Students of The Month/House of Respect

Congratulations to the following students of the month:

Rahaf (September), Diaa and Souad (October).

House of Respect

William Ford Elementary has five houses, one school! Within each house, there is a mix of grade levels. The houses are: Fearless (red), Achievers (Green), Respect (Blue), Believers (Yellow), and Givers (Orange). We are building a sense of community in our large school. Students get to eat lunch with other grade levels every Wednesday, and are participating with students from other grade levels.  Our classroom is part of the House of Respect. Wear blue every Wednesday!!!

Below are pictures from the first assembly we had where everyone found out what house they were in, as well as our first lunch in the cafeteria.

Meet the Critter Guy!

On Thursday, we had a special visitor/visitors in our room. Paul McCormack, also known as the Critter Guy came to our class along with some of his critters! Some of the children were a little apprehensive at first but then become comfortable with just petting the animals while others went beyond.

Mr. Squib and Mrs. Squab, Ring Neck Doves

Chow Chow, the Blue Tongue Lizard

Oblio, the Box Turtle

Cotton, the Chinchilla


Pretzel the Corn Snake was the most  popular critter!


Awesome Parent Meeting!!

Thank you to everyone for coming to the October Parent Meeting!!  We had 100% participation. I hope the children are still enjoying the playdough we made. 

I will be setting up a parent conference page as soon as all the appointments are confirmed. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. We do go out twice a day.

Congratulations to the Zipper Club members!!!! So far, Jana, Sara, Ibrahim, Abdulrahman, and Diaa are able to zip up their coats all by themselves. remember to keep helping them work on those fine motor skills of zipping up!!


Our Morning in Preschool

We have been in school for an official two weeks of full days!!  I’d like to give you a glimpse of what happens after you sign your child in and say good-bye.  After the door closes, LOL, the students continue establishing relationships with each other, us, and problem solve conflicts that may arise.  They are building a sense of community.

After arrival time, it’s greeting time. We sing our welcome song, and sit down to hear the morning message. In morning message, we do attendance, introduce new areas, and  share today’s plan with the children. Then the helper of the day chooses a friend to go and wash their hands so we can eat breakfast.

After breakfast, we clean up the tables and get ready for outside time.

Sometimes we play on the black top, or go to the “mountain.”


We go back to the room for a water and bathroom break before we start small group. Small group is an adult initiated learning activity based on children’s interest and developmental needs. The children interact with materials, make choices and have discussions. We interact, converse with and scaffold their learning. As we complete small groups, the children start planning using different strategies to describe where and what materials they will use during work time.

Then, we work together to put our classroom materials away.  The students recall using similar strategies during planning time.  Now, it’s time to wash our hands and get ready for lunch.

Welcome to Preschool!

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Hello everyone, 

I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow, Monday, September 18th, is our first parent meeting from 8:45 – 9:45 am.  Please remember to bring your child’s blanket and extra set of clothing.  

For the rest of the week, the children will report at 8:40 am and be dismissed at 11:45. You have 7 days to accept the subscription to our blog page or it is canceled.  If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Slime Time!

The children had a great time making slime! They measured and mixed glue, liquid starch, and food coloring to make the slime.  At first they didn’t like the texture, but then enjoyed it as it changed from  a liquid into a solid!


Here’s the link to the site so you can make it at home!

Materials needed: