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5AB: 4-year-olds M-F mornings

Welcome to the Pond Room for 2014/15!

The curriculum and activities in the Pond Blue Room are linked to provide a consistent learning experience for all the children.

Themes: Our theme for the first 2 weeks of school is All About Me and My Family.  Our themes for the entire school year are listed on this website under "School Calendar."

Weekly Newsletters for the Blue RoomAttached on this classroom page are our weekly class newsletters.  You will receive these every week from your child's take-home box; however, you are welcome to access our newsletter for curriculum and other news by clicking the links below.

We wish you a SAFE, HEALTHY, AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!  Teachers Rebecca, Paulette, Aileen & Lupe

News from the Pond Week of January 5, 2015 -- This week, our theme is Arctic Animals.  We will be exploring the theme of Arctic Animals with stories, play figures, and large blocks of ice.  We will continue our study of the alphabet with the letter O. We will also begin Kindergarten Readiness Assessments. This week, we will begin doing one-on-one assessments of each child in our classroom.  We will tell the children we are playing games with them.  We intend to use the results to help us focus our curriculum for the remainder of the school.  We would really appreciate volunteers during indoor activity time, 10:10am - 11:00am.  Thank you in advance! 

Update for our Hidden Villa trip:  Lunch bunch and Enrichment are still available.   Families who have not paid for the trip may bring cash, and pay at the farm.  Please tell one of the teachers ASAP if you plan to attend, but have not paid.  We need to give Hidden Villa an accurate head count.  

Happy New Year!  Rebecca, Paulette, Aileen, Lupe

News from the Pond Week of January 5, 2015 --  Last week, we had a busy week!  The children seemed eager to resume our routine.  They had fun listening to stories about the arctic.  There were books that told stories that rhymed, and stories that were cumulative.  The art activities were designed to inspire creativity.  The activities also provided opportunities for fine motor development, hand-eye co ordination, and sensory input.  

This week, the letter of the week is P.  As with last week, the children are all participating in Kindergarten Readiness activities during small group time.  Each child will also take turns "playing games" with Teacher Rebecca. 

Next Week, we will continue our study of the Arctic.  Assessments are also continuing each day between 10:10am-11:00am.  

Volunteers -- We still need volunteers to help in class.  If you decide to volunteer, we will give you directions and support! Thank you to all the parents who have already helped us, we really appreciate you! 

News from the Pond Week of January 19, 2015 -- 


Important Reminders

  • January 9th -- Take Home Book Backpack Program Starts. Each participating family will receive a backpack to borrow this Friday. The backpacks will go home every other Friday, and are expected  to be returned the next Friday. 

  • January 21st -- Parent Ed Workshop Kindergarten Readiness 4:45pm - 6:15pm. Extended enrichment hours available.

  • January 19th -- School Closed -  Martin Luther King Junior Day

  • January 24th -- Parents' Night Out (PNO) 3-9 pm (see the office for details)

  • January 30th -- Hidden Villa Farm Tour - 9:00am- 10:45am (THIS IS OUR CLASS FOR THE DAY) -- This field trip is fun and educational!  We will visit and touch the animals.  The children will learn what they give us.  Hidden Villa does not cancel tours due to rainy weather, so dress for the weather!  No class at Montecito.  Lunch and Enrichment are still available.  Lunch Bunch drop off starts at 11:45 am. 

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Visiting Days Information (info for 2014/15 visiting days coming soon!)

Sharing:  Sharing is something that our class does every Friday (except when there are other special events scheduled for that day of the week). It is a time when each child gets a turn to give “clues” about an item that they have chosen to bring hidden in their bag. It is something that they want to show to the others in their small group. When possible, the item should either start with the letter of the week or have something to do with a theme we are studying. It cannot be a weapon or anything else that represents violence. Parents can discuss the item with their children, but it must be the child who figures out, and decides, what to bring and how to present the “clues” for their friends. This is primarily a time for introducing, and building, literacy skills with a teacher facilitated activity that children really look forward to.

Parent Visiting Days:  Visiting Days are a time for parents to spend the school day with their child.  They will be  scheduled to take place in early spring and are assigned to families according to the children's small groups. They are intended as a time for interaction, not just observation, and to encourage the participating parent’s involvement in their child's ongoing education.  Please no siblings or use of cell phones during Visiting Days.  

The Back Pack Program:  This is a home-based learning program, where we send your child home with a backpack, containing a book and an associated learning activity.  This program is available to children in our 4- and 5-year-old classrooms.  The books and activities will be varied – but all will have a specific learning objective.  Some will encourage pre-literacy skills, some will foster critical thinking, others will be math, art, or science oriented.  These backpacks are yours to enjoy with your child at home for one week.


Field Trip Information 2014-15:

Heritage Theatre (through the CTC -- California Theater Center at the Campbell Community Center) for a performance of Charlotte's Web

The CTC has created a wonderful, language-rich and visual retelling of a classic children's story that we are eager to share with all of you this year!   We will prepare the children for the experience by creating opportunities for the children to be actors and member of the audience.  We will also make masks, use puppetry and props, to make the experience more meaningful for the children.

When:  Friday, April 3, 2015

Time:  10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Where:  Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA  95008

Cost:  $8.00 per person.  Every child must be accompanied by an adult.  We have reserved 2 tickets for each family.  Please make checks payable to Montecito School.  Payment is due by Monday, March 2, 2015.  Please remember, this is our class for the day. 

Hidden Villa Farm Tour:

When:  Friday, April 4, 2014 (NO REGULAR CLASS WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY) -- 2015 dates for Hidden Villa not yet available -- will be posted soon!

Time: 9:00 to 10:45 am 

Where: Hidden Villa Farm, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos, CA

Cost:  $20.00 for two tickets.  Payment is due by March 1, 2014.

DETAILS:  Each child must be accompanied by an adult.  This field trip is specifically designed for children between the ages of 4 and 7.  The children will touch animals in their farm habitats, and taste food in the organic garden.  Please join us for a fun and enriching experience!  And remember to dress for the weather!


Montecito School 1468 Grant Road, Los Altos, California 94024 (650) 968-5957