Preschool Weekly Note

Dear Families,

No one would ever guess that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week, predicting six more weeks of winter. The preschoolers were out and about as always, enjoying the warmish temperatures and spending as much time as possible outside. We had a blast during Crazy Hat, Hair, and Pajama Day. Ask your child what they most remember, and take a look at the photos in the Preschool Photo Gallery.

We also planted seeds indoors in small containers in order to transfer the plants to the Garden in the spring. We planted mesclun and romain lettuce, kale, broccoli, celery, and cilantro. We will take care of them under a grow-light and provide plenty of water until they are ready to be planted outside.

The Peppermints and Honeysuckles finished their first rotation studying animals in winter. The “hibernators" learned about snakes and frogs, who dig tunnels for themselves in rocks and mud. Using dirt, cardboard, pipe cleaners, and tape, the children created their own representation of this hibernation. They also made many bats that are now hovering at the entrance to the cave. The “adapters” donned the costumes they made last week and scavenged outside, searching for the food packets they made previously (and skillfully hidden by Emily). It was an amazing sight to see a rabbit, fox, squirrel, wolf, pica, and coyote in our Garden. The “migrators” read a book about the butterflies that travel to California, Florida, and Mexico to find food and warmth. We each created our own perfectly symmetrical butterfly, using paint and printing rollers. Our classroom bulletin board shows off these beautiful travelers.

This week the Lavenders and Milkweeds were invited to sit in on a concert rehearsal by our very own Junior Unit students (4th and 5th grade). Delving into a year-long study on China, the students, in partnership with the talented Aaron Picht (music teacher), assembled a percussion ensemble known as the Luogu. A Luogu ensemble consists of at least one drum, a large gong, and a pair of cymbals. The kids were treated to a beautiful piece performed by these talented students and their instruments. In addition, metal and wood idiophones complimented one another as bass/alto melodies and harmonies reigned supreme! Ask your child about this wonderful music experience. On Friday, middle school teacher Ethan Tannen treated us to a solo performance with his trumpet and talked about his former experience as a member of a jazz band. Ask your child which instrument family the trumpet falls under.

In other news, our doll story series was back for a visit this week. Andreas, Luke, Kate, and Takeisha are preschoolers who mostly like to play together. Ask your child what happened in this week’s story when a ship was mistakenly knocked over in the block area and strong emotions escalated. You can also ask your child which role each character “tried on” in this particular scenario (a teaser, target, upstander, and bystander). Your children were incredibly articulate about what they saw happening in our scenario and enjoyed watching their teachers “perform” a story! 

Keep your calendar open for Tuesday, February 14, for our annual Preschool Valentine Breakfast. From 8:15 - 9:15 a.m., we will celebrate our community in the Garage. Sign-up sheets for food and drink will be posted in the preschool vestibule. On the 14th, please sign your child in as usual, dropping off coats and backpacks in the classroom before proceeding to the Garage. From 8:15-9:00 a.m., we will eat, drink and be merry. At 9:00 a.m. the children will sing Valentine songs and then send their grown-ups off with a wave and a goodbye.

On the morning of the 14th, grown-ups can also help their child stash their valentine cards in their cubby. The children will exchange valentines later in the day, collecting cards in their own decorated bags. Please remember not to write individual names on the cards and to observe the TPS “no candy” rule.

From the school's Safety Committee: Please do not park in NO PARKING areas, especially near the intersection of South and 25th Streets. School buses are unable to make the turn if your car is there.

Have a wonderful weekend.

The Preschool Team