Pre-K 3 – Bayside

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Welcome to Ms De Nardo and Mrs. Santiago’s classroom!

Check out what life is like in your child’s classroom!


Feel free to email me at with any questions or concerns.

Gym- Thursdays 8:15-8:45

Spanish- Fridays 8:15-8:45

Art/Computer- Fridays 8:45-9:15 (alternating weeks)

Music- Fridays 9:30-10:00

Culinary Experiences

Fruit Salad  



Pre-K Resources
Parent Guide to Pre-K Common Core
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K


DWCA Welcome Letter

Getting to Know You Sheet

Show and Tell


Reading together as a family every night is an important event in a young child’s life. It helps to build listening skills, comprehension, vocabulary, and pure enjoyment for reading. What a wonderful gift that you as a parent can give your child!


Scholastic book orders are given out monthly in your child’s folder. This allows your child to pick and order books that are of interest to them. By buying Scholastic books you are enabling your child the powerful to build up their literacy skills. Each book order grants bonus points for our classroom. This allows us to order free books or materials through Scholastic for the classroom in order to benefit your child’s education. When ordering a book order from, please use the code HRF22. This tells Scholastic that your order is for our class. Thank you in advance for any generous orders that will help our children and classroom grow!



November Breakfast Menu

November Lunch Menu

Upcoming Eventsimages-1



 Tuesday, October 31- Halloween Parade at 1:30 P.M.

Friday, November 3- Full day of Pre-K

Tuesday, November 7- No Pre-K classes

Thursday, November 23- Thanksgiving (no school)

Friday, November 24- No school 



For the month of October, we will be focusing on  the theme of My Five Senses. We will be exploring our sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. There are many science experiments planned for the unit in the Science center. We will be adding a diner to the Dramatic Play area. We also will be going on a scavenger hunt in the classroom to enhance our sense of sight. We will be going on a neighborhood sense walk, as well.

Newsletter 10 Bayside (November 17)

Posted on November 17, 2017

Newsletter 10 – Nov 17

This week we read The Feelings Book by Todd Parr. As a class we talked about the many different emotions that we can feel. We also learned new feelings such as lonely and curious. In the Science Center we looked in the mirror and then recreated our feelings, as well as explore different facial features. In the Writing Center we traced shapes and made friends and family members. We also made portraits of others and self portraits.
This week we will be talking about our classroom community and how each student plays an important role in the classroom. We will revisit our classroom jobs and how we are responsible for helping each other. We will also be continuing to talk about our families.

Invite your child to sit with you as you write and tell them something special about themselves. It can be a 1-3 words written on a small piece of paper. Send it in to school so we can share it and hang it in our Reading Center!

Newsletter 9 Bayside (November 10)

Posted on November 9, 2017

Newsletter 9 – Nov 10

Last week we read the book Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato. The children were able to share how we are different from one another and how we can be a good friend to someone else who is different. We were able to create ourselves using different materials in order to represent how we see ourselves.

In the science center we use mirrors to examine our facial features. We discussed how we are the same and how we are different.


Next week we will be exploring our feelings and what we can do when we feel a certain way. The children will be acting out several feelings and identify why we feel a certain way.

This week we will be sending home paper for you to make into a book with your child. The book should be about your child and perhaps about your family. You can include things like your child’s favorite color, family members, where they live, or their favorite activity to do. Your child may draw the pictures and can dictate captions to their pictures. This is an activity the children will enjoy!

Newsletter 8 Bayside (November 3)

Posted on November 3, 2017

Newsletter 8 – Nov 3

This past week we read the book Press Here by Herve Tullet. The children had an interactive experience with the book by using their sense of touch to make the book change as we read along.

In the Science center, we carved our pumpkin and got to feel the different parts (stem, shell, seeds, pulp). We also got to guess what was in a mystery box by using only our sense of touch.

In Art, we compared the difference of touch between what sand paint and puffy paint feels like.

Next week we will be starting our new theme on All About Us by focusing on the concept of me.

Share with your child a favorite story from the past. Among other things, this could be a story about the first time your child did something new, a funny story about an experience or a time when your child made the family proud.

Newsletter 7 Bayside (October 27)

Posted on October 27, 2017

Newsletter 7 – Oct 27

This week we focused on our sense of smell. We used our noses in the science center to determine the differences between different items with various scents. Many of us liked the smell of cinnamon, but did not like the smell of vinegar! There were interesting descriptions for the baby oil, vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, and oregano, such as, it smells like babies, cinnamon, and ill!
In the writing center we used I-pads to play a 5 Senses game where the children had to use various skills to sort and identify different senses. The children got to listen to and respond to the read aloud My 5 Senses by Margaret Miller.
Next week we will be trying activities using our sense of touch. We will explore different textures and be using new vocabulary to describe textures such as soft, hard, wet, slimy, smooth and rough.

Invite your children to find 3 or 4 items of various textures at home, or natural objects collected from outside and related to fall, that are clean and safe for school. Put the items in a small bag and bring them back to school. We will share what each child has brought in!

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