7/24

Hello!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be going to work in the garden a little later in the day-around 2-4:30. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Garden

I will be working in the garden on July 24th from 10-11:30! We have had some great strawberries, beans and cucumbers!

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June 30, 2015

Hi All!

Hopefully, everyone is having a great summer! I will be working in the garden from 10-11:30 tomorrow. I will be spreading compost and building supports for the plants. If you and your child are available to help, please come on over and bring your gardening gloves!

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June 14, 2015

Remember!

This is the last week of school-check out the last posting for the list of special events and times for this week.

If the weather is bad on Monday we will stay at school instead to taking our walking field trip to the pond.

Hope to see all of the preschool families on Friday for our good-bye breakfast at Bixler!

Have a great week!

 

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June 1, 2015

There will be no school June 8-12th due to Pre-School registration for the 2015-2016 School Year

Please return all library books by this Friday, June 5th.

Fun Activities for the Last Week of School:
Monday, June 15-Regular AM & PM sessions: Bonany Pond (We will need a wagon or two, please let us know if you have a wagon we can use).
Tuesday, June 16-Regular AM & PM sessions: Parent Pack-N-Play Day: We will need parents to assist in packing up the classroom and supervising on the playground. Please be sure to sign upon the sheet if you are willing to do both or either.

Wednesday, June 18-9:30-10:30: There will be a Parent & Child Activity in the cafeteria. Parents (adult) must attend the activity with their child.

Thursday, June 19 9:00-11:00: Gardening Day! We will spend the day pulling weeds and maintaining the garden. We will need parents to sign up to water and help with the upkeep of the garden this summer. (This summer, I will write on the blog on Sundays to announce the days that I will be working in the garden. You and your child are welcome to come and meet me to help with weeding and harvesting!)

Friday, June 20-9:00-10:30 End of Year Breakfast at Bixler Park 9-10:30. Bring your own blanket and breakfast!

Hope that you can join us!

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May 26, 2015

Hello!
We are continuing to learn about butterflies in anticipation of our caterpillars arriving (hopefully, soon). We will be completing our Know, Want to Learn and Learned chart (KWL) on Friday to review all the cool facts we have learned about butterflies. We will be completing butterfly life-cycle puppets that you and your child can use at home to act out the butterfly life-cycle! Keep an eye out for those to come home on Friday. The Peggy Noebaert Nature Museum has a wonderful butterfly room and exhibit. It would be a great visit for you and your family!

If you get a chance have your child bring you to our garden so you can see all of the things they have planted. The plants are growing beautifully and the children are so proud of their hard work! We have some very successful gardeners in room 411!

We are starting to wash our toys and manipulatives and telling our toys “Good Night” just like from the story Goodnight Moon. By washing the toys, and putting them away a few at a time, children are taking ownership of the classroom. They are also getting a sense of closure of for the 2014-2015 school year. Washing the toys and telling them “goodnight” (and putting them away) really helps them with the transition into summer in a way that is developmentally appropriate. It also brings up great conversation about what is to come in the next school year (transitions to kindergarten or another year of pre-k).

We are finished with our letter of the week! Thanks to everyone that has contributed!

 

We Need: Dish soap, Gallon bags (or the huge ziplocks are even better) and disinfecting wipes

Have a great week!
Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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May 11, 2015

Hi!
I hope everyone has enjoyed the beautiful weather this week! Over the next few weeks we will be learning more about life cycles (plants, butterflies, frogs, bees). We will read books like I Gotta Go, I Gotta Go (which examines the monarch’s migratory process), as well as 10 Little Caterpillars and Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert. We are waiting for our caterpillars to arrive so we can watch the process of metamorphosis.

This coordinates well with all of the gardening we have been doing! The children have been working hard to plant the seeds and seedlings that will produce our fruits and vegetables this summer and into next school year!

Don’t forget! Our field trip to Emerald City is next Thursday. Please, if you signed up to be a chaperone we need you to attend. A field trip is neither fun or safe unless we have enough parent support. If you paid and signed up to help we need your help. Also if your child ever gets car sick please let us know so we can plan accordingly. Please bring your student fed and toileted by 8:45 (we will be departing at 9:00 sharp). The bus will return between 11:45-12:00.

Our letter of the week is Y! Please send in your child’s Y pictures by Wednesday with their name on the back.

