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Mrs. Blanco and Mrs. Fishstein

Specials Schedule
Monday- Computers
Tuesday- Spanish
Wednesday- Art
Thursday- Music
Friday- Gym **please wear sneakers!**

Welcome Letter
Back to School Night 2016
– Parent Guide to Pre-K Common Core
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K

Scholastic Reading Club
About once a month a Scholastic Reading Club catalog will be sent home in your child’s folder. You may purchase seasonal and thematic books, as well as your many of your child’s favorite books, at using our classroom code LKDQ9. Each purchase you make earns points that can be used to purchase exciting books and literacy tools for our classroom! Participation is always completely optional.


Pre-K2 Douglaston- Week of 2/6/17

Posted on February 3, 2017

Special Announcements
Thank you so much for your support with our transportation unit! We received some great materials that the children loved to use throughout this unit.

Next week we will begin our new unit on “light”! We will be focusing on what kinds of light are around us.

*School will be closed for Winter Break from February 20th to February 24th

*Please continue to encourage your child to independently dress himself/herself. This includes clothing, as well as jackets, hats and gloves.

This week we explored the ways people stay safe as they operate or ride in vehicles. We learned the meaning of street signs we see in our community in I Read Signs by Tana Hoban. At the Art Center some children created their own signs using a variety of art materials. We also read Go!Go!Go! Stop! By Charise Mericle Harper, which is a fictional story about the invention of traffic lights. We discussed how we stay safe on our trip to school each day, including being safe pedestrians when out walking!
In the Math Center, we played a transportation board game! The children took turns rolling the dice and counting how many dots they landed on. Then, they counted the correct number of spaces to move their vehicle. It was a race to the finish line!
In the Writing Center, the children practiced letter recognition. The children were given an assortment of vehicles with letters. They were invited to park the cars in the parking space with the matching letter!

Events and Birthdays
2/14: Valentine’s Day!
2/20-2/24: Winter Break


Posted on January 27, 2017

This week we focused on different
peoples’ jobs and the vehicles they
use. After reading the book Whose
Vehicle is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper,
students learned about how engineers
use locomotives to push and pull
trains, as well as the different vehicles
that are used by fishermen, pilots, bus
drivers, astronauts, and more.
The children also learned about the
important role of the garbage
collector, who goes to all the buildings
and cleans the town. We enjoyed
chanting “dump it in, smash it down,
drive around the trashy town!” as we
read the book Trashy Town by Andrea
At the Art Center children began using
recycled materials to design and build
their own vehicles! Children’s vehicles
were inspired by read alouds, class
discussions, and center time
explorations. Each child provided
details about his or her vehicle by
considering the following questions:
Who drives your vehicle? How is your
vehicle used? Where would you see
your vehicle? What are the different
parts of your vehicle? As we continue
to create and finish our vehicles, they
will be displayed throughout our
classroom. Please feel free to come
take a look!
Next week we will explore the ways
people stay safe as they operate or
ride in vehicles.
Pre-K Newsletter
Week of January 30th –
February 3rd
Events and Birthdays:Special Announcements:
Catholic Schools Week
January 29- February 3rd
Sunday 1/29: Divine Wisdom Catholic
Academy students and families are
invited to mass at Saint Anastasia
Church at 10am. Please join us at our
Open House from 11am-2pm.
Monday 1/30: Join us in our classroom
between 9:30am-11:00am to see what
our school day is like, or visit the
Kindergarten classrooms!
Tuesday 1/31: Schoolwide Pajama Day!
(Pajamas should be bathroom friendly)
Friday 2/3: We will enjoy “Share a
Book,” a special visit from upper grade
students who will read and reflect on
favorite books with our Pre-K children.
2/1: PD Day- No School for Pre-KReminders:
*There will be no school for Pre-K
only this Wednesday, February 1st
due to a Professional Development
*If you would like to bring your
child to school wearing rain or
snow boots, please send a change
of sneakers in his or her backpack.
Please make sure your child is
aware of his/her sneakers and can
alert the teachers once they enter

Pre-K Newsletter for week of January 23rd

Posted on January 20, 2017

Special Announcements:

Parents are invited to visit and discover our Kindergarten program on Friday, January 27th! Come take a tour and learn about the Kindergarten program

There will be an Open House on Sunday, January 29th from 11:00am to 2:00pm for all families to visit and tour Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy.

Events and Birthdays:
1/19: Happy Birthday to Nathan
2/1: PD Day- No School
This week, we discussed the different forms of transportation that we use to get to school. We found that some of us use buses to get to school. Some of us walk to school and many of us are driven to school in cars.

In the Math Center, we created a graph and determined how vehicles travel (land, air, water and tracks). We counted the number of vehicles in each category using words like least, most, and equal.

In the Science Center, we explored how ramps work. We used different objects and predicted if the object would roll down the ramp. We talked about why some objects rolled and others didn’t.

In the Art Center, we drew pictures of how we get to school or how we would like to get to school if we had our choice. Imagine landing in a helicopter.

Next week we will be talking about who operates the different types of vehicles in our community.


Our next Teacher PD day will be Wednesday, February 1st. There will be no school for Pre-K only.

Douglaston- Week of 1/17/17

Posted on January 13, 2017

We have started “signing in” each morning to practice our name writing skills. This can also be practiced and reinforced at home. Please remind your child that when writing his/her name, only the first letter of a name should have a uppercase letter, while the rest of a name should be written in lowercase letters.

1/16: No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
1/19: Nathan’s Birthday

-There is no school this Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

-Pre-K classes are collecting transportation related items, such as old keys, maps, MetroCards, and train tickets! We are also collecting any recyclable materials (boxes, plastic bottle tops, tubes, etc.) that can be used to build vehicles and roads. We will incorporate these items into our new Transportation Centers throughout the classroom. Thank you for supporting our learning!

This week, Pre-K began a new unit all about transportation! We learned that transportation means the way we travel from one place to another and that there are many different kinds of vehicles that help people, animals, and things travel!

At the Math Center, the children identified different forms of transportation and then decided if that type of transportation took place on land, in water, in the air or on tracks. We then used our responses to create a graph and count the results. We were able to name nine types of transportation that were used on land, five types that were used in water, five types that were used in the air and two types that needed tracks to work. After counting, we compared the numbers and discussed math concepts such as most and least.

On Friday, the children had the opportunity to experience what an airport is like. We transformed our classroom into an airport which included a check-in desk with tickets, airport security, and boarding onto the plane. Students learned about and took on the various roles of those who work at the airport. Once we boarded our “airplane,” the captain welcomed us aboard and the children were allowed to “purchase” snacks and enjoy their flight!

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