PK 3/Ms. Mary McElroy

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March
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This month, our themes will include:
Dental Health
Saint Patrick's Day
Spring
Wind and Weather

Looking Back (Week of 3/18/19)
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Spring has arrived in Pre-K!  We happily welcomed this lovely time of the year by reading all about the season of spring.  We read both informational and fictional texts and we discussed and illustrated our favorite springtime activities to make our own book about spring.  We also read about seeds and plants before planting our own seeds in the classroom.  We added water and we will now make observations about the growth process over the coming weeks.  We enjoyed springtime art projects including a fingerprint hyacinth and a spring tree.
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Our letter of the week was Uu.  We learned a poem about Uu and worked on a letter U umbrella craft in the art center.  Everyone had fun adding raindrops with a cotton swab.  Later, we looked for Uu words on our alphabet chart and we worked on tracing and writing letter Uu.  We played a letter sound sorting game and enjoyed Show and Tell by the girls.  In the math center, we continued to play our shamrock number matching game and we worked on building sets of 0-9 items.  We worked on one-to-one correspondence using our small erasers and ten frames.

Looking Ahead (Week of 3/25/19)
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The week ahead is looking bright as we will focus on a theme of "Wind and Weather."  We will read about different types of weather and we will observe our daily weather in order to create a graph.  We will discuss the different types of clothing we may wear based on the weather of the day.  We will work on a lion and lamb art project and conduct an experiment to see what objects can be moved by the wind.
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Our letter of the week will be Vv.  We will work on a violet and vase art project before looking for letter Vv words on our alphabet chart and learning a poem about Vv.  We will add a Vv page to our classroom letter book and we invite the boys to bring in a Vv object or a picture of a Vv object for Show and Tell on Friday if they would like to do so.  In math, we will work on a raindrop counting activity and a weather pattern project.
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*Reminders*

*Please note that Confirmation has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 27.  We will have an Early Dismissal on this day at 11:15 AM and Aftercare will NOT be available on this day.

*We will have an Early Dismissal at 11:15 AM on Thursday, March 28.  Students who are attending Aftercare on this day will need to bring their lunch.

*Our Circus Show has been scheduled for Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 AM.  All parents are invited to join us for this exciting event!

*Our Mother's Day Celebration has been scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at 9:00 AM.  All Pre-K moms are invited to join us but if you cannot make it, we will be happen to welcome another special guest.

*Our Step Up Ceremony has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, at 9:00 AM.  All Pre-K families are invited to join us for this special day.  Please keep in mind that the 11th of June will be the last regular day of school for the Pre-K students.  More information about this day will go home soon, but please let me know if you have any questions at all.  Thank you!

*The current hot lunch special for Thursdays will be meatballs with garlic bread or chicken parmesan.  Please indicate which lunch your child should have if he or she is ordering lunch on Thursday. Thank you!

*Please be sure to send your child's snack in a bag that is separate from the lunchbox/lunch bag.  Please put the bag into your child's backpack and not in the lunchbox.  Additionally, any money that is being sent to school must be in the folder.  Thank you!

*Please note that Full-day students should bring in one towel or blanket each week.  We will use the towel for the week and send it home each Friday afternoon.  Full-day students should also bring in a snack as well as a lunch each day.  Both Full-day and Half-day students should bring their folder to school each day in their 
backpack.  Thank you!

*Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at any time at mmcelroy7211@ndsnet.org.  Thank you!

Arrival Procedures 
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.

Below are a few guidelines for the use of Valet Service
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.  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, and 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!

Dismissal Procedures
Students will be dismissed at the South Entrance at 11:15 AM or 3:00 PM.  At the Parent Orientation, I ask that you let me know who will be regularly picking up your child.  If another adult will pick up your child, please let me know that day via a signed note in the morning and provide a photocopy of that person's photo identification.  Please ask that person to bring photo identification to school on that day to ensure a smooth and safe dismissal.  Thank you!


*If you would like to make use of Morning Care or After Care, please be sure to return the necessary paperwork to the office.  Thank you!

