Nursery

Home > Classrooms > Nursery

nursery-kids-togetherWelcome to Nursery!

   Our Nursery classroom is a place where each child explores, creates, and experiences the world through a program that supports independent thinking and collaborative learning in a warm and nurturing environment. These years are a time of tremendous growth in your child’s life, and our program is designed to promote the holistic development of your child. Each day your child will engage in hands-on learning activities in literacy, math, science, social studies, music and movement, and expressive arts in the various classroom learning centers. Daily experiences include independent exploration and experimentation, group activities, work on the Smartboard and personal computers, and free play with friends. Your child will form friendships, and grow in self-confidence and self-sufficiency in an atmosphere that acknowledges the dignity of each person, and celebrates multiculturalism and the uniqueness of every individual. Our program is designed to nourish your little one spiritually and intellectually through activities that promote cooperation and respect, and through project work that allows for the meaningful application of developing skills. Most importantly, your child will be encouraged to develop a loving relationship with God and compassion for others.

   Please join us for Circle Time and visit our beautiful classroom. We look forward to being partners in your child’s education!

                                                 Sincerely,

                                                Mrs. Marinelli

 


 

 

Week of November 12, 2019

Posted on November 9, 2019

                                                                 

 

Dear Parents,

   Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend!    

   This week we will begin to look at the art, dance, and legends of various Native American Nations in honor of Native American Heritage Month. In our literacy center we will read How the Sky Got Its Stars (based on a Hopi legend), and Raven (based on a Tlingit legend). We will also read The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, and The Legend of the Bluebonnet. In our literacy center we will learn the letter Ii, and we will work on letter recognition activities and phonological awareness games. We will read City Mouse, Country Mouse, and compare and contrast information about urban and rural communities. In our math center we will work with numbers 1-5, and we will duplicate and extend simple patterns. In our science center we are learning about the growing and harvesting of crops. In religion we will talk about the things for which we are grateful, and we will offer God our prayers of thanksgiving.

 

  1. Pizza lunch will be offered on Tuesday for $2.50 per slice.
  2. Donations for the Little Sisters of the Poor will be accepted through November 18th.

     Have a great week!

                                                                                            Sincerely,

                                                                                            Mrs. Marinelli     

                

Week of November 4, 2019

Posted on November 3, 2019

                        

Dear Parents,

     Thank you for making our Halloween party and Spirit Week events so special last week!

     This week we will continue our Autumn Harvest project with a look at harvests around the world, and we will begin a sub-unit about our American celebration of Thanksgiving. We will read Thanksgiving Day, and re-enact the first Thanksgiving story. As part of this unit, we will take a special look at the Wampanoag people, and their part in our first Thanksgiving celebration. We will also explore the legends, art, music, dance, dress, and culture of other Native American nations, this week and in the weeks following.  In our science center we will continue our exploration of various fruits and vegetables, and how they are grown and harvested. In our literacy center we will be learning the letter Hh, and we will work on letter recognition and phonics activities. We will read and recite Humpty Dumpty, and we will read Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Carrot Seed, The Legend of the Blue Bonnet, and The Little Red Hen. In our math center we will continue to work with numbers 1-5, and we will duplicate, extend, and create patterns using various manipulatives. We will also work on counting and pattern activities on the Smartboard. In our religion center we will read about St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. We will read Mary’s Magnificat, a prayer of thanksgiving and praise, and we will read Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message.

This week:

  • I would like to thank Ms. Sacasa, Benicio’s mom, and Ms. Sara, for their visit on Friday. Ms. Sacasa and Ms. Sara facilitated two stamping activities with the children using tempera paint. The children enjoyed this creative project!
  • Thanksgiving pie orders are due Thursday, November 7th.
  • School will be closed on Friday and Monday, November 8th (Professional Day) and 11th (Veterans Day observance).

      Have a great week!

                                                                                            Sincerely,

                                                                                            Mrs. Marinelli   

                                                                                                                 

Week of October 28, 2019

Posted on October 27, 2019

                                                    

Dear Parents,

   This week is Spirit Week! Please check the flyer that went out last week regarding the theme for each day!

