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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 eighth 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! I also am the luckiest daughter because my mom teaches Preschool at St. Catherine's - we love to collaborate and come up with engaging lessons for our preschoolers! I am so blessed to work with the absolutely incredible Mrs. Beth Furlong each day and together we really look forward to a wonderful year of learning, laughter, friendships and fun! 

Preschool News 03/17/19

Posted on Mar 17, 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope your family had a fun weekend celebrating! We certainly had a great week in Preschool celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We learned about who St. Patrick was and how he taught people about God using the three sides of the shamrock to symbolize Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The boys and girls made their own St. Patrick shamrock to depict this. We made a leprechaun craft and played a fun St. Patrick’s themed rolling cube game with a friend. The boys and girls worked hard taking their clipboards all over our room practicing their printing skills for our St. Patrick’s write the room. We did a fun leprechaun directed drawing activity where I showed them step by step how to draw a leprechaun and they had to follow the directions – they all turned out so unique and adorable! We turned ourselves into leprechauns by making leprechaun headbands and did a super neat science experiment where we made a rainbow using water and “rainbow seeds” (skittles!) The boys and girls were treated to a lovely Irish dance performance by the Dennehy Irish Dancers on Friday afternoon and even had a visit from Shyly the leprechaun, who left a huge mess in our classroom! (It always is so funny each year how they automatically start cleaning up the leprechaun’s mess! Their reactions were priceless!) Thank you so much for your help in sending in a potato. We worked with our fourth grade buddies to learn more about our potatoes, weigh them, and see how many cubes long they were. We also used the potatoes this week for potato themed centers where we did measuring and comparing activities, such as check how many links it takes to wrap around the middle of each potato or see how many squares or triangles tall each potato was. We also used them to do a fun shamrock stamping activity with green paint. We are lucky to be in Preschool!

We learned all about letter “Vv” this week. The boys and girls learned the special sound the letter makes and how to write the upper and lowercase letter. They were making me so proud as each day they thought of new, difficult words that begin with the letter. It is so fun to see the gears in motion as they light up when they think of a new one! One little girl even came right up to me after rest time one day this week, so excited, and said “Guess what? I thought of a new word that begins with Vv – vitamins!” We are so proud of them!

In religion, we learned about St. Patrick and discussed more about Lent. The preschoolers are working extra hard to say and do nice things as we try to be more and more like Jesus.

Just a reminder that Scholastic book orders are due on Tuesday in case you are interested in ordering this month. You can send in an order in your child’s folder or order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our code JT8JQ.

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 03/10

Posted on Mar 09, 2019

Dear Parents,

We sure had tons of rhyming fun in Room 109 this week with Dr. Seuss! We really enjoyed the different themes each day and read lots of great books written by Dr. Seuss. The preschoolers made adorable “One Fish, Two Fish” fishbowls and made their own fish math patterns. We played a fun memory game where I had red fishes with upper case letters on them and blue fishes with lowercase letters on them. The boys and girls got to take many turns trying to make a match – they had to really pay attention to which fishes their friends picked and where they were located on our pocket chart! We made tasty “green eggs and ham” (cookies with frosting and green M&M yolks!) as well as made a green eggs and ham craft. The preschoolers got to work with a friend on a STEM activity building the Cat in the Hat’s hat as tall as they could using small red cups and white index cards. They even turned into the Cat in the Hat themselves by making cute face masks.

In addition to our Dr. Seuss fun this week, we started getting ready for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The preschoolers painted and cut out large shamrocks that are on display on our windows and made an adorable handprint rainbow/pot of gold craft. They also made the sweetest rainbows that are on display on our bulletin board. In each of their rainbow clouds, they had to think of two “I am …” statements to write or trace. They thought of some wonderful ideas, such as I am kind, I am smart, I am beautiful, I am a good friend, etc. We sure have a rainbow of awesome in Preschool!

We learned all about letter “Uu” this week and I bet you can guess which word was their very favorite! ? We learned “Uu” makes two sounds, such as in uniform and umbrella. We want to remember the “u” in umbrella sound. The boys and girls practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and searched for the letter among others. They worked on a cut and paste and followed clues to guess items that begin with “Uu.”

In religion this week, we learned about Ash Wednesday and what the day means/what happens on this day. We were so grateful to have Fr. Ken come to our classroom to speak with our preschoolers and give us all ashes. The preschoolers were wonderful! We learned about what Lent is and how this a very special time for us to be extra kind and show others that we want to be like Jesus.

We also got to go to the gym on Tuesday for a little Mardi Gras fun! The preschoolers enjoyed dancing and celebrating with all their friends.

Just some reminders…

- We sent home rest time sheets and blankets on Friday. If you could wash and return at your earliest convenience it would be greatly appreciated.

- We hope to go outside to the playground any day we can this week now that it is finally starting to warm up – hooray! I just wanted to give you the heads up so you can make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play each day.

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 03/03/19

Posted on Mar 03, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

We learned all about our teeth and taking great care of them this week as we celebrated Dental Health Month. We talked about the many ways in which we use our teeth (such as to chew, to talk and to smile!) and lots of ways to take care of them (brushing at least 2x a day, flossing, visiting the dentist twice a year, eating and drinking healthy foods/drinks, etc.) We did an experiment where we pretended eggs were our teeth since they are both white and hard, and placed an egg in a cup of water, a cup of milk and a cup of soda. They predicted what they thought would happen in each and were mostly correctly! We tried brushing the “tooth” that was in the soda with a toothbrush and while we got a lot of the brown stain off, we couldn’t get it all. We learned we need to enjoy sugary treats and drinks in moderation to protect our teeth. We also played a game where I had a mouth template and drew some dark spots on it with a dry erase marker. I brushed a couple off quickly while leaving some remaining and said “okay, I’m all done, I brushed my teeth!” Their faces were priceless! Needless to say we discussed how you have to brush for quite a while (we even learned a catchy song!) and in all spots, front and back, to really have clean teeth. The preschoolers had lots of fun painting a tooth shiny white using corn syrup and white paint as well as making their own mouths using mini marshmallows as the teeth (great fine motor practice!) We also read some really great nonfiction books about teeth as well as some awesome fiction books about the tooth fairy. The preschoolers had a ball making their own adorable tooth fairy craft! To go along with their tooth fairy, they answered the prompt “what does the tooth fairy do with all those teeth?” Their answers sure made us smile! They also filled out funny tooth fairy applications that I am saving for their memory books. Lastly, the boys and girls worked hard cutting out and putting together a cute tooth and toothbrush craft. We sent home optional homework this week where the preschoolers can keep track at home of whether or not they are brushing every morning and night. Hopefully this week’s tooth brushing routine at home was a little bit easier with all our discussions and learning! ;-)

 How perfect that learning about teeth this week coincided perfectly with learning about letter “Tt!” Once again the preschoolers thought of tons of words that begin with the letter. They practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and learned the special sound it makes. They searched for the letter throughout our room and worked hard on a letter Tt cut and paste. They sure are terrific!

In religion this week, we read the story of Jesus and a Little Boy. We talked about the similarities and differences between this story and Jesus and a Little Girl, which we read and discussed last week. The boys and girls worked on a bible page of what they recalled from the story.

Just some reminders...

- We will be having some silly Dr. Seuss fun this week in preschool with a different theme planned for each day! If you need another copy of the schedule feel free to send me an email. We are looking forward to tons of rhyming fun!

- Our Preschoolers will be receiving ashes on Wednesday for Ash Wednesday.

