Preschool News 02/17/20

Posted on Feb 17, 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope each of your families had a wonderful President’s Day weekend! We sure had a lovely week in Preschool celebrating Valentine’s Day and all our sweet friends! Some highlights from Valentine’s Day include decorating Valentine goody bags, playing “mailman” and passing out Valentine’s to each of our friends and playing some fun games, like pass the heart and musical chairs. We also played a game where each child predicted how many heart gems they could hold in one grab. They then got a chance to try it out and count how many they actually grabbed! We also had a great time with our fourth grade prayer partners who came over to help us sort, count and graph (and okay, maybe eat! :-)) candy hearts. On Monday, we went on a hunt for candy hugs and kisses that each had a number 1-10 on them. The Preschools received a bag and had to go on the hunt for a complete set of numbers 1-10. Once they thought their set was complete, they checked to make sure by placing them in a row in order from 1-10! On Tuesday, we all made an adorable Hershey kiss craft. On Friday, we practiced math and were introduced to the concept of measuring by measuring some Valentine’s themed items with heart rulers. We loved reading all sorts of Valentine’s themed books this week and especially enjoyed being read to on Friday by Mrs. Schneller, our awesome class room mom who stopped by with a very special Valentine’s day treat for the Preschoolers. Thank you so much Mrs. Schneller!

We all were SO excited to welcome a new friend to our classroom this week, Nia! The Preschoolers honestly could not have been sweeter and immediately stepped up to be loving and helpful friends to Nia. It truly melted our hearts to watch them all go out of their way to be so kind to our new friend – you would be so very proud of your child (we sure were!!!) We are so happy to welcome adorable Nia and her family to our SJF family – we are so glad you are here!!

We learned all about letter “Oo” this week. We learned that Oo makes two sounds – such as in overalls and octopus. We want to remember the short o sound as in octopus. We practiced how to print the upper and lower case letter and the Preschoolers identified tons and tons of new words that begin with Oo.

Just a reminder that you can follow along with all our fun and see pictures of our class in action on Instagram by following us @ourfuntimein109. Next Thursday (02/27) is also an early dismissal day, with dismissal at 1:45p.m.

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

Preschool News 02/09/2020

Posted on Feb 09, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

Happy Valentine’s Day! We have been having so much fun engaging in all sorts of Valentine’s themed fun in Preschool. Last week, we went on a Valentine letter hunt throughout our classroom where the Preschoolers had to find hidden hearts with letters on them and then find its match. The Preschoolers painted and cut out hearts and worked on patterning skills by making a Valentine’s themed heart pattern wreath. We also made adorable love bugs and practiced fine motor skills by ripping and gluing red and pink paper to show that we “love you to pieces!” We have been enjoying many different Valentine’s themed centers that work on skills including letter recognition, letter sounds, number recognition and counting. Additionally, we have been enjoying many Valentine’s Day themed stories!

On Monday, we learned about Groundhog Day and learned that the Groundhog did not see his shadow this year and therefore, predicts an early spring – hooray! We had fun reading some Groundhog stories, making a groundhog/shadow craft and playing some groundhog themed games that worked on skills including syllables, numbers/counting and rhyming.

We learned all about letter Nn this week! We practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter as well as how to make its special sound. The Preschoolers brainstormed tons of new words that begin with the letter and searched for it among others. We sorted objects that do and do not begin with Nn.

In religion, we read and discussed the bible story “Jonah and the Whale.” We learned how Jonah did not initially listen to God but that God always forgives. We talked about times we can show forgiveness, too! After reading and discussing the story, we worked on a dot-to-dot page to add to our bibles.

Just some reminders…

- We are so excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Preschool! We will be celebrating on Thursday (Feb. 13th) instead of Friday since all of our friends attend on Thursdays. Preschoolers are welcome to bring in a Valentine/wrapped treat for all of their friends to pass out. (No nuts please!) To make passing out easier for your child, please do not fill out the “to” section. It would be great (fun!) practice to have you child sign his/her own Valentines! We are looking forward to welcoming a new friend to our class this week so we will have 21 students in our class on Thursday.

- Looking ahead, there is no school Monday (Feb. 17th) in recognition of President’s Day.

- While this class has been the healthiest class ever (thank goodness!!!) we unfortunately did have a couple friends out sick last week with different illnesses. Mrs. Furlong and I are constantly wiping down surfaces and toys with Clorox wipes and having the Preschoolers wash their hands and use hand sanitizer to hopefully prevent any illnesses from spreading. We really appreciate your help in keeping your child home when they are sick – thank you!

- Follow what fun our class is up to on Instagram at @ourfuntimein109.

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

Preschool News 02/02/2020

Posted on Feb 02, 2020

Dear Parents,

We sure had a memorable week in Preschool celebrating Catholic Schools Week! We were treated to a wonderful performance by the St. Rita Band on Monday afternoon and enjoyed being read to by the fifth graders on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, we had a blast playing trivia with our fourth grade buddies. We got together with our buddies again on Wednesday morning for a special STEM challenge – creating a snowflake that contains at least three different shapes using only toothpicks and mini marshmallows! On Thursday, we made thank you cards for our parents and on Friday, we had a special Rice Krispie treat from SOAR and enjoyed watching the Falcon Olympic games in the gym. We also had a blast having a Falcon Friends play date on Thursday where some visitors from the Falcon Friends weekly play group came by our room for a visit! The Preschoolers were excellent hosts and showed these new friends all around our room. :-) Can you believe Friday was the 100th day of school?! Wow, is the time flying! The Preschoolers may have aged greatly over these 100 days (haha!) but we certainly have had 100 days of fun, learning and friendship in Preschool! Thank you for your help in making this day so memorable and fun!

We also continued our winter themed learning this week by working on a mitten themed counting book. We also practiced patterning by having the Preschoolers pick various colored mittens to create their own patterns. They then continued their pattern on their paper using dab-a-dot markers. We also had fun participating in a winter themed write the room this week wearing special snowflake glasses!

Since we had so many special events planned this week, we did not start a new letter and instead used it as an opportunity to review all the letters. We read an adorable ABC train story and then worked together as a class to build our own alphabet train. As this week was Kindness Week at SJF, we also read tons of books about kindness and practiced different acts of kindness each day. Thank you for your help with their kindness homework! It sounds like many wonderful things were said and done – way to go Preschoolers!

