Koala Classroom News


January, 2019, Newsletter

Happy New Year!!  Hopefully everyone had a happy, restful holiday surrounded by loved ones.

As you may have noticed, I have joined a “Remind” app to use as a communication tool between staff and parents.  Please feel free to use this at any time throughout the day if you need to let the Koala room staff know any information regarding your child.  I will also be using this as an added tool for communication throughout the remaining school year.  Please accept the invitation (if you have not yet done so) when you receive it on your cell phone.

Our color focus this month will be “blue” and the shape focus is “square”.

The first semester we did a lot of hands-on manipulatives and sensory activities to strengthen fine motor skills.  We have also worked on name recognition and sitting for longer periods of time in our group time.  This second semester I am planning to have the kids start to use scissors and begin to trace the letters of their names.

The first week back from the holiday break our theme will be “Let it Snow!”  Many activities related to snow will be covered during this week.  If we do not have “real” snow for the kids to experience, I will make some fake snow!  ;)

The week of January 14th will be “Winter Literacy” week.  We will be going to a different room every day to read a different winter story.

We will be closed on Monday, January 21st, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  When we return on the 22nd, we will be celebrating Michigan’s birthday.  If possible, please have your child wear their Michigan gear during this week.  This can include vacation and/or sportswear.  The childcare rooms will be having a “Michigan” fun lunch on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The menu will be hot dogs, Better Made chips, applesauce, green beans and ice cream.  The cost for our lunch will be $1.00 due on Friday, January 18th

The Music Lady will be performing for Jackson Center students on Monday and Tuesday, January 28th and 29th.  The Koalas will be going to the Monday, January 28th, performance from 10:00-10:30.  Our theme for the remainder of this week will be “Polar Pals”.  We will be learning about the Arctic weather and how the animals stay warm, dry, and are camouflaged to blend into their environment for protection.

Have a great month!  Stay warm!

Ms. Gail, Ms. Laura, Ms. Joanne, Ms. Cari and Ms. Katie