Pre-K – Mrs. Ann Keenan

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Dear Parents,

This month the children will begin a new unit on Water. They will learn about the various bodies of water, the three states of water, what items sink and float in water, and how water helps us. This unit is particularly fun because the children get to explore new information, make predictions, and discover outcomes first hand. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place March 25th from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Additional information regarding appointments will be sent later in the month. Please take note of the important dates listed below.


Mrs. Keenan

March 9- $1. Dress  down

March 17- $1. Green dress down & Pretzel Day

March 25- 12:30pm Dismissal- Parent/Teacher Conferences 1-3pm and 6-8pm via Zoom

March 30-$1. Dress down 

March 31-12:30 Dismissal- No extended care



Dear Parents,

This month the children will learn about light. They will explore the world around them and learn about natural and man made sources of light, the absence of light and shadows. Our class has a light table and translucent manipulatives that include letters, shapes, and color paddles as well as x-rays of shells, and animals. Another addition to our centers is our Shadow Puppet Theatre. This allows the children to engage in story telling and collaboration with classmates. Please remember to ask your children about the activities that they choose for center time.



Please take note of the following important dates this month.

February 5 – Special Student Lunch

February 8-Color Day-$1. Dress Down / Pre-K is red! 

February 10-Career Day-Students may dress as what they would like to be when they grow up

February 11- Student Appreciation Day -Free Dress Day

February 12-12:30pm Dismissal- No After School

February15-19-Winter Break

February 25-$1.00 Dress Down


January 4, 2021

Welcome back! I hope that you all enjoyed the holidays and your family time. As we begin this new month we will start a new unit on transportation. In this unit the children will learn about the various modes of transportation on land, on water, and in the air. They will be asked to think about the world around them and discover what forms of transportation are in their community and the community helpers that operate them. The children read the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis to help them use their imaginations to create two airplanes for our Transportation Unit. The planes were started before the break and they will be ready for flight by Wednesday! Please check the homeroom app for pictures of the students! Inside the classroom we have a large fire truck for dramatic play. A big thank you to Mr. Wilhelm ( Emma’s father ) for donating the fire hats so that each child could have their own. As with each unit there will be Math and Literacy activities that correlate with it.


Mrs. Keenan

Please take note of the following important dates this month.

Jan.15- $1. Dress Down

Jan.18-School Coles for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan.22-Special Lunch Money Due

Jan.27-$1. Dress Down

Jan.29-Special Lunch


December 1, 2020 

This month our unit is ” Where We Live.” We will learn about our neighborhood and community helpers. We will learn about the different places found in every neighborhood and the different types of homes people live in. This month we will also work on several crafts and surprises for the holiday. 


Mrs. Keenan


Please take note of the following important dates:

Dec.8 – No School -Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Dec.10 – 12:30 Dismissal Parent /Teacher Conferences 1-3pm, 6-8pm

Dec.16- Brunch with Santa

Dec.17-Ugly Sweater C0ntest $2 , Holiday Lunch , & 7:00pm Virtual Christmas Concert

Dec. 18- Free Dress Down Day – No After School Care

Dec.21-Jan.1 – School Closed for the Christmas Break

Jan.4- School Reopens


November 2, 2020

This month our unit is “All About Us in the Fall”. We will learn about the fall season and how the world changes around us. We will learn about why leaves change color as well as how animals get ready for winter and how crops are harvested during this season. This month we will also learn about Election Day, Veteran’s Day, and how our different families have special traditions surrounding Thanksgiving. 


Mrs. Keenan

Please make note of these important dates:

Nov. 5 – $1.00 Dress Down Day

Nov.11 – School Closed for Veteran’s Day

Nov.19 – $1.00 Dress Down Day

Nov. 25, 26, 27 – School Closed for Thanksgiving Recess



October 5, 2020

  The children have adjusted to our class routines, explored the educational materials available in class, met the speciality teachers, and made new friends. These were all of the expectations for our “Welcome to Pre-K” Unit and they did really well! During the month of October we will explore the next unit which is “Our Five Senses”. Be sure to talk to your child each day and ask him/her to tell you about the book that we shared during story time and the center time activities which will be connected to the unit. Our introductory book will be My Five Senses by Aliki. 


Mrs. Keenan 🙂

Please make note of these special dates this month.

Oct.5 : Parent Zoom Meeting -6:00pm

Oct.8 : $1.00 Dress Down Day

Oct.12 : No School -Columbus Day

Oct.16 : $2.00 Dress Down Day

Oct.20 : Send in $2.00 donation to purchase a small pumpkin

Oct.21 : Unity Day-Dress in orange

Oct. 23 : 12:30pm Dismissal for all Students due to Confirmation 

Oct.30 : Wear a Halloween T-Shirt or Dress in Orange and Black



September 9, 2020

It was wonderful to meet all of the children today and to be back in school! They did a great job of wearing their masks and keeping them on. This week we will be getting used to the class routines and getting to know one another. Our first unit of study is “Welcome to Pre-K”. The activities in this unit will allow the children to share their likes and dislikes, make connections between home and school, and get acclimated to the routines in school. Everyday there is a read aloud so please ask your child to tell you about the story that we shared. Today’s book was Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border. It was a story about making new friends.

Please send four pictures of your child. Two should be 1.5 in by 1.5 in, one wallet size 2.5 by 3.5in, and one family photo. The individual pictures are needed for our attendance board and our center system to rotate where the children play/work during the day. If you could send these in as soon as possible it would be greatly appreciated. 

Please submit all required forms if you have not done so already and send in a labeled change of clothes for your child  to have on hand in case it is needed.

This is a year of tremendous growth and learning for your children and I look forward to being a part of it!


Mrs. Keenan

Our special classes are as follows:







June 15, 2020

Dear Parents,

This will be our last week together. It is hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end. It has been my pleasure to be a part of your child’s learning journey.

