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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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