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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.

News from the Pond for Week of August 18th 2014

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

News from the Pond for Week of September 1st 2014

News from the Pond for Week of September 8th 2014

News from the Pond for Week of September 15th 2014

News from the Pond for Week of September 22nd 2014

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 2013-14 (Dates for 2014/15 school year coming soon!:

California Theatre Center's Performance of The Princess and the Pea

When:  Firiday, January 24, 2014 (NO REGULAR CLASS WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY)

Time:  10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Where:  Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA

Cost:  $13.00 for two tickets.  Every child must be accompanied by an adult.  Please call the box office at 408-245-2978 to purchase more tickets.  Payment is due by Friday, December 6, 2013.  Please make checks payable to Montecito School.


Hidden Villa Farm Tour:

When:  Friday, April 4, 2014 (NO REGULAR CLASS WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY)

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