Sadie was our super special star of the week this week! She showed our class her adorable poster and answered questions from her friends. She also brought in a sweet story for us to read and showed us her awesome karaoke machine complete with a real microphone! We are working on a special book for Sadie to show her all the many ways she is so wonderful! Way to go Sadie – you are so very special to us!!! :-)

Just some reminders…

- We have been posting all of our fun over on Instagram @ourfuntimein109! We hope you are enjoying having a glimpse into our days at school! 

- Looking ahead, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday February 13th as all of our friends will be at school on that day. Preschoolers are welcome to bring a Valentine/wrapped treat to pass out to all of their friends (no nuts please!) We are excited to welcome a new friend to our class this week so we now have 21 children in our class. To make passing out easier, please do not address the “to” section of your child’s Valentine. It would be great practice however to have your child sign their own name on their Valentine’s! If you have your child sign a couple a day over the next week and a half it would be a great opportunity to practice printing their name! :-)

- Special Lunch is on Wednesday for those who ordered this month. - If you have not yet turned in your Preschool or Kindergarten registration for next year, we would really appreciate if you could please do so as soon as possible! Thank you so much! We are also so appreciative of you promoting our wonderful school to friends, family and neighbors! It sure is a great time to be a Falcon!  

As always, thank you for all you do! Please do not hesitate to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 01/26/2020

Posted on Jan 26, 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy Catholic Schools Week! It was so wonderful to see so many of you today at Church and in our classroom for Open House. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and see all the incredible things that make St. John Fisher such a wonderful place to be! I am sure you could see by the work on display how hard our students have been working and what amazing growth and progress they have accomplished so far this year in every aspect. We are so proud of each of your children and we truly feel so blessed to be their teachers! As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, please know how grateful we are for each of your families and for choosing SJF!

This week in Preschool, we engaged in some more winter themed fun and activities! We read the adorable story “Sneezy the Snowman” and learned how Sneezy melted after encountering some warm objects. The Preschoolers each brainstormed their own reason why their snowman might melt (such as he ate a hot pepper or someone breathed on him with really hot breath! :-)) and then created their own adorable melting snowman with a puffy white “snow” mixture. The boys and girls also practiced cutting skills by making sweet snowman paper plate faces and the cutest winter birds. Additionally, we read another classic story “The Snowy Day” about the adventures of a little boy on a snow day. The Preschoolers each thought of and wrote or traced how they like to spend a snow day on an adorable Snowy Day craft. This week in Preschool we also continued our celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To help better understand how we are all different on the outside but the same on the inside, we did an activity where we took a brown and a white egg and cracked them both open to see that, just like us, they are the same on the inside! The boys and girls looked awesome in their variety of gear for Career Day - thank you so much for your help in this special day! We sure have 20 of the most hard-working, kind and sweet future workers in Room 109!

We learned about letter Mm this week in Preschool. We learned the sound the letter makes and the boys and girls were really enjoying coming up with many new words that begin with Mm! They practiced writing the upper and lowercase letter and searched for it among others. They sure are marvelous!

Our super special star of the week this week was Libbie! Libbie made an awesome decorated poster and we all enjoyed learning more about her. She brought in a sweet story about sisters for us to read and showed a favorite toy too. We are working on a book for Libbie to show her all the many ways she is so wonderful! Way to go, Libbie – you are so very special to us!!! :-)

Just some reminders…

- Our class is very excited to be attending the school book fair this week! You are welcome to shop with your child if you would like on Wednesday morning at 8:00a.m. Please let me know via a note or email if you are planning on joining us and shopping with your child. If you are not available to join us, we would be happy to help your child shop if you’d like. Mrs. Keller has instructions for creating an online fund for your child to shop with in Mrs. Nash’s weekly notes. Please send me a note or email if you would like to utilize this option.

- Thursday is an early dismissal day at 1:45p.m. for a Faculty Inservice. Extended Day is available on this day, please let me know if your child will be attending.

- As one of the ways we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week, each grade will be participating in daily kindness activities. Be on the lookout for some “homework” in your child’s folder this week to engage in these kind acts at home each day this week. Thank you for your help!

- Just a reminder that all students (both those returning for another year of Preschool and those going to Kindergarten next year) must fill out and return the green registration form. We would really appreciate if you could send those in as soon as possible if you have not already done so. If you know your child will not be returning to SJF next year please also let me know that as soon as possible so that we don’t save them a spot.

- We also are so grateful for your help in promoting our wonderful school to friends, family and neighbors! Thank you for helping us spread the word that SJF is the best place to be!

- We would love to share more of the fun we have in Room 109 with all of you and thought it might be a good idea to try a class Instagram account. We would love if you follow us @ourfuntimein109. Our account will remain private but please let me know if you would not like me to post your child on our Instagram page. We hope this is a fun way for you to get a peek into all the special daily happenings of Room 109! :-)

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to a very fun and memorable week ahead for Catholic Schools Week! Hope you have a wonderful week, too! 

Preschool News 01/20/20

Posted on Jan 20, 2020

Dear Preschool Parents,

We had a wonderful and busy week in Preschool! We spent the week engaged in all sorts of winter themed fun. We read the cute story “Penguins Love Colors” and the boys and girls cut out and made their own adorable, colorful penguins! We also spent some time reading and doing fun activities with the story “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Our little ones practiced comprehension skills by acting out the story and pretending to be an animal from the story by going onto our life-size mitten. They also got a page with many different animals on it and had to color and glue onto their mittens only the animals that were in the story – they did wonderful remembering which animals were or were not in the story!

This week in Preschool we also learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of peace for our world. We learned how he worked hard to ensure everyone was treated equally and with love and kindness. We read a mini book that reminded us that we can be kind to others like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught. The Preschoolers also made a peace craft that signifies the importance of our whole world working together to treat everyone kindly. The boys and girls played a math game where they would roll a dice and dot that many globes with their dab-a-dot markers.

We learned all about letter Ll this week! We learned the special sound the letter makes and how to print the upper and lowercase letter. The Preschoolers identified tons of words that begin with the letter and searched for it among others.

