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Room 206 Teachers: Francie McGowan, Felicia Williams and Audrey Harding

 

 

Room 206 Newsletter Barbara Vick Village

Ms. Conway, Ms. Harding & Ms. Williams http://barbaravick.cps.edu/

March 2017

Our Learning

Many of our students have become avid builders, especially using magnet tiles and Legos.  In order to support and expand their play with building materials we will be adding zoo animal and dinosaur toys to the classroom.  These toys will encourage the children to move beyond building  for building’s sake and begin to create imaginary worlds using building materials and toy figurines.  This type of imaginary play is essential to cognitive, language and social-emotional development.  New and exciting toys also always offer opportunities to learn about sharing and turn taking.  In order to inspire the children’s play we will also read some books about both zoo animals and dinosaurs in the coming weeks, including:

  • Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs  by Byron Barton

  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

  • Goodnight, Gorilla  by Peggy Rathman

  • Hug  by Jez Alborough

Important Dates:

March 8 – Special Olympics forms due

March 31 – Ms. Conway’s last day before maternity leave

April 7 – No School, furlough day

April 10 – 14 – No School, Spring Break

Wish List:

The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

  • Kleenex/Tissue

  • Clorox wipes

  • Nonperishable snacks

  • Small disposable cups

  • Disposable spoons

Room 206 Newsletter Barbara Vick Village

Ms. Conway, Ms. Harding & Ms. Williams http://barbaravick.cps.edu/

February 2017

Our Learning

Patterns:  This month we will be focusing on patterns.  Some children will begin with matching and identifying colors, others may be ready to copy patterns and others will be creating their own patterns. All of our students will be exposed to numerous types of patterns.  We will emphasize repeating patterns and growing patterns:  Repeating patterns have a segment that consistently repeats (red-blue-red-blue…).  Growing patterns increase or decrease by a constant amount (I had 1 apple on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 3 on Wednesday…).  Below are some books related to patterns & colors we’ll be reading:

  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood & Don Wood

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Teddy Bear Patterns by Barbara Barbieri

  • Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes by Stephen Swinburne

  • Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

  • Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Important Dates:

Feb 20 – No School, Presidents’ Day

Wish List:

The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

  • Small disposable cups

  • Disposable spoons

  • Graham crackers

  • Apple sauce

  • Goldfish

01/18/2017

Room 206 Newsletter                                                                                                         Barbara Vick Village                                                                                                           Ms. Conway, Ms. Harding & Ms. Williams                                                   http://barbaravick.cps.edu/ January 2017                                                                                                                                   Our Learning:

We have converted our classroom kitchen area into a grocery store! A number of children have shown interest in “shopping” and like to talk about going to the store. This play area (including a really cool cash register) will help the students to grow their skills in dramatic play, social interactions, mathematics and language arts. We have added a dollhouse to the classroom as well, giving the children lots of opportunities for imaginative play.

                                            What We’re Reading:

Feast for 10 ● by Cathryn Falwell

At the Supermarket ● by Anne Rockwell

What’s in Grandma’s Grocery Bag? by Hui-Mei Pan

Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

The Snowy Day ● by Ezra Jack Keats

Count and See ● by Tana Hoban

Important Dates:

Jan 16 ~ No Classes, MLK Day

Jan 27 ~ Parent-Child Activity Day

Feb 3 ~ No Classes, School Improvement Day

Wish List: The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

❏ Small disposable cups (Dixie cups) & spoons

❏ Graham crackers, cheese crackers, Cheerios, apple sauce, fruit snacks

❏ Baby wipes & Clorox wipes

Room 206 Newsletter Barbara Vick Village

Ms. Conway, Ms. Williams & Ms. Harding http://barbaravick.cps.edu/

October 2016

Our Learning

Now that we are a month into school we are diving into our math and literacy instruction. In math we are learning about sets and sorting: The children are using multiple materials (including those you sent for art class) to sort objects, create sets, and describe attributes (color, size, texture, etc.).  Along with our math learning we are studying folk tales, which provide great opportunities for talking about sets, sorting and attributes (the straw house, the big bear, the hot porridge, etc.).  We recently read a few different versions of the Three Little Pig and have now begun reading versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Important Dates:

October 10 – Columbus Day, No Classes

October 21 – Parent Child Activity Day

What We’re Reading:

  • The Three Little Pigs, by Bonnie Dobkin

  • The Three Little Pigs, by Horacio Elena

  • Huff & Puff, by Claudia Rueda

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears, by Bonnie Dobkin

  • Goldilocks, by Marta Mata

  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, by Mo Willems

Wish List:

The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

  • Non-perishable snacks

  • Paper towels

  • Zip lock bags

  • Dixie cups, plastic spoons

  • Flour, salt, cream of tartar (for play dough)

Room 206 Newsletter Barbara Vick Village

Ms. Conway & Ms. Williams http://barbaravick.cps.edu/

March 2016

Our Learning

Room 206 has begun an in-depth study of one children’s book author and illustrator: Donald Crews. We are reading his books during story time and extending those books into choice time through play materials related to the stories. The children call him by many names, including “McDonald’s,” “Donald Shoes,” and “Donald Apple Juice,” as they are beginning to recognize his photo and identify him with the books he has written. In the coming weeks the children will learn biographical information about the author and explore some of his favorite children’s books. Books by Donald Crews we have/will read include:

