Week Of September 17th

Hello Parents:

We would like to thank all of the parents who attended our Open House.  If you were unable to attend but would like the Open House information pack please let me know.  Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox each day.

 

If you are missing any paperwork for your child’s file a letter will be placed in your child’s folder along with said paper work.  Please return all items ASAP.

 

Please be sure to turn in your family photo and your Name Letter so that the children can share them with their classmates.

 

We are in need of five 1 ½” 3 ring binders for children’s portfolios if you are willing to donate 1 or 2 we would highly appreciate it.

 

We have successfully completed week two of school!  The children are learning all about the materials in our classroom and making new friends.  We will continue to study “All About Me” for the next few weeks.  We have been discussing our 3 classroom limits: 1. Take care of each other. Be a good friend. 2.  Take care of yourself. 3.  Take care of our materials.  Be sure to discuss these with your child.

 

I will begin sending home “All About Me Bags” next week.  I will send the bags home to five children each week.  Please keep an eye out in your child’s mailbox for their bag.  Please follow the instructions and turn the bag in as soon as you are done.

 

We are thoroughly enjoying all of our food that we are harvesting from our garden!  We had potato, basil, and bok choy saute this past Fit Friday.  The morning children went on a potato scavenger hunt and the afternoon children harvested our bok choy and basil.  Next week we will plant our fall crops and clean out some of beds.  For this upcoming Fit Friday we are planning on enjoying popcorn (from our garden) and mint (from our garden) infused water.

 

We will learning all about our Work It Out Wheel this week.  The Wheel is a tool that we use to help children figure out how to solve problems in the classroom.  The six items on the Wheel are:  1. Talk It Out and Listen.  2. Say Stop! 3. Find a new friend or toy. 4.  Take a Balloon Breath. 5.  Take a break and cool down.  6.  Walk or Move away.  Please review these with your child at the end of week and during the following weeks.

 

I have the Playdough Calendar out for parents to sign up to make playdough for our classroom.  I have placed the recipe behind the calendar if you need one.  Here is my favorite recipe:

Ingredients:

3 cup flour
1 1/2 cup salt
3 cup water
3-4 Tablespoon oil
6 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring by drops till you reach your desired color. I use a lot. I like my play-dough to be bright! I also add the food coloring to the water to for even distribution.

Directions:

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and mix with electric mixer (or with a spoon). Cook over low heat, mixing until it sticks together and resembles mashed potatoes.
  2. Allow to cool, divide dough into different balls to make different colors.
  3. Optional add-ins are a few drops of essential oils to increase the sensual experience.
  4. Store in covered container.

 

Have a great week!

 

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week Of September 10th

Hello Parents:

 

We have successfully completed week one!  The children have been exploring the various areas in the classroom.  We discussed our Loft Limits and added photos to assist the children in remembering what the expectations are.  We also discussed how our “Sound Check” pyramid and practiced what type of voices we should use in the hallways, classroom, and outdoors.  The morning class went out to explore the garden and picked tomatoes for our healthy snack!  Due to the rainy weather the afternoon children did not have the opportunity to get out to garden.  The afternoon class will be introduced the garden this week.  Each “Fit Friday” the children engage in extended physical time either on the playground, or in our tricycle/gross motor room, participate in yoga, and have a healthy snack.

 

This week we will continue to explore the classroom and building our classroom community.  We will discuss our class limits:  1.  Take of care of yourself   2. Take care of others.  3.  Take care of our materials.  We will read stories and discuss what those 3 limits mean in our classroom.  We will also introduce our “Bugs and Wishes” conflict resolution tool.  The children will also participate in friendship paintings and our Age Graph.

 

Please return all paper work ASAP.  It is very important to have all information on file.

 

We are going to use Class Dojo this school year.  Class Dojo is a behavior management tool and a communication tool.  Please know that in pre-k we are only using this as way to communicate with parents.  This is a secure way to share pictures and information quickly.  I will give you a paper copy with all the information on how to join.

 

Please bring a family photo for our family tree!

