Hello Parents! My name is Palma Taranto and your children may call me Ms. T! I am thrilled to begin my first year teaching here at Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood. I have happily gained a few years of experience prior in an early childhood setting. I will be posting updates on what will be occurring here in the classroom each week! There will be links for your convenience and access to what will be going on in the room monthly and what we will be focusing on. Thank you for your cooperation, and I look forward to getting to know you all!
Here is the Supplies List anticipated for the upcoming school year 2020-2021:
June 15th-June 19th
Nursery had their Zoom Stepping Up Ceremony this week and it was a bittersweet goodbye! It was a pleasure to have this class this school year, and I cannot wait to them once we return in the future. Have a great, safe, and happy summer!
June 8th-June 12th
As we reach the end of our time in Nursery, and our children step up to Pre-K, we enjoyed our week of activities, crafts, and Zoom sessions. Our students did the milk experiment with food coloring, created many summer crafts for the season, and brought in something yellow for Show and Tell. It was a ton of fun! We also released our butterflies this week, it was sad to say goodbye but we are so happy to see them out in nature!
On June 16th, 2020 – We will be holding our Stepping Up Ceremony at 11AM on Zoom, where we will be watching our slideshow of the school year. We cannot wait to celebrate all of you! Congratulations!
Here is our Weekly activities and Newsletter:
June 1st-June 5th
This week, Nursery had a great time with their virtual learning! We have began our unit of Summer and enjoying our last few weeks together on ZOOM. Nursery students have been creating different crafts that represent Summer and enjoying the beautiful weather. Our lunch ZOOM was small, yet fun where children were able to talk to one another freely, and at our Wednesday Morning Meeting, children brought items that began with the letter T! There were so many great items that were explained during their time together, and each child was excited to see if their classmates brought similar items. Our caterpillars have officially moved to their new habitat, yay! We cannot wait to see our butterflies! Below is our weekly activities and newsletter. Next week, students will bring in an item that is yellow for Show and Tell.
June 11th Q&A is canceled
June 16th is our Zoom Stepping Up Ceremony
May 26th-May 29th
Nursery had another successful week of virtual learning. We have begun watching our caterpillars grow bigger and bigger and soon they will create their chrysalises. It has been a fun and exciting experience, and our children are thrilled to see our caterpillars turn into butterflies. With that said, many of our activities were focused on animals and butterflies. Our Nursery students brought in items that were BLUE for Show and Tell, and they were excited to discuss what they brought in. Next week, we will be bringing something that begins with the letter T for Show and Tell.
May 18th-May 22nd
Nursery had a great week of virtual learning as we ended our Flower/Plants and Spring units. We had our ZOOM lunch hour and so many friends were excited to see one another as they said hello and talked about their favorite toys. At morning meeting, we were able to see items that began with the letter S. Next week, we will be bringing an item that is BLUE for Show and Tell.
Have a great three-day weekend! There will be no virtual learning on May 25th. Thank you!
May 11th-May 15th
Nursery had a great week of virtual learning where we met on ZOOM for “lunch hour” and chatted about the food we ate and toys everyone was playing with. For morning meeting, we had all of our teachers, Ms. H, Ms. K, and Ms. Yvonne join us for Show and Tell, and everyone brought something green to share. It was a ton of fun, and the students were thrilled to see familiar faces. Below is our activities that were completed for the week, pictures of crafts, and our weekly newsletter. Have a great weekend!
May 4th-May 8th
I hope everyone is doing well! As we continue to learn about the season Spring, and learning about plants, fruits, and vegetables, Nursery has been sending in crafts and activities that they are completing during our warmer weather. Have a happy, blessed Mother’s Day!
Here is our weekly activity sheet and some completed crafts:
This is our Weekly Newsletter:
April 27th-May 1st
Nursery has transitioned well with remote learning. Below are our weekly newsletters as to what the children have been up to at home and all of the great crafts and activities each week since March 17th.
This week, Nursery created many Saint Patrick’s Day crafts. On Monday, children learned and created a “walking rainbow” using paper towels and colored water to watch the colors meet together. On Tuesday, children created splatter paint shamrocks. On Wednesday, children created a pot of gold. On Thursday, children colored in a picture for March, and learned that we can identify the weather as a Lion or Lamb for cold, snowy, rainy weather or sunny, warm weather. On Friday, children made a peacock for the letter P. More pictures to follow once returned. The weather has been far warmer and our children have been embracing the outdoors.
