Friday, February 16th

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Friday, February 16th

Valentines Celebrations

Thank you for helping us have a very special Valentines. I think the children really had a good time getting all of their heart decorations, cards, mailboxes and snacks ready this week! Not only did we talk about who we love in our families and amongst our classroom friends, but we also made sure to acknowledge all of the different classrooms around the school, the front desk staff, and Linda. 

This week we took a visit to the Infant-A classroom to exchange Valentines with each other. We made cards for the five babies: Antoine, Una, Cleo, Annabelle and Teagan. We got to sit down with the babies and hand them their cards. We also explored their classroom a little bit and noticed that they have some of the same books that we do! And now everyone has met Teagan, Rachel's baby. They were so gentle with light touches and brief kisses for the babies. 

We also took turns going around the school and delivering our special snack: chocolate drizzled pretzels! It was fun and exciting to see how happy everyone was to receive our Valentines cards and treats! 

Spanish

Mitzi has been doing a wonderful job teaching everyone Spanish. She incorporates the songs from our weekly Spanish specialist, and has then been finding new songs and books to really give your children more basic Spanish language. This week we started adding more colors to our knowledge bank, shapes, numbers, weather, emotions, and days of the week. We started reading the book "Mis Colores," which also identifies the object (i.e. the red apple). 

Clay

We used heart cutters to make our clay in the shape of hearts this week. After our clay hearts dried, we each chose a different color to paint with and added some glitter on top! Next week it will be back to basics with clay and water and adding a few new tools to see what we can create. 

Cooking

We did a lot of cooking this week! Diane came on Monday and we used the kitchen aid to make some chocolate pudding. We have been comparing and contrasting foods that embody "creamy" "crunchy" and "chewy." Our crunchy element was sprinkles, and our chewy component was marshmallow. It was a delicious, special treat for the holiday. 

For our regular cooking project, we dipped strawberries into chocolate. Again, a special treat- back to our normal healthy routine next week!

We also made the chocolate drizzled pretzels (but we only tasted the pretzels). 

Sensory Play

Playing with sand helps us build so much language, social skills, mathematical concepts, and scientific concepts. You can also tinker with cause and effect as you watch lines and tracks appear, erase them, and start over. The children fiddle with weight and density as they fill different containers with sand. We have been working on sharing space, and sharing toys, and the sandbox is a great place to work on these skills. 

Tissue paper and glue - working on the concepts of sticky and adhesive. 

Playdough has been a wonderful tool for storytelling and imaginative play. Our playdough has been made into many pizzas lately, and also gets rolled into a lot of balls. We have noticed that the size of the ball has been sparking interest- the language we overhear not only includes "big ball" and "little ball" but also "Daddy ball" "Mommy ball" and "Baby ball." Everyone has started to relate size to family role. 

Music & Movement

To embrace the theme of love this week, we started listening to some music that supports the idea of loving yourself and helping yourself regulate and calm when you feel angry. 

The first song has been dubbed "The Monster song" by Parker- it's about calming down the anger monster inside by taking calm deep breaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mZbzDOpylA

The second song we listened to is about all the amazing things that we are, and what makes us special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs

We also started listening to a new Shapes song this week! Next week we are going to start using our bodies to make the shapes (like having four children lay down to make a square). We will turn our body shapes into a fun book for our library! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRuLS-Vnjs

Special Reader

A big thank you to Cristina, Mia's Mommy, for reading with us this week. Thank you for bringing in some wonderful narratives for us!

And a big congratulations to Jackson, Heidi and Mike Bergen on their new baby girl, Julianna Rose. Welcome to the world, little one! 

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Friday, February 9th

Shaving cream, glue (to keep it puffy), and red glitter. We noticed that we can make marks, shapes and lines with our fingers, and also discovered how good it feels to rub on our bodies. Although some of us did not enjoy washing it off!

What an awesome week - we saw such growth and progress from everyone, especially in kindness, sharing, and empathy. There are moments of snack sharing, of inventing games with friends to keep everyone happy and laughing, and true concern and compassion when someone is upset and crying. We could not be more proud!

Community Building

In continuation of our BMS Community project, we welcomed the 3B classroom into our room today. We started off with a fun "Jump in the Water" dancing time, and then answered some questions that 3B had for us. 

