Hello Preschool Families,
This month is short and really flying by! The children have been busy working on their Valentine's Day bags and painting a heart with pom poms that they have cut out themselves.
This is our second week of our theme: Awesome Animals/Animals All Around and we'll be focusing on animal homes and animals we know (farm, zoo, ocean.) We'll be learning the letters Vv, Jj, Nn and revisiting curved lines. The children will be learning about money and doing rubbings of pennies and quarters while we discuss George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Beginning and ending sounds will be practiced and you can do this too...at home with the children! In our Social/Emotional curriculum we are in week 17 "Managing Waiting." Counting is a great way to pass the time if you have to wait and are getting a bit antsy. How many children are in line? How many red or blue things can you count while your waiting? This will be a great week and we plan on having a faithful, fun and learning filled time!
We have a sign up sheet for Parent/Teacher Conferences on our bulletin board. Please sign up! If you need a time or day that is not listed, please see me and we will work it out.
Here is what the rest of the month looks like:
Fri., Feb. 14th - St. Valentine's Day celebrations
Mon., Feb. 17th - 21st - School will be closed
Tues., Feb. 25th - Fat Tuesday
Wed., Feb. 26th - Ash Wednesday Mass in the auditorium 8:15. All are welcome!
Fri., Feb. 28th - Preschool See's Candy Fundraiser begins
Wed., March 4th - Kindergarten Informational Night 6:00 pm in the auditorium
May God keep you healthy,
We all had a great time last week celebrating Catholic Schools Week. We were able to spend extra time with our reading buddies and enjoyed dressing up wearing our favorite team clothes. I want to thank everyone who was able to pitch in for the cost of our class donation for the Auction and a great BIG thank you to our room parents Mrs. Sylvester ( James' Mom) and Mrs. Tapetillo (Michael's Mom) for making the quilt and basket! They were so beautiful!
We have started Show and Tell and the children have really enjoyed sharing with their classmates. A big part of Our Lady of Mercy School is public speaking and it all starts here! Our new Theme is Animals Everywhere and it would be great if the children could bring in a picture of their pets. If they don't have a pet they can bring in a picture of an animal they would like as a pet. It can be something they've drawn, cut out of a magazine or a picture off the internet. We'll display these pictures in the classroom and return them at the end of our theme.
Week #1 of our new theme is: I love animals. The children will practice showing love by caring for pets/animals. We have turned our dramatic play area into a Veterinarian's Office so it will be fun as well as informative. We'll be working on the letter G,g this week and learning about curved and straight lines in letters. Counting to 20 will be our goal and comparing sizes a nod to math and science when we compare adult animals to baby animals. Our Nursery Rhyme will be Hey Diddle Diddle and it will be fun to spend time with the children rhyming the word cat. Those of you who have seen our kitty peaking in the classroom window (I cut it out of a calendar) will be happy to know we have named it
C-A-T! In our Second Step Social/Emotional Curriculum we are on week 17 - Managing Anger. Continuing to practice our calm down steps...put hands on our tummy and say stop, name your feeling and take belly breaths we will all find that it takes just a few seconds to make ourselves feel calmer so we can work out our differences.
First week of February calendar...
Thurs., Feb 6th - Science Fair in the auditorium 6:00 pm. Preschool will not be participating.
Fri., Feb. 7th - All School Mass 8:15 am
Sat., Feb. 8th - School Mass at St. Patrick's church 5:00 pm
God bless you all and keep you safe and healthy,
Dear Preschool Families,
Last night we had a fantastic time at the Auction! It was nice to see so many of you there! Michael's family won the bid for our class donation and the quilt and basket were beautiful! Congratulations! I won the bid for the Fourth of July Basket and I absolutely LOVE it! If you were unable to attend this year, try to plan to attend next year, I promise you will have a great time!
For the final week of January we will be having a flex week. We'll spend time catching up on projects and doing a lot of fun things for Catholic Schools Week. We'll be learning all about hibernation, number poems and the letter Cc.
We've had a lot of children out sick lately so I thought I would review some of our policies...please don't bring your child to school sick! If they have a fever, are throwing up or have diarrhea, they need to stay home for 24 hours after it ends. We do a quick health check every morning but if the children have had a fever reducer before they come to school, it will wear off in 4 hours and we'll have to call you to come and pick up your child. Please make sure they have extra clothes and shoes at school in case they do get sick and need to be changed. We go outside every day unless it's raining. Many children are coming to school without coats or only maybe a sweatshirt. Please bundle them up! If they fight you about wearing a coat, just bring it anyway and we will make sure they put it on before going outside. Sometimes it's easier on you to do it that way...we're all parents and we totally remember those days!!! : )
The following is a rundown of Catholic Schools Week...
