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Feb. 9, 2019 Newsletter

Welcome Mrs. Sandy Patel! We are so happy you joined our class!

It didn’t take Mrs. Patel anytime to learn our children nor our routines! She is a natural fit and the boys and girls love her! She has 3 children…….one daughter, Saayna, a Fourth Grader here in Mr. Ovbey’s class and 2 High Schoolers at Lovett.

It’s ironic we picked this week, a Spring-like week, to learn about Polar animals, but we made some pretty cool (pun) projects just the same. Ask your child to name a few Polar animals and why are most of them white. We learned a new word….camouflage. I hope you liked the polar bear in water and the penguins from the story, “Where is Home, Little Pip?” written by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman who also wrote, “The Bear Snores On”. I bet you can’t guess what we used to stamp the penguins? A half avocado with the seed removed! Pretty cool (pun)!

We also played games to review our letters from A-G. What better way to reinforce learning than to play games like “Feeding the Letter Muncher,” who only eats certain letters and, “Alphabet Bowling.” See the photo below of Bennett rolling the gigantic ball at the alphabet

Next week is all about Valentines and of course the letter H for hearts. Speaking of Valentines……our party is Thursday and we can’t hardly wait to pass out our specials cards and candy to our friends. Your child needs to bring to school 13 unaddressed cards for their classmates. They should sign their names on the back.

Please return the letter sent home Friday with the time for your conference. You can email me if that time does not work for you.

With this little burst of Spring comes thoughts of Summer and a reminder to reserve your child’s spot in our quickly filling camp @ the Woods. We can’t wait to share the fun filled Summer with your campers. Feel free to call the office with your questions.

Have a “hearty” week ahead,

Wanda and Sandy

Feb. 2, 2019 Newsletter

I know you will agree with me when I say we will miss Mrs. Sloan!! What a GIFT she has been to the children and me this year! She has an opportunity to pursue a new job adventure! Although we don’t want her to leave us, we wish her good fortune with this new endeavor. She is not saying goodbye because she will be back as a Mystery Reader through the rest of the school year. Check out photos of Mr. Sloan reading to our class. On Monday, we welcome Mrs. Sandy Patel who has been a substitute twice in our class. She is already familiar with our children and our routine. How fortunate we are to have her with us!

We managed this week to dodge the snow! How great it is to live here instead of places like Chicago where it was more like the Arctic! Those poor people!!!

It was a fun week learning about “Shadows,” Groundhogs,” and Letter F. We touched on letter G, but will investigate more next week. You can’t learn about the legend of the groundhog without knowing what a shadow is. Fortunately, there was enough sun this week to find our shadows. I read the book, “Bear Shadow'” by Frank Asch. It’s about a bear who was annoyed by his shadow and tries very hard to rid of it. On Friday, we had an animal shadow parade with puppets. You will see in the photos below that the class found the animals’ shadows on the side of the building. How exciting!! Bad news though…..since the Georgia groundhog came out of his burrow today, he discovered his shadow! I hope his prediction is wrong because seeing his shadow means 6 more weeks of Winter!!

Conferences will soon be here…… They will be on Tues. Feb 19 (before 2:00) and Wed. Feb. 20 ( before 11:00). Please let me know what day and time you prefer.

Our Valentine’s Day party is Thurs. Feb. 14. Please send in 13 UNADRESSED cards that day. Have your child write their names on the back.

Next week our focus will be on a review of letters A-G and Arctic and Antarctic animals.

Have a super(bowl) weekend,

Jan.25, 2019 Newsletter

I am thrilled that the children have all remained well this week but not so much for the teachers! Both Cindy and I have caught cold bugs (I even missed a day of work) and Cindy still hasn’t shaken hers off.

We still managed to have fun with Letter E and hibernation. To introduce the letter E, I read the story of “Elmer the Elephant.” Elmer was a multi colored elephant who was laughed at by the other elephants because he just didn’t look like them. At the end of the story, something happens to make Elmer embrace his uniqueness. I loved the way the children created their own Elmer. This also ties into Dr. King’s dream: it doesn’t matter the color of your skin, we are all alike.

One of my favorite units is hibernation and what some animals do to prepare for Winter.
I was so proud of the way the boys and girls made the hibernating bear in the cave. For this craft, they had to color, cut, glue and draw!! What an awesome project! I read “The Bear Snores On,” about a hibernating bear who sleeps through a party made by forest friends until something wakes him up. Ask your child what woke up the bear in the story.

Another funny book is ,”The Silly, Snowy Day,” about a turtle who doesn’t want to hibernate. We covered our turtle with leaves just like in the story.

Today, the children had a blast acting out animals in Winter. They all had a turn to act out four animals. They had a chance to be a bear in a cave, a bird in the nest, a bunny in the snow and a bat in a cave. Enjoy the photos below that Cindy and I took.

You don’t want to miss the Open House this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Here is your chance to visit the 4 Yr. Old classes and meet the teachers. You will find out about the curriculum and what exciting activities are in store for next year!

