Today was a wonderful day! Mass and the crowning of Mother Mary was beautiful and even though it was a long Mass the children were so good! We had many Grandparents and even some Great Grandparents visit us today and have breakfast with their Grandchildren. It was very special and the children were so excited to show off the classroom and the beautiful projects we have on the walls! Thank you for making this such a memorable day for the children!
We are in our second week of our theme Ready For Kindergarten (or for the next school year.) This week the children will be focused on numbers, shapes and beginning and ending sounds. They will be busy putting the final touches on their Mother's Day gifts and Mom's...you're going to love it! Our new Alphafriend is Nyle Noodle N,n and our weekly message is, I am learning every day!
Friday, May 11th we will be going to the auditorium to watch the school talent show! We are excited to see all the talent performed by our schoolmates!
Please families...if you have not yet turned in your registration for our summer program or registration for next year, please do so ASAP! This is very important as we now have open enrollment and it is not limited to returning students. We want to ensure your child a spot and as I say to the kids...please get a wiggle on it!
Have a blessed warm weekend and I'll see you on Monday,
Last night at the Knights of Columbus Dinner Derby, we had a blast! I came in second place in my race and my horse was named Teacher's Pet! I want to thank all of you who supported our preschool with purchasing tickets, bringing in delicious and beautifully wrapped desserts , amazing raffle prizes, cooking, serving, cleaning...the list goes on and on!!! We are all very grateful!
We are starting a new theme tomorrow...Ready for Kindergarten! Or Ready for the next school Year! We will be reviewing everything we have learned so far and have a great time doing it! The book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an all time favorite and the children will be doing a project around that. Our Alphafriend is Larry Lion, L,l and our weekly message is, "I am Kind and I am important!" Kindness is always an important role we have but learning they are important gives the children a voice. They will learn that every emotion is okay...let's hear about it...your words have meaning and should be listened to! The children are also very busy working on Mother's Day gifts and cards and also cards for their Grandparents.
We will celebrate Grandparent's Day on Friday starting with a special Mass. After Mass Grandparent's are welcome to visit the classrooms and see how much their grandchildren love coming to preschool at OLM! We can't wait to see you!
God bless you all,
Well, we survived last week and it was amazing! From First Holy Communion to the Spring Program to Relay For Life. Building our faith, showing off our singing abilities and giving to others is a huge part of what we are all about! Well...I don't know about showing off our singing abilities but weren't they great? We are so very proud of every one of your children!
We are in the third week of our theme Growing and Changing and the children are learning as well as growing! This week we will learn about Spring, learn what plants need to grow...seeds, sunshine, water and love. They will be working on their social emotional skills, talking about why people are happier in the spring and how they can help their classmates if they're feeling blue. In the block area they will build towers of different heights and review weight in out math center. Dudley Duck D,d is our new Alphafriend and our weekly message is, "We can work together." The children will be very busy working on a gift for Mother's Day and a special card for Grandparent's Day. The learning and loving never stop!
Don"t forget about the Dinner Derby Saturday night put on by The Knights of Columbus! All proceeds will go to our preschool! The tickets are only $30 and it is such a blast! I really hope to see you all there!
May the Lord bring sunshine into your lives all year round,
Welcome to another busy and fun filled week! We are in the second week of our theme "Growing and Changing" and the children are learning all about life cycles. They are busy working on caterpillars and butterflies which includes not only life cycles but counting, color mixing and scissor skills. Our weekly message is..."I can help!" Our Alphafriend is Edna Elephant E,e and I hope to find a video where adult elephants help out baby elephants for the children to watch! Baa Baa Black Sheep is the nursery rhyme we will be learning so expect your children to be singing that as well as our program songs Slippery Fish and The Goldfish Song.
Tomorrow, Monday, we will be going to Mass to celebrate the children who had their First Holy Communion on Saturday. Tuesday Mrs. Blackburn will be giving her State of the School Address in the auditorium at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, we will be in the Spring Program entertaining you along with Mrs. Veronica's class. Please have your children in class by 6:15 pm wearing their OLM t-shirts. You can pick them up from the stage at the end of the program. We are still collecting coins for Relay for life. Pennies go into the big white penny wars bucket, dimes go into the water bottle, a full bottle of dimes = $100 and other money goes into our Pink Jar. Relay For Life will be on April 21st at El Capitan High School. Whew!!! I said it was going to be a busy week!
For those families that have not yet registered your child for next year and plan to, please see Mrs. Mary for the paper work. Registration is now available for new students and we want to make sure there is a spot left for your child. Also remember our Summer Program..Mrs. Mary also has paperwork for that and we don't want it to fill up without your child!
April 28th at 5:30 is the Dinner Derby and there are still tickets available for $30 a piece or $240 for a table for eight. Dinner, drinks and horse racing...ask anyone who was there last year and they will tell you they had a great time!!! It is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and they have graciously chosen our preschool to receive the profits. We are in need of donations of raffle baskets and desserts and would greatly appreciate you signing up on the list in the classroom.
Walk in The Light every second of every day,
Welcome back! I have missed you all and am happy school is starting again! I hope you had a blessed Easter and that the children were able to rest up for the last and exciting bit of our school year...can you believe it? This year has absolutely flown by! I'm so very proud of the accomplishments your children have made. They have grown not only physically but spiritually, emotionally and academically.
