Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome Back!


We apologize for the delayed posting. We tried posting this last week and we thought we were successful. We only found out later that it didn't make it to our pre-k blog. Hopefully, the second try is a charm.

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Happy first week of school!

Going back to school can be both exciting and overwhelming for young children. It will take some time for them to adjust to their teachers, their classmates, and the new environment. Please help them with the transition by dropping them in school on time and picking them up on time.

Making Good Choices
Independence is one of our goals in Utopia. Please consider this when helping your child choose the clothes to wear and food to bring for lunch. The teachers will always be there to assist but we want to empower your child by allowing him to choose what food to eat and how much food to eat. Small portions of a variety of food from the different food groups work best.

Curriculum
We use emergent curriculum in class. Emergent curriculum ideas come from observation and careful planning of the environment. As themes emerge from play themes and interests of the students, they will be incorporated in the curriculum planning process. We will do a lot of observation and assessment for the first few weeks to help us understand their interests and preferences. We are excited with this process. We will let you know when our very first curriculum emerges!

It was wonderful to meet all of you this week. We are looking forward to a great partnership with you this school year.


New Staff:

Tina Baluyut is one of our new lead preschool teachers. Prior to joining Utopia, she was a Pre-K teacher at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. She was a first grade teacher at Convent of the Sacred Heart before deciding to return to preschool teaching. She has a daughter in the program and a first grade son in STM.


Dates to Remember:

Picture Taking _September 17, Friday
Parent Socials--October 16, Saturday, 10-12 Noon