Hello Dear Families,
This will be my final blog of the school year as Thursday is the last day of school! I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all you have done to make this year so special for us and the children. Bringing snack, birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter goodies for the children! Also for all of the St. Vincent de Paul lunches you have provided! The baby wipes, cleaning wipes and paper towels...I could go on and on! Your smiles and support...everything means so much! It is so very hard to let the children grow up, they are so loved, every single one of them and it's hard for us to let them go. We do welcome visits so the children won't forget us because we will never forget them!!! They have learned and grown so much but the most important lesson we hope they have learned is that God loves them...always have and always will...no matter what! It's all about kindness.
This is our 3rd and final week of our theme Moving on. The BIG Idea: I always try my best. Knowledge Focus: Children reflect on all the ways they have grown and changed during the year. Social-Emotional Focus: Persistence. We will use this week to review and also to introduce subtraction!
We will celebrate all May, June and July Birthdays on Wednesday and we thank Mila and Penelope for bringing pizza to share with the class on Thursday.
God bless you and remember there is always, always, always something to be thankful for!
God is good.....ALL the time!
Make sure to notice the collateral beauty,
Love, Miss C.
Welcome to our second week of our theme...Moving On. This week we will focus on trying new things, the BIG Idea is I feel comfortable trying new things. The Knowledge Focus is: Children reflect on all the ways they have grown and changed during the year. The Social/Emotional focus: Persistence.
These last two weeks of the school year will be a very busy time for us. Most of the special things going on don't pertain to the preschool but if you have children in the upper grades...hold on to your hats! We have our Family Field Day scheduled for Friday with games, prizes and a hot dog lunch and have been asking for a $5.00 donation from each family to help offset the costs. Unfortunately it's supposed to rain on Friday! I have been here for 19 years and we have never had a problem with the weather on Family Field Day! I will keep you posted! If things go on as planned, please join your children and invite everyone...Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and of course siblings! This is a very special way to spend time as a family and I guarantee everyone will have a great time!
School will be closed on Monday, May 27th as we celebrate Memorial Day. Just a side note, the day before at the Castle Air Museum they will hold their annual Open Cockpit Day. I have gone with my boys many times and although it is a bit pricey, we always enjoy going into the KC-135 where my Father was a Boom Operator. Being a military brat instilled in me my love for our Country.
May 29th we will celebrate Birthdays for May, June and July and May 30th is the last day of Preschool. We are thinking a pizza party would be fun for the children, would anyone be interested in bringing pizza to school? Costo has really big pizzas that are inexpensive...if you are interested please see Mrs. Romero, Mrs. Gaby or myself and we can get this party started! : )
Many blessing to you all,
Hello Dear Families!
A very happy Mother's Day to all of you Moms and Grandmas out there! I thought I would blog early since my 3 boys will be here shortly to make me breakfast! They do spoil me! I am so blessed!
We are starting a new theme called Moving On. (Sounds sad doesn't it?) I'm very emotional about your children moving on, they are such a huge part of my life! I truly am happy for them, it's just hard to let them grow up...I know you can understand that! <3 OK...on to business...The BIG Idea: I am ready to go to new places. The Knowledge Focus : Children reflect on all the ways they have grown and changed during the year. Social-Emotional Focus: Persistence. We will be working on the letter X,x. ending sounds, comprehension and positional words. We will be celebrating new things the children have done this year and talk a lot about our feelings. Change is hard, moving on to a new class, so we will encourage the children to talk about all the positives that we have before us.
I want to thank you for being a part of our preschool tri-tip fundraiser! Mine was delicious and I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I enjoyed mine! You are all such a blessing to us and everything you do helps make our school better for the children. That's why we're here...the children! My three boys came to OLM from preschool through eighth grade and as a Mom I can say that I am eternally grateful for OLM being such a huge influence in my boys lives. They are all happy, healthy and financially independent...what more could I ask for?
Can you tell I'm emotional today? Sorry but I consider all of you my friends and as parents we have a common goal.
May God bless you all,
I can't believe this is the last month of school already! Your children have learned and grown so much and I'm very proud of each and every one of them! Thank you for making all the sacrifices you have made to send your child to Our Lady of Mercy Preschool and thank you for all of your most generous contributions to our classroom!
We are in the final week of our theme Nature All Around Us. This week we will be learning all about the seasons. The BIG Idea is: I notice how the seasons change, Knowledge focus is: Children learn about the seasons and how they change and the Social-Emotional Focus is: Curiosity. We will work on the letter W,w, concepts of print and comprehension, patterns and investigating the environment.
With summer break approaching I hope you will be able to take some time every day to work with your child on their academic, writing, social and motor skills. It's easy for young minds to forget some of the things they've learned but if it is still a part of their daily routine they will continue to learn and transition easier into their new class next year.
We love your children so much and pray for a long life filled with faith, good health, family, friends and the curiosity and drive it takes to forever learn new things.
Monday, May 6th - Mass to celebrate First Holy Communion - 8:15
Thursday, May 9th - Tri-Tip Fundraiser for preschool
Sunday, May 12 - Happy Mother's Day!!!
God bless you,
I pray you all had a blessed Easter. It's been a very busy week for me and I can't wait to get back to school and see the children!
We are in week three of our theme "Nature All Around Us." We will learn all about the weather and have some fun activities planned I know the children will love! The BIG Idea is: The weather affects what I wear and do each day. The Knowledge Focus: Children learn about their environment by investigating characteristics of the natural world. Our Social-Emotional Focus: Curiosity. Some of the fun projects we will do this week is create raindrops with watercolor paints and eyedroppers. Create frost with Epsom salt and water and create wind with paint and straws! I can't wait!
Just a reminder...We will celebrate Grandparents Day with a special Mass at 8:15 in the auditorium on Friday, May 3rd. Grandchildren are welcome to sit with their Grandparents as long as they check in with us first. After Mass there will be a breakfast and picture taking and then all Grandparents are welcome to come and visit the class!