 

Upcoming Events:

  Thursday, September 13th – Open House 4:30-5:30 p.m. During this time, you are free to visit your child(ren)’s classroom(s) Please try to find child care for this event.  I will discuss my personal philosophy, our curriculum, and the classroom expectations.

  Warrior Wednesday – Every Wednesday students should wear Ray gear or green to show their Warrior pride!

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Welcome Letter 2018

August 2018

 

Dear Parents:

 

We just wanted to get a quick note out to you before school starts. You will be receiving a Handbook from the teachers at Ray as well as one from Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood about the program overall. Please read both carefully as there is important information and guidelines in them.

 

The half-day program has a unique way that students begin. The children that are returning for their second year of  Pre-Kindergarten will start school on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at the regular scheduled time and stay for the entire 2 ½ hour session. The new children will be phased into the classroom for 30 minute periods on September 4th and 5th. Your child’s time slot is written at the bottom of this page. As your child is being introduced to the classroom, we ask that parents review other important information at the table set up outside the cafeteria. We will work with you on any separation issues you or your child may have. We have attached some suggestions for the first day of school that you may find useful.

 

Please enter and leave the building through the preschool designated doors (The double glass doors at the front of the building closest to 57th & Kimbark). Pre-K classrooms are in the new addition. You must bring your child to the classroom and sign them in and out each day. The morning session is from 8:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The afternoon session is from 1:10 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Please do not be late!! Children arriving late miss out on important activities and disturb the rest of the class. If your child is late or absent, we will need a written note on the day your child returns to school.

 

Note: You may not park in the teacher’s parking lot. Kimbark Avenue is closed between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. to allow for bused children to get on and off the buses safely. We have a “dash board signage” procedure for pre-k families and will explain it the first day of school. Please be prepared to find street parking until we have given you the dash board sign and explained the parking procedure.

 

Classroom Information
The classroom number is 405.
The classroom phone number is 773-535-6702.
Ms. Bethanie’s e-mail address is bsmith4@cps.edu (please put Ray School in the subject line when e-mailing). E-mail is the most efficient manner in which to reach me. I do not always answer the classroom phone while engaged in activities with the children. I do however, have the ability to set a special alert for e-mails that are school related and will check them as soon as possible.

 

Note: Please make sure that we always have your current address and phone number(s) so that we can reach you when necessary.

 

What you will need the first day of school:

 

NO Backpacks- it gets very crowded when winter outerwear is added daily!
***We do not have enough cubby space for children to bring backpacks. The only exception is for children who are going onto another care facility directly after class (i.e., Little People’s Learning Center). So please do not bring backpacks to school.

 

1) Change of clothing for your child, including pants/shorts, underwear, shirt, socks, shoes, and with your child’s name on all items. Please put sunscreen on your child before they come to school. We will spend a lot of time outdoors when the weather permits.

 

2) Photo of your family.

 

**Lastly, we are a very creative group and often need extra cleaning supplies for our daily activities. We have a short “wish list” for parents who would like to donate the following (due to limited storage space we ask that the supplies be brought in a staggered fashion, on an as needs basis).

 

3) Families whose last name begins with A-L, please bring the following:

2 box of facial tissue
1 Bottle of Lysol (disinfecting spray)
3 containers of disinfecting wipes
2 roll of paper towels (Select-A-Size is preferred)
1 box gallon-sized zip-lock bags,
1 box quart-sized zip-lock bags
2 reams of white computer paper
1 ream of colored computer paper
1 container of Hand wipes (Wet ones, baby wipes)
4 bottles of hand soap
1 set of extra clothes
1 family photo

**I will ask for more supplies from the remaining families as needed throughout the year.

Thanks,

Ms. Bethanie and Ms. Maggie

Phase-In Schedule

Morning Class

Child  &  Phase-In Time:
Margaret (Maggie) C. 9:15-9:45
Christopher H. 9:15-9:45
A’layah H. 9:15-9:45
Spencer G. 9:15-9:45
Quinten M. 10:00-10:30
Soraiya T. 10:00-10:30
Andrei W. 10:00-10:30
Matthew J. 10:00-10:30

Afternoon Class

Child & Phase-In Time
Milan E. 1:15-1:45
Kingston T. 1:15-1:45
Nicholas H. 1:15-1:45
Nazir Y. 1:15-1:45
Ryhs R. 1:15-1:45
Elijah C. 1:15-1:45
Chad P. 2:00-2:30
Xaiver B. 2:00-2:30
Felicity L. 2:00-2:30
Surah M. 2:00-2:30
Cameron S. 2:00-2:30
Jan Ha S. 2:00-2:30

***If your child is having a successful phase in, there is the option of attending the 2nd day until the end of the class session. We can decide as the phase-in process takes place.

