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Friday, May 24th- Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day holiday
Friday, May 31st - Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m. due to Graduation- no extended day
Tuesday, June 4th - Montessori End of Year Picnic at Alverthorpe Park 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Teachers' Favorite Books
Are You My Mother? P.D. Eastman
Backyard Birdwatch by Stephen W. Kress
The Day The Crayons Came Home by D. Daywalt and O. Jeffers
Egg by Kevin Henkes
The Lion Inside by Rachael Bright
Are We Still Friends? By Ruth Horowitz
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
End of Year picnic information was sent home in children's bags and emailed in the weekly communication. We look forward to seeing our families at Alverthorpe on Tuesday June 4th 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Please note that this year we are at the preschool playground and pavilion. Please enter at Main Entrance.
Please remember to have your child bring their school bag on Monday June 3rd. This is our last day at school and we will be sending home all belongings and projects
End of Year progress reports will be emailed on Tuesday, June 4th.
Check out the resource box for a calendar of fun and enriching summer activities as you journey through the summer months.
At school we will journey together in simplicity by: stopping to take a breath, taking a nature walk, celebrating the small accomplishments, stopping to have a conversation, enjoying snack time or a special project, giving a smile, being kind
At home, we can journey together in simplicity by: planning a special night with a family movie and popcorn, taking a nature walk, tuning of electronic devices for the day, starting a gratitude journal and have each family member name one thing they are thankful for in that day and then make note it can be as simple as having ice cream for dessert or getting a hug.
“Love and more love,
because love overcomes everything.”
~ St. Raphaela Mary
"“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them in a real forest.”
Monthly Themes: Ladybugs, Flowers, Summer Safety, Bugs, Butterflies
Color: All Color Review
Shape: Review All Shapes
Letter: A-Z Review
Art Medium: Color Dots
Science: Metamorphosis and Life Cycles
Religion: God's Gifts of Spring
Songs: "It All the Raindrops"
Books: Goodnight Sweet Butterflies
Felt Board: Flowers
May 8th Spring Luncheon
Mrs. Beth Mahan
Ext: 200 VM: 351
Mrs. Nicole Giorgione
Mrs. Barbara Caffey
Skills: organization, addition, time, grading size and color, cutting, sewing, food preparation-pickle cutting, sequence fo a story, dictating a story
Themes: Easter, life cycles- frog, chicks, flowers, plants, seasons
Our area boxes will highlight work choices in each area of our classroom.
" The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one's self." ~ Maria Montessori
“The senses, being explorers of our world, open the way to knowledge.” ~ Maria Montessori
“Children display a universal love of mathematics, which is par excellence the science of precision, order, and intelligence. “ ~ Maria Montessori
“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” ~ Maria Montessori
“Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as the enthuse him to his inmost core.” ~Maria Montessori
"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry." ~ Maria Montessori
Clare Brown email@example.com x 339
Karla Russek firstname.lastname@example.org x 385
Megan St. John email@example.com x 373
Karen Vizza firstname.lastname@example.org x 342
Marianne Egner email@example.com x 341
MaryBeth Scher firstname.lastname@example.org x 346
Gym- Aleah Conlin
Art- Brittany Flanigan
Music- Gen Black
Spanish- Dena Brown
PSB - Mon- GYM Tues- ART Wed- ART Thurs- MUSIC Fri- SPANISH
PSR - Tues- MUSIC Wed- ART Fri- GYM & SPANISH
PSW - Mon- GYM Tues- ART Wed-ART & SPANISH Thurs-MUSIC
We appreciate your assistance in making this a fun experience for your child. Make a game out of finding an item that fits into our weekly theme. Please talk with your child ahead of time about what could be shared about this item with his/her classmates.
April/ May themes: Fridays
April 12th From Nature
April 26th From Easter basket
May 3rd Reminds Me of Mom
May 10th Reminds Me of Dad
May 17th Sign of Summer
To Start our day:
Spirit of Life, we thank you for our new school day.
St. Raphaela Mary, Pray for Us.
Thank you dear Jesus. This day is for you.
We ask you to bless all we think, say, and do.
Eric Carle is our artist of the month. He is well known for his children's books. He uses collage techniques to illustrate his books. Painting paper and then cutting into pieces , Eric uses these paper pieces to create his characters and beautifully illustrate his books in a fun and cheerful display.
