Weekly News - September 10-14

September 14, 2018
  • Weekly Review

    Early Learning Community

    Snowy Owlets (3-12 Months)

    Snowy Owlets were exposed to vocabulary particularly related to food, eating and drinking. They used their fingers and toes to practice counting, and used balls and stacking rings to practice grasping. Using wet paint sponges, children painted on items found in nature. They also used leaves to paint on construction paper.

    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls read the story, “Traveling with Teddy,” and discussed different modes of transportation. They explored building blocks, puzzles, and sorting shapes. They also practiced their jumping and climbing skills. Children had fun drawing family pictures, using dot markers, texture squares, and Play-Doh.  As a class, they worked on an “All About Me,” book, and collected leaves for beautiful artistic creations.

    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls explored themes like, “Back to School,” and “Get to Know Me.”  They practiced informative writing, and they made flip flop foot print art using glue, sand, and sponge paint.

    Students also discussed the theme, “beach and ocean life.” They read the classic, Rainbow Fish, and spent time investigating sand and water. They practiced letter identification and phonics, and  they had a blast being creative with paint plates, bubble painting, and splatter painting.



    Preschool Community


    Spotted Owls & Tawny Owls

    In literacy, Tawny Owls read We Play on a Rainy Day, and practiced their emergent comprehension skills. They also practiced counting to ten using numbers on raindrops.

    Spotted Owls practiced counting, number sequences, and measuring. Using Mat Man Shapes, they demonstrated their knowledge of manipulating shapes to form images. They explored duplicating patterns and reenacted stories told to them in class.




    Students are increasing their ability to read and decode CVC words using the “-at family”.  With daily sight word practice and increased phonics skills, we are already seeing students showing signs of early reading ability.  One to one correspondence to ten using ten frames has been our focus for math this week.  Each day we listen to a math story where students have to use counting to help the character solve the math problem.

    Elementary Community


    SOAR Program

    The Lower Elementary S.O.A.R Program Students have been increasing their creative writing ability this week.  They are working on writing opinion pieces using various prompts as they relate their responses back to literature and real-life experiences.  The Upper Elementary S.O.A.R Program Students are continuing to work on their “Creative Contraptions” as they learn about engineering.  Real-Live Vocabulary is being infused into this unit as they research and create their own contraptions using household tools.

    Project Based Learning

    Students in elementary are researching the question, “Why Are Oceans Important?”  Students are using research skills to identify problems in our ecosystem and oceans. Through extended research, students are brainstorming potential answers to these questions.  Students are then working with Mrs. Bowen to create their Ocean Showcase Piece using this knowledge of the ecosystems.

    First Grade:

    Students have been reading and listening to the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar as they increase their ability to retell and sequence a story.  Our students have had real-life application to this story as they observed our campus chrysalises in the Butterfly Garden go through the metamorphosis process and turn into butterflies!  In math students are learning how to relate addition and subtraction facts using hands-on counting practice.


    Lower Elementary

    Students in Mrs. Tupper’s Class continue to learn about story structure and identifying the problem and solution after reading a story. In addition, they are discussing cause and effect in relation to problem solving. In math, students are working on increasing their ability to learn doubles facts and using a hundreds chart to practice addition and subtraction problems.

    Upper Elementary

    During read aloud time, students are listening to the story The Music of Dolphins as they dive more into the Project Based Learning theme for the month. They are using this story to increase their comprehension skills as they complete Venn Diagrams and learn more about creative risk taking. In their Reading Block, they are reading the novel Hoot and discussing the difference between fiction and non-fiction genres. In math, they are practicing multi-step word problems that involve multiplication, basic division, and division with remainders. In addition, they are learning more about multiples and how to use multiples to assist with solving mathematical equations.

    A Friendly Reminder

    Collage Day School uses See Saw and Bright Wheel apps to keep families updated about daily highlights, events, or announcements; however, our teachers’ primary focus is on students. Their educational, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing are our priority, so please understand that some days may have fewer posts than others due to time restraints. While we appreciate these communication tools, ultimately teachers are engaged with students and prioritizing class instruction.  


  • Things To Come


    Picture Day

    September 18th – 19th

    Commemorate the new school year with a keepsake to share with family and friends. Our little ones grow quickly, so we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to savor the moments. 


    Marineland Classroom Experience

    September 20th

    1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

    In preparation for our field trip to the aquarium and our unit of study on oceans, students will transform their classrooms into an under-the-sea wonderland. They will have an opportunity to dive into the curriculum and explore biofacts such as skulls, bones, and pelts. 


    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

    Elementary Field Trip
    St. Augustine Aquarium

    September 28th

    Students will gain a greater appreciation for the world’s oceans as they investigate the plants and animals living under the sea. They will use their five senses to make observations, raise questions, and explore. 


    No School / Teacher Planning Day

    October 15th

    On intersession days and teacher planning days, Collage provides optional childcare for Preschool to 6th Grade students. Additional fees apply and you must sign up five days prior to the date you are requesting.

    For questions, contact Melissa Gibbons: gibbons@collagedayschoo.org

    Click Here To Register 

    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:


    Trunk or Treat & Character Parade

    October 31st

    Students will have an opportunity to participate in a character parade and trick or treating on campus.


    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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