 

 

 The First Day of School

The first day of school can be a wonderful or terrifying event for both parents and children. We can do things to help us through this process.

 Talk to your child about if there is a special item (small enough to fit into their cubby) he or she would like to bring to school for comfort. The object will be left in the cubby for your child to go to and snuggle with (if necessary).
 Please bring a family photo to post in your child’s cubby so that they can look at it throughout the day (if necessary).
 Visit the playground at school so your child is familiar with the equipment and feels competent using it.
 Do some pretend play with your child about how you will go to school and how you will say goodbye. Imagine waking up, having breakfast, getting in the car, walking in the door, kissing/hugging goodbye.
 Agree on a goodbye ritual: how many kisses, hugs, etc.
 Make sure your child is clear about who will pick him up and when.
 Find out something about the schedule so you can talk it over with your child.
 Give a special note, picture, or poem for your child to keep in their cubby. We will also encourage your child to write a letter or draw a picture for you to make them feel better (if necessary).
 Make sure you awaken early enough to have a relaxing morning, with time to dress and eat a good breakfast/lunch.

Do not hang around at the door or peering through windows after you have said goodbye. Once your child sees that you are reluctant to leave, it is harder for them to feel safe and it is more difficult for the teachers to engage the child in classroom activities. BRING TISSUES! This may be harder for you than your child.

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Meet and Greet 2018

August 2018

 

Dear Parents,

We just wanted to get a quick note out to you before school starts. We are so excited to meet you and your child!

 

New students are required to attend a Meet and Greet to get to know their school and teachers (Returning students are welcomed to stop by for a brief visit as well, but not required to attend).

 

Parents and students are required to attend this session on August 31st from 2:45–3:30 p.m. in the Ray School annex (if you cannot attend please make arrangements to send your child with a trusted adult. It is crucial that young children meet their teachers and visit the classroom before school starts). Students will tour the classrooms and meet teachers.

 

During this visit, parents must complete required paperwork in order for the student to start school on September 4th. If the required paperwork is not complete students will not be allowed to start school on September 4th. Teachers will be available to assist with paperwork and general questions during the meet and greet social.

 

Please enter the building through the main entrance.

You will also receive your parking tag so that you can park in the correct spot during the first day of school.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact:
Ms. Bethanie: bsmith4@cps.edu

 

Thanks and we look forward to meeting you,

 

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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General Update

Hello Parents and Families of 405-

A few things to update and some dates to keep up with.  The year will wrap up faster than we realize!  The field trip to the Nature Museum was a great time.  The adult volunteers were great, the children were engaged and excited… SUCCESS!  And, we were on time this time 😉  Thank you again to all of those who could make the time to come.

Ms. Bethanie has continued to check in and wants to be sure our garden looks lovely through this heat.  The garden has been watered well during outside playtime.  We’ve been advised by other Garden Committee members to start harvesting our spinach, so we will have some tastings during school!!  How fun!  We will have two more Fit Fridays.

Thank you again for all the support from home with communications through email, snacks, everything.  Please continue to reach out if you have any questions.

Specific things to note:

  • Let us know if you have questions about pre-k for next year.  We understand there were some erroneous letters sent out and that should be fixed soon.  Please know that if your child was in pre-k this year and is eligible for pre-k next year, you have the same spot at Ray.  You should have been given a preference sheet for full-day versus half-day and we have noted all of those preferences.  We are still awaiting information and paperwork to arrive regarding enrolling new students for next year.
  • Wrapping up the year in a pre-k room looks different than other grades.  The teachers and staff here do a wonderful job of meticulously cleaning and organizing the room to prepare for next year and this will happen incrementally throughout the last two weeks.  Thank you to those who have signed up to help.  We still need more helpers, so please sign up if you can (sign-up sheet is by the entry door).
  • We will be visiting the kindergarten classrooms as prep for next year for some of our children, date TBD.
  • We will have a Butterfly Release Party whenever they hatch!  Date TBD.

