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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 welcome you and want to 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 our wonderful Pre-K class this year!  

All themes are listed under "School Calendar" on this website. 


Curriculum  for week of September 1st 2014

Curriculum  for week of  September 8th 2014

Curriculum  for week of September 22nd 2014


The first week of school was great, and just by coincidence, we talked about what to do if the ground shakes, which I said was called an Earhtquake.  We praciced "duck and cover."  ot sure if any of you or your families felt it!


We have been getting to know each other, our class, and even ourselves.  We have pictures of your families up on our bulletin boards (thank you for sending them in!), along with the childrens' painted family portraits they made!  


I have scheduled the play "Harry the Dirty Dog" at hte Sunnyvale Theater on Tuesday, October 14th.  Here are the details:

Date:  Tuesday, 10/14/14

Time:  10:00 am at Cuesta Park - leave park by 11:45 am for play at 12:30 pm

Price for play:  $8.50 x 2 people (one adult/chaperone & 1 child) = $17.00

Details:  We will meet at Cuesta Park at 10:00 am to play and then have lunch and caravan over to the theater together.  You will be done with this field trip by 1:30-1:45, so you can pick up older siblings from school if necessary.  Please let me know if this works or doesn't work for you, so I can send the deposit and plan the quantity of tickets.  Thanks!

I've also reserved the Pumpkin Patch field trip for early October, so more details will be coming to you soon!

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. 


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