  • Freight Train

  • School Bus

  • Inside Freight Train

  • Truck

  • Bigmamma’s House

  • Shortcut

  • Ten Black Dots

Important Dates:

Mar 9 ~ Local School Council Meeting

Mar 15 ~ Toddler Natural Materials Experience

Mar 17~ Parent Workshop with Speech Pathologist, Social Worker, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist

Mar 23~BAC Meeting (Recreational specialist/Speech Pathologist)

Mar 25 ~ No Classes, Furlough Day

Apr 6 ~ Local School Council Meeting

Apr 8 ~ No Classes, School Improvement Day

Wish List:

The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

  • Kleenex/Tissue

  • More Kleenex/Tissue

  • Clorox wipes

Hello Parents:

This week, as part of Room 206′s exploration of food, Ms. Fletcher (the occupational therapist) and Ms. Nuñez (the speech therapist) led an activity with the children in which they used communication skills in order to choose which vegetables they would like to cut. Then, using special child-safe knives, the children practiced cutting with one hand while steadying the vegetable with the other hand (an important fine motor skill), while some of the children enjoyed eating the vegetables and others did not, they ALL loved having the opportunity to use a knife to chop food. If you are interested in getting knives like these for use at home, they are not too expensive, see links here and here (note that one-on-one adult supervision is recommended).

Room 206 Newsletter Barbara Vick Village

Ms. Conway & Ms. Williams http://barbaravick.cps.edu/

February 2016

Our Learning

Food:  Thank you to all who responded to the food survey. With your help we have included hundreds of food pictures in our kitchen area to support the children’s communication, interactive play and emergent writing skills.  By pretending to write menus, recipes, restaurant orders and grocery lists, the children are learning about the different uses of writing and are building their understanding that written text is meaningful – that it represents words. We will also be reading some books about food:

  • Crazy Pizza Day  by Bonnie Dobkin

  • Stone Soup  by Heather Forest

  • Feast for 10  by Cathryn Falwell

Authors:  Later in February we will begin to focus on children’s book authors.  During story time, the children will hear multiple books by the same authors.  We will also present photos of these authors, information about the authors’ lives, and how the authors go about making their books.  In this way, the children will begin to understand not only how books are made, but also that they can be authors too.  Some of the authors we will read include: Donald Crews, Mo Willems and Yuyi  Morales.

Important Dates:

Feb 9 ~ Parenting Classes (STEP)

Feb 10 ~ Nutrition Classes for Parents

Feb 15 ~ No Classes, Presidents’ Day

Feb 18 ~ Parent Studio Workshop

Wish List:

The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

  • Non-perishable, healthy snacks

  • Baby wipes

  • Clorox wipes

  • Kleenex

Sign Language Alphabet

Sign language is a great teaching tool. Using basic signs helps to reinforce information with visual cues and physical movement.  We use a number of basic signs in our classroom, including: Stop, Please wait, Play together, Sit down, Stand up, Happy, Angry,  Sing and Help. We also use signs for colors and letters. The signs for the English alphabet are below.

 

Room 206 Newsletter Barbara Vick Village

Ms. Conway & Ms. Williams http://barbaravick.cps.edu/

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January 2016

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Our Learning

Changes:  This month room 206 will be getting a play kitchen area. Classroom “housekeeping” areas support students’ social-emotional growth as well as their dramatic play skills.  Dramatic play (or make-believe) is essential to children’s developing abstract thinking, emergent literacy, and social skills.

Shapes:  Room 206 has begun exploring the 4 basic shapes: circle, square, triangle and rectangle. We will soon include other shapes as well: pentagon, hexagon, octagon, oval, etc.  The children will learn about shapes through storybooks, sorting and matching activities, puzzles, and using building materials, such as magnet tiles.  Below are some books about shapes that we will be reading together:

  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

  • Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

  • Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Important Dates:

Jan 18 ~ No Classes, MLK Day

Jan 22 ~ Parent-Child Activity

Feb 5 ~ No Classes, School Improvement Day

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Wish List:

The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

  • Small disposable cups

  • Non-perishable, healthy snacks

  • Baby wipes

  • Clorox wipes

  • Kleenex

Play Dough Recipe

Making play dough together is a fun and educational activity to help pass the long winter months indoors.  As you follow the recipe, read the steps out loud with your child to make it a literacy activity.  Engage your child in helping to measure the ingredients to incorporate a math lesson as well.  Finally, bring science into the learning by talking about the ways the materials change as you combine, mix and heat them. Below is my favorite play dough recipe, but you can find many more online, including microwave and no-cook versions.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour

  • 1 ½ cups salt

  • 2 TBS cream of tartar

  • 6 TBS vegetable or corn oil

  • 3 cups water

  • Food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using an electric mixer, whisk or spoon, mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Pour mixture into a soup pot or sauce pan.

  3. Cook over medium heat until it becomes thick, resembling play dough.

  4. Remove from heat and let the play dough cool.

  5. Knead the play dough for a few minutes.

  6. Store in a ziplock bag or tupperware container.

 

Room 206 Newsletter Barbara Vick Village

Ms. Conway & Ms. Williams http://barbaravick.cps.edu/

December 2015

Our Learning

Room 206 has begun discussing and learning about feelings.  Through books, art, play and conversation we encourage the children to identify their feelings and to notice the feelings of others.  On the reverse side of this newsletter are some of the picture symbols that we are using in the classroom to identify different emotions. You can use these pictures to support your child’s learning at home by asking him/her, “How do you feel?”  You can also encourage your child to identify the emotions of characters in storybooks or of their family members. Listed below are some books about feelings that we will be reading in the coming weeks.

