Sunday, January 19, 2020

Week of January 20, 2020









Our little scientists were so busy experimenting, making predictions, observations and comparisons this week!  It was so much fun to watch them participate in the scientific process!  I hope they came home and impressed you with some of their new vocabulary and knowledge!  

It was so hard to decide which photos to publish this week so I'm including a few more than usual.  Hope you enjoy seeing your little one in action.  Wind, Wind Races, Kite Flying, Snow, Ice, Melting, Snowflakes, Lions, Lamps, Legos, Marshmallow Snowflake Engineering, Shaving Cream "Snow", Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Peace Signs were just a few of our highlights!  What a busy and fun-filled week!

This week we will be reviewing all the letters we have learned so far as well as finishing up letter Ll.  We will be working on counting objects through 5 as well as writing number 5 (it's a tricky one for little hands!)  We will be continuing our study of weather with a focus on clouds as well as continuing to learn our names in print as well as recognizing those of our classmates. And yes, the SCISSORS are coming out this week!! 

Catholic Schools Week Tag Day:  
Monday, January 27th:  Celebrate our Community:  Wear Blue Tag Day,  $1 donations are being collected to benefit the Family of Detective Joseph Seals of the Jersey City Police Department.

PreK-3 Artwork on Loan:  Our adorable hedgehogs are now on display at the Roxbury Public Library in the Children's Section through the month of January.  We worked with the PreK-4 Class to mount a fabulous display featuring one of our January themes - Hibernation.  Be sure to stop over and check it out!  Look for your child's initials on the bottom of their craft.

PreK Parent/Teacher Conferences:   I'm looking forward to discussing your child's progress with you in the upcoming days.  Please come directly to The Learning Center and ring the PreK-3 doorbell.  We will be conferencing in our classroom.  Each conference will be approximately 15-20 minutes. 

This Week's Focus will be on:
Letter of the Week: Review of Aa-Ll
Number of the Month: 5
Colors of the Month:  Black and White
Shape of the Month:  Diamond (rhombus)
January Themes:  Counting 0-5, Sorting, AB Patterns, Feelings, Winter, Weather, Hibernation,                                          Name Recognition, Name Writing, Scissor Skills, Calendar
Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Simple Prayers, Grace before meals,  My Name Is Special,
Praying for someone other than ourselves

Show & Tell:  Friday, Jan 24th  FREE CHOICE WEEK Please bring in anything you'd like to show and tell our PreK-3 friends about.  (We are practicing asking questions or making comments about each other's Show and Tells as well as presenting our own.) 

Dates to Remember:
January 20th: NO SCHOOL - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17th- January 27th: PreK-3 Parent/Teacher Conferences
January 26th-31st: Catholic Schools Week
January 26th: STS Open House 12:30-2pm
February 17th: NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day


Have a wonderful week,
Paula Dobres

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Week of January 13, 2020




As if right on cue, Mother Nature really delivered in kicking off our Weather STEAM Unit!  This week we observed almost every type of weather that we will be studying!  Although the weather outside was quite unpredictable, PreK-3 was sunny and delightful all week long!  (Please refer to the photos above!)   We also began learning about Wind as well and will continue to this week with some fun Windy Experiments that will be sure to "blow everyone away!!"

Letter Kk was lots of fun to learn about.  Kicking, Karate, Kangaroos, Kings and Kites were a few of our highlights!  Letter Ll will be equally exciting this week!  We will also be doing some marshmallow math and science as well as learning all about snow.  It's going to be a fun and busy week!

The Little Gym:  Sign up forms went home this week.  If you are interested in having your child participate in this after school gym time offered right here at St Therese, please return your forms to school as soon as possible.

PreK-3 Artwork on Loan:  Our adorable hedgehogs are now on display at the Roxbury Public Library in the Children's Section through the month of January.  We worked with the PreK-4 Class to mount a fabulous display featuring one of our January themes - Hibernation.  Be sure to stop over and check it out!  Look for your child's initials on the bottom of their craft.

PreK Parent/Teacher Conferences:   I'm looking forward to discussing your child's progress with you.  Everyone should have received a conference time through your child's folder.  Please sign and return the bottom portion of the slip.  If you need to reschedule, please reach out to me as soon as possible so we can come up with a new time.


