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Whitestone, NY 11357
(718) 746-3833

Pre-K 2
MS. O'BRIEN 

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MS. O'BRIEN & MRS. McDONAGH'S
PRE-K CLASS  

 


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May Crowning

Friday, May 26th

Mass is held on the Great Lawn.  All are welcome.
We DO NOT attend as a class.  
You may bring your child with you if you wish.  Just send a note indicating when you want them ready.
Dismissal is at 11:15 am for Pre-K.

 

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St. Luke's Carnival 
June 1st - June 4th



St. Luke student day at the carnival is Thursday, June 1st.  
See the Parent eEnvelope to order bracelets---->
for the school students
only, (during the day). 

Please send in the carnival permission slip/money for bracelets ASAP.  
We have very few orders.

Students MUST.......
-complete and submit the permission slip 
& order form
 AND

be accompanied by a family member  
to attend the carnival on June 1st.

Teachers do not accompany children.
Students who do not have a family member to accompany them
remain in the school for the duration of the Carnival ( dismissal - 2:45).

 



BEST BUDDY OLYMPICS
FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND 
 

Dad (OR 1 male family member/friend) is invited to join
your child for some healthy competition in the gym.   
Attendees should dress comfortably as they will be exercising
and running around alongside the children!!

Let me know (in writing)if no one is able to join your child.
I will get a 7th or 8th grade boy to accompany them. 


 Pre-K 2 Moving Up Ceremony

Monday, June 19th
@1 pm
in the Pastoral Center.
One seat will be reserved in the first row
for a family member of each student.  
There is plenty of room for the rest of the family BEHIND the first row.
Students come to school at 12:45pm.  
Doors to the Pastoral Center open at 12:45 for parents/family members.
 Please do not enter early as you may disrupt Pre-K 1's ceremony.

This is the last day for Pre-K students.


 

We sent home rhyming family crafts:  the "AT" hat, the "AN" man and the "ALL" ball.  
Use these crafts to reinforce rhyming, beginning and ending sounds.  Remember  these are also sight words - at, an and all.


 

Monday -  Letter review: Aa-Zz.  

Tuesday- Gym.   

Wednesday - Computer.   Homework due.   

Thursday -  Music.  

Friday -  Homework and books due.  Half Day - 11:15am dismissal.

Books are to returned every FRIDAY!  No book will be sent home the following week if books are not returned.  Lost or damaged books MUST be replaced.

 

 

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AT WHAT WE ARE LEARNING
Week of MAY 8th

RELIGION -  Miracle -Jesus walks on water.


LETTERS -  
Review Aa,  Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm,
 
Nn, Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx,Yy, Zz 
and their phonetic sounds

"A"as in apple or "a" as in ape
"B" as in balloon
"C" as in cookie or "C" as in circus
"D" as in dot
"E" as in exciting or "e" as in eat
"F" as in face
"G" as in green and "g" as in giraffe
"H" as in home

"I" as in ice cream and "i" as in itch
"J" as in juice
"K" as in kangaroo
"L" as in lemon
"M" as in Me
"N" as in No
"O" as in Ocean
"P" as in Pajamas
"Q" is for Queen
"R" is for Recycle
"S" is for Sun
"T" is for Turtle
"U" is for Uniform and "u" is for Up
"V" is for Vegetables
"W" is for Wet
"X" is for X-ray
"Y" is for Yellow
Z is for Zero.

 

NUMBER -  Review Numbers -
0/Zero, 1/one, 2/two, 3/three, 4/four, 5/five, 6/six, 7/seven, 8/eight, 9/nine, 10/Ten


MATH CONCEPT - Sorting by attributes (color, size, shape),
bar graphs, counting and comparing (more/less/equal/ longer/shorter), patterns,
measurement, plus/minus.


CONCEPT- Opposite, More/less/equal, Ordinal numbers (first, second, third..) 
 
Rhyming Families -  We have been working on different rhyming families and have created different crafts to help students practice: the "all" ball, the "an" man, the "at" hat, the "ed" bed, the "it" slide.

Sight Words - 
all, am, an, and,  are, at, blue, I, is, it, look, my, one, said, see, the, two, we, what, when,  who, why, zero. 



SHAPES - Circle, Square, Triangle, Rectangle, Oval, Diamond, Heart

COLORs - Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Brown, Black, Gray

WRITING - *****Writing first name - First letter uppercase and
remaining letters lowercase letters.

The children are using Stetro pencil grips in class to help them
hold pencils/crayons/paint brushes correctly.  
The Stetro Grip encourages the correct placement
of the fingers and thumb on the pencil.  The star indicates thumb placement.  
The pointing finger and index finger fit comfortably into the other two indentations.
 We call them the Pre-K fingers.