I hope that everyone will be able to meet on Zoom today at 10:30am. It will be our last time to practice for Step-Up. The children will have their singing part immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance. After the children sing the two songs, the video of their favorite memories will play which will be followed by Ms McCann reading the names of the students. When your child’s name is read the video spotlight will be on him/her and he/she can smile and wave. Once the names are read there will be a slide show from the school year followed by Ms.McCAnn’s closing remarks.

I believe there will be an opportunity for you to pick up your child’s change of clothes and his/her work folder. It will ONLY be on a specific day and time with everyone spaced out at intervals. I will update you when I receive more information. If you do not want those things you will have to let me know.

Lastly, is anyone interested in adopting Leo the turtle? I was informed this year that Pre-K is not allowed to have a turtle as a class pet but I kept him anyway. There would be a 10-15 gallon tank, a heating lamp, the cover for the tank, and food included. Let me know if I have any takers 🙂 

Please refer to my last post for this week’s schedule.


Mrs. K



June 11, 2020

Dear Parents,

It was great to see you on Zoom today. The children did a wonderful job with their work this week. I always enjoy all the interesting things that they share with me as well. As mentioned today here are a few reminders:

Monday June 15 – 10:30am – Last Zoom meeting for all children to practice for Step-Up 

Monday June 15 – 11:30am –  Virtual Magic Show for all Pre-K  students

Monday June 15 – 6:00pm – Kindergarten Meeting

Thursday June 18 – 11:00am – Step-Up!    Remember to dress up and wear your biggest and brightest smiles!


Mrs. K

June 10, 2020

Dear Parents,

 Important Reminders for Today

1:00pm Step-Up Practice with Ms.Alteri – Log on through the link in the email

4:00pm Zoom Step-Up webinar practice -Log on through the link in last night’s email.


June 9, 2020

Dear Parents,

 Today I invite you to share Eric Carle’s well known book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Please check your email for several activities to go along with the reading of this story. You can also ask your child to identify the four stages of the butterfly’s life cycle and to see if he/she can remember the sequence of what foods the caterpillar ate. On Thursday your child can  share a completed activity from the email or he/she can draw a picture of his/her favorite part of the story. Thursday I will return to our separate Zoom meetings at 10:30 for the girls and 11:00am for the boys.

Ms Alteri will practice for Step-Up with Pre-K on tomorrow,Wednesday June 10th  at 1:00pm. Please check your email for the link.


Mrs. K

June 8, 2020

 It was wonderful to see you on Zoom today. This week we will discuss transformations in nature and learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. If you would like to view Ms Orlov’s  caterpillar video again here is the link. 

You can also check this song:

Ms Alteri will host a Zoom practice for Step-Up on Wednesday at 1:00pm. I will forward the email to you.



June 4, 2020

It was great to see everyone on Zoom today. I enjoyed our sharing session and seeing those things that your children transformed into snakes, butterflies, flower gardens, and rollercoasters! Here is the link to Not a Box by Antoinete Portis which I know you and your children will enjoy. 

Monday we will learn about transformations in nature. We will also practice for Step-Up again. Please have your child practice along with the video that Ms.Alteri made:)

Thank you all for your prompt response in submitting your child’s favorite memory videos. There were so sweet and will be a special part of our virtual Step-Up. I also finished the  slide show which takes a look back at our year together. As a reminder Step-Up will take place on Thursday, June 18th at 11:00am via Zoom webinar. A link will be sent to parents that morning. Additional family members will also be able to view it. 



June 3, 2020

Good morning. I hope your children have had fun using recycled materials and transforming them into something new. I would like you to continue working with blocks. Tall Tower:Build a small tower as a start and invite your child to make the tower taller. Encourage him/her to see how tall he/she can actually make it. There will be problem solving and reasoning to figure out structurally sound ways to build a tower that is sturdy as well as tall. You can also invite him/her to build a tower that is narrower, smaller, or wider. Bridge Challenge:Use paper to create a river.Challenge your child to create a bridge out of blocks or any other material of his/her choosing to cross the river. As your child is successful with this activity increase the width of the river leading them to problem solve and create longer bridges.

I will meet  the girls on Zoom at 10:30am tomorrow and the boys at 11:05am. Please make sure you installed the update on Zoom so that you are able to join the meeting. In addition to sharing what your child created I will also practice for Step-Up with the children. 

Please send the video of your child’s favorite Pre-K memory by today. Thank you! The submissions have been so cute! Even though Step-Up will be virtual… is going to be special 🙂


Mrs. K

June 1, 2020

Good morning! Happy Birthday to our friends Izzy and Sawyer! It was wonderful to see you all on Zoom this morning.

Today we begin our final unit which is “Transformations”. Today the children thought about how they transformed things in our class. One example was when all of the children worked together to transform a cardboard box into a mail truck. A mailbox was created out of another box and props like packages and letters were added as well as postal uniforms. Almost everyday the block corner was transformed into zoos, airports, parking lots, schools, and cities. That is why I chose to share Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins. If you would like to view this book again here is the link. 

This week I would like you to invite your child to use any type of recycled materials like boxes and paper towel rolls etc to transform the items and  create something new.You can take a picture of it, have your child draw a picture of it or simply let your child talk about what he/she made on Thursday. Have fun!



May 28, 2020

Dear Parents,

Today we conclude our Babies Unit. The children did a great job sharing their “Then and Now” pictures on Zoom today. I hope the children will be able to make and mail birthday cards to their friends today or tomorrow. Please refer to your email for the addresses. Our next Zoom Meeting will be Monday June 1 at 11:00am for both the boys and the girls. We will be singing Happy Birthday to Izzy and Sawyer.

Step-Up will take place virtually on Thursday June 18th at 11:00am. Please send in your child’s favorite memory video by Monday June 1st.  As soon as Ms Alteri sends her practice video I will forward it so that the children can practice the Step-Up songs.

Mrs. K

May 27, 2020

Dear Parents,

The foundational text for this week is When I Was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis.  The leveled questions for this story can be found in the unit. This book will also help with yesterday’s suggested activity of creating a “Then and Now” picture for Thursday’s Zoom meeting.


May 26, 2020

Dear Parents, 

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend!

