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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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Preschool Newsletter – October 6, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – October 6, 2017

This week in Preschool we learned about fall. Throughout the week we read many stories about fall and how the leaves change colors. We even went outside to collect leaves and identify signs of fall around our school. Our letter of the week was letter E. We practice writing the letter and identifying what sound the letter makes.

Our centers included:

  • E is for Elephant
  • Leaf man people
  • Leaf painting
  • Graphing our favorite color leaf
  • Fall roll and cover math game
  • Handwriting journals
  • Religion “I Love God & God Loves Me”

Next week our theme will be scarecrows and the letter of the week is F. Throughout the week we will read various books on fall and scarecrows. In centers we will create scarecrow art project and practice writing the letter F. Please continue to encourage your child to practice writing their name and identifying upper-case letters.  Thanks for all your help! – Preschool team

Upcoming Events:

  • No School – Monday, October 9th
  • Hot lunch (Taco bell) – Wednesday, October 11th
  • All School Mass – Thursday, October 12th
  • Virtus Traning – Saturday, October 14th from 9 am till 12 pm (at Parish Center)

Apple Stand Picture:

 

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Preschool Newsletter – September 29, 2017

Preschool Newsletter –  September 29, 2017

This week we learned all about the letter D.

Letter D story- Detective Dog’s Missing Donuts

Letter D words- Dad, donuts, door, duck, dog, dinosaur

Centers included:

  • D for Dog, D for Duck, & D for Dinosaur
  • Alphabet /Number Bingo
  • Rainbow fish craft
  • Allelu (Religion) “God Made Me Wonderful”
  • Do a Dot
  • Roll & Cover math game
  • Playdough
  • Apple measurement activity
  • Family portrait

Out theme this week was Friendship, Family, and Apples. We talked about what we can do to be a good friend. We also discussed parts of an apple and how an apple grows.

Here is the list that we came up with on how to be a good friend: Share, Play nicely, Take turns, Help others, and Have play dates. We will continue to practice all of these during school.

Next week we learn about the letter E and our theme will be Fall.

Pictures from this week:

Have a good weekend!

-Preschool Team

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Preschool Newsletter – September 22, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – September 22, 2017

This week we discussed apples, friends, and family. Our letter of the week was C. Throughout the week we read various books on apples and families.

Centers included:

  • Apple crafts
  • Science: parts of an apple, life cycle of an apple, and will an apple sink or float?
  • Handwriting: name writing and letter C
  • Letter C crafts
  • Family self-portrait
  • Family house craft
  • Graph our favorite apple
  • Painting with apples

Next week we will continue our themes and start to learn the letter D. Throughout the week we will practice writing our names please continue this at home.

Upcoming events:

  • Please sure to check the lunch volunteer sign-up Genius and please indicate which Preschool room you are volunteering for. We appreciate all your help!
  • Monday, September 25 – hot lunch, pancakes
  • Wednesday, September 27 – hot lunch, Subway
  • Thursday, September 28 – New Family Welcome Night at 5:30 pm

Pictures from the week:

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Preschool Newsletter – September 15, 2017

Preschool half-day & full-day Newsletter:

This week our theme was all about Transportation.

We learned that Cars, airplanes, boats, buses, bicycles, trains, walking are all ways of transportation. Throughout the week we read various transportation books and discussed different types of transportation.

 Our letter of the week was B.

Our letter B story was called Bubbly Bear.

Here are the letter B words that we learned- Boat, bat, bubble, bear, bike. We have 3 friends whose names begin with B, too- Brendan, Benjamin, Bradley, and Bennett.

 Center activities:

  • B is for Bee & Bird
  • Building Blocks & transportation toys
  • Smartboard-Build a house & build a cupcake
  • Handwriting Book
  • Stop light craft
  • Watercolor painting
  • Transportation picture matching
  • Smartboard transportation sorting
  • Letter B smartboard game
  • Various transportation crafts
  • Name writing practice

On Wednesday Preschool attended their very first all school mass. We were able to sit with our 5th & 6th grade church buddies. The children are learning proper church behavior and please discuss these behaviors with your child.

Next week in Preschool:

We will be learning about apples, friends, and family. Our letter of the week will be C. Throughout the week we will discuss and read books about apples as well as our favorite kind of apple, how an apple grows, parts of an apple, and creating family self-portraits.

Reminder:

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures Return to Normal Starting September 18!