Mon. Jan. 27th - Preschoolers will be watching a movie in the auditorium with the big kids.
Tues., Jan. 28th - buddy day - blue and white free dress. Hopefully we can carve out some time with our reading buddies. No need to bring a gift.
Wed., Jan. 29th - Cherish Luncheon - Preschool will not be performing
Thurs., Jan. 30 - Souper Bowl - bring one or more cans of soup to be donated to charity and wear your favorite teams clothes.
Fri., Jan. 31st - Mass at St. Patrick's Church - Preschool will not be attending - Preschool's turn to bring St. Vincent de Paul lunches .
God bless each and everyone of you,
I hope you all had a nice long weekend! I'm excited because of our Auction coming up and I went to Boot Barn and bought myself the most adorable flag boots! I'm very patriotic and have been eyeing them for a year...now their mine!
Okay...enough about me...We are entering our third week of Seasons All Around - Seasons Change. I have a cute project lined up for the children where they will be making trees for every season. We will continue to work on the letter Qq, and although I was off on our Social/Emotional curriculum last week, we will review naming feelings which is a good thing! We will still be working on The Two Greatest Commandments...Love God and Love others. Mrs. Hermosillo will be working with the children on a numbers poem book. It's tiny but mighty! All the children have to do is put a pencil to paper, say the poem and do what the poem says...I know they will enjoy it and a lot of learning will come from it!
I am excited to announce that we will be starting Show and Tell on Tuesday. I have sent home a note telling when their child's special day is and asked that they bring something related to our theme. It can be a picture taken or drawn, a leaf, a stick...anything that has to do with the seasons...maybe a pair of gloves or mittens! Our goal is to get the children to be comfortable speaking in front of the class as there will be a lot of public speaking as they make their way through OLM.
Here is the rundown of the rest of the month of January...
Friday, Jan. 24th - Western free dress
Saturday, Jan. 25th Auction, Dinner and Dance - St. Patrick's Church Parish Hall - 5:00 pm
Sunday, Jan. 26th - Catholic School's Week Mass at St. Patrick's Church - 9:00 am
Monday, Jan. 27th - Movie in auditorium with the big kids!
Tuesday, Jan 28th - Buddy Day - Blue and white free dress
Wednesday, Jan 29th - Cherish Luncheon
Thursday, Jan 30th - Souper bowl - bring in a can of soup for charity and wear your favorite teams
May the Lord bless and keep you all,
We all had a great first week back from Christmas vacation. The children easily slipped back in to their routines and we just picked up where we had left off. We work on our classroom rules every day and even the children will remind their friends to walk inside and other rules as we all know they are there to keep us safe. Transitions - We tell the children when a transition is coming up so they will be expecting it. We also have a visual schedule up in the classroom so they know what's coming next. Transitions can be difficult if the children don't see them coming!
We are continuing on with our theme Seasons All Around and the children are enjoying ice painting, counting with snow balls (cotton balls,) playing with snow play dough that has a peppermint smell and also glitter and painting snow pictures! In religion we are concentrating on the two most important Commandments...Love God and Love Others. In our Social/Emotional Second Step curriculum we'll be working on naming feelings. The letters Ss, Yy, and Qq will be our focus this week and speaking about the alphabet, I have finished assessing the children on their letter recognition, both upper and lower case. In February I will do a full academic assessment and will look forward to sharing this information with you during parent/teacher conferences in March.
The following is a rundown of the rest of the month of January...
1-20 - Preschool will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday
1-25 - Our Lady of Mercy School Auction, Dinner and Dance...Belts, Boots and Buckles!
1-26 - School Mass at St. Patrick's Church - 9:00 am - Catholic Schools Week begins
1-31 - St Vincent de Paul lunches provided by preschool
Catholic Schools Week fun activities...
Monday - Movie in auditorium with the big kids!
Tuesday - Buddy Day - blue and white free dress
Wednesday - Cherish luncheon - Preschool will not be performing - western free dress
Thursday - Souperbowl - bring in a can of soup for charity and we can wear any sports team free dress
Have a blessed week,
Happy New Year and Happy New Decade! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas with your families and remembered to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus! I am so excited to be going back to school! I was good the first week since I was able to spend a lot of time with my boys but this second week has been tough! I miss all of the children and can't wait to see them again!!!
School starts on Monday, January 6th and we will start the new year with Seasons All Around. I will be reassessing the children on their knowledge of upper and lower case letters and will update you as to how their doing. In religion we will be learning about the two greatest commandments: We love God with our whole heart and we love others. In our Handwriting Without Tears workbook we will be continuing our work on letters that have curves, in math we will concentrate on more/fewer and ordinal positions up to 10. We will focus on beginning sounds and in our Second Step Social/Emotional curriculum it will be Emotional Management...We feel feelings in our bodies.
