Preschool – Pre-K

Preschool

Teacher:  Mrs. Aslan

Email: naslan@pinnacleacademyva.com

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Preschool Schedule:

  • 8:00-8:15-Arrival
  • 8:15-9:00-Morning Centers
  • 9:00-9:30-Morning Circle Time
  • 9:30-9:45- Bathroom break
  • 9:45-10:00-Morning snack
  • 10-00-10:30-Outside-gross motor
  • 10:30-10:45- Bathroom breaks
  • 10:45-11:30-Learning Centers(Math, Science, Language art, Social Science, Computers)
  • 11:30-11:45- Reading
  • 11:45-12:30-Bathroom break/Lunch
  • 12:30-2:20- Nap
  • 2:20-2:40-Afternoon snack
  • 2:40-3:00-Afternoon Circle,reading.
  • 3:00-3:30-Outside/Gross motor
  • 3:30-3:45-Dismissal

*Please note that schedule may be modified periodically depending on the needs of the children.

Attendance:

Children are expected to be on time for school each morning. Please refer to the student handbook for more information. Our learning day starts promptly at 8:15am. Children are marked tardy after 8:15am, and parents must get a Tardy Slip from Office before entering the classroom. When students come in late, it is very distracting for the other students who are trying to listen and participate in learning time. Morning drop-off time starts at 8:00am. If you need to drop-off your child before 8:00am, please enroll your child in our Before-Care program, running from 7:00-8:00am.

At the end of the school day, please be sure to pick up your child from 3:30 to 3:45pm. Children not picked up by 3:45pm will be sent to a late pick up room to wait for their parents. Parents will be charged $1.00 for every minute they are late after 3:45pm. If you know you will be late on a regular basis, please enroll your child in our Aftercare program (which runs from 3:45 to 6:00pm).

Sign-In/Sign-Out Sheet:

Each day, as you enter the school in the morning, please use Sign-in sheet located on the inside next to the classroom door, to sign your child “in” noting the time and your initials. At the end of each day, please sign-out your child, also noting the time and your initials. This is a licensing requirement. All students in Preschool must be properly signed in/out each day, and they must be escorted to /from the classroom by their parent, guardian or approved pick-up/drop-off person.

Uniform and Personal Appearance:

Please refer to the student handbook. This year we have new uniforms available online through a link on the Pinnacle Academy webpage! Children in preschool are allowed to wear the Pinnacle PE Uniform daily if they wish.  However, students may also choose to wear the regular school uniform-navy pants (or jumper for girls), and white/burgundy polo (with the pinnacle academy logo).

(More information is available on www.pinnacleacademyva.com)

Preschool Supplies:

This year, the Preschool classroom supplies will be purchased in bulk, allowing us to get a wider variety of necessary age-appropriate materials for our learning and classroom needs at a lower bulk price. Pinnacle Academy is charging a Pre-School Supply Fee of $75.00 per student. In addition to the Supply Fee above, children will also need to bring in their own headphones for Computer Class.

Other Daily Necessities:

For snack-times, children will need 2 healthy snacks each day and a bottle of water (refillable bottles are encouraged). For lunch, children should bring in a healthy lunch with a drink, in a lunch box. Lunches can also be purchased in advance through the school or the PTO (on Pizza Fridays).

Please do not send in cookies, cakes, candy, or other “junk” foods for snacks or lunch. Snacks and lunches need to be labeled EACH DAY with the correct date and your child’s name and placed in a separate lunch box (This is a licensing requirement).

Children will need to have a full change of clothes in their cubbies (in case of accidents or spills). The change of clothes should include underwear, socks, pants/shorts, shirt, and shoes. Please bring it in a zippered gallon-size plastic bag with your child’s name on the bag and on each piece of clothing.  We use cots for rest time. Your child will need a fitted sheet (crib-size or toddler-bed size), and a blanket. If you wish you may send in a small pillow only, (not a bed-sized pillow) and small stuffed toy for your child to use only at rest time. Again please leave all other toys at home… All rest time items must be able to fit in the small lower compartment of each child’s cubby unit. (We do not store bedding on the cots; we keep it in the lower cubby compartment when it’s not in use.)

