Early Childhood

Mrs. Jane Beaty and Ms. Adriana Schillace

January 10, 2018

Welcome back, and Happy New Year! 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Winter Program and reception. We enjoyed the children’s performance, and they had so much fun! We also enjoyed the opportunity to visit with families and friends at the reception, even though the time was short. I hope that everyone had a restful and fun winter break, and that everyone is ready to get back to the joy of learning.

The children are learning about snow and the winter season. We will also be studying the continent of Asia. The kindergarten students have begun studying planet earth’s atmosphere, weather, layers, and volcanos. This unit will last several weeks and includes the following objectives:

  • Understand that major geologic events that occur over eons or brief moments in time continually shape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
  • Understand that the earth is surrounded by an active atmosphere and an energy system that controls the distribution of life, local weather, climate, and global temperature.
  • Collect daily weather data.
  • Describe the seasons.
  • Identify nonliving materials found on the surface of the earth.
  • Classify rocks, minerals, and shells.
  • Classify minerals as common or rare.

Last week the students learned about the water cycle, and conducted an experiment to see how clouds form.

Student Overnight is almost here! This fun and popular event is scheduled for Friday, January 19. We will be serving dinner around 7:00 pm, and a light breakfast the next morning. After dinner, we will play games in our room, watch a movie, and then go to sleep. Pick up is at 8:00 am Saturday morning. Let me know if you did not receive the information in the Monday folder. Your child should arrive already dressed in pajamas, and may bring the following items:

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Blanket
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • One stuffed animal
  • Flash light
  • Water bottle
  • Favorite book

Sometimes, the parents of the younger students wonder if their children should participate in this event. We ask that you use your best judgment as to whether you child will be happy about spending the night at school away from you. One option that some parents choose is to let their child participate in the events until 10 pm, and then pick up their child around 10. Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope you will be able to participate.

The dates for Parent Open House are January 24 and 25. This is an event where parents simply drop in to the classroom between 8 and 9 am, and students get to show off the works they have been learning all year. The event is offered for two days in the hope that you will be able to come on at least one of the days. Any parent, grandparent, or friend of the family is welcome. We hope you will be able to drop by. 

Have a great week!

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