News for the week of January 2nd

Miss Cleasby's 4K News

Welcome Back

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing time over winter break! It was a little disappointing we were not able to have our holiday party on the Friday before break due to the snow day. We will not be rescheduling it, but we will be sending home a gift that was meant to be sent home over break. In this short week we will be starting a unit on "Snow/Mittens". We will be continuing with of a review of the letter " M". We will also be reading and acting out the classic book "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. Below you will find a video of this story by clicking on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdCJ122MyDA

Literacy Bags

We will start sending home 4K Literacy Bags next week Tuesday, January 8th to those families that sign up to receive them. I will be sending home a form tomorrow where you can choose. The “book bags”, as I will refer to them, usually contain books, activities, stuffed animals, and various other items that relate to the book bag theme. The “book bags” are designed to be fun and informative ways for families to share literacy and learning experiences at home. Book Bags are a way to connect our school family with your home family in meaningful and enjoyable ways. The bags may contain specific theme related books and materials for you to enjoy at home with your child. Some bags are for special occasions such as birthdays and others are to reinforce things we are learning about in class.


The “book bags” will be sent home with students on Tuesdays and should be returned to school by the following Monday. We have 10 book bags per class (am and pm). Not every student will get to take home a bag each week. However, we will keep track and make sure that every student will be getting equal turns taking the different bags home.

Parenting Counts Education Series: Brain and Physical Development- Birth to Kindergarten

Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 6-8:30pm

1550 Madison Ave

Fort Atkinson, WI

The early years provide a foundation for future success. Children who have a loving, attentive caregiver who responds to their physical and emotional needs are off to a better start. If you are a parent of a young child, or if you caretake young children, this series will provide you with valuable information on whole-child development. This is Pillar 1 in the four part Parenting Counts Series. Participants will:

*Understand the importance of caregiver in relation to "whole-brain" development

*understand how to facilitate brain integration and self regulation

*Learn the eight dimensions of temperment and how to modify parent strategies to accommodate differences.

* Learn indicators of stress in children

*Practice strategies to diffuse stress for adults and children


This class is offered FREE to 4K parents. For more information or to register call Sheila at 920-723-0307 or online at www.thrivepsychology.com

Star of the Week- A.M. Class

Cameron W. was our "Star of the Week" during the last week of school before Christmas break. He did a great job showing us his many show and tell items. Cameron's mom came to visit and showed the family dog and read one of Cameron's favorite books to the class. Great job Cameron W.!

Reminders

* January Scholastic book fliers are being sent home this week. They are due back on Thursday, January 17th. Click on the following link if you would like to place an order. www.scholastic.com/bookclubs

*Please mark your calendars for a special parent/child craft night in February. The A.M. class craft night will take place on Monday, February 11th from 6:00- 7:00pm. The P.M. class craft night will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:00-7:00pm. We will be making a valentine craft and singing a few songs :)