3 Day Preschool 9/16/2019

Dear Families,

We made it through our first week of school! The students were so happy and did a great job at following directions. This week we will continue to review our classroom rules, learning to clean up our toys and sharing with others.

Classroom Rules:


We will learn the sound of the letter Aa and will glue on Apple Jacks on the letter A


The children will learn about the importance of following directions in school, how to make friends, and being kind to one another.


This week we will learn about our school theme, “Be Kind.” We will talk about God’s love for us and discuss how we can practice love, kindness and good deeds towards others.


We will explore the differences and similarities in various types of apples, and will do a simple lesson with graphing.


If you haven’t yet done so, please bring in a labeled zip lock bag with a set of extra clothes as soon as possible. This is in case your child has an accident or spills.  Please avoid using belts when possible to hold up It can be tricky when they need to use the toilet quickly.

Please send in your child’s Comfort Kit. This is for an emergency and should only include: A small flashlight, a warm hat, an extra pair of socks, a small container of wipes, and a letter with a picture to comfort your child.



A Snack Calendar will be sent home next week. If the date you are assigned does not work for you, please trade dates with another family.

Each child will bring snack for 3 days for 14 students. No juice or water is needed. Preschool will provide this for the children.

Please send healthy snacks. Suggestions include:

Fruits and Veggies. Please be sure these are washed and cut at home.

Fruit leather

Crackers—Graham, Goldfish, Ritz, Wheat Thins

Cheese—String, cheese slices

Yogurt/Applesauce—squeezable only

Mini muffins, granola bars, rice crispy treats



Our Jog-a-thon will be next Friday, September 20th. On this day you may come to run with your child or to just support our students and cheer!

Times for the preschool:

AM Classes, both 3 Day and 5 Day preschoolers will run from 10:00 to 10:30 am

This is a RAIN OR SHINE event, and one of our biggest fundraisers. Your participation is very much appreciated!


Please do not park in the yellow zone of 79th St. during AM drop-off and PM pick-up.

Please share this request with your nannies, grandparents, etc.

This is especially important between 8:00am-8:30am and 2:45pm-3:15pm. Thank you so much!


In order to volunteer at St. John, you must complete a “Safe Environment Training” class.  This class will be held on October 1stat 6:30pm in Egan Hall. Please contact the parish office with questions.

We thank you for your support! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Have a wonderful weekend!


Vanessa Castillo


Welcome Students 2019-2020!


Welcome to all of our preschool families! We hope you had an enjoyable summer! We are excited to meet you and your children and we are looking forward to an exciting year.

We also want to welcome our new assistant Miss Angel Yutoc to the 3 Day preschool. She comes from The Philippines with 15 + years of experience as an early childhood educator.

 At the Beginning

The first few days or weeks can be a big change for your children. Adjusting to new teachers, classmates, and the new environment takes time. Separating from mom or dad can be difficult. Some children separate easily and others may resist or cry. These are normal behaviors for this age. For this reason we need you to make your goodbye short and sweet. If your child is upset we will take them at the door and comfort them until they are ready to join the rest of the group. Once your child gets involved in their day, anxiety subsides and there are lots of smiles.


Our door to opens at 8:15 am for arrival.

We will assist the students in hanging up their coat and finding an activity when they arrive in the morning. As soon as the children arrive to the preschool they immediately begin socializing and engaging in many activities with their teachers and classmates. When you are on time you do not interrupt children learning. This is why we want to emphasize the importance of having your children to preschool on time. We open at 8:15 and want everyone present by 8:25 for our Calendar and important morning routines, lessons, and activities. 


Please be prompt to pick up your preschooler. They are ready to be dismissed at 11:15 AM. Please wait on the playground side of the fence to avoid blocking the sidewalk in front of the preschool.


We celebrate birthdays in a very special way. To prepare for this activity please create a poster with photos that explain the different stages in your child’s life and a photo of his family. You may also bring cupcakes or cookies to share!


Rugged Clothing/Toys

Please dress your children in rugged clothing. Sturdy soled shoes are the safest and most preferred for preschool. NO jewelry, FLIPFLOPS, CROCS, OR SHOES WITH HEELS, PLEASE. As per the parent handbook, socks must be worn everyday. We go outside everyday so please send your child with the appropriate outside gear according to the weather.

Boots, jackets, sweaters, lunchboxes and backpacks should be labeled to prevent loss. If your child will be attending day care in the afternoons, please drop off all backpacks, lunch boxes, and naptime aids in XDC. We ask that children do not bring toys, stickers or valuable items from home to class.

 Change of Clothes

On the first day of school, please send your children with a complete change of clothes in a large ziplock bag labeled with their name in case of an accident. Please include underwear, socks, a shirt, and pants (preferably sweatpants or leggings.) It is helpful to send clothes that are appropriate for any time of the year. When wet or soiled clothes are sent home, please replace them in a new ziplock bag the next day. Please label each item of clothing and the bag, and we will keep these all year.


St. John School has a new website URL: http://st-johnschool.org/.

My email is vcastillo@st-johnschool.org

Our preschool newsletter, “The Preschool Press”, will be posted online to keep you informed. Be sure to check the school website for important dates, activities, and to read the “News Views” (weekly, all school newsletter). IF YOU PREFER A HARD COPY OF THE PRESCHOOL PRESS PLEASE LET ME KNOW. You may email me at any time with questions, concerns or to set up a conference. For emergencies or to notify an absence please contact the office at 206-783-0337.

If your children attend daycare; all projects, letters, and important information will be placed in a file box and will be available for you to collect daily at XDC at pick up time. Children being picked up at the preschool need to take home the paperwork from their cubbies daily as well. Have your child bring a backpack or small tote bag for this purpose.


Our school earns approximately $65,000 from Scrip each year. It is easy to use scrip as there are many merchants who participate in the program. Please take a minute to learn more about Scrip and how you can support St. John School in this convenient way. You may ask the office for more information.

Preschool Snacks

Our snack calendar and snack suggestion list will follow in a couple of days. Please be aware to check for products made with nuts or in a factory that may have other products made with nuts. We cannot serve these.

 Earthquake/Disaster Comfort Kits

These will be necessary for all preschool students.

In addition to basic earthquake/disaster supplies at St. John School, the children are required to have a comfort kit that will be kept in the classroom. This kit is designed to calm your children and keep them comfortable while waiting to be picked up. Due to space constraints only the following items are to be included in the comfort kit (no deviations please):

Small working flashlight (please put the batteries loose in the bag)

Stocking cap

Small package of Wet Wipes

One or two photos not larger than 4×6

One page letter to your child to comfort him/her while awaiting your arrival

One pair of tube socks

One small plastic drinking cup 5 or 6 ounce size

Place all items in a one-gallon zip lock bag labeled with your student’s name. Your student should bring this kit on the first day and give it to the teacher.

Looking foward to teaching your children!


Mrs. Castillo