Welcome to our class webpage!
Pre-K 3 Owls!
Hoo-Ray for Pre-K!!
My name is Mrs. Gianesses. I have my Master's Degree from Molloy College in Early Childhood Education and my Bachelor's Degree from Adelphi University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. For the past three years I have been a Pre-K Teacher's Assistant at St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay. I am excited to share what I have learned and bring it here to Notre Dame!
"Owl" bet it's going to be a great school year!
Monday: Gym 9:50-10:30
*Please have your child wear sneakers. Thank you!*
Tuesday: Library 9:50-10:30
Wednesday: Technology 9:50-10:30
Thursday: Art 9:50-10:30
Friday: Music 9:50-10:30
Enjoy your Winter Recess!!
Week of February 27th-March 3rd
When we return to school on Monday, February 27th, our theme of the week will be Dr. Seuss! The letter of the week will be Ss.
Here is a list of the activities we will be doing in honor of Dr. Seuss week!
Wear your silliest or mismatched socks
Wear your favorite hat
Wacky or crazy hair day
Bring a small stuffed animal or toy that fits in your pocket.
Friday, March 3rd is a half-day. Pick up is through the front doors at 11:15am.
Our Special Show-and-Tell Friend will be Caitlyn DiCocco! She may bring in an object that starts with letter Ss on Friday, March 3rd.
Valet Service: (Drop-off Procedures)
Kindly remember that the roads around Notre Dame are a School Zone.
Although it may not be posted, the speed limit in a school zone is no more
than 20 miles per hour. Be sure to drive cautiously on the roads surrounding
our school. Valet Service is an option that you may like to take
advantage of. If you are opting to use the Valet Service,
there are a few rules that you must follow in order to ensure the safety
of the children as well as the adults on supervision. Please be sure to refer
to the Valet Procedures paper that was given to you during our
Below are a few reminders of how Valet Service is used:
1. The teachers/teacher aides will stand at "checkpoints". The "checkpoints"
include one teacher at the door, one at the gate, and three teachers along
the sidewalk of Mayfair Road for the cars. The teachers at the sidewalk help
children out of the cars and watch as they walk to the next "checkpoint".
Be sure not to block checkpoints, instead stand to the side so that all
teachers are able to see all children at all times.
2. The cars must pull up to the teachers three at a time. The teacher greets
the child and helps them out of the car. The cars then leave together, being
cautious as to not pull around the car in front of them. Also be aware of
oncoming traffic and those who are not using the Valet Service.
3. The next set of cars may pull up to the teachers when the first set leaves.
4. DO NOT let the children out of the car unattended. You have to
wait for the teacher to open the car door. It is dangerous to allow any
Nursery/Pre-K child to open the door and allow themselves out of the car.
4. Please do not drive faster than 20 miles per hour.
5. If you are opting to not use the Valet Line, park your car in a safe place
(you may not block driveways, and you must be away from the
valet line). Kindly walk your child to the South Gate. Please refrain from
leaving any other children inside your car unattended.
6. When driving, be sure to follow the law. You may not park your car at a
curb and face the wrong direction. It is unsafe. Always follow the rules of
7. Valet Service runs from 8:35-8:45, it is a 10 minute window.
If you are running late, it is okay. If the Valet time is over, you may park
your car and walk to the front of the building. The front door will be open
to you. Kindly refrain from speeding in your car, or rushing and running to
the side door, it is unsettling for your child, and it is not the best way to
start the day.
8. If your child is reluctant to leave the car on the Valet Line and shows a
struggle, kindly pull up to a safe area, park, then walk your child to the
Thank you to those who have followed our Valet procedures thus far.
The teachers and teacher aides appreciate your cooperation and
understanding. Kindly remember that the safety and well-being of
the children and adults is our main concern, and it should be
your's too! Valet runs very smoothly when it is used correctly.
Please sign up for Remind! It is an easy way for me to send updates, reminders and important
messages straight to your phone or email. In order to sign up, text the message @jgiane to the
Full-day students are dismissed at 3pm at the South Gate. It is important that full-day students have a folder, lunch, and snack with them everyday. Please label all these items with your child's name.
Half-day students are dismissed at 11:15am at the South Gate. It is important that half-day students have a folder with them everyday.
Should you plan to pick your child up from school early, kindly write a note and place inside the folder. If a written note is received, there will be no confusion for any party involved. If your child is picked up by a person other than a parent, documented photo-ID is mandatory for the teacher and the office. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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