Saturday is a very special day! First Communion Mass will be scheduled at 9:00 am at St. Patrick's Church. I hope to see you all there to love and support the second graders as they continue on their spiritual journey.
Many blessings to you all,
We are in our second week of our theme: Nature All Around Us. We will be focusing on what's in the sky! The Big Idea: I see how the sky is different during the day and at night. Our Knowledge Focus: Children learn about their environment by investigating characteristics of the natural world. Social-Emotional Focus: Curiosity.
This will be a fun week! We will turn off the lights and use a ball for the earth and a flashlight for the sun! We will use water, shaving cream, blue food coloring and paper clips to represent the sky, clouds, rain and lightening (I can't wait for that!) Our letter focus will be U,u and we will be learning about shapes staying the same if you flip them or turn them!
Monday, April 15th - State of the School Address - 6:00 pm in the auditorium
Wednesday, April 17th - April Birthday Celebrations
Thursday, April 18th - Easter Celebration and preschool closes promptly at 12:30.
Friday, April 19th - 26th - Preschool closed for Good Friday and Easter break
Monday, April 29th - School resumes
We pray you all have a blessed Easter,
Welcome to Spring! I love this season (except for the allergies!) The weather is perfect and brings a smile to my face!
Our new theme is "Nature All Around Us!" The BIG Idea this week is: I can plant a seed and watch how it grows! The knowledge focus is: Children learn about their environment by investigating characteristics of the natural world!
We will, of course, continue on with our learning about Lent, Palm Sunday and The Stations of the Cross. The children are so full of questions and we answer them as gently as we can. We will be planting seeds and watching them grow, making palm leaves and Easter bags as well as letter recognition and sounds, numbers and following the classroom rules which includes kindness.
Monday, April 15th - State of the School Address at 6:00 pm in the auditorium
Wednesday, April 17th - Birthday Celebrations
Thursday, April 18th - Holy Thursday - 12:30 dismissal for preschool
Friday, April 19th -Sunday, April 28th school closed for Easter Break
Monday, April 29th - School resumes
Many blessings to you all as we patiently wait to celebrate Jesus' resurrection,
Hello Dear Families!
We are in the final week of our theme Growing Up Healthy. We will be concentrating on staying safe which is a combination of all of our previous weeks. The BIG Idea is: I know what to do to be safe. Our Knowledge Focus is: Children learn about their bodies and how to take care of themselves. Self awareness is our Social-Emotional Focus. We will review the letters A-S, numbers 1-10 and continue on our journey through lent.
2019-2020 Preschool registration is in full swing and starting tomorrow will be open to new families as well as returning families. I hear some classrooms have a waiting list so if you plan on having your child return next year, please turn in your registration ASAP.
Summer Childcare registration is still available and a great bridge for your child to stay in routine during the summer months. Loads of fun!
April 4th Jay Sousa is taking bunny pictures of the children who have a packet. Please see us if you would like to pick one up.
We are now collecting canned food to be used in the luminaries at Relay For Life. After the Relay all food collected will go to Catholic Charities to be disbursed to those less fortunate. I thank you for your generosity! We are also collecting dimes in our special bottle...when it's full it should equal $100.00! We also have a "Pink Jar" that we keep out all year long to collect donations for Relay For Life. It is a great way to teach the children about giving and to learn about different kinds of coins. Most of us have unfortunately been touched by cancer and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us get one step closer to finding a cure! <3
God bless you all!
A great big thank you goes out to those of you who bought tickets for the Crab Feed last night! It was, as always a major success!
We will be starting a new theme this week called: Growing Up Healthy. The BIG Idea: The five senses help me explore my world. Knowledge Focus: Children learn about their bodies and how to take care of them. Social-Emotional Focus: Self-Awareness. We will introduce the letter Q,q and devote time to learn about the season of Lent, the 40 days that lead up to Jesus resurrection. We will gently discuss The Stations of the Cross and focus on Jesus lessons of kindness and forgiveness.
Tomorrow through Wednesday are Parent/Teacher conferences and I am so happy to see that most of you have signed up. If there are no good times listed for us to meet, please see me and we will work something out.
Our school will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, March 26th - 28th and it will be open until 3:00 on March 29th. The theme is Dinosaurs and I know you and your children will find many books and posters you both will love. You can even make purchases online available one week before and one week after the book fair! Thank you so much for your support!
Mark your calendars for April 6th! Our Lady of Mercy School will have a team and a booth at Relay For Life at Merced College. Many of our lives have been affected by cancer and this is just one small way to help. We already have a "Pink Jar" in the classroom to collect donations, it's just inside the door on the shelf to the left. Also we are trying to fill up a water bottle with dimes because it will equal $100.00!!! How I would love for our class to be able to turn in a donation of that size! <3 I will discuss with the children that cancer is an illness and tie it in with our Growing Up Healthy Theme.
School will be closed Thursday, March 21st - Monday, March 25th so we teachers can attend a Religious Education Congress.
Remember to turn in your See's Candy money by March 29th - YUM! Don't forget to order some for yourself!
Registration for next year is now open for returning families and goes through Friday, March 29th. After that it will be open to new families.
Our Summer Childcare Program registration is also available, keep in mind that your child must be registered at OLM for the next school year to be eligible and must not be older than 6.
April 4th is Bunny Picture Day! Packets will be coming soon in your child's file box.
May God bless each and every one of you,
Welcome to our fourth week of Imagine It, Make It! This week we will concentrate on Art all around us, rhyming and the letter P,p. It will be a super fun and faith filled week with Ash Wednesday leading us into the Season of Lent.