Dates to be aware of (and snacks needed are marked accordingly- thanks for donations!):

  • Tues, June 5– Walking trip to Botany Pond on campus.  If it is easy for any parent to join us, walk along, feel free but we will take the trip regardless.  The weather looks like a comfortable 65 degrees that day. We will take a snack along (both classes), so please let us know if you could provide a small snack for the class (morning= 22 students, afternoon=15 students), which could be goldfish, pretzels, something easy that can be eaten independently.
  • Wed, June 6- Last day for the afternoon class’s music lessons with Ms. Justine.  We will celebrate with a small snack.  We have a pretzel donation and a banana donation so our snack is covered!  Thank you!
  • Thur, June 14- Pack-and-Play Day (sign up sheet is by the entry door).  We keep the children outside longer this day.  We need snack donations for both morning and afternoon for this day.  Please let us know if you can donate.  Thank you to those who already signed up to help!  Ms. Maggie knows the ropes and will be in charge of the packing.
  • Fri, June 15- Last day of yoga for Fit Fridays!  We, as teachers/staff, will provide the snack for this day, possibly from our garden!
  • Mon, June 18- Our last FULL day together!  We will plan to be outside, making observations as scientists in Amanda’s Garden, and playing, playing, playing.  I have some games we have not gotten to yet!
  • Tues, June 19- 9:30-10:30 (both sessions)- We will NOT be in the building, but we will meet at Bixler park for one last time to play together for the school year.  Please bring a breakfast item for yourself and child. This will be our goodbye!  What a great year it’s been!
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Greetings, Room 405 Families!

Hello Families of Room 405!

I am very excited that we already have a fun week one under our belts in Room 405 with me as a new teacher in the room!  It’s been a pleasure to work with your children, certainly.  Please feel free to reach me at klulrich-pap@cps.edu with any questions or concerns.  Ms. Bethanie has already checked in to see how the children are doing and, as you know, Ms. Maggie is an amazing support and resource.

This week, we have watched our caterpillars grow fatter and longer!  We are making observations and drawing what we see.  It’s been super cool.

Small group work was with numbers (making trains with snap-together blocks), looking at the butterflies Ms. Heiser gifted to the class that are encased in resin with our magnifying glasses, and learning a new butterfly story.  We also walked through the garden to observe (and smell!) what is happening on our way to Bixler to play.

I sent an email to all parents yesterday with the following information. **IF you did NOT get the email, please email me at klulrich-pap@cps.edu so that I can be sure to have current email addresses (and phone numbers- let me know if that has changed!).  Here is the info from the email:

  • Wednesday– we are having a very small celebration with our 4th grade Big Buddies, since this is the last time we will see them for the year.  They are providing a small snack.  If we could please have donations of fruit (I think clementines are going out, but if they look good, these are wonderful snacks and easy, or grapes or other fruit that can be eaten by hand without preparation and mess), then we will have a lovely snack to share.  There will be our 21 students plus the 25 fourth graders.  This means if 5 parents could donate fruit, we should have plenty.  Please email me to let me know BY MONDAY through email if you will donate so I can plan accordingly.   Thank you very much.
  • There is a field trip again on Friday, June 1st, 8:45a-1p-ish.  We will confirm volunteers in the next day or two.  This trip is more “open,” so it is critical that if you have signed up to attend, we can count on you coming along so that we have ample adults with our little ones.
  • Looking forward, we will have a walking trip to the Botany Pond (week of June 4th) and will need some volunteers if you are interested.  Please watch for updates to come through.  We will need a snack donated as well for this walking trip if you are interested in helping in that way.

