STARS Classroom News

February 1 - February 5

What We Learned Last Week

We have finished our Snow/Winter theme! We will read Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? We identified/labeled the animals in the story. We also worked on matching a small animal to a big animal. We used descriptive words to describe the animals (i.e. white polar bear, big flamingo, soft walrus, etc.)

What's Happening This Week...

To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no — here comes Mama!

We will learn about our 5 Senses, work on counting and rhyming. We will also pretend to paint our body parts with paint brushes as we read the story.

Matt and Molly...

A Gift for Molly

We will read the story and work on answering questions regarding the story!

Ask Your Child...

Here are some questions you can ask your child this week...


  • What do you do with a paint brush?
  • Can name 5 body parts?
  • Name something you can hear.
  • Name something you can taste.
  • Find items around your house that are soft, hard, rough or smooth to the touch.
  • What is your favorite color to paint with?

Table Time Activities:

Monday--Use Markers and dot markers to paint on heart shaped coffee filter: use eye dropper or spray bottles to put water on-using a tool to color, using a functional grasp, using pincers to squeeze eye dropper, hand strengthening to squeeze water bottle


Tuesday-Valentine’s Day card: cut watercolor newspaper heart out, glue on cardstock-scissor skills, hand strengthening to squeeze glue


Thursday- MOTOR GROUP- Our occupational and physical therapists will be implementing theme-oriented fine and gross motor activities during this time.


Friday- Science/Sensory time -We will be experimenting with ice. We will see what salt does with ice and then use different colors on the ice.

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Upcoming Information and Events:

*Check out Merrell's Message-a blog done by our Assistant Principal Kristen Merrell http://merrellsmessage.com/


*Thursday, February 11: Playdoh with Parents-Look for a flyer in your child's backpack


*February 12: No School!


*February 15: No School!


Transportation will be checking coats: Please read the information regarding winter coats and car seat safety- http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/12/winter-coats-and-car-seats-keeping-your-child-safe-and-warm/index.htm


Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun
(For use with youth ages 0 to 6 years)
Lee’s Summit Christian Church
800 NE Tudor Rd
Thursday’s, January 14, 21, 28 and Feb 4, 8
6:30 to 8:00 pm


Holy Spirit Catholic Church has generously donated new and gently used winter coats for the students at Great Beginnings. If your child is in need of a winter coat, please notify their teacher or call Mary Beth Panek, School Social Worker, at 986-2466.


Important information from the health room: Several brands of children’s cold medication have been recalled due to the dose cup being marked incorrectly which could lead to overdose. More information about which brands are affected can be found here:http://consumerist.com/2016/01/11/nine-retailers-recall-store-branded-childrens-cold-medicine-over-overdose-risks/?scrlybrkr=8aa7e434#. Please check any cold medication that you may have in the home to find out if it is part of the recall. In addition, do not use the affected dose cup with any other medication. For any questions about the recall, please contact the pharmacy where the medication was purchased.

Lee's Summit R-7 inclement weather closings communications

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District offers a variety of ways to learn about school closings due to inclement weather. After the decision to close school is made, the district will communicate in the following ways:

  • The very first place to learn of snow days is the superintendent’s Twitter, found@DrDavidMcGehee.

  • A recorded telephone call will go to all students’ families as well as staff members via a service known as SchoolMessenger. Families are encouraged to make sure their phone numbers are accurate and to notify their children’s school if there are changes in these numbers.

  • Snow days are shared via R-7 social media, including on R-7 Facebook, found by searching for “Lee’s Summit R-7 School District,” and on Twitter, found via @LSR7.

  • Information is shared in the district’s electronic newsletter. To subscribe, visithttp://www.lsr7.org/signup.

  • The information is posted on the district’s website at www.lsr7.org.

  • School closings are included on the district’s information telephone line at (816) 986-1001.

  • Local media are provided information about school closings. Listen or watch for “Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.”

Through the district’s SchoolMessenger recorded phone service, Lee’s Summit R-7 has the capability to send a recorded telephone message to all families within minutes. This service is used for school closings as well as other communication. If severe weather necessitates that students be sent home early during the school day, these emergency calls would go to up to six phone numbers per student, including home, cell phones and parents' work numbers. If a snow day is called the evening before or during the early morning, this emergency call will go only to students' home phone numbers as well as to all R-7 employees' home numbers. In the case of families with multiple children in the R-7 School District, SchoolMessenger will call the family just one time.

Families have the opportunity to opt out of the SchoolMessenger calls. Please note that if you do opt out of the calls, you will not receive any calls from the district or your child’s school via this service, including snow-day and other emergency notifications.

To update your records, R-7 families may contact their children’s schools. R-7 employees may update their employee records, including phone numbers, via Employee Online on the R-7 staffwebpage.


Below is the link to the Great Beginnings website. Please refer to the calendar for the updated events.

Fun Sensory Tubs/Activities to Do at Home:

Free Dental Screenings/Appointments:

TLC Family Dentistry, the dental office of Dr. Jamie Thurman-Taylor and Dr. Garret

Guthrie, will be participating in the annual “Give Kids a Smile Day.” On Friday, February 5,

2016, any child of ages 2 through 18 can be seen for no charge for treatment such as cleanings, exams, primary teeth extractions, fluoride treatments, x-rays, sealants and fillings. Please call for an appointment at 816-537-6161. TLC Family Dentistry is located at 3568 SW Market St., Lees Summit, MO 64082.

Other Related Books to Read:

Songs:

Hello Friends.wmv
The Story Chair with Cris singing I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Valentine's Day Song for Children | H E A R T Valentine I Love You Song for Kids
Skidamarink (Animated Version) | Super Simple Songs
Valentine's Day Song for Kids | 5 Little Hearts Valentine Song | Valentine Song for Kids
I See Something Pink | Colors Song | Super Simple Songs
pink color word song
Head Shoulders Knees & Toes (Sing It)
One Little Finger | Super Simple Songs
Wiggle It! Children's song by Patty Shukla
Shake and Move Children's song (DVD Version) by Patty Shukla