School and Classroom Rules:

Our specific Class Rules are: Listen to your teachers and friends; keep your hands and feet to yourself; use an inside voice; walk inside; clean up after yourself; and share and take turns. We will also focus on self-help skills.

Children will learn how to take care of their personal needs. For instance, putting on and taking off shoes, cleaning up after each meal, putting their belongings away, etc. Self-help skills foster independence, confidence, and self-reliance. Please leave personal toys, books, and games at home; they are a distraction to learning.

Overview of Curriculum Content for Pre-School:

We will follow Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning:

Comprehensive Standards for Three Year-Olds, and add elements to ensure children’s confidence in all developmental domains and enforce number recognition. During the month of September, we will let the children gain comfort in their new environment. We will be helping them become accustomed to the classroom rules, routines, and expectations. Once the children feel comfortable in their new environment, we will begin the learning process.

Usually by October the children are comfortable and ready. We will still introduce and go over learning lessons in September, but in a more informal casual manner, as not to overwhelm the children. Our learning will consist of a strong theoretical framework for delivering high-quality educational experiences to young children, emphasizing  developmentally appropriate teaching practices and expected learning outcomes for young children. Our focus is that all children become confident in all developmental domains- fine & gross motor, cognitive, socio-emotional, math & science, and language & literacy. In addition to these domains, our children will explore diversity related topics in order to foster a community of multiculturalism.

Language Arts/Literacy:

We will focus on proper pencil grip (fine motor skill), letter recognition, basic phonics, two to three letter sight words, understanding of pictures and events in a book- such as imitating an action seen in a picture or talking about the events in a story, letter and word matching games, story time and comprehension, rhyming, and interactive & letter games.

Math:

A preschool classroom’s physical and teaching environments should capitalize on children’s natural, spontaneous interactions with math in the world around them by featuring a wide variety of ongoing mathematical opportunities. Therefore, we will not only focus on teacher directed activities, but engage in opportunities that incorporate math in all areas of the classroom. We may count and sort letters, or classify manipulatives by size and shape, or something as simple as count how many grapes you have in your lunch, for example. We will emphasize special relations and measurements, compare, contrast and order, a shape identification, arrange and count different kinds of objects to demonstrate understanding of the consistency of quantities, and use one to one correspondence to solve problems by matching sets.

Science:

We will introduce Science activities and explorations at an age appropriate level and use it to explore nature and the environment around us. We will cover many topics, including: sink/float, push/pull, living/non-living, color mixing, magnets, the five senses, our bodies, textures, growth (plants, animals, insects, people), using a balance scale, seasons, weather,  classifying objects, and other phenomena.

Social Studies:

We will explore families, diversity, similarities/differences, friendships and social skills, community helpers, neighborhoods, cultural celebrations, and family/school routines. Diversity, multicultural development, and comprehension of cultures will be an ongoing theme in the classroom.

Art and creative expression:

We will focus on theme-related art activities and projects. There will be plenty of opportunities for open-ended activities, however, most will consist of painting, gluing, collages, mosaics, and play dough.

Report Cards:

Preschool report cards will be distributed on the same schedule as the rest of the school, but our report cards are not on SIS. Our report cards are done manually, and children do not receive “letter” grades per subject. Our report cards are developmental, and will inform you of your child’s progress in all of the Preschool subject areas (per the Virginia Foundation for Blocks for Early Learning).