  • The Way I Feel  by Janan Cain

  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley

  • The Feelings Book  by Todd Parr

  • When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry  by Molly Bang

Important Dates:

Dec 8 ~ Field trip to Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10 ~ Barbara Vick Holiday Sing-A-Long

Dec 21 – Jan 1 ~ Winter Break, No School

Wish List:

The following are items that we could use in our classroom. All donations are voluntary and much appreciated.

  • Baby wipes

  • Disinfecting wipes

  • Kleenex/Tissue

  • Small disposable cups

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Child Parent Activity Day

Our first child/parent activity is Friday, October 16th.  We will be making All About Me Books. Returning families will be adding  memories to their children’s books.  New families will have the opportunity to make one.  We will provide binders, markers, crayons, glue, scissors, and more!  You need to bring:  pictures of your child: when he/she was a baby, birthday celebrations, holidays, vacations, special events, pets, favorite foods, favorite character, etc.  Your child is unique and so will be his/her “All About Me” book!

For new families… Why is making an “All About Me” book important?  It is important because:

  • It helps your child develop his communication skills when he shares his book with the teachers and their friends.

  • It gives your child a reason to feel proud.

  • By choosing the items that are going to be put into the books, the children create a sense of security and identity.

  • It is a strong connection between home and school.

Throughout the years, we have seen how our children enjoy these books and share them with their classmates…

You and your child will be attending school for an hour… please, make an effort to come.  Your child will be happy to have you in his/her classroom! And, because it will be a special day for your son/daughter, we are asking you to make arrangements to keep siblings at home.  If you are unable to attend, please ask a grandparent, aunt or uncle to accompany your child.  If nobody is able to participate with your child, please let us know to coordinate with the bus company.  It is an attendance day for our students.

We are hoping to see every family.  Sign up for the best time that fits your schedule.  I am emailing the times and a sign up sheet will be available outside our classroom door.  We would like to see 5 families per time.  If there is a conflict, we’ll contact you as soon as I can.

Thank-you,

Mrs. Yonamine       Ms. Williams

Our First Weeks of Learning

Nuestras Primeras Semanas de Aprendizaje

“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does “just for fun” and things that are educational.  The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.”

Penelope Leach (psychologist and author)

“Para un niño pequeño no hay división entre el juego y el aprendizaje; entre las cosas que él o ella hace “solo por diversión” y las cosas que son educativas.  Mientras esté vivo(a) el niño(a) no deja de aprender y disfrutar de la vida como si fuera juego.”

Penelope Leach (sicóloga y autora)

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Our first weeks of school have been full of excitement! Our friends from last year have met new ones and explored a classroom with a different set up!

Our new friends have had their first experience in an unfamiliar environment.  I really want to take the time to thank YOU for trusting us and helping your child in this transition.

All of our friends are getting to know each other and working on the classroom routine and schedule.  They have been showing us the wonderful things they can do!

Nuestras primeras semanas de escuela han estado llenas de emociones!  Nuestros amigos del año pasado han conocido nuevos amigos y explorado un salón con una nueva organización!

Nuestros nuevos amigos han tenido su primera experiencia en un ambiente que no les es familiar.  Quiero tomar el tiempo para agradecer su confianza y ayudar a su niño(a) en esta transición.

Seguiremos trabajando en conociéndonos y en la rutina de la clase y actividades.  Los niños(as) han estado explorando diferentes materiales y mostrándonos las cosas maravillosas que pueden hacer!

  • Light Table:

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  • Writing Center:

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  • Computer & IPad:

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  • Building:

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  • Art:

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  • Reading:

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  • Listening:

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  • Cutting:

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  • Toys & Games:

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  • Water table:

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Thank you so much for sending a change of clothes and some items for the classroom… paper towel, kleenex, and baby wipes are so much needed! Thank you, thank you! ☺

Muchas Gracias por enviar el cambio de ropa y algunos artículos para el salón… papel toalla, pañitos, y kleenex son muy necesarios! Gracias, gracias! ☺

Please remember… daily attendance is very important.  If your child is absent, we need an absence note in file.

Por favor recuerde que la asistencia diaria a la escuela es muy importante.  Por cada ausencia, necesitamos una nota justificándola.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school or send an email at: eeyonamine@cps.edu

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamar o enviar un correo electrónico a: eeyonamine@cps.edu

Thank you so much for your assistance in these first weeks of school!  Muchas gracias por su ayuda en estas primeras semanas de clases!

Mrs. Yonamine

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Sharing Basket

During the school year, your child will have the opportunity to share a snack with his/her friends.  Our “Sharing Basket” activity will not only foster skills in the areas of social-emotional and communication but also your child will work on independent functioning skills such as daily living and self-care activities.  We will provide the drinks (e.g. water, fruit juice, etc.) but we will need your assistance with the snacks.  Below there is a list with healthy snacks.

Everything has to be in their original packages from the store.  Fruits are going to be washed and cut at school.  Please be aware that there are students with allergies in the classroom.  Please avoid snacks with peanuts and dairy.

