St. Mary's Catholic Grade School. We have educated children living in Woodford County; Metamora, Germantown Hills, Washburn, Eureka, and Roanoke areas for over 135 years.
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St. Marys School
St. Mary's Grade School
400 West Chatham
Metamora, IL 61548
tel: 309-367-2528 ● fax: 309-367-2169
St. Marys School

Welcome to Mrs. DuBois' Kindergarten page! 

Meet the Teacher

 

 2018-2019 School Year

 

October

Oh, Lovely Mud!

The kinder-kids had a fun visit to a fictional farm this week!  We visited Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a silly farmer gal with some even sillier animals who LOVE the mud! We made "wishy-washy snack" by dipping animal crackers in chocolate pudding mud and then "washing" them in a cup of milk before munching on them!  What fun! And we couldn't resist exploring the mud ourselves (although our mud was much more kid friendly than real mud!).  We made some "homemade mud" (chocolate pudding) and compared it to real mud using adjectives.  We wrote about the mud and created fun "mud" sentences using the sight words we know.   Then we graphed whether or not we would play in the mud.   It was a fun and messy week!

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Sunflower Fun

Since we only had three days this week and we spent the mornings with report card assessments, we decided to have some afternoon fun with sunflowers.  We started out in the sunflower house in the school garden.  We pulled one and observed its many parts.  Then we measured it.  Believe it or not, it was 186 inches tall!  It touched the ceiling!! We used that measurement to create a life-size version of our own sunflower.  It was so cool, and it looks great in our hallway.  We picked out all the seeds, tried to count them (but there were just too many), so we decided to plant some in our science center instead.  We learned about adjectives and used them to write our own little sunflower book.  Then we made a yummy sunflower cookie.  It was a fun week!

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Our Lady of the Rosary

After hearing from Father Vien that we should be praying a Hail Mary every night, it was only fitting to talk about the rosary & all its prayers.  The kiddos had a great time figuring out just how many prayers that is!  They used this new knowledge to count out chocolate chips and used them to make an edible rosary!  Yum!!  Each Hail Mary was a chocolate chip and each Our Father was a marshmallow.  The day got even better when each kiddo got to take home a real rosary from our special treasure box.  Hopefully they will use it to pray that Hail Mary every night, just like Father said! 

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The Feast of St. Francis

The kinder kiddos loved the story of gentle St. Francis, especially hearing how he saved the town of Gubbio from the wolf.  They made a fun little diorama for St. Francis filled with the nature and critters of God's creation he loved so much.  And they totally loved the snack...wolf paw cookies.

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Exploring with Christopher Columbus

In preparation for our day off next week, the kiddos read some great non-fiction stories about Christopher Columbus and his journey to the new world.  They learned the names of his ships and made a "hand"-made Santa Maria out of their hand prints. 

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The Feast of St. Michael

Even though the Feast of the Archangels is actually in September, the kinder-monkeys took a little time in October to read all about St. Michael and their own guardian angel.  They began learning the prayer to St. Michael and will soon be able to say it in church with the rest of the parish.  They also loved hearing the story of powerful St. Michael's defeat over Lucifer and making a St. Michael shield to take home.  The best part of the day was probably the "devil's food" donut that they could eat with a St. Michael sword! 

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The Feast of St. Therese

 October is filled with so many wonderful saintly celebrations, so we kicked the month off right with one of my favorites:  St. Therese!  The kiddos enjoyed hearing her story, learning all about her "little way" to heaven and her "shower of roses!  They were excited to make a St. Therese "Cross of Jesus" and even used the art center to make their own version of it!  Some of them loved the story so much, they decided to make their own sacrifice beads using materials from the art center. 

I think we have little saints in the making!

St. Therese, Pray for Us!

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September

 

ABC Unit

We finally made it all the way to Zz!  For the past four weeks, the kinder-monkeys have been working on some very fun letter activities to help introduce the name,  formation, and sound of each letter.  Although we'll continue to reinforce these skills throughout the entire year, the introductory unit is officially over.  We're sad to see it go!  It was filled with games, songs, books, toys, snacks (and even a critter during Tt week) for each letter.  The kiddos' fine motor skills have grown by leaps and bounds, and most of them have almost mastered naming every single letter & sound now!  Way to go monkeys!

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Picture Day!

