April 8, 2013
April is going by even more quickly than March!
We have finished the letters "Vv" and "Ww" and have begun working on the letter "Xx". This is an exciting unit as we pretend to be pirates and celebrate complete with a treasure hunt as we find that "X Marks the Spot!". Dress as pirates, mateys, on Thursday and Friday this week.
The Pre-K are busy practicing printing upper and lower case X's, counting and practicing patterns and sequencing as they continue working on color word recognition along with working in their workbooks The Preschool students are busy working in their pre-writing workbooks, coloring pictures of things that start with "X" - X-rays and an xylophone,and working with the wooden number and alphabet puzzles.
Both groups have been learning about the water cycle: Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, and Collection while we learn that April showers bring May flowers. We have been observing the process of evaporation by recording how much water has been disappearing from a cup that we filled with water last Wednesday. We will also be learning about Condensation and Precipitation as we do some experiments next week.
In our religion programs, both groups are continuing to learn about Jesus after he arose on Easter Sunday. They are learning about how he talked to his disciples and wanted them to be teachers of men.
Thursday and Friday we will celebrate with our Pirate adventure as we build a boat, walk the plank, and magically become pirates in our own make-believe world. We will have a treasure hunt and see what kind of treasure we can find as we follow our pirate treasure map to the X that marks the spot for our treasures.
The kids are superexcited about our class field trip. All students and parents are invited to participate in our class field trip. Parents,grandparents, or any adult accompanying a child on our class trip must be current and in compliance on the Diocesan Child Protection Training to take part in these field trip activities. It is not too late to verify your status with Ms. Woods. You can call the school office if you have any questions. I am waiting for confirmation from the St. Louis Zoo and the bus company for our class field trip on Wednesday April 24th. I will send home all of the field trip forms this Thursday and Friday. I will also update this blog to let you know about the itinerary and agenda and lunch plans.
Plans are underway for the annual PTO auction. This is a fun evening planned for Saturday, April 27th. Encourage your friends and family to get a table together, celebrate, and enjoy a fun evening of food and entertainment that benefits our students and school. We are currently making plans for a class project to be auctioned off that evening. Every child in the Preschool/Pre-K program will be a part of this class project that will be a lasting keepsake.
For our class auction project, we will be following the Hawaiian theme. If possible, please send a solid color shirt in one of the following vibrant colors (pink, purple, orange, yellow, turquoise, sky blue, or royal blue) by this Thursday or Friday , April 11th or 12th.. We need to keep this here at school for individual pictures that we will take next week. Also, as stated previously in last week's note, we are making a class basket to be auctioned as part of our class project. I am working with our room mothers and will let you know the cost of this project. With 22 children, I hope to keep the cost to approximately $5.00 a child. I will let you know the final cost as soon as I know.
DATES TO REMEMBER
April 18: Papa John's Pizza Day
April 19: Earth Day Celebration
April 20: Running With The Angels 5K (See Friday News Notes for details)
April 24: Preschool/PK Field Trip to St. Louis Zoo
May 1: May Crowning
Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m. Faculty In-Service
May 8 & 9: Preschool/PK Field Day
May 9: Spring Concert SMSA Gym 7:00 p.m.
May 15: Belleville Catholic Schools Picnic
May 28: Last Day of School
June 3: First Day of BASZ Summer Program
August 2: Last Day of BASZ Summer Program
I will add information and make changes as needed.
Ms. Cindy & Ms. Brenda