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Mrs. Katie Altman, Preschool

Welcome to preschool! It’s going to be a year filled with fun, learning, and new adventures. First, let me tell you a little bit about me. My husband and I have 3 children all who are former Falcons!  This will be my 26th year here at St. John Fisher and it is my home away from home! I just love it here. I am lucky enough to have the BEST teaching partner in the world my sister Mrs. Annmarie Lindgren our preschool aide. We are so excited to be your teachers this year! We believe in Catholic education and think it is the best choice for building a solid foundation in faith for the future of our children. We believe that each child possess a great dignity and deserves to be treated with respect and that in the proper developmentally appropriate environment , children will gain a love of learning and a learning to love.... self, friends and the world around us. We are delighted that you have selected St. John Fisher Preschool for your child. We feel that our school is an excellent one and we will continue to strive to make it the very best possible. Our curriculum is designed to provide the best atmosphere for the total growth and development of your child. We will assist your child in developing socially, intellectually and physically in a safe and stimulating environment. St. John Fisher preschool is a place where your child will be valued for who he/she is and encouraged in everything he/she does. Please be confident that your child will have the best love and care at our preschool. Our days are full of academics and activities. We will explore many themes this year through stories, songs, arts & crafts and creative play both indoor and outdoor. The children will be involved in hands-on activities encouraging social skills and cooperative learning. 

We look forward to a wonderful year!

 

Weekly News April30

Posted on Apr 30, 2021

Happy Friday! We had another amazing week in preschool. I can not believe that we have come to the end of the alphabet! We learned all the letters from A-Z. We celebrated the letter Z by taking a virtual trip to the San Diego Zoo! It was amazing to follow the animals on their live web cams. Click the link below to visit the Zoo! We will be sending home an alphabet calendar with many fun activities to keep learning and celebrating our letters! 

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams 

We had so much fun turning into Shape detectives. We were looking all around our classroom and finding shapes everywhere. Ask me what shape our clock is? You may find shape detectives at your house as well! 

We love spring and look around for many signs of spring. We learned all about flowers and what they need to grow. Click below to sing along to one of our favorite songs! 

https://youtu.be/-mGOFLh251o 

We also learned all about the life cycle of the butterfly. Ask your child to tell you all about it! 

As our year is coming to an end- we are so grateful that we were able to learn in person this year. It has been a wonderful year! To celebrate the end of this amazing year we are thrilled to be inviting our families to our Nursery Rhyme Show. It will be held outdoor this year so we can remain socially distant. More details in the attached letter but it will be held on Tuesday June 8th at 8:15 am .The show will be short and sweet for those of you who need to head off to work. The children will remain at school for their regular hours We will have a rain date on June 9th . June 9th will be our final day of preschool .  

 If your child is moving on to kindergarten next year, please fill out the  google form below 

https://forms.gle/xooroDn9BrnuuSsc6 

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SJF Summer Fun Academy 

This summer St. John Fisher will offer incoming kindergarten and first grade students an opportunity to practice and refine their academic skills prior to the beginning of the school year. Students who opt to participate will review letter sounds and early literacy skills, math foundational skills and fine motor skills. SJF teachers will host the event in mid-August, for two weeks leading up to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. If you think you might be interested in participating, please complete the survey below. Finalized enrollment information will be sent home in the coming month. 

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As always email me with any questions or concerns  

Have a great weekend!!Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 

Weekly News April 23

Posted on Apr 23, 2021
Every day is Earth Day! We had such a wonderful week learning all about our beautiful world. We talked about how God created this amazing world and it is our job to take care of it ! Ask your child to finish this phrase “ I can change the world with ..... ( these two hands). We talked about no matter how big or small we are we ALL make this world a better place. We painted rocks and placed a tiny fingerprint heart in the middle . This shows how we much we love our planet  and we leave our fingerprints on the world.
We made some bird feeders to hang around the school . We placed one right outside our classroom window and watch each day for birds . We were very surprised to see a squirrel eating the bird seed ! The little ones all brought one home to feed the birds at your house . There was even a report that an eagle ?? visited someone!??
We are learning about seeds and plants . We planted our own seeds. Ask your child what does a seed need to grow? We will continue to learn about plants and bugs next week as well. 
This week we were learning about letter Y. We played a fun game called “Yucky” or “Yummy”. We would name a food and they would show the happy face if it was yummy and sad face if it was yucky ! We also used them during this song 
 
The little ones will bring home their smiley face popsicle sticks and you can play at home !
As our year is coming to an end- we are so grateful that we were able to learn in person this year . It has been a wonderful year! To celebrate the end of this amazing year we are thrilled to be inviting our families to our Nursery Rhyme Show . It will be held outdoor this year so we can remain socially distant . More details in the attached letter but it will be held on Tuesday June 8th at 8:15 am .The show will be short and sweet for those of you who need to head off to work. The children will remain at school for their regular hours We will have a rain date on June 9th . 
June 9th will be our final day of preschool . 
 if your child is moving on to kindergarten next year, please fill out the  google form below
 
As always email me with any questions or concerns 
 
 
Have a great weekend!!
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

weekly News April 16

Posted on Apr 16, 2021

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter vacation! It was great to see all our little friends … we missed them. We are springing into Spring !  Our hallway is blooming with beautiful crafts. This week we painted beautiful flowers and made them the same height as we are! We had so much fun measuring our height and talking about how much we have grown since the beginning of this school year! We painted Bees and learned to always BEE kind! We are singing some spring songs and reading some spring stories. One of our favorites is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We did a directed drawing of a flower and bee for our journals. These little ones are amazing artists. We talk about how we are the author and illustrator of our own journal!

We decided not to learn a new letter this week so we reviewed X. I hope your little one told you all about the treasure map we found in our classroom X marks the spot! We all had a turn playing the xylophone and tic tac toe!

The school year is really starting to fly by now! We have learned all our letters up to Xx. We read our Alpha-tales, practice printing the letters and learn some words that begin with the letter of the week. The preschoolers have been practicing their printing skills each day by printing the letters of their name.  Ask your child to finish this sentence “Every paper starts the same, we pick up a pencil and…..? (print our name)”

We have so many wonderful friends in room 107 and enjoy playing and learning together each day!!

To get us through the last few months of school could use paper towel, Clorox wipes and Baby wipes, our shelves are looking bare. We would appreciate it if you can send some to school.

 

Have a great weekend! As always email me with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

 

Weekly News March 23

Posted on Mar 23, 2021

 

 

Preschool News

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and we are so glad that Spring weather is making its way out to see us on these days. We have been learning all about Lion and Lamb days as we study the weather and get ready for Spring.

 Ask your child what kind of a day it is?

 We have made many crafts for St. Patrick’s Day and even had a visit from a silly leprechaun. Our leprechaun left us some rainbow seeds. Ask your child what happened when we added water to the seed? We learned to dance the Irish jig and had so much fun celebrating with our friends.

 The preschoolers have been moving right along learning our alphabet and can hardly believe that we are starting letter W this week! The school year is really flying by! I hope your child tells you all about the fun March madness Tournament of books in our room. We are reading so many awesome books and we get to vote on our favorites. It is VERY exciting!

 These little friends have been “caught” being extra loving and kind. We have so many wonderful friends in room 107. We are getting ready for Easter by making some Egg-cellent crafts. We made a cute chick and and adorable bunny. We painted giant Easter eggs and played a fun ducks on the pond counting game.  Today your child brought home a plastic egg.  Please help your child choose something to put in the egg and write down clues. We love playing “What’s in the egg?” You can return the egg to school any day before Easter break.

As always email with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman and Annmarie Lindgren

weekly News march 5

Posted on Mar 05, 2021

Weekly News

We had a totally "T-"riffic week in preschool. We have been tappin’ our toes to the sound of t. We met our next letter friend Tommy Tiger and read a silly story about a turtle who had a tea party. We have been printing our T's and learning some new words that start with the sound of T.
From there to here and here to there funny things are everywhere. We turned ourselves into "Things" we have had so much fun rhyming and reading some classic stories. The Cat In The Hat is one of our favorites we even turned into the Cat! Thank you to all the moms and dads for helping with our themes each day this week. These little ones looked fabulous and had TONS of fun. I hope you have a chance to see some pictures and videos on our class instagram @prekwithmrsa. We will continue to celebrate our favorite author all month long!

 We have also been talking about Lent. We always tell the little ones that Lent is the season of the church when we prepare our hearts for Easter. We talked about making good choices. We will try even harder to never hurt our friends on the inside or on the outside. We start out each morning with our Good Morning Jesus song. Ask them to sing some of it for you

We began the month of March talking about the weather. We learned that March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. We are keeping track of the weather as well. I ask is today a lion day or a lamb day? We have had plenty of lion days and I am afraid we have a few more in store, but we are sure excited for the lamb days that will be here soon!

Have a great weekend! As always feel free to email with any questions or concerns! kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman



 

weekly News November 13

Posted on Nov 16, 2020


We had an INCREDIBLE week learning all about the letter Ii. We practiced printing the letter and the sound it makes . We met our next letter friend Isabella Inchworm and read a silly alpha-tale about 2 iguanas that love to use their imagination!
This week we celebrated Veterans Day. We went on a flag hunt outside that our student council prepared for us . We found a flag by the statue of Mary so we stopped and said a prayer of thanks for all the men and women who keep our country safe !
We have been talking about Thanksgiving. The preschoolers made an adorable book about the first Thanksgiving. We had fun learning about what life was like so long ago for the Pilgrims. We have also been working on a Thankful Journal. Each day we choose something that we are thankful for . 
We are so grateful to be together in school each day . With the uncertainty that COVID is still bringing each day , we have placed an Emergency Work Pack in your child’s backpack. Hopefully we will not need to use it but it’s nice to be prepared in the event that we go remote .I have also sent home an awesome Christmas present that your child has made for you . In the event that we have to close school we wanted to make sure you have it . Your child had so much fun making something special for the people they love the most !! Do not peek until Christmas.... Santa is watching !
These little Turkeys had so much fun with our Turkey races where we rolled dice to race up to 10 ! It was a fun game that we played over and over . Ask your child to tell you about it .It’s great practice for number recognition and counting skills . We have also been playing a fun game called Turkey in the Hay. Each day the Turkey is hiding behind a shape. We have been practicing our shape recognition skills finding the Turkey . 
We have read so many wonderful stories about Thanksgiving and silly turkeys. One of our favorites is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie. The preschoolers made a bag to retell you this silly story . 
Click below to hear a few of our favorite Thanksgiving songs . 
https://youtu.be/IvMKKlvZPWA
Thanksgiving Feast
https://youtu.be/J4-jnIYRx3Q
Turkey Dance 
Have a great weekend. Stay Safe
Mrs Altman & Mrs Lindgren

 

Weekly News November 6

Posted on Nov 06, 2020

Weekly News November 2nd – November 6th

 

We have been reading many stories about Thanksgiving. One of our favorites is Thanks for Thanksgiving! It reminds us there are many things to be thankful for. During the month of November our daily journal is a Thankful Journal. These journals are just adorable!

We have been singing some silly turkey songs one of our favorites is the Turkey Hop and Please Pass the Peas!  We are thankful for crafts. We practiced our cutting and gluing skills and made our own Pilgrim and Turkey We had so much fun stuffing our giant turkey and counting turkeys. We love the story 10 Fat Turkeys and had so much fun acting out this story!

 We are learning all about the letter H and the sound it makes. We read a silly alpha tale about a Hippo who is hiding and we had to find him. We played some games on Starfall and met our next letter friend. We were able to choose Henrietta or Harvey Hippo. We colored our books and sang along to their silly song!

We had our own election in room 107. It was very exciting to learn that we were voting just like as all the grown-ups in America! We learned about the job of the president. We know it is a VERY important job. We read the story Duck for President and held an election in our class. We got to choose Duck or Farmer Brown. We each got a ballot and cast our vote. We counted and tallied the results and DUCK was the winner. We also said a prayer that the President of the United States makes good choices and takes care of all Americans!

We are learning all about God. We learn that God made us all and that we are special. We know that God loves us each very much. We are special!

      Have a great weekend!  Be sure to follow us on Instagram@prekwithmrsa!

                                                             

As always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns Kaltman@sjfschool.net

Mrs. Katie Altman & Mrs. Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News october 30

Posted on Oct 30, 2020


We had a faBOOlous week in preschool . 
We started the week learning all about the letter G. We read Our Alpha- tale Gorilla Be Good it’s a story about a little boy who brought a gorilla home from the zoo . It was super silly ! We met our next letter friend Gus the Goat and sang in our goat voices !
  The Halloween season is so fun in preschool. We read lots of spooky stories , sing scary songs and created many creepy crafts . The preschoolers loved making their glue ghost necklaces and wore them proudly !We painted our feet and made a funny Frankenstein and a hand print Dracula . Ask your child to tell you about our Witches Brew math . We counted spiders, fangs, pumpkins and eyeballs. We put them in our brew with vinegar, baking soda and food coloring and watched it bubble up ! So fun ! We also read a super funny story called A Creepy Pair of Underwear and then designed our own creepy pair! 
 Although things look different this year it did not stop us from celebrating Halloween! We usually invite parents in on Halloween morning to hear some songs but since we were not able to invite you we thought it would be fun to bring the show to you . Click the link below :

 Be sure to follow us on Instagram @prekwithmrsa to see some pictures of our class. 
Have a safe and Happy Halloween plus a wonderful weekend 
As always email with any questions or concerns!
Katie Altman and Annmarie Lindgren 
 

Weekly News October 23

Posted on Oct 23, 2020


Happy Friday! We had a fantastic week learning all about the letter F. We met funny fish our letter friend and read a silly story about Fifi the Ferret who learns how important it is to have fabulous friends! We are the luckiest preschoolers because we have so many fabulous friends in room 107!
We learned a bit about St. Pope John Paul II. We celebrated his feast day on October 22. We learned that Pope John Paul II was a friend of Jesus. We also talked about how we can pray to the saints. We made a cute St John Paul II puppet to help us with our prayers
We are getting excited about Halloween ??! Even though things will look a bit different we will still have fun celebrating! The preschoolers are not able to bring in treats for their classmates but Mrs Lindgren and I are able to bring in treats . We are just trying to limit the amount of outside things coming into the classroom. Thanks for your understanding in this matter. We have been doing such a wonderful job of keeping germs away we don’t want to let our guard down now . The little ones can wear their costumes and we will play Halloween themed games . We will be celebrating on Thursday October 29.This is when we have a full class . The children who come to school 5 days can wear costumes now Friday  as well. 
We had so much fun practicing our counting and fine motor skills playing a game with dice and spider rings . We rolled the dice and matched the number with spiders . We then made a tower of spiders ! We also did some "Ghost" writing with shaving cream Ask your child to tell you all about it . Check out our videos on our Instagram page @prekwithmrsa!
We have been having a spook -tackler time singing scary songs and reciting spooky poems . Click the link below to take a spooky walk with your child !