This week will be our fourth and final week in the Baby Unit. This week’s focus question is “How do babies change?” I would like you to invite your child to take a piece of paper and fold it in half. Write the word “Then” on one side and “Now” on the other. Ask your child to think about and discuss things that he/she did when he/she was a baby and draw one of the ideas on the “Then” side of the paper. In a similar way ask your child to discuss something that he/she can do now and is proud of…ie being able to ride a scooter, write his/her name, catch a ball, play soccer, identify the letters of the alphabet, read, sing a song etc and draw that on the “Now” side of the page. The children can share their pictures on Thursday during our Zoom meeting.


Mrs. K

May 25, 2020

Since today is Memorial Day we will not be meeting on Zoom.

May 21, 2020

Good morning! The foundational text this week was Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jacks Keats. The leveled questions that go along with this book can be found in the unit.

Today you could invite your child to create an animal from the book using play dough or using any kind of recycled materials. Imagination is the key!  Some of you have had fun doing this already. Or you could create an animal costume. Some of you have already done this also! Thanks for sharing the pictures with me 🙂 

Here are a few links that support the animal unit:

I look forward to seeing you all on Zoom this morning and listening to you share your work and your creations!

May 20, 2020

Good morning! Ms Alteri will host a Music class for Pre-K this afternoon at 1:00pm. Please check your email for the link. Here are a few Music and Movement activities related to animals that might be fun for your children.

Animal Exercise for Kids:

If I Were an Animal with Patty Shuka: 

Cosmic Kids Yoga/Jungle Safari:

ABC Animal Train:

Have fun!

Mrs. K

May 19, 2020

Good morning! As a follow up to yesterday’s book I have sent you an animal matching game via email. The children can build on their knowledge of animals and their offspring while also practicing their fine motor skills of cutting and pasting. 

I am so proud of how many books the children are reading on Epic. I received an email that our class is up to 900 books! There are so many wonderful nonfiction books on baby animals. I’m so pleased that your children have been reading and listening to them!

Our class Step-Up Celebration will be Thursday June 18, 2020 at 11:00am. It will be on a Zoom Webinar platform. Please check your email for further instructions regarding how you can help me make this special for you and your children.



May 18, 2020

 Good Afternoon! I was great to see all of your children on Zoom this morning. This week we continue to explore animal babies. Last week I shared a non-fiction book and today I shared a fiction book related to the unit. You will need to reread P.D. Eastman’s book Are You My Mother?  in order to complete the sequencing activity.

Please check your email for the activities to share at our Thursday meeting! I’m happy that your children enjoyed the surprise packages sent by Ms McCann. If there is anyone who did not receive one please let me know!


Mrs. K

May  14,  2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

 It was great to see all of the children on Zoom this morning. The children did a wonderful job investigating their animals and sharing their interesting facts and drawings! 

The foundational text for this week from the unit is Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. You can check the unit on line for a list of the leveled questions that go along with this book. This is a great book for discussing how baby bats and baby birds are alike in some ways and different in others.

 Please check your email for an additional activity.

I hope you also checked out the cookie challenges on the OLMCA web site!


Mrs. K

May 13, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

 As we continue to learn about animals this week I thought it would be fun to use animal figures to work on some math skills

  1. Measuring and estimating. If you have unifex cubes at home you can ask your child to estimate how many cubes long will the toy elephant be? Then use the cubes to see if he/she was right or his/her estimate was close to the actual one. Repeat with as many animals as you like.
  2. Sorting. Ask your child to sort the animals into different groups. Start with something simple like big and small animals and then more challenging ie farm animals vs wild animals.
  3. Problem Solving. Model this for your child. Make a group of animals with stripes and another with spots and ask him/her to figure out how the animals in each of the groups are the same. The question is what is my sort? 
  4. One to One Correspondence. Place some animals in front of your child and ask him/her to count them. Ask your child to count various groups depending on his/her ability. 
  5. Producing Small Groups. Ask your child to give you 7 bears, then 5 or 3 or 10. 
  6. Addition and Subtraction. Using a group of 6 animals ( use whatever number you want to start with)tell your child you are going to add or subtract one and ask him/her “Then how many will I have?” Continue with as many times as long as your child is interested. 

Remember Ms Alteri is meeting PreK at 1:00pm today on Zoom.

Have fun !

Mrs. K

May 12, 2020

 Good Morning Parents,

 Today the children should continue their investigations about animals. There are great books to choose from on Epic and I’m sure that you have some nonfiction books on animals in your homes as well. Please see my email for the specifics regarding the work for Thursday. Here are a few ideas from the unit for dramatic play.

Dramatic Play 


Invite your child to pretend to be the animal that he/she is investigating or to create the animal he/she investigating. Use the animal baby and the adult animal names frequently with your child as you play. Provide paper and crayons for your child to use to create labels for the animals in the zoo and/or a map of the zoo.


Create a vet’s office. Provide instruments for your child to care for the animals he/she is investigating. Also provide paper, crayons, and a clip board for your child to take notes about the care of the animals and to schedule appointments. use the word veterinarian and related words such as appointment and the animal baby names frequently during play time.


If your child chose a wild animal to investigate help him/her to learn about and create the habitat in which it lives ie a jungle, rainforest, dessert etc.


Mrs K

May 11, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

 I was great to see all of your children on Zoom this morning. This week the focus question is “What can we learn about baby animals? I modeled this week’s activity for the children during today’s lesson. Please check your email for the additional life cycle activity and the STEM experiment. I can’t wait to see all of the work on Thursday!



May 7, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

 It was great to see you and your children on Zoom today. The children did a great job guessing who the baby pictures were of 🙂 I have to give credit to Ms Kristen for the idea of a slide show. I think the children really enjoyed it.

 Today I would like to suggest Debra Frasier’s book On the Day You Were Born. This book was given to me by a dear friend when I had my first child. I know you and your children will enjoy it. 

Valerie’s mom also suggested On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. I just viewed it and it is a lovely book as well .



 May 6, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

  It was nice to see so many of your children in Ms Alterie’s music class. There are Music and Movement activities outlined in the unit as well.

