Weekly News - September 17-21

September 21, 2018
  • Weekly Review

    Early Learning Community

    Snowy Owlets (3-12 Months)

    In language and literacy, children explored flap books while their teachers pointed out details and narrated the pictures they were seeing. They played with stacking cups to build towers and practiced tossing balls. In art, they practiced fine motor skills as they held paint brushes to paint the night sky. They also enjoyed sitting outside for story time.

    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls continued their “All About Me,” theme. They read the story, Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann, and practiced animal recognition and sequencing events. Using shoe boxes, texture squares, and other objects, teachers modeled the use of various prepositional phrases. For example, “place the soft objects in the box first.” Later in the week, they practiced similar activities using wooden shape stackers to demonstrate concepts such as “first,” and “last.” To improve gross motor skills, they silly danced, climbed structures outside, walked on balance beams, and tossed colored scarves.

    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls are exploring beach and ocean themes. They discussed sea animals and incorporated sea animals into their sorting activities and playtime. They read the story, The Pout Pout Fish, and made observations about the sea animals using their senses. As they pretended to be at the beach jumping over waves, they practiced gross motor skills. On their nature walks, they hunted for items to use in art projects to depict their favorite sea animals.



    Preschool Community


    Spotted Owls & Tawny Owls

    Our VPK Enrichment group began this week. They read the story The Little School Bus, and they discussed transition words such as first, second, third, fourth, and fifth. In addition, they practiced rhyming words and learned the sight words “I” and “am.”  In math, they worked on one-to-one correspondence to ten using objects. They also used manipulatives to learn how to join and separate sets.




    Students learned how to identify the characters, problems, and solutions for commonly known stories that were read to them. In addition, they practiced the sight words “I, am, the, little, a, and to.”  In math, they used shapes and other commonly known objects to learn about prepositions such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to. They are increasing their ability to learn map skills by locating common places in our neighborhoods and our community.

    Elementary Community


    SOAR Program: Students of Academic Recognition

    Kindergarten students are practicing reading skills by learning short “I” words using the story What Does Pig Do? They are doing well with the Daily 5 Rotations and increasing their ability to complete tasks independently. In math, they are learning about adding within 20 and sorting by various objects in multiple groups within 20. First grade students are reading books about oceans as they practice the skills of visualizing and predicting. In math, students are learning about doubles facts and making 10. Lower elementary students are learning different strategies for multiplication. They are reading the story Charlotte’s Web as they increase their ability to summarize information. Upper elementary students are continuing to work on their creative contraptions. They have started Literacy Circles where they are collaborating within a group to target various reading skills. In math, these students are learning about modeling elicit activities where they are exploring real-world math problems to solve equations.

    Project Based Learning

    As part of an ocean unit, students discussed the question, “Why are oceans important?” In Kindergarten students were exploring the different items in the ocean they can see, touch, and hear. First graders learned about coral reefs including the animals that live in the coral reef. Lower elementary students have chosen an ocean animal of their choice to research and are building the animal in art class. Upper elementary students are researching problems with oceans, such as oil spills, climate change, over fishing, and water pollution. They are working in groups to create a solution to the problem. Later, they will make models of the solution as well as compose a report to share with their peers.

    First Grade:

    Students practiced sequencing events using the story The Mitten. They are making progress with their ability to rotate within their literacy centers. In math, they are learning how to join objects using “joining stories” as they learn more about the addition process. Using observational skills for science, they are learning about the parts of a plant. By taking walks around the campus in search of plants, they are generalizing the skills from the classroom setting into real-world settings.


    Lower Elementary

    In phonics, students are reviewing short and long vowels. They have phonics passage mats where each day the students read a different passage 3 times then identify the vowels within the passage. During reading, they are identifying context clues. When they come across unfamiliar words as they read, they can use familiar words or nearby clues to figure out the word’s meaning. They then apply this strategy in their independent reading during Read To Self. They are continuing to review story structure and setting. During math, students have been working hard on expanding their knowledge about place value. They have completed place value practice in their interactive notebooks, and worked in math centers to play place value games. Each morning, they spiral review during their calendar math time. In class, math is intentionally hands-on and engaging.

    Upper Elementary

    Fourth grade students are learning about the four operations needed to solve a problem. They are then taking this data and using it to interpret what the answer means. Fifth grade students are learning more about multi-digit numbers to the thousandth’s place and understanding what happens to a number with a decimal when it is multiplied by 10. They are increasing their vocabulary skills as they continue reading the novel Hoot. In addition, they are using the reading text to compare and contrast characters, setting, and events in a story.

  • Things To Come


    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

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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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