Sunday, November 19, 2017


News from Ms. Mikki
November 13th, 2017
Thank to everyone who attended Stone Soup!  This has been an annual tradition for many years and is probably one of my most favorite.  After watching the video, I’m not sure how many have a future in stage performances, but they sure did look cute standing up there.  LOL!  

Ms. Jessie and I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  Safe travels if you’re traveling.  If you are still around Thursday morning, we hope to see you all at the Clever Turkey Trot.  Meet us at the Middle school at 8:00!  A donation of diapers is appreciated, but not required!  

IMPORTANT INFO FOR PRE-K NEXT YEAR…

Applications for preschool enrollment will be available at Santa Bash.  If you are planning on attending preschool next year, you will need to fill out an application.

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

TUITION DUE FOR NOVEMBER:  $90 or $150 if you want to pay for Nov/Dec together.  
November Learning Targets:
  • I can describe the action in a picture.
  • I can respond appropriately to questions about the location of an object
  • I can put on my jacket, shoes and backpack myself without help except for zippers, buttons and tying
Literacy:

This week we read  Run Turkey, Run!,
10 Fat Turkeys and  Stone Soup.  

Reading strategy to use at home: Picture Walk

Before we read a story, I pick out a couple of pages to look at.  We look at the pictures on the page and make predictions of what we think might happen on that page.  When we get to that page we determine if our predictions were right.  
Math:

Counting and Number identification-  We practiced counting 1-10, matching numbers on our turkey feathers to the numbers on our turkey.   

We also started making our Class Family book.  We shared our “family” page and counted each of the members in our family.  T
Science Center:

Roll with it!  We set up some ramps and experimented with different objects to see which ones roll and which ones don’t.     
Free Stock Photo of Turkey with Pilgrim Hat vector file - Public ...
Dates:

November 20-24th:  Thanksgiving Break-  NO SCHOOL
November 30th:  Skating Party 6:00-8:00 at Skateland
November 30th:  Picture Retakes- 9:00 in the Y gym
December 1st:  Forms due for the KidSight Vision Screening.  You only need to send the form back if you DO NOT want them to be screened.  
Dec. 6-7th:  KidSight Vision Screening
December 7th:  PAT Santa Bash 5:00-7:00-  FEMA shelter
December 20th-Jan. 3rd-  No School- Winter Break


Friday, November 10, 2017

Ms. Mikki’s News Nov. 10


News from Ms. Mikki
November 10th, 2017
STONE SOUP IS THURSDAY!!

Please send in your Stone Soup RSVP and your assigned canned veggies.  We also would like for everyone to send in a new PLAIN square pot holder.  Any color besides black will be fine.  We are also asking everyone to bring a dessert or bread item to share that evening.

HOMEWORK:  Please check your child’s backpack for this weekend’s parent child activity.  They each need to complete their “Family” page and return it to school on Monday or Tuesday.  Please let this be a child driven activity.  They can cut out pictures of people in their family, or they can draw pictures of people in their family.  THey will be laminated so please don’t decorate them with anything other than photos or drawings.

Thanksgiving Vacation-  November 20th-24th.   NO SCHOOL

TUITION DUE FOR NOVEMBER:  $90 or $150 if you want to pay for Nov/Dec together.
November Learning Targets:
I can describe the action in a picture.
I can respond appropriately to questions about the location of an object
I can put on my jacket, shoes and backpack myself without help except for zippers, buttons and tying

Literacy:

 This week we read Growing Vegetable Soup and Mean Soup.  We shared our favorite and not so favorite vegetables.

Silly Soup-  We created a bowl of Silly soup too.  Ask them what we put in it.  (dinosaur, dog, boots, cat, monster, elephant, etc)
Math:

Shapes and sorting:  We used our canned vegetables to put a twist on sorting.  We sorted by color and by vegetable.
Science:

Sensory bags-  We used our sense of touch to play with various things in sensory bags in the science center.  We also observed leaves and pine cones in the sensory table.  They compared colors, shapes and sizes.

Dates:

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




Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Ms. Mikki's News Nov. 3rd, 2017


News from Ms. Mikki
November 3rd, 2017
A huge THANK YOU to our homeroom moms for organizing such awesome Halloween parties!

I sent home book orders this week.  Those orders will be due on Friday, November 10th.  I will not be sending home a December book order, so here’s your chance to stock up on books for Christmas.  You can order online using our class code:  QC78V.

