# Indian Creek PK News

## This week in Pre-K

We are in our unit 5 -Holiday Traditions. Our key concept is changes and never changes. We are learning about different celebrations. We are going to look at Chanukah or Hanukkah and Kwanzaa this week. We are exploring the use of ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th) and sequencing events. We will be reviewing of the straight line letters( L, F,E, H, T and I) and continue with our curved letters ( C, O, Q, U, G, and S).

This week we will be working with letter C.

We will be working with rhyming words. Your child will need to be able to make a rhyme. If we say "star" your child will need to give us another rhyming word such as tar, car, far, and jar. We will start segmenting words into syllables and working with compound words. If we put them together we will also be taking words apart. Here is an example: the compound word is cupcake- if we take it apart you have cup and cake- this is also a two syllable word. We have already been exposing your children to syllables by clapping out their names. They should already know if their name is 1, 2,3 or 4 claps.

We will also be doing a lot of name writing- this is a task for our 3 year old and our 4 year old students. Each student should know how to write their name by the end of pre-k. This is using both upper case and lower case correctly.

We will also be reviewing counting one to nine objects in a set. We will focus on all numerals 1 to 9, sorting objects based on attributes (color, size, texture and shape). We will reviewing all the shapes we have learned to this date.

We will be doing some science related investigations with energy- we will be doing activities with light, heat, and electricity. Be prepared to be amazed. You can help at home by pointing out things like holiday lights, fires in the fireplace, doing simple things like turning out the lights in rooms.

The next phase of skills testing will happen when we return from Winter Break. This is why it is important for your to continue with the learning during the break.

## Library Change for AM and PM Classes

Ms. Russell has asked if we could change our times this week to accommodate the older students e-portfolios. We will not have library time on Wednesday.

Mrs. Freedenberg's PM class will go to the library on Monday at 12:30 pm

Mrs. Freedenberg's AM class will go to the library on Thursday at 9:00 am

Please make sure your child's is in their back pack in their book sack.

***** Whole Day Program-Mrs. Castillo's class will not have any changes in their scheduled library time. It will stay the same. ********

## Angel Tree

Hello Falcon Families! Our Angel Tree is up! It is located in the front of the school outside the office. The angel tree program is intended to help families in our school celebrate the holidays by providing children with gifts they would otherwise not receive. Please help make their holidays a little brighter by participating in this program.

If you would like to participate, please select an ornament off the tree and let Mrs. Boule in the front office know the letter and number at the top of the ornament you chose.

Please return the gifts wrapped with the ornament attached to the present by Friday, December 11th.

Thank you for all that you do to help the students and families of Indian Creek Elementary!

## Important Dates

Shopping in the Peppermint Village Holiday Shop

Mrs. Castillo's Whole day class will visit the shop on Tuesday December 8th from 10:15-10:45

Mrs. Freedenberg's AM class will visit the shop on Thursday December 10th from 10:15-10:45.

Mrs. Freedenberg's PM class will visit the shop on Thursday December 10th from 1:15-1:45

Picture Retakes- Friday December 11th

Did you miss school pictures or it was a bad picture? Good news! Picture retake day is scheduled for Friday December 11th. Please let us know by e-mail if your child needs a retake.

Winter Class Party-Thursday December 17th

Our winter class parties will be in one week. If you would like to help please let our room mothers know. We are sure they would love extra helping hands to pull the parties together. More information will be coming about the parties.

Mrs. Freedenberg's AM class will have their party at 10:00-10:45 AM

Mrs. Freedenberg's PM and Mrs. Castillo's Whole Day class will have their party at 1:45pm-2:30pm

Early Release December 18th

Please make arrangements for early release on December 18th,2015.

Full Day Class will meet from 7:50AM-12:30PM

Both Half Day Classes will meet. AM group will be 7:50 am to 9:50

and PM Group is 10:30 to 12:30. Please be on time!

## Weather and Clothing

When we left school it was still in the 80's. Now it is wet and in the 30's. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. If you send sweaters,jackets, or coats- please make sure you have written your child’s name on the tag or in the article of clothing. We are still planning on going outside unless it is raining or snowing. We will use our best judgement on outside play and follow our district guidelines for outside play. We will still have time to do gross motor play. It will be in the classroom or in our motor lab using parachutes, jumping horses, balls and other items.

## Cold and Flu season is HERE!

Your child’s health is of great importance. It is that time of year when colds, flu and viruses run wild in schools, churches, and other public places. We will take every precaution to have a healthy and safe environment. Please consider getting a flu shot for yourself and your child. Having the flu is not any fun and can be life threatening for young children.

We would like you to consider keeping your child home if they have fever, diarrhea and vomiting. It is requested that students be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please don't give your child a fever reducer and send them to school. Our bodies create a fever to fight viruses and to give us a warning that we are sick. When you send a child to school sick you will be impacting 20 plus families in addition to the teachers and their families. Teachers don't like missing days of school due to illness.

If your child becomes ill while at school, we will take them to the school nurse. The nurse will evaluate your child and contact you to let you know if you need to pick your child up. Please keep in mind the only person on campus that can give any medication is our school nurse.

## For Our Whole Day Parents

LABEL MEALS

We need your assistance with lunch boxes. We need to have your child's two meals CLEARLY marked. On the container write BREAKFAST and LUNCH.

NAP MATS
Please wash nap time blankets and return to school on Monday. There is nothing like napping on clean fresh bedding.

## Teacher Contact Information

Mrs. Rosalind Freedenberg

AM/PM Half Day Pre-Kindergarten

Office 469-713-5180

E-mail Freedenbergr@LISD.net

For Text Messaging please e-mail teacher for instructions

Mrs. Heather Castillo

Whole Day Pre-Kindergarten

Office 469-713-5180

E-mail: CastilloH@LISD.net

Ms. Jordan Hurley

PPCD Teacher

Office 469-713-5180

E-mail: HurleyJ@LISD.net