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!***

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

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.

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

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.


  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

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.

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

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

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

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

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

Week of April 22nd

Welcome back families!  We hope everyone had an awesome Spring Break!

We want to thank all of the families who attended our Parent & Child Activity!  We also want to thank parents for the paper towels they brought in.  We are in need of more!  We have been creative artist and are pretty messy when we are creating!

Please remember to put sun screen on your child before they come to school!  As the weather continues to warm up we will be outdoors on the playground and in our garden for longer periods of time. 

Also, please no flip flop sandals are allowed at school.  Stubbed toes and skinned knees are no fun! 

We will begin to take neighborhood walks to Bixler Park and Botany Bond in the next few months.  I will be sending home a walking field trip form in the next few weeks.  Please keep an eye out for it!

We made Ranch Dressing in conjunction with our Garden Bites Curriculum.  Many parents have voiced their child’s excitement about our recipe that we made on Tasty Tuesday during our Week of the Young Child celebration. 

A homemade ranch recipe is a healthy alternative to store bought ranch and is perfect for serving with vegetable and salads.  Yogurt offers a high amount of protein for just a few calories. Non-fat yogurt also serves as a good source of calcium.   Here’s what we used and how we did it! Please try

(Bolded ingredients will be grown and harvested in our preschool Learning Garden).

• Parsley, 3 tablespoons • Dill, 3 tablespoons • 2 green onions

 • Salt, B/c tablespoon • Pepper, B/c tablespoon • Garlic powder, 1 tablespoon • Nonfat plain yogurt, 2 B/c cups

• Harvest and wash parsley, dill, and green onions from your Learning Garden. • Measure the yogurt into a small bowl for mixing. • Chop parsley, green onions, and dill. Add to yogurt. • Add salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder and mix. • Serve in a cup with a dip-able fresh vegetable from your Learning Garden.

 • Compare the ingredients of the homemade ranch dressing to a bottle of store bought ranch. • Describe the ranch dressing mix flavors and list your favorite ranch dipping foods.

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie and Ms. Maggie

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

Week of April 8th Week of the Young Child

April 10th- Parent Teacher Conferences ONLY for students who will be transitioning into kindergarten. We will meet with the parents of returning children at the end of the school year.
Week of the Young Child- April 8-12th. 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 (see above)
Thursday: Garden Day.-We will begin planting in our garden. If you would like to join us, please let me know.
Friday, April 12th- 2nd Parent & Child Activity in the school cafeteria from 9:45-10:30 in the school cafeteria. All students will attend this session. There will be no afternoon class this day. All students must have an adult accompany them during this time.
Spring Break- April 15th-April 19th- No School
April 22nd- Class resumes.
Have a great week!
Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

Week of April 1st

We want to thank all of the families who attended our Winter Garden Celebration on March 23rd! We had a great time! Be sure to utilize your free membership! What an awesome gift to families!

We are going to continue on with our Garden study in conjunction with our study of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. If you have a green thumb and would like to assist us with the garden please let us know! We would love the help. We are also partnering with Big Green and diving into the Garden Bites curriculum. We are excited to add a new component to our preschool Fit Friday and healthy garden activities. We are also participating in a Seeds of Change Program. We are looking to try out and share some family favorites. If you have a special or favorite seed you’d like to share with us and others please let me know. We have been gifted: Organic Beefsteak tomatoes, Organic Red Russian Kale, Organic Renegade F1 Spinach, and Organic Jalapeno Peppers. We are excited to plant them and taste them.

Upcoming Events:
April 5th- No School- Teacher Institute

April 10th- Parent Teacher Conferences ONLY for students who will be transitioning into kindergarten. We will meet with the parents of returning children at the end of the school year.

Week of the Young Child- April 8-12th. 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 (see above)

Thursday: Garden Day.-We will begin planting in our garden. If you would like to join us, please let me know.

Friday, April 12th- 2nd Parent & Child Activity in the school cafeteria from 9:45-10:30 in the school cafeteria. All students will attend this session. There will be no afternoon class this day. All students must have an adult accompany them during this time.

Spring Break- April 15th-April 19th- No School

April 22nd- Class resumes

Have a great week!

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

Week of March 25th

Hello Parents:

We want to thank all the parents who brought in paper towels and baby wipes! We really appreciate it.