We have been creating lots of creepy and cute crafts ! We made a silly spider and a cute shape witch . We made a goofy glue ghost and hopefully it will be dry to wear home next week ! 
Have a fa”BOO”lous weekend !
As always email with any questions or concerns 
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 
 

Weekly News October 16

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

 We had another Excellent and Exciting week in preschool learning all about Ee. We met out next letter friend Elmo the Elephant. We read a silly alpha tale about an elephant who entertains us! He was so funny! We had fun making our own elephants and blowing up the trunk! 

We love celebrating all things Halloween. Tilly had been sending us so many awesome Halloween stories. One of our favorites is Room on the Broom. Click the link below to hear the read aloud! 

https://youtu.be/_uQulEnxsRo 

 

We have also been singing spooky songs and learning some fun poems; we can hardly wait until Halloween! Ask your child to recite the poem I Saw A Ghost 

Hint : 

I saw a ghost 

He saw me too 

I said “Hi” and he said “BOO!” 

Another favorite can be found here, a song called Witch’s Brew 

https://youtu.be/3foTIHscfzs 

 

 The preschoolers have been learning about treating friends with love and kindness. We never want to hurt a friend on the inside or the outside. This group of little ones are wonderful friends to each other. They play well together and always treat others with love and kindness! We read a story about being friends of Jesus. We are so blessed to have a friend in Jesus! 

  

Make sure to follow us on Instagram @prekwithmrsa to see some of the amazing things we are working on. 

 

As always email with any questions or concerns. We hope you have a wonderful weekend  

Mrs Altman & Mrs Lindgren  

 
 

 

Weekly News October 8

Posted on Oct 08, 2020


We had so much fun celebrating our school Spirit this week in preschool ! We love being SJF Falcons !!!
We are moving right along with our alphabet . We met out next letter friend Daisy Doll . We read a silly alpha tale about Detective Dog and the case of the disappearing donuts . Ask your child how did detective dog solve the case ?
We love working together in room 107 and each week we each get a classroom job . Jobs include things like Prayer Leader , Flag Holder, Weather Forecaster , Classroom Greeter and more . Ask your child to tell you all about their job. We learn that when you work together we can accomplish so much !
We have also been learning about Fire Safety. We practiced a fire drill and we know just what to do in case there is ever an emergency at school . We had fun reading stories and singing songs about Firefighters and even painted our very own Firehouse dog . One of our favorites is Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck . You can find it on YouTube 
https://youtu.be/aD3LZe7IoOo



We have also been practicing printing our names . Ask your child to finish this rhyme . Every paper starts the same , we pick up a pencil and print our ?.... ( name) . We love to work at our desk and practice printing on our dry erase name worksheets . We also talked about how special we are and that our names are special too . 
We love celebrating fall and getting ready for Halloween ??. We love our silly and spooky songs by singing our October morning time songs . Ask your child to sing for you . You can find one of our favorites by clicking the link below . 
https://youtu.be/x8b4f5fhYuw
They are such a wonderful group of little ones .The preschoolers are doing such a great job keeping their masks on , playing and learning by staying safe and distant . Mrs Lindgren and I are so proud of all the amazing things they accomplish. 
Make sure to follow us on Instagram @prekwithmrsa to see some of the amazing things we are working on .
As always email with any questions or concerns. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and fantastic fall break . We will see you on Tuesday!!
 

Weekly News October 2

Posted on Oct 02, 2020

Weekly News October 2

This has been an amazing week.

 I hope your child told you all about our friend Tilly the Witch! She is a fun visitor, just  like the elf on the shelf, that appears in our classroom hiding in different places. She is a silly witch not scary. She watches over our class and leaves fun Halloween projects for us to work on. This week we painted a cute spider on a web and wrote some “Ghost” stories called Guess Whoo? Boo! We love to come in the classroom and search for Tilly.

We are moving right along in the alphabet with letter c. we met our newest letter friend Cathy Cook. We read a silly alpha-tale about some copy cats . we had lots of fun being copy cats in here too!

We are learning all about this beautiful world that God has made for us. We love all the colors we see in the sky, the flowers, the grass and all around us. We also learned that God made all the animals and people we see. We love this beautiful world and we will help care for it!

 We had so much fun painting a leaf. We painted without a paint brush. Ask your child how we painted the leaf?  We also made our Mr. bones, a cute skeleton just as big us! October is so much fun in preschool. We love celebrating fall and getting ready for Halloween! We have been singing some fun songs and learning silly poems!

Make sure to follow us on instagram@prekwithmrsa

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks  and as always email with any questions or concerns Kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News September 25

Posted on Sep 25, 2020

Weekly News

 

Happy Fall Y’all! Ask your child to sing the song about leaves. Hint :”There are yellow leaves, There are orange leaves, There are brown and there are red. When it’s Autumn , When it’s Autumn …They keep falling on my head”

 We made a beautiful fall tree this week and we are excited to play outside in this beautiful fall weather!

We are working on the letter Bb.  Ask your child to sing the song Benjamin Bunny~”.We read an Alpha-tale about a Bear who blows bubbles and teaches a bully an important lesson!

We played a fun game together on Starfall which helped us practice our upper and lower case letters. We also love ABC mouse and the letter B song!

We have been talking about friends. We learned that Jesus is our Friend and how lucky we are to have so many wonderful friends in Room 107! We treat each other with love and kindness.

First we work, and then we play. You might hear your child talk about the floor is lava and the silly dance contest two of our favorite movement activities that can be found on Youtube!

Please follow us on Instagram@prekwithmrsa. I like to post pictures of the fun things we do in class.

Have a wonderful weekend as always email with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman & Mrs. Lindgren

Weekly News Sept 18

Posted on Sep 18, 2020

Weekly News
We had another wonderful week in preschool. We started our letter program.  Ask your child to sing with you~”The a says” a”, the a says “a” every letter makes a sound the a says” a” .We read an Alpha-tale about an alligator named Abby. She had many adventures as an acrobat, an astronaut, an artist, an actor and finally as an author.  We met our first letter friend Apple Annie. Ask your child to sing the Apple Annie song and read their very own Apple Annie book .
We played a fun game together on Starfall which helped us practice our upper and lower case letters. We like to take turns with the screen finding letters and learning all about the sound it makes.
We had fun painting an apple. We used the color of the week RED. We have been learning all about red and playing" I Spy" to find things that are red.
 We have been talking about colors and how beautiful they are. We read a story called God's Colorful World. We thank God for all the beautiful colors that we see.
We had so much fun playing outside on the playground with our friends. We talk about treating others with love and kindness. I always tell the children “You don’t want to hurt your friends on the inside or on the outside”.
We are working on sharing and taking turns. The children are doing so well with their routine. They hang up their back packs, place their folder in the “folder holder” and go straight to their desks; they are doing great! We talk about our jobs at school, to be a good listener and always do your best.  They are such a wonderful group of children.
I am so proud of these little ones!
Have a great weekend!
As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren
Cheer for A
A is for alligator and acorns on trees
A is for “Ah-choo!” when you sneeze
A is apples baked in a pie
A is for airplane up in the sky
Hooray for A, big and small
The most awesome, amazing letter of all!

 

Weekly News Sept.14

Posted on Sep 14, 2020


We had a wonderful week of school!
It's no secret that Pete the Cat is rocking in classrooms all over the world and our classroom is included! He is just a cool cat! It is so exciting and a little scary to start school but did we get upset? "Goodness, No!" We learned this lesson from our friend Pete the cat. It is a story that we read and we had so much fun singing along. The story teaches us about colors and teaches us that no matter what happens you keep moving along and singing your song.
We sure are off to a great start in Room 107! Mrs. Lindgren and I are so impressed at how well the boys and girls are transitioning to Preschool. They are really doing incredible! We are all wearing our masks !!
 We are enjoying our new friends in 107 and are so excited to have a wonderful and fun year together!
Just a reminder if you could please send a snack with a drink for your child each day and keep it either in a separate pocket of your child’s backpack or in a separate snack bag (not their lunchbox.) If you could please help point out to your child where their snack is over the next couple days to help them get used to finding it we would really appreciate it! Also on Wednesday you might want to send in a larger snack since we do not have lunch in school due to the 12:30 dismissal. 
If you have not yet sent in a change of clothes to stay at school in case of accidents or over the-ear headphones for computer class please do so as soon as possible. Thank you so much for all the school supplies!
Feel free to email with any questions or concerns!!
kaltman@sjfschool.net
Have a great weekend!
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren


 

Welcome to Preschool Spetember 8, 2020

Posted on Sep 08, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents, Welcome to our St. John Fisher Preschool Program! We are so thrilled to be starting the school year soon with your children and wanted to update you on some important Preschool information as we prepare to begin. New Preschool Hours - Half Day Preschool – 7:55a.m. – 11:00a.m. - Full Day Preschool – 7:55a.m. – 2:50p.m. (To ensure safe dismissal of our young students, Preschool will continue to dismiss 5 minutes before the rest of the school at 2:50 p.m. daily.) Important Dates to Know - We are very much looking forward to meeting your children on September 2nd or 3rd for Orientation! On this day, your child should be brought to and picked up from their specific door (listed below.) You will find out your child’s teacher very soon but in the meantime, please reserve the following date/time. Your child can bring their school supplies on this day but will not need anything else. Please note that due to COVID precautions, parents/caregivers are unable to enter the school building this year. o Students who are attending 3 half days or 3 full days this year will attend orientation on Wednesday, September 2nd from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Students in Mrs. Altman or Ms. Fadden’s classes will enter through door 6 (under the bridge.) Students in Ms. Power’s class will enter through door 7 (off Fairfield, near the convent/playground.) o Students who are attending 5 half days this year will attend orientation on Wednesday, September 2nd from 10:30-12:00 p.m. Students in Mrs. Altman or Ms. Fadden’s classes will enter through door 6 (under the bridge.) Students in Ms. Power’s class will enter through door 7 (off Fairfield, near the convent/playground.) o Students who are attending 5 full days this year will attend orientation on Thursday, September 3rd from 10:30-12:00 p.m. Students in Mrs. Altman or Ms. Fadden’s classes will enter through door 6 (under the bridge.) Students in Ms. Power’s class will enter through door 7 (off Fairfield, near the convent/playground.) - The first day of school for all Preschoolers is Tuesday, September 8th. Knowing that the first day can be a bit nerve-wracking for our youngest Falcons, we will be dismissing all Preschoolers at 10:45 a.m. on this day. Your child will enter and dismiss each day from the same doors that they did for Orientation day. While parents/caregivers are unable to walk their child into school on the first day this year, please know that we will provide every support, love and care to ensuring your child has a smooth and wonderful transition into Preschool. There may be some tears at the door for the first few weeks as they adjust but please rest assured knowing that the tears almost always stop within a few short minutes! If your child is crying for a prolonged period of time, we will of course call you. The first few days can be the most difficult (especially on mom and dad!) but very quickly they are all running excitedly into school with the biggest smiles! J - Wednesdays are an early dismissal day for all full day students this year with dismissal at 12:45 p.m. each Wednesday (beginning Sept. 9th.) We will begin dismissing Preschoolers at 12:40 p.m. before the rest of the school to ensure that each Preschooler is picked up safely by the correct caregiver. - The first full day of school for our Full Day Preschoolers is Thursday, September 10th. School Supplies - Most school supplies (crayons, glue sticks, pencils, etc.) will be provided for your child for their individual use. The following are supplies we ask each child to bring. Thank you so much for your help! o A large, easy to open backpack to carry home creations/school mail o 3 rolls of paper towels o 1 pkg paper plates (boys – regular, girls – small) o 1 or 2 hand sanitizers o 3 packages baby wipes o 3 packages Clorox wipes (if you can’t get them right away due to the shortage we will happily take them anytime you can obtain them!) o 1 box of Kleenex o 1 package Gallon Ziploc bags o 1 package sandwich size Ziploc bags o Labeled headphones (please no earbuds) o Full Change of Clothes (shirts, pants, underwear and socks in a large Ziploc bag with your child’s name clearly labeled on it to stay at school throughout the year in case of accidents or spills.) o Full day preschoolers will be provided with their own rest time cot. They may bring one small, thin blanket/lovey to use that must stay at school each day. Any rest time items will be sent home to be cleaned weekly. o **With the COVID precautions, we are making a very special request this year that children please only wear shoes that have no laces! Velcro gym shoes or slip-on, enclosed shoes would be wonderful! Thank you so much! New COVID Precautions and Plans In Place For Preschool - We continue to look to health and medical experts as well as the Archdiocese guidelines for opening our school classrooms in the safest manner possible. While we are still finalizing plans, the following are some important precautions we have in place as we prepare to open our classrooms in September. o All students and faculty/staff will be wearing masks at all times with the exception of eating/drinking, outdoor breaks where students are 6 ft apart and rest time for our Full Day Preschoolers. (Students will be provided with a lanyard to attach their mask to in order to ensure their masks stay clean during these breaks.) o Our Preschoolers will no longer share supplies and will have their own materials instead. We will be providing each child with their own set of crayons, pencils, glue sticks, play doh, etc. that only they will use. o For items like toys and center materials, we are only using items that are non-porous and can be thoroughly disinfected before being used by another child. We have removed all items, such as puppets and dress up clothes, from our classrooms that cannot be thoroughly disinfected. o Children will not be sharing lockers this year and will each have their own space for their belongings. o We have removed our classroom carpets and added additional tables to all of our Preschool classrooms to better allow for social distancing. Preschoolers will be kept 3-6 ft apart from one another. We have many creative and fun ways of explaining social distancing in a developmentally appropriate way that we plan on implementing! ? o We will be frequently washing hands and using hand sanitizers. Similarly, our entire classrooms will be constantly disinfected both by our staff each day as well as our cleaning crew each evening. All staff and students will also have their temperature taken each morning before entering the building. We know that this school year will be unlike any other and understand that you may have questions or concerns. Please feel free to reach out to any of our Preschool teachers at any point - we would be more than happy to help! Our email addresses are listed below or you can leave a message for us at the school office (773) 445-4737. We will make sure to be in touch with you again very soon. Please know how extremely excited we are to meet your children and begin the magical year of Preschool with them! We are committed to making this the best year for our youngest Falcons and keeping everyone safe, healthy, happy, learning and having fun! 

