Friday, May 28, 2010

May 28

We hope everyone enjoys their 3 day weekend! Memorial day is Monday May 31st!Only one month left of school for Utopia Preschool!

Thursday June 3rd we will have a special breakfast for those kids who will not be here for our end of the school year potluck!

Our end of the school year potluck will be on Wednesday June 30th at 11:30 am! Everyone is invited to join us this day even if it is not your child's regular school day. We hope that everyone will be able to bring in something to share with the class! This day will be a minimal day. School will dismiss at 12:30!

Summer session begins Tuesday July 6th! Please make sure to fill out the summer registration form if you plan on having your child attend any of the sessions.

Please remember to return your book swap bag!If you lose a book please notify us right away.

Have a fun-filled weekend!

Friday, May 21, 2010

May 21, 2010

* This week we started our Utopia book swap. The book bags were sent out on Thursday and need to be returned by TUESDAY. Each bag has three books in it – please ensure that the bags are returned on time with all three books inside. Also, when returning the bags, please write the bag # on your students checkout card.

*Our Dance Festival was a success! Thank you for joining us! All the children were so excited to perform in front of their parents and the “Big Kids” of St. Thomas More. Everyone couldn’t wait to wear their special shirts that we made ourselves and worked so hard on all week!

* This week we began drawing family pictures. We took down the family pictures that were hanging on the branches and put them on the table so the children could look at the pictures while drawing! We are going to continue working on this art project next week. We have posted the completed ones in our dramatic play area.

* Thursday June 17th we are going to have an end of the school year art auction! This will be an after school event in which “special” artwork by your child will be auctioned! If anyone would like to help organize this event we would truly appreciate the help!

* Garden update: This week we planted asparagus seeds next to our sunflowers. The sunflowers are only a few inches tall right now but hopefully they start growing quickly! Our apple trees transplanted successfully and already a few tiny apples are growing on each tree.

* The students have shown a lot of interest in making books. Several students began making their own books. Many drew the story, wrote the title, wrote their names, and wrote the date. We will continue making books next week.

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.

Friday, May 7, 2010

May 07

* HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Have a fabulous Sunday!

* On Thursday, May 6th, Olivia Jimenez and Liane Louie-Badua (Ryan and Kai’s mommies) cooked us a fabulous lunch. The Jimenez family is from the island of Guam so they cooked us traditional Chamorro (the indigenous people of Guam) food. It included red rice, BBQ chicken, potato salad, and finedene sauce. Everyone had the opportunity to taste each item and several of our students especially enjoyed the red rice. Our class loves learning about different cultures! THANK YOU OLIVIA and LIANE!

* We added two apple trees to our garden this week! One is a Fuji apple tree and the other is a Gala apple tree. They are about 5ft. tall, with lots of buds, and one tiny apple already growing on the Gala. We also transplanted our sunflowers into our biggest flowerbed. These sunflowers were originally planted in tiny containers as seeds. They are about 2-3 in. tall and growing strong.

* Today, Friday May 7th, our class went to see a special opera performance! The 7th graders performed The Pirates of Penzance! Our class watched attentively! It was an exciting performance with pirates, police officers, and women in beautiful clothing singing on stage! Many of the children in our class were amazed that the people on stage were kids from our very own school. We can’t wait to be on stage just like them!

* Don’t forget that on May 20th we will be dancing at the Dance Festival! We have been practicing our special dance for the whole school and our families to watch and enjoy! The Dance Festival begins at 7pm in our gym.

* Also, remember to check the new parent board (above the cubbies) for special reminders! We only have two more months of school left and we want to make sure that everyone is informed about special events and dates!

* Thank you to all the families who enjoyed a night out at Chevy’s and helped raise money for our school!