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Mrs. Beth Foran, Kindergarten

Hi! I'm Mrs. Foran! I am delighted to be your child's Kindergarten teacher! It will be a year full of friends, fun, learning, and lots of adventure! I am so excited!

I thought you might like to know a little bit about me! My husband Bill and I have been married for 38 years. I am a Mom to five grown up children and a Nonnie to five darling grandchildren with one more grandbaby on the way!  We have  four beautiful little girls and one handsome little fella!   Emma is 11, Hannah is 5 and in kindergarten just like us!  Liam and Riley are two (not twins, cousins!), and little Lena the Queena is one!   Lena will be a big sister at Christmas time!    My family is so very important to me!

This is my 42nd  year teaching! YIKES! (and I'm not yet 40 years old...)  I have been teaching at SJF for 26 happy years. I absolutely LOVE teaching Kindergarten!  It is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students!  Kindergarteners make that an easy job! 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to keep an open communication between us and I would love to talk to you whenever you feel the need!

A Few of my Favorites:

Color: purple and pink

Season: Summer!

Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper or Coke zero

Sport: Baseball... Go White Sox!

Favorite things to do:  play with my grandchildren, go swimming, go to the movies, read a good book, and of course I love to hang out with my kindergarten friends!

Halloween Party 2019

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

Kindergarten Halloween Party

The kindergarten will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 31st  


The children should wear their costumes to school. Weapons of any kind or high heels are not allowed in school even on Halloween!  Please send a trick or treat bag and a juice box for your child.  Please be sure to write your child’s name on his/her trick or treat bag. 


We will be playing some fun games!


          We are asking each family to send in a donation for our party.  Please send 3 dozen small prizes or 2 bags of candy by Wednesday, October 23rd .   (rings, straws, etc. available at Dollar Store or Party Stores)


          Thank you so much for your help and support!  We are all looking forward to a FUN day! 



                             Your Favorite Kindergarten Witches


Goal Getters!

Posted on Oct 08, 2019
  • Dear Kindergarten Families,

    Our first Goal Getters Club is the ABC Aces!

    In order to be a member of this club, your child must be able to identify all the upper case and lower case letters!  Your child will be awarded a certificate to take home and a visit to the coveted “Star Jar”!  Yay!

    We presently have 14 members.  Please keep practicing!  The Club will never close!  New members are ALWAYS welcome! 

October News 2019

Posted on Oct 01, 2019

October News

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Now that it’s October, we are in for some “frightening” good times!  Our theme for the month will surprisingly be “Halloween!”

While diligently working to cover all of our skills, our lessons will focus on this very fun, very popular theme! 

Letters A through Z were introduced during the month of September.  The children should practice recognizing and writing the upper and lower case letters.  We will be introducing sounds this month.  Mm is the first letter sound that we learn. Your child should know the name, shape, sound and sign for the letter. (Of course we begin with a very difficult letter to form!)  We are depending on you for plenty of practice at home!  By the way, we have heard about all the name writing practice!  Thank You!  Now you can add letters to your “fun things to do at home” list!


Religion:   Noah’s Ark, Baptism, our 5 senses, and Bible stories


Reading Skills:  Name, shape, sound and sign language for letters: Mm, Tt, Aa and Ss.

Word Wall Words:  I, am, little, the (September)

to, a, is, have (have been added during October)

*Please make flash cards and practice reading these words at home.


Math:   Count and write numbers 6-9.  Compare numbers to 10


Science:  More ocean fun and nocturnal animals


Art:  Halloween!!  Halloween!!  Halloween!!


Upcoming Special Attractions: 

Tuesday, October 1 ~ picture day!  Smile!!  

Monday, October  14 ~ Columbus Day, No school

Thursday, October 31 ~ Halloween!!!  We will be having a Halloween party and of course we’ll be begging for your help!  More details will come home soon.  As you can see, our little “goblins and goblettes” will have plenty of fun this month!  This is definitely a favorite season in the life of a kindergarten student AND teacher!  

Thanks!   BOO!   The Kindergarten Witches ?!  Hmmmm !!!



Beach Party 2019

Posted on Sep 20, 2019

Beach Party


Dear Kindergarten Families,


          On Friday, September 27th, the kindergarten children will be going on an imaginary trip!  We will be taking an early morning flight to Hawaii where we will have a beach party!

Please have your child wear his/her bathing suit under play clothes.  (no uniforms allowed at the beach!)

We will be boarding our plane at gates  #113 and #114. This will be a direct flight with no layovers.  Estimated flight time: 49 seconds.  We are hoping for very little turbulence so we won’t have to use the dreaded barf bags!!  After a “wikiwiki” (SPEEDY) flight, the fun begins!  We will play some fishy games, have a fishy snack, and maybe do a hula dance!  We might even see a movie on the flight home!


          *Please have your little “beach bum” bring a towel with his/her name on it.

