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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 2/20 to 2/23/2018

Posted on Feb 25, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     I cannot believe that February is almost done.  We have been taking down our Valentine's pictures and are moving on to St. Patrick's Day decorations. Spring is just around the corner.

     This week for art we made the letter P into a penguin, made an Irish hat and painted a paper plate green and turned it into a shamrock.

     We continued on with our new letter Pp.  We learned how to make the "p," sound by making a tissue move. We held the tissue in front of our mouths and made it move when we made the sound.   Everyone passed the tissue test!  We learned how to make the letter Pp and played some games.  We played a popcorn game and put things in the pot that began with that letter.

     For Religion we learned about Noah and the arc.  We learned that the rainbow is a symbol of a promise that God made.  We learned that Noah had great faith and listened to God, even though people thought he was silly to build a big boat and put all of those animals in there.  

     For Math we went back to number 7, because I skipped it by accident last time.  We read a story about number seven and did some activities with the story.

     As you know we practiced our lock down drill.  I explained it in a way that they were able to understand.We gave examples of things that we do that keep us safe.  We wear helmets when we ride a bike, we hold a grownups hand when we cross the street.  We practice for fire drills in school so we know how to get to safety outside of the building. I then proceeded to talk to them about being safe at school.  We talked about how the doors are always locked but if ever someone were to enter our building, we would have to practice a drill, like our fire drill, that would keep us safe.  We talked about where the safest place in our classroom is and that is where we would go and wait for Sister Jean to let us know that all is clear.  We practiced being quiet for one minute.  We talked about how we could say prayers in our minds at that time and take some time to breathe.  Our actual whole school drill was on Thursday afternoon at 1:45.  The afternoon students remained quiet for 3 minutes before we received the all clear.  We talked about it after and I praised them for listening and following directions. If you have any questions regarding what we have done, please do not hesitate to email or call.

     Have a great rest of the weekend!



Part Time Preschool for Week of 2/12 to 2/162018

Posted on Feb 17, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     This week in Preschool we were very busy with learning about the Presidents and our Valentines Day Festivities.

     We planned on working on Letter P but our schedule didn't allow us to really get into it so we will continue Pp this week.  

     For Art we made a Presidents Day Book and decorated our Valentine's candy bags.

     For our party we had a great treat and juice provided by our room moms. We played some great games and passed out our Valentine's cards to our friends.

     We also talked about Lent and received ashes.  We talked about how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.  We compared it to ourselves, changing and growing too, for Jesus.  We talked about being kind and saying "we're sorry" when we do something that makes someone sad.  

     We played a letter review game and a math game too.  

     There is No School on Monday due to Presidents Day.  I hope everyone has a great three day weekend. 

Part Time Preschool for Week of 2/5 to 2/9/2018

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     I hope everyone had a good weekend.  Lot's of digging out for everyone but I'm thinking spring.  

    This last week in preschool we learned about letter Oo and Dental Health.  For our art projects we made an O octopus, painted a green tooth white and made a toothbrush paper with a song about brushing.  

      We played some games that went with letter Oo like picking an orange off the orange tree and sorting uppercase and lowercase Oo's and playing the Hokey Pokey with the letters too.  Big Bears have been using wipe off boards in addition to work on their letters and their names.

     For Religion we talked about taking care of God world and all of the beautiful things He has made for us.

     This Week, in addition to Valentine's Day, we have Ash Wednesday.  I will be talking to the kids tomorrow in preparation for Ashes.  I'm going to read them "The Hungry Caterpillar," and talk about changing and growing.  Just in case, they tell you about caterpillars.  

     Don't forget to send in Valentines cards with your child for Wednesday and a wrapped treat, if you would like.  

     Also, Presidents Day is Monday the 19th and there is no school.  Have a great week!

Part Time Preschool for Week of 1/29 to 2/2/2018

Posted on Feb 04, 2018

Dear Preschool Families,

     We had a lot of groundhog activities this week in preschool.  We learned that groundhogs are furry, they eat plants and seeds and they are also called woodchucks.  We learned that they make a whistling sound when they are in danger.  We also found out we are going to have six more weeks of winter.

     We also worked on letter Nn.  We learned how to print it and played a game called "in the news."  We picked a picture and if it began with our sound, we put it in the newspaper.  We also sorted uppercase and lowercase "noodles" and put them in the right noodle box.  Big Bears have been working with wipe off markers and boards on their letter of the week and their names.  We are trying to make our names with the first letter uppercase and all the rest are lowercase.  

     This week in Religion we talked about God's world and all of the beautiful things in the world that He has given us.  

     For Math we worked on number 8.  I just realized that we missed number 7, so we may be a little out of order.  We also had 100 Day activities.  We jumped up and down for 100 seconds and took a cat nap for 100 seconds.  We made crowns and read some 100 day stories. We also, as a class, put 100 stickers in a big paper gumball machine.  (Actually, there were a lot more than 100).  We got a little carried away.  

     For our art projects we made a Ninja N, a heart paper with dabbers, and a Valentine owl.  

     The afternoon class met with their buddies two times this week for partner reading and a trivia game.  We also went to the carnival on Friday for some fun games.

     It was a great Catholic Schools Week and I really enjoyed seeing everyone last Sunday at Open House.  We truly love coming to school every day and being with your awesome kids.  I tell everyone that I have the best job in the world.  


     If anyone wants more "kindness hearts," please send me a quick note.  The kids seem to really enjoy doing kind things and getting the recognition at school too.  Our wall is becoming filled with kindness hearts.

     Next week on Wednesday, February 14, we will have a small party in our classroom.  Children can bring in a wrapped treat and a valentine for each child in the class.  Morning class has 31 and Afternoon class has 18.  It is also Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

     Have a great Superbowl weekend!!!