- Special Lunch (Baracco’s) is on Wednesday for those who ordered.

- If you know families that are looking for a school for their incoming Kindergartener or First Grader, please let them know about our Pop in and Play night on Wednesday, March 13th from 6:00-7:00. More information can be found on our school website. Thank you so much for helping us spread the word about our awesome school!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 02/24/19

Posted on Feb 24, 2019

Dear Parents,

We spent our short week learning about Presidents in recognition of President’s Day. We specifically learned mostly about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We read some neat stories about both and learned some really cool facts, such as that Lincoln stored important papers in his tall black hat so he wouldn’t lose them! We learned all about the penny, which Abraham Lincoln is on, and the quarter, which George Washington is on. The preschoolers know how much each coin is worth and had a blast practicing their new knowledge in our “Room 109 Store” each day this week. They each got a turn to pick an item to “buy” and then count out their money using pennies and/or quarters. We sure had a lot of fun! The preschoolers enjoyed playing a game with a partner where they each took a turn rolling a dice and then had to add that many coins to their stack. They had lots of fun rolling and adding until their stacks fell down! The preschoolers also worked with a partner to create as many patterns as they could using pennies and quarters – they were very creative! We read many great books about President’s Day and the boys and girls brainstormed ideas of what they thought would make someone a good President. They worked hard making crafts of both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington too. Who knows, maybe we have a future President in Room 109!? :-)

We learned all about letter “Ss” this week and the boys and girls thought of tons of words that begin with this letter (they kept thinking of new ones each day and were SO excited to share their new words! So sweet!) They practiced how to write the upper and lower case letter and learned the special sound it makes. They worked hard on a letter “Ss” cut and paste activity and did great following clues to guess “Ss” words. They sure are super smart!

In religion, we read the story of Jesus and A Little Girl. We learned that when the little girl became very ill, her family searched for Jesus to come and help because they knew Jesus was capable of miracles. Jesus made the little girl healthy again! After reading and discussing this story, the preschoolers drew a picture of what they remember from the story to add to their bibles.

Just a reminder that Scholastic book orders are due on Tuesday. You can send in any orders in your child’s folder or you can also order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ if you are interested. Thank you!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 02/18/19

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

Valentine’s Day in Room 109 sure was sweet! The boys and girls loved decorating their special Valentine bags and passing out their Valentine’s to all their friends. We played lots of fun games, like pass the heart and musical chairs, and made an adorable “You Stole A Pizza My Heart!” pizza craft! We got together with our fourth grade prayer partners to sort and graph colored candy hearts (and of course, enjoy them after!) The Preschoolers made the cutest “love bugs” by patterning Valentine colored hearts to the number of letters in their name.

Our religion this week focused on the bible quote “Love one another as I have loved you.” We talked about how to love others like Jesus showed us, with love and kindness by saying and doing nice things. The boys and girls picked 5 people that they really love for a special craft after discussing this quote. We are so lucky to have so many people in our lives who love us!

We also made adorable Chicago flags using our handprints that are currently on display in Kane Hall for the “Get Behind the Vest” pancake breakfast next weekend. We hope to see you there!

We learned all about letter “Rr” this week. We learned the special sound the letter makes as well as how to write the upper and lowercase letter. The boys and girls searched for the letter among others and identified numerous words that begin with it. They worked hard on a letter “Rr” cut and paste and did great listening to clues to guess lots of “Rr” words.

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 02/10/19

Posted on Feb 10, 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Our little lovebugs in room 109 have been enjoying making some special projects and getting ready for this sweet holiday. They painted pink, purple or red and also cut out a large heart that is decorating our windows. They also made the cutest Hershey kisses you have ever seen that are also on display in our classroom! We have been reading some festive Valentine stories and talking about the many ways in which we can show love to others. Thank you so much for your help with our kind heart project – we have really been enjoying reading and discussing each morning as a class all the wonderful and kind things our preschoolers are saying and doing at home. We also talked about how each one of us is so very loved by others, especially by Jesus! They worked on a project that says Jesus Loves ____ (their name) and then they got to create a Valentine heart pattern border. Some did AB patterns (such as red, pink) while others did ABC patterns (such as red, purple, pink.) They all did great and enjoyed creating their own special pattern. We also got to spread some love this week by getting together with our fourth grade buddies to make Valentine cards for the children at Hope Children’s hospital. We look forward to spreading more love this week in Preschool with all the nice things we say and do!

This week we celebrated our 100th day of Preschool – HOORAY! We have had 100 days of fun, learning, friendship and laughter. To celebrate, we rotated centers where each center had 100 pieces exactly (such as unifix cubes, math links, pattern blocks, etc.) and the boys and girls were able to see what they could create with their 100 pieces. They also played a really fun race to 100 dice game with a buddy and danced and sang to some fun “Counting to 100” songs. We also worked on some funny and cute 100th day journals and read quite a few 100th day themed stories as well. We can’t wait to continue the fun in Preschool – time sure flies when you’re having fun! :-)

We learned all about the letter “Qq” this week and the preschoolers practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. They learned the special sound the letter makes and identified numerous words that begin with the letter. We played a guessing game that had some super tricky objects, such as a question mark, quail and even a piece of quartz!

In religion, we read and discussed the bible story of Daniel and the lions. Just like Daniel, we know that God will always look out for us and that we can talk to him at any time through prayer. The preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot picture of this story to add to their bibles.

We are so excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday! The preschoolers are invited to bring a Valentine and/or wrapped treat to pass out to all their friends. We have 23 students in our class so please make sure to send at least that many (we have no nut allergies this year.) Valentines are a great, FUN opportunity to practice name-writing. If your child is able to, it would be great to have them write their own name in the “from” section of their Valentines. If you haven’t already started them, we would also appreciate it if you could leave the “to” section of their Valentine’s blank so it makes it easier for them to pass out to their friends (if you already wrote them out it is no problem!) We will be decorating Valentine’s bags this week to hold all their special treats. We are looking forward to a really fun day in Preschool!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 02/03/19

Posted on Feb 03, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

Although shorter than anticipated with our two cold days, Catholic Schools Week sure packed in a lot of fun! We had a blast celebrating St. John Fisher and Catholic education with a carnival and games in the gym, an exciting STEM project with our fourth grade buddies where we had to work as a team and of course, Disney on Ice! I can’t thank our amazing chaperones enough for being so incredible! We truly couldn’t have done it without you!!! Thank you so much for spending your day with us.

In addition to our Catholic Schools Week fun, we continued learning more about Polar Bears and Penguins. We had live feeds running on our Smartboard on Monday and Tuesday of real polar bears and penguins in their habitats (on Monday it was truly comical because the polar bear was eating carrots when we were eating lunch, playing with other polar bears when we were having playtime and taking a nap when we were starting rest time! It was as if he was in our class! Haha!) We also learned more about the special features of both animals that help them in their different environments. One such feature is the blubber that keeps them warm. We did a neat science experiment where the boys and girls each put their hand in a container of snow (cold!) and another hand in a bag containing blubber (shortening.) They were so surprised that the blubber kept their hand warm and that they couldn’t feel the snow surrounding the bag. The preschoolers also worked hard on a very cute directed drawing of penguins where we follow step-by-step directions to learn to draw the animal. They did incredible! We have also really been enjoying reading both fiction and nonfiction books about both penguins and polar bears.

We started learning about letter “Qq” but with our very short week we will continue learning more about the letter this week.

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our 100th day of Preschool! We will celebrate by wearing bright colors or accessories since our little ones are “100 Days Brighter!” Thank you for helping us have 100 wonderful days so far!

