Nearing the Finish Line

Hello Parents and Guardians,

The time has sure flown by this year, and these Pre-K students are a year smarter, and ready for Kindergarten.  We will certainly miss having them in our classrooms, but look forward to sharing their unique little personalities with new teachers next year.

The students were given a clear backpack with some materials, that are theirs to keep.  Please utilize these materials to help them continue learning and retaining information.  The workbooks are wonderful for rainy summer days, and all of our students enjoy whiteboards for writing their names, numbers, and letters.  The other items vary, but all have many uses for learning opportunities.

Progress reports will be coming home on Friday, June 15th, which is the last day of school.  It is also a half day, so please let your child’s teacher know if there will be any transportation changes.   Please use the progress report data to help your child master the skills they may need a little extra help with.

Our Moving On Celebration for Pre-K students is Monday the 11th at 9:00-9:45.  This is not to be confused with Moving Up Transition Workshop,  which will be on Wednesday, the 13th, 9:00-9:30.  Please fill out the correct form for the one you would like to attend, or both.

As always, thanks for your support.

The Ward Pre-K Team.

Where Did Spring Go?

We could not believe the change in weather this week! Our students have loved getting outside onto the playground to enjoy this warm weather. Please remember that flip flops are not permitted at school because children often trip and fall when wearing them, especially when playing outdoors.

We began our new, and second to last theme, “Growing and Changing” this week. In this theme, we will learn about how people grow and change as they get older, and how animals, seasons and plants change in nature. We are excited for hands-on activities about the life cycle of a caterpillar! Our focus letters are G, E and D. You could have your child search for these letters on food containers or in newspapers.

Please mark your calendars for our Pre-K “Moving On Celebration” on June 11th at 9:00 a.m. Flyers will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.

Dates to Remember:

May 28th-Memorial Day (no school)

June 11th-Moving on Celebration @ 9:00 a.m.

June 15th-Last day of school (1/2 day for students)

Hello Pre-K Families,

We have been happy to welcome our students back from Spring Break!  We hope that it was a fun and restful time.  We are fast approaching the last nine week period of the school year, and this will be a very busy time.  Testing will be taking place at the end of this month, and will continue on into May.  So, please continue supporting your child at home by working with them on their upper and lowercase letter recognition, letter sounds, rhyming words, and other important topics that we have covered this year, as this will ensure that they do their best on the tests.

Starting off this week, we have moved on to a new theme, Let’s Move!  For the first week, we are talking about “move with me.”  This focuses on different ways we can move, like skipping, hopping, running, etc.  Our letter focus is J.

The second week we focus on “here we go.”  Learning about games that we can play together that involve movements.  The letter focus will be H.

The third week we will be “following the leader,” and learning more about following directions and problem solving.  Please feel free to discuss these topics at home with your child.

Please see below for important dates this month:

Spring Varnish Clinic:   Friday, April 13th

Student Half Day:  Monday, April 16th

Spring Make-Up Picture Day:  Monday, April 23rd

Final Field Trip—–The Zoo:  Wednesday, April 25th

Kindergarten Registration:  Thursday, April 19th

Lucky Day to be in Pre-K

Hello Pre-K Families,

It is hard to believe that February soared by so quickly and that spring is on it’s way!  We want to ensure that Pre-K students continue to learn and grow with the precious few months we have left.  We are wrapping up Dr. Seuss Week on this first week of March.  We did lots of fun activities centered around some of the books contributed by this amazing author.  It has offered us an opportunity to teach more about rhyming words, which is an important concept for preschoolers.

Next week, we will finish our Construction Zone theme, where students will learn about how it takes planning and teamwork to get a job done.  They will be focusing on the letter R.  Following this theme, is In the City, In the Country.  This theme helps students understand what a rural area is and what it is like to live and work there, what the big city is like and how people get around, and markets where people can buy and sell things.

We will take a break from the classroom on March 14th, when we travel to the Children’s Museum of Richmond for some hands-on learning, and a lesson on drum rhythms.  We are looking forward to it.

Student’s photos will be taken on March 13th with a spring backdrop.  The photos will come home for you to view and choose which to purchase.

On Thursday the 22nd, join us at Ward in the evening for SOL prep night/STEM Night.


We are glad the weather has been more mild the past two weeks so that we could see our students at school more. January was a wacky month! We just finished Week 2 of our “Animals Everywhere” theme. Our students have been excited to learn more about animals, the ways that they move and the different habitats they live in. We will be learning about the similarities and differences between mother and baby animals next week, while also focusing on the letter Zz. Ask your child to tell you about his/her favorite animal and then draw a picture of the animal.

For the rest of February we will be in our “Construction Zone” theme. We will learn about lots of different types of tools, try to solve problems when working with manipulatives, and even try to build using different materials. We will also focus on letters Bb, Mm, and Rr. You can utilize your child’s Family Literacy kit (blue) to review these letters. Place the magnetic letters on a cookie sheet; then make the letter sound and your child will find and remove the letter.

Your child will bring home his/her first “Backpack Learning Kit” this month. Each kit is different and we will be using a chart in the classroom to rotate through them each week. These kits must be returned each week. They are for you and your child to work with together for a few days at home, but we ask that all pieces of the kit be kept together and returned in the clear backpack. 

Dates to remember this month:

February 5th-PM Parent Teacher Conferences

February 12th-Progress Reports come home (Please remember to sign and return ONLY the manila envelope. You keep the progress report.

