The Children's School at Stephens College

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August 2015

Literacy and Math Centers

Last week, the preschool students were exposed to several different literacy and math centers. Today, they were able to try out the centers, independently or with a friend. Talk about a successful morning!  The students were engaged, practicing literacy and math skills, and were having fun!   
Grace is working on identifying the beginning, middle, and end of a story. The students practiced acting out “Jack and Jill,” and then practiced sequencing.

Lyla and Ava are working together on a math game. They are counting the number of family members in a picture and the labeling the picture with the appropriate number. This is a great game for practicing one to one correspondence and number indentification.   
Bennett and Connor are working on an alphabet game. There are missing letters on the board and the students have to fill in the blanks with the appropriate letter.


Josey is practicing matching lowercase letters to uppercase letters.
Tucker and Jackson are reading a book together. They are telling the story by looking at the pictures.


Mack is playing a game where he has to identify the lowercase letters. He picks an apple out of the basket and it has an uppercase letter on it. He has to identify that letter and then use a dotter to mark the lowercase letter off his sheet.

Elementary Information Regarding: Lunch and Misc. Dates!

Beginning Monday our lunch options will include the following:
Cold Lunch: Lunch brought from home
Sack Lunch: $3.00 includes deli sandwich, chips, fruit, milk
Hot Lunch: $4.00 includes variety of options listed on monthly calendar. Milk included.
*Fridays the hot lunch includes a choice of pizza.
During our Morning Meeting time students will tell teachers if they are either Cold, Sack, or Hot lunch. Please review these terms with your child for Monday so they are better prepared. We invite you to join us for lunch in Stamper Commons to eat with your child(ren). Lunch is available for you as well and will include more options. Cash or credit card are accepted. Look forward to seeing you there. We leave our building by 12:30 to walk to Stamper Commons.
Thursday, September 3rd 2:30-4:30 in Audrey Webb is our Back to School Ice Cream Social hosted by our Parent Group.
No School Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day
Our first Kindergarten-First Grade Showcase is Friday, September 18th 8:40-9:15. (Flyer attached) These are monthly opportunities for your child to bring in things from home to share with fellow peers and families. Ideas from past years include: dance performance, favorite recipes, mini inquiries, photo albums of family vacations, music, dolls, Legos, books, toys, crafts.
General Reminders:
– Return Family Information Form
– Water bottle
– Extra shoes for playground


Back to School Ice Cream Social!

Come celebrate the new school year! Please join
Stephens College Children’s School Teachers,
Staff, and Families for an enjoyable afternoon
of ice cream and laughter.

Join us Thursday September 3rd from 2:30-4:30,
at Stephen’s College Children’s School in the
Preschool building!

Reading in Preschool

This week we have been encouraging students to explore the books in the classroom. Many children can become discouraged when they are unable to read the text. We have been explaining to students that they can read the book by looking at the pictures. We want all students to identify as readers, and encouraging students to read independently can help them build early reading skills. 


Little Miss Muffet

 Today, the preschool student practiced acting out a simple nursery rhyme. They were engaged, developed a sense of story, could identify characters and were even able to discuss the beginning, middle and end! What an engaging way to practice comprehending a simple nursery rhyme!  
Little Miss Muffet sat on her Tuffet

Eating her curds and whey…

  Along came a spider  
That sat down beside her…   
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Another Day in Elementary

This morning in studio time with Miss Jessie we practiced our voice, body and mind awareness exercises. We started with tongue twisters to get our voices prepared, mirroring each other for our body awareness and finished with an activity where we all held hands. During the activity, Miss Jessie squeezes one student’s hand and the squeeze gets passed all the way around the circle, centering our focus and concentration. After our morning exercises we were ready to start our day!
  One important part of our Literacy time is to share student writing. Today we celebrated several students for using what we taught in our focus lessons in their writing.

 The exciting news in Literacy is that we have begun to study Graphic Novels! In one group, we are learning about what a graphic novel is through the use of Nursery Rhymes. Today the focus was on Humpty Dumpty. Our other groups were exploring different books to determine what constitutes a graphic novel.
   In our afternoon we finished our classroom pledge! Ask your child to sing it to you! This is a really important part of our classroom community. We create a song together that shares what it is to be a part of our class. We will sing this every morning as a reminder of our expectations throughout our day.

 As part of an introduction to our inquiry topic of Bridges, we are creating a mural. Each student was given a very small piece of a much larger picture. The students worked to blow up their smaller picture to a full size sheet of construction paper. When we are all finished with our artwork we will put all of our individual art together. Students enjoyed opportunities to collaborate with one another and practice working with different art mediums.

Helpful Reminders for Elementary Families

We are looking forward to an exciting year after such a great first day with your child(ren). We wanted to give some gentle reminders of our policies and procedures as we begin our year:

– No hot lunch the first week of school as we prepare our hot lunch menu with Fresh Ideas.
– Send a water bottle for use of the Culligan machine.
– Extra shoes to be worn outside on the playground.
– Please complete and return the Family Information Form.

First Day of a New School Year!

It was a beautiful day to begin a new day of a new school year. Students arrived eager to learn, share their summer adventures, and explore their new classroom. Below are some snapshots throughout the day!

  Introductions and the name game was very exciting!

  Mrs. Clifton introduced the Imagination Station to our class. We can use this area to get inspired for writing and throughout the day.

  Ms. Vonder Haar taught a focus lesson on what our Draftbook Expectations are during literacy.

  Ms. Vonder Haar helped us to write a Classroom Pledge. So far we have decided that we will use the tune of Stayin’ Alive.

  Studio time with Miss Jessie to get our voice, body, and mind focused.

Open House


The teachers are ready to welcome everyone back at our open house.  You are welcome to come by anytime between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on August 18th.  Come meet your teachers and see the classroom!

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