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

Preschool News 01/27/19

Posted on Jan 27, 2019

Dear Parents,

It was so nice to see so many of you at Open House today! Thank you so much for taking the time to come visit our classroom and see all of your children’s hard work on display! We could not be more proud of this sweet group of fun-loving, happy and eager to learn preschoolers.

As you saw today, we have been busy the past week learning all about Penguins and Polar Bears. We have been reading tons of great nonfiction books that have taught us countless new facts about both animals. Some facts you can ask your child about include the name of baby polar bears (cubs) and baby penguins (chicks), whether or not penguins are birds (they are, except they cannot fly!), the name of the smallest (Fairy) or largest (Emperor) penguins or the name of what keeps these animals warm (blubber.) The preschoolers made adorable polar bears and penguins that they worked very hard on painting, cutting and assembling!

How perfect that we learned all about penguins and polar bears this week since our letter was “Pp!” We learned the special sound the letter makes as well as how to write the upper and lower case letter. The boys and girls searched for the letter throughout our room and worked hard on a letter “Pp” cut and paste. Our favorite word starts with “Pp” – Preschool!

In religion last week, we talked about what is so special about going to a Catholic School like St. John Fisher. The boys and girls worked very hard on their “thank you” letter to you for sending them to SJF. We also practiced with the sight word “in” by working on an emergent reader about the ways we learn and grow in a Catholic school. We look forward to lots of fun events this week in celebration of Catholic Schools week! Mrs. Nash sent home the schedule of events but some things to remember include the Ronald McDonald food drive (Preschool is asked to bring in rice) due Wednesday if you’d like to contribute and our Field Trip to Disney on Ice on Friday. A separate letter will be sent home with more info regarding our field trip but please plan on having your child wear their blue SJF Preschool t-shirt on this day. We are sure looking forward to a very fun week!

Thank you for your help with our Career Day – the boys and girls looked adorable and had some awesome ideas for what they’d like to be when they grow up! Too cute!

As we kickoff Catholic Schools Week I’d like to again say a huge thank you for choosing St. John Fisher for your family and for trusting us with your children. They are a huge blessing in our lives and we are so proud and lucky to be their teachers. Thank you for helping to make SJF the absolute best place to be! Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 01/21/19

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

Dear Parents,

We sure were busy in Preschool this week with all sorts of winter themed fun! We read Jan Brett’s popular story “The Mitten” and the boys and girls made their own mittens to retell and sequence the order in which the animals entered Nicki’s mitten in the story. The preschoolers had a blast painting a snowy white hill with falling snowflakes along with a picture of them “sledding” down their hill! They also did a great job making a cute snowman out of the letters of their name. Additionally, they made the most adorable snowman families out of their white handprints. We have been enjoying reading tons of winter and snowmen themed stories. Preschool is “snow” much fun!

We learned all about letter “Oo” this week and learned that it is a special letter that makes two sounds, such as in overalls and octopus. We want to remember the o sound as in octopus. The preschoolers practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and searched for it among others. They identified numerous words that begin with “Oo” and listened to clues to identify even more new words. We learned that the number one starts with “Oo” and played a fun game each day at the end of our day where they would roll a large dice and if it landed on one it was time to get their things to go home otherwise they had to pass it to a friend and keep rolling! They sure are outstanding! :-)

In religion this week, we started learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream for peace. The preschoolers made a sweet craft to depict peace throughout our world. We also focused on being a good friend to all and treating everyone with love and kindness. They each thought of why they are a good friend and made a cutout of themselves with their response which are on display in our hallway.

Just some reminders…

- We would love for your families to join us at 10:00a.m. mass on Sunday with Open House immediately following. Come check out all of our fun in Preschool! Please also invite any neighbors or friends that are considering SJF next year to our new family Open House on Sunday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Thank you for helping us spread the word about our awesome school!

- Our Preschool programs are thankfully filling up very quickly. If you have not yet registered your child for Preschool next year, now is the time to do so! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

- Wednesday is a fundraiser for our school’s Scholastic team who are headed to an exciting competition at Northwestern University. All students are invited to wear scholarly clothing, dress as a favorite teacher or dress in their favorite high school or college apparel. If you’d like to send in a donation, they are gratefully accepting donations of any size. Thank you in advance!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 01/13/18

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

We sure had an awesome first week back at school! The boys and girls were certainly excited to catch up with their friends and jump right back into our school routine. I hope each of your families had a wonderful, relaxing and memory-filled holiday and break!

Of course, we started off our week learning about the concept of a new year and how it is now 2019. We talked about how some people set goals for themselves of things that they would like to accomplish each year, such as to exercise more or learn something new. The boys and girls each thought of something they would like to do or learn this year and drew a picture of it on our “Happy New Year!” balloon bulletin board. They all thought of their own idea - Mrs. Furlong and I were so impressed at what they came up with! Some ideas included learning how to tie their shoes, learning to ride a bike, having a sleepover, going to a friend’s house to play, playing at the beach and seeing a rainbow. They also practiced with numbers 1-10 by creating their own Happy New Year ball drop countdown. In addition to learning about the new year, we had fun making an adorable snowman craft that is on display in our room and reading lots of awesome snowman themed stories.

We learned all about letter “Nn” this week. We learned the special sound the letter makes as well as how to print the upper and lowercase version. The preschoolers searched for the letter among others and identified tons of words that begin with “Nn.” We had Ninja Turtle N’s that took over our room and left us hidden numbers all over our classroom! The boys and girls were tasked with searching our room and finding their own personal set of the numbers 1-9. Once they found their set, they made their own Ninja Turtle N and glued their number set in order on the back. We ended our week with some fun fine motor practice making special noodle necklaces!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of Jonah and the Whale. We learned that Jonah realized how important it was to listen to God. 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 some reminders…

- Disney on Ice permission slips went home last week. Please turn them in along with payment as soon as possible. Also, just a reminder if you signed up to chaperone that you need to have your Virtus training completed and paperwork submitted if you have not yet done so. Thank you so much in advance!

- Scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday if you are interested in ordering for your child(ren) this month. You can also order online and view more catalogs at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

- We are having an Open House this Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30p.m. for new, prospective families. If you have any relatives, friends or neighbors that are considering SJF Preschool and/or Kindergarten next year please let them know of this event! We are also having an Open House for new families on Sunday, January 27th from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and for current SJF families immediately following the 10:00 a.m. mass. We would love for your family to attend and see all the fun we have in Preschool! Thank you also for helping us spread the word to potential new Fisher families about our wonderful school!

- There is no school next Monday, January 21st, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 12/16/18

Posted on Dec 16, 2018

Dear Parents,

Merry Christmas! Between all our festive projects on display and singing lots of Christmas songs daily we are definitely in the Christmas spirit in Room 109! You didn’t hear it from me but this week in Preschool we worked on some very special Christmas gifts for mom and dad. :-) The Preschoolers are really looking forward to gifting them to you! We also had a blast on Polar Express Day where we enjoyed hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows and even went on a fun Gingerbread hunt for our lost cookies that were (of all places!) baking in our oven! I wish I could have recorded their faces when they went to their lockers and discovered that Santa left each of them their very own Polar Express Bell! It sure is a magical time of year to be a Preschool teacher!

We learned all about letter “Mm” this week. We learned the special sound it makes and how to write the upper and lowercase letter. The preschoolers thought of endless words that begin with “Mm” and looked for it throughout our classroom. They listened to clues to guess new words that begin with “Mm” and worked on a cut and paste activity too. They sure are marvelous!