The following is a rundown of the month of January:
January 6th - School resumes
January 10th - All School Mass at 8:15
January 20th - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday
January 25th - Parent Club Auction
January 26th - Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Patrick's Church 9:00 am
I pray you all have a happy and healthy new year that is filled with blessings,
This is our final week before Christmas vacation. School will close promptly at 12:30 on Friday, December 20th. Your family Christmas gifts and cards are ready to take home and we hope you love them as much as we do! There has been a lot of talk among the children about Santa Claus at the mall and if he is the real Santa Claus so expect some questions! Although we teach the children that Jesus is the reason for the season, we still like to have fun with Santa Claus! Your children might have mentioned that we had an Elf on the Shelf...Mr. Jingles but now we can't find him! One of the children was afraid of him so I decided that he hid so well so he could watch us but we couldn't see him!
This week we will be concentrating on the letters Nn, Rr, Xx. We will continue on with reviewing our Second Step Social/Emotional curriculum and work on rhyming. The children are very excited these days what with Santa coming and all that we will also be reviewing classroom rules, nice hands, nice, feet and nice mouth as well as eyes watching, ears listening, mouths quiet and bodies calm.
The following is a run down of the rest of the month...
Dec. 15th - School Mass at St. Patrick's Church 7:00 am
Dec. 18th - Mrs. Mary's birthday! December birthday celebrations and the Christmas program at St. Patrick's at 6:30 pm. We are NOT in the program but I guarantee you will enjoy it!
Dec. 20th - 12:30 pm school closes
May the Lord bless you all during this Christmas season, I will miss you,
We are in our second week of Advent and now have two candles lit on our Advent Wreath. The first candle represented Hope and the second represents Faith. We are teaching the children that Jesus is the reason for the season. We will be learning about Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego.
The children are working hard on a Christmas gift and card for you as well as learning the letters Ff, Ll, Mm, and Oo. Rhyming is something we do everyday with our Nursery Rhymes and we are working hard on our Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum.
The Student Council will be sponsoring an all school Christmas food drive for those less fortunate than ourselves. We are asking all preschool families to donate canned fruit. We are also sponsoring a toy drive so that the children who attend The Spirit of Christmas dinner will each receive a gift. If you are able, please send a wrapped toy to school indicating if it's for a boy or a girl and the age appropriateness for the present. Please send the donated food items and toy to our classroom by Tuesday, December 17th. God bless you for your support.
The following is a run down on the rest of the month of December...
Dec. 15th - School Mass at St. Patrick's Church 7:00 am. Please have your child dress in their OLM T-shirts.
Dec. 18th - Christmas Program at St. Patrick's Church 6:30 pm. We will not be in it but Mrs. Veronica's class will be. We will also be celebrating December Birthdays.
Dec. 20th - School will close promptly at 12:30 pm for Christmas Vacation
May the Lord bless you all during this most holy season,
I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving! Vacation is nice but I miss the children so much that I can't wait to get back to school!
We will be focusing on the season of Advent this month. The children will be busy making a class Advent Wreath that we will hang in the hallway for everyone to enjoy. They will also be making stockings and a very special card and gift for you! We will also spend this time reviewing letters, numbers, shapes and colors as well as our social/emotional curriculum.
The following is a list of important dates:
Fri., Dec. 6th: St. Nicholas Day...the children will put one shoe in the hallway and if they've been good, St Nicholas will come and put a treat in their shoe!
Fri., Dec. 6th: Immaculate Conception Mass at 8:15 am
Sun., Dec. 15th: School Mass at St. Patrick's Church at 7:00 am
Wed., Dec. 18th: December Birthday Celebrations
Wed., Dec. 18th: Christmas Program at St. Patrick's Church at 6:30 pm
Fri., Dec. 20th: Preschool closes promptly at 12:30 pm.
May the Lord bless you all during this most Holy Season,
We have a crazy, busy week this week so hold on to your hats!
We will be reviewing our Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum. We will focus on the letters Kk, Pp, T,t and in our Handwriting Without Tears Book, a letter with curves D,d. We'll continue to learn about the first Thanksgiving and how there is always, always, always something to be thankful for!
