November News

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Hello Everyone,

We made it through the first two months and our first major holiday! The Halloween parade, and carnival were a blast…even in the drizzle! The kids had a great time showing off their costumes. Thank you for coming and helping to make the day special.

‘Tis the season for giving: The Child & Family Development Center at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is committed to serving the diverse needs of the Greater Los Angeles Area and serves families from a variety of socioeconomic, cultural and religious backgrounds. During the holidays many of their families and children are in need of some extra support. They are having their annual gift-giving donation program and we would like to ask you to join us in making their Holidays more joyful. Their goal is to make sure that the children/families who are in need and enrolled in their Mental Health and Early Childhood Development programs have a special and blessed Holiday season. Since the children at St. Michael’s we will be talking about being thankful and what it means to give to others this month, we have chosen to “Adopt-A-Family” for the holidays from St. John’s Child and Family Development Center’s Therapeutic Preschool Program for the holidays. The family has created a wish list and we were hoping to have our families donate items to help make their holiday a bit brighter. Below is a description of the family and their wish list. If you would like to donate, please bring items to Ms. Lauren in the office by Friday, December 1st.

Family consists of 3 yr. old girl, 15-month-old boy, mom and dad. Father is the sole provider for the family and they live in a single with very little. Mother does not have resources for holiday gifts for their children as they only make enough to get by.

Family Wish List: a double stroller, toys for the children (cars, dolls, cooking toys, blocks, etc.), girl’s clothes size 5t, boy’s clothes size 18 mos., girl’s shoe size 9, boy’s shoes size 5, a blender, women’s clothes size medium, men’s clothes size small/pants size 30. Store gift cards.

If you are able, St. John’s is also accepting gift card donations for teenage clients who often go without gifts for the holidays. (Target, Best Buy, Grocery store and Visa Gift cards are all welcome) Thank you in advanced for your kindness and generosity during the holiday season.

Book Fair: We will have a book fair from Barefoot Books on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov 8. You may have seen the vendor, Ambur Gorman, at the farmer’s markets on Thursdays. The school will earn free books based on the number of books families purchase. Each class will also have a wish list, so you can purchase books for them as well. The book fair will be set up in Yeaton Hall (church hall) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for purchases.

Picture Day: Picture day will be Tuesday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 29th. All children will be photographed, and proofs will come home within a week. The proofs and order forms are to be sent directly to the photographer. An envelope will be provided. A list will be emailed (and posted) to let you know which day your child will be photographed. Class pictures will be taken both days. Please let us know if you would like siblings photographed together as well. Photo orders will be received before the holidays.

Christmas Program: This year’s program will be on Sunday, December 10th at 4 p.m. If your child will not be participating in the program, please let us know. The children will begin practicing the songs for the Christmas program this month, so if you hear Jingle Bells you know why.

Dates to Remember:

Nov. 7 & 8 Book Fair 3:30-5:30 pm

Nov. 22-24 (Wed-Fri) Thanksgiving holiday No School

Nov. 28 & 29 Picture Day 9:00 a.m.

December 10 Christmas Program and party 4:00 p.m.

Dec. 22-January 1 Winter Break No School

 

Donation Opportunities:

*Unscented baby wipes, Clorox wipes and boxes of Kleenex are always welcome. 

*Oliver’s Labels gives us 20% off label purchases. Go to www.oliverslabels.com/SMCC and get your labels today!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the victims of the Sonoma fire. The families were very appreciative of the items, especially little Olivia. She was ecstatic to see all the clothing, books and toys she received and even got a couple of things she lost in the fire.

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Rolie Polie News

November is here, and the holiday season is upon us. After all the excitement of Halloween we are ready to enjoy more fun activities this month developing motor skills such as clapping, dancing, singing and reading books as the children have shown great interest in these activities.

The weather seems to be constantly changing. Please remember to make sure your little ones have jackets, socks and shoes for outdoor play. Please label all food containers, spoons and food items not in containers.

We would like to welcome back Ms. Disna and her baby girl Amavi this month. Ms. Roshini will be on vacation from November 9th until December 1st.

School will be closed November 22nd -November 24th.

Ms. Roshini, Ms. Angia, Ms. Disna, Ms. Indu, Ms. Jessica

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Bumble Bee News

Dear Bumble Bee Parents


It is hard to believe it that October flew by so quickly! What a fun month it has been with lots of
activities both in and out of the preschool. Last month in the classroom we were busy
with Halloween, leaves and pumpkin activities, songs and stories. The children painted with
pumpkins that were donated by parents and we cut them open to see what was inside. Of
course, the highlight of the month was when we explored fall leaves and let the children jump
on and roll in them on the carpet. Some of the children called out the colors of the leaves and
some just tried to balance them on their heads.


