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Dr. Seuss: Xx for “Fox and Socks” and ” The Lorax”

Hi Families,

I hope everyone had a great first week back and I’ll be back Monday! Please read the following information carefully as we have some special days planned for the week.  If you did not receive your registration packet on Friday, please contact Sue Tesch at [email protected] as soon as possible. There is a lot of interest in Preschool, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten and these classes will fill very quickly and it is imperative that you get your registration in as it will be first come first serve!

NATIONAL READING MONTH:  This month will offer many opportunities to bridge school and home.  The purpose is to carry out the St. Regis philosophy and work together for the educational benefit of your child.  Please do as many or as few of the activities as your schedule allows.  More school-to-home activities will be offered throughout the end of the year.

  • Reading Calendar: Your child will home a special reading calendar in his/her folder this Friday. Please initial each day that you read with you child. Students can bring this calendar back at the end of the month for a special prize.
  • Homework Pouches: Your child will bring home their homework pouch for the month this Friday. Please have your student complete 3-4 activities a week and then return the homework pouch with all of its contents to school on Friday, March 28th.

This Week:

  • Themes: Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”, “Fox and Sock” and many more Dr. Seuss; The start of Lent and National Reading Month
  • Letter: Xx
  • Sight Word: in
  • Star Student: Gabriel

Important days this week:  We will be doing an author study on Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.  Please be aware of some very special days as we begin “Reading Month”.

  • A “Seuss-tacular” Day: Monday, March 3rd-Please dress up in red and white, stripes or polka dots, or wear a silly hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We will be collaborating with the entire Early Childhood Wing (JK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade) to read Dr. Seuss books, create a craft, make green eggs and ham, and use our iPads to make an Early Childhood version of “Hop On Pop”.  Our “Seuss-tacular” centers will take place from 12:00-1:00.  Feel free to stop by and join in on the fun!
  • “ALL School Mass” Day: Wednesday March 5th- Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and begins our celebration of the Easter season. We will kick of this celebration with an All School Mass. Please feel free join us at the 8:30 am mass.
  • “Freaky Friday” Day: Friday, March 7th- Friday we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ book, “Wacky Wednesday” we will be doing this celebration on Friday because there is an all school mass on Wednesday.  Once again, we will be dressing up but this time wearing something wacky such as: crazy socks, a funny hat, backwards or inside out shirt, or even a silly hair do!  The kids will listen to the story and look for wacky things around the room.

Other Notes and Reminders:

  • Registration: This is direct from the eNews that went out last Wednesday: Please let Sue Tesch know ASAP if you did not receive your registration materials.
Registration for the 2014-15 School Year
Registration documents will be coming home Friday in a pink envelope with the youngest child in your family.We are continuing our practice of permitting our current school families   to pre-register during the month of March. This allows our current families   to secure a seat for their child(ren) in the next academic year.  Due to the limited availability for Preschool and Junior Kindergarten, children of current families will be accepted to these programs on a first-come-first-served basis during March.Beginning April 1, new families are invited to register for all grades.

We strongly urge you to get your registrations in quickly. We have a particularly high demand for Preschool, JK, Kindergarten and a few other grades.

Please read the registration materials carefully. We have made a few important changes of which you should be aware.

 

  • Sunday, March 16th-Regis Rally-Join us for an inspirational 5:30 Sunday night Mass followed by a pizza party in the Father Shields Room.
  • Monday, March 17th-St. Patrick’s Day Party-Wear your green!
  • Friday, March 21th-Father’s Day-Preschool will participate in the Father’s Day Program.  This is not a school day, rather, your child will attend the 8:30 Mass with their Father or special person.  We do not meet at school beforehand.  After mass, there will be a special program and then the opportunity for fathers or special persons to visit the classroom and for each child to present them with a special gift. Fathers or special persons will take his child home with him after visiting the classroom, typically around 11:00-11:30.

