Tuesday, October 9, 2018

September News

September 10, 2018

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.  

If your child will be absent from school, please call the office to let us know, the number is 295-8650. Otherwise,
the school secretary will give you a call to see why your child is not at school.

The whole school Open House and Hot Dog Dinner will be on Thursday, Sept. 20th. It is a great way to see the
whole school.

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.

As we mentioned at Open House, the PreK team has professional development days on the third Friday of each
month.  The dates are as follows: 10/19, 11/16, 12/21, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, and 5/17.

School picture day is coming up on Sept. 21st. Order forms were just distributed. Please fill out the form and
send in a check or purchase your order online.   You may purchase individual pictures of your child. Everyone
will receive a class photo. If your child is absent that day, he or she can have a retake picture done on Oct. 26th.

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
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

October News

October 8, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

We finished our integrated unit on apples.  The students did language, math, science, social studies, art, and
cooking projects around the topic of apples. We will be reading fiction and nonfiction books about apples.
Some of those titles are: Ten Apple up on Top, My Apple, Welcome Fall: Apples, Apple Grows, Ned’s New Home,
and Ten Red Apples.  The children enjoyed learning about the stages of the apple life cycle and singing a class
favorite, “Way Up High in the Apple Tree.”

This month we will be learning about weather, the fall season, and of course Halloween.

Last week, we began an introduction to the alphabet. We use the literacy program Fundations, the same
program that is used by K-3 in our building. We begin be learning the letter names, the keywords, and the
letter sounds. It is a multi-sensory approach to learning the alphabet. In the second half of the year, we
will work on letter formation.

The nurse, Mrs. Hutchins will be doing hearing and vision screenings with PreK students this month. She
will alert families if there are any concerns.

Check your child's bag to ensure that extra clothes are seasonal and the right size.

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on Nov. 1st and 2nd. There will be no PreK on those days
so that we can meet with families. The sign-up sheet for conferences will be posted the week of 10/15.

We will have a special snack on Halloween, but we do not dress up in costumes. We will send a note about
snacks closer to the end of the month.

We have been alerted that Dancers' Corner does not want parents to park in their lot at drop off and pick up.
In the future, they will be towing vehicles that are parked there if they are not customers.

Also, please be on time for pick up at dismissal.

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

10/19 No PreK: EEE In-Service
10/26 Picture Retake Day

10/31 Halloween Special Snack

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Butterfly Release

May 29, 2018

Our Painted Lady Butterflies emerged from their cocoons on Thursday and Friday. It was so exciting.
The students were totally engrossed in the process and kept monitoring our butterfly tent.

Then, we released them onto the playground on Friday at recess. Here is a short video of one butterfly
landing on the lilac bush and drinking nectar from the flowers.

Thank you!

Monday, May 28, 2018

May News

May 21, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

Study of birds was very successful. The students were very engaged.  Many students brought in bird
nests, egg shells and feathers that they found at home. We watched many birds on the playground
and listened to birds chirping. A very fun activity was listening to bird calls and matching the picture
of the bird. We also played bird memory and matched baby birds and mother birds. The visit from
VINS was a great success!  Miss Hannah did a fun puppet show, brought in bird puzzles, showed
real bird wings, bird skulls, and bird claws. We also a fun game about bird beaks. Thank you for
being flexible with the schedule that day.

Last week, we had our last fire safety visit of the year. Firefighter Christian came to talk to us and
give us our last lesson and he also brought a fire engine. The students were able to get a close up
look at the engine. They sat in the back seat and in the front seat where the fire captain sits when
they are on their way to an emergency.

We are currently studying the life-cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We have been patiently watching as the
tiny caterpillars changed into big, fat caterpillars, and now they are in their cocoons.

This year, we are trying something new. We are not having a PreK Graduation, since we have a mixed age
class and students that are moving up will just be going up to Kindergarten.  We are going to celebrate the
end of the year by hosting a PreK Art Show on June 8th. Similar to the Valentine card sale, parents are invited
to come see the art, visit with their child, and do a short activity together. We will have a small snack as well. The
morning class will be from 8:15 to 8:45, and the afternoon class will be from 12:15 to 12:45.

The WRS Field Day will be June 12th. The Prek team will wear stripes. Some games will be outside that day,
so please apply sunscreen to your child before school. This is a fun day for everyone.

June 13th is the last day of school for all students.  There is a school wide Step Up Day, where students visit
their new classrooms. PreK students who will be going to Kindergarten will visit the Kindergarten classrooms
and meet the teachers. We will also enjoy a special snack provided by the teachers.

TS Gold reports will go home with students on June 13th.

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Friday, April 13, 2018

April News

April 11, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

The students have really been enjoying playing outside on the playground without all of their snow gear. You can
take the snow pants home. You do not need to send them in unless we have another snowstorm. Boots are
optional now. If you send boots, we will have your child change for recess.

The class really loved learning about dinosaurs. We do have several experts in our group and they proudly
shared their dino knowledge.