That leads me to our new theme: Growing and Changing. During this theme the children will learn how plants, animals and people grow and change. They will learn to measure in our math center, build frogs from pollywogs in our science center, browse through books about growing up in our book corner and many other fun activities. We will focus on Gertie Goose G,g our new Alphafriend as well as review all the letters we have learned so far including letter sounds. When the children sign in, in the morning, they will no longer have their name tags to refer to. Through this observation we will be able to see who needs extra help in writing their names. We will be working on writing skills, scissor skills, shape and number recognition and counting skills. Don't worry families, it's all mixed in with a ton of fun! I found a great recipe online that teaches you how to turn milk into plastic! I don't know if it will work, but if it does we will have a great plan for Mother's Day!
Saturday will be the First Holy Communion Mass at 9:00 at St. Patrick's Church. This is a very special Mass and I hope to see you there. Our class will be performing in the Spring Program on April 18th at 6:30 in the auditorium. Please have your child in class by 6:15 pm wearing their OLM t-shirts. Just drop them off and go find a good seat as they fill up fast! We will perform last with Mrs. Veronica's class and you can pick your child up from the stage at the end of the program. The children have been practicing hard and can't wait to entertain you! Tickets are still available for the Knights of Columbus Dinner/Derby and the proceeds will benefit our preschool! This is a super fun evening and I would love to challenge you to a race!
My prayers are always with you,
God is good...ALL the time,
Welcome to Holy Week,
The children have been busy learning all about animals and now after talking about new life with calves, ponies, kids (as in goats) and cubs, we'll take a different path and concentrate on Jesus and the new life he offers us. We have discussed with the children, very basically and as gently
as we can, The Stations of the Cross and how Jesus died so we can all go to heaven. On Holy Thursday our class will join the school as the upper grades present a play depicting The Stations of the Cross and The Last Supper.
The children have been busy making their Easter bags so if your child would like to bring a goodie to help fill those bags, please bring them on Thursday for our Easter Celebration. There is a sign up sheet in the classroom if you would like to help with our special snack. We will be having pizza and are asking for $2.00 per family to help cover the cost.
I know I'm going backwards but on Wednesday, my husband (Mr. Mike) will be entertaining the class with an original story. It's an interactive story that will have the children up and down and challenge their memory recall. I guarantee, a fun time will be had by all!
I would like to take this time to thank all of those who met with me during parent/teacher conferences. I am happy to discuss your children at any time and if you ever have any questions or concerns please let me know so we can walk down that road together, and resolve any problems that may arise.
Remember, school will close promptly at 12:30 on Holy Thursday, March 29th and resume on Monday, April 9th.
Many blessings to you all during this most holy Easter season,
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Are you wearing green today? We have been talking about St. Patrick and all he had been through in his life. Being kidnapped by pirates, forced into slavery, watching the sheep, escaping, returning to his family, becoming a monk and being sent back to Ireland to teach the people about God. The Lord being with him when he was attacked by a huge snake and also being there when he was attacked by many snakes and of course, the pirates, are very popular with the kids. Ask them what they've learned!
We are in week 3 of our theme Animals Everywhere and still having a blast! Our Weekly Message is...Make Someone Smile...Be a Friend." And our new Alphafriend is Zelda Zebra Z,z. I'm trying to talk my husband into coming to our classroom to read a story he has written called "Noah the Zebra." I don't think he can make it until next week but that's OK. It's a very interactive story where the children use their memory recall be help tell the story. There is also a lot of standing up and sitting down so things will be pretty active! I think the children will love it!
Tomorrow and Tuesday will be parent/teacher conferences and I can't wait! The children, Mrs. Romero, Mrs. Gaby and I have been working very hard to get the perfect picture (literally) of your child's accomplishments and I'm so looking forward to sharing them with you! I still have 5 families that have not signed up for a conference and I want to stress the importance of this. Is your child ready for Kindergarten? We all, of course, want your child to have a successful Kindergarten experience. If they are having a little trouble academically, socially or emotionally, one more year of preschool will be a blessing for them. There is no stigma attached to staying in Pre-K another year as some children will be staying, some going to OLM Kindergarten and some to public schools. Please sign up for a conference if you haven't had the chance...spots are still available and I am very open to meeting with you during times that are not listed.
The Scholastic Book Fair...Paws for Books will begin tomorrow. It will be open from 8:00 - 4:00 Monday - Thursday and 8:00 - 3:00 on Friday. I hope you will be able to take your child and buy them a book! If not, you can order online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/ourladyofmercyschool17. Thank you from us and from your child!
Registration is in full swing...please register your child as soon as possible, returning students have until March 29th before it's open to newcomers and we want to guarantee your child a spot! Summer registration is also moving along! Please register your child before it's too late! I will have registration papers available at our conference. Faith, love, learning...can you think of a better way to spend your summer? We, as teachers, do not want to say goodbye to the children on the last day of regular preschool...it hurts our hearts. Have mercy on us and bring them a few days a week to our summer program so we can get used to the fact that they're growing up and moving on to the next class. : )
God bless you for taking such tender care of His most precious gift...your children,
This will be a short week for us but still full of faith, love and learning! We are on our second week of our theme "Animals Everywhere." Our library is full of animal books, the children will be drawing animals, sorting animals and dinosaurs, learning about animal babies, becoming Veterinarians in our dramatic play area and building animal homes in our block area... Whew! We are a busy bunch! Our weekly message is, " I am kind, yes it's true. I am kind, how about you?" Our new Alphafriend this week will be Andy Apple, A,a.
