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Ms. Katie Fadden, Preschool

Welcome to St. John Fisher Preschool! My name is Katie Fadden and I couldn't be more excited to be your child's teacher this year. This is my tenth year teaching Preschool at St. John Fisher and I truly love teaching this age group - Preschool is the best! Prior to teaching, I attended St. Germaine School, Mother McAuley High School and Saint Mary's of Notre Dame where I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and minors in Reading and Early Childhood Education. I have one older brother, Dan, who is a Northwestern University alumni - we love to tailgate at home football games in the fall! Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do. I am so very blessed to work with the absolutely incredible Mrs. Beth Furlong each day. She is a mom to 5 amazing children (2 in high school, 1 in college and 2 recent college grads), a former Speech Pathologist and a Fisher Falcon alum, too! Together we really look forward to a wonderful year of learning, laughter, friendships and fun with your child in Preschool! 

Preschool News 05/02/21

Posted on May 03, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We can hardly believe that we finished up our alphabet this week as we learned all about letter Zz – time sure flies when you’re having fun! :-) Now that we have completed our weekly letter studies, we are so excited to begin our ABC countdown calendar where we will review each letter and its sound (along with a fun corresponding activity!) each day until our last day of Preschool. We will begin our calendar on Tuesday with Aa is for Animals day. I am attaching the calendar to this email but we are also sending home a paper copy for your reference. We are really excited for a lot of upcoming letter fun and memories!

This week in Preschool, we reviewed the parts of a plant and the Preschoolers worked very hard cutting out and labeling the parts of a flower. They also are doing a wonderful job watering their grass plants and love to check on the plants’ growth each day! Additionally, we learned all about butterflies this week and their life cycle. We learned the four steps to becoming a butterfly – first an egg, then a caterpillar, then it goes in a chrysalis and then it emerges as a butterfly. We made a helpful craft using pasta noodles to help remind us of these 4 steps! We also learned how and what butterflies like to eat and some of their special features. We read many wonderful butterfly and caterpillar stories – their favorite by far was “The Impatient Caterpillar” by Ross Burach about a caterpillar who is quite impatient (and quite funny – we have so many laughs during this story!) Additionally, the Preschoolers practiced their fine motor skills by ripping paper to make a birds nest and cutting out an adorable blue bird to go in it. We also excitedly began learning some favorite Nursery Rhymes this week in preparation for our end of the year Nursery Rhyme show. Hopefully you saw the letter that went home this week - we look forward to welcoming you outside on Tuesday, June 8th to listen to some of our favorite Nursery Rhymes! (Rain date Wednesday, June 9th.) The Preschoolers are invited to come to school dressed up as their favorite Nursery Rhyme character on this day. Each child is welcomed to bring 2 adults – thank you for your help in keeping our crowd small to ensure safe social distancing. We are really excited about this upcoming performance!

We learned all about letter Zz this week! We learned the special sound the letter makes and how to write the upper and lowercase letter. We worked on our zebra puppet, read/sang our story and decorated our own adorable letter Zz zebra craft. We sorted items that do and do not begin with Zz and searched for the letter among others. We are so excited to begin our ABC countdown calendar this week and review all the letters that we have learned Aa-Zz!

In religion, we learned that we can sing our prayers to God anytime. We read about how David used to like to sing his prayers to God all the time and after, we worked on a bible page for our bibles. We also read the story of Daniel and the Lions and how God kept Daniel safe. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot bible page to add to their bibles.

Just some reminders…

- The Preschoolers are invited to wear red to school on Wednesday in support of Special Olympics. Students are welcome to bring in a $1 donation to benefit Special Olympics.

- Friday is a school wide half day of school in celebration of May Crowning. Both our half and full day Preschoolers will dismiss at 11:15 a.m. on this day.

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 04/25/21

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We sure had a wonderful week in Preschool celebrating Earth Day and learning about the many ways we can take care of our great Earth! We learned about some simple ways we can help protect our planet on a daily basis, such as by not leaving water running when we aren’t using it, turning lights off before leaving a room, and recycling or reusing things instead of just throwing them away. On Friday, we even reused old paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make bird feeders – we can’t wait to watch the birds enjoy them! We also had a blast painting Earth Day rocks and making a beautiful tissue paper Earth craft. We had so much fun heading outside to decorate our beautiful Earth with some special Earth Day chalk drawings! Additionally, we learned all about plants, what they need to grow and the different parts of a plant/their specific function. We sang a fun song to the tune of “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” using our body parts to act out “Flowers, Leaves, Stem and Roots.” After learning about what plants need to grow, we got to put our knowledge to work by planting our very own grass seed cups. We have been watering them every day and hope to begin to see some growth this week! Another favorite activity from this week has been reading/singing the story “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” and acting it out with our own props. This has been great math practice as we count how many frogs are left on the log, how many are already gone, etc. We also made adorable butterflies this week and had great cutting practice by making a very cute duck in rain gear. Our room and hallway sure are looking beautiful and colorful with all of our Preschoolers’ incredible work!

We learned all about letter Yy! We met Yippy the Yellow Yak, read and sang his story and made his puppet. We learned the special sound Yy makes and tried to identify as many words as we can that begin with letter Yy – they did great! We played a fun game where each child got a double sided wand with a happy face (yum!) and a sad face (yuck!) We would call out a food name and the Preschoolers would hold up their wand and show if they thought that specific food was yummy or yucky!

In religion this week, we talked about Church and why it is so important. The preschoolers recalled what they remember seeing at Church – we were so impressed by all that they could think of! We worked on a religion booklet that helped review this as well.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns at kfadden@sjfschool.us. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 04/18/21

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome Back! It sounds like everyone had very fun and memorable Easter breaks. The Preschoolers were beyond excited to see their friends again at Preschool – it was so sweet! Speaking of being excited, we are so happy for Delia and the Reidy Family on the arrival of their new baby boy, Owen Michael. We had so much fun graphing whether we thought Delia would have a new brother or sister and came up with plenty of wonderful potential name choices! :-) Congratulations to the Reidy Family and awesome big sister, Delia!

This week in Preschool we learned specifically about the season of Spring and reviewed the four seasons. We read many books that helped us identify features of springtime. The Preschoolers painted and cut out large flowers that are on display in our hallway and painted flowers that are decorating our windows. The made adorable rocking ducks and sweet bumblebees that they fingerpainted black stripes on. We look forward to continuing to learn about all things spring and Earth Day this coming week!

We learned all about letter Xx last week. We learned the special sound Xx makes and discovered that it actually is not at the beginning of too many words so we identified many words that end with Xx, such as fox and box. We also found tons of exit signs all around the school! We learned how to play tic tac toe and had a blast playing with a friend! We also did a pretend treasure hunt and thought about what we would like to find in our treasure! We met Foxy Roxy, read/sang her story and colored/cut out her puppet. We practiced writing the upper and lowercase letter and tried making it in shaving cream on Friday.

