Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Wishing you and your family many blessings as we celebrate this Easter holiday!

We hope your child enjoyed our 100 Day and Easter activities these past 2 weeks. Thanks again to our Eggstravaganza volunteers, Yasue, Jennifer and Brian for leading the groups and Crystal for providing special cut out cookies for our snack. I’ve updated our class photo album with pictures from both these events. Click here if you’d like to view them.

We have butterflies!!! As of Thursday, 2 of our caterpillars had turned into butterflies. I have a sneaking suspicion that all 5 will be flying around our classroom habitat when the students return on Monday. We will continue to learn about nature next week…talking about earth day, helping to “clean the earth”, observing tadpoles in our science center, releasing our butterflies and “playing” with worms!

Just a few more thank you’s and reminders:

  • Thank you to Jocelyn for her help with a Triple P project.

  • Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to wash our snack dishes for the remainder of the year. You will find the bag containing the dishes on top of Thomas C’s cubbie when it is your turn.

  • Thanks to Nolan’s family for providing snack…especially the cute butterflies and Thomas S’s family for helping with the s’mores next week. :)

  • Maple View field trip permission slips and money are due Thursday, April 25th.

  • Preschool Sunday is April 28th. We will gather with the students in the Disciple room at 9:30 to warm up our voices. I hope you and your child will be able to attend.

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Maple View Field Trip Permission Slips

Hi Parents,

Tomorrow, in your child’s cubbie, you will find a permission slip for our field trip to Maple View on Wednesday, May 1st.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the students will participate in a 25 minute learning lab about insects, visit a "barnyard" with about 10 different animals and go on a hayride!  We will then eat lunch, enjoy some delicious Maple View ice cream and play on a small playground.  Your child will need to bring a disposable lunch and drink that day.

Drop off and pick up will be at: The Maple View Agricultural Educational Center,  3501 Dairyland Rd. in Hillsborough.  We will meet you there at 9:15 and you may pick your child up at 12:00

Please make any necessary carpool arrangements with the other Blue Whale or Yellow Duck parents.  Please note, the entrance to the Educational Center is down the road from the Maple View Ice Cream store…it is on the right, past the white fence, right after the solar panels.

We can have as many parents as would like join us on this field trip.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate siblings…thanks for your understanding.

The cost for each child is $12.50 ($10.00 for the program plus $2.50 for ice cream). The cost for each parent is $7.00 plus $2.50 if you’d like some ice cream too!

We ask that you return the completed form along with cash or a check made out to Susan Walton, on or before Thursday, April 25th. 

Thanks and we hope you can join us!

Quick reminders

Hi Blue Whale Parents,

Just a quick reminder that our spring photo day is now scheduled for Thursday, April 11th, along with our 100 Day Celebration! Please be sure to have your child bring in their ziploc baggie filled with 100 items on Thursday. Also, each child should bring 6 filled Easter eggs for our Easter Egg Hunt on or before Monday, April 15th. Thanks for your help!

A very special thank you to Tori Hinde, Kristis & Jason Cartozian and Crystal Sparrow for their help with a cd player for the Blue Whale classroom. Our listening center is back up and operational! :)

I’ve updated the class photo album with a few photos from March. Please click here or on the Blue Whale home page photo album button to view them. Enjoy!

Our 100th Day of Preschool and our Easter Eggstravaganza!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing spring break!  

Today, we continued our unit on spring and began learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.  We have 5 live caterpillars in our classroom and will observe them as they change into butterflies. We will talk about the amazing process of metamorphosis and even act it out! We are also going to spend some time learning what makes a bug an insect…and, yes, there is a song I hope you hear your child sing around the house to help them remember facts about insects.

Next Thursday, April 11th is our 100th day of school! This Thursday, April 4th, your child will come home with a 1 gallon ziploc bag. Their “homework”, will be to fill the bag with 100 items and bring it to school to display in our 100 day “museum” on the 11th. There will be instructions stapled to the bag. The items can, but do NOT have to, be the same things…they just need to fit in the bag (some examples: cheerios, paper clips, pennies, lego pieces, etc). As I plan to explain to the boys and girls, an “easy” way to count their items is to put them into 10 groups of 10. Thanks in advance for assisting your child with this project. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Jennifer Crook for volunteering to make a special 100 day cake to commemorate this milestone!