Our activity will be every Thursday.   If your child brings home our “Sharing Basket,” it means than he/she will be responsible for bringing snack for the activity.  We would like to have the basket back the day before the activity so we can have everything washed and cut for the day of the activity.  If you would not like your child to participate in this activity, please send a note or call the school.

If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you and your child are participating.

Please make sure the snack  fits in the basket your child will take home.  Here is a list of snacks you can send:

• Pretzels

• Fruit: small apples, grapes, oranges, etc.

• Animal crackers

• Graham crackers

• Dry Cereal: Cheerios

• Goldfish

• Applesauce

• Mini-muffins

We need snacks for 10 students.

We are sure your child will love this activity and your assistance will make it happen!

Thank you so much!

Mrs. Yonamine

Ms. Williams

April Newsletter / Comunicado del mes de Abril

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break.  Our students have been having so much fun with our “house” that we will continue with our unit until the end of the month.  Thanks to Mrs. Ramirez and Mrs. Hernandez (Gabriel’s mom and grandma) and to Mr. and Mrs. Munoz (Kevin’s parents) for coming to our class to work on two special activities with us… “What does mom do at home?” and “Where does Kevin’s dad work?”  Our morning class had the opportunity to talk about the difference between cooking at home and cooking at a restaurant… Gabriel’s grandma made homemade flour tortillas and Kevin’s dad made a delicious stir-fry! Yummy, yummy!

Thank you for sending in objects… we are still working with the square ones! We are describing, counting, sorting, and more! We will be asking for other objects in the following weeks.  Please remember to help your child find and send them to school.

On Friday, April 24th we will have a field trip to the train station.  It will be great experience for our students… please come with us!

March Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Continuing with our buildings unit… our students have voted to build a house in the classroom. We are moving furniture around and putting materials away in order to have enough room.  We are using a huge refrigerator box!  So far, they are enjoying “opening” and “closing” the “door” and peeking through the “windows.” We will start painting it with the color they have chosen: red

Thank you for sending in objects… we are still working with the purple ones! We are describing, counting, sorting, and more! We will be asking for other objects in the following weeks.  Please remember to help your child find and send them to school.

Our feelings book is looking great… we are still working on it!

We will also be talking about people who work in different building and things we can find inside them. If you (or someone you know) work in one of the following buildings and are willing to talk/show/share with the class, please return this paper with your available date and time.  I will contact you!  Thanks for volunteer… It will be a great learning experience for your child and friends!

Please circle your choice

  • House – housewife / construction worker
  • Hospital – Doctor/nurse
  • Restaurant – Waiter / waitress / cook
  • Different stores… grocery, clothing, etc.  – Cashiers, stockers, salesperson, etc.
  • Other : ________________________________________

Date & Time to come in class  ______________________________________________

 

February Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We will continue working on buildings with a special attention on shapes and colors. Please encourage your child to point / name them at home.  Every week your child will be asked to bring a “color” or “shape” to school; please help him/her find an object with that characteristic and send it to school… we will return it as soon as we finish working with it!

We will also be working on feelings and things we can do when we feel happy, sad, mad, etc.  We will be making a classroom book… wait for it!

Dates to Remember:

  • February 16th         :         No School – President’s Day

January Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Happy New Year 2015!  It is now time to begin our work with fun and learning activities for our Building Unit.  During the following weeks, we will be exploring this topic by discussing about what we know about building, kinds of buildings, things we can build, materials we can use and where we can get them, etc…  Our students will love our Building area…there are blocks, logs, bricks, “pretend hay,” magna tiles, and more!

Remember that we are in need of some items for the classroom.  If you would like to donate, please send them to school with your child. These items are:

  • Kleenex
  • Baby wipes to share
  • Clorox wipes

Please make sure your child has a complete change of clothes at school.

Dates to Remember:

  • January 19th          :         No School – Martin Luther King
  • January 30th          :         No School – Professional Development Day for Teachers

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

During the following three weeks, we will be finishing our unit about transportation.  We will talk about different places we can go when we ride…. So far McDonald’s has been a very popular place! Students are using different kinds of blocks to build houses, garages, and towers for cars.

We have different materials that your child is taking home…. some are to be kept at home, but others need to be sent back to school such as your child’s bag with his/her name and letters.  Please remember to send it back.

For the holidays, we will start a special book “What I See Outside…” wait for it!!

Queridos Padres/Guardianes:

Durante las siguientes tres semanas, estaremos terminando nuestra unidad acerca de transporte.  Hablaremos acerca de diferentes lugares que podemos ir cuando nos subimos al… hasta ahora McDonald’s ha sido un lugar muy popular!  Los niños usan bloques para construir casas, garajes, y torres para los carros.

Tenemos diferentes materiales que estamos enviando a casa… algunos los pueden conservar, pero otros los necesitamos de regreso en la escuela como por ejemplo la bolsa con el nombre y letras de su hijo(a).  Por favor recuerde de enviarlo a la escuela!

Por las fiestas de fin de ano, empezaremos nuestro libro especial “Lo Que Veo Afuera…” espérenlo!!

Dates to Remember / Fechas para recordar:

 

  • December 19th :         Last day of school

Diciembre 19               Último día de escuela

  • January 5th               :         Back to school

Enero 5                         De regreso a la escuela

 

Child Parent Activity Day

Our first child/parent activity is this Friday, October 17th.  We will be making All About Me Books. We will provide the binders, the pockets, markers, crayons, glue, and scissors. You need to bring:  baby pictures of your child: of birthday celebrations, holidays, special events, pets, favorite foods and stickers if you would like to decorate the pages.  The book will be kept at school.  During the school year we will be adding pages with your child.  At the end of the school year your child will take the book home.

