Newsletter May 30-June 2
Irvington Pre-K Newsletter May 30th – June 2nd, 2017
Hello, Pre-K families!
It’s been a short but sweet week here in Pre-K! The four days flew by as we learned more about ocean animals and had the pleasure of participating in Irvington’s Jelly Bean Field Day! We read fantastic stories, made beautiful projects (now decorating the classroom) and of course sang Slippery Fish a time or two. Next week we will focus on kindergarten readiness and practicing for Friday’s graduation.
Thanks and Reminders
Thank you to Severin and his family for bringing the delicious and nutritious snack this week.
The last day of school is June 15. Please let us know if you will be leaving sooner than that date.
Pre-K Graduation will be held in the cafeteria on Friday, June 9th. We will let you know the time as more details become finalized. We are planning to start around 1:45, and have a “cookie” potluck afterwards. Each family can bring a small (NUT FREE) batch to share with everyone. We will provide beverages. We will finish by 2:45.
Eliya was our Star Student for the week. She says that she has black hair and“brown-golden”eyes. Her favorites are: Color – Rainbow. Number – Infinity + 1. Book – Elsa & Ana. Movie – LEGO Batman. Animal – fish, elephant, owl. Activity – “Princess ballerina.” Food – Macaroni & Cheese and Spaghetti. Dessert – Brownie with chocolate chip ice cream. When Eliya grows up she wants to be a few things: Rockstar, Police Officer and a Doctor. If she could have three wishes, they would be: 1.) Be the Tooth Fairy 2.) Be a Ballerina 3.) Perform on stage “Ballerina Style.”
On Tuesday we returned from the long weekend rested and ready to learn more about ocean animals! But first, we spent the morning making Star Student pages for Eliya. After making beautiful pictures and dictating all kinds of compliments, we had our morning circle. First we all shared something special about our long weekend and then read, Swallow The Leader and The Specific Ocean. In the afternoon we colored various sea animal pages and played with seashells, listening to the “ocean” as we put them up to our ears. We finished the day with snack and then books and puzzles on the carpet as we said our goodbyes for the day.
On Wednesday we began the day with some free choice. Then at circle time we read, A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carle and Is This a House For Hermit Crab? Through these books, we learned that hermit crabs have soft, exposed abdomens, which leaves them vulnerable to predators. To protect themselves, hermit crabs search for abandoned shells (usually sea snail shells). As they grow, they often outgrow their borrowed shell. When this happens, they have to go in search of a new one. We also discovered they even decorate their shells to help camouflage themselves and add an extra layer of protection. For our related project, we constructed and decorated hermit crabs of our own and then pasted them to our painted wave paper. These are now hanging on the walls of the classroom, come check them out! During rest time, there was a fire drill. We had quite a few friends that were completely asleep. But everyone did a great job of exiting the building and handling the abrupt wake up! Go Pre-K!
Thursday was spectacular, as it was Jelly Bean Field Day! During our normally scheduled gym time, we got to go outside and experience all sorts of activities! There were bean bag and ring tosses, water blasters, basketball games, races, pogo stick bouncing, Frisbee throwing, and even more inside the gym! We enjoyed trying all of these games until it was time for lunch! Just before rest time we read, the Ocean Dictionary and Somewhere In The Ocean and learned all about the interesting looking creature known as the jellyfish. We discovered something QUITE interesting! Jellyfish don’t have brains! This of course blew everyone out of the water! Once rest time was over, we rolled into free choice while small groups of students began crafting their own jellyfish! We used contact paper, torn tissue paper and shiny ribbon to create these unique sea creatures. At the end of the day the class got their reward for all of their efforts at Jelly Bean Field Day………..Jelly Beans! (Mike & Ike’s to be exact). As one can imagine, this caused quite the wave of excitement!
On Friday students arrived to find jellyfish and sea turtles hanging from the ceiling! We spent the morning making and decorating whale tails with snails on top and they turned out wonderfully, of course. This project was inspired by the adorable tale called, The Snail and The Whale. This story was about a snail who longs to see the world and hitches a lift on a whale’s tail. Together they go on an amazing journey, but all along the snail feels very small in this big world. However, when the whale is beached in a bay, it is the small snail who saves the day. Another great tale to show how size doesn’t matter! In the afternoon we read, My Life With the Wave (again) and then headed outside to enjoy the perfect weather. Then we packed up for the weekend and finished our day with a nutritious snack!
Have a great weekend!