Updated Jan 9, 2020
Important February Dates:
- February 6 & 7- Preschool Conferences (NO SCHOOL)
- February 13 & 14- Valentine’s Day at School (Regular School Day)
- February 17- No School (Presidents’ Day)
We are starting our new unit all about animals. Learning about animals and caring for them are ways that children get more information about the natural world and about themselves. We will learn about different types of animals, animal homes, insects, and how animals grow and change. When studying animals, children gain knowledge of the environment and better understand their place in it.
Our mid-year parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7. There will be NO SCHOOL for preschool those days to allow us time to meet with all of our preschool families.
Conference time forms will be sent home Jan 6/7 and should be filled out and returned as soon as possible. Conferences are scheduled in 15-minute increments over two days. I make every effort to allow you to choose a time that works best for you.
In addition to the schedule, there is a short Pre-Conference Survey that I am asking for you to complete and return. Fifteen minutes goes by quickly, and this survey helps me to be sure I address your main concerns.
If you have any questions or concerns leading up to our conference time, please reach out.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week is at the end of the month and is essentially “Spirit Week” for all Catholic schools across the country. Each day will have a theme and activity of some sort. The office will be sending out the calendar of events for the week. Students and families are welcome to participate in the activity that is happening on your day of school.
Friday, 1/31 has been changed to a 1pm dismissal for full day students.
In preparation for this day, please send in an EMPTY cereal box. We will be using them to make mailboxes.
While we do celebrate Valentine’s Day in school, it is not a major party day. It will be a regular school day for students, during which we will set aside time for the students time to decorate their mailboxes and deliver their treats.
WANTED- Mystery Readers
The winter months do not always bring great weather for outdoor play, so to break up the day a bit, I would like to invite parents to sign up to be a Mystery Reader for our class. Mystery Readers bring a favorite book (maybe your favorite childhood story) and read to the class. This is only a 10-15 minute commitment.
If any parents or grandparents are interested in being a Mystery Reader this year, please send me an email.
NEEDED- Volunteer for PS3 Yearbook
As the year goes on, I am still in need of a parent to volunteer to create the memory book for PS3. This could be a photo book created online with photos taken and shared by everyone in the group. Each family will order and pay for their copy. If you are interested, please let me know!
My Big World- Home Access
Our classroom uses the Scholastic My Big World series in our learning. You may recognize the flyers as they come home. I am happy to announce that My Big World is available at home for our students to share the interactive experience with you! The website is safe and ad-free, and they can enjoy the same read-alouds, videos, and games that we do in school.
To access My Big World, visit http://www.scholastic.com/mybigworld/
Our class password is: smrs9999
I have had many parents asking if there were any supplies needed for the classroom. With cold and flu season upon us, we are doing our best to keep up with wiping the toys, tables, and little noses. If you wish to send in some cleaning supplies, we could use the following:
Students with last names A-L:
- Baby wipes/wet wipes (for hands and faces)
- Paper towels
- Lysol/Disinfectant spray
Students with last names M-Z:
- Lysol/Clorox wipes
- Hand sanitizer
Scholastic Book Clubs
Our Scholastic book club orders are placed monthly. Our next order will be placed January 24. They only send me a sample of flyers but there are many more choices online.
You can click here to access them all and place an order. Your book purchase helps us build our library and earn other tools for our classroom.
My “Office Hours” are 7am-7pm Monday-Friday. You can reach me by telephone at school, during school hours. Any other time, I am available by email or text. I am typically prompt with email responses, however, I will guarantee a response within 24 hours, with weekends and school holidays being the exception. If there is an urgent message, please send me a text using Remind (see below). As always, you can also send a note in your child’s folder as well.
school phone: (856)845-5200
text: see next section to sign up for Remind
Sign Up for Text Alerts via Remind
Our class uses this app for updates throughout the school year. I only send out information that is urgent, or time sensitive. You are also able to reply to me using the app, or send a quick message. (For example, if you are running late for drop-off or pick-up.)
Click the link below to sign up for Remind for your class. Returning students must sign up again. All previous class lists have been archived and no messages will be sent in those groups.
Preschool 3 – https://www.remind.com/join/c4kk3
Preschool 4- https://www.remind.com/join/7fd83f
What to bring?
- Your child only needs to bring a backpack, their folder (we will provide) and a change of clothes each day. I do not suggest they bring toys from home in case they get lost, but if they insist, it must be able to fit in the backpack.
- Morning snacks and drinks will be provided.
- Full day students should bring a lunch, and they may bring a blanket and stuffed animal or lovey to snuggle with at rest time(also must fit in the backpack).
What to wear?
- Comfortable clothes that your child can operate on their own in the bathroom. No belts, please! We like play outside each day, weather permitting.
