Newsletter March 17, 2019

Pre-Kindergarten News

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We had so much fun in PreK last Thursday I hope your child shared some stories with you. I am writing to share more details and a few pictures! Learning to read and write, add and subtract and become a successful student is what school is all about. Teaching your students to LOVE school is what my job is all about. I am having so much fun introducing your child to the subtleties of language, science and mathematics they do not even realize they are learning while we have so much fun. I honestly do not know what teachers did before the internet.

Last week I introduced the story of St. Patrick, a man who was very devoted to God and teaching the Good News. Your child learned that a shamrock is very useful for explaining the idea of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I then talked about how holidays are expanded to provide fun for everyone. Eater is not all about eggs and bunnies anymore than Christmas is all about trees, ornaments and presents. St. Patrick’s Day has become Americanized to include crazy leprechauns, green costumes and legends of pots of gold — so much fun in a PreK classroom!

We have been talking a lot about rainbows, so last week we preformed two science experiments to learn more. After watching a Mystery Doug video online, we went outside and tried the experiment ourselves. We placed a cup of water on a bench and were able to see how the sunlight separated into the colors of the rainbow as it passed through the water and onto white paper on the ground. Of course the experiment quickly dissolved into all of us exploring our shadows, but that is how science works – one question leads to another and another. Next I placed six cups in a circle. One had red water, one had yellow and the third had blue water. I then placed a folded paper towel in the colored water and into the empty cup of water between the colors (see picture below). The colored water “crawled” into the empty cups and mixed to create the other colors in the rainbow – orange, green and purple. We then recorded our observations just like real scientists do. Please look for them in Thursday’s packet. These experiments provide baby steps for getting excited about science.

 On Thursday when your child came into class, necklaces were hung from the ceiling, the only pens available to use were green and the Styrofoam cup hats we decorated on Wednesday were shrunk down to the size of a leprechaun’s head.

We showed each other our green clothes and then continued our exploration of rainbows and mixing colors. Each student was given a pipette to drop colored water onto wax paper. They squirted, mixed and combined droplets as the created new colors. The students were so involved, they did not notice a green tray placed in the center of our circle time rug. The tray contained small bags of “Leprechaun Dust.” The students were instructed to perform an Irish dance and then add a couple of tablespoons of milk to the “dust.” If the dance was good enough, the “dust” would turn green and they could eat it after a couple minutes of mixing. The “dust” was actually pistachio pudding, but most of the children did not like the taste. Oh well, lots of fun dancing!

It was time for a recess break! While the students were outside, Liam the Leprechaun changed the classroom around – the rug and bookshelf were at the front of the room while the desks and cubbies were at the back of the room. WHAT?! The children screamed with surprise and delight. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), no leprechauns were caught in our traps.

We ate snack and quickly discovered a box of Lucky Charms and some worksheets to observe and sort the marshmallows. Tempting to eat right away, but everyone was diligent about finishing the work before they were allowed to eat their work. Finally, we moved to the rug to read a book when someone discovered a note under the rocking chair. It was a scavenger hunt for treats. Everyone took a turn finding the next clue until a bag of treats was found for everyone to share. So much fun!! We settled down with a book and a prayer of thanksgiving before we headed out for recess and lunch.

Our morning friends went home and the afternoon students went to PE. What an exhausting day, but Liam the Leprechaun had one more trick. Elizabeth found a container of green rocks and a bottle of Lucky’s Magical Solution left to “wash” them. Each student quickly dropped their rock (green baking soda) into a tub of the “wash solution” (vinegar) and they began to bubble. Eventually the “rock” melted away to reveal a gold coin. So exciting!

Phew, I am still exhausted thinking about all the fun we had! I hope you enjoy the pictures. I am sorry they are not great quality – my phone does not do well with the lighting. Please be sure to ask your child to tell you all about the things they learned.