Just a reminder that the bunnies are coming on Tuesday at 9:00. If you want your child to take pictures with them, please turn in the photo envelopes by tomorrow. The Book Fair will soon be here! The theme is, Paws For Books. Come, stay, read a great tale! The Book Fair runs from the 19th - 23rd and the hours are 8:00-4:00 Monday - Thursday and 8:00-3:00 on Friday. You can also shop online!
School will be closed on Friday the 16th as we have an in-service day. We will be having a meeting and polishing up our DRDP assessments on your children to prepare for our parent/teacher conferences.
The Kindergarten cut off date is September 2nd. Please keep in mind that although your child may be ready academically, social emotional skills influence school readiness, academics and social relationships. Think of your child in High School being a whole year younger then his/her classmates or starting college when they're 17. Our goal, as I'm sure your's is too, is to see that your child has a successful Kindergarten year and if they need another year of Pre-K...think Mrs. Veronica's class...it can only help them socially, emotionally and academically. If they're ready...hooray, but I will miss them terribly!
May the Lord bless each and every one of you,
We are starting a new theme this week...Animals Everywhere. This is one of my favorite themes as there are so many fun centers! The children will be learning patterns, colors, counting, healthy foods, spatial relationships and that's not even including all they'll learn about animals!!! I'm so blessed, I went out of town this weekend and got to see a mama ostrich and her 5 babies! I took pictures and can't wait to get them developed so I can show the kiddos! Our new Alphafriend is Fifi Fish F,f and our weekly message is, "God loves the animals."
Kindergarten informational night is Wednesday, March 7th in the auditorium at 6:00 pm. This is a very important meeting for those of you who plan on having your child attend Kindergarten at OLM. Returning student registration for preschool will begin March 5th and priority registration ends on March 29th. After that date registration will be open to new students. The bunnies are coming to school! Photographer Jay Souza will be here on Tuesday, March 13th at 9:00 to take your child's picture with live bunnies. Picture envelopes need to be turned in by March 12th. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on March 19th and 20th for our class. If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so. There is a sign up sheet in the classroom.
Summer registration has begun! I will be working this summer to continue to bring faith, love and learning to the children. The summer program runs from Tuesday, May 29th - Friday, July 20th. This is a very popular program and helps keep the children in a school routine. Please sign up and put your children in our care for the summer...I guarantee a fun time will be had by all!
God bless you all as you continue on your journey of faith,
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow! I have missed your children and my co-workers!
We will have one more week of Construction Zone, which the children love! Prayer Bear is making his way to visit the children and their stories and pictures are amazing! The children get so excited to share their adventures! If he hasn't visited yet, he will make his way there soon!
We will be revisiting the Alphafriends we have already covered and our Weekly Message is WWJD? What would Jesus do? Mrs. Romero, Mrs. Gaby and I are are working hard collecting evidence of your children's strengths and struggles. If your child says that we are taking a lot of pictures of them and writing a lot of notes...that's why! I will go over our findings at our parent/teacher conferences. If you have not signed up for one, please do so on the bulletin board in the classroom. If there are no times that are right for you, see me and we will make an appointment at your convenience. I love parent/teacher conferences because we will discuss our favorite topic...your child!
On Mondays in the afternoon the upper grades are participating in electives. We have had 2 "big kids" in our classroom working and playing with the children. Their elective is tutoring and the children love to see them coming! So they will be here tomorrow! Also we will be celebrating all February birthdays on Wednesday so it will be a great week for the children to get back into routine.
May God bless you always,
Welcome to another fun and busy week! Happy Birthday to Abraham Lincoln tomorrow! For those of you who don't know, I am Honest Abe's #1 fan!!! My home office is filled with books and pictures of our 16th President! I think I'll get doughnut holes for the kids tomorrow to celebrate! Hooray!
Tuesday we will be having our Valentine's Day Party. Thank you to all of you who signed up on our wish list for our special snack! The children will be making patterns with strawberries and bananas, they will be learning and won't even know it! The children have been working hard on decorating their special bags to hold their Valentines. If your child would like to bring a Valentine and something to help fill up the bags, it would be greatly appreciated and the kiddos love to pass goodies out to their friends! There are now 25 children in the class and 3 teachers. I hope your children have been signing their names to their Valentines a few at a time so they get in a lot of practice but don't get overwhelmed. Please don't put the names of their classmates on the Valentines as it makes it harder to pass them out. Thank you!
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and we will be attending Mass. We have been talking to the children about receiving their ashes and most of them seem to be looking forward to it. I want to make it clear that if any of your children are hesitant to get their ashes we will NOT force them. I want it to be a positive experience for them and would never do anything to make them feel uncomfortable!
It is our turn to bring St. Vincent de Paul lunches on Friday, the children have already begun to decorate the lunch bags. Thank you for your generosity, this is an ongoing and important lesson we are teaching the children, compassion and giving to others who have less than ourselves. God bless you.
School will be closed for winter break from February 19th - 23rd and will resume on February 26th.
Walk in the light every step of the way, the road is steep but you are never alone.