This month in the classroom we will be busy with all things related to Fall. This includes leaves,
pumpkins, corn and Thanksgiving activities, songs and stories. We will be displaying our art for
the month of November in the front near the sign-in sheet. Look for our harvest time theme
with a corn field, scarecrow, Thanksgiving turkeys and a thankful tree. We hope you enjoy and
like what we put together through the month of November.


Please make sure your child’s extra change of clothes are the right size and appropriate for
changing weather.

Reminders
Label all items you send to school including blankets, clothing, containers, utensils, etc.


Wanted
Digital Camera


Birthdays
Ryan November 3


Thank You,
Ms. Terry and Ms. Brandi

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Dolphin News

Hello Parents!


We made it through the month of October with tons of fall activities involving pumpkins,
leaves, apples and the fall colors of orange, brown and red. Make sure you check Go-Home box
for last month’s art projects. We ended the month with our Halloween Parade and Carnival. We
had guest appearances from Elsa, Jack Sparrow, a boxer, a few princesses and so many more.
The kids looked great!


For the month of November our theme will be “Character Counts”. The first week we learned
about ways we can show kindness, ways we can share, having good manners and responsibility.
We will also incorporate activities for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Starting this month will be the
“Acts of Kindness” Jar. Whenever someone is “caught” being kind, they will be able to place a
“Kindness Token” into the jar. When the jar is full, the class will receive a special surprise. If you
catch your child being kind at Home, please let us know so we can add to the jar. Kindness
counts EVERYWHERE!


Reminders:
*Please check Go-Home box
*Please check cubbies to make sure that your child has extra clothes (underwear, socks, shirts,
pants and shoes)
*Time is changing, and we may finally experience some colder weather so please make sure
your child has a jacket to wear during outside play


Thank You!
Ms. Kayla & Mr. Brandon

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Shark News

Hi...


I can't believe that it is already November. October was a busy month for us. We
started to learn about the farm: What farmers do on a farm? What animals live on a farm?
What grows on a farm? and then about half way through the month, Ms. Lauren and the
teachers decided that we needed to reset the classrooms. For about a week, we scrapped all
lesson plan activities and just played together. We reminded ourselves and our children how to
play, how to talk to each other, how to share, and how to include each other in activities. It
was a good time in the Shark room. We did miss some of our favorite activities, but we also
found that we like doing some things together as a class such as playing games and doing all
together classroom art. Moving forward, we are going to incorporate more of this into our
schedule. At the end of the month, the class and I talked, and they would like to continue with
the farm for the month of November. We are going to continue to talk about some of the
animals that we would find on a farm. We are going to taste different flavors of milk, and then
graph the results. We are also going to get a chance to milk a “cow”. The children also
expressed interest in learning about chickens, so we are going to do an egg experiment and
create a classroom chicken. They are also going to get a chance to sheer a “sheep”. We are
going to spend a week talking about apples. We are going to do a cool science/art project using
baking soda, paint, and vinegar. We will also be bobbing for apples and seeing which color
apple we like the best. We are going to be continuing with our letters, the shape of the month
is a square, and the color is red and yellow together makes orange. We will be finishing the
month off with Thanksgiving.


We will be having a book fair in early November. I have created a wish list for the Shark
room. Our wish list this year is centered on activities that we like doing in the class. We do
yoga every Monday morning. We also have found that we like playing games together as a
class. I like the games this company has because they are all cooperative games. The children
must work together to achieve the goal.


SHARE DAYS will be moving to Thursdays starting November 9th. We have some
children that do not come on Fridays and I want to be fair and give everybody a chance to
participate in Share day.


Please make sure that your child has a jacket in their cubbies. The weather is starting to
get cooler, especially in the mornings and the late afternoons. Please remember we do go
outside unless it is raining. Also, please make sure that you are checking to go home boxes
once a week at the least.


Please remember that the school is closed Wednesday November 22nd, Thursday
November 23rd and Friday November 24th for Thanksgiving.
I hope you all have a fabulous November.


Mrs. Michelle

Halloween Parade & Party 10/31/17

All children are invited to participate in our Halloween parade and party. Children arriving before 9:00 a.m. may bring their costume in a bag and teachers will change them. If you arrive at, or after 9:00 please bring your child dressed in costume. Don’t forget a change of clothes for after the parade. We will parade around the bike yard track so parents and children can see all the costumes. Parents are invited to watch our parade and stay during the snack afterward. If your child does not usually come on Tuesday, please bring them at 9:30 a.m. in their costume and they may stay until the end of their class party. Each class will get to play some Halloween games on the bike yard after snack time. 

Please, no weapons or masks of any kind. Also, do not use face paint that covers your child’s entire face as this is often scary to the younger children.

October News

Emergency Kits: We have quite a few children who are still missing emergency kits. Please replenish and return them as soon as you are able. We would also like to stock up on more water. We are asking each family to please bring in a gallon of water when you are able.

