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prek-3-for-douglastonWelcome to Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Murphy’s Pre-K3 class page!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Your child’s notebook is a wonderful
way to get in touch, as well as via email at

I look forward to working with you to make this year enriching and exciting for your child!

Class Schedule
Monday: Computers
Tuesday: Art
Wednesday: Gym
Thursday: Spanish
Friday: Music

Pre-K Resources
Scholastic Orders (code KZKKM)
– Parent Guide to Pre-K Common Core
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K

March Breakfast Menu
March Lunch Menu

Pre-K Newsletter Week of March 27th – 31st

Posted on March 24, 2017

Special Announcements:
There will be no school for Pre-K on Wednesday, March 29th. This is our last Professional Development Day.

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

This week we learned what happens when we put things in water. We conducted a sink or float experiment at the Sensory Table. The children predicted whether the classroom objects will sink or float in water.

In the Science Center we discovered which materials can soak up or absorb water. The children used their fine motor skills to squeeze eye droppers filled with water on cotton balls, aluminum, paper towels, sponges, and napkins. The children recorded their observations on a chart.

We created bridges and tunnels using blocks and other materials in the Block Center. We looked at pictures of bridges and tunnels and discussed how they are helpful to get from one side of the water to the other.

Next week we will learn how water is important for all living things and how it helps us.

Events and Birthdays:
3/29- No School for Pre-K

Pre-K3 Douglaston- Week of 3/20/17

Posted on March 17, 2017

Special Announcements
Happy Spring! Our bears that have been hibernating all winter will be waking up on Monday, March 20th. The children are excited to be reunited with their sleeping teddy bears!

It has been a pleasure working with your children this school year. I will miss them as I am home on maternity leave for the remainder of the year. I will be sure to send pictures to Mrs. Murphy to share once the baby is born!

* Family-Teacher Conferences are Tuesday, March 21st. There will be an 11:30a.m. dismissal (an early lunch will be served.) Conferences will be from 1pm-4pm and 5pm-8pm (Phone conference for Pre-K3 only) Afterschool is available on this day.

*Our last Professional Development Day is Wednesday, March 29th. There will be no school for Pre-K only on this day.

This week, students experimented with the effect that temperature has on water. Students continued to explore water this week at the Sensory Table and Science Center.

At the Sensory Table, children continued to experiment with our new water table, using a water syphon, eye droppers, various buckets and funnels.

At the Science Center, we discussed how ice is made and the conditions required for ice and snow. We conducted an experiment to see which would work better to melt an ice cube, cold or warm water. The children made predictions and then had a race to see who could melt their ice cube the fastest using eye droppers! Students also used the eye droppers to spray water on blocks of ice with hidden dinosaur toys trapped inside. The children excitedly looked for ways to melt the ice the fastest to unlock these hidden treasures!

Next week we will explore the concepts of sink and float.

Events and Birthdays
3/20- First day of Spring!
3/21- Family-Teacher Conferences (11:30am dismissal)

Pre-K3 Newsletter- Week of 3/13/17

Posted on March 13, 2017

Special Announcements
We are very excited to have Bakers and Shakers visit us on Monday, March 13th. We will be making a cookie from scratch shaped as our first name initial that we will then decorate!

* Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 21st. It will be phone conferences only for our class. There will be an 11:30a.m. dismissal on that day, with an early lunch served. A reminder email will be sent when Sign-Up Genius is available.

This week we began our exploration of water! We started by creating a list of things we already know about water and were surprised to find that we already know so many interesting facts! We also made a list about things we want to know about water.

At the Math Center children experimented with water by counting how many drops of water can fit on the surface of a penny! We used our fine motor skills to carefully manipulate eye droppers and compared our observations.

In the Art Center children used regular paper and coffee filters with markers to create a picture. Then, they lightly sprayed their pictures and observed how the water changed their work.

Our Sensory Center has been transformed into a water table for our new unit! Children will explore new concepts and learn to use new tools, including funnels, measuring cups, siphons, and tubes! This week we had a chance to see what happened when we put our paper boats in the water. We hope to continue adding tools and props to this center as we learn more about water!

Next week we will discover what happens to water when it changes temperature!

Birthdays and Events
3/13 – Happy 5th Birthday Julian!
3/13- Bakers and Shakers Cooking Class
3/17- St. Patrick’s Day
3/17- Mrs. Carney’s last day

Pre-K3 Douglaston- Week of 3/6/17

Posted on March 3, 2017

Special Announcements
* My official last day of school before I go on maternity leave will be Friday, March 17th (as long as baby decides not to come earlier than that!) 🙂

*Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 21st. There will be an 11:30a.m. dismissal on that day, with an early lunch served. Since I will be on maternity leave from school, I will be holding phone conferences on that day at scheduled times. More details about signing up will follow as the date gets closer.

* Our last Professional Development day of the school year will be on Wednesday, March 29th. There will be no school on this day for Pre-K only.

On Monday, March 13th, Bakers and Shakers will be visiting us and letting us make a cookie from scratch shaped as our first name initial that we will then decorate! Please return the permission slip if you have not already done so. If you would like to chaperone this trip, indicate on the permission slip. Please keep in mind that you must submit proof of Virtus training prior to the date of the trip.

Events and Birthdays
3/6: Happy 5th Birthday, Hannah!

This week we focused on light and shadows! Our class learned that a shadow occurs when something blocks light from the sun or other light sources. We noticed that shadows are difficult to find at night, on cloudy days or inside when the lights are turned off. We concluded that we must have light to create shadows!

At the Peaceful Playground, children searched for shadows and observed how our shadows move in the same way and at the same time as we do. I asked each child to pose while a picture was taken of his or her shadow.

Shadows were also incorporated into our choice time play! At the Block Center, students created block structures and were then encouraged to shine a flashlight to create a shadow on the block center wall. In Dramatic Play, children made shadow puppets and acted out shows for friends.

Next week, we will explore a new unit on Water!

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