Newsletter Nov 11, 2016

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St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

November 11, 2016

Dear Families,

Wow! I cannot believe how quickly this first trimester has gone! Was Halloween really almost 2 weeks ago?! We have been so busy in PreK and the students are literally growing before my eyes. We had a wonderful Halloween party with lots of treats and games, but I have to say my favorite part was parading around the campus to show off our creative costumes. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day so much fun!! I am still working on how to share all of our pictures – I need a picture of the class in costume as the only one I received has one kiddo completely blocked by another – but I will let you know soon.

As you may have read in Mr. Sherman’s newsletter, several times a year we like to recognize one student in each grade who exemplifies our mission to live in faith as we SERVE, LEAD, LOVE and LEARN. This month I would like to congratulate Kyle as our honoree. He is learning to share with his classmates, which is a great first step for learning to serve his community. Kyle was invited to have pizza lunch with Mr. Sherman and the winners from the other classes. Needless to say, it is VERY difficult to chose one winner with the great group of students I have this year! Every student will have the opportunity to win the award as they grow and thrive here at SMS, but it may just not be this year as we have a limited number of months during each school year.

We have spent the last week and a half studying the letter P. There are so many words that start with P and we have been busy making peacocks, penguins, pirates, parrots and pizza out of the letter. The artwork is decorating our classroom, but I promise to send them home soon. We also spent a lot of time this last week working on number recognition and counting. I am thrilled to hear students counting and figuring out how many more they need to make a set. While I am teaching the students how to write numbers using fun poems (across the sky and down from heaven, now we have the number seven), I am not concerned with messy handwriting. I am more concerned with number recognition and counting in order up to twenty. I am busy searching the internet for more fun number games to play. Please take the opportunity to play games like “I Spy” and “how many?” whenever you can.

Yesterday, we spent some time talking about the veterans who helped make America free. I hope you enjoyed the wreath of red poppies we made. There is a poem about the poppies growing on the battlefields and they are a significant symbol of remembrance around the world. Besides being pretty, they were great for building fine motor skills. Every single student struggled at first, but each one of them was so proud that they were able to attach the flowers all by themselves. Yay PreK!!

We have one more full week before our short Thanksgiving week. I am trying to complete my report cards so we may sit down at conferences to discuss your child’s progress so far this year. Grading four and five year olds is a bit tricky, but this will be a great opportunity for me to share my ideas and for us to coordinate a plan for further learning and development. Remember, we will dismiss all students at 12p on Mon-Wed, Nov 21-23, so we may meet with individual families. Please be sure to return you request of conference times on Monday.

Each year SMS School adopts several families to help feed during the Thanksgiving holiday. Our class is pairing up with Mr. Talevich’s sixth grade class to help fill boxes full of food and toiletries for one of the families. I have attached a list of items indicating what each of us is responsible for bringing to school by Friday, November 18th. It is a great way for us to help those who are less fortunate. Thank you in advance for your help and generosity!

Finally, I would like to tell you about our role as a class in the St Nick Nite. Each year, certain classes are “in charge” of hosting various events. The PreK and Kindergarten classes are specifically asked to help with the Christmas concert. You should have already received a Sign-Up Genius email requesting help with set-up, dessert donations and clean-up. Please look for the email and sign-up to help wherever you are able. Thank you!

I sent home two more order forms, as they were misplaced when I sent the other form. This is a great place to order books for the holidays. The Scholastic website is a fabulous resource if you would like to order books for older siblings, nieces and nephews. Remember, every book you order earns us points to order more free books for our classroom. I will place the next order as soon as orders are made.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: NNKNT
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

Upcoming Events:

  • Items for Thanksgiving Boxes: Please bring in your assigned item(s) by Nov 18th.
  • Parent Teacher conferences Nov 21&22: We will schedule 20min conferences soon.
  • No School Nov 24&25: Thanksgiving break.
  • St Nick Night Thurs Dec 1st: Grades Prek-4th will sing Christmas classics.
  • Christmas break: Dec 16th noon dismissal until classes resume Jan 3rd at 8:30a

Friendly Reminders:

  • Please remember to label your child’s bags, water bottles and clothing. Items left places other than the classroom often make their way to our lost and found bin outside the school office.
  • Please send a water bottle to school with your children so they can stay hydrated after recess and PE.
  • Our first colds will begin to make the rounds soon. Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick, especially with a fever.