Our focus in religion was on being a kind friend this week. The boys and girls brainstormed ways that they are a kind friend and made a craft that shows why they are a kind friend. They also each picked a friend in the class to write about why that friend is so awesome. We are so lucky to have so many nice friends in Room 109! Each day at the end of the day, we have been spending a few minutes allowing the Preschoolers to share kind things others said or did for them that day that made them feel good or happy. There are so many kind acts occurring – we are so proud of this sweet group!

Just some reminders…

- In celebration with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will be having a Career Day on Tuesday, January 21st. Preschoolers are invited to come to school dressed up as anything they would like to be when they get older (princesses, sports players, anything counts!)

- If you have not already done so, please make sure to turn in your child’s registration form for next year’s Preschool or Kindergarten classes. We are opening up registration to new families this weekend so please try to turn yours in as soon as possible to ensure you have a spot in the program of your choice!

- Please join us on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. mass followed by an Open House throughout the school from 11:00-12:00p.m. Come take a look at all the wonderful learning, fun and friendship that occurs in Room 109! Please also invite any neighbors, friends or relatives that are looking for a wonderful school next year to our new family Open House from 9:00-10:00a.m. We really appreciate your help in promoting our awesome school!

- We still desperately need more milk jugs so please keep saving and sending in over the next couple days! We can’t wait until we have enough to build our igloo! Thank you so much for your help with this very special project.

- If you are free on Saturday, please join us for the Connor Lowry gym dedication. All students who attend on Friday are also asked to please wear red, white and blue to school on this day.

- Looking ahead, next Thursday (Jan. 30th) is an early dismissal day for Full Day students at 1:45p.m.

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

Preschool New 01/12/2020

Posted on Jan 12, 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We hope each of your families had a wonderful holiday break. The Preschoolers were so excited to tell us and their friends all about the fun they had whether on vacations, special events like the Polar Express train ride or playing with their new favorite toys! We are all glad to be back and excited to make this second half of the school year incredible!

This week in Preschool we learned all about our new year, 2020, and how/why we celebrate it. Calendar time certainly has been fun this week as we all try to train our brains to remember the new year! We discussed how sometimes people set goals for the year that they would like to accomplish. The Preschoolers each brainstormed and wrote/drew something they would like to do in 2020. Their answers are priceless and are currently on display on our bulletin board! This week we also learned more about the season of winter and engaged in some winter themed learning. The Preschoolers practiced with their names by making adorable snowmen that are as many snowballs high as the number of letters in their name! We read some favorite winter stories including “There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow” and “Snowman Magic.” The Preschoolers also painted a snowy scene with Qtips and topped it with a snowman that they built from three different size circles. To go along with our winter learning this month, we are going to build a very special classroom igloo! To do so, we need your help! If you could please save and send in to school your empty (rinsed out but with the cap on!) gallon sized milk or water jugs we would really appreciate it! We will need tons to make a big igloo so we really appreciate your help!

This week was a wonderful week for us to review our learning so far this year, including letters Aa-Kk, shapes and numbers 1-10. We will move on to letter Ll this week!

In religion, we read the story of the Tower of Jericho and how God’s people marched and marched as God asked them to. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot page for their bibles.

We have had two super special Stars of the Week in Preschool – Hannah and Owen! They brought in their favorite toy and books to show their friends and did a wonderful job decorating their posters to help us learn more about them. We are also working on special books for Hannah and Owen to show them the many ways they are so incredible! Way to go Hannah and Owen – you both are so very special to us!!! :-)

Just some reminders…

- There is no school next Monday (Jan. 20th) for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the three day weekend!

- Scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday for those who are interested in ordering this month. You can send an order in your child’s folder or order online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs using our class code JT8JQ. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

- Catholic Schools Week is coming up soon! Please save the date Sunday January 26th to join us for mass at 10:00a.m. followed by a school wide Open House. We are also hosting an additional Open House on this day from 9:00-10:00a.m. for any new and prospective families. If you know any friends, family or neighbors that are considering SJF for next year, please invite them to this event! We really appreciate your help in promoting our wonderful school! Registration for current SJF families will begin this coming week. Please be on the lookout for more information shortly!

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

Preschool News 12/15/19

Posted on Dec 15, 2019

Dear Parents,

It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year in Preschool! Our classroom was just like a version of Santa’s workshop last week as we finished up our adorable parent gifts, wrote the room “Christmas style” and cut out and decorated the large Christmas trees that we painted last week. We also made a special keepsake ornament and decorated Christmas cards to spread some cheer to the seniors at Smith Village. We are enjoying unwrapping a new Christmas book or two to read each day and have of course been hard at work preparing for our Christmas program on Wednesday. Our full day Preschoolers were able to perform one of their songs, “Oh What A Special Night,” for the whole school on Friday afternoon for the school wide Christmas concert where each grade performed a Christmas song for the rest of the school. We are all so excited for our big Preschool Christmas Performance on Wednesday!

We finished up learning about letter Jj this week and started learning about letter Kk. We learned the special sound the letter makes and identified many words that begin with the letter. We also practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. We will continue learning about letter Kk this coming week.

In religion, we continued learning about how we celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas. We learned about important people who were involved in the birth of Jesus, including Mary, Joseph and Angel Gabriel, as well as some new vocabulary, such as manger, stable and nativity. The Preschoolers each thought of a gift, just like the three Wise Men, that they would give to baby Jesus. We also reviewed how this season of Advent is an important time to spread love and kindness to all through our words and actions.

We are SO excited for our Preschool Christmas Program on Wednesday at 12:00pm and hope you can join us! Here are some important reminders…

- All are welcome to attend! Please refer to Mrs. Nash’s Friday Notes regarding procedures for having SJF siblings attend (your child’s teacher and the office must be notified in advance and you must sign him/her out at the office before the performance.)

- Please make sure to have your child use the bathroom before they are dropped off! Please also hold onto any of your child’s belongings once you drop them off to our classroom (i.e. coats, mittens, etc.)

- We ask that all Preschoolers arrive to our classrooms via their normal entrance doors at 11:40 a.m. Preschoolers should be dressed in their Christmas/Sunday best! :-)

- After the performance, all of the Preschoolers will process out of the Church together back to our classrooms. The Preschoolers can be picked up from our regular dismissal doors after the performance (they have a special gift for mom and dad that they will give to you at this time!)

