Ms. Tori's Update 9-14-18

Hello Preschool Families!!  


We hope that you are enjoying the beautiful weather.


A Week in Review:

·      We continued our first STEM unit on Life Cycles. We talked about what scientists do. We were able to be scientists this week and observe caterpillars eating and starting to form their chrysalis.

· We talked about the number, two, 2. How do we write 2? Can we find things that come as 2 objects or pairs?

· We worked with letters, Ee and Ff. We talked about things that started with that letter and how to form that letter. We practiced saying the sound with Baby Echo.

· We talked about the color Green. We looked who was wearing the color and where we could find it in our classroom and outside. We sang this song about the color Yellow:

·      Green


G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N





What to Expect:

·       ­Letters: Gg, Hh

·       The number: Three, 3

·       The color: Blue

·       ­The Shape: Square

·       STEM Unit starts: Life Cycles: What are plants? What are the parts of plants?

Thank you for your support working with your preschooler at home really makes a differences!

Important Dates:

·      Sept. 4th- Oct. 5th: STEM Unit 1 Starts: Life Cycles

·      Sept. 15th: Miner’s Day Parade: 10am

·      Sept. 20th: Love and Logic Class: 6pm – 7:30pm

·      Sept. 21st: Volunteer Training: 9:00am to 10:30am

o   With Ms. Jo and Ms. Nicky

·      Sept. 24th: Believe Fundraiser begins

·      Sept. 24th: Hearing and Vision Screenings

·      Sept. 25th: McDonald’s Spirit Night: 4pm – 8pm

·      Sept. 25th: Picture Day

School News/District News:

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)

Miners Day

      Come participate in the Miner’s Day Parade on Saturday, September 15th, 2018, This community event is a terrific tradition and great way for us to pull together to show some school spirit in our community

Volunteering at Spark!:

We welcome parent, guardian, and grandparent volunteers and want you to be involved.  For preschool, it is required by licensing that volunteer training be offered and attended to volunteer in classrooms or the school.  This is a session where children over the age of 6 months should not be present. The next session for training, offered by Ms. Jo Feurer and Ms. Nicky Willis, will be on Friday, September 21st from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.  After that, there will be a training in October, January, February, and March offered at various times.  

Speaking of volunteering, we are looking for an office squad of volunteers this school year to better assist our teachers in clerical ways (copying, laminating, stapling, sorting, etc).  Sometimes, children have a difficult time at this age having a family member volunteer in the classroom, as it can be difficult with separation, anxiety, or behaviors. If you’d like to volunteer but know the classroom will be a difficult space, we are looking for a volunteer in the office for each session of preschool in the AM and PM Monday through Thursday, for a total of eight dependable, reliable volunteers each week. This will help teachers across the school make the best use of their planning time during the week and on Fridays. We already have a volunteer on Monday and Wednesday mornings! Please consider assisting our staff in this manner if the idea of being in the classroom doesn't appeal to you. The below training is required. If you are interested, please email me at

·       Monday, August 13, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm -completed

·       Friday, September 21 from 9 am - 10:30 am

·       Monday, October 22 from 4 - 5:30 pm

·       Friday, January 18th from 9 am - 10:30 am

·       Tuesday, February 19 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

·       Friday, March 15 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Tori & Mrs. Claudia

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