Weekly News - Dec 2nd - Dec 7th

December 10, 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)

    Snowy Owls sang songs daily and performed movements to correlate with the songs such as stomping and clapping. They continued developing their listening skills and practiced understanding more complex language. Using foam blocks, they stacked objects and practiced understanding prepositional phrases, such as take the block out, put it on, or slide it under. In this way, students are exploring spatial relationships and shapes. Students practiced grasping various objects in different shapes and sizes, and they enjoyed getting outdoors to make observations about birds.

    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls enjoyed a theme of holiday celebrations this week. They read the story, “Little Rain Cloud,” by Eric Carle and discussed the various objects in the narrative. They played a scavenger hunt game using a teddy bear, which worked on their use of word recognition and their ability to follow simple instructions. They also played with puzzles, built block towers, and explored ensory squares. They utilized dry painting materials and painting with water.


    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls were active this week as they enjoyed a holiday and Christmas theme. They sang songs like, Jingle Bells and discussed their family holiday traditions such as tree decorating, or drinking hot cocoa. They practiced gross motor skills by engaging their core in Yoga poses, and by freeze dancing around the room. Barn Owls are working to improve the communication skills as they learn to speak clearly and express their thoughts.


    Preschool Community


    Tawny Owls

    Tawny Owls are reading the book “Feast For 10” as they shop for words on their word wall. They are also working on visual emergent writing skills as they practice tracing their names. Using Jelly Bean jars, they are practicing identifying letters and using phonics. Students created ornaments with popsicle sticks, and other creative projects involved making Christmas trees using colored paper.

    Spotted Owls

    Spotted Owls focused on the letter E and the number 11 this week. They identified objects that start with the letter, practiced writing it, and sounding it out phonetically. The shape for the month is star. They read holiday themed stories such as “Hanukkah Bear,” by Eric A. Kimmel and played dreidel games. Students also learned about holiday traditions celebrated by other cultures. Using forks dipped in paint, they created Christmas trees, and they used craft beads to design ornaments. In STEM, students dropped a mixture of baking soda and vinegar onto candy canes and made scientific observations about the experiment.


    Elementary Community



    In reading students are practicing identifying the key details in a text. They are using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative pieces. In math, they are using objects such as fingers, drawings, sounds (claps), and verbal explanations to represent addition and subtraction concepts. Students are also learning about how other cultures celebrate the holidays and making comparisons with their own traditions.


    First Grade:

    Students continue to identify elements of stories such as characters, settings, and plots. They are reading the classic novel, Charlotte’s Web as a class. In writing, they are practicing writing grammatically correct simple sentences. In math, they are learning place value. They are also using counting cubes and dimes, in order to practice counting by tens. In science, students are wrapping up their understanding of animal characteristics, and in social studies, they are developing their skills at using maps and globes to identify North, South, East, and West.


    Lower Elementary

    Students worked on opinion pieces, which introduced a topic or book, stated an opinion, and included supporting evidence to support their point-of-view. They also wrote “how-to” papers about how to catch a gingerbread man in order to prepare for their Friday scavenger hunt. In reading, they practiced distinguishing the tone of the author in contrast to the perspectives of characters or narrators. They compared and contrasted different versions of “The Gingerbread Man.” In math, students solved one and two-step word problems involving money. They also practiced multiplying by zero and one to solve multi-step word problems. Students also started a unit on North America, and they are working with maps and globes to locate different countries.


    Upper Elementary

    Upper elementary students are enjoying the novel Tuck Everlasting. They are also comparing and contrasting Native American tribes in Florida. In Language Arts, they are demonstrating their command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing. They are learning research skills and writing informative essays as they develop their skills at clear communication.

    In math, they are using the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

    They are also comparing two decimals to thousandths, based on meanings of the digits in each place: For example, they are using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.


  • Things 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.

    Sign-up Here
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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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