Ms. Bethanie's Classroom

December 16, 2016

Week of December 19th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 12:37 pm

Hello Parents:

 
The children are super excited for our Gingerbread Celebration. We are counting down the days. If you have signed up to bring some of the decorations please bring them in this week. We need everything by Wednesday, December 21st. Thank You!

 
If you have not turned in your “Act of Kindness Light bulb” please do so ASAP. The children have enjoyed talking about all the various ways we can be kind to others.

 
Please remember to help your child learn to independently put on their hat, coat, scarf, boots, snow pants at home. We want our students to be able to dress themselves as much as possible. If you can purchase mittens rather than gloves, we would much appreciate it. Mittens are much easier for kids to put on independently. We have been practicing putting on our winter gear in the following order:

1st snow pants (if you have on shoes you must take them off first),

2nd. Snow boots

3rd. Sweaters & Coats

4th. Hats & scarves

5th Mittens or Gloves.

It would be really helpful if you practiced the same order at home as well.

 
Once the weather warms up will resume going outdoors to play. We will go out and explore in the snow. Please be sure to dress your child in snow boots and snow pants. Waterproof gloves/mittens are also helpful. If you have any snow pants or boots that you would like to donate to our classroom (for children who do not have them) we would be very grateful.
Thank you again for all your assistance with the new arrival and dismissal procedure. When there is inclement weather the Pre-K staff will open the doors 5 minutes early so that parents and children can sit at the back three tables of the cafeteria instead of waiting in the frigid weather.

 

We are trying our best to keep the students healthy by washing hands, disinfecting the room and using our cough catchers. However, we understand that students will still get sick. Please make sure that you are sending a note when your child returns so that they are not receiving unexcused absences. Please remember, that children must be free from fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea a full 24 hours before returning to school.

 

Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox Wednesday for a Winter Break Sweet Treat and a Free Family Treat.

 
Our second Parent and Child Activity will be held Friday, December 23rd in the school cafeteria from 9:15-10:30. All children (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate at this time. There will be no regular class on December 23rd.

 
Winter Break- December 26th- January 6th. School resumes January 9th.
Ms. Bethanie

December 9, 2016

Week of December 12th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 4:28 pm

The children are loving all the different versions of the Gingerbread Man! We have been busy comparing the different versions, acting out the stories and taking about the different characters. Please be sure to check out our work on the bulletin board outside and throughout our classroom. Next week, we will continue our study by reading The Gingerbread Cowboy and The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School.
We are going to also start to focus on celebrations and how to show kindness to others. The closer we get to our Gingerbread celebration the more we will focus on acts of kindness. Please be sure to turn in your child’s light with “an act of kindness” written on them. We will hang them up in our room.

Thank you again for all your assistance with the new arrival and dismissal procedure. When there is inclement weather the Pre-k staff will open the doors 5 minutes early so that parents and children can sit at the back three tables of the cafeteria instead of waiting in the frigid weather.

We are trying our best to keep the students healthy by washing hands, disinfecting the room and using our cough catchers. However, we understand that students will still get sick. Please make sure that you are sending a note when your child returns so that they are not receiving unexcused absences.

Thank you so much to the parents that have sign up to bring items for our Gingerbread Man decorating and the volunteers that are coming in to assist us.

Our second Parent and Child Activity will be held Friday, December 23rd in the school cafeteria from 9:15-10:30. All children (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate at this time. There will be no regular class on December 23rd.

Please remember to help your child learn to independently put on their hat, coat, scarf, boots, snow pants at home. We want our students to be able to dress themselves as much as possible. If you can purchase mittens rather than gloves, we would much appreciate it. Mittens are much easier for kids to put on independently. If you are unable to provide a winter coat, boots, gloves or other cold weather clothing, please do not hesitate to talk to me. I help find these items to donate to your child.

