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June 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue to practice for our Step-Up Celebration and talk about kindergarten. In our literacy center, we will keep reviewing our letters and sounds. In our math center, we will review the numbers 0-20.

As we approach the end of the school year (I can’ believe how fast it went!) we will start cleaning our classroom to get ready for summer vacation. The children can bring toys (please no electronics) from home to play with while we put our school toys away.

Reminders:

  • Tuesday, June 12th is our Walk-A-Thon (please wear orange T-shirts).
  • Tuesday, June 19th will be the last day for after school.
  • On June 21, 22, and 25 we will dismiss at 11:45. Please make sure that your child brings a snack to school each day. 
  • June 25th is our last day of school.
  • Step-Up Celebration is on Wednesday, June 20th at 10:00 am. If you did not do so, please  return the paper indicating the number of quests who will be attending our celebration. If you would like to donate some cupcakes, cookies, chips, juice, or fruit it would be very much appreciated. Please let mi know by Monday, June 18th. Thank you!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

June 4, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will finish our unit on “Babies.” We will talk about how we changed since we were babies. We will also look at how animal babies changed. In our literacy center, we will continue to work on letter recognition/sounds. In our math center, we will review the numbers 0-20.

Our butterflies were released last week! The children were very excited! Our pictures can be seen on our class page on the school website.

We are practicing every day for our Step-Up Celebration which will be on June 20th. 

Reminders:

  • Thursday, June 7th there will be no school for Pre-K only.
  • Ice cream will be sold each day at lunchtime ($1.25/$2.00).

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

 

May 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

The children did a wonderful job at the Spring Show! I am very proud of them!

This week, we will continue to learn about baby animals. In the math center, we will work on adding, subtracting and counting activities for the numbers 0-20. In the science center, we are waiting for our chrysalides to become butterflies.

Reminders:

  • The Walk-A-Thon is this Thursday. Please sign and return the permission slip that was sent home.
  • If you didn’t send the Family Project yet, please send it in by Friday, June 1st. 
  • There is no school on Thursday, June 7th for Pre-K only (professional day for teachers). 
  • A letter regarding our Step-Up Celebration will be sent home this week. 
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25/$2.00).

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

May 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Mrs. Rodriguez (Israel’s Mom) for bringing her beautiful baby boy to visit our classroom and talk to the children about “Babies.” The children were asking questions and had fun watching the baby.

In our second week of the “Babies” unit, we will learn about baby animals and how their parents take care of them. We will chart similarities and differences in how parents (human and animal) take care of their babies. In our literacy center, we will continue to work on letter recognition/sounds and rhyming words. In our math center, we will work with numbers 15-20. In our science center, we are very excited as we wait for our chrysalides to become butterflies.  

Reminders:

  • The school will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.
  • On Tuesday, May 22nd, we will have visitors in our classroom.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25/$2.00). 

Have a nice long weekend! Enjoy!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

 

May 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

As we begin a new week, we will also start with a new unit on “Babies.” In this unit, we will learn and talk about human babies, animal babies, and how babies change from the day they were born. In our literacy center, we will continue to work on rhyming words and letter recognition/sounds. In our math center, we will work with numbers 0-15. 

Our caterpillars arrived last week! We are very excited to observe our caterpillars and are learning how caterpillars become butterflies.

Next week, we will talk about animal babies. We will work on a project called: Animal Baby Research. We will talk about what research is and look through many books about baby animals. I ask that you let your child choose an animal they like and talk about their babies. To help them with research, you can use pictures and read them books about their chosen baby animal. You can ask questions such as: what is the baby called, what does it look like, what does it eat, etc. When they are finished researching, they can draw a picture on paper. Please write down their response on the same piece of paper. Their research will be displayed in our classroom. This project is due on Friday, May 25th. Thank you for your cooperation.

Reminders:

  • Our Walk-A-Thon is on Thursday, May 17th.
  • Our Spring Show is on Tuesday, May 22nd. If you did not purchase tickets yet, you may buy hem at the office.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25/$2.00).

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

May 7, 2018

Dear Parents, 

In our last week of unit on plants, we will learn why plants are important and how we use them for different things. We will make a “Fruit Kebab” to taste different fruits and to look at pictures of those plants. In the math center, we will continue to work on adding, subtracting and counting activities. In the science center, we will continue to observe how our vegetable and flower garden grows. We are waiting for our caterpillars to arrive! In our literacy center, we will work on rhyming words, and continue to work on letter recognition and their sounds. 

Reminders:

  • The Progress Reports will be going home on Wednesday, May 9th.
  • Please sign the Progress Reports and return them to school as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Thursday (5/17) we will be out all day for the Walk-A-Thon. Please make sure that you sign and return a Permission Slip for the Walk-A-Thon. If you do not provide a signed Permission Slip, your child will not be able to participate in the Walk-A-Thin. A separate letter is being sent home today with more information about it. 
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25/$2.00).

