Orientation

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It’s that time again! School is starting soon. This is a reminder that orientation for preschool room 1 will be held on Thursday, September 1st and preschool room 2 on Friday, September 2nd. Please refer to your orientation packet that was mailed to you for your time slot. Orientation gives your child a chance to explore their classroom, meet some classmates and meet our full staff. During that time, you will meet with our director to go over your child’s paperwork as well as discuss any concerns or ask any questions. After meeting, you are free to leave with your child. If for any reason you are unable to attend orientation, please be sure that we have your child’s current physical (including immunization forms and lead test) and your filled out orientation packet prior to their first day of school.

 

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February Book Order Teacher Picks!

Our February book orders went home this week! All of the teachers here at St. Spyridon Preschool LOVE reading with your children. Reading at home is a great way to teach your child to love learning as well as promoting growing literacy and language skills; plus it’s a great way to spend quality time with your child! Your child’s teachers have chosen some of their favorite books from this month’s order that they would like to recommend to you!

Miss Lori’s picks:

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National Geographic Kids Science Reader Pack

Miss Lori loves these books for her class; they are filled with real photographs and facts. They are informative and great books to read together.

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All About the Seasons Pack

These packs are a great value; $10 for four books. These books use real photos to help your child recognize signs of each season.

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Three Little Fairytales Pack

This pack includes “The Three Little Pigs”, “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Throughout the month of February the children in pre-k learn about fairytales. Your child would love to have some of those stories at home to read with you!

Miss Rochelle’s Picks:

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Biscuit Value Pack

These are fun books following a little dog named Biscuit’s adventures! These books allow you to ask questions like “what do you think will happen next?” As your child gets older, they will be able to notice sight words and begin reading them on their own!

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Pete the Cat Book & CD Collection

Pete the Cat is a preschool favorite! He is a groovy cat that always knows how to handle a situation. These books each come with a CD! Books on CD are great for when your child wants to be independent and read on their own, or you can give your child the book and play the CD while you’re in the car!

Miss Kristin’s Picks:

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If You Give Reading Fun Pack

This series of book is wonderful! The books are repetitive and familiar which makes reading them extra fun for your child when they can “read” parts of the story with you! The books are written in a similar fashion; but with different characters and adventures, however, the similarities make for a great discussion about what is the same and what is different!

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Pass It On

This is a fun book for children to read! Not only is it silly but it teaches an important lesson; what you hear from someone might not always be the truth!

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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a heartwarming story about a little mouse who thinks her name is absolutely perfect…until the other children at school tell her that it isn’t. Through the story she wishes she had a name that was like everyone elses. In the end, Chrysanthemum realizes that her special name is something that makes her very special and again thinks that it is absolutely perfect!

Miss Jenn’s Picks:

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Little Cloud

Eric Carle is one of Miss Jenn’s favorite authors! In this book the little cloud takes on different shapes. Your child can use their imagination to figure what they think the cloud looks like. After reading this story you can go outside or to the park with your child and lay on the ground and look up at the clouds to see if you see any shapes!

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The Feelings Book

Everyone has feelings. Children have a lot of emotions and it can sometimes be scary! This book helps children to see that its okay to have feelings and together you will read about what makes you feel different feelings. After reading this book you can have great conversations by asking “how does that make you feel?” or “how do you think (person) feels right now?”.

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Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street is a sweet story about a Sunday morning a boy spends with his nana. In the end, the boy and his nana go to a soup kitchen to volunteer. This is a beautiful and heartwarming story about the relationship between the generations as well as what it means to help those less fortunate. After reading this story with your child you could talk about a routine you have or even find a way to volunteer your time to help those less fortunate.

 

 

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Winter Themes

We have been working hard at school! The children in both classes have been learning about winter. We have been learning about snow and snowflakes – did you know a snowflake has six sides and no two are the same?! We have also been busy talking about the different types of clothing that we wear in the winter when it is cold – from hats and mittens in our stories “The Hat” and “The Mitten” both by Jan Brett to our scarves and furry vests in dress up area. The children also made mittens by tracing their hands and then decorated them with puffy paint that we made together! Did you know when water freezes it turns into ice? The children were able to explore ice; how it feels, looks, and even how it reacts when you put salt on it. Now we know why moms and dads put salt on the sidewalk when it’s going to be very cold!

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Miss Kristin and Miss Jenn’s class painting on ice blocks with water colors. When the paint went into the crack on the ice they saw the colors mixing!

 

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Then, in Miss Lori’s class the children were able to experiment with making structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks! (The marshmallows were “snowballs”!).

 

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We made yummy snowman bagels with Miss Rochelle!

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More winter fun!!!

 

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Sense of Taste

This week Miss Kristin and Miss Jenn have been teaching the children about their five senses. Today the children learned about their sense of taste. What better way to explore taste than cooking?! Each child had the opportunity to make their own mini bagel pizza with cheese and sauce.

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And the best part of cooking… eating what we made!!!

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Our First Few Weeks!

Our first few weeks have been so much fun!

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Look at all of the fun Miss Jenn and Miss Kristin’s class has been having while enjoying the beautiful weather! We have also been learning to recognize our names. We also learned that everyone is different and special in their own way!

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And Miss Lori and Miss Rochelle’s class has been busy painting with their hands…

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…and their feet too!!!


 

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Orientation

With school starting soon we would like to remind you that orientation is being held on Thursday, Sept. 3 for 2 and 3 day students and Friday, Sept. 4 for 4 and 5 day students. Please bring with you; your child’s registration packet, current physical, current imunization form including lead test and emergency contact information.

During this time you will meet our full staff as well as meet with our director to discuss your child’s documents; ensuring we have everything that your child needs to start school! Your child will have the opportunity to explore one of our preschool classrooms, meet the teachers, and meet some of their classmates.

As a reminder, school starts on September 8, so if for any reason you are unable to attend orientation please be sure to bring the required documents on or before your child’s first day of school.

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Welcome to St. Spyridon Preschool’s Blog!

What will you find here?

Throughout the school year we will be posting important announcements, special events and a peek into your child’s day. You will also find photos and articles.

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