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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Preschool - Pre-K

ADVENTURES

February - March 2014

Parents:

Now that we are getting back to our normal routine, once again, the time is flying by! 

We have covered the letters from Nn through Qq and their many adventures.  Noisy Newt was one of nine newts who nestled in a nice nest in Nevada.  Noisy was noisy night and day and nibbled nuts and noodles with the other newts when he wasn't being noisy. one day while the newts were out looking for food, a nosy procupine went through Noisy's nest and left some prickly needles.  Poor Noisy didn't see them when he crawled into his nest and had to go see Nifty Nurse who pulled the needles out of Noisyy.  She made him feel nice and better.  Then Noisy and the other newts removed the nasty needles from the nest and made it nice and neat once again.

Next, we learned about the letter Oo.  We listened to the story of oh-oh octopus who lived in the oceana d liked to look for odd objects under the sea.  He kept his collection in his ocean office.  One day, he found a box of orange balls but he didn't know what they were.  He went to see his friends the otter and the ostrich.  They both agreed the orange balls were odd objects but they did not know what they were.  So they went to see their friend the ox.  They were all looking at the odd orange balls when they saw an owl flying over.  They went to find the owl and showed him the odd objects.  Owl told them they were very special objects called oranges and that they were a very delicious fruit to eat.  Oh-Oh shared the oranges with his friends and they found out how delicious oranges are to eat.

The letter Pp and the story of Polka Pig followed next.  Polka was a pretty pink and purple pig covered with polka-dots.  Polka wore a peace sign, a petunia in her hair and had a picture of a pumpkin on her outfit.  She carried a pine cone and pom-pom with her wherever she went.  Polka like to fly in a plane with Pilot Pete, eating pickles while they found a pretty place for Polka to jump from the plane with her parachute.  Pete would give Polka a push and she would jump then open her parachute with a pop.  Polka landed in a pile of paste when Pete pushed her out of the plane.  Then she landed right in a pile of prickly pine needles.  Polka was not pleased!  The next time Pete pushed her out she parachuted into a pool of purple paint.  She told Pete he was no longer her pilot.  After Polka went home and cleaned up, she went to bed.  She had a dream about a princess named Penny.  Penny gave Polka a magic puffball in her dream  She told Polka to always take it with her parachuting and she would only land in pleasant places.  When Polka woke up, she had a puffball in her hand.  She told Pete he could be her pilot again and this time Polka landed on a pile of pillows, a playground, in pansy patches, on pretty paths, and many more pleasant places - thanks to Princess Penny and the puffball.

Oh, if only we adults had a magic puffball to lead us to only pleasant things!

This week, we are busy learning the letter Qq.  We listened to the story of Quacky Quacker who loved to quack all of the time.  Quacky lived on a farm full of quackers.  They all loved to quack and were NEVER quiet.  A quarterback came to stay at the Quacker Farm because he needed a quiet, peaceful rest.  He yelled at the quackers to be quiet but they din't listen.  One day a queen passed by as the quarterback was quarreling with the quackers and yelling for quiet.  She gave him a "quiet quilt" and told him to hang it where the quackers could see it and they would be quiet until the quilt was removed.  She showed him how it worked.  The quarterback tried it and the quackers were quiet.  He was so happy that would now get some rest that he gave the queen a quarter and thanked her.

Next week we will work on the letter Rr and hear the adventures of Racing Raccoon.

Both groups have been very busy.  The preschool kids have been busy coloring a picture for each of these letters.  We are really working very hard to color back and forth and to stay in the lines.  We have been working in our workbooks learning to match shapes, find matching pairs, following a maze, differentiating between the tallest, smallest, and middle-size objects and visually discriminating letters that are similar.  We are working on holding our pencil and crayons correctly, too.  We are rote counting, beginning to identify the numbers 1 through 5 and beginning to identify some of the letters of the alphabet. 

Both the preschool and the pre-K are working on learning their birthdates and addresses.  We have made a nest, a polar bear and a queen during art.  Check out the walls, their work is on display for all of the school students to see. We also learned how to make a rubbing using crayons and did Quarter and other coin rubbing pictures.

Pre-K students have been working very hard at taking their time and doing neat work.  They have been practicing printing their letters and numbers, working in their workbooks identifying pictures that begin with each of the letters they are working on.  The visual discrimination is becoming more difficult as they have to identify smaller differences now to find the matching pairs.  We are working with flash card to recall the letters and their sounds as well as the numbers 1 through 10.  We are also working on sequencing and beginning to work on the concept of opposites.  Preschool is also beginning to do simple sequences and both groups are working on following and duplicating simple patterns.

We haven't forgotten about playing!  We have center time daily and we are beginning to build many elaborate structures with all sizes and types of blocks.  We are getting very creative with many neat and intricate designs using the geometric-shaped parquetry blocks and their imaginations are expanding as they pretend and role play, too.  The weather has finally cooperated and we have had a chance to go outside this week and run off some excess energy and get the "wiggles" out.

We will be making masks for Mardi Gras this week and next.  Also, we will attend Mass on March 5th for Ash Wednesday.  Please make sure your child arrives no later than 8:00 a.m. so that we can use the restroom and get coats on before our 6th grade buddies meet us to go over to the church.

This Sunday, March 2nd, is a school Open House.  All are invited to visit the school and see the children's work.  If you know anyone looking for a Preschool or Pre-K program, please invite them to visit.

Pennies for Pasta will begin next week.  Save those pennies.  I will be sending information home about this special fundraiser.

Once again, our annual auction sponsored by the PTO is quickly approaching.  It really is a fun evening.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I go every year and look forward to a fun evening.

Ms. Cindy & Ms. Brenda 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 2:     OPEN HOUSE  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

March3:      Preschool/Pre-K preregistration for 2014-15      School Year begins                                                    PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m.

March 5:     Early Dismissal  1:30 p.m. Faculty Meeting

March 6:     Science Carnival

March 13:    T-TH St. Patrick's Party 8:30 - 11:00         Spring Carnival 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

March 14:    M-W-F St. Patrick's Party                          Early Dismissal 11:00 a.m. NO LUNCH SERVED   Teacher In-Service

March 21:    Report Cards sent home 

PLEASE NOTE:  April 17th HOLY THURSDAY SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION  Classes as usual due to the adjustment for the snow days needed so far.  At this time, our last day of school will be Friday, May 30th.