We are thankful for YOU!

We have so much to be thankful for...including our Blue Whale friends and their families!  

Next week, we will be preparing for Thanksgiving and learning about Native Americans and Pilgrims.  Be sure to stop by the classroom to see the Blue Whales sleeping in a tee pee or cooking their "freshly caught fish" over a campfire!  Our study of Thanksgiving will culminate with a celebration in Ascension Hall on Tuesday, November 20th at 11:30.  Your children will be singing a couple of special songs and sharing what they are thankful for.  Friends and family are welcome to join us. We will then join together with the Yellow Ducks and their families for some light snack food and fellowship.  Please volunteer to bring something or help out at the celebration by clicking on the link below.

 To sign up for the Thanksgiving Celebration, click here 

Thank you’s and reminders:

  • Thank you to Nao's family for snack this past week and thanks in advance to Thomas S and Gracey’s family for upcoming snack.

  • Preschool is closed November 12th for Veteran’s Day and November 21 & 22 for Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you all at the Thanksgiving Celebration!

Linda

Happy Halloween!

A “treat” for you….new photos in our class photo album! Click here or on the photo album button on our home page to view them!

The boys and girls looked terrific in their Halloween costumes today! Thank you for helping us to spread “Halloween cheer” around the Southern Village Market Square this morning. :)

I hope everyone has a safe and fun time time tonight and we will see you in the morning!

Happy Dan the Magic Man, Halloween & On To November!

We hope your child enjoyed our special show today with Happy Dan the Magic Man! He is an amazing entertainer and the true “magic” is in the way he brings smiles and laughter to young and old alike! After the show, it was fun watching the students imitate Magic Dan and his tricks on the playground!

This coming week we will continue to learn about fall changes and, of course, we will celebrate Halloween on Wednesday!  Your child should wear their costume to school that morning.   We will begin our "parade" around the Southern Village Market Square about 9:20.  Please feel free to join us if you would like. Everyone is welcome….siblings, grandparents, etc.  Your child will have an opportunity to change into play clothes after the "parade".  Also, be sure to "check out" the teacher decorated pumpkins in Ascension Hall. The students will be voting for their favorite later in the day.

The following week, we will spend a little time exploring our five senses and discovering how each one helps us to enjoy our life and keep us safe.  Finally, we will begin preparing for our Thanksgiving Celebration with the Yellow Ducks and all of our families on Tuesday, November 20th at 11:30 in Ascension Hall.  More information will follow, but please be sure to mark your calendars now!

Thank you's and reminders:

  • Thank you to Jocelyn’s family for providing snack this past week and to Levi L’s family for bringing snack next week.

  • Please check your child’s “change of clothing baggie” in their cubbie to make sure the clothes are appropriate for the cooler fall weather.

  • Speaking of cooler fall weather, please be sure to send your child to school with a coat or sweater. We go to the playground at 10:00 every day and the sun doesn’t always warm things up by then!

  • Thank you also, in advance, to Levi L’s family for providing play dough and library books for the month of November. :)

See you tomorrow and I hope you all have a nice weekend!

Linda

The Remainder of October

It was great talking with so many of you at the parent/teacher conferences! Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedules to meet with me. 

I can't believe the weather this fall. I hope “mother nature” is getting all this precipitation out of her system now and that we are spared snow and ice this winter!

Next week, we will begin a brief unit on nutrition.  The students will learn about healthy foods and why it is important to eat well and brush your teeth.  We finish up the month of October by discussing fall changes and Halloween.  On Wednesday, October 31st, your child is invited to wear his or her costume to school (no weapons please). Once everyone arrives, we will "parade" around the Southern Village Market Street District. You are welcome to walk with us and join in the fun!  We are hoping to leave the preschool around 9:20 and the "parade" should last about 20 minutes.  After the parade, your child will have an opportunity to change out of their costume.  Please see to it that they have something comfortable to wear for the remainder of the day.

