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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. My oldest son Jack is starting his first year at Moraine Valley College, my daughter Kelly is a senior at Mother McAuley High School and my youngest son Ryan is a sophomore at Br. Rice High School. They are all SJF graduates!  This will be my 25 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!

 

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

&

Annmarie Lindgren alindgren@sjfschool.net

 

Welcome to Preschool

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

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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!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KeCCP2Z6deo/TpTZpbRtQlI/AAAAAAAAAcA/30pdZ6RKAw0/s320/girl2.gifOur 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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boy11.gifActivities 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.

 

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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