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Preschool Newsletter – February 16, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – February 16, 2018

Upcoming events:

  • Monday, February 19 – No School/President’s Day
  • Wednesday, February 21 – Hot lunch
  • Friday, May 11 – Preschool Art Show at 10 am in the Parish Center (Half-day for full-day students)

This was a busy week for Preschool!!!

Room 105 had Valentine’s Day parties on Monday and Tuesday. The kids had a great time playing bingo, pin the heart on the bee, and passing out their Valentine cards. Thank you to all of our parents for donating supplies and for volunteering at our parties.

On Wednesday, we attended and all school mass for Ash Wednesday.

Rooms 98A & 98B had Valentine’s Day parties on Wednesday. We had a blast decorating heart wreath, playing bingo, and decorating cupcakes!

Center Activities:

  • We reviewed letters A-Q
  • Smartboard/Computer
  • Playdough
  • Letter Search
  • Heart man craft
  • Love monster craft
  • Heart cookie cutter painting
  • Fill your heart – math game
  • Love bug art project

Next week we will start our unit on the Olympics and our letter of the week will be letter R. Throughout the week we will be discussing the Olympics and making lots of crafts. We will also start our classroom rice bowls for Lent next week.

Looking ahead: Preschool will be having an art show on Friday, May 11th in the Parish Center. The art show will start at 10 am and following the art show full-day students will be dismissed. We will also have light refreshments and hope you enjoy seeing all the art we have created in Preschool!

Pictures from Valentine’s Day:

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Preschool Newsletter – February 2, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – February 2, 2018

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday, February 5 – Hot lunch
  • Wednesday, February 7 – Hot lunch
  • Friday, February 9 – Wear 2018 auction shirt
  • Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass & Valentine’s Day classroom parties

This week in Preschool we learned about hibernation and our letter of the week was letter “P.” We also celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a variety of spirit days and fun activities throughout the week.

Centers included:

  • Letter P (P is for pizza & pirate)
  • Hibernating bear craft
  • Squirrel nest craft
  • Pajama art work
  • Hibernating puppets
  • Smartboard games
  • Religion – Allelu! “Jesus Meets the Children”
  • Handwriting journals

Next week we will begin our unit on Valentine’s Day & friendship. We will also learn about the letter Q.

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Preschool Newsletter – January 26, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – January 26, 2018

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday, January 28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House
  • Monday 1/29:  PJ Day and Games with Buddies (Hot lunch/Taco Bell)
  • Tuesday 1/30:  College or Sports themed Dress down day – Guess the teacher game
  • Wednesday 1/31:  Regular Uniforms – Teacher Appreciation Day – Mass – Teacher luncheon (Hot lunch/Pizza)
  • Thursday 2/1:  Free dress down day – Student Appreciation Day – No homework – Teacher Swap
  • Friday 2/2: Red and White dress down day – Bring one red or white food pantry item – Red and White Volleyball game

This week we learned all about the letter O. This week we learned about Arctic animals and how they can survive in the Arctic.

Here are some of our new letter words: octopus, otter, ox, ostrich, on, orange, and October. 

Center Activities:

  • Snowy owl craft
  • Penguin craft
  • Building with marshmallows
  • Smartboard and Computer alphabet work
  • Polar Bears art project
  • Walrus craft 
  • Letter O (O is for Owl & Orange)

 On Tuesday, Mother Goose came to St. Cletus and acted out many of her nursery rhymes. The kids had a wonderful time listening to her stories, and some kids were able to help her. Please check out the pictures below!!

Next week we will learn all about the letter P and our theme will be hibernation. Looking forward to Catholic Schools Week and seeing many Preschool families at our Open House!

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Preschool Newsletter – January 19, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – January 19, 2018

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, January 22 – Hot lunch/Little Joe’s
  • Wednesday, January 24 – Hot lunch/Buona Beef
  • Sunday, January 28 – Catholic School Week Mass & Open House at 9:30 am

This week we learned all about the letter N. 

Our letter N story of the week was called The Nicest Newt. 

Here are some of the letter N words that we learned: nice, newt, noodle, nose, necklace, nest, nap, numbers, November, nine, ninja and newspaper. 

Preschool has friends whose name begins with letter N- Nahla, Nicholas, and Nora. 

Our theme for the week was winter and winter clothing. 

We learned all about the winter season and how to dress during winter. 

We learned that wearing a coat, boots, hat, mittens, and a scarf are all important clothing items to keep us warm during winter. 