Thanks you's and reminders:

  • Grace's family is kindly providing snack next week and Jocelyn’s family will bring snack the week of the 22nd.

  • A special thanks to Leigh Wilfley for coming in and speaking to the students about being a physical therapist.

  • Thank you to Brian Crook for subbing in the classroom on Wednesday.

  • Thanks again to the Crook family for supplying many of “Wally’s wish list” items.

  • Thanks in advance to Nao's family for providing library books on fall and Halloween. We still need volunteers to help bring in library books. If you would be willing, please click here.

Stay dry and I'll see you on Monday!

Linda

Photos Tomorrow and Other October Happenings!

Just a quick reminder that the Blue Whales will have their pictures taken tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 3rd! Don’t forget to bring your smiles to school!

We will begin the month of October by learning about different occupations and fire safety. Please let me know if you would like to come in sometime and talk to the students about your job. We would love to learn from the “expert”! We will also be talking about 9-1-1 and what to do in case of an emergency. On Thursday, October 11th, the Chapel Hill fire department will be visiting our school and bringing their fire truck! Be sure to ask your child about "don't hide, go outside", "fall and crawl" and "stop, drop and roll".  We had a fire drill last week where we practiced getting out of the building quickly and safely and going to our school "meeting place" (which is the tree across the parking lot). When you get the opportunity, please talk with your child about your family's outside "meeting place". The week of October 15th, we will have a weather safety drill and practice taking shelter in a safe inside room.

I look forward to meeting with you at our fall parent/teacher "getting to know you" conferences on Tuesday, October 9th and Wednesday, October 10th.  I will meet with you in the church office building #105 across the street in room #5. Ms. Missy and a substitute (Ms. Melanie on Tuesday and Ms. Jennifer or Mr. Brian on Wednesday) will keep things running smoothly in the classroom. If you haven't signed up for a conference yet, please click here or on the fall conferences "button" on the Blue Whale home page.

Now for a couple of thank you's and reminders:

  • Play dough for October was kindly provided by Thomas C’s family.

  • Thank you to Emery’s family and Sawyer’s family for providing snack this week and next.

  • Thanks to Levi H’s family for providing library books on occupations and fire safety.

  • One of our skill ring tokens for October is knowing your phone number. Your child may need additional help from home with this one!

  • Finally, thank you to Kristis for picking up the latest Triple P project.

  • Preschool will be closed Thursday, August 18th for fall break.

Finally, we currently have a building activity at our “woodworking station” that involves styrofoam and golf tees. Your child is more than welcome to keep their “creations” at home for good, but if you and your child decide you are going to throw them away, please consider “recycling” the golf tees and/or styrofoam by bringing these items back to school for reuse. Thanks!

Fun With Friends!

Last week we talked about what it means to be a good friend.  We discussed our feelings and what to do if a friend makes you mad. We also learned about our classroom "safe place" and different ways to breath in order to help us feel better. Our classroom now has a “kindness tree” and several of our students have already shown acts of kindness and placed a heart on our tree.

 Last Wednesday, Ms. Missy and I began teaching the students how to efficiently hold a pencil using a tripod grasp.  This grasp involves 3 "busy" fingers (thumbkin, pointer and middleman) holding the pencil and 2 "sleeping" fingers (ringman and pinky) holding onto a pillow (for ex. a cotton ball).  We will be working on efficient tripod grasps with your child at school this year, but feel free to reinforce these concepts at home.  I will have some handouts for you on efficient grasps and children's fine motor development at the parent/teacher conferences in October, if you are interested in learning more.  Fall conference sign up is now available.

 Please click here to sign up for a fall conference.

I hope your child enjoyed our Friendship Fair last Thursday.  A heartfelt thanks to our parent volunteers, Tori, Jennifer and Bryce, for making this event possible and to Leigh for providing snack!  I've added a few more pictures to our class photo album from our week for your viewing pleasure!

Please click here to see them.

