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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.

There is no curriculm for week of November 23rd -- Happy Thnksgiving! (we had a great time during our sharing assembly!)

News from the Pond Week of December 1st 

News from the Pond Week of December 8th -- Last Week, Teacher Paulette made a smooth transition into our classroom community!  She has begun connecting with the children by getting to know their names and playing with them.  Although we will miss Teacher Liz, Teacher Paulette is a great addition to our classroom.  Thank you all for making her feel welcome!

This Week and next, we will continue our gift making. The children are also being encouraged to think about a specific someone every time they work on their projects.  Some other things we are working on are, our holiday songs and a song in American Sign Language, The Snowman's Hat. The children are particularly interested in learning the signs for the song.  Our theme is Holidays and the letter of the week is N. 

News from the Pond Week of December 15th -- Our curriculum last week centered on several different tellings of the classic tale of the Gingerbread Man.  The children also had opportunities to create crafts to illustrate the stories.  It was fun to see and hear the children's excitement and enthusiasm for the different versions of the story! 

This week, the children will be wrapping presents, practicing songs, and getting our classroom ready to host the holiday party on Friday! Parents and extended family are invited to join us!  We are also excited to show you our song in American Sign Language, The Snowman's Hat.  We will continue our study of the alphabet in January.  No Sharing on Friday due to the party.

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



  • No sharing for the week of December 15th.
  • Payment for our trip to Hidden Villa Farm (Jan 30th) is due by December 17th.  Remember, this is our class for the day.  Please meet the teachers next to the second parking lot at 9:00am.  The tour will happen rain or shine, so dress for the weather!
  • School is Closed during December BreakDecember 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015 -- Holiday Care is available F/T or P/T for preschool and elementary children.  Please contact the office for details.
  • Holiday Party -- Please join us Friday December 19th for a concert and classroom party.  The children will arrive at the usual time (8:30 am), and family members can join us at 10:00 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