Preschool Press 1/14/19

 

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back preschool families! We hope you enjoyed a restful break in the company of family and friends. There are many wonderful things happening in preschool that we would like to share. We are thrilled to welcome back Mrs. White! She has worked hard to get back to us so quickly after her knee replacement. Many of you may have read in News Views, Katherine Chandler our 3-day morning assistant, as been promoted to co-director of the Day Care Program. Her time and dedication over the last several years, is so appreciated! We would also like to welcome our new student Ava in the afternoon! She is a wonderful addition to our class.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Our letter this week is “Nn” and we will create Ned the Narwhal. We will also learn some interesting facts about Penguins and make Penguin books. To honor Martin Luther King Jr. we will read stories about how he helped make the world a better place, and what we even as preschoolers can do, to spread kindness and love to others.

RELIGION

Last week we learned about the Wise Men and how they brought Jesus special gifts when they visited. This week our focus will be on the Holy Family’s journey to Egypt.

SECOND STEP

With the help of our puppets Sally and Bob, the second step lesson will be a review of how to calm down when we have strong feelings, and how to help others when they are feeling sad, angry, or lonely.

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Preschool and Kindergarten Open House

On Thursday, January 17th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm there will be an Open House for preschool and kindergarten. This Open House is for new parents to our school, and those who have current preschoolers entering Kindergarten in the Fall.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st. There is NO SCHOOL.

 

 

Preschool conferences will be held on January 30th, 31st, and February 1st.

 

Conferences will be held on Wednesday evening, Thursday and Friday. We will send a Parent Conference Sign Up sheet home on Tuesday, the 15th and ask that you fill it out and return it as soon as possible so that we can assign conference times. Please note there will be NO AM or PM preschool on Thursday the 31st and Friday, February 1st.

 

Please contact us with any questions or concerns!

Preschool Press 12/24/18

Dear St. John Parents,
We want to wish you a beautiful Christmas filled with peace and the love of your families! Also, we want to thank you for the script and all the gifts and cards!
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL THE PRESCHOOL TEACHERS!
Below is the link to the Christmas Concert photo gallery for the Preschool. These beautiful photos were taken by Ana and Michael Redmond, parents at our school.
Preschool link  – Password PreschoolChristmas

Preschool Press 12/10/18

 

Dear Preschool Families,

We had another busy week in our new space! The next two weeks before the Christmas break will be busy; preparing for our concert, learning about Advent, reviewing and learning new letters and sounds, and developing our Spanish. Please continue reading for more information. Thank you!

LANGUAGE ARTS:

This week we will focus on the sound and recognition of the letter Kk and will be making the “Katy Kangaroo” puppet.

RELIGION:

We will continue to learn about Advent and hear more of the Christmas story.

SPANISH:

In Spanish we will review greetings, colors, counting to 10, review “Como the llamas?” What is your name? and learn basic Christmas words! we will also learn the song “Campana Sobre Campana”.

 CULTURAL STUDIES:

The children will continue to sing and create art projects all with the Christmas theme.

 CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The preschoolers will have their traditional Christmas Program on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 pm in our Church. The students should wear their Sunday best for the program.

Please drop your children off at preschool no later than 5:30. The teachers will open the doors at 5:15 and will then walk the students over to church. There will be time before the performance for pictures.

REMINDERS

  • Please wait on the playground before drop off each morning, instead of in front of the preschool main door. The walkway is narrow and can get quite congested.
  • December 21st is a Noon dismissal. Therefore, there will be NO PM PRESCHOOL on this day.
  • Christmas break is December 24th – January 6th. School resumes on January 7th.
  • We have a new security system in place. If the preschool door is closed, please ring the bell and after identifying yourself and whom you are picking up or dropping off we will open the door remotely.

Preschool Press 12/3/18

             

 

Dear Families,

We have had a wonderful first week in our new beautiful home! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through logistics and best practices in our new space. This week for drop off we encourage you to drop your children off in the lobby downstairs, and allowing your child to walk up to class on their own or with a teacher. We are hoping this will reduce the congestion on the stairwell. If you arrive to school before 8:15, we ask that you stand on the playground, on the other side of the fence and wait for the doors to open, instead of standing in front of the preschool doors. Thank you!

 LANGUAGE: This week we will focus on the letter Jj and will make Jaguar Jan.

 RELIGION:

We will continue to learn about Advent and hear more of the Christmas story.

