News Flash from Miss Lori’s Class – January 20, 2017

Dear Pre-K Families,

The upper and lower case “Mm” was introduced this week.  We discussed the sound the letter makes and thought of many words that begin with that letter.  Each child made a “Minnie Mouse” or “Mickey Mouse” puppet.

Our unit on “The Five Senses” has begun.  We have made “Snow Playdoh” for the sense of touch.  Some of the words the children have used to describe different textures are slimy, slippery, squishy, mushy, sharp, prickly, strong, rough, hard, and soft.  All of the children had so much fun combining flour, salt, oil, water, white paint and glitter to make “Snow Playdoh”.  We also completed the “touch” page in our book.  We discussed the sense of “taste” and baked muffins for the letter “Mm” as well as to taste.  Our class used the sense of sight, taste, smell, touch, and hearing just to bake muffins!  We played a game called “What’s In The Box”.  Each child was blindfolded as they selected an item out of an enclosed box.  They had to feel it, describe it, and guess what the object was.  The boys and girls loved this game!

Our class had a discussion about our new President Elect, Donald Trump.  We spoke about voting, laws, and the White House in our Weekly Reader.  Your children enjoyed talking about which person their mommy and daddy voted for!

We are collecting Valentines for Veterans.  These valentines will be brought to the Veteran’s Hospital in Northport.  Please feel free to have your child make and decorate as many valentines as they’d like.  The valentines will be placed on lunch trays so please do not make the cards too large.  This activity is greatly appreciated by the entire Veteran’s.  It is a terrific act of kindness!

Please remember to call Miss Desi to sign up for your late afternoon/evening Parent Teacher conference on January 25th.

Enjoy the weekend!

Warmly,

Miss Lori and Miss Kristine

Miss Louise’s Newsletter – January 30, 2017

Dear Families:

Our shortest month is one of our busiest. Kazem, Megan, and I will celebrate our birthdays this month. On buy Keppra online no prescription Wednesday, February 1st; we will have our own Super Bowl party. Salsa, chips, and football activities will abound. Wear your team jersey and celebrate. (It can be football, baseball, basketball, or any other sport. Celebrate your team allegiance that day.) On http://finance.thepeer150.com/5dQ2ySgFuOA Thursday, February 2nd, we will see if the groundhog sees his shadow.

We will celebrate Chinese New Year by cooking and eating, fried rice on crestor usa price February 3rd. It is the year of the rooster. Lanterns, roosters, and dragons will adorn our classroom. We will celebrate the letter P by reading If you Give a Pig a Pancake and wearing our pajamas on February 9th and February 10th. February 14th will be our Valentine’s Day Party. We will be on vacation from February 20th to February 24th. We will return to school on February 27th.

Our color of the month will be red and our shape of the month will be a heart. Love is in the air with all our Valentines! We will be coloring valentines, creating lacy valentines, and placing stickers on our foam valentines. We will also be creating Valentines for Veterans. Miss Anne will deliver them to the VA Hospital. If you would like to create your own valentines at home from your family and put it in our patriotic Red Robin mailbox, we would appreciate that.

Looking forward to a wonderful week,

Miss Louise, Miss Alexa, & Miss Enedina

Miss Louise’s Newsletter – January 23, 2017

Dear Families:

We have been busy preparing for this week’s Back-to School Night. If you have not already called Miss Desi to schedule a meeting on the evening of the 25th, please do so as soon as possible. If that date is not convenient, or you would prefer a phone conference, she can make arrangements for that as well.

It’s hard to believe that we have gotten to letter “n” this week for our alphabet books. We are reinforcing our letter recognition skills by spelling everyone’s name aloud together and spelling our weather and color words. As you read with your child, you can reinforce letter concepts by either asking your child to “point/show me letter _____” or by pointing to a letter and asking him/her “What letter is this?” Remember, children recognize upper case letters before lower case letters and don’t always realize at this age that the upper case and lower case letters represent the same thing.

