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Teacher Biography 

 Mrs. Zajac - Mrs. Booth 



Greetings! My name is Olenka Zajac. I am the kindergarten teacher at St.
Athanasius School. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood
Education at Chestnut Hill College. My graduate work was completed at Arcadia
University, where I earned a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood
I was nominated for recognition as a distinguished teacher by the National
Catholic Educational Association. I received a certificate of recognition for my
service to the school community from the office of Representative Dwight Evans. I
have presented workshops on effective classroom management practices.
I have been involved in church and community activities since childhood.
I taught for 12 years at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center. I serve on
my parish council. I volunteer at the homeless shelter in my community. I am a
member of the St. Basil Academy Alumnae Association.
I am bilingual. I have a fluent knowledge of the Ukrainian language. I have an
elementary knowledge of French. I can give the kindergarten children a basic
introduction to a foreign language. I like to sing, play the piano, and strum the
Teaching young scholars: It is my vocation and privilege to help children grow
academically, socially, and spiritually. My students develop the skills necessary to
become confident, competent young adults by learning the value of hard work.
The skills that are needed to thrive in a 21st century workplace, such as the
abilities to think creatively and to work collaboratively, are developed in a setting
that is well-organized and nurturing.
I also have the pleasure of working with students from grades 1 through 8. I
work with those children who read at our liturgical services in church. I am the
moderator of a visual arts club (writing, drawing, etc.). The children are given
opportunities to develop leadership skills and to display their talents.
email: gradek(at)saschool.org


Class News



St Athanasius Feast Day


 ***Please read with your child for 10 minutes every day.

 *Dress code:  Please check the handbook.  The children need to wear regulation shoes and socks.

*Arrival procedure on inclement weather days:  The children enter the building through the main entrance and wait in the hall in a single line for the teacher.  The line is formed outside the first grade classroom (Mrs. Ward's room).

*Specials:  Gym class/Wednesday   Computer class/Wednesday     Music class/Thursday

*Recommended sleep time for 5 year-old children: 10-13 hours of sleep, including naps

Recommended sleep time for 6 year-old children: 9-12 hours

(This information is based on recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics.)

*Life skills:  The children should be able to take care of their needs in the bathroom.  

*School uniforms:  Please stop by the school to tell the ladies in the office if your child needs a component of the uniform.  We have previously-owned items that may be taken home.

Gym class:  The children will have gym every Wednesday.  The children need to come to school dressed in the regulation gym uniform and sneakers.  If your child does not yet have the regulation gym uniform, please have your little one wear the every-day uniform with sneakers.

Please check OptionC once in a while for a general description of what we're working on in the kindergarten.

Please remember to send an absence note upon the return to school of your child.  The note should state the date of and reason for the absence.


*The children are learning that they are responsible for their belongings:  pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes, etc.

*Sight words:  Sight words are not sounded out.  The student looks at the word and reads it.  [I, the, is, like, and, see, a, we, to, me, my, come, with, you, what]  The word list will be posted throughout the year.

*Social skills/problem-solving:  The children are reminded to say please and thank you.  The children are reminded to ask for help when necessary: I don't understand.  I need help.  I don't know.  May I please...

*Story sequencing:  Listen to a story.  Talk about the beginning, middle, end of the story.  Arrange the picture cards in the correct order/sequence. 

*Grammar: A noun is a word that names a person, a place, or a thing.

A verb is an action word (run, eat, write, …)

*Measurement: The children will learn how to measure using the metric system and the United States customary system.  The children will learn that scientists use the metric system.

*We will sound out 3 letter words with the short o sound in the middle of the word (h-o-t=hot, bl-o-ck=block, m-o-p=mop...).

*Science lab:  The children will use scales to weigh objects.  Vocabulary: weigh, pan scale, heavy/heavier/heaviest, light/lighter/lightest, compare

*Science:  The children are learning the names of animal babies.  They are learning about the animals:  Where does the animal live?  What is its habitat?  How does the animal move?  What does it eat?  The children are learning to classify animals.  (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, fish)

*Literacy development:  The title is the name of the book.  the author is the person who writes the words.  The illustrator creates the pictures.  This information can be found on the front cover of the book and on the title page.

*Number recognition:  Name numbers 0-40.

* We are working on addition equations.  The children draw dots for both numbers that are added.  They count the dots and write the sum.

We are working on subtraction equations.  The first number tells us how many dots to draw.  The second number tells us how many to cross out.  The remaining number of dots is the difference.

*Number order:  We are working on completing a sequence of numbers that does not begin with 1, for example- 10, 11, 12.....20.

The children are learning to identify number sequences that are ordered from lowest to highest.      Example:  8, 9, 10 (correct)   5, 7, 6  or  9, 8, 7 (incorrect)

*Option C is in the process of being updated.

***Celebration:  We will celebrate the 100th day of school on February 4th.  The children may wear special 100th day shirts over their regular uniforms.  They may wear store-bought shirts or homemade shirts.  Take a plain T-shirt and decorate it with 100 pictures, or glue on 100 buttons or other items.

*Spirit Day on Friday, Jan. 11:  Your child is invited to wear an Eagles shirt, or Eagles colors, with gym pants and sneakers on Friday, Jan. 11.  Go Eagles!



Homework- Week of Jan. 14; due- Jan.18

***Dismissal on Friday, Jan. 18 will be at 11:45.  Blankets will be sent home.

School will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21.

1.  Short u sound paper

Optional:  Spell the words with the short u sound in the beginning or middle of the word.

2.  subtraction paper:  Use blocks to figure out the answers.  Or, draw dots and cross them out.


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