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All About Miss Johnson

Welcome to PPCD!
 
I am so happy to be teaching PPCD at Decker Prairie again this year! Before coming to Decker Prairie I taught Developmental Special Education for TISD at Creekside Forest Elementary and also taught PreK and Second Grade and Pre-K for Aldine ISD. Since coming to Decker Prairie I have taught both PPCD and PPCD/PreK Full Inclusion! 
 
I will be getting married this school year so at the end of September I will be changing my name to Mrs. Penard. Although we do not have any children at home we do have a German Shepherd that is spoiled rotten. His name is Dallas and he loves to play outside and go swimming!
 
I love having the opportunity to help build children's confidence and independence through learning and I enjoy helping them explore new topics and ideas. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns at any point in the school year. My goal is to help your child be as successful and independent as possible and that can only be accomplished through communication and teamwork between home and school. 
 
I can be reached by email at StephanieJohnson1@TomballISD.net or by phone at (281) 357-3134 X 3089. 
 

Recent Posts

February 5, 2018 - February 9, 2018

This week we are learning about the Olympics! The opening ceremonies are on Friday night so we will be prepared to know all about the Olympics, the Olympic flag, the Olympic rings and their colors as well as many of the various sports of the Winter games. We will even get to practice some of the sports here at school (without snow of course)! 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: The Olympics
Math: Counting to 30 and the colors of the Olympic rings. 
Science: We will be cooking a patriotic snack on Friday to celebrate the opening ceremonies and cheer for Team USA. 
Social Studies: we will learn about the sports of the Olympics and the different countries that will have athletes competing at the Olympics as well as the meaning of the Olympic rings. 
 
Spring Picture Day was set for Friday, February 9th but due to conflicts with the photographers this will need to be rescheduled. We will continue to keep you posted once the school and the photographer have worked out a new date. 
 
The Valentine's Day Party will be next Wednesday on Valentine's Day for both the AM and PM classes. A flyer came home in Wednesday folders last week with the details you will need to know! I sent home a note about making your student's Valentine box with him/her today in their white folders so please look for that and read it so your student will have a box made to collect his/her Valentines at the class party. 
 
Thursday, February 15th is the 100th day of school!! I sent a note home about a 100 Day shirt today in the students' white folders as well. Please let me know if you have any questions at all about this project!  
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

December 18th - December 22nd

This week we will be learning about.. ALL things Christmas and Holiday Fun! :)
 
We are continuing to maintain our academic rigor through all of our activities but they definitely have a more fun and festive feel to them! The kids are having a great time so far and we have a couple presents and gifts we have made for you also!!
 
Important Dates-
Wednesday, December 20th: Polar Express Day for AM and PM.. Students may wear school appropriate pajamas but please do NOT wear slippers. We will watch the Polar Express movie and then have hot chocolate and cookies. 
Thursday, December 21st: PM Class Christmas Party @ 2:30 pm. Parents are welcome to attend just please make sure you have your ID in the event that they need to scan you in. The party will be in the PreK classroom, K-3. This will be the last day of school for the PM class before the break! 
Friday, December 22nd: AM Class Christmas Party @ 9:30 am. Parents are welcome to attend just please make sure you have your ID in the event that they need to scan you in. The party will be in the PreK classroom, K-3. We will have EARLY RELEASE today at 10:40 am. Please plan to pick up your child or receive him/her off of the bus at the earlier time if you will not be attending the class party. NO PM PPCD today! 
 

Our classroom elf is back!! He brought our class milk and cookies today to celebrate! Stay tuned for all of his upcoming shenanigans.. :) 
 
P.S. Talk to your student about the elf and what you will see pictures of him doing!! It is a great way to work on language development and for your students to practice his/her retelling skills!

December 11th - December 15th

This week we are starting our unit about Christmas! We will be learning about The Gingerbread Man and we will make gingerbread houses as well as many other fun sensory related crafts and activities. 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: Alliteration and Review the letters of the alphabet
Math:  Create patterns using body movements and sounds
Science: Good habits of personal hygiene (brushing teeth, hair, bathing, etc.)
Social Studies: Discuss wants and needs and discuss the difference 
 
Important Dates:
- PTO Jingle Bell Jog: December 15th
- Polar Express Day: December 20th- Students will wear their pajamas (no slippers) and we will watch the Polar Express movie and have hot chocolate and cookies!
- PM Class Party: December 21st
- AM Class Party and Early Release: December 22nd 
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

November 17th - December 1st

This week we are doing a new unit about Space! We will learn about our solar system and the planets and sun inside our solar system. Our friend MatMan from the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is even transforming into an astronaut to help teach us about the protective clothing needed to go out into space!
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: Space and learning about alliteration. We will also be writing about what we are thankful for.
Math: Introducing and learning about patterns. 
Science: Introducing habits of personal health and how to make healthy food choices. 
Social Studies: We are learning about what it means to be a consumer. 
 
