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Class Update May 14 Week FINAL NEWSLETTER

Greetings Families,
We hope you had a beautiful Mother’s Day with your family. We are in the home stretch – 9 days left of school. This will be our last newsletter of the school year. It has been our pleasure to work with each child and family in our room.
Announcements
*Thank you for completing and sending in your feedback on the classroom surveys. 6 out of 15 were returned.
*Remember to download photos from Shutterfly, as the site will be unavailable once school ends (May 27).
*On the Last Day of School there will be EARLY DISMISSAL and NO TREEHOUSE. Please make arrangements to pick your child up before or by 1:00 that afternoon.
*We will share with you the results of any final assessments that we take. The final progress report and any corresponding materials will be sent home in the mail once the school year has come to an end.
*Since this is our last newsletter, next week we will be reviewing concepts by playing games, meeting with Book Buddies, working with alphabet sounds, and learning about poetry.
*All parents are invited to attend our class party on Monday, May 21. It begins at 12:00. The children will sing some songs for you, and they will travel around to different fun activities with the help of parents.
*A special thank you to Kelly Miller, Alexandra’s mom, for being our Room Parent this year. We truly value her support, kindness, and organization to help make our classroom occasions amazing. Thank you to parents who have assisted with parties or sent in items – we appreciate you!

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Time
May 21 End-of-the-year Party (parents invited) 12:00
May 25 Last Day of School/Early Dismissal/NO TREEHOUSE 1:00pm

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter X. We are also working on printing numbers. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (ABC Book): This is our last Happily Ever After unit. We will complete our unit by listening to this fun song, rhyming, categorizing, and following directions.
*Letter (X): This week we will read books with letter X sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase X, create an x-ray person, and make a xylophone craft.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will continue our discussion on parts of flowers.
*Math (Unit 5 Working with Numbers): We will continue our unit by graphing.

We hope you have enjoyed the school year in our classroom.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update May 7 Week

Greetings Families,
We have less than 3 weeks to go! We have been celebrating some “almost” birthdays and our last weeks with each other.
Here are some details about this week (some may be repetitive):
Announcements
*Thank you for completing and sending in your feedback on the classroom surveys. Thus far, 4 out of 15 have been returned. Please return them by this Friday, May 11.
*PLEASE KEEP A CHANGE OF CLOTHES IN YOUR CHILD’S BAG UNTIL SCHOOL ENDS!!!
*Please double check your child’s school bag to make sure toys or other objects are not traveling to school.
*Thank you to all the family members that have joined us as Mystery Readers this school year. Your children have loved seeing you visit our classroom.
*Remember to download photos from Shutterfly, as the site will be unavailable once school ends.
*Remember that on the Last Day of School there will be EARLY DISMISSAL and NO TREEHOUSE. Please make arrangements to pick your child up before or by 1:00 that afternoon.

*We will share with you the results of any final assessments that we take. The final progress report and any corresponding materials will be sent home in the mail once the school year has come to an end.
*Some children are arriving to school without a lunch. If this occurs (and as we mentioned during Parent Night at the start of the year), a lunch will be ordered for your child and Mr. Rogers will charge your account accordingly.
*Kindergarten is right around the corner! This is the time we encourage greatest independence. Please let/have your child:
-pack his/her school and lunch bag for the day without directions
-dress himself/herself for the day
-go through carline more often (this is to help prepare for carline in the future)
-buckle himself/herself in to the car (by the end of May is a good goal to have this practiced and done)
-carry his/her own bag into the classroom (without any guidance on putting things away)

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Time
May 21 End-of-the-year Party (parents invited) 12:00
May 25 Last Day of School/Early Dismissal/NO TREEHOUSE 1:00pm

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter Q. We are also working on printing numbers. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (ABC Book): This is our last Happily Ever After unit. We will continue our unit by listening to this fun song, and recognizing rhyming words, and matching patterns.
*Letter (Q): This week we will read books with letter Q sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase Q, determine pictures that begin with Q, and paint a queen.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will be discussing parts of flowers.
*Social Studies (Our Earth): This week we will discuss how we can recycle playdough, and we will put together a mini-booklet that describes how to take care of our Earth.
*Math (Unit 5 Working with Numbers): We will continue our unit by reading our book Acorn Hunt and graphing.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update April 30 Week

