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We are happy to announce the introduction of our new Junior Kindergarten program (full day) for the 2019-2020 school year. This program is designed for students turning 5 years old between September 2, 2019 and January 31, 2020.

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.

Overview:
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.

Goal
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.

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

Please be sure your child has the following items:

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: Each family will be asked to provide snacks, drinks, napkins, cups, and all needed plates/ silverware for one week. The snack schedule indicates when it is your child’s turn to bring in snack.

Naptime:
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/Allelu!
  • 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:

Arrival:
Please drop off children for morning or all day Preschool at the Gym door, door #14, on Stone Avenue and follow the drop off line which runs through the angled spots. Please pull forward, as far as possible. A student patrol person will assist your child with getting out of the car. Parents should not exit their car.

Do Not pull around others-just follow the car in front of you.

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.

Parents may park on Waiola, North of 54th Street only, and walk their preschooler to the gym door, #14.

Stone Avenue drop off at gym door #14 is strongly recommended.

NO PARKING ALLOWED IN ANGLE SPOTS BETWEEN 7:45 and 8:15am

Dismissal:

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.

For Junior Kindergarten children, either oldest/only or with a sibling in kindergarten, please pick them up in the pick-up line running in front of the church and Parish Center. Follow the pick-up line and a patrol person will bring your child to your car.
Please post a large sign with the family name, written boldly, in the front passenger side window.

For Junior Kindergarten children with a sibling in 1st-8th grade, please pick up your preschooler at door #14 with their older sibling.

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.

Aftercare:

If your child is to attend aftercare, please email attendance@stcletusparish.com 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!

Absences:

Please email: attendance@stcletusparish.com and CC your child’s teacher if possible.

Communication:

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.

Newsletters:
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 https://directoryspot.net. 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!

Dress-up clothes. The dramatic play area is one of my favorite centers and I love to switch it up to connect with our themes. Any clothes would be greatly appreciated!

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.

1. ALLELU Religion program for 4-5 year olds, focus on emotional growth.

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

7. Speaking and listening skills for language development.

Tab content area

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

Pictures from Junior Kindergarten.  Follow a link below:

Junior Kindergarten News

Junior Kindergarten June 3 2021

Thank you for sharing part of your child’s childhood with us! It was an honor! Please enjoy our wrap up video! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Di2crQq6dbXDH4cCimX8i_hGYtvfYKYj/view?usp=sharing Have a wonderful summer! We will miss you all! Mrs. Bentley and Mrs. Mrazek Love the children in this picture! Retirement is bittersweet!
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Junior Kindergarten May 27, 2021

JK all the way to SUMMER!!! These pictures say it all, we have absolutely loved this school year! The growth, the development but mostly the joy we have felt each day as we have spent time with my final class! My years as an early childhood educator have been immensely rewarding. The years flew by!...
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Junior Kindergarten Newsletter May 21, 2021

  What beautiful babies these children were! It was fun to see how much we have changed and all the things we can do, with God’s help, as we grow! Religion:  We are looking back at this school year and all we have learned and how we have changed. Confidence in our abilities comes from...
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Junior Kindergarten May 14, 2021

  Mr. Porod has mad football skills! The boys sure enjoyed playing catch with him. He also joined in the jump roping, didn’t catch that on film! We love when others join in our fun! We have enjoyed the cooler spring weather! God is full of surprises, the warm weather will be here! As we...
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Junior Kindergarten May 7, 2021

                                        Our butterflies hatched! We fed them and then we said GOODBYE! The life cycle of a butterfly was the focus for us in Science, the transformation in each of us was the Religion focus!  ...
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Junior Kindergarten April 30,2021

We painted butterflies today! Each wing of a butterfly is exactly the same! Ask your child how we make the wings match!   Thank you for supporting our school and getting me off the island… JK took 3rd place! Mrs. Mrazek and I were very happy to return to our classroom and spend our days...
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Junior Kindergarten April 23,2021

Our Cast Away school auction is THIS SATURDAY!! So many great things to bid on, our classroom items are great! Thank you for rescuing us from the island! Mrs. Mrazek and I were very happy there on the beach, but certainly we would miss the JKers!! The funds raised will go into the auction! Thanks...
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Junior Kindergarten April 16, 2021

Our class worked on this beautiful picture together!! You can bid on this Auction item started TOMORROW! Here is the link: stcletus.givesmart.com  So many fun things to bid on! This is a major fundraiser for our school. The best part about this is it is FUN!! Welcome back! Spring break went quickly as will the...
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Junior Kindergarten April 1, 2021

Happy Easter! May the Risen Lord bless you and your families abundantly! Enjoy your break, see you all April 12!
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