FINAL WEEKLY UPDATE! #38

 

Thank you to everyone for the best year ever!

Thank you to the kids for learning together and playing together and growing together during our time together in Pre-K!  Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who have made this year amazing and fun!  Thank you to Ms. Luna for all of her hard work and help over the year, I could not have done it without her!

I am so lucky to have shared my final year in Shanghai with your children.  We really flowed as a group together and shared so many wonderful moments. I will miss them all and wish all of you the best of luck!

As well, thank you for the wonderful end-of-the-year gifts for Ms. Luna and myself, they were very kind and lovely!

Our Last Week Together

Our last week was of course a little bittersweet!  We spent lots of time just playing together, relaxing, and rereading some of our favorite books.  We had some mystery readers in (Mr. Nate, Ms. Erica, Mr. Ramphies–thank you!), had a school-wide assembly, had our water play day, and enjoyed our last few days together reflecting and having fun.

I hope that everyone has a relaxing and fun summer and I know your children will do amazing in Kindergarten come August!

 

<3

Weekly Update #37

What an amazing week!!!!!  Tons of pictures to show our week but the big highlights were:

  • We had the last Building B Sing-Along together with the rest of Pre-K, Nursery, and Preschool.
  • On Thursday, we hosted the Pre-K Art Walk.  It was a great success, thanks so much for coming! The kids were so proud of their work and it was awesome to see it displayed together! It was also wonderful seeing you all in our learning community again!
  • Field Day was a blast on Friday!  We played team games together and spent time with kids from KG and Grade 1.

 

 

UPCOMING DATES

  • The Pre-K End of the Year Celebration will be on June 13.  This is a student-only celebration.
  • Last day of school is June 14!  It is an early-dismissal @ 11:30am.

END-OF-THE-YEAR CELEBRATION

Dear Parents,

We have had such a fun year in prekindergarten! On June 13th the PK classes will be having an End of Year celebration. Please note the following information:

  • Students should arrive at school with a swimsuit on under their school uniform. Water will be the focus of this event, and student will get wet! They will change back into their uniform after the celebration, so please ensure your child has extra underwear and clothes at school.
  • Please send a plastic bag for wet clothes.
  • Sunscreen should be applied to students at home. Sunhats are strongly encouraged!
  • No volunteers are needed for this event – this is a student-only celebration.

We look forward to celebrating all the learning and fun we have had this year!

Weekly Update #36

We have had a great week here, working hard on our final projects on our art canvases.  It’s been a long process to plan the projects and the class has risen to the challenge!

Next week, students will reflect on their art and have the choice to add one more material/technique.  Students will conference one-on-one with the teachers to talk about their art, their process, and how they felt making the art.

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Art Walk will on Thursday June 7–this will serve as our end of the year celebration with parents!
  • Field Day is on June 8. <–CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
  • The Pre-K End of the Year Celebration will be on June 13.  This is a student-only celebration.
  • Last day of school is June 14! It is an early dismissal day for students. They will depart at 11:30am.

Weekly Update #35

 

Too bad about the rain today!  We got some time in at the ballroom and did lots of dancing and Minecraft Yoga in class to get some gross motor movement in.  Earlier in the week, we had beautiful weather and enjoyed lots of outdoor play!

 

 

Art Exploration

We have continued to explore lots of art materials and techniques this week. The kids have mostly been painting, using watercolors, fine black markers, and collaging lately.  Next week, we will explore a few more techniques before working on our final masterpiece!

Describing Art

We’ve been learning how to talk about art and how to describe it too.  We can describe the colors, the shapes, and the lines.  But we can also think about the story or the feelings that art might try to convey.

We’ve watched a series of awesome videos entitled Kids Describe Art to Experts, which have helped model appropriate descriptive language for the class.

Reflections on Russian artist, Vasily Kandinsky’s Composition 8.

Reflections on Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci of Italy.

On Friday, our buddy class (Ms. Stamatyades’ class) came in to read to us.  It is always a good time!

 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • PAFA picnic is TOMORROW, SATURDAY May 26 @ HQ!
  • Pre-K Art Walk is on June 7, hope to see you there!
  • Field Day is on June 8. <–CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
  • June 13: End of the Year Assembly and grade-level celebration (student-only)
  • Last day of school is June 14! It is an early dismissal day for students. They will depart at 11:30am.

 

 

 

FIELD DAY: June 8

Our annual Field Day will be held on Friday, June 8 (rain date is on Monday, June 11).  This is a day where your child will join a team of other students from different classes and travel around the school to participate in ten fun (and sometimes wet) stations!

To avoid overcrowding and to maximize space for students, only parents who have signed up as volunteers to help run stations should be on campus during this time.  A Sign-Up Genius link available for volunteer sign-up here. Thank you for your understanding!

Please see the chart below so you know which color your child will need to wear on Friday June 8. 

For example, Ramphies is BLUE A.  This means he is on Team Blue A and will need to wear BLUE (top only is fine).

Please remember the following for Friday June 8:

  • Send in a water bottle
  • Almost all the kids will NOT be on my team so label your child’s water bottle with their name and room number (i.e. Ramphies B205 *this can be done on masking tape)
  • Apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent on your child at home if needed
  • The kids will get wet so send in an extra change of clothes (socks, underwear, top and bottom – does not have to be school uniform)-
  • PLEASE LABEL ALL CLOTHING WITH NAMES IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE IT MAKING IT BACK HOME!!! : ) 

Weekly Update #34

We had a super busy week here in Pre-K!  As the end of the school year gets closer and closer, our weeks become busier and busier!  A few highlights include:

  • Field trip to the art studio!
  • Ms. Ineke joining us for art/inquiry time!
  • Many art projects and messes!
  • Sharing some great read alouds and song books!

 

Art Investigation

We continued to explore new materials this week, such as collage materials, quick-dry clay, and new paints.  It’s been exciting to explore new materials and learn the best ways to create.

Before starting any art project, we first think about what our plan is.  This could mean asking ourselves any of the following questions:

  • What am I planning to make?
  • What do I need?
  • How will I use these materials?

We will explore more new materials and techniques next week.  After that, students will begin to work on a cumulative art canvas, where they can integrate different materials and techniques into one final art project, to be displayed at our Gallery Walk in June.

Of course, our main event this week was the field trip to the Mogogh Art Studio.  Some of the kids reflections from the field trip were:

“I liked when we were making the sharks.  We used sponges, rollers, paint, glue, clay, tissue paper—so many things!”

“The clay was so hard to squish it. We really had to use our strength!”

“I had to use my muscles to stick the clay on!”

“I thought it was great, I made a Megalodon shark!”

“My favorite part was making the parts out of clay.”

“I tried my best to make the fins. I felt happy.”

“I felt very tired in, like, five minutes because it took a long time to squish the clay!”

“I’m proud of myself for trying so hard to make the art.  I wanted it to be perfect but then I said, it doesn’t have to be perfect! So I’m really proud about that.”

 

 

 

We did an experiment with colors called “Walking Water”. The kids thought it was pretty cool. It is really easy and can be done at home! 

 

We reflected on some more famous art pieces: The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Japansese artist, Hokusai and The Weeping Woman by Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.

 

Ms. Luna created a boat out of cardboard, which the kids loved painting on Friday.  We will see what they do with it next week!

 

Ms. Chong surprised us as a guest reader at library this week. She read Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert Munsch, a great book about girl and her markers!

 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • PAFA picnic is on May 26.
  • Gallery Walk is on June 7, hope to see you there!
  • Field Day is on June 8.
  • Last day of school is June 14! It is an early dismissal day for students.