Looking ahead, our Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on Thursday, April 18th. Together with the Yellow Ducks, the Blue Whales will rotate through 6 “Easter themed” stations and conclude the morning with an Easter Egg hunt. A HUGE THANK YOU to our 3 wonderful parent volunteers, Yasue, Jennifer & Brian! We could not do this event without you! If anyone else is interested in helping out, please let me know. We can always use a couple more “helping hands”.

Also, your child will need to bring 6 filled plastic Easter eggs to school no later than Monday, March 15th. The eggs can be filled with stickers, erasers, little toys, and/or candy.

Thank you’s and reminders:

  • Thanks to Miho Elliot for providing library books on spring and helping with a special P project.

  • Thank you in advance to Thomas S. and family for bringing library books on Nature and Easter.

  • Thanks to Nao’s family for providing snacks this week and thanks in advance to Sydney, Braxton, Thomas S. and Allison’s families for providing snacks for the remaining weeks in April.

  • Thank you to Braxton’s family for bringing fresh playdough for the month of April.

  • Blue Whales will have their spring pictures taken on Tuesday, April 9th. Be sure to bring your smile to school!

  • Our field trip to Maple View will be on Wednesday, May 1st from 9:30 - 12.

 See you in the morning!

It was nice meeting with you!

Thank you for attending parent/teacher conferences this past week. It was very nice to meet with all of you!

We hope your child learned a lot about weather these past 2 weeks and enjoyed all our “weather related” activities. Next week, we will begin a new unit on spring. We will be planting beans and tomatoes on Tuesday and sending them home. Please help your child find a sunny place for their vegetables. Your child can water them and when they begin to bloom, you can transfer these plants (container and all) outdoors.

Reminders and thank you’s:

  • Thank you to Emery and her family for picking up library books on spring.

  • Preschool will be closed from March 25-29, for spring break. Enjoy!

  • Blue Whale spring pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th.

  • Our 100th day of school is Thursday, April 11th. We will have lots of special activities planned for the students throughout the day. Please email me if you would be interested in making a “100 day” cake for our celebration.

  • We will be having an Easter Eggstravaganza with our Yellow Duck friends on Thursday, April 18th from 9:45 - 11:15. More information will follow, but we will be looking for 3 (or more) volunteers to help lead a group of 5 students around to 6 different Easter themed “stations”, including egg dyeing, crafts, games, snack, music, etc. (no siblings please). The parent volunteers will also be hiding Easter eggs on the playground. Please email me if you’d like to help with this fun activity. We will accept volunteers on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Mark your calendars…our field trip to Maple View is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st from 9:30-12.

Have a great weekend and I hope this beautiful spring weather will stay with us for a while!

Linda

As we head into March...

As we head into March, we will be learning all about weather and spring. We will make suncatchers and rainbows, create a “tornado” in a bottle, race “clouds” using our own “wind”, fly kites and set up a homemade rain gauge outside on the playground. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the rain gauge measure on the low side this year!

Ms. Missy and I look forward to meeting with you in the classroom on Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 for parent/teacher conferences. The preschool is closed for students on those two days. If you still need to sign up, please click here.

Looking ahead, the Blue Whales and Yellow Ducks will be going on our final field trip to Maple View Agricultural Education Center on Wednesday, May 1st from 9:30-12:00. This is a wonderful field trip where the students will participate in a 25 minute learning lab about insects, visit a small barnyard, go on a hayride, eat lunch and delicious Maple View ice cream and play on a small playground. Drop off and pick up will be at the Education Center. More details will follow, but we wanted to provide the date so you could mark your calendars. We hope you will be able to join us (adults can purchase ice cream too!)

On Thursday, we said goodbye to one of our Blue Whale friends. We are so grateful Anna Wright was part of our class family, even if it was only for a short time. Anna was a delightful addition to our class and we will all miss her very much.

Thanks you’s and reminders:

  • Thank you to Nao and her family for bringing in library books on weather and for providing fresh playdough for March.