Move Like a Baby 

Provide pictures of babies that show their physical development from laying on their backs with their feet in the air, to rolling over, crawling, to toddling, and finally walking. Encourage your child to imitate each stage of development. 

Quiet Music 

Invite your child to play instruments quietly in a manner that might calm a baby or encourage a baby to sleep.


Listen to and sing a variety of lullabies such as Lavender’s Blue and Little Boy Blue. Sing the lullabies that were your son or daughter’s favorites. 

Baby Rattles

Provide recycled materials and beans or seeds  for your child to use to create their own baby rattles. He or she will have to think critically about the structure of the rattle in the process of making it.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow on Zoom.




 May 5, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

  This week we are learning about what babies need and how to take care of them. A wonderful book connected to this unit is Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats. You can use this book to discuss Peter’s feelings at the beginning of the story and how his feelings changed at the end of the story. Ask your child to identify the characters and the setting and ask them to retell the story which will reinforce their understanding.

Some activities from the unit :

Blocks: Invite your child to consider some of the furniture people use to take care of babies and use blocks to create these items such as a cradle or a highchair.You could provide pictures for your child to reference while they work and encourage them to write labels for the items.

Dramatic Play: Invite your child to play with baby dolls and encourage thinking about the needs of a baby throughout a day. If you have a baby at home I’m sure your son or daughter is already very knowledgable and has experience!

The baby picture slide show is almost complete. Thank you for sending in your photos. I look forward to sharing it in Thursday during our Zoom meeting.




May 4, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

  It was wonderful to see you and your children on Zoom this morning. Our newest unit is Babies. Today we talked about what babies need. The children especially those with babies at home were very helpful in adding to our discussion. We listened to the foundational text Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers. Please refer to the unit for the leveled questions that are provided for this book. Here is the link so that you can share it again :  

 I have created a new collection of books on Epic for this unit. So please take a look. 


Mrs. K

May 1, 2020

Happy Friday. Mrs Orlov the librarian missing all of you and would like to share a video with you. You can find it on Mrs.Orlov’s Classroom on Youtube.

Have a good weekend.

Stay safe.


April 30, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

  It was wonderful to see you and your children on Zoom today. The children did a great job reviewing what they learned about plants during this unit. They also did a great job sharing their work… their plants, the pictures and lists of fruits and vegetables that they drew, the activity for the book Tops and Bottoms, and the math graph. I also love that the you are helping your children to pursue other topics that they are interested in! 

The foundational text for this unit was Gail Gibbons’ book The Vegetables We Eat.

There are four different levels of questions that accompany this text and can be found in the unit. Monday we will begin Unit 9 and the topic is babies both human and animal. 

Be on the look out for a faculty video message to the students! Ms. McCann will be sharing it with all of the students very soon!



April 29, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

The children have learned that plants provide us with food. Talk with your children about some additional reasons why plants are important. Plants especially trees provide shelter for many animals and people use trees to make wood for building homes.

Plants are most important for the air we breathe. Plants release oxygen which we breathe in and plants use carbon dioxide which we exhale. Here is a short video on this topic.

Plants are also used for making clothing. You can invite you child to use the computer to find pictures of cotton plants. Use this to begin a discussion on cotton and how it becomes fabric and some common uses of cotton.




April 28, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

We continue to explore the importance of plants. Lizzy Rockwell’s book Plants Feed Me is a wonderful book that you can share with your children.

Eating the Alphabet :Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert is another fun book for this unit.

Consider these activities some time this week: Cooking and Mixing

Vegetable or Fruit Salad –Invite your child to create a list of vegetables or fruits that they eat. The list can be made up of words, drawings or both. You can act as a scribe if you like. Use this list to provide vegetables or fruit for a salad and let your child make a salad to enjoy. 

Taste Test- Invite your child to sample a variety of fruits and vegetables. Create a chart to record their favorites. Remember to invite them to draw a picture of their favorite fruit or vegetable for Thursday’s Zoom meeting.

Have fun!  Mrs. K

April 27, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Zoom meeting this morning.  

The focus question this week is Why are plants important? The children learned that plants give us the food that we eat. One of my favorite fiction books that I like to share with my students during this unit is the one that I shared with the class this morning. Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens. In addition to discussing that we can eat the tops, the bottoms, the middle, or the seeds of different plants, this story lends itself to discussions on the characters, setting, identifying the problem as well as the solution and the sequence of events. Please take the time to listen to it again and talk about these various topics with your child.

At the end of the story Hare opened a vegetable stand. You could invite your child to help with the planting and growing of pretend vegetables. Consider creating a farm stand for your child to pretend to buy and sell what they have grown just like Hare. I would like the students to draw a picture of their favorite vegetable  or their favorite part of the story and have it ready to share when we meet again on Thursday. 

Your children might enjoy watching Big Bird’s Visit to a Farm.

Remember to check out and participate in OLMCA’s Virtual Spirit Week!


Mrs. K

April 23, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

It was great to see so many  of you on Zoom today. It is wonderful to see how  you are working with and encouraging your children to spend time on the suggested activities. They did an awesome job creating pictures and talking about their work in response to The Tiny Seed  by Eric Carle. The activity of drawing a picture of their  favorite part of a story is something that you can have them do with any book as an extension to prompt further questioning. 

I would like to share the foundational text for this week  which is An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston. It is the story of how an orange grows and finds it way to the grocery store. 

Our unit outlines four levels of questions for this book. Level 1  Recall questions,  Level 2 Concept questions,  Level 3 Strategic Thinking questions, and Level 4  Extended Thinking questions. You can refer to the unit for the exact questions and use them as a model for future stories.

Attached is a story that I always share during this unit. It is called “Sid the Seed”.

Please remember to spend some time reading on Epic every day.



April 22, 2020

Good morning Parents,

Happy Earth Day! I will email you a few Earth Day activities.

Here are a few activities that are suggested in the Plant unit.

Music and Movement

Monday we read Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by Joann Early Macken. Listen to the story again and invite your child to act out and explore some of the movement words for this text.