Catholic Schools Week was amazing!!! Last week when I was thanking you all for the Auction, I accidentally left out the Lodwick family who stained and delivered our beautiful beverage stand. A million thank you's! I am always thanking you all for something, you do so much for our school and it's greatly appreciated! Thank you for bringing cans of soup for Catholic Charities on Thursday and thank you for bringing St. Vincent de Paul lunches!
This week we will be getting back into our regular routine. We will continue on with the theme of Construction Zone and the kids are having a blast! They have been honing their fine motor skills by hammering golf tees into cardboard and practicing letter recognition with our Letter Construction. Another fun project from Mrs. Gaby...the children used eye droppers to put colored vinegar into baking soda!!! It fizzes and bubbles and the colors mix! Love it! Our new Alphafriend will me M,m Mimi Mouse and our weekly message is, " I can build faith in others."
We have sent Prayer Bear home with a few families so far and the results have been incredible!!! The children are loving sharing their adventures with the class and the amout of effort you have put into taking all the pictures and labeling them is way more than I expected! Thank you!!!
Mrs. Romero, Mrs. Gaby and I have been working very hard on the in depth assessment DRDP. We are taking a lot of observational notes and a lot of pictures of your busy children. One child asked me last week, "Why are you taking so many pictures of me?" They don't understand assessments so I just told him I was keeping track of everything he has learned! I am looking forward to sharing these results with you during our Parent/Teacher Conference in March. Please sign up if you haven't done so yet.
I pray that you all have a blessed week,
Last night was amazing! There is no way that I can thank our room parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas enough for building our beautiful beverage cart! All of the pieces our families brought for it and the way Mrs. Gregory decorated it...spectacular! I'm not sure who bought it but I did hear that it went for a pretty penny and that helps our school in so many ways!!! THANK YOU!!!
The Auction kicked off Catholic Schools Week and it was so nice to see many of you at Mass this morning. It was also nice to see the children perform so many duties at the Mass and the Choir, as always, was great! Tomorrow the staff will bring baked good to be delivered to our many sponsors and we will be meeting our "Reading Buddies" in the auditorium to watch a movie...FUN...the kid's love their reading buddies! Tuesday please dress your children in blue and white, our school colors to celebrate their Catholic education. Wednesday is the Cherish luncheon but we won't be a part of it as it is at the same time as our lunch. Thursday is "Souper" Bowl Day! Please bring a can of soup for Catholic Charities and dress your children in their favorite (or Mom and Dad's) favorite team wear! I am not into sports so my favorite team is the OLM Lancers and I will be wearing our shirt! Friday's Mass will be at St. Patrick's Church and we will not be attending. If you would like to take your child to Mass, that would be wonderful, as many Baptism's will be performed. Just bring your child in to school afterward.
We will be starting a new Theme this week...Construction Zone! So fun and a lot of learning going on! Our weekly message will be "Building Our Faith." Our new Alphafriend will be B,b Benny Bear.
Just a reminder...our Prayer Bear will start going home on Monday. Please let Prayer Bear join you in your family activities and either take a picture of your Child with Prayer Bear or have your child draw one and have your child dictate what they did together. Fun, fun fun! I can't wait for the children to share their experiences! Please bring everything back the next day your child attends school. If you need time to get a picture developed, just bring the picture in when you can and we will add it to the Prayer Bear Binder. Thank you!
God bless you,
I hope you're enjoying the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
We are going to continue on with our Seasons All Around theme this week. The children had a blast playing with the snow and white sparkly play dough that Mrs. Gaby so generously made for us! Our Alphafriend is Yetta Yoyo Y,y and there will be a lot of practice going on with our weekly letter book and our "kindergarten work books." We will do Y's out of playdough and peg boards, too! We do these with every Alphafriend plus a lot of other fun letter writing and recognition projects. Our weekly message will be "Love your neighbor."
The children have really come a long way in writing their names! We will celebrate Valentine's Day on February 13th and now would be a great time to pick out those Valentines and have your child write their names on them. We have 27 children in class and if they do a few a day it won't be so hard for them and it is GREAT practice! The children will be making Valentine bags so if your child would like to bring a goodie on that day to help fill up their friends bags it would be greatly appreciated and they love to pass them out! Please don't write all the classmates names on the Valentines because it makes it difficult to pass them out.
God bless you all always,
Hello dear families!
Boy, I sure do miss all the children and you too! I pray that your Christmas was Holy and happy and that the new year will bring blessings around every corner.
Thank you so much for spoiling us with all the gifts! The gift of being chosen to guide your precious children is the best gift of all!
We will start off by getting back in our regular routine. Don't be alarmed if your child has difficulty separating from you. When my oldest son (he's actually 28 today!!!) first went to OLM preschool he waved me off like it was no big deal but after Christmas vacation he came unglued and the wonderful teachers had to pry his screaming and crying self off of me (yes...I was crying too!) He thought his school career was over and it was a great couple of months. It took him two full weeks to get back in routine and love school again, so believe me we understand!
Our theme will be "Seasons All Around." Think fake snow, new life, a sandy beach and colorful leaves...so many ways to learn! We will also be learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We talk all the time about how God made each of us exactly the way He wanted to and that's why there are so many differences in our skin and eye color whether or not we have freckles, glasses or are short or tall. Teaching us how to accept, love and give leads us directly into the Two Greatest Commandments we will be learning about. 1. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. 2. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Our weekly message will be "We are all Gods children." Our Alphafriend will be U,u Umbie Umbrella.
