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Dec. 2nd,
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  We thank everyone for making Grandparents' Day such a memorable day.  We enjoyed seeing so many grandparents and special friends!  
 
We welcome two new students in our Red Fish A classroom-Finn Moran (Heather & Mike) and Ava Patel (Tejal & Satishkumar).   Both have siblings in our elementary school.  We are so excited to have your families join our preschool community!
 
Attached are the December newsletters for each class, along with the Dec. Lunch Menu.  Have a great week!  Stay dry!
 
Looking ahead:
Weds. Dec. 11th-Preschool Christmas Performance 5:00-6:00 pm-Gym-Holiday attire!
Friday, Dec. 13th-Christmas Cookie Day-FREE DRESS-PJ Day 9:00 am-9:30 am
Friday, Dec. 20th-Preschool will close at 3:00 pm
Dec. 23rd-Jan. 3rd-Christmas Break-Preschool Closed

Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
 
 
 
Nov. 25, 2019,
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We look forward to Grandparents' Day tomorrow!  Please note that the event has really grown from last year.  Hence, the elementary school and the preschool will do things differently this year.  The preschool's Grandparents/Special friends will meet in Flanagan center at 8:45 am.  They will be asked to sit in the preschool section (far right) of the church shortly afterwards.  
 
The preschool students will lead the concert (it is not a mass this year) at 9:00 am.  The students will then sit in the pews on the far right.   After the third grade class performs, the preschool students will go to the Flanagan Center to have snack.   Grandparents and Special friends may join us.  The elementary school will stay at the church until approximately 10:15 am and then Grandparents/Special friends will go on a tour of the elementary school led by the Student Council.  Our preschool students that have their Grandparents/Special Friends attending will head to the gym at approximately 10:30 am.  There will be a special activity for them to enjoy.  The event should end at 11:30 am.  The preschool staff asks that Grandparents/Special friends return their preschool child back to the preschool or inform them if they are taking their child home.  
 
On Tuesday, the entire preschool will attend the 9:00 am Thanksgiving Mass.  The preschool will be closed from Wednesday,  Nov. 27th-30th for the Thanksgiving Break.  Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!  We are so very grateful for all you do for us!  
 
Looking ahead:
 
Monday, Nov. 25th-Grandparents Day-8:45 am-11:30 am 
Weds-Nov. 27th-Friday-Nov. 29th-Thanksgiving Break-Preschool Closed 
Weds. Dec. 11th-Preschool Christmas Performance 5:00-6:00 pm-Gym-Holiday dress!
Friday, Dec. 13th-Christmas Cookie Day-FREE DRESS-PJ Day 9:00 am-9:30 am
Friday, Dec. 20th-Preschool will close at 3:00 pm
Dec. 23rd-Jan. 3rd-Christmas Break-Preschool Closed
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
Nov. 12, 2019
 
Dear  HNP Families,
 
Happy Veterans Day to all our Veterans and their families.  We hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! 
 
Please excuse the work being done in the preschool for the next two weeks.  We are installing a new fire-alarm system in our preschool.  Red Fish parents, thank you for partnering with our staff as you attend your Parent-Teacher Conferences this week.  Please be prompt and inform us if you will be late or have to cancel.  
 
Here are some of our upcoming events:
 
Sat. Nov. 16th-7-9 pm-Father & Daughter Dance-Please sign-up if you haven't already for this wonderful event!  The deadline has been extended until Nov. 12th.  Dads, you and your daughters will have so much fun!
 
Mon. Nov. 25th-9-11:30 am-Grandparents' Day-Please return the forms at your earliest convenience so we can determine the attendance.  A slight change, Preschool Families are asked to drop all food in the Flanagan Center.  The preschool children will ALL attend the concert in the church at 9:00 am.  After the third grade class is done, the preschool students and all grandparents/special friends will proceed to the Flanagan Center to enjoy a special celebration with the preschool community.  At 10:30 am, the preschoolers with their grandparents and special friends will proceed to the gym for their special activities.  The event will be done by 11:30 am.  
 
