WEEKLY UPDATE

IN THE SMALL, SMALL POND
WEEK OF: APRIL 25- 29, 2022
We’ll read, In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming this week and learn what can be found in a pond. Our center activities will include painting dragonflies and ducks, learning about the life cycle of a frog and the letter of the week activity is Q is for Queen.

PLANT A GARDEN
WEEK OF: MAY 2 – 6, 2022 (Monday, May 2nd @ 9:30 is the class picture)
“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” This familiar nursery rhyme sums up this week’s learning experiences on gardens. We will plant flowers and seeds on the playground and in the classroom, learn the names of garden tools and discover what plants need to grow.
The letter activity is R is for rabbit.
We wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!

BACKYARD BUGS
WEEK OF: MAY 9 – 13, 2022
What type of bugs do we see outside? Let’s find out this week as we explore a variety of insects and learn their characteristics and ways these creatures are important in nature. We will observe the new Painted Lady Caterpillars in the science area and keep you posted on their metamorphosis.

The letter activity is S is for spider.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*MONDAY MAY 2ND IS THE CLASS PICTURE! Order Forms have been emailed to all the families.
Monday students will go with their teachers to the church steps at 9:30.

All other children are asked to meet at the church steps for the class picture. Purchasing the picture is optional, but we would love to have all the children in the picture!
(in case of inclement weather the picture will be taken in Fellowship Hall)

*The summer program will be held July 11h – 14th and July 18th – 21st. Each session meets Monday – Thursday from 9:00-1:00. Children will bring a lunch and snack will be provided. The cost for each session is $160 per child.

*A summer sign-up sheet will be out at arrival time. Please sign if interested to give us an idea of how many children plan to attend. Enrollment is open to children currently attending PPP. Siblings and new families may join the wait list and will be placed based on availability. Signups are first come/first served.

*The session fee and registration form is due by Friday, May 20th.

*The May/June snack calendars are available to sign. All May, June, July and August birthdays are listed to celebrate summer birthdays. Please see a teacher with any snack questions.

SNACKS:
Monday (25) bananas Lucci
Tuesday (26) pretzels Liam
Wednesday (27) pretzels Lillian
Thursday (28) yogurt Caroline
Friday (29) birthday celebration RJ, Harrison

WEEKLY UPDATE: March 21st – 25th and March 28 – April 1, 2022

THEME: OUTER SPACE
March 21st – 25th and March 28 – April 1, 2022

Zoom, zoom, zoom,
I’m going to the moon.
Would you like to take a trip? Climb aboard my rocket ship!
(crouch down) 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
(jump up) BLAST OFF!

We will blast off into space as we explore the outer space theme. We’ll learn about planets, stars, constellations, space travel and more!

The letter of the week is O is for Outer Space.

*The week of March 28th – April 1st is a SHARING WEEK. The children may bring in an item related to space on their scheduled sharing day.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
*The April snack calendar has been sent home. May/June will be the final snack calendar for the year. Please let me know if you have not been able to access the snack signup sheet and I will sign you up for a snack. All summer birthdays will be listed on this snack calendar.

*The raffle baskets will be on display in the preschool foyer during the week prior to the Art Show. Raffle tickets may be purchased at this time or during the Art Show.

*Please tell your friends who are looking for preschool for the fall! …new families are welcome to attend the Art Show and may have a tour of the school and receive registration information.