In religion this week, we read the Bible story of David playing his harp for King Saul. We learned that David played his harp to help the King feel better. We talked about what we can do to cheer someone up or make their day a little better. We discussed the many things we are good at, just like David, that we can utilize to help others, such as drawing cards, giving hugs, baking cookies, telling jokes, etc. The Preschoolers had endless wonderful ideas of how they can individually use their talents to help others smile – they are beyond thoughtful and kind! :-) Additionally, we worked on a religion booklet where we reviewed Jesus and his twelve helpers.

Just some reminders…

- We are celebrating Earth Day at school this week! On Thursday, we will be having a schoolwide Earth Day dress down day where students are invited to come to school dressed in green or blue or as a “Flower Child.” You are welcome to contribute a dollar donation in your child’s folder if you are interested – all funds collected from this day go towards our school planting day on Wednesday April 28th.

- On Thursday, we sent out a survey to parents of incoming Kindergarteners regarding an August summer camp we are planning on hosting at SJF. We would greatly appreciate if you could fill out this survey when you get a chance! Thank you so much!

- Scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday for those who are interested in ordering! You can send an order in your child’s folder or order online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs using our class code JT8JQ. As always, please feel free to reach out to me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 03/28/21

Posted on Mar 29, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

Happy Easter! We sure have been having an egg-cellent time in Preschool getting ready for this special holiday. This week, our Preschoolers worked very hard on a multi-step, adorable chick project that worked on numerous different skills – patterning, cutting and fine motor/ripping paper. They also worked hard cutting out and creating the cutest bunnies and had fun decorating a large chick. We read many wonderful Easter stories this week and sang/danced to two fun Easter songs – “Little Bunny Foo Foo” and the “Bunny Hop.” The Preschoolers did an awesome job giving and listening to clues about each of their Easter eggs and had a blast guessing what was inside each of their friends’ eggs! We also had a blast on an Easter egg hunt throughout our classroom!

We learned all about letter Ww this week. We met Willie and Wanda walrus, read their story and made their puppets. The Preschoolers learned tons of new words that begin with Ww and practiced writing the upper and lowercase letter. They were so excited to receive special “W” wands and had so much fun playing a game where I would show them a letter and they would either tell me the letter name or wave their wand if it was a Ww!

In religion, we read about Palm Sunday and how they had a parade for Jesus where they waved palm branches. We made our own palm leaves and had a pretend parade where each child got a turn to walk through the parade while their friends waved their palms and said “Hosanna! Hosanna! We praise you!” The Preschoolers also worked hard on a dot-to-dot bible page of this story. Additionally, we learned more about Jesus and his 12 helpers, who worked together to teach others about God’s love.

We are almost in the final four of our March Madness book competition! Stay tuned for updates on the winner! As always, please feel free to reach out to me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 03/21/21

Posted on Mar 22, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We had a great week in Preschool celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day! The Preschoolers were shocked when they came to school on Wednesday and discovered that Shyly the leprechaun had played with our toys and left our classroom a big mess! They worked together with a friend to try to build leprechaun traps in hopes that we would catch the leprechaun while we were at computer class. Although we unfortunately didn’t catch Shyly, he did leave us gold coins in all of our traps! We also made leprechaun finders so I know the Preschoolers were very excited to continue searching for the leprechaun at home! We also had a blast sorting, counting and graphing Lucky Charms marshmallows and making adorable leprechaun headbands. Additionally, we participated in a neat science experiment where we watched Skittles candy create an awesome rainbow! We also began getting ready for our next holiday, Easter, by painting large Easter eggs that are on our classroom windows. We continue having a blast with our March Madness book competition, too! We are reading SO many favorite books – it is hard to choose the best one!

We learned all about letter Vv this week. We learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. The Preschoolers identified many new words that begin with Vv and listened to clues to guess items that begin with the letter. We met Victor Vulture, read/sang his story and made his puppet.

We also had a blast with our science experiment as we made an erupting volcano! The excitement in the room as our volcano erupted was priceless! :-)

In religion, we read the story of Daniel and the lions. We learned that Daniel was always praying to God and knew that God would protect him. We talked about the many times each day that we pray, too. After reading and discussing the story, we worked on a dot-to-dot bible page.

As always, please feel free to reach out at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. We hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Preschool News 03/15/21

Posted on Mar 16, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We have been busy getting ready for this fun holiday all week. We read some St. Patrick’s day themed stories and made adorable leprechauns. We learned the colors of the rainbow as well as a song to help us remember the order in which the colors appear! The Preschoolers practiced spelling and writing the letters of their name in rainbow order on an adorable pot of gold craft. We are looking forward to celebrating some more this week! Last week we also had the opportunity to work one on one with each child as we did a second trimester progress update. Hopefully you saw your child’s update in their folder on Thursday – we are so proud of all the incredible growth of our Preschoolers! Keep up the great work!!! We also made adorable police car crafts that will be on display for the upcoming Police Pancake breakfast next weekend. Another exciting event that happened last week was that we began our Preschool “March Madness!” Similar to the basketball tournament, we are having a tournament of books in Preschool! Each day during snack time, we are reading two awesome books. After reading both, each child gets to vote for which story they enjoyed most. Whichever book has the most votes advances to the next round! The Preschoolers are loving this competition and have been looking forward to each day’s read alouds! We also thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather – finally!!! I think we all were so excited to be able to get some much needed fresh air this week. We hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, too!

We learned all about letter Uu this week. We learned that Uu is a special letter that makes two sounds – as in unicorn and umbrella. We want to remember the short a sound as in umbrella! We met Uncle Ugbee, read his story and made his puppet. The Preschoolers listened to clues to guess words that begin with Uu and searched for the letter among others. We worked on a dot-to-dot number umbrella and had a special surprise waiting for us under our desks – big stickers!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of Jesus and his 12 helpers. We learned that Jesus needed the assistance of these helpers to spread the good word of God and teach others about God’s love. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers drew a picture for their bibles. This week, our school began a Lenten initiative to encourage, promote and recognize loving and kind words and actions of all of our Falcon students. Each teacher has a purple necklace that they can give out to a student whenever they notice a child displaying extra love and kindness to others. As an extra incentive, Mrs. Nash calls out on the announcements at random points throughout the week that whoever is wearing the necklace at that time can come to the office for a special prize. The Preschoolers are all trying extra hard to earn the purple necklace, we are seeing SO many wonderful, loving and kind words and actions! We are so proud of all of these amazing acts of thoughtfulness, care and kindness – way to go, Preschoolers!

The Preschoolers are invited to dress up in green/St. Patrick’s Day attire on Wednesday and red on Friday in recognition of St. Joseph’s Day. We are looking forward to a great week! Please reach out at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Preschool News 03/07/21

Posted on Mar 08, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We had SO much rhyming fun this week with our Dr. Seuss Week! We read tons of silly, rhyming stories and had a blast with each day’s special theme! We practiced patterning skills as we made red and white Cat in the Hat headbands and tried our best to make the tallest Cat in the Hat stack that we could without it falling over with small red cups and white note cards. We turned ourselves into an adorable Thing 1/Thing 2 craft and sorted Goldfish from “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by color and then graphed them to see how many we had of each color. On Friday, we read “Green Eggs and Ham,” made a craft and had a blast using pipettes and our awesome fine motor skills to squeeze drops of vinegar onto our “green eggs.” The excitement as the green eggs fizzed, bubbled and melted was the best! Additionally, we also finger painted beautiful rainbows that are on display in our classroom! Thank you so much for all of your help in preparing your child for each day’s special theme – it was such a blast!

