N-2/Ms. Mary McElroy

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March
Here are some of the weekly themes we will be exploring during the month of March:
Lent
Dr. Seuss
The Five Senses
Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph
Spring and Wind
Rain and Clouds

 

Looking Back (Week of 3/20/17)
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This week was an exciting one for us as we welcomed the new season of spring!  We enjoyed a theme of "Spring and Wind" as we learned what signs to look for and found many of them!  We saw several birds outside of our windows and we even felt some gusty winds making their way inside.  We removed our bears from hibernation and some of them went home for the spring (the rest will go home next week).  We also learned a fun song and finger play about the whistling wind in the spring time.  We read several stories about spring and wind, including informational texts as well as fictional stories.  We created wind-themed art projects including colorful windsocks that are decorating our classroom.  We will be able to use them to tell us how strong the winds are on warmer days throughout the season.  We also conducted a science experiment to find out what types of objects the wind could move using straws and our breath!  After making our predictions, we tested the hypotheses and then recorded our results in a chart.
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Our Lenten theme continued as we discussed an important person in the Church, Saint Joseph.  We used watercolor paints to create beautiful illustrations of Joseph and we discussed his significant role.  We also learned a bit about him and listened to a beautiful prayer to him.

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Our letter of the week was Oo.  We created dot-painted letter Oo octopuses using construction paper, plates, and streamers.  We learned a song and a poem about letter Oo and we used our whiteboard to search for hiding uppercase O's.  The students are doing a wonderful job of using the markers to circle objects.  We also looked for letter Oo on paper and we found many pictures of items that begin with Oo.  We enjoyed Show and Tell by the girls on Wednesday.  We saw two owls, an octopus, an ocean book, and an orange!

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In math, we continued our shamrock pattern.  The children are getting more and more comfortable extending patterns and they are doing so with more confidence.  We counted and found that we have more green than yellow shamrocks so it will be fun for us to count the total next week.  We also completed a number four page for our number books using roller paints and a kite stamp.  We counted out our actions each day using rhythmic clapping and jumping.  We also counted out the items on our wind experiment chart and compared them.  We found that of the items we tested, there were objects more that could be moved by the wind than items that couldn't.

Coming Up (Week of 3/27/17)
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The upcoming week will be full with so much to do!  We will focus on a theme of "Rain and Clouds" as we continue with our spring focus.  We will read about the rain and how it falls using an informational text.  We will also learn about clouds before enjoying a fun story about the different things that clouds look like.  We will use puffy paint to create cloud art and we will have fun thinking about what our clouds may look like.  We will use watercolor paints along with eye droppers to create rain art on white paper.  We will also complete a Scholastic Magazine about rainbows before walking to the videoconference room to view a video about weather.  We will discuss dressing for the weather and we will enjoy a story about clothing before using it to help us put events of a story in order.
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Our letter of the week will be Pp.  We will celebrate Pp with puffy paint artwork and by reading a book about pancakes.  We will look for pictures of items that begin with letter Pp and we will look for P hiding on the whiteboard.  We will learn a song and poem about letter Pp and we will paint with pink and purple paint.  We invite the boys to bring in an object that begins with letter Pp on Wednesday if they would like to do so.
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In math, we will continue to extend our shamrock pattern and we will finish it on Friday!  We will count the number of green and yellow shamrocks to find out if they yellow will "catch up" to the green.  We will create a number five page for our number books and we will enjoy counting songs during music and movement time.  We will also work on creating shapes, patterns, and designs using our pattern blocks.  Our weather exploration will help us to create a graph documenting the daily weather throughout the week and we will then compare the numbers to find which types of weather have been the most common.
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In religion, our Lenten focus will help us to explore the concepts of love and forgiveness.  We will learn about Jesus' teachings to love one another and to forgive and we will share a story about forgiveness.  We will finish our watercolor crosses to honor Jesus as well.  
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*Our mindful bottle project was a success!  We have begun to use them in school and we are not beginning to send them home.  Mindful bottles can be helpful in calming strong emotions and allowing a child to take a deep breath while watching the glitter fall to the bottom after shaking the bottle.  The covers are sealed with glue, but keep in mind that they are plastic.  We hope you enjoy them!

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The nursery children have published a book!  Our mitten book is ready to go home for review.  Each child will have a turn bringing home the book for the afternoon during the next month.  When it is your child’s turn, we ask that you take a few moments to provide a comment on the paper provided before returning it the following morning.  We will enjoy reading the comments in class each day.  Thank you so much for your help!

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***Important Reminders
*Please note that our Step-Up Ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th.  This will be the last day of school for all Nursery students and Monday the 12th will be the last regular, full day of school.

*Please note the change in the calendar.  There will be an Early Dismissal on Thursday, April 27th, at 11:00 for all Nursery students.  Thank you!

*Valet guidelines may be found in the yellow "Addendum" form that was distributed at the Parent Orientation and there are reminders listed below.  Please take a moment to review these guidelines if you do use Valet Service in the morning.  Thank you!

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Valet Service is an option that you may like to use in the morning. If you are opting to use the Valet Service, there are a few rules that you must follow in order to ensure the safety of the children as well as the adults on supervision. Please be sure to refer to the Valet Procedures paper that was given to you during our Parent/Teacher Orientation. 

Below are a few reminders of how Valet Service is used...

1. The teachers/teacher aides will stand at "checkpoints". The "checkpoints" include one teacher at the door, one at the gate, and three teachers along the sidewalk of Mayfair Road for the cars. The teachers at the sidewalk help children out of the cars and watch as they walk to the next "checkpoint". Be sure not to block checkpoints, instead stand to the side so that all teachers are able to see all children at all times.
2. The cars must pull up to the teachers three at a time. The teacher greets the child and helps them out of the car. The cars then leave together, being cautious as to not pull around the car in front of them. Also be aware of oncoming traffic and those who are not using the Valet Service.
3. The next set of cars may pull up to the teachers when the first set leaves.
4. Please DO NOT let the children out of the car unattended. Please wait for the teacher to open the car door. It is dangerous to allow any Nursery/Pre-K child to open the door and allow themselves out of the car.  Please do not leave your car.  The teachers will help each child out of the car.
4. Please do not drive faster than 20 miles per hour.
5. If you are opting to not use the Valet Line, please park your car in a safe place (please do not block driveways). Kindly walk your child to the South Gate.
6. When driving, be sure to follow the law. You may not park your car at a curb and face the wrong direction. It is unsafe. Always follow the rules of the road.
7. Valet Service runs from 8:35-8:45am. It is a 10 minute window. If you are running late, it is not a problem. If the Valet time is over, you may park your car and walk to the front of the building. The front door will be open to you.
8. If your child is reluctant to leave the car on the Valet Line and shows a struggle, kindly pull up to a safe area, park, then walk your child to the South Gate.
9. Please remember that pets may NOT be in your car if you are using the Valet arrival.  Thank you!

We thank you so much for your cooperation regarding these important regulations.  We all share the common goal of keeping everyone safe each and every day, and we truly appreciate your help in ensuring a safe and smooth arrival each morning.  
Thank you!

Remind Updates: If you have not yet done so, please text the message @cb874k to the number 81010 so that you will be sure to receive all important updates and reminders throughout the year.  If you are not receiving the messages, please let me know.  Thank you!