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Welcome to Pre-K

We are so excited to start this year with familiar and new faces! I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and my assistants. My name is Rachel Stanley, and this will be my 5th year teaching the Pre-K class at Conover School. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 with my Birth to Kindergarten degree and then obtained my Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning: Early
Childhood in 2016. I have two children and several fur babies. 
I have two wonderful assistants, Leah and Susan, who I could not be without.  Ms. Leah is married and has two littles, Nate is 15 and Jake is 11.  She also has two furbabies; Gauge and Diesel. Ms. Leah has worked at Conover School for 23 years. Ms. Susan is getting married this January and she has two children; Keisha and David.  She has worked at Conover School for 16 years.  If I am unavailable, please know that Ms. Leah or Ms. Susan can help with any questions you may have.


Please feel free to contact any of us at 828-464-9532 or at
Rachel.Cox@n-ccs.org. We are so very excited to have you and your child in our classroom family!

Ms. Rachel, Ms. Leah, and Ms. Susan

" A child must have at least one person that believes in them.  It could be you." ~Marian Wright Edelman 

March 16th, 2020

Parents,

The Corona Virus has put us all in a very weird predicament that most of us have yet to ever be in before.  That being said, there is no school until at least March 30th.  I am going to be sending home some packets and items that you can work on with your students while they are at home.  The most important thing right now is to practice social distancing which means stay at home and DO NOT take them out in public unless it is absolutely necessary; this means no McDonald’s, no movies, no crowded places.  The CDC has released a statement that it is necessary for us to hunker down and spend as much time as we can at home to protect ourselves.  During this time of being out of school, we have compiled a list of things that you can do at home with your child.

  • Limit screen time. This is especially important because the light emitted from the screen interferes with sleep cycles.  It can cause mood swings and behavior issues.  The biggest concern is that it can delay your child’s development.
  • Read to your child at least 20 minutes a day. These do not have to be big long books.  While reading to your child, talk about the concepts of print.  Discuss where the front and back cover is, where the spine is, when you read use your finger to slide under every word, and bring awareness that we read left to right.
  • Ask your children about the pictures on the pages. Where is the cat? What does a cat say? What color is that cat?
  • Talk and communicate with your child. They may not respond but talk, talk, talk to them. This is a great modeling tool and it will help them learn how to communicate. 
  • Count, count, count, count. We count every single day in class.  Start out with counting 1-5 and then go further if they can.
  • Count objects that are in the house. This is called counting with 1:1 correspondence. Take your child’s hand and touch each item while counting them.
  • PLAY, PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!!! I cannot stress this enough.  Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
  • Maintain a schedule with your child. Attached you will find our classroom’s daily schedule. We are not asking you to follow this but we wanted to give you an idea of what we do daily.

Please if you have any questions, contact us at 828-464-9532 or Rachel.Cox@n-ccs.org

Thank you,

Ms. Rachel and Ms. Leah