May 20-22

Posted on May 19, 2020


Here are a few activities to keep you engaged the rest of the week . I’ve attached a dinosaur template for you to decorate . I’ve also attached some alphabet scavenger hunts Wednesday Dinosaurs & Exercise
Dinosaur Boogie
https://youtu.be/kS1cPJhQPmM
Exercise video in Dinosaur Land
https://youtu.be/1zoVPh_PmW0
One of our favorite songs . We are the dinosaurs 
https://youtu.be/vPrmY7labLA
Thursday F for favorite outfit you can text us a picture of yourself in your favorite outfit and wear it to our class zoom at 11:30 rather than on Flipgrid .We can’t wait to see you !

 

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Friday is G & H 
Game Day & Hat Day
You can play lots of board games today with people in your house or play games outside ! Wear your favorite hat ... we love to see your pictures. Today is also Field Trip Friday so take a field trip to your back yard . You can play games outside! Here are a few ideas 

Doggy, Doggy, Where's Your Bone. In this game, the child who is the Doggy turns around while someone steals his “bone”. ... 
Mother May I. ... 
Sidewalk Picasso. ... draw beautiful works of art with sidewalk chalk 
Digging for Dinosaurs. ..
Scavenger Hunts. ... 
Water Play. ... 
Gardening. ... 
Hula Hoop.

Send pictures of your outdoor adventures! We love to see all the fun you are having !
Have a wonderful weekend! As always email with any questions or concerns !
Sending virtual hugs !
Mrs Altman & Mrs Lindgren 

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May 15

Posted on May 15, 2020


We can hardly believe that our school year is coming to an end in just a few short weeks! Mrs. Lindgren and I wish we could keep this sweet group forever. They are an amazing class who will always mean so much to us! A favorite Preschool tradition that we do each year for the last few weeks of school is our ABC Countdown Calendar. This calendar is a really fun way for us to review the letters we have learned this year as we countdown to summer! Attached you will find a copy of the calendar, which begins this Monday. I will be sending more info out of course for each day but wanted to give this to you in advance. 
For one of the activities, I will need your help with a quick task! For letter B, we always love to play a baby picture guessing game where we show the class a picture of each of our students as a baby and they try to guess who the baby is! While we made some e-learning adjustments to some of our letters to make it work for home, we always love this letter Bb one and are hoping to still make it work virtually! I am asking that you please text me (708) 945-3493 one baby picture of your child by Friday. Thank you SO much for your help! ??
We can't wait to embark on our ABC Countdown Calendar together next week! Thank you again for all of your support and help! You are the best!! Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns

May 4 - May 8

Posted on May 04, 2020
Good evening everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. 
May the 4th be with you for all of our Star Wars fans . I’ve attached a cute coloring page .
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Image.jpeg  We will be working on letter Yy this week . Look around your house to find something that begins with the letter Y. You can also construct a Y out of items in your home . I love seeing your work and I am so proud of everything you are doing at home . Text a picture to 708-945-3493
Click below for the Alpha- tale https://youtu.be/YnWHo7d8ji4

This is also the podcast .https://youtu.be/4EwfoeZtazI
You can go to starfall to practice some of your letter skills as well . 
I love seeing that so many of you have been sharpening your math skills on Happy Numbers.
If you have sidewalk chalk, You can practice printing your  name . Remember that only the first letter of your name begins with a capital letter all the rest are lowercase. 
Flat Mrs Lindgren and I are having so much fun with you. We love to see all the awesome places you have been taking us . Keep your pictures coming ! We will be learning about some favorite Nursery Rhymes during the month of May. Click below to hear one of our favorites 
Hickory Dickory Dock
Don’t forget to check our Instagram for a directed drawing this week and to see pictures of your wonderful work. I’ll also send a flip grid mid week.
We will have a Show and Tell Zoom on Thursday at 11:30. Bring something special that you would like to show your friends . 
 As always email with any questions or concerns. If you are looking for more work , please reach out . We are happy to help!
Thanks 
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 

 

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April 27- May 1

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

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Hi everyone! I’ve decided to send our work for the week on Sundays so those of you with multiple children can plan for your week .... hope it helps.
We are working on letter X this week .It may be difficult to find things  in your house that begin with letter X . Maybe you have a picture of an X-ray or a xylophone. You can also look for things that have X at the end of the word like fox or box. Make the letter X out of things you have at home . Be sure to send pictures. I love seeing your work ! 708-945-3493
 Click below to hear the Alpha- tale for letter X
Click to hear our song for letter X
If you have time you can check in on Happynumbers.com
(class code 268352) to practice your math skills. Let me know if you need your password. I see that lots of you have been practicing great job!!
Remember our goal is 30 minutes during the week. 
Check our class Instagram page during the week . I will post some fun things for you . 
Make sure to check your mailbox this week Mrs Lindgren and I sent you a special project to work on. 
I would also like to try something new and use an app called flipgrid this site will allow us all to stay better connected and allow our Preschoolers to see and hear their friends through short video messages. On Flip Grid, I will post a topic and students can record a short video message response to the topic at any time. They can then watch the responses of their friends - it is the next closest thing to being together in the same room! I will start this mid week .
I will send you flip grid by text ( I think this is the easiest )to get started .
It will take you to Flip Grid 
Enter our  password Team107!
Press the green plus button to record your response to the topic! (After you record your video, it will ask your child to take a selfie or put a picture/message as the "cover" of your video!)
Enjoy watching the video responses of your classmates ??
I would also like to schedule a Zoom meeting for Thursday at 11:30. This time for Zoom I’m asking the preschoolers to think of someone special to say a prayer for . They can make a heart or a picture  with the person’s name and we can all have a chance to talk together  . 

 

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Sorry for the lengthy email this week !! If you have any questions or if you are looking for more work for your child please reach out . I’m happy to help. I find it challenging to navigate how much work to send . I am a TRUE believer that preschoolers learn best through play and being hands on therefore I have hard time with all this “screen time” that I’m sending but trying to make sure that I’m giving  parents some resources as well . I appreciate your feedback .
Have a wonderful week and please give hugs from Mrs Lindgren and myself. We miss being together in school !
Thanks 
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 

April 6

Posted on Apr 06, 2020


Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying well. We miss you like crazy!!  We will be working on letter V this week . In addition to your V papers in your learning pack you can work on the attached V work. Also look for things in your house that begin with V. Construct a V out of things you find at home . Remember to text me a picture of your work  708-945-3493. 
I love seeing the wonderful things you are doing at home .  I am so proud of you. Click the link below to hear our Alpha Tale for letter V
https://youtu.be/IvN4ZR44VFI
I will post some Easter stories this week and a fun science experiment so be sure to check Instagram for other fun lessons this week. 
I have scheduled a Zoom meeting for us on Tuesday so we can see our friends. I hope you can make it

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I will be reaching out again on Thursday morning with something to work on for Holy Thursday. The weather is supposed to be nice this week . I hope you are able to spend time taking a walk , playing in the yard and enjoying each other. I’m taking this time as a true gift to spend with my family. 

As always please email me with any questions or concerns . 

Thanks 

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 


 

Friday April 3

Posted on Apr 03, 2020


Happy Fan Friday! 
Put on your favorite jersey and support your favorite team . Send a pic so we can make a collage of our favorite teams!
We hope you had a wonderful week . Today for fun Friday we are taking a trip to the San Diego Zoo. Click on the link below 
https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals
After you tour the zoo and check out all the animals you can click the menu bar  to find games and activities. 
Another fun activity;
If you type an animal name into Google ( on an iPhone or Samsung) and then press”View in 3D”.It brings up your camera and then in 30 seconds you have your animal in your house. You can take a photo with your animal. You can lookfor a lion, tiger, cheetah ,shark, brown bear, panda , wolf and many more. Text a picture with your animal 708-945-3493.
Sunday is Palm Sunday the beginning of Holy Week . Click the link to hear a song about Palm Sunday
https://youtu.be/5jtDqKkdS1M
After listening to the song you can click the link below to print and color your own palms .http://www.dltk-bible.com/t.asp?t=http://www.dltk-bible.com/crafts/images/bpalmcollage.gif
Have a wonderful weekend and as always email , text or call with any questions or concerns. Sending virtual hugs . We are really missing our friends. Prayers that we will be back together in school soon !
Thanks 
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

March 31-April 3

Posted on Mar 30, 2020


Happy Monday
We are having another virtual spirit week . 
We are working on letter U this week. In addition to the letter U papers in your learning pack I’ve attached extra letter U worksheets that you can print out for your child to work on . You can find things around your house that begin with the letter U text me a picture and I will post a collage on our class Instagram.
Click the link to hear our letter U story https://youtu.be/bA78EuOK42c
I’m also attaching a math scavenger hunt that you can work on during the week . 
I am sending a personal message to each of the preschoolers to your cell phone . Please show it to your child.  Please also give them a hug from us we miss them dearly. 
I do not want to overwhelm you with work so this is a light load this week. There are still many papers in your learning packs that you can work on and remember to practice your child’s name .Many of you are trying to work from home as well as keeping your children engaged in school , I understand that this is no easy task. If you would like more work for your child  during the week please email me and I am happy to send you more;I am also available by phone if you would like to discuss anything.   708-945-3493.
I will be emailing a link for a virtual field trip on Friday. Have a great week!
Don’t forget to check our Instagram for some fun read alouds and pictures of the great work you are doing at home . 
Have a Wonderful Week
Thanks for all you do!
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 

 

Friday March 27

Posted on Mar 27, 2020


Happy Friday!!
Today we thought it would be fun to take a field trip! Click on the link below
https://montereybayaquarium.org/.

There are live web cams to explore marine life. When you are done exploring click the word more on the top right of the screen. Then chose the option educators ; next click the option curriculum and resources. You will find the option to play games  or color a picture. Have fun!!

It was great to see so many of you at our parade today. Mrs Lindgren and I are missing you like crazy!!

Please continue to check your email and follow us on Instagram @prekwithmrsa for updates on our E-Learning.

Have a wonderful weekend stay healthy and safe!

Mrs Altman and Mrs Lindgren 
 

Thursday March 26

Posted on Mar 26, 2020
 
Happy Birthday Owen Hope you have a great day!
 I thought as a STEAM activity I would challenge you to build the letter Tt out of any materials you can think of, like legos, toothpicks, etc. that you have at home. Text me a picture of your T and I will post a picture collage on our Instagram 708-945-3493
https://youtu.be/WDjlIdI_Wdc click on the link to hear our letter T song .
I’m so proud of you and your parents you are really rockin this e learning thing ! 
Have a Terrific Thursday 

As always email me with any questions or concerns 

Miss you all!
Mrs Altman & Mrs. Lindgren 
 

Wednesday March 25

Posted on Mar 25, 2020


Good Morning. I am so happy to see all of the pictures of you working so hard! I am so proud of you . Mrs Lindgren and I miss you so much . Click on the link below to hear our morning song Good Morning Jesus remember this song is like a prayer. https://youtu.be/cybxnSdBYkg
In your learning pack I gave you your Lenten Good Deeds Chart please continue to be extra loving and kind . Do something nice for someone at home and clean up your toys without being asked . You can color in part of your good deeds chart!
Letter Tt check out the podcast for letter T . 
https://youtu.be/25Ts6FnBMWc
Find something in your house that begins with T and text me a picture 708-945-3493. I’ll share a picture collage on our class Instagram. 
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
As always contact me with any questions or concerns. 
Mrs Altman and Mrs Lindgren 
 

Wednesday March 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2020
 

Tuesday March 24

Posted on Mar 24, 2020


Good morning and Happy Birthday Patrick !!!  
I hope you had fun drawing your toucans yesterday I loved seeing your pictures! Here are some ideas for your child's learning today. Again, nothing is mandatory as we know everyone's situations are very unique right now so please feel free to do whatever you are able to.  Today is our Reading Day take a picture of your child reading and text it to me 708-945-3493 I will put a collage together to share
Language Arts - Today we will continue learning about letter Tt.  Today, your child is encouraged to try making the letter Tt out of a material such as play doh or play foam. Your child can also write the letter in shaving cream, whipped cream, salt or a gel bag!  Have your child check out this great video for learning some new words that begin with the letter and practicing the letter sound. This game might also be fun to guess what the Tt picture is!
Math - Ask your child to count as high as they can for you today! They can complete the Chicks cut and paste counting page that was sent home in their learning packet. First, have your child write their name on the top with a pencil (or trace if they are not yet ready.) Second, have them cut out the number boxes on the right hand side of the paper. Third, have them count how many chicks are in each section and find the number that matches to glue in the box. They can color the chicks when they are done if they'd like to! 
Music and Movement - To go along with letter Tt, enjoy "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear!" 
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
Mrs Altman and Mrs Lindgren 
 

At Home Learning Monday March 23

Posted on Mar 23, 2020
Good Morning! Happy Monday . I’ve included the a link to our read aloud for letter Tt. It’s also posted on our Instagram. After you listen to the story you can work on a letter T worksheet in you Learning Pack. You can also take a walk on your top toes. Tap your toes 10 times. Count out snacks in piles of 10 ; like 10 goldfish or blueberries. Have a Terrific day and remember we are trying to do a virtual Spirit Week. Make sure to tag us in your pictures for the day (Monday is pajama day)with a #SJFSchool and #VirtualSpiritWeek . We understand this is an unusual time, so hang in there! We are in this together, Falcons Fly As A Flock! You got this!! Stay safe and healthy. ??I’m available by email or text 708-945-3493
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News March 17- 20

Posted on Mar 18, 2020


 
Good morning Preschool Parents! 
I just wanted to share a link to the Play to Learn Preschool Facebook page with you all this morning. The woman who runs this site is a Preschool teacher that I like.Each day of these school closures, beginning yesterday, she is going live on her Facebook page with a virtual Preschool lesson - lasting around 30 mins and including links to free additional resources that go along with that day's lesson. Her virtual lessons include songs, read alouds, finger plays and fun little games and activities to reinforce various skills. I watched yesterday's lesson and it was really adorable!  I thought this would be a perfect opportunity for your children to watch along and participate .Please let me know if you have any questions Thank you again for all of your support and patience during this crazy  time.  You can check back each day if you are looking to keep your little one busy Sending virtual hugs to all! We are missing our buddies!
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 

 

Weekly News March 13

Posted on Mar 13, 2020

We had so much fun the last two weeks celebrating all things Dr. Seuss! We read our favorite Dr. Seuss books and enjoyed our different themes each day. We have been getting ready for St. Patricks Day by painting shamrocks and making leprechauns and reading lots of silly stories about leprechauns and all their silly tricks.

We had fun counting rainbows, shamrocks and leprechauns with our leprechaun Stew and counted gold coins with our pots of Gold math center. We had fun with our 4th grade buddies counting, sorting, graphing and tasting(of course) Lucky Charms.

We are working on making good choices and being extra loving and kind during this Lenten season. Their Good Deeds charts are filling up quickly. We also made a beautiful cross and our hands painted in the shape of a heart for Lent.

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the greater Chicago area, the Archdiocese of Chicago is announcing a system-wide closure of Catholic schools beginning on Monday March 16th. Since we do not know how long this will be, we have attached an e learning sheet full of activities you can practice with your child at home. We are praying for a quick resolve and hope all of our little ones and their families stay healthy!

 

Have a great weekend and as always email with any questions or concerns. Follow us on istagram@prekwithmrsa

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News Feb.24-28

Posted on Feb 28, 2020

WEEKLY NEWS

We had a wonderful week learning all about the letter Q. Ask your child to finish this sentence Q and U stick …. (like glue). We painted the letter Q with Q-tips and did some quarter rubbings. We read a silly story about a quiet quail and practiced the letter Q on starfall.com.

We are really excited about our Dr. Seuss week next week but we have decided that on Monday it might not be the best idea to wear hats. We DO NOT have any reports of lice in the preschool, but since it is in school we will NOT be wearing hats on Monday. Instead we will do a fun Cat In The Hat activity in class. I’m afraid the little ones would be sharing their hats. I am also sending home all rest time stuff to be washed and we have cleaned each of their cots. We are doing all we can to remain lice free.

We celebrated Ash Wednesday with our own preschool service with Fr. Ken and Miss Chermak. We are also filling out a Good Deeds chart in school. We are working on being extra loving and kind during this special time in the church.

We have also been learning all about taking care of our teeth and healthy habits. We read a silly story called the Tooth Book and one of our favorites this week was called Tooth Trouble. We played a game where we had to make some spots on teeth then we brushed them and got them very clean. We learned a fun song called Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth ask your child to sing this for you.

Looking Ahead

Follow our Dr. Seuss calendar for Next Week

Special Lunch is Wednesday March 4th

There is No School On Monday March 16th

 

I am attaching a flyer for Preschool Summer Camp please feel free to share with anyone that might be interested

Have a great weekend and as always email with any questions or concerns.

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News February 21

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

Weekly News

We had a wonderful week learning all about the letter P. We celebrated P by playing with puzzles, puppets and play dough. The preschoolers made a Pizza stand and sang a funny song called I am a Pizza. Ask them to sing it for you. We talked about the President and his job. We read a fun story called Duck for President. We also talked about what would we do if we were the president. The future is in good hands when these little ones… I can hardly wait! We learned a little about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. It was fun turning ourselves into them as well.

We spent some time making Police Officer crafts and learning all about this important job.  We have so many children in our school that are Police Families. On Friday all of the officers children took a picture together in the gym. We are honoring the police officers as we are hosting the Get Behind The Vest Pancake Breakfast on Sunday 2/23 in Kane Hall.  I hope you can join us .We learned a song called I’m a Policeman… ask them to sing for you. We are so grateful for your service!

I am attaching a Saturday ETC class and the March ETC forms those interested.

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Have a great weekend! As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

 Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News February 7

Posted on Feb 07, 2020

Weekly News

We sure had a wonderful week in Preschool celebrating Catholic Schools Week!  We LOVE our school! Some of the highlights for last week : We got together with our buddies for a special STEM challenge – creating a snowflake using only toothpicks and mini marshmallows! We had a Rice Krispie treat from SOAR and enjoyed watching the Falcon Olympic games in the gym.  We received bracelets that say Falcons are the Nice Kids! We also had some visitors from the Future Falcon Friends to play on Thursday. The preschoolers loved showing these future falcons all the fun things we do at school! I can hardly believe that Friday was our 100th day of school Wow, is the time flying! The Preschoolers looked adorable dressed as 100 year olds and had so much fun with all our 100 day activities. We defiantly have had 100 days of fun, learning and friendship in 107!

We are moving right along with the alphabet by working with letter Nn this week. We read a silly story about the nicest newt named Nate, but ask me what naughty thing Nate did? We are learning and celebrating Love & Friendship all month long. We painted beautiful hearts and made adorable Love Bugs to decorate for Valentine’s Day. We will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday February 13th. We have all of our friends on Thursdays so we wanted everyone to celebrate with us. You may send in a treat for the class if you would like we have 20 friends in room 107! If you are sending cards, please just sign them( this is a great opportunity for the little ones to practice printing their names) but do not individually address the valentines.. it makes it so much easier when we pass them out! If you are planning on sending a treat please make sure it is NUT FREE as we do have a couple of peanut allergies in class.

 We are working on patterning and counting with our math centers. The preschoolers loved learning all about abstract art with Mrs. Corley. Ask them what are the 3 things that make abstract art?

 The preschoolers are getting some “Homework”. They are really excited to get homework…I am sure this feeling will fade!  The homework is for practicing at home when you have some extra time. When you are finished, return to school and they will get a sticker. We are practicing printing our name. Remember that only the first letter of their name is an upper case letter all the others are lower case. When we print we always say we start top to bottom. Ask your child what the lines are called. The top is the sky, the bottom is the grass and the dotted line is the fence. We start at the sky and pull down to the grass. We use the fence to make our lower case letters. We are working on getting into good habits.

 There have been a few of our friends that came down with the flu. We are talking about germs and how to stay healthy! We did an extra cleaning of all the surfaces and toys in preschool

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Have a great weekend! As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

 Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News Jan. 21-24

Posted on Jan 25, 2020

We are making “snow” many wonderful winter crafts and getting so excited to show them off at our Open House this Sunday. We hope that you will all be able to join us!

The Future is sure looking BRIGHT! Thank you for helping your child find the perfect Career Day outfit. We had so much fun learning all about the big dreams these little ones have for their future!

We have also been talking about being a good friend. We are learning all about being a friend of Jesus.  We all paired up with a buddy in class to talk about why they make the world a better place, the responses are just adorable!!We treat our friends the way we would like to be treated. This means we never want to hurt our friends on the inside or on the outside. We are lucky to have so many wonderful friends in preschool. It’s a great place to be!

In honor of catholic schools week, we will be having a Kindness Campaign. The preschoolers will be getting some “homework” this week. Each day they will have a new act of kindness to perform.

 

 Registration for the 2020-2021 School year went last week. All children returning to preschool and kindergarten must fill out and turn in a registration form for next year. If you have not yet returned your registration for next year, we are opening it up to the public on Sunday. You can email me and let me know where to pencil in your child in and if you are not planning on returning next year can you also let us know that as well so we do not save a spot for your child.

 Thank you for all that you do for your child and our school. We truly appreciate the sacrifice it takes to invest in catholic education. I am a mom of 3; All who have attended catholic schools so I share in your commitment to catholic education. I do believe it is the BEST gift that we can give our children! I love the children and families that I am lucky enough to serve at SJF and I am so grateful for all the love and support we receive from you!

Hope to see everyone at the 10:00 mass on Sunday January 26th!

 Please save the date Sunday January 26th to join us for mass at 10:00a.m. followed by a school wide Open House. We are also hosting an additional Open House from 9:00-10:00a.m. for any new and prospective families. If you know any friends, family or neighbors that are considering SJF for next year, please invite them to this event! We really appreciate your help in promoting our wonderful school!

 

Don’t forget to follow us on instagram@prekwithmrsa

 

 

 

As always feel free to email any questions or concerns! kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren
 

 

 

Weekly News Jan 13-17

Posted on Jan 18, 2020

What a wonderful week. Thank you for making my birthday so special… there is no better place to celebrate than room 107! I am so grateful to get to spend my days with the sweetest little people in the world!

 

We are making “snow” many wonderful winter crafts! We are also learning all about our favorite Polar Pals like Penguins and Polar Bears. We are reading silly stories like Sneezy the Snowman and learning some silly winter songs like Mitten Weather.  Snow much fun in preschool

We read a story about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a famous man who gave a famous speech. Ask me what Dr. King taught the world? The preschoolers are the best example of treating others equally. They love all their friends no matter what they look like, even though we may LOOK different on the outside, we’re all the same on the inside! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for the future, the preschoolers are having a Career Day. Career Day on Tuesday January 21st. The preschoolers may come to school dressed up as anything they would like to be when they get older. This can include a princess, a super hero or anything else that your little one desires to be. Please do not feel as if you have to buy anything for this day, it is meant for fun and anything you can think of will be great!

We have also been talking about being a good friend. We are learning all about being a friend of Jesus. We treat our friends the way we would like to be treated. This means we never want to hurt our friends on the inside or on the outside. We are lucky to have so many wonderful friends in preschool. It’s a great place to be!

We have been working so hard and can’t wait to show it all to you on Sunday January 26th at our Open House. We have such an amazing school full of wonderful families.

Hope to see everyone at the 10:00 mass on Sunday January 26th!

 Please save the date Sunday January 26th to join us for mass at 10:00a.m. followed by a school wide Open House. We are also hosting an additional Open House from 9:00-10:00a.m. for any new and prospective families. If you know any friends, family or neighbors that are considering SJF for next year, please invite them to this event! We really appreciate your help in promoting our wonderful school!

 Registration for the 2020-2021 School year went last week. All children returning to preschool and kindergarten must fill out and turn in a registration form for next year. Please return your registration promptly as we do open it up to the public during Catholic schools week.

 

We are really in need of some supplies. We need some paper towels, baby wipes & Clorox wipes. The next time you are at the store we would really appreciate it if you could grab these for us!

Thanks for all you do!

 

Thank you for making my birthday so special!!

Don’t forget to follow us on instagram@prekwithmrsa

 

As always feel free to email any questions or concerns! kaltman@sjfschool.net

 

 

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News January 6-10

Posted on Jan 11, 2020

Happy New Year! 2020 is going to be the BEST year yet in preschool.

It was wonderful to see all of our friends back together in room 107. I hope you all enjoyed the break with your families. We have been talking about the New Year and what we would like to learn in 2020.The little ones have lots that they want to learn this year like Karate, Irish dancing and one little ones wants to learn to drive!!! Dream BIG!

 I take millions of pictures of the amazing things we do each day and I was looking for an easy way to share them with you. I have set up a class instagram. Please follow me on instagram@prekwithmrsa. The account is set to private so only the people that are approved will be able to see our posts. If DO NOT want your child to appear in any instagram posts please let me know.

We transformed our class into a winter wonderland. We are learning all about winter animals and are learning all about Hibernation. Ask me what that means?? We even made our very own bear cave so we can hibernate in class. We are building snowmen and having an indoor snowball fight and even an indoor skating rink… it is SNOW much fun!

We are continuing to learn all about our letters. We learned about K and the sound it makes. We read a silly story about a kangaroo who plays the kazoo. We are having fun counting and playing math games with our winter centers.

 

We are looking forward to celebrating Catholic Schools week at the end of the month. It is a great way to celebrate Catholic education but especially our amazing school. We will have fun activities planned during the week for the little ones!

As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 Important Dates

Saturday January 25th: Help us kick off Catholic Schools Week with Conner T. Lowry Night @ SJF – Live Life Kind! 5pm (Ceremony Before Last Game of the Day)we will meet in the : Conner T. Lowry Gym @ St. John Fisher School

ST JOHN FISHER ATHLETIC BOARD PROUDLY INVITES YOU TO HELP US PROPERLY THANK THE FAMILY OF CONNER T. LOWRY FOR THEIR CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO HELP US MAKE ALL THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS THAT WERE GREATLY NEEDED TO RENOVATE THE GYMNASIUM. • EACH CHILD WILL RECEIVE AN AMERICAN FLAG TO HOLD DURING THE CEREMONY AND WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR SALE (KIDS AND ADULTS SIZES). • WE ASK THAT ALL WHO ATTEND WEAR RED, WHITE OR BLUE.

