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‘‘Tis The Season

Dear Winter Wonderland families,

With the chill in the air and our campus looking so festive the children are getting exciting just listening to the sound of the bells. We are looking forward to filling the next few weeks with activities and festivities in celebration of Christmas and Kwanza.

This week, the highlight of the holidays are upon us.
Our study of numbers continue as we transition from nine to ten. The children will continue to identify and recognize objects in groups of ten during circle time. We will continue to use the white board this week to strengthen their pencil grip and by writing the number ten. Finally, we will be adding to our number book this week by painting our ten fingers. Your support at home is crucial to our success in the classroom. Please be creative and help your children practice counting at home. Thanks for the support!

Investigator club we will be focusing on the following:

Oral Language: Jump and Jinngle
Objective is to listen to different purpose.

Math: Matching numbers
Objective is to identify numbers in out ofsort order.

Literacy: Dilly and Salamandar
Objective is to listen and follow along with the story.

Friendly reminders

Fun Friday is game day. Bring one of your favorite games to school that day.

This week we are sending out a warm welcome to Mrs. Kirkland who is our reader this week. We are looking forward to hearing some of Olivia’s favorite stories.

WA Band Concert and Chrome performance is at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, December 13th, in the Oglethorpe building. Your children will get to see the performance during school hours.

Winter holiday party on December 19th at 11:00AM in our classroom. If you have not done so please send in a wrapped book for your to exchange the day of our party no later then December 17th. If you are unable to bring in a book please let us know and we will ever then happy to provide one for you.

Polor Express day is December 20th. Leave your child’s bag at home and have him/her come to school dressed in their Pj’s. Don’t forget to bring their favorite lovey and blanket as we trail away watching Polor Express, drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn.

Early Dismissal is on December 20th. Dismissal is at 12:45 (car line time). Wood Acres will be closed for holiday break December 21st – Jan 2nd. We will resume back on January 3rd.

Have a safe and healthy week!

Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wright

There’s no where else we would like to be but here at the Woods with your precious 3’s

Dear Wood Acres families,

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season if finally upon us! We CANNOT believe that the first half of our year with your precious children has almost drawn to a close. There has been so much growth which has occurred, and we couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them!

This week our unit of study is number nine and our theme for this week is “Gingerbread Man”. For the number 9 we will do the number hunt, create groups of nine by using counting bears, bean bag toss game and number bingo. These are just some of the games your little ones like to play. For our theme of the week the children will be working on sequencing by size and reading of “The Gingerbread Man” and using the felt board to help tell the story. For creativity we will be creating a Gingerbread Man out of paper towels rolls and construction paper and decorating an editable cookie cut out as a Gingerbread Man. What a tasty week it’s going to be! Last but not least, the children will be working on two songs to sing for you during our holiday party.

This week in Investigator Club we will be focusing on the following:

Oral Language: Jump and Jiggle
Objective: To listen on the following purpose.

Physical Awareness: Match Sounds
Objective: To listen to and identify different alliterations.

Literally: Dilly & Manny Salamander
Objective: To listen and follow along with the story.

Friendly reminders;

Our holiday party will be held on December 19th at 11:00. All are welcome. Invitations are in the works so, please look at for it by the end of this week. Also, please provide your assigned dish.

We would like to have a Holiday book exchange amongst the children during our party. We are asking if you can kindly bring in a wrapped for with your child’s name on it no later then Dec 17th. If for some reason you are unable to provide a book, please let us know and we would be more then happy to provide one for your child.

Polor Express day is on December 20th. Please have your child come to school in his or her pjs and wear sleepers. If you child has a special blanket, we are asking to bring it along as well. Warm chocolate and popcorn will be served that day followed by lunch.

Early Dismissal is on December 20th. Dismissal is at 12:45 (car line time). Wood Acres will be closed for holiday break December 21st – Jan 3rd. We will resume back on January 3rd.

