Weekly Update 3/14/14

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, students are encouraged to wear green!

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • We had a great time at the Moms Night Out – everyone sampled healthy smoothies and quinoa and enjoyed a relaxing yoga class. Thank you to Sandra Telesmanic and Lenora Gim for offering their time and expertise so generously. We look forward to scheduling another mom’s night soon.
  • The interior work at 4 Manhasset Ave has been completed by PAL Environmental Services. On Wednesday, March 12th, 3 officials from the Manorhaven Code Enforcement & Buildings Department were here to inspect the building. Everything is up to code.
  • Next are the repairs on the roofs of #4 Manhasset Ave. (Preschool building) & 21 Yennicock Ave. (Enrichment Building).

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s – We thank everyone for coming in for the Parent/Teacher Conferences. We began our special” Famous Artist’s Unit”. We introduced the unit by Reading “Art” by Patrick McDonnel. Each child created a piece of art with many different colors of crayons. The first artist we discussed was Leonardo DaVinci. We read “Katie and the Mona Lisa” by James Mayhew. The children drew a portrait of each other with crayons and we played Colors and Shapes Bingo!
  • 4 Day  3’sMarch comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, we hope!!!  This week we read “In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb” and made a lion/lamb craft. Mo Williams is the author we have been talking about this week. We read all three “Knuffle Bunny” books, Pigeon books and The Gerald and Piggy series. We finished our Knuffle Bunny craft and talked about St. Patrick’s Day. Please have your child wear green on Monday!!!
  • 5 Day 4’sWe had a busy week filled with our Dr. Seuss corner!!! Including art work, reading books, telling Dr. Seuss stories & most importantly, wearing the Cat in The Hat’s –HAT! We learned that when playing board games you need to wait for your turn, share and how to make a move on the board. We started our senses unit by making a touch chart, smell tests, taste tests, sight & sound tests and lots of exploring making scientific guesses & giggling. We sang shamrock songs and made shamrock shakers. Happy St. Patty’s Day.
  • Extended Day 4′sOur 100th Day celebration was lots of fun! The children loved counting to 10 and doing 100 push ups!! This week we focused on the globe for letter “G”. We discussed volcanoes, mountains, the weather and all four seasons! The projects that followed our lessons included cutting & painting , which the children enjoyed a lot! Their favorite project involved using their imagination and creating two of their own “weather days”. Ask them about their drawing!! Our G turned into a tank filled with “Goldfish” We can’t wait for you all to see. Next week we will be learning about St. Patrick’s Day.

Weekly Update 2/28/14

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Moms Night Out is coming on  Tuesday, March 11  @ 7:30P.M.  Join us for yoga and smoothies at a Healthy Happy Hour. For all details and to RSVP, please view our Evite.

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • We’re expecting another snow storm on Monday. To be informed of school closures, you may check the website – information will be listed as a post under “Latest News”. We will also send emails.
  • To make up past snow days, School will be OPEN on:  Tuesday, March 4TH, Thursday, March 13TH, and Friday, March 14TH.  Please make a note on your paper calendars (the calendar on this website has been updated).
  • PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Information on dates and times  to follow next week.
  • Enrichment Classes: Spaces are still available for Mathletes, Spanish and Yoga.  Call Mrs. Citarella @ 767-7020 for more information.

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s –We hope everyone had a nice vacation with their families. We finished our Penguin unit which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The movie reinforced fun facts about the only bird that doesn’t fly. The children learned about “ March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” We created a fun project which included painting, glueing and cutting. We hope March does go out like a lamb!
  • 4 Day  3’s – We hope everyone enjoyed the winter break! We started off our week talking about President’s Day. Singing Happy Birthday to George Washington & Abe Lincoln was so much fun. The class learned about pennies & quarters, especially whose faces are on them. The children used magnifying glasses to look at them up  close, used crayons to make coin rubbings and sang songs about are presidents. It was so nice seeing you all at our Penguin Pajama Day Party. Next Week: “ March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.”
  • 5 Day 4’s – Our Winter Habitat Show-such anticipation and excitement! Lots of snow activities happened this week. Our “All About Me” book has a new “feelings” page. The
    exploration table is full of hearts to classify and the art of “quilling” has captured the friends imaginations. We are planning the design of our class quilt. Hope you enjoyed the show!!
  • Extended Day 4′s – What a great week back from Winter Break!  This week was all about Dr. Seuss and rhyming in preparation for his birthday. We started our week with the story, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!” and creating some fishes for our class! Our “Thing One and Thing Two” projects were so much fun to make after reading
    the “Cat in The Hat.” To add to our class, the children cut out an elephants trunk for “Horton Hears A Who.”  As a free art project, they had so much fun painting their own trees from “The Lorax”! And of course we cooked up some “Green Eggs and Ham” for our final Dr. Seuss book! Please keep bringing in 8 items for our 100th Day activity. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss- March 2nd!

