Week of October 15th

Hello Parents:

Our Donors Choose was fully funded! Yay! Many of the donations came from our families.  We really appreciate all of the donations!  Thank you!

We want to thank everyone who brought in apples and gourds!  The children are enjoying tasting the many varieties of apples! The children thoroughly enjoyed making the applesauce! Be sure to check out all of the photos on Class Dojo. Next week we are planning to make apple crisp, so we are in need of more apples for that recipe as well. We are still accepting cool gourds and pumpkins!

Please be sure to turn in all paper work that is needed for the program. I have deadlines that I must abide by and the deadlines are approaching quickly. Only 8 people turned in the lunch form. Our school receives more funding for EACH one we turn in…even if you write not interested across the top and sign it. If you have not turned one in will be giving you another copy to fill out. Thank You!

We still have a few volunteer spots available for our upcoming field trip. We would like to have 7 to 10 parents assist us. This is a field trip where we walk around outdoors to various areas. We would like to ensure that the children are able to move around with the appropriate supervision.
In conjunction to the field trip we are also having our Fall Literacy Festival on the same day as the field trip. We are asking that if children would like to bring a costume of their favorite literary character (remember super heroes in comic books and most characters that the children are into come in some form of book nowadays) if they would like to dress up. We do ask that children do not bring scary or gory costumes. We also ask that children not wear masks as well. Some children are frightened of masks and young children have a hard time seeing in them. We are asking for parent volunteers to come about 2:30 to help get the children into costumes. We are asking that NO ONE wear their costume on the field trip, we will get our costumes on after rest time.  It is an entirely outdoors field trip with animals and hay stacks, which is not conducive for costumes.

We will continue to learn about apples this week. (We want to thank the parents who brought in apples for us, we really enjoyed them) We have been dissecting apples and learning new vocabulary. Be sure to ask your child to explain what apple “pips” are. We also learned the parts of the apple- focusing on the skin, flesh, core, pips, and stem! We will look at the lifecycle of the apple this week.

Being that the weather will continue to get colder please be sure to dress your child appropriately! Layers are always a good choice. We will go outdoors most of the time. If the weather is severely cold (via Ray Handbook: The CPS cutoff temperature (with wind-chill) is 30 degrees, however principals have discretion for temperatures between 15-30 degrees Fahrenheit. We believe that students benefit from outdoor play, and will monitor the weather to ensure temperatures, precipitation, and grounds are safe. If not safe, students will have indoor gross motor activities). We have been practicing putting on all outer wear. Please also reinforce this independence at home as well. We are happy to assist, but it takes a really long time at assist 20 children in getting dressed! We practice the “preschool flip” and have the children attempt to zip/button/snap as well.

We are also asking that parents please be considerate and patient when entering the double doors. Parents and children are expected to wait outside (unless it is extremely cold or storming). Please do not ask or expect other Ray staff to allow you in the building before time. Preschool staff will always open the doors for our families- no one else.

Upcoming Events:
• Field Trip-Thursday, October 31st.
• Fall Literacy Festival, Thursday, October 31st
• No School- Friday, November 8th- Teacher Professional Development
• No School- Monday, November 11th-Veterans Day
• Parent-Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, November 13th

Have a great week, See you on Tuesday!

Ms.  Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of October 7th

Hello Parents:

We are so thankful that so many parents and even current and past grandparents have volunteered for our noon time supervision.  We still need someone for next Wednesday from 11:45-1:15.  If you are able to assist please let us know!

We concluded our All About Me study and are moving fully into Autumn Exploration.


We will be having our first round of apple tasting Monday, October 7th. We are asking for parents to donate apples for this activity. We are in need of some sort of reddish apple, granny smiths, and yellow delicious apples. If you are able to bring a few in that would be great!

 

Our Donors Choose is almost fully funded we need a little over $150.00 to get our art and building supplies. Thank you to all of the parents/families/friends who have donated! Please continue to pass the link along on social media or to those who would be interested.

 

We are still in need of play dough! Please sign up if you are interested in making us a batch.

 

We have a couple of important events coming up. Please be sure to mark your calendars!

