Ending the Sign Study, More Feelings and Unsafe Substances

Hello Families, 

Sorry it has been so long since we updated the website! This week we finished our study on signs! Check out the pictures on the google photos album. 

We started this week talking about identifying more feelings by watching what is happening and looking at a person’s face. We identified feeling surprised and scared. Check out the home link to continue practicing this skill at home. We also learned about good and bad substances that go in your bodies. We practiced by looking at real medicine bottles and food items and decided which ones we need to ask an adult first before putting in our body. We also discussed how drugs and alcohol can make brains work slower and different if you have too much. Please review being safe with drugs and alcohol at home.      

Unit 2 Week 8 More Feelings

In Creative Curriculum this week we finished our study of signs. We finished by learning about who works with signs. The last few days we have been learning about sign language interpreters. We have been practicing some sign language in the classroom as well. Your student should be able to sign for the words; help, please, stop, go and thank you. Today we took a trip to the cafeteria today to see the banner that we made in one small group this week. We put everything that we learned about signs on the banner. 

Weather update for the week of October, 26th.  With new snow on the ground this last week, we have had questions from some parents that we may want to answer for all our parents.  In our outside play area, we have the snow cleared from the cement before we go outside each day.  If it is currently snowing heavily or if the “feels like” temperature is at 10 degrees or below, we would make the choice to stay inside.  It would be best if you choose to send your child to school with a heavier coat, stocking hat and gloves or mittens in the upcoming winter months.  We will go outside for play time each day as we are able.  If your child has boots that you would like to send them to school with, that is an acceptable option, but they may end up wearing the snow boots for the time in the classroom as well.  It is not necessary to send snow pants with your child to school.

In our small groups this week, we worked on a mural as a conclusion to our sign study.  Each child was able to capture on their portion of the mural what they had learned from signs.  We posted the mural in the school cafeteria, and allowed the older students to identify that they had seen our sign.  On Friday, we took a walk to the cafeteria to see our sign as it was hung up.  We counted the number of people who had seen our sign.  We learned when you have a sign with important information, a lot of people will see it.  A second activity this week allowed our students to practice recall and recognition of book covers from some of the books we have read through this study.  We also looked for signs in a tub of sand.  We were able to recognize letters and shapes that were common on signs.  The students are learning to understand that each sign has meaning.  

Thank you for all you do to help your student grow and learn! 



  • ***Please sign up for our next home visit if you have not done so already!
  • Check out our classroom pictures to see all the fun we have been having 
  • NO SCHOOL for students Monday or Tuesday next week


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Fair Ways to Play and When Do Things Happen?

What a great week it has been! We have been working really hard learning how to share and play fair with our friends. We know how to tap a friends shoulder, say their name and then give them a toy or ask for a toy. We practiced sharing, trading and taking turns with our toys and activities. Please click on the link below to see the Second Steps Home Link about how to continue this learning at home.

Fair Ways to Play

In Creative Curriculum this week we continued our beginning of the year study. We had wonderful discussions about when things happen and what tools we use to know when things happen (clocks and schedules). Your student should be an expert on our preschool schedule now. Ask them what their schedule is at school and see what they can remember. We also just started to talk about who works at our school this week and how they help us. We had visitors come from around the school and talk to us about what they do to help us learn and stay safe. We will continue to learn about more people next week.

In our small groups this week we worked on letter ID, problem solving skills and following directions. We played ‘jumping beans’ to work on letter ID. We drew cards with letters on them and when we drew a jumping bean card we all got to jump. We worked on finding lids that matched our containers for problem solving. We had to look at shapes, sizes and materials they were made from. We practiced following directions by making gingerbread men out of our play-doh. We had many steps to roll, cut and decorate them.

  • Please complete the Self-Care Survey for your child if you haven’t done so already
  • We will be completing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire at our September Home visit and doing one fun activity.
  • Check out our classroom pictures to see all the fun we have been having.
  • No Parent Teacher Conferences for preschoolers this year

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Beginning of the Year/ Focusing Attention

Hello Families,

What another wonderful week! This week in Creative Curriculum we worked on learning the rules in the classroom. We learned how to follow directions with instruments and what we can do with our hands to be safe. We also practiced our classroom superhero chant. Ask your child to try and show you this chant. We will continue to practice each week.


This week we worked really hard on focusing our attention and getting others attention. We use our “attentoscopes” to focus on one thing. You can read more about how to use those in the family letter from second steps below. We also learned how to get someone’s attention by tapping them on the shoulder and saying their name. You might notice that your student starts to do this at home as well. We encourage you to praise them for practicing these skills.

