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 everyone 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

Monday, January 22, 2018

January News

January 22, 2018

Dear PreK Families,

We have been very busy at school during the month of January. We have been learning about animals in winter, some are active, while others migrate or hibernate. As a class, we made a chart about animal survival.  We have read many books, such as well known Jan Brett stories The Mitten and The Hat.  The students have also been busy making individual crafts and group art projects.  Last week, we made bird feeders that can be hung outside. Hang it in a spot that your child can see from the window. Also, we have been searching for animal tracks in the snow during recess. You can also hunt for tracks when you go outside at home, or take a walk. or go to the park. Next, we will be doing a study about snow.

Students have begun drawing and writing in journals on a weekly basis.  After a large group discussion, students draw/write/dictate their ideas in their journals and then share their work in circle. They enjoy looking at their work and noticing their progress. When one journal is completed, students will take their booklets home.

We are also going to begin to learn about how to write numbers.  All numbers are written from the top down. Students have been introduced to almost all of the letters in the alphabet. When we are finished in the next week, we will begin learning the written formation of the uppercase letters.

Next month on February 13th, we are inviting parents/families to school for a valentine card sale and snack. The am class will be open from 8:15 to 8:45 and the pm class will be open from 12:15 to 12:45. Please mark your calendars and look for more information to come soon.

Thank you families, you have been doing a great job of sending in proper snow clothes for your child to enjoy playing outside in the cold weather. Feel free to keep indoor shoes or an extra sweatshirt in your child’s cubby at school.  You should also check that your child’s change of clothes is appropriate for the weather and still fits your growing child.

1/22 HFD Firefighter Christian Visit
1/22- 2/1 Upper Valley Smiles Dental Program
Tuesday 2/13 Snack & Card Sale
Wednesday 2/14 Valentine Party
Friday 2/16 PreK In-Service

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto

Monday, December 4, 2017

December News

December 4, 2017

Dear PreK Parents,

Thank you for being flexible for the WRS Thanksgiving Feast. We know that it is difficult to change your schedule. The children had a very nice time at the feast and many of them were very good eaters!

Currently, we are doing a unit on physical science. We are learning about magnets, rocks, and force and motion. The students have been very engaged in these hands-on science activities. We have also read several nonfiction books. To encourage your child to learn more about these topics, your child can play with magnets at home and explore magnetic and non-magnetic items. Many children also collect rocks. Your child go on a rock hunt, and or sort and count rocks from a rock collection.  In learning about force and motion, the students will build towns and ramps with classroom materials.  

As part of the study we read Stone Soup, a well known folktale. On Friday, we will be doing a cooking activity to make our own stone soup to taste at snack. Please send your child in with one vegetable of your choice for the soup on Friday.

The cold weather is coming. We go out for recess unless it is raining or below 10 degrees. When we have snow, please send a full set of snow gear: boots, snowpants, jacket, a hat and mittens. You may also send in a pair of indoor shoes to keep in your child’s cubby. If your child’s snow gear does not fit in his/her backpack, you should send an extra bag for the items.

Next week, we will start some work around holidays. We will have a special holiday snack on December 21st. The students are invited to wear pajamas that day and we will have hot chocolate and decorate cookies to eat at snack time.  We will put out a sign-up sheet for items needed for the party.

As mentioned at PTC, TS Gold reports will be sent home by December 22nd. Please let us know if you have any questions about your child’s progress report when you receive it.

12/8 Stone Soup- bring a vegetable
12/15 NO PREK Teacher In-Service
12/21 Class Holiday Party & PJ day
12/22-1/2  Winter Break

Thank you,

PreK Team

Monday, November 13, 2017

November News

November 13, 2017

Dear PreK Families,

Thank you to everyone who came in for PTC. It was great to meet with you all.

We have finished our study of fall and are now working on short unit on the five senses and being healthy. We have been reading many non-fiction texts and doing some hands-on activities. The students have enjoyed working at the science table, using mirrors, looking through color paddles, listening to different bells, making a texture collage, and listening to different things outside. We will also smell mystery items in closed containers, and do a taste test for sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. In the classroom, the children have had fun playing with the doctor kit, to check on our eyes, ears, and body to make sure that we are all healthy. However, they all really like to give shots.

We have continued to work on the alphabet using the Fundations and have covered letters A to J, learning the name, keyword and letter sound.  Next in math, we will be doing work around patterns.  First we will learn about AB patterns, and then move on to ABC patterns.

The Thanksgiving feast is coming up soon on November 21st. This is a memorable day for everyone at school. All of the students and teachers eat a full Thanksgiving dinner in the gym. Our class is responsible for the applesauce. Please send in a jar of applesauce to the classroom collection. Our schedule will also be different on that day so that all of the students can be present for the feast. The AM class will come to school from 10:15 to 1 pm.  The PM class will come from 11:45 to 2:30pm. Thank you for being flexible so that all students may enjoy this special day.

After the Thanksgiving Recess, we will be working on a physical science unit including magnets, rocks, and force and motion.

11/13  Book Orders due
11/17  No School- EEE In-Service
11/21  Thanksgiving Feast
11/22-11/24  No School Thanksgiving Break

Thank you,

Mrs. Zayas and Mrs. Paronto

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October News

October 17, 2017

Dear PreK Parents,

We have had a busy time at school so far this month. We did a study about farms, farm life and why farms are important to us. We read many books including: The Big Red Barn, Mrs, Wishy Washy, Ba Ba Black Sheep, From Cow to Milk, and Wake Up, Big Barn.  

Farm day was a great success. Here are some pictures from the events of the day. In the morning class, we visited the sheep and saw Mr. Fred shear the sheep. We saw the goats and got to pet and feed them. We were able to observe the bunnies in the cage. The morning class got to milk the cow and see the oxen.  We also got to try some homemade ice cream from Billings Farm.

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In the afternoon, class, we very busy as well. We visited the Holly the horse and the alpacas. We saw the oxen work together and got the brush and pet them. The highlight of the afternoon was going on a tractor ride.

This week, we have started to learn about the fall season.  We will be doing some work with pumpkins as well. If you have any pumpkins at home that you would like to send in, we would love to have them. We cannot guarantee that you will get them back. We will take pumpkins of any size, shape or color. We will compare them, and we will cut one open to learn about the inside of a pumpkin and the pumpkin life cycle. Thank you for your help!

This month, Mrs. Hutchins, the school nurse will be conducting vision and hearing screenings on all students. If there are any discrepancies in the assessments, she will give you a report to bring to your doctor.

In the classroom, we have started to work on the alphabet using the Fundations Literacy Program. This is a multisensory program that all students in grades PreK to 3 use in our school. In math, we have started doing some work around collecting, sorting and classifying. These are activities that are very common for PreK students to do, as they are developmentally appropriate.  You can encourage this at home too. 

The students are paying attention to the calendar and know that Halloween is getting closer. We will celebrate Halloween with a special snack in the classroom. We will put out a sign-up sheet for donations next week. We try to have some healthy choices because the children will get lots of treats from trick or treating. Please do not send in candy with your child for snack. Please do not send your child to school in a costume.

Parent teacher Conferences also coming up at the beginning of November on the 2nd and 3rd. There will be NO PreK on those days so that we may have time to meet for conferences. Next week, there will also be a sign-up sheet for parents to choose a time to meet.

Important Dates:
10/20: Nos School PreK In-Service
10/26: Picture Retake Day
111/2 and 11/3: No School for PreK Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you,
Mrs. Zayas & Mrs. Paronto