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3AG: 4-year-olds MWF mornings

Welcome to the Forest Room Fours Program!

We would like to welcome you to Montecito Preschool, 3AM Forrest Room for the 2014/15 school year!  The teachers for this  class are:  Ms. Bina, Ms. Edith, Ms. Shashi, and Ms. Thanh. 

Over the course of the year, we will build on sharing skills, develop social skills, support your child's natural desire to learn and to have new experiences, and provide opportunities to enhance their manners in a caring environment all while supporting their emerging autonomy.   We look forward to this journey and are excited for the new school year!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Our email address is: mwfamforest@gmail.com.  If you need to contact us by phone, please call the office at 650-968-5957.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your child.  We look forward to a wonderful fun-filled year of love, learning, and exploration!

Best Regards,

The 3AM Forest Room Teachers

3AF Daily Schedule:

  •  8;45-9:00 am -- Drop-off (children arrive & play in yard)
  • 9:00-9:15 am -- Greetings & Instructions
  • 9:15-10:15 am -- Activity Time & Snack
  • 10:15-10:40 -- Bike Time
  • 10:40-11:00 -- Circle Time
  • 11:00-11:20 -- Small Groups
  • 11:20-11:40 -- Outside Play
  • 11:40-11:45 -- Clean Up
  • 11:45-12:00 -- Closing Circle & Pick-Up

ThemesOur theme for the first 2 weeks of school was All About Me, My Family and School and Friends.   All future themes are on our webdsite under "School Calendar" so please refer to that link for our ongoing themes.  

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year from our 3AF Staff to your family!

Curriculum for Week of February 2nd & Feburary 9th --  The first few weeks of February is all about lots and lots of hearts, hugs, kisses, and love for family and friends!  Our theme for these 2 weeks is "Valentines."  We will talk about giving and sharing lots of love for the special people in our life.  The children will continue to learn about sorting hearts by size—large, medium, small, and numbers 1 through 10.  They will play the matching hearts file folder game.   They will also play Valentine Lotto with their friends.  While playing with their friends they will learn respect, love, sharing, and understanding other friend’s emotions.  The children will create beaded hearts for their loved ones, which will help them develop good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.  We will continue reading valentine-related books such as Mouse’s First Valentine, and Valentine’s Day.  The children will also create and decoraegt stained glass hearts, heart wreaths, and make heart paintings.  During small group time, our darling kids will do activities like finding hidden hearts and soul mates.

Let the Valentine’s Day party begin!

On Wednesday, February 11th, there will be a Valentine’s Day party in our class.  This event is only for the children. The kids are welcome to exchange Valentines with their classmates.  Please have your child bring 18 Valentine cards on Wednesday to class.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the parents to do an activity with the children to make homemade Valentine cards with their children (enough for everyone in the class including their child! They always give one to themselves!).  On the day of the party, the children proudly place one of their home-made Valentines in each of their friends' decorated bag!  

For the week of the 9th, there will be no sharing. We will be having our parent/teacher conferences on Friday, February 13th, 2015.  This is only for the parents; however, there will be Holiday Care available for the children during that time (for preschoolers and elementary children).

WEEK OF FEBURARY 16TH -- WINTER BREAK (NO SCHOOL, but Holiday Care available!)

Welcome back! We hope you had a restful vacation.  Wasn't the weather beautiful?  Although we have had lots of sunshine, please remember to dress dress your child in warm clothes since it is still winter. Thanks!

Curriculum for Week of February 23rd --This week our theme is "Pets."  During activity hour, the children will enggage in many activities including feathered parrots, bird collages, fur collages on a cat, art dots on fish, painting on a dog cut out, fish collages on a fish bowl, sponge painting on a turtle, matching opposites, patterning with dogs, matching dogs, puzzles, sequencing concentration with dots on cats, tracing animals, and matching birds.  During circle time, the children will participate in and sing B-I-N-G-O, Pussycat, Pussycat, Little Bunny Foo Foo, and we will read the following books:  A Kitten Tale, My Cats Nick & Nora, Please, Puppy Please, Hot Rod Hamster, The Dog Who Cried Wolf, Smooch Your Pooch, Five Little Kittens, and Giant Pop-Out Pets.

Curriculum for Week of March 2nd --



       We are going to have our Parent Visiting Day this month on the 20th of March.  This date was scheduled when we sent home the updated list of the Star of the Week.  This date is also scheduled on our calendar in the Sangha App.  We planned some special activities for your child to enjoy with you.  For this reason, each child must come with one parent -- either Mom or Dad -- but if they’re not available, one special adult in your child’s life is most welcome.  We also ask that no siblings attend on visiting day since this is your preschooler’s special day with you.  We hope to see you on Friday, March 20, 2015. 