We would like to welcome Mrs. Lindenberg who is our mystery reader this week. We are looking forward to hearing some of Andrea’s favorite story book as we as having Mrs. Lindenberg a party of our fun Friday.

There’s no where else we would like to be but here at the Woods with your precious 3’s

Dear Wood Acres families,

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season if finally upon us! We CANNOT believe that the first half of our year with your precious children has almost drawn to a close. There has been so much growth which has occurred, and we couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them!

This week our unit of study is number nine and our theme for this week is “Gingerbread Man”. For the number 9 we will do the number hunt, create groups of nine by using counting bears, bean bag toss game and number bingo. These are just some of the games your little ones like to play. For our theme of the week the children will be working on sequencing by size and reading of “The Gingerbread Man” and using the felt board to help tell the story. For creativity we will be creating a Gingerbread Man out of paper towels rolls and construction paper and decorating an editable cookie cut out as a Gingerbread Man. What a tasty week it’s going to be! Last but not least, the children will be working on two songs sing at our the party.

This week in Investigator Club we will be focusing on the following:

Oral Language: Jump and Jiggle
Objective: To listen on the following purpose.

Physical Awareness: Match Sounds
Objective: To listen to and identify different alliterations.

Literally: Dilly & Manny Salamander
Objective: To listen and follow along with the story.

Friendly reminders;

Our holiday party will be held on December 19th at 11:00. All are welcome. Invitations are in the works so, please look at for it by the end of this week. Also, please provide your assigned dish.

We would like to have a Holiday book exchange amongst the children during our party. We are asking if you can kindly bring in a wrapped for with your child’s name on it no later then Dec 17th. If for some reason you are unable to provide a book, please let us know and we would be more then happy to provide one for your child.

Polor Express day is on December 20th. Please have your child come to school in his or her pjs and wear sleepers. If you child has a special blanket, we are asking to bring it along as well. Warm chocolate and popcorn will be served that day followed by lunch.

Early Dismissal is on December 20th. Dismissal is at 12:45 (car line time). Wood Acres will be closed for holiday break December 21st – Jan 3rd. We will resume back on January 3rd.

We would like to welcome Mrs. Lindenberg who is our mystery reader this week. We are looking forward to hearing some of Andrea’s favorite story book as we as having Mrs. Lindenberg a party of our fun Friday.

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays

Dear Wood Acres families,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We hope this email finds you rested and full of joy and warmth from a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends! We loved celebrating with you during our Thanksgiving feast. We LOVED having you in our classroom!

As the final helpings of Thanksgiving dinner are eaten and the holiday shopping has begun, we set our sights on the month of December and all of the festivities to come. While most of us celebrate the tradition of Christmas in our homes, it is important for us as teachers to introduce to the child some of the other holidays observed during this special time of the year. The Wood Acres school prides itself on embracing cultures and customs from all over the world in an effort to cultivate a diverse family of students, teachers, and staff. Over the next three weeks, we will be introducing your children to both the holiday of Hanukkah and Kwanza. We will also be working on learning a few songs to sing at our holiday party. This month is going to be an exciting and full-filled time of learning in the three’s!

Our theme of the week is “The Elf on the Shelf”. We will introduce this as an elf who has magical powers and moves throughout our class with his magic.

This week’s unit of study is transitioning from seven to eight. The children will add the number eight to their number book and create eight skates! In large group, we will continue to work on identifying the numbers as we play the “l SPY” the number eight.

This week in Investigator Club, we will introduce a new character to the children. We will meet Manny Salamander. Manny Salamander enjoys sports and interacting with the children during outside time. The children are looking forward to exploring with Manny as we build our gross motor skills on the playground. We will also work on the following:

Readiness: Left and right
The objective is to understand directionality and participate in an investigation, think about it, and discuss what happened.

Music/Movement: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
The objective is to follow directions and identify body parts.

Oral Language: Sharing Chair
The objective is to have confidence in ability and pride in accomplishment.

Our holiday party is approaching soon. Please save the time and date December 19th at 11:00. We are looking forward to celebrating our winter party with you. All are welcome.

