Welcome Spring!

Room 3 welcomes spring with open arms and open hearts. We kicked off the new season with a variety of activities from painting butterflies and flowers to learning about dance. Also, a spontaneous interest in volcanoes led us to create our very own volcano in our yard. With some vinegar, food coloring, and baking soda, we were able to replicate a colorful lava flow! We have a lot of different things to look forward to as the year progresses, so keep an eye out for the next blog post.

Easter in Room 5

Hello from Room 5!

We have been quite busy this past week; dying eggs, making rice crispy eggs and hearing the Easter story.

Each of our friends had the opportunity to dye an egg by picking out the food coloring(s) they wanted and placing a few drops on a scoop of rice. Next, they placed the egg on the rice, closed the container, and shook it! Each egg that was decorated had a very unique design!

After we dyed the eggs, we all had the chance to make some yummy rice crispy treats and put it inside a plastic egg!

We have all heard the Easter story, and I know that God is working in our little ones lives and they are able to recall most of the story! Blessings to you all!

Spring Has Sprung!

We have had such an amazingly fun start to springtime in Room 4! We have discovered everything about rainbows! We made them! We ate them! We even pulled rainbows out of Skittles! Ms. Alex took some gorgeous Easter photos of your little blessings as well as some jolly St. Patty’s Day ones. We also painted some stellar crosses! Last week we had the very special privilege of Avery’s dad dyeing beautiful eggs with us! Look for those delights in your parent mailboxes… here’s some evidence of all the fun we had. Oh, and don’t forget to ask your littles to tell you about Jesus’ death and resurrection. With the help of our Resurrection Eggs, we are able to retell the whole Easter Story!

HE is Risen!

Hello from Room 5!

We have been talking about the Easter story over the past few weeks and illustrating it through a story that Mrs. Joyce made and making our Resurrection Rolls.

For the Resurrection Rolls, each child had the chance to roll a marshmallow, which we used to represent Jesus’ body, in butter and a cinnamon sugar mix, representing the spices put on Jesus’ body, and rolled into a crescent roll, representing the cloth used to wrap Jesus’ body. We then put the rolls into the oven which represented the tomb. We talked about after Jesus died, they laid him in the tomb and three days later Jesus wasn’t there because He had risen at which point each child noticed that the marshmallow was gone!

Fired Up for Fun!

To capstone our exploration of community helpers, Room 1 visited Los Angeles Fire Station 82 this past week. As we drove up to the station, ALL three emergency vehicles pulled out of the garage, sirens blaring! Our little ones were captivated while our adults were a little nervous that our tour would be canceled. But OH YEAH, that was just God’s favor…AN EXCITING look at a REAL response to a call. The firefighters returned within a few short minutes, skillfully backed the engines into the garage and our tour began! They showed us their fire gear, equipment on the truck, their kitchen and their gym. They even let us hold and spray a firehose! Check it out!

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Thank you to our wonderful parents and grandparents who chaperoned, drove, and made this field trip possible and so much fun! And a HUGE thank you to the amazing firefighters at Station 82!

 

Check out just a few other fun things we’ve been up to in Room 1:

April 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Happy spring! It seems nearly incredulous that we are already swinging into April and that the end of the year is just around the corner. The rains of late have been a nice change of pace and we have enjoyed splashing in a few puddles here and there. But as April begins, we are excited to bound into ‘spring’ themes such as gardening, flowers, insects, life cycles and more! This is always an exciting time of year as we watch new growth appear in nature, celebrate the resurrection, and enjoy the blessings God has bestowed on us.


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 pm in the Auditorium – ASSOCIATION MEETING – Did you know that ALL parents are all members of the PCS Association? As a member, it is important that you participate in our annual Association Meeting as this is an opportunity to vote on new board members, recognize staff members years of service, discuss current school issues, and more. We hope to see you there!

Easter Holiday: We are closed for Easter on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30th. We are OPEN during the PCS spring break of April 2 – 6th.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION!  There is still some availability in the summer program. Please submit your forms as soon as possible. A $50 late fee will incur on registrations submitted after April 23.

