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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 3/20 to 3/24/20017

Posted on Mar 26, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     This week in Preschool we worked on Letter Ss.  We read "S" stories and learned the sound and the formation.  We played a sock game where we sorted uppercase S and lowercase s.  We also packed a suitcase with letter S items. Miss Christina made a snake sock and we deciphered if the words she gave us began with an S or not.  

     The art projects this week was a sunflower and a bunny, hiding in the grass.

     Math this week was a fun game called hide the chick.  I hid 2 chicks under some plastic eggs that were numbered 1 through 10.  The students got two tries to figure out which number the chick was hiding in. 

     Religion this week was learning about our church family of friends.  We continue to talk about how we are changing and growing during Lent.

     The Science experiment was a skittle experiment.  We all placed three skittles in a bowl of water and we observed how the candy disintegrated and the three colors ran together.  If we were really careful we might have seen the letter "s" floating on top of the water.  

     This week on Wednesday, we are going to the Book Fair.  A note went home last week detailing our times that we will be attending.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend!

Part-Time Preschool for Week of 3/13 to 3/17/2017

Posted on Mar 19, 2017

Dear Preschool Parents,

     Happy Spring!  This Monday is the first day of Spring.  We have seen a lot of signs so far.  Mostly, we have observed birdies singing and making nests.

     This week in preschool we worked on letter Rr.  We learned the formation and the sound and read many books with R in the title.  We read many St. Patrick's Day books and also some Easter stories.  We played some review abc games and a letter Rr game, where we rolled a cube with "r" and "R" on it.  The students had to decipher whether it was uppercase or lowercase and place it under the correct rain cloud.  Then we added some math to it and counted how many we had of each and which one had more.  

     Our Art projects were a Rocket with our names on each square and a baby duck.  

     This week's Science experiment was "color transferring."  We had six colored water cups with different colors.  In between each cup was an empty cup.  I folded a paper towel the long and skinny way and placed one in each cup continuing all the way to the end.  We observed how the color absorbed and continued making a rainbow effect.

     This week in Math we reviewed numbers 1-6.  I rolled a dice cube and we circled the numbers on our math paper.

     This week in Religion we talked about how we are friends of Jesus.  We talked about being a good friend and continue to try to be like Jesus.   

     REMINDERS:   The BOOK FAIR begins 3/25 after 4:00 mass and 3/26 after 10:00 mass.  We will be going as a class on Wednesday 3/29.  A letter will be going home this week with the times that our class will attend.  



Part-Time Preschool for Week of 3/6 to 3/10/2017

Posted on Mar 12, 2017

Dear Preschool Parents,

     This week in Preschool we worked on Letter Q.  Through some fun activities we practiced tracing letter Qq and rolled our Qq dice cube and placed either a Queen, King or Jack on a letter Qq.  We called them the "royal family."  We learned that Q and U are best friends and that they go together like peanut butter and jelly.  We had our snacks on two of my quilts I brought from home.  We had a great indoor picnic.  

     For Art we made a leprechaun mask and painted a green shamrock.

     Our Science experiment was looking for gold.  Everyone had a green ball of baking soda with a hidden gold or green coin inside.  We used eyedroppers and vinegar to reveal what was inside.  

     For Math we have been counting to 100 the long way and the short way, by tens.  We worked on number 10 this week.  Now that we know all of the numbers to ten, we can make any number that we want.  

     For Religion we talked about friends of Jesus.  We learned that Jesus had 12 great friends that were willing to go and follow Jesus and tell everyone they could about God.  We have been working hard on friendship and how you treat a friend. We talked about how if a friend asks you if they can play with you, you say, "sure."  We talked about how important it is to help your friend if they fall down.  We say, "are you okay?"  We will continue to work on this until the end of the school year.  

     I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!  Happy Saint Patrick's Day!   

Part-Time Preschool for Week of 2/27 to 3/3/2017

Posted on Mar 05, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     This week in Preschool we celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday.  We read many Dr. Seuss stories and played some fun games.  

     We also continued on with Letter Pp.  We all passed the tissue test by making the sound that P makes and making the tissue move.  We read stories and learned the sound and the formation of Pp.

     For Art we made a peacock and a hat like the "Cat in the Hat."  We also made a "Thing 1 or Thing 2" craft.  

     Our Science experiment was a demonstration of a rain cloud.  We had a cup of water and a little shaving cream on top.  We all squeezed our eye droppers filled with blue water and watched as the cloud became heavy and the rain seeped through.  Then we stirred it up!

     For Religion we continued to talk about Lent.  Father Ken and Miss Elena came in to give us ashes.  We learned that ashes come from palms.  Everyone was very respectful and so well behaved when they came in.  Father Ken answered questions from the students and one thing we learned was that no, he did not see the Batman movie but he saw the Bat mobile at the auto show.  We will continue to work on being a good friend and will work hard at helping at home.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend!