Pre-K – Ms. Stefania Acquista

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Welcome to Ms. Acquista and Mrs. Clara’s Pre-K For All class webpage! We will post weekly updates of what your child is learning. Please check back regularly for reminders and updates of events that will be happening within our classroom.

About Your Childs Teachers

My name is Stefania Acquista. This is my third year teaching Pre-K For All at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy. I have a Masters in Early Childhood Education (birth-2nd grade) from Queens College. I am also in my postmasters to receive 2 advanced certificates, one for early intervention as well as one for special education. My passion lies in the development and growth of all children. This means they come to school healthy, remain safe, and are supported, engaged, as well as challenged. I am looking forward to a wonderful year working with you and your children!

Contact Me

If you need to contact me IMMEDIATELY, as in during school hours, please feel free to call the school office at 718-843-0914.

My main form of communication is through email. You may email me at anytime and I try to respond as quickly as possible, definitely by the end of the school day. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have about your child’s development.

My email address: sacquista@stelizabethca.org

Remind Text

Also, if you wish to receive texts or alerts, PLEASE sign up for the Remind app, it is free and convenient. I will send out announcements, school closings, and special events through the app. It will help take the burden of remembering off of you! To participate in receiving text message reminders, simply send a text to 81010 with the message @msacqui

Reminders:

  • Please make sure your child is wearing sneakers everyday to school, as we do gross motor outdoors, especially on Wednesday’s, because we have gym.
  • Each Friday your child will come home with their bed sheet and blanket in their schoolbag. Please wash them and send them back to school on Monday. Also, the size of their mat is the size of a toddler bed; therefore, that is the only size sheet that will fit their mat properly. If possible please send in a toddler size sheet for the mat.
  • Please check, and take out everything from your child’s folder DAILY!

2019-2020 School Calendar Dates are Subject to Change

September

September 5: First Day of School for Students

October

October 14: Columbus Day- SCHOOL CLOSED

October 30: Professional Day- SCHOOL CLOSED

November

November 11- Veterans Day- SCHOOL CLOSED

November 27: Early Start 8:00 a.m. and Early Finish 1:00 p.m. 

November 28 AND 29: Holiday Break- SCHOOL CLOSED

 December

December 4: Parent/ Teacher Conference- Early Dismissal 12:00 p.m.

December 9: SCHOOL CLOSED

December 17: NO AFTER SCHOOL

December 23 UNTIL January 5: Holiday Break- SCHOOL CLOSED

 January

January 6: Classes Resume

January 20: Martin Luther King Day- SCHOOL CLOSED

 February

February 17 UNTIL February 21: Mid- Winter Recess- SCHOOL CLOSED

February 24: Classes Resume

February 30: Professional Day- SCHOOL CLOSED

 March

March 19: Parent/ teacher Conference- Early Dismissal

April

April 9 UNTIL April 17: Spring Break- SCHOOL CLOSED

April 20: Classes Resume

May

May 20: Professional Day- SCHOOL CLOSED

May 25: Memorial Day- SCHOOL CLOSED

June

June 23: First Possible day for School Closing

School Closing Update

Posted on April 15, 2020

Please continue with remote learning on a daily basis with Google Classroom! 

Dear Parents, 

As of now, we have been informed by the diocese of Brooklyn that we will be closed until April 29, 2020. Further information will be posted once it is given to us.

Thank You,

PRE-K For All Administration

Posted on March 25, 2020

Hello All!

First, I want to state how much I miss everyone dearly. And cannot wait to see everyone. I hope everyone is taking the proper precautions to keep you and your family safe!

I have sent out an email in regards to remote learning on Google Classroom. If you have not received an Email from me please reach out to me. Email me with your Child’s name at: sacquista@stelizabethca.org

Once you email me I will send you information on how to sign on into Goggle Classroom to begin your child’s education from home!

Let’s look at the bright side: we have found a way in which to video chat with the children. I would like to do a trial run on Friday March 27,2020 at 10:00 a.m. This Friday’s video chat will just to say hello and to see how everyone is doing and help clarify any concerns! Also, since we are discussing Pets, many of your children have expressed to me that they have a pet at home! Let’s use this opportunity to show our friends our pets at home 🙂 We will be using an application called Zoom! Attached below are instructions in which you can follow in order to join the video conference! If everything goes well I hope to continue to do these video chats about two times a week.

Second, I want to thank everyone who has already signed up for goggle classroom! This is a new experience for me as it is for you so please feel free to provide any feedback! Assignments have been posted for your child to complete at their leisure times. Please try and complete them to the best of your ability. Many attached documents are to be completed by the guardians, however in words that your child has dictated. For example, you (the guardian) ask the question. Allow for your child to respond and you write down your child’s exact response. Please feel free to attach photos and/or comments of your child completing an activity, or with a completed activity! This will be a great way for everyone to engage, see our friends, share thoughts and even ideas with one another!