We are so very thankful for all the support you give us on a daily basis. Our goal is to prepare your children for the next class in the journey toward Kindergarten successfully! We not only have to take academics into consideration but your child's maturity level and social emotional skills as well. Please work with your children every chance you get and remember to make learning fun! A lot is learned through play without the drudgery of "doing homework." If you ever have any questions or concerns, please see Mrs. Hermosillo or myself so we can work together to make the home/school connection. I am happy to say that I feel I have a great relationship with all my parents and I want you to feel comfortable with me. After all your children are a huge part of our lives and we only want what's best for them as you do.
This is a run down for the rest of November...
Nov. 20th - Birthday Celebrations!
Nov. 20th - We will perform our songs before the whole school at 8:15 am.
Nov. 20th - Thanksgiving Program. Please dress your child in their OLM T-shirts and drop them off in the classroom by 6:15 pm. Go and grab a seat...they go fast...we will be the last to perform and you can pick your child up from the stage at the end of the program. Tickets are still available for the delicious Thanksgiving dinner, either eat in or dine out!
Nov. 21st - Preschool Thanksgiving Feast. We are asking for a $3.00 donation per family for the food and you will find a bag hanging on the bulletin board in our classroom. We will be Pilgrims and Mrs. Veronica's class will be Indians. We'll parade around the school and then share our feast with Mrs. Veronica's Indians.
Nov. 22nd - Thanksgiving Prayer Service in the auditorium at 8:15 am.
Nov. 25th - 29th - School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We are asking all preschool families to donate 2 can of peas, corn or cranberry sauce to give to Catholic Charities to help feed many families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you so much!
May The Lord continue to bless you during this time of Thanksgiving,
Happy Veterans Day!
I would like to begin with thanking all the Veterans in our lives for keeping us safe! I am an Air Force Brat and very patriotic! The Veterans Program on Friday was wonderful, as usual, and yes, I did cry! One of our students saluted instead of putting his hand on his heart and I crumbled! It was so beautiful, I wish I could have gotten a picture!
In our Second Step Curriculum we will focus on strong feelings. This can be very happy, sad, angry or lonely and we will discuss all of these emotions. We will be working on Thanksgiving this week and preparing for the Thanksgiving Program. Please have your child dressed in their OLM T Shirts in class by 6:15 pm. on 11-20. You will drop them off in the classroom and go to the auditorium to get a good seat! We will perform last so you can pick your child up from the stage at the end of the program.
We'll be working on letter recognition and sounds, numbers 1-5, marble painting, pie crust dough and recognizing what we're thankful for. Please find some time in your busy schedules to incorporate some of these at home. After all you are your children's first teachers and we are a team working together to make their transition to the next class a successful one!
Upcoming events are:
11-20 - November Birthday Celebration
11-20 - Thanksgiving Program
11-21 - Preschool Thanksgiving Feast - We are asking for a $3 donation to help cover the costs of the meal. We will dress as Pilgrims and have snack with Mrs. Veronica's class who will be Indians.
11-22 - Thanksgiving Prayer Service 8:15 am
11-22 - Our class is responsible for bringing St. Vincent de Paul lunches
11-25 - 12-2 - No school due to Thanksgiving Vacation
God bless you all,
I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did! My Sister and I stayed in a lakeside cabin for the weekend and it was totally amazing!!! We are going to try to make it an annual event for us!
We are taking a break from Big Day for Pre K and doing a review of our Second Step Curriculum. We talked today about being welcoming and also introduced Thanksgiving. Syllables colors, shapes, counting and the letters Xx,Yy,Zz will be our main focus this week.
The children are working on making cards for the Veterans who will be visiting us on Friday We will be hosting a Veterans Day Celebration at 8:30 am. All are invited to attend. The preschoolers will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
A great big thank you to all of those who bought tickets for our preschool fundraiser, you can pick up your delicious Chili Verde Dinners at the back circle between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm. today.
The following is a calendar of the month of November.
11-4 - Preschool Fundraiser pick up 3 -6 pm
11-8 - Vets Day Celebration 8:30 am
11-11 - No school - Veterans Day
11-20 - Thanksgiving Program - 6:30 PM
11-21 - Preschool Thanksgiving Feast
11-22 - Thanksgiving Prayer Service 8:15 - St. Vincent de Paul lunches Pre school
11-25 - 12-2 No School for Thanksgiving Vacation.
For the program on 11-20, please have your child in the classroom by 6:15 pm
wearing their OLM TShirts. Parents will pick your child up from the stage at the end of the program.
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
We have a busy week and fun week ahead of us! I hope you all enjoyed the Halloween Carnival last night! Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a medical procedure I had yesterday. I do very much want to thank you for all your help in making it such a huge success! I would also like to thank you for attending Parent/Teacher Conferences with me. It's so important to keep the home/school connection!
