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Week of May 11, 2020

                                                  

Dear Parents and Students,

   Good morning! Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

   This week on Class Dojo we will continue exploring communities around the world with a look at Asia. We will explore legends and fables from China, look at architecture in Japan, listen to music from India, and watch dances from Indonesia.  In our literacy centers we will practice letter recognition and phonics, and we will work on rhyming words and syllables. In science we will learn about the life cycle of butterflies, and we will continue to keep a journal about the plants we are growing in our homes! In math we will work on sequencing numbers, addition and subtraction, and creating graphs. On Wednesday we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima!

    I will see you on Zoom each day, Monday through Thursday, at 1PM and 5PM!

   Ms. Nilsa and I are sending you warm wishes!

                              Mrs. Marinelli

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Week of May 4, 2020

                                              

Dear Parents and Students,

   Good morning! Welcome back! I hope you had a nice weekend!

   This week we will learn about flowers, trees, and a special little insect that is so important for pollination… the bee! We will also record our observations of the seeds we planted last week. Some of the books we will read include A Season of Flowers, Exploring Seeds, Exploring Flowers, and A Carrot Seed.  We will look at flower paintings by Georgia O’Keefe, and we will create our own abstract paintings! In our literacy centers, we will review the alphabet and letter sounds, and we will practice rhyming words. In our math centers we will practice counting, adding, and subtracting objects.

   Have a great day! I will see you each day on Zoom at 1PM and 5PM!

   Ms. Nilsa and I are sending you warm wishes!

                              Mrs. Marinelli

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Week of April 27, 2020

 

                                       

 

Dear Parents and Students,

   Good morning! I hope you had a nice weekend!

   This week we will learn the letter Zz! We will take virtual trips to zoos, and we will create our own zoo animals with cardboard tubes and recyclables! We will also begin to learn about plant life cycles. We will read books about planting seeds and creating gardens, including Flower Garden, Grow Flower Grow, The Carrot Seed, and The Curious Garden.

   Have a great day week! I will see you on Zoom each day at 1PM and 5PM.

   Ms. Nilsa and I are sending you warm wishes!

                             Mrs. Marinelli

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Week of April 20, 2020

                       

Dear Parents and Students,

   Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful Easter and a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! I’m so glad to be back with you today!

   This week we will be learning the letter Y. In our literacy centers we will work on phonological awareness and word building using an Elkonin box template. We will explore communities in Africa, and visit people from the Ashanti and Samburu nations. We will read legends from these communities, including Anansi the Spider, The Spider Weaver, and Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky. We will also learn about some of the animals that live in Africa. In science, we will continue to explore the season of spring, and we will learn about the life cycle of plants. Our activities in math and art will reflect our social studies and science lessons. Please go to Class Dojo for the daily lessons, and links to my YouTube video lessons to supplement our daily ZOOM sessions.

   Have a great day today! I will see you on ZOOM at 1PM and 5PM each day!

   Ms. Nilsa and I are sending you all our warmest wishes!

                                               Mrs. Marinelli

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Week of April 6, 2020

                                           

Dear Parents,

   This week is Holy Week! We will be preparing for Easter with prayer, stories, and related activities. Classes will be in session Monday-Wednesday of this week; our Easter vacation is from Holy Thursday, April 9th- Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19th. May this week be filled with graces and blessings as we celebrate the Paschal mysteries.

   Ms. Nilsa and I pray that you will have a blessed Easter! May God bless you and your families with health, happiness, and peace.

   Happy Easter!

                                                   With warm wishes,

                                                    Mrs. Marinelli

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Week of March 29, 2020

                                                      

Dear Parents,

   This week we will learn the letter Xx. We will read Hattie and the Fox, and we will learn about x-rays. We will continue to learn about the season of spring. We will listen to stories by Beatrix Potter: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. We will also learn about the story of Easter, and we will work on related Easter projects.

   Please note that I have posted a document on Class Dojo for setting up learning centers. You may also provide enrichment activities to your child using the new accounts set up for you on Starfall, ABC Mouse, Happy Numbers, and Epic Digital Library! Enjoy!

   Have a great week! I will see you on ZOOM!

                With warm wishes,

                 Mrs. Marinelli

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Week of March 23, 2020

                                                         

Dear Parents and Students,

   Good morning! I hope you had a good weekend! This week we will be learning the letter Ww. We will learn about whales and worms, and we will read Where The Wild Things Are. In math we will practice numbers 1-10, and we will play number games. We will also work on springtime art projects as we explore the season of spring!

  1. I’m glad to see you on Class Dojo each day! Please check daily messages on Class Dojo, including an invitation to participate in Nursery meetings on ZOOM! Please click on the Distance Learning Tab to access daily lessons.
  2. Please check your email for an invite to join Epic Digital Library! Your child will have access to online books and videos free!
  3. I want to send a belated thank you to Mr. Gregory for visiting our class before we closed school. He introduced the children to Rossini’s William Tell Overture, and the children dramatized the story sequence! The children loved the activity, and asked to repeat the activity in the days following. Thank you!

   I’ll see you on Class Dojo! Have a great week! Ms. Nilsa and I are sending you all our warmest wishes!

