Ms. Bethanie's Classroom

May 22, 2017

Week Of May 22nd

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 4:27 pm

Hello Parents:

We want to thank all of the parents who volunteered for our Walk-A-Thon. It was cold and wet but the children enjoyed it!

Our caterpillars have arrived! Finger’s crossed that we will actually be in session long enough to witness the entire life cycle!

I want to thank all of the families who have donated water, cups, and snacks to our class. The children thoroughly enjoy the extended time we are able to spend outdoors! We will be walking over to Botany Pond in the in next few weeks as well.

We will be extending our outdoor learning by taking our very 1st walk over to Hyde Park Farmers Market Music Concert in Harper’s Court on Thursday, June 1st (Morning Students Only- the concert is over at 11:15) We will have some sort of special music event for the afternoon class that day as well, but we will not be going off school grounds). We will need lots of volunteers to walk over with us and stay and enjoy the music concert featuring Junie B! Please keep an eye out for the permission slip. We will be dismissing the students from Harper’s Court at 11:20 that day (you will also need to fill out a special form for this dismissal as well.

Lending Library for our classroom has officially ended for this school year. Please be sure to send in any books that you still have checked out!

May 12, 2017

Week of May 15th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 10:07 am

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend!

If you are able to help out during the Walk-A-Thon please let me know!

 

We will be wrapping up our Eric Carle study as soon as our caterpillars arrive (hopefully this week).

 

Being that our topic of studies will be more nature centered we will spend a great deal of time outdoors. Please dress your child accordingly. Remember to put sunscreen on before they come to school. In addition, flip flop types of sandals are not ideal for running and gross motor activities on playground. You are welcomed to leave a pair of old/play running shoes at school for your child to change into when needed (please write their names somewhere on the shoe –inside of the tongue is a great place).

 
As the weather begins to warm up we will visit Bixler Park and also travel over to Botany Pond to observe the baby ducks and turtles. I will post notices on the entry door and sign-in sheet to remind you of the days we will be traveling over. We are also asking for a wagon or two to take with us. We will also need gallons of water and small Dixie cups (any donation is welcomed). We also like to offer a small snack on our trips (graham crackers, animal crackers, and pretzel rods are always a hit), donations are welcomed as well.

 

Important Dates:

Kindergarten Visits for children going to Kindergarten (children returning to Pre K next year do not need to visit this year):

Are you interested in learning more about the Kindergarten program at Ray? If so, please come to Ray School on May 17th from 2:45-3:45 when our K teachers will showcase the curriculum and discuss a “day in the life” of a Ray Kindergartner. Our main entrance is on Kimbark Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.

The Ray Walk-A -thon is Friday May 19, 2017.  Please join us for our annual walk.  The preschoolers will walk at 9:45- 10:15 in the morning and from 1:15-1:45 in the afternoon class.  We need volunteers for both sessions. If you are able to join us, please let me know.  Be sure to bring your water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes and clothing, along with sunglasses and a hat or other sun protection. You may want to bring rain gear too. This is a rain or shine event!

May 8, 2017

Week of May 8th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 11:47 am

I want to thank all of the families who participated in International Night! It was a huge success. We are continuing our Eric Carle study and will shift to butterflies as soon as our caterpillars arrive!

Important Dates:

Kindergarten Visits for children going to Kindergarten (children returning to Pre K next year do not need to visit this year):
Are you interested in learning more about the Kindergarten program at Ray? If so, please come to Ray School on May 17th from 2:45-3:45 when our K teachers will showcase the curriculum and discuss a “day in the life” of a Ray Kindergartner. Our main entrance is on Kimbark Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.

The Ray Walk-A -Thon is Friday May 19, 2017. Please join us for our annual walk. The preschoolers will walk at 9:45- 10:15 in the morning and from 1:15-1:45 in the afternoon class. We need volunteers for both sessions. If you are able to join us, please let me know. Be sure to bring your water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes and clothing, along with sunglasses and a hat or other sun protection. You may want to bring rain gear too. This is a rain or shine event!

