By The Bay Preschool

at Rocky Hill School

November 29, 2016

This Week’s News! 11/28/16

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and were able to enjoy time with family and friends. The next three weeks will be a whirlwind of activity. We will begin our look at Winter holidays. The books we will be reading will include:
“The Legend of the Pointsettia” by Tomie dePaola
“Light the Lights!” by Margaret Moorman
“The Trees of the Dancing Goats” by Patricia Polacco
“Is It Christmas Yet?” by Jane Chapman
Is there a special family celebration that you’d like to share with the class? Let me know. We’d LOVE to have you come in!
The last book order before the holidays will go in on Wednesday, November 30th. This early deadline will ensure that you get your books before the break. You may send in your order with a check made out to Scholastic, or order online at using our classroom code KP44F. If your order contains gifts, please let us know and we will bag them up when they come in!
Now is the time to check your child’s bag of spare clothes. It is cold outside and we don’t want to reach in and pull out shorts, or a t-shirt. Each bag should contain a complete change of winter clothing including underpants and undershirt (if your child wears one), socks and shoes.
For our family project for December, we will adopt The Potter League for Animals in Middletown. This beautiful “no kill” shelter does amazing things for lost and homeless pets up and down the East Coast. Additionally, they have made a big commitment to community education. This is how it works. On our classroom Christmas tree, you will see lots of small candy canes with tags attached. Choose a tag (or 2 or 3), shop for the item with your child, bring it in, and your child gets the candy cane! There are some perishable items requested for their smaller animals. Please bring those things in the last week of school, December 12-16. We will load everything up and make a delivery on that Friday in your children’s names. Don’t see a tag your interested in? They have a wish list online at Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Last year when we delivered the gifts, we came home with a cat! Let’s hope this year we will be able to say no!
On Wednesday mornings, the entire Lower School faculty meets from 7:30-8:10. Sometimes we need to run a little over, although we try to be very prompt. Rocky Hill has hired Sadie Reimer, my senior daughter, to come in and cover the classroom until we arrive. Sadie is no stranger to the class and you should feel free to leave your child with her. She has worked with children in the summer program here at RHS and she runs the nursery program at her church. If you have and questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to connect with me.
We have a normal schedule this week…
Monday: P.E. with Mrs. Wood
Tuesday: Spanish with Senora
Wednesday: Science with Mr. Wyzga and Music in Miss Emily’s room
Thursday: We go to the Library with Mrs. Silva
Friday: Music in Miss Emily’s room
Our Classroom Helpers this week are:
Monday ~  Hannah
Tuesday ~ Alexandra
Wednesday ~ Eleanor
Thursday ~ Praneeth
Friday ~ Elliott
Looking ahead:
     On December 16th, our last morning before break, we will have a holiday party for ALL By The Bay students. Please plan to have your child attend. We will have a festive snack together and then swap gifts. Your child will be given the name of another child. Please take your child shopping to buy a gift and help them wrap it. If you will not be able to make it to the party, please let us know ASAP. We would hate for a child to not receive a gift. Also, if you are planning to bring siblings, you are welcome to wrap a small gift for them as well. We don’t want anyone to be left out! There will be a sign up sheet on the Parent Board for goodies.
Don’t forget to check out our blog!
See you in the morning!
November 10, 2016

Next Week’s News! 11/10/2016

Hi everybody,

We had a lovely Veteran’s Day celebration this morning. Your children were wonderful!
Next week we will be looking at Thanksgiving, traditions and gratitude The books we will be reading will include:
“The Story of Thanksgiving” by Nancy Skarmeas and Stacy Venturi-Pickett
“The Very First Thanksgiving Day” by Rhonda Gowler Greene and Susan Gaber
“Thanksgiving Day Thanks” by Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger
“One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims” by B.G. Hennessy and Lynne Cravath
“The Littlest Pilgrim” by Brandi Dougherty and Kirsten Richards
Next week is a wonderfully typical week. The virtuoso schedule is:
Monday – Phys Ed with Mrs. Wood. Wear your sneakers!
Tuesday – Senora (and Rosie) comes for Spanish!
Wednesday – Music in Miss Emily’s music room and off to Science with Mr. Wyzga!
Thursday – Visiting the Library with Mrs. Silva. Don’t forget your book!
Friday – Music with Miss Emily and maybe Art with Mrs. Dumas!
Do you celebrate the holidays with a family tradition? Is it something you’d like to share with our class? Let me know. We’d love to welcome you!
Don’t forget hats and mittens and a warm change of clothes!
On Grandfriend’s Day, November 22nd, if you child is NOT leaving with their Grandfriend at 11:00 please let me know.
Looking ahead, we will be closed from 11:00 on the 22nd through the 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Classroom Helpers
Monday: Elliott
Tuesday: Zoe
Wednesday: Penny
Thursday: Escher
Friday: Sofia
Have a wonderful long weekend. Love to all the veterans in your lives!
November 04, 2016

Next Week’s News! 11/4/2016

Hi all!

Hard to believe that we are heading into the second week of November! As the weather cools please make sure that there is always a hat and mittens in your child’s cubby. We ask that you do not send gloves as they are so tricky for your child to put on and we are really promoting independence.
We continue our look at turkeys next week. The books we will be reading in class will include:
“A Plump and Perky Turkey” by Teresa Bateman and Jeff Shelly
“A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting and Diane deGroat
“The Great Turkey Race” by Steve Metzger and Jim Paillot
“A is for Autumn” by Robert Maass
Over the course of the next two weeks we will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences. There is a sign-up sheet on the Parent Board. Please sign up for a 20 minute conference! We are so fortunate at RHS to have an amazing team of virtuosos who teach your children and establish strong relationships with them! If you would like to meet with your child’s virtuosos, please contact them directly. Maybe you just want to reach out and tell them how much your child enjoys their classes…
Mrs. Sue Wood     swood@rockyhillorg
Senora Nancy Maguire Rambo
Ms. Emily Serotta
Mr. Eric Wyzga
Mrs. Darshell Silva
Please make sure your child has seasonally appropriate clothing in their bag. Just today we had 3 messy spills at lunch! Also, all children need a backpack. Sometimes there are just too many treasures to carry home!
There will be no school on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Our Virtuoso schedule for next week is:
Monday – PE with Mrs. Wood (don’t forget your sneakers)
Tuesday – Senora comes for Spanish
Wednesday – we travel to see Miss Emily for Music and Mr. Wyzga for Science
Thursday – we’re off to the Library with Mrs. Silva (don’t forget your Library book)
Friday – NO SCHOOL
Classroom Helpers
Monday – Penny
Tuesday – Alexandra
Wednesday – Ellie
Thursday – Praneeth
Friday – NO SCHOOL
Don’t forget to check our blog! You’ll find the latest calendars there!
My show opens tonight and plays this weekend and next. I would love for you all to come. (It is not a show suitable for children.)
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Have a wonderful weekend!
November 01, 2016

Next Week’s News! 10/31/2016

Hi all! I hope you are enjoying your weekend We had a wonderful celebration on Friday. Thank you for all who helped make the day and the entire week so much fun! On Monday we would like everyone to dress in orange and black for Halloween!

The books we will be reading next week will include:
“Arthur’s Halloween” by Marc Brown
“A Plump and Perky Turkey” by Teresa Bateman and Jeff Shelly
“Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks” by Margaret Sutherland
“A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting and Diane deGroat
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 – Don’t forget your library book because it’s Library wth Mrs. Silva.
Friday – Music in Miss Emily’s room.
I will send more tomorrow, but for now, enjoy your day. Don’t forget to wear orange and black!