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  • Welcome to Pre K- 4
    General Information:
    Absences- If your child will not be attending school, please call the office to inform them.

    Teacher Contact- If you need to get in touch with me during school hours, please call the office (508-822-9480) or send in a note.  You may email me at kpelland@smps.dfrcs.org.

    Transportation- If your child is going home a different way than usual or with a different person, you must send in a note stating the change. **Only people listed on the Emergency form will be allowed to pick up your child.

    Clothing- Whenever possible, we will be going outside to play, so please have your child dressed accordingly.  Please write your child's name on the tags of their sweatshirts, sweaters, coats.

    Snack-  Please provide your child with a healthy snack and drink for AM and PM snack time.  Please pack and label snacks separately from your child's lunch.  If your child is attending the after school program, please remember to send in an extra snack and drink. **Candy is not permitted.

    Birthdays- We are happy to celebrate birthdays, if you wish to send in a special snack for everyone, just let me know which day.  We currently have ___ students in our classroom.

    Celebrations- We celebrate the following holidays:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter.  I will have a sign-up for volunteers to send in treats for the class at our Back To School Night or you can email me if interested.

    Correspondence- Any notes or forms that are sent to school with your child should be put in an envelope with his/her name, teacher's name, and class number.  Example:  Child's name, Mrs. Pelland, Pre-K4-A

    Scholastic Book Club- During the year, I will be sending home book order forms from Scholastic.  It gives you a chance to purchase quality books at a lower price.  There is no obligation to purchase any books.  If interested, you may order online with our class code GN7VG or send in the order form and check made payable to Scholastic.  Our classroom earns points towards free books for our classroom library with every order.

    Supplies- We will be asking each family to donate certain supplies as needed for the classroom throughout the year.

    Field Trips- We usually take a field trip in the Fall.  If you plan to chaperone on any field trip, you MUST be CORI checked and attend the abuse prevention workshop.  This information and form will be available at Open House or you may receive this from the school office.



    Posted Jul 13, 2017, 1:58 PM by Kristy Pelland
  • What's Happening in the Classroom?
    October At A Glance

    Themes:  Fall, Apples, Pumpkins, Community Helpers, Halloween
    Dramatic Play:  Apple Orchard, Country Store, Pumpkin Patch, Fire House
    Character Social Skills:  Calm Down Techniques, Problem Solving Techniques, Fire Drill, Feelings and Emotions
    STEM/STEAM:  Fall Challenges, Halloween Challenges, Basic STEAM Challenges
    Science:  Apples, Pumpkins, Trash & Recycling
    Social Studies: Christopher Columbus
    Math: Shapes (Oval, Square, Rectangle)
    Letters:  Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff
    Prayers/Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Prayer Before Meals, Belonging

    Posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:07 AM by Kristy Pelland
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  • Classroom Wishlist
    These are a few of our Favorite Things...

    There are so many items that help us grow and learn!  Any help we can get with these Above and Beyond items would be greatly appreciated!  Below is a list of items that I hope to acquire for our Pre-k students to use in our classroom centers.  If you would like to donate a gift to our classroom during the course of the school year or contribute by way of gift card to any of the following stores:  Amazon, Target, Dollar Store, Walmart, Lakeshore Learning, Michaels, or Teachers Pay Teachers (online curriculum store), it would be so appreciated.  **Please do not feel obligated.  

    * Melissa & Doug Extra Thick Cardboard Building Blocks
    * Melissa & Doug Construction Site Vehicles
    * Melissa & Doug Felt Food Mix n Match Pizza Play Food Set
    * Learning Resources Primary Bucket Balance Teaching Scale
    * Melissa & Doug Let's Play House Dust, Sweep, & Mop
    *Learning Resources Mini Motors Counting & Sorting Fun Set
    *Melissa & Doug Stamp & Sort Wooden Mailbox Activity & Toy


    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 4:04 PM by Kristy Pelland
  • Specials' Schedule
     Monday:  Music

    Tuesday:  Gym

    Wednesday:  Library

    Friday:  Art
    Posted Sep 10, 2017, 7:02 PM by Kristy Pelland
  • Our Preschool Day
    Our preschool day has a mix of student lead, play based, and teacher directed lessons and activities.  We infuse movement throughout the day and take a child's attention span into consideration as well.  This is our daily routine; however, it may be adjusted based on students' needs, situations, and classroom events.
    **Bathroom breaks are given throughout the day and as needed.