Centers included:

  • Noodle patterns
  • Nest craft
  • Letter N handwriting book
  • Smart-board and computers 
  • Marshmallow counting 1-20
  • Hot chocolate craft
  • Winter hat & clothing art projects

 Next week we will learn the letter O and Arctic/polar animals. 

Preschool making snowflakes with their 5th grade buddies!

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Preschool Newsletter – January 12, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – January 12, 2018

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday, January 15 – NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, January 17 – Hot lunch/McDonald’s pancakes
  • Sunday, January 28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House

*Students whose last names begin with N through Z – Please bring the Supplemental asterisked supplies after
Christmas break (see school calendar for reminder).

This week our theme was SNOW.

This week we learned all about the letter M.

Books that we read include:

There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

Sneezy the Snowman

The Snowy Day

Frozen Noses

Frosty The Snowman

Centers included:

  • Coffee filter snowman
  • Mitten craft
  • Whiteboard letter writing
  • Letter M pictures
  • Letter M handwriting book
  • Smartboard
  • Painting snow
  • Making homemade snow
  • Snow globe art
  • Sneezy snowman
  • Winter tree thumbprints

Next week we will learn about the letter N and our theme will be winter & winter clothes. Throughout the week we will discuss the season, winter and how the weather changes and what types of clothes we wear during winter.

Check out some pictures of the students playing with snow that we made in the classroom using baking soda and shaving cream. They had a blast!

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Preschool Newsletter – December 22, 2107

Preschool Newsletter – December 22, 2107

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday, January 8 – school resumes (No hot lunch)
    • Second half of students please bring in supplemental supplies
  • Wednesday, January 10 – hot lunch/Subway
  • Thursday, January 11 – All School Mass
  • Monday, January 15 – No School

This week we finished our unit on Advent and Christmas.

Centers included:

  • Baby Jesus craft
  • Christmas trees
  • Rudolph & Santa
  • Letter bingo
  • Ornament craft
  • Christmas cards to church buddies
  • “Feed the snowman” game

Pictures from Preschool Christmas show:

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From: Preschool team

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Preschool Newsletter – December 15, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – December 15, 2017

Important dates:

  • Monday, December 18 – Hot lunch/Jimmy John’s
    • All School Christmas Mass
  • Wednesday, December 20 – Hot lunch/pizza
    • Preschool PJ day
    • “Pay it Forward” basket items are due!

This week we learn the letter M. We also continued our unit on Advent and Christmas. Throughout the week we read various books about Christmas and completed art projects.

Centers included:

  • Stain glass window watercolor
  • Letter M (M is for mistletoe, moose, mouse)
  • Christmas lights
  • Christmas tree
  • Christmas math games
  • Handwriting journals
  • Religion – “Thank you God!”
  • Advent wreath

Next week we will complete our unit on Christmas and Advent. We will also review letters A-M and practice identifying numbers. On Wednesday the Preschool children earned a PJ day for all their hard work practicing for the Christmas show!

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Preschool Newsletter – December 8, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – December 8, 2017

Upcoming events:

  • Monday, December 11 – Hot lunch/Wendy’s
  • Tuesday, December 12 – All School Mass
  • Wednesday, December 13 – Hot lunch/Little Joe’s
  • Friday, December 15 – PRESCHOOL Christmas show at 10:45 am in the Parish center
    • Please have your child dressed appropriately. It will be a regular school day, but our show will start at 10:45 am. After the show (it will not be long), there will be light refreshments set up in the Parish Center. Your child will be dismissed to parents/guardians immediately following the show. No AFTERCARE for Preschool.
  • Wednesday, December 20 – Preschool PJ Day!
    • Items for our “Pay It Forward” basket are due
  • Friday, December 22 – Early dismissal at 1 pm                       (NO AFTERCARE)

This week we started our unit on Advent and we also learned about the letter “L.” We read various books about Christmas and discussed the importance the giving during this time of year.

Centers included:

  • L is for lights
  • Advent wreath
  • Christmas tree art projects
  • Angel craft
  • Christmas math games
  • Religion – Allelu!
  • Watercolor Christmas lights
  • Dramatic play – Santa’s Workshop
  • Gingerbread people craft

Next week we will continue our unit on Advent and our letter of the week will be letter “M.”

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Preschool Newsletter – December 1, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – December 1, 2017

This week we learned all about the letter K and our theme this week was weather.

Our letter K story was called Kangaroo Kazoo

The letter K words that we learned were Kangaroo, kazoo, kite, king, koala, kiwi, key, Katie, Kevin, Karen.