Winter Break- December 26th- January 6th. School resumes January 9th.
Ms. Bethanie

December 2, 2016

Week of December 5th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 4:00 pm

Hello Parents:
We want to thank all of the parents who have complied with new entry and exit procedure. Our first priority is ensuring everyone’s safety and well being. Please be sure to only enter the building when Preschool Staff member opens the doors. We realize that others may be trying to be kind or helpful by opening the doors for you, but we need to abide by the new system. If a child, or another parent opens the door before the set time of enter/exit, simply refuse to enter and let the child or other parent know that you are waiting for the preschool staff to open the doors. Thank you for your assistance in making our school safe for everyone.

We will continue our study of the various versions of the Gingerbread Man. Please be sure to check out the vocabulary words we have been discussing. The list is posted on the bulletin board in the room behind the bathroom door. The children will also begin to work on the story summaries and comparing the various stories. . Please be sure to check out all of the charts and diagrams that will posted throughout the room.

The children will end the school year by finishing their study of the Gingerbread Boy and Celebrations.
We will have our Gingerbread Man/Winter celebration on Thursday, December 22nd. I will be supplying the Gingerbread cookies (thanks to Mariano’s Grocer). We will need a variety a decorating materials. If you are able to bring one of the items needed please sign up on the sheet.

We are also asking parents to volunteer to assist in the decorating of the cookies. There will be a sign up sheet placed by the clipboards in the next couple of weeks. We are asking to have at least 2 parents a session to assist us.

We are also in need of 1 more batch of play dough to get through the end of 2016. Please sign up on the play dough calendar if you would like to make the batch.

Our second Parent and Child Activity will be held Friday, December 23rd in the school cafeteria from 9:15-10:30. All children (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate at this time. There will be no regular class on December 23rd.

Winter Break- December 26th- January 6th. School resumes January 9th.

Ms. Bethanie

November 29, 2016

Week of November 28th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 3:59 pm

New Entry and Exit Procedure. Effective Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In light of school safety issues nationally, Ray is tightening security procedures for both student arrival and dismissal. Please understand our purpose for doing this is to keep every student in our school safe and to eliminate the possibility of any intruders.

At arrival, parents will be asked to line up WITH THEIR CHILD outside of the glass doors outside of the Annex (door 18-glass doors closest to 57th Street). My classroom will line up in the middle of the annex walkway. Parents and students will be escorted into the building with classroom staff. Staff will be walking parents into the building at 8:45/1:10 SHARP. If you arrive after 8:45/1:10, you will need to walk to the main entrance to get a pass. Parents will enter the room, help their child take off their coats, sign their child in/out and have 1 of 2 options to exit the building. Option 1: Parents who want to leave the room immediately after signing in will be escorted out of the building by Ms. Moore. Option 2: Parents who would like to read a book or help with journals are welcomed to stay and assist in the classroom until 8:55/1:20 and then Ms. Moore will escort that group of parents out of the building. Parents are no longer allowed to enter or exit our classroom without a staff member escorting them out of the building.

For pick up, parents will line up outside of the annex glass doors. A staff member will escort parents into the building at dismissal. Parents will be brought in at 11:20/3:45 SHARP. If you are late, you will need to get a pass from the main office. Parents will come into the room, get their child and leave with a staff member escorting them out of the building.

Thank-you for your understanding!

November 20, 2016

Message From the Principal

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 6:15 pm

Due to a recent safety concern. starting Monday, November 21, 2016, Pre-K parents will not be allowed to wait in the building for their students to be released. Parents/caregivers cannot enter the building before class starts or before dismissal time without going to the office first.

November 18, 2016

Week of November 21st

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 10:12 am

We said our goodbyes to Ms. Katherine on Friday. We will miss her and we wish her well in her future endeavors! We only have class on Monday and Tuesday this week. We are on Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Please be sure to check your mailboxes for extra activities to do during the break. If you did not order school photos (or you would like to order additional photos) you can review the mini picture (in your child’s mailbox) and follow the instructions on the flyer to order them.

We will be finishing up our Fall/Autumn study and moving onto The Gingerbread Man and Family Celebrations. We will be exploring the various versions of the Gingerbread Man and ending our study with Gingerbread treats and our classroom celebration.

