“OLL's challenging and hands-on science program more than prepared my daughter for the rigor of high school science.”

Heidi Kiersky, parent
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Pre-Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher: Nikki Jensen
Teacher's Aide: Carolyn Breysse
Room Parents: Junko Westling and Heidi Bruch


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Teacher's Comments


We have a busy 8 weeks left of school! Last week we kicked off our upcoming gardening/butterfly theme with a field trip to the Tilth Garden. The kids really enjoyed exploring the Garden, and having the chance to play at the nearby park was a well-enjoyed bonus! 

Over the past two weeks the children have learned the names of the planets, learned about asteroids and meteroites, and have been working hard on creating their own solar systems. We have a few to go, but those that are completed are up in the hallway. We taught the names of the planet through a song - ask your child to sing the names of the planets for you! They may know it as the song we sing while lining up for recess :)

Last week we received caterpillars that we will watch transform into butterflies. The kids were very excited to see the caterpillars in the small container they are currently living in; we should be able to move them into a larger space this week. Our upcoming classroom projects include showing the stages of growth from caterpillar to butterfly via different shaped pasta, and planting sunflower seeds.

Please make sure your child is coming to school with an extra set of clothes in the bottom of his/her backpack. We find that most clothing changes are needed because of a spill or fall at recess vs. a bathroom accident - thanks!

There are several opportunities for parents to volunteer in Pre-K. The Archdiocese of Seattle requires all volunteers to fill out a background check and automobile information (to be eligible to drive on a field trip.) Please find related forms in your child's file this week; these can be returned to the office.

Pre-K students always look forward to their turn for show and tell. If possible, please help your child come up with 3 "clues" for what it is they decide to share with the group, and practice these with your child before school (a great thing to do while driving to school :) Show and tell is a great way for the kids to practice speaking in front of a group, and we've found it is helpful if the kids have a chance to practice sharing their clues aloud before their actual turn. There are two show and tell "bags" we have the kids put their object into to keep it hidden from the group while they are sitting in front of the class - each is approximately 16 inches long and 16 inches high - please help your child pick an object small enough to fit inside of these bags so that what they are sharing stays hidden. Please let me know if you have any questions - thanks!

Please let me know if you have questions about anything!

Thank you to Junko Westling and Heidi Bruch for their role as room parents this year!






Parent Reminders

Please check your child's file (outside the classroom door) daily.

Please send your child to school in tennis shoes on Wednesdays.

Please send a jacket with your child every day.


Upcoming Events
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Birthdays:

Molly - May 2

Grace - May 15

Theo - May 22





Superstar:

William - April 18-22


Field Trips:





Other:

Grandparent/Senior Friend Day - Wednesday, May 11

Jr. Olympics - Friday, May 27






Helpful Documents & Links
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Class Schedule
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Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 - 10:00
Centers
Centers
Centers (8:50-9:20 PE)
Centers
Centers (9:20-9:45 Music and Movement)
10:00 - 10:30
Recess
Recess
Recess
Recess
Recess
10:30 - 10:45
Bathroom Bathroom Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom
10:45-11:30
Show and Tell/Group Rug (Tuesday, 11:10-11:30 Second Step/Thursday, 11:00-11:20 Library)
11:30-12:00
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
12:00-12:20
Free Play
Free Play
Free Play
Free Play
Free Play
12:20-12:30
Clean-Up & Goodbye
Clean-Up & Goodbye
Clean-Up & Goodbye
Clean-Up & Goodbye
Clean-Up & Goodbye
12:30
Children dismissed
Children dismissed
Children dismissed
Children dismissed
Children dismissed
12:30 - 3:00 Optional: Kids Club