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Mrs. Jeanne Krow (Preschool Four Year Old Program )


                    January Newsletter 2018                      


Happy New Year!!  Hope you all had a very happy and healthy Christmas break.  Welcome back to a new year of fun-filled excitement.  We would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone that gave us a card, gift, treat or just a warm Christmas hug.  We love you all.

January is progress report time for Preschool.  We will be testing the children during the next few weeks and by the end of the month we will have the reports ready for you.  These reports reflect how your child has adjusted to school, what they have learned here in the classroom, as well as how he/she responds to the other children and teachers.

Next, we would like to remind you that your child should wear boots to school and that they must change into shoes or slippers before playing in the classroom.  The children are welcome to leave their extra foot-wear at school in their cubbies for the winter season. Hats and mittens are required for all students (snow suits and snow pants are not needed) as we will continue to go outside for recess.  Thank you for your help with this.

Finally, we would like to remind you to mark your calendars, check your child's backpack daily and keep this newsletter handy during the month.  This will help your child to be prepared for our special days and will enable them to fully participate in our special events.

January 2-5 (Winter & Testing)        

We will be welcoming the children back to school after Christmas vacation.  The season of winter will be the main topic this week.  We will discuss the changes in nature as well as the changes we have as the weather becomes colder.  Our crafts and activities will focus on this topic.  Stories and items related to our theme are always welcomed.

This week as well as the next few weeks we will be testing your child for their progress report.  Please know that we are very pleased by the progress shown by all the children since September.  They are truly an amazing group of children.  Everyone is cutting, coloring, participating at lesson time and working extra hard on writing their names.  They love sharing their letter bags and playing Bingo games.  In addition, the children have been working on number concept, rhyming and sequencing.  As we enter the new year, we will be focusing on the numbers 6-10, matching upper and lowercase letters as well as writing our numbers.  Great job!!

   January 8-12 (Gingerbread Week & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) 

We will have a five day unit on the Ginger Bread Man.  This week the children will use puppets to retell the story, practice sequencing, compare and contrast and enjoy crafts and finger plays related to this theme.  We may even get a little bit of baking in.  Gingerbread of course!!  (Anyone willing to make or bring in Gingerbread cookies, let us know.)

Peace will be the message that we will share with our preschoolers this week and every day.  Special stories and songs will be shared by all.

January 15th (No School in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)


 January 15-19 (Dramatic Story Week)          

This week our focus will be bringing stories to life by having our students participate in various ways. On Thursday, January 18th, we are requesting each student  bring a  baseball-style cap to school to assist us with the story Caps For Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina.  On Wednesday, January 17th, a special visitor will be making our students a yummy surprise related to one of our stories. We are hoping that the children will enjoy this story book week.

 January 22-26 (Teddy Bear Week)    

We will devote the entire week to bears.  The children will learn about different types of bears, where they live and the foods they eat.  We will use many stories, songs and activities to help the children gain an understanding of these wonderful creatures.  This week we will also showcase some of our story book bear friends.  They will include Corduroy, Little Bear, Berenstain Bears and many more.  Please have your child bring in a teddy bear, big or small, to school that can stay in our classroom for the week. Please encourage your child to share any books related to our theme.



January29-February 2 (Catholic Schools Week)

This week we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with the entire school by having special events each day.  For example: "Spirit Day", wear your red or blue, to support the upper grades; "Crazy Hat Day", you guessed it, wear a crazy hat; "Character Day", dress as your favorite story book character, just to name a few.  More information about this exciting week will be coming.


Please note: any questions or concerns please send in a note or e-mail me at  Thank you,

                                                         Mrs.Krow  & Mrs. Judd