PK-2/Ms. Michele McLarney

Welcome to the PF2 class webpage!  My name is Ms. McLarney and this is my fifth year as a prekindergarten teacher here at Notre Dame School!  I received a Bachelor's degree in Child study from St. Joseph's College and a Master's Degree in Literacy Education from Hunter College.  I currently have teaching certifications in general education, special education, and literacy education for Birth-Grade 6.  With the help of Mrs. Iwanciw, parents and our little ones we will have a fin-tastic year in PreK!  PF2 will be known as "The Fish" and we will just keep swimming for a fun, adventurous and exciting school year!

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It is so nice to see everyone’s smiling faces and I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and a great New Year’s celebration.  Let’s take a quick look at our weekly themes for this month…

January 3-6: “5 Senses” Students will learn about the 5 different senses we have and will explore their senses through different group activities.  We will use our sense of sight to play eye spy.  We will use our sense of hearing to listen for different sounds.  We will use our sense of smell to guess what our nose smells.  We will use our sense of touch to feel soft like a cloud play-doh.  We will use our sense of taste to taste something sweet, salty, sour and bitter. 

January 9-13: “Arctic Animals” Brrr…it’s cold outside!  However, Eskimos and animals live in these frigid temperatures that we can barely stand outside in!  Through informational texts and educational videos we will learn about the lifestyles of different animals and people that live in the Arctic.  We will create many crafts to reinforce what we learn and will display them around the room for Catholic Schools Week!

January 16-20: “Equality” We will learn about the famous man who had dreams and hopes of a better, equal community.  We will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reading bibliographies about his life and history.  We will discuss ways that we can practice what he preached so long ago. 

January 23-27: "Animals in Winter/Hibernation" We will continue our animals in winter study by learning about animals that survive winter by hibernating.  We will use the scholastic magazine to read informational texts about hibernating animals and use listening ears to create WINTERful crafts.

January 30-3: “Winter/Groundhogs Day” The weather outside is frightful, but PreK is so delightful!  We will turn our room into a winter wonderland with many fun and exciting winter-ful crafts.  This week is also Catholic School's Week and there are many events that will take place this week to celebrate being a Notre Dame Kid!  


To make sure the children are prepared for a full day of school please have the following items packed in your child’s backpack: folder, lunch, snack, rest time towel or a crib sheet.  (Students who attend the Half-day program need to have ONLY their folder packed in their backpack).

Drop-off Procedures:

Student arrival is between 8:35-8:45.  Valet Services will begin on September 12.  If you choose to utilize valet services, please follow valet safety rules and guidelines found in the paper packet distributed at orientation.  If you would like to escort your child to the gate please find a safe parking spot that is not cutting in front of the valet line, blocking a drive way, or blocking cars from passing by.  Please drive with caution and allow extra time in the morning to assure a safe, non-rushed drop-off. 

Dismissal Procedures:

The location for dismissal is the same as drop-off (the South Gate near playgrounds).

The Half-day children will be dismissed at 11:15am. 
The Full-day children will be dismissed at 3:00pm. 

If someone that is not a usual pick up, they will need to show identification. You must give me a copy of their license before they pick up your child. If there is no ID on file or if I am not aware of this change, they will not be dismissed.  Please be sure to provide the copy/permission in advance in order to make dismissal run smoothly.

**It is important to start and end the day on time. Pre-Kindergarten starts at 8:35am, and ends at 11:15am for Half-day and 3:00pm for Full-day, so please do your best to be prompt for drop-off as well as pick-up. If you are interested in Morning Care Services or After Care Services, you may contact the office and fill-out the necessary paperwork.


Please find the time to go over your home address and phone number with your child.  Not only will we be asking students this information for the February Assessments, but it is for their safety to know their address and telephone number if they are ever asked. 


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