Welcome Back!

Just wanted to welcome everyone back to school. The first day went great!

I have extended the book order due date to Tuesday, September 14. Our class activation code is GPBBQ. There are 3 books for $1 each: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Courdory, and David Goes to School (Chicka Chicka and David goes to school are among the favorites of my preschoolers!) To order, go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs . Our class activation code: GPBBQ. (no period)

This week, we're starting the alphabet. The kids will be bringing home a letter Aa booklet on Monday and Tuesday. Similar booklets will be coming home each Monday and Tuesday throughout this school year. I recommend saving the booklets so your child can look at them and refer to them as the year goes on.

Also, my phone line has been damaged somehow. I have opened a repair ticket and it should be up and running by Monday evening. If you need to contact me, please call my cell phone.

Looking forward to a great year!
Ms. B :)


Quick update

I wanted to quickly share a couple dates with you so you can mark your calendars.
Preschool Meet and Greet is September 1 and 2 depending on your child's class day (an invitation will be arriving soon with more details)
First day of school is September 8 and 9. The only thing your child needs to start school is a full sized backpack.
I have also updated the calendar for the year so you can note days off and things like that. Please do not print yet, as I'm still making adjustments.



I think we can head to the park today for the picnic. It's cool out, but not cold. Just bring a jacket and prepare to run around with your kids (that will keep us warm!)
See you in a bit!



Just wanted to give everyone a heads up:
As you know, our picnic is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:30. If the weather is chilly and windy like it is today, we will do McDonald's instead of the park. So, if you go outside tomorrow and it's chilly, head to the golden arches. If the weather is nice and warm, we'll go to the park.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or text me.


One thing you won't have to remember

The kids will not need their backpacks any more this year. All the papers and projects we are doing for the remainder of our classes, will stay at school.

But DO remember:
Picnic is May 21 at 11:30
Graduation is May 25 at 11:30 (Monday/ Wednesday classes
1:00 for Tuesday/ Thursday kids


Print Your May Calendar

OK- the May calendar is FINALLY ready to print. Thanks for your patience on that!
There is so much going on in may. Please print out BOTH the calendar and this post so that you can have all the details about each event, right at your finger tips.

  • The first thing on our list is the What's in the Box? Guess and then tell- show and tell. You should have received an email or a hot pink note in your child's backpack about this fun activity. If for some reason you did not, please refer to this post for more information. We're doing this MONDAY AND TUESDAY of THIS WEEK!!! To clarify, that's May 3 and 4. This is our LAST show and tell for the year.

    Second: We have a
    picnic on Friday, May 21 at Hunter Park*. Hunter park is located at 3500 S. 6000 W. We will meet at 11:30 on the West side by the playground. Bring a lunch for you and your little one, a blanket or chair to sit on, sunscreen, and camera. I will provide a treat for the kids after their lunch.
  • *In case of bad weather, we will meet at McDonald's on 8400 W. and 3500 S. Unfortunately, I will not be able to provide a treat if we have to go there and you will need to purchase a lunch from McDonald's; as they do not allow outside food or drink. (so keep your fingers crossed for good weather!)

  • Third: Your child brought home a CD a few weeks ago with songs that we will be singing for our end of year program. Please play that every chance you get so that your child will be ready for our performance!

  • Speaking of performance, the Fourth item on the agenda: Our end of year program is on Tuesday, May 25 at Hunter Library. Hunter Library is located at 4740 W. 4100 S. The Monday / Wednesday classes will perform at 11:30 (both am and pm). The Tuesday / Thursday class will perform at 1:00. Please be prepared to stand and give a very short (30 sec-1 min) I'm so proud of_____ because speech. Be sure to include how much they've learned and grown through the year.

  • Fifth: We're celebrating May AND summer birthdays this month. Mylee, Hilary, Jackson, Kody, Ainzleigh, Dominic and Kade- all turn 4!!! Kyle and Ellie turn 5!!! Happy Happy birthday guys!

  • Lastly: Open enrollment has begun for preschool next year. Word of mouth is the GREATEST compliment you can give!