SECOND STEP: Our puppet friends Bob and Sally will continue to help us understand and identify our feelings and those of others. We will practice how to calm down, (deep belly breathes), and practice what to do when we are upset.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The preschoolers will have their traditional Christmas Program on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 pm in our Church. The students should wear their Sunday best for the program. Please drop your children off at preschool between 5:20 – 5:30.

We will send out a more detailed message next week with specifics regarding arrival and departure from the Church, seating, and photography.

REMINDERS

  • Please submit Scholastic Book Orders by Tuesday, December 4th.
  • Please continue to take all backpacks and lunches to XDC prior to dropping off your child at preschool. Our cubbies are new and beautiful but quite small!
  • On Friday, December 21st school will be dismissed at Noon. Therefore there is NO PM Preschool.

Preschool Press 11/5/18

Dear Families,

Our preschoolers enjoyed last week’s Halloween festivities! The children were darling in their costumes and had fun doing a costume parade with their 4th grade buddies. They also enjoyed making “skeleton hands” with the help of their buddies.

LANGUAGE ARTS

This week we will focus on the letter and sound of Hh and make Hippo Hal.

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 learn what life was like when Jesus was a boy. By giving the children an image of Jesus as a boy, we will help them understand him as a real person with many of the same joys and concerns that they have.

SPANISH

This week in Spanish we will learn some Thanksgiving vocabulary words.

Please: Porfavor

Thank you: Gracias

Spoon: Cuchara

Fork: tenedor

Knife: cuchillo

Dinner: cena

Family: familia

Food: comida

BOOK ORDER

November Scholastic book order forms will be sent home on November 5th. Please post your orders by Tuesday, November 13th.

FOOD DRIVE

The month of November the classes of St. John’s school will be collecting food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Please send in non-perishable items for our neighbors in need.

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…)

DID YOU KNOW?

Preschoolers are always expected to put away one item before getting out another one. What a great habit to encourage!

Thank you! Have a blessed week!

 

REMINDERS!

No school on November 9 and 12 for Veteran’s day.

No school on November 19, 20, and 21 for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Preschool Press 10/22/18

 

Dear Families,

We had a busy week learning the letter Ee and creating Ed the Elephant. We listened to stories about Joseph, Jesus’ father, and reviewed colors, shapes and numbers in Spanish. We stayed busy with Fall crafts, painting pumpkins and making tissue paper candy corn!

This week we will learn the letter “Ff” and create Francis Fox.

GOOD NEWS! Preschool will move to our new, permanent space in November. It is anticipated that our first day of class in the new permanent space will be Monday, November 26th. More information will follow.

Religion
This week in Religion we will be learning about Jesus’ birth. The story of His birth is one the children will hear many times during their faith journey. For now, it is enough to understand that just as each child has a birthday, Jesus also has a day on which his birth is celebrated!

Second Step
We will continue to learn about feelings and empathy. Our favorite puppets Bob and Sally will help us with this!

Halloween
The preschool classes will be celebrating Halloween on October 26th with our school carnival! The children may wear simple and comfortable costumes to school on this day. Please no costumes on Halloween.

REMINDERS

• PICTURE DAY is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD. Please turn in your order forms if you would like to order photos.

• Halloween Carnival is Friday, October 26th.

• There will be NO PRESCHOOL classes Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th so we can prepare the new classroom space in Quigley.

• Thanksgiving break is November 21st – November 23rd.

• Any questions or concerns please let us know!

Thank you!

The Preschool Team

Preschool Press 10/15/18

Dear Families,

We had a busy week learning about Mary the mother of Jesus, and all of the wonderful ways our own mothers care for us. We learned about the letter Dd and created our Dinosaur Dan craft; counted and compared different types of pumpkins, and kept busy with Halloween pushpins and pictures!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

As stated in an email this week, we will have preschool conferences in January. More information will follow. If you have any questions please let us know! Both 5-day morning and afternoon preschool will be open on October 22nd, October 29th and November 5th.

Language Arts

This week we will learn about the letter “Ee” and create Ed the Elephant.

Religion

This week we will focus on Joseph, the father of Jesus. We will learn about his profession as a carpenter and how he loved and cared for his family.

Spanish

This week we will learn shapes in Spanish: Circulo Circle

Cuadrado Square

Triangulo Triangle

Rectangulo Rectangle

Halloween

The AM and PM preschool class will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 26th. On this day, the middle school classes will be hosting a Halloween carnival from 1-3pm in our school gym. The children may wear simple and comfortable costumes to school that day. If your child attends XDC in the morning or afternoon they may wear costumes to XDC that day as well. 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!

Part time preschoolers and all AM children are invited to attend the carnival with a parent or other adult that afternoon.