Okay, I better get some sleep so I am ready for Monday morning. Have a great week!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

 

Newsletter March 7, 2019

Pre-Kindergarten News

Dear Families,

WOW, what a busy couple of weeks we have had since being back from mid-winter break! We had lots of fun celebrating the 100th day of school – I will try to send pictures very soon. March 2 was Dr. Suess’ birthday and the internet is full of wonderful activities for us to do here in PreK. Dr. Suess was a pioneer who wrote 40 of the most interesting and engaging book for children. The rhyming is great for literacy development and the characters stimulate wonderful imaginations. Many of the children told me they have these books at home – great, keep reading them! If you do not have any, I encourage you to add them to your library.

On Friday morning, we made and tasted green eggs and ham after I read Dr. Suess’ book Sam I Am. I was not surprised to hear that not everyone liked them (bright green eggs can be intimidating), but everyone enjoyed cracking an egg and watching them being cooked. We needed to go to music class, so we waited until Monday to make our own Sam I Am books. We explored rhyming words like box/fox and house/mouse. They drew pictures to help them remember the story so they can “read” it to you later. Please ask them to show it to you when they bring it home.

In the afternoon, we visited the lunchroom for an hour of crafting, game playing and book reading with other students in K-4th grades hosted by Ms. Romero. She LOVES Dr. Suess! I hope you saw some of the pictures the students colored. Here in PreK we read Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and created amazing hot air balloons using oil pastels. So much fun! They are decorating our bulletin board, so you will see them next week.

This week we are exploring the letter Cc. Think cats, cows, Hungry Caterpillar and carrots. Your children are getting better at working independently so I have time to work 1:1 with each of them. Patience – it is a virtue! Today I sent home LOTS of worksheets and crafts we have completed. Many are from last fall as I saved different things as evidence for our accreditation. The visit went very well, so I am sending EVERYTHING home for you to enjoy. Please ask your child to look at it with you as a review.

As you know, we have entered the season of Lent. During this time, many families donate money through Rice Bowls. We sent one home for you last week. 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 flier with the box that will help guide you as you teach your child about the program. We also participate in collecting thirty pieces of silver here at St. Mads. 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 our sister school in Guatemala. We ask you to reward your child with coins for the good things they do throughout Lent. On the Wednesday before Easter, April 17th, the children will learn about the people their donations will help and we will collect the coins and rice bowls.

Have you sold all of your raffle tickets yet? I still need to get to work on mine! The Gala is April 6th 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. I will be in charge of setting up the silent auction again the evening before, so please come help me and preview the items up for bid. 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.” Yemin Huang (aka Emily’s mom) 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 on our website today!

Next Thursday, March 14th, we will celebrate St Patrick’s Day a little early. Please send your child to school in their finest green. I enjoy having fun that day in the classroom, so please be sure to ask your child for details! On Friday, March 15th our students will not have class, so the teachers can have an in-service day. We will meet to finalize plans for the rest of the school year and work on our catechistical certification.

I continue to send home book orders. Please place your order online soon 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:

  • Register for Black Tie Bingo Gala by March 29th.
  • Return your raffle tickets as soon as possible.
  • Non-Uniform, Green Free Dress Thurs March 14th in honor of St Patrick’s Day.
  • No school Friday March 15th – teacher in-service.
  • Rice Bowl and Thirty Pieces of Silver returned by Wed April 17th.
  • Donations for St. Vincent DePaul and food drive Fri, April 19th.
  • Spring Break April 22nd – April 26th – Classes resume Monday, April 29th.

Thank you again for entrusting me with your wonderful children!

Blessings,

Ms. Madden

 

Newsletter February 9, 2019

Pre-Kindergarten News

Dear Families,

Snow, snow and more snow! A huge shout out to the powers that be that sent us home before the snow started coming down. Our timing was amazing! Took me awhile to get home, but we made it – hope your journey home was uneventful. Enjoy the weekend and we will see what next week brings.

Tuesday is officially our 100th day of school. I have planned some fun activities and I hope a couple of you are able to come in and help me. We will be making 100th Day hats (10 strips of paper with 10 items like stickers and stamps on each), FrootLoop necklaces and 100-item snack. Lots of counting, but students are excited!

Thursday is Valentine’s Day and we have more fun activities planned. The extent of the “party” is decorating and eating cookies as well as passing out cards. We will have a couple of learning activities I could again use help with, so I hope a couple of you are available to help. My ideal scenario for these two days would be to have 2-3 adults come in from 9:30-11:30 each day. Please choose one of the two days, so those who are able to come in have a chance and we are not overwhelmed by too many adults on either day.