Thank you: Thank you for your donations to the family who lost their homes in the fire. There were three homes lost to one family which left them all without alternative housing after a tragedy (everyone lived within miles of each other). They are safe with friends and extremely appreciative of the donations they will be receiving.

Caring Conversations: We will be having our first Parent Group meeting on Tuesday, October 24 at 4:30 pm. The topic of this meeting is “We’re in This Together.” Come meet other St. Michael’s parents on this parenting journey and let’s talk about what we all have in common. Children are welcome to stay in the preschool during the meeting. Please RSVP via email to Ms. Lauren so we can be sure to have enough teachers on hand to accommodate the children.

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Donation and Fundraising Opportunities: *We always need the following items: Kleenex Plastic bags Baby wipes *Oliver’s Labels gives us 20% of label purchases. Go to www.oliverslabels.com/SMCC and get your labels today! *Both the Book Fair and Picture Day sales give us a percentage of purchases. *The school has an Amazon.com wish list here. Items do not have to be purchased from Amazon. If you find an item elsewhere, feel free to buy it and bring it in. You may also write a check and write “wish list donation” on the memo line. Gift cards are also welcome.

Rolie Polie News (Infant/Toddler Room)

Hello from the Rolie Polie Room! It’s time to say hello to Fall. It will be the theme for the month of October as leaves are changing colors, weather is getting cooler, and the harvest of pumpkins is everywhere in preparation for the celebration of Halloween.

We will be enhancing our fine motor skills this month by doing “finger” art activities such as pumpkins and spiders. We will also be exploring our sense of touch with leaves and pumpkins in our sensory bin.

As a reminder please check your child’s extra clothing and snack bins and bring a jacket for outdoor play.

There will be a Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 31st at 9:30 a.m. The babies and toddlers are welcome to dress up and join the fun.

Ms. Angia, Ms. Indu, Ms. Roshini, Ms. Jessica, Ms. Mia

Bumble Bee Room News

Dear Parents,

October is here and this month our theme will be Fall and “manners” words for the month are “Please” and “Thank You.” We will be exploring leaves, pumpkins, acorns and doing Halloween activities. The children will be exploring fall leaves, acorns, pumpkins and Halloween through activities such as cube measuring with pumpkins, leaf crunching and squishy, non- messy paint. These types of activities will help them with their math, social, and small motor skills. We will be going on a Leaf Hunt and Nature Walk so the children can explore the outdoors and collect leaves for our nature walk collage. During our circle time we will be singing and doing music and movement with songs like "Here We Sit Together" "Where is ______?" "Pumpkin, Pumpkin,” "The Leaves on the Tree,” and “Pumpkin Work Out.” On display in the classroom will be a pumpkin patch, Halloween bats, The Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate, leaves and acorns. Also, we will be making skeletons out of q-tips.

To celebrate the fall season we are asking parents to bring nature to the classroom. Please bring us items we find in nature such as leaves, rocks, tree branches or pine cones. You can find things items all around at the park, your back or front yard or just walking down the street. When you do find them please place them in the circle basket next to the go home box.

The “manner words” of the month are "Please” and “Thank You." We will be talking about how to use “please” and “thank you.” We will be singing the “Say Please” song and putting “say please and thank you” signs around the classroom. We will be guiding the children on how and when to use their manners. Our goal is to get them to use their manners more not just with adults or teachers but with friends also.

The Fall weather is here so please make sure that your child’s extra clothes are complete and that they are appropriate for the weather. Please provide a jacket or sweater for the chilly mornings and afternoons. Make sure that all clothing is clearly marked. We do go outside every day, unless it is raining.

We would like to thank all our families that made it to back to school night. It was a joy to meet and interact with you. We are still looking for a room parent for our class. A room parent is the parent who establishes a communication with the other parents in the class to organize and arrange school events. If you are willing to serve as a Room Parent, please feel free to email Ms. Lauren at sanitmichaelscc@gmail.com. 

Reminders:

  • Check the white board for our daily activities.
  • Check Go-Home Box and Lunch bags for go home notes.
  • Check lost and found basket for lost items found the in the class.
  • Label all lunch boxes, containers, cups, bottles, blankets, sleep toys and clothing.
  • Bring in bedding weekly with your child’s name on both the crib sized sheet and blanket.

Wanted:

  • Nature Items (leaves, rocks, tree bark, etc.) (All of October)
  • 20 white lunch bags by October 16
  • 4 whole potatoes by October
  • 16 Cans of White Shaving Cream (All Year Round)
  • 15 Mini Pumpkins by October 16
  • 3 Big Pumpkins by October 16
  • 2 packs of yellow yarn by October 16
  • 2 bags of Farfalle (Bow Tie) noodles by October 20
  • 1 box of raisins by October 27
  • 1 bottle of Elmer’s Washable Non- Toxic Clear Glue by October 27
  • 2 bags of pine cones (All of October)
  • 2 bags of Acorns (All of October)
  • 10 Bananas by October 30
  • 20 Tangerines (no stem) by October 30

Birthdays: Elliot-October 6 and Ms. Terry-October 14

We hope throughout the month of October you and your family are filled with Fall bliss.