Why is making an “All About Me” book important?  It is important because:

  • It helps your child develop his communication skills when he shares his book with the teachers and their friends.
  • Collecting the items to put in their books gives your child a reason to feel proud.
  • By choosing the items that are going to be put into the books, the children create a sense of security and identity – a connection between home and school.

We are hoping that each child’s book is unique, just like them! This is a day for you and your child, no siblings please.  If you are unable to attend, please ask a grandparent, aunt or uncle to accompany your child.  Remember this is an attendance day for your child.  We look forward to seeing you!

Vick Village Staff – Room 206

October Newsletter / Comunicado de Octubre

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Students in the classroom have been interested in cars, buses, and trains.  They are having fun moving cars around and singing “The Wheels on the bus.”  We will start talking about different types of transportation that help us move around.  Please help your child to identify / point at them when you go to the store, while watching TV, on books, pictures, etc.  We will also focus on family and feelings.   Thank you for sending your family picture…. Your child loves to see his/her picture displayed in the classroom!

We will keep working on our classroom routine… some activities that children enjoy are: play-dough, water colors, computer, agua, and music!  They also like our “Sharing Basket” activity.  Students love to have snack in the class.  They practice different skills such as: turn taking, communication, independent functioning, etc, etc.  Our snack container is full of crackers, goldfish, and more!  We would like to thank the families of: Brandon, Gabriel, and Javier… THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Our first Parent-Child activity will be on Friday, October 17th.  Information about the activity is attached.  Please plan on attending!!

We will have our first field trip to the zoo on October 31st.  Please come with us!

 

April/ May Newsletter

Comunicado del mes de Abril/Mayo

Dear Parents and Guardians: Buildings, buildings, buildings! Thank you so much to those families who have sent a picture of their house.  Children like to show and talk about it in class.  We want to observe houses and other buildings around us.

We will walk around our neighborhood on Wednesday, April 30th… If you are able to come, please let us know… I will be contacting some of you!  We will also see buildings and places outside of our neighborhood.

On Tuesday, May 20th, we will visit the farm… our secret guests have arrived and ready to hatch in 21 days!  Meanwhile, children are observing and recording what they see…

On Thursday, June 5th, we will go to the Mexican Art Museum.  Your child is getting ready for it… he (she) has been working on self-portraits and family drawings… we will finish this unit with a community piece that will go along with our neighborhood walk and field trips.

Queridos Padres/Guardianes:  Construcciones, construcciones, construcciones! Gracias a las familias que han enviado la foto de su casa.  A los niños les gusta mostrarlas y hablar de ellas en clase.  Queremos observar casas y otras construcciones alrededor de nosotros.

Caminaremos alrededor de nuestro barrio el Miércoles 30 de Abril… si puede venir, por favor déjenos saber… estaré llamando a algunos de Uds.!  También visitaremos lugares fuera de nuestra comunidad.

El Martes, 20 de Mayo, visitaremos la granja… nuestros invitados sorpresas han llegado a la clase y estarán listos para verlos en 21 días!  Mientras tanto, los niños están observando y grabando lo que vemos…

El Jueves, 5 de Junio, iremos al Museo de Arte Mexicano.  Su niño(a) esta alistándose para esa fecha… el(ella) ha estado dibujando sus retratos y dibujando a su familia… terminaremos esta unidad con nuestra caminata alrededor del barrio y paseos.

• Congratulations to our students with perfect attendance for the month of March. Felicitaciones a nuestros niños con asistencia perfecta en el mes de Marzo.

• Please remember to send a note in your child’s backpack every time he/she is absent. Por favor recuerden enviar una nota en la mochila cada vez que su niño(a) no venga a la escuela.

• You can still send the picture of your house.  If it is easier to e-mail it, you can do it to eeyonamine@cps.edu Todavía pueden enviar la foto de su casa.  Si  es más fácil para ustedes enviarla por correo electrónico lo pueden hacer a eeyonamine@cps.edu

Mrs. Yonamine        Ms. Williams

 

March Newsletter / Comunicado del mes de Marzo

Dear Parents and Guardians: Our last activity for our Clothes Unit was our “Class Quilt.” MANY THANKS to Mrs. Marchan for putting it together. If you want to take a look at it… come and visit the classroom! Our children worked together and created beautiful designs with shapes, letters, numbers,…and more! During the month of March we will be initiating our unit about buildings.  Please encourage your child to go outside and look around at different houses, buildings, stores, etc.  If you find pictures of houses, buildings, or if you have one of your house, please send them in.  We will be going on field trips soon!  I will be calling parents to come with us… please volunteer!

Queridos Padres/Guardianes:  Nuestra ultima actividad de nuestra Unidad de Prendas de Vestir fue “Nuestra Cobija de la Clase”  MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS a la Sra. Marchan por ayudarnos con la costura.  Si ud. la quiere ver… venga y visite el salón! Nuestros niños trabajaron juntos y crearon bellos diseños con formas, letras, números,… y mas!  Durante el mes de Marzo estaremos iniciando nuestra unidad de construcción.  Por favor estimule a su niño(a) a ir afuera y observar a las diferentes casas, edificios, tiendas, etc.  Si encuentra figuras o fotos de casa, edificios, o si tiene una de su casa, por favor envíenlas a la escuela.  Estaremos yéndonos de paseo pronto!  Me estaré comunicando con uds… por favor venga con nosotros!

