By The Bay Preschool

at Rocky Hill School

January 12, 2018

Next Week’s News! 1/12/18

Happy Friday!

What a crazy week – snow and sub-zero temperatures, and now rain and nearly 60! Hope you all are staying warm and dry this weekend.
Next week we kick off our 2-week Penguin Project! If your child has a penguin book they’d like to share at circle time, they are encouraged to bring it in. Both fiction and non-fiction are welcome. We still need shoe boxes for the final piece of our Penguin Project.
There will be no school on Monday, January 15th, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Enjoy the long weekend.
I will leave the Scholastic Book Order open until Sunday. If you would like to order, please go online to Use our classroom code KP44F. Remember, every book you purchase for your child earns free books and supplies for our classroom.
Our Virtuoso schedule next week:
Tuesday: Science with Mr. Wyzga and Spanish with Senora
Wednesday: Music with Ms. Emily
Thursday: P.E. with Mrs. Wood ( don’t forget your sneakers!)
Friday: Library with Mrs. Silva (don’t forget your Library book!)
Do you know a child who would benefit from an RHS education? Please send them along to our Admissions Open House:
Mark your calendars! Our January family event is coming up! On January 31st from 5:30-7:00 p.m. we will gather for our annual dinner/pizza & PJ party. Grown-ups will enjoy a potluck dinner in the Campbell Conference Room, while our kiddos have fun in their PJs eating pizza and watching a movie with Upper School friends in the preschool. Watch for more info!
2 Clue Bags went home today! In order for all students to have lots of turns, please fill them and return them as quickly as possible.
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Have a wonderful peaceful weekend and stay dry!
January 01, 2018

Next Week’s News! 1/1/18

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get back to school! We are excited to welcome Luna Caldwell and Owen Newkirk to our class starting on Wednesday!

In the coming month we will be looking at all things cold and learning about penguins! We need shoeboxes please, one per child.
Wednesday is PAJAMA DAY! We’d love it if everyone could wear their new PJs to school. Miss Amanda and I will be wearing our PJs too!
Clue Bags start this week! Our Clue Bags are your child’s opportunity to have a “show-n-tell”. When it is your child’s turn, please help them put an object into the bag and write 3 clues to help their classmates try and figure out what’s in the bag. Clue Bags go home on a rotating schedule. Please send them back promptly so everybody gets lots of turns.
Baby, it’s cold outside! It’s time for full winter gear; snow pants, boots, hats, mittens (not gloves) and a warm coat. Even if it’s not snowy, we need these things each day to combat the wind and keep us warm and toasty.
Make sure your child has a warm change of clothes, just in case. Nobody wants to wear shorts home when the weather is this cold.
All students are encouraged to keep slippers in their cubbies and wear them while inside. This helps cut down on the salt on the floor.
Our Virtuoso Schedule this week:
Wednesday: Music with Miss Emily
Thursday: PE with Mrs. Wood – everybody needs sneakers!
Friday – Library with Mrs. Silva
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You’ll find all our newsletters, pictures, recipes and calendars there!
Enjoy your last bit of vacation and I’ll see you soon!!!!
December 08, 2017

Next Week’s News! 12/8/2017

Happy Friday!

We are SO excited for the snow to come! What a wonderful way to kick off our last week before the holidays.
As we call out “All Aboard for the Holidays!”, the books we will be reading will include:
“The Littlest Christmas Tree”by R.A. Herman and Jacqueline Rogers
“An Otis Christmas” by Loren Long
“One Christmas Night” by M. Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton
“A Magical Christmas Eve” by Dyan Sheldon and Rosie Reeve
“Is it Christmas Yet?” by Jane Chapman
“The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore and Bruce Whatley
Our Virtuoso schedule next week will remain the same:
Tuesday – Science with Mr. Wyzga and Spanish with Senora
Wednesday – Music with Miss Emily
Thursday – P.E. with Mrs. Wood (please please don’t forget your sneakers!)
Friday – Library with Mrs. Silva
HELP! Today in Library, Mrs. Silva read us the story of The Gingerbread Baby. Then we made some gingerbread men of our own with Chef Jay in the kitchen. But wouldn’t you know it? They ran away! Please ask all of your friends and family if they have seen our gingerbread boys. If they see them, please ask them to send us a postcard or letter telling us where our dear little treats have traveled. There is lots of peculation as to where they could have gone! We will be mapping their travels over the next few weeks!
Friday, December 15th is our last day of school before Winter Break. Wear your most festive holiday sweater! We will begin the morning at the Library for a story and then back to class for our Secret Santa gift exchange. You should have all gotten the name of a child. If you didn’t, please let me know ASAP. at 11:00 we will head over to Campbell for Rocky Hill’s annual Winter Solstice Celebration. Pick up is in the preschool at noon. There is no lunch or extended care on this day. ALL of our students are invited to attend on Friday!
A big “thank you” to all who sent in donations for The Potter League!
Time for winter clothes! Please send in a complete set of outerwear! It’s only fun to play outside if we’re not chilly!
Have a wonderful, peaceful weekend. Enjoy the snow and I’ll see you Monday!
December 01, 2017