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

Outside fun!

April 30, 2018

Dear Parents,

In our third week of the plant unit, we will learn about different kinds of plants. We will look at various plants to see how they are different and how they are the same. In our literacy center, we will read a list poem “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” by Jack Prelutsky. The children will be introduced to list poems and will work together to create one. In our math center, we will work with different activities using numbers up to 15. In our science center, we will continue to monitor the growth of the seeds and our garden we planted two weeks ago. The children will make their book of a seed.

Reminders,

  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25/$2.00).
  • The Family Project is due Friday, May 4th. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

April 23, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue with our plant unit. We will learn what plants need and where we can find different plants. We will take a walk through our garden and draw pictures of different plants that we see. In our science center, we will examine and compare different kinds of plants and seeds. In the literacy center, we will continue to work with letter recognition/sounds and blending activities. In the math center, we will work on adding, subtracting, and counting activities for numbers from 0-15. I am sending home today a project that you can do with your child. It is due on Friday, May 4th.

Reminders:

  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).
  • Tuesday, April 24th there is no school for Pre-K.

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

April 16, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those parents who sent in packages of seeds!

This week, we will begin our new unit on plants. During this unit, we will learn that plants are living things, that every part of a plant has an important function, that plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live, that there are many different types of plants, and that plants are important for many reasons. Also, we will prepare our own healthy salad using tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and lettuce. In our literacy center, we will identify the letter x and look for the sound x in the beginning, middle, and end words. In the math center, we will review the simple subtraction and addition of numbers from 0 to 10. In our science center, we will look at and learn about parts of a plant. 

Reminders:

  • Friday, April 20th is a half day. We will dismiss at 11:45.
  • There will be no school on Tuesday, April 24th for Pre-K only.
  • As the weather gets nicer, we will be going outside in the school yard every day. Please make sure that your child wears sneakers.

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

We had so much fun learning about water!

April 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a wonderful spring break! In our final week of learning about water, we will explore what happens when we put things in water. Will they sink or float? To find out what happens, we will do a “Sink vs. Float Experiment.” We will predict and record whether we think each object will sink or float and then compare the results to our predictions. We will also make paper boats and observe what will happen when they are put in water. Also, we will talk about and discuss how water helps us. We will predict and watch what happens to a leafy celery stalk when it is put in the colored water. At home, please consider talking with your child about whether there is water in the food and beverages they eat and drink. In our literacy center, we will read and discuss the book “Float” by Daniel Miyares. In the math center, we will learn about volume.

As we begin learning about plants next week, I am asking that everyone please donate 2 packets of different seeds this week. We will use the seeds for various activities in the classroom. Any type of seed is appreciated! Thank you!

Reminder:

  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

March 26, 2018

Dear Parents,

In this short week, we will talk about animals that hatch from eggs, what happens to trees and flowers during spring time and we will dye eggs. In the math center, we will use jellybeans to review different concepts, such as graphing, sorting, adding, and subtracting. 

Reminders:

  • We will have a small celebration in the classroom on Wednesday, March 28th.
  • Wednesday, March 28th is a half day. Dismissal is at 11:45. There is no after school on that day.
  • The school will be closed for spring break from March 29th until April 8th.
  • School reopens on Monday, April 9th. 

Have a great spring vacation!

Mrs. Kraljic

March 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue with our water unit. We will see what happens to water when it changes temperature. We will discuss water and ice, the relationship between water and ice, and we will learn about ice. In our literacy center, we will identify the letter Ww and its sound. In the math center, we will talk about temperatures in different seasons.

Reminders:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday, March 22nd. Please make sure that you call the school for an appointment. We will dismiss at 11:45. There will be no after school on this day.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday for $1.25 or $2.00.

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

March 12, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will begin our unit on water. In this unit, we will talk about where we can find water. We will observe, discuss, and explore water in the classroom. We will focus on changes in water temperature by exploring and observing ice and water at different temperatures and perform experiments with water and ice. We will think about how objects are affected when they are placed in water (float/sink). In our literacy center, we will review the letters and their sounds. We will read different books about water and will continue to practice writing our last name. In the math center, we will continue to work with measurements and talk about weight. In our science center, we will use various tools to explore our water table. 

Reminders:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences and distribution of Report Cards will be on Thursday, March 22nd. Please  make sure that you call the school for an appointment. We will dismiss at 11:45. There will be no after school on this day. 
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday for $1.25 or $2.00.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

March 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will finish our unit about light. We will discuss what shadows are. We will have a pipe cleaner art design shadow show (the children worked on it last week). We will use our Smartboard to make different shadows using our hands. In the math center, we will work with measurement. We will use different items in our classroom to measure and complete to see which ones are long and short. In our literacy center, we will practice writing our last name. 

Reminder:

* Ice cream is sold on Friday for $1.25/$2.00.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

February 26, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great week off! Thank you to those parents who sent juice,chips, and cupcakes for our Valentine’s Day celebration! The children had so much fun!

