In preparation for Stone Soup we began reading Fox Tail Soup by Tony Bonning. We also tasted and painted with all kinds of vegetables. The children had lots of fun using prior knowledge from our story to make their own Stone Soup in our dramatic play area. They had the opportunity to practice holding a knife and cutting pretend Velcro vegetables. We had the chance to utilize our sensory table by giving the children a chance to wash and scrub some toy vegetables. With this lesson the children learned that vegetables are healthy and nutritious and will make their bodies big and strong Thank you for our amazing parent who volunteered and made some amazing soup.
I hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing Thanksgiving break! Without a moment to lose, the Christmas season is now in FULL SWING as there is only 2.5 weeks of school until Christmas break! We are busy decorating classrooms, reading all about the Christmas story, creating Christmas treasures and preparing our Christmas songs for Grandparents’ Day and our Happy Birthday Jesus celebration.
There are several BIG events and happenings this month. Please be sure to read about them here to stay in the loop and to ensure you do not miss out on any of the holiday fun! 🙂
As you can imagine, December will be filled with everything CHRISTMAS! We will focus on the birth of Christ, family traditions and celebrations, Grandparents, and more!
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
DECEMBER CALENDAR – FOR THE FRIDGE!
UPCOMING EVENTS: PLEASE READ!
THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! – From gingerbread cookies to Santa hats and hidden elves, there will be a fun activity each day for the children to enjoy! While our primary focus is always the birth of Christ, we A hard copy of the “12 Days” calendar will be in your child’s box or click HERE to download it!
Parent Education Night – December 4th – 6:00 pm – Join us for an evening of learning while your child enjoys babysitting and pizza at the preschool. SIGN UP HERE.
Christmas Breakfast & Kids’ Only Store – December 7th – RSVP Required
This event is a special time for families to enjoy a breakfast together during the holiday season. The kids are especially excited to “shop” for family members (guided by volunteers) at the Kids’ Only store!
GRANDPARENTS’ DAY – Friday, December 13th – Minimum Day
Grandparents’ Day is a special day for Grandparents’ and/or special ‘elder’ friends to enjoy a morning of festivities at the preschool. Invitations with RSVP cards were sent to everyone who requested one.
RSVPs are required for this event. If you did not request an invitation, please fill out this RSVP form THIS WEEK to email@example.com or to the preschool office.
Rooms 1 & 2 – 9:00 – 11:30 – Grandparents will attend the show in the PCS auditorium at 9:00. After the hour-long show, they will enjoy time in the classrooms with their grandchild(ren). Rooms 1 & 2 students will sing a medley of songs in the PCS concert. Students should dress in festive attire and arrive TO THE CLASSROOM NO LATER THAN 8:30am. Grandparents should park on the PCS field.
**IF YOU HAVE PCS SIBLINGS AT THE UPPER CAMPUS, PLEASE TELL YOUR GRANDPARENTS TO VISIT THOSE ROOMS FIRST AFTER THE SHOW, THEN HEAD TO THE PRESCHOOL.
Rooms 3, 4 & 5 – 10:30 – 11:30 – Grandparents will enjoy classroom festivities with their little ones. The students will then sing a selection of songs for their elder friends at 11:00.
If your child will be leaving with his/her grandparent or elder friend, please be sure they are listed on your pick-up list.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! – Saturday, December 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – This is one of our biggest events of the year and will be held on the PCS CAMPUS! You won’t want to miss this one as students perform a selection of songs, enjoy pizza and cake, and get to participate in games, crafts, and more! Invitations will be sent out soon! DRESS IN CASUAL, but FUN & FESTIVE ATTIRE!
PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT!
Pajama & Hot Cocoa Days – December 16 & 17 – Students wear their PJs to school and we provide hot cocoa, popcorn, and a special Christmas movie!
NEWS, NOTES & MORE
Intent to Enroll 2020-2021 – To prepare for the 2020-2021 school year re-enrollment period, we will be sending out an Intent to Enroll form on December 6th via email and hard copy in your child’s mailbox. This form reserves your re-enrollment package and confirms your desire to stay at PCS for the following school year. You are guaranteed your current schedule provided you submit your form and complete re-enrollment processes by the deadlines. Desired schedule changes are based on availability and processed in the order they are received.
PCS Observation Day – December 5th @ 9:00 – If you are interested in PCS for your rising TK/Kindergartener, please come to one of our Observation Days. You will hear from Dr. Gray, view classrooms, and see us “in action!” Sign up online!
PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):
Volunteer opportunities are available! Check back regularly as events are added as the year progresses. Please follow this link: https://signup.com/group/1186271400029
CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS:
December 6 – Parents of Room 4
January 17 – Parents of Room 5
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!
December 14th – Miss Kristen G. (Younger Pod Outdoor Specialist)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
December 5 – PCS Observation Day – Tell Your Friends OR View the PCS Kindergarten!
December 7 (Sat) – PCS Christmas Breakfast
December 13 – Grandparents’ Day – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m.
December 14 (Sat) – Preschool Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
December 16 & 17 – Preschool PJ & Hot Cocoa Day
December 18 – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m. – Happy Holidays!
December 19 – Jan. 4 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed
January 6 – School Resumes
January 16 – PCS Observation Day
January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – School Closed
February 7 – Moonlight Magic
February 10 – 12 – Spring Photos
February 14 – In-Service Day – PRESCHOOL CLOSED
February 17 – Presidents’ Day Holiday – School Closed
February 21 – 2nd Reports Sent Home
February 24 & 25 – Parent Conferences – by request – school open
We, here at PCS, have a time honored tradition of blessing children who would normally not have a Christmas with boxes full of school supplies, toys and hygiene tools. This is a gifting program called Operation Christmas Child. Our generous families buy goodies for our boxes and we try to fill as many as possible in order to show the love of Jesus! We were able to fill 7 boxes this year! We also made Christmas cards and signed our names too with the help of our parents! Part of this tradition is to carry all of our boxes over to Thanksgiving Chapel and collect them on the stage. This gives the students a concrete picture of the amount of children we can bless when we work together and allow our Lord to use us. Thank you, Room 1 parents for your generosity and show of love for this project and our Savior. Here are some highlights of our ministry time…2
These are the lovely watercolor paintings the children made while listening to classical music. I told them to paint what the music makes them feel as they listen and show it through color. I love these abstract paintings! 😉
Today I give thanks for Art!
– Mrs. Monica
How awesome it was to have the farm come to us. While our older classrooms went to Underwood Farm we stayed behind and enjoyed a fun day riding on Wagon, picking some fresh carrots, petting farm animals such as pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies and an alpaca in a farmer attire. Fun, fun, funplaceholder://
Classroom #4 explored, investigated and compared the outside and inside of apples.. The children enjoyed used a graph to record how many red, green, yellow or gala apples we collected. The kind do also used their five senses to taste the different kinds of apples, cooked apple sauce and apple dumplings, they had fun reading, singing, counting apples and the seeds we found inside the different kinds of pumpkins.Cooking was delicious,