Dear Pre-Kindergarten Parents,
Here we go.... I’m so excited!! This week, we begin our curriculum themes!! Our first theme is My Family. Our theme will be four weeks long. This 1st week, we will be talking about who’s in our family. We will begin with Friend of the Day. Friend of the Day is a new person each day. We will cheer each child’s name and then we will write it together in a large group. Each child will draw a picture of the Friend of the Day. I will make a book of the class drawings to add to your child's portfolios. This is a super fun way to get the children excited about learning how to write their friend’s names. I will be modeling the correct way to write each letter. This is great practice for writing letters. Please remember when your child is practicing their name at home that we write the first letter of their name in a capital letter and the rest of the letters are lowercase. All letters always start at the top. Please continue to work on the correct finger grip at home. Also, please remember to do finger strengthening activities at home. We will begin to learn about syllables. We will begin by clapping the syllable in each child’s name. In religion, we will learn about St. Mother Teresa. St. Mother Teresa’s Feast day is on September 5th. St. Mother Teresa is a wonderful example of living with love, kindness and caring for others. She teaches us to “do small things with great love.” In science, we will talk about how we grow from an infant through our life into an adult. In math, we will be working on shapes. Our Second Step social emotional curriculum will teach us about using Self Talk. Please continue to follow along at home online with unit 1, week #4. Pictures will begin on Tuesday, August 31st. If your child does not attend on Tuesday’s, they will take their picture on Wednesday. On Thursday, we will resume our visits with Mrs. Poole in the Library. Friday, we will attend Mass. Please continue to have your child use the restroom at home on Friday mornings and arrive prior to 8:00am so that we can leave for Mass promptly at 8:00am to get settled. The entire school, including Preschool, will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day.
This is a printed copy of my classroom Blog. Please remember to follow the Blog online each week. The Blog is updated at the beginning of each week to inform you of important information for the upcoming week. You can find this Blog weekly at olmlancers.com. Click on the three bars at the top, click on FOR CURRENT OLM FAMILIES, click on Google Classrooms and Pre-School blogs, and finely, click on PRE-K WITH MRS. VERONICA.
Just a few reminders: please make sure your child has extra clothes at school. Please continue to apply mosquito repellent before school; the mosquitos do seem to be less noticeable. Please send a light sweater or sweatshirt for your child inside as we have to keep fans going and windows open to circulate the air. If your child is sick, please continue to keep them home. Parents or siblings that are sick should remain off campus. Please check in on the Playground app to see pictures in the chat. I will be posting pictures of the great work the kiddos have done. Their work is displayed inside the classroom for them to be proud of! They are doing a great job and I am really proud of them!
Thank you to everyone who brought snacks this month. The new snack calendar will be on the table this week.
Have a blessed week,
Dear pre-kindergarten families,
We had a really good week! We continue to work on pre-writing strokes in our fine motor journals. Please use the handout from our meet and greet to support your child’s crayon grip at home. If your child’s crayon strokes are very light, your child may need to strengthen their fingers. Planing with play-dough, small legos, picking up cheerios with their pincer grasp or removing clothes pins hanging from a piece of twine or the bottom of a clothes hanger can help.
We have continued to take turns being the leader in the morning as we work on our morning message. The morning message is an initiative teaching method that introduces students to the writing process. We also had an introduction to our classroom trampoline. It was a lot of fun jumping and counting! We also learned a new good morning song that has quickly become the kids’ favorite. You can find it on Youtube. It is called Good Morning Time by Orange Kids Music. We also had a wonderful time visiting Mrs. Poole in the Library. The children enjoyed her story about the Pigeon and her beautiful songs. The children were so well behaved at Mass! It was so nice to get together with Father John and the rest of the school to celebrate Mass. On Thursday of this week, Father John is going to come back and extend a Blessing on the children and our classrooms. We are very excited. Mosquito abatement came for a visit and we have a plan to hopefully reduce the amount of mosquitos! In other good news, our classrooms received air purifiers!!
This week, we will learn about how much Jesus loves us and how to be Super Friends as we continue to read social stories that help us learn the rules and routines. We will be drawing self portraits and continue to build scissor skills by learning about scissor safety, cutting snips and learning to use our glue bottles. In our Second Step social emotional curriculum, we will be learning about Focusing our Attention. You can follow along by logging in and seeing the post about week 3. Looking ahead to next week. Picture day will begin on Tuesday, August 31st. If your child does not attend that day, they will go down for their picture on Wednesday.
Thank you again for being patient with us, please be assured that we are doing the best we can to ensure that our procedures run smoothly in accordance with state licensing. Keeping your children safe is our number one priority. Please help us all to stay safe and remember if you or your child are feeling sick, it is best practice to stay home. Sick children, parents or other family members should not visit the campus.
Thank you, and may you have a blessed week!
Dear Mrs. Veronica’s Pre-kindergarten class,
We had a wonderful first week!! It has been so exciting getting to know your children. They have been building friendships and learning about rules and routines. It was unfortunate that Mass was canceled this past Friday. We will look forward to attending this upcoming Friday.