We learned all about letter Tt this week! We met Tommy Tiger, read and sang his story and made his puppet. We learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. We listened to clues to guess items that start with Tt and searched for the letter among others. The Preschoolers were so excited to think of new words that begin with Tt each day and thought of some really terrific ones!

In religion, we read the story of the Good Shepherd and a Lost Lamb. We learned that shepherds care for their sheep and that this shepherd felt such happiness when he found his lost sheep. After reading and discussing the story and making the connection of how Jesus is a good shepherd to us, always caring for us, we worked on a booklet and a dot-to-dot bible page of the story.

Just some reminders…

- Friday is a half day of school for optional Parent Teacher conferences. There is an 11:30 a.m. dismissal for our full day Preschoolers and 11:15 a.m. dismissal for our half day Preschoolers on this day.

- There is no school next Monday (March 15th.)

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 02/28/21

Posted on Mar 01, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We are officially Dental Health experts in Room 109! We spent the week learning all about our teeth and how to take care of them. As a class, we brainstormed the many different ways we use our teeth (to eat, to talk, to smile!, etc. ) and the many different ways we can take good care of our teeth (brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods, visiting the dentist, etc.) We engaged in all sorts of dental health themed learning including cutting, sorting and pasting teeth with numbers on them in order from 1-20, graphing the colors of our toothbrushes at home and practicing writing our names as we built a smile. The Preschoolers made an adorable puppet of themselves holding a toothbrush and played a fun game where they used a toothbrush to clean a “dirty tooth” and identified the letter name of the tooth they were going to clean. We also played another exciting game where the Preschoolers each got a turn to roll a dice and “pull” (using fine motor tweezers) that many teeth from our pretend patient. Additionally, we learned a song to remind us to brush our teeth up and down, twice a day and read many great dental health themed stories. The Preschoolers cut out a large tooth template and then used a corn syrup and paint mixture to paint their tooth shiny and white! We sure learned so many great tips this week about how to keep our teeth healthy and beautiful! :-)

We learned all about letter Ss this week and the special sound the letter makes. The Preschoolers practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and identified numerous words that begin with the letter. We were introduced to Silly Snake, read his story and made his puppet. We learned that shamrocks start with Ss and painted and cut out very large shamrocks that are on display on our classroom windows. Such super stars!!!

In religion, we continued learning about Lent and identifying ways we can try our best to be like Jesus. We worked on a Lent booklet that explained many of the important aspects of the Lenten season.

We were SO grateful and excited to get to go outside last week after so many cold, cold days. We took many afternoon walks, enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine and had a blast drawing with chalk too! We hope to continue getting outside in the afternoons as the weather allows so if your child is a full day Preschooler, please continue to keep that in mind when choosing outfits each day!

Just some reminders…

- Our Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms are excited to kick off some rhyming practice fun this week with Dr. Seuss books! The schedule of events can be found below.

o Monday – Cat in the Hat Day (wear your favorite hat!)

o Tuesday – Wocket in Your Pocket (bring something small that fits in your pocket to show and tell!)

o Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday (Dress in your wackiest outfit!)

o Thursday – Pinch of Grinch Day (Wear Green and/or a who-inspired hairdo!)

o Friday – Green Eggs and Ham (Special surprises at school!)

- Scholastic book orders are due on Friday if you are interested in ordering this month. You can send an order and payment in your child’s folder or order online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs using our class code JT8JQ. Reach out with any questions!

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 02/21/21

Posted on Feb 22, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We may have had a very short week with the holiday weekend and a bonus snow day but we sure packed in a lot of learning and fun! We were SO excited to celebrate our 100th day of school on Wednesday! The Preschoolers looked beyond adorable as 100 year olds – thank you so much for your help in coming up with such wonderful 100 year old looks! :-) We had a super fun time this week celebrating our 100th day of school by making celebratory headbands, making a 100 dab-a-dot gumball machine and reading some 100th day of school stories! We had a blast dancing to many 1-100 counting songs and played a fun “would you rather” game where we had prompts such as, “would you rather 100 bats or 100 cats?” or “would you rather build 100 snowmen or 100 sandcastles?” We also made a classroom chart where each Preschooler got to suggest something that they would want 100 of and something that they would not want 100 of. Their ideas were priceless! :-) 

Since it was a short week, we did not begin a new letter this week but instead played lots of fun alphabet review games including Kaboom and ABC relay races! We will move on to letter Ss this week.

A huge focus of our week was on Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. We talked about what this time means for our Church and how Lent is a very special time for us to really try our best to be like Jesus, always acting with love and kindness. We were so grateful to have Fr. Ken visit our classroom to talk to us more about Ash Wednesday and Lent and distribute ashes to each of our Preschoolers. Thank you, Fr. Ken! Additionally, we worked on a religion booklet about how Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for us and watches over us. We talked about and brainstormed other jobs that care of us, watch over us and/or help us. Finally, we read the bible story of “A Tall Wall: The Story of Jericho.” We read and discussed how the people had faith and trusted in God. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot page of the story to add to their bibles.

Thank you again so much for all of your help in making these 100 days of school the very best!!! As always, please feel free to reach out to me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week! (hooray for finally some warmer temps and a break from the snow!!)

Preschool News 02/16/21

Posted on Feb 15, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We hope your family had a warm and cozy long weekend making memories together! We look forward to being back in Room 109 tomorrow as we celebrate our “100-ish” Day of School! Just a reminder that the Preschoolers are invited to come to school tomorrow dressed up as though they are 100-ish years old. We look forward to a very fun and memorable day!

Last week in Preschool, we learned about the job of the President and specifically, about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in celebration of President’s Day. We learned that George Washington was the first President of the United States and that Abraham Lincoln kept his important papers in his tall black hat! We read many stories about both, and about the role of the President, and the Preschoolers got to pick if they wanted to make a George Washington or Abraham Lincoln headband. I think we definitely have many future President’s in Preschool!

