Dear Pre-K families,
We are in week 3 of our theme growing and changing. This week we are talking about spring. We will be reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We will also be planting our own 'beanstalks' during small groups. We continue to talk about Choose MyPlate and eating healthy from the 5 food categories. You can get more information at choosemyplate.gov. Our Alpha friend is Dudley Duck Dd.
Please bring in a baby picture of your child 4 x 6 or smaller for a project. The picture will not be harmed in any way and will be returned to you at the end of our next theme.
The Knight of Columbus Dinner Derby is this weekend on Saturday the 28th. If you are available to help, please see Mrs. Mary. We are still in need of raffle items/baskets. There is a sign up sheet in our classroom. Tickets are only $30.00 and this fundraiser benefits our preschool so we are encouraging you to attend. This is a really fun event. See Mrs. Mary for tickets.
Sunday, April 28th, Trevino's Mexican Restaurant is hosting a drive-thru Chile Verde dinner for $15 per tickets. This fundraiser is benefitting our very own Detective Joe Henderson who was featured on channel 30 news recently. We continue to pray for him during his fight against brain cancer. Please see Mrs. Mary for tickets.
Grandparent's day is on Friday, May 4th. We will celebrate morning Mass and the May crowning of Mother Mary. After Mass, Grandparents and their grandchildren will enjoy a delicious breakfast, take a picture by the Mother Mary Statue and have a chance to visit our classroom. If your child's grandparent will be attending, please make sure that you have turned in the RSVP form.
If you have children that are in need of summer care, we have a summer program for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old. See Mrs. Mary for registration information.
Our Kindergarten class is filling up quickly. If you have not already turned in your kindergarten registration, please do so or make arrangements in the office so that your child gets on the list.
Dear OLM Pre-K families,
We are in week 2 of our theme Growing and Changing. This week we will be talking about everything changing. We will read the story about the Ant and The Chrysalis. We will also be talking about the life cycle of a butterfly. Last week we learned about MY Plate and making healthy food choices. You can get more information at choosemyplate.gov. The USDA has broken food categories into 5 categories with begetables being the biggest portion on My Plate. We will continue to talk about eating healty this week as we will also be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Our Alpha Friend will be Edna Elephant Ee.
We will have a very busy week this week. On Monday moarning we will attend Mass in the school auditorium. Our school's 2nd graders received their First Holy Communion on Saturday so we will have a school Mass where they will wear their special communion clothes and receive communion with our school family.
On Tuesday, April 17th, Mrs. Blackburn will present the "state of the School" meeting. This will be in the school auditorium at 6:30pm. All are welcome and it is a good idea to attend so you can get a glimpse of how our school is doing.
On Wednesday, April 18th, our class will perform 2 songs in the school Spring Program with Miss C's Class. Please have your child arrive to our classroom at 6:15pm. The program will begin at 6:30pm. Our class will perform last. After the program, we will sit the children down on the stage. Please come up so that we can release them to you from there. Please have your child wear their OLM t-shirt.
On Friday, we will participate with our school's mini Relay for Life. We will walk a lap around the back circle and visit the booths set up by our CJSF group about staying healthy. There will also be a Bark for Life event if you would like to come in with your pet and sign them up for some "doggy" activities.
On Saturday, I will be out at El Capitan High School with our school booth at Relay for Life. There will be a survivor's lap and opening ceremonies at 9:00am kicking off a day of family fun activities. Our class enjoyed a visit on Wednesday with Detective Henderson. We were able to take a class picture with him as our class is sponsoring a torch in his honor. We will continue to pray for him. Please continue to send in pennies and dimes for donation collection.
If you are I need of summer care for your children 2 1/2 - 6 years old, please see Mrs. Mary. We will be here if you need childcare.
It's exciting to see so many already signed up for Kindergarten. If you have not already turned in your registration papers, please do so right away so that your spot is secured.
