By The Bay Preschool

at Rocky Hill School

June 05, 2017

Last Week’s News! 6/5/2107

Good morning all!

It’s hard to believe that we are heading into the last few days of school! What a year it has been! I have just a few things to share:
If you have not done so, please send in a large paper bag (preferably with handles). Your child has a lot of very important work to take home.
If you got a slip from Mrs. Silva regarding an outstanding Library Book, please return it or connect with her:
There will be no extended day baking this week.
On Tuesday afternoon, we will head to the gym to go see the K2 theater and music performance!
Is your child signed up for the RHS Community Share on Wednesday morning? I know there’s loads of talent in this group!
On Wednesday, our PreK students (Praneeth, Zoe, Hannah, Escher, Owen) will join Mrs. Marcus and the Kindergarten students for a classroom “Beach” Party! They will play games and spend some fun time connecting with their soon-to-be teacher and classmates.Please bring a swim suit and towel. This fun get-together will happen rain or shine!
If you are planning to send your child to school on Thursday for Moving Up Day, please let me know.
Is your child coming to play with me this summer? Sign up for Critter Camp (for Nursery students) and Jr. Mariners (for PreK)! Contact Mr. Mike:  I hope to see them and you!
A most importantly, thank you! Thank you for sharing your most precious possession with us. Thank you for the trust you have placed in us. I have loved getting to know you and your child. I look forward to our next adventure together and watching them grow!
May 29, 2017

Next Week’s News! 5/29/2017

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all have enjoyed this long (mostly dry) weekend.

We are heading into the final days of school. Please read carefully.
This week we will begin wrapping up our school year. Each day you will probably find lots of wonderful work in your child’s cubby. It may be easier for all if you send in a paper bag with handles to carry this very important work.
Field Day is Wednesday! Please make sure your child arrives ready to spend the morning outside, sneakers, sunscreen, weather appropriate clothing and a water bottle. ALL students are invited to participate in Field Day. If your child does not usually attend school on Wednesdays, please send them in for the morning so they don’t miss this wonderful day.
Calling all hams! Does your child sing, dance, have a particular talent that they’d like to share? Sign them up for the LS Talent Share taking place on Wednesday morning, June 7th. Deadline for registration is this coming Friday, June 2nd. Contact Ms. Emily:
We are planning a “beach party” for PreK and K students for next week. Watch for more information!
Wednesday the 7th is our last full day of school. Thursday, June 8th, is Moving Up Day for 5th and 8th grade students. Your child is certainly invited to attend if you prefer. Please keep in mind that it is a dress-up day where we will be seated for the entire ceremony (approximately 2 hours). Dismissal is immediately following the ceremony.
There may be several reminders that come along in the next few days. I will also post them in my Dinner-X-Change.
Have you registered for SEA? Summer Enrichment Academy is a wonderful way to keep your child engaged and connected to RHS this summer!
Our Classroom Helpers through the end of the year:
Tuesday – Sofia
Wednesday – FIELD DAY
Thursday – Ellie
Friday – Owen
Monday – Raina
Tuesday – Mila
Wednesday – Penny
Don’t forget to check out our blog!
Enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll see you all tomorrow!
May 14, 2017

Next Week’s News! 5/14/2017

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you are all enjoying a day of love and pampering! Next week, in keeping with our Garden Night theme, we continue our look at bugs and plants. If your child has a favorite book having to do with this theme, please send it in and we will share it!
Tuesday night is Preschool Garden Night! We will gather together at 5:30. We’ll grill hamburgers and hot dogs, plant the garden and each of the pots hanging on the fence. Please sign up, if you have not already, to bring something to share and/or plants. Bring your hand tools and your gardening gloves It looks to be a wonderful evening!
By now I hope you have all had a chance to see this years Preschool Quilt hanging in our classroom. We will raffle it off a Garden Night. Tickets are $1 a piece and all proceeds will fund next year’s classroom quilt.
Last week I put a coupon from Scholastic in your child’s cubby. This coupon is good for one free book in your next book order. I will close out the book order (the last of the school year) on Friday. If you would like to order online, you may do so at and use our classroom code KP44F.
Our Virtuoso schedule this week:
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 (Remember your library book)
Friday – Music with Miss Emily
The All School Art Show is this week! Plan a time to come to the gymnasium sometime between Tuesday and Friday afternoon. Enjoy the amazing work made by our very talented students.
Preschool Field Day is Wednesday, May 31st. All are welcome to come and share in this fabulous day prepared by Mrs. Wood!
Classroom Helpers:
Monday – Penny
Tuesday – Owen
Wednesday – Raina
Thursday – Mila
Friday – Hannah
Have you checked out our blog lately?
Have a wonderful evening and I’ll see you tomorrow!
May 07, 2017

