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Dear Parents,
Can you believe that we are already into our seventh month of school?! The children have really come together as a team. Their self help skills have grown tremendously. It’s nice to see them play, comfort and help each other.
Last week in “Circle Time” we introduced the radiant letter “Rr”! Examples were given of words that start with this letter such as raccoon, rainbow, rocket, robot, rhino and Ryan! To reinforce the letter we decorated our pre-cut R’s with ribbon. In addition to that we water colored our very own rocket ships! Our “Circle Time” discussions taught us about raccoons. Ask your children the definition of the word “nocturnal” and what it means to see a raccoon in the daytime. (He’s sick!)
Since “R” is for Rocks, we created a science lesson by observing a variety of different rocks. Since my own children had boxed sets of rock specimens stored in my basement for the past 20 years, I thought the children might be interested in checking out the different types. Not only were they interested but fascinated and eager to share their observations. They noticed that the rocks had very different shapes sizes and textures. They realized that some were rough, smooth, shiny, sparkly, colorful and dull. There were even some crystals and fossils mixed in! I love when we can share ordinary things found in our natural world in a hands-on way and turn them into teachable moments. It definitely sparked their interest and maybe motivated some of them to become Geologists!!
To further introduce this letter we had the children step into an imaginary time machine. We took them from the current digital world to 80’s technology. They were quite amused by our Fisher Price record player. Before revealing what it was, I had the children try to guess what they thought it could be. In the past, answers ranged from a cat carrier to a vacuum cleaner! Aside from a couple of boys suggesting it might contain dinosaurs, most of them had no clue. The children crowded around the turntable and listened to the unmistakable crackle and hiss of needle upon vinyl. With fascination, they watched the record spin around, pouring out sound. It brought back memories! We’ve come a long way since those Fisher Price days!
Since music is an important part of our program, on Thursday we took out the rhythm sticks and inspired the children to move to a new beat! Rhythm stick activities promote understanding of concepts such as up and down, over and under, high and low, soft and loud, stop and go. We not only guide them to express themselves musically but respect and satisfy their need to make noise! Rhythm sticks are an extraordinary learning tool and so much fun!
We also enjoyed our flip chart song….
Rr (to the tune “She’ll Be Comin’ round The Mountain”)
Roy’s dog Rover runs all over.
Rover runs.
Roy’s dog Rover runs all over.
Rover runs.
Rover races, Rover chases,
Rover chews on Roy’s shoelaces.
Oh, yes, Rover runs all over.
Rover runs.
Many years ago Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote a number of children’s stories. His books are both entertaining and offer valuable life lessons. In honor of his birthday we celebrated with great fanfare! We turned our room into Seussville, put on our silly hats and listened to some great stories! Mr. Michael took time out of his busy day to read The Sneetches. He brought the story to life with the classic red and white striped hat! This story by Dr. Seuss told of yellow bird-like creatures who were separated into groups; those having stars on their bellies, and those with none. The star-belly Sneetches thought they were the best and looked down upon the Sneetches without stars. Upon discussion, Mr. Michael asked the children how the plain-bellied Sneetches might have felt when the star-bellied Sneetches would not include them in activities. The children seemed to see the silliness of judging people by their appearance rather than by their character. Dr. Seuss stories expertly teach all kinds of lessons and are full of invitations to build literacy skills. Throughout the week we read and dicussed The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. On Friday, we had blue jello for snack and once it was set, inserted Swedish fish into it! Some of the children, “would not eat it here or there”, “would not eat it ANYWHERE!” However, several of them LOVED it! “They would eat it in a house” and “they would eat it with a mouse!” Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
We continue to review our letters, numbers, colors and shapes! This week we will introduce the sensational letter “Ss”! We will introduce the shamrock shape, complete our rainbows, and have a wee bit of fun trying to catch a Leprechaun! Whether you are 100% Irish, or only Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, teaching children about Leprechauns is an exciting way for them to learn about the holiday. We are all on the lookout for those little green clad, pointy eared fellows and their pots of gold! On March 16th and 17th we will celebrate the wearin’ of the green and watch the children discover leprechaun antics!
On Monday, 3/7, we will have a special visitor. Dr. Mindy DDS will stop by to help the children “brush up” on tooth care.
Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Don’t forget to move your clock! (ahead 1 hour) March 13th is Daylight Saving Time! We are looking forward to the longer and later daylight hours. Spring is right around the corner!!
Enjoy the week!
Warmly,
Miss Joanne
Birthdays in March:
Ava 3/14
Zia 3/30

Dates to Remember:
March 16th & 17th St. Patrick’s Day Parties!
WEAR GREEN!
March 24th & 25th School closed for Religious Observance.

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Dear Parents,
Well, we’ve sprung forward!!! After months of dark winter nights, I’m happy to suffer through one 23hr. day in exchange for an extra hour of sunlight! Hopefully the children won’t notice that it’s still light out when bedtime rolls around!
This past week in “Circle Time,” we introduced the letter “Ss.” The children learned that S is an unreliable letter that often makes sounds other than the basic “s” sound. For example: (s) as in snake and Superman, (sh) as in shark! To highlight the letter we covered our pre-cut S with sequins. In addition to that, we placed a spoonful of yellow and blue finger paint on each child’s shamrock shape. We then had them use their fingers to mix the colors to get their favorite shade of green! This art project combined the science of color mixing with St. Patrick’s Day fun!
During our “Circle Time” discussions, we talked about sharks and spiders. We read Sharks by Catherine Nichols. The children were fascinated to learn that some sharks are as big as a school bus (whale shark), and some are so small they can fit in the palm of your hand! (cookie-cutter shark). Ask them which sharks people are afraid of most! (Great White). With illustrations on every page, the children soon memorized the names of nearly every shark. We also learned about spiders. Ask your child the difference between insects and spiders. (Insects have 3 body parts, six legs and many also have wings. Spiders have 2 body parts, 8 legs and do not have wings).
We also thought that since we based all our learning around the letter “S”, it might be a good time to get out the anti-smoking message. We discussed the health risks and the importance of making good choices. Our slogan was, “Be smart! Don’t start!”
Two more “S” words that we had some fun with last week was Solar System. The sun, moon, stars and planets are fascinating to young children who see the stars twinkle in the night sky. They learned that there are eight planets since Pluto has been left out in the cold. We learned that there is no evidence of life on other planets. Ask your child which planet is closest to the sun, (Mercury) and why we can’t live there. (Too hot) Ask which planet is the largest (Jupiter) and which one has the rings around it (Saturn). Ask why Mars is called the “red” planet. (red soil)
To demonstrate the planets sizes and locations in the Solar System, we used a Styrofoam kit. We positioned the planets around the sun for some totally far out fun!
We also did some scarf dancing this past week. Dancing in the nursery is already fun, and adding scarves to the mix brings the entertainment to a whole new level! We held our scarves by a corner and waved them around in time to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!” Everyone got very creative!
This past week we discovered the magic of American Sign Language and let our fingers do the talking!!! We learned to sing and sign the song “Each of Us is a Flower.”
Chorus:
Each of us is a flower
Growing in life’s garden
Each of us is a flower
We need the sun and rain.