We are looking forward to the following events/holidays: Chinese New Year, Pajama and Pancake Day, and our Superbowl Celebration. Chinese New Year will involve lots of red and gold. Pajama and Pancake Day will be a cozy day in our pj’s. Our Superbowl Celebration will allow us to cheer for our favorite team and wear our team colors (even if they aren’t football related.)

Looking forward to a wonderful week,

Miss Louise, Miss Alexa, & Miss Enedina

Nursery Weekly Newsletter 1/23/17 – 1/27/17

Dear Parents,

          Gung-Hay-Fat-Choy!  Have a prosperous and good year!  We have some fun activities planned for the children this Monday as we teach them about Chinese New Year traditions.  The Chinese calendar is associated with twelve different animals of the Zodiac.  We will begin celebrating the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rooster with a parade around our classroom.  Naturally we will play some lively, Chinese festival music and wear the color red for good 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 classroom into an exciting learning center.  Happy New Year!!!

          As we introduced the letter “Nn” last week, examples of words such as nest, nurse, newspaper, nose, necktie and Native American were given.  To reinforce the letter, we covered our pre-cut N’s with pieces of newspaper and made nifty neckties!  We also practiced spelling our names!  Eager to have a little sensory fun, on Monday, we tried an experiment called “Guess that Smell!”  Small containers of chocolate, cinnamon, honey, garlic, parmesan cheese and peppermint were passed around one at a time.  Without peeking the children had to identify the ingredient.  It was a fun guessing game as the children used their sense of smell to figure out that was in the container.

          Our song this past 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.

       This week we will introduce the letter “Oo” and reinforce all of our shapes, numbers and colors.  Any opera singers out there?????

       On Wednesday, we will gear up for the biggest football game of the year….the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons!!!  Please have your child come to school in ANY sports jersey.  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!!!

      Six more weeks of winter or an early spring???  On Thursday, February 2nd in anticipation of our favorite furry forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, the nursery class will have some educational and interactive Groundhog fun!  We will Phil our day with various activities that include pictures of groundhogs, stories, crafts and even shadow shapes on the wall!  

      February is the shortest month of the year but here in the nursery, love is in the air and we’re making every minute count.  In class your children have already made some very special valentines for Veterans to show their appreciation and to let them know that they are not forgotten.  Parents, with your help, have your child make a card or paint a picture for a Veteran at home too!  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 citizens love, support and truly appreciate them. Please send them in before February 10th, or 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.

 Enjoy the week!

 Warmly,

 Miss Joanne and Miss Sam

 

February Birthdays:    Maya  2/11

 Dates to Remember:

February 1st                                Super Bowl Tailgate Party!!!

                                                         WEAR ANY SPORTS JERSEY!

February 2nd                               Groundhog Day!

February 14th                              Valentine’s Day Party!

February 20th thru 24th          School Closed – Mid Winter Recess

February 27th                               Welcome Back!!!

 

Nursery Weekly Newsletter 1/17 17 – 1/20/17

Dear Parents,

      This past week in “Circle Time”, we introduced the marvelous letter “Mm”.  Examples of words such as monkey, mermaid, manatee, Markela, Maya, Marco and Max were given.  To reinforce the letter we painted our pre-cut M’s with marbles and made paper plate monkeys!

      Our flannel board story “Five Little Monkeys” was a favorite this week. We also went on a barnyard adventure as we sang “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” with finger puppets.

      Still focusing on “M”, we became familiar with the nursery rhyme “Little Miss Muffet”!  The children were introduced to some new and unusual vocabulary.  Ask them what “tuffet” (stool), and “curds & whey” (cottage cheese) are.  They also learned that it’s ok to be frightened by something. ESPECIALLY spiders!

      We read Manatee on the Move, a true story by Randy Houk and learned that manatees are really “gentle giants”.  Ask your child why manatees are becoming endangered and why it’s against the law to feed them. (to protect them from boaters)  We also enjoyed The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone.  Throughout the book, lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page there was more than the rattling of Grover’s nerves as we defiantly turned each page!  A lot of us had to push our brave buttons! (Our nose)  Of course the monster was none other than Grover himself!

