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4-year-olds M-F mornings and afternoons - Pond Room

Welcome to the Pond Room for 2015/16!

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 Room:  You will receive the weekly News From the Pond every week from your child's take-home box.  In addition, the weekly classroom curriculum for this class is sent to parents via e-news each week, as well as through the Sangha App.  If you have trouble receiving your curriculum, please contact your teachers or the office.  Thank you!  

Teachers Rebecca, Aileen & Lupe


LAST WEEK:  Our community had a great week!  Many of the children already know each other, which helped make the transitions go more smoothly.  The teachers had opportunities to learn about each child through personal interactions and observations.  The children also had opportunities to practice problem solving, fair play, time management, and turn taking.  These are some of the most important skills for success in our classroom.  We had our first small group last Friday.  Everyone did a great job!  The children gave great clues, and practiced listening to their peers and their small group tables.

THIS WEEK:  Our theme will be ALL ABOUT ME AND MY FAMILY.  The children will hear stories about different families.  They will also have an opportunity to make a life-sized collage of themselves and a family collage.  Part of learning how to be in a community is being able to recognize and appreciate the similarities and differences about ourselves.  One way to do this is to explore and discuss skin color.  We will use skin toned paints to help us do this.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS:  All of you received a packet of Scholastic catalogs in your Orientation packets last week.  There are two ways to order.  You may write a check to Scholastic Book Club, attach it to the order form, and give it to a teacher; or you can order from the website.  When you order from Scholastic Book Club, our class benefits.  Orders are due by 9/4/15.  However, this is a choice.  There is no obligation to order.

Warmest Regards,

Teacher Rebecca, Miss Aileen and Miss Lupe

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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 2015-16:

Heritage Theatre (through the CTC -- California Theater Center at the Campbell Community Center) for a performance of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

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.


Date:  THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016

Time:  10:45 am

Cost:  $13.00 for two tickets.  We have reserved two tickets per family, except in the case of twins.

Deadline To Pay for Field Trip:  March 1, 2016

Place:  SUNNYVALE COMMUNITY CENTER, 550 E. Remington Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA  94087

*NO REGULAR CLASS WILL BE HELD ON THE DAY OF THE PLAY FIELD TRIP*  Please contact us with any questions.Hidden Villa Farm Tour:  DATES & TIMES TBA




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


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