Weekly News - November 5th-9th

November 9, 2018
  • Weekly Review

    Collage PTO

    The Collage Day School PTO invites you to participate in the Sponsorship Program! They’re looking for businesses, agencies, and organizations to help enhance Collage’s educational programs. Here’s an opportunity to not only promote your local business, but to also benefit Collage’s quality of education. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2018-2019 school year, please email the Collage PTO at collagepto@gmail.com. The Gold and Silver two-tiered sponsorship program is limited, so please click here to learn more about partnering with our school and becoming a sponsor: Collage Sponsorship Program

    Early Learning Community

    Snowy Owlets (3-12 Months)

    This week, Snowy Owlets looked at family photos and discussed the members of their family. Children enjoyed playing instruments and making music. Using sticks, they painted on paper to practice fine motor skills, and they grasped various objects to differentiate between shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and weights.

    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls explored a family and Thanksgiving theme this week. They read stories such as, “Brown Bear Brown Bear,” by Eric Carle and concentrated on animal recognition, colors, and rhyming words. They practiced sequencing using stacking and nesting cups; and they also practiced sorting skills using shapes. They hopped around the room with imaginary ponies to exercise gross motor skills, balanced on balance beams, and danced to the Gigglebellies. They also started their Thankful Tree Projects using paint.

    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls continued enjoying their turkeys and scarecrows theme this week. They listened to the sounds of a turkey caller, played freeze dance, and practiced colors. Students reviewed numbers one through ten and discussed foods enjoyed during Thanksgiving. Using popcorn, they counted ten popcorn pieces and glued them to art work. They painted on rocks and decorated dot-art turkeys. Using multicolored tissue glued to paper paints, students made turkey feathers and they also made scarecrows using leaves painted with watercolor.



    Preschool Community


    Tawny Owls

    Tawny Owls enjoyed a Thanksgiving theme this week. They practiced counting using Thanksgiving number puzzles and wrote their names using pumpkin patch letters. They read the story, “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie,” and discussed Thanksgiving vocabulary. Using their handprints and paint, they decorated placemats for the holiday, and they used fall leaves to create AB patterns.

    Spotted Owls

    Spotted Owls focused on the letter I, and using Play-Doh they rolled out upper and lower case letters. They reviewed numbers one through eight, and discussed the elements of stories while reading stories such as “Little Red Riding Hood.” They learned about Pilgrims and the Mayflower, and after discussing Native Americans, they painted Native American symbols on t-shirts. Using watercolors and oil pastels, they glued turkey feathers to turkey tails. Students also learned about the artist, Wassily Kadinsky and his famous circle art before trying their own hand at designing artistic circles. Other artsy projects involving fine motor practice, featured using liquid watercolor to design the tail of a turkey.

    Elementary Community




    Kindergarten students learned about the brain and why it’s important. They practiced writing simple sentences about their brains, lungs, and hearts using capital letters to begin each sentence. Using Play-Doh, they molded models of brains. Using balloons, they observed how lungs fill with air, and using paper, felt and beads, they replicated the layers of skin. They also practiced distinguishing between short vowel sounds and identifying sight words. Students also reviewed 2D and 3D shapes. Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative texts, they practiced writing about various topics related to their organs.

    First Grade:

    This week, first grade students focused on comprehending elements in stories. They used the author Eric Carle, to discuss an author’s use of voice, diction, and sensory language. They continued to read Charlotte’s Web and discussing the novel’s characters and setting. 

    Students learned about nouns and went on an adventure to locate nouns around Collage Day School.  They were also introduced to using characters and a setting when writing.

    As they practiced writing, they focused on the importance of grammar, spacing, end marks, and spelling. In math, students wrapped up subtraction using numbers 0-12.  They also learned how to subtract using vertical subtraction. In science, they identified the characteristics of mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and insects. 


    Lower Elementary

    Lower elementary students focused on fairytales, folktales, myths, and fables this week.  They discussed the elements of stories and compared and contrasted several versions of the same story. In math, 2nd grade students focused on place value using two-digit numbers, and 3rd grade students were introduced to different multiplication strategies. In writing, students wrote “Once Upon a Time” journals, where they had the opportunity to creatively write their own stories. Students were introduced to different Native American tribes

    Upper Elementary

    Students read and discussed prose. They summarized a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. They analyzed how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fit together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

    In math, fourth graders used the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

    They solved multi-step word problems, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. They also represented problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity.

    Fifth graders practiced reading, writing, and comparing decimals to the thousandth place. They solved real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers.

    In science, they identified the organs in the human body and describe their functions, including the skin, brain, heart, lungs, stomach, liver, intestines, pancreas, muscles, skeleton, reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder, and sensory organs.
    They compared and contrasted the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans.

    In social studies, they wrote opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting each point with evidence. They practiced the writing skill of organizing an essay and logically grouping ideas together.

  • Things To Come


    Veteran’s Day Celebration

    November 9th
    9:00 am-9:30 am

    In honor of our Active Military and Veterans, Collage Day School is hosting a Veteran’s Day Celebration on November 9th at the flagpole.  Join us as Ms. Currie’s class reads the poem, “America the Beautiful.” There will be patriotic songs, a ceremonial raising of the flag, and Pledge of Allegiance led by Ms. Leslie’s class. 

    Parents who are Active Military and Veterans are invited to come in uniform. Please RSVP with Tiffany Clark: Clark@CollageDaySchool.org

    TimberNook: Friends in the Wild

    November 12th
    9:30 am-1:30 pm
    $65  (Ages 5-10)

    There’s no school, so sign up for a half day of TimberNook. Bring a stuffed animal from home and plan for a day in the woods. Children will have opportunities to build dens and create homes for their stuffed friends in the wild. Space is limited.

    Contact Emily Vasquez

    Director of Health and Wellness




    Thanksgiving Feasts 

    Monday, November 19th

    Tuesday, November 20th

    Save the date for the Thanksgiving Feasts! This is a great opportunity to gather as a community and share delicious and fun-filled fellowship. Families are welcome, so keep an eye out for more information to come. 


    Holiday Musical Performance
    & Winter Wonderland

    December 12th
    9:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Ages 3 and up will be performing songs to celebrate the season. Join us for a jingle and mingle morning in the multi-purpose room. 

    At 9:30am  to 11:00am there will be pictures with Santa, and in addition, the Critter Caravan, a local petting zoo, will be visiting our campus until noon. 
    Between the hours of 10:00am-11:00am the December Elementary Project Based Learning Curriculum will be showcased (Museum Style). All families, including VPK are welcome to join us!


    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.

    Parent Sign Up Sheet

    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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