Chipmunk Chatter

November 2018

Hello Chipmunk Families,

Thank you for all your support and involvement in our Halloween Activities. We had a blast! In November we will be learning about how to be thankful and what it truly means. It will be a fun, busy November.

November at a Glance

As the children are growing, we will introduce more stand-up activities to strengthen the forearms and wrists to get ready to hold writing utensils correctly.

Scissors will continually be available for the kids to practice their cutting skills. We will be gathering a cutting sample this month.


Free choice writing activities are available throughout each day.

This month we will be doing Stone Soup as a class cooking and science project. We will let you know what items we will need.

Concepts:

  • Color – Brown
  • Shape – Triangle
  • Number -3
  • Letters – H, I, J and Review
  • Bible Story – The Passover
  • Books – The Bible Passover, Leaf Man, The Leaf Blew In, The Night Before Thanksgiving, I am Thankful!

11/5-11/8 ~ We will finish exploring Fall. Using eyedroppers and water color, we will be working on dexterity and hand strength to create our Leaf Men. Leaf rubbing will be available for us to learn new vocabulary words and extend language and extensive question asking. This week we will also talk about what healthy foods are as we begin our Stone Soup activities.

11/12-11/15 ~ This week we are excited to make our Stone Soup. The teachers will work with the children on accepting and requesting help through the cooking activity as well as problem solving techniques with peers. Through the beginning months of school the children have learned how to express their feeling with words (we continue to practice this skill). We will add to this by suggesting to ask for help from teachers and peers. Will you pass the trash (at lunch), may I have a turn, Ms. Gabby or Ms. Kirstin can you help me with________,? All of these questions are examples of how the children request help.


11/19-11/22 ~ Thanksgiving…We are preparing for Thanksgiving! This week we will work on reciting numbers in order as we count how many feathers the turkey has. We will ask, what does Thanksgiving smell like. Teaching to the sense, we encourage the children to use extensive language to express what they are smelling. To work on arm and hand strength, the children will have the opportunity to draw on the ceiling, (under the table).

School Wide News

Arrival and Departure

All classes start promptly at 9:30am and end at 1:30pm. In respect for staff time, children should not be dropped off before 9:30am and should be picked up no later than 1:30pm. Families who have not picked up their child by 1:40pm will be subject to a charge of $1/minute for every minute after this time until the child has been picked up. If an emergency occurs that will cause you to be late picking up your child, please contact the Preschool Director immediately. If a child is not picked up within a reasonable time frame, the Preschool Director will call the emergency contacts to pick up the child. If a child has not been picked up by 2:30 p.m. and a parent or emergency contact cannot be contacted, the Preschool Director may contact social services to find a safe place for the child until a parent or emergency contact can arrange to pick up the child.

School Portraits
School Portraits are now available for viewing/purchasing. To keep things simple, when you purchase photos you will pay a fixed fee to purchase the entire gallery of digital photos: this will give you the flexibility to share and print however you choose. (Please note that the photos will be delivered electronically for you to download onto your computer, not via a disc or drive.) The purchase price is $35/child or $60/family through November 4th, and beginning on November 5th the prices will be $40/child or $65/family. To view and order, please follow the directions detailed in the email sent out on October 19th.

Field Trip

We will have an in-house field trip on Wednesday, November 28th. Puppets & Things on Strings will be here to provide a fun interactive puppet presentation that provides comedy, theater and audience participation. If your child does not attend on Wednesday, please feel free to come and join us.

Show times are: 11-11:45am: (Deer, Frogs, Fish, Raccoon), 12-12:30pm: (Bees, Ducks, Turtles, Chipmunks, Fox)

Operation Christmas Child

Waterstone Preschool is excited to participate in Operation Christmas Child again this year to spread the love of Christ and bring some joy to children around the world who would otherwise not be receiving Christmas gifts. We need your help filling shoeboxes with small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, etc. How much you spend on items to fill the box is a personal choice but it can be done for as little as $10. There is also a suggested $7 donation to help cover the costs of shipping. You can pick up all of the information you need at the Operation Christmas Child Display in the Concourse or by visiting samaritanpurse.org. Please bring your completed boxes in by November 16th.

Farmers Market Recap

A great big THANK YOU to all the families that participated in the canned food drive for the 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s and Famers Market Pre-K/Jr. K outreach projects. We were able to donate 455 food items and $100 donation to the Action Center! Your generous donations from the Farmers Market will also send $353 to Waterstone’s Compassion International Child, Damali and her family. Thank you for continuing to instill a neighboring heart with your children and reaching out to help others with Christ’s love.

Healthy Skin Awareness Month

Gobble Gobble! November is here and a chill is in the air, Waterstone Preschool! As you and your family adventure outdoors don’t forget to take care of your skin. This month is all about healthy skin and protecting your child’s skin in the cold weather. As part of Waterstone’s family enrichment section, include below are helpful tips and resources. Please contact the preschool if you would like more information regarding specific needs.

November Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

Mark your Calendars!

Operation Christmas Child Due Date
November 16

No School – Thanksgiving Break

November 19-23

In-House Field Trip
November 28
Save the Date - Christmas Program

December 17 at 12pm

NO School - Winter Break

December 24 - January 8