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Pre-Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher: Nikki Jensen
Teacher's Aide: Carolyn Breysse
Room Parents: Jaycee Barrett and Heather Sorenson


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Teacher's Comments


I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break - i can't believe we only have 9 weeks to go! The week before break started we wrapped up our dinosaur unit with a fabulous field trip to the Burke Museum. The children also learned about Holy Week, specifically the meaning of Holy Thursday and Good Friday. On Holy Thursday the children met in their school families to participate in a "Sedar Meal," and on Friday Mrs. Breysse brought in materials to set up a minitiature altar and table to give the kids an idea of what the last supper looked like :) Both activities - meeting in families and Mrs. Breysse's presentation - were enjoyed very much by the kids!

Our theme for the next two weeks will be space! The children will learn the names of the planets, and a few fun facts about each! To accompany this, each child will make their own solar systems (watch for these over the next two weeks in the hallway!) Following space, we will move into a gardening/insect theme.

The kids continue to enjoy weekly specialists: 3rd grade reading buddies on Tuesdays, PE and Miss Katie on Wednesdays, Library on Thursdays, and, we will start going to music and movement again this week.

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!

The kids have really enjoyed a few games played recently in the classroom: alphabet "go fish" and "BUMP." With the go fish game, we are working on matching lower case and upper case letters, and identifying letters using the terms "upper case" and "lower case." Bump is a simple addition game, where we add one or two to the number rolled on a die, and then identify the new number on a game board.

Please remember to check your child's file outside the classroom door daily.

Mrs. Breysse and I would like to welcome parents who are interested in volunteering into the classroom on Tuesday mornings. Please remember that volunteers are required to fill out a background check and complete the "Called to Protect" course. To accomodate time for both of these requirements, a classroom volunteer sign up will be sent out to begin the end of September - thanks!

I would like to thank Jaycee Barrett and Heather Sorenson for their role as room parents this year!

Please let me know if you have questions about anything!






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:

Calnan - April 12

Wyatt - May 5

Field Trips:

Tilth Garden (Good Shepard Center in Wallingford) - Thurs, May 14

Superstars:

Madeline - April 13-17

Grandparents Day - Tuesday, May 5, 11:30-12:30 in Jubilee Hall






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