Dear PreK-4A Parents,
We are very excited to begin this new school year with you and your children. During the first week of school, and during Back to School Night, you will find out a lot of information in regards to the year. However, we wanted to take the time to send some few reminders before the year begins. We will be having Meet Your Teacher Day on September 5th from 2:00-3:00 pm. During this time, you can bring your child to school and let them visit the classroom and see where they will be coming the following day. Please feel free to bring their classroom supplies during this time to make the next morning easier.
For the first day of school on September 6th, you will drop off and pick up at the blue canopy. Drop off will begin at 8:15, and we will dismiss around 3:10 before the big kids dismiss. We will be at the door both times to greet the children and bring them out to you at pick-up. If for some reason someone other than you will be picking up your child from school, please make sure to send me a note or email. My email for any questions or concerns is firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help transition your child into their first days of school, we will be reading several stories about our families and coming to school. One of my favorite stories to use during this time is The Kissing Hand . This story is a wonderful way for your children to talk about their feelings during the first few days. To help relate home to school, we have a fun little project for you to do. We ask that you kindly trace your child's hand on a piece of construction paper and then decorate it as a family. You can have your child draw their family or even include a picture of their family on the hand. We will then create a booklet of hands to keep in our prayer corner as a loving reminder our families are always with us.Please feel free to bring in your hand on Meet Your Teacher Day!
We hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!!!
Dear Pre-K Parents,
What a wonderful first three days back it has been for me! The children have done so well switching back to the original routine and had a great week!! I look forward to the week ahead as we continue to work and get ready for Kindergarten!
This week our letter of the week will be Zz. This will be our final letter of the week, and we will practice the sound and how to write it. We will also share all of the words that begin with this letter.
In Math, we will continue to work with Ordinal Numbers. We will be playing games and using cards to order ourselves in position from first to fifth and maybe even tenth. On Friday, we will take a brief assessment on this concept, so if you get time at home please practice this concept with your child.
In Religion, we will talk about Growing and Changing, We will discuss all of the ways we have grown this year and discuss the different things that help us to grow. It is hard to believe that in a few weeks, your children will be kindergarteners.
Our Science theme for the week will be plants. We will discuss how they too grow and change. We will also use the concept of plants to practice ordinal numbers. Your children will also be learning about greenhouses as they use them to grow lima beans and observe them. We will be reading several stories and creating many crafts.
This week on Tuesday, we will be attending a special assembly- Jump for Life. On Wednesday, we will be having Spring Picture Day. For this day, your children may dress up.
I am asking for your help in finding a stuffed animal that belongs to one of our classmates. We are looking for a stuffed white can with a pink bow tie around its neck. If this furry friend made it's way to your house, we ask that you please send it back! Thank you again for your help.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!
Dear Pre-K Parents,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter! I want to thank you all for your support during my leave. I am happy to see that your children have grown and learned so much during the weeks I was gone. It was wonderful coming back today and being greeted with big smiles and hugs as the children came in!
This week, we will continue to talk about Jesus Rising, as we celebrate New Life and look for it in the world around us. We will also be talking about Earth Day, and the ways we can care for God's Creation by keeping it clean and planting new things. Already today, your children have been able to tell me many of the wonderful things we receive from the Earth. We will be creating "Earth" people and even paint with balloons in celebration of Earth Day.
In Math this week, we will continue to review our numbers and practice ordinal numbers hands-on. Our work with Ordinal Numbers will also continue into next week, as this is sometimes a hard concept.
We will be reviewing all of our letters and sounds, as we prepare to work with our very last letter of the week next week- letter Zz.
We will also be taking some time to share what we did over Spring Break and write about it in our journals.
I look forward to an exciting week!
Welcome to April! We are finishing our unit on weather. Your child should have brought home the lamb/lion weather chart. Over the month of March we kept track of the weather and today did the final count of our lamb/lion days. The chart should show you how many lion days we had and how many lamb days. On the back the children graphed the results. They were very proud of their work!