I will be sending home a “Kindness Light” assignment for families to complete and return so that we can add them to our “Lighting Up Our Classroom with Kindness” display. Please keep an eye out for the assignment!

Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.

***Please see archived posts for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten- The deadline is fast approaching!

Have a great Thanksgiving Break!

November 10, 2016

Week of November 14th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 4:35 pm

We want to thank all of the families who participated in our very first Parent & Child Activity! It was a success! I would also like to thank everyone who attended our first Parent & Teacher Conference.

 
We are moving right along with our fall/autumn study! If you have not completed your nature walk with your child, please do so and bring in your findings ASAP. We will be utilizing them in our art, math, and science centers this week.

 
This week will be Ms. Katherine’s last week with us at Ray, we will miss her dearly. We have immensely enjoyed Ms. Katherine’s dedication, creativity, caring nature in our room! We will have a small celebration on Friday, November 18th. Please be sure to wish Ms. Katherine well in her future endeavors.

 
Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox for important information and homework.

 
We are in need of recyclable paper for our writing center. One side of the paper needs to be clean so that the children can use it for their work. We would really appreciate the donations.

 
We are busy bees and we go through a lot of supplies, we will shortly be in need of the below products. (If you have already brought in your supplies, we thank you and you do not need to do so again).
We are asking families whose last name begins with F-K please bring the following supplies at your earliest convenience,
* 1 container of Clorox Disinfectant Wipes
* 1 box of freezer bags
* 1 box of quart size bags
* 1 box envelops
* 2 rolls of painters tape (any bright color)
* 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
* 1 Rolls of Paper towels
* 1 Ream of printer paper

Thank you!

November 7, 2016

Week of November 4th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 12:47 pm

Please be sure to sign up for the Parent and Teacher Conferences. There are still a few slots left on Wednesday and Thursday.

We would love for every preschool student and family member to join us for a very first Parent & Child Activity on Thursday (9:15-10:15 in the school cafeteria)! Please remember that every child must be accompanied by an adult and circulate through the activities with them.

The Parent & Child Activities are set up in a manner in which the parent and the child explore the activities together. It is a great way to experience the type of math and/or literacy activities we do in the classroom. It is also a great way to get idea’s to try at home with your child. Please remember to assist your child by encouraging and commenting on your child’s
participation.

Please enjoy the extended weekend! Please remember to go on a nature walk and gather the items on the list and return them on Monday, November 14th!

October 31, 2016

Week of October 31, 2016

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 5:55 pm

Hello Parents:

 
We have been thoroughly enjoying investigating gourds, apples, and pumpkins! Be sure to check out our bulletin board to see all of the cool activities the children participated in. We want to thank all of the parents who accompanied us on the field trip!

 

We really appreciate all the help! I also want to thank Bernenice, Natalie’s mom for making an awesome batch of play dough for our classroom! If you would like to volunteer to make play dough for our class, please sign-up on our play dough calendar beside the sign- in sheet. The recipe that works best is behind the calendar, please take one!

 
November will be a very busy month for us. We will move onto to studying leaves. Please keep a look out in your child’s mailbox for a home “collection” activity in the next couple of weeks.
There will be parent teacher conferences on November 9th and after the Parent & Child Activity on November 10th.

 
Please be sure to sign up for the Parent Teacher conferences (on the clipboard beside the sign in sheet).

 
We are excited to conduct this year’s very first Parent & Child Activity on November 10th from 9:15 to 10:15 in the school cafeteria. This is a time where parents can experience some of the learning activities students participate in at school. Parents must accompany children during this hour. There will be no regular class on November 10th.

 
There will be no school on November:
4th- Teacher Professional Development Day
11th – Veterans Day
23rd-25th – Thanksgiving Holiday
Please mark your calendars!

