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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!



December 2018 Breakfast

December 2018 Lunch

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Thursday, December 6- Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, December 7- Pre-K full day

Wednesday, December 12- In-house field trip

Friday,December 21- Full Day (no after school)

December 22-January 1- Winter Recess


For the month of December, we will be focusing on our theme of Where We Live. The children will learn about a neighborhood, types of homes, and what materials are used to build homes. The children will have an opportunity to build 3D homes, sort building materials, and explore new toys that will help them build people and animal homes, such as a house, apartment buildings, skyscrapers, and animal homes.

Newsletter (December 7)

Posted on December 7, 2018

Weekly Letter 12.7

This week we looked at what types of homes people in our neighborhood and city live in! 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 (from objects within our classroom) and glued art materials to create a “shape city” mural inspired by the read aloud City Shape by Dianna Murray.
At the Dramatic Play Center we completed our classroom post office and began exploring the roles of people in our community. We enjoyed using the post office to mail the letters we wrote to our friends and families at the Writing Center.
Children used art tools and materials at the Art Center to create familiar homes from their home and school neighborhoods. We also explored how to build homes using the recycled materials.
Next week we will explore the different homes that animals build to protect themselves and their families!

family engagement 12.7

Newsletter (November 30)

Posted on November 30, 2018

Weekly Letter 11.30

This week we started our new unit on Where We Live. We read the book The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. The children got to discuss what their dream house would be in a turn and talk with their peers. They were then invited to the Art Center to create their dream house out of different materials.

The children got to make sand castles at the sensory table by exploring the new sand that we have in our classroom.

The children have been building their houses in the Block Center using various types of blocks. Some children have even been using location words to describe where they and their family lives, such as living in Bayside, Douglaston, even Queens!

Next week we will continue to explore where we live, as well as where animals live.

Family Engagement 11.30

Newsletter (November 21)

Posted on November 21, 2018

Weekly Letter 11.23

This week we read Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld and discussed our friends and school community.  

In the Art Center the children had an opportunity to make pictures of themselves with their friends.

In the Math Center we measured all of our friends to see how many hands high they were and to find out who was the tallest and shortest in our class.  We will be watching all year to see how we grow!

In Dramatic Play the children acted out family life using props and materials, including food, babies and work items.  We discussed what foods make a good Thanksgiving feast!

Next week we will be starting our new theme on ‘Where We Live.’ We will be focusing on the places we live and where our family members live, near and far.  We will also explore different types of homes and shelters for people and animals. 

Family Engagement 11.21

Newsletter (November 16)

Posted on November 16, 2018

Weekly Letter 11.16

This week in Pre-K we explored what makes our families unique and important! We read The Family Book by Todd Parr and learned that there are many ways to be a family and that families can include many different people. We also read I Love Saturdays y Domingos and observed that families have their own unique traditions and favorite activities!

At the Math Center we counted how many people are in our families and drew a picture to represent the people we love. We created a family number chart for our Math Center board.

At the Art Center children drew pictures illustrating their families’ favorite activities to do together. We also used recycled materials to create “people” toys representing different family members to play with at our Block Center.

At the Writing Center we practiced using family vocabulary while creating invitations and letters for our family members.

Next week we will explore the many ways our classroom is a unique community of friends who help and care for each other!

Family Engagement 11.16

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