May calendar is coming...soon

The May calendar is ALMOST ready to print. I need to get a couple of things finalized before it's ready. Hopefully, everything will be set by the end of the day today. Thanks for your patience.

Also, I sent a note home or an email (depending on your child's class) explaining our What's in the box? Guess and then tell Show and tell. Whew- that's a long name!! Anyway, just in case you didn't check your email or the note got lost, here's what we're doing: (you may wish to print out the note if for some reason you didn't get it)The secret show and tell does not have to begin with the letter "x" and the word doesn't need to contain the letter "x". We will be focusing on the BOX itself. You could include ANYTHING inside the box. A favorite toy, a favorite snack, picture of something you like to do, something you think is funny or gross or something you don't like at all...ANYTHING!!!! Remember, the item does not need to have anything to do with the letter x.


Picture Day Reminder and slight change of plans

Next week, on Wednesday and Thursday, it's picture day! We are going to have our picture taken during the regular school day, but there has been a slight change in plans. Rather than taking the pictures in my home, we will be walking over to the town home club house with a much larger area for picture-taking. It's a short distance to the west of my home, with sidewalks or paved trails the whole way. Also, each class will have a parent helper to make sure we all get there safe and sound.
*You may want to bring a water bottle with your child's name on it just in case he/she gets thirsty.
*Package prices will be coming home in backpacks on Wednesday and Thursday.
*I will have a sample individual portrait on my door for you to look at.

Picture day helpers are:
M/W am Kade's mom
M/W pm Arianna's mom
T/Th Soda's mom


Program CDs

By the end of class Monday, your child should have received a CD with all of the songs we will be performing at our end of year program on Tuesday May 25 (click the date on the calendar for more details). There are even a few "bonus tracks" for learning the alphabet, shapes and writing numbers. We have sung the majority of these songs throughout the school year, but there are a couple of new ones in there too.
Please play this CD like crazy! Put it on your mp3 player, play it in the car. Do you have an old portable CD player with headphones? Put it in there and let your little one listen to it.
If for some reason your child didn't get one or you have a faulty one, let me know. I can easily make you another.Thanks so much!!

Movie Star Day and Helpers

MOVIE STAR DAY IS THIS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. Kids can dress up like a movie star if they wish. This is also the day I'll be making our movie for graduation. Please make sure your child is here. I want everyone in our movie!

Here's what I have down for helpers

Movie Star Day parents (this Wednesday and Thursday) are
M/W am= Riley's mom
M/W pm = Stone's mom
T/Th = Grace's mom

Picture Day parents (next Wednesday and Thursday the 28 & 29)
M/W am= Kade's mom
M/W pm=_______________
T/TH= Soda's mom

*I'm going to be doing both things at the beginning of class, and I just need you for as long as it takes. Hopefully it won't be more than an hour, but you never know.

Thanks so much to all of my parents. You guys are amazing!!


Helpers (edited)

I'm looking for a helper in each of the classes on April 28th and 29th (school picture day). The helper will just supervise the kids while they are either watching a movie or having free time. Please either leave a comment, call me, or drop me an email if you can help.
P.S. If you have a little one that you need to bring, that's just fine.


April Calendar is ready for printing

The April calendar is ready for printing. Just click on the print icon on the upper right hand corner of the calendar. Once you are in the print screen, you can choose the size of font it's printed in, the color, and if you want it to print as a portrait or landscape. PLEASE print it up and hang it in a visible place. Helpful tip: print this post on the back side of the calendar. This way you will have all the details about each happening.

Here are the highlights of this month:
  • April 21 and 22 is movie star day. The kids can come to school dressed up like a movie star if they would like to. (fancy dresses, feather boas, high heels, top hats, bow ties, sunglasses, super man capes, etc) I will need a mommy (or daddy or grandparent) helper on this day in each class. (this is the day I film the kids for our preschool video, so please please please make sure your child is at school this day)

  • April 23 book orders are due. This will be the last book order of the regular school year. If you would like to place an order, go to www.scholastic.com/parentordering

username is writestartpreschool

password is mrsbarnett

This month, I recommend Mars Needs Moms! #53 in SeeSaw April

  • April 28 and 29 is school picture day. Based on the poll on this site a couple of weeks ago, the majority of you would like group style pictures, so that's what we'll do! The pictures will be taken inside, during preschool, against a BLACK backdrop. Bright colors always look best in photos. It is recommended that you do not put your child in black. (with the black background, it may look like a floating head :) ) You will have the option to purchase an individual photo of your child or a class picture OR a combination of both.