In addition to our Preschool Christmas Program, we have a busy week ahead in Preschool! Some important dates to know…

- Tuesday (12/17) is our Polar Express Day. Preschoolers are welcome to wear their pajamas to school on this day! It will surely be an exciting day! :-)

- Friday (12/20) is the last day of school before Christmas break. Our half day students will be dismissed at their usual 10:45am time and our full day students will be dismissed at 11:30a.m. Please let me know via a note or email in advance if your child will be attending extended day on this day or will be picked up by someone other than their usual caregiver/parent. School resumes on Monday, January 6th.

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. We are really looking forward to a fun and memorable week in Preschool! Thank you so much for all of your help!

Preschool News 12/08/19

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

Dear Parents,

We are definitely fa-la-la-ing and decking the halls in Room 109 as we prepare for Christmas! This week the boys and girls were hard at work painting and cutting out large ornaments for our windows and designing their own wrapping paper for presents that have their pictures as the gift inside! They also painted a large Christmas tree that we will cut out and decorate next week and worked hard on a very special surprise gift for mom and dad for Christmas that they are really excited about! The Preschoolers were thrilled that Santa sent an Elf to our room to watch us each day – our class voted and named him Sparkle! Sparkle has been having lots of fun finding new spots to hide in each day and even left us a pile of presents – Christmas themed wrapped books that we get to open and read each day! Additionally, the boys and girls have been very hard at work learning all the words and actions to our Christmas program songs and poems. Hopefully you have been hearing many of them at home already as they practice! :-) Hearing them practice these special songs and poems each day are the highlight of our days for sure!

We learned all about letter Jj this week. We learned the special sound it makes and identified numerous words that begin with Jj. The preschoolers practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and listened to clues to guess items that begin with Jj.

In religion, we learned about the season of Advent and how this is a very special time for our Church. Our fourth grade buddies came by to help us make our Advent Countdown patterned chains. Remember to take off the bottom link each night before bedtime and count how many days until Jesus’ birthday! We have been learning all about Jesus’ birth and the special people who were there.

Avery was our super special Star of the Week! We learned all about Avery as she shared her awesome poster with the class and answered some questions from her classmates. The Preschoolers made a special book to show Avery all the many ways she is so incredible! Hooray for Avery – you are so very special to us!!! :-)

Just some reminders…

- Next Wednesday (Dec. 18th) is our Christmas Program at 12:00p.m. in the Church. Preschoolers do not have regular class hours on this day but instead should arrive to our rooms via their normal entrance doors at 11:40 a.m. dressed in their Christmas best! This performance is always a highlight of the Christmas season – we are very excited!

- If you are interested in ordering Scholastic books for your child or for Christmas gifts, please send in your order tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. You can also order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ. Please send me a note or email if your order is a gift so I can make sure to get it to you and maintain the surprise! Thank you so much for your support of this program!

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

Preschool News 11/24/19

Posted on Nov 24, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

Happy Thanksgiving! I am really looking forward to meeting with all of you over the next two days at Parent Teacher Conferences. There is so much wonderful progress from all of our students to be shared and celebrated! Just a reminder that both Monday and Tuesday are half-days of school for the students. The half-day Preschoolers will still be dismissed at their usual 10:45am time both days and the full day Preschoolers will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. both days. There is no school Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This week in Preschool we finished up our assessments for progress reports, finished our adorable Thanksgiving story books and finished our thankful journals. We read many favorite Thanksgiving stories, including “Turkey Trouble” which they especially loved! We played a fun math game at centers where we rolled a dice and added that many slices of pumpkin pie. Once their pies were complete, they rolled the dice and added that many dollops of whipped cream (cotton balls!) They then got to continue to roll the dice and take away (“eat” :-)) that many pieces of pie and whipped cream. We also asked them all about how to cook a turkey and are saving their adorable answers for their memory books – as you can imagine they sure make us smile! Of course, a highlight of our week was sharing in a Thanksgiving Feast at snack time. The Preschoolers each got to pick if they wanted to make a Pilgrim or Native American headband and then we pushed all the tables together so the Preschoolers could participate in and imagine what the very first Thanksgiving was like!

We learned all about letter “Ii” this week. We learned this special letter makes two sounds, as in igloo and ice cream. We want to remember the sound as in igloo! The boys and girls identified numerous new words that begin with the letter and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter sound. We followed clues to guess new words that begin with Ii and learned some new vocabulary words too including “ink” and “iron.” They thought it was pretty neat that long along ink was used with feathers to write!

In religion, we spent a lot of time talking about the many blessings God has provided us with and the many, many things we are so thankful for.

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. We are truly thankful for all of your amazing children and families! We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Preschool News 11/17/19

Posted on Nov 17, 2019

Dear Parents,

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, we sure have a lot to be thankful for in Room 109! The constant sweet smiles and laughs, caring and kind friendships and genuine love of learning that Mrs. Furlong and I get to witness every day with your children are such a blessing to us. Thank you for sharing your most precious gifts with us this year – we are so thankful for each of your amazing children!

This week in Preschool, we were very busy with all things Thanksgiving! We have been reading stories and learning about the first Thanksgiving and why we celebrate it. We know Thanksgiving is a special time of year that reminds us to think about all the wonderful things and people that we are so happy and thankful to have in our lives. The Preschoolers are thinking of some wonderful ideas through their thankful journals that they are making. They also are working very hard on creating a special Thanksgiving book that depicts the story of the First Thanksgiving. The Preschoolers made adorable colorful paper plate turkeys and had a blast making their large paper bag turkeys with their fourth grade buddy! We have been enjoying playing “The Turkey Hop” and practicing manners with “Please Pass the Peas” (two fun songs/games!) To continue our theme of thankfulness, we are looking forward to seeing your family’s thankful plate on Wednesday! Thank you so much for your help in this special project!

We also learned about Veteran’s Day and how thankful we are for the brave men and women who protect our country. Additionally, we started assessing for progress reports that will be given out to you during parent teacher conferences. We are so proud of the hard work and growth (in so many ways!) that we are observing in each of your children!

We learned all about letter Hh this week! The Preschoolers learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. They identified so many new words that begin with the Hh sound and had fun playing with some new Hh toys including hand clappers and playing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!”

In religion this week, we read and discussed the story of Moses and the parting of the red sea. After talking about the story, the Preschoolers worked on a dot-to-dot page for their bibles.