We have finished our last week in Theme 3 of our Big Day for Pre K curriculum and will concentrate this week on All Saints Day. The letters we will review are Uu, Vv, Ww, we'll be continuing on rhyming and carve a pumpkin! There will be a lot of 5 senses learning going on! In our Social-Emotional curriculum we will focus on caring and helping.
10-28 - last day to purchase tickets for the Trevino hosted preschool fundraiser.
10-31 - Pumpkin Patch Day - no costumes please - your child is welcome to bring a treat to pass out to their friends. We have 23 students.
11-1 - All Saints Day Mass at 8:15 am
11-4 - Trevino's Preschool Fundraiser
Mrs. Hermosillo and I are always here for you...
May The Lord's blessings always be upon you,
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Yesterday was my birthday...a BIG one...and I got to spend it with my husband and 3 boys...men! It was a wonderful day and exactly how I wanted to spend it! Now back to work and I know I am truly blessed!
I'm so looking forward to our Parent/Teacher conferences! It's one of my favorite things to do and this year we get a lot of time to spend together! Pleases don't hesitate to tell me anything that's on your mind as we are a team working together for the benefit of your child.
Big Day for Pre-K Theme 3 - week 4. Going green is what we will be learning about this week. The BIG Idea: I can make a difference. Knowledge Focus: Children learn about the role of the community in their lives and the importance of good citizenship. Social-Emotional Focus: Responsibility. There is a lot of learning that goes into our recycling unit. Not only learning to help the Earth but sorting, counting, helping and caring among other things. Our Second Step curriculum is all about accidents. Teaching the children that accidents do happen and we need to say we "didn't mean to" and to help correct what went wrong whether we hold out our hand to help someone up that we accidentally knocked down, help rebuild a tower or clean up spilled milk. Also to show by example that when we teacher's have an accident we explain that it was an accident and do what we can to make it better. The children are very good about getting paper towels and cleaning up spilled milk during snack and lunch times : ) We want them to be able to use their words and declare it as an accident otherwise misunderstandings happen and tempers flair.
We will be working on blending words and deleting words, counting to 10, matching numerals to quantity of 5 and the letters Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt. It sounds like a lot but remember there is a lot of fun and laughter in our learning!
Here is the rest of the month calendar for October...
10-21 - 25 - Arctic Adventure Book Fair in the library 8am - 4pm. Friday it closes at 3pm.
10-22 - Our class will get to preview the book fair from 8:30-8:50
10-23 - October Birthday Celebrations
10-25 - Preschool will bring St. Vincent de Paul lunches
10-26 - OLM Halloween Carnival 5:00-8:00pm - YES to costumes!!!
10-30 - Chocolate Dipper pick-up 9:00-3:00
10-31 - Halloween!!! Preschool Pumpkin Patch Day - NO costumes please!!!
May you be blessed, Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
Hi Preschool Families!
We are teaching the children about the Rosary. They've been learning The Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory Be. If you have a Rosary at home, it would be nice for you to share some quiet time and recite The Rosary as a family. Tuesday Mrs. Veronica's class and their reading buddies will draw a giant chalk Rosary in the back circle. On Wednesday, the whole school will go out and pray The Rosary together. This is a very special time for our school to unite in prayer. It will be cold, though, so please dress your child in warm layers so they will be as comfortable as possible.
Also on Wednesday the Fire Department will be visiting at 9:00 and we will be going out to see the firetruck, another reason to dress the children warmly. We usually get to actually go inside the firetruck and take turns shooting the fire hose! This is so fun for the children and me as well! I always participate in what the children are doing whether it's playing kickball, swinging on the swings, going down the slides or going in firetrucks!!! That's just my personality and it works since preschool is my thing!!! I'm just a kid at heart <3
I also fess up to my mistakes! Last week we taught week 2 in Big Day for Pre K when it was supposed to be week 3! Sorry! This week we will review major points in week 2 and catch up on what we missed in week 3!
In our Social Emotional curriculum Second Step we will be talking about same or different feelings. For rhyming we will cover Hey Diddle Diddle and Jack Be Nimble. The letters we'll be covering are Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo.
The children will be starting on their Trick or Treat bags for our Pumpkin Patch Day on Halloween. As always...a lot of learning and a lot of fun!
This is what the rest of the month looks like:
10-14 - Pink free dress for a $1 donation to help find a cure for breast cancer
10-16 - Rosary outside in back circle 8:15 am - Fire Department visit 9:00 am
10-19 - School Mass at St. Patrick's Church 5:00 pm
10-22 - School picture retakes
10-21/10-25 - Book Fair and Parent/Teacher conferences
10-25 - Preschool's turn to bring St. Vincent de Paul lunches
10-26 - Halloween carnival 5:00 - 8:00 pm
10-31 - Pumpkin Patch Day - no costumes please
May the Lord bring many blessing to you and your families,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
I just wanted to share with you that although our class couldn't attend the Blessing of the Animals Mass on Friday, we took a walk and were able to pet a goat and two adorable kittens! It was very exciting...for all of us!