May 1, 2017

Week of May 1st

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 8:43 am

We thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities during our celebration of Week of Young Child! If your child forgot their toy for show and tell, please feel free to bring one this week.
We will need play dough in mid-May! If you are willing to make a batch please sign up on the play dough calendar. Thank You!
We will be ending the school year on June 20, 2017. Be sure to keep an eye out for all of the special events that will happen the last week of school.
We will spend the last month and half focusing on Eric Carle, gardening, and the Life cycle of the Butterflies. Please sure to look at the cool art work the children have been working on. Our cool display of Mix It Up was a cool art experiment where children used primary colors to create the secondary colors using their fingertips. We also created our own versions of Eric Carle’s Little Cloud. Be sure to check it out!
Dates To Remember:
May 18th– Ray Walk-a-Thon (fundraising goal is $25,000- we exceeded this goal last year!) More information will be forthcoming.
No School- May 29th- Memorial Day Holiday

April 6, 2017

Week of April 10, 2017

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 8:28 am

 

Have a great Spring Break!  Classes resume Monday, April 17th!

Dates to Remember:

April 10th -14th– No School – Spring Break

April 19th– No School- Parent & Teacher Conferences (Please be sure to sign up after spring break)

May 18th– Ray Walk-a-Thon (fundraising goal is $25,000- we exceeded this goal last year!)   More information will be forthcoming.

March 31, 2017

Week of April 3rd

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 1:07 pm

 

 

Hello Parents,

The children have been working hard analyzing the various stories.  Please be sure to check out all of the detailed work the children have completed.  The children will be bringing home their Story Elements work this week to share with families.  The children focused on: the setting, the characters, the problems, and the solution.  Be sure to ask your child about those aspects of the story.

In addition, to our Goldilocks study we have been working hard on “Movement & Music”, making sets of 3, 4, and 5 (age collages), and patterning.  Please be sure to check out the math area to view our cool hula hoop math game!

This week will be extending our math focus by adding measurement to the focus.  Please check out the following link to view what we will be doing this week: http://earlymath.erikson.edu/just-right-for-me-children-games-preschool-kindergarten/ .  The video is a part of Erikson’s early math series that I participated in a few years ago.  I will post more links as I continue to use the various techniques that are highlighted in the series.

Dates to Remember:

April 7th– No School- Furlough Day for all of CPS

April 10th -14th– No School – Spring Break

April 19th– No School- Parent & Teacher Conferences (Please be sure to sign up after spring break)

May 18th– Ray Walk-a-Thon (fundraising goal is $25,000- we exceeded this goal last year!)   More information will be forthcoming.

March 24, 2017

Week of March 27th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 11:56 am

Hello Parents:
We have been enjoying the lovely spring weather! We will take advantage and have lots of outdoor activities. Please make sure that you dress your child accordingly. If you send outdoor items to school the rule is they must wear it out. Also, please be sure to put sunblock on your child before they come to school.

In addition, to our Goldilocks study we will be focusing in our shapes and shape vocabulary. We will focus on the basic 1 dimensional shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, and rhombus). We will focus the following attributes of shapes: angles, points, lines, curved lines, vertices, and sides. Please be sure to point out/search for the shapes and vocabulary during your daily interactions.

Upcoming Dates:
April 7th- No School- Furlough Day for all of CPS
April 10th -14th- No School – Spring Break
April 19th- No School- Parent & Teacher Conferences

March 20, 2017

Week of March 20th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 12:20 pm

Hello Parents:
We have begun our study of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Your will be bringing home a sheet entitled “Story Elements of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” and is divided into the 4 components: Setting, Characters, Problem, & Solution. Be sure to ask your child about where the story took place, who were the characters, what some of the problems were, and what the final solution was. The sheet being sent home is based off of the original story of Goldilocks. We will be exploring various versions and you can extend your child’s learning by asking the same questions throughout the study.

 

FYI-In a show of solidarity teachers throughout the city will be clocking in and out exactly at 8:45 and 3:45. Please be sure to arrive a couple minutes early so that your child is picked up exactly at 3:45. Thank you.

Upcoming Dates:
April 7th- No School- Furlough Day for all of CPS
April 10th -14th- No School – Spring Break
April 19th- No School- Parent & Teacher Conferences

March 13, 2017

Week of March 13th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 4:19 pm

Hello Parents:
We will be finishing up our study of the 3 Little Pigs this week. We are taking a short break from the 3 Little Pigs to finally enjoy the snow! Please dress your child accordingly. We will go out in the snow, therefore snow boots, snow pants, and waterproof gloves/mittens will be needed. We want to thank Bobby’s Nana (Regina) for the knitting our class beautiful mittens!
We are also in need of paper towels, if you would like to donate a roll or two we would appreciate it.
We will be moving onto our study of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears next week. If you have a unique copy or version that you would like to share we would really appreciate it. If you would like to be a guest reader please let me know!

March 3, 2017

Week of March 6th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 1:09 pm

Hello Parents:

 
We have wrapped up our jazz exploration (but we still listen to a lot of jazz)! We are learning lots of new vocabulary while reading various versions of The 3 Little Pigs. A few of those words are: Annoyed, Trotted, Mortar, Chat, Pounced, Trembling, Prowling, Crumble, Fantastic, and Cauldron. Follow up at home will assist in solidifying the new words into your child’s vocabulary. Try to use the words in everyday language or when discussing the stories we have been reading at school.

 

The preschool team has placed a parent information board outside our classrooms (the small bulletin board across from our “Out” door and in between Ms. Heiser & Ms. Weinberg’s classrooms. Be sure to check it out. If you have anything newsworthy about cool happenings in Hyde Park and would like to share it with our families please let me know!

February 27, 2017

Week of February 27th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 1:12 pm

Hello Parents:
We have begun our 3 Little Pigs study. The children are thoroughly enjoying exploring the various versions of the story. We have also been enjoying all of the various jazz music we have been listening to. Be sure to look on the bulletin board to view our “Painting to Jazz” dedication to Mrs. Jane. All 3 preschool classrooms are exploring jazz in a memorial to Mrs. Jane. She loved jazz and art and her dedication and love for the children is still felt throughout Ray school, especially in the Preschool classroom. Be sure to check out the cool jazz paintings on the bulletin board.

We will also have fun reading various Dr. Seuss books this week. His birthday is March 2nd. If anyone would like to come in a read a story this week please let me know. We love guest story tellers!

Please remember to keep your child home is he or she is sick. Many students have been coming to school coughing constantly, with fevers or with stomach ailments. If your child is dealing with any of these issues please give them time to rest and recuperate. Students should not return to school unless they have been fever free, vomit free or diarrhea free for 24 hours! When they come to school sick, teaching is interrupted when we have to nurse them and also it is quickly spread to the other students and they become sick as well. We are working diligently on our end to remind students to use their cough catchers (inside of elbows) and sanitizing our materials.

February 17, 2017

Week of February 20th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 3:31 pm

 

Hello Parents:

I would like to send a special thanks to Joy (Ruby’s mom) for donating the Eric Carle floor puzzle and being our guest reader the children really enjoyed it.

CHANGE IN CURRICULUM

We have however decided to take a detour from our Eric Carle Author/Illustrator study we pick the study up in late March/early April. I decided to change topics to Fairy Tales (mainly because the children are still talking about The Gingerbread Boy/Man/Girl and the Fox and the Winter weather did not produce as much snow as we would have like ;-)) in which we will study the various versions of The 3 Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We will begin the study with The 3 Little Pigs and then move onto the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. If you have a unique or favorite version that you would like to read to the class or allow us to borrow the book we would really appreciate it.

In honor and memory of Jane Averill who dedicated so much time and energy to our school and especially to our preschool program, we will spend time listening to jazz music and reading about jazz musicians this month Ms. Jane always loved music and spent a great deal of time exposing her students to various jazz musicians. Jane’s ability to tell an awe intriguing story and love of music will live on here at Ray Preschool.

We will pick our Eric Carle Author/illustrator study later this spring and tie it to our gardening/butterfly unit.

Ms. Bethanie

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