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3-year-olds T/Th mornings - Forest Room

Dear Forest/Green Room Threes Parents,

We would like to welcome you to Montecito Preschool, 2AM Forest Room for the 2015/16 school year!  The teachers for this class are:  Ms. Bina, Ms. Edith and Ms. Thanh. 

Over the course of the year, we will build on sharing skills, develop social skills, support their natural desire to learn and to have new experiences, and provide opportunities to enhance their manners in a caring environment -- all while supporting their emerging autonomy.  We look forward to this journey and are excited for the new school year!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Our email address is: tthamforest@gmail.com.  If you need to contact us by phone, please call the office at 650-968-5957.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your child.  We look forward to a wonderful fun-filled year of love, learning, and exploration!

Best Regards,

The 2AM Forest Room Teachers

Themes:  Our themes are listed on this website under "School Calendar."  

The weekly classroom curriculum for this class is sent to parents weekly from your teachers, either via e-news and/or using the Sangha App.  If you have trouble receiving your curriculum, please contact the office.  Thank you!


We had a great  start  last week with our wonderful  thrilling threes!  Children learned about themselves and others through our last week's theme"All About Me."  They were all very excited exploring the classroom and doing activities. 

Thank you for dropping off your children in the drive through, that helps children settling sooner in the classroom.

Our theme for this week is Family.  This will give our students an opportunity to talk about the people most important to them. 

During this week, our children will realize that family, the people we live with, is something we all have in common, regardless of how our families look.  Children will learn “who makes the family."  They will learn that some families have siblings, some have none.  Some have two parents, some have one.  Some have grandparents and some have pets too.  Each family and every person in the family is unique.

Our children will explore various family theme activities and imaginary play for all areas of our classroom.  Among other activities we will be painting, playing with Family jigsaw puzzles, sorting out different kind of pets that many families own, matching animals and their babies.  Story books will be read in the classroom with Family theme like My Daddy, where is my Mommy and who's in my family etc..

Important Reminders: 

  • Please return Yellow emergency card with picture on Tuesday.
  • Please return the Emergency prepared pack with picture as soon as possible.
  • We need a 2" x 2" photo for our go home boxes.
  • Please label (write names) all your children's belongings.
  • Parents' Night Out is on Saturday, August 29th 3-9 pm.
  • School is closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 7th.
  • Back to School Night is on Saturday, September 12th 9:00 to 9:45 am.

Our New Sangha App -- Great way to communicate with your classroom

Dear Parents, we will now be using the Sangha website, rather than our usual emails, to  communicate with you about our classes and other activities. You should have recently received an invitation email directly from Sangha.  Please click the link, register, and download the app for your mobile device.  This app will enable you to see our classroom calendar, including the weekly curriculum, and to sign-up for events such as our conferences that are coming up, or Parent’s Night Out, etc.  Here are answers to some questions or concerns you might have:

  • I don’t want to get the daily email from Sangha any more, it’s too much email. ANSWER: Once you download the mobile app, you won’t receive emails anymore but rather notifications within the app telling you when something needs attention and messages from the teachers when there’s something you should know.
  • How will I find out about things that are happening? ANSWER: Once you register and download the Sangha app for your mobile device, you’ll have access to a live calendar of what’s happening in our classroom and can send messages to the teachers anytime if you have questions.
  • I don’t want all the communication the teachers send via email and flyers to stop! ANSWER: The communication isn’t stopping it’s just changing shape and becoming more dynamic. We’ll actually be able to communicate more and do so live when things are happening. And when something changes, you won’t be confused by an old email or flyer but you’ll see the changes in the Sangha app.
  • When will classroom emails stop? ANSWER: By mid-February. You’ll see our weekly curriculum in the classroom calendar very soon!
  • I have questions, concerns, suggestions, about this tool and the way it’s being used, who should I talk to? ANSWER: Brooke Lopez is a parent volunteer who’s leading the implementation of Sangha. You can reach her at brooke.lopez@yahoo.com

Thank you for your support.  The Forest Room Teachers

Classroom Field Trips:  We have several classroom field trips planned for this year, including a train ride with Cal Train and possibly a play at the CTC.   More information will be sent home as the dates get closer.  Parents come with their children to these adventurous field trips.  Please share with your teachers the field trips you are interested in attending with our class.

SharingWe have in class sharing Thursday of every week.  Usually sharing is not based on our weekly themes, but rather the children choose their own sharing each week based on their own interests.  Each child brings his/her sharing to class in a bag and they will talk about their sharing during the large circle time.  This helps children to develop language skills as they describe what they are sharing, and it builds confidence as well.

Classroom SnacksOur classroom snack time is at 10:00 am and we all sit together outside at the lunch tables.  Children help themselves and build their skills by pouring their own water and they make a choice of what they would like to eat.  Most snacks we provide are fruits, veggies, crackers and cheeses (and water, rather than juice).  We are aware of all allergies in this class, so we will not serve any foods that any children have allergies to.  Some parents provide a special snack for their children that we will serve to them if they have severe allergies or a personal food preference.  When a child has a birthday, the parents will provide a pre-approved birthday snack for the whole class to share about 1 week in advance.  This way, we can read the labels to make sure we don't serve certain foods to children with food allergies.  You may provide a special birthday snack for your child if you do not want your child to eat the birthday snacks available.  This helps your child to feel included in our wonderful birthday celebrations!

More information about our Buddy Bear program coming soon!

Montecito School 1468 Grant Road, Los Altos, California 94024 (650) 968-5957