Additional announcements:

  • Flowers were sent to Ms. Bethanie from both classes.  Thank you to all who donated- we had a lovely amount to spend on some cheer for her and they were to be delivered on Friday.
  • Library books need to be returned as soon as possible.  There is no more lending library for the year.  If you have lost a book, please simply replace it with any age-appropriate book for our classroom library.
  • There is a sign-up sheet for parent helpers for cleaning the room at the sign-in clipboard, if you can help.

Thank you all for your patience and support as we transitioned with Ms. Bethanie’s leave.  The children have been great and are so well into their routines, this week went smoothly.  (They remind me to NOT talk in the halls…)

The field trip went very well (despite us running late) and from hearing the laughs of the children, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  They were well-behaved and patient, attentive and respectful.  I was very proud and felt it was a very successful trip.  THANK YOU to all the parents who attended!!

There have been a lot of questions about changes in pre-k for next year.  I am happy to try to find you answers and keep you updated, of course.  We expect much more information to be available next week.  There will be a “Next Year Preference Sheet” given to the returning families, where you can indicate Full Day, Half Day AM or Half Day PM.  If those returning families could please fill this out and get it back to us asap, that would be very helpful.

See you on Tuesday!  Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Papczun (pronounced Pap-son, or Mrs. P if that’s easier for the little ones!)

 

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Week of May 14th

Hello Parents:

We enjoyed our Knuffle Bunny celebration!  We want to thank all of the parents who stayed and assisted with the day’s activities!  Our classroom field trip has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd.

We have been working in our garden and we are starting to see a few more sprouts!  The goal is to have a few tastings before we end the school year!  We are also eagerly waiting for our caterpillars to arrive!  We are excited to learn all about the life cycle of the butterfly!  Be sure to keep an eye out for caterpillars and most importantly the butterfly nets!

The end of the school year is very busy.  I have included a list of all of the important happenings!

End of the Year Events

May:

We will take taking trips to Bixler and Botany Pond, when the weather is nice.

Wednesday, May 16th– Class Spring picture (self-photographed) please be sure to be at school that day!

Friday, May 18: Ray School Walk-a-thon.  Please visit http://rayschool.dojiggy.com for more information.  All students will be walking and we would love parent volunteers to walk with us.

Tuesday, May 22ndMrs. Papczun joins our class and Ms. Bethanie is out on medical leave.

Also, on May 22nd our classroom will attend the rescheduled Knuffle Bunny field trip. Please be sure to fill out a new field trip form and turn it in ASAP. Please let us know if you can or cannot volunteer on this trip.  The more parents the better (it will be Mrs. Papczun’s first day and extra help will be greatly appreciated).  Please be sure to arrive by 8:45 and we will return to Ray by noon.  Please remember to come all the way into the classroom to sign your child in and out.

Friday, May 25: The final parent and child activity focusing on literacy.  All students and parents will attend class from 9:30-10:30.

Monday, May 28th– No Class Memorial Day

June:

Friday, June 1:  Field trip to the Peggy Notebarert Museum from 9-1 pm.

We will also be taking trips to Bixler and Botany Pond, when the weather is nice.

Thursday, June 14th: Parent Pack and Play day– we are asking for parents to volunteer to help pack away all of materials so that they are cleaned and organized for next school year!  We love starting the school year with nice clean materials.  Please be sure to sign up and help us out.

Tuesday, June 19thPreschool Goodbye Picnic (please bring food for you and your child) at Bixler Park from 9:30-10:30.  Last day of school!  Enjoy the summer!

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Week of May 7th

Hello Parents:

We have delved into our garden and we are seeing a few sprouts! We are excited to experience the life cycle of the plants. We will soon have caterpillars and we will study the life cycle of the butterfly.

As we begin to wind down for the school year we will end our lending library on May 23rd. We are asking that you return all books/game bags by May 30th. Thank you!
We need play dough for May and June! Please sign up to make a batch for us! The children love using the play dough during free choice.

If your child will be returning for a second year of preschool please be sure to turn in your preference sheet to us as soon as possible. Thanks!
We are excited to welcome Mrs. Papczun to our room! Ms. Papczun will be substituting for me while I am out on medical leave. Mrs. Papzcun will be joining us on Thursday, May 17th, so that she can get to know the routine and the children. . Please be sure to introduce yourself and your child.