Annie was our super special Star of the Week this week! We enjoyed learning more about Annie as she shared her poster with us and answered some questions from the class. She also shared a favorite story with us and brought in a toy to show and tell. The Preschoolers made a special book for Annie to tell her all the many ways she is so wonderful! Hooray for Annie – you are so very special to us!!! :-) 

Just some reminders…

- Next Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 25th and 26th) are half days of school for the students due to Parent Teacher Conferences. I really look forward to meeting with you next week and sharing the progress of each of your children! If you are not able to make either date, please let me know and I am happy to set up an alternative time with you. Please also let me know if you need any assistance with the online scheduling.

- There is no school November 27th – November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

- Save the Date - our Preschool Christmas Concert is Wednesday December 18th! The Preschoolers do not have regular class hours on this day, they come just for the very special performance!

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

Preschool News 11/10/19

Posted on Nov 10, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

Last week in Preschool we spent the week learning about and exploring leaves and the ways in which they change during the Fall season. We read many stories that helped us learn more about leaves including the different colors they can be, what their function is, how they change each season and more! The Preschoolers worked hard on their own leaf color emergent reader book and enjoyed reading it as a class and with friends. They also used watercolor paints to paint their own beautiful fall leaf and had fun mixing various paint colors in a bag to create special sensory fall leaves. We also started talking about how November is the month of Thanksgiving and a good time for us to think about the many things in our lives that we are grateful for. Each day this month we are working on a special thankful journal page where the Preschoolers each think of one new thing they are thankful for. We will be compiling these thankful journal pages into a keepsake book that will go home before Thanksgiving. The Preschoolers also each decorated a large turkey feather for our classroom turkey and we learned a Thanksgiving poem called “A Turkey Is A Funny Bird!”

We learned all about letter Gg this week. The Preschoolers learned the special sound letter Gg makes and practiced how to print the upper and lowercase version. We played a game where they had to pick a piece of “garbage” (a crumbled up piece of paper with a letter on it) and tell the class what letter they picked. If they picked our letter of the week, they put their “garbage” in the Gg garbage can. If they picked another letter, they put it in the not Gg garbage can. They did great!

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

We were treated to a wonderful visit from Mrs. Regina Biros, author of “Louie the Lion,” who read her sweet story to our Preschoolers while some fifth grade students beautifully acted it out!

Just some reminders…

- Scholastic book orders are due on Wednesday for those who are interested in ordering this month. You can send your order in your child’s folder or order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ. Thank you!

- Keep an eye out for an email regarding setting up your Parent Teacher Conference time. Conferences are on Nov. 25th and Nov. 26th (Both days are half days of school for students.) There is no school November 27th – November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

- Save the Date - our Preschool Christmas Concert is Wednesday December 18th! The Preschoolers do not have regular class hours on this day, they come just for the very special performance!

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

Preschool News 11/03/19

Posted on Nov 03, 2019

Dear Parents,

We sure had a Spooktacular time celebrating Halloween in Preschool! The boys and girls looked adorable in their costumes and loved sharing their spooky songs and poems with you! We also had a blast going on a parade throughout many of the classrooms at SJF and playing some exciting games like pumpkin buckets, hot “spider” and freeze dance! Of course the Preschoolers also loved “trick or treating” with their friends as they decorated special treat bags and passed out the treats they brought to one another! Thank you so much for all of your help in making our Halloween celebration such a fun and memorable day!

This week in Preschool we read even more favorite Halloween stories and made adorable ghosts. We played a fun math roll and cover ghost game and worked on a mini-book about what we will be for Halloween. We continued learning about letter Ff and reviewed letters A-F this week. We practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letters and reviewed the sounds the letters make as well as identified words that begin with the letter sounds. We made our letter Ff bracelets and made an adorable frog craft too! Learning letters sure is fun! :-)

In religion, we learned about All Saints Day and talked more about what it means to be a Saint. We also shared ideas of different ways we can be like the Saints through our words and actions!

Brody did an awesome job being our very special Star of the Week! Brody showed us his awesome moving and talking robot and brought in some of his favorite books for us to read. We are working on a special book for Brody to show him all the many ways he is so incredible! Hooray for Brody!!! You are so very special to us!! :-)

Just some reminders…

- Special Lunch (Buona Beef) is on Wednesday for those who ordered this month. - Parent Teacher conferences are coming up on Monday Nov. 25th and Tuesday Nov. 26th. More information will be coming home soon from the office regarding your scheduled conference time. Both of those conference days are half days of school for the students with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. There is no school Wednesday – Friday of that week for the Thanksgiving holiday (November 27-29th.)

- With the weather getting cooler, please make sure to send a warm jacket and any other appropriate gear (hat, mittens, etc.) when needed as we try to get out to the playground as often as the weather cooperates!

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

Preschool News 10/27/19

Posted on Oct 27, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

We sure are ready and excited for Halloween in Preschool! The boys and girls have been working so hard each day practicing their songs and poems that they are looking forward to performing for you on Thursday morning! I think you will be as impressed as we are – they sure sound adorable! This week in Preschool we read tons of favorite Halloween stories and the Preschoolers really enjoyed doing a Halloween themed write the room. We learned more about bats, including how they sleep during the daytime and sleep upside down, and made a really cute bat craft. A highlight of our week was getting together with our fourth grade buddies to graph, sort and count a bag of Halloween candy corn mix.

We learned all about letter Ff this week and will continue learning a little more about the letter as well as reviewing letters Aa-Ff next week since we will be pretty busy on Thursday with all of our Halloween fun! We have been practicing how to print the upper and lowercase letter and learned the special sound the letter Ff makes. We followed clues to guess items that begin with Ff and the Preschoolers have been doing fantastic identifying lots of new words that they think of that begin with Ff!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of young Joseph. We learned how his dad gave him a very special, colorful coat which made his brothers quite jealous. After reading and discussing the story, the boys and girls worked on a dot-to-dot picture of the story to add to their bibles.

We also participated in some safety drills this week, including a lockdown practice on Tuesday and a bus evacuation drill on Friday. The Preschoolers did absolutely wonderful – we were so very proud of them!