In religion, we read the story of the angels who spread the good news of Jesus’ birth and the story of three Wise Men who followed the special star in the sky to see the new baby Jesus. After reading and discussing the stories, we worked on a special bible page for their own bibles.

We are very much looking forward to our Preschool Christmas Concert on Wednesday – it is definitely a highlight of the Christmas season for me each year! Just some reminders that the boys and girls do not have regular school hours on this day but rather should arrive around 11:40 a.m. to our classroom (children can enter at our normal drop off doors and mom/dad can head to church to save a seat!) We would need all preschoolers to be in our room by 11:45a.m. so that we can start lining up. After our show, all of the Preschoolers will process down the aisle and back into our classroom. We ask that you please do not pull your child out of our line, please pick them up at our normal pick-up doors under the bridge following the performance. Preschoolers should be dressed in their Christmas best on this day. Please hold onto anything you do not want your child to wear for the show (such as hats, jackets, etc.) We would be so appreciative if you could also have your child use the bathroom right before arriving. For photo taking purposes, if you are looking at the altar our class will be standing in the middle-right hand side of the altar. All are welcome to attend. We hope you enjoy their performance, they sure have been working hard practicing! We are very proud of them.

Just some reminders…

- Friday is a half-day of school with dismissal at 12:30p.m. at our regular doors. Please send your child with a lunch and a drink along with their normal snack and drink on this day.

- Thursday is a school wide ugly Christmas sweater or Christmas colors themed dress down day if your child would like to participate.

- We return from the Christmas break on Monday, January 7th for another wonderful semester with this fun group!

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Mrs. Furlong and I would like to wish each of your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!!!

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 12/09/18

Posted on Dec 09, 2018

Dear Parents,

It Is definitely the most wonderful time of the year in Preschool! We are all getting so excited for their Christmas program now that the Preschoolers are starting to get more and more comfortable with all the words and actions to their many songs and poems. It is a lot to learn and they sure are doing awesome – we could not be more proud of them! In addition to practicing daily for our show, we also spent the week working hard on an adorable reindeer craft along with an application to be one of Santa’s reindeer (their responses were truly too cute!) We also spent a lot of time talking more about Jesus, his birthday and all the important people and events that went along with that special time. They are really starting to understand that while the gifts and all is very exciting and fun, Jesus is why we celebrate Christmas. We talked about how this was the first week of Advent which is a special time for our Church and for us in getting our hearts and minds ready for Jesus’ birth and showing extra kindness. Our fourth grade buddies came over on Monday to make an Advent countdown chain with us so that your families can countdown the days until Jesus’ birth every night. When only the star is left to shine it will be Jesus’ birthday! Did you hear that we also had a special visitor from the North Pole visit us this week? Yes, Santa sent us an elf to watch over all our wonderful boys and girls. After lots of ideas and voting, our class decided on naming our elf “Sparkle.” I am sure Sparkle is giving great reports to Santa each day!

We learned all about letter “Ll” this week. The boys and girls learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced writing the upper and lowercase version. They identified numerous words that begin with the letter and searched for it among others. They listened to clues to guess more words that begin with the letter and worked hard practicing their cutting on a letter Ll cut and paste.

In religion, we of course spent the week learning all about Baby Jesus and the events of his birth. We learned how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem and didn’t have anywhere to stay other than a stable. We learned that Baby Jesus was born in a manager. The preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot bible page of Jesus in the manger for their bibles.

Just some reminders…

- Our Preschool Christmas Concert is next Wednesday, December 19th, at 12:00 p.m. The boys and girls do not have regular school hours on this day. We ask that all preschoolers be dropped off in their Christmas best to our classrooms no later than 11:45 a.m. They will be dismissed to you following the program also from our regular doors. Any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know. We are really looking forward to a wonderful performance!

- Scholastic book orders are due tomorrow, Monday Dec. 10th, in order to ensure Christmas delivery. If your order includes a gift, please just let me know so I can ensure it remains a surprise. You can also order online (there are a lot more options and catalogs online this time!) at www.scholastic.com/readingclubs using our class code JT8JQ. Feel free to email me with any questions.

I hope you have a wonderful week! Please always feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Thank you as always for all your support and for allowing us to teach your children each day at SJF. We are so grateful!

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 12/02/18

Posted on Dec 02, 2018

Dear Parents,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Preschool! The Preschoolers decorated and cut out large ornaments for our windows and painted and cut patterned candy canes too. They also worked hard to make Christmas name trees by cutting out as many triangles as there are letters in their name (shout out to sweet Mary Claire who had the most at 10 letters!) Of course, we also started learning about the true reason we celebrate Christmas – the birth of Jesus! We started learning about the people and events of Jesus’ birth and the Preschoolers made an adorable “J is for Jesus” project. We also started learning our many songs and poems that we will be performing at our Christmas concert on the 20th. Maybe you even heard a sneak preview over the weekend?!?

We learned all about letter “Kk” this week and the special sound it makes. This was a challenging one for our preschoolers to think of words that start with this letter since “Kk” and “Cc” sound so similar. They sure kept trying though – we were very proud of them and they were so excited when they thought of a word that starts with Kk! They practiced how to write the upper and lower case letter and searched for it throughout our classroom. They also followed clues to guess words that start with Kk.

In religion, we read and discussed the bible story of how David played his harp for King Saul to make him feel better. They each brainstormed something that they are good at that can make others feel better, such as drawing a card, telling a joke, baking cookies, etc. We were so impressed at their thoughtful ideas! The boys and girls worked on a dot-to-dot bible page of this story to add to their own bibles.

Just some reminders…

- There is no school this Friday (December 7th) due to a teacher in-service day. - Our Preschool Christmas concert is on Wednesday, December 19th at 12:00 p.m. More info went home via a letter in your child’s folder last week. We are looking forward to a very special afternoon!

- Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me at Parent Teacher Conferences. It was so wonderful to check in with you and let you know about your child’s progress and all their wonderful accomplishments so far this year! We sure are enjoying this sweet group! I sent home some info on Friday in each child’s folder that has lots of ideas for simple ways to practice various skills at home, such as letter recognition or fine motor skills. Hopefully these will be of assistance to you in helping to continue the growth, development and enrichment of each of our students.

Thank you as always for your continued support! Please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week! Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 11/11/18

Posted on Nov 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

While the weather may feel more like winter lately, we learned all about Fall in Preschool last week. We read and discussed many nonfiction stories about fall and what happens to the leaves/trees during this season. The preschoolers engaged their fine motor skills by ripping paper leaves to make their own cute fall tree. They also were able to choose fall colors to paint a large leaf. We also learned about scarecrows and the preschoolers worked very hard making their own sweet shape scarecrows out of lots of different shapes. They turned out adorable! Our boys and girls were also hard at work last week working on new fall themed centers which included activities such as matching upper and lowercase letters, tracing lines and shapes, matching beginning sound pictures to their corresponding letter, clipping the correct number with a clothespin that shows the number of fall objects in the set, practicing printing numbers 1-10 and rolling play-doh balls in a corresponding ten frame and a fall sensory bin. They sure were having fun and we look forward to continuing to develop more skills with more fall themed centers this week!

Of course, we also began learning about Thanksgiving last week in Preschool! The preschoolers learned a sweet poem about a turkey and worked on a corresponding book that goes along with the poem. These will be going home tomorrow so make sure to have your child read it to you/say the poem for you! We also have been enjoying playing two new Thanksgiving games – The Turkey Hop and Please Pass the Peas! Please pass the peas has been a great way to practice and continue our discussion on good manners. We brainstormed ideas of good manners this week and I was so impressed at what some of our little ones said including “make sure not to have your elbows on the table” and “wait until mom or dad is finished talking to another adult before you ask them something.” You sure are raising such polite, well-mannered children! To continue our review of shapes from our fall shape scarecrows, we also played a fun game where I put up different bales of hay on the board that each had a different shape and color on them. I hid a turkey behind one of the piles of hay and the boys and girls got to guess where the turkey was hiding, such as “behind the blue square.” We have been playing it nearly everyday since they love it so much and get so excited when it is their turn to hide the turkey. :-) 

We learned all about letter “Ii” this week. We learned that this is another special letter that makes two sounds – we want to remember the “I” in igloo sound. The preschoolers brainstormed words that begin with “Ii” and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. They listened to clues to guess different words that begin with the letter and went on a letter hunt to find all the “Ii’s.” They sure are incredible!

In religion this week, we read and discussed the story of Moses parting the Red Sea. Moses placed his trust in God and lead others to safety. The preschoolers worked on a bible page of this story to add to their bibles.

Just some important reminders…

- Next Monday and Tuesday (the 19th and 20th) are both half days with dismissal at 11:30a.m. due to parent teacher conferences. Extended day will be open on both days - please send me a note or email if your child will be going to extended day on either or both of these days. There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (the 21st – 23rd) of that week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

- I am very much looking forward to meeting with you next Monday at Parent Teacher Conferences. I began assessing our preschoolers last week for their progress report and am so impressed at how well they are each doing. I really look forward to sharing this great progress with you at Conferences!

- Scholastic book orders are due on Tuesday for those of you who are interested in ordering. You can also order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ. Please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns.

- Thank you SO much for your help with our turkey feather family project! The feathers that have come back so far are nothing short of incredible! They are currently on display on our cute turkey in the hallway. Once we get them all back I will make sure to send out a picture for you to see. If you have not yet returned your feather please do so at your earliest convenience. Thank you again so much for your help! The preschoolers have really enjoyed showing off their feather and explaining it to their friends before we hang each up. Too cute!

- Just another save the date reminder that our Christmas program is on Wednesday, December 19th in the Church. We anticipate the performance to be at 12:00 p.m. but look for more detailed information soon!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 11/04/18

Posted on Nov 04, 2018

Dear Parents,

We sure had a spook-tacular week in Preschool celebrating Halloween! The pumpkins of Room 109 looked absolutely adorable in their costumes and I hope those of you who were able to make it to our little show enjoyed their songs and poems!

We had a fun and busy day on Halloween as we went on a parade through almost all the classrooms at St. John Fisher to show off their neat costumes and spread Halloween greetings. The boys and girls also had a lot of fun decorating their treat bags and passing out treats to all of their friends. Additionally, the preschoolers worked hard on a Halloween emergent reader book that we practiced reading both as a class and to a buddy. We didn’t start learning about a new letter this week since we were busy with Halloween so we took advantage of the time to review letters and sounds and sing some new alphabet and letter sound songs. In religion, we read and discussed the bible story of “A Tall Wall – the Story of Jericho.” We learned that the people of Jericho trusted in God and waited patiently for their city to be opened to them. The boys and girls worked on a dot-to-dot picture of this story to add to their bibles.

Just some important reminders…

- Save the date for our Preschool Christmas Concert! Our concert will be on Wednesday, December 19th. More info will be coming home shortly but we wanted to give you this date in advance. The boys and girls will not have regular school hours on this day, rather they will come dressed in their Christmas best for the performance. It is always a highlight of our year! All are invited to attend.

- Special Lunch is on Wednesday (Pop’s) for those who ordered this month.

- We would love if your family could work together to decorate the turkey feather that went home on Friday. We can’t wait to see each one! Please return the feather at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your help in this special project!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 10/28/18

Posted on Oct 28, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy Halloween! We sure had a busy week in Preschool starting to celebrate this fun holiday. The boys and girls played an exciting math game where they played against a partner and each got to roll a dice and put that many Halloween characters on their pumpkin. Whoever filled up their pumpkin first won! We also learned about bats this week and how they sleep upside down and have a sleep schedule that is opposite of ours. The boys and girls made adorable bats as well. I was so proud of how well the boys and girls did on our Halloween “write the room.” For write the room, we placed each number 1-10 along with a Halloween image in various spots throughout our room. The boys and girls got to wear fun, themed glasses and walk around with a clipboard and pencil to try to find all the numbers and either write or trace them. They did awesome! The preschoolers also really enjoyed reading the book “Crankenstein” and making their own Frankenstein craft. We have been enjoying so many wonderful Halloween themed books as well as nonfiction books about bats and spiders. A highlight of our week was definitely our in-school field trip with a phenomenal storyteller. Many of our students were selected to be participants in her stories and were adorable! The show was very much enjoyed by all as the boys and girls talked about it all day long!

We are very much looking forward to celebrating Halloween in Preschool on Wednesday. The boys and girls are invited to come to school dressed in their costume on this day (no masks or weapons and please also make sure your child will be able to use the restroom.) They are also able to bring a wrapped treat to pass out to their friends. We have 23 children in our class this year and thankfully, no food allergies. We would love to have you join us on Wednesday morning to hear some of our spooky songs and poems and of course, take some spook-tacular pictures! You are welcome to walk your child into school on this day (they can leave their backpacks, folders, etc. in their locker) and as soon as everyone arrives our little show will begin. I am estimating that our songs and poems should be done by 8:15 a.m. for those of you who need to continue on to work. We are looking forward to a great day in Preschool!

It was perfect that our letter this week was “Hh” for Halloween! The preschoolers learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced writing the upper and lowercase versions. They identified tons of words that begin with the letter and searched for it among others. Hooray for Preschool!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of Baby Moses. The preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot picture of the story to add to their bibles.

We also worked on the number 2 this week. The boys and girls identified many things that come in two’s such as twins, eyes and wheels on a bicycle! They practiced writing the number 2 and counting sets of two.

Lastly, we finished up our fire safety mini-unit by going on a fire safety scavenger hunt. We searched the school to find all the necessary fire safety equipment, including the fire alarm, exit signs and fire extinguishers.

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week and hopefully we will see you on Wednesday!

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 10/21/18

Posted on Oct 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

We sure are having a spooky good time in Room 109 these days! Last week we had so much fun working on all kinds of Halloween projects. The preschoolers used their handprints to make spiders and ghosts and gave adorable faces to both! One of our Halloween songs is about all the different kinds of faces a jack-o-lantern can make so of course the boys and girls had to create their own jack-o-lantern faces! They painted and cut out their pumpkin and then picked eyes, a nose and a mouth to also cut out from lots of choices to create their special jack-o-lantern face. These turned out adorable! We also enjoyed our own cute Halloween reader book that introduced the sight word “we.” Of course, we have been very busy practicing all our Halloween songs and poems. We would love to have the moms and dads join us on Halloween morning at arrival time to hear some of these spook-tacular songs and poems if you are available! It should be short and sweet, about 20 minutes or so, for those of you who need to continue on to work. Make sure to bring your camera! :-)

Since October is Fire Safety Month, we also spent the week learning about fire safety and things we can do to stay safe in case of a fire. We read many books, both fiction and nonfiction, about fire safety and the role of firefighters. The boys and girls loved finger-painting a fire Dalmatian that is on display in our room and they also worked very hard creating their own firefighter craft. We were so lucky to have Mr. Collins, Brendan’s dad, come in to talk to our class about his job as a firefighter and paramedic. He did an awesome job explaining to our preschoolers some of the most important concepts of fire safety and even brought all his gear and explained what each piece is used for. The boys and girls were thrilled to get to try on his fire helmet! Thank you so much Mr. Collins!

