Ms. Bethanie's Classroom

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

February 10, 2017

Week of February 13th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 1:05 pm

Hello Parents:

The students are counting down the days until our Valentine’s Day exchange and celebration. Please remember that we are NUT FREE school. We will have a fun filled day with making friendship bracelets and friendship paintings. We will need parents to assist especially with the exchange. Please be sure to let me know if you are willing to assist.

We will end the week by beginning our Eric Carle Author/illustrator study. If you would like to come in a read a story during this study please let me know, we would love to have a guest storybook reader. We are also looking for parents with artistic ability to assist us in making our own illustrations during our culminating activities at the end of the study. Please let me know if you are willing assist us.

The weather has been a roller coaster of cold and warm! We will go outdoors as much as possible please remember to dress your children accordingly. I have included an excerpt from the Chicago Public Schools weather guidelines. Hopefully this will assist you in knowing which days we will be going outdoors.

Cold Weather Guidelines
Cold air does not make us sick. Germs make us sick. Make sure students are getting outside for recess/ gross motor time at your school! Outdoor recess time allows children to get fresh air, provides an opportunity for children to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity, and gives students more activity options than most indoor spaces. Please see the following CPS cold weather guidelines for outdoor recess.

Cold Weather Guidelines:
» Above 32 degrees F with or without wind chill: Recess should be held outdoors.
» Between 31 degrees F and 15 degrees F with or without wind chill: Principal discretion.
» Below 15 degrees F with or without wind chill: Recess should be held indoors.

February 6, 2017

Week of February 6th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 1:04 pm

I want to thank all of the Pre-K families who came out to “Raise a Glass For Ray” fundraiser. Ms. Thole reported that we raised $6000.00 up from $3400 last year. I want to send a “shout out” to Kate (Tess’ mom) for dancing the night away. Also Cynthia & Kirk rocked out ON STAGE with the band! Without parent participation we wouldn’t be the awesome school we are!

 

 
We will be winding down our “Animals in the Winter” study this week. We will end the study with learning all about Adaption (we have learned about hibernation and migration). We will begin our Eric Carle author study next week after we take a couple of days to celebrate the “Things We Love” and have our Valentine Exchange. Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox for the updated version of the letter. Please remember that we are a Nut Free school. If you decide to send a sweet treat make sure that is nut free. Some awesome alternatives to candy treats are: pencils, stickers, and simple cool cards.

 

 
Dates to Remember:
Valentine’s Day Exchange- Tuesday, February 14th.
NO SCHOOL- Monday, February 20th- President’s Day

January 30, 2017

Week of January 30th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 12:57 pm

We are finally able to make the bird feeders. Welcome back winter weather! We want to thank all of the parents who donated items for our feeders!  We had an awesome Lunar New Year celebration! The morning class enjoyed watching the older students perform the Dragon Dance. We want to thank Jo-Lin (Baea’s mom) for reading the Lunar Year books, bringing in the Chinese yo- yo, and making dragon crafts with us. The afternoon children thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities.
We will continue our Animals in the Winter Unit for the next week or so. We will be moving onto our Eric Carle author/illustrator study after we wrap up the animal study.
Correction/Change
The Valentine day celebration letter only had the time for the morning class. The afternoon class will have our Valentine Exchange from 3:00-3:30. In addition, if you are going to provide a small edible treat (everything will be in sealed bag so that parents can divvy out the treats as they see fit) please remember we are a NUT FREE school. We do have children with nut allegories so please be sure not to include ANY treats with nuts.
Please remember to check your child’s mailboxes on a daily basis.

NO School Friday, February 3rd- This is newly added to the calendar- it is now a furlough day for CPS staff members

January 20, 2017

Week of January 23rd

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 5:17 pm

I want to thank Yaun (Zoe’s dad) and Joy (Ruby’s mom) for donating oil, bagels, and raisins for our bird feeders. We will make the feeders as soon as “real Chicago” winter weather returns. We are still learning about animals during the winter months but we are focusing more on Mathematics throughout the room. We are learning new vocabulary words- be sure to ask your child the difference between true and torpor hibernation.
February is fast approaching and Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we participate in a Valentine Exchange. Please check your child’s mailbox for details.

January 17, 2017

Week of January 16th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 9:44 am

Hello Parents:

The children have been thoroughly enjoying discovering new information about various animals and their behavior during the winter months. We have also being busy conducting lots of math activities. Please be sure to take a look at how the children chose a winter animal and created a picture depicting the position of where the animals were. The children used positional words during their dictation of the description of the creations.

We are going to make bird feeders (hopefully the actual weather will become more winter like instead of Spring like) when the weather becomes a bit colder and maybe a few sprinkles of snow are on the ground. We will need the following things donated:

oranges
bird seed
oil
cream cheese
dried fruit (cranberries, raisins)
mini bagels

If you are able to donate any of these items we would really appreciate it. Thank you

I would also like to thank Christy (Charissa’s mom) for donating the much needed snow pants for the class. If anyone has any other slightly used winter gear they would like to donate we would appreciate that as well.

Thanks,

Ms. Bethanie

January 10, 2017

Welcome Back!

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 9:46 am

 

Happy New Year!

I want to thank all of the parents who donated decorations for the Gingerbread Celebration and I also want to thank all the parents who volunteered to assist with the decorating the Gingerbread Men/Women.  It went very smoothly and the children thoroughly enjoyed the celebration.

I want to thank all of the families who gave such thoughtful holiday gifts.  I hope everyone had an awesome break.  We will be diving into the topic of “Mathematics throughout the classroom” and “Animals in the Winter.”

We will be making bird (and other critter) feeders and I will be asking for donations soon.  Please keep an eye out for my request.

We are also in need of new play dough for the New Year.  The sign- up sheet for January and February is beside the sign in sheets.

Please remember that we will most likely go outdoors if the weather is appropriate.  Please remember to send appropriate winter gear, so that the children can warmly explore outdoors during the long winter months.  If anyone has any gently used winter gear (hats, mittens, snow pants, and  boots) and they would like to donate them.  We would really appreciate it.

Thank You,

Ms. Bethanie

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