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From the Director’s Desk

 

There is so much to be Thankful here at Little Zion Preschool!   The month of October was full of a lot of great learning adventures and several family events.  The children did an amazing job once again filling our field with creative and crowd pleasing scarecrows for the annual festival.  It was humbling to hear all of the different comments as people, young and old looked at them all.  I know it takes time and effort and we all truly appreciated it.  This year the festival benefited the charity, Coalition for a Better Wallingford who does a lot of wonderful events in town and in our schools.  Our school is so blessed to have families who are so involved!

Now as we move on into November we are  continuing to teach about community.  The children have been working on preparing for our musical celebration honoring veterans.  Throughout the month the children in the classroom will be making thank you cards to send to active service man and women.  We will also be sending “Thankful for you” and “Happy Thanksgiving” cards to the hospital workers in Las Vegas .

In addition to community events, we hosting a few family events this month too.  The Threes’ will be having a Barnyard Hoe Down on November 3rd so get those dancing boots ready and the Fours’ are preparing for the First Thanksgiving Feast on November 20th.  All programs will be invited to join us to kick off the Christmas season on November 29th with a movie night.  We will be watching A Charlie Brown Christmas in the church hall at 5:30.  There will be popcorn and everyone is encouraged to come back in their pajamas.  There will be milk and cookies for refreshment.  Siblings and welcome.

It will certainly be a November to remember at Little Zion Preschool!

~Candace Hoyas

 

 

Threes' Program

 

Happy November Threes’ Families, 

There is a lot of learning going on in the Threes’ program.  The children have been working on name recognition and begun learning how to find their names without their pictures.  Color reviews, sorting and shapes are the focus for our mathematic skills along with counting one to one correspondence .  We continue to strengthen fine motor skills such as cutting and tracing.  Some great ways to build these muscles at home is squeezing playdough, using play tweezers to pick up small objects and simply practicing with scissors.  Strong hand muscles help a child have a good grip assisting them in writing skills and cutting different shapes.  These are important skills for the fours and Kindergarteners.

The month of November brings us the color Brown and the shapes Rectangle and Diamond to review.  We will have show and tell on Tuesday, November 21st.  Please have your child bring in something there are thankful for.  The monthly them of our curriculum is all about being thankful.  We will learn about the holiday but also the feeling of thankfulness.  We have been preparing for the Veteran Celebration with Music on Sunday, November 12th as a way to say thank you for all they have done.  The children are doing great learning the songs.  Do not worry if you cannot attend, we will still be making shirts with everyone as we will be using them on special days.  Jesus Time focus will be on the miracle of feeding the 5000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves.

Lastly, now that the colder weather is here, please remember to bring a jacket as we do go outside daily to the playground.  This includes the winter months.  Outdoors provides much needed space and good health to run around and provides earning we cannot have indoors.  Thank you.  We are so thankful for all of you.

Inclement Weather 

It is hard to believe we had this happen already, but if you gave permission for emergency texting but did not receive one during our closure on 10/30, please see the office.  It was a good test.  We will make every effort to send the texts but if Mrs. Hoyas does not have power she cannot access it from home so always check NBC 30.  It will be posted as Little Zion Preschool.  Mrs. Hoyas will make every effort to use the text system as well.  Thankyou.

Save the Date….

Veterans Day Musical Celebration November 12rth 2pm (children arrive at 1:30)   

 

 

 

 

 

Fours' Program....

Greeting Families,

Are you ready for a November to remember?   The Fours are busy practicing for their first big performance of the year, the Thanksgiving Pow Wow.  It will be on Monday, November 20th at 12pm.  The children have been making decorations for the church hall as well as Native American headdresses or pilgrim hats.  They have also been learning new songs and the story about the first Thanksgiving.  You will truly enjoy the performance.  Immediately following we will have a family feast together. All families members are welcome.  Please return the notice letting us know how many will be attending.

Academically the children continue to work hard on strengthening their writing and fine motor skills.  This is essential for Kindergarten but also later grades.  Having proper hand grip not only strengthens hands  to write and builds skills for letter formation, it allows children to have correct spacing when writing words/sentences, printing legibly, and  writing without getting fatigued.   The children are also working on rhyming and continuing to know the parts of a book.   In the world of mathematics we are expanding our knowledge of graphing skills with discussions of more or less as well as estimating.  At conference time we will give out our number writing hint poems to help you and your children.  We are now working on numbers 5, 6 and soon we will get to 7.

In the area of Jesus Time we will be learning about King Solomon and what wisdom means.  We will build that into our discussion of making good choices.  We have been working on being good friends and what it means to be share and care for others.  With our celebration for the Veterans coming up this month expressing empathy and learning to be thankful is also our theme.  Other themes we will be learning about at Jesus Time will include Jesus is the Fisher of men, Thankful hearts and Christ is for Christmas.

Have a blessed holiday and please know we are so thankful for each and every child we have in our class.

~Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Cappucci, Mrs. Cyr & Mrs. Flynn.

Inclement Weather 

It is hard to believe we had this happen already, but if you gave permission for emergency texting but did not receive one during our closure on 10/30, please see the office.  It was a good test.  We will make every effort to send the texts but if Mrs. Hoyas does not have power she cannot access it from home so always check NBC 30.  It will be posted as Little Zion Preschool.  Mrs. Hoyas will make every effort to use the text system as well.  Thankyou.

  Show and Tell

November 17th.  Please bring something you are thankful for.

 

 

 

 

 

Enrichment Clubs....

Falling into Fun!

Last month in the clubs we welcomed fall by exploring fall colors, leaves, apples, and pumpkins.  The children had a wonderful time making so many tasty treats and the art was amazing.  We made pumpkin tick tack toe games, green slime, and pumpkin cloud dough.  The children took some home.  It was so much fun!

This month there will be a lot of wonderful fall fun and thankful theme activities planned.  We will focus on scarecrows throughout the month.  We will be painting with Raffia and making leaves jump with static electricity.  Please know all children are welcome in our clubs. You can drop in to any class.  Each month I will send home my calendar and if there is an activity of interest, just call the office and add the day.  I would love to have you.  With the holidays and colder weather coming this is a great time try out a club or two.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

~Mrs. Rosa

 

 

 

Science Program....

Puddle Duck Adventures!

We are so thankful for you Puddle Duck Families,

We are traveling to space in our November Puddle Ducks Classes!  Students will have the opportunity the explore our Solar System through crafts and individual experimentation.  During class, children will construct their own diagram of our planets in space.  We will observe how the gases swirl in Jupiter’s atmosphere, learn about the rotation of the Earth and its path around the sun, and make moon craters in our classroom!  Our Puddle Duckers will even witness live feed from the International Space Station!  Join us as we Blast Off into Space!

~Mrs. Passariello, Mrs. Cyr, Mrs. Flynn & Mrs. Rosa

 

Important Dates to remember:

 

11/3:   Barn Yard Dance for Threes

5:30-7pm

11:7:  Election Day.  No School

11/10:  Veterans’ Day.  No School

11/12:   Veterans’ Musical Celebration

at 2pm (children arrive at 1:30)

11/20:  Thanksgiving Pow Wow for

Fours at 12pm

11/22-11/24

Thanksgiving Holiday

No school.