Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cox Care Mobile for May

The Cox Care Mobile is scheduled to be at Clever schools on Tuesday, May 15th.  This will be the last visit for the school year.  If your child is needing immunizations, sports physicals, or preschool physicals, call your school nurse today to schedule an appointment.  Thank you!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Ms. Karen's April 30-May 4th Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s April 30-May 4th Newsletter

This week, we read the books “Sun Dog, Fun Dog”, “The Watermelon Seed”, “Sir Pete the Brave” and “A Soup Opera”.   These were all fun end of the school year books that gave us exposure to rhyming words, predicting in stories, expressing emotions, and a music most kids haven’t been exposed to...OPERA (but in a really fun KID friendly way!)

During small group time, I’ve been calling the students over individually to do their 4th quarter assessments.  They’ve been playing lots of board games to practice following the rules and taking turns during center time. We are also preparing for graduation next Tuesday night - you’ll love our performances so make sure you don’t miss it! :)

I’m SO PROUD of how your kids this year...they have come so far and learned so much!  I got to do a section of their kindergarten screening last week and see them write their name -- I almost teared up a few times thinking about where they were at the beginning of the year and have seen their progress.  Give your child a big HUG!

A big “thank you” for those parents who were able to bring their child (children) to our Cruisin’ Into Spring Thursday night!  I loved seeing all of the smiles and it’s always great to come and find out you get a free bike helmet :)

If your child has a summer birthday and would like to bring a birthday treat, please email me as soon as possible so we can schedule them.  Otherwise, we might end up having TOO MANY snacks on one day -- lots of summer birthdays this year ;)
May 8th - Preschool graduation - 6:00 p.m. in the CPAC at the high school - You may dress you child however you see fit for graduation but I need all the students at the high school by 5:45.  This just gives us a little extra time to get graduation caps on and get ready to do the procession :)  

PRESCHOOL SCHEDULE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR:
May 7-9th - PRESCHOOL IN SESSION
May 10th and 11th - NO PRESCHOOL
May 14th-17th - PRESCHOOL IN SESSION
May 17th - Playday at the City Park - Last Day of Preschool - We will be walking to the park to have some fun and then walking back!  Normal drop off and pick up times for the day :)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ms. Karen's April 9-13 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s April 9-13 Newsletter

This week, we read the books “Big Red Barn”, “Charlie Needs a Cloak”, “Dr. Duck” and “Thump, Quack, Moo”.  We had several vocabulary words we discussed from our books and discussed previous knowledge from a job unit a couple of weeks ago in relation to our book this week.

During small group time, I worked with individual students and had to assess a couple of children on Kindergarten readiness skills.  I’ve had several children enjoying retelling stories for me at center time this week which is AWESOME! They are getting those literacy skills ready to go to put into practice in Kindergarten!

For during our Art and Science time, we did some painting that was very time consuming but you will be getting your child’s finished masterpiece at Graduation :)  They are SUPER EXCITED about giving them to you! We are still watching our plants grow each day and sees lots of changes.

As we get closer and closer to starting Kindergarten, we are practicing hard on skills that will be useful to your child next year.  One of the biggest things we are working on is self-control. That means being able to sit longer for table work, sitting longer for lessons, trying “really hard” not to get counted at all at group times, etc.  I know we have a lot of students who won’t be having their 5th birthday until after school ends in May but we are still practicing hard regardless. If your child is lacking self-control at home, please call it to their attention and count them so they recognize that behavior is not appropriate for the situation.  Kids understand expectations and can follow them when we have consistency between home and school. Thank you for your support this year!

Reminders:

If you have not scheduled a time for your child to be screened for Kindergarten, please call Ms. Joetta at 417-743-4810 as soon as possible.

Field trip on THURSDAY next week!  Don’t forget your child needs to bring a sack lunch because we will be eating lunch at the J.R. Martin Park (by the middle school) in Republic.  All students will need to be dropped off by 8:30 a.m. and picked up by 12:45 p.m. If you would like to sign your child out after lunch at the park, please make sure you see Ms. Karen to sign out in order to take your child.  If someone other than a parent is taking them from the park, please make sure to communicate this to them AND please email me so I know who is going to sign them out. Thank you!

Dates to Remember:
Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th - Kindergarten Screening (April 26th - 4-8 p.m. & April 27th - times throughout the day) - If you have not signed up for a Kindergarten Screening time, please call Ms. Joetta in the office at 417-743-4810
May 3rd - Cruisin’ Into Spring -- more information to come later
May 8th - PreK graduation - 6:00 p.m. in the CPAC at the high school
May 10th and 11th - NO PRESCHOOL
May 14th-17th - PRESCHOOL IN SESSION
May 17th - Playday at the City Park - Last Day of Preschool

Friday, April 6, 2018

Ms. Karen's April 2-6 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s April 2-6 Newsletter

This week, we read the books “It Looked Like Spilt Milk”, “Bug Safari”, “The Very Ugly Bug” and “The Greedy Bee”.  We made class books patterned after the book “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” for each class and brainstormed a list of things that are the color white.  We talked about different kinds of bugs and saw how their bodies help them to hide from predators. We also talked about using kind words with our friends and how important sharing is to our friendships.