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You can find the New York State
Common Core Learning Standards below:


English Language Arts and Literacy
https://nysed-prod.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-p-12-common-core-learning-standards-for-english-language-arts-and-literacy

Mathematics
https://nysed-prod.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-p-12-common-core-learning-standards-for-mathematics

*Direct links may be found by clicking on the "Resources" tab on the left side of the screen.

r letter study has been completed!  It is time for us to review the letters we have learned, including how to write them and what sounds they make.  We will work on sorting words by beginning sound as well as two fun rhyming activities.  In math, we will work on making sets of ten and counting to ten in different ways.  We will read a story about the number ten and fill in a ten frame.  We will also review the addition and subtraction poems that we learned during the past week.
Our upcoming week will be fun as we focus on the theme of "Dinosaurs."  We will read all about these interesting creatures using both informational and fictional texts.  We will create watercolor dinosaurs to decorate our classroom and we will complete a dinosaur counting activity.  We will also make our own fossils and enjoy a dinosaur dig with the other Pre-K classes.  
Our letter study has been completed!  It is time for us to review the letters we have learned, including how to write them and what sounds they make.  We will work on sorting words by beginning sound as well as two fun rhyming activities.  In math, we will work on making sets of ten and counting to ten in different ways.  We will read a story about the number ten and fill in a ten frame.  We will also review the addition and subtraction poems that we learned during the past week.
Our upcoming week will be fun as we focus on the theme of "Dinosaurs."  We will read all about these interesting creatures using both informational and fictional texts.  We will create watercolor dinosaurs to decorate our classroom and we will complete a dinosaur counting activity.  We will also make our own fossils and enjoy a dinosaur dig with the other Pre-K classes.  
Our letter study has been completed!  It is time for us to review the letters we have learned, including how to write them and what sounds they make.  We will work on sorting words by beginning sound as well as two fun rhyming activities.  In math, we will work on making sets of ten and counting to ten in different ways.  We will read a story about the number ten and fill in a ten frame.  We will also review the addition and subtraction poems that we learned during the past week.
Our upcoming week will be fun as we focus on the theme of "Dinosaurs."  We will read all about these interesting creatures using both informational and fictional texts.  We will create watercolor dinosaurs to decorate our classroom and we will complete a dinosaur counting activity.  We will also make our own fossils and enjoy a dinosaur dig with the other Pre-K classes.  
Our letter study has been completed!  It is time for us to review the letters we have learned, including how to write them and what sounds they make.  We will work on sorting words by beginning sound as well as two fun rhyming activities.  In math, we will work on making sets of ten and counting to ten in different ways.  We will read a story about the number ten and fill in a ten frame.  We will also review the addition and subtraction poems that we learned during the past week.
Our upcoming week will be fun as we focus on the theme of "Dinosaurs."  We will read all about these interesting creatures using both informational and fictional texts.  We will create watercolor dinosaurs to decorate our classroom and we will complete a dinosaur counting activity.  We will also make our own fossils and enjoy a dinosaur dig with the other Pre-K classes.  
Our letter study has been completed!  It is time for us to review the letters we have learned, including how to write them and what sounds they make.  We will work on sorting words by beginning sound as well as two fun rhyming activities.  In math, we will work on making sets of ten and counting to ten in different ways.  We will read a story about the number ten and fill in a ten frame.  We will also review the addition and subtraction poems that we learned during the past week.
Our upcoming week will be fun as we focus on the theme of "Dinosaurs."  We will read all about these interesting creatures using both informational and fictional texts.  We will create watercolor dinosaurs to decorate our classroom and we will complete a dinosaur counting activity.  We will also make our own fossils and enjoy a dinosaur dig with the other Pre-K classes.  
Our letter study has been completed!  It is time for us to review the letters we have learned, including how to write them and what sounds they make.  We will work on sorting words by beginning sound as well as two fun rhyming activities.  In math, we will work on making sets of ten and counting to ten in different ways.  We will read a story about the number ten and fill in a ten frame.  We will also review the addition and subtraction poems that we learned during the past week.
Our upcoming week will be fun as we focus on the theme of "Dinosaurs."  We will read all about these interesting creatures using both informational and fictional texts.  We will create watercolor dinosaurs to decorate our classroom and we will complete a dinosaur counting activity.  We will also make our own fossils and enjoy a dinosaur dig with the other Pre-K classes.  
Our letter study has been completed!  It is time for us to review the letters we have learned, including how to write them and what sounds they make.  We will work on sorting words by beginning sound as well as two fun rhyming activities.  In math, we will work on making sets of ten and counting to ten in different ways.  We will read a story about the number ten and fill in a ten frame.  We will also review the addition and subtraction poems that we learned during the past week.