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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. Shashi, 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!


Dear Parents,

Last week our children enjoyed creating a hand print apple tree.  Many of them wanted make more than one apple tree – one for mommy, one for daddy, and for their siblings.

This week our theme is Trees and Leaves.  Autumn is a beautiful season and our children can enjoy and learn from season-inspired activities.  Trees and Leaves themed activities can be a great learning experience for our curious kids.  They will learn that there are different colored leaves like green, brown, yellow, and orange.  Kids will learn that during the Autumn/Fall season, leaves change colors and fall from the trees.  It can be a wonderful experience for you and your child to take a nature walk at the park and observe different trees and leaves.  Please encourage your child to collect different size fallen leaves and green leaves from the park or your yard.  Please send those leaves to school with them. They will also be making leaf patterns, play matching leaf file folder games, leaf lacing, and create foil leaf collages.  

We will be reviewing the numbers “1 to 6”.  The children will be sorting, gluing and counting various leaves on the number mat to review the numbers.

Soon we will be sending sharing bag home with your child.  As mentioned during the Back-to-School day, we will start sharing in the month of October.

Regards, The Forest room staff.


Dear Parents,

Thank you for the fall leaves that your children brought to school!  They had fun making leaf puppets and looking at the autumn leaves using the magnifying glass.

Our theme this week is about Squirrels and Acorns.  Some of our children have nut allergies so instead of learning about different nuts we will focus on acorns and pine cones instead.  From the book that we will read about Squirrels, the children will learn that squirrels have sharp claws that enable them to hold on to the trunk of a tree.  They use their furry tails for so many different purposes:  As a parachute when they leap from tree to tree, as a sail when they swim, and as a blanket when they sleep.  So when you and your child take a walk in the park, you can point out and observe the squirrels as they jump from tree to tree.

We will have different activities about squirrels and acorns like puzzles, matching pictures to silhouettes, looking at acorns and pine cones using a magnifying glass, tracing a squirrel and an acorn, patterning big and small acorns, acorn lacing, tracing different lines made when acorns fall from trees.

We will review the letters S which we learned when we had the Shapes theme and A when we had the Apples theme.  This time we will learn S for Squirrels and A for Acorns. 

We will also review numbers 1 and 2 using pegboards, acorns and pine cones.  We will learn this week number 3.  The children will mark the acorns with clothespins for the numbered squirrel.  We will use the number 3 pegboard and let the children count acorns until number 3.

As you take a nature walk with your child, encourage him/her to collect or pick acorns and pine cones for our Science Corner.

We will send home the Sharing Bag this Monday. The Sharing Bag has your child's name and room code on it. Sharing is every Friday. Your child may bring a toy, a book, a picture or anything which is special to your child.  It should not be something that is breakable since your child will be sharing what he brought for Show-and-Tell to everyone.  As much as possible we ask that your child bring only one thing that will fit in the Sharing Bag.

Our theme next week will be PUMPKINS.

REMINDER:      Evacuation Drill - Friday, October 16th.  The flyer was sent home last week.  Erin sent an email dated September 29th to the parents with the Evacuation Drill flyer attachment.  We welcome volunteers who will help us with the Evacuation Drill.  If you need another car tag, please let us know right away so we can make another car tag for you. You will need a car tag when you pick up your child at Marymeade Park.

Warm regards, 3 AM Forest Room Teachers

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.

Sharing:  We 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 Snacks:  Our 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