  • Thanks in advance to Jocelyn, Ava and Levi L’s families for supplying snack this month. We now have 15 students.

  • Please make sure your child wears good walking shoes and has proper outerwear for the weather next Wednesday, March 6th. We will be walking over to the Scrogg's soccer field to fly kites.

  • Preschool will be closed March 25-29 for spring break.

  • A special thank you to Ms. Missy and Brian Crook for taking such good care of the Blue Whales on Tuesday. You are both the best!

Finally, I’ve updated the class photo album with pictures from February. Click here or on the Blue Whale home page photo album button to view them.

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Linda

Spring Conferences

We have started a new unit on Dr. Seuss this week!  Today, we read Green Eggs and Ham, talked about trying new things and enjoyed a special snack! It’s fun listening as the children begin to pick up on all the rhyming words .

The students are doing really well with their skill rings! In the next couple of weeks, your child will have an opportunity to earn a skill ring token for knowing their street address. We will review this at school, but chances are, they will need your help at home.  Some of the students are still working on their phone number and birth date.  Please feel free to review these at home as well.

Parent/teacher conferences are on Tuesday, March 12th and Wednesday, March 13th.  The preschool will be closed for students.  Ms. Missy and I look forward to meeting with you in the Blue Whale classroom. You can sign up for a 20 minute time slot by clicking here or using the Spring Conference "button" on the Blue Whale home page.  

Finally, a couple of thank you's:

  • A sincere thank you to the parents who helped with our Wally Wish List items and Triple P Projects! We truly appreciate your help.

  • Thank you to Gracey’s and Quinn’s families for bringing their pets to school.

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope things will dry out a bit!

Linda

 

 

 

Thank You Chaperones & February Happenings

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold today and chaperoned our field trip to the planetarium.  I hope your child learned a little something and enjoyed the experience together with their Blue Whale and Yellow Duck friends. I’ve added some new pictures from January to our class photo album, including photos from our field trip today. Click here or on the photo album button to view them.

Now for some February happenings...

Next week we will begin our unit on pets and valentines. As far as I know, none of our students have allergies this year, so I was thinking it might be fun to meet some of your pets! If you have a pet that is good with children, would be comfortable in the classroom setting and that you would be willing to bring in for about 10 minutes before pick up one day next week, please let me know. What better way to learn about pets than with live examples!!!

As you know, Wednesday, February 13th is Pancake and Pajama Day for the Blue Whales. Please have your child wear their pajamas to school that day. If your child plans to wear slippers, please provide a change of shoes for the playground.  Thanks to Jennifer and Brian Crook and all the parent volunteers who make this event possible! Click here if you would like to sign up to bring something or help on the day of the event. (The “sign up” is for both Tuesday and Wednesday…so be sure to sign up for Wednesday if you’d like to help with the Blue Whales.)

And finally, we will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 14th.  We ask that your child bring in a Valentine for each student in our class. Please encourage them to sign their name on each Valentine.  If they would also like to write the "to" information, that would be fine (see name list below). Each student will have a bag outside their cubbie that morning to hold their Valentine's.  We would appreciate it if you could help your child "deliver" their cards at drop off that morning. If that's not possible, just let me or Ms. Missy know.  We would be happy to help out!

We have 16 students this year. Their names are:  Allison, Anna, Ava, Braxton, Emery, Gracey, Jocelyn, Levi H., Levi L., Nao, Nolan, Quinn, Sawyer, Sydney, Thomas C. & Thomas S.

A few more thank you’s and reminders:

  • Our library sign up is full at last! I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who volunteered to bring in books this year!

  • Thanks in advance to Emery, Sawyer and Gracey’s families for bringing snacks in February.

  • Thank you to Gracey’s family for providing playdough for the month and to Sawyer’s family for bringing books on pets and Valentines.

  • Preschool will be closed on Monday, February 18th for Presidents’ Day and Tuesday, February 19th for a teacher workday.

Stay warm and we will see you in the morning.

Linda

Field Trip Details

Thank you for getting your field trip permission slips and money in on time! I’ve submitted our final head count to the planetarium. Between the whales and the ducks, we have 31 students and 31 adults attending “The Little Star That Could”!

