PK 3/Ms. Mary McElroy

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January
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This month, our themes will include:
The Five Senses
Hibernation
Polar Animals
Winter

Looking Back (Week of 1/7/19)
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Our first full week back at school was full of fun!  We focused on a winter theme of "Hibernation" and we enjoyed many silly stories about hibernating animals in addition to some informational texts that helped us to learn about the different kinds of animals that hibernate during the winter.  We created hibernating bears and chipmunks in the art center and we completed a hibernation magazine before visiting the Videoconference Room to view a video about "winter sleepers."  We also completed a sorting activity to separate hibernating animals from those that have different ways to survive the winter months.

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Our letter of the week was Mm.  We created sparkly mitten crafts and we found many letter Mm words on our alphabet chart and around our classroom.  During Show and Tell, we saw a microphone, a mouse, a mermaid, and milk!  We worked on tracing and writing the letter Mm on paper and in our alphabet notebooks and the students added many letter Mm pictures to our large letter book.

Looking Ahead (Week of 1/14/19)
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During the week ahead, we will enjoy a fun theme of "Polar Animals."  We will learn about the different animals that live in both the Arctic as well as Antarctica and we will create a Venn Diagram to help us to see which animals live in both regions.  We will work on an icy Arctic scene outside our classroom by creating puffins, Arctic foxes, snowy owls, and beluga whales.  We will use both fictional and informational texts to do some research and we will even create our own new Polar animal class book to help others learn as well.

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Our letter of the week will be Nn.  We will work on an "N for Night" craft in the art center and we will play a letter sound sorting game at circle time as well as a beginning sound game in the literacy center.  We will complete a letter Nn page in our notebooks and in our classroom letter book.  Students are invited to bring in letter Nn pictures for our book and boys are invited to bring a letter Nn item for Show and Tell if they would like to do so on Friday.

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*Reminders*
*School will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21.

*Catholic Schools Week is coming up!  This exciting time of the year is always so much fun at school and we are looking forward to a great week.  We will begin with the Family Mass at 9:00 AM in the church on Sunday, January 27.  Our school Open House will follow from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and we invite all school families to join us for this special event!


*The Thursday hot lunch special for January 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.