This week, we will continue to learn about light. We will discuss how light helps us. We will learn that plants and animals also need light to grow. In our math center, we will continue to review adding, subtracting and patterns. In our literacy center, we will work with rhyming and letter/sound activities using Smartboard. This week, we will read a variety of Dr. Seuss books in celebration of his birthday (March 2). 

  • Ice cream is sold on Friday for $1.25 or $2.00

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

February 12, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue to learn about light. We will talk about darkness and what happens when we turn off the lights. We will examine the painting “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh and paint our own night sky. 

In the math center, we will use heart stickers to work with counting, adding and subtracting. In our literacy center, we will read books about lights and Valentine’s Day. Also, we will talk about Lunar New York which is this Friday. This week, we will complete our project about George Washington Carver. We will chart which animals are diurnal and which ones are nocturnal. 

Reminders:

  • If you did not return the Progress Reports, please sign it and send it to school as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday for $1.25 or $2.00.
  • Wednesday, February 14, we will have a small Valentine’s Day celebration.
  • The school will be closed from February 19-23 for winter recess.
  • School will reopen on Monday, February 26th. Enjoy the week off!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

February 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will begin our new unit on light. During this unit, we will learn about many types of lights in our houses and our cities, how light helps plants grow, about darkness, and shadows that appear when an object blocks light. We will read a variety of books about light.

In the math center, we will review the numbers 0-10 using heart stickers in games to help us with graphing, number recognition, counting, adding and subtracting. In our literacy center, we will continue to work on beginning sounds in simple three letter words. We will start to practice how to write our last name. We will talk and read books about Valentine’s Day.

Last week, we began research about George Washington Carver in recognition of Black History Month. This week, we will continue to learn the importance of Mr. Carver and make a collage about him. 

Reminders:

  • Wednesday (2/7) the Progress Reports will be sent home. Please sign them and return to school the next day. Thank you!
  • Wednesday (2/14) we will have a small Valentine’s Day celebration. If you would like to donate some cupcakes, cookies, juice or chips, please let me know. You may send in cards/goody bags. We have 11 children in our class (9 boys and 2 girls). Thank you!
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

Last week was so much fun!

 

January 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will complete our unit on transportation. We will learn how to stay safe when using transportation. We will talk about safety rules and what kind of rules and traffic signs we need to obey to stay safe. In our science center, we will talk about Groundhog Day and shadows. In our math center, we will work on simple subtraction and addition problems. In our literacy center, we will work on the beginning sounds in simple three letter words.

Reminders:

  • This week is Catholic School Week. Please refer to the Catholic School Week Schedule that was sent home.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).
  • Thank you to those parents who are sending change for our Penny Challenge. Your support is very much appreciated. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

January 22, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents who sent in supplies! This week, we will continue with our transportation unit. We will learn who the people that operate vehicles in our community are. In Science, we will continue to talk and learn about polar animals. We will watch a short video about the life of penguins. In our math center, we will work with numbers 0-10 using different activities on our Smartboard. In our literacy center, we will review our alphabet letters and sounds by playing different games on the Smartboard. 

Reminders:

  • Wednesday (1/24) it is a Professional Day for Pre-K for All teachers (no school) only. 
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).
  • During our Catholic School Week, the school will have the Penny Challenge where students bring in coins to raise money for our school. The letter with more details was sent home last week. The students in each classroom are assigned to one color. The color teams for our class are as follows:

Red Team: Noah, Josh, and Leo

Blue Team: Amber, Chase, Iris, and Anthony

White Team: Christopher, Nicholas, Jack, and Israel

Thank you!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

 

January 16, 2017

 

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue with our transportation unit. We will talk and read about trains, airplanes, fire trucks, and buses. We will make a traffic light, train and car tracks to use in our Block center. In Science, we will continue to talk about polar animals. Also, we will look at the pictures of the Arctic and Antarctica. In Math, we will continue to work on simple subtraction. In our literacy center, we will work on phonics awareness and continue with rhyming words. 

Reminders:

  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).
  • Next Wednesday (1/24) school is closed for Pre-K only for Professional Day.
  • We ran out of tissues, baby wipes and Lysol wipes. If you could sent some to school it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

We are very busy learning and having fun!

 

January 8, 2018

Dear Parents,

This week, we will begin with our new unit on transportation. In this unit, we will talk, chart, and graph different kinds of transportation and their similarities and differences. We will read books about all kinds of transportation. The vocabulary words for this week are: express, fare, license plate, local, Metro Card, subway, vehicle, and transportation. If you have any old car keys and Metro Cards, metro maps, please send them to school. Thank you!

In Social Studies, we will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. In Science, we will learn about polar bears. We will talk about their environment, why they are called polar bears, and why they have white fur. In our literacy center, we will continue to work with rhyming words. In the Math center, we will work on simple subtraction of numbers 0-10 by playing different games.