We are looking forward to a wonderful trip!  (Now you can see why we teach kindergarten—the fun never stops!)


                                         Mahalo and Aloha!


                           Your BEAUTIFUL flight attendants,

                       Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy, and Mrs. Beth Foran


P.S.  Any child uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a bathing suit may just wear play clothes!


P.P.S.  Please be responsible parents and remember the sunscreen!! J

September News 2019

Posted on Sep 06, 2019

Dear Kindergarten Families,


We are off to a great start!  The boys and girls are adjusting to school with grace and charm!

During September (and spilling into October!) we will be studying Ocean Life.

  This is a huge favorite for teachers and kids!  We will be planning a Beach Party (don’t pack away bathing suits yet!) which is always fun, fun, fun!  We will send more info regarding this special day soon!


Religion:  I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family, I Am Special to My Friends, Creation, Bible Stories, prayer: “Our Father”


Reading Skills: Letter recognition, rhyming

Word Wall Words: I, am, the, little.

 Please make flash cards for each word wall word and practice reading them at home.  Each month we will add new words and it is very important that the children recognize and are able to read these words.


Math:  represent, count, compare and write numbers 0-10


Science:   Ocean


Art:  Painting, crafts, cut and glue


Mark your calendars:



Back to School Night:  September 4th


Fisher Fest:  September 12, 13, 14, 15,     * No school Friday, September 13th !


Beach Party:  Friday, September  27th   (more details will follow- but don’t put away bathing suits yet!)


We are looking forward to a wonderful year with your  little monsters!  (angels!)


Thank You!

                                                The Kindergarten Teachers

ABC's of Kindergarten

Posted on Aug 20, 2019

Welcome to Kindergarten!


Kindergarten is an exciting time for students, parents and teachers as well. We have outlined a few things you should know as the Kindergarten year begins for you and your child.


There are two Kindergarten classes at St. John Fisher:   Mrs. Fanjoy Room 113 and Mrs. Foran Room 114.



The ABC’s of Kindergarten:



If your child is ill please report his or her absence to the school office at

   773-445-4737 before 8:00



Birthdays are a special time for everyone!  You are welcome to send in a treat to share with the class if you wish!  Please remember no peanuts or peanut butter!  Also please do not send cakes or cupcakes.



Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 25th



The stoplight method is used in each classroom. Each child starts the day on green. If  behavior becomes a problem, he/she will be moved to yellow as a caution. They will be held from playtime for ten minutes. In the behavior continues to be a problem he/she will be moved to red and held from playtime for the day. Hitting, shoving, throwing things are all behaviors that merit an automatic red light.


Early Dismissals

Early dismissals are noted in the calendar and in our Monthly newsletters.


Field Trips

During the year we may take a few field trips. We will ask for Parent Chaperones. You must be Virtus Trained and have all paperwork on file in the office. Forms can be found on our web site.



Kindergarten Report Cards are sent home at the end of each trimester. The grades are 1-Needs Improvement, 2-Satisfactory, and 3-Outstanding






Your child will receive a Monthly Homework Calendar. You are encouraged to complete the task with your child each night. Math homework will also come home in their folder. And finally, please practice Word Wall Words and read together every night.



If your child is ill or has a fever, please keep him/her home. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before they may return to school.  Children sent home from school with a fever or throwing up, may NOT return to school the following day.  Again, the 24 hour rule applies!



Your child will be writing in a journal to promote reading and writing skills and creativity.


Kindergarten Snacks

Your child should bring in a healthy snack and drink each day. We have lunch at 10:30 so they are hungry in the afternoon.  Please also send a snack on half days.  Please put their snack in a separate bag from lunch.



Students should bring a lunch each day. The Hot Lunch Program will begin on Tuesday after Labor Day .  Forms are sent home for “Special Lunch” that is once a month from a local restaurant such as Barraccos, McDonalds etc.  



If you send money to school with your child please put it in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name and room number.



We send home a Monthly News Letter at the beginning of each month. Look for it in your child’s folder!


Open House

Please join us for Open House on September 4th


Parent-Teacher Communication

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any concerns or questions through our email @



Quiet Time

There will be a daily “Brain Break” quiet resting time each day.



We stress the importance of showing respect.



A supply list was included in your Book Day folder.


Times and Locations

The start of the school day is 7:50. Children should line up at the corner of the Courtyard off Washtenaw rectory driveway/ next to Mrs. Fanjoy’s Classroom windows.  Dismissal is at 2:25 at the same door!



Our goal is for each child to be able to understand and grasp the lessons taught to them.  Each child is different; so many different approaches may be used to meet this goal.



Throughout the year we may need volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer (PLEASE!) you must be Virtus trained and have all paperwork on file in the office. Forms are available on our website. 



Please dress your child appropriately for the weather.


“X”amine Backpacks

Remember to take time each day to go through and empty out your child’s backpack and daily folder. Notes and important information will come home in their folders.