We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with our 20 sweetest friends! We went on a number hunt throughout our classroom looking for hidden hearts with numbers 1-12 on them. The Preschoolers did a fantastic job searching the room and matching the hearts they needed on their paper. We engaged in a really fun STEM balancing activity where the Preschoolers were each given a small cup turned upside down, a popsicle stick and candy hearts. The Preschoolers sure got creative coming up with different arrangements to make their hearts balance – although the best part was undoubtedly the many laughs that came from when their arrangement lost its balance! :-) The Preschoolers had such a blast making special ripped paper heart Valentines for you! This doubled as great fine motor practice and Mrs. Furlong and I were truly blown away at how wonderful the Preschoolers did independently ripping their red paper into small scraps and gluing them into the heart. The Preschoolers also got some great name printing and patterning practice as they picked two color hearts and made a pattern out of the letters of their name – turning into an adorable “love bug!” We played musical chairs, read tons of favorite Valentine themed stories and listened to some fun Valentine songs like H-e-a-r-t (to the tune of BINGO) and Skidamarink. Make sure to check out our classroom Instagram page @ourfuntimein109 for TONS of photos (and even some sweet videos!) of our Valentine’s Day celebrations in Preschool!

We learned all about letter Rr last week. We met Rowdy the Rodeo Rat, read his story and made his puppet. We practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and identified tons of words that begin with Rr. The Preschoolers listened to clues to guess items that begin with Rr and searched for the letter among others.

In religion, we learned how Valentine’s Day is a great time to show everyone just how much we love them. We talked about nice things we can do for others, like make cards/pictures, invite a new friend to play with us, share favorite toys, tell mom and dad “I love you!”, etc. We worked on a booklet that showed us different pictures of kids engaging in a kind or not kind act. We talked about which pictures show love and which do not and why. We really do have the very sweetest Preschoolers in Room 109 who are always loving and kind – our favorite words!

Mrs. Furlong and I were SO touched by the beautiful flowers sent to school on Thursday - what a sweet, sweet gesture!!! Thank you so much for thinking of us on Valentine’s Day, you made our day! We thoroughly enjoyed our very beautiful bouquets – thank you!!!

Thank you also for the donations of Clorox wipes, Kleenex and hand sanitizer. We are SO grateful for your help in replenishing our stock as we stay healthy and clean in Room 109! You are truly the best! Thank you for all of your help and support making these “100-ish” days of school so far so wonderful! :-)

Preschool News 02/07/21

Posted on Feb 08, 2021

Dear Parents,

We had the best time celebrating Catholic Schools Week in Preschool! The Preschoolers had such a great time engaging in each day’s special theme/activity – we sure had a fun week! We hope you enjoyed the special Room 109 Open House Video that the Preschoolers made for you. They were very excited to show off the different parts of our room and tell you about some of what they have been learning! Thank you again for choosing St. John Fisher School for your family. We are so grateful that you chose to share your incredible children with us this year!

In addition to our Catholic Schools Week fun, we also finished up learning more about Penguins and Polar Bears and made a cute Polar Bear craft that the Preschoolers worked hard to cut out. We also celebrated Groundhogs Day in Preschool! We learned about groundhogs and how they live in burrows and hibernate. We learned about the Groundhogs day holiday and what it means if the groundhog does/does not see his shadow. We made groundhog headbands and practiced making shadows. We predicted whether or not we thought the groundhog would see his shadow this year and graphed our results. The Preschoolers were surprised as we watched that the groundhog did see his shadow this year, which means he predicts six more weeks of winter – yikes!

We learned all about letter Qq this week. The Preschoolers learned how to write the upper and lowercase letter and practiced the sound the letter makes. The Preschoolers searched for the letter among others and identified numerous words that begin with Qq. We also met Quilla Queen, read her story and made her puppet.

In religion, we reviewed the bible story that we read last week about Jesus and the Children. We know that Jesus loves all children! We also learned about the rosary and practiced saying the Hail Mary together.

Just some reminders…

- Thank you so much for the donation of Clorox Wipes, Kleenex and hand sanitizer this week. If your family did not send any in yet but would still like to contribute, we would greatly appreciate any donations over the coming weeks! Thank you so much for helping to keep our classroom healthy and clean!

- There is no school this Friday (02/12) or next Monday (02/15). Have a wonderful President’s Day Weekend!

- We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in Preschool on Thursday. Please have your child wear Valentine’s colors on this day if you can. Unfortunately, students cannot bring in Valentines or treats to pass out this year due to Covid protocols, but we still look forward to a very fun day with games and Valentines activities at school!

As always, please email me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 01/31/21

Posted on Feb 01, 2021

Dear Parents,

Happy Catholic School’s Week! We look forward to an exciting week ahead as we celebrate all the MANY things that make SJF such a special and incredible place! Your children and family are truly at the top of that list – thank you for choosing to be part of our SJF community! We are so grateful that you chose to send your child to St. John Fisher. We hope you feel it has been the best investment! As we look to welcome the newest SJF Falcons with registration for next school year opening this week, please help us spread the great word about our amazing school to your family, friends and neighbors! Your word of mouth recommendation is so valuable and we are truly very appreciative for your help in promoting our incredible school!

This week in Preschool we continued learning more about Penguins and Polar Bears (which was perfect because we also learned about letter Pp!) We read tons of fiction and nonfiction stories about both animals, learned more about where they live and some of the things they like to do, like swim! We went on a winter find it hunt, where we searched our room for hidden pictures of winter themed items, and made adorable Eskimos! We began talking about Valentine’s Day and the Preschoolers chose to paint a red, purple or pink heart that they also cut out (and are on display on our classroom windows!) We also talked more about what it means to be a good friend and how we can be loving and kind to all of our classmates. The Preschoolers worked really hard on drawing a picture of themselves where they also completed the prompt “I am a good friend because I …” by writing or tracing why they are such a good friend to others. We sure have the most loving and kind Preschoolers in Room 109!

We learned all about letter Pp this week! We learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced writing the upper and lowercase letter. The Preschoolers were blowing us away with how many words they could think of that began with Pp – they kept excitedly coming up to us with new words throughout the day each day this week as they thought of them! So sweet!!! We met Penelope Pig, read her story and made her puppet. We searched for the letter among others and listened to clues to guess letter Pp items. Of course, our favorite letter Pp words of all are…. Preschool and Play!!! :-)

In religion, we read the bible story of Jesus and the Children. We learned how Jesus always made time to talk about God with children, even when other adults thought he might be too busy. We read that Jesus taught that children are an important part of God’s Family! After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers drew a picture of the story to add to their bibles.

Some important reminders…

- This week is Catholic School’s Week – Hooray! We look forward to fun activities each day to celebrate our incredible school and amazing SJF community! Here is the schedule of events.

o Monday – Roll out Bed Day – Wear your pajamas to school! We will be playing all-school Bingo in the afternoon.

o Tuesday – Game Day – No need to bring or wear anything today, just get ready to play some fun games in Preschool!

o Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Dress in your wackiest outfit today! Feel free to bring in $1 to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

o Thursday – Rosary – We will be saying the rosary as a school today. If you have a rosary for your child that you feel comfortable sending to school please do so. It would be so helpful if you could put it in a Ziploc bag in your child’s folder with their name on it. If you don’t have one available, no problem at all!

o Friday – Falcon Friday – Come to school dressed in your favorite Falcon gear, special tie-dye creation (see Mrs. Nash’s Notes!) or in Falcon colors! Please send your child with a special treat to enjoy today for our all-school movie!

- Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is now officially open! If you did not yet register your child for Preschool OR Kindergarten yet for next year please do so as soon as possible to reserve your spot! Please also let us know as soon as possible if your family will not be returning to SJF next school year. Feel free to let me know if you need another registration form and we can happily send one home in your child’s folder! Please also spread the word that registration is open to family, friends and neighbors!

- As the year progresses, we are running very low on some crucial supplies and could greatly use your help in restocking our classroom! If possible for your family at this time, we would really appreciate if you could contribute 1-3 packages of Clorox Wipes (we are constantly cleaning and disinfecting with these each day!), 1 Box of Kleenex and 1 Bottle of Hand Sanitizer. Thank you SO much in advance!

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a great week!

Preschool News 01/24/21

Posted on Jan 25, 2021

Dear Preschool Parents,

We had an awesome first week back at school together! The Preschoolers were SO excited to see all of their friends, it was beyond precious to watch them light up in excitement as they reunited with each friend! One of my favorite quotes from the week was, “I am so happy to see you, I can’t wait to play with you – it’s been like, 90 years!!!” haha! The Preschoolers were also super thrilled to meet and get to know our two super sweet new friends, Grace and Liam! Needless to say, it was a wonderful week! :-) 

We enjoyed some winter themed fun this week by reading winter related stories and making pretend snow (out of baking soda and hair conditioner!) We also had a blast with a STEAM project by building a snowman out of different sized marshmallows and toothpicks. The Preschoolers blew us away by how awesome they did with independently building their snowman – they were SO excited to bring them home to show you! We also started learning about penguins and polar bears this week and made an adorable penguin craft. We learned about the different features of penguins and polar bears (such as feather, fur, flippers, webbed feet, paws, blubber, etc.) and how those features help them in their daily lives. We also learned that baby penguins are called chicks while baby polar bears are called cubs!

Additionally, we learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and his dream of peace for our world and treating everyone with love and kindness. In honor of his dreams for our world, we celebrated in Preschool with a Career Day that recognized the future dreams of our Preschoolers. From firefighters and princesses to a veterinarian and a singer - we sure have many incredible future leaders in Room 109 who will absolutely make a great difference in our world! To remind us of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams for our world, we sponge painted and cut out an Earth that we topped with a heart that the Preschoolers traced the word “Peace” on.

We learned all about letter Oo this week, which the Preschoolers really enjoyed writing! :-) We learned that Oo is a special letter that makes two sounds – such as in overalls and octopus. We want to remember the short Oo sound as in octopus! We learned and brainstormed many words that begin with Oo and searched for the letter among other letters. We worked on our letter Oo book and puppet and listened to clues to guess words that begin with Oo. They are doing outstanding!

In religion, we read the story of Baby Moses in a basket. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot picture of the story to add to their own bibles.

Just a reminder that yellow registration forms went home in the folders of each of your children this week. Every family will need to fill out and return this form to let the office know of your plans for next year (this includes children who will be attending Kindergarten next year!) Please also let us know if you are not planning on returning to SJF next year. We would also really appreciate your help in spreading the word about our awesome school to any families, neighbors or friends who are looking for a great school for next year! We know how valuable word of mouth recommendations are and are so grateful for your help!

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 12/13/20

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

Dear Parents,

It is certainly the most wonderful time of the year in Preschool! From making Christmas crafts and special Christmas gifts to hearing the adorable voices of our little ones practice our Christmas songs and poems each day, there is so much JOY in room 109! This week in Preschool, our adorable little elves were very busy finishing up special Christmas gifts for you and making many crafts, including angels and elves. We are also traveling all throughout the world to get a glimpse at what Christmas is like in other countries! This week we got our tickets, boarded the plane at the gate, experienced virtual runway take-offs and visited Mexico and Germany! We learned about poinsettias and how to say “Feliz Navidad” in Mexico and learned about gingerbread in Germany. We are having tons of fun on our travels! :-) 

In religion, we continue learning about the birth of Baby Jesus and all the special events and people surrounding that time. We also lit the second candle on our Advent wreaths and read many stories about the first Christmas.

We learned all about the letter Ll this week. We met Larry Lion, read his story and created his puppet. We practiced how to write the upper and lowercase Ll, which the Preschoolers were pleased to discover is quite an easy letter to write! :-) We followed clues to guess words that begin with Ll, brainstormed even more and searched for the Ll among other letters.

Just some reminders…

- This Thursday is our Polar Express Day! Preschoolers are invited to come to school dressed in their favorite pajamas on this day. We look forward to a magical day!

- Next week we have a full day of school on Monday (the 21st) and a half day of school on Tuesday (the 22nd) with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. to begin Christmas break (Half day Preschoolers will dismiss at their usual 11:15 a.m. time.)

- We return to school in person on Tuesday, January 19th. As you likely saw, Mrs. Nash sent out an email this past week to Preschool families letting them know about our Preschool remote learning options and plans, beginning Wednesday January 6th. We look forward to virtually learning with as many of you as we can after break! :-) 

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 12/6/20

Posted on Dec 07, 2020

Dear Parents,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Preschool! Our Room 109 elves were very busy creating all sorts of Christmas projects (including very special gifts for mom and dad!) and learning/singing Christmas songs and poems! We were so surprised earlier this week when an elf arrived in our classroom straight from the North Pole! Our Preschoolers brainstormed many fantastic ideas to name our elf and ultimately chose the name, “Snowflake!” Snowflake has been moving to a new spot in our room every day to watch our students and report back to Santa all the loving, kind and wonderful things they are doing and saying! This week we also started learning many Christmas songs and poems – maybe you even heard some already? :-) Unfortunately, due to COVID, we are unable to have our Preschool Christmas Concert in the Church this year as we traditionally do. However, we are determined to make the best of it and are still learning the songs and poems that we are planning on videotaping for you. Stay tuned for more information about this soon!

Our focus in Preschool this week was about learning that on Christmas we celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus. We learned about all who were involved in this special time and other key terms/places (Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Bethlehem, stable, manger, the Three Wise Men, the shepherds, etc.) We learned about how this is a very important time for our Church called Advent, which is a time of waiting and joyful anticipation. We learned about the Advent wreath that we see at Church with one pink and three purple candles. After learning more about this, the Preschoolers made their own Advent wreaths and “lit” the first candle by gluing a flame onto their purple candle. We look forward to lighting our second candle this week! We also made Christmas countdown chains and talked about how each night, before the Preschooler goes to bed, they can say their prayers and take off the bottom chain and count how many more days there are until Christmas. Additionally, we made adorable reindeer that are on display on our windows, name Christmas trees that helped us practice spelling/writing our names and for math we practiced sorting by length to make precious Christmas trees. The Preschoolers picked a set of scrapbook paper, different sized strips and had to put them in order from smallest to largest to build their Christmas tree. Our Preschoolers did a great job sorting their strips by size - they turned out adorable!