What a great group of cuties!  Aren't they just adorable out of their uniforms?

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Just Some Reminders

We have two "Out of Uniform" days coming up!

Tuesday, September 25 

Picture Day!

Students may wear non-uniform clothing.  Please be sure to check the guidelines for "Out of Uniform" days in the student handbook.

Most importantly:  Please make sure all shoes are close-toed!

Friday, September 28

MTHS Homecoming!

Students can help us cheer on our hometown team by wearing MTHS red & black or St. Mary's Spirit Wear on Friday.  If students will be participating in the parade, they may wear the jersey or uniform representing the team float they will be on.

Jeans or casual shorts may be worn as well.

Please remember your $1.00 donation to take part in spirit wear days!

This month's spirit wear donations benefit our STM Student Council.

 

Playground Fun!

What kinder-monkey can resist an extra recess?  Especially when the weather is so gorgeous!  

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Happy Birthday, Mary

The Kindergarten kiddos were invited to the First Grade room to join in their celebration of Mother Mary's birthday on Friday afternoon.  Who can say no to cupcakes and ice cream? 

Thanks for inviting us, First Grade!

Happy Birthday, Mary!  We love you!

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Learning About Our Classroom

The Kinder-monkeys have had a great time learning about all the fun centers in our classroom.  Center Time is always the best part of the day, when the kiddos can move about the room and learn through hands-on, cooperative free exploration. 

We've now opened all of our first quarter centers: 

Math (Construction and Number Toys)

Learning Library (ABC Games and Beginning Reading Games)

Atrium (Prayer and Bible Story Center)

Art Shelf (Junk for the Imagination!)

Snack Table (Self-Serve Snack Time)

Additional centers will open as the year progresses and our skill focus changes.  

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August

 

 

Monkeys Everywhere

Our first week was everything monkeys!  We used our favorite fictional monkey, Curious George, and his many antics & stories to complete lots of fun activities.  We made monkey masks, stick puppet monkeys, a full sized monkey almost as big as us, and we even tired our hand at drawing Curious George.  We spent some time coloring him, learning his "glue rule" and we also had some fun monkey cookies and cupcakes!  Oh!  Who can forget the bananas?  We ate lots of bananas this week, because that's what monkeys do!

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Welcome Monkeys!

Meet this year's sweeties!

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Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 15

 

Welcome Back Munchkins!

 

Join us for our school-wide

Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 15 

5:30 - Mr. Koehler's address in the gym

5:45 - Light Meal

Visit the Classrooms

Bring all your school supplies and have fun meeting all your new friends!

7:00 - The Assumption of Mary Mass

(Holy Day of Obligation)

 

See everyone there!

 

First Day of School

Thursday, August 16

I can hardly wait!  I'm so excited!

Here's what you can expect...

7:30 - 8:00 Arrival

Please bring your munchkin to the north end of the building to the blacktopped playground area.  We have a morning walking program.  All kinder-kids (including those students that are bridging) will take part in this walking program each morning.  I will be present from 7:30 - 8:00 (until Labor Day) to gather and walk with my kiddos.  The school bell will ring at 8:00, at which point we will all gather at the front steps for morning prayers. 

I will take the kiddos inside from there!  

 

But...what if there are tears?

 

If your sweetie is sad the first day of school, you are welcome to walk with us.  I only ask that you say your goodbyes after our morning prayer and let me take the kiddos in on their own. 

Please do not accompany us to our classroom. 

It is my experience that the kids do much better when they are on their own, with their friends and occupied with our routine.  

And please know that I've been on your side myself. My youngest cried for weeks. I had no hair left by September.  I will do my best to make the transition easy for your baby.

(And for you!) 

 

Morning Parking Procedures

 

From Chatham:

You may park in any of the spaces along Chatham for drop off.  If you park on the church side of Chatham, please walk your child across the street, as it is very busy in the mornings. 

You may also pull up to the blacktop in the section from the stop sign to the alley and allow your child to hop out of the car.  You are not allowed to exit your car to help this form this drop off location. 

It's like a "drive through".

If you choose this type of drop off, you must be traveling east, so your child can exit on the school-side and not have to cross the street.

 

From Tazewell:

 

You must be heading north on Tazewell to drop off at St. Mary's.  You must park in the preschool parking spaces or the church parking spaces along Tazewell and walk your child across the street at the crosswalk

 

Please note that Tazewell is a bus zone.

