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By participating in our program children will develop a strong foundation for catholic values, school readiness and academic success in a developmentally-appropriate program.
 
Our goal is for children to gain independence, facilitate a confident attitude toward themselves as well as their peers and an eagerness to learn in each of the following domains: approaches to learning, physical development and health, social and emotional development, communication, language, and literacy, and cognition and knowledge of the world.
 
These five domain areas combined with an array of fun activities initiated through play will enhance early literacy, and pre-math and science skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Our program challenges and empowers preschoolers to learn and achieve!
 

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2021 Summer Letter PreK4

PreK4 SUMMER LETTER 

Dear Parents: 

Welcome to the St. Joseph Hill Academy Pre-Kindergarten 4-year-old program. We are looking forward to a fun-filled, exciting year for your children. Here is some general information that will be helpful to you this year. Please note that all items discussed below will be within the guidelines of SJHA School Implementation Plan, policies, and procedures. 

Class Assignment: 

We will send an email with your child’s class assignment. As per administration's policy, no changes will be made. 

Meet the Teacher Night: 

We will hold a Meet the Teacher night on September 8, 2021, at 6:30 PM. Location will be in the Pre-K building. You will receive a separate email with more information regarding this meeting. 

Curriculum: 

The children will be learning many new and exciting things this year. Some of the learning activities will be socialization and communication skills. Academic skills will focus on Math, Phonics, Early Literacy, and Religion. We will have Creative Arts, Music and Movement activities. Your children will participate in group projects, discussions, and many learning games. We will have centers. We will also learn the alphabet, the sounds, and the numbers through various types of experiences and the Letter People Preschool Program. Most importantly the children will learn to socialize and be a part of the group. They will learn to take turns, and share and work cooperatively together. All activities will be socially distant and within the guidelines of SJHA school plan, policies and procedures. 

Arrival: 

We will have two transition days for Pre-K. Thursday , September 9 thfrom 8:30-10:30 AM and Friday, September 10thfrom 8:30-10:30 AM. Your teacher will notify you by email which session your child will be attending. Please send a snack and a drink in a brown paper bag for the transition days with their name on it. 

The first full day of school for PreK-4: Monday, September 13, 2021 (unless you are a three-day scheduled student, then you attend school on the first day of your scheduled days). Children should come to school in their uniform; they also need a backpack (any color). Your child should be able to open and close it themselves and it must be big enough to hold many items including a large folder 9X12. We will ask for an emergency contact number and send home an emergency

card to be returned the next day. Please let us know who will be picking your child up at dismissal. All children are to be dropped off at the Pre-K building at 8:00 AM sharp! Pre-K 4-1 Mrs. Kelly’s class will enter downstairs as well as Pre-K 4-3 Ms. Donato’s class.Pre-K 4-2 Mrs. Gregor’s class will enter in the front of the building. The Pre-K building is easy to access from Columbia Avenue. Please park in the Upper Landis Ave. lot, which you can access by making a left onto Chicago Ave. and then making a right into the parking lot. All students should arrive by 8:00 AM. 

Lateness: Your child is expected to be in school by 8:00 AM SHARP! Latenesses will be documented. 

Dismissal: 

All children are to be picked up at the Pre-K building. If someone other than the parents will be picking up your child, a note must be sent prior to dismissal. There will be exceptions made in case of emergency. The children are dismissed at 2:00 PM on full days and 11:00 AM on half days; side door downstairs for Pre-K 4-1, Pre- K 4-3 and front door for Pre-K 4-2. Please be on time for dismissal. 

Absences and Sickness: 

If your child is absent from school an absent note is required. Please send the note the next day. If your child vomits or has a fever, please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours. We try to keep a germ-free environment because with early learners come lots of germs!! If your child gets sick in school we will call you to come pick them up. 

COVID Protocol: This information will be updated as soon as we have any information. Please look at IRIS alerts as this will contain more information. 

