Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March News

Hey there!

March is here, and the kids are loving our Dr. Seuss unit! It was nice to end February, "I Love to Read Month", by diving into more books! We have been working a lot on our literacy skills by practicing phonemic awareness, letter recognition, and doing some kid writing (i.e. upper case letters). We've also learned that the pictures in a book can help the reader read the words on the page, and I've even seen some preschoolers decoding some books on their own (Seriously, your kids are awesome). Here's a picture of some of them diving into a book:

 We've also been having fun with our Dr. Seuss unit by doing a lot of fun crafts, games, and we even got to sample some green eggs and ham! Check it out!:
Conference sign-ups are going up this week, so watch for those at the sign-in table. Also, a registration form for next year was sent home last week. Please get your schedules in for next year ASAP as we will begin enrollment soon. And one more thing: registration for summer camp is being sent home this week. You can return the forms at any time, but teachers can collect them at conferences for your convenience.
Thanks everyone and enjoy the last bit of winter (<-hopefully!!),
Mrs. Jakki

Monday, February 9, 2015

Jan/Feb Pics & February Dates

Hi all!
It's hard to believe that January has come and gone; it seems like a blink of the eye. We had an awesome outer space unit! The kids learned so much about our solar system, planets, and what life is like as an astronaut. If you haven't gotten an earful already, ask your preschool some specific questions about the planets in our solar system - I bet they will amaze you with all their newfound knowledge! Here are some fun pictures from the past couple of weeks:
Here is Helen and Sam getting ready for an outer space adventure:
Paige lookin' so cool in her 3D glasses at the planetarium:
Here is our group at the UMD planetarium:
February kicked off our "Creative Me" unit. Here are some boys getting in touch with their musical senses:

We took an awesome field trip to the UMD Tweed museum. Here are some kids checking out some art pieces:
And don't forget our 100th day of school celebration! We celebrated the first week of February with 100 day headbands: 
...and an extra special 100th Day of School show-and-tell: 

The rest of the month is looking busy, so don't forget to mark these notes down on your calendar:

Wednesday, February 11th: Valentine cards due. If your child would like to participate in our Valentine's card exchange, please have them bring in 10 UNADDRESSED, signed cards. If they would like to give candy, please do NOT attach it to the cards. We will be handing candy out separately.
Friday, February 13th: Valentine's Tea Party 10:00am. Parents, Grandparents, and Friends are all invited!!
Monday, February 16th: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, February 17th-20th: School is OPEN. Many people are on vacation this week, so if you haven't already, please submit your February schedules ASAP so we can plan our staff accordingly.

Thanks to all you wonderful families! You are such a blessing to support your beautiful children all the ways that you do!

Warmest regards,
Ms. Jakki

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Planetarium Field Trip Monday

Greetings all!

We were able to schedule a last-minute field trip to the UMD Planetarium for Monday (January 26th). We are set to arrive at 10:00am, and depending on the weather we will walk. It's a fun walk for the kids, but I checked the weather and it looks like it might be a little gusty; if that's the case we would hop on the city bus, but either way, make sure you pack along all the appropriate outdoor clothing. Also, don't forget to sign the permission sheet which is right next to the sign-in sheet at the welcome table. And of course, parents are welcome, so please sign-up to join us! Oh, and did I mention, the cost is FREE?

See you Monday,

Ms. Jakki

Friday, January 23, 2015

School Delay 1/23/15


Duluth public schools have a two hour late start today. CCP follows along with their inclement weather policy, therefore we too will have a two hour delay today. Ms. Elicia is set to open the school at 9:30am.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wacky Week

Hi there!
Wacky week was a BLAST! We teachers seriously have the best job in the world over here at CCP! These kids are so fun!! We had a fantastic beach day on Monday. How fun to get in the summer-spirit during such a winter cold-spell! The children (AND teachers) definitely appreciated hangin' loose a little bit. Tuesday was hat day and it was so fun to see all the awesome hats the kids brought in. Wednesday was dress as a character day, and boy was it fun to see these kids in their costumes!! Thursday we got to see some WILD hair dos for Wacky Hair Day, and then Friday we got to do - what in my opinion should be done every Friday- have pajama day! I captured a few fun moments on my camera to share with you all. Check it out:

See ya soon!!

Ms. Jakki

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Drive

Hey guys!!
As some of you already know, Amy Broadmoore (Ian's mom) is the founder of International Book Giving Day - February 14th. Amy is a lover of books. She is very involved in children's literature (she's the writer of a super cool blog called Delightful Children's Books), and she began International Book Giving Day as a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible. Over the past two years, Amy has collected over 1400 children's books for both Nettleton and Laura McArthur Elementary School students and their siblings. Here's a cute picture of her son, Ian full immersed in the books!:

 Last year on February 14th, author Chris Monroe (writer of Monkey with a Tool Belt and Sneaky Sheep, plus more...) read aloud to Laura MacArthur students and helped hand out books. Here's a look:

So as you can see, Amy is doing a lot of awesomeness for the children in the twin ports! She collects book donations from many sites, one of them being our preschool! In past years, Congdon Creek Preschool families have donated many books to this wonderful drive. This year, Amy is collecting books for Piedmont Elementary School students. We have a box set up for her in the sign-in area of preschool; you can donate your new or used books from January 7th through February 7th. We thank you so much for all your support and donations for this awesome cause!
Warmest regards,
Ms. Jakki

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January/February News

Hello All,
I hope everyone had a wonderful break home with your families! I can't believe it's January already! On that note, the teachers at CCP have a lot of fun activities planned for the month! January will have a focus on winter and outer space. For the first part of the month, we will study winter animals and winter elements. During the end of January we will study outer space by exploring our galaxy, studying astronauts, and discovering constellations.

We will be doing a unit called “Creative Me” during the month of February. For this unit we will be focusing on the arts, and we will explore the many ways we express our creativity. This (along with all units) is a month where we’d especially love to see and hear from you! Many of the CCP parents & friends are talented in this area; so if you have something you’d be able to contribute to the classes (music, different types of art, yoga, composition, etc.) we would love to have you visit us.

We will focus on the letter sounds and recognition of M-N in January, and O-R in February.

Dates to Note:

Monday, Jan. 12th-16th: Wacky Week

Friday, February 13th: Valentine’s Tea Party 10:00am

Monday, February 16th: No School – President’s Day

Also, some of you will notice that Duluth Public Schools are closed January 16th and January 19th. CCP is scheduled to be OPEN those days. Another thing to mark on your calendar is the fact that Duluth public schools are Closed February 16th-20th, and CCP will be CLOSED on Monday, February 16th, and OPEN the rest of the week. Please let the teachers know ASAP if you plan on being gone that week so we can schedule the teachers accordingly.
We are in the process of scheduling some field trips and will keep you posted on upcoming dates!!

Warmest Regards,

Ms. Jakki