Hugabug Newsletter September 2018
The new school year kicked off to a great start with Open House on Thursday,
August 16th. Many families
and children attended this event and got the opportunity to explore their new
classrooms and meet their teachers. Some
of the children even had the opportunity to make the Kissing Hand craft, which
helped prepare for first day of school separation. Ms. Warren who teaches
Spanish was in attendance as well to highlight one of the many enrichment
programs UNF Preschool has to offer this semester.
Our teachers and staff are excited to be
starting the school year on a fresh start as well! During the last few weeks our staff members
have attended trainings on ELLM, our phonological awareness curriculum, as well
as in First aid and CPR. We also had the
opportunity to train with Dr. Stanley at MOCA on art, music and drama
integration into our curriculum and we visited the STEM lab for ideas on how to
implement more science, math and technology into our lessons. The goal of these
trainings was to prepare our teachers for the upcoming school year with new
ideas for their classrooms and to prepare them for any emergency situation that
could potentially arise in our preschool program.
In our ELLM Curriculum this
month we learned about and read the story Corduroy Goes to School. We learned
about starting school and making new friends. Children in the month of August
also began the skill of practicing how to recognize and begin writing their
names. In the Manatees classroom the children used magnet letters and their
picture name cards to learn the letters in their names.
ELLM Plus Early Literacy and Learning Model
ELLM Books of the Month
- My Amazing Body By: Pat Thomas- This lively picture
book explores the importance of a good diet and plenty of exercise and
encourages kids to make positive decisions about caring for themselves.
- My Five Senses By: Margaret Miller- This
book explores the joyful wonders of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch.
- Get Up and Go! By: Nancy Carlson- Vibrant, fun-filled illustrations and an
encouraging text explain the many great reasons to exercise, from making new
friends to going new places, or just because it’s good for your body.
- My Plate and You By: Gillia M. Olson-This
book will help children learn the basics of MyPlate to help them make good food and activity
for the Month
All About Me, Our Amazing Bodies,
Healthy Choices and Five Senses.
Catch: A fun physical & healthy activity of the Month you can do at home with
Activity Name: Paint the Bubble
Equipment: 1 Hoop and 1
Juggling scarf (substitute scarf with paper towel)
- Ask child if they have ever played with a bubbles. Ask, “What happens when the bubble touches
- Tell the child to imagine their plastic hoop is giant
bubble. They are standing inside and are
going to “paint” their bubbles.
- Invite them to pretend their scarf is their paintbrush and
that they can paint the inside of their bubble whatever color they would like.
- Encourage the child to paint high, low, and all the way
This activity is great for working on personal space to be
mindful of where the child is versus the people around them.
NAEYC For Families
NAEYC for Families offers articles, information, and resources
for parents with young children. Topics include behavior and development, play,
math, literacy, science, nutrition and safety. Current articles include tips
about using baking to teach math at home and advice on taking your child to a
Social Emotional Development: Conscious Discipline
To help your
child self- regulate and learn useful skills when they are upset and need a
minute to calm down here is one effective conscious discipline approach that
you can teach and model at home. It is
also a breathing model we use here at the UNF Preschool to teach children how
to handle their emotions.
- Be a
- Take a deep
Along with being
a star we can also teach our children to think the following phrase. I am Safe. Keep breathing. I can handle this. Check out the
Conscious Discipline website, for Discipline tips and support for your
family at home. They regular 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 September
3rd for Labor Day and September 7th for staff training.
- Enrichment Classes: Enrichment classes begin the week of September
10th. Signup sheets and more information are available at the front
- Parent Organization Meeting: Please join us for our first meeting on
September 19th from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the front office.
computers: We have parent check in/out computers in
every classroom as well as the front office.
Please make sure to check your child in and out every day when you come
into the school. If you have a family
member who picks up often, please let them know we can assign codes to them as
books: Order forms were sent home in the classrooms this
month. If you would like to purchase
books for you child, please order them online or return the form with a check.
The due date is September 14th.
Assessment: Period #1 will begin this month. Once scores have been calculated we will
share that information with parents.
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