WEEKLY UPDATE: JANUARY 21 – 25 and JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 1, 2019

THEME: DISCOVER THE RAINFOREST

This week our classroom will come alive with the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. We will learn about the levels of the rainforest, the vegetation and the many creatures that inhabit each; including frogs, spiders, snakes, monkeys, jaguars, toucans, butterflies and sloths.

At the science center we’ll explore a coconut and a pineapple and use pattern blocks to make rainforest snakes. Music time will find us singing and moving about like monkeys, alligators, snakes and more!

Books we’ll be reading include: Rainforest Babies- Kathy Darling

Who Lives in the Rainforest? ; Monkeys; and Rainforest Colors-Susan Canizares

The Great Kapok Tree- Lynn Cherry

Flashy, Fantastic Rainforest Frogs- Dorothy Patent

The letter of the week activities are O is for owl and P is for parrot.

**January 28 – February 1 is a SHARING WEEK. The children are asked to bring in an item related to the rainforest theme on their scheduled sharing day.

 

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:

*There is no school on Monday, 1/21, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

*The classroom bulletin boards will become a tropical rainforest with many of the children’s creations. You will be invited to view all of these at the Art Show which will be held on Saturday, April 6th. More info will come home as the date nears.

*Looking ahead…The children are welcome to distribute Valentine cards to all of their classmates on Monday 2/11 through Wednesday 2/13. Everyone will decorate a bag to receive cards and the bags will be sent home from Wednesday 2/13 – Friday 2/15.There are 22 Red Apples and 15 Yellow Apples.

*Your child may sign the inside of the cards, but please leave the outside envelope blank for ease of distributing the cards.

*The Yellow Apple Group will begin home visits with the class book buddy this week.

Knuffle Bunny, and two books by Mo Willems, will go home with each child for two nights and the children are asked to write about their experience in the class journal. All are looking forward to their turn!

SNACKS:

Monday (21) Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Tuesday (22) graham crackers Matt

Wednesday (23) yogurt Dominic

Thursday (24) fruit Luke, Evie

Friday (25) pretzels Maddox

Monday (28) bananas Georgia

Tuesday (29) cucumbers & dip Sophie

Wednesday (30) Cheerios & raisins Nora

Thursday (31) applesauce & crackers Stella

Friday (1) yogurt

WEEK OF: JANUARY 14 – 18, 2019

THEME: IT’S A SMALL WORLD

This theme will take the children on a journey around the world! Japan, France,

Mexico and Australia are among the places we will visit. We plan to explore a variety of crafts, flags, music, dance, and languages – each country has something different to share!

We’ll learn to say ‘hello’ and ‘friend’ in several languages, dress in cultural attire in the dramatic play center and use lava play dough in the sensory table. At music time we’ll sing a favorite song, Hello to All the Children of the World, Frere Jacques, dance the Mexican Hat Dance and more!

The letter of the week activity is N is for newspaper.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*The February snack calendar is available to sign.

*There will be a Tasty Tuesday lunch on February 12th.

*Registration forms for the 2019-2020 school year have been sent home.

Please let me know if you did not receive one yet. Priority registration is open to

PPP families until January 18th. After that date registration will be ongoing and

new families are welcome to register.

*We have a colorful umbrella here that was left at the holiday party.

Let me know if it’s yours!

*Would anyone like to help plan a parent group get- together at Amazement?

Or a trip to the North Shore Music Theater in March to see Curious George?

Please let me know.

SNACKS:

Monday (14) cheese & crackers Vivian

Tuesday (15) chips & salsa Sean Michael

Wednesday (16) carrots & dip Liam

Thursday (17) hummus & pita bread Cooper

Friday (18) bananas

WEEKLY UPDATES: January 2nd – 4th and 7th – 11th, 2019

THEME: ICE EXPLORATION and ARCTIC FREEZE

 

Welcome back and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

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 play winter charades. There will be a flurry of winter art experiences as we create cotton ball snow scenes, puffy paint snowmen and snow paintings. The sensory table will have snow 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 activity is M is for mitten.

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 2019-2020 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 18th.

