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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!

June 2020

Posted on Jun 04, 2020

Dear Kindergarten Friends,

You’re very special people

And I think that you should know,

How I loved to be your teacher.

How FAST the year did go!

 

Please come back to visit me

As through the grades you go,

Try hard to learn all that you can,

There is so much to know!

 

One thing I tried to teach you

To last your whole life through,

Is to know that you are special,

Just because you’re YOU!    

 

I cannot believe it is already time to close out this school year!  My goodness, I know I’m old, but this year was CRAZY FAST!   (and just plain CRAZY!)   YIKES!

Summer is here!   I DO love summer!  Some of my favorite summertime activities:  Beach, Books, and grand Babies!   J

BUT…OH!   How I will miss, miss, MISS my kindergarten friends!  Have a wonderful summer!    I know you will laugh and grow every day!

I cannot wait to see you when you are BIG first graders!!    I LOVE YOU!!

June 1 2020

Posted on Jun 01, 2020

Good Morning!  Not only are you "Alphabet Experts", you are now "First Graders in Training"!  Congratulations! 

We have been in kindergarten for 176 days and have just 4 days left of school!  No wonder you are SO BIG!  No wonder you are SO SMART!  No wonder we are all SO PROUD of you!!  Congratulations!

We continue our ABC Countdown this week with the following:

Monday, June 1 ~ U for UNDER!  Sit on the floor and do your work under a table today! 

Tuesday, June 2 ~ V for VIDEO!  Make or watch a funny video today!

Wednesday, June 3 ~  W and X ~ W for Water for X ~ eXtra FUN!  Have fun playing outside with water today!  OR play in the bathtub!

Thursday, June 4 ~ Y for Yellow!  Wear something yellow today and see how many yellow things you can think of and draw!

Friday, June 5 ~ Z for Zoom!   ZOOM into summer!!!

Have a GREAT week!

May 26

Posted on May 26, 2020

 

Hello, Alphabet Experts!

We have been in kindergarten for 172 days!  There are only 8 days left until summer!  It already feels like summer!  No wonder you are SO BIG!  No wonder you are SO SMART!  No wonder we are all SO PROUD of you!

Our alphabet countdown this week includes:

Tuesday, May 26, Q for Quiet!   Play the QUIET GAME!  Who will win?  (Good Luck!)

Wednesday, May 27, R for Rainbow!  Wear colorful clothes and draw a rainbow!  Maybe you could use some sidewalk chalk for your rainbow!  Maybe you can try one of the rainbow experiments on today's slides!  Have a fun and colorful day!

Thursday, May 28, S for Scavenger Hunt!  There will be a list of things to hunt for on today's slides!  Happy Hunting!  

Friday, May 29, T for THANK YOU!  Please draw a picture for Mommy and Daddy today!  They have been working super hard!  And we are all so grateful!  

Have a great week!   

Literacy Chart for Animal Homes

Posted on May 26, 2020

Tap out and read:

Ten

Cat

Fan

Map

Mom

Pin

 

Write 4 sentences using the following WWW:

Three

Of

Look

You

 

Write out AND Read the following sentences:

1.Ned can run fast.

2.Ken fed the big dog.

3.The little dogs can jump.

4.I can hang from my legs.

5.What can you do?

Write 3 sentences about animal homes:

Have someone read these to you and you write down the spelling:

Pin

Cub

Hut

Pen

Cab

Hat

 

Copy the following words and draw a picture for each.

Six

Fox

Rug

Pan

Sun

Wig

Bed

 

Draw a picture of an animal home.

Sing your ABCs

Say each letter of the alphabet, the sound it makes, and a word that begins with that sound.

Ex,: A name , /a/ sound, apple

 

May 18

Posted on May 18, 2020

 

Hello, Alphabet Experts!

We have been in kindergarten for 167 days!  And we have only 13 days until summer!  No wonder you're SO SMART!   No wonder you're SO BIG!  No wonder everyone is SO PROUD of you!!