  • We will celebrate Kanamu's birthday this month. He will be 5! Happy birthday!!

  • I will be sending a note home in the backpacks this week about Summer Camp. The first day of summer classes will be Monday, June 7. Tuition is $60. There are no additional registration or start up costs.

Heads up for next month:

  • The theme for next month is "Wrapping it up"

  • May 3 &4 is our Mystery Box show and tell. It's also the LAST show and tell of the year.

  • May 24 is the picnic at Hunter Park

  • May 25 is the end of year program at Hunter Library

  • (you can find out more details about each of these "events" by clicking on the highlighted box of that day and then clicking to view details.)

  • In May, we will celebrate all summer birthdays. Please check the calendar to see which date we will celebrate your little one's birthday.


Feedback Needed

I've added a couple more polls to the blog this evening.
Thank you for "voting".

Yearbook or Group Style

This is the yearbook style picture:
The nice thing about this style of photo is that everyone gets a perfect photo.

Group style picture:
The plus about this style, is that personalities really come through with the whole group together.
Whether you guys decide to go with the group style OR the yearbook style, there will be package options. You will be able to order an individual shot as well as a group photo or a combination of the two. (individuals will not be against a white background this year.)


I have added four polls on here today. Please take a moment to click on the answer that best describes the way you feel about the topic.
Thanks! Your feedback will help me in planning for both the remainder of this year and next year as well.


  • Next week is our field trip on Wednesday, March 31. Please sign up for 10:00 or 11:30.
  • Spring break begins on Thursday, April 1. We will return to school on Monday and Tuesday April 12 and 13.
  • Also, remember that tuition is due on April 1. In order to avoid late fees, your tuition must reach me BY April 5. We are not in school those days. You are welcome to write a check now with a post date for some time between the 1st and 5th day if you would like.


Good Deal!

Last night I went to Costco (West Valley) and they had the Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD for 6.89! That is such a good deal!! In addition to the letter Factory, they also had a "Let's Go to School" and "Math Adventure to the Moon". (I have not watched the second two movies, but I did pick those up for $6.89 as well)


March calendar

Here are the highlights of the month:

We have 2 birthdays. Tess and Caitlyn. Happy birthday girls!!

March has 10 sessions. Rather than taking a break this month, we will count the last week of March as part of our April sessions. That way we can have a long spring break!

Don't forget, tuition is due March 1. It is late March 6. Late fees will be enforced.

Open enrollment for preschool begins on March 5. Word of mouth is the best compliment you could give!

On March 31, we are going on a field trip to 42nd Street Greenhouse (4221 S. 700 E. behind the red brick house) We will go in two separate groups/ times. Please choose 10:00 or 11:30 am. I will put a sign up sheet on the door the week before. Note: This field trip will take the place of classes on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Remember: April's tuition is due on the 1st, but we do not have school that day. Please either post date your check or make arrangements to drop it by or mail it so that it reaches me before the 6th.

Spring break is from April 1- 10.


You can become a "friend" of Write Start Preschool on facebook.
Helpful tip: if you do ask to be our friend, you can also sign up for text notifications, this way, you will have updated status' of anything important you need to know for preschool.



Today during show and tell, Asia was telling us about going to the doctor. I asked her "What's your doctor's name?" She replied "Dr. Ancovenants".

At the end of class today, we played Simon Says while we waited for the parents to come. Kyle was the Simon. He said "Simon says sit down on the floor". So, we did. Then he sat there for a minute thinking. Finally he said "Simon s... no wait a minute, I'm going to do it without the Simon says".

A couple of weeks ago, Kanamu and Stone were talking about how strong they are. Kanamu said "I'm really strong!" Stone replied "Well, I'm really strong. I have seriously been workin' out!"