Another quick note...there will be no school on Monday, January 15th as we celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
We can't wait to see you!!!
Welcome to the second week of Advent. The children are eagerly awaiting Jesus' birthday. Every day we sing "Happy Birthday Jesus" and "Oh What a Special Night." They are on youtube if you want to check them out, I'm sure the kids would get a kick out of it!
Our weekly message is "Forgive like Jesus." Our alphafriend this week is Jumping Jill, J, j.
We will be celebrating December birthdays on the 13th this month as we will have our class Christmas celebration on the 20th.
Our class Auction donation is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I want it!!!! Please see the sign up sheets in our classroom and in Mrs. Irma's class. I hope you will all be going to the Auction. Get there early so you can bid on our class donation...it will be very popular!
The children have been taking home their St. Nicolas projects and will begin wrapping your gifts tomorrow! I promise that I will send home their Elf Selves before Christmas so you can put them up on the wall! They are so adorable!!!
I have begun to assess the children again and will share the results at our Parent/Teacher conferences in March. If you have any questions or concerns before then, please let me know right away as I want this year to be a wonderful, faith filled and academically positive experience for every child.
God bless you all,
Can you believe it's already December? Wow! We are officially in the holy season of Advent. Your children have been working hard on their "Elf Selves" and now we will concentrate on St. Nicholas, Jesus and the blessings of giving.
Our weekly message is "Giving is Great!" The children were all about "Paying it Forward" last week and we will continue to praise them for their kindness. We are asking preschool families to donate canned fruit and hoping to get wrapped toys labeled with boy or girl and the age in which the gift is appropriate. Please explain to your children as you continue to bless others exactly what you're doing so they will know the great feeling that goes along with giving to others. The canned fruit will be served at the Spirit of Christmas Dinner and it would truly be a blessing if every child in attendance were to receive a gift. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for blessing others and bringing St. Vincent de Paul lunches and continuing to bless people on your own and every time we ask! We appreciate you!
St. Nicholas Day is December 6th and I will be talking to the children about the similarities and differences between St. Nicholas and Santa Claus. For example, Santa Claus is round and plump and St. Nicholas is tall and thin! St. Nicholas gives to people secretly as does Santa Claus! We will be discussing how we can be a St. Nicholas...doing good deeds in secret!
Friday we will celebrate the Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is actually about Mary's conception, the fact that she was sinless and not Jesus' conception as many think.
Learning each and every day thanks to Jesus, my Lord and Savior.
Many blessings to you all,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Vacation is over and school starts on Monday!
We will start off reviewing classroom rules and the daily schedule. (Just in case the children forgot!) A couple of social stories and we will be right back on track!
This is a flex week for us to tie up any loose ends from our In the City and In the Country theme we were working on before our week off.
Regarding Christmas, we will be concentrating on the "real" reason for the season, Jesus. I know the children will be super excited about Santa Claus so we will learn about St. Nicholas and how he put goodies in the children's shoes. On his feast day we will all put one shoe in the hall and if we're good St. Nicholas will come and leave a treat for us! (Don't worry...Santa Claus will be talked about...after all the children want to be on the good list and we want them there too!) Santa and Jesus go way back and share that kind of information between them so.....
Many blessings to you this most holy season,
It was nice to see so many of you at Mass this morning! A million THANK YOU'S to the Trevino Family for preparing and serving the delicious food for our playground restoration in memory of their son Roberto. Also thank you to all who bought tickets. I hope you enjoyed your meal...I sure did!
We are in the second week of our theme "In the City, In the Country." Last week we were focused more on the country and this week will be the city. Our Alphafriend is Queenie Queen Q,q and our weekly message is "We are thankful for our Veterans.
Speaking of our Veterans, we will be celebrating all Veterans with a special program in the auditorium at 8:30 am on Thursday, Nov. 9th. All Veterans and their families are welcome! Our class will be helping to lead The Pledge of Allegiance and we are very proud to do so!
School will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10th as we honor Veteran's that day and on Veteran's Day Saturday.
A correction for our Thanksgiving Program on Wed., Nov. 15th. Please have your child in the classroom by 6:00 pm not 6:30 pm as I blogged last week. Tickets are still available for the delicious feast following the program, you can eat in or choose take out.
The following day, Thurs., Nov. 16th will be our Preschool Thanksgiving Feast. Our class will be Pilgrims and I have almost finished their costumes. We will parade around the school and come back to share a meal with the Indians in Mrs. Veronica's class. We ask for $2.00 per family to help with the cost of the food.
School will be closed from 11-20-17 through 11-24-17 for our Thanksgiving vacation. School resumes 11-27-17.
Catholic Charities has expressed a need for help in their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and of course we said yes! Every thing we do to donate to charities is a lesson to the children to be kind, caring and giving. Please make these teachable moments and if you can donate to the many charities we ask you to let your children know exactly what you're doing and why. I know we ask a lot but there is a great need! We are looking for our preschool families to donate 2 cans of corn, peas or cranberry sauce for the Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please bring them to school by Thurs., Nov. 9th.
Thank you for your continued kindness and God bless you,
Miss. C, Mrs. Gaby, Mrs. Mary and (hooray!) Mrs. Romero
It was fun to see so many of you at the Halloween Carnival! I hope a good time was had by all!
