Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April 1, 2019

Dear PreK Families,

Thank you so much for coming in last month for PTC meetings. It is always so nice to meet with you all and discuss student progress.

We completed a lengthy unit on Fairy and Folk Tales.  We read the following stories: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Little Red Hen.  We read classic versions of these stories and new versions as well. It was interesting to compare the different versions. The students played with may manipulatives, and dress up items to retell the well known stories. They also enjoyed making puppets to bring home.

We did several hands on projects related to the stories. We tried to grow magic green beans just like Jack did. Please let us know if your child planted his or her bean plant and let us know if it produces beans. Everyone enjoyed making mini pizzas, just like The Little Red Hen Who Made a Pizza. Lastly, we voted on our favorite stories if all of the books that we read.

Currently, we are doing a unit about science, and are learning about topics such as magnets, rocks, and force and motion. This Friday, your child may bring in a special rock from home to share with the class. Your child should be able to pick up his/her own rock independently.

After the school vacation, we will be learning about communities and community helpers.

We are sending home snowpants at this point. We are hoping that the we don’t have any more storms at this point. If it snows again, please send your child with snowpants again.

April Vacation: 4/15-4/19

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas and Mrs. Paronto

February News

In the classroom, we made snowflake crystals using an easy recipe.  This is the link to recipe if you want to try it out at home.

We had been singing several songs at circle time about winter as well.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

February News

February 25, 2019

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to visit during our card sale. The children were so
excited! Thank you also to families who sent in items for the class party. We appreciate it!

Right before the break, we finished our study of snow. We examined snowflake crystals, we did a
science experiment to make our own 3-D snowflake crystals, did Arctic animal yoga, we played with
snow in the sensory bin, and we enjoyed playing in the snow on the playground. We read several
stories about snow too, including: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, The Biggest Snowman Ever
by Steven Kroll, The Little Snowflake by Steve Metzger, and The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery
This is the afternoon class playing on the playground. 

We are starting a unit on fairy tales. We will be reading different versions of well known stories,
including: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk,
The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Little Red Hen.

We have begun learning how to write the uppercase letters. Number and handwriting lessons are
multi-sensory. First, students write the number or letter in the air and engage their large arm muscles.
Next, we trace the number/letter on a textured surface. Third, students trace the number/letter in a
sand tray. With letters, there is an extra step of building the letter with wooden shapes. Lastly, we
write the number/letter on a whiteboard, or writing mat. Engaging more than one sense helps all
students learn to write numbers and letters. Writing uses a visual motor skills and fine motor skills.
This is a photo from some of our steps for writing numbers.

To help your child build up their fine motor skills at home, encourage him/her to play with Legos,
use play doh, and help with cooking. Here is a link to a website with more information.

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up later next month on 3/21 and 3/22. We will put out a
sign-up sheet for times next week.

3/15 No PreK: PreK In-Service 3/21 & 3/22: No PreK: PTC days

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Thursday, January 24, 2019

January 23, 2019

Dear PreK Families,
We jumped right back into work after the winter vacation. We did a short author study on Jan Brett and read several of her more well known stories,
The Mitten, The Hat, and The Three Snow Bears. Each class created their own group story about The Mitten, each child dropped a mitten and an
animal crawled into it. We discussed what animals do in the winter, some migrate, some hibernate, and some stay active. We looked for animal tracks
on the playground and listened for birds chirping.

Right now, we are working on a unit about Arctic Animals.  The students have enjoyed playing with arctic animals in the sensory table. Each day we
scooped up snow to put into the sensory table and added our play animals. Students could then put on mittens and dig into the snow.  We will
complete some science activities on how animals keep warm in such cold weather. And we will do some arctic animal themed Yoga. The class also
did journal entries on arctic animals and completed a mini book to take home. Next week, we will be learning more about snow, since we have so
much of it right now!

In Literacy, we have finished introducing all of the letter names, keywords, and sounds. Next, we will begin to write the uppercase letters. Many
children are very interested in this work right now. If your child is writing at home, please encourage a proper three point tripod grip and to make
letters from the top down, no letters start from the bottom up.

We will also be learning how to write numbers and making a number writing book. We have continued to do regular work on counting and
recognizing numbers. Students have been counting objects, and comparing amounts for more, less and the same. This is something that you
could do at home too. Next, we will be doing work around shapes.

After that, we will be getting into the next month. Please mark your calendars for February 13th. We will have a Valentine Card & Craft Sale at
drop off time. Students may invite a special family member to visit our class, have a snack and buy a card or craft. Sales will be by donation
and each class will make a donation the Humane Society.

We will have a Valentine’s Card Exchange Party and special snack on February 14th. You only need to sign your child’s name on each card
or let them write it themselves. Cards do not need to be labeled with classmates’ names. Please do not send in any candy treats with
Valentine’s Cards. We will post a snack list for families to make a donation to later this month.

2/13 PreK Valentine Card and Craft Sale (Family Member Visit)
2/14 Valentine’s Day Card Party
2/15 PreK In-Service: NO PREK

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Monday, December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

Thank you so much for being flexible and sending your child in for the day of the WRS Thanksgiving Feast. All of the PreK students had a wonderful time and had good manners. We also have some very good eaters in PreK!