Kindergarten Lottery Information

As many of you know Chicago Public Schools uses a lottery system for parents to apply to schools outside of their “attendance or neighborhood school” (your “neighborhood” school is zoned by your address. To find out what your neighborhood school is visit: http://go.cps.edu/how-to-apply/elementary-school and scroll down to How it Works and click the search button). If you would like for your child to attend Ray Elementary for kindergarten but you live outside the “neighborhood boundaries” you MUST apply through the lottery application process.

Also if you would like to apply for any other school “neighborhood school or a Magnet School (math/science, Montessori or Humanities), Magnet Cluster School (technology, world language, fine performing arts) or Selective Enrollment School (Academic Centers, Gifted Centers, or Classical) you MUST apply as well.

The application process has begun! You should go https://go.cps.edu/ to learn all about the process. To begin the process you must create an account. Please go to: https://cps.schoolmint.net/signup in order to create an account and start the process. Log on to the new application site go.cps.edu to get started. We are highly suggesting you start the process now. Chances to get your selected school are higher if you apply early.

***Important Dates for the application process:

October 2019–Application Period Begins

December 2019- Application Period Ends

April 2020: Notification Letters Released

Upcoming Events:

  •  CPS- Eye Exams October 7th-9th
  •  Picture Day- Tuesday, October 8th
  • Deadline for Medical Compliance- must have all paper work turned in or an appointment date set up by October 11th
  • Indigenous People Day- No School Monday, October 14th, 2019
  •  Field Trip Money due October 25th
  • Family and Community Night-October 30th
  • Field Trip- Thursday, October 31st. –We still need volunteers.
  •  No School- Friday, November 8th – Teacher Professional Development
  •  Parent-Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, November 13th
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Have A Great Week,


Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Hello Parents:

We want to thank all of the parents who have been helping out midday! We really appreciate it. Parents have signed up for next week as well! We still need volunteers for the week of October 7th. If you are able to volunteer for at least an hour, we would appreciate it!

We are winding down our “All About Me” Topic of Study with a few more family and “me” focused activities. Please remember to assist your child in completing homework and turn it in as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.

We have a new Donors Choose for art and construction supplies. I will attach the link  and send it via Class Dojo when it is approved!  Please share the link on social media!

We will also dive deep into our study of Apples/Gourds/Pumpkins. We are collecting unique and cool looking gourds. Please feel free to add to our collection. We will end our study with a field trip to Eden’s Nature Center on Thursday, October 31st. We are looking for parent volunteers to accompany us on the trip. All children, in all 3 preschool classrooms will attend from 9:15-noon. If you would like to volunteer to assist us on our field trip please review the following expectations and responsibilities let me know you are interested:

FIELD TRIP VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES
Parent participation is essential in ensuring that our preschool children have appropriate field trip experiences. We highly appreciate parents who are able to assist us on our outings! We want to thank all of the parents who will be assisting us on our trips in advance!  On field trips we ask that parents supervise their child along with a small group of other children. We ask that you follow all safety rules and abide by the set schedule especially for meal and departure times. We ask that you assist in buckling all students into and out of their seat belts. We require that you buddy up with another adult to take children to the bathroom (if needed). We also ask that parents do not take part in any extra activities that are not included in the pre-planned field trip (i.e. going to any show/exhibit/performance that is an extra cost, or purchase treats or toys at souvenir shops). We have children with food allergies and it could be potentially dangerous to partake in treats/food made with unknown ingredients.

We will be ready for volunteers to start in the classroom November 4th. Please sign up on the volunteer sheet if you would like to volunteer. Please look over the volunteer options below and indicate on the sign- up sheet which volunteer role you would like to do. Please be sure to indicate the days and the amount of time you are able to volunteer in our classroom.

Volunteering Opportunity Description
We will be ready to have parents come into the classroom and volunteer beginning October November 4th.  I will have a sign-up sheet available on Monday for you to sign up for a day and time that you would like to volunteer. We need volunteers to work with small groups of children, reading to children, and we can always use help with some of our house keeping duties. Please sign up for activities that you feel comfortable participating in. Please write R- behind your name if you would like to read to children, A- for doing activities with the children, or H- for housekeeping duties, C- for creating crafty things for the classroom, T- for technology assistance. I will give you details instructions so that you feel comfortable working with the children or completing the housekeeping duties. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer on an ongoing basis.

