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

Specials Schedule
Monday – Gym (remember to wear sneakers!)
Tuesday – Spanish
Wednesday – Music
Friday – Art (push-in at center time)

Upcoming Events
October 5 – Full day of Pre-K
October 8 – Columbus Day – School Closed
October 17 – Pre-K Closed – Staff PD Day

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

During September …
We will be finding out about what happens in Pre-K by focusing on daily routines, such as putting away our belongings each morning, transitioning through our daily activities, helping to clean up, following our classroom rules and getting to know one another as we build a community of friends. 

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

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 (September 14)

Posted on September 14, 2018

We had a great first week of school! Over the first few days we have watched students learn and actively participate in our daily routines.  Students are slowly being introduced to our learning centers. This week in the art center, students learned how to use glue, (just a dot, not a lot) while creating free art with various different materials including paper scraps, tissue paper and foam pieces.

As a whole group, we brainstormed ideas for classroom rules that will help keep us safe at school! Our rules included being kind, listening to friends and teachers, and keeping our bodies calm inside the classroom. We wrote a list and all agreed to practice the rules so we can have a fun and successful year in Pre-K!

Rest time gives students a time to relax comfortably on their cots with their blankets. This is a nice break for students to sleep or rest quietly and helps them get ready for our afternoon activities.

Next week we will continue to learn our daily routines. We will also be starting “Classroom Helper” jobs and learning how to make choices on where to play using our Center Chart. 

weekly letter 9.14

Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 37 – Week ending 6/15

Posted on June 16, 2018

This week we read Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback.  The story talks about how Joseph starts out with an overcoat and ‘transforms’ it into a jacket, vest, etc.  This led us into a conversation about how we can reuse materials.  For example, we talked about how paper is recycled to make to new paper, cans make new cans and bottles too!

At the sensory table the children had the opportunity to make their own recycled paper. They first ripped up scraps from the art center and old newspapers.  Next we added water to the ripped up paper.  The children enjoyed squishing and squeezing the paper until a pulp was formed. Lastly, we laid the pulp out on a screen to get the extra water out and put it on felt to dry.  We are still waiting for our new paper to dry!

During our Mad Science Event we saw how dry ice ‘sublimates’ into a gas and we saw how it pours downwards because it is heavier than the air.  We then explored regular ice in our sensory tray and how it melts into water. 

Next week we will discuss what kinds of changes happen in nature.  We will focus on the way butterflies change and go through different stages.

Family Engagement! 

If possible, take visit or walk past the school your child will be attending in the fall. Discuss with them what looks different or the same from Divine Wisdom.

Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 36 – Week ending 6/8

Posted on June 8, 2018

This week we started our Transformation unit by reading Little Tree by Loren Long.  It was about a tree that resists changing from a little tree to a big tree.  We discovered that transformation means that things can change to look different.

In the Art Center, we mixed colors together in order to see what changes would occur.  We discovered that by doing this, we can create new colors!

We also discussed what changes we see around us.  The children described some of the changes as plants growing, people and animals growing, the weather changing, and the way people feel changing.

The children also learned that they can already read using the sounds they know and rhyming words that they know!  We created new words by changing one letter, eg, pat, cat, rat, sat, hat …

Next week, we will be exploring further how we can make objects change.

Family Engagement!

You can do a simple cooking activity at home with your child and discuss how foods change when you make snacks or meals (e.g. adding milk to cereal, cooking carrots, or making pasta or rice).

Pre-K 2 Bayside – Newsletter 35 – Week ending 6/1

Posted on June 1, 2018

This week we read and discussed the book When I was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis.  We considered many things we could not do as a baby that we can do now!   We also reviewed all the things we have learned about babies this month.

At circle time the children found out about a timeline and discussed how they all achieved milestones like sitting, crawling or walking at similar times. 

In math we measured how much we had grown since birth, and since the beginning of Pre-K, using tape on the wall.  We discussed how we grow a lot as a child but do not continue to grow as an adult or we would reach the clouds! 

Next week we will begin our final unit on Transformation by asking “What is transformation and how do things change around me?”

Family Engagement!

Please save and bring in old newspapers, magazines and/or pieces of paper for the class to use.  We are going to try making paper the following week.  Please also talk with your child about how we reuse and recycle objects.

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