Dear Pre-K Families,
We have begun our first week of advent. The children will be learning about the true meaning of Christmas and how important Advent is. They each have their own Advent wreath hanging in the hallway. They painted it and it is made out of their traced hands. We will be 'lighting' our advent calendar to count down the 4 weeks before we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Only the 8th graders ended up practicing last week for the play, but we have been listening to the music. We will have play practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. The play will be on Wednesday, 12/19 at 6:30pmThis week we will also celebrate St. Nicholas Day on Thursday. Please remember to bring a wrapped toy to donate to a child less fortunate. A note went home last week with the information about this. The children will carry up their donated gift during the offering at Mass on Friday. Please have your child wear their blue OLM t-shirt.
We are also asking each child to donate a can of fruit for the spirit of Christmas dinner.
Important Dates for December check list
__Wed 12/5 - bring wrapped toy donation
__Fri 12/7 - Mass 8:15 for students that attend on Friday.
__Wed 12/12 - December Birthday Celebrations
__Sun 12/16 - School Mass at St. Patrick's church 7:00am
__Tues 12/18 - Christmas Program Dress rehearsal 8:30am in the OLM School Auditorium. All Children should attend even if it is not their regular scheduled day.
__Tues 12/18 - Please donate a can of fruit.
__Wed 12/19 - Please arrive to St. Patrick's church at 6:15pm to get dressed. We will meet in the cry room. The program will begin at 6:30pm with a presentation from the school band.
*After the program, please meet me in the back of the church to turn in your child's costume.
__Friday 12/21 - We will attend the Christmas Assembly in the auditorium at 8:30am. For students that attend school on Friday, we will have a special snack. The entire school will close promptly at 12:30pm. There will be no afternoon child care. School will resume on January 7th.
Dear pre-k families,
Welcome back! I hope you have all enjoyed your Thanksgiving break and spending time together as a family. We will be having a lot of fun during the next 4 weeks until we break for Christmas. This week, we will focus on transitioning our classroom to Christmas. We will also be preparing for the upcoming Advent season. Advent is the 4 weeks that lead up to the birth of Jesus.
We will have a flex week this week and will use it to explore the books by Herve' Tullet: Press Here, Mix It Up, and Let's Play! These books have been favorites of our classes in the past, and we will be engaging in many story extensions throughout the week.
We will also begin practicing for the Christmas Program. The Christmas program will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at St. Patrick's Church in the evening. We will appear in the play along with the 8th grade class. Please let me know if your child will be unable to attend on that evening so that we can plan the parts.
Some upcoming events for OLM... This Saturday, December 1st, the OLM student council will be in the Merced City Christmas parade. This is a fun event that takes place on Main Street. Please attend with your family and cheer on the OLM float as it goes by. Sunday, December 2nd, please visit the Merced County Courthouse Museum. Open house is from 1:00-4:0pm. Admission is free and the OLM Christmas Choir will sing from 1:30-1:50pm in the old courtroom. This is a fun event and cookies are provided. Please visit the 3 OLM Christmas trees set up in the old courtroom.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Dear Pre-K Families,
I would like to thank Reed's mom, Ryan's Mom and Rylee's Grandmother for helping us in our classroom on Halloween day. I would also like to thank all those who donated items towards our Pumpkin Patch Party. It was a really fun week. It was so nice to see so many of our families at the Halloween carnival. Thank you to all the bakers that made our cake-walk so festive.
We have just two weeks until we break for Thanksgiving week. This week we will be talking about the first thanksgiving and what kinds of things we are thankful for. We will start making our Native American Indian Costumes to wear on the day of our Thanksgiving Feast. We will be joining with Miss C's class who will be the Pilgrims. During this time we will also continue to review what we have learned during the first 3 themes. We will be learning some fun Thanksgiving songs. On Wednesday, we will walk down to the auditorium and visit the 8th graders as they will be presenting what they have learned about saints during their 'Wax Museum.' They have researched a saint of their choice and will be dressing up as the saint. If you are interested in walking through please join in. It is a very beautiful tradition.
On Thursday, our school will celebrate Veteran's day. We will attend the presentation beginning at 8:30am in our school auditorium. Our class along with Miss C's class will be on stage and lead the school with the Pledge of Allegiance. Please have your child wear their OLM t-shirt. Please feel free to add any red white and blue to show patriotism. This is a really wonderful presentation. If you are a Military Soldier or Veteran or know someone that would like to attend, they are welcome.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ENTIRE SCHOOL WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 12:30PM ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH. THERE WILL NOT BE ANY AFTERNOON DAYCARE. SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH AND MONDAY NOVEMBER 12TH. CLASSES WILL RESUME ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH.
