Pre Kindergarten

 

December Happenings and Topics for Pre-K 4:

Monthly Theme: Seasons

Weekly Themes

Week of December 2– Pets

Week of December 9–Gingerbread

Week of December 16 – Christmas

Daily Schedule:

8:00 Announcements, Prayers
8:15 Circle Time
9:00 Centers
(Special classes also occur during this block of time)
10:30 Continue Centers
11–1 Lunch, Bathroom and Rest Time
1:00- Bathroom
1:10- Prayers and Religion
1:30- Either Directed Play or Playground depending on the weather
2:20 Dismissal

Specials Schedule:

Monday- Library
Tuesday- Phys. Ed.
Wednesday- Art( morning) and Spanish (afternoon)
Thursday- Music and Phys. Ed. (Both morning)
Friday - Technology


Ms. Katie Bookmiller - kbookmiller@cawb.org            Mrs. Paula Friona - Aide

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Welcome to Pre-K 4!!

I would like to take you through our day (as consistent routines and procedures will help your child feel comfortable and secure.)

Our day begins at 8:00, the children can begin entering the classroom at 7:45. I will meet each child at the classroom door and greet them and get their folders and lunch info. If you need to communicate anything to us, please leave a note in your child’s folder. It’s their time now! All $ for any purpose should be in a zip lock bag in the folder. Once Prayers have begun you will be considered late and will need to get a late slip at the office. We would appreciate at that point if you would pray with your child in the hallway so as not to take our students attention away from Prayers. Dismissal is 2:20 at the classroom. Please let me know when and if your child will go the After School Program.

Our morning consists of "calendar time" and "literacy" that are aligned with the "common core", followed by centers and teacher directed activities and some special classes. Religion is ongoing throughout the day. We eat lunch at 11:10 in rm. 109 (lunch and nap take place in rm. 109. Nap follows lunch. We do not eat in the cafeteria so please be sure to pack all that your child may need, i.e. napkins, spoons, etc.)

We try to get to the playground daily so please be sure your child has appropriate outer wear. The girls should wear a pair of shorts under dresses. Sneakers are to be worn DAILY. Please be sure winter boots are “kid friendly.” Book orders need to be paid with a check or money order, NO CASH.

 

Keep an eye on the snack calendar, as rotate through our friends in our class. Please bring in a healthy snack such as fresh fruit or veggies, crackers, fruit snacks, etc., for the children to eat. When your child’s name appears it is your turn to send snack in. There are 9 students at this time. Mini cupcakes or cookies are perfect for birthdays.

Check and empty your child’s folder daily (this helps us know that you have read all information and filled in any forms that need to be returned).

Please remember communication is key, so please do not hesitate to make an appointment if you have concerns. Keep an eye on this website for updates and feel free to email me. We are all READY for a GREAT year !!

Please click HERE for a copy of the supply list for the upcoming school year. You may also find a copy on our Virtual Backpack.

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Pre-Kindergarten Basics:

The full-day educational program at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo for four-year olds is to provide a well-rounded foundation for future learning. The Pre-K room is staffed with a teacher and full-day aide. The Pre-K program is one of active learning. The child is introduced to full group instruction through circle time. Listening and speaking skills are developed as the group interacts with the teacher and with one another.

Small group activities span a variety of interests and topics. Dramatic play, the block center, sensory table, art center, listening center, writing center and guided activities introduce and develop reading, language arts and math readiness skills. Religion is taught daily with prayer services and frequent school gatherings for prayer supplement the lessons.

Field trips to areas of interest including orchards, farms, performing arts centers and neighborhood walks, further enhance the Pre-K curriculum. Weekly instruction in physical education, art, music, library and computer round out the program.

Our Code of Behavior: The first few weeks of school the Pre-K4 children will learn to... Work quietly, Control our bodies, Get our mail and pack our backpacks, Treat others with respect (kind words), Introduce ourselves to a classmate, Use the bathroom with manners, Say good-bye to our parents, Raise our hands when we have something to say, Not give up, Behave like ladies and gentlemen in the hallway, Eat politely, Throw out garbage, Share, Push in our chairs, Line up properly, Clean up and solve problems with friends using words.

When the students have a comfort level with the above skills, we begin our curriculum which consists of (10) 3 week units: Hooray for School, My Family My Community, My Five Senses, Seasons, Animals, Construction, The City and the Country, Let's Move, Growing and Changing and Ready For Kindergarten. These all include literacy, math, science, social studies and emotional and social development.

Children coming into Pre-K should have a prior knowledge of: colors, shapes, first and last name, address and phone number, birthday, how to listen to stories attentively and how to follow directions.

Parents School Rules: *Please arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. *If you arrive early, your child must go to the cafeteria or you may wait in the hallway with your child. No children can be left in the hallway unattended. (This is our time to get things ready for the day.) *When your child is ill, please call the office (885-6111) and they will let us know. You must also send in a written excuse. *Notify office of any changes in personal information, i.e. telephone numbers. * When using the playground after school, please encourage your child to obey the rules they are learning in school. KEEP IT SAFE FOR ALL! *Label everything that comes into the classroom. *No toys in school.

Ms. Katie Bookmiller - Pre Kindergarten
kbookmiller@cawb.org