We have another very fun and busy week ahead of us! We are introducing a new theme on Monday: In the City/In the Country. Our weekly message is: Charity is Key! And our new Alphafriend is Callie Cat C,c.
Tuesday is our in class Halloween Party. Your children can bring in goodies to help fill up their classmates Trick or Treat bags. We will have a special snack, play a new game and make a Halloween hat! So fun! No costumes please!
Wednesday we will be taking the children to celebrate All Saints Day Mass at 8:15 followed by a wax museum of Saints the older children are putting on for the school.
Thursday, police officers will come to the class and teach us how to stay safe and to know they are our friends. The Trevino playground fundraiser in memory of their son Roberto will be held from 3:00-6:00 pm. You can pick up your delicious dinners in the back circle. Just drive up and we will bring it to your car!
Friday...whew! We made it! I knew we would!
Just a short note regarding the Fall Program...we will be performing on stage Wednesday, November 15th. The program starts at 7:00 pm but we ask that you have your child in the classroom no later than 6:30 as we are performing last. We also ask that the children wear their OLM t-shirts. You can pick your child up from the stage after the program. You're going to love it!!!
God bless you all,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
I can't believe we are already in the third week of our theme, "My Family, My Community." We want to thank Firefighter Adrian and Firefighter Matt for coming in and teaching us about fire safety. We got to go into the fire engine and spray the fire hose!!! Very exciting! By the end of the morning we were all Jr. Firefighters with hats and badges!
Our weekly message is to learn about The Holy Family. Our Alphafriend is Pippa Pig P,p and we are looking forward to a faith filled, learning filled, and fun filled week.
Tuesday is our book fair preview and we will go to the library to see what books are available. Please take time to go with your children after your conference and see what they like. It's hard to say no to a book isn't it?
I'm looking forward to meeting with you for our conference. I only have 15 minutes and we have a lot to cover. It will be very informative and we get to talk about our favorite subject...your child!
PLEASE mark your children's coats and sweaters with their names as we have already had a couple of mix ups. Also please exchange your child's extra clothes with long pants and a long sleeved shirt...it's only going to get colder.
Thank you for everything you do, may the Lord bless you always
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
We are in our second week of our theme "My Family, My Community." Thank you for bringing in pictures of your families and pets! The children love them!
Our weekly message is "Kindness is Important!" and our Alphafriend is S,s Sammy Seal!
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also Fire Safety Month. Please check your child's file box for a letter about our "Pink Jar." On Wednesday, Oct. 11th the Fire Department will come to our classroom for a demonstration on fire safety and we will be able to get up close to a real firetruck! We are all very excited!
Thank you for turning in your ASQ's but I still have a few that I'm waiting for. If you haven't turned yours in yet, please turn them in ASAP.
Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Oct. 17th and 18th. If you haven't signed up for a conference, please do so, I have a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the classroom.
We also have many other sign up sheets there so browse around and please sign up if you are able.
The children will be making Trick or Treat bags soon and we will be having our Pumpkin Patch Day on the 31st. If your child would like to bring a goodie to help fill up their friends bags please bring it on that day. The children love to pass out treats to their friends!
Finally we are so excited that the Book Fair is coming! The OLM Library will host the fall 2017 Scholastic Book Fair from Oct. 17th - 20th. The Theme is "Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read!" Since you will already be at the school for our conference, you could take your child and hit the book fair!
Many blessing always,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
Hi Dear Families!
Happy Fall and Happy October! This month, like all the others, will be busy, faith filled and fun...and of course we'll get a lot of work done too!
We have a new theme...My Family, My Community. This ties in with St. Francis, who we will get to know, after all our pets are a part of the family! We will review the Alphafriends we have already studied...T,t O,o and X,x as well as the rest of our ABC's. Our weekly message is, "I listen to my parents and teachers."
Friday, Oct. 6th is the Feast of St. Francis blessing of the animals Mass. It will be here at school at 11:00 am. We will unfortunately not be attending since this is our lunch time, but if you have an animal or even a picture of one you would like to have blessed, you are more than welcome to come and get your child to attend Mass. Even if you don't have an animal to bless and would like to attend this Mass with your child...you are welcome.
Please remember to sign up for a parent/teacher conference and to turn in your ASQ/ASQ-SE as soon as possible. I will be scoring them and going over them at your child's conference. Also please sign up to bring a goodie for our cake walk to take place at the Halloween Carnival on Oct. 28th. We will be needing parents to help run the cake walk that night and we have a sign up sheet for that too.
I'll see you at school : )
God bless you all,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
It was nice to see so many of you at Mass this morning! I hope you were able to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast! Speaking of food...mark your calendars for Oct. 5th! Trevino's Restaurant is sponsoring a playground fundraiser for us in memory of their son Roberto, who we were blessed to have at our preschool.
This week we will be continuing our theme of My 5 Senses, we have really had a blast with this! Our Alphafriend is X,x Mr. X-Ray and our weekly message is "I can be a superfriend!" We have a great social story to go with this and we will all do our best to be Superfriends from now on! Our classroom rules are simple...nice hands (no hitting and keep your hands to yourself!), nice feet (no running in the classroom!) and nice mouth (no potty talk and no name calling!) We go over these rules every day but if you could review them with your children at home it would be great! We have an active bunch and get in each others way once in a while so these reminders should help! To make this week even more fun we will be doing projects with dots and stripes...marble painting anyone?