Bumble Bee Room Teachers

Dolphin Room News

Dear Parents,

We had a great start to this 2017-2018 school year. As we transitioned from Bumble Bees and Blue Whales into Dolphins, we have had the chance to welcome our new friend Barrett into our class. We had a blast learning about the weather and ended the month with lessons about leaves that included a leaf hunt down Richmond St.

Now that October is here, we will learn more about the Fall season. We will incorporate Fall colors (red, brown, orange) into our art work. We will also incorporate things associated with the season such as acorns, apples, pumpkins and much more! Please continue to bring in pumpkins for your child. We will be painting/decorating the pumpkins on Monday, October 23rd and Tuesday, October 24th.

As the weather is cooling down, please ensure that your child has a jacket and/or long sleeves to keep them warm. Also, please make sure that your child has a change of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, shoes) in case of any accidents. When/If your child is running low on items (pull-ups, extra underwear, wipes, cream) a note will be placed in their lunch box.

Reminders:

Pumpkins for painting/decorating no later than Friday, October 20th

Please check GO HOME BOX daily

Label all of your child’s belongings (food containers, water bottles, clothing)

Thank You!

Ms. Kayla & Mr. Brandon

Hi...

September was a great month. We became established in our classroom routine, we talked about what we do with our hands, and how to fill our buckets, as well as our friend’s buckets. We spent time talking about what it means to be a good friend, and how we can be a good friend. We had fun painting with red and yellow which were our colors of the month, as well as learning about triangles and working in our journals.

This month we will be traveling down to the farm. We will be talking about the animals that live on a farm and what they do, we will also be talking about some of the foods that farmers grow on the farm. The children will each get a chance to sheer a “sheep” and milk a “cow”, they will also get to pick a crop that they would like to plant and look after, just like a farmer. We will spend some time talking about Fall, also we will spend some time with apples. We are going to do a really cool science/art project with paint, baking soda, and vinegar. The last week we will be talking about Halloween and creating some spooky decorations for the classroom.

Our colors of the month are Brown and Orange, our shape is a Circle, and the letters we will be working on are: F, A, P, and C. Share day this month will continue to be on Fridays, since we got a later start to share days then I had intended.

Halloween information: We will be having a Halloween parade and carnival on Tuesday the 31st . We will be parading around the bike yard and then having a small carnival. Parents are welcome to come watch the parade and help set up the carnival games. We will be having a special Halloween snack. Children that arrive before 9am should arrive in their clothes and bring their costumes in a bag. Children arriving after 9am should arrive in their costumes and bring a change of clothes. Please, NO weapons or masks. If you are unsure, please ask either myself or Ms. Lauren.

Back by popular demand is the Mystery reader program. We are inside from 9:30 to 10:50 every day and would love to have a mystery reader come and read us a story. You can bring your own favorite book, or you can borrow one of the many Mrs. Michelle has. Just let me know what day and time works best for you and we will schedule it. Because of Music Class, we will not have mystery readers on Tuesdays.

I have to call in for Jury Duty the week of October 16th. I am hoping to be in class every day, so I just want to make you aware that I may possibly be out at some point that week. Have a spooky month...

Mrs. Michelle

HALLOWEEN PARADE & PARTY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 ST 9:30 a.m.

All children are invited to participate in our Halloween parade and party. Children arriving before 9:00 a.m. may bring their costume in a bag and teachers will change them. If you arrive at, or after 9:00 please bring your child dressed in costume. Don’t forget a change of clothes for after the parade. We will parade around the bike yard track so parents and children can see all the costumes. Parents are invited to watch our parade and stay during the snack afterwards. If your child does not usually come on Tuesday, please bring them at 9:30 a.m. in their costume and they may stay until the end of their class party.

Please, no weapons or masks of any kind. Also, do not use face paint that covers your child’s entire face as this is often scary to the younger children.

Friday 8/25 is Beach Day!

Friday is Beach Day! We aren't actually going to the beach, but we're going to get wet!  We are going out on the lawn with sprinklers and pools and lots of water fun! Here's how you can help:

Please send your child to school in their swim clothes with sunscreen applied. They may bring water shoes, a hat, and goggles (because who doesn't like goggles). 

Please bring a change of clothes and a towel in a bag labeled with your child's name.

June 2017 News

Happy June Everyone! It’s been a great year and we’d like to thank you all for your support and generosity throughout the year. This will be the final newsletter of the school year. Any pertinent information will be emailed or posted as necessary throughout the summer. Please pay special attention to the “Dates to Remember” on the Calendar because they cover all events and school closures for the summer.