February 12th-In-House Field Trip: The Valentine History Museum will be visiting our classrooms for a program titled, “Who Hat is That”.

February 14th-Valentine’s Day: we will pass out Valentine’s at school. We will send home a list of student’s first names next week. Please have names written on Valentine’s before sending them in. This makes it fun for your child to pass out to his/her classmates, and helps them practice reading names.

February 22nd-Ward Family STEM Night

New Year, New Learning Opportunities!

We hope that everyone had a wonderful winter break. It was exciting to welcome our students back on Tuesday. Now it’s time to get back to work learning. Students will be taking PALS assessments starting January 8th. We will also continue where we left off with our theme, Seasons All Around, with a focus on letters U, Y, and W.

In this unit, we will be discussing the seasons during the year, living things like plants and animals outside, weather, and how the seasons change. You can work with your child at home by asking them to identify the weather for the day, how they may need to dress, what animals they see outside, and what type of home those animals may live in. This will help us transition into our next theme of Animals Everywhere. Students will start the theme by exploring pets and then animals we know.

Some dates of importance this month are as follows:
January 9th- Children’s Museum trip
January 15th- MLK Holiday, schools closed
January 18th- Donuts for Dads at 7:20 a.m.
January 25th Manuary Fitness Night

A Short But Sweet Month Ahead

The month of December at Ward is short, but packed with fun learning activities! Because there are only two weeks in December that we will actually spend at school, we will be taking a break from our Houghton-Mifflin curriculum. We will pick it up again in January with the theme “Seasons All Around”. We will be reviewing the letters we have introduced so far (S, O, P, T, X and U), completing some S.T.E.M. activities, and doing several other Holiday themed math and literacy activities. A few of the activities we are excited about are baking gingerbread cookies, making candy cane ornaments, and dressing up in pajamas to watch “The Polar Express”.

Every Preschool student brought home a “Family Literacy and Math Kit” on Thursday, November 30th. We included a parent letter along with some activity sheets in each kit for your child to use the magnetic letters and numbers with. As stated in the parent letter, these kits are to be used to enhance your child’s math and literacy skills. They are for you to keep at home. If you have any questions, please ask your child’s teachers.

Dates to remember:

Field Trip to the Varina Public Library is on Monday, December 11th

“Pajama Day” is on Friday, December 15th

Winter Break is December 18th-January 1st


We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!  See you in the New Year!

Thankful For Pre-K

This month we are starting the theme, My Five Senses.  Over the next three weeks we will be focusing on topics related to the following:  the five senses, sights and colors outside our door, and then branching out to patterns found in animals and objects.  Students will be discussing how people use their senses, the colors we see in our environment, and how we can be detectives to find patterns in the world around us.

We are also focusing on the letters T, O, and X.  You can help your child at home by going on a letter hunt around the house, finding items that start with one of the letters.  For example, for letter T, your telephone, TV, table, and put a label on those objects. You could also play a senses guessing game where you encourage your child to guess what you are hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, or seeing.

Important Dates To Remember:

Wild About Math STEM Night is on Nov. 16th, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

Field trip to The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on November 20th

November 20th Progress reports come home

Grandparents Lunch November 21st.  Join our lunches at 10:20 (Boyce) or 10:25 (Alvis)

November Student Holidays:  Election Day November 7th and Thanksgiving Break, November 22-24. 

Wild About Fall Events

This month we are starting the theme, My Family, My Community.  Over the next three weeks we will be focusing on topics related to the following:  Meet My Family, Hello Neighbor, and then branching out to Community Helpers.  Students will be discussing what families do together, how they can be a good neighbor, and how people in a community help each other.

We will also be learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin and taking a trip to the Gallmeyer Pumpkin Patch on October 17, 2017.

Some other important dates are listed below.

10-9     Student 1/2 day

10-16   PALS Testing begins

10-19  SFEC & Wild About Reading Night 5:30-6:30 p.m. p.m.

Rising star and 3rd Grade Performance 6:30 p.m.

10-20  Fall Picture Day

10-27  Trunk or Treat at Ward.l  5:30-7:00

We encourage our parents to attend school events.  You can also help your child at home this month by looking for the letters S or P in newspapers or magazines.  Ask them if they can find items in your home that start with those letters.  You could also ask them about who are the members in your family, neighborhood, or talk about the places you go in your community.

Welcome to the Wild Wonderful World of Pre-K at Ward!

Hello, my name is Wendy Alvis and this is my fifth year as a teacher.  I was an instructional assistant for two years in the program prior to becoming a teacher.  I earned my B.S. in Graphic Communications from Chowan University and my M.E. in Elementary Education P-K-6 from Old Dominion University.

I find working with this age group to be very rewarding.  I love introducing new concepts and ideas to students and seeing their face light up as they are turned on to learning.  On my own time, I enjoy cooking, tennis, and gardening, as well as finding fun things to do with my son.

I’m Wild About my favorite:

  • Children’s Book:  Llama Llama Mad at Mama
  • Subject:  Art
  • Dessert:  Rocky Road
  • Food:  Quesadillas and Hibatchi Shrimp
  • Color: Blue
  • Sports:Tennis, Redskins.
  • Candy:  Hot Tamales and m&ms, and cherry Tootsie Pops
  • Games: Scrabble, Chess, and Jeopardy.