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 to arrange a visit. Thank you!

WEEKLY UPDATE: DECEMBER 3 – 7, 2018

THEME: MUSIC ALL AROUND

Children love music and music plays an important role in their lives. From singing songs and playing instruments, dancing and exercising to music, we will explore all aspects of music this week. Throughout the week we’ll listen to different types of music, learn some new songs and perhaps make up one of our own! Musical activities your child may participate include:

-dancing with scarves

-playing instruments at music time

-decorating musical notes

-painting to music

-recording our voices

-making a musical shaker or tamborine.

The letter of the week is K is for keyboard.

*This is a sharing week. We are asking the children to bring in something related

to music on their scheduled sharing day.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Progress reports will be coming home this week. They do not need to be signed or returned. There are still time slots available to meet with your child’s teacher.

*Attached is the notice for the holiday celebration which will be held on

Friday, December 21stat 9:30. There is no regular preschool class that Friday.

*Registration forms for the 2019-2020 school year will be sent home mid-

December. PPP families are encouraged to return their forms by January 18thto

reserve your first choice schedule. After January 18thenrollment will be open

for new families to register.

More information will come home with the registration forms.

*The January snack calendar is available to sign this week.

WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 12 – 16 AND 19 -23, 2018

THEME: FAMILY TIME / WE GIVE THANKS

Some families are large, some families are small,

but I love my family best of all!”

Families and Thanksgiving will be the focus of our activities for these two weeks. At circle time we will read the story of the first Thanksgiving, discuss our own family Thanksgiving celebrations, our favorite Thanksgiving foods and what we are thankful for. Other activities planned include painting turkeys, creating a thankful wreath and a writing activity about our families.

The letter of the week activity is I is for insect.

At music time we will dance the turkey-pokey, sing On Thanksgiving Day by Laurie Berkner and this turkey song:

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.

**11/12 -11/16 is a sharing week.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 photo your child selects will be fine. We plan to pin the photos onto a classroom bulletin board for

several weeks. The photos will then be kept for each child’s end-of-the-year portfolio book.

**Red Apple children who have sharing scheduled for Monday 11/12; please bring

your sharing in on Monday 11/19.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*The December snack calendar is available to sign.

*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday on 11/13.

*We plan to be on the playground for 20 – 30 minutes each morning. Please dress your child for the weather and be sure all outerwear is labeled. When wearing boots, put shoes in the back pack to change into once we’re inside.

*As the cold weather approaches we must prepare for inclement weather. PPP is closed if the Pentucket School Districtis closed. When a delayed opening is announced PPP will hold school from10:45-12:30and Lunch Bunch will not be held.

*Parent-teacher conferences for the Yellow Apple group will be held on Monday December 3rd from 9-11:30 and Tuesday December 4th from 12:30-1:30.

* Parent-teacher conferences for the Red Apple group will be held on Wednesday December 5th from 9-11:30 and 12:15-1:30 and Thursday December 6th from 12:15-1:30.

*Conference signup sheets will be posted on the fence to schedule an appointment. If you cannot access these you may call or email for an appointment time.

** Lunch Bunch will not be held on Wednesday 11/21.

SNACKS:

Monday (12) Veteran’s Day- -no preschool-

Tuesday (13) bananas Cooper

Wednesday (14) carrots & dip Olivia

Thursday (15) birthday celebration Stella

Friday (16) birthday celebration Brian, Hanna, Landon

Monday (19) pretzels & cider Liam

Tuesday (20) applesauce & graham crackers Matt

Wednesday (21) corn muffins, Benjamin

No Lunch Bunch on Wednesday November 21st.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 5 – 9, 2018

THEME: FUN TO BE FIT

This week we will explore many aspects of good health. We will discover the importance of exercise, healthy habits and healthy foods.

We plan to…

-create a collage of pictures of healthy foods

-measure our heights on a growth chart in the classroom

-do yoga poses and the bean bag dance at music time

-finger-paint with shaving cream,

-paint with toothbrushes and learn this poem

I have a little toothbrush.

I hold it very tight.

I brush my teeth each morning,

And then again at night.

