Week of April 22, 2013
The students will take Nature Walks around the school neighborhood to build vocabulary and observe seasonal changes. They will also be on the lookout for various types of birds and small mammals. Please send your child to school with comfortable walking shoes each Wednesday, weather permitting.
You Are Invited to the Event with Musician and Author, Jim Gill
Join Title I/VPI Family Engagement Night on May 1st at
Spring Expeditionary Learning!!!
Field Trip to the National Zoo
What perfect weather! Our preschoolers went to the zoo on April 24th. The animals were in a great shape and greeted our preschoolers by chewing bamboo, clinging on the tree, hissing through the branches, tanning in the sun, and so on. They need a little more sleep, but it was fun.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program
The library has launched the1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program to VPI students. You can go to the library with your child and sign up. You will get a sheet with circles to get stamped. Your child gets credit for hearing a story and reading a story, even if it is the same story over and over. The library has prizes waiting for your child.
Assessments for Student’s Performance
Teachers will administer assessment in Language Arts, Math, and Oral Language Development during the next several weeks. The results will be shared with you at the spring parent teacher conference.
* Family Engagement Night with Jim Gill – May 1st,
* Early Release – May 24th, Friday. WSS Prep Day The students will be dismissed at 12:20.
* Memorial Day – May 27th, Monday, No School
* Upcoming Field Trip to
* Schoolyard Work Day – May 11, Saturday 9:00-12:00
Week of March 17, 2013
The unit 5, Things That Grow, has begun. The students explore how living things grow, using observations, experiments, and books. Through Story Time readings, the students hear about ducks who find a special home, a new baby on a farm, a boy who grows from babyhood to school age, and a girl who discovers the joys of growing vegetables. The students continue to learn about letters, sounds, and rhyming words, and participate in many other mathematics, science, music, music, poetry, music, and art activities. We hope that you will have a peaceful and productive spring break.
Conscious Discipline Strategies
VPI has adopted Conscious Discipline as the method to guide children's behavior and build social skills. Campbell's VPI teachers and assistants have now received hours of professional development in Conscious Discipline. This is a significant investment both in time and expense. We are doubling down on that investment by working to implement these methods in the classroom.
The ultimate goal is to turn the classroom from a place where the children are afraid of making a mistake to one where they are compassionately guided to make choices which are good for themselves and others. We'll be sharing these principles and parent tips in our newsletters so you can be on the same page and use Conscious Discipline to help your student make successful choices at school and at home.
Please consider sending your child to summer school. It will help them retain the knowledge learned at school during the school. The summer school will run from 8:00a.m to 11:00a.m, 07/08/12 through 08/08/12 at Campbell Elementary School. The summer school application is being accepted at the Campbell school office. The deadline for registration is May 10th.
Our eight week Spring Expeditionary Learning about Our World in Light and Shadow will begin the second week of April. The students will experience being without light on the very first day of EL. For the first two weeks, they are expected to recognize that there are different sources of lights and sort them by natural and man-made light. It will be a wonderful time for the children to become knowledgeable about light.
Upcoming Dates and Events
* March 25 – 29 Spring Break, No School
* April 8 Prek Spring Expeditionary Learning begins. The showcase will be on May 23.
* April 13 (Saturday) Schoolyard Work Day
Field Trip to
The students went to the
You have certainly noticed that your child has been learning so many things at school. It is hard for us to believe that the 100th day of school has already passed. It was such a big accomplishment for everyone. The students celebrated their special day in different ways.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on March 7th and 8th. There will be no school for the students during conferences. It will be a valuable time for both of us to get a better understanding about our children’s growth and development. The VPI team will appreciate you for immediately responding for the Parent-Teacher Conference date. If you have any changes, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. We will send you a reminder for your convenience.
Upcoming Dates and Events
February 27(Wednesday) - Author’s Visit(Kim Norman), Firefighter’s Visit
March 1(Friday) – Read Across
March 7,8(Thursday, Friday) –P/T Conferences, No school
March 10(Sunday) - Day Light Saving Times resumes. Set the clocks ahead 1 hour.
March 13(Wednesday) – Early Release, The students are dismissed at 12:20.
Dear Parents, Week of January 14, 2013
Our VPI team hopes everyone had a wonderful and restful break. We are looking forward to seeing the students succeed in the 2013 school year.
In language arts, the children are learning how they listen for sounds at the beginning of words. They sort pictures that offer a clear contrast (such as m and s) into two or more categories at a time. This picture sorting helps the English language learners build their vocabularies.
In math, many children are able to recognize patterns around them and create simple patterns in their drawings and with objects. Please help your child understand the concept of patterns, which are something repeating and find any patterns, such as AB, AABB, AAB, ABC, and so on in your environment.
PALS(Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) and DMA(Developmental Math Assessment)
Give Kids a Smile (Dental Day)
The children who are eligible will participate in Dental Day, on February 1st at the Medical Education Campus in
Keep Your Child Home for 24 Hours After Fever or Vomiting
The center for Disease Control says that there is a flu virus epidemic in the
In case of snow- in case of snow, ice or other unusual conditions, school officials may decide to close school, delay school opening, or send students home early. Parents and students are urged not to call schools. All area media outlets are notified in the event of school closings, delays and early dismissals.
Upcoming Dates and Events
January 18- Field Trip to the National Air and
January 21- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Holiday
February 6- Early Release (Wednesday) We dismiss the children at 12:25.
February 18 - No School, Presidents’ Day
Dear Parents, week of December 10, 2012
Thank you for coming to the Parent-Teacher Conferences. It was a precious time for both of us to get a better understanding about our children at school. We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
In Language and Literacy, the students are exploring wind and water using observations, experiments, and books to learn more about such topics as evaporation, weather, temperature, insulation, rain, and snow. In addition to listening to stories, the students learn about rhymes and identifying letters and sounds.