Reminders:

  • If you have pictures of a car, a truck, an airplane, a fire truck, etc., please send it to school.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).
  • Monday, January 15th school is closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Have a nice week! Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

 

January 2, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! I hope everyone had a very nice and restful vacation! This week, we will continue to learn about the winter season and what happens to our environment during this season. In literacy center, we will work with rhyming words. We will read books about winter, snow and snowmen. In the Math center, we will work with numbers 0-10 and play different games using these numbers. 

Next week, we will start with our new unit on transportation. If you have pictures of a car, a truck, an airplane, a fire truck, etc., please send it to school. We will use them in our Block and Dramatic Play area. Thank you for your cooperation!

Reminders:

  • Friday, January 5th is a half day. We will dismiss at 11:45.
  • There will be no after school on January 5th. 
  • If you would like your child to share their favorite book about winter, please send it to school or come in and read a book together with your child.

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

December 18, 2017

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Mizrahi (Iris’s Parents) for coming to our classroom last Wednesday to teach us about Hanukkah. We had so much fun making dreidels out of clay, singing “I Have a Little Dreidel” and playing with dreidel and chocolate coins. Thank you!

This week, we will finish with our unit “Where We Live.” We will learn what is a blueprint and will make our own blueprints. Also, we will talk and learn about Kwanzaa. In our literacy center, we will review letters and sounds. In Math, we will sort mittens by their color and size and review the numbers 0-10. In Science, we will continue to learn about the winter season.

Reminders:

  • Tuesday (12/19) is “Breakfast with Santa.” If you would like your child to take a picture with Santa, please send $5.00. There is no after school on this day.
  • The Christmas Show is on Tuesday (12/19) at 6:00. We will start promptly at 6:00 (children should be in by 5:45).
  • Thursday, December 21st is our holiday celebration.
  • Friday, December 22nd is a half day. We will dismiss at 11:45. There will be no after school for that day. 
  • School resumes on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. 

Mrs. Sweeney and I would like to wish you a very happy Holiday Season! 

See you next year!!

Mrs. Kraljic

Learning about Hanukkah

  

December 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

It was very nice seeing and talking to you all at the Parent-Teacher Conference on December 7th! This week, we will continue with our unit “Where We Live.” We will look at pictures of New York City to talk about different kinds of buildings and how people decorate their homes and buildings for the holidays. In our literacy center, we will talk about a poem “A Light In The Attic” by Shel Silverstein. In Math, we will review our numbers and play addition activities. In Science, we will talk about the season of winter. 

We will continue to practice the song “Kiwi Jingle Bells” for the Christmas Show.

Reminders:

  • Tuesday (12/19) is “Breakfast with Santa.” If you would like your child to take a picture with Santa, please send in $5.00.
  • The Christmas Show is on Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday for $1.25 or $2.00 for Good Humor. 

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

December 4, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, we will begin our new unit “Where We Live.” In this unit, we will learn about different types of homes. Also, we will learn about the homes of animals, both pets living in homes with families and those animals that create their own homes.

In the next few weeks, we will learn about different holidays that occur during December, and different holiday traditions from around the world. If you would like to share some of your family traditions (special books that your read or special foods that you make and eat during the holidays, songs that you may sing) with the class, please let me know. We would love to have you in our class to share your special traditions with the students!

In our literacy center, we will begin to work with rhyming words. In Math, we will continue to work with simple addition and measurement activities. In our Science center, we will talk about different homes that people live in.

Reminders:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday, December 7th. We will dismiss at 11:45. There will be no after school for this day. Please make sure that you call the school office to make an appointment for the conferences. 
  • Friday, December 8th the school is closed for the Immaculate Conception. 
  • If your child is absent, please send an absent note when he/she comes back to school. Thank you!

Have a great week! 

Mrs. Kraljic

 

November 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving! This week, we will finish with our unit and talk about our families. We will learn how families are different and how they are the same. The vocabulary words are: adapted, culture and siblings. The book for this week is: I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada. In Math, we will continue to work on addition activities. Also, we will work on measurement activities that will help us with counting and comparing lengths. 

Our Christmas Show will be on Thursday, December 21st. A more detailed letter regarding our Christmas Show will be send home soon. We will continue to practice singing our song “Kiwi Jingle Bells” by the Polkadots for our Christmas Show. 

Reminders:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday, December 7th. Please make sure that you make an appointment by calling the school office. There is no after school that day. We will dismiss at 11:45.
  • Friday, December 8th there will be no school for the Immaculate Conception.
  • The November Family project is due on Monday, November 27th.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00 for Good Humor ice cream).

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic 

November 20, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week is a very short week in which we will begin preparing for our Thanksgiving feast. We will make our own butter and prepare some stuffing! For dessert, we will have pumpkin pie and apple pie. Tuesday, we will have a Thanksgiving party in our classroom. Thank you for your donations for our Thanksgiving feast! It is very much appreciated!