Weekly Update 2/7/14

UPCOMING EVENTS

  •  3’s Penguin Pajama Day- Thursday, Feb. 13th at 10:15a.m.
  • 5 Day 4’s  Animal Habitat  Friday, Feb. 14th 10:30 a.m. & 1:45 p.m.
  • Ladies Night Out is coming! More information to follow.
  • February is dental health month so on Wednesday, Feb. 12th ,we will have a special visit from a local dentist to educate the children about dental health.

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • During the winter break, the Enrichment Daycare Center will be open, while the preschool is closed, Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Friday, Feb. 21. Forms were sent home this week, please check backpacks or call Mrs. Citarella at 767-7020. Spaces are limited, so to reserve your child’s spot and properly staff the sessions please reply no later than Feb. 12. Thank you.

CLASS UPDATES

  • Due to the short week, the weekly news will be combined in the next weekly update.

Weekly Update 1/31/14

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Ladies’ Night Out coming this February, more information to follow next week!
  • Dental Visit – February is dental health month so on Wednesday, Feb. 12th, we will have a special visit from a local dentist to educate the children about dental health.
  • Save the Date for these fun-filled class activities:
    • The 3’s Penguin Pajama Day- Thursday, Feb. 13th at 10:15a.m.
    • 5 Day 4’s  Animal Habitat  – Friday, Feb. 14th (time to follow)

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • To be informed of school closures, you may check the website – information will be listed as a post under “Latest News”. We will also send emails.

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s –This week we read “Gregory’s Shadow” and made groundhog puppets out of socks and felt. We hope the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow on Feb.2! We want Spring! For Valentine’s Day we made “ Thumb Painted Flowers” and read “Mouse’s First Valentine”. We talked about the upcoming President’s Day and read “Celebrating President’s Day- What is a President?” and made a cherry tree by painting the children’s hand and forearm, they added cherries with their pointer dipped in red finger paint. We talked about how George Washington told the truth about chopping down his father’s cherry tree and how proud his father was of him for telling the truth. Last week we read “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We colored & cut out pictures of all the animals in the story. We re-enacted the story with each child representing an animal in the story. We used a duvet cover as the mitten.
  • 4 Day  3’sWill the groundhog see his shadow on Sunday? We are anxious to find out! We have read lots of books about groundhogs this week and talked about our shadows. Last week, we read “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and re-enacted the story. Each child was an animal in the story and climbed into our mitten outline on the classroom floor. Next up-Penguins!
  • 5 Day 4’sThis week we explored bats, bears and turtles. Our classroom is starting to look just like the winter animal habitat that we are learning about. Soon we will create a pond & bat cave. Can’t wait for all of you to come to the show!! The letter N was challenging & lots of fun! Two new puzzles proved to be a struggle but worth the effort. The traffic puzzle & pond life puzzle were both loaded with visual pictures of the animals. Lots of painting on the easel this week along with fun discovery at the exploration table. We made delicious smiling bears today! Please help your child to learn how to ZIP!
  • Extended Day 4′sZ week was filled with a lot of fun discussing zoo animals and Groundhog Day! The children loved the stories we read and our projects. After reading “Zoolidays” by Bruce Glassman and learning about the different animals in the story, we created awesome elephants and monkeys for our “Zoo” theme wall. We also practiced threading as we used the yarn to create cages for the zoo. We also wrote in our journals after reading “Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather”. As a class we went around the room asking what predictions we have about this years Groundhog Day! We’re excited to see what will happen. Today starts Chinese New Year and we are in the process of creating one big dragon for the class! Next week is “E” for emotions.