The children will discover that art is not only drawing and painting but music and dancing as well! They will begin their week doing yarn painting and playing musical instruments. We always dance and sing but this week we will do it with the flair of an artist! We have had such fun using our imaginations and creating using different tools. The children are having a blast in the dramatic play area wearing aprons and construction shirts and building with many different tools! Somehow a barber shop has incorporated it's way in and the lines are long for hair cuts using numerous tools from the tool chest! We have many stylists in the making and I'm thrilled that they came up with this on their own! Don't worry...we have no scissors available and have MANY discussions about cutting only paper!!!
There are many important dates to remember this month...
Tuesday, March 5th - Mardi Gras! The children will be able to wear colorful necklaces and even a fun fanciful mask if they want!
Wednesday, March 6th - Ash Wednesday. We will talk to the children about receiving their ashes, easing any fears. If any of the children do not want to get their ashes, it is absolutely OK! We would never want to make them feel uncomfortable! Mass will be celebrated at 8:15 in the auditorium and all are welcome! This day also marks the beginning of our preschool See's Candy Fundraiser. We thank you so much for your participation! Wow! What a day...this also marks the start of enrollment for our Summer Childcare Program! So much fun and a great way for your child to stay in routine and get ready for the next school year!
Monday, March 11th - Friday, March 15th we will be holding parent/teacher conferences. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the classroom if you haven't already. We need to talk about your plans for next year : )
Thursday, March 21st - Monday, March 25 school will be closed so we teachers can attend a Religious Congress in Southern CA.
Much more info in the blog next week!
God bless you all!
I am so ready for school to start again! I hope the children are too! We will be on week 3 of our theme Imagine it, Make it! I am inviting the children to make something at home and bring it into the class to share! What fun! No stress! It can be anything your child has done such as using crayons as a tool to color a picture! Just a hint...toilet paper rolls are amazing and you can make many things with them or use them to paint circles!
This week we will be concentrating on the letter O,o, rhyming, color mixing and inventing! I just got a new washer and dryer (hooray for me!) and I will be bringing the boxes to school so the children can go crazy with creativity! There is nothing more fun than a BIG cardboard box!!!
I am working on your children's assessments and will have them done by the time our Parent/Teacher Conference rolls around. Please see the sign up sheet on the bulletin board to reserve your time. If you can't make it to any of the times listed, please see me and we will work out a time and date that works with your schedule. Your children are very important to us and we want to work as a team, with you, to provide them with the tools they need to progress to the next class.
I can't wait to see you all!
Last week we had so much fun using our imaginations! This week we are on week #2 of our theme Imagine it, Make it. This is also Dental Health Awareness Month as well as Valentine's Day...Whew! We can do this!
The BIG Idea: I can use tools to create and build, The Knowledge Focus: Children learn how imagination and creativity shape our world and the Social-Emotional Focus: Initiative. This week the children will learn to work with a variety of tools, we will work on AB patterns and rhyming words. Our letter of the week is N,n.
Families, please share in your child's learning by exploring the Big Day Online Family Space for: Big Day BookFlix videos, multimedia books, and activities. There is also a tip of the week, theme letter, online fun and games, learn and play downloadables, family resources and more!
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please know that I have an open door policy. I would love to hear from you regarding anything that pertains to your child. You and I are a team working together to teach your child faith building skills, social emotional skills, fine and large motor skills as well as academics. Communication is so very important!
Next week we will be closed for Winter break and school will resume on February 25th.
God bless you all and Happy Valentine's Day!
Catholic Schools Week was so much fun! I want to thank each and every one of you for sending your child to Our Lady of Mercy Preschool. I thank you for your sacrifices and your participation. We wouldn't be able to provide the quality Catholic education that we do without you!
We are starting week 1 of our new theme: Imagine it, Make it. We will be able to see and show off just how creative your children are! How fun! The BIG Idea this week is...I can imagine all kinds of things. The Knowledge Focus is...Children learn how imagination and creativity shape our world. The Social-Emotional Focus...Initiative.
We are asking for "Bits and Pieces" from home to help us with our theme. Any boxes, fabric scraps, wrapping paper, packing peanuts, toilet paper and paper towel tubes, dress up clothes, anything that the children can get creative with would be greatly appreciated!
There will be an all school Mass on Saturday, February 9 at St. Patrick's Church at 5:00 p.m.
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 14th. The children will be making special bags to hold their Valentines. If your child will be bringing cards to give to their friends, please have them sign their names only so they will be easier to pass out. It's best to start now and have the children do a few cards a day so they aren't overwhelmed by having to write their names so many times. Great practice! If your child would like to bring a goodie to help fill their bags that would be great! Please bring goodies and cards on that day. I have a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in case you would like to help with snack that day...thank you! There are 26 children and 3 teachers in the class.
School will be closed from February 18th - February 22 for winter break.
May the Lord bless you and keep you safe and healthy,
The Auction was a huge success! It was so much fun and we raised money for our school which is so good for our children! I mean your children! See? I think of them as my own! The Preschool donation was an adorable wooden playhouse and Mrs. Blackburn had the winning bid. Will we see it on our playground? Fingers crossed!
This will be the final week of our theme Awesome Animals. The Big Idea: Animals grow and change just like me! The Knowledge Focus: Children learn about life science through the exploration of animals and animal life cycles. We will be doubling down on letter recognition, sounds and writing as well as number recognition and writing!
The Auction kicked off Catholic Schools Week and we joined together at Mass this morning. As always, when I go to Mass I feel peace and love and get so excited when I see the children leave Mass to go to their special class and when I see those that are going through classes to receive the Sacraments, they are positively glowing!
Tomorrow, Monday, we will be joining our reading buddies for a short movie in the auditorium.
Tuesday - Buddy Day - will be free dress (blue and white, our school colors) and our reading buddies will come at 10:45 to play with us on the playground!
Wednesday, Our Lady of Mercy School will host The Cherish Luncheon and invite all seniors to attend. Please call the church office or the school and let us know how many will be attending. Preschool will not be on stage as the performances will be held during our lunch time.
Thank you so much for sending your child/children to Our Lady of Mercy School. We are so blessed to have you!