In Math, we will chart how many of us like pumpkin pie and how many like apple pie. In our literacy center, we will continue to talk and read the stories about Thanksgiving.

Reminders:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences and distribution of Report Cards will be on Thursday, December 7th. We will dismiss at 11:45. Please make sure that you call the school office to make an appointment for the conferences. There will be no after school for that day.
  • The school will be closed on Friday, December 8th for the Immaculate Conception. 
  • Wednesday, November 22nd is a half day. We will dismiss at 11:45. There will be no after school for that day.
  • The November Family Project is due Monday, November 27th. 

Mrs. Sweeney and I wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Kraljic

November 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, we will begin Unit 3: All About Us. We will talk about how our families are unique. I will send home a piece of white paper so that you can glue some of the pictures that you would like your child to share with the class about their unique family. We will put them together to make “A Family Quilt” and hang them up in our classroom. Please send this by Friday, November 17th. Thank you! If you would like to come to our classroom to read a story, to share some special traditions that you have in your family, or to do a special activity with the children, please let me know.

In Math, we will start with simple addition. In our literacy center, we will work on recognition of the letter D and its sound. We will brainstorm things that start with the letter D. The book for this week is Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato. The key vocabulary words that we will use this week are: alike, different, curly, first name, last name, short, special, unique. Also, this week, we will begin to talk about Thanksgiving. We will read about the Pilgrims and Native Americans and read stories about Thanksgiving. We will listen to Native American music. 

Reminders:

  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).
  • Our Thanksgiving feast will be on Tuesday, November 21st in our classroom. If you would like to donate some cookies, chips, or fruit for our feast, please let me know by Monday (11/20). Thank you!
  • Next Wednesday (11/22) is a half day. We will dismiss at 11:45. There will be no after school for that day.

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

Busy making our fruit kebabs!

November 06, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much to those parents who sent in goody bags and treats for our Halloween party! The children had so much fun trick-or-treating! They looked great in their costumes! Check it out on our class page!

This week, we will complete the “My Five Senses” unit by talking about our sense of taste. We will talk about and chart how different foods taste (sour, sweet). We will make and taste “Fruit Kebabs” (apples, pears, grapes, oranges). We will turn our dramatic play center into a diner and will create menus. 

In our literacy center, we will review the letters A, F, H, P, T and S. We will use the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Math center to sort objects by their size (small, medium and large). The information for the family project for this month will be sent home this week. 

Reminders: 

  • Tuesday, November 07th there will be no school for Pre-K only.
  • Friday, November 10th school is closed in observance of Veterans Day. 

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

October 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, we will learn about our sense of smell. We will watch the story of Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf and then discuss how the bull used his sense of smell. We will smell different things (vanilla, lemon, vinegar, perfume, cinnamon, and cocoa) and chart which smells are pleasant and which are unpleasant. 

In Math, we will use our pumpkin seeds (from last week) and make patterns using glue and paper. In our literacy center, we will work on recognition of the letter s and its sound. We will think of things that start with the letter S. The key vocabulary words for this week are: smell, nose, pleasant, unpleasant, fragrance.

In Science, we will use our Science Journals to talk and draw things that we can smell. 

Reminders:

  • If you did not sign your child’s Progress Report, please sign it and return it to me as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($1.25 or $2.00).
  • This week is Spirit Week. If you would like your child to participate, please refer to the paper that was sent home regarding events for each day of the week. 
  • Next Tuesday (11/7) only Pre-K will not have school for that day (Teachers’ Professional Day).

Have a safe and Happy Halloween and the rest of the week!

Mrs. Kraljic

We had fun using shaving cream and paint to make pictures!

Busy at work, exploring pumpkins!

October 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

The children had so much fun pretending to buy and sell pumpkins in our dramatic area that was transformed into a pumpkin farm!

This week, we will continue with our five senses. we will discuss our sense of touch. We will look at and touch a variety of textures and create a texture collage. We will cut open a pumpkin and look for seeds. We will describe how the seeds and the inside of a pumpkin feel and smell. We will sort different objects by how they feel (smooth, bumpy, hard and soft). We will make our own playdough. In Math, we will sort pumpkins by size and count pumpkin seeds and continue to work on pattern activities. 

There are two books that we are going to focus on this wee. The first book is “Press Hard” by Herve Tullet and “My Five Senses” by Aliki. In our literacy center, we will continue to practice writing our names and focus on the letter T and its sound. We will brainstorm things that start with the letter T. The key vocabulary words that we will use this week are: dry, feel, fingers, hard, rough, skin, smooth, soft, touch, and wet. 

This week, I will send home a brown paper bag with your child to have a Fall Brown Bag Scavenger Hunt. Please find items of various textures (nothing valuable-it may get lost) at home or natural objects collected from outside, related to fall. We will talk about why certain items might be safe or not safe to touch. The children will share and talk about their bags with a partner. Please return a bag by Wednesday, October 25th. Thank you for your cooperation! A letter regarding our Halloween celebration (10/31) will be posted on our web-site this week.

