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Hello all,

“Letter L is for Library Week” was by far the LoveLiest week of the 2014-2015 school year yet!  The students entered school each day with Lots of Letter L shares! Everything from Light-up toys to Lanyards, LalaLoopsy to Legos, and of course, all things Library were sent in and shared! There were tons of Letter L/Library books that came in as well! To help explore the letter L, the students also learned all about the Library! Well, “Letter L is for Library Week” has come and gone. Read on below to discover the learning that took place and fun that was had throughout the week!

The teachers mixed things up a bit by starting Tuesday morning with an art project!  Much to the surprise of the students, the PPA classroom was transformed into an actual library!  The students were thrilled to learn that they would be practicing the entire experience of what it is like to go to a library.  First and foremost, they needed to get their library cards. For their morning work, the students crafted their very own library cards which would later grant them “entrance” to the newly established Park Prep Academy Library. In order to construct the library cards, the students had to select the colors they wanted, write their name, and draw a self-portrait.  Once the cards were assembled, they needed to be decorated. Choosing from assorted sequins and gems, the students added some pizazz to their library cards.  Take a look at the cards below.




During the afternoon, the students and the teachers discussed the difference between libraries and bookstores. Was there a difference? The students were able to explain that unlike  a bookstore, the books you select at a library do not belong to you forever – you just borrow them for a while. This made a lot of sense to all of the PPA preschoolers who know that all of the toys/games at PPA belong to everyone, not just one person.  After the discussion, the students transitioned over to another part of the classroom. Their eyes widened as they saw the library display.  The excitement only grew when they learned that they would actually be able to select one book to take home with them!

One by one, the students waited until their library card was called. Each child then took their library card around the “shelves” and peeked at all the books before making a selection!  Once the selection had been made, each student brought their book and library card over to the librarian station. The librarian checked their library cards and made a list of all the books selected – after all, without this list, how would they know which books were taken out of the library?  The students headed home at the end of the day more proud than ever and, of course, very excited to read those library selections!




On Wednesday, the students created a beautiful and particularly useful Library-inspired art project – a Bookmark!  The students decorated their bookmarks with assorted jewels and gems on one side.  They added their names to the other side of the bookmark and filled it with color!  How lovely these bookmarks turned out!  Take a look below!




The students returned to school on Thursday and Friday and so did their library books! The students could hardly wait to tell the teachers about how much they enjoyed reading their library books at home!  Some of the students read and re-read their library book while others read their library books at bedtime! Regardless of when or how many times the library book was read, one thing was certain – the library project was a huge hit!

The students spent the mornings of Thursday and Friday working one on one with the teachers to complete their Letter L identification/fine motor activity sheets. The teachers were so impressed with how easily the new students recognized the letter L and also how well the older students remembered all things “L” during their morning work!  In the afternoon on Thursday and Friday, the students created the twelfth letter list of the year!  As a whole group, the students took turns brainstorming and contributing words that begin with the letter L and also hunted around the classroom for letter L items!  Naturally, the letter L list was Long and contained LOTS of great answers!


Letter L MW List Shares


What Letter L Shares do YOU see?

Answer:  Light Rail, Lamb, Lobster, Ll Book, and Lacing

“Letter L is for Library Week” also featured a special guest visit from a PPA Mommy of not one, but two, PPA students!  The Mommy featured below came in to read a special story to the class to help start the day.  What a special morning it was!  A big PPA Thank You to this PPA Mommy for reading to us!  We hope you had as much fun with us as we did with you!


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Well, that may be the end of “Letter L is for Library Week” but you can keep the library fun going all year long at your local town library!  Happy Reading!



Please return all outstanding library books next week.

Tuition for February is due on Thursday and Friday.

2015-2016 School Year Re-Enrollment and 2015 Summer Camp Paperwork is due on February 11th 



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PPA Collection Efforts for Families of

Edgewater Avalon Community Fire

will end on Wednesday MORNING

Suggested Materials:

Gift Cards: MC, Visa, Amex.

Drinks: bottled water and drinks, juice boxes.

Personal hygiene items: new unopened toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, sanitary items, aspirin/ibuprofen, cold medicine, allergy medication, deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors.

Baby items: diapers, wipes, formula, creams, lotions, bath wash, shampoo, baby food, baby utensils, clothing (NB to 6 mos, 6mos- 1 year, 12 – 18 mos, 18 – 24 mos), baby/toddler bedding and blankets.

Children’s Clothing: Boy and Girl sizes 3 – 15 new undergarments, new socks, back packs, lunch boxes, water bottles.

Adult Clothing: NEW undergarments and socks – men/women.

Pet Needs: cat/do food, leashes, pads, disposables, food bowls, litter boxes, etc.

Miscellaneous:  phone chargers, batteries, old cell phones with SIM cards, any electronics