This week's our alphabet countdown includes:

Monday, May 18 ~ M for Music!  Sing your favorite song!  Singing always makes me feel happy!  Get ready for your sing-a-long with Mrs. Nolan tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 19 ~ N for Numbers!  N for Name!  We love numbers! Practice adding and subtracting!  And can you practice writing your first and last name?  Also, have some fun singing with Mrs. Nolan today!

Wednesday, May 20 ~ O for Outside Day!  I'm checking the weather and it looks like we should be able to play outside today!   Yahoo!  Maybe you can make an Obstacle course!

Thursday ~ May 21 ~ P for Popsicle or Popcorn Day!  YUM!  What color popsicle is your favorite?  I hope you enjoy a yummy treat today!

Friday, May 22 ~ Ketchup and Pickles!  Look through all the activities and catch up today!

Have a great week!  We have a long weekend coming!  Memorial Day is Monday!  

The House that Tony Lives In

Posted on May 18, 2020

 

Tap out and read:

Top

Hat

Pin

Rug

Can

Ten

Write 4 sentences using the following WWW:

Blue

See

Little

Four

 

Write out AND Read the following sentences:

  1. Peg the dog will tug.
  2. Hal is a pet pig.
  3. Tad the frog can hop.
  4. Sam the cat can sit on my lap.

Write 3 sentences about your house.

Have someone read these to you and you write down the spelling:

Hop

Pan

Tub

web

 

Copy the following words and draw a picture for each.

Pop

Fan

Crab

Man

Pan

 

Draw a picture of your House.

Sing your ABCs

Say each letter of the alphabet, the sound it makes, and a word that begins with that sound.

Ex,: A name , /a/ sound, apple

 

ABC Countdown Ma11-14

Posted on May 11, 2020

 

Hello, Alphabet Experts!

We have only 18 school days left of kindergarten!  WOW!!!  Our ABC countdown continues this week with letters I-L !  Remember, you can change or even skip any activities! 

Monday, May 11~ I for ice cream!  Do you think you can eat an ice cream treat today?  Or maybe draw an ice cream cone?

Tuesday, May 12 ~ J for Joke Day!  I bet this will be BIG favorite!  Can you tell a funny joke today?  Or learn a new joke? 

~Why did the Eskimo wash his clothes in TIDE?   Because it was too cold OUT TIDE!!

~ Why didn't the Lion eat the rabbit?  Because he doesn't like fast food!

I bet you will hear a million funny jokes today!!!!

Wednesday, May 13 ~ K for Kindness Day!  Be kind to everyone today!  Use kind words and share your smile!  Kindergarten kids are always kind!

Thursday, May 14 ~ L for Lazy Day!  Enjoy being LAZY today!  Wear comfy clothes and read a book!  I hope it's a nice day so I can read my book in the back yard!

Friday, May 15 ~ Ketchup and Pickles Day!  You can catch up on any fun things you didn't get a chance to do!  Maybe you can go on a field trip!

Have a great Week!

 

 

Night Worker Learning Chart

Posted on May 11, 2020

Tap out and read:

Rug

Sun

Mug

Nut

Cub

Bus

Write 4 sentences using the following WWW:

Are

That

Yellow

Do

 

Write out AND Read the following sentences:

  1. Gus will hug his mom.
  2. It is a bus.
  3. The sun is hot.
  4. Gus lets the bug go.

 

Write 3 sentences about Night Workers:

Have someone read these to you and you write down the spelling:

Sun

Cup

Bus

Bat

Pup

Cot

 

Copy the following words and draw a picture for each.

Nut

Cap

Cub

Rug

 

Draw a picture of a MAKE BELIEVE animal.

Sing your ABCs

Say each letter of the alphabet,, the sound it makes, and a word that begins with that sound.

Ex,: A name , /a/ sound, apple

ABC Fun

Posted on May 05, 2020

 

Okay, Alphabet Experts!  Here are your ABC Activities for the week:

Monday, May 4 ~ E for Exercise!  Wear your workout clothes and get in shape today!  You Tube Jack Hartman to count and exercise!

Tuesday, May 5 ~ F for Friendship Day!  Draw a picture of your friends!

Wednesday, May 6 ~  G for Game Day!  Play some games today!  I will send you a video of a WORD WALL game you might want to try!

