Pre-K – Mrs. Dawn Hennessy

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Welcome to Mrs. Hennessy’s class page! This will be my fifth year at St. Elizabeth Catholic School teaching in the UPK program.

I have my Masters in Literacy, a NYS teaching license in Literacy B-6th grade and a NYS License in Early Childhood B-2. I have been teaching for 13 years. I have 8 years experience in Pre-k and several years teaching children from Kindergarten to 8th grade in a pull out reading program. I Am married and have 3 wonderful children. Two are in College and one in High School.  

I am very excited to be here working with your child and look forward to using my experience and knowledge to help your child to learn and grow!


Hi my name is Mrs. Guzman. I have been a teacher’s aide in St. Elizabeth  Catholic Academy PreK For All program for 7 years.  Prior to that, I was across the street for 7 years in the position of Kindergarten Aide.  I truly enjoy working with the little children; they all bring such joy.  I am married and I have 2 sons, both graduated from St. Elizabeth.  My older son works in Manhattan and my younger son is studying for his PhD at Ohio State University.


If you have any questions or concern please reach out to me either by email or our school phone.


Clothing Theme

Posted on January 8, 2021

Dear Families,

We recently noticed that the children are very interested in clothes. They talk about clothes, put them on and take them off, compare clothes and add clothing details to their dressings. We think clothes will make an interesting study.

As we study clothes, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science social studies, the arts and technology. We’ll also use thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.

What You Can Do at Home

Talk with your child about clothes. Examine the fabric together and discuss how the clothes were made. Look at the labels to find out where the clothes were made and identify the fabric.  Look at pictures from the past and note how the clothing differs from clothing today.

Teach your child to stitch. Use a large plastic needle and yarn; make stitches on burlap or felt.

When you shop for clothes, help your child notice how clothes are organized in the store and offer a simple explanation of how you compare prices.

We have transformed our Dramatic Play area into a laundromat, where the children pretend to wash and dry clothes. At the end of our study, we’ll have a special event called Fashion Fun Friday, where the children will come dressed in their favorite outfit, walk the runway and talk about their outfit. Thank you for playing an important role in our learning.

-Mrs. Hennessy

November’s Theme

Posted on November 3, 2020

We are wrapping up our Tree Study and  will begin learning about Buildings.

~  What buildings are 

~ How buildings help us

~ To identify different types of buildings in our neighborhood and other places around the world

~ Buildings are made from a variety of materials

~ How people use buildings

~ To identify the parts of a building

~ What goes on inside a building

~ How buildings are special


During this month you can do these fun activities with your child and they can share with the class.

Make buildings out of different materials.

Write the word “building”.

Go for a walk and examine buildings in your community.

Have your child paint or draw a picture of their favorite building.

Count the buildings on your block.

Collect pictures of buildings. Encourage your child to sort them. Your child might also enjoy making a collage by arranging and gluing buildings on paper.

Tentative Calendar for 2020-2021

Posted on October 5, 2020


September 10: First Day of School for Students


October 12: Columbus Day- SCHOOL CLOSED


November 11- Veterans Day- SCHOOL CLOSED 

November 26 AND 27: Holiday Break- SCHOOL CLOSED



December 11: Parent/ Teacher Conference- Early Dismissal 12:00 p.m.

December 23 UNTIL January 3: Holiday Break- SCHOOL CLOSED


January 4: Classes Resume

January 18: Martin Luther King Day- SCHOOL CLOSED


February 15 UNTIL February 21: Mid- Winter Recess- SCHOOL CLOSED

February 22: Classes Resume


March 25: Parent/ teacher Conference- Early Dismissal 12:00 p.m.




April 5 UNTIL April 11: Spring Break- SCHOOL CLOSED

April 12: Classes Resume


May 31: Memorial Day- SCHOOL CLOSED


June 25: First Possible day for School Closing

Calendar is tentative. There will be 4 Professional Development Days throughout the school year. On these days, there will be no school for students. One the dates are released by the Department of Education a notice will be sent out!

October Theme

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October’s theme is all about Trees! We are observing and comparing trees to learn:

 *What lives in them?

 *What food comes from trees?

 *Who cares for them?

 *How they change and what can we do with parts of trees?

If you are able to take a “tree walk” with your child, we would appreciate your help in collecting tree parts to investigate.  You and your child can collect things such as fall leaves, acorns, pinecones, twigs, branches or tree bark. Please send in a ziploc bag with your child’s name. This is a great opportunity for your child to talk about their findings!

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