Hot lunch days on Monday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 20. Just a reminder that not all hot lunches include a side. Please be sure to send some healthy sides with your child to eat with their hot lunch.

 

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Preschool Newsletter – September 8, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – Week of September 4th

Half-day Preschool News:

This week our theme was Community Helpers and our letter of the week was letter “A.”

Here are some of our community helpers:

  • Teacher
  • Fireman/Fire-woman
  • Police officer
  • Garbage collector
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Mail man

Activities included:

  • Sponge painting apples
  • Letter A Alligators
  • Letter A Do a Dots
  • Handwriting book
  • A for Ant

The weather has been beautiful so we have been playing outside everyday!

We hope to see you at Fall fest this weekend!!

Don’t forget that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 11th.

Full-day Preschool News:

Our theme was Community helpers and the letter A. Throughout the week we read both fiction and non-fiction books on Community helpers. We are continuing to practice writing our names and learning classroom rules and routines.

In centers we were able to create:

  • Police badges
  • Firefighter hats
  • Tool belts
  • Community helper puzzles
  • Letter A handwriting
  • A is for alligator
  • Letter A bracelets
  • Religion: Praise God!
  • Letter Memory

Next week our theme will be transportation and letter B. Throughout the week we will read books on different types of transportation.

Reminders:

  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, September 11th
  • Picture day on Tuesday, September 12th
  • All School Mass on Wednesday, September 13th
  • For oldest and only Preschool children: Regular pick-up (in the parking lot) will resume following Fall Fest clean-up and parking lot resurfacing on Monday, September 18th.
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Preschool Newsletter – September 1, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – Week of August 28,2017

Half-day preschool news:

We have had a GREAT first week of Preschool!! The kids have been so excited to play with their new friends!

  • This week our theme was superheroes and all about me.
  • On Monday, we had Spanish class. The kids had a fun time learning the hello song.
  • On Thursday, we celebrated Ben’s birthday!

Center activities:

  • Super hero masks
  • Super hero sticks
  • Super hero puppets
  • Playdough
  • Smartboard counting fish
  • Super hero hand prints

The weather has been perfect, so we have been able to play outside every day!

Full-day preschool news:

It has been a busy full week in Preschool! We have been focusing on learning our routines, our teachers, our school, and classmates.

This week our themes were all about me and superheroes. Throughout the week we read lots of stories and played in our centers. During morning meeting we continued to discuss our classroom rules and making good choices in school.

Centers included:

  • All about me pages
  • Superhero projects
  • Name writing
  • Playdough
  • Puzzles
  • Legos

98A Superhero cuffs

98B Superhero mask

Next week:

We will be focusing on the Letter A and community helpers. Throughout the week we will discuss different community helpers and their jobs. We will also practice writing the letter A and continue name writing.

Reminders:

No School on Monday, September 4, 2017

Pick-up changes:

  • Beginning Tuesday, September 5th: We will walk all oldest/only early childhood students to Spring Avenue, on the east side of the back field.  Please pull up along the curb facing 55th Street (south) and a patrol will bring your child to you.
  • Regular pick-up (in the parking lot) will resume following Fall Fest clean-up and parking lot resurfacing on Monday, September 18th.
    • Thank you for your flexibility as we begin to setup for Fall Fest, a very important fundraiser for our school.  If you have any questions, please just ask.

 

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Preschool News August 25

Preschool Newsletter – August 25, 2017

PRESCHOOL is SUPER!

We had a great start to the school year! We have had a busy couple of days getting to meet our new friends and learning about our classroom.

Please be sure to check the St. Cletus “Parent” page to read our weekly newsletters that will be posted each Friday.

You can find the information following this link:

http://www.stcletusschool.com/–>PARENTS–>NEWSLETTERS–>Preschool

Activities this week included:

  • Superhero Masks
  • First day of school self-portrait
  • Name handwriting
  • Handprints

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Virtus training for all school volunteers: in order to volunteer at school, you must complete VIRTUS TRAINING.  There is a session available this weekend at the parish center:

 Virtus Training Session

When: Sat, August 26, 9am – 12pm

Where: St Cletus School – Parish Center

Must register through OCS website

Reminders:

  • Half-day preschool will have Spanish in the classroom on a D day, but we will go outside or play in the new gym throughout the week.

Full-day Preschool Special Schedule:

Day Special
A Library
B Gym
C Music
D Spanish
E TLC
F Music

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