PK.SED1 Recognizes himself/herself as a unique individual having his/her own abilities, characteristics, feelings, and interests.

Seed Patterns

Provide an assortment of seeds as well as a large flat surface and invite your child to create patterns with the seeds. Explain that a pattern is made up of a core unit that repeats. For example the simplest pattern is an AB pattern seed, pumpkin seed…apple seed, pumpkin seed…apple seed, pumpkin seed. You can challenge your child to create several different types of patterns  for example ABC, ABB, AAB, AABB depending on his/her ability level. Ask your child to identify the core pattern and how many times the pattern repeats. If you do not have seeds you can use any manipulatives that you might have at home.

PK.CKW2 Operations and Algebraic Thinking:Duplicate and extend simple patterns using concrete objects.

Food and Plant Memory

While discussing different types of plants you can help your child to build background knowledge by discussing where the plant grows. You can create a memory game that includes pictures of food as well as where the food grows. For example, a picture of an apple and an apple tree would be a match , grapes and a grape vine would be a match and a coconut and a palm tree would be a match. Consider adding the name of each plant to the picture and highlighting the first letter.

PK.ATL5:Demonstrates persistence.

Have fun! I look forward to seeing the pictures that you made related to The Tiny Seed tomorrow at our Zoom meeting.

Mrs. K

April 21, 2020

Good morning Parents,

 This week’s focus question is What are some different types of plants? Help your child to explore this by looking at various plants in books, online, or outside when possible. Fruits are familiar to children so when enjoying an apple, orange or some strawberries this week..have your child look at those seeds and reinforce the fact that an apple tree comes from an apple seed etc. Let them predict how many seeds they will find inside an apple or an orange. Yesterday during our meeting we looked at tiny carrot seeds and a large avocado seed. Simple investigation is fun! Talk about which seeds you eat and which ones you don’t.

There are so many additional books about seeds for you to enjoy with your child. Here are a few suggestions:

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

Seeds Move by Robin Page 

If You Plant a Seed  by Kadir Nelson

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli




April 20, 2020

Good morning Parents,

It was wonderful to see you all on Zoom this morning. Today we built on what we previously learned about plants. We learned that seeds need space to grow so today’s book helped us to learn about seed dispersal.  Flip, Float, Fly  Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Macken

We learned that seeds are dispersed by wind, water, animals, people, and bursting. If you would like to enjoy the song again that we shared here is the link :

Our next Zoom meeting will be Thursday not Wednesday at 10:30am. During that time I would like the boys and girls to share the pictures that they made of their favorite part of  the story The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.



 April 17,2020

Good morning Parents,

Here are the suggested activities for today. Have a good weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom Monday at 10:30am

3-K/Pre-K Activity


  • DJ for a Birthday Party. Plan a virtual party together. Select a family member or friend with an upcoming birthday, then select a party theme. Create a Spotify or YouTube playlist around the party theme, and record yourselves singing and/or dancing to one of the songs. Share the video with the birthday honoree. 
  • Family Art Exhibition. Create a family art exhibition over the course of a day or several days. Start by thinking together about what types of art you might like to create and display. Will it be two-dimensional (drawings or paintings)? Will you include three-dimensional art (using glue, playdough, etc.)? How big or small will your art objects be? Be creative and celebrate all artistic efforts! Pick an area of your home where you will display your art. As art is created, add it to your gallery or exhibition.Optional Online Resources for 3-K and Pre-K Children 

    ● Explore the Met with #MetKids, a digital feature made for, with, and by kids.

Thursday, April 16

Good morning Parents,

Here are the suggested activities for today.

World Languages  

3-K/Pre-K Activity Ideas 

  • World Music Dance Party. Have a dance party together! Start your party with music that is familiar to your family/culture/heritage, then explore music in other genres, cultures, and languages. 
  • Connect and Share. Call or video chat with a family member, classmate or friend. Share one of your favorite family activities or traditions, and ask them to share one of theirs. If they speak a language that you are not familiar with, ask them to teach you a few special words in their language, and vice versa. 

Optional Online Resources for 3-K and Pre-K Children 



Wednesday, April 15

Good morning Parents,

Here are the suggested activities for today.

Health and Wellness 

3-K/Pre-K Activity Ideas 

  • Feelings Check-In. Use or create pictures of people expressing various feelings (e.g., cut pictures from a magazine, use Fun with Feelings cards, draw some faces, or use emojis on a tech device) to check in on how everyone is feeling. Try doing morning and afternoon check-ins. Ask questions such as, “How are you feeling? Why do you think you feel that way?” If someone is experiencing a difficult emotion, consider asking, “What will help you right now?” If you like, you and/or your child could draw a picture of the mood. 
  • Community Agreements for the Home. How can we treat each other kindly at home? Come up with a list of ideas that you can all agree to. For example, “say please when you need something” or “clean up our messes when we are finished with something.” Write/draw out 3-5 simple Community Agreements and post them in a place that you and your child can easily see and access. Revisit your agreements throughout the day, noting when family members are following them well, or using them as a reminder when family members are having a hard time. 

Optional Online Resources for 3-K and Pre-K Children 



April 14, 2020

Good morning Parents,

Here are the activity suggestions for today.

     Pre-K Activity Ideas 

  • Obstacle Course. Make an obstacle course with your family. This can be in the house, hallway, or outdoors, if you have a safe outdoor space. Before trying the course, talk together about the plan. Which objects are you going under? Over? Around? Are there any creative movements you want to incorporate? Take turns changing the obstacle course for each other.
  • Make a Pattern with Your Body. Use your body to create a simple pattern (e.g. jump, clap, jump, clap, jump, clap). Ask your child to follow along. After doing the pattern together a few times, stop and ask your child to describe the pattern. Repeat with other patterns. When children can follow along and describe the pattern, move on to more difficult patterns (tap knee, tap knee, tap head, tap knee, tap knee, tap head, tap knee, tap knee, tap head). Consider inviting your child to create patterns for you to follow and describe, too.