The letter of the week activity is H is for hands.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:

*The book order is due by Monday, November 5th.

*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday which will be held on 11/13

from 11:45- 1:00. The cost is $10 for pizza (from Nick’s of Groveland) juice and

Hoodsie cups. This is for Tuesday students.

*The Tot Yoga program run by Ms Sarah ended on October 30th. This was a great success and we hope to offer it again in the spring. We are also thinking of offering yoga in January one afternoon per week from 12:45-1:30 for preschoolers and a care giver. We welcome your input!! Is this a program you would be interested in joining? Please email your thoughts and suggestions as soon as possible. Thank you!

WEEKLY UPDATE: OCTOBER 15 – 19, 2018

Theme: Autumn Leaves

Autumn is in the air and in the classroom as we explore this colorful season. At circle time we will talk about the signs of fall, the changes that fall brings and some of our favorite fall activities. We plan to paint with fall colors at the easel, practice scissor skills by cutting out leaf and pumpkin shapes and we’ll collect leaves from the playground to collage. Our sensory table will have mini pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn for exploration. A few of the books that we will be reading include:

When Autumn Comes, by Robert Maass

Red Leaf, Yellow Leafby Lois Ehlert

The Apple Pie Treeby Zoe Hall

Leaf Manby Lois Ehlert

Apples and Pumpkinsby Anne Rockwell

The letter of the week activity is E is for elephant.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:

*The Yankee Candle Fundraiser packets have been sent home. There are

additional order forms if anyone needs one. Please return all orders by

Monday 10/22.

* Our Halloween party will be held in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, 10/31 at 9:30.

All PPP children are invited to attend with a parent/guardian. Regular preschool

class is not held that day. The party concludes with a Halloween parade outside in

front of the church @ 10:45. More information will come home as the date

nears. A signup sheet for donations of snacks and prizes for the party will be

out this week.

*There is pumpkin picking outing planned for Monday, October 22ndat 1:00 at

Roger’s Spring Hill Farm. There is a signup sheet for those interested in going.

The cost is $6.50 per person. Place your money in an envelope with your name on

it prior to Monday 10/22. This is always a fun trip so please join in!

An acorn song that we will sing this week:

I’m an acorn, small and round,

Lying on the cold, hard ground.

Everybody steps on me, that is why I’m cracked, you see!

I’m a nut, tsk tsk. I’m a nut, tsk tsk. I’m an acorn nut, tsk tsk.

SNACKS:

Monday (15) apples Stella

Tuesday (16) cheese & crackers Caroline

Wednesday (17) mini bagels & cream cheese Nora

Thursday (18) chips & salsa Jackson

Friday (19) carrots & dip Liam

WEEKLY UPDATE: OCTOBER 8 – 12, 2018

THEME: SAFETY WEEK

The theme this week will offer opportunities to learn safety rules and to explore the community helpers who help to keep us safe. We plan to tour Ms Sherry’s school bus one morning and learn about transportation safety. Officer Josh of the Groveland PD will visit on Thursday and tell us about his job. We will also practice fire drills (we do not sound the alarm) to learn how to exit the building quickly and quietly. We will practice fire drills on a monthly basis.

Other safety activities planned include practicing stop -drop and -roll at circle time, water spray bottles in the sensory table and painting fire trucks.

The letter of the week activity is D is for Dalmatian.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*There is no school on Monday (8th) for Columbus Day.

*A photographer from Hockmeyer Studios will be in Fellowship Hall on Thursday (11th) for those who would like their child’s picture taken. Children who attend school on Thursday will go with their teachers and classmates @ 9:30 for their pictures. All others are asked to arrive between 10:15-11:00. Siblings may have their pictures taken also.

*There is no picture order form ahead of time. You will have the opportunity to preview the proofs when they arrive and then place your photo order.

*The class group photo is taken in the spring.

A new song we will learn this week- (sung to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little fire fighter on the go

Here is my helmet, here is my hose.

When I see a fire, hear me shout:

“Turn on the water and put the fire out!”

Shhhhhhhhhhhh!