Welcome to week #2 of our theme "Our Community." The children will learn all about community helpers and how they can be a responsible member of their community. The BIG Idea: The workers in my community help everyone. The Knowledge Focus: Children learn about the role of the community in their lives and the importance of good citizenship. The Social-Emotional Focus: Responsibility.
Last week we learned the letters Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee. Please work with the children at home to continue learning these letters, sounds and how to write them. This week we will introduce them to Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj. We are also working on rhyming and the numbers 1 and 2. In our Second Step curriculum we will continue to work on emotions, how to spot them in others and how to calm ourselves down. We will focus on mad and angry and teach the children the tools to use to voice their feelings so that we may understand instead of yelling or screaming or using our hands in anger.
The following is a calendar of the rest of this month...
10-16-19 The Fire Department will visit...we are already learning stop, drop and roll!
10-19-19 School Mass at St. Patrick's. 5:00 pm
10-21-19 through 10-25-19 Parent/Teacher Conferences...I can't wait to talk to you about our favorite subject...your child!
10-21-19 through 10-25-19 - Book Fair! Many amazing books! The children love going...hint,hint!
10-26-19 Halloween Carnival 5:00-8:00 pm. Wear your costumes! Please see the sign up sheets in the classroom if your can help in any way.
10-31-19 Preschool Pumpkin Patch Day! No costumes please! Special snacks and the children will be allowed to pass out any treats that they bring for their classmates. They will be making Trick or Treat bags!
Many blessings to you all!
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
Here is the October calendar I promised you! Get ready, it's a very busy month!
10-4-19 - Blessing of the animals Mass. 11:00 at school. Preschoolers will not be attending but feel free to bring your pets to get blessed! If you would like to take your child to Mass, pick them up from the classroom.
10-5-19 - Oktoberfest at Hunter Farms Pumpkin Patch 6:00-9:00 pm. Tickets are still available at $35.00.
10-16-19 - The Merced Fire Department will visit the preschool! They will teach the children all about calling 911 and Stop, Drop and Roll. We will also go out to see the fire truck and if we're lucky, spray the fire hose!
10-19-19 - School Mass at St. Patrick's Church. 5:00 pm
10-21-19 through 10-25-19 - Parent/ Teacher Conferences. I'm working hard to get assessments done and will go over them with you during the conference.
10-21-19 through 10-25-19 - Scholastic Book Fair! "Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much To Read!"
10-26-19 - Halloween Carnival from 5:00-8:00 pm. Wear your costumes! We are in charge of the cake walk and have a sign up sheet posted if you would like to bring baked goods for it. There will also be a sign up sheet for those of you who would like to work a 30 minute shift to make our booth the BEST!
10-31-19 - Preschool Pumpkin Patch Day. No costumes please! We will have a special snack and will have a sign up sheet for that as well. The children will make a Trick or Treat Bag so if your child would like to pass out treats to their friends it would be great! The children get such a kick out of helping to fill up their friends bags!
Whew! We can do this!!!
I hope you're enjoying this nice cool weekend with your family! It's too cold for me, I don't like it when it's under 80 degrees!
We're starting a new theme in our Big Day for PreK curriculum and it's "Our Community." The BIG Idea: I visit many places in my community. Knowledge Focus: Children learn about the role of the community in their lives and the importance of good citizenship. The Social/Emotional Focus: Responsibility. I love this theme as we are continuing on with our overall kindness routine. The children will learn how to help others in so many ways, from opening doors to throwing their trash in the garbage cans. A smile to anyone can brighten their day and a smile from a child is a blessing!
In our 8th week of Second Step Social and Emotional curriculum we will be focusing on more feelings. Last week it was happy and sad and this week it will be surprised and afraid. It is so very important that the children learn how to express these emotions not only in their faces but with their words to a trusted adult when we're talking about negative emotions. We will also be learning about empathy which is vitally important in their every day interactions.
I'm sorry but I've forgotten to bring home my calendar! I will blog again tomorrow with Octobers dates to remember.
Lord, bless us all,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
We all had a great week last week and the children are feeling more comfortable every day! Since the weather has been cooler we have gone back to our regular schedule, going outside a little later and are able to go back outside after lunch. We are having difficulties with multiple children wearing the same sweatshirt/jacket and many are not labeled. Please label everything...clothes, jackets and lunchboxes. A gentle reminder that the children are not allowed to bring toys from home except as something to sleep with during nap time. The same applies to wearing jewelry as they regularly take it off and misplace them. Small necklaces are fine but larger costume jewelry necklaces, bracelets, rings and watches should be left at home. Thank you!
