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January 13th, 2020

Dear Families,

We are having a fun time learning about various modes of transportation. This week’s focus question is; how various modes of transportation are similar and different.

In math this week we will be incorporating the focus question by sorting transportation in groups by similarities and differences. We will then connect sorting to last weeks “more, less, and equal” activities by counting and comparing our groups.

In literacy, we will continue to work with the sight words “the” and “of.” The letter of the week is “Oo.” Please feel free to send in letter “Oo” shares on Thursday and Friday.

The vocabulary for the week is:
helicopter, propeller, tunnel, wheelchair, crutches, land, air, water, wheels, landing strip, dock, pilot, operator, captain, drive, steer, airport, heliport

We will also be learning about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through interactive read-out-louds.

This week I will be sending home the months themed family project. It will be due Tuesday, January 21st.

Reminders:
-Please remember to send your child in with a blanket for nap each Monday.
-Monday, January 20th- Martin Luther King Junior Day-School Closed
-Pizza will be sold on Wednesday for a fee of $2.50

Thank you- Ms. Sandra

 

 

 

 

       

                                                                 

January 6, 2020

     I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and were able to get some rest.

     This week in Pre-K we will be starting our new theme, Transportation. During this theme, the children will be learning about different modes of transportation, how to stay safe while using transportation, different community helpers who operate the transportation in our community, and how transportation can be similar and/or different. This week’s focus will be, “different modes of transportation in our community.”

     In literacy, we will also be starting to learn sight words. Sight words are words that most frequently appear in text. Sight words are critical to young readers not only because they appear frequently but because many of them cannot be sounded out or illustrated. Because sight words are used so often, it is important that readers can recognize them on sight. We will be learning two to three sight words a week and will be spending two weeks on each group of words. The words will appear in the homework and I will be providing each child with a set of their own sight words to take home. Please try your best to go over each sight word daily with your child as the way to master these words is through memorization. This week’s sight words will be “the” and “of.”

     We will also be mastering the letter “Nn” this week. Please feel free to send in letter “Nn” shares on Thursday or Friday.

     In math, we will be graphing the different ways your children get to school and mastering the mathematical terms: “more” “less” and “equal.”

The vocabulary for the week is:
bicycle, bus, car, express, fare, feet, keys, MetroCard, parachute, scooter, skateboard, stroller, airplane, ferry, boat, subway, train, truck, vehicle, water, tracks, runway, sky, tunnel.

     Please remember to send your child in with a blanket each week. I will also be sending home spare clothes as the ones that are in class, are out of season and may not fit your growing babies anymore. Once I send the old sets home please replenish with a new set.

Much love in 2020!
Ms. Sandra

How we looked in 2019…  🙂 

 

 

 

                                                                            

                                                                             

December 15, 2019

Dear Families,

    I trust that you all had a great weekend.

   This week is going to be another exciting week in Prek-B. On Tuesday, December 17th we will be having our rescheduled Christmas show. The show will be held in the Saint Francis Lyceum located on 219 Conselyea Street at 6:00pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm. If for any reason you can not attend with your child, please let me know.

   On Thursday at 10:30a.m, we will be decorating holiday cookies! I will be sending home a letter and email with more details about the activity. Parents will be invited.

  This week’s letter of the week is the letter “Mm.” Please feel free to send in any shares your children may have that begin with the letter “Mm.” In math we will continue to master numbers 1-10. In literacy we will be reading about holidays that are celebrated where we live. We will also be discussing and writing about our own holiday traditions.

                                                                                  Vocabulary of the week:
                                                   Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas, Menorah, Dreidel, Kinara

                                                                                              Reminders:
•Christmas Show: Tuesday, December 17th – 6:00pm (219 Conselyea Street)
•Cookie Decorating: Thursday, December 19th – 10:30 a.m (classroom)
•Half Day: Friday, December 20th (11:45 dismissal)

 

Meeting the big man, Santa! 

 

 

Best- Ms. Sandra

 

 

                                                                                         

December 9, 2019

Dear Parents,
     It was a pleasure meeting you all last week during conferences. The kids are doing such an amazing job!
We have a very busy week ahead of us.

    On Tuesday, December 10th, we have our Christmas spectacular. Have your child arrive in the auditorium at 5:30pm. The show will begin at 6:00pm sharp. Please remember that girls should wear red and boys should wear green.
    On Thursday, December 12th, we will be having breakfast with Santa. If you have not paid for photos with Santa ($7.00) you still have time. If you do not send in money, your child will still have breakfast with Santa.