SNACKS:
Monday (21) Cheerios & raisins – Connor
Tuesday (22) pretzels – Brandt
Wednesday (23) yogurt – Charlotte
Thursday (24) applesauce – Margot
Friday (25) pretzels – Lucci

Monday (28) Goldfish – Jack
Tuesday (29) graham crackers – Grace
Wednesday (30) applesauce – Caleb
Thursday (31) chips & salsa –
Friday (1) animal crackers – Olive
*Please note – Lunch Bunch will not be held Wednesday 3/30 – Friday 4/1

WEEKLY UPDATES: March 7 – 11, 2022 and March 14 – 18, 2022

PERRY PARK PRESCHOOL UPDATE

March 7 – 11, 2022 Theme: Recycling Art
March 14 – 18, 2022 Theme: In the Art Studio

Art is an expressive and aesthetic activity that can be enjoyed throughout life. It is a theme children especially enjoy. For the next two weeks the children will explore a variety of artists, their tools and supplies. We will also discover where works of art can be seen. We will create art inspired by Van Gogh and Monet and by using recyclable materials that inspire us. These masterpieces will be on display at the Art Show on April 9th.

The letter of the week is N is for numbers.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
**Two date changes to note:
-Outer space SHARING WEEK is moved to the week of March 28th.

-Our class group picture date is moved to Monday, May 2nd. Weather permitting; we will meet on the church steps at 9:30 for the picture. Details will be provided as the date nears.

*Be sure to wear green on 3/16 and 3/17 for some St. Patrick’s day fun!

*EEC has issued several new protocols to guide us when children have contracted COVID or are considered a close contact. Please call the school to notify us of these situations and we can direct you to the current protocol. We do have tests available at school.

SNACKS:
Monday (7) cheese & crackers – Brooke
Tuesday (8) mini bagels & cream cheese – Ainsley
Wednesday (9) applesauce – Emmelina
Thursday (10) yogurt & fruit – PPP will do
Friday (11) veggies & dip – Eleanor

Monday (14) bananas – Harrison
Tuesday (15) bananas – Morgan
Wednesday (16) chips & salsa – Caroline B.
Thursday (17) green veggies & dip –
Friday (18) graham crackers – Emme W.

WEEKLY UPDATES: February 14 – February 20 and February 28 – March 4

THEME: GOOD HEALTH WEEK
(Please note the weekly theme has changed from the master list)

This week the dramatic play area will be set up as a medical office as we learn about ways to keep healthy. We will read a Weekly Reader on dental health and create a medical bag along with a healthy foods collage. At music time we’ll do Yoga and Dr. Jean’s letter-cize!
The letter of the week activity is L is for lizard.
*Monday 2/14 the MWF group will take home their Valentine bags.

*February school vacation week is 2/21 -2/25. Enjoy the week!

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 4, 2022
THEME: READ, READ, READ

This is a SHARING WEEK. The children may bring in a favorite book on their scheduled sharing day.
Each day we will read a selection of books by favorite authors and the activities in the classroom will relate to the author of the day.

Monday – Wear green and we’ll read Froggy books by Jonathan London.

Tuesday / Wednesday- Wear silly socks! We’ll celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading several of his books and making our own Cat in the Hat hats.

Thursday – wear pajamas to school! We’ll read a collection of Mouse books by Ellen Stoll Walsh. The letter of the week activity is M is for mouse.

Friday – wear blue to school for Pete the Cat day.

SNACKS:
Monday (14) chips & salsa – Jack T
Tuesday (15) chips & salsa – Margot
Wednesday (16) veggies & dip – Caroline B.
Thursday (17) veggies & dip –PPP will do
Friday (18) birthday celebration – Olive

21st – 25th February school vacation week

Monday (28) wear green – mini bagels & cream cheese – Emelina
Tuesday (March 1st) silly socks day- animal crackers- Liam
Wednesday (2) silly socks day – animal crackers- Emmeline
Thursday (3) pj day- cheese and crackers-
Friday (4) blue day – yogurt and blueberries- Wyatt

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. -Dr. Seuss

FEBRUARY 7 – 11, 2022

This week the activities in our classroom will focus on Valentine’s Day, friendship and the Post Office. Circle time activities will include reading books and discussing the importance of sharing, giving, kindness and friendship. We will deliver Valentine cards to our friend’s mailbags and explore the Post Office set up in the dramatic play area. Other activities planned for the week include:

-playing musical hearts and other Valentine games

-sponge painting hearts

-making a Valentine card for our families

-a letter K is for kite activity and

-learning Valentine songs and poems at music time. One the children love to
recite is: “I love you, I love you, I love you divine,
Please give me your bubblegum, you’re sitting on mine!”

