Pre-Kindergarten, Miss Kaylie Berrett
“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis
Welcome Pre-K students and families!
"We are the light of the world." Mathew 5:14
Welcome Holy Cross families! My name is Kaylie Berrett and I am the Pre-K teacher at Holy Cross School. I am beyond excited to get to know all the newest members of our Holy Cross community. It is truly a blessing to work with young children and help prepare them socially, emotionally, and academically for Kindergarten. This age group is truly inspiring! For most, this is their first year at school! This can be a anxious time for parents and youngsters, but we're all in this together! It is my goal to create a comforting and nurturing environment for us to all discover and learn. I cannot wait for us all to come together and begin supporting one another to grow and develop.
A little about myself, I grew up in Portland and the local Catholic Community. I grew up apart of St. Rose Parish and attending Archbishop Howard and Central Catholic High School. I graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology with a focus on education. I have recently graduated from Concordia Univeristy with my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Early Childhood Education.
This is my third year as the Pre-K teacher at Holy Cross. I am truly blessed with this class. We have so many imaginative minds and kind hearts.
Student Learning Expectations
As a school, we have a set of learning expectations that we strive to instill in all our students from Pre-K to 8th grade. They are:
Life Long Learners: Throughout Pre-K we are going to be starting to recognize our letters, letter sounds, and numbers. Through our small groups and class projects we will build up our number and letter bank and be ready for reading in K! Other skills we are going to begin building upon are one-to-one counting, fine motor, book handling, and word sound skills.
Right Now: We are using our ears to listen to word sounds, using our eyes to identify letters, using our hands to build and create and using our hearts to spread compassion and kindness to our community.
Faith Filled Christians: We will learn about how God made all things good through prayers, service, and bible stories. We are focusing this year on how God made the world. As we to go to mass every Friday, we are focusing more and more about the church and our church family. Their curiosity for the church and our faith is growing everyday.
Right Now: We have started to attend mass with our 6th grade buddies and it has been a wonderful experience thus far.
Responsible Students: Our service project this year is working with Crayola ColorCycle. This program allows for schools to send in old use up markers to be recycled and turned into energy. This means we are keeping plastic out of our landfills and we are getting our old markers reused and recycled. As well as service, we build upon our communication skills. Our classroom is continually working on skills to help build our communication skills with peers and teachers. We work on our social skills during recess, PE, and Discovery time. This helps us all clearly express our ideas! Sharing has started on a daily basis. Sharing is always a fun activity students use to communicate something their love! We have also began to stress the important of expressing our feelings via healthy communication.
Right Now: We have worked with the whole school in our attempt to recycle old markers. Each class has a box to dispose their markers in. Our class has also been working on kindness and communicating. Our classroom is our community and we have been working on using our words to communicate ideas, feelings, and frustrations.
What to Work on Before Pre-K
Here are a few things that you can do with your child to give them a head start in Pre-K!
- Read, Read, Read!! Read to your child as much as you can. Build their imagination and their love for reading this summer! A great way to start reading more is to set a goal, like one book per day. After a week, try adding another book to everyday. The local library always has great summer reading programs for these little guys that will make reading fun for the whole family.
- Identify letters in everyday items and adventures. Your can identify letters on anything from street signs to cereal boxes.
- Explore. Spending time outdoors in nature with your child will open their hearts to exploration and love of the nature around the. Talking about the different plants, animals, and bugs at your local park or even your own garden will pump up those observational skills!
- Practice one-to-one counting. I try to incorporate counting anywhere and everywhere I can. Put focuse on touching each item you count.
- Practice writing their name! We write our name everyday in Pre-K but any extra help over the summer will give them a leg up next year!
- Did I mention how awesome reading is?
January 28 - Open House
January 28 -February 2- Catholic Schools Week
February 15- Pete the Cat Play Field Trip
February 6- PreK Bridge to K
February 10- Holy Cross Auction
Click here for Uniform Guidelines for 2017-2018
Click here for PreK Supply List 2017-2018
Tuition Costs for 2018-2019 School Year:
Five day program: $5500, $550 a month
Three day program: $4300, $430 a month
Call to schedule a tour or to enroll your child in our pre-kindergarten class!