Recently, we have been learning about communities and community workers. We read many books on this
topic including Me on the Map, My Map Book, This is Our House, Where Are You Going Manyoni?, Guess Who?,
and Officer Buckle and Gloria. The students made individual maps in their journals and also wrote about what job
they wanted to do when they grew up. We did a project on who lives in our house, as well as surveys about how
we get to school. As a class, we had a discussion about what types of businesses and landforms are in our town.
Then, we did a collaborative project, and we built a mini village out of recyclables!

In the morning class, the students set up their whole town, including a fire station and police station,
two houses, a store, a school, and a skyscraper.

The afternoon class, built a village with the White River School, Dancer’s Corner, and a house. They
also wanted to include cars and trains on the road mat.

After the vacation, we will be doing a study on birds. If you have a nest or bird eggs that you have
found, you may send one in, the week after vacation. On May 1st, VINS is coming to do a
presentation and hands on activity about birds with the class. Both classes will come together for this
day. The am class will attend from 9-12, and the pm class will come from 11-2. Thank you ahead of
time for being flexible to make this work.

We are also working hard on uppercase letter formation. If and when your child is writing at home,
please remind him or her to make letters from the top down and to use the pincer grip.

Enjoy the week off and we will see you after the break.

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March News

March 6, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

Thank you so much for visiting the classroom for our PreK Valentine Card Sale. It was so nice for every
one to come in and spend some time working with your child in the classroom. I was so sorry to miss
out due to being sick. We collected $8.60 in the am class, and $5 in the pm class for the Humane
Society donation.

We have been trying very hard to keep our hands clean and wash well. It has been a difficult season
for illnesses. Thank you so much for keeping you children home when they are ill.

The students have been having a lot of fun participating in our Dr. Seuss author study. We have been
reading many classic Dr. Seuss stories, including: Bartholomew and the Oobleck, The Cat in the Hat,
The Many Colored Days, The Lorax, Fox in Socks, and Red Fish Blue Fish. If your child has a favorite
Dr. Seuss story that they would like to share with the class, he or she may bring it in on Friday,
March 9th to show the group. Please write your child’s name in the book before sending it in to us.

We have been doing some science experiments, such as stacking plastic cups, painting, doing art and
craft projects, growing seeds, taking surveys, measuring, counting, and or course rhyming. We also did
yoga and movement to a song about colors that relates to The Many Colored Days. Here is the link to
the song below.  We have used song 1, to do yoga and movement during circle time.

Next, we will be learning about dinosaurs. We have many students who are big dinosaur fans, so it
should be a popular topic.

We have also started to introduce the writing formation for uppercase letters. All uppercase letters start
from the top, so please encourage your child to write from top to bottom if he/she is writing at home.  

Registration packets for PreK and Kindergarten went out last week.  Please let us know if you have any
questions regarding those documents.   

Later this month we have Parent teacher Conferences coming up. There will be no school on
3/23 & 3/24 so that we can have these meetings. Please sign up for a time on the sign-up sheet.

3/9: PTA Movie Night
3/16: NO SCHOOL:  PreK In-Service
3/23 & 3/24: NO SCHOOL: PTC

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February News

February 5, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

This week we had our Reading Is Fundamental, RIF, program visit. Several times a year, all of the
students at school receive a new book to take home. The students really love to choose a new forever
book at these visits.

The students have really been enjoying doing some work about winter and snow.  We sang songs, did
a snow dance, made several snow crafts, played with snow and ice in the sensory table, read lots of
cold weather stories, including Snowmen at Night, The Biggest, Best Snowman, Snowflake Bentley,
Hello, Snow, The Little Snowflake, and Snow Dance.  We also read the Snowy Day by Ezra Jack
Keats and then we made a class book (once we got some fresh snow). Our snowflakes finally grew
crystals. It is an easy experiment that you can do at home too. Just mix Borax and hot water:
in a ⅓ Borax to 2 cups boiling water. Then dip a pipe-cleaner shape into the mixture and let it sit for a
few days. Then see what happens.

We are just about finished with our number journals, they will be coming home soon.  Next week, we
will begin instruction on writing letters with straight lines.  When we return from the February vacation,
we will be doing an author study on Dr. Seuss in honor of his birthday in early March.

About once a week, we use iPads in the classroom to reinforce early learning skills. The students have
about 10 minutes to play a game independently or with a partner.  Starfall in the app store, makes
several early learning games that are free and are age appropriate.  Each week, we try to review and
play a new game, games focus on letters, numbers, patterns, matching, sorting, colors, and shapes.
Occasionally, the teachers use the iPads during class time to record observations of students for
TS Gold.

On Tuesday, March 13th, Parents/Caregivers are invited to visit the classroom for a bit after drop off
to have a snack and make a purchase from our Valentine Card Store. In the am class, visit from 8:15
to 8:45. In the pm class, visit from 12:15 to 12:45. Parents may have a snack and then buy a card
(for about $0.10(. We will donate the money that we raise to the Humane Society.

On next Wednesday, we will have our class Valentine Card Party. If you choose to, you may send in
valentine cards with your child to pass out to his/her classmates. You do not need to label the cards
with student names, just have your child sign his/her name or write it for him/her. Please do not send
in candy. We will put out a list for party snacks later this week.

2/14 Valentine Party
2/16 PreK In Service: NO PREK
2/19-2/23 February Break NO SCHOOL

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto