Friday, February 23, 2018

Ms. Mikki's News- Feb. 23


News from Ms. Mikki
February 23, 2018


Tuition:  If you are behind, please make sure to make payments this week.  I will be sending notes home to those who are behind.  Tuition for March is due.  $90.00.  

Snow Days-  As stated in the Handbook, there is no reduction in preschool tuition for snowdays.  We are going to ride out the rest of winter and see how many total days we miss before we make a decision about preschool make up days.  We will not be able to make up all of the missed days, but we will certainly look at the possibility of making up some of them.

Next week we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday-  Our dress up days are somewhat altered from the K-4 theme days to match the stories we’ll be reading.

Monday:  Cat in the Hat Day-  Wear a hat

Tuesday: Sleep Book-  Wear your Pajamas (please wear tennis shoes for recess).  You can wear your favorite hat on this day too!

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday-  Wacky Clothes Day-  make sure to wear some crazy socks too.  We'll be reading the Foot Book

Thursday:  Hooray for Hair-  Crazy Hair and Crazy Socks (Also reading the Foot Book)

February/March Learning Targets:

Develops and expands vocabulary

Attends to the sound in language-beginning sounds

Uses language to represent number of objects

Tag counting up to 10 objects

Recognizing some letters (upper case)
Literacy:

March Author Spotlight:  Laura Numeroff

This week:  If You Give A Pig A Pancake

  • We shared out what we each like to put on our pancakes
  • We practiced listening for a purpose.  We made a list of items that Pig asked for.  We read the book multiple times this week.  Our recall list started out pretty small with only a few words.  By the end of the week it had grown significantly.  We are getting better at listening to stories.
  • We also chose a page out of the book and created a vocabulary list by identifying things we saw on that page.  



Math:

Flapjack Math-  I worked one on one with each child this week as we played a pancake game.  They had to identify the # on the pancake before they could flip it over.  (P.S.  using a spatula and flipping it over is a great fine motor activity that will further support handwriting).  

They also had to count the pancakes using tag counting.  Some of us still need some practice on this.  Keep working on it at home.  Start with 3 items for them to touch and count.  Increase the number of items up to 10 as they master each level.  


Preschool placements for 2018-2019

Ms. Paula and I plan to let everyone know preschool placements prior to Spring Break.  Please keep in mind that we will do our best to place  you in your first choice session, but we cannot guarantee that.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Early Childhood Center-
The proposed Early Childhood Center will be presented to voters again in April.  We encourage everyone to get out and vote!  



Dates to remember:

Feb. 28th:  Cox Care Mobile
March 2nd:  Story time-  10:00
March 8th:  Superhero Dance from 6:00-8:00.  Sponsored by PTA
March 12-16th: Spring Break
March 20 & 22nd:  Spring Conferences
March 22nd:  PAT-  All Star night
April 19th: Preschool Field trip-  TBA


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ms. Mikki's Classroom News


News from Ms. Mikki
February 20, 2018
I apologize for being a little slow getting last week’s newsletter out.  I wanted to send a big SHOUT OUT to our our two homeroom moms, Megan and Ashley!  They once again planned a wonderful class party.  The kids had a great time decorating their bags and passing out their Valentine’s.  Thanks to all of the parents who helped make everything possible by donating money and supplies.  

“SNOW” more snow days please!.  As stated in the handbook, tuition is not adjusted for snowdays.  With that being said, we are going to ride out the rest of winter and see how many days we miss before we make a decision about preschool make up days.  We will not be able to make up all missed days, but we will certainly look at the possibility of making up some of them.

Tuition:  If you are behind, please make sure to make payments this week.  I will be sending notes home to those who are behind.  Tuition for March is due this Friday.  $90.00.  

February Learning Targets:

Develops and expands vocabulary

Attends to the sound in language-beginning sounds

Uses language to represent number of objects

Tag counting up to 10 objects
Literacy:

Last week we read stories about friendship and Valentine's Day.  We are still working on listening for a purpose.  We are putting our focus on the purpose of learning new vocabulary words.  We made a class list of “Ways to be kind to a friend”.  Here were some of the responses:

Share toys
Help pick up toys
Let them play with me

Although our answers are usually redundant, we continue to ask those open ended questions.  It’s really a challenge for young children to use critical thinking skills as they are very concrete learners.  

