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October 13, 2018 Newsletter

Good Morning Families!

We started learning numbers 1&2 and created the first two pages for our counting book. In the Investigator Clubhouse, the children interacted with the Number Board………..identifying numbers, finding sets of one and two on the flap board and counting. They heard the stories, “One Sun,” and “One of Each,” to reinforce these numbers. Speaking of numbers, the class had fun with the Number Jar. To encourage verbal skills, the snack kid brings a number of objects in the jar from home and does “Show ‘N Tell.” The children are learning to ask the snack child questions about the objects.

The class loved learning about scarecrows! We heard scarecrow stories and made the cutest plaque to show off their own scarecrow. It was not quite dry enough to take home Friday. Ask your child to sing and act out the song, ” I’m a Little Scarecrow”…..it’s hilarious!

It’s Book Fair Time! The book Fair is located in the Kdg. building (The Few Cottage).

Book Fair Hours are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12 – 4
Thursday 12 – 6

Books purchased will benefit the school library.

Next week’s themes will be numbers 3 & 4 and nocturnal animals.

The photo is from Senora Thorogood’s Spanish class on Thursday.

Have a beautiful Fall weekend,
Wanda and Cindy

October 7, 2018 Newsletter

Good Afternoon Families,

“Old McDonald had a Farm” and other farm songs could be heard coming from our classroom this past week. What a blast the children had acting as farm animals and farmers! I hope you enjoyed the photo of your little one milking our “cow”!! Everyone looked so very cute dressed in their jeans, overalls and hats. One day we pretended to be sheep and sang a song, “Five Little Fluffy Sheep.” Each child participated in our mini musical. I predict some future Hollywood actors and actresses! We learned there are many types of farmers and crops. Vegetables and grains that are good for us to eat. Our pumpkin week will explain a little further how vegetables begin.

The class learned about ordering farm animals from smallest to largest in the barn. They did an excellent job with little supervision! This coming week, we begin patterning. We start off with simple AB patterns with objects, color and clapping. This is a very important part of beginning math in Early School! Let your child do patterns at home with toys or foods. Use two different cookies and let them create patterns.

Next week, we also begin Numbers and will start with numbers 1&2. Each child will make a counting book that will be bound. A book they can be proud of for years to come! Now don’t expect this book soon because it will take almost 10 weeks to see it. Another exciting activity we will begin is the “Number Jar” which will go home with the snack child everyday. A letter will be sent tomorrow explaining the jar. Children love to “Show ‘N Tell” and this is a fun way of achieving this.
The class will learn how to ask questions to the snack child about the object(s) in the jar. This increases vocabulary, thinking and verbal skills!! Wow!!

Enjoy the photos and have a great week ahead.

Wanda and Cindy

September 30, 2018 Newsletter

Good Evening Families,

Kudos to you, parents, for coming to the conferences last week. I hope you found them informative. I am looking forward to meeting with the families that took last week off to travel. I will catch up with you this week.

Since it was a short week and we missed some of our friends, we just did shape review. The class learned how to play color and shape Bingo. They also made a pretty shape collage and painted at the easel.

Every now and then Cindy and I will hear one of our Early Schoolers say something funny. Here are some awesome quotes from our boys and girls: “They always come back,” says Christian referring to mom or dad returning at the end of the day. After cutting strips of paper to make a flag, George said, “I can’t believe I just did that.” “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Reese. “Why do you want to be a teacher?” ask Mrs. Sloan. “So I can do Circle Time,” replied Reese. “When I’m afraid, I go get mommy,” replied Trey.

Next week is Farm week with exciting activities planned. Friday will be dress like a farmer day. Don your jeans or overalls!

Enjoy the pictures and have a good week.
Wanda and Cindy

Sept. 23, 2018 Newsletter

Good Morning Families,

It was so nice to see some of our families at the assembly on Constitution Day! Thank you for taking the time to help us celebrate this day. I am posting pictures of the event. The children wore star studded crowns and we were all dressed in our special t-shirts. It is never too early to teach about “love of country.”

Shapes, shapes and more shapes were the theme of the week. Rectangle, oval and diamond took center stage. The class practiced their scissors skill by cutting out rectangles for their flag. They did so well! They made Humpty Dumpty on the wall to reinforce ovals and stamped stars and a diamond in a nightly sky to the tune of, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

I am looking forward to parent-teacher conferences tomorrow and Tuesday. It’s an opportunity to learns how your child is progressing and also to learn of our goals for the year.

