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Week of October 15th

Hello Parents:

We want to thank everyone who brought in apples and gourds! The children are enjoying tasting the many varieties of apples! We are still accepting cool gourds and pumpkins!

Our students are thoroughly enjoying creating masterpieces in the writing center! We are in need of stickers! We would appreciate any sticker donations!
We also want to thank Nikki and Pete (Aaron’s parents) for helping secure our field trip details! They were crucial in making sure I was able to successfully communicate with Eden’s Place Nature Center staff. They took 2 separate trips to the site! Be sure to thank them for assistance!

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. Thank You!
We only have a few parents who have signed up to volunteer on the field trip. We need many more to 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.

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

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 raining). 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 has been rescheduled for THURSDAY, November 1st
• No School- Friday, November 2nd- Teacher Professional Development
• Parent-Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, November 14th
• Parent & Child Activity Expo- November 20th- 9:15-10:15

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