Sunday January 26th: New Family Open House 9-10, Family Mass 10-11, All School Open House 11-12 We can’t wait to celebrate with you. REGISTRATION FORMS for the 2020-2021 school year will be sent home next week. Registration for new families opens up during Catholic Schools Week. Please promote SJF to your friends, family and neighbors and encourage them to attend our Open House! It is a great time to be a falcon!

Weekly News November 11-15

Posted on Nov 16, 2019

We had so much fun making our giant turkeys with our 4th grade prayer partners. We also learned about the letter H. We read an alpha-tale a silly Hiding Hippo. We practiced the sound it makes, many H words as well as printing the letter H. we had so much fun doing our ”Happy” dance and  becoming hair stylists with our play dough people!

 

We are always counting and practicing recognizing our numbers 1-10. We worked with many math centers helping us count sort, graph and make patterns.

We are talking about all the things we have to be thankful for, we have been dancing to the Turkey Hop and playing please pass the peas on the circle.We read stories about the First Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims came to America and learned so much from the Native Americans. We are making our own book about the First Thanksgiving. We have been working on our Thankful journal as well.  I hope you enjoy doing your Thankful plate together!! Every day I am thankful for all you do for your children and our school. I am thankful to have the best preschoolers around and I’m so grateful to learn and play with them each day!

I hope everyone received the email about conferences,

Conferences are on Nov. 25th and Nov. 26th (Both days are half days of school for students.) There is no school November 27th – November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.-

Special Lunch forms were sent home and are due on Tuesday.

 

Save the Date - our Preschool Christmas Concert is Wednesday December 18th! The Preschoolers do not have regular class hours on this day, they come just for the very special performance!

As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Katie Altman & Mrs. Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News Nov 4-8

Posted on Nov 08, 2019

Weekly News November 4th – November 8th

We had a GREAT week focusing on letter G again. We practiced printing the letter and learning some words that begin with sound of G. We talked about G making different sound like G as is Gorilla and G as in George.

We had so much fun celebrating letter G with GAME Day. We played letter games, number games and even some turkey games too… so much fun with letter G! We played Duck, Duck, Goose and even some games that we made up ourselves.

We were lucky enough to have a visit from a local author Regina O’Connor Biros. She read us her story LOUIE A Happy Lion. We even got to meet Louie and watch as our friends from 5th grade came to act out the story for us. Such a wonderful story with a wonderful message to love who you are and always be kind!

We have been reading many stories about Thanksgiving. One of our favorites is Thanks for Thanksgiving! It reminds us there are many things to be thankful for. During the month of November our daily journal is a Thankful Journal. These journals are just adorable! We have been singing some silly turkey songs one of our favorites is the Turkey Hop and Please Pass the Peas!

 We are learning all about God. We learn that God made us all and that we are special. We know that God loves us each very much. We are special!

                        Have a great weekend!

 I’m attaching a Saturday ETC form.

We are having the Turkey Bowl tomorrow in room 107!                 

As always feel free to contact me with any questions or concernsKaltman@sjfschool.net

Mrs. Katie Altman & Mrs. Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News October 28- November 1

Posted on Nov 01, 2019

Weekly News October 28- November 1st

We have had so much fun celebrating all things Halloween. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedules to be with us on Halloween. The little ones looked adorable in their costumes and had so much singing and scaring you! We had so much fun celebrating at our party. We played some fun math pumpkin themed games and catapulted spiders and pumpkins. The children went on a parade through- out the school and Trick or Treated around the circle.

We learned all about the letter Gg.  We practice only the hard sound of G as in ghost rather than a soft G as in giraffe. Do you think a gorilla would make a good house guest? We read a silly story about a boy who brought a gorilla home .It was very silly! We said”Gorilla, be good!” after every goofy thing we read about!  Here is our cheer for letter G.

G is for gorillas on the loose

G is for gopher, goldfish and goose

G is for granny, giggle and grass

G is for gumdrops, grapes and glass

Hooray for G, big and small

The grandest, greatest letter of all!

We have been learning lots about our numbers. We “play” a lot of math games. I believe that math is very hands on so you may not see lots of math papers in their folders, but I promise you we do math daily! We start with our calendar which has plenty of math activities for us. Ask your little one about our stews and brews. They LOVE to play this game which is full of counting. We are putting together a Turkey Stew for November…. They loved our witch’s stew so this will be fun!

 We are learning all about God. We learn that God made us all and that we are special. We have talking about Saints and how each one of us is like a saint because we are loving and kind. We did our own All Saints Day parade in room 107 today. We sang when the Saints Go Marching in and called each other by our saint names. You should be able to see their halos glowing!!!

We had another fun parade go right past our classroom as we cheered on the 7th & 8th graders off to victory. They are in the Gold Ball Game at Marist High School this Sunday. GO FALCONS!!

 November ETC starts on Monday if you signed up for a class or if you would like to just bring your registration to school on Monday. I’ve also attached a Fall Fest ETC for Saturday if you are looking to keep the little ones busy in this crazy weather!!

                        Have a great weekend!                       

As always feel free to contact me with any questions or concernsKaltman@sjfschool.net

Mrs. Katie Altman & Mrs. Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News October 21-25

Posted on Nov 01, 2019

We had another spook-tacular week in Preschool! The Preschoolers are enjoying all of our Halloween themed activities and centers. We are reading many Halloween stories. One of our favorites is The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything! We had so much fun playing our Halloween Stew math game and Pumpkin Patch number match game We also made a cute “guess who’s hiding under the ghost?” craft where each child decorated and cut out their own ghost and answered some clues about themselves. When you lift up the ghost… BOO! The Preschoolers are doing a wonderful job practicing their Halloween songs and poems each day – we are so excited to perform for you on Halloween morning! You are welcome to join us Halloween morning to listen to an adorable little Halloween show and take some pictures. The preschoolers are welcome to wear their costumes to school and are invited to bring a wrapped treat to pass out to their friends. We have 19 children in Room 107 and please no nuts as we have an allergy!

We learned all about letter “Ff” this week.  We read an alpha-tale about Fifi the Ferret who finds out how important it is to have good friends! We love taking turns on the big screen as we play some letter games on Starfall. We have also been working on patterns and graphing. We had lots of fun with our  4th grade prayer partners as we counted, graphed and tasted some candy corn!

Save the Date: Wednesday, December 18th will be our Preschool Christmas Program at 12:00 p.m. They preschoolers will not come to school for regular hours on this day but rather will come all dressed up in their Christmas best at 11:45 and will be dismissed following the concert. More information to come but wanted to make sure to give you the date – all are welcome! It is always a highlight of the Christmas season for everyone!

As always, please feel free to email me at kaltman@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns.

I’m attaching a copy of our Saturday ETC class HALLOPALOOZA which meets this Saturday October 26th.

The November ETC registration was also sent home this week. I will attach a copy as well.

Have a great weekend!

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News October 15-18

Posted on Oct 20, 2019

Weekly News October 15-18

We had another wonderful week in preschool. We finished up our unit on Fire Safety and had a visit from Firefighter Kovacs. He taught us how to be safe. He also reminded the children to ask their parents to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. All of the little ones received a Fire helmet and wore them home so proudly!

We learned all about the letter E this week. We had so much fun with our Halloween math centers. We’ve been counting, graphing and making patterns. We made an adorable shape witch and created a cute Frankenstein craft as well. We have been reading many Halloween stories one of our favorites is Room On The Broom. Ask your child what happens when the witch taps her broomstick? (They should say Whoosh…they were gone!)

We are getting ready for Halloween. It’s such a fun time in preschool. The little ones are so excited to scare you on Halloween morning. All parents are invited to walk your child in on Halloween morning and stay for a spook-tacular show. It is short and sweet and will be over by 8:30 for those of you who need to head off to work. Children can come in costume and are welcome to bring a treat to pass out to their friends. We will trick or Treat around the circle. We have 19 little goblins in room 107. Please do not send anything to school with nuts as we do have an allergy in our room.

It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas. Our Christmas program is scheduled for Wednesday December 18th at 12:00 in the church. The preschoolers DO NOT have class on this day. They come to school dressed in their Holiday best at 11:45 and are dismissed from their classrooms immediately after the program.

Have a wonderful weekend!

As always please email with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News October 7- 11

Posted on Oct 11, 2019

Weekly News October7-11

The preschoolers will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday Oct. 31st. They may come to school dressed in their costumes. The children are encouraged to bring a treat for their classmates as we will Trick or Treat around the circle. We have 19 friends in room 107. We do have a peanut allergy in class, so nut free treats only thanks!

Parents are invited to walk your child into class and stay for a

“Spook-tacular” show. The preschoolers have been practicing are so excited to send you off for the day with a little scare. The show is short and sweet should be finished by 8:15 for those who need to head off to work.

Thanks for all you do to make this a fun and exciting day for these little goblins!

We have been getting ready for our favorite holiday by creating pumpkins and Frankenstein monsters to decorate our class.

We made an adorable handprint spider for our “Preschool Website”. We have been reading some stories and singing some fun and spooky songs. One of our favorites is “Spooky Walk”

We had so much fun this week learning all about Fire safety. We m read some stories about Firefighters and the important job they have. We finger-painted a flame and made a cute firehouse dog.  We practiced our own fire drill and we know just what to do in case there is an emergency!

We have been working on many math centers like our Witches Brew and our counting pumpkin patch. The preschoolers have so much fun with these centers they don’t even know they are learning to add, count, sort and graph!

Enjoy the long weekend. See you Tuesday!

 I’m attaching a Saturday ETC form for anyone who wants to join us tomorrow at the Boo Bash!

 

Thanks as always email with any questions or concerns Kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News Sept 30- October 4

Posted on Oct 07, 2019

Preschool News

We have been very busy getting ready for one of the best days of the year…… Halloween! We have painted pumpkins and fall trees. We made a handprint spider. We are learning some spooky poems and songs. We can’t wait to perform for you on Halloween morning. We invite all parents to walk your child to class on Halloween morning and stay for a short but very sweet show. It will end about 8:15 for those who need to head off to work. We also had fun with our prayer partners putting together Mr. Bones and learning the skeleton dance.

We have been working on the letter Cc and the sound it makes we learned some words that begin with the sound of C. In preschool we practice the hard C as in cat rather than the soft c as in city. We read a silly story about some Copycats. We had some fun with pumpkin centers and counting with our Witch’s Brew!

We had a wonderful day with Fr. Ken and our pet blessing. Fr. Ken does such a wonderful job with the little ones.

As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman

Weekly News Sept 23-27

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

Weekly News Sept 23-Sept.27

Happy Fall Y’all!

We have had an “apple”-solutely fabulous week finishing up our unit on apples and Johnny Appleseed. We have painted with apples, cut them open to find apple seeds and learned the parts of the apple. Our apple investigation was so much fun! We measured and weighed apples and even tasted apples. We even made our own apple sauce. Our apple centers have helped us with our counting, sorting and patterning skills. We read some apple stories. One of our favorite was Ten Apples on Top.

We have been working on the letter B. We read a story about a Bear who could blow lots of bubbles. Ask me what happens when Badger the Bully teases bear? We practiced tracing over the lines to make Bb and some of us made our very own B. We learned some words that begin with sound that B makes and even danced under some bubbles in our room!

The children have been practicing printing their names. I remind them that we print from “top” to “bottom”. Many times for the younger preschoolers we print their name in a yellow highlighter and their job is to trace it.Many of the children will need help in learning to hold their pencil with the correct grip and make the letters. I am trying to get them in good habits and do not expect that they will print on their own just yet. Lots of times I will do HOH (hand over hand) I place my hand over theirs and help them trace their names

We all work and learn at our own pace, this is not a worry, the children will develop this skill when they are ready. Using broken crayons at home is helpful, it forces the grip.

We had so much fun playing outside on the playground with our friends. We love that the Fall is here. Each day we watch to see when the leaves are going to change. Ask me to sing my song about the leaves. (I’ll print the words at the bottom for you). We like to sing in a fancy voice, then a silly voice!

We talk about treating others with love and kindness. I always tell the children “You don’t want to hurt your friends on the inside or on the outside”. We are learning to share and take turns. Every day we remind the children to treat others with love and kindness. We read the story about Creation and how God made everything that we see. We made our first page for our Bible. The story of God’s creatures. I will save the Bible pages to make a nice keepsake at the end of the year!

So much fun at our pep rally today! GO FALCONS

Leaves

There are yellow leaves, there are orange leaves

There are brown and there are red

When it’s Autumn, When it’s Autumn

They keep falling on my head!

 

Have a great weekend as always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News Sept.16-Sept.20

Posted on Sep 21, 2019

Weekly News September 18-20

We had another wonderful week in preschool. We have been finishing up our work on letter A. We practiced printing and tracing the letter both upper case and lower case. We learned the sound A makes as well as some words that begin with the A sound.

We played a fun game together on Starfall which helped us practice our upper and lower case letters. We also love ABC mouse and the letter A song! Today we used the Ipads to practice printing our letters and we played letter games on Starfall We have been picking apples on our apple tree and sorting apples by colors. We will be doing some apple science next week, if possible please send your little one to school with an apple by Wednesday.

We had so much fun playing outside on the playground with our friends. We talk about treating others with love and kindness. I always tell the children “You don’t want to hurt your friends on the inside or on the outside We were so lucky to have Mrs. Nikki Carey, who is our school counselor at SJF  visit our classroom to talk to us about what she does at SJF as well as to give us a wonderful lesson on being bucket fillers, which are people that fill the invisible buckets of others by saying and doing loving and kind things. The Preschoolers are already excited about being bucket fillers!!  We read the Story “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” and afterwards, discussed how Elephant and Piggie showed kindness to one another in the story. We brought out cotton balls and sandpaper for the preschoolers to touch and we did a lesson on how our words can be like cotton balls or like sandpaper depending on if what we are saying is nice and kind (like the cotton balls that make us feel good on the inside) or is hurtful and makes others feel bad (like the sandpaper that doesn’t make us feel good on the inside.) We decided we like to say and hear cotton ball type words! 

