Mrs. Bales

Graduated from University of Maryland
Teaching experience: 15 years
Years at Calvary: 6 years
Email address:
Classroom Assistant: Louisa Potts



Mrs. Bales’ October Newsletter         

We are off to a fantastic start to the school year and I couldn’t be happier working with your wonderful children!  In September we focused on establishing classroom rules and learning the different routines of our day.  They are doing a great job!

Our themes for this month are Meet My Family, Hello Neighbor and Community Helpers.  We will be working on the letters D, E, H, and I along with listening for rhyming words.  If you have not sent in a family picture, please try to get them in by Monday, October 8th.  In Math, we will continue to work on position words, counting objects, comparing sets of objects along with one to one correspondence, and 2D/3D shapes.

On October 15th we will have a visit from the fire department. On October 21st we will have our field trip to Summer’s Farm.  On October 28th, we will go on a fall walk to Baker Park as part of our neighborhood theme. We are looking for two parents to join us, but unfortunately we are not able to have siblings on the trip. Please check the wall next to our bulletin board for sign-up sheets and permission slips.

As part of our Community Helper Unit, we will be having Career Day on Thursday, October 31st.  On this day your child will be asked to dress up as something they want to be when they grow up.  It would be helpful to start talking about the different jobs available in order for your child to gain a better understanding of how you help the community.   Please refrain from bringing in any toy weapons to school.  Also, provide guidance with your child’s choice.  Princesses are beautiful, but don’t play an important role in our community.   If any parents or relatives have a job or role as a community helper and would like to be a guest speaker, please let me know.  We will also have our Fall Party on this day. Please look for the sign up sheet in the hall.

Right after the Volunteer Orientation has been completed, we will be ready and excited for Parent Volunteers and we really appreciate the extra hands. Please sign up to volunteer on the snack schedule hanging on the bulletin board.  We would like to have one volunteer per day (except for special days like parties) and prefer no siblings.  In order to volunteer, please make sure you have attended one of the parent volunteer trainings. Please see the office for more information.

Our class is in need of colored copy paper if you have any to donate! Our school is also participating in Soles of Love, in which we are asking for donations of new shoes, sneakers, and boots. We appreciate your support in advance, and thank you for all that you do!

Just a couple of reminders:

  • Please be sure to pick up at 2:55 on Mondays and 11:55 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • When it is your child’s turn to be the “Star”, please have them pick one item to bring from home to share with the class on Monday.


Thanks again for sending me such wonderful little students!

Amanda Bales (


Throughout the month we will be exploring different rhyming words.  Here are some tips to help your child.



Learning About Sounds: Rhyming and Singing

Have fun and make up your own silly words together! Play “The Name Game.”  For example, if your child’s name is Nate, sing with your child, “Nate, Nate  bo bate, banana fana fo fate, fee fi fo mate, Nate!  Try other names.


Read books that rhyme and play with the sounds in words.  Dr. Seuss books are a great choice!  Poetry and Nursery Rhymes are also fun for your preschooler.  Look for these books at your public library!


Help your child think of words with the same beginning.  Say, “Let’s see how many words we can think of that start with the “p” sound.  This is a great activity to do with your child in the car on the way to and from school.


Dates to remember:

10/7 Parent Coffee and Volunteer Orientation

10/15 Fire Dept Visits

10/21 Field Trip to Summer’s Farm 12:30-2

10/21 Claire’s Gourmet Orders Due

10/28 Fall Walk to Baker Park

10/31 Career Day and Fall Party