Beginning of the Year Monday/Wednesday a.m.

Dear Parents,                                                                                 September 2017          


Welcome!  Thank you for sharing you children with us.  It is going to be a wonderful year in

Room 3, at Jackson Early Childhood Center, where we have fun while learning through play. 

We are excited to be here and are looking forward to getting to know your child and helping

them get comfortable with the routines of the classroom.   


Our first day (September 6th) is a parent/child orientation day with a shortened class time of one hour (9:00 am-10:00 am or 10:15 am -11:15 am).   On the first full day of school (September 11th), your child will be in school for the entire session (9:00 am -11:45 am).  Please return to school at 11:40 am for our 5 minute “parent talk”.  Please bring a 4”X6” vertical photo of your child (name on back) for our bulletin board by the next day of school. It will be returned at the end of the year.


Each month I will be posting a calendar and newsletter outside the classroom and also on my school website.  Go to and look under the teacher website link. This will help keep you informed about activities in the classroom and let you know about upcoming events. This month we will be getting to know our new friends at school!  We will also be getting ready for our trip to the Plymouth Apple Orchard (October 2nd) with lots of apple activities!  Look for more information to come about our trip.  Please send a white or solid light colored T-shirt to school by September 18th, which we will paint to wear on our trip.


Our daily schedule is flexible but usually contains the following:


Arrival 9:00 am/ Table Top Activities – activities are available for the children as they enter

                        the classroom before group time begins (about 5-10 minutes)

Group Time – good morning song, attendance, helper of the day, calendar, weather, surprise bag,                         introduce theme /center choices

Self-directed / Teacher-directed Activities – children choose activities from centers around

                        the room, including the teacher-directed activity of the day

Special Activities – we will have the opportunity, daily, to go to the gym, gross motor room or                             outside (weather permitting).  We will also go to the library each week after we

                        get settled into our routine

Closing Group Time – books, stories, songs, finger plays, prepare for home, goodbye song

5 Minute Talk 11:40 am (the last 5 minutes of the day) - parents are invited into the room to                                 listen as we share what we did during the day (dismissal at 11:45 am)


I am available everyday before and after class to answer any questions or concerns you may have concerning our class.  I would also be happy to call you at home after school, if needed.  You can also email me at or call the office at 734-744-2813 to leave a message for me on my voicemail (box 73230).


It’s going to be a great year and we look forward to meeting you and your child!

Patty Curmi & Dawn Ehrenfeld