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November Newsletter

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October has flown by with a flurry of engaging activities and learning, and November has arrived with a cool strong wind promising more of the same. This month we will be thinking about all the things we are thankful for, such as all of God’s creations, the change in seasons, the first Thanksgiving, our families, and the friends we have made in Pre-K. We are truly blessed! As a class, each day throughout the month of November, we are keeping a list of what we are thankful for. This list is sure to become very long!

In Religion, we are learning about thanking God for the many blessings he has given us. We will learn about the Pilgrims and about the first Thanksgiving. As Thanksgiving gets near, we will have fun making our own butter and cornbread. We’ll be talking about families and the ways in which family members care for each other, and about how we can care for others.

During November, we will finish up our study of fall changes and begin to look forward to changes that occur as winter draws near. As little scientist, we have begun to develop our scientific inquiry skills, through hands-on exploring and observing, hypothesizing, and communicating results. Studying science is just as much fun as Math! In math, we will continue our ongoing study of numbers, counting, patterns, and shapes, focusing this month on solid shapes, their names and attributes, and continuing our work on word problems using objects.

In Language Arts, we have continued our practice in writing our names as well as our classmates. We will be finishing up our introduction of alphabet letters, sounds and actions, and begin to practice properly writing upper and lower case letters. Our fine motor skills are improving everyday as we color, cut, paste, and create throughout the day.

November is sure to fly by as we round out our learning with “movement” activities, learning new songs, rhythms, rhymes and games. Have a great month!


October Newsletter from Pre-K J


October 3, 2017
Hello Prek-J Parents,
We have had a great September in our Pre-K class! We have spent time getting to know each other, learning our routines, classroom rules and our schedule.  We have been doing lots of activities relating to our theme of the month “School, friends and what makes us special”, as well as singing songs and learning prayers.
September was filled with many fun and engaging activities.  We began practicing how to write our names as well as recognizing them around the classroom. During morning meeting, we started our count down to the 100th day of school. We also started learning about the days of the week, months of the year and graphing the weather.
We met our 3rd grade buddies for the first time a couple weeks ago. The children had a wonderful time getting to know each other, and the 3rd graders enjoyed playing on the playground with them. We can’t wait to see them again.
Academically, we started right away introducing two letters and their sounds each week and reinforcing the letters with various activities in the classroom. We have been introducing the letters in alphabetical order as suggested by Wilson Fundation Pre-K curriculum.  We will then start the alphabet again learning how to write upper and lower case letters. Coloring papers having been going home representing these letters, pictures and sounds.  As of the end of September, we have covered Aa through Hh. We will continue this progression into the month of October.
In math, we will continue our study of numbers, writing and recognizing them and doing activities that involve sorting. Students will also be playing games that involve 1:1 correspondence as well as shape recognition and patterns.
In science, we will learn all about fall leaves, apples, pumpkins, and farms!
In religion, we are learning about what makes each of us special and how our names are also special. We will learn about Jesus and how he was a wonderful example of someone who showed care and concern for others. During this month we will focus on learning how we can be more like Jesus by sharing, helping, waiting and listening to others.
To get ready for our first Mass in Church on October 20th, Vocation Day; we have practiced entering the church and sitting quietly in the pews, using our listening ears, and keeping quiet hands and feet. The Pre-K team have high behavior expectations and our hope is that you will reinforce these expectations at home.
For the month of October, our theme is “fall and farm” which ties in with our trip to Parlee Farms on Friday, October 13th, Early Release.  Permission slips and field trip information have been sent home. Please be sure to fill out the paperwork and send in your money as soon as possible.
Throughout the month of October, we will continue learning new letters and sounds, numbers, and practice our social skills each day through play.   A quote from Mr. Rogers sums up our learning, “For children, play is serious learning”.

Important Dates to Remember
October 9 No School – Columbus Day
October 13 Parlee Farm Field Trip
October 13 EARLY RELEASE – full day dismissal at 12:30, half day 11:30. NO Aftercare and NO hot/cold lunches served.
October 17 Firefighters’ visit!
October 18 Picture Day
October 20 Please reserve Friday, October 20th at 12 noon to have lunch at St. Chris with your child for our Pre-K “Take Your Parent to Lunch Day!” After listening to the pre-K classes perform a few songs, you will be treated to a pizza lunch with your child.
October 24 Vocation Day/Vocation Mass 9:15
October 31 Halloween free Dress

Scholastic Book Orders:
We will be sending home the October Book Orders shortly. They will be due October 20th.  You can look at the flyers on line, as well as order on line. Go online to scholastic.com/newparent. Look up my name: Ms. Jodrey or enter our Class Code: MD2BJ and then follow the instructions to place your order.
Friendly Reminders
• Please do NOT send in any food items containing peanuts/tree nuts. We have several students with life threatening allergies in our classroom.  A good substitute for peanut butter is “Sun butter”.
• Don’t forget to send in blankets for rest time!
• Please return the “Wednesday News” brown envelopes each week. We reuse them.
• As the weather gets colder, please be sure to send in warm sweatshirts, sweaters, and/or jackets. Layers are best as the weather can be unpredictable.
• Please continue to send in water bottles daily as the children still need a good drink of water after recess and gym class.
• Thursday is gym day and students are to wear sneakers and their gym uniforms. Pre-K will be rotating gym times between morning and afternoon to ensure that the half day students are able to participate in gym class.
• Thank you to all the parents sending in notes or contacting the front office if there is going to be a change in pick up.
• If you have not signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference in November, please do so soon.
Thank you for sharing your children with us. We look forward to a great October!
<3 Ms. Jodrey & Mrs. McCabe




Welcome to PreK!

Welcome to Pre-K at St. Chris! It’s almost time to start school, and I am so excited to meet you!

We are going to have fun learning, playing, exploring and making new friends. I am preparing our classroom with many fun things to do!

We would like to get to know you and learn about your favorite things or activities. Do you think you could make us a picture of something you like? You can bring it to school with you on our Pre-K first day of school on September 5th to share with your new friends.

I look forward to seeing you soon