    This week we will continue our unit of “Where we live.” We will be revisiting animal habitats and recreating some on our own. We will also be learning about the letter “L” in literacy and number recognition in math. We will be diving into numbers 6-10.

Have a great week!
Ms. Sandra
                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                             

December 2, 2019

Dear All,

    I trust that you all had a Thanksgiving full of lots of love and laughter and I cannot wait to hear all about it from the kiddies!

    As we move forward into December, we will continue our unit on “Where we live.” This week’s focus will be the different habitats where animals live. In math, we will sort animals by their habitats. In literacy, we will be comparing and contrasting animal habitats and in science, we will create various animal habitats.

          This week’s letter of the week is the letter “Kk.” Please feel free to send in any shares your children may have that begin with the letter “Kk.”

Vocabulary of the week:
Habitat, forest, ocean, arctic, jungle.

Weekly Interactive Read Out Louds:
Animal Homes By: Jennifer Bove
Animal Habitats By: Julie Lundgren

Reminders:

Picture Day: Wednesday, December 4th (Individual photos) & Thursday December 5th (class photos)
Parent/Teacher Conference: Thursday, December 5th (Half-Day: 11:45 dismissal.) THERE IS NO AFTER-SCHOOL

 • NO SCHOOL: Monday, December 9th

Our Friends-giving feast….. 

 

 

 

                                                                 

November 24, 2019

Dear Parents,

      I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving. We will discuss the fall harvest and learn how the celebration brought together Native Americans and Pilgrims for a feast. We will also read the Thankful Book by Todd Parr and finish writing our own books about what we are thankful for.

     In Math, we will be working on patterns. We will create Native American patterned headbands using various shapes.

     In writing, we will review the letters and letter sounds. We will also continue to share our very own NYC alphabet book. It will be on display this week along with the buildings we constructed.

 

                                                                                         Reminders
• On Tuesday, we will be having our Thanksgiving feast during lunch. Please let me know if you will be contributing to our celebration.
• Wednesday November 27 is a half-day. Dismissal is at 11:45. THERE IS NO AFTER-SCHOOL
• Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th- NO SCHOOL
Picture Day: December 4th (Individual photos) and December 5th (class photos)
• Thursday, December 5th Half Day dismissal- Report Cards will be distributed. If you have not made an appointment yet, please do so.

I am so very thankful for all the students and parents of Pre-K B! Have a memorable thanksgiving!

Best:
Ms. Sandra

 

 

                                                                            

                                                                                    

November 18, 2019

Dear Parents, 

   The kids have had so much fun learning about our wonderful city, New York!
This week we will continue to learn about the five boroughs, homes and buildings in our community, and will be constructing our own buildings and homes to develop our very own community. The children will learn about various materials used to build homes, all the attributes of a building or home, and about the importance of certain buildings within a community.

   For literacy this week, the letter of the week is the letter “Jj.” Feel free to send letter “Jj” shares.

   In math, we will be ordering numbers using home addresses. We will also be using various shapes to create blueprints for our building constructions.

   Please remember the family project is due this Wednesday, the 20th.

   Thank you for all of the “beautiful junk” you have donated. Our community would not be in development without it! 😊

Reminders

• Picture Day RESCHEDULED
Wednesday, December 4th (Individual Photos)
Thursday, December 5th
(Class Photos)

• School Closures
Half Day Dismissal: November 27
No School: November 28-29

• Scholastic Book Orders

• Family Project Due Nov. 20th

Vocabulary
Building, apartment, house, bricks, wood, roof, window, door, elevator, stairs city, address, skyscrapers, blueprint, hospital, fire station, police station, school, supermarket

Weekly Interactive Read Out Louds:
New York City Buildings By: Ann Mace

The Thankful Book By: Todd Park 

 

Thematic Sing Along Songs:

Five Boroughs
Five boroughs, Five boroughs,
New York has them, New York has them,
Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
There are five, there are Five.

My Address (London Bridges Tune)
My address tells me where I live
where I live
where I live
where I live
My address tells me where I live
I can get there in a car or with my walking feet.

Last week we………

Made and Launched Rockets with Ms. Valerie from the Hall of Science… 

3-2-1………BLAST OFFFFFF!!!!!!

We also learned fire safety with “Firefighter Nate”……Stop! Drop! Roll!

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2019 

                                                                               

Dear Parents,

The children have been doing such an amazing job learning about all types of families and have been very excited and proud to share things about their own families.

This week we will be diving into where we live. The children will be learning about differences between rural and city living. We will be discussing the five boroughs of New York City and why each borough is unique. The vocabulary for this week is: city, rural, traffic, cars, school buses, farmland, buildings, skyscrapers, house, boroughs, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx.