Kindergarten is using the iPads to research and present animal facts, and to participate in a Nearpod lesson on the function of totem poles in Native American culture.
Kindergarten children visit the writing lab in ½ cluster groups three times a week. The Fundations program is incorporated into these sessions. Fundations is a reading program that uses a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling words with phonics. The skills taught through Fundations, are laying the necessary foundations for your child to become a fluent, independent reader.
We have begun Unit 4 in Fundations. We are continuing to learn:
*how to read and blend three-sound words
*how to segment or pull apart sounds in a word
*how to spell three sound words
*how to read short sentences
*many new sight words
* digraphs wh, ch, ck, sh, th
Try these fun games to practice sight words at home.
1. Sight word swat- Write each sight word on a posted note. Maybe start out with 10. Get a fly swatter. The adult calls out a sight word and the child finds the sight word and splats it with a fly swatter. Sight word swat is a great way of giving the child repetition and they will achieve mastery while having fun.
2. Sight word memory – write two cards of each sight word. Start out with 10 pairs of sight words. Make sure cards are shuffled and arrange them face down. The child picks one card and turns it over, the child reads the word on the card. The child then picks a second card, turns it over and reads it. If the child has a match then both cards are removed. If they do not find a match turn both cards over and next player takes their turn. If playing alone the child tries again to find a match.
3. Sight word disappear- If it is a nice day out you can take the sight word game outside. Write sight words on the ground with chalk. Take a spray bottle full of water and if the child can read he sight word then they can spray the word until it disappears. Can also be done with a large paint brush and water, they can brush the sight word away.
4. Cup stacking sight word game – Write a sight word on a plastic or strong paper cup. As the child reads a sight word start to stack them up creating a tower in the shape of a triangle. Start out with 10 sight words and then add more sight words to cups as the child masters the sight words. Have fun building the tower and eventually knocking it down when done.
5. Sight word stomp – Write 10 or more sight words on an index card, spread them around on the floor and call out a word. Have your child stomp on the sight word that you called out. You can use this game for other skills as well. For example, numbers, math problems, letters and sounds.
Bevin Bodnar email@example.com ext. 396
Chrissy Ragg firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 395
Marianna Farrell email@example.com ext. 394
Angela Olbrich firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 345
Our travels land us in North America for the months of March and April. The children will be learning where North America is located on the globe and what countries makeup this continent where we live. We will take a look at the culture, land and animals throughout the next two months. Children are welcome to bring in pictures, artifacts, and books that connect to our travels which will be displayed for the month on our windowsill display and shared at circle time. Our trip o Elmwood Park Zoo on May 2nd will connect with our studies of the animals of North America.
March and April is for the dogs! There are so many interesting members of the dog family including wolves, foxes, coyotes, and dingoes. We will be talking about these interesting families, especially the wolves of North America, which we hope to see on our field trip.
Thank you GOD for spring
With it’s breath of fresh air
To be outside again and feel
The wind in your hair
For the tulips and daffodils
Yes for those we give thanks too
To think why all this has happened
Was of course because of you!
The Addition Strip Board
The addition strip board is a gridded board that uses two sets of wooden numbered strips to perform addition problems.The Children complete sequenced addition problems by reading equations and combining different numbered strips to count their answers. The answers are noted on the board and the children are invited to record their sums with paper and pencil. The addition strip board provides a concrete way for children to begin solving and memorizing addition facts.
Gym- Aleah Conlin
Art- Alexia Perrine
Music- Gen Black
Library- Karen Sabatino
Spanish- Dena Brown
Religion- Jane Diorio
KA - Mon- GYM Tues- RELIGION & SPANISH Wed- MUSIC Thurs- ART & LIBRARY
KB - Mon- SPANISH & RELIGION Wed- MUSIC & ART Fri- LIBRARY & GYM
KC - Mon- GYM Tues- RELIGION & SPANISH Wed- MUSIC Thurs- ART & LIBRARY
On Wednesdays, Kindergarten rotates through afternoon enrichment classes taught by each Kindergarten teacher: Sign/Spanish (Bodnar), Religion (Ragg), and Yoga (Farrell).