Tues. Nov. 26th, Thanksgiving Mass 9:00 am-The preschool community will attend the Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 am.  Please join us if you can.  
 
Wednesday, Nov. 27th-29th-Thanksgiving Break-The preschool along with Holy Name Elementary School will be closed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
 
Weds. Dec. 11th-Christmas Performance-5:00-6:00 pm-Gym-All are invited to our Preschool Christmas Performance!
 
Fri. Dec. 13th-Free Dress-PJ Day!  Christmas Cookie Decoration Party-9:00-9:30 am-Gym (Preschool & Big School annual event)
 
Dec. 23rd-Jan. 3rd-Christmas Break!
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
Nov. 4, 2019
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
Thank you parents for a wonderful Halloween celebration!  The children loved having you join us for our parade, our appearance on the gym stage and lastly, our party in the Flanagan Center.   Thank you again to our Halloween volunteers-Caroline Adams (Everett-BF), Dawn Jaber (Michael-BF) Anne Birdseye (Henry-BF & William-RF-B), Meghan Trojnar (Quinn-BF), and Jessica Wilcox (Madeline-RF-A) for organizing our first Trick or Trick party!  Also, thank you to Sara & Phillip Roliz (Anais-RF-B) for always providing their delicious coffee (Sunset Roasters) for parents and staff to enjoy.
 
Please see attached the November newsletters for all the classrooms.  Please remember the Kindergarten Tours exclusively for Holy Name Preschool families are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5th-8:30 - 9:30 am and Thurs. Nov. 7th-8:00-9:00 am (new time).  If you would like to tour the elementary school, please register on the sign-up sheets at the front desk.   The school principal, Mr. Mike Miller will greet you at the front office.  
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
 
Oct. 28, 2019
Dear HNP Families,
 
It was wonderful to see so many of our preschool families at our Fright Fest on Saturday!  Thank you again to Jennifer Quijano (Lorenzo-RF-A) and Jessica Wilcox (Madeline-RF-A) for co-chairing and organizing all the Preschool Booths.  Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to make the day so special for our families!
 
For Thursday, Oct. 31st, Halloween Day, please arrive with your child in costume by 8:00 am.  We will join the elementary school at 8:15 am to parade around the school blocks (39th & 40th Ave.)  We will then proceed to the gym, do a "cat walk" and sing a Halloween song.  Afterwards, we will proceed back to the preschool.  The Parent Committee will have special "treats" for the students.  Please bring a change of "FREE DRESS" for your children to change into.  
 
We wish Ms. Kristy all the best as she celebrates her wedding day this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 2nd.  Congratulations Ms. Kristy!  We will have Ms. Casey and Ms. Sandy as our substitute teachers while Ms.Kristy is away for a few days.  
 
Lastly, some upcoming Nov. events:
Saturday, Nov. 16th-Father-Daughter Dance 6-9 pm.  (More details soon!)
Monday, Nov. 25th-Grandparents Day-8:45 am-11:30 am (see attached flyer)
 
Looking forward:
Thurs. Oct. 31st-Halloween-8:15 am school parade/bring "FREE DRESS" change of clothes
Nov. 4th-8th-Blue Fish Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, Nov. 11th-Veterans Day-Preschool Closed
Sat. Nov. 16th-Father-Daughter Dance 6-9 pm
Tues. Nov. 12th-15th-Red Fish Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, Nov. 25th-Grandparents Day-8:45 am-11:30 am
Weds-Nov. 27th-Friday-Nov. 29th-Thanksgiving Break-Preschool Closed
Weds. Dec. 11th-Preschool Christmas Performance 5:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 13th-Christmas Cookie Day-PJ Day 9:00 am-10:00 am
Dec. 23rd-Jan. 3rd-Christmas Break-Preschool Closed
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
Oct. 21st,
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Fright Fest this Saturday, Oct. 26th from 10:00 am -3:00 pm.  Many alumni families as well as incoming families for school-year 2020-2021 have been invited.  The preschool will be opened, so please drop by!  Thank you to Jessica Quijano (Lorenzo-RF-A) and Jessica Wilcox (Madeline-RF-A) for co-chairing this fun event!
 
