Mrs. Kelly Pekala
A NOTE FROM THE TEACHER
My name is Mrs. Kelly Pekala and I am extremely excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year! This is my 3rd year of teaching here at Saint Mark School. I absolutely love Kindergarten! It is such an amazing age and I enjoy working with the children and families of the Saint Mark community! I am so blessed to be here and I could not be happier. I graduated from Holy Family University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education. I am also a product of Catholic Education and value my faith very much.
I am happily married to my husband Chris, and we have 2 children. My son, CJ is 3, and my daughter Avery was just born in September. During my free time I love to spend time with my family outside and at the beach.
Kindergarten Supply List
School will provide the following:
Please send the following items in with your child on the first day of school:
- paint smock (a large t-shirt will do)
- plastic supply box (approx 8” by 5”)
- sharpened pencils (please no mechanical)
- 2 glue sticks
- 1 pair of child sized scissors
- 24 pack crayons
- 10 pack thick markers
- 2 2 pocket folders
- 1 pack of dry erase markers
Pre-K Entering Kindergarten
- Accident by Andrea Tsurumi When a clumsy armadillo named Lola knocks over a glass pitcher, she sets off a silly chain of events, encountering chaos wherever she goes. Ó2017 Grade Level K-3
- Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara Counting up from one stuffed piñata to ten hefty hens– and always counting on each other–children are encouraged to recognize the value of their community, the joys inherent in healthy eco-friendly activities, and the agency they possess to make change. A broad and inspiring vision of diversity is told through stories in words and pictures. And of course, there is a duck to find on every page! Ó2015 Grade Level K-2
- Everywhere Wonder by Matthew Swanson The imagination of a young boy―who explores everything from the pyramids of Egypt to a dusty footprint on the moon―and then back out again to the wonderful world right in front of him. Ó2017 Grade Level K-1
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Ó2012 Grade Level Preschool-3
- Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger How many kinds of green are there? There’s the lush green of a foreston a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine of a tropical sea. 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, Geisel Honor Book, Kirkus ReviewsBest Children’s Book of Ó2012 Grade Level Preschool-1
- Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall tells the story of life in a lighthouse. Told through full page illustrations, this fascinating picture book tells the story of a dedicated lighthouse keeper and his growing family. 2019 Caldecott Medal Ó2018 Grade Level Preschool-3
- Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler When a kindergarten class gets rowdy, Mrs. Ruler knows just what to do. She’s about to teach a new golden rule: KINDNESS IS COOL! Ó2007 Grade Level K-3
- Little Cub by Olivier Dundee What’s an Old Bear to do when he finds a Little Cub all alone and afraid of the dark? Adopt him, of course! And help him try to get over his fears. In this book we see the father and son from Old Bear and His Cub meet for the first time–and grow to love one another.
- Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Ó2017 Grade Level Preschool-3
- Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean Pete’s back, this time in a rhyming counting book that has the cat and his platypus buddy, Gus, solving a mystery: Who’s taking the cupcakes for the party? Ó2016 Grade Level Preschool-3
- Robinson by Peter Sís illustrated by the author Exquisite art and a heartfelt story of adventure and friendship come together in this imaginative, magical book. Ó2017 Grade Level K
- They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, andpaws . . . In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see? 2017 Caldecott Honor Book Ó2016 Grade Level Preschool-1
- Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? 2018 Caldecott Medal Ó2017 Grade Level Preschool-1
- Come prepared for class
- Use a quiet voice.
- Listen the first time.
- Be kind.
- Keep hands and feet to yourself.
- Walk. Do not run.
- Treat others the way we would like to be treated.
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