Welcome to Summer!

Hello Families,

Wow, what a year! You have all been so amazing through this trying time and starting a new way to educate your child. We are proud of each of you, parents and students alike. You’ve worked hard and now deserve to take some time to relax and enjoy your summer break.

We are making a graduation video since we were not able to have our normal graduation celebration. Look for this to come in an email next week sometime. We would love for you to have your child say goodby to their friends in a short video. You can take a short video (less than 30 sec) and add it to the remote learning google photos. If your child does not want to say anything they can just smile and wave bye or do a little dance. We need these by Sunday, May 24th to add to the graduation video. If you would like a nice picture as their graduation picture you can add that to the album as well. We would also like to encourage you to continue to add photos to our albums over the summer, so we can keep up with your adventures. We will add some photos of what we are doing over the summer too.  

Mrs. Losey’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos          

Ms. Jamie’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos 

Many families have expressed nervousness about going into the summer and wanting some extra activities to help with the cabin fever. We have made a summer engagement packet that is full of activities and ideas for the summer months. This is definitely not required but an extra supplement to bring into all your other wonderful activities you will be doing this summer. 

Summer Engagement Ideas

We will still be able to respond by email if you need anything this summer, it just might be a little slower than normal. Please be looking for any emails from LPS that will let you know how we are planning to start school in the fall. They will send updates as they have them. You student can also send letters to Pyrtle and we will see them when we are able to get back to the school again. Our principal checks our mail for us once a week and sends pictures of anything that comes for us. We will now have a voicemail attached to our school phone numbers, so you can leave a message for us as well. 

You will still be able to use Konstella to contact peers in the classroom for a while. The PTO will be trying to close accounts for families that will no longer be at Pyrtle next year over the summer. Now would be a great time to use it and save the contact information you would like. There might be an opportunity set up by a parent for a classroom zoom after the school year is finished for friends to say farewell. 

We are sad that this is the way we are ending this year, but are so proud of you all! Here is a final read aloud for the year, I Knew You Could. We would normally read this during the last week of school. We wish you the best summer break and good luck if you are starting new adventures at new schools next year. You will be amazing! 

Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey 

(402) 458-3100

Mrs. Losey:  extension 92439

Ms. Jamie: extension 92374

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One More Week – You’ve Got This!

Hello Families, 

Can you believe we only have one more week of remote learning? This has been a very different way to end our year with our students. We will try and find a way to celebrate the end of the year in a safe way and let you know. We hope that you have found our WEEK AT A GLANCE document helpful when planning your students learning. We will be updating this document with new play ideas, supplemental learning and the write up of daily lessons for the last time this Sunday. Next week we will include a summer learning packet for you to help keep your child stay engaged through the summer. 

We hope that you all received your flat Ms Jamie and Mrs. Losey this past week in your mail. We have enjoyed seeing the adventures we have already gone on with you. Please continue to add your pictures to our google photos album. We would love to see your adventures all summer long, even if we get lost somewhere along the way.  

Mrs. Losey’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos          

Ms. Jamie’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos 

Just a friendly reminder that you can still sign up on Konstella. This is a great opportunity to talk with other parents in your child’s class through the chat feature or by messaging them directly. This last weekend a parent from the morning class set up a class zoom meeting through Konstella for any child that wanted to join and they got to have a show and tell. The students who were there seemed to enjoy getting to see each other again. This might happen again at the end of the year. 

How to Sign Up With Konstella.com

Although we are not finishing this school year in person, we are so fortunate that we have been able to still stay connected through phone, email or zoom. Thank you for your willingness to participate in our preschool program remotely. We know this was not an ideal way to end the year, but are so proud of all of you for stepping up to help your child continue to learn! You should be proud of yourselves. Thank you for all that you do for your student and our program. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns or celebrations. 

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie 

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Week 5 Done… Two More Weeks!

