Newsletter January 24, 2018

St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

January 24, 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2018! I cannot believe how time flies here in PreK! It was so exciting to see everyone after the long holiday break. I hope everyone had as much fun as I had with my boys – what a magical time of year! It took a little bit, but we are fully back into our school routines.

We are exploring the idea of seasons, focusing on winter. We have talked about what we wear outside in the cold winter versus what we wear in the hot summer. We had a hot cocoa tasting to see if we like warm drinks after coming in from the cold. We have been counting marshmallows and building igloos out of them – well after we tasted a few of course 😉 Yesterday we transformed the dramatic play area into an “ice skating rink.” I taped a shower curtain to the floor, the kids painted a box that became a very bright blue zamboni to “smooth the ice” and we set up a snack shop complete with pizza, popcorn and a smoothie machine. The students are sooo engaged! Today we worked on the menu by writing a list of the snacks for sale. I am so impressed how each and every one of the students are sounding out the words and coming up with letters to write. Writing a Kk instead of Cc for carrot is 100% age appropriate and clearly indicates they are ready for “Kindergarten spelling,” which is spelling phonetically or how things sound. I hope you all have a chance to come visit our classroom this weekend during our open house.

Speaking of our open house, I hope you have been reading the Thursday packet as there are so many wonderful opportunities coming up in the next few weeks. This Friday, Hanna Bogen Novak will be here to give a presentation at 8:45 Friday morning in the Social Hall. She is an amazing speaker who is going to talk about emotional regulation of children. It is geared toward PK-5th graders, so I hope you are able to spare an hour to learn some fantastic tips.

Next week is Catholic Schools Week, which is a time where we celebrate all Catholic schools across the nation. It is our version of spirit week. Here are the cliff notes:

  • Sunday: Open House from 9:30a-12:30p. Come visit our classroom and visit the Kindergarten room to see where your child will be next year. Please bring any friends and/or relatives who might be interested in sending their children to our wonderful school.
  • Monday: SMS School Spirit Dress-Up Day. Students are encouraged to wear any clothes that are in our school colors including burgundy and navy blue. Wearing the move-a-thon shirts would be a GREAT idea!
  • Tuesday: Pajama Dress-Up Day. Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas to school. Please remember shoes are still required, as we will still be going out to recess.
  • Wednesday: Grand-friends Day. Students are encouraged to bring a friend to Mass and breakfast with them. Many students do not have grandparents living locally, so while grandparents are the perfect guests, parents, uncles/aunts or even family friends are more than welcome. We will meet in the Koinonia room to drop off our backpacks (do not go to the classroom for school drop-off) and then the students are free to sit with there grand-friend wherever they choose. After Mass, we will go down to the social hall for a pancake and sausage breakfast. It is free of charge, but we will be taking donations for our charity school. We will listen to the band play and then go out to recess. At that time, Grand-friends are free to leave to get on with the rest of their day. If your child does not have a friend, do not worry as I will be their special friend or we will find another friend for them to sit with. Please note that there will not be hot lunch served that day. ALL students must bring lunch from home.
  • Thursday: Favorite Sports Team Dress-Up. Students are encouraged to wear colors or jerseys from their (or their parents’) favorite sports team. Think: Seahawks, Huskies, Cougars, Broncos (Santa Clara Ms. Madden’s college), Mariners, etc.
  • Friday: Mismatched Day. Students are encouraged to wear colors that don’t match, plaids with polka dots, backwards shirts, crazy hair, etc.

It is going to be a crazy week, but lots of fun too. I will try to send reminders home with your child about what to wear each day, but I may need your help. The list is in the newsletter if you need it.

This Friday you will receive an email about registration for next year. This is a brand new electronic system, so please be patient as we get it up and running. I truly hope all of you are ready to come back for Kindergarten! Please be sure to talk with Mr. Sherman if you hesitant due to finances – he really is committed to providing a great Catholic education for anyone who is interested. I honestly could not have sent my three boys to SMS without financial aide.

Today we finished the 84th day of school! Yikes!! This means we are quickly approaching the 100th day of school. We will make it coincide with Valentine’s Day so we can have a great class party. Unfortunately, Feb 14th is Ash Wednesday this year, so we will have our celebration the day before on Tuesday, Feb 13th. I will send out many more details after we recover from Catholic Schools Week. I just want to get the party on your calendar so you are able to come help us celebrate!

