September 26, 2016
Thank you to all who attended Parent Night. It was so nice to have you here all together. I hope you are getting to know one another a bit.
We finish up our apple unit next week. The books we will be reading will include:
“Apple Trouble” by Ragnhild Scamell and Michael Terry
“Apples for Everyone” by Jill Esbaum
“Johnny Appleseed” by Patricia Demuth and Michael Montgomery
“Squirrel’s Busy Day” by Lucy Barnard
“Apples and Pumpkins” by Anne and Lizzy Rockwell
If you have not had a chance to send in your wooden letter, please do. Your children LOVE seeing them hanging in the classroom.
Our Virtuoso schedule next week is:
Monday – PE with Mrs Wood (don’t forget your sneakers)
Tuesday – Spanish with Senora
Wednesday – Music with Miss Emily and Science in Mr. Wyzga’s room.
Thursday – Library with Mrs. Silva (don’t forget your Library book)
Friday – Music in Miss Emily’s room!
It’s starting to get cooler! Now is the time to check your child’s spare clothes to make sure they are appropriate for the weather and that they still fit! We are growing so fast. If you would like to leave a pair of slippers in your child’s cubbie, that would be great. When they come inside with wet or muddie shoes or boots, the slippers help keep the dirt down and the floors dry.
A huge thank you to all who contributed to our classroom basket. My guess is that our “Baking Basket” will be a hot item at the auction! I hope all of you are planning to attend the dinner on Monday night. It can be very refreshing to have dinner with grown-ups occasionally.
Monday – Praneeth
Tuesday – Brian
Wednesday – Escher
Thursday – Johnny
Friday – Elliott
*Homecoming will be Saturday, October 15th. Plan to come and spend at least some part of your day. There are games, music, food and lots more!
*Preschool Pumpkin Night! On Tuesday, October 25th, we will gather in the preschool from 5:30-7:00. Bring your family, your pumpkin, carving tools and something yummy to share! It is such a fun evening. You don’t want to miss it! Watch for more information.
Don’t forget to check the blog. http://blogs.rockyhill.org/bythebaypreschool/
New calendars for October will be posted soon.
Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you next week!
September 17, 2016
What a wonderful week we have had. Your children are getting acclimated and making friends. What a lovely bunch they are!
We begin our study of Apples next week. We will be including the books:
“The Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall and Shari Halpern
“Apple Farmer Annie” by Monica Wellington
“Ten Apples up on Top” by Dr. Seuss
“Apples” and “The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree” by Gail Gibbons
Over the next two weeks, we will be sorting, graphing, cooking and tasting apples. If you are apple picking with your child in the next week or two, please share photos!
I want to send out a huge thank you to all who have taken an apple off the wishing tree and contributed cleaning supplies, tissues, fish and fish supplies. We couldn’t do what we do without you. You keep us running smoothly.
Next week our virtuoso schedule is:
Monday – PE with Mrs. Wood (don’t forget your sneakers)
Tuesday – Spanish with Senora
Wednesday – Science with Mr. Wyzga and Music with Miss Emily
Thursday – Library with Mrs. Silva (don’t forget your book!)
Friday – Music with Miss Emily
Please join us for LOWER SCHOOL PARENT NIGHT on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. We will meet in Flynn (Upper School) at 6:30 p.m. You will have a chance to meet all the Lower School faculty as well as our wonderful virtuosos before we head off to our classroom. The evening will wind up around 8:00. I do hope you’ll join us.
Classroom Helpers next week are:
Monday – Hannah
Tuesday – Sofia
Wednesday – Penelope
Thursday – Alexandra
Friday – Zoe
We were planning to begin our home visits this weekend, but have had a conflict in scheduling. I apologize for the late notice. We will be able to reschedule to next weekend, however if that is not convenient, please reply to me and I will make every effort to get there tomorrow or Sunday. Remember that these visits are meant to be no more than 15 minutes. They are a chance for your child to show off a bit for us. We will see them where they are most comfortable. It strengthens our bond very quickly.