Messages and Notices: 

All notes that need to be sent home will be sent via the blue SJHA folder or other folder sent home by your child’s teacher. All correspondence with the teacher will be through this folder. However, we are always available at arrival and dismissal if you would like to speak to us. The folder is to be sent to school every day. Please check it every night. We can be reached via voicemail throughout the day at the following extensions: 

Mrs. Kelly - Prek4-1- 1-718-981-1187 Ext. 9502 - [email protected] Mrs. Gregor – Prek4-2 - 1-718-981-1187 Ext. 9503 - [email protected] Ms. Donato - Prek4-3- 1-718-981-1187 Ext. 9510 - [email protected]

Messages: 

We check our phone messages at least 3 times a day. If it is an emergency you can contact the general office and they will get us ASAP. The number is: 1 (718) 981-1187 Ext. 9136. We find one of the best ways to communicate with us is by email. Please provide us with an e-mail address that you check on a regular basis. We always check our email throughout the day. 

Uniforms: (PRE-K four-year olds) 

Your child is expected to be in uniform every day. The blue SJHA sweatpants with the school golf (polo) shirt under the blue SJHA sweatshirt is the winter uniform. In the warmer weather the children are permitted to wear blue gym shorts with the SJHA golf (polo) shirt. The SJHA fleece jacket is an optional item. White Velcro sneakers must be worn every day. Please buy plain sneakers; no sequins or lights. 

Snacks and Lunch: 

All children must have a snack with a drink and their lunch (including a drink). Please do not send in sippy cups, thermoses, glass bottles, super size large drink/water bottles. Plastic small bottles of water are the best. Try not to send canned snacks that are hard to open, food that needs to be heated, soda, candy or popcorn. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Lunch boxes are permitted, be sure to put their snack in a separate bag. Please wash lunch boxes at least once a week. Due to many allergies, the entire Pre-K building will be a NUT FREE ZONE 

Change of Clothes and Toilet Accidents: 

Please send in a complete change of clothes for your child (if your child attends aftercare please send in another set of clothes), including underwear, socks, sneakers, shirt and pants. Please label all. Put them in a large Ziploc bag with your child’s name clearly printed on the outside of the bag. We need these on the first day of school. We realize that accidents do happen, but all children must be completely potty-trained. If there is an accident, you will be called to pick up your child. 

Hair : 

  • Girls’ hair should be neatly arranged and long hair must be pulled back or up. Boys’ hair must be neat at all times, combed and groomed, not to exceed the bottom earlobe. 

Newsletter and Calendar: 

A monthly newsletter to update you with themes and special events will be posted on the school website under the Pre-K heading. It will also be emailed on the first day of each month. Please read the calendar each month very carefully. Days off and dates for special events may change from the tentative summer calendar.

Class Website Page: 

Each class has a website page. You can access the page from the school website. https://elementary.stjosephhillacademy.com/ 

Select the Classroom tab, then select Pre-K and K, and then the Pre-K 4. We post information here as well as upcoming events. Please subscribe to the page to receive updates. 

School Rush App: 

You will receive an email with directions to sign up for the app. This app is an important part of communication within the Pre-K. More information to follow. 

Seesaw App 

You will receive an email notification to sign up for the app. Weekly homework will be posted using this application. More information to follow. 

Class Birthdays: 

We will celebrate individual class birthdays with the “Star of the Day” activity. More details to follow. We will celebrate monthly birthdays with a class celebration. When your child’s monthly birthday celebration is scheduled you will receive an email with a list of items like pizza, mini cupcakes, ice cream, etc to select and send in for a monthly celebration. There will be at least 3-4 students in a monthly celebration. 

Supplies: Please check the monthly schedule on the class website for the collection of supplies. Baby/hand wipes 

  • Lysol/Clorox wipes 
  • Lysol Spray 
  • Magic Eraser 
  • Quart and Gallon size Ziploc bags 
  • Paper towels, napkins 
  • Tissues 
  • Three reams of white computer paper 
  • Extra Clothes - Labeled and in a Ziploc bag 
  • Extra Masks - Labeled and in a Ziploc bag 

We hope that we have provided you with valuable information to help you and your child have a great year! 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Kelly Pre-K 4-1 

Mrs. Gregor Pre-K 4-2 

Ms. Donato Pre-K 4-3