Thank you and we look forward to challenging the minds of your little ones,

Mrs. Aslan

Pre-K

Teacher: Ms. Gonzalez

Email: agonzalez@pinnacleacademyva.com

Co-Teacher: Mrs. Bicak

Email: hbicak@pinnacleacademyva.com

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CURRICULUM

Prekindergarten Daily Schedule

  • 8:00-8:15 Children arrive /table centers
  • 8:15-8:20 Clean up
  • 8:20-8:30 Am Announcements & Job Chart
  • 8:30 -9:00 Snack Time
  • 9:00-9:30 Circle time & story time
  • 9:30-10:30 Handwriting, Art, Math, & Science
  • 10:30– 11:00 Special of the day
  • 11:00–1 1:40 Outdoor Play/Gross Motor
  • 11:40- 12:30 Lunch, Restrooms & Naptime Prep
  • 12:30 – 2:20 Nap Time & Quiet time
  • 2:10 – 2:20 Wake up and Restroom
  • 2:20 – 2:40 Outdoor Play / Gross Motor
  • 2:40 – 3:00 Snack Time
  • 3:00-3:20 Afternoon circle & Story
  • 3:20-3:30 Clip Chart Review
  • 3:30-3:45 Dismissal Time

Daily Arrival and Departure Procedures:

It is important that children are given the full attention of parents during arrival and dismissal. Please ensure that your child is properly escorted (holding your hand) and walked into the building. Your child must be signed in at arrival and signed out at dismissal by the accompanying parent. Please remember that cell phones are not permitted while driving on school property. Cell phone use should be minimized during arrival and departures.

All Prekindergarten students may arrive at school beginning at 8:00 a.m. and report directly to their assigned classroom. Parents are required to sign in their child in on the sign-in sheet posted at the classroom door. Students arriving past 8:15 a.m. are tardy. The student will not be admitted to class without a tardy slip from the Main Office. It is the parent’s responsibility to report to the Main Office and receive a tardy slip before bringing the student to the classroom.

Tardy:

If your child arrives after 8:15 a.m., you must report with your child to the Pinnacle Academy Office and communicate in person with the Administrative Assistant. After receiving a tardy slip, you must escort your child to the classroom door, and open the door to make sure your child enters the classroom and is acknowledged by the teacher and/or assistant. The parent must also sign in on the Sign-In/Sign-Out Sheet posted outside the classroom door. If your child is going to arrive later than 8:15 a.m., please contact the office. If your child is Tardy three or more times in one week they will not be permitted to dress down on Friday. It is important that your child arrive prepared and on time for school each day.

Dismissal:

All Prekindergarten students will be dismissed only to the parent, or assigned person.  Dismissal time begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m. Parents are required to sign their children out at the sign-in/out sheet posted at the classroom door. Any student who is not picked up by 3:45 p.m. will be sent to After Care and the parents will be charged a fee of $1.00 per minute per child.

Under no circumstances will the Pinnacle Academy staff and teachers permit a student to depart with a person other than the parents, or assigned person. Parents may designate an assigned person(s) on the school application.

Absences:

If your child is going to be absent, please contact the office before 8:15AM. Sometimes classes have a special presentation planned, and we strive for full participation. You may also contact the classroom teacher by email.

Uniform Policy:

The Prekindergarten students are strongly encouraged to wear the more formal school uniform since it helps to set a more formal tone for learning and helps prepare them for Kindergarten. Once the school year begins we will determine which day the children will be able to wear the PE clothes. Shorts may be worn ONLY when the temperature is forecasted to be 80° or higher. All clothing can be purchased through the link on the Pinnacle Academy website:

http://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=900169103

Girls should wear the gray plaid jumper or navy jumper. They also can wear blue dress pants. The white or burgundy long sleeved or short sleeved Pinnacle Academy Polo shirt is acceptable to wear.

Boys should wear blue dress pants and the white or burgundy Pinnacle Academy Polo shirt.

Girls and Boys Footwear:

Tights and Socks:

  • Socks, stockings, tights or hose may only be in solid colors of navy blue, black,
  • Stockings, tights, or hose must be full length – leg warmers, footies or torn
  • socks are not permitted.

Shoes:

  • Solid dark-colored (navy blue, black or dark brown), plain, lace-up shoes or loafers (closed toe, closed heel) or athletic shoes.
  • Only 1 secondary color or colored trim allowed in a minimal amout; shoes must be solid in color.
  • No patterns or special designs (markings, tassels, checkered, plaid etc.).
  • No sandals, mules, Uggs, flip-flops, boots or crocs.
  • No open toed.
  • No Heelys (shoes with wheels).
  • No long shoe laces due to safety concerns.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.

