Weekly News - November 12th-16th

November 16, 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 continued their activity of looking at family photos and discussing the members of their family. They enjoyed playing instruments and making music with various materials. Using sticks, they painted on paper to practice fine motor skills, and they explored objects in different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.

    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls explored Autumn themes such as pumpkins and apples this week. They read Polar Bear Polar Bear by Eric Carle and practiced animal and color recognition. Using pots and pans, they demonstrated their knowledge of sound patterns. They also read the poem, “Robin’s Treat,” and discussed the main details while observing how language is used to express thoughts and needs. They practiced balancing skills on balance beams and gross motor skills by crawling through a tunnel. As part of a social emotional lesson, they enjoyed imaginative play while caring for baby dolls, and in art, they used finger paints to create fall colored creations.

    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls explored a Thanksgiving theme this week. They sang songs about turkeys and discussed Thanksgiving foods. They also enjoyed activities such as freeze dancing, yoga, and TimberNook. While outdoors, they got creative with water paint. They also made turkey hand and foot prints. During their nature walk, they visited the rabbits and chickens, walked through the woods, sang London Bridge while walking over the newly constructed bridge, and painted pinecones with paint and glitter.  



    Preschool Community


    Tawny Owls

    Tawny Owls ventured off into the woods to explore marble runs this week. During a demonstration of what a marble run may look like, children put on their problem solver hats and communicated various design ideas. When their demonstration worked successfully, cheers could be heard as the children were excited to find other marble runs in the woods. PVC pipes, corrugated tubes and pool noodles cut in half were available for children to build their own runs, which many of them attempted. A new rope swing forced children to communicate good turn taking and teamwork as they navigated the wobbly seat. A slack line was also set up to encourage appropriate risk taking, body awareness and balance. It was a full week of play for these adventurous three year olds! In reading, children read stories and poems with Thanksgiving and Indian themes. They discussed the feelings of characters and made predictions based on inferences. They also discussed the weather in science, and practiced counting ships in math. As a Reggio-inspired activity, they collected leaves and made reliefs using candle wax, which they later turned into lovely garlands.  

    Spotted Owls

    Spotted Owls focused on the diagraph Th. They used Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to practice writing and recognizing the letters. They also practiced counting through 31. They enjoyed Thanksgiving themes, discussed gratitude, and made creative projects such as Thanksgiving place mats. They discussed the history of the first Thanksgiving and read stories like, “Thankful Hearts,” that reinforced characteristics of the holiday. They made “mud pies” using chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos and gummy worms, and other classes experimented with magnets and bells. One exciting activity this week involved students dropping liquid watercolors onto large blocks of ice to highlight cracks and crevices.

    Elementary Community



    While reading stories such as, “Naked Mole Rad Gets Dressed,” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late,” students practiced identifying main characters, settings, and plots in stories. They also practiced their writing skills in response to the stories. In math, they used snap cubes while gaining an understanding of addition as a means of putting together and adding to. They also increased their understanding of subtraction as a method for taking apart and taking from. In social studies, students compared modern children and families with those in the past. They made observations about historic styles and methods of travel. In preparation for their Friday field trip to The Fountain of Youth, students learned about Ponce de Leon and how he relates to Florida history.

    First Grade:

    First grade students reviewed the characteristics of mammals. They also read and discussed characteristics of birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Students practiced addition and subtraction facts within 20, and they practiced phonics. They enjoyed TimberNook on a chilly morning and had a fabulous field trip to The Fountain of Youth.


    Lower Elementary

    Students focused on folktales from the United States. They discussed the story elements and made personal connections to the stories. In math, 2nd grade students focused on place value comparing two-digit numbers, and 3rd grade students continued to use different multiplication strategies to solve equations. In writing, students wrote in their “Once Upon a Time” journals, where they had the opportunity to creatively write about themselves as pirates and super heroes. Students learned about different Native American tribes and talked about influential Native Americans like Sacajawea and Pocahontas.  

    Upper Elementary

    Upper elementary students investigated the cause of motion. They explored how the speed of an object is determined by the distance it travels in a unit of time. They also investigated force as it is applied to an object.

    In reading, students practiced grade-level phonics and word analysis skills for decoding vocabulary. In math, they used the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems. They also practiced writing and comparing decimals to the thousandths.To prepare for their field trip to The Fountain of Youth, they discussed the causes and effects of European colonization on the Native American tribes of Florida. They also researched the technological developments that shaped European exploration.

  • Things To Come


    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.

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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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