Thanks!
Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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May 18, 2015

Hello!
Thank-you to our parent volunteers on our field trip to see Elephant and Piggie! We could not have done it without you! The kids had a wonderful time and that is because we had enough help to make it a good experience.
This week we will continue our study of butterflies. We will be reading the book Born to be a Butterfly by Karen Wallace, Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost and Leonid Gore, Starting Life Butterfly by Deborah Hiligman, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! By Sam Swope, Painted Lady butterflies by Martha E. H. Rustad. In small groups we will be diagramming the life cycle, students also will be continuing to identify (by letters and letter sounds) and graphing them while playing a fun game. We will explore concepts of quantity such as most, least and the same. We will also be planting out seedlings this week (weather permitting).
Please be sure to send your child in shoes that they can run in. Flip flops can be hazardous when children are climbing on the playground. We don’t want anyone to get hurt!
Don’t forget, we will be holding pre-school registration June 8-12th. There will be no student attendance during that week. Please be sure to make other arrangements for your children. Also the week of June 15th we will be holding our end of the year activities. I will send a list of events home for that week.
Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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May 4, 2014

Hello!
This week we will continue our Eric Carle study and explore his insect books. We will ready The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Lonely Firefly and The Quiet Cricket. In small groups, we will be learning how to tally using a fun Eric Carle game. We will also be working on graphing our letters and identifying them receptively, expressively or phonetically. We will explore which is the most, the least, the same and we will be finding the difference between sets. Our letter of the week is letter X. Please send in your small letter X pictures by no later than Wednesday.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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April 27, 2015

Hello!
We will continue this week with our Eric Carle book study. We will be reading the book Little Cloud, The Grouchy Lady Bug and The Tiny Seed. We will compare and contrast how Eric Carles book are the same and how they are different. We will discuss the characteristics that let us know a story is written by Eric Carle (author voice through text).

In small groups, we will be doing numeral hunts differentiated by student ability. We will also be playing a letter game where (depending on development level) student’s identify the letter/letter sound and mark it on a graph. We will then examine the graph to determine things like the most, equal, least.

We will be creating scientific journals that document the growth and changes that are happening to our seedlings. We will measure, compare and write about how our plants are changing and growing.

Our letter of the week is W. Please send in your small W pictures with your child’s name on the back to school by Wednesday.

We are in dire need of paper towels and shaving cream and windex. If you are able to donate please do so!

Have a wonderful week!
Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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April 19th, 2015

Thank-you for your participation in the Week of the Young Child! The kids had a great week! I hope that those of you who came to the parent/child activity can finish your books at home! Time flies when you’re having fun! We would love for you to send in your completed books when they are finished.

If you missed your parent/teacher conference or were unable to make it, please find a time to reschedule with me at a later date. I have availability before class or after as long as I have some notice before hand.

We will be starting our author book study on Eric Carle. This week we will read the Story The Little Seed and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Our letter of the week is letter V, please send in your pictures by Wednesday. We will be further exploring with Mind Math using the number 5 and identifying letters and graphing them. We will also continue to be authors and illustrators and finishing our books during sign in/journal time.

Have a great weekend!
Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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Hello!

As many as you know, Miss Maggie’s mother has been battling breast cancer. Miss Maggie wanted all of our parents to know that her mother is finished with chemo and is starting radiation. She so appreciates everyones support this year.

Here are some updates on our agenda! We would love some help on Wednesday! The letter of the week is letter N. Please send in your picture by Wednesday, April 15th.

Revised Preschool Events!

• Remember! No School April 3th due to teacher institute!
• Spring Break: April 3th-April 13th

Events for the Week of the Young Child

April 13th: Pajama Day-Children can wear pajamas to school
April 14th: Dress like your favorite literary character-Children should dress up like a character from their favorite book.
April 15th: Planting Day-Students in all classes should wear gardening gear because we will be planting our seeds for the garden! We are in need of parent volunteers!
April 16th: Parent teacher conferences-Be sure to sign up for a time!
April 17th (9:30-10:30): Parent Child Activity: Students will be young authors and illustrators to create their own book! Families will share their creation with one another at the end of the event! There will be refreshments and possibly a special visitor.

Mandi Heiser
mmheiser@cps.edu

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