For information regarding Preschool Registration for 2015-16 school year
Contact Lori Kowalski, MPH, RN, CSN
Pam Izquierdo or Colleen Nemeth @732-574-9600 ext.3335
June 6 - The Key Club sponsored by Ellen Zamboni, School Counselor at Arthur L. Johnson High School presented to the children of Clark Preschool a unit on “Stranger Danger.” The Key Club sponsored by Kiwanis International has a main objective to assist in carrying out their mission to serve the children of the world. The high school students provided hands-on lessons to teach the children about strangers and suspicious behavior to protect them from dangerous strangers. The high school students preformed a skit depicting the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” demonstrating stranger danger. In the tale, little red riding hood was initially fooled by the wolf, and eventually able to deduce that her grandmother was not at all who she appeared to be at first. The Key Clubbers talked about strangers and reinforced the unit on stranger danger utilizing some key terms: “NO, GO, YELL, and TELL” requiring feedback from the children. They ended their presentation by involving the preschoolers in a return demonstration, where several volunteer preschoolers practiced using some short scenarios. Each child wore proudly home “I Am Special” medal given by the Key Clubbers. The fairy tale is a simple story which amused the children and produced a valuable lesson of the importance of being careful whom to trust, as well as to think critically. Other popular fairy tales can offer unique learning opportunities, such as; Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, and The Three Little Pig, and can help you and your children uncover other valuable lessons.
Lori Kowalski, MPH, RN, CSN, Clark Preschool Nurse and Coordinator
May 28, 9:30am, Preschool Field Day in the Gym
Gus Kalikas and the members of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council, C.A.L.C., joined the Preschool for their annual Field Day. Field Day is a morning of fun-filled activities including; Soccer, Limbo, Ring Toss Mini Golf, Obstacle Course, Ice Cream Relay, Basketball, Black Can Throw, Parachute, and Scooter Relay. The children rotated through the activities from soccer to scooter relay utilizing gross motor skills. The members of the C.A.L.C were integrated within each station interacting and assisting the students with the activities. Both the children and student athletes enjoyed the experience and learned a lot while doing it!
A special thank you goes to the parent volunteers and the preschool staff, especially John Mongiello, Physical Education Teacher, who organized, set-up and cleaned-up the successful event, as well as the C.A.L.C. members for all their assistance and helping hands!
(Left to right: Marissa Hampp, Angela Pieros, Gabby Zatko, Gina Ferdinandi, Payton Wiese, Lauren DeMille, Coach Ferdinandi)
On May 21, the Johnson Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team took a trip across the street to the Clark Preschool for a gymnastics demonstration. Mr. John Mongiello, the P.E teacher at the preschool, is teaching gymnastics to his students this week. Gymnastic Coach Brianna Ferdinandi, para-professional at the preschool, suggested bringing her team in for a short assembly to reinforce Mr. Mongiello's lesson's, as well as, get the youngsters of Clark excited about gymnastics. "There's no activity a young child can participate in better than gymnastics to gain strength and master their basic locomotor skill," said Mr. Mongiello. "It was great to have my team come over and put on a show for the children. It help's our youth get excited about an awesome sport and it is great to have my team be positive role-models to the youth in our community!" said Coach Ferdinandi. All-in-all it was a great experience for everyone involved.
Coach Ferdinandi & Mr. John Mongiello
May Calendar of Events at the Preschool
May 1 - Library Field Trip Mrs. Consiglio's & Ms. Lillis' Class
May 6 - Library Field Trip Mrs. DeAngelis' Class
May 15-Special Person Tea 9:30am, Cafeteria
In honor of Mother's and Father's day each child
may invite ONE special person for tea.