Each of us is a flower
Growing in life’s garden
Each of us is a flower
We need the sun and rain.

Verse:
Sun, shine your warmth on me
Moon, cool me with your night
Wind, bring the gentle rain
Earth, take my roots down deep.

Chorus
The children acquired it easily! I’m confident your child will be thrilled to practice his/her “secret language” with you! Ask them to sign words like….Mom, Dad, cat, dog, more, thank you, and I love you!!! Just like learning a foreign language, sign language opens up a new path of communication, especially with the hearing impaired. It’s also FUN and a great skill to learn at an early age. The children were eager to practice what they learned during free play and snack time! Olivia G. has been proudly signing “thank you” since we first introduced it!
Snakes with their flicking tongues, unblinking stares, incredible agility and no visible arms or legs were topics of conversations this past week as well. Naturally, we had to have some fun with a “Rattlesnake Eggs” prank!!! The envelope the eggs were in warned of the dangers, still, many of the children were beyond curious. They’d learned that rattlesnakes are best known for their rattles and that when you hear it, you should RUN! However, they were fairly confident that these eggs wouldn’t hatch till spring. So, several victims, including, Gavin, Avani and Ajaye volunteered to open the envelope and report to us what the tiny eggs looked like! Little did they know that inside the envelope, there was a rubber band assembly that uncoiled, causing a loud rattling sound as if the eggs had hatched. All three of them boldly stepped forward to open the envelope. ALL courageous….UNTIL…..the rattle sounded!!! Hilarious! Priceless!
In case you would like to sing along to our weekly flip chart song, it went as follows:
Ss (to the tune Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Sing, sing, sing a song,
sing a silly song.
Singily, jingily,
ringily, swingily,
won’t you sing along?
We continue to review our numbers, colors and shapes. This week’s letter focus will be “Tt”. To keep the children immersed in the learning, on Monday, March 14th, we will have a “Tea Party.”
We will also begin focusing on Easter! Since Easter eggs and the Easter bunny symbolize fertility and new life, we will center our crafts on rabbits, baskets and colored eggs!
We are gearing up for our St. Patrick’s Day parties on Wednesday and Thursday. It is very difficult to catch a tricky leprechaun but we are sure having a lot of fun trying!!! Gavin is determined to catch one for himself and brought in his trusty net to try and accomplish that!!! Encourage your child to spread some Irish cheer by wearing GREEN on March 16th and 17th!
To reinforce the concept that letter U always follows Q in words, we will hold a “ROYAL WEDDING” during “Uu” week. On Wednesday, March 30th we will hold a royal wedding in the nursery classroom. It will be complete with music, decorations, ceremony and reception. Your child is encouraged to bring a gift for the happy couple but it must start with a Q or U. (ie: Q-tips, Quaker Oats, quarter). Please see attached formal invitation.
“Wishin’ you a pot o’ gold and all the joy your heart can hold.” Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Warmly,
Miss Joanne
Birthdays in March:
Ava 3/14
Zia 3/30

Dates to Remember:
March 14th “Tt” is for TEA PARTY!!!
March 16th & 17th St. Patrick’s Day Parties!
WEAR GREEN!!!!!
March 20th Spring arrives!!
March 23rd Easter Party!
March 24th & 25th School closed for Religious Observance
March 30th The Royal Wedding of Letters Q & U!!!!

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Dear Parents,         

Well, we’re in the midst of another cold weather system!

On February 2nd, we had some “Punxsutawney Phil” educational, interactive fun!  The children experienced a complete groundhog celebration!  We kept the children engaged with props, stories, crafts, shadow puppets and a special groundhog snack!  On Tuesday amidst mostly sunny skies, the weather prophet extraordinaire, emerged from his burrow in Punxsutawney, PA., and did NOT see his shadow!  To cheers and applause the Groundhog Emcee proclaimed….“There is no shadow to be cast, an early spring is my forecast!”

 Let’s hope he’s right, but if you want more snow, take heart.  Phil isn’t a particularly accurate meteorologist!           

After our Hogtivities ended on Tuesday, we were looking forward to some pre-game “Super Bowl” fun on Friday!  Unfortunately, due to a surprise snowstorm, we missed it!  Did anyone see that one coming????

This week we will shovel up even MORE fun by celebrating holidays, events and the playful letter “Pp”!

Gung-Hay-Fat-Choy!  Have a prosperous and good year!!!  Chinese culture is full of animals, fire-breathing dragons and yummy foods….all sure to inspire the children!  The more excited and informed they are about different cultures, the more they will get out of the celebration!  Monday 2/8, we have some fun activities planned as we teach the children about Chinese New Year traditions.  We will launch our celebration by reading two books, My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz and Lion Dancer:-Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Kate Waters. We will celebrate the “Year of the Monkey”, with a parade around our classroom proudly displaying our dragon crafts.  We will play songs that will give flavor to this happy celebration and sample some traditional foods.  Since we are a peanut-free facility, the children will sample: lo-mein (buttered spaghetti), Chinese noodles, orange slices and fortune cookies!  Chopsticks will be provided to help us get a “taste” of another culture!  Our classroom will be transformed into an exciting learning center as we celebrate this holiday’s underlying message of peace and happiness.

On Tuesday we’ll have another excuse to party!  Since Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) marks the end of carnival season, we will throw a fun celebration in our classroom with sparkling purple, green and gold decorations, festive foods and Cajun dance music!  The children will put on masks, blow horns and have another wild and crazy parade!  With beads, trinkets and lively spirits, we will reflect and define the cultural tradition of New Orleans!  They will get a Bourbon Street experience without ever leaving Westbury!!