During small group time, I continued to work with individual students on skills they needed to work a little more on.  Please continue working on these skills at home too….ABC song, counting to 20 and touch counting objects. We also drew the pictures for our class books during small group time as well as practicing writing our names on markerboards.

For during our Art and Science time, we worked on painting on the easel, painting caterpillars and then adding other parts once they were dry and exploring with magnets.  We had a shorter week with our Day in K event on Friday as well as having picture day but we are working on getting all preschool kids screened for vision and hearing during class time for Kindergarten screening on April 26th & 27th.

As we get closer and closer to starting Kindergarten, we are practicing hard on skills that will be useful to your child next year.  One of the biggest things we are working on is self-control. That means being able to sit longer for table work, sitting longer for lessons, trying “really hard” not to get counted at all at group times, etc.  I know we have a lot of students who won’t be having their 5th birthday until after school ends in May but we are still practicing hard regardless. If your child is lacking self-control at home, please call it to their attention and count them so they recognize that behavior is not appropriate for the situation.  Kids understand expectations and can follow them when we have consistency between home and school. Thank you for your support this year!

Reminders:

Just a reminder to make sure your child has extra clothing in their backpack: pants, shirt, socks and underwear.  

If anyone would like to donate items to our classroom, here is a list of things we would currently love to have:
Snack items Small items for birthday bags

Dates to Remember:
Friday, April 6th -- Day in K from 9-10:30 a.m. -- see more information on the flyer posted on my blog
Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th - Kindergarten Screening (April 26th - 4-8 p.m. & April 27th - times throughout the day) - There will be a sign up time on the Day in K so make plans to be there.
May 3rd - Cruisin’ Into Spring -- more information to come later
May 8th - PreK graduation - 6:00 p.m. in the CPAC at the high school
May 10th and 11th - NO PRESCHOOL
May 14th-17th - PRESCHOOL IN SESSION
May 17th - Playday at the City Park - Last Day of Preschool

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ms. Karen's March 26-29 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s March 26-29 Newsletter

This week, we read the books “The Rainy Day”, “The Tiny Seed”, “The Runaway Bunny” and “Happy Easter, Curious George”.  We made a chart about what the “signs of spring” would be and then talked about what plants need in order to grow. They each got to plant some flower seeds and we are watching every day to see if our flowers are growing yet.  I had to warn a few kids that it may take a few weeks before we see any signs of growth because I had a couple that expected to see flowers the morning after we planted :)

During small group time, I continued to work with individual students on skills they needed to work a little more on.  Please check to see if your child can do the following skills as they will be asked to do them on their Kindergarten screening:
Counting 1-20
Counting objects 1-20
Saying the ABC’s

For during our Art and Science time, we planted seeds, continued to work on our SURPRISE artwork for graduation, used crayons to practice coloring and talked about what plants need to grow.  We also worked in groups of 3 or 4 on a STEM challenge this week...they were given specific supplies and a task which was to make a Doodlebot! I didn’t give them too much help and most groups figured it out mostly on their own or with an added clue.  Their task was to use 4 rubber bands, an electric toothbrush, 4 markers and a pool noodle piece to make a Doodlebot that could draw on paper BY ITSELF! It was a great problem-solving challenge!

As we get closer and closer to starting Kindergarten, we are practicing hard on skills that will be useful to your child next year.  One of the biggest things we are working on is self-control. That means being able to sit longer for table work, sitting longer for lessons, trying “really hard” not to get counted at all at group times, etc.  I know we have a lot of students who won’t be having their 5th birthday until after school ends in May but we are still practicing hard regardless. If your child is lacking self-control at home, please call it to their attention and count them so they recognize that behavior is not appropriate for the situation.  Kids understand expectations and can follow them when we have consistency between home and school. Thank you for your support this year!

Reminders:

Please remember to turn in field trip permission slip and money ($5.50) by April 16th in order to go on the trip on April 19th.

Just a reminder to make sure your child has extra clothing in their backpack: pants, shirt, socks and underwear.  

If anyone would like to donate items to our classroom, here is a list of things we would currently love to have:
Snack items Small items for birthday bags

Dates to Remember:
Thursday, April 5th -- Picture Day during class times
Friday, April 6th -- Day in K from 9-10:30 a.m. -- see more information on the flyer posted on my blog

Future dates to put on your calendar:  
Kindergarten Screening -- April 26th - 4-8 p.m. & April 27th - times throughout the day - There will be a sign up time on the Day in K so make plans to be there.

May 3rd - Cruisin’ Into Spring -- more information to come later

PreK graduation -- May 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the CPAC at the high school