We have been celebrating some very special stars of the week in Room 109! Nikki was our star this week, Tommy the week before and Gia the week before that! All three were excellent stars of the week and we loved learning more about each of them! They did a great job showing their posters and answering questions from their friends and brought books and show and tell items from home that they were excited to share with the class. We also made a special class book for each of them to tell them all the many ways they are so wonderful! Hooray for Nikki, Tommy and Gia!!! You are all so very special to us!! :-)

Some important reminders…

- Wednesday is an early dismissal day for all full-day students with dismissal at 1:45 p.m. Extended Day is available so please just send me a note or email if your child will be attending extended day or going home with another caregiver other than who they normally go home with.

- We would love to have you join us at the beginning of the day on Thursday to listen to some spooky and adorable Halloween songs and poems! You are welcome to walk your child into school on this morning (they can leave their backpacks, treats and folder in their locker.) It should be short and sweet for those of you who need to continue on to work – it will likely end around 8:20 a.m.

- The Preschoolers are welcome to wear their costumes to school on Thursday. No guns/weapons however and please ensure that your child will still be able to use the restroom. They also are welcome to bring a wrapped treat to pass out to their friends – we have 20 children in Room 109 and no nuts please as we do have an allergy! We are looking forward to a really fun day in Preschool!

- If your family would like to participate in the SOAR family pumpkin contest, decorated pumpkins can be brought down to Kane Hall Tuesday morning from 7:30-7:50 a.m.

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week and hope to see you on Thursday! Happy Halloween!

Preschool News 10/20/19

Posted on Oct 20, 2019

Dear Parents,

We had another spook-tacular week in Preschool! The Preschoolers are thoroughly enjoying all of our Halloween themed activities and read alouds. This week we read the story “10 Timid Ghosts” and even acted it out by having 10 children be the ghosts and the other 10 children be the characters in the story that try to spook the ghosts out of the Haunted House. They were adorable! We then practiced identifying the numbers 1 -10 and putting ghost numbers in order on our ten frame. We sent the game home so you can continue to play and practice at home! We also made a cute “guess who’s hiding under the ghost?” craft where each child decorated and cut out their own ghost and answered some clues about themselves. When you lift up the ghost, it is an adorable Preschooler - BOO! We also reviewed shapes and made a cute shape witch. The Preschoolers are doing a wonderful job practicing their Halloween songs and poems each day – we are so excited to perform for you on Halloween morning! You are welcome to join us Halloween morning to listen to an adorable little Halloween show and take some precious photos! The preschoolers are welcome to wear their costumes to school on this day (reminder – no weapons of any kind and please no high heels! Please also make sure your child is still able to use the bathroom in his/her costume) and are invited to bring a wrapped treat to pass out to their friends. We have 20 children in Room 109 and please no nuts as we have an allergy!

We learned all about letter “Ee” this week. We learned that Ee makes two sounds – such as in eagle and egg. We want to remember the short e sound as in egg! The Preschoolers practiced how to print the upper and lowercase letter and we even played some fun letter Ee games on our Smartboard. They sure are doing excellent!

In religion, we reviewed the story of Noah’s Ark and also spent some time reviewing sharing and being a loving and kind friend, just like Jesus. We continue to work to be bucket fillers in Room 109! :-)

Just to mark on your calendars, Wednesday, December 18th will be our precious Preschool Christmas Concert at 12:00 p.m. They will not come to school for regular hours on this day but rather will come all dressed up in their Christmas best shortly before noon and will be dismissed following the concert. More information to come but wanted to make sure to give you the date – all are welcome! It is always a highlight of the Christmas season for everyone!

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

Preschool News 10/14/19

Posted on Oct 14, 2019

Dear Parents,

We learned all about Fire Safety and the job of firefighters this week in Preschool as we celebrated national Fire Safety Week. We read tons of great fire safety and firefighter themed stories, talked about how to stay safe if there ever was a fire at school or at home and even finger-painted black spots on an adorable fire house Dalmatian dog (perfect since our letter of the week was letter Dd!)

It’s beginning to sound like Halloween in Preschool! We started learning many Halloween and fall themed songs and poems that we are excited to perform for you on Halloween morning! On the morning of Halloween, moms and dads are welcome to walk into school with their child to listen to some spook-tacular songs and poems and take some pictures of the cutest Preschoolers in costume! This should last about 25 mins or so for those of you who will need to continue on to work. In addition to learning and practicing our songs/poems, we painted and cut out large pumpkins that are on display on our windows, made spiders on a web out of our handprints and made the most unique jack-o-lanterns that are on display on our door. After talking about what a jack-o-lantern is and might look like, the preschoolers each drew and cut out their own orange circle shape, gave it a jack-o-lantern face and drew/cut out a green leaf. They are so special and we are so proud of their efforts! The Preschoolers also made and cut out their own unique Frankensteins which are on display on our hallway bulletin board. Frankly, they are doing awesome! :-)

We learned all about letter Dd this week. The Preschoolers practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter and identified the special sound the letter makes. They brainstormed tons of new words that begin with the letter and sang some songs/did some dances to help us practice more with the letter! They sure are dynamite!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of Noah’s Ark. We learned a song about Noah’s Ark, too! After reading and discussing the story, the boys and girls worked on a dot-to-dot picture of the story to add to their bibles.

Just a reminder that Scholastic book orders are due tomorrow if you are interested in ordering! Orders will be received in plenty of time for Halloween! You can send an order in your child’s folder or order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ. Let me know if you have any questions! Thank you in advance for any orders!

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

Preschool News 10/06/19

Posted on Oct 06, 2019

Dear Parents,

We definitely have 20 apple experts in Room 109 who can tell you all sorts of facts about apples and how they grow! We continued our apple learning this week with apple measuring with unifix cubes, counting seeds inside apples and playing an apple name game where the Preschoolers had to find the apple with their name on it when it was their turn. We enjoyed singing some apple songs and poems and reading some more apple themed stories. Of course, a highlight of the week was making our own apple pies in a cup! The Preschoolers crumbled up a graham cracker, added chunky applesauce and topped it with whipped cream – yum!

We learned all about letter Cc this week! The Preschoolers learned the special sound the letter makes, identified and brainstormed many new words that begin with the letter and practiced printing the upper and lowercase letter. We read the sweet story “Corduroy” and made our own Corduroy bear craft!