The play dough sign up sheet is complete, but we still need several volunteers to bring in library books. Chapel Hill Library has book kits that correspond to our themes. Each book kit contains 15 books, so it’s as easy as checking out 1 thing! If you aren’t a member at a local library, you can also provide 15 books from your personal home collection. Thank you to those who have already signed up. If you are willing, you may sign up to bring books more than once.

Please help our class by clicking here to sign up to bring books.

This week, we will be learning more about each other's families.  Thanks everyone, for providing pictures for our upcoming "family flower pot" project and a fun "baby guessing" game.  Also this week, your child will have a chance to earn their skill ring token for knowing their birthday. This is one of the 3 tokens that may need some extra help from home.  

We are excited to be celebrating Emery, our star of the week! Finally, thanks to Thomas C’s family for providing snack this week, thanks to everyone who took and completed a triple P project and thanks to the generous parents who bought items from our Wally Wish list!  Blue Whale families are the best!

Linda

Busy Blue Whales!

We had a very busy and wonderful week!   A few of the things we did...

  • We learned about "classroom helpers" and each student was assigned their first "job". The “jobs” will rotate on a weekly basis, so your child will have a turn (or two) at each job throughout the year.

  • We had our first "lunch bunch".

  • We graphed our eye and hair colors and made "people" to look like ourselves.

  • We voted on a name for our class fish. The winner was "Isabelle".

  • We sponge painted our Blue Whale t-shirts. These t-shirts will be kept at school and used for special class events and field trips. Your child will get to bring it home for good at the end of the school year.

  • We learned about the letter "L" and Clara our class caterpillar.

  • We made faces out of our snack food (A special thank you to Quinn's family for providing the ingredients.)

  • We had our first "Star of the Week".

  • We celebrated our first Blue Whale Birthday!

  • And we learned about skill rings. Your child had an opportunity to earn their first token for knowing their first and last names.

A note about the skill rings...as I mentioned at the parent open house, this activity is meant to be FUN (collecting things) and motivating, NOT stressful!  Our theme this week was "All About Me", so we have been talking about how we are all special and unique.  I told the students that not everyone will receive their tokens at the same time and that this is perfectly okay because we are all different.  They can earn them anytime throughout the entire year:

A few reminders and notes about next week:

  • Family and baby pictures are due Monday, Sept 17th.

  • Snack is kindly being provided next week by Ava’s family.

  • We still really need volunteers to help with play dough and library books. Please consider signing up by clicking on the links below:

    Playdough: click here

    Library Books: click here

  • Thank you to Jocelyn's family for providing library books for the next 2 units.

  • Our theme for next week is "friendship" and we will be having our Friendship Fair with the Yellow Duck class on Thursday, 9/20. A huge thank you to Tori, Jennifer and Angie for volunteering to help with this fun event!

  • Music with Ms. Rebecca and chapel with Ms. Debbie begin next week too!

  • And finally, a very sincere thank you to everyone who picked up a Triple P project. “Many hands make light work!” :)

I’d also like to thank you all for dropping off and picking up your child on time. You have no idea how helpful this is to both the students and the teachers!

I've added a few more pictures to the photo album from last week.  I think I’ve resolved the problem viewing the photos, but if you are still having trouble, please drop me an email. Enjoy!

Class photo album: Click here

Have a safe weekend and I hope to see everyone again on Monday!

Linda

Our First Week!

 

We had a terrific start to the new school year!  The Blue Whales have already begun to learn their new routines and seem to be adjusting beautifully to the classroom, their teachers and to each other! What a kind and lovely group of children...thank you for sharing them with us!

