Monday, October 8, 2018

Week of October 8th!!

Theme for the month:
My Five Senses!


Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 
•      There are five senses. They are smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing.
•      We use our senses to understand our bodies, learn what they need, and keep us safe. 
•      We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects, and environment around us.
•      We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, such as vision or hearing, are impaired. 
Lessons and activities for the week:
Blocks- Children are encouraged to use tree shaped blocks.  Students will be able to explore how the blocks feel and look compared to the other blocks in the block area.

Pretend Play- The Dramatic Play center will be transformed into an apple orchard. Students will be able to explore apples with their senses.    

Art- Play-doh will be added to the art center as children discuss how the play-doh feels, looks, and smells.

Science- A "Feely Box" will be added to the science center.  Students are invited to put their hands in the holes of the box and identify the object using only their sense of touch. 

Math- Students will be able to sort animal manipulatives by color, size, type, and texture.

Library- Students are invited to look at our classroom books and discuss what they see with their peers.

Writing- Students are invited to use black and white crayons/pencils and write on black/white paper. Before writing or drawing students are encouraged to predict what happens when you use black on black. What about white? Why?
Students will be able to write letters in shaving cream and discuss how it feels.

Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.
Some of the books we will read this week are:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle 
Seeing by Rebecca Rissman

Reminders / Notices:
  • Parents are invited to school on Tuesday, October 9th for our Spanish Heritage Performance at 9:30 a.m.! Please dress your child in yellow if possible.
  • School is CLOSED on Wednesday, October 17th.


Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is unable to answer please feel free to contact: 
The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Week of October 1st!!

Theme for the month:
Welcome to Pre-K!



Goals for student understanding by the end of the unit: 

• My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun. 
• I am an important member of my classroom community; my thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter. 
• The teachers and other adults at my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning. 
• In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play. 
• Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.


Lessons and activities for the week: 

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 
Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 
Art- Children will be invited to draw self-portraits. 
Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 
Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 
Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.
Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center.  They are encouraged to write the letters in their name. 
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are:
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw.




Home -School Connection
Dear Parents, 
Invite your child to think and talk about,  “who are the people who help us at home?”
You can discuss who is important and why (i.e. friends, relatives, mail carrier, building super, neighbors). Encourage your child to draw pictures of these people.

Reminders:
  • Please return Parent Survey.
  • School will be closed on Monday, October 8th, for Columbus Day.
  • Our Hispanic Heritage show is on Tuesday, October 9th at 9:30am. Please have your child wear yellow. Parents are welcomed to attend!
  • Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang in our classroom!
  • Please remember to return sleeping bags every Monday.
  • Please read to your child for 15 minutes every day. 

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is unable to answer please feel free to contact: 
The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Week of September 24th!

Theme for the month:
Welcome to Pre-K!



Goals for student understanding by the end of the unit: 

• My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun. 
• I am an important member of my classroom community; my thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter. 
• The teachers and other adults at my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning. 
• In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play. 
• Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.


Lessons and activities for the week: 

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 
Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 
Art- Children will be invited to draw self-portraits. Mirrors will be provided to encourage children to look at their faces carefully in the mirror then draw what they see.
Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 
Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 
Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.
Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center.  They are encouraged to write the letters in their name. 
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.

Some of the books we will read this week are:
Chu’s First Day At School by Neil Gaiman
 How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen


Home School Connection
Family Math Newsletter - Please complete activity with your child. 


Reminders:
  • Please return Parent Survey.
  • School will be closed on Tuesday, September 25th, for a teacher conference day.
  • Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang in our classroom!
  • Please remember to return sleeping bags every Monday.
  • Please read aloud to your child for 15 minutes every day. 

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is unable to answer please feel free to contact: 
The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 




Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week of September 17th!




Theme for the month:
Welcome to Pre-K!



Goals for student understanding by the end of the unit: 

• My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun. 
• I am an important member of my classroom community; my thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter. 
• The teachers and other adults at my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning. 
• In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play. 
• Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.


Lessons and activities for the week: 

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 
Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 
Art- Children will be invited to draw self-portraits. Mirrors will be provided to encourage children to look at their faces carefully in the mirror then draw what they see.
Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 
Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 
Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.
Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center.  They are encouraged to write the letters in their name. 
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.

Some of the books we will read this week are:
On Monday When it Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes


Home School Connection
Dear Families,  
Inside your child’s folder you will find pictures of facial expressions, labeled with specific emotion words. You are encouraged to look at it together, imitate the faces and use the vocabulary provided. Discuss with your child when they might feel each emotion.  


Reminders:
  • Please fill out and return all papers given out during parent orientation.
  • Complete Parent Survey.
  • Please remember to read to your child every day (15 Minutes). 
  • School will be CLOSED on Tuesday, September 25th, for a teacher conference day.
  • Please bring in a picture of your family for us to hang in our classroom!
  • Please make sure your child has at least one extra set of clothing in their cubbies, with their name written on the tag. 
Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is unable to answer please feel free to contact: 
The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week of September 10th!

Theme for the month:
Welcome to Pre-K!