Speaking of 4 Yr. Olds, Happy Birthday to Shayan Azarvan who celebrated his special day on Thursday. Thank you for the nice goody bags for everyone.

Next week’s focus: Letter F, Shadows, Hibernation and Groundhogs!! We will all wear our pajamas next Fri. Feb. 1.
In the meantime, have a nice weekend!

Wanda and Cindy

Jan. 20, 2019 Newsletter

Rain, Rain Go Away………. Bring on more of this sunshine before we grow webbed feet! I’ve never experienced a more rainy Winter ever! I long for Spring, don’t you?

In Investigator Club, Dilly and her friends introduced the letters “C & D” to the class. The boys and girls heard the stories of “Pinkalicious”and “Ten Little Dinosaurs.” which prompted us to create pink cupcakes and dinosaur tracks (they are drying at school). Next week, it’s on to Letter E.

The class was also introduced to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I read a book about his life written for young children to understand. We discussed Dr. King’s dream of equality and how we should treat others like we would like to be treated. I did an experiment with a brown egg and a white egg. I broke the two eggs and showed how they were the same on the inside while being different on the outside. We tied it together with a craft displaying different shades of skin color hand prints touching a heart in the center.

I hope you were as impressed as I was with the “Mi Familia” book your chico or chica made in Spanish class. This will be a keeper for sure.

Some parents have expressed for their Tree House child to sign up for Soccer Shots on Wed afternoon. Here is their website Also, for our Early School, is “Bach to Rock” held on Thurs. afternoons. Lots of musical and movement based activities.

I am excited for our next week’s lesson on Hibernation and How Animals Spend the Winter Season. Hibernation will be extended into the following week and ending with pajama day and Groundhog Day on Fri. Feb. 1!

Don’t forget Scholastic orders are due tomorrow on line!

Have a nice holiday,

Wanda and Cindy

January 12, 2019 Newsletter

What a wonderful weather week! Mother Nature really smiled on us while we soaked up some much deserved sunshine on the playground.

This week the class began learning the alphabet. The alphabet will be introduced through the Investigator Club with Dilly Gator putting on an alphabet show. All her friends will take part with costumes and props. The children, in small groups, will recognize the letters and learn a little about letter sounds. They will trace letters and write them in various materials like shaving cream, rice, sand, just to mention a few, and pay close attention to the letters in their name. Since the boys and girls loved “The Number Jar” so much, we will continue with “The Alphabet Jar.” The snack kid will bring one item that begins with the letter we are focusing on in the jar. The class, in turn, will ask the snack child questions about his item. This activity is not only fun but reinforces letter sounds and verbal development.

We started with letter A and heard the story and song, “The Ants Go Marching”. We stamped ants on a anthill and ate animal crackers. Be sure to save the letter crafts your child brings home and display them in his/her bedroom or playroom. A good way to display all 26 letters is to hang them on a “clothes line” so they can look at them daily. It makes for a great teaching tool and they can feel proud of their work!

Our letter B craft, the bumble bee, was not quite dry yesterday to take home. It is so cute, just wait until you see it.

Besides, learning about the letters A & B, we heard books from Jan Brett. “The Mitten,” and “The Hat,” are Ukrainian Folktales retold and beautifully illustrated by this famous author. Check them out……these books are worthy of a trip to the library. After listening to, “The Mitten,” the children colored animals to place inside the mitten so they could retell the story at home. Yesterday we heard, “The Hat,” about a hedgehog who gets a stocking stuck on his head and claims it as a hat. The children made the cutest little play dough hedgehogs with prickles on his back.

Next week we focus on letters….C & D and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King. Please remember there will be no school next Monday, Jan. 21.

Have a nice weekend.

Jan. 5, 2019 Message and Pictures

Happy New Year from our class!

We had a very short week and a small attendance, but that did not stop us from having fun!

Here are few pics from Thursday and Friday:
Snack time in the class.
MysteryReader, Lowery Collins, a First Grader and Effie’s big sister who did a fantastic job reading to our class! She is truly an inspiration to our 3 and 4 yr. olds.

Next week, we welcome back the whole class for the introduction to the alphabet starting with A and B and a week of Jan Brett’s endearing books, “The Mitten” and “The Hat”. We also look forward to Computer Class on Monday.

Wanda and Cindy

Dec. 18, 2018

Wow! What a special day we had!! The party moms and grandmothers went all out with reindeer cookies, 3 ornaments, a Santa game, shaving cream fun and holiday tattoos!! A huge THANK YOU to Amanda Collins, Gina Avelar, Jae Shim, Pete Guerrero, Priscilla Scruggs, MJ’s grandmother, London’s grandmother and Hannah Moore for showing our class a fun time!

How do like your child’s counting book? The children worked so hard and long in completing this masterpiece! What a wonderful teaching tool to keep for years to come and what do you know?…….made by your child! That is something to be proud of!

Your child may also have come home with 2 certificates… for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the other for recognizing numbers from 1-10. Don’t despair if you little one did not bring home the certificates……we will keep working with him/her.

On Thursday, we will wear our pajamas to school and see the movie, “Polar Express.” Don’t forget EVERYONE goes home at 12:45 in car line!!

