Preschool Press November 18th, 2019

 

Dear Families,

November is well underway and as we near Thanksgiving we are reminded of our many blessings. This week in preschool we will focus on the following:

LANGUAGE ARTS

Our letter of the week is Gg. We will learn the sound and reinforce it with a G craft.

RELIGION

Our theme this week is Thankfulness. We will read Thank You, Thanksgiving and talk about Thanksgiving as a day for thanking God and our family for everything!

CULTURAL STUDIES

The children will learn facts about Native Americans and will create an art project and read stories to celebrate the richness and beauty of their culture.

Watch this video about The Wampanoag with your family:

 

 

SECOND STEP

Different Feelings

In early childhood, children begin to recognize that people can feel and think different things about the same situation. This skill is an important part of social perspective taking. Without this understanding, children will not consider the existence of any perspective other than their own and therefor not develop the appropriate empathy towards others.

STEM

For our STEM lesson this week we will do a “dancing corn” experiment using baking soda and vinegar and play a Pumpkin Pie math game.

FOOD DRIVE

We continue to collect food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Please send in non-perishable items for our neighbors in need.  Thank You!

MUSIC

The children are learning to sing “TURKEY TIME” this time of year. Below are the lyrics:

Turkey time, pumpkin pie.

Frosty weather in the sky.

Families gather round

For Thanksgiving Day.

 

On that first Thanksgiving Day,

The Indians brought the meat.

The Pilgrims brought the vegetables,

And they all sat down to eat.

 

(Repeat: Turkey time, pumpkin pie…)

 

Each year on this day of thanks,

The people that we love.

Gather round to thank the Lord,

For blessings from above.

 

(Repeat:  Turkey time, pumpkin pie…)

REMINDERS

  • Picture Make – Up and Retake Day will be November 20th from 8:30 – 9:30am in Egan Hall.
  • NO SCHOOL November 27th-29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • You are invited to help put packets of goodies together for our homeless neighbors on Tuesday, November 15th from 6:30-8:30pm in Egan Hall.

Preschool Press 11/12/19

 Dear Families,

It was so lovely to meet with you last week.  It’s fun getting to know everyone and learning more about your delightful children.  Thanks for your support.

We are very busy in preschool, as “the holidays” have begun.

We are learning new songs and poems, reading Thanksgiving stories and making Thanksgiving art and crafts.

RELIGION

The children will hear the story of the Good Samaritan. They will discuss ways to show love to others. They will identify others as neighbors and describe ways to help.

SPANISH

We will review greetings, colors, numbers, Adonde esta? (Where is?) Como te llamas? (What is your name?)

We will learn: Me gusta (I like) No me gusta (I don’t like)

Food Vocabulary:

Pan: Bread

Arroz: Rice

Frijoles: beans

Sopa: soup

Pavo: Turkey

Papas: Potatoes

Frutas: Fruits

Vegetales: Vegetables

Pastel: Cake

FOOD DRIVE

The classes of St. John’s school will continue to collect food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, which is located in Quigley.  Please send in non-perishable items for our neighbors in need.

SUPPORT THE HOMELESS

Please remember to donate items  for the Homeless Project that the 4th graders have organized.

Requested Items:

  • Socks, gloves, hats for adults and children (small enough to fit in gallon Ziploc bags)
  • Individually packaged food items such as granola bars, crackers, tuna packs, instant oatmeal, fruit leather
  • Gently used, or new, children’s books (small enough to fit in gallon Ziploc bags)
  • Hand wipes (travel size – no liquid hand sanitizer, please)
  • Soap, shampoo, deodorant (travel size)
  • Individual tissue packets
  • Cough drops
  • Lip balm
  • Maxi pads (no tampons, please)
  • Hand warmers
  • Tea bags (individually packaged)
  • Plastic utensils
  • Gallon Ziploc bags
  • $5 denomination gift cards (McDonald’s, Fred Meyer, Starbucks, etc.)
  • Cash donations are always welcome!  100% of cash and checks (made out to St. John School) will be used to purchase additional goods.

