I sure hope spring has sprung by the time you read this! As June approaches I am acutely aware of the time that has passed since September. June hurtles towards us and there is still so much to teach, so much to learn, and so much to do.
Ms Loretta, our pillar of patience, begins April with an in-depth study of words and their opposites to our two-year old classes. With easel painting, sponge printing, spin art and backed papers, this is a grand time for our youngest.
Our three-year olds begin April with nursery tales. The children explore classic stories as they grow Jack’s beanstalk, peek at the troll under the Billy goat’s bridge, and visit the three bears.
The four-year olds depart from their fantasy world of make-believe and explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends. As local birds migrate back into the area, they should be able to identify most of them. Bridget, Liz, and Kari teach them the characteristics of twenty-five different species and help them create an amazing bird book. We’ll end with yet another party, complete with worms and seeds!
Ms. Michelle’s pre-K class moves down the food chain to investigate insects. Bugs fascinate children and Michelle uses their curiosity to educate them about useful and harmful insects. The high point of this unit materializes in May when we get to watch ants tunnel.
The kindergarten class takes a trip back in time to the age of reptiles and studies dinosaurs. These budding paleontologists learn to identify close to twenty-five dinosaurs before attending a dinosaur hunt at the end of the month. This is one of our favorite units, and the children love it. The children’s academic progress amazes me. Many are now learning long vowel sounds and spelling!
As spring progresses, we plan to incorporate creative writing into each week’s lesson. As these masterpieces come home, it is important that you be extremely positive in your comments. Please don’t make any suggestions for improvement and don’t even think of mentioning spelling. Creative writing is a very personal and sensitive process. A careless remark can be devastating.
May 11th is conference day. I will send home the phone conference schedule later. School is closed while you discover what wonderful children you have. They really are wonderful! Childcare will be available for those enrolled in our all day program.
We’ve begun the tedious process of updating the Parent Handbook and roster for next year. If you plan on returning and haven’t told us, please do it soon.
We have sent out information on the summer program at Greenbrier. If you missed it and are interested, talk to Jackie or Elizabeth. Classes are filling quickly.
Spring appears to be a busy and exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions or concerns we’re only a phone call away.
Spring Break is coming up April 5th thru April 9th. We will close at the end of the day Friday April 2nd for Spring Break. Both students and teachers will take a well-deserved vacation before returning for the final busy weeks of school.
As the weather turns warm many children sunburn. If your child is sensitive to the sun remember to put sunscreen on him/her before he comes to school.
DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR
April 5-9……………….Spring Break, School Closed
April 7………………….Online Original Works Fundraiser Due
April 14 & 15………….Spring School Pictures
May 11…………………..Conference Day via Phone — No classes (We are open for all day children only)
May 31…………………Memorial Day, School Closed
June 18…………………Last Day of School
June 21-25………………School Open for Day Care
June 28-Aug 20…………Summer programs
Sept 7…………………..Fall programs begin
Spring School Pictures
Wednesday, April 14 Thursday, April 15
Ms Liz Holliday Ms Brittney Baker
Ms Adrieen Gibson Ms Loretta Moore
Ms Karen King Ms Michelle Hatchett
Ms Bridget Winston Ms Tracy Garlow
Ms Kari Swain Mrs. Stephanie Stanger