Hello Families,

Two more weeks left of remote learning. You can do it, we believe in you! Remember to look at the WEEK AT A GLANCE document as a one stop shop to find supplemental learning, play ideas, and other various resources. We will update this on Sunday. A helpful tip is to add the document to your favorites so you can refer back to it at a later time. 

We are excited for our Flat Stanley read aloud. Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey worked hard on making a special read aloud and surprise for you. Be on the lookout for the special surprise. Click HERE for the Flat Stanley read aloud by Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie.

Just a friendly reminder that you can still sign up on Konstella. This is a great opportunity to talk with other parents in your child’s class through the chat feature or by messaging them directly. You might even be able to set up a virtual play date. 🙂

How to Sign Up With Konstella.com

We love seeing your student’s learning through our photo album. It brightens our day to see how much each student is learning and exploring the world around them. Keep adding those pictures, especially when that special surprise comes your students way. 😉

Mrs. Losey’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos          

Ms. Jamie’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos 

There are two weeks left and then it’s summer. We know that this can oftentimes bring anxiety about how to make it through the days and keep children engaged, especially with the uncertainty of our community right now. Knowing this Mrs. Losey, Ms. Jessica, and Ms. Jamie will be working on a summer packet that will hopefully offer you some great ideas, resources, and tools to use over the next two months until school starts in the fall (Fingers crossed we will return to in school learning). We should have this available for you by the end of the school year. 

As always, we enjoy seeing you all through zoom or chatting on the phone or email but we’d much rather be seeing everyone in person and giving big hugs and high fives each day. We miss you all and hope you are staying healthy and safe.

Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey

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Remote Learning Week 4 DONE

Hello Families, 

Another week of remote learning done. You are all rocking it! Keep up the great work! We hope that you have found our WEEK AT A GLANCE document helpful when planning your students learning. We will be updating this document with new play ideas, supplemental learning and the write up of daily lessons every Sunday. If you add this document to your favorites it is a wonderful resource to come back to if you are looking for a one stop shop. 

We continue to see families signing up with Konstella to connect with one another. It is wonderful to read the chat feed and that you all have the ability to connect with friends even though we are not in school. What a wonderful way to find and talk to friends, if only through video. 

How to Sign Up With Konstella.com

We have also enjoyed seeing all the pictures in our classroom photo albums. It is so fun to see pictures and comments added through the week of your learning and play. Please continue to add these to help us stay connected, they bring us so much joy! 

Mrs. Losey’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos          

Ms. Jamie’s Preschool Remote Learning Adventures Photos

We miss you all dearly and hope that you are happy and healthy. We can’t wait to connect with you each week and see how things have been going. If you have any questions or celebrations, please contact us at any time. We are available through email, weekly visits and phone. Below is our phone number and extensions again if you need us. 

(402) 458-3100

Mrs. Losey:  extension 92439

Ms. Jamie: extension 92374

Thank you for all you are doing to help your child learn and grow. You are amazing! 

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Remote Learning Week 3 Done

Hello Families,

We’ve made it through another week of remote learning, be proud of yourself!! We’ve enjoyed visiting with each of you this week. 

To help eliminate some of the many emails and steps you might have to take to find the various materials, we have made a WEEK AT A GLANCE document that will provide you with the links you need to complete the daily learning videos along with many other great resources for your family to access. Each week we will update this same document to have new resources specific to the learning for that week. We hope this will make it easier for you to locate resources that are specific to preschool. 

It was so fun to see families connecting through Konstella’s chat feature this week. We are glad that you are able to use this site to connect with other preschool families at Pyrtle. What a great way to find contact information for your students friends. If you are still interested in signing up and connecting with families check this video out on how to sign up. 

How to Sign Up With Konstella.com

We look forward to connecting with you next week. We miss seeing your smiling faces every day. Reach out if you need anything or have questions, we are here for you. 

Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey

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Week 2 Remote Learning

Hello Families, 

It has been wonderful to get to see and talk to you this week. We are planning on sending out our communications on Thursday’s now to hopefully help decrease the amount of communication you are getting each day from LPS. 

