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!
"Great is our Lord, vast in power, with wisdom beyond measure." -Psalm 147:5
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 graduated from Concordia University with my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Early Childhood Education.
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 small groups activities 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.
Science and other STEM lessons and projects will be worked on this year as well. With this we will be learning about engineering and building, working out and improving solutions to problems, animals and plants in different areas of the world, motion and movement, planets and Outer Space, and much more. STEM allows Pre-K age children to use their observational skills and work on reasoning and problem-solving skills.
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.
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.
What to Work on at Home!
Here are a few things that you can do with your child to give them a head start in Pre-K and K!
- Read, Read, Read!! Read to your child as much as you can. Build their imagination and their love for reading! 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 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. Need a fun in the rainy day activity? Spray some shaving cream down on a plate and practice writing letters and numbers with your finger!
- Explore. Spending time outdoors in nature with your child will open their hearts to exploration and love of the nature around the. The Zoo, The Forestry Center, OMSI, and The Children's Museum are all great places to experience over the summer. Talking about the different plants, animals, and bugs at your local park or even your own garden will pump up those observational skills!
- Go check out that public library and find some new books to try out.
- 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 and other letters! We write our name everyday in Pre-K but any extra help at home will help them this year and next!
- Did I mention how awesome reading is?
Jan 21- No School in Honor of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 25-31- Holy Cross Scholastic Book Fair
Jan 27- Open House 11am-2pm
Jan 31- Grandparent's Day!
Feb 1- No school for Teacher In-Service
Feb 5- Pre-K Bridge to K
Feb 15- No school
Feb 18&19- No School for President's Day and Teacher In-Service
March 7- PreK & K Feild Trip to Play, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, at Winningstad Theater 11:45am
March 23-31st- Spring Break!
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!