We will make Valentine boxes out of Clorox containers (I already have enough) at school on Wednesday. Here is the list of students in our class in case you find time to get cards ready J. I have included Emily’s two aides (Ms. Eowyn and Ms. Corey), as they have really become part of our class. I talked to the students about including them and suggested they make homemade cards if they run out of the special cards they may have already purchased – please do not go out and buy more! You may simply have your child(ren) address all of the cards with “My Friend,” which makes it very easy to pass out, or they may practice writing each name.

Ainslie                  Elizabeth                Zoe

Annie                    Emily                      Ms. Corey

Ava                        Jeramie                  Ms. Eowyn

Caroline               Lauren

Eli                          Michael

As you know, we are supposed to have our accreditation visit Tuesday – Thursday with our faculty meeting Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, this is all contingent on the weather. We will pray for warmer weather and stay flexible.

Upcoming Events:

  • 100th Day Activities Tues Feb 12th.
  • Valentines Day Party Thursday Feb 14th – Early Dismissal 12p.
  • Mid-Winter Break Feb 14th – Feb 24th.

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 January 29, 2019

Pre-Kindergarten News

Greetings from our PreK bedroom,

We are having a great time this week in PreK celebrating our wonderful school and all Catholic schools around the nation. Monday we showed so much spirit by wearing our move-a-thon shirts and our school colors. Today the students kept telling me how sleepy they felt wearing their pajamas all day – too bad no one wanted to take a nap 😉

I wanted to remind you that tomorrow is Grand Friends’ Day. Please dress your child in their best school uniform and meet me in the Koinonia Room (to the left of the church entrance) by 8:40a. They will leave their backpacks on a designated table and then proceed into Mass with their Grand Friend where Mass will begin promptly at 8:45a. Those who do not have a visitor will either sit with me or join a classmate with their friend. After Mass (9:45 or so), we will go downstairs for breakfast. Everyone is invited!

Last minute request: We are in desperate need of pancake flippers!! Ms. Romero is going to be at school at 0’dark hundred to try to cook breakfast with very few helpers. If you have ANY free time, we could really use your help. Thank you!!

About 10:30a, we will say goodbye to our Grand Friends and go outside for recess. We will come back to the classroom for a bit of work and lunch. Please remember to send in a lunch and drink from home as there will not be cafeteria service. Morning students may be picked up in our classroom at 12:15p.

Thursday, we will dress up as our hero. Superheroes are not exactly what we are looking for, as this is not Halloween. We would like to see doctors, policemen, bakers, etc. We have been talking about it in the classroom, so do the best you can.

Friday, we will dress like our friends. I believe Mrs. Woosley has helped coordinate this one – Thank you!

We have bee working on the letter Ii this week – igloos, Inuit people and iguanas. It has been a little hard to concentrate, but routine is the way to go. We will finish our week by talking about Groundhog Day. Not a very scientific day, but fun all the same. We will make predictions and then see what happens on Saturday and report back on Monday.

Once again, thank you for blessing me with your wonderful children!

Ms. Madden

Newsletter January 20, 2019

Pre-Kindergarten News

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2019! 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 – well after we tasted a few of course 😉 and creating snowmen from recycled plastic bottles and cotton balls. Last week we transformed the dramatic play area into an “ice skating rink.” I taped a shower curtain to the floor and we set up a snack shop complete with pizza, popcorn and hot chocolate. The students are sooo engaged! We worked on the menu by writing a list of the snacks for sale. I am so impressed how 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 next weekend during our open house.

As you know, we will not have classes this Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. We spent time on Friday learning about this amazing person. It is hard for children to imagine discrimination when they have never experienced it themselves. We did have a great discussion after I told children with pants they were no longer allowed to sit on the carpet at circle time. “What?” “Why?” I changed my mind and sent the students with ponytails away. “What?” “Why?” This didn’t make any sense to them. We then talked about children with brown skin not being allowed to go to the same schools, drink from the same water fountains or play on the same playgrounds as white children. We also talked about discrimination in terms of gender. I am sure they only absorbed a bit, but it is never too early to start! We followed up with a fun bulletin board where we made a rainbow of handprints using red, yellow and blue paint. Orange, green and purple were all created as we worked together by shaking hands and mixing the colors to finish the poster. I have attached a picture for you to see.

