Dear Pre-k parents,
Well, March is upon us, and the school year is at a very busy time. Our school’s biggest fundraiser is quickly approaching. The Auction will be held online next week. Please follow the Our Lady of Mercy School Facebook page for details. Pictures of the items should start posting beginning on Friday. Thank you for supporting already by contributing to our class projects, and donating items to add to the auction. We appreciate whatever way you are able to help. Thank you again to the Mahacek family for the beautiful Headboard Bench! It is fabulous and I know many people are going to bid on it. We have been filling up the baskets under the bench with all of our favorite things, including a copy of “THE RAINBOW BOOK!” It is the class favorite!
Wednesday night, March 10th, is Kindergarten Informational night!! I can’t believe it's time! This is a zoom meeting this year and Mrs. Gargano will be zooming live from her Kindergarten class room. Please plan to attend even if you don’t think you are going to attend OLM next year. It is definitely worth sitting through. Parents/Guardians in attendance will be entered into a raffle for a free registration. The meeting will be at 6:00pm. I hope to see you there. Please see me if you have any questions.
Registration starts March 5th. Please make sure that if you are planning on attending OLM school or preschool next school year, you need to turn in your registration ASAP to reserve your child’s spot, as space may be limited. If you are in need of child care during the summer, please let me or Mrs. Mary know. Children 6 years and under(2 ½) are welcome to attend as long as they have not entered 1st grade
If you have not purchased your See’s Candy, now is the time. Please support our preschool by sending the link to friends and family. Candy will be directly shipped to their choice of address. This is a perfect way to prepare for yummy Easter treats. Please get your orders in by Friday, March 12th. We are asking each family to sell $100 worth of candy for us to make our selling goal. Thank you so much for your support.
Thursday, March 25th, Jay Sousa will be on campus taking Easter pictures with the live bunnies. Please fill out a form to participate. Only children that have turned in the picture packet will go down to be photographed.
We will continue learning about Lent as we are focusing on learning to pray the Stations of the Cross, We are also starting our new theme Construction Zone. This is one of our favorite themes. It is a tradition in our class to sand, paint and hammer our own cross. During lent, we will have the crosses blessed by Father John and then they will be sent home for your family to enjoy. I know most of you already have one that your older child made when they were in my class. This is one of the most special projects we do and the children really enjoy it. Please be thinking about a project that your child can make at home with some assistance from family members. We will be doing a show and tell. Show and tell will be ‘something I have made.’ This should be something your child is able to make with some assistance if needed. It can be an art project, a wood project, baking or anything that they can make. This year we will do it on Zoom. You will need to take a video of your child talking about and showing the process of making their project. We will not be able to bring them to school this year, but we will watch the video in class and they can talk about it and answer questions in class. I will send more out about this project later.
I will continue to assess the children in preparation of parent teacher conferences that will take place the week of March 22nd. I will send out zoom links as it gets closer to conference week.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you, Mrs. Veronica
Dear Pre-k Families,
I hope that you and your families have had an enjoyable winter break. I am looking forward to getting back together and continuing our Animal theme. We will continue with a week of bugs and then a week of animal life cycles.
This week we will be reviewing slant lines with letters N and V. We will also be reviewing letters Ii, Ee and Tt. Last week, our church celebrated Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent. This week we will be talking about Ash Wednesday and learning about Lent. Lent is the season before Easter.
I will be working on individual assessments in preparation of upcoming parent teacher conferences. There is a sign up sheet if you would like to have a Zoom meeting with me to discuss your child’s progress. If the times available do not work out for your family, please let me know and I am happy to work out a better time for you.
Our school is preparing for our biggest fundraiser which is a dinner and auction. This year it will take place virtually with a take out New York steak dinner. Please see the Dinner/Auction flyer. We are working on a class auction item and I am asking for a $5 donation from each family to help offset the cost of the class baskets to go with our Headboard Bench donated by the Mahacek family.
The Preschool is also doing our annual See’s Candy fundraiser. The proceeds from the See’s Candy sale go directly to the preschool. We are asking each family to sell or purchase items totaling $100. If each family is able to do this, we will be able to meet our goal of $3,000. We appreciate your participation. Please see the email from Mrs. Mary for the online link to share with family and friends.
Thank you for your continued support throughout the year and especially during this most important fundraising time of the year.
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This Week at a Glance!
-Continuing with our animal theme.
-Working on letters Jj, Nn, and Vv.
-Valentine’s day fun activities!
