Hugabug Newsletter August 2018
Happy New School Year! We are excited to
be kicking off the new 2018-2019 school year.
We would like to say a special welcome to all of our new children and
families. This summer the children have
been participating in several fun and educational activities that relate to the
curriculum. We also had many special visitors who came to read or speak to the
children. One of our special visitors was Mrs. Maria Szymanski, the wife of
UNF’s president. We also had Ms. Sheila’s son, who is a firefighter, stop by
for community helpers week and the Police Chief came to read to our children
once a month.
Mud Day was one of the children’s favorite
activities this summer. They had fun making mud out of the coffee grounds that
were generously donated. Thank you to all who donated coffee grounds for this
day! Going to the Field House was also
one of the children’s favorite field trips of the summer. Children got to run, play, jump, throw
basketball hoops, and play structured games such as duck, duck, goose and red light green light.
August also brings the fun
summer day of Camping Day. Children
learned about how to camp by having tents set up in their classrooms as well as
by making pretend camp fires. On this day children got to make smores and
pretend to sleep under the stars during nap time. What a fun day to help round out the end of
ELLM Plus Early Literacy and Learning Model
ELLM Books of the Month
Corduroy Goes to
School By: B.G. Hennnesey- Reading this book will reassure children about
school and make them feel comfortable in their classrooms.
The Kissing Hand
By: Audrey Penn-This book will give children a sense of love and reassurance as
they begin school for the first time.
Concepts for the
Month: Friendship & Manners, Routines & Rituals, All about
- Friendship Curriculum- My Preschool By: Anne Rockwell
- ELLM Curriculum- Corduroy Goes to School By:
- ELLM Curriculum- The Kissing Hand By:
- Conscious Discipline- Shubert’s New Friend
- By: Dr. Becky A. Bailey
- Just for fun- The Night Before Preschool By: Natasha Wing
Catch: A fun physical & healthy activity of the Month you can do at home with
Activity Name: In & Out
Using a Hula hoop challenge your child to jump in and out of
the hoop in the following ways:
- Toward the front of
- Toward the back of
- All the way around
- In a sideward
- In a sideward direction,
all the way around the hoop
NAEYC For Families
The NAEYC for Families website at offers articles, information, and resources
for parents with young children. Topics include behavior and development, play,
math, literacy, science, nutrition and safety.
Social Emotional Development: Conscious Discipline
out the Conscious Discipline website for
discipline tips and support for your family at home. They regularly add new information and answer
questions that might arise.
We recognize the importance of parent involvement
as one of the critical elements of achieving the development of each child’s
feelings of self-worth, self-awareness, consideration for the welfare of
others, and the ability to share materials and ideas. The parent organization plans and organizes
family events and fundraisers throughout the year like the Fall Festival,
Family Picnics, Food Drive with Lend a Wing, and Teacher Appreciation Dinner.
Please consider volunteering your time to help with the parent organization.
The meetings will be held once a semester. Please join us for our first meeting
which will be held on Wednesday September 19th from 5-6 pm. We will
be planning events for the rest of the school year and we will also be electing
the following officers at our first meeting:
- Vice President
- Event Manager
Announcements and Reminders
- Dates Closed: UNF Preschool will be closed August 16th
and 17th for staff training.
- Open House: Thursday August
16th 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Please leave extra clothes in your child’s cubby in case of
accidents. Be sure to have extra shoes
as well. Children should wear closed
shoes every day to protect their feet from injury.
You must check your child in and out every day on the Procare computer
in the classrooms. Please stop by the office to set up your personal
codes. Anyone that is allowed to pick
your child up should set up their own personal codes. If you need help, please ask any of the staff
and they can walk you through the procedure of clocking in/out. If classroom staff are not available, please
stop by the office for assistance. If your child is a VPK student they are
required to attend from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.
- Enrichment Classes: Sign up for enrichment classes that
are offered at an additional fee. We currently offer Happy Feet ($90 for 12
weeks), Spanish with Ms. Margaret Warren ($70 for 10 weeks), Little Dancing
Stars ($80 for 9 weeks) and Music Class with A Finer Art ($90 for 10 weeks). Dates for each class still to be determined.
UNF Preschool Staff
- Director- Mahreen
- Assistant Director- Jessica Gonzalez
- Office Manager-
- Bear’s Teacher- Sheila Mastriana
- Dolphin’s Teacher- Nancy
- Cardinal’s Teacher- Marie Beattie
- Manatees Teacher- Ivory