Next Week’s News! 5/5/2017

Hi all,

Well, the chicks are happily back at the farm and we survived the very chilly damp day. We have enjoyed learning about dinosaurs and will finish that up next week. We will also start our new unit on bugs and plants. Some of the books we’ll be reading will be:
“Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
“Pond Walk” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
“Over in the Meadow” by Ezra Jack Keats
“All About Seeds” by Susan Kuchalla and Jane McBee
A HUGE thank you to all who helped make Teacher Appreciation Day so wonderful! We are so lucky to have you!
Scholastic book orders are due on May 10th. This is the last book order of the school year, so don’t miss out! If you prefer to order online, that’s great. Just remember to use our classroom code, KP44F.
The Garden Night sign up sheet is on the parent board. Please  sign up to help with dinner. We are also looking for some plants for the garden and for the pots on the fence (full sun annuals). We have had one parent volunteer to help get the garden ready to plant. Do we have any other takers? Garden night is Tuesday, May 16th at 5:30. We promise to have you out by 7:00! You’ll need your hand tools and gloves. Don’t forget your camera!
Take a look at our class quilt hanging on our classroom. This quilt will go home with one lucky family on Garden Night. Chances are $1 and you may purchase as many as you’d like. The proceeds buy supplies for next year’s quilt!
Don’t forget to check out our class blog! We update it regularly.
April 28, 2017

Next Week’s News! 4/28/17

Hi all!

We have had a wonderful week! We’ve hatched 14 chicks, said “goodbye” to RHS seniors and now the sun is shining!
Next week we take a brief look at Dinosaurs. The books we will be reading will include:
“Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs” by Catherine D. Hughes and Franco Tempesta
“If the Dinosaurs Came Back” by Bernard Most
“Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs” by Byron Barton
“Dinosaurs!” by Gail Gibbons
If your child would like to bring in a stuffed dinosaur to share, that would be great! Please do not bring any other toys to school other than nap toys or those asked for. We would all feel terrible if something happened to a favorite toy.
Tuesday is our Field Trip to Casey Farms. We will leave Rocky Hill around 11:20 and return by 3:00. Some of you have expressed interest in chaperoning the trip. We would love that, however, because of the nature of this trip, there are no siblings allowed. We made “farm animal” t-shirts to wear to the farm. Weather permitting we ask that you send your child in a long sleeved shirt and jeans with sneakers or boots. We will put their t-shirts on over their long sleeved shirt. We also ask for sunscreen and a hat.
The final book order of the school year is due by Wednesday, May 10th.
Mark your calendars for Garden Night! Tuesday, May 16th we will meet together in the playground for a cookout and garden planting party. What can you do? We are looking for some volunteers to get our small garden ready for planting. We will put up a list of plants we’d like to have. We will have a sign up sheet for dinner. Please sign up for something and help make this fun event memorable! Finally, on the 16th, bring your plants, your dinner contribution, your gardening gloves, your children and your sense of humor! It will be a wonderful night!
Don’t forget to check out our blog!
Don’t forget the sunscreen for your child’s cubbie!
Classroom Helpers
Monday – Raina
Tuesday – Mila
Wednesday – Hannah
Thursday – Alexandra
Friday – Praneeth
Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!
April 24, 2017

