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Tuesday: Music 

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Gym


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

Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K

Back To School Night 2019


Getting to Know You Sheet

Handwashing Steps

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!


Jan 2020 calendar



January 2020 Breakfast

January 2020 Lunch

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Monday, January 6- School resumes

Friday, January 17- No school (Professional Day)

Monday, January 20-  No school (Martin Luther Jr Day)

Wednesday, January 22-Friday, January 24- Kindergarten open house

Sunday, January 26- Open House (11:00-2:00)


For the month of January, we will be focusing on the theme of Transportation. The children will be able to identify a land, water, and air vehicle. They will be able to explain why something is called a vehicle, as well as define the word transportation. They will get to create 3D vehicles in the Art Center, vote on what type of transportation we should have in our Dramatic Play area, and identify community helpers and what type of vehicles they drive. The children will learn all about ramps in the Science Center and what makes a good ramp.

Newsletter (January 16)

Posted on January 16, 2020

Weekly Letter 1.17.20

This week we continued our unit on Transportation, by reading the book What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince.

We created a chart by categorizing types of transportation – land, water and air during whole group time.  We thought carefully about how different vehicles could move.

In the Science Center we continued our exploration of ramps by covering them with different types of materials to determine what would make a good ramp and why.

In the Writing Center we introduced maps and the children had an opportunity to create their own types of maps – road, rail, treasure and even our home!

Next week we will continue to explore our unit of transportation by looking into what types of community helpers drive certain types of transportation.

Family Engagement 1.17.20 (1)

Newsletter (January 10)

Posted on January 10, 2020

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Pre-K began a new unit all about transportation! We learned that transportation means the way we travel from one place to another and that there are many different kinds of vehicles that help people, animals, and things travel! We brainstormed different kinds of vehicles that we want to learn more about and explore.

At the Art Center the children started creating some of these vehicles with art tools and materials, as well as recycled boxes, tubes, and clean food containers!

After reading The Bus for Us children brainstormed the different transportation they use to get to school each morning. We answered the question “how do you get to Pre-K?” through drawing, dictation, and writing. We then used our responses to create a graph and count the results.

Next week we will continue to learn about different kinds of transportation through our read alouds, discussions, and play!

Family Engagement 1.10.20

Newsletter (December 20)

Posted on December 20, 2019

Weekly Letter 12.20

This week we continued our unit on Where We Live by reading Welcome Home, Bear by Il Sung Na and A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.  We discussed the many different homes where animals live such as nests, burrows, trees, hives and barns.  In the Art Center the children were engaged with finding out about and using their imagination to create the different habitats or places where animals live such as the ocean, desert, jungle and farm.   

In the Science Center they examined a real bird’s nest and considered what materials would make a good nest.  Children also sorted animals according to where they lived in the Math Center. 

When we come back from the holiday break, we will begin our new unit on Transportation.

Family Engagement 12.20

Newsletter (December 13)

Posted on December 13, 2019

Weekly Letter 12.13

This week we continued our unit on Where We Live by looking at the types of homes in our neighborhood and city.  We learned that a neighborhood is the space around our homes or school and that cities are made up of many people and have lots of buildings and homes close together. 

At the Math Center, we traced various shapes and glued art materials to create a “shape city” mural inspired by the read aloud City Shapes by Dianna Murray.

At the Writing Center the children had an opportunity to create their own blueprints by using chalk, blue paper, and rulers to create a blueprint of a structure. They could then visit the Block Center and build that structure according to their blueprint.

The children used art tools and materials at the Art Center to create familiar homes from their home and school neighborhoods. We explored how to build homes using the recycled materials.

Next week we will explore the different homes that animals build to protect themselves.  We will also be discussing where animals live in Winter and why some animals hibernate and others migrate.

Family Engagement 12.13

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