We're starting our 4th week of "My Family" in our Big Day for PreK curriculum and will be focusing on "All Kinds of Families." The Big Idea: Every family is unique. The Knowledge Focus: Children learn about family members, family roles, and unique qualities of families. Our Social Emotional focus: Kindness.
In our Second Step Social/Emotional curriculum we are learning about identifying our feelings. We will be discussing how you can look at people's faces and bodies for clues to help you tell how they feel. The key words this week are feelings, happy and sad.
This Friday will be the preschoolers turn to bring in a St. Vincent de Paul lunch. This is strictly voluntary and one way we can teach the children how to provide a service to those less fortunate. We will be sending lunch bags that the children have decorated home on Wednesday. If your child does not attend school on Fridays, feel free to bring in a lunch on Thursday. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
God bless each and every one of you,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
Hi Preschool Families!
I hope you all had a great weekend...I think it's the last of the heat so we will all be able to have more fun on the playground! We've been going out first thing in the morning before it gets too hot and then stay in for the rest of the day. It's fun but there is nothing like letting the kids run around and learn and play outside!
During our Second Step curriculum this week we will be focusing on "Asking for what you need or want." Many children are too shy to ask for help or to join their friends and others go about it in a forceful way and get turned down. We will teach them to face the person and use a strong and respectful voice.
Week 3 in our theme "My Family," the Big Idea is: I share special times with my family. The Knowledge Focus is: Learning about family members, family roles, and the unique quality of families. Our Social-Emotional Focus is: Kindness!
We have been clapping syllables and learning about compound words! I know that sounds advanced but the children totally get it! Especially the compound words! We raise up one finger and say cow, then raise up one finger on the other hand and say boy. Then we bring our fingers together and they shout out cowboy!!! Your children are so amazing! Every morning after the children wash their hands, they find their names on the tables and sign in! Since it's so brand new they are tracing their names but it won't take long before they won't need to trace at all! : )
I'm very excited to let you know that Mrs. Mary introduced us to a new online assessment called ESGI and I have begun the process. When the assessment is complete I will be able to print it out and share it with you during our parent/teacher conference in October!
September 18th - Mrs. Irma's birthday!
September 22nd - School Mass at St. Patrick's Church - pancake breakfast
September 25th - Birthday celebrations - 4 this month!
God bless you all,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
I hope you're having a great weekend! It was great to see so many of you at our Open House and to know how involved you all are in your child's education.
We are in unit 1 and week 5 of our Second Step Social Emotional curriculum and will be concentrating on following directions. In Big Day for Pre-K we are in theme 2 and week 2. Please go online and see what we will be doing at school this week! The theme is Families and this week is, "We take care of each other!" The Big Idea is, "I love my family and they love me!" The knowledge focus is, "Children learn about family members, family roles and unique qualities of families."
Today is Mother Mary's birthday and we've been talking about how she listened to God and became the mother of Jesus. Please have your children sing Happy Birthday to her!
Here are a few important dates to remember.....
Sept. 8th - Mother Mary's birthday
Sept. 11th - Vision screenings
Sept. 22nd - School Mass at St. Patrick's - 9:00 - Pancake breakfast...tickets still available...7:00 - 11:00
Sept. 24th - Feast of Our Lady of Mercy
Sept. 25th - All September birthdays will be celebrated
Sept. 27th - Preschool brings St. Vincent de Paul lunches to feed those less fortunate
Many blessings to all of our families,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
Happy September! Not only are we beginning a new month, we are beginning our Big Day for Pre K curriculum! You can log on by going to Big Day for Pre K and log in. The user name is misscprek and the password is lancers. It will take you to the Family page and you and your child will be able to make that home/school connection.
The theme is: My Family and week 1 is: Who's In My Family?" Our theme words this week are: brother, father, grandfather, grandmother, mother, sister, family and kindness. We will discuss how all families are unique and how each one is special and important.
The children will work on identifying words in a sentence...the difference between letters and words. They will learn to look for similarities and differences in objects and that will help them distinguish different letters and the difference between letters and numbers. We will also be working on people growing and changing and all about shapes.
In our 2nd. Step Social/ Emotional curriculum we will be working on self talk. Self talk is talking to yourself in your head or quietly out loud to help you remember and concentrate.
We have a very busy week ahead of us so here is a rundown of what is to come.
