Dear Preschool Families-
Spring is here and Easter is around the corner. We are looking forward to ditching the winter gear. I have lots of information to share as we close out the last months of preschool. I will try my best to keep as brief as possible!
- Assessment & Portfolios: This year the preschool decided to switch our assessment tool to the State of Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment Tool (ELA). The ELA is based on Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards and is very comprehensive. While how we assess children did not change, some of the specific skills and milestones did. We created a new checklist (“report card”) and have decided to continue to test it out next year so we have two full years of using the same tool. Because the ELA is more comprehensive, we decided to not create child portfolios. We know families look forward to the work samples and pictures milestones of their child’s year, which is why we are trying to make a conscious effort to have quarterly classroom newsletters, documentation on the walls, and an end of the year letter. You will receive a copy of your child’s ELA assessment at your parent-teacher conference or by the end of the year.
- Staffing: In the fall, Mrs. LaFayette (Mrs. L) was awarded a scholarship from The Ohio State University and City of Columbus to complete her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. Due to a class conflict, she will not be able to teach in the Butterfly Class during the month of May. Luckily Ms. Love, our afternoon lead teacher, will be subbing for her the last three weeks of school. L will continue to be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have found many positive effects with having a teacher “loop” with the preschool class this year. Therefore, next year, Mrs. Springer and Mrs. Abel will be the AM Pre-K teachers and Mrs. Steinbauer and Mrs. LaFayette will be the mixed age teachers. Mrs. Abel will be the PM Pre-K teacher, along with Ms. Love.
- Safety Drills: The preschool will be practicing safety drills upon our return from Spring Break. These include fire, tornado, and lock down. Lock down drills are somewhat new with preschool students and we want to be sensitive to the language we use. When we practice lock downs, we use the term “lock down” and let the children know, “There is something unsafe outside. We have to stop right away and move our safe spot in the school”. Please let us know if you have additional questions.
April 13-17: Easter Break
April 25: Art Show
May 26: End of the Year Picnic – NEW LOCATION! Wolfe Park!