screened to be considered as a role
model, please contact me asap.
4. Please label your child's clothing, especially outergarments. The
morning children often have no idea what belongs to them!
Enjoy the long weekend, and have a great week!
Sunday January 8th-good morning! Brrrrrrrr! Holy cow it's cold! What a
great first week back to school we had! We needed to work hard to
remember the skills we can do ourselves (like zip out coats!), but it was
coming back by the end of the week!
I notice many parents (especially in the morning) removing coats, hats,
etc. and unpacking backpacks. I'd like to respectfully ask that you pull
back on that so that the children can start to work on independence. Part
of being a student involves being responsible for our own belongings.
This starts in preschool. I realize it can be annoying to wait for your
little one to complete tasks on their own, but it's a super important part
of their development. Thanks for your cooperation and support in this
Tomorrow is White Day in both classes! White is the color of snow and
we'll be having lots of fun with "snow" activities both inside and out
this week (hopefully the weather will cooperate!!).
The afternoon class will be learning about the letter "O" tomororow-Olaf
Tuesday is Library day for the afternoon class, and Wednesday is whole
group movement and social thinking. We'll be talking about 'thinking with
our eyes." We've spent quite a bit of time talking about the "group plan"
and I frequently use that phrase to talk about off-task behavior. We
decide if we're following the "group" plan or our "own" plan.
1. I have been collecting items for our "Disney" theme basket, if
anyone is interested in contributing
2. We are in need of clorox wipes if anyone has some extras.
3. Afternoon parents-please be sure to register your child for
Kindergarten if you haven't already.
4. Morning parents--the majority of your children will move up to the
afternoon next year, unless your child will turn 4 after Oct. 1, 2017.
Please, please let me know asap if you will still plan on attending. Last
year we had 3-4 role model students drop out at the last minute because of
the schedule. The afternoon program will run Mon-Thurs, 11:30-2:10. Feel
free to ask, if you have any questions.
5. Remember, there is no school on Monday January 16th-Martin Luther
6. Remember, if there is a 2 hr delay due to weather, there will be
no morning preschool
I think I covered everything! Stay warm and enjoy the day. Have a great
week--Miss Katie will be back on Thursday, but we love Mrs. Kearns and
will miss her!
Sunday January 1, 2017-good morning and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I honestly
don't even know how we got here this fast. It feels like the school year
just started-yikes. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and vacation.
I can't wait to hear all about it from the children tomorrow!
Tomorrow, we will jump right back into things with our winter and snow
theme. The morning class will be making snowflakes and snowmen and
having all kinds of fun singing and dancing. We'll be practicing counting
with snowmen and buttons and sorting winter manipulatives.
Tomorrow we also welcome our new friend Charlotte to our class--we love
The afternoon class will practice saying "2017"--the adults too! ha!
We'll have fun making "New Year" headbands and practicng our letters with
our "work dough." Wednesday is "G" day. "G" has a "magic C" in it (it
starts in the middle and goes to the left).
Miss Katie will be on a trip this week and part of next week and our
friend Mrs. Kearns will be helping us in the preschool.
When the children wear boots to school, PLEASE have them change into shoes
in the hall BEFORE coming into the classroom. This helps keep the floor
dry. SHOES are extremely important-socks or slippers are not safe and
wearing boots all day is very stinky and clumsy. PLEASE SEND SHOES!!!!!
This is also a HUGE opportunity to work on self-help skills! thank you
THURSDAY IS OUTSIDE DAY FOR THE MORNING CLASS. Please send your child
with outside clothes on THURSDAY. The school rule is 20 degrees or warmer
for outside recess. If 1 child is unprepared, it means the entire class
is denied their opportunity for outdoor recess. I CAN NOT compromise the
supervision and safety of the group so that 1 teacher can stay inside with
1 child. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
TUESDAY IS OUTSIDE DAY FOR THE AFTERNOON CLASS--ditto!
Enjoy the sunny Sunday and have a great week!
Sunday December 18th-good morning. Not freezing, not snowing, but
raining!?!?! Weird! Again-boots must be changed out of and into shoes!
NO socks or slippers please! And no boots all day please! It makes it
extremely difficult to work on gross motor skills in boots.
Sign-up sheets are on the classroom door for parties on Thursday. If for
some reason there is no school day, we will NOT be carrying these parties
into the new year. Sorry. We'll have plenty of other opportunities to
The afternoon class will be having a Polar Express day on Wednesday. A
note will be going home tomorrow. The children will be wearing their
jammies and having a super fun day!
Tomorrow is "C" Day in the afternoon-we'll be learning about "Magic C".
It will be a busy week for both classes and we'll try to maintain our
routines as much as possible.
Enjoy this magical season with your children and embrace their wonder!
Have a great week and a wonderful vacation!
Merry christmas to everyone!
Sunday December 11th-good morning-ahhhhhhh! it's freezing! That being
said, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for school every
day. Imagine if we had a a fire drill, or even worse an evacution drill
and your child did not have a hat or mittens! Yikes! Boots MUST come off
in the hallway and remain out there. SHOES Must be worn-no socks, no
slippers--wayyyyyy too slippery and dangerous. Boots are hot, smelly and
clumsy during gross motor activities. And, bottom line-we need to work on
these self help skills of taking off and putting on our own gear! Thanks
for your cooperation!
I'mm going to remind everyone again: THURSDAY is OUTSIDE DAY FOR MORNING!
TUESDAY is OUTSIDE DAY for AFTERNOON. Please remember ALL outside gear on
those days. Also-we're already losing track of hats, mittens, etc. so
PLEASE label ALL of your child's clothing. They don't always know what is
theirs and what is not! thanks!
So, it's getting pretty exciting in preschool. We have a cute little tree
and our Elf "Jingle" has been up to his usual shenanigans! Thursday is
"Gold Day" for both classes and the morning class will be able to enjoy
the dress rehearsal of the performance in the gym that day.
If we're at school tomorrow, the afternoon class will be learning about
number "7" and Tuesday will be "Z" day. We're having lots of fun sorting,
patterning Christmas manipulatives and have been doing some great cutting
Here's the heads up for next week: classroom parties will be held on
Thursday (22nd) in both classes, and sign-up sheets will be up before the
end of this week.
The book order is closed so we can get our books by vacation.
Stay warm and enjoy your Sunday! Have a great week!
Sunday December 4th-good morning! Welcome to December and the holiday
count down! I don't know about you, but I just can't believe how fast the
school year is going.
We have a busy week ahead in both classes. Wednesday is "Silver Day" in
both classes-can your child wear SILVER? And bring something silver for
our class collage?
The morning class will be talking about and exploring the shape: star.
We'll make headbands that spell our names in stars, make a collage,
experiment with printing stars and even make a "Santa" from a star! It's
going to be so much fun!
The afternoon class made "star" headbands already, as we practice our last
names. Our letter this week is "U" (think "presents UNDER the tree!)
I may have heard that our elf "Jingle" may be on his way back to see us!
Although it doesn't affect preschool, please remember that there is no
school for NBCS on Friday.
Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week! Try to take time to experience
the wonder of the season through the eyes of your preschooler!
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!