Backpacker Family October 22 - November 2

Backpacker Newsletter 

October 22 - November 2 - 18                

OCTOBER                                                                NOVEMBER  Continued
Oct. 25 
Parent Gathering  after drop off.      Nov.  7  All school Chapel Day Food Bank Donation

Guest speaker, Gail Root                                   Nov. 12  Veterans’ Day   Preschool closed

Oct. 31 Mask Parade                                           Nov  14    Harvest Celebration  @ noon 

                                                                                       Nov. 19 -23 Thanksgiving Break


Nov 1  Picture make up day                       



*Please remember to send a sweater to school. The mornings are chilly.


* The month of October we begin inside the classroom.


Thank you


*   Thank you’ Lauren & Camila for making us lavender playdough.

*  Thank you for contributing to the MIXED BAGS fundraiser.   It was a great success.

*   Also thank you to all the Families that contribute to our snack foods.

Halloween is just around the corner - During Halloween there is a lot of excitement everywhere.   At preschool we try to keep our normal routine in order to not add more to the excitement.  We make some Halloween decorations for the class and home.  In honor of Halloween, we celebrate by decorate masks for a Mask Parade.

The Mask Parade is about 10 minutes long during snack time. The Backpackers will parade around the bike path and show off our masks to the Purple Family. Then the Purple Family will show off theirs to a cheering crowd of Backpackers. Afterwards we will share pumpkin muffins and apple juice together. 

The children do not wear Halloween costumes to school. However, starting the day after Halloween, The Backpacker Class only will have a Costume Share week during Nov.1-6.  2 children daily will have the opportunity to bring in a costume to share. They will bring it in a bag with three clues. While your child is changing into their costume, the rest of the class will try to guess what kind of costume was brought. I will post a sign-up sheet on the porch table. .


Dear Backpacker Families,


At this time of the year, several children have fears as they see scary costumes and decorations everywhere. Therefore, a lot of the art and books we read is to soothe any fears children may have about monsters and scary things.  We discuss what is real and what is fictitious.  The children have been enjoying making simple Halloween decorations for our classroom.  Please take a moment to look at their “Spooky” board. I hope you are enjoying the book, “In the Dark, Dark House” by the Backpacker. If your child has not brought it home, it should be coming your way soon. Remember to return the book the next day so a different child can take it home to share with their family.

During math we are sorting by type, color and by size.  They glued varied sized pumpkins a smallest to largest pumpkin order.  The children are still working on their Zoo Phonic alphabet book.  For the next few weeks the children will be asked to bring in objects that begin with the letters of the alphabet and we will create a letter shelf. I will send a notice with more information later this week. 


The Backpackers are really taking pride in doing their jobs, so remember to ask them what it is.  They pick a new job on Monday morning.. 


The children are working on practicing writing their names.  In the Backpacker class, I teach them that most letters begin at the top and they work on forming letters and numbers correctly.  The children who already know how to write their names are working on writing it smaller.  Some children at this age write their names backwards and that is typical for this age as they do not understand that we read and write from left to right.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.


Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Warmly, Miss Ruth


Art:   Inside:   Free art; making Halloween decorations &  masks for our Mask parade.

           Outside:   Golf ball painting

Block Areas: small pumpkins

Dramatic Play:   Veggie Stand and a pumpkin patch

Literature:  “Fall Leaves Fall” and “ Pumpkin Time” By Zoe Hall ”Skeleton Hiccups” by Margery Cuyler. ”Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman; “The Vanishing Pumpkin” by Tony Johnston; “The Hallo-Wiener” by Dav Pilkey; and Journals by the Backpackers

Math:    Puzzles; collection boxes- sorting by color, shape & size; stringing & counting; matching apple.

Science: We will be cleaning and preparing our garden for winter planting of bulbs and continue with composting and nutritious foods we will also look at the life cycle of apples & pumpkins.

Sensory: Inside:   Play dough and garlic press and Halloween cookie cutters; black beans with Jack-O’Lanterns, Lavender rice with Halloween sort.     Outside:    Chicken feed with test tubes; Pumpkin Soup; Cornmeal with funnels and pouring tools; pumpkin boats with people and colored water

Snack Lesson:   Scrubbing carrots and shucking corn


Sandy French