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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 9/24-9/28/18

Posted on Sep 30, 2018

Dear Part Time Preschool Parents,

     We had a busy week in preschool.  On Friday afternoon we had our first pep rally.  We had so much fun cheering for our Falcons!

     During the week we worked on Letter Cc.  We learned the sound and formation and played some fun letter games.  We sorted Uppercase "C" carrots and Lower case "c" carrots in the correct carrot patch, we turned cookies over and saw a picture and determined if it began with our letter, we made a C display of items that we pulled out of our mystery box. We also read many stories about Pete the Cat and other titles of stories with C. 

     We are very fortunate to have wonderful Marist students that help us every morning and afternoon with the students.  The kids really like them and they are a great help to me.  If you hear the names, Molly, Ben and Annie you will know that is who they are talking about. 

     Also, we are fortunate to have a young lady from the Mother McAuley Little School Program, Miss Jessica.  Miss Jessica is preparing to be a teacher in the future and is with us three mornings a week.  Once a month Miss Jessica prepares a lesson plan that goes along with what we are learning.  This week she read, "The Hungry Caterpillar."  The students then pulled a picture out of an envelope to determine if it began with "C," and they colored a caterpillar.   

     Our Art projects were a cactus and Indian corn.  Our corn is on display in our hallway for our fall display.  We also glued tissue paper on green leaves and they are hanging in our classroom.

     My Science experiment was a bit of a flop.  We were going to watch dancing corn but alas, I bought corn that had some oil on it and it didn't work.  I learned my lesson but we also learned that some experiments work and some don't and that is the beauty of Science.  

     For Religion this week we learned another miracle that Jesus performed.  We learned about a man who could not use his legs.  The friends of the man had faith and believed that Jesus would make him walk again. The friends lowered the man down through the roof of a house to see Jesus.  Jesus said a prayer and told the man to walk and he did.

     For Math this week we worked on sequencing numbers 1 through 5 on a caterpillar.  This was a great listening exercise and everyone did fantastic!

     This week we move into October and on to all things Halloween. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Ms Power 

      

Part Time Preschool for Week of 9/17-9/21/18

Posted on Sep 23, 2018

Hi Part Time Preschool Parents,

     We had a great week in preschool!  So far we have learned the first two letters of the alphabet, "Aa" and "Bb."  We learned the sound, the formation and how to sign them.  Some of the fun letter games we played this week were, "base ball."  If we chose an item that began with letter B, we sent our bear to first base, etc., until we got a home run.  We also separated upper case (bees) with lower case (bees), by putting them on the correct honey comb. Buzz, buzz!  We sorted letter B with other letters that weren't B and made a display of Bb things.

     Our Art projects were painting a paper plate brown and then adding eyes, nose and a smile to make a bear, we also made a brown bear puppet.   

     This week in place of Science we talked about Fall or Autumn.  We talked about the colors of fall and how squirrels are getting ready for winter by burying their acorns.

     This week in Math we worked on matching.  We had a pile of leaves of various colors and sizes and we each took a turn finding our match.

     For Religion we talked about how Jesus performed a miracle.  Jesus was able to feed a whole crowd a big meal with just five loaves of bread and two fish.  We also got to meet our prayer buddies that we will be seeing periodically throughout the school year.  We colored a paper together and our buddies taught us the Hail Mary.

     Our kindness jar is filling up with all of the wonderful acts of kindness that your children show to each other daily.  This comes from you at home and carries over into the classroom.  Thank you always for everything you do at home.  

      Some reminders:  The date for the Disney Field Trip is 2/1/19.  Chaperones must be Virtus trained.  Please call the rectory to find out details on how this can be accomplished.  Thank you in advance for offering to attend.  

     The afternoon preschool will be attending our first Pep Rally this Friday. Everyone is encouraged to wear school colors.  So excited!

     Have a great rest of the weekend and yes, I'll say it, Thank You, God for cooler weather!!!  

Part Time Preschool for Week of 9/10 - 9/13/18

Posted on Sep 16, 2018

Dear Part Time Preschool Families,

     There has been so much excitement in the air, as you know, with Fisher Fest and how many sleeps until it had begun.  I hope everyone had a great time this past weekend.

     This week in school we began our first letter "A."  We read lots of stories and played some fun letter games.  We made a display of "A" things like apples, ants and alligators.  We played the "fussy squirrel game."  Fussy squirrel only eats acorns that have "A" or "a" on them.  We pulled things out our mystery box that began with the letter "A" sound.  We learned that "A" has two sounds and learned the alligator song.  The Big Bears practiced printing "A."