Thursday, May 6 ~  H for Have a ball and wear a HAT!  Play a game of catch, volleyball, basketball any kind of fun and wear your favorite HAT when you do! 

Friday, May 7 ~ Catch Up Day and Butterfly field trip!  

Have Fun!   Keep sending pictures!  

 

Building Beavers

Posted on May 05, 2020

 

Tap out and read:

 

MOM

Web

Leg

Pin

Hat

Men

 

Write 4 sentences using the following WWW:

 

MOM

From

Go

Her

Five

 

Write out AND Read the following sentences:

 

  1. Kim has a pet hen.
  2. Jim had fun.
  3. They got a nest.
  4. They have lots of little hens.

 

Write 3 sentences about why you love your mom:

Have someone read these to you and you write down the spelling:

 

MOM

Hen

Bed

Pet

Pig

Jet

Pen

 

Copy the following words and draw a picture for each.

 

Net

Bed

Ten

Pot

Pig

Bat

Draw a picture of your mom looking like a Queen.

TRAIT OF THE WEEK:

Optimism

Draw a picture of one thing that is GOOD about staying home.

Say each letter of the alphabet,, the sound it makes, and a word that begins with that sound.

Ex,: A name , /a/ sound, apple

April 26

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

 

Hello, Kindergarten Families!

It's hard to believe, but we have only 29 days left of kindergarten!

Because every kindergarten child is now officially an "Alphabet Expert" we will begin our ABC Countdown!  Each day we will suggest an activity to correspond with the alphabet.  We hope that these are all things that you will enjoy doing at home,but if not- CHANGE IT!!  Anything goes!

You should have received your ABC Countdown calendar in your e-mail.  

This week's activities include:

Monday:  A ~ Art Day!   Draw or create something special today!

Tuesday:  B ~ Bike/Bubble Day!  Ride your bike or blow some bubbles today! Maybe BOTH!

Wednesday:  C ~ Chalk Day!  Draw something COOL with chalk today!  

Thursday:  D ~ Dance Party!  Turn up the music and DANCE!  Maybe you can go on You Tube and have fun with "Just Dance"!

Friday:  Catch Up!   Use this time to catch up on slides and activities!  

Have Fun!

Love to see your pictures!

 

 

Zoom April7

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

 

Hi, Kindergarten Families!

Be sure to check your e-mail for our Zoom meeting tomorrow, April 7th!

Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

April 2020

Posted on Mar 31, 2020

Dear Kindergarten Families,

 

Happy, Happy Spring!  Hopefully the weather is going to improve soon and we can all at least enjoy some time in the back yard!  

We are still uncertain as to how much longer we will all be at home.  Thank you for all the work that you are doing!  We miss the kids so much!  It feels like a very long time since we were together!  Thank you for sending us pictures to brighten our days!  

 

The following are the things that we would be covering in school:

 

Religion:   New Life in Spring, Butterflies, and Bible stories -  Lent is a time to change and grow!   Any caterpillar/butterfly stories are great! 

 

Reading Skills:  Name, shape, sound and sign for letters  Xx, and Uu

Word wall words:  what, said, was, red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, brown, pink, black, white and gray.

 

Phonics skills:   blending sounds into words, brave spelling, forming sentences

 

Math:  addition and subtraction, three dimensional shapes, geometry

 

Science:  New Life and butterflies

 

Art:   Spring!  Let’s draw some fun butterflies and spring pictures! 

 

Things to focus on:  Letter/sound recognition, word wall words, blending sounds into

words, writing sentences, brave spelling, numeral identification 0 – 31, addition facts to 10/subtraction, counting to 100

 

Please continue to “Teach your Monster to Read!”  We have received some exciting news about  some awesome progress!   Keep up the good work!

 

We miss witnessing the joy of your growing children, their growing friendships, and all the profound lessons taught to us by smart, kind, and insightful kindergarten children! 

Stay healthy!  And keep in touch! 

 

 

 

 

Teach Your Monster to Read

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

Dear Families,

Teach your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games which helps children to master the key first stages of reading.  It's been created by the Usborne Foundation, led by Peter Usborne (of Usborne Publishing).

