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We are made in Christ’s image!

We Celebrate Our Families… Rr is for Relatives!

This Week…

We will talk about our families. We will talk about our different family members and even our extended family (relatives). In religion we will learn that we are all part of on family with God as our Father. For our “family week” I am asking each child brings in a family photo. Please send in family photos by Thursday! :)

Our Letter…

  • Is the letter Rr
  • Please remember to send in a “show and share” item for the letter Rr by Friday. To make sure items are returned please sent in all items labeled with your child’s name.  A Ziploc bags with your child’s name is a great way of labeling. Also, please remember that, items are supposed to fit in the palm of your child’s hand. It becomes kind of difficult to keep large items hidden/a secret.

Snack Person

This week

  • Daniella

Next week

  • Madison

Reminders

  • Please send in non-perishable foods items for St. Leo’s Food Drive
  • Open House this Sunday from 11:00AM- 1:00 PM; please stop in and see us and bring a friend!

 

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Ff is for Fight Safety, Firemen and more!

We have had a busy week learning all about fire safety. Our JK students enjoyed doing a fire safety scavenger hunt around the school and even had a visit from the Bloomfield Township Fire Department. During the visit we were able to learn all about what firefighters do and see a fire truck and ambulance up close.

Last week we learned that “God Made My Helpers”. We discussed how God calls each of us to do great things in all sorts of different ways. Through different vocations and our shared faith each of us has something amazing to offer one another. We’ll continue to learn about our community helpers like firemen, dentists, doctors and God’s calling in each of us.

Tomorrow will be an exciting day at Erwin’s Apple Orchard. Please send me an email if you plan on meeting us at the orchard instead of at school. Also please remember to dress for the weather.  At the orchard I’ll have extra markers to label items as well as extra grocery bags to carry our odds and ends. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

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Ee is for Emotions and Feelings!

This week we are learning about emotions and feeling. The students have listened to scenarios and decided how a person might feel in that situation. We have talked about our own feelings and even made a feeling books.

Our letter this week is the letter Ee. For tomorrow please remember to bring in a small item that begins with the letter Ee to share with our class during “Show and Share”. If you could label the item with your child’s name or place it in a labeled Ziploc this will help to return items to their owner.

In religion we talked about how we are created by God in Christ’s image. We also learner a new version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” God made us just who we are…

In addition, to school information being posted on our classroom blog, I will also text reminders to parents using Remind. If you would like to receive these reminders please text the message @5beae to 248.778.3085. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Next Week!

Theme: Friends

Letter: Bb(Show and Share will be on Thursday because we do not have school on Friday!)

Snack Person: Mitchell

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All About Me!

We have had another fantastic week in Junior Kindergarten learning about each other. This week’s theme is “All About Me!”; we have talked about our names, graphed our name and strengthened our fine motor skills while completing an art activity with our names. We have also learned about our bodies, and personal interests or talents. Your students have enjoyed sharing their all about me pages with their classmates; once everyone has turned in their page we’ll make them all into a class book. This week we have also learned that we were all created in God’s image and likeness.

Next week we will start our first letter of the week; our letter will be Ee for Emotions and Feelings. It will also be the first week where a student brings in snack; please also remember any utensils needed to enjoy the snack. John will be our first snack person he will bring in snack for the entire week, as well as lead prayer each day.

Thank you for all that you do!

 

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Our First Week of School

We had a great first week of school! This week we worked on getting to know our friends and established our classroom routines. In other exciting news we celebrated four birthdays this week. Special Happy Birthday wishes go out to  Shea, Lucas, Kylie and John. Mrs. Jenning, Mrs. O’Rielly and I  hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day; we’ll see you guys on Tuesday! :)

Throughout the next few weeks we will be talking about our school theme for the year is “We are made in Christ’s image.”  We will be discussing with the Junior Kindergarten students how an “image” is like a picture or reflection in a mirror.  The picture is not the actual person, however, a representation of that person.  We will explain how God made us in HIS image and while we are not God, we are made with God’s love and goodness.  Through our actions and behavior, we are Christ-like.  Since God made us, we are His “work of art” and each one of us are special and unique.  We will use the following poem to remind us of our theme:

His Work of Art
I know that I’m a child of God, my Father lives above.
I know that I’m a child of God, created in His love.
The Father, Son and Spirit hold me within their heart.
God’s Image and God’s Likeness make me His work of Art
(poem was found on the website-ourladylovesyou.org)

 

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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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