Preschool Press June 14th, 2019

PRESCHOOL PRESS

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ALL PRESCHOOL CLASSES IS TUESDAY, JUNE 18TH

 

 

 

June 14th, 2019

 

Dear Families,

 

Our successful year in preschool has come to an end. We have enjoyed working with your children and watching them grow and develop!

For all the preschoolers who are moving on, we will miss you dearly!  For all of you returning, we can’t wait to see you in September. Have a wonderful, restful, fun-filled summer!

 

 

RELIGION

This week we will discuss how Jesus is with us today. He is in our smiles, our love, our forgiveness, and our helping hands. We are sending home pages from our Jesus story program for you to read and enjoy with your child. Be sure to check out the activities on the back page of each pamphlet.

 

END OF THE YEAR PICNIC

On Wednesday, June 18that 11:00am,we will be having our end of the year picnic! This special picnic will take place at Sandal Park and all parents are invited. You can bring a sack lunch for you and your child to enjoy.  This will be a fun way to end the year. We hope you can make it! Please note that the picnic will be cancelled if it’s raining.

 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Many parents have asked us about activities your child can do during the summer. Here are some suggestions:

  • Give your child the recycling bin and let them cut pictures, letters, and words to make collages. It is important that they practice cutting, which is the best pre-writing exercise for their fine motor skills.
  • Play abc games on your road trips and have them read the signs they see on the road.
  • Fun activity books such as dot to dot with numbers or letters, mazes, fill in the letters, etc are very good.
  • If your child already knows his sounds, have him cut out letters from the newspaper, cereal boxes, and magazines, and put letters together to create words.
  • If your child uses the computer, have him play on starfall.com. This is a free website and excellent for reviewing letter sounds, and even for reading. There are many activities that are printable.

 

Thank you for all your support this year, may God bless your families and have a wonderful and safe summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press June 10th

 

Dear Families,

 

The final full week of school is upon us, and it will be busy! On Monday we will be visiting the Habitat displays created by the 1stgrade, and on Tuesday, we will have a special lunch with our 4thgrade buddies.

 

Wednesday, June 19this the preschool picnic. It will be at Sandel Park beginning at 11:00am. The park is located at 90thand 2ndAve. N W. All children are welcome to come with their parents or special friends. Pack a lunch and enjoy a final farewell with your friends and teachers!

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS:

 

We will continue to review and practice all letters and sounds.

 

SPANISH:

 

This week will be our final Spanish lesson. We will review all we have learned and practice our summer words.

 

STEM:

 

Last week we learned about our heart and lungs. This week we will learn about our stomach and liver.

 

 

REMINDERS

 

  • Last day of preschool is June 18th.
  • All school BBQ is Saturday June 15thfrom 6-9pm on the playground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press June 3rd

June 3rd, 2019

 

Dear Families,

 

Happy June! It’s hard to believe that our school year is quickly coming to an end. We will remain busy in preschool these final weeks! The children planted Scarlet Runner Beans last week, and will be taking them home soon. They will need a pole or string to climb, and when planted in the ground they can climb to 12 feet or more.

 

RELIGION:

After hearing the story of Joseph’s Amazing Coat we will discuss how God forgives us when we do something wrong and how we can also forgive others. We will also talk about being happy with the things we have.

 

SECOND STEP:

Our puppet friends Bob and Sally will help us review manners, kindness, and Kindergarten readiness skills.

 

STEM:(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

The final weeks of school will be spent learning about our organs and how they help us grow, stay healthy, and be strong! The focus will be on the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.

 

REMINDERS

 

  • Last day of preschool is June 18th.
  • Preschool picnic is June 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press May 27th, 2019

May 27th, 2019

 

Dear Families,

 

We finished the alphabet! Please continue to review all of the sounds and letters with your children. A great summer idea is to have your child practice the letters in their names, both upper and lower case.

 

 

RELIGION:

This week we will hear the story Jonah and the Whale. We will learn how Jonah tried to hide from God and that we can’t hide anything from God. When we do something wrong, God wants us to tell him about it and ask for forgiveness.