Zara asked, "Do you have a fish, a bunny, or any pets?" 

Vivi asked, "What is your class home?" Which, of course, is the 2A room!

Joseph asked us, "Do you like to play catch?" And since we do, our next playdate will be upstairs in the gym so the 3B friends can teach us how to play catch! We are so excited about this! 

Ada, the 3B teachers, had this question, "How old is everyone in this room?" We had some really funny answers. Dylan decided, "8" was his age today, and Nina told everyone that she's "3." Wishful thinkers!! Mia finally let Ada know how old we are- "TWO!"

We ended our playdate with a shared snack of pretzels, and a better understanding of each other. 

Valentines Prep

We have been busy artists this week as we prepare for another fun holiday. Using a variety of mediums (cardboard, paper, doilies, oil pastels, paint, crayons, watercolors . . .), we have been decorating hearts and thinking about what love means, and how we can show love. 

We're almost finished decorating all of our mailboxes and have already started filling them up with the wonderful cards you've brought in. Thanks for all of your support and help in making each day magical for your children and their friends. 

Morgan peeling glue off her fingers post-Valentines creations!

Science Project

We have yet to revisit our volcano project as this week was very busy, but it will happen soon! I think we will also be talking about volcanoes with our new Pre-K friends as our community project evolves in the next couple of weeks. 

This week we froze a big block of ice and used epsom salts and watercolor paints to watch the process of a solid melting into a liquid and to get a visual of how it melts on the inside, too. The epsom salts speed up the melting process and also gives the ice a coarse feeling rather than being smooth. The watercolor soaks into all these divots and tunnels and you can get a glimpse into the interior of the ice block! This is another project we hope to repeat because it captivated us for a long period of time!

Other scientific adventures: making playdough, xrays and insects on the light table, sand play and more! 

Specialists

Cooking with Diane: This week we compared sweet to savory by tasting both sour cream and whipped cream (with no sugar added). We dipped strawberries and bunny cookies into each cream to note the difference. 

Cooking with Mitzi: Berry tacos were on the menu this week. We used bread, cream cheese, strawberries and blueberries to make our tacos. 

Cooking with Mitzi Part II: We also made quesadillas this week! Everyone helped to add shredded cheese to the tortillas and we cooked them on a skillet. Everyone really enjoyed the cheese and the quesadillas! 

Clay with Rachel: This week we started using clay as a vessel for collage materials. Up to this point, we had been using clay with only our fingers and water, and now that we understand the properties of clay, we can start incorporating new techniques and materials. For today, we started simply with wooden shapes and popsicle sticks/stirrers. 

Literacy: We are starting to learn some nursery rhymes, and would like to start working on a poem of the week. Some of the rhymes we have learned thus far: The Muffin Man, Little Miss Muffet, Hey Diddle Diddle and Humpty Dumpty. 

Spanish with Ernestina: This week our Spanish class was a bit short due to a fire drill, but we continued practicing our emotions, commands such as up and down, and the weather. 

Spanish with Mitzi: Mitzi has continued practicing colors and numbers, and we started adding the days of the week, shapes and colors, and emotions. It's our goal to start adding books in Spanish to our regular routine. 

Soccer with Jojo: Our usual skills focusing on using our feet, running, and cleaning up when we're finished! 

Music with Evan: We sang a fire fighting song, wake up song, danced with Shooby, and sang Twinkle Twinkle! 

Afternoon friends (those who take a nap) also had Karate and Yoga this week! We will also be incorporating music and movement in the afternoons, led by Bridget. I believe this is starting next week!

