Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

* This week we have had so much fun making the best gifts a mother could ever want! But we can’t tell you what we made….it’s a surprise! We have also been practicing a lot on our dance festival performance! The performance will be on May 20th at 7:00pm.

* On Thursday we read a story about Anansi the Spider. In the story Anansi weaves a web to catch a warrior’s good dreams! We began making our own dream catchers by painting the cut out rim of a paper plate. Next week we will continue the project by weaving yarn through holes punched in the plate and adding feathers and leaves to the bottom. They will eventually either hang from our ceiling in the classroom or, if your child does not stay for nap, be sent home to hang in your house. These dream catchers will ward off bad dreams and only send us good dreams. We will be a room full of happy nappers!

* Exciting news! Another new addition to our beautiful garden will be a new mural that students from the elementary school will be painting for us! Right now the primer is up and they will start painting soon. Also, Ezequiel Sanchez, our school’s custodian and horticulturalist, has been volunteering his extra time to build us planters for our garden! Thank you Ezequiel!

* Over the past few weeks the children have been bringing their favorite books to school to share with their fellow classmates. The children become very excited and proud when their books are read aloud during circle time and many times choose to sit in front of the class and read it aloud themselves. They sit in the teacher’s chair and instantly insert themselves into the role of the teacher, saying things like, “Please sit down so everyone can see,” and, “I cannot start reading until everyone is quiet.” The children like to show off their books to anyone who will listen and love to see their friends enjoying their book as much as they do. We encourage all children to bring in their favorite books to school; it gets the children excited about reading and exposes them to all different types of literature.

Joeeta reading a book to our students during group time!

Alex enjoying our new reading area!

Lauren and Gabe interested in a banana slug, one of the many creatures found in our garden. This slug captivated all of the children for quite a while!

Friday, April 23, 2010


Please remember to return your re-registration forms if your child is returning to Utopia preschool next school year. Forms are due back April 30th.

We have a new parent board in the cubby area to make sure we are keeping parents informed. Take a look at it when dropping off or picking up!

May 20th we will be performing at the school Dance Festival! The Festival will be at 7pm. We hope that everyone will be able to join us! We will be the first to perform so we will all walk in together. When our performance is over all children will go back and sit with their parents to enjoy the rest of the show.

May 17th we have no school. It is a student holiday. May 31st we are also closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Things we did this week:

In celebration of Earth day during morning circle on Thursday April 22nd the children answered the question, “What can we do to help on Earth day?” Every response was different and unique! In our “bounce area” we have a display of each child’s answer and the words to the Earth day song we learned. As a fun Earth day activity we made our own Earths by coloring coffee filters with blue and green markers and then using eye droppers to carefully put water on them to spread the colors.

Today, Friday, we experimented with citric acid, baking soda, vegetable oil, and different food colors. First we filled a cup half way full with water. Then we added citric acid and mixed it until it was dissolved. Then we added baking soda to the cup and watched the volcano fizzle! For our next experiment, we filled a cup half way full with vegetable oil then added warm water. We watched the large, sluggish bubbles move around the cup then we added blue food coloring, citric acid, and baking soda and watched it bubble over the cup. We did this experiment several times with different colors and the excitement around the table grew each time. Everyone had lots of fun doing this experiment!

An exciting addition to our garden this week was our new barrel compost! We learned about things we can put in it and can’t put in it. On Thursday we each took a turn putting leaves in and taking a look inside the cool barrel! We were very excited at lunch that day to put organic materials aside so we could later toss them in our compost!

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.