Congratulations to our students with perfect attendance for the month of February… Felicitaciones a nuestros niños con asistencia perfecta a la escuela en el mes de Febrero…Please remember to send a note in your child’s backpack every time he/she is absent. Por favor recuerden enviar una nota en la mochila cada vez que su niño(a) no venga a la escuela.

Mrs. Yonamine        Ms. Williams

 

February Newsletter / Comunicado del mes de Febrero

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We will keep working on our Clothes Unit.  In our housekeeping area there are different items that your child can explore, describe, categorize, and try on!  Many thanks to Mrs. Rojas (Damian’s mom)!  She came in to do an art activity with our morning class.  They really enjoyed it!  If you would like to do an activity in our class, please let us know!  Your child will be very happy to see you here! You can do an art activity, read a book, or just have fun in our new basement space!

Queridos Padres/Guardianes:

Seguiremos trabajando en nuestra unidad de Prendas de Vestir.  En nuestra área de la casita hay diferentes artículos que su niño(a) puede explorar, describir, categorizar, y probarse!  Muchas gracias a la Sra. Rojas (mamá de Damian)! Vino a hacer una actividad de arte con nuestros niños de la clase de la mañana.  Ellos lo disfrutaron mucho!  Si ud. quisiera hacer una actividad en nuestra clase, por favor avísenos!  Su niño(a)  estará muy feliz de  verlo(a) aquí! Puede hacer una actividad de arte, leer un libro, o simplemente venga a divertirse en nuestro nuevo sótano!

Our Learning:

New Attendance Board Nuestro Aprendizaje: Nuevo Panel de Asistencia

Children are working on a new routine in the classroom.  They are doing wonderful!  This is the routine they follow: 1.  Get name/picture 2.  Write name 3.  Get a feeling picture

Los niños están trabajando en una nueva rutina en la clase.  Lo están haciendo maravillosamente! Esta es la rutina que siguen: 1.  Agarran su nombre/foto 2.  Escriben su nombre 3.  Escogen una figura para expresar como se sienten.

A message from Mrs. Yonamine:
I would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year! Our Winter break starts today. We will be back to school on January 6th to start our unit about clothes. You can help your child by naming/pointing, sorting, and folding different clothes. You can also point out different features of clothes such as sizes, fasteners, colors, etc.
We are in need of some items for the classroom. If you would like to donate, please send them to school with your child. These items are:
· Kleenex
· Baby wipes to share
· Clorox wipes
Please make sure your child has a complete change of clothes at school.
If you have the opportunity, please come to the classroom to meet our new teacher assistant, Ms. Williams.

A message from Ms. Williams:
Hello! My name is Felicia Williams and I am working withy your children in room 206. I would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday and a prosperous new year!

Thank you!

Mensaje de la maestra Yonamine:
Quisiera desearles una maravillosa época de fiestas y un muy feliz año nuevo! Nuestras vacaciones de invierno empiezan hoy. Regresaremos a la escuela el 6 de Enero para empezar nuestra unidad acerca de ropa. Usted puede ayudar a su niño(a) a nombrar/señalar, clasificar, y doblar diferentes prendas de vestir. Puede también hacer notar los diferentes tamaños, broches, colores, etc.
Necesitamos diferentes materiales en la clase. Si quisiera donar alguno, por favor envíelos con su hijo(a).
· Kleenex
· Pañitos húmedos para compartir
· Pañitos de Cloro
Por favor asegúrese que su niño(a) tiene un cambio de ropa completo en la escuela.
Si tiene alguna oportunidad, por favor venga a la clase a conocer a nuestra nueva asistente la Sra. Williams.

Mensaje de Ms. Williams:
Hola! Mi nombre es Felicia Williams y estoy trabajando con sus niños en el salón 206. Quisiera desearles unas felices fiestas y un prospero año nuevo!

December Newsletter
Dear Parents and Guardians:
During the following three weeks, we will be finishing our unit about trees… we will talk about animals that live in trees and foods from trees. Thank you so much for all items collected during your walks around your neighborhood as well as for all empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
We hope you liked the group picture we sent with our final tree! Students are still working with it by changing branches or playing with animals. They are even building tree houses!
We will also be working some arts and crafts for the holidays! Wait for your special tree…

Queridos Padres/Guardianes:

Durante las siguientes tres semanas, estaremos terminando nuestra unidad de árboles. Muchísimas gracias por todos los objetos que juntaron durante sus caminatas alrededor de su barrio así como por el envío de los rollos vacíos de papel toalla y papel higiénico J
Esperamos que les haya gustado la foto de grupo que enviamos con nuestro árbol terminado! Los estudiantes todavía están jugando a cambiar de lugar las ramas y animales. Hasta están construyendo casas!
También estaremos trabajando algunas manualidades por las fiestas de fin de año! Esperen por su arbolito especial…

A message from Mrs. Yonamine:
Starting next week, we will have a new team member in our classroom. Mr. Gonzalez will be leaving Vick Village to start a new position in a school within CPS. We wish him luck!… Our children will surely miss him!

