Happy Birthday Jesus Party

What a blessing it is to work with these little ones each day! It is also a joy to be able to share the love of Christ with them and to sing about His birth this Christmas season! Thank you, parents, for sharing them with us!

Our annual Happy Birthday Jesus Party was a huge success! Each and every one of our Littles did such a spectacular job performing on stage!! Games, crafts, pizza and cupcakes were a special treat for a job well done!

Thank you to all the teachers who made this show possible and to our parent volunteers who helped make this event a success!!

Pre-k 1 & 2 sang a medley of songs. This is their performance at Grandparents’ Day.

Room 3 (younger 3s) recreated the manger scene by singing “Oh What a Special Night”.

Rooms 4 & 5 (2 year olds) sang a peppy version of This Little Light of Mine and One Little Finger.

Preschool Chapel on a Rainy Day!

We had a fantastic time at our rainy day Christmas chapel! There is something especially cozy about watching the rain fall outside while worshiping together inside. We will praise the Lord in all weather! As the rain fell, we remembered the true meaning of Christmas while singing “Away in the Manger,” “Joy to the World” and reading from Luke 2 as well as a marvelous book titled “Bright Star, Bright Star.”  Jesus was and is the ultimate gift in all seasons. Thank you God for sending your son!

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was laying in the manger. Luke 2:16

December 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and that your time was blessed with family and relaxation. The Christmas season is ramping up and will be in FULL SWING by next week! We are busy decorating classrooms, creating Christmas art and 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! 🙂


UPCOMING EVENTS: PLEASE READ!

Christmas Breakfast & Kids’ Only Store – December 8th – 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 14th – 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 form and return by MONDAY, December 3rd to aandrews@pcs.school or to the preschool office.

Rooms 1 & 29:00 – 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.

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 15th, 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! Please be on the lookout for the HBJ invitations and emails coming soon! DRESS IN CASUAL, but FUN & FESTIVE ATTIRE!

Pajama & Hot Cocoa Days – December 18 & 19Students wear their PJs to school and we provide hot cocoa, popcorn, and a special Christmas movie!

Christmas Chapel (Rooms 1 & 2, TK-8th Grade) – Wednesday, Dec. 19, 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Rooms 1 & 2 will perform their Christmas song for the PCS chapel! Feel free to watch the chapel in the auditorium. Be sure to drop your child off in the classroom by 8:30!

Preschool Picture Day (Lifetouch Photos)January 28 & 29th  – These photos are ‘traditional school portraits’. We will need one parent per day to assist the photographer. You will receive 50% off your photo package for assisting. Please let the office know if you are interested.

Graduation Photos (Lifetouch) – ROOMS 1 & 2 – January 30th – These photos are for students who will be graduating out of our preschool. Students will get to wear an adorable cap and gown for this photo!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Intent to Enroll 2019-2020 – To prepare for the 2019-2020 school year re-enrollment period, we will be sending out an Intent to Enroll form on December 3rd 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 6th @ 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!

Community Events – Enjoy all the preschool-friendly fun our community has to offer for the holidays such as Descanso Garden’s Enchanted Forest, , Old Pasadena’s Santa Through the Season, Snow Day at Kidspace, viewing the lights on Christmas Tree Lane, and of course, the annual Float Viewing! Love lights? Here are some of the best displays!


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 13 – Parents of Room 4 (THURSDAY)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

December 14th – Miss Kristen (Room 3)

December 25th – Mrs. Jen (Room 1)


 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, December 6 – PCS Observation Day

Saturday, December 8 – Christmas Breakfast and Kids’ Only Store

Friday, December 14 – Grandparents’ Day – MINIMUM DAY

Saturday, December 15 – Happy Birthday Jesus Party (10am-12pm)

December 18 & 19 – PJ and Hot Cocoa Day (children should wear PJs to school!)

December 19 – Rooms 1 & 2 performance in PCS chapel (9:00 – 10:00)

December 19 – MINIMUM DAY

December 25 – January 4 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed

January 7 – School in Session – Regular Business Hours Resume

Thursday, January 17 – PCS Observation Day

January 21 – MLK JR. DAY – School Closed

January 28 & 29 – Preschool Photos (Lifetouch)

January 30 – Rooms 1 & 2 Graduation Photos

Friday, February 8 – Moonlight Magic (Register via the PCS website)

February 12 & 13 – HEAR Center hearing screenings

Thursday, February 14 – PCS “Love” Run Fundraiser

Friday, February 15 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

Monday, February 18 – Presidents’ Day – School Closed

BLESSINGS FROM GOD

Our bible story during the month of November was Jesus feeds the 5,000 John 6:9.  A story of sharing and being thankful. What an amazing God we have. Through the power of prayer, five loaves of bread and two small fish that a little boy shared, Jesus was able to feed a multitude of His followers.

Our pumpkins, leaves, sticks and fall items donated by all of you provided the children with a fun, exciting and learning activity. The children touched, climbed, compared small and large pumpkins we also dissected and explored inside our pumpkins.

Before making Stone Soup, we explored the smells and tastes of different kinds of vegetables. Thank you for bringing and sharing all the vegetables that made the most delicious Stone Soup. A special Thank you to our parent volunteers: Miriam (Aspen’s mom), Rachel (Ava’s mom), Kelli (Camden’s mom),  Peifen (Ella’s mom), and Karen (Kaira’s mom).

We made hand prints which were sent home as a “Thanksgiving Momentous.”   Preschoolers cannot be expected to create masterpieces, but they can develop symbolic understanding by representing their experiences in paintings, drawings, and collages. Symbolic understanding is key to begin reading, and the discussions a child has about art are a form of practicing communication and expanding their vocabulary.

Oh No!!!! Here comes the celebrations and the holidays.  This means that your little ones will be at home extra days or you might take them out of town to see families “Yes,” their routines will be disrupted. It also means that when they come back to school they may or may not go through separation anxiety.  

 

 

Stone Soup

Hello Room 5 Family and Friends!

This week we cooked stone soup and ate it together as a class during lunch time. All of our friends participated by bringing in some veggies, beans, chicken, pasta, and bread. Without all the contributions, it would not have been possible! (Thank you parents!) Here are some pictures from cooking stone soup and enjoying it. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!