This week, Nursery celebrated Dr. Seuss. On Monday, the children created the one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish craft. On Tuesday, we read Green Eggs and Ham and created our own plates. On Wednesday, we created Oobleck. On Thursday, we created our own Cat in the Hat hats with our names for recognition practice. Next week, we will create crafts based on St. Patrick’s Day.
As we returned from winter break, Nursery accomplished many crafts and activities this week. On Monday, Nursery began to learn about the four seasons which was completed each day throughout the week. We also celebrated the 100th day of school and students brought in posters and items of 100 things! On Tuesday, Nursery focused on the letter N. On Wednesday, Nursery had the chance to visit the school library and take out books for the week. On Friday, we began to learn about the letter O and that O is for Octopus. Next, Nursery will be celebrating Dr. Seuss throughout the week.
*Reminder* NDCA is closed on March 6th
This week, Nursery created many crafts before our winter break. On Monday, students created a hand-print Nest for the Letter N. On Tuesday, students colored in a picture of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln for President’s Day. On Wednesday, students focused on the number five. On Thursday, students colored in a large heart to understand Valentine’s Day. We focused on two books this week: Llama Llama Red Pajama for rhyme practice and Valentine Mice for understanding the holiday. We created 100 fruit loops necklaces for the anticipation for our 100th day of school. On Friday, we had our Valentine’s Day party and our 4th grade buddies stopped by to read a book about Martin Luther King Jr. for Black History Month.
*REMINDER* NDCA is closed February 17th-21st. Enjoy winter break!
This week, Nursery created many Valentine’s Day crafts for celebration next week. Children created splatter paint hearts, mosaic hearts, and created their Valentine’s Day gifts for their parents! Children also created a mouse with their hands for the letter M. Next week, children will focus on the letter N, color a handout for President’s Day, learn about the number five, and cooperate in two science experiments. Our first experiment will be to create “wet snow” to learn that when snow is damp, we can create a snowman! Our second experiment is creating a snowman with baking powder and shaving cream, and will observe what will happen when white vinegar is added to it. We will end off our week by having a Valentine’s Day party.
This week, Nursery participated in Catholic Schools Week. On Monday, students created a Lion for the letter L. On Tuesday, we had a field trip to Kids Fun House with Pre-K. Students had a great time playing with their friends! Thank you parents who chaperoned in this event. On Wednesday, students learned about the letter M and that M is for mouse. On Thursday, students focused on their religion lesson by learning the importance of the world that surrounds us. On Friday, students continued in their religion studies and created a thank you card for our Principal. Next week, we will begin our new unit of love and preparing for Valentine’s Day. Thank you to students, staff, and parents for a great Catholic Schools Week!
*Reminder* 2/7 is an 11:30AM Dismissal.
Below is our February Newsletter.
This week, Nursery created many winter-themed crafts and focused on number recognition. We created our own penguins and learned about their habitat, focused on the number four by coloring it blue for our class theme, created hand-print snowflakes, and created wintry trees with white fingerprints for snow. Next week, Nursery will focus on the letter L that L is for lion, create snowmen using baking soda and soap, and begin to focus on the letter M.
Next week we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week! We are thrilled to celebrate the week filled with great events.
This week, Nursery created many crafts and performed different activities for Martin Luther King Jr., Winnie the Pooh, and the season winter. On Monday, children created Winnie the Pooh using a paper plate, paint, and cut out circles and we watched a movie based on Winnie the Pooh for the celebration of the author, A.A. Milne. On Tuesday, children created their own dream inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., and their responses were amazing! A few children said what they wanted to be when they grow up, others said what they wanted to do that day for, “I have a dream…” On Wednesday, children focused on the letter L. On Thursday, children created their own snowflakes using paint and tape.
Next week, children will continue to learn about the letter L, the letter M, and the number four.
This week, Nursery returned to school in full excitement! We learned about the letter K by coloring and tracing it. Then, students used shaving cream, glue, and silver glitter to create a “popped” out melted snowman and was asked why their snowman melted! The responses that were received were great! Some students said, “it was too warm,” “It was sunny,” or “I played with it.” Then, students created a kite with their hands for the letting K. Next week, students will create Winnie the Pooh using a paper plate and paint for Winnie the Pooh day and watch the Winnie the Pooh Movie in celebration. Then, students will learn about Martin Luther King Jr and say what their dream is. Students will focus on the letter L, and create a snowflake using tape and paint. Have a great weekend!
NDCA is closed on Friday, January 17th, 2020.
NDCA is closed on Monday, January 20th, 2020.
