Dear Pre-K Families,
This week, our Alpha Friend will be Andy Apple Aa. We will continue with our 2nd week of our Animals Everywhere theme. The children have been having fun in our dramatic play area with the Pre-K Pet Vet Clinic. They have been very busy taking care of our classroom pets. During small groups, we wrote the word fish and drew fish surrounding. We also worked on AB and ABC patterns as well as sorting cats by color and making a graph to show how many. This week we will learn about St. Patrick, sort big and small and classify animals by body coverings; fur, feathers, scales. As we are discussing animals, if you would like to send in a picture of your pet, we will make a poster of them.
Tuesday, will be pictures with the bunnies. If you would like your child to have bunny pictures, please turn in your order form by Tuesday morning. Only children with order forms will go down for pictures.
As we continue to prepare for Easter, and learn about Lent, we have been praying the Stations of the Cross. Last week, we learned the first 5 stations. We will continue learning a new one everyday. During Lent, we are talking about being closer to God by praying, fasting and giving. Our service project is to collect money for Relay for Life. We are collecting pennies, and filling a water bottle with dimes. If your child would like to contribute, please send some in. This year we have been included in the "penny war" that the main part of the school has started. The goal is to collect more pennies in our bucket than silver coins or dollars. Other classes can sabotage our penny collection by adding in dollars or silver coins which puts us in the negative. Past preschool students are having a lot of fun coming to our class in the morning or afternoon to sabotage us. It's all fun and fun to see them. If you would like to join the OLM Relay for Life team, you can sign up and commit to raise/donate $100 at www.relayforlife.org/mercedca our team name is OLM Lancers.
Thank you for attending the Kindergarten information night last week. Congratulations to Erin's family for winning the free registration. If you were not able to attend and would like to find out more about our kindergarten program, please let me know and I will get you a packet.
This week, there is a teacher in-service so there will not be classes held at OLM for the main school or preschool on Friday, March 16th.
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Dear Pre-K parents,
March marks the last 3 months of our school year. We are very busy in the classroom. The kids seemed to have a lot of fun with the retelling of the 3 little pigs. We had pretend play in our playhouse with the 3 houses and stuffed animal '3 little pigs' and 'the big bad wolf.' We also retold the story at small group time, in a small world play as well as building straw, stick and brick houses with sand play dough. We have concluded our Construction Zone Theme.
This week, we begin a new theme, Animals Everywhere. Our Alpha Friend is Fifi Fish Ff. We will be talking about fish and cats this week. We will also be sorting and graphing cats, and working again on ab and abc patterns.
See's candy orders will be due this week,.
Kindergarten information night is also this week, Wednesday, March 7th at 6pm. A lucky winner will receive a free registration. I hope you will all attend even if you are not sure.
We continue to learn about lent and how we can get closer to Jesus. We will also be praying the Stations of the Cross.
If you have not signed up for parent teacher conference, please see the sign up sheet. I am happy to schedule another day or time if that works better for you.
I look forward to seeing some of you at the Crab Feed on Saturday.
Dear OLM Pre-K families,
We hope that you enjoyed your week off for winter break. We will continue with our last week of our theme Construction Zone. It has been a lot of fun and we sure have enjoyed seeing all the fun things that you have made with your children for show and tell. If your child missed their day or were not able to get their item made, please make something with your child and send it in this week.
We will have a review week for our alpha friends this week. Our class will be doing some fun story extensions for our story about the Three little pigs. We will also have fun exploring the nursery rhyme Row, row, row, your boat.
With the beginning of Lent, we have been talking about being kind. We have read social stories and shared ways to be kind with our families and friends. Please check out some of their ideas on our outside wall. We will continue to talk about Lent and how we can be closer to Jesus by praying, giving and fasting. We will begin learning the Stations of the Cross. There will be an all school Mass on Friday in the Auditorium. Please have your child wear their OLM t-shirt if it is their day to attend class.
