Mrs. O’Day

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Mrs. O’Day

Pre-K 3

I have been in Catholic Education since graduating with my teaching degree almost 20 years ago. My son, Grade 2, and my daughter, Grade 6, have been students at St. Amelia since Pre-K/K.  Three years ago, after closing 2 other Catholic schools, I joined the St. Amelia family as an educator.

The things I love most, besides my family and students, are Mickey and Minnie Mouse and spending as much time reading as I possibly can. The best part about my job is that it is not a job… it is a vocation. Everyday is spent nurturing and enlightening God’s greatest gift.

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Classroom Information

Welcome Pre K 3 Families!

  Please remember that I am always available at aoday@stameliaschool.org

This week Al talked with us about the many feelings we may have, especially the feelings of being proud and frustrated. We talked about all of the things that could make us feel this way and what we could do when we are extremely frustrated.

This week we finished up our unit on hibernation.  Your children should be able to talk to you about how some animals gather and hide food during the fall so they can eat it during the winter.  Others, like bears, eat and eat and eat and then go into a deep sleep during the winter months.   They are so proud of themselves when they remember that this is called hibernation.

Reinstein Woods joined our class for a field trip in the classroom to further discuss animals and what the difference is from a pet in our home and an outdoor animal.  They taught us what animal tracks could teach us when outside.

In Religion we have started talking about Advent as December 3rd marks the beginning of our Advent season.  It is important for children to understand that the importance of Christmas is that it is a celebration of Jesus’ birth.  We sent home an Advent Calendar from our Religion program for you to color with your child beginning this weekend.

An envelope came home for each child for Santa’s Secret Shop.  If you would like your child to shop please send in the envelope with the names of people you want them shopping for and how much they are allotted to spend on each person.  Put the money in the envelope and their name on it.  These should be sent in by Tuesday at the latest.  We will be shopping sometime Wednesday or Thursday.  You do not have to send this in if your child will not be shopping.  Not all kids will shop and those that do not will stay in the room with one of the other adults.

If your child is absent please make sure you are filling out a Home to School note each time.  I will put it in your child’s folder to be filled out upon their return to school.

Please make sure that you have provided a complete set of emergency clothes in your locker that is weather appropriate.  If your child has an accident you must send back a new set of clothes the following day.

Full day children- Make sure you have a rest mat, towel, etc and one stuffed friend or doll to sleep with if you would like. In the morning be sure to order lunch for your child and make sure you mark After School or Parent Pick-Up.

Afternoon:  Please make sure you are marking After School or Pick Up upon dropping your children off.

Water bottles- Each child may bring in a water bottle daily.  Please only fill this with water ONLY.

Everything needs to be labeled with your child’s name.

Snack- The December calendar came home last week.  Please mark your calendar accordingly.  If you are a morning student you should provide snack and drink for 9 children.  Afternoon and Full day students need to provide enough for 21 children. we prefer juice boxes or small water bottles as opposed to large juice bottles.  It is easier if we do not have to worry about pouring and spilling in the classroom.  Please no HUGS drinks.  Please remember we are a peanut and tree nut free classroom.

Book orders-   You should expect to see these come home once a month.  If you choose to order you may do so by sending the form back with payment by check only (no cash) or you can order directly online using our class code QWFCN.  Any questions let me know.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me via email.  My first priority during the school day is your children’s safety and education.  I will only check my e-mail on breaks and during lunch.  If  you need me for any reason during the course of the day that requires immediate attention, please contact the office.

November Student of the Month:

Respect- Lucy Bartolomeo

Personal Best- Nora Pekarski

Alayna Azzinaro

Responsibility- Nora Pekarski

Important Dates:

December:

3- Advent begins

6- St. Nicholas Day

6-8 – Santa’s Secret Shop

8- Book orders are due (These will not be in time for Christmas)

14- K-8 Christmas play at 12:45 and 7:00

17- Happy Birthday Lena

21- Jesus’ birthday celebration

Dec. 22- Jan. 1- No school

22- No School,  Parent Teacher Conferences 7:30-11:00

24- Happy Birthday Mileena

25- MERRY CHRISTMAS!

27- Happy Birthday Matthew

Jan. 2- School resumes

Reading  just 20 minutes every night will help your child develop a lifetime love of reading.