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Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy, Kindergarten

Hi! My name is Nancy Fanjoy and I am so excited to be your child's Kindergarten teacher this year. I have been teaching for 36 years but am only 28 years old - Ha- even funnier is that your child WILL believe that!! My husband and I both graduated from St. John Fisher. I loved it so much I just decided to stay. I am a mom of three wonderful adult children and thrilled to be grandma to 5 -  Ally 5 yrs., Tessa 2 1/2,  twins Lily and Larry 3 1/2 and Taylor who was just born this past June 30th. I am looking forward to a fun and wonderful year in Kindergarten. See you on the 21st!

April News 2019

Posted on Apr 01, 2019



Dear Kindergarten Families,


Happy, Happy Spring!  The months are moving so quickly in kindergarten and the children are growing like weeds!


The following are a few of the activities planned:


Religion:   New Life in Spring, Butterflies, and Bible stories


Reading Skills:  Name, shape, sound and sign for letters  Xx, and Uu

Word wall words:  what, said, was, red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, brown, pink, black, white and gray.

Phonics skills ~ blending sounds into words, brave spelling, forming sentences


Math:  addition and subtraction, three dimensional shapes, geometry


Science:  New Life and butterflies


Social Studies:   Italy


Art:   Spring!


Things to practice at home:  Letter/sound recognition, word wall words, blending sounds into words, writing sentences, numeral identification 0 – 31, addition facts/subtraction to 10, counting to 100


Mark your calendars for upcoming important dates:


Mother’s Day Tea and Fashion Show: Thursday, May 9th at  9:00 a.m.. (more details to come)  Please plan to be there! 

Friday, May 10th 11:30 dismissal May Crowning

Zoo trip Friday, May 24th!  (more details to come)

Monday, Mat 27th  - No School : Memorial Day

March News 2019

Posted on Mar 06, 2019


Dear Kindergarten Families,


March will OF COURSE be a very busy month in kindergarten.  We will be making our way around the world as we learn a little about Ireland, Italy and China.  Polish and Italian Americans began St. Joseph tables and “wearing of the red” to express their ethnic pride in the 1890’s.  The following are a few of the activities we have planned during March:


Religion:  God’s Plan for springtime, Lent, Stations of the Cross, Bible stories, friends/friendship, St. Joseph and St. Patrick


Reading:  Name, shape, sound, and sign for letters:  Jj, Ww

Blending sounds into words / word wall words

New word wall words:  here, go, from, will, did


Math:  addition/subtraction practice,   geometry


Art:  Easter, Spring, Friends around the World


Social Studies:  Introduction to map and globe.  Friends in Ireland, Italy, and China.  


This is such a fun time to be a kindergarten teacher!  The children are growing and learning so much!  We can really see the huge steps since the beginning of our school year!  It will be grand to welcome and celebrate spring!


We would like to thank you for making this such a happy and successful year for us.  We truly appreciate all the time that you have spent practicing word wall words and phonics skills along with Math skills, adding and subtracting!  It makes such a big difference! THANK YOU!  


 The Head Leprechauns



*Report cards will be coming home on March 6th ! 

Lent 2019

Posted on Mar 06, 2019


Lenten Activities for Kindergarteners


Because the concept of giving something up for the entire season of  Lent can be more than overwhelming for small children, here is a calendar with daily activities that your child can do for Lent.  We like to think of Lent as a season to think about God, to show love and friendship to others, and as a way to say “thank you” to Jesus. 


 Mar   6: Ash Wednesday. Go to church today.

           7:  Smile at everyone you meet today!

   8:  practice printing your first and last name  

   9:  clean up your room without being told!  

          10: Sunday.  Go to church and say “thank you” to God.

 11:  draw a picture for some one special

 12:  don’t eat any candy today!

 13:  hang up your coat and put away your shoes!

         14:   help clean up after dinner!

 15:   hug everybody in your family today

 16:   do something extra nice for someone in your family

         17:   Happy St. Pat’s Day!  Wear green! Wish everyone luck!

         18:   draw a picture for Daddy today!

         19:   St Joseph’s Day!  Wear Red!  Be kind to everyone!

