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Immaculate Conception

113 N Geneva St
Ithaca, NY 14850-4188

(607) 273-6121


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Immaculate Conception School is a living expression of the teaching mission of the Church. The school is a faith-community made up of students (Pre-K - 8), teachers, para-professional instructional personnel, the school principal, auxiliary staff, parents, and the parish clergy. This community works towards fostering the dignity of the person and responding to the need for justice and peace in our global society.

As a faith community we cultivate in our students:

- a sense of appreciation and respect for life and the world around us.

- a full understanding and love for self. The child is helped to grow intellectually, morally, emotionally and physically, resulting in becoming all that the child is capable of being.

- a firm foundation in all subjects – with greater emphasis on reading, mathematics, and language arts.

- learning and study skills that will continue through the lifetime of learning process.

- an ability to reach out to individuals in the community and try to understand the contrasts, the variety, and diversity among people in this community and to other communities of the world.

- how to live in peace with friends and neighbors in the spirit of the Gospel.

Immaculate Conception School educates the whole person by sharing with parents their responsibility to foster spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional growth in their children. Our quality, sound education will enable those who attend our school to acquire the competency needed to function as effective leaders in the future. Through the development of Christian principles based on the Gospel message, each child is nurtured with the values needed to be contributing citizens in their future communities.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Pre-K3 Schedule
7:45 - 8:00 Arrival - Free play / creative art
Pledge / prayer
Listening center / dramatic play

8:00 - 8:30 Sing songs / clean up / bathroom

8:30 - 9:00 Gym / circle time / sing

9:00 - 9:20 Snack / clean up

9:20 - 9:30 Independent reading

9:30 - 10:00 Calendar / special story

10:00 - 10:30 Project / clean up / bathroom

10:30 - 11:00 Outside play

11:00 - 11:30 Puzzles / blocks

11:30 - 11:55 LUNCH

11:55 - Dismissal

Pre K 4 Full Day Schedule
7:45 Students enter the classroom

8:00 Morning Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

8:15 Circle Time: Attendance, Calendar, Weather, Sharing letter of the week.

8:45 Free Play (including housekeeping, dress up, blocks, art, trains, doll houses,...)

9:30 Bathroom Break

9:40 Snack (students take turns bringing in snack to share with the class)

10:00 Reading (students read, look at books, on their own, with 3rd grade buddies, special reading visitors, Kindergarten readers, and Read Aloud with Mrs. Pritchard or Ms Kessell.

10:15 Table Activity Project realted to current theme, letter of the week, season, Used to develop readiness skills; cutting, writing, recognizing, matching, sorting, coloring, counting, etc. Following PreK skills activity curriculum.

11:00 Lunch in cafeteria with other prek students

11:30 Prepare for outside play (prek students play in enclosed prek playground near Buffalo St. entrance)

12:30 Music PreK students participate in the Ithaca College Music program.

12:50 Rest Time We take a break to give our bodies a rest.

1:15 Math activities Using manipulatives we work with numbers and math readiness concepts

1:45 Prepare for Dismissal

2:00 Dismissal to home at Plain Street doors
to After School program, for those registered.

Pre-K4 Full Day Schedule

A Typical Day includes:

Table top activities/lessons chosen by teacher

Circle time including calendar and share opportunities

Free play by choice

Clean up time

Snack time

Puzzle and book (quiet time)

Story time

Outdoor recess

Scheduled Bathroom break, preparation for Lunch

Lunch in the cafeteria with Kindergarten

Scheduled Bathroom break

Music or Computers (2-4 days a week)

Rest time

Prepare to go home

*Physical Education class in the gym after Snack time 3 times a week

Excerpted from the preschool's website