October 21, 2016

Meet Your Student Teacher

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 3:56 pm

Hi! My name is Ms. Katherine and I am SUPER excited to be your student teacher this fall! I cannot wait to meet all of you, and learn about you! But first, let me tell you about me! I was born and raised on the south-side of Chicago with my three younger siblings. I am currently a graduate student at DePaul University majoring in early childhood education, and I can’t wait to have a classroom of my own!

I am so happy to be a part of Ms. Bethanie’s Pre-K Class!

October 13, 2016

Week of October 17th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 8:44 pm

Hello Parents:

 

School Picture Day is Monday, October 17th. Please check your child’s mailbox for package choice and payment requirements.

 

We have been thoroughly enjoying exploring pumpkins and gourds. We have focused vocabulary words that describe the attributes of the outside and the inside of the pumpkin. Be sure to check out the vocabulary words the children came up with posted on the chalk board. We will continue learning about the life cycle of the pumpkin. The children experienced conducting their first Observational Drawings of the pumpkins and/or gourds.

 
In addition to continuing learning about pumpkins and gourds the children will taste a variety of apples and we make applesauce in class. We will be focusing on the parts of the apple. The following key vocabulary we will be using is: stem, leaf, skin, flesh, core, seeds, pips, tangy, sweet, sour, crisp, and crunchy. We will continue with our study of apples, pumpkins, and gourds until the end of October.

 
We will be welcoming our new student teacher Ms. Green this week. Please feel free to introduce yourself to her. She will post a brief “hello blog” introducing herself next week. Please be sure to read it.

 
I will be posting a play-dough calendar for parents to make play dough for our class. We love play dough and are always in need of new fresh dough. We ask that parents help us out in making it for our class.

 
Reminders:
*Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
*If you would like to join us on the field trip please let me know ASAP. We are only allowed a certain number of volunteers. Please be sure to turn in the forms and payment by Friday, October 21st.
*Please see archived October 4th post for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.

 
Dates to Remember:
October 21st Field trip forms and money due
October 31st- Field Trip Eden’s Place Nature Center 9:00-Noon

October 7, 2016

Week of October 11th

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 11:49 am

Hello Families:

We have begun our Autumn/Fall Topic of Study. We would like to thank all of the families that brought in cool gourds and pumpkins! The children will begin to learn how to complete the Pre-Project skill of Observational Drawings using the gourds/pumpkins as their focus. We will be focusing on using descriptive words when observing and recording our data. The key vocabulary words will be: bumpy, smooth, grooves, lines, round, long, top, bottom, and various colors. We will begin exploring apples in the next couple of weeks as well. I will be asking for volunteers to bring in a few apples so that we can taste the various varieties and make apple sauce.

 
Reminders:
Please remember to join the Ray PTA if you have not already done so.
If you would like to join us on the field trip please let me know ASAP. We are only allowed a certain number of volunteers. Please be sure to turn in the forms and payment by Monday, October 21st. The office is requesting that we only collect cash or money order, no personal checks please. Please refer to last week’s blog for details about volunteering for the field trip.

 

Please see archived post on October 4th for information about the Lottery for Kindergarten.

 
CORRECTION:
IF YOU GAVE ME CASH OR CHECKS FOR RAY T-SHIRTS PLEASE SEE ME ASAP. THE PRICES OF THE T-SHIRTS HAVE INCREASED TO $10.00. THE TIE-A-DYE SHIRTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. WE ARE ASKING THE PARENTS PAY FOR T-SHIRTS USING CASH OR MONEY ORDER. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

 
Dates to Remember:
October 15th- All Medical Forms are due
October 31st- Field Trip Eden’s Place Nature Center 9:00-Noon.

 
STRIKE INFORMATION:
It is likely that we will go on strike beginning October 11th. Please watch the news Monday evening. Teachers will not have access to any school related information. I will not be able to send emails or make phone calls, so please refer to the local media on strike updates. If we do go on strike the media will also report when school will resume. Please take a look at the Ray E-news for a list of alternative care. If we are out on strike please remember to read to your child every day and practice identifying their names, the letter’s in their name, and writing their names.

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