We hope that you are able to access all the wonderful content that LPS is providing for your student. We made a quick video on how to access those things from lps.org/remote. If you are wondering what is available please watch this short video. 

How to Access Preschool Remote Learning Materials

We would also like to encourage you to connect with other preschool families in our classrooms through Konstella.com. Here is a quick video on how to do this as well.

How to Sign Up With Konstella.com

We also now have access to a phone system through our computers. Here are the numbers if you need to contact Ms. Jamie or Mrs. Losey. We will only be able to answer if we are not in another meeting or if our computer is open. If we call you this is the number that will show up, 402-458-3100. Then you can use our extensions below. 

Mrs. Losey:  extension 92439

Ms. Jamie: extension 92374

We sure miss seeing you all everyday, but are happy that technology has allowed us to stay connected. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything or have questions. 

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Week 1 done! Congratulations!!

Hello Families, 

Well we all survived the first week of Phase II remote learning. Congratulations!!! We really enjoyed talking to you all this week and are looking forward to connecting with you each week moving forward! We will be using a “Remote Learning Agenda”  to try and help focus our conversations. Here is a link to this agenda: Remote Learning Agenda. This will help as you think ahead for any questions you might have during our visits. 

As we move forward with this new style of learning we want to remind you that we are here for you. If you need anything please do not hesitate to reach out. We would love to stretch our teacher-brains and help you provide enriching learning experiences for your student. Here is the link to access the remote learning videos for preschool: Preschool Remote Learning Videos. There will be a new lesson each day. As we spoke about on the phone, these videos are a guide for what you can do with your students that day and they do not have to be done all at one time. Feel free to extend them throughout your day. 

We also want to remind you that you can access  online activities and challenges provided by LPS Library Services. At the top of the page you can access some fun activities on the preschool page and there is also a page for read-alouds. On the read-aloud page there is now a link for Preschool/Early Childhood. All books on this page can be accessed without a password! YAY! See if you can find the books we have read. 🙂 

In many of our conversations this week we talked about connecting through Konstella. This is a website that our PTO uses to help parents connect to one another and to help with volunteer services around the school. If you choose to sign up on this site you will have the option to share your information with parents from our classroom. I know many students are missing their friends. If you share your information you can reach out to other parents and possibly do video play dates. This is a difficult time we are in right now, but we can try and make the most out of it. Here are the directions to get signed up with Konstella…

  1. GO to Konstella.com
  2. Use “Find Your School” button at the top
  3. Type in “Pyrtle” it should find the school for you to click on then click NEXT
  4. Fill in your contact information then click SUBMIT.  

We want to thank you for all your patience during this time and all your efforts to help us make your students’ learning experience the best it can be during this time. We know that you are all doing the best you can and know that we see that and it is enough! You are all amazing!!!

Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives, 

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Remote Learning Phase II

Hello Families, 

Next week starts our phase II of remote learning. Below is information about what remote learning will look like and how you can access it.

These daily lessons will be broadcast Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on LNK Education TV (Allo Channel 23, Charter Spectrum Channel 1303, Windstream Kinetic Channel 1080). The daily lessons will also be posted on the LPS Remote Learning site and available for families to access at their convenience. 

There are 5  components of each daily lesson: 

  • Large Group (including Question of the Day)
  • Small Group (using Intentional Teaching Cards)
  • Read Aloud (using the Book Discussion Cards)
  • Social Emotional Learning (using Second Step)
  • Gross Motor (using Mighty Minutes and Physical Intentional Teaching Cards)

These lessons will be 30 minute in length. They do not have to be done all at once. They are intended to be a starting point for students learning and should not be the only learning taking place that day. You can always pause the remote learning videos if you are watching online and do them when it is convenient in your daily schedule. Please expand and take the suggestions that are provided during these lessons. If you have questions on how to do this your teacher is ready to help. 