I sent home a book order form last week and will include one more in tomorrow’s Thursday packet. Have a look, order great books at great prices and I will place the order by Wednesday next 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

 One last thing before I go. I wanted to congratulate Paula Esquivel-Grossi who is our SLE winner in PreK this month. Paula is someone who is always willing and able to SERVE and LEAD her classmates. She is helpful and wants to help her classmates succeed. Congratulations Paula, keep up the great work!

Upcoming Events:

  • Hanna Bogen Novak Friday, Jan 26th 8:45a-9:45a in the Social Hall: Great speaker who will talk about emotional regulation in young children.
  • Registration begins Friday Jan 26th and runs for two weeks before registration fees go up and spots are open to new students.
  • Catholic Schools Week (CSW) Jan 28th-Feb 2nd. See details above and on flier in the Thursday packet.
  • 100th/Valentine’s Day Party Tues Feb 13th.

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.

I know this was a lot of information, but I appreciate you reading the whole letter! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Karen Madden

Newsletter Dec 3, 2017

St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

December 3, 2017

Dear Families,

Thank you everyone for helping make our parent-teacher conferences run so smoothly. We have a great group of children and it is nice for me to check-in and share with you the amazing things I see in the classroom everyday. I am very excited to continue watching these young students blossom!

The Christmas season is finally upon us. I hope you are enjoying the preparations! I am having a wonderful time reliving the magic through the eyes of your children. We are so blessed to be working in a community that gets to celebrate the “reason for the season” – Jesus!! I am having so much fun exploring the story of Jesus’ birth and how lucky we are that he is sharing his birthday with us. Of course we are talking about Santa Claus and getting excited for his visit, but I am also sharing the story of St Nicholas, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and eventually the Epiphany. So much to learn and explore and only two weeks to get it all done – wish me luck!

As you should have read in the Thursday newsletter, we will be meeting around the quad first thing each morning for the next two weeks for our Advent Prayer Service. This is an opportunity for us to say a prayer and sing a special song with the whole school. It can be a little cold, but it is fun to meet together to recognize this special season. I hope you are able to join us at least once.

This week we will not have Mass on Wednesday, but on Friday instead. We will be celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as a Holy Day of Obligation. Once again, please join us at 9am if you are able.

In the spirit of gift giving and helping those in need, we are hosting our annual diaper drive to help Eastside Baby Corner. The best part of this drive is that ALL diapers are accepted – even open packages and individual diapers. Please help your child learn to embrace the idea of giving by letting them bring in diapers to donate. Thank you as always for your support!

Our annual St. Nick Night will be this Thursday night, December 7th at 7p. Please bring your child to the social hall (lunch room downstairs) to meet me at 6:30p. You may find your seat and we will come up as a class. I will send a map on Wednesday that will show you which side of the alter your child will be on so you may have the best view. The band students from the 5th grade and middle school will play a couple of songs followed by singing by our PreK – 4th grade students. Each grade will sing one song and then they will all sing a couple of songs together. We will finally adjourn to the Koinonia room for cookie treats. The whole evening should only last about an hour. Thank you to everyone who signed up to help with the event. If you were unable to volunteer, please help clean up a couple of tables before you leave and we will all be home for our early bedtimes.

Upcoming Events:

  • St Nick Night Thursday, December 7th at 7p: Please bring your child dressed in their holiday best to meet me in the social hall downstairs at 6:30p.
  • Diaper Drive for Eastside Baby Corner.
  • Christmas Break December 15th 3p dismissal until January 3rd 8:30 am start: Please note we will have a full day of school before the break which is different from years past.

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 Nov 8, 2017

St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

November 8, 2017

Dear Families,

Well, I think I have finally recovered from Halloween! What a crazy, fun, exhausting holiday! We had a great time here in PreK showing off our wonderful costumes, parading around campus and celebrating during our classroom party. Thank you to everyone who was able to help and attend the festivities! I could not have done it without you J.

We celebrated the last birthday for a while at the end of last week. Jake turned five on Sunday and now we have a break until baby Jesus’ big day and then Paula’s in March. On Wednesday after Mass, Mr. Sherman announces that week’s students who are having their birthday and he gives them a birthday pencil. This week Jake was announced twice as he was also our SLE winner for PreK. Here is the announcement: “There is a person in PreK who is really becoming a great student. He is excited to come to school each day and is more than ready to LEARN. He is engaged in academic projects as well as interacting with his peers. He is going to become a great LEADER here at SMS. Congratulations Jake Kettenhofen!” Jake will have pizza lunch with Mr. Sherman and the other winners next Tuesday. We chose winners about once a month, so there are plenty of opportunities for the other students to earn their pizza lunch.

