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5AR: 5-year-olds M-F mornings

Welcome to the Garden Rainbow Room Pre-K/Young Fives Parents!  

Teacher Gina and Miss Shahnaz would like to welcome you and fill you in on what we have been doing so far this school year.  The following is the weekly curriculum from your teachers with more information about how we are going in our wonderful Pre-K class this year!


Weekly Newsletter and Curriculum -- Week of March 17th

Weekly Newsletter and Curriculum -- Week of March 24th

Weekly Newsletter and Curriculum -- Week of March 31st


All of our themes are listed on the webdsite under "School Calendar."  

Starting in December, we have been talking about the season changing and the New Year!  Although it was nice to have a break, it's wonderful to have your beautiful chilren back in the Garden Room!  Yes, we have a new name for our room, and we re-organized and re-decorated our room for the new year.  We also have a new play structure in our yard, and new cabinets and a fresh coat of paint.  Soon you will see our new landscaping and more fresh and new toys and equipemnt throughout the campus.  So enjoy!

Please let me know if you have any question via e-mail or call me on my cell phone (I sent it out in my December e-news).


Miss Gina


Daily Schedule
8:45 – 9:00 Arrival Time
9:00 – 9:25 Outdoor Play and Activity Time
9:25 – 9:45 Circle Time
9:45 – 10:35 Activity Time
10:35 – 10:50 Clean-up and Snack Time
10:50 – 11:20 Bike Time
11:20 – 11:45 Directed Activity Time
11:45 – 12:00 Departure Time

Themes:   In August, we have explored Getting to Know You, Apples and more.  Please refer to School Calendar for monthly themes. 

Please feel free to contact Teacher Gina with any questions or concerns you might have.  You may also contact Miss Shahnaz or the Director, Erin.  You may reach your Pre-K teachers via e-mail at mwfamrainbowroom@montecitoschool.com or ginamsouza@aol.com.

Our sharing day is usually on Fridays.  Your child may bring anything for sharing that would be interesting for their classmates, unless notified otherwise, but please no weapons.  You do not need to put the sharing in a bag with clues, nor does it need to start with the letter of the week.  Occasionally, I will make a special request for sharing, but you will be notified well in advance if that is the case. The purpose of sharing in my class is to help children improve their verbal communication skills and self-confidence.  No student will be required to share if they are uncomfortable doing so.

Classroom Snacks
For birthdays, please use your best judgment for a special treat.  Most parents prefer something small and something containing very little to no sugar.  The children do prefer to put their own snacks together.  For example, "ants on a log" (celery, peanut butter or other butter & raisins), bagels and cream cheese, and/or making their own ginger bread cookies, decorated with a little frosting.  This process usually lasts longer than the children's interest in eating the final product.  If you have a special cultural food you wish to share with the class, please feel free to do so -- just let us know.  Please remember that any food brought to the classroom must be approved by Teacher Gina or Miss Shahnaz at least one week ahead of time. In keeping with Montecito’s snack policy, water is served for the children to drink, rather than juice.  In addition to crackers, we will also offer fruit, vegetables or protein at every snack to the children. 


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