We learned about different types of weather: thunderstorms, sunny & cloud days, wind, rain, snow. We also read various weather books including both fiction and non-fiction books.

Center activities included:

  • Thunderstorm Craft
  • Letter K writing
  • Letter K pictures
  • Smart-board/Computer
  • Building blocks
  • Holiday matching
  • Paper plate Santa
  • Rainbow watercolor art
  • Weather wheel
  • Favorite weather drawing
  • Weather art projects

Next week we will learn the letter L and start our unit on Advent and Christmas. Throughout the week we make lots of Christmas art projects and create an Advent wreath.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, December 4 – Hot lunch/American Bagel
  • Wednesday, December 6 – Hot lunch/Chipotle
  • Friday, December 8 – All School Mass
  • Friday, December 15 – Preschool Christmas Show at 10:45 am
  • Tuesday, December 19 – Pay It Forward items due!
  • Wednesday, December 20 – Preschool PJ day!

Just a reminder – Preschool children will be delivering their “Pay it forward” items to their church buddies in 5th grade. If you would like to participate please be sure to have your items sent to school by Tuesday, December 19th. Some items include: slime, card games, scented markers, post-its, stickers, gel pens, and board games.

Birthday buddies:

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Preschool Newsletter – November 17, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – November 17, 2017

Upcoming events:

  • Monday, November 20th – Thanksgiving prayer service *please bring one non-perishable food item* (NO hot lunch)
  • Tuesday, November 21st – Early dismissal at 11:30 am (NO AFTERCARE)                                                                          *Parent-teacher conferences from 12:30 pm till 8:00 pm *Please be sure to schedule your conference ASAP! Follow this link to set up your conference with your child’s teacher https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/St_Cletus
  • No School/Thanksgiving break: November 22 – 24

This week we learned all about the letter J.

Our letter J story was called The Jaguars Jamboree.

Here of some of our new letter J words: jump, joke, jack-o-lantern, jaguar, jam, jeans, jog, jelly fish, and jet.

Our theme this week was Thanksgiving.

Center Activities included:

  • Water color turkey painting
  • Coffee filter turkeys
  • Puppet turkeys
  • Letter J pictures
  • Smartboard and computer letter/number matching
  • Handwriting book
  • Name turkeys
  • Thanksgiving early reader
  • Corn painting
  • J for jellybean/jungle/jelly fish craft

Writing prompt:

I Am Thankful- Please check these out in our hallway.

Examples:

  • Maxwell is thankful for God.
  • Isabella is thankful for her teachers.
  • Gabriel is thankful for his cars and trains.
  • Steven is thankful for Chicago.
  • Nora is thankful for toys.

 

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Preschool Newsletter – November 10, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – November 10, 2017

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, November 13th – Veteran’s Day Mass/Hot lunch (McDonald’s)
  • Wednesday, November 15th – Hot lunch/Little Joe’s
  • Thursday, November 16th – End of Trimester 1
  • Sunday, November 19th – St. Cletus Book Fair
  • Tuesday, November 21st – Early Dismissal at 11:30 am followed by Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, November 22-24: NO SCHOOL

This week we learned all about the letter I.

Our letter I story of the week was called Iguana on Ice. We also read both fiction and non-fiction books on how to stay healthy.

The new letter “I” words that we learned were iguana, ice, igloo, instruments, ice cream and insect. We have one friend in our classroom whose name begins with the letter “I”- ISABELLA.

Our theme this week was about Healthy Bodies. We learned about  different ways to stay healthy. Some examples include: washing your hands, catching your sneeze our cough in your arm, eating fruits and vegetables, and exercising.

Centers included:

  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Smartboard and computer activities
  • Letter I pictures
  • Handwriting book-Letter I
  • Healthy body craft
  • Playdough
  • Healthy foods paper plate
  • Germ craft
  • Exercise activity
  • Discussed hygiene

Pictures from this week:

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Preschool Newsletter – November 3, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – November 3, 2017

Reminders & Upcoming Events:

  • NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 3rd
  • Monday, November 6 – Hot lunch/Little Joe’s
  • Vision and Hearing RE-SCREENING will be on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th
  • Wednesday, November 8 – Hot lunch/Wendy’s
  • Thursday, November 9 – Picture Re-take day

This week we reviewed letters A-H and we finished our theme about Halloween.

On Monday and Tuesday, Room 105 had their Halloween parties. The kids had a blast bowling with monsters, pumpkin tossing, and painting bats!!

Full-day Preschool celebrated Halloween on Tuesday! We enjoyed some yummy treats, played games, and made a craft.

