Friday, November 17, 2017

Ms. Karen's Nov. 13-17 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s Nov. 13-17 Newsletter


This week, we read books about Thanksgiving such as “A Plump and Perky Turkey”, “10 Turkeys in the Road”, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie”, “Stone Soup” and “Turkey Trouble”.  We talked about foods we might eat for Thanksgiving dinner and had some good laughs trying to predict what was going to happen in our stories.  We worked very hard on our placemats, centerpieces and turkey headbands for Stone Soup.  A big THANK YOU for those parents who were able to bring their child to the Stone Soup feast!  We had fun pouring all the ingredients into a pot on Thursday during class time (and especially the “magical ingredient”...SHARING since they all helped to bring the food!)

This week, our letter was “H”.  We talked about uppercase and lowercase letters, found the letters “H” and “h” in a sentence, counted words in a sentence, talked about some vocabulary that starts with “h” and then practiced making the upper and lowercase “Hh” with our pencils.  Since we have started copying words from the smartboard on our Tuesday worksheet, I’ve seen some of the kids challenging themselves at center time or table time to copy words they find in our room!  At the beginning of the year, there weren’t very many who would choose to write or draw at center or table time but, now, they LOVE doing it!  

During small groups this week, we were very busy trying to get all the wonderful artwork done for Stone Soup; however, I did squeeze in a cutting assessment that I will try to get onto Seesaw over break.  I’ve seen so much progress since the beginning of the year on their cutting skills - makes my teacher heart happy!  I also had each child count to 10 for me to see where they are on that skill before we move on to counting 1-20.  It seems most have 1-10 down but please keep practicing on the counting while in the car, clean up time, etc. at home.

Reminders:

Since the weather is starting to get colder, it would be a great idea to switch your child’s extra clothing to a warmer set.  Please make sure to include underwear also :)

If you’d like to have your child practice tracing their name at home, you can get on the website www.kidzone.ws/tracers and choose the “Standard Block Printing Font”.  You can type in your child’s name and then print to get practice sheets!

Tuition is due November 24th for the month of December - $70.00. I’ve had several parents ask if they can turn in tuition on the 27th since the 24th is over the break and that’s perfectly fine :)

Please make sure your child brings a coat to school.  We will be going outside if the temperature is above freezing to get some fresh air and exercise.

Dates to Remember:
November 20-24th:  Thanksgiving Break-  NO SCHOOL
November 30th:  Skating Party 6:00-8:00 at Skateland
November 30th at 9:00 a.m. - Picture Retakes in the Y Gym
December 1st - Forms due for the KidSight Vision Screening
December 6-7th - KidSight Vision Screening
December 7th:  PAT/PreK Santa Bash 5:00-7:00-  FEMA shelter
December 20th-Jan. 3rd - No school for Winter Break

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ms. Karen's Nov. 6-10 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s Nov. 6-10 Newsletter

Things you can work on at home:
-Rote counting to 20
-Counting objects - have them actually move the object with their finger as   they count the objects.
-Correctly holding their pencil
-Writing their name - Uppercase first letter, lowercase for the rest of the letters
-Identifying colors

This week, we read different versions of the book “The Little Red Hen”.  We compared the books identifying parts of the story and characters that were the same and different from the books read the previous days.  Pointing out things that are the “same” and “different” at home is a great way to help them to develop thinking skills they need as they progress.  To go along with the “Little Red Hen” story, we discussed recipes and how following directions is important.  We related the recipe to following directions in the classroom too - to learn how to be ready for Kindergarten, we have to follow the directions the teacher gives us to learn and grow.  The bread smelled DELICIOUS as it baked in the bread machine while we were having class and then we shared a loaf with butter for snack time!  There were several kids would really wanted to have thirds so I think they liked it :)

This week, our letter was “V”.  We talked about uppercase and lowercase letters, found the letters “V” and “v” in a sentence, counted words in a sentence, talked about some vocabulary that starts with “v” and then practiced making the upper and lowercase “Vv” with our pencils.  Since we have started copying words from the smartboard on our Tuesday worksheet, I’ve seen some of the kids challenging themselves at center time or table time to copy words they find in our room!  At the beginning of the year, there weren’t very many who would choose to write or draw at center or table time but, now, they LOVE doing it!  

We had a lot of different activities going this week during center time so my small groups looked very different each day.  One activity we worked on was making placemats for those family members attending Stone Soup next week.  We are so excited to share that time with those of you who are making plans to attend!  Another activity was, after reading “The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza”, we made paper plate pizzas and did some counting in order to put the ingredients on their pizza.  We also played a Roll and Color game where they had to roll the dice, count the dots on the dice and then color the corresponding scarecrow clothing according to a chart.  Another activity was looking at the life cycle of a chicken for Science.  We learned a little about how the life cycle continues from the egg to the hen.  Then, some of the kids had time to do a sheet where we cut the pictures out and glued them on to show the life cycle in the correct order.  We started making centerpieces for our tables for Stone Soup also but will continue next week since it’s a bigger project.