We have finished our unit about gingerbread. We did several art and craft projects.  We read The Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett, The Gingerbread House by Scholastic, The Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun, and The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth. We compared how the stories were alike and different and also voted on our favorite. We retold the story with character dolls and made our own gingerbread man. He was so naughty that he ran away from us! Our PreK classes also decorated 2 gingerbread houses that were donated to the Family Place for their annual Gingerbread Fundraiser.

Currently, we are working on a unit about the five senses. We will be reading books on the topic, such as: The Five Senses by Nuria Roca, My Five Senses by Margaret Miller, My Five Senses by Alliki, and Me and My Senses by Joan Sweeney. In adddition, we will be doing some hands on science experiments and writing our our own mini books.

Next week, we will have a special activity on Thursday, December 20th. PreK will be having pajama day! Students may wear their pajamas to school if they would like. We will have a special snack of popcorn and hot chocolate. We will still go outside for recess so please make sure to send in snow clothes to go over pajamas.

12/20 Class Party & PAJAMA DAY
12/21 NO PREK- EEE In-Service
12/21-1/1 NO SCHOOL Winter Vacation

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Winter Weather!

November 15, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

Winter weather is here! We go outside each day for recess unless it is raining or below 10 degrees F, or a windchill below 10 degrees F. Your child needs snow gear to play outside. Please send in snowpants, boots, a jacket, hat and mittens. Mittens are much easier for preschoolers to put on independently. Please label your child’s snow gear. We have snow gear that children can borrow if they forget their items at home, but most children prefer to wear their own.

You may leave a pair of indoor shoes at school in your child’s cubby, so that there is one less thing to pack.  Also, please check your child’s change of clothes to make sure that it is weather appropriate.

If there is bad weather, school may be delayed or cancelled. If there is a delay in school, there will be no AM PreK. The superintendent’s office will send out an automatic call early in the morning. Delays and cancellations are also posted on WCAX.

If your child will need a utensil for their snack, please send one in their snack bag.

REMINDER: The Thanksgiving feast is on Tuesday and there is a time change so that all PreK students may eat lunch together.
AM: 10:15 to 1:00
PM: 11:45 to 2:30

Picture retake day has been rescheduled to November 30th.

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs Paronto

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November News

November 6, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend conferences.  It is so nice to have the time to
meet with all of you. We really enjoy having your children in the PreK classroom.

We finished our integrated unit on weather. The students kept track of the daily weather in a journal
and we recorded our daily weather on the calendar. We also read many nonfiction and fiction books
about weather, including Who Likes Rain? By Wong Herbert Yee, Rain by Marion Dane Bauer, and
Clouds by Marion Dane Bauer. We also read, It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw, and then
we made our own class book based on the story. We discussed what type of clothes we should wear
in different types of weather. We did science experiments on how to make a cloud rain and how to
create a mini cloud. The links to the experiments can be found here.
The students really enjoyed our study of the season of fall and pumpkins.  We read books by Lois
Ehlert, Leaf Man and Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. We did a nature walk outside and collected items from
nature. We also did a class science project on why leaves change color.

At the end of last month, we read Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jean Titherington and Go Away, Big Green
Green Monster by Ed Emberly. The children really loved learning the The Five Little Pumpkins Song
and making their mini book too.  Thank you to Elliott O’Hara in the AM Class and her family who
donated two pumpkins that they grew in their garden. Pumpkin tapping was a big hit. The children
took turns to tap wooden pegs into the pumpkin with small hammers. Many children helped to carve
our class pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Mrs. Paronto baked some seeds at home and brought
them in for a taste test at snack.

Currently, we are working on lessons about transportation. After the Thanksgiving break we will be
doing work around gingerbread.

We are moving along in our letter work and the students have been introduced to all of the letters
from A to K. You can reinforce this work at home by noticing letters when you are out and talking
about the letters in your child’s name.

The PreK teachers will have In-service on 11/16, the date that is scheduled for school picture
retakes.  PreK parents may come into school that day with their child and have their picture taken
between 8:30 and 11:30.  Please bring in your child’s pictures if you are having a retake done. Or,
just bring in your form if your child missed picture day. You may also register and pay on-line.

11/20 AM Class 10:15 to 1:00 pick up from the gym
         PM Class 11:45 to 2:30 pick up outside

This month there is also a special all school activity, the WRS Thanksgiving Feast. All of the students
and staff eat a turkey dinner in the gym on Nov. 20th. Our schedule is different that day so that all of
the PreK students can eat together with their teachers. The AM class will come to school late that day
and stay late.  The PM class will come a little bit early and will be picked up a little bit early. The meal
consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, applesauce, squash, stuffing, cornbread, cranberry sauce,
and gravy. Your child may have milk or water to drink. Please send a home lunch if your child will not
eat the Thanksgiving lunch. Also, our PreK class is responsible for donating applesauce to the feast.
Please send in a jar of applesauce with your child. Thanks you for your help!

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

11/12 No School Veteran’s Day
11/16 No PreK EEE InService
11/16 Picture Retake Day
11/20 Thanksgiving Feast

11/21-23 No School Thanksgiving Holiday