Starting Monday, April 6th, Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey will be contacting you via phone to set up a weekly remote visit with each of you. Our phone numbers will show up as blocked therefore we would like you to set up a time for us to call so you know to be expecting us. The links for signing up are below. If you do not sign up for a time, we will just attempt to make contact. 

Our weekly remote visits will be conducted via zoom (see pdf below), phone call, or email. When we call you next week, we will ask your preference for our weekly remote visit. 

Pyrtle Preschool Zoom Directions

Special Education teachers will also be in contact with you next week. Their numbers will show up as blocked as well. If you would prefer to receive communication through email with these teachers please send them a message to their email. 

Ms. Jessica (Resource Teacher) jhalsey@lps.org 

Ms. Emily (Speech and Language Pathologist) elawrenc@lps.org 

If you did not know already Ms. Emily Lawrence joined us in January as our Speech and Language Pathologist as Ms. Bailey moved out of state. See below for a intro from Ms. Emily. 

Hello, I am Emily Lawrence, and I am new to LPS as of January 15th, 2020.  I have been a Speech Pathologist for approximately 20+years. I have a Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech Pathology and Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. I am originally from California, but I was recently employed in Delaware. Moving to Nebraska has been a very positive experience. I look forward to continuing to work with your child and celebrating and being a part of their progress.

We also want to remind you that you can access  online activities and challenges provided by LPS Library Services. At the top of the page you can access some fun activities on the preschool page and there is also a page for read alouds. On the read aloud page there is now a link for Preschool/Early Childhood. All books on this page can be accessed without a password! YAY See if you can find the books we have read. 🙂 

Thank you for all your patience as we figure this out together. We miss you all and can’t wait to talk next week!

Ms. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Week 2 of Remote Learning

Hello Families,

We hope you are all healthy and doing well. We miss you terribly and want to reach out with some suggestions about the upcoming weeks remote learning. You can access this information provided from the district by going to: LPS Remote Learning Materials

The best advise we can give you when going into the center-based preschool folder is to click on the blue document titled: Center Based Preschool Information for Families – School Closure. This document will give you links to ideas for one week at a time and organizes it a little better. We would recommend choosing one activity from each of the categories each day. We know some of these activities might ask for materials you may not have at home. We have discussed some options and accommodations for some of these activities that you might find helpful when thinking about what materials you already have. Below we will list some of the activity names for the following week and give some suggestions for changes that might help you think about using the materials you already have available and not having to purchase anything.

Walk A Letter: If you do not have letter cards you can make these with any scrap paper you have and a pen. Instead of using masking tape you can make large letters with string/yarn, belts, towels or anything that can be lain flat and bent.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: This can be done during any meal. You can also use this as a dramatic play opportunity for students to set a table for their dolls or stuffed animals. This will give them different opportunities to count.

Go Fish: If you do not have cards you can make some of your own. You can write numbers on scrap paper and then add some dots to match the quantity. To make this game a little easier you can also sort your cards to only have the numbers 1-5 or you can add all the way to 10. If your child is ready for higher numbers you can add those as well.

Making Modeling Dough: This recipe is pretty basic, but can be made without the cream of tartar if you do not have that available. Cream of Tartar adds to the elasticity of the dough. There are many other recipes that can be found on the web as well. One of our favorites uses kool-aid and it smells great and already has the color in it.

What Time Is It Mr. Fox: You do not need to have a fox for this activity. You can use any toy/stuffy that you have in your house. We suggest something that is highly enticing for your student. They can ask, “What time is it Mr./Mrs _______?” Masking tape is not necessary either. This game can be played outside using cracks in concrete, sticks or lines in dirt as the line. You can also use anything that can be lain flat on the ground inside like a belt or towel. Another fun idea to keep students engaged in this activity is to change the way they are moving; baby steps, giant steps, walking/moving like and animal.

Drawing to Music: If you do not have crayons or markers students could use pens or pencils. You can use sale adds as scrap paper for them to draw on .

