Happy Summer!!!

Hello Families,

We want to take this time to thank you all for a wonderful year. We are going to miss you all over the summer. We hope that you get to have some adventures and some learning will for sure happen along the way. We are attaching a few things here for you to reference over the summer if you are looking to ways to keep those minds active and ready for school in the fall. These are just some fun activities you can do NOT HOMEWORK.

100 Things to Do This Summer

2019 Summer Guide (things to do in Lincoln) 

This is a wonderful site we found that has some activities for the summer prekinders.com

Please take some time to visit the photos page and see all the things we have done this year. You will also find the link to the end of year slide show there. Enjoy and feel free to share the link.

We would love updates from time to time. Have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Almost There…

Hello Families,

Can you believe we have almost finished this school year? Wow we have learned so many things and made so many good friends along the way.

This last week we focused on what we can reuse. We got to make trash collages on Friday. I hope you enjoyed looking at these with your student. We went on a litter walk Monday and sorted what items were trash and what could be recycled. We wore gloves and checked our school yard. We were very happy to see that there was not much little to be picked up. Students were so observant though and found the smallest pieces of littler to help our Earth. We also had fun reusing our trash to make instruments. Check out the pictures on the photos page to see some of these fun activities.


We are looking forward to seeing you this Thursday for our end of year celebration. Here are the details you need to know…

Mrs. Losey AM times: 10:00-11:00 Celebration/Graduation; 11:00-11:30 Picnic

Ms. Jamie PM times: 12:30-1:00 Picnic; 2:45-3:45 Celebration/Graduation

  • Please enter through door 1 for celebration/graduation
  • We will provide lunch for students only at no cost for the picnic (families meet in the butterfly garden out front on the south side)
  • All family members are welcome to attend
  • Celebration will be in preschool classroom (139)
  • There will be limited seating you might have to stand
  • You can take as many pictures as you want 🙂
  • Students can dress comfortable or nice. We will take them outside before graduation for 30 minutes
  • We will be wearing graduation caps (think about hairstyle that will allow this)

Please let us know if you have any further questions

We want to send a special THANK YOU to those parents who have come in to help us get ready for the end of the year. You have saved us countless hours of work ourselves by volunteering your time to put portfolios together, clean toys and take down posters. Thank you to anyone who have come to volunteer this year and to all of you for partnering with us to help your student grow and learn!

Thank you again for all you do!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie



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Where does Trash Go?

Hello Families,

What a great week we have had. We talked a lot about trash and where it goes after we throw it away. Since we were not able to make a trip to the dump or see a garbage truck we watched some videos (virtual field trips :).  One video showed us how a dump truck works, what they pick up and where they go. The other video we watched showed us how recycling works and why it is good for our Earth. In small group this week, students published their own books about how to keep the Earth healthy. They also measured different containers and figured out which could hold more water. The last small group  this week was figuring out what toy Ms. Jen was thinking about. She told them characteristics of toys in a bucket and they had to figure it out. We also meet the Litter Monster this week. He made a big mess in our classroom. We talked about how litter hurts our planet and the animals on our planet.

We sent home Mother’s Day presents with students today. This is the project students worked on during the Week of the Young Child in the Art room. Our Preschool team wishes you all a very Happy Mother’s day!

Thank you for all you do. If you have any questions please let us know.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Hello Families,

This week  for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle we talked a lot about trash and what we put in our trash. We looked through our trash cans in the classroom with gloves. We found a lot of paper. We also discussed the things that we throw away at home. Students said they throw away food, napkins, paper towels, kitty litter, diapers, and even broken toys at home. We made some artwork out of trash this week too. You should have seen that some home. We used it to make letters or the students name. We just started talking about what happens to trash after we throw it away. This was a perfect time for our new dump trucks to be brought in. Special thanks to those families that helped make these. Take a look at the photos page for some pictures of them in use.

Students have selected the songs they want to sing for you during our end of year celebration. We are practicing these a little each day. We are excited to show you all we have learned this year. Thank you to those volunteers coming in to help put their portfolios together.

Although we have finished our last home visits for the year, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns or questions that we can help you with. Thank you for all you do for our preschool learners!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie


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New Study: The 3 R’s

Hello Families,

Last week we started our new study: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We talked about how we could reuse an egg carton to either put paint in or plant plants.  Students thought it was fun that we could use an item for something else. We also talked about recycling being using materials again and again.  We discussed what we know about Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. One of the books we read “I Am Earth” talks about us keeping the earth clean and healthy because that keeps us clean and healthy. Talk with your student about how you at home can help keep the earth healthy.

Second Steps last week was spent reviewing our Alphabet chant with our letter sounds. In small group we worked on rhyming words, sorting, and letter identification.  We are reviewing a ton of skills we learned through out the year and are beginning to prep for our end of the year.

Coming home this week will me more information about graduation. Please be on the look  out for this in your students Thursday folder. Also our last day to check out library books will be May 10th. Books will need to be returned the following week so Mrs. Spaulding can begin closing up the library for the end of the year.


Thank you for all you do!!