This week, we will continue to reinforce rules and routines. Our preschool rules are nice hands, nice feet and nice mouth. Rules are established to keep us all safe and routines help the children feel comfortable so they know what to expect. We will continue to learn about them through social stories and classroom management songs. This week we will learn about personal space and breathing techniques used to calm down. We will continue to practice using our three fingers to grip our crayon as we continue to explore pre-writing strokes in our Fine Motor Journals. We will also continue learning about our classroom centers and begin building scissor skills by ripping paper and using our glue sticks. In our social emotional curriculum, we will learn about the listening rules. Our Nursery Rhyme will be Humpty Dumpty. Most importantly, we will have an introduction to the Bible, and learn about the importance of God’s words in the Bible.
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We would like to thank you all for your patience as we continue to learn about our new Playground app. It has been challenging and will continue to evolve. We want to continue to give it a fair shot. This week, Mrs. Mary would like everyone to sign in on the teacher's device.
I will ask the health questions, record the temperature and log each child in. I will then pass you a stylus pen to sign in with. Please remember that it is required by licensing for us to acquire a full complete signature. The signature must include your full first and last name. Again, We thank you for your patience. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Please remember to apply mosquito spray to your child before school. If your child feels cold inside the classroom, please have them bring a light sweater. We keep the fans going to circulate fresh air inside. Please remember that open-toed shoes are not allowed at preschool.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com or chat with me on the Playground app.
Have a blessed week
Dear Pre-Kindergarten families,
Thank you again for coming in last week. It was really a pleasure to have the opportunity to get together. I am really looking forward to this upcoming school year. We really have a lot of great things to look forward to. Please check into our school blog each week to get all the information about what we will be doing for the week. Please go to olmlancers.com, click on the three bars at the top, click on FOR CURRENT OLM FAMILIES, click on Google Classrooms & Pre-school Blogs for Parents, then click on PRE-K WITH MRS. VERONICA. This will take you to our classroom blog.
Please make sure that you have signed into our new Playground app prior to school on Monday. It is important for you to add all the people that will be picking up your child. If you do not have a smartphone or someone picking up your child does not have a smartphone, I will have a device that they can sign in and out on. We will also have a sign in sheet for the first week in addition to signing in on the app.
Please apply mosquito repellent and/or sunscreen to your child prior to school. Inside we will have fans running to circulate the air flow. If your child gets cold, please have them bring a light sweater or sweatshirt. Please write your child’s name inside any jacket or sweater that they bring to school.
The first few weeks will be all about learning rules and routines. We will use social stories and songs to establish clear expectations for classroom procedures. Our main rules for preschool are nice hands, nice feet, and nice mouth. Everything falls under those three reminders.
This week, in addition to rules and routines, we will be learning about the proper way to hold our crayon as we begin to write in our Fine Motor Journals. We will be learning about letters vs numbers and we will begin our social emotional curriculum. Please use the information from the handout I gave you to sign into our Second Step program each week to follow along at home. We will also be learning about how to attend Mass. If your child is scheduled to attend school on Fridays, our class will join the main school as we attend Mass every Friday. Please have your child wear their blue OLM t-shirt once we get them. It is important on Fridays that your child arrives early so that they are able to use the restroom before we leave for Mass. We will leave the classroom just after 8am so we can get situated. Mass begins at 8:15.
Again, thank you for choosing Our Lady of Mercy Preschool for your child’s education. I look forward to getting to know your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the preschool at 209 722-6657, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with me on the Playground app.
May God bless your family and our school with a happy and healthy school year.
Dear Pre-Kindergarten Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I would like to thank you for choosing to send your child to Our Lady of Mercy Preschool. I feel blessed to have your child in my class for this upcoming year. My name is Mrs. Veronica, and this will be my 14th year working in this pre-kindergarten classroom. I would like to welcome new families to OLM, as well as, returning families of older children I have taught in the past.
I have been a part of the OLM family for the past 19 years, first as a parent and then as a teacher. My daughters are both graduates of Our Lady of Mercy School. It has been my pleasure to serve our school by volunteering my time and talents. I have served as a Parent Club Co-President and I served on the Parent Cub for 9 years. I have been blessed with meeting and working alongside many wonderful people that I call my OLM family.
We have a very exciting year planned. Our theme this year is Bubbles! Who doesn't love bubbles?? Bubbles are beautiful, wondrous, unique and come in all sizes and shapes. When we blow bubbles, we blow air into a bubble and give it life. It grows and lifts off into a wondrous adventure. Some bubbles are strong and seem to float far away; some bubbles pop very quickly. Do you ever wonder where a bubble goes?
When we blow air into a bubble, we can be reminded of how God has given each of us the gift of life. The Bible says, “God breathed life into us.” In Genesis, we are reminded that “God breathed the breath of life, and man became a living creature.” As bubbles are different shapes and sizes, we are reminded that we are each unique as well with different purposes according to God’s plan. The Bible says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” As beautiful as bubbles are, we know that they are fragile and lack strength, and as they come into contact with objects, they break or pop. Sometimes, we are fragile and weak like a bubble. We need help to become strong. We can ask God to help us be strong through prayer. During these past few years, I know that I have asked God to give me strength to get through this pandemic. God can give us amazing strength to face and overcome any challenge. As we blow bubbles, think of them like prayers: put your prayers in a bubble and float them right up to God! During this next year, we would like to lead each day with prayers of faith, hope and love.