Greetings Families,
After today, there are 19 more days of school to go! The next four weeks will be filled with finishing our curriculum, assessing the children one last time, and having fun with one another.
Here are some details about this week:

Announcements
*Thank you for completing and sending in your feedback on the classroom surveys.
*Some children are arriving to school without a lunch. If this occurs (and as we mentioned during Parent Night at the start of the year), a lunch will be ordered for your child and Mr. Rogers will charge your account accordingly.
*We will share with you the results of any final assessments that we take. The final progress report and any corresponding materials will be sent home in the mail once the school year has come to an end.
*We have 19 days left of school, and kindergarten is right around the corner! This is the time we encourage greatest independence. Please let/have your child:
-pack his/her school and lunch bag for the day without directions
-dress himself/herself for the day
-go through carline more often (this is to help prepare for carline in the future)
-buckle himself/herself in to the car (by the end of May is a good goal to have this practiced and done)
-carry his/her own bag into the classroom (without any guidance on putting things away)

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Time
May 21 End-of-the-year Party (parents invited) TBD
May 25 Last Day of School/Early Dismissal/NO TREEHOUSE 1:00pm

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter Y. We are also working on printing numbers. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (ABC Book): This is our last Happily Ever After unit. We will begin our unit by listening to this fun song, and we will color our folder illustrations.
*Letter (Y): This week we will read books with letter Y sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase Y, determine pictures that begin with Y and Z, and make yellow yarn yo-yo.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will be learning about yaks and observe the effects of yeast during a science experiment.
*Social Studies (Our Earth): This week we will take a nature walk and discuss things we hear/smell/see/feel and tie that in with natural resources on Earth (air, water, trees).
*Math (Unit 5 Working with Numbers): We will continue our unit by writing taking away stories and playing a subtraction game.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update April 23 week

Greetings Families,
Our Fours program had a great City Day! It was so much fun to dress up, and learn about the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. We hope your little ones enjoyed their day as much as we did.
Here are some details about this week:
Announcements
*A very special THANK YOU to Kelly Miller, Kelsey Watson, and Nick Watson for volunteering their time on Friday for City Day! They purchased materials for the activities, created posters, and helped run each city center with the children. Thank you to Ray Starbird for allowing us to borrow his amazing kid-sized electric cars.
*Be sure to check Shutterfly for posted photos. Please remember to download them, as the site will be unavailable after the last day of school.
*Due to Standardized Testing in the upper grade levels this week, we will not have as many specials classes (Spanish, Music, Art). We will fill that extra time with more playtime, as we understand how important it is to socialize at this age level. Our usual schedule should resume Thursday.
*Please leave items like jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, watches) at home. They tend to get lost or misplaced.
*We have 25 days left of school, and kindergarten is right around the corner! This is the time we encourage greatest independence. Please let/have your child:
-pack his/her school and lunch bag for the day without directions
-dress himself/herself for the day
-go through carline more often (this is to help prepare for carline in the future)
-buckle himself/herself in to the car (by the end of May is a good goal to have this practiced and done)
-carry his/her own bag into the classroom (without any guidance on putting things away)
*Please continue to keep a change of clothes in your child’s school bag. We are still experiencing accidents.

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Time
May 21 End-of-the-year Party (parents invited) TBD
May 25 Last Day of School/Early Dismissal/NO TREEHOUSE 1:00pm

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter I. We are also working on printing numbers. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (The City Mouse and the Country Mouse): We will finish our unit by listening to and retelling the story, identifying long and short, review colors and shapes, and follow directions.
*Letter (I): This week we will read books with letter I sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase I, determine pictures that begin with I, and make an inchworm ruler.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will be learning about Earth Day and how the gardens and the Earth work. We will also discuss reduce, reuse, and recycle.
*Social Studies (My Country): This week we will make an American symbols mini-book and a bald eagle paper bag puppet.
*Math (Unit 5 Working with Numbers): We will continue our new math unit by discussing and writing putting together stories and taking away stories.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update April 16 Week