We sang our 5 Little Pumpkin song to our buddies, the school office, and to Mr. Chinske and Mrs. Schaeffer. They were impressed!!

Center activities included:

  1. Handwriting book- practicing our numbers
  2. Smartboard-Alphabet order
  3. Corn project-Painting with legos
  4. Play-doh building
  5. Fall Sequencing
  6. Halloween measuring
  7. Letter bingo
  8. Halloween masks

Next week we will be learning all about the letter I and our theme will be Healthy Bodies.

Halloween pictures:

 

 

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Preschool Newsletter – October 27, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – October 27, 2017

This week’s theme was Halloween and the letter H. Throughout the week we created various Halloween crafts and read lots of Halloween books. We also practiced writing the letter H and learning what sound “H” makes.

Centers included:

  • H is for Horse, Haunted House, & House
  • Religion – “Allelu!”
  • Halloween emergent readers
  • Halloween crafts
  • Measuring with uni-fix cubes
  • Halloween patterns
  • Play dough
  • Dramatic play – Pumpkin patch
  • Handwriting journals

Next week we will complete our theme on Halloween and work on a letter review of letters “A-H.” We will also be celebrating Halloween with our class parties!

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 30th – Hot lunch/Stir Crazy
  • Tuesday, October 31st – Halloween/Class parties
  • Wednesday, November 1st – School Mass, Hot lunch/Pizza
  • Friday, November 3rd – NO SCHOOL/Teacher in-service

Pictures from this week:

Preschool playing in the pumpkin patch!

98A wears blue for Red Ribbon week!

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Preschool Newsletter – October 20, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – October 20, 2017

This week in Preschool we learned the letter G and learned all about pumpkins. We focused on how a pumpkin grows, what a pumpkin needs to grow, and what is inside a pumpkin. Throughout the week we completed various pumpkin crafts and read various books about pumpkins. Be sure to check the Preschool hallway with all the different art displayed!

Centers included:

  • Letter G is for ghost
  • 5 little pumpkin craft
  • Spookley the Square pumpkin craft
  • Pumpkin painting by mixing colors
  • Jack-o-lantern art project
  • Letter bingo
  • Letter G book
  • Math – pumpkin counting, shape recognition, measuring ourselves with pumpkins

Pictures from 98A carving a pumpkin:

Next week:

  • Our theme will be Halloween and our letter of the week is H. We will practice identifying the letter H and what sounds the letter makes. Throughout the week we will make lots of Halloween art projects and read various books on Halloween.
  • Next week is Red Ribbon Week at St. Cletus!
    • Monday (10/23) – We Are Drug Free!
    • Tuesday (10/24 – Living Rosary) – Make Healthy Choices & bring in items needed for the Food Pantry.
    • Wednesday (10/25) Be a Hero, Pay it Forward! Super hero dress down day (NO COSTUMES!) and students pay acts of kindness forward.
    • Thursday (10/26) Team Up Against Drugs!
      • 98A – wear blue to school
      • 98B – make badges at school
    •  Friday (10/27) – St. Cletus Stands Together–Dress down day in wear spirit wear/school colors.
  • Monday, October 23 – Hot lunch/Buona Beef
    • Vision & Hearing Screening
  • Wednesday, October 25 – Hot lunch/McDonald’s

Have a great weekend! – Preschool Team

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Preschool Newsletter – October 13, 2017

Preschool Newsletter for October 13, 2017

This week we learned all about the letter F.

Our letter F story for the week was called FiFi Ferret’s Missing Flute.

Here are some new letter F words that we learned: Friend, Fun, Foot, Fox, Flute, Fish. We even came up with some friends that start with F as well: Fiona, Franklin, Fred.

Our theme this week was Scarecrows.

We read the book, The Little Scarecrow Boy and made our own scarecrow. Check them out in the hallway!

Center Activities:

  • Smartboard-Make a Pumpkin
  • F for Frankenstein and F for Fox
  • Pumpkin and Scarecrow matching
  • Allelu! God Made Us Wonderful
  • Paper plate scarecrow
  • Paper bag scarecrow
  • Scarecrow hats
  • Indian corn craft by painting with Legos
  • Handwriting letter F and names

Next week we will learn about the letter G and our theme will be pumpkins. Throughout the week we will read both fiction and non-fiction books on pumpkins. We will discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin and how a pumpkin grows. We will make various pumpkin art projects as well.

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, October 14th – Virtus Training from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Parish Center. Please register at OCS website.
  • Monday, October 16th – Hot lunch (Noodles & Co.)
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Hot lunch (Jimmy Johns)

 

 

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