We are collecting goods thru November 15. Thank you for your support!

 

IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS!

No school on November 27th, 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Preschool Press November 1st, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy November! Our preschoolers sure enjoyed the Halloween festivities yesterday.  They were darling in their costumes and had fun singing to our parish senior citizens, attending the carnival, and enjoying one another’s costumes.  Please read on for next week’s activities. Thank you!

LANGUAGE ARTS

This week we will focus on the letter and sound of Ff and make an Ff sound craft.

RELIGION

Last week we learned about “All Saints Day”. We talked about what a Saint is and how they teach us to be like Jesus. This week we will read the lesson of the Prodigal Son. We will discuss forgiveness and learn whenever we make mistakes that God lovingly forgives us.

STEM

Our STEM lesson this week will be centered on Fall harvest and the vegetables that we find this time of year. We will also continue with our building of structures with pumpkins and marshmallows.

Click here to watch a video of the kids!

 SECOND STEP

 This week we will teach the children the meaning of the word Empathy.

Empathy can motivate children to respond to different situations in a caring way.

A good way to review this lesson at home is during story time or while watching a movie. Ask “How is the character feeling?”, talk about it.

BOOK ORDER

November Scholastic book order forms will be sent home on November 4th. Please turn your orders in by Thursday, November 7th, as it is a short week.

 FOOD DRIVE

We will continue collecting food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Please send in non-perishable items for our neighbors in need.  Thank you for your support!

  MUSIC

The children will be learning to sing “TURKEY TIME” this time of year. Below are the lyrics:

Turkey time, pumpkin pie.

Frosty weather in the sky.

Families gather round

For Thanksgiving Day.

On that first Thanksgiving Day,

The Indians brought the meat.

The Pilgrims brought the vegetables,

And they all sat down to eat.

(Repeat: Turkey time, pumpkin pie…)

Each year on this day of thanks,

The people that we love,

Gather round to thank the Lord,

For blessings from above.

(Repeat:  Turkey time, pumpkin pie…)

IMPORTANT DATES REMINDERS!

No school on November 8th and 11th.

No school on November 27th, 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Preschool Press October 28th, 2019

Dear Families,

We had a busy week learning the letter Ee and creating our E craft with eggshells.  We learned about Noah’s Ark and how God saved Noah and his family and the many creatures on Earth. Bob and Sally, our Second Step puppets helped us practice our Spanish phrases and helped us learn some new ones!  Our STEM lesson was all about skeletons and how important they are!

Next Week

Please remember NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 28th. We are looking forward to seeing you at conferences. Tuesday, October 29th SCHOOL WILL START AT 9:00 AM. Please read on for what’s happening next week!

Religion

We will learn the meaning of All Saints Day. It is a day to honor the saints who strived to live like Jesus in loving kindness while on earth. We also honor our loved ones who have passed away.

STEM

This week we will do an engineering activity using candy pumpkins and  ghosts!

Halloween

We will celebrate Halloween on October 31st with our school carnival! The children may wear simple and comfortable costumes to school. Please remember that if your child attends morning preschool they are welcome to attend the carnival with a parent or caregiver. The time is from 1:00-1:45.

REMINDERS

  • No School on November 8th and November 11th.
  • Any questions or concerns please let us know!

Thank you!

 Preschool

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press October 21st, 2019

 

 

Dear Families,

We had a busy week singing, building and playing! We also listened to the story of Creation in Religion, learned more about our feelings, and did a science absorption experiment involving leaves. Our Fall walk was a great success. Thank you to the many volunteers who made it possible. We appreciate you! Next week will include the following:

Language Arts

 

This week we will learn the letter “Ee” and create a craft involving eggshells.

Religion

The children will learn the story of Noah’s Ark. We will discuss ways we can love God like Noah and explain that God keeps his promises. The children will also learn the meaning of the rainbow!