All Clothing should be labeled with your child’s first and last name on the inside

Extra Clothing:

Each child is required to have a complete extra set of clothing at school. This includes an extra pair of underwear, socks, slacks, top, and pair of closed-toe shoes. Each item must be labeled with your child’s name. It is very uncomfortable for a child to continue wearing clothes that are soiled from playing outdoors. We want each child to be as comfortable as possible during his/her school day!  Illness and Communicable Diseases: Please remember that it is the parents’ responsibility to contact Pinnacle Academy within 24 hours if your child or a sibling is diagnosed with a communicable disease.

Naptime:

Prekindergarten students will be offered a daily nap time at 1 p.m. All children must rest for the minimum of 30 minutes; this is a licensing requirement. After 30 minutes if any children are still awake they will be given quite activities to do on their cots.

Prekindergarten Nap Items:

Prekindergarten children must bring a small crib sized sheet and small blanket and optional stuffed toy or favorite blanket to be used for daily nap time. Bedding will be sent home each Friday and must be laundered and returned freshly cleaned to school on Monday morning. It is also requested that you send in an extra crib sized sheet. Please have your child’s bedding labeled with their first and last name.If items become soiled during the week, you will need to launder them and return them the next day.

Snacks:

Please provide your child with both a morning and afternoon snack with a drink for morning snack and another drink for afternoon snack. Snacks should be nutritious and low in sugar. Bottled waters are preferred, as well as nutritional fruit drinks and milk in an insulated thermos. Children are encouraged to have fruits, vegetables, and a small starch (a few Ritz crackers and baby carrot sticks) as their snack.

Please do not bring candy, cake, chocolate, cookies and other “junk food” items.

Please make sure that your child’s snack is labeled with his/her name and current date when it is sent in to school.

Lunch:

Please pack a nutritious lunch (that does not require refrigeration) complete with a healthy drink. Each day, your child’s lunch bag must be labeled with your child’s name and current date that it was sent in to school. The children are not allowed to have glass containers in school. If your child will be having an item from the lunch menu please make selections and turn it in as early as possible.

Paws the blue bear:

Is our Classroom mascot! Along with other classroom daily incentives, there is Paws. I have practiced this for many years and the children love having there special time to shine with the class mascot! At the end of every week there will be a raffle among the students who had Blue all week. The child’s name who is chosen will take Paws home for the weekend with his journal. While Paws is with your family for the weekend, feel free to take many pictures! Please write about everything Paws did for the weekend as a part of your family! Paws and the journal are to be returned on Monday.  During circle time your child will be able to share with the class what they did during the weekend!

Clip Chart:

Every morning, the children will start their day on white (Good job.)Throughout the day their clip may move up or down. If it moves up to blue (Awesome) that means your child made amazing choices, or did something special. If your child’s clip is on blue at pick up your child earned a prize from the prize box. When clips are moved down to yellow (Warning.) That means that your child did something to receive at least one verbal warning and then they had to move their clip down. The children can still move it up to blue by the end of the day. The next color is orange (stop what you are doing.) This color is the children’s last warning before they can no longer move up. The final color red means that your child has deliberately hurt someone or broke a rule they have learned. For the colors yellow-red you will have a note in your child’s cubby explain what happened. If time permits through the day I will email the parents if their child has moved to orange or red. Please remember just because your child is on white does not mean they did not have a good day. In order to earn a blue the  children have to do something above and beyond to earn it ( it can be something simple as helping a friend clean up, or pushing in their own chair) As the year progresses it will become more difficult for the children to earn blue as the expectations for them increase.

Pre-K Supplies:

This year the Preschool and the Pre-K classrooms will be purchasing supplies in bulk. This will allow us, to get a significantly larger variety of necessary age-appropriate materials for our learning and classroom needs at a lower bulk price.

Pinnacle Academy is charging a Prekindergarten supply Fee of $75 per Student


 

An Overview of Pinnacle Academy’s Pre-K Curriculum

Language Arts/Literacy: We will learn/review the entire alphabet (upper- and lower-case), letter sounds and formation.  We will learn nursery rhymes, create class stories and books, develop vocabulary, re-tell stories, practice rhyming words, introduce simple sight words, and begin to work on word families and letter blends. We will use the flannel board, puppets and props to tell and re-tell stories.  Children who are ready to sound out words will work on Beginning Reading with the “Bob Books” series.