We will be welcoming the Accreditation team to our school this week. We are excited to share with them the things we have been doing.
Looking ahead to next week, Wednesday November 14th we will be watching the Thanksgiving program in the morning in the auditorium. Wednesday evening will be the OLM Thanksgiving program and dinner. Our class is not in this program but all are invited to attend. The turkey dinner is delicious. Miss C's class will perform. Thursday November 15th, the preschool will celebrate the Thanksgiving Feast. We will have a special Thanksgiving turkey meal. The preschool children will go on parade around the school in our costumes. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out that day.
Dear Pre-K Families,
Thank you to all that made appointments for parent/teacher conferences. I really enjoyed sitting down with you. This week we will be doing some fun things for Halloween. We are doing some math and counting with '5 Little Pumpkins.' The children have been using the easel to paint pumpkins to add to our pumpkin patch. We will be going on a visit with our 6th grade science buddies to our school pumpkin patch to see how our pumpkins have grown and hopefully pick them. We will be doing some science and use our 5 senses to investigate as we turn our class pumpkin into a jack-o'-lantern. We will also combine religion with our pumpkin carving activity as we read The Pumpkin Gospel by Mary Manz Simon. This book will be on display in our classroom if you are interested in seeing it. On Wednesday, Oct 31st, we will have a special 'Pumpkin Patch' activity and treat. Please remember if your child attends school on Wednesday, the preschool children DO NOT wear Halloween costumes to school.
On Thursday, if you child attends school, we will be attending school Mass at 8:15am in the Auditorium. We will be celebrating All Saints day. Our 8th graders will dress up like saints. Please have your child at school before 8am so they can use the restroom and be ready to walk down. Please have them wear their OLM t-shirt.
The weather is getting a little colder, if your child brings a jacket or sweatshirt to school, please make sure that their name is in it. We have some jackets that have been found without names inside.
Looking ahead to next week, the entire school will close promptly at 12:30 on Thursday November 8th. There will not be school on Friday November 9th or Monday November 12th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Dear Pre-K families,
We are in week 4 of our theme My Community-Going Green. We are working on the letter Ii this week. Thank you to all who signed up for parent teacher conferences. If you were not able to sign up or need a different time, please let me know and I am happy to work with you. This week our school is celebrating Red Ribbon week. There are some fun dress-up days if your child would like to participate. Please follow the Facebook page for Our Lady of Mercy School. Ours is the one with the navy blue Lancers shield. On Wednesday, we will celebrate our October Birthdays.
The Library is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair this week. We will visit on Tuesday. Please plan to visit and purchase books to support our Library.
This weekend on Saturday, our school will have a Halloween Carnival. It is a fun family event. All are welcome to attend, invite your friends. It will take place in the back of the school and the auditorium. This is a chance for your child to dress up in their Halloween costume.
Next week we will have a 'Pumpkin Patch Party.' This will take place in our classroom and in our backyard. We will have a special snack. Thank you to all that have signed up to bring something. If your child would like to bring a small treat to share with their friends, they may bring a bag of wrapped candy and will have the opportunity to pass them out. Please remember that preschool students are not allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on Halloween day.
Dear Pre-K families,
We are beginning our 3rd week of Theme 3, My Community-Things That Move. We will be working on letter Hh. This week we will be working on learning about transportation. We will continue to work on counting syllables. We will also continue to learn about praying the Rosary. Thank you to those families that have received the Rosary bag and prayed at home as a family. We will continue to send the Rosary bag home until each family has had a chance. October is the month of the Rosary and we wanted to send home this opportunity for your family to be able to pray together. We have made rosaries in the classroom and the children are excited to learn about it. On Monday. I will make a chalk rosary around the back circle. Our class will color it in with our 5th grade reading buddies. This is a tradition that has been going on for the past 10 years. Several years after that, the entire school joined in and now prays around the Rosary together. The school will pray the rosary on Tuesday, October 16th.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Monday, October 15th, our school will show our support by wearing pink. The Older kids will donate $1 to wear free dress and the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Tuesday, October 16th will be picture re-takes. If you child would like to have re-takes, please return the entire picture package. If you child was not here on picture day, they will take it on Tuesday.
The week of October 22nd will be parent teacher conferences in the afternoon. Thank you to those that have signed up. If you need a different time, please contact me.
That week will also be our school library's Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair goes on for the entire week. Please visit and purchase to support our school library.
On Wednesday, October 24th, we will celebrate the October Birthdays in our class. A sign up sheet will be posted for those that have October birthdays and would like to bring something. We now have 25 students in our class.
