Thursday, September 7, 2017

WELCOME: 2017-18 School Year

Hello PreK Parents,

We have had a great start to the school year and are having a lot of fun in the classroom. All of our returning students remembered the school routines after the summer break. Our new students are adjusting well to our classroom learning environment and making new friends.  

As we mentioned at Open House, the PreK team has professional development days on the third Friday of each month. The first one is next week on 9/15.  The rest of the dates are as follows: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, and 5/18.

We have started the year with an All About Me Unit. We are having discussions at circle time, reading books in the classroom, and making special memory books.  As part of this project, we need some help from home. Please send in a baby picture of your child for the memory book. If you do not have a printed photo, feel free to send one to me by e-mail at: zayasa@hartfordschoosl.net.  We also have another project for you to do with your child at home.

Family Collage Homework Project
    
    Here is your first PreK homework assignment. Enclosed is a piece of heavy stock paper. Please write “_______’s Family” (ex. Sally’s Family) on the top. Then, you can cut out pictures of members of your family (or others that are close to your child) and arrange them as you like on the paper - using glue, two-sided tape, etc. to adhere them. Make sure to write each person’s name next to their picture so that we can tell who they are. You can also cut pictures out from magazines of things that are your child’s favorites.  We will laminate them and hang them up to view.
    
    Usually the preschool “homework” will not be so involved, but these collages become a very important part of our classroom environment and the preschoolers love to share their family collages with their friends at school.

    Please try to have these done as soon as you can so we can have everybody’s family “join us” in class every day.

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Monday, March 13, 2017

March Newsletter

March 10, 2017

Dear Pre-K Families,

We have been working on a study about Fairy Tales and Folktales. We have read Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  When reading these stories, we have been working on discussing characters, setting, author’s message, retelling, sequencing, acting out stories and participating in dramatic play. We have also done several art projects and math games related to these topics.

Please send in a small box or some container, such as a yogurt cup, a tea box, a mini cereal box, and etc. for your child to build a leprechaun trap by the end of this week on Thursday. You man send the container in any time.
The following week, we will be doing a short unit on St. Patrick’s Day.

This week, we will be starting a program with Vermont Art from the Start. We will be working with an Art teacher from the program two times a week from now until the end of May.  You will find an information sheet attached to the newsletter. There is also a photo release form to sign for promotions that the VSAVT does around the state.
Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up soon on March 23rd and 24th. There will be a sign up sheet posted by the sign-in area. Please sign up for a time that works for your schedule.

We are also collecting bottle cap for our loose parts collection. Please rinse them off and send  them in, we will have a collection box by the sign-in table.

REMINDER: Please remember to pack a full set of spare clothes for your child. You may keep them in your child’s backpack or in your child’s cubby. If your child borrows clothes from our extra collection at school please wash them and return them so that we have extras available. Our supply has gotten very low again.

Upcoming dates to remember:
March 17th: NO SCHOOL Teacher In-Service
March 23rd & 24th: NO SCHOOL PTC

Thank you,

The Pre-K Team

Monday, February 6, 2017

February Newsletter


February 3, 2017

Dear PreK Families,

In the classroom we have been working on a study about winter and animals in winter. We have learned about snowflakes, and how animals survive in winter. Some animals stay active and some hibernate. We even saw many animal tracks on our playground. Searching for animal tracks is a fun activity to do outside with your child.

In language, we have begun writing the uppercase letters using the Fundation Phonics Program. In math, we have been working on estimation, surveys, counting, and number identification.

We have had a visit from Firefighter Dan, and Hartford Firefighter to teach the children about fire safety. They all enjoyed his visit very much. He will be back 3 more times to work with the children.

Recently, the school nurse, Mrs. Hutchins did vision screenings with the help of the Hartford Lion’s Club. If your child had any issues on his or her eye exam, you will receive a report from Mrs. Hutchins to give to your health care provider.

This month we will be having a Valentine’s Party at school. We will have some snacks and we will be making heart cookies in class. We will put out a sign-up sheet for party snacks next week. We will need things such as red colored fruit, cheese sticks, juice boxes, napkins and plates.  The children will also be exchanging Valentine’s Day cards. You should send in enough cards for all of your child’s classmates. There are 12 children in the morning class and 14 children in the afternoon class. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN CANDY with the Valentine Cards.  You do not need to label the cards, just label who the card is from.
 
Next month, we will be offering Parent Teacher Conferences. We will send more information when we get closer to that time.

