School is off to a truly wonderful start. This past month has given us the time to renew old friendships and explore new relationships. Watching the children form and 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 as much as we are with your child’s progress.
Last month the Mother’s Day Out children were introduced to themselves. Now we extend the idea, and focus just on the senses. There will be lots of cooking, crafting, and singing. Our youngest children have adjusted beautifully to school and each other.
If you thought September was fun, October is better if you are three! It is also quite busy. Ms. Karen, Ms. Adrieen and Ms. Brittney introduce the children to the people in their neighborhood. Firemen, policemen, doctors, and dentists will be a focus this month. The Threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.
Ms. Bridget and Ms. Kari’s four year old 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. Ms. Liz’s class will finish their alphabet unit in mid-month. They then join the other four year-olds in 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 instruction continue on an individual basis.
Ms. Michelle’s pre-kindergarten classes will become ecologically aware as they study tropical rainforests. The focus of this unit is to teach them about the different inhabitants of the rain forests and the various layers of the forest canopy where they live. It’s exciting to realize just how much young children absorb and understand from their unit studies. This is one of their favorites. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.
The kindergarten classes 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. While amongst the stars, we study the constellations and the mythology behind each star group. 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, Ms. Garlow and Mrs. Stanger hope 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 more exciting than any other holiday. The magic of make-believe is so special to the young child because of the excitement and delicious thrill of dress up. However, along with this excitement, comes some anxiety. Three year-olds are very new to the idea of pretend and even four year-olds are not always sure what is real and what is not. We really work hard to make this a fun experience. Costumes and made-up faces are often frightening for small children. Let’s all try to emphasize the silly and not the scary aspects of Halloween. Unfortunately, this year we will not be able to do a parade or have parents come into the building for the parties. The children will have fun singing and parading in their classrooms on their party day.
Pumpkin Patch Party
Wednesday, October 28Thursday, October 29
Ms. Loretta MooreMs. Brittney Baker
Ms. Karen KingMs. Kari Swain
Ms. Bridget WinstonMs.Michelle Hatchett
Ms. Adrieen Gibson Ms.Stephanie Stanger
Ms. Liz HolladayMs. Tracy Garlow
The logistics of choreographing 100 children and 100 costumes is challenging. It works best if you send your child to school in his/her costume with a change of clothes in his/her book bag. Be sure all pieces of the costume are clearly 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.
I want to thank all of you for your patience during drop off and pick up. The line of families can beoverwhelming for us, so your pleasant smiles and cooperative attitudes really do mean a great deal. Please always hold your child’s hand in the parking lot. Also, it is extremely important not to pass cars on the left that are discharging children. Our most important concern is the safety of the children. Most of you are using your “signs” and we are extremely grateful for your cooperation. Remember, however, that we cannot see through your windshield because of the tint and glare. If you hold your sign outside the window, facing us, we all have a better chance of success. THANKS!
Please do not ever send medicine to school inside a book bag. All medication, whether prescription or not, must be signed in by the parent. There are no exceptions or short cuts. It can get complicated, so your cooperation is critically important.
See you at carpool!
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 5………………………….End of Fundraiser
October 14 & 15…………………..No Contact, Outside, Individual Pictures
October 28 & 29….……………….Pumpkin Patch Parties
November 3………………………Conference Day via Phone (open for all day students)
November 11……………………..Veteran’s Day/School Closed
November 26 – 27………………..Thanksgiving Holiday/School Closed
December 21 – January 1………..Winter Break/School Closed
*ALWAYS KEEP A SEASONABLY APPROPRIATE CHANGE OF CLOTHES IN THE BOOKBAG AND LABEL ALL JACKETS, HATS, COATS, BOOKBAGS, AND SWEATERS.
*PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE A PEANUT AND TREE NUT FREE SCHOOL. MAKE SURE TO CHECK INGREDIENTS IN THE FOODS YOU SEND IN WITH YOUR CHILD. IF YOU BRING FOOD IN FOR THE ENTIRE CLASS TO SHARE, IT MUST BE STORE BOUGHT IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER WITH THE ALABEL ATTACHED. WE WILL DOUBLE CHECK IT TO MAKE SURE IT WAS NOT MADE IN A FACILITY PROCESSED WITH PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS AS WELL. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR POLICY, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME.