Valentine’s Day and Love-Run-Turned-Dance-A-Thon Fun

It was certainly an exciting day at preschool! With Valentine’s Day parties, torrential rain, and a Love-Run-Turned-Dance-A-Thon, we will be napping very well today, indeed!

The morning began with Valentine’s Parties in each classroom. The children enjoyed crafts, activities, special treats, and of course, exchanging Valentine’s cards! We want to send out a HUGE thank you to all the parents who volunteered to host and support these parties!

To culminate the morning, our plan was to participate in the Love Run Fundraiser. While many of us were looking very forward to experiencing the PCS “Love Run,” due to the torrential downpour of rain, the administration had to make a very quick and difficult decision to stay at the preschool and have a “Dance-a-Thon” as an alternate version of the Love Run.

While older kids can dart across the campus to avoid the rain, it really does take our “Littles” about 10 minutes to get to the auditorium on our “train ropes” as a class, which would have made for a very soggy set of children!

As you know, for many preschoolers, there is a very fine line between just the “right amount of fun” and “too much fun” (or too much stimulation), which can lead to undue stress and emotional meltdowns.

With these factors in mind, we opted to ‘dance it out’ in our very own “Glow-Themed-Dance-A-Thon!” The teachers went above and beyond to make this quick switch, and each classroom got to use glow sticks to dance for 20 minutes (the duration they would have been running). Check out the videos to see our students in action! The children had a great time!

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Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Valentine’s Day Parties AND to all the parents who cheered on our dancing children! We appreciate your strong support, your encouragement, and for your understanding during times when things don’t always go as planned! As we all know, life in preschool is ALWAYS an adventure! 🙂

WINTER FUN In Room#4

In January we had lots of fun discussing and exploring the different kinds of weather. We actually had a “WINTER” this year, days that were really cold, days that were rainy, and other days that were sunny. We read books about arctic animals, snow, and rain. The children played with ice and animals that live in the Antarctic. The kids had a great time building snowman with different size boxes and dressing them up with scarves and hats. Using their imaginations, the kids requested additional features to be added to our snow folk such as faces, buttons, and even arms.

During outside play, we had a fantastic time making mud piles as well as using many different types of mold shapes with the wet sand. The outdoor classroom is a wonderful place to have a “messy” experience and we had an awesome one with cornstarch. We discovered textures, cause and effect, and practiced measuring. With all these marvelous experiences the children were exposed to a broad variety socio-emotional, cognitive, math, and language skill development.

Happy 2019 from Room 4!

Welcome back to a new year filled with love, happiness and many blessings. We hope that you spent the holidays at home or out and about creating beautiful family memories and traditions. On our first day back to school your children shared their holiday adventures; we were excited to hear stories from all the children. Some of their stories were: “I went to church,” “I went on an airplane to the snow,” “The snow was cold,” “I played with Sydney,” “I open my presents,””I have a new jacket,” and the stories went on and on. All the children came back in great spirits and with lots of stories to share, we were amazed by how much their language expanded and how comfortable and open they were with their stories.

Currently, our Bible story is, “The Bright Star and Three Visitors,” Matthew 2:1 – 12. We are talking about the bright star that lead the Wise Men to Jesus, the gifts of gold, the sweet-smelling spices and the King Herod who didn’t like Jesus.

Before the holidays we had fun decorating our Christmas tree with the beautiful ornaments that everyone brought from home. Grandparents Day was a great success! We invited grandparents and special visitors to come see our classrooms and performed our special songs for them. We also enjoyed pajama day with hot cocoa, and a relaxing movie, we had a lot of fun. We are posting some December pictures, we hope you enjoy them.

We want to thank all our parents for being so thoughtful with the cute cards, special dedications, wishes, yummy treats, spa treats and gift cards.

God bless you and watch over you.

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Flu & Illness Prevention

Flu and cold season is officially upon us and unfortunately, and at times, it seems the only things little children are willing to share are germs!

Please click here to visit the CDC’s “ACTION STEPS” for fighting the flu!

At preschool, we are taking every measure possible to prevent the spread of germs at school such as disinfecting surfaces and toys with an EPA approved, school-friendly disinfectant, washing hands regularly, and as required by law, checking students daily for signs of sickness. Students who exhibit symptoms will be sent home to recover.

We appreciate every parent who has been proactive in checking their child(ren) daily for signs of sickness before coming to school. Please remember to keep your child home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of sickness, including lethargy, fever, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, excessive crankiness, disrupted sleep patterns, etc.

If your child does get sick, please remember that there is a mandatory 24 hour waiting period after the final symptoms of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea without the aid of medication.

Finally, if your child does exhibit signs of the flu, it is highly encouraged to see a doctor right away as your child may be eligible for an anti-viral that will shorten the duration of the sickness.

January 2019 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Welcome back! It was such a treat to see all of our little friends again after the Christmas break. All of our Littles had so much to say about their holiday adventures…from presents to travel and family time. While we all enjoy a little time away, it is also great to back into the routine. January is always such a fun month as it springboards us into learning about winter, cold weather animals, and more!

