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May 2019

During the month of May the children will begin a new unit which is insects. The three main insects that we will learn about include ladybugs, bees, and butterflies. We are awaiting the arrival of our caterpillars so that we can observe the transformation of the caterpillars into butterflies. If all goes well we will release them at the end of May.

Our Mother’s Day Breakfast will take place on Friday May 10th between 8-9 am in the classroom. The children have a special surprise for you!






Important Dates:

May 10 – Mother’s Day Breakfast 8-9am

May 21- Color Day     Pre-K is wearing red!

May 24 -Race for Education  12:00pm dismissal  {Aftercare is available if needed.}

May 27- School is closed for Memorial Day

April 2019

This month the children will learn about the season of spring and plants. They will plant Marigold seeds and take care of their plants by watering them each day and placing them in a sunny spot. The children will observe the growth of their plants over the course of several weeks. There are additional planting experiences planned so make sure to ask your child about what we are doing in class!

Our Easter break begins on April 17th. That Wednesday there will be a 12:00pm dismissal and after care will not be available. School will be closed from Thursday April 18 through Friday April 26th. School will reopen on Monday April 29th.




March 2019

The unit this month is “Water”. The children will learn about various animals that live in the ocean as well as conduct a few Science experiments with water. On March 1st we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat will make an appearance as will Thing 1 and Thing 2! All of our center activities will be connected to the Dr. Seuss theme. Please be sure to check out the school’s facebook page for pictures of the fun!

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday March 21st. from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. There will be a 12pm dismissal on that day but after care will be available. The letter for conference times will be sent home in your child’s folder. 



Mrs. Keenan


February 2019

Dear Parents,

The new unit this month is “Light”. The children will learn about how light helps us to see as well as what makes a shadow and the difference between transparent, opaque, and translucent objects. The library has been transformed into a shadow puppet theatre and the children are enjoying creating their own stories. 

If your child would like to send valentines to his/her classmates, I sent home a class list in the folders. We do have a new student so our class total is 18.  The class Valentine’s Day party will take place at snack time on the 14th. I have asked for several volunteers for center time that day as well. As always, thank you for your contributions to our celebrations!

Please remember that school will be closed from Feb.18-22. School will reopen on Monday Feb.25th. The 25th is also the last submission for Box Tops for payment to this school year. Please reach out to family members to collect these for our school. Thank you for your continued support.




January 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your family time. This month the children will work on a transportation unit. There will be opportunities to create patterns with small vehicle counters in math, use boats in the water table and tire tracks in art. The children will work on creating a fire truck out of large cardboard boxes and then use it in the dramatic play area. 

Please be aware of our days off this month especially Wed. January 16th. UPK will not be in session because the teachers must attend a professional development day. That was a scheduled pizza day and your money will be returned to you. The other day we are closed is Monday January 21 for Martin Luther King Day.




December 2018

Dear Parents,

This month the children will learn about our community and the people who work in our neighborhood. We will also discuss the various holidays and traditions that our families celebrate. I look forward to speaking with you at our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences.




Important Dates:

Dec.5   Individual Photo Make-Up Day

Dec.6   Parent/Teacher Conferences  12:00pm Dismissal but After School is open

Dec.11 $1. Dress Down Day

Dec.13 Christmas Concert 6:30pm

Dec.15 Winter Wonderland Event 4:30-8:00pm

Dec.18 Ugly Sweater Day and Contest

Dec.21 12:00pm Dismissal -No After School

Dec.24-Jan 1. School Closed

November 2018

Dear Parents,

This month the children will explore the season of fall. They will learn about the changes in weather, why leaves change color, and how both animals and people get ready for winter. We will be collecting leaves for our Science center and art projects. Our discussions will of course include learning about Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.

Please continue to work with your child on dressing themselves and packing up their backpacks. It is important for your children to  become more independent. As always thank you for your continued support.





Important Dates:

Nov. 12   School close for Veteran’s Day

Nov.20   Thanksgiving Lunch Celebration in church basement

Nov.21   12:00pm Dismissal-No extended care

Nov.22&23   School Closed for Thanksgiving



October 2018

Dear Parents,

I am happy to report that the children have settled in nicely. During the month of October the unit will be “Our Five Senses”. The students will explore each of their five senses through various planned activities which will include using colored view finders, tasting apples and making applesauce, using music instruments, playing with shaving cream and making playdough. The up coming art projects will also lend themselves to exploring new ways to use art materials. As always our daily story time will reflect the unit theme and include fiction as well as non fiction books.

There will be a Halloween parade on Oct.31 at 9:00am. We will exit the school from the front doors and walk completely around the block. Immediately following will we assemble on the lawn on Juno Street to sing a few fall songs that they learned in music! Please remember to consider whether your child can manage their costume with regard to the bathroom while in school.

Thank you for your continued support.




Important dates to remember:

Oct. 8- Columbus Day school closed

Oct.11-$2.Dress down for Breast Cancer

Oct.17-No School for Pre-K (Professional Development for teachers)

Oct.22-Class Pictures-Wear your uniform.

Oct.23-Individual Pictures- Your choice of Clothing

Oct.31-Halloween Parade 9:00am


September 2018

Dear Parents,

I would like to wish you a warm welcome as we begin a new school year. This year will be one of tremendous growth and learning for your sons and daughters and I look forward to being a part of their learning journey.

Universal Pre-K focuses on learning through purposeful play. The learning experiences are grounded in the children’s interests and developed around learning in several disciplines that include Literature, Art, Math, Science and Social Studies. We will be working on units of study throughout the year. Our first unit will be “Welcome to Pre-K”. September will be a month of getting to know each other, making new friends, and learning classroom routines.

Please remember to send in your medical forms, your emergency contact information, a change of clothes, and the photos of your child. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.





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