Mrs. Sharon Richards aka: Miss C. (I got married in November...but will still and forever use my alias with the children...Miss C.! I tell them C. stands for Cinderella : )
I hope you enjoyed your weekend together and are ready to welcome a brand new week! We will be entering week #3 of our Awesome Animals Theme - Creepy, Crawly Insects! The Big Idea: I am very curious about bugs! Our knowledge focus is: Children learn about life science through the exploration of animals and animal life sciences! Our social-emotional focus is : Attention! We will be working on the letter L,l, counting to 30 and writing our names without using our name tags...hooray! The children will be finishing up the bird nests they started last week with Mrs. Romero and we will finally learn about what I think is the children's favorite things...bugs! : )
If you have not had a chance to go to our Big Day for Prek page, you can get there by typing in misscprek for the username and lancers for the password. It's a wonderful site and I say many profound things there, like, I think God made Roly Polys just for children!
Once again, I would like to remind you that our largest fundraiser of the year, our Auction is going to be on Saturday, January 26th. This is such a fun event with a silent auction, live auction (things can get crazy here!) dinner and dance (things can get crazy here too : ) ) Please see Lisa Saling in the main office for your tickets, we will have so much fun, I promise! The theme this year is New York, New York and this will kick off Catholic Schools Week. There will be an all school Mass on Sunday at St. Patricks at 9:00 a.m. and we will have blue and white free dress on Tuesday, Jan 29th. Wed. is Buddy Day and if our reading buddies aren't too busy I am going to ask if they can come and play with us and join us for snack.
A great BIG thank you to those of you who have already donated to our Auction item. I know $10 is a lot to ask and we will be grateful for anything you can give.
Please remember...God is good...ALL...the time... (that was our weekly message in the classroom last week!)
God bless you,
Welcome to week 2 of our theme Awesome Animals! This is such a fun theme and the children are really enjoying it!
This week the children will make birds nests out of playdough, sticks, leaves, and other natural elements they find on the playground. We will learn about animal habitats. The Big Idea is: Animals have a home just like me. The knowledge focus: Children learn about life science through the exploration of animals and animal life cycles.
If you have not yet visited our Big Day for PreK curriculum website, please do! There are many learning adventures that you can go on with your child to make the home/school connection! I have printed out a quite a few of our fun with Clifford pages that you can work on with your child at home. If your child turns them back in after you have worked on them at home, they will get a sticker and I will keep them as evidence on our assessments Speaking of which I will be reassessing your children very soon and will share them with you during the upcoming conferences in March. We are officially half way though with the school year and will double down on the basics of letter recognition, sounds, and writing, as well as number recognition and counting. The children are doing pretty well on shapes and colors but we won't forget about those. It will help your child so much if you could take some time out of every day to work with your child on their academics. We are a team working together to help your child progress to the next level...actually, you are your child's first teacher : )
Just a reminder.....
Jan. 21st. - Preschool closed for Dr. Martin Luther KIng's Birthday
Jan. 26th - Auction and dinner and dance at St. Patrick's Parish Hall.
To kick off Catholic School's Week we will start with our Auction, the biggest fund raiser of the year! The theme this year is New York, New York! There will be a silent auction, live auction, dinner and dancing! This year all preschool classes will be working together on our items. The children will be personalizing them and we hope there will be great interest! In order to cover the cost of these items, our room parents are asking for a donation of $10.00 per family. I have a donation bag hanging up in the classroom and we greatly appreciate your contribution! Funds raised from this event will help to keep tuition costs low. I hope to see you all there, please contact the main office to purchase your tickets.
God bless you all,
Hello Dear Families!
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that 2019 will be filled with blessings! I miss your children so much and can't wait to get back to school. Please remember that your child may experience separation anxiety when you drop them off, so just put them into our very loving arms and tell them you will be back soon. My oldest son was fine when he first started preschool but after Christmas he screamed and cried and clung to me for two weeks until he finally got back into routine! He thought his school career was over and that he could stay home forever...I would have loved that! Now after 18 more years of school he holds a Bachelor's Degree from UCSB!
We will be starting Theme 4 in our Big Day for PreK curriculum...Awesome Animals. If your child would like to share a picture of a pet or any other animal, they are welcome to bring one. The BIG Idea this week is: I live in a world full of animals. The children will learn about life science through the exploration of animals and animal life cycles. Our social emotional focus will be attention.
Friday, Jan. 10th - For those students who are regularly scheduled for this day - Pajama Day!
(No slippers please!)
Monday, Jan. 21st - School closed to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King
Friday, Jan. 25th - St. Vincent de Paul lunches - Preschool
Saturday, Jan. 26th - OLM Auction at St. Patrick's Parish Hall - 5:00
Sunday, Jan. 27th - School Mass - 9:00 am at St. Patrick's - Catholic Schools Week
Tuesday, Jan. 29th - Buddy Day - Blue and White free dress
Wednesday, Jan. 30th - classroom birthday celebrations
The OLM Auction Dinner and Dance is our largest fundraiser of the year. Each class donates a special item and this year all of our preschool classes are working together on our donation. We are asking each family to donate $!0.00 to help pay expenses. We will have a bag hung up by the sign in sheet for your convenience. Thank you so very much and don't forget to buy your Auction tickets...I will see you there!
May the Lord bless each and every one of you,
Christmas will soon be here and we will continue to teach the children the "real" reason for the season is Jesus! We have been working on kindness and have seen some amazing examples of it in class! We are so proud of your children and love the compassion that they show each other!
This will be our last week before Christmas vacation and ...somehow...the children seem to know that we're winding down. We will continue to work on writing, letter and number recognition, shapes and colors. Please take some time during vacation to work with your children on these as I will be doing assessments again in January. I look forward to meeting with you in March to go over these latest assessments and to discuss where you see your child next year.
