Dear PreK-4B Parents,
Welcome to Pre-K...I am excited to be a part of the faculty at St. Ignatius and your child's teacher this year! What an exciting time this is in your child's life! I am so glad to be a part of his/her spiritual and academic development during these important formative stages. I will work hard this year to bring energy, knowledge and fun to the class every day.
The following information regarding our school procedures will provide you the details necessary to make these next first days, and hopefully the whole year, run smoothly. Please be sure to check the school website regularly for updated information and email me at email@example.com if you ever have any questions.
Arrival and Dismissal
Please park your car and walk your child to the blue canopy between 8:15 and 8:30. We will be waiting outside the entrance to walk your child into the building.
Dismissal is also at the canopy at 3:15 or just a little before, to try and avoid the big kids as they exit as well.
** If there are ever changes regarding who will be picking up your child, or the time, please
send a note.
A Communication Folder will be sent home each day. The 2 pockets will be labeled "Return to School" and "Keep at Home." All school work, notes, office notices, and money, both to or from school, will be placed here. Please empty the Home side each night (and weekend) and be sure your child brings the folder to school each day.
Each week I will provide a "McBeth Memo" electronically. That will afford you the opportunity to print a "refrigerator copy" for your reference if you prefer. Please notify me if you need a paper copy.
The Saint Ignatius Gym Uniform and sneakers are required every day. Velcro types are acceptable until shoelace tying is mastered. On colder days, please be sure to send your child with the appropriate outerwear as we try to get them outside to play as often as possible. Please label all items! This is critical in order to avoid mix-ups. Your child's name or initials on the tag in Sharpie marker is recommended.
In the event your child is absent from school, please notify the school office and, upon his/her return to school, kindly provide a note explaining the reason which will be placed on file.
Our class will have snack time in the morning. Please send a healthy snack, drink and napkin as well as any necessary utensils.
Lunch will be held in the cafeteria at 11:30. If your child is buying lunch, please send in a note stating what your child will be having so we know. All money is handled through Option C.
Our class has Gym on Tuesday. Please be sure your child wears sneakers and the T-shirt on those days in case it gets warm and he/she wants to remove the sweatshirt.
Computers and Library
Computer and Library Day will alternate every week and will be on Thursday. Please provide headphones, labeled with your child's name. On Library weeks, your child will sign out a book to read and enjoy with you at home. Please send it back the next Library Week.
Music class will be held on Friday. The children in Pre-K will participate in a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert. During music class, the children will prepare for these concerts and more information will be sent home as the events approach.
Spanish and Art
Spanish class will be on Monday. Art class will be held on Wednesday.
You are welcome to send in a small treat for your child's birthday. We have quite a few summer birthdays, so if you would like to celebrate your child's half-birthday, please send a note to let me know which day you plan to send something in, preferably the last day your child attends school prior to their half-birthday. I will provide you information regarding food allergies so you may plan accordingly.
Classroom Wish List
Thank you for your generous donations of wipes, tissues, etc. If you wish to donate additional items to the class, the following would be greatly appreciated: baby wipes, prizes for our prize box for good behavior, 12" balloons, stamp pads, simple games and play dough. Used items are also welcome: non gluey, white TP and paper towel tubes, if that should be the brand you use, and the tube part of outgrown or holey socks (with the foot part cut off). *They make great white board erasers!
There will be two picture days during the school year. The first will be in September and the second in Spring. Information and order forms will be sent home prior to each picture day.
I will notify you who our head room parent(s) will be and the dates of expected parties. The room parent will contact you to donate and/or help out for our special class events.
First Friday Mass
Pre-K4 will join the school for First Friday Mass every first Friday of the month at 9:00. We will have special prayer buddies, who will help us during Mass. You are always welcome to join us.
Rest Time and Rest Mats
For students who remain for a full day, we will have a brief rest time in the afternoon. Your child may bring a book or SMALL special stuffed friend. Please send a mat with your child's name if they attend full day. Mats will be sent home regularly to be washed.
Can't stress it enough....Kindly label ALL your child's belongings: lunch box, backpack, uniform, jackets...
Details pertaining to trips will be sent home as they are planned. Chaperone requests, if applicable, and trip specifics will be explained on the form.
Throughout the year, there will be various opportunities to come into the classroom and help with different activities. If you have a hobby or expertise in a certain area you feel would be of interest to the children, we would love to have you visit our class for a small presentation.
However, for our children's protection, all volunteers must have their clearances on file. Information can be found on the school website.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. I look forward to an exciting year and the opportunity to facilitate your child's growth in faith and knowledge here at St. Ignatius.