Spanish

We will practice numbers, colors, and greetings.

Hola – Como estas? (Hi! How are you?)

Bien Gracias! ( Well, Thank you!)

Y usted? (and you)

Adios – goodbye

We will review: Como te llamas? (What is your name?)

Me llamo________ (My name is_____)

 

New Question: Adonde esta? (Where is?____)

October Vocabulary

Calabaza: Pumpkin

Fantasma: Ghost

Calabera: Skeleton

Monstruo: Monster

Dulces: Candy

Disfraz: Costume

STEM

We will learn about skeletons, and create a skeleton craft.

We will also build pumpkin towers!

Halloween

The preschool classes will be celebrating Halloween on October 31st. The children may wear simple and comfortable costumes to school on this day. There will be a carnival in the gym from 1:00 – 1:45, which the afternoon class will attend. Part time preschoolers and all AM children are invited to attend the carnival with a parent/caregiver that afternoon. 

REMINDERS

  • PICTURE DAY is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd. Please turn in your order forms if you would like to order photos.
  • Halloween Carnival is Thursday, October 31st, from 1-1:45 in the gym.              
  • There will be NO PRESCHOOL classes Monday, October 28th and Friday, November 8th, due to conferences.
  • 9 AM Late start on Tuesday, October 29.
  • Thanksgiving break is November 27st – November 29th.
  • FOOD DRIVE! Please consider donating canned and non-perishable food items to support our St. Vincent de Paul pantry. You can drop the items off in preschool.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Your Preschool Team

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press October 14, 2019

Dear Families,

We had a busy week in preschool learning about St. Francis and his special love for animals. We learned about the letter Dd; learned some new phrases and words in Spanish, and learned about spiders! We also kept busy creating Halloween pushpins, playing and building, and making crafts and books about squirrels!

We look forward to seeing some of you on Monday for our traditional Fall walk in the neighborhood. Thank you for your support! It will be a fun day!

 

This week we will focus on the following:

 

Monday: Fall Walk and Craft

Tuesday: Religion

We will learn the story of Creation. We will learn what God created on each of the seven days.

Wednesday: STEM

Last week was our Spider unit. We learned about the parts of a spider and that they have 8 legs and many have 8 eyes! This week will be another Fall unit involving leaves.

 Thursday: Second Step

Unit 3: Empathy

Children will learn how to recognize and name strong feelings like anger or feeling frustrated. They will also learn ways to calm down, and how to communicate these feelings.

Friday: P.E.

Click here to watch a video of the kids during their P.E. Class

 REMINDERS AND NOTES

 Preschool Conferences

The link to sign up for conferences is now available. Please be sure and sign up as soon as possible. Thank you.

 Halloween

The AM and PM preschool class will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 31st. On this day, the middle school classes will be hosting a Halloween carnival from 1-1:45pm in our school gym. The children may wear simple and comfortable costumes to school. Please be sure costumes are easy enough for the children to take care of at restroom time on their own. Also, please no pretend weapons or any kind of accessories. Thank you! All AM children are invited to attend the carnival with a parent or other adult that afternoon. More information will follow.

Music

We sing many songs in preschool. One song is about coughing and sneezing into our elbows! It goes like this:  (Tune is the abc song)

“If you have to cough or sneeze do it in your elbow please!”

“Take a tissue wipe your snout, wash your hands and toss it out.”

“If you have to cough or sneeze do it in your elbow please!”

It’s that time of year! Please keep your child home if they are experiencing a constant cough, or runny nose. There is a Washington state health policy that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. If you have any questions please refer to the St. John Handbook or contact the school office.

 Our Weekly Schedule: Just for your information!

We follow this weekly schedule unless there is a special event happening.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

 Monday: New material is introduced as well as our letter of the week.