Please send in your Stone Soup RSVP and your assigned canned veggies.  An invitation was sent home last week.   We also would like for everyone to send in a new PLAIN square pot holder.  Any color besides black will be fine.

Favor Please:  Please make sure your child is finishing their breakfast before they enter the classroom in the mornings.  We have specific health codes that we must follow when it comes to serving foods.  This also goes for outside drinks.  They may bring their own water bottles  to keep in their cubbies, but they need to be clearly labeled with their name. Thank you for your cooperation.  .  

TUITION DUE FOR NOVEMBER:  $90 or $150 if you want to pay for Nov/Dec together.  
November Learning Targets:
  • I can describe the action in a picture.
  • I can respond appropriately to questions about the location of an object
  • I can put on my jacket, shoes and backpack myself without help except for zippers, buttons and tying
Literacy:

This week we read some Halloween themed books.  Our favorite was Go Away Green Monster.

We shared what each of us was going to dress up as for Halloween.  We’ll be turning our list into a class book.    
Math:

Shapes and sorting:  We continue to practice naming shapes and sorting by one attribute (square, circle, triangle, rectangle).  Eventually we will move to sorting by two attributes (all of the yellow triangles, blue squares, etc).  
Science:

Sink or float:  We had fun choosing objects in the room and predicting if they would sink or float.  Ask them if they can remember what the pumpkin did in the water.  
Free Stock Photo of Turkey with Pilgrim Hat vector file - Public ...
Dates:

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Cox Care Mobile is scheduled to be at Clever Schools on Monday, November 13, 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!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ms. Mikki's Weekly Newsletter Oct. 20

Ms. Mikki’s Classroom News
October 20, 2017

This week week:

Literacy:  We read It’s Pumpkin Time which helped us understand  the life cycle of a pumpkin.  We also talked about the features of pumpkins (color, how does it grow, what’s inside, how does it feel, size, texture).  We compared apples to pumpkins.  How are they the same?  How are they different.  They generated a list of characteristics of each.  Here are some of their responses.

Apple: Pumpkin:

Red, yellow, green Orange, white, green
They grow on trees They grow on a vine
They have a stem They have a stem
We can eat them We can eat them
They are yummy
They have seeds They have seeds
They are smooth They have ridges
They are small They are big and small

Math:  Sorting-  We practiced sorting by one attribute (ex: by color, or size).

Science:  Did you hear about the pumpkin volcano?  They had a blast opening up the pumpkin, exploring the inside of the pumpkin and creating a volcano with baking soda and vinegar.  


Reminders:

TUITION FOR NOVEMBER IS DUE ON FRIDAY-  $90.00

Late arrivals/early departures:  If your child arrives at school after 8:00 and the circle drive is already clear, you will need to walk your child into the classroom.  You will also need to stop by the office first and sign them in.  If you need to pick them up early, you will also need to sign them out at the office.

Group Connection requirement:  Don’t forget that each family is required to attend at least 2 PAT group connections per semester to secure their enrollment in the preschool program.  We have several opportunities coming up that will help you meet that requirement.  Check out the dates below.

Change of clothes:  Please make sure your child has a complete set of clothing in a ziplock bag.  The weather will be changing to cooler temperatures (maybe), so please make sure there are season appropriate clothing in the bag.  

Recess:  We will attempt to go outside for recess even on chilly days.  Please make sure to send a jacket with your child daily.  Please put their initials on the inside tag as well.  

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!!!  Thank you to everyone who attended the Book Fair last week, AND for donating books to our classroom library!  We greatly appreciate it!  


Upcoming Events

This week is Red Ribbon Week: I posted the daily dress up days on my Facebook page and SeeSaw.  Please visit one of those sites to see what’s happening this week!

Halloween parties will be on October 30th and 31st from 10:00-10:45.  Parents may arrive at 9:45.  We will participate in a costume parade at 10:00.  Children may wear their costumes to school, or you can pack them in their backpacks and we will get them changed for the parade.  No weapons are allowed with the costume.

