Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dino Pics & May Calendar

Greetings Families!

We just wrapped up our Dinosaur unit and it was a total blast! As always, it's amazing to see these little brains so hard at work, and it was cool to see how enthusiastic everyone was to learn about dinosaurs. Here are some fun pictures from the theme:

Elle and Dominic doing the 'Dinosaur Stomp':
 
 
Here are some Yellow Group kids with their fossil they made. They named it "Long-tailedasaurus":
 


The kids got to learn about Fossils and about the team of people it takes to dig them up. They practiced digging up their own "fossils" out of chocolate chip cookies using toothpicks!:

 
 
 
 
 

And in the midst of all the Dinosaur fun, the kids got to have fun with some VIPs, and we even got to take advantage of some pretty beautiful Duluth days!






It will be easy to slide on into the end of the school year now that May is around the corner. I'll leave everyone with the May calendar:
 
 
May 2015 Calendar

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
 
Ww & Xx
 
Theme: Transportation
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
Sam W. VIP
 
2
3
Yy & Zz
 
Theme: Transportation
 
 
4
5
 
Blake VIP
6
7
 
Hadley VIP
 
8
9
10
Yy & Zz
 
Theme: Transportation
{Mother’s Day}
11
 
Tommy VIP
12
13
14
 
Paige VIP
15
16
17
 
 
Theme:
Explore Duluth
18
19
20
21
22
 
Field Trip: Great Lake’s Aquarium 10:00am
23
24
 
 
Theme: Wacky Week
25
 
Closed for Memorial Day
26
 
 
 
 
Farmer Day
27
 
 
 
 
Pajama Day
28
 
 
 
 
Wear Your Class Color Day
29
Last Day of School!
 
Graduation 5:30pm @ Old Main
Dress Your Best Day
30


Warmest Wishes,
Ms. Jakki
 

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Calendar

Greetings, Everyone!
 
 
As usual it's been busy-busy around here! We owe a HUGE thank-you to the dads who volunteered their time so that the CCP teachers could attend Kelly's mom, Mary's funeral last week (you can view Mary's obituary here). Andy Weyrauch (dad of Sam), Sean Burns (dad of Cullen), and Jeff Vanstratten (dad of Elizabeth), all subbed in at the preschool, and the kids could not have been more thrilled! The teachers were impressed to see how clean and orderly the school was upon our return, and we were extremely grateful to be able to support our dear friend Kelly during such a hard time.
 
 
 
 
This past week was Easter/Spring week so we did a lot of fun activities with eggs! The preschoolers got to participate in an egg drop where they became scientists and invented ways to protect their eggs from being thrown out of the loft. Everyone had a blast with this activity, and it was impressive to see these little brains hard at work! 


 
 
And of course April Fool's day was this week, so we HAD to do some pranks on the children (AND parents!! haha). Patti progressively became more injured as the day went on, we declared preschool as not being closed, we switched out preschooler's lunches with one piece of broccoli, AND Patti baked some cupcakes with "flies" inside! The children were great sports throughout the day and everyone left for home smiling!

 
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter break! Any holiday we get to spend time with our children and loved ones is precious, so I hope you all have a happy and healthy break. School resumes on Tuesday, April 7th, and I'll leave you with the rest of April's calendar.
 
-Ms. Jakki
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
 
Tt
 
Theme: Easter/Spring
 
 
 
1
2
 
Greyson VIP
3
 
Closed
 
4
5
Uu & Vv
 
Theme: Dinosaurs
 
{Easter Sunday}
6
 
Closed
7
 
Sawyer VIP
8
9
 
 
10
 
 
 
Fire Drill p.m.
11
12
Uu & Vv
 
Theme: Dinosaurs
13
 
Addison VIP
14
 
Mateo VIP
15
16
17
18
19
Ww & Xx
 
Theme: Environmental Awareness
20
 
Elsie VIP
21
 
Elizabeth V. VIP
22
 
Grace V. VIP
 
Earth Day
23
24
25
26
Ww & Xx
 
Theme: Environmental Awareness
27
 
Nelita VIP
28
29
 
30
 
 

 
 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Week of March 23rd

Hello All!!
 
What an exciting start to spring! We've been loving the beautiful weather here at CCP! Preschoolers (and their teachers) truly cherish the "warmer" Duluth days after that cold winter!!
 
This week we've had a blast digging into our fairytale unit. The children learned a new word: Fiction. We've been looking at things that are real or true vs. things that are not. We've been doing extra reading around here, so if you have a favorite fairytale, we'd love to have you come read it to the kids!!
 
Some quick reminders: We will continue to wear snow pants outside as long as the ground is muddy. You can imagine some of the distress we endure over wet pants; so please keep the snow pants comin'! Same with extra socks/pants/etc. Also, Easter is quickly approaching, so don't forget that CCP is closed Friday the 3rd and Monday the 6th of April.
 
 
Warmest regards,
 
Ms. Jakki
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spring Play

**Please note that the Play we have scheduled on your yearly calendar in March has been canceled.

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