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

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Monday: Art

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Spanish

Thursday: Gym


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

Foundations for the Common Core
Parent Guide to Literacy
Parent Guide to Pre-K

DWCA Welcome Letter


Getting to Know You Sheet

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!



February Breakfast 2019

February Lunch 2019

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February 18-22: Mid-Winter Recess (no school)

March 8: Teacher PD day (no school)


For the month of February, we will be learning about the Light unit. The children will be learning about different sources of light. We will be exploring the world of shadows and comparing them. We will also be learning about why things reflect in the light. The children will also be utilizing our new light table to learn about concepts in the light.

Newsletter (February 15)

Posted on February 15, 2019

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This week we explored the questions “what is darkness?” and “what are shadows?”

We read Can’t You Sleep Little Bear by Martin Waddell. We noticed that different sources of light on each page. We also discussed our own feelings about the dark and the sources of light in our homes and bedrooms.

At the Art Center children observed Vincent Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night. We used dark and light paints to create our own versions of The Starry Night with swirly and dotted lines, silhouettes, and shadows! Please visit our art gallery in the hallway to see our interpretation of this masterpiece!

At the Science Center we used new materials to create light reflections with our flashlights! We noticed that shiny materials bounced the light in a new direction. We also continued to observe and create shadows around our classroom.

After the break we will learn about the many ways that light helps us!

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Newsletter (February 8)

Posted on February 8, 2019

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This week we read the book Round Trip by Ann Jonas. The children compared what the family in the story saw on their trip during the day versus their travel in the evening. They noticed that the family saw more lights at nighttime because it was darker.

In the Art center, the children had an opportunity to create their own turn around pictures in black and white like our story Round Trip.

The children also had an opportunity to make stained glass pictures for our classroom window. We got to observe what colors were shined through the colored paper because of the sun.

The children brainstormed sources of light during our Circle Time. They then had an opportunity to try to find as many as they could around the classroom.

We have started to transform our Dramatic Play area into a campsite with a “campfire” to light up our night event.

Next week we will continue our light unit by comparing shadows and learning about nocturnal versus diurnal animals.  

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Newsletter (February 1)

Posted on February 1, 2019

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This week we read the book Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper. The children discussed the importance of being safe in and around vehicles, including following signs, wearing seatbelts and helmets, and being safe ‘pedestrians’ when out walking. 

We also enjoyed listening to our friends sharing their riddles and signs from home.  We found some signs that we knew well like ‘stop’ and ‘speed bumps ahead’ and others were new including ‘hospital’ and ‘railroad tracks!’ 

In the Math Center we used vehicle math stories to begin to add and subtract. (e.g. 5 trucks were on the road and 3 stopped at the gas station, how many stayed on the road?) 

Next week we will be beginning our new unit on light!  Children will be exploring light, darkness and shadows with hands-on materials.  We will begin by looking at what kinds of lights are all around us.

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Newsletter (January 25)

Posted on January 25, 2019

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This week we focused on different peoples’ jobs and the vehicles they use to help them do their jobs.  We shared our personal experience with community helpers and their vehicles during our “Turn and Talk” discussions.

While reading the book Whose Vehicle is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper, students guessed the names of the people who operate vehicles as part of their jobs, such as train engineers, fishermen, pilots, bus drivers, astronauts, and more.

At the Writing Center, children drew pictures of community helpers at work and were encouraged to describe how the vehicle helps each community helper do their job.

Children in the Dramatic Play Center continued to explore the roles of engineer and conductor at train station. We also introduced construction worker props to help us build new railroad tracks for our train!

Next week we will explore the ways people stay safe as they operate or ride in vehicles.

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