Music

We sing many songs in preschool. Please find one below to practice with your child if you would like.

Good Morning, Lord. It’s a beautiful day.

Good Morning, Lord. I’m going your way.

Open my eyes and let me see someone who needs a friend like me.

I know that I could surely be loving, caring, always sharing.

Good Morning Lord. It’s a beautiful day.

Good Morning Lord, I’m going your way.

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.

IMPORTANT OCTOBER DATES TO NOTE

  • October 19th – Endowment Dinner
  • October 23rd – Picture Day (More information will follow soon.)
  • October 24th – Unity Day – Wear Orange!
  • October 26th – Halloween Carnival!

Preschool Press 10/9/18

 

Dear Families,

Happy Fall! The weather is beginning to change! Please be sure to send your child with a coat that has a hood if possible. A change in the weather can come on suddenly! This week we will learn the letter Dd and create Dinosaur Dan. We will not be doing our traditional leaf walk around the neighborhood this year due to the ongoing construction around the area. The preschool staff will walk them around our campus to gather leaves, admire the fall colors, and create a craft with our treasures.

As a general reminder, please practice sounds a, b, c, and d 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!

 Religion

This week’s story introduces the children to Jesus’ mother Mary, who loved and cared for Jesus. We will also talk about our mothers and how they are like Mary.

Second Step

 This week your child will learn about feelings! With the goal of developing their sense of empathy. We will teach them that empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of someone else and understand what they are feeling or experiencing.

In the early years of life, young children are naturally ego-centric and are very much inclined to think mostly about themselves and their immediate needs. They’re not yet ready to consider the needs and feelings of others.

Developing a sense of empathy is an important developmental process for young children, and one that can benefit them not only in childhood but well into adult life as well.

Halloween

The AM and PM preschool class will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 26th. On this day, the middle school classes will be hosting a Halloween carnival from 1-3pm in our school gym. The children may wear simple and comfortable costumes to school that day. If your child attends XDC in the morning or afternoon they may wear costumes to XDC that day as well. Please be sure costumes are easy enough for the children to take care of restroom time on their own. Also, please no pretend weapons or any kind of accessories. Thank you!

Part time preschoolers and all AM children are invited to attend the carnival with a parent or other adult that afternoon.

We plan to have AM and PM classes meet with their 4th grade buddies on Halloween day to do a fun project together! No costumes on this day please! Good times!

 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.

Thank you! Have a wonderful week and please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

 

 

Preschool Press 10/1/18

October 1st, 2018

Happy October! What a lovely September! This week the children will focus on the sound of “Cc” and make “Camel Cal”. The children will be making new pushpin art and before you know it Halloween project time will be here!

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. 7 is the last day to submit your order!

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 learn the meaning of the rainbow.

SPANISH

We will begin learning numbers, colors, and greetings.

Hola – Como estas? (Hi! How are you?)

Bien Gracias! ( Well, Thank you!)

Y usted? (and you)

Adios – goodbye

Counting: uno/one dos/two tres/three  cuatro/four   cinco/five

Colors: Rojo /red Amarillo/ yellow Verde/ green   Azul/ blue Morado /purple

Café/ brown   Negro/ black Blanco/ white Rosado/pink

INDEPENDENCE PRACTICE

The weather is changing and we are now wearing jackets out to play. Please help your child practice putting on his/her coat. Before you know it your child will be able to put their coat on all by themselves! Please label your child’s coat and sweaters.

NEWSVIEWS

Are you reading “Newsviews”? It’s the all school online newsletter that comes out on Thursday afternoons at st-johnschool.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool Press 9/24/18

Preschool Press

 

September 24, 2018

 

Preschoolers did super running at the Jog-o-thon. They were so enthusiastic and determined! We thank all of for your support of this fundraiser! You make a difference!

 

This week the children will focus on the sound of “Bb” and make the puppet Bobby Bear. Preschoolers will be dictating and illustrating a special page for each month of the school year. The pages hang in the classroom next to their photo. For the September page the children drew a self-portrait and dictated their age and favorite colors.

We will also continue learning about apples and how they grow!

The October snack calendar will be out on Monday.

 

RELIGION

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

 

SECOND STEP

We will begin our Second Step Program. Second Step is an early learning program that uses many techniques to teach children skills such as; paying attention, controlling behavior, listening, and identifying feelings.

 

STEM ACTIVITY (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Our stem activity will be counting, sorting, and classifying different apples.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Every day we have a special line leader and door holder for going to the restroom and out to recess. We have great helpers! J