Click here for our January Newsletter
Nursery ended the first half of the school year by having a Christmas Party, singing and dancing in the annual NDCA Christmas Show, and went home with personalized ornaments for their families.
This week, Nursery created many crafts based on Christmas. On Tuesday, Nursery created their own splat paint trees. On Wednesday, children created candy canes using white chalk to create stripes. On Thursday, we practiced our Christmas Show song in preparation for next week. On Friday, children created their own stockings using buttons and pom-poms. This week’s work was based on fine motor ability. Next week, Nursery will continue their Christmas preparations by creating a gingerbread man, name practice activity, create a Jesus loves me handout, and focus on the letter K. Nursery created a homemade Christmas gift for their parents to take home next week.
This week, Nursery began learning about Christmas and the importance of being together. We read the book, “A Homemade Together Christmas” by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, to learn about how creating gifts and giving an item that is meaningful is rewarding. On Monday, the students created hand-printed reindeer for Christmas. On Tuesday, the children decorated our class tree. On Wednesday, the children created baby Jesus in the cradle. On Thursday, the students traced and decorated the number three for recognition. Next week, Nursery will continue to focus on the letter J for recognition, create their own gingerbread men, create snowmen using the number of letters in their first name, decorate their own candy cane, and will decorate their own stockings.
*Reminder* NDCA is closed on December 9th. Thank you!
This week, Nursery participated in many activities for Thanksgiving. On Monday, we learned about thankfulness in our religion unit. Also, we voted on our favorite food for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, our fourth grade buddies visited our classroom and we created matching hats for the Thanksgiving luncheon that took place on Wednesday. Following up on Wednesday, Nursery had a snack party in the classroom before our Thanksgiving luncheon with the school. Have a blessed Happy Thanksgiving!
This week, Nursery focused on the letter I. We created “ice-cream” by coloring our own cones and ice-cream. We also focused on the letter I by practicing our fine motor skills using glue and glitter. We focused on the number two and colored/traced a large number two cut out. We created a hand print turkey for Thanksgiving and continued to learn about gratitude and what it means to celebrate Thanksgiving. Next week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving by having our own snack party in the classroom! If you signed up to bring in a snack, please bring the food item by drop-off. We will be participating in buddy work as well with fourth grade by creating Thanksgiving hats. Lastly, we will create acorn hand-prints.
November 27th is a 12:30pm dismissal.
November 28th and 29th – NDCA is closed.
This week, Nursery focused on the letter H. We decorated our H with tissue paper and glue for fine motor practice. We also created a heart for the letter H using our hand-prints. Nursery practiced their pre-writing skills by tracing their names using a marker. Lastly, we had the opportunity to create corn as a symbol for autumn and Thanksgiving. Along with our Thanksgiving festivities, nursery created their own place mats for their Thanksgiving party and luncheon that will be occurring in the next two weeks. We spoke on what we are thankful for, and what it means to appreciate what is around us. Next week, nursery will create a turkey hand-print, focus on the letter I, and continue to learn about what Thanksgiving is.
Nursery will not have class on Friday, 11/20. Thank you in advance.
This week, Nursery voted on their favorite leaf color and created their own corn on the cob using construction paper and tissue paper on Monday. On Tuesday, Nursery created the American flag using their hand print for Veteran’s Day. On Wednesday, we decorated the letter G for letter recognition, and on Thursday, we created a giraffe for the letter G. On Friday, we colored Jesus’ cross for religion as we learned how to be thankful and grateful for what we have each day.
Next week, Nursery will be creating a heart for the letter H, decorating the letter H for letter recognition, creating “ice cream” for the letter I, and creating their own Thanksgiving place mats to take home for the holiday.
*Reminder* NDCA is closed on Monday, 11/11. Thank you!
October 28th-November 1st
This week, Nursery accomplished many crafts and activities for Halloween and community learning. On Monday, we celebrated the Statue of Liberty’s birthday and created crowns resembling one our historic statues for New York City. On Tuesday, we created a splat paint cauldron for our “witch” in “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson. On Wednesday, we carved our own pumpkin! Our children guessed what was inside the pumpkin (They guessed spiders), felt the inside of the pumpkin (The seeds, etc.), and decided how the face should look (They decided, happy!). At the end, the children named the pumpkin, Patch. On Thursday, we celebrated Halloween! We had a party and children gave out goodie-bags to take home. On Friday, one of our students won Student of the Month for Helpfulness, and children had the opportunity to work with their fourth grade buddies to create a book for All Saints Day.
