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February 2018 PreK-J Monthly News

February 2018 PreK-J Monthly News

February may be a short one, but it is jam packed filled with holiday celebrations and activities that are sure to keep us busy!   Within this short month, we will celebrate Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and our 100th Day of School!!  So much fun!

We start the month off with Ground Hog Day.  Will he see his shadow? This day gives us a great opportunity to continue our study of winter, but turn our attention to hibernation and migration, as well as shadows.

We will continue our study of winter through our literature study of “The Mitten”.  The children are now learning how to write lower case letters. You may want to ask them about the meaning of sky line, plane line, grass line and worm line.  Please encourage your child to practice writing the lower case letters at home.

In math, we will practice identifying and counting 6-9 objects, subtracting, and writing numbers. We will continue recognizing and creating a variety of patterns.

In Religion, we will learn how God gave us light, about being patient, and about St. Valentine’s Day.

We will have a Valentine’s Day celebration on February 14th with special treats and the exchange of Valentine cards.  If you would like your child to participate in the exchange of valentines, please be sure to send in a filled out valentine card for each child in our class.  I will be sending home an updated class list in your child’s folder.

Every Friday -  Popcorn $.25 (Please put $ in folder)

Important Dates to Remember:

  • February 14 - Valentine’s Day Celebration
  • February 19  -  President’s Day, NO SCHOOL
  • February 20   - PreK’s 100th Day of School (weather permitting)
  • February 26 – March 3   -  Winter Break

Friendly reminders:

  • Please send in shoes or sneakers on days your child is wearing boots to school. Staying in their boots all day is uncomfortable, hot & tracks mud and dirt throughout the classroom.
  • Flu season is here and sharing blankets helps spread germs. Please remember to bring in a beach towel or blanket on Mondays!

As always, thank you for sharing your children with us. Have a great month!

<3 Ms. Jodrey & Ms. Romero

 

January 2018 Prek-J News

Happy 2018!  It is hard to believe that another year has gone by and we are now in the midst of winter!  I hope this newsletter finds everyone healthy and well!  I missed all the children over Christmas Break.

January is a great time for us to explore and discover all that winter brings to New England in the forms of snow, ice, freezing rain, wind, and blizzards. Our focus this month will be winter and discovering differences between freezing and melting and liquids and solids.  I have planned a variety of fun sensory experiences, demonstrations and engaging experiments using real or created snow and ice.

Religion for the month is using our senses; seeing, listening, touching and smelling.  Our winter theme correlates well with this.  Catholic Schools’ Week is coming up on January 29-February 2, 2018.

In math, we will continue to practice identifying 1-5 objects, subtracting, and writing numbers. We will be recognizing and creating a variety of patterns as well as discovering natural patterns in nature.

We will end the month with a Winter Celebration on Friday, January 26th during snack time.  What a good way to break up the winter doldrums.  More information to come.

I love this time of year when it becomes noticeable that the children are making great progress.  You can really notice the difference. Be on the lookout for your child’s report card coming home on Friday, January 26, 2018.

Thank you for sharing your children with us! Have a great month!

<3 Ms. Jodrey & Ms. Romero

 

December News

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Prek-J December News

Please welcome Mrs. Andrea Romero as our new permanent Classroom Aid! We are very excited to have her join us! She knows St. Christopher School very well as she has substitute taught for years here, and has many years’ experience working with children.

We want to thank Miss Nancy for helping us out the past few weeks in our classroom as a substitute Aid. The kids loved having her in the classroom and so did I. We are thankful that she has agreed to continue to volunteer in our classroom!

December is another busy month as we

prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. We will begin the season of Advent by discussing the importance of the Advent wreath which we will “light” each week leading up to Christmas. We will be attending Mass on December 8th to celebrate the Immaculate Conception. We will conclude the month of Decem

ber by attending the Christmas Prayer Service on December 21st at 11:30.

This month the children have been busy singing and learning the meaning of a variety of Christmas songs such as Silent Night, Away in the Manger and Christ Be Our Light. You will not want to miss our little ones singing in the Christmas Concert on December 12th at 10:00 in St. Christopher’s Church. They are very excited to participate in the Concert!

We have just completed a unit on the Gingerbread Man. What fun! The kids loved listening to a variety of Gingerbread boy and girl stories and comparing and contrasting the various versions. Decorating gingerbread cookies and making gingerbread houses are a few of the fun activities we have completed this month. We even have a gingerbread friend, “Gingy” that has joined our classroom and keeps the kids guessing where he’ll show up next. He seems to move around while we are away. I hope he doesn’t start leaving our classroom.

In Religion, we will be learning about Jesus’s birth, Angels and Stars and how they relate to the meaning of Christmas. What a special time of year!

In Language Arts, we are finishing up learning the names of the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds. The children have done a wonderful job learning the letter-keyword-sounds of the alphabet. We will soon focus on the correct letter formation of lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as learning the association of a sound with the written letter. The letters will be introduced for writing in order of letter form, not in ABC order. We will start with the letter “Tt”.

In Math, we will continue to learn about numbers – writing them, counting, and recognizing them. Our class will also continue to practice grouping, sorting, creating patterns, and word problems utilizing simple addition and subtraction. The children continuously practice and utilize math skills throughout the day.

In Science, the children have been exploring a variety of pinecones and have discovered seeds hidden inside them. So exciting! We will continue to work with nature & weather, as well as introduce electricity this month utilizing Christmas Lights.

We are very busy in Pre-K and enjoying every moment!

Scholastic Book Orders were sent home last week. To ensure that you receive your order in time for Christmas, on-line orders or paper orders with checks are due this Friday, December 8th. As always, we will double bag your order, so little eyes do not get a glimpse.

Christmas Vacation is December 22 – January 2nd.

We return to school on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Thursday, December 21st is Early Release.

We will be dismissing Pre-K at 12:15.

There will be no aftercare that day as it is the start of our Christmas break.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy New Year!!

<3 Ms. Jodrey and Mrs. Romero

 
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