May 27th, 2019
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.
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.
We will review greetings, colors, numbers, shapes, and learn
- Sun =sol
- Hot= caliente
- Beach= playa
- Sand =arena
- Sunglasses= anteojos de sol
- Airplane= avion
- 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.
- Last day of preschool is June 18th.
- Preschool picnic is June 19
Enjoy the long weekend! See you on Tuesday!
May 20th, 2019
We had a busy week in preschool! Thank you for your continued support as we work hard these final weeks of school.
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”.
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.)
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.
Our STEM activity this week will be one involving seeds. We will classify and sort various types and learn what they need to grow!
- Last day of preschool is June 18th.
- Preschool Picnic is June 19th. (More info to follow)
May 13, 2019
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!
This week we will focus our attention on the letter “Yy” and create Yolanda Yak.
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.
We will review how to answer basic questions such as:
- Es grande pequeno?
- Te gusta?
- Adonde esta?
- Cual quieres?
- Como te llomos?
Vocabulary will include:
- Mama – mom
- Papa – dad
- Hermano – brother
- Hermana – sister
- Abuela – Grandma
- Abuelo – Grandpa
This week we will learn about the sun, and how it is the biggest, brightest, and hottest source of light on earth!
- SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, June 19this our Preschool Picnic. More information will follow.
- Tuesday, June 18this the last day of Preschool.
May 6th, 2019
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!
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.
This week we will learn about Mary’s special prayer “The Rosary”. We continue to pray the “Hail Mary” every day in May.
We will explore the effects of water pollution by following a fish named “Freddie” as he navigates his way through polluted waters.
All about Manners! With help from our puppet friends Bob and Sally we will learn ways to control our impulsivities and practice patience!
- 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.
April 15, 2019
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!
This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Vv” and will create Vulture Vic.
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.
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
Those caterpillars continue their growth and rest in the chrysalis stage. The children are looking forward to the beautiful butterflies they soon will become.
- 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.
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.
This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Uu” and will create Umber the Umbrella Bird.
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.
Great news! Our caterpillars are entering the chrysalis stage! The students are observing this with their magnifying glasses.
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.
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.
- 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.
April 1st, 2019
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.
This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Tt” and will create Tim the Tiger.
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)
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.
March 25th, 2019
Happy Spring! Thank you to the many families who attended the Sweetheart dance and volunteered to help! It was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time!
We will focus on the letter and sound of “Ss” and will make Suzy Seal.
In the story “The Loaves and Fishes” Jesus shares with others his time, abilities, love and friendship, and there is more than enough for all. We will explore many ways we can share with others.
Last week we created Spring sensory bottles using oil and water and many objects that reminded us of Spring. This week we will explore rain clouds using shaving cream and food coloring.
Unit 4: This week the children will learn the importance of solving problems cooperatively with their friends and finding solutions to their problems and conflicts in a respectful way.
- Scholastic Book Orders will be due on March 27th.Please be sure and place your orders if interested! Activation code is LKWQ8
March 18, 2019
Thank you all for making Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day so wonderful! We enjoyed having you, and meeting the special people who love and support our precious students! Many thanks for the delicious treats and juices!
Next week in preschool we will focus on the letter “Rr” and make Rhino Ruth.
We will learn the story of the “Good Samaritan.” This is a dramatic example of caring. Jesus teaches us in this story how people should love and care for one another.
We will do a Spring STEM project. With warmer weather on its way, Spring is a great time to explore the weather, light, plants, and colors!
The children will learn new Spring vocabulary and how to say “My Name is_____” (Mi nombre es)
Song: “La Pajara Pinta”.
Arco iris (rainbow) viento (wind)
Lluvia (rain) sol (sun)
Flor (flower) luna (moon)
Gusano (worm) sombrilla (umbrella)
Mariposa (butterfly) pozo (puddle)
Nube (Cloud) botas (boots)
Have a wonderful weekend. Please let us know if you have any questions.
SPECIAL VISITOR’S DAY REMINDER! Thursday, March 14this Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Day. Each child may invite one or two visitors to enjoy a special snack and make a project together. Below are the class schedules:
AM class — Thursday, March 14thfrom 10:15 – 11:00.
PM class—Thursday, March 14thfrom 12:15 – 1:00.
This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Qq” and create Quincy Quail.
In Religion this week we will learn the story “Jesus Blesses the Children.” When an apostle tries to keep the children back, Jesus invites them to come to Him. He embraces and blesses them. These are acts of love the children know and understand, which help children see Jesus as someone real and loving.
- Class Photos are March 12th! Please turn in your order forms if you are interested in purchasing one.
- School will be in session on Friday, March 15th.
- Grandparents/Special Friend’s Day, Thursday March 14th.