Thank you for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Karen Madden

Newsletter Oct 19, 2016

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St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

October 19, 2016

Dear Families,

Thank you to all of you who helped support our auction kick-off party and move-a-thon. Despite the threat of a nasty storm, the kick-of party was a well-attended opportunity to hear about the Black Tie Bingo party planned for April 1st. There are so many opportunities to help, as it is a significant fundraiser for our school. I will be organizing the silent auction the day of the event and would love to have any and all of you come help. I will send more details as the date draws near, but please mark your calendars and watch the Thursday packet for any other requests for help. We raised quite a bit during the move-a-thon, but we did not quite reach our classroom goal. There is still time to donate if you would please go online to pledge before the end of the month.

We have had fun celebrating Zofia and Liv’s birthdays over the last two weeks. The girls’ wore birthday crowns and a cape while we sang our best rendition of “Happy Birthday.” We made a birthday book for each of them with great pictures and well wishes. We look forward to celebrating the November birthdays before we head into the busy season of celebrating Jesus’ birthday.

This month our classroom has been all about Halloween. We have made pumpkins, spiders and even made Frankenstein out of the letter F. We have read many books with a Halloween theme and we are finalizing our costume choices. Halloween is on Monday this year and we will have the opportunity to celebrate here at school. PreK students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school, as we will have our party before our morning students leave at noon. This is a free dress day for everyone, but the older students will not change into their costumes until after 3rd recess. Anyway, please remember to keep the costumes simple and leave any accessories that may get broken or lost at home.

We will parade around the school to visit parish/office staff and perhaps a few classrooms. Our party will begin at 10:45a with crafts, games and a cookie treat. Please watch for emails from Bethany (Garrett’s mom) and/or Dana (Elizabeth’s mom) with requests for help. We may or may not go out to recess at 11:30 depending on how long the children are engaged in the party. I encourage everyone, who is able, to join us as your children love to show off their classroom! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

I will send home another book order form in tomorrow’s packet. This is a great place to order books for the holidays. The Scholastic website is a fabulous resource if you would like to order books for older siblings, nieces and nephews. Remember, every book you order earns us points to order more free books for our classroom. I will place the next order at the end of Halloween week.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: NNKNT
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

Upcoming Events:

  • Substitute Tuesday, Oct 25th: I will be attending a committee meeting in Seattle to work on reorganizing the science standards for the schools in our Archdiocese.
  • Halloween Party Monday, Oct 31st 11a
  • All Souls Day Mass Tuesday, Nov 1st: We will attend Mass on Tues instead of Wed.
  • No School Friday, Nov 11th: Veterans’ Day observation.
  • Parent Teacher conferences Nov 21&22: We will schedule 20min conferences soon.
  • No School Nov 24&25: Thanksgiving break.
  • St Nick Night Thurs Dec 1st: Grades Prek-4th will sing Christmas classics.

Friendly Reminders:

  • Please remember to label your child’s bags, water bottles and clothing. Items left places other than the classroom often make their way to our lost and found bin outside the school office.
  • Please send a water bottle to school with your children so they can stay hydrated after recess and PE.
  • Our first colds will begin to make the rounds soon. Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick, especially with a fever.

Thank you for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Karen Madden

Newsletter Oct 5, 2016

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St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

October 5, 2016

Dear Families,

I would like to begin by bragging about the class we have this year – your children are all doing such a great job adjusting to PreK! Everyone is thriving with the routine and is so engaged with the crafts and activities that I present. I am so excited to see what we are able to accomplish as the year progresses. Kudos to all of you for raising such great children!

Last week we made some very yummy applesauce! Everyone had a turn peeling the apples and cutting them up into chunks to be cooked. We toured the lunchroom kitchen and then did a dot-to-dot worksheet while the apples cooked. Almost everyone had a least one bite and most came back for seconds. I love cooking with the students and look forward to our next adventure in the kitchen.

