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Welcome to Pre-K 2
with Mrs. Buscemi & Mrs. Torres!

Specials Schedule
Monday – Gym (remember to wear sneakers!)
Tuesday – Art (early breakfast on arrival) 
Wednesday – Music

Upcoming Events
April 18 – 26 – School Closed for Spring Break
April 29 – Classes Resume
May 3 – “Planting with Pre-K” Gala Event
May 8 – Pre-K Closed
May 10 – Pre-K Open – No early drop off or extended care

Monthly Menus
April Breakfast Menu
April Lunch Menu
Please note Friday is always pizza day!

During April …
the children will be exploring and learning about different kinds of plants!  Activities throughout this unit prompt children to learn about plants through hands-on exploration and provide opportunities to observe plants in their immediate environment, discover why some plants need different environments, to consider how plants are a part of our daily lives and why they are important, such as helping us stay healthy. 

Scholastic Book Orders
Reading is one of the most important activities you can share with your child. We send home Scholastic Book Orders each month with great book suggestions. If you are interested in purchasing any books, you can return the form in a named envelope with a check for the amount or order online at Scholastic.com by using our class code HG9Z6. 

Pre-K Resources
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K
Parent Guide to Authentic Assessment
Starfall.com
ABCYA.com

Pre-K 2 Welcome Letter 2018-19

Student-Absence-Note

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at cbuscemi@dwcaonline.org.

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Pre-K 2 Weekly Newsletter (April 17)

Posted on April 17, 2019

This week we celebrated Earth Day by exploring the many simple ways we can help take care of the Earth!

To help inspire our Earth-friendly ideas, we read 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh and Big Earth Little Me by Thom Wiley. We were excited to see that we are already making choices that help the Earth every day!

At the Art Center, children designed and built “Earth inventions” using recycled materials. Our Earth inventions can vacuum up litter, clean the water and sort out recycling.   

We introduced many sustainable practices in our classroom this week, including recycling paper scraps and unwanted artwork, turning off the lights when we leave the classroom, and returning books and toys to the shelves to be used again and again!

We are so proud of the creativity and the enthusiasm the children showed for helping to keep the Earth clean and healthy!

Weekly Letter 4.17

Family Engagement 4.17

Pre-K 2 Weekly Newsletter (April 12)

Posted on April 12, 2019

This week we read The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. It’s a story where a little boy finds some isolated plants growing on abandoned railway tracks. He takes it upon himself to become the gardener and help the garden flourish! The children learned that this story is based on the true curious garden, High Line Park in NYC.

The children created their own curious gardens by building them in the Block Center. They added trees, flowers, and plants of their own creation to it.

We have assembled and continued to add to our rain forest in the Dramatic Play area! The children are enjoying it! They like to design the vines, leaves, and animals that can be added to the rain forest. 

In the Science Center, we started planting the seeds that were brought in by the children. We can’t wait to see our garden of fruits, vegetables, and flowers grow!

Weekly Letter 4.12

Family Engagement 4.12

Next week we will continue to explore different kinds of plants, such as cactus, evergreen, succulent, and herbs!

Pre-K 2 Weekly Newsletter (April 5)

Posted on April 5, 2019

This week we began exploring our new unit all about plants!

We read Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner. We observed the plants and animals living in the little girl’s garden, as well as the changes occurring below the dirt that we do not usually get to see!

At the Science Center children planted garden bean seeds in bags and placed them on the classroom windows so we can observe them grow! We also made sure to provide the seeds with sunlight, air, and water. Children recorded their seed observations in a Science Journal.

At the Art Center with Mrs. Filiberti we drew our observations of real plants with colorful flowers. We also began creating leaves, flowers, and vines for our classroom rain forest.

Next week we will explore what plants need to grow, as well as the many places we find plants in our communities and around the world! We cannot wait to see our classroom transformed into a tropical rain forest next week as well!

Weekly Letter 4.5

Family Engagement 4.5

Pre-K 2 Weekly Newsletter (March 29)

Posted on March 29, 2019

This week we wrapped up our unit with the read aloud Water Can Be… by Laura Salas and discussed all the different ways water can be, such as a body of water like a lake or river, a type of weather, or a thirst quencher.  We learned how important water is for all living things including animals and plants. 

The children were encouraged to use their senses to observe any type of water that they see during the day.  We discovered that we have a lot of water around us, whether it came from our sink, in our food at meal times, and even on our windows in the form of condensation!

In the Science Center, the children observed how colored water travels up inside carnations to show how plants drink water up their stem. 

Following on from our discovery that salt mixed (dissolved) into water, we also tried mixing water with rice, flour, oil and sugar.  We observed that only the sugar dissolved.

Weekly Letter 3.29

Family Engagement 3.29

Next week we will be starting our new unit on Plants.

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