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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Dr Seuss Birthday Celebration

Hello Families,

Literacy Night is tonight! We hope to see you all there in you PJ’s and with your favorite book. It is from 5-6pm in our preschool classroom. We will have a small snack a Dr. Seuss photo booth and a video to share. Please come in the front doors. The whole family is welcome to come!

We have had fun this week celebrating Dr. Seuss birthday as well. We read several books, made green eggs and ham/turkey and graphed colored goldfish. Both classes have now had Pat the Cat come visit as well. She came dresses in her Cat in the Hat costume and shared her stuffed animals with us. Make sure to check out the pictures on the photos page.

We really got in to our Tubes and Tunnels study this week. We defined what a tub and a tunnel are and what the difference is. A tube is anything that is round, long and hallow that can be open or closed on both ends. A tunnel is a large tube that you can travel through. We went on a walk in the school to look for different tube and tunnels. We saw a lot of cool things. We have also been using our toy tunnel in the classroom during all these indoor recess days to have some fun traveling through. The students asked some very great questions about tubes that we hope to find all the answers to during our study. We hope that your student is starting to recognize some tubes and tunnels with you as well!

In Second Steps this week we talked about joining in play. We practiced watching what a person was doing, telling them we like something about what they are doing and then come up with a play idea and ask to join in. Below is the home link for this lesson. Practicing these skills at home will help your child become more familiar with them and easier to use and retrieve from their memory bank in the moment. Thanks for taking the time to look at these each week!

Joining in with Play

It has recently come to our attention that there are some scary videos going around on the the internet. We would like to take this time to remind you that supervision is important when your child is using technology, wether it’s your phone, a tablet or the computer. We have had a couple families report that their child has seen these videos and have been frightened. This is also a good time to remind you all that for our students ages research states that no more than 2 hours of technology should be accessed each day. This is important because the first five years is when their little brains are making the most growth and connections. Please let us know if you have any questions about this!


As always, thank you for all you do to support your students learning.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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New Study!!! Tubes and Tunnels

Hello Families,

We had a wonderful week last week. We finished up our Simple Machines study by solving simple problems with different simple machines. We figured out how to move heavy blocks to the other side of the room (complex machine/2 wheel dolly) and how to get blocks on top of a shelf easier (pulley). There are some picture on the photos page of these challenges. They did a great job!

We are now starting a new study on tubes and tunnels. Tubes are anything that is round, hollow in the middle and can be open or closed at the ends. Tunnels are large tubes that you can travel through. We have just introduced these to students and have traveled through our play tunnel this week. We have added several tubes to our classroom centers for them to explore.

In Second steps this week we talked about inviting friends to play and giving play ideas. We can invite others to play by using a kind voice and asking them to come play. We can notice others who are not playing and invite them to play. We also talked about giving play ideas and taking turns giving play ideas. Check out the home link for ideas about how to help foster this skill at home.

Inviting to Play

Just a reminder that our next family socialization is coming up this Friday from 5-6pm in our preschool classroom. You can bring family members and enjoy some fun and learning about the importance of literacy. If you are able to make it feel free to wear pajamas and bring your child’s favorite book. We will be watching a quick video about literacy in young children, DEAR (drop everything and read) time with a small activity, a small snack and a Dr. Seuss silly photo booth. We are looking forward to having a wonderful time! Hope to see you all there!

This week we will be finishing up our home visits and getting ready for our parent teacher conferences the following week. Please take some time to look at the time slot you have for conferences. These can be found on the home visit and conferences sign-up page by following the link above. These will last only about 15 min and are held at Pyrtle in the preschool room.

Thank you for all you do! Hope to see you all next Friday. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie


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Other simple machines, who works with them, and Valentine’s Day!!

Hello Families,

Wow what a busy week! We watched a few videos on simple machines, two about pulley’s and one about all simple machines with Bill Nye the Science Guy. The students enjoyed all. On Wednesday, we talked about complex machines and how the are made of two or more simple machines. On Thursday the afternoon class had Maven (Mrs. Losey’s son) visit and talk to us about the simple machines he built. He showed us his ballista, trebuchet, and catapult. In the morning class, Mrs. Losey showed the students the same simple machines and talked about them. Friday we had another special guest, Arthur’s dad Blake, from our morning class. He came and talked about how he used a dolly to move heavy items at work (complex machine). It was fun to see a dolly in action lifting our heavy blocks in the block center. Next week, we finish our simple machines study and start a new study: Tubes and Tunnels.

