Class News

January 7, 2019

Dear Families,

We recently noticed that the children are very interested in clothes. They talk about clothes, put them on and take them off, compare clothes, and add clothing details to their drawings. We think clothes will make an interesting study. We need your help to gather a collection of clothes to investigate. We need clothes of all sizes, types, colors, and fabrics. Here’s a list of suggestions, but you may also send in clothes that are not on the list.

jackets, coats, parkas, windbreakers, raincoats, ponchos, suit coats, blazers, vests, sweaters, sweatshirts, T-shirts, turtlenecks, work shirts, dress shirts, blouses, flannel shirts, jeans, trousers, pants, skirts, dresses, shorts, pajamas, bathrobes, neckties, bow ties, bandanas, scarves, belts, sashes, suspenders, gloves, mittens, socks, tights, shoes, boots, sandals, bathing suits, exercise clothes, old-fashioned clothes, uniforms, costumes, and more.

Please label the clothes with your name so we can return them to you at the end of our study. We promise to take good care of them! As we study clothes, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We’ll also use thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.

What You Can Do at Home Talk with your child about clothes: Examine the fabrics together and discuss how the clothes were made. Look at the labels to find out where the clothes were made and identify the fabric. Look at pictures from the past and note how the clothing differs from clothing today. Teach your child to stitch. Use a large plastic needle and yarn; make stitches on burlap or felt. When you shop for clothes, help your child notice how clothes are organized in the store and offer a simple explanation of how you compare prices.

Thank you for playing an important role in our learning.

January 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We are very excited to be back in our school. Our room as well as the school looks amazing. I have given each student a new folder so feel free to throw the old ones away. Please remember to send in a snack each day and a blanket and sheet for rest time. We will have two playgrounds and the gym available to us each day. You may send in a pair of sneakers to keep here. If extra clothes are also needed, you will receive a reminder note.

We will begin our Super Stars program. The program is designed to “catch” your child in an act of kindness, whether it is sharing, cleaning up someone else’s mess, kind words, etc. They will wear a Super Star necklace when we “catch them” and at the end of the day, exchange it for a Super Star certificate.

Every Wednesday will be Show and Tell. Two children will be selected to bring something in to share with the class. Please do not send in anything fragile or breakable.

If anyone would like to come to read to our class, please let me know and we will set up a day and time.

Our class is ready to go but we will be needing a few things by the end of the month. If you would like to send something in, it would be greatly appreciated!

        • Napkins
        • Lysol/Clorox Wipes
        • Sandwich bags
        • Small waters
        • Small juice boxes
        • Cheese balls ( our class favorite)
        • Fruit Snacks

Finally, a survey (blue paper) was sent home. Please send it in as soon as possible. A form must be returned for each child in your family. If they are all returned, our class will have a celebration!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime at Open house will be Monday, January 14th from 5:30 pm.


Mrs. Foca

October 22, 2018

Dear Families,

Our class is beginning to study trees. We’ll be observing and comparing trees to learn about what lives in them, what they’re made from, and who cares for them. We hope that this study will help children explore and appreciate nature. As we study trees, we will use literacy, math, the arts, and technology to explore the topic in depth. We will learn important social studies and scientific concepts through firsthand investigations. Please visit the classroom during the study to see how we do this. If you are able to take a “tree walk” with your child, we would appreciate your help in collecting tree parts to investigate. If you can, please take a bag to a tree area and collect things that have fallen, such as leaves, bark, acorns, twigs, flowers, fruit, or cones. See below for suggestions of other tree parts to bring in.

What You Can Do at Home: You can help your child explore and appreciate nature by learning about trees. Invite your child to talk about trees. Share stories about your favorite childhood memories involving trees and games you might have played around them. Wonder aloud with your child to encourage his or her thinking about trees. “I wonder why leaves fall from trees.” “I wonder what makes some trees grow so big.” At home, collect parts of trees, and encourage your child to sort them. Your child might also enjoy making a collage by arranging and gluing tree items on paper such as a variety of leaves small limbs, branches, twigs food from trees (fruit, nuts) pinecones evergreen sprigs or small boughs a live, potted tree flower clippings (may be kept in water) seeds tree “cookies” (cross sections of trees that show the rings) bark.

Thank you for playing an important role in our learning.

September 24, 2018

It begins with a partnership...

School and home are the most important worlds to students. When a student effectively connects these two worlds, it often results in a feeling of security and enhanced learning, however, when these two worlds are at odds, the student will not flourish.

The Creative Curriculum®places a strong emphasis on defining the family role and connecting these two worlds by encouraging parent-teacher communication and partnership to enhance the student learning.

I encourage parent involvement and communication. I can be reached through my email, I have been sending home a daily log. Feel free to attach a note or question. I do read them! I am looking forward to Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 25th beginning at 6:30. You can attend any of the seesions (6:30 pm - 6:55 pm, 7:00 pm - 7:25 pm, or 7:30 pm -7:55 pm). I will be sharing a lot of information and be happy to answer any questions.

August 14, 2018 *Preschool Orientation – Wednesday, August 29th, beginning 9:15 am.

Dear Families,

Welcome to Preschool! This is the year for our youngest learners to shine brightly in our classroom. It will be a year of magical wonder and amazing growth for your little star.

I am looking forward to working with you and your child as we teach them to their best and reach for the stars.

I believe that communication is the key to your child’s success and to a great parent/teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can reach me at I will also do my part by sending home a bi-weekly newsletter. I also update my website on a weekly basis so you can check there for activities and events.

School begins Thursday, September 6, 2018. Preschool is from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

· AM Drop off is on the blacktop behind the cafeteria. Please have your child stand on Letter _______.

· No child may be left unattended.

· PM Dismissal will be by the double doors on Orchard Street. Please stand on the sidewalk and we will dismiss your child to you.

· If for some reason you are not picking up your child, please send in a note or call the school of who will be picking up your child. No child will be dismissed if the adult is not on your pick up list.

· Breakfast Program

· We will be having snack and lunch each day. Hot lunches are available.

*Please note: For the first week of school (Thursday and Friday), send in a lunch.

· No Peanuts or Peanut Butter for snack or lunch until I receive the nurse’s list of children with allergies.

· We have rest time each day after lunch. Send in a large beach towel or small blanket for your child and a sheet. Crib sheets work perfectly.

· “No Toys From Home” Policy

· Your child will need a backpack. No backpacks with wheels.

· Send in a change of clothes in the enclosed Ziploc bag with their name on it.

· Write your child’s name on everything!

· No art smocks are needed.

· Sneakers are encouraged as we try to go outside twice a day.

I look forward to seeing you on the first day of school!