Weekly News - Jan 14th - 18th

January 18, 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 Owlets enjoyed sensory containers, where they explored bins of sand with cups of water and wet sponges. Children were invited to examine shapes as instructors identified the names of the shapes. They were encouraged to sit unsupported for ten seconds, and while playing with their toys, they practiced their balance. In addition, some students worked towards pulling up into a standing position. Children were also encouraged to regulate their emotions. While outdoors, they observed the sounds of birds and the colors on the birds’ wings.


    Bay Owls (12-24 Months)

    Bay Owls sang the ABC song. They also read winter-themed stories and poems that encouraged them to count. To motivate conversational skills, they made pretend phone calls with toy telephones. Then children were encouraged to talk with one another. Using buckets of water, they observed objects that sink and float. They practiced their use of positional words using foam blocks; and using toy cars, they explored the concepts of fast and slow. They practiced climbing skills, danced in Music and Movement class, and enjoyed bubbles on the playground. While outside, they also made observations about the various colors in the sky, clouds, and trees.



    Barn Owls (18-36 Months)

    Barn Owls focused on the theme of cold weather and snowmen. They read the story, Snowy Day and discussed what you wear in the cold and the various activities enjoyed in snow. In counting exercises, they counted snowmen and other winter-themed objects. They also practiced conversational skills during class discussions. Children enjoyed painting with dry materials, water, and sponges dipped in blue paint. Using paint frozen in ice, children also explored how ice could be used creatively to make designs.


    Preschool Community


    Tawny Owls

    Tawny Owls enjoyed a snowballs theme this week. They discussed playing with snow and used their snowball theme to identify the front, back, top, and bottom of literary texts. After reading aloud, they practiced conversational skills by discussing the feelings of characters. They also identified spaces and punctuation marks in sentences. While playing the game, Shake then Freeze, they explored new vocabulary. In addition, they practiced writing their names in shaving foam and pretended it was snow. They used ice cubes to practice counting, and they made predictions about melted ice as they observed ice puddles. They got hands-on with snow slime, and they used various craft items to create handmade snowballs.


    Spotted Owls

    Spotted Owls focused on the letters M & O and the numbers 14 & 15. They created lists of words beginning with the letters of the week and drew pictures of their favorite M & O objects. Using Play-Doh, they sculpted M’s and designed M’s using craft sticks. This week, they also discussed the Civil Right’s leader Martin Luther King Jr. Spotted Owls are working on improving language and social/emotional skills. For example, they discussed the importance of making eye contact when speaking with others. They also explored the concept of opposites. In math, they explored the value of money, and on Friday, they celebrated the 100th day of school. In STEAM they learned how to make dull pennies shiny, and in correlation to their opposite theme, they read the story, Hottest, Coldest, Tallest, Deepest by Steve Jenkins.


    Elementary Community



    To distinguish shades of meaning and word connotations, they discussed verbs and their synonyms. For example, by acting out the meaning of words such as walk, march, strut, and prance, they illustrated the slight differences of each work. In math, they described the measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. In science, they made observations about the Moon.


    First Grade:

    First grade students wrapped up reading the novel Charlotte’s Web. They practiced identifying story elements such as characters, setting, and plot. They also practiced conversational skills suck as listening and turn taking. In honor of the 100th day of school, they wrote paragraphs where they imagined themselves at 100 years old. In their writing, they emphasized writing introductory and concluding sentences, as well as including three main details. They also enjoyed building with 100 red solo cups, building with marshmallows, and making a 100-theme quilt. In math, they worked on place value and counting from 1 to 120. They also counted by tens using food items. In social studies, they worked with maps of Florida and identified the state’s capital as well as the surrounding bodies of water.


    Lower Elementary

    Lower elementary students focused on long vowels this week. They enjoyed special activities to celebrate the 100th day of school, for example, they wrote creatively about things they would like if they were 100 years old. In math, 2nd grade students practiced mental subtraction strategies, while 3rd grade students finished their unit on factors and multi-step word problems. They also practiced multiplying using 3 digit numbers. In science and social studies, students continued learning about space, with a special emphasis on the sun, stars, and gravity. Students wrapped up a great week by enjoying a field trip to MOSH.


    Upper Elementary

    Upper elementary students continued learning about objects in the Solar System. They explored the characteristics of the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. After research, they compared and contrasted the properties of inner and outer planets.

    In literature, they analyzed how visual and multimedia elements contributed to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text. They explored graphic novels, multimedia presentations of fiction, folktales, myths, and poem. They also discussed the use of figurative language such as metaphors and similes. In social studies, students synthesized information related to Florida history through print and electronic media. They identified explorers who came to Florida and the motivations for their expeditions. They also described the causes and effects of European colonization on the Native American tribes of Florida.

    In math, students performed operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths. They also practiced geometric measurement and discussed the concepts of volume as it relates to multiplication and to addition. In writing, students practiced writing opinion pieces, which they supported with evidence. As they wrote, they particularly focused on the use of logical reasoning and writing concluding paragraphs.


  • Things To Come


    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.

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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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