The photo on the left taken on the field trip to the Oxen Hill Farm We appreciate the chaperons who made our trip fun and safe.
The photo on the left taken on the field trip to the Oxen Hill Farm
We appreciate the chaperons who made our trip fun and safe.
Monday, December 24th – Wednesday, January 2nd
Children will come back to school on Thursday, January 3rd.
Pre-K PALS & DMA
After winter break students will receive the Pre-K PALS (literacy skill readiness screening) and the DMA (Developmental Mathematic Assessment) with Mr. Kim or Mr. Turner.
The New Curriculum Unit beginning this month is “Friends”. During this unit the children will be further encouraged to engage in conversations with each other and adults. Encouraging children to ask “Can I play, too?” or “Can I help, too?” opens up lots of play opportunities. We will be talking about friendship, how to be a good friend, and ways to resolve conflicts with friends. Through the Story Time books, the children will hear about the importance of being who you are, helping friends, enjoying special times together, and getting along.
• To everyone for returning the Share Books each day.
• To the parents who came along on the field trip.
• To all of you for sending your child to school everyday dressed for outdoor play.
Days to Remember
Field Trip Oxon Hill Farm Friday 11/16 departing at 9:30am
Thanksgiving Holiday 11/21-11/23, No School
Week of October 9th, 2012
Many children can now use our schedule cards to predict what will happen during their day at school. They are interpreting the icons and words of the schedule cards, combining that information with what they know about our school routine. Together, the icon, written words and context allow our children to give meaning to print. Is this reading? Well, not like adults read. But, it is an important step toward reading and it makes kids feel powerful about print. Your child can do this at home and even in the car by “reading” labels and signs.
Here are some tips to help your child develop math concepts. Math activities for preschoolers are everywhere: They count stairs as they go up or down, help you measure ingredients as you cook, classify their toys into groups, set the table with exactly one of each item for each person, and notice the shapes of boxes and cans at the store. The most powerful math activities for preschoolers are often "hidden" inside children's play. For example, children classify objects (stacking blocks by shape or sorting them by color); measure things ("This cloth isn't big enough to cover the table"); count just about anything (coins, candy, people, toys, and so on); transform objects (stretching dough and making a flat circular shape); recognize patterns and shapes (building a symmetrical structure by putting a two unit block over two blocks)
Fall Expeditionary Learning: We are Here - Community
The fall Expeditionary Learning launches this week. The students start to look around the
Westover Community Wednesday 11/1 9:30-1:00
Take a walk through a community of shop keepers, restauranteurs, bankers, librarians, mail carriers, barbers, pharmasists and meet people from all over the world.
Oxen Hill Farm Thursday 11/16 9:30-1:30
Come down to the farm to milk a cow, feed the chikens, go on a hay ride and learn how people and animals depend on each other in this rural community.
Early Release 10/24 Wednesday – Students dismiss at 12:20
Mr. Turner & Mrs. Kim
Week of September 24, 2012
VPI team is very excited about the coming year and look forward to working with you and your child. Our Home Visits have been such valuable times to build the relationship with the families. We appreciate your time to make it happen. We would especially like to thank many families that came to Back to School Night.
The last couple of weeks the children spent a lot of time getting to know each other, learning how to be a preschooler, how to follow rules, and most of all adjusting to a new environment. Here are a few highlights to help you know what to expect in the weeks ahead:
The Unit I in OWL(Opening the World of Learning) is about family. Your child may enjoy visiting a local library and borrowing more books about family! The children are learning to use their oral language in play situations and to tell wants and needs. They are also working on how to handle books and share a story with a friend.
Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Courduroy by Don Freeman
The Letters on Your Child’s Name
Recognizing the letters on their own names and the beginning sound of it is a very powerful way for the children to learn letters and sounds. Please help your child remember the letters on his/her name. If your child knows all letters in his/her name, help your child work on the sound in each letter in the name.
Your child brings a VPI Share Book home and it may be read by you. After reading a book, please put it in the folder provided and bring it back to school next school day. However, your child brings a library book home without the folder one day.
Things to do while reading with your child
Ø Model how you put your finger under each word as you read the story
Ø Ask a few questions for comprehension and ask what might happen next
October 8th- Columbus Day, No school
October 9th- Expeditionary Learning Kick-off Day
October 24-Early Release, Students are dismissed at 12:20pm.
Our field trips are coming. We let you know the dates in advance.
Mr. Turner & Mrs. Kim
Welcome to VPI program at
We are very pleased to have your precious children in our classes.We inform you that there are several things that you are expected to rememberor respond to as soon as possible.
2. Yourchild needs an extra pair of clothesin case of an accident. Please put a shirt, pants, underwear, and socks in theplastic bag and write your child’s name on it.
4. Weshare the school supplies that yourchild brings through this school year. Please put the school supplies in thebag and write your child’s name on it, but not on each item.
5.Your child will bring home the Thursdayfolder every Thursday. Take all papers out of the folder for reading andput only the forms that need your response back in the folder. Your child needsto bring the folder on Friday.
6. Promptly,we start school at 08:00 everymorning. It is important for the children to begin the morning meeting at thesame time all together. If you drop your child to school, please be at school by 07:55. After 08:00, you are expectedto stop by the office to get a tardy slip and give the tardy slip to yourteacher.
7. Wedismiss the children at 02:35. Whenyou have a reason to pick up your child early, please stop by the office andtalk to the office staff. If someone other than the parents needs to pick upthe child, please send the note withyour child in the morning.
8. Our Home Visits have been successful and we appreciate yourtime to make it happen. We all look forward to seeing you on Back-to-School Night, September 14th.