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Pre-Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher: Marisol Joynt
Teacher's Aide: Carolyn Breysse
Room Parents: Christina Ellis 


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February

We began the month of February with the celebration of Groundhog's Day.  Punxsutawney Phil saw its shadow and we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  

We learned that groundhogs are also known as woodchucks or whistlepigs and are in the rodent family.   Groundhogs belong to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.  In Washington state, marmots can be found in the Cascade and Olympic mountains.  The children found out that Mr. McGovern and I, are not fans of rodents!

While getting ready for our Valentine's Day party, we set up our play area to our "Heart Shop" where the children were busy drawing, foldiing and cutting out hearts.   We smooshed a large heart, made thumb print heart trees, and read a story about St. Valentine.  Our Valentine's Day party was a fun filled hour of activities, and stuffed treat bags.  Thank you to all who volunteered!  We could not have done it without you! 

February was also about exloring emotions and feelings and friendship.  We discovered new words to describe some feelings like frustration, disappointment, joy, and delighted.

We discussed the different ways we make friends and what it means to be a friend.  Our friendship project was matching names with the pictures of our friends.


March

Ash Wednesday was March 1st and the pre-kers were invited to Mass with the upper grades.  We did not stay for the entire Mass but were able to sit through an hour and 15 minutes perfectly and wore our ashes proudly!

The first couple of weeks of March we studied our five senses.  We made gingerbread boys and girls with the idea of our five senses.  We made sandpaper stomachs for our gingerbread person and rubbed a cinnamon stick for our sense of smell but it also served our sense of touch with the roughness of the sandpaper and our sense of hearing with the scratching noise it made when we rubbed the cinnamon stick on it. Our final project was baking a gingerbread boy that escaped and we searched the school and found clues as to where the gingerbread boyhad gone to but he was always ahead of us.  We finally caught up with him in our class room reading a book.  We couldn't let him get away again so, we promptly ate him!

Our play area is now a Post Office.  The children are writing letters of the alphabet on index cards, writing their names and putting stamps (stickers) on them to mail.  Our class mail person then puts the letters in the correct mailboxes.

There have been a lot of children suddenly wanting to draw pictures and I have been encouraging the children to tell me a story about their drawings.  This is beginning literacy and I am so excited the children are expressing interest in it and are so proud of their work!

March 13

We began our dinosaur study by cutting out silhouettes of Tricerotops, Apatosaurus and Iguanadon.  Thank you to Shannon for coming in to help up with our backgrounds to our silhouettes.

Next week, we will take a look at how big the footprint of a dinosaur was and what 70-90 feet looks like, (the length of Apatosaurus).We will also make our own dinosaur fossil.  















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.

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Upcoming Events
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Birthdays:

Ethan - Mar. 9

Ben - Mar. 21

Grant - Apr. 4



Superstar:



Luke F - Mar. 13-17

Luke H - Mar. 20-24

Robert - Apr. 3-7

Talia - Apr. 10-14

Wyatt - May 1-5



Field Trips:

March 28  -  Burke Museum, Dinosaur Exhibit



Other:

Mar. 10- Teacher PD, No School

Mar. 9-12 - Musical, "Little Mermaid"

Mar. 17 - St. Patrick's Day 

Mar. 23 - Class Pictures

Apr. 14 - Good Friday, Stations of the Cross

Apr. 17-21 Spring Break










Helpful Documents & Links
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Prayers:

September
God is great and God is good.
So let us thank God for our food.

God is great and God is good.
So let us thank God for our food.
(Sung to The Flinstons' tune)


October
Thank you God for loving me.
Thank you for my family.
Help me to learn more each day.
To be kind at work and play.

November
Our hands we fold.
Our heads we bow.
For food and drink,
We thank you now.

December
Thank you God for the food that we eat.
Thank you God for the friends that we meet.
For the food that we eat.
For the friends that we meet
Amen.
(Sung to the tune of the Superman Theme)

January
We thank you Lord for giving.
The things we need for living.
So bless us while we're eating.
The Laker Family.
Da-da-da-da.  snap snap
Da-da-da-da.  snap snap 
Da-da-da-da.  Da-da-da-da.
Da-da-da-da.   Aman!(sung to the tune of the Addam's Family)

February
Thank you for the world so sweet,
thank you for the food we eat,
thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you God for everything.

March
God our Father, God our Father
Thanks for Food, Thanks for Food
And our many blessings
And our many blessings
A-AH-Men, A-Ah-Men
(Sung to Frere Jacques)

April
Oh, the Lord is good to me,
and so I thank the Lord,
for giving me the things I need like the
sun and the rain and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, amen. AMEN!!

May
Come Lord, Jesus
Be our guest,
Let this food to us be blessed.

June
(Prayer Leaders Choice)



Class Schedule
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Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 - 10:00
Centers
Centers
Centers
(Gym 9:10-9:35)
Centers
(Library 9:20-9:50)

Centers (Music and Movement 9:45-10:10)
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) 
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