Monday, April 19, 2010

Our Summer school brochure went out last week. If you have not received one, they are next to the parent sign in sheet. Please let us know if you are interested (sooner the better).

The re-registration form for Fall 2010 will be going out this week. There is a $200.00 fee that will be applied towards your child’s first semester tuition fee. There will be a payment box on top of the sign in area for dropping off registration forms and fees, both of which are due by Friday, April 30th 2010. Rather than giving the forms and fees to Sister Patricia, I would like to collect them myself and turn them in together to her.

Earth Day: some of the children (one in particular) are excited about planting an apple tree, so we were hoping that you the parents would be interested in donating any amount to fund the project.

On Friday, April 16th, we visited Alma Via. We walked across the street making sure that we looked both ways and used the crosswalks. We entered into a large room where many of the residents were waiting for us. All of the students were very excited to share our songs and stories with the residents and staff of Alma Via. We read and sang “Abiyoyo” (a classroom favorite) and “We All Sing with the Same Voice”. We also sang and danced to “The Chicken Dance” and our classroom name song “Bumble bee, bumble bee, won’t you say your name for me?”. The name song was particularly fun because the residents in the room participated and shared their names with us. We are planning to visit Alma Via on the second Friday of each month.

We focused on our garden last week and will continue to do so this week. The springtime weather is great for our plants and they are quickly growing. Everyday several new flowers open and develop. The children are very excited about and interested in watering the garden daily. Our tomatoes, artichoke, mint, and beans are growing particularly well.

To go along with our garden theme, we started to make individual mini potted plants. Each child either decorated, or is in the process of decorating, a small terra cotta pot. Then the children took the small, round soil pellets and placed them on a tray. The teachers placed small containers of water and eye-droppers on the table. Then the children dropped water on the soil and watched it expand and grow! This week we will continue filling pots with soil and planting seeds.

Last week we also made rose designs out of a celery stamp. The celery was cut down to the base and placed in different color paints. Then the children stamped their paper. When these paintings dried they looked so beautiful. Perhaps this week we will draw stems and leaves on these roses.