Garden Update: The sandbox garden is coming along well. Three of the big, dull orangish posts have been painted by the children, in bright colors. We have strawberries growing in one of the pots and green beans growing in another. Over at the entrance to the bike yard, we have a miniature orange tree growing and our carrot seeds are starting to sprout.

In the upcoming weeks, we will be putting flowers in the other big pot by the door. We will also be purchasing 2 more barrel-type planters for the area. We plan to grow bell peppers in one and tomatoes in the other. The children are really enjoying watering the plants every day and checking for new growth. Especially the strawberries!

We would like to thank Caden's mom and aunt, and Clementine's grandma for donating to the garden project. Thank you to Asher's family for the strawberries, Olivia’s family for soil, George's family for the orange tree, and Hudson R.’s grandma for the soil and spray paint. We truly appreciate everyone's help in making the sandbox more cheerful and welcoming.

Thank you,

Mrs. Michelle

Summer Plans: Our summer begins on Wednesday, July 5. All children will remain in their current classes with the same teachers. The staff has planned some fun summer themes for the whole school which includes special fun days that are listed in the “Dates to Remember” below. Plans and reminders for these days will be posted on white boards and/or emailed the week before each event.

Jump Bunch: Jump Bunch will continue as scheduled in the summer time.

Sunscreen: Children should come to school with sunscreen already applied DAILY. Please bring sunscreen to be kept at school as well. Staff will reapply if needed in the late morning and/or after nap only. Please, please make time to do this each morning.

Rolie Polie News

Hello from the Rolie Polie room,

June has arrived and summer is on its way. With the weather getting warmer, we will enjoy many outside play activities focusing on gross motor skills such as running, jumping, kicking and throwing balls. Our themes this month will be Summer, the ocean and all that’s in it, and Father’s Day.

We would like to welcome Dev Kidambi to our room and say goodbye to Everly and Olive. Summer is almost here so we ask that you check the clothes in your child’s cubby to make sure they are appropriate for the weather. Please apply sunscreen to your child each morning and supply the school with sunscreen of your choice so we may re-apply as needed.

Thank you for your support in the development of your children.

Ms. Roshini, Ms. Angia, Ms. Jessica, Ms. Disna, and Ms. Indu

Bumble Bee News

Hello Parents,

June is here so let our summer projects begin! Our themes for this month are "Summer Fun,” “Sea Animals, " and “Father's Day". With these themes, we will be working on fine motor skills through activities such as painting sea shells and beach ball painting. We will also be working on gross motor skills while playing “Beach Blanket Toss” and through music and movement with “Ocean Hear and Draw,” “Five Little Fish,” “Catch a Fish” and “Slippery Fish.” We will also do sensory activities and experiments such as “Lemon test” and a salt water experiment. Also, we will be making lemonade.

We will be turning our classroom into “all things summer,” so if you have any summer or beach items that the children would enjoy please feel free to bring them in. The book we will be reading will be There's a Hole at the Bottom of the Sea. We will be creating our own hole at the bottom of sea with arts and craft sea animals and other things you would find under the sea. In the spirit of summer, we will have “Beach Towel Week” June 19-23. The children will be able to bring in a beach towel and sleep with them at nap time. June 18th is Father's Day and we will be working on a "Daddy is my whole world" craft and “My Dad is the Best Because” display.

With the hot weather approaching, we are asking parents to please apply sun block to your child before school each morning. It’s also time to check your preschooler’s cubby box and put lighter weight and extra clothing in for the warm summer weather. Please do not forget to check go-home box and lunch bags for go home notes.

We welcome our new friends Gus and Everly to the Bumble Bee room this month.

Wish list

  • 1 bag of yellow lemons by June 10
  • 1 box of Lemon drop candy for Lemon art and craft by June 10
  • 2 Bottles of Blue Hair Gel

Birthdays this month- Jaxon-9, Mason-11, Ramona-16

Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dads!

Ms. Brandi, Ms. Terry, Ms. Kayla

Blue Whale News

Hi,

I want to thank all the parents who were able to come and spend some of the day with us for Parents Day. The children truly had a wonderful time showing you around the class and playing with you and some of their favorite school toys.

I have made some changes over the last few weeks, to help make us one large classroom instead of two separate classes. All the children’s cubbies are located at the far end of the classroom closest to the stage. The children’s go home boxes are now located closer to the door. I left what was previously the dolphin room in the white box and what was previously the shark room in the black box. The children’s names are alphabetical according to boxes. I have also created a housekeeping area with the dress up clothes and the kitchen. The children are having a great time playing in this space every day. We have one information board. It is also located on the shelf by the door. If you have any questions please let me know.