 

SPANISH:

We will review greetings, colors, numbers, shapes, and learn

Summer words!

  1. Sun =sol
  2. Hot= caliente
  3. Beach= playa
  4. Sand =arena
  5. Sunglasses= anteojos de sol
  6. Vacation=vacaciones
  7. Airplane= avion
  8. Sandals=sandalias
  9. Hat=sombrero
  10. Towel=toalla
  11. Pool=piscina
  12. Swimsuit=traje de baño

 

 

STEM:(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

The final weeks of school will be spent learning about our organs and how they help us grow, stay healthy, and be strong! The focus will be on the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.

 

REMINDERS

 

  • Last day of preschool is June 18th.
  • Preschool picnic is June 19

 

Enjoy the long weekend! See you on Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 20th, 2019

Dear Families,

We had a busy week in preschool! Thank you for your continued support as we work hard these final weeks of school.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

This week we will focus on the letter “Zz” and make Zebra Zach. Continue to practice all of the sounds and letter names (in random order) with your child, and challenge them to find objects that begin with the sound of “Zz”.

 

RELIGION:

 

The children will hear the story “The Sower.” The story compares the sowing of seeds to the word of God. Jesus says to be kind, caring, and open to God’s love like the seeds that grow in good earth. (Next week we will plant seeds in preschool.)

SECOND STEP:

We have arrived to our final unit: Learning in Kindergarten, where we are going to review important skills such as listening during circle time, focusing attention, practice independence, and self talk. These skills are going to help your child have a successful transition into kindergarten or the next year of preschool.

STEM:

Our STEM activity this week will be one involving seeds. We will classify and sort various types and learn what they need to grow!

REMINDERS

  • Last day of preschool is June 18th.
  • Preschool Picnic is June 19th. (More info to follow)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press May 13th, 2019

May 13, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

Happy Mother’s Day to you all! We hope you have a wonderful day with your beautiful families, and enjoy a weekend full of sunshine. Speaking of the sun, don’t forget to apply sunscreen before coming to school. We also kindly ask that your child wear closed toed shoes or sandals. They are the safest when playing, running, and climbing in the play pit! Thank you!

 

 

Language Arts:

 

This week we will focus our attention on the letter “Yy” and create Yolanda Yak.

 

Religion:

 

We have been practicing the Hail Mary daily. In this weeks lesson Jesus teaches, “ The Lord’s Prayer,” a prayer common to all who share the Christian faith and one the children will come to appreciate more fully as they grow in age and understanding.

 

Spanish:

 

We will review how to answer basic questions such as:

 

  1. Es grande pequeno?
  2. Te gusta?
  3. Adonde esta?
  4. Cual quieres?
  5. Como te llomos?

 

Vocabulary will include:

  1. Mama – mom
  2. Papa – dad
  3. Hermano – brother
  4. Hermana – sister
  5. Abuela – Grandma
  6. Abuelo – Grandpa

 

 

STEM:

 

This week we will learn about the sun, and how it is the biggest, brightest, and hottest source of light on earth!

 

 

REMINDERS

 

  • SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, June 19this our Preschool Picnic. More information will follow.

 

  • Tuesday, June 18this the last day of Preschool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 6th, 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you for sending flowers last Wednesday in honor of Our Blessed Mother Mary. The children honored her with such love and respect. It was beautiful!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

We will focus on the letter and sound of “Xx” and will make Xavier Ox.  Have your preschooler see how many items you can find in your home that beginswith the “Xx” sound.

 

RELIGION

This week we will learn about Mary’s special prayer “The Rosary”.  We continue to pray the “Hail Mary” every day in May.

 

 

STEM

We will explore the effects of water pollution by following a fish named “Freddie” as he navigates his way through polluted waters.

 

 

 

SECOND STEP

All about Manners! With help from our puppet friends Bob and Sally we will learn ways to control our impulsivities and practice patience!

 

 

REMINDERS!

