This Week…

This Week in PKA

What a busy week. The main theme of this week was the ARCTIC…and learning and preparing for our play.

Monday was filled with fun facts. We wrote in our journals about what you may see in the Arctic. We read stories about Lars, the little polar bear, Arctic adventures and in the afternoon, reviewed the anatomy of a polar bear by decorating polar bear cookies. Each child created their own yummy snack by spreading white icing over the bear. Then each child added black eyes, nose and claws. Some even added a black tongue. Then we feasted on the yummy cookies.

Tuesday was BOOK FAIR! PKA enjoyed the Assembly featuring Kate and Jules Feiffer. We listened to how they create stories and Jules Feiffer illustrated his retelling of Bark George! Then we saw Kate Feiffer’s inspiration for Henry, the Dog without a Tail, pictures of her own dog, Henry. At the end of the Assembly, we were lucky enough to have our picture taken with these two incredible authors (and illustrator, Jules illustrates Kate’s books;). We are waiting to read their next book, due out in April, called Which Puppy? This picture book is based on the Obama’s search for a puppy for the White House! It looks fantastic. Then we went to the Book Fair and selected books from the wonderful selection. A big thanks to Janet Bortnick, who was in charge of the book fair.

Wednesday we continued to work hard in our handwriting journals and practiced the correct way to make that tricky letter “S”. We reminded the class to start with the magic “C”…which helps them from making a reversal. Wednesday we worked on our narrative language skills by reading a story, going over it and making a beginning, middle and end entry. We practiced first by making a class entry with the story, Counting Crocodiles. Then we read Lars, the Little Polar Bear and the Brave Hare. Then each child went back and drew a picture of something from the beginning, middle and the end of the story. After the picture was complete, the child dictated the summary of the book, as much as they remembered. This is a fabulous way to increase our narrative language skills.

Thursday we spent the day exploring the pattern blocks and Arctic manipulatives. It’s so much fun watching the imaginations of these young children and how they create games and pretend they are in the Arctic. We worked on our play lines and finished our costumes…we are going to be the cutest polar bears EVER! At snack on Thursday we wished Noah a very Happy 5th Birthday and we celebrated his big day by eating delicious Sesame Street cupcakes! Thank you NOAH!

Friday we watched a penguin movie with KC. Then the orange group went to math lab and the yellow group worked with pattern blocks. After replicating some patterns, the class worked together and created a fabulous design. Check out the pictures on the blog!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
• Starting next week, every afternoon we will be working with KC, practicing the play, creating props etc… The teachers are being interviewed for FCS Directions, spring issue, next week, so please check out the article when you get your next issue!
• Bake Sale is Monday, March 16th. Please, we need each of you to make 1-2 dozen baked goods. If you don’t want to bake, please consider buying munchkins and wrapping them up in a baggie for us to sell. All money will go to the World Wildlife Fund, which supports many Arctic animals.

• PKA will make Arctic cards next Friday afternoon. These cards will be sold at our play on March 12th. Please consider buying these cards, 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00; that’s cheaper than Hallmark! Cards that are not purchased will then be offered to the teachers of FCS for the same price. We want to give you, the PKA families, first chance to buy!
• The play is Thursday, March 12th at 1:30 in the gym. PLEASE SEND IN ALL WHITE COSTUME CLOTHING BY MONDAY!!! NEEDED: ONE PAIR OF WHITE PANTS, ONE WHITE SHIRT OR WHITE SWEAT-SHIRT.
• Please contact Janie if you would like to help out with the play party.
• Let us know if you would like the PKA Memory DVD, which will capture the entire play, have music, sound effects and a picture montage at the end. This is a priceless memory that is a must have. The cost is $40.00 and checks should be made out to dmcMultimedia.
• Conference reminders went out via email and in backpacks. If you have not signed up, please do so soon. Evaluations will continue throughout March.
• The last day of school for PKA before spring break is March 17th. School reopens on Tuesday, March 31st.
• Next field trip is April 16th. Ashley (Ella’s mom) and Bob (Mabret’s dad) are scheduled to join us.
• Parent volunteers are needed for the last trip to the Art Museum on Tuesday, June 2.

Have a great weekend. Many children in the Lower School are getting sick. We are reminding each child to wash their hands frequently. If your child is complaining about a stomach ache or has a fever, please keep him/her home. We don’t want anyone else getting sick…especially at this important play production time…

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