Junior Kindergarten

St. Cletus Junior Kindergarten his program is designed for students turning 5 years old between September 2, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

This full day program for older 4-year-old students will follow the same academic structure of 4-year-olds in our preschool program. However, Junior Kindergarten will add an enriched social and emotional component for its students to work toward developing kindergarten-level skills, while keeping with age-appropriate expectations. Students will have the opportunity to fine-tune their motor skills and deepen their understanding of the academic structure. Each child will experience meaningful instruction while bolstering self-confidence and faith-filled learning in a Catholic, values-based setting.

Junior Kindergarten is designed for the older child who missed the cut off date for entry into Kindergarten. The child MUST BE 5 by January 31st.

To provide children who do not meet the September 1st cut-off date what they are academically and emotionally ready for. Pre-school is a great preparation for Kindergarten, this program will give these students a bit more academic preparation as well as social emotional learning tools for success in school.

1. The student must turn 5 before January 31.
2. The student must have already attended 1 year of preschool.

Backpack: Backpacks should be large enough to hold a 9 x 12 folder and a lunch box. Please label your child’s backpack.

Folder: Please send one, two pocket folder with your child the first day. Communication between home and school will be sent through this folder. Your child’s work will also be sent home in this folder. (Please be sure to check your child’s folder every night and especially Wednesday as information from school is sent home to oldest and only)

Change of Clothing: Please place a complete set of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear, socks and shoes) in a Ziploc bag, label the bag with your child’s name and keep it in your child’s backpack.
Clothing: Please dress your child in comfortable clothing that can get dirty. All children need to be able to dress and undress themselves when using the bathroom. We suggest pants with an elastic waist band if needed.

Shoes: All children should wear gym shoes even on non-gym days as we will still have recess.

Snack: Please bring a water bottle and snack daily. Cheese stick, fruit, granola bars are a few examples.

We understand that each child may not fall asleep; however, we do expect that each child rest quietly. Soft music and some stretching poses will help to calm the mind and body!
To help with that, we ask that you make sure your child understand that “resting quietly” means each child should be able to:

  • Lie quietly on the rest mat
  • Refrain from talking or from getting up and walking around

Junior Kindergarten Full-Day Schedule:

  • Morning Schedule: 7:50-11:30
  • Arrival: Empty backpacks, morning routine, & morning work at tables
  • Morning meeting/calendar time/ movement/Jolly Phonics
  • Snack – Provided by the snack helper
  • Special class (Gym, Music, Library, Technology Learning Center/TLC, Spanish)
  • Morning Centers – small groups activities that focuses on Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, and Learning through play.
  • Religion/I am Special
  • Handwriting/Handwriting without Tears
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Afternoon Schedule: 11:30-3:00
  • Lunch
  • Recess
  • Read Aloud
  • Rest Time
  • Free Choice Centers/Play time
  • Dismissal: prayer, announcements and pack up

Arrival and Dismissal procedures:

Please drop off children for morning or all day Preschool at Door #3,
Each school day, the preschool teacher/assistant will greet the children from 7:50 – 8:00am each morning in the classrooms. If you are arriving late, please bring your preschooler into school through the main apple door, door #2.

Please inform the teacher who will be/is allowed to pick up your child. Please also fill out the pick up information in the main office.
If there is a change to your child’s typical pick-up (for example an Aunt is coming instead of a parent or a child is going home with a friend, please let your child’s teacher know every time this occurs. The teacher will not be able to dismiss your child with anyone else without your permission. Also be sure your child knows to.

Important Information

Hot Lunch:
Hot lunch information will be sent home soon and all ordering is done online. Please be sure your child eats what you order! If there’s something you know your child will not eat, do not order it.

If your child is to attend aftercare, please email and CC your child’s teacher. Email is preferred, but if you cannot do so, call the school at 708.352.4820. Please do so BEFORE 2:00. The earlier, the better!

Please email: and CC your child’s teacher if possible.

E-mail is best!  Dismissal is NOT the best time to have a conversation. We need to focus on getting children safely to their cars.

If you would like to set up a phone call or in person meeting, please email your child’s teacher to do so.
Each Wednesday your child will bring home notes from school. Please be sure to take the time to read these notices.

please read the Google newsletter each week. It is posted EVERY FRIDAY BY 3:00. Please read before the end of the weekend. Use the newsletter to ask your child questions about school.
All contact information for families can be found using the DIRECTORY SPOT. You can access the directory by going to New families should click on “reset password” to create a login. You can also download the DIRECTORY SPOT app to your phone.
Use this for playdates and birthday invites! (Please NO birthday invitations sent to school).