Holiday book exchange. We would like to do a book exchange amongst the class and we asking if you can kindly bring in a wrapped book for your child to exchange the day of our party. We would like to have these wrapped books no later then December 18th. If for some reason you are unable to provide a book, please let us know and we would be more then happy to provide one for your child.

Have a fantastic week.
Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wight

Hello Mr. Turkey

Dear Wood Acres families,

Brrr! With a chill in the air and another week gone, we are hoping this finds you cozy and excited about the holiday season that is almost upon us! We know your little ones are as they are very excited to sing to you the Thanksgiving songs we have been working on for the past few weeks. Gobble, Gobble!
The children made the CUTEST Turkey handbands to wear when they perform for you this week at our feast.

Our study of numbers continue as we transition from six to seven. It seems like we just started learning about numbers and we are already breezing our way to the number ten! The children will continue to identify and recognize objects in groups of seven durning circle time. We will continue to identify numbers as they share their items from the number jar. We will also add number seven to our number book. (seven stars)

The week our theme is “Pilgrims and Native American”. We will be spending some time learning the history of who the Pilgrims and Native Americans were, and how they worked together to create the first celebration we know today as Thanksgiving. The children will create dream catchers and rain sticks and we will also continue to practice our songs, “Hello Mr. Turkey” and “I’m Glad I’m Not A Turkey”.

This week in Investigator club we will be focusing on the following:

Social and Emotional: “Make Things Right”
Objective is to learn to problem solve.

Literacy: Rosalita Salita lapbook
Objective is to listen and follow along with the story.

Friendly Reminders;

– We would like to welcome Mrs. Edwan London’s mother as our Mystery reader this week. We are looking forward to having her a part of our fun Friday.

– Don’t forget to support our 8th graders and order your poinsettias to help them experience a wonderful educational trip to Spain that they will never forget!

– Our Thanksgiving celebration is this Friday at 11:00 in your child’s class. We can’t wait to give thanks for all we have! Please RSVP by Tuesdays if you will be attending our feast.

– Early dismissal is Friday at 12:45 during carline

– Fun Friday is backwards day. Wear your clothes to school backwards that day.

– Wood Acres will be closed the week of November 19th – 23rd for Thanksgiving break. We will resume back to school on the 26th.

Have a safe and healthy week!

Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wright

Holidays are almost here!

Dear Wonderful Wood Acres families,

​ “Hello, Mr. Turkey How Are You? Hello, Mr. Turkey How Are You? With a gobble, gobble, gobble and a wobble, wobble, wobble. Hello, Mr. Turkey How Are You?” Ms. Wright and I hope this week’s newsletter finds you happy and healthy and singing this song in your sleep (as a result of your precious little one of course). This week, will be filled with gobble’s and wobble’s and oodles of turkey fun, as we shifted our focus from Halloween and pumpkins to turkeys. Our party on Wednesday was a HUGE success! Thank you again to Mrs. Holhan (Mary Kathryn’s mom / our room mom) and Mrs. Chan (Callie’s mom) of your help. It was beyond appreciated! The children had a fun day of boos and OOooo!

Our preparation for our Thanksgiving feast is well under way. The children will be making turkey headbands to wear when they do their presentation for you next week. We will create placemats and durning group activitie, we will discuss what we are thankful for. Ms. Wright and I are sure thankful for your little ones!

As we turn number five into number six the children will add another page to their number book this week. (“six sticks”) We will continue using the white boards this week to strengthen pincer grasp and practice writing the number “6″. It seems like we just started learning about numbers and we are already blazing our way to the number ten! The children will continue to identify and recognize objects in groups of six during our circle time. Circle time has taken on a new life this week as the children have become self motivated to lead it themselves. Under the guidance of Ms. Wright and I, the snack leader of the day chooses a friend to assist him/her in presenting circle time to the rest of the class. Not only are they LOVING being able to role play as the teacher, they are EXCELLING at mastering the different aspects we present during our morning routine (The Pledge of Allegiance, months of the year, days of the week, weather, number recognition/matching and story time).

