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!

Goodbye February…Hello 

As we enter into the month of March I would like to take the time to reflect on the past 6 months of the school year.  I am so proud of the children's hard work and can’t thank parents enough for their support in choosing catholic education for your child’s early school experience.  We have grown so much cognitively, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically and it really shows in the children’s positive learning attitudes.       

Here is a brief look at this month's exciting themes!
Feb 27-March 3:  “Dr. Seuss” You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose-Dr. Seuss.  This is a famous quote said by the honorable author and illustrator Dr. Seuss!  It is Dr. Suess's birthday on March 2nd and we will celebrate the familiar author by reading his books and recreating his colorful and interesting characters.  We will listen for rhyming sounds and experiment with word play.  We will also discuss the many lessons we can learn from his books.  On Wednesday students will come to school dressed in their wackiest clothes and patterns to celebrate the book Wacky Wednesday.  On Thursday students will come to school wearing red so we can transform into Dr. Seuss’s famous characters Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat.

March 6-10: "Weather"  The weather in March changes drastically on a day to day basis.  Some days it's rainy, windy and cloudy and other days it is warm and sunny.  We will explore the concept of wind, and discuss the different weather experiences in March.   We will learn the meaning behind the familiar phrase "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb".

March 13-17: “St. Patrick’s Day” We will learn about the Irish holiday by reading books and find out why it is celebrated.  We will learn about St. Patrick and what he did to become a saint.  We will also read stories about leprechauns and use our imagination to think like one!  The students will use listening skills to follow step-by-step directions to complete crafts that will reinforce what we learn. 

March 20-24: “Circus” Ladies and gentlemen!  Boys and girls of all ages!  Welcome to PreK circus week!  That’s right, step right up to the most amazing show to see brave preschoolers complete a variety of circus acts!  The children will practice their circus acts each day leading up the show and we will read many informative books to learn about the different performers that are found in the circus.  The show will be on March 27th at 9am so please save the date and prepare to be amazed

March 27-31: “Circus” Preparing for a circus takes a lot of practice, but we will have so much fun laughing and discovering new talents that we won’t want it to end!  We will using listening skills to follow step-by-step directions and create many fun and creative circus crafts.  Some of these crafts will be used to decorate our classroom for the show and some will be sent home.  The children are very proud to show off their work!

The PreK circus show will be on Thursday, March 30th and will take place in the gym at 9:00am.

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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