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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!

 

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

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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

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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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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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