Leddy Preschool Room 12
Welcome to Leddy Preschool Room 12
My name is Mrs. Loreen Carr and I will be your child’s preschool teacher this year. Mrs. Melanie Carr is the classroom assistant. We are looking forward to getting to know you and working with your child. “Mr. Paul,” our custodian and other workers have been very busy during the summer preparing our school building and grounds for us and we are excited to be back!! I have included some important information in this welcome letter.
We do not provide snack. All children need to bring a small snack to school every day. This may include a drink box, small bottled water, crackers, fruit, yogurt, etc. Healthy snacks are strongly encouraged. This classroom has been designated a peanut-free classroom. This means that there will be no foods or food items allowed in the classroom containing peanuts or peanut-related products. When selecting your child’s daily snack, please keep this in mind. (*If a snack is mistakenly sent in that does contain peanuts, it will be substituted for a peanut-free snack.) Also, please do not send in glass bottles or soda. Occasionally we may cook, so please let me know immediately if your child is allergic to any foods - it is very important that I know if there is something that your child should not have. Thank you!
Learning can sometimes be messy. We encourage the children to explore, create and experience learning through a variety of activities. Please keep this in mind when dressing your child for school. The children will be taken outside for play whenever possible. They need clothes and shoes that are safe and appropriate for active play. A large part of early development is to encourage self-help skills and foster independence. Allow your child to wear comfortable outfits. This makes bathroom time easier for your child.
Please send in a change of clothes (labeled with your child’s name), that can be left in your child’s backpack. Even though your child may be toilet trained, past experience indicates that accidents can and do happen. Bathroom mishaps, illness and spills can require your child to change outfits. If your child needs diapers, pull-ups, wipes, etc., we ask that you provide these items as well.
Each child needs to bring a backpack to school EVERY day. This is to carry home papers, library books, school-made creations, etc. Please be sure to send a standard-sized backpack, not a tiny one! The backpack needs to be big enough to hold a pocket folder. Please write your child’s name clearly on the inside of the backpack. It is very important to check your child’s backpack and folder EVERY night. Please take out any papers and notes. Return forms as necessary.
Regular attendance is very important – it is essential to a child’s success in school. Children are expected to be in school every day, unless they are very ill. Parents are strongly encouraged to take family vacations during scheduled school vacations. If your child will be absent from school, please call us at (508)821-1275. When returning to school, please send in a note with your child explaining the absence. Also, if there are any changes to your child’s information (e.g., address, telephone number, etc.), please let the classroom and office know.
Your child will receive two pick-up tags. To pick up your child, you MUST have the pick-up tag. If you forget your tag, you will be asked to go to the office and show proof with a license or photo ID for a temporary tag. Please make sure you are on time to pick up your child.
All children who ride the bus/van are required to wear a harness. The bus driver cannot leave his/her seat to do this, so a responsible adult must make sure your child is clipped safely in the van. If your child is not taking the bus home, please send in a note or call the office.
We have many fun and interesting themes and activities planned for this year. Our curriculum is called OWL (Opening the World of Learning). This is a comprehensive program, meaning it covers all areas, including literacy, math, social studies, science and writing. Additionally, OWL encourages children to explore, experiment and play as they develop academically, socially and emotionally. The students will also be exposed to the Telian Lively Letters program. It uses cues, music with letters embedded as characters into pictures to help develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills. Additionally, teachers have been trained in the techniques of Handwriting Without Tears, which will also be incorporated in the classroom. (The Handwriting Without Tears printing program draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for the classroom. Research shows that children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning. )
Homework is an important part of student life in the Taunton Public Schools and it begins at the preschool level. The pre-k children will be bringing weekly homework packets home to work on. The skills addressed will reinforce what is worked on in the classroom and help prepare the children for kindergarten. Please assist your child in doing the activities every day/night. The packets should be signed and returned at the end of the week. It is expected that all pre-k students will complete and return their homework.
You will notice that there is a symbol next to your child’s name on his/her cubby, coat hook, name cards, etc. These are objects/items that begin with the first sound of your child’s first name. They are used, in part because many of the young children cannot yet recognize their name, but mainly because we are trying to reinforce sound-symbol association. The pictures may be faded away (eliminated) over time.
Our classroom will go to the school library once a week. The children will be able to take out one book and they are to be returned the following week. Students will not be allowed to take out a new book until their book is returned.
When children bring their special toys to school, these toys may accidentally get lost or broken; therefore, I ask that children leave their toys at home. If there is something that your youngster would like to share with the class, please send me a note.
Birthdays are such important days for young children. I want your child to feel very special. Parents are asked to send a reminder note on your child’s birthday to be sure that his or her special day is celebrated. (This is particularly important in case the teacher were absent that day.) On your child’s birthday, I invite you to come to school and read your youngster’s favorite book or share some other experience (e.g., an arts & crafts activity/project) with the class. If you are unable to come, you may send the special book with a note indicating that your child has chosen this book to be read on his or her birthday. If your family does not celebrate birthdays, please let me know. We want to be very sure to respect the values and traditions of each family in our class.
As parents, you are the most important teachers in the life of your child. Research consistently shows parental involvement to be the most important element in a child’s academic success. Parents are an important part of our program. I truly believe that education is a shared responsibility and that we are a team, working together to be sure that your child has a happy and successful year in preschool. You are always welcome!
Parent Volunteers are encouraged to help in all areas of the school – e.g., PTU and School Council positions are available, as well as volunteers in the classroom to share a special story, craft or activity with the children. If you think you would like to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone a field trip, you will need a CORI Check. Please complete a form in the school office.
At-home volunteers are always needed for projects/activities throughout the year as well, for parents who are unavailable during school hours.
Your child is very important to me. If you have any questions or concerns at any time during the school year, please do not hesitate to call the school at (508) 821-1275 or jot down a note and put it in your child’s folder. I can also be reached by email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: I usually check my email first thing in the morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. Please do not rely on email for time-sensitive/urgent messages.)
We are looking forward to getting to know you and your child. We are going to have a fun-filled and productive year of learning!
*Remember: “Each day we want your child to take home a little knowledge in his head, a lot of love in his heart; but not necessarily anything in his hand.”
Mrs. Loreen Carr and Mrs. Melanie Carr
Ms. Loreen Carr
September 5 - No School - Labor Day
September 28 - No School - Diagnostic Day