November 18, 2013
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. The months are flying by as the kids are busy participating in all of their daily activities. We have completed the letters A-J in our weekly activities. We learned about Happy Hippo, Inky Inchworm, and Jolly Jogger and their very different yet exciting adventures.
Happy Hippo lived with a herd of hippos in an H-shaped house. They slept on heaps of hay and when they were awake, they collected hundred of hats-some were hard, some were high, huge, heavy or hot. Happy met a special friend named Hannah and he found a special “happy” hat to wear to Hannah’s to celebrate Hippopotamus Holiday with heavenly hamburgers.
Inky Inchworm lived in an inn full of insects, infants, and a band playing instruments. Inky wasn’t happy with all of these things around him and would cry out, “Icky, icky, icky!” Inky met an Eskimo named Ivan who helped him build a nice quiet igloo and Inky invited Ivan for ice cream and lived happily ever after in his nice, quiet igloo.
Jolly Jogger lived in a jungle with other jumping animals and jogged through the jungle every day. She liked to juggle and collect junk to put in her jacket pockets as she jogged. While she was jogging she found a jaguar trapped in a jeep and she jiggled, jerked, and jumped until she freed the jaguar. Then she told the joyful jaguar jokes and they drank juice from a jug.
Each of these stories individually identifies a letter of the alphabet and its phonetic sound. The children are learning to identify the letter with its corresponding sound through the alliteration of each word beginning with the same sound.
I was very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with you during parent-teacher conferences. Feel free to discuss your child’s progress with me any time you have a concern or wish to know how your child is doing. As I stated at conferences, the time from now until after the Christmas holidays is a very fun and exciting time for the kids.
We are not working on any new letters of the alphabet at this time and we are doing very little in their individual workbooks. The children, however, are very busy and active learning many new and exciting things about the feast of Thanksgiving beginning with the first celebration between the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians. Not only that, they are learning about God and the many things He has given us as well as the many things they have to be thankful for!
With Thanksgiving approaching quickly, their excitement is definitely building! Once Thanksgiving has come and gone, the joy and excitement of the holiday season will quickly be upon us. We will continue emphasizing the true meaning of Christmas and will learn about the Nativity, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus’ birth along with the fun of Santa Claus and the holiday season.
We will participate in a joint Thanksgiving activity and a Christmas activity with our 6th grade buddies. I will add the dates to my blog as soon as Mrs. Schaab and I compare our schedules and see what days will work.
The kids are busy rehearsing for our Christmas concert the first week in December. All of the Preschool/Pre-K children are practicing and are invited to participate in this special choral and band concert. I will send more information as I receive it.
I wish to thank all of the grandparents who took time from their busy schedules to join us for Mass and donuts and a classroom visit. I really think all enjoyed this special time together and the opportunity to see their grandchildren in their preschool/pre-kindergarten learning environment and to work on a special project together.
Our book fair was a success! Thanks to all of you parents and grandparents who visited the book fair. You may still take advantage of the opportunity to purchase age-appropriate books for your children by using the Scholastic book order forms that are sent home monthly or by ordering directly on line through Scholastic. When ordering online, please make sure to enter our Book Code: K67LD.
Remember that we still have Show & Share every Thursday and Friday. Children, who are present on both days, can pick one of the days to bring their item. Please remember not to allow them to bring anything that is breakable.
There is NO SCHOOL -Friday, November 22nd. Teacher’s Institute Day
I will continue to update my blog and to keep you posted on classroom and school activities. You can access my blog through our school website: smsabelleville.org, then click on the blog tab, then Mrs. Chancy. I am also available to answer questions after school or you may reach me by contacting the school office at 234-4958. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I will be glad to respond as soon as I am able.
Thanks for your continued support and the opportunity to work with your children. Ms. Brenda and I are having a fun and exciting year. We are both thankful and blessed to be able to work with your kids during these very wonderful and special early learning years!
Again, please remember to check my blog periodically. I will add updates as needed. Also, see calendar of upcoming events.
Ms. Cindy and Ms. Brenda
November 22-NO SCHOOL – Teacher’s Institute
November 27- December 1 – Thanksgiving Break
December 2 – School Resumes
December 4 – Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m. – Faculty Meeting
*December 5 – Christmas Concert (Preschool – Grade 8) 7:00 p.m. Please note concert date has been changed from December 12th as noted on original school calendar.
December 11 – Santa’s Cottage (more details to follow later)
December 19 – T-TH Preschool/Pre-K Christmas Party (watch for details to be posted)
December 20 – M-W-F Preschool/Pre-K Christmas Party (watch for details to be posted)
*December 20 – Early Dismissal 12:30 p.m. (Please note time change.) BASZ is available – BASZ Annual Pizza Party 12:30 p.m. – 3:00p.m. Care available until 6:00 p.m. CHRISTMAS /NEW YEAR’S BREAK BEGINS! (December 21st – January 5th)
January 6 – School Resumes
January 8 – Early Dismissal 12:30 p.m. – Faculty Meeting