Upcoming dates to remember:
Feb. 14th: Valentine’s Day
Feb. 17th: No School, Pre-K In-Service
Feb. 20-24: School Vacation

Thank you,

PreK Team

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Newsletter

December 5, 2016

Hello Pre-K Families,

Welcome to winter! I’m sure that the children are excited to play in the snow. To make sure that everyone is comfortable in the snow please send your child with snow gear every day. This includes the following: snowpants, snow boots, jacket, hat and mittens. We only stay inside for rain or temperatures below 10 degrees F. Your child may need a bigger backpack to accommodate all of the gear. You may leave indoor shoes at school in your child’s cubby. Please label all of your child’s gear clearly. We have lots of mittens and boots in the same sizes!

School Delay or Cancellations: In case of bad weather, school may be delayed or canceled. If there is a delay, there will be NO AM Pre-K that day. Please check on WCAX for school delays or cancellations: http://www.wcax.com/link/257090/school-closings.

There was a mistake in the note about the report card key. There was no explanation of the W. The other ratings are as follows: E is for exceeding expectations, M is for meeting expectations, W is for working on the skill, N is for not yet meeting expectations and NA is not applicable. If there is a blank spot that means we have not yet covered that skill or is has not been assessed.

Last week, we completed a study of magnets. The students had so much fun exploring the properties of magnets and finding out which items in our classroom were magnetic and which were not. We read several nonfiction books about magnets and made a class chart. This week, we are writing a class book about our activities.

This week, we will be beginning a unit on Gingerbread. We will be reading several different gingerbread man stories and comparing how they are alike and different.  Students will also be making gingerbread craft projects and playing math games.  We will be baking our own gingerbread man too!

Holiday Activity: On December 22nd we will be doing a special holiday activity. We will be reading The Polar Express and having a pajama day at school. At snack time we will drink hot chocolate with our snacks and listen to the story!  Your child should still bring their snow gear for outdoor play.  

Upcoming dates to remember:
December 16th: NO SCHOOL Teacher In-Service
December 23rd: NO SCHOOL Winter Vacation starts

Thank you,

Pre-K Team

Monday, November 14, 2016

November Newsletter

November 14, 2016,

Dear Pre-K Families,

Thank you to all families for coming in for PTC. It was great to have time meet and discuss your child’s growth and development in Pre-K.

Our class has begun a social development program called Second Step.  You can learn more about it here: http://www.cfchildren.org/second-step/early-learning. This year we will be covering topics such as: skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and transitioning to kindergarten. We will be doing activities from the program several times a week.

This week, we did a short science unit on force and motion. The children were very excited to explore how different object move with different forces. They constructed ramps and rolled cars, and balls down them. We also used trucks to push sand in the sand table and were able to stretch and pull flubber (a play doh like sensory activity). In conclusion, we will be writing a class book about our explorations.

This week, we will be doing work around the Thanksgiving holiday. We will read stories, sing songs, and do arts and crafts projects about turkeys and Thanksgiving. Next week, on Tuesday, November 22nd, WRS will be having the Thanksgiving Feast. The whole school enjoys a turkey dinner together in the gym.  On that day, both the am and pm Pre-K classes will be together for lunch time. The am class will come to school from 10:00-1:00 that day and the pm class will come at the regular time 12:00-3:00pm.  If you don’t think that your child will eat the turkey dinner, you can send in a lunch that your child can bring to the meal.

Our class is responsible for bringing in applesauce for everyone to eat at the feast. Please bring in a jar of applesauce to the classroom this week.

We have been working with patterns a lot in our Math activities. We have been practicing AB patterns such as red, blue, red, blue, red, and so on. We have also been building our own AB patterns. At circle time, we have noticed our clothes that have patterns. We will be making a pattern museum. We can use your help from home in this activity.

Pattern Museum:  please send in an item that has a pattern for our pattern museum. Some ideas are: a toy with a pattern, a bead necklace with a pattern, fabric patterns, wallpaper patterns, You can also send in a photo of a pattern your child made, or your child wearing a pattern.

