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 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 with your child’s progress as we are. Speaking of learning, last month Ms. Auriela .and Ms. Yanira introduced 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. Kristina’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 and cooking. 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 instruction continue on an individual basis.
Ms. Sandra’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 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 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. Hobbs and Ms. Cole 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 an exciting time. The magic of make-believe is so special to the young child because of the excitement and delightful thrill 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 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, not the scary, aspect of Halloween.
Our always favorite Pumpkin Patch Parades will be held on October 25, 26th and 27th. Specific dates for your child’s class will be sent home next week. The children will come to school already in their costume to parade and sing for all their families! It’s always been one of our favorite events! Please provide a change of clothes for your child for after the show.
Upcoming on Tues., Nov. 2nd are fall conferences. Conference times will be sent home in the next couple of weeks. If your scheduled time does not work for you, please let your teacher know and they’ll be happy to reschedule. You can go over the report card together during your scheduled conference time. 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. If you choose to walk your child to their classroom we ask that you please do not leave your car in the carline to do so. The same we ask when picking up. Please remain in your car until a teacher walks your child to your car.
Just a reminder, 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 a parent.
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 7, 8……………………. Southeastern Services Assessments
OCTOBER 25, 26, 27 ……………………Pumpkin Patch Parade (specific class dates to follow)
NOVEMBER 2……………………………….. Parent Teacher Conferences (School open for full day students only)
NOVEMBER 11……………………………… School closed for Veterans Day
NOVEMBER 25 & 26………………………. School closed for Thanksgiving Break
DECEMBER 22-JAN 2 ……………………Winter Break – School closed