Sign ups for Parent Teacher conferences are posted in the class. If the days and/or time slots are not good for you, please let me know and I am happy to arrange a different day.
I hope that you have been busy selling See's Candy. Please remember that those are due soon.
If your child will be attending Kindergarten at OLM next year, the Kindergarten information night is on March 7th. Please plan to attend. If you are not sure, please plan to attend and hear about it before you decide to go elsewhere. There will be a drawing for a free registration given out that night for attending.
It looks like a very cold week this week and some rain. Please send in a warm jacket for your child to wear when we go outside.
Dear Pre-K Families,
The year seems to be flying by. We are already into the month of February. What a Busy time. Last week we celebrated our 90th anniversary with the Auction. We wanted to thank our Room parents, Mr. Matt Van Hagen and our classroom friend Mr. Joe Jarret for making the American Flag out of fire hoses. Mrs. Jami Gibson did the writing on the back. It was truly beautiful and raised over $1,000 for our school. Mr. Jarret offered to make a second flag that was auctioned off in the live auction that also raised over $1,000. We are so grateful for his generosity. Catholic school week concluded with a Mass at St. Patrick's church on Friday. During the Mass, 16 children were Baptized into the Catholic Church. including a few friends from our class.
Last week, our Alpha friend was Benny Bear Bb. We started our new theme, The Construction Zone. This is a really fun theme. If you haven't had a chance, please stop by our classroom. It is "under Construction." We will have many fun things for the children to explore. We will be learning about building, and making things. I have real tools that they will get to learn about as well as many fun things at center time. Last week I sent home the show and tell schedule for this theme which is "something I have made." Please have your child make something either on their own or with family help and that will be their show and tell. Please check the calendar for their show and tell day. Be creative and have fun. This week, Our Alpha friend will be Mini Mouse Mm. We will continue with small groups which have been going very well. This week we will be working on Valentine's Day prep.
We will be making Valentine bags so that the children can exchange valentines. We have 24 students in our class. Please have your child write their own name on each valentine. This is good practice at writing their name. Please do not address the valentines in the To: spot. I will be making a signup sheet for a special treat for Tuesday, February 13th. We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 13th in our class. Wednesday, February 14th happens to be Ash Wednesday. This is a day of fasting and a Mass day. We will be attending Mass in the auditorium at 8:15am. Please have your child wear their OLM t-shirt. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. We will be learning about Lent, and learning about the stations of the cross. Each child will be making a wooden cross. They will have the opportunity to sand it, hammer the nail in it and paint it. These crosses will then be blessed by the priest and sent home before Easter. We do this every year and carry our cross as we pray the Rosary during our outside stations of the cross that we will pray during Holy Week.
Our preschool is also doing a See's Candy Fundraiser. Mrs. Mary has asked each family to contribute by selling at least $100 of See's Candy. This fundraiser will help pay off the remainder of our playground renovation.
We will have our All School Mass at St. Patrick's church on Saturday, February 10th at 5:00pm. If you attend, please have your child wear their OLM t-shirt.
The week of February 19th - 23rd, the preschool will be closed for winter break. I will be putting a signup sheet in the classroom for parent teacher conferences the week of March 19th. If my assigned days do not work for you, please let me know and I am happy to reschedule something that works for you.
Dear Pre-K families,
Last week we worked on our Alpha Friend Yetti yoyo Yy. We have been having a lot of fun with our 'Seasons all Around' theme. We have been talking about each season and what we wear, what the weather is like, things we do as well as holidays in the different seasons throughout the year. We have also been learning about the months of the year. We also had fun with 'snowman math.' We made snowmen out of our names and created a graph and discussed how many letters were in each of our names. We were also able to talk about more, less, and equal to. For literacy, we read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. He is a favorite author of our class and wrote many books we like to read. We did a story extension by writing our own name and making our own 'Snowy Day' with Q-tip painting. Both projects can be viewed on our classroom walls.