         20:  First day of spring!  Draw a spring picture for someone special!  

         21:   ask Mommy if she needs any help today!

 22:   Go to bed as soon as Mommy and Daddy say!

 23:  Ask Daddy if he needs any help today.

 24:  Sunday. Go to church / say “hello” to your neighbors!

 25:  call your Grandma or Grandpa on the phone - say “I love you!”                                                                                                                                              

         26:  clean your room !

         27:  set the table for dinner tonight.

         28:  clean up your toys!

         29:  Give your family extra hugs and kisses today!

         30:   draw a picture for Mommy today!

         31:   Sunday.  Go to church.  Sing a beautiful song!

Apr     1:   April Fool’s Day!   Tell a funny joke to your family!

   2:   ask your Mommy if she needs any help today

   3:  help with the dishes today

  4:  no cookies today!

  5:  clean up your toys without being told!

  6:  say the “Our Father” for your family

  7:  Sunday. Go to church and say “I love you” to God.

  8:  do something extra nice for someone in your family

  9:  Read a book with a brother or sister or a friend

 10:  clear the dinner table tonight

 11:   show your best manners all day long!

 12:   no candy today!

 13:   no video games today!

14:   Palm Sunday. Get a palm from church.

15:   put all your school things where they belong!  

16:   make your bed and clean up your room!

17 :  Be extra kind to your parents and siblings today.

18:  today is Holy Thursday.  Tell Jesus you love Him. 

19:  today is Good Friday.  Be extra quiet and say a special prayer to Jesus. 

 20:  Ask your Mommy or Daddy to help you remember all the things you did to show love and kindness during Lent.  Try to remember to do kind things even when Lent is over.

21 :  Today is Easter!  Enjoy it with your family!  



Plan B:  Take a few ideas that you like from this calendar, add some of your own family ideas.  Put these on small pieces of paper, fold them up and put in a bowl.  Each day your child can draw a paper from the bowl for his/her Lenten activity for the day.


2019 Kindergarten February News

Posted on Feb 04, 2019


February News


Dear Kindergarten Families,


February promises to be a busy month in Kindergarten.  (aren’t they all??!!)  Our new theme is “Friends Around the World.”  This theme will carry over since the world is a big place and we would like to incorporate St. Patrick and  St. Joseph in our plans! Our grand finale arrives in May when we enjoy a fiesta!   The following are a few things that we will work on this month:


Religion:  Friends around the World,  I Can Love, Valentine’s Day and Bible Stories


Reading:  Name, shape, sound and sign for letters:  Ll, Gg and blending letter sounds into words.

Word wall words:  are, that, do, and number words one through ten.


Math:  100th day activities, counting by ones, fives, tens to 100 / represent, count, and write to twenty and beyond!


Art:  Friends around the World, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day


Social Studies:  Friends around the World, President’s Day


Dates to remember:


February 14th ~ celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Children are invited to pass out Valentines to entire class.  PLEASE do NOT put names on envelopes! Children may bring a WRAPPED treat if you wish.


February 18th ~ President’s Day ~ No School!





Thank You!   The Kindergarten Queens of Hearts 

January News 2019

Posted on Jan 10, 2019




January Newsletter for Kindergarten


Dear Kindergarten Families,


Happy New Year!  Welcome back to school!  December certainly was a busy month for kindergarten!  We’re sure you’ll agree that the children warmed our hearts with the true meaning of Christmas.  Their Christmas Pageant performance was inspiring! We were, (and still are) so proud of each and every one of them!  They bring us such joy every day!


Please return costumes to school (if not already here) this week so we can pack them all away!!  Thanks!


The new theme for the month of January will be winter/penguins.  The following are a few of the things we have planned for the month ahead:


Reading – Introduce the letters  Ff, Oo, Hh. Introduce the word wall words:  see, look, they, you, of, in, get, and up. We are blending sounds together. The following letters have been covered and can be blended to make words: Mm, Tt, Ss, Aa, Pp, Ii, Bb, Rr, Dd  Examples:  am, Sam, Pam, pit, sit, sat, rat, bad, mad. Please enjoy practicing blending words with your little reader at home!


