November 21-23, 2016

Irvington Pre-K Newsletter November 21-23, 2016


Hello Pre-K families! We enjoyed a short yet fun week thinking about all that we are thankful for. Students shared what makes them happy, and what they give thanks for. It included a variety of people, places, and kind gestures.


Next week we will begin our 2 week unit on Space. This is a very exciting unit and always generates lots of enthusiasm! Our letter of the week will be Jj, since last week was so short and many students were out, we thought we would have a J-week do over. Please help your child select one item that starts with J to share at our share circle.


Thanks and Reminders

  • Thank you to all families for your kindness and support. We are thankful for you!
  • STAR PARTY will be December 2nd. (details about the party will be sent home on Monday) Nice job, Pre-K!
  • There are still open slots to sign-up for snack. If you haven’t signed up for 2 weeks, please do, and if you have any questions ask Teachers Lacey and Candice. 🙂
  • There are 3 full weeks of school until Winter Break. Pre-K will be closed December 19- January 2nd.



On Monday, we started our day sharing some of our long weekend plans. Many of the students are traveling out of town, and are excited for the extra time with family. Students signed in and put their photo under the yes or no sign on the “do you have a J in your name?” chart. It turns out that zero students have a J in their name. We read several books about being thankful. We read Sharing by Taro Gomi, The Thank You Book by Mo Willems, and Thankfulness that wonderfully framed this concept. We talked about when we say thanks, and students gave some great examples of when they say it. For both our project and as our share time, students shared something or someone they are thankful for. This is what the students said: I am thankful for my mom, dad, sister and brother (Kellen), I am thankful for football and basketball (Charlie), I am thankful my grandma’s house (Alex), I am thankful for painting (Sarah), I am thankful for my family (Mirabel), I am thankful for Colette (Camille), I am thankful for my sister and my parents (Vaughn), I am thankful to be invited to a birthday party (Rory), I am thankful for the gift my nana gave me (Bianca), I am thankful for hugs from my mom (Severin), I am thankful for my mom taking me to my favorite park (Katelyn), I am thankful my dad cooks me chicken and rice (Avi), I am thankful for Grammy and Grandpa (Zulia), I am thankful for my big and cozy house (Gabe), I am thankful for having my whole family (Grant), I am thankful for my mom giving me cake (Lucas), I am thankful for my mom and dad and Zinnia and my dog (Ruby). We were so impressed with their thoughtful and unique ideas! For our project, students water colored a Sharpie drawing of a huge leaf. These will be part of our “I am thankful for…” project. We enjoyed a blustery day of wind, rain, sunshine, amazing clouds, and we even saw a rainbow! There was a lot of fun had during music and movement with some new songs.


On Tuesday, we continued our discussion of giving thanks and the feelings of gratitude. We read Look and Be Grateful by Tomie de Paola, The Thankful Book by Todd Parr, and Thankful by Eileen Spinelli. We talked more about thankful and all the things we are thankful for, as well as trying to remember to say thanks. In the afternoon, students cut out the drawings of their huge leaves, and glued them onto a large piece of orange construction paper. They then added their statements of thanks to the paper. We shared these beauties with each other and they went home with students to present to their families.


On Wednesday, we only had 9 students! So those of us at school took a bit of a vacation too. We made some fuse bead creations, played with LEGO, and played several rounds of “what time is it Mr. Fox?” We got to meet our two new students; Aviana and Eliya, who will be starting on Monday morning. We read Good People Everywhere, Into the Outdoors, The Shady Tree by Demi, and Knuffle Bunny Free; an Unexpected Diversion. We had another exciting music and movement time using shaker eggs and rhythm sticks. The day zipped by so quickly, and we finished off our day with a long outside time. We also enjoyed reading There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie, so silly!


Closed Thursday & Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!!


Enjoy the long weekend! See you all on Monday.

Team Pre-K