Please continue to look in your student's folder for information about important dates coming up! The PTO Jingle Bell Jog is December 8th and the last week before break will have a lot of fun activities that you want to make sure you know about!  
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

November 13th - November 17th

This week we are learning all about Thanksgiving! We will be learning about Pilgrims, Indians, popular Thanksgiving traditions and we will even have a Thanksgiving Feast in our classroom. I apologize but parents/families are NOT allowed to come for the feast as it is not a school wide party. This will be an educational event and it is for students only. Thank you in advance for understanding! 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: Thanksgiving and introducing alliteration
Math: Introducing patterns
Science: Talking about good habits of personal safety (stranger danger & playing outside)
Social Studies: Learning about different family customs and traditions
 
REMINDER!!!
Tuesday, November 14th is Family Literacy Night! We will start at 5:30 and it will end at 7:00. It is a come and go event so please bring your family and come join us for some fun! 
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

Upcoming Parent Training Opportunities!!!

Please access the attached file to see the list of upcoming Parent Training opportunities being provided by TISD. Some classes provide childcare and some do not. Please make sure to register ASAP (using the information on the flyer) for the classes you wish to attend as most are first come first served based on registration. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions at all!! 
 
Thanks! 

November 6th - November 10th

This week we are continuing our unit on Family and Friends! We will focus this week on families. We will talk about who is in a family and we will talk about how every family is different and not all families have the same people/roles in them. We will make projects focused on families so be on the lookout for your family tree to come home!  
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: "Family and Friends" and producing words that rhyme
Math: We are continuing to recognize numbers 0-9 and starting to count to 30
Science: Talking about good habits of personal safety (stranger danger & playing outside)
Social Studies: Learning about different cultures and ethnicity
*There will be a lot of repetition from last weeks main academic concepts. 
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

October 30th - November 3rd

This week we are starting our new unit on Family and Friends! We will start this week by talking about what it looks like to be a good friend and how we can make choices that make our friends happy. We will also talk about what to do if we upset our friends. 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: "Family and Friends" and producing words that rhyme
Math: We are beginning to recognize numbers 0-9 and starting to count to 30
Science: Talking about good habits of personal safety (stranger danger & playing outside)
Social Studies: Learning about different cultures and ethnicity
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

Picture Retakes for Fall PIctures

Fall Pictures Make Up Day will be November 3rd.

Families that would like their student's picture retaken will need to return their FULL original picture package to the photographer on the day of retakes.

Students that were absent on picture day or were not enrolled at DPES at that time will have their picture taken that day as well. If you already turned in your picture money and your student was absent then we still have the envelope and will turn it in when the student's picture is taken. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks! 

October 23rd - October 27th

This week we are continuing our unit about Fall but we are wrapping it up by talking about scarecrows, bats, spiders and pumpkins! We will end our Fall unit next Tuesday once Halloween has come and gone! 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: Fall and producing words that rhyme
Math: We are beginning to recognize numbers 0-9 and starting to count to 30
Science: Talking about good habits of exercise and we will make predictions pumpkins
Social Studies: Creating an outline of our body and adding in features that reflect our appearance (hair color, eye color, clothing, etc.)
 
If you have not done so already.. PLEASE send in a family picture we can keep for the school year and hang on our family tree in the Pretend and Learn center. I have only received two! :)
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

October 16th - October 20th

This week we are continuing our unit about Fall and we are wrapping up talking about apples and starting to learn about scarecrows and pumpkins! 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: Fall and practice hearing/identifying words that rhyme
Math: We are beginning to recognize numbers and starting to count to 30
Science: Talking about good habits of nutrition and exploring pumpkins
Social Studies: Dressing up like various family members and talking about the typical roles each family member plays in the family
 
If you have not done so already.. PLEASE send in a family picture we can keep for the school year and hang on our family tree in the Pretend and Learn center. I have only received two! :)
 
We hope you have a great week! We know we will! 

October 2nd - October 6th

This week we will introduce our Fall unit by going on a nature walk outside and talking about all of the things we notice outside that have to do with Fall. We will look for falling leaves and talk about how the temperature changes in the fall also! This is a great time to visit the corn maze or a pumpkin patch! 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: Fall
Math: Green and Rectangle
Science: Exploring the Fall using our senses and noticing the different things we can smell, see, feel, hear and even taste in the Fall. 
Social Studies: Noticing characteristics of ourselves that make us unique and creating pictures of ourselves including those characteristics.
 
October Suggested Activities and October Family Project will come home in this week's Wednesday folder! Please complete the family project and return it by Tuesday, October 10th. 
 
Just a couple reminders..
- Friday, October 6th is an early release day so AM PPCD gets out at 10:40 am and PM PPCD does not have class at all. 
- Monday, October 9th there will be no school for students due to Columbus Day. Enjoy your long weekend! 
 
We hope you have a great week.. We know we will! 

September 25th - September 29th

This week we will continue our nursery rhyme unit by learning Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. We will learn how to sign the nursery rhyme at school so please ask your student to sign it for you! 
 
This week we will also be learning about: 
ELA: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Nursery Rhyme
Math: Yellow and Triangle
Science: Identify the primary colors and begin exploring what happens when they become mixed with other primary colors
Social Studies: Identifying and talking about things that make us "unique"
 
If you have not done so already, please send in a family photo that we can hang in the classroom on our "Family Tree" for the school year! 
 
If you have not done so already, please send in your September family project (pennant) so that it can be displayed in our classroom. 
 
Just a reminder.. Miss Johnson will be out on Thursday and Friday. Miss Laura will be here with a substitute teacher but if you need anything at all please don't hesitate to email or call the school (if it is urgent). 
 
We hope you have a great week.. We know we will!