Next week we will cover Shape Review since some families will be out-of-town.

See you soon.

Wanda and Cindy

Sept. 15, 2018 Newsletter

Good Morning Families,

The children have adjusted nicely to the routine and schedules of our busy days. Mrs. Sloan and I couldn’t be more proud!

We began our week with Little Cindy Circle (Puppet) who introduced her favorite shape to the class. We made circle bird feeders to feed our feathered friends. Later on in the week, we met Sammy Square, and Tracey Triangle. We also heard the story of “Spookly the Square Pumpkin.” Ask your child how Spookly’s strange shape saved the other pumpkins.

Yesterday, we made patriotic crowns to wear to our assembly on Constitution Day next Friday. This art activity also involved patterning. The children stamped red and blue stars in pattern form on a strip to make the crown. Following a pattern, whether by sight or sound, is an important Math objective in Early School learning. In the future, there will be lots of opportunities for your child to show patterning.

This week, we also practice our cutting skills. We started with a square because straight lines are easier to cut than circles! Remember “thumb up” when showing your child how to cut. If you are afraid of the mess, let your child practice cutting over a box top or tray, but they need to practice at home! You know the old saying….”practice makes perfect!” Buy good, sharp, child scissors like Fiskars or Scotch Brand……no plastic scissors…..they will only “chew” and not cut the paper.

Thank you to our Mystery Readers this week…….Ali Azarvan, Shayan’s dad, and Lazetta Hankerson, Trey’s mom, for reading to the class. The children loved the stories!! Bennett’s mom, Alexandra Sullivan, will email you the night before to remind you of your turn. Thank you Alexandra for your help!

Parent-Teacher conferences are fast approaching! Please turn in your form so I know we are in agreement of the day and time. i am still missing a few forms. Thanks.

Have a nice weekend and week ahead.

Wanda and Cindy

Sept.9, 2018 Newsletter

Good Morning Families,

Our theme this week was color mixing to make secondary colors. We first heard the book, “Little Yellow and Little Blue,” In the story, Little Yellow hugs Little Blue and they become green. We duplicated the action using little balls of yellow and blue play dough and mashed them together to get the new color. On the next day, the class created their own green monster after listening to the book, “Go Away Big Green Monster,” by Ed Emberley. I highly recommend checking this entertaining book out from the public library. On Thursday, the children mixed yellow and red paint to paint Gilbert Goldfish after this book was read to them. Lastly, the class made purple shaving cream when red and blue paint was applied. “Purplelicious” is the perfect story for this activity.

The boys and girls did a great job of rotating small groups so we can have our first meeting of the Investigator Club. They were introduced to Dilly Gator, her brother J T and to Auntie Lu. They heard the story about how the Investigator Club started with the building of the clubhouse (tree house.)

Parent -Teacher Conferences are approaching on Mon. Sept, 24 and Tues. Sept. 25. Please email me to let me know if you have a time and day preference. I am unable to schedule any conferences on that Tues from 8-9 a.m. because of a staff workshop.

We celebrated our first 4 yr. old birthday with Nikhil! Cookie cakes or mini cupcakes are the preferred snack for birthdays. Each child will get to pick a toy from our own birthday “cake” when we celebrate their special day. Happy birthday Nikhil!

Next week, we begin our study on shapes……..Circle, Square and Triangle.

Coming Events: Newcomer’s Coffee for all new families Wed., Sept. 13 @ 8:30 a.m. in the
Beaker Jr. (Turner Hall)
Constitution Day Mon. Sept. 17 @ 9:30 a.m. on Campus Quad all invited
Parent-Teacher Conferences Mon. Sept. 24 and Tues. Sept. 25 No School!

Our first Scholastic flyers went home last week. This is an economical and easy way to build your child’s library! Please take a look on the Scholastic website to place your order. There are more flyers to choose from and we receive the orders QUICKLY with NO shipping fees!!! Plus, you will receive a FREE book and we receive FREE books to use with our curriculum.
Please place order by Wed., Sept. 13. Thank you!