Most parents avoid this side of the school during drop off, unless they also have prek kids. 

  

11:30  Dismissal

 

I will dismiss all the kinders on the first day.

This includes the bridging students.

There are dismissal boxes drawn on the blacktopped area on the north side of the building.  My dismissal box is at the far west end, closest to alley gate.  I will walk my munchkins all the way out to that box.

(Even if you are at the front door!)  

The kiddos will be dismissed one at a time. 

The students will be instructed not to leave the box until they have been told that they can.  I will ask each one of them to identify the person with whom they are leaving, so please:

Do not prompt your child to come to you. 

We want all of our students to get into the habit of being formally dismissed rather than just running off.  We can, therefore, be assured that all are accounted for and safe.

Thank you for your support in this!

 

Dismissal Parking Procedures:

Until I am familiar with all faces and cars, I would ask that you please park your car in a designated parking space and walk to our dismissal box to gather your child.  

After I have gotten to know everyone better, feel free to use the parallel parking "drive up" spaces along the blacktopped area between the stop sign and the alley.  That area is for parents that do not wish to exit their cars.  Please be aware that if you do pull into those spots, you must NOT exit your car.  It's a drive-through!

Also note:  There is no parking along the east side of the building on Tazewell on the school-side of the street during dismissal. 

That is a bus zone. 

You can park in any of the designated spots around the school, preschool or church.  This includes the parking spaces on the preschool side of Tazewell and all spaces on Chatham. 

 

Wow!  That was a ton of information!

 Are you overwhelmed?

Don't be. 

It makes so much sense once you do it! 

And don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

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2017 - 2018 Archives

September

Happy Birthday Little Monkey

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Celebrating Mary

The Kindergarten and First Grade kicked off September with the celebration of Mary's birthday!  

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August

Happy Birthday, Little Monkey!

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Can You Guess Each Monkey!

Each little afternoon kinder-monkey made a monkey mask.  Can you tell who's who?

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Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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Welcome Monkeys

Meet the new kiddos of kindergarten!  Looking forward to a great year with these little sweeties!

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Unpack Your Sack Night

Welcome Back Monkeys!

Join us for our school-wide Back to School Night Friday, August 18 at 6:00

Bring all your school supplies and have fun meeting all your new friends!

See everyone there!

 

2016-2017 Archives

 

February News

 

Happy Birthday, Monkey

We celebrated this little monkey's "un-birthday"!

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Our Lady of Lourdes

The monkeys loved the story of St. Bernadette and her visions of Mary at the Grotto.  They also loved making their own little grotto with a holy card to remind them of the story.

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Catholic Schools Week

Our PTO planned a great week for us, including fun dress up days and an all-school movie!

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Groundhog's Day

Did Phil see his shadow?  All the monkeys made their predictions and graphed them.  Then they made a little setting for Phil with (or without) his shadow, depending on their guess.  It was fun to watch the festivities on-line to see who predicted correctly.

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100th Day of School

The monkeys had a 100-ful day, doing everything the 100 way!  They counted to 100 by ones, fives and tens.  They drew 100 objects, wrote the numbers 1-100, made trail mix with 100 pieces of yummies.  They drew themselves as 100-year-olds and made a 100th day keepsake T-shirt.  It was a super day!

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January News

 

Happy Birthday, Monkey

We celebrated one little monkey's half-birthday this month!

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Snowman Soup for Snyder Village

As a kick-off to Catholic Schools Week and to reinforce our call to serve one another, the Kindergarten Monkeys took some time to create care packages for the folks at Snyder Village.  The kiddos each made three packages of "Snowman Soup", which included a packet of hot cocoa, marshmallows, a spoon and a Hershey's kiss.  The kiddos also added a picture and a prayer card.

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December News

 

A Visit with Santa

It's always a treat when the man in red stops in our classroom!

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Klaus and Nutmeg

We had a great time at the Snowman Reindeer Farm in Canton.  What a great opportunity to learn about and meet real reindeer!

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Little Angels

The annual Advent Play is always a hit, especially with such a great group of little angels!

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The Feast of St. Nick

We all placed our shoes out for a visit from St. Nick and we had fun learning about this amazing bishop.