Ms. Jamie and Mrs. Losey

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Finishing Up Tubes and Tunnels

Hello Families,

We finished up our Tubes and Tunnels study last week. We had a blast learning about the difference between tubes and tunnels and what they are used for. We also talked about people that use tubes and tunnels. We even had Ms. Bailey and Ms. Tristan play their tube instruments for us. We have learned so much! We celebrated all our learning with award presentations for the marble run’s that we made in small groups. We awarded the tallest marble run, fastest marble run and the marble run with the most tubes. Check out the pictures on the phots page.

We are starting our last study of the year this week Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. You can help us get this study started by talking with your child about trash ad garbage, where it goes and if your recycle have them help you sorting the materials. When you are outside if you notice trash on the ground you can point it out. Thanks for helping your child be aware of what they are noticing around them.

In Second Steps this week we we review classroom rules and procedures. We talked about how to be safe, respectful and responsible on the carpet and on the playground. We also reviewed our first safety lessons of the year; car safety, pedestrian safety, fire safety, gun safety and lockdowns. A lockdown is when we lock our doors to the classroom, turn off the lights and hide if there is something unsafe in the hallway (locks, lights, out of sight). We will be reviewing our social emotional and safety curriculum until the end of the year.

We are finishing up our last home visits these next 2 weeks. We are so thankful to all of you for welcoming us into your homes and allowing us to work together for a common goal for your child.


***This Friday the 26th is Kindergarten Orientation here at Pyrtle. If your child is attending Pyrtle next year for kindergarten this is a wonderful time for you and your student to learn about kindergarten. If your child is in the AM class, please take them with you to the orientation and then drop them off in the classroom after. If you could, please make sure they have breakfast before they attend, as breakfast in the classroom will be over by then.

WhenFriday, April 26th at 7:55 am to 8:40 am

Where: Pyrtle Elementary – Please enter using door #17 (NE side of school)

Who: You and your kindergartner (no siblings please)

Please park on the side streets; not in front of the school or in the staff lots.

***We will be celebrating our year on the last day of school (Thursday, May 23rd). We will be doing a graduation ceremony, singing and having a picnic here at Pyrtle. See below for the schedule…


Graduation: 10:00-11:00 in the preschool classroom

Picnic: 11:00-11:30 outside wether permitting.


Picnic: 12:30-1:00 outside wether permitting.

Graduation: 2:45-3:45 in the preschool classroom

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Week of the Young Child

Hello Families,

What a busy and exciting week! We had a blast with our celebration of young children. Music Monday we made instruments like a guitar, bells and maracas. We also went to go to the music room with Mrs. Dohmen and danced with other grade levels. Tasty Tuesday we got to make strawberry banana smoothies and play games with food with Mr. Rinne. Work together Wednesday we built structures together with different building materials like magnatiles, shoeboxes and legos. We also went to the gym with Mr. Armagost and worked with other grade levels on relay races. We spelled Pyrtle with tennis balls that we retrieved from the other end of the gym. Artsy Thursday we made some fun paintings with marbles, bubbles and watercolors. We also went to the art room with Mrs. Brumm and made thumbprint pendants out of clay. We are hoping to get these back sometime and paint them. For Family Friday we went to the library with Mrs. Spaulding and got to read a fun book about families. We also played some fun games with family members that were able to come in and some even stayed to play with us during choice time.  This was a wonderful way to end the week with family.  Thank you

We would like to send a special thanks to Ms. Kim for putting so much love and time into her work with us in preschool. This was her last week subbing for Ms. Jamie. We would also, like to welcome Ms. Jamie back Monday. I am sure it will be hard to leave her new bundle of joy for a little while each day. We will be finishing our last week of our Tubes and Tunnels study this coming week and then moving on to our last study, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

In Second Steps the last 2 weeks we have been coving how to solve a problem. We have talked about thinking of a solution to our problems and speaking up assertively. When we have a problem we first need to calm our boy and then we are able to say the problem and think of a solution. When we think of a solution, we should think of a couple and chose the solution that we think will work best. If we are having problems with other people we want to speak up assertively, using our strong respectful voice. Attached are the home links that will help you practice these skills at home. These were our last 2 second steps lessons of the year. We will be reviewing as necessary any of these skills we have taught until the end of the year. We will also be reviewing some of our safety lessons that have been taught in the Talking about Touching Curriculum.

Thinking of Solutions

Speaking Up Assertively

Thank you for all of the resent donations we have been asking for. They have been useful and wonderful for the students to use.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for all you do!!!

Mrs. Losey, Ms. Jamie and Ms. Kim


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Making and Using Tubes and Tunnels

Hello Families,

This week in our study we talked about how to make and use tubes and tunnels. We looked at and practiced using a shipping tube. We talked about what we could ship in it and why it is better than and envelope for some things. We looked at pictures of different playgrounds that have tubes we can play in or with and we started talking about marble runs. In our small groups this week we planned on what materials we might need to make a marble run ourselves. This coming week we will begin construction on our marble runs. For the end of the study we will be racing our marble runs against each other. The students are pretty excited about making them. We covered some great vocabulary words this week as well. We talked about how “gravity” helps the marbles move toward the ground and a “detour” is when we direct something to a different place. Ask your students about the marble run we built as a whole class on Friday with some detours. 🙂

In second steps this week we learned about “Saying the Problem” this is our first step in solving problems. When there is a problem we first have to calm our body using our calm down steps (hands on tummy, say stop, name my feeling, belly breathe). Then we can say the problem (ex. “I can’t fond my favorite toy.”) Please take some time to look at the home link and continue practicing these skill at home.

