Note From The Teachers


This month we start a new unit of study “Plants". Our students will move from exploring the properties and uses of water to observing and learning about different kinds of plants. This unit, like all Pre-K for All units, provides opportunities for children to observe objects and phenomena in their environment with increasing complexity, and apply knowledge and skills learned in previous units. Activities throughout the unit prompt children to learn about plants through hands-on explorations and provide opportunities to observe plants in their immediate environment.


In this unit of study, students will learn


  • Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
  • Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live
  • Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live.
  • Plants are all around us.
  • There are many different types of plants.
  • Plants are important for many reasons.

Our focus questions will be:
  • What are plants?
  • What do plants need and where do we find them?
  • What are some different kinds of plants?
  • Why are plants important?

This month we will start a new unit of study “Babies”. In this unit your child will develop a concept and awareness of the needs and characteristics of different kinds of animal and human babies. The study of babies has high interest and relevance for children in Pre-K, as many of them have experiences with younger children or babies in their daily lives.


To enhance this unit of study we have arranged to have a Chick Hatching Program at our school. This hands on experience will help deepen our students understanding and learning during our Babies and Transformation Units.


In this unit of study, students will learn:

  • Human babies need special food and care to grow.
  • Animal babies need special food and care to grow.
  • All babies grow.
  • There are similarities and differences in the ways babies are cared for.
  • There are similarities and differences in the way humans and animals raise their babies.

Our focus questions will be:

• What do human babies need?

• What can we learn about animal babies?

• How do babies change?


Music with Miss Shannon


In music class this month, students will be exploring the piano, ukulele, and handbells. During small group work, students will begin to learn how to play the C chord on the ukulele, how to play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the piano, and how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” using handbells.  This early exposure to musical instruments and musical notation will prepare students for advanced study of musical instruments in elementary school.


Books We Will Read


Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers: Every day, everywhere babies are born.


Stellaluna by Janell Cannon: Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds.


Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats: The meadow is bustling with activity.


When I Was Little: A Four Year-Olds Memoir of her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis: A celebration of self.


Exciting News!


We have received our baby chicks and eggs. They will be joining us for the next 3 weeks. Please feel free to visit them in Room 113.


Reminders


-The school day begins at 8:10 AM. Please try to get your child to school on time to ensure a smooth morning transition.

-All adults entering the school building must have valid ID.

-The last day to complete or mail the NYC School Survey is March 23, 2018. 


ATTENTION


Strollers will no longer be permitted to be brought to the classrooms due to safety concerns for all students. You are welcome to park your stroller in the lobby.


Looking Ahead


June 1st-Parents as Learning Partners Special Event (Movement Residency Celebration)


June 6th- Parent Workshop -Preparing Your Child Emotionally for Kindergarten Success; 8:30AM


June 7th and June 11th- Pre-K Non Attendance Day


June 13th- Carnival


June 14th – Donuts With Dad


June 15th – No School (EID al- Fitr)


June 21st – Stepping Up Ceremony


June 26th – Last Day of School – Half Day



  • A big THANK YOU to Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Alexander Davis for visiting our Pre-K center. We had a blast learning about the bassoon, and singing and dancing with you!
    A big THANK YOU to Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Alexander Davis for visiting our Pre-K center. We had a blast learning about the bassoon, and singing and dancing with you!
  • Lots of fun at the Bread Making Workshop!
    Lots of fun at the Bread Making Workshop!
  • The officers brought their police car to enhance our unit of study on "Transportation". They let us explore the car and try out the siren. We had lots of fun!
    The officers brought their police car to enhance our unit of study on "Transportation". They let us explore the car and try out the siren. We had lots of fun!
  • As part of our "All About Us" unit, children and their families participated in a Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration. Families shared traditional food from their cultures, and we explored how our different cultures make us unique and special. Thank you to all of our families who came and celebrated with us!
    As part of our "All About Us" unit, children and their families participated in a Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration. Families shared traditional food from their cultures, and we explored how our different cultures make us unique and special. Thank you to all of our families who came and celebrated with us!
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
A big THANK YOU to Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Alexander Davis for visiting our Pre-K center. We had a blast learning about the bassoon, and singing and dancing with you!
A big THANK YOU to Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Alexander Davis for visiting our Pre-K center. We had a blast learning about the bassoon, and singing and dancing with you!
IMPORTANT DATES
@ 4th AVENUE
May 1st
Parent Engagement
2:30pm-3:10pm
May 4th
Parents as Learning Partners
8:10am-9:00am
May 8th
Traveling Zoo
Parent Engagement 2:30pm-3:10pm
May 11th
Muffins with Mom 
Celebrate with us at 8:10am
May 15th
Parent Engagement 
2:30pm-3:10pm
May 22nd
Parent Engagement 
2:30pm-3:10pm
May 23
Parent Teacher Conference 
Group Sessions:
5pm OR 6:30pm
May 25th
Mystery Reader
May 28th
Memorial Day 
No School
May 29th 
Art Residency Celebration 
Parent Engagement 
2:30pm-3:10pm
LITTLE BROOKLYN PRE-K CENTER
25th STREET (Z108)  LOCATION

219 25TH STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11232
718-840-2840
Vera Kaiser
Site Coordinator
Nicole Porcelli
Teacher - Class 115
Michelle MacDougal
Assistant Teacher- Class 115
Jennifer Capellan
Teacher- Class 117
Glenda Hoffman
Assistant Teacher- Class 117
Jennifer Sabouni
Teacher- Class 119
Judy Cevallos- Hernandez
Teacher- Class 119
Patricia Aubin- Ravelin
Assistant Teacher- Class 119
Rachel Seemongal- Pantin
Assistant Teacher- Class 119
Shannon Hara 
Art Teacher
Annie Chang
Assistant Teacher
Evita Hernaez
Speech Language Therapist