Friday, July 14th, 2017

Dear XDC Summer Families,

Students in XDC have been having fun this summer! We have had field trips, “water days” and numerous themed projects throughout the weeks. Some of the students’ favorite projects this summer are; making “tie-dye t-shirts,” “melting beads” and “weekly themed crafts.”

Next week’s theme is “Shipwrecked.” (see picture above for each day’s theme)

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Bugge

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

Students in XDC are excited for the last week of school! XDC Summer program begins on Monday, June 12th.

A reminder to parents:

There is no school and XDC is closed on Friday, June 9th.

Morning XDC Pre-K News

June 5th– 9th

Good morning and Happy Monday! This will be the final newsletter of the school year from me. I will not be working in XDC this summer, but look forward to seeing you in August! Thank you for your kindness and support this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of your children and your families.

This week in morning care we will continue to review letters and numbers; sorting, counting, and patterning.

We will continue with the Ocean theme and Summer! We were unable to do some of the intended activities and projects because of the short week.

Please remember that there is no day care or preschool on Friday, June 9th but I hope to see many of you at the preschool picnic!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Thank you and have a wonderful week and summer vacation!

God Bless,

Mrs. Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

Students in XDC have been working on spring-themed crafts and activities. We announced our “Summer T-shirt” contest winner last week. Some of the students’ favorite projects this week were; painting, learning about “human anatomy,” creating “summer posters” and making play-dough structures.

A reminder to XDC parents:

There is no school and XDC is closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th, 2017.

Morning XDC Pre-K News

May 29 – June 2

Good morning and Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone enjoyed the long beautiful weekend.

This week in morning care we will continue with the review of letters and numbers; sorting, counting, and patterning. Just like last week, we will continue to practice the letters b & d as well.

Your children completed the anatomy aprons on Friday and were anxious to take them home. Hopefully they could share with you a little about what they learned.

Check out the day care webpage for a picture or two!

This week we will be learning about the ocean. The unit includes a Math fishing game, a fish flop prediction game, and the creation of a “Wave bottle” for Science.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

Students in XDC have been working on “Spring-themed” crafts and activities. Some of the students’ favorite projects from last week were; “Earth Day worksheets, creating Earth Day globes with painted handprints, easel paintings and entering the “Summer XDC shirt design contest.”

Morning XDC Pre-K News

May 1st– 5th

Hello morning day care families! Thank you for your support of our auction! Your children will benefit immensely from the generosity of so many in this wonderful community.

Last Friday we witnessed what happens to water when we throw garbage into our oceans and streams. Using coffee grounds, plastic, dirt, and a few other materials we made predictions about what might happen to the water when we put certain items into it.

This week in morning care we complete the alphabet with the letter Z. The children are very excited about this, as you may have heard! I told them that we would have an “alphabet party” to celebrate. (Something simple such as mini muffins for snack, and a classroom game.)

We will also honor Mary, our blessed mother, in various ways this month. The pre-k teachers do a beautiful job teaching religion to your children in the afternoons, and I will reinforce what they are teaching as best I can.

Science Friday will involve building small structures using craft sticks and testing their strength in various ways.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

The students in XDC have been working on “spring crafts.” Some of the students’ favorite crafts last week were; making “stained-glass windows” with tissue paper, decorating paper “Easter eggs” and creating “paper-butterflies.”

A reminder to parents:

  • There is no school the week of April 17th-21st. XDC is open. Please register in advance if you are planning to come to XDC.

Morning Pre-K News!

April 3rd – 7th

Happy April and Spring! It was wonderful to have a little sunshine last week; let’s hope for more!

Both in afternoon preschool and in morning care, the children have been working on proper letter and shape formations. We practiced and reinforced this on Friday using shaving cream. (They loved it! Check the web site for a few photos.)

This week we will explore plants, seeds, and gardens. We will learn what is necessary for seeds to grow and plants to thrive.

Our letter is W. W crafts, watermelon math, and spring story problems will keep us busy in math and science.

We have also begun a meditative writing/drawing time one morning a week. Quiet music plays while the children draw anything they are moved to. It can be a picture of family, friends, an activity they did over the weekend, something they would like to do, or an abstract picture. It is entirely their choice. When finished they are encouraged to tell me about their picture and together we write.

As always, please let me know if you have questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

 

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

Tuesday, March 13th, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

This week students in XDC have been making St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Some of the students’ favorite projects from last week were; a “green-jello cooking project, painting “shamrocks” and a “Leprechaun treasure-hunt.”

Morning XDC Pre-K News!

March 13th– 17th

Happy Monday and the letter T week! Hopefully you enjoyed a restful day off on Friday. Preschool teachers attended an informative workshop on Literacy Development and I’m looking forward to incorporating some of what was taught into our day.

Your children are so naturally curious and often inspire me to expose them to places, concepts, or instruction not on the “scheduled” plan. Last week was an example! Many of you may have heard about our Mount Rushmore project. A few of the children were looking at a book from our library that included several national monuments. They were so intrigued by Mt. Rushmore we made a mold of the monument, and learned about the presidents who adorn it, how long it took to complete, and several more facts. I encourage you to check it out and apologize to those of you who are being forced to plan your next family vacation there! (Although I highly encourage it!)

Last week we did not finish the lifecycle of a Ladybug science unit, so beginning Monday we will start this.

