WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 18 – 22 AND NOVEMBER 25 -26, 2019

THEME: FAMILY, FRIENDS & FEELINGS / WE ARE THANKFUL

“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 Thanksgiving books, discuss our own family Thanksgiving celebrations, our favorite Thanksgiving foods and what we are thankful for. Other activities planned include painting turkeys at the easel, making turkey slime for the sensory table, baking corn muffins, a writing activity about our families and reading a My Big World magazine on Thanksgiving manners.

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

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.

**11/18 -11/22 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.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
*The December snack calendar is available to sign.
*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday on 11/19.
*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/slippers 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 District is closed. When a delayed opening is announced PPP will hold school from 10:45-12:30 and Lunch Bunch will not be held.
*Parent-teacher conferences for the Red Apple group will be held on Friday, December 6th and Monday, December 9th from 9:00-11:15.
*Parent-teacher conferences for the Yellow Apple group will be held on Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, 12th from 12:15 – 1:00 and Friday, December 13th from 9:00 – 11:15.
*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.
*The children will be creating winter art for the bulletin boards at the Groveland library. Be sure to come by in December to see their creations!

WEEKLY UPDATES: OCTOBER 21-25 and 28- NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Pumpkins and Halloween will be the focus of our activities for the upcoming two weeks. Classroom activities will include; cutting out jack o’ lantern faces, painting ghosts, bats and pumpkins for Halloween, playing a Halloween matching game, dressing in costumes in the dramatic play center and reading a My Big World Magazine on pumpkins. Science exploration will include carving a large jack o’ lantern for the classroom, baking pumpkin muffins and conducting a pumpkin volcano experiment!

The letter of the week activities are F is for fall and G is for ghost.

At music time we will learn Halloween songs as we prepare for the party on the 31st.

10/21 – 10/25 is a SHARING WEEK. The children may bring in a fall or Halloween item on their scheduled sharing day.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:
*non-perishable items for the Halloween party should be sent in by Tuesday 29th. Thank you!
*The Yankee Candle orders are due by Monday, 10/28.
*There is a signup sheet for the family afternoon at AMAZEment on November 4th.
*This year we will be decorating a bulletin board at the Groveland Library with PPP art work! Stop by for a look! The board will change throughout the year to provide everyone the opportunity to have their creations displayed.

WEEKLY UPDATE: October 14 – 18, 2019

Highlights of Safety Week activities:

Monday – Columbus Day- no preschool class
Tuesday – presentation on electrical safety by Groveland Light Co.
Wednesday – tour of Ms. Sherry’s school bus
Thursday- individual photos taken by Hockmeyer Studios.
Thursday students will go to Fellowship Hall at 9:30 with their teachers and classmates for pictures. All others are asked to come between 10:30 – 11:15 for pictures. Order forms will be sent home as soon as we receive them. Having your child’s picture taken is optional.
Friday – fire safety presentation with Firefighter Andrew

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

Fire drills will be held several days this week. We do not sound the alarm, we practice leaving the building quickly and quietly in case of an emergency.

Fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis after this week.

Reminders, Requests and other info:
*The Halloween party notice is available.
*There is a signup sheet for contributions for the Halloween party.
*The November snack calendar will be available to sign this week.
*The next group get together is planned for Monday, November 4th at Amazement in Bradford. A signup sheet will be posted and payment is due one week prior to this event.

WEEKLY UPDATES : SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 4 and OCTOBER 7 – 11, 2019

THEME: IN THE ORCHARD and FABULOUS FALL

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, create apple print pictures and collect leaves for a fall collage. Our science center will have mini pumpkins, gourds, leaves and corn for exploration.

An acorn song we will sing this week:

I’m an acorn small and round (make circle with fingers)

Lying on the cold, cold ground (pretend to sleep)

Everybody steps on me (walk),

That is why I’m cracked you see (shrug)

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

The letter of the week activities are C is for cupcake and D is for duck.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:

*Tuesday – October 1st – Open House and Ice Cream Social, 6-7PM

* The pumpkin picking trip is Monday 10/7; $6.50 per child is due by Monday morning. It is not too late to sign up. A sign up sheet and money collection envelope is on the fence at arrival time.

*The Yankee Candle Fundraiser packets may be picked up at the open house.

There are additional order forms if anyone needs one. This is our one fundraiser for the year and we appreciate your support. Please return all orders by Monday

10/28. Orders can also be placed online.