Topics of Interest

Mitzi and I have been noticing the following interests around the classroom:

  • Identifying context clues in books and asking "Why" and "What" questions. For example, Nicholas is very interested in a particular page in the Peppa and The Big Train book. On this page the train is stopped with a red light because there are ducks on the track. Nico has been asking what the red, yellow and green lights symbolize, and asking how the ducks will get off the tracks without the train hurting them. We have also noticed that the children love to insert themselves into the narratives - Mia will always name the characters after people in her life, "There's Mommy, there's Daddy, there's Mia, there's Jackson . . ."
  • Understanding that objects can be used for multiple distinct purposes. Parker found the scissors that we placed with the playdough a bit challenging, so he invented his own use for them. He opened them up and used one side as a knife instead of opening and shutting the two blades to cut with. What a great compromise and shift. We want the children to see the world as full of opportunities instead of full of limits. We encourage them to use objects in multiple ways as long as it's safe and practical. 
  • Real life practice in our play. No matter what kind of sensory material we are using, it invariably ends up as equated to some sort of food. Our playdough becomes pizzas and pancakes. Our kinetic sand becomes ice cream. This has been really wonderful in expanding our vocabulary and allowing us to understand processes. When the playdough becomes pizza, we hear conversation that explains that it needs to cook in the oven, that it needs to be on "80" or "five seven" or other numbers that we turn the oven temperature to. We always hear language that describes how hot the food is when it comes out of the oven and how we can wait for it get cool. Next week we will be transforming our kitchen into a pizzeria and are hoping to set up a field trip to one very soon! We are also scheduling a trip to Eataly to learn some pasta making skills. 
  • Auditory Processing. The most requested activity in our room is specific music. We get a lot of requests for "Freeze Dance," "Ring Around the Rosie," "One Little Finger," "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," and, most requested of all, "Wheels on the Bus." What's great about these songs is that the children need to listen carefully and process the words they are hearing before carrying out the actions with and through their bodies. Most of our gym time is filled with these song games, and a good deal of time in our classroom too. 

Have a super weekend filled with cuddles, laughs, and special moments together. We are looking forward to another busy, fun, and engaging week ahead. 

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Friday, February 2nd

Wow, it's already February! It is crazy how quickly this year is flying by. Our busy weeks certainly help time feel even faster. Here's a look at our past week:

Community Building

This week we had the opportunity to visit two different classrooms: The Pre-K room and the 3B classroom. Both rooms have the school bunnies inside, so we were very curious to ask a few questions about the bunnies. 

In Pre-K, we got to see Chocolate Milk. We learned that we can make a soft "tsk" sound to try to get Chocolate Milk to come out. We also have to use very slow and quiet movements as we move closer to her. We partnered up with different Pre-K children and looked through the room to find the bunny! It was so exciting to come upon her in the little "cave" area of their room. Thank you, Pre-K, for giving us more knowledge about rabbits!

In the 3B classroom, we sat down for a brief circle time and asked a few questions: 1) What's the name of the rabbit? (Pinky), 2) Where is the bunny? (In the cage!), 3) What does Pinky eat? (Carrots, lettuce, celery, bunny food and hay). After we got to touch the different foods that Pinky eats, we gave him some hay. And we had some shared snack crackers with our new friends. We also discovered that the 3B classroom has a fish tank with some small fish inside! How exciting! 

Next week we will visit two more classrooms in the school and broaden our understanding of Buckle My Shoe, all of our teachers, and all of the children at BMS. 

Valentines

We began working on Valentines for all of the classes at BMS. We used recycled cardboard to cut out hearts and started applying different shades of red, purple, pink, white, silver and gold to create these special presents. We also used glitter glue to work on our squeezing abilities, and shook some sparkly glitter onto our hearts. We'll continue making more next week! 

While we are giving each class a Valentine, we are making special Valentines for the babies in the Infant A classroom and they will be giving each of us a Valentine too. 

Let us know if you need any materials to make Valentines at home- we'd love to help out!

Also, we are going to be collecting shoe boxes so each child can make their own mailbox for our Valentines party. 

Volcanoes!

This week we drew volcanoes after looking at various images of erupting and exploding volcanoes. Nico made a very interesting connection- volcanoes look like fireworks, and they look loud and a bit scary. Jackson agreed that volcanoes are scary, but he was also very fascinated as we made our own volcano erupt! 

We watched part of this video from Nat Geo kids to help us understand volcanoes a little bit better and focused on the words erupt and explode. We've also been calling the lava/magma "fire" for the time being, as it's how the children are interpreting it. Video is here: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/youtube-playlist-pages/youtube-playlist-volcano/

We had such a great time adding baking soda and vinegar to our volcano that we are planning on having another eruption next week! 