WEEKLY UPDATE: OCTOBER 1 – 5, 2018

THEME: COLOR DAYS

This week we will have fun with primary colors. We plan to graph our favorite color, experiment with color mixing, play Red Light, Green Light and create a variety of colorful prints using apples, celery and peppers.

Each day will focus on a different color and the children may wear the color of the day to enhance this learning experience.

Monday – red day

Tuesday – orange day

Wednesday – yellow day

Thursday – green day

Friday – blue

The letter of the week activity is C is for cat.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:

*Please label your child’s backpack! Inside or out, thank you!

*Be sure all of your child’s outerwear is clearly labeled. The children hang

their jackets, etc. on hooks and are sometimes unsure which is theirs at the

end of the day.

*Each child should have a complete change of clothes in their backpack.

*The October snack calendar is attached along with a snack information sheet.

*The Yankee Candle Fundraiser begins on October 2nd. Packets may be

picked up at the Open House. This is our one fundraiser for the year. The orders

are due back by Monday 10/22. Checks may be made out to PPP and there is

no sales tax. We appreciate your participation in this fundraiser.

*Its pumpkin picking time! Who would like to help plan a trip to Rogers Spring Hill

Farm? Please see Marie.

August Update

I hope you are having an enjoyable summer. It’s hard to believe that back-to-school orientation is just a few weeks away!

Perry Park’s summer program was held for three weeks this past July. We all had a lot of fun and look forward to offering it next summer; July 8 – 25, 2019.

View highlights of the summer activities at Facebook.com/perryparkpreschool.

We are excited to announce that Sarah Perry will lead Tot Yoga at PPP this fall.

Children 18 months – 3 years, along with a caregiver, are invited to join. Sarah is a certified yoga instructor as well as an assistant teacher at PPP. The six-class session will be held on Tuesday mornings in Fellowship Hall from 9:30-10:15 for a cost of $60. The class begins on Tuesday 9/25 and ends on Tuesday 10/30. Please register on our website; perryparkpreschool.com or you may call the school to register.

Orientation visits for the fall program will be held Wednesday, September 5th and Friday, September 7th. Please come in anytime between 9:00 -11:00 with your child.

The children will have the opportunity to visit with teachers and friends and explore the classroom before the start of school. Parents will receive a handbook, a school calendar and a family directory as well as other information.

Please bring with you:

*completed enrollment and emergency forms. Be sure to list local contacts for emergency purposes- someone who can come to the school just in case you can not be reached.

*medical and immunization forms with the date of the lead tests clearly stated.

–No child will be able to start school without this information.

*two photos (4×6 or smaller) of your child to use in school to label his/her cubby and snack time place card and

* first tuition payment.

The teachers have been busy preparing the classroom and planning the curriculum in anticipation of the new school year. Bridget Grenham is the Yellow Apple group teacher (4&5- year olds).

I will assist the Yellow Apple group each morning. Ilene Kozdra is the Red Apple group teacher (3&4-year olds). Sherry DePaolo will assist the Red Apple group on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Mondays. Sarah Perry will assist the Red Apple group on Wednesdays, Fridays and alternate Mondays. One of the great aspects of our program is that the staff works together in all areas of the classroom throughout the morning and comes to know every child on an individual basis. Please be sure to meet the teachers at orientation. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

During your orientation visit there will be information and a signup sheet for those interested in joining our Parent Group. The parent group organizes social events outside of the regular classroom setting. Please let me know if you would like to help plan the first group outing in October.

Mark your calendar! The annual Ice Cream Social and preschool Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. More information on this evening will come home in September.

At this time there are limited openings for the fall program with a waitlist for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please let me know if you need to make changes to your schedule or if you will not be attending PPP as planned. There is space available for Lunch Bunch which is held from 11:45-1:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A signup sheet will be available during orientation for those who may like to sign up.

Lunch Bunch will begin on Wednesday, September 19th.

I will be in and out of the classroom frequently during the next few weeks so leave a message at (978) 374-6678 if I can help you in any way. I can also easily be reached through email: perryparkpreschool@gmail.com.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer! School begins on Monday, September 10th.