Tuesday: Religion

Wednesday: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Thursday: Library for AM Class and Spanish or Second Step

Friday: Library for PM Class and PE for both classes.

Thank you for your continued support!

Preschool press Oct. 7th, 2019

Dear Families,

We had another successful week in Preschool! Lots of playing and learning!

We look forward to our Nature Walk on Monday, October 14th in the neighborhood! Permission slips have gone home. Please return these no later than Wednesday, October 9th. Children will not be able to walk without a slip.  We will complete a nature craft following the walk. Remember to dress according to the weather. We will go rain or shine! J

As a general reminder, please practice sounds a, b, and c, with your children. Make it fun! Look for objects that begin with a certain sound, or play a game of “I spy.” Count how many words you come up with. Practice counting too!

 Parent-Teacher Conferences

We are looking forward to the Parent Teacher Conferences on Oct 28th and November 8th. More information on signing up will follow soon. Getting to know you helps us know your child better! We want all to sign up. More information will follow soon.

 Language

This week we will learn the sound “Dd” and will make a sound craft.

 Religion

Saturday, Oct. 5 was the Blessing of the Animals at Church.  In addition we will learn about the life of Saint Francis and his love of everything God made.  He called all of God’s creatures his brothers and sisters.

STEM

This week our STEM lesson will include Spiders!

Spanish

Will review greetings, counting and colors and will learn:

 Como te llamas? (What is your name?)

Me llamo ________ (My name is______)

Rapido: Fast

Lento: slow

Grande: Big

Pequeno: Small

Did you know?

We practice making the Sign of the Cross everyday when we say our prayer before snack. Help your child practice at home. The prayer is as follows:

Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father

And of the Son

And of the Holy Spirit

Amen

Prayer:

Dear Jesus we thank you for the food we are about to receive,

We thank you especially for  (Student name) and his/her family for providing it.

REMINDERS

  • Please notify preschool when your child will be absent due to illness or a planned absence. You must also notify the main school office either by calling, 206-783-0337 or reporting the absence online.
  • Book orders are due Monday, October 7th.

 Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

 Your Preschool Staff

Preschool Press September 27, 2019

Preschool Press

September 27th, 2019

Hello Preschool Families. We had a busy week in preschool learning about the letter “Bb”, painting shoeboxes and learning that Jesus is Our Shepherd and will always protect and watch over us. We also learned some new phrases in Spanish, played, and explored why some objects sink and others float. WOW!

The scholastic book order form will be coming home this week. To order, go to https://orders.scholastic.com. Under the parent tab, use the activation code: LKWQ8 to set up your account. Oct. 7th will be the last day to submit your order.

This week the children will focus on the sound of “Cc” and create a sound craft using cotton.

RELIGION

We will tour inside St. John’s Church and will explore areas of our church and pray the Guardian Angel prayer:

Angel of God my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side to light and guard to rule and guide.

Amen

SECOND STEP

Unit 1.

In order to learn empathy the children will learn how to recognize and name feelings by observing body language and face expressions in others.

A good activity at home is cutting out faces from magazines and creating their own feelings book. Learning to talk about their feelings is a very important skill that will help them develop socially.

STEM

Each day we talk about the weather during our morning gathering. For our STEM lesson this week we will explore clouds and where rain comes from. We will make our own rain cloud in a jar!

IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1st – Safe Environment Training, Egan Hall 6:30pm – 9:00pm – If you intend to volunteer for the school or parish this is a requirement! Thank you!
  • Friday, October 4th Parent Association Meeting – 8:30 am in the Administration Building. All are welcome to attend.
  • Sunday, October 6th Endowment Dinner
  • Friday, October 11thNO SCHOOL Teacher In-Service Day
  • Preschool will be taking a Fall walk in the neighborhood in October. More information and a permission slip will follow soon!

Please reach out with any questions or concerns! Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Preschool

Preschool Press September 23rd, 2019

Dear Families,

The Jog – a – Thon was a success! Thank you for participating, volunteering, and donating to this important fundraiser for our school. The children had a great time. We continue to enjoy getting to know your families and feel so blessed to have such wonderful students this year.