Math – subtraction/ addition/  represent, count and write numbers to 20 and beyond.


Religion – Jesus is our Friend, Jesus is our Helper, We love all people, Bible stories, 


Science – Snow and penguins.  


Social Studies – Martin Luther King




No school on Monday, January 21st   – Martin Luther King Day

Sunday, January 27th   – 10:00 Catholic Schools Week Mass and Open House.

Friday, February 1st – Disney On Ice field trip!  Yahoo!!


Thanks for all you do!  We are so grateful! 

Christmas Play

Posted on Dec 18, 2018


Our annual Christmas program will surely be the highlight of your holiday season!


Wednesday December 19th

1:00 in the church

The children should come to school at 12:45 dressed in their costumes.

Please bring them to their regular doors.

We will then meet you in Church.

 The kindergarteners do not have regular class hours on this day. (They only come to perform the play

December 2018 News

Posted on Dec 04, 2018


Dear Kindergarten Families,  


Well, can you guess the theme for December??  Summer fun!  Just kidding…it’s Christmas, of course!  This is absolutely the BEST time of year to be a kindergarten teacher.  Our classroom elves on shelves are adding fun as well as keeping order!  J The children have been working so hard on the Christmas play.  They fill us with the Christmas spirit at each and every practice.  (they provide some pretty good laughs, too!)


The following are a few things that we have planned:

Religion:  Christmas play “The First Christmas”

                  Advent “Waiting for Jesus”

Reading:  Review letters:  Mm, Tt, Aa, Ss, Pp, Cc, Ii 

Introduce letters:  Nn, Bb, Rr

Review Word Wall Words and 

Introduce new Word Wall Words:  me   with   she   can   big   yes   no

Math:  addition, decomposing numbers

Art:  Christmas!  Christmas!  Christmas!!

Dates to Remember:   

Friday, December 7th     No School ~ Faculty Retreat

Wednesday, December 19th Christmas Play at 1 :00  in church (for friends and family)

Children need to come dressed in their costumes (12:45 arrival ~ 1:00 program ~ dismissal following program)

Thursday, December 20th   Christmas Play for school children.  Please wear costumes to school! ( Regular school hours)

Friday, December 21st    ~ prayer service, 12:30 dismissal!   Christmas Vacation begins!

Monday, January 7th 2019!  ~  Back to school!


Anyone who would like to donate a costume for future use ~THANKS!  J

      Thanks again!

       The Kindergarten “Elves”

White Sox

Posted on Oct 29, 2018



Tuesday Oct. 30th


Kindergarten Field Trip


When: Thursday, November 8, 2018


Where: Guaranteed Rate Field                     


Time: 9:00 A.M.


Cost: $8.00


Dear Parent,

 The Kindergarten children are going on a field trip to Guaranteed Rate Field. They may wear their gym sweats and a Sox shirt if they have one. We will tour the park looking at all the different areas and have lunch. They need to bring a brown bag lunch with their name on it and a juice box or water. We will be able to take a limited number of chaperones. If you are interested in chaperoning you must have completed Virtus Training and the following forms :


1. CANTS form – print, sign and return to school

2. Sign a Code of Conduct form – print, sign and return to school

3. Complete the online background check. Follow direction on website


All forms are available Online at the SJF Website. You need to click on the link. It is easy to complete.

This process is necessary for all adults that plan on volunteering in any way at any school. We appreciate your attention to this matter. Please sign the form giving your child permission to attend the trip. All forms and money are due TOMORROW October 30, 2018



My child________________________has permission to attend the trip to Guaranteed Rate Field on November 8, 2018.




Parents Signature



_____ I am able to chaperone    _____ I am unable to chaperone


Posted on Oct 22, 2018



Kindergarten Halloween Party

The kindergarten will celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 31st  


The children should wear their costumes to school. Weapons of any kind or high heels are not allowed in school even on Halloween!  Please send a trick or treat bag and a juice box for your child.  Please be sure to write your child’s name on his/her trick or treat bag. 


          We are asking each family to send in a donation for our party.  Please send 3 dozen small prizes or 2 bags of candy by Wednesday, October 24th.   (rings, straws, etc. available at Dollar Store or Party Stores)


          Thank you so much for your help and support!  We are all looking forward to a FUN day! 



