Classroom News

Jackson Early Childhood Center

October 2018 Newsletter

3+ A.M. Tuesday/Thursday Classroom

Discovery 3’s Thursday P.M. Classroom


Hello families!

With each class, our young students are beginning to feel more comfortable. It is a slower process for our once-a-week and twice-a-week students.  They need a little more time to feel comfortable and understand that Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa will be back in just a short time. I am enjoying getting to know each and every one of your delightful children! Both classes are working on classroom rules, listening ears, quiet voices, being good sharers and clean-up helpers. We are also working on keeping our bodies under control and using our “words” to negotiate, communicate effectively and having “nice hands” not hurting hands.

We have been celebrating student birthdays, singing “Happy Birthday” and watching to see what our birthday boys & girls will choose from our “Birthday Treasure Chest”! *Reminder: Edible birthday treat items (cupcakes, cookies, candies, etc.) are not permissible at our school.

Our daily “Special Helper” is fast becoming a coveted position! Each child will have several turns being the classroom helper throughout our year. *Reminder: The “Helper of the Day” schedule and “Helper Tasks” can be found near our classroom information board in the hall. 

We are so happy to have our sweet, gentle Mr. Brian as our student assistant in the busy 3+ T/TH classroom. Brian is a Wayne Westland Skill Center student.

The first week of October, the 3+ T/TH class will begin the Zoo Phonics program with Allie Alligator! During the month we will introduce: Bubba Bear, Catina Cat, Dee Dee Deer and Ellie Elephant! The children will learn the letter name, sound, letter animal name and movement/signal. Our Zoophonic Alphabet poster is located on our front bulletin board, weekly individual Uppercase and Lowercase Letter mini posters are displayed as well. My 3+ class will be making zoo phonic letter art projects to bring home on Tuesdays. *Because we are a two-day a week class, I would encourage all of our families to help your child practice their letter sounds and movements at home. *Note: The Zoo Phonics link to acquaint yourselves with the characters and associated movements can be found at:  You may also want to research “You Tube” offerings for the Zoophonic song, etc.

In addition to our weekly theme storybook readings and related activities, our young students will be working on Early Math (counting, sorting, shape and number recognition, etc.); Early Writing (tracing of shapes, numbers, their names and zoo phonic letters); Letter Recognition (matching magnetic letters to letter cards and name cards in our Chicka, Chicka, Boom-Boom Sensory Box). Currently we are working on pre-writing skills/line tracing before moving on to name tracing, etc.; Early Science, both large and small group lessons (early favorites: magnet play, magnifying glasses & rocks); Art & Sensory Exploration (Button Box, Poking Box, Farm Corn Box, etc.); Music & Movement - Tuesday mornings are our “Miss Autumn Sing-along Days” and Thursdays Mrs. O introduces fun movement songs using rhythm instruments, scarves, beanbags, dancing and parading!  Outdoor Play - The children are exploring and enjoying playing on the outdoor play structures. 

October is a busy and exciting month! Our students will experience School Picture Week with their classmates, our annual PTA sponsored Fall Fest & Pumpkin Patch. Preschool Halloween Days & Celebration! *Parents: please stay at drop-off to take our Halloween group photo!

·         3+ Children should come to school dressed in their costumes on Tuesday, Oct. 31st, (masks are optional, weaponry accessories are not permissible).

·         Discovery 3’s should come to school in their costumes on Thursday, Nov. 1st for an extra day of Halloween Fun!


October’s Monthly Virtue Theme is “RESPONSIBILITY”! We try to impart the message to our students to “ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST”.

October’s Theme Weeks:

1.       Fall is Here! And, School Picture Week!

2.       Fire Safety Week!

3.      Fall Trees & Leaves!

4.      Pumpkins!

5.      Halloween Fun!


October Events & Dates

·         Thursday, October 4th - School Picture Day!  *(3+ students at 10:30 a.m. and Discovery 3’s students at 1:30 p.m.). Families must choose their preferred background color prior to our picture time. Extra picture flyers will be available for parents to indicate their choice. *Families may place their photo purchases online.

·         Wednesday, October 10th – Jackson Center PTA Meeting, 7p.m. (Staff lounge).

·         Saturday, Oct. 13th – 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Livonia Fire & Rescue Annual Fall Open House at Fire station #3 (35000 7 Mile Rd. at Bicentennial Park).

·         Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 23– 25th - Fall Fest & Pumpkin Patch Week! - *(apple juice & doughnuts, selecting pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, games, tattoos, etc.). Our classroom scheduled time frame to be announced.

·         Tuesday, October 31st – Jackson Center’s Preschool Mini Halloween Costume Parade & Classroom Halloween Celebration with parent helpers! Let me know if you are interested as we need our volunteers to complete an I-Chat form *(available in our front office).


*Special Note to my 3+ families: Please help me say goodbye to our classroom assistant, Mrs. Chlebek and wish her all the best. This will be her last week with us and I will miss her greatly. Mrs. Hendra, my new assistant for the Discovery 3’s Class will be joining me in the 3+ Class.


With Appreciation, Mrs. Oppermann

Mrs. Chlebek and Mrs. Hendra