Lastly, Please advise that I will be setting up a form in which will allow me to take attendance daily, that way I know who has signed on to google classroom each day. It can be completed at anytime throughout each day!

Thank you and I am looking forward to hopefully seeing you all this Friday!

Best,

Ms.Acquista

Class Schedule 

Posted on March 18, 2020

Below is our class schedule. If you want to keep them on a schedule at home, if it helps them (or even helps you!), than by all means follow it, or create something similar to it. 

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.- Arrival/ Unpack This allows students to gain self-confidence and work on independence/ self-help skills by finding their cubby and hanging belongings. AT HOME: Work with your child at home by teaching them to put on and take off their coats. Scaffold them in zippering/ buttoning their jackets. Work with them in putting on gloves, etc. 

8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.- Snack  Students work on socialization skills by interacting with their peers during snack. Students work of self- help skills by practicing proper hand washing techniques, using utensils to eat and cleaning up. AT HOME: Work with your child in learning to independently open their snack, juice boxes, etc. Converse with your child about events that will occur throughout the day or events that occurred yesterday. 

8:55 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.- Circle Time Students gather on the carpet to discuss attendance, calendar, weather and the lesson of the day. AT HOME: Sing a good morning song with your child. Talk about today’s date. Sing the Days of the Week Song. Ask your child to explain the weather outside, what he/ she wears for this kind of weather. Ask your child a question of the day. We are currently learning about Pets.

9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.- Center Time Students develop pre-academic and academic skills by engaging in hands-on activities during the learning centers of their choice. AT HOME: Here is where you can use this suggested link:

https://cdn-blob-prd.azureedge.net/prd-pws/docs/default-source/default-document-library/learn-at-home-2020/early-childhood-family-activities-accessible.pdf?sfvrsn=4722c315_4

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.- Gross Motor Activities Students work on a variety of gross motor skills to help them develop their core, upper, and lower body muscles. These activities consist of running, riding tricycles, and playing with gross motor equipment, which are necessities for pre-school students. AT HOME: This is outdoor time. Since we are advised to stay indoors their are many indoor activities that came be done within the home to keep your child moving.

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.- Music and Movement Students express themselves with their whole body and learn to respond to the mood of music. Students also have a chance to play on instruments creating tones. AT HOME: Sing some simple songs with your child, or make instruments with things you have around your house. 

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.- Lunch Students work on self-help skills by practicing serving themselves to gain independence and develop socialization skills through learning proper table manners and having conversation with peers. AT HOME: Converse with your child about daily events, extending conversations by asking open- ending questions. 

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.- Bathroom/ Setting up for Sleep Students practice good hygiene and independently go to the bathroom. AT HOME: Allow your child to practice proper hand washing routines. 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.- Rest Time The high-energy demands of this age really need to be met by a period of rest. AT HOME: Allow your child to nap, or rest. Close the nights and put on some calming background music for soothing.

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.- Read Aloud Students listen and participate during the story by asking and answering questions, acting out and repeating parts of the story, and finding rhyming words. AT HOME: Read a book to your child and ask them questions about what you are reading. Ask many open- ending questions, and critical thinking questions. It is okay to read the same story more than once to your child, this allows for you to ask your child questions about recalling facts within the story. 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.- Center Time Students develop pre-academic and academic skills by engaging in hands-on activities during the learning centers of their choice. AT HOME: Here is where you can use this suggested link:

https://cdn-blob-prd.azureedge.net/prd-pws/docs/default-source/default-document-library/learn-at-home-2020/early-childhood-family-activities-accessible.pdf?sfvrsn=4722c315_4

2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. 2nd Class Meeting/ Circle Time This is when I do my Afternoon Circle Time with them and discuss what we did during the day before getting them ready to go home. AT HOME: Recall with your child what they have learned today and discuss with your child what they will be doing tomorrow. 

I hope this gives you some ideas of how you can plan your day with your child at home.

Learn At Home Resources

Posted on

Dear Parents,

I hope you and your families are well, healthy, and safe. While our school is closed there are many resources that i will be posting for you to use to continue your child’s learning at home.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/early-childhood

Please take a look at this website for ideas on activities that you can do with your child (as well as with their siblings). 

Scholastic has also created Scholastic’s Learn at Home website. This free resource provides your child with 20+ days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and their family. The website is www.scholastic.com/learnathome. 

We are working on a way for me to communicate with you and your child at home. Please be patient. We know that your child is confused, as well as you, and we are trying to help in anyway that we can. As always, I will keep you updated.

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