     For Art we decided if we wanted to paint our apples, red, yellow or green and we also made acorns.

     For Science this week it was all about apples.  We tasted red, yellow and green apples.  I cut two pieces of apple and we sprinkled one with lemon juice and the other was left alone.  We saw how it turned brown without the lemon juice.  

     For Religion we learned that God is our Shepherd and we are His sheep.  We learned that God is always with us and keeping us safe.

     This week in Math we made a two color pattern with our linking cubes.

     We had fire drill practice on Tuesday afternoon and everyone did a fantastic job.

     REMINDERS:  We recently sent out a form regarding a field trip to Disney on Ice.  If you have not sent back your form, please do so.  We are trying to get a count on who might be going or who might not be going.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend!

     

     

Part Time Preschool for Week of 9/4 to 9/7/18

Posted on Sep 09, 2018

Dear Part Time Preschool Families,

     I can't believe we have been in school for three weeks now.  Your kids are doing so great and we adore them.  Thank you for all of your hard work as being parents, you are your child's first teachers and it shows!

       This week in Preschool we wrapped up our first few weeks of review with Shapes.  We learned about all of the different shapes by pulling them out of our mystery bag and identifying them, rolling our dice/shape cube and picking them out of a pile, sorting them and worked on coloring different shapes on our coloring sheets. 

     For Art we made a fall shape tree, a shape SJF schoolhouse and picked our favorite shape and decorated it.

     For Math as a group we continued with sorting all of our different shapes.

     For Religion we talked about Jesus.  We learned that when He was little, He  helped His family by doing chores just like we do.  We learned that Jesus made good choices and we played a good choice game.

     Our fun science experiment this week was putting a balloon that had some baking soda in it, over a plastic bottle that had vinegar in it.  We flipped the balloon over and voila, the balloon expanded all by itself.  

     REMINDERS:  This coming Tuesday is 9/11 and the whole school will be remembering our fallen heroes and first responders, by wearing Patriotic clothing of red, white and blue.  The whole school is asking for a donation from each student to benefit the memorial being built at King Lockhart Park at 106th and Western.   

    Finally, there will not be school this Friday, 9/14, due to Fisher Fest.  

     I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend.  See you tomorrow!

Ms Power

     

Part Time Preschool for Week of 8/27-8/31

Posted on Sep 02, 2018

     Hi Preschool Families,

     We had a great second week of Preschool.  I really enjoyed seeing everyone at Open House on Wednesday.  Thank you for rearranging your schedules and coming on Wednesday instead of Thursday, due to the wake of Father Purtell.

     As I talked about at Open House, the students are really settling in nicely and learning to become independent by taking out their folders and putting their back packs away in their lockers.  They are learning to sit "criss cross applesauce" on the carpet, like a "pretzel," and learning how to listen quietly to a story and to our friends when they are speaking.  We practiced for a "pretend" fire drill and we will learn this week about how to exit a bus just in case we were to go on a field trip. Even though the weather was a little iffy, we were able to make it out for recess for some fresh air several times. A new item this year is the "Kindness Jar."  If we catch the kids doing something kind, like sharing, including a friend, helping a friend, etc., they get to put a marble in the jar.  I'm happy to say that it is already getting filled.  When we fill the jar, we will get a little treat like, stickers, extra Center time, a trip to the treasure box or possibly Munchkins.   

     In addition, for Religion we talked about how Jesus is our friend and that He is everywhere, even though we can't see Him.  We colored a picture and read a story about how Jesus always welcomes children and is never to busy to hear us when we pray. 

     We did a Science experiment this week with Baking Soda, Vinegar and food coloring.  I counted 1, 2, 3 and we saw magic in our cups with different colors and fizzing and foaming.  So fun!

     For our Math lesson we worked on sorting color bears, bugs and dinosaurs.  We separated them by color and saw what we had the most of.

     Our Theme this week was color.  We read stories about crayons, Pete the Cat and his cool shoes  and chameleons. We played some fun color games as a group and practiced our coloring skills by coloring frogs, strawberries and sun shines.

     Finally, our Art projects were decorating our initials with little color scraps of paper, Pete the Cat and choosing our favorite color crayon. 

     As I said, it was a great week in Preschool.  I hope everyone has a great Labor Day 3 day Weekend.  See you on Tuesday.

Ms Power

      

 

     

  

 
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