Weekly Update 1/17/14

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • School will be closed Monday, Jan. 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • The hearing screening is complete and results have been sent home

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s – We celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr.  by creating a friendship wreath. The children each made hand prints representing different races. We read many books explaining his legacy. Our winter unit continued by reading “All You Need to Build a Snowman” and “Snowmen at Night”. We painted snowflakes using a straw dipped in white paint. The children colored & cut out pictures of a child in the order in which they would be a snowman. On Thursday we painted snowmen using Ivory Snow. Enjoy the weekend!!
  • 4 Day  3’sSnowmen have been our topic this week in the 4 Day 3’s. The children each drew their own snowmen and gave it a red heart like in the book “The Missing Mitten Mystery”. After reading ”Snowmen at Night”, we painted our own snowmen using Ivory Snow powdered detergent (2 parts soap 1 part water). We talked about Martin Luther King Jr. and what a hero is and then made special “Peace” flowers using our own handprints. Next week we will spend time reading and acting out “The Mitten”.
  • 5 Day 4’sDuring this week we concentrated on Dr. King. The children created a “Peacemaker” art activity and shared ideas about how they could bring peace into their world. We learned a peace song in several different languages along with a new winter song. We are continuing to work on our winter habitat animals. Cardinals now reside in our room –next are squirrels!! We have opened our “Construction Zone” in the class room. Lots of tools, books about construction work, pretend painting and hard hats. The children are really enjoying this new area! We have a new friend in our afternoon class. His information went home in the backpacks! The hearing screening is complete and results have been sent home. Another page in our “All About Me” book was finished this week. Please send in the sharing box next Tuesday. Letter of the week “M”.
  • Extended Day 4′sWinter animal week has been filled with fun and creative projects! The animals we introduced to the children are penguins, owls and why we need to help birds during the winter! They loved the story ”A Penguin Who Hated the Cold”(a Disney story), especially when we created our story about why we love the winter weather! Our primary focus this week was using scissors! We cut out the branch for our owl, the body for our paper penguin and the wings for our cool water bottle penguins! The children had so much fun putting the pieces together. Next week, our focus will be the letter “D” and we will discuss Martin Luther King Jr.

Weekly Update 1/10/14

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • School will be closed Monday, Jan. 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • Notices were sent home earlier this week regarding the hearing screening offered by C.W. Post College. It will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15th, please check backpacks for forms if you have not already done so. There is a $10.00 fee and checks should be made payable to Long Island University.
  • After-School Enrichment – Our 6-week session began this week. There are still spaces available in Spanish and Yoga. Please call Mrs. Citarella for more information at 767-7020.

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s –  We hope everyone had a Happy and Healthy New Year. We are glad to be back enjoying your children! This week we began our “winter unit” by reading “ The Tiny Snowflake”. We created a snowflake by gluing 3 craft sticks together and painting them white. They will be a great addition to our class tree! On Thursday we read “The Missing Mitten Mystery” and drew our own snowman. Ask your children where Annie found her mitten!
  • 4 Day  3’s – Snow! Snow! Snow! We have had a blizzard of activity this week learning about snow- from looking at macro photos of real snowflakes, dancing like snowflakes to The Waltz of the Snowflake and ice skating in our classroom using wax paper. We created our own snowflakes using popsicle sticks and painted a snowy scene using the cut end of a straw. Next week Snowmen!!
  • 5 Day 4’sWe had lots of conversation & experiments using snow! We have begun our extensive Animal Winter Habitat unit. *Please note- The Habitat show is scheduled for Feb. 14th Notices went home today. More information to follow. We have a new manipulative in our classroom gears, letters & numbers-ask your child to give you more details. Our cooking was very, very sweet! The painting activities reflected the weather, cold white/cool blue! Lots of snowflakes were created. Our large bulletin board is no longer a holiday gingerbread house but now………………….. Take a guess – ask your child!  Please help your child with zipping their coats. Letter of the week “L”. P.S. Please remove the bird & squirrel feeders from the backpacks, hang it up & have fun. Take a picture if you can!!!
  • Extended Day 4′s – Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and rung in the New Year with family and friends! We had a great week back introducing bears and the letter “B” We talked about brown bears, black bears and of course polar bears! The children loved learning about hibernation and making fun projects about it. They also enjoyed the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and drawing their favorite part in their journals. Turning the letter B into a butterfly was so much fun along with our pajama day. Thank you for all your cooperation with it. Everyone had a great time making a class nest and hibernating in it! Can’t wait for next week when we talk about winter animals. Enjoy the weekend!!!

Weekly Update 12/20/13

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The preschool we be closed starting Monday, Dec. 23 through Friday, Jan. 3 & will reopen Monday, Jan. 6,2014. All closures are noted in the calendar.

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • We wish all of the wonderful families that are part of Friends Together a safe, happy and healthy holiday. See you next year!!

