NOVEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

Thank you to all who participated in our Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest. All entries were very creative and looked awesome!! Congratulations to our winners and thanks again to all the families for participating and helping us judge. We hope you had as much fun creating them as we did admiring them.

Our Fall Fundraiser Was A Success! Thank you for supporting our school with sales and donations. We exceeded our goal and raised $2,000!!! We’ll use these funds to purchase iPods for our classrooms and a light table. Thank you so much for all your support.

SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS
Cold and flu season is upon us. Please keep your child home if they are showing ANY signs of illness. Last month we had to send a few friends home with runny noses. Please help keep everyone safe and healthy by keeping your child home if they display any symptoms of illness. Thank You!

HOLIDAY
As a reminder we’ll be CLOSED 11/25 AND 11/26 for Thanksgiving Break.

SPARE CLOTHES
Please make sure your child has spare clothes at school that are appropriate for the changing weather. If you think it’s time to update your child’s change of clothes, bring in a new set of fall / winter clothes and put them in our clothes drop off box. We’ll send home the old clothes in exchange for the warmer ones.

JACKETS AND SWEATSHIRTS
Please make sure your child is bringing a jacket/sweatshirt to school everyday. Because of our unpredictable weather, we highly recommend sending your child dressed in layers. Wear a sweatshirt or long sleeves and bring a light jacket. The mornings tend to be cold, while the afternoons get very warm. We spend lots of time outside regardless of the cold weather so please make sure your child is suitably dressed. We can’t stress enough-LABEL ALL JACKETS, COATS AND SWEATSHIRTS! Even if your child has a hook with their name on it, it’s important to label the item. If you’re missing any of your child’s clothes be sure to check our lost and found box near the front entrance.

Please take a look in our Lost and Found box to see if anything belongs to your child. Any items remaining after December 17th will be donated to charity.

REMINDERS
Our daily activities begin promptly at 9:00 am. DO NOT BE LATE! Children should be at school by 8:45am so they have time to check out the activities in the classroom before we get started. If your child will be absent, please call before 9am.

Share days are WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS ONLY.

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
Bring your Teddy Bear to school on 11/17 and we’ll have a Teddy Bear picnic for the letter T.

Congratulations big brother Ryan and the Hashemi Family for welcoming baby Nick to the family!

A NOTE FROM MISS JENNIFER

Dear Parents,
This is to inform you that my last day at Growing Years Preschool will be November 23, 2021. I will be taking some time off to take care of my son Nicolas.

To the parents, I say thank you for allowing me to be your child’s teacher. It has been a wonderful and rewarding 3 years working with wonderful families.

To all my students, I say thank you, for when I teach I also learn. These past few months we have grown together. A little bit of you will always be with me. Always strive to be the best that you can be!

Ms. Jennifer

THE PRE-K CLASS
Beginning November 24th, the Willow class will combine with the Redwood class making one Pre-K classroom (The Redwoods). Miss Elli and Miss Michelle continue to lead the Redwood Class with the assistance of Miss Roxann when necessary.

We will continue to look for quality teachers to join our teaching team. If you know any fully qualified preschool teachers, please share our job posting. We can be found on Linkedin, indeed and a link is located on our Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/gypreschool

THE REDWOODS
What a fun month October was! We made a beautiful leaf collage, we made slime, and we carved, dissected and studied pumpkins. We used real pumpkins in our science area to experiment with baking soda and vinegar. The results were explosive!

Our Halloween rice table was a very popular place to enjoy sifting and sorting. We made bats, pumpkins and had a great time exploring the playdough using Halloween shapes and cutters.

We have had a lot of participation with our letter box. Thank you to all who have been bringing in something fun to help the children remember our letter of the week.

Our Halloween party topped off our month of fun with costumes, games, dancing, and lots of laughter. We look forward to next month as we will be focusing on Thankfulness.

Our letters of the week will be:
D: For Day Of The Dead as we learn about and celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
M: For Mixing Colors. The Redwoods are showing an interest in mixing colors.
T: For Thanksgiving. We’ll introduce a “Thank You” jar to our class this month in hopes of helping our Pre-k’ers remember to say Thank You. Every time someone says “Thank You” they can add a pom-pom to the jar. When the jar is full, they will get a special surprise! We will also be taking some time to reflect on what we are thankful for.

We’ve Been Singing…
Walk In The Dark
5 Little Pumpkins
Mr. Pumpkin
The Goblin In The Dark
What’s Your Favorite Ice Cream?

Books We’ve Been Reading
Pancakes! by Lotta Nieminen
Chocolatina by Erik Kraft
The Spooky Wheels On The Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! by Lucille Colandro
The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa

THE WILLOWS

October was so much fun! Our themes for the month were Fall, Halloween and pumpkins.

Last month we talked about the changing of the seasons and watched the leaves start to change color on our trees outside.

We painted leaves with watercolors, made Jack-O-Lanterns, ghosts and bats and we even made cool slime!

We explored spooky Halloween playdough, Halloween colored rice and we shoveled out the seeds of pumpkins.

We learned about the different parts of the pumpkin; stem, skin, flesh, pulp and seeds.

Don’t forget to bring items from home to put in our letter box each week. The children enjoy sharing their special items and it helps them understand the connection between letters and their sounds.

This month we’ll talk about what it means to be thankful and share some of the things we are thankful for. We’ll learn about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving.

We’ve Been Singing…
Mr. Pumpkin
Five Little Pumpkins
Walk In The Dark
I’m A Jack-O-Lantern

Books We’ve Been Reading…
It’s Pumpkin Day by Laura Numeroff
One, Two…Boo by Kristen L. Depken
Happy Halloween Biscuit by Alyssa Satin
I Like Pumpkins by Jerry Smath
How To Scare A Ghost by Jean Reagan
When Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Miss Elli, Miss Michelle, Miss Jennifer

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