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January Spirit Events

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 In January we have 1 spirit day this month based around the theme of Winter Wonderland. We will be celebrating with assemblies this month for MLK and have a spirit day NEXT month. Please remember to keep sending in hats and gloves forWarm Hands, Warm Hearts! 
Spirit Day- January 19th- Winter Wonderland
- Dress like snow! Feel free to add a few snowflakes to your outfit

December Spirit Events

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 December Spirit Events

Spirit Week- December 14th-December 18th

Monday, December 14th- Mustache Monday or Crazy Hair Day!

- Wear your best mustache or make crazy hair this day!  

Tuesday, December 15th- Holiday Headwear

 - Wear your best holiday head wear! Be creative!!!

Wednesday, December 16thCrazy Sock Day

 -Wear your craziest socks! 

Thursday, December 17th- Winter Pajama Day

-Wear a cozy pair of pajamas today! Don't wear slippers to and from school, carry them please. 

Friday, December 18th- Ugly Sweater Day

 -The Barnard classic! Rock your ugly frock on this day! 

"Champions are made when NOBODY is watching."

The Importance of Practice:  Students receive homework packets weekly, but practicing the skills taught in class are critical for student success.  In addition to reading for 15-20 minutes each night, and completing written homework, students are expected to be practicing letter identification, letter sounds, rhyming, writing, counting, and so much more.

*If your child is doing any extra work at home, please feel free to send it to school with them so that we can encourage them to continue practicing!

Letter Sound Song 1:

Letter Sound Song 2:

Usher's ABC Song:

100 Dance:

Rap to 100:

Seasons Song:


  • Count in the car or before bed (by 1’s and 10’s)
  • Write your numbers (Draw a line and then you're done, that's the way you make a 1.  Make an S and close the gate, that's the way you make an 8.  Down, across, and down some more, that's the way you make a four.  Around the track and back on the railroad track.  Two!  Two!)
  • Ask your child to tell you about a ten frame (see if they can draw one).  


  • Practice writing your name, uppercase letters and lowercase letters.
  • Write sentences using sight words and "stretching out your sounds."  Sight words introduced:  I, a, the, see, and
  • Draw pictures and add details and labels.


  • Discuss letter sounds every chance you get.  For example: “You are eating soup, what letter do you think "soup" begins with? Emphasize the "s" sound in Soup (Ssssoup)."
  • Practice rhyming and word families (say them, read them, and write them):  Cat, Hat, Bat, Sat / Fan, Man, Pan, Can / Bed, Fed, Led, Red


  • Students should read for 15-20 minutes each night and log it in the Reading Log.
  • Find or create a cozy reading space.  
  • Reading Stamina Champions get to do really cool things at school!  Ask your child how they can become a Reading Stamina Champion.
  • Read with your child (read to them, read together, listen while they read to you)
  • Strong readers read books more than once.
  • Point to a comma, period, question mark, or exclamation point and ask your child what it is called and what it means.

October Spirit Events

Posted by on in Pre-K and Kindergarten


        Here are are the PBIS spirit days for the month of October. Please look forward to monthly blog posts about upcoming spirit events. 

Spirit Day- October 7th- Freshwater T-Shirt Day

        -Students will create a t-shirt or represent a body of freshwater and its habitat details. 

Spirit Day- October 14th- Ms. Coppa Day

        - Wear purple and/or a purple heart to support Ms. Coppa! 

Spirit Day- October 23rd- Breast Cancer Awareness Day

        - Wear pink and/ or a pink heart to support Breast Cancer Awareness! 

Spirit Day-October 30th- Character Day (Halloween) 

-Dress as a literacy character (some classes may have a corresponding book report!) 


What We're Up To!

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Hello!  The physical education staff (Ms. Basini and Mr. Gagliardi) are excited to welcome everyone back to a great year!

In our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes we have been working hard to learn and review our locomotor moves this fall.  Locomotor moves are like the bulding blocks of movement.  They include: sliding, galloping, hopping, jumping, skipping, leaping, walking and running.  We are starting adding in some fun movement games, and learning how to log and pencil roll!  Ask your student to show you their favorite locomotor move :) 


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