Halloween Celebration

A very heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to our class room parents, Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. Knicklebein.  Together they planned a fun and creative class party.  A party in the pre-kindergarten classroom consists of three or four stations: an art project, a game, a story, and sometimes a snack if time allows for four groups.  We rotate all of the students through the stations at 8-10 minute intervals.


Though it might seem a bit rushed, it is much more calming for the children to have direct access to a grown up in a small group with specific goals in mind.  Whole group activities generally don’t go as well as one would hope on a day where routines have changed.

After our party, we joined the rest of the school in a sing-a-long and a parade.


Halloween Party Notes

Just a quick note (from our fabulous room parents) regarding next week’s party:

  • Children wear regular clothes to school and pack costumes. Mrs. Forst/Pless will help them change into their costumes
  • No weapons are permitted as costume accessories, and please, no scary costumes
  • Kids will parade at 2pm – if you want to watch – stand outside along the sidewalk or driveway (Party at 1pm for kids)
  • Pick-up is same as usual – front area near library 2:30 (kids will duck in through the back door)

Don’t forget the Halloween party for parents Friday at 7pm.

Have a great week,
Nicole, Mary, and Brandie

Party of Love

Our Valentine’s Day party yesterday was a big hit! A special thanks goes out to our Room Parents for organizing and preparing this event.  The children were geared up to pass out their valentine cards as soon as they arrived in the morning.  We had a few finishing touches we needed to attend to first.

A couple of students still needed to make their valentines bags.

Some of the children were completing their family gifts.

A few were finishing their “Who Do You Love?” books.

Many were trying their hand at sewing for the very first time.

Then finally, at rest, the children were able to take turns placing valentines in all of their friends bags.  Each child read the names by themselves and found the correct bag to place the card in.

Rest time was followed by the much-anticipated PARTY!!!  The children ate yummy strawberries and cute turkey and cheese sandwiches shaped like hearts.  They also played with an amazing puzzle book made by the Room Parents.  Every child was given one of these books to bring home.  If you haven’t yet played with it yourself, make some time tonight to look at it with your child.

Dear Pre-K Parents

Just a reminder that Applefest will be held on Saturday October 9th at the North Hills Campus from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  There is still time to bring in your ‘COOKING WITH KIDS’ raffle basket items.  Please drop them off at the school. 

There are still spots available to volunteer at the Pre-K / Kindergarten booth.  Please see sign-up sheet on the door of the Kindergarten room if interested.

Other dates to keep in mind:

  • Saturday October 23rd – All Parent Social Halloween Costume Party 7 PM – 10PM.
  • Friday October 29th – WTN Halloween Parade and Parties 2 PM – 3:15 PM.
    (Note inserted by Mrs. Forst: The PK party will be from 1:00 to 2:00, followed by parade.)
  • Thursday November 4th – WTN Speaker Series ‘Easeful and Joyful Parenting’ 6:30 – 8 PM.

Any questions, comments, concerns, criticisms, self doubts or other related stressors or anxieties, please feel free to contact one of your room parents.  Hope to see yinz at Applefest!!!

Steve Cooper (Zoë’s Dad)