First Assessments In October:
October is first-assessment month. Assessments are not tests, but rather a tool teachers and staff use to to see where each child is right now, in their physical and cognitive development, to allow them to create individualized lesson plans and projects. Our assessment is an observation tool, meaning teachers observe each child in their classroom setting and assess their development across several areas or domains. We start each child's school year off with an assessment in order to clearly see what they have already mastered and where they need teacher "scaffolding" and support. The assessments tell us what to put in our daily lessons and centers. The same assessment is run again in the spring to ensure we have supported student growth in all needed areas.
We are celebrating Halloween with costumes, a parade inside the school, pictures and an afternoon Halloween party on Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting right after nap (about 2:30 p.m.). Children can wear their costumes all day and families can bring in store-bought treats to share (no nuts, please!). Parents are also encouraged to attend the party and have some fun!
During the entire Halloween season, no scary costumes or scary masks are allowed in the school by anyone at any time. Not even for pick up, not by parents or siblings, etc. Thank you for protecting our little guys!
Dias de los Muertos:
This important holiday is actually a time to remember our ancestors. It is a lovely holiday observed in many Latin cultures to honor loved ones whom have passed on. Here in preschool, we will focus on our ancestors and not so much on those whom have passed on. However, you may have a family pet that has passed and this would be a lovely way to honor their memory. Talk to your child's teacher if you would like to contribute to our school's memorial altar with pictures or artifacts.