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Welcome to our Pre K classroom!

I am very excited to be your child's teacher and I look forward to creating many wonderful memories with you this year!

I have my degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Rivier University. Before coming to St. Christopher's, I taught Kindergarten for a year. Additionally, I worked as a Special Education Para educator in Massachusetts for six years. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Mrs. Sandy McCabe is the Pre-K R aide.






Valentines Day and the 100th Day of School!



April News


Classroom News

We have finally marched out of winter, hopefully, and seem to be heading to warmer, spring days! March was a very busy month in Pre K! We continued our study of the alphabet with letters D R. and B! Dramatic play was turned into a Hardware store and we started our unit on weather. We started the month by learning about Dr. Seuss and we enjoyed many of his stories. This was also a wonderful opportunity to practice rhyming. In science we learned about the colors of a rainbow and met a new friend ROY G BIV who helped us remember the order of a rainbow. This month we also learned about clouds and rain. We also read many nonfiction stories about weather and bugs .Together In March, we completed our project for the science fair! We made predictions about what solutions would make the best bubbles. On St. Patrick’s Day, a very sneaky leprechaun came and left green footprints and glitter all over the classroom! The leprechaun was too fast for our trap! But he did leave us gold coins and pencils.  In religion, we started talking about the true meaning of Easter and we started to read stories from the Bible.

What is going on in April?

Here is a look at some of the activities that we will be doing in April.

With two full months left of school there’s still plenty of learning happening in Pre-K!

In language arts this month we will learn to write and recognize the letters Z for zoo, I is for insects, E is for Easter.  We spent a lot of time practicing rhymes and beginning sounds last month and will add syllables to our skills during the month of April.

In math, we are continuing to write and recognize the ‘teen’ numbers and should reach number 20 by the end of the month.  We will also continue with graphing, patterns 1:1 correspondence, and tally marks. By the end of the month we will start to add 2 numbers together!!!!

In Science, we will start out unit on bugs.

In religion, we will start to learn the Hail Mary so that it may be recited every day in May in honor of Mary.  We will continue to learn about how each of us is special and we will continue reading select stories from the Bible.

Brown Bear

Brown Bear has had a chance to spend a weekend with everyone. Brown Bear will be making a final overnight trip to visit his friends.  This is a chance for your child to have one last visit with Brown Bear and reread about his adventures with all our Pre-K friends.  Kindly return him to school the next day so he can have a final good bye with everyone before summer!

Week of the Young Child

During the week of April 17th through the 21st our class will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration that celebrates our youngest learners and promotes the importance of quality Early Childhood programs. During the week, we will be participating in many fun activities. Below you will find the schedule of events for the week and ways that you can be involved! If you would like to help out at all during this week please let me know by 4/10. Thanks!

Monday: 4/17 NO School

Tuesday: 4/18 Tasty Tuesday! -This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, we will encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits by spending the day talking about making healthy choices and enjoying a yummy healthy snack.

Wednesday 4/19 Work Together Wednesday- When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. We will spend the day doing many team building activities to encourage sharing and teamwork.

Thursday 4/20 Artsy Thursday -Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday we will celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making.

Friday 4/21 Fun Friday! We will spend the morning doing a special activity with our 3rd grade buddies. A note will be going home about this in a few weeks. Stay tuned!


Finally, attached is the latest Scholastic book forms, orders are due Friday, April, 14th. You can always order books online by going tohttp://www.scholastic.com/ and using the code NCFD9.  Every child should be read to for at least 20 minutes each night, if it is not in your bedtime routine now is a good time to start.  Reading to your child helps promote word recognition, reading comprehension and provides some great quality time.

Important Dates

April 1 Family Dance at St. Patrick’s Gym – 6:00 PM

April 13 Holy Thursday Paraliturgy – 9:15 AM – 1st Grade Preparing

April 14 NO SCHOOL – Good Friday

April 17 NO SCHOOL – Easter Monday

April 21 Earth Day Free Dress

April 21 Poetry Slam – 1:45 PM – Church Hall


Happy Easter!

Mrs. Rankins & Mrs. McCabe


March News

Dear Families:Dr.-Seuss

When I said February was going to be a short month I didn’t realize how short it would be!  Time is really flying by.  We hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved and restful week off from school!

We are past our 100th day of school and still have plenty of learning to do!  When we return from vacation we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday (his birthday is March 2nd) with a week devoted to Dr. Seuss books and activities.  Our themes and letters during the month of March are D for Dr. Seuss, Z for Zoo, and R for rain/rainbows. We will also begin to practice reading color words and do some writing!  Last month, we graphed the colors of candy hearts as well as practiced patterning.  In math, we will continue to graph and compare, as well as, write and recognize 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.  In religion, we will learn about, Lent, Easter, Saint Patrick and the many things God created.  We will attend a special St. Patrick’s Day Mass on March 17th . This month we will also be super scientists! We will conduct various experiments and make predictions! Make sure to come to the STEM fair on March 9th to see what we have been doing!

We had a great time celebrating our 100th day of school.  It’s amazing how one can age learning for 99 days! Somehow all the kids turned 100 years old that day, maybe your child told you?  We had so much fun sorting our 100 objects by groups of 10 we also made 100 day hats, practiced counting by 10’s to 100 and built a structure with 100 cups! We had a great time celebrating Valentine’s Day! Many thanks for the donations to our party.  Thanks also to Emily’s grandmother for coming in and helping out! We had a great day!

Dramatic Play turned into a post office last month. We have been working on recognizing our addresses and even sent letters home! We will also continue to work on this skill this month.

Another set of Scholastic Book order forms are included with this newsletter. The due date for all orders is Friday, March 17th. As always, you can place your book order online.

Please check out the St. Christopher school website (www.stchrisschoolnh.org) for pictures of some of the fun things we did in February.

Believe it or not, spring is on its way!

Mrs. Rankins and Mrs. McCabe

Important Dates

March 9th STEM Day/Fair 6-7:30

March 10th EARLY RELEASE 12:15 No After Care

March 11th Auction Sky Meadow Country Club

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress Green and Whit

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