KINDER CAMP – Kinder Camp is open to all students entering TK and/or Kindergarten in the fall. Due to the nature of the program, Kinder Camp is only available in 2 4-Week sessions (not weekly). Kinder Camp is held on the PCS campus (in the TK, First Grade and Kindergarten classrooms). Should you need weekly care, your child may join us at the preschool for one last hurrah before heading off to “big” school ;-).

 


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

PCS Gala – April 14th – We would love to see a strong attendance from preschool families at the gala. This is a fun and fabulous event where parents can socialize, get to know each other and bid on classrooms baskets (and other amazing items!) while supporting our school! Order your tickets online. Can’t attend? You can bid for items during the event using your bidpal account!

Open House – Friday, April 27, 6:30 – Minimum Day – We hope EVERYONE can attend our PCS Open House! This is the culminating school year experience where families can visit classrooms, view work and projects from this past school year, tour the art studio, visit your child’s next classroom, and even tour the PCS campus to see what fun the kids have in elementary school!

Preschool Family Picnic – Saturday, May 19 – 11:00am – 1:00pm – Join us for a morning of FUN, FOOD and FAMILIES! Children will enjoy water play, slip and slides, face painting, snow cones, bouncy houses and more! A hot dog lunch will be available for purchase. Help us estimate attendance by signing up on our “soft” RSVP form at the check-in computers. MVP HOURS AVAILABLE! 

Preschool Promotion Ceremony (Rms 1 & 2) – Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 pm – Rooms 1 & 2 families – save the date, tell your families, and get your cameras ready…this event is for YOU! This your child’s culminating event of the year where students will present a selection of songs, view a special preschool-recap video, and receive a special certificate. You will NOT want to miss it!


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

MVP Booklets – Booklets are DUE in May! For those who have not turned in their booklet, a REVERSIBLE charge has been placed on your account. As long as your booklet is submitted by the deadline, the charge will be removed from your account.

Thank you to all who participating in donating towards the preschool auction baskets. We sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness, generosity, and support of our school.

NEED HOURS? Here are a few opportunities to get your hours in!

PCS ALL-SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

Ramirez Family Meal Train – 2 MVP Hours

Hoffman Family Meal Train – 2 MVP Hours

Classroom Easter Parties – sign up via your child’s in-class sign-up

Older Pod Field Trip to the Zoo – May 2018 – Details to follow!

Preschool Family Picnic – Be on the lookout for an email outlining volunteer opportunities to help at our upcoming family picnic. Opportunities will include volunteering at stations, donating food items, etc.


CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

April 20 – Parents of Room 3


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

Belated! March 11 – Joyce (Room 5)

April 3 – Joy (front desk)

April 7 – Monica (art teacher)

April 7 – Teresa G (substitute)

April 14 – April (substitute)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

March 29 & 30 – Easter Break – School Closed

April 2 – 6 – PCS Spring Break – PRESCHOOL OPEN!

April 14 – PCS Gala – We hope you can attend!

April 16 – 20 – Week of the Young Child – Details to follow

April 27 – Open House @ 6:30 – MINIMUM DAY

May 19 – Preschool Family Picnic 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

May 24 & 25 – Preschool Pizza Parties (lunch provided! Pizza and sides will be served.)

May 28 – Memorial Day – No School

May 30 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony @ 6:00 Rooms 1 & 2 – MINIMUM DAY

May 31 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  – MINIMUM DAY

June 1 – June 8 – Teacher Prep Week – No Students

June 11 – August 3 – Summer Camp (registration required!)

August 6 – August 17 – Vacation and Teacher Prep Week – No Students

August 17 – Classroom Welcome Party for 2018-2019

August 20 – First Day of School!

 

 

Exploring Travel Town

Room 3 had a fantastic two days at the Travel Town Museum. The trips went smoothly and the children had a blast seeing different kinds of trains and train parts in person. Throughout the trip, the children played a game of bingo while walking around the park. There was still a lot to do by the time we left, so parents, make sure you bring your kids back! Thank you to all the parents who were able to come and we cannot wait for our next field trip.