Preschool Weekly Note

Dear Parents,

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN OR READ YOUR CHILD’S MID-YEAR REPORT AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO ACCESS IT, PLEASE SEE YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER TO LEARN HOW TO FIND IT.

It was a pleasure to meet so many lovely Bear Friends who came to school today.  You’ll be happy to know that with few exceptions, they were well behaved and polite.  They visited the Hibernating Cave (nicely appointed by a group of hibernating bears yesterday for their arrival) and we had Bear Crunch with berries for snack.  It was a beary lovely day!

On Thursday we were invited to see three different scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed (just for us) by 8th grade actors.  Our children were a wonderful audience.  They were quite taken with the sword fight and asked many questions about swords during our Q & A at the end.  Many of the actors were former preschool students—this makes the performance particularly exciting for their preschool teachers!

“Music every day . . . Music every night . . . Music from my heart because it makes me feel right!” So go the lyrics to a brand new song, written with love by the Milkweeds and Lavenders! During project time this week, kindergarten assistant Brian Jordan visited our classroom to share both his guitar and his song-writing expertise. Brian introduced the guitar as a string instrument and demonstrated how he uses his fingers to play its steel strings. Then, he surprised us by demonstrating that the guitar can also be a percussion instrument as he struck its sides with an open palm!  We loved moving to the beat as we accompanied Brian with some homemade instruments. After our introductory guitar lesson, Brian worked with our students on writing lyrics to our catchy song. (Ask your child to sing you a few lines.)

Also this week, Madeline worked with our budding musicians to create their own individual kazoos using cardboard tubes, wax paper, tissue paper and a rubber band. Last but not least, we have been delighted by your children’s sharing of instruments from home. This week we were treated to a harmonica recital, several guitar and ukulele solos, and drumming on a Sri Lankan drum. It has been a joy to make music and dance together each afternoon for closing meeting.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on Thursday and Friday, March 23rd and 24th.  Very shortly you will receive a Doodle poll to sign up for a conference time.  We look forward to having some time to sit and chat without interruption.  

It has certainly been wonderful to have this taste of spring—we’ve been spending huge chunks of time outside, which is not always possible in regular Februarys.  We know it won’t last, but enjoy the bits of spring that remain this weekend.

The Preschool Team