Mrs. Collier's Kids ~ Jan. 6-15

Room 14

Staff: Mrs. Collier, Ms. Elisabeth Z, and Ms. Elizabeth A

Mrs. Collier’s voicemail: 851-6132

Hackmann Office: 851-6200

Themes: Jan 6-22: Winter; Jan 25-Feb 5: Transportation; Feb 8-19: All About Me: 5 Senses & Nutrition

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday with your children, friends and family! Ready…Get Set…Go! We are off and running into the 2nd semester!!

As the flu and cold season is here, just a reminder about the district illness policy. Please remember that students should stay home from school if they have any of the following within the 24 hours before attending school: a fever of 100+, two or more episodes of diarrhea, undiagnosed skin rashes, or two or more episodes of vomiting. If your child is absent from school please call the office (851-6200) or contact one of the teachers via text or email. If your child rides a bus, please contact the bus garage as well. Please remember to send hats, scarves, and mittens for your child and LABEL the items. They will still play outside for 10 minutes if the wind chill is above 15 degrees.

Some of the activities we will be doing the next two weeks...

*Sorting mittens by one and two attributes (Growing with Math)

*Memory game with pictures of winter items – introduce winter vocabulary (Language)

*Explore why ice melts (Science)

*Bean Bag Toss with numbered snowmen (Gross Motor & Math)

*Put pictures in order of how to build a snowman (Language – Story Sequencing)

*Practice zipping and buttoning our own coats – Practice at home too J (Self-Help Skills)

*Discuss that animals have fur to keep warm and then create a “furry” polar bear using craft materials (Art)

*Using a variety of materials, practice writing and recognizing the letters “Jj & Dd” (Handwriting Without Tears)

*Using a graphic organizer to chart whether we wear mittens or gloves (Growing with Math)

*Re-reading our “Circle Time Rules” book to remind students of our rules while on the carpet during circle time (Positive Behavior Supports - PBS)

*We will read the Nursery Rhymes: “Lucy Locket” and “Anna Elise” (Communication Arts)

*We will demonstrate how to follow directions and how to ask for what you need or want during activities – (follow-up from before break) (Social Skills)

Duckling Dates

Jan 6: First Day Back & Parent Meeting for Child Center at Central School Road @ 6:30pm (This is an informational meeting for parents concerning teaching our children to stay safe.)

Jan 11-15: Duckling Days – wear your Duckling t-shirts!

Jan 14 & 15: Child Center Classroom Presentations – Personal Safety Part 1

Jan 18: NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 21 & 22: Child Center Classroom Presentations – Personal Safety Part 2

Jan 29 & 30: Scholastic Orders Due

Enrollment 2016-2017

Mark your calendars!

Preschool Re-enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year begins on Monday, January 25, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at all Early Childhood locations and will continue thereafter during normal business hours. Re-enrollment is for students currently attending, their siblings and all FHSD employees. An activity supply fee is due at the time of re-enrollment.

Open enrollment for the entire Francis Howell Community will begin on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at all Early Childhood locations and will continue thereafter during normal business hours.

Out of District families will be able to enroll beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Thank you for your participation in our Francis Howell Preschool Programs!

Child Center Program

The Child Center will be presenting "The Body Safety Program" in January. The Body Safety Program will empower children to have a voice in an effort to help prevent them from becoming a victim of abuse.

This is an informational meeting for the parents to learn what information will be given to the children. There will be a Parent Night on January 6th at 6:30 PM at the Central Early Childhood Center.

If you are unable to attend the Parent Night and would like an overview of the program your child will be participating in, please view the informational video online.


*Talk about ways the weather changes and how the temperature affects weather. You can even do your own ice/water experiments at home

*Practice reciting the alphabet or writing the letters in order. If you have flashcards you can put those in order as a game, too

*Make up patterns to do at home. Example: Jump, Sit, Jump Sit

Books We Will Be Sharing Over the Next Two Weeks...

“The Mitten” by: Jan Brett

“One Winters Day” by: M. Christina Butler

“Snowballs” by: Lois Ehlert

“Polar Animals” by: Wade Cooper

“Winter is Here” by: Kimberly Weinberger

“All You Need for a Snowman” by: Alice Schertle

“If You Were a Penguin” by: Wendell and Florence Minor

Look Who Is Turning "5"...

Brooke Lovell – Jan. 7th