We also are hearing from the children about their Spring Walk and what they saw. When your child brings in the homework paper they tell their classmates about what they saw during their walk.
We continue working with ordinal numbers as well as reviewing counting and writing numbers from one to ten. This week we are working on listening to, recognizing and writing the letter Yy. And in religion we continue to listen to stories from the New Testament and will be discussing Easter this week. And last, we have a fun activity to do with the kites we have been making over the past few days.
The days are passing very quickly, and I can’t believe that Easter is just around the corner.
Have a great week!
Welcome to the last week of March. We continue with our March weather watch and at the end of the week we will be counting up how many calm "Lamb" days we had as opposed to rough "Lion" days. We are also going out on a Spring walk to see if we can notice any signs of spring. We have been talking about Spring for the past few weeks and today your child will bring home a Signs of Spring homework sheet. The assignment is to take a spring walk with mom or dad and see how many signs of spring they can see, or hear, or touch. If you notice something on the homework paper please cross it off. If you notice something not on the paper help your child add it to the back of the homework paper.
The children may bring the paper into school any day before April 4. I'll have the children tell us about their walk and what they found.
We are short of treasures for our treasure chest. If you have anything you could contribute that would be great. You can check out the party area of a dollar store if you find yourself there. Thanks so much.
This week we are talking about the letter Jj, and discussing ordinal numbers. We are still reading our bible stories about Jesus and talking about how God gives us feelings.
Another Scholastic Bookclub sheet is coming home to be returned by Thursday. (Orders are to be made by March 31.) Thanks so much!
If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Please remember that the children do not have school on this Friday, March 31.
Have a good week!
Tomorrow, St. Ignatius is having a GREEN dress down day! Students are asked to bring in $1.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Thank you for your generosity and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
Mrs. Beckett, Mrs. Filosa and Mrs. King
Kindergarten and PreK will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday next week and we ask that each child participate in the following:
Monday, February 27 - Crazy hat OR crazy hair day. Come to school wearing a crazy hat or come in with a crazy hair style.
Tuesday, February 28 - Wear silly socks with your uniform.
Wednesday, March 1 - Participate in our Dr. Seuss Dress Down Day. Your child can wear a Dr. Seuss t-shirt OR anything red, white and black.
Thursday, March 2 - Wear your pjs.
Friday, March 3 - Bring in anything Dr. Seuss related to share with your classmates during Show n' Tell.
The Kindergarten and PreK Teachers
This Week's Happenings
This week we find ourselves amidst another fun filled time as we get ready and celebrate Valentine's Day. We will use this week to remember how we are called to love one another, and talk about the different ways we can show love to all. Tuesday, we will be celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom, so please make sure to send in your valentines this day. Your children may also wear CRAZY SOCKS!
Since we had so many classmates absent last week, we will continue to work with the Letter Kk, and continue to review writing our numbers. Our numbers for the week will be 2 and 3, so if you find time at home to practice these it would be great.
Today your children will be coming home with a box of candy to sell, along with an information note. I ask that you kindly read the note before opening and selling the box. The candy sale will end February 28th, 2017. Thank you for all your support.
Please remember there will be no school Friday or Monday. We hope that everyone has a wonderful week and will see everyone on Tuesday.
Dear PreK-4A Parents,
I just wanted to remind everyone that we will be celebrating Valentine's Day in classroom on Tuesday. We have 24 students in our class- 13 boys and 11 girls.
Tuesday student council will be hosting crazy sock day. More information can be found in the update.
I hope that everyone uses the weekend to get better. We remind you that if your child is sick please make sure to keep them home. We have had large numbers out of class each day last week and some students that picked up a different illness after returning. We look forward to a full class soon and will continue to say prayers that everyone gets better.
Have a wonderful week!
