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!


Karen Madden

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