What have we been doing?

Sunday September 14th-good morning-freezin, but sunny.  I'm definitely 
holding out for more warm weather.This can't be "it"!

Another great week has flown by and I couldn't be more proud of all of your 
children.  I've been observing some nice social interactions, cooperative 
play and great cleaning up when asked!

IN the morning class, we continue to have nursery rhyme fun, and will 
continue talking about the numeral 1 this week.  We've been practicing 'up" 
and "down" as well as "same" and "different".  Different is a very difficult 

What fun we've been having in the afternoon class with Ladybug Girl's 
adventures.  Have you seen our ladybugs flying around the classroom?  
Tomorrow we will meet her friend "Bumblebee Boy"-yes, we'll also be making 
some bumble bees.

Tomorrow is "yellow day" for both classes.  I will work harder to get "color 
day" notes out in the future, but it got away from me this week.  On color 
days, we like to see if we can all wear that color, and bring somethibng tht 
color that we can glue to a class collage.  It's also fun to see who can 
bring foods in our snacks with that color.  It's fun "homework" getting ready 
for color days.

The afternoon class has done a great job finding the letters to make their 
first names, and this week, we'll begin tracing the letters with correct 
formation.  You can certainly help with this at home, by reminding your child 
to always, always start letters AT THE TOP!  We will stick to uppercase 
letters so we can be sure to master correct formation.  I don't intend to 
teach lowercase letters this year, except for exposure and maybe matching to 
uppers towards the end of the year.  I'll let Kindergarten do that!

I will NOT  be taking our classes up to browse the book fair.  It's very 
overwhelming and confusing for them.  But, please stop in and check it out-
there are tons of great books!

Enjoy your sunny Sunday and have a great week!  Unfortunately, the germs have 
already permeated the classroom and we've had sick students and staff.  We'll 
keep wiping down everything with all those generously donated clorox wipes!

Sunday September 7th--good morning and happy sunny Sunday!  For those of you 
unfamiliar with my newsletter practices, I generally update the website on 
Sunday mornings with a note about the week before and highlights about the 
upcoming week.  The "what's coming up....." page will contain a list of 
important dates that are coming up.  Be sure to read if there are items 
specific to morning or afternoon.  

So, we had an awesome first week of school!  No tears!  Let's see what 
tomorrow brings!  Miss Amy and I are quickly getting to know all of your 
beautiful children and they are also getting to know each other.  By the end 
of the week, I hope to have class books to go home so you can all see the 
names that go with the faces!

We'll be starting some nursery rhyme fun this week in the morning class, 
starting with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". We'll be counting, sorting and 
spelling our names in stars. We'll also practice "Hickory Dickory Dock" and 
have some really cute clock projects that we'll be making. 

Remember, there is no morning preschool on Tuesday this week.

The afternoon class has begun the year with a bang!  We have gotten right 
down to work and some wonderfully inventive cooperative play.  We read 
a "Ladybug Girl" book on Thursday to kick off our ladybug activities for this 
week.  We'll be counting ladybugs, putting ladybug numerals in order, making 
a cute ladybug project and rolling tiny balls of playdoh with our fingers to 
fit into little ladybug "spots" on a ladybug mat.

We are jumping right into our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum by 
learning how to "pick up a crayon" and pinch it correctly when we color. I'm 
happy to say that most of us already have mastered at least a 
modified "pinch". We'll be doing lots and lots of "ABC" activities that 
involve sequencing the letters and putting the individual letters of our 
first names in order. We'll also learn a very important song "Where Do You 
Start Your Letters?"  The answer is "AT THE TOP".  

Finally, I'd love to have e-mail addresses from everyone, if possible.  It 
sure makes communication easier for us all.  I am always available via e-
mail, even on weekends.  If you contact me at night, I will see it in the 
morning before I go to school.

Enjoy the rest of the day and lets hope we all have a great week!

Sunday August 10th--well, this past week  was the last day of summer school, 
and I think we all had lots of fun,even with the changes in rooms and staff.

I'll be in and out the next 2 week, but will definitely be accessible via e-
mail: rfillion@nbcs.k12.nh.us,  at any time. 

In the next 2 weeks, I will be putting together my "back to school" packets 
and get then out to you all.  I'm planning on our back to school picnic for 
Thursday, August 28th, from 4-6. 

I will be at school all day that day, and also on Tuesday september 2nd,    
if anyone has any last minute questions, .

We will all start school on Wednesday, September 3rd! I am sooooo excited to 
see everyone! Arrival for the morning class is between 7:45 and 8:00.  Please 
park in the lot and bring your child to the classroom. Dismissal for the 
morning class is between 10:30 and 10:35, outside on the school steps.  
Please park and meet your child in person.

 Arrival for the afternoon class is between 11:20 and 11:30-bring your child 
to the classroom once the classroom door is open.  We have a few students who 
will be in the room between sessions, so respecting their privacy is 
important. I will be meeting bussers at the bus and walking them in! 
Dismissal for afternoon preschool is approximately 2:05, and again, please 
park and meet your child at the school steps. 

By all means, feel free to e-mail me with any questions in the next 2 weeks--
I check my e-mail every day and will get back to you quickly!

I'll be in touch!
See you soon!