The letter of the week is the letter “Ii.” In math we will continue to count family members and ordering (only, youngest, middle, and oldest.)

Please remember to bring in some “beautiful junk” and your paper towel family. The family project will go out this week and will not be due until Nov. 20th.

Hope you all enjoyed your long weekend.

Reminders: 

• Picture Day RESCHEDULED
Wednesday, December 4th (Individual Photos)
Thursday, December 5th
(Class Photos)

• School Closures
Half Day Dismissal: November 27
No School: November 28-29

• Scholastic Book Orders

• Family Project Due Nov. 20th

Weekly Interactive Read Out Louds:

  • Goodnight New York City By: Adam Gamble
  • Pop-Up New York By: Andy Mansfield
  • New York, New York The Big Apple from A-Z BY Laura Krauss Melmed
  • Larry Gets Lost in New York City By: Michael Mullin

Thematic Sing Along Songs
Five Boroughs
Five boroughs, Five boroughs,
New York has them, New York has them,
Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
There are five, there are Five.

 

 

November 4, 2019 

                                                                                          

Dear Parents,
   This week we will begin our new unit. The new unit will be a combination of “All about Us” and “Where we live.” During this unit the children will learn about different kinds of families, New York City, different types of homes and habits, and the vast multiculturalism that our amazing city brings!

   This week’s focus question is “How is my family unique?” We will be discussing in depth different types of families, who lives in our homes, and special things that each of our families do together. The vocabulary words for this week are, adopted, brother, sister, cousin, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, sibling, younger, older, and culture.

    The letter of the week is the letter “Hh.” Feel free to send your child in with a share that begins with the letter “Hh.” In math we will be graphing and counting family members.

Thank you all for contributing to our Halloween party! The children had a blast! Please see our class page for photographs.

                            PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5th, THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR UPK.
Best- Ms. Sandra

Take a look at last weeks learning fun! 

We used our five senses to explore the inside and outside of a pumpkin…. 

                        

Halloween fun……

 

 

 

 

 

October 28, 2019

                                                                                             

Dear Parents,

This week we will be wrapping up our “five senses” study unit by learning about the sense of touch. We will learn how our sense of touch helps us understand the world around us, how our sense of touch keeps us safe, and all about various textures.

This week’s letter is the letter “G.” Please send in any shares the kids may have that begin with the letter “G.”
In math this week, we will continue to count and recognize numbers. We will also be sorting different textures. In science, we will be cutting into a pumpkin and we will closely analyze the smell, feel, touch, taste, and sight of it.

In addition, this week there are lots of festivities happening. This entire week is spirit week. Please see the flyer that was sent home for details. On Halloween, we will be going trick or treating to the upper grades and in the afternoon, we will have our own Halloween celebration in the classroom. If you choose to send in treats, please make sure that they are store bought. Keep in mind that we have twelve students in the class.

A big thanks to Jaxon’s and Harley’s mom for putting together the shake butter activity. The kids loved it! Additionally, thank you to Amelia’s and Harley’s mommies for providing the entire class with personalized apron’s and chefs hats! You all ROCK!

Baking Sugar Cookies… 

Putting our taste buds to the test with shake butter… 

 

 

 

October 20, 2019

                                                                       

Dear Parents,
   This week for our “Five Senses” unit we will be tackling the sense of smell and taste! There will be lots of fun cooking activities happening to activate our learning of the two senses! We will be baking sugar cookies with our friends from Prek-A and nursery and we will be making shake butter with our very own baker, Lauren, Jaxon’s mommy!

   This week’s letter is the letter “F.” Please send in any shares the kids may have that begin with the letter “F.”

   In math, we will continue to practice one-to-one correspondence. The skill of one-to-one correspondence is the matching up of a verbal or written number with an object. When a child has mastered one-to-one correspondence, they can touch objects as they count them. Ways to build on this skill are; have your child count at mealtime by matching up napkins and spoons, counting plates and cups for each family member or doing a count to be sure there are enough chairs when you have company for dinner. Count everything as you go through the day. Count the steps as you go up and down, count the number of times the phone rings before you answer it, the number of toys you put in a bathtub or how many books you read before bedtime. Put stickers on a piece of paper and have your child touch each one as they count.

   This week we will also be starting homework. The homework will reinforce what we are learning in school and is a great way to connect home with school. The homework will all be done in a red notebook which I will provide them with. The homework will be given each Monday and will not be due until Friday.

   Lastly, a letter will be sent home this week about next week’s Halloween festivities!