Unit 1 Week 3 Focusing Attention



  • Please complete the Self-Care Survey for your child if you haven’t done so already
  • Sign-up for our September home visit
    • We will be completing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire at this visit and doing one fun activity.
  • Check out our classroom pictures to see all the fun we have been having
  • Scholastic book orders are due Next Thursday if you want to order any books
  • No Parent Teacher Conferences for preschoolers this year
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Week 2 Done! Beginning of the year/Listening

Hello Families,

We rocked week 2! Way to go!!! This week we talked about what we should do if we get scared at school. We showed students where our calm down area is and how to use this area. We also discussed different feelings we might have at school and who they can go to get help if they are having uncomfortable feelings. We also introduced our super hero badges. Students can get a super hero badge when they are safe, respectful or responsible. They get to wear the badge and get their picture taken with it and then they trade it at the end of the day for a bracelet to wear home so they can tell you about their badge. We will post these pictures in the google photo albums for you all to see. Check out the pictures on the photos page.

This week in Second Steps we worked on practicing our listening skills. Our eyes are watching, ears are listening, voices are quiet and bodies are calm. Have your child sing the listening rules song for you! Below is the home link that you can use to help continue learning at home.

Unit 1 Week 2 Listening

This week we were given some valuable information about helping families through hardships that are more prevalent during these hard times. If you are feeling your family needs anything right now there is a wonderful resource that the City of Lincoln has created. You can go to MyLNK and find so many resources that you may not know that you have access to.  Take some time to check it out and share if you know someone who could benefit from this resource.

Yesterday in school, students should have brought home Thursday Folders for the first time. These will come home on Thursday’s when there is important information form the classroom, school or district. They may not come home every Thursday as most communication is sent home digitally now. We checked out our first Library books today. Students can keep these for one week and then bring back on Friday’s with their Thursday Folders so they can check out a new book.

Some reminders (homework)…

  • Sign up for September Home Visits (see home visit sign ups at top of page)
  • Scholastic book orders are due September 10th (remote learners are welcome to order as well, you will just pick books up from Pyrtle office once they arrive. Use the link on the side of the page with the appropriate teachers code.) 
  • Complete the self-help survey for your child. 

Thank you for all that you do to help your child learn and grow with us!!!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie


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Hello Families,

What a wonderful first week of preschool! Your student has learned so much this week and practiced so many new skills. Sorry for the long email, but so much good information is in here!

In Second Steps this week we learned how to welcome people. With this curriculum there are parent letters that come with each lesson. We will post these letters each week so that you can continue to help your student with these skills at home. Please let us know if you have any questions about how to use these, the links are below for the first lesson and an introduction on how to use them.


Unit 1 Week 1 Welcoming

In our small groups this week we learned about all out centers and the rules in our centers. We have 8 centers in our classroom. Students had so much fun learning to play and share with each other this week.

In Large Group this week we worked on learning the names of people, places and things in our school. We practiced learning each others name, the names of our centers, the names of our toys and some names of places in our school. Today we learned the name of our school (Pyrtle Elementary).

Here are a few reminders…

  • This Tuesday is our first PLC day. Preschoolers do not attend school on these days. These are the last Tuesday of every month.
  • Students are now required to wear masks in the classroom. Could you please send an extra face covering (mask) in their backpacks? This is in case they get soiled in any way.
  • Check out the pictures from this weeks learning on the photos page.

​​Thank you for all you do to support your students growth and learning! Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations!

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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Hello Preschool Families!

We are so excited to welcome you into our classroom this year! I have attached our Welcome Letter, Daily schedule, Open House Video, Parent Handbook and CPU Family Letter. We will be going over some of these at our initial home visits and the others are for you to enjoy. Please feel free to visit our Preschool Website as well. We will be updating this site weekly with information and pictures. The password for the protected areas is Panthers20. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about anything. I am looking forward to working with you all this year. Pyrtle Preschool Super Hero’s will be amazing this year!

Welcome Letter

AM Daily Schedule 

Open House Video

2020-21 Preschool Handbook

Child Protection Curriculum Family Letter

**Things your student will need before the first day…

  • Backpack that is large enough to carry a folder
  • A change of clothes to keep in their backpack
  • A big smile and ready for fun

**Please feel free to connect with the Pyrtle Facebook page.

Thank you,

Mrs. Losey and Ms. Jamie

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