Math centers will include writing numbers, counting and measuring with shamrocks.

We will learn about St. Patrick, and of course incorporate some fun art projects!

As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

Students in XDC have enjoyed the “winter-themed’ crafts and activities they are busy working on. Some of the students’ favorite projects from last week were; making “valentine hearts,” making “feather-doves,” creating paper-owls for the letter “o,” and beginning “Valentine-crafts.”

Reminder to parents:

Thursday, February 16th is an all school noon dismissal. No PM preschool. Day Care will be open, but you must be signed up for the additional time. Please talk with Rachelle if you have further questions.

NO DAY CARE OR PRESCHOOL Friday, February 17th and Monday Feb. 20th
Tuesday Feb. 21st NO SCHOOL. Extended care is open.

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

XDC Morning Pre-K News!

Hello preschool families and Happy Monday. This newsletter will be fairly brief because much of what we were to accomplish last week we didn’t get to due to our snow days!

This week we will celebrate Valentine’s Day and learn about St. Valentine. Our letter will be P.

We will learn about some important African American inventors and will read a story about Rosa Parks. Our inventions with recycled materials will be on Thursday.

Our peace corner is now in place and the doves surround the word PEACE. The purpose of this is to have a place the children can talk about conflict resolution with one another and hopefully come to a peaceful solution!

Given the circumstances last week, the children did a beautiful job adapting even though recesses were missed and schedules were changed. On Friday, we had a special snack of mini blueberry and chocolate chip muffins as a reward!

Have a great week and as always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,

Mrs. Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Thursday, February 16th is an all school early dismissal. No PM preschool. Day care will be open, but you must be signed up for the additional time. Please talk with Rachelle if you have further questions.
  • NO DAYCARE OR PRESCHOOL Friday, February 17th and Monday Feb. 20th
  • Tuesday Feb. 21st NO PRESCHOOL. Extended care is open.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

The students in XDC have continued working on “winter-themed” crafts and activities. Some of the students’ favorite projects from last week were; “marble-paintings,” paper-snowflakes, clay-structure buildings and making “tissue-paper valentine hearts.”

A reminder to parents:

Friday, February 17th there is no school and XDC is closed. (Staff retreat day)

Monday, February 20th there is no school and XDC is closed. (Presidents’ Day)

Tuesday, February 21st there is no school, XDC is open.

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

Morning Pre-K News!

February 6th – 10th, 2017

Hello Preschool families!

Happy Monday. Hope you all enjoyed a restful, healthy weekend!

This entire month we recognize men and women, who have stood bravely among diversity, fought valiantly for social justice, honored human rights for all people, and used their talents and gifts to make the world a better place. We will celebrate Black History month this week and next, by learning about whom some of these individuals were and their accomplishments.

This will provide an opportunity to do several lessons on peace and conflict resolution. We will create a “Peace Corner” in our class and craft “Wings of Peace.”

Several famous African-American’s were inventors. For our science project your children will be building their own inventions using recyclable materials and sharing them with the class.

The letter this week is O. Math centers will include sorting and counting hearts, and geometric shapes.

As is often the case, my enthusiasm takes over the reality of what we are sometimes able to accomplish in morning care! Please accept my apology. We will continue learning next week what we can’t finish in this one!

This newsletter will be posted on the Extended Day Care page, along with some photos of your children busy at work during our science and engineering projects. Check it out!

Have a wonderful week. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Marcey Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

Students in XDC have been busy working on our “winter-themed crafts” and activities. Some of the students’ favorite projects last week were; making paper-snowmen, “snow-globes,” and painted planets that described “how I can change the world,” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.

A reminder to parents:

There is no preschool on Thursday, January 26th and no preschool on Friday, January 27th.

Morning XDC Pre-K News!

January 23rd, 2017

Hello Preschool families,

This week in morning care your children will learn about Chinese New Year and will make dragons and lanterns. We will also have a brief geography unit on China. As is customary in China, gifts of money are given to children at the New Year. Therefore, our math centers will include coin value and sorting.

In addition, we will work on the letter M and will review all letter sounds.

Science this week will be on Tuesday and Wednesday as it involves liquid starch and will take time to dry.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Marcey Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Dear XDC Families,

This week students in XDC are continuing to work on “Winter-themed” crafts and activities. Some of the students’ favorite activities last week were; making “paper-penguins,” cutting out snowflakes, making “snow-men” and playing with “snow” in our sensory tables.

A reminder to parents:

  • Monday, January 23rd there is an all-school dismissal at 2:00PM.

You can reach the Extended Day Care staff from 7:00 AM-6:30 PM at the following phone numbers:

206-782-9915 or 206-920-0151

Sincerely,

Rachelle Overby & Katie Flanigan

A letter from XDC Preschool:

Morning Pre-K News!

January 17, 2017

Hello Preschool families,

I hope you all enjoyed a restful, long weekend. Last week in morning care and afternoon preschool your children learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and the way he made a difference in the world. Check out the bulletin board to read how your children said they could make a difference in our world. Quite inspiring!

This week will be the letter L and will include a craft for the Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom tree. We will discuss our school wide SLE’s; We are Christ centered people, Active Learners, and Empowered Disciples. This will include a lesson on how we, even as preschool children can embody these principles at our school.

The week will also include math centers, music and science on Friday.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Marcey Flood

mflood@st-johnschool.org