On Thursday, Oct. 24th from 8:30-11:30 am, Lifetouch will be here to take make-up photos.  If your child did not take a photo, please be sure to have her/his photo taken for the class picture.  If you were not pleased with your child's photo package, please return the entire package, and have your child retake her/his photo.  If you have any questions, let me know.  
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Looking ahead:
  • Thursday, Oct. 31st-Halloween Parade 8:15 am (please have your child dressed in costume/please bring a change of clothes)
  • Nov. 4th-8th-Blue Fish Parent-Teacher Conferences (please sign-up on conference sheet)
  • Monday, Nov. 11th-Veterans' Day-Preschool closed
  • Nov. 12th-15th-Red Fish Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Nov. 27th-29th-Thanksgiving Break (Weds.-Friday)
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
Oct, 7, 2019 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We thank Liz & Jeff (Jacob-RF-B) for organizing our Taco & Bounce House Family Fiesta Night last Friday!  It was a great success!  We hope your family had a fun time meeting new friends.  It was wonderful to see many past alumni students at the event!
 
We hope many of you can join the preschool families at the Ocean Beach Clean-Up this morning. Please meet at Stairwell 17 (across the street from Beach Chalet) @ 10:00 am.  Thank you to Amy (Nishika-RF-B) & John (Jessie-BF) for organizing this family event.  The weather is perfect for cleaning our beautiful beach!
 
Thank you the Parent Committee for organizing the Parent Meeting/Kindergarten Info Night this Tuesday in the Blue Fish from 6:30-8:00 pm.  
 
Lastly, thank you for returning the OT consent  forms.  We have screenings scheduled this Monday, Thursday and Friday.  As mentioned last week, on our website, you will find the class handouts provided at the Back to School Night-Preschool Link.
 
Looking ahead:  
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8th-Parent Meeting/Kindergarten Info Night 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Mon. Oct. 14th-Columbus Day-Preschool Closed
  • Tues. Oct. 15th-Zoomobile Visit-10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 18th-Archdiocese Professional Development Day-Preschool Closed
  • Thurs. Oct. 24th-Lifetouch Make-up Day
  • Sat. Oct. 26th-Fright Fest!-10:00 am-3:00 pm-Preschool Booths
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
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Sept. 30, 2019
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We will have a very busy October!  This month, we welcome Casey Nelson, our new substitute teacher for our program.  Ms. Casey graduated recently from Cal State East Bay with a Liberal Arts Degree.  She has 19 units in Early Childhood Education and has nannied for many years.  Welcome Ms. Casey!
 
Thank you to the Parent Committee for organizing our 1st Parent Education Night with Michelle Kemper, OT last week.  Michelle provided a brief workshop on topics related to child development and OT, including sensory processing, fine/gross motor skills, self-regulation and attention/executive functioning techniques for young children.  Michelle has partnered with us as our OT consultant.  She and her staff will provide OT screenings to all our students in October during the school hours.  Please sign the attached Consent Form.  The staff will discuss the screenings with parents during the Parent-Teacher Conferences in November.  
 
Please find attached the RF A, RF B and the BF October Newsletters.  Again, the classes will post a monthly newsletter with themes of the month.  Also attached is the October Lunch menu.  On our website, you will find the class handouts provided at the Back to School Night-Preschool Link
 
Lastly, we are accepting a few more applications for the preschool for the 2020-2021 school year.  We are full for the Blue Fish classroom, but do have a few openings in the RF classroom.  If you have any younger siblings or know of any families interested in touring/applying for our program for 2020-2021, please notify us asap.  
 
