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Peanut/Tree nut Product Environment:  Peanut allergies can be life threatening, therefore
we are a PEANUT & Tree Nut PRODUCT FREE SCHOOL.  

Parents, please remember that we do not allow chicken from Chick-Fil-A because it is cooked in peanut oil.
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September NEWSLETTER


September 4, 2018
 First of all we had a great day today!  Second of all we have some weather headed our way-UGH!  Just a reminder to all that we follow the
Chesapeake Public Schools.  We have just received confirmation that CPS, and therefore the preschool, will be closed until further notice.  Please be
safe during this hurricane and follow the CPS school closures to know where we stand.   Also, our school pictures are going to be delayed as well.  The
new dates on those will be either Monday October 8th or Tuesday October 9th.
On a lighter note, we have started our letter F week and we would like you to send in a picture of your family that we can laminate and keep in our
room.  It can be a photocopy of a picture from your computer or a selfie of the family!  Keep it easy for yourselves.  Send it in when the kids come
back to school.

September 14
We hope this finds you all safe, sound, and sane!!  The Governor has lifted the mandatory evacuation for Zone A and school will be open Monday
morning.  We look forward to seeing you then!  We feel so fortunate that Florence didn’t impact us any more than it did!

September 17, 2018
Well we all survived our first full week-we kept them all very busy and they did great!  I hope you all are enjoying their binders we sent home!  We’ll
be adding to them each week and by the end of the year you’ll have a wonderful memory book from our year together.  Send it back to us each
Monday after you’ve had a chance to go through it with your child and hopefully it’ll spark some conversations about what they are doing in our
classroom!
All About Me Book:  favorite colors, favorite foods, my name, my family, and shapes I know-each day we discovered more about your child by
getting to know them through this book we created.
We took magnetic shapes and created pictures;  we made tanagrams by using shapes and recreating a tanagram picture; we practiced writing our
letters on a dry-erase board;  we searched for upper and lower case Ff and Bb with magnets;  put fingerprints on our Ff and colored our Bb blue (and
brown);  we did sequencing puzzles-what comes first, middle, and last; and we did our What Goes Together puzzles as well.  As the children arrived in
the morning we learned even more about them by having them put their names under hair color, eye color, siblings, pets, girl or boy, and height!
On Fun Friday we explored making bubbles, creating brown by mixing two colors together, and tasting fruit!
Bible:  Pastor Kevin told the children the story of Adam and Eve and we watched a bible story about it.  The kids are starting to learn our two new
bible songs that were introduced our first week of school.
Our Fall field trip:  This year we will be going to Bergey’s Dairy Farm on Mount Pleasant Rd.  Mrs. Corwin has submitted some possible date to  
Bergey’s and they will get back to us shortly.  More details to follow.

Dates to remember:
October 9th----School pictures by Iconik
October 11th----no school, CPS early release

September 24
It’s fun to see how excited the kids are to see each other each day.  During circle time we always pray for anyone who is absent that day and the
children are quick to remind Mrs. Corwin and myself who that is and a loud “don’t forget” to pray for them!!  So if your child is absent and wonders if
we’re praying for their well-being, we are!!  When they come back the next day, we always say “our prayers were answered”!
This week was our letter M week along with continuing our All About Me Unit.  The last piece to their book was drawing a picture of themselves-
always a treat having them try to be as accurate as possible or having fun using their favorite colors instead!  We created a moose puppet, which
required them to color, cut, and then paste their creations onto a paper bag.  A lot of coloring and cutting on their part!
Thanks to all of you that have already sent in your field trip form and money!  Please continue to send the rest in sometime this week!  We have some
change if you don’t have exact change to send in.  We hope you are all enjoying this amazing weekend!  

October 15
Mrs. Corwin and I are still getting all the sticky marshmallow off of us from today when we made rice krispy treats!  We decided it would be more fun
to make them together than make them at home and serve them for Fun Friday!  Now it’s your turn to make them since the kids loved them!!  It’s a
science experiment right??!!  Now they want to cook every week!!  We’ve just upped our game!!

We did have fun all week getting ready for Halloween and working on the letter R!  

October 22
  We’ve also been exploring our Halloween and Fall Sensory Bins along with our block center where we build, measure, and create masterpieces!  The
children have fun using their imaginations at the dramatic play area, the art center, and playing with the toys on the carpet.  These are all great times to
nurture friendships, taking turns, patience, and being with others and getting along.  We are constantly monitoring their use of language to communicate
wants and needs and how well they resolve conflict before Mrs. Corwin or I step in to help.
 

October 25th
Field trip to Bergey's.  Please arrive at 8:45am so that we may start at 9am.  Please be reminded that all children must be escorted by an adult.

October 31st
Halloween Parade.  We will have a costume parade around the church as we do every year.  There will be church members and friends along our route
handing out candy to the children.  We are asking for candy donations for this event.  There is a box in the front lobby for your donation,
or you can put your donation in your child's back pack and we will place it in the box.  Please be reminded candy can not contain nuts of any kind.

October 31st
Class Halloween Party.  After the parade, we will be having our Halloween party in the classroom.  We are looking for some parents that are willing to
help us with some games, a craft, and a Halloween treat.

November
We hope the children had a good time at our Halloween Party and Pajama Day this past week!  Thank you to everyone’s help in making both a
success!!  November is here and we’re excited to get started on our units for Nn and Tt as well as Thanksgiving!

