Ms. Missy's Messenger

What's up in the Community Classroom?

March 17 - March 27, 2014

Ocean and Beach

For the next two weeks, we will be learning about the beach and the ocean. We will talk about many animals that live in the ocean. We will also learn about things you might take to the beach and things you might see if you go to the beach. We will make crafts, read books, play games, sing songs, and engage in sensory activities that relate to the ocean and the beach. As always, we will continue to work on appropriate social interactions, social language, turn-taking, and fine motor skills.

Weekly Concepts

  • Week 1 = K,k
  • Week 2 = Q,q


  • Week 1 = 25
  • Week 2 =26


  • Week 1 = Triangle
  • Week 2 = Diamond


  • Week 1 = Blue
  • Week 2 = Purple

Related Theme Books

Here are some great books about the ocean and the beach. I hope you get a chance to enjoy the library with your child!

  • Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea, by Jan Peck
  • At the Beach, by Anne and Harlow Rockwell
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell, by Lucille Colandro
  • Ten Little Fish, by Audrey and Bruce Wood
  • The Bravest Fish, by Matt Buckingham
  • Hello Ocean, by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Fun Dog, Sun Dog, by Deborah Heiligman
  • Commotion in the Ocean, by Giles Andreae
  • I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, by Kevin Sherry
  • Smiley Shark, by Ruth Galloway

Ms. Stephie's Speech Spot

Hello CRE speech families! The next two weeks we will be learning and talking about the beach and ocean. The first week we will focus on going to the beach and taking along needed items to make our trip fun. Activities will include sorting items, objects, and animals that you need or see at the beach/ocean. We will also include items that are not needed or seen at the beach/ocean to practice inferring and critical thinking skills. The second week we will include animals that live on the beach or in the ocean. Again we will include animals that don't belong there to allow the children to expand their language by answering "why" questions as well as using inferring and reasoning to draw conclusions. We will read the book Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae to introduce some of our ocean friends. As always, skills will focus on following directions, waiting/turn-taking, vocabulary development (descriptive and action words), language expansion, social language skills, sequencing, and speech sound development and practice. Small group activities will include opportunities to verbally interact with peers as well as attend to an adult directed activity. Have fun learning about the beach and ocean! Can you tell we are thinking about warm weather?! :0)

Kindergarten Round-Up

Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at all HSE elementary schools. If your child will be attending kindergarten next year, you are invited to attend at the elementary school your child will be attending. You and your child will be able to tour the school, meet the kindergarten teachers, and take a bus ride around the parking lot. If you are unable to attend, contact the school your child will be attending to inquire about an alternate time to complete registration. Even though your child is enrolled in the early childhood program, your child is not registered for kindergarten until you have completed the forms. If you are unsure which elementary school your child should attend, you can go to the HSE website Click on the tab "Our District." On the left hand side, you will see the links "Maps and Boundaries" and "Subdivision-School Finder." Both of those will help you find the correct elementary school your child should attend. If you have questions, please let me know.

HSE Illness Policy

Unfortunately, we have had many sick children and staff in our school recently, and I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the district's illness policy. If your child has had a fever, has vomited, or has had diarrhea, he/she must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. With a fever, your child must be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. I know this is sometimes frustrating, because you do not want your child to miss school. We don't want your child to miss school, either. However, we do not want to spread illness throughout the class. Thanks so much for your understanding.


  • If your child will not be riding the bus, please contact transportation prior to school to let them know at 594-4117.
  • Please check your child's notebook daily for important information and/or artwork that is being sent home.