SOCIAL STUDIES -  Maps

SAFETY PROCEDURES - Walking safely on the stairs while
alternating our feet.  Please practice using alternating feet on stairs
as we do participate in Fire Drills.


SCIENCE -  Friction,
 Spring & Seeds, Living things, Water Cycle



EMOTIONAL LITERACY - How to express our feelings-
happy, angry, sad, scared, scared.

ART-  Music and patterns

VOCABULARY - Water vapor, evaporate, condensation (rain, snow, sleet, hail)

STORY ELEMENTS - Author, Illustrator, Title, Character, Setting, Story Sequencing 
 

 If your child is absent, we will send the classwork home so that you can complete it with them.
We will go over the completed work with
them when it is returned.


HOMEWORK
Homework will go home on Monday and is due back Wednesday.  
Wednesday - New homework will go home and is due back Friday.
Read to your child daily.
 Book is to be returned with completed reading log each Friday.
 No books will be sent home if a book is not returned or returned late.


 

Milk Money -  June milk money due in class NO LATER THAN MAY 22nd.         
Submit your monthly order by the due date in an envelope with your child's name on it, choice of white or chocolate milk, choice for lunch, snack or both.

$2 Dress Down Day -  MAY 30, June 13

HALF DAYS - 11:15 am dismissal

Friday, May 26th - May crowning 
Friday, June 2nd - First Friday
 



NO SCHOOL  - Monday, May 29th Memorial Day  
                                - Monday, June 12th - Teacher Professional Development


 

FYI - BIRTHDAYS - -You may come in for their birthday - about 20 minutes of our day.
Please let the teacher know at least one week in advance if you would like to share a special treat with the class on your child’s birthday.  Due to NUT allergies, the following items ARE NOT permitted in class ---->
 NO home baked goods or store bought items that contain nuts/nut oils or are processed in a facility where any kind of nut/nut oil are used).   You may send in Chips Ahoy or Oreo cookies, ice cream, ice pops.

 

 

CLASS RULES AND INFORMATION

ARRIVAL-
Children are to arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and no later than 8:15 a.m.   In the beginning of the year, it may be especially difficult to separate from your child.  Don’t be surprised or disappointed if children who attended school last year experience some reluctance to be left in this new setting.  To make this transition easier, it is important to bring your child, hug them and reassure them that school is a great place to be. Please leave QUICKLY AND WITHOUT FANFARE. From the outset, we try to comfort them and yet direct them toward active independence.  You will bring your child to the classroom for the month of September.  Beginning in October, children will proceed up to class by themselves.  The classroom aides will guide them.

DISMISSAL
Children will be dismissed through the door by security.   Dismissal is at 2:50p.m.  Please be prompt when picking up your child. If you are unable to pick up your child and are sending someone else, please send a note in your child’s folder marked URGENT or notify the main office by phone (718) 746-3833.  No child will be allowed to go home with anyone other than a parent or an adult designated by the parent.

CLASSWORK FOLDER-
Your child’s folder will contain the daily work, crafts and notices that are sent home.  It must be emptied and returned daily.  If you have any messages or money for us, send it to school via the folder.  


 

GYM CLASS- Students must wear their uniform and sneakers, Velcro preferred.  (No slip on, open back or platform sneakers permitted).
          
HALF DAYS-
 There will be half-days that occur throughout the school year.  When this occurs, Pre-K students will attend class from 8:00 to 11:15 a.m.

ABSENTEE NOTES- Please call the school on the first day of an absence by 8:30 a.m. Upon returning to school, we must have an absence note stating the reason for the absence(s), the date(s) absent, and your signature.  For absences of three or more days a Doctor’s note MUST accompany a returning child.

We are peanut/nut free! 
There is a student in Pre-k with a nut allergy!  
Anaphylaxis is life threatening! Please help us protect the health and well-being of ALL Pre-K students!

All items for snack, lunch and birthday celebrations must not contain any peanuts or nuts of any kind (i.e. no peanut butter, almond butter or Nutella etc.).  Items cannot be processed on machinery with any kind of nuts (i.e.. no Dunkin Donuts or Carvel etc.).  Please read labels carefully.  No homemade treats for birthday celebrations as we must be able to read the label.


SNACK TIME-
Its important for children to eat a healthy breakfast prior to coming to school.   Students should bring a healthy snack in a zip lock bag clearly marked with their name.  No glass containers please.  White or chocolate milk can be purchased at school (money is sent in monthly if you have not paid for the year).  Make a note of white or chocolate milk and let us know if it is for snack or lunch.  Check the monthly calendar for the due date- late milk payments will NOT be accepted.

