Newsletter March 19th – 23rd, 2018

Irvington Pre-K Newsletter 


Hello, Pre-K families!

It’s been a great third and final week of our art unit. We finished a few lingering projects and read some great books along the way. When we return from spring break, we will be focusing on the spring season, gardening and insects. The letter of the week will be Vv. Please help your child choose something for letter share that starts with Vv.



Saoirse’s family is providing snack when we return from Spring Break. We have used the last of our play dough and will have a sign-up list if you would like to make some for the children to play with! This is a great activity to do with your child, they will love adding colors and kneading it!


Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup white flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup water

food coloring

Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”.  Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.


Person of The Week

Lydia was our Person of the Week. She says she has brown hair and brown eyes. Her “favorites” are: Color – Pink. Number – 5. Book – My Little Pony. Movie – Moana. Animal – Unicorn. Game – Matching game. Food – Pasta.  Dessert – Pancakes with syrup and chocolate. When Lydia grows up she wants to be a gymnast. And if she could have three wishes, they would be: 1.) I wish I was a unicorn  2.) I wish I could be a princess  3.) I wish I could be a mermaid.


Monday morning, friends came bounding through the door in their pajamas to help celebrate spirit week here at Irvington. We began our day with fun choices like beading necklaces and playing with beans in the sensory table! Later we worked on finishing our concentric circles project and also began “drawing with scissors” just like the artist, Henri Matisse!  For letter Uu share, Effie brought in a stuffed unicorn that she named, Sparkly Eye, Eliah showed off a picture he drew of an Alaskan ulu (a kind of knife) and Saoirse also shared a unicorn. In the afternoon we enjoyed some songs on the carpet for music and movement and then had a delicious snack and headed outside for a nice sunny recess! Our day ended with free choice as friends were picked up by their families.


Tuesday morning the kiddos arrived in their sportiest attire to celebrate the second day of spirit week! So during morning meeting it seemed appropriate that we each share our favorite sport or sports team. The outfits were pretty great! During our learning groups we read, My Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil and got to see some great examples of object art! For letter Uu share, Lydia showed off her stuffed unicorn that she likes to sleep with and Alexander brought in an umbrella. In the afternoon we had a leisurely free choice and healthy snack followed by an even longer second recess as it was beautiful outside! We had a blast under the Portland sun and then finished our day listening to, Froggy Plays Soccer on CD.


Wednesday morning many students arrived with creative hairdos to celebrate Irvington’s crazy hair day! After everyone had settled into group time we read the book Bear Wants More. In this story, the bear is waking up from his long winter’s nap and the season of Spring has finally arrived. The children were eager to share the different signs of Spring they have noticed! After rest time, we had a surprise lock down drill. The students did an excellent job being calm and quiet. For Letter Uu share, Evelyn shared her colorful umbrella and Havana shared her unicorn made of stone. As a special activity in the afternoon we played bug under the rug!


Thursday was the last day of Pre-K’s Spirit week and we celebrated with color day! Many students were wearing their many favorite colors, and we shared our favorite colors in our morning meeting. During morning and afternoon group time we read two stories by Peter H. Reynolds, Ish and The Dot. In both of these stories, the children’s art isn’t coming out exactly how they expected and they become frustrated. By the end of the story they have realized that they can change their art into something new and it’s just perfect for them! For letter Uu share, Uriah shared himself by telling us some of his favorite things! In aftercare, the students participated in a fun painting and sculpting activity with Teacher Michelle and Teacher Yuliana.


Friday during morning choice time, we heard over the announcements that the Kindergarteners were going to go on a parade outside the school. We quickly put on coats and stood outside our room as the kindergarteners walked by wheeling their parade floats. The pre-k students clapped and cheered them on with the rest of the school. It was so much fun! During morning meeting was sang some of our favorite songs and shared what we learned and enjoyed from our long art unit. For letter Uu sharing, Matilda shared her Uno game, Luke shared his broken umbrella and Audrey D. shared a pair of underwear. During free choice we decorated Alex’s birthday pages, he will be celebrating his 5th birthday during spring break. At the end of the day, we sang Alex happy birthday and read Lydia’s person of the week book.


Have a happy and healthy Spring Break!

-Team Pre-K!