Duck Tales

October 2018

Hi Duck Parents,

September was a great month! The kids are starting to get used to the routine and are settling in well. We continue to work on using manners (please and thank you) and our words (not our hands) when we need or want something. We appreciate your reinforcing this with your kids at home too. Thanks!

Fall Party

We will have a Fall Party on October 30th and 31th. The kids can bring their costumes to school in their backpacks. They will be dressing up for Trick-or-Treating at 12:45pm around the school offices. We will have a party sign-up sheet outside our door to bring allergy friendly snacks, games, and a craft. We will have a class party at 1:00pm right after Trick-or-Treating. Parents are invited to join us for the party.

Reminders

We will be going outside as often as possible as weather permits. As the weather changes to cooler temperatures please send a jacket to school. Please be sure to label it with your child’s first and last name. We also ask that you avoid sending your child to school in flip flops or shoes that easily slip off. These types of shoes can cause the kids to fall and get hurt. Please send your child to school in regular tennis shoes or sturdy shoes that stay on your child’s feet during active play outside or in PE.

Themes and Activities for October

Shape of the month: Oval

Color of the month: Orange

Fruit of the Spirit: “Self-Control”

Bible Curriculum: “ The Story for Little Ones”

Week 1: Abraham Follows God

Week 2: Joseph Forgives His Brothers

Week 3: God Protects Moses

Week 4: The Ten Commandments

Week 5: Two Believing Men

Nocturnal Animals

Books: Nighttime, Night Animals, Night Creatures, Little Owls Day, Little Owls Night

Songs and Finger-plays: 5 Little Owls, I’m a Little Raccoon, Raccoon Song

Table and Sensory Activities: bats in rice, animals sorting

Arts/Crafts: snowy owls, bats at night

Apples

Books: Apples, Apple Facts

Songs and Finger-plays: Apple On The Ground, Five Apples, Five Red Apples,

Applesauce

Table and Sensory Activities: apple sorting, colors of an apple, orchard walk

Science/Math: apple sauce making, sinking/floating

Arts/Crafts: apple painting art work, painting an apple

Farm Animals

Books: Old MacDonald Felt Story, Little Red Hen, If You Want To Give a Pig A Party,

Songs: Old MacDonald, Farmer in the Dell

Table/ Sensory Activities: farm animals lacing, size matching and sorting, sensory corn and farm animals

Arts/Crafts: curly pig tails, woolly sheep

Fire Safety and Community Helpers

Books: Policeman Small, Emergency, Fire Fire

Songs/Finger-plays: Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck, Ten Brave Firefighters, Who are the people in your Neighborhood?

Table/Sensory Activities: community helper sorting and matching, dress the first responders, felt community helpers matching/sorting

Art/Craft: spots on a dog gluing, stoplight colors, fire color squishing


Pumpkins

Books: A Pumpkin Prayer, Pumpkin Patch Parable

Songs/Finger-plays: I’m a Little Pumpkin, Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin,

Pumpkin Song,

Table/Sensory Activities: pumpkin size sorting, carving a pumpkin

Science: pumpkin slime, sinking/floating

Arts/Crafts: candy corn hand-prints, gooey pumpkin painting

School Wide News

School Portraits

School portrait days are Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd. Please refer to the email sent out last week to find out what day your child will be photographed. If you have more than one student in the program, we will coordinate a time when the siblings can have their pictures taken together. Picture make-up days will be October 9th and 10th.


Farmer’s Market - Thursday, October 4th from 12:45-1:45pm

The PreK and JrK classes have been busy learning about “The Farm” and growing their own plants and vegetables in preparation for our annual Farmer’s Market. In addition, they will have pumpkins, salsa, butter, crafts, and more! All items will be available for a penny (or donation) with proceeds going to Damali, the child that Waterstone Preschool sponsors through Compassion International. It will be a fun, festive time so plan to come a little early for pick up and enjoy all of the wonderful goodies!


Canned Food Drive
Keep those canned and dry food items coming, the last day for the food drive for the Bees, Turtles, Ducks, Chipmunks and Fox classes is October 4th.

Fall Festival at Waterstone
Fall is here! Join our friends at Waterstone Community Church for a free lunch and market of local farmers, artists and creators. Let’s celebrate the season with a hay ride, pumpkin decorating, photo booth bus, petting zoo, crafts and more!
Sunday, October 7 in the West Parking Lot at Waterstone Community Church
Artisan Market: 10am-2:00pm
Lunch & Activities: 11:30-2:00pm

Stop by the pumpkin decorating station and say Hi to the Preschool staff!

October is Dental Health Month and Fire Prevention Week

Changing leaves and cooler weather, autumn is here at Waterstone Preschool! This month is all about dental health for kids and fire prevention week is October 7th-13th. As part of Waterstone’s family enrichment section, included are dental hygiene and fire prevention tips. Please contact the preschool if you would like more information regarding specific resources.

October Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

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!

School Pictures

October 2 and 3

Farmers Market

October 4
Fall Festival
October 7

Picture Make-Up Day

October 10 and 11

No School – Jefferson County Fall Break

October 12

Fire Truck Visits
October 23 and 24 from 10-11am