This week we will be working on our Alpha Friend Willy Worm Ww. With our first full week of the year, we will be able to start with small groups in the morning. Small groups start after circle time. It's a 10 minute activity where we will have two teacher directed tables and 3 other independent tables set up for the students to work at. They will rotate each day so most will be able to do all the activities by the end of the week. It is very important to please have your student at school on time so they do not miss the instructional time during morning group. During morning group, I teach the alpha friend, and the theme components that lead into small group and center time. The classroom opens at 7:45 for the students to sign in and class will start promptly at 8am so we will have time to add small groups into our morning.
I will also continue to assess students in preparation for March Parent Teacher Conferences. At that time we can discuss student progress and talk about kindergarten for next year.
On Wednesday, we will celebrate our January birthdays. This Saturday, is our school's biggest fundraiser. We will celebrate Our Lady of Mercy's 90th year with a dinner and auction at St. Patrick's church hall. I hope you were all able to see our class project that was in our classroom last week. Mr. Van Hagen worked to get the beautiful American flag made out of fire hoses. Our class added to it by putting our handprints on the back side. If you missed it, our class took a picture that was posted on our school Facebook page last week. There is a donation bag in our classroom if you would like to contribute $5 towards the cost of having it made.
Sunday at 9:00am please join us at St. Patrick's for an all school Mass. Please have your child wear their OLM t-shirt. This will kick off 'National Catholic School's week'. The school will have many fun activities throughout the week. We appreciate that you have chosen to send your child to our school.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Dear Pre-K families,
Happy New Year and welcome back. We hope that you all enjoyed some time with your families during the Christmas vacation. This week we will start are new theme, Seasons All Around. We will be talking a lot about weather and conditions related to each season. Our Alpha Friend in Umbie Umbrella Uu. I will be working on midyear assessments in preparation for parent teacher conferences in March. There will not be school on Monday, January 15th so that we may observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
Please remember to bring in your child's school supply box if you have not already done so. Also, please check to see if their extra clothes need to be re-stocked.
We are looking forward to our School Dinner and Auction fundraiser. It will take place on Saturday, January 27th at the St. Patrick's Church Hall. Tickets are available in the office. Our room parent, Mr. Van Hagen has been working on getting our class auction item ready. It is a beautiful American flag made out of fire hoses. The children have all painted their handprint on the back of it. It will be on display in our classroom in the next few weeks. We are asking for a donation of $5.00 per family to help with the cost of making it. A donation bag will be up in the classroom. We appreciate you support. It will be available to bid on the night of the auction.
Dear Pre-K Families,
We are on week 2 of advent. We 'lit' our second candle for love. We continue to be very busy with play practice. Our Alpha Friend is Jumping Jill Jj. We will have a special pizza snack on Wednesday, December 20th. We are asking each family to please contribute $2.00 towards the purchase of the pizza. There is a donation collection bag in the classroom. We will be sending your child's school supply box home. Please go through it and replenish anything that they will need for the second half of the school year. If their glue bottle is running low, I can refill it. We will be closing next week on Friday, December 22nd for the Christmas break. The entire school will close promptly at 12:30. There will not be any afternoon care. Classes will resume on Monday January 8th. We hope you enjoy your time off with your family.
Monday, December 18th we will have play practice in the morning. We would like the entire class to attend that morning please.
We will have full dress rehearsal for the Christmas program on Tuesday, December 19th at 8:30am. In the school Auditorium. We would like every student to attend that morning also, even if it is not your day. You are also welcome to watch.
On Wednesday, December 20th, We will need everyone to arrive at St. Patrick's Church at 6:15pm. We will meet in the cry room. We will put your child's costume on over their clothes. After the program, Please wait to pick up your child. They will be taking group photo. We ask that after the photos, you please meet with Mrs. Hermosillo, Mrs. Mary, or myself to turn in the costume and check out your child. There is a lot of commotion and we want to make sure everyone gets back to their parents.