We are always looking for the following donations:
Playdough or play foam. We use playdough ad play foam in school during center time and the children love to make letters! If you catch any of these items on sale, send them to school!
Writing center: By the fall, the writing center is a popular center! Send in any paper, envelopes and stickers. Watch for seasonal stickers to go on sale!

Classroom Management

We will be utilizing the idea of being a bucket filler this year. We will introduce this topic within the first full week of school so be sure to ask your child all about it.
While each classroom may run this system a bit differently, the concept will remain the same among them all.

Being a bucket filler is all about showing kindness and positivity and creating an environment filled with good vibes. For example if a child were to ask another who looked lonely to come over and play with them, they would be a bucket filler. The child who asked would feel good for doing something kind which would fill their own bucket and the child they asked would feel good which would fill their bucket as well.


Religion:  I AM Special program for 4-5 year olds, focus on emotional growth.

Social emotional learning: Preschool Second Step Program which focuses on teaching children problem solving skills and ways to cope with and manage different feelings.

Phonemic Awareness: Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Program Preschool Edition- oral manipulation of letters and sounds, early literacy and pre-reading skills.

Phonics: Jolly Phonics program- we will learn and master the 26 letters/ sounds. This will assist students in reading, writing short vowel words. We will practice these skills in small group center work.

Handwriting without Tears: strengthen fine motor while practicing letter formation.

Math: Number sense, counting, sorting, patterning and graphing skills practiced through small group center work.

Science and Social Studies: Becoming aware of God’s world around us through different monthly themes.

Speaking and listening skills for language development.


  • Monday: Gym
  • Tuesday: Spanish
  • Wednesday: TLC
  • Thursday: Gym
  • Friday: Art

Pictures from Junior Kindergarten.  Follow a link below:

Read about all the exciting activities and learning taking place in junior kindergarten.

Junior Kindergarten News

JK Newsletter December 3rd

It was so nice to talk with you all at Parent Teacher Conferences.  So hard to believe Thanksgiving is behind us and we are preparing for Jesus’ birthday!  We have been busy practicing for our Christmas play which is December 20th at 9:30. Please have your child wear their Christmas outfits that day for our...
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JK Newsletter November 18th

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we have so much to be Thankful for!   Well, the weather has changed and it finally feels like the holidays are upon us!  Please make sure to bring hats and gloves for your kids we will be outside for a walk and if its dry, some playtime in the...
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JK Newsletter November 11, 2022

Another great week in JK! It has really been a pleasure getting to know your children!I hope they are enjoying their time with us as much as we are with them!Play is such a important part of development at the JK age! We incorporate play into our day through recess and free choice time! The...
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JK Newsletter November 4, 2022

Halloween party was a blast!  A big THANK YOU to the Moms for putting on such a fun party for the kids.  Click on this link to see pictures that our school posted This fall has been truly amazing! The kids have been able to get outside everyday and enjoy the changes of the...
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JK Newsletter October 28th

Halloween is around the corner and excitement in the air!We had a great week of learning and Fun! We enjoyed an authors visit from Megan Dagnino who wrote Witches Brew. The kids had a blast, and are still singing the song. Her website is                     ...
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JK Newsletter 10/21

The fall colors are in full bloom! We hope you are starting to see some independence in your children since the start of the school year! Have you noticed your child helping around the house more? Maybe emptying their lunch box/backpack to show you their school work? We have a class rule that they should...
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Jk Newsletter October 14th

We have been enjoying this beautiful Fall weather! The fresh air does us all good! Even on rainy days we are able to get out and walk around our school grounds and enjoy the fall changes.  Please Make sure your child has a coat with the changing weather. A few talking points for you to...
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JK Newsletter October 6, 2022

We are now 6 Weeks into school and seeing lots of friendships being made, and social emotional growth in all of your children! The children are finding their own voices and learning how to respectfully ask using their manners and treating their friends with kindness.  Pouting. crying, and tattling are all common at this age. ...
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JK Newsletter September 30th

Another fun week in JK! It was busy.  We had a ton of fun with Apples, between  making apple sauce, playing will it sink or float, using a apple peel to spiral and core the apples, it was FUN FILLED to say the least. the children also assisted Mary Delaney in making our fall pots...
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