Thursday, October 23, 2014

Orr's Farm Field trip

Please make sure you are at the farm with time to meet up with our group and become comfortable before beginning the tour.  Our tour begins at 11:30 a.m.  There are also bathrooms located by the Country store and portable bathrooms by the corn maze and slide area.

CHEERS school is NOT providing transportation to the farm.  The guardian that will be staying with the student is responsible for transportation.  REMINDER:  the guardian must stay with your child throughout the trip.  We have discussed with students this week the safety rules of the trip that include staying with adults throughout the maze and other areas of the farm.

Weather is calling for good weather!  Low 60's.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Miss Shelly.  She will be doing her best to reply quickly over the weekend.


  • Hayride to Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch (make sure your child uses the rest room before the trip, we don't want them to miss this hayride!!!!!)
  • Small Pumpkin from the "Green Patch" which is about 5-6 inches diameter
  • Small Corn Maze
  • Learn about Varieties of Pumpkins, Gourds, and Winter Squash
  • Sample Hot Apple Cider
  • Goodie Bag with Coloring Book, Crayons, Sticker, and Small Toy
  • One Free Classroom Pumpkin for Each Class (we will carve and bake the pumpkin seeds next week)
  • Groups are welcome to bring picnic blankets and have lunch here as well (teachers will not be directing or leading those that want to stay for picnic lunches or those that want to arrive early for lunch)
  • Restroom Facilities Provided (indoor facilities available by the market store and portable toilets available throughout the farm.  PLEASE help us be most prepared and arrive with time to bring your child to the restroom if needed)
  • Located about 5 miles from Poorhouse Farm Park if groups want to visit their campgrounds/playground for lunch afterward (directions available at the end of this blog post)
  • Photo Opportunities (BRING YOUR CAMERAS!!!!)
All groups are welcome, however our haywagons are not currently wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

 Please have each child wear an identification tag which includes their name and the name of the school. Stress the importance of dressing properly. They may need to wear boots or coats, depending on the weather.

Miss Shelly and Miss Scooter will have pumpkin name tags at the farm.  We will make sure your child receives this for the trip.


South on I-81

Take Exit 13 (West King Street); Turn right onto Rt.15/Tuscarora Pike and head west for 1.7 miles; Turn left onto Arden-Nollville Road for 2.3 miles south; Turn right onto Orr Drive at our sign; Straight on Orr Drive for 0.7 miles.

North on I-81

Take Exit 8 (Tablers Station Road); Turn left off the exit ramp onto Tablers Station Road and head west for 1.8 miles; Turn right onto Arden-Nollville Road and travel north for 0.7 miles; Turn left onto Orr Drive at our sign; Straight on Orr Drive for 0.7 miles.

Street Address:

Orr’s Farm Market
682 Orr Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403

Monday, October 6, 2014

September 30th - October 3rd

This week our book for Pre K was "If You Take A Mouse To School."  Pre K students loved playing school and mouse throughout the centers this past week.  Here are their two favorite centers.

Pre k students used a stencil to trace the pink circles then cut them out.  Using glue they then put together their "mouse" using pom poms for the nose and wiggly eyes.  Their creations are hung up on the classroom bulletin board within the classroom.  Come on in and check them out!

During free choice/center time, there is a craft option available for 2 children to do at a time.  This enables one on one attention for students that might need scissor practice and also a more quiet atmosphere for students that might need a break from large group activities.  Our mouse craft was the option this week.

In our housekeeping area, we turned around our kitchen and made the area into a small classroom.  Just like the mouse in the book, our Pre K students "went to school."  EVERYONE wanted to be the teacher and it was so awesome seeing their imaginations take off pretending to do our daily graphing activity and writing practice.

 We also wrote thank you notes to the firefighters and police officers that we visited as well as came to visit us.  Teaching our students to be thankful and how to show their appreciation is a task that we work hard on in the classroom setting.  What do you do at home to do this?

Creating fun experiences for Pre K student to practice writing letters, their name, and drawing shapes is always so much fun!  Friday our afternoon class was able to use shaving cream as a canvas. (Morning Pre K will be doing this during the month of October).

Have you considered doing this in the bathtub?  Squirt shaving cream onto the walls of the shower and let your little one show off their handwriting skills and write their name.  Encourage upper and lower case letters.  You can even make dots and encourage them to write their numbers.  Your clean up will be a simple swipe of the shower head.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tip Toe Studios Class Picture

Pre K Class Pictures 

Friday, October 3rd

** Reminder **
Individual make up pictures can also be done.

Payment forms were emailed to parents as well as available at drop off tomorrow.