September 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to the Rainbow Factory!
We are so excited to begin our new school year! We look forward to sharing this year ahead with your child. Spending this first month of school building a relationship with your child and engaging him/ her in meaningful learning is a truly joyful experience. Our facebook is agreat way to peek into our day, and stay current on upcoming events. Our monthly newsletter will include important information about upcoming activities and happenings at the Rainbow Factory.
All holidays and important dates are listed on the 2017-18 calendar included in your Parent Handbook. It is important to read the Rainbow Factory Parent Handbook for information about policies pertaining to the preschool.
Rainbow Factory Calendar and Upcoming Events
September 5 Preschool Begins for Just Threes T/TH and M-F AM/ Full Day class
September 6 Preschool Begins for Just ThreesMWF and MWF PM
September 13-14 Tiny Toes to Soccer Pros Free Demo Classes
September 20-21 Tiny Toes to Soccer Pros classes begin
September 22 Fun Friday Volunteer Meeting 9:30am-1:30PM
October 2-3 Parent Observation and Visitation of Classroom
October 11-12 School Pictures with Melynda Stout Photography
October 19 Family Fundraising Event 6-7:30PM
October 20 No classes…Teacher In-Service Day
October 30 Halloween Parade 11am MWF 3’s classes, 2:30pm MWF PM class
October 31 Halloween Parade 11am T/TH 3’s class, 2:30pm, AM/ Full Day class
Rainbow Factory Parent Observation
We are excited to invite parents to visit and observe the classroom on a special day and time. This is the time for you to see what we do in the classroom. Your child will be excited to share his/her room with you.
Monday, October 2 MWF 3’s classes 11-11:30AM
MWF PM class 12:30-1:30PM
Tuesday, October 3 AM/ Full Day class 9-10AM
T/Th 3’s class 11-11:30AM
Rainbow Factory Parent Corner
During the first few weeks of school, don’t be disturbed if your child is shy and clings to you, is aggressive and won’t share, hits and refuses to take turn, resists using the preschool bathroom or has accidents. These are all symptoms of tension and stress in a new situation and will disappear as your child becomes used to preschool. The best thing you can do is be supportive and encouraging.
You can help by letting the child stand and watch, not putting pressure on the child to produce something to take home, allowing lots of time for personal routine, breakfast/lunch, having a cheerful, positive attitude as the child leaveshome or preschool and encouraging talk by asking specific questions like “What toy did you play with today?” The more relaxed the parent, the more relaxed the child.
Dismissal procedures: Threes Classroom parents may come to the classroom door, rooms 101 and 102, to pick up their preschooler. We ask parents of 4’s and 5’s to wait outside the glass double doors at dismissal. The staff will bring your child to the glass doors and when contact is made with you will release your preschooler to you. The 4’s and 5’s preschoolers will fill their backpacks and get jackets on before being dismissed. This is a responsibility that the children will need to learn before entering Kindergarten. Most school day, Rainbow Factory staff will address parents with the activities of the day before dismissing children. If you would like to hear the “teacher talk’, please arrive about 5 minutes before dismissal. Please label coats and backpacks with your child’s name. Preschoolers will be dismissed to adults only. Adults are parents and those who have been named on the blue release card.
FYI: dismissal will be slow at first until staff recognizes parents and children learn the routine. Please be prepared to show your ID if asked.
The Rainbow Factory encourages good communication between home and preschool. Please ask questions about the things you do not understand. If you have a concern about a procedure or safety consideration, please let us know. We are eager to discuss your child’s progress, but we do not discuss problems in front of children. Please telephone the school, 402-556-6262 x1009, if your child will be late or absent.
At the Rainbow Factory the staff requests that all children upon arrival use the bathroom and wash hands with soap and water before entering the classroom. There are ample restrooms in the building that are for preschoolers to use. Please help children to become proficient at this skill.
We ask that all Rainbow Factory parents please park in the east or north parking lots. Thank you.
Scholastic Book Club
At the Rainbow Factory, we encourage children to love to listen to stories and read. Reading together at home is fun and also a wonderful way to strengthen reading skills. You may order online using the class activation code: PRK9L or you may bring your order and money to the preschool. Every order earns FREE books and resources for the classroom. This year we will use “scholastic bonus points” to purchase books with audio cds for our classroom libraries. Rainbow Factory will order monthly.
Show and Tell
When your child receives the show and tell bag in September, he/she will be asked to bring a favorite toy to tell about. Each month we will have a new theme for Show and Tell. The theme will be found in the newsletter.
Color: Yellow Shape: Circle Unit: Welcome to School, Rainbows
Objectives: Child will separate comfortably from caregiver at the door.
Child will demonstrate a basic understanding of classroom routine.
Child will cut with scissors, and learn how to control the flow of glue
from a small bottle.
The three year olds will start the year by making new friends, identifying colors, matching shapes, developing language skills through finger plays and songs, and enjoy wonderful literature. We will also be celebrating rainbows, creating a class book, developing fine motor skills by creatingshape based art, counting with manipulatives, and building each child’s confidence in the classroom. It’s will be an exciting month!
M-F AM and Full Day, MWF PM Classes
Color: Yellow Shapes: Circle, Square, Rectangle Units: Rainbows
Numbers: 0,1,2,3 Letters: Rr, Pp, Aa Author Study: Mo Willems
This month theamazing author Mo Willems will lead the way to many new discoveries. Two favorite characters from his books, the pigeon and the alligator will serve as our visual reminders for the letterswe are studying. ‘Pp’ for pigeon and ‘Aa’ for alligator will make learning these letters sounds fun. As we celebrate rainbows, the class will participate in science experiments, identifying colors, and shape based art. Our students will strengthen and build friendships, as well as learn their classroom routine and expectations. The month ahead will be filled with meaningful learning!
What are Learning Centers?
At the Rainbow Factory our classrooms are set up in Learning Centers. We feel learning centers are natural approach to use when providing learning experiences for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Young children are active and curious learners. Learning centers take into consideration these developmental characteristics and offer an organized environment for young children. Carefully selected materials allow children to explore concrete objects, and a range of these materials helps each child to work at his or her own developmental level. Working in small groups gives children the opportunity to interact with learning materials and with each other more than they can in whole-group experiences. Sharing materials helps children learn to work more cooperatively and to develop a sense of responsibility toward the classroom and each other.
Some learning centers are: art, blocks, science, listening, center for one, dramatic play, music, and play dough are just a few centers at the Rainbow Factory. The children visit these centers each day to learn.
A very big THANK YOU to..
Our Rainbow Factory parents and supporters are essential to making our school such a wonderful place! We had some amazing parents volunteer over the summer to share their time and talent.
All our amazing natural playground clean-up crew! Lindsay Beck, Laura Walmsley, and Derek Pressnall helped prepare this beautiful space for the upcoming school year.
The Meyers Family for donating beautiful outdoor costumes. While wearing these, our student’s imaginations will soar.
Ron Alexander for donating the stain for our outdoor stage. The color is beautiful, and will be a wonderful space for our students to learn and play.
Sue Weidner for donating many wonderful books to our school library. Our students will enjoy these books for many years to come.
Thank you to the First United Methodist Church maintenance staff who went far above and beyond this summer to get our school ready for the new school year!
Thank you for the First United Methodist Church “Mow Crew” who volunteer their time every week to keep our outdoor playground beautiful!
We are also deeply thankful for the families that chose donation petals during our open house. These supplies will be put to great use in your child’s classroom.