Wednesday, Dec. 19th - Christmas Program at St. Patrick's Church at 6:30 pm. We will not be performing but I guarantee it will be an amazing evening.
Friday, Dec. 21st - We will be attending a Christmas assembly at 8:30 am and the school/preschool will close promptly at 12:30.
Saturday, January 26th - Our largest fundraiser of the year! Please check the bulletin board for donation requests. Thank you!
In my last newsletter I mentioned the "Spirit of Christmas Dinner" in which I asked for each family to donate a can of fruit. Thank you to those of you who have given. Now I am asking for each family to bring in a wrapped toy marked with boy or girl and an age that the toy is appropriate for. It is a true blessing to be able to help those less fortunate than ourselves and for a child to receive a gift at Christmas where they otherwise wouldn't have gotten any is truly an act of kindness. It makes me think of my own 3 boys and the struggles we endured when they were young. To see their faces light up on Christmas morning was a gift for me beyond compare! I thank you for blessing others! I just found out that they request that the toys and the fruit be donated by Tuesday, Dec. 18th! Sorry for the short notice! If you donate after that date, please rest assured that any offerings will be taken to Catholic Charities or St. Vincent de Pauls for distribution to those less fortunate.
May God bless you during this most Holy season of Advent and always!
Dear OLM Families,
We are in the season of Advent and are teaching the children that we are waiting for Jesus' birth. We have an Advent calendar in the hallway and each day a child comes up to the front of group and removes a rock that leads to a stable with Jesus, Mary and Joseph inside. They then move the 3 wise men closer to the manger. We are talking about the birth of Jesus and how "giving" is better than receiving, even if that means giving a smile to someone, sharing a toy or letting someone else be the first in line.
In the interest of giving, we are asking each family to donate a can of fruit for the Spirit of Christmas Dinner. You are such giving families as when you bring a lunch for St. Vincent de Paul on one Friday of the month that I know we will have many cans of fruit to give. Those less fortunate than ourselves will greatly appreciate anything you can give.
Just a reminder...with the cold weather upon us, please check your child's extra clothes and make sure they are appropriate for the weather. We need a shirt, pants, shoes, socks and underwear please. Also, we go outside when it is very cold so please send your child to school with a coat. Remember to label all coats, hats, sweaters and gloves as we have many duplicates! As you know, the children's cubbies are small and we have many things that end up on the floor! Please remember that no toys are allowed at school, except for a naptime snuggly toy and that there is no room for backpacks. I'm sorry!
The following is a calendar for the rest of the month:
Sunday, Dec. 16th - School Mass at St. Patrick's - 7:00 am
Wednesday, Dec. 19th - Christmas Program at St. Patrick's - we will not be performing
Friday, Dec. 21st - Christmas Assembly - 8:30 - special snack - The school will close promptly at 12:30.
January 7th - School resumes
My God bless you all and keep you safe and healthy,
This will be a short and busy month for us! We are in the season of Advent and will be concentrating on the real reason for the season, Jesus' birth! The children are working hard on many projects related to Advent as well as Christmas gifts for their families.
On December 6th we will celebrate St. Nicholas Day. The children will put one shoe in the hallway and when they hear a bell ring, they will find a goodie in their shoe! They will learn that Santa Claus is very much like St. Nicholas!
December 7th we will be celebrating The Immaculate Conception with a school Mass At 8:15 am. As always you are all welcome to join us!
There will be a school Mass at St. Patrick's Church at 7:00 am on December 16th.
On December 19th we will celebrate all December Birthdays as well as the Christmas Program. We will not be performing in this program as we did during the Thanksgiving program but Mrs. Veronica's class will be in it as well as many other classes. It is something you will not want to miss and I hope to see you all there!
On December 21st we all be closing promptly at 12:30. We will have a small Christmas party of milk and cookies and in the morning we will be attending a Christmas assembly with a lot of Christmas carols sung.
At this time I would like to thank all of you who have donated baby wipes, tissues, paper towels and healthy snacks to our classroom! Thank you also for those who have so generously donated their time and treasures! We would not have the classroom we have today without your ongoing support!
Please make sure to label all coats, hats and gloves that come into the classroom as there are many duplicates. Also please check your child's file box every day for important paperwork and make sure they have a change of clothes that is appropriate with the season.
Your children are very important to us, so if you ever have a question or concern please don't hesitate to bring it to our attention...thank you!
May the Lord bless you and your families every day of your lives,
Welcome back Everyone!
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends, I sure did! By Friday, though, I was ready to come back to work and I really missed your children!
This first week we will be reading the wonderful books Press Here, Mix It Up and Let's Play by Herve' Tullet. It's a flex week so we try to always incorporate these books into our curriculum. If you are not familiar with these books, I highly recommend that you check them out! They are full of learning and interactive so the children love them!
The rest of the month we will be concentrating on Advent (Coming in Latin). The children will be learning all about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the real meaning of Christmas. They will be doing multiple Advent projects and also be making a special gift for you!
On December 1st OLM will be in the Christmas Parade in downtown Merced. I hope to see you there to cheer on our band and color guards!
December 2nd the Merced County Courthouse Museum will be open to display a number of beautifully decorated Christmas trees! Olm has 3 trees we have decorated so please stop by and see them between the hours of 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The choir will be singing from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the old courtroom and I hope you will be able to make it!
Although we will not be participating in the Christmas Program, Mrs. Veronica's class will be and I highly recommend that you, as a family, attend. It will be performed at St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. It is always a very special program and I guarantee you will enjoy every minute of it!
School will be closed from December 24th - January 4th so we can celebrate our Saviors birth with our families.
May The Lord always be smiling down on you for the rest of your days.
This will be a short and fun week for us as we approach our Thanksgiving holiday. Our accreditation was a huge success! We received a full six accreditation, which is the best you can get! The team said many times that they felt the love we have for our students, the student's love for us, and our love for each other! Sending your child to OLM School is a lifelong faithful, relationship building and educational journey. My three boys came here from preschool through eighth grade and made lifelong friends and although they are in their twenties, they still wear OLM T-shirts! Hooray!