Writing: We will work toward proper pencil grip, and correct formation of numbers and letters (upper/lowercase).  We will trace, copy and write our names, numbers & letters, and move toward invented spellings.

Math: We will begin with numbers 1-10, and move to the 20s and 30s, etc. as children progress.  We will focus on counting accurately, differentiating the “teens” and “twenties”. We will learn shapes, work with patterns, practice sorting and graphing, and learn how to “read” a simple graph. We will compare number values, introduce simple addition and subtraction of sets, and work with measurement. We will learn/review positional vocabulary, sequence a series of pictures or steps, and put objects in order by size or weight.

Science: We will cover many topics, including (but not limited to): sink/float, push/pull, living and nonliving things, color mixing, magnets, the 5 senses, our bodies, textures, growth (plants, animals, people, insects), using a balance scale, exploring 3D shapes, learning about the Earth (recycling, conservation, soil, rocks, sand, bodies of water and the water cycle), the 4 seasons, weather, classifying objects, using descriptive vocabulary, and an introduction to simple machines.  We will also learn about the Scientific Method on a Prekindergarten level.

Social Studies and “Second Step”:  We will explore families and friendships, similarities and differences, community helpers, neighborhoods, cultural celebrations and learn about family and school routines.  We will discuss where our families are from, and learn about the globe and maps.  We will share folktales from around the world and see how the moral of a story relates to our lives.  In our “Second Step” lessons, we will learn social skills and school skills to help us be successful students.  We will learn about feelings and getting along with others, and learn how to solve problems by talking and using our words, instead of actions.

Art and Other Areas: We will explore and create with many different art materials/media.  We will work on self-expression, scissor and gluing skills, and caring for materials.  We will describe our creations. We will create with clay, make puppets, and make 3D projects. We will work on creative building skills, spatial and balance skills and fine motor skills.  We will work on gross motor development with outdoor and indoor activities. We will learn songs, finger plays, and nursery rhymes, as well as work with rhythm. We will play all sorts of games, learning to follow rules and take turns, and we will have the opportunity to make up our own games.

Specials:  We have weekly “Specials” for the children that include American Sign Language (ASL), Computer/Technology, Spanish, and music.

Report Cards:   Report Cards are issued quarterly, and hold Parent-Teacher Conferences as well.  We encourage you to take an active role in your child’s education and work with us teachers as partners.

Prekindergarten Homework Packs:  Starting in October and continuing through the end of the school year, our students may have homework packets sent home on Tuesdays. The pack is to be returned no later than Friday morning. It may contain 1 or 3 pages of work to be done. Please complete only a single page every night. Your child can return their completed homework and place in the homework slot on my desk. All the homework given will be created to suit your child’s needs.

I look forward to the following school year preparing your children for Kindergarten.

Music

Teacher:  Mrs. Renee Abaza

Email: rabaza@pinnacleacademyva.com

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GOALS

The content of the music curriculum, like that of the music standards of learning, is intended to
support the following goals for students:

  • Develop understanding of music through experiences in singing, playing instruments,
    performing rhythms, moving to music, composing, and listening.
  • Develop the ability to read and notate music.
  • Create compositions that transcribe their thoughts and emotions into forms of musical
    expression.
  • Exercise critical thinking skills by investigating and analyzing all facets of the music
    discipline.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and responsibility for the safe and responsible use of
    materials, equipment, methods, and technologies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of music to history and culture.
  • Make connections between music and other fields of knowledge.

 

PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION

  • Students will learn to participate in music as a musician through singing, playing
    instruments, performing rhythms, moving to music, and improvising/composing.
  • Students will participate in all aspects of music production and demonstrate
    appropriate use of related materials, methods, and technologies.

