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.


*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.


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



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.


*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!”




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.


*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.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 14 – 18, 2018



This week the classroom will be buzzing with learning experiences! We will explore a variety of bugs and learn their characteristics and ways these creatures are important in nature. Activities planned include: creating thumbprint insects, assembling a large bug floor puzzle, painting with watercolors and observing the new Painted Lady Caterpillars in the science area. We will keep you posted on their metamorphosis.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 21 – 25, 2018

This is the final sharing week for the year. The children may bring in a sharing item of their choice!

This week we will explore the world of water. The classroom activities will focus on rivers, oceans, ponds and lakes. We will discover the differences between them and learn which animals call these habitats home. At circle time we’ll conduct a sink or float experiment and at music time we’ll sing Down By the Bay, Yellow Submarine, Baby Fish, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and more!


**Each week of the summer program is full with a short wait list. Those who have already signed up need to return their forms and registration fees by Friday,

May 18thto hold their spots. We would like to accommodate PPP families on the waitlist so please return your forms/fees by May 18th. Thank you!

*Curious Creatures will be visiting PPP on Thursday, May 31stfor two shows.

See attached notice. There is a signup sheet for non-Thursday students to attend.

*Be sure to wear red, white and blue on Friday 18thfor some patriotic fun!

*Friday June 1stis the last Lunch Bunch for the school year!

*The May Lunch Bunch payment is due by Friday June 1st!

*The Yellow Apples have begun practicing songs for their graduation ceremony to be held on Tuesday June 12that 9:30. More info will come home next week.

*The last day of preschool is Monday, June 11th.

WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 23 – 27, 2018


This week we will explore a variety of occupations. Beauticians, teachers, community helpers and health care workers will be included. The learning centers will include:

-reading books about occupations,

-playing with pizza dough,

-painting with combs and brushes,

– a writing activity on “When I Grow Up” and

– the letter of the week activity is Y is for yellow.

**This is SHARING WEEK. The children may bring in an item related to any career on their scheduled sharing day.


*We welcome anyone who would like to come in this week (or in the next

few weeks) to share their occupation with the class. Please see a teacher

for scheduling.

*Registration for 2018-2019 is ongoing. There are openings for both red and yellow apples for the fall. If you know of anyone looking for preschool please have them call or email for more information. Thank you!

*The art show was a huge success! The children were so proud to have their art work and photos displayed and we appreciate all your support! See reverse side for raffle winners.

*The class picture will be taken on Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:30!!

Non-Wednesday students are asked to come for the picture at 9:30. Picture order forms will come home as soon as we receive them from Hockmeyer Studios.

Purchasing the picture is optional but we hope all will come to be in it!

*Registration forms for the summer program will come home after April vacation.

If you have already signed up you are guaranteed a spot. The registrations forms should be returned by May 25th; after that date the program will be open to new families. The weeks are filling up quickly so please sign up if you would like your child to attend.


This week our classroom will be busy with scientific activity!

At circle time a variety of simple experiments will be conducted and during free choice time we will do a follow-up activity to enhance the learning experience. We plan to experiment with water, bubbles, magnets, and make a lemon volcano and slime and silly putty in the sensory table!

We’ll experiment with crayon resist to make the letter X this week.


*If your child is going to be absent from school, please call to let us know

or send an email. Thank you.

*This is a good time to check the spare clothes in your child’s backpack.

Please be sure to include socks, underwear, and clothes for spring!

*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday on April 10th.

*Thank you for the quick response to the summer program signups.

The deadline for signing up is May 1st. The weeks will be finalized after that date.

*April vacation week is 4/16 – 4/20.

WEEKLY UPDATES: MARCH 26 – 30, 2018 and APRIL 2 – 6, 2018


During these two weeks we will explore the season of Spring. Hopefully the snow will have melted and we’ll have warmer weather and it will feel like spring is in the air! The activities will include observing signs of spring outdoors, reading books about spring and weather in springtime. Music and movement time will have us “shadow dancing” and “freeze dancing” and using scarves and streamers as we move like the wind!

The letter of the week activity is W is for weather.


*There is no school on 3/30 for Good Friday.

*Lunch Bunch will not be held on Friday, April 6th.

The Art Show is Saturday, April 7th. Baked goods can be dropped off on Friday

or on Saturday morning by 10:15. Please no peanut products.

*Progress reports are coming home this week. These do not need to be signed

or returned. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday on April 10th.

* PPP will hold a ½ day summer program in July;

July 9th – 12th (cooking and crafts) and July 16th – 19th (Western theme). There is the possibility of a third week July 23rd – 26th (nature week) if there is enough interest. The program is held Monday – Thursday each week and runs from 9:00-12:30. Children bring their own lunch and snack is provided.

The cost is $120 per week per child. There is a 10% discount for one child when siblings attend. There will be a sign up sheet for those who may be interested.

The program requires 12 students each week to be held. Registration forms will come home at the end of April.



The focus of our learning experiences this week will be on our favorite authors and illustrators. Each day at circle time we will read a book with a food theme by a selected author and the classroom centers will involve these books/authors also. The book selection includes:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) retold by Philemon Sturges

If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff

More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman

Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake by Eileen Christelow

*This is a sharing week. On your child’s scheduled sharing day they may bring in one of their favorite books.

The letter of the week activity is V is for violets. .


*Congratulations to big brother Cooper Belisle and family on the birth of

Olive Kay on February 23rd!

*MARK YOUR CALENDARS: the Art Show will be held on Saturday April 7th from 10:30-12:00. A bake sale and a book raffle will be held also. See attached.

*There is a signup sheet for contributions of baked goods for the Art Show.

*The April snack calendar is coming home today. There will be one more snack

calendar for May/June.

*Children’s medical forms are current for one year from the date of the

physical exam. If your child has had a recent physical please send in a copy

of the current physical form to be kept on file. Thank you.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MARCH 5th – 9th and 12th – 16th, 2018


Art is an expressive and aesthetic activity that can be enjoyed throughout life;

it is also a theme that children especially enjoy. During our focus on art for these two weeks the children will explore a variety of artists, their tools and supplies. They will also learn where works of art can be found. Each day we will create a work of art inspired by an artist and many of our masterpieces will be on display at the Art Show in April.

(Please note this theme will be for two weeks and replaces the rainforest theme.)

The letter of the week activities are T is for tiger and U is for unicorn.


*The April snack calendar will be available to sign this week.

* The Art Show will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 10:30-12:00. More

information will come home as the date nears.

We hope you will all come by and see our artistic creations!

*The NSMT is mailing the show tickets to PPP. I will send them home as soon

as they arrive so everyone has their tickets prior to the performance.

*Be sure to wear green on Friday, March 16th for some St. Patrick’s Day fun!