By The Bay Preschool

at Rocky Hill School

February 02, 2018

Next Week’s News! 2/2/2018

​Happy chilly Friday! We had mixed reviews today about Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow. Six more weeks of winter!

The February Calendar is posted on the blog. We will look at Friendship, Kindness and Love as we get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The books we will be reading will include:
“Won’t You Be My Kissaroo?” by Joanne Ryder and Melissa Sweet
“Valentine Friends” by April Price Jones and Elisabeth Schlossberg
“Is It Right To Fight?” by Pat Thomas
“Love IS” by Diane Adams and Claire Keane
“Love” by Matt De La Peña and Loren Long
Thank you to all who came to our 5th Annual Preschool Parent Dinner & Movie Night! What great conversation…and what good cooks you are!!!
Our holiday party will be on February 14th. We will exchange Valentines with all our classmates and enjoy a festive snack together. If you are sending in treats for the big day, please keep in mind that EVERYTHING must be completely nut free. We have in a student with a severe nut allergy. We also have another student who eats no cane sugar. So if you are sending in a sugary snack, please plan on an alternative for one child. Thank you so much!
Please only park in designated areas at drop-off. If the space you are in does not say “Short Term Parking“, then you are in someone’s assigned spot. That can make for a very chaotic start to the day.
Our family project for February is a classroom quilt. Next week you will find a fabric square in your child’s cubby. Please decorate, as a family, your square and send it back in. When all squares have been returned, I will make them into a quilt to hang in our classroom and then be raffled off at the end of the year.  You may decorate your quilt square any way you like, as long as it is washable (no paper please). You can use fabric markers and paint, felt, buttons, fabric, washable glitter glue, etc. We have fabric markers here. You are more than welcome to borrow them. We also ask that you decorate inside the pencil marks, leaving us enough room to stitch the quilt together! Have fun!
Book orders for February went home this week and are due back by next Friday, February 9th. If you would prefer to order online, go to Our classroom code is KP44F.
We have completed our Penguin Project and had a wonderful time doing it! I have attached a short video that wraps it all up! I’m having a hard time loading it into our blog because of its size. Please feel free to share it with friends and family. We are SO proud of them!
January 26, 2018

Valentine List!

January 26, 2018

Next Week’s News!

Hi all!

What a fun couple of weeks of Penguins! We’ve been learning so much and will be wrapping up our penguin projects next week. We will also be making a short video to share with you all.
Please do not put anything but plain water in your child’s water bottle. Please do not add juice or fruit. We have battled ants and mold!
Just a recap on our illness policy. A student needs to be fever, vomiting and diarrhea free for a full 24 hours before returning to school. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rocky Hill’s school nurse Rebecca Rabidoux:
Rebecca Rabidoux, RN, BSN, MBA-HCA
401-884-9070 ext 112
We hope you will all join us on Wednesday evening, January 31st, for our annual dinner and movie night. Children will gather in the preschool in their PJs. They will enjoy dinner and a fun movie. Siblings are welcome! Grown ups will meet in Campbell for a yummy pot luck dinner and adult conversation. Have a dish you make well? Bring it along to share! You are welcome to bring an adult beverage if you choose.
Oh dear! We are having a hard time with behavior in preschool this week. Our struggles have included kindness, bossiness, listening, truthfulness and expected behavior. Please talk with your child this weekend about what is expected of them, both inside and outside of school. Let’s get this turned around…together.
Please, please, please read all labels. We have a significant nut allergy in our classroom. “May contain traces” is now a no-no for school.
Next time you are shopping, please pick up an extra box of tissues for the classroom. We have LOTS of runny noses.
Our Virtuoso schedule next week is
Tuesday: Science with Mr. Wyzga and Spanish with Senora Rambo
Wednesday: Music with Ms. Emily
Thursday: P.E. with Mrs. Wood – bring your sneakers!
Friday: Library with Mrs. Silva – don’t forget your Library book!
Don’t forget to check out our blog:
You’ll find our Valentine list there as well as lots of other great things!
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week!
January 19, 2018

Happy Friday!

Our Penguin Project has taken off and we are learning so much! Did you know there are 17 different kinds of penguins? We will continue with our study next week. The books we will be reading will include:
“National Geographic Kids; Penguins!” by Anne Schreiber
“Little Penguin” by Patrick Benson
“Antarctica” by Helen Cowcher
“The Emperor’s Egg” by Martin Jenkins and Jane Chapman
“Eyes on Nature; Penguins” by Jane P. Resnick
Clue Bags have started. We respectfully ask that your child uses the Clue Bag to bring in toys from home to share. Other than that, the only toys that should be coming to school are lovies for rest time.
Our cubby room is SO full! With all the winter gear, please do your part to keep things tidy by emptying your child’s cubby each day.
Admissions Open House! Is your child transitioning to Kindergarten? Come in for a visit this Sunday, from noon till 2:00 p.m. You’ll be home in time for the game!
Annual Preschool Parent Dinner/PJ and Movie Night! On Wednesday, January 31st, you are invited to come and share in a pot luck dinner with the grown-ups while your child enjoys pizza and a movie in their PJs in the preschool! Siblings are welcome! There will be a sign up sheet on the parent board for dinner items and pizza. Considering what we’ve been studying, we are thinking that maybe “Happy Feet” might be the right movie?
Benchmarks are on their way home. Please sign them and return them to school at your earliest convenience.
Our Virtuoso schedule next week is:
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 (please don’t forget your library books)
Don’t forget to check out our blog!
Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!
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.
Don’t forget to check out our blog:
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
Don’t forget to check the blog:
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.
Don’t forget to check out our blog:
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!
Don’t forget to check out or blog!
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!