We are now approaching the twelfth week of the Investigator Club. This week our objectives will be:

Math: “Perfect Math” – The objective is to match objects according to one or two attributes.

Social & Emotional: “Make Things Right” – The objective is to learn how to problem solve amongst one another.

Thank you for all of your hard work and support both in and out of the classroom. Mrs. Wright and I are extremely grateful for the group of parents we have this year.

Friendly reminders;
Fun Friday is wear you silliest socks to school.

Mystery reader is open. If you would like to be a part of our fun Friday please let us know. We would be more then happy to have you a part of our day!

Thanksgiving feast is being held on Nov 16th at 11:00 in our classroom. Invitations will be sent home on Monday along with assigned dishes. Please look for your invite in your child’s folder If you have any questions about the assigned dish please let me know and I would me more then happen to work something out with you if needed.

Have a terrific week!

Ms. Orsano & Ms. Wright

We all make believe on Halloween! 👻🎃

Dear Wood Acres families,

Trick or Treat smell my feet, give me something good to eat! Pumpkins made for a festive treat, as we “pick” our way through another great week. This week will be fill with cauldron of activities that would spook even the scariest of creatures. For creativity, we will create ghost windsocks, spiders hats. The children love to sing and dance, so ask them “The Five Little Pumpkin” dance. This week, we will be reviewing numbers one through five. For group activitie, we will play Halloween bingo game to help identify numbers, sort counting bears in groups of five and one on one correspondence as we lace beads to create a number bracelet.

Investigator Club. This we we will be focusing on the following:

Oral Language: What’s in the bag?
The objective is to use increasingly complex and complex and varied spoken vocabulary.

Music: “Great Auntie Lou loves to Paint”
The objective is to understand conversations, stories, songs and plays l.

Science: Experiment with the Number Magnets.
The objective is to use simple tools to gather information, participate in an investigation, think about l, and discuss what happened.

We would like to send out a huge thank you to James’s uncle for stepping up to fill in our Mystery reader last week. Thank you for sharing some of James’s favorite book with us. This week, we would like to welcome again Mr. Fudged as our reader. We look forward to hearing some more of James’s favorite stories.

Reminders:

Fun Friday is PJ day. Wear your PJs to school.

Our Halloween party is this Tuesday, October 31st. If you have not done so, please send in a bag of candy or goodies for your child to trick or treat amongst the class. Remember to keep a close eye on the ingredients due to severe peanut allergy in our class. Thanks you!

Thanksgiving feast will be held in November 16th at 11:00. Please save the date as we would like to see you all attend and give thanks as a family. Please look out for your assigned dish in your child’s folder weeks to come. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.

We are thankful that you will invite your friends and neighbors to our Fall Prospective Family Open House on Sunday, November 5th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. It is a fabulous time to meet the teachers, explore the Wood Acres campus, and learn all about a Wood Acres education! Click here for the RSVP link to send to your friends!

We hope you have a Spooky week!
Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wright

We all make believe in Halloween!

Dear Wood Acres families,

Trick or Treat smell my feet, give me something good to eat! Pumpkins made for a festive treat, as we “pick” our way through another great week. This week will be fill with cauldron of activities that would spook even the scariest of creatures. For creativity, we will create ghost windsocks, spiders hats. The children love to sing and dance, so ask them “The Five Little Pumpkin” dance. This week, we will be reviewing numbers one through five. For group activitie, we will play Halloween bingo game to help identify numbers, sort counting bears in groups of five and one on one correspondence as we lace beads to create a number bracelet.

Investigator Club. This we we will be focusing on the following:

Oral Language: What’s in the bag?
The objective is to use increasingly complex and complex and varied spoken vocabulary.

Music: “Great Auntie Lou loves to Paint”
The objective is to understand conversations, stories, songs and plays l.