We learned all about letter “Gg” this week. The boys and girls learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. They thought of tons of new words that begin with “Gg” and searched for the letter among others. It is truly so fun to watch them throughout the week as they get more comfortable with each letter we are learning about and are thinking about it and then get that “aha!” moment and are so excited when they can think of a new word that begins with the letter that we hadn’t yet discussed that week. It is pure joy on their face and our absolute favorite as their teachers! We are so proud of them!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of Joseph and his brothers. We learned how Joseph was gifted a very special coat by his dad which made his brothers very jealous. Joseph decided to show love and kindness to his brothers though, even though they were not kind to him. We decided we want to be like Joseph and be “loving and kind” to everyone, even when they may hurt our feelings. The boys and girls worked on a special picture of Joseph and his colorful coat to add to their bibles. We also had a visit from our fourth grade prayer partners who gave us a coordinating necklace that matches theirs. Both the fourth graders and preschoolers enjoyed spending time with one another and getting to know each other even better. We would be so grateful if you could have your child try to say a little prayer for their buddy each day, maybe during bedtime prayers. We are so thankful that they are praying for our little ones daily too!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 10/14/18

Posted on Oct 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

The pumpkins of room 109 sure are enjoying getting ready for one of their most favorite days – Halloween! Each day we have been practicing our Halloween poems and songs and learning some actions to go along with them. They sound adorable! We also have been enjoying making some festive Halloween projects. This week the Preschoolers cut out and decorated ghosts that have a special surprise when you lift up the ghost, a picture of themselves spooking you – BOO! They also had fun making sweet spiders with their handprints and festive fall owls. They are making great progress with their cutting skills as well as holding a pencil and crayon correctly – way to go Preschoolers! A highlight of our week was having our fourth grade prayer partners come and help us make Mr. Bones, a life-size skeleton! Both fourth graders and preschoolers had a blast working together to make Mr. Bones as I am sure you can imagine!

We learned all about letter “Ff” this week and practiced how to write and trace the letter. The preschoolers learned the special sound “Ff” makes and identified it among many others. They worked hard to creatively think of tons of new words that begin with “Ff” (Including both their teachers’ last names as well as our principal’s!) and did great following clues to identify items that begin with “Ff.” They sure are fantastic!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah. We learned how Abraham and Sarah listened to God and were blessed with a baby, Isaac. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers drew a picture of the story to add to their bibles.

Our class is very excited to be participating in an alphabet exchange with 25 other Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms all over the United States! Each classroom was assigned a letter of the alphabet and get to decorate their letter in a way that represents that letter and then mail it to each of the participating classrooms along with some fun facts about their class and where they live. We started getting some mail from these classrooms last week and had so much fun learning about where they live (for example, one classroom in Oklahoma told us how they only have 3-4 stores and restaurants in their entire town and another told us how they have a rattlesnake contest every year in their town where people collect rattlesnakes to try to find the biggest and longest one!) We are really excited to be participating in this exchange and look forward to seeing each creative letter we receive as well as learning about that class and where they live. Our class was assigned letter “Cc” and so we brainstormed and voted on different ways to decorate our letter. The preschoolers finally narrowed it down to clouds with cotton balls, a caterpillar or cookies and after voting decided on clouds made out of cotton balls with a blue sky background. They turned out awesome and we are excited to mail them out to our new friends all over the United States! We are looking forward to having this special alphabet on display soon!

Just some reminders…

- Tuesday is picture day. We can’t wait to see those adorable smiles!

- Baby bottle collections are due on Friday.

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 10/08/18

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope your family had a wonderful, relaxing three day weekend in honor of Christopher Columbus Day! We had a busy week last week as we started preparing for one of the Preschoolers’ most favorite days of the year – Halloween! As you may have heard by now, we started learning lots of spooky (and not-so-spooky!) Halloween poems and songs. The boys and girls already each have their own favorite! They also worked very hard painting large pumpkins for our windows that they even cut out (they are doing great with developing good cutting skills!) The preschoolers enjoyed having their hands painted green to be used as the pumpkin’s adorable leaf.

We learned all about letter “Ee” last week. The preschoolers learned the special sounds the letter makes (“e” as in eagle and “e” as in egg - we want to remember the “e” like egg sound!) They practiced tracing and printing the letter and looked for it among many other letters. They played a letter Ee guessing game and identified numerous words that begin with the letter. They also worked on a letter Ee cut and paste where they distinguished between pictures that do and do not begin with “Ee.” Additionally, we read the classic children’s book “Elmer” about a patchwork elephant who was different from all the other elephants. After reading and discussing this story, the boys and girls got to create their own Elmer’s! What excellent Preschoolers we have! 

In religion, we learned about St. Francis of Assisi and his love and care for all of God’s creatures. The boys and girls were blessed with the opportunity to learn more about St. Francis from Fr. Ken who also blessed each of their stuffed animals. Thank you Fr. Ken for such a meaningful morning! We also got to work with our Fourth Grade Prayer Partners this week who came to our room to talk about the new school wide Footprints of Kindness campaign. The preschoolers were able to work with their buddy to decorate a footprint that we have hanging which will remind them of always choosing to be kind. Their fourth grade buddy shared some ideas with them and we also talked as a class about things we can do every day, big and small, to spread kindness. We will continue working on these kind choices everyday throughout the year as our class goal is to always be “loving and kind!” Thank you for all of your help at home in instilling such strong values of kindness in your children at such a young age!

Just some reminders…

- Scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday for those who are interested in ordering. You can also order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

- School picture day is next Tuesday, October 16th so start getting those adorable smiles ready!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 09/30/18

Posted on Sep 30, 2018

Dear Parents,

We had an apple-solutely awesome week in Preschool learning all about apples! We learned how apples grow and learned what the different parts of an apple are. We talked about the many different ways apples can be used and graphed our favorites (apple pie was the definite winner with applesauce coming in second!) We explored with our five senses this week (smell, touch, taste, sight and sound) and tried to guess what was in a clear jar. It was apple butter! Their reactions to trying the apple butter were hilarious with some having faces of pure delight and others whose expressions definitely showed they were not a fan! :-) We talked about what it means to make a prediction and the boys and girls predicted what they thought would happen if we placed an apple in a bucket of water, would it sink or float? Most predicted it would sink but upon trying our experiment the preschoolers learned that apples float! They loved it so much that we tried a couple other classroom items and the boys and girls were so excited to learn which items float versus which sink to the bottom. We played a fun math game where we had 8 apple pictures with numbers 1-8 on them. I would hide a worm behind one of the apples and then they each got to guess which apple the worm was hiding behind. We learned all about Johnny Appleseed and how he traveled all over with a pot on his head planting apple seeds everywhere he went. The boys and girls loved making their own Johnny Appleseed hats to celebrate his birthday on Wednesday! We had fun doing some apple math this week by measuring how many apples tall each preschooler is. They also loved making their very own apple pie crafts that looked and smelled (they added cinnamon!) good enough to eat! They were very excited to surprise you with it at home! Of course, how else can you end a fun week all about apples without making applesauce?! All the boys and girls got a turn to help peel/core the apples and after adding a little sugar and cooking the mixture, the preschoolers had made a very delicious batch of applesauce that they thoroughly enjoyed!