Ways to help at home?:  Use open ended questioning.  Here is an example of open ended vs closed ended questioning.

Closed ended:  Did you have a good day at school today?  These are typically answered with “yes” or “no”.  

Open ended:  How was your day?  Tell me what activity you did during center time?  What song did you sing during circle time”  

Asking open ended questions leave room for making conversation with your child.  It also helps them to recall the day’s events.  



Math:

We are working on counting objects one at a time up to 10 objects.  We practice this on a daily basis when our helper walks around the rug, taps heads one at a time and counts.  This can be challenging for some outside of this daily activity.  

Ways to help at home:  

Lay out 3 objects.  Ask them to point to each object as they say the appropriate number.  If they are successful at 3, increase the number of objects.  

Preschool placements for 2018-2019

Ms. Paula and I plan to let everyone know preschool placements prior to Spring Break.  Please keep in mind that we will do our best to place  you in your first choice session, but we cannot guarantee that.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Early Childhood Center-
The proposed Early Childhood Center will be presented to voters again in April.  We encourage everyone to get out and vote!  



Dates to remember:

February 23rd:  Tuition due
March 2nd:  Story time-  10:00
March 8th:  Superhero Dance from 6:00-8:00.  Sponsored by PTA
March 12-16th: Spring Break
March 20 & 22nd:  Spring Conferences
March 22nd:  PAT-  All Star night
April 19th: Preschool Field trip-  TBA



Friday, February 9, 2018

Ms. Mikki's Classroom News

Well we've gotten a little bit off track since the new year. Hopefully we won't see anymore bad weather and can finish the year out strong. I haven't had much to put in a newsletter, but I wanted to send some reminders.

Next Wednesday and Thursday will be our Valentine's Day parties. They will start at 10:00. Your child doesn't need to send in a decorated box. We will be making bags during the party. They will however need to bring in Valentine's Cards to pass out to their friends. The homeroom moms have sent home class lists. Please let me know if you need another one.

FBLA has extended the Crush Grams fund raiser. They will now be due on Monday. You should have received an order form. If you did not, let me know.

Tuition for February is due. If you haven't paid for January, that is due as well.

Our Match Made In Heaven Event scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. We will not be rescheduling.

Our Spring Field trip is tentatively set for April 19th. More details will follow soon.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tooth Truck

The Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck will be coming to Clever Schools. Please contact your school nurse to see if your child would qualify to receive dental services on the Tooth Truck. They see children ages 3-18 years. You must complete an application form and return it to the school nurse. Call your school to receive the necessary paperwork. Thank you!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ms. Mikki's News January 28, 2018


News from Ms. Mikki
January 28, 2018
Yay!  We finally got a full week in.  It was great to see everyone back…...again!  Cross your fingers for no more snow!  I sent home a Bear Counting and number matching activity for you to do with your child.  It’s yours to keep and you don’t need to send it back.  The possibilities are endless..  You can simply have them count the bears and find the bear with the corresponding number.  You can roll a dice and find the page that has the matching number.  You can color each set of bears a different color.  

BOOK ORDERS ARE DUE ON TUESDAY JANUARY 30th.  Sorry for the quick order.  Last week’s snow days didn’t help.

Valentine’s Boxes:  Both classes will be decorating a Valentine Bag during their party.  You DO NOT need to send in a box.  However, we will be doing Valentine’s exchanges during the party.  Our wonderful room moms will be sending home a letter and class list soon.  
January Learning Targets:

Investigates position and locations-  I can identify first, middle, last.

Listens for different purposes-  I can carry out 2-3 simple related directions in order.

I show understanding of the concepts of same and different
Literacy:

This week we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Bear’s Colors.  During circle time we shared our favorite color.  We also took turns sharing out things that matched each color we read about in the books.  I gave them clues and they had to guess what I was thinking.