Our agenda for that morning is as follows:

  • We will be traveling to and from the planetarium on a Chapel Hill City bus. IMPORTANT: You will need to get your child to school no later than 8:30 that morning. We will be leaving for the bus stop promptly at that time in order to catch the 8:40 bus. If you are not at the school by 8:30, we don’t want to, but we will have to leave without you in order to make the bus. Also, it is a good idea to check with your child to see if they need to use the restroom before we leave the school.

  • Please don't forget to have your child wear their blue whale t-shirt (we will be sending them home on Tuesday). Also, we will be walking and playing outside, so please be sure to check the weather and dress your child accordingly.

  • We will arrive downtown around 9:00 and then walk to the planetarium (it should take about 10 minutes.) We should have a few minutes to use the restroom before the 9:30 show begins.

  • After the show, we will eat a snack, use the restroom if needed, take a class picture and get a little exercise before we walk back to the bus stop to catch the 11:15 bus.

  • We should be back at school around 11:45. We will return to the classroom where the students will have lunch as usual. Pickup is at our regular Wednesday time of 1:00.

We have 13 parents accompanying us on this field trip. Each parent/grandparent will be responsible for their own child. Also, the following parents have been assigned a student to chaperone in addition to their own child. Leigh: Ava & Gracey, Jesse: Jocelyn & Sydney, Gabi & Daniel: Levi L & Nolan, Jennifer & Brian: Thomas C. & Emery, Chris: Allison & Quinn.   Please hold hands when crossing any streets or driveways and keep them very close to you on the bus ride.  If there is not room for everyone to sit on the bus, try to have your child sit and stand very close to them.  This will help to keep everyone safe! If there are any problems or questions, please feel free to ask.

A few thank you's to Ava’s family for snack this week (including the special ingredients for our "rockets"), to Thomas S's family for snack next week and to Thomas C’s family for the library books on space!

Thanks and let’s pray for some nice weather next Wednesday!

Linda

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  Ms. Missy and I have missed our Blue Whale friends and are looking forward to seeing them again this Thursday, January 3, 2019!  

We will begin the new year by learning about bears and winter. Be sure to stop by the classroom to see if you can catch some hibernating bears in our loft “bear cave”! We will finish up the month learning all about outer space!

I wanted to share a few things about a couple of our upcoming events:

We will be having a Teddy Bear Picnic on Wednesday, January 9th.  Please have your child bring their favorite teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) to school on that day.

Also, we will be going on a field trip to the Morehead Planetarium with the Yellow Duck class on Wednesday, January 30th.  We will need a minimum of 5 chaperones for our class, so email me if you are interested.  Additional parents would be great (the more the merrier!) we just need a final adult count by Tuesday, January 22nd, so we can order the correct number of tickets. Unfortunately, siblings will not be allowed and planetarium memberships can not be used for this group field trip.  Thank you for your understanding.

We will be sending home a permission slip and collecting money as the date gets closer, but I want you to know that we will be leaving for the planetarium at 8:30 that morning and returning around noon. We will be traveling to and from the planetarium on a city bus. The price for each student will be $6 and the price for each chaperone or accompanying adult will be $7.  We will be seeing a show called The Little Star that Could.  

A few additional reminders and thank you's:

  1. We’d like to wish a big Blue Whale welcome to Nolan Kellum. We are so glad you will be joining our class family!

  2. The preschool will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  3. Thank you in advance to Levi H., Quinn, Ava, Thomas C and their families for providing snack this month.

  4. A reminder and thank you to Quinn and her family for providing playdough for the month of January and to Thomas C’s family for providing library books on space later this month.

Feeling Blessed!

Dear Blue Whale Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Christmas Concert today!  We hope you enjoyed the "gift of song" from the children.  They did an amazing job and we are so proud of each and every one of them. :) Thanks also to everyone who contributed cookies and/or milk to the “after party”.

Ms. Missy and I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the thoughtful and very generous Christmas gifts!  We are truly touched by your kindness and feel so blessed to have you and your child in our lives.  Thank you. XXOO

As a final “gift” for the year, I’ve updated our class photo album with pictures from the month of December, including a few from today! Click here to see them.

