Newsletter October 16th – 20th, 2017

Irvington Pre-K Newsletter


Hello, Pre-K families!

We had a wonderful week finishing up the second half of our Fall unit. We had an apple taste test, made applesauce, counted pumpkin seeds, and made adorable squirrels. Next week we will be learning about nocturnal animals and the letter of the week will be F. Please help your child select one item that starts with F for share.

Thanks and Reminders

*Thank you to Lydia’s family for providing such yummy snacks!

*Next week Evelyn’s family will be providing snack.

*Scholastic orders are due October 25th! You can order directly with this link

*If your child has outgrown any of their clothes, we are currently accepting donations 🙂

*As a special reminder, please only bring in one blanket and one stuffie for rest time. Our cubbies are too small for pillows and sheets.

*Be on the lookout for a conference sign-up sheet this coming Monday!

Person Of The Week

 Kellen was our Person Of The Week. He says that he has brown hair and green eyes. His “favorites” are: Color – Green. Number – 5. Book – Dragons Love Tacos. Movie – Polar Express. Animal – Cheetah. Game – Hide And Seek. Food – Macaroni and cheese. Dessert – Chocolate ice cream. When Kellen grows up he wants to be a Police Officer. And if he could have three wishes, they would be: 1.) Be invisible  2.) Fly  3.) Be a shark (because he likes to swim).

Monday we dove right back into the second half of our Fall unit by conducting an apple taste test! In small groups, students got the chance to taste 3 different kinds of apples: Granny Smith, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. After the taste test, everyone recorded their favorite of the three on a chart. We found that 5 friends liked Granny Smith, 7 liked Golden Delicious and 8 liked Red Delicious. For even more apple fun, we made homemade applesauce! And everyone thoroughly enjoyed the aroma as it cooked in the crockpot all day. Then during snack, we got to have some and it was delicious! For letter E share, Audrey D brought in an elbow pad, Enzo shared an envelope, Effie showed everyone her ear buds, Carter shared a picture of an ear and Will brought a picture of his sister, Elle. We finished our day playing games with Teacher Mike outside.

Tuesday was awesome as we were graced with the presence of Miss Nina! She brought some great stories with her as well: Those Darn Squirrels Fly South and Waiting For Winter. She even did a fun exercise with us to get the wiggles out. In our learning groups we read, Pumpkin, Pumpkin and The Runaway Pumpkin. For letter E share, Alexander brought in a large stuffed elephant named, Ellie, Saoirse shared a small plastic elephant, Eliah showed off his eagle shirt and Lydia brought in some erasers! Later in the day we had a blast as we cut open a real pumpkin, removed all of the seeds and then made estimates on a chart as to how many there were. The guesses ranged from 4 – 1000.  We also got to work on Person Of The Week pages for Kellen. Everyone did a great job of drawing pictures for him and dictating kind words about him. In the afternoon, we got our groove on during Music and Movement, played games with Teacher Mike and finished the day by reading, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves.

Wednesday morning, we spent some time getting more familiar with the letter E. We went over the sounds it makes, learned the sign language E and practiced writing it with letter E pages.  For share, Luke showed off his eye patch, Uriah shared a special wooden elephant that he says is VERY old, Havana brought in her Elena shirt and Evelyn shared two ewes. Later in the day we read, Pumpkin Jack which was a great story that details the lifecycle of a pumpkin. After rest time, we did The Bean Bag Dance on the carpet and learned a new song called, Leaves Are Falling. Ask your child if they can sing it for you! Our day ended with recess and games outside, followed by an awesome story on the carpet (thanks to Evelyn) called, Ruby.

Thursday some of us spent the morning doing beautiful watercolor paintings while others enjoyed the new dishware in the dramatic play area. Then during our morning meeting we talked about what to do if there is an earthquake since there would be a drill very soon. We learned that in the event of an earthquake, we need to drop to the ground and cover our heads/necks with our hands until the shaking is over. Ideally, under a table or desk would be best, holding onto a leg with one hand while protecting your neck and head with the other, but tables aren’t always available! When the actual drill took place a bit later, the class did a wonderful job of taking it seriously. The teachers didn’t have to remind anyone to be quiet or still, everyone just did it! Good job, Pre K! For letter E share, Elise shared an Easter egg, Kellen showed off his stuffed elephant, Audrey MW shared an envelope and Matilda brought in a picture of an eagle. Later we found another use for the leaves we have collected throughout this unit by doing leaf rubbings! In the afternoon, we took some time to count the pumpkin seeds so we could see how close we came with our estimates. There were 468 seeds! Towards the end of our day, Teacher Mike came by for some games inside since it was pouring down rain outside! After that we ran around under the covered area playing with chalk, Frisbees and rubber balls and then headed back in the classroom to sing our goodbye song.

 Friday morning, we colored beautiful birthday pages for Effie since she turns five on Saturday. Then during our morning meeting, we talked about the importance of listening to each other no matter what is being said. Everyone agreed that being ignored doesn’t feel good and we will make sure to always listen. After that we broke off into our learning groups and got to watch a fun video about squirrels. We found out that there are 285 different species of squirrels that live all over the world! For the related project, we made adorable, bushy tailed squirrels. Look for them on the walls next week! Throughout the day we also worked on our response to the letter we received from Beaumont Pre-K a few weeks ago. After rest time, everyone was eager to have their choice of songs for Music and Movement. We listened to, Bop Til You Drop, Let’s Go Swimming and Going On a Bear Hunt.  Then we had recess and played games with Teacher Mike before heading inside for one last story of the week, Enemy Pie. Then we sang our goodbye song as friends were picked up by their families.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

-Team Pre-K