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s – This week we created New Year’s Eve noisemakers using paper towel rolls, beans and paint. We read many holiday stories and sang many songs.
  • 4 Day  3’sWe have been busy getting ready for Christmas & New Year’s Eve using a painted paper towel roll, dried beans & cupcake tins to make noisemakers. Our Rudolph hats with handprint antlers got us in the mood to sing holiday songs with all our Friends in multi purpose room.
  • 5 Day 4’s -We created lots of holiday artwork, had delicious snacks, sang lots of songs and shared lots of holiday stories. This time of year, while hectic, has a way of reminding all of us just what is important, sharing and family. The letter of the week for Jan. 6, 2014 is “K”.
  • Extended Day 4′sThis week was “C” week for Christmas! The children were in high spirits as we decorated our Classroom & created wonderful Christmas related crafts. The children loved the story“Gingerbread Baby” by Jan Brett, especially  when we drew our favorite part in our journals. We had so much fun making our own edible gingerbread men!

Weekly Update 12/13/13

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The prechool we be closed starting Monday, Dec. 23rd  through Friday, Jan. 3 & will reopen Monday, Jan. 6th,2014. Consult the calendar for vacation details.
  • Enrichment will be open when the preschool is closed during the week of Dec. 30th. Enrollment  forms were sent home or call the office to make a reservation. Please call
    a.s.a.p. so we can properly staff the sessions.

    • Mon, Dec. 30th
    • Tues, Dec. 31st (closing @ 4:00p.m.)
    • Thurs, Jan. 2nd
    • Fri, Jan. 3rd
  • We have begun our toy drive for Social Services of Nassau County. Please consider donating a new toy (NOT wrapped), that will be delivered to children in need all throughout Nassau County. We will be collecting toys until Tuesday, December 17th.

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • After-School Enrichment – There will be a 6-week mini session starting in January for Mathletes, Yoga, Spanish & Soccer Shots. Registration has begun, please remit forms by Dec. 16th.

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s –  What a fun-filled week we had. We read “The Gingerbread Man” while each child created a gingerbread boy ornament. The children enjoyed listening to “Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree” while cutting & gluing his or her tree on construction paper. We sang many holiday songs, including Jingle Bells, as we each made our own bell. We have been doing a lot of creative movement with the children. Their favorite Seems to be “Going on a Bear Hunt.” Have a wonderful, snowy weekend!
  • 4 Day  3’s – We love our green peppermint playdough! We have been using it all week making Christmas trees, stars, snowmen & even green gingerbread men. By painting plates
    green and attaching stickers, we constructed our own Christmas tree. Reviewing our shapes, we made squares, triangles, circles and rectangles, and put them on Christmas trees with decorations of the same shape. Our favorite story this week was “ A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas”.
  • 5 Day 4’s Evergreen trees are sprouting up all over our room. We painted with pine needles & then cut out triangles to create a friendship tree. For “I” week we had ice cream with a very special “crumble” on top!  We’ve added many details to our gingerbread house. Everyone has sewn & decorated their very own gingerbread person. The children learned their initials & then created their own sparkly initials – lots of fun! Our paper whites are in full bloom. We are learning lots of holiday songs & poems. Thank you all for your generous toy donations & lovely holiday cards! Happy Snow days ahead!
  • Extended Day 4′s – This week was a fun “W” week to introduce the winter season! After reading “Frosty the Snowman”, we created our own Frosty’s for our classroom and our journals. We continued with the winter theme and made “bedazzled” snowflakes and mittens. “A Snow Day” was another fun book the children enjoyed, especially when they used
    the illustrations in the story to create their own snow day drawing. For our letter “W”, we had fun as we turned the letter into a delicious watermelon! Next week is “C” for
    Christmas! Enjoy the weekend and the snow on Saturday!

Weekly Update 12/6/13

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The Preschool we be closed starting Monday, Dec. 23rd  through Friday, Jan. 3 & will reopen Monday, Jan. 6th,2014. Consult the calendar for vacation details.
  • Enrichment will be open when the pre-school is closed during the week of Dec.30th. Enrollment  forms were sent home or call the office to make a reservation. Please call
    a.s.a.p. so we can properly staff the sessions.

    • Mon, Dec. 30th
    • Tues, Dec. 31st (closing @ 4:00p.m.)
    • Thurs, Jan. 2nd
    • Fri, Jan. 3rd
  • We have begun our toy drive for Social Services of Nassau County. Please consider donating a new toy (NOT wrapped), that will be delivered to children in need all throughout Nassau. We will be collecting toys until Tuesday, December 17th.