May 25-CLOSEDfor Memorial Day
May 28-Field Day 9:30am, location to be announced
Upcoming events in June
June 2 - FKH Kindergarten Orientation 10-11am
June 3 - VRS Kindergarten Orientation 10-11am
Parents MUST accompany their child to the
June 22-Preschool Graduation/End of the Year Celebration
9:30am in the large gym
June 23-Kindergarten Move-up Day 10:30-11:30am
Children will be bused to their Kindergarten
classes with the appropriate staff and return
back to the Preschool
June 18-23rd are all early dismissals at 1:00pm.
Aftercare will take place from 1-6pm for those
students signed up for after care. Please pack
April 29th, 9:45-12noon, cafeteria, UNICO Pizza Day
UNICO , the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States, Clark Chapter, will be visiting the preschool to assist the children in pizza making, followed by pizza snack.
Thursday, April 2nd, the Preschool lights it up in blue in honor of Autism Awareness Day.
Autism Awareness Day aims to increase people's awareness about people,
especially children with autism. The fourth annual preschool celebration kicked off
with a morning of fun filled activities for the children in the gymnasium organized and lead by
Mary Lillis, the preschool teacher of the year.
Wednesday, April 1. The Quiver Farm chick hatching project was a success at the Preschool. Ten out of twelve eggs hatched and six chicks were moved into the brooder box this morning. Farm education that is FUN! Science, caring, compassion and responsibility...all curled up in one egg.
4pm there are six chicks. In the morning they will be moved to the brooder box.
1:30pm there are five chicks and they are beginning to dry.
10:45am the fourth chick just hatched!
10:10am Tuesday, 10:10am the first chick hatched!
Tuesday, March 31, 8:45am - The chicks are starting to hatch at the Preschool.
On March24 - To
celebrate Spring, Clark Preschool welcomed Farmer Chris from Quiver
Farm, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania with his chick hatching project. Farmer
Chris arrived with a live rooster, Jack, a hen, Jill and all the
necessary equipment to take care of the eggs and chicks once they have
The Farmer set up an incubator and presented a short
presentation to the children and Mrs. DeAngelis, “The Chief Egg
Tender.” The children learned how to care for the eggs for the rest of
the week by checking the temperature, turning the eggs, and keeping the
water trough full. All the children were given the opportunity to pet
On Friday, the eggs will be turned for the last time,
extra water will be added to the trough and left untouched for the
weekend. Sometime on Monday the chicks will start to hatch. No chicks hatched today...will check Tuesday!
dry off the children will put the baby chicks in the brooder box as
shown in the presentation. On Thursday the chicks will be picked up and
taken back to the farm. Incubating and hatching chicken eggs is a
hands-on learning experience. We are all excited for the Quiver Farm
project. Farm education is FUN! Science, caring, compassion and
responsibility….all curled up in one egg!
March 13. Mrs. LaManna's class welcomed Mrs. Raguseo as today's guest reader. Mrs. Raguseo read the book titled, Pigeon Poop by Elizabeth Bagley and Mark Chambers, followed by a simulated hands on activity for the children.
March 12. With Saint Patrick's Day approaching....Mrs. Consiglio's class welcomed a special reader, Mr. Peterson who introduced the children to the Irish culture and traditions.
On Friday, February 27, Gus Kalikas, Athletic Director and the members of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council visited the Preschool to read Dr. Seuss books for the 18th Annual Read Across America Day. It was fun watching the High School Student Athletes as they interacted with the children. The Seussical celebration will kick off the week of reading across the nation to aide in the improvement of literacy skills. In the early grades when reading is an important focus, students show are absent miss critical instruction time. Research shows that early literacy plays a key role in g the enabling of learning experiences that are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention higher, graduation rates and enhances productivity in adult life. Both groups not only enjoyed the experience, but learned a lot while doing it!
Sending wishes of love and joy for a wonderful Holiday Season. School reopens on January 5th....see you in 2015!
The Preschool Staff
Tuesday, July 14
ALJ Media Center
Executive Session in
ALJ Media Center
at 5:30 pm
in Council Chambers
at 7:00 pm
Rain showers likely
62% chance of precipitation.
30% chance of precipitation.