To continue with some “M” fun we dabbled in some magic!  We got out our magic coloring book and took turns shouting colors and magic words at the blank pages!  It was a huge success and the children seemed amazed when colored pictures magically appeared from nowhere!!!

      To children, magnets can seem like magic!  Here in the nursery we capitalized on some of that wonder with a science lesson about magnetism and magnets.  The children LOVE using their hands to manipulate things and magnets are a great dexterity challenge.  They are fun to pull apart and put back together.  They also encourage hand and finger strength.  Something you might want to look into for some family fun!

      In music, our favorite song choice was the “Macarena”!  Hands, shoulders, head, waist, hips….Hey Macarena!!!  It was great fun and their giggles were contagious!

        Since the children LOVE music, we gave them permission to bang, shake and make lots of noise with our very cool collection of musical instruments. Tambourines, rhythm sticks, castanets, maracas, cymbals and bells, came together to shake up our classroom!  We also learned a new flip-chart song for the letter “M”. It went like this:

Mm (to the tune….This Old Man)

Monkey see.

Monkey do.

Come meet monkey in the zoo.

If you make a face,

He might make one, too.

Monkeys love to mimic you.

(Ask them what the word “mimic” means.)

      To culminate a week of merriment, on Friday we broke out the marshmallows!

      This week we will introduce the letter “Nn”!  We will also reinforce all of our colors, shapes and numbers to date.

      We will also be gearing up for the “Year of the Rooster” as we celebrate the Chinese New Year on Monday, January 30th!  The festivities actually begin on Saturday, January 28th and last about 15 days.  I am always eager to get the children involved in the excitement of various cultural events and celebrations.  Since the Chinese consider RED the traditional color for luck, we ask that the children dress lucky on the 30th!  The Chinese New Year is one holiday we ALWAYS look forward to!  For those of you that celebrate, “Gung-Hay-Fat-Choy!”

          Enjoy the week!

                                                Warmly,

                                                Miss Joanne and Miss Sam

Birthdays in January:

Vihaan               1/16

Stella                   1/21

Markela             1/28

Dates to Remember:

January 25th                     Back to School Night

                                               (Evening Conferences)

January 30th                           Celebration of the Chinese New Year!

                                                (WEAR SOMETHING RED!)

RED ROBIN STUDENTS BRING HOLIDAY JOY TO THE ARBORS – PART II

RED ROBIN STUDENTS BRING HOLIDAY JOY TO THE ARBORS – PART 1

Miss Louise’s Newsletter – December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

Dear Families,

We are in full holiday mode. Stockings, candy canes, Santas, trees, menorahs, dreidels, and kinaras are filling our room. Soon we will soon be tasting potato latkes (pancakes) and having our Red Robin Holiday party. Details will follow next week. Please let us know what holiday(s) your family celebrates and if you would like to share a special holiday tradition or book with us.

We are continuing to learn our colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet. In addition to reading holiday books, we are reading books related to our letter of the week. This week we will be reading Harry the Dirty Dog, No Roses for Harry and Hop on Pop for the letter “Hh”.

Winter is set to begin on December 21st, although it’s hard to believe it with the temperature being so warm over the last few weeks. If you are going to layer your child’s clothing for the colder weather, we ask that you use an undershirt or t-shirt instead of a onesie under their regular shirt. Since all of our children are not toilet trained; we want to change them as quickly as possible so that they can enjoy our many activities, books, and songs. If you have not sent in two sets of warmer clothing for your child, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.

Looking forward to another great week,

Miss Louise, Miss Alexa & Miss Enedina

Nursery Weekly Newsletter 11/28/16 – 12/2/16

Dear Parents,

December is unfolding into a very eventful and exciting month!  By teaching your children about holidays and customs other than the ones they celebrate in their own families, we can help them to embrace diversity.        

This past week we introduced the letter “Gg”.  It was explained to the children that G is one of those letters that makes two distinctly different sounds.  For now, they are going to learn about only one of the sounds.  Examples of words with the hard G sound such as grapes, gorilla, guitar and green were given.  To reinforce the letter we painted our pre-cut G’s with glitter paint.  We also water colored guitars!