Saturday, October 27th will be our school Halloween Carnival. The proceeds from the carnival go directly to our classrooms. This is a fun and safe evening for families and friends. Wristbands are available for purchase and the 8th grade families will be hosting food available to purchase in the auditorium. Preschool will be putting on the cake walk. There are sign ups in the classroom for parents that would like to work our booth and/or bake baked goods. Our Room Parents are collecting a fall item to donate a fall basket for the raffle. Please contribute by purchasing a fall item to add to the basket.
On Wednesday, October 31st, we will have a Pumpkin Patch Party in our class. There is a sign up for a special treat posted in the classroom. If you would like to send in a small treat for your child to share with their friends, you may bring it in also. We will be making treat bags. We have 25 students in our class. Please let us know it is for the class because they are also collecting 2 bags of candy for the carnival.
Dear Pre-k Families,
This past week, we had a-lot of fun with our apple orchard. October is the month of the rosary. We have been learning about praying the rosary. We have also began making our own rosary. This week, we will be sending home a bag with information on how your family can pray the rosary. We invite your family to pray the rosary and add any prayer intensions to our prayer book. Every night, a different child will bring home the bag. Please return it the next day so that another student can take it home the next day. On the 15th, we will make a chalk rosary on the ground in the back circle with our 5th grade reading buddies. On the 16th, the entire school will gather around it and pray the rosary together.
On Friday, the school celebrated the feast of St. Frances. St. Frances is the patron saint for animals. Father blessed the animals after mass. We started to learn about St. Frances and will continue to learn about him this week.
We have also started learning about fire safety and calling 911. We will have a visit from the fire department later in the month.
We are in week 2 of our theme Our Community - People we meet. The Big Idea is The workers in my community help everyone. This week the children will learn about the role of the community in their lives and the importance of good citizenship. Our social emotional focus is on responsibility. We will be learning about the letter Gg. We have been talking about being responsibly at home and at school. Many of the children have shared how they are responsible at home and the chores that they do to help our their family.
Please remember that their is no school on this Friday, October 12th. The entire school will be closed.
Parent Teacher conferences are the week of Oct 22nd. Please sign up if you have not already. There are sign ups for the Halloween carnival posted.
Dear Pre-K Families,
We had a fun week last week. We worked on review of letters Aa-Ee. We also talked about using our senses to investigate apples. We did some apple tasting and decided that our class liked Green Granny Smith apples the best,. Our dramatic play area has turned into an Apple Orchard. We also have been making "apple pie" with our apple scented play dough.
This week we will begin our new theme, Our Community. Our social emotional focus will be on responsibility. We will be learning about the role of community in our lives and the importance of good citizenship. Week 1 will be about places we go in our community. Our letter of the week will be letter Ff. We will also be learning about St. Francis. Thursday is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. On Friday, our school will celebrate with a school Mass at 11:00am outside. There will be a blessing of the animals. If your family would like to attend, you may take your pet to the mass and it will be blessed. Preschool will not be attending the Mass as it will be during our lunch. Please feel free to sign your child out if you would like to take them.
Dear Pre-K Families,
We are in our last week of our My Family theme-All kinds of families. The Big Idea this week is Every Family is Unique. We will also continue to talk about being kind to our family members and friends. We will talk about how some families are the same and some families are different and explore ways in which every family is special. This week we will review letters Aa - Ee.
In math, we will discuss ways to sort objects, and in science we will introduce children to the idea of using their senses by talking about how the children are feeling temperature, tasting, and smelling.
On Wednesday, we will celebrate September Birthdays with a special snack. Please see the sign up in the class if your child has a birthday this month.
I will continue to assess the children in class for upcoming parent/teacher conferences in October. Please sign up for a time that works for you, if you need a different time, please let me know and I am happy to work with you.
Looking ahead... October 5th will be the Blessing of the Animals Mass in front of the school. If you would like to attend with your pet and your child, please feel free to take them out of class. Preschool will not attend as a class because the mass is at 11:00am during our lunch time.
On October 6th, our school will have the Oktoberfest fundraiser at Hunter Farms starting at 6:00pm. This is an adult only event.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Pre-K Parents,
We are beginning week 3 of our current theme, My Family-Family Fun. Our Big Idea is, I share special time with my family. This week we will talk about family celebrations. We will also be working on the Letter Ee. and counting objects to 5.
Thank you to all the families that have already turned in their questionnaire, if you have not turned it in, please do so. Also, if you have not signed up for the foreign language program, please turn in your request form. Your child will not be able to start with out it.
This Sunday, is an all school Mass at St. Patrick's church during the 9am Mass. If your family will be attending, please have your child wear their OLM t-shirt. The 6th grade class is putting on a pancake breakfast in the church hall. Make sure you purchase tickets.