September is Flying By!

Another week of preschool in the books!

Our children continue to impress us with how much they’re learning all at once and demonstrating that knowledge throughout our days together. As their teachers, it’s the most rewarding thing to see their independence grow – we hope you are as proud as we are! 🤗

This week we will continue to establish and review routines/expectations, explore our names, and learn more about ourselves and each other.

Last week we learned that Jesus loves and cares for us all. We will continue to learn more about Jesus’ love for us as He welcomes us and we learn to welcome each other. We also read a book called All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman that helped us learn more about what it means to welcome and to be welcomed. In the end we discovered that no matter what we or our families look like, what we do, and/or where we’re from – we’re all unique, loved, and cared for by our Lord and, hopefully, by each other. One of the most important things we can do to welcome someone is to learn their names. By the end of the week, we hope to put together a physical and digital book with all of our names and photos so we can get more practice identifying our friends outside of the school day. Be on the look out for it!

With the upcoming arrival of Fall and our unpredictable Chicago weather, please send your child to school with a sweater or light jacket so we are prepared for the outdoors. Fall is one of the most exciting seasons to go on nature walks and we look forward to going on many! If you walk to school or home, take some time to do your own nature walk and notice how the world is changing around us this season. If you come across any interesting leaves or seeds (acorns, pinecones, pods, etc.), send them to school. We’d LOVE to add them to our Science center! Also, if you happened to grow sunflowers this summer and can spare a head, we’d greatly appreciate your contribution to our exploration! 😃

Scholastic Book Club Orders Catalogs were sent home last week and orders are due this Friday, Sept. 18th. Just wanted to share that there’s actually a larger selection if you shop online. If you’re new to Scholastic Book Club ordering, it’s basically a really nice and convenient way of building your child’s home library. You’ll get new catalogs each month, but can technically order from any as long as items are available. All books ordered ship to school and we hand them out to take home. I’ve always found books reasonably priced – usually cheaper than Amazon or in-stores – plus family orders helps our class earn points to use toward our own classroom library. That said, there’s never any pressure to order but here’s our class ordering info – Bookmark it for the future!


  • This Week
    • Tuesday, Sept 15: Music & P.E.
    • Wednesday, Sept 16: Music
    • Thursday, Sept 17: Library
    • Friday, Sept 18: P.E.; Scholastic Book Club Orders Due
  • Next Week
    • Tuesday, Sept 22: Music & P.E. First day of Fall!
    • Wednesday, Sept 23: Music
    • Thursday, Sept 24: Library
    • Friday, Sept. 25: No School (Staff Development)
  • Coming Soon
    • Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 7-8: School Picture Days (details TBA)
    • Monday, Oct. 12: No School
    • Thursday & Friday, Oct. 22-23: Parent Teacher Conferences (11:30a dismissal for full-day students; 11:00a for half-day students)

Practice with Me, Please! As we continue to learn routines and expectations, your child will find we do A LOT of singing to signal transitions. A song that you can help your child learn is our “Great Learner” song (to the tune of Frère Jacques):

Eyes are watching, (point to eyes)
Ears are listening, (cup ears)
Voices quiet, (finger to lips to make”shh” action)
Body still… (hug body)
This is how we listen… (pat lap softly) 
This is how we listen… (pat lap softly)
At meeting time*/story time, (continue patting lap softly/open hands like a book)
At meeting
time*/story time. (continue patting lap softly/open hands like a book)

In addition to this song, we’ve introduced the rest of our classroom expectations… 

  • “Criss-cross applesauce” with hands in lap (or “spoons in your bowls”)
  • Walking feet
  • Thinking brains
  • Helping hands
  • [BIG] Caring hearts

And the overall mindset we’re trying to foster…

  • We take care of ourselves.
  • We take care of each other.
  • We take care of our school.
  • We take care of the world.

Until next time…
Mrs. Fertig

Week 2 in View!

Hope everyone has enjoyed this 3-day weekend! We can’t wait to be back in the classroom with our new preschool friends!

This past week had some tears, but we learned to cope and will continue to do so. These moments never lasted too long and our children carried on to enjoy their day. Number one reason seems to be missing home, but it’s a natural process and the children are doing great with managing these feelings. Again, just a reminder to please send a family photo. Thank you!

Meeting our specials teachers was delightful! We also did an excellent job following directions and being respectful of their time in our classrom. While Music and Library took place within our classroom, we had P.E. in the courtyard. Mrs. Stevens requests that our families please send their children to school with gym shoes/sneakers, especially on P.E. days (Tuesday and Friday). We had some shoes slipping off during some of the motions students were guided in doing and we want to be sure we keep those tiny feet safe! If your child can tip-toe, heel walk, skip, jump and run in their shoes then they’re good to go! 👍🏼👍🏼

This week we will continue to focus on establishing routines, learning our school/class rules, meeting new friends, introducing new centers/materials, and having fun as we continue to adapt to our new surroundings.

  • This Week
    • Monday, Sept 7: No School (Labor Day)
    • Tuesday, Sept 8: Music & P.E.; FSP lunch begins
    • Wednesday, Sept 9: Music
    • Thursday, Sept 10: Library
    • Friday, Sept 11: P.E.
  • Next Week
    • Tuesday, Sept 15: Music & P.E.
    • Wednesday, Sept 16: Music
    • Thursday, Sept 17: Library
    • Friday, Sept 18: P.E.
  • Coming Soon
    • Friday, Sept. 25: No School (Staff Development)

Practice with Me, Please! As we continue to learn routines and expectations, your child will find we do A LOT of singing to signal transitions. A song that you can help your child learn is our “Great Learner” song (to the tune of Frère Jacques):

Eyes are watching, (point to eyes)
Ears are listening, (cup ears)
Voices quiet, (finger to lips to make”shh” action)
Body still… (hug body)
This is how we listen… (pat lap softly) 
This is how we listen… (pat lap softly)
At meeting time*/story time, (continue patting lap softly/open hands like a book)
At meeting
time*/story time. (continue patting lap softly/open hands like a book)

*Meeting time was previously called circle time; we renamed it since we no longer sit in a circle. Due to Covid19 guidelines, it’s more like a spaced-out oval or everyone sits on their own “flower” and we call this area “the garden” instead of the carpet (no carpet) 💁🏼‍♀️

In addition to this song, we’ve introduced the rest of our classroom expectations… 

  • “Criss-cross applesauce” with hands in lap (or “spoons in your bowls”)
  • Walking feet
  • Thinking brains
  • Helping hands
  • [BIG] Caring hearts

And the overall mindset we’re trying to foster…

  • We take care of ourselves.
  • We take care of each other.
  • We take care of our school.
  • We take care of the world.

Lastly, our aim is to be intentional in all that we do and that includes the way we speak with our students, especially when it pertains to redirecting behaviors. The following are some Room 5 lingo/dialogue (view here) we use regularly and hopefully you can help support at home. Again, these are just examples as we recognize each child is unique and each situation is different so we adjust accordingly. Ultimately, our goals are to make sure each child develops the ability to [physically and verbally] express themselves appropriately and learn to problem solve – first with guidance and eventually, independently. We can do it!

Until next time…
Mrs. Fertig