Happy New Year!

A Peek into January in the JLC Class

School Routine

As we return back to school to kick off the 2016 Year, our class will be reviewing our classroom rules, routines, and participating in a brand new activity: "Rule Patrol". During this activity, the children will take on the role of patrolling our classroom during the school day to praise children who are following our rules. Each child will have a rule patrol job several times a week. The five rules they will be watching for are:
1. Safe Feet
2. Gentle Hands
3. Kind Mouths
4. Clean up
5. Be a super friend

The children will also be completing our grocery unit on Friday, 1/8/16 and begin prop making on Monday, 1/11/16 for our new unit: Medical/hospitals.

Our class will be participating in working various medical fields including: hospital emergency room, nursery, eye doctor, dentist, radiology department/xray lab and more!

During their play explorations, the children will take on various roles--- Ambulance Driver, Emergency Response Staff, Nurse, Doctor, Lab Technician, Surgeon, and more!

The children will also be learning new vocabulary related to the human body (heart, lungs, veins, blood, contagious, etc)

If you or a family member works in the medical/health field and would like to visit our classroom please see Miss Sammy or Miss Lesia to set up a time and date!

Arrival Time/Attendance

Consistency and routine are key in your child's development. Thank you for your continued support in striving for perfect attendance and having your child arrive to school by 8:50 (or 8:40 if they eat breakfast with us). We know how difficult it can be to get back in routine after a long winter break. Keeping a consistent early bed time routine can help make mornings a little easier! Please let Miss Sammy, Miss Lesia, or Miss Sarafina know if you need support with bedtime routines/scheduling.

Please note, that our class goes outside promptly at 9 am (weather permitting). The children participate in Mystery Games at 8:50, so it is important that you have your child arrive to school on time by 8:50. A jacket is required daily, and gloves/mittens, hats, & scarves are strongly encouraged. Additionally, please dress your child in layers so that they are comfortable when playing outdoors during our 9 am gross motor time. Once we arrive back inside, we can support the children in removing their outer layers so they are comfortable inside. Leaving a sweater/sweatshirt in your child's cubby is also suggested over the next few winter months.

As per a new state guideline, our parking lot will be closed to vehicles while the children are walking from the building to the playground and from the playground back into the building. Due to this, if you arrive to school late, you may not have access to the parking lot. In the event the lot is closed off, please park on South 9th or South 10th and walk to the building. For the safety of the children and staff, please do not enter the lot from the parking lot exit or while children are present and visibly walking to/from the playground. Thank you!


To help us begin our medical/hospital unit, please help with the following:

· Create a picture story about your child's experience going to a doctors office


· Make a “Get Well” card for someone you know who is not feeling well

· Practice 911 emergency phone number with someone at home

Bring in a baby picture of your child to hang in the nursery – put your child’s name on the back (we will return it at the end of the theme)


If you can send in any of the following, we would greatly appreciate it:

*Bandages/Band-aids (of various shapes/sizes/colors)

*Bag of Rice

*Bag of dried beans

*Ace Bandage

*Any old copies of X-Rays

*Anything you think could enhance our unit!

Sing with your child at home:

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

(say this two times)

Eyes and ears and a mouth and nose

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

(CHALLENGE: repeat multiple times each time trying to go faster)
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Starfall Movement Song and Animation
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2016 Book Orders can now be made!

Feel free to take a peek online at:

Our school code is: GPJG9

Your purchases provide us with bonus points to be used towards new books for our classroom! Not only that, but you are setting the foundation to support your children in becoming life long lovers of reading!


Special Dates to Keep in Mind:

  • 1/1 No School (New Years Day)
  • Monday, 1/4/16: Return back to school (8:40 am for breakfast/8:50 am for regular arrival. Arriving after 8:50 is considered late)
  • Monday, 1/11/16: 1:40 Early Dismissal Day (Staff In-Service)
  • Monday, 1/18/16: No school (MLK Day)
  • Wed: 1/20, Thurs: 1/21, & Fri 1/22: Parent/Teacher Conferences & 1:40 Early Dismissal Days. P/T conference sign up will be posted the week of 1/11/16. Please sign up for a time that best suits your schedule! Phone conferences are available as well!
  • Wednesday, 1/27/16: School's Closed: Staff In Service

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