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3-year-olds M/W/F mornings - Meadow Room

Dear Meadow/Yellow Room Families,

         We want to welcome you to Montecito Preschool!  Mrs. Q, Miss Shashi, Miss Louise, Miss Sarah and Miss Aileen are the teachers in this classroom this year (morning and afternoons).  Over the course of the year, we will build on sharing skills, develop your child’s social skills, support their desire to try new things and give them opportunities to enhance their manners in a caring environment, as well as develop their autonomy.

        All our themes are listed on the "School Calendar" on the website.  We have our themes listed for about 1 month at a time.

       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 your teachers and the office.  Thank you!


Thank you all so much for sending Apples, apple leaves and branches last week to school.  The children had so much fun sharing, cutting, tasting and learning about different kinds of apples!

Our next week’s theme is Trees and Leaves.

Activities:  Fall weather has officially started on September 23rd and that comes with the changing of leaves to brilliant colors of red, yellow, orange and brown.  Our children will begin their exploration of leaves and trees by observing, matching, sorting, comparing, and patterning different kinds of leaves.  They will also learn about different parts of trees, and why the leaves change their colors.  Crunching dry leaves with their tiny feet is so much fun; if you are walking with your children in the evening or on the weekends, have them find dry leaves.  They will have so much fun with them!

Art:  The children will also enjoy several art activities such as roller paint leaves, mop paint (fall colors), leaf collages and leaf chunky stamp painting ….

Soon you will see your children's beautiful project with leaves up on our classroom large window!

Books:  Tap the Magic Tree, The leaves are Falling One by One, Leaf Man, Mouse’s First Fall and many more.

Sharing Bags (Yellow Bags) were sent home last Friday.  Sharing Day will be every Friday starting this Friday, October 2nd.  Please have your child bring ONE item (NOT FRAGILE) this week, anything that she/he would like to share, show and tell.  Please have them place an item (that fits in the bag) in the Yellow bag that we sent home.

Buddy Bear:  As we talked about Buddy Bear during our Back to School Day, Buddy goes home on Friday with one of our students and comes back on Monday.  Buddy Bear will be their friend for the weekend.  We have extra clothing in the bag if they like to change Buddy into their favorite clothes.  They can give a new name to Buddy, and Buddy can go to the grocery store, the park, the beach or wherever your child wants to bring Buddy.  In addition, we have include a journal in the bag so your child can draw, write, take pictures to paste in the journal.  Your child will share with the class all the adventures he/she had with Buddy Bear!

Evacuation Drill:   Our annual Evacuation Drill is on Friday, October 16th.  More details to follow in next week’s e-news.

Reminder:  Please keep your children home if they have a bad cough, greenish runny nose or fever higher for 24 hours.

Best Regards,

Meadow Room Teachers


Dear Parents,

It's Fall!  The days are shorter and the nights are cooler.  The trees are turning yellow, red and orange, giving a colorful salute to summer.  Our children made beautiful trees with real leaves and displayed them in the classroom windows with Miss Yuri, and they turned out very colorful!  Squirrels are scampering to gather nuts to store for the winter, and Halloween and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

This week's theme is about " Squirrels and Nuts ."  The children will be counting, sorting, matching, lacing, crayon rubbing, acorn transfering, tracing, patterning, marble painting acorns, making feathery squirrels and glittery acorns.   Also we will read books called Squirrel, Nuts to You, Chicken Little, Bear and Squirrel are Friends, The Nutty Nut Chase and we will be practicing Halloween songs and  finger paintings.

Reminders:  Starting this week we will be practicing for Evacuation drills on October 16th.   The children will hold a loop on a long rope, we practice walking around the bike circle. Also, every Friday is Sharing Day.  Please put their sharing in the yellow sharing bag.

Thank you to Amanda Littig (Ella's mom our AM room parent) and to Varshika Gandhi (Neil's mom our PM room parent) for their hard work in helping us communicate with all the parents, for being our Organizers for the Sangha App, and to all the parents who have signed up for the Sangha App. 


Warmest Regards, The Meadow Room Teachers

Our goal is to help facilitate a transition into the classroom and allow your child to separate from his/her parents into a safe, loving environment.  To assist in this process, here are some things you can do to help: 

  1. If you are driving, please drop off your child at the scheduled time each day and try to leave campus as quickly as possible.
  2. If you walk-in, please say “goodbye” at the door, and then try to leave as quickly as possible.
  3. If your child was particularly upset when you left, after 30 minutes please feel free to phone the office for an update.  The office will check with the teachers and let you know how your child is doing. If your child is overly stressed, we will contact you immediately.  

Daily Schedule

8:30- 8:45 am  OR 1:00- 1:15 pm       Arrival Time

8:45- 9:00  OR 1:00- 1:15 pm             Outdoor Play Time (napping starts at 1:00 pm)

9:00- 9:30 OR 1:15- 1:45 pm              Bike Time

9:30- 9:45 OR 1:45-2:00 pm              Welcome/Circle Time

9:45-10:30 OR 2:00-2:45 pm             Activity Time

10:30- 10:35 OR 2:45-2:50 pm          Clean Up

10:35- 10:50 OR 2:50-3:05 pm          Snack Time

10:50- 11:05 OR 3:05-3:20 pm           Small Groups

11:05- 11:30 OR 3:20-3:45 pm           Outdoor Play/Clean Up

11:30- 11:45 OR 4:00-4:15 pm           Closing Circle/Departure 


Buddy Bear Program

     Buddy Bear will go home on Friday and come back to school on Monday.  The child will choose a few weekend clothes for the bear (& maybe even give them a temporary name).  They will get a special journal to write about (dictated by your child to you, to write on their behalf) and/or draw about (by your child) the bear’s weekend adventures!  The following Monday, your child will then share during Circle Time about Buddy Bears’ weekend. We will start this program in September.

 Small Group

    Our class will start small group in September.  Children will be separated into 4 groups of about 6 children each; this will be their small group for the year.  The small group students will stay the same, but the teachers will rotate groups once a month for each teacher & student to get to know each other better.  Sharing Day will be every Friday starting in September, during the small group time.  Children can share whatever they want, except for anything fragile.  Please put it in sharing yellow bag.          

Extra Clothing

    Please bring in an extra set of clothes for your child to keep at school for the year, in the plastic bags we have provided and label the pieces with their name and room code (3AY).  Also, please label their jackets they bring daily, so we know who they belong to.

Special Snacks

    Please limit special treats to birthdays and remember that all snacks must be previewed by a teacher before you bring them to school.  This way we can ensure that all children (including those with food allergies) can have the special snack you’re providing.

Parent/Guardian Visiting Days

    Our Parent Visiting Day will be scheduled sometime in the early spring (in March or April)   On this day, at least 1 parent/guardian must stay the entire session with their child, as we will have special activities that day.

Contacting Your Teachers 

Call & leave a message for us at:  Miss Paula  650-968-5957 ext. 317 and Mrs. Q ext. 324.  If time sensitive you can call the office and they will give us the message. 

OR E-mail us at:   mwfamyellowroom@montecitopreschool.com

  Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your child.  We look forward to a wonderful, fun-filled year of loving, learning & exploration!

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