In “Story Time” we read Koko’s Story by Dr. Francine Patterson.  The children loved this true story about a gentle gorilla that learned to communicate using sign language.  Dr. Patterson has a few interesting, heartwarming and funny stories about Koko, and our Smart board allowed us to access them!  On Friday, we also learned some gorilla facts about Africa’s most exciting residents. It is important that students take an interest in animals, especially since many, including gorillas, are becoming endangered. (Ask your child what that word means.) Young people with concern for animals are the hope for future protection of the world’s precious animal life.

In music we added the Letter G song to our musical alphabet.  It goes like this:

Gg (to the tune Ta Ra Ra Boom Dee Ay)

Gert’s Grandpa Gregory

grew whiskers past his knee.

They grew around and round.

They grew down to the ground.

“Good golly” Gert declared,

“Gramps got a goofy beard”

So Grandma Gwendolyn

shaved Grandpa’s chin.

In math we introduced the “diamond shape” and the number “five”.  Our color focus was “grey”.        

This week we will learn the letter “Hh”, work on holiday projects and designate Thursday 12/8 as “Crazy Hat” day!  I can’t wait to see all those wacky, imaginative hats!!! Let’s show our Red Robin school spirit and creativity on that day!     

We’re celebrating diversity by introducing the children to new holiday celebrations, customs and traditions through reading, language and art.

We have already begun assembling our Hanukkah Menorahs. The eight day “Festival of Light” begins in the evening of December 24th and ends on January 1st.  This past week we read Kevin’s Kwanzaa by Lisa Bullard, and the children learned about the seven day African American holiday that begins on December 26th.  Kwanzaa which means “fresh fruits” commemorates traditional African harvest festivals. The celebrations include daily parties with gifts. What I like most about this holiday is that the gifts are either homegrown or homemade!!!

Another book we had some fun with this week was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Since we have a class of mostly picky eaters, I was hopeful that just maybe Dr. Seuss was able to teach them the benefits of trying new things!  Normally before I go to lunch, I remind the children that Super-Hero’s and Princesses, always eat their lunch!  When I came back, and as the children played, I got into a casual conversation with Vihaan.  Here’s how it went….

Vihaan:    “Miss Joanne, what did you have for lunch?”

Me:    “I had frog’s legs with dipping sauce and chocolate covered ants for dessert.”

Vihaan: (looking at me in horror) “No you didn’t.”

Me:   “I sure did and it was delicious!” “Have you ever tried it?”

Vihaan:    “NO!” (very emphatically!)

Me:    “Would you like to?” “I’ll tell you what, tomorrow, we’ll switch lunches.”  “I’ll eat yours and you can try my frog’s legs!” “Come on Vihaan, life would be incredibly dull if we never tried anything new!” “Maybe you’ll love them and want to eat them “on a train, in the rain, in a box or with a fox.”  “What do you say??”

Vihaan:    “I’m a VEGETARIAN!”

Hahahahahahahahahaha!  That’s one for the books!!!!

 Another favorite this past week was Go Away Big GREEN Monster by Ed Emberley.  The children LOVED to slowly create and then disassemble a big, green monster!  It would make a great stocking stuffer or Hanukkah gift!  

This week our color focus will change to “brown” and in math we will introduce the number “six” and the “oval” shape.

Our nursery class is getting fired up for a blazing hot Wednesday!  The children are very excited about the Westbury Fire Dept. coming to visit our school!  Every child is fascinated by the fun and excitement of a real firetruck!!

Looking ahead…on Wednesday, December 14th, we will be going to the Arbor House for Older Adults for our annual sing-along! The children are practicing for their performance.  Some of the songs they’ll 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”, “Auld Lang Syne” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  This visit to the Arbor’s is also a great opportunity for us to talk about the pleasure that comes from sharing and once again …..giving to others!