I am a big fan of dot-to-dot worksheets. They are great for learning number and alphabet letter orders and they help the students work on fine motor skills. I will offer a lot of help until I see individuals master the technique. Most of the students love to color the finished pictures, but at this young age, I am not concerned if coloring looks more like scribbling. I will set higher expectations as the year progresses.

This week we have started working with the letter S. Thankfully there are lots of projects involving snakes and spiders that we can also use as Halloween decorations. We will be dressing up and having a party for Halloween, but I will wait until later in the month to send details.We will continue with S next week, as this week is so short. Tomorrow is the Move-a-Thon at 9:30a and then we will celebrate Zofia’s birthday. Please remember that we will not have school on Friday as the teachers will have a workshop with other teachers in the Archdiocese.

Once again, tomorrow is the Move-a-Thon. The children are allowed free dress and everyone will receive a t-shirt to wear and keep. I encourage exercise type clothes and sturdy tennis shoes, as we will be moving outside for an hour rain or shine. Please join us if you are able! I hope everyone was able to make or solicit a donation – we have lots of great opportunities to fund for our amazing little school.

I have received the books from the scholastic book order and will be sending them home tomorrow. I will send home another order very soon.

One last reminder: please don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Celebrate St. Madeleine’s Kick-Off Party. It is a fun event that would allow you to come get to know the other parents in our class and meet the other teachers at our school. I will be there a bit late since my boys are playing in the marching band for their school’s last football game of the season. It is an event I would not miss and I hope to see all of you there!

Upcoming Events:

  • Move-a-Thon will be Tomorrow, Oct 6th. Fee dress! This is a fundraiser where we ask students (and teachers) to ask friends and families to sponsor them for moving for an hour. We will run, walk, skip, jump and dance on the blacktop above the playground. Join the fun by coming to help with snacks and water. Pray for dry weather!
  • No School Friday, Oct 7th. Teachers will be attending a workshop, so enjoy the long weekend!
  • Celebrate St. Madeleine’s Kick-Off Party Friday, Oct 14th. We will have an evening party to get excited about our auction and black tie bingo party scheduled for April 1st, 2017. Here is a link to more information on our website: http://smsbellevue.org/gala-kick-off/.

 Friendly Reminders:

  • Please remember to label your child’s bags, water bottles and clothing. Items left places other than the classroom often make their way to our lost and found bin outside the school office.
  • Please send a water bottle to school with your children so they can stay hydrated after recess and PE.
  • Our first colds will begin to make the rounds soon. Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick, especially with a fever.

Thank you for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Karen Madden

Newsletter March 20, 2016

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Pre-Kindergarten News

March 20, 2016

Dear Families,

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! I am still trying to recover from all of the fun activities we did last Thursday. I hope your child was able to tell you about the exciting things we did, but here is a run down and pictures to help clarify some of the details. Throughout the week I talked about the real St. Patrick and the ways he helped spread the Good News of our faith. I also taught them about the legend of leprechauns and how they are shoemakers who hide pots of gold. On Wednesday I told the students that a leprechaun would make a hat for them if they decorated Styrofoam cups in the style they wanted and left them on their desks overnight. Unfortunately, we forgot to clarify the size and the leprechaun made them to fit his own tiny head. I took the cups home and baked them in my oven in order to create these amazing little hats.

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I do not need more messes in my classroom, so I chose to go the route of creating a tricky leprechaun instead of a naughty one. The afternoon group made traps to try to catch the leprechaun so we could see him and get his pot of gold, but alas, he was too tricky. He did visit us though, as there were necklaces hanging around our classroom and green pens for everyone to use to sign in. The children received stickers and an unusual green rock. The leprechaun left a jug of “magical solution” to clean our rocks. The solution bubbled quite dramatically when they put their rocks in and when they tried to pull them out, they found a gold coin instead. MAGIC! Okay, so I hid the coins in dough made of baking soda with green water and dissolved them in vinegar, but it was still magical!