Saying the Problem

We are excited to be starting our last round of home visits this coming week. If you have not already signed up for your visit, please do so as soon as possible. You can check your time or sign up at the link above.

You should have received a letter in backpacks on Friday about The Week of the Young Child. We will be celebrating this soon and taking a break for a week from our study. There is an opportunity for you to participate in the fun week on Friday the 12th. We will be playing games with family members who attend. Here is a copy of the flyer if it was lost. Let us know if you have any questions.

Week of the Young Child

We got a visit from Ms. Jamie and her new baby boy Nolan this week. We got a great picture of her and the PM class.

See you all soon! Thank you for all you do for us and your students!

Mrs. Losey, Ms. Jamie and Ms. Kim

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Sorry So Late!

Hello Families,

So sorry to get this post up late! We had a lot of fun learning about tubes and tunnels last week. We finished talking about where we can find them and started talking about how do we make and use them. We learned that we can find tubes and tunnels in so many different places. We took a virtual tour of a pet store and found some tubes and tunnels, talked about animals that burrow in tunnels underground, felt our pulse and talked about how our veins and arteries are tubes, and watched a video on barrel waves and surfing them. Students really showed an interest in our veins being tubes. We watched a short video clip on how our blood moves through these tubes to and from our heart. They loved being able to see the blue veins on their wrists.

In second steps last week we spent time reviewing the rules at Pyrtle school. We reviewed our rules on the rug, during choice time, in the bathroom, the hallway and on the playground. Students were able to recall and tell us what the rules are. We then practiced and handed out lots of “paws” when students were following the expectations.

If you have not done so already, please take the time to sign up for April home visits. You can follow the link above to your class sign ups. If your child is going to kindergarten next year please use the kindergarten visit sign up sheet, if you child is returning to preschool next year please use the April home visit sign up sheet. You only need to sign up for one slot. We are looking forward to these visits, as they are our last of the year and the kiddos have made so much growth!

This is also a good time to let you know we will be having a bus evacuation this Thursday the 27th. The AM class will practice after school at 11:30. The PM class will practice before school at 12:15. All students participate in these drills even if they do not ride the bus normally. We will stay at the school and practice getting on and off in a safe manner then meeting at a safe spot.

For those attending Kindergarten next year please come to the Orientation!

2019-2020 Pyrtle Kindergarten Orientation

When: FridayApril 26th at 7:55 am to 8:40 am

Where: Pyrtle Elementary

Who: You and your kindergartner (no siblings please)

**Please plan to park on the side streets; not in front of the school or in the staff lots.

2019-2020 Morley Kindergarten Orientation 

When: April 30th at 6:00 PM

Where: Morley Elementary

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs Losey, Ms. Jamie and Ms. Kim



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Have a Wonderful Spring Break!

Hello Families,

This week we studied the characteristics of tubes and we also started talking about where we can find tubes. We talked about that tubes are usually hallow, round and can be open or closed on the ends. We explored many different types of tubes while we were talking about how they looked. Today we talked about the downspouts on a building and how they help move water away from the building through tubes. To do this we looked at funnels and talked about how they are larger circles that have a small tube at the end to help us move water into a smaller object. We used a funnel to move water from a large measuring cup into a small water bottle.

In Second Steps this week we reviewed Caring and Helping. We talked about how we can listen to our friends and then we are able to help them. We also read some books about being a good friend and being kind to each other. We have talking a lot about not being a bully, someone who hurts peoples feelings on purpose or physically hurts someone. We talked about telling an adult right away if this happens. Here is the home link to support caring and helping at home.

Caring and Helping

Please take some time to sign up for April Home Visits. If you student is returning to preschool next year please use the sign up that is titled April Home Visit sign-Ups. If your student is going to kindergarten next year please use the Kindergarten School Visit sign-up form. We are still currently waiting to hear back from Morley about dates and times. If you are a family attending Morley next year please wait to sign up until we send out another email. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

Parent teacher conferences are going to be rescheduled for the Thursday we come back from Spring break. This is March 21st. The time slots will remain the same for those days. Please let us know if you are not able to make those times work. You can check the sign up sheets on the link about for home visit sigh ups.

Please help us congratulate Ms. Jamie and welcome her new baby boy; Nolan Jace Hohensee was born on Sunday. Mom and baby are doing well and enjoying some snuggle time. Here is a picture for your enjoyment.

Ms. Kim is with us while Ms. Jamie is on leave. She is a retired teacher from Pyrtle and is doing an amazing job. I’m sure your students are coming home talking about her. 🙂 Also joining our team for a while is Ms. Tristan. She is Ms. Jessica’s student teacher from Peru State. She is excited to be working with our kiddos in both classes. Below is a picture of both our new team members!

Ms. Tristan                                                                          Ms Kim


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