Drop-Off and Pick Up
- Drop-Off begins at 8:15am. A teacher or aide from one of the classrooms will meet you at the door. If no one is there, please ring the doorbell. SMRS students are NEVER PERMITTED to open any doors for anyone, including faculty. This is for their safety, and the safety of all students in the school.
- Our day ends at 3:00. Your children will be brought to the doors and dismissed individually to their adult.
- You must park and walk up to the doors for drop-off and pick up. There is no car line.
- If you have children in older grades, they may be dismissed by the preschool doors. Please send a note to their teacher, and myself so we know to expect them.
- We love to celebrate birthdays at school! For birthday celebrations, you may send in a special snack for your child to share with the class. PLEASE SEE THE ALLERGY SECTION OF THIS PAGE.
- A child’s birthday is the most special day of the year, so I do not have any restrictions on the snacks as long as it adheres to the allergy policy.
Allergies – PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE CLASSROOM
To keep all of our students safe and healthy, I need your help as well.
- Our classroom is self-contained, which means we eat, work, and play in the same room. For this reason, we must maintain a 100% peanut and tree nut free policy.
- All lunches, snacks, birthday treats, and any other food items, must be free of peanuts or tree nuts. I am including a link to the safe snack guide for your reference.
- As we get to know all of our friends, I will update the allergy list as necessary. I want everyone to feel safe and comfortable in the classroom, and I am sure you all want the same.
- Please read the labels of purchased snacks, and please send in the label for teacher’s to verify ingredients. In some cases, cross-contamination is still dangerous.
- Please include ingredients with homemade snacks. This can be in an email or on an index card.
If your child has an allergy…
- Please make me aware immediately of any allergies your child may have, including environmental and insects.
- If it is a food allergy, you may send in a few “safe” snacks to keep on hand in the classroom. Snacks must be packaged and able to be stored at room temperature.
- Epi-pens and inhalers are kept in the classroom, but must be registered with the school nurse. Please send them in a ziploc bag with your child’s name and the prescription label attached on the first day.
Pat on the Back Awards
Our whole school participates in a program known as “Fruits of the Spirit.” A different Christian attribute is chosen each month and children from each grade level are nominated by their teachers for exemplifying those qualities. In preschool we call this recognition, a “Pat on the Back.” Each month we choose one preschooler from our class to receive a Pat on the Back! Ms. Sole, our school counselor, will come into our classroom, explain each virtue with the help of the children, and then present our awards to our recipients. The children soon know the reason for Ms. Sole’s visits, love to be recognized, and learn a little bit about those virtues and what it means to emulate them. These Christian attributes are: Goodness, Peace, Kindness, Joy, Patience, Love, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control.
Congratulations to those who have received a “Pat on the Back”
Goodness (September): Joseph W., Reese P., Priya M.
Peace (October): Isla B., Charlie D., Lucy G.
Kindness (November): Leo B., Brayden D., Sasha D.
Thank you to all of our fantastic Star Students:
September- Mia B.
October- Tyler B., Leo B., Luke B., Isla B.
November- Charlie D., Brayden D., Sasha D., Daniel B.
Very often, we welcome all of our preschool parents to visit the classroom on special days.
We will have some special days where we can only have a few parents help us. In those cases, volunteers must be fingerprinted and have attended Virtus Child Safety training. Please keep in mind that the trainings are only offered on select dates each month and may fill up. If you have any questions about child safety training, please let me know.
Germs Are Not For Sharing
Many of you are aware and appreciate our policy on maintaining germs within the school to prevent widespread
infection during the school year.
We would like to emphasize how important it is to ensure your child is healthy before sending them to school. We find
it is beneficial for all students and staff to be vigilant and preventative as much as possible. This is especially beneficial
for students within our community who fight life-threatening, chronic illnesses each day. When exposed to harmful
bacteria, colds, and flu viruses, those children may face detrimental consequences to their health. With that said, please
be mindful of those students when sending your children to school and work to the best of your ability to keep your
child home if your child is symptomatic.
We also ask that you keep these families and children in your prayers for hopes they continue to thrive in our
community and one day find a cure to their diagnosis. We want these children to participate in all we have to offer
despite the challenges they face.
We know these families are very thankful for the understanding, compassion, and support you can provide. We thank
you for abiding by our current policies while thinking of these families at the same time.
Below are practices to help these families maintain a healthy and positive environment for their children:
- Identify whether your child is unusually tired, hazy-eyed, congested, flushed, or coughing and consider
- Encourage and teach your families to wash hands by making soap and water and/or have alcohol-based hand
foam/spray readily available should hands become contaminated with secretions, dirt, etc.
- Encourage everyone to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue away immediately, then
wash or clean hands. If a tissue is not available, encourage everyone to cough or sneeze into their inner elbow.
- Teach children to refrain from putting hands in their mouths, and encourage them to keep their hands away
from their face. Explain how germs spread and how they are contained.
- Teach everyone to be helpful, respectful, and mindful of others, considering the impact of your actions on
those more at risk.