Daily Announcements

Upcoming events in June at the Preschool

*Just a reminder:  Early Dismissal for students
Monday, June 16 through
Thursday, June 19. Preschool 9am-1pm.
  Please pack a snack and a lunch for aftercare students.

June 6 - Field Day - 9:30am

June 17 - Graduation - 11:30am

June  19 - Move-up Day - 10:30am @ VRS & FKH (Preschool students will bus to their home school.

June 6 - It was a picture perfect day for the Annual Clark Preschool Field Day on Brewer Field.  The children rotated through ten activities from Bucket Relay to Ring Toss for five minute intervals utilizing gross motor skills.

A special thank you to the staff, parents and ALJ Varsity Club students for all their assistance and helping hands.

Throughout May into June at the Preschool some of the classrooms studied the development of the butterfly through a process called metamorphosis.  The greek word metamorphosis means transformation or change in shape.  The children witnessed the stages of the life cycle. The life cycle begins when the adult female butterfly lays eggs on the plants.  The next stage is called larva or the feeding stage which the children viewed in a classroom butterfly habitat.  Once the caterpillar is full grown and stops eating it enters into the transition stage or pupa, also called a chrysalis.

The pupa stage lasts a two to four weeks and then the adult butterfly appears in the reproductive stage. Attached are photos of Mrs. Koepfler's class releasing their painted lady butterflies.

More photos to follow of Ms. Lillis's class releasing their butterflies.

The other classes finished the school year with an "insect" and  "sea creature" unit.The under the sea unit taught the students about several different sea creatures and their habitats, including; starfish, seagulls, jellyfish, crabs, shark and killer whales.

May 7th 

"Special Person Tea"See photos below.

May 8th 
The Preschool attended the Theatreworks Inc. presentation of "Seussical" at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn.  The children were fascinated riding the "Big yellow school bus" and Seussical was a colorful musical enjoyed by all who attended.  A special thanks to the Board of Education who defrayed the full cost of the trip by contributing ten dollars per child for the event and for the snacks.  Also, special thanks for all the chaperones who volunteered to experience in this educational field trip. Attached are some photos from the day, with more to come!

April 23rd,  Unico Pizza Day 

Unico, the largest Italian-American service organization
in the United States, Clark Chapter, visited the
preschool to assist the children in pizza making, and pizza lunch in the recreation cafeteria. The children were entranced by the chefs, tossing and spinning the dough in the air; shaping and stretching the pizza.  Tomato sauce, spices, mozzarella cheese and toppings were added by the children and baked in the oven.  Everyone enjoyed  eating a slice or two of the fresh baked pies.   It was great to see the Unicans working and engaging the children in this community service event.


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."

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!

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 
    *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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 30
ALJ Library
Board of Education Special Meeting
Executive Session
5:00 pm
Executive and Public Session
Meeting starts at 5:00pm
Tuesday, August 5
Board of Education Meeting
rescheduled for Tuesday, 22, July 2014


Today, 7/29/2014
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Tomorrow, 7/30/2014
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