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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

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

 ***School closing alerts:  Miss Andrea will send an Option C alert to parents to let you know if school will be closed or if we'll have a delayed opening. Please do not call school or the rectory for this information. Information may about the status of our school may also be found at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com. Look on the right side of the page under School Closings. Information about St. Athanasius School falls under the heading of Archdiocesan schools. If archdiocesan schools are open, please look for our school specifically because St. Athanasius School may be closed even if other schools are open.  


*The children are reminded to take good care of their clothing.  There are jackets and gym sweatshirts in the classroom. They are not labeled with the children's names.

*Cold weather attire: The children may not wear boots in the classroom. Boots may be worn outside; the children will put on their shoes in the classroom.

*Visitors: Please go to the office to check in before going to any part of the school.

*Dismissal routines:  Please notify the office if your child will be picked up early, before the official 2:45 dismissal time. (office phone #: 215-424-5045)

*Please label everything that your child will bring to school (school supplies, bag containing change of clothes, envelopes with money).

*Please send in an absence note after your child returns to school.  The note should state the date(s) of the absence and reason for the absence.

*Please send in a change of clothes for your child (shirt, pants, socks, underwear, undershirt).  Please label the items with your child's name.  It might be a good idea to send in a new set of clothes because the children have grown.  The old set will be sent home after the new set has been brought in.

*Specials schedule:  Gym class- Wednesday     

Computer class- Wednesday

Library- Wednesday

Music class- Thursday

***Report cards do not have to be turned in.


 Classroom activities


*Remember to be good listeners- hands in laps, eyes on the teacher  

*Sight words:  Sight words are not sounded out.  The children learn to read sight words by recognizing them quickly. Current sight words- like, I, the, and, a, see, we, to, is, come, me, with, my, you, what

*We will focus more on sentence writing.  The children will try to remember that the first word begins with a capital letter.  A space needs to be left after each word.  We place a period at the end of the sentence.

Example:  Draw a picture of a cat.  Write I see the cat.

We will continue to build our store of sight words.  The children will continue to work on sounding out words and writing the letters that represent the sounds they hear.

*Addition and subtraction:  The children will memorize facts, especially those that call for 1 more to be added or 1 to be taken away.  Examples: 2+1=3   5-1=4

*Short o words:  h-o-t=hot   p-o-t=pot   h-o-t=hot   c-o-t=cot   l-o-t=lot   g-o-t=got   sp-o-t=spot   h-o-g=hog   l-o-g=log   fr-o-g=frog   d-o-g=dog   b-o-g=bog   cl-o-g=clog

*Counting: We are keeping track of the number of days of school.  We will count until we reach the 100th day.  We tape a marble to our poster every day. The marbles are arranged in rows of 10.  This activity allows to learn about tens and ones.

*Decomposing numbers:  The children are learning that numbers can be broken down into tens and ones.  We are focusing on 11-20.

*Shapes:  2D shapes have height and width.  3D shapes have height, width, and depth. 3D shapes- cone, sphere, cube, cylinder, pyramid

*The children have been working in their art journals and handwriting copybooks.

*The children have to be able to write the numbers in order at least up to 30.  We work on this in the classroom.  We are working on number names for 0-30.

*Blending sounds:  We are working on sounding out 3 letter words with short a, i, or o in the middle of each word.

*We continue to count objects and to compare numbers.

*We are working on measurement words: big/large, small/little, medium, narrow, wide, thin, thick.

*Story sequencing:  Talk about the events of a story.  Can you remember what happened first?  What happened next?  What was the problem?  What were the characters doing?  What happened at the end?  How was the problem solved?

Be able to arrange story pictures in the correct order.







 Week of Jan. 16; due- Jan. 19

*  Eagles Dress Down Day:  The children may wear Philadelphia Eagles shirts on Friday, Jan.19.  Your child may wear a green, black, or white top if he/she does not have an Eagles shirt. Please feel free to wear the regular uniform.

1. Addition paper:  You can use your number line to figure out the sum.  You can draw dots for each number/addend; count the dots to figure out the sum.

2.  Study homework:  Read each sight word to your child.  Have him/her write the word.

come   see   my   like   we   with   the   and   I   a   to   is   you   what



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