Weekly Letters From Gold Door VPK

Gold Door 2 Pre-VPK Weekly Letter December 8, 2017

Dear Parents:

The theme for the next few weeks will be “Holidays”, and we will be talking about different holidays that are celebrated at this time of the year. This week we talked about Hanukkah (The Festival of Lights) a Jewish celebration, and the meaning of the word Hanukkah, (dedication). Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days and nights. We also learned about the Menorah. The families light candles in a candelabra called a menorah for eight days of Hanukkah, adding one candle each day. The special helper candle used to light the rest of the candles each night is called the Shamash. On the first night, the Shamash plus one other candle are lit. On the second night, the Shamash plus two candles are lit. This process is continued on through the eight nights. As part of the celebration the children receive “gelt” (Yiddish term for “money”) during each of the eight days in order for them to learn about charity. We read books that helped the children understand how families celebrate this 
beautiful holiday. They learned about the lighting of the Menorah, potato latkes, which is a traditional food they make during this holiday, learned about the dreidel and we sang the dreidel song, we also learned about dancing the hora.
As in many other celebrations of many other cultures, Hanukkah is about family. It’s a joyous time of year when those you love gather together to share food, blessings and music, as the traditions are passed on through the ages.

In enrichment this week:

Art: For our small group activities for this week, we made a Menorah with our hands. We used blue and yellow paint, we also made a Star of David materials used, Popsicle sticks, glue, light blue paint and blue glitter, and a Dreidel. The children traced a dreidel, went over with a marker and then they cut it, when done they glued mosaics squares.

Soccer: As usual the coach started off soccer with an obstacle course and some warm ups. Then they played a game of sharks and minnows. After that they played with the soccer balls and kicked them around.

Music: The children are already in the holiday spirit and are singing Christmas songs. They also learned and danced to The Hanukkah song, and enjoyed it a lot.

Student of the week: Congratulations to next week’s student of the week Nicolas Pallone. Please bring a decorated poster with pictures of family and friends on Monday to share with the class.

Quote of the week: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

* Book fair starts Monday, December 11th.
* Clifford, the big red dog, will visit the school on Thursday, 12/14
* Please wait until Friday to take any artwork home from the mailboxes. Sometimes we have unfinished projects in there that we need to complete the next day.

Have an amazing weekend,

Ms. Nadia


Gold Door 2 Pre-VPK Weekly Letter December 1, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 2 Students,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your family and friends. This week we learned about Health. The children learned all about how to stay healthy. We talked about dental health, staying fit, getting enough sleep, keeping our body healthy and what we eat to keep it healthy. I briefly touched on the food pyramid or my plate which mentions all the different food groups which should be included in our daily diet. It’s also important to wash hands before handling and eating food, even before setting the table. We also talked about how we keep our teeth healthy, they know that they should be brushing their teeth three times a day even when they are at school (after lunch they know they have to brush their teeth for two minutes). I explained to the children the importance of exercise and physical activity. It could be playing in the park, riding a bike, playing sports, dancing etc. They all took turns in telling what their favorite activity is. Encouraging children to be physically active each day can help them develop a positive attitude towards movement and physical activity.

Books we read this week:
Llama Llama Yum,Yyum, um
Eating The Alphabet
The Very Cranky Bear
Right And Wrong And Being Strong
Our graphing topic of the week was “Do you brush or floss your teeth?”

In enrichment this week:
Art: We talked about fruits and vegetables, which fruit and vegetable is their favorite.

For small group this week, they made a plate of salad. They ripped green construction paper (lettuce) and glued it on a paper plate. On top of that they glued pre-cut tomatoes, carrots, pepper, onions. Then they drizzled salad dressing (white paint) on top. It looked so appetizing. They also cut pictures of different kinds of food and drinks and sorted them out by which ones are healthy for them and which are not. In the journal they drew one of their favorite fruits and one of their favorite vegetables. The children are getting a lot better with their fine motor skills.

Soccer: The coach started off with the children doing an obstacle course and working on their gross motors and coordination. After that, they
kicked around and ran with the soccer ball.

Spanish: During reinforcement Ms. Luz also talked about staying healthy and healthy habits. The children learned the names of different foods, fruits and vegetables in Spanish.

Cooking: Staying with the healthy theme, the children made a healthy fruit salad for cooking on Friday. They mixed apples, blueberries, pineapples and topped it with whipped cream. The children had it with their lunch and it was delicious.

Next week we are going to start the unit about Holidays( Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas). If there are any children whose parents would not like them to participate in any of the art activities regarding these topics for religious reasons, please let me know.

Parents tip:

What can you do to encourage active play?
* Participate with children during active play time.
* Lead activities that promote children’s physical movement.
* Plan and encourage physical activities that are appropriate and safe.
* Limit “screen time”, such as TV and tablet viewing, video games, recreational computer use and other electronic devices.