This Week's Focus will be on:
Letter of the Week: Ll
Number of the Month: 5
Colors of the Month:  Black and White
Shape of the Month:  Diamond (rhombus)
January Themes:  Counting 0-5, Sorting, AB Patterns, Feelings, Winter, Weather, Hibernation,                                          Name Recognition, Name Writing, Scissor Skills
Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Simple Prayers, Grace before meals,  My Name Is Special

Show & Tell:  Friday, Jan 17th  FREE CHOICE WEEK Please bring in anything you'd like to show and tell our PreK-3 friends about.  (I am so proud of how far all of the children's public speaking skills have developed!  It is so evident as they present their Show and Tell items.  Thank you for helping with the selection process at home and no worries if you forget.  We all forget every now and then.)

Dates to Remember:
January 20th: NO SCHOOL - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17th- January 27th: PreK-3 Parent/Teacher Conferences
January 26th-31st: Catholic Schools Week
January 26th: STS Open House 12:30-2pm
February 17th: NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day


Have a Lovely Week,
Paula Dobres

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Week of January 6, 2020




Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and restful break.

We would like to welcome a new student to our PreK-3 Family, Savannah!!  We are all so excited to have her and her sweet family join our incredible school!!

We hit the ground running on Friday with a fun kick off to our new STEAM Unit on Weather.  Our little meteorologists were so excited to dress our Weather Bear for the rainy weather and to learn our new Weather Song.  (Expect to hear some new tunes this month!)

We are also learning to recite The Pledge of Allegiance.  Don't be surprised to be expected to say it along with your little Patriot any time they see the Flag!

We pretended to be hedgehogs and had so much fun hibernating for the Winter before completing an adorable hedgehog craft (now on display... please see below.)  Be sure to ask your little hibernator all about it!  The photos above should spark some fun memories for them!! 

We will focus on letter Kk this week with some fun crafts as well as continue to work on our Weather Unit with a focus on Sunny as well as Windy weather.  We are working on a BIG project which will take us a few weeks to complete so if the folders seem a little lighter on crafts in the upcoming weeks, its because we are holding onto things for a BIG SURPRISE!

PreK-3 Artwork on Loan:  Our adorable hedgehogs are now on display at the Roxbury Public Library in the Children's Section through the month of January.  We worked with the PreK-4 Class to mount a fabulous display featuring one of our January themes - Hibernation.  Be sure to stop over and check it out!  Look for your child's initials on the bottom of their craft.

PreK Parent/Teacher Conferences:   I'm looking forward to discussing your child's progress with you.  Everyone should have received a conference time through your child's folder.  Please sign and return the bottom portion of the slip.  If you need to reschedule, please reach out to me as soon as possible so we can come up with a new time.

Optional Tag Day:  STS will be having a school-wide Super Hero Tag Day on Friday.  Your child is welcomed to participate by wearing superhero attire if they wish to.

This Week's Focus will be on:
Letter of the Week: Kk
Number of the Month: 5
Colors of the Month:  Black and White
Shape of the Month:  Diamond (rhombus)
January Themes:  Counting 0-5, Sorting, AB Patterns, Feelings, Winter, Weather, Hibernation,                                          Name Recognition, Name Writing, Scissor Skills
Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Simple Prayers, Grace before meals,  A Visit From My Family

Show & Tell:  Friday, Jan 10th  Please bring something in to show and tell our PreK-3 friends about that either begins with the letter Kk sound, is diamond shaped or is black and/or white in color.   

Dates to Remember:
January 10th:  STS Tag Day - Super Hero Theme
January 20th: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17th- January 27th: PreK-3 Parent/Teacher Conferences
January 26th-31st: Catholic Schools Week
January 26th: STS Open House 12:30-2pm
February 17th: NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day


Have a great week,
Paula Dobres

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Week of December 16, 2019




I am so proud of all the children for doing such a great job during our Christmas Show.  It was so nice to see all of our families gathered together for such a special day!  A great big thank you to our wonderful class moms, Mrs. Selser and Mrs. Rozanski,  for organizing such a beautiful refreshment table!

Gifts of Kindness  Thank you for helping our class gift Baby Jesus with your children's kindness.  They are all very excited to use their kind and caring words and acts to help celebrate the Advent Season.

Our Parent/Teacher Conferences will be in January.  More information will be coming home through the children's folders this week.  Please respond with your top time/date preferences as soon as possible as I would like to finalize the conference schedule over Christmas break to give you enough time to plan ahead for our conference. 

