The room will open at 8:00 a.m. for the children to enter. Class begins at 8:15.
The procedure your child will learn to follow when they come in is as follows:
- Come in with your backpack on your back and lunchbox (if you are staying for lunch) in your hand.
- Take your name card from the shelf inside the door and move it from “home” to “school” for attendance.
- Go to the hook with your name and open your backpack and take out your folder and anything for Mr. Cahill and put it in his mailbox.
- Leave the zipper open on your backpack and hang it on your hook.
- Take off your jacket and hang it on your hook.
- Get your nametag from the top of the cubby shelf and put it on.
When these things are done, go to a table/center for your first activity. This sounds like a lot for first thing in the morning, but it will help us get right into our activities and make the most of the day. It will also help avoid traffic jams in the area where the children hang up their things. Please help your child learn these routine procedures by reminding them what to do for each step and lending a hand rather than doing it for them. We take jackets off and hang them up last so that the children are able to get them easily for recess without the backpacks being in the way. The teachers are there to lend a hand as well.
: I will have the children packed and ready for dismissal at 11:15. When Mrs. Midgley sees you, she will call your child to the door and send them out. This will ensure that we are aware of each child leaving the room and who has picked them up. I will need a note any time your child is going home with someone else. Exceptions to this would be someone you have designated to routinely pick up your child, or someone whose name is on a list you gave me at the beginning of the year of people who may pick up your child.
There is no uniform for Pre K-4 students. Please send your children in comfortable play clothes. They should wear shoes/sneakers that are good for moving, running, and jumping around. Girls wearing skirts or dresses should wear some kind of shorts underneath. We keep busy and active and sometimes get MESSY in Pre K!
: Snack and a drink are provided for the children each day.
: Your child will bring home a folder each day. It will contain their work and information regarding class/school events, projects or activities. Please put any notes you have for me in the folder and it will be emptied each day.
Communication from the school office and information is available for you through the school website. You may contact me through my email on the school website.
Please be aware that there is no internet in our building so I am unable to respond to emails in the middle of the day.
Our Pre k-4 program follows the Archdiocesan guidelines. These guidelines reflect an awareness of National and State Standards and are consistent with the philosophy of Catholic education.
Our Pre K Week includes the following subject areas:
Religion, Math, Integrated Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, Physical Education, Library and Computers.
Music and Library and Phys Ed begin in September. Computer class begins in the late fall.
: I teach with a hands on approach, meaning that the children will learn by “doing” as much as possible. Many times they will be working with manipulatives in the classroom to master concepts. For this reason, they will not always have something on paper to show when they come home. It does not mean that he/she was not busy discovering, learning and “doing” during our Pre K time.
Portfolio, Conferences and Progress Reports:
I will keep a portfolio throughout the year with samples of your child’s work to share with you at conferences. Conferences are held for everyone in November and if requested at the end of the year. However, any time during the year that you feel you would like to discuss your child’s progress I will be happy to set up a conference time.
Lunch Bunch and Extended Day:
Your child may stay for lunch bunch until 1:00 or extended day until 3:00. Details will be available on the class website and a copy given to you at orientation.
Keeping with the school policy to celebrate Birthdays without food treats, you are welcome to send a small favor such as stickers for your child to share with classmates on their birthday. We will sing and give a birthday blessing on your child's special day and I have a little something for the birthday student. Birthday invitations may be given in class only if everyone receives an invitation.
Student of the week:
Each week a different child will be the student of the week. While your child is the Student of the Week, each day of the week will consist of an exciting event or activity to honor him or her. All of these days can be adjusted to meet your child’s schedule. Please e-mail me if you have any questions.
All About Me Page (Monday):
Your child should bring in their “All about Me” page and print their name (kid-writing or tracing over letters is good) at the top in black marker. Include photos and drawings all over the page. Print a sentence (your writing, in your child’s words) from your child telling about the pictures on the page. The photos can be of family, friends, pets, activities or anything they would like.
Favorite Book (Tuesday)
The Student of the Week brings one of his or her books to be read to the class.
Parent Letter (Wednesday)
Parents will write a letter to the class telling us how special your child is to you. Send the letter in a
envelope to school with your child, and I will read the letter to the class at class meeting. The content of the letter is up to you, but you may want to choose from the following ideas: Describe special or funny stories about your child for the class to hear, write a silly or serious poem about your child, tell us some neat things we may not know about your child, send silly or special pictures with a letter describing the pictures, or write a short story with your child as the main character. You may also send a video for the class to watch if you choose.
Secret Bag (Thursday):
Students should choose something from home they would like to share with the class. Please take some time to help your child think of three clues to give the class such as shape, size, use, color, etc. Please write these on the lines on the provided paper and put in the bag with their item. The children will be given the clues and will try to guess the item.
Class Mascot (Friday):
The student will share with the class their journal page about their week with our class mascot. The class mascot and his adventure journal will be in the student of the week bag. Please be sure to remember to bring him back on Thursday or Friday so our next student can take him on his new adventure on Friday.
There will be special days during the year for the children to bring toys from home. A note will be sent home at these times. Please Do Not send toys with them on other days.
What can you do?
- Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
- Raise your hand if you have something to say during group activities.
- Try EVERYTHING! (Games, Activities, Art Projects, Songs, Dancing, etc.) God gave us all many talents and you won’t know what they are unless you try new things!
- Use your listening ears and inside voices.
- Smile and HAVE FUN!
Keep reading to your child every day at home, provide art materials for expression, and get them outside for plenty of fresh air. Educational TV and media whenever possible- Kids at this age are constantly learning and easily influenced, so let’s expose them to positive messages that will help them grow into bright, caring young people. Together we will have a joyful year with the children both at home and at school!
Mr. Matt Cahill and Mrs. Angela Midgley