In religion, we were so lucky to have the chance to learn more about Saints, and specifically St. Francis of Assisi, from Fr. Ken in the Church. After telling us about St. Francis and showing us his own stuffed animal dogs, Fr. Ken blessed the stuffed animals of all our Preschoolers. Thank you Fr. Ken for such a meaningful and wonderful learning opportunity for our students!

We also met our Fourth Grade Prayer Partners this week. Each child was given a fourth grade buddy who will be their partner for many activities and fun throughout the year. We will pray for our buddy throughout the year and they will be praying for us too! This week, each fourth grade buddy helped their Preschooler assemble Mr. Bones, our life-size skeletons! We had a great time working together and getting to know our new friends! We look forward to lots of fun together throughout the year with our Prayer Partners!

Fiona was our fabulous Star of the Week this week! She did an awesome job telling us all about her favorite things and sharing her favorite story and toy with us! We are working on a special book for Fiona to tell her all the many ways she is so very special to us! Hooray for Fiona!! :-)

Just a reminder that there is no school next Monday (October 14th) for Columbus Day. Enjoy your three day weekend!

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Mrs. Furlong and I are so proud of your children! This week with letter “Cc” we reviewed what the word caring means and some ideas of how we can all be caring. They came up with so many wonderful ideas and have been putting their ideas in action too. They sure make us smile! :-)

Have a great week!

Preschool News 09/29/19

Posted on Sep 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

We had an apple-solutely awesome week in Preschool starting to learn all about apples! We learned all sorts of facts about apples, including how they grow and what the names/functions are of the different parts of an apple, including skin, flesh, core, seeds, stem, leaf and blossoms. We also brainstormed describing words about apples and created an anchor chart about all the facts we know about apples. We learned that if you cut an apple horizontally there is something special hidden inside – a star! We made red and green apple prints using these star apple stamps. We also did a science experiment where we predicted whether an apple would sink or float. Most students predicted the apple would sink and were excited when they saw how it floats on the top! We began working on a 0-5 math apple book and made adorable apples that they cut out and then fingerprinted seeds in the middle that was the same number as they are old. We counted how many apples tall we are and they also made apple trees that they finger-painted apples on. Of course, we are also enjoying reading plenty of fiction and nonfiction apple themed stories! We look forward to continuing the fun learning about apples this week!

We learned all about letter “Bb” this week! We learned the special sound the letter makes and practiced how to write the upper and lowercase letter. The preschoolers identified tons of words that begin with the letter and enjoyed making a Blue B craft that they decorated with all sorts of buttons!

In religion, we read and discussed the story of God’s Promise to Abraham and Sarah. After reading and discussing the story, the boys and girls worked on a bible page to add to their bibles.

Our Star of the Week this week was Colin! We enjoyed learning all about Colin and we also worked on a special book for him to let him know all the many ways he is so special to us. Hooray for Colin!!! :-)  

Our Full Day Preschoolers attended the school wide Pep Rally on Friday afternoon and had a blast cheering on the SJF Falcons! Go Falcons!!

Just some reminders..

- School picture day is on Tuesday! Come dressed in your picture day best with those sweet Preschool smiles! :-) 

- Special Lunch (Pops) is on Wednesday for those who ordered this month. As always, please feel free to send me an email at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

Preschool News 09/22/19

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

We had another wonderful week in Preschool! We stayed on letter Aa for one more week and did many more fun activities learning about the letter, including sorting through our names to see who has an “Aa” and making letter Aa bracelets so we can tell everyone we see that day all about the letter and some words that begin with the letter. The preschoolers also got some wonderful fine motor practice in by ripping red paper and gluing it to make an adorable Aa is for apple craft. This was the perfect way to kick off our apple unit which we will be learning about all this week in Preschool!

In addition to learning about letter Aa, we also started learning about number one and also enjoyed our first “write the room” activity of the year. Write the room is a great way to practice pre-reading and pre-writing skills. I place cards all throughout our room that have a picture and the name of the picture on it. The boys and girls then take their recording sheet that has the same pictures on it around the room on a clipboard and look for the picture cards. When they find a card, they look for the same picture on their paper and then either trace or write the name of the picture. We make it even more fun by wearing themed, fun glasses while they work! (i.e. Shamrock sunglasses for a St. Patrick’s Day write the room) This week we also used watercolor paints to reveal a very special hidden message – our names! They were very excited when they discovered what their message was! :-)

In religion, we read and discussed the story of Adam and Eve. After reading and discussing the story, the Preschoolers drew a picture of the story to add to their bibles. We also continue to say our daily prayers at the beginning of our day, before snack, before lunch and before we go home. They are doing awesome!

We celebrated our first star of the week, CJ, this week! CJ did a great job telling us all about himself and answering questions from his friends. Just like we will do for each friend who is the star of the week, we worked on a special book telling CJ all the many ways he is so special to us! Hooray for CJ! :-)

Some important info for the week…

- We are so excited to be learning all about apples in Preschool this week and have many fun activities planned! We would greatly appreciate it if each child could bring in an apple of any kind for us to use for various activities throughout the week (if you could send these in on Tuesday or Wednesday that would be wonderful!)

- Thursday is an early dismissal day for our Full Day students with dismissal at 1:45 p.m. If your child will be going to extended day or will be picked up by someone other than their usual caregiver please send me a note or email. Thank you!

- If your child attends Preschool on Fridays, please have them wear Fisher blue or their Preschool t-shirt as it is Homecoming spirit day! Go Falcons!

- Scholastic book orders are due on Tuesday if you are interested in ordering books for your child this month. You can send their order in their folder or order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub using our class code JT8JQ. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you so much, we really appreciate it!

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

Preschool News 09/15/19

Posted on Sep 15, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

Excitement was certainly in the air all week with the arrival of Fisher Fest! It was so sweet to hear the boys and girls talking about which rides they were excited to go on. :-) We hope each of your families had a wonderful and fun-filled weekend at the Fest!

This week in Preschool we started our Letter of the Week Program by learning all about letter Aa. We learned that every letter talks and makes a special sound! Some letters like Aa make two sounds as in acorn and apple. We want to remember the short a sound as in apple. For each letter of the alphabet, we work on all sorts of activities, games and projects that work on comprehensively teaching all aspects of the letter –including letter identification, letter sound, letter formation and how to print it, etc. We sing songs, read stories and poems, play hands on games, practice printing it in a variety of ways and more for each letter.  This week for letter Aa we also painted and cut out large apples that will be on display on our windows as well as adorable acorns that were great cutting practice! 

