Dear Benedictine Preschool Families:                      

The first four months of the school year seemed to pass by so quickly.  As we enter into the year 2017, and reflect upon 2016, it is hard to believe how much the students have accomplished.  Our little ones in the St. Joseph's  Room have adjusted to being away from Family and have developed a sense of what School is all about. Their sense of wonder as they explore the many projects and activities presented to them reminds us all of the joy we all should get from learning!  The St. Mary's Room students have taken their exploration of critical thinking skills down many interesting paths as they developed a deeper understanding of the world in their immediate environment and expanded their knowledge base.

The many activities of the season of Christmas had us all waiting, sharing and searching. We started the season with our Annual Family Pizza Night which was enjoyed by many present and former families.  We made shoes and "waited " for St. Nicholas.  We learned the Nativity story and "searched" for a place for Jesus to rest, as we re-enacted our own Las Posadas adventure. We created our own gifts for parents as we spoke of giving and "sharing" what we have.  We also created "stocking for Jesus", and thought about what we can give to Jesus at Christmas.  It was a month of wonder.

With our celebration of Twelfth Night on January 6th, we will begin the new year focused on the gift of the Infant Jesus and his birth heralded to the world.  We will continue this celebration as we participate in the traditional blessing of the classrooms next week.

With the new year our attention also turns to the next school year  and our returning summer enrichment program.  We have already begun work on our 2017-2018 school application and calendar  and hope to have these and the summer enrichment application  available in early February.  We ask you take time to consider sending your child to our program this summer and  ask you share information of this program with family and friends.  In order to insure we are in a position to run this program we kindly ask you return your application by the requested due date.

Parents who have a child who will be 5 years of age by October 1, 2017 should now be actively  looking at options for Kindergarten.  There are many wonderful schools in our area. We  have a list of the  area schools  in the school office and we will be happy to share it  with you.   Please stop by the office to pick up your copy. Most private schools have open houses during the late part of January into February. We encourage you to begin this process of finding the right Kindergarten for your child as early as possible.

Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice each school year, November and May. However if you have a concern and would like to speak to your child's teacher in January, please stop by the school office and we can make those arrangements.

The second meeting of the Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday January 26. Please consider joining us for this very important meeting, where your thoughts and ideas regarding the future of our school can be shared with other parents.

In  December we sent out our first annual appeal for donations.  In these difficult economic times our budget continues to be stretched.  As you may be aware, Benedictine Preschool is an independent school.  We receive no funding from the Archdiocese of Newark  or from the State of New Jersey.  As a mission of the Benedictine Sisters, we do receive  their  support when necessary to balance our budget. This appeal was  necessary as we continue to deal with the ever increasing costs of doing business.   We sincerely thank the many families who contributed to this appeal.

We would like to thank you for the many gifts and sweet treats you shared with the staff this Christmas.  Your kindness to the staff is deeply appreciated!

Should you have any questions or concerns?   Please stop by the school office.

Wishing you all a very Blessed and Peace- filled New Year.

With kindest regards,

Thought for the month
"... The Lord bless you and keep you .   The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace !"  (Numbers 6:24-26)
"...Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you."       (1 John 2:24)

Teaching from the Heart:

"Early years are learning years".  This is a phrase heard often in the field of Early Childhood.   Developmental Theory tells us from the ages of birth to 6 years of age children are learning and developing their personal  sense  of trust,  autonomy and  initiative.  These dispositions  will remain important throughout  life as the child  strives to become an educated  productive member of society.   As we begin the new year 2015,  assist your child with their ever growing understanding of these concepts, by giving them household chores and 2 and 3 step directions to follow.

Ask me about it:

A conversation is defined as a dialogue involving at least four exchanges.  Try having a conversation with your child on the following ideas from their classroom experience;

From Ms Yasmin, Ms Christine and Ms Unrandom:

Ask me about .......  How to make a pattern ....
The story of Christmas

From Ms Stefanie,  Ms Christine and Ms Erin:

Ask me about....Our 12 Night Pageant
.... trees

Looking Forward:

  • Tuesdays are Pizza Days!
  • January tuition is due on or before   January 17.
  • Celebration of Twelfth Night         Friday January 6, 2017 10:45 AM
  • Celebrating Dr. King- School Closed       Monday January 16, 2017
  • Advisory Meeting Thursday January 26, 4:45 PM
  • Catholic Schools Week        January 29 -February 4, 2017
  • Our Cavy Project  April, 2017
  • Formal Promotion     Friday June 9, 2017 11AM

Committee Members
The Advisory Committee  will meet on Thursday January 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm for our second meeting of the year.

Appropriate  Attire at School
Children should come to school in clothing free of  difficult belts, buttons ,and  buckles. Clothing should be  loose  and easy for them to tend to by themselves when using the bathroom.  Sweat pants for our youngest children are often the best clothing for school!