-Thursday, February 11th, Valentine’s day Celebration and card exchange
-Friday, February 12th, last day of school before winter break
-Winter break Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th
Dear Pre-K parents,
Thank you for your prayers and support while I was home during the past three weeks. I am very blessed to be back and to have my family all better and moving forward healthy. I am so glad to be back!! This week we have been celebrating Catholic Schools week. We are so blessed to be a part of a school that is faith based where we are able to pray, talk about God and practice our Catholic faith. I would like to thank each of you for choosing Our Lady of Mercy Preschool. I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach your children. They are a pretty amazing group of kiddos! On Friday, the school is celebrating teams, if your child has a favorite team, please have them wear their favorite sports team shirt or jersey. We are also collecting donations of cans of soup, in honor of “Souper” bowl Sunday.
This week, we have begun our new theme, All About Animals. We are learning about pets and how to care for them. In handwriting, we are working on letter Gg. Our nursery rhyme is Hey Diddle Diddle. Next week we will be celebrating Valentine’s day. If your child would like to share Valentine cards with their friends, they should write their own name on each card in the From: section. Please have them leave the To: space blank so it is easier for them to pass out. We have 11 students and may be adding a new fiend, so please plan for 12 kids. Thank you for signing up to bring special treats for our Valentine's day snack. Please bring in snack items on or before Thursday, February 11th. We will celebrate Valentine’s day on Thursday, February 11th. Friday, February 12th, we will close for winter break. Classes will resume on Monday, February 22nd.
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Dear Pre-k Parents,
Thank you for your support over the past few weeks. As we all work together to get through these difficult times. I have appreciated during the school year when you have kept your children home when they have been sick or possibly exposed. I am also following appropriate protocol to ensure that our class remains safe. Please know that keeping my classroom safe and your children safe is a top priority for me and for our school. I have been exposed to the virus and I have continued to test negative. I have taken a third test and as long as it also is negative and the appropriate amount of days has passed that the CDC and the County of Merced Public Health Department recommends, I will return. Please know that I am working from home and I am continuing to teach my online class from home. Mrs. Mary and I are in contact daily as I had laid out the lesson plans for her in advance. She is doing a great job and enjoys being back in the classroom. I have been able to Zoom into the classroom on a few occasions and talk with the children and lead them in music and movement exercises as well as prayer. What a blessing Zoom has been during this time.
This week in the classroom, the children continue to learn about weather. We are focusing on snow and ice. They are learning about snowflakes and playing with ice, watching how it melts with the addition of water and salt. This is a review week and Mrs. Mary will be reviewing letters and sounds as well as basic concepts that the children have been working on throughout the year. Syllables, beginning sounds, blending, math skills, pre-reading skills and all the things they need to prepare for kindergarten. In our social emotional curriculum, we are learning about Managing Disappointment this week. In handwriting, we are working on the letter Cc. In religion, we are preparing for Catholic Schools week next week. We are reminded that we are blessed that we are a part of a school where we can practice our Catholic Faith and share God’s words. We continue to talk about how God wants us to love him with our whole heart and God wants us to love others. We have also been learning about the Golden Rule. Mrs. Mary says they are doing such a great job and really understand it.
I am preparing for our next theme, Awesome Animals. I am also planning for our Valentine's day celebration. Our celebration will take place on Thursday, February 11th. I have sent the snack sign up list to Mrs. Mary and she will have it posted by Wednesday. We will be making Valentine’s day bags in class, if your child would like to bring in Valentine cards to share with their friends. This is a great time for your child to practice writing their name. Please have them write their own name on the cards they wish to share. Please do not have them write names in the To: spot. We leave this blank so it is easier for them to share in class. There are 11 children in our class.
Looking ahead, school will close on Friday, February 12th for winter break. School will resume on Monday, February 22nd.
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Dear Pre-k Families,
Last week we were in week two of our theme Season’s all Around. We continued to learn about the 4 seasons and how they change throughout the course of the year. We read The Mitten by Jan Brett and our nursery rhyme was The Three Little Kittens. In math, we worked on counting sets. We continued to learn about things associated with winter, such as ice and snow and snowflakes. We also learned about Dr. Martin Luther King and how he wanted peace and harmony for everyone. In religion, we learned about the Golden Rule and following the commandments of loving God with our whole hearts and being kind and loving to others. In our social emotional curriculum, we learned about having strong feelings and the first step to dealing with them. In handwriting, we worked on writing the letter Ss.
This week, we were closed on Monday, January 18th to observe the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday. During this week, we will be in week 3 of our theme and focus on how the seasons change. We will be reading The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman as we learn about how some animals hibernate during the winter. During this week, in handwriting, we will be writing the letter Qq. In our social emotional curriculum, we are learning how to name our feelings.