Greetings Families,
Our Fours program had a fun time during Country Day! It was so much fun to learn about gardens, how butter is made, how to peel apples, and facts about chickens. We hope your little ones enjoyed their day as much as we did. Here are some details about this week:
Announcements
*This Friday is City Day. Please send your little one to school dressed in their finest outfits. No need to purchase anything special – whatever you have around the house should work. Remember to wear tennis shoes for outside playtime and City Day activities.
*Due to Standardized Testing in the upper grade levels over the next two weeks, we will not have as many specials classes (Spanish, Music, Art). We will fill that extra time with more playtime, as we understand how important it is to socialize at this age level. Our usual schedule should resume next Thursday.
*A signup has been posted for City Day items. Please visit the site if you can and see if there is something you can donate. Aside from our end-of-the-year celebration, this will be nearly the last big day where donations are needed to make it a success. Thank you, in advance, for all that you do to help us.
*Our next goal in class begins this week will continue until the end of the school year. The children will write both their first and last names on a majority of their papers. Please support us and encourage your kiddos – they can do it! And, definitely praise your little one for all his or her accomplishments this year.
*Please leave items like jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, watches) at home. They tend to get lost or misplaced.

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Time
April 20 City Day (children only)
May 25 Last Day of School/Early Dismissal/NO TREEHOUSE 1:00pm

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter Z. We are also working on printing numbers. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (The City Mouse and the Country Mouse): We will continue our unit by listening to and retelling the story, recognizing rectangles, identifying same and different word sequences, reviewing colors/sizes/position words, and following arrows.
*Letter (Z): This week we will read books with letter Z sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase Z, determine pictures that begin with Z, and make a zoo booklet.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will be learning about what plants need to grow, how they grow, and how veggies come from plants. Last week we made greenhouses with lima beans, and this week we will talk about zucchini for Z.
*Social Studies (My Country): This week we will talk about familiar symbols and then discuss American symbols.
*Math (Unit 5 Working with Numbers): We will begin our new math unit by watching items being added and subtracted from a group. We will also work with some simple addition problems.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update April 9 Week

Greetings Families,
We hope you had a fabulous Spring Break with your family. Here are some details about this week:

Announcements
*Thank you for signing up to bring in items for our vegetable tasting this Wednesday. We truly appreciate all the things you do to help make our lessons a success.
*This Friday is Country Day. Please send your little one to school dressed as a cowboy or cowgirl. No need to purchase anything special – whatever you have around the house should work. The children will rotate around the Fours Classes to learn about life (animals, plants, jobs) in the country.
*Individual Picture Day will be on Thursday. Pictures will only be taken for those who signed up and sent in money.
*Thank you for keeping a change of clothes in your child’s bag in case of accidents.

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Place Time
April 13 Country Day (children only) Classroom
April 20 City Day (children only) Classroom

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter V. We are also working on printing our first and last names. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (The City Mouse and the Country Mouse): We will begin our unit by listening to and retelling the story, coloring our story illustration, and showing our understanding on the back of our booklets.
*Letter (V): This week we will read books with letter V sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase V, determine pictures that begin with V, make volcanoes, and taste vegetable items.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will be learning about what plants need to grow, how they grow, and how veggies come from plants.
*Social Studies (My Place in the World): This week we will talk about maps, the globe, land, and water. We will also talk about our state of Georgia.
*Math (Unit 5 Working with Numbers): We will begin our new math unit by watching items being added and subtracted from a group. We will also work with some simple subtraction problems.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update March 26 Week

Greetings Families,
SPRING BREAK IS NEXT WEEK! Here are some details about this week:

Announcements
*Friday, March 30 is an EARLY DISMISSAL day. All children need to be picked up by 1:00. There will be no Treehouse services that afternoon.
*Thank you for signing up to bring in items for our apple item tasting this week and for our vegetable tasting in April. We truly appreciate all the things you do to help make our lessons a success.
*Progress Assessments for letters/sounds/words are being done this week. They will come home at the end of the week, and so will our classroom observations and quotes.
*For the children who have summer birthdays, we will be celebrating their “almost birthdays” in April and May. We will be in touch about some potential dates.
*Danny the Dog will be visiting the rest of our classmates over the next few weeks. Remember to give him a nice bath in your washing machine!
*If you are interested in being a Mystery Reader sometime before the end of the school year, please let us know – especially if you have not yet had a turn.
*Thank you so much for thinking of us during such a special week. Teacher Appreciation time is so special for the children, teachers, and parents because we all take a moment to let one another know that we care and that this school year has been special. Think of all that your kiddos have learned and accomplished, and how we have worked as a team to make that happen. 😊