NEWS, NOTES & MORE:

MOONLIGHT MAGIC REGISTRATION: If you are interested in signing up for Moonlight Magic, please click HERE to pay. Return your receipt as proof of registration to the preschool office. Registration is for preschool only; BYH is full.

Staffing Updates – We wanted to let you know that Mrs. Jen, our Room 1 teacher, resigned at the end of December. While it was an extremely difficult decision for her, the Lord laid it on her heart to home school her son. Ms. Pam will be stepping in as lead teacher for the remainder of this year. Also, please help me in welcoming Ms. Nellie! Ms. Nellie was one of our FABULOUS CSULA interns last spring and then spent the entire summer teaching in Kinder Camp. We are so blessed to have her back and on staff full time!

Preschool Re-enrollment 2019 – 2020 – Thank you for submitting your Intent to Enroll Forms in a timely manner! Unless you were contacted, your scheduled was approved. Online re-enrollment runs from February 1 – March 1. Registration fees must be paid by March 1 in order to retain your space.

PCS TK / Kindergarten Re-enrollment – If you submitted an intent-to-enroll form for PCS TK/Kindergarten, your Teacher Recommendation Forms have been submitted to the teachers for completion. Placement in PCS TK or Kindergarten is based on your child’s Teacher Recommendation. You will be notified before February 1 if there are any concerns about your child’s advancement to your requested placement at PCS. If you are not contacted, your online enrollment will be available for the program you requested on February 1 and due March 1.

Reminder! If you would like a TOUR of our PCS Campus, please attend our final Observation Day on January 17th. Register through the PCS website.

Summer Registration – It is hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it! Summer registration forms will be sent out at the end of January.

Preschool Picture Day (Lifetouch Photos)! FEBRUARY 20 & 21 (note the new date!)  – 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 – February 22 – 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!


BIG EVENTS: (Scroll to bottom for full calendar and upcoming holidays)

February 8th (6:00 – 9:00 pm) – Moonlight Magic! This is YOUR opportunity to enjoy a night out while the kiddos enjoy an evening in at the preschool . The children will enjoy a pajama party, pizza, and of course, popcorn and a movie!

February 12 & 13 – Hear Center Hearing Screenings

February 14 – PCS FUN RUN – This event replaces our annual Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser. Preschoolers will be running in staggered sessions between 9:30 – 10:30 am. More info will follow from the Development office.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

Just a reminder that each preschool family is required to complete TEN (10) MVP hours prior to the end of the year and twenty (20) hours if you have children in Elementary/Jr. High.

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: 

Friday, January 18 – Parents of Room 5


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

January 16th – Mrs. Kristin (Office)

January 27th – Ms. Terri (Team 6/Room 3)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

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

Friday, March 8 – Accreditation Work Day – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

March 11 – 15 – Preschool OPEN; PCS on Spring Break

March 22 – Moonlight Magic

March 26 – PCS Association Meeting – All parents encouraged to attend

March 29 – Accreditation Work Day – No Students

April 8 – 12 – Week of the Young Child Celebration

April 19 – Accreditation Work Day – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 19 & 22 – Easter Holiday – School Closed

April 26 – Open House – 6:30 pm – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 27 – PCS Gala – Save the date and join the fun! This is a BIG event!

May 18 (Saturday) – Preschool Family Picnic

May 27 – Memorial Day, School Closed

May 28 – Preschool Year End Pizza Party

May 29 – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 29 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony – Rooms 1 & 2

May 30 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 31 – Faculty Check Out – No Students

June 3 – 7 – Summer Prep Week – No Students

June 10 – July 5 – Summer Session 1

July 8 – August 2 – Summer Session 2

December Days in Room 3

From festive fun to memory making moments, we have really enjoyed the month of December with our little ones!

We have been working hard, and by that I mean playing our cozy Christmas socks off! Playing isn’t only fun for the tiny humans, it is also the means by which they improve language, navigate social interactions, become critical thinkers and so much more! Take a look at some of the fun we’ve been having in Room 3…

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This is Armen sorting by color, building with imagination, classifying each lego dinosaur with detail, and using words to vividly communicate his thoughts about his creations.

What may look like a simple moment of play is actually so much more! This sweet interaction between Jordyn and Harper is an example of our little ones practicing how to be cooperative and how to respect each other’s words—all while smiling and having fun together!

Performing arts isn’t defined by the stage you have or the costumes you wear, sometimes inspiration strikes while you’re walking through the garden with your tissue box guitar. This is Paloma, Zachary, Elijah, and Harper performing Jesus Loves Me, with a strong finish! 

Here is just a glimpse of some of the Christmas activities we enjoyed doing together…IMG_7956

 

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Mr. Tim, Max, and The Grinch visited our classroom for holiday story time!

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Who doesn’t love a Christmas ornament decorated by their little one? Check out the Christmas gift to our Room 3 parents with love from your little angels and shepherds…IMG_5324

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What a joy it is to celebrate the birth of our Savior! Our prayer is that amidst all the festive fun, our little ones know and share the true meaning of Christmas.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with so much love from Room 3!