IMPORTANT:  Early Dismissal on Friday, 12/20 will be at 11:30 in the Main Building due to busing issues.  If you have a child being dismissed from the Main Building, please pick up there first and then head over to the Learning Center.  We will start dismissing from the Learning Center around 11:40 to accommodate families with siblings.  We will continue dismissing through 12:00 for those families who were planning on a noon dismissal as originally scheduled so please do not worry if you cannot get to us until then.  Also, PLEASE plan on a very busy parking lot between a school wide dismissal as well as  Mass occurring around the same time.  Let's all try to be extra diligent with all of our little ones' safety.

We will be finishing up letter Jj this week as well as reviewing all the letters we have learned so far.  We will also be working on  name recognition and of course focusing on CHRISTMAS!!!  Fun, fun, fun!!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas an a blessed new year!!


This Week's Focus will be on:
Letters of the Week: Jj and Letter Review
Number of the Month: 4
Color of the Month:  Blue
Shape of the Month:  Star
December Themes:  Counting 0-4, Sorting, AB Patterns, Christmas, Kindness, Feelings, Winter,                                           Name Recognition
Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Simple Prayers, Grace before meals, Christmas, "Jesus is Born," Advent

Show & Tell:   There will be NO Show and Tell this week, we will resume in January. 

Dates to Remember:
December 20th: EARLY DISMISSAL (11:30-11:45) for all students- No After School Care
December 23- January 1st: NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break


Have a wonderful Christmas,
Paula Dobres

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Week of December 9, 2019




It was looking like a full week of school until the terrible Ice/Snow Storm hit!  Although I was disappointed to put some of our lessons on hold, it was so much fun to jump start our snowy crafts in PreK-3!!  We also loved decorating our classroom Christmas Tree!  Be sure to sneak a peek at our Winter Wonderland  on display in our classroom next time you are in the Learning Center!

We had a blast painting, glittering and molding with our new blue play dough!  This upcoming week is going to be equally messy and fun!  Be sure to ask your little artist all about his/her mystery stains on their clothes and hands.  We do our best to clean up after all our fun, but some things are a little harder to remove than others so please continue to dress your child in washable play clothes during our regular school days, especially this week... 

Gifts of Kindness  Thank you for helping our class gift Baby Jesus with your children's kindness.  They are all very excited to use their kind and caring words and acts to help celebrate the Advent Season.

Our Parent/Teacher Conferences will be in January.  More information will be coming home through the folders in the upcoming weeks.

Christmas Show:  Our Show will begin at 8:45am on December 13, 2019 in the All Purpose Room of the Church.  Plan on it taking about an hour or so.  The routine will be very different for this special day.  All children should arrive by 8:40 directly to the Church. They will be dismissed right to you after our Show and light refreshments so you can spend the rest of your special day together with with your amazing little Preschool Performer!!  No backpacks or lunchboxes needed on that day.  Please have your child wear their Holiday best.   Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

This Week's Focus will be on:
Letters of the Week: Jj
Number of the Month: 4
Color of the Month:  Blue
Shape of the Month:  Star
December Themes:  Counting 0-4, Sorting, AB Patterns, Christmas, Kindness, Feelings, Winter,                                           Name Recognition
Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Simple Prayers, Grace before meals, Christmas, "Jesus is Born," Advent

Show & Tell:  Due to the shortened week, there will be NO Show and Tell. 

Dates to Remember:

December 13th: 8:45 AM- PreK-3 Christmas Show 
December 16th: tentative CHRISTMAS SHOW SNOW DATE (I'm in the process of confirming)
December 20th: EARLY DISMISSAL for all students- No After School Care
December 23- January 1st: NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break


See you at the Christmas Show,
Paula Dobres

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Week of December 2, 2019



Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are so thankful for the amazing opportunity to teach your incredible little ones!  Thank you for sharing them with us here at St Therese School.

We will be hitting the ground running this week with so much to get done before Christmas!  We will be doing lots of practicing of our Christmas Show songs to get ready for our Show on December 13th.  If you hear some beautiful singing and humming at home, please encourage it even if it is about two red apples, five pumpkins or fat turkeys!

Wow, was painting and glittering our 3-D stars so much fun this week!!  Be sure to sneak a peek up at our "classroom sky" next time you are in the Learning Center.  We also made adorable Mangers which are on display in our classroom as well.  And don't forget to check out our houses on display in the hallway... you'll be impressed with the special surprises hidden behind their doors!!

