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3AG: 4-year-olds MWF mornings

Welcome to the Forest Room Fours Program!

We would like to welcome you to Montecito Preschool, 3AM Forrest Room for the 2014/15 school year!  The teachers for this  class are:  Ms. Bina, Ms. Edith, Ms. Shashi, and Ms. Thanh. 

Over the course of the year, we will build on sharing skills, develop social skills, support your child's 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: mwfamforest@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 3AM Forest Room Teachers

3AF Daily Schedule:

  •  8;45-9:00 am -- Drop-off (children arrive & play in yard)
  • 9:00-9:15 am -- Greetings & Instructions
  • 9:15-10:15 am -- Activity Time & Snack
  • 10:15-10:40 -- Bike Time
  • 10:40-11:00 -- Circle Time
  • 11:00-11:20 -- Small Groups
  • 11:20-11:40 -- Outside Play
  • 11:40-11:45 -- Clean Up
  • 11:45-12:00 -- Closing Circle & Pick-Up

ThemesOur theme for the first 2 weeks of school was All About Me, My Family and School and Friends.   All future themes are on our webdsite under "School Calendar" so please refer to that link for our ongoing themes.  

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!

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

Apple Sauce Recipe:  Hello parents!  In December, Ms. Edith and Ms. Bina made latkes (potato pancakes), and Ms. Thanh made apple sauce for our children.  They really enjoyed eating it during their small group time.  Some children asked us how to make Apple Sauce :-).  Here is the recipe:

                                                                          Apple Sauce

  • 4 medium apples (the best apples to make apple sauce is Granny Smith, or you can mix half Granny, half Fuji apples)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • cinnamon (optional)
  1. Wash, peel, core and slice 4 medium apples
  2. Heat apples and 1/2 cup water to boiling, and then reduce heat.
  3. Cover and cook slowly until apples are tender and soft.
  4. Add sugar to taste.
  5. Continue to cook until sugar dissolved.

For extra flavor, add about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamonGet involved in the classroom!  We invite you to sign up to make playdough, and to come in to share your family's culture.  You might like to read a book with the children or bring items to share from your family's traditions.  We also have the Star of the Week program in the fours.  When a child is Star of the Week, the parents may come into the classroom to help the child talk about his/her picture collage, read books, do a special project with the children, and/or share their family culture or hobbies.  

Sharing: Every Friday, the children bring something for sharing according to the letter of the week for show and tell. However, it is fine if your child wants to bring something else not related to the letter of the week.  We encourage all children to bring something to sheare that they can talk about with their friends in small groups.  This is a way to develop social as well as verbal skills. 

Birthdays:   Birthdays are a special day for each child in our class.  If you have something that you would like to share with our class (e.g., reading some of your child’s favorite books or doing special crafts) you are welcome to share these activities during your child's classroom birthday celebration. Please let us know in advance, at least one week before your child's classroom birthday, so we can make proper changes to that day's class schedule.


If you wish to bring a special treat (e.g., fruit or cupcakes), please tell us in advance and show us the ingredients or the label for your special snack.  On your child's birthday day, you can drop off the snack at the drop-off time and come back later at the circle time to read books.   We have “open snack” in our class from 9:15-10am. 

 For those children whose birthdays are in the summer, if you wish, you can choose the date during the school year on which you want to celebrate it.  If not, we will celebrate all the summer birthdays in April or May.


"Star of the Week" Dates for our class this year:

September 22nd-26th -- Lockdown drill on 9/24 (no Star of the Week)

September 29th-October 3rd -- Liam Craig

October 13th-17th -- Evacuation drill on October 17th (no Star fo the Week)

October 20th-24th -- Jimmy Swanson

November 3rd-7th -- Gabriel Kuo

November 10th-14th -- Graham Smith


November 17th-21st -- Riley McPherson

December 1st-5th -- Isabella Rossi

February 2nd-6th -- sophia DeVault

March 9th-13th -- Joshua Williams

March 23rd-27th -- Sophia Liu

March 30th-April 3rd -- Jack Hobin

April 13th-17th -- Lockdon drill on April 15th (no Star of the Week)

May 4th-8th -- Dylan Enck

May 18th-22nd -- Aleyna Sweet


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