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 14th is our Thanksgiving program. Our class will be singing two songs and ending the program. Please have your child in the classroom by 6:15, drop them off and take their coats as we will not be returning to the classroom. Find yourself a good seat and you can pick your child up from the stage after the program. We will be performing before the whole school tomorrow morning!
We will be having our preschool Thanksgiving feast on Thursday and are asking for a $3.00 donation per family to help cover the cost of food. We will dress as pilgrims and Mrs. Veronica's class will dress as Indians and we will share the feast!
We will be attending a prayer service on Friday morning and as always, everyone is welcome!
School will be closed Monday, November 19th through Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving Vacation.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
It was nice to see so many of you at the school Mass this morning! Directly after Mass I headed to school to get the classroom ready for Accreditation on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are excited to welcome the Accreditation Team to Our Lady of Mercy School and look forward to their visiting our classroom so they can see all the hard work your children have done since school started!
We are going to concentrate on The Saints Wax Museum, Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving for the next couple of weeks. We will be going to the Saints Wax Museum in the auditorium at 10:00 on Wednesday morning. Our school wide Veteran's Celebration will be at 8:30 Thursday morning. Being the wife and daughter of Veterans, I have to bring tissues as it is always a very emotional program! I warn the children ahead of time that I will cry as to not upset them unnecessarily! November 8th will be a minimum day for the whole school. Please pick your child up by 12:30 as we will have an Accreditation meeting at 12:45.
There will be no school on Friday, November 9th or Monday, November 12th. The Thanksgiving Program will be on Wednesday, November 14th, please have your child dressed in their OLM t-shirts in the classroom no later than 6:15. You can drop them off and take their coats and go and find yourself a good seat! You can pick your child up from the stage after the program has ended. You're in for a treat, the children are amazing! The next day is our Thanksgiving feast. We are asking for a $3.00 donation from each family to help with the cost of the food. The children will dress up in their pilgrim costumes and share a turkey lunch with their Indian friends in Mrs. Veronica's class. Before the feast we will have a parade around the school grounds to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and show off our costumes! On Friday, November 16th we will be attending a Thanksgiving Prayer Service with the whole school in the auditorium at 8:15. All are, as always, welcome to join us!
School will be closed November 19th - 23rd for Thanksgiving Vacation.
I thank God every day for blessing me with your children,
I had a wonderful time at the Halloween Carnival Saturday night and was so excited to see the children all dressed up in their costumes! I had a wig on so the children didn't know who I was until I told them and they heard my voice! Such a great turn out! Thank you for bringing your children!
We have completed our theme of "Our Community" and for the next week will focus on Halloween and All Saints Day. Thank you to those of you who met with me for a parent/teacher conference. It was a pleasure to speak with you about your child. If you did not sign up for a conference and would like to meet with me, please let me know and we can do it after 3:00 on a day that is good for you.
On Wednesday, Halloween, we will have a Pumpkin Patch Day. The children will make a special spider cookie for snack and a fun bat hat. If your child would like to bring a goodie to help fill up their Trick or Treat bags that would be appreciated. The children love to pass out treats to their friends!
A great big thank you to Mrs. Turner who is helping out in our class on Wednesdays and who put together the beautiful basket that our class donated to the raffle at the Halloween Carnival!!!
On Thursday November 1st we will be going to Mass for All Saints Day at 8:15. All are welcome to join us as always. Sunday November 4th there will be an all school Mass at St. Patrick's Church at 9:00 am.
We thank you for entrusting your most precious children into our care and will do everything we can to teach them that no matter what, Jesus loves them, as well as their social skills and academics to guide them on their spiritual, social and academic journey.
God bless you all,
Hello Families and welcome!
I would like to start out by saying that I missed all the children during this long weekend! On Saturday we were blessed to be able to attend a religious congress in Visalia and it was wonderful! I attended three classes and came away enlightened and informed.
We are starting week 3 in our theme "Our Community." The Big Idea this week is: Transportation is for doing jobs and getting around my community. The children will learn about the role of the community in their lives and the importance of good citizenship. We will focus on the letter H,h.
Tomorrow OLM School will host a Think Pink rally in the afternoon and the upper grades and teachers can wear pink free dress for $1.00. Preschoolers are of course always welcome to wear pink : ) Please keep in mind our "Pink Jar" as you walk in to the classroom, all donations will go to The Susan G. Komen Foundation to find a cure for breast cancer.
School picture re-takes will take place on Tuesday, October 16th. If your child missed getting their pictures taken or if they're eyes were closed, please return the first packet and new pictures will be taken.
The week of October 22nd will be Parent/Teacher Conferences. I am so looking forward to meeting with you. If you have not signed up for a conference or if there are no good time available, please see me and I will work with your schedule. Thank you for signing up!
The Book Fair is also that week so if you get a chance, please visit it with your child, there are many wonderful book to be read and the proceeds will help our school library.
October 27th is our Halloween Carnival! This is always a huge success and a safe and fun way for the children to trick or treat! The preschool will host the cake walk and need parents to sign up to cover 30 minute shifts. We are also asking for baked goods for the cake walk. The school is asking for a $3.00 donation and 2 bags of candy to make the carnival a success. We will also be donating a raffle prize and our room parent, Mrs. Turner, (Kylie's mom) will be putting it together for us...thank you! We will be raffling off an oil change for your car and who doesn't need that? Please donate what you can to help pay for the oil change.
Our Pumpkin Patch Day will be on Halloween. The children will be making Trick or Treat Bags so if your child would like to bring a goodie on that day to help fill up the bags it would be greatly appreciated! We also have a sign up sheet in the classroom if you would like to help with our special snack.
God bless you all,
We are starting week 2 of our theme My Community. The Big Idea is: The workers in my community help everyone. The children learn about the role of the community in their lives and the importance of good citizenship.