This is such a special time of year to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior with loved ones!   We wish you all a safe and very joyful Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!

We look forward to seeing you again on Thursday, January 3rd.

With our love,

Linda & Missy 

So nice to see everyone again!

Hi Blue Whale Parents,

It was so nice to see everyone again….even if it was only for a short time today! We had a very busy morning, playing at the new centers, learning about our current “Star of the Week” and the letter “J”, singing Christmas songs, making a wish list for Santa, reading 2 stories and finishing up some of our Christmas gifts. In addition, we met a new Blue Whale friend! Nolan Kellum, his mom, Ashley, and his 3 week old baby sister, stopped in to see the classroom and meet the Blue Whales. Nolan will be joining us in January! Our class will now be complete, with 15 friends. Please be sure to give a warm welcome to Nolan and his family when you see them. :)

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at our whole school Christmas Concert and Cookie event on Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00 am. (Please note the new time.) The concert will be held in the Sanctuary, followed by cookies and milk in Ascension Hall. Friends and family are invited..the more the merrier! After the event, you are welcome to take your child home with you.

Have a nice weekend and we will see you on Monday.

December Happenings!

'Tis the season to be busy!  Below are a few of the “happenings” in the Blue Whale classroom during this holiday season:

  • Today, your child brought home an Advent chain. Please help them find a place to hang it. They should tear off one link each day beginning Saturday, December 1st. This is a great math activity as it can be used to "count down" the days until Christmas. When they reach the "golden" loop, it will be Christmas Day!

  • Next week we will continue our study of fairy tales and will be comparing and contrasting The Gingerbread Man and The Gingerbread Baby stories. On Tuesday, the children will decorate and eat gingerbread cookies for their "special" snack! Thank you to Sydney’s family for providing the cut outs.

  • During the remainder of December, we will learn about the true meaning of Christmas and be busy as elves making gifts for loved ones. We will also be learning Christmas songs and sharing the joy of the season with our families at our school wide Christmas Concert and Cookie event on Wednesday, December 19th from 11:00 - 12:00. The program will begin in the Sanctuary and then move into Ascension Hall for cookies and fellowship. A sign up will be coming soon for help with this event. Please plan to take your child home with you at noon that day (instead of our usual dismissal time of 1:00). We hope you and your family will be able to join us!

Finally,  a few thank you's and reminders:

  • We'd like to thank Braxton and his family for providing snack this past week, including special items for our 3 Little Pig houses! Thanks in advance to Sydney and Allison's families for providing snack for the remaining weeks in December.

  • A huge thank you to Jennifer Crook and Leigh Wilfley for helping with Christmas related Triple P projects!

  • Thank you to Quinn and her family for providing Christmas books for our little readers.

Wishing you well,

Linda

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you enjoyed our Thanksgiving celebration today! Ms. Missy and I are so proud of our little Blue Whale friends! We think they did a fantastic job! Thanks again to everyone who contributed and attended today.

I’ve updated our class photo album with some photos from November.

Click here or on the Blue Whale photo album button to view them.

Thank you also for all the sweet cards and the cookies for my birthday. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

A couple of reminders and thank you’s in advance:

  • Next week, snack will be provided by Braxton’s family.

  • Ava’s family is making fresh play dough for December.

  • Quinn’s family will be bringing library books on Fairy Tales and Christmas.

Finally, there is no school tomorrow or Thursday. We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving break with family and friends, and we look forward to seeing you next Monday, November 26th, as we begin our unit on Fairy Tales!

Thanksgiving Celebration

The students have been doing a wonderful job preparing for our upcoming Thanksgiving Celebration on Tuesday, November 20th at 11:30 in Ascension Hall.  They've been working hard on their Native American costumes and learning the songs.  We hope everyone will be able to join us for this fun event.  

Many thanks to the parents who have signed up to bring something or help at the celebration.  There are still a few slots that need to be filled.  Click here to volunteer.

Best wishes to all our Blue Whale families for a safe and blessed Thanksgiving and we hope to see you Tuesday!

 

 

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!