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*The dramatic play area will be set up as a Post Office this week. Any donations of stickers, paper and envelopes would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

*At circle time this week the Yellow Apples will begin to learn their addresses and to recognize their address in print.

*Children may bring in Valentine cards for their classmates.For ease of distributing the cards, please have your child sign their name inside the cards and leave the outside envelop blank. The T/Th group (15) will take their Valentine bags home on Thursday, 2/10. The MWF group (20) will take their Valentine bags home on Monday, 2/14

*Please label all outwear and water bottles, we have many duplicates!

*The March snack calendar is available to sign.

SNACKS:
Monday (7) bananas -Emme W.
Tuesday (8) bananas -Ainsley
Wednesday (9) applesauce -Brooke
Thursday (10) animal crackers -Brandt
Friday (11) yogurt -Samantha

WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 7 – 11, 2022

This week the activities in our classroom will focus on Valentine’s Day,
friendship and the Post Office. Circle time activities will include reading books and discussing the importance of sharing, giving, loving and friendship. We will deliver Valentine cards to our friend’s mailbags and explore the Post Office set up in the dramatic play area. Other activities planned for the week include:

-playing musical hearts and other Valentine games

-sponge painting hearts

-making a Valentine card for our families

-a letter K is for kite activity and

-learning Valentine songs and poems at music time. One the children love to
recite is: “I love you, I love you, I love you divine,
Please give me your bubblegum, you’re sitting on mine!”

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
*The dramatic play area will be set up as a Post Office this week. Any donations of stickers, paper and envelopes would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

*At circle time this week the Yellow Apples will begin to learn their
addresses and to recognize their address in print.

*Children may bring in Valentine cards for their classmates.For ease of
distributing the cards, please have your child sign their name inside the cards and leave the outside envelop blank. The T/Th group (15) will take their Valentine bags home on Thursday, 2/10. The MWF group (20) will take their Valentine bags home on Monday, 2/14

*Please label all outwear and water bottles, we have many duplicates!

*The March snack calendar is available to sign.

SNACKS:
Monday (7) bananas Emme W.
Tuesday (8) bananas Ainsley
Wednesday (9) applesauce Brooke
Thursday (10) animal crackers Brandt
Friday (11) yogurt Samantha

WEEKLY UPDATES: JANUARY 24th – 28th and JANUARY 31ST – FEBRUARY 4TH

WEEKLY UPDATE

THEME: A VISIT TO THE AQUARIUM

JANUARY 24th – 28th and JANUARY 31ST – FEBRUARY 4TH

This theme will find us exploring the sea life and habitat found in an aquarium.
Sharks, crabs, jellyfish, sea turtles, and seahorses are among the sea life included in our aquarium experiences.
We plan to create an aquarium display which all can view at the Art Show on
April 9th. Other activities will include seashells in the science center, ocean books and puzzles, and an ocean creature matching game.

The letter of the week activity is J is for jellyfish.

January 24th -28th is a sharing week. The children are asked to bring in an item related to the aquarium theme on their scheduled sharing day.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:

*The February snack calendar has been sent home.

*Looking ahead… the children are welcome to bring in Valentine cards for their classmates. The T/Th group will deliver Valentines on Thursday 2/10. There are 15 children in that group. The MWF group will deliver Valentines on Monday 2/14. There are 20 children in that group. Please send in enough cards for your child’s entire group. Cards may be sent in ahead of time.

*Please leave the outside envelope blank for ease of delivery and your child may sign their name inside the card.