Cooking

This week we had two cooking projects. With Diane we used an immersion blender to make some lemony whipped cream. We added some bunny cookies and marshmallows to have an experience that incorporated: creamy, chewy, and crunchy elements. 

Then we made apple pies with graham crackers, diced apples and whipped cream. YUM! Thank you Katerina for sharing these ingredients with us. 

Specialists

This week we had soccer with Coach Jojo where we continued making sure we use our feet to move the ball around the gym and into the net! 

We also had Spanish with Maria, where we continued working on facial expressions and emotions, learned the song "One Little Finger" in Spanish, and talked about the weather. 

Our friends who take a nap at BMS also have Karate and Yoga in the afternoons!

Nini, Emilio's Mommy, came to read with us! Thanks so much for bringing in three new books for us to enjoy. We loved having you come for a visit. 

We revisited Harvey the whole note and have continued to use music and movement throughout every morning. This week we also started using nursery rhymes such as London Bridge is Falling Down, Humpty Dumpty, and The Muffin Man. 

Other Activities

Feathers and contact paper

Working at the easel with both paint and markers

Self portraits for February

Shaving cream and paint

Making playdough

Kinesthetic sand with ice

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Friday, January 26th, 2018

Happy Friday!! 

Music & Movement

This week Bridget led us through an exploration of the musical whole note, which is four beats long. We listened to music that supported our understanding of the whole note, we used plates to represent the shape of the whole note and even decorated them afterward to personalize the experience. Learning about the rhythm and beat of music and breaking it down into individual pieces allows children to internalize and process the way music (and patterns) work. 

Additionally, we have started to incorporate freeze dance, shake your sillies out, one little finger, and other body movement songs into our day! The kids LOVE our dance and movement moments. Do you have favorite movement songs at home? Favorite yoga poses or exercise moves? 

Science

For our science investigation this week we made some kinesthetic sand. We mixed two parts baking soda, one part baking powder, and one part dish soap. At first it was foamy and messy, but as all of the ingredients combined it became solid and easy to smoosh together like sand at the beach! 

Cooking

Rainbow pudding! This week we made some delicious rainbow pudding. Everyone got to select a color for their pudding and mixed it in. We also added a couple of sprinkles. Thanks Jackson & The Bergen family for providing us the ingredients to make our pudding. 

This week we also introduced some scent jars into the classroom. We have been smelling: Basil, Cloves, Dill and Ginger! We will add some more next week. 

"Comida!" -Emilio

"Smells like playdough!" -Nico

Clay

Our clay project for the week was building a volcano! We covered up a container with the clay and talked about our process- we're going to use the clay, we're going to paint the volcano, watch a video of a real volcano, and then use baking soda and vinegar to get our volcano to erupt! We're so excited! 

Shapes!

This week we built upon our knowledge of the circle and the triangle. We started the week off with a collage of both shapes. Then we started recognizing how many sides each shape has. We've decorated the numbers 0-5, and today we used watercolor palettes to paint a few shapes. We'll start creating our number and shape chart next week. 

Kindness Garden

Now that all of our still life paintings have been created, we've started adding your kind words:

Thank You, Share, Empathy, Appreciation, Gratitude, Consideration . . .

We will gather more words from the children, and start adding photos of kind actions and moments in the classroom. 

Community

The next segment in our year long project of identity is that of the Buckle My Shoe Community, and the larger community of NYC. To start, we have been talking about the bunny (Chocolate Milk) in the Pre-K classroom. This week most of our friends created images of Chocolate Milk and started asking a few questions that we'd like to know about her. 

"Where are the carrots?" -Nico

"Where does the bunny sleep?" -Charlie

"Does the bunny drink milk?" -Nina

"Where the bunny go?" -Mia

"Where the bunny home?" -Mia

"Does he eat cheddar bunnies?" -Nina

"Does he like carrots?" -Nina

Specialists

Spanish: This week we had Spanish with Maria, and we've also started incorporating Spanish into each morning with Mitzi's help! This week we focused mostly on numbers and colors. 

Cooking with Diane: This week we made potato gnocchi and mixed in butter, basil, oregano, and parsley. Delicious! Emilio, Katerina and Parker enjoyed it the most.