Reminders:

  • Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday, October 25th. Please sign them and return them to me on Thursday, October 26th. Thank you!
  • If you would like your child to have ice cream on Friday, please send in $2.00 or $1.25 in an envelope with your child’s name on it. 
  • If you would like to donate some nut-free cookies, donuts, chips, or juice for our Halloween celebration, please let me know by Friday, October 27th. 

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

We made our own shakers using rice to make a loud and quiet sounds. 

 

We made things using different shapes!

 Tap Tap Boom Boom, rain drops!

 We taped on different pumpkins to hear the sound that was made.

October 16, 2017

Dear Parents,

In the second week of our unit “My Five Senses”, we will learn about our sense of hearing. We will play different games that will help us to identify different sounds. We will distinguish between loud and quiet sounds. We will also learn a song using sign language to understand how people who can’t hear communicate with others. We will take a listening walk throughout our school garden and chart things we heard on our walk.

The book for this week is “Tap Tap Boom Boom” by Elizabeth Gluemle. In our literacy center, we will continue to practice writing our names and will work on recognition of the letter H and its sound. We will think of things that start with the letter H. The vocabulary words for this week are: crunch, deaf, ears, hear, hearing aid, listen, loud, quite, sign language, and volume. In Math, we will continue with pattern activities, recognition of numbers 0-10 and games using different shapes.

Reminders:

  • Ice cream is sold on Fridays. 
  • Please remember to send to school a sheet and a blanket every Monday.

Have a nice week!

We are busy, busy, every day!

We like to jump and hop and dance and have fun!

  

We drew our pictures laying on our backs like Michelangelo did when painting the Sistine Chapel!

 

October 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for your donations of pumpkins! 

This week, we will begin Unit 2:”My Five Senses.” In this unit we are working on developing the children’s abilities to take in information about the world through sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. We also use our senses to stay safe and will be talking about this throughout the study. We will learn about being careful and remembering not to touch sharp objects, things that are hot or things that are very dirty and might make us sick. You can help with this! Ask your child about some of the things outside of school or at home that are too dangerous to touch. How do we use our senses of sight, smell, and hearing to stay safe?

We will talk about how to keep our hands and skin clean and healthy. One way to do that in our class is by washing our hands before eating, after playing outside or after touching things that are dirty. we sing a song to help remind us how to wash hands. You might want to sing it with your child . It is sung to the tune of Frere Jacques. Tops and bottoms, tops and bottoms, in between, in between, all around my hands, all around my hands, make them clean, make them clean!

We will talk about how life might be different for people who do not see or hear well. We will learn who is using and why they use Braille, and will introduce a few words in sign language (hello, mom, dad, thirsty, hungry, no more, and goodbye). 

We will start this week with our sense of sight. We will view some of Michelangelo’s work and then discuss it together. In Science center, we will explore a pumpkin. Also, we will take a walk throughout our school garden and use our sense of sight to look at things that are in our garden. The book for this week is Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. In our literacy center, we will continue to practice writing our names and brainstorm what things start with the letter P (for pumpkins). We will work on activities that will help us recognize and sound the letter P. The vocabulary words for this week are: blind, Braille, eyes, eyesight, see, senses,view, and vision. In the Math center, we will continue with patterns, shapes, and games that will help us to recognize the numbers 0-10. Our Dramatic Area will be transformed into an apple/pumpkin farm!

Reminders:

  • Ice cream is sold on Friday ($2.00-Good Humor, $1.25 other ice cream).
  • Since, we are going outside every day, please make sure that your child is wearing sneakers. Thank you!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

October 2, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you for sending apples to school last week! We have had so much fun tasting them (green apples won!) and preparing and eating our own applesauce.

This is our final week for the “Welcome to Pre-K” unit. We will take a walk to see and learn who else is working in our school. These are the vocabulary words that we will talk about this week: principal, secretary, food and afterschool program coordinator, custodian, nurse, and helpful.

The book for this week is “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont. In our literacy center, we will continue to practice writing our names by signing in our “Sign in Book.” We will learn and talk about who was Christopher Columbus. 

In Math, we will continue to work on sorting shapes, recognition of the numbers 0-10, and pattern activities.

Next week, we will start with the new unit “My Five Senses.” If you could donate some pumpkins (any size) for our Science and Math centers it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Reminders:

  • Please send in as soon as possible your child’s 2 pictures (if you didn’t send it yet).
  • If you didn’t send in last week’s project, please send it in by Thursday, October 5th. 
  • Monday, October 2nd, we will be taking a class picture and Thursday, October 3rd individual pictures will take place. 
  • Monday, October 9th the school is closed for Columbus Day.
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday during lunchtime (Good Humor $2.00 and $1.25 for other ice cream).