Next Week’s News! 4/23/2017

Hi all!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful day today!  As we get ready for our chicks to hatch on Tuesday, we will continue our study of animals. We were going to move on to desert animals, but we have been having so much fun with the ocean, we are going to remain “Under the Sea”.
It looks like the Spring Fling was a wonderful evening! Hope you all had a great time! Share your pictures please!
Thank you all for returning your quilt squares. If you have not returned yours yet, please get it in to me as soon as you can. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Our Preschool Garden Night is coming up on May 16th. On that evening, we will get together after school for hamburgers, hotdogs and a night of gardening fun! Before we get there, we need some volunteers to get us organized. Don’t worry. I will help! If you have a green thumb (or even if you don’t), please consider helping put together our garden.
Are you signed up for Dinner-x-Change? How is it going? Are you enjoying the gabs (when I remember to add them)? Please let me know your thoughts.
Our virtuoso schedule this week is:
Monday – PE with Mrs. Wood (sneakers please!)
Tuesday – Spanish with Senora
Wednesday – Music with Miss Emily and Science in Mr. Wyzga’s roo
Thursday – Library with Mrs. Silva (don’t forget your book)
Friday – Music with Miss Emily
This week we say goodbye to our seniors as they head off to their internships. On Friday, our students from Preschool-Grade 2 will escort the seniors in to their last all school assembly. Then we will serenade them before we send them on their way!
What are you packing your child for snack? Please be careful not to overload them! We eat snack between 9:30 and 10:00. They have a tendency to feel like they should eat everything in their lunchbox. Then we have an early lunch at 11:40 and often times, they are not hungry. If you want to pack an extra snack for afternoon, just let us know. We’ll make sure to help your child make choices rather than feel like they have to eat it all.
All students need a white t-shirt to paint on Friday.
Classroom Helpers
Monday – Elliott
Tuesday – Zoe
Wednesday – Owen
Thursday – Penny
Friday – Sofia
As the weather gets warmer, please make sure your child has seasonally appropriate clothing. Also, please check for size. We have all grown so much!
Is you child wearing sunscreen when they arrive at school? Please make sure they are protected from sunburn. Leave a bottle in their cubby and we will reapply when we go outside.
Are you going to the Gala? It is such a fun event. I hope to see you there!
Have a great night and I’ll see you in the morning!
April 07, 2017

Hearing Screening Form

April 07, 2017

Next Week’s News! 4/7/2017

Happy sunny Friday!

We continue our look at Spring and animals, moving from the farm to the forest. The books we will reading will include:
“Spring” by Sian Smith
“Woo Who?” by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Sebastian Braun
“Fox and Squirrel” by Ruth Ohi
“About a Bear” by Holly Surplice
National Geographic Kids   Look & Learn  “Bears”
“This Moose Belongs to Me” by Oliver Jeffers
An important message from Nurse Margo:
Dear Parents,
A hearing screening will take place on 4/17/17 at the school. The screenings are provided by the State of Rhode Island Audiology Center. At no cost, the screenings are administered to preschool – grade 3. If you DO NOT want your child screened, please complete the attached form. Also, if your child had an ear infection, drainage, or tubes in the past 8 weeks, please complete the form. A completed form is given to the nurse.
Margo Ott, RN, RICSNT

(401) 884-9070 ext 112

By any chance does anyone need a fish tank? A friend of one of our families has one that is new with gravel, filter, plants, food, water conditioner, slime coat, ph balancer, water test kits, fungus treatment. Its a 10 gal tank no lid. Let me know!
Next Week’s Schedule:
Monday – PE in the gymnasium 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 (don’t forget your library book)
Friday – NO SCHOOL
Have you turned in your family quilt square? Do you need anything to complete it? Just let me know.
Don’t forget to sign up for Dinner-x-Change. It’s a great way to open the conversation with your kiddos and find out what they did during their day besides play!
We will be closed next Friday, April 14th in honor of Good Friday.
Are you looking for something to contribute to our classroom? Check out our tree in the cubbie room. Remove an apple that has something we need written on it and bring it on in! We are so appreciative of your support.
Classroom Helpers:
Monday – Zoe
Tuesday – Owen
Wednesday – Penny
Thursday – Escher
Friday – NO SCHOOL
Check out our blog!
Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!
March 31, 2017

Next Week’s News! 03/31/2017

Hi everyone. Welcome back!