                             Your Favorite Kindergarten Witches

                                 ***NO PEANUTS, PLEASE!**

Daily Schedule

Posted on Oct 18, 2018


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Batty About Kindergarten

Posted on Oct 09, 2018



We will be learning about bats this month. So, if you need to brush up on your "BAT FACTS" the following may be helpful!



  • Bats are flying mammals. While others can glide, bats are the only mammals capable of continued flight.
  • There are over 1000 different bat species.
  • Bats are nocturnal (active at night).
  • Bats ‘see’ in the dark using a special skill called echolocation. Bats make noises and wait for the sound waves to bounce back off objects (an echo), if it doesn’t bounce back then they can safely fly forward. They can tell the distance of various objects by how quickly the sound waves bounce back to them.
  • Most bats feed on insects, while others eat fruit, fish or even blood!
  • There are 3 species of vampire bats which feed solely on blood.
  • Vampire bats have small and extremely sharp teeth which are capable of piercing an animal’s skin (humans included) without them even noticing.
  • Vampire bats can carry rabies, making their bites potentially dangerous.
  • Some bats live by themselves while others live in caves with thousands of other bats.
  • Bats can live for over 20 years.
  • Pteropus bats (also known as flying foxes or fruit bats) are the largest in the world.

Funny BUT True

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

How Being a 

Kindergarten Teacher

is Like Being a Rock Star


You work hard to hold the attention of a WILD CROWD

You hear your name being called out ALL the time

Groupies line up to follow you EVERYWHERE

Your fans FREAK OUT when they see you in public

You ask yourself constantly...  Did that REALLY just happen?

AND FINALLY....You know that you are LOVED UNCONDITIONALLY by these ADORABLE little fans



Beach Party 2018

Posted on Sep 19, 2018


Dear Kindergarten Families,


 On Friday, September 28th, the kindergarten children will be going on an imaginary trip!  We will be taking an early morning flight to Hawaii where we will have a beach party!

Please have your child wear his/her bathing suit under play clothes.  (no uniforms allowed at the beach!)

We will be boarding our plane at gates  # 110, 113 and 114. This will be a direct flight with no layovers.  Estimated flight time: 49 seconds.  We are hoping for very little turbulence so we won’t have to use the dreaded barf bags!!  After a “wikiwiki” (SPEEDY) flight, the fun begins!  We will play some fishy games, have a fishy snack, and maybe do a hula dance!  We might even see a movie on the flight home! 


 *Please have your little “beach bum” bring a towel with his/her name on it.

We are looking forward to a wonderful trip!  (Now you can see why we teach kindergarten—the fun never stops!)


                                         Mahalo and Aloha!


                           Your BEAUTIFUL flight attendants,

       Mrs. Mary Donna Caffrey, Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy, and Mrs. Beth Foran


P.S.  Any child uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a bathing suit may just wear play clothes!


P.P.S.  Please be responsible parents and remember the sunscreen!! 

Patriotic Day

Posted on Sep 10, 2018



We met our goal and then some!!


The whole class may be out of uniform and wear red, white, and blue tomorrow!


Thank you soooo much for your generosity!


Nancy Fanjoy

2018 Kindergarten September News

Posted on Sep 06, 2018



September Kindergarten News



Dear Kindergarten Families,


We are off to a great start!  The boys and girls are adjusting to school with grace and charm!

During September (and spilling into October!) we will be studying Ocean Life.

  This is a huge favorite for teachers and kids!  We will be planning a Beach Party (don’t pack away bathing suits yet!) which is always fun, fun, fun!  We will send more info regarding this special day soon!


Religion:  I Am Special, I Am Special to My Family, I Am Special to My Friends, Creation, Bible Stories, prayer: “Our Father”


Reading Skills: Letter recognition, rhyming

Word Wall Words: I, am, the, little.


 Please make flash cards for each word wall word and practice reading them at home.  Each month we will add new words and it is very important that the children recognize and are able to read these words.


Math:  represent, count, compare and write numbers 0-10


Science:   Ocean


Art:  Painting, crafts, cut and glue


Mark your calendars:


Fisher Fest:  September 13, 14, 15, 16    * No school Friday, September 14th !