SNACKS:

Monday (24) pretzels Connor

Tuesday (25) graham crackers PPP will do

Wednesday (26) Goldfish Emelina

Thursday (27) chips & salsa Emmeline

Friday (28) hummus & pita bread Eleanor

Monday (31) cheese & crackers Jayden

Tuesday (1) fruit cups Grace

Wednesday (2) fruit cups Lillian

Thursday (3) Goldfish Emmeline

Friday (4) Goldfish Wyatt

January Update

JANUARY 3 – 6, 10 – 14 and 17 – 21, 2022

Welcome back and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!

We have many fun learning experiences planned for our exploration of winter.

Circle time activities will include reading books about winter, snow, and arctic animals. We’ll go ice fishing with magnetic letters, make bird feeders and try an experiment with water and ice! There will be a flurry of winter art experiences as we create puffy paint snow scenes, collage mittens and hats and cut out snowflakes. The sensory table will have snow (we hope!) and ice cubes to observe melting and music time will find us moving like snowflakes, dancing the “freeze dance” and singing winter songs. The words to two are on the reverse.
The letter activities are I is for igloo and J is for jellyfish.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
*When wearing snow boots, please send shoes or slippers in the backpack to change into once we’re inside. Wet snow boots make very slippery, wet floors!

*Check the spare clothes in your child’s backpack to be sure warm long pants, and socks are included.

*Snow pants may be worn onto the playground for snowy fun, and we’ll send them home at the end of the day. Please label all outerwear!

*Registration forms for the 2022-2023 school year have been sent home.
Openings will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

*Enrollment will open up to new families after Friday, January 21st.

An Open House for new families will be held on January 22nd from 10:00-11:00. If you know of anyone who is interested in attending PPP in the fall they may call the school @ 978 374- 6678 or email perryparkpreschool@gmail.com for information. Thank you!

*Progress reports are coming home this week. They do not need to be signed or returned. There is a signup sheet for those who would like to sign up for a phone conference with your child’s teacher.

*There is no preschool class on Monday 1/17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

SNACKS:
Monday (3) veggies & dip -Olive
Tuesday (4) veggies & dip -Elias & Eliza
Wednesday (5) bananas -Brooke
Thursday (6) applesauce -Grace
Friday (7) yogurt -Brooke

Monday (10) applesauce -Emme W.
Tuesday (11) bananas -Isla
Wednesday (12)mini bagels & cream cheese -Caroline B.
Thursday (13) Yogurt -John
Friday (14) graham crackers -Jack M.

Monday (17) MLK, Jr. Day observed – no preschool
Tuesday (18) birthday celebration -Elias, Ainsley
Wednesday (19) chips & salsa -Wyatt
Thursday (20) mini bagels & cream cheese -Liam
Friday (21) oranges -RJ

SNOW IS FALLING
(tune of Frere Jacques)
Snow is falling, snow is falling
to the ground, to the ground.
Soft and quiet snowflakes, soft and quiet snowflakes.
Not a sound, not a sound.

A Snowman finger play:
A chubby little snowman had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny and what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny, looking for his lunch,
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose; nibble, nibble, crunch!

December Update

It’s the holiday season…

There is excitement in the air and in the classroom as the children eagerly anticipate the upcoming holidays. There are many holiday learning experiences planned for this festive time of year. Circle time activities and discussions will focus on our families’ customs and holiday traditions and we will explore holiday traditions from other countries as well. Center time activities will include creating holiday paintings and decorations, reading holiday books, making a musical instrument, playing the dreidel game and reading a holiday issue of My Big World magazine.
At music time we will sing Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Rudolph, the Dreidel song and other popular songs of the season.

Also, all the children will be busy working on a special gift for their families.
The letter of the week activities are G is for gift and H is for Holly.

December 13th – 17th is a sharing week…the children are asked to bring in a holiday treasure on their scheduled sharing day.

A favorite Santa song: (Tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Hat, whiskers, belt and boots, belt and boots.
Hat, whiskers, belt and boots, belt and boots.
Twinkling eyes and a little cherry nose,
Hat, whiskers, belt and boots, belt and boots.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
*We are collecting empty water bottles for a musical craft on Thursday and Friday, December 9th and 10th.