November 2nd:  Fundraiser pick up in the FEMA (cafeteria) shelter.  Times TBA
November 3rd:  PAT  Playgroup 10:00-11:00 in my classroom
November 11th:  PAT Mommy and Me Spa Day  10:00-11:00
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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ms. Mikki's weekly newsletter

Ms. Mikki’s Classroom News
October 13, 2017

This weeks was Fire Prevention Week.  We enjoyed a visit from our local firefighters.  They showed us all of their gear, their fire truck, and taught us how to escape a smoky building.  We practiced “stay low and go”, in the smoke house.  The smokehouse was a little scary for some of them, but almost everyone went through the experience.  Here are some key points that they learned:

1-  Firefighters are our friends-  please don’t hide from them.
2-  Have a family escape plan.  Choose a meeting spot outside of your home.
3-  Check your smoke detector’s batteries.  Our fire department will install smoke detectors in your home free of charge if you need them.  
4-  Stay low and go.  Ask them where the bad air is, and where the good air is.
5-  Stop Drop and Roll-  Ask them to show you how to put out a fire on their clothes.
6-  PRACTICE your family’s fire escape plan.

Each child brought home 2 Sesame Street booklets.  One was a coloring book for them.  The other was a family safety book for the parents.  It is a great resource for parents to read to help their child understand fire safety.  There are also several great YouTube resources.  Search:  Fire Prevention.  

This week we were also finally able to use up the rest of our apples to make applesauce.  They each cut their apples up into small pieces, added sugar, cinnamon and water.  We let them cook down in the crockpot.  They had fun smashing them into sauce.  The best part was EATING the applesauce.  

Recipe:
8-10 apples (cored and peeled)
Sugar
Cinnamon
½ cup water
You can let them cook on high in a crockpot overnight, or you can boil them on the stove top.
Kids love to cook and this an easy way to let them make something from scratch!

Reminders:

Late arrivals/early departures:  If your child arrives at school after 8:00 and the circle drive is already clear, you will need to walk your child into the classroom.  You will also need to stop by the office first and sign them in.  If you need to pick them up early, you will also need to sign them out at the office.

Sick Policy:  The yucky stuff has already made its  appearance this year.  We follow the Missouri Department of Health guidelines.  Those were provided to you in your preschool handbook.  The easiest way to remember is we follow a 24 hour symptom free policy rule.  Your child must be symptom free for 24 hours before they can return to school.  24 hours doesn’t mean “overnight”.  We do our best to promote handwashing and healthy practices, but illnesses are going to happen, and they are going to spread like wildfire.  Please help keep everyone healthy by following the 24 hour rule and the health guidelines.  

Book Orders are due on Thursday.  You can submit your order online, or you can send in your order form and a check made to Scholastic Book Clubs (no checks).

Tuition:  Please send in October’s tuition if you haven’t done so already.  November’s tuition will be due Friday October 27th.  Thank you!  I am working on an online payment system.  I hope to have this in place very soon.  

Backpacks and take home folders:  Please make sure you are checking your child’s backpack daily.  We have several children who attend daycare after preschool and their backpacks carry items necessary for both places.  Please try to leave room in the backpacks for preschool stuff too.  

Change of clothes:  Please make sure your child has a complete set of clothing in a ziplock bag.  The weather will be changing to cooler temperatures (maybe), so please make sure there are season appropriate clothing in the bag.  

Recess:  We will attempt to go outside for recess even on chilly days.  Please make sure to send a jacket with your child daily.  Please put their initials on the inside tag as well.  

Upcoming Events

We have a VERY busy month of October.  Please make sure you are following my classroom Facebook page, as well as the Parents As Teachers page.

October 16th-20th-  Book Fair in the library.  A letter with the shopping days and times was sent home last week.  The preschool classes DO NOT visit the book fair as a class.  Parents are welcome to pick them up from preschool and walk down to the library.  Please check in at the office before you go.

October 16th- 20th-  FBLA will be collecting food items to donate to the First Baptist Church.  A flyer was sent home with a list of suggestions.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  I have posted a link for P/T Conference sign up on my classroom Facebook page.  If you are unable to find a time that works for you, please let me know and I can provide some alternative dates.

October 22nd-  Red Ribbon Week.  Stay tuned for more information

Halloween parties will be on October 30th and 31st from 10:00-10:45.  Parents may arrive at 9:45.  We will participate in a costume parade at 10:00.  Children may wear their costumes to school, or you can pack them in their backpacks and we will get them changed for the parade.  No weapons are allowed with the costume.