LUNCH-
Lunch will be in the classroom.  Lunch should be packed in a clearly labeled lunch bag/box.  Milk can be ordered or you may provide a non-glass container.  If you plan on using a thermos, please test it to assure that it does not leak.
                  
 BIRTHDAYS- Please let the teacher know at least one week in advance if you would like to share a special treat with the class on your child’s birthday.   Birthday party invitations cannot be sent home via class unless each child is receiving one.


RECESS- The children will be brought outside daily for play time, (weather permitting).  They will be supervised in the Playground.

REST TIME- There will be a rest/quiet period in the afternoon.  It is important to keep in mind that these children will be up early and continually busy all morning. This time will enable them to recharge for afternoon activities.

CONFERENCES-
If at any time there is a need to speak to the teacher, please do not hesitate to send in a note via the folder or call the school and leave a message.  An open line of communication is important.

ATTIRE- Pre-K has a school uniform which must be worn - Red shirt with school logo (long and short sleeves), shorts/sweats with an elastic waist, and sneakers with white crew socks. Label all hats, coats, gloves etc.  Uniforms can be purchased through www.flynnohara.com.
According to the school dress code, students are not permitted to wear jewelry other than religious medals.  No large/hoop/dangling earrings, rings or bracelets.
No high heels, backless shoes, or sandals are permitted.

$2.00 DOLLAR DRESS DOWN DAYS- Your child has the option of wearing appropriate casual clothing on school designated dress down days.  These days are clearly marked on the monthly calendar.  Send in $2.00 in an envelope marked with your child’s name on a dress down day.  We recommend pull on pants, as belts, zippers, buttons, and snaps are difficult for them at this age.

BATHROOMAll Pre-K students must be toilet trained.  Students have access to the bathroom located outside our room and are encouraged to notify the teacher when he/she needs to use the bathroom.  In the event of an accident, we will contact you to come to school to change your child.  Please bring your child to the bathroom downstairs by the security desk each morning prior to the start of class.  He/she will be ready to jump right into our day.
     Please notify the school of any changes in address, telephone numbers, or emergency contacts.  Also, please make sure that those people listed as your emergency contacts know that they have been designated as such and that they speak English.
    Any parent or friend that has a special occupation (policeman, fireman, nurse, etc) or special hobby (crafts, crocheting, etc) that you would like to share with the class, please let us know. The children would love it!  Guests need to be Virtus certified to interact with students in class/on trips.  See Web site for additional information to become certified.
        If there is any change in your child’s life that may affect him/her, please let us know so that we may help and understand any change in behavior.

 MEDICATION-
Absolutely NO medication will be dispensed by the teacher. 
Parents should consult with the school nurse regarding any condition that requires monitoring and medication (EPI-pen, inhalers for asthma, etc.).  
If your child has a serious or contagious illness, the school should be notified and the child should remain at home until cleared by their pediatrician. Please remember that an absence note is required when a child returns to school.


Pre-school is a time for developing reading readiness skills, social skills, and good work habits.  We encourage all parents to foster good reading habits by reading to their child daily. Always check your child’s folder, praise their work and effort, and try to reinforce what they are learning.  Remember to set aside some time each day to discuss the day’s activities with your child and show them that you are interested in what they say and how they feel. Let them know you are proud of their work and efforts, as we will.

Please visit the St. Luke School Website at www.slswhitestone.orgdaily for information on homework, upcoming events, and news.  Please be sure to visit the entire website, especially the sections noted below:
·         Click on homework tab, then Pre-K, then PreK-1 for Ms. Kelley, Room 212, or Prek-2 for Ms. O’Brien, Room 213.
·         Click on Parent tab, then Family e Envelope (password is 22luke$).  Then press continue(not enter).
·         Click on Calendar – to see the events each month.  Please note the calendar is constantly updated, so visit often.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for trusting your precious little ones to our care.  We look forward to a great year with them!           
 
We will attend:
·         GYM is on Tuesday (1:10-1:55)
·         COMPUTER is on Wednesday (9:50- 10:30)
·         MUSIC is on Thursday (9:45-10:30)
  


Uniform Information, please visit  www.flynnohara.com
 

       LABEL ONLY THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK, AND CLOTHING.
     It is not necessary to label crayons, tissue boxes, paper towels,wipes and supplies which will remain in school.
 
 
Please note that ALL CHILDREN ENTERING PRE-K  must be toilet trained (no pull ups or diapers).