Newsletter November 5, 2018

Pre-Kindergarten News

Dear Families,

Well, I think I have finally recovered from Halloween! What a crazy, fun, exhausting holiday! We had a great time here in PreK showing off our wonderful costumes, parading around campus and celebrating during our classroom party. Thank you to everyone who was able to help and attend the festivities! I could not have done it without you J.

The holidays are officially upon us, but we are taking a little break this week and learning about the letter Mm. We will work on our Itsy Bitsy Letter books, read If You Give Moose a Muffin and make muffins in class. We will switch gears at the end of the week to learn about Veterans’ Day. I will work hard to use child friendly language and answer questions in an age appropriate manner. I will also show the students a video I found online that is a tribute put together by a second grade class – peer teaching at its finest. I will read them The Poppy Lady, which is a story about using a poppy flower to remember our Veterans. We will make a wreath of poppies that includes lots of fine motor skills putting it together. I LOVE how engaged the students are as they concentrate to get the poppies attached. Please enjoy the wreath when your child brings it home Friday. We will not have school next Monday in honor of our Veterans.

Thanksgiving is our next big holiday. Each year here at SMS we like to put together boxes of food and household items to donate to families in need. This year we are teaming with 7th grade to provide help for this family:

My husband and I have a beautiful baby boy who just turned one year old. Isaiah is a happy, bouncing child. I will be starting a new job on Nov 1st and Isaiah will be going to daycare.

I have attached a list of donations we need. I went ahead and assigned items, but please just let me know if you are unable to get them and we will get them covered. I will also send a hard copy home in the Thursday packet.

Mrs. Licitra and I are hosting a Thanksgiving lunch with our two classes at 11am on Tuesday, November 20th. We are still working out the details, so I will let you know as soon as we have a plan. We will be asking parents to contribute parts of a simple meal (think cornbread muffins, rolled up turkey slices and pie), utensils and tablecloths.

We will have parent-teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday afternoon before Thanksgiving so we will have noon dismissal for everyone. Students will eat lunch at home. Please make sure you have sent in your meeting time requests and then check your Thursday packet for your scheduled time. I look forward to talking with you about how your child is doing so far as well as discussing goals for the rest of the year. Wednesday will be another teacher in-service day, so we will not have school. Enjoy your long holiday weekend!

Mark your calendar for our annual St. Nick Night on Thursday, December 6th at 7p. SMS PreK – 4th grade students will dress in their best holiday outfits and perform some Christmas classics in the Church. Each grade will sing one song and then they will all sing a couple of songs together. We will finally adjourn to the Koinonia room for cookie treats. The whole evening should only last about an hour.

Each year, certain classes are “in charge” of hosting various events. The PreK and Kindergarten classes are specifically asked to help with the Christmas concert. You should receive a Sign-Up Genius email requesting help with set-up, dessert donations and clean-up. Please look for the email and sign-up to help wherever you are able. Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

  • Veterans Day Observed Monday, Nov 12th. No school.
  • Thanksgiving Box Donations Due Nov. 16th.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Monday and Tuesday, Nov 20- Students dismissed at 12p. Students will not eat lunch at school, but they will have a snack.
  • No School Wednesday-Friday, Nov 21-23. Teacher in-service and Thanksgiving holiday.
  • St Nick Night Thurs Dec 6th at 7p.
  • Christmas Break December 21 noon dismissal until January 7th 8:30 am start.

Friendly Reminders:

  • Please remember to label your child’s bags, water bottles and clothing. Items left places other than the classroom often make their way to our lost and found bin outside the school office.
  • Please remember to send in jackets with hoods every day – the rainy season is officially here.
  • Please send a water bottle to school with your children so they can stay hydrated after recess and PE.
  • Our first colds will begin to make the rounds soon. Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick, especially with a fever.

Thank you for entrusting me with your wonderful children!


Karen Madden