Pre Kindergarten (Mrs. Krow)



August/September 2019


We are looking forward to a wonderful year of excitement and discovery.  The next few weeks will be packed full of new friends, learning to share, learning to cooperate, learning to focus on tasks at hand and best of all, discovering God’s world through play.  We look forward to working with you and your child, and we welcome any questions or comments regarding our program.  Staying involved and informed in your child’s education is the key to a successful year.  To help keep you informed, each month you will be receiving a newsletter describing some activities and lesson topics that will be emphasized in our preschool program.  Please read the newsletters so you can note any special happenings. We know from experience that parent involvement is essential to maximize the benefits the child gets from his or her school experience.  We urge you to become involved by joining our PTO, attending school meetings and conferences, volunteering for school wide projects and talking daily with your child about his/her school experiences.  We recommend that you fill out a CORI and do the required Virtus Training at Mater Dolorosa School so that you are ready and able to join/help any of our activities, events and field trips

Another way to stay involved is to check your child’s backpack every evening.  You’ll find it packed with school projects, flyers, notices from the office as well as notes from us.  As daunting as it may be, try to sort through them, and read each one, since they often contain important information and reminders.  Your child should come to school with a fairly empty backpack.


Aug. 28-30 Welcome to School    

This first week is a time of orientation and adjustment for all concerned.  Special stories, songs and activities will help to introduce the children to each other, the school environment and ourselves.  Please keep in mind that a little separation anxiety is not uncommon or unexpected for children starting or returning to preschool.  To help your child handle their uncertainty and nervousness, we recommend keeping a positive attitude, giving a little happy reassurance, and trying your best not to linger, before giving a brief good-bye during drop off.  Before long, your child will likely settle right into his/her routine!



Sept. 2-6 Colors and Shapes

Starting off with colors and shapes will help make our students feel comfortable and confident as most four-year olds will be familiar with colors and the more common shapes like circle, square, and triangle.  In the days to follow we will use the shapes that we learn about in class to make many wonderful crafts. The children will delight in the stories, songs and activities that will help reinforce these concepts. In addition, the children will be introduced to the calendar, leader chart, reading and handwriting program.  We will also begin our Alpha bags.



Sept. 9-13 All About Me and Friendships       

This theme will address skills and concepts that are important in growing up such as: recognizing and learning our name, learning about emotions, and most of all learning everyone is unique and special.  There will be many activities to help the children discover their talents and skills.  Learning to be a good friend and classmate is a key topic this week.  Special stories, games and lessons will help develop our new friendships.  We welcome any family photos that your child may like to share with us.

We’ve joined together as classmates

As the new year begins,

A year full of learning while we become friends.

We’ll share and be kind

As we work and we play.

And our friendship will grow

With each passing day.      



Sept. 16-20 Apple Week

The legend of Johnny Appleseed will be discussed this week in class.  The children will discover the magical story about the Star in the Apple and the famous “Apple Annie”.  The students will have an opportunity to make applesauce or an apple dessert during this week.  Stories, songs and lessons will enhance our theme.

***Please remember that your child is always welcomed and encouraged to bring in any item related to the theme of the week.  Some suggestions would perhaps be a book, stuffed animal or pictures.




Sept. 23-27

Fall in New England brings us a plethora of ideas and activities to explore in school.  In the classroom we will be focusing on all aspects of the fall seasons such as the changing leaves, pumpkins, animals and much more.  We will also address the changes in weather as well as the differences in the clothing we wear.  We would like the children to bring in items that reflect the season to share with teachers and classmates. For example: a pinecone, acorns, leaves or any story related to our theme.




                                      Mrs. Krow & Mrs. Judd