Daily Announcements

February 9
- Melissa, Dental Hygienist  from Westfield Pediatric Dental Group visited for Dental Awareness Month.  She demonstrated proper teeth brushing with Henrietta the stuffed dinosaur, and followed up with a short video.  She taught the children about the importance of flossing teeth daily and visiting the dentist regularly.   She also talked about proper nutrition, nutrition labeling on foods, and better snack choices according to their sugar content.  Tooth decay is a problem for children, but can be prevented by teaching lifelong healthy dental habits.  The Westfield Pediatric Dental office specializes in preventive dental care for children and young adults.  Visit them online www.kidsandsmiles.com.

Preschool Open House
rescheduled for
Monday, February 22
For information call 732-428-8408

to Clark Preschool

The NJ State Recommended Creative Curriculum is used as the foundation for the Clark Preschool program. It stresses:
1)  Social/emotional development in areas of sense of self responsibility of self and others, and pro-social behavior,
2) Physical development of gross and fine motor,
3) Cognitive development of learning and problem solving, logical thinking and representation and symbolic thinking, and lastly,
4) Language development including listening and speaking, reading and writing.
A nutrition and hygiene/hand washing curriculum has been introduced into the daily activities by the Nurse and our 4 year old students are supplemented with more focused paper/pencil activities to ready them for Kindergarten. Not only does the teaching staff focus on seasonal units and holidays but also on fire prevention, 
nocturnal animals, sharing and giving, friendship/MLK, dental health, arctic animals, five senses, Read Across America, Spring awakening with lifecycle insects, community helpers, baby animals, and eco studies/pond/ocean life.  

The Clark Preschool consists of four classes of 3-5 year olds.  The Multiply Disabled services students with disabilities such as autism where an Applied Behavior Analysis program is utilized.  The Preschool Disabled class services students identified with language, developmental, and behavioral delays.  Our two regular education classes also function as inclusion opportunities when evaluative staff deem the students ready to participate.   The children may begin with only 10 minutes a day and work towards full inclusion with the necessary supports.  A school-wide behavior program has been put in place and positive behaviors have  been increased.  All the classes run on a 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. full day schedule with a 30 minute student lunch provided.  The MD class dismisses at 12 noon on Friday for training purposes.  Some students attend for the A.M. session only, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon by parental choice.  Before and aftercare is available.

Therapies include Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapy.  A School Social Worker manages the Special Education component of the program and a Behaviorist offers training on Friday afternoons to the staff of the MD class and support to the other teaching staff.  A Preschool Intervention Referral Team (PIRT) meets on any student whose needs appear not to be met by regular education programming. Two teacher assistants support each regular education preschool class and Physical Education is offered daily for every student.  Paraprofessionals are assigned via particular student needs identified in the IEP in both Special Education classes and a classroom paraprofessional assists in the PSD class.  A secretary, half-day Physical Education teacher and full time School Nurse round out the program staff.  This amount of staff has effectively created an extremely manageable student/adult ratio. 

The Preschoolers attend field trips; to the musical,  the Rainbow Fish,  and the Public Library.  Arthur L. Johnson high school students from the Key Club and Crusader Athletic Leadership Council bring activities to the preschool such as puppet shows,  assisting with Halloween Pararde, field day, Read Across America and celebrating Autism Awareness Day.  UNICO also visits for Pizza making day and Valentine's Day is celebrated with the seniors.  Work study students in Education are also placed at the Preschool Program. Integrating the Preschool with the community is our goal.

The Clark Preschool provides a caring, nurturing learning foundation for our students to gain social, emotional and academic skills to succeed in Kindergarten.

Submitted by
Lori Kowalski
Supervisor of Preschool and School Nurse

February Calendar of Events at the Preschool
February 4 - Senior Valentine Celebration
February 9 - Dental Presentation
February 11- Classroom Valentine Parties
February 12 - School Closed - Professional Developmental Day
February 15 - School Closed - President's Day
February 18 - Parent University 6:30-8:30pm
February 22 - OPEN HOUSE 6:30-8pm

February 4 - Each year on Valentine’s Day, many people exchange cards, flowers, candy and gifts with their special valentine.  The staff and the children of the preschool believe that Valentine’s Day and hearts is something everyone should look forward to.  At the Clark seniors monthly meeting, the children presented their handcrafted valentine cards to each senior.  The senior’s eyes glistened with joy with the children’s heartfelt visit and company.

 January 27 - The Power of Books.  Reading to our children is a very important pre-literacy skill.
Eileen Smith, the Clark Public Library Children's Librarian visited the Preschool classrooms for story time and a brief talk about the library.  The children were delighted with Mrs. Smith's book selection and her animated storytelling.  Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them with a foundation for academic excellence.  Books have the power to benefit preschoolers in many ways.  Some of the benefits of reading to preschoolers are a higher aptitude for learning reinforcement of basic sounds that form language, and the attainment of valuable communication skills.  A field trip to the Library is planned for the spring.

Please join Eileen Smith, Children's Librarian, for "Take Your Child to the Library Day" on Sunday, February 28th featuring a free family concert at 2:00pm followed by ice cream sundaes provided through the generosity of the Friends of the 
Clark Public Library.  Registration is requested for the concert.  Please visit their online calendar at www.clarklibrary.org or call 732-388-5999.

December 21:  Santa Brings Good Tidings to the Children of Clark Preschool.

The Key Club sponsored by Ellen Zamboni, School Counselor at the Arthur L. Johnson High School, visited the children to present their message of sharing and giving.  The Key Club sponsored by Kiwanis International has an objective to assist in carrying out their mission to serve the children of the world.  The high school students provided hands-on service presenting the message of sharing and giving, the essence of the holiday season.  The students read a book to the children and Santa visited bringing good tidings.  The children's faces were gleaming with exicitement and they joyously sang him a song.  The Key Club students kept the children focused on key messages activities providing multiple ways to absorb the concepts of maximum impact.

Dates to Remember in November

November 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving - School Closed
Best Thanksgiving wishes from the Preschool Staff

 On October 27  The Key Club sponsored by Ellen Zamboni, School Counselor at the Arthur L. Johnson High School presented to the children of Clark Preschool a unit on “Manners.”  The Key Club sponsored by Kiwanis International has a main objective to assist in carrying out their mission to serve the children of the world.  The high school students provided hands-on-service to teach and reinforce manners an important part of social skills at the preschool level.  The high school performed skits requiring feedback from the children demonstrating key manners and being a good friend.  They ended their presentation by visiting the individual classrooms, singing a song about manners to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and distributed a healthy treat.   The students kept the children riveted on key messages and the activities provided multiple ways to absorb the concepts providing maximum impact.  

At the preschool level, manners are an important part of social skills.  Children who develop manners at a young age will carry them without thought into adulthood.


October 5:  
The Clark Fire Department will visit the Preschool with their equipment, Sparky the fire dog, video presentation and hands on experience with the fire hoses.   October 5-11 is fire prevention week and was established to commemorate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.
The 2015 fire prevention theme is:  "Here the Beep Where You Sleep:  Every Bedroom needs a Working Smoke Alarm."


Upcoming Events

Friday, February 12
ALJ/CHK English, Social Studies, Music, Art and ESL Meetings
Schools Closed for Students
Professional Development for Staff
Monday, February 15
Schools Closed
Presidents' Day
Thursday, February 18
ALJ Classrooms
Monday, February 22
PreSchool Open House


Today, 2/11/2016
High: 30 Low: 13
Snow showers
26% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 2/12/2016
High: 28 Low: 16
Mostly cloudy
5% chance of precipitation.