Next Week’s News! 12/1/2017

Happy Friday and Happy December!

Next week we will be learning about Hanukkah and Hibernation. The books we will be reading will include:
“The Night Before Hanukkah” by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer
“Simon and the Bear; a Hannukah Tale” by Eric A Kimmel and Matthew Truman
“Hibernation Station” by Michelle Meadows and Kurt Cyrus
“Time to Sleep” by Denise Fleming
“Hibernation” by Margaret Hall
Please check and make sure that hanging from your child’s hook is their RHS shoe bag with seasonally appropriate change of clothing. This includes long pants and a long sleeved shirt, socks underclothes and a change of shoes.
Also, please make sure that each day your child has a warm coat, hat and mittens (NOT gloves).
On Tuesday, we will swap names for a holiday gift exchange. On Friday, December 15th, please bring in a wrapped gift for the friend whose name your child draws. Please keep the value of the gift under $10. On the card your child chooses, there will be some basic information about the Christmas wishes of their classmate. If you have any questions at all, just let me know!
Next Friday, December 8th, we will be working with Mrs. Silva and Chef Jay on our first preschool project. We will be reading and baking The Gingerbread Man! Even though we are planning to be very careful, I have a sneaking suspicion that he may jump out of the oven and run away. Where will he go? That’s what we will be trying to figure out! When your child comes home and tells you that the Gingerbread Man has run away, please help by contacting all of your friends and family and social media contacts . Ask them to send us a letter or postcard telling us how they spotted our Gingerbread Man in their area. We will then begin to map the travels of our little man and see where his adventures take him!
Thank you for all of your support for the Potter League this year. Each year we “adopt” this wonderful shelter. Check out our tree. Pick a candy cane (or several). Purchase the items and bring them in. Enjoy the candy! Visit The Potter League at
Next week you we will be writing our letters to Santa. These letters will be addressed and mailed home. Be on the look out!
Do you have a special family holiday tradition that you would like to share? Let me know. We’d love to welcome you into our classroom.
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Our Winter Break will begin immediately following Winter Solstice on Friday, December 15th just before lunch time.
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!
November 17, 2017

Next Week’s News! 11/17/2017

Happy Friday!

As we head into the holiday season, we have so much to share. Please read carefully!
We will continue our Thanksgiving discussion next week. The books we will be reading will include:
“A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting and Diane DeGroat
“Thanks for Thanksgiving” by Julie Markes and Doris Barrette
“The Very First Thanksgiving Day” by Rhonda Gowler Greene and Susan Gaber
Grandfirend’s Day is on Tuesday, November 21st. We are excited to be spending time with your child’s grandfriends! Dismissal will be at 11:00 a.m. If your child will not be leaving with their grandfriend, please let me know.
RHS will be closed from 11:00 a.m. on November 21st through Friday, November 24th in celebration of Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday.
Cold season is upon us! In order for all of us to stay healthy, we ask that you monitor your child’s health very closely. Everyone’s nose runs, but if your child’s nose is running yellow or green, that’s a sign of illness. So is fever and diarrhea.  We do a LOT of hand washing here! Please do your part and keep your child at home if they are ill.
Over the next several weeks, we will be collecting donations for The Potter League for Animals in Middletown. This amazing shelter does really incredible work. Not only do they rescue animals, but they are also very involved in training, education and advocacy. If you want to visit them with your child, I encourage you to do so. But be aware…2 of my 3 pets are rescue pets from The Potter League! So how can your family help? Check out their wishlist!
Please purchase something from the list and bring it in after Thanksgiving. We will have a box under the Christmas tree to hold donations! Thank you in advance for helping to give back to our furry friends in need.
We are making a Holiday Card Center! Do you have any old cards and envelopes you can donate?
Coming in December! We will be starting a Gingerbread Man project. We will be reading The Gingerbread Man and then we will work with Chef Jay to bake our own Gingerbread Man. If our man should happen to run away, we are going to ask parents to reach out to friends and family all over the world to see if there have been any Gingerbread Man sightings! Watch for more to come…
Are you traveling over the holidays? Please don’t forget to send us a postcard! We will mark on the map where our students (and our Gingerbread Man) have been!
We are collecting clean glass jars with covers in all sizes. If you are ready to recycle some, please send them in. All sizes are welcome.
Thanks to all who voted for me at BroadwayWorld! I am currently in second place!
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Have a blessed holiday. I am so thankful for all of you!
November 03, 2017