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Place Time
Friday, March 30 Early Dismissal/NO Treehouse 1:00pm
April 2-6 Spring Break
April 13 Country Day (children only) Classroom
April 20 City Day (children only) Classroom

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter A. We are also working on printing our first and last names. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (Peter and the Wolf): We will complete our unit by listening to and retelling the story, tracing, matching patterns, reviewing shapes and colors, and following directions.
*Letter (A): This week we will read books with letter A sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase A, determine pictures that begin with A, make ants on an apple, solve a hand-made alligator paper puzzle, and taste apple items.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will be learning about what plants need to grow, how they grow, and how many fruits (including apples) come from trees.
*Social Studies (My Place in the World): This week we will talk about maps, the globe, land, and water. We will also put together mini-booklets about where we live.
*Math (fun stuff): We will begin our new math unit when we return from Spring Break. This week, we will paint (by number) a spring picture and play some file folder games to review our pre-k math skills.

Our Mystery Reader this week will be Dr. Hill’s husband and son.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update March 19 Week

Greetings Families,
Did any leprechauns visit your house over the weekend? Luckily, none visited our classroom, otherwise it would have been a mess! Here are some details about this week:

Announcements
*Friday, March 30 is an EARLY DISMISSAL day. All children need to be picked up by 1:00. There will be no Treehouse services that afternoon.
*Remember to download photos from Shutterfly periodically. After the school year ends in May, the site will be inaccessible. It’s been such a joy to capture moments of your little ones in our classroom this year!
*Thank you to Maggie’s mom and Harrison’s mom for sending in yummy green items for our St. Patrick’s Day snack. We feasted on cupcakes, grapes, cucumbers, peppers (along with some avocado ranch dressing), and green juice boxes.
*In April, we will be reading the City Mouse and Country Mouse story. The Fours program does some fun activities for these events each year. More details will come home after Spring Break, but for now, your child can start thinking of ways to dress up as someone who lives in the country and as a fancy person who lives in the city.
*As the school year’s end and the transition to kindergarten becomes closer, we wish to encourage parents to help their child be as independent as possible during morning drop-off time. If you walk your children in to the classroom in the mornings (which you are welcome to do), please allow them to fully unpack their bag, hang up their jackets, and put their belongings away independently. We also suggest allowing your child to experience morning carline several days a week in order to encourage self-confidence and independence for kindergarten. Thank you!

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Place Time
Friday, March 30 Early Dismissal/NO Treehouse 1:00pm
April 2-6 Spring Break
April 13 Country Day (children only) Classroom
April 20 City Day (children only) Classroom

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter D. We are also working on printing our first and last names. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (Peter and the Wolf): We will continue our unit by listening to and retelling the story, identifying same and different beginning sounds, understanding more, and identifying categories.
*Letter (D): This week we will read books with letter D sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase D, determine pictures that begin with D, make a dinosaur wheel, and create a little something special for our dads.
*Science (Animals and the World Around Us): We will be learning about dinosaurs for the Letter D.
*Social Studies (Leadership): Since we had a visit with Harrison’s mom about Norouz and we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, we will finally discuss leadership this week. What is a leader, what is a good leader, how does one become a leader? We will talk a little about using our voices/votes as leaders for things we want in our classroom (such as a certain snack or a literacy video on a rainy day).
*Math (Unit 4/Measure Up): This week we will finish our unit by discussing times of a day (morning/night) and we will talk about pennies and nickels. The children will receive their math booklets, Jenny Saves the Day.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update March 12 Week

Greetings Families,
We hope you enjoyed the weekend. Our classroom is decked out in clovers in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Here are some details about this week:

Announcements
*Friday, March 30 is an EARLY DISMISSAL day. All children need to be picked up by 1:00. There will be no Treehouse services that afternoon.
*Remember to download photos from Shutterfly periodically. After the school year ends in May, the site will be inaccessible. It’s been such a joy to capture moments of your little ones in our classroom this year!
*Thank you for sending in love letters to your child last week. The sentiments you shared were so special, and we can assure you that each child had a smile on his/her face after hearing them.

