Friday, September 22, 2017

Ms. Karen's Sept. 18-22 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s Sept. 18-22 Newsletter

We had a very busy but fun week in Preschool!  The highlight of the week was our “Day at the Farm” that the FFA high school students brought for us to enjoy.  What a great time we had!

During group time, we read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, “Shape Spotters”, “Squares”, “Circles” and “What is a Triangle?”. We began focusing on shapes this week by reading lots of books about shapes and going on shape hunts in our classroom.  The books we read also had great vocabulary like “quilts”, “checkers”, “chess”, “tablecloth” and “napkin” that we practiced identifying.  We also did a sorting pre-assessment this week too.  I will try to get those results on Seesaw as soon as possible.

For art this week, we painted at the easel, made pictures with different art supplies, and practiced using scissors.  In Science this week, we learned about animals at “Day on the Farm”.  There were donkeys, goats, cows, rabbits, waterfowl, sheep, goats, ducks, a horse and ponies to learn new things about as well as a couple of tractors to explore!

We are tracing our name each day and are focusing on holding their pencil correctly as well as trying to stay on the dotted lines for each letter.  I sent home a couple of papers home about how to have them practice holding their pencil as well as the stages of development in writing.  I had a couple of parents ask if it was possible to get name tracing pages and I actually print them off of the internet!  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!

Reminders:

Just wanted to make sure everyone is signed up for the blog emails.  If you did not receive the blog email on Monday, there may be one or two things to check.  (1) Make sure you have gone to the preschool website at www.cleverpreschool.blogspot.com and entered your email address in the box on the right hand side down a little bit that says “Follow by Email”.  (2) Once you have followed those directions, you will get an email at the address you entered from “Feed Burner” and you will need open the email and follow the directions to verify your subscription to receive the blog emails.  If you do not verify, you will not receive them in your email each week.  (3) If you do not receive an email from Feed Burner, make sure you have checked your junk mail or spam mail folder.  (4) If you have tried steps 1-3 and still can not find it, please email me to let me know and we’ll try again.  My email is mcknighk@cleverbluejays.org


Dates to Remember:
October 5th - Field trip to Campbell’s Pumpkin Patch -- ALL STUDENTS IN BOTH CLASSES need to be at school by 8:00 a.m.  We will be going to the Y-Gym to take pictures for Picture Day at 8:15 a.m. so it’s very important you are on time.
October 6th - No Preschool for AM Class due to first Friday of the month meetings
October 7th - PTA Fall Festival
October 13th - Fall Break

October 16-17th - Parent/Teacher Conferences - I will be sending out a link to parents for a Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a P/T conference the first week in October.  I can not get 40 students conferences done in two evenings so some of my times will be other days/evenings after school.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ms. Karen's September 11-15th Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s Sept. 11-15 Newsletter

REMINDER:  Book orders will be due by Friday, September 22nd.  Your child should have the book order form with a note attached for directions in their backpack.

During group time, we read “Mouse Paint”, “A Color of His Own” and “Cat’s Colors”. These books were all focused on colors so we were working on knowing our colors and went a step further by learning about mixing primary colors to create a new color.  We used color paddles in the science center as well as mixing paint at the art easel. Your child’s color pre-assessment should be on Seesaw so you can focus on working on any color they did not know at home too.

Our personal information and puzzle pre-assessments were this week too.  I asked them their first and last names, how old they are and when their birthday is for the personal information.  Later on, I will ask them their parents names and we will attempt their address and phone number if there are kids that have all the other information down.

We also did some artwork at the table using coffee filters to mix colors and then made them into flowers!  Your child should be bring their flower home in their folder this week.

We are tracing our name each day and are focusing on holding their pencil correctly as well as trying to stay on the dotted lines for each letter.  I sent home a couple of papers home about how to have them practice holding their pencil as well as the stages of development in writing.  I had a couple of parents ask if it was possible to get name tracing pages and I actually print them off of the internet!  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!

Reminders:

If your child is not feeling well, please keep them at home.  We are spreading germs even though we wash our hands multiple times during each class period and covering our sneezes and coughs.  Preschoolers touch EVERYTHING so things spread quickly if someone comes to school sick so please be respectful of other students and teachers in our class.

Please make sure your child has a set of extra clothes in their backpack.  Things happen occasionally and we want to make sure they have some clothing they can change into if we need it.

Just wanted to make sure everyone is signed up for the blog emails.  If you did not receive the blog email on Monday, there may be one or two things to check.  (1) Make sure you have gone to the preschool website at www.cleverpreschool.blogspot.com and entered your email address in the box on the right hand side down a little bit that says “Follow by Email”.  (2) Once you have followed those directions, you will get an email at the address you entered from “Feed Burner” and you will need open the email and follow the directions to verify your subscription to receive the blog emails.  If you do not verify, you will not receive them in your email each week.  (3) If you do not receive an email from Feed Burner, make sure you have checked your junk mail or spam mail folder.  (4) If you have tried steps 1-3 and still can not find it, please email me to let me know and we’ll try again.  My email is mcknighk@cleverbluejays.org


Dates to Remember:
September 19th - Cox Care Mobile - The Care Mobile is a medical office on wheels that provides FREE services to children ages birth to 18 years 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!
September 20th - Day on the Farm (during class times)
October 5th - Field trip to Campbell’s Pumpkin Patch
October 6th - No Preschool for AM Class due to first Friday of the month meetings
October 7th - PTA Fall Festival
October 13th - Fall Break

October 16-17th - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Pizza Night for Watch D.O.G.S.


Coat Drive


September Letter from Mrs. Ramey


Hurricane Relief Fundraiser


Friday, September 8, 2017

Ms. Karen's Sept. 4-8 Newsletter

Ms. Karen’s Sept. 4-8 Newsletter

REMINDER:  We do NOT have school on Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th due to Fall Break.

During group time, we read “My Crayons Talk”, “Purple, Yellow and Green”, “Red” and “The Very Cranky Bear”. We had fun imagining what our crayons could say to us if they could talk! We also reviewed our sorting of green and red choices.  They each had a card to look at the action and told me if it was a green or red choice.

Our cutting pre-assessment was this week on Tuesday and then we practiced holding our scissors correctly and cutting on straight lines.  They are putting their thumb in the smaller hole and keeping their thumb always on top when they hold their scissors.  We also talked about how we can turn our paper to help us cut rather than holding the scissors on the side of the paper and trying to cut across.

We also did some artwork at the table that is hanging on the wall outside our classroom as well as using different colors of water to mix colors to see what colors we could make!

We continued tracing our name each day.  We focused on holding their pencil correctly and trying to stay on the dotted lines for each letter.  I sent home a couple of papers last week about how to have them practice holding their pencil as well as the stages of development in writing.  I had a couple of parents ask if it was possible to get name tracing pages and I actually print them off of the internet!  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!

Reminders:

If your child is not feeling well, please keep them at home.  We are spreading germs even though we wash our hands multiple times during each class period and covering our sneezes and coughs.  Preschoolers touch EVERYTHING so things spread quickly if someone comes to school sick so please be respectful of other students and teachers in our class.

Please make sure your child has a set of extra clothes in their backpack.  Things happen occasionally and we want to make sure they have some clothing they can change into if we need it.

Just wanted to make sure everyone is signed up for the blog emails.  If you did not receive the blog email on Monday, there may be one or two things to check.  (1) Make sure you have gone to the preschool website at www.cleverpreschool.blogspot.com and entered your email address in the box on the right hand side down a little bit that says “Follow by Email”.  (2) Once you have followed those directions, you will get an email at the address you entered from “Feed Burner” and you will need open the email and follow the directions to verify your subscription to receive the blog emails.  If you do not verify, you will not receive them in your email each week.  (3) If you do not receive an email from Feed Burner, make sure you have checked your junk mail or spam mail folder.  (4) If you have tried steps 1-3 and still can not find it, please email me to let me know and we’ll try again.  My email is mcknighk@cleverbluejays.org


Dates to Remember:
September 8th - Grandparents Day Breakfast in FEMA (9-10:00 a.m.)
September 11-12 - No School (Fall Break)
September 19th - Cox Care Mobile - The Care Mobile is a medical office on wheels that provides FREE services to children ages birth to 18 years 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!
September 20th - Food for America (during class times)
October 5th - TENTATIVE date for field trip to the Pumpkin Patch

October 6th - No Preschool for AM Class due to first Friday of the month meetings