Empezando la próxima semana, tendremos un Nuevo miembro en el equipo de nuestro salón. El maestro González dejara la escuela Vick Village para empezar una nueva posición en una escuela de CPS. Le deseamos mucha suerte!… Nuestros niños de hecho lo extrañarán!

Dates to Remember:

· December 20th : Last day of school
Diciembre 20: Último día de escuela
· January 6th : Back to school
Enero 6: De regreso a la escuela

November Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians:
For this month, we will be exploring and talking about trees (see attachment). Please continue to send in items collected during your walks around your neighborhood. Encourage your child to see the different colors and shapes around. For our unit, we will also be in need of empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls… as you are ready to recycle them, please send them in with your child. Students will build trees with boxes and rolls…

We are sending a CD with songs we do in the classroom. Please listen to it and sing with your child… if you have any questions about it, we can discuss them.
Our “Sharing Basket” activity will continue this week. If your child brings home our basket, please send in a small number of a fruit that comes from trees (e.g. banana, apple, pear, etc)… talk to your child about it… Please send the basket back to school on Thursday (…so I can have the snack ready on Friday J). I would like to thank the family of Brandon for sending extra snack items…
Students are still presenting their “All About Me” books. We will send pictures of their presentations as soon as everybody is done… YOUR child is very proud of it!!… here are some pictures…

Thank you so much to those parents who came with us to see “Pinocchio.” It was a wonderful experience for the children! We were very proud of everybody!!

Comunicado de Noviembre

Queridos Padres y Guardianes:
Para este mes, estaremos explorando y hablando acerca de árboles (vea la carta que se adjunta) Por favor continúe enviando los objetos que encuentran en sus caminatas alrededor de su barrio. Estimule a su hijo(a) a notas los diferentes colores y formas a su alrededor. Para nuestra unidad, estaremos necesitando rollos vacíos de papel higiénico y papel toalla… conforme este listo para reciclarlos, por favor envíelos con su niño(a) a la escuela. Los estudiantes construirán árboles con cajas y rollos de cartón…

Estamos enviando un disco con las canciones del salón. Por favor escúchelo y cante con su niño(a)… si tienen alguna pregunta).

Nuestra actividad “Canasta para Compartir” continuara esta semana. Si su niño(a) trae la canasta a la casa, por favor envíe una pequeña cantidad de alguna fruta que crece en los árboles (como plátanos, manzanas, peras, etc.)… hable con su niño(a) acerca de eso… Por favor envíe la canasta el Jueves (… para que podamos tener lista la merienda el Viernes J). Me gustaría agradecer a la familia de Brandon por enviar meriendas extras…
Los niños siguen enseñando sus libros a sus compañeros. Enviaremos fotos de sus presentaciones tan pronto todos terminen de hacerlo… SU niño(a) esta muy orgulloso(a) de su trabajo!…aquí van algunas fotos…

Muchísimas gracias a los padres que pudieron acompañarnos a ver la obra de teatro Pinocho. Fue una experiencia maravillosa! Estamos muy orgullosos de todos!

ü A message from Mr. Gonzalez:
Please don’t forget our library book back to school. Our children love going to the library to check out books! Remember to send in a seasonal change of clothes.

Por favor no olviden regresar los libros de la biblioteca de la escuela. A nuestros niños les gusta sacar libros! Recuerden de enviar un cambio de ropa acorde con el clima.
Tree Newsletter
Dear Families:

Our class is beginning to study trees. We’ll be observing and comparing trees to learn about what lives in them and what food comes from them. We hope that this study will help the children explore and appreciate nature. As we study trees, we will use literacy, math, the arts, and technology to explore the topic in depth. We will learn important social studies and scientific concepts through firsthand investigations. Please feel free to visit the classroom!

What You Can Do At Home…

If you are able to take a “tree walk” with your child, we would appreciate your help in collecting tree parts to investigate in our classroom. If you can, please take a bag to an area with trees and collect things that have fallen, such as leaves, bark, acorns, twigs, flowers, or cones.
You can help your child explore and appreciate nature by learning about trees… Invite children to use their senses!!

At home collect parts of trees, and encourage your child to sort them. Your child might also enjoy making a collage by arranging and gluing tree items on paper. If you want you can send them to school… your child will show his/her friends his/her work!
Thank you for playing an important role in our learning.

Mrs. Yonamine
Mr. Gonzalez
Unidad de Trabajo acerca de árboles
Apreciadas familias,

Nuestra clase ha empezado un estudio de los árboles. Vamos a observar y a comparar varios árboles, aprenderemos acerca de quiénes viven en los árboles, las distintas partes de los árboles y que comidas nos brindan. Esperamos que este estudio ayude a los niños a explorar y a apreciar la naturaleza. A medida que estudiemos los árboles, usaremos la lectoescritura, las matemáticas, las artes y la tecnología para explorar este tema en detalle. Además, por medio de investigaciones directas aprenderemos conceptos importantes de los estudios sociales y de la ciencia. Visiten nuestro salón!

Lo Que Puede Hacer En El Hogar…

Haga una caminata para buscar árboles con su niño(a), les agradeceríamos su ayuda en enviar partes de árboles para investigar. Si puede envíelas en una bolsita de plástico: hojas, flores, ramitas, etc.
Usted puede ayudar a su hijo(a) a explorar y apreciar la naturaleza a través de los árboles… invite a los niños a usar sus sentidos!!