 Today we celebrated Fun Friday with a bubble parade and some sidewalk chalk fun! All 4 of the preschool classes had the chance to play together.

We are working on sharing and taking turns. The children are doing so well with their routine. They hang up their back packs, place their folder in the “folder holder” and go straight to the circle. The bell rings at 7:50 and we are all ready for prayers by 8:00 every morning, they are doing great! We talk about our jobs at school, to be a good listener and always do your best.  They are such a wonderful group of children.

I am so proud of these little ones!

Have a great weekend!

As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

Weekly News September 9-12

Posted on Sep 16, 2019

Weekly News

We had another wonderful week in preschool. We started our letter program.  Ask your child to sing with you~”The a says” a”, the a says “a” every letter makes a sound the a says” a” .We read an Alpha-tale about an alligator named Abby. She had many adventures as an acrobat, an astronaut, an artist, an actor and finally as an author.   We are still working on A this week as well along with our theme of Apples.

We played a fun game together on Starfall which helped us practice our upper and lower case letters. We also love ABC mouse and the letter A song!

We had an awesome time this week with our apple activities including counting apples in an apple tree, making patterns with apples and painting a giant apple.

We had so much fun playing outside on the playground with our friends. We talk about treating others with love and kindness. I always tell the children “You don’t want to hurt your friends on the inside or on the outside”.

We are working on sharing and taking turns. The children are doing so well with their routine. They hang up their back packs, place their folder in the “folder holder” and go straight to the circle. The bell rings at 7:50 and we are all ready for prayers by 8:00 every morning, they are doing great!] We talk about our jobs at school, to be a good listener and always do your best.  They are such a wonderful group of children.

I am so proud of these little ones!

As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

 

 

 

 

I am including some of the songs that we have been singing and the cheer we learned for letter Aa.

I'm A Little Apple Song (Tune “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little apple, red and round.
(hold hand out in front as if holding large ball)
I grew on a tree and fell to the ground.
(stretch arms up and out)
If you take a bite you’ll see I’m sweet.
(Pretend to bite into apple)
I’m a juicy, crunchy, tasty treat!
(rub tummy)

 

Cheer for A

A is for alligator and acorns on trees

A is for “Ah-choo!” when you sneeze

A is apples baked in a pie

A is for airplane up in the sky

Hooray for A, big and small

The most awesome, amazing letter of all!

Weekly News Sept.3-6

Posted on Sep 07, 2019

It was great to see so many parents at our Back to School Night this week.  

 This week we started our classroom jobs. Each week your child will have a job so be sure to ask What is your job in class?  We begin each day on the circle with our Morning Meeting. We sing some welcome songs ask your child to sing for you! We also check the weather and do our calendar. Each day we make a journal page. Your child will be bringing home a journal at the end of each month. This is a great activity to get your child ready for reading and writing! We usually give them a journal prompt and record their response. They illustrate the journal and its a great keepsake. We also practice printing our name on the page. Its great daily practice for them. 

This week we focused on Colors. We read the story of Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes. Pete the Cat steps in many things that change the color of his shoes. We had fun reading and singing along. We learn lots from our friend Pete like if things don't go our way do we get upset? The answer is "Goodness No!" We made our own book and even read it to each other! We also have a Question of the Day chart. Our questions of the day this week were all about colors. 

 We have been learning to work in groups, wait our turn and take our turn. We are learning to share and be kind to our friends. I am so proud of these little ones. They are making the transition to school beautifully!

Next week we will begin our formal curriculum. I listed below some information about our curriculum it may help you understand our program a bit better. We typically spend a week per letter . We begin with the beginning of the alphabet and work through in order. Most of our math curriculum is more "hand- on" based rather than worksheets. Many of our centers provide daily practice full of skills to help your child learn number sense ( ex;counting, sorting, graphing, adding, subtracting).

 

 We also welcomed Abbey Graber from Mother McAuley High School to our class this week. She will come and work with us Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays this year. This is a great program we are thrilled to participate in again this year!

I have attached a copy of the ETC classes for the month of September. You can still register on Monday. ETC is an after school program that allows us to explore areas of interest not usually covered in school. Its a fun way to spend time with friends.

 Enjoy the weekend and get ready for FISHER FEST.... these little ones get so excited for this special event!

As always email with any questons or concerns! kaltman@sjfschool.net
Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren 

 

 

Preschool Curriculum

All of our classes are mixed with 3 and 4 year old children. We offer many options for preschool 3 half day, 5 half day as well as  3 full day & 5 full days. All of our programs follow the same curriculum for Language Arts, Math and Religion. The daily part time and the full day preschoolers have more time to explore themes and enrichment activities. No matter what option you have chosen to best fit the needs of your child, be confident that your child will be involved in hands-on skill based activities that are meant to inspire your young learner! Our curriculum is designed, so the three year olds can return next year to a new program.

Math Program/Calendar Math

Our goal is to learn the basic skills of counting through ten. Children will be able to rote count and

touch count. Children will recognize how many are in a set and count with understanding. We will

introduce simple addition, subtraction, greater than/less than and number sequencing, all hands on.

The Calendar Math Program can be used in a variety of ways to enhance mathematical learning in

the classroom. In addition to providing a daily calendar, this program includes hands on activities

that target important math skills such as counting, estimating, patterning, number sense, problem

solving and place value. Students will recognize when an estimate is reasonable, and use terms like“more than” and “less than”. Students will identify simple patterns, and extend patterns. Students will use reasoning to support math conclusions and problem solutions.

Language Arts

The curriculum is full of skill based activities that are meant to inspire young learners to use their

own creativity and imagination as they learn about letters and sounds. Children demonstrate success in literacy (reading and writing) when four pieces are put together (rich vocabulary, letter

knowledge, sound knowledge and fine motor skills). The children will be involved in hands-on

activities that help develop language skills while encouraging social skills and cooperative learning.We explore letters and letter sounds through stories, songs, computer games and arts & crafts as well as printing letters and learning words that begin with that sound.

Religion

Our religion program helps young children take their first steps on their journey of faith.

We learn that God is the One who made me and loves me and that I am God’s child. We learn

stories from the bible and develop an understanding that God made everything. We learn to

describe God as good and loving. We learn that God’s special child is Jesus and identify

Mary as the Mother of Jesus.

The weekly lessons provide stories, exercises, activities, reflections, prayers and challenges

that show how a faithful catholic can live out teachings, celebrate them in the liturgy and

share them at home, school and with friends

Science/Social Studies

In the preschool classroom, favorite themes go hand in hand with seasons. Fall is the time to

teach about apples, leaves, pumpkins and Halloween. Winter is about holidays, snow, penguins and

polar bears. Spring means baby animals, flowers growing, dinosaurs and so much more. We will

explore each theme through stories, songs, arts & crafts, and creative play, both indoor and

outdoor.

The preschoolers also attend “Special” classes during the week. Full day preschoolers will go art, gym, library, music and computers. The part time preschoolers attend some specials as well.  The children really enjoy the special classes!

Weekly News Aug 260Aug 30

Posted on Sep 03, 2019

Weekly News

August 26th – August 30th

It’s no secret that Pete the Cat is rocking in classrooms all over the world and our classroom is included! He is just a cool cat! It is so exciting and a little scary to start school but did we get upset “Goodness, No!” We learned this lesson from our friend Pete the cat. It is a story that we read and we had so much fun singing along. The story teaches us about colors and teaches us that no matter what happens you keep moving along and singing your song.

I am so proud of these little ones. They have made the adjustment to preschool beautifully. We have had so much fun learning and playing this week. The children are learning their routine at school and learning the rules at school. Ask them to tell you “What’s your most important job at school?” We are also learning to take turns, wait our turn and sharing…not always easy but everyone is doing very well trying! We are learning to take care of our toys and centers as well as learning all our classroom routines. We are so lucky to have so many new friends. There are 19 friends in room 107.  We talk about treating others they way we want to be treated, with love and kindness. We are also learning to keep our hand to ourselves. We talk about not hurting our friends on the inside or on the outside.

This week in Preschool the boys and girls began attending all of their specials classes. We went to the Gym for lots of fun with Mr. Prunty, Art class with Miss Surin, Computers with Mrs. Maxwell and tomorrow we will be heading to the Library with Mrs. Keller. The preschoolers love to leave our classroom to go to the special classes and Mrs. Lindgren always stays with them just in case! We worked a lot on first names last week through lots of songs and games. The preschoolers are quickly learning all of their new classmates’ names! The boys and girls also worked on fine motor skills by gluing colored squares to make the first letter of their name.

 

 I have attached a copy of the ETC letter. ETC is a fun after school enrichment program. The registration is due by Sept. 5th

Wishing you all a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

As always email me with any questions or concerns. kaltman@sjfschool.net

 

Thank You!

Mrs Katie Altman & Mrs Annmarie Lindgren

Preschool News May 27

Posted on May 28, 2019

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, brush up on your Mother Goose tales, and DRESS UP AS YOUR FAVORITE NURSERY RHYME CHARACTER.  Mary, Mary, don’t be contrary!  Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, and use your imagination and creativity to come up with your character’s costume. Please do not buy anything for this day. We are hoping you can creatively come up with a costume from what you have at home! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Costumes may be very simple. (Blue clothes for Little Boy Blue, rolled up pants and a candlestick for Jack be Nimble, a dress and a stuffed lamb for Mary or Little Bo Peep)

We invite parents to stop in on Thursday May 30th when you drop off your child to take pictures and listen to some nursery rhymes! We will begin at 8am it’ll be short and sweet for those who need to head off to work.

The last day of preschool will be on Tuesday June 4th. Mrs. Lindgren and I are lucky enough to have a super special trip planned with our entire family (25 people) so May 30th will be our last day of school. We have some wonderful subs coming to celebrate the last few days with your children and we have left some fun activities for them. I apologize for this but it isn’t often we can all get together so we couldn’t turn it down!

This has been a truly incredible year in preschool. We have enjoyed each and every day spent with these little ones and we have all learned and grown in so many ways! Mrs. Lindgren and I are so grateful to work with such loving and kind children each day in the BEST parish around.

We wish you all a safe, happy, fun summer full of wonder and adventure!

As always email me with any questions or concerns

.

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

 

Preschool News may 11

Posted on May 11, 2019

What a wonderful week. Thank you for the cards, flowers and all who helped our FSA make sure that the teachers at SJF feel appreciated! Each day we had something special from our family school association and I am truly grateful to work with such wonderful families. Thank You for all that you do for your children and our school!

  We had so much fun with our Nursery Rhyme Unit. We are singing songs, making crafts and learning our rhymes. Each day we practice for our end of the year program on Thursday May 30th. The little ones are so excited to sing for you! We made an adorable Humpty Dumpty on a Wall. We then practiced our skills at building our own walls that were safe for Humpty. We also had some STEM fun by using all different building supplies in our room to try to build a wall for Humpty that he could sit on without falling off – they did such a great job! We had also just finished reading different versions of “The 3 Little Pigs,” and we did this quick and easy STEM experiment that was fun. Each team got to build a house for their “little pig.” The house needed to be able to withstand the “big bad wolf blow dryer,” and not fall down! They had so much fun watching the wolf huff and puff and try to blow them away. I posted a video on our FSA Facebook page…. It is adorable!

Our alphabet countdown is so much fun! They are having so much fun as we count down to Z! I will attach a copy of the calendar to see what we have in store for next week!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mommies out there!! We had so much fun talking about our Moms and all the special things that they do for us. We read some stories some of our favorites were A Mother For Chocco and Are You My Mother? We had so much fun filling out our Mothers Day questionnaire….. they really are so adorable. Enjoy your special day!

As always email me with any questions or concerns

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

 

Preschool News April 25-26

Posted on Apr 26, 2019

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter vacation! It was great to see all our  little friends … we missed them. These past few days have been spent learning and singing some fun Nursery Rhymes and preparing for our Nursery Rhyme Day. Thursday May 30th. So One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, brush up on your Mother Goose tales, and DRESS UP AS YOUR FAVORITE NURSERY RHYME CHARACTER.  Mary, Mary, don’t be contrary!  Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, and use your imagination and creativity to come up with your character’s costume. Please do not buy anything for this day. We are hoping you can creatively come up with a costume from what you have at home! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Costumes may be very simple. (Blue clothes for Little Boy Blue, rolled up pants and a candlestick for Jack be Nimble, a dress and a stuffed lamb for Mary or Little Bo Peep)

We invite parents to stop in, when you drop off your child to take pictures and listen to some nursery rhymes! We will begin at 8am it’ll be short and sweet for those who need to head off to work.

The last day of preschool will be on Tuesday June 4th. Mrs Lindgren and I are lucky enough to have a super special trip planned with our entire family (25 people) so May 30th will be our last day of school. We have some wonderful subs coming to celebrate the last few days with your children and we have left some fun activities for them. I apologize for this but it isn’t often we can all get together so we couldn’t turn it down!

Have a great weekend . As always email me with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Preschool News April 26

Posted on Apr 26, 2019
 

Preschool News April 12

Posted on Apr 13, 2019

The last few weeks in preschool have been Egg-cellent. We spent our time getting ready for Easter. We read so many wonderful Easter stories;we sang silly songs and danced to the bunny hop! One of our favorite songs is Little Bunny Foo Foo ask your child to sing this one for you. One of our very favorite stories is Be Patient Little Chick….. I often say this phrase to my little friends so they think this story is just fantastic!  We made some cute Easter crafts and a wonderful handprint book. Our Holy Week in Handprints book tells the story of Easter. Ask your child to retell you the story as you look through their book. We had so much fun making our very own parade for Jesus with our palms for Palm Sunday. The preschoolers each took a turn to be like Jesus and walk through the crowd waving palms. Ask your child to sing the song for you! Our good deeds charts have been filling up like crazy as we continue to spread love and kindness. The little ones in room 107 sure have been Good Eggs during lent. I am so proud of each and every one of them!