We are still working on our Rosary books and they are turning out great! Mrs. Gaby will be working with the children on making their own Rosary out of straws and Mrs. Mary will be gifting all the children with a Rosary that was blessed during the last Mass. I hope it will be something they cherish and keep forever!
This is a very busy month for us at Our Lady of Mercy School. The following is a calendar of important dates:
October 12th - no school
October 15th - Pink free dress for $1.00
October 16th - School picture retakes
October 19th - Chocolate Dipper order pick up day
October 20th - School Mass at St. Patrick's - 5:00 pm
October 22nd - 26th - Parent/Teacher conferences
October 22nd - 26th - Book Fair - Enchanted Forest - Let your imagination grow! Open 8 - 4 Mon-Thurs and 8-3 Fri,
October 27th - Halloween Carnival 5:00 - 8:00 pm (costumes...YES!)
October 31st - No costumes allowed please - Classroom special Halloween snack.
Please remember our "Pink Jar" and discuss the Rosary with your children...they amaze me at how quickly they learn!
God bless you all.
This week we will be starting a new theme: Our Community. The Big Idea is: I visit many places in my community. We will be reviewing the letters A,a - F,f.
The month of October is important for many reasons. The children will learn all about the Rosary and receive a rosary of their very own on Friday that has been blessed. I will be working with the children on a wonderful Rosary book and begin to teach them how to pray the Rosary. Another reason October is such an important month is that it is the month we recognize the fight against breast cancer. My family has been deeply touched by this terrible disease and I always do what I can to donate to the cause. We have a "Pink Jar" in the classroom in our religion corner just as you walk in the door. I ask that the children bring one coin every day to donate to the fight against breast cancer. We will discuss this in class and it will be a great way to teach the children about empathy, giving to those less fortunate than ourselves and the value of different coins. The money will be collected all year and in the end will be turned over to Mrs. Wynnberg who is our OLM Relay For Life leader. She will, in turn, donate all the money we've collected to Relay For LIfe in April. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your donations.
Friday we will celebrate The Blessing of the Animals, St Francis Mass at 11:00 am on the 27th street side of the school. If you have an animal, any animal, that you would like to have blessed, you can bring them to Mass on this day. The preschool will not be able to attend this Mass as it is during our lunch hour but you are more than welcome to sign your child out and take them to Mass with you and your pets.
May the Lord bless you and your pets,
I hope you were all able to make it to the Pancake Breakfast at St. Patrick's this morning. I heard the food was delicious, but unfortunately I wasn't feeling well and couldn't make it!
We are on our 4th and final week of Theme 2: My Family. This week the Big Idea is: Every family is unique. As I said on the family page of Big Day at PreK online, all families are different but we are all God's children, so we are all family! We will introduce the letter F,f and review A,a through E,e. The children are going nuts over the Leap Frog video, The Letter Factory! You can watch it at home on youtube! I love that they love it! They ask to watch it everyday! How can I say no?
The children will be working on identifying how many words are in a sentence, writing their names, following oral directions, sorting objects and observing physical characteristics of different kinds of multicultural foods. Wow! That could be fun! If you would like to bring in a snack from a different country, we would LOVE that! It would be great to introduce the children to new foods! We have 23 children in class and we'll write down their responses to the different foods.
Wednesday we will be celebrating all September Birthdays, so if your child was born this month, you may want to sign up on our Birthday Wish List that is on the bulletin board. Speaking of the bulletin board, I have posted a sign up sheet for parent/teacher conferences in October. If you need a day or time that is not listed, please see me and we will work it out. I am currently working on assessing all the children and will give you a progress report at the conference. I am very much looking forward to sitting down with you to discuss our favorite subject!
May the Lord's blessings follow you every step you take,
We're looking forward to another fun and busy week here at OLM preschool! I would like to take this time to thank you for signing up on our snack calendar, for bringing in wipes, tissue, and paper towels and filling in the blanks on our birthday wish list! We could never do it without your support! Please make sure your child has a full change of clothes including shoes, sign them in and out every day with your full signature, check their files and take home any blankets or toys your child sleeps with for a good washing every week! Thank you, thank you, thank you! And please since the weather is getting cooler put your child's name on their coats and jackets! We have many duplicates! : )
We are entering into week #3 of our theme "My Family." Our letter of the week is E,e and our Big Idea is : I share special times with my family." The children will learn about family members roles and the unique qualities of families. Our social -emotional focus is: Kindness. Our learning centers will include
collaborating with classmates and playing family games with blocks, using art materials to create family meals, choosing a family celebration and acting it out in the dramatic play center, playing games using number cubes, enjoying theme books, exploring objects that float or sink in the water table and finally drawing and writing about family experiences. Play? Fun? Learning? It's all the same!
I am continuing to assess the children and very much look forward to our parent/teacher conference in October. If you have any questions or concerns at anytime please feel free to contact me. I am here for you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or your can reach me by phone between the hours of 7:00 and 3:00 Monday - Friday at 722-6657 Or...just pull me aside and I will do what I can then and there!
Sunday we will be celebrating Mass at 9:00 at St. Patrick's Church and enjoying a pancake breakfast. There are still tickets available if you would like to join us and I hope to see you there!
God bless you,
I hope you all had a great weekend, I sure did! We will be entering week 2 of our theme My Family. Our big idea this week is...I love my family and they love me. Our social emotional focus is kindness. This a run down of our upcoming week: Investigating ways to care, introducing measuring length, compound words, introducing the letter D,d, exploring healthy eating, discussing honesty, exploring roles and responsibilities and finally, exploring day and night! No problem! We've got this!
I will begin to assess your children and this will take some time. I will go over all I've learned when we have parent/teacher conferences in October.
I hope you have all been able to sign in to Big Day for PreK on your computers. This is an amazing way to make the home/school connection! You will be able to see all we do in class as well as download the stories we will be reading! So fun!