We learned all about letter “Dd” this week. The preschoolers learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced writing/tracing it. They identified the upper and lowercase letter among many others and brainstormed words for our letter “Dd” anchor chart. We also read many books that begin with Dd. The boys and girls love playing our weekly game where I give clues about items in our letter tub that begin with “Dd” and they have to try to guess what it is. They are dynamite!

In religion, we read the story of Noah’s Ark. We learned how Noah and his family listened to God and how God kept them safe from a bad storm through the ark. The boys and girls worked on a dot-to-dot picture of the story to add to their bibles.

The preschoolers also attended their first pep rally of the year on Friday and were SO good! We were so proud of what good listeners they were and how they cheered on the Falcons so nicely! They had a lot of fun! Go Falcons!!!

Just some reminders…

- Special Lunch (Barraco’s) is on Wednesday for those who ordered.

- Picture Day is postponed and the new date will be announced soon.

- There is no school next Monday (10/08) for Columbus Day.

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 09/23/18

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Dear Preschool Parents,

I hope your families are enjoying a beautiful weekend! We had some gorgeous weather for enjoying the playground last week and are looking forward to enjoying it again this week with some cooler weather.

We had so much fun learning all about letter “Cc” this week. We learned the special sound the letter makes, practiced tracing/printing the letter and finding the upper and lowercase letter among lots of other letters. As we do with all our letters, we created an anchor chart where the boys and girls thought of lots of words that begin with “Cc” and we added each word and picture to our chart – they can think of tons, it is awesome! We had fun with a sensory art project this week as the preschoolers had a blast creating car track paintings. They really enjoyed “driving” their cars over their papers and it was fun to see the different designs they created (some just loved to go in circles over and over in the same spot while others made rainbows or stripes on theirs!) Since they were working SO hard learning all about letter Cc, I brought the boys and girls some cookies to enjoy at snack time. Can you believe that while we were at computer class, the cookie monster came and took our cookies, leaving us a series of notes and clues to follow that had us on a hunt all over the school?! Thankfully, our preschoolers are the best detectives and they followed the clues so well and quickly that we finally got our cookies back and the boys and girls sure earned their special treat! :-)

In math this week, we learned all about number one and also practiced learning about a ten frame and how it works. Since our letter of the week was “Cc” what a better way to practice math then with Cheez-its?! The boys and girls loved playing a game where they got to roll a dice and count out as many Cheez-its as they rolled. They then got to roll again and count out that many more Cheez-its. Finally, they counted how many Cheez-its they had all together after both rolls (addition without even knowing it! ) They did great and of course, got to enjoy some yummy Cheez-its after working so hard!

In religion this week, we read the story of Adam and Eve and learned how they were the first people God created. We learned that after God created the colors, plants, animals and people the world was complete and perfect! The boys and girls drew a picture of the story to add to their bibles.

We also continue working on lots of different skills each day (they change daily but include a mix of fine motor, letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, patterning, sorting, shapes, etc.) through centers which they boys and girls really enjoy. We also practice printing names each day, remembering that only the first letter is uppercase and the rest are lowercase. They are really doing an awesome job and are such a sweet group! Thank you again for sharing them with us this year!

Just some reminders…

- Our full day Preschoolers have the option to buy the once a month school-wide Special Lunch. Forms went home last week for the first special lunch of the year which is taking place the first week of October and is from Barracos. If you are interested in ordering for your child, orders are due on Wednesday.

- We are so excited to cheer on the Fisher Falcons at the school pep rally on Friday! All students are encouraged to wear Fisher colors or apparel on this day. Go Falcons!

- Thank you so much to all the parents who are able to chaperone our Disney on Ice Field Trip. We are really looking forward to a fun trip! I just wanted to let you know that 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, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 09/16/18

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

We are sure looking forward to hearing all about Fisher Fest tomorrow! The boys and girls were SO excited all week long for it! Hope your families had a wonderful time!

This week in Preschool we learned all about letter “Bb.” The Preschoolers learned the special sound the letter makes and identified tons of words that begin with “Bb.” They practiced tracing and printing the letter, searched for the upper and lower case letter among other letters and worked hard on a cut and paste where they identified three pictures that begin with “Bb.” Additionally, we really enjoyed working with the popular children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” We did a lot of comprehension work with this great story and after a few days the boys and girls were “reading” it on their own! (Which they loved! ) We also read and compared/contrasted a few other similar stories such as “Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?” and “Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?” The Preschoolers also made their own adorable Brown Bear Puppets.

In math this week, we worked on the skill of sorting. We practiced sorting various colored cubes both as a class and independently. The boys and girls also enjoyed playing a game where they picked a bag full of pom-poms and had to count how many pom-poms of each color they had. After counting each color, they placed that many dab-a-dots on their paper. They did awesome!

In religion, we read the Story of the First Creatures and learned how God created all the animals, which added sound and noise to God’s beautiful world. The boys and girls worked on their own bible pages for the story where they drew animals God created.

We had our first official fire drill this week and despite the alarm being quite loud, there were no tears – hooray! They did incredible and we were so proud of them!

Just some reminders…

- We sent home their cot sheets and blankets this weekend to be cleaned. If you were not able to get it done for tomorrow, please don’t worry! Feel free to send it back whenever you get the chance.

- If you volunteered to chaperone our Disney on Ice Field Trip you should have received a note in your child’s folder on Thursday. We would really appreciate if you could look it over and let us know if you are able to commit (or are no longer available) as soon as possible. If you are not yet Virtus trained, you will need to complete it before the field trip. Thank you SO much for all who are able to chaperone and attend the trip with us – it is always a very fun day!

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

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 09/09/18

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

Our short week sure did fly by! We were very busy learning about and working on lots of new things. We began our Letter of the Week instruction by learning all about letter “Aa.” The boys and girls learned that every letter talks and makes a special sound! They know that “Aa” has two sounds, like in apron and apple. They practiced tracing and printing the upper and lowercase letter and searched for “Aa’s” among many other letters with their dab-a-dot marker. We read a story about the letter “Aa,” brainstormed words that begin with “Aa” and read a poem about apples/searched for the “Aa’s” in the poem with highlighters. The preschoolers also worked on a cut and paste where they had to cut out four pictures and identify which three of the four begin with “Aa” that I am saving for their end of the year memory books. We spent a little more time working one-on-one or in small groups for many of these activities this week while they get the hang of it but pretty soon once they are ready they will be able to complete independently. They are sure doing awesome!!

This week in Preschool we continued to practice basic skills of holding a pencil, tracing/printing their name, using a scissors, using glue and using watercolor paints. We modeled how to use water colors (which can be tricky for the little ones to not mix colors, how to use just enough water to have enough paint yet not saturate their paper, etc.) and then they got to practice on their own by water coloring the letters of their name. They really had fun doing this! They also enjoyed looking for the letters of their name on school buses – it was a fun hunt for them and very exciting when they found each letter! We reviewed colors this week and read many fun color themed books such as “How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow,” “Red” and “The Crayon Box that Talked.” We also reviewed sharing and read many great books to help remind us how to share and be a kind friend such as “Llama, Llama Time to Share” and “The Rainbow Fish.” We also practiced a bus evacuation this week and a fire drill and we were so very proud of how great our preschoolers did for both! We will have an official fire drill with the fire department this week but we are sure based on last week’s practice that our little ones will do great!

