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