By The Bay Preschool

at Rocky Hill School

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.
Don’t forget to check the blog:
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!!!
September 22, 2017

Next Week’s News! 9/22/17

What a crazy week! We’re so glad everyone is safe, and we are wishing Jose would just move along!

Next week we wind up our study of apples. We have taste tested, examined the parts of an apple, made a still life painting and cooked up some applesauce. The books we will be reading will include:
“The Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall and Shari Halpern
“The Busy Little Squirrel” by Nancy Tafuri
“Johnny Appleseed” by Patricia Demuth and Michael Montgomery
“Fall” by Sian Smith
“Flora’s Very Windy Day” by Jeanne Birdsall and Matt Phelan
“Apple Trouble” by Ragnhild Scamell and Michael Terry
The Golf Classic is on Monday! If you would like to participate in golf, tennis, or just dinner, please contact Beth DeGerlia ASAP!
A big THANKS to all who attended Parent Night in Lower School. It was wonderful to have you all here. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email.
To answer some questions that have come in, here is the RHS policy regarding missed days:
“We will offer “make-up days” only for a child’s scheduled days that fall on a day that RHS closes (as opposed to when a child is out for other reasons.) Even then, the day to be made up needs to be arranged with Lisa and Mrs. Ponterelli so that it works for the class size or any other considerations on a given day.”
Our Virtuoso schedule 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 (please bring your library books in)
As the weather begins to cool off, please make sure the extra clothing in your child’s RHS bag are appropriate.
Looking forward:
On Thursday, October 5th we will have a visit from the Fire Department for Fire Safety Week!
Homecoming is Saturday, October 14th!
Do you know a family who would benefit from a Rocky Hill education? Please send them to our Fall Admissions Open House on Sunday, October 22nd at 1:00 p.m.
Our annual Pumpkin Carving Night will be Tuesday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m. Bring your pumpkin, carving tools and something to share for dinner. Is there a parent who would like to organize our potluck? Just let me know.
September 15, 2017

Next Week’s News! 9/15/17

Hi all!

Happy Friday! Here’s the news for next week!
We begin our look at apples next week. The books we will be reading will include:
“Welcome Fall; Apples” by Marilyn Easton
“Visit to an Apple Orchard” by Melvin and Gilda Berger
“Apples for Everyone” by Jill Esbaum
“The Biggest Apple Ever” by Steven Kroll ad Jeni Bassett
We are hanging up your family banners as they come in. Wow! We love them!
There is no school on Thursday in celebration Rosh Hashanah.
September Scholastic book orders have been placed. Thanks to your orders we were able to get a free book for each student in our class! Watch for October’s order form.
We have a slight change to our Virtuoso schedule starting next week.
Tuesday: Science and Spanish
Wednesday: Music
Thursday: PE (don’t forget sneakers)
Friday: Library (don’t forget your book)
Please plan to join us on Monday evening at 6:30 for Parents Night in the Lower School! Get a peak at your child’s day and meet the people who are having an impact on their educational experience!
Thank you to all who contributed to our raffle basket and also to all who took apples of our wishing tree! Your generosity keeps us going!
Do you play golf? How about tennis? Do you like to have fun?
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Have a wonderful weekend, keep an eye on Hurricane Jose and we’ll see you on Monday!
September 08, 2017

Next Week’s News! 9/8/17

Happy Friday everyone!

We are off to a great start! Picture day went beautifully and now we’re ready for the weekend.
Next week, we will continue our look at friendship and starting school. The books we will be reading will include:
“Rufus Goes to School” by Kim Griswell and Valeri Gorbachev
“Beautiful” by Stacy McAnulty and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
“I’m a Little School Bus” by Margery Cuyler and Bob Kolar
“My First Day of School” by P.K. Halliman
“Friends” by Helme Heine
If your child is not registered for 5 full days, please let me know ASAP what their schedule is. Are they attending M,W,F mornings, or T-Th full days, etc.
Our Virtuoso classes begin next week!
On Monday, Senora comes for Spanish.
On Tuesday, we visit Mr. Wyzga’s room for Science.
On Wednesday, we have Music in Ms. Emily’s room.
On Thursday, P.E. is in the gym with Mrs. Wood. Bring your sneakers!
On Friday, we go to see Mrs. Silva in the Library.
Be sure to download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features!
Every two weeks, your child will receive a Scholastic classroom magazine called My Big World. There are online features that go along with this educational magazine. There are games, videos, printables, great articles and more! Check it out and feel free to use it often! 
Our classroom password is bythebay1718
September book orders are due on Wednesday. If you would prefer to order online, it’s really easy! Go to
Click on Shop Flyers and use our classroom code KP44F
Don’t forget to check out our classroom blog!  You can also find it through the RHS App!
Headed out shopping and want to pick up something for our class? We have a wishing tree in the the Cubbie Room! Grab an apple and help keep things running smoothly! Any contribution is so very appreciated! Thank you in advance.
If your child would like to keep slippers in their cubbie, I absolutely encourage it! That way, when it rains, you need only worry about boots and not a change of shoes. Just please don’t forget sneakers for Thursdays.
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you all Monday!
September 03, 2017