Thank you so much for all that you do! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

 

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Vv for Valentine’s Day and the 100th Day of School

Dear Junior Kindergarten Parents
We have a lot happening this week! This week we will celebrate the hundredth day of school and Valentine’s Day. For the hundredth day of school tomorrow please have your student dress like they are 100 years old. Throughout the day we will have activities involving the number 100! For Valentine’s Day student should bring in Valentine’s for their classmates. We have 15 students in our class. :)
Star Student: Alessandra
Snack Person: Ben
Theme: Valentine’s Day!
Letter of the Week: Vv
Sight Word: in
Important events for the week:
Tuesday, February 11th… The hundredth day of school
Tuesday, February 11th…Kindergarten and Junior KindergartenInformation Night
·         The information night will take place at 6:30 in the Media Center.
Thursday, February 13th…All school Mass
Friday, February 14th… Valentine’s Day
Blessings,
Katie Griesbaum
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Mm is for Mitten

Dear Junior Kindergarten Parents,
Last Week…
Was a great first full week back! We learned about winter animals and the letter Mm. The students enjoyed reading two versions of the Ukrainian folktale “The Mitten”. Throughout the week we worked on centers that incorporated the characters as well as compared and contrasted the two stories.
This week…
We celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and are learning all about bears. There will be no letter of the week but we’ll review all of our previously learned letters. On Friday, please have your student bring in a show and share of any letter we have already learned. Friday will also be “Bear Day” please have your student bring in a stuffed bear from home. Additionally, we have been preparing for our “Bear Hunt”(making a map and binoculars), which will take place on Friday as well.
Snack Person: Shane “Happy Birthday 1/22”
Theme: Martin Luther King Jr. and “The Mitten”
Letter of the week: Review
Sight word of the week: Review
Next week…
Will begin “Star Student!” Please look for a note and bag of supplies to come home when your child is “Star Student” for the week. Supplies will come home the Friday before your child’s week begins. Also, Friday is Mardi Gras at school and our JK students will be going down to the gym at 8:30AM so please try to be at school on time so that everyone can enjoy the festivities!
Snack Person: Joseph
Theme: Super Bowl Sunday and winter fun
Letter of the week: Ss…? TBD
Sight word of the week: I
Star Student: Jace
Reminder and notes…
1.     Please send students to school with all of their snow clothing. We plan to go outside everyday as long as it is not too cold! J
2.     Report cards go out on Monday… if you would like to schedule a conference please e-mail me to set that up. I am also willing to conference by phone, Skype or Face Time.
3.     By the end of the week I will try to post on Google docs the new center schedule for February. I will also send out an email with the schedule as well.
Important Dates
January 25    “LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET” – Auction   
 
The St. Regis Auction Committee is happy to announce the adoption of BidPal for our Live From The Red Carpet Auction this year.  This new software will allow all of our guests to bid, donate and purchase items using a smartphone. We understand that there are questions about how this process will work.  Below is a link, which will give you an idea as to how.  Of course, there will be volunteers at the event to help also. 
In order to view the video you must enter a password.  The password for our event is G35XBP.
  
January 27-31      Catholic Schools Week
January 30           All School Mass, followed by Parent Coffee in the FSCR; Music Dept. Bagel Sale
January 31           Mardi Gras
February 2           Open House – Invite Friends and Family to see all the exciting things happening at St. Regis!
February 11         7th Grade to Sacred Heart Seminary for Vocations Awareness
February 11         Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Information Night
February 13         All School Mass
February 17-21 Winters Break
March 5                All School Mass – Ash Wednesday
March 18             Reconciliation Grades 2-5 1 PM
March 20             Reconciliation Grades 6-8 1 PM
March 21             All School Mass – Father’s Day Program (1/2 day of school)
March 28             Quarter 3 Ends
Thank you for all that you do! I hope to see everyone on Saturday! J
Blessings,
Mrs. Griesbaum

 

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N is for North Pole and Nativity

Dear Parents,

Last week we learned about Advent and the letter Cc.  We also introduced the sight word for and learned that Advent is for waiting for the birth of Jesus. This week we will work on the Letter Nn and learn more about the Nativity and the North Pole. We will also continue working on our Advent wreaths and the sight word for.