Optional Online Resources for 3-K and Pre-K Children

  • Patterns are all around us! From nature to computer science, our world is built on patterns. Smithsonian Magazine’s Patterns in Nature slideshow shows some of these amazing patterns. Look through the pictures, talk about what patterns you see, and guess what is being shown.
  •  Blast videos are made just for you about all the topics you have ever wondered about. Check out Discovery Mindblown for quick and engaging videos.

April 13, 2020

Good morning Parents,

 This week I would like you to listen to Eric Carle’s book The Tiny Seed and have your child draw a picture of his/her favorite part of the story using as much detail as possible.  The children will be able to share their drawings next Monday during our next Zoom meeting on April 20th at 10:30am. Please note the time change. This is due to a conflict with another meeting that I must attend.  Encourage your child to enjoy  the story more than once and to answer questions about the sequence of events. Please click on the following link to listen to this story:

This week will be slightly different since it was originally a vacation week. The DOE has provided the following ideas for working with your children.

Pre-K Activity Ideas

● Tall Tower. Work together to build the tallest tower that you can, using whatever

materials you have on hand – blocks, cardboard boxes, etc. Talk as you build: What

materials will be strongest? What will help the tower become stronger so you can build

taller and taller? Take a picture when you’re finished and share with your teacher, if you

would like.

● Ramps . If available, use a cardboard tube (e.g., paper towel tube) or a flat surface, such

as a book, to create a ramp. Invite your child to tilt the tube/ramp to various angles. Roll

a small toy car, ball, or other round object through the tube/down the ramp. Talk with

your child about how the angle of the ramp affects how quickly or slowly the object


Optional Online Resources for 3-K and Pre-K Children

● Tune in to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens at 3 pm daily to learn more about

their amazing animals! If you miss the live stream, all videos are posted on their

YouTube channel shortly after the live stream ends.

● Take a Virtual Tour of the NASA Langley Research Center to see videos and pictures of

space stations, rockets, and other space science in action.

April 8, 2020

Good morning Parents,

 It was great to see you all at our Zoom meeting this morning. Today’s story , The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is one of the foundational texts for our Planting Unit. As with all stories it is important to help your child to make connections between self, text, and the world around them and rereading a story is always a good idea.  

Here are different levels of questions that go along with this story.  Mrs. K

April 7, 2020 

Good morning Parents,

 As a follow up to yesterday’s read aloud I sent you a Math activity entitled “Counting Worms”. This activity focusses on counting worms, writing the numbers 1 through 10, and reading a familiar text. The children can practice fine motor skills by coloring the pages  as well. A familiar music and movement song that we have used in school is “Herman the Worm” by the Learning Station. Ask you child to sing it for you and act out the movements that go along with it.

If you have access to a yard and your child is interested you might want to see if your child can dig up some worms in the yard to check them out up close! If you are a gardener yourself you may want to take it a step further and create a wormery! I realize that the latter suggestion is probably not for most of you 🙂  and it is difficult to be outdoors these days so you could try an alternative and use children’s gardening tools such as gloves, trowels, rakes, and watering cans and let your child pretend to plant a garden as a dramatic play activity inside. Enjoy!


April 6, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

It was wonderful to see you all on Zoom this morning. I was excited to see how many of you had started a bean experiment and how many of you took the time to observe nature and signs of spring in your yards, neighborhoods, and online. The season of spring always brings new life all around us.

As we begin Week 2 of the Planting Unit, we reviewed the things that a plant needs to grow… sun, water, air, space, and soil. Today’s book was Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer.  This nonfiction book taught us that worms which are found in soil are always hard at work helping plants to grow. Worms help the fruit and vegetables we eat by loosening the soil and by feeding the plants. Please click on the following link to reread the book

I also added a video entitled “I am a Worm” to our Epic collection on Planting and I found an ever better book than the one I shared this morning so please take a look at it with your children.  It is Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser.

Take care.


April 3, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

  I hope you have had the chance to start the lima bean experiment. Today is the 3rd day for mine and there is one root showing and the seed coats of four of the seeds are splitting. If you want you can document the growth and changes by drawing what is happening in a journal.

Our next Zoom meeting will be Monday April 6, 2020 at 9:30am.

Have a great weekend and stay safe.



April 2, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

  This unit lends itself to a lot of scientific discovery and that has been our focus most of this week. But today let’s have some fun with art. You can take a walk outside to find some  spring plants emerging. Help your child to learn the names of the flowers and shrubs that they will see …for example daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, forsythias, and azaleas. Help them to appreciate the beautiful colors found in nature. When you return from checking out your yard, walking around the block or looking at flowers on the internet ask your child to draw or paint you a picture of some of their favorites. You can also show them some famous paintings of flowers such as Sunflowers by Claude Monet or Poppy by Georgia O’Keefe.

PK.CKW2 (The Arts): Responds and reacts to visual arts created by themselves and others.


April 1, 2020

Good Morning Parents, 

It was wonderful to see you all on Zoom this morning. We continued our discussion on the parts of a plant and examined one from my garden which was fun. We will also continue to observe the lima bean experiment in my window. I encourage you to try this with your child so that he/she can observe the changes up close. Your child has learned that a seed needs soil, water, air, and sunlight to grow. You can continue the learning by investigating what happens when a seed does not get everything that it needs to grow or it gets too much of something. 

What you will need: 5  plastic cups, cotton balls, any kind of fast growing seeds.

  • 1.Number the cups from 1 to 5. Fill them with cotton balls and put some seeds on top in each one.
  • 2.Put cup 1 on a windowsill with plenty of light. Sprinkle water into the cup for 7 days.
  • 3.Put cup 2 on the same windowsill, but do not add any water to it for 7 days.
  • 4.Put cup 3 next to cup 2. Have an adult boil some water for you. When the water is cool, pour it into cup 3 until the cup is full.
  • 5.Put cup 4 in the refrigerator, and sprinkle water into the cup every day for 7 days.
  • 6.Put cup 5 in a dark box in a warm place, and sprinkle water into the cup every day for 7 days.
  • 7.Look at your seeds every day for 7 days.
  • What is different about the seeds in each of the cups? What are the best conditions for seeds? What are the worst?