We do not have school this coming Friday so we may take the day to honor our Veterans. We have been talking a lot about who veterans are and why we have the holiday. I have worked hard to use child friendly language and answer questions in an age appropriate manner. I showed the students a video I found online that was a tribute put together by a second grade class – peer teaching at its finest. I also read them The Poppy Lady, which is a story about using a poppy flower to remember our Veterans. We made a wreath of poppies that included lots of fine motor skills putting it together. I LOVE how engaged the students are as they concentrate to get the poppies attached. Please enjoy the wreath when your child brings it home tomorrow.

Thanksgiving is our next big holiday. We will have parent-teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday afternoon so we will have noon dismissal for everyone. Students will eat lunch at home. Please check your Thursday packet for your scheduled meeting time. I look forward to talking with you about how your child is doing so far as well as discussing goals for the rest of the year. Wednesday will be another teacher in-service day, so we will not have school. Enjoy your long holiday weekend!

Mrs. Travaglianti and I are talking about hosting a Thanksgiving lunch with our two classes at 11am on Tuesday, November 21st. We are still working out the details, so I will let you know as soon as we have a plan. We will be asking parents to contribute parts of a simple meal (think cornbread muffins, rolled up turkey slices and pie), utensils and tablecloths.

Mark your calendar for our annual St. Nick Night. On Thursday, December 7th at 7p SMS students will dress in their best holiday outfits and perform some Christmas classics in the Church. The band students from the 5th grade and middle school will play a couple of songs followed by singing by our PreK – 4th grade students. Each grade will sing one song and then they will all sing a couple of songs together. We will finally adjourn to the Koinonia room for cookie treats. The whole evening should only last about an hour.

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 receive 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!

Upcoming Events:

  • Veterans Day Observed Friday, Nov 10th. No school.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Monday and Tuesday, Nov 20- Students dismissed at 12p. Students will not eat lunch at school, but they will have a snack.
  • No School Wednesday-Friday, Nov 22-24. Teacher in-service and Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Christmas Break December 15 noon dismissal until January 3rd 8:30 am start.

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 25, 2017

St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

October 25, 2017

Dear Families,

Wow, I cannot believe Halloween is next week already! These first two months have flown by. We have all settled into a nice routine here in PreK. The students are working hard on learning their letters, numbers and how to cut with scissors. We have created quite a few projects to decorate our classroom. I hope you are able to join us for our Halloween celebration so you can see our artwork displays. If not, please don’t worry, we will send it all home next Thursday.

Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday of this week I have the opportunity to attend a WAEYC conference in lovely Lynwood, WA. It is an amazing meeting designed for teachers and caregivers who work with children from birth to 8yrs of age. I am always so energized by listening to experts in my field and talking with other PreK and Kindergarten teachers. I have a great substitute, Cindy Kuiken, coming in on Thursday to work with our class. She is a PreK teacher at another school with lots of experience. She is not available on Friday, so Ms. Ramero is going to come work with our students on that day. She wants to see our class in action, so it is going to be fun for her and the children. I have left detailed schedules and projects to work on, but your child may be a bit off as every teacher has a different style and expectations. Everyone will do great and I will be back to school on Monday. Say an extra prayer for all of us 😉

Next Tuesday we will celebrate Halloween. Thank you to Andreina Grossi (Paula’s Mom) for organizing the party. Please look for her email with requests for help. As you know, 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. Please remember to keep the costumes simple, life affirming (no zombies please) and leave any accessories that may get broken or lost at home.

Parents are encouraged to come about 10a to help set-up while we go out to recess. At 10:15 or so will parade around the school to visit parish/office staff and perhaps a few classrooms. Our party will begin about 10:40a with crafts, games and a cookie treat. 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! I also welcome younger siblings to also join us for the fun. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

I still do not have a volunteer to help with our art project for the GALA in April. I will ask again after the holidays, but if you are inspired before then, please let me know!

Please be sure to check out the Thursday packet tomorrow, as there is lots of great information to be shared. There is a sign up for your preferred time for parent-teacher conferences, which will take place just before the Thanksgiving break. Please be sure to fill it out and send it back to school for scheduling.

Upcoming Events:

  • Substitute Thursday and Friday Oct 26th and 27th: Madden attending WAEYC conference.
  • Halloween Party Monday, Oct 31st.
  • Veteran’s Day Observed Friday, Nov 10th. No school.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Monday and Tuesday, Nov 20- Students dismissed at 12p.
  • No School Wednesday-Friday, Nov 22-24. Teacher in-service and Thanksgiving holiday.

