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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 9/18 to 9/22/2017

Posted on Sep 23, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     It is hot at school but only the teachers are complaining. The kids don't seem to mind one bit, which is great!

     This week we began with the beginning of our alphabet with Letter A.  We read books about ants and apples and though it feels like summer, books about fall.  We read about leaves and the beautiful colors of autumn.  We learned that autumn is another word for fall.

     For art we made beautiful leaves.  We put the paint in a plastic bag with the cut out of the leaf and then sealed it and the morning class squished the bag without even getting any paint on themselves.  We ran out of very large bags for the afternoon class but they were able to paint their leaves with no problem and not to much of a mess.  We also colored a letter A and put apple stickers all over it. Finally, we glued colored tissue paper squares on to a large acorn.

     This week in Religion we talked about who takes care of us.  We talked about how we feel safe that our parents take care of us.  We learned about shepherds and how Jesus is like a shepherd and we are like His sheep.  Jesus takes care of us and wants us always to do the right thing and stay on the right path, just like the sheep.

     For our letter A activities, we learned how to make an A a, what sound it makes and also that it has two sounds.  We picked a paper apple off a tree that had a letter Aa on it.  I threw some other letters in there as "stinkers" to try to trick them but they are very smart.  Next we sorted acorns.  We put the uppercase A in one basket and the lowercase in the other.  If we did the right thing we made a squirrel noise.  Big Bears made the letter A on chart paper for display.  Finally, we sang the Hokey Pokey with letter Aa.

     The Science experiment this week was a great hit.  I asked the kids if a bottle could blow up a balloon all by itself.  We reviewed what happens when baking soda and vinegar get together.  I put 1/3 of the vinegar into a liter bottle and then I put some baking soda in a balloon.  I attached the balloon to the lid of the bottle and carefully turned the balloon up so the baking soda went into the bottle and "voila," the chemical reaction blew up the balloon.

     We ran out of time for Math this week but will continue on with number 2 next week.  If we miss math, don't worry, because every day we count all of the numbers on the calendar forwards and backwards and sometimes in Spanish. Unfortunately I can only go up to 10 in Spanish so we are a little limited.  We are also learning how to count by tens.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend!

Part Time Preschool for Week of 9/11 to 9/14/2017

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Hi Preschool Parents,

     Last week in Preschool we had quite a short week but we managed to get a lot of things done.

     We primarily focused  on our names.  We looked at our name cards and found the first letter and then counted how many letters in our name.  We made name puzzles and found all of our letters in our name on post it notes.  We also traced our names.

     For Art we made apples, decorated the first initial of our names and painted our names with water colors.

     For Math we classified and sorted and worked on number one.  

     In Religion we talked about how Jesus performs miracles. We learned that Jesus helped a man who could not see, see again.

     Our Science Experiment was apple volcanoes!  Wow!

     We also learned about how to make a friend with our Scholastic Magazine.  

     I'm sure everyone had a great time at Fisher Fest.  The kids couldn't stop talking about it all week.  Starting September 18, we will begin with letter A and then a new letter a week.  


Part Time Preschool for Week of 9/5 to 9/8/2017

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Dear Preschool Families,

     We had a great four day week of school packed with many fun things.

     This week we worked on shapes.  For Art we made a fall shape tree using rectangles, triangles, circles and squares.  We also used stickers and sorted shapes.  

     We read many books about shapes and talked about how we can see shapes in many everyday items at school, home and just about everywhere.  We played a shape sorting game and sang some songs about shapes.  We picked our favorite shapes and identified them.  

     For Math we all sorted items by color.  We talked about the number one.  We traced number one in the air by saying, "come straight down and that is all."  

     Our Science experiment was color travel using 6 cups of colored water with a continuous folded paper towel in each cup.  We observed how the colored water traveled from one paper towel to the other creating a rainbow of colors.

     This week in Religion we talked about miracles.  We learned that Jesus performed many miracles.  The first one we read about was about the boy that had only two fish and some loaves of bread.  We couldn't imagine how Jesus would feed the huge crowd of people before Him.  Jesus said a prayer and there was enough to feed everyone.  A miracle!

     This upcoming week we will work on our names.  The following week we will finally begin letter A and continue throughout the year with the alphabet.  Also this week is a four day week.  There is no school this Friday.

     Finally, we do try to go outside everyday for 15 minutes of fresh air.  As the weather changes, please make sure to send a jacket or sweatshirt with your child.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend.


Part-Time Preschool for Week of 8/28 to 9/l/2017

Posted on Sep 03, 2017

Dear Preschool Parents,

     We just completed our second week of preschool.  This week we worked on colors.

     For Art we did a "magic" color reveal.  We used water colors to paint over a hidden smiley face.  We also colored a chameleon different colors and then read the story, "A Color of His Own."  We learned that chameleons can change to different colors when they land on something.  We also did a crayon graph of our favorite color crayon.  We colored our own favorite color crayon and gave it a face.

     For our small group projects we played two color games.  We identified colors and then we sorted colors.  Each group completed a coloring paper.

     For Religion we talked about cotton ball words versus sandpaper words. Cotton Ball words are; please, thank you, yes, you can play with me, etc. They are soft and kind.  Sandpaper words are the opposite. These words are scratchy and not very nice.  We also learned that Jesus had twelve friends that said "yes," when Jesus asked them if they would follow Him.  

     Our science experiment was reading, "Little Blue and Yellow," a story about two friends who get together to make green.  We all took a turn squeezing a big bag of yellow and blue and we made green.  Everyone got to take a small bag home but had to ask mom and dad if they could play with in the house first!  I hope they did.  

     Our morning class split into boys and girls and the boys successfully went to Computer class and the girls went to the Library.  The morning class of girls had Art with Mrs. Newman and the boys will have it this week.  The morning class had Gym with Mr. Perkel.  Mr. Perkel wanted to remind the morning class to try to wear Gym shoes on Monday.     Afternoon preschool also went to Computers all together.  

     I hope everyone has a great Labor Day.  See everyone on Tuesday!

Ms P.