Next Week’s News! 11/3/17

Hi all!

Hard to believe that it’s Friday (and November) already. I hope that by now all of you have had your power restored and life is getting back to its normal chaos.
We continue our look at leaves next week. The books we will be reading will include:
“We’re Going in a Leaf Hunt” by Steve Metzger and Miki Sakamoto
“My Leaf Book” by Monica Wellington
“There was an old Lady who Swallowed Some Leaves” by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee
“My Autumn Book” by Wong Herbert Lee
There will be no school on Friday, November 10, in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Do we have everybody’s information for Grandfriend’s Day? We want to make sure nobody gets left out! Remember that it is an early dismissal that day (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving).
Book orders went home yesterday. These are the last book orders before Christmas break. All orders, in person and online, are due by November 17th. When they arrive they will be bagged up in case they contain gifts. I put several flyers together to make sure you have a wide range of books to choose from for all the young readers on your list. Our class online code is KP44F. Please let me know if you have any questions.
If you haven’t checked the blog lately, don’t forget that most of the information you need can be found there.
The family project for November went home this week. Please disguise Mr. Turkey as part of your family so he doesn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving dinner! Bring him or her in for your child to share whenever they are ready.
The cooler weather may be upon us soon (hopefully). Please check the clothes in your child’s bag and make sure they still fit and are seasonally appropriate.
Looking for something fun for grown-ups this weekend? Come and see me in Chicago! I have attached the information. It’s a great show. Hope to see you there!
Preschool Quote of the Day:
R: “Miss Lisa look! There’s a blue jay in the feeder!”
O: “That’s not a blue jay. It’s a pink jay!”
Virtuoso Schedule for next week:
Tuesday: Science with Mr. Wyzga and Spanish with Senora
Wednesday: Music with Ms. Emily
Thursday: P.E. with Mrs. Wood – please wear or bring sneakers
Friday: CLOSED
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!
October 20, 2017

Next Week’s News! 10/20/17

Hi everyone. Hope you’re ready for  a glorious weekend!

We will be here on Sunday afternoon for our annual Admissions Open House. Do you know someone who would benefit from an RHS education (really, who wouldn’t)? Send them in!
We’re getting ready for Halloween! The books we’ll be reading will include:
“The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything” by Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd
“Happy Halloween, Stinky Face” by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore
“Ten Orange Pumpkins” by Stephen Savage
“Pete the Cat; Five Little Pumpkins” by James Dean
“We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt” by Susan Pearson and S.D.Schindler
Tuesday night is Preschool Pumpkin Night! Bring your pumpkin, your carving tools, your child and your goodies. A fun time will be had by all!
On Friday we will have our costume parade. Please send your child’s costume in and we will get them dressed for the parade. We ask that you keep all non-essential accessories at home. We don’t want to lose anything!
On Friday we will also visit the Healthy Haunted House. This amazing event is put together by Sue Wood, but she can’t do it alone! Do you have some time to lend? Let her know. Seriously, the more the merrier!
Our Virtuoso Schedule next week will include Art on Wednesday with Mrs. Dumas!
I think that’s it for today. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week!
October 13, 2017

Next Week’s News! 10/13/17

What a fun Spirit Week! I hope you are all going to head to Homecoming tomorrow. It is such a fun day!