On Friday, our room and hall will be transformed into the North Pole/Polar Express. Students will be asked to come to school in their pajamas just like the children in the story The Polar Express. Our centers for the day will be North Pole and Polar Express themed. Around 11:00 AM we will take a ride on the Polar Express train in the early childhood hallway. We will also be watching The Polar Express and drinking hot chocolate.

Reminders:

Wednesday, December 11th: TAC Luncheon… Thank you to all the parents for generously providing the teachers lunch and thank you to those that are volunteering their time to help in our classroom.

Thursday, December 12th: Christmas Program…Please be at the church by 6:30 PM with your student. The concert will start promptly at 7:00 PM. JK and Preschool students will be sitting with their parents for the concert and Ms. Madley will call students up to the altar at 7:00 PM. Students will then return to their parents after preforming. Please you’re your students dressed in their Sunday best.

Friday, December 13th: Polar Express Day…Around 11:00 AM we will take a ride on the Polar Express train in the early childhood hallway. We will also be watching The Polar Express and drinking hot chocolate.

Friday, December 13th: Nativity and Homework Pouches… please bring in completed nativities and homework pouches.

 

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Thanksgiving…This week!

Dear Junior Kindergarten Parents,

I wanted to remind everyone that we have an All School Mass tomorrow from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM and then our class thanksgiving party will follow. Everyone is welcome to join for mass and our celebration! I will have service hour pages in our room for those signed up to volunteer.

Homework Pouch

Going home tomorrow is a “homework pouch”. This is meant to be a fun way to introduce your student to homework. The homework pouch will be collected every month with all of the contents returned to school and refilled for the next month. For returning the homework pouch completed each student will receive a small prize. The homework activities are listed on a calendar and my hope is that students will complete 2-3 activities a week. In addition there is a pink flyer explaining this month’s family project.

Include in the “homework pouch”

  • Dry erase marker with eraser
  • Write and wipe alphabet/number
  • Write and wipe name/uppercase alphabet
  • Number poems
  • Upper and lowercase letter formation guide
  • Ring with color words and sight words (color word have color drawn on back)
  • Monthly calendar
  • Family project instructions (Nativity)

Reminders

  • Letter Tt show and share…tomorrow
  • All School Mass…tomorrow
  • Thanksgiving Party/Feast…tomorrow
  • Snack Friends for December
    • Jace 12/02/13
    • Alessandra 12/09/13
    • Gabriel 12/16/2013
    • Homework pouches and Nativities due 12/13/13

Please let me know if you have any questions or concern. Have a blessed night!

 

 

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H is for Homes!

This week we will continue our Letter Hh and explore different habitats and homes.

This week’s…

  • theme is homes and habitats
  • letter Hh… we will do show and share for letter Hh this week on Friday
  • sight word.. the

Updates later this week!!! :)

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H is for Halloween!

Dear Parents

This week we will celebrate Halloween and the letter Hh. A few reminders about Halloween this Thursday; 1) Halloween is a half day of school and 2) students should come to school dressed in their costumes. All parents are welcome join us for our classroom celebration
Costume Guidelines:
Students are not permitted to wear masks of any kind; no bloody faces; no bloody costumes, no bloody props, no weapons, no hair dye; no wigs, no make-up; no small pieces that may be lost; no spandex, no underwear as outerwear. Students should dress with modesty in mind. Alternative or Free Dress Days guidelines must be followed in regards to shoes, socks, shorts, skirts etc. 
Celebration Schedule:
(Estimation of Time Frame… actual times may vary)

9:00-9:30 Halloween Parade

9:35-9:55 Mystery Reader

9:55- 10:30 Craft Centers

10:30 bathroom break and prayer

10:35- 11:00 snack and trick-or-treating

11:00-11:40 movie on smart board

 

 

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A is for APPLE

This week we had a fun time making applesauce and eating our homemade applesauce. While preparing the applesauce we explored our senses and discussed apples and what you hear, see, taste, feel and smell when eating an apple.