Quote of the week:
“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” Plato

Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Nadia


Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter November 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week our theme was Giving Thanks. We learned that on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving. The holiday dates back to 1621, the year after the Puritans arrived in Massachusetts on a ship called the Mayflower. After a rough winter, they turned for help to neighboring Indians, who taught them how to plant corn and other crops. The next fall’s bountiful harvest inspired Pilgrims to give thanks by holding a feast.

We also have been learning about the letter Tt. We practiced writing and coming up with words that begin the letter Tt. Some words the children came up with was telephone, turkey, toad, truck, triangle and table. Continue to reinforce the letter Tt with your child at home and introducing more words that have the same sound.

We will be having our class thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, November 21 at 11:30am. Parents are also welcome to join us but please, only one guest per child as space is limited. Thank you to all the parents who signed up for a food item for our feast. If you haven’t yet, you can still sign up for something to ensure we have a wonderful feast. The sign up sheet for Gold door 2 is by the front window of the main office. You may drop off your item with your child in the morning. Please make sure to label it with your child’s name and classroom to make sure that it finds its rightful home. Also if it is brought in a container that you would like returned label it so that we can have it returned to you. (Please remember to bring enough for 12 children plus any parents that may be joining us).

This week the children had a special treat and were able to go on a on-site field trip on “Ms. Couqui’s Adventure In A Bus”. They learned about dinosaurs, saw fossils and other reptiles: a boa constrictor, a bearded dragon, and a tarantula. It was a lot of fun and the kids had an amazing time. I will posting pictures soon on Life Cubby.

For enrichment this week
Books we read this week: Bear Says Thanks, Run Turkey Run, Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks, A Turkey For Thanksgiving, Who Will Carve The Turkey?

Our graphing topic of the week was what is your favorite pie? Pumpkin pie was the children’s favorite.

Art: We have been doing lots of activities this week. We made a beautiful placemats, we also made feathers in which we wrote what we are thankful for. We made turkeys using doilies, do a dots and construction paper. To end the week we made a turkey out of toilet paper roll, construction paper Fall colors and tracing our hands, we had lots of fun! We also traced and colored the letter “T”.

Soccer: Even though it was raining, the children were able to do a obstacle course, (under the covered area in the front of the school), which helps them develop their gross motors and coordination.

Cooking: The children made Taco trail mix for the cooking activity this week. They mixed popcorn, crackers, pretzels, rice cereal, shredded cheese and taco seasoning together. Then they scooped the mixture in their bags and enjoyed it for snack.

We also visited the Science Lab and Garden this week.

Student of the week: Our student of the week for the following week, 11/27/17, will be Bodhi Liro. Please bring a decorated poster with pictures of family and friends on Monday (11/27) to share with the class.

*Class thanksgiving feast Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11:30 am.
**Next week is a short week as it is Thanksgiving. Wednesday is a non instructional day and attendance isn’t mandatory and we will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Nadia


Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter November 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, we continued talking about our families. (Mommy, daddy, brothers, sisters, grandparents ). We spoke to each child about who is in their family, how many brothers or sisters live in their house. They didn’t forget the pets! We also talked about extended families, (uncles, aunts, cousins). During Circle Time we also talked about what we like to do with our family like, going to the park, playing games, watching movies etc. Then we drew a picture to represent each member of our families. We also looked at and shared the family pictures on the family board. The children were thrilled when they had a turn to stand up in front of the class and show their family photo and to name each member of the family. Our graphing topic of the week was how many people live in your house?

Books we read this week:
A Pocket For Corduroy, The Kissing Hand, Who’s In My Family, My Family Your Family, Baby Owls.

In enrichment this week:
Soccer: On Monday during soccer, along with the emphasis on their gross motor skills, Coach Danny also emphasized the children’s listening skills by playing different games that require the children to follow directions. They played games like Sharks and Minnows and What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?

Garden: This week we started visiting the garden and planting some vegetables. The children went in small groups with the me to the garden and planted some tomato plants this week. We’ll continue to go there every week and water the plants. We also talked about how some families like to do gardening together at home.

Science Lab: Starting this week, our class will also be visiting the Science Lab every Monday for free exploration. The children were very excited to explore and look around the lab at things like rocks and shells, magnets and magnifying glasses and manipulates etc. They had a great time and can’t wait to go back next week! Hope you were able to see the pictures in Life Cubby.

Parent Tip:
Helping your child write their names – Be a good example; hold the pencil, crayon, marker correctly. Your child will be watching both how you make the letters and how you hold the pencil, crayon and/or marker. Start every letter at the top – English has one basic rule for both reading and writing: we read and write English from top to bottom, left to right. When you write with your child, always start at the top! Teach letters step by step – Always say “I start at the top.” Then describe the part you’re making. Say “big” or “little” for size. Say “line” or “curve” for shape, like this: D = “I start at the top. I make a big line. Now I make a big curve.”

