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5AB: 4-year-olds M-F mornings

Welcome to the Pond Room for 2014/15!

The curriculum and activities in the Pond Blue Room are linked to provide a consistent learning experience for all the children.

Themes: Our theme for the first 2 weeks of school is All About Me and My Family.  Our themes for the entire school year are listed on this website under "School Calendar."

Weekly Newsletters for the Blue RoomAttached on this classroom page are our weekly class newsletters.  You will receive these every week from your child's take-home box; however, you are welcome to access our newsletter for curriculum and other news by clicking the links below.

Happy New Year!  Rebecca, Paulette, Aileen, Lupe

News from the Pond Week of January 26th, 2015 --  Last Week, the children were excited to talk about what we might see at Hidden Villa Farm this Friday.  They learned and practiced some new Sign Language to add to their vocabulary about the farm.   The children also played a new game called The Guessing Game.  This game has many functions, including:  Turn taking, language development, knowledge of our theme and body awareness.  It is also a fun way to extend learning and maintain interest in a particular topic!  The children pretended to be something using their bodies.  They had to use their whole bodies about the thing they were, without saying what it was!  A teacher listened to the clues and asked extending questions.  Another teacher wrote down the clues and read them back to the children.   Here are some examples of the clues the children gave for you to look at:

  • It has four feet.
  • It has a back.
  • A farmer rides it.
  • Lives at the farm.
  • It likes to eat carrots.
  • It eats hay.
  • It is black and white.
  • It has a tail.
  • You can ride on it.
  • It has some big ears.
  • It makes a "Neigh" sound.
  • It has hooves.
  • It runs very fast.
  • It goes "Click, click."
  • It eats apples.
  • It has tiny ears.
  • It has a big mouth.
  • It has horse shoes.
  • It has a big body.
  • Tail is skinny and furry.
  • The legs are long.
  • Farmer sits on a carpet.
  • Farmer sits on the back.
  • Farmer sits on a saddle.
  • It makes a loud noise.
  • It starts with H.
  • It could be brown, white, black.
  • It has a mane. 

We will be playing this game two times every week for the rest of the school year.  The clues will be posted in the newsletter for parents to read. 

Next Week, we will continue our Farm theme in preparation for the field trip. Our letter this week will be R.  No sharing this week due to our visit to Hidden Villa.  We are still doing kindergarten readiness assessments.  Volunteers are needed every day, from 10:10am until 11:00am.  Thank you to all who have volunteered their time!

Hidden Villa Farm Tour, January 30th -- Please meet the teachers at 9:00am on the flat area next to the second parking lot.

News from the Pond Week of February 2nd, 2015 --  Last Week, the children took turns making cream into butter.  The children and some of the teachers were interested to watch the cream change.  Afterward, we all enjoyed tasting it on slices of bread!  In addition, the children were so excited to visit the farm, so we spent the week preparing ourselves.  Some ways we prepared for our farm trip were to make "thank you" posters and discuss how to treat the animals at the farm.  It was a beautiful day at the farm last Friday.  Thank you all for a fun trip!

This week, we will begin our Valentine's Day/Friendship theme.  The letter of the week is S.  We will use Valentine's Day themed activities to promote number sense, pre-writing, writing, and fine-motor development.  The children will also make Valentine's Day cards for loved ones.  Valentine's Day Party -- Our party will be on Wednesday February 11th during class.  Please send your child to school that day with 24 cards from them. 

Important Reminders

  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on February 12th and 13th.  Please make sure you get the Sangha app in order to pick your conference time.  If those two days do not work for you, please let one of the teachers know.  We are happy to reschedule! We look forward to sitting down with all of you!

  • February 14th PNO -- Parents' Night Out (PNO) 3-9 pm (see the office for details)

  • Winter Break -- February 16th-20th Regular classes are closed, but F/T holiday care available.


News from the Pond Week of February 9th, 2015 -- All curriculum can also be found on the Sangha App.

News from the Pond Week of February 23rd, 2015 -- All curriculum can also be found on the Sangha App.


News from the Pond Week of March 2nd, 2015 -- All curriculum can also be found on the Sangha App.

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Visiting Days Information (info for 2014/15 visiting days coming soon!)

Sharing:  Sharing is something that our class does every Friday (except when there are other special events scheduled for that day of the week). It is a time when each child gets a turn to give “clues” about an item that they have chosen to bring hidden in their bag. It is something that they want to show to the others in their small group. When possible, the item should either start with the letter of the week or have something to do with a theme we are studying. It cannot be a weapon or anything else that represents violence. Parents can discuss the item with their children, but it must be the child who figures out, and decides, what to bring and how to present the “clues” for their friends. This is primarily a time for introducing, and building, literacy skills with a teacher facilitated activity that children really look forward to.

Parent Visiting Days:  Visiting Days are a time for parents to spend the school day with their child.  They will be  scheduled to take place in early spring and are assigned to families according to the children's small groups. They are intended as a time for interaction, not just observation, and to encourage the participating parent’s involvement in their child's ongoing education.  Please no siblings or use of cell phones during Visiting Days.  

The Back Pack Program:  This is a home-based learning program, where we send your child home with a backpack, containing a book and an associated learning activity.  This program is available to children in our 4- and 5-year-old classrooms.  The books and activities will be varied – but all will have a specific learning objective.  Some will encourage pre-literacy skills, some will foster critical thinking, others will be math, art, or science oriented.  These backpacks are yours to enjoy with your child at home for one week.


Field Trip Information 2014-15:

Heritage Theatre (through the CTC -- California Theater Center at the Campbell Community Center) for a performance of Charlotte's Web

The CTC has created a wonderful, language-rich and visual retelling of a classic children's story that we are eager to share with all of you this year!   We will prepare the children for the experience by creating opportunities for the children to be actors and member of the audience.  We will also make masks, use puppetry and props, to make the experience more meaningful for the children.

When:  Friday, April 3, 2015

Time:  10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Where:  Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA  95008

Cost:  $8.00 per person.  Every child must be accompanied by an adult.  We have reserved 2 tickets for each family.  Please make checks payable to Montecito School.  Payment is due by Monday, March 2, 2015.  Please remember, this is our class for the day. 

Hidden Villa Farm Tour:

When:  Friday, April 4, 2014 (NO REGULAR CLASS WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY) -- 2015 dates for Hidden Villa not yet available -- will be posted soon!

Time: 9:00 to 10:45 am 

Where: Hidden Villa Farm, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos, CA

Cost:  $20.00 for two tickets.  Payment is due by March 1, 2014.

DETAILS:  Each child must be accompanied by an adult.  This field trip is specifically designed for children between the ages of 4 and 7.  The children will touch animals in their farm habitats, and taste food in the organic garden.  Please join us for a fun and enriching experience!  And remember to dress for the weather!


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