Every Friday is FIT FRIDAY. Please dress your child in their athletic wear (gym shoes and clothes your child can move in)!

Upcoming Events:
Indigenous People Day- October 14th No School
School Photo Day- Tuesday, October 8th
Eden’s Place Nature Center- Thursday, October 31st-

As many of you know I am very passionate about providing challenging and interesting mathematical experiences for my students. I have attached a couple of links for you to view me in action. The video clips are from a program that I participated in as a part the Erickson Early Math Initiative a few years ago. We continue to use the activities and I have added many more activities to enhance my student’s math experiences. Enjoy the videos of children exploring their math limits!

Number Arrangements

Just Right for Me

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of September 23rd

Dear Parents:

If you received a reminder to turn in missing paperwork, please turn in missing (required) items ASAP.

We would also like to thank Yaping (Emilie’s Mom) for making playdough for the classroom. There are many slots available if you would like to sign up. The sign-up calendar is next to the sign in sheets! We have slots available for the entire year!

We are very thankful that several parents have agreed to volunteer when our wonderful parent worker Maggie Swanson is out for 3 weeks. We would love to have a few more parents help out if possible. We need assistance on the playground and during quiet time. We need assistance each day from 12:00 -2:00. Parents will always be accompanied by me or Ms. Maggie. Please let us know if you can volunteer for both or even one of the hours.

We would greatly appreciate it. We need The children have worked diligently to learn school expectations this week. We will continue to review the limits and expectations throughout the week and the rest of the school year. The children completed their Age Collages and had in depth discussions and participated in short skits with Ms. Maggie focusing on our “Work It Out Wheel”. We also enjoyed cherry tomatoes from our garden.

We will finish up our study of “All About Me” this week.
Please remember books/math bags are to be returned each Tuesday and Check Out will occur on Wednesday. Please be sure to place the returned books in the RED Return Book Bin…please do not place them back on the book shelf.

If your child has not received a “Me Bag” they will be receiving one in the next few weeks. Please be sure to send it back as soon as your can. Please remember to complete your child’s All About Me home pages and turn them in by Friday, September 27th.

Once we have wrapped up the “All About Me” topic of study will be moving on to Fall/Autumn topic of study (The 2nd week of October). We will be collecting cool gourds and small pumpkins. If you see a cool gourd that you would like to donate to our collection we would highly appreciate it!
I am hoping that everyone is settled into preschool by mid-October. If everyone continues to transition into the classroom smoothly I will be asking for parent volunteers to begin helping out in the classroom or doing “housekeeping” duties for our room. If you are interested please see me.

Volunteer Process for
Classroom Visitors and Field Trip Chaperones

As many of our students participate in field trips, it is imperative chaperones have completed the volunteer process. For classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones adults simply need to complete the short online application process at cpsvolunteers.org.

Volunteers must also have a picture ID on file for the school.

If you are interesting in volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning any field trip you MUST complete online application and provide a photo ID. Please complete both of these requirements by Friday, September 28th so that we can ensure that we have enough volunteers for our upcoming field trip.

****If you have already filled out the volunteer paper work and were approved to be a volunteer please let me know and I will be sure to confirm it with administration.

Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, September 25th- Family Fun Night on the East Playground. Please be sure to bring a blanket, a snack, and games to share
Friday, September 27th- All About Me sheets are due.
October 14th- No School-Indigenous People’s Day

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of September 16th

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 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. The documentation of what the children discussed during this time are photographed in our ClassDojo story.  Be sure to discuss these with your child.

We are beginning to harvest food from our gardens and have enjoyed Beet Dip and roasted beets. Next week we will harvest our cucumbers and hopefully some tomatoes!

We will also dive into our “All About Me” topic We are going to focus on ourselves and our families for the All About Me study. We will be using the books Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins, We All Sing with the Same Voice by Phillip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene, A World of Families by Trish Holland, and One Love by Cedella Marley to lead our study. Please be sure to help your child complete the homework assignment(s) and turn in the pages by September 27th. Please be sure to read the instructions and enjoy the time working with your child!