Have a great long weekend!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

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September 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue with our “Welcome to Pre-K Unit.” We are learning who the people in our classroom and school community are. We will create a class book about what children like to play with. This week, we will read and talk about the book called “Chu’s First Day of School” by Neil Gaiman. We will learn some new vocabulary words (peers, classmates), and talk about some additional familiar words (friends, author, illustrator).

In our literacy center, we will continue to practice writing our names in the “Sign In Book” and will brainstorm things that start with the letter F (for Fall). Also, we will work on activities that will help us recognize and sound out the letter F. In the Math center, we will continue to work on patterns, shapes, sorting activities and games that will help us to recognize the numbers 0-10. In the Science center, we will talk about changes in nature due to the Fall season (leaves change their colors, apples, acorn, pine cones, etc.). Please bring in some leaves, pine cones, and acorns for our sensory table. 

Please send in two different colored apples by Thursday, September 28th. Thank you! We will use them for different activities and to make our own “yummy” applesauce on Friday. 

I ask that you please draw, together with your child, a family picture (any color construction paper). Under the picture, please share who the people in your family are and how your child’s name was chosen. The children will share their pictures and then I will display their work in the classroom. Later, we will turn this into a class book and leave it in our classroom library. This is due by Thursday, September 28th. Thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Reminders:

  • If you did not  yet send your child’s pictures (2 small ones), please send it as soon as possible.
  • Remember to sign your child in and out every day.
  • Ice cream is sold every day at our dismissal time in the lobby and on Friday during our lunchtime ($2.00 for Good Humor ice cream and $1.25 for other ice cream). 

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

We are very busy in Pre-K!

 

 

We love Yoga!

 

 

September 18, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue with our unit “Welcome to Pre-K” by talking about what we bring to our classroom community. Also, we will continue to review our classroom rules and routines, and practice for our fire and lockdown drills. We will start signing our names every morning in our “Sign in Book.” 

We will read the book called “On Monday When It Rained” by Cherryl Kachenmeister to discuss emotions and when we might experience them and recognize them in others. During the story time, we will learn the meaning of two new words: author and illustrator.

In Science, we will talk about different emotions (proud, scared, angry, lonely, disappointed, embarrassed). In Math, we will continue to count the numbers on our calendar, work on recognition of different shapes and pattern activities. 

Reminders:

  • Thank you to those parents who sent in supplies for our class! It is very much appreciated. 
  • If you didn’t send in two small pictures of your child, please do it as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Ice cream is sold on Friday during lunchtime. Good Humor ice cream is $2.00 and other ice cream is $1.25. If you would like your child to have ice cream, please send the money in an envelope with your child’s name on it. 
  • Snacks are sold daily during lunch for $1.00.
  • Please remember to sign your child in and out every day. 

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

September 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

It was very nice meeting you and your children last week. The children transitioned very well to school!

This week is the beginning of the full day schedule. We will go over our classroom rules and routines. Also, we will work on projects to help us recognize and write our names. Since we are getting to know each other, the children will do a project named “My Biography.” Last week, I sent home a paper with sentences that need to be filled in. Please help your child to complete these sentences and send them back to school no later than Wednesday (9/13) if you didn’t send them yet. We will share them to talk about ourselves and then hang them on the bulletin board outside our classroom. Thank you for your cooperation!

Just a few reminders:

  • Please check and empty your child’s folder every night!
  • If you did not do so, please send back your photo release forms, internet release forms, and emergency forms as soon as possible.
  • Please send in the blanket/sheet to school this week. Every Friday we will send them home to be washed.
  • If you are going on walks with your child through the park, please let them collect some leaves, little rocks, or other items they may like and bring them to school. Thank you!
  • Please send 2 small pictures of your child as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Please send a snack with your child every day. 
  • Tuesday, September 12th is our Back to School Night at 7:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you that night!
  • Monday, September 18th all papers will be sent home electronically. I will be posting letters and other information on our class web-page.
  • If you could donate some paper towels, tissues, baby wipes, and/or Lysol wipes it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask me. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

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September 07, 2017

Dear Families,

Welcome to classroom Pre-K B! Mrs. Sweeney and I are very excited about all the great families that will be a part of our class this school year and can’t wait to get to know you all better.

We have lots of exciting things planned this year. To start off the year, we will be focusing on getting to know one another and building friendships. We will extensively go over classroom routines and do many activities centered on working together. This will allow every child to feel like a part of a classroom community, and feel more comfortable with his or her new classrooms and teachers.

The first month of school can be difficult transition time for many children. In the next few weeks, we will be creating projects with parents at school to remind children of their families and help ease their separation from their parents. This will include creating pictures of our families and the things and people that we love; we will share these with our friends. 

Some important information:

  • In your child’s folder (orange color), you will find very important papers that need to be filled out and returned to school no later than Monday, September 11th. It is very important that all those papers on the right side marked “Return to school” are filled out and returned. 
  • Starting Monday, September 18th all papers will be sent home electronically via Option C. I will be posting my letters on our class web-page.
  • Please send 2 small pictures of your child to used them for our attendance calendar. 

