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

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

Junior Kindergarten News

JK Newsletter January 14, 2022

We hope everyone is staying healthy and optimistic this New Year! Starting next Tuesday, the children will be attending 8am mass EVERY Tuesday morning.  I will send a reminder the day before. Please have your children to school by 7:50 when doors open so they can get settled before heading back out the door to...
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JK Newsletter January 7, 2022

Happy New Year! Winter has arrived and we have lots of fun ahead of us in 2022!All of your kids have grown so much since Christmas, it was so fun to see it! We are starting this new year off with signing our classroom “oath” of classroom rules expectations. We are also staring off with...
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JK Newsletter December 17

Happy Friday! These days have been filled with lots of Christmas excitement. The JK Kids have been busy!! We are still focusing on filling the manger with hay for their kind deeds from home, and of course prepping for next weeks performance. Reminders: Please send your kids in their dress clothes that Tuesday morning for...
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JK Newsletter 12/10/21

Hope this email finds you all well and into the holiday spirit! These kids have been working very hard on their “good deeds” and on the Christmas performance! IMPORTANT DATES: Monday, 12/13 we have our all School mass at 9:30 for Our Lady of Guadalupe. We would love for you to attend if you are...
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JK Newsletter 12/3/21

It was so nice to talk with you all at Parent Teacher Conferences!  Hard to believe Thanksgiving is behind us, and we are on to preparing for Jesus’ birthday! We have been busy practicing for our Christmas play which is December 21st at 9:30.  Please have your child wear their Christmas outfits that day for...
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JK Newsletter November 19, 2021

  Important information St. Cletus offers hot lunch MWF. If you would like to order the Link for Hot lunch is below. Parent teacher conference links will be sent out this Sunday. Please look for it in your inbox! Looking forward to talking with you all! SAVE THE DATE: Preschool and JK Christmas Program...
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JK Newsletter November 12, 2021

Another great week in JK! It has been such a pleasure getting to know your children. I hope they are enjoying their time with us, as we are with them! Play is such an 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 5, 2021

We welcomed the first week of November with a bit of sun and a chill in the air! The children have been able to get outside everyday. Please make sure your children have a coat, hat and gloves.  We play outside everyday after lunch for about 45 min. We are continuing to do a great...
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JK Newsletter October 28, 2021

We had a great time celebrating Halloween in the classroom today.  This month has been full of fun learning and hands on activities that were all things Halloween! A few talking points to ask your child about: When you did the candy corn experiment, what happened when you put the drops of vinegar on the...
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