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Place Time
Friday, March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Snack after lunch
Friday, March 30 Early Dismissal/NO Treehouse 1:00pm
April 2-6 Spring Break

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter W. We are also working on printing our first and last names. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (Peter and the Wolf): We will begin our unit by listening to the story, showing understanding of the story, identifying the color white, and underlining objects.
*Letter (W): This week we will read books with letter W sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase W, determine pictures that begin with W, make a windmill, and learn facts about weather.
*Science (Letter of the Week): Now that we have finished our months-long unit on the human body, we are ready to move on to learning about animals and the world around us. We will be learning about weather for the Letter W.
*Social Studies (Leadership): We are discussing leadership this week. What is a leader, what is a good leader, how does one become a leader? We will talk a little about using our voices/votes as leaders for things we want in our classroom (such as a certain snack or a literacy video on a rainy day). We will also enjoy a visit from Harrison’s mom as she presents a story and activity about the Persian holiday of Norooz – the First Day of Spring and the New Year.
*Math (Unit 4/Measure Up): This week we will continue our unit by comparing the capacity of containers and temperatures of weather.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

Class Update March 5 Week

Greetings Families,
We hope you have enjoyed the school year thus far, and we look forward to sharing the rest of March, April, and May with you and your child. Here are some details about this week:

Announcements
*There are some Mystery Reader spots available for the month of March. Please sign up for a spot if you have not yet had a turn.
*We have a few more birthdays to celebrate this school year. Please engage in a conversation with your child about when friends’ birthdays might come up on our in-classroom calendar, and please encourage healthy eating habits before eating treats such as cupcakes, chips, fruit snacks, etc. Thank you for your continued support.
*If you are reading this newsletter, please tell your child our secret word for tomorrow, Tuesday (March 6), which is “Clover.” Children can come up to Dr. Hill at the beginning of their day and whisper the word in her ear. Remember, it’s a secret, so one kid can’t tell another kid the secret word! 😊
*Friday, March 30 is an EARLY DISMISSAL day. All children need to be picked up by 1:00. There will be no Treehouse services that afternoon.
*Please add the words “pretty” and “play” to the pink word list that was given to you during conferences.
*Please make sure your child has a COMPLETE change of clothes in case of a potty accident. A complete change of clothes includes: underwear, socks, pants/shorts, shirt.
*Remember to download photos from Shutterfly periodically. After the school year ends in May, the site will be inaccessible. It’s been such a joy to capture moments of your little ones in our classroom this year!

*Please save these dates:
Date Event Place Time
Friday, March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Snack after lunch
Friday, March 30 Early Dismissal/NO Treehouse 1:00pm
April 2-6 Spring Break

Curriculum Notes for the Week:
*Morning Work: The children will take a few minutes to practice activities with the letter H. After morning work, the children get to enjoy some playtime with their classmates.
*Happily Ever After (The Tug of War): We will continue our unit by listening to and retelling the story, connecting dots and following arrows, and matching colors and patterns.
*Letter (H): This week we will read books with letter H sounds. We will identify upper and lowercase H, determine pictures that begin with H, make a bee hive, and learn facts about hippos.
*Science (Letter of the Week Animals): Now that we have finished our months-long unit on the human body, we are ready to move on to learning about animals around us. We will be learning about hippos for the Letter H.
*Social Studies (Community Helpers): We are continuing our unit on people in our community. This includes: fire fighters, police officers, doctors, dentists, farmers, veterinarians, mail carriers, librarians, sanitation workers, highway construction workers, crossing guards, and bus drivers. We will talk about postal carriers, write letters to our classmates, and fill out/deliver letters. Please send the letter to your child in by this Wednesday.
*Math (Unit 4/Measure Up): This week we will continue our unit by comparing heights and weights of objects.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill and Ms. Hannah Frary

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  • Strong Instructional Leadership

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