Our Parent/Teacher Conferences will be in January.  More information will be coming home through the folders in the upcoming weeks.

Christmas Show:  Our Show will begin at 8:45am on December 13, 2019 in the All Purpose Room of the Church.  Plan on it taking about an hour or so.  The routine will be very different for this special day.  All children will arrive a little later and right to the Church. They will be dismissed directly to you right after our Show and light refreshments so you can spend the rest of your special day together with with your amazing little Preschool Performer!!   Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

This Week's Focus will be on:
Letters of the Week: Ii and Jj
Number of the Month: 4
Color of the Month:  Blue
Shape of the Month:  Star
December Themes:  Counting 0-4, Sorting, AB Patterns, Christmas, Kindness, Feelings, Winter,                                           Name Recognition
Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Simple Prayers, Grace before meals, Christmas, "Jesus is Born," Advent

Show & Tell:  Friday, December 6th   Please bring something that is blue, star shaped or begins with the letter Ii  sound to show and tell our friends about.  (Please label with your child's name or place the object in a labeled baggie.)

Dates to Remember:

December 7th: HSA Breakfast with Santa
December 13th: 8:45 AM- PreK-3 Christmas Show 
December 16th: tentative CHRISTMAS SHOW SNOW DATE (I'm in the process of confirming)
December 20th: NOON DISMISSAL for all students- No After School Care
December 23- January 1st: NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break


Have a Joyous week,
Paula Dobres

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Week of November 25, 2019





We had another busy week full of  learning fun!  We loved reading Run Turkey Run and working in small groups to "hide" our turkeys from the class farmers - Mrs Matthews and myself!  It was such fun STEAM lesson to teach and observe our incredible little engineers and architects participate in!!
Take a peek at the photos above to see if you can spot our hidden turkeys...

Letter Hh was a blast to learn about... Hiccups, Hippos, Hat Stacker Memory Game, Horses, Pin The Tail on the Horse, Harvest and Houses are just a few of of the happy highlights!  Be sure to ask your Hard worker all about it!

We are starting to learn about the Real Meaning of Christmas and continuing to practice for our Christmas Show.  It isn't ideal to intrude on one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving, with all of our Christmas lessons, but this year with Thanksgiving being so late, I'm forced to overlap... Hope this helps to clarify why you are starting to see some Christmas themed work starting to come home.

ARTWORK ON DISPLAY for one more week:  Our PreK artists' masterpieces are on display in the Roxbury Public Library!!!!  Be sure to stop by the Children's Section to see our amazing St Therese Preschool bulletin boards on display.  PreK-3 created beautiful Indian Corn and PreK-4 made amazing Crows!  You will be able to identify your child's artwork by their initials written on the bottom of their masterpieces!!  Feel free to take this opportunity for a quick photo opp!!  (THANK YOU for sharing your amazing photos with me, I LOVE THEM!!)

Christmas Show:  PLEASE mark your calendars!!  Our Show will begin at 8:45am on December 13, 2019 in the All Purpose Room of the Church.  Plan on it taking about an hour or so.  The routine will be very different for this special day.  All children will arrive a little later right to the Church and will be dismissed directly to you right after our Show and refreshments so you can spend the rest of your special day together with with your amazing little Preschool Performer!!  (Information and an invitation went home last week.)  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

This Week's Focus will be on:
Letter of the Week: Ii
Number of the Month: 3
Color of the Month:  Brown
Shape of the Month:  Square/Star
November Themes:  Counting 0-3, Sorting, AB Patterns, Thanksgiving, Families, Homes, Manners
Religion:  Sign of the Cross, Simple Prayers, Grace before meals, Thankfulness, "My Family Cares For Me"

Show & Tell:  No Show and Tell  due to the shortened week

Dates to Remember:
November 25th:  Regular School Day for Preschool (Noon dismissal for Main School)
November 27th: 11:45 Dismissal for all PreK students- No After School Care
November 28-29:  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 7th: HSA Breakfast with Santa
December 13th: 8:45 AM- PreK-3 Christmas Show (more information to follow)
December 16th: tentative CHRISTMAS SHOW SNOW DATE (I'm in the process of confirming)
December 20th: NOON DISMISSAL for all students- No After School Care
December 23- January 1st: NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break


Hope you have an incredible week!
Paula Dobres

Week of January 20, 2020

Our little scientists were so busy experimenting, making predictions, observations and comparisons this week!  It was...