We continue to meet a new letter friend each week and are reviewing our shapes, colors and numbers.  This week we will introduce the letter “Pp”, and look forward to discussing some famous Presidents!  On Wednesday and Thursday we will have our Valentine Pajama Party!  Treats will include PANCAKES, and since the children love being read to, we will cuddle up with a great book or two!  Since love will be in the air, we will also celebrate by sharing cards.  Please remember not to address Valentines to each individual friend.  This makes the time it takes to pass them out, much quicker!  There are now 23 friends in nursery.

This past week in “Circle Time” we introduced the letter “Oo”.  It was explained that “Oo” is one of those letters that sometimes makes the same sound as its name.  Examples of words with the “long-O” sound such as ….oval, Olaf and Obama were given.  The children were then told that “Oo” makes another sound, as in words like octopus, owl, ostrich and otter. To reinforce the letter we decorated our orange O’s with little “o” hole reinforcements.  We also made outrageous octopus!

Our “Circle Time” discussions taught us some fun facts about octopus, ostrich and owls.  Ask your children how many arms an octopus has and what it does to make a quick escape when threatened (releases ink).  Your children should also be able to tell you that an owl is nocturnal (active at night) and can’t move or roll its eyes.  Because they have forward facing eyes, they must turn their entire head to see in a different direction.  They learned that the ostrich is the world’s largest living bird!  They can’t fly but they’re fast runners.  An ostrich eye is larger than its brain!  We also challenged them to use their thinking skills to recognize opposites.  Ask them to name a few!

Here in the nursery we encourage music of all kinds.  This past week we introduced the children to some opera!  Our CD had a calming factor that was truly quite amazing.  To open their ears to different forms of musical expression is so much fun, especially when we try to imitate opera stars!

Our flip-chart song for the letter “Oo” went like this:

Oo (to the tune My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean)

An octopus swam in the ocean,

swam over the waves in the sea.

It raised its arms out of the water,

and waved eight times to me.

Oh, me! Oh, my!

There it goes, swimming by… yi yi yi.

Oh, me! Oh, my!

That octopus just waved bye, bye.

“Bye”, “Bye”.

This week we will complete our “Valentine’s for Veterans”. The children will be able to personally drop the cards that they made both at home and in school, into our special mailbox. A special thanks to all parents that have made this a family project. The heartfelt wishes that reinforce the support and gratitude these brave men and women so greatly deserve will be delivered to our Veterans at the Northport VA Hospital in time for Valentine’s Day.

When we return after the break, we will look at the great contributions that Black Americans have made to our society as we celebrate Black History.

On February 24th & 25th we will close out the month with our 100th Day of School celebration!!!  How is that even possible?!  We will celebrate being 100 days smarter by having you and your child put together a collection of 100 things.  The collection must fit into a gallon size Ziploc bag.  We will display all the collections and give awards for the various categories. (See attached sheet.)  In past years, some of our collections included buttons, mini legoes, stickers, cotton balls, rice, band-aids, cheerios, plastic action figures, pom-poms, golf T’s, pennies and even 100 lipstick kisses from Mommy!! ! The sky’s the limit!!!  Let’s show some creativity.

Roses are red, violets are blue, happy Valentine’s Day, from all of us, to you!                                                              

Warmly,                                                         

Miss Joanne

Dates to Remember:

2/10  – Deadline for Valentine for Vets cards!

2/10 & 2/11 – Valentine, pajama, pancake days!! – WEAR PAJAMAS!

2/15 thru 2/19-Winter Recess (NO SCHOOL)

2/22-Welcome Back!

 (Start bringing in 100th day collections.)

2/24 & 2/25 – 100th Day of School Celebrations!

 

 

           

 

                                                 

         

         

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Dear Parents,

            Happy February!!!  Thank you to all the parents that attended Parent-Teacher conferences.  Tapping into your support enables us to teach more effectively.  I especially appreciated everyone’s patience and apologize for any inconveniences.  Keeping to a schedule can often be the most difficult part of the conference process!  Although we typically do not schedule another parent-teacher conference, I am always available to discuss progress or concerns.

            Since we were learning the letter “Nn” last week, noise was our focus and we made LOTS of it!  In case you didn’t know, your children LOVE to make noise!  While playing Pharrell Williams “Happy”, we took our musical instruments and when prompted, made noise!  Music measures the ability to follow directions and keep rhythm.  The children created a wonderfully noisy band!

Our song this week from our fabulous flip chart went like this….

Nn (to the tune The Old Gray Mare)

Nathaniel had a naughty little nanny goat,

who never ate a single oat,

just nibbled on his overcoat.

Nathaniel had a naughty little nanny goat.

Her name was Nannabelle.

            As we introduced the letter “Nn”, examples of words such as nest, Native Americans, newspaper, nose and necktie were given.  To reinforce the letter, we covered our N’s with pieces of newspaper and made nifty neckties!

            Eager to have a little sensory fun, we tried an experiment called “Guess that Smell!”  Since smelling involves your nose, the children used their sense of smell in trying to identify familiar scents.  Small containers of chocolate, pickles, bananas, bacon and “smelly” cheese were passed around one at a time.  After experiencing all the scents we tried identifying them.  The children realized how powerful their sense of smell really is!

            During our class discussions we talked about “Good Nutrition.”  The children should now know that good nutrition means healthy foods.  We used a “pyramid guide” as a visual.  The children explored the food groups and specific foods that make up these groups.  We talked about the fact that everyone needs food in order to grow strong, be healthy and have active brainpower and lots of energy!  I hope they take some of what they learned to the lunch table where they peck and poke at just about everything!

I would like to share with you another discussion that occurred this past week during afternoon snack.

Gavin  : “One day the dust bunny came and went “pinch” right on my eyebrow!”

Christian: “You know that dust bunnies are not rabbits…right?”

Gavin:(Totally ignoring his comment.) “Then one time a dust bunny came and stole my dinosaur and bit me on my ear and it was bleeding and everything, but it’s better now.”

 Christian: “But you know that dust bunnies are not really rabbits….right?”