Vocabulary of the Week.. 
flavor, mouth, nose, savory, smell, sour, sweet, taste, taste buds, tongue

Last week we….. 

Gave Mr. Potato Head life with his five senses! The process… 

     

 

The Potato Head sculptures are on display in front of our classroom.. Come take a look! 

The final product..

We also had some fun outdoors this week! 

Have a great week all! 

 

 

 

 

October 14, 2019

Dear Parents,
     It has been a great start to our new unit, “five senses.” We will continue to learn about the sense of sight as we jump into the sense of hearing this week!

     During this week, the children will be learning how the ear works, parts of our ears, how our ears keep us safe, and how deaf people rely on their other senses to navigate the world.

     In writing, our letter of the week is the letter “Ee.” Keep the letter “Ee” shares coming, the kids really enjoy them! This week in science we will be experimenting with water xylophones. The students will listen for high and low pitches and discuss why the sound is changing and how different mallets create different sounds. In math, we will be playing one-to-one math games to build on our mathematical thinking.

     A BIG shout out to Lauren, Jaxon’s mommy for teaching us how to make double dipped chocolate-caramel apples! We had so much fun. The kids could not stop talking about them!

Reminders
• Wednesday Pizza $2.00. This is optional

• Friday ice cream will be sold during lunch for 2$. This is optional.

• Picture Day RESCHEDULED
Wednesday, December 4th (Individual Photos)
Thursday, December 5th
(Class Photos)

• School Closures
Tuesday, November 5th
(PreK ONLY)

• Family Projects Due October 21st 

Vocabulary
deaf, ears, hearing, hearing aid, listen, quiet, loud, sign language, sound, and volume

Weekly Interactive Read Out Louds:
Hearing
by Sally Hewitt

The 5 Senses
By: Nuria Roca

Look at us dipping our apples!

 

 

 

 

October 7

 

Dear Parents,

      This week we will begin our new unit of study, “Five Senses.” This week’s focus will be the sense of sight. Your children will be learning why our sense of sight is important, the parts of the eye, how the eyes work, and how people who cannot see use their other senses to gain information about the world around them.

      In writing, our letter of the week is the letter “Dd.” We had some very cool shares with our last letter and hope to continue with sharing items that begin with the letter of the week!

      In math, the students will continue to count to tell. We will also continue to sequence and write numbers.

      On Thursday, we will be making chocolate covered apples with one of our class moms! The children will learn the importance of ingredients and following the step by step direction of a recipe. Please check your emails for more details!

      I am so proud of how the children are learning each other’s names and developing trusted friendships. They are also doing a great job of sharing and listening to one another’s voices during class discussions.

     Lastly, thank you to those parents who attended the Virtus training. We cannot wait to have you be guests in the classroom! If you were unable to attend this weekend’s training but are interested, and need more information, please let me know.

Reminders
• Wednesday Pizza $2.00. This is optional

• Friday ice cream will be sold during lunch for 2$. This is optional.

• Picture Day RESCHEDULED
Wednesday, December 4th (Individual Photos)
Thursday, December 5th
(Class Photos)

• School Closures
Monday, October 14th, Columbus Day

Vocabulary of the week
blind, Braille, eyes, eyesight, see, senses, view, vision, observe, seeing-eye dog

Weekly Interactive Read Out Louds:
Sight
by Sally Hewitt

The 5 Senses
By: Nuria Roca

All thematic books can be purchased with scholastic news! Don’t forget to use our class code 🙂 

Family Project
Due October 21st

I  will be sending the kids home with direction and materials this week. 

Thematic Sing Along Songs

Take a look at our past weeks adventures!  

We strengthened our fine motor skills by threading mummies! Please don’t get spooked out when you see them hanging in our classroom! 

For math we counted with finger paint! 

We also interviewed Mr. Daino… 

Some of the questions your children came up with were: 

“Do you sit on the rug in your office like we do in our classroom?” -Harley 

“How do the cameras in the school work?”- Kai

“Why do you always wear a suit?”- Amelia 

“How does the loud speaker work?”-Jaxon

“Why do you buy us toys?”- Milan

“How do you keep us safe?”- Nykai 

We are building friendships in class B! 

Best, 

Ms. Sandra 

September 29th

                                                                    

Dear Parents,
     This week in PreK-B we will be discussing the different members of our school community. We will be discussing the roles and importance of such members like the principal, nurse, and custodian. We will be touring the school to get introduced to all of these important members and to learn their names and roles.

      In science, we will continue to discuss and explore the changes that fall brings.
In math, we will be working on counting and cardinality. We will work on knowing number names and count sequence. We will also be representing numbers through finger painting.

