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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!


June Calendar 2019



Breakfast June 2019

Lunch June 2019

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June 7- Full day of Pre-K

June 12- Bakers and Shakers Field trip

June 20- End 0f the Year Celebration 9:00 am, Last day of school (no schoolbags, jackets, etc)


For the month of June, we will be focusing on the unit of transformation. We will be exploring how objects and things in nature can transform. we will be reviewing how we can reuse things and that that is considered a form of transformation. We will be looking how butterflies and ladybugs can transform as they go through their life cycle.

Newsletter (June 14)

Posted on June 14, 2019

Weekly Letter 6.14

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 already reuse materials.  For example, we reviewed how paper is recycled to make to new paper, cans make new cans and bottles too!

We also began to discuss the changes we see around us. The children described some of the changes as plants growing, people growing, clouds changing shapes and colors.

In the Art Center, we mixed colors together to see what happens!

The children also learned that they are beginning to read using the sounds and letters they already know to create rhyming word lists like cat, hat, mat, rat …

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

Family Engagement 6.14

Newsletter (June 7)

Posted on June 7, 2019

Weekly Letter 6.7

This week, we read the book When I was Little and discussed the many ways the girl in the book changed as she grew from baby to child. As a class we brainstormed a list of vocabulary words and ideas related to the main idea of the read aloud. We also built text-to-self connections by discussing the ways each of us change as we grow.

At the Writing Center children responded to our read aloud by drawing pictures and writing words to describe themselves “then” and “now.” Some of our ideas included talking, walking, eating different foods, and playing with different toys.

At the Math Center children used string measured to their birth length to compare with objects around the classroom. We really enjoyed seeing how small we were as babies and how tall we are now!

Next week, we will begin a new exploration of “Transformations!”

Family Engagement 6.7

Newsletter (May 31)

Posted on May 31, 2019

Weekly Letter 5.31

This week, we read the book Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats. We discovered that a meadow is a habitat with many different types homes where various living things can live.

In the Block Center the children had an opportunity to create these different type of habitats (pond, tree, and so on).

We also focused a lot on what type of animals hatch from an egg. The children brainstormed a list of animals that we charted. Then in the Art Center they got to make paper mache eggs. Once the eggs were dried, the children create various types of animals that could hatch from an egg.

In the Science Center the children continued their science journals by documenting the animal that they chose to hatch from their egg, as well any other animal that caught their interest to learn about.

Next week, we will be focusing on how babies change as they grow up.

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Newsletter (May 24)

Posted on May 24, 2019

Weekly Letter 5.24

This week, we read the book Stellaluna by Janell Canon. The book explored the differences and similarities among some baby animals.  One baby animal got lost and became friends with others. The children described how they would feel if they got lost and what they would do.

Together we charted the different types of baby animals. We discussed specific names of baby animals such as kittens, puppies and cubs. Our class also voted on whether to change our Dramatic Play Center to a Vet’s office, or keep a Pediatrician. 

We continued our research at the Science Center with information books and iPads, drawing and writing about chosen baby animals in our science journals.

In Art, we painted, collaged and drew pictures of baby animals to present to our friends during circle time. 

Next week, we will be continuing our study of animal babies.

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