 

MUSIC THEORY AND CULTURAL CONTENT

  • Students will understand music by using knowledge of music theory, history, and the
    connections to the culture in which it was produced.
  • Students will study and practice music theory through music reading, notation, and
    sight-reading.
  • Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze the manner in which music is
    organized.
  • Students will identify the style and distinctive characteristics of music that delineate
    each of the basic periods of music as well as the influence of technology and
    compositional techniques employed adolescents, and adults.
  • Students will be guided in the development of criteria for making informed artistic
    judgments about music, as well as about the other arts, and for evaluating the role of
    music in society.
  • Students will examine the interrelationships of current events, developing technologies,
    and music in society.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION: COMPOSITIONS AND COMPOSERS

  • Students will develop an informed appreciation of music through guided listening to
    selected musical compositions and study of selected composers.
  • Through familiarity with how these compositions actually sound, as well as how they are
    constructed and performed, students will discuss and analyze the compositions, using
    music terminology, and will come to a deeper love for various kinds of music and joy at
    experiencing them.

 

VOCABULARY

  • Students will use music terminology pertaining to all aspects of music as identified for
    each grade based on the content and skills found in the specified grade-level objectives.
  • Students will use these words and terms in oral and written communications and apply
    them in musical experiences.

Art

Teacher: Mrs. Tremblay

Email: ctremblay@pinnacleacademyva.com

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Art Teaching Philosophy

The most important rule for guiding children’s art activities is that the process is always more important than the product. “Process” means allowing children to explore art materials with freedom without the pressure to copy a model or stay in the lines. Process is experimenting with paints, watching the mixing colors, and feeling the textures of more or less. Process is gluing various sizes, shapes, and colors of paper together to create a collage. Process is freedom to experiment and enjoy the feeling of creating without being concerned with the outcome or the product. Process is creating something that is uniquely yours and not a copy of someone else’s.

Course Description Areas of Study

This art course of study is part of a comprehensive,
sequential Fine Arts program that begins at the elementary level and
continues through high school. Students will acquire knowledge, understanding
and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and intellectual accomplishments
of our civilization while developing skills to express personal artistic talents.

The most important rule for guiding children’s art activities is that the process is always more important than the product. “Process” means allowing children to explore art materials with freedom without the pressure to copy a model or stay in the lines. Process is experimenting with paints, watching the mixing colors, and feeling the textures of more or less. Process is gluing various sizes, shapes, and colors of paper together to create a collage. Process is freedom to experiment and enjoy the feeling of creating without being concerned with the outcome or the product. Process is creating something that is uniquely yours and not a copy of someone else’s.

In art class, our course of study will focus upon problem-solving, using the elements and principles of design in order to create expressive, but well-organized works of art. We will learn about the elements of art; the visual components of color, form, line, texture, space, shape, and value. Students will be exposed to a variety of both two and three-dimensional materials and mediums, and will also have opportunities to write about and discuss their own works, and the works of others. Students will be exposed to master artists and important works of art.

Expectations-Grades

Just as you have high expectations for me as your teacher, I have high expectations for you as my student. I expect you to come to class prepared and ready to create original artwork. You are required to bring a pencil and eraser every day to class. While you are here, please be responsible with supplies and always be on task so you can do your best work. If you cannot complete a project or assignment on time, it is your responsibility to speak with me about an extension. Unexcused or missing work will result in an incomplete or failing grade.
The art room is a place of mutual respect. I expect you to treat your peers, your teacher (whether a substitute or me), and yourself with the highest level of respect. Please be polite and do not put down your artwork or the artwork of another classmate. If appropriate behavior becomes a challenge for you, we will meet to find a solution. If necessary, we will include parents and administrators.

Art projects and sketch assignments are evaluated using grading rubrics. Rubrics will focus on concepts I hope you will master during the grading period. These include your understanding of art skills/vocabulary, craftsmanship, problem solving, originality/communication, and self-reflection. Levels of mastery for each concept will be explained in detail during class. In addition I will be evaluating your use of class time to develop your skills and complete your projects and assignments. I believe this to be very important in your artistic development.

Spanish

Teacher: Mrs. Bush

Email: dbush@pinnacleacademyva.com

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