Monday, Sept. 2nd. - No school - Labor Day
Wednesday, Sept. 4th. - school pictures in the morning - Open House - 5:30 - 7:00
Thursday, Sept. 5th. - school pictures
Friday, Sept.6th. - All school Mass - 8:15 am (please have children in their OLM T-shirts) All Families are welcome to join us for any and all Masses.
Saturday, Sept. 7th - OLM Foundation Wine and Cheese - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Sunday, Sept 8th. - Mother Mary's birthday
May god bless you all,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
Hello Preschool Families,
I just got back from our school Mass at St. Patrick's. What an amazing and peaceful feeling I get when I walk into the church! There were a lot of people there today, it was such a blessing to see so many of our families there!
Week 3 already! Time truly does fly when you're having fun! The children are doing such a great job and becoming more comfortable every day. This week we will be concentrating on teaching "Personal Space" by reading and discussing our social story called "Space Invaders." We introduced the children to the Bible last week and will continue on the journey of teaching the children who Jesus is and how much he loves us! We will work on "Mat Man" from our Handwriting Without Tears workbook and learn if the letters have curved or straight lines. We started the children on their scissors skills by first having them tear construction paper with their hands into small pieces...great for fine motor...but very hard and tiring! I was doing it with the children and my hands got tired pretty quickly! The next step is them snipping paper but before that we will introduce scissor safety. Next we will be working with glue bottles, opening and closing and how a dot will do. Finally we will start the children on using Popsicle sticks with their names on them to go from center to center and start our question of the day. WHEW! I know it sounds like a lot but we can do it! : )
On Friday the whole school will have free dress for $1. I know preschool children always get free dress but any donations we get will be passed on to Animal Rescue.
Have a blessed week,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
Your children, Mrs. Hermosillo and I all had a GREAT first week of school!
The children were busy learning about the classroom and playground rules. Listening to the teachers, freezing when the bell rings and most importantly...making friends! We are opening our centers up one at a time and learning the rules in each center. The Guardian Angel prayer is the first prayer we said in the morning and right after that, the Flag Salute.
Week 2 of our Second Step Social-Emotional Curriculum will focus on listening. The listening rules are: Eyes watching...Ears listening...Voice quiet...Body calm. Remember that you can be a part of your child's learning by going to SecondStep.org with the Activation Key SSPE FAMI LY68.
During small groups this week the children practiced their fine motor skills by pinching glitter off of a tray and applying it to their names in glue! They chose the color and shape of the construction paper that was used so there was a lot of learning going on and they didn't even know it! From our Handwriting Without Tears workbook the children did two lessons on The Ant, The bug And The Bee. These will be saved in your child's special folder that you can take home during open house.
Finally, in case you're unsure how to get to my blog, go to Our Lady of Mercy School, Merced and go to For Current OLM Families, click on classroom and OLM Blogs and then Pre-K with Miss C.
Guardian Angel Prayer
In the name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit.....Amen
Angel of God my guardian dear,
to whom God's love entrusts us here.
Ever this day be at my side
to light, to guard, to rule and to guide.
In the name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit.....Amen
God bless you all,
Miss C. and Mrs. Hermosillo
Hello Dear Families,
Mrs. Hermosillo and I are truly blessed that you have chosen us to guide your most precious gift...your children. Our theme this year is "We Are Growing In Faith."
Last year we made an important change to our classroom environment. We are embracing an Amelia Reggio inspired classroom to have a more soothing atmosphere for the children. We have incorporated natural wood and metal elements and the centers are child directed. We feel this will help the children feel centered and less distracted by color and clutter. We will be using the Big Day for Pre-K curriculum from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Handwriting Without Tears and new this year, Second Step Social-Emotional Skills for Early Learning.
The first two weeks we will spend time helping the children adjust to their new surroundings, introduce them to school rules and concentrate on "Nice Hands, Nice Feet, Nice Mouth."
Please remember to bring your child to school in play clothes and bring an extra set of clothes because they will get dirty! Only closed toed shoes, shorts under dresses for the little ladies, no spaghetti straps please. Remember to sign your child in and out with a full signature every day as it is mandated by law and we will get in trouble if you forget! Please check your child's file box every day for important papers. Thank you for those of you who have already brought in Kleenex, paper towels, baby wipes and cleaning wipes! We go through them faster than you can imagine! Also thank you to those of you who have signed up on our snack calendar (No Peanuts!!!) and also for turning in your ASQ assessments so quickly!
If you ever have any questions or concerns, I am at school Monday through Friday from 7:15 - 3:15 or you can reach me at (209) 722-6657. My e-mail address is email@example.com if you would rather e-mail me.
God bless you all and I can't wait to see you!
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