This week, Nursery voted on our favorite monsters (witch, mummy, ghost, or vampire), practiced their fine motor skills by placing Halloween-based stickers on paper, decorated the letter F, played with “ghost mud” that was left in the classroom by a ghost, and created a fish with their hand-print for the letter F. The children created a special surprise for their parents which are rice crispy treats covered with white chocolate and eyes to represent a ghost for the Halloween Party for next week. They are accomplishing a tremendous amount this month! Next week, the children will create a paper plate crown for the Statue of Liberty’s Birthday, create a paint splat cauldron for the witch from “Room on the Broom,” by Julia Donaldson, create a spider web using salt and glue, focus on name recognition practice, and create a giraffe for the letter G.
This past month, the children can recognize the month we are in during morning meeting and can verbalize what day we are in (such as Friday). The children are also excelling in their color and shape recognition.
Reminder* Our class Halloween party will take place on 10/31 during snack time. If you have signed up on Class Dojo, please remember to bring in the snack you chose. Thank you!
This week, nursery experimentally painted with leaves, apple tasted three different types of apples (Pink Lady, Red Delicious, and Crispin), decorated the number one for recognition, and created a hand print elephant for the letter E. We had a parent come in on Friday as a guest reader, and the mother read, “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson. The children truly enjoyed listening to the parent read, and it created wonderful excitement for her daughter! As we get closer to our holiday Halloween, our children will be participating in more activities and crafts next week such as: creating a jack-o-lantern, decorating the letter F, name recognition craft, creating ghost mud using ivory soap and tissue paper, and creating a fish hand print for the letter F.
October 7th- October 11th
This week, nursery practiced recognizing the letter E and what it stands for. For example, we learned that E is for Elephant! Further, the children enjoyed their week by creating crafts based on the holiday and autumn season. We experimented and painted with acorns, created a splatter painted pumpkin, and took a vote around the room of what is everyone’s favorite animal – a dog, cat, fish, bird, or lizard. The children colored the animal that they liked the most. The children have been enjoying their seasonal books as well such as “Clifford’s First Halloween,” and “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat.” Next week, the children will participate in tasting different varieties of apples, paint with leaves, learn and recognize the number one, and create an elephant for the letter E.
Reminder: There is no nursery class on October 14th – School is Closed. Thank you.
September 30th-October 4th
This week, Nursery celebrated the month of October by creating candy corn hand-prints, spiders while singing, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” practiced recognizing the letter D, and created a Dinosaur for the letter D. The children also practiced name recognition by decorating their names with glitter of their choice. Further, to set up the classroom for the upcoming holiday, Halloween, the classroom has been decorated thanks to the children’s artwork. The children created mummies for the door to celebrate! The children have been truly enjoying their time outdoors, as we take walks around the school property, or color with chalk outside. Next week, we will be focusing on pumpkins, and using pine-cones for experimental painting.
This week, Nursery continued to focus on the letter B by decorating a large cut-out of it, and creating a “bird” using their hand-print. Children were also introduced to the letter C, and created a crab using paint and their hands as well. We had the opportunity to vote on our favorite shape – and, by the results, it was tied. We spoke about the start of Autumn and have read many books based on it such as, “When the Leaf Blew in.” Lastly, we experimented this week by creating our own play-doh using flour and water! The children were mesmerized by the results. On Friday, we tested with water and toys to see if they would “sink” or “float.” The responses given by the children were brilliant and a start to their scientific minds! Next week, we will be creating “mummy’s” for our classroom door, focusing more on our name and recognizing the letters involved, and delving into the meaning behind October and what is celebrated during this month.
Below lists the October Newsletter for Nursery.
This week, nursery continued the practice and recognition of the letter A. We created an apple using our hand-print, and decorated an A for observational practice. We began practicing our recognition of our first names as well. A few children were able to trace the letters in their name, or even created imaginative letters for practice. I could not be more proud of them. Within centers, the children have been enjoying their time exploring the House Center and exploring imaginative play. Further, the children have been taking advantage of the weather by going on a walk around the school property, and to even run outside. Next week we will speak upon the our season change to Autumn, the letter B and continue our name practice. We will anticipate experimentation on “sink or float” of objects around the room, and creating our own “play-doh.”
Photos of the week are located on the link below!
This week, nursery uncovered the letter A and agreed that A is for Apple. We also created a hand print American flag for Patriot Day. Lastly, we voted on what our favorite color is. On Monday, we celebrated Adrianna S.’s birthday! Happy Birthday to Adrianna! Our friends in the classroom are truly enjoying themselves! I cannot wait to see what we will accomplish for next week!