Quote of the Week:
The power of words is that life can be launched with as little as a single phrase, an uplifting word or an act of kindness.
Think of the power we wield and the impact we can make if we become more intentional about encouraging our children.
Our words are often the very things that help create future dreams. And sometimes those dreams are to be just like us.

Have an awesome long weekend!

Ms. Nadia


Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter November 3, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 2 Students,

Our Halloween Happening was a blast! The children loved seeing their friends dressed up. We had a lot of activities planned and by nap time the children were exhausted they all went straight to sleep. Thank you to all those parents who were able to come and celebrate with us and make the event a complete success. I have posted the pictures in Life Cubby and Mrs. Davis also put them up on Facebook.

This week we talked about Family and reviewed the letter Ff. The children enjoyed discussing the different people in their families. We drew family portraits and what they liked to do with each family member. We learned that families, even though some may be different and some have a lot of family members while others have a little, everyon, is special and have someone to take care of them. We also talked about the letter Ff and we practiced writing the letter. The children in, Circle Time, came up with a few words that begin with the letter Ff such as fish, flower, foot, fruits and food. At home you and your child can look around see what new words they can find that begin with the letter Ff. Books we read this week: “What Brother/Sisters Do Best”, “Llama Llama Missing Mama”, I Love You Because You’re You, and The Kissing Hand.

In enrichments this week:

Music: The children learned the school family song, and sang one of their favorite songs ” Daddy Finger, Daddy Finger Where Are You?” They also sang “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.”

Spanish: In the afternoon Ms. Luz also talked about family and different family members and introduced words like “mama, papa, hermanos, tios, tias, primos, abuelos y abuelas”. They also learned about the letter F for family and “familia”, as well as other words. The children have a blast with Ms. Luz in Spanish class.

Soccer: We played the obstacle courses and the children were able to practice kicking the ball around following Coach Danny’s instructions – fast or slow.

Our cooking activity this week was on Halloween day and the children made spider sandwiches. They took a round cracker and squirted cheese on it (with the teachers help). For the spider legs they added eight pretzel sticks and for the eyes two raisins. It was so much fun and tasted delicious as well.

Next week will continue to learn about Family.

Student of the week: Congratulations to Enzo Hernandez, our next student of the week. Please bring a decorated poster with pictures of family and friends and his favorite things.

School will be closed on Friday, November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day.

Quote of the week: “Don’t worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” Jack Canfield

Have a great weekend!!
Ms. Nadia


Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter October 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week we continued with our topic of pumpkins and crawlers. Some of the things we learned about pumpkins is that they are usually orange but can sometimes be yellow, white, green or red. Pumpkins grow on vines that sometimes reach 100 feet long. Each vine produces 2 to 3 pumpkins. Pumpkins have thick shells which contain pulp and seeds. We also talked about different things we can do with pumpkins; pumpkin pie, eat the seeds (roasted), it is also popular around holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last week we already cut and dissected a pumpkin! Hope you liked the pictures on Life Cubby!

We also talked about Halloween and how to be safe if we go trick or treating. The children are super excited and have been constantly talking about their costumes and candy. I talked about how they are fortunate enough to be getting new costumes and candy and not all kids get to do that. So we decided to do something nice and decorated goody bags for the less fortunate children. They were very happy to be able to do an act of kindness for others. The children will be filling these bags with candy on Tuesday, the day of Halloween Happening. Speaking of Halloween happening, we will be having a busy and fun filled day ! The Gold door kids will be going for the trick or treat parade at 11 a.m. If any parents would like to join us, you are more than welcome to. On that day please send your child in their costume and in a separate bag a change of clothes with the child’s name on it.

In Enrichment this week:
This week we read many books and did fun activities and songs about Halloween. We also did the Halloween freeze dance. One of their favorite songs is 5 Little Pumpkins! Some of the books we read this week are: Creepy Carrots, Pumpkin Town, It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!, Inside a House That Is Haunted, and Spooky Hour. They loved all the books and wanted to read them again and again.

Art: The children traced and colored the letter P. They also made jack o lanterns by painting a paper plate orange and then gluing the eyes, nose and mouth. We did some artwork to show our favorite song “5 Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate.” The children glued Popsicle sticks on construction paper to make a fence and then glued “pumpkins” on the gate. They came out adorable! They also worked in their journals.

Soccer: This week Coach Danny did different obstacle courses. It may seem like they do the same activities every week, but it is actually helps them with their gross motors, coordination and balance. After that they did some free play with the ball. Half the kids got to kick the ball around and half of them were goal keepers. Then they switched.

*Halloween Happening” on Tuesday, October 31st. Send your child in their costumes with a change of clothes.
**Thank you to all the parents who sent their family pictures. If you have not sent them yet, you can send them on Monday or email the picture at goldvpk@gmail.com

Quote of the week:
Childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons. ~Author Unknown

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Nadia