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            I gave each student a bowl of Lucky Charms after their snack and asked them to sort and count the marshmallows. I’m pretty sure we got an accurate count before they were devoured ;). I could have done more with graphing, but decided the bit we did was more age appropriate and fun for all. Finally, we created a rainbow of colors by watching water “walk” from one cup to another. Again, this activity teaches so many concepts, but I wanted the students to experience mixing colors in a new way to help solidify what they know. I saved the discussion of equilibration for my son and his friend after school ;).

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We all had great fun, but now it is time to turn out attention toward Holy Week. We are in school this whole week as it is a great teaching time for our faith. The week begins today with Palm Sunday when we remember Jesus coming into Jerusalem after forty days spent in the desert. This Wednesday we will have a prayer service to remember when Judas gave up Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. I know your child is young, but you may use this time to teach him/her about being selfless and helping others. The money we collect will go to help our sister school Don Poncho in Guatemala. We will have a representative here on Wednesday to teach us bout their school and show us pictures to help make the school real for our youngest students. Please remember to send in coins with your child on Monday or Tuesday so everyone has an envelope to carry in our procession. We sent envelopes home a few weeks ago, but a ziplock baggy will also work. Thank you!

On Holy Thursday we remember the last supper when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples and broke bread with them before he was arrested. We will not have a whole school activity for this day, but I do encourage you to attend Mass with your family that evening. Good Friday is a solemn day as we remember when Jesus died on the cross. I am fully aware that the students are only four and five, so we will adjust accordingly. (It is Doyu’s birthday, so we will have a celebration and some fun in the morning). The whole school will be attending Stations of the Cross with the parish community at 11:45a, so we will be having an early recess and dismissal for the morning students. We will have recess from 11:10a-11:40a and then morning students may be picked up on the playground as usual. Please know that there will be extra people coming to the service, so parking may be tricky. I’ll do my best to watch for parents and you may even come at 11:30 to get your child if that works better for you. Of course, you are also welcome to stay for the service with your child.

After the service, the afternoon class will go down to the social hall with the rest of the school for a simple meal of tomato soup, string cheese, bread and water. We will eat quietly as we reflect on the day. Jesus was nailed to the cross at 12p and died at 3p. The students throughout the school will have a quiet afternoon creating service projects to be donated to people in need. I will find a quiet project for us to do after we have quiet reading time. We plan to have a silent dismissal as Mr. Sherman explained in the newsletter. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Before I run out of time and space, I wanted to introduce everyone to our newest student Garrett Angler. He is joining us from across town and we are very excited to have him. He loves to play matchbox cars with Teddy, Little People with Sophia and run with the children on the playground. We hope he continues to adjust well and stays with us for years to come. Welcome Angler family!!

Books should be here any day, so I will be sure to send them home as soon as they arrive.

Reminders:

  • Monday is Down Syndrome Awareness Day – please pin an extra sock to your child’s uniform.
  • Return your raffle tickets as soon as possible.
  • Register for Black Tie Bingo Gala by March 28th.
  • Thirty Pieces of Silver – Send to school by Tuesday, March 22nd.
  • Spring Break March 28th – April 1st – Classes resume Monday, April 4th.

Thank you again for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

 

 

Newsletter March 10, 2016

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Pre-Kindergarten News

March 10, 2016

Dear Families,

Busy, busy – PreK is always a busy classroom! Please help me welcome our newest student Sophia Singh. She and her family just moved here from Tucson, AZ. She started class Monday and on Wednesday we helped her celebrate her 5th birthday. We made our traditional birthday book, ate yummy cupcakes and had a fun dance party. Sophia is a big fan of our kitchen area and the other girls in the class couldn’t be more thrilled! Welcome Singh family!

Congratulations are also in order for Sophie Jaros who won the SLE award this month. She is always eager to start school in the morning and really is a lover of all creatures big and small – from her friends at school to the worms she enjoys rescuing on the playground. Sophie will be honored with a pizza lunch with Mr. Sherman and the other winners this month. Congratulations Sophie!!

We have been working hard on activities surrounding the letter Dd this week. Deciphering the difference between d and b can be difficult for everyone, but we are all doing our best. We sent home many past projects and a few worksheets for you to see what we have been working on. Sorry for the faded ones – the afternoon sun is not kind to our window displays.