About a month ago, the class was being a bit noisy. I had reminded them a couple different times that it was my turn to talk. Kyle raised his hand and said "Teacher, sometimes I can't go quiet."


Current Student and Sibling Enrollment

Current Student and sibling enrollment has begun. Returning students who enroll before March 5 will have a discounted registration fee of $20. On March 5, the fee goes back to $30, and I will begin open enrollment.
Wednesday-Friday I will be sending home the registration forms in an envelope in your child's backpack. If for some reason you do not receive yours, please let me know. I would be happy to give you another.


Thursday and Friday

This week we are talking about growing and changing. Thursday and Friday you will need to bring a current picture and a baby picture to school. We are using them for an art project and they will not come home in favorable condition. Photo copies will work just fine. See above for example.
Also, Thursday, the pm class will have class to make up for Monday's holiday.
Friday, the Monday Wednesday morning class will have their make up for Monday.
*Tues/ Thurs class will have their regularly scheduled class on Thursday.


Important note

Look in backpacks for an important note coming home Tuesday and Wednesday.


Tuesday/ Thursday class

This post is applicable only to the Tuesday Thursday class.
We are getting a new student! Peyton will be joining our class on Thursday. He is a very nice boy. I'm sure he will fit in perfectly with this class.
The new number of snacks and valentines needed for this class is 11.


February calendar

The February calendar is ready for printing.

Here are some highlights:
February 1 is our field trip to the Museum of Natural History. We'll meet in the lobby at 10:30. You can stay for as little or as long as you would like. Siblings are OK. This is a free field trip, however, parking is no longer free. You can park in the Rice Eccles Stadium North entrance for $5. You can also take TRAX. Please click the link for more details about directions and parking.

Tuition is due on February 1, which is our field trip. I would prefer not to collect money at the field trip, so please either post-date a check with Feb 1 as the date and give it to me in class next time, or pay on February 3 and 4. *note: tuition will be late if it's paid after the 3rd or 4th (depending on your class' day) and will require a $10 late fee.

February 10 and 11 are the Valentine's parties. We will celebrate by playing games, making an edible craft, and passing out valentines to all of our friends at school. *We will make the holder in class. *Please fill out the FROM only portion of the valentine.

Monday/ Wednesday am class 7 valentines
Monday/ Wednesday pm class has 10 valentines
Tuesday/ Thursday class has 11 valentines

Please bring enough valentines so that the kids give ONE TO THEMSELVES and then one to each of the other children in the class. Bringing enough valentines for everyone including your own child will eliminate much confusion and tears.

February 15 is President's Day. There is no school. Monday /Wednesday am class will make up their day on Friday (19th) during regular class time. Monday / Wednesday pm class will make up their day on Thursday (18th) during their regular class time.

February 18 and 19. Please have your child bring a baby picture and a more current picture to school (a photocopy is fine). These photos will NOT be returned in favorable condition. We will be doing an art project that will look something like this:
February 24 and 25 is PJ day. That's right. The kids get to wear their pajamas to school that day!
Happy Birthday to Tori and Savannah. Both are turning 5!!


***UPDATED*** January Calendar

Your January Calendar is ready for printing.
  • There's a field trip happening on Jan. 14 for all classes. Big Daddy's Pizza. Click calendar for more details.

  • No school on Monday Jan 18 ~ MLK

  • Jan 19 and 20 is bring-your-teddy bear-to-school day. Kids will bring a teddy bear for us to do some fun math with!

  • Jan 22 is make up day for the snow day we had back in December (Tues /Thurs classes)

  • This month, we will be celebrating two birthdays. Caleb and Aiden (both turn 5 this month!)

REAL make up day

Our real make up day for the Tues Thurs class will be January 22 during our regular time.


Field trip next week

We have a fun field coming up on Thursday, January 14 for all classes!
We will meet at Big Daddy's Pizza (4950 W. 6200 S.) at 11:15
***This field trip is FREE, however, it would be very nice if each parent brought $1 -$2 to leave for a tip.
If you have any questions, please call or email me.