Duck..Duck..NEWS!

October 2017

Upcoming Events

October

2 & 3 - Character Ed Assemblies

5 - PTO Meeting at 4:30

11 - Early Release- Bus riders @11, car riders @12

For Latchkey info call @ 462-5073

12 & 13 - National Fire Safety Week

18 - McTeacher Night 4-8

23 thru 27- Parent/Teacher Conferences

23 thru 27 - Art Auction

30 & 31 - NO SCHOOL

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Our Curriculum

With first quarter ending, I wanted to take the opportunity to briefly describe the curriculum used in our classrooms.


Project Construct

Project Construct is a learner-centered approach to teaching preschool. We use your child’s interest to plan hands-on lessons and activities to keep him or her motivated and engaged. Your child is encouraged to collaborate and work together with peers, take initiative, express opinions, make choices, learn from errors, problem solve, think critically, and use creativity.


Handwriting Without Tears (HWOT)

HWOT is a fun, hands-on pre-writing and letter recognition curriculum. This program develops handwriting readiness skills with music, dough, magnetic stamps, and wood pieces. You will hear your child talking about Mat Man, big lines, and curved lines. It is very important to note that letter formation is taught through sticks and curves formation and your child will begin with the letter L. The pattern followed each week is not the normal alphabetical order.


Fundations

This is a program that your child will continue to learn in kindergarten. It is a phonics program that teaches print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, and vocabulary. These are all skills necessary for your child when learning to read. This program also has a writing component for teaching pre-K students letter formation.


Missouri Early Learning Standards

This link is the document we use to guide our instruction. http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/eel-el-2013-MELGoals.pdf


Sincerely,

Kelly Groeber

PTO

We had a great time getting to know our new friends at the Ice Cream Social. Thanks so much to everyone who came.


We are going up for our Annual Art Auction which will be held the week of Parent Teacher Conferences October 23-27th. Make sure you take time to stop by and place your bid on your favorite artwork! The students and teachers have been working hard creating amazing projects!


Our next 2 meetings will be Thursday October 5th and November 2nd. All meetings are held at 4:30pm at the Early Childhood Education Center.


We will be planning our Breakfast with Santa event for December.

From the Nurse...

Flu season is just around the corner! Symptoms of the flu may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and vomiting. The flu vaccine is a great way to help protect your family. Please contact your doctor or the local health department to schedule your appointment now.

REMINDERS

  • Early out Wednesdays are ALWAYS the 2nd WEDNESDAY of each month.
  • Please call the office if your child will not be at school.
  • Check your child's folder EVERY night.
  • Change out the clothes in your child's backpack to reflect the change in weather.

Counselor's Corner

Wanting to know more about your child's day? Try starting with these questions:
What was the best part of your day?
Tell me something that made you laugh today.
What is your favorite thing to do at recess?

Can you show me something you learned today?

What is different at school than at home?

Trauma Informed Schools

DESE is providing information for families on the Trauma-Informed School Initiative. There is helpful information at the following address should your family experience trauma.

www.motraumaschools.com


School counselors are a wonderful resource for families and are able to provide supports for your child to be successful at school should you need them. Always know that they are available to your child as needed.

Character Counts

Accountability is the character word of the month which is taking responsibility for our own words and actions. Helping a child to take responsibility for their actions and words can begin with taking everyday life situations and pointing out the natural consequences. This can help them connect the impact their words and actions have on themselves and others which can help them to understand the importance of taking responsibility for what they do. Giving a child a chore and then explaining the natural consequences of what happens if the job is completed or not completed is a good way to teach accountability.

Simba's Shout Out

Ruff! I am slowly beginning to do a few jobs around the school. Students can take me on a walk if they need a break or a reward and I am occasionally greeting students when they walk into school. Thank you to everyone who donated for my basket at the Mouse Races!

Lost and Found

There is a lost and found box in the office. If your child is missing something please contact the office and we can check the box. Currently there are 4 jackets in there. Anything not claimed by Dec.1 will be donated.

READING CALENDAR

The Nightly Reading Record Sheet is an amazing way to make sure reading is a priority in your house. When your child returns a monthly reading calendar completely filled in, they will receive a fun book and a prize to take home. PLEASE take the time to print this calendar for your child. http://www.troy.k12.mo.us/domain/88 Monthly participation allows your child to learn and also spend quality time with you.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

–Emily Buchwald

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)

Each month a PBIS sheet will come home with your child to help your family support the positive behavior that your child is learning and practicing at school. Hopefully PBIS will encourage your child have positive behavior at home as well. Please read over each item on the monthly PBIS sheet and when your child has completed those tasks he or she can return it to school to add a cutout to our PBIS wall. A copy of the form can be found at this link. http://www.troy.k12.mo.us/domain/88