I am also very excited to teach the children about St. Patrick’s Day. I know it is primarily an American holiday, but I’m pretty Irish and I enjoy chasing the rainbow to look for the pot of gold. Today we worked on our fine motor skills by tearing green paper to make four leaf clover pictures. Tomorrow we are going to work with eyedroppers to “paint” rainbows and mix colors. Please remember we have free dress next Thursday so we may all wear our best green and be Irish for the day.

I hope everyone is finishing up their collections of thirty pieces of silver and selling the last of their raffle tickets. Please remember to turn them in by Monday, March 21st. We do have a bit more time for the raffle tickets, but it is better to get them in sooner rather than later. Thank you again for your support!

I sent home the March book orders last week. Please place your order online by tomorrow, March 13th and I will try to get them here before Easter.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: NNKNT
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom.

Reminders:

  • Return your raffle tickets as soon as possible.
  • Register for Black Tie Bingo Gala by March 28th.
  • No school Friday March 18th – teacher in-service.
  • Thirty Pieces of Silver – Send to school by Monday, March 21st.
  • Spring Break March 28th – April 1st – Classes resume Monday, April 4th.

Thank you again for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

Newsletter February 29, 2016

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Pre-Kindergarten News

February 29, 2016

Dear Families,

Happy Leap Day! We have had such a busy couple of weeks I am not even sure where to begin. We have been busy celebrating Chinese New Year, Ash Wednesday, 100th Day of School, Valentine’s Day and a couple of presidents’ birthdays. From a parent’s point of view, the mid-winter break seemed a bit too soon after our December break, but from the students’ and teacher’s point of view – we needed to regroup.

Thank you to Eric for bringing in chocolate gold coins for everyone to enjoy as we learned about the Chinese traditions surrounding New Years. We made red lanterns and watched a video story about the holiday. On Wednesday the students did GREAT during Mass. We are learning about the true meaning of Easter, including weekly visits to church to learn about the Stations of the Cross. It is tricky to teach PreK, but please know that I am teaching in an age appropriate manner. Please do not hesitate to let me know if your child is asking too many questions at home or if you have any concerns.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 100th Day and Valentine’s Day celebration a huge success! We all had a great time with the activities and eating all of the yummy party treats. Here is a picture of the class wearing their 100th Day hats and fruit loop necklaces – such good sports!

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This last week we spent time exploring the letter Oo. We made crazy octopuses, colorful owls and the most entertaining ostriches – each one truly has its own personality. It is fun to find the letter Oo in the books we read and words we say. I also enjoy extending the exploration to learn about the animals that begin with the letter of the week. We worked hard to make sure our octopuses had eight legs and the students were surprised to learn a bird could be as big as Ms. Madden.

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, so we have been reading as many of his books as I can find. The rhyming words and silly pictures are very captivating to young children. I have used the book themes to help me diversify my lessons and Monday we used the Cat in the Hat’s red and white hat to practice patterning, number sequencing and to begin exploring word families. Today Ms. Ramero hosted an hour of Seuss themed activities for PreK – 4th grade. Hands-on learning is the best!

We have had a few visitors come to our classroom to see if they would like to join our school. Henry cried when he had to go home Monday L. Some of the children will be with your child next year in Kindergarten and some of them will be with me in PreK. One little girl may even join our class for the rest of the year. I will keep you posted about our roster, but in the meantime don’t be surprised if your child talks about new friends at school.

Have you sold all of your raffle tickets yet? I still need to get to work on mine! The auction is April 9th and we need to get the tickets in as soon as possible. Please be sure to read the auction information and sign up to help wherever you are able. We would love to have you attend the event, but I have found it just as much fun to volunteer to help for the evening. The best part is that you are able to bid on items even if you are “working.” Katie Jaros and I are working on a wonderful art project you are all going to want to have to remember this special time in your child’s school career. Be sure to reserve your tickets to the event today!

