4-Year-Old Kindergarten

FULL DAYS, FIVE DAYS A WEEK
We are pleased to announce that our four-year-old kindergarten will now be full day and five days a week.  Following are some key benefits to transitioning to a full-day program from a half-day program:

Reduces Transitional Stress
Full-day 4K allows students to stay in the same facility rather than leaving half-day and attending another facility such as a daycare. Transitions are often difficult for young children.

Increases Familiarity with Routines and Expectations
When children attend school in one location and receive child care in another location, they must learn to follow routines and expectations that might differ.  For some young children, this lack of continuity is confusing and problematic.

Improves Student Learning
By exposing children to reading, math, and technology curricula at an earlier age, they will be better prepared to learn more difficult concepts when they enter kindergarten.  They will have the experience and familiarity that will continue to be a part of their education in the future.

ARRIVAL

You may escort your 4K child to the cafeteria between 7:15 a.m. and 7:50 a.m.  In order to do this, please sign in at the front desk and receive a visitor’s badge.  This allows us to know who is in the building so that we may keep all of our students safe.  After you drop your child off, we ask that you exit the building and do not remain the cafeteria as this might cause separation difficulties.  After 7:50, you will not be allowed to escort your child to the cafeteria because the students from kindergarten through fourth grade begin exiting the playground and filling the hallways.

DISMISSAL
The school day ends at 3:45 p.m., but the 4K students arrive outside each day by 3:30 p.m. so that they can make it through the hallways before the older kids dismiss.  If you are able to pick up your child at 3:30 p.m., and you would like avoid the parking lot congestion, you may pick up your child along Mound Avenue.  The 4K students line up near Mound Avenue.

DAILY SCHEDULE

7:15-8:00 Breakfast (Optional)
8:00-8:15 Morning Announcements in the cafeteria
8:15-9:15 Creative Curriculum
9:15-9:45
9:45-10:30 Creative Curriculum
10:30-10:45 Recess
10:45-11:15 Lunch
11:15-12:15 Rest Time/Quiet Activities
12:15-2:00 Creative Curriculum
2:00-2:30 Recess
2:30-3:15  Creative Curriculum
3:15-3:30 Prepare for dismissal
3:45 Dismissal

Akeisla Bostick

I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 19 years, working in various programs over my career. I am presently working on my Master’s degree in Early Education. I am a mother of four and Nana to three fabulous boys.

My philosophy for early learning is that the early years are the formative years.  During these formative years, a foundation for academic success is built, therefore we must provide children opportunities to use all their senses to explore and learn about the world around them and how they fit in it. Children learn through hands on experiences and exploration of their world; it is the role of the parent and teacher to provide a stimulating, safe and nurturing, environment that promotes exploration and learning.

The parent is the child’s first teacher and the family is an essential component to the learning experience. We are shaped by our experiences, culture, and environment; therefore, it is important for each family to be an active part in opening up the world of learning for their child. In a collaborative effort, the parent and teacher can create a strong foundation for life-long learning.

Jenny Zebrowski

My name is Jennifer Zebrowski, I am one of the 4 year old kindergarten teachers. I have been a teacher of young children for many years.  Most of my 25 years of teaching has been at St. Edward School/ Our Lady of Grace Academy teaching 5 year old Kindergarten.  I am looking forward to teaching in 4 year old kindergarten because I love teaching young children through play.  The young child learns their best by exploring and creating through play.  This play is structured but yet unstructured.  They are given areas and ideas to explore and are then able to learn these things at their own pace and in their own way.  The goal is to gain the skills needed in all areas (social, emotional, intellectual, and physical) to prepare them to be lifelong learners! Yeah for learning through play!