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5AR: 5-year-olds M-F mornings

Welcome to the Garden Rainbow Room Pre-K/Young Fives Parents!  

Teacher Gina and Miss Shahnaz welcome you and want to fill you in on what we have been doing so far this school year.  The following is the weekly curriculum from your teachers with more information about our wonderful Pre-K class this year!  

All themes are listed under "School Calendar" on this website. 

Curriculum for Week of February 2nd -- All our Curriculum may also be found on the Sangha App!  This week,we will be talking about Groundhogs Day since it is tomorrow.  Towards the end of our week, we will be preparing Valentines and decorating our room for our party on Wednesday, Feb. 11th.   February is going to go fast so we will talk about money with the presidents and the field trip to the DeAnza Planetarium is on the calendar for the end of February.  This is a school-wide field trip, without our children's parents; however, our entire class is planning on going with Miss Gina and Miss Shahnaz -- so it should be fun!  More info will follow. Prior to the break, we will discuss the President Holiday’s and look at the calendar to see how many days we will be on break!  I need to look in to it but I think we will have had our 100th day of school at the end of February!                                           

Next week, we will only have class 3 days due to our parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday.  On Wednesday, the children will be full of energy from having our party on Feb. 11th!  For the parent/taecher conferences, I will make a sheet to have sign-in times for the 12th & 13th.  During the conferences, Holiday Enrichment is offered in the Forrest Room all day, or just during your conference (it's your choice).  Holiday Enrichment will also be offered the following week during Winter Break (Feb. 16th through 20th). 


Curriculum for Week of February 9th -- All our Curriculum may also be found on the Sangha App!  This week,we are having our Valentines party on Wednesday, Feb. 11th.  Try to have children write their friends' name and sign their names too!  They will each get a turn to pass out there Valentine’s one at a time.  No class will be held on Thursday, Feb.12th and Friday, Feb.13th for parent/teacher conferences.  The Forest room has Drop-in Holiday Enrichment both days and care for your child while we have our conferences.  Holiday Enrichment will also be offered next week during Winter Break in the Forest room.  

This week, we will talk about the Presidents (and the holiday), as well as Chinese New Year.  We will look at coins and talk about their currency, including paper money as well  As we enter the month of March (Community Helpers Month), we will talk about health and safety, and we will talk about community helpers.  We will also talk about the time change in March.  

We hope everyone has a great holiday and you are able to rest up next week during Winter Break, as we are all trying to stay healthy this Winter!  If you are going anywhere please have your child bring something back from your trip that they might like to share.  For example, maps, fliers, and anything that has information.  We are interested in learning new things!  We look forward to talking to each one of you for the conferences.   And enjoy “Parents Night Out” this weekend for Valentine’s Day!


Curriculum for Week of February 23rd -- All our Curriculum may also be found on the Sangha App!  The Planetarium fieldtrip will be fun on February 24th (tomorrow!).  

Curriculum for Week of March 2nd -- All our Curriculum may also be found on the Sangha App!  This week we will begin to talk about safety and our community helpers. We talk about their jobs that keep us safe and healthy. We will talk about dentists this week and continue through next week with doctors, fire fighters, police, postal personnel, and veterinarians.  Since next week is Doctor Seuss’s birthday, we will read some of his books too!  I am sending home back packs tomorrow -- you can keep them till the following Monday so you can have it over the next weekend.   In the upcoming weeks, we will explore all the colors of the rainbow.  We have a lot going on this month, including St. Patty’s Day and spring classroom parties (spring starts on March 20th!).   The fire department will visit, as well as a doctor and a dentist during the month of March.  The children enjoy what they learn about the fire engine, and even get to go inside!  The fire fighters also show the children how they get into their uniforms and their gear, so children are not scared of them, and the children learn about fire safety.   March is all about Safety and Health.  

CLASSROOM PHOTOS:  Please see the information below about Flickr for our class pictures.  We will be able to continue to add photos for you all to see what the children are doing in our class! 



We have created a Flickr.com account with photos of the Garden/Rainbow room for the 2014/15 school year! The photos are marked private to the public and cannot be viewed unless you’ve been invited.  You should have received an email with an invitation from Flickr to view the photos.  For future reference, you can view the photo albums here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/montecitogardenroom/sets/ or the photo stream here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/montecitogardenroom/ once you’ve been invited.  If you’d like us to invite any grandparents or other family/friends, or if you have any trouble with receiving your invitation or accessing the photos, you can email Amy at amy@bonforte.com for help.  Thank you Amy, Tazio's mom, for helping us set up and manage this site!

Daily Schedule

8:45 – 9:00 Arrival Time
9:00 – 9:25 Outdoor Play and Activity Time
9:25 – 9:45 Circle Time
9:45 – 10:35 Activity Time
10:35 – 10:50 Clean-up and Snack Time
10:50 – 11:20 Bike Time
11:20 – 11:45 Directed Activity Time
11:45 – 12:00 Departure Time

Themes:   In August, we have explored Getting to Know You, Apples and more.  Please refer to School Calendar for monthly themes. 

Please feel free to contact Teacher Gina with any questions or concerns you might have.  You may also contact Miss Shahnaz or the Director, Erin.  You may reach your Pre-K teachers via e-mail at mwfamrainbowroom@montecitoschool.com or ginamsouza@aol.com.

Our sharing day is usually on Fridays.  Your child may bring anything for sharing that would be interesting for their classmates, unless notified otherwise, but please no weapons.  You do not need to put the sharing in a bag with clues, nor does it need to start with the letter of the week.  Occasionally, I will make a special request for sharing, but you will be notified well in advance if that is the case. The purpose of sharing in my class is to help children improve their verbal communication skills and self-confidence.  No student will be required to share if they are uncomfortable doing so.

Classroom Snacks
For birthdays, please use your best judgment for a special treat.  Most parents prefer something small and something containing very little to no sugar.  The children do prefer to put their own snacks together.  For example, "ants on a log" (celery, peanut butter or other butter & raisins), bagels and cream cheese, and/or making their own ginger bread cookies, decorated with a little frosting.  This process usually lasts longer than the children's interest in eating the final product.  If you have a special cultural food you wish to share with the class, please feel free to do so -- just let us know.  Please remember that any food brought to the classroom must be approved by Teacher Gina or Miss Shahnaz at least one week ahead of time. In keeping with Montecito’s snack policy, water is served for the children to drink, rather than juice.  In addition to crackers, we will also offer fruit, vegetables or protein at every snack to the children. 


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