Next week we will work with the letter Gg as we prepare for Catholic Schools Week beginning Jan 27th. This is our version of spirit week as we celebrate all Catholic schools across the nation. 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 (early start time of 8:45a), 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: “Who I look up to” or “My Hero” Dress-Up Day. Students are encouraged to dress up like people they look up to. We are thinking doctors, athletes, teachers, parents, etc.
  • Friday: Matching Day. Students are encouraged to dress up like their friends. I was thinking we could pick a color for the girls and one for the boys. We could also have all of the girls wear their hair the same – ponytails or braids. Thoughts? Anyone want to organize?

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 Thursday you will receive an email about registration for next year. This is an electronic system that should make the process easy to use. I truly hope all of you are ready to come back for Kindergarten! Please be sure to talk with Ms. Romero if you hesitant due to finances – she 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.

Friday we finished the 84th day of school! Yikes!! This means we are quickly approaching the 100th day of school. We will celebrate with all sorts of fun activities on the 100th day, which happens to be Tuesday, Feb 12th. We will also celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb 14th of that same week. 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!

Please also note that Feb 12th-14th is our school Accreditation. We have a team of educators coming to review our school to give us feedback on how to improve our practices. They of course will be learning a few things from us as well J. Anyway, it is going to be a busy week, but it should be business as usual for the students. We will need to have meetings with the visiting team, so it has been decided that we will be dismissing everyone at noon on Thursday, Feb 14th. This will allow for a great jump-start to the long mid-winter holiday week. I hope you are able to take advantage!

I have sent home book orders, so please have a look and order lots of reading material for my little friends!

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:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No school.
  • Registration begins Thursday Jan 24th and runs until Feb 4th before registration fees go up and spots are open to new students.
  • Catholic Schools Week (CSW) Jan 27th-Feb 1st. See details above and on flier in the Thursday packet.
  • 100th Day Activities Tues Feb 12th.
  • Valentines Day Party Thursday Feb 14th – Early Dismissal 12p.
  • Mid-Winter Break Feb 14th – Feb 24th.

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 December 19, 2018

Pre-Kindergarten News

December 19, 2018

Dear Families,

My how time flies! I hope you all had as much fun as I did at St. Nick Night! Everyone did such a great job practicing our songs, though I have to say I am very glad we were able to have our show early so we could enjoy the holiday season in a relaxed classroom. We have been very busy decorating our space. I have attached a few pictures for you to see – they are not the best, but you get the idea! I will try to send most of the projects home before the break.

Congratulations to Jeramie Loveless, our SLE winner this month. He did an amazing job sitting still and singing during our St. Nick Night production. It is so hard for all of our young students to remain attentive to all of the performers, but Jeramie did an outstanding job. Tuesday he enjoyed a pizza lunch with Ms. Romero.

Thank you for bringing in all of the diapers for our donations to Eastside Baby Corner. It is hard to imagine having to choose between food and diapers – two of life’s necessities. Your donations are much appreciated!

We are finishing up our studies of the letter Jj and learning all about the true meaning of Christmas. I LOVE where I teach and sharing the gifts of God. Your children are so curious and understanding of all the complexities of this season. We are learning about Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Wisemen, Santa, Rudolf, the Grinch and snowmen that talk. I am so lucky to be able to spend this special time with all of your children! Please, enjoy EVERY minute!

Please note that tomorrow, Friday Dec 21st, we will have CASUAL Christmas free dress. This means fun holiday sweaters and lots of red to celebrate our last half-day before the break. Please do not send your child(ren) in their holiday finest as we will be outside for recess :).

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, December 21st dismiss at 12pm: Please note we will have a half day of school before the break, so no one will be staying for lunch.
  • Christmas Break December 21st 12p dismissal until January 7th 8:30 am start.
  • January 21st No School: Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday.