Dear Pre-K Parents,
This week we find ourselves a busy week as we continue to work hard and learn new things. Our letter this week will be Ii. We will recall how this is a vowel and has two sounds, while we learn it is also a word. We will take the time to practice kid-writing using the word "I."
In Math, we will begin our work with one-to-one correspondence, as we prepare to compare groups and work towards writing our numbers and counting larger groups.
In Religion, we will study more of the wonderful things God has given us as we talk about Light. We will talk about God's gift of the sun and the moon and even discuss things at home that give us light.
In Reading, we will be working with The Mitten, as we study the characters, setting and sequence of a story. We will even act out the story using a life-size mitten. I will even take the time to read other mitten stories and practicing comparing.
This week, we will continue to work with our kid-writing as your children move along to write simple sentences.
On Wednesday, we will be having a special Show and Tell Day, so your children can bring in a special item from home that is their favorite.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and I look forward to all of the learning that will be done.
Dear St. Ignatius PreK-4A Families:
Hail and blessed be the hour...
We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Murphy will be presenting her family with a new baby daughter at the end of February.
In anticipation of her time on maternity leave, we have secured a very experienced teacher to cover her class. Along with the regular classroom aides, the students will be under the guidance of Mrs. Nancy Filosa. Many of you may remember Mrs. Filosa as our former Kindergarten teacher. You may have been fortunate enough for some of your older children to have been in her class. Rest assured; your children will be in very capable hands.
As we get into the month of February and things progress along, we will keep you abreast of what is happening. Mrs. Murphy is not sure as to how long she will be out but does expect to return and complete the school year.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please keep Mrs. Murphy and her family in your prayers as this blessed event approaches.
Dear Pre-K4 Parents,
Happy New Year to All! It is hard to believe that January is already upon us. For the remainder of the year, we will continue preparing for Kindergarten, by practicing our letters, sounds, numbers and writing. We will focus on writing our name correctly, and will even begin to learn and recognize simple sight words.
In order to accomplish these tasks, we will not be having afternoon snack starting on Monday, January 9th. We recommend packing your children a more substantial lunch because we will only have one morning snack. This has been implemented to help students adjust to next year's schedule.
Please make sure to send your child in to school with their winter coat, along with hats and gloves in the event we go outside to play. Remember to label all items in case an item is misplaced.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!
Dear Pre-K Parents,
This week will be a fun week in our classroom as we continue to get ready for the birth of our Lord. Today, we talked about it being the second week of Advent and colored in our Journey to Bethlehem. We caught up on our stories in our Advent Storybook and remembered how this is a time to help and prepare for the Lord.
Our Letter this week is Cc. We will practice the sound and how to write it. In Math, we will continue to work with comparing sizes as we put them in order.
Below you will find a few reminders for the week:
- Tuesday, December 6th, we will be celebrating the Feast of Saint Nicholas. If you have not already sent in your shoe, please do so tomorrow. To help celebrate this day, your children can add some Christmas accessory to their uniform, such as a hat, necklace, etc.
- Wednesday, December 7th we will be going to Santa Secret Shop. If you have not sent in your money, please do so for this day.
- Scholastic Book Orders will be submitted on Friday, so if you would like to order please do so by this date.
- If you have not sent in your supplies, please do so by Friday.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week.
Dear Pre-K Parents,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful week. As we continue to prepare for the Birth of Our Lord, we will be celebrating the Feast of Saint Nicholas on Tuesday, December 6th. It has been a known tradition for us to leave our shoes out in the hallway and receive a treat or two as we wait for Santa. In order to do this, we ask that you please send in one shoe with your child on Monday, so we can be sure that everyone has one for Tuesday. We will return the shoe home on Tuesday, so please make sure it is a shoe they will not need for a day or two.
I remind you that Santa Secret Shop will be on Wednesday, so please make sure to send in your child's list for shopping.
