GSES Pre-K News

A Peek Into Our Week

Literacy

Our unit for the next week is, My Five Senses. During this unit, we will talk about how our senses work together to help us learn about the world around us. We will talk about each of our five senses (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting), and your child will give examples of how each sense helps him/her daily. We will read books about each of the five senses. Your child will participate in activities that help him/her understand the specific job of each sense.

Math


In math, we will be creating scarecrow glyphs. Glyphs for Pre-K students can be described as a pictorial form of collecting data. This is a fun way for students to get to know more about each other while creating a interesting piece of art. Reading a glyph and interpreting the information represented is a skill that requires deeper thinking.

Handwriting Without Tears

This week students will be introduced to the letter formation of upper case T. The terminology that we will use in class is “Big line down. Little line across the top.” Students will generate a fluency word list of initial T words after hearing the book, Alpha Tales.

Technology

It has been a fantastic beginning to the school year! Students have been hard at work learning about Digital Citizenship, navigating appropriate websites, and being introduced to Microsoft Programs. Students have also learned how to use multiple apps that have lent themselves to some very meaningful work in the classroom. I have created a webpage for GSES students to help them navigate to appropriate websites. Please visit www.gsestorres.weebly.com for some fun educational websites your child can use at school and at home. Students will be learning how to use many apps this year! Some of the apps we will be using are listed below. These apps will be used to create and show our thinking!

PicCollage

BookCreator

Doodlebuddy

Popplet

iMovie

Geoboard

ShowMe

Explain Everything

Thinglink

PuppetEdu

PicPlayPost

Chatterpix

Feltboard

Fall Recipe for Play - Pumpkin Spice Latte Oobleck

In our current center rotation, we have been experimenting with a fun scented fall recipe for play. If you are a coffee drinker, then one of the first scents that may come to mind is the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. If you don't drink coffee, you probably can't relate, but for most of us who love coffee, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes mark the start of fall. We wanted to incorporate the scent of a pumpkin spice latte into our play, and boy has it been a hit!


Pumpkin Spice Latte Oobleck Recipe:



Supplies:




Directions: Oobleck is made by combining equal parts of water and cornstarch. To make our pumpkin spice latte Oobleck use cooled down coffee. Mix the Oobleck lattes with your hands or big spoon. One word of advice is to add the water (or coffee) sparingly. Watery Oobleck will not be thick enough to be a solid. The cool thing about Oobleck is that it is both a liquid and a solid. You can scoop up a handful, and almost immediately it runs out between your fingers. Add water slowly to ensure the texture is thick enough. Serve up in a paper coffee cup.


Recipe from: Learn, Play, Imagine

Speech Screening- November 2, 2015

Please look in your child's Monday folder for the Metroplex Educational Consultants Speech Screening form. This screening will be performed right here at GSES for any families interested in having their child's speech, voice quality, fluency and/or language evaluated. The cost is $13. Simply complete the form and return to school.

Ucoming Dates

Friday, October 16- Carnival T-Shirt Day

Saturday, October 17- GSPO Carnival

Sunday, October 18- Episcopal School Sunday

Friday, October 30- Halloween Parade and party

Halloween Party

Friday, October 30th from 1-2 pm in the Cottage. Students may wear their Halloween costume to school, but please leave any accessories (masks, brooms, swords, etc.) at home, so they will not be misplaced. Please join us at 8:00 for our Halloween Parade and come back at 1:00 for the party.

Scholastic Book Orders- Due Friday, October 16

www.scholasticbookclubs.com

Activation Codes:

Lee- HVWRR

Roetzel- HYMMT

Graham- NFBPK

Kersting- NFKCP

Pumpkin Contest

The Library Pumpkin Contest is here! Bring a carved or decorated pumpkin to the library ON WEDNESDAY, October 28 (pumpkins must arrive before 7:50 am). Pumpkins will be judged on Friday, the 30th. You can choose to base your pumpkin on a fiction or non-fiction book character, or make a GSES spirit pumpkin. Email Lindsay Marchant with questions lmarchant@gsesdallas.org.

Birthday Shout-Outs

October 13th- Jacob Feather
October 14th- Nate Huddleston

October 17th- Sara Sidi