Beach Party:  Friday, September 28th


We are looking forward to a wonderful year with your  little angels!


Thank You!

              The Kindergarten Teachers



*Tuesday, October 2nd  – School pictures!  

Word Wall Word List 2018 2019

Posted on Aug 20, 2018



Word Wall words are words that appear OFTEN in our stories. MANY of them cannot be sounded out phonetically. Therefore, the children NEED to memorize them in order to be able to read our weekly stories.

Sep: I, am, the, little

Oct: to, a, have, is

Nov: we, my, like, he, for, at, and

Dec: me, with, she, can, big, yes, no

Jan: see, look, they, you, of, in, get, up

Feb: are, that, do, one, two, three four,

five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

March: here, go, from, will, did

April: what, said, was, red, yellow, blue, orange,

green, purple, brown, pink, black, white, gray

May: where, come, has, be

Curriculcum 2018 2019

Posted on Aug 20, 2018




TEACHERS:    Mrs. Mary Donna Caffrey

                          Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy

                          Mrs. Beth Foran





The curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, including the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Our program utilizes an interactive approach. The children will have many opportunities to explore and experience materials and manipulatives first hand, which will aid them in their understanding of the concepts being presented. The children need this “hands-on” experience before they can move on to the symbolic form.




  • recognize letters and sounds of the alphabet

  • identify beginning sounds of words

  • understand story sequence

  • develop a familiarity with various forms of literature

  • learn sign language for the ABCs

  • identify word wall words

  • phonograms (word families) ex. “at” words: cat, bat, sat ….

  • be introduced to reading



  • recognize numerals 0-31

  • recognize and create various patterns

  • develop math skills through the use of manipulatives

  • make comparisons using graphs

  • learn “touch points” for numerals 1-9

  • practice counting to 100

  • Intro to addition and subtraction


  C.      RELIGION
  • recite daily prayers

  • make the sign of the cross

  • share bible stories about God and His people

  • experience prayer through liturgy, prayer services, and spontaneous prayer

  • develop a respect for the gift of life



                  D.      THEMATIC UNITS - These units will be incorporated into the curriculum throughout the year. The following are a few that we have planned:              

    1. Ocean

    2. Nocturnal Animals

    3. Thanksgiving/Food Groups

    4. Christmas

    5. Penguins/Antarctica

    6.  Friends Around World

    7.  Easter, Spring, New Life



The children are to bring in 2 two-pocket folders. Your child’s folder will be sent home each day. All school mail and your child’s papers will come home in this folder. It may be empty at times, but please check it each day and return it the next. Also, if you have any mail to send to us or the office please put it in the folder as we will check the folders daily.

We will hold onto the extra folder in case we need a new one at some point.



We will be sending home monthly letters to inform you about what is planned for each month. The letters will list the skills that we will be covering for each subject area. You can work with your child at home by reviewing the letters, word wall words, and/or skills for that month. *Reading to your child is very important. So, please have someone in your family try to set aside ten minutes each night to read to them- big brothers and sisters can be a great help with this! Math sheets that reinforce skills covered in class will be sent home for homework and should be returned the following day. PLEASE make flash cards of our word wall words and practice these each night. The children will be tested on these often throughout the year.


Your children are God’s most precious gift and we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know each and every one of them. We will do our very best to make our classrooms the next best thing to home. We are looking forward to a wonderful year!


Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy

ABCs 2018

Posted on Aug 20, 2018


The ABC’s of Kindergarten:



If your child is ill please report his or her absence to the school office at

   773-445-4737 before 8:00



Birthdays are a special time for everyone!  If your child would like to bring in a treat to share with their class there are 19students in Mrs. Fanjoy’s class,  19 students in Mrs. Caffrey’s and 20 students in Mrs. Foran’s class.  Please remember no peanuts, peanut butter, cakes or cupcakes.



Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 19th   and  20th   



The stoplight method is used in each classroom. Each child starts the day on green. If behavior becomes a problem, he/she will be moved to yellow as a caution. They will be held from playtime for ten minutes. In the behavior continues to be a problem he/she will be moved to red and held from playtime for the day. Hitting, shoving, throwing things are all behaviors that merit an automatic red light.