*Yoga Bunch begins on 10/8. There is one open spot for this lunch/yoga four week session.

*The Groveland librarian visited PPP on Monday 9/23 for a story time. She will come throughout the year and her next visit is Tuesday 10/8.

*A photographer from Hockmeyer Studios will be here on Thursday 10/17 for  those interested in having their child’s photo taken. More info and a picture order form will come home with the next update.

* Our Halloween party will be held in Fellowship Hall on Thursday, 10/31 at 9:30. All PPP children are invited to attend with a parent/caregiver. 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.

WEEKLY UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 16 – 20, 2019

THEME: HELLO FRIENDS
This week at Perry Park the children will continue to explore new centers in the classroom. Circle time activities will include singing songs and playing games to help learn the names of our teachers and new friends. Other friendship activities will include creating a friendship heart for the classroom, finger painting with friends and painting Bag Buddies (which the children will take home at the Open House).
Also this week we will begin our letter of the week activities with A is for APPLE.
There are many reminders and requests..…any questions please call!

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
* Wear nametags for the first week of school.
* Clearly label backpacks and be sure to keep a complete change of clothes inside.
* Lunch Bunch begins on Wednesday 9/18. There is space available to sign up. Please see the notice in your orientation packet for more information.
* The book order is due by Friday 9/20.
* The 2nd tuition installment is now due. The 3rd installment will be due October 1st.
* PPP will provide snacks for the first two weeks. Daily snacks are listed on the snack calendar found in the orientation packet. Water is served with the snack of the day.
* The October snack calendar will be available to sign-up next week.
* There is a signup sheet for the first parent group outing to Roger’s Spring Hill Farm on Monday, October 7th at 12:30

WEEKLY UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 9 – 13, 2019

THEME: WELCOME TO SCHOOL!

Welcome to Perry Park Preschool and the first Weekly Update of the school year.
Each week your child will bring home an update which lists activities and events for the following week.
The first weeks of school will focus on introducing the children to the rules and routines of the classroom and the playground. The children will be learning new songs to sing for greeting hello, clean-up time and good-bye. They will have the opportunity to explore many interest centers in the classroom including blocks, dramatic play, play dough, puzzles, and the science area.
Art exploration will include painting at the easel, using scissors and glue sticks, painting with water colors and decorating a place card for snack time.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 27TH – JUNE 10th 2019

It’s hard to believe but this is the last update of the year as we prepare for the final days of school. It is amazing to look back to September and reflect on how the children have grown this year! It has been a pleasure getting to know all of your children and being a part of this important stage of their growth and development. We hope you all have enjoyed the year at PPP! We look forward to seeing returning students in September and wish our pre-k students a wonderful kindergarten experience.

Our last days of school will be enjoyed with theme days. This gives us the opportunity to close out the school year in a special way and have fun with activities that we think your children will enjoy. Please take note of the themes on the days your child attends school- the children are excited to know about these special events!

*Final Lunch Bunch bills will besent home this week. The last lunch is Friday, May 31st.

**The final lunch payment is due by your child’s last lunch bunch day,

Thank you!

MONDAY (27) – MEMORIAL DAY

TUESDAY (28) – BEACH DAY –We’ll imagine we’re atthe beach to explore the sand and sea. Children may wear bathing suits to school under clothes orwitha cover up.

SNACK: crackers & lemonade– Nora

WEDNESDAY (29)– WATERMELON DAY – We’ll create a watermelon sun-catcher, sing Down By The Bay and enjoy watermelon for snack!

SNACK :watermelon – Liam

THURSDAY (30) – CURIOUS CREATURES DAY- All are looking forward to this popular end-of-the-year event!

SNACK: animal crackers – Maddox

FRIDAY (1) – LUAU DAY – wear your most colorful clothes and we’ll paint shells and do the limbo!

SNACK: fruit – Bennett

MONDAY (3) – CASTLES AND DRAGONS – We’ll be kings and queens for the day and read dragon stories and build sand castles!

SNACK: graham crackers – Ryder

TUESDAY (4) –DINOSAUR DAY – PPP will become the land of dinosaurs

with dinosaurs all around us! ROAR!

SNACK: yogurt & fruit – Paxton

WEDNESDAY (5) – LEGO DAY We’ll have fun building with Legos and Duplos and

we’ll paint with them too!

SNACK:cheese & crackers- Rebecca

THURSDAY (6) –SPORTS DAY – Wear your favorite sports team attire!B owling, golf, soccer, hopscotch and more!

