School is off to a wonderful start. This past month has given us the time to renew old friendships and explore new relationships. Watching the children formand reform their social groups is quite exciting. Their sincerity and innocence as they venture out into the world of school are touching. They are truly learning socially as well as academically. I hope you are as pleased with your child’s progress as we are. Speaking of learning, last month Ms. Mary Kate and Ms. Yaniraintroduced our two–year–olds to themselves and each other. They now plan to talk about their five senses. It should be a fun unit looking, touching, hearing, smelling and tasting the world around them. There will be a lot of cooking, crafts and songs.
If you thought September was fun, October is better if you are three. Ms. Niki, Ms. Devin, and Ms. Micaela’s three –year–old classes begin the month with an in-depth analysis of several nursery tales. The Three Pigs, The Three Bears, and The Gingerbread Man highlight this unit with much puppetry andcooking. We even grow a beanstalk for Jack to climb! They will finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.
Ms. Sara and Ms. Haylie’s classes have finished their alphabet unit with a party fit for royalty; crowns, sparkles, and delicious cookies end the children’s introduction/review of our language’s building blocks. The next focus is on fall and those pesky backyard critters, squirrels. They will finish out the month with a quick study of shapes and secondary colors. They get quite involved in finger painting and color mixing with different mediums. The month ends, of course, with stories, crafts, poems, and songs about Halloween. This holiday seems to be created for four– year–olds. Letter and number recognition, as well as phonics instructioncontinue on an individual basis.
Ms. Sandra’s and Ms. Carrie’s pre-kindergarten class investigates the weather—clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, and wind as well as the four seasons. The teachers have designed this unit to be quite hands on,with a scientific approach to the causes of different types of weather. Individualized instruction in phonics and letter recognition is ongoing.
The kindergarten class will end the transportation unit with a brief study of the solar system and our planet, Earth. We finish with a wonderful astronaut party complete with space food and helmets! While amongst the stars, we study the constellations and the mythology behind several star groups. Hopefully, they will be able to find the Big Dipper on Halloween night. We will, of course, devote a week to pumpkins and scarecrows. Intertwined with all this fun Mrs. Hobbshopes to communicate a few math and phonics facts.
October is a wonderfully special month because of Halloween. For many Halloween with carved pumpkins, “spooky” songs, and stories, is an excitingtime. The magic of make-believe is so special to the young child because of the excitement and delightfulthrill of dress up. However along with this excitement comes some anxiety. Three– year– olds are new to the idea of pretend, and even four– year–olds aren’t always sure what’s real and what’s not. We really work hardto make this a fun experience. Costumes and made up faces are often frightening for small children. Let’s all try to emphasize the silly, not the scary, aspect of Halloween.
Due to the COVID restrictions we are not able to host our annual Pumpkin Patch Parade. On Thursday, October 29th Ms. Yanira’s MDO class are welcome to wear their costumes to school for their fall party. All the other classes will celebrate on October 30th. We look forward to seeing all the adorable costumes. Itworks best if you send your child dressed in theircostume. Please be sure all pieces of the costume are labeled so it can all be returned. We will help them change out of their costume after their party. If your child suddenly decides not to dress up, that is alright.
Upcoming on Tues., Nov. 3rd are fall conferences. The conferences will be phone conferences. The teachers will send home the report cards the last week in October. You can go over the report card togetherduring your scheduled conference time. We willpublish the schedule later this month. The school will be open for Full Day students only on conference day.
We want to thank all of you for your patience during carpool. The line of cars is at times overwhelming for us, so your pleasant smiles and cooperative attitudes really mean a great deal. It is extremely important that you do not pass cars parked in the carpool lane. We also ask that you turn right when exiting the parking lot during carpool times. This is for the safety of the children. Most of you are using your “signs” and we are extremely grateful for your cooperation.
Please don’t ever send medicine to school inside your child’s book bag. All medication, whether prescription or over the counter medications must be signed in by aparent. NO exceptions!
See you in carpool!
REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL JACKETS, HATS, COATS, BOOKBAGS, AND SWEATERS.
Kindergarten needs Pringle Cans and lids! Four– year–olds need the half size Pringle cans.
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DATES TO REMEMBER
OCTOBER 6 and 7……….………….…….Individual School Pictures (no contact, Outside)
OCTOBER 29 and 30 …………………...Fall class parties
NOVEMBER 3……………………………….. Parent Teacher Conferences via phone
NOVEMBER 11……………………………… School closedfor Veterans Day
NOVEMBER 26, 27………………………. School closed for Thanksgiving Break
DECEMBER 21-JAN 1 ……………………Winter Break – School closed