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 22nd 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, one who is currently an 8th grader here at SJF. My oldest is an SJF graduate and a junior at Br. Rice and my daughter, who graduated from SJF is beginning her second year at Mother McAuley. 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 meeting all of you and to a wonderful year!
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.
Full Day Monday - Friday 7:50 – 2:20
Part Time Tues .Wed. Thurs. 7:50-10:45
Large easy to open school bag to carry home creations and school mail
2 roll paper towel
1 Pkg. Paper Plates
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!
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.
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.
If your child is allergic to any specific foods, please be sure to notify the teacher in writing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activities Will Include
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.
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.
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
I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!!
Mrs. Katie Altman