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“Feelings and Friendship Week” Blog Recap!

Hello all,

Feelings and Friendship Week was full of just that, Feelings and Friendship!  Through play, hard work, and discussion, the students practiced identifying and recognizing all sorts of feelings and what it means to be a great friend throughout the entire week!  Read on below to learn about all the fun that was had and learning that took place!

For their morning work on Monday and Tuesday, the students created a “Feeling Faces” Photo Album!  One by one, the students came over to have their photograph taken under a sign showing one of the following feelings:  Happy, Sad, Angry, or Silly!  The students blew the teachers away with their ability to show each feeling with such extremely expressive faces!  Here are some of the photos from the students “Feeling Faces” activity.




During the afternoons of  “Feelings and Friendship Week”, the students discussed each feeling by creating a list for a few of the more common feelings.  Here are the lists that the students came up with for what makes them feel happy and what makes them feel sad.



On Wednesday, the students welcomed the first PPA parent visitor of the year as a Guest Reader!  With Friendship on the brain, the Daddy photographed below volunteered his time to read a particularly sweet story to the class – Ping and Pong are Best Friends (Mostly) by Tim Hopgood.  A special PPA Thank You to this Daddy and his children for helping to make Wednesday morning so special!


ATTENTION PPA PARENTS:  If you would like to visit PPA, please reach out to Miss Justine or Miss Jocelyn to schedule your visit!

Later on Wednesday, the students dove further into the theme of friendship as they discussed what it means to be a friend.  Through their discussion, the students determined that a friend is someone who “always plays nicely” and “does good sharing”.  They also decided that a friend is someone who “lets everyone play” and “never hits, pushes, or grabs”.  A friend also uses “nice words all the time”.  Seeing how wonderful the PPA students are, the teachers were not surprised to hear that their description of what a friend is was so accurate!  🙂  Since the PPA students are some of the nicest kids around, the teachers announced that they were all Super Friends!  Like all Super People, the PPA Super Friends surely needed a special outfit!  Take a look below to see what the PPA Super Friends created for their morning work on Wednesday!  Needless to say, they were … Super… excited! 🙂


Seeing that the PPA students are clearly so SUPER, the teachers put together the following video to help build some excitement for the 2016-2017 school year!  The clip below debuted at PPA’s Back to School Night event which took place on Thursday evening.  Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend.  We hope you found Back to School Night to be informative and exciting!  If you were unable to attend, please ask either Miss Justine or Miss Jocelyn to give you the packet that was distributed.  Enjoy! 🙂



Thursday morning began with a special story all about Friendship – Marcus Pfister’s classic tale, The Rainbow Fish.  In the story, we meet the rainbow fish and learn that he was covered in beautiful shiny, shimmery scales!  Well, as beautiful as he may be, none of the other fish want to play with him because he refuses to share with anyone.  After speaking with the wise octopus, the rainbow fish learns that sharing his beautiful shiny scales with his friends will not only make everyone beautiful but it will also make everyone happy. By the end of the story, the rainbow fish decides that sharing is fun and all of the fish become great friends.  After reading the story, the students created their very own Rainbow Fish to remind them that sharing is caring!


The fun and excitement continued on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon as the students had a blast participating in what the teachers affectionately call, “Emotion Motion”.  Rather than just discussing the different emotions, the students were asked to use their bodies to SHOW a particular emotion!  For instance, can you (yes, you at home!) do a happy walk?  How about an angry march?  How about a silly dance?  🙂

On Friday, the students arrived at school with their lunches, backpacks …. and a fruit?  Yes!  The students each came to school with one piece of fruit to contribute to the school-wide Friendship Fruit Salad!  The students placed their assorted fruits into a basket and began their day.  In the morning, the teachers sliced up all of the fruit and displayed it prominently on the table.  Clearly, the most popular fruit that was sent in was an apple.  The teachers asked, “If ‘Jenny’ and ‘Billy’ brought in apples, can only ‘Jenny’ and ‘Billy’ enjoy apples in their fruit salad?”  The students all shook their heads in their disapproval of this idea.  They exclaimed that everyone can enjoy the apples because “Jenny” and “Billy” want to share their apples with everyone – and right they were!  The teachers explained that because everyone had a hand in creating the fruit salad it would be called the “Friendship Fruit Salad”.  The students took turns coming up to the table and selecting which fruits they wanted to enjoy in their fruit salad.  From the looks on their faces, they really enjoyed their “Friendship Fruit Salad”.


The final thing left to do before distributing the fruit salad was to sing a special song – Fruit Salad by The Wiggles!



Well, that is all for “Feelings and Friendship Week!”  What an amazing (and silly) week it was!  Be sure to click the link below to visit the PPA Photo Gallery and view all of the Feelings Face photographs!  As always, thank you for reading.  See you next week!



Monthly Installment Tuition Plan is due next week

Thursday, September 29th (2 dayers)

Friday, September 30th (3 and 5 dayers)

Upcoming School Events:

PPA Pumpkin Picking and Decorating Party

Friday, September 30th

(2:00-3:00 p.m.)

All PPA students and parents are welcome to attend this event.

Aftercare is not available.

School Picture Day

Wednesday, October 5th

ALL STUDENTS (regardless of enrollment  schedule) should arrive by 8:30 a.m.  Individual portraits and class  photographs will be taken. Students who do not attend school on Wednesdays (2 dayers) will be picked up before lunch at 11:45 p.m. Students who attend school on Wednesday will stay for the full school day.

School Closed – October 10th

PPA Halloween Party

Monday, October 31st

(2:00-3:00 p.m.)

All PPA students and parents are welcome to  attend this event.

Aftercare is not available.

Theme for Next Week:

fall autumn

Click here to view all of the “Feelings Faces” Photos.