Ms. Alyssa's Update 8-31-17

Ms. Alyssa’s Weekly Update 8.31.17

I can’t believe tomorrow will be September! Students are starting to get used to the classroom routine and are getting more and more comfortable with peers and teachers. Thank you to everyone who made it to Georgia Boys for our first school fundraiser. It was a great turnout. Also, thank you for working hard on your child’s crayons about themselves! Remember no school on Monday! Enjoy your three day weekend.


This Week:

  • We continued to learn about our four school wide rules (Stay safe, use Teamwork, Act responsibly and Respect self and others- STAR) and earned 14 more STARPOWER tickets.

  • We talked about the color orange and sang a song to help us spell it. We played i-spy looking for Orange around the classroom.

  • We met “Suzie Circle”.. Susie Circle goes round and round, no straight lines, to be found.

  • We discussed the number 1 and practiced recognizing it, writing it and counting to 1. We have decided counting to 1 is “easy peasy!”

  • We read books starring MatMan as the main character and heard about his adventures involving shapes, opposites, and hats.

Next Week:

  • Please send in a family picture, if you have one, for our family picture wall. If you would like we can make a copy of your original.

  • Color: Yellow

  • Shape: Square

  • Number: Two (2)

  • Letters: Ll (Lizzy Lizard) and Ff (Francy Fish)

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • September 4th- Labor Day (No School)

  • September 6th- Late Start (K-12, not PK)

  • September 7th- PBIS Reward: Parachute Party

  • September 7th- Spark! PTO meeting (6:00-8:00pm)

  • September 13th- Spark! Spirit Night at McDonald’s (5:00-7:30pm)

  • September 14th- FREE Parenting Class (6:30-7:45pm)

  • September 14th- PJ Day (Bring $1)

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions! -Ms. Alyssa and Ms. Diana-

Did you know about our...

Community Resources:  We have information to connect families with local agencies regarding mental health, child nutrition, physical fitness, food bank, child find, medical and dental resources, in several locations:

1) In a notebook in the front office,

2) In our parent flyer stand at the front entrance

3) On our school website at

4) The black table at the front of the school also has activity packets for parents to take in English and Spanish (when possible)

Use of Interpreters for Families Speaking a language other than English

Spark! Discovery Preschool takes reasonable steps to ensure families with limited English proficiency have meaningful access and an equal opportunity to participate in their child’s education, activities, and programs. Our district uses district-approved language translation services for translation of written communications, such as newsletters, Individual Education Plans, and so on. Interpreters at Spark! Discovery Preschool will provide support for parents who may need this.  An interpreter is available daily in our school’s front office.  Additional interpreters are available for:

  • Ice Cream Social

  • Child Development parent classes (when requested)

  • Parenting classes (when requested)

  • Special Education meetings

  • Child-Find Meetings

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Referral Processes: If families would like to make a referral to a specialist, please discuss this with the School Special Education Facilitator. We host a Child Find satellite office at Spark! Discovery Preschool, to handle questions or concerns about child development, behavior, or mental health.  If you have questions about your child’s health, you should call our health clerk.  She will answer your questions or forward you to a SVVSD nurse.


Child Find at Spark! Discovery Preschool:  For children ages birth to five (who are not attending a district preschool already), developmental screenings and evaluations are provided by a District Child Find Assessment Team at Spark! Discovery Preschool (555 8th St., Frederick).  This Child Find Assessment Team may be comprised of School Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, a School Nurse, and Early Childhood Special Education Teachers. Autism and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Specialists consult as needed.

Other Plans for Academic or Behavioral Assistance:  A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a systemic, continuous improvement framework in which data-based problem-solving and decision making is practiced across all levels of the educational system for supporting students. A Multi-Tiered System of Supports helps our school to organize resources through alignment of academic standards and behavioral expectations, implemented with fidelity and sustained over time, in order to accelerate the performance of every student to achieve.

If you have any questions regarding this information, or something else,

let me know and I can find the answer :)

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