This month we are going to be focusing on science and sensory. We are going to be making 2 different types of silly putty, making our own “floam,” making slime, and playdoh. We will also be learning the parts of a flower, doing a sink or float experiment, making ice cream in a bag, and mixing colors. I am looking forward to creating these fun messy things with the kids.

We have been working on the garden outside. We are currently watering our strawberry plants and patiently waiting for our carrots to grow, as well as helping keep the orange tree watered. This month we are going to be planting some flowers and maybe some bell peppers. The children are very excited about this project and enjoy watering every day.

Please make sure that you apply sunscreen to your child before you bring them to school. We will re-apply at 11 if needed and in the afternoon. Also, if you would like your child to wear a hat or sunglasses please just bring them and put them in their cubby. Make sure that your child still has a jacket in their cubby in case the wind or fog pick-up in the afternoon, and it can get chilly especially in the bike yard.

WISH LIST

  • 2 boxes sandwich size Ziploc bags
  • 4 boxes of Cornstarch

Thank you,

Mrs. Michelle & Ms. Mia

May 2017 News

Thank you for all for contributing to the Teachers’ Appreciation week. The flowers, gifts, and food were greatly appreciated.

Registration Forms: If you have not returned your fall registration form please do so as soon as possible. I am forming fall classes now and don’t want you to lose your spot. If you need another form let us know.

Parent’s Day: Come back to preschool! You are invited to come in and have a “play date” with your child on Thursday, May 25th. You may come play in the yard, make an art project, build with Trios, have lunch, or just read stories with your child. Parent’s day is all day, so you may come at a time that is convenient for you and stay for a few minutes or an hour. Our school wouldn’t be the same without you, so we hope you can stop by and be our special guests.

Dates to Remember:

  • May 25th Parents’ Day ALL DAY
  • May 29th School Closed for Memorial Day

Donation Opportunities:

Supplies for our gardens

  • 16 peppermint plants
  • 3 packages of Milkweed seed
  • 3 packages of green bean seeds

*You may donate fresh fruit if you are out and find a great deal. (Apples, oranges, melons and berries)

*We use plastic bags for soiled clothing and dirty diapers.

*We always need dry erase markers, Lysol or Clorox wipes, unscented baby wipes and boxes of Kleenex!

*Amazon.com wish list: If you go to “find a wish list” and type in our email address our list will come up. There is also a link at the bottom of the website. Items do not have to be purchased on Amazon. If you find an item elsewhere, feel free to buy it and bring it in. You may also write a check and write “wish list donation” on the memo line.

St. Michael’s Children’s Center is a 501 (c) (3) and your donations are tax deductible.

 

 

Rolie Polie News

Hello from the Rolie Polie room,

Happy Mother’s Day!

April was an activity packed month and we can’t believe how fast time is flying by. We had a great time with our Easter egg hunt too. We would like to thank you for coming to see your children’s artwork at Open House.

May should be equally as fun and busy. We are looking forward to learning all about different kinds of flowers this month. The children will have the opportunity to explore flowers through sensory play, stories, arts and crafts and hands-on activities.

As the weather continues to improve, Rolie Polies will be spending more time outdoors, so please apply sunscreen to your children in the mornings and bring in sunscreen for us to reapply as needed. Label your child’s belongings and check the refrigerator at the end of the day for leftover food or bottles.

This month we welcome Alyssa to our class and will be saying goodbye to Olive and Everly.

A big THANK YOU to all the parents for the wonderful gifts, snacks and sweet treats or Teacher Appreciation Day.

Ms. Roshini, Ms. Angia, Ms. Disna, Ms. Indu, and Ms. Jessica

 

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Bumble Bee Room News

Dear Parents,

With April showers behind us, it is now time to begin a new chapter in our investigations of spring. In The month of May, our units will be “Flowers and Garden.” We will also be talking about Mother's Day and continuing with bugs/numbers. We will be comparing flowers by color, shape, size and smell. They will also investigate how different flowers look and smell, be exposed to the names of several different types of flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and learn about the importance of flowers and gardens in our world and how people enjoy them. The children will learn about how flowers grow and the basic structure of gardening. We will be turning our dramatic area into an inside garden and creating a poster labeling the parts of a flower. We will be observing how seeds and flowers take in water with a baggie garden experiment along with art projects such as Twisted Tissue Flower, My Flower Pot, Flower Mobiles, Flower Foot, Paper Plate Sun Flowers and much more.

Our “Feeling” for this month is Scared. We will be talking about what might make us scared, like spiders and bears. We will be the reading books Skeleton Hiccups, I Never Did That Before and we are doing the music movement song We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

The weather will be warming up in the month of May. On warm spring days, we will have a little water play in the sand box and water tables. It’s time to check your preschooler’s cubby and put lighter weight extra clothing in for the warmer, spring weather. Some children may need a larger size as well. You may also choose to bring in lighter blankets for nap time. On sunny school days please apply sun block to your child before school in the morning. Do not forget to check go-home box and lunch bags for notes.

