Weekly News - Jan 7th - 11th

January 11, 2019
  • 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 enjoyed exploring wordless books while the instructors discussed images. As they read, teachers encouraged children to examine each page while pointing out familiar people and objects. Using cookie cutters, children played with shapes to learn about spatial relationships. With balls they practiced their skills of grasping and throwing. In art, they painted with leaves on paper.


    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls enjoyed singing songs such as the “Snowman Song.” They played with puzzles that encouraged new vocabulary development, and practiced telling stories as they played with baby dolls. They danced and clapped as they identified beats, and they practiced identifying parts of the their bodies. Using counting books and toy animals, they explored numbers and counting. While outside, they improved gross motor skills as they balanced and climbed in the courtyard. In art, they drove toy cars through paint to make creative designs as they demonstrated the contrast between push and pull.



    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls explored the theme of Polar Animals this week. They discussed snow and sang songs like, “Have you ever seen a penguin?” Children had opportunities to play and touch ice blocks, while experiencing first hand the concept of frozen. Using sticks, cotton balls and Q-Tips, children built houses for their polar bears. They played color matching games, and using sponges dipped in white paint, white feathers, black feet, and googly eyes, they made snowy scenes and creatures.


    Preschool Community


    Tawny Owls

    For the next two weeks, Tawny Owls will be enjoying a winter theme. They’ll be reading the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, and engaging in activities that involve mittens, coats, scarves, and snow. While practicing their letters, they will play games such as mitten match, and in math, they will incorporate the theme by measuring how many mittens tall they are. Tawny Owl instructors are looking to borrow a snow cone machine to make “real” snowballs with the children, so please contact Miss Leslie or Miss Callie if you have a machine to lend.


    Spotted Owls

    Spotted Owls focused on the letter S and the number 13 this week. They practiced making the S sound phonetically, writing it, and identifying objects and words that start with it. They practiced counting to 100, reviewed shapes, and read books like One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler. With dice, they practiced counting and with craft objects such as cotton balls, gems, and beads they built snowmen. In addition, students learned characteristics of snowflakes and discussed ice crystals. They also folded paper and cut out snowflakes; and with white paint, they made winter trees.


    Elementary Community



    With prompting and support, kindergarten students are learning to identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. In writing, they are practicing the skill of recalling information from experiences or gathering information from provided sources to answer a question.

     In math, students are working with addition and subtraction within 10 to solve word problems. Using objects, drawings, and equations with symbols, they are identifying the unknown numbers to represent math problem. In science, students are making observations about repeated pattern in nature such as day and night.


    First Grade:

    Students practiced writing paragraphs using story starters. They also practiced writing paragraphs that include introductory sentences, three details, and concluding sentences. They read the story, Hello Goodbye Dog and identified the key details. In math, they discussed and worked with place value such as ones and tens. In writing, they utilized adjectives and demonstrated writing organized stories. For science and social studies, students are getting hands on with maps and globes as they are developing their understanding of map keys, cardinal directions, and legends, especially as it relates to Florida.


    Lower Elementary

    In the lower elementary class, students learned about New Year’s resolutions, and they discussed the importance of goal setting. Exploring their own resolutions, they brainstormed ways to improve their upcoming year. Ideas such as sleeping better, eating healthy, volunteering, and doing acts of kindness were discussed as viable personal and classroom goals. In reading and writing, they interviewed peers and took time to creatively write narratives about their own goals for 2019. In math, 2nd grade students practiced mental subtraction strategies, and 3rd grade students continued their practice of factors and multi-step word problems. Students also started a science unit on space and discussed aspects of the sun, stars, and gravity.


    Upper Elementary

    Upper elementary students jumped right into 2019 by exploring characteristics of the Solar System such as planets, moons, the galaxy, gas, asteroids, comets, dust, and stars. They compared and contrasted planets, and they learned how to identify the Milky Way. In social studies, students investigated the motives and routes of European explorers. In math, students gained a familiarity with factors and multiples. They also practiced solving real world problems involving division of unit fractions. Using concrete models and drawings, students also used addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals to the hundredths.  

  • Things To Come


    Collage Open House for New Families

    January 17th
    9:00 am – 10:00 pm
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    If you have friends or family interested in becoming part of the Collage Community, we’re hosting an Open House on January 17th. New families interested in 2019 enrollment, are encouraged to attend in order to tour our lovely campus and become better acquainted with our programs.


    Literacy Week

    January 28th – February 1st

    Literacy Week has been schedule by Just Read Florida for the week of January 28th.  Special thanks to Kristen Walker for assisting with the organization. Here are the events:

    Monday- Mismatch Monday

    • Students wear mismatched clothes
    • In class they will compare and contrast stories (fiction and non-fiction)

    Tuesday- Tacky Tuesday Socks

    • Students wear their favorite socks
    • Students bring in and read aloud their favorite book

    Wednesday-Wonderful Wednesday (Spring Picture Day)

    • Students bring in and read wacky books
    • Guest visit from the author Keith Roman (More Details to come)

    Thursday- Thoughtful Thursday (Spring Picture Day)

    • Dress your best
    • Learn about poetry and letters

    Friday-  Flashlight Friday

    • Students wear PJS
    • Students read by flash light as if camping
    • How many minutes can we read? (School accumulation)


    Readings with Keith Lawrence Roman

    January 30th

    Collage is thrilled to host children’s author Keith Lawrence Roman. Students and parents will have an opportunity to hear a reading, participate in a Q & A, purchase books, and have books signed by the award-winning author. 

    9am: Pre-K to Kindergarten
    10:10 am: 1st to 3rd grade
    11:25 am: 4th to 6th grade

    *Please remember the guest author readings will be held in the multi-purpose room, so elementary students should plan to eat their lunches in their classrooms or in the courtyard that day.


    SAT Testing for grades 3 & up

    April 1st

    It’s that time of year again to assess student progress. Student assessments are a vital resource for parents and teachers. Data from assessments helps us better identify strengths and struggles in order to design individualized education plans. Please prepare for two weeks of testing.


    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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