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Hello all,

Letter E is for Elephant Week was Exciting, Extraordinary, Exuberant, and Eventful!  Read on below to learn about all the fun that was had and learning that took place.

Throughout the Entire Letter E is for Elephant Week, the students brought in some great letter E shares!  Whether it was an Elephant (as seen below), an Egg, the Eiffel Tower, Elmo, or the Empire State building, one thing was for sure – Everything had to do with E!

For their morning work on Monday and Tuesday, the students completed their letter E identification tracing/writing coloring activities!  They really did quite an Excellent job! During the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, the students created a list of letter E words and also went hunting for E’s around the classroom.  Here is their E list from Tuesday!

On Wednesday morning, the students listened to a read aloud of a book titled, “Elephants Can Paint Too!” written by Katya Arnold.  Ms. Arnold is a schoolteacher in New York City who also teachers students in Thailand.  The students in Ms. Arnold’s New York City classroom are just like the students at Park Prep Academy; they are children.  Ms. Arnold’s students in Thailand are not children; they are elephants!  Ms. Arnold encourages all of her students to create beautiful works of art using paint and paintbrushes.  Like the students of Park Prep Academy, the New York students hold the paintbrushes in their hands while painting.  Do you know what part of their body the elephants use to hold their paintbrushes?  Take a peek at the photo below to find out!

The students enjoyed the story so much that later they transformed their fingers into miniature elephant trunks while creating their painting!

Here is how some of the “Elephant Paintings” turned out!

During the afternoon, the students participated in a technology presentation about Ms. Arnold’s elephant artists!  The students watched with wide eyes as the elephants walked to the easel and began painting.  What was it? The students could hardly wait to find out.  Be sure to look below – you will certainly be Entertained!

(Here is another AMAZING elephant painting video – this one you might want to fast forward through a bit – ENJOY!)

The students particularly enjoyed observing these two elephants, Naram and Lucky, bathing and playing together in some water!

Things got really silly at Park Prep on Thursday morning.  The students learned that elephant transformation would continue from Wednesday.  This time, the transformation would be much more than just a finger – it was the whole face!  Look below to see how the students changed from children into rather Eclectic Elephants!

In the afternoon on Thursday, the students learned and practiced an elephant song!  Sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot,” the song was a huge hit.  Here are the words of the song!

I’m a little elephant,

Aren’t I so cute?

I have floppy ears

and a long trunk to boot!

I like to be silly

and splash around,

The earth sure shakes

when I stomp on the ground!

(written by Miss Jocelyn)


On Friday, the students fully transformed into elephants – Watch below to see how!

Photo SharingVideo SharingPhoto Printing

Also on Friday, the PPA students were paid a very special visit by the older sister of a PPA student who also happens to be a graduate!  A kindergartner now, the student, with her sister pictured below, was Friday afternoon’s guest reader and boy, was she great!  A special PPA “Thank You” to our Guest Reader – you did a great job!

Well, that is all for “Letter E is for Elephant Week”.  As always, thank you for reading and have a fun and safe weekend!




Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are here!

Monday, November 7th – Tuesday, November 22nd

Please check your email and/or see the school calendar board for your scheduled conference time.

November School Closings:

Wednesday, November 23rd – 12:00 p.m. School-wide Dismissal – No Lunch

Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th – Thanksgiving Recess

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