August 29th, 2021
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,
August 22nd, 2021
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!
August 15th, 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with me on the Playground app.
Have a blessed week
August 08th, 2021
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,