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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 April 3rd- April 7th

Posted on April 1, 2017

Special Announcements:
Pre-K meals (breakfast and lunch) are now being served family style! This means that food is placed in the center of each table and children are learning to use serving utensils to serve themselves each course. In additional to these self-care skills, children are learning to self-select healthy foods first, followed by snacks. You may choose implement some “family style” meals at home to support our efforts at school!

* Spring Recess is coming up fast! School will be closed Thursday, April 13th through Friday, April 21st. We will re-open on Monday, April 24th!
*As the weather changes, please continue to practice dressing for outdoor play at home with your child. New Spring jackets also mean new zippers and snaps to figure out!

This week, we completed our unit on water by discussing the many ways water helps living things survive.
At the Science Center, we observed colored water travel across paper towels through absorption. When the colors met in the middle, they mixed together to create a new color!
During our whole group time, children predicted what would happen to celery stalks placed in colored water. We also predicted how long it would take to observe a change in the celery, and continued to test our predictions throughout the week! We recorded our predictions and observations on a class chart during shared writing.
Next week we will begin a new unit of study on plants! We will be exploring the question “what are plants?”

Events and Birthdays:
4/8 Happy 5th Birthday Aektha & Shwetha
4/13-4/21: Spring Recess, No School!

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

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