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Description automatically generatedWelcome To Pre-K C!



Hi, my name is Ms. Shakima Renee and I am the PreK-C teacher! This is my fifth year teaching at Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood and I am really excited to be working with Mrs. Nelida Santos again this year.  The children can address us as Ms. Renee and Mrs. Santos, we are both really happy about getting to know your little one this year, and watching them explore and grow.Due to the pandemic where we experienced remote learning for the first time, this year I will be teaching a hybrid class where I have some children in school part time and some at home, working remotely.

I can be contacted via ClassDojo and by email at . I will be checking the ClassTag emails periodically throughout the day, however, I will not be responding to messages after 3:30pm.

Thank you!

Unit 1– Welcome To Pre-K

The first few weeks of the pre-K year children and families are wondering about the upcoming year and what it will bring.  We will be developing partnerships and fostering communication with families throughout this first month of the pre-K program.  We will be providing structure and support during this time of transition, knowing that some children have experiences with a childcare program for some children this will be their first experience.  Throughout this unit and the units ahead, we will have the exciting opportunity to set the tone for children’s pre-K- 12 educational experiences and lay the foundation for critical thinking and inquiry skills that they will use from our classroom forward.  In pre-K we follow the  New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC).  These standards have carefully developed early learning expectations linked to K-12 standards that contribute to a more cohesive unified approach to young children’s education.  The PKFCC is organized into five broad developmental and interrelated domains, which provide the structure for the common core.  A brief description of each domain appears below:

  • Approaches to Learning- How children become involved in learning and acquiring knowledge.
  • Physical Development and Health- Children’s  physical health and ability to engage in daily activities.
  • Social and Emotional Development- The emotional competence and ability to form positive relationships that give meaning to children’s experiences in the home, school, and larger community.
  • Communication, Language, and Literacy- How children understand, create, and communicate meaning. 
  • Cognition and Knowledge of the World- What children need to know and understand about their world and how they apply what they know.  This domain is a direct reflection of the content competencies and knowledge of the Common Core Learning Standards.