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 Feb. 13-17, 2017



General Announcements:

There is no school on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.


Remember to RSVP for The Celebrate the Spirit fundraiser!  This is a great way to support SPC and have a really nice evening.  It is one of my favorite events at SPC.  I hope to see some of you there.


Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, February 28th and the beginning of Lent. The children will receive ashes that day.


Thank you to our Room Moms for a nice Valentine Day party on Monday.  We had a room full of love!!


Also, thank you to Mrs. Benigno, Mrs. Gardiner, Mrs. Gabriel and Mrs. Derec for a wonderful birthday!  I was surprised with a “cake” made from bags of potato chips and received lots well wishes, cards and gifts.  I really had a great day.


Here’s what we did this week:

We celebrated the holiday of LOVE all week!  We started off with our valentine party where everyone was able to distribute valentines to all of their friends!  We read lots of valentine stories and talked a LOT about cupid.  The kids were really cute when it came to those conversations.  Many knew that they had been “hit” by an arrow because they felt love in their hearts!  It was so cute.


Letter of the Week:  We talked about the letter Jj this week.  The kids brought some great Jj things!  We realized that the uppercase J had a “hat” like the upper case T.  The lowercase j was the second letter that went down into the ground - past the bottom line.  We realized that the lower case also had a dot like the i.  With all this comparison it is still tricky to write.  The Jj has to bend BEFORE it gets to the bottom line.  PLEASE continue to practice writing the letters at home.  We can definitely see a difference with those that do and do not!


In Math, we continued to work on our numbers.  This week we focused on the number 3.  This is a hard number to write.  It’s all curvy and needs to touch the top, middle and bottom lines.  Please practice at home!


Our religion story this week revolved around Valentine’s Day.  We talked about how important it is to help the people we love.  We talked about helping when we are asked and even offering help when we are not asked. The game that’s on the inside of the activity sheet is easily played.  You need anything that could be a counter – chips, legos, coins, etc.  You will also need a dice or a spinner from another game.  Any time you land on a heart you need to give an example of how you show love to someone else.  If you play, let me know how things went!


Here’s what we’ll do next week:

Mrs. Derec and I will begin testing for the second trimester report cards.  With it being a short week we will not have a new letter or number so it’s a perfect time to get this very tedious process started.  Please be patient if handwriting homework does not come home as quickly.  We need to use every spare minute trying to get all the testing done.


The theme for our short week will be Dental Health with a little review of Nutrition since what we eat affects our teeth.  February is Dental Health month.  We will also have a visit from a dentist the following week to talk to us about how important it is to take care of our teeth.


Letter of the Week:  No new letter.  We will review.  Please DO NOT send in any items from home.


In math we will also review numbers 1-3.




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.