Soccer with Coach Alex: This week Coach Alex focused on getting us to run! He would hide jerseys and soccer balls behind his back and the kids would chase him around to get the different things. 

Assorted 2A Happenings

This week we saw a lot of gentle hugs and helpful hands. Levi started recognizing which cup belonged to which person and has been giving them back to them throughout the day. Nina offers snacks to friends who are sad to brighten their day. Emilio helps feed his friends during lunch time. Dylan loves to give his friends big bear hugs, say their name with a smile, and laugh with them. 

There has been more interest in using our light tables, especially to look at various "specimens" of insects and small animals. We will be adding some new objects to the table to explore next week and foster this wonderful learning moment. We would also like to find a couple of microscopes for children so we can get a different view! If anyone could loan one to us, we would be grateful! 

Easel paintings are wonderful moments where children work together and have conversations about color, speed of movement, and other random bits and pieces of information. 

Train tracks- almost every day one friend or another will start building a train track (Nico loves doing this first thing in the morning), and it grows as the morning continues! There have been some fascinating experiments with this- putting pieces of track upside down on purpose to see the difference, using the bridge as a see-saw and/or ramp, and trying different animals and cars on the tracks instead of trains. We are building up our knowledge and creating different schema in our minds on how to sort and classify in relation to train tracks!

Wooden magnet tiles have been a huge hit this week. Emilio worked on creating a two car garage! A lot of friends used the triangle pieces to make tee-pees and pyramids as well as roofs for houses. Cleaning them up helps us sort shapes and understand similarities and differences. 

Have a wonderful weekend, we can't wait to continue learning and growing with your children next week. 

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Thank you all so much for participating in our family curriculum event this morning, it was such a rich and valuable experience! We had such a great time exploring how many family members (and pets!) everyone has, enjoyed drawing family portraits, and we can't wait until you bring in stories that you create with your child so we can start illustrating. 

I will send a follow up email with remaining activities to finish up over the weekend if possible! 

Friendship and Kindness Garden

This week, in honor of Kindness week and No name calling week, we began creating still life paintings of flowers. We are going to use these beautiful artistic representations of flowers to make a classroom kindness garden. We got some amazing ideas from a few of our friends about how we can be kind and keep our friends happy while we are at school. Here are the first thoughts that we have brainstormed together:

- Jackson: I make them happy!

- Parker: I do sharing with friends.

- Mia: Dance with them!

- Nico: High fives!

- Emilio: Hugs.

- Katerina: Play.

- Dylan: Hugs!

We can't wait to share how this project evolves over the next week! We are also going to ask that each family come up with one Kind word and email it to us so we can add to our garden!

Box Play / Peek-a-Boo / Invisibility & Disappearing

Our invisible and disappearing project is continuing with two new boxes to explore in. We had some absolutely wonderful conversations this morning about what exactly our box is and what we can do with them and in them. 

"The box turned into a bed!" -Nico

"It's something different- A silly box!" -Nico

"A silly silly box!" - Jackson

"Goodnight Mia sauce!" - Nico & Jackson 

"It's a window. This my house. Jackson lives in house. Emilio too." - Jackson

"Nooo! This Mia's house!" -Mia

"Window!" -Emilio

"I see cars through window." -Jackson

I wonder what our box will turn into next week. We'll be reading the story "Not a Box" to gather more ideas and expand just how wonderful a box can be. Rachel will also be creating a box full of lights to see how this will change the trajectory of play for the children. We'd also like to have a box with mirrors inside to see what conversations it provokes!

Shapes! Circles!

Our shape study has landed on . . . . the circle! We are becoming experts in drawing circles, particularly for our self portraits (and the family portraits we made this week). We are going to revisit both circles and triangles next week and hopefully, weather permitting, we will be able to go out and find these shapes in our NYC environment. We will be taking photos of the objects the children find and creating shape books to keep within our classroom. We are also going to make a shape chart with numbers to represent how many sides each shape has. Numbers are a big topic in the classroom right now and we want to encourage as much natural counting as we can. 

Specialists

This week we had Spanish with Maria, Soccer with Coach Jojo, Cooking with Diane, and Music with Evan. Here's a short recap from each specialist. 