We had a really smooth transition back to school and we have lots to share, so read on!
On Monday, we welcome Owen Sadler and his parents, Stephanie and Justin, to our Rocky Hill Family. Owen will be joining our preK group!
Next week we begin a month long study of animals and their habitats. Since it’s time for Project Chick to begin, we’ll start with farm animals. The books we’ll be reading will include:
“Jobs on a Farm” and “Farm Animals” by Nancy Dickmann
“Dora’s Eggs” by Julie Sykes and Jane Chapman
“On the Farm” by David Elliott and Holly Meade
“The Farm” by Alain Gree
If your child has a stuffed farm animal they’d like to bring in and share for the week, they are welcome to do so.
On Tuesday we welcome Casey Farms and Project Chick! Each spring Casey Farms comes to visit with lots of great information on chickens and eggs. They leave us an incubator and some eggs. After 21 days, our eggs begin to hatch! They will arrive on Tuesday, April 4th, so hatching day is Tuesday, April 25th. Mark your calendars!
Speaking of calendars, I have attached them to this email for your convenience. You can find our calendars, newsletters and lots of other great information and photos on our blog:
I am also attaching a letter about Dinner-X-Change. We are excited to pilot this new program, which acts as an electronic Love Note. You download the app and check it nightly. You will find “GABs”, which are conversation starters for you and your children. I encourage you all to sign up and give it a try.
Have you finished your quilt square? Bring it in! I can’t wait to put them all together into our Classroom Quilt. It will hang in our classroom until Garden Night, when it will go home with one lucky family. If you need supplies to finish please don’t hesitate to ask!
I’m going out on a limb (with snow predicted for this afternoon) and asking everyone to take home their winter gear. Please just keep ad eye on the weather each day, since we all know how it can change without much notice!
Our Virtuoso Schedule next week:
Monday – PE with Mrs. Wood (don’t forget your sneakers)
Tuesday – Spanish with Senora
Wednesday – Science with Mr. Wyzga and Music with Ms. Emily
Thursday – Library with Mrs. Silva
Friday – Music with Ms Emily
April book orders are due by Monday, April 10th. If you would like to order online, go to and use our classroom code KP44F.
Classroom Helpers
Monday: Hannah
Tuesday: Praneeth
Wednesday: Escher
Thursday: Ellie
Looking Forward:
We will take our new chicks back to Casey Farms on Tuesday, May 2nd. This afternoon field trip is our only one this year and we’d LOVE for you to come along!
Be on the lookout for a sign up sheet for Parent Teacher Conferences. They will take place the weeks of April 10th and April 17th. If you would like to meet with any of the virtuoso, just let me know!

Surf’s Up!
Please join us at our Lower School Family Spring Fling Dance on Friday, April 21 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Campbell Center.
Save the date for this fun-filled evening!
All Lower School students & families are welcome.

Did I forget anything?
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!
March 06, 2017

Next Week’s News! 3/5/2017

Hi everybody!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend despite the chilly weather. There are a few things to share in this last week before Spring Break.
A HUGE congratulations to the Ajaj family! Penny’s baby brother Quinton made his way into the world on March 1, 2017 at 12:13pm. He was 9 pounds 3 ounces and 21 inches long. We can’t wait to meet him!
Welcome to World Cultures Week! This week we will be learning all about India! We will begin each morning with Yoga in the gymnasium for all Lower School Students! So bring your yoga mat and we’ll head to the gym from 8:30-9:00. If you arrive during this time, please join us.
I have sent home quilt squares. Like all the other family projects, please brainstorm and make these together. You may use whatever you wish: fabric markers or paint, felt, ribbon, buttons, iron-on patches, fabric scraps. Be creative. I just ask that whatever you use is washable. When all the squares are returned, I will put them together into our 2016-2017 classroom quilt.
We will be closed for Spring Break March 13-27. We will return to school on Tuesday, March 28th. Are you traveling? Send us a postcard!
Please take all of your winter gear home by Friday. We are planning on NOT needing them when we return!
Classroom Helpers:
Monday – Praneeth
Tuesday – Ellie
Wednesday – Escher
Thursday – Elliott
Friday -Zoe
Thank you! Thank you to all of you who donated to our Housekeeping center. We are LOVING it all! We are still looking for some colorful floor pillows. If you have any lying around, please bring them in and help cozy up our book area.
Don’t forget to check the blog:
You’ll find pictures, newsletters and calendars there!
When we return from break, we’d like each child to bring in a plastic Voss water bottle. Each student will be making their own glitter jar!
Have a great night and we’ll see you in the morning!