It’s free to play on a PC and laptop, or you can download the Teach Your Monster to Read app from the app store on phones and tablets.

To play on the website, visit teachyourmonstertoread.com and start playing in seconds.

You are being given a password card so, you can log in to your child’s game using these details.

We hope this is a FUN addition to your at home classroom. Thank you so much for all you are doing at home to help your child stay on track.

Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Teachers

March 19 2020

Posted on Mar 19, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope that you are all healthy and comfortable during our stay at home time. 

We were thinking that our kindergarten friends might be looking for a break from the computer or worksheets!

 The pope is asking for everyone to pray the rosary.   This might be a great opportunity to introduce your little ones to the rosary while praying for the health of our community. 

God always hears the prayers of children!   

 

And maybe you can take some time for a fun game of Monsters and Money! 

Materials:  dimes, pennies and one dice.      

        Each player rolls the die and takes that many pennies.     When your pile of pennies reaches ten, you get to trade your pennies in for a dime.  The first player to get ten dimes wins!  Practice counting by tens to 100! 

 If you’re a gambling family, the winner can win a $1 bill!  

 

E Learning

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Dear Families,                                        SJF Kindergarten E Learning Lessons

We are sending home a packet of work for two weeks in the event that school may be closed for this amount of time. IF we return before then just send back incomplete work along with anything that has been done. Most of the work is self explanatory with directions on each page.

Religion: Before beginning this Stations of the Cross booklet let your child know there will be some sad pages BUT this story really does have a HAPPY ending! Discuss ONE station of the cross each day and then children may color in that page.

Reading: You are receiving Reading pages for two weeks. Week #1 is Messenger, Messenger and Week #2 is The Little Engine that Could. Please do the front and back of one page per day. Mondays are “Family Times” pages. Just circle and color the pictures that have the short /u/ sound in the middle of the word. The back has more activities you can do - IF you would like to.

Other pages: Just follow directions at the bottom of each page except for Wednesday which is the Phonics Story Day – Read and Relax!

Phonics Stories:  Week #1 – “Fun for Jud”      Week #2 – “Jan and Gus”

Phonics: Follow directions on the page.

Math: Follow directions at the bottom of the page. Please do 2 pages front and back each day. We are also sending an addition worksheet for some extra practice.

ArtFamily Fun Time

Supplies Needed: Newspaper, crepe paper, flour, wallpaper paste, joint compound, and glycerin

We would like you to make a SIMPLE paper mache craft with your child. Don’t be overwhelmed. It will be fun! Just get the materials and return them the next day - Because this is just a joke!! No Art Project – we like you too much for that!

We hope your students are well behaved and please let them know each day how much we miss them!

 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar

Posted on Mar 10, 2020

Just a heads up!! We have a few upcoming activities planned for kindergarten that you may want to attend. More information will follow at a later date, but we wanted to give you a heads up in case you need to take off work. 
 
 
Soldier Field Field Trip: Tuesday, April 7th.  
 
 
Mother's Day Tea: Thursday, May7th. Children come dressed up at regular time. Moms come at 9:00 for Tea and Fashion Show. Children leave w/ moms after the Tea. 
 
 
Zoo Field Trip: Friday, May 29th. 
 
Be sure to mark your calendars with these very important dates.

March News 2020

Posted on Mar 02, 2020
Dear Kindergarten Families,
March will OF COURSE be a very busy month in kindergarten.  We will be making our way around the world as we learn a little about Ireland, Italy and China.  Polish and Italian Americans began St. Joseph tables and “wearing of the red” to express their ethnic pride in the 1890’s.  The following are a few of the activities we have planned during March:
 
Religion:  God’s Plan for springtime, Lent, Stations of the Cross, Bible stories, friends/friendship, St. Joseph and St. Patrick
 
Reading:  Name, shape, sound, and sign for letters:  Jj, Ww
Blending sounds into words / word wall words
New word wall words:  here, go, from, will, did             
 
Math:  addition/subtraction practice,   geometry
 
Art:  Easter, Spring, Friends around the World
Social Studies:  Introduction to map and globe.  Friends in Ireland, Italy, and China.  
 