We also learned all about letter Kk this week. We met Katy Kangaroo, read/sang her story and made her puppet. We practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and sorted items that do and do not begin with Kk. This was a bit of a tricky letter to learn since it can be difficult to tell the difference between words that begin with “Kk” and words that begin with “Cc” since they sound so similar. They were doing great trying to distinguish between the two and brainstorming words. They sure are such smart cookies! :-) 

Just some reminders…

- SOAR is hosting an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Day on Friday (Dec. 11th.) Students throughout the school are encouraged to bring in a dollar to donate to Pro Labore Dei.

- Thursday, December 17th will be our school wide Polar Express Day. Students are invited to come to school dressed in their favorite pajamas on this day.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at kfadden@sjfschool.us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 11/22/20

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful week in Preschool finishing up all of our Thanksgiving fun and enjoying lots of Thanksgiving themed stories, poems and songs! Our favorite poem is “A Turkey is a Funny Bird!” This is how it goes – “A turkey is a funny bird, his head goes wobble, wobble. All he says is just one word – gobble, gobble, gobble!” They sure are adorable reciting it! This week we finished up our very special Thanksgiving books that depict the story of the first Thanksgiving and learned even more about it. We learned some neat facts, such as that the Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower for about 2 months – wow! We also continued to talk about the many different things, big and small, that we are thankful for. The Preschoolers completed more entries this week and were excited to take home their journals to share with you! They sure thought of many creative, wonderful ideas! We also asked the Preschoolers a little questionnaire about how to cook a turkey, which we are saving for their memory books – their answers sure are comical and precious!

We learned all about letter Jj this week! We learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. We worked hard on our letter Jj song/book and puppet and identified lots of words that begin with Jj.

In religion, we read the story of Joseph and learned how his dad gave him a very special, colorful coat which made Joseph’s brothers feel jealous. We read how Joseph forgave his brothers, even after they treated him unkindly. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot picture of the story to add to their bibles.

Just some reminders…

- We will not be in person at school this week. Monday and Tuesday are at-home learning days. Our Preschoolers are invited to work on Thanksgiving themed activities that were sent home in their learning packet last week.

- I am looking forward to meeting with you via Zoom on Monday or Tuesday! If you choose not to or can no longer make your scheduled time that is completely fine. I will reach out if I have any concerns. Please just send me an email if you can no longer make it! Otherwise, I look forward to conferencing with you soon!

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Mrs. Furlong and I wish your families a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so grateful and thankful for each of your sweet children and for every day we are able to spend with them. Thank you so much for sharing them with us this year! Happy Thanksgiving!

Preschool News 11/15/20

Posted on Nov 16, 2020

Dear Parents,

We sure have a lot to be Thankful for in Preschool! We were so lucky to get some absolutely gorgeous days last week and spend some lovely November afternoons outside! We are so thankful for our amazing Veterans who served and sacrificed for our country. We honored them on Wednesday and are so grateful for their service. We are also thankful for knowledge and learning. I have been assessing our Preschoolers as we prepare to send out progress reports next week and I am truly blown away by the incredible growth that has taken place over the last three months! In a year that has been unlike any other, we are so thankful for all the many blessings we experience – big and small!

This week in Preschool our students were very hard at work creating Thanksgiving books that depict the story of the first Thanksgiving. They also have been working hard on their thankful journals which are so sweet! Additionally, we read the Thanksgiving story “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie” and practiced our comprehension skills by retelling the story in the order of what the old lady ate. They loved getting to “feed” the old lady all the items from the story! We also played a fun math and fine motor number line game with clothespins turned into turkeys! The Preschoolers rolled a dice and moved their turkey that many spots on their number line. Additionally, we played a fun Thanksgiving shape review game where I hid a turkey under a pile of hay with a various shape on it. The Preschoolers take turns guessing under which shape the turkey is hiding!

We learned all about letter Ii this week! We learned that Ii is a special letter that makes two sounds – as in ice cream and iguana. We want to remember the short i sound as in iguana! We read about Isabella Inchworm, sang her song and made her puppet. We listened to clues to guess items that begin with Ii and identified tons of letter Ii words. They are doing incredible!

As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 11/8/20

Posted on Nov 09, 2020

Dear Parents,

Gobble, Gobble! We are in full Thanksgiving mode in Preschool! In addition to reading many Thanksgiving and turkey themed stories, we have been engaging in all sorts of Thanksgiving fun! A highlight of our week was making our stuffed paper bag turkeys! We also practiced printing the letters of our name by making adorable turkeys with a feather for each letter of their name. They turned out really cute and the Preschoolers are making great strides in writing their names! We have been learning about how Thanksgiving is a special time to give thanks and gratitude for all the many blessings we have in our lives. The Preschoolers have been working on a thankful journal where they are drawing pictures of many of the things they are most grateful for. We will continue working on these Thankful journals all month. Additionally, we worked on developing our fine motor skills by using Q-tips to paint pumpkins. We also made cute turkeys that are on display on our windows and have been playing a really fun Turkey hop game!

We learned all about letter Hh this week. We learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced how to write the upper and lower case letter. We played a game where the Preschoolers got to pick letter cards and tell the class if they picked an Hh or not an Hh. If they picked an Hh, they got to put it on the happy face and if not, they told us what letter it was and put it on the sad face. We also worked on those important fine motor skills by placing stickers on a large H. They got to pick if they wanted to use heart or happy face stickers! We also read and worked on our Hippo Hop book and puppet. Hooray for Preschool!

In religion, we read the story of God’s Promise to Abraham and Sarah. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers drew a picture of the story to add to their bibles.

We also had a special Preschool election this week! We read “Duck for President” and then voted for our favorite animal on our special ballots – dog, cat, rabbit or monkey. It was a close one but after counting and tallying the votes, cat was the winner!

Just a reminder…

- Thursday is our Picture Day! We can’t wait to see those adorable smiles! :-) 

- Wednesday, students throughout the school are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in honor of Veteran’s Day. You are welcome to send in a dollar donation if you’d like.

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. We hope you enjoyed the gorgeous weather this weekend and look forward to a couple more beautiful days this week – hooray! Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 11/1/20

Posted on Nov 01, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

We hope each of your families had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween! We sure had a blast celebrating in Preschool! The boys and girls looked beyond adorable in their amazing costumes and we had so much fun playing lots of great Halloween games! Make sure to take a look at our Instagram page (@ourfuntimein109) to see the incredible costumes, the fun games we played and of course, listen to some spook-tacular Halloween songs and poems performed by our very own Room 109 pumpkins! We hope you enjoy! :-)

In addition to our fun Halloween games, this week we also made a cute witch shape craft and played a roll to 20 math game where we used spider rings as our counter and had to roll/move our spider until we made it to 20! The Preschoolers also played a math game where they took double sided black/white spiders, shook them up and dropped them on a web. They had to count and color how many of their spiders landed black side up and how many landed white side up. We read some nonfiction books about bats and learned many facts about them. We brainstormed ways in which bats are similar to and also different from birds – they sure thought of great comparisons/contrasts! The Preschoolers loved getting to transform into bats with their own bat headbands that they made!