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 November 29, 2018

Pre-Kindergarten News

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!

Congratulations to Lauren Woosley, our SLE winner this month. She is a very patient PreK student who SERVES our class well by setting a great example. Please be sure to read her complete nomination as well as the rest of the winners’ in the Thursday packet.

We are taking our time entering the Christmas season as we still have three more weeks before our break. This week we have been working with numbers and shapes. Rhombus is a tough one to remember (we all know it as a triangle), but we’ll get there. We have also been working with the letter Rr – rainbows, rabbits and rockets. We will finish the week with Rudolf as we jump into learning about the “real reason for the season” – Jesus – next week!

As you should have read in the Thursday newsletter, we will be meeting around the quad first thing each morning for the next three 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 amazing season. I hope you are able to join us at least once.

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 our classroom to donate – we’ll get a special prize if we have 100% participation J. Thank you as always for your support!

Our annual St. Nick Night will be next Thursday night, December 6th at 6:30p. Please bring your child to the social hall (lunch room downstairs) to meet me at 6:00p. 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 altar your child will be on so you may have the best view. Students from the middle school will play a couple of songs on the chimes 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 6th at 7p: Please bring your child dressed in their holiday best to meet me in the social hall downstairs at 6:00p.
  • Diaper Drive for Eastside Baby Corner: Diapers due to our classroom by Tuesday, Dec 18th.
  • Christmas Break December 21st 12p dismissal until January 3rd 8:30 am start: Please note we will have a half day of school before the break, so no one will be staying for lunch.

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 November 15, 2018

Pre-Kindergarten News

Dear Families,

Thanksgiving is so early this year – it has really snuck up on me!! I hope you are all set with your plans to spend the holiday with family and friends. My parents are coming into town and we will spend time with my brother’s family in Olympia. Please do not forget about our conferences next week. I am looking forward to meeting with each of you to talk about the great progress your students are making this year! Please also remember that school will dismiss at 12p Mon and Tues so we are able to get them all finished before the break. Students will still have a snack at school, but they will eat lunch after school on Mon and we will have our feast on Tues.

As I mentioned before, we are having a Thanksgiving feast with the Kindergarten students on Tues. I have sent home a letter with all of the details and an item for each of you to contribute. We will have 23 students, but they are little and will not eat very much, so plan your contributions accordingly. The letter asks for some items to be brought by Mon, but I am fine with everything arriving Tues before school. We invite all families to attend, help and take pictures. We will start setting up about 10:45 if anyone would like to come help. Thank you!

This week we are talking about the letter Tt. We are practicing writing and listening for the letter while we make all kinds of crafts. I hope to have it all displayed for you when you arrive for conferences next week.

Thank you to everyone who has brought in their items for the boxes we are donating to the family in need. Please remember to bring in the last of the items by tomorrow so I can have them boxed up and ready to go first thing Monday morning.

Once again, please mark your calendar for our annual St. Nick Night on Thursday, December 6th at 7p. SMS PreK – 4th grade students will dress in their best holiday outfits and perform some Christmas classics in the Church. 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:

  • Thanksgiving Box Donations Due Nov. 16th.
  • 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 21-23. Teacher in-service and Thanksgiving holiday.
  • St Nick Night Thurs Dec 6th at 7p.
  • Christmas Break December 21 noon dismissal until January 7th 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 remember to send in jackets with hoods every day – the rainy season is officially here.
  • 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 November 5, 2018

Pre-Kindergarten News

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.

The holidays are officially upon us, but we are taking a little break this week and learning about the letter Mm. We will work on our Itsy Bitsy Letter books, read If You Give Moose a Muffin and make muffins in class. We will switch gears at the end of the week to learn about Veterans’ Day. I will work hard to use child friendly language and answer questions in an age appropriate manner. I will also show the students a video I found online that is a tribute put together by a second grade class – peer teaching at its finest. I will read them The Poppy Lady, which is a story about using a poppy flower to remember our Veterans. We will make a wreath of poppies that includes 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 Friday. We will not have school next Monday in honor of our Veterans.