This is such a fun time to be a kindergarten teacher!  The children are growing and learning so much!  We can really see the huge steps since the beginning of our school year!  It will be grand to welcome and celebrate spring!
 
We would like to thank you for making this such a happy and successful year for us.  We truly appreciate all the time that you have spent practicing word wall words and phonics skills along with Math skills, adding and subtracting!  It makes such a big difference! THANK YOU!  
Sincerely,  
       The Head Leprechauns
 
 
*Report cards will be coming home on March 4th ! 
*Parent/Teacher conferences are March 5th from 3:30-6:00
* March 16th is an institute day- NO SCHOOL!
*March 26th is an early dismissal – 1:45-   faculty meeting

Goal Getters 100 Club

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Dear Kindergarten Goal Getters,

We are happy to announce that every child in Room 114 is a proud member of the ABC ACES CLUB!  Congratulations!

Our new Goal Getters Club is the 100 CLUB which already has a very impressive number of members!  YAY!

In order to be a member of this club, your child must be able to accurately and independently count to 100!  Members earn a certificate and a trip to the coveted “Star Jar”!

One, two, skip a few - 99, 100 just won’t do any more!

Keep counting! The kids love You Tube “Jack Hartman Count to 100” and it is great practice!

NEW members ALWAYS welcome!  Keep practicing!  It’s never too late to join THE CLUB!

              Thank You!

Valentine's Day 2020

Posted on Feb 11, 2020

Valentine’s Day Celebration

 

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated during regular school hours on Friday, February 14th.

 

Please do not write children’s names on the envelopes.  Please just sign the cards.  (If you are VERY organized and have already written out the envelopes, that’s okay – no problem!)

 

Children may bring a “wrapped” treat to share with the class. We have 20 children in our class.

 

Thank You!

February News 2020

Posted on Feb 03, 2020

February News

 

Dear Kindergarten Families,

 

February promises to be a busy month in Kindergarten.  (aren’t they all??!!)  Our new theme is “Friends Around the World.”  This theme will carry over since the world is a big place and we would like to incorporate St. Patrick and St. Joseph in our plans! Our grand finale arrives in May when we enjoy a fiesta!   The following are a few things that we will work on this month:

 

Religion:  Friends around the World,  I Can Love, Valentine’s Day and Bible Stories

 

Reading:  Name, shape, sound and sign for letters:  Ll, Gg and blending letter sounds into words.

Word wall words:  are, that, do, and number words one through ten.

 

Math:  100th day activities, counting by ones, fives, tens to 100 / represent, count, and write to twenty and beyond!

 

Art:  Groundhog Day, Friends around the World, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day

 

Social Studies:  Friends around the World, President’s Day, Groundhog’s Day!

 

Dates to remember:

 

 

February 14th ~ celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Children are invited to pass out Valentines to entire class.  PLEASE do NOT put names on envelopes! Children may bring a WRAPPED treat if you wish.

 

February 17th ~ President’s Day ~ No School!

 

 

 

 

Thank You!   The Kindergarten Queens of Hearts 

100 Days of Kindergarten

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

Dear Kindergarten Families,

The time is fast approaching for our 100th day of school!! 

Friday, January 31st   will be our official 100th day of kindergarten!   Wow!   Time sure flies…

                To celebrate with style and grace, we are asking the children to dress as if they are 100 years old.  Please do not buy anything new!  Any fun “grandma and grandpa” type clothing and props will be perfect! We will go on a funny parade!  (no high heels, please!)

                                           Thank you!  Thank you!

                                          A HUNDRED thank yous!!

Brave Spelling

Posted on Jan 21, 2020

Der Parint,

 Az yor child brings home riting, do not be serprizd at the speling. The inglish langwij is confusing for studints. We will uz “brav speling”  in r wrk.   It iz a grat asesment to se wut yor child nos.  It helps yor child lern to brak down werdz. 

 

      Az parints u can hlp yor child bi prazing awl thair riting. Let yor child red thair riting to u. Displa thair riting around ur hom. No that az yor child becomz familyer with riting, he or she wil mak the transishin to standerd speling.