Below are two links for planting songs that your children will enjoy!,



March 31, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

  Yesterday we read  How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan. Today as an extension of that book I would like you to have your children plant lima beans or any other kind of bean in a ziploc baggie. For this simple experiment you will need: lima beans, cotton balls, a cup of water, and some tape.  If you don’t have lima beans any bean will do. You can also substitute pompoms or a paper towel for the cotton balls. I recommend soaking the beans overnight or at least for an hour or so to help speed up the germination process. If you do not have any of the supplies needed for this experiment …you can join us on Zoom and check out the one that I started today! Let your child dip the cotton balls in water, squeeze them out and then place them across the bottom of the bag. Have your child drop in four or five beans and seal the baggie leaving some air inside. Next tape it to a sunny window and write the date on the bag. Talk to your child and ask him/her to make predictions about what he/she thinks will happen over the course of a few days. Perhaps they could create a journal in which they draw Day 1 and what the bean looked like, Day 2 etc. By creating a journal you can look back on it and discuss predictions, measure growth, and reflect on how environmental factors such as a sunny days verses  cloudy days impacted the seeds. Click the following link to view a demonstration of this experiment

Have fun and I will see you tomorrow at 9:30am.



March 30, 2020 

 Good Morning Parents,

  Today is the beginning of a new unit. For the next several weeks we will be learning about plants. To access this unit please click the following link: .The focus question for Week 1 is “What are plants?” The children will observe plants in their environment and learn the different parts of a plant. During our water unit we touched upon the fact that all living things need water so  the children are building background knowledge as well as building on prior knowledge. This morning at 9:30 am I will host a Zoom meeting and do a read aloud with the children. The first foundational text for this unit is Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner. Click here to enjoy it on YouTube

I was so happy that most of you were able to join the Zoom meeting this morning! It was wonderful to see the smiling faces of your children! Next meeting will be Wednesday at 9:30am. If you would like to reread  this morning’s story How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan please click on this link : 



March 26, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

Today we continue to think about “How does water help us? ” It can help us to make music! My suggestion for today is to create a water xylophone. Help your child to fill glasses with various amounts of water. You can line up the glasses for easy access and use food coloring to make it more interesting.  The first glass should be filled up to the top and then each one after that a little less. This will produce different tones. The more water there is in the glass the lower the tone that it will produce. Invite your child to gently tap the sides of the glasses with a wooden or metal spoon and listen to the different tones produced. Children love making music! Have fun! Please click on the link for a demonstration.


Mrs. K

March 25, 2020

Good Morning Parents,

This week’s focus question is “How Does Water Help Us?” The children know that the ocean is a home for many creatures. This week in school I was planning on making an ocean in a bottle. If you have a few simple things in the house you can do this at home. You will need baby oil, a funnel, an empty bottle, water, and blue food coloring. The oil and water are different densities and will stay separate creating ocean waves as you rock the bottle back and forth. If you have sequins, glitter, or tiny shells you can add them too. Please click on this link for a demonstration of how to make your own ocean in a bottle. Have fun!

March 24, 2020

 Dear Parents,

 I hope you enjoyed Laura Purdie Salas’ book. Today or one day this week you might like to conduct a Science experiment to demonstrate how water travels through a plant. You will need the following materials: celery stalk with leaves, clear container, water, and food coloring (red or blue work well). To begin share that the stalk is a part of the celery plant and discuss that plants need water to grow. Have your child fill the container with water and add a few drops of food coloring.Trim a small bit off the bottom of the stalk and have your child place the stalk in the water. Ask your child to predict what they think will happen and write down what he/she says. Review that a prediction is a guess about what they think will happen and in Science it does not matter if your prediction is right or not. What matters is that you wonder about something and then experiment to find out what will happen. Have you child observe the celery later in the day and then the following day and talk about what they noticed. Compare what happened to their predictions. Share that the plan draws water up from their roots through the stalk and into the leaves through their capillaries. Tell them capillaries are hollow like straws and that is how the water travels. You can check out this link before you begin. Have fun! 



March 23, 2020

Dear Parents,

This is Week 4 of the Water unit. This week the focus question is”How does water help us?” The main foundational text for this week is Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas.  Before listening to the story ask your child to think about and tell you how water helps us in our every day lives. Make sure you talk about the new vocabulary like quench and drench by returning to those pages and helping your child to use the illustrations to figure out the meaning. Let your child make connections to the book and discuss the author’s phrases “drink cooler” by asking your child “How can water cool drinks?” and “home maker” by asking “How can water be a home?” The last question will lead you to a discussion of various sea creatures. Ask your child to tell you about which sea creature he/she made for our ocean wall at school! One of our favorite songs has been “There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea.”

Another song to share with your child is the Sesame Street Water Song

Please check your email for important information regarding access to ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy, and Reading IQ.



 Mrs. K

March 19, 2020

Dear Parents,

Today is the first day of spring. It begins tonight at 11:50pm. You could share a story about spring today or tomorrow and take a walk to see if you can spot any signs of spring. You can point out the trees, shrubs, and flowers that are beginning to show buds and name them for your child. We did this last week and the children enjoyed it.

The essential question for this week is “What happens when we put things in water?” The following link gives you step by step instructions for an experiment about “What Dissolves in Water?”

The update from the Diocese is that all Catholic schools will follow what the mayor has instituted for the public schools. School will now be closed until April 20, 2020.

Scholastic has provided a daily resource of read alouds and coordinating activities. Please check out the following:


In addition please check out the following list of free educational sites.

Early Childhood Resources for Learning at Home

March 13, 2020

  As per the Diocese of Brooklyn, all schools will be closed from Monday March 16- Friday March 20. Please continue to check the  school website and Option C for future updates.

  As you know the children have been working on a Water unit. Next week is Week 3 of this unit. In Week 3  the children will think about how objects are affected when they are placed in water. You can google DOE PreK Water Unit and our current unit will come up. You can find all of the foundational and supportive texts as well as and ideas for Math, Science, and literacy activities. 