As your child’s parent, you are their first teacher. You know your child the best. Please use this knowledge in helping your child with his/her education. Please practice the letter names and sounds, sight words, counting, dressing skills (tying, buttoning, zippering, and snapping) and other skills we may be working on at the time.



Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night. Five and six year olds need a lot of sleep! A fully rested child makes a better and more eager learner!

Kindergarten 2019

Posted on Aug 20, 2019



TEACHERS:  Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy

       Mrs. Beth Foran




The curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, including the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Our program utilizes an interactive approach. The children will have many opportunities to explore and experience materials and manipulatives first hand, which will aid them in their understanding of the concepts being presented. The children need this “hands-on” experience before they can move on to the symbolic form.




  • recognize letters and sounds of the alphabet

  • identify beginning sounds of words

  • understand story sequence

  • develop a familiarity with various forms of literature

  • learn sign language for the ABCs

  • identify word wall words

  • phonograms (word families) ex. “at” words: cat, bat, sat ….

  • be introduced to reading



  • recognize numerals 0-31

  • recognize and create various patterns

  • develop math skills through the use of manipulatives

  • make comparisons using graphs

  • learn “touch points” for numerals 1-9

  • practice counting to 100

  • Intro to addition and subtraction


  C.      RELIGION
  • recite daily prayers

  • make the sign of the cross

  • share bible stories about God and His people

  • experience prayer through liturgy, prayer services, and spontaneous prayer

  • develop a respect for the gift of life



                  D.      THEMATIC UNITS - These units will be incorporated into the curriculum throughout the year. The following are a few that we have planned:              

    1. Ocean

    2. Nocturnal Animals

    3. Thanksgiving/Food Groups

    4. Christmas

    5. Penguins/Antarctica

                                                6.    Friends Around World

                                                7.   Easter, Spring, New Life



The children are to bring in 2 two-pocket folders. Your child’s folder will be sent home each day. All school mail and your child’s papers will come home in this folder.  It may be empty at times, but please check it each day and return it the next.  Also, if you have any mail to send to us or the office please put it in the folder as we will check the folders daily.



We will be sending home monthly letters to inform you about what is planned for each month. The letters will list the skills that we will be covering for each subject area. You can work with your child at home by reviewing the letters, word wall words, and/or skills for that month. *Reading to your child is very important. So, please have someone in your family try to set aside ten minutes each night to read to them- big brothers and sisters can be a great help with this! Math sheets that reinforce skills covered in class will be sent home for homework and should be returned the following day. PLEASE make flash cards of our word wall words and practice these each night. The children will be tested on these often throughout the year.


Your children are God’s most precious gift and we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know each and every one of them. We will do our very best to make our classrooms the next best thing to home. We are looking forward to a wonderful year!


The Kindergarten Teachers


Posted on Aug 20, 2019

Dear Parent,


  Welcome to St. John Fisher Kindergarten!  I am so happy to have your child in my class this year!  I am looking forward to meeting you on Monday, August 19th for supply drop off.


Please plan to come in with your child on Wednesday, August 21st for our first day of kindergarten!   The first day is exciting for all of us!   Feel free to take a picture and help your child find his/her seat.  For safety reasons, parents are ONLY allowed to enter the building on the FIRST day of school. 


Please be sure to send a snack AND a drink with your child on Wednesday, August 21st (and EVERY day after thatincluding ½ Days).  Growing kindergarteners get VERY hungry – AND SCAREY - if they are not fed!   HA!  Please put Snack and drink in a separate bag and label it SNACK each day. That way it will not get it mixed up with their lunch.

* Our class enters and dismisses at the end of the rectory driveway off of Washtenaw – right outside of our classroom windows. Wednesday is a ½ day and we will dismiss at these doors at 11:30.

Enjoy the last days of

                               See the source image See You Soon!


                                                                                  Mrs. Beth Foran


P.S. – Your child will be using his/her folder to bring mail back and forth to school. Please send it each day and be sure to check it for mail EVERY day.   Also, be sure to ALWAYS return it the next day - with or without any mail you may have for me.

(Only one folder is needed, please keep the second folder for a spare!)

Word Wall Words

Posted on Aug 18, 2018

Dear Kindergarten Families,


The following list contains the word wall words that kindergarten children are expected to know by the end of kindergarten. They will be tested on these periodically.  Please make one flash card for each word and practice every night. Feel free to move on after your child has mastered the words for the month. Thanks for all your help!


Sep: I, am, the, little

Oct: to, a, have, is

Nov: we, my, like, he, for, at, and

Dec: me, with, she, can, big, yes, no

Jan: see, look, they, you, of, in, get, up

Feb: are, that, do, one, two, three four,

five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

March: here, go, from, will, did

April: what, said, was, red, yellow, blue, orange,

green, purple, brown, pink, black, white, gray

May: where, come, has, be