Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to spend the upcoming school year working with and teaching your most precious child!  With the beginning of each new school year, I see the wonder and excitement of each of these little ones as they enter a classroom filled with many new opportunities of hands-on learning experiences that will help encourage and enhance the Pre-K experience.  

As this new year begins, my initial strategy will be to allow the children to become familiar with their classroom surroundings and learning the classroom rules.  More hands on learning activities and small group work will be the initial focus.  We will start with the theme "All About Me" intertwined with "My Expanding World".   Interactive lessons on the SMART BOARD will be an integral part of our day, as well as an introduction into Language Arts and Math.
Our day will begin with Free Play to allow the children a chance to interact with their friends prior to the beginning of our more structured day.  This also allows me the opportunity to check folders, take attendance and mark lunch choices.  Each child will have the opportunity to be a classroom helper.  The classroom job chart is located on the board on the right side of the classroom.  Jobs will be rotated to give each child a chance to be selected for every job.   

Following Free Play, we will have Calendar and Circle Time.  This is my opportunity to keep in touch with each of the kids, explain our activities for the day, introduce patterns and sequences through the daily calendar and weather and to discuss any important events or activities.

Help spread the word!
Please let friends and family know the many positives Notre Dame Academy has to offer prospective students.  Invite them to check out our website and Facebook page and call for information and a tour.

Now that we are on the weather roller coaster with many temperature ups and downs as we move into Spring, layers of clothing are recommended. Please make sure that your child wears a coat or jacket. Hat and gloves as well as jackets and coats need to be labeled with name or initials. 

You may also want to send a light weight jacket or sweatshirt as the temperature warms by lunch recess time.  Also, please check your child's extra set of clothes. Replace missing items along with sending in a new set of clothes for the upcoming warmer weather.

Time sure flies when we are busy having fun learning exciting 
new things!


Wow!  March blew by and we are already into April. March was a very busy month and April will be just as busy.
We are continuing to work hard on letter identification, phonemic awareness, number recognition, ten frames, and one to one correspondence.  We are busy learning to print upper and lower case letters in our handwriting workbook. In addition, we are beginning to work on sequencing (3 & 4 sequences), opposites, continuing emphasis on nursery rhymes and rhyming words.  We are practicing addresses and phone numbers, as well. 

We have started to use the new Virtual Reality Headsets.  These are really awesome!  The faculty had an in-depth training to gives us a variety of ways we can incorporate these into our daily lesson plans.  

With Spring awakening (Spring fever, too!) and Easter quickly approaching, we are busy decorating our bulletin board with art projects, learning about bugs, insects, and the many new baby animals 
that are being born, and new plant life.  We will be working on these life cycles, learning Easter and Spring vocabulary words, doing simple science experiments, and continuing to learn about the weather, especially April showers.  Since Easter is in the near future, we will also be talking about   baby chicks and bunnies and that very special visitor, the Easter Bunny! 

As I stated earlier, April will be another very busy month with May right behind filled with many activities as well. 

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be here next week, Wednesday and Thursday, until 3:30 p.m. each day.  Flyers have been sent home.  This is an excellent opportunity to get children's books at very reasonable prices.  We were informed that if we do not reach our school goal, we will not be able to host a book fair.  If able, please consider purchasing some of these books.  Most of my book collection is from Scholastic and the kids really enjoy listening to the variety of stories and looking at the age appropriate colorful, realistic science and nature books.  

In addition to all of our daily educational activities, we will be meeting with our 6th & 7th grade buddies prior to Easter to do another special project.  

We will also have our Easter party and Easter Egg Hunt with Preschool on Wednesday, April 17th.  If anyone is available to help, Miss Laura and I would appreciate it.  Also, Miss Laura and I will furnish the snack and drinks.  If you wish to send Easter treat bags, Pk count is still 8.

The kids already know we will be going with  Preschool - 1st grade to the zoo for our Field Trip.  Please remember to send in your field trip permission forms and payment as soon as possible. We need to finalize our count to purchase the tickets prior to our arrival on April 29th. Also, please note that a parent or appointed guardian must accompany each child on this field trip.  I can't wait! It will be a super fun day.                                                                                                            

Also, PK and Preschool are practicing a few songs and finger plays for our upcoming Spring concert in May.  More information to come.

Check out the bulletin board outside our classroom and you will see the bright and colorful Spring and Easter decorations!

Early Dismissal is Wednesday, April 3rd at 1:45 p.m. After Care will be available.  

If you have not returned your child's 3rd Quarter Progress Report, please do so as soon as possible.  Please do not hesitate to talk to me if you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress this year.

All students are to go directly to the St. Augustine Campus for Field Day.  The day will begin with Mass followed by the team activities.  Students need to bring a water bottle and sunscreen labeled with name.  Please send a sack lunch with drink.  NO HOT LUNCH service on field day.  More info about team colors, volunteer help, and the days activities will follow at a later date.


                            IMPORTANT  REMINDERS

                    Please remember to check your child's folder every day! 

I will send  home your child's work that is not displayed and any other correspondence from me or the  school office. 

Children's work:  Please take a look at your child's work.  They will be working on fine motor skills, following directions, left to right progression and developing their attention spans.  You will see the progression throughout the year from simple to more difficult and complex concepts.

Change of clothes:  If you have not done so yet, please send a complete change of clothes in a labeled Zip-lock bag to be kept in your child's locker in case of an accident, spills, or should a situation arise for a change of clothing.   Also, if your child has an accident or spills something on his/her clothes, please remember to send in a replacement set so that there is always a change of clothes in your child's locker.

Blankets & Pillows:  Blankets and pillows will be sent home your child's last scheduled day of the month. 
Child's Absence &/or Late Arrival/Early Departure:  Please inform Mrs. McNease, our administrative assistant, in the school office if your child will not be in attendance or will be arriving late to school.  Also, let her know if your child will be ordering a hot lunch and the food choice from the menu.

                                   DATES TO REMEMBER

April 3 -                Early dismissal at 1:45 p.m.  After Care is available.

                            Panda meeting at 7:00 p.m.  Child Care is available. 

April 10 & 11 -       Scholastic Buy One Get One Book Fair

April 14 -               Purse Bingo St. Augustine Gym 1:00 P.M. 

April 17 -               Easter Party & Easter Egg Hunt with Preschool

April 18 - April 22   Easter Break (NO SCHOOL)  

April 22 -               Earth Day

April 23 -               School Resumes 

April 29 -               Zoo Field Trip

May 1-                   Faculty Meeting Early Dismissal 1:45 p.m. 

                             Panda Meeting 7:00 p.m.

May 3 -                  Uniform Fitting 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

May 9 -                  Spring Concert 6:30 p.m. More information to follow

May 10 -                Field Day St. Augustine Campus See Info above

May 23 -                Last Day of School Dismissal at 11:00 a.m. NO AFTER CARE AVAILABLE

May 31 -                Shriner's Parade




Mrs. Chancy