Preschool News, December 2016

Dear CTMS Families,

It has been a wonderful and busy November upstairs in Primary! We started out the month by having a ballet presentation by former CTMS student Ellie Weiss. She shared a ballet story and her ballet shoes with the students, and also taught them how to do 1st-5th position. She will be in the performance of the nutcracker that our Kindergarten and Elementary students will be attending this month. In addition to the ballet presentation, we also have been continuing our Australia study and have been working on our estimation skills.

unspecified-2Towards the end of the month, we all came together as a Primary family to make soup for our Stone Soup celebration. The students all helped to scrub, peel, and chop the vegetables in our soups. We are so incredibly thankful for all of the families that were able to help make the celebration so special by decorating, serving food, setting up and cleaning up. We all had such a great time at the celebration and we look forward to having it again next year!

We also welcomed three new Primary students this month! James and Kate both started in the Oak Room and J.R. started in the Cedar Room. They have all been such a joy to have upstairs and the other children have enjoyed getting to know the three of them. They are learning about the works we have in our classroom, how to have snack, and the songs and stories we use at gathering time.

unspecified-3In the month of December we will be working on learning about the weather, clouds, and amphibians in our science area. We will also be finishing up our Australia study in our cultural area, and we will be learning about clocks and time in math. We have many holidays that occur in the month of December and we will be learning about each of them while we prepare for our Winter Celebration that we hope you can all attend on December 20th from 1-2pm.

As the weather continues to get colder, we would like to remind you that we will still be going outside, and to please remember to bring in appropriate clothing. Please send in warm jackets, hats, gloves, snow pants and boots when appropriate, as these are both required for playing in the snow. Please also be sure to send in items that your child can put on independently. We have been working in our practical life area on dressing oneself and your children are so, so capable when it comes to putting on winter clothing! We want to be setting them up for success and the appropriate shoes, boots, etc. are critical for this. One last reminder is to please check your child’s extra clothes box to be sure that their extra clothes are for winter and not for summer.

We are so thankful for the wonderful community of families that we have been given this year and we hope you all have a wonderful December!

Miss Pam, Miss Bethany, and Miss Meredith