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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 10/22 to 10/26/2018

Posted on Oct 28, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     Halloween is in the air.  Sorry for omitting this but I realized that in my Halloween letter I neglected to tell you that we have 20 kids in the am and 19 in the pm.  Again, you can send your child in with a wrapped treat to share with their classmates.

     This week in preschool we worked on Letter Ff.  We read stories about frogs and fish and played some fun letter games.  We put letter Ff fishes in our pail and we set up a nice Letter Ff display in our classroom.

     For Art we made a frog and ghost and painted our hand to make a big black spider in a web.

     On Thursday, we had a wonderful Halloween story teller in Mrs. Altman's class.  The kids were mesmerized by her story telling.  Some of them were part of her act as well.  They loved it!

      For Religion we learned about the miracle of how Jesus helped a man hear again.  I brought in my sound machine and they identified running water, crickets, the ocean, a crackling fire, a thunderstorm and wind chimes.  We talked about how some people are not able to hear those beautiful sounds. 

     This week in Math we worked on number 4.  We heard a poem about four little turtles and took our number 4 paper home for homework.

     This week our afternoon students got to go to Gym for the first time.  Our Gym teacher was able to fit them in on Tuesday afternoons.  They had so much fun and we can't wait to go back.


     On Halloween you are welcome to come in to school for a few songs and pictures and then we will ask you to leave and go about your day.  We will have our party in our classroom.  Your child can bring in a wrapped treat and dress up but we ask that you not send any weapons with the costume.  

     Also, you should have gotten notification from the school about our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Please make sure you choose your time as soon as you can.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend!


Part Time Preschool for Week of 10/15-10/19/2018

Posted on Oct 21, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     Halloween is in the air!  Our room and hall are both looking very festive with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, spooky owls and more!!

     Besides all of the fun we've been having, we did accomplish some learning as well.  We had a review week of A-E letters and sounds.  We've been trying to add the sign for every letter we learn too.  We played some fun games where we sorted what object went with what letter, we put together our name puzzles and we looked to see if we had an (a, b, c, d, or e) in our name.  Big Bears worked on a an E paper and Little Bears worked on some tracing activities.  

     For Science this week we had an experiment called the "Vanishing Ghost."  We all placed a packing peanut that had a ghost face on it, in some warm water and read a story about the "Teeny Tiny Ghost."  When we went back to look in the bowl, the ghosts were vanishing!  

     For Art we made owls and painted a paper plate orange and made a jack-o-lantern out of it.  We also colored a jack-o-lantern story book.

     For Math we worked on number 3.  Half way around and around again!  We read a story about Little 3 and worked on perfecting it. We played a game where we rolled a dice cube that had either a 1, 2 or 3 on it.  The students then found a card with that number and we graphed how many in the end that we had the most of in the class.  

     For Religion we reviewed the fishermen story and colored a paper.  

     Our afternoon prayer buddies came in to sit with us and play.  They presented their buddy with a half of a lanyard necklace which we will use again on a later date.  

     Our Kindness Jar is filling up with all of the nice things that your children do in class every day.  Whether it be sharing or helping someone, letting a friend go first or walking quietly in the hall so we don't disturb the other classrooms.  I have promised a treat of some sort when it gets to the top which I think I will be fulfilling that promise this week.  Thank you again for everything you do at home!!  Have a great rest of the weekend!



Part Time Preschool for the Week of 10/9 to 10/12/18

Posted on Oct 14, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     In our few short months together your children have accomplished so much.  The children are able to come in to school by themselves, stand in a line quietly, and put their things away in their lockers.  They know how to put their name card up on the board and find their seat to begin their table work.  They know how to sit nicely on the carpet by crossing their legs, sitting on their bottoms, hands in their lap, eyes on the teacher and quiet voices.  They are able to listen to a story and we are working on raising our hands and listening to others when they are speaking.  Thank you for everything you do at home, it just make things easier for me here at school and I'm so proud of their accomplishments.

     We were fortunate this week to have two great firefighters with us.  We had Charlie Grande's dad, Mr. Grande in the morning.  We also had Jack and Noelle's dad, Mr. Kovacs, with us in the afternoon.  We learned many things about fire safety and everyone had homework to go home and talk to you about your smoke detectors and also to have a plan and a meeting place in case of a fire.   Thank you again, Mr. Grande and Mr. Kovacs for taking the time out of your schedule to come and talk to us about this very important subject.  We also thank you for everything you do every day as firefighters.

     We also learned a new letter this week, letter Ee.  We played some fun games like pulling a paper strip out of our Elf bag and put the letter E together as groups.  We made two trains, one was lowercase e and the other was uppercase E.  We compared the trains to see which was longer.  We also pulled pictures of E things out of an envelope and sorted. 

     Miss Jessica, our morning Mother McAuley student read "Ellie the Elephant" with our Friday class and they turned the letter E into an elephant.  We also looked on the I-pad and saw a real elephant doing some painting.  That was really cool!

     For Art we made an elephant, a fire fighter and a Halloween bat.

     In Religion we learned another miracle.  Jesus showed the apostles how to cast their net on the other side of the boat and soon they were catching lots of fish.  

     For Math we worked on number 2.  "Curl around and slide to the right."  We learned a poem with our two little blackbirds.  2 little blackbirds sitting on a hill, one named Jack and the other named Jill.  Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.  Come back Jack, come back Jill.  We did a little addition subtraction skills too. 

     Don't forget Picture Day is 10/16.  Have a great weekend!

Part Time Preschool for Week of 10/1 to 10/5/2018

Posted on Oct 07, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     We had quite a busy week in Preschool!

     This week we worked on Letter Dd.  We learned the formation and the sound that it makes.  We played some fun games; placing ducks with "Dd," in the pond, ringing a doorbell and opening the door to see if we have something that begins with "Dd," and pulling out "Dd" things out of our mystery box for our "Dd" display.

    For Art we put dots on a red, "hot dog", dog; used dabbers on paper, only to reveal a mystery "d;" and painted a very large pumpkin for Halloween.  

     For Religion this week we talked about following in the footsteps of Jesus. Everyone colored a footprint and we made a pledge to be kind, considerate and respectful.  We promised to stand up for each other and encourage each other.  We all talked about how we want to be just like Jesus.  I have seen this exhibited in our classroom every day, even before the pledge.  Your children are so kind to each other and helpful.  I always say, you are your child's first teacher and it shows.  

     This week for Science, we talked about what you might find in a pumpkin.  We have been reading lots of books about pumpkins and Halloween.  

     For Math this week we worked on number one.  Straight line down and then your done, that's the way we make a one.  We read a book about number one and did some fun activities like, clapping, jumping, hopping and winking, one time.  

     Our afternoon Pray Buddies came in to visit us and share a prayer with us.  We are planning on seeing them next week for a fun art project.


     -We are not in school this Monday due to Columbus Day.  

     -Picture day is 10/16/18.

     Have a great three day weekend!