In Second Steps, we discussed how we can have fun with friends. We reminded ourselves of our three fair ways to play: trade, play together, and take turns. We talked about how it is fun to play with friends, especially when  we play together. Take a look at the home links below to see how you can support these skills at home.

Fair Ways to Play

Having Fun with Friends

Thank you to all the parents that came on Thursday to help with our Valentine’s day parties. It was fun to play games, have a snack, and pass out valentine cards to our friends. We, as always, appreciate everything you do for our classrooms. Also, a special thanks for helping us wrap the boxes for delivering our Valentines.

Yesterday in Thursday folders you should have received you students GOLD report card. Please let us know if you have any questions about it. Today in backpacks you will find a flyer for our next family socialization.  Literacy Night will be on Friday March 1st from 5-6pm in the preschool classroom. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Enjoy your weekend by staying safe and warm from the snowstorms we are getting.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Other Simple Machines

Hello families,

Wow! What a week! We had 2 guest speakers talk to us about simple machines they use. Ms. Bailey, our speech and language pathologist showed us how she uses simple machines to cut and make fruit salad. We got to sample some delicious fruit after! Thanks Ms. Bailey! We had Jessica from the No Coast Derby Girls come today and talk to us about the wheels on her skates and how she uses them. She had a lot of medals to show us as well and we even got to feel how heavy her skates were. Thank you so much to our special guests. We also talked about pulleys this week. We were surprised by how many things use pulleys. Take some time to look at the pictures form this week on the photos page.

In Second Steps this week we talked about Managing waiting. We talked about calming our body again when having to wait for a  long time. While we are waiting there are strategies we can use to help. We can count or sing a song quietly while we wait. Below is the home link to that you can use to help with these strategies at home.

Managing Waiting

This Thursday we will be having our Valentines parties. The AM class will be starting at 10:00 and the PM class will be starting at 2:45. Please let us know if you would like to join us either by email or the paper we sent home.  Send Valentines with only your students name on them please. Thank you for your help with this at it will make passing them out much faster for everyone. If you are in need of a box of Valentines for your child please let us know as we have several extras. We can send them home you you to help your child sign.

Please look for GOLD report cards to come home this week. We can answer any question you have during our home visit.

Thank you for all the you do!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Levers and Screws

Hello Families,

What a crazy short week! We hope you all stayed warm during all this cold weather. Here are some updates from the last 2 short weeks…

In Second Steps we have covered what to do when we are having strong feelings like disappointment or anger. We have learned all the calm down strategies now; put my hands on my tummy. say stop, name my feeling and belly breathe. We practiced these skills with our friends and puppets (Gertie and Juan Pablo). It is okay to be angry, but it is not okay to be hurtful with our bodies or our words. Below is the home links for these lessons. Please take some time to practice these skills at home as well.

Managing Disappointment

Managing Anger

In our Simple Machines study we have been talking about levers and starting to talk about screws. We learned the parts of a lever (lever and fulcrum), talked about different types of levers and what they are used for. We have looked at screws this week and talked about the parts of the screws (head and threads). We are talking about how screws hold things together, making work easier.

We are looking forward to starting our home visits in a few weeks. If you have not signed up please do so asap. Follow the link at the top of the page to sign up. If you are not able shoot us an email and we will fill it in for you.

We will be having our Valentines Parties Thursday February 14th. The AM class will start at 10:00, the PM class will start at 2:45. Feel free to join us for the festivities. We are still looking for volunteers to wrap boxes to put their Valentines in. If you are able to help you can send the letter back to school or email us. We will be gathering materials next week and are planning on sending boxes and paper home with students next Wednesday the 6th for the parents that Volunteered. We would would like to have them back by Friday or Monday at the latest. We will be decorating them on Monday the 11th.

Thank you for all you do!!! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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