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Jackson Early Childhood Center

The 3+ Tuesday/Thursday a.m. Classroom

May/June 2017 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 begin with Flowers! Our Second week is devoted to our amazing mothers! The Third week of the month finds us learning about Pond Life followed by a week of Farm Animals! It is during this week that we will attend a very special PTA sponsored Barnyard Express” Farm show! Our last week of the month is dedicated to Crabs!

Thank you Jackson Center PTA for sponsoring the visit by Detroit Tigers Mascot, Paws following our recent annual April Celebration of the Young Child and Purple Parade! Paws  was quite the “hit” with our children! They loved the Pete the Cat Baseball Storybook reading and singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with him!

We are looking forward to two more PTA sponsored programs in late May, the Jackson Early Childhood Center’s Annual Ice Cream Social at Rotary Park on Friday, May 19th (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.), more information to follow. And, on Tuesday, May 23rd, “The Barnyard Express”, a forty-five minute farm animal educational program presented by the farmer, his farm dog and many farm animals! This is an outdoor program so, we are hoping for warm, sunny weather. The show will be presented in the gym in the event of inclement weather.

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.


 May/June Reminders:

  •  Teacher Professional Development Day, Thursday, May 4th NO SCHOOL!
  •  Professional Storyteller, Livonia Public Librarian, Ms. Julie's in-class performance!  - Thursday, May 11th at 10:00 a.m. Thank you Mrs. Fedoronko, Jackson Administrator and Ms. Schleicher, Preschool Supervisor for making this happen for our little classroom!


Heads Up Reminder:

Our classroom’s “Moving On Ceremony” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th at 11:45 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 8th.

Family Information Item:

One of our lovely grandmothers offered a very thoughtful suggestion, asking that I put out a sign-up sheet for our classroom families that may want to get-together for play dates or group park play days! For those interested, simply sign your name. your child’s name and phone number! Great idea, Mrs. Larabell!

Zoophonics: Letters this month will include – “x”, “y”, and “z” followed by reviews. I would encourage all of our families to continue practicing their letters and letter sounds throughout the long summer months, in addition to handwriting practice.


Monthly Virtue Theme: Responsibility!


May/June Weekly Themes:

  1. Flowers! Theme storybook – “The Reason for a Flower” by Ruth Heller.

  2. Mother’s Day! Theme storybook – “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman.

  3. Pond Life! Theme storybooks – “The Wide-Mouthed Frog” by Keith Faulkner & ”In The Small, Small Pond” by Denise Flemming.

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

  5. Crabs! Theme storybooks – “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle & “Looking for Crabs” by Bruce Whatley.


May/June Events & Dates:

  1. Thursday, May 4thTeacher In-Service day. No School!

  2. Thursday, May 11th – Professional Storyteller Day!

  3. Sunday, May 14th – Mother’s Day!

  4. Friday, May 19th – Jackson Ice Cream Social at Rotary Park (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)! Join us for the fun!

  5. Tuesday, May 23rd - Barnyard Express (PTA sponsored educational event)!

  6. Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day!

  7. Tuesday, June 6th – Moving On Ceremony! (11:45 a.m. in the gym).

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


      It has been a daily pleasure and an absolute joy watching your children as they grow and mature, learning to control their impulses and self-regulate, practicing their listening skills, stretching their attention spans, learning and practicing new concepts.  This has been a very energetic, young, classroom working very hard every Tuesday and Thursday.  Remembering too, that “play is the work of children”!  They have formed new friendships and warmed Mrs. Oppermann's heart each and every day. Thanks again for your cooperation, support and many kindnesses.

Have a wonderful, fun-filled summer!
Fondly, Mrs. Oppermann and Mrs Berry