Don’t forget to check out our preschool blog. We will be updating photos over the course of the weekend. http://blogs.rockyhill.org/bythebaypreschool/
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you soon!
September 06, 2016
Welcome to Preschool! Amanda and I are very excited that you will be part of our class this year! I have LOTS of information to pass along so please read carefully!
Orientation for all students is on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:30 a.m. It will last for an hour or so and it will give your child a chance to take a peek around the classroom, hear a story and start to get comfortable.
School begins on Wednesday, September 7th. Drop off is from 8:00 to 8:10. There are some things your child will need right from the first day. Please label everything!
- A complete change of clothes. These can be kept in the shoe bag on your child’s hook. Please don’t forget shoes. Gravity is a wonderful thing!
- A water bottle. Please don’t bring juice. It attracts the ants!
- Your completed Parent Survey that is being mailed in your child’s packet. This helps us to get to know your kiddo a little better.
- A nap kit. If your child is staying for a full day, he or she will need a full sized crib sheet and a blanket. A pillow and a lovey are also welcome.
- An art smock. This can be purchased, or it can be an oversized t-shirt or dress shirt. Make sure to label!
- A baby picture of your child and a family photo. They will be returned at the end of the year.
We begin our school year thinking about Rules for EveryBODY. The books we will be reading will include:
“My First Day of School” by P.K. Hamilton
“Monsters Love School” by Mike Austin
“Families” by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
“Llama Llama and the Bully Goat” by Anna Dewdney
We will be having school pictures taken on Friday, September 9th. If this is not your child’s normal day, you may either come in for picture time or you can schedule them privately with Ruth. You can contact her at:
Each day one child is the Classroom Helper. The Classroom Helper acts as the line leader, door holder, clalendar helper, plant waterer, etc. A calendar will be available on the blog and sent home each month so your child will know when it is his or her turn. It will also be included in the weekly newsletter. I may occasionally schedule your child on a day they do not attend school. I try my best, but if that happens, please let me know so I can swap things around! Next week’s Classroom Helpers are:
Wednesday – Zoe
Thursday – Praneeth
Friday – Brian
You will recieve an activity calendar in your child’s packet. This will also be emailed home monthly and always accessible on the blog. In addition to those activities listed, our weekly virtuoso schedule is:
Monday – PE with Mrs Wood (don’t forget your sneakers!)
Tuesday – Spanish with Senora
Wednesday – Music with Miss Emily and Science with Mr. Wyzga
Thursday – Library with Mrs. Silva
Friday – Music with Miss Emily
Your child will take home a Love Note each day. This is a little check list so you have an idea how her or his day went. It is a great way to jump start a conversation about their school day.
Each year, Miss Amanda and I schedule home visits with our families. This short 15 minute visit gives us a chance to see your child where they are most comfortable, and goes a long way in quickly establishing a bond. We will put a sign up sheet on the parent board for all students we have not visited before (and those who would like us to visit again).
Each month you will have the opportunity to order books for your child through Scholastic. These books are a wonderfully inexpensive way to promote your child’s love of reading. You may order online using our classroom code (KP44F) or by returning your order form to me. All books will be shipped to school. Every dollar you spend through Scholastic earns free books and supplies for our classroom! You will find a book order in your child’s cubby. Orders are due on September 15th.
We love our families. And to keep our families playing and creating together we have a monthly Family Project. For September, you will find a wooden letter (the first letter of your child’s name) in your child’s cubby. Please take it home and decorate it as a family. You may use anything you like – paint, photos, stickers, fabric, etc. It should show us a little bit about your family. When it is done, send it in! These letters will hang in a place of honor in our classroom all throughout the year.
Check out our blog! We regularly post calendars, news, recipes, and photos.
I know this is a lot to digest! I will repeat things weekly so don’t feel like you have to remember it all! And I welcome emails and phone calls.
See you soon!