I will begin sending home “All About Me Bags” next week. I will send the bags home to a few 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 beginning to harvest food from our gardens and have enjoyed Beet Dip and roasted beets. Next week we will harvest our cucumbers and hopefully some tomatoes!

We will be 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. The children will participate in short skits with Ms. Maggie in order to really take ownership and help engrain these techniques in their “toolboxes” Please review these with your child at the end of week and during the following weeks.

Have a great week!

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of September 9th

Hello parents:

We have completed week 1! The children are thoroughly enjoying exploring the classroom materials and making new friends. We have already generated a “Taking care of each other” list and developed our “Loft Limits.” Please be sure and check out the list and review them with your child.

We are excited to have Mrs. Maggie Swanson (mommy to 2 children at Ray and a past preschool volunteer) will join us each day midday from 12-2. Mrs. Swanson will be assisting with outdoor/gross motor activities, rest time, and as the year goes on more focused activities such as art, music, & dance.

Mrs. Swanson will be not able to work September 23rd through October 11th. We are need for volunteers during that time. If you are willing to volunteer from 12-2 any of those days we would much appreciate it! Please let me know if you are interested. You must have completed the required CPS background check. If you are a returning Ray parent and went through the process last year you do not have to complete it again. We will check and make sure that your approved status is still valid.

Please be sure to send in your name letters and family photo. Our classroom family tree still has room for all of our wonderful family photos, so please send them in!

If you have any updated medical records please be sure to turn them in as soon as possible!

We will send home your child’s blanket and stuffy each Friday, please remember to return them on Monday.

We have placed school menus in your child’s mailbox.  The menus are sometimes changed and other meals are offered.  If your child has dietary restrictions for either health or religious reasons and you would like your child to eat a school lunch and would need substitutions a doctors note must be presented.

I have sent everyone a Class Dojo invitation via email and placed paper directions in all of the children’s mailboxes. This is a great tool for me to share what’s happening during our school day as well as quick reminders about upcoming events. You can also send me quick messages as well. If you need to send me a longer or more serious message please do so via my email: bsmith4@cps.edu.

We would like to thank all of the families who have brought in supplies! We are very grateful!

The children love using play dough and we have a calendar (located near the regular sign in sheet) that we ask for parents to sign up to bring in play dough. We have a couple of recipes that we love. You are welcomed to use ours or your own favorite. I will send our favorites via Class Dojo and paper copies are located behind the calendar.

Upcoming Events:
Open House:-Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 pm.  The first hour will be in classrooms and the second hour will be in the auditorium for a State of the School address by administration. I highly encourage everyone to attend. This is a time when you learn about my personal philosophy, academic expectations, and our positive classroom community. The session will run much smoother if it is an adult only meeting, please arrange child care for at least the hour in the classroom.

Lending Library will begin this week. Please be sure to look over the procedure page. The children will check out the book/math bag on Wednesdays and return the items on the following Tuesday.

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Supply List for 2019-2020

Preschool School Supply List
Room 405
September 2019

  • 2 boxes of facial tissue
  • 2 bottles of Lysol (disinfecting spray) or 1 container of disinfecting wipes
  • 2 rolls of paper towels (Select-a-Size is preferred)
  • 2 boxes gallon-sized zip-lock bags, 1 box quart-sized zip-lock bags
  • 2 reams of white computer paper
  • 1 ream colored computer paper
  • 4 container of hand wipes (Wet Ones, baby wipes)
  • 4 bottles of hand soap
  • 2 bottles of cleaner (preferred cleaners are: Mrs. Meyers, 409, Clorox foamer) (not Clorox Cleaner)
  • 1 bottle of Lysol
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 4 containers of Disinfecting Wipes (ie, Clorox)

***Please bring in the above items at your convenience. We really appreciate it!***

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Fun Times at the End!

Important dates first!

  • Monday, June 17: Both AM & PM classes TRIP TO THE BOTANY POND during regular class time. We will have a snack there.
  • Tuesday, June 18: AM & PM classes Pack and Play. Parents sign up to help pack and organize the final parts of the classroom while children and the teacher go outside to play! Parents must be cleared by CPS as a volunteer. We still need helpers, specifically in the afternoon class!
  • Wed, June 19: Parent/Child Activity Day, both AM & PM classes are here 9:30-10:30 in cafeteria. All children must have an adult with them. After, at 10:30a: Returning Parent Meeting. No separate PM class.
  • Thurs, June 20: Both AM & PM classes meet at 9:30-10:30a for a final playtime and goodbye at Bixler! Bring breakfast/a snack for your own. All children must have an adult with them. No separate PM class.