     Arrival Activity & Open Centers:  Students follow their morning routine as they arrive (unpack, question of the day, table activity).  The arrival activity teaches literacy, math, science, art, and/or fine motor concepts/skills.  It is often connected to our theme.  After students finish the activity, they play in centers.

     Calendar & Music and Movement:  Students learn and practice skills during calendar.   Music time is filled with songs, rhymes, and use of gross motor skills.  Through music we learn language, phonemic awareness, math, music, social skills, and gross motor skills. 

     Religion:  Using Sadlier's Discovering God's World program, students explore and learn about God's gift of life, creation, family, and Church.  Students engage in faith-focused activities with language and listening skills practice, simple games, Scripture-based and theme-related stories, poems, chants, finger plays, and movement.  Prayer experiences foster and nurture children's prayer life and special celebrations engage children in prayer and rituals for holy days and holidays.

     Morning Snack/Read in the Library Center:  Snack provides a break and opportunity to refuel and re-energize, as well as interact socially with table mates. Once finished, students practice book, social, and language skills when reading independently or with friends.

      Language Arts & Math Circle/Centers/Small Group:  The teacher reads a book/text.  Students share, join in, make meaning, raise questions, and make connections to build reading comprehension, book knowledge, phonemic awareness, and/or build ideas, concepts, and skills.  Do connecting activities (charts, graphs, songs, etc) to build oral language, social skills, science/math concepts, and various literacy skills.  Our Language Arts curriculum incorporates The Letter People and Lively Letters programs.  Our centers are art, blocks/STEM/STEAM, discovery (science/math), library, ABC/writing, dramatic play/pretend, listening library, and computers.  New themed activities are added to each center every week.  Skills and concepts students are learning are literacy, math, science, art, technology, fine motor, and social skills.  The class will be split into small groups based on ability, interest, or random selection.  New games and skills are introduced and practiced at this time.  
    Students will rotate from centers to small group (working with teacher).

     Bathrooms/Morning Recess:  Students will play outside (weather permitting) in the school yard or on the playground.  This gives students opportunity to play and socialize with the other pre-k classes.  

     Bathrooms/Lunch:  Students eat lunch together like a family in the classroom.  When a student is finished eating, they may read a book with a peer or individually.  Students may also watch a theme-related video/show on the Smart Board.  

     Centers cont./Science/Social Studies/Art:  Our science and social studies curriculum is theme-based.  Students subscribe to Scholastic's My Big World with Clifford Magazine.  It is a fun nonfiction magazine geared for early-childhood classrooms. Each issue helps bring our themes to life with colorful photos and simple text.  Students can interact in the classroom with the online magazine on our Smart Board.  Playful activities, songs, games, and videos focus on early-learning essentials like vocabulary, social development, movement, and language.  Students also participate in hands-on investigations where they can observe, experiment, create, construct, classify, compare, and question.  

     Bathrooms/Rest Time:  All students rest quietly on their mats while listening to soothing music/and or watching a relaxation video on the Smart Board.  

     Afternoon Snack

     Story Time/Music & Movement:  Teacher will wrap up the day with a read aloud related to the theme or day's events and engage students in a daily recap discussion.  Students end the day with an interactive brain break exercise (Go Noodle or online video on the Smart Board).

     Clean Up and Pack Up

    Bathroom Break/Recess

     Dismissal:  Students are dismissed to walker line, car line, or extended care.

    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 4:13 PM by Kristy Pelland
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    Posted Sep 16, 2017, 3:27 PM by Kristy Pelland
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    Posted Sep 16, 2017, 3:24 PM by Kristy Pelland
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