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September Newsletter PreK-4

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe we’re already through one week of preschool. We’ve had a wonderful week getting to know one another and learning what makes us the same and different. Most importantly, we’ve learned that we are ALL beloved children of God!

We were very busy this week learning routines and rules – and we’re very proud of your children. We had our first fire drill on Thursday. Mrs.Willand and the Fire Department were pleased with how well the children did for their very first practice. Way to go Angels!

The children were introduced to our class ‘mascot’, Oliver the Owl. Oliver is part of the Pearson O.W.L. (Our World of Learning) curriculum used in our classroom. The curriculum is all inclusive with activities designed to reach across all the pre-academic areas – reading, writing, math, art, science, etc. I will also supplement O.W.L. with some other programs that I know will help to support and enhance your child’s school experience. If you have any questions regarding anything being covered in class, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. There are links on our class webpage for information regarding the Pearson O.W.L. program as well as Lively Letters and Handwriting Without Tears.

We’d like to take a moment to thank you all for the extremely generous donations of supplies for our class. Thank you so very, very much! I will include an on-going needs list as a part of this newsletter every month.

As a regular part of our day, the children are invited and encouraged to pray. Please help support their efforts by practicing how to bless themselves at the beginning and ending of their prayer(s). As students at Our Lady of the Valley, we are working on praying the Hail Mary.  I encourage you to check out Catholic Icing ( for helpful ideas and activities to bolster your preschooler’s faith foundations.

Our upcoming themes will focus on apples, the arrival of autumn, and patterns (ex. ABA = red, green, red, green, etc.). We will be using apples for several activities starting after Labor Day. If you can donate an apple or two (any size and color) we’d be grateful. Thanks!

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to return your child’s emergency cards and the School Handbook signature page by Wednesday, 9/9. Thanks for your help!


-       You may begin dropping your child off to the classroom in the morning from 8 o’clock onward and pick them up at 11:30 a.m. for half day and from 2:30 p.m. onward  for full day. Your child will be considered tardy if they arrive after 8:40 a.m. If you have not arrived by 2:50 p.m. your child will be brought to the After School Care program in the cafeteria.

-       Every child must have a FULL change of clothes available at school. As the saying goes, accidents happen!

-       Our room is NUT FREE this year. Please respect the health and safety of all of our precious children. I’d ask you to err on the side of caution and refrain from sending in any snack/lunch that may contain peanuts/ tree nuts. Thank you.

-       If your child stays all day, we ask that you send in a nutritious snack and a full lunch for that day.

-       If you’d like to have your child’s mat cover sent home weekly to be washed, just let us know.

-       Music class with Mrs. Rhett starts on Wednesday!

-       If you’d like to volunteer at school, you must submit a CORI form and take the Diocesan Safe Environment Training course. *(Once you complete the Safe Environment training, you must submit a copy of your certificate to the school office.)

On-going needs list:

Plastic milk/juice bottle caps (all colors), clean yogurt cups, seasonal stickers, seasonal craft foam shapes/letters, sponge paint brushes, appropriate magazines for collage art, colored tissue paper (all colors), ream(s) of colored paper for photocopier/printer (orange, yellow, red)

Upcoming Important Dates:

Thursday, 9/10 6-7:30 p.m. OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, 9/17 7 p.m.(?) STATE of the SCHOOL Address


Our Lady of the Valley Regional School | 75 Mendon Street - Uxbridge, MA 01569 | 508-278-5851

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