Daily Announcements





The Clark Public Schools
will be hosting a Preschool open house for full day and a NEW half day program, and another opportunity for Kindergarten registration


Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8pm
Clark Preschool Annex
430 Westfield Avenue


Children are welcome to attend with their parents.
Please come to learn about the exciting programs that we offer for early childhood education.
Please contact Lori Kowalski (732) 428-8408 or (732) 428-8409 for further information
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Events in April @ the Preschool

April 2nd, 9:30am  Autism Awareness Day
     

Ms. Lillis organized the  
    2nd Annual Autism Awareness Day; a morning of 
    fun-filled activities on Brewer Field.  
Today 1 in 88 
    American children are diagnosed with autism.    
    Autism Awarenss Day highlights the growing
    need, concern, and education about autism and issues     
    with autism community.  In recognition of "Light it up Blue"  
    for autism; please wear blue in support!

*Please note, school is in attendance on Monday, April 14th.

Field trips to the Clark Public Library
    

    Each Preschool class will be walking to and from the     
    Clark Public Library for story time, snack and book 
    borrowing.  
    *April 22nd, 9:15am, Ms.Lillis and Mrs.Consiglio's Classes
    *April 29th, 9:15am, Mrs. Koepfler's Class
    *May 2nd, 9:15am, Mrs. LaManna's Class



The Autism Awareness Field day was fun and exciting event.  Mrs. Carrano's and Ms. Bartolomeo's classes from Valley Road School, and Mrs. Hsu's class from Hehnly School joined the Preschool in the morning activities. Special thanks to Mr. Kalikas and the Varsity Club who assisted the staff in the activities.  See attached photos.

Event:  Let's Go Blue Fishing





Event:  Blue Egg Relay Race



Event:  Balloon Hop



Event:  Pin the Puzzle Piece


Event:  Obstacle Course


Event:  Parachute







Event:  Create Your Own Autism Necklace






Additional Photo's:


More Photos to be posted....

Spring has sprung in the Preschool!
Spring is a symbol of rebirth and regrowth.  Many animals have babies, such as birds and ducks. See attached photo's of Mrs. Consiglio's pond and habitat.Mrs. LaManna's class is "sailing" into Spring.Mrs. Koepfler's class displays bunnies.  The history of the bunny dates back to the 1500's in German literature.  The bunny is said to lay colorful eggs in the nests that children made out of bonnets.As March ends, April showers bring May flowers.  Ms. Lillis's class displays Spring.

April 23rd,  Unico Pizza Day 

Unico, the largest Italian-American service organization
in the United States, Clark Chapter, will be visiting the
preschool to assist the children in pizza making, followed by pizza lunch @ 12 noon together in the cafeteria.


    

April 24th, 9:30 am  Puppetry


Bryan Klimchak, high school art teacher  and his students from the after school Puppetry club, will be  performing  a puppet show on "Hygiene."

Upcoming Events in May                         
at the Preschool

 *FKH & VRS Kindergarten Orientation
 *Preschool Field Trip to the Papermill Playhouse
 *Puppetry Show, "Manners and Being a Good Friend"

Events in March @ the Preschool 

 

March 3rd is Read Across America Day
Gus Kalikas, Athletic Director and the Varisty Club will visiting the Preschool classrooms to read Dr. Suess books for the 17th annual Read Across America Day.  The Suessical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation to aide in the improvement of literacy skills.  In the early grades when reading is an important focus, students who are absent miss critical instruction time. Research shows that early literacy plays a key role in the enabling of learning experiences that are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life. 






March 4 - Begins Nutriton Month @ the Preschool
Lori Kowalski, RN will be presenting My Plate to the classrooms three times a week for four weeks.  My Plate was designed  to remind Americans to adopt healthier eating habits.  One half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, and the other half with whole grains and lean protein, with a low fat dairy on the side .  For further information visit their website ChooseMyPlate.gov.

Events in February
                             @ the Preschool




February 19
        Dental visit 
                         Debbie Glass, Dental Hygienist, from the Westfield Pediatric Dental Group visited Clark Preschool for Dental Awareness Month.  Debbie demonstrated proper teeth brushing with Flo, 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 it can be prevented.  Westfield Pediatric Dental office 
specializes in preventive dental care for children and young adults; teaching your children lifelong healthy, dental habits.  Visit them online @ www.kidsandsmiles.com. Look for the dental goodie bags in their back packs and ask your child about the dental visit. 
Lori Kowalski, RN, Preschool Academic Coordinator


  Additional photos of the dental presentation.                                                                                       
                         


February 6 - 2014 Winter Olympics

Mrs. Consiglio's class at the Clark Preschool marched into the cafeteria carrying in a paper flame and torch to music for their Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies.  The children participated in simulated olympic activiities clothed in USA jerseys, including; bob sledding, speed skating, snowboarding, skiing, and hockey.  The activities were designed with the assistance of Mrs. Harris, SPL and Mrs. Baldeon, OT, to the abilities of the children.  Prior activities included, crafting the olympic symbol which is displayed on the wall.  The children  learned important and relevant facts about the olympic symbol, including; the composition of the five interlocking rings and their colors representing all the national flags.  The day concluded with a medal ceremony.  The olympic unit of study assumed the olympic motto, 'the most important thing is not to win, but to take part." Lori Kowalski, Preschool Academic Coordinator Mrs. Consiglio's class medal ceremony.Ms. Lillis's class joined in the afternoon olympic activities.

To end January, the children at Clark Preschool completed a penguin unit of study.  The teachers read fiction and non-fiction books about penguins and the children learned about their habitat, diet, life cycle, and predators.  The children made penguin crafts, sang penguin songs, and acted out a  play about the life of the Emperor penguin.  The unit of study was educational and enjoyable for the children.  Please see attached photos of their activities.

On January 31st, the children in Mrs. Koepfler's class had a super bowl party.  The children wore their favorite team's football jersey and ate yummy snacks.  In the gym, the children participated in a football toss and relay races.  The children predicted and graphed the winning team and the score of the game.  See attached photos of their activities.

 

JANUARY 29 - Librarian Visit
Mrs. Eileen Smith, Childrens Librarian Clark Public Library visited the Preschool classes for storytime and a brief talk about the library.  Ask your child about the stories that were read!  Feel free to contact Mrs. Smith at 732-388-5999 or at esmith@clarklibrary.org with other programs, activities or questions.  A field trip to the Library is planned for the Spring.  Please find attached some photos from the day.  More to follow!

Mrs. LaManna's Class with Librarian, Mrs. Smith.



Mrs. Eileen Smith, Children's Librarian, Clark Public Library will be visiting the preschool classes for storytime and a brief talk about the library.  A field trip to the Library is planned for the Spring.

Ms. Lillis's class with Mrs. Smith, Librarian.

Mrs. Koepfler's class with Mrs. Smith, the Librarian.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 16
District Open
Schools Closed - Spring Recess/Good Friday/Easter
Thursday, April 17
Schools Closed - Spring Recess/Good Friday/Easter
Friday, April 18
Schools Closed - Spring Recess/Good Friday/Easter
Monday, April 21
Schools Reopen

Weather

Today, 4/16/2014
High: 49 Low: 32
Sunny
1% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/17/2014
High: 54 Low: 34
Mostly sunny
2% chance of precipitation.