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Ms. Sue Power, Preschool

Hello! My name is Sue Power. This is my sixteenth year of being a teacher and my third year at St. John Fisher. I am so excited to be working with your children this year in the part-time preschool program. A few facts about me are: Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. My love for reading extends from getting engrossed in a great book to choosing and reading books to my students. I believe in daily exercise and if my knees would cooperate, I would love to run a marathon, if I could. I also like to incorporate exercise in my classroom with movement, dancing and yoga. I am interested in anything related to science and I love to see my students faces light up when we mix up something as simple as baking soda and vinegar. I live in Evergreen Park and I have four fantastic adult children who thankfully are all doing well and in great careers of their own. I love going to the city and am a big Sox fan. A great evening for me is coming home from school, taking a walk and then sitting down to a great meal or going out to dinner with friends. I am proud to say that I am a product of Catholic school and that tradition remained the same for my own children as well. I really enjoy teaching my preschoolers about all of the wonderful things God has given us. I also enjoy teaching and learning with my students ways we can be more like Jesus in everything we do. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you on August 25, 2016! We are going to have a terrific year!

Part-Time Preschool

Posted on Aug 28, 2016

WELCOME PRESCHOOLERS AND FAMILIES!!

    Last week I met the morning preschoolers and this week I look forward to meeting the afternoon preschoolers.  Both classes are a great mix of some new and also some familiar faces.  For the next few weeks of preschool we will be working hard on our everyday routine that will help set the tone for the rest of the school year.  The students are learning to come into school, hang up their back pack, put their folder away and begin their morning activity.  We are learning to sit on the magic carpet in our own space during morning/afternoon meeting and story time.  Everyone is looking forward to having a job in the classroom and having the patience to wait for their turn to get a job.  We're learning the rules in the classroom and rules for outside of the classroom.  Though it sounds pretty basic, these are all milestones for children of this age and they can be a little overwhelming. In addition to our basic routines, for the next few weeks we will work on basic colors and shape review.  This year, we will complete many fun art activities along with letter,  math and religion papers but our main focus will always be; being kind to one another, being a good friend and practicing peace just like Jesus.  

Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., the whole school is having a Meet and Greet.  We invite you to come to your child's classroom to look around and meet myself and my wonderful preschool aide, Mrs. Healy.  Mass will promptly begin at 7:00 p.m., therefore, we will begin to lock up at 6:55 p.m.  I will go over our schedule and take questions or concerns.  See you Tuesday evening and thank you for sending us your WONDERFUL children.  

Part-Time Preschool Week of 8/25 and 8/26

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

Welcome to St. John Fisher Preschool

I would like to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome to our preschool classroom.  My name is Sue Power and I am delighted to be your child’s preschool teacher this year.  This will be my 17th year as an Early Childhood teacher within the Catholic School.  I have four children who have received a Catholic education from grade school through high school.

As an Early Childhood Educator I believe that everyone learns in a different way.  One way is to help your child discover his/her individuality.  Through discovery and hands on learning, children can learn through play.  The curriculum followed at St. John Fisher preschool was created to provide a wonderful atmosphere for each child.  Our daily routine consists of calendar math, story time, letters and sounds, religion and crafts. We will also be socializing and learning to play together through various learning centers. Through play and interaction indoor and outdoor, our hope is for your child to develop a love for school.

BackToSchool_Tommy5.pngWorking alongside me is Mrs. Lisa Healy.  Mrs. Healy has two children who also attend Catholic school.

Mrs. Healy and I are looking forward to interacting with you and your children this upcoming school year.

If you should have any questions, please contact me through the school website blog spower@sjfschool.net.

 

We look forward to meeting all of you and to a wonderful year!

 

Class Hours

 Daily part Time      Monday - Friday   7:50 – 10:45 A.M. or

                                                  11:30-2:20 P.M.

 

                   Three Day       Tues/Wed/Thurs     7:50—10:45 A.M or

                                                                          11:30-2:20 P.M.

                               

 

Clothing

Children should dress suited to active play and sometimes “messy” play. Please keep in mind that children are expected to use the bathroom by themselves. One piece overalls, tights and belts are difficult at times. Gym/closed toe shoes are best , sandals and flip flops are not safe; the preschoolers are up and down the stairs as well as on playground during the school day.