Thank you so much for your generosity in donating food for St. Vincent de Paul. A great big THANK YOU goes out to Olivia's family who brought in a great big bag filled with many, many lunches for those in need...God bless you all!
Have a wonderful, peaceful week,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
We took the children to Mass yesterday and thanks to Mr. Dimsey teaching us songs from the Mass, they we're able to join in. We were a little wiggly but over all pretty good. I think Father John gets a kick out of the preschoolers!
We have started a new theme called My Five Senses. This is a fun theme and the children will get the opportunity to learn about and use their senses in many different ways. Just think of the possibilities when you pop popcorn! Our oral language cards are based on our senses and our rhyme and chant poster is Teddy Bear's Five Senses. The Big Book I will be reading is The Body Book and hooray...we are starting on our Alphafriends!
Tiggy Tiger T,t is our first Alphafriend, this is so fun for the children because we have a song for each one.
Just a quick reminder...the Lion's Club will be conducting vision screenings on Wednesday, September 13th. We have the majority of consent forms back but still lack a couple. If you haven't turned yours in and would like for your child to be screened, please turn it in asap.
There are still tickets available for the Pancake Breakfast served at St. Patrick's Church on September 24th. This is a 9:00 Mass and is celebrating Mother Mary's Feast Day and is a school Mass. If your are able to bring your child, please have them wear their OLM t-shirts, I hope to see you there.
Our prayers are always with you and your children,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
It was a fun and busy weekend as we kicked off the celebration for Our Lady of Mercy School's 90th Anniversary. I was excited to see so many of you.
The children will be going to Mass on Sept. 8th as we celebrate Mother Mary's birthday. Please have them wear their OLM t-shirts and arrive in the classroom by 7:50 so we can have them use the restroom before Mass.
Sept. 13th the Lion's Club will be providing vision screenings for our students who have returned their consent forms. If you have not yet returned the consent form and would like for your child to be screened please return it by tomorrow.
Your children have been very busy and adjusting well to school life. They are learning to follow the rules and learning to always be kind. We are on week 3 of our Welcome To School theme titled "Our Happy Classroom." Our Rhyme and Chant poster is Mary Had a Little Lamb. Please say this with your child at home to work on their rhyming skills. Our Big Book is The Great Shape Hunt. Our Oral Language Cards are on Science - shapes and Social Studies - following the rules inside and outside of the classroom. We are also working on letters and writing our names! Whew! As the children say...We can do it!!!
God bless you all,
Hi Families...I just need to correct a mistake that was made in my last blog. The lunches for St. Vincent de Paul will be distributed on Friday, Sept. 1st, not on Thursday. If your child does not attend on Friday you can still bring your lunches on Thursday. Thank you, again, for your generosity.
Hello Families and welcome to another special week at Our Lady of Mercy School as we continue to celebrate our 90th anniversary of bring Catholic Education to your children.
We have a busy and exciting week ahead of us! School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, August 29th and Wednesday, August 30th. On Thursday, August 31st we are asking everyone to bring a lunch to be donated to St Vincent de Paul. This is just one of our ways to help those less fortunate. The children will be bringing home lunch bags they have decorated. Please exclude anything that needs to be refrigerated, such as mayonnaise or eggs. We will be collecting lunches once a month and I thank you for your generosity. God bless you.
Preschool will close promptly at 12:30 on Friday September 1st and we will also be closed on Labor Day, September 4th. For all of you golfers out there, there are still slots available for our 90th Anniversary golf tournament to be held at Rancho Del Ray on Friday, September 1st. There are also still tickets available for the Dinner/Dance to be held in the auditorium at OLM School on Saturday September 2nd at 6:00 pm. Sunday we will start with Mass at the school at 10:00 am followed by an Open House from 11:30 - 1:30. There will be a delicious barbecue lunch and a carnival for the kiddos as well as our amazing museum in room 8! There are many things to see that cover our blessed 90 years. Pictures, uniforms and many other artifacts. All of you alumni will most definitely want to visit! I hope to see you at all of the events!
Your children are working very hard on sitting at group and learning the rules of the classroom. They have been practicing writing their names, using scissors and glue and learning their colors and shapes! They have been very busy and very happy!
May the Lord love, guide and protect you always,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
We all had a great first week of school! Your children are working very hard on learning the classroom rules...nice hands, nice feet, nice mouth. They are also learning how to sit at group, when the bell rings...freeze and how to transition from one task to another. We've had a wonderful beginning and I know this will be a great year!
Tomorrow we will be taking the children to Mass for the first time. We have been talking about walking quietly to the auditorium and being respectful during Mass. It may seem like it will be a daunting experience for all but you would be surprised at how amazing the children can be in such a reverent setting. I have had many children over the years tell me they see Jesus when the priest comes out and asks for snack when others are getting holy communion. We have many discussions before and after so they can better understand what they are experiencing. Mass starts at 8:15 am but please have your child in the classroom by 8:00 so we can have them go to the restroom and once again go over what is expected of them.
This week we will be working on our scissor skills. They will be learning scissor safety and start with tearing paper then snipping paper and on to fringing paper.
I'm very excited to announce that this year for the first time we will join Mrs. Veronica's class and have a music lesson on Thursdays with Mr. Dimsey our school's music coordinator. He will be teaching us the liturgical songs we sing at Mass.