                               Thank You!

 

The Kindrgrdin Techrz

 

January WWW

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

KINDERGARTEN WWW LIST

Word Wall words are words that appear OFTEN in our stories. MANY of them cannot be sounded out phonetically. Therefore, the children NEED to memorize them in order to be able to read our weekly stories. This week the boys and girls will be tested on the following words. Please be sure to review at home.

 

September:  I, am, the, little

October:  to, a, have, is

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

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

 

Thanks for your help!

Sincerely,

 The Kindergarten Teachers 

January 2020

Posted on Jan 06, 2020

January Newsletter for Kindergarten

 

Dear Kindergarten Families,

 

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to school!  December certainly was a busy month for kindergarten!  We’re sure you’ll agree that the children warmed our hearts with the true meaning of Christmas.  Their Christmas Pageant performance was inspiring! We were, (and still are) so proud of each and every one of them!  They bring us such joy every day!

 

Please return costumes to school (if not already here) this week so we can pack them all away!!  Thanks!

 

The new theme for the month of January will be winter/penguins.  The following are a few of the things we have planned for the month ahead:

 

Reading – Introduce the letters  Ff, Oo, Hh. Introduce the word wall words:  see, look, they, you, of, in, get, and up. We are blending sounds together. The following letters have been covered and can be blended to make words: Mm, Tt, Ss, Aa, Pp, Ii, Bb, Rr, Dd  Examples:  am, Sam, Pam, pit, sit, sat, rat, bad, mad. Please enjoy practicing blending words with your little reader at home!

 

Math – subtraction/ addition/  represent, count and write numbers to 20 and beyond.

 

Religion – Jesus is our Friend, Jesus is our Helper, We love all people, Bible stories,

 

Science – Snow and penguins. 

 

Social Studies – Martin Luther King

 

Reminders:

 

No school on Monday, January 20th   – Martin Luther King Day

Sunday, January 26th   – 10:00 Catholic Schools Week Mass and Open House.

 

 

Thanks for all you do!  We are so grateful!

 

 

 

December 16

Posted on Dec 16, 2019

Friendly Reminders:

 

Tuesday, December 17th is Polar Express Day!

Please wear pajamas to school!

 

Wednesday, December 18th is our Christmas Nativity Program!

Children should come to school at 12:45 dressed in their costumes!

Children will be dismissed following the program.

 

Thursday, December 19th, children have a regular class day, but should wear their costumes to school! 

 

Friday, December 20th we have an all school Christmas prayer service at 10:15 and 11:30 dismissal!

 

T’is the Season!

Thank You!

 

The Kindergarten Christmas Program

Posted on Dec 10, 2019

The Kindergarten Christmas Play

 

 

Our annual Christmas program will surely be the highlight of your holiday season!

 

Wednesday December 18th

1:00 in the church

The children should report to school at 12:45 dressed in their costumes. Families can go directly to church.

 

 

The kindergarteners do not have regular class hours. They will be dismissed following the program.

Christmas Program

Posted on Dec 10, 2019
 

December 2019

Posted on Dec 03, 2019

December News

 

Dear Kindergarten Families, 

 

Well, can you guess the theme for December??  Summer fun!  Just kidding…it’s Christmas, of course!  This is absolutely the BEST time of year to be a kindergarten teacher.  Our classroom elves on shelves are adding fun as well as keeping order!  J The children have been working so hard on the Christmas play.  They fill us with the Christmas spirit at each and every practice.  (they provide some pretty good laughs, too!)

 

The following are a few things that we have planned:

Religion:  Christmas play “The First Christmas”

                  Advent “Waiting for Jesus”

Reading:  Review letters:  Mm, Tt, Aa, Ss, Pp, Cc, Ii

Introduce letters:  Nn, Bb, Rr

Review Word Wall Words and

Introduce new Word Wall Words:  me   with   she   can   big   yes   no

Math:  addition, decomposing numbers

Art:  Christmas!  Christmas!  Christmas!!