Important dates:
NO SCHOOL: Friday, November 18: Pre-K In Service
NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, November 23-25: Thanksgiving Recess

Thank you,
Pre-K Team

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October Newsletter

Hello Pre-K Families,
We have some very Important dates that are coming up  in the next few weeks.  
Pre-K Inservice for the year will occur on the third Friday of the month. The dates for the school year are as follows: 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17 and 5/19. There will be no Pre-K on those dates.
There will also be no Pre-K on the PTC dates: 11/3 and 11/4 in the fall, and 3/23 and 3/24 in the spring.  We will put a sign-up sheet out next week for fall conferences.
The school nurse, Mrs, Hutchins will be doing hearing and vision screenings this month. If there are any issues with your child’s hearing or vision, she will contact you about following up with your child’s pediatrician.
Picture retake day is 10/28.
We have begun working on the alphabet using the Fundations Literacy Program. Each week, we will learn about 2 new uppercase letters.  We also did initial letter knowledge assessments over the past 2 weeks.
Our Five Sense unit is well underway. Please send in any paper towel holders that you have collected at home. We still need a few more. You will find a Five Senses Home Activity in your child’s cubby on Friday.
As we finish our study of the Five Senses we will be starting to include topics in our next study about Seasons, such as leaves and pumpkins. We will read many fiction and nonfiction books, sign songs, and do art projects. We will also incorporate many early literacy concepts, such as retelling a narrative story, introducing the concept of print, and rhyming. In science, students will learn about the plant life cycle in fall leaves and how a pumpkin grows. In math, we will be doing activities around sorting and classifying along with counting and numbers 1-5.
Later this month, we will be looking for pumpkins of different sizes, shapes, and colors. If you have one that you would like to send in, please let us know. We would love your help.
In the next few weeks, students will be assessed in beginning math concepts: counting, quantifying, numbers, geometry, comparing, and patterns. These are informal assessments. Students will play math games with their peers and teachers.
We will have a special snack on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31st. We do not dress up in the classrooms at WRS. We will put out a sign-up sheet closer to that date for snack contributions.
Please make sure to update your contact information and e-mail address if there are any changes. 


Thank you,
The Pre-K Team

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September Newsletter

September 22, 2016


Hello Pre-K Families,

We have started a classroom blog to communicate news about the classroom. We are printing this first newsletter and will be adding it to the blog. You can subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the blog on the top right area of the webpage. Please visit our site at http://www.wrsprek.blogspot.com/.  There is also a link on the WRS website under the Pre-K Classroom tab.

We have had a wonderful start to the new school year. It has been so much fun getting to know all of our new students and seeing our returning students again. We began the year with a unit of “All About Me.”  The children love looking at their family photo collages. If you are still working on yours at home you can send it in any time. Please let us know if you need more construction paper or supplies.

We are continuing to establish routines in the classroom. The students are showing improvement everyday. We have also started to phase in the related arts schedule. Each week, we will visit Library, PE, Music, and Art. 

Next week, we are starting a new unit in the classroom about the Five Senses. The Five Senses is part of the Vermont Early Learning Standards in the Life Science area around  learning about the parts of the body and how people use their senses. The class will also explore topics about Physical Science standards around sound.  This unit will also integrate other learning standards in Language and Literacy. 

The class will be participating in activities around the Five Senses and exploring materials through inquiry activities. Your child will learn about their five senses and the organs that perform the functions of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. They will understand how each sense helps them to navigate the world in their everyday lives. Students will also learn how their five senses help to keep them safe.  Students will participate in a variety of learning activities including literature, songs, hands on science activities, group discussions, and videos. Children will make projects, compose illustrations, learn new vocabulary, practice oral communication skills as they listen, observe and share ideas with their peers and teachers in conversations.

Some of the books that we will be reading together are:
My Five Senses by Aliki
Five Senses by A. Ciboul
Farley Follows His Nose by L. Johnson
Too Much Noise by A. McGovern
My Five Senses by M. Miller
The Listening Walk by P. Showers
You Can’t Taste a Pickle With Your Ear by H. Zeifert


We would like your assistance with our senses unit. Please send in an apple for your child to share with the class. We will use our senses to compare the apples, by looking at them, feeling them, smelling them, and listening to them getted chopped. Afterwards, we will be making applesauce to smell and taste! Yum!  Later, in our study we will be asking for empty paper towel rolls to make sound sticks later in the unit.  Please start setting some aside for your child to bring in for our collection.


 There are many other ways that you can help your child learn about their senses at home. As you take a walk in your yard or neighborhood, pay attention to your senses and talk about what you see, hear, smell, and touch. When your child is playing, ask him or her what senses he or she is using to play. For example, when digging in the sandbox, your child sees the sand toys, hears the shovel digging, smells the sand, and feels the sand in his or her hands. But, your child doesn’t taste the sand, because sand isn’t food!


During inside time, ask your child about how our senses help us to know the things that we like and we don’t like.  Your child could make a picture, collage, or journal about his or her favorite things.  Your child could pick something to represent each of the senses: favorite color, favorite song, favorite spice, favorite food, and favorite texture.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our unit of study.  


Thank you,

The Pre-K Team