We learned all about letter Gg this week! We met Gus the Goat, read/sang his story and made his puppet. The Preschoolers brainstormed and thought of many great words that begin with Gg and practiced how to write the upper and lower case letter Gg. We listened to clues to guess items that begin with the Gg sound and read a silly story about a gorilla who was not a very good guest!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of Noah’s Ark. We listened to a song about Noah’s Ark, too! The Preschoolers completed a dot-to-dot bible page of this story. We also learned about Saints this week and worked on a booklet about All Saints Day. In particular, we talked about St. Francis of Assisi who cared deeply about animals. We learned that we can be like the Saints too by always showing love and kindness to others!

Just some reminders…

- Scholastic book orders are due on Tuesday for those who are interested in ordering this month. You can also order online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs using our class code JT8JQ. Please reach out with any questions!

- Next Thursday, November 12th is our rescheduled Picture Day. We can’t wait to see those adorable smiles!!!

As always, please email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. We hope you have a wonderful week!

Ms. Fadden and Mrs. Furlong

Preschool News 10/25/20

Posted on Oct 26, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

We sure are having a spook-tacular time in Preschool! This week in Preschool, we learned about pumpkins and how they grow and about jack-o-lanterns. We reviewed our shapes by talking about the different shapes that can create a jack-o-lantern’s face. The Preschoolers painted and cut out orange pumpkins and drew adorable jack-o-lantern faces on them! We went on a fun number spider hunt throughout our classroom where we had spider web cards hidden with different amounts of spiders on each web. The Preschoolers had to find the different webs, count how many spiders were on it and then find and color the corresponding number on their recording sheet. We reviewed identifying the letters of our name and how to spell our names by playing with pumpkin cards that had our letters on them and putting them in order. We also used them to practice printing the letters of our name on special Halloween gel sensory bags. Additionally, the Preschoolers made adorable silly spiders that turned out really cute and we played a fun math and fine motor game where the Preschoolers would roll a dice, count how many they rolled and then add that many spider rings to their straw tower! They sure enjoyed playing this game and trying to reach the top with their spiders! We have read so many favorite Halloween stories this week and are having so much fun practicing our Halloween songs and poems each day – it is a highlight of our day for sure! I am sure you are hearing some of them at home, too! :-) 

We learned all about letter Ff this week. We learned the special sound the letter makes and how to write the upper and lowercase letters. We brainstormed tons of words that begin with Ff and listened to clues to identify even more. We met Funny Fish, read/colored/sang his story and cut out his puppet. Our Preschoolers sure are fantastic!

In religion, we reviewed how God made each of us special and discussed the many different ways we can take care of ourselves, such as by brushing our teeth, eating healthy foods and washing our hands. We also reviewed and worked on a bible page about how God made all the colorful, beautiful things we see in our wonderful world.

Just some reminders…

- Since we have some Preschoolers who only attend school on T/W/TH, we will be celebrating Halloween as a class on Thursday. On this day, your child is welcome to come to school dressed up in their Halloween costume (please no masks since we have the face masks this year and please also no weapons or high heels.) Unfortunately, all students will not be able to bring in any items or treats to pass out this year due to COVID precautions. We still are looking forward to a really fun day with plenty of spook-tacular games and activities!

- If your child attends school on Fridays, they are welcome to also dress up in costume on this day as this is when the rest of the school will be celebrating Halloween.

As always, please feel free to reach out at any point with questions or concerns at kfadden@sjfschool.us. Stay tuned for lots of fun Halloween pictures and videos to come! :-) You can also follow along with our fun on our class Instagram - @ourfuntimein109. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 10/18/20

Posted on Oct 19, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

Spiders, skeletons and pumpkins… oh my! We are having such a blast with Halloween activities in Preschool! We have been busy learning many favorite Halloween songs and poems that we have been practicing each day. Some of their favorite and most requested selections include “Witches Brew,” “I Saw a Little Ghost” and the “Spooky Walk!” Ask your child to recite their favorite Halloween song/poem for you at home – it sure is adorable!!! :-) We made cute handprint spiders and painted orange pumpkins that we will turn into jack-o-lanterns this week. A highlight of our week was definitely making Mr. Bones – our incredible life-size skeletons! We are also enjoying many wonderful Halloween stories.

We learned all about letter Ee this week. We learned how to write the upper and lowercase letter and learned that Ee is super special because it makes two sounds, such as in eagle and egg. We want to remember the short e sound as in egg! We had so much fun making elephants with blow up trunks – what a blast! We also read the classic story “Elmer” about a patchwork elephant who was very colorful. The Preschoolers did an amazing job gluing many colorful squares onto their own Elmer craft. They sure are excellent students!

In religion this week, we read the story of Adam and Eve and how God created people in addition to our beautiful colorful world and animals. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers drew a picture of the story to add to their bibles and worked on a bible booklet that talked about how God made each of us special too, just like Adam and Eve were made special. We talked about the many ways we are different and the many ways we are the same and sang our “I am Special” song to help us remember how God made each of us so special.

Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 10/12/20

Posted on Oct 14, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

We hope each of your families had the best long weekend! We sure had a fantastic week in Preschool celebrating SJF Spirit Week as a school. What a blast to follow the fun themes each day! We also had a great week learning about Fire Safety since October is National Fire Safety month. We learned all about the job of a firefighter, how to prevent fires and what to do if there ever is a fire near us. We learned about the functions of different fire safety equipment including fire hydrants, fire trucks and all the specific gear that firefighters wear to keep themselves safe. (helmet, coat, pants, boots, oxygen tank and mask, etc.) We read many wonderful fiction and nonfiction stories and learned a firefighter poem too! The Preschoolers had a blast finger painting a pretend flame with red and yellow paint – they were so excited to learn that when you mix red and yellow paint it creates the color orange! :-) The Preschoolers also got to finger paint black spots on a fire dog Dalmatian after reading a story about one and created an adorable fire hydrant craft that they painted with watercolor paints. We read a Scholastic booklet about fire safety and worked together on the back to identify items that are hot/not hot to touch. We also started to get into the Halloween spirit by making an adorable ghost craft that gives some clues about each Preschooler and reveals who they are when you lift up the ghost! They cut the ghosts out themselves and are doing a great job practicing this tough skill – way to go, Preschoolers! We also started to introduce some of our very favorite Halloween songs and poems this week which has been a blast. We will surely share some sweet videos of them singing/dancing soon once we have them down! :-)

We learned all about letter Dd this week. We learned the special sound Dd makes and learned how to write the upper and lowercase letter. We followed clues to guess different items that start with Dd and brainstormed even more! The Preschoolers were introduced to Daisy Doll and practiced reading/singing her story and worked on coloring and cutting skills as they made her puppet. We also listened to some catchy letter Dd songs that help us practice the letter sound!

In religion, the Preschoolers worked on drawing their own depiction of the God’s Colorful World story that we read. We added this page to our bibles and will save each page throughout the year so that each child has their own special keepsake bible at the end of the year!