Have a Nice Week,
Wanda and Cindy

Sept. 2, 2018 Newsletter



Good Afternoon Families,



Thank you again for coming to the Parent Night in our room! I know it was a challenge between work and getting a babysitter so you could attend this important meeting. It was much appreciated.


In our class this week, we heard stories of families and friends, sang songs, performed finger plays and made the cutest projects that adorn our classroom. One of my favorite family stories is “Pussum Come A Knockin’.” (the author omitted the letter ”o”.) It’s a funny story about a hillbilly family. Speaking of families, please don’t forget to send in your family photo. I am making a family album which I will send home with the snack child everyday.

We spoke about sharing and what it means to be a good friend. Friendships are definitely blooming in the 3 Yr. Old class. The boys and girls made cute friendship bracelets to give to their friends. What a good fine motor project too.


In Spanish, we met Paco ( a Toucan) who is teaching the group to name colors in Spanish. The children sing along and play games with Senora Thorogood, our Spanish teacher. Just think by the time they are in 8th grade at Wood Acres, they will be fluent in Spanish!! How wonderful!!!

It was a week of “firsts”. Monday, we had our first Technology class!! Mrs. Butcher showed meaningful stories on the Whiteboard and the boys and girls interacted with games too on the Whiteboard. Our Tech. class is on the first Monday of the month. The class loved it!!

We also had our first Fire Drill and I must say that the class did such an amazing job, they all got a sticker on their Sticker Boards! The children will collect stickers for outstanding work or actions through the year. I wonder who will collect the most stickers?

The third “first” was playing in the sandbox! I don’t have to tell you how much fun that was!

This coming week, our focus will be on mixing colors to make secondary colors and the Investigator Club will begin too. 

See you Tuesday,


Wanda and Cindy

August 26, 2018 First Newsletter

Good Evening Families,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! If you are new to the Woods, Cindy and I want to extend a warm welcome and if you are a returning family, we welcome you home. The children had a fantastic first week! They are adjusting to the routine and making new friends.

This week, we heard stories, sang songs and heard rhymes for our theme, “All About Me.” We worked on the cutest art project to give out to you on Parent Night. Parent Night is this Thursday, August 30 at 6:30 in the classroom. This is an important meeting for parents only and not children.

We jumped right into our Specials…….PE, Music, Art and Spanish. Tomorrow we will go to Technology. The class will hear stories and interact with a white board by touching it to select the right answer in a game.. Normally, we would go on the first Monday of the month, but since Labor Day is the first Monday, we will go tomorrow.

Kudos to every student for wearing their athletic shoes to school! They will play a lot safer on the playground and in PE. Speaking of playground, you need to check out our BRAND NEW PLAYSCAPE! WOW! It is a smaller version of the one for older students. The children had a ball playing on it!

Thank you so much for the generous donations of wipes, books and balls. We go through quite a bit of wipes and we will rotate the ball and books throughout the year. YOU’RE THE BEST!!

For next week’s theme, our focus will be on “Family and Friends.” We will begin the Investigator Club. What’s that you ask? You’ll just have to attend the Parent Meeting to find out!

Have a fabulous week ahead,
Wanda Roussarie and Cindy Sloan

Wednesday May 30, 2018 Newsletter

Good Evening Families,

It’s hard to believe another school year has flown by and I do mean flown! Just think….your child has grown a little taller and a little wiser since that first day you dropped him/her off in car line some 9 months ago! I had a good time this school year and I know your child has too.

Our “End-of-the-Year Party” was a blast!! The party moms really knew how to put a carnival together. We had games, popcorn, cotton candy and the best of all was a bouncy house! For lunch, we feasted on hot dogs and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

I would like to give a huge SHOUT OUT to the parents, grandparents and babysitter who helped with the carnival: Liz McCormick (who organized the helpers), Marissa Hornsby, Caroline Torbett, Tracy Cembor, Mrs. Miller, (Gabby’s grandmother), B.J. Long, Rick Leveille, Anika’s grandmother and babysitter and Sonal Kashyap for the very cute goody bags. Thanks to all of you, the party was a big success!

Since this is the last blog for our class, Leslie and I want to wish everyone a wonderful Summer! I know a lot of children will be coming to a magical Summer Camp here at the Woods!

ABRACADABRA! See you soon,

Wanda and Leslie

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

  • Close Home School Partnerships