This is a really special evening; I thank you in advance for allowing your child to participate in the Christmas Program. If you have any questions at all, please contact me.
Dear Pre-K Families,
This week we have been learning about the season of Advent. We have our Advent wreaths hung in the hallway and have 'lit' the first candle for hope. We have been talking about preparing ourselves for the birth of Jesus. On Wednesday, we will celebrate St. Nicholas Day and learn about St. Nicholas. On Friday, we will be in charge of Mass with our 5th grade buddies. Please remember to bring in the wrapped toy marked boy or girl and the age of the child it is appropriate for. We will be carrying the gifts up to the altar as an offering. We are also asking families to please donate to the spirit of Christmas food drive. Preschool has been asked to please donate canned fruit.
This week our Alpha Friend is Hattie Horse Hh,
We will continue to practice for the Christmas play. The play will take place on Wednesday, December 20th at 6:30pm at St. Patrick's Church. If your child will not be able to attend, please let me know.
We will be making a schedule change in events this month. On Wednesday, December 13, we will celebrate our December Birthdays. On Wednesday, December 20th, we will celebrate a special Christmas treat.
Dear Pre-K families,
Welcome back. We hope you had an enjoyable week off of school with your families. It's such a blessing to be back together with the children this week. I missed them very much.
This is a review week, we have been using our time to review our alpha friends as well as rhyming words, beginning sounds and blending words. We are also preparing for Advent that will begin next week. Advent is the time in which we prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus. We have been making Advent wreaths so that we can count the 4 weeks before he comes. Thursday, we begin play practice and will be working with the 8th grade class to perform in the Christmas Program that will be on Wednesday, December 20th at St. Patrick's Church. I will give more information later as we receive parts.
Next week, on Friday, December 8th, we will present the school Mass with our 5th grade buddies. We will be celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. During the presentation of gifts, we would like our preschool class to present a wrapped toy to donate to children who might not have a Christmas gift. Please bring in a new wrapped toy and mark the outside for a boy or a girl and what age. We would like to have them in the class no later than Thursday, December 7th.
A few fun things going on this weekend...
Saturday December 2nd, is the Merced downtown Christmas parade. It begins at 3pm. Our school student council members will have a float with a nativity scene of the Holy Family. I will be walking with the float and hope to see you along the way.
Sunday December 3rd, our school Choir will be performing at the Merced County Courthouse Museum open house at 2:30. We have a presentation of three Christmas trees to commemorate our 90th anniversary celebration. It's a fun after noon to visit the museum and enjoy a cookie treat. This is a free event and I hope to see you there. Please see our school Facebook page for more information.
We thank you so much for your continued support through out the year.
Dear Pre-K Families,
We are on week #2 of our theme In the City, in the Country. This week we are learning about what it is like to live in the City. Our Alpha Friend is Queenie Queen Qq. We are working on our thanksgiving costumes. Our class will be American Indians. Miss C's class will be Pilgrims. We will celebrate on Thursday, November 16th with a Thanksgiving Feast in our Classroom. There is a donation bag and we are asking each family to please donate $2.00 towards the cost of the food. We will have turkey, corn, fruit, corn muffin, and pumpkin pie. Before we eat, we will go on a parade around the school in our costumes.
On Thursday, November 9th, we will lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance to begin our school's Veterans Day Celebration program. If you are a veteran or know of one, please bring them at 8:15 in the school auditorium. Please have your child wear their OLM T-shirt and add any patriotic accessories. Our entire school will observe Veteran's day by being closed on Friday, November 10th.
Our school is collecting food items to help out Catholic Charities with a Thanksgiving Food drive.
We are asking all Preschool families to please donate 2 cans of corn, peas, or cranberry sauce.
We will also be closed Monday, November 20th thru Friday, November 24 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.
This week we will be receiving the music for the Christmas Play that our class will be in. I will send out more information as I get it.