 Christian: (Changing the subject!) “Did anybody ever eat shark meat?”

 Jacob: “Once when I was a baby I tried it and LOVED it! I like shark meat better than broccoli!”

“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination!” Sam Levenson.

            Six more weeks of winter or an early spring???  On Tuesday, in anticipation of our favorite furry forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, the nursery class will have some educational and interactive fun!  We will Phil our day with various activities that include pictures of groundhogs, stories, crafts and even shadow shapes on the wall!!

            The excitement should continue through Friday as we gear up for the biggest football game of the year…..the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos!!!!  Please have your child wear a sports jersey or team shirt that day.  In our indoor-outdoor play area we will fumble and toss some footballs.  Of course a Super Bowl party wouldn’t be complete without some football FOOD so we will have our own little tailgate party!!!  Make Super Bowl Sunday a fun family tradition!  Football isn’t just for grown-up’s you know.  Provide age-appropriate explanations so the children can enjoy it too!  They need only to understand that when Mom or Dad’s team has the ball, it’s time to cheer and jump up and down!!!

            This week we will introduce the letter “Oo”, and reinforce all of our colors, shapes and numbers.  We will begin crafting our “Valentines for Vets” and talk to the children about showing love for others.  Parents, with your help, have your child make a card or paint a picture for a veteran.  Instill patriotism early!  On a day when Americans traditionally engage in expressions of love to one another, it is a great opportunity to remind those who served that their fellow citizen’s love, support, and truly appreciate them. Please send all cards in at your earliest convenience.  We will have a mailbox set up and our Pre-K teacher, Miss Anne, will ensure their delivery to the VA hospital in Northport.

            On February 10th and 11th, we will observe Valentine’s Day in the classroom!  Since it is also Letter “Pp” week, we will invite the children to wear their pajamas to school and breakfast will be served!!!  We will celebrate Valentine, Pajama Days by eating pancakes, playing games and sharing cards.  Please have your child bring in a Valentine for every student in the class on or before February 10th.  DO NOT label these with names as it is too time consuming to sort them out.  There are 23 friends in the nursery!

Enjoy the week!

Warmly,

Miss Joanne

 

 Dates to Remember:

2/2                                                              Groundhog Day!!!

2/5                                                              Super Bowl Party!! Wear a sports jersey!!!

2/8                                                              Chinese New Year!!! Wear RED!

2/9                                                              Mardi Gras!!

2/10 & 2/11                                               Valentine/Pajama Parties!!  Wear PJ’s!!

2/15 thru 2/19                                         School Closed/Mid Winter Recess!

2/24 & 2/25                                             100th Day of School Celebration!!!

 

 

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Dear Parents,

          2016 is off to a great start in the nursery! The bells have finished ringing, the ball has dropped and the calendar changed to a new year! The children have resumed their regular routine without any real adjustments! They are strengthening friendships and using their words to negotiate their needs and express feelings. They laugh, dance, smile and really seem to enjoy the warm environment we work hard at creating. They have also done a wonderful job of welcoming two new friends to our class, Ayden and Alexander! We are so proud of them!

          In December, our unit “Holidays we Celebrate” gave the children an opportunity to learn about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas. To enhance the learning process and provide a vivid picture of these celebrations we made some wonderful projects. The classroom took on an air of festivity and the children were so proud of their work.

          Throughout the holiday season, the children tried hard to stay on the “nice” list in hopes that a special visitor would stop by to see them. Understandably, eyes lit up with excitement as Santa (Mr. Michael) entered the room to distribute gifts! The magic of Christmas was definitely alive at Red Robin.

          We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated hand-made and store bought mittens, gloves and hats for our “Mitten Tree” fundraiser! We will warm more than hearts this winter! The children were very proud and excited to hang them on our holiday tree! The donations have been distributed to those in need.

          We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Hopefully you were busy building fun memories. Thank you so much for your generosity and special gifts. It is with much appreciation that I write this. Your unique recognition, personal notes and warm wishes helped make my holidays a little brighter. Sadly my Mom passed away December 27th. She had always been a strong, active woman but over the last 8 years had been afflicted with dementia. That being said, we actually said good-bye to her awhile ago. As hard as that final separation is, it’s comforting to know that she is released from that terrible disease and is at peace now.

          So thank you again for the gifts that you gave and the gifts that your children are. Nothing in the world can cheer you up like a child can. Each one of your children is very special. Their enthusiasm, innocence and love never cease to amaze me. May your New Year be filled with peace, love and much laughter.

          The school year is rapidly moving ahead and in spite of the chill outdoors, the warmth of great learning experiences indoors is keeping us cozy and excited.

          This past week in “Circle Time” we introduced the letter “Kk.” It was explained to the children that the letter “K” makes the same sound as another letter they’ve already learned about. Ask your child what other letter makes the same sound as “K?” Examples of words such as kite, key, kangaroo and koala were given. To reinforce the letter we made rubbings of keys on our pre-cut letter “K”. We also water colored kites and let our imaginations take flight. While Disney’s “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” played in the background, we had some high flying fun and sent our kites soaring!

          Our “Circle Time” discussions taught us about kangaroo’s and koala bears. Ask your child what a “marsupial” is, and what a baby kangaroo is called (Joey).

Getting really fancy, I modeled a Japanese Kimono for the children. It not only spiced up MY wardrobe, but taught us about another culture. The playful yet elegant Kimono with its beautiful design and long flowing sleeves fascinated the children. It was explained that in some countries, a Kimono can be used as a bathrobe, housecoat or cover-up. Ryan still insisted that with the extended sleeves, I clearly looked like a bird!

          During music we kept the room humming with our kazoos! It’s a fun instrument to play and makes LOT’S of noise! (sorry!) Not everyone automatically knew what to do with their kazoo, so we had a brief kazoo seminar! Before long our little musicians were belting out familiar songs like the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” It was silly, lively fun and a total blast!

          In addition to our kazoo music, we learned a new song from our interactive flip chart. It went like this:

“Kk”  (to the tune Rockabye Baby)

Kitten and kettle,

kite and kazoo;

key, kitchen, kingdom,

and kangaroo;

king, kid and ketchup,

koala bear….

How many K words

did you just hear?