Our Winter Garden Study will be morphing into our Spring Garden Prep study. We are planning to start our work out in our garden the week before Spring Break! We will continue to nurture our seedlings and explore the topic of gardens. We will begin our Garden Bites curriculum beginning the 1st week in April. This curriculum will serve as a great resource as we continue with our garden focus! The curriculum highlights healthy eating from our learning garden! We will most likely incorporate the majority of the lessons during our Fit Fridays. I will send more information on the program once we delve deeper into the curriculum!

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, March 23rd– 6-8 pm.  Field Trip to Kohl Children’s Museum for our Project Celebration! We will leave Ray promptly at 5:00 pm! Be sure to meet us out front at 4:345 if you are riding the bus!

Friday, April 5th- No School for Students

April 10th- Parent Teacher Conferences ONLY for students who will be transitioning into kindergarten. We will meet with the parents of returning children at the end of the school year.

April 8-12- Week of the Young Child Celebration– More information next week!

Friday, April 12th- 2nd Parent & Child Activity in the school cafeteria from 9:45-10:30 in the school cafeteria. All students will attend this session. There will be no afternoon class this day. All students must have an adult accompany them during this time.

Have a great week!

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

Weeks of March 11th & March 18th

Hello Parents:

We want to thank all parents who assisted on our field trip!  We really appreciated it!.

We are continuing our Winter Garden Study! The afternoon class has started an experiment mimicking what the children did in the book How a Seed Grows by Helen J. Jordan. Be sure to ask them what they are discovering. We have also begun our own plant experiments. Children used soil, sand, or cotton balls as a base to grow either beans, lettuce, or seeds that we found in our fruit exploration last week. The children then choose either the window seal, grow light, or darkness to see if their plants will grow. Be sure to take a peak at what the children predicted.
We will continue to explore and investigate as spring slowly but surely appears! We are excited about our experiments and learning new vocabulary and information daily! This week we are learning about germination, botanists, and the 8 groups of vegetables.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
We are need of paper towels and baby wipes. If you would like to donate a roll or two and a package of wipes we would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 23rd- 6-8 pm. 2nd Field Trip to Kohl Children’s Museum for our Project Celebration!
Friday, April 5th- No School for Students
April 10th- Parent Teacher Conferences ONLY for students who will be transitioning into kindergarten. We will meet with the parents of returning children at the end of the school year.
Friday, April 12th- 2nd Parent & Child Activity in the school cafeteria from 9:45-10:30 in the school cafeteria. All students will attend this session. There will be no afternoon class this day. All students must have an adult accompany them during this time.

Have a great week!

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments

Week of March 4th

Hello Parents:

Our visit with Mr. Sean from Big Green was awesome! We are well into the 2nd Phase of Project based learning. In phase 2 the children:

*Collect Information about the topic (the children surveyed Ms. Anna’s room about their favorite root vegetable, berry, and lettuce).

*We took a trip a to place where they can do fieldwork and helped them find people to interview who can answer their questions. We went to Kohl’s and made seed bombs and juice fruits and veggies.

• With adult help, the children use books and computers to find information. We viewed a short video explaining the difference between and fruit and vegetable. Be sure to ask your child what the difference is between the two. We have also been highlighting the book A Beans Life by Nancy Dickmann. We planted our Lima and green beans in wet paper towels. We have them taped to the window so that we can watch them sprout and begin to grow.

• During class meetings, children have been reporting what they have discovered in their fieldwork. The teacher encourages them to ask questions and make comments about each other’s findings. • The children have made drawings, labeled pictures, and created graphs of things they measured and counted. As they learn more, they can revise what they have made. We recorded the answers that Mr. Sean answered about our garden and the Red Wigglers. We have been doing weekly observational drawings and collecting data as we go. Please check out the Winter Garden Project work in our science center (near the windows).

Upcoming Events:

Friday, March 15th- Field trip to the Chicago Children’s Museum
Saturday, March 23rd- 6-8 pm. 2nd Field Trip to Kohl Children’s Museum for our Project Celebration!
Friday, April 5th- No School for Students
April 10th- Parent Teacher Conferences ONLY for students who will be transitioning into kindergarten. We will meet with the parents of returning children at the end of the school year.
Friday, April 12th- 2nd Parent & Child Activity in the school cafeteria from 9:45-10:30 in the school cafeteria. All students will attend this session. There will be no afternoon class this day. All students must have an adult accompany them during this time.

Have a great week!

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Read Comments