   This week in our literacy center we will learn the letter Gg. We will read Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will also read and dramatize The Three Billy Goats Gruff; we will retell this story in a number of ways, including in the block center where we will build bridges, and use small, medium, large animals for our dramatizations. We will also begin to work on identifying rhyming words. In our math center we will be working with numbers 1-5, and we will duplicate and extend AB patterns. In social studies we will continue to explore appropriate ways to express our feelings. In religion we will continue to explore the lives of the saints, and we will celebrate All Saints Day on Friday, November 1st.

  • Last week our class participated in a cooking project with the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes! The children made cookies! Ask your child about the activity!
  • Wednesday is Halloween! Our class will be participating in an in-school parade, and we will “trick or treat” at the upper grade classrooms. We will also have a party in our classroom after lunch. (Half day students are invited to stay for a full day to participate!) Please consider sending in snacks for the children to share during our party (fruit, cookies, chips, pretzels, etc.). Please be sure that all food items are nut free! Thank you! You may find the letter regarding the Halloween party posted on the Nursery page of the school website.
  • Progress Reports will be sent home on Tuesday. Please sign and return them on Wednesday. Your child will receive a complete Report Card in December.
  • Now that the weather is chilly, please send your child to school with a small blanket for naptime. Your child may also bring in a soft toy for rest time. We will send home the blankets each Friday to be cleaned. (Please note that we have a polka dot blanket that did not have a name on it. If it is yours, please let me know!)

                  Have a great week!

                                                                                                

                                                                                            Sincerely,

                                                                                            Mrs. Marinelli        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Posted on October 19, 2019

                                                                   

Dear Parents,

     This week we will be exploring ways to express our feelings. We will read a number of books about expressing our emotions, including When Sophie Gets Angry – Really Really Angry, Feelings, The Way I Feel, How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad, The Feelings Book, and Glad Monster, Sad Monster. The class will participate in art, drama, music, and dance activities to help express feelings verbally and non-verbally in appropriate ways. In our literacy center we will be introducing the letter Ff, and we will be working on letter recognition and writing activities. We will read My Family, and Froggy Goes to a Restaurant. We will also learn and recite autumn and Halloween poems, and we will create our own Halloween / autumn stories. In our math center we will measure the circumferences of our pumpkins, create Halloween patterns, and we will introduce the number 5 through a variety of games and activities. We will work on  Five Little Pumpkin activities, based on the poem, and we will play a Five Little Ducks game. In our science center we will continue to work on our Autumn Harvest project. In our prayer corner, we are exploring the lives of the saints through books, dramatic activities, and prayer in preparation for All Saints Day, November 1st.

  • I would like to thank Mrs. Zivic, Theo’s grandma, for visiting our class last week and reading Halloween books to the children! The story time was interactive, and the children had a lovely time! Thank you!
  • On Thursday we will have Show and Tell. Please have your child bring in something that is purple. Your child may also wear purple on this day.
  • On Wednesday, October 31st, we will have a Halloween party in class! I will send you a separate letter with details.
  • Ice Cream Day is on Fridays! Your child may buy an ice cream treat for an after lunch snack. Please send in $2.00 in an envelope on Fridays if you would like your child to have ice cream.

     Have a great week!

                                                                                                 Sincerely,

                                                                                                 Mrs. Marinelli

 


                                                     

                                                                     Nursery Halloween Party

                                                                                                                                             October 2019

Dear Parents,

     Our class will be having a Halloween parade and party on October 31th!  Our Nursery class will parade through the school and “trick or treat” at the upper grade classrooms! We will also have a class Halloween party. 

  • Your child may dress in costume! Please choose a costume that is manageable for your child, especially in the bathroom. Your child may want to remove the costume at some point during the day, so please have your child wear clothes under the costume, as necessary. Costumes must be appropriate and non-violent characters. Please do not have your child bring in masks or accessories, such as light sabers, swords, wands, etc. Your child may bring in a “trick or treat” basket/pumpkin/bag (labeled with your child’s name) for the parade, which will include trick or treating at the second floor classrooms.
  • For the party, each child should bring in an extra water or juice box. If you would like to donate cupcakes, cookies, fruit, chips/pretzels, or goody bags (19 children) for the class, please let me know. Please remember that all goodies should be NUT FREE! Thank you!

     We are looking forward to this special day!

                                                                                     Sincerely,

                                                                                    Mrs. Marinelli

                                                                                                                        

                                                                             

    

Read all posts in Nursery ›