                                                   Sincerely,

                                                   Mrs. Marinelli

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Nursery Distance Learning Plan

                                                   

 Nursery Distance Learning Plan

Dear Parents, 

    Although schools are closed in New York, school is still in session! Here at Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy, learning will continue online, using Class Dojo! Please know that I am here for your children, and that Ms. Nilsa and I are sending our warm wishes their way during this difficult time. 

   Each day, please help your child sign in to Class Dojo to receive a daily message, then respond to the message to have attendance taken; the children who respond to the message will be marked present for the day. You will then find daily activities in literacy, math, social studies, science, and art to keep skills sharp and continue learning. Each day’s posted lessons will reflect the daily routine in our Nursery classroom, beginning with prayer, and including story time, literacy and math center work, and art responses. Please, if possible, prepare your child’s work area with white paper (copy paper), crayons, markers, watercolor, glue, scissors, clay, and other art/writing materials. You may also consider keeping clean recyclables for art projects. Your child’s work and any photos of activities should be uploaded onto your child’s portfolio on Class Dojo. Drawings and dictation should be kept in a folder to present as a work portfolio when school re-opens. The daily message will be available on Class Dojo each morning at 9:00 A.M. I will be logged onto Class Dojo each day from 9-12. You may also contact me anytime via my school email: mmarinelli@queenoftherosarybrooklyn.org . In the event that you have difficulty logging onto Class Dojo on a given day, please email me to have your child’s attendance taken, and you may access the daily assignments on the Nursery page on the school website; click on the “Distance Learning Daily Work” tab to access the daily message and activities.

    Children benefit from structure. While daily life has been disrupted, try to maintain some of the daily school routines at home. Have your child begin the day as usual: get dressed at the same time each day, eat breakfast, pray together, and set time aside for learning, exercise, and social play (with you). Read books every day! Have conversations over dinner. Discuss movies and television shows you may watch together. Have your child practice some of the skills we have been working on in school. Continue to enforce positive social behaviors at home; show that you appreciate polite and helpful behavior. Remind your child to make “green” choices. Be consistent in your expectations and enforcement of rules. Have your child work responsibly with materials, and clean up toys after playtime. Encourage your child to express feelings verbally, rather than physically. Most importantly, enjoy the process of learning together. Please share activities you and your child are working on together at home.

   Please remember to talk to your child, and help him/her feel calm and secure, and experience as much “normalcy” as possible. Remind your child that you are taking good care of him/her, and that our world community is working together. Two links that have suggestions in addressing children’s anxieties regarding present circumstances are: Talking to Kids About Coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/ and Mr. Rogers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyOLq6tslnU . I hope you find them helpful.  

   I pray that you and your family stay healthy and strong! I am looking forward to when we can all return to school and I can see you all again.

                                               With warmest wishes,

                                                Mrs. Marinelli

 

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March 15, 2020

                                                     

Dear Parents,

    As you know, school will not be in session this week. I will be attending a meeting at school with all the Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy teachers tomorrow to discuss ways in which we can ensure that your child is continuing to learn despite the school building being closed. I will post more information tomorrow, following the meeting.

   In the meantime, please know that I am here for your children. Please remind your children that you will be taking good care of them, and that Ms. Nilsa and I are sending our warm wishes their way. Although our daily routines have been disrupted, please consider keeping some of the daily routines in place. Have your child begin the day as usual; get dressed at the same time, eat breakfast, pray together, and set time aside for learning, exercise, and social play (with you). Have your child practice some of the skills we have been working on in school. I will post a “packet” to support your child’s learning, following the staff meeting tomorrow.

   I am also sending you two links, with suggestions for addressing children’s anxieties regarding present circumstances. I hope that you find them helpful.

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

Mr. Rogers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyOLq6tslnU    

 

     Stay well! I will post tomorrow!

 

                                                                       With best wishes,

                                                                        Mrs. Marinelli                                                           

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March 9, 2020

                                                                 

Dear Parents,

      This week we will be learning the letter Uu. We will read Umbrella, and Up, Up, and Away. In our literacy center we will work on spelling and writing our names, identifying rhymes, and reading CVC words. In our science center we will be researching animals that live in the Amazon rainforest, and we will compare facts from informational texts to folktales about the animals. We will re-read Jabuti: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon and The Great Kapok Tree. In our math center we will work on simple addition and subtraction stories, create patterns, and play a board game using a 1-5 die. In social studies we will be working on our Communities project; this week we will explore India, and we will learn about the Holi celebrations. In religion we will continue to celebrate the season of Lent, and we will read and dramatize stories from the Gospels.

  1. I want to thank Ms. Ervin for her special visit to our classroom last Wednesday. She read the book, Strictly No Elephants, and facilitated an art activity (treehouse) to remind the children that “all are welcome”!
  2. If you haven’t done so already, please send in a few Ziplock bags (gallon size) to keep in your child’s cubby in the event of a clothing change. As New York moves away from using plastic grocery bags, we will be in need of ziplock bags to send home wet clothes. Please be sure to send in new bags whenever wet clothes are sent home. Thank you for your cooperation.
  3. Pizza will be sold on Wednesday for $2.50 per slice.

   Have a great week!

                                                                                                                       Sincerely,

                                                                                                                  Mrs. Marinelli