If you have any questions or concerns, please see me, call me at 722-6657 between 7:00 and 3:00, or email me at email@example.com. It is so important that we have an open and easy relationship so we will be better able to work together on your child's strengths and challenges.
May the Lord always bless you,
Hello my dear Families!
I hope you're enjoying your Labor Day together and not having to labor too much!
We are excited to introduce our new theme - My Family. My family is very close, I am blessed to say, and my three boys are great at keeping in touch with me. Of course not as much as I would like, I would carry them all around in my pocket if I could! Yes, I'm one of THOSE moms! The good news is that when I can't be with my own children I get to be with yours and for that I am truly grateful!
We will be introducing to the children the fact that all families are different and special. We are all family as we are all God's children. Every person in the family has a very important role and has responsibilities to help the home run smoothly. We stress how important team work is in the classroom and will encourage them to incorporate team work into their family time. While the children have experienced what family members do to love and support them, they will also understand that they make big contributions to family life. So the Big Idea for this theme is "I am an important part of my family." Showing kindness is the perfect way to share love, and children will be encouraged to demonstrate kindness at home and at school.
Week 1 - Who's in My Family? Week 2 - We Take Care of Each Other. Week 3 - Family Fun. Week 4 - All Kinds of Families. Throughout this theme the social-emotional focus is kindness. The children learn about and explore ways of showing kindness and being considerate, generous, and friendly. We will be learning the letters Cc, Dd, E,e, shapes, colors and separating sentences into words. Sounds like a lot of work but don't worry, your children are amazing little sponges!
We will be attending Mass on Friday at 8:15. Please make sure your children go to the bathroom and wash their hands so we won't have to take them during Mass. When one goes they all have to go and we sit front and center right in front of the Priest! Mother Mary's birthday is Saturday, don't forget to sing her the Happy Birthday song!
Much love and many prayers said in your names,
We had a great week at school and look forward to another one this week! We are in our 3rd week of Theme 1: Ready For School and this week we are "Learning Together."
The children will be working with a partner and exploring how they can work together at a center. We will also be introducing the letters A,a and B,b. Establishing routines is something we are still working on...especially clean up time! We will practice identifying letter sounds, using full sentences, comparing lengths and recognizing patterns and using our large motor skills! A lot of work and a lot of fun!
I'm so excited to introduce you to Big Day online Family Space! Big Day for PreK is our new curriculum and if you go to Big Day PreK online and sign in with the user name Misscprek and password lancers, you can make the home/school connection and see exactly what we are doing in class! It's very exciting...you can even watch the stories we read in class with your child!
School pictures will be taken Wednesday, August 29th and Thursday, August 30th. Please turn in your picture packet by the day your child will take their picture. Thank you!
The preschool will be contributing to the St. Vincent de Paul lunches on Friday, August 31st. This is just one way that we can teach the children about compassion and helping those less fortunate then ourselves. The children will bring home a decorated lunch bag that you can fill and return to school on Friday. Please don't include anything that has to be refrigerated but feel free to include a prayer.
There will be no school on Monday, September 3rd as we will be closed for Labor Day.
God bless you all,
It was so nice to see those of you who came to our open house on Sunday! I hope you enjoyed a good meal and spent all the time you wanted looking over your child's classroom! I know they were looking forward to showing you their hard work!
This week we will be working on the first letter of your child's name, name writing, making friends and positional words. The children are working hard at sitting and listening at group and cleaning up when the bell rings. With our many child directed centers, the children are using their imaginations and building, counting, learning their letters and numbers as well as working together - cooperation - showing compassion and learning the classroom rules.
As the majority of our children are nappers, please remember to take blankets and pillows home at least once a week for a washing. I've noticed some children wearing open toed shoes and we ask for them to have their toes covered. The bees love tender little toes and riding a bike is not allowed if the children are wearing sandals.
Your children are happy and healthy and getting more comfortable every day! Mrs. Gaby, Mrs. Rebeca and I are forming special bonds with everyone of them. If you have any questions or concerns, please see me so we can work together to guide your child down the path to Kindergarten confident in their faith, academics and social/emotional skills.
Many blessings to you all,
Mrs. Gaby, Mrs. Rebeca and I, Miss C. are truly blessed that you have chosen us to guide your most precious gift, your children.
Our theme this year is, "Jesus is my Super Hero!" To give you an idea as to why we made the changes to our classroom, it's all about having a soothing atmosphere. We are embracing an Amelia Reggio inspired classroom where we incorporate natural wood and metal elements and the centers are child directed. We feel this will help the children feel more centered and not so distracted by color and clutter. We will be using The Big Day curriculum from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Handwriting Without Tears and Stories of God's Love. Our First theme is Ready For School and we will concentrate on learning where each child stands on their academics, social/emotional and fine and large motor skills.
This first week we spent time helping the children adjust to their new surroundings and introduced them to the classroom rules. To make it simple our three main rules are nice hands, nice feet, nice mouth! All were happy and engaged and I would say the first week was a huge success!
Please remember to sign your child in and out every day with the time and your full signature. You will find a snack calendar on our bulletin board. If you would like to sign up it would be greatly appreciated! Please check your child's file box every day as this is how we will send home important papers. Thank you so very much for the paper towels, baby wipes and tissue! We go through them faster than you can imagine!
If you ever have any questions or concerns, I am at school from 7:00 - 3:00 or you can call (209) 722-6657 to leave me a messge.
On the calendar this week...We have Mass on Wednesday at 8:15 in the auditorium. All are welcome to join us! Please dress your child in their OLM t-shirts and discuss with them how we sit quietly and still during Mass. I know this is hard for them but by the end of the year they will have it mastered : )
Sunday, Aug. 19th we will be hosting our open house! The hours are 11:00 - 1:00 and a delicious lunch will be available for purchase. I hope to see you all there!
God bless you all,
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