Have a wonderful week!
  • Friday, Oct. 4th-Blessing of the Animals @ 2:15 pm (more details to follow)
  • Friday, Oct. 4th-Taco/Bounce House Night 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8th-Parent Meeting/Kindergarten Info Night 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Mon. Oct. 14th-Columbus Day-Preschool Closed
  • Tues. Oct. 15th-Zoomobile Visit-10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 18th-Archdiocese Professional Development Day-Preschool Closed
  • Thurs. Oct. 24th-Lifetouch Make-up Day
  • Sat. Oct. 26th-Fright Fest!-10:00 am-3:00 pm-Preschool Booths
  • Thurs. Oct. 31st-Halloween Parade & Party! 8:15 am-10:30 am
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
 
Sept. 24, 2019 
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weekend!  Just a reminder, with the warm weather, please apply sunscreen on your children before arriving to school.  If you would like us to reapply in the afternoons, please provide your child's sunscreen (labeled) to your child's teachers.  
 
We hope to see everyone at the Parent Committee Meeting & Information Night on Wednesday!  Michelle Kemper, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, will provide a brief workshop on topics related to child development and OT, including sensory processing, fine/gross motor skills, self-regulation and attention/executive functioning techniques for young children.  Michelle has partnered with us as our OT consultant.  She and her staff will provide OT screenings to all our students in October during the school hours.  
 
Have a great week!
 
Looking ahead:
  • Weds. Sept. 25th-Parent Meeting & Information Night-Michelle Kemper-OT-6:30-8:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 4th-Blessing of the Animals @ 2:15 pm (more details to follow)
  • Friday, Oct. 4th-Taco/Bounce House Night 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8th-Parent Meeting/Kindergarten Info Night 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Mon. Oct. 14th-Columbus Day-Preschool Closed
  • Tues. Oct. 15th-Zoomobile Visit-10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 18th-Archdiocese Professional Development Day-Preschool Closed
  • Thurs. Oct. 24th-Lifetouch Make-up Day
  • Sat. Oct. 26th-Fright Fest!-10:00 am-3:00 pm-Preschool Booths
  • Thurs. Oct. 31st-Halloween Parade & Party! 8:15 am-10:30 am
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
Sept. 9, 2019
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
Thank you to everyone who attended our Back to School Night last Friday!  We hope you were able to meet your child's teachers, meet other parents and was informed of some of the wonderful activities that are happening in your child's classroom.  Thank you to the Parent Committee for their presentation of future events happening at our school and explaining how your support is so very important.
 
For those who could not attend the evening, please ask your child's teachers for their info packet that was distributed during the evening.  The packets will also be on our website by the end of this week.  
 
Please attend our Spirit Mass next Sunday at 9:30 am.  Father Arnold and the parish community will bless our teaching staff.  Please meet our entire parish community-the elementary school families and staff, our parish ministry leaders and our parishioners.   After the mass, there will be our Annual International Food Fair in our gym  Our preschool will have a Kids Booth at the fair.  
 
Lastly, we hold a weekly yoga class in the Flanagan Center on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Please join the staff and parents for a light yoga class.  
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
  • Sunday, Sept. 15th-Spirit Mass 9:30 am Everyone is invited!
  • Sunday, Sept. 15th-International Food Fair-10:30 am-Gym
  • Tues. & Weds,Sept. 17th & 18th-Lifetouch Photos-8:30-11:30 am-Children must be in uniform (Volunteers needed)
  • Weds. Sept. 25th-Parent Information Night-Michelle Kemper-OT-7:00-8:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 4th-Blessing of the Animals @ 2:15 pm (more details to follow)
  • Tues. Oct. 8th-Kindergarten Info Night @ 6:30 pm in the BF room (more details to follow)
  • Mon. Oct. 14th-Columbus Day-Preschool Closed
  • Tues. Oct. 15th-Zoomobile Visit-10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 18th-Archdiocese Professional Development Day-Preschool Closed
  • Thurs. Oct. 24th-Lifetouch Make-up Day
  • Sat. Oct. 26th-Fright Fest!-10:00 am-3:00 pm-Preschool Booths
  • Thurs. Oct. 31st-Halloween Parade & Party! 8:15 am-10:30 am
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
 
 
Sept. 3, 2019,
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend!  Moving forward, we have a very busy September!
 
