Pre-K B (Mrs. Dowling)

Happy New Year!  We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas!  We would like to thank everyone for your generosity at Christmas and for helping to make our Christmas celebration a huge success.  We truly appreciate all of your help.  We had so much fun during the month of December as we prepared for Christmas with many special events.

During the month of January we will be learning about winter weather and the ways in which animals adapt, migrate or hibernate during the winter season.  We will also incorporate a study of the properties of water into this theme.  We will be conducting experiments to observe melting and freezing and floating and sinking.  It’s wonderful to watch the children’s faces light up as they explore the world around them while acting as scientists.

This month we will work on letters L, B, I and V and numbers 0, 1, 2 and 3.  We will continue working on patterns, counting, sorting, graphing, reading comprehension, book concepts, rhyming and sequencing.   

The children have become increasingly more independent over the last couple of months and have learned to follow our arrival and dismissal routines without assistance from a teacher.  They unpack and pack up their belongings, hang up their coats, hand in their folder, put away lunch & snack bags, “sign in”, perform their class jobs, and complete their morning work all on their own.  In addition, the children are learning how to zipper or button their own coats.  Please continue to work on this with your child at home.  We are very proud of the children and they are also very proud of themselves. 

Next month our class will be discussing community helpers.  We will be inviting parents to visit our class to talk to the children about their profession.  ***Please keep in mind that you must be Virtus trained to visit our classroom.  If you have not received the training yet but would like to please contact the school office to find out the date, time and location of the next training session. ***

 

Important Dates

Friday, January 4: Early Dismissal 11:10 a.m. Aftercare is available. Lunch is not provided so be sure to send in lunch for your child if he/she will be staying for aftercare.

Monday, January 21:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day School Closed

Friday, February 1: Early Dismissal 11:10 a.m. Aftercare is available. Lunch is not provided so be sure to send in lunch for your child if he/she will be staying for aftercare.

Monday, February 18 – Friday, February 22: Winter Break. School Closed

 

Reminders

  • Please remember to keep a weather appropriate change of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear and socks) in your child’s backpack in case of an accident or spill.

     

  • Please be sure to label everything that your child brings to school.  This includes backpacks, clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves etc. 

     

  • The children must wear sneakers to participate during gym and on the playground. 

     

  • Please send in spoons, straws and/or forks in your child’s lunchbox when necessary as we don’t have these items in our classroom.

     

  • Please remember to check and empty your child’s folder daily.  

     

  • With the cold and flu season upon us our class has been discussing ways to protect ourselves from getting sick.  To help protect the children from getting sick please keep your child home if he/she has a fever or is not feeling well enough to participate in class activities.  Please keep in mind that children must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications like Tylenol and Motrin) before returning to school.  Thank you in advance for helping us to keep our students healthy.

     

Ways that you can help your child……….

  • Please work with your child on writing his/her name whenever the opportunity arises (e.g. signing his/her name on cards, making art projects using his/her name, labeling his/her work).

  • Begin teaching your child his/her birthday, phone number (please choose one number that you would like your child to use in the event of an emergency), and your address (house number, street name & town). 

 

                      Specials

Mondays - Gym
Tuesdays - Music
Wednesdays - Art
Thursdays - Music
Fridays - Library 


 Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  I can be reached at sdowling5591@stjoeronkelem.org. I will respond within twenty four hours.