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 a Kindergarten teacher at St. Paul of the Cross since 2004.








Newsletter for May 29-June 7, 2017


This will be the FINAL newsletter of the year!  I can’t believe that we are in the final week of school.  This year has gone by very quickly and we've had a ton of fun but I am ready for some time away.  Mr. G and I will be traveling to Peru in July to visit Machu Picchu.  We are very excited!



I always tell parents and the kids that I love to hear about the things you are doing over the summer.  Pictures are especially fun!  If you send an email, I will be sure to respond right away.  I generally check my school email every day.


I am so proud of the kids!  They have all worked hard this year and have accomplished so much.  Most of us could not write our names with upper and lower case letters and everyone is doing that now.  Many have also moved on to their last names.  We are able to sit and listen better.  This is a very important skill to have learned for Kindergarten.


Summer - Many of you have asked about things the kids can do over the summer.  Please know that if your child does nothing for 8 weeks, he/she will have forgotten a lot of what we accomplished this year1  Don’t let that happen!  We worked really hard this year to get where we are right now.  Fifteen minutes every day will go a long way!!


Things we can do every day:

  • Practice writing first and last name correctly.
  • Practice writing all upper case and lower case letters.
  • Practice writing numbers 1-10.
  • Practice letter sounds and thinking of words that begin with those sounds.
  • Practice counting out loud. Kids should be able to count past twenty.  
  • Practice cutting!!  Holding and working comfortably with scissors is an expectation of an incoming Kindergartener.


Important dates:

5/3 – 6/2 – Book Fair in the UGC (Upper Grade Center aka the "other building")

6/2 – Last day of Lunch Bunch!

6/5 – PK Picnic 10-11:30 (moved because of potential undesirable weather)

6/7 – End of Year PK Program and last day of PK! 

6/7 - Report cards will be emailed home sometime in the afternoon!



PK Picnic - Parents are invited to come and hang out in the Safe Zone while we have a blast!  Students will be heading inside at 11:00 to eat their lunch and will be dismissed at 11:30 on Ridge Terrace! 


End of Year PK Program - We will be signing some songs and saying goodbye to PK on Wednesday, June 7th at 8:45 in the gym.  We will then come back to the room for some refreshments.  Children will be able to leave after that.  We will be done by or before our regular dismissal time of 11:00. 

Everyone received a line to memorize for the EOY program.  PLEASE make sure that you are practicing this with your child!!  We will begin practicing next week.  The days are going by so quickly!



Book Fair – Is currently going on in the other building, UGC, today and tomorrow during the school day!  PK families are encouraged to stop by and shop any time during those days.  (We will not be shopping as a class.  Going anywhere with a group of 4/5 yr olds with hands full of cash is not fun.)  The teachers will be putting wish lists together if anyone would like to purchase books for the classroom!


Yellow EOY Teacher Gift Envelopes -  These went home awhile ago.  These envelopes allow families to make a donation toward an EOY gift for all of the faculty and staff here at SPC.  These envelopes were due back today, May 25th , but will be accepted next week.  I know I can speak for everyone here at SCP that this end of the year check is greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for your generosity!!








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.