Goals for student understanding by the end of the unit: 

• My classroom and program are safe places where I learn, play and have fun. 
• I am an important member of my classroom community; my thoughts, needs, ideas and abilities matter. 
• The teachers and other adults at my program keep me safe, care about me and support my learning. 
• In my classroom I use materials carefully and make choices about where I work and play. 
• Classroom rules and routines help me learn and stay safe.


Lessons and activities for the week: 

Blocks- Children are encouraged to use blocks to build buildings they are familiar with such as those they live in or visit often. 
Pretend Play- Children are invited to explore the dramatic play area and use the props and clothing provided. 
Art- Children are invited to create art in the art area to decorate the dramatic play area, or home. Students can hang their art in the dramatic play area. 
Science- Mirrors will be added to the science center for children to explore and discuss what they see. 
Math- A picture of each child will be cut apart, thus creating a puzzle. Students are invited to assemble their own puzzles and their peers’ puzzles as well. 
Library- Students are able to read books from the classroom library to the puppets that are provided.
Writing- Students are invited to explore the materials provided in the writing center.  They are encouraged to write the letters in their name. 
Sensory- Sand and water, or play-doh.


Some of the books we will read this week are:

• The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
• Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Lesson Plan Link

Home-School Connection (Engage NY) 
Have your child help with household chores that require matching or sorting, such as matching socks in the laundry, organizing shoes, or collecting utensils for meals. As your child matches objects, ask questions like, “How do they match?”

  • Play I Spy together to continue developing vocabulary around size, shape, color, and texture. For instance, seeing a banana, you might say, “I spy something yellow and smooth.”
  • Identify and count parts of your body, noticing if there is a matching body part (1 ear, 2 ears) or just 1 body part (1 nose).
  • Touch and count three objects together. At the grocery store, count, “1, 2, 3. We need 3 apples.”

Reminders:
• Please fill out and return all papers given out during parent orientation.

Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is unable to answer please feel free to contact: 
The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pre-K3 Supply List for 2018-2019 School Year

                                           
Dear Parents, 

Welcome to the exciting world of Pre-k 3! I hope you had a great summer. I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Rosandy Gonzalez. I am very excited to be your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.
I worked as an early childhood educator for the past eight years. This is my fourth year teaching at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. I graduated from Lehman College with a Master’s Degree in Literacy in Early Childhood and Childhood Education.

My primary goal is to provide a challenging, educational and interactive learning atmosphere, while building self-esteem and confidence for students to become productive members of society. I have high expectations for all my students and believe that all students can be successful learners. Parents keep in mind that your collaboration and dedication is essential for your child’s success this year. I am looking forward to meeting you and your child. Together we can make this year the best year possible for your precious little ones!

Below you will find a list of supplies your child will be needing throughout the year. Your help in donating these items is greatly appreciated.  Furthermore, your donations are not limited to just the beginning of the year. Feel free to send items in whenever possible.


Sincerely, 
Mrs. Gonzalez-Sanchez

** (Please have everything labeled with your child’s name)

1. 2 folders (red, blue)
2. Child’s baby picture and family picture
3. 2 Pre-K notebooks (can be purchased at our school supply room) 
4. A change of clothes in a ziploc bag (please label
all clothing items and ziploc with child's name and last name)
5. Clorox or Lysol wipes
6. Baby wipes 
7. 2 Hand sanitizers
8. A can of Lysol Spray
9. 3 packs of Printing/Copy paper
10. 3 boxes of tissue 
11. 2 boxes of Ziploc Bags (Gallon size) 



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Week of June 18th!

Theme for the Unit:
Transformation

Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit: 

 Many things around me change.
 There are many ways objects can change. 
There are many kinds of changes in nature. 
Some things about me change and some things stay the same


LEARNING CENTERS AND ACTIVITIES:
  
Blocks:
Children will be provided with various types of blocks and building materials such as Lincoln Logs, small blocks, big blocks Duplos, etc. to build their own homes or buildings near where they live.

Pretend Play
The children will be invited to create a kindergarten classroom in the dramatic play area. 

Art
Children will be invited children to explore coloring mixing and how the colors can change into new colors. 

Science: The children will be provided with an assortment of materials to mix together such as oil and vinegar and flour and water. 

 Math: The teacher will tape two cardboard tubes diagonally onto a wall facing each other for students to drop pom poms and add the amount.

Writing: The children will play a game with pictures of things that can be combined to form compound words (i.e. “peanut “butter,” “cow” and “boy” and “tooth” and “brush”).

Technology: Learning games will be provided on the iPad.

Library: The children will be invited to use puppets to read or act out some of their favorite transformation books.

Sensory -Sand and water, or play-doh. 

Some of the books we will read this week are 
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 


Reminders
  • Thursday, June 21st is the last day of after school
  • School will be closed on Friday, June 22nd.
  • Pre-K For All Graduation will be on Monday, June 25th at 10 a.m.  Students are asked to be in school by 9:45 a.m.


Dear parents, 
If you have any questions about the UPK for All program that the teacher or school is unable to answer please feel free to contact: The Archdioceses Help Line at 888-227-8175 from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. or by Email at catholicschool.upk.arch.ny.org.






Week of October 8th!!

Theme for the month: My Five Senses! Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:  •      There a...