During Lent, many families donate money through Rice Bowls. We sent one home for you a couple of weeks ago. This is a great way to show your child how to donate a few coins to help disadvantaged families throughout the world. There is a great flier with the box that will help guide you as you teach your child. We also participate in collecting thirty pieces of silver. Judas was paid thirty pieces of silver for turning Jesus over to the authorities. We remember this by having each child collect thirty coins to be donated to Don Poncho, our sister school. We ask you to reward your child with coins for the good things they do throughout Lent. On the Wednesday before Easter, the children will learn about the people their donations will help and we will collect the coins and rice bowls.

I am sending home the March book orders. Please place your order online by March 11th and I will try to get them here before Easter.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: NNKNT
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom.

Reminders:

  • Return your raffle tickets as soon as possible.
  • Register for Black Tie Bingo Gala by March 28th.
  • No school Friday March 18th – teacher in-service.
  • Spring Break March 28th – April 1st – Classes resume Monday, April th.

Thank you again for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

 

 

Newsletter February 4, 2016

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Pre-Kindergarten News

February 4, 2016

Dear Families,

Happy Catholic School’s Week. We have been having fun with our crazy dress-up days. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I have not been good about taking them at all this week. Ugh – guess I’ve been a bit distracted! Please do not forget tomorrow is favorite sports team day – Seahawks, Mariners, Huskies, or any other team your family likes to support. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped out with Grand Friends’ Day on Wednesday. The schedule was a bit tricky for everyone to follow, but I saw it as a great day to work on being flexible and adaptable.

Please remember to get your re-registration packets in by Friday February 5th in order to take advantage of the reduced registration fee. I hope you are all planning on coming back next year – we have such a great group of students in our class. We have had many inquires about our kindergarten program, so please get your material in soon. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I would be happy to talk with you.

This week we have been working on the letter Ww. I found a stack of books from the library about worms, windy weather, whales and walruses. Today we learned that worms have five hearts – who knew? Our art projects are proudly displayed throughout our classroom and will be sent home next week.

Next week we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and our 100th Day of School. On Friday February 12th we will have our party, so please look for the invite to help with supplies. As a reminder, I am asking you to help your child prepare very SIMPLE valentines for everyone in the class to be handed out that morning. We are in the final countdown to our 100th day and the children are super excited!

Our scholastic books still have not come in, but I will send them home as soon as they arrive.

Reminders:

  • Re-registration packets are due back to the office by Feb 5th for reduced re-registration fees.
  • Valentine’s Day Party Feb 12th 10:30a.
  • Mid-Winter break Feb 15th – 19th. Classes resume Monday, Feb 22nd.

Thank you again for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

Newsletter January 14, 2016

 

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January 14, 2016

Dear Families,

First things first – the kids did an AMAZING job sitting still for the entire Mass this week!! We stayed all the way through Mr. Sherman’s announcements and then had to go back to the classroom for indoor recess because it was raining too hard 🙁 We had a dance party and played with scarves to get our wiggles out. I was thrilled with their achievement and you should be too.

Our class continues to grow!! Please help me welcome Elizabeth Armstrong and her family. Her brother, James is next door in 2nd grade. They have come to us via Issaquah and we are excited to have them!

This week I introduced the letter Bb. Once again, we are searching for the letter in the books we read and thinking of things that start with the letter sound. These are great games for you to play at home to reinforce what we are learning at school. The games are easy this week as so many words begin with Bb! We also talked about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he helped ensure that EVERYONE gets to go to school and eat in any restaurant they want. This is a tricky topic to introduce to young children, but I started with the basics and their understanding will grow as they get older and hear more detailed stories later.

I forgot to mention the birthdays we have been celebrating since coming back from break. Tyler turned five on January 4th and Fredric turned five on January 11th. We enjoyed yogurt and Seahawk cupcakes while singing “happy birthday” – Teddy doesn’t care for my singing 🙁 The kiddos are getting pretty adept at drawing pictures and sending happy thoughts to the birthday child via our birthday books. I talk with each child about what they want to say and sometimes I write their words for them and sometimes I have the children copy their words as I have written them on scratch paper. This is fabulous pre-literacy practice!

