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.








Newsletter for Oct. 9-13, 2017


I want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and patience!  I have been told that my foot is healing nicely.  No swelling and no bleeding!  The last couple of days have been better as it doesn’t get as sore as it did in the beginning.  Stitches will come out this coming Thursday and I will get to ditch my very attractive surgical shoe/boot and hopefully get into my gym shoe!  Fingers are crossed!   That being said, I am hopeful that October 23rd will be the day to return to school.  I am somewhat frustrated that I wasn’t told in the beginning what they thought would be a reasonable return to work date given my job, but I can’t do anything about that now.  I will still need to be careful about spending too much time on my foot/feet but it will be good to get back with the kids. 


I think fall weather is finally here!  And with that comes zippers, buttons, snaps and inside-out sleeves.  Can you please have your child practice putting on and taking off his/her coat?  With 22 kids in the room, we can’t possibly help everyone in a timely fashion.  The more self-sufficient we are the quicker we get places.



Halloween and Fun Fair info:

Fun Fair is Friday, Oct. 27th!!  PreK students may come dressed in their costumes on this day and will attend Fun Fair.  Fun Fair will be held in the gym.  It’s decorated for Halloween and the kids play games and win prizes!  It’s a lot of fun.  PreK will go from 8:10-8:40.  PK kids will need to be accompanied by an adult.  If you are unable to come, you might want to contact another family in the room and double up.  Adults can come in the EGC with the kids that morning and just wait in the hallway until we are ready to go.  Please let me know who will be accompanying your child to Fun Fair.


Costumes will not be worn on October 31st, Halloween.  Kids can come dressed in orange and black if they wish.  It will be a regular day for us.


All grades are asked to bring a certain type candy for Fun Fair.  Preschool and PreK are being asked to bring small, individual bags of goldfish or pretzels.  (The TRICK OR TREAT SIZE!  These are smaller than the regular snack size.)  You can send these in with your child beginning next week.


Fun Fair is also looking for donations of gift cards for raffle prizes. These can just be sent in to school in a labeled envelope.  We will make sure they get to the office.



This past week we talked about fire safety.   Killen’s dad is a fireman and came to talk with us about fire safety.  We talked about practicing fire drills at home and having an escape plan.  We have one at school, everyone should have one at home as well.


By Prek, all kids should be able to recite his/her address.  This was one of the discussion points on the fire safety sheet that went home.  Please practice, practice, practice this!  It’s a good thing to do in the car.


In math we have been diligently working on sorting.  We will hopefully finish this next week.  Please continue to practice sorting things at home.  You can have your child help sort laundry, help empty the dishwasher (everything in our kitchens is sorted!), put clean clothes away (everything in our dresser and closet is sorted!).  It’s an important skill to master!


Letter of the Week:  This week was a review week for letters.  We spent time practicing Ll, Tt,  and Ii.  Everyone should continue to practice writing these at home.  Supervision is a must!  We have many children who start at the bottom line and go up.  This is a developmental bad habit that needs to be corrected.  It is much easier to push the pencil up than it is to pull it down.  Practice with making tall and short straight lines, starting at the top of the paper, will help with this!



This week we will start talking about Halloween and pumpkins!  We will read Halloween books and do some cute and spooky Halloween crafts


Letter of the Week: This week we will talk about the letter Vv.   If you have anything that starts with the /v/ sound, send it to school.  Some of you have been very creative!  We love it.  The kids should know that the letter Vv is found at the end of the alphabet; that the upper and lower case are written the same, except for size;  and to write both the upper and lower case it is ONE slanty line that bends at the bottom.  It is not two lines.  We do not pick up our pencil.


In math we will finish up sorting.










Resources for fun things to do at home!

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


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.