Thank you for sending in the new supplies. We are still waiting on a few children to bring in theirs, so we ask that you do so by Monday. Also, I will be submitting the Scholastic Book Orders next week, so if you have not placed your order and would like to do so, please make sure it is done by Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dear Pre-K Parents,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! As we return back to school this week, we begin celebrating the season of Advent. Today we went to 9:00 Mass and we will continue to do that every Tuesday of Advent with our buddies. This week, we will spend some time talking about Advent, as we learn that it is our time to prepare for the birth of Baby Jesus. We will be making Advent wreaths to keep in the classroom as we count down the four weeks of waiting. We also began decorating our room and even put up a Christmas Tree. I am asking that everyone send in an ornament to help decorate our tree and get it ready for the Birth of Jesus. This ornament can be made or taken from your collection as it will be returned at the end of the season.
We will be learning about size this week and how to compare things to see what is big, bigger, biggest, and small, smaller, smallest. We will look for things around the room and even compare each other using our math words. Our letter this week will be Pp. We will practice the sound of Pp and practice how to write it and identify things that begin with Pp. We will also be continuing our kid-writing. It has been truly amazing to watch your children show their understanding of sounds and be able to kid-write different words for pictures they draw.
In ELA this week, we will continue to study rhyming words as we practice identifying and grouping things by their ending sound. Our theme this week will take us back to our Neighborhood, as we talk about the different places in our Neighborhood and things we can do. We will even kid-write about one of our favorite places in our Neighborhood. We will be reading the tale the Lion and the Mouse and your children will be bringing home a take home picture book to help retell the story.
Below are some reminders for this month:
1. If you are purchasing Scholastic Book Orders, I ask that you please make sure to either order online or send them into school. If any of these books are a Christmas gift, please make sure to let us know so we can get them to you without your child seeing.
2. We have received many new supplies already, so if you have not sent in crayons, washable markers and glue, we ask that you do so by Friday.
3. Santa Secret Shop will be on Wednesday. A list will be coming home for you to fill out in regards to who your child can buy for.
4. Our Christmas Concert will be on December 12th at 7:15. For the concert, Pre-K must wear black bottoms or a skirt and a solid white shirt. We will be having a dress rehearsal the afternoon of December 12th and children will be asked to wear their outfit that day. I recommend wearing another white shirt during the day to avoid it getting dirty.
5. Conferences are scheduled for December 13th. If there is a concern you have or you feel you need a conference, you can begin signing up for one on Thursday. Your children are truly doing a wonderful job and I am very proud of the progress they are making. If we have already talked about having a conference, I ask that you please sign up through Option C beginning Thursday. If for some reason, you cannot make this day or and of the times available, we can try and schedule a conference during one of their special times throughout the week, or even have a phone conference.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week and enjoys this first week of Advent.
Dear Pre-K Parents,
I would like to thank everyone for their turkey projects. We had a great time sharing them with the class and talking about the materials we used and the different people who helped us. I would also like to thank you for sending in your canned goods. They have already been collected and sent to those in need.
This week, we find ourselves in a short week as we prepare for Thanksgiving. We will be learning all about the first Thanksgiving and talk about how the Pilgrims and Native Americans came together. We will be practicing our counting and reviewing our letters of the week. This week, we will also be doing some testing on our letters and shapes as we prepare for our report cards.
I remind you that on Wednesday, we will be having a 12:00 dismissal so your children will only need an AM snack. We will resume classes again on Tuesday, November 29th. At this time, we ask that you please send in the new supplies for the classroom, which includes crayons, washable markers and glue sticks.
A few reminders:
Santa Secret Shop- We will be going to Santa Shop on December 7th. Information will be coming home for this event, including a list of who to shop for.
Advent Mass- We will be going to Mass every Tuesday during Advent with our Prayer Buddies.
Scholastic Book Orders- I am sending home book orders for the month of December this week. If you would like to purchase books to put away for Christmas gifts, please let us know and we will make sure to give them to you without your child knowing. Reading is a great gift to share with your children!
I hope that everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing you after the holiday.