Make New Friends But Keep The Old!

Introducing to you the kids in room 121 for the 2018-2019 School Year!

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Back to School 2018-2019

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!!!

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a wonderful summer, and are gearing up for a wonderful year of learning through play! We are excited to see everyone, and can’t wait to share with you all the new changes to our preschool program! It is going to be a great year.

Back to School Festival is on Thursday, August 30th from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

  1. Please come to our classroom from 3:00-4:00 p.m. to fill out the new paperwork and forms. If you are unable to attend, I will send it home with your child on the first day of school.
  2. This is the day to come in and take pictures of your child at school and for them to see their cubby, learn their shape, and see the classroom before the first day. We will not be allowing families to walk in on the first day due to the amount of people. This is enforced and requested by administration for safety of students and staff. We strongly encourage you to attend on Thursday.
  3. Please drop off any school supplies you might have gotten over the summer for us on Thursday. We need the following:
  • 2 Liquid hand soaps or 1 refill bottle (Seventh Generation preferred)
  • 2 Containers Cleaning wipes (ie. Clorox)
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • 1 box of baby wipes
  • 2 Scotch tape rolls
  • 1 pack of Elmer’s Glue Sticks
  • 1 ream of white copy paper OR colored Astro-Brite Paper

***Remember to bring your child’s extra change of clothes for his/her cubby bin on Thursday, August 30th! The change of clothes should be labeled with your child’s name written on a large Ziploc bag. (Extra change of clothes consist of: 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of underwear, 2 pairs of socks).***

EVERY CHILD WILL NEED FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:

– Backpack (please make sure they are not the little ones because it makes it hard for them to put in their folder and other items independently).

– One folder with two pockets- please write your child’s name on it with room 121.

– Change of clothes in  gallon Ziploc Bag for their cubby.

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Apply to Peirce Preschool for 2018-2019

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If you or someone you know has a child that will be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2018, please have them go apply online at chicagoearlylearning.org between April 30-May 11th.

We are hoping to get everyone registered and enrolled BEFORE the end of the school year to ensure a smooth transition into next school year.

If you have any questions, please call the parent hotline at 312-229-1690

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The StoryBus of “The Little Red Hen”

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On Thursday, February 15th, our annual visit from the Khol’s Children’s Museum Storybus came to Peirce School. All Preschool and Kindergarten students were able to visit the StoryBus, and visit the fairy tale of “The Little Red Hen”.

Inside, children stepped inside this classic tale and became the characters of the story. They used many mathematic skills by measuring, counting, identifying numerals, shapes, and colors! They demonstrated their traveling skills, balancing skills, and gross-motor manipulative skills! During their time on the bus, each child worked on regulating their own emotions and behaviors, and learning to participate cooperatively and constructively in a confined space! We were in awe at how well the children did! Let’s not forget the amazing literacy  and language components that were involved throughout our visit in the StoryBus! Wow! What an amazing learning day through play and exploration!

Click on the link below to enjoy our picture slideshow!

The Storybus: The Little Red Hen

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Last week, the children showered Miss Santiago and I with lots of love and fun! We had such a wonderful day filled with bead pattern bracelet making, enjoying a sweet snack, counting, sorting, and graphing candy hearts, and helping the children pass out Valentine’s for the first time! (What a hoot that was!)

Thank you for sharing your little valentine’s with us this year! They truly warm our hearts, and we are so grateful you entrust us to help nurture and care for them each and everyday!

Enjoy our Valentine’s Day celebration video! Click on the link below!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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January Happenings!

We were busy little learners in January! The children are off to a great start in 2018! We are learning how to be independent, and even began our partnership with Design Dance! Miss Mack our dance teacher is amazing! We feel so fortunate for the opportunity! Check out January’s happenings in the video link below!

Preschool in January

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Field Trip to Chicago Children’s Theater: My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

Our first field trip yesterday to the Chicago Children’s Theater was a success! The children LOVED the play! It was so fun watching them watch the play go on. Today, we reflected and revisited some major points in the play. Both Miss Santiago and I were very impressed by how much they actually did take in! For those of you that might not have gotten a lot of info about the play, here is a summary:
 Oobladee is hosting a surprise birthday party for her best friend Shebopshebe from the other side of the clouds. Shebopshebe moved to the other side of the rainbow, and it was her first time being away from her family for her birthday! Her parents sent presents for their daughter’s birthday to Oobladee’s house! Oobladee’s best friend on this side of the rainbow named Ooblahdah was helping to get the party ready! But he was nervous to meet her other best friend from the other side of the rainbow.
 In Oobladee’s Great Room (living room) was “A Thinking Tree” that would signal to the characters when they began to feel frustrated, angry/mad, or needed some guidance to think about their thoughts and feelings. Throughout the play, the characters were called to The Thinking Tree to learn important lessons and words to help them learn, grow, and accept one another. The characters learned and taught the audience about “Happy, Respect, Presents, I’m Sorry, and Forgiveness”. These words were woven throughout the script.
When Oobladah met Shebopshebe for the first time, he was shocked that her skin color was brown! He never was friends with someone that was brown before. He didn’t think he could be friends with someone that was not his skin color. But, Shebopshebe taught him that she is wonderfully, and beautifully made to be the color brown! And that she loves her color and all colors. And the characters learned that when we are born, we are wrapped in our beautiful colorful skin! We are gifts to the world!
Oobladah and Shebopshebe became friends at the end by saying, “I’m Sorry” for not looking on the inside for their special gifts, and to learn to “respect” one another. So they did a “rewind”, and started over! It was pretty funny!
At the end of the play, Ooblahdah, Oobalhdee, and Shebopshebe all decided to wear bows because they discovered they were like beautifully wrapped presents! Wonderful on the outside, with wonderful secrets inside, but we have to open the gift to discover what’s inside. They believed the best present is a friend!
Today your child came home with a miniature bow to remind them of how special they are, and that they are a gift to the world!
Here is a quick video for you to enjoy from the morning to the theater!

 

Field Trip Slide Show

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