Click here to watch this video

This coming week we will focus on the following skills:

LANGUAGE ARTS

We will learn the sound of the letter Bb and create a Bb sound craft.

 SPANISH

We will learn how to greet each other in Spanish and how to say our name. We will also do some counting and colors in Spanish.

Hola como estas? Hello how are you?

Como te llamas? What is your name?

Me llamo ___________. My name is ____________.

Rojo                                               Negro

Azul                                               Blanco

Amarillo                                         Rosado

Café                                              Verde

Morado

Naranja

RELIGION

We will hear the story of “The Good Shepherd.” God looks after each of us and cares about our well being much the same way that a shepherd protects his flock.

STEM

This week we will learn why some objects sink and others float. Using various materials we will make predictions as to whether we think they will float or sink!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL OUTDOOR WEAR ANDBACKPACKS.

 Please send in an extra set of clothes in a labeled plastic bag.

This is in case your child has anaccident or spills.  Send back extra clothes quickly if your child has anaccident.  Please avoidusing belts when possible to hold uppants…it can be tricky when they need to use the toilet quickly.

Please send in your child’s Comfort Kit.

IF YOUR CHILD ATTENDS XDC PLEASE CHECK THEIR FOLDERIN THE FILE BOX FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WORK COMPLETED IN PRESCHOOL.

 WE STILL NEED 8 SHOEBOXES. If you have any extra we would greatly appreciate it, as we plan to paint these this week.

 On Friday, preschoolers need to wear gym appropriate shoes toschool.  REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR STURDY SHOES.  WE PLAY OUTSIDE, RUNNING AND CLIMBING EVERY DAY!

 SNACK – Calendars were sent home and are posted outside of the preschool door. If you have questions please let us know.  

Snack time is a wonderful time for developing language and

social skills.  Children have the opportunity to visit with

peers and practice manners while getting a quick re-fueling.

The children look forward to snack in their routine.

Both classes, morning and afternoon, will be asked to provide snack monthly. The snack provided will be for one day only.  No juice or water is needed. Preschool will provide this for the children.

AM Class—28 students.

PM Class— 20 students.

Please send healthy snacks. Suggestions include:

Fruits and Veggies. Please be sure these are washed and cut at home.

Fruit leather

Crackers—Graham, Goldfish, Ritz, Wheat Thins

Cheese—String, cheese slices

Yogurt/Applesauce—squeezable only

Mini muffins, granola bars, rice crispy treats

**PLEASE READ ALL LABELS. DO NOT SEND ITEMS

THAT CONTAIN NUT PRODUCTS OR ITEMS MADE

ON MACHINERY WHERE NUTS ARE USED.

 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

We enjoy celebrating each child’s birthday (or 1/2 birthday if their birthday is in the summer.) The children make a birthday book for their peers, and a special birthday circle is formed where we sing Happy Birthday! Sending special treats for your child’s birthday is fine. We do request no large cupcakes or decorated cakes. We have found them too much for a preschooler. A cookie, mini cupcake or muffin, or other simple treat is just great.

ENDOWMENT DINNER OCTOBER 6th

This dinner helps support our school endowment fund. This year it is being held at Cortina Restaurant from 5pm -9pm. It is sure to be a fun filled evening! Please check the St. John School website for more information.

 Have a wonderful week!  As always, please let us know if you have questions or concerns. Thank you so much!

Sincerely,

PRESCHOOL STAFF

 

 

 

September 13th, 2019

Dear Families,

Congratulations!  Your children have had a successful beginning in preschool. They are eager learners and so delightful! They are learning many new routines, songs, and making new friends. We are looking forward to getting to know them and you as well. This coming week will be a busy one as we focus on the following.

LANGUAGE ARTS

We will learn the sound of the letter Aa and will do a sound craft.