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 12, 2017

 

St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

October 12, 2017

Dear Families,

Okay, it’s time for a formal ask. The auction chair, Becky Ronan, would like to know who is going to be in charge of the PreK art project for the auction this year. Are there any artists in the group? I have lots of ideas, (yay for pinterest!) I just need someone to help me execute one of them. It really is not a big time commitment as we have done black and white photos, wrapped sting on nails to form a cross, painted a cookie jar as a class and made a collage with students’ fingerprints. The project will need to be completed by the end of March – lots of time to plan and execute. I just need one person to sign up to lead the project and I will offer as much support as you need. Thank you!! I hope to see many of you at the GALA kick-off party tomorrow night – many opportunities to sign up to help with our main event!

We have had two more birthdays (Alka and Izzy) and will celebrate yet another tomorrow (Vanessa). So much fun! We celebrate with crowns, treats and creating a memory book for each birthday child to take home. I take pictures and will try to send out the clear ones soon. Please ask if I forget.

As I hope you 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 Vanessa as our honoree. Vanessa has mastered the PreK routine in such a short and is always eager to LEARN what I present in class. She also continues to foster fun friendships with her classmates. Vanessa 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.

Your child may have come home this week talking about fire and firefighters. This week is national fire prevention week, so we have been using it as a theme. We have read many books, watched a video, talked about what to do in case of a fire and even went on a scavenger hunt. The children had so much fun carrying their clipboards around campus looking for smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire hydrants, alarms and sprinklers. They continue to spot them, so I hope they are pointing them out for you too. The afternoon students created a house on fire in the dramatic play area and everyone has been having fun wearing fireman hats to put out the flames with paper towel roles disguised as hoses. We were going to make fire trucks out of boxes, but I think we are out of time as Halloween is just two weeks away.

I hope you have read Mr. Sherman’s description of how we celebrate Halloween here at SMS. The students have already been talking about their costumes and I am eager to pull out my Halloween crafts to decorate our classroom. Halloween is on Tuesday 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, life affirming (no zombies please) 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 our room parent 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.

Thank you everyone who helped support our Move-A-Thon! We had a great sunny day and so much fun running, walking, dancing and jumping. I hope your child slept well that night, I know I did. I also wanted to thank everyone for donating to the hurricane relief fund. So nice to read about how much money we raised – every little bit helps!

Upcoming Events:

  • 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 21st, 2017. Here is a link on our website for more information and to RSVP for the evening: https://smsbellevue.org/gala-kick-off-party/.
  • Halloween Party Monday, Oct 31st.
  • Veteran’s Day Observed Friday, Nov 10th. No school.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Monday and Tuesday, Nov 20- Students dismissed at 12p.
  • No School Wednesday-Friday, Nov 22-24. Teacher in-service and Thanksgiving holiday.

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 Sept 27, 2017

St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

September 27, 2017

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe October will be here this weekend! I am not sure I am ready for Halloween, but I do have many fun activities for us throughout the fall season. We will continue to work on our alphabet and number recognition while introducing letter sounds at the beginning and end of words. This week we are working on the letter Ff – fish, frogs and French fries! It is exciting to see what the students already know and what I need to focus on with my lessons.

We have quite a few birthdays to celebrate over the next six weeks! Last week we started off the season with Ethan’s big day. He was given a crown to wear and he got to do all of the classroom jobs all by himself – line leader was by far the highlight! We enjoyed treats and created a class book of pictures and happy thoughts for him to look at for weeks to come. Next up will be Alka this Friday. I always take pictures and promise to send a few home, but please ask me for them if I forget!

One week from tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 5th, we will be enjoying our Move-A-Thon. During this event the children and teachers will run, skip, dance, walk and/or jump rope for an hour to see how much money we can raise for our school. The event is at 1p, so I would like to invite the morning students to stay at school to enjoy lunch and the Move-A-Thon. You may take your student home after the event if you are able to volunteer or you may pick them up at the regular full day dismissal at 3p. There are so many things we would like to do to make our school special and a little extra money helps make it extraordinary! Please do what you can to help raise some money to help cover our annual budget. I will be making a few phone calls this weekend myself J. You may send checks in the Thursday packet or you may go directly to our school website to donate online. Thank you for helping!!

There was a note in Mr. Sherman’s newsletter about raising money for hurricane relief. Please send in $1 with your child and we will make sure it makes it to the fund.