 

  • Friday, May 10this our Preschool Pizza Party, which includes face painting, games, and ice cream! It’s not too late to join. Please reach out to Fundraising@st-johnschool.orgif interested.
  • May 8this National Bike to School Day. Please see Newsviews for more information.
  • Book Fair! Wednesday May 8th– Friday May 10th. Please see Newsviews for more information and hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press April 15, 2019

 

 

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April 15, 2019

 

Dear Families,

 

Preschool continues to work hard every day! The lesson room is busy, Spring crafts are taking place, and observations of our chrysalis continue with much anticipation. Please read on for what the coming week holds!

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS:

 

This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Vv” and will create Vulture Vic.

 

RELIGION:

 

Last week the children enjoyed a “mini” reenactment of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ welcome into Jerusalem. As we enter into this most Holy Week we will learn about the Last Supper, Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us, and His glorious Resurrection! On Wednesday we will be visiting the church to look at the Stations of the Cross.  Information from our Religion curriculum will be sent home for your family to review.

 

SPANISH:

We will review greetings, numbers, colors, size, speed, and we will learn how to make the sign of the cross in Spanish. Our vocabulary will be:

Rabbit – conejo

Flowers- flor

Egg- huevo

Basket- canasta

Candy- confite

Cross-cruz

Jesus –Jesus

Easter-Pascua

 

 

 

SCIENCE:

Those caterpillars continue their growth and rest in the chrysalis stage. The children are looking forward to the beautiful butterflies they soon will become.

 

REMINDERS

 

  • School will not be in session Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26. XDC will be in full day session 7am – 6:30pm. School resumes regular schedule on April 29.
  • The last day of preschool will be Tuesday, June 18th. It is a preschool tradition to have an all classes picnic in a local park. That is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19thweather permitting. More information will be announced soon. It’s a fun way to end the year.
  • Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school. It becomes problematic when they got lost or broken! Thank you for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press April 8, 2019

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support of the school auction. It is such an important fundraiser for our community!

Once again we had a busy week filled with learning, playing, praying, and fun. Please read on for the many activities that will fill the coming week.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS:

This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Uu” and will create Umber the Umbrella Bird.

RELIGION:

The children will learn the importance of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. The people had heard the amazing things that Jesus had said and done and were excited to catch a glimpse of him and shout his praises.

SCIENCE:

Great news! Our caterpillars are entering the chrysalis stage! The students are observing this with their magnifying glasses.

STEM:

Using plastic eggs we will make predictions and explore whether or not the eggs will sink or float in water depending on what is inside.

SECOND STEP:

We will continue to learn about how to solve problems with a variety of solutions and creative and peaceful ideas. We will also review ways to calm our self down.

REMINDERS

  • NO SCHOOL April 22nd– 26thfor Spring Break.
  • The Sock Drive ends on Monday, April 8th. Please donate gently used or new socks if possible. These will go to those in need at Mary’s place.

 

 

Preschool Press April 1st, 2019

 

 

April 1st, 2019

 

Dear Families,

 

We had a busy week! Our caterpillars arrived and the children are observing their growth each day. We anticipate the chrysalis stage in about a week. They are excited! Our 4thgrade buddies invited us to participate in a STEM activity. Your children and their partners made umbrellas using lids, straws, pipe cleaners, and many other recyclable materials. It was so fun.

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS:

This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Tt” and will create Tim the Tiger.

 

 

RELIGION:

This week we will hear the story “Jesus Makes a Blind Man See.” The story helps the children understand Jesus as a healer and develops their awareness of sight as a rare and wonderful gift.

 

SPANISH: Basic greetings, colors, numbers, size, speed, basic commands.

Practice: Me gusta (I like it) No me gusta (I don’t like it)

 

Spring Vocabulary:

Flor-Flower

Pajaro-bird

Conejo-rabbit

Gusano-caterpillar

Mariposa-butterfly

Spring-Primavera

Huevo-egg

Easter-pascua

 

AUCTION NEWS!

 

Auction Catalogues came home today.  There are many wonderful items and experiences for you to bid on, including the Preschool Pizza Party! The online auction begins Monday, April 1stthru Sunday, April 7th. Please see the catalogue for more details. Thank you in advance for your support.