On Friday, as a class we read the book “Personal Space Camp”. This book talks about personal space and how we each have our very own bubble. You may hear your students mentions something about bubbles this is all in regards to making sure all our friends at school are respecting one another space and not popping each-others’ bubbles.
In centers we….
  • used number recognition to place apples on a tree
  • used counting skills to count the dots on a dice and colored in an apple with that number
  • counted and colored apples in our apple books
  • practiced our fine motor skills to count items and used close pins to clip on the correct number
  • used our fine motor skills to place stickers on the letter Aa pages
  • practiced being the author and traced words in our letter Aa book
  • strengthened our fine motor muscles and made a apple tree craft with tissue paper and buttons
  • practiced our handwriting of the letter Aa
Reminders…
  • No Snack Person… Snack is on me this week!! :)
  • No Letter of the Week… We will review letter Ll, Bb, Ee and Aa… No Aplhabet bag this week
  • Please turn in any permission slips for the Apple Orchard … I’m still missing a few and will resend new permission slips home Monday
  • The book fair will open next week; we will not be going to the book fair as a class. Please feel free to take your child before or after school. The fair will be open during conferences. Also Tuesday, October 15th there will be Coffee with Clifford from 7:30-9:00 AM. This will be a time where JK and Preschool parents can take their student to the Book Fair. :)
  • If you have not done so already please sign up for a conference time; anyone who has not signed up… I sent out a reminder email to those who have not yet signed up
  • Please bring in a family picture to be hung on our classroom family tree
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Feelings and Emotions

Thank you to all of the parents and students who brought in OREO cookies. We had a great time on Wednesday building, sculpting and eating OREOS! Look for pictures coming soon!

Our theme this week helped our class investigate our feelings and how our actions make others feel. Along with feelings and emotions this week we also reviewed our classroom rules and why we have them.

In centers we…

  • hunted for the letter Ee in our letter maze and in our Letter Ee poem
  • made feelings monsters to go along with the book “Sad Monster Glad Monster”
  • played feeling concentration
  • practiced being the illustrator for our feelings book
  • practiced reading and being the author of our letter Ee book
  • used letter recognition to match up our letters

In religion we…

  • talked about The Good Shepard and how he took care of all of his sheep; just like God takes care of us
  • discovered that God call us to be “Good Shepard” and take care of our classmates and our families

Next Week…

  • Joise is our snack person…Happy Birthday Josie!! 10/07/13
  • Our letter is Aa
  • Our theme is Apples… Please have your student bring in 1 apple of their choice by Tuesday, October 8th; we’ll be making applesauce on Wednesday!!!

 

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Our Five Sense

This week we explored our five senses. As a class this week we investigated all of our senses during our popcorn popping experience. The students love seeing, smelling and hearing the popcorn come out of the popcorn popper. Then we were able to taste and feel the popcorn as part of our snack this week.

In centers we…

  • made scratch and sniff name tags; by tracing our names in glue and then sprinkling then with Jello powder
  • practiced being authors and illustrator when making our 5 senses book
  • hunted for the letters Bb and Ll in our 5 senses poem
  • made maracas
  • used fine motor skills to work with play-dough; while also using our sense of touch and smell
  • listened to a book on tape at the listening station

Next Week we will…

  • Lila is our snack person
  • Oreo Project on October 2nd… I will need a few volunteers to bring in Oreo. They will need to be traditional Oreos, please do not bring in double stuffed Oreos. Students may wear Black and White to celebrate on Wednesday!

 

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