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This is just another reminder to complete your online scholastic book order by January 25th. I will place the order by the 27th.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: NNKNT
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

Upcoming Events:

  • Blue Friday Free Dress January 15th (TOMORROW). Sherman likes to support the Seahawks during the playoffs. Please feel free to send your child in blue and green clothes – official jerseys are completely optional.
  • January 18th No School. We will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
  • Re-registration packets will be sent home next week.
  • Catholic School’s week January 31 – February 5. We will have many fun activities that week to celebrate our wonderful school. Stay tuned…

Thank you again for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

Newsletter January 7, 2016

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Pre-Kindergarten News

January 7, 2016

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a nice holiday break. The boys and I went to CA to visit my family and had a great time! We enjoyed so much good food, games and laughter, but now it is time to get back to work. It has been a little difficult for all of us to get back into the routine and remember the expectations here in PreK. We are a little tired, so please make sure your child is getting a good night’s sleep.

I have some good news and sad news as far as our class roster goes. The sad news is that Savanna has decided to move to another school – she will be missed. The good news is that Frederic Griffin has joined us. He is a darling little boy who joins us from Costa Rica with his sisters who are in 1st and 4th grades and his mom Mrs. Griffin who teaches 7th grade here at St Mads. We are all excited to have a new friend in class. Welcome Griffin family!

We are easing our way back into our academics this week. Our focus letter is Gg. We have made gumball machines and guitars out of the letter G in the afternoon class and tomorrow we will be making Grover out of G along with homemade Gack, a type of goo made out of glue and Borax. The children did so well at Mass this week, I think we are ready to stay for the whole service. I’ll let you know how we do next week.

We have wrapped up the Christmas season by discussing Epiphany this week and the arrival of the three kings to visit baby Jesus. We have read books, completed art projects and played with the nativity scene. Crowns have been sent home, but our handprint camels caring the kings will have to wait to come home next week. Please ask your child to share what they have learned.

I sent home another book order today. Please have a look and complete your online order by January 25th. I will place the order by the 27th.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: NNKNT
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

Upcoming Events:

  • Blue Friday Free Dress January 8th. Mr. Sherman likes to support the Seahawks during the playoffs. Please feel free to send your child in blue and green clothes – official jerseys are completely optional.
  • January 18th No School. We will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
  • Re-registration begins at the end of January.
  • Catholic School’s week January 31 – February 5. We will have many fun activities that week to celebrate our wonderful school. Stay tuned…

Thank you again for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

Newsletter December 17, 2015

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Pre-Kindergarten News

December 17, 2015

Dear Families,

WOW, Christmas is almost here! I cannot believe how quickly this school year is flying by. We have established a wonderful little family here in PreK. The children are learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are so eager to learn from each other. It just makes me grin from ear-to-ear when I see the children helping each other and the positive peer pressure that encourages each of them to try new things. I know we will have a few setbacks when we come back after the break, but with re-charged batteries I am sure we will all adjust quickly.

We have been studying a lot about Jesus as the “reason for the season” these last few weeks. We talk about Santa, but have not focused on wish lists or the gimmes of the holidays. I have really tried to instill the idea that we are blessed and there is always room to help those in need. Thank you to those who donated diapers for Eastside Baby Corner – it provided a great teaching opportunity.

We completed many projects involving the letter Jj. I especially love the candy cane that we turned upside down to make it look like the letter Jj for Jesus. I am beginning to introduce a few more worksheets, but I am focusing on the ones that involve cutting and pasting instead of writing. That said, I am pleased with how well everyone is doing with morning sign-ins. I will be adding last names for the beginning of the new year and will add phone numbers for the last trimester.

Please enjoy the gifts we made for you this Christmas season and be sure to admire the wrapping paper we made by rolling marbles through paint. There are so many opportunities to work on fine motor skills and practice alphabet and number recognition. The best thing you can do for your children over the break is to read with them. They are little sponges and will soak up everything you share with them.

Upcoming Events:

  • Christmas Break begins at 12p December 18th. You may pick up your children at the classroom door or by taking the drive-thru.
  • Class resumes at 8:30a January 4th.
  • Re-registration begins at the end of January.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I will see everyone next year. Thank you for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden