Early Start, Room 71

Prepare for Summer!


18 days until Summer Vacation!!

This week we have no more alphabet letters to learn, so we will be discussing and exploring summer activities!  We will play with beach balls, make a list of activities to do during the summer months, paint rocks/shells and spend time outside enjoying the weather!

***Please fill out the green Field Day sheet sent home last week and return.  We need to know who will bring a lunch from home, and who will be buying a bagged lunch.

***We are collecting donations of small water bottles and juice boxes/pouches for our end of the year ceremony.  Please send them in by Field Day at the latest.

Dates:

*June 6- Camp Learn a Lot night at 6:30pm

*June 7- Field Day at school: students should wear a White shirt (dress comfortably, tennis shoes, apply sunscreen, send a bottle of water).

*June 11- End of the Year Ceremony at 10:00am. Students should arrive to school at normal time in their Sunday Best!! We will have a short reception afterward in the gym with refreshments.  However, there will be another ceremony closely following ours.

*June 12- Early Dismissal at 1:15

*June 13- Last Day of School/Early Dismissal at 1:15

Letter Gg Week!


What we are learning:

We are beginning a new theme this week called “Growing and Changing.” Using the topic “I’m Growing Everyday,” we will read stories about growing up. We will also discuss what living things need to grow and change. The letter of the week is Gg (grow, garden, goat, green, goldfish). We will make a flower garden picture, make structures out of grapes and toothpicks read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and sequence items by small, medium and large.

Please send a baby picture of your child this week to put on a bulletin board in our classroom. The children will enjoy seeing their classmates as babies and how they have changed and grown.

***EGG HUNT SUPPLIES NEEDED: Please send plastic eggs with candy and a 12 count egg carton, ASAP.

Upcoming Dates:

April 8-12: March of Dimes Spirit Week $4 to participate, due on Thursday, cash only

Mon- 80s day Tues- Superhero day  Weds-Crazy Hat/Hair day  Thurs- Twin Day

Fri- Tie Dye day/school dance

April 12: Egg Hunt @11am

April 15-19: No School- Spring Break

Letter Kk Week!


Woo Hoo!! It’s our last letter of the alphabet! This week we will study letter Kk, in particular discussing “Kindergarten.”  We will make kites, king crowns and go on our Kidsfest field trip on Wednesday (see below)!

Upcoming Dates/Info:

*Wednesday, May 15- Field Trip to Kidsfest at Kidszone park. (Information was emailed to our chaperones.) We will leave school around 9:45 and return around 1:15.  Please apply sunscreen in the morning and have students dress comfortably and weather appropriately for lots of play! Remember to pack your child’s bagged lunch, if you signed up to do so.
*Monday, May 27- No School- Memorial Day
*June 7- Field Day at school: students should wear a White shirt (dress comfortably, tennis shoes, apply sunscreen, send a bottle of water).
*June 11- End of the Year Ceremony at 10:00am. Students should arrive to school at normal time in their Sunday Best!!
*June 12- Early Dismissal at 1:15
*June 13- Last Day of School/Early Dismissal at 1:15

Letter Nn Week!


We are almost finished with our whole alphabet!  This week we will study letter Nn for numbers, name, necklace, net, nose, etc.  Next week we will study the last letter- Kk! – for Kindergarten!  Please review numbers with your child for the next few weeks (counting, finding numbers in books, signs, etc.)  We have also started practicing for our end of the year program on June 11th !!

***If you have not turned in the field trip permission slip, please do so ASAP.  Let me know if you need an extra copy.***

Upcoming Dates:
*Kindergarten Registration is next Wednesday, May 8th from 8am-5pm at home-zoned school. Please take this opportunity to get this done!
*Wednesday, May 15- Field Trip to Kidsfest at Kidszone park. A permission slip will be sent home this week. PLEASE return asap.
*Monday, May 27- No School- Memorial Day
*June 7- Field Day at school: students should wear a White shirt.
*June 11- End of the Year Ceremony at 10:00am. Students should arrive to school at normal time in their Sunday Best!!
*June 12- Early Dismissal at 1:15
*June 13- Last Day of School/Early Dismissal at 1:15

Letter Ll Week


This week we will study letter Ll (lamp, ladybug, love, lion) and begin our LAST unit called Ready for Kindergarten!  We will begin discussing our transition to Kindergarten next year and also all of the skills we have learned in Early Start.  We have discussed the importance of knowing our letters/sounds for Kindergarten.

We are also still monitoring our caterpillars and they are beginning to form their cocoons!  When that happens, we will move them to a butterfly net and await our butterflies!!

Upcoming Dates:

*Kindergarten Registration is next Wednesday, May 8th from 8am-5pm at home-zoned school.  Please take this opportunity to get this done!

*Wednesday, May 15- Field Trip to Kidsfest at Kidszone park.  A permission slip will be sent home this week.  PLEASE return asap.

*Monday, May 27- No School- Memorial Day

*June 7- Field Day at school (more info to follow)

*June 11- End of the Year Ceremony at 10:00am.  Students should arrive to school at normal time in their Sunday Best!!

*June 12- Early Dismissal at 1:15

*June 13- Last Day of School/Early Dismissal at 1:15

Letter Dd Week!


 

This week we will study letter Dd (dog, dice, door, dinosaur).  Please discuss words that begin with this letter and practice identifying this letter in print (books, food labels, signs, etc.)  We will also conclude our unit on Growing and Changing this week! I can’t believe the year is flying by.  I have a special surprise for the students tomorrow….we will be observing something growing and changing!  I can’t wait for them to see this!

**This Wednesday 4/25 will be “Dog Day,” where students will be invited to bring a stuffed animal dog to school (small enough to fit in their backpack) and we will complete a dog-themed craft for letter Dd!

**3rd 9-weeks checklists will be sent home Wednesday.  Please remember to register your child for Kindergarten on Wednesday, May 8 at their home-zoned school.  If your student has not had their 5-year physical, you should be able to still register for Kindergarten and turn that part in at a later date.

**Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 11 when the Early Start students will present an End of the Year program for their families!! It will take place at 10:00am in our gymnasium.  Students will wear their Sunday Best.  Invite your close family members! You will hear more about this at a later date.

Letter Ii Week!


This week we will study the letter Ii (igloo, ice cream, I spy, inchworm, etc.)  Please discuss the letter of the week with your child and practice finding letter Ii’s in books, signs, food containers, etc.  Each student should be able to identify the letters we’ve already learned, as well as their sounds.  This is very important in preparation for Kindergarten.

Upcoming Dates:

NPES Book Fair- March 28 through April 5; we will visit this Friday to make wish lists.

STEM with SPL – Thursday, April 4 in school

Egg Hunt- Friday, April 12 at 11:00 – More Info to Follow

Spring Break (no school)- April 15-19

 

Review Week


This week we will not learn a new letter because we will not take part in our daily routines due to several other events.  Tomorrow there is no school.  Thursday we will take part in STEM with the Suffolk Public Library.  Friday we will participate in our school Career Day! We will continue next week with letter Jj!

Dates to Remember

Tues, March 5- No School (Staff Development Day)

Fri, March 8- Career Day- Dress up in your favorite Career gear! (no pretend weapons)

Weds, March 13- Kindergarten Registration at home-zoned school

 

Please ask your students to tell the strategies we’ve learned about being Super Friends and Tucker Turtle!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!


This week we will review the letters we’ve learned since we have a short week.  Your student should be able to identify the letter and sound it makes: S, P, T, O, X.  You will see a letter check-up slip in your child’s binder this week.  Please work on the highlighted letters.

Nap blankets will be sent home tomorrow (Tuesday).  We did not send out blue reader bags last week due to the Thanksgiving break.  We will start up again next week when we return and take another break around Christmas.

Early dismissal Wednesday at 1:15pm. No School Thursday or Friday.

 

Shapes


“Shaping Up”
We are learning the names and features of the four main shapes – circles, squares, triangles, rectangles (and more to come!). Please point out shapes with your student around the house, when driving in the car, etc.  One of their favorite references I make is that a rectangle looks like a door! There are shapes all around us and giving students concrete examples at home helps them to remember the names of the shapes.

In small group, we traced and colored shapes, created a face made of shapes and sponge painted shapes. During work time (centers), we got the choice of playing in housekeeping, table toys, building blocks and animals, trucks and doll houses. This is so much fun, and we look forward to opening more work centers!
We continue to reinforce class rules, procedures and expectations. We are filling a classroom bubble gum jar and each students put a bubble gum in when they are seen following directions!

**ALL DAILY EARLY START Parent Pick Ups will be held in the Gym each afternoon.  We are not using the alphabetical system.

**Our school fundraiser should be coming home next week! Stay tuned.

**We collect Box Tops for Education!

Pete the Cat!


This week we will read books from my favorite character, Pete the Cat! I encourage you to look him up on YouTube or check out the books from the public library. I also will be sending home a Scholastic order if you’d like to order books, and he is in there as well. The kids love Pete!
We will work on identifying colors, as well as sorting and matching colors this week. Additionally, we will be discussing the first letter of our own name and everyone should be able to identify/tell what letter they start with this week.
*Please work on colors and the first letter of your child’s name at home this week.
*Back to School night this Thursday.
BIG SHOUT OUT to everyone for sending the name necklaces back and forth daily! Y’all are awesome.


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