As the year draws to a close we’d like to thank you for helping us with field trips, fundraisers, parties and supplies throughout the year. Your continued support has helped make this year a success.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
The week of May 7th is Teacher Appreciation Week! Show our staff how much you care by sending them a note of appreciation. Our Teacher Appreciation board is located at the entrance of the main building.
This month we’ll raise money for St. Jude children’s Research Hospital by hosting a Trike-A-Thon. Information was sent home last month. Our Trike-A-Thon will begin at 9:00am on Wednesday 5/2. It is suggested that you collect pledges of a flat donation. Please make checks payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please have all donations collected and submitted by Friday 5/4. Donations can also be collected online at trikeathon.stjude.org. Enter GROWING YEAR’S PRESCHOOL (with an apostrophe) as the school name.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place this month. Please look at our schedules on the attendance board and make an appointment. We will review assessments and discuss your childs growth and progress over the past eight months.
Our Pre-K graduation will be held on Friday June 1st at 7:00pm, at Growing Years Preschool. Please have your child at school by 6:45pm, so we can prepare them for the ceremony. There is a $12.00 fee to cover the cost of ALL graduation materials including the pizza party, diploma, cap (Children will NOT wear gowns during the ceremony) and other graduation goodies. Please have your graduation fee turned in by Friday 5/18. CASH PAYMENTS ONLY PLEASE!!
Our graduation performance is for immediate family only (parents, siblings, grandparents). In order to maintain the size of our audience, we ask that you refrain from inviting extended family to our ceremony.
The Pre-K will be working very hard in preparation for our graduation ceremony. We’ll reward all our hard work with a pizza party on Thursday 5/31. We’ll watch a movie, eat pizza and have lots of fun! All Pre-K are invited to attend. If your child does not come to school on Thursday’s, you’re welcome to bring them from 10:00am – 12:30pm. Our Pizza Party will be paid for with a portion from the Graduation Fee. Please make sure your graduation fee is turned in by the due date.
The Pre-K will be practicing during the month of May for our Graduation ceremony. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time (by 8:45am)! Late arrivals will miss important practice time.
DO NOT BE LATE!
CRAZY HAT DAY
Wear your favorite hat to school on Wednesday 5/16. The crazier the hat the better! We love to see original hats that are made from things around the house. Be creative and have fun!
Thank you for participating in our Spring Fundraiser! Please make sure to have all orders and funds turned in by Monday 4/30. We’ll use our profits to purchase new trikes and scooters for our playground.
SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
May 28th–Memorial Day
July 4–Independence Day
August 17th–Staff Development Day
September 3rd–Labor Day
If your child will exit at the end of the school year (June 8th), make sure to add the first week of June in your tuition payments.
We’ve been busy last month with many fun science activities. We’ve been exploring with magnets and experimenting with items that float and sink in both fresh and salt water. We explored cloud painting and participated in a 7 day science experiment by soaking chicken bones in a jar of vinegar. We’ve been experimenting with a variety of different watercolor art. Watercolor tissue butterflies, watercolor painting over vegetable oil and a 3D yarn watercolor project, were a few of our favorites. We’ve been continuing our meditation throughout our days and discussing ways to be mindful. Creating “Worry Buddies” and doing our “Lion Breathing” are our two current favorites. We’ve also been enjoying building and experimenting with our ramps and balls (see pics on our smugmug site). As the end of our school year approaches, we’ll be practicing our graduation program and continuing to play, explore and investigate together.
Last month we spent lots of time learning about insects. We learned that their bodies are divided into 3 parts (head/thorax/abdomen). We made our own cool silly and creative bugs to share with each other. We’ve been busy learning our ABC’s and have come to the end of the alphabet. We’ll be reviewing letters A – Z this month. We watercolored beautiful butterflies, made fancy flower stamp art and made cool flower and and butterfly collages. We had fun sharing on Silly Sock and Crazy Hair days too.
BOOKS WE’VE BEEN READING
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young
Peanut Butter And Cupcake by Terry Border
Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr. Seuss
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Pete The Cat And The Missing Cupcakes by Kimberly & James Dean
SONGS WE’VE BEEN SINGING
Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
Apples And Bananas
The Number Rock
5 Little Ducks
Mother Gooney Bird
The Growing Years Song