PK-3/Mrs. Joanna Gianesses

Welcome to our class webpage!
Pre-K3 Frogs

My name is Mrs. Gianesses and this is my second year as a pre-k teacher here at Notre Dame. I have my Master's Degree from Molloy College in Childhood and Early Childhood Education and my Bachelor's Degree from Adelphi University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am excited to be working with your children for the 2017/2018 school year!!


Week of February 26th-March 2nd

Theme of the Week: Dr. Seuss
Letter of the Week: Rr

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Our next theme will be Dr. Seuss in honor of his birthday on Friday, March 2nd! We have a fun week planned full of festivities honoring Dr. Seuss! Please see the newsletter to see what we will be doing each day! We will also learn about the letter Rr, how to write letter Rr and the sound it makes.

Please have your child cut out pictures from magazines, newspapers or the Internet of pictures that begin with letter Rr. Thank you!

Looking Ahead:

Monday-Friday, February 19th-23rd school will be closed for Winter Recess.

Friday, March 2nd is a half-day. Pick-up is through the front doors at 11:15.

Friday, March 16th school will be closed for Professional Development for teachers.

Have a wonderful Winter Recess!

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Special Schedule
Monday: Gym (sneakers please!)
Tuesday: Library
Wednesday: Technology
Thursday: Art
Friday: Music

*Please note that full-day students only should bring in one towel for rest time on the first day of school (labeled with his or her name on the tag). We will use the towel for the week and send it home each Friday afternoon. Full-day students should also bring in a snack as well as a lunch each day beginning on Friday, September 8th. Both full-day and half-day students should bring their folder to school each day in their backpack. Please make sure everything is labeled with your child's name! Thank you!!


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 Parent/Teacher Orientation. 
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 the road.
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 South Gate.
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.


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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If you have any questions, please contact me at