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Jackson Early Childhood Center

The 3+ Tuesday/Thursday a.m. Classroom

May 2018 Newsletter

Dear Families,

May has arrived and with it, a time for exploring nature’s treasures, gathering flowers (dandelions and wild flowers), looking for squirrels, birds and ducks, investigating bugs and simply enjoying playing in the great outdoors, fresh air, and sunshine!

May also means the end of our school year is fast approaching. Our busy group of four year-olds  have grown so much in so many ways this year, but we still have much to learn and experience during this, our last full month together. In the days and weeks ahead we will be "Celebrating Mothers"! Our Second week is "Farm Animals", during this week we will attend a very special PTA sponsored Barnyard Express” Farm show! This is a fun, forty-five minute farm animal educational program presented by Farmer John along with his farm dog and many farm animals (cows, goats, sheep, pigs, etc.)! The Third week of the month finds us learning about “Insects: All Things Creepy, Crawly and Flying!” We will be learning about “Pond Life Animals” the last week of May and ending our year with "We Will Always Be Friends" & "Outside Fun"!


Thank you Jackson Center PTA for sponsoring the visit by Detroit Tigers Mascot, Paws for our recent annual April Celebration of the Young Child Purple Parade! Our students loved the Paws Pep Assembly following the parade! The Pete the Cat Baseball Storybook reading and singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with Paws was quite the hit! The after-festivities surprise classroom visit from Paws was the icing on the cake! Thank you families for coming out to cheer our parade!


We are looking forward to the PTA sponsored Jackson Early Childhood Center’s Annual Ice Cream Social at Rotary Park located at 6 Mile and Hubbard, scheduled for Friday, May 18th (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.). There will be Ice Cream, games, playground equipment, face painting, and food trucks for dinner! Ice cream tickets are $1.00 per ice cream and forms are due Wednesday, May 16th.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our extremely dedicated and hardworking Jackson Center PTA for their commitment to enhance and enrich the school experience for our students, our families and staff.  Thank you one and all for an amazing year!


Heads Up Reminders:

Our classroom’s “Moving On Ceremony” is scheduled for Thursday, June 7h at 11:00 a.m. All family members are welcome to attend. It will take place in our gym following class. Bring your cameras! Our last day of school is Thursday, June 7th.

Family Information Item:

One of our lovely mothers asked if I would put out a sign-up sheet for our classroom families that may want to get-together for summer play dates or group park play days! For those interested, simply sign your name, your child’s name and phone number!


Zoophonics: Letters this month will include – “Zz” followed by a month of review.


Monthly Virtue Theme: Responsibility!


May Weekly Themes:

1.       Celebrating Mothers! Theme storybook – “Mama, Do You Love Me?” by Barbara M. Joose and “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman.

2.       Farm Week! Theme storybook – “No, No, Titus!” by Claire Masurel

3.       Insects: All things Creepy, Crawly and Flying! Several themed storybooks.

4.       Pond Life! Several theme storybooks including – “The Wide-Mouthed Frog” by Keith Faulkner,    ”In The Small, Small Pond” by Denise Flemming and others.

5.       We Will Always Be Friends!

6.       Outside Fun Week!


 May Events & Dates:

1.       Tuesday, May 8th - Barnyard Express Farm Visit (10:45 - 11:30 a.m.)!

2.       Thursday, May 10th – Fire Drill!

3.       Thursday, May 10th – Jackson PTA Meeting,

4.       Sunday, May 13th – Mother’s Day!

5.       Friday, May 18th – Jackson Ice Cream Social at Rotary Park (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)! Join us for the fun!

6.       Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day! No School!

7.       Thursday, June 7th – Moving On Ceremony! (11:00 a.m. in the gym).

8.       Thursday, June 7th – Last day of school!



With Heartfelt Appreciation for your Support, Assistance and Many Kindnesses,

 Mrs. Oppermann and Mrs. Berry