 SECOND STEP

The children will learn about the importance of following directions in school, how to make friends, and being kind to one another.

RELIGION

This week we will learn about our school theme, “Be Kind.” We will talk about God’s love for us and discuss how we can practice love, kindness and good deeds towards others.

STEM 

We will explore the differences and similarities in various types of apples, and will do a simple lesson with graphing.

 IMPORTANT REMINDERS

The morning class is need of a Room Parent. If you are interested we would love to talk with you more about this exciting opportunity! It doesn’t require much of your time, and is a great way to meet other parents. Thank you for considering!

Please remember to label all your child’s belongings. If you haven’t yet done so, please bring in a labeled zip lock bag with a set of extra clothes as soon as possible. This is in case your child has anaccident or spills.  Please avoid using belts when possible to hold up It can be tricky when they need to use the toilet quickly.

Please send in your child’s Comfort Kit. This is for an emergency and should only include: A small flashlight, a warm hat, an extra pair of socks, a small container of wipes, and a letter with a picture to comfort your child.

  • IF YOUR CHILD ATTENDS XDC PLEASE CHECK THEIR FOLDER IN THE FILE BOX FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WORK COMPLETED IN PRESCHOOL.

 We still need a shoebox for each child.  The children make many small books in preschool.  They will decorate the box and bring it home and will keep the books they make in the “My Own Books” It is fun to bring the books out and read through the books from time to time.  They reinforce what your child is learning in school.

On Friday, preschoolers need to wear gym appropriate shoes to school.

REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR STURDY SHOES.  WE PLAY OUTSIDE, RUNNING AND CLIMBING EVERY DAY!

 SNACK

Snack time is a wonderful time for developing language and Social skills. The children have the opportunity to visit with peers and practice manners while getting a quick re-fueling.

Both classes, morning and afternoon, will be asked to provide snack. The snack provided will be for one day only.  No juice or water is needed. Preschool will provide this for the children.

AM Class—28 students.

PM Class— 20 students.

Please send healthy snacks. Suggestions include:

Fruits and Veggies. Please be sure these are washed and cut at home.

Fruit leather

Crackers—Graham, Goldfish, Ritz, Wheat Thins

Cheese—String, cheese slices

Yogurt/Applesauce—squeezable only

Mini muffins, granola bars, rice crispy treats

*A Snack Calendar for the remainder of September will be sent home next week. If the date you are assigned does not work for you, please trade dates with another family.

**PLEASE READ ALL LABELS.  DO NOT SEND ITEMS THAT CONTAIN NUT PRODUCTS OR ITEMS MADE ON MACHINERY WHERE NUTS ARE USED.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

We enjoy celebrating each child’s birthday (or 1/2 birthday if their birthday is in the summer) The children make a birthday book for their peers, and a special birthday circle is formed where we sing Happy Birthday! Sending special treats for your child’s birthday is fine. We do request no large cupcakes or decorated cakes. We have found them too much for a preschooler. A cookie, mini cupcake or muffin, or other simple treat is just great.

JOG-A-THON

Our Jog-a-thon will be next Friday, September 20th. On this day you may come to run with your child or to just support our students and cheer!

Times for the preschool:

AM Class runs from 10:00 to 10:30 am

PM Class runs 1:00 to 1:30 pm

This is a RAIN OR SHINE event, and one of our biggest fundraisers. Your participation is very much appreciated!

 PARKING REMINDER

Please do not park in the yellow zone of 79th St. during AM drop-off and PM pick-up.

Please share this request with your nannies, grandparents, etc.

This is especially important between 8:00am-8:30am and 2:45pm-3:15pm. Thank you so much!

VOLUNTEERING

In order to volunteer at St. John, you must complete a “Safe Environment Training” class.  This class will be held on October 1stat 6:30pm in Egan Hall. Please contact the parish office with questions.

We thank you for your support! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Your Preschool Staff