In religion, we began with our first bible story of the year. We read about how God created the colors of the world, the grass and sky, moon and sun and more! The boys and girls then drew a picture of what they remembered from the story. We save these pages to create their very own bible that goes home at the end of the year – it is a very special keepsake!

Just some reminders…

- There is no school this Friday. Have a wonderful weekend at Fisher Fest!!!

- If you are interested in ordering books for your child or children through Scholastic, orders are due this Thursday. You can order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ or by sending in your child’s order in their folder. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to send me a message!

- This Tuesday, our school will be remembering the fallen heroes and first responders of 9/11 by collecting funds for a memorial being built at King Lockhart Park at 106th and Western. Students are invited to bring a donation and participate in wearing patriotic red, white and blue on this day.

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week and let the Fisher Fest countdown begin!

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 09/03/18

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

Dear Parents,

Our first full week of Preschool is in the books and what an awesome week it was! The boys and girls are doing such a wonderful job adjusting to our routine and learning school procedures like walking as a group in the hallway, learning our many prayers that we say throughout the day and raising their hand on the carpet. We could not be more proud of them!

This week in Preschool the boys and girls began attending all of their specials classes. We have art class in our classroom (Mrs. Newman comes to our room on Friday mornings) but we go to the gym, computer lab and library for our other specials which is very exciting (the preschoolers love when they see a sibling, cousin or neighbor in the hall on our way – big smiles definitely ensue!) We worked a lot on first names last week through lots of songs and games. The preschoolers are quickly learning all of their new classmates’ names! The boys and girls also worked on fine motor skills by ripping colored paper to make the first letter of their name. Additionally, the Preschoolers painted and cut out large apples that are on display in our classroom windows and we read tons of great school and friendship themed books. We talked about our most important job at Preschool – being “loving and kind.” This is a phrase we will use often throughout the year to remind the preschoolers that we always want to treat others with kindness.

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us at Open House, it was so lovely to see you! If you were not able to make it, please do not worry. Since not everyone was able to view our PowerPoint, I am working on making it into a little handout to give you a little more insight into our days at Preschool as well as our goals for your child for the year. Please also know I am always available at any point for any questions or concerns so please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hope your family had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We are sure looking forward to seeing our 23 new sweethearts again tomorrow morning!

Miss Katie Fadden

Preschool News 08/26/18

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

Dear Parents,

We sure are off to a great start in Room 109! Mrs. Furlong and I are truly so impressed at how well the boys and girls are transitioning to full day Preschool. They are really doing incredible! It is evident already that this is such a sweet and kind class. We are really enjoying them and are so excited to have a wonderful and fun year together!

This week in Preschool we worked on getting to know our new classmates and starting to learn a little bit of our Preschool routine. We sang lots of songs, 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. They are really doing awesome!

Now that we have a few days under our belt, we are looking forward to beginning our specials classes this coming week. This year our class will be attending gym two days a week, on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure your child is dressed in gym appropriate attire on these days. We will also be attending library, computers and art class each week. The boys and girls always really enjoy specials so we are excited to get started!

Just a reminder if you could please send a snack for your child each day and keep it either in a separate pocket of your child’s backpack or in a separate snack bag (not their lunchbox.) If you could please help point out to your child where their snack is over the next couple days to help them get used to finding it we would really appreciate it!

If you have not yet sent in a change of clothes to stay at school in case of accidents or over-the-ear headphones for computer class please do so as soon as possible. Thank you so much for all the school supplies received so far. If you have not yet sent yours in there is no rush, anytime in the next few weeks would be great. I did realize I accidently left off Kleenex from our list (oops!) so if you are able to send in a box or two we would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for your help!

As exciting birthdays approach, I wanted to share our birthday policy that of course we celebrate birthdays in Preschool! If you wish, you may send a treat or small token (such as pencils, stickers, bubbles, etc.) for the entire class or donate a favorite book or toy to our classroom when it is your child’s birthday. Treats must be store bought and not homemade. We have 23 children in our class this year and no food allergies!

We would love for you to join us this Thursday for Back to School night! On this night you are able to take a look at our classroom as well as learn more about your child’s day at preschool and our goals for the school year. We hope you can join us! More information can be found in the flyer that went home in your child’s folder on Friday. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions as well!

Just a reminder that there is no school next Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Again, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your sweet little ones with us this year! We feel so fortunate to teach this wonderful group and are really excited to spend our year together! Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am always available! Have a great week and hopefully I will see you on Thursday!

Miss Katie Fadden

Welcome to Preschool Room 109

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to St. John Fisher Preschool! I could not be more excited to be your child’s teacher this year and together with our amazing classroom aide, Mrs. Beth Furlong, we are looking forward to an incredible year in Room 109! We realize that for some of the children this will be their first school experience. Some children will adjust quickly, but for others, those first few days may be a little scary – and that’s okay! We will do everything we can to ease your child into our program and help them have a fun, stimulating and creative year. We cannot wait to welcome you and your child into our classroom on Tuesday! :-)

Attached you will find our Preschool Handbook that covers all the important information you need to know regarding Preschool at SJF. Some additional important information for the first week of school can be found below.

- Our class arrives and dismisses from the double doors directly under the bridge each day.

o Arrival: With the exception of the very first day, once the bell rings and the doors open each morning we help the preschoolers line up outside Mrs. Altman’s class to wait for all our students to arrive before heading down to our classroom after a few minutes.

o Dismissal: As you will see on the first day, it gets very crowded with the entire school dismissing at once which is why Preschool always dismisses 5 minutes earlier each day at 2:20 p.m. If someone other than the child’s parent will be picking him or her up, please send a note or email to let us know who to expect (If your child will always have the same caregiver or go to extended day daily then you only need to notify us of this one time.) Please also bear with us at dismissal the first few weeks as we learn names and faces and ensure each child is being picked up by the correct caregiver. Their safety is our number one concern. Thank you in advance for your patience!

- You are welcome to walk your child into our classroom on his/her first day. We would love if you could help your child find his/her locker and put away their belongings. On our classroom tables will be a nametag for each child. Please help your child find his/her nametag, place it on their shirt and help them take a seat at their table. After a few minutes, we will ask the parents to give your child a hug and a kiss and quietly leave the room. Do not be surprised if your child is crying when you leave, but please rest assured knowing that almost always the crying is stopped in just a few short minutes! If your child is crying for a prolonged period of time we will of course call you. The first few days can be the most difficult (especially on mom and dad!) but very quickly they are all running excitedly into school with the biggest smiles! :-)

- It would be so helpful if you could send me an email before school begins if your child goes by a nickname other than what is on their birth certificate (i.e. Kate for Kathleen or Jimmy for James.) Please also let me know before Tuesday if your child has any allergies or other medical conditions I should be aware of.

- On Tuesday, we will be sending home an information sheet that helps us get to know more about your child. If you could fill it out and send it back in your child’s folder as soon as possible we would really appreciate it!

- Just a reminder that our first day of school is a half-day with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (We will be ready to dismiss around 11:25 a.m. to help avoid the school-wide traffic of everyone dismissing at 11:30 a.m.) Starting Wednesday, August 22nd, preschoolers will stay for the full day with arrival at 7:50 a.m. and dismissal at 2:20 p.m. Students need a snack and a drink on Tuesday and a snack, drink(s) and a lunch starting Wednesday.

Please feel free to check in with me or send me an email at any time with any questions or concerns. I am always here! :-) I am so excited to get started and am really looking forward to a wonderful year with your child!

Miss Katie Fadden

kfadden@sjfschool.net

 
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