Ms. Piper's Update 12-1-17

Ms. Piper’s Class Newsletter 12-5-17

Hello, preschool families! We hope this message finds you well. This is the classroom update for the month of December.

What We’re Learning

From Nov. 27-Jan. 18, our STEM Unit is Robotics. So far, the children have enjoyed learning about our five senses (because robots use sensors to operate) and exploring Cubelets, which are little robot blocks that can be combined in different ways. We will be incorporating more robots and coding as the unit progresses. We have incorporated the Robotics theme into our centers, including various robot building sets and Alpha/Number Bots, and into our math and literacy activities.

Our PATHS Social Emotional Curriculum has focused on the calming technique known as “doing turtle,” solving problems with friends, and identifying which feelings are “comfortable” and which are “uncomfortable.” As always, we reiterate that ALL feelings are okay.

In literacy, we have now focused on identifying, writing, and naming the sounds of every letter in the alphabet. We will continue to review and practice these skills for the entire year. We are now practicing writing our names daily, using lowercase letters (except for the first letter, of course!).

In math, we incorporate counting and shape identification into our daily routines. We have also begun making patterns, subitizing (quickly identifying how many, without counting, like we do when we look at dice), and reading numerals.

Important Dates:


  • Dec 7: PBIS reward -- Dance party in the Gym
  • Dec 7: Spark PTO meeting, 6-8 pm
  • Dec 14: Spirit Day- PJ Day $1 to wear PJs all day
  • Dec 14:  Winter celebration! More info below.
  • Dec 18-Jan 1: Winter Break
  • Jan 4: Spark PTO meeting6-8 pm
  • Jan 12:  Non-Student Contact Day—No school
  • Jan 15:  MLK Day—No school
  • Jan 18:  PBIS reward -- Board Games in the Cafeteria



Winter Celebration

Our Winter Celebration will be Thursday, Dec. 14. The morning class will celebrate from 10:30 – 11:10 am, and the afternoon class will celebrate from 2:25 – 3:05 pm. You are invited to join us! We are planning for the children to perform a new song they have been practicing, make a few holiday crafts, then enjoy snack time together. You can sign up for foods to bring/send HERE.

Remember, these treats must be prepackaged and cannot be prepared at home, due to health codes. If you sign up for foods that need prepping (such as fruits that need to be cut), please plan to arrive early so that you can prep them here. We hope to see everybody there! Please remember to enter through the front door of the school.

Family Photos

Many of our families sent in family photos at the beginning of the year. We have them on a bulletin board for the children to look at and share with their classmates. If you have not sent in a family photo, please do! It is fine to send by email, we can print them here.

Winter Clothing

We go outside on most days, as long as the temperature is 20 degrees or higher (but not if there is precipitation or the wind chill makes it colder than 20). Please make sure your child has adequate clothing to play outdoors for 20 minutes. Gloves and hats are needed most days now, especially for the morning class. Remember to label everything!

Classroom Wish List

·      We are ALWAYS in need of 5 oz. paper cups for snack

·      We would love some old magazines for the children to use to practice cutting with    scissors

Community Resources

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Seeks Child Medical Grant Applications from Colorado Families

Are you a family who could use a child medical grant? Colorado families in need of financial assistance for child medical care costs are encouraged to apply for a UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) grant. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child, to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Learn more!


--Ms. Piper and Ms. Sherry

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