Happy Birthday to London Moore and Mrs. Sloan who will celebrate birthdays on New Year’s Eve!!

Thank you to all our families for our own Money Tree! What a unique and adorable idea for displaying money! Do you think if we water it, it will grow more cash??

Last but not least, have a wonderful holiday break and may you be blessed in the New Year!
We’ll meet back on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Warm Wishes,
Wanda and Cindy

Dec. 7, 2018 Newsletter

It was a gingerbread kind of week! I told the flannel board story of “The Gingerbread Man,” and the children loved reciting what he repeatedly said, “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.” We heard other stories with the same theme. The children did a great job with the sequence activity of the disappearing Gingerbread Man. Of course it helped to eat the cookie while doing the project!! Yum! We played with Gingerbread play dough and cookie cutters. We decorated a paper gingerbread house complete with a family. Did your child put the family in order from smallest to largest?

We focused on the number 9 this past week. The class had some cutting practice as they cut out 9 road signs for their counting book. In Investigator Club, we counted and counted and counted some more—— making sure to touch each picture while counting!

Happy Birthday to Miss Effie Collins who turned 4 on Monday along with her twin sister in Mrs. West class.

We will continue next week with holiday activities and crafts and let’s not forget the number 10. We are also working on special gifts for mom and dad.

Have a nice week ahead, stay warm and dry.

Wanda and Cindy

Dec. 1, 2018 Newsletter

A little guy dressed in red made his appearance in our classroom to watch over the boys and girls. He flies back every night to give Santa his daily report on who was using their good manners. In case you haven’t guessed who it is –it’s “The Elf on the Shelf”! The class named him “Jingle” and the children have fun finding him because he is in a different spot everyday. The book and elf doll has become a well-loved tradition in our classroom as well as in many homes. Did you know the authors, Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell (mother and daughter) live right here in Marietta?

We had Jingle help us to make a craft so we can count the days until Christmas. Just move the elf’s nose everyday until you get to Dec. 25th. Speaking of which, we will have our Winter Party on Tuesday, December 18. These moms signed up to help with the party: Jae Shim, Priscilla Scruggs, Molly Baer and Hannah Moore. Amanda Collins will be contacting you to coordinate the party. Can’t wait!! The last day of school before we break (Thursday, Dec. 20) will be a pajama day based on the Polar Express! Everyone comes to school in their PJs!!! How Fun! Remember, everyone goes home at 12:45 since there is no afternoon Tree House that day.

This week, we also focused on number 8. We practiced counting, stamping and coloring 8 objects. We placed 8 food items on 8 plates for our counting book. We also made an octopus with eight arms (really our hand prints) swimming in the deep blue sea.

Our coming attraction here next week at the best Early School class in Cobb County will be “The Gingerbread Man”! The boys and girls will hear stories, sing songs and make crafts about this traditional holiday character.

For the Investigator Club, we will focus on number 9 making nine signs for our counting book. Our counting books are coming home before the Winter Break. Just wait and see how great the books look!!

Recently, the class has learned to sing a song about the 7 days of the week. It’s to the tune of, “My Darling Clementine.” If your child can say or sing the days of the week in order, they will receive a certificate!

Have a very nice weekend.

Wanda and Cindy

Nov.11, 2018 Newsletter

This past week, the class heard the flannel board story of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims landing in America. Upon arriving at Plymouth Rock, they found nothing but the beach and forest. They couldn’t stay in homes or check into the nearest motel. They were hungry and cold. We learned how the Native Americans came to their rescue and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in their new land. When the food became plentiful, the Pilgrims decided to give thanks and invited the Native Americans for a 3 day feast. To this day, we still carry on the tradition of this first Thanksgiving.

On a personal note, the Pilgrims’ journey reminded me of my 7th paternal grandparents who took that long voyage, not from England, but France, to New Orleans in 1719 when the city was just 1 years old! Like the Pilgrims, they endured terrible hardships of hunger and disease and in Louisiana, add hurricanes and yellow fever! I am sure that many of your ancestors made the journey to America seeking a better life for themselves and their descendants. How fortunate we are that they made that courageous journey so we can be Americans!!

Also, in the early part of the 20th century, my maternal grandparents came to Louisiana
from Sicily as young adults for better opportunities. Life on the farm in Hammond, Louisiana was quite different from the small village life in Sicily.

Okay now, let’s fast forward to the present. We learned about number 6 through coloring, counting, stamping and tracing. The class had fun writing numbers in shaving cream! It’s a lot different using your finger!

Coming up this week: Number 7, Days of the Week, Patterning, Thanksgiving Food and “What are you thankful for?” The highlight of the week will come on Friday with our family lunch at 11:30. Please RSVP by email to Amanda Collins and sign up to bring a child- friendly dish on Shutterfly. Don’t forget there will be no Tree House on Friday afternoon. Everyone goes home by 12:45 or after lunch.

Happy Birthday to M.J. who turned 4 on Friday!!

Have a nice week ahead.
Wanda and Cindy

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