Mrs. Claytor's  Mini-Newsletters

February 2020

Dear Families,
February has flown by. The children are growing and thriving. We have done letters N through
Q this month. We did cooking for letter P; pizza and pancakes. The children were excited to eat
what they made. We continue working on name recognition and tracing our name. The children
love cutting and it is a great small motor activity. We have planted a flower garden in our
window box and they check it out daily to see it growing.
We have finished our first week of swim lessons and they are going well. We appreciate your
help getting the children re-dressed after the lesson. We have been pretty fortunate this winter
to get outside more than usual.
We had a great Valentine Party. Thanks to all of you whom sent in items and attended. Mrs.
Dodd plans a great party and craft, thank you.
We had Miss Melissa from Higginbottom Dental Practice visit and show us how to care for our
teeth. She also sent home a dental bag for each child. The children got to see all the
instruments she uses.
We spray our room down each day with Lysol and make sure the children wash their hands
before snack. We also make sure the children use hand sanitizer after using a Kleenex.
Special congratulations to Charlie and his family on the arrival of his baby brother Connor!
Think Spring!
Mary Claytor & Colleen Costagliola

Upcoming dates:
Leprechaun Day - March 17th
Picture Day- March 25th
More info to come

January 2020

January has been a long month but we have accomplished a lot and had fun along the way. We are up to letter N in our alphabet books. Our STEM activities that included wind, dancing water beads, pins holding air in a balloon and water distortion fascinated the children. We went on a Fairy Hunt (watch out for the trolls!) and even cooked Macaroni and Cheese.
We have covered Transportation, Martin Luther King, Community Helpers and winter. We continue with our morning circle time: the Pledge of Allegiance, calendar, weather, jobs, our morning message and a stories for our letter of the week. 
We have been learning about David in Chapel. In Spanish we are continuing with colors and learning animal names. We enjoy our favorite songs in music but are also learning about the orchestra families.
If you have heard we have ‘snakes’ in our room, we do. They are sock puppets, Sammy and Summer, and they eat baby socks. The children have great fun feeding them.
There will be an Open House this Monday, Feb 3rd from 9:30-11:30 if you know anyone interested in St. Mark’s for their child. We will have our annual silent auction and Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s on Saturday, Feb 8th from 8-10 AM. Buy your tickets now. And lastly, we will start our swimming lessons at the Y on Feb 25th. More information will be forthcoming but just a quick note how the day goes. Children should come to school on swim days with their bathing suit under their clothes (a two piece works best for girls for ease using the toilet). We depart school at 11:00 and are in the pool at 11:15. We store clothes and belongings in the ladies changing room locker which will have your child’s name on it with a magnetic tag. We dismiss directly from the pool at 11:45. You can then take your child to the changing room to dress and go home. Permission slips and info will come home soon. 
Any questions or concerns please let me know. I check my email early afternoon and later evening. If you need me sooner please just text or call me on 410-703-5777.
We try to get outside for fresh air and outdoor play if it is above freezing including the wind chill. Please make sure the children have hats and mittens as needed.
Mary Claytor & Colleen Costagliolo 

October 2019
Dear Families,
October has been a fun filled, busy month! We have done many seasonal activities. We made a watercolor scarecrow with moveable parts, painted and glittered leaves. We painted with apples, balloons, and legos. We made foam pumpkins and finger painted pumpkins. We sang Five Little Monkeys to go with our art paper. We made paper plate dragons, clowns, and a scarecrow face. We made Dot the Fire Dog, cooked donuts, and made a ghost footprint for our (handprint) book.
We are tracing our names and I hope the children are using their stick/clothespins activity at home to practice. Our letter of the week is going well, we have done A-E so far. The children have done a great job with their art letter for their book. We will review colors and numbers starting next week. Our STEM activities have been well received. So far we have done exploding colors, sink or float and water displacement. I love their fascination and seeing them think what might happen.
I have been doing assessments and will be happy to conference with you. There will be a sign -up sheet in the hallway. Conferences are not mandatory but it is a good way to see your child’s progress to date.
We had a visit from Miss Sally, the bee lady. She showed us a real honeycomb, her attire she wears and let us taste some honey. We all enjoyed a wonderful, fun day at Family Affair pumpkin patch. We had a visit from Easton Volunteer Fire Department. The children were taught fire safety, got to see what the firefighters wear, and an up close look at a firetruck.
We continue with our weekly Chapel and Music. Miss Heather has started us on our Christmas songs; the children are quick learners and too adorable. In Spanish we have learned words for animals, colors, night and day. The children do a great job.
Thank you for all the Halloween party donations and a big thank you to Mrs. Dodd for planning it.
On a personal note it was brought to my attention that someone thought I may be sick because of my weight loss. I am in excellent health and have lost weight due to having my esophagus tightened into my stomach due to a floppy connection. I am just waiting for that nice slice of pizza!!
As always, any questions or concerns please let me or Mrs. C know.
Mary Claytor
Reminder: NO SCHOOL -November 6th & & 7th Waterfowl
   November 26th, 27th, 28th Thanksgiving

September 2019
Dear Families,
September has flown by. We are a busy little group, but we are having fun. The children have settled into a routine and I see friendships forming. 
We have covered families, friends, animal friends, body parts, senses and safety. During our ‘free play’ time we work on a craft to coincide with our theme. Besides playing with everything in the room, the children love painting at the easel and story time. 
Our circle time includes daily jobs. We pledge the flag, do the calendar, dress the weather frog and fill in our ‘feelings’ chart. I love that everyone brings their ‘happy’ every day.
In October, along with our new assistant, Mrs. C, we will start a letter, color, and shape of the week. We will compile an alphabet book with this activity that will go home in May. We will also have our first Spanish lesson. We have started our Chapel and Music classes. As we kick off our fall and Halloween season, keep an eye on the hallways where your little artists work will be displayed.  
The children love the snacks we have had. We have 12 little hungry ones and no allergies that I am aware of. 
I will be visiting Canada next Thursday through Tuesday. I hate being out, but this trip was planned a while ago. Mrs. Ewing will be filling in for me. 

Don’t forget our Pumpkin Patch trip Thursday, October 10th. The information and permission slip is attached to the weekly news recap. 

Thank you to Mrs. Dodd for agreeing to be our room mother.

As always, any questions or concerns please let me know.
Mary Claytor

Dates to remember: Thursday, Oct 10- Pumpkin Patch 9:30-11:00
  Saturday, Oct 26-Trunk Or Treat 2-3 PM
  Thursday, Oct 31-Halloween Party 11 AM