Here’s a little more about Mrs. Papczun:

Mrs. Papczun has taught with CPS from 2007 to 2016, and then stepped out of the classroom to obtain a master’s degree in Education Policy Studies. Before graduate school, she spent two years teaching at Bret Harte and taught at the Ancona School last spring for a maternity leave. Most recently she has spent the last 4 months teaching kindergarten at Ray, in Room 104, covering the maternity leave for Ms. Maltz. She also has two children at Ray (Leah in our preschool morning class) and Mr. Papczun is one of the 6th grade teachers.
In her own words:

Hyde Park is our home and I am involved in the community as an advocate for our public schools, most recently organizing a community reading day which brought volunteers into our network’s pre-k classrooms to read aloud. I believe in an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach to learning through honoring the natural curiosity of children. I look forward to supporting your student as they grow, by embracing Ray’s mission of fostering a love of learning. Please feel free to contact me at klulrich-pap@cps.edu.

Upcoming events:
May 11th- Fieldtrip to so Knuffle Bunny
Thursday, May 17th- Mrs. Papczun will visit our classroom
Friday, May 18th- Walk-A-Thon
May 22nd- Ms. Bethanie begins her medical leave
May 25th- End of the Year Parent & Child Activity
June 1st- Field trip to Peggy Notebarert Nature Museum

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Week of April 30th

Hello Families

We were finally able to get into the garden and work last week! WE planted carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach, snap peas, cilantro, and dill! Hoopefully we will be able to harvest at least once before the end of the school year! We will plant our summer crops in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to take a walk around our garden and check out the signs the children made to help protect our garden from destruction!

We will begin our study of Eric Carle books this week and explore more plant and gardening topics. We also ordered our caterpillars last week and so we will incorporate the life cycle of a butterfly as soon as they arrive.

We want to thank all of the parents who have donated cleaning supplies to our classroom. We are stocked up for the rest of the year!

Many of you have received emails about enrollment in preschool for next year. If you are currently in our class you do not need to reapply for next year. You will automatically be enrolled for next year. The preschool teachers have received the following timeline for applications (for new children who would like to enroll in preschool next year for the very first time…again not children currently in the preschool program who are returning next year)

Preschool Application for the 2018-2019 School Year Timeline:

April 30 – May 20, 2018 – Families are able be to submit an application via chicagoearlylearning.org during this Early Bird Application Period

May 7, 2018 – Family Resource Centers will open for application assistance (go to: chicagoearlylearning.org for more information on the centers)

May, 21, 2018 – Families will receive offer letters and may visit Family Resource Centers for document verification.
As soon as we find out more information I will post it on the website.

Upcoming Events:
Field Trip Money For the Peggy Notebaert Museum due- Thursday, May 10th
Field Trip to see Knuffle Bunny– Friday, May 11th
Ray Walk-A-Thon– Friday, May 18th please visit rayschool.dojiggy.com for more information.
May 22nd- End of School Year- Ms. Bethanie on Medical Leave.
June 1st- Field Trip to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of April 23rd

Hello Parents:

We want to thank all of the parents who came to Parent & Teacher Conferences! We would also like to thank George, CeCe, and Justine for being awesome musical guests! We thoroughly enjoyed our celebrations last week!

We were finally able to prep the soil for planting last week! Yay! We are planning on planting Monday and Tuesday. We are also going to redo our Lima bean sprouting activity. Many of the seeds did not sprout (we think it was because it was so cloudy last week)! We are going to try the activity with peas (thanks for the suggestion Jo-Lin (Baea’s mom) and water soaked Lima beans. Hopefully we have more success the second time around.

We will wrap up our Goldilocks study this week and move onto more spring type topics. We will be diving into our gardening and spring books as well as spend more time outdoors. Please remember to slather your child with sunscreen every day!

As I have stated before, I will be out on a medical leave beginning the afternoon of May 22nd. I am happy to announce that Christy Papczun (Leah’s mom) will be my substitute teacher while I am on leave. We are super excited to have her in our classroom.

