Weekly News - Dec 10th - Dec 14th

December 14, 2018
  • Weekly Review

    Holiday Musical and Santa!

    After the Holiday Musical, students had an opportunity to take portraits with Santa and make Christmas wishes.

     

    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

     

    Great news! Student art is available just in time for the holidays on Artsonia.com. 

    Arsonial is the world’s largest student art museum and your child’s portfolio will continue to grow throughout the school year. Artsonia allows us to showcase student work and provides parents, family members, and friends with an opportunity to purchase high-quality custom keepsakes with your child’s art. 

    Best of all, Collage’s art program will earn 20% of your purchases towards art materials and other supplies to benefit our art program! In order to view your child’s work, login to www.Artsonia.com and get ready to be impressed.

    Early Learning Community

    Snowy Owlets (3-12 Months)

    Snowy Owls sang songs like The Farmer in the Dell. They played with foam blocks and practiced prepositional phrases such as under the chair, on the table, and next to the book. They explored spatial relationships, various shapes and objects with different textures. They also painted sticks and made observations about birds while enjoying the outdoors.

    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls focused on a holiday and traditions theme this week. They read the story, Traveling with Teddy, and Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. They discussed various shapes, played with stacking cups, and drew letters into whip cream. They chased bubbles outside and danced along to Gigglebellies. While enjoying the cooler weather, they made observations about the leaves, attending to the variety of colors and shapes.

     

     

    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls enjoyed a holiday theme this week. They sang songs like, Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. They also incorporated counting gingerbread men into their math activities. They played with tambourines and freeze danced to improve gross motor skills. Students made Christmas ornaments, and created a decorative mobile using items from nature.

    Preschool Community

     

    Tawny Owls

    Tawny Owls enjoyed the theme, “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.” They discussed concepts like front, back, top, and bottom; and they practiced conversational skills while discussing the holiday season. Using upper case letters as ornaments, they decorated a holiday tree. They also cut illustrations and placed them in a story’s correct sequence, practicing words like first, second, and third. With Christmas props, they practiced matching and pattern recognition.

     

    Spotted Owls

    Spotted Owls focused on the letter C and the number 12 this week. They discussed problem solving, and practiced diligently for the Holiday Musical, which was a great success! They practiced writing numbers to 12 and cut sequence candy canes from smallest to largest. In STEAM, they had a blast making fluffy candy cane slime. In preparation for the Holidays Around the World program, they decorated a Shalom sign to welcome guests and learned that the Israeli greeting means, peace. Students are also putting finishing touches on their parent gifts. They discussed the importance of giving and enjoyed reading holiday-themed stories and spinning dreidels.  

     

    Elementary Community

     

    Kindergarten

    Kindergarten students read Gingerbread stories and discussed elements of the story such as setting, characters, and plot. They also used the stories to make comparisons. As part of a creative writing exercise, students created their own gingerbread boys and girls. Then they wrote “lost” articles for their gingerbread character and wrote descriptive sentences to help readers locate it. In Social Studies, students read stories about different holiday traditions such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

     

    First Grade:

    First grade students began rough drafts of their first book. They are working on informative and non-fiction writing. In addition, they are continuing to read the novel, Charlotte’s Web, and identify elements of the story such as setting, characters, and plot. In math, they are practicing place value and counting by tens. In social studies, students are learning about maps and globes.

    Lower Elementary

    Students are excelling during differentiated reading and math centers since their launch in October. For phonics practice, they have individualized reading/spelling lists that they practice the whole week and are tested each Friday. They are focusing primarily on skills ranging from ending blends such as -ing, -ong, and -ung to suffixes such as -ly and -ily. In addition, they are practicing their reading fluency skills such as volume, tone and pace to prepare for updated reading fluency assessments after winter break.

    They are also discussing story elements while reading classic holiday stories such as The Polar Express. During Math, students are working on developing fluency of their mental addition skills. To reach this goal, they plan to use models, mental math and a hundreds chart to help add two-digit numbers.

     

    Upper Elementary

    Students finished up their unit on forces and motion. In math, 4th grade students are practicing pattern recognition. They are also learning the meaning of division. 5th grade students are practicing subtraction with decimals. In science, students are learning to measure and compare objects and materials based on their physical properties including: mass, shape, volume, color, hardness, texture, odor, taste, and attraction to magnets. In reading, they are focusing on non-fiction, reading works about earthquakes and historical fiction.

     

     

  • 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.

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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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