13 March, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Sunnybrook has developed a scholarship fund for families who may need assistance paying tuition. Scholarship applications will be included with all enrollment packets, and are due by May 15th, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year. Please spread the word to family and friends that you feel may have an interest in Sunnybrook, but may require some assistance. Enrollment packets are now available. Please contact Lyn at [email protected] for information or an enrollment packet.
7 June, 2015
Our final week of school passed very quickly. We enjoyed our outside time playing games together, collecting caterpillars, playing with rain water, picking flowers, and having a final lunchtime picnic.
For the last Monday art activity, the children made paper. We learned that paper comes from trees, which are cut down, ground up into pulp, and rolled on big rollers to create paper. We recycled used paper by ripping it up, blending it in a blender, then pressing it out to dry.
The kindergarten students and some Monday preschool students made their insect projects – diagrams of an ant – to wrap up our study of animal classes.
At the art table the children made frogs and butterflies from paper plates that they painted last week. They attached legs or antennae and tongues made from blowers, which was the truly exciting part. Students also did some shape printing with various round and rectangular objects.
On Wednesday we had some very exciting guests! Duco the police dog came to visit with Officer Ladd. We learned that Duco’s job is to help find people who may be lost and to help Officer Ladd stop bad guys. Officer Ladd trains Duco to search and to jump and bite, and as a reward for doing as he is told, he gets to play with his favorite toy. They demonstrated some of the things that Duco can do, including jumping way up high to grab things with his back teeth, and going through and over obstacles.
Thursday, our last day of school, had everyone busy preparing for the presentation and graduation. The students helped carry out and set up all of the projects on the playground, and then had fun running and playing with their friends. At the end of the morning we read the story Miss Rumphius, about a girl who grows into an old lady and at her grandfather’s request does something to make the world more beautiful.
The children did a fantastic job singing the songs for the performance and the kindergarten students did an excellent job reading their animal reports. It was a bittersweet day. It is hard to say goodbye to our friends that are moving on, but it has been such an amazing experience watching them progress and grow over the years! We wish you the best and you will truly be missed!
31 May, 2015
The trees are green and the insects are buzzing. It was nice to have the shade from all of the leaves on this toasty week. We spent lots of time outside enjoying the weather. The children were busy singing and dancing, playing tag, tilling up our garden, and making up lots of fun stories and games. We finally planted some flower seeds in our garden, with hopes that they will grow while we are away for the summer.
We found and observed many insects this week, including a dead bumblebee, ants and their larva which we dug up in the playground, some large Six Spotted Tiger Beetles wandering around the classroom, lightning bugs, and of course some caterpillars, flies, and mosquitos.
At the art table the children made some chalk and buttermilk drawings. The buttermilk makes the chalk brighter and shinier on the paper, creating a nice effect. They also began making butterflies by painting the paper plate wings. Some of the butterflies were quite colorfully decorated.
The students had a wonderful time scooping melon balls out of watermelons. They dropped them into little cups then used a toothpick to eat them. Some of those children got very, very full of watermelon!
A light table was set up and the children enjoyed building with the Magnatiles on it throughout the week. There were some pretty impressive structures erected, and it was neat to see the different colors created when the Magnatiles were placed on top of each other over the light.
As we began to wrap up the year during circle time, we added more kind deeds to the kindness chain, then hung it over the chimney for students to add links during the final week. We played an insect guessing game with the magic box. When the insect was described, the children used the clues to determine which insect was hidden inside. We had fun doing the parachute and the ribbon sticks and dancing around. The children have been singing their animal songs daily so they will be well prepared for the last day presentation. We also read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the children enjoyed playing with the Three Bear’s House during work time. Everyone was anxious to have an opportunity to use it, but the children worked well together taking turns and waiting patiently.
On Friday, the students examined their bean plants that sprouted from the seeds they planted several weeks ago. It was quite exciting to see how much they have grown, from one small white bean, to a plant with roots, a stem, and leaves. They drew pictures of their bean plants in their science notebooks, then took them home to plant. We spent a lot of time outside playing on the green – visiting the wolf, dancing and singing on the gazebo, and playing Frisbee and toss. We made thank you cards for Gerrie Scott, who will be reading to us for the last time on Monday. We finished the day by planting some pumpkin seedlings sent in by Grammy Riff, so hopefully we will have some beautiful pumpkins in the fall.