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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 2/18 to 2/22/19

Posted on Feb 24, 2019

Hi Preschool Families,

     This week in Preschool we worked on Letter Rr.  We learned the sound, formation and sign.  We played some fun games like sorting "R" "r" raindrops into the correct rain cloud and putting R things in the the R box.  We read some fun books with R in the title.  The best one was "Ribbit," a story about a pig who thinks he's a frog.  The frogs are confused but the pig just wanted to make some friends.  

     We talked a lot about taking care of our teeth and how and when to brush.  I made elephant toothpaste, an experiment that unfortunately was a dud but the kids didn't care, they thought it was great.  We read a lot of posters and books about brushing our teeth too.

     For art we chose our favorite color toothbrush, painted a large paper green in preparation for shamrocks and glued a robin in a nest  in preparation for "spring."

     This week in Religion we talked about how much God loves us and we colored a paper that says, "Jesus loves...," and we filled in our names.  

     Finally, for Math we rolled a dice cube and filled a mouth with teeth by counting out the teeth and then we tallied who had the most, the boys or the girls.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend and see everyone tomorrow!  


Part Time Preschool for Week of 2/11 to 2/15/19

Posted on Feb 17, 2019

Dear Preschool Families,

     We had a great week in Preschool.  Besides being Valentines week we worked on some other fun things while learning at the same time.

    Our Art projects consisted of decorating our Valentine paper bag for our treats and cards.  We also learned about two great Presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.  We learned that Abraham Lincoln liked to read books and that George Washington loved animals.  

     We learned about letter Q and how Q and U are best buddies and they are always together.  We learned the sound, sign and formation of Qq.  We played a fun game called, "flip the Qq" and tallied how many we had of of each.  We read about quilts and I brought in my two very old quilts and we sat on them for story time and then had our snack on them too. 

     For Religion we continued talking about kindness while we also read paper our hearts that keep coming in daily.  We read a story called, "The Kindness Quilt," and we colored big poster boards as a group and made them into quilts and they are hung in our hall with hearts all around it.  

     For Math we continued our work with pennies and had a little store where items were marked from 2 cents to 10 cents.  The students had to come up and count out the correct money.  Everyone did fantastic!

     On Thursday we had our Valentine Party.  We sat in a circle and passed out our treats and cards.  We played "hot potato," only with a heart, pin the lips on Mrs. Healy and Ms Power and bean bag toss into boxes with hearts on them.  In the afternoon our prayer buddies came down and we sorted candy hearts.  Both classes had so much fun. 

     Have a great rest of our three day weekend.  See everyone Tuesday.

Part Time Preschool for Week of 2/4 to 2/8/19

Posted on Feb 10, 2019

Hi Preschool Families,

     Happy February!  February brings so many fun celebrations like 100 Days of School, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and Dental Health.  Throughout this month we will be covering all of these with some fun activities.

     This week for our art projects we made a groundhog and found out that he didn't see his shadow and that we would have early spring, hooray!  We also painted hearts and decorated them with stickers and made Pete the Cat for letter P.

     For letter P this week we played some fun learning games like "Put the "p" in the pot and putting pepperoni that had words that begin with "p" on our pizza.  We learned the sound, sign and formation of our new letter and read a lot of Pete the Cat books, among others.

     For Math we talked about a penny.  We learned that Abraham Lincoln is on the penny and we learned that there is a heads and a tail side of the coin.  We leaned that a penny is worth one cent.

     For Religion we talked about being kind to each other.  We read the story of the Good Samaritan and talked about how God wants us all to be kind to each other.  Ten hearts went home with everyone and they know they need to do some acts of kindness at home and send the hearts back. We are making a big display in the hall of all of them.  The kids really love sharing what they have done at home.  Thank you parents for helping with this fun project.

     This week is Valentine's Day and we will be having our own little party at school. We have some fun games planned as well as passing out Valentine's to each other.  Everyone is welcome to bring in a wrapped treat to share with their classmates too.  We have 20 students in the morning and 19 in the afternoon.  

     Happy Valentines Day to all and have a great rest of the weekend!

Part Time Preschool for Week of 1/28-2/1/19

Posted on Feb 03, 2019

Dear Preschool Families,

     Last week in preschool, we didn't get to too much done due to the two days off that we had because of the weather.  We were going to begin letter Pp but never got to and we will resume that this week in school.

     We were able to talk about Adam and Eve for Religion and learned that they could eat from any tree in the garden but one.  We learned that they disobeyed God and that God was not happy.  We talked about how even though God was not happy, He still loved them very much.  We talked about how sometimes we don't listen at home but how our parents love us too, no matter what.  

     Our prayer buddies came down last week in the afternoon and we worked together as teams to stack plastic cups.  We couldn't touch the cups with our hands and we had to move them using a rubber band and 4 pieces of yarn.  Everyone had to work together.  It was really fun and interesting to hear all of the ideas on how we could make this happen.  Great minds!!!

     We had an awesome field trip to Disney on Ice and I want to thank all of the chaperones that came and made the trip fun for everyone.  Thank you again for everything!

     This week on Monday, we are celebrating 100 Days of School and we are asking the students to wear bright or neon colors.  

     Enjoy your Superbowl weekend!