You can play this game too!  It’s a great conversation piece to play in the car.  This is areat way to build vocabulary.  

I’m thinking of something that is red.  It grows on a tree.  We can eat them.  What is it?...........



Math:

We set up counting and color sorting stations in our math center.  

During circle time we practiced identifying small numbers as we “hunted for the bear”.  They had to guess which # the bear was hiding behind.  

Science:  We made predictions as to what was going to happen when we added hot water to our ring of skittles.  

We also had fun making ice cream!  I hope you caught the video on SeeSaw.


Inclement Weather Policy:  If the district calls for a “Late Start” preschool will be cancelled for the day.  


Dates to remember:

February 2nd-  Preschool applications for next year are due
February 2nd-  Playgroup 10-11
February 10-  PAT Group Connection-  Match Made in Heaven  9:00-10:00
February 14th & 15th-  Valentine’s Day parties

TUITION for January is due

Friday, January 19, 2018

Posted: 19 Jan 2018 07:04 AM PST
A NOTE FROM THE NURSE
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January 19, 2018

Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are pleased to announce the Tooth Truck has the opportunity to treat eligible children at our site in the coming weeks. The Tooth Truck provides comprehensive treatment, from cleanings and x-rays, to repairing cavities at no charge for qualifying families.  Requirements for being seen and treated on the Tooth Truck are:

-Qualify for the free and reduced lunch program at school
-Cannot be an established patient of a local dentist
-Cannot have private dental insurance
-Must complete a Tooth Truck application form

The Tooth Truck treats Medicaid-eligible and uninsured children from ages 3-18 years. Children seen last year are not eligible for a routine check up but should apply if there is a new dental concern.  
You may call your school and request an application form.  Please complete an application form and return to the school nurse as soon as possible.   
The Tooth Truck staff will be scheduling students very soon.


Thank You,

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ms. Mikki's News Jan. 11


News from Ms. Mikki
January 11, 2018
What a fun week with our teddy bears and other furry friends.  We did several activities with our animals.  Our furry friends were invited to join us during circle.  They helped reinforce self control behaviors on the carpet.  Our friends had to remain in our laps and weren’t allowed to touch our neighbor.  The students did a wonderful job in modeling acceptable circle time self control behaviors. They each took turns introducing their furry friend to the group.  In turn, we practiced our listening and turn taking skills as our friends introduced their furry friend.  We enjoyed doing several Teddy Bear activities and movements songs that helped us learn position words (up, down, around), listening for a purpose, and body part identification.  We also enjoyed going on our very own Bear Hunt when we returned to the classroom for snack and our furry friends had gone missing from the table!  Some were reading in the library center, some were painting at the easel, and other mischievous activities.
January Learning Targets:

Investigates position and locations-  I can identify first, middle, last.

Listens for different purposes-  I can carry out 2-3 simple related directions in order.

I show understanding of the concepts of same and different
Literacy:

Letter identification:  T and B.  We made a chart of words that start with T and B.  Each child was given a word.  We looked at the word on the card and located the FIRST letter of the word and named the letter.  They then placed their word in the appropriate T or B column.  

We also read Going on a bear hunt.  We used our imagination about what sounds certain actions might make.  For example:  walking through mud (squelch, squish).



Math:

Teddy Graham counting.  We used the Teddy Grahams to count during snack.  

Gummy Bear Math:  This was a class pleaser!  They had to practice listening for a purpose so they could complete the activity.  They sorted by color, they counted each color, and placed them on the graph.  We talked about more and less.  We also identified the FIRST color on the game board (red)  and the LAST color on the game board (white).   


Inclement Weather Policy:  If the district calls for a “Late Start” preschool will be cancelled for the day.  


Dates to remember:

Dates to Remember:
Jan. 15th - No School district-wide due to MLK day
Jan. 18th - Cox Care Mobile
February 2nd-  Preschool applications for next year are due
February 2nd-  Playgroup 10-11
February 14th & 15th-  Valentine’s Day parties- stay tuned

TUITION for January is due