May 2014

May 2014

I can’t believe it’s May already –time has been flying. The children have been enjoying their deepening friendships and interests. Our last months of school are going to be very busy. We have a number of fieldtrips coming up and Sibling Night this month and next month will be an ice cream social and graduation. Hopefully we’ll finally see some warmer weather!

Sibling Night will be Wednesday, May 28th and Thursday May 29th from 6:30-7:30 pm. This is a time when your child can bring their siblings (yes, all of them) to school with them. Parents do need to stay at this event, but it’s a lot of fun. We will have a special project, snack and playground time.  Remember, there’s no school on Memorial Day, May 26th.

Fieldtrips: This month we’ll be hiking to the falls with both classes; Wednesday May 14th and Thursday May 29th – weather permitting.   On those days, we’ll meet by the park office to begin, but return to the playground after the hike. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us. We are also working on scheduling trips to visit to Goodlife Farm, Cayuga Compost and the firehouse – watch for details to come.

Community Yard/Bake Sale: (June 14th) This is a great chance to go through your attics, basements, and garages and hoe out! Combat your hoarding and benefit TCNS at the same time! We’ll begin collecting the beginning of June. We could use some extra help to sort and price stuff on Friday the 13th if anyone is available. We’re also looking forward to adding baked items to the sale this year.

Summer camp applications are available. Camp will be July 21-24 (Monday-Thursday).   Enrollment is limited to 15 children, so register early. Any of the children currently enrolled can come to camp.

May Activities: We have a lot of nature themes this month, including mothers, gardening and frogs. We’ll be reading Grow Flower Grow by Lisa Bruce, Where’s my Mom by Julia Donaldson, The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall, Muncha Muncha Muncha by Candace Fleming, and a Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We’ll talk about what plants need, sprout seeds, make salsa and a garden collage. We’ll also make terrariums, caterpillars and butterflies.

Terrific Two’s:  April showers bring May flowers, at least in our classroom. Watch for our room to bloom with spring!  We begin the month with mothers and their babies in Little Chick’s Mothers & All The Others by Mildred Luton.  Then move onto Where’s My Mom? By Julia Donaldson. Our classroom will fill with birds of all shapes, sizes and colors while we read Feathers For Lunch by Louis Ehlert and Birds by Kevin Henkes.  We also explore the farm with Cock-a-Doodle Doo! A Day on the Farm by Venice Shone.  And we will plant a garden along with Zoe Hall in the Surprise Garden.  We have a busy month planned bursting with mixing, cutting and creating!

Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs

One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool

Then there were four green speckled frogs!

Four green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log…..

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