Wanted:

  • 3 Bags of Black Beans
  • 12 Kids Garden Watering Cans
  • 12 toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • 6 medium-sized empty water bottles

Ms. Brandi, Ms. Terry and Ms. Kayla

 

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Blue Dolphin Room News

Hello Parents,

Spring is getting off to a fantastic start and the Dolphins are eager to learn and brush up on some much-needed skills. This month our theme will be animals, opposites and size comparisons which will help develop their problem-solving skills. We will use flash cards, manipulatives and books to help us make these comparisons.

Parents can help with these skills at home by comparing different sized objects and talking about opposites around the house.

Reminders:

  • Please check go-home files
  • Please check cubbies for a full change of extra clothing
  • Please apply sunscreen on your child in the morning. We will reapply when needed throughout the day

Ms. Marlo and Ms. Mia

 

Shark Room News

Hi,

Thank you all for coming out to Open House. The children had a really good time showing off the classroom and all the artwork that they created for the art gallery.

This month we did things a little differently in the Shark room. I let the class decide what unit we would be doing and what things within the unit they wanted to learn about. They got to pick between two units: Bugs & Flowers or Farm. We did an old fashion classroom vote and they chose Bugs & Flowers. We will be focusing on the Farm for the month of June.

Some of the things that the children wanted to talk about were: bees, ladybugs, worms, spiders, ants, and dragonflies. We are also going to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and create our own butterflies. For flowers, we are going to talk about the parts of a flower and create lots of fun flower projects. We will be doing some math activities, such as sorting bugs into a jar, and counting bugs game as well as some bug movement games. The children were also interested in planting, so we will be doing some planting towards the end of the month. We are also going to make a special something for Mother's Day for those special moms in everyone's life.

We are continuing to work on letters. I have brought in more ABC games into the classroom now that the children are ready for them and they are really enjoying them. We are also continuing with our scissors skills and working on writing our names.

I would like to remind everybody about sunscreen. With it getting warmer outside, the children need to have sunscreen on when they arrive at school. The teachers will reapply as needed. Also, if you would like your child to wear a hat or sunglasses when we are outside, please make sure that their name is on it somewhere and bring it into school. Please make sure that there is a jacket in their cubby as the wind picks up in the afternoon and the fog rolls in and the children do go outside in the afternoon. Have a great month.

Mrs. Michelle

Fall Registration

Dear Parents,

It’s time to register for the 2017-2018 school year.  Fall registration forms have been placed in your child's go-home file. Any schedule changes (more days) will be accommodated in the order received as long as space is available. Please note there will be a slight tuition increase starting September 1, 2017.  All other fees will remain the same. The yearly materials fee ($100) is due by July 1st. 

Please return the registration form to the office by May 15th.

Open House and an update

Open House: 

Open House will be on Wednesday, April 27 from 6-7 p.m. School will be closing at 5:00 on this day so please plan accordingly. Come see what your children have been up to in their classrooms and chat with other parents.  The Infant/Toddler room will also be open  Please bring your children so they can show you their favorite things to do. 

Beautification of the Sandbox:  We are working on creating a warmer, more cheerful area in the sandbox.  We are going to be painting the large flower pots that are in the sandbox and planting in them.  Each class is going to be responsible for planting and taking care of one planter.  We are also going to be painting the cement stepping stones so that they will stand out. Below is a wish list of items that will be needed to complete this project.  Anything donations would be greatly appreciated.

  • 10 bags of planting soil
  • small orange tree
  • 16 peppermint plants
  • 1 can each of spray paint: Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green and Purple (These will be for the cement stones that go from the bike yard to the sandbox.  The teachers will be painting these, not the children)
  • 3 packages of Milkweed seed
  • 3 packages of green bean seeds
  • 5 strawberry plants

February 2017 Newsletter

Happy February Everyone! Valentine’s Day: If you would like to bring in Valentines for your child to pass out to friends, please bring them in with only the “from” portion filled out so they can pass them out to their friends without having to figure out names. (Example: To ______ From: Ms. Lauren). If your child does not regularly attend school on the day their class will be passing out Valentines, please speak with their teacher about accommodations for passing out their valentines or attending the party.

Please DO NOT bring candy. Stickers, pencils, tattoos and other non-candy food items are great alternatives. Class totals (including your child): Bumble Bee: 16 Dolphins: 15 Sharks: 11

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • February 20th School Closed for President’s Day
  • March 17th School Closed for Staff In-Service
  • April 14th School Closed for Staff In-Service Donation

OPPORTUNITIES

You may donate fresh fruit if you are out and find a great deal. (Apples, oranges, melons and berries) We use plastic bags for soiled clothing and dirty diapers. We always need Lysol or Clorox wipes, unscented baby wipes and boxes of Kleenex!