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • After-School Enrichment – There will be  a 6 week mini session starting in January for Mathletes, Yoga, Spanish & Soccer Shots. Registration has begun, please remit forms by Dec. 16th.
  • Thank you to all who donated towards this donation for the Philippines. It was greatly appreciated.

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s – We hope everyone had a restful and healthy Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Holiday! This week we read “Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah”. The children glued eight different color dreidels to signify the eight nights of Hanukkah. They loved playing with our classroom dreidels. We created a classroom Christmas tree by decorating triangles and started our gingerbread boy ornaments. Enjoy the weekend.
  • 4 Day  3’sWe hope you had a nice Thanksgiving & Happy Hanukkah. Our class began celebrating the Christmas holiday by reading “The Gingerbread Man” and creating our own out of sand paper. We talked about the texture and rubbed them with cinnamon sticks so they smelled delicious too!! We also read “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree” and constructed our own trees too! More Christmas fun planned for next week.
  • 5 Day 4’sOur paper whites are almost ready to bloom! The exploration table is filled with new things! Ask your child to explain –We have opened a new center- Lego, Lego, Legos. Our listening center has several new tapes. “Handy Helpers” are on the walls and a new page has been added to our “All About Me” book. The new kitchen is a great cooking space for our Friday cooking activities. The Evergreen forest is being created in our classroom  & soon our gingerbread house will be built. Our letter of the week will be “I”. Please send your child to school with a jacket  & hat as we plan on going out as much as the weather allows. We hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving & joyous Hanukkah.
  • Extended Day 4′sThis week’s theme was Hanukkah and “M” for Menorah! The students enjoyed creating Hanukah themed projects and learning Hanukah songs! They also loved spinning the dreidel round & round to see what letter they landed on! We made our very own dreidels out of delicious edible treats! With the letter “M” we shared lots of laughs watching the letter turn into a mouse! Next week is the letter “W” for winter. Enjoy the weekend!

Weekly Update 11/22/13

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thanksgiving Sharing Box: Please send in your food donations by Tuesday, Nov. 26th so that we can deliver them to St. Peters Outreach by Thanksgiving.
  • Extra Enrichment Day- Enrichment will be open Wednesday, Nov. 27 when the preschool is closed. Enrollment forms were sent home or call the office to make a reservation. Please call a.s.a.p. so we can properly staff the sessions. Thank you!
  • Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to all!

SCHOOL UPDATES

  • Flip Flops for the Philippines– We will be collecting used or new flip flops or shoes until Tuesday, Nov. 26. Please remember to tie them together.
  • Special Enrichment Classes – We will be holding a 6 week mini session starting in January for Mathletes, Yoga, Spanish & Soccer Shots. Forms will be sent home soon.

CLASS UPDATES

  • 3 Day 3’s – This week we finished our Thanksgiving unit. The children made craft stick turkey’s. We also made tie-dye turkeys by dropping watered down paint onto coffee filters. We wish everyone a Happy Hanukah and a delicious Thanksgiving. “Gobble, Gobble”
  • 4 Day  3’sThanksgiving is almost here!! We have been getting ready for our feast next Tuesday. Our Native American headbands look fantastic! We are excited to gobble up all the turkey that Mrs. Mucci will be cooking. Hanukkah starts next week so we played with dreidels and have had fun singing the Dreidel song.
  • 5 Day 4’sWow!  What a busy week!! We created our special seed lights. Please read the instructions on the back of the turkey card. We read lots of Thanksgiving & Hanukkah stories. We created a special Menorah and painted lots of large turkeys. In preparation for our feast on Tuesday, we cut out Pilgrim costumes and practiced all our holiday songs. The children talked a lot about “What I am thankful for” & then created a special wreath to decorate your home. In addition, the Enrichment friends (21 Yennicock) built a huge teepee. We all visited this special structure & Mrs. Carbone gave all the children a guided tour complete with Stars and Native American folklore stories.
  • Extended Day 4′sWe learned about the letter “I” for Indians (Native Americans). We began our week by reading a short story about dream catchers! The children enjoyed learning about what they are used for and absolutely loved making their own! We also created our outfits for our Turkey Feast in school since we are being Indians! We made vests and headbands out of beads. The most enjoyable part of the week was visiting the Tee-Pee that Enrichment created and then making our own Tee-Pees out of ice cream cones, frosting & sprinkles. Hope they were yummy!! On Monday we will finish our Thanksgiving unit and begin to talk about Hanukkah.

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