Alphabet March: Here are some instrument ideas from stuff you might have around the house; use a water bottle and fill partially with rice or beans, pans/Tupperware to hit with cooking utensils, empty medicine bottles filled with bolts, box as a drum or add rubber bands to make guitar.

We truly hope you are all well and please tell your student that we are thinking about them everyday and wish we could give them a giant hug or high-five. Please let us know if you have and questions. You are amazing and we believe in each one of you. Stay strong, we can do this!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Who uses balls, What are balls made of, and What to do if someone breaks the touching rule

Hello Families,

This week has been full of learning and having fun. In our ball study we talked about who uses balls. We read a book about a little boy who goes bowling with his dad. We then watched a video of animals playing with balls and on Wednesday we had a special visitor, Spice. Spice is a therapy dog from 5th grade with Ms. Prange. Spice came down and we got to see how she plays fetch to have fun like we play to have fun. Some of use even got to pet Spice. We ended the week talking about what balls are made of. We used our senses to explore and described what we felt, saw, heard, smelled, and tasted (grapes). Then we discussed what might be inside balls. We learned vocabulary words like hollow and solid. We made predictions if we thought certain balls were hollow or solid and then tested our hypothesis.

In second steps, we talked about the touching rule we learned about a few months ago and what to do if someone breaks the touching rule. The touching rule is “A person should never touch your private body parts, expect to keep you clean and healthy”. We talked about what our private body parts are again (anything a swimsuit covers) and that a mommy/daddy/grandparent might help keep us clean and healthy when taking a bath but a dentist who works on teeth would not be keeping our private body parts clean and healthy, therefore should not touch them. We used our Ways to Stay Safe steps to practice what to do if someone does break the touching rule. We can stop and think, is this safe and what’s the rule? We then can say words that mean no and then tell a grown-up. We discussed that if the first grown-up does not help, tell the next grown-up and keep telling until someone helps you. We also discussed about what to do when someone who breaks the touching rule asks you to keep it a secret. We talked about the difference between a good secret and a bad secret. A good secret is one that makes the other person feel good, for example a present or a surprise party. A bad secret is one that hurts us or makes us feel bad, for example doing something we are not suppose to or playing touching games. Please take some time to talk to your preschooler about what they learned this week during second steps.

In small groups, students worked on looking at a set of numbers and determining what the amount was without counting. This skills is called quantifying. Students then used marbles to separate the set of marbles they had into different groups and learned that even when a set of 5 marbles is grouped different ways it is still 5. In another small group students worked on patterns. They used shapes to make various patterns and discussed the pattern they made. In another small group, students played the what’s missing game. Students looked at some objects and then the teacher covered them and took a few objects away. Students then tried to recall what was missing. At the end of the week, we participated in motor movement small groups. One group used balloons and tried to keep the balloon from falling by using our hands to keep it up. Another group working on jumping in different ways by using a rope as a “river” to jump over. In the last small group we worked on balancing our bodies with a clear space (a hula hoop) while moving our bodies in various ways. These motor movement small groups will be our Friday groups for the next few weeks so, your students will get an opportunity to participate in all groups at one point.

Thank you to all of your for letting us come into your home and take time out of your day to meet with us. We truly enjoy being able to spend this time with you. The last round of home visits will take place in April. If you have not, please check out the home visit sign up pages and pick either Returning to Preschool or Kindergarten Visit and sign up for a day and time.

When we return from Spring break we will be introducing new incentives to students. We will have super kids badges to wear during the day if students are caught doing something super like, cleaning up really well, helping a friend, following directions, keeping their hands to themselves, using kind words and many more. If they earn one of these badges during the day we will give them a paper bracelet to wear home so you know they earned a badge and you can ask them how they were safe, respectful and responsible during the day.

Reminder that next week is spring break and there will be no school. We will see all of you back to school on March 16th. Enjoy your time and hopefully the weather is nice so we can partake in the fresh air.

Thank you for all you do,

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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