Category: Pre-Kindergarten Pages

Teacher Biography

Mrs. Marybeth Pollack

the pollock gift of music 12-07(2)I am the Preschool teacher. I am currently in my 24th year here at Our Lady of Peace. I absolutely love it here. I graduated from West Virginia University Summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Children’s Theater. I loved Puppetry and spent four years with WVU Puppet Mobil touring all the elementary schools in West Virginia. I received my teaching certification in education while in Graduate school at WVU. I have continued to take advantage of WV Governor’s Institute by taking graduate classes. This has kept me up on the latest in Early Childhood education. I received my certificate as an Autism Mentor from Marshall University.

I did my student teaching at Morgantown High in Morgantown, West Virginia. I taught preschool at Mt. Olivet Church in Santa Monica, California. Upon returning to Wheeling, I was hired as the preschool teacher at Leaps and Bounds Preschool. I worked there for three years taking a break upon the birth of my last child. I’m the proud parent of three children. I was hired as the first teacher of the OLP Preschool. That was 24 years ago and I have never left.

I firmly believe in Catholic School Education. I was lucky enough to have my youngest child attend OLP. This gave me the personal experience of being a parent of a student here. I believe in fostering positive self-concepts, discovering God’s marvelous creation, appreciating God’s goodness and love, and teaching Christian attitudes and actions towards others. At OLP, I have been able to strive for a parent-teacher partnership as we work together to help children establish firm foundations for their faith development.

A Typical Day

The Our Lady pk3 pray 12-07of Peace Pre-School is a wonderful part of our school family with an outstanding reputation. The program provides opportunities to help preschoolers develop a stronger, balanced foundation for spiritual, academic, and social skills. With parents and school as partners, it serves as a transition from home to school. A loving and caring atmosphere will prevail.

Our program includes: Religion/Self Esteem; Health & Safety; Reading Readiness; Field Trips; Math Readiness; Show & Tell/Sharing; Science Awareness; Music; Social Skills; Art; Motor Coordination; Group Play; Computer Skills and iPad applications; and Free Play.

The NCEA Early Childhood recommendations are followed.

Opportunities for joining with grade school students for such activities as assemblies, Christmas and Spring Show are available, and add to that family and Christian community atmosphere.


Four year olds (PK4) meet M-W-F. Morning Session: 8:30-11:00 Afternoon Session: 12:15-2:45

Three year olds (PK3) meet T-Th. Morning Session: 8:30-11:00 Afternoon Session: 12:15-2:45p>


An Example of our PK4 Day:

8:20 Classroom door opens for Free Choice Centers – Check in at task chart
8:30-8:45 Circle Time – Opening prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Flag, Weather Report, Calendar, and Finger Play
8:45-9:00Story Area
9:00-9:15Language Project
9:15-9:30Music and Gross Motor Activities – large group area
9:45-10:00 Work Table – Language
10:00-10:10 “Share Time” – large group area
10:10-10:15 Bathroom time and hand washing
10:00-10:10 Snack Time
10:10-10:30 Free Choice of Learning Centers, Computer, Puzzles
10:30-10-40 Art Project, Weekly Reader
10:40-10:50Religion/Science Projects
10:50-11:00Story Time, Finger Play, and Closing Prayer

An Example of our PK3 Day:

8:20 Classroom door opens for Free Choice Centers – Greetings and help children check the daily job chart
8:30-8:45 Circle Time – Opening prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Song about the Flag, Weather Report, Calendar, and Finger Play
8:45-9:00 Music Area
9:00-9:15 Work Table – Language games and activities that develop letter recognition
9:15-9:30 Math Center – Use of manipulative items
9:30- 9:40 Bathroom and Hand Washing
9:40-9:50 Snack Time
9:50-10:10 Free Choice of Learning Centers, Computer, Puzzle
10:10- 10:15 Science Area, Weekly Reader
10:15-10:55Gross Motor Activities – large group area
10:55-10:30Art Project
10:30-10:45 Music Area – Sing and Dance
10:45-11:00Story Time and Closing Prayer

PK Supply List

Smock – for use during painting – must be waterproofpk3 thinking 12-07 bw
Backpack & Folder – to take information home each day (folder must be large enough to contain 8 1/2 x 11 inch papers, and also please ensure the backpack is large enough for the folder to fit into. No roller backpacks please – the metal bars are a slight hazard).
Change of Clothes – in the event of an accident (place in a zip-locked bag with name on it)
Two rolls of paper towels
Package of napkins
Two Packages of paper cups (9 oz.)
Four Year Olds – 2 Large Elmer’s Glue Sticks (not glue pen)
Note: crayons, glue, scissors, etc. will be purchased from Supply fee.

Supply fee of $50 is to be paid at registration.

Please put your child’s name on all articles!


Suggested Reading:

Auch, Mary Jane – Peeping Beauty; Eggs Mark the Spot
Burton, Virginia – Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel; Katy and the Big Snow
Cole, Robert – The Story of Ruby Bridges (biography)
Dobie, Duncan – If you’ve Ever Seen a Rhinoceros Charge
Gilliland, Judith – Not in the House, Newton!
Hoberman, Mary Ann – The Seven Silly Eaters
Houston, Gloria – My Great-Aunt Arizona (biography)
Koller, Jackie French – No Such Thing
Meddaugh, Susan – Hog-Eye; Martha Speaks
Murphy, Jill – Five Minutes Peace; Quiet Night In; All in One Piece
Shannon, David – No, David; Alice the Fairy
Yolen, Jane – How Do Dinosaurs Say Good-Night; Owl Moon; Greyling

Others to check out: Eric Carle; Tomie DePaola; P.D. Eastman; Leo Lionni; Mercer Mayer; Laura Numeroff; Bill Peet; Nancy Tafuri; Van Allsburg, Bernard Waber; and Audry Wood.

These are some favorite authors with titles appropriate for pre-school children. Go ahead and print them off and take this list to the library with you the next time you go. Happy Reading!