THANK YOU to all who volunteer and have donated supplies and snacks!!!

We have had so much fun watching caterpillars hatch and grown, enjoying the hermit crab, playing with friends, and counting ducklings and turtles.

We hope to see Ms. Bethanie at the Returning Parent Meeting if all goes well.

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Last Three Weeks Ahead of Us!

It is great to be in Room 405 again with a week under my belt. As Ms. Bethanie said, I have subbed for extended times in this room and others at Ray, and I always enjoy my time in Room 405. I apologize for having to miss the first day a week+ ago due to my son’s broken arm, and subsequent doctor’s appointment. I have no more appointments scheduled and expect to be here for the rest of the year!

We are often in touch with Ms. Bethanie and many of you have asked how she is doing. She is doing well but clearly needs her recovery time. She always checks in on all of the children through Ms. Maggie!

It looks like we cannot do our Butterfly unit- our caterpillars are still on order and have not arrived!!! They take 2-3 weeks? to do the life cycle. We will continue to teach about flowers, butterflies, plants, and bugs throughout all of our outside time.

Everyone returned the permission slips for heading to the Botany Pond and Bixler at various times, so we spent today at the Botany Pond. We counted ducks, watched the turtles go in and out of the lily pads, read a book about pond life, enjoyed a snack together, and had an active game of Duck-Duck-Goose in the grassy area!

The Farmer’s Market was on our schedule but we are opting out of that, because the performance part of the opening day (which is why we usually go) is right in the middle of the day- between the two half-day sessions here.

We will be going again to the Botany Pond and to Bixler as our cleaning and weather allows. We have started cleaning and putting away toys, but there are plenty still to play with and we are spending some of our time attending to the pre-k garden outside. We enjoyed a lovely salad of arugula and spinach from the garden last week!

We will be scheduling a visit to the kindergarten classrooms as well, so that pre-k students can get a taste of what they feel like.

BIG THANKS TO:
– Amelia’s family and Grandma for the snacks and wagon for our Botany Pond time.
– The parents/family members who came along to the Botnay Pond so far
– The families/parents who signed up for snacks or donated supplies recently
– Alfredo’s mother who stayed to clean all afternoon

Important Dates to Remember:
– Wed, June 5th, 2:45-3:45p- Kindergarten Open House, in one of the kindergarten rooms for incoming students
– Fri, June 14- 1:30p, afternoon class to attend kindergarten play of Very Hungry Caterpillar in auditorium
– Mon, June 17- Botany Pond Trip
– Tue, June 18- Parent Pack-and-Play Day: parents help pack up the room while others helps supervise children at Bixler. Please sign up as you can!
– Wed, June 19, 9:30a-10:30a-Parent/Child Activity (adult must be with child, in cafeteria)
– Wed, June 19, 10:30a- Returning Parent Meeting
– Thur, June 20, 9:30-10:30- End of Year breakfast at Bixler- bring a snack as you like to join us at Bixler for one last play session! Adult must attend with child.


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Week of May 20th

Hello Parents:

The last several weeks of school are upon us! I have given everyone the revised preschool ABC countdown calendar of special days. Please feel free to encourage your child participate. These month and half will be packed with various special events! Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox on a daily basis!

We will begin our end of the year preschool cleaning blitz soon! We are in need of the following items:

*Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
*Bleach
*Dish Soap
*Cheap (Absorbent) Towels (we will need old beach/bath towels for drying our toys and manipulatives during our end of the year cleaning spree).
***We are also looking for a volunteer or 2 launder our dress up clothes, baby play clothes). We are asking that you take the laundry on June 10th and return them on June 14th).

Many of you have already heard that all 3 preschool classrooms will be full day next year. The students who are slated to return for their 2nd year of preschool will automatically be enrolled for next year’s program. I will have much more details at the Returning Student Parent Meeting on June, 19th at 10:15 immediately following the Parent and Child Activity.

