STARS Classroom News

December 7 - December 11

What Happened Last Week!

Last week we finished up our Soup/Thanksgiving theme :) We worked on identifying and labeling fork, knife, and spoon, and talked about which one we use to eat soup. We made different alphabet soups, at table time. The kids really enjoyed the sing songy book,Soup Opera :)

What Will Happen This Week!

This week we will start the Christmas theme! We are going to read the book 5 Presents Under the Christmas Tree. We will practice counting, identifying, and labeling numbers. We will also work on identifying and labeling colors of the presents! Each present has a toy/item in it and we work on identify and label the toys, imitate the actions with the toys (i.e. drive a car, throw a ball, etc.), and describe what you can do with the toy (i.e. you throw a ball, you read a book, etc.). The children will get to open the presents :)

Matt and Molly

The Wreath:

Look for a copy of the story in your child's backpack :)

Table Time Activites

Monday: Wreath-use a dish scrubber to make a wreath, glue bow on: using a tool to paint, hand strengthening to squeeze glue

Tuesday: Christmas Trees-Cut strips of green paper to make a tree, glue pom poms, beads, stars, etc. on: cutting on a line, small to big concept, hand strengthening to squeeze glue

Thursday: Stocking-lace stockings, decorate, and glue cotton on top: fine motor to lace, hand strengthening to squeeze glue

Friday: Christmas Tree-use toilet paper rolls to make a Christmas tree, and Q tips to make lights on the tree: using materials to paint, art/creativity

Upcoming Information and Important Events:

*Check out Merrell's Message-a blog done by our Assistant Principal Kristen Merrell :)

*December 14th is a Winter Event for parents...Information was sent home in your child's backpack on Friday!! Please let me know if you didn't get it!

*No school December 18

*Christmas Break is December 18-Jan 4

Please watch for flyer in your child's backpack :

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.

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

Great Beginnings Early Education Center

celebrates 10th anniversary at Nov. 12 event

Great Beginnings Early Education Center recognized its 10th anniversary Nov. 12 with a special community celebration. Approximately 100 people attended the event, which included a brief Great Beginnings history lesson, tours of the facility and a reception.

This year marks the 10th year that Lee’s Summit R-7 School District preschool programs and Parents As Teachers have been housed in the current location, although both programs began serving the community’s youngest children in the 1980s.

The Great Beginnings facility was the result of a unique partnership including a capital campaign through the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor and a voter-approved no-tax-increase bond issue.

Great Beginnings includes a preschool program for approximately 400 students who qualify based on a spectrum of at-risk elements, developmental delays and special needs. The center also serves children by offering targeted programs in areas such as speech, physical and occupational therapy.

Parents As Teachers is a program for families with children from birth through age 5. Through Parents As Teachers, trained parent educators visit families with young children in their homes, interact with the children, share information about developmental milestones and assist families with questions and concerns. Over the course of the year, more than 1,700 families will be served by the Parents As Teachers program.

The preschool program was piloted in 1981 and was initially located near what is now the district’s Miller Park Center. Parents As Teachers began in 1985, also initially operating out of Miller Park Center (then serving as the district’s administrative office).

Since the current facility opened in 2005, enrollment at the preschool has continued to grow with the program now expanding into eight satellite classrooms located in three elementary schools.

As part of this year’s celebration, the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is providing individuals, organizations and businesses with the opportunity to give the center a birthday gift. The Foundation’s birthday wish list for the center includes items such as playground equipment, outdoor signage, a sensory garden and special events for children. For more information, visit the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation’s secure online donation site.

To view a brief video of Great Beginnings history, visit the Foundation’s YouTube channel.

Fun Sensory Tubs and Other Ideas To Do At Home:

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