Hello Parents and welcome back to our first week of school!
We are so excited to begin this journey with you. Thank you for attending our Meet & Greet and having a fun time exploring our classroom with your children.
The past week was filled with learning about how our classroom works; We learned the rules of our class and what is expected of us as the “oldest kids in the school.” It is important that we make an effort to set an example, and model the best behavior possible for all the “little ones.”
Please be sure that your child is in an environment of learning, growth, love, and laughter as we prepare for Kindergarten.
Our first day of school was wonderful!
We found our name on the carpet and learned all about our Circle Time that consists of our calendar, flags and weekly themes discussion.
A calendar is a chart that has the days, weeks, and months of the year.
We introduced our class rules:
Rules are instructions that tell us how to act and behave.
We also introduced how we get ready to listen and learn with “Give me 5”:
- Eyes on Speaker
- Lips closed
- Ears listening
- Sit up straight
- Hands and feet quiet
We learned the Pledge of Allegiance and the 7 days of the week! We counted up to 26 on the calendar. We also counted down to blastoff- this is one of our class’ favorite activities!
This week’s themes were Back to School and Manners.
Manners are the polite way to act or behave.
I asked the class,”What kind of teacher do you want?
We talked about the qualities that make a teacher someone we want to spend our time with and the kind of students we would like to be.
On Monday and Wednesday we had Jewish studies with Morah Rachel, Morah Miriam, and Ms. Rucha. We said our morning prayers and were introduced to some Hebrew words Shalom (hello, goodbye, peace) and Boker Tov (good morning). We also met Kofi- he’s a silly monkey that only speaks Hebrew. We also received our Siddur (prayer book) that we decorated and will use throughout the year.
We worked on balancing in P.E. and exercised our gross motor skills with Ms. Jackie.
We had Music with Ms. Zina and sang songs and danced.
We used our fine motor skills by coloring, playing with play dough, and practicing writing our names. We began learning the letters that are in our names and the sounds that letters make. Throughout the week during our Center Times (Teacher’s selections, so that I could observe skills like stacking, lacing and pattern knowledge) as well as during Free Play, I pulled the children aside individually in order to assess their letter, number, shape, and color knowledge.
Please note, there will be several assessments throughout the year in an effort to mark your child’s growth and development.
We read books with a Back to School theme. We did a story extender about the book The Kissing Hand to remind us that when we are away from Mommy and Daddy, they love us so much. We talked about what we love about our Mommy, just like Chester the raccoon. We also learned about books that are real or fiction.
We learned about and made predictions.
Predictions are guesses we make about the book by looking at the front cover and back cover.
We played in the playground during recess with friends in our class, as well as the other Tzeeporim and Parparim classes.
We pulled out the weeds in Gardening with Ms. Amanda so that we could prepare for planting seeds.
We sat at the big kid’s table at lunch and showed everyone how important table manners are. Please remember that our school is dairy, nut free and strictly kosher. Menus are available at the front office should you wish to reserve a hot lunch from Margo’s catering.
We celebrated Shabbat with our Ema Milly and Aba Zachary.
Before the end of the day on Friday, we answered the question, “What was your favorite thing at school this week?”
For our friend’s who are in Enrichment after 12:30 p.m., they joined the other VPK class with Ms. Melissa and Ms. Carolyn and had special time with Coach Renee in the MJGDS gym, story time with Miss Hallet at the Day School library, Mr. B. for music, and Ms. Gutterman in Art.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Friday, September 2nd- Shabbat 10:00 am Ema:Emma Aba: Rafael
Monday, September 5th- School Closed for Labor Day
Thursday, September 8th- Back to School Night 7pm
Friday, September 9th- Shabbat 10:00 am Ema: Abigail Aba: Jordan
Friday, September 16th- Preschool Wide Shabbat 10:00 am Ema: Lily Pop Aba: Dillon Efron
Monday and Tuesday, October 3rd and 4th- School Closed for Rosh Hashana
Friday, October 7th- Shabbat 10:00 am Ema: Hannah Aba: Max Falko
Tuesday, October 11th- noon dismissal for Erev Yom Kippur
Wednesday October 12th- School Closed for Yom Kippur
Please remember, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the preschool office to speak with me.
I think this was the best week ever… until next week!
Ms. Suzie & Ms. Melissa