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Jackson Early Childhood Center

The 3+ A.M. Tuesday/Thursday Classroom

October 2017 Newsletter

 

Hello families!

What a difference a month makes! Mrs. Berry and I are enjoying getting to know each and every one of your delightful children, they are a fun little group! Our twenty students; thirteen boys and seven girls are fast becoming friends, working on classroom rules, listening ears, inside voices, being good sharers and clean-up helpers. We are learning about keeping our bodies under control and using our “words” to negotiate and communicate effectively.

Our students all turn four years of age by the end of December, they enjoy celebrating classroom birthdays, enthusiastically singing “Happy Birthday” to their classmates and watching to see what the birthday boy or girl will choose from our “Birthday Box”! Reminder: Edible items (cupcakes, cookies, etc.) are not permissible at our school, however, parents are asking whether their birthday child may bring in little “classmate gifties” and the answer is yes.

Our daily “Special Helper” is fast becoming a coveted position! Each child will have several turns being the classroom helper during the year. And while we have our scheduled daily helper, I find there are days when one or two students really need to be helpers too.  *Reminder: The “Helper of the Day” schedule and “Helper Tasks” can be found near our classroom information board in the hall. 

The last week of September, we began our Zoo Phonics program with Allie Alligator! This month we introduce: Bubba Bear, Catina Cat, Dee Dee Deer and Ellie Elephant, with more to come! The children are learning the letter sounds, letter animal and movements. Our Zoophonics Alphabet poster is located on our front bulletin board, weekly individual Uppercase and Lowercase Letters are displayed as well. We 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: http://safarilearning.com/images/animal_signal_sheet.pdf  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 are working daily 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 in our Chicka, Chicka, Boom-Boom Sensory Box; using their “Name Kits” to practice spelling their names, etc.); Early Science, both large and small group lessons (magnets, magnifying glasses and sink & float activities are the current big favorites); Art & Sensory Exploration (colored rice, buttons, sandbox, play dough, etc.); Music & Movement - Tuesday mornings are our “Miss Autumn Sing-along Days” and Thursdays we schedule fun movement songs using rhythm instruments, scarves, dancing and parading.  The children are really enjoying playing in the gross motor room, gym and on the outdoor play structures. 

Thursday is our assigned library day and the children are enjoying selecting books to take home and share with their families. Library books are generally due the following week. We have been working on learning “library behavior”, quietly listening to storybooks while sitting on the “big blue rug”.

October is a busy and exciting month! Our students will enjoy School Picture Week with their classmates, followed by our annual PTA sponsored Fall Fest & Pumpkin Patch. The children will enjoy a snack of apple juice and donuts, then visit the Pumpkin Patch to select a pumpkin! The annual Jackson Center Preschool Halloween Costume Parade and our own classroom Halloween Celebration! *Note: Children may come dressed in their costumes on Tuesday, Oct. 31st, masks are optional, weaponry accessories are not permissible.

 

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

Mrs. Oppermann’s Great Big Thank-Yous: My sincere appreciation to our generous families that donated Boxes of Tissue; Hand Soap; Clorox Wipes; and Paper Towels. Thank you to my adorable students for delicious cookies, wonderful art and cards – you have warmed my heart!

October’s Theme Weeks:

1.       Apple Week!

2.       Fire Safety Week! *Families may want to visit Livonia’s Fire Station #3 on Saturday, Oct. 14th for the annual Fire Prevention Open House, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.!

3.       Fall Trees & Leaves!

4.       Pumpkins!

5.       Halloween Fun!

 

 

October Events & Dates

·         Thursday, October 6th - School Picture Day!  in the Library at 11:00 a.m.

·         Thursday, October 12th – Jackson Center PTA Meeting, 7p.m. (Staff lounge).

·         Saturday, Oct. 14th – 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Livonia Fire & Rescue Annual Fire Prevention Open House at Fire station #3 (7 Mile rd. at Wayne rd.).

·         Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 17 – 19th - Fall Fest & Pumpkin Patch Week! - *(apple juice & doughnuts, picking pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, tattoos, etc.). Our classroom scheduled time frame to be announced.

·         Tuesday, October 24th MOD Pizza Fundraiser from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

·         Tuesday, October 31st – Jackson Center’s Annual Halloween Costume Parade & Classroom Halloween Celebration with parent helpers!

·         Yankee Candle Fundraiser Week, October 24th – November 6th. More information to follow.

 

 

With Appreciation, Mrs. Oppermann and Mrs. Berry