Finally, please try to attend the kick-off party for our annual auction. The main event will be April 21st, but our first party will be Friday, October 13th 6:30p-9:30p. It is a great chance to get to know the other parents while you enjoy yummy appetizers. There will be information about the main auction and you will have first chance at the many volunteer opportunities. Both events are great fun – I have worked them as a parent and attended them as a teacher. Please join me as we raise money to make our school the best it can be!!

Upcoming Events:

  • Move-a-Thon will be Thursday, Oct 5th 1-2p. 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. Morning students are invited to stay for the afternoon so they may participate. Please remember to pack a lunch. We will ask parents to join the fun by coming to help with snacks and water, so watch for requests online and in the Thursday packet. Pray for dry weather!
  • No School Friday, Oct 6th. 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 21st, 2017. Here is a link on our website for more information and to RSVP for the evening: https://smsbellevue.org/gala-kick-off-party/.

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 Sept 19, 2017

St. Madeleine Sophie School

Pre-Kindergarten News

September 20, 2017

Dear Families,

Welcome once again to our St. Madeleine Sophie School family! It has been a busy couple of weeks as we have begun to learn each other’s names and the new classroom expectations. I have thought on more than one occasion this week that we should be the PreK kittens instead of parrots as I feel like all I am doing is trying to herd cats. We are slowly learning how to line up, walk in a line, sit criss-cross applesauce on the rug, listen to directions, follow directions, etc. It is going to take time, but that is what we are here for – to learn how to learn. I am excited to report that I am already seeing improvements!

We are already working so hard here in PreK. We have been learning to work the calendar, count the days in school, identify characters in stories we hear and create beautiful artwork. We will have themes surrounding letters of the alphabet, but I will not teach them in alphabetical order. I find it most helpful to teach the most common letters in our names, letters that are easy to identify and sound out and letters that can be put together to make simple words first before teaching more unique letters. There is a great deal of research on letter order, so I am taking an order that I am comfortable with and ultimately gets us through all 26 letters.

We have begun with the letter Aa – alligators, apples and Alka. This week we are talking about apples by reading “Ten Apples Up On top,” creating our own pictures and Thursday we will explore green, red and yellow apples. We will peel them, cut them and cook them up to make applesauce. Yum!! I enjoy reading to the children and we are having a great time exploring our classroom library.

Speaking of libraries, please remember to use the Scholastic book orders if you would like to expand your own home library. I sent several book order forms home from Scholastic in the Thursday packet. This is an opportunity for you to order books, but not mandatory. Every book order earns free books for our classroom. I will place the final order for these fliers on Friday, Sept 29th and the books will be delivered to school within a week or two. It is really easy to go online to order, but let me know if you are having difficulties.

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

Thank you everyone for your patience as we figure out the drop off and dismissal procedures. Please remember to use the street to the south of campus as a drop off/pick up only. In the morning, if you would like to walk your student to the quad, please park up above and walk down with your child. We have a teacher on duty at 8:10a and the first bell rings at 8:25a. I really appreciate when everyone is in the classroom by the 8:30a bell. It is so much easier when we are able to slip into our routine without late arrivals. Noon pickup is also going well – thank you again for patiently waiting while we get students off to lunch before releasing your child. Once again, at 3p you may take the drive-thru to pickup your student. Just remember to stay in your car and a teacher will help with car seats and buckles.

The rain is back! Please remember to send a rain jacket with a hood for your child every day. We will go outside in the rain unless it is a complete downpour. Rain and snow boots are only allowed Nov 1 – April 1. We discourage jumping in puddles at recess in order to prevent wet shoes and pants. We also do not allow students to have umbrellas as too many accidents happen – hoods are best.

One more reminder, well maybe two, please send a water bottle with your child everyday. It is so much easier for the students to help themselves than for me to stop every time someone is thirsty. Getting water from the fountain during lunch is also difficult to monitor. It would also be helpful if the girls wear shorts under their skirts/dresses. We sit on the rug and play on the playground so shorts would be appropriate. If your daughter chooses to wear leggings, they should be in school colors – navy, white or burgundy. So far, the uniforms look great! Now if I could just get shirts tucked back in after our very active recesses!

Upcoming Events:

  • Move-a-Thon will be Thursday, Oct 5th 1-2p. 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. Morning students are invited to stay for the afternoon so they may participate. Please remember to pack a lunch. We will ask parents to join the fun by coming to help with snacks and water, so watch for requests online and in the Thursday packet. Pray for dry weather!
  • No School Friday, Oct 6th. 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 on our website for more information and to RSVP for the evening: https://smsbellevue.org/gala-kick-off-party/.

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 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