Our first few weeks after returning from Christmas break have been full of excitement and learning! We had our first snow day of the school year, which we were able to use a Flexible Instruction Day. As I’m writing this, we are just beginning Catholic School Week 2020! This week promises to be full of fun events!
In the Terrific Threes, we have learned that we can share and we can smile. We reviewed colors, shapes and practiced counting. We’re continuing to practice tracing lines. There have also been new songs and games to help up recognize our first names and identify the first letter of our names. We have also been learning about animals in the winter and animals in the artic.
In the Fantastic Fours, we learned that God made music and water. Music and water are things that can be used for fun and to praise God. We also introduced the letters Nn, Oo and Pp. We found a few new songs to review all of the letters and sounds, and to help up get better at counting. We learned that Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted everyone to be treated fairly. We have also been learning about animals in the winter and animals in the artic.
· Snack fee for January - May is due ASAP.
· Weather permitting, we will have outside recess. Please make sure your child has a warm coat to go outside.
We have had a few very busy weeks preparing our hearts and classroom for Christmas! We have learned that Advent is the time we prepare for Christmas by decorating, wrapping gifts, baking cookies, but most importantly by spending more time praying and being kind. The children were all given a Kindness Calendar for the month of December with a way to show kindness each day.
In the Terrific Threes, we also introduced the colors purple, pink and brown. We reviewed shapes and practiced counting. We have begun learning how to trace straight lines. Our Christmas crafts helped us to strengthen our fine motor skills. We needed to cut, glue, sting beads and squeeze glitter glue bottles to create Christmas Tree Collages, ornaments and gingerbread people.
In the Fantastic Fours, we introduced the letters Ll and Mm. We continue to play games and sing songs to review all of the letters and sounds. I've begun our mid-year assessments and am very impressed with how well most of the children know their letters! We have also been reviewing numerals to 10 and have learned a new song that helps us count to 100. Our Christmas crafts have also helped us strengthen fine motor skills, as well as review literacy and math skills. We created a string of light bulbs that spells our names, a Christmas tree arranged in size order, and made patterns on candy canes.
Fantastic Fours Photos
Terrific Threes Photos
We are off to a great start in Preschool! Everyone is quickly becoming accustomed to our routines and are making new friends. This week we are celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day. We dressed up as pirates, dug for buried treasure in our sensory box, strengthened our muscles in an obstacle course, created art projects and even walked the plank!
Reminders & Upcoming Events
Our parent meeting went very well! Thank you to everyone who attended! I felt that we had a great turn out and am excited to begin the year with you and your little ones! Please be sure to check back frequently for updates. Also, please complete and return the beginning of the year forms ASAP.
Please plan to attend the Home & School General Meeting. This is where important information is given regarding our school year. The class with the highest percent attendance is given a prize!
August 21 -- First Day for Fantastic Fours
August 22 -- First Day for Terrific Threes
August 28 -- Home & School General Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Social Hall
August 30 - September 2 -- NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)
September 18 -- NO SCHOOL (Diocesan Teacher Conference)
September 16 & 19-- International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 20 -- Lifetouch Picture Day
It's been so nice to get through the past several weeks without any snow delays or cancellations! We're really moving through our curriculum now! There are many exiting things happening in PreK right now. We've planted our seeds and were surprised to see sprouts popping up already! Also, our caterpillars have arrived. We will watch them grow and change into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies before we release them.
In religion, we have been learning about prayer and the many ways that we can show our love for God. The Fantastic Fours have had the opportunity to visit our church, too. We've been discussing how we can prepare our hearts for Easter during this season of Lent. We have also been talking with the children to reinforce that Easter is more than the Easter Bunny coming; it's about celebrating the new life Jesus gives us on Easter Sunday. In PreK, our focus is more on Jesus' rising than His death.
The Terrific Threes have been working on shapes, reviewing colors, and introducing letters and numbers. We've been working mostly with the letters in our names, but will be adding others. They are doing really well with the Touch Points on numbers and using them to count and identify the numerals.
The Fantastic Fours are continuing to learn about the alphabet and letter sounds, as well as number identification. We've also been working on rhyming skills. Most of the children are beginning to grasp this concept. We've been putting a lot of focus into name writing. We are encouraging the children to write their names correctly with the first letter being capitalized and the following letters being lower case. Please help us by reinforcing this at home.
Our year certainly is flying by! As I've been making plans, I realized that we only have two more months of school! I know it seems like we've been missing many classes due to weather related delays and cancellations, but we are still well within our required number of school days for the year. PreK has several extra days built into our schedule each year, and we also come when the school schedules make-up days. I will let you know if we need to add days to the end of our school year.
This week, we started learning about Lent. Fantastic Fours received ashes on Wednesday from Father McNeil. Generally, our Religion series and curriculum focus on the fact that Jesus brings new life, and we do not go into much detail about His death. However, it is referenced in some of our classes.
The Terrific Threes have been working on identifying shapes, rhyming words, and numbers 1 - 10. We have been introducing capital letters as well. The children are doing a great job with these harder skills!
The Fantastic Fours have been continuing to review the letters and their sounds, rhyming words and identifying the numbers 1 - 20.
Each class had several fun activities planned for Dr. Seuss' birthday! We had special games and crafts. The Terrific Threes made Sneetches and painted portraits of Cat in the Hat. The Fantastic Fours dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters and completed a directed drawing portrait of the Cat in the Hat. This was a new and challenging activity. I was impressed with how well they did! We will definitely have a few more directed drawing activities this year!
This week was a whirlwind between the snow days, 2 hour delays, the Winter Carnival and St. Valentine's Day! We managed to squeeze it all in and had so much fun!
January has flown by in a whirl of activity! The children have been busy working hard to gain new skills. They have made great progress since we began our year together in August!
What a busy month December has been as we prepared for Jesus' birth! The children worked very hard to continue practicing skills and gave an excellent Christmas Concert for their families! We are very proud of them! Of course, the highlight of their day was our special guest after the concert, Santa Claus!
The main focus of our Religion lessons has been Advent and Christmas. We reviewed our daily Kindness Calendar and learned more ways to share God's love with others. We celebrate Jesus' birthday with fun activities, including our Christmas Concert, crafts a party, and helping our Scout Elf, Jingles, learn more about God's love. The children were so sweet singing "Happy Birthday" to Baby Jesus before we had our party!
The Terrific Threes also completed the color brown with a fun Gingerbread Theme. They used glitter glue to decorate gingerbread pals, sequenced a gingerbread story, and made "gingerbread cookies" with model magic. We continued to practice identifying our names, recognizing colors and shapes, and gaining social skills.
The Fantastic Fours also completed the letters K and L. They made a string of lights that spelled their names, created a patterned candy cane with a title "J is for Jesus," and played games to review the alphabet and counting skills. "Christmas Stew" was a favorite!
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!
Snack fee for January - May is due when we return.
Please dress to play outside. We will go out if weather permits. Children should also wear sneakers in case we have recess in the gym.
December 24 - January 2 -- NO SCHOOL
January 4 -- Re-registration due
January 5 -- Open House 10 AM - 12PM
January 10 -- PreK registration for new students 1 - 2 PM
January 17 -- PreK registration for new students 1 - 2 PM
January 18 -- Kindergarten Registration
January 21 -- NO SCHOOL
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My name is Jessica Scott. This is my 16th year teaching and my 14th year at St. Joseph School. I am excited to begin my 7th year in preschool. In preschool, we play, learn and grow together. I am thrilled to share this preschool experience with your child!
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