      For writing this week, we will be zooming in on the letter “C.” Please discuss with your child any words that begin with the letter “C” so that we can add them to our classroom chart. Also, if your child has any show and tell items that begin with the letter “C”, please feel free to send them to school on Thursday and Friday.

       During literacy, we will continue to work on retelling the beginning, middle, and end of stories.

      Lastly, this past week, Ms. Rodriguez joined our class! She will be in our classroom daily as our teacher’s assistant. The students have already grown to love her! We are all very excited! Please give her a warm welcome.

Reminders

• Mondays, we have gym. Please have your child wear sneakers.

     • Friday ice cream will be sold during lunch for 2$. This is optional.

      • Picture Day RESCHEDULED
         Wednesday, December 4th.        (Individual Photos)
         Thursday, December 5th
 (Class Photos).                                            Monday, October 14th, Columbus Day

           Tuesday, November 5th (PreK ONLY)

Vocabulary
Nurse, principal, custodian, community, season, fall

Weekly Interactive Read Out Louds:
My School Community
By: Bobbie Kalman

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
By: Kenard Pak

Thematic Sing Along Songs

                                                                              

Messages: Your scholastic book orders will be arriving this week. 

This week we welcomed fall with shape leaves and fall colored paint! 

We also shared with our friends what makes us unique! We learned each others differences and commonalties! 

Best, 

Ms.Sandra

 

 

September 16th 

                                            
Dear Parents,

    It has been a pleasure getting to know your children during the first full week of school! It has also been a pleasure meeting you all. I look forward to a very exciting year school year filled with lots of learning adventures!
This week, we will be starting our new unit “Welcome to Pre-K.” During this unit, your children will learn; what they bring to the classroom community, who other people in the classroom community are, and important people in the school community.
    During this week, we will continue to focus on rules, routines, safety, and hand washing rituals.
We will also be diving into exploring shapes and counting. We will be investigating how many sides, and angles shapes have and where we can find them in the real world.
For writing, this week we will be zooming in on the letter “A.” My goal this year with the alphabet will be to get your children to attain letter recognition, letter-keyword sound, alphabetic order, and letter formation.
    In addition, through the interactive read out loud’s, your children will learn how to identify, express, and deal with their feelings in order to have an easier transition in Pre-k.

Reminders
• Please remember to send in your child’s blanket in to school each Monday.
• Mondays, we have gym. Please have your child wear sneakers.
• Please send your child in with a snack and water bottle daily.
• Friday ice cream will be sold during lunch for 2$. This is optional.
• If you would like to order books from the Scholastic Book Order Form, please order using the code: W437Y

Vocabulary
Community, schedule, angry, disappointed, embarrassed, emotions, excited, expressions, feelings, frustrated, proud, lonely, rules, scared, silly, angles, circle, rectangle, square, triangle.

Weekly Interactive Read Out Louds:
On Monday When it Rained by: Cherryl Kachenmeister
When Sophie Gets Angry by: Molly Bang

Family Project
DUE SEPTEMBER 23rd (Directions will be sent home with your child this week.)

Thematic Sing Along Songs

Have a great week!
Ms. Sandra

 

 

We Welcome  you to Class B! 

This is the year when some of our youngest learners shine brightly in our classroom! It will be a year of magical wonder, and incredible growth for your little stars! We look forward to working with you and your child to help them prepare for their educational journey and limitless dreams. 

Our classroom will offer a safe environment and allow your child to express his or her individuality and creativity through our various learning centers. We will continuously encourage your child to feel proud of his or her work as well as, respect the creativity and uniqueness of their peers! Through a child lead and multi-strategy approach, each child will have a voice in our classroom!

We truly believe that communication is the key to your child’s success and to a strong parent/teacher relationship.  We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns at anytime during this school year! We will also do our part of communicating any important news both regarding the children as a group and individually.  You can always reach us via email and we will try and get back to you as promptly as possible.  

IMPORTANT DATES/MESSAGES

*Wednesday, September 4:    First Day of School (Half Day: Dismissal 11:45a.m) 

*Thursday, September 5:        Half Day: Dismissal 11:45a.m

*Friday, September 6:              Half Day: Dismissal 11:45a.m

*Monday, September 9:          *First full day 

                                                            *Back to school night (Begins 6pm)

**PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND YOUR CHILD WITH A WATER BOTTLE AND SNACK EVERY DAY**

 

We look forward to this years learning adventure with your child and family! 

 

Sincerely, 

Ms. Sandra & Ms. Ashley

smladenov@queenoftherosarybrooklyn.org 

 

 

                                               

 

 

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