          Bored with the usual Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treats, Miss Anastasia decided it was time to make some changes! On Wednesday and Thursday she got really creative! She made a big batch of the sticky, marshmallow ingredients and had each child press a letter “K” shaped cookie cutter into the gooey mixture. Those yummy bites of sweetness were quite the crowd pleaser!!! The children love learning things when it involves hands-on activities and food! The best part is that they can eat everything they learn! Ellie, Christian and Olivia G. found those sweet, chewy K’s……quite addictive and tasty- in unison they were shouting for MORE!

          Since we are always trying to encourage a love of music, last week we had loads of great interactive fun with Miss Sheryl’s Karaoke machine! Our High School helpers, Jessica and Amira willingly demonstrated how it’s done! Without any coaxing, they grabbed the mike and rocked out to “Let It Go.” Naturally, after seeing how much fun THEY had, Miss Sheryl and I had to get in on the fun! All those mornings singing in the car and shower paid off because our rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was pitch perfect! When the children saw how much fun WE were having they couldn’t wait for their turn! Even some of our shy friends seemed to really enjoy the spotlight! After each performance the audience burst into applause! There certainly was no shortage of Rock Stars in the nursery last week!!

          As you can see, our school days are never mundane. Collectively we work hard to make the classroom a colorful, high energy place filled with fun activities and children socializing. We always encourage conversation and the children love to open up and share their thoughts, dreams and concerns. The more they feel they can talk to us about the little things, the more likely they will be to open up about the bigger issues later on. When we listen to our children with the intent to discover, support and connect….magic happens and sometimes it’s hilarious! I’d like to share with you a conversation Miss Anastasia and I had with the children during snack last week.

Zia                            “I’m going to the dentist!”

Gavin                       “When I go to the dentist, I’m very brave.”

Miss Joanne         “Boys and girls…..did you know that Jacob’s Mommy is a dentist?”

Ryan                       “We don’t have any dentists in my family.”

Miss Joanne         “But Ryan, YOUR Mommy is a lawyer and that’s another really important job.”

Miss Joanne         “Ryan, is your Daddy a lawyer too?”

Ryan                       “No, Daddy is the boss!”

Here’s to the heart warming and funny business of learning!!     

          On January 18th, we will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The life of this American hero offers many teaching opportunities. In honor of Dr. King we are reading books and discussing his dream. We are also making some marvelous mobiles that focus on peace, hope and love. During “Circle Time” we will conduct an experiment. We will examine two eggs, one white and the other brown. The children will be asked if they think the eggs are the same or different on the inside. We will share their answers in next week’s newsletter!

          We wrapped up letter “Kk” by blowing plenty of kisses! This week we will focus on the letter “Ll.” Any lion tamers out there???  Our color will change to “black”. In math we will learn the number “nine” and the “diamond” shape.

          Your children continue to flourish and progress right before our eyes. Thank you for letting us be part of your child’s amazing journey. Always encourage them to do their best and praise them for doing what they do. I’ll leave off with a quote I read at Magical Childhood.com:

“If they want to paint the sky orange and give cats six legs, so be it. A four year old should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use their imagination. They should know that they are loved wholly and unconditionally, all of the time. If they could care less about learning their letters or numbers, it’s OK. They will learn them accidentally soon enough. Let them immerse themselves instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud. All they need to know at four years old is that the world is magical and so are they. They should know that it is just as worthy to spend the day outside making daisy chains, mud pies and fairy houses as it is to practice phonics. Scratch that – way more worthy. Every child learns to walk, talk, read and do algebra at his/her own pace. It will have no bearing on how well he walks, talks, reads or does algebra. Being the smartest or most accomplished kid in class has never had any bearing on being the happiest. We are so caught up trying to give our children “advantages” that we’re giving them lives as multi-tasked and stressful as our own! One of the biggest advantages we can give our children is a simple, carefree childhood. What does a four year old need? Much less than we realize and much more”.

Enjoy the week!

Warmly,

Miss Joanne

 

Dates to Remember:

January 18th                                 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

 

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Nursery Weekly Newsletter  –11/23/15 – 11/25/15

Dear Parents,

We hope that all of our families had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the last weekend of “calm.”  Now that the Black Friday sales have kicked off the season, it’s time to start practicing those conscious breathing exercises in order to get through the busy month ahead!

This past week was short-lived but full of Thanksgiving fun! We gave thanks, read stories, sang songs and played games like “Pin the Pilgrim Hat on the Turkey” and “Can You Find the Turkey.” Check us out on Facebook!!!

During our feast on Wednesday, the children indulged their curiosity by sampling different foods designed for the picky palate!  Wearing their pilgrim hats and feathered headbands, the children shared turkey, broccoli, corn, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, pickles, olives, potatoes, American cheese, cupcakes, cookies, chips and apple juice!  With a spoonful of this and a spoonful of that the children really enjoyed their feast.  The smells were tantalizing and we nearly ate ourselves into a coma!  A special thanks to everyone that contributed delicious treats!

Since the holidays are quickly approaching, this is going to be a very busy time for the children. The month of December will be filled with holiday magic. Our unit, “Holidays We Celebrate,” will give the children an opportunity to learn about Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.  In order to enhance the learning process and provide a vivid picture of these celebrations, we will have fun making some wonderful projects.  We are a multicultural classroom and therefore have the amazing opportunity to teach your children love and acceptance.  If your family has any special traditions that you would enjoy sharing with us, please let me know. I would be happy to incorporate it into our lesson plans or have you join us to present it.

This week we will introduce the letter “Hh”. Our color focus will be “white”. In Math we will introduce the number “six”. Please remember that Wednesday will be “Crazy Hat Day!”  I can’t wait to see all those wacky, imaginative hats!!!  We will also work on our holiday projects.  We will begin with Hanukkah, the eight day “Festival of Light” that begins in the evening of December 6th.

I am soooo excited to be introducing “Elf on a Shelf” this week!!!  It’s such a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit and a great tool to enforce good behavior. First, a gift wrapped, frozen box will be delivered to our classroom.  On it will be a return address from the North Pole.  When we receive our special delivery we will read the enclosed storybook aloud and vote on a name for our Elf.  Once named, he/she will receive the Christmas magic and begin serving as Santa’s eyes and ears. Let the fun begin!  We will let you know how it goes!!

