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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!


November Calendar 2019

December Calendar 2019



Breakfast Nov 19

Lunch Nov 19

Dec Breakfast

Dec Lunch

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Thursday, November 28- Friday, November 29-No school (Thanksgiving Vacation)

Monday, December 2- Tree Lighting at 5 pm

Wednesday, December 4- Wacky Wednesday Dress

Thursday, December 5- Parent/Teacher Conferences, 11:30 dismissal

Monday, December 9- No school

Tuesday, December 10- In house field trip (Nature Company)


For the month of December, we will be working on the unit of Where We Live. The children will have an opportunity to explore the world around them. They will be exploring materials used to build houses and buildings. The children will be learning about what a blueprint is and what we do with it. They will then have an opportunity to make their own blueprints and build something from it. 

Newsletter (December 6)

Posted on December 6, 2019

Weekly Letter 12.6

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 discussed their own dream homes inspired by the read aloud during  a turn and talk with their peers. They were then invited to the Art Center to create their dream homes using art and recycled materials.  

During our whole group meeting we discussed the kinds of homes the children in our class live in, including single family houses, multi-family houses, and apartment buildings.

This week we transformed our Sensory Center into a sand table! Children explored this new material while building sand castles!

At the Block Center, children are exploring different kinds homes and practicing new vocabulary, such as building, apartment, tall, long, and short.

Next week we will continue to explore the kinds of homes people in our neighborhoods and in our city live in, as well as how homes are designed and built.

Family Enagement 12.6

Newsletter (November 29)

Posted on November 27, 2019

Weekly Letter 11.29

This week we read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. and discussed how the wind helps leaf man to be transformed into different types of shapes (fish, birds, and so on). We then discussed how in the season of Fall the wind does blow more often and the leaves change color and fall off of the trees.

In the Art Center the children had an opportunity to make pictures of themselves doing something they like to do in the fall.

In the Math Center we sorted leaves by shapes, color, or size.

In the Science center we used magnifiers to explore the characteristics of leaves.

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. 

Leaf Man Project 11.29.19 (1)

Newsletter (November 22)

Posted on November 22, 2019

Weekly Letter 11.22

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 also voted for and will be transforming our Dramatic Play into …

Next week we will be looking more closely at the seasonal changes and Thanksgiving traditions.

Family Engagement 11.22.19

Newsletter (November 15)

Posted on November 15, 2019

Weekly Letter 11.15

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.

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 children continued to practice writing their names. They also used family vocabulary when labeling their drawings.

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 11.15

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