Thank you for your cooperation! 

We are looking forward to working with you to make this a successful school year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kraljic and Mrs. Sweeney

 

 

Dear Parents,

We are very excited to start this school year with your children!

Here are some important dates to follow:

  • The first day of school is September 7, 2017. We will dismiss at 11:45.
  • Friday, September 8 is a half day and dismissal is at 11:45. 
  • Next week, September 11 is the first full day of school.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your children on Thursday!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kraljic and Mrs. Sweeney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct. 31, 2016 Newsletter

Posted on October 31, 2016

halloweenDear Parents,

This week, we will talk about our sense of smell. We will watch the story of Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf. We will discuss how the bull used his sense of smell. We will smell different things (vanilla, lemon, vinegar, perfume, cinnamon, cocoa) and chart which smells are pleasant and which are unpleasant.

In Math, we will review numbers 1-5 and in our literacy center, we will identify the letter Ff and continue to practice writing our names.

Reminders:

  • This Friday there will be no ice cream, since it is a half day.
  • Friday, November 4th we will dismiss at 11:45
  • We are in need for baby wipes. If you could donate some, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
  • For Show and Tell on Friday, please bring in one item that begins with the letter F.

 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween and the rest of the week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kraljic

Spirit Week Photos

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Oct. 26, 2016 News

Posted on October 26, 2016

Dear Parents,

Next Monday (10/31), we will have a Halloween celebration in our classroom. The children in grades Nursery-2 will go trick-or-treating to the other classrooms.

On Halloween, the children may come to school in their costume (please, no wands, swords, masks,etc.). Costumes must be appropriate and non-violent. Children must be able to put on/take off their own costumes for bathroom purposes. Children who will be going to after school will need to bring a change of clothes to school so they can change out of their costumes in after school.

For trick-or-treating and goodies, please bring in a trick-or-treat bag with your child’s name on the bag.

For our class party, please send your child to school with an individual breakfast treat (bagel, yogurt, fruit, nuts) and juice. If you would like to donate juice, cupcakes, cookies, fruit, or chips for our Halloween party, please let me know by Friday, October 28th.

Halloween goody bags are more than welcome! They will be distributed at the end of the day. There are 11 children in the class. As always, thank you very much for your cooperation!

This is going to be a very happy and fun day for the children!

Happy Halloween!

Mrs. Kraljic

The deadline to purchase the Lunch-o-Ween tickets is Thursday, October 27th.

Oct. 24, 2016 News – Mrs. Kraljic

Posted on October 24, 2016

Dear Parents,

The children had so much fun pretending to buy and sell pumpkins in our dramatic area that was transformed into a pumpkin farm!

This week, we will continue with our five senses. We will discuss our sense of touch. We will look at and touch a variety of textures and create a texture collage. We will cut open a pumpkin and look for seeds. We will describe how the seeds and the inside of a pumpkin feel and smell. We will sort different objects by how they feel (smooth, bumpy, and soft). We will make our own playdough.

In Math, we will identify the number 5. We will sort pumpkins by size and count pumpkin seeds. We will continue to work on patterns activities.

In our literacy center, we will identify the letter Ee. The key vocabulary words that we will use this week are: dry, feel, fingers, hard, rough, skin, smooth, soft, touch and wet.

For homework this week, I will send home a brown bag with your child to have a Fall Brown Bag Scavenger Hunt. Please find items of various textures (nothing valuable-it may get lost) at home or natural objects collected from outside, related to fall (leaves, pine cones, or acorns). We will talk about why certain items might be safe or not safe to touch. The children with share and talk about their bags with a partner. Please return a bag by Wednesday. Thank you for your cooperation!

A letter regarding our Halloween celebration will be sent home this week.

Reminders:

  • This Thursday (10/27) is Professional Day for teachers (no school).
  • If you would like your child to have ice cream on Friday, please send in $1.25 in an envelope with your child’s name on it.
  • For Show and Tell on Friday, please send in one item that begins with the letter E.

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

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Oct. 17, 2016 News – Mrs. Kraljic

Posted on October 17, 2016

Dear Parents,

This week, we will learn about our sense of hearing. We will play different games that will help us to identify different sounds. We will distinguish between loud and quite sounds. We will also learn a song using sign language to understand how people who can’t hear communicate with others. We will take a listening walk throughout our school garden.

In our literacy center, we will identify the letter Dd and work on retelling activities. In Math, we will identify the number 4 and continue with pattern activities.

Reminders:

  • Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday, October 19th. Please sign them and return them to school.
  • Ice cream is sold on Fridays. If you would like your child to have ice cream, please send in $1.25 in an envelope with your child’s name on it.
  • For Show and Tell on Friday, please send in one item that begins with the letter D.

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kraljic

 

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