Last but definitely not least...our new playground equipment has arrived and will be installed hopefully this week!
Thank you to all of you who have signed up on our snack calendar, we greatly appreciate it. Also a big thank you to those of you who brought in tissues, cleaning wipes and baby wipes.
A quick reminder that the children are not allowed to wear opened toed shoes as we try to protect their little toes while they play on the playground and ride the bikes. Also we are a nut free preschool and that includes ANY kind of nut, not just peanuts. Please read the labels on your child's lunches we seem to especially have a problem with granola bars.
May the Lord bless you all,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
Welcome Families to our 2017/18 Pre-K class!
Mrs. Mary, Mrs. Gaby and I, Miss C. are truly blessed that you have chosen us to guide your most precious gift, your children. This year Our Lady of Mercy School is celebrating 90 years of service in the city of Merced so this will be a very special year!
Our theme this year is an Ocean theme and we are "Hooked on Jesus!" Our first two weeks of school we will be helping the children adjust to their new surroundings and introducing them to our classroom rules.
We are currenetly using the Houghton Mifflin curriculum, also, Handwriting Without Tears, "Stories of God's Love" and a new assessment tool called a DRDP (Desired results developmental profile) to help us find out exactly where your child is and if they have mastered they're developmental milestones according to their age. We are very excited to begin this assessment as it is very thorough.
Please remember to sign your child in and out every day with the time and a full signature. You will find a sign in sheet as well as a snack calendar on the bulletin board right above the file box. Please check your child's file box every day as this is how we will send important papers home to you.
Thank you again for choosing Our Lady of Mercy Preschool!
You are always in our prayers,
Miss C., Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Gaby
Sorry this blog is so late, we are just learning how to move around on our updated web site! The children are settling in to the new routine quite nicely and we are very proud of them!
This week we are starting a new theme "My Five Senses." The letter of the week is T,t and our Alpha Friend is Tiggy Tiger. We will be working on colors and patterns as well and it promises to be a lot of fun! Our Nursery Rhyme is Hickory Dickory Doc so don't be surprised if your children come home saying it! Our weekly message is "sharing is caring" and the children are starting to say it to their friends and teaching each other how to share.
Just a heads up, next Friday, September 23rd will be the preschools turn to bring St. Vincent de Paul lunches for those less fortunate then ourselves. We will send home bags that the children have decorated so they can be filled with a nutritious lunch. Please do not include anything that has to be refrigerated. They will be passed out on the 23rd so if your child attends school on this day we would very much like your participation although it is not mandatory.
Have a blessed week and enjoy this little bit of cooler weather we're having!
Miss C. and Mrs. Mary
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our open house! The paw prints were amazing and as the children's first show and tell they will get the chance to share their paw prints with the class!
The children have been working very hard on our "Rules of the Jungle" nice hands, nice feet and nice mouth and are making great progress! We are very proud of them all!
They have been working on learning the first letter of their names as well as recognizing their names. Every time the children come to the tables they have to look for their name tag and many of them find their seat without difficulty. They also had fun decorating their names and projects like this will have them learning without even realizing it! One of the fun things we have added to our morning group is the name cheer. Each morning children are called to hold up letters to a friends name. Once they are all up, we review the letters until we figure out whose name they are holding up. That child then joins them with a pom pom in hand and the class says a cheer! Don't worry...we are taking pictures!
The children have also been working very hard on their shape books. There are many steps to this process and we are moving right along. First the children draw and then paint the shape we are working on. When dry they cut it out and are working very hard on their scissor skills. We can't wait for you to see the finished product!!!
This week we will be celebrating Mother Mary's Birthday on the 8th with a special snack. Our class will not be attending this Mass but we will soon. The children are working very hard on sitting still and using their listening ears and when they have accomplished that, we will be attending Mass on the first Friday of every month.
We pray that you enjoy the last days of warm weather that the Lord has blessed us with this year.
Wow! What a great first week of school! Your children are learning so much already! They are learning to stop and freeze when the bell rings and listen for directions. They are learning how to sit at group as well as finding out all about each of our learning centers. We are working on our classroom rules, "Rules of the Jungle." Nice hands, nice feet and nice mouth. They are doing a great job and we're so proud of them!
A few reminders for the upcoming weeks...School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, Aug. 24th and Thursday, Aug. 25th. The school picture envelopes must be returned by Aug. 22nd. Thank you!
If you are interested in becoming our room parent or assistant room parent there is a form in your family envelope that needs to be filled out and returned to school, attn: Tisha. There is a meeting in the auditorium at 6:30 pm, August 24th. Please note that anyone who works in the classroom or is in contact with the children need to be fingerprinted and also need to take a Safe Environment Training Class. Please see Mrs. Mary for dates and times.
Open House will be Aug. 28th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Tickets are available for a delicious Tri tip and rigatoni lunch for dine in or take out. $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 10 and under. Mrs. Mary and I hope to see you all here!
As you can see work has begun on the new fencing at OLM School. Please be careful as you are coming up the sidewalk during this time. We will eventually have a gate to buzz you in and although this is inconvenient right now, it will all be worth it to keep your children safe.
God bless us all as we begin our 89th year of providing a quality Catholic Education for your children and God bless you for entrusting them to our care.