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November News

 

Magic with Ronald

Thanks to our wonderful Preschool friends for inviting us to the great magic show put on by McDonald's!  We had a great time!

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October News

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

The monkeys had a blast at their Halloween party this year!

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Our Lady of the Rosary

The monkeys are doing a wonderful job learning to pray the Rosary during this month of the Rosary, and what's more fun than learning how all the prayers fit together by making a Rosary out of skittles candies! 

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St. Francis

Everyone loves the story of gentle St. Francis, especially when they learn of his love for all of God's creation.  The monkeys had fun making a diorama of St. Francis with his woodland friends for their tables at home.

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St. Therese, Teach Us the Little Way

The month of October brings so many wonderful feast days and it starts off perfectly with St. Therese.  The monkeys learned the story of this wonderful young girl and how she used little things to become holy.  Our goal:  to try to do five little things each day to get closer to heaven.

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September News

 

Field Trip Fun!

Our end of September trip to Ackerman Farms was the perfect way to kick off our October farm unit.  The monkeys had so much fun learning about all the different types of pumpkins, going on a hay rack ride, and visiting the animals!  Although it was very cold, it was a great autumn day of farm fun!

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St. Michael, Pray for Us!

The end of September brought the Feast of St. Michael and a chance for the kinder-monkeys to make St. Michael shields as they begin learning the prayer of St. Michael!

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Learning Trees

September was dedicated to learning the letters of the alphabet and, along with Curious George Learns the ABC's, we used an all-time favorite:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!  Check out our fun alphabet trees...

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Happy Birthday, Mary!

We celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Mother by making a beautiful card for her!

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August News

 

Happy Birthday, Monkeys

We enjoyed celebrating some August birthdays with our new friends!

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Can You Guess Each Monkey?

See how many you recognize behind that funny little mask!

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Welcome Monkeys!

We have 10 curious little monkeys in our classroom this year!

Welcome to all our sweeties!

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2015-2016 Archives

 

February News

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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Catholic Schools Week 

The kiddos enjoyed a week to celebrate our wonderful Catholic school by focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy.  All families contributed to a clothing drive which was taken to the local Friendship House, and each kiddo in the school created a Blessing Bag, which was filled with goodies for the homeless.  The 8th grade students distributed these while conducting their service project working at the local food pantry.  We also enjoyed breakfast with our families, a magician, the addition of a Friendship Bench on our school playground and school scarves!  We love our school!

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January News

 

2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Calling all monkeys!

We're getting ready for our next group of cuties.  All kiddos who will be 5 years old by September 1 should plan to attend our Kindergarten Registration Night on February 4 from 6-7.  This is a great opportunity for the kiddos to see their classroom, meet their classmates, and be introduced to their teacher.  Parents are, of course, welcome too! 

Hope you can all swing in! 

Please contact the school office for questions.

367-2528

 

The 100th Day of School

We made it!  We've worked hard all year, counting those days and we've finally reach the BIG 1-0-0!  We had a 100-ful celebration of this fun-tastic milestone!

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Spreading Winter Warmth

As a kick-off to Catholic Schools Week the kindergarten monkeys are spreading warmth this winter by creating care packages of "Snowman Soup" for the folks at Snyder Village.  Our care packages include some yummy, hot cocoa mixes, hot tea and coffee singles along with a special prayer card.  The monkeys love knowing they are brightening someone's day!  What a great way to serve others.

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December News

 

A Special Visitor

 Kindergarten enjoyed a fun visit from the big guy with the red suit and long beard!

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Our Annual Advent Play

Every year our little monkeys become the cutest angels ever as we recite the nativity story from Luke Chapter 2 for our family and friends. 

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

We combined our celebrations of St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, learning the story of Juan Diego's life and making his tilma with the beautiful image of Mary on the front.

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The Feast of St. Nick

The monkeys had such a fun time setting out their shoes and waiting for "St. Nick" to fill them with a special treat!  What a fun tradition to honor this important saint in our Church.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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November News

 

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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Honoring Our Veterans

School was in session this year and it was a great opportunity for the students to learn about the sacrifices of those who serve.  Many thanks to the two area vets who visited our school for a special assembly.

God Bless Our Veterans!

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October News

 

Happy Halloween!

Check out these great costumes!

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday little monkey!

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Farm Fun!