In order to be ready for our annual “Sing-Along” at the Arbor House on December 16th, we will begin practicing our holiday songs.  Some of the songs the children will be singing are: “America” (My Country Tis of Thee), “Jingle Bells”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Eight Little Lights of Mine”, “I have a Little Dreidel”, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. This will give the children an opportunity to make a difference in an older person’s life.  It is a valuable experience and we know how it will brighten everyone’s day.

No matter what holidays you observe in December, take time to notice and celebrate the small miracles around you!!!

Warmly,

Miss Joanne

December Birthdays:

Michelle Pratkin                    12/7

Dates to Remember:

December 2nd                      “CRAZY HAT DAY”!

December 16th                      Arbor House for Older Adults – Sing-Along!

 

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Nursery Weekly Newsletter

10/26/15 – 10/30/15

Dear Parents,

          What a week! Everyone here at Red Robin and especially your little goblins, had a frighteningly good time celebrating Halloween!  Outdoors, music blared as the children paraded around in their Halloween finery.  They followed two “Minions” that looked a LOT like Miss Sheryl and Mr. Michael!  The children were beyond delighted to select a special pumpkin treat from the patch and line up for even more treats from the “Minions” private stash!

          For snack we made a revolting recipe like Monster Mash!  We took…..

1 scoop       boo goo                (vanilla ice cream)

1 tbsp         swamp mud         (chocolate syrup)

1 tbsp         spider fangs         (mini chocolate chips)

10               mummy toes        (mini marshmallows)

….We placed all the ingredients in a plastic cup and mashed it with a spoon.  We then topped it with snake slime (green food-colored cool whip!)  It was NOT for the fainthearted but grossilicious!!!!  In addition to that, Miss Anastasia prepared an edible pumpkin patch!  The clementine pumpkins and banana ghosts were a fresh option and great alternative to candy!  A heartfelt thanks to all parents who contributed goodies and those that really wanted to!  Thank you for understanding the need for a nut-free environment. I truly appreciate ALL your good intentions but we breathe easier knowing your children are safe, secure and happy.

          Inside we huddled together for some spooky stories!  They brought some shivers down our spine, but what would Halloween be without a good scare!  Our favorite spooky story was The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. The children repeated and acted out…..clomp, wiggle, shake, clap, nod and BOO as the old lady was stalked in the woods by articles of clothing!  We also read the nail biting Halloween story The Soup Bone by Tony Johnston.  If the children became afraid, they were told to push their brave button. (their nose) Many sat with their finger on their nose throughout the story!!!! Too cute!!!

Feel free to remind them of their “brave button” if they’re ever scared.

          A Halloween party is not a “Graveyard Smash” unless you have the right music to set the atmosphere.  Throughout the week, we had a cauldron of Halloween songs to get us in the spooky spirit!

          Due to assessments and all of our Halloween activities, we did not introduce a new letter, number, color or shape last week. Instead we reviewed what was learned to date.  This week however we will move full speed ahead and introduce the Exciting and Engaging letter “Ee”!  Our number focus will be “three”, and our color focus will change to “green”. The shape will remain “square” since our “Dexter the Square, Green Dog” project is a work in progress.

          This week our “Circle Time” discussions will focus on Veteran’s Day.  We will talk about our Veterans’ amazing courage, accomplishments and sacrifices. The children will learn that Veteran’s Day means more than just a day off from school and that we must never take our freedom for granted.

          I am looking forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher conferences!

          Enjoy the week!

                                                Warmly,

                                                Miss Joanne

Dates to Remember:

November 3rd                        Parent-Teacher Conferences (No classes)

November 11th                       School Closed – Veterans’ Day

November 26th thru 29th      School Closed – Thanksgiving Holiday

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Nursery Weekly Newsletter

10/5/15 – 10/9/15

Dear Parents,

          It is hard to believe that October is half way over and soon we will be into Halloween and November!!!  The children are already talking about what their costumes will be and excitement is in the air!

          Autumn will be exploding in our classroom throughout the remainder of this month.  The sights and smells of fall will be experienced firsthand by viewing the changing fall colors and walking through the leaves.  We will also have a pumpkin exploration by observing the inside of a pumpkin, as well as the outside!

          The children are settling well into the routine of school and are enjoying playing and learning with all of their friends.

          This past week has been nothing short of a buzzing, beautiful, bluish, brilliant, blustery, batty and bedazzling week full of belly laughs!!!

          During “Circle Time” we introduced the letter “Bb”, associating the sound with the letter.  Examples of words were given such as bear, bike, balloon, Batman and Bilal!  To further reinforce the letter we dipped blue balloons in blue paint and bounced them on a pre-cut letter B.  We are creating our own alphabet books, so all letters will remain in school.  Alphabet books are a great reading tool and publishing our own should prove to be a fun learning experience.

Throughout the week we passed out some bean bags and had a “rockin” good time doing the Beanie Bag Dance!!!  These types of movement songs help the children develop their self-esteem, gross motor skills, social skills, listening skills and so much more.  We invited them to sing, dance, balance and toss their bean bags to the beat!

There were times during the week when we got a little “batty” and allowed our amazing mechanical bat to fly around the room!  The red eyed rodent flapped his wings in a most convincing manner!  We also discussed bats and read the book Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde.  Ask your children what a bat eats (fruit & insects); what they’re afraid of (birds & humans); and how they sleep (up-side down)!

          Other “Circle Time” discussions centered on Christopher Columbus.  In order to give the children a better understanding of what this man actually did, we taught them that Columbus was an explorer (like Dora!) who sailed the ocean to find and learn about new lands.  Ask them what the names of his three ships were? (Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria)

This past week we also had fun with a gross motor activity called bubble wrap dancing!  We turned on some lively music with a strong beat and jumped to the song!  What a bubble-popping blast!

          Since children love to create, we had even more fun stringing a variety of fun beads.  Stringing beads is a wonderful fine motor activity. It helps children improve their eye-hand coordination and their attention to task!  

This past week we also reinforced the “circle” shape as well as the color “blue.”  Our number focus was “zero.”