Next week, we examine pumpkins. The books we will be reading will include:
“Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie” by Jill Esbaum
“The Pumpkin Book” by Gail Gibbons
“Welcome Fall: Pumpkins” by Marilyn Eastn
“I Like Pumpkins” by Jerry Smith
“Pumpkin Countdown” by Joan Holub and Jan Smith
Monday is Sofia’s birthday! Happy birthday, Sofia!
Tuesday we go to Mr. Wyzga’s room for Science and Senora visits us for Spanish
Wednesday is Music in Ms. Emily’s room!
Thursday we to to gymnasium for P.E. with Mrs. Wood. Don’t forget your sneakers!
Friday is Library with Mrs. Silva. Please bring in your book.
Scholastic book orders will be paced on Wednesday. Bring in your chid’s order form or order online using our classroom code KP44F. Are these books you’re saving for Christmas? Let me now and I’ll put them in bags away from little eyes.
Preschool Pumpkin Carving Night is Tuesday, October 24th we will gather in (and outside) the preschool to share a meal and carve up some fun! If you have not already, please sign up to help out with dinner. The sign-up sheet is on the parent board. Bring your pumpkin and carving tools. We will have dinner and glow stick and we’ll have a hauntingly good time!
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Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!
October 06, 2017

Next Week’s News! 10/6/17

Hello all!

I hope you are all geared up for the long weekend! As a reminder, we are closed Monday for First People’s/Columbus Day.
We had a very productive Fire Safety Week and a wonderful visit from the Warwick Fire Department. I’m sure your children came home talking about 9-1-1 and spouting terms like “Get out and stay out!”, and “Stop. Drop and roll.” I hope you took this week to set up a fire escape plan at home and practice.
Next week is Spirit Week in preparation for Homecoming on October 14th. Show your Rocky Hill Spirit!
Tuesday is Fan Day! This can be any kind of fan, not just sports.
Wednesday is P.J. Day
Thursday is Farm Day
Friday is Blue and White Day
Next week we will also begin to look at the changing seasons and what “Fall” means. The books we will be reading will include:
“Let it Fall” by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
“Apples and Pumpkins” by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell
“My Leaf Book” by Monica Wellington
“The Fox and the Falling Leaves” by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke
Do you have a Scholastic book order? Please get it to me ASAP. If you prefer to order online, our classroom code is KP44F.
Mark your calendars for Preschool Pumpkin Carving Night! Tuesday, October 24th we will gather in (and outside) the preschool to share a meal and carve up some fun! If you have not already, please sign up to help out with dinner. The sign-up sheet is on the parent board.
Shh…it’s a secret. The RHS tradition is that parents sneak in and decorate the preschool classroom for Halloween while we are out and about. On Tuesday the 24th (the same day as Pumpkin Carving Night) we are looking for a stealthy band of goblins to come in and spruce us up a bit! If you are interested, please contact Allison Kettlety –
Collecting Box Tops? GREAT! Please attach them to the sheets going home today and help up earn for our school.
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Have a great weekend!
September 29, 2017

Next Week’s News! 9/29/2017

Hi all!

And just like that, the first month of school is gone! Happy end of the week! I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend.
We are SO excited about next week. It’s Fire Prevention Week and we’re going to have a very special visit from the Warwick Fire Department on Thursday! While we are preparing for that, we will be reading:
“Fire in the Forest” by Samantha Brooke and Kenny Kiernan
“Curious George at the Fire Station” and “Curious George and the Firefighters” by Margret & H.A. Rey
“Going to the Firehouse” by Mercer Mayer
“Firefighters” by Jacqueline Laks Garman
Do you have an escape plan at home? Now would be the perfect time to practice that!
Scholastic Book Orders are due on Friday, October 6th.
We are looking for leaves! We would like to press colorful leaves of all shapes and sizes for an  upcoming project. If you find some, please flatten them and bring them in. Other signs of Fall are welcome also – acorns, maple seeds, etc.
On Tuesday, October 24th, we will have our 5th annual Preschool Pumpkin Carving Night! Please plan to join us at 5:30 for dinner and carving. A sign up sheet for dinner will go up shortly. So, find yourself the perfect pumpkin and get ready for a fun night!
Don’t forget to check the blog! I have had several parents ask for the recipe for Fresh Apple Cake that we made this week. It’s on the blog!
Mark your calendars! 
There is no school on Monday, October 9th, in celebration of First People/Columbus Day.
Homecoming is Saturday, October 14th. Come for a fun filled day!
Do you know a family that would benefit from a Rocky Hill School education? Admissions Open House is Sunday, October 22nd.
Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!!!