Daily Announcements



On March24 - To celebrate Spring, Clark Preschool welcomed Farmer Chris from Quiver Farm, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania with his chick hatching project.  Farmer Chris arrived with a live rooster, Jack, a hen, Jill and all the necessary equipment to take care of the eggs and chicks once they have hatched. 
The Farmer set up an incubator and presented a short presentation to the children and Mrs. DeAngelis, “The Chief Egg Tender.”   The children learned how to care for the eggs for the rest of the week by checking the temperature, turning the eggs, and keeping the water trough full.  All the children were given the opportunity to pet the chickens. 

On Friday, the eggs will be turned for the last time, extra water will be added to the trough and left untouched for the weekend.  Sometime on Monday the chicks will start to hatch.  As they dry off the children will put the baby chicks in the brooder box as shown in the presentation.  On Thursday the chicks will be picked up and taken back to the farm.  Incubating and hatching chicken eggs is a hands-on learning experience.  We are all excited for the Quiver Farm project.  Farm education is FUN!  Science, caring, compassion and responsibility….all curled up in one egg!      
 


March 13. Mrs. LaManna's class welcomed Mrs. Raguseo as today's guest reader.  Mrs. Raguseo read the book titled, Pigeon Poop by Elizabeth Bagley and Mark Chambers,  followed by a simulated hands on activity for the children.


March 12.   With Saint Patrick's Day approaching....Mrs. Consiglio's class welcomed a special reader, Mr. Peterson who introduced the children to the Irish culture and traditions.



On Friday, February 27, Gus Kalikas, Athletic Director and the members of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council visited the Preschool to read Dr. Seuss books for the 18th Annual Read Across America Day.  It was fun watching the High School Student Athletes as they interacted with the children.  The Seussical celebration will kick off the 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 show are absent miss critical instruction time.  Research shows that early literacy plays a key role in g the enabling of learning experiences that are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention higher, graduation rates and enhances productivity in adult life.   Both groups not only enjoyed the experience, but learned a lot while doing it!








March Calendar of Events at the Preschool

The 18th Annual ReadAcross America continues throughout the month of March.  The Seussical celebration will kick off a month of reading across the nation to aide in the improvement of literacy skills.  Special guest readers will be visiting all the classrooms throughout March.  In early grades when teaching 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 enhances productivity in adult life. 



March 3 - Begins Nutrition Month


Lori Kowalski, RNPreschool Nurse will present the My Plate unit to the classrooms three times a week for four weeks.  The children, parents, and staff are informed of My Plate, developed by the United States of Agriculture in June 2013.  The nutrition unit is taught to develop better eating habits and exposure to foods the children may not experience in their daily diets.  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 of your plate should be filled with whole grains and lean protein with a low fat dairy on the side.  For further information visit their website.  ChooseMyPlate.gov

March 25 - 9:15-12pm
Preschool Field Trip to the Papermill Playhouse


The Preschool will be attending
the The Theatreworks Inc. presentation of "Rainbow Fish" 
at the Papermill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J.




Today, February 26, Anitra, Dental Hygienist from the Westfield Pediatric Dental Group visited Clark Preschool for Dental Awareness Month.  Anitra demonstrated proper teeth brushing with Franasaurus 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






Thursday, February 12.


The celebration of Valentine's Day and hearts is something everyone should look forward to. The Clark Preschool Children celebrated Valentine's Day uniquely this year.  They designed Valentine cards and delivered them to the Clark seniors during their monthly meeting.  The greetings were sealed with well wishes and presented with a smile.  It was a memorable moment for both the seniors and the children
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On February 3rd, NJEA's Cat in the Hat


visited the Clark Preschool for the 18th Annual Read Across America
The Seussical celebration kicks off read across the nation which aides in the improvement of literacy skills.  





Reading is an important focus in the early grades and students who are absent miss critical instruction time. Research shows that early literacy plays a key role in enabling learning experiences that are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention and higher graduation. Our guest reader, Jill Curran, the BOE Vice President, read The Cat in the Hat.  The Cat portrayed the character by miming the narration “kicking off” the March literacy celebration to build a nation of readers.




January 21 - Librarian Visit - Mrs. Eileen Smith, the Clark Public Library Children's Librarian visited the Preschool classrooms for storytime and a brief talk about the Library.  A field trip to the Library is planned for the Spring.





Sending wishes of love and joy for a wonderful Holiday Season. School reopens on January 5th....see you in 2015!
The Preschool Staff



Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 31
CHK English Department Meeting
2:50pm in CHK Rm 4
Friday, April 3
Schools Closed
Good Friday/Easter/Spring Recess
Mon, Apr 6 - Fri, Apr 10
Schools Closed
Good Friday/Easter/Spring Recess

Weather

Today, 3/29/2015
High: 43 Low: 32
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 3/30/2015
High: 54 Low: 35
Slight chance rain showers
20% chance of precipitation.