Preschool Press 3/4/19

Dear Families,


We are so thankful for a full week of school and some beautiful, almost spring like days! Any sign that spring is here encourages us!


This week we will focus on the letter and sound of “Pp” and will create Penguin Pete! Please continue encouraging your child to practice all of the sounds we have learned in preschool this year.


This week we will learn the miracle of “Jesus Calming the Storm.” We will learn how Jesus reminds us that he is always there for us even during difficult times.


We will review:

size large-grande small-pequeno

speed fast-rapido slow-lento

body parts eyes-ojos nose-nariz ears-orejas

mouth-boca face-cara head-cabeza

shoulders-hombros knees-rodillas feet-pies

To celebrate St. Patricks’s Day we are practicing naming green objects:

sapo verde-green frog

camion verde- green truck

hoja verde- green leaf

lima verde- green lime

manzana verde-green apple


  • The in-service originally scheduled for March 15th, will now be a regular school day for all classes. We are making up for one of the snow days.
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day will be on March 14th. We will send out a separate notice with details for the day.
  • If you arrive in the morning for drop off before the preschool door is open, please wait on the playground side of the fence. The walkway outside the door gets very congested with families trying to get to the main school. Your cooperation is very appreciated!

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




Preschool Press 2/25/19



Hello Preschool families,

We are at the end of February, and are hopeful for a full week of school and some Spring like weather. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility these past weeks as we all navigated through some wintry weather! This coming week we will be “catching up”.


We will focus on the letter and sound of “Oo” and will make Oliver Ostrich. Challenge your children to name objects beginning with the sounds of the letters we have learned so far.


We will begin to learn about Jesus’ miracles. We will learn how Jesus found the apostles, how they followed Jesus and became “Fishers of Men” themselves, encouraging others to follow Jesus.


We will be reviewing greetings and colors this week using a program from the Agency of Instructional Technology. The children will be watching a video that includes Spanish lessons with the help of “Perro Pepe” the dog.


 Mark your calendars for March 14th. This is Grandparents and Special Friends Day. AM students: Visitors are welcome to come to the preschool at 10:20 until 11:00. PM students: Class time starts at 12:15 and their visitors may join them then at preschool until 1:00pm. Refreshments will be served and visitors will help their student create an art project. It is always a fun day for everyone!

 If you find yourself waiting at the preschool doors to be let in, please know that there is a doorbell. Please ring us and we can let you in from upstairs!


Thank you,

Have a wonderful weekend!


Preschool Press 2/4/19


Dear Families,

It was wonderful to meet with all of you at conferences. We love being with your children and your support is fantastic. We are looking forward to enjoying the remainder of the year. If you plan to re-enroll in Pre-K next year, a packet containing instructions will be available in the main school office beginning February 5th– 11th.


Next week we will focus on the alphabet letter and sound of “Oo” and make Oliver Ostrich.


The children will learn February vocabulary:

Love: amor

Corazon: heart

Pink: Rosado

Red: Rojo

Candy: dulces

Chocolate: chocolate

Cupid: Cupido

Gift: regalo


We will learn the story “Jesus Blesses the Children.” He invites the children to come to him and embraces and blesses them. These are actions the children know and understand that help them see Jesus as someone real and loving.




The children may bring individual valentines to preschool friends.



CHILDREN IN THE CLASS. You or your child should sign their name on the Valentines they are handing out. We will celebrate on Thursday, February 14th. Please remember that there are 28 students in the AM class, and 20 in the PM. (If you choose to participate, it’s only necessary to bring for your child’s class.) Thank you!



WINTER BREAK: No school February 15th – 19th.

Mark your calendars for March 14th. This is a special day when we celebrate Grandparents and Special Friends! More information will follow!

Thank you! Have a blessed weekend!








Preschool Press 1/21/19

Dear Families,

The final weeks of January are upon us, and they sure are busy ones! There is no school on Monday, Jan. 21st as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his tireless work for equality in our world. Ask your child what they know about this great man. We are looking forward to parent teacher conferences Jan. 30th – Feb. 1st. Please return your sign up sheets as soon as possible, so that we can have your conference times available next week.




This week we will continue to review all letters and sounds learned thus far.




We will learn the story of “Jesus is found in the Temple.” This lesson provides opportunity to talk about being lost and what to do if it happens.



Winter Vocabulary

Tengo frio= I am cold

Tengo calor= I am hot

Nieve= snow

Abrigo= coat




Song: “Los Pollitos”



As we conclude learning about Penguins, we will experiment with water and ice, and explore the habitats where they live.




The ALL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE will be held on Sunday, January 27th at 12:00 after the Sunday 10:30 School Liturgy. This mass and Open House celebration begin the start of Catholic Schools week. Please check the web site for a schedule of events for the week.

Thank you for your wonderful support!


Book Orders will go home on Tuesday, January 22nd, and will be due Monday afternoon January 28th.


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.


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.


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.


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.





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!
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!


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


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


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”.


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


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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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…)


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!



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.

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!

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.


• 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