The knights of comumbus is having a findraiser to support our preschool. Please join us at the dinner Derby on Saturday, April 28th. Tickets are just $30.00 and it is a really fun event! Please see Mrs. Mary for tickets. Also, there are sign ups in the class for donations of gift items and desserts.
We are also looking ahead to Grandparents Day of Friday, May 4th. An RSVP was wsent home in the family envelope if your child's Grandparents would like to attend.
Dear Pre-K Families,
Welcome back!! I hope that you had a blessed Easter and enjoyed the time with your children.
This week we are starting our 2nd to last theme, Growing and Changing. We will be talking about how we are growing, plants are growing and lifecycles. Our Alpha Friend is Gertie Goose Gg.
On Tuesday, April 10th; we will attend an all school Mass in the auditorium.
If you have not already turned in your Kindergarten registration, please make sure you get it into the office as soon as possible. I'm so excited that at least 20 of our classmates will be going to go over to kindergarten together.
We will be practicing for the spring program. We will perform two songs with Miss C's class on Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30pm in the school auditorium. More details to follow.
We will still continue to collect dimes and pennies for Relay for Life. Relay for Life will be on Saturday, April 21st at El Capitan High School. If you are interested in raising or donating $100.00 and joining the OLM Relay for Life Team, please let me know. We will be taking a picture with Mr. Henderson, who is one of our class parents on Wednesday as we would like to show our support for him and his battle with cancer. We are supporting a torch in honor if him during the Relay for Life Event from our class.
We are also doing a fundraiser to benefit the preschool. It is a Dinner Derby on April 28th. We are in need of donations of desserts and gift items/baskets. There are sign up sheets in the classroom. This is a very fun event. If you are interested in attending, please see Mrs. Mary for tickets.
If you are in need of summer care for your child or children 2 1/2 years to 6 years old, we have a summer program. Please see Mrs. Mary for registration information.
Dear Pre -K Families
This week begins Holy week and the end of Lent. Lent began on Ash Wednesday. We start this week celebrating Palm Sunday, Good Friday and then Easter on Sunday. During the past 40 days, we have been learning about being closer to Jesus during this time of Lent through prayer, fasting and giving. We have been learning about the Stations of the Cross and if you ask your child, I think they can tell you about them. This will be a busy week for us before we conclude on Thursday for break.
There will be a donation bag in the classroom for each family to donate $2.00 towards a Pizza snack for Thursday, March 29th, if your child attends that day. On Wednesday, March 28th, our class will pray the Stations of the Cross in the back play yard as they carry their own cross. Mrs. Rebecca helped out in our class and was able to teach the children about tools and tool safety as she showed them how to sand wood and helped them to nail their cross together. They also painted them and I was able to take them to the Church and Father John blessed them for us. When they bring them home this week, please remember to take care of them as they have been blessed. I hope you will save it as a memory of their faith and time here at preschool. On Wednesday, I will provide a special snack, and if your family would like to send in a small candy or treat for their Easter baskets that would be appreciated. Also on Wednesday our School Student Council will be assisting the Easter Bunny with providing a special treat for our preschool children. Thursday, we will attend morning prayer in the auditorium with the rest of the school and watch the 1st graders and 8th graders reenact the live Stations of the Cross and the Last Supper. We will have Pizza lunch around 10:30 and the entire school will be dismissed promptly at 12:30pm. There will not be afternoon classes on Thursday. We wish you and your families a blessed Easter and a wonderful week off with your families. Classes will resume on Monday, April 9th.
A few other things....
I really enjoyed meeting with parents during parent teacher conferences. If you were not able to attend, please let me know and I am happy to schedule something with you after break.
We will still continue to collect pennies and dimes or other money to put towards our Relay for Life event through the month of April.
Please remember to turn in your Kindergarten registrations. Most of our class will be attending and spots will fill up quickly. If your family is in need of Summer care, our preschool provides care from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. It is open to children 2 1/2 years old through 6 years old as long as they are enrolled in our school. If you have any questions, please let me know or you may also speak with Mrs. Mary.
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.