Toys

Children should not bring toys from home to school. They are hard to share and often get lost.

 Bathroom

Children are expected to be fully potty trained when they are admitted to preschool; however we understand that accidents happen. Please send to school a full change of clothes, socks, shoes, underpants and a shirt and bottoms; all items need to be placed in a plastic bag with your child’s name clearly labeled. If a child has an accident at school parents will be called to come and change your child. We also understand that many of our preschoolers are newly potty trained and that in a new environment they may have a few accidents; however children must be completely independent in the bathroom by October 1st.

Snack

Children will eat snack each day. Please pack your child a healthy snack with a small drink.

girl-coloring.pngAllergies

If your child is allergic to any specific foods, please be sure to notify the teacher in writing.

 

Supplies Needed

           Large easy to open school bag to carry home creations and school mail

           3 rolls paper towels

           3 Clorox wipes           3 Package of baby wipes           2 pocket folder

Birthdays

Children’s birthdays are special days! We will celebrate each child’s birthday in school. If you wish you may send a treat for the entire class.  Treats should be store bought and not homemade.

Discipline

Children will be encouraged toward proper behavior through positive tones of voice and praise. They will be reminded verbally in cases of inappropriate and/or disruptive behavior. Parents will be notified if a child’s behavior is frequently inappropriate, and discussions will be held in private.

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Arrival and Pick Up

Children should line up outside the preschool doors

Arrivals~ please do not arrive more than five minutes before the class starts. You are always welcome to walk your child into school, unless you arrive late. We will then meet you at the door.

Pick Up~ if you know that you are going to be detained, please notify the office so we can reassure your child. Children will be dismissed from the preschool doors. If you will not be picking up your child, please let us know who to expect. If parents are late, children will be brought to the school office.

Activities Will Include

Language Arts   Math    Religion /Bible Stories

Free Play     Calendar Activities     Circle Time

Journals      Computer   Outdoor Play   Gross Motor Skills   Fine Motor Skills   Finger Plays      Story Time     Creative Art        Songs & Movement      Science Activities    Socialization

 The children will also attend a gym class, a computer class and an art class once a week as well as alternating a music and library class once a week. The children will have a different teacher for the special classes, but our preschool aide will attend these classes with your child.

 

Attendance

Regular attendance to school is very important. It helps the student obtain the maximum benefits from school. However if your child is sick, please keep them home. We ask that you use your best judgment and consider the other children in class.

Children must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return to school. If your child is sick at school, they should be picked up at the school office.

Emergency School Closing

http://kfadden.edublogs.org/files/2012/01/sand-26wdje3-297x300.jpgAs a general rule school will be in session unless very unusual circumstances warrant a change in this policy.  Should an unscheduled closing be necessary, please check the policy in the SJF Handbook.

 

Parental Responsibilities

To prepare your child for preschool you can help in the following ways

 Develop the attitude that school is a happy place and the teacher is your friend

Teach your child to dress him/herself

 Guide your child to show independence in taking care of his/her own toilet needs

 Be sure your child knows his/her full name

 Having a cheerful, positive attitude when the child leaves either at home or school with “Goodbye, I’ll see you later

Crying~ Please do not remain too long when leaving your child at school. If your child cries and does not calm down, you will be called. The school adjustment is rapid once the parent leaves and the day’s activities begin.

Prolonged goodbyes make transitions difficult.

 

If the child’s parents are divorced or separated, the school presumes that both parents have access to the children’s records unless one parent can provide evidence that he/she has the sole rights.

 

All parent volunteers, chaperones and room parents need to be Virtus Trained, you can get all the information on Virtus training on the St. John Fisher School home page.

 

 

The Saint John Fisher Preschool believes that the parents are the first and most significant teachers in the child’s life. A good partnership between the parent and the teacher is a necessity for the optimum growth of the child. The preschool experience should be exciting and happy for both the child and the parent; therefore good communication between parents and teachers is essential. Parents are encouraged to share all information that could help in making the child’s experience a better one! Please check our preschool blog for information and pictures of the exciting things we do here!

Call or email with any questions or concerns

spower@sjfschool.net

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!!

 

Ms. Sue Power

 
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