The little “peeps” in room 107 had so much fun as we did some Peep Science! We painted peeps with shaving cream, paint and glue….. they look yummy enough to eat! We watched what happened when we put a peep in different liquids, such as  water, coke, milk and vinegar, and also what happens when you put a yellow and blue peep in the same bowl of water (it turns green!) and a yellow and pink peep (it turns orange!). We had so much fun with our Peep Volcano… I hope you had a chance to view our video in the FSA Facebook page… you can see the excitement in their little faces! And of course we tasted the Peeps. We voted on our favorite color and the Pink Peep was the favorite!  We have also been working on some directed drawings for our Journals. We made a bird, a bug and a bunny. The directed drawings are done step by step. I draw it first and the little ones copy it. It’s a great tool for following directions. The little ones love the directed drawings and are such wonderful artists!  We were lucky enough to have a chance to visit the chicks that were hatched in Mrs. Scannell’s classroom. The preschoolers got to see the eggs before they hatched and they even had a chance to hold the new baby chicks!

 Our 4th grade Prayer Partners made an Easter Cross with us. We used salt and watercolors to make the cross beautiful. It was so much fun. We also sorted, graphed and tasted jelly beans with our partners… such a fun day! I think the 4th graders like it even more than the preschoolers!!!

We learned about letter “Yy” and the sound the letter makes. The preschoolers practiced how to print the upper and lower case letter and searched for the letter among others. Since yarn starts with letter “Yy,” we did some math measurement practice with yarn . Each child was given a different length of yarn. They had to find things in the class that were the same length as well as bigger and smaller items. We also used a yard stick to measure our tables, the door and each other ….it was so much fun! We also finished up our alphabet by learning all about Z. The preschoolers learned the sound it makes. We practiced printing the letter Z and searching for it among other letters. We even created a Zoo in our class. The little ones loved to go visit the Zoo this week. Ask your child to sing you the” Let’s Go to the Zoo” song.

 

We had so much fun with our tournament of books. The preschoolers loved to hear the stories and vote on their favorites. We tallied and counted all the votes and our March Madness 2019  Tournament of Books Book Champion is…………………… Pete The Cat I love My White Shoes!

I have attached a copy of our Summer Camp Flyer for anyone interested. Spots fill up quickly!!

 

We wish you all a wonderful Easter and safe travels to all those who are going away for Spring Break! School resumes on Thursday, April 25th.

 Have a wonderful Easter!!!

As always, please feel free to email me at kaltman@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns

Thank You!

Katie Altman & Annmarie Lindgren

Weekly News march 25

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

Preschool News

Friday we celebrated Miss Camila’s last day. Thank you to all the parents who generously donated to our gift basket. Miss Camila was very touched by the gesture and was truly grateful!

The school year is really starting to fly by now! We have learned all our letters up to Xx. We read our Alpha-tales, practice printing the letters and learn some words that begin with the letter of the week. The preschoolers have been practicing their printing skills each day by printing the letters of their name. I will be sending home name practice sheets at different times for homework. If the children return it to school, they will earn a sticker. The little ones love to get homework! The little ones are learning to be Bucket Fillers as we focus on  spreading love and kindness to all especially during this season in the church, Lent. The little ones have a “good deed” chart in the classroom. We are filling it up every day with random acts of kindness. We have so many wonderful friends in room 107!

 We will begin getting ready for Easter which is only a few weeks away. We are singing some songs and learning some poems. In honor of March Madness we are having a tournament of stories! We have been voting on some of our favorite books. Right now we have Pete The Cat and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom making it to the second round. Ask your child to keep you updated, they are having so much fun with this!!We have been heading back out to the playground on these nice days and can hardly wait until we can go out every day!

 I have attached a copy of the ETC form that stared this week, several of you asked me about it and YES children can still sign up for classes. I have also attached the Summer Camp letter as well. We offer a fun summer camp for the little ones.

As always email with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman

Reminders
 

Paper Towel Clorox Wipes Baby Wipes

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool News march 25

Posted on Mar 25, 2019
 

Preschool News March 18

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Preschool News

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend at the Parade and we are so glad that Spring weather is making its way out to see us on some days. We have been learning all about Lion and Lamb days as we study the weather and get ready for Spring.

 Ask your child what kind of a day it is?

 W e have made many crafts for St. Patrick’s Day and even had a visit from a silly leprechaun. Our leprechaun left us some rainbow seeds. Ask your child what happened when we added water to the seed? We had fun painting, measuring and weighing our potatoes. We learned to dance the Irish jig and had so much fun celebrating with our friends. The preschoolers have been moving right along learning our alphabet and can hardly believe that we are starting letter W this week! The school year is really flying by!

Our student teacher Miss Camilla will be leaving us at the end of the week. The preschoolers have really enjoyed her creativity and her positive attitude. We love that Miss Camilla taught us how to meditate. Ask your child to tell you all about Monkey Meditation!

We are making a basket of teaching “supplies” to give Miss Camilla. If any parents are able to contribute, we would really appreciate it. We are asking parents to send in Target gift cards, stickers, post it notes, markers or really anything that you are able to give to help us make this wonderful gift. Please send to school by Thursday(in an envelope marked Mrs. Altman) if you can.

We have also had many little ones out with the flu in the past few weeks. Most have returned but we really blew through our supplies. We are in desperate need of paper towel, Clorox wipes and Baby wipes. We would appreciate it if you can send some to school.

The little ones are learning to be Bucket Fillers as we focus on  spreading love and kindness to all especially during this season in the church, Lent. The little ones have a “good deed” chart in the classroom. We are filling it up every day with random acts of kindness. We have so many wonderful friends in room 107!

 We will begin getting ready for Easter which is only a few weeks away. We have been heading back out to the playground on these nice days and can hardly wait until we can go out every day!

As always email with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

Thanks

Katie Altman

Reminders
Tuesday- Touch of RED in honor of St. Joseph

Thursday- April ETC Registration Due

Thursday- Contributions to Ms. Camilla gift

Paper Towel Clorox Wipes Baby Wipes

 

 

 

 

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Week of February 25

Posted on Feb 28, 2019

Weekly News
It is with great pleasure that I introduce our new student teacher Miss Camilla. I hope your child has told you all about her ...she is wonderful!
Miss Camilla comes to us from DePaul University. She will be working with us for the next five weeks. Camilla has taught us all about letter T this week and the sound it makes. We are also learning all about our teeth and how important it is to take care of them. Ask your child to sing Brush Brush Your Teeth for you. We read some fun stories like The Tooth Book, Tooth Trouble and our favorite What If You Had Animal Teeth! 
We have spent this week playing games and making crafts all related to our teeth. These little ones have the most beautiful smiles. We have been sharing smiles and spreading love and joy! 
We also started getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day by painting giant shamrocks and cute little leprechauns. We are reading stories and learning a bit how tricky Leprechauns can be. 
Next week we will celebrate the wonderful stories of Dr Seuss. We have special events planned for each day next week . I have attached a letter indicating the special days next week. I have also sent a letter home with your child. 
I will not be in school on Friday. I’m taking my daughter on a college visit but your child is in good hands with Mrs. Lindgren and Miss Camila. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
As always contact me with any questions or concerns! Kaltman@sjfschool.net
Thank You
Katie Altman
 

 

Week of Feb 11th

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

Preschool News

We have been spreading love and kindness all over! We read some silly stories to get ready for Valentine’s Day one of our favorites is Froggy’s First Kiss. Ask me about this silly little frog. We sang lots of songs and had so much fun celebrating love and friendship with our friends yesterday. Thanks for all the sweet treats you sent in to make our party perfect!

Our prayer partners came to help us with a special valentine math game. We practiced counting, sorting, graphing and even eating some conversation hearts.

We learned all about the letter “Rr” this week and the preschoolers practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. We learned the special sound the letter makes and named words that begin with the letter. We played a guessing game that had some fun objects, like a rabbit, a robot and a rat. We are moving right along with our alphabet!

Each morning we start out our day with a Kindness Pledge. Ask your child to say it to you. We have been learning all about that God wants us to Love One Another. We made a cute craft with all the people that we love!

 

Enjoy the long weekend! See you on Tuesday!

As always, please feel free to email me at kaltman@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Katie Altman & Mrs. Annmarie Lindgren

 

October News

Posted on Nov 08, 2018

October Newsletter

 We have had so much fun celebrating all things Halloween. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedules to be with us on Halloween. The little ones looked adorable in their costumes and had so much singing and scaring you! We had so much fun celebrating at our party. We played some fun math pumpkin themed games and catapulted spiders and pumpkins. The children went on a parade through- out the school and Trick or Treated around the circle. We read many scary stories this month ask your child to retell the story Room On The Broom –it’s one of our favorites!

 We have been learning all about the letters A-H. We read silly alpha tales for each letter and practice the sound the letter makes. We have added so many new words to our word wall. We have been learning lots about our numbers. We “play” a lot of math games. I believe that math is very hands on so you may not see lots of math papers in their folders, but I promise you we do math daily! We start with our calendar which has plenty of math activities for us. Ask your little one about our stews and brews. They LOVE to play this game which is full of counting. We are putting together a Turkey Stew for November.

 

The preschoolers have been busy printing our names. Ask them to finish this sentence “Every paper starts the same, I pick up my crayon and print my____”. We have made so much progress since the beginning of the school year. I am so proud of these little ones. They have adjusted to their routine and they work and play hard every day! I am Thankful for such a wonderful group of curious, compassionate and kind little ones. We are working on our progress reports. I will pass them out at conferences. If you did not request a conference the report will be sent home if you would like to schedule a conference just send me an email and we will fit you in!

We began our week by praying for all the Veterans and people who serve our country. We talked about how brave our veterans & service people are and how grateful we are that they protect this great country of ours!  God Bless America! If you are free on Friday our school is having a mass to honor Veterans.

 

I have attached a Saturday ETC form for those of you interested.

 

 

As always feel free to contact me with any questions or concernsKaltman@sjfschool.net

Mrs. Katie Altman

 

 

 

Preschool News

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Halloween

The preschoolers will be celebrating Halloween on Wednesday Oct. 31st. They may come to school dressed in their costumes. The children are encouraged to bring a treat for their classmates as we will Trick or Treat around the circle. We have 22 friends in room 107.

Parents are invited to walk your child into class and stay for a “Spook-tacular” show. The preschoolers have been practicing all month long and are so excited to send you off for the day with a little scare. The show is short and sweet should be finished by 8:15 for those who need to head off to work.

Thanks for all you do to make this a fun and exciting day for these little goblins!

Thank You!!

Weekly News 5

Posted on Oct 17, 2018

Preschool News

 We have been very busy getting ready for one of the best days of the year…… Halloween! We have painted pumpkins and fall trees. We made a handprint spider and a cute owl craft. We are learning some spooky poems and songs. We can’t wait to perform for you on Halloween morning. We invite all parents to walk your child to class on Halloween morning and stay for a short but very sweet show. It will end about 8:15 for those who need to head off to work.

 We had fun with our prayer partners putting together Mr. Bones and learning the skeleton dance.  We are going batty learning all about bats. We just finished up a unit on bats. Ask me what nocturnal means.  Did you know that bats sleep upside down? The preschoolers had so much fun turning ourselves into bats as well. Ask me to sing Bats Are Sleeping for you.

 I have attached a form for an in school field trip for the preschoolers and a Saturday ETC form for those of you interested.

As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman

 

Weekly News 4

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Weekly News

We have had an “apple”-solutely fabulous week finishing up our unit on apples and Johnny Appleseed. We have painted with apples, cut them open to find apple seeds and learned the parts of the apple. We made an apple pie that looked and smelled good enough to eat! Our apple centers have helped us with our counting, sorting and patterning skills. We read some apple stories. One of our favorite was Ten Apples on Top. We even stacked some apples on top of our heads and played games. On Thursday and Friday we will do some science activities with our apples. We will predict if apples will sink or float. We will even make our own apple sauce. We are so lucky THANK YOU to Mrs. Molloy Luke’s mom for baking a real apple pie for all of us to enjoy. It was DELICIOUS!

We had so much fun learning all about letter “Dd” this week. We learned the sound the letter makes, practiced tracing/printing the letter and finding the upper and lowercase letters. We added some D words to our word wall and made a Duck and a dinosaur for our alphabet books. We read a silly Apha- tale about some disappearing donuts. Detective Dog was on the case. Ask me about what happened when she followed the trail of donut dust!

The children practiced printing upper case and a lower case letters. I remind the children that we print from “top” to “bottom”. We are also working on our name printing and we will even get homework to help us practice.

Many of the children will need help in learning to hold their pencil with the correct grip and make the letters. I am trying to get them in good habits and do not expect that they will print on their own just yet. This is not a worry, the children will develop this skill when they are ready. Using broken crayons at home is helpful, it forces the grip.

Thanks to all of our parents who volunteered for our Disney on Ice Field Trip. We are really looking forward to a fun trip! The tickets have been ordered and we are set to attend on Friday, February 1st. Please remember to sign up for Virtus training if you are a chaperone and are not yet trained! Thank you so much!

As always email with any questions or concerns kaltman@sjfschool.net

Katie Altman

Weekly News 2

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Weekly News

We had another wonderful week in preschool. We started our letter program.  Ask your child to sing with you~”The  a says” a”, the a says “a” every letter makes a sound the a says” a” .We read an Alpha-tale about an alligator named Abby. She had many adventures as an acrobat, an astronaut, an artist, an actor and finally as an author.  We are working on letter B. We read an Alpha-tale about a bear who blows bubbles but also teaches a bully to be nice.

The children practiced printing an upper case and a lower case letters. I remind the children that we print from “top” to “bottom”. We played a fun game together on Starfall which helped us practice our upper and lower case letters.

