Jean E. Stewart Elementary School
680 Fish Creek Thoroughfare
Welcome to Mrs. Massengale's Pre-K!
Mrs. Massengale’s Pre-K class
Please refer to our Pre-K calendar for weekly information and important dates. A copy is in the front of your child's daily folder.
This year we're going to use a new tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.
Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web.
P.S. If you have more than one child using Seesaw, or want to add a new class/school year for your child, follow the link in this email, then click 'Sign in' tab at the top. You do not need to create a new account.
- Please send a snack every day for your child.
* Friday's Show & Tell - Something for the theme of the week (check calendar in folder)
- If you haven’t started the ‘Nightly Reading Record Sheet’ and/or ‘Family Fun Calendar’ in your child’s folder, please do.
* If you haven’t joined ‘Remind’ (so you will receive class reminders on your phone), please do. See below for instructions.
You can sign up for a free service called 'Remind'. Instead of sending paper notes home, I can text or email you through this website. If you want to join so you don't miss any important events or announcements,please click on the icon for directions or ask me to help you. Thank you!
See below for detailed Pre-K information. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, concerns, or comments. My conference period is from 11:00 – 11:40 ~ if you would like to meet, please send an email so I can be sure I am available.
I am so happy to have your sweet child in my class, and I thank you for all of your support!
Thank you again for preparing your little ones for school and helping to make this year a wonderful learning experience for your child! I will always strive to create a safe, loving, and engaging environment for your child to learn, grow, and become the best they can be!
Here's to a wonderful year together!
A little about me:
This is my 23rd year of teaching, and I absolutely love my job! I have been married to Donnie Massengale for 31 years, and we have 2 grown children. Donnie teaches/coaches golf at 'Massengale Golf Academy' in The Woodlands. Our daughter, Brooke, also teaches Pre-K in Conroe at Patterson Elementary. Our son, Jesse, is a Junior at Sam Houston State university and plays on the golf team. Basically, my husband and I each have a 'mini-me' and we feel so blessed! We also have 2 dogs, Bella and Penny, whom we adore!
Here's a family pic taken at our daughter's wedding.
Visiting the School
If you are visiting the school, please remember to stop by the office to sign in and get a visitor’s tag. You will need your driver’s license or a valid ID to do this. This is done so that we may know who is in the building and for the safety of your child. If you would like to visit the school on your child’s birthday to bring a special treat, please let me know in advance so that I can be sure we are prepared
If your child’s method of transportation home from school ever changes throughout the year, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you send a note with your child that day. If I do not have a notice of change, your child will go home in their usual manner. If your child is a bus rider, he/she must follow the bus safety rules.
Eating Breakfast or Lunch
If your AM child needs to eat breakfast at school, please have them in the cafeteria by 7:30 in the morning so that they will have time to go through the line and eat before we leave the cafeteria at 7:50. If your PM child will be eating lunch at school, they need to arrive by 11:45.
Our morning begins promptly at 8:05 and ends at 10:50. The afternoon class begins at 12:15 and ends at 3:00. If your child is absent for any reason, please send a note the following day stating why he/she was absent. If your child goes to the doctor, a doctor’s note is always appreciated. It is very important for your child to be at school, on time, every day. Most of our curriculum is hands-on and done in a group setting. It is hard to catch up if days are consistently missed!
Pre-K Daily Folder
Your child will bring home their folder everyday. In the folder, you will find the following:
- Our Pre-K monthly calendar , which notifies you of important class events and things your child needs to know for each week.
- Learning Resources such as our Zoo-Phonics alphabet, handwriting, numbers, shapes, and parent resources to help you work with your child at home with what we're learning in class.
- Stewart Elementary/PTO notices (which often require some type of parent response)
- * Daily work papers and class projects
Please check your child’s folder everyday, keep the work papers/projects, and return the folder with any notes/completed forms to school the following day.
