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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
Education.
 
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
guitar.
 
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.

 ***The children will participate in the annual Spring Showcase of African American History at La Salle High School on April 26th at 7:00 p.m.  

***Reminder:  Please bring in box tops.  Sister Jean recently redeemed a number of box tops for $300.

*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.

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 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, how, now, are, find, this, for, make, play, said, me, good, he, she, have

*Writing time:  The teacher writes a sight word on the board. Next, the teacher writes a phrase.  Finally, the teacher writes a sentence.  The children read and help to spell the words. Example:  this      this is       This is my hat.

*Addition and subtraction: Addition:  Draw circles for each number that is part of the equation/each addend.  Count all of the circles.  Write the total after the equals sign.  Subtraction:  The first number tells us how many circles to draw.  The second number tells us how many circles to cross out.   How many circles are left?

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

Example:   13=10+3      We'll draw 10 circles inside a frame that consists of 10 squares.  We'll point to it and say "10."  Next, we'll add 1 circle at a time and count.  We'll stop when we have 13.  How many more circles did we add? 3.

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

*The children have to be able to write the numbers in order at least up to 50.  We work on this in the classroom.  We are working on number names for 0-50.

*Blending sounds:  We are working on sounding out 3 letter words with short a, e, i, o, or u in the middle of each word.  Examples:  mad,  bag,  Fred,  pen,  fit,  slip,  chop,  dot,  tub,  rug

*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.

Money: Name each type of coin and know the value of each coin.

*Science:  The children are learning about the different groups of animals (mammals, fish, birds, bugs, reptiles).  They are developing the concept of classifying/sorting.  They have to be able to explain why an animal does or does not belong to a particular group.

*Social Studies:  What can your child tell you about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Harriet Tubman?  What can your child tell you about the underground railroad?

*Life skills:  It is important for children to develop strong spatial awareness skills.  We work on positional words, such as left/right, top/bottom, etc.  The children work on puzzles and build with all sorts of blocks.  We work with the map of the USA to learn about movements in various directions- north, south, east, west.

*Phonemic awareness activity:  Divide words into parts/syllables.

The teacher calls out a word.  The children repeat the word by clapping hands for each syllable.  How many syllables in each word?

Examples:    zebra= ze/bra= 2 syllables     horse=1 syllable   elephant=el/e/phant= 3 syllables

 *Fractions:  Divide shapes, such as circles, squares, and rectangles, in half.  Both pieces have to be the same size. The lines may be drawn vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.  We are working on dividing shapes into thirds and fourths/quarters.

*Ordinal numbers: Count to determine the position of a row of pictures or objects- first, second, third, fourth, fifth...

Look at a row of pictures or shapes.  Which shape is third in line?  Which one is sixth?

*Word problems:  Addition- Set out a certain number of blocks, such as 6.  We have 6 blocks. We want to have 9.  How many more should we add? Add 1 at a time and count.  How many more were added? (3)

Subtraction- We have 10 blocks. We want to have only 4. How many should we subtract?  Take away 1 at a time and count.  How many blocks were removed? (6)

Addition:  We have 4 blocks.  We add 5 more blocks. How many blocks do we have altogether?

Subtraction:  We have 12 blocks.  We take away 3 blocks. How many blocks are left?

 

 

 

 

 

 


Homework

 Week of April 23; due- April 27

***Dress down day:  We are raising money for our athletic teams.  The children may wear play clothes on Tuesday, April 24 for a donation of $2.  Thank you!

1.  Long "a" paper

Optional:  Try to spell each word.

 

2. Study homework:  a.  Write 1-50.

b.  Call out numbers 1-50 in random order.  Have your child write the numbers.

 

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