 Many of the children will need help in learning to hold their pencil with the correct grip and make the letters. I am trying to get them in good habits and do not expect that they will print on their own just yet. This is not a worry , the children will develop this skill when they are ready. Using broken crayons at home is helpful, it forces the grip.

We had an awesome time this week with our apple activities. We will continue to learn all about apples next week as well.

We have been working on making patterns as well. We made a boy/girl pattern, a red/green/yellow apple pattern and did a worksheet with patterns. We read the story of Creation. We learned that God made everything! We talked about God making us special. We read a story called Designed By God, So I Must Be Special.

We had so much fun playing outside on the playground with our friends. We talk about treating others with love and kindness. I always tell the children “You don’t want to hurt your friends on the inside or on the outside”.

 We are working on sharing and taking turns. [Kids Sitting on School Rug] The children are doing so well with their routine. They hang up their back packs, place their folder in the “folder holder” and go straight to the circle. The bell rings at 7:50 and we are all ready for prayers by 8:00 every morning, they are doing great! [Happy Face Star] We talk about our jobs at school, to be a good listener and always do your best.  They are such a wonderful group of children.

 I am so proud of these little ones!

 

Reminders

Tuesday, September 11th we remember our fallen heroes and honor our first responders.  SJF is joining with other area schools and the 19th Ward raising funds for a memorial being built at King Lockhart Park at 106th and Western.  The monument will contain actual pieces of steel from ground zero.  Students should bring a donation and be out of uniform in red, white and blue on Tuesday.   We are trying to reach our goal of $60.00 per classroom

Fisher Fest This Weekend Sept. 13-16 Thursday Night Family Night

[Child Reading] No School Friday September 14th

Scholastic Book Orders Due by Thursday September 13th

ETC Registration Due Thursday September 13th

As always email me with any questions or concerns

kaltman@sjfschool.net

 Have a great weekend see you on Monday!

Mrs. Katie Altman

I am including some of the songs that we have been singing and the cheer we learned for letter Aa.

I'm A Little Apple Song (Tune “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little apple, red and round.
(hold hand out in front as if holding large ball)
I grew on a tree and fell to the ground.
(stretch arms up and out)
If you take a bite you’ll see I’m sweet.
(Pretend to bite into apple)
I’m a juicy, crunchy, tasty treat!
(rub tummy)

 

 

Cheer for A

A is for alligator and acorns on trees

A is for “Ah-choo!” when you sneeze

A is apples baked in a pie

A is for airplane up in the sky

Hooray for A, big and small

The most awesome, amazing letter of all!

Weekly News 1

Posted on Aug 24, 2018
 

preschool handbook

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

Preschool Handbook

 

Class Hours

 

Full Day Preschool

Monday – Friday 7:50 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

 

** Before and after care is available to all preschool students through our Extended Day Program. You will need to let your child’s teacher know in writing if your child will be attending Extended Day.

 

Supplies

Most school supplies, including crayons, pencils and glue, will be provided for your preschooler.

Large easy to open school bag to carry home creations and school mail

2 roll paper towel

1 Pkg. Paper Plates

1 Hand Sanitizer

2 Package of baby wipes

2 Clorox Wipes

1 Zip Lock Bags

1 1inch White Binder

Headphones for Computer class (not ear buds)

 

Clothing

Preschoolers should dress suited to active and sometimes “messy” play. Please keep in mind that children are expected to use the bathroom by themselves. One-piece overalls, tights and belts can be difficult for some students. Gym shoes/closed-toe shoes are best since the preschoolers are up and down the stairs as well as on the playground during the school day. It would be helpful if you could label clothing that might be left behind, such as sweaters, hats, jackets, boots, etc.

 

Bathroom

Children must be fully potty trained in order to attend Preschool. If a rare accident occurs at school, the child’s parents will be called to come and change their child if they cannot change themselves. Each child will keep a change of clothes at school in the case of a bathroom accident or a lunchtime/snack spill. Please send a full change of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks.) in a large Ziploc bag with your child’s name clearly labeled on it to stay at school throughout the year.

 

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Snack/Lunch

The full day preschoolers have a short snack time each day as ell as a lunch. Please send a small, nutritious snack along with a juice or water bottle each day for your child. If sending a reusable water bottle, please label your child’s name and make sure it is an easy to open and close lid. Full Day Preschoolers will also need a lunch each day. Since the Preschoolers eat lunch in our classrooms daily, it is not possible to order the school wide daily hot lunch program. The full day Preschoolers are however able to order the once a month Special Lunch (Forms will be sent home the first month of school.)

Allergies

If your child has or develops any specific allergies please be sure to notify the teacher in writing.

 

Arrival

Please do not arrive more than five minutes before class starts. Mrs. Altman and Miss Fadden’s classes will meet at the west side doors underneath the bridge. Ms. Power’s classes will meet at the doors just off of Fairfield and directly across from the convent.

 

Dismissal

If you know that you are going to be detained, please notify the school office so we can reassure your child. If you will not be picking up your child, please let us know beforehand who to expect. If parents are late, children will be brought to the school office. Preschoolers will be dismissed one at a time to their parent or caregiver from the same doors they arrive in.

 

Rest Time

The Full-Day Preschoolers have a rest/nap time each afternoon. Each child will have their own cot to use each day and may bring a small blanket and a small stuffed animal if desired.

 

Attendance

Regular attendance at school is very important. It helps the student obtain the maximum benefits from school. However, if your child is sick, please keep them home. We ask that you use your best judgment and consider the other children in class.

Children must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return to school.

 If your child is sick at school, parents will be notified and the child may be picked up at the school office. We thank you for your cooperation in ensuring a healthy year for all our little ones!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Activities

Preschool activities will include…

* Free Play                       * Calendar Activities

* Religion/Bible Stories            * Math Readiness

* Computer/iPad Usage           * Language Arts

* Outdoor Play                    * Gross Motor Skills

* Finger Play                     * Story Time

* Fine Motor Skills                * Creative Art

* Snack/Lunch Time              * Songs & Movement

* Science Activities               * Journals

All of our preschoolers will also attend certain specials classes throughout the week.

 

 

Ways to Help At Home

To prepare your child for preschool, you can help in the following ways.

* Teach your child to dress him/herself (Putting on shoes, zipping their coats, button their pants, etc.)

* Guide your child to show independence in taking care of his/her own toilet needs.

* Be sure your child knows his/her full name.

* Have a cheerful, positive attitude when the child leaves either at home or school with “Goodbye, I’ll see you later!”

* If your child cries upon being dropped off at school, please do not remain too long. If your child continues to cry and does not calm down, we promise we will give you a call. The school adjustment is rapid once the parent leaves and the day’s activities begin. Prolonged goodbyes make transitions difficult.

 

The St. John Fisher Preschool believes that the parents are the first and most significant teachers in the child’s life. A good partnership between the parent and the teacher is a necessity for the optimum growth of the child. The preschool experience should be exciting and happy for both the child and the parent; Therefore, good communication between parents and teachers is essential. Parents are encouraged to share all information that could help in making the child’s experience a better one! Please check our preschool blogs for information and pictures of all the exciting things we are up to!

 

Katie Altman kaltman@sjfschool.net

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Annmarie Lindgren alindgren@sjfschool.net

 

Welcome to Preschool

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

 

Welcome to St John Fisher Preschool! Hi! My name is Katie Altman and I am looking forward to being your child’s teacher this year.  I am excited to start my 26th year of teaching here at St. John Fisher. I am truly blessed to work in such a wonderful parish full of families that are committed to their children and the education that they receive. I am the mother of three children, all who are former Falcons.I believe in Catholic education and think it is the best choice for building a solid foundation in faith for the future of our children. I believe that each child possess a great dignity and deserves to be treated with respect and that in the proper developmentally appropriate environment , children will gain a love of learning and a learning to love.... self, friends and the world around us.

  I am thrilled to work with Mrs. Annmarie Lindgren our classroom aide, and my sister. Together we will strive to make this a wonderful year! We are delighted that you have selected St. John Fisher Preschool for your child. We feel that our school is an excellent one and we will continue to strive to make it the very best possible. Our curriculum is designed to provide the best atmosphere for the total growth and development of your child. We will assist your child in developing socially, intellectually and physically in a safe and stimulating environment.

 

St. John Fisher preschool is a place where your child will be valued for what he/she is and encouraged in everything he/she does. Please be confident that your child will have the best love and care at our preschool.

The office and staff is here to help in every way. We invite all your questions and concerns. Your child’s progress is most important to us. Through open communication between home and school, we can accomplish much for your young learner!

Our days are full of academics and activities. We will explore many themes this year through stories, songs, arts & crafts and creative play both indoor and outdoor. The children will be involved in hands-on activities encouraging social skills and cooperative learning.

We look forward to  a wonderful year!

 

 

 

 

 

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To develop in all children a positive self- image and a sense of adventure in the search for knowledge.

To provide developmental opportunities and experiences meeting the cognitive, the social, the emotional and the physical needs of each child in order for full potential to be reached.

To help each child adjust and become secure, happy and self - confident in an early educational environment.

To prepare the child for future schooling by allowing development at his/her individual pace.

To provide early education in an atmosphere that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

 

Class Hours

Full Day       Monday - Friday   7:50 – 2:20

 Part Time     Tues .Wed. Thurs.  7:50-10:45

Supplies Needed

Large easy to open school bag to carry home creations and school mail

2 roll paper towel

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1 Box of Kleenex

2 Package of baby wipes

2 Clorox Wipes

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    1” white binder

                                                     1 Pkg zip lock bags- sandwich size

                                      1 Art shirt an oversized old t shirt works great!

     

Clothing

Children should dress suited to active play and sometimes “messy” play. Please keep in mind that children are expected to use the bathroom by themselves. One piece overalls, tights and belts are difficult at times. Gym/closed toe shoes are best , sandals and flip flops are not safe; the preschoolers are up and down the stairs as well as on the playground during the school day.

Toys

Children should not bring toys from home to school. They are hard to share and often get lost.

 Lunch  Children will eat lunch in our classroom. Please pack your child a healthy lunch with a small drink. The children are able to order milk each month as well as Special Lunch once a month.

Allergies

If your child is allergic to any specific foods, please be sure to notify the teacher in writing.

 

Bathroom

Children are expected to be fully potty trained when they are admitted to preschool; however we understand that accidents happen. Please send to school a full change of clothes; socks, shoes, underpants and a shirt and bottoms; all items need to be placed in a plastic bag with your child’s name clearly labeled. If a child has an accident at school parents will be called to come and change your child.

We also understand that many of our preschoolers are newly potty trained and that in a new environment they may have a few accidents in the beginning; however children must be completely independent in the bathroom by October 1st in order to remain in our program. Pull Ups are not acceptable.

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Rest Time

The children will have a rest/nap time each day. Your child will have their own cot and may bring a small blanket and a favorite rest time buddy if they would like. Rest time is typically 40-60 min per day.

 

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Children’s birthdays are special days! We will celebrate each child’s birthday in school. If you wish you may send a treat for the entire class.  Treats should be store bought and not homemade.

Discipline

Children will be encouraged toward proper behavior through positive tones of voice and praise. They will be reminded verbally in cases of inappropriate and/or disruptive behavior. Parents will be notified if a child’s behavior is frequently inappropriate, and discussions will be held in private.

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Arrival and Pick Up

Children should line up outside the preschool doors

Arrivals~ please do not arrive more than five minutes before the class starts. You are always welcome to walk your child into school, unless you arrive late. We will then meet you at the door.

Pick Up~ if you know that you are going to be detained, please notify  the office so we can reassure your child. Children will be dismissed from the preschool doors. If you will not be picking up your child, please let us know who to expect. If parents are late, children will be brought to the school office.

 

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Language Arts   Math    Religion /Bible Stories

Free Play     Calendar Activities     Circle Time

Journals      Computer   Outdoor Play   Gross Motor Skills   Fine Motor Skills   Finger Plays      Story Time     Creative Art        Songs & Movement      Science Activities    Socialization

 The children will also attend a gym class, a computer class and an art class once a week as well as alternating a music and library class once a week. The children will have a different teacher for the special classes, but our preschool aide will attend these classes with your child.

 

Attendance

Regular attendance to school is very important. It helps the student obtain the maximum benefits from school. However if your child is sick, please keep them home. We ask that you use your best judgment and consider the other children in class.

Children must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return to school. If your child is sick at school, they should be picked up at the school office.

Emergency School Closing

As a general rule school will be in session unless very unusual circumstances warrant a change in this policy.  Should an unscheduled closing be necessary, please check the policy in the SJF Handbook.

 

Parental Responsibilities

To prepare your child for preschool you can help in the following ways

 Develop the attitude that school is a happy place and the teacher is your friend

Teach your child to dress him/herself

 Guide your child to show independence in taking care of his/her own toilet needs

 Be sure your child knows his/her full name

 Having a cheerful, positive attitude when the child leaves either at home or school with “Goodbye, I’ll see you later

Crying~ Please do not remain too long when leaving your child at school. If your child cries and does not calm down, you will be called. The school adjustment is rapid once the parent leaves and the day’s activities begin.

Prolonged goodbyes make transitions difficult.

 

If the child’s parents are divorced or separated, the school presumes that both parents have access to the children’s records unless one parent can provide evidence that he/she has the sole rights.

 

All parent volunteers, chaperones and room parents need to be Virtus Trained, you can get all the information on Virtus training on the St. John Fisher School home page.

 

 

The Saint John Fisher Preschool believes that the parents are the first and most significant teachers in the child’s life. A good partnership between the parent and the teacher is a necessity for the optimum growth of the child. The preschool experience should be exciting and happy for both the child and the parent; therefore good communication between parents and teachers is essential. Parents are encouraged to share all information that could help in making the child’s experience a better one! Please check our preschool blog for information and pictures of the exciting things we do here!

Call or email with any questions or concerns

 kaltman@sjfschool.net

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!!

 

Mrs. Katie Altman

 
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