Starting this Tuesday, we will resume our movement classes with Pal Mel on Tuesday afternoons.  On Wednesdays, Ms. Gay will teach Music to the RF classes in the mornings.  I will teach Kids Yoga to the BF students in the afternoons on Thursdays.  Next Monday, Soccer Shots will be teaching soccer to all the classes on Monday afternoons.  
 
Also, this week, we welcome two interns from USF-Kayla Lawhorn and Milika Hicks.  Both Ms. Kayla and Ms. Milika are seniors majoring in Psychology.  They are completing their 100 volunteer hours at our preschool program.  Welcome Ms. Kayla and Ms. Milika!
 
Our Back to School Night is this Friday, September 6th, from 6:00-7:30 pm. We will meet in the Flanagan Center at 6:00 pm.  There will be light refreshments served.  At 6:30 pm, the staff will introduce themselves and then advance into their classrooms.  Please join them in your child's classrooms to learn about all the fun and engaging activities the teachers are planning for them.  The Parent Committee will also introduce themselves and inform you of some their fun community  projects throughout the year.  
 
Please join the entire Holy Name Community at our Spirit Mass on Sunday, September 15th at 9:30 am at our beautiful church.  Please arrive early as parking will be difficult.  Father Arnold will bless all our students and the teaching staff.  There will be the International Food Fair immediately following the Mass at our gym.  I have attached the flyer so you may purchase tickets.  Our Preschool Parent Committee will have a Kids Food Booth at the fair.  We hope you can join us at both events!
 
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff
 
 
August 26, 2019
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We survived the first week!  Thank you parents for helping us make our first week so successful.  Thank you to our Parent Committee for hosting the morning coffee and treats.  
 
Going forward, the RF and BF staff will submit a monthly newsletter with all the important information parents will need-e.g. important dates, themes of the month, birthdays, etc.  The staff will update the newsletter if needed.  Look for the September newsletters next week.
 
 
Blessings, 
Alice & the Staff
 
 
Dear HNP Families,
 
We are so excited to start our new school year next week!  We welcome back our returning students and look forward to meeting our new students!
 
We also welcome some new staff members!  In our Red Fish (A) room , we welcome Leeann Crisman, our Lead teacher and Wendy Zhang, our teacher's aide.  Leeann has a B.A. in  Child Adolescent Development from SF State University and has five years of teaching experience.  Wendy recently graduated from SJ State University with a B.A. in  Child Adolescent Development.  In our Blue Fish class, we welcome Kathy Araullo, our teacher's aide.  Kathy has over forty Early Childhood Education units and over 30 years of teaching/nannying experience.  We are thrilled to have Ms. Leeann, Ms. Wendy and Ms. Kathy join us!  The RF room teachers are: RF (A)- Ms. Leeann, Ms. Joselyn, Ms. Wendy, Ms. Ann/RF (B) teachers-Ms. Kristy, Ms. Marilu and Ms. Tara.   The BF teachers are: PreK-Ms. Lucy, Ms. Jane, Ms. Sunjoo/T-K -Ms. Liz, Ms. Kathy & Ms. Sabrina.  On our sign-in table and doors will be a list of which classroom your child has been assigned to.  
 
Other staff news would be that Ms. Sandy will now be our in-house substitute teacher.  Ms. Sandy is returning to school to obtain her Masters in Human Development with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education..   We are excited to have Ms. Sandy as our substitute as she is very familiar with our program and families.  Ms. Sara has moved to the "big school" and will be the Spanish and ELA  (English/Language/Arts) pull-out teacher.  Fortunately for us and the students, Ms. Sara will be able to come and visit us!
 
Thank you parents for returning your forms!  If you haven't done so, please return them by the end of next week.  Everyone will receive a tuition book in their child's cubbie.   Again, your August tuition is prorated in half (the only month this is done).  If you have a sibling in the elementary school or in the preschool, you will receive a 10% discount.  The August tuition is due by August 23rd.  Going forward, the monthly tuition is due by the 10th of each month.
 
 
Please email/call me with any questions or concerns.  We look forward to a wonderful school year with all of you!
 
Blessings,
Alice & the Staff