Early Dismissals

Early dismissals are noted in the calendar and in our Monthly newsletters.


Field Trips

During the year we may take a few field trips. We will ask for Parent Chaperones. You must be Virtus Trained and have all paperwork on file in the office. Forms can be found on our web site.



Kindergarten Report Cards are sent home at the end of each trimester. The grades are 1-Needs Improvement, 2-Satisfactory, and 3-Outstanding




Your child will receive a Monthly Homework Calendar. You are encouraged to complete the task with your child each night. Math homework will also come home in their folder. And finally, please practice their Word Wall Words each night.



If your child is ill or has a fever, please keep him/her home. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before they may return to school.  Children sent home from school with a fever or throwing up, may NOT return to school the following day.  Again, the 24 hour rule applies!



Your child will be writing in a journal to promote reading and writing skills and creativity.


Kindergarten Snacks

Your child should bring in a healthy snack and drink each day. We have lunch at 10:30 so they are hungry in the afternoon.  Please also send a snack on half days.  Please put their snack in a separate bag from lunch.



Students should bring a lunch and a drink each day. Hot Lunch forms will come home each month.      Forms are sent home for “Special Lunch” that is once a month from a local restaurant such as Barraccos, McDonalds etc.  



If you send money to school with your child please put it in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name and room number.



We send home a Monthly News Letter at the beginning of each month. Look for it in your child’s folder!


Open House

Open House is August 30th  


Parent-Teacher Communication

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any concerns or questions through our email @


Quiet Time

There will be a daily “Brain Break” quiet resting time each day.



We stress the importance of showing respect.



A supply list is available on our website.

Times and Locations

The start of the school day is 7:50. Children in Mrs. Caffrey’s  room enter and dismiss on the Fairfield side, south door across from the convent. Mrs. Fanjoy’s and Mrs. Foran's classes will enter and dismiss at the end of the rectory driveway off Washtenaw next to Mrs. Fanjoy’s Classroom windows.



Our goal is for each child to be able to understand and grasp the lessons taught to them.  Each child is different; so many different approaches may be used to meet this goal.



Throughout the year we may need volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer you must be Virtus trained and have all paperwork on file in the office. Forms are available on our website.



Please dress your child appropriately for the weather.


“X”amine Backpacks

Remember to take time each day to go through and empty out your child’s backpack and daily folder. Notes and important information will come home in their folders.



As your child’s parent, you are their first teacher. You know your child the best. Please use this knowledge in helping your child with his/her education. Please practice the letter names and sounds, sight words, counting, dressing skills (tying, buttoning,  zippering, and snapping) and other skills we may be working on at the time.



Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night. Five and six year olds need a lot of sleep! A fully rested child makes a better and more eager learner!

Welcome 2018

Posted on Aug 20, 2018




Dear Parents,


  Welcome to St. John Fisher Kindergarten!  I am so happy to have your child in my class this year!  I am looking forward to meeting you on the first day of school - Tuesday, August 21st.


Please plan to come in with your child on the first day!   They will have so many supplies to carry!  And a first day is exciting for all of us!   Feel free to take a picture and help your child find his/her seat.  For safety reasons, parents are ONLY allowed to enter the building on the FIRST day of school. 


Please be sure to send a snack AND a drink with your child on Tuesday, August 21st (and EVERY day after thatincluding ½ Days).  Growing kindergarteners get VERY hungry – AND SCAREY - if they are not fed HA!  Please put Snack and drink in a brown paper bag and label it SNACK each day. That way they will not get it mixed up with their lunch.

* Our class enters and dismisses at the end of the rectory driveway off of Washtenaw – right outside of our classroom windows. Tuesday is a ½ day and we will dismiss at these doors at 11:30.


               See You Soon!

                                   Mrs. Nancy Fanjoy

P.S. – Your child will be using one of his/her folders to bring mail back and forth to school. Please send it along with supplies on the first day and be sure to check it for mail EVERY day. Also, be sure to ALWAYS return it the next day - with or without any mail you may have for me.