Weekly News - August 20-24

August 24, 2018
  • Weekly Review

    Early Learning Community


    Amber Hinson and Ashley Hobbs Snowy Owlet (Infants)

    Throughout the week, Ms. Amber and Ms. Ashley exposed their infants to counting. Whether they used fabric, baskets filled with blocks, scoops of water, or fruit, exposing the children to number both written and verbal, were part of their active week. Infants also had an opportunity to get creative as they painted with leaves on construction paper.


    Brandi Shelnutt Bay Owls

    Students focused on the theme, “all about me,” exploring the many ways they are special. They also creatively banged on pots and pans using cooking utensils to expose the children to patterns and concepts such as fast and slow. Children took a nature walk, where they collected items for crafty projects with paint and glue.

    Shannon Mead Bay Owls

    Selected books that emphasized rhyming, danced the Hokey Pokey, and painted handprints for their “growing up through the school year” projects.



    Nicole Rhoden Barn Owls

    In art, barn owls worked on an apple tree project, where they dipped corks in green paint and stamped leaves. They practiced gross motor skills such as hopping, and read books emphasizing rhyming words.

    Preschool Community


    Leslie Johnson, Erin Elmore, Charlotte Dolansky and Paola Gaskin

    Students discussed their families, letters and sounds. The theme of the week, “every family is unique,” was a launching point for various discussions and activities.

    Donna Buchholz/ Barbara Dorsch Spotted Owls

    Students shared their “Get to Know Me” bags. In science, they examined fingerprints using magnifying glasses; and in math, they practiced measuring their hands using inch cubes, rulers, and yarn.



    Shari Goldman/ Kelly Landolfa Spotted owls

    Students learned to identify letters in their name and practiced counting skills. They read stories throughout the week exploring themes of identity, and the value from learning from mistakes. In STEAM, they examined their fingerprints with magnifying glasses, which linked back to reading discussions about how each person is unique and similar to others.



    Amanda Greer Spotted Owls

    Students experimented with various magnets, exploring their different strengths. They also discussed eye color and observed the different eye colors represented in their class community.



    Silimona Hamrick Spotted Owls

    Students sang songs incorporating rhyme, and participated in activities about various eye color. Using handprints, they utilized different measuring tools such as cubes, rulers, and string. They sang songs about the concept of pairs and found things in the room and on their bodies that come in twos: hands, eyes, ears, and feet.



    Dana Negaran/ Lauren Lepore Spotted Owls

    Students read stories throughout the week such as “All About Me,” or “All About My Family.” They engaged in various hands-on counting activities, and daily wrote in their journals using both drawings and writing skills.



    Emily Vasquez

    Students engaged in activities using hula hoops, dancing, and juggling scarves. Music and movement are incorporated into the lessons that keep children laughing, and exercising their gross motor skills and locomotor movements such as slide stepping,  galloping, leaping, and skipping.



    Elementary Community


    Jennifer Currie

    For science and writing, students explored geology with rocks, discovering which rocks were made of which materials. Students brainstormed possible classroom experiments, such as what happens to rotting food. They practiced their skills of observation and making inferences.

    Nicole DeLaCruz/ Lauren Jagger

    Students made comparisons of two digit numbers based on their understanding of tens and ones. They practiced short and long vowels while also inferring characters, settings, and events in pictures.

    Samantha Tupper/ Mrs. Johns

    Students practiced making predictions in stories and the relationship between cause and effect. They also examined the structure of stories and its basic characteristics, such as characters, setting, and major events.


    Whitney Eagleson

    Students discussed elements of stories, such as character, setting, and major events. They used picture cards to practice rhyming words; and they practiced counting skills, by writing numbers and using number cards. Students read a story introducing them to the theme of responsibility, and discussed ways they can be responsible.

    Kristin Thomforde: LEAP

    Students practiced their fluency with addition and subtraction with 1000. Ms. Kristin utilizes a system called TouchMath with her students, which is a multisensory teaching and learning math program.


    Kristen Walker Project Based Learning and Gifted Studies

    Students discussed how to overcome mistakes and adversity through optimism. They explored how mistakes are often opportunities for growth and learning.

  • Things To Come


    Parent’s Night Out: August 30th

    Join us for a back to school happy hour social at the Sawgrass Marriott.Ticket sales will benefit the Collage Guided Reading Library. $15 tickets will include light appetizers and house wine/beer on draft. Cash only at the door.

    Location: Vernon’s Bar
    Sawgrass Marriott 1000 PGA Tour Blvd
    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl

    Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

    email: collagepto@gmail.com

    Movie Night Under The Stars:

    Friday, September 21st
    $10 per family

    Bring a blanket or beach chairs to Collage and enjoy a night under the stars watching a cartoon classic with friends. Popcorn and ticket sales will benefit the Guided Reading Library.

    Contact: collagepto@gmail.com

    Book Fair: October 15th-20th

    Get ready! The books are arriving soon! Join us October 15-20th for a full week of the Book Fair celebrating the enchanting world of books. There will be a wide selection of pre-school and elementary-level books for sale in the media center and the multi-purpose room. Find books carefully selected by teachers and librarians to launch your child into his or her next literary adventure. Consider helping to stock the shelves of our own Collage Day School library by donating your favorite children’s book. Join the fun, volunteer, and help foster a child’s lifelong literary journey. 

    To volunteer, contact Nicole Blanford:


    Fall Festival: October 20th

    10:00 am-1:00 pm

    Celebrate the season at this community event hosted at Collage Day School. Everyone is welcome for an afternoon of carnival games, food, face painting, complimentary family photos, and more. Parent volunteers are greatly needed, so please consider serving alongside Collage staff to host a fun-filled day.

    Contact: collagepto@gmail.com

    TimberNook: October 15th

    9:00 am- 1:00 pm
    $65 (Ages 4-9)

    There’s no school, so why not make it a TimberNook Day? Imagine a haunted forest and campfire treats. The woods will take on a whole new life as the forest becomes inspiration for creative adventures.

    To register, contact Emily Vassquez:


    Volunteer Opportunities

    Please share your talents and time with our Collage Day School community. There are many opportunities to lend a hand. Connect, pitch in, and be the change you wish to see.

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    After School Enrichment Programs

    Don’t miss out on the many exciting after school programs designed to foster creativity and nurture your child’s unique interests and goals.

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    Join the PTO

    PTO meetings are the first Friday of each month. Meetings are held in the library at 8:50am and everyone is welcome!

    Don’t forget to join the Facebook Collage Day School Parents/Guardians Page.

    Meet the 2018-2019 PTO Team:

    Hillary Davis: President
    Nicole Blanford: Vice President      
    Laura Milton: Recording Secretary
    Rayne Estrada: Treasurer 
    Lydia Morales: Communications Secretary

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