Spanish: We started singing about different vehicles and traveling, and we also continued to dress up the little girl in all her different layers for Winter. 

Cooking: This week we took brave bites of ravioli! Our bites were sans sauce, but after we took a bite, we started adding: pasta sauce, mozzarella, oregano, and parmesan. To follow up and continue expanding on our cooking project, we will be making scent bottles with different spices!

Soccer: We are getting better and better at kicking the balls with our feet and not using our hands. We've also gotten so good at going up the stairs that starting next week we will have gym upstairs every day!! 

Music: Evan introduced us to three different flutes this week. Two were made of wood, and one was metal. We noticed the differences in pitch and sound from the different flutes. 

Assorted activities from this week:

- Mixing red and blue frozen ice cubes to create purple

- Clay: We used popsicle sticks and forks to create texture, cut, and manipulate the clay

- Reading Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems to continue talking about sharing and kindness.

- We made crackers with cream cheese and strawberries for snack and used our strong muscles to help spread the cream cheese and slice the strawberries. 

Friday - January 11th, 2018

Friday - January 5th, 2017

Dear families, 

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a break full of joy, rest, and time spent with loved ones. We hope you enjoy the features on each of our little learners. Have a beautiful weekend and looking forward to seeing everyone back in class on Monday! 

 

NINA

- likes helping out others

- playing her purple guitar 

- making play dough 

NICHOLAS 

- likes cooking

- hiding 

- working together with his friends!

DYLAN

- likes painting on his body

- exploring Nico's trumpet 

- making smoothies 

MIA

- likes soccer

- problem solving with her friends 

- cooking up new concoctions!

LEVI:

- likes dancing

- trumpets

- cooking pasta with his friends!

JACKSON 

- likes hanging out with his buddy Mia 

- playing the trumpet!
- exploring the potty

MORGAN 

- likes hiding 

- figuring out how things work 

- dancing 

MERCER

- likes playing with trucks

- cuddles 

- making new things with her classmates!

KATERINA 

- likes visiting the potty

- playing soccer

- hanging out in boxes 

Wednesday - December 20th, 2017

Dear Families, 

Thank you so, so much for such a wonderful and joy filled year of learning. Each and every child in our classroom has something so unique and special to offer. We are so grateful to have the honor to help foster your child's development. 

Have a beautiful holiday season, 

PARKER: 

- getting messy

- playing baby dolls with his buddy Nico

- getting really, really messy!

NINA

- enjoys reenacting movement through music and dress up

- hiding in boxes

- baking cookies

DYLAN

- getting really, really messy!

- dressing up

- giving his friends hugs

MIA

-  sharing her joy with everyone

- making hot chocolate

- creating new things

NICO

- likes playing on the see-saw with his friends

- making hot cocoa

- flushing toilets!

JACKSON

- likes exploring the bathroom

- playing in boxes

- wearing "TWO HATS!" 

LEVI

- hanging out with his new BFF Genvieve

- drinking the delicious hot cocoa he made with his class

- taking potty field trips with 2A

MORGAN

- drinking hot cocoa

- circle time

-playing outside!

EMILIO

- going "night, night!" 

- spreading his joy to everyone

- making music and dancing! 

CHARLOTTE 

-likes painting at the easel

-making science experiments 

-birthday parties!

 

MAX

- likes strolls through the neighborhood

- playing with sensory toys

- music!

KATERINA

- coloring at the easel

- playing on the see-saw with her friends

-learning about rhythm! 

Friday- December 15, 2017

Today was such a wonderful day. We made a snowy farm using corn starch, shaving cream and a little glitter we used our animals and farm houses. We also decorated our pinecones using glitter and clay. Have a great weekend!

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November 29, 2017

We all had a productive day today, we started with our soccer class with coach Jojo. Then we had our cooking class and today Nina brought in the ingredients we made a delicious vanilla cake, of course everyone helped. We sure enjoyed our cake.    - Mitzi

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November 27, 2017

We missed Bridget today but we had such a wonderful day most of the students were confused because we rearranged the classroom, we have so much space now. We danced with the teachers Mitzi and Yudennis and during circle time everyone loved "Pete The Cat and His White Shoes".  

Mitzi

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