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Dear Balch Nature School families,
Mornings in the play yard have been adventuresome…we never know what the weather will bring.  We have gone from cold frosty one morning and to balmy the next.    The season is shifting and I would like to remind parents to pack mittens, gloves and warm coats with your children! A comfortable and prepared child is able to enjoy the outdoors! Also adding their name really helps to find the correct owner especially on days it warms up enough to take the mittens off!

Parent Conferences are the 10th & 11th, most everyone has signed up and I look forward to meeting with you.  Parent conferences are a great time to update teachers on your child’s changes at home, your hopes and dreams for them at school and for us to share your child’s successes at school.  Children are welcome to join you at conference. They will be allowed to play in the classroom.

The October field trip to the apple orchard was enjoyed by all and our visit from the fire department went well.  Our classroom farm stand has been a big hit as well as making apple sauce and dissecting pumpkins and many construction projects.

Ms. Carolyn and Ms. Ashleigh

What’s happening at Nature Preschool in November?

During the three weeks of November we will be end our pumpkin and fall unit follow with an inventor’s workshop theme.  Using our Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, museum resources and love for creating and building, we will be creating temporary inventions, ones that last as long as we work on them!  


Early Literacy: tracing and printing our name, stories with rhyming words.

Geography: Maps

Early Math: sets and patterns

Fine Motor:  tearing, snipping, painting, tracing lines

Gross Motor: running, galloping, balance

Social: group games and positive interactions with classmates

Art: play dough, clay, printing, collage


Thursday & Friday, Nov. 10th & 11thh – Parent/Teacher conferences. No school for students.

Tuesday Nov. 22 Family pot luck brunch 9- 11 Am…sign-up sheet at school

November 23ththrough November 26– No school. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Balch families    

Dec 10th – Victorian Christmas, Join us for a special holiday craft. 1:30 to 4:30

December 16 – Stone Soup Family gathering – 9 – 11 for our last 2016 Family gathering

December winter vacation: December 17 and returning Tuesday January 3rd

October Volunteers. Thank you:  Krissie Mantius for coordinating Scholastic book orders and to Molly Gleason for making playdough, to the Rossetti’s for pumpkins and gourds and to the others who our corn stocks and other pumpkins. Thank you to all families for contributing to community snack.