October is harvest time and the monkeys in kindergarten had the opportunity to take a wonderful field trip to Obery Farms.  Mrs. Cowling helped arranged this trip to her family farm where we all experienced combine rides & auger wagon rides, weighing of the corn and visiting the elevator.  Plus it was just fun to play in the field!  What a great way to end our farm unit!

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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The Feast of St. Francis

A special day to learn all about the feast of our patron saint!

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Blessing of the Animals

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Greg invited animals of all kinds, big and small, for a morning blessing on the playground.  He had an extra-special blessing for that little piggy that ran wee-wee-wee all the way down the road!

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The Feast of St. Therese

What better way to begin October than with the Feast of St. Therese!  The monkeys loved listening to the Glory Story CD of this beautiful young woman's life and we all agreed to try to be just a bit more like her by following the "little way" to heaven.

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September News

 

The Feast of St. Michael

What a great way to finish out the month of September!

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Picture Day

Don't we look cute in our fancy clothes?

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Honoring Our Heroes

Father Greg dedicated a recent school Mass homily to celebrating some of our local heroes (and dad's of our own students!) in honor of the memorial of 9/11.

 What a great day!

Thanks for all you do!

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Chicka Chicka 123

We moved out of the coconut tree and into the apple tree with some crazy number activities using the book Chicka Chicka 123

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Happy Birthday

We had our first birthday celebration!

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

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The Chicka Chicka Boom Room

Our first unit of the year is our alphabet unit based on the fun story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  The monkeys had all sorts of fun practicing and playing with letters in our fun classroom environment.  The kiddos loved the games we played on our Promethean Board and digging for letters in our science center sand box.  We even talked about the parts of a palm tree, with all the monkeys making their own at our project center.  It was a fun introduction to letters and writing! 

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August News

 Our First Week Together

It's tons of fun to monkey around in Kindergarten, especially during the first week of school!  We learn all about how to be curious....with Curious George!  We read as many of George's books as we can.  We explore all the nooks and crannies of our classroom (because we are sooooo curious about them all!).  We make some fun crafts, like a George puppet and mask, and we have some fantastically yummy monkey snacks.  It's a great way to ease into our year and all the little monkeys in Kindergarten just love it! 

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Welcome Monkeys!  Our First Day

What a great group of little monkeys we have in Kindergarten this year and we enjoyed a fun first day together! 

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 Movie Night

It was a great evening to gather with our St. Mary's family as we all prepare for another year together!  I know I'm so excited to get started with my nine, cutest-ever monkeys. 

See everyone again on Monday!

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The Big Day!

August 17 ~ First Day of School

Many new Kinder-Monkeys (and their Moms & Dads) are uncertain of what to do on the first day of school. 

Well...as Jesus always says:  "Fear Not!"

 

 

Drop Off

When you arrive at school (prior to 8:00 please!), bring your monkey to the north side of the building.  That's the church side, where the front doors are located.  We have a morning walking program.  All the kids gather on the blacktop and walk with friends until the church bells ring at 8:00.  For the first week or so, I will be on the blacktop too, collecting my little monkeys and walking with them.  At 8:00, Mr. Dansart will lead us all in a morning prayer, and then we will all head inside.

 

I will ask that parents please say their goodbyes at the front door and do not accompany us into the building.  Believe it or not, the longer Mom or Dad is around, the harder it gets to say goodbye.  For those of you who love to capture these moments, please attend our Unpack-Your-Sack Night to get some great pictures of your monkey in his or her new classroom!

 

Dismissal

For safety reasons, please park in the lined parking spots along Chatham, exit your car and walk to the blacktop to get your child.  I prefer to see the person with whom I am sending my monkeys home.  The little ones are, of course, not allowed to cross the street on their own.

Dismissal is at 3:00. 

My monkeys are dismissed first, so we don't get trampled on the stairs!  I will bring the monkeys out to the far end of the blacktop, into our Kindergarten "box".  They will be dismissed one at a time, as I identify the person with whom they are leaving.  Thank you for being patient as I learn all your new faces!  Please inform me if someone with whom I may be unfamiliar is picking up your child.

 

Unpack-Your-Sack Night

Friday, August 14

4:15 Mass

5:30 Principal's Presentation

6:00 Classroom Visits

8:00 Movie on the Yard

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