          Some books we read and thoroughly enjoyed included, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle, and a Goldilocks and The Three Bears flannel board story.  The children were full of suspense wondering whether Goldilocks would get caught after she barged into a bear’s home uninvited!  They learned never to enter a house without permission (ESPECIALLY if it belongs to bears!)  An absolute favorite this week was The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen.  The book, like a balloon, had some special features.  Several pages folded up and out enabling the balloon to grow and grow!  Since balloons naturally create a fun environment, we blew one up and demonstrated how it “sings” when air escapes and how it can fly around the room….out of control!!!  I thought several of the children might jump out of their skin…..when it took off!  Their reactions made this activity hilarious!

          At snack on Thursday we baked a batch of banana muffins!!! Cooking with three and four year olds can be a daunting task!  It requires cooperation and lots of patience!  Miss Cassandra and I were very proud of their focus and teamwork!   It’s not easy waiting for a turn to mash and stir!  The children seemed to really love the opportunity to create their own snack.

          In music we learned the Letter B Song from our flip chart.  As usual, the children’s response was “LET’S SING IT AGAIN!!!”  It went like this….

Bb (to the tune of Ninety Nine Bottles)

Bubba’s best buddy

was Bingo the Bear.

Bubba was Bingo’s best friend.

They both lived together

on Blueberry Lane

picking big berries

in sun and in rain.

          We will finish up our “Life in a Bag” presentations this week.  I can’t tell you how much fun they have been.  We learned so many new things about our friends and how much we actually have in common. The children learned what makes each of THEM special and unique! We shared pictures of family, pets, vacations, books, favorite foods, toys, sports, colors and activities.  No one needed very much prompting. The children held up their items proudly!  Thank you for helping to make this project a success for your child!  To go along with our “All About Me” theme, we read some wonderful books. Parts and More Parts by Ted Arnold focused on body parts. The rhyming text in these books took a humorous look at how a little boy copes with the fact that he is apparently becoming unglued! These funny stories cracked us up! (but not literally!) We then took things a step further and did a fun activity called “Where’s the body part?” As I called out a body part (i.e.: head, eyebrow, forehead, wrist, knee etc. etc.) the children had to put a sticker dot on that part.  Check out our self-labeling on Facebook!!!!

          We have really been enjoying the fall weather in nursery.  It’s been a great time for some outdoor bubble fun!  The children scramble to hunt them down and pop every single one!

          This week we will introduce the letter “Cc.”  We will also be learning the number “one.”  Our color focus will change to “orange.”

          Halloween parties and pumpkin picking in the “Magic Pumpkin Patch” has been scheduled for October 29th and 30th.  Children should arrive in costume on those days.  (If they chose not to wear one, that’s fine too!)  In addition to that, the school photographer will be at Red Robin on October 21st and 22nd, taking class and individual pictures of the children.

          Enjoy the week!

                                                                   Warmly,

                                                                   Miss Joanne

October Birthdays:

Maddox John               10/4

Logan Jubraj               10/22

Dates to Remember:

 October 21st & 22nd       SMILE & Say Cheese Days!  PICTURE DAYS

 October 29th & 30th            Magic Pumpkin Patch (On Red Robin grounds)                         

                                         Premium Spooktacular Halloween Parties

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Nursery Weekly Newsletter

9/17/15 – 9/18/15

 Dear Parents,

          Wow, can you believe that autumn begins on Wednesday!  I have really missed the children over the summer and I’m very excited about working with some new families this year.  It was so nice to meet most of you at orientation and put faces with names.  I was excited to see so many returning families!  Together we will provide a positive and nurturing environment where your child can learn and develop at his/her own pace.

      Again, I would like to welcome you and your child to the Red Robin Nursery Program.  Miss Cassandra and I are delighted to have your child in our class this year.  Your children will achieve much in terms of academic growth, self-confidence, and most importantly, social skills.

      A lot of three year olds have never been to school before and even though they are excited about coming, some are going to have a hard time separating from you.  (And you from them!)  Some children enter this new adventure without a backwards glance.  Others need a helping hand.  Smooth transitions are as important to us as they are to you, so if your child needs an extra hug and kiss, feel free!  However, when the time comes for you to leave, we encourage you to reassure them that you will see them later and with a big smile, firmly say “Goodbye.”  Then, without hesitation, leave promptly.  Rest assured that they will soon become involved in class activities.  Lingering separations are difficult for all of us because of the lack of clarity and insecurity it fosters.

      At the beginning of the year, when we plan our curriculum, we always include discussions and stories around separation anxiety.  In our attempt to help the children accept separation, last week we read First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, Froggy Goes To School by Jonathan London and I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt.  These wonderful books helped the children relate to the school experiences of others!

          Since music is such an important part of our curriculum, we have already started singing together in circle time.  Some of the songs we’ve enjoyed are: “The Wheels on the Bus”, “I’ve Got Two Eyes!” (Ask your child why this is his or her favorite!), “The Alphabet Song” and “Morning Exercise”.

      We have been reviewing behavior expectations and safety concerns in our classroom and on the playground.  We are teaching the children how to use certain centers and showing them where everything goes.  We are working on responsibility, independence and name recognition as we hang up our backpacks.  We are getting to know each other a little better and discovering that school is a fun place to be

      This week I will continue to focus on welcoming the children to Nursery.  You can expect your child to play with large and small blocks, cars and trucks, trains, puzzles play-doh and other manipulatives.  The kitchen area and housekeeping will also be available.  The paint easel will be open during center time for the children to pursue their own creative ideas.  We will begin the hard process of learning to take turns with toys, seating, talking, teachers’ attention etc.

          Once the children are comfortable with the routines, I will begin our “All about Me” theme.  We will immerse ourselves in getting to know one another as individuals and as a class.  We will talk about how special we are in our own unique way.  We will also learn about our emotions and feelings, and how to express them.

          The week of the 28th, we will begin our journey through the alphabet.  We will reinforce the letter “A” using arts and crafts as well as skill-enhancing activities.  Appropriately, “Having Fun with Apples” will be our fall theme.  We weave these thematic ideas into our daily activities through literature, art, discovery (science and math), dramatic play, gross motor and small motor play, snack, along with small group activities and circle times (where more directed learning happens).

          In closing I’d like to say “thanks” to my Nursery parents for all the help with our first few days of school! You have been a tremendous help remembering things, sending things, and most importantly bringing me well-rested and eager young children.  This group is amazing me with their questions and enthusiasm!

          Thank you for giving me the pleasure to get to know your wonderful children and be a part of their lives.  I truly have the BEST job in the world! Thank you for sharing your treasures with me!