We’ve had a lot of fun with the letter P these past two weeks!  Here are some of the centers and fun we had:

Books:
Froggy’s Halloween
Happy Halloween Biscuit
Pumpkin Patch Party
Pumpkin Patch Parable
If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Songs:
Did You Ever See a Pumpkin
Witches Brew
5 Little Pumpkins
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Witches
O Beautiful

Science Centers:
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
Pumpkin Discovery Book
Progressive Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Slime

December:
Christmas is quickly approaching, so we wanted to let you know about some upcoming things going on in our classroom.

December 7th
Round robin craft day.  We will be rotating with the other 4 year old classes, making a different Christmas craft in room.
                   PLEASE WEAR A RED OR GREEN OR CHRISTMAS SHIRT ON THIS DAY!

December 16:  "A Cozy Christmas" 4:00 p.m. Children wearing Christmas pajamas.

December 17th
Our class Christmas Party.  More information to follow

December 18th
Polar Express Day.  We will watch The Polar Express, have popcorn and hot chocolate. This is our last day of school for the Christmas Holidays!

January 7
Books we read:
The Letter Cc Book
Harold and the Purple Crayon
The Crayon Box that Talked
The Berenstain Bears God Made the Colors
Scholastic MLK Day














February 3
Some of the books we read:
The Letter D and H book
10 Little Dinosaurs
If you Give a Dog a Donut
Case of the Missing Donut
The Hippo Hop
Hiccopottamus
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear
Scholastic Achoo and Penguins

Math:
Match 1-30
Putting correct number of magnets on a number
Dinosaur counting mats
Dinosaur Stop game-counting
Totes and Tiles mosaic creations

Science:
Learning about dinosaurs
Dinosaur egg reveal
Dirt and Germs experiment
Simulating blubber and testing it in icy water

We always love to read books and do puzzles after snack each day as well as spend a few minutes in the gym or outside!  Your children are really
getting excited about doing things “the kindergarten way” and knowing things a kindergartner would know!  We are so proud of all they accomplish
each week and how independent they have become!

February 10
Books we read this week:
The L Book
What Do You Love
Why Do I Love You
Love Is a Family
Pig the Stinker
Leaves Fall Down

Math this week consisted of counting legos and matching the correct number to the sum.
The kids were amazing at this!  So proud of how far they’ve come.
In Literacy we created and read their beginner reader, Leaves Fall Down.  The kids had fun coloring and then reading this short book.
We talked a lot about showing Love and Kindness this week and showed examples of it all week
Long when we witnessed it happening!  We also asked how they could show it and they came up with some funny and touching answers.
In Science this week we mixed water, oil, and food coloring and made a Lava Lamp.  The kids were able to drop alka seltzer into the lamp and watch it
move!  A big hit with all of them.
The children also learned how to build with Lincoln logs-always a fun building project!  They also played with our Valentine and Winter Sensory Bins
along with the small and large Legos and the cutting bin.

We have been creating our Valentine gifts for you all and they are all very excited to give them to you.
Monday February 18th is President’s Day and there won’t be school that day.


February 16
Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to you all.  Thank you for making Mrs. Corwin and I feel so special this week!!  We both loved having 16 extra-special
Valentines to celebrate with on Thursday.  The children took the day to heart and had been making their families and friends “Valentines” all week in the
art center.  We had a word wall for them to choose from so they could spell whatever they wanted and off they went!  We had lots of glue, markers,
scissors, and hearts for them to use!!  We hope you enjoyed your Valentine Card from your child!

Next week we will be working on the letter W, so this Wednesday, February 20th, will be WACKY WEDNESDAY!!  We will all dress crazy in any
way we would like.  It could mean a crazy hair-do, mismatched shoes, clothes on backwards or inside out, crazy patterns together…whatever gets your
child in a silly WACKY mood!  We’ll read the book Wacky Wednesday and have a little fun that day!!



Language Arts:
Matching upper and lower case letters
Matching A-Z upper case
Putting a-z snowflakes in order
After listening to a Crayon Box that Talked, the children created a
narrative on how they would feel
   if they only had one color to use.
After listening to Harold and The Purple Crayon, the children created a
picture and description of
   what their crayon would do.
Cut and Paste the letter Cc
Letter Cc find and cover
Practicing writing the letter Cc and past letters covered thus far


Bible:
The children heard the story of John the Baptist and then joined Pastor
Kevin in the Baptistery behind the Sanctuary.
Language Arts Centers:
Beginning Sound-Pictures
Finding and matching lower case letters
Sound Dictionary
Matching lower case letters with mittens and clothespins
D and H cut and paste
Practicing writing names-working on letter size, shape, and formation
Practicing the letter D and H
A-Z dot to dot

Art/Crafts
Create a polar bear with puffy paint
H is for heart cookie cutter painting
Spin Art
Free painting
Watercolor a dinosaur picture
Paint a stegosaurus and put name on the plates
Math Centers:
Counting pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin dot to dot
Pumpkin patch matching #1-24
Ghost Bead counting
Halloween sequencing cups 1-10
Tweezer Spiders

Language Centers:
Letter P trace and color pink
Create letters with wiki sticks
Find the letter Pp
Pumpkin ABC match
Cut and paste letter P
We’ve also been exploring our Halloween
and Fall Sensory Bins along with our
block center where we build, measure,
and create masterpieces!  The children
have fun using their imaginations at the
dramatic play area, the art center, and
playing with the toys on the carpet.  These
are all great times to nurture friendships,
taking turns, patience, and being with
others and getting along.  We are
constantly monitoring their use of language
to communicate wants and needs and
how well they resolve conflict before Mrs.
Corwin or I step in to help.  
Math:
Placing numbers 1-30 in order
Counting  mats with magnets
Placing winter counters in numbered cups 1-15

Science:
Creating a crystal snowflake, observing it, then
documenting their findings
Melting crayons and observing the changes
documenting why