Thursday, March 25, 2021

March 22-26, 2021

 Happy Spirit Week 2021!

Last Friday, we kicked off spirit week showing our dragon pride!

Then, we celebrated planting day!

We worked with Ms. Zafiris, the middle school science teacher, to learn about the parts of a plant and planted carrot, radish, and onion seeds in our root vue farm. We also planted marigold seeds!

On Monday, we celebrated pajama day!

On Tuesday, we rocked warm colors and cool colors for Twin/Triplet Day!

Even the teachers got in on the fun!

On Wednesday, we were super comfy in our sweats!

And we had tons of fun at our glow in the dark dance party!

We ended our week with Throwback Thursday and celebrated Decades Day!

EC teachers were feelin' groovy!

We were so excited that the Easter Bunny hopped on by during our recess to hide some eggs in our classroom!

We traded in our eggs for a cool prize - sunglasses!

A huge thank you to Mrs. Mossor and the Student Council for planning such a fun week for all of us at HCA!

Important Reminders:
  • Enjoy your Spring/Easter Break! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 6th!

Friday, March 19, 2021

March 15-19, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We had SO much fun learning about leprechauns and St. Patrick's Day! We read great stories about how silly leprechauns are, how they are always searching for gold at the end of rainbows, and how they tend to make a mess in their search. 

They boys and girls were nervous that the leprechauns were going to try to steal the "gold" that was part of a Practical Life work out on a shelf. Using the Magna-Tiles, they worked together to build a box to protect the gold as well as a trap to try to catch the leprechaun!

The Pre-K students were so excited about the trap they made together, I challenged them to design their own leprechaun trap. They came up with so many creative ideas!

"I will trick the leprechaun with fake gold
and then trap him!" - Ava

"I will trap my leprechaun in a cave."
- Anthony

"I will trap the leprechaun with clay and
Magna-Tiles." - Alexandra

"The toy chicken will chase the leprechaun
and I will catch him." - Lily

"The leprechaun is going to bounce on the
trampoline and fall into the lava." - Connor

"The leprechaun will go into the castle, get
bopped on the head, and get delivered to
a cage." - Charlie

"I walked the leprechaun in and put him 
in jail." - Luke

"The leprechaun will slip in the oil, fall 
into the Magna-Tiles, and get trapped."
- Greyson

Mrs. Devenney invited us to join our friends in Nursery 3 to set up a leprechaun trap in the hallway under our rainbow.

Then, we went up to recess as usual and had a great time dancing to some Irish music with our friends in Kindergarten. Click the link to see the video:

When we came back downstairs to our hallway, we were shocked to discover that the leprechaun had come looking for gold - and oh, what a mess he made! Click the link to see the video:

The leprechaun even caught Miss Webb and did a little jig on Mr. Hartsock's head!

The boys and girls had SO much fun (and so did all the teachers)! It was such a great day filled with so much joy!

Spirit Week continues next week!  Here are the themes:

  • Monday, March 22: Pajama Day Children should wear pajamas and sneakers.
  • Tuesday, March 23: Twin/Triplet Day In EC, students have been learning about warm and cool colors in art classes. Since twin/triplet day is a hard concept for this age, we are asking that all the girls wear warm colors (red, orange, or yellow) and all the boys wear cool colors (green, blue, or purple).
  • Wednesday, March 24: Sweats Day Children should wear sweat pants/shirts. Think comfy!
  • Thursday, March 25: Throwback Thursday/Decades Day Children can come dressed in an outfit of your choice from a different decade.

Important reminders:
  • Conferences are next Thursday afternoon and Friday morning (3/25 & 3/26). The Zoom links will be emailed home next week. Please remember that conferences will last approximately 15 minutes. Please be on time and be mindful of those families who are scheduled after you.

  • Spring/Easter break is from March 26 through April 5. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 6. Please refer to the guidelines sent by Mrs. Fox-Tully if you plan to travel during the break.

  • Are you following us on Instagram? Be sure to check out the EC account @hcadrexelhillec!

  • Summer camp registration is open! You can find more information on our website

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 12, 2021

March 8-12, 2021

On Tuesday, we read about leprechauns and the students participated in a directed drawing activity to make their own leprechauns! Between drawing, coloring, and painting, this was an intensive art project for the children. They worked hard to listen to and follow the multi-step directions given and created some beautiful artwork that we displayed in our classroom.

For our science lesson this week, we investigated light and darkness. First, we watched a great video from Sid the Science Kid called "Discovering Darkness." The students discussed how darkness makes them feel and the overwhelming response was "scared." The boys and girls shared with one another the reasons why they felt scared.Then, like Sid, we learned that the only thing that changes in the dark is that there is no light; everything else stays the same, so there is really nothing to be afraid of! We learned that we can use our other senses in the dark to help us discover things around us!

The students paired up and took turns "discovering darkness." One student was blindfolded and tried to find their way around the classroom and discover things around them using their other senses. The other friend was there to guide him/her and ensure that he/she stayed safe. 

Next, the friends took turns exploring items in the classroom using only their sense of touch. 

The Pre-K students had so much fun discovering darkness with this activity! They will be bringing their blindfolds home today, so be prepared to have some fun this weekend! 😉 

Pre-K reminders:
  • Please be sure to sign up for parent/teacher conferences on either March 25 or 26. Click the link to sign up for a time slot:

  • Are you following us on Instagram? Be sure to follow the EC account: @hcadrexelhillec

  • Scholastic Reading Club catalogs were sent home. All orders are due by Tuesday, March 16.

  • Show and tell will be on Tuesday, March 16. The topic will be something that begins with /n/.

HCA Reminders:
  • Summer camp registration is open! You can find more information on our website

  • March 17 will be a St. Patrick’s Day dress down day - be sure to wear your green!

  • Spirit Week will kick off on March 19 and will continue into the next week. Stay tuned for more information!

  • Spring/Easter break is from March 26 through April 5. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 6. Please refer to the guidelines sent by Mrs. Fox-Tully if you plan to travel during the break.

  • March is Women’s History Month when we will be celebrating Women in history.  If you or someone you know would be willing to share with a class, a division , or multiple groups to enhance our celebration in any way, please email , and we will make it as easy as possible. 

  • Looking forward, April is Arab American Heritage Month, and May is Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. If you have ideas or suggestions for our celebrations for those months, please email

Have a great weekend!