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!