Tuesday Stewart Mustang folder
This folder will usually have notes from the school and/or PTO. Look for it on Tuesdays, read through and complete any papers, and send the folder back to school the next day (Wednesday).
I use a service called ‘REMIND’ that will send parents text messages or emails with bits of information and reminders. Parents may also use REMIND to message me. Please see my website for details.
You may email me at email@example.com or send a note in your child’s folder. I am always happy to take time to conference with you anytime you feel there is a need.
- Extra clothes
- Please keep a complete extra change of clothes in your child’s backpack at all times. Even though we take restroom breaks during the day, accidents happen, and it is helpful to have a back-up ready!
We have a daily snack time. Since you know what your child will eat and since some children have allergies, I ask parents to send a daily individual snack for your child. Our snack time is right after recess, and lasts for about 15 minutes. Please send something light, quick, and healthy, such as fruit, cheese, crackers, cereal, granola bar, … If possible, it is helpful if your child has a water bottle to him/her stay hydrated during our day.
What Will We Learn?
The Pre-K curriculum focuses on social development, which includes respect for ourselves and others and proper ways to communicate. In math, we will learn:
- Shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, rhombus, triangle)
Counting from 1-30 (without skipping any numbers)
Sorting by shape, color, and size
- Using positional words (above, below, in-between, etc.)
In language arts, we will learn:
- 26 uppercase letters
- 26 lowercase letters
- 26 letter sound combinations
- Book Awareness (title, author, illustrator, front, back, etc.)
- Name writing (beginning with an uppercase letter)
- Letter Formation skills through writing
- Reading comprehension (“What happened in the story? Who were the characters? What was the setting?”)
- Identifying and creating rhyming words
Identifying ending punctuation marks (. or ! or ?)
While in pre-k, your child will be learning social skills that will help our School Family run as a safe and loving environment. We will learn how to be respectful of others, communicate our needs, self-regulate our emotions, and obey authority figures. Please help me by reinforcing appropriate behavior at home. This is a vital time in your child’s development, and I thank you in advance for investing in your child through teaching these social skills. Should a problem arise, I will contact you so that we can work on how we can solve the problem together.
Our Class Rules
We will listen and follow directions.
We will be nice to others.
We will use good manners.
We will raise our hand to talk.
We will take care of our things.
We will talk quietly.
We will do our very best everyday.
Our class will have three major holiday parties - Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and End of the Year. I will send home more information about these parties as they near.
We will be taking one field trip this year, and we will have so much fun! I will let you know all about our exciting plans when they are finalized! We always need parent volunteers to go!
We will visit the library each week to listen to a story. Later in the school year, your child will be allowed to check out a library book. The library books will stay in our classroom. Parents are always welcome to visit the library and check out books to read to your child to at home.
Weather permitting, we will go outside to play every day. Our playground is covered in mulch, so please try to send your child to school in shoes that are appropriate for outside play (running, climbing, jumping, playing ball,…). If your daughter wears a dress/skirt, please be sure she has shorts on underneath.
Show & Tell
We will have Show & Tell every Friday. Most weeks, I ask the children to bring in an item that relates to what we are working on in class. Please refer to the weekly Pre-K Newsletter to check to see what our Show & Tell is for the week.
I would love to have a fall and a spring conference with each parent to discuss the progress and needs of your child. I will be sending out a link to an online sign-up engine when the time arises!
Your child will learn letters and letter sound combinations through the Zoo-phonics program. Each alphabet letter is assigned an animal, an action, and a sound (a complete list of Zoo-phonics characters is located in your child’s folder). Zoo-phonics uses the animals drawn in the shapes of letters for ease in memory and a related body movement is given for each letter. This approach directly ties the sound of a letter to the shape of a letter. As a letter is formed using the body, your child will be introduced to American Sign Language! You can reinforce Zoo-phonics at home by referring to the letters through the actions we learn in class, the letter sound, and the animal’s name for that letter. For more information about Zoo-phonics, please visit: http://www.zoo-phonics.com/about.html.
Resources to Use at Home