Thank you to all the families that were able to attend the meet and greet last week. It was so nice to have an opportunity to sit down together this past week.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
I am truly looking forward to the upcoming school year. Together with you as their primary teacher, I hope to partner together to help facilitate your child into becoming an active faithful learner.
God Bless you,
Last week we began our last theme, Ready For Kindergarten and Moving on. It has been such an amazing year. The children have grown up so much. I have enjoyed watching them build their friendships together. We have been talking about their accomplishments throughout the year and what it will be like next year in kindergarten. We are continuing to review letters and numbers as well as rhyming, blending and ending sounds. We learned about how Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three small children as we celebrated her feast day on May 13th. If you would like to watch the children's version of the story, I posted it on Seesaw last week.
This week, we will review the Rosary, review making patterns and talk about making friends in kindergarten. We will be attending Mass outside on Friday, May 21st. If your child attends school on Friday, please have them arrive before 7:55am so that they have a chance to use the bathroom before we leave for mass. Also, please have them wear their blue OLM t-shirt.
Next week will be our last week of preschool. We will read some special books and do fun things that the kiddos enjoy. We will celebrate children that have summer birthdays on Wednesday, May 26th with a special snack. The 2020-2021 preschool year will conclude on Thursday, May 27th.
It seems as though the mosquitos are back. Please apply mosquito repellent to your child before they come to school.
If you are in need of summer child care, please see Mrs. Mary for registration to our summer program.
Please remember if your family is able to support the Little Caesars’ Pizza fundraiser, we would greatly appreciate it. You can send the link to family and friends. The pizza kits are shipped directly to your home. We are currently at 30% of our goal. Please place your orders by May 19th.
It has truly been a pleasure to teach your children this year. Thank you so much for your support throughout. May God bless your families and your children as they enter kindergarten.
May is upon us!! We have almost made it through the year. We are in the last week of our Growing and Changing theme. This past week, we talked about eating healthy. We talked about foods that are everyday foods and foods that are sometimes foods. We learned about Myplate and how to fill our plate with proper portions. We also began Numbers Bootcamp. We are doing 20 days of numbers!! Yes, the Silly hats are back and the kiddos love them! We had a fun time learning about Noah’s Ark. We made a fun ark craft and learned that the Lord watches over all who love him. We also had a fire drill and an earthquake drill. Some of the kiddos didn’t enjoy the loud noise of the fire alarm, but they thought it was pretty fun to get under the tables.
This week, we will be learning about how plants grow and have an opportunity to watch something grow. We will continue to learn about numbers. We will also continue to review our letters and sounds. Very exciting news!! Preschool will be attending the all-school mass on Friday, May7th. This is the mass where we honor Mother Mary during the May crowning. If your child attends school on Friday, they will need to be at school prior to 8:00am so they can go to the bathroom and wash hands before we leave for mass. We will leave at 8:05. We will also be working on a special Mother’s day project and something to recognize our grandparents.
Don’t forget to check your email for information on the Scholastic book order. This is a great chance to stock up on books for summer reading. Orders are due by May 14th. Also, check your email for the Little Ceasar’s Pizza kit order information. Pizza kits get delivered right to your home. Please share the link with family and friends. Orders can be placed through May 19th. We appreciate your participation in these fundraisers that also benefit our preschool.
We will celebrate summer birthdays on Wednesday, May 26th with a special snack, and preschool will close out the school year on Thursday, May 27th.
If you are in need of summer care, please see Mrs. Mary for registration for our summer program.
Dear Pre-k Families
Last week, we finished up our Construction Zone theme with a week of Art. We talked about different forms of art and ways to create art. We made a band and explored art with musical instruments. We read some fun books by Herve Tule called Mix it up and Press Here. We explored mixing paint colors to make new colors. We also read a book by David McKee called Elmer. Elmer is a patchwork elephant that just wants to look like everyone else. We tied a story extension to art by making our own Kandinsky-inspired Elmers! We used Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles for inspiration. We finished up our week with a fun story called I’m Not Just a Scribble… by Dian Alber. We made our own ‘Scribble’ inspired drawings. It was a fun week.
This week, we started our new theme, Growing and Changing. During this theme, we will explore growing up healthy, eating healthy and how plants grow. We are starting Number Bootcamp and we will be working on numbers 1-20 for the next 20 days. We will celebrate Earth Day as we talk about being responsible for taking care of God’s creation. We are also working on the letter X and beginning sounds.
Please remember to make sure you get your child registered for Kindergarten so that you have a spot reserved. If you are not sure, please make an appointment to see Mrs. Blackburn to talk it out. Don’t forget to order books from the Scholastic book order. There are so many great book choices and ordering books helps our preschool get free books. Please watch your email for information from Mrs. Mary about our Little Caesars Pizza fundraiser. You can share the link with family and friends and have delicious pizza kits delivered right to your door.
If you are in need of child care this summer, please see Mrs. Mary for registration.
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