Reminders:

Since the weather is starting to get colder, it would be a great idea to switch your child’s extra clothing to a warmer set.  Please make sure to include underwear also :)

If you’d like to have your child practice tracing their name at home, you can get on the website www.kidzone.ws/tracers and choose the “Standard Block Printing Font”.  You can type in your child’s name and then print to get practice sheets!

Tuition is due November 24th for the month of December - $70.00

Please make sure your child brings a coat to school.  We will be going outside if the temperature is above freezing to get some fresh air and exercise.

Dates to Remember:
November 11th:  PAT/PreK Mommy and Me Spa Day  9:00-10:00 a.m. in Ms. Mikki’s room
November 16th:  Preschool Stone Soup-  6:00 in the FEMA shelter.  
November 17th:  Clever Wear orders are due.  https://cleverchristmas2017.itemorder.com/
November 20-24th:  Thanksgiving Break-  NO SCHOOL
November 30th:  Skating Party 6:00-8:00 at Skateland
November 30th at 9:00 a.m. - Picture Retakes in the Y Gym
December 6-7th - KidSight Vision Screening - Forms due by December 1st
December 7th:  PAT/PreK Santa Bash 5:00-7:00-  FEMA shelter
December 20th-Jan. 3rd - No school for Winter Break

Clever Wear Christmas store link - only open until November 17th!

The online Clever Wear Christmas store will be open until Friday, November 17th.  Orders will be back in time for Christmas.  Toddler, youth and adult sizes available in several items.  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Ms. Karen's Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Newsletter

Things you can work on at home:
-Rote counting to 20
-Counting objects - have them actually move the object with their finger as   they count the objects.
-Correctly holding their pencil
-Writing their name - Uppercase first letter, lowercase for the rest of the letters
A HUGE thank you to our homeroom moms, Ashlie and Savannah, for their time and effort into planning AMAZING parties for our kiddos!  The kids had so much fun and enjoyed celebrating!

This week, we read books with a spooky theme to coincide with our parties.  The books we read were “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything”, “Stellaluna”, “Bats” and “Spiders”.  Your child brought home the pieces to retell the story of “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” so hopefully they remembered to put their scarecrow together as they told you the story.  The “Stellaluna” book was a great book to talk about similarities and differences between bats and birds and we also read some informational texts about bats also! One question came up from the book about the vocabulary word “mammals” so we learned about how bats are mammals and they differ from birds.  I love when they pick up on things in an informational text and ask questions!  They learn so much that way because it’s meaningful to them!  

This week, our “letter of the week” was the letter “X”.  We talked about uppercase and lowercase letters, found words that begin with “x” in a sentence, counted words in a sentence, talked about some vocabulary that starts with “x” and then practiced making the upper and lowercase “Xx” with our pencils.  Many of the students are writing most if not all of their names on their worksheets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays too!

We practiced this week on counting objects which is a difficult skill for some kids at this point.  We used spider counters to make it a little more fun though :)  When you practice at home, have your child physically move each object with their finger as they count each object.  Just putting their finger on them can get very confusing at this stage so moving the object away from the group helps them count accurately.

Reminders:

Since the weather is starting to get colder, it would be a great idea to switch your child’s extra clothing to a warmer set.  That way if we can still go outside for recess, they won’t be super cold with shorts on :)

If you’d like to have your child practice tracing their name at home, you can get on the website www.kidzone.ws/tracers and choose the “Standard Block Printing Font”.  You can type in your child’s name and then print to get practice sheets!

Tuition is due ASAP for November - $105.00

Please make sure your child brings a coat to school.  We will be going outside if the temperature is above freezing to get some fresh air and exercise.

Dates to Remember:
November 11th:  PAT/PreK Mommy and Me Spa Day  9:00-10:00 a.m. in Ms. Mikki’s room
November 16th:  Preschool Stone Soup-  6:00 in the FEMA shelter.  
November 17th:  Clever Wear orders are due.  https://cleverchristmas2017.itemorder.com/
November 20-24th:  Thanksgiving Break-  NO SCHOOL
November 30th:  Skating Party 6:00-8:00 at Skateland
December 7th:  PAT Santa Bash 5:00-7:00-  FEMA shelter
December 20th-Jan. 3rd - No school for Winter Break

Monday, October 30, 2017

Correction:. Cookie Dough Fundraiser Pick up

The PTA Fundraiser pick up date will be Thursday, Nov. 2nd in the FEMA.

The parent pickup times will be 3:30-6:00pm. 

November Cox Care Mobile

The Cox Care Mobile is scheduled to be at Clever Schools on Monday, November 13th, 2017. The Care Mobile is a medical office on wheels that provides FREE services to children ages birth to 18 years. This service is provided whether you have insurance or not. You may call the school nurse to inquire about the services provided, to schedule an appointment, and to receive the necessary paperwork. Thank you!

PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser Delivery THIS WEEK!!

If your child had a fundraiser order, the cookie dough will be available for pick up on Thursday, Nov. 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in the FEMA.