Dates to Remember:   

Friday, December 6th     No School ~ Faculty Retreat

Wednesday, December 18th Christmas Play at 1:00  in church (for friends and family)

Children need to come dressed in their costumes (12:45 arrival ~ 1:00 program ~ dismissal following program)

Thursday, December 19th   Christmas Play for school children.  Please wear costumes to school! ( Regular school hours)

Friday, December 20th     ~ All school mass ~ Christmas Vacation begins!

Monday, January 6th 2020!  ~  Back to school!

 

Anyone who would like to donate a costume for future use ~THANKS!  J

      Thanks again!

       The Kindergarten “Elves”

November 21

Posted on Nov 21, 2019

Dear Kindergarten Families,

All the available costumes went home with the children yesterday!

I’m certain that they will need a little TLC:  cleaning, pressing, maybe a few stitches!  No one is obligated to wear the costume that came home!  If your child has something different in mind, please feel free to go with it!   Or look at Oriental Trading Co. for reasonably priced costumes!

Also, please remember that cookie orders are due Friday (tomorrow) November 22! 

Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

November News in Kindergarten

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

November News in Kindergarten

 

Dear Parent,

Thanks for all of the wonderful treats and prizes for our Halloween party!  The teachers were exhausted and the children were happy!  Sounds like a perfectly successful Halloween celebration! J

            Our theme for the month of November will be Thanksgiving.  We have many activities planned:

 

Reading - Review the letter name, shape and sound of the letters Mm, Tt, Aa, Ss and Pp

We will be introducing the letters Cc, Ii and Bb this month.

Review the word wall words I, am, the, little, a, to, have, and is. The new words are: we, my, like, and, he, for, and, at.

 

Math – greater than/less than/equal, begin addition/subtraction

 

Religion – Thanksgiving – “Thanking is good” Prayer, Bible Stories

 

Social Studies – Voting and “The First Thanksgiving”

 

Science – Owls/eating healthy foods

 

Important dates:

 

Mon. November 25th     ~  11:30 dismissal, Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tues. November 26th    ~   11:30 dismissal, Thanksgiving prayer service, conferences    continue.

 November 27th   ~ 29th   ~  No school

Mon. December 1st ~   Class resumes

 

*Kindergarten will be performing a Christmas program on Wednesday, December 18th !    Mark your calendars!

 

                                    Sincerely,

 

                                    The Kindergarten Teachers

Forming Numbers Fun

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

Number poems for practicing at home!  It’s just more fun with a rhyme!

_____ Zero is our Hero!  Let’s  go “O”!

_____One is like a soldier tall.  Just a line and that is all.   1

_____Around and back on a railroad track.  2-2-2!

_____ Around the tree.  Around the tree.  That’s the way to make a 3.

_____Down and over and down some more.  That’s the way to make a 4.

_____Silly old 5 goes down and around.  Put a flag on top and look what I found! 5

_____ Down in a loop.  The 6 rolls a hoop! 6

_____Across the sky and down from heaven.  That’s the way to make a 7.

_____Make an “S” but do not wait.  Climb back up to make an 8.

_____A loop and a line will make a 9.

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! 

 

                                      Sincerely,

                             Your Favorite Kindergarten Witches

***NO PEANUTS, PLEASE!***

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:

 

Absences

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

   773-445-4737 before 8:00

 

Birthdays

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.

 

Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 25th

 

Discipline

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.

 

Grading

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

 

 

 

 

Homework

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.

 

Illness

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!

 

Journals

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.

 

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.  

 

Money

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.

 

News

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 @ sjfschool.net.

 

 

Quiet Time

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

 

Respect

We stress the importance of showing respect.

 

Supplies

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!

 

Understanding

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.

 

Volunteers

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. 

 

Weather

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.

 

You

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.

 

Zzzzzzzz

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

ST. JOHN FISHER KINDERGARTEN 2019-2020

 

TEACHERS:  Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy

       Mrs. Beth Foran

 

                                    CURRICULUM

      

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.

 

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

 

A.READING/PHONICS
  • 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

 

B.MATH

  • 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

 

DAILY FOLDERS

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.

 

HOMEWORK

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!

                                                                                             Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Teachers

Welcome

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

 

 
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