Robin Gialanella

Robin Gialanella

Welcome to Mrs. Gialanella's Prekindergarten Class - Room 116

Background and Education:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Valparaiso University.

Teaching Experience:
I was a teaching assistant for 5th and 6th grade in Northbrook School District 27 for 3 years.  I then moved to the corporate world and did management training and employee development training for a wireless company in Chicago for 11 years.  In 2001, I decided to go back and teach.  I taught First Grade and Kindergarten at Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, IL for 3 years, until they closed in 2004. I have been at SPC since 2004 where I have had the pleasure of teaching both Kindergarten and Prekindergarten.

 

 

DECEMBER NEWS

December-2017-Calendar

 

 

 

Newsletter for Dec. 4-8, 2017

 


GENERAL ANNOUCEMENTS:

The PS and PK Christmas concert is Wednesday, December 20th at 5:30 pm in the gym.  We will be singing before the K-2 concert at 7:00 pm that same evening.  All are invited to attend!  We are currently learning several songs that we will be singing that night!  You won’t want to miss it!

 

If you were not able to join us for the first Advent Prayer Service, please make sure that you come this Tuesday!  The service starts promptly at 8:15 am, in Holy Family Chapel (the lower church), and is done by 9:00.  The kids do the readings and all the singing!  It’s really a nice service.

 

Red envelopes went home with all the oldest/only students!  Please consider making a donation towards the Faculty Gift Fund!  I know all of the teachers and staff really appreciate it.

 

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Adopt-A-Family project!  PS and PK were able to fulfill all the items for the family!!

 

When your child is absent could you please send me an email?  I will forward the messages to the office for attendance purposes.  If you call the attendance line that info is not passed along to the classroom teacher.   This way I know what is going on and can let the office know as well.

 

HERE’S WHAT WE DID THIS WEEK:

We started to celebrate Advent and Christmas in our room this week.  We have an Advent devotion on MWF mornings.  We have a advent wreath with candles.  We are slowly hearing the story of the first Christmas!  We also have an Advent calendar.  Everyone will get a chance to open a box.  We are counting the days until Christmas!!

 

Letter of the Week: Our letter this week was the letter Mm.  The kids did a great job with the sound and thinking of words that started with that sound.  I always enjoy seeing the things the kids bring in.  The upper case M is two lines and the lower case m is just one line!  The kids will need their “bouncing ball” to write this letter.

Our handwriting is coming along.  All of us would definitely benefit from practice at home.  The more we do something, the better we get!!  Any kind of “homework” should be supervised by an adult.  NO letters should start from the bottom line.  Upper case letters all start from the top and go down.  Lower case can start from the top or middle line and go down.  If you need another copy of the handwriting “cheat sheet” let me know.  I would be more than happy to send it home.

These are the letters we have done so far:  Hh, Ii, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Tt, Vv, Ww.  Kids should be able to write the upper and lower case, give the sound the letter makes and think of at least one thing that begins with that letter/sound.  Constant review is needed for this!

 

In math, I continue to try to begin a conversation on measuring.  We will discuss measuring length, height and weight.  With all the things going on with Advent and Christmas our mornings just fly by.  Hopefully next week we can start this.

 

HERE’S WHAT WE’LL DO NEXT WEEK:

We will continue our celebration of Advent and Christmas!  There is still so much to cover and do!

 

Letter of the Week:  Our Letter of the Week will be Zz.  This will be a tricky one for bringing items from home!  Can’t wait to see what you think of!

 

Resources for fun things to do at home!

Fun math and reading games for children of all ages.
 
Switcheroo Zoo - www.switcheroozoo.com
Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals
 
National Geographic for Kids - www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
Learn all about geography and fascinating animals
 
Into the Book - www.reading.ecb.org
Go into the book to play games that practice reading strategies.  Click on Students up at the top.
 
Seussville - www.seussville.com
Read, play games and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends
 
Fun Brain - www.funbrain.com
Play games while practicing math and reading skills
 
PBS Kids - www.pbskids.org
Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning
 
Star Fall - www.starfall.com
Practice your phonics skills with these read-along books
 
Storyline Online - www.www.storylineonline.net
Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars
 
Highlights Kids - www.highlightskids.com
Read, play games, get craft ideas and conduct cool science experiments
 
 
 

Homework

One name sheet is due every week.  These do not need to be finished in one sitting.
 
Work on handwriting sheets as they come home!  A little bit of practice every day will go a long way.
 
Review math concepts and Letter of the Week.