En casa, jueguen con los niños y exploren partes de árboles que hayan recolectado juntos. Ustedes podrán animar a sus niños a clasificar estos elementos. Sus niños también podrían disfrutar haciendo un collage, organizando y pegando partes de árboles en papel.

Gracias por participar en el aprendizaje de sus hijos,

Mrs. Yonamine
Mr. Gonzalez

 

October Newsletter / Comunicado de Octubre

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Wow! It is hard to believe that October has arrived!  For this month we will focus on family and feelings.  Please don’t forget to send your family picture… your child will share it during meeting time.  Our students love the song “If you’re happy.” It is great way to help them identify feelings and to develop their language and communication skills.

We will keep working on our classroom routine… some activities that children enjoy are: play-dough, water colors, computer, and music!  They also like our “Sharing Basket” activity.  Students love to have snack in the class.  They practice different skills such as: turn taking, communication, independent functioning, etc, etc.  Our snack container is full of cereal, crackers, goldfish, and more!  Our first families have been very generous and we will not ask for more snacks until November.  We would like to thank the families of: Kevin, Evelyn, Gabriel, and Ayden… THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Also a special THANKS to:

  • Damian’s mom (Mrs. Marchan) for helping us every Friday morning!!
  • Gabriel’s mom (Mrs. Hernández) for helping with our name bags that we will be sending home soon!!

Our first Parent-Child activity will be on Friday, October 11th.  Information about the activity is attached.  Please plan on attending!!

Wow! Octubre ya llegó!  Este mes trabajaremos en la familia y emociones.  Por favor no olvide enviar una foto de la familia… su niño(a) la compartirá durante la actividad de reunión.  Nuestros estudiantes disfrutan de la canción “If You’re Happy.”  Es una canción excelente para ayudarlos a identificar emociones y desarrollar habilidades de lenguaje y comunicación.

Seguiremos trabajando en la rutina de la clase… algunas de las actividades que los niños disfrutan son: plastilina, acuarelas, computadora, y música!  Ellos también disfrutan de nuestra actividad de la “Canasta para Compartir.”  A los niños les gusta comer en clase.  Ellos practican muchas habilidades como: tomar turnos, comunicación, independencia personal, etc., etc.  Nuestro contenedor de snacks está lleno de cereal, galletas, goldfish, y mucho mas!  Las primeras familias que cooperaron han sido muy generosas y no pediremos más snacks hasta el mes de Noviembre.  Nos gustaría agradecer a las familias de Kevin, Evelyn, Gabriel, y Ayden.  GRACIAS! GRACIAS!  También un agradecimiento especial para:

  • La mamá de Damian (Sra. Marchan) por ayudarnos cada Viernes en la mañana!!
  •  La mamá de Gabriel (Sra. Hernández) por ayudarnos con las bolsas de nombres que enviaremos a la casa muy pronto!!

Nuestra primera actividad de Padres-hijos será el Viernes, 11 de Octubre.  Se adjunta información acerca de la actividad.  Por favor planee en asistir!!

From Mrs. Yonamine:

I am thrilled to see how our students are showing their potential.  During our meeting time, students sing, communicate their needs, and answer questions.  I love when they sing and participate actively!!

Estoy encantada de ver como nuestros niños están mostrando su potencial.  Durante nuestra actividad de reunión, los estudiantes cantan, comunican sus necesidades, y contestan preguntas.  Me encanta cuando cantan y participan activamente!!

From Mr. González:

Please don’t forget our library book back to school.  Our children love going to the library to check out books!!

Por favor no olviden retornar los libros de la biblioteca de la escuela.  A nuestros niños les gustan sacar libros de la biblioteca escolar.

 

Our First Weeks of Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians:

This was your child’s second week of school.  We are still getting to know each other and working on the classroom routine and schedule.  Students have been exploring different materials and showing us the wonderful things they can do with them.

Esta ha sido la segunda semana de escuela de su hijo(a).  Todavía estamos conociéndonos y trabajando en la rutina de la clase y horario.  Los niños (as) han estado explorando diferentes materiales y mostrándonos las cosas maravillosas que pueden hacer.

From Mrs. Yonamine:

I am back to work.  No words can express how thankful I am for your support and kind words… I really appreciated them!!  Next week, I will contact you to talk about your child.  Our “Sharing Basket” activity will start next week.  If you would like to be the first one to cooperate please send a note in your child’s backpack.

Estoy de regreso al trabajo.  No hay palabras para agradecer el apoyo y las palabras cariñosas de ustedes… realmente las aprecio!!  La próxima semana, los estaré contactando para hablar de su hijo(a).  Nuestra actividad de la “Canasta para Compartir” empezará la próxima semana.  Si quisieran ser los primeros por favor envíen una nota en la mochila de su hijo(a).

From Mr. Gonzalez:

Please don’t forget to send the spare outfit for your child.

Por favor no olvide enviar el cambio de ropa para su hijo(a).

“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does “just for fun” and things that are educational.  The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.”

                                                          Penelope Leach (psychologist and author)

“Para un niño pequeño no hay división entre el juego y el aprendizaje; entre las cosas que el o ella hace “solo por diversión” y las cosas que son educativas.  Mientras este vivo(a) el niño(a) no deja de aprender y disfrutar de la vida como si fuera juego.

Penelope Leach (psychologist and author)