          Enjoy the week!!

 

                                                          Warmly,

                                                          Miss Joanne

Dates to Remember:

 

9/23                      School Closed – Yom Kippur

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Nursery Weekly Newsletter

1/21/14 – 1/24/14

Dear Parents,

Well, we’re in the midst of another freakishly cold weather system!  I know more snow is coming….I can smell it!  There’s a chill that stings my nose and hurts just to breathe in the frosty air.  But the chill outdoors can be countered with the warmth of great learning experiences indoors!

We have been discussing what we like about the cold weather and what we don’t like!  One thing is for sure, all of the children like to play in the snow, make snow angels and build snowmen!  Some of them even said that they like to shovel and dig!  Wait until they figure out that shoveling is really a “chore” that most grown-ups dread!!!

This past week in “Circle Time” we introduced the letter “Oo”.  It was explained that “Oo” is one of those letters that sometimes makes the same sound as its name.  Examples of words with the “long-O” sound such as oval and Obama were given.  The children were then told that “Oo” makes another sound as in words like octopus, owl, ostrich and otter.  To reinforce the letter we decorated our orange O’s with little “o” hole reinforcements.  We had a short week because of the holiday and snow day, but some of the children found time to make an outrageous octopus!  Since the craft requires cutting out the eight legs, it has proven to be a time- consuming and challenging project that will extend through this week.  Cutting with scissors requires the skill of hand separation, which is the ability to use the thumb, index and middle finger separately from the pinkie and ring fingers. While nursery children are pretty young to expect solid scissor skills, they have approached it with confidence and enthusiasm!  Naturally we can’t stress scissor safety enough.  The children know that scissors are for cutting paper.  Nothing else!!! (This includes shirts, fingers, hair and lips!)  Since for various reasons it is important to teach children how to cut at a young age, here are some fun activities you might want to try at home to strengthen his/her hand and finger muscles.

  •  Have your child use kitchen tongs to stack small blocks or to move cotton balls from one container to another.
  • Tear paper into small pieces to improve the ability to use both hands in a coordinated manner.
  • Punch holes on index cards with a handheld puncher to strengthen the hand muscles.
  • Squeeze water out of squirt toys in the bathtub so hand muscles get a workout.
  • Place clothespins or kitchen clips on the edge of a paper plate to strengthen small hand and finger muscles.

During “Circle Time” we challenged the children to use their thinking skills to recognize opposites.  Ask them to name a few!  To reinforce this concept at home, try The Foot Book, by Dr. Seuss!  It’s a little zany but silly fun!

In the up-coming weeks, we will be doing a lot of celebrating!  This week alone we will learn about an important traditional Chinese holiday.  For those of you that celebrate, “Gung-Hay-Gat-Choy!” Have a prosperous and good year!!!  We have some fun activities planned for this Friday.  The Chinese calendar is associated with twelve different animals of the Zodiac.  We will begin celebrating the beginning of the Chinese “Year of the Horse” with a parade around our classroom.  Naturally we will blast songs and wear the color red!  Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck!  We will also have the children sample some traditional foods to get a “taste” of another culture. Chopsticks will be provided!  Flowers, fruits and dancing dragons will transform our room into an exciting learning center.  Happy New Year!

This week we will continue to introduce the letter “Oo”. We will discuss octopus, owls, ostrich and otters.  We will also introduce the children to some opera and invite them to move through an obstacle course!

Our easy to learn song from our ABC flipchart went as follows:

“Oo” (To the tune….My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean.)

An octopus swam in the ocean.

Swam over the waves in the sea.

It raised its arms out of the water,

and waved eight times to me.

Oh, me! Oh, my!

There it goes, swimming by…aye yai yai!

Oh, me! Oh, my!

That octopus just waved “Bye bye!”

            An ongoing challenge for every teacher is to develop and enhance skills that will offer the children the best possible learning experiences and opportunities. On Tuesday, Valeriana’s Mom provided an opportunity for us to expand on the letter “O”!  Mrs. Pirozzi stopped by our classroom (infant in tow!) to help the children understand the kind of work she does as an Occupational Therapist.  In order to do that she brought along Mat Man.  The children sat in a semi-circle and were given wooden body parts. Together they built him piece by piece while singing the Mat Man song.   Before children can even start to write, there are important concepts that need to be addressed.  They include size recognition, placement and sequencing skills.  Mat Man teaches these skills and simultaneously promotes body awareness, socialization and sharing.  What a fun way to learn!!!  In between Mat Man and Yoga, Mrs. Pirozzi kept the children moving with the classic learning song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”.  We are so grateful to Mrs. Pirozzi for the learning opportunity. Not only can parents be an invaluable source of information to their own children, but they can bring special interests to the school community as well. “Grazie” Mrs. Pirozzi!!!  We know that Valeriana was beyond proud of you!

On Sunday, February 2nd, we will anxiously await the weather prediction of our favorite furry forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, as he emerges from his burrow. Naturally we are all hoping for an early spring!  Although different places have adopted their own groundhogs, Phil from Pennsylvania, is the real deal!  During the week we will participate in activities, make weather predictions and experiment with flashlights to make shadows. After snow, sub-zero wind chills, bitter cold and travel woes, six more weeks of winter is just plain unacceptable!

The excitement should continue through the weekend as we gear up for the biggest football game of the year….the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks!!! Make Super Bowl Sunday a fun family tradition! Football isn’t just for grown-ups you know.  Provide age-appropriate explanations so the children can enjoy it too! They need only to understand that when Mom or Dad’s team has the ball, it’s time to cheer and jump up and down!!!

In closing I would just like to mention that due to our previous “short” week and the forced extension of the Letter “O”, the dates of our Pancake/Pajama days have changed. To hopefully accommodate everyone we will wear our PJ’s on Thursday, February 6th and Friday, February 7th. To reiterate, the children may accessorize with a teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal.

Stay warm and have a great week!

Warmly,

Miss Joanne

Birthdays in February:

Marissa Dominque              2/17

Dates to Remember:

January 31st                          Chinese New Year (WEAR RED!)

February 6th & 7th            Pancake/Pajama Days!

February 14th                        Valentine’s Day Party!

February 17th – 21st            School Closed – Mid Winter Recess

February 24th                        Welcome Back!