Hi all!

I hope you had a wonderful summer! Miss Amanda and I are busy getting our classroom ready and we’re very excited to see you all! I am going to overwhelm you with information, but please read carefully and feel free to ask any questions.

Your child will receive a letter in the mail from me. If they do not get it by orientation on Tuesday, please let me know and I will take care of it.
Orientation is Tuesday, September 5th from 9:00-10:30. Can’t wait to see you there! Bring your camera!
Our family project for September is a family banner. You will find a paper banner in your child’s cubbie. Please take the time to decorate it as a whole family. When you are finished, bring it in. These banners will hang in our classroom all year.
I am sending home a questionnaire for you to fill out about your child. This information is really helpful for us. Please get it back to us as soon as you can. Now’s your chance to tell us about your child. Brag a lot!!!
If your child is staying for rest time, he or she will need a nap kit. This kit should contain a crib sheet and blanket or a small sleeping bag or bed roll. A small pillow is great too and any lovey that makes them feel more comfortable and relaxed. Nap kits should be self contained and will be stored in special cubbies. They will be sent home once a week (more if necessary) to be cleaned.
On your child’s hook you will find an RHS shoe bag. Your child’s bag should contain at least one change of clothes, complete with shoes (gravity is a wonderful thing!). Even if your child has not had an accident in a very long time, we ask that you please fill the bag. It doesn’t take much for a glass of water to end up in a lap! You will be reminded to check the bag seasonally or as needed.
Yes, we celebrate birthdays! If you would like to send in a nut free treat on your child’s birthday, please do! If you are sending invitations to a party and are inviting the entire class, you may send them in and we’ll send them home. If you are not inviting the whole class, we ask that you please send them in the mail.
We offer Scholastic book orders each month. You’ll find September’s in your child’s cubbie. You may place an order either online with a credit card or by sending the order form in with a check. Either way, we hope you’ll take advantage of these low cost books and help your child become a life-long reader. It’s like Christmas when the books arrive! Each dollar you spend earns free books for our classroom!
I have attached the calendar for September. Each month you will have access to our calendar via our blog:
We encourage you to check the blog frequently. You’ll find our newsletters, calendars, recipes and photos. Feel free to share it with out of town family so they can catch a glimpse of your child’s school life.
We begin our Virtuoso schedule the second week of school. Our schedule is as follows:
Monday: Spanish with Senora Rambo
Tuesday: Science With Mr. Wyzga
Wednesday: Music with Ms. Emily
Thursday: P.E. with Mrs. Wood
Friday: Library with Mrs. Silva
This year we are doing away with the Classroom Helper! Before you all “Boo” me, each child will choose a job each day. It will be SO fun!
Picture day is our first Friday! September 8th we will take school pictures. If your child does not normally come to school on Friday, please bring them in for pictures! Photos will be available for purchase for friends and family!
Mark your calendars for Parent Night! Monday, September 18th, we hope you’ll join us for an up close and personal look at your child’s school day!
There are a few things you need to bring in the first week of school:
A baby picture
A family picture
A smooth rock to be painted (not too small but not too big!)
Snack and Water Bottle each day please
Please DO NOT bring toys from home (except for a rest time lovey).
And finally, each year we visit our students at home. This short 15 minute visit is a chance for us to see your child where they are most comfortable. They have a chance to show off their toys and chat, maybe share a story. It goes a long way to strengthen our bond very quickly. If you have not had a home visit and would like to schedule one, Amanda and I will be putting a sign up sheet on the parent board.
Sorry to throw so much at you so fast! I promise it’s not at all complicated! Have a wonderful long weekend and we’ll see you on Tuesday!!!