Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday May 20th at 7 pm we will be performing at the Dance Festival! We have decorated special shirts that we will wear the night of the performance! We are hoping that every student will be able to participate in the performance! During our performance we will be lying on the floor and rolling around so keep that in mind when choosing what bottoms your child will wear. If you plan on your child wearing a skirt make sure that you put leggings or short underneath.

We are starting a new program: Utopia’s Book Swap!
* Here’s the deal: We made 26 bags with three books inside each bag. Every Thursday each student will choose one bag. The student, with the help of the parent, will find his or her checkout card. He/she will then write the number of the bag next to the corresponding date when he/she checks the bag out.
* The bags need to be returned on the following Tuesday. When they are returned, the students need to find their checkout cards and write the number of the bag they are returning next to the corresponding date.
* If your child comes to school only comes to school Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, you will check a bag out on Wednesdays and return them on Mondays.

New Reading Area:
Utopia has added a new reading area to its classroom! We placed a soft mat on the floor, and on top we placed a couch complete with pillows, a large squishy chair, and a small bench to create a comfortable atmosphere that is perfect for reading. There is a basket full of books in the reading area, along with new extra large books that can be placed on a stand so the children can read them to their friends. Our new area has only been set up for one day, and the children are already utilizing the area and have made it the go-to spot in the classroom.

Play Dough Project:
Over the course of the week, the children have been taking part in an on-going Play Dough project. At the beginning of the week we made many batches of Play Dough in an array of colors, including green, blue, purple, and yellow. Over the next couple of days, they mixed all of the different Play Doughs together to create a colorful mix. The children then used cookie-cutters to cut out their own shapes, which include hearts, bells, angels and trucks. Next week, we are going to finish up the project by having the children paint their shapes to individualize their play dough cut outs.