Our end of the year group photo will occur on May 23rd. We would love for all students to be in the photo, please be sure to bring your child on that day!

The calendar for the end of preschool may change, but as of now the preschool year will end June 20th.

We will have a walking field trip to the Hyde Park Farmers Market on Thursday, June 6th. We will need lots of parent volunteers to walk with us! Please look for the permission slip in your child’s mailbox early next week.

As stated in my previous blog, I will be out on medical leave starting May 24th until the end of the year. I will however “unofficially” be attending the Wednesday, June 19th Parent & Child Activity and the Returning Student parent meeting. I will also attend our picnic at Bixler Park on Thursday, June 20th.

The last week of school will be filled with the following fun activities:

Monday, June17th: Botany Pond (We will need a wagon or two, please let us know if you have a wagon that we can borrow)

Tuesday, June 18th: Parent Pack –N- Play Day. We will need parents to assist packing up the classroom and supervising on the playground. Please be sure to sign up on the sheet if you are willing to do both or either.

Wednesday, June 19th: There will be a Parent & Child Activity in the cafeteria. Parents (adult) must attend the activity with their child.

Thursday, June 20th: We will have our end of the school year Picnic at Bixler Park- all students will meet at Bixler Park from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Parents (an adult) must accompany their child. Please bring snack items for you and your family.

****Please keep an eye out for final times and updates of the last few weeks of school.

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Week of May 6th

Dear Parents:

I will be out on medical starting Friday, May 24th until the end of the school year. Mrs. Papzcun will be my substitute teacher while I am out on medical leave. Mrs. Papzcun has substituted in my class and in preschool for a couple of years. I feel very confident that Mrs. Papzcun and Ms. Maggie will take good care of the children and the classroom. The children will continue to study spring/garden and will end the year studying the “Lifecycle of the Butterfly.”

We will begin our annual clean up and break down of the classroom mid-May, so the room may look a tad-bit in disarray.

The calendar for the end of preschool may change. As of now the preschool year will end June 20th.

The last week of school will be filled with the following fun activities:

Monday, June17th: Botany Pond (We will need a wagon or two, please let us know if you have a wagon that we can borrow)
Tuesday, June 18th: Parent Pack –N- Play Day. We will need parents to assist packing up the classroom and supervising on the playground. Please be sure to sign up on the sheet if you are willing to do both or either.
Wednesday, June 19th: There will be a Parent & Child Activity in the cafeteria. Parents (adult) must attend the activity with their child.
Thursday, June 20th: We will have our end of the school year Picnic at Bixler Park.

****Please keep an eye out for final times and updates of the last few weeks of school.

Have a great week,
Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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Week of April 29th

This week we made Lemon Parmesan Popcorn for our Fit Friday healthy snack.  This snack was also a hit, that’s 2 in a row! The kids loved the Ranch Dressing last week and they liked the popcorn this week.  Here are the ingredients and instructions:

Bolded ingredients will be grown and harvested in our Learning Garden in the fall

 • Plain popcorn, 15 cups

• Fresh herbs, 2-3 tablespoons

• 2 lemons, juiced

• Extra virgin olive oil, 4 tablespoons

 • Parmesan cheese, 5 tablespoons

• Salt and pepper, to taste

• Harvest fresh herbs and popcorn from your Learning Garden. • Pop popcorn and chop fresh herbs.

 • Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt in pepper in a mason jar and shake until fully combined. • Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat. • Garnish each serving with parmesan and fresh herbs. • Serve in a reusable cup, or on a plate, or on a napkin. • List other ways to dress-up popcorn! • Describe the popcorn flavors. Examples: bitter, sweet, sour, acidic, spicy, herbal, & earthy, etc.

We have a pretty busy last couple of months of school!  We will continue with our garden study and continue to plant in our garden.  We will also start our butterfly study soon!  We will be ending our Goldilocks study and start our Eric Carle Study next week.  We will be laser focused on Art activities and math activities.  We are still in need of paper towels! 

Please remember to put sun screen on your child before they come to school.  Flip flops are hazardous on the playground!  Please send your child in closed toed shoes.

We need families to sign up to make playdough for the month of May and June.  Please sign up to bring some in!

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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