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!