Dear Pre-K Parents,
Welcome back! I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas. Happy New Year! May God bless us with a healthy new year as we put our faith in trusting that God has a plan for 2021. Thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful families.
I hope the new year finds your families in good health. Please remember that if your child is not feeling well, it is a better choice to keep them at home.
As we jump right into the new year, we are starting off with three weeks of our theme, Seasons All Around. This is a very fun theme as we explore the 4 seasons with an emphasis on winter and weather. It is a fun time to explore ice, snow, thermometers, and hibernation. In handwriting, we will be working on curvy lines: Uu, Ss, Qq and Cc. In religion, we will explore the 2 greatest commandments: love God with all our hearts and loving others. Our class will also be focusing on beginning sounds and blending sounds to make words. In our social emotional curriculum, we will learn about managing our emotions. The 4th week, we will celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week and finish up our winter theme.
Looking ahead, we will be closed on Monday, January 18th to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In February, we will be off the week of February 15th for President’s day and winter break.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Pre-k Parents,
We had a busy week getting back into the swing of things. We started off with a review of rules and routines, and jumped right into learning about Advent and the true meaning of Christmas. Our classroom is fully into the season. We have our Advent wreaths hung in the block area and we lit our first candle for hope. We have been busy making ornaments for our two Christmas trees in the dramatic play area. Our boxes have been updated with the Holy Family and some STEM building items to create a Nativity scene. We have also added a jingle bell box so we can explore with magnet fun. We reviewed letters Pp, Cc, Dd and Gg. We also had a visit from St. Nicolas on Friday; the children put out a stocking and were surprised when they found treats in them. We celebrate the feast of St. Nicolas on December 6th.
This week, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, December 8th. We will learn about St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 11. This week we will light the 2nd candle on our Advent wreath that represents love. This week we will continue to review letters Mm, Nn, Oo, Qq, and Rr.
We have one Birthday celebration this month and we will celebrate it on Thursday.
I will be posting a sign up for our class Christmas party that will take place on Thursday, December 17th.
We have decided to do a toy drive to help children in need. If you are able, please send in a new toy unwrapped for age 2-4 years old by Wednesday, December 16th.
-Mrs. Mary is doing a Scholastic Book order. Books are a great gift for the holiday. Orders are due by December 9th. For orders over $25, enter code READS for free shipping to your home.
-Please remember to send in appropriate weather clothes for their extra change of clothes.
-Please remember to send in a sweater or sweatshirt for inside the classroom. Please remember that we have to keep the windows open and fans circulating.
-Please check with me to inventory their school supply box. We are going through the glue sticks very quickly as well as their dry erase markers. They are really enjoying their dry erase boards this year.
School will close promptly at 12:30 on Friday, 12/18, for Christmas break. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4th.
I know it has been difficult for some of our kiddos with their siblings on extended vacation. We have talked about it at school and we continue to be thankful for the ability to be able to remain in class. Please let me know if students will not be attending school or if you need homework.
Dear Pre-k parents,
I hope you all enjoyed a family day today. So many things are happening; it has become necessary for me to blog two times this week. There are a few things that we are doing and if you are able to help out, that would be great.
-If you happen to read this today, on Wednesday, I asked the kiddos to bring in some leaves on Thursday 11/12 for another fun leaf project that we are going to do.
-Please remember that if you are able to turn in your family picture page by Friday, I will be able to make another fun class book for the kids to share.
-We are going to participate in the Operation Christmas Child ShoeBox project. Our class will be assembling 2 shoe boxes for children age 2-4 years old. Please see the family envelope for guidelines on things that are appropriate to donate. If you are able to donate a few items, that would be great. Please send items in with your child by Monday, 11/16.
-We are also collecting food items for the Catholic Charities Thanksgiving food drive. We are asking preschoolers to donate 2 cans of corn or peas.
-November 19th is picture retake day if you feel you need to have your child retake their school picture. Please let me know and please return the entire picture packet.
-Please remember that Friday, 11/20 is a 12:30 dismissal day for preschool. There will not be any afternoon childcare. All preschool students will need to be picked up by 12:30. Preschool will resume on Monday, 11/30.
-Please support our school's annual Deep Pit Turkey dinner. This year it is take-out style. Tickets are $15.00 each and the form is in the family envelope. Order forms are due by Monday, 11/16. Dinners may be picked up in the back of the school between 2:30 and 6:00pm on Friday, November 20th.
Lastly, I know that the upcoming extended break for our K-8 students may be difficult for some families to manage child care and dropping off their preschoolers. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I do teach an online zoom class everyday at 2:45.
May God bless your families