 I will also be sending home some optional worksheets for your children to complete. One is particular is Did It Sink or Float? Ask your child to find two objects that they would like experiment with. Floating  and Sinking by Amy Hansen is a great introduction to this activity. Have your child draw the object on the worksheet. Let them make a prediction by circling a box, place the object in water, and then circle a box for the outcome!  PBS Learning Media is a great resource with short videos on sinking and floating experiments that feature Sesame Street characters. Have fun with it! Children always really enjoy this activity!

Here are some websites to access additional learning activities connected to our Water unit for your child.

Phonics and Math resources

The DOE has provided an additional resource.  


 During this week you should continue to read to your children every day. Ask them questions about what they think might happen in the story and then discuss whether their predictions were right. If you share a non-fiction book ask them to recall details and talk about new vocabulary. You can also continue to have your child practice writing his/her name and work on alphabet recognition and the beginning sounds of words.


Mrs. Keenan

March 11, 2020


Dear Parents,

Please complete the Distance Learning Survey on the link below.

Thank you.


Distance Learning Survey

March 2020

Dear Parents,

  During the month of March the children will begin the Water unit. They will learn about bodies of water as well as weather. They will explore and learn about ice and water at different temperatures and perform some experiments. Experiments will also include discovering what items will sink or float in water. Finally we will consider how water helps all living things and we will learn about sea creatures.

 Please take note of some important dates listed below.




Important Dates

March 6- Hands on Animal Program in the gym

March 17- St. Patrick’s Day $1. dress down- wear your green

March 19- Little Mermaid Performance by the upper grades

March 24-$1. dress down

March 27 -Little Mermaid Performance 7:00pm

March 31-$1. dress down


February 2020

Dear Parents,

  During the month of February the children will learn about light. We will learn about natural and man made light and why light is so important to us. We will also learn about shadows and how they are made. The children will also create stories using puppets in our shadow theatre and experiment with flashlights.

  Our next class celebration will take place on Valentine’s Day. I hope to see some family members that have not yet joined us for center time. Thank you in advance for your contributions to the party.




Important Dates:

Feb.17-21      No School for Winter Break

Feb 27th       No School for PreK due to Teacher Professional Development

January 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your holidays. This month the children will be learning about transportation. They learned that some community helpers operate vehicles so they decided to make a mail truck for our classroom Post Office. They had fun painting and creating it. Please check out the pictures on the school’s Facebook page. As they role play and act out scenarios they build background knowledge, increase vocabulary, and learn to cooperate with each other.

In addition to the dramatic play area, there will be transportation activities in the math center such as pattern making, sorting, counting and simple addition and subtraction. There will also be art activities and daily read alouds of fiction and non-fiction books on transportation. Please ask your child what the book of the day was.

Please check out the important dates listed below.


Mrs. Keenan


Jan.15 Pizza Day

Jan.16 State of the Academy Meeting 6:30pm

Jan.20 School Closed

Jan.22 Bedtime Stories $5. per student 3-4 pm and $1. pajama dress down during   school hours

Jan.23 Scholastic Book Fair for our class

Jan.29 Pizza Day



December 2019

Dear Parents,

  During the month of December the children will be learning about their community as well as the various holidays celebrated by families this month. The dramatic play area will be transformed into a bakery, a pizzeria, and a post office. The children as always will participate in story time to build background knowledge and learn new vocabulary. At the end of the month will we have a holiday party.




Important Dates:

Dec.5- Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dec.9- No School

Dec.12-HAA Meeting

Dec.17- Ugly Sweater Contest

Dec.19- Christmas Concert

Dec.20- 3:00pm Dismissal – No Extended Care

Dec.23-Jan.5- N0 School



November 2019

Dear Parents,

 During the month of November the children will be learning about the fall. In this unit of study they will learn about leaves, how crops are harvested at this time and how various animals get ready for the winter. Every day the children will participate in a read aloud using both fiction and nonfiction books. Please ask them to tell you the name of our daily story!

 On Tuesday November 26th we will participate in a School Thanksgiving Lunch. The event will begin at 11:00am and parent volunteers are welcome. PreK as a grade is asked to send in paper plates and plastic cutlery. Thank you in advance for your support!


Mrs. Keenan


Important Dates

Monday Nov.11 – No School

Friday Nov.22-$1.00 Dress Down

Tuesday Nov.26- Thanksgiving Lunch

Wednesday Nov.27- 12:30pm Dismissal -No Extended Care Available

Thursday Nov28-29 No School


October 2019

Dear Parents,

 During the month of October the children will be learning about their five senses. Since it is fall and apple season many of the activities will incorporate apples. As a class there will be tasting of various apples, making applesauce, creating graphs, art activities using the sense of touch, I Spy games and creating patterns with apples.

The children participate in a group read aloud every day. The books are fiction and nonfiction. Please ask them to tell you about the book of the day and what we are learning in class!




Important Dates this Month

Friday October 4th – Daddy Drop Off 7:40 am

Wednesday October 9-Pretzel Day

Monday October 14th – No School Columbus Day

Wednesday October 16-Pizza Day

Friday October 18th – $2. Dress Down for Breast Cancer

Tuesday- October 22- Picture Day- Dress up (no uniforms)

Wednesday October 23- Pretzel  Day

Tuesday-October 29-Class Photo- Wear the uniform and bring your smile

Wednesday October 30th – No School due to Teacher Professional Day

Thursday October 31st- Halloween Parade & Pizza Day



September 2019

Dear Parents,

I would like to wish you a warm welcome as we begin a new school year. This year will be one of tremendous growth and learning for your sons and daughters and I look forward to being a part of their learning journey.

Universal Pre-K focuses on learning through purposeful play. The learning experiences are grounded in the children’s interests and developed around learning in several disciplines that include Literature, Art, Math, Science and Social Studies. We will be working on units of study throughout the year. Our first unit will be “Welcome to Pre-K”. September will be a month of getting to know each other, making new friends, and learning classroom routines.

Please remember to send in your medical forms, your emergency contact information, a change of clothes, and the photos of your child. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.





Our Specials are as follows:

Monday – Art






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