Just a reminder that you can follow along with all of our Preschool fun via our classroom Instagram account @ourfuntimein109! Preschool truly is the best!!! :-) Hope you have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 09/20/20

Posted on Sep 21, 2020

Dear Parents,

We sure had a fun week in Preschool! The Preschoolers were able to attend all of their special classes for the very first time this week. They listened to stories about dinosaurs at library, went outside to play games at gym, traced letters of the alphabet in a fun game on the iPads at computers, made artistic creations at art and danced away at music! We also were able to play at the park and enjoy these beautiful days outside! We continued getting to know one another by answering some all about me questions and telling the class about ourselves. What awesome personalities we have in Room 109! :-)

Our first bible story is “God’s Colorful World” which is about how God made everything so beautiful and colorful. We reviewed all the colors and picked a favorite color to make a cute crayon craft where we learned how to use a glue stick. We also continue to play a lot of name games both to learn the names of our new friends as well as to work on recognizing and being able to spell our own names!

This week in Preschool we introduced our very first letter of the week – letter Aa! We learned that every letter talks and makes a special sound. Aa is very special because it makes two sounds, such as in acorn and apple. We want to remember the short a sound as in apple! We read and colored a story about Apple Annie and all her favorite things that start with letter Aa. We made an Apple Annie puppet and listened to clues to guess items that begin with the letter. The Preschoolers also practiced their fine motor skills by decorating a large letter A with small apple stickers. They sure are doing awesome!! We hope your family had a great weekend!

Preschool News 09/13/20

Posted on Sep 14, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

It has been so much fun getting to know each of your wonderful children this week! It has been especially sweet watching your children interact with one another and develop awesome new friendships! We are all really excited for a great year ahead in Preschool! :-) 

This week we began slowly introducing our Preschool routine. We sang songs and poems, learned new prayers, read many favorite books (they are currently loving the “Pete the Cat” books - so fun!) and of course played inside and outside with our many new friends. Some of our morning activities include learning centers (engaging play that helps develop academic skills including letter/sound recognition, number recognition, patterning, fine motor skills, etc.), morning meeting (calendar, question of the day, name practice/songs, social emotional learning, etc.), playtime, snack time and specials. The Preschoolers were very excited for their first specials Weds-Fri of last week! Starting this week, we will have library with Mrs. Keller on Mondays, gym with Mr. Mulchrone on Tuesdays, computers with Mrs. Maxwell on Wednesdays, art with Mrs. Corley on Thursdays and music with Ms. Surin on Fridays. Also starting this week we will begin introducing our letter of the week program beginning with letter “Aa” and starting our religion program. We also incorporate small group/individual learning as well as whole class instruction related to our current theme. Of course, we look forward to continuing to play, make new friends and have lots of fun!!

Just some reminders…

- In case you missed it in Mrs. Nash’s weekly newsletter, we are adjusting our Preschool start time now that we have the daily temperature/health checks running smoothly! Preschoolers who have an older sibling in the school will now arrive at 8:00 a.m. daily and Preschoolers who are the oldest child in their family will now arrive at 8:05 a.m. daily. Dismissal will continue to be at 11:15 am. daily for our half day Preschoolers and 2:40 p.m. daily for our full day Preschoolers, with the exception of Wednesdays which is a 12:30 p.m. dismissal day for school cleaning. - Thank you so much for letting us know via a note or email when someone other than your child’s mom or dad will be picking up your child. Thank you also for bearing with us at dismissal each day as we learn new faces to safely dismiss each Preschooler.

Thank you so much for all of your help so far! What an awesome group!! Please send me an email at kfadden@sjfschool.us at any time with any questions or concerns. Mrs. Furlong and I are really looking forward to a wonderful year with this class with lots of fun, learning and laughing! :-) 

Have a great week!

Preschool News 09/07/20

Posted on Sep 08, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

We are off to a really great start in Preschool after our two wonderful Orientation Days and being able to meet all of our sweet new Falcons! We are SO excited to see the whole group together tomorrow!

On their Orientation Day, the Preschoolers loved getting to find their own locker, their own supplies and their own big kid desk, too! We read a story called “I’m Not Ready” about an owl who is nervous and thinks he is not ready for Preschool but ends up having so much fun on his first day that he doesn’t want to leave! The Preschoolers of course took a tour of and explored our classroom and definitely enjoyed playing with some of our awesome toys. They also decorated a first day of PreK headband and got to play with some fun centers, too. We are looking forward to an awesome first week of Preschool together with everyone this week!

Just some important reminders…

- Tomorrow is our first official day of Preschool and we are so excited!!! All Preschoolers will attend tomorrow from 8:15 - 10:45 a.m. Please send your child with a snack (no nuts please as we have an allergy!) and a drink.

- All Preschoolers will begin school each day at 8:15a.m. this year. Half day Preschoolers will dismiss at 11:15a.m. each day. Full Day Preschoolers will dismiss at 2:40 p.m. each day with the exception of Wednesdays, which is a school wide early dismissal day. Preschool will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday, starting this Wednesday.

- Half Day Preschoolers will need a snack and a drink each day. Full Day Preschoolers will need a snack and a drink as well as a lunch and a drink everyday beginning Thursday. On our shortened schedule Wednesdays, all students throughout the school will eat lunch at home so they will not need to bring a lunch on Wednesdays, just a really good snack.

- We are providing sturdy folders for each child that are unfortunately currently on back-order. We will send those home as soon as they arrive but in the meantime, please continue to use the manila file folders that were sent home to relay mail to and from school.

- Tomorrow we will be sending home an information sheet to help us get to know your child/family (on bright green paper.) Please fill this out and return it on Wednesday! Thank you so much for your help!

- I apologize for any confusion but as a school we are going to try keeping the lanyards at school each day and seeing how it goes. This may change so I will definitely keep you posted.

- Just a reminder to please let me know via email or a note in your child’s folder if your child will be picked up any day by someone other than mom or dad. Please also bear with us at dismissal these first few days as we begin to recognize faces and ensure each child is going home with the correct caregiver.

- We are so appreciative of your partnership in monitoring your child for any signs of illness given the concerns of COVID-19 this school year. Thank you in advance for your help in keeping your child home when they don’t feel well, are showing symptoms or have potentially been exposed to the virus.

- Please make sure to have your child use the restroom each day before school begins. We are trying to minimize trips to the bathroom as much as possible due to COVID. Thank you for your help!

- Just to let you know our specials schedule this year is Library (Mondays), Gym (Tuesdays), Computers (Wednesdays), Art (Thursdays) and Music (Fridays.) With the exception of gym, all other specials teachers will be coming to our classroom each day. Please make sure to send your child in clothes suitable for gym along with gym shoes on Tuesdays for gym class. Thank you! We will start with specials on Weds.

Mrs. Furlong and I are so excited about our wonderful class and are very much looking forward to an incredible year in Preschool with this sweet group! Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time with any questions or concerns. My email is kfadden@sjfschool.us. We hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and we can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow!!! :-)

 

Important Documents:

Preschool Handbook

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