*Families are invited to attend an outdoor holiday get-together on Wednesday, December 22nd at 9:30. In conjunction with the Groveland Police Dept. we will be collecting unwrapped toys for a Toys for Tots donation. More information will come home as the date nears.

*The January snack calendar is available to sign.
*Progress reports will be issued mid-January. There will be a sign up sheet to schedule a phone conference with your child’s teacher.

* Registration forms for the 2022/2023 school year will come in December for returning students.

*Returning families will receive their first-choice schedule when forms are returned by January 15th. Following that date, new families are welcome to enroll. There is an Open House scheduled for new families on Saturday,
January 22nd from 9:30-10:30.

SNACKS:
Monday (29) pretzels – Harrison
Tuesday (30) Goldfish – Eliza/Elias
Wednesday (1) yogurt – Emelina
Thursday (2) hummus & pita bread – Caroline C.
Friday (3) graham crackers – Lucci

Monday (6) birthday celebration – Lillian
Tuesday (7) bananas – John
Wednesday (8) veggies & dip – Harrison
Thursday (9) pretzels – Mila
Friday (10) bananas – Caleb

Monday (13) pretzels – Olive
Tuesday (14) Clementines – Margot
Wednesday (15) mini bagels & cream cheese-
Thursday (16) birthday celebration – Eliza
Friday (17) Clementines – Caroline B.

Monday (20) Goldfish – Samantha
Tuesday (21) Goldfish – Brandt

Happy Holidays!!

A Christmas finger play:
Here is the chimney (make fist with thumb tucked inside)
Here is the top (place other hand over)
Open the lid (remove hand)
Out Santa will pop! (wiggle thumb)
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 15 – 19, and 22nd & 23rd 2021

THEME: FAMILIES and WE ARE THANKFUL

“The turkey is a funny bird, his head goes wobble, wobble, He only knows just one word, gobble, gobble, gobble!”

Our families and Thanksgiving will be the focus of our activities. At circle time we will have SHARING WEEK and we are asking each child to bring in a family photo on their scheduled sharing day. You may send in a picture of just one or two individual relatives or a group picture; any family picture your child selects will be fine. We will display the pictures on a bulletin board for a few weeks, then the pictures will remain in school to be added to your child’s end-of-the –year portfolio.

The letter of the week activity is F is for feathers.

I’M A LITTLE TURKEY (tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little turkey fluffy and brown.

My wings flip-flop when I turn around.

I have a lot of feathers on my back,

And a big orange beak that goes click-clack.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, 11/17. We will use the same signup sheet for the T/TH group.

*The December snack calendar is available to sign. If you have not had the

opportunity to provide snack and would like to do so, send an email and I will sign

you up for a snack. The daily snack calendar is sent home monthly and can also be

found on our website: perryparkpreschool.com.

*We plan to be on the playground for at least 20-30 minutes each morning. Please

be sure all outerwear is labeled. When wearing boots send a pair of shoes/slippers

in the backpack to change into once we’re indoors.

*We have a pink, Old Navy sweatshirt at school. Let us know if you’re missing one!

*Children’s medical forms are valid for one year from the date of their physical.

Please send in an updated form when your child has their annual physical.

*PPP will participate in collecting Toys for Tots in December. The donated toys

should remain unwrapped and brought to school on Wednesday, December 22nd.

More information about this event will come home in December.

SNACKS:

Monday (15) Cheerios & raisins – Samantha

Tuesday (16) Cheerios & raisins – Liam

Wednesday (17) PICTURE DAY! – birthday celebration – Jack M.- muffins – Charlotte

Thursday (18) mini bagels & cream cheese – Ben

Friday (19) mini bagels & cream cheese – Eleanor

Monday (22) Goldfish – Emmeline

Tuesday (23) birthday celebration – Isla

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!