PEAK Teacher Newsletter                      September 2013
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Mary Rieck
Pottstown School District
230 Beech Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
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Parent Literacy Nights                             

It is time for the Pottstown School District Parent Literacy Nights. This is a series of evenings for parents and children ages three years old through third care (Child care is provided for older and younger children).


The first evening is September 10 with registration at 5:30 at the Pottstown Middle School.


There are lots of activities, snacks, resources and door prizes. Please encourage your parents to attend and if you want to get involved with the evenings, get in touch. 


The complete schedule of the evenings can be found on the PEAK web site or by clicking here.



Free LETRS Webinars 

The company that created the LETRS training has just released their free fall webinar series. One of the webinars features Lucy Hart Paulson who is the expert in early childhood LETRS.

If you cannot participate live in the webinars, they are archived on the Sopris web site.


Lucy Hart Paulson came to Pottstown several years ago and led a training that was very informative. Take a look at her webinar if you have the opportunity. Below are the links for the current and past webinars.


New Webinars:
Past Webinars



Apple Ideas for the Classroom

September means back to school but it also means fresh apples. We are fortunate in our area to have many local orchards with a wide variety of apples. Here are some activities you can use as we begin changing seasons and moving into the fall.


Describing Words

Cut a large apple shape from Kraft paper or a small shape for each child. Give each student an apple. Discuss how the apple feels and smells. Slice an apple and give each student a piece to eat. As they are eating the apple, discuss how the apple tastes. As students finish eating the apples, ask the students to describe the apple. Write the responses on the apple shape. When complete, read for all students


What Apple Do I Like?

Have students examine red, green and yellow apples. Cut each apple and allow students to taste a sample of each. Discuss the differences in the way the apples taste. Have students select colored paper shape of the apple they liked the best. Using a floor graph, graph the apple shapes to determine the favorite color of apple.


How Much Does It Weigh?

Use a simple balance scale and an assortment of manipulatives, have students predict how many of a particular type of manipulatives will equal the weight of the apple. When the balance scale is level, count together how many bears (or cubes, etc.) it takes to weigh the same as the apple.


Apple Counting

Place 5-10 apples in a line in front of children. Count together. Have children close eyes and remove some of the apples. Help the children determine how many apples are gone.


Apple Trees

Give each child a pre-cut tree shape. On the table, set a shallow container with red tempera paint and corks. The child dips the cork into the paint and prints "apples" onto the tree. When dry, count together the number of apples on each tree.


Apple Pancakes

Pancake mix

Apple, peeled and chopped



Cook chopped apple until tender. Mix pancake mix according to directions. Add cooked apple and a small amount of cinnamon to batter. Form small pancakes and cook according to directions.


Quick Links for Apple Theme

Here are some quick links from Pinterest for apple theme activities. You can follow PEAK on Pinterest - search for PEAK Pottstown.                            


September Songs and Fingerplays

Where is ....
(Tune: "Frere Jacques")
Where is _______________,
Where is _______________,
Here I am, here I am,
How are you today _______________?
Very well thank-you.
Yes, indeed, yes indeed.


Hey, Hey, Who's in Town?

 Hey, Hey, Who's in Town?
Everybody look around.
Say your name and when you do
We will say it back to you!
(point to a student, they say their name, the class then says "Hello _____" and start again until everyone has a turn)

*find a clapping beat to go with the words*

Great for getting to know names and having some fun.


I Am
(Tune: "Frere Jacques")
I am __________,
I am __________,
That's my name,
That's my name,
I am glad to be here,
I am glad to be here,
At school today,
At school today



Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arm up high)
Two red apples smiled at me (hold up 2 fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples, (make a downward motion)
Mmmm--were they good! (smile and rub stomach)


I'm a Little Apple

(Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)

 I'm a little apple, short and round,
I make a munchy, crunchy sound,
If you bite into me you will see -
delicious as can be!


Have You Ever Seen An Apple?
(Tune: "Have You Ever Seen A Lassie"?)

Have you ever seen an apple,
an apple, an apple.
Have you ever seen an apple
that grows on a tree?
A red one, a yellow one,
a green one, a golden one.
Have you ever seen an apple
that grows on a tree?



This is the tree
With leaves so green.  (make leaves with fingers outstretched)
Here are the apples
That hang in between.  (make fist)
When the wind blows,  (blow)
The apples will fall,  (falling motion with hand)
Here is the basket to gather them all.  (use arms to form basket)



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Happy Teaching!
Mary Rieck
PEAK Coordinator