Irvington Pre-K Newsletter August 29th – September 1st, 2017
Hello, Pre-K families!
We have had a fantastic first week here in Pre-K. Thank you to all of the families for helping to make such a seamless transition! We had a lot of fun in and outside of the classroom. We read books, sang songs, drew pictures, played games and much more! Next week, our unit is called, “All About Me.” Please have your child bring their “life in a bag” to school next Tuesday. Your child will be sharing their items during circle time throughout the week. We are excited to learn more about your child and what makes them special!
Thanks and Reminders
*Thanks for a wonderful first week of Pre-K!
*If you have not sent in school supplies or a family photo please bring those in early next week. Reminders went home in lunch boxes please disregard if you have already brought these items in.
*Please check our snack sign-up near the door and choose two weeks to provide snacks for our classroom.
*We are closed Monday
Please see the attached for snack ideas, and PPS safety information.
Tuesday-We had an amazing first day of Pre-K! Thank you to all of the parents and family members for helping your children choose a table activity and get settled into the classroom. There were a few tears but everyone adjusted very quickly. First days can be hard for students and parents, but everyone did quite nicely. In our morning circle we read, The Kissing Hand. This book is about a sad raccoon that isn’t ready for school. His mom reassures him that he would have fun making new friends and playing with new toys. Mama Raccoon gives Chester a kissing hand so when he is sad he will have her near! For our project today, the students made their own kissing hand to share with their families! After reading the kissing hand, we sang our name song. We will sing this song often as we learn everyone’s name in our classroom! Magic Mir came in shortly after to perform some fantastic magic tricks for us! Thanks Magic Mir! We went outside for a long morning playtime. Teacher Lacey went over safety information and everyone had fun running around and playing with new friends. All of the student’s completed their first drawing project of the year. These pictures are hanging on their art clips above our bags/coats hooks.
Wednesday– During our morning circle, we read the book Froggy Goes to School. Teacher Emily went over our expectations for carpet time and how we use our different learning centers. Students had a great time exploring these centers during free choice. Throughout the day we colored birthday pages for our friend Bayard, he turned 4 years old today! During “music and movement” we learned the Goldfish song and sang our name song. In the afternoon, we met teacher Mike for the first time. Teacher Mike will be teaching the students fun outdoor games! Teacher Lacey read, A Bad Case of the Stripes as students were dismissed to their families.
Thursday – We began our morning by going over the three rules of the classroom. They are: BE SAFE. BE A HELPER. BE A FRIEND. We even asked the students what all of these rules might look like, and many came up with wonderful examples. After that we had free choice and then read, Corduroy just before going outside to play. When we got up from rest time, we enjoyed some “music and movement” on the carpet to fun songs like, Going On a Bear Hunt and The Goldfish song. In the afternoon when Teacher Mike came, we went outside again to play a few games, which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy! Towards the end of the day we read the sequel to Corduroy, which is called, A Pocket for Corduroy. Then we said our goodbyes for the day!
Friday – During morning circle, we talked about how we practice fire drills at school throughout the year so we can be prepared in case of an emergency. The whole class listened so well! Then we did a few practice “emergency lineups” in the classroom, and even exited the building to show the students where we line up outside of the school. While lined up, the students are to stand facing the street with voices off so they can hear their name when the teachers take attendance. After we finished practicing for an emergency, we read a fun story called, What Was I Scared of, which was quite entertaining with all of the rhyming by Dr. Seuss himself! Later in the day after “music and movement,” the real fire drill took place. The whole class lined up quickly and quietly and exited the building just like they were supposed to. Everyone said, “here!” audibly and we even received a few compliments from other teachers who saw what a great job we did. Way to go, Pre-K! After that, we played games outside with Teacher Mike. Then we came in, enjoyed some free choice, and packed up for the three-day weekend. Teacher Emily read, The Little Bitty Bakery as students were dismissed to their families.
Enjoy a lovely weekend and we will see you all next week!