SNACK: popsicles-Sophie

FRIDAY (7) – PIZZA DAY- We’ll make our own English muffin pizzas for snack, read Hi Pizza Man!by Virginia Walter and sing some funny pizza songs.

SNACK:English muffins, sauce, cheese-

LAST DAY………

MONDAY (10) GAMES DAY- We’ll have fun playing a variety of popular games. Bingo; Duck, Duck Goose; What Time is it Mr. Fox? And Doggie, Doggie are among the selections.

SNACK: ice cream sandwiches –

TUESDAY (11) YELLOW APPLE GRADUATION @ 9:30

OTHER INFO:

*The first tuition installment for returning students is due by June 15th. This payment reserves your spot for the fall.

*Enrollment packets for returning students will come home in June. Please bring all of these forms with you to the orientation visit in September – 9/4 & 9/5.

*We have openings for preschool in September. If you know of anyone looking for preschool they may call or email for more information.

*I can be reached over the summer by email atperryparkpreschool@gmail.com or call 978 374-6678 and leave a message.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 6 – 10, 2019

THEME: GROWING GARDENS

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” This familiar nursery rhyme sums up this week’s learning experiences on gardens. We will be exploring the purposes, types and places for flower and vegetable gardens.

We will also learn the names of garden tools and what plants need to grow.

Some of the learning experiences planned include:

-reading a My Big World magazine about sunflowers

-planting a hairy Harry (grass seed in a cup)

-observing root growth by sprouting carrot tops at the science center

-a counting activity using beans and flower pots

-painting with plastic flowers and

-a group project of planting flowers on the playground.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Curious Creatures will be visiting PPP on Thursday May 30th for two 40minute programs. If your child does not attend school on Thursdays you may sign up to attend one of the programs. A sign up sheet will be posted on the fence. More information on this will come home as the date nears. This activity is for PPP students only. We will not be able to accommodate siblings at this event.

Information and registration forms for the summer program have been sent home. Summer registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

*We wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!

WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 29 – MAY 3, 2019

Theme: Old MacDonald’s Farm

This week’s activities will center on farm life. We will be discussing what grows on a farm, what animals live there, and what machinery is used. Some of the learning experiences will include:

-exploring the barn and animals in the block area

-completing large farm floor puzzles

-making butter for snack on Wednesday

-playing animal games at circle time

-creating a barn, and farm animals at the art tables and

-painting farm animals at the easel.

The letter of the week activity is Z is for zebra.

Music and movement experiences will have us singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm, The Farmer in the Dell, Baa-Baa Black Sheep, Down On the Farm by Greg and Steve and Laurie Berkner’s I love My Rooster and I Know A Chicken.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Wednesday,May 1st is class picture day. 

Wednesday students will go to Fellowship Hall at 9:30 with their teachers for the picture. All others are asked to meet us there for the picture. Buying the picture is optional but we hope all children will come to be in the picture at 9:30!

*The May/June snack calendars are available to sign. May, June, July and August birthdays are listed on this calendar so please check for your child’s birthday snack day.

*A preschool survey is coming home today. We appreciate your responses and feedback on your child’s preschool experience at PPP.

*Sign up sheets for the summer program will be out next week

WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 22 – 26, 2019

THEME: THAT’S MY JOB

This week we will explore a variety of occupations. The activities planned include:

-reading books about workers in our community

-completing a When I Grow Up writing activity

– story time with the Groveland Librarian, Meghan McCabe, on Tuesday

-touring Ms. Sherry’s school bus and

-a letter Y is for yellow activity.

This is also a SHARING WEEK. The children are asked to bring in an item related to any occupation on their scheduled sharing day.

If anyone would like to come into the classroom to share their job with the class please see a teacher to schedule a day & time over the next few weeks.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Wednesday, May 1st, the class picture will be taken at 9:30. Non-Wednesday children are asked to meet us in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 for the picture.

Purchasing the picture is optional but we hope everyone will come to be in the class photo. Order forms will be sent home as soon as we receive them from Hockmeyer Studios.

*The Art Show was a great success! Thanks to all who came to view the fantastic art work- the children were so proud to show their creations! 

*PPP is offering a summer program for three weeks in July. Each session meets Monday – Thursday from 9:00-12:30 and costs $125 per child per session. The program will run July 8 – 11, July 15 – 18 and July 22 – 25. Information and a signup sheet will be out after April vacation week.