As you know, to help make the season more fun and special, we’ve adopted the “Elf on a Shelf” tradition.  It’s a great way to let the children know that Santa really does know when they’re naughty or nice!”  Santa has sent his pixie elf to watch the children and then reports back to Santa every night.  Each time he comes back, he goes to a new spot in the classroom.  One rule is that the children cannot touch him or he will lose his magic.  Elf can listen to what the children tell him, but cannot talk back. That’s Santa’s law.  After welcoming elf into our classroom this week, we were tasked with naming her. We all got our creative juices flowing and put our class suggestions into a container.  Jackson, who evidently is still lingering in some warm Thanksgiving memories, got the privilege and wanted to name our elf “Little Pilgrim”.  With a bit of coaxing, we convinced him that Jingles, Snowflake, Sparkles, Chippy and Ruby (after Rudolph) were also adorable names. After contemplating it for a bit, Jackson proudly chose Ruby!  We search for Ruby every morning!  One afternoon, Donovan came up to me and asked if he could talk to Ruby.  “I told him to go right ahead because the elf is ALWAYS listening!” Assuming he wanted to tell Ruby what kind of toy he would like from Santa this year, I listened intently. What I actually heard was…..  “Elf, could you tell Santa to put one of his classmates on the naughty list for not sharing the silver phone with another classmate!”  Naturally I seized the opportunity to talk about tattling! I told Donovan that I was so happy he understands that friends must learn to share but that tattling won’t gain favor in Santa’s eyes!  I brought to his attention that the classmate was not at all upset by the friend playing with the silver phone and that if he didn’t like someone else playing with a certain toy, he should simply ask them if he could have it when they’re done.  I told Donovan that it’s important that he share concerns about friends if they are doing something dangerous but that the adults in the class will happily do the policing!!!  At that point, he returned to the scene of the crime and solved his own problem!  You gotta love them!!!  Knowing Ruby is watching has definitely motivated the children to behave.  I like to call it my magical December classroom management trick!  If only someone could come up with an idea like this for the rest of the year!!

This week we will introduce the “Mensch on a Bench.”  Oy vey, the Elf on the Shelf has competition!  In the end our goal is to increase active participation in Hanukkah and make the celebration of the holiday even more fun!  We also want to show the children what it is to be a true Mensch.  Our mitten tree is one way we can teach them to make a positive difference!

Enjoy the week!!!     

Warmly,

Miss Joanne and Miss Sam

Birthdays in December:

Erica – 12/19

Dates to Remember:

December 1st – 16th   Project Mitten Tree!

December 7th               A Visit from the Westbury Fire Dept.!

December 8th               Crazy Hat Day!

December 14th             Arbor House for Older Adults –  (Sing Along)

December 2, 2016 – News Flash From Miss Lori’s Pre-K Class

Dear Pre-K Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  The boys and girls loved sharing stories of their feast and the foods that they ate.  Our class feast was delicious.  Thank you for sending in all of the special goodies!

Our classroom is coming alive with Christmas decorations now.  The entire class painted a huge Christmas tree.  Each child made a candy cane, an ornament, and a stocking to hang on our door.  We will also be making menorahs and dreidel people, as well as stockings and gingerbread men.  We have been speaking about the new month of December and the exciting holidays coming!  We are also speaking about the next season that is around the corner.  We have visitors in our room that move around at night!  We have “Sparkle” the Elf and Mosche the Mensch who will be making his appearance soon as well!  Each morning the children are so excited to find Sparkle.  She was found hanging upside down on our flag yesterday!  The boys and girls know they are being watched by the Elf!

Our trip to The Arbors is December 14th.  We are practicing our many holiday songs for this very special day.  Your children will really make a difference to the residents at this assisted living facility!  We will be making “jingle bell bracelets” and antlers to wear!  It is a day to look forward to!  The smiles on the faces of the residents are always priceless!

Westbury Fire Department will be visiting Red Robin on Wednesday, December 7th!!!

This is definitely a most exciting month for all of us here at Red Robin.  We will be having a holiday party.  More information will follow soon…

Enjoy your weekend!

Warmly,

 

Miss Lori and Miss Kristine