A few notes and reminders for next week:

  1. Our first lunch bunch is on Monday.  Please don't forget to pack a lunch for your child and pick them up at 1:00 pm. 
  2. We will need some printed pictures from you for our upcoming unit on families.  We would like to have these photos on or before Monday, September 17th.
    1. First, please provide us with a baby picture of your child.  This picture will be returned to you, in tact, when we are through with it.
    2. Second, we need a family photo, including your child.  We will be cutting this photo and using it in an art project.  If you'd prefer we keep your photo in tact, just let us know, and we will be happy to make a copy for our use and will send the original back home with you.
  3. I also wanted to let you know that we have modified the student sign in for each child based on our initial observations.  Please remember that this activity is a process and that all children develop at different rates.  We will continue to monitor each student throughout the year and work to meet their individual needs.  
  4. We still have a Triple P project in the hallway.  Please consider helping out!
  5. A quick reminder, Quinn's family has snack next week (we currently have 14 students) and Jocelyn is our first "Star of the Week"!
  6. A heartfelt thank you to those of you who have already volunteered to bring in playdough and library books, but more help is needed!!!  Please take a turn if you are able.  You can click on the links below or from the "buttons" on the Blue Whale web page.

Playdough: click here

Library Books: click here

Finally, to see a few pictures from our first week of school, click on the class photo album button.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday!

First Week Reminders

 

It was great to see so many of you at Playground Fun Day and Parent Orientation!  Thank you for coming!  

Below are a couple of reminders for the first week:

  • Tuesday is a half day of class.  Below are the times and names for each of the two groups:
    • 9:00 - 10:15 - Quinn, Gracey, Sawyer, Levi. L, Thomas S, Sydney, Ava, Nao
    • 10:45 - 12:00 - Emery, Jocelyn, Thomas C. Braxton, Allison, Levi H.
  • On Wednesday and Thursday: Drop off time is between 8:50 and 9:10.  Pick up is at 12:00. (Lunch bunch begins Monday, Sept. 10.)
  • Please escort your child to their cubbie and drop off any items that will not be coming into the classroom (for example, their change of clothes in a Ziploc bag).
  • Our morning procedure is to have your child sign in at the handwriting center next to the door (we will just show them this on Tuesday, actually sign in will begin on Wednesday), move their "person" from "home" to "school" on an attendance poster, and then continue to the sink to wash their hands.  We will then help your child start an activity.
  • As I mentioned at the Parent Orientation, Ms. Missy or I will greet your child at the door to assist them.  You can say goodbye at that point (which is the goal!), or if you feel it would ease their transition, you may accompany your child through any part of this procedure.  On Wednesday and Thursday we would like to begin our circle time around 9:30, so it would be best if you have said your goodbyes before then.
  • At pickup, please wait patiently in the hall until I call your child to the door to be dismissed.  Also, remember to fill out a permission slip (located beside the white board) if someone other than a parent will be picking up your child.

Finally, please don't forget to sign up to bring play dough and/or library books, if you haven't done so already.  Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.  Happy Labor Day and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Welcome to the Blue Whale Class!

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We'd like to wish a warm welcome to all our Blue Whale Families!

Hi!  My name is Linda Laubscher and I am the lead teacher in the Blue Whale class.  Missy O'Connor is my amazing teacher assistant and this will be our fifth year working together. We can not wait to get to know and love your child! 

 I will do my best to use this blog to keep you up to date on what is happening in our classroom.  From the Blue Whale page, you will also be able to access the Classroom Calendar. This calendar is already "loaded" with all sorts of important dates, including snack schedules, birthdays, "star of the week" dates, special celebrations and other events. Once we have taken some photos, you will be able to access them through the Class Photo Album link.  Finally, please consider volunteering to bring playdough and library books through our sign up links. You will need a Sign Up Genius account (please let me know if you have any questions about this) and thanks in advance for your help!

In September, we will spend time getting to know each other and becoming a "classroom family".  Your child will become familiar with our "centers", they will learn our daily routines, and, most importantly, they will learn how to be good, kind friends and keep each other safe.  We will also get to know our Yellow Duck friends at the Friendship Fair and will conclude the month by learning more about each other's families.

Thanks so much for sharing your child with us and we look forward to a great year!

Ms. Linda and Ms. Missy

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