Science: Experiment with the Number Magnets.
The objective is to use simple tools to gather information, participate in an investigation, think about l, and discuss what happened.

We would like to send out a huge thank you to James’s uncle for stepping up to fill in our Mystery reader last week. Thank you for sharing some of James’s favorite book with us. This week, we would like to welcome again Mr. Fudged as our reader. We look forward to hearing some more of James’s favorite stories.

Reminders:

Fun Friday is Pj day. Wear your favorite PJs to school.

Our Halloween party is this Tuesday, October 31st. If you have not done so, please sent in a bag of candy or goodies for your child to trick or treat amongst the class. Remember to keep a close eye on the ingredients due to severe peanut allergy in our class. Thanks you!

We are thankful that you will invite your friends and neighbors to our Fall Prospective Family Open House on Sunday, November 4th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. It is a fabulous time to meet the teachers, explore the Wood Acres campus, and learn all about a Wood Acres education!

Thanksgiving feast will be held on November 16th at 11:00. We are looking forward to seing you all there as we come together as one family to give thanks. Please look out for your assigned dish in your child’s folder weeks to come.

We hope you have a Spooky week!
Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wright

Pumpkins, Fall and Harvest Time!

Dear Wonderful Wood Acres families,

What a “cool” week we had here at the Woods. We hope you were able to enjoy this fall weather at some point. Whether it was going for a walk or just opening up your windows to enjoy the breeze. We know your littles ones did. The highlight of our week was exploring our beautiful campus as we walked throughout the school learning about nature. We found acorns, pine cones, leaves, and more! We also discovered a quiet place where we sat and listened to the nature around us. We also read “There Was An Old Lady Who Sallowed Some Leaves”.

As we jump into another great week, our theme is Nocturnal animals and Pumpkins. The children will be working on their creativity by creating bat hats, and raccoons. We will also explore the inside of a pumpkin. During morning circle, we will discuss what kind of animals are nocturnal and why they only come out at night and as well as discussing the cycle of how a pumpkin grows.

For the number unit, your little ones will continue to work on their number book. This week our focus is the number five (5 hives). We will complete the number book up to 10. Once completed, they will be sent home to continue to review these numbers. How cute these books are turning out to be! One, Two, Three! Numbers are a part of me!

This week in Investigator Club, we will meet Auntie Lou, who is a great artist. Our studies are as followed:

Physical Awareness: Listen for Words.
Objective is to describe and identify words in spoken language.

Art: Feel the texture.
Objective is to identify texture.

Math: Magnet board 5.
Objective is to use one – to – one correspondence in counting objects.

Goblins, witches, and ghosts all make believe on Halloween! We will be holding our Halloween party October 31st at 10:30. We are only asking our room mom and sign up helpers attend to attend to help your little ones enjoy this spooky day. We will prowl around our campus in our most creative costumes and trick-or-treat amongst one another. Ms. Wright and I are asking if possible to bring in one PEANUT FREE bag of candy for your child to exchange with one another. It also doesn’t have to be candy. You can do stickers, tattoos, or rubber Halloween bracelets. These are just some ideas. No worries if you can’t! We always have tricks up our sleeves! BOOOoooo!

Reminders:
Fun Friday: Inside out day. Year your clothes to school inside out to school.

Fall break: November 16th through at 23rd.

Early release: November 16tg at 12:45, during carline. If you are unable able to pick up your child, please make other arrangements for your child to be picked up at this time. Thank you.

We would like thank Jean Bimmerle who was our Mystery reader last week. The children enjoyed listening to some of Resse’s favorite Stories. This week Mystery reader is open. If you would like to be a part of our fun Friday, please let me know.

We hope you all have a safe and healthy week!

Ms. Orsano & Ms. Wright

This Matters At Wood Acres.

  • High Expectations For Teaching And Learning

  • Strong Instructional Leadership

  • Safe Learning Environment For Everyone

  • Positive And Welcoming School Climate

  • Valuing Time On Task For Mastery

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