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!