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Beginning of the Year Parent Letter

Your child will complete one of the most important milestones in his/her life - the first day of school! I understand that you and your child may have met this day with excitement or apprehension (or a little of both) and I hope that this letter will help you to know what to expect in preschool this year and answer any questions you may have. I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Sr. Stefanie MacDonald. I am beginning my 4th year as a teacher here at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy. I graduated from University of Dubuque with degrees in elementary and early childhood education. I live in Rock Island with my community, the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Mary Monastery.
I am looking forward to a working with your child this year and helping him/her to achieve his/her full potential. Through the remainder of this letter, I will share some of my beliefs and classroom policies.

Parent/Teacher Relationship
I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, weekly newsletters and progress reports, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school (755-9771), send me a note or e-mail me at smacdonald@olgca.org.

Parent Participation
Throughout the school year there will be a variety of special classroom activities and celebrations. I encourage you to attend these functions when possible and to support them by sending needed supplies or treats. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.

School Attendance
Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to his/her success. I can’t emphasize this point enough!!! Most preschool learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates. Therefore, it is next to impossible to make up work at home. Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends every day except in cases of illness or emergency.

Changes in Transportation
If you plan to pick up a child that normally goes to extend care or you wish for your child to ride with a different person, you must send a written note. Do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual way.

Birthdays are special occasions for young children. The day we will celebrate your child’s birthday will be on the snack calendar. Summer birthdays will be celebrated in January and February. Please send in wrapped items and due to mess, we ask for no cupcakes.