We are still in need of: paper towels and Clorox wipes. We will clean every toy, game, and manipulative in our room before we end for the summer. We would really appreciate any donation of paper towels and Clorox wipes. Thanks!

Upcoming Events:

Field Trip to see Knuffle Bunny– Friday, May 11th
Ray Walk-A-Thon– Friday, May 18th please visit rayschool.dojiggy.com for more information.
May 22nd- End of School Year- Ms. Bethanie on Medical Leave- More details to come.

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of April 16th

Hello Parents:

We are looking forward to all the special activities occurring this week. Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox for details about what’s occurring each day during our week-long celebration. We are super excited to have George and his sister CeCe playing the violin for us Monday morning and Jim’s mom Justine will be our musician for the afternoon class! We want to thank all three of the them in advance!

We had to postpone our work in the garden due to in climate weather and repairs on the irrigation system. We would like to thank Julie (from Big Green) and Charis (our new garden coordinator) for all of the hard work they have been doing in the pre-k garden.  We will delay our garden prep and planting until the week of April 23rd. As the weather (hopefully) continues to warm we will have more outdoor learning opportunities…please be sure to dress your child appropriately- complete with sunscreen. We have however, begun some indoor exploration with seeds (exploring the properties of various seeds in the sensory table) and lima bean sprouting activity.

The children have been enjoying the various versions of Goldilocks as well. Ms. Anna was a guest teacher in our room and taught the children a Goldilocks song and read a favorite version of the story (Goldisocks).

Upcoming Events:

Parent & Teacher Conferences April 18th –for the children going to kindergarten.

Week of the Young Child– April 16- 20th. We will have special activities the entire week.
Monday: Musical Instruments and Dance Party (we are hoping to have special guest musicians).
Tuesday: Tasty Tuesday– We will have a special snack and relay races outdoors.
Wednesday: – Parent & Teacher Conferences
Thursday: Artsy- Special Art activities in each classroom.
Friday- Pajama & Show and Tell Day

Ray Book Fair– April 16-20th
Field Trip to see Knuffle Bunny– Friday, May 11th.
Ray Walk-A-Thon– Friday, May 18th please visit rayschool.dojiggy.com for more information.
May 22nd- End of School Year- Ms. Bethanie on Medical Leave- More details to come.

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of April 9th

Hello Parents:

We will attempt to begin working in the garden this week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate! We will attempt to prep the soil Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. We will pull out any old plants and top off our soil with either soil or compost. Thursday in both the morning and afternoon the plan is for us to plant our seeds. We will be planting pea shoots, lettuce, radishes, spinach, and carrots. These are all quick growing seeds, so hopefully we will be able to harvest all or most of them before the end of the school year!

If you would like to help in the garden this week we would love to have a few parent volunteers! The very first planting of the year is a big undertaking and we could use a couple of extra eyes and hands. Just let us know if you would like to assist us! Thanks!

We will also be delving into our Goldilocks study. We will take a week or two and explore all the unique versions of the story! Be sure to ask your child about what adventures Goldilocks and bears are having in the stories.

If your child is going to kindergarten next year, please be sure to sign up for a Parent and Teacher Conference. The clipboard is located next to the sign-in sheets. We will be having a special session for the students who are returning to preschool next year- TBD.

Upcoming Events:
Parent & Teacher Conferences April 18th –Please sign up for a time
No School, April 13th– Teacher Training
Week of the Young Child– April 16- 20th. We will have special activities the entire week.
Monday: Musical Instruments and Dance Party (we are hoping to have special guest musicians).
Tuesday: Tasty Tuesday– We will have a special snack and relay races outdoors.
Wednesday: – Parent & Teacher Conferences
Thursday: Artsy- Special Art in each classroom.
Friday- Pajama & Show and Tell Day

Ray Book Fair- April 16-20th
Field Trip to see Knuffle Bunny– Friday, May 11th.
Ray Walk-A-Thon– Friday, May 18th please visit rayschool.dojiggy.com for more information.

May 22nd- End of School Year- Ms. Bethanie on Medical Leave- More details to come.

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

 

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