A big focus of our week was on being a kind friend to others. Now that the Preschoolers are more comfortable at school and have made many sweet friendships, we are really working on our classroom goal of always being “loving and kind.” This is a phrase you will likely hear often at home as it is a huge goal of ours throughout the year in Preschool, we really believe in the enormous value of teaching our young students to always treat others with kindness. We were so blessed to have Mrs. Nikki Carey, who is our school counselor at SJF (and also mom to our sweet Fiona!), visit our classroom this week to talk to us about what she does at SJF as well as to give us a wonderful lesson on being bucket fillers, which are people that fill the invisible buckets of others by saying and doing loving and kind things. The Preschoolers are already excited about being bucket fillers and we have been trying to really identify and promote these wonderful, kind acts as we see them happening in our classroom each day. A huge thank you to Mrs. Carey for taking the time to prepare such a valuable and helpful lesson for our little ones! Additionally, we read many supplementary, wonderful books throughout the week that help encourage skills of sharing, kindness, being a nice friend, etc. such as “Rainbow Fish,” “Chrysanthemum,” “Red,” and “How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow.” We read the wonderful Elephant and Piggie Story “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” and afterwards, discussed how Elephant and Piggie showed kindness to one another in the story. I brought out cotton balls and sandpaper for the preschoolers to touch and we did a lesson on how our words can be like cotton balls or like sandpaper depending on if what we are saying is nice and kind (like the cotton balls that make us feel good on the inside) or is hurtful and makes others feel bad (like the sandpaper that doesn’t make us feel good on the inside.) We decided we like to say and hear cotton ball type words! 

In religion, we read and discussed the story of the first creatures that God created. After reading and discussing how God created all sorts of animals and creatures for our world the boys and girls drew a picture of the story to add to their own personal bibles. 

As always, please feel free to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Mrs. Furlong and I are so impressed at how well this class is adjusting to school and our routine and truly could not be more proud of them! They make us smile and laugh all day, it is honestly such a privilege to teach them. Thank you for sharing your children with us this year!! Have a wonderful week! 

Preschool News 09/08/19

Posted on Sep 08, 2019

Dear Parents,

It sounds like each of your families had wonderful and memorable Labor Day weekends! We have more fun to look forward to this week with the upcoming Fisher Fest –I know some preschoolers who sure are excited!! :-)

This week in Preschool we continued working on recognizing our names and identifying the names of all our new friends in Room 109. The Preschoolers enjoyed using watercolor paints to fill in the special letters of their names. We also reviewed colors by playing a fun color stew game where they chose a card and had to add a certain number of items of different colors to their “stew!” The Preschoolers also loved reading and doing some activities with the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” which is also great color review. Additionally, we worked on shapes this week and played a game where the boys and girls were able to reach into a bag, choose a shape, tell the class what shape they picked and then put it in the correct bag based on the shape they chose. They sure did awesome! 

We read and discussed our first bible story of the year in Religion. We read about how God created the world and made it such a colorful, wonderful place. After reading and discussing the story, the boys and girls drew a picture of the story to add to their bibles. Throughout the year, we will be reading and discussing many bible stories and saving their papers to compile their own beautiful keepsake bible at the end of the year. 

We are so thrilled to welcome Ellie Urchell, a senior at Mother McAuley to our classroom this year as she participates in McAuley’s Little School Program. She will be with us for part of Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings this year. We are so happy to welcome Ellie to our classroom this year! 

Just a reminder that there is no school this Friday (September 13th) –enjoy Fisher Fest!! 

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

Preschool News 09/02/19

Posted on Aug 31, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

What an awesome first full week of Preschool we had! The boys and girls are quickly adjusting to our routine, enjoying time spent playing with new friends and even began attending specials classes which they loved! This year, we will be attending gym class on Monday mornings, computer class on Tuesday mornings, art class on Wednesday mornings, music class on Thursday afternoons and library class every other Friday morning. It would be very much appreciated if you could ensure your child wears gym shoes on Mondays for gym class - thank you!

This week in Preschool we reviewed colors and all the Preschoolers shared with the class via our “Question of the Day” chart what their personal favorite color is. After graphing our responses, the Preschoolers made adorable crayon “people” of their favorite color (and even got some practice using scissors – they did great!) We also enjoyed reading the sweet story and listening to the song “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” where the main character, Pete the Cat, steps in different items that change the color of his shoes. The Preschoolers also worked on their own Pete the Cat color book. We practiced “reading” the story as a class and to many partners – they think it is pretty amazing that they can “read!” :-) Of course, we also enjoyed reading many other Pete the Cat favorites including “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes” and “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.” They loved singing the corresponding songs to each story, too! Some other favorite books we read this week include “Everyone Asked About You,” “Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom,” and “Where Is the Green Sheep?” We also spent a lot of time this week reviewing our names. We sang some fun name songs to help the Preschoolers learn all of their new friends’ names. The preschoolers also practiced their fine motor skills by gluing small colorful squares onto a big outline of the first letter of their name. Additionally, we enjoyed trying out some new centers, playing at the playground, learning new prayers and even did awesome at our first fire drill practice on Tuesday morning! This group sure is doing wonderful – we are so proud of them!

We would love if you could join us on Wednesday evening for the school wide “Back to School Night” for Parents. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. in Church with some important info from our school Leadership. We will then be offering a Preschool presentation in Room 107 (Mrs. Altman’s classroom) at 6:50p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 7:30 pm. (the presentation will be the same at each time slot so feel free to attend whichever time works best for your schedule!) This presentation will hopefully answer any questions you may still have or be wondering about our program as well as hopefully get to know us and our program a little more! Feel free to also stop by our room (Room 109) at any point in the evening to see your child’s current work on display and take a peek at our classroom! We hope you can join us!

Just some reminders…

- Special Lunch (Baraccos) is on Wednesday for any full day students that ordered. Please still send a snack/drink for snack time on this day.

- There is no school for students next Friday (September 13th) - Enjoy Fisher Fest!

Please do not hesitate to email me at kfadden@sjfschool.net with any questions or concerns. Thank you again for all of your help and for sharing your wonderful children with us this year! We are so looking forward to an incredible year with this sweet group! Have a great week!