Thanksgiving is our next big holiday. Each year here at SMS we like to put together boxes of food and household items to donate to families in need. This year we are teaming with 7th grade to provide help for this family:

My husband and I have a beautiful baby boy who just turned one year old. Isaiah is a happy, bouncing child. I will be starting a new job on Nov 1st and Isaiah will be going to daycare.

I have attached a list of donations we need. I went ahead and assigned items, but please just let me know if you are unable to get them and we will get them covered. I will also send a hard copy home in the Thursday packet.

Mrs. Licitra and I are hosting a Thanksgiving lunch with our two classes at 11am on Tuesday, November 20th. 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.

We will have parent-teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday afternoon before Thanksgiving so we will have noon dismissal for everyone. Students will eat lunch at home. Please make sure you have sent in your meeting time requests and then check your Thursday packet for your scheduled 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!

Mark your calendar for our annual St. Nick Night on Thursday, December 6th at 7p. SMS PreK – 4th grade students will dress in their best holiday outfits and perform some Christmas classics in the Church. 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 Monday, Nov 12th. No school.
  • Thanksgiving Box Donations Due Nov. 16th.
  • 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 21-23. Teacher in-service and Thanksgiving holiday.
  • St Nick Night Thurs Dec 6th at 7p.
  • Christmas Break December 21 noon dismissal until January 7th 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 remember to send in jackets with hoods every day – the rainy season is officially here.
  • 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 October 18, 2018

Pre-Kindergarten News

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 many of you are planning to attend the GALA kick-off party tomorrow night – many opportunities to sign up to help with our main event April 6th!

As I hope you have read in Ms. Romero’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. Our first honoree for September was Zoe, one of the most compassionate PreK students I have met. She is always concerned for her classmates and shows everyone so much LOVE. Zoe was invited to have pizza lunch with Ms. Romero 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 talking about fire, firefighters earthquakes. Last week was national fire prevention week, so we used it as a theme. We read many books, 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. We were going to make fire trucks out of boxes, but we ran out of time with the short week and the move-a-thon. Today was national Shake Out where we formally talked about earthquake preparedness and practiced protecting ourselves under the desks. It was sweet to see the second grade pair up with PreK to hold hands as they walked up to the playground during our evacuations. Everyone lends a helping hand – no matter how big or small!

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. The amount of money raised is phenomenal! On Friday, we were able to get lots of work done while our families enjoyed a three-day weekend. Now it is time to look forward to Halloween.

I hope you have read Ms. Romero’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 Wednesday 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 12:15p. 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 after first recess to visit parish/office staff and perhaps a few classrooms. Our party will begin at 10:40 or so with crafts, games and a cookie treat. Please watch for emails from our room parent, Julie Woosley, with requests for help. We may or may not go out to recess at 11:20 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! Morning students are welcome to stay for lunch or head home with their parents after recess if it is more convenient for you. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the day.

We will have Mass on Thursday, as it is All Souls Day. Students are welcome to dress as their favorite saint to process in with other students before Mass. I am not sure our little ones will understand the significance of dressing up again the day after Halloween, but you are welcome to help them participate. We will visit 8th graders dressed as saints in their “museum” that morning to learn more about who the saints were and what they achieved in their lifetimes.

I have placed book orders and they should arrive soon. I sent home another set of flyers today before I realized one of them was for babies with lots of board books. Sorry! These books will make great gifts for friends and family, but not really for our kiddos. I will be a bit more selective next time J.

Upcoming Events:

  • Celebrate St. Madeleine’s Kick-Off Party Friday, Oct 19th. We will have an evening party to get excited about our auction and black tie bingo party scheduled for April 6th, 2018. Here is a link on our website for more information and to RSVP for the evening: https://smsbellevue.org/gala-kick-off-party/.
  • Substitute Mrs. Peck Oct 25-26. I will be attending a conference in lovely Lynnwood. I will tell the students next week.
  • Halloween Party Wednesday, Oct 31st.
  • All Souls Day Mass Thursday, Nov 1st.
  • Veteran’s Day Observed Monday, Nov 12th. No school.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences Monday and Tuesday, Nov 19-20. Students dismissed at 12p.
  • No School Wednesday-Friday, Nov 21-23. 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