Amazon.com wish list can be found here.

Items do not have to be purchased on Amazon. If you find an item elsewhere, feel free to buy it and bring it in. You may also write a check and write “wish list donation” on the memo line. St. Michael’s Children’s Center is a 501 (c) (3) and your donations are tax deductible.

ST. MICHAEL'S CHILDREN'S CENTER FEBRUARY NEWS 

Rolie Polie News

Hi Everyone! January has gone by fairly quickly, but fun February is here! We couldn’t play outside during the rainy weather, but we still had some fun inside activities such as dancing with music, art work, playing games and singing.

As you know, this month we celebrate Valentine’s Day which will be our lovely theme. We are going to teach the little ones what loving, sharing and being friendly is all about. We will be doing arts and crafts, songs, reading books, music and movement and sensory activities related to this theme.

This month we will say good bye to Kaylee as she moves to the Preschool. We wish her all the best. We are excited to welcome Sam and his family to the Rolie Polie Room.

Since the cold weather is hanging around, remember to send warm socks and jackets. Please make sure your child’s extra clothes and snack bins are filled. Be sure all items are labeled with your child’s name including clothes, containers, pouches, cups, bottles and especially bottle caps. 

Bumble Bee Room News

February is here! Along with the new month comes a new theme. This month we will be learning about shapes and Valentines. We will discuss with the children that this day is when we share our positive feelings about special people. This day also provides an opportunity to talk about the importance of sharing, giving, loving and friendship. We will also be learning about the purpose, symbols, colors and activities related to the holiday. Along with exploring the Valentine's Day holiday we will be learning about shapes and continuing colors with activities such as heart shape cookie cutter painting and color pom-pom dropping board. The books and songs for this month will be "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose” and "The Shape Song.” Our class Valentine's Day Party will be on Tuesday, February 14 @ 9:00. We be making Valentine’s Day Smoothie and the children will exchange cards. Each child is invited to bring a valentine for each classmate. You do not need to print each friend’s name on the envelope, just write who the valentine is from. During our circle time, the children will deliver their valentines to each friend’s valentine pouch.

Wanted

  • Multi Color Dry Erase Markers 2 Packs
  • Valentine's Day Stickers
  • Plastic Bags for soiled clothes and diapers
  • 1 bag of frozen strawberries by February 10
  • 1 bag of frozen raspberries by February 10
  • 1 oz. container of vanilla yogurt by February 13
  • 1 red table cloth by February 10
  • 1 light pink table cloth by February 10
  • 20 pack of plastic drinking cups by February 10
  • 15 Casual Shoe Boxes by February 6

Reminders Check Go Home Box and Lunch bags for go home notes. Please bring utensils such as spoons and forks to use for lunch. Label all lunch boxes, containers, cups, water bottles, blankets, sleep toys and clothing. Bring in bedding label on both the crib sheet and blanket. We Hope that throughout the month of February you and your family are filled with love.

Ms. Terry and Ms. Brandi

Dolphin Room News

Hello parents, This month the Dolphin class will be focusing on the concepts about Valentine’s Day. The children will learn how we share our love with others and why flowers and gifts are given to special people on this day. The children can bring in Valentines for their friends, however we are asking to be sure to put only your child's name on them. (14 children)

Also this month we will be discussing Black History to encourage the children to recognize some famous Black Americans who invented things we use. We will also enjoy doing some fun art activities related to Valentine’s Day, Black History, and President’s Day. We will explore with some fun sensory/science activities as well.

REMINDERS Please check take home boxes daily Refresh child's cubby.

Shark Room News

Hi... This month the Shark room is going to be focused on some fun Valentine projects, learning a little bit about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and the mixing of colors to create something new. We will also continue to work on our letters, continuing with one letter a week.

The children seem to be enjoying letter days. They like working in their journals, and working on the tracing sheets and “recognizing the letter” poems. We are also going to continue working on manners and self-help skills.

We will be having a small Valentine party on the 14th. The children will get to pass out valentine's and have a special heart pancake snack. If your child is bringing valentine's please make sure that you follow the rules that I have listed below, so that there are no hurt feelings.

Valentine's Rules:

  1. Please make sure that there is a valentine for each child in the class. We have 12 kids in our class.  
  2. Please just fill out the “FROM” portion of the valentine. It makes it easier for the children to pass out it the “to” portion is blank.
  3. NO candy is allowed. If you would like to add a small “treat” to the valentine, stickers, tattoos, pencils, etc. are good options.

The weather has been a bit crazy as of late. Please make sure that your child has a jacket every day. Also, please check the cubbies at least once a week to make sure that they have a full change of clothes at all times. Looking forward to another great month.

Mrs. Michelle