         We mentioned during the Back to School Day that we are going to watch a play this spring.  Our class will watch the play “The Emperor’s New Clothes” on April 20, 2015 at the California Theatre Center (CTC) in Sunnyvale at 9:30 AM.  The price of the tickets are $7.00 per person.  Each child should be with an adult/parent since there is no school that day.  Siblings are welcome but they should also pay for the ticket.  We made the reservation for our class including one parent for each child.  Payment is due to CTC on March 20, 2015.  The check should be made out to Montecito Preschool and indicate on the memo 3AF play. Please give the payment to your child’s teacher. 


Our New Sangha App -- Great way to communicate with your classroom

Dear Parents, we will now be using the Sangha website, rather than our usual emails, to  communicate with you about our classes and other activities. You should have recently received an invitation email directly from Sangha.  Please click the link, register, and download the app for your mobile device.  This app will enable you to see our classroom calendar, including the weekly curriculum, and to sign-up for events such as our conferences that are coming up, or Parent’s Night Out, etc.  Here are answers to some questions or concerns you might have:

  • I don’t want to get the daily email from Sangha any more, it’s too much email. ANSWER: Once you download the mobile app, you won’t receive emails anymore but rather notifications within the app telling you when something needs attention and messages from the teachers when there’s something you should know.
  • How will I find out about things that are happening? ANSWER: Once you register and download the Sangha app for your mobile device, you’ll have access to a live calendar of what’s happening in our classroom and can send messages to the teachers anytime if you have questions.
  • I don’t want all the communication the teachers send via email and flyers to stop! ANSWER: The communication isn’t stopping it’s just changing shape and becoming more dynamic. We’ll actually be able to communicate more and do so live when things are happening. And when something changes, you won’t be confused by an old email or flyer but you’ll see the changes in the Sangha app.
  • When will classroom emails stop? ANSWER: By mid-February. You’ll see our weekly curriculum in the classroom calendar very soon!
  • I have questions, concerns, suggestions, about this tool and the way it’s being used, who should I talk to? ANSWER: Brooke Lopez is a parent volunteer who’s leading the implementation of Sangha. You can reach her at brooke.lopez@yahoo.com


Thank you for your support.  The Forest Room Teachers


Apple Sauce Recipe:  Hello parents!  In December, Ms. Edith and Ms. Bina made latkes (potato pancakes), and Ms. Thanh made apple sauce for our children.  They really enjoyed eating it during their small group time.  Some children asked us how to make Apple Sauce :-).  Here is the recipe:


                                                                          Apple Sauce

  • 4 medium apples (the best apples to make apple sauce is Granny Smith, or you can mix half Granny, half Fuji apples)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • cinnamon (optional)
  1. Wash, peel, core and slice 4 medium apples
  2. Heat apples and 1/2 cup water to boiling, and then reduce heat.
  3. Cover and cook slowly until apples are tender and soft.
  4. Add sugar to taste.
  5. Continue to cook until sugar dissolved.

For extra flavor, add about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamonGet involved in the classroom!  We invite you to sign up to make playdough, and to come in to share your family's culture.  You might like to read a book with the children or bring items to share from your family's traditions.  We also have the Star of the Week program in the fours.  When a child is Star of the Week, the parents may come into the classroom to help the child talk about his/her picture collage, read books, do a special project with the children, and/or share their family culture or hobbies.  


Sharing: Every Friday, the children bring something for sharing according to the letter of the week for show and tell. However, it is fine if your child wants to bring something else not related to the letter of the week.  We encourage all children to bring something to sheare that they can talk about with their friends in small groups.  This is a way to develop social as well as verbal skills. 

Birthdays:   Birthdays are a special day for each child in our class.  If you have something that you would like to share with our class (e.g., reading some of your child’s favorite books or doing special crafts) you are welcome to share these activities during your child's classroom birthday celebration. Please let us know in advance, at least one week before your child's classroom birthday, so we can make proper changes to that day's class schedule.


If you wish to bring a special treat (e.g., fruit or cupcakes), please tell us in advance and show us the ingredients or the label for your special snack.  On your child's birthday day, you can drop off the snack at the drop-off time and come back later at the circle time to read books.   We have “open snack” in our class from 9:15-10am. 

 For those children whose birthdays are in the summer, if you wish, you can choose the date during the school year on which you want to celebrate it.  If not, we will celebrate all the summer birthdays in April or May.


"Star of the Week" Dates for our class this year:

September 22nd-26th -- Lockdown drill on 9/24 (no Star of the Week)

September 29th-October 3rd -- Liam Craig

October 13th-17th -- Evacuation drill on October 17th (no Star fo the Week)

October 20th-24th -- Jimmy Swanson

November 3rd-7th -- Gabriel Kuo

November 10th-14th -- Graham Smith


November 17th-21st -- Riley McPherson

December 1st-5th -- Isabella Rossi

February 2nd-6th -- sophia DeVault

March 9th-13th -- Joshua Williams

March 23rd-27th -- Sophia Liu

March 30th-April 3rd -- Jack Hobin

April 13th-17th -- Lockdon drill on April 15th (no Star of the Week)

May 4th-8th -- Dylan Enck

May 18th-22nd -- Aleyna Sweet


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