Fun in Room 5

 

Greetings Room 5 Families!

We have been very busy in Room 5 getting to know each other, learning our new jobs, and even learning the fruits of spirit! Although our little ones are small they are definitely mighty and eager to learn new things everyday. We are learning how to take turns (self control), use our words and show kindness with our friends. It is hard for a two year old to use their words so we are there to help them navigate through any problem or struggle they come into contact with so they are more confident in the struggles they face later on.

We have also been using our muscles in the big yard by climbing outside on the structure, riding bikes in the bike area, and running with friends. We are working with our sorting cups, play dough, and building with different types of blocks.

Blessings!

Enjoy the pictures below! 🙂

 

Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill

PCS participated in the Great California Shake Out Earthquake