December Dates to Remember
December 17 - The Key Club from ALJ will be visiting to present their message of sharing and giving.
December 22 - Polar Express Day. The students and the staff will be taking a magical journey to the North Pole reliving the Polar Express train ride. The staff and children wil attend school in pajamas, view the movie, enjoy snacks and games.
December 23-Holiday Concert - 9:30am
Early Dismissal 1pm. No Lunch.
Half day preschoolers dismiss at 12.
After care PLEASE pack a lunch.
The Preschool Staff wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!
October 31 - Preschool Halloween Parade
Till next year....
October 28 - 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 students sang a song about manners to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, read the story Madeline Says Merci by John Bemelmans Marcian, distributed handmade hands to exemplify a quiet hand, and played the game charades by performing skits requiring feedback from the children. They ended their presentation by visiting the individual classrooms and talking with the children, asking questions reinforcing the unit content. The Key Club 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.
Phil Scardilli, Multimedia and TV Production Instructor and his student Daniel O'Donnell filmed the presentation.
October is fire prevention month and the Clark Fire Department visit was a big hit! Their focus is on fire safety, prevention and overall personal safety. There are many things that people can do to improve their safety at home school and work from FIRE.
Fire prevention month is sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Fire prevention was established to commemorate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. The 2014 fire prevention theme is: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month. A week long of fire prevention activities have begun at the Preschool classrooms. The Physical Education teacher is performing fire drills and evacuations drills, practicing “stop, drop and roll,” assisting in spreading the word about fire safety. The Clark Fire Department visited the Clark Preschool on October 15 along with Sparky the fire dog video, a fireman dressed in full gear, demonstration of the sounding fire alarm and hands on experience with the fire hoses. Sparky the dog video kept the children riveted on key messages and the activities provide multiple ways to absorb concepts providing maximum impact.
Sparky’s ABC’s of Fire Safety was a perfect way to introduce the children to fire safety concepts.
-A is for Alarms that let you know there’s a fire in your home
-B is for Beep, Beep, Beep the sound the alarm makes
-C is for Calm, as in calmly get outside when the smoke alarm sounds
Free kid safety Jr. Fire Hats, coloring activity books, crayons, Tot Finder labels and fire safety information for the parents were distributed to the children. Be prepared! Plan ahead!
September 18 and 23
The preschool classes are learning that "Germs Are Not For Sharing" and practicing the importance of washing their hands.
The most common childhood illnesses are colds, gastroenteritis, otitis media, conjunctivitis, and sore throat. A child's immunity builds up over time. The most important means of prevention of illness is thoroughly washing hands.
The children gathered to view the video, "Germ Stoppers." Followed by the puppet, "Germy Wormy," visiting the classrooms for storytelling by reading the book, "Germs Are Not For Sharing." An experiment "Germ Glitter," was the teaching material utilized for simulation, as glitter non-threatening resembled germs in real life. To complete the unit, the preschoolers demonstrated proper handwashing.