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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 for Week of 2/21 to 2/24/2017

Posted on Feb 26, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     This week we began with a day off for Presidents Day.  When we returned we went right into talking about our teeth.

     For Dental Health week we learned how to brush and how to floss.  We saw what pop can do to your teeth if you drink too much of it.  We graphed our favorite color tooth brush and learned a song about brushing.

     We continued with letter Oo this week and finally finished everything there is to learn about Oo.  

     Our art projects were an Octopus craft and our toothbrush.

     For Religion we began talking about Lent. We learned that like a caterpillar, Jesus had to leave us for a while but He will come back just like the butterfly.  We made cocoons and colored a caterpillar.  They don't know it yet, but I have attached butterfly wings to the caterpillars and when they take them home before Easter, they will see their surprise. For now, they will be hanging on our bulletin board.  We will continue to talk about how Lent is a time to change and grow and we will talk about being kinder and continuing to do nice things at home for our family and friends.  This week Wednesday we will be receiving ashes.  

     Our Science experiment was putting one hard boiled egg in Pepsi and one hard boiled egg in water.  We observed what the pop did to the egg.  We compared that to our teeth and how important it is to brush. 

     Have a great rest of the weekend!

Part-Time Preschool for Week of 2/13 to 2/17

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     I hope everyone is having a great 3 Day Weekend with this Fantastic weather we are having!

     Last week in Preschool we began letter Oo.  We were a bit sidetracked with our Valentine activities so we will continue Letter Oo this coming week.

     Last Monday, our buddies came over for the morning session to do a Valentines Science experiment which was fun.  We put candy hearts in Sprite, Vinegar and Water and watched what happened to the candy hearts.  On our regular Science day we all did a fizzy heart project with vinegar and baking soda and eye droppers.

    We had a great Valentine's Day party on Tuesday.  Thank you so much to our great room moms who provided treats and juice for our party.

     For Religion we talked about how we love our families and how much they love us.  We talked about ways we show love.  We talked about how when we show love we are showing love to God too.  The kindness hearts are growing by the day.  Let me know if you need more.  The kids really enjoy sharing the nice things that they have done at home with the class.

     For Art this week we made George Washington and decorated our Valentine's bag for our treats.  

     Happy Presidents Day!  

     

Part-time Preschool for Week of 2/6 to 2/10/17

Posted on Feb 12, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     This week in Preschool we worked on Letter Nn.  We read many stories with Nn in the title and many Valentine stories.

     We played a game "In the News,"  The student picked up a picture, if it began with Nn sound, we all said "In the News" and then the student placed it in the newspaper, it it didn't, they got to pick another picture.

     Our Art projects were Ninja Turtles and Abraham Lincoln.  We learned that Abraham is on a penny and lived in a log cabin.

     For Math we worked on number 9 and played the number line game.  Everyone got a number and then had to find that number on the "human number line."  Then we counted.

     In Religion this week we talked about welcoming our family.  Our hearts of kindness is growing bigger every day.  The students really enjoy sharing all of the acts of kindness they are doing at home.  

     The Science experiment was color mixing using cotton balls, eye droppers and food coloring.  We put 4 different colors on the cotton balls.  It was fun.  

REMINDER:

Our Valentines party is on Tuesday morning for the am students or Tuesday afternoon for the pm students.  Students are allowed to bring in Valentine's cards and a wrapped treat.  There are 26 in the morning and 19 in the afternoon.

Enjoy the weather and have a great rest of the weekend.

Part-Time Preschool for Week of 1/30-2/3/2017

Posted on Feb 05, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     What a great Catholic Schools Week we had.  We began with our Western Round Up.  Thank you so much for your donations to the Ronald McDonald House. Afternoon preschool got to see a great Science Show on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, we rolled out of bed (my favorite day) and played Bingo with our buddies in the morning.  On Thursday we had partner reading in the morning with our buddies. We also talked about spreading kindness.  Everyone received 10 hearts and we ask that you write something down on the heart that your child did to show an act of kindness.  I'll be displaying them all over the classroom as they come in.    We ended our week with an awesome field trip to the United Center. Thank you everyone who came with us, we had a great time.

     We didn't have a letter this week.  We did some reviewing.  We played the missing letter game using magnetic letters.  We read some fun groundhog stories and some Valentine stories too.

     Our Science experiment was the melting snowman.  The snowman was made out of baking soda, complete with hat, eyes, nose, scarf and arms.  I slowly poured vinegar on him and he melted before our eyes.

     We painted hearts and made groundhogs.  We took a poll on whether the groundhog would see his shadow and unfortunately he did and we will have six more weeks of winter!!  

     For Math, we worked on number 8 and reviewed numbers we have learned so far.  We played a game where we all received a magnet with a specific number of items on it.  They had to bring it up and put it under the correct number.  

     This week in Religion we talked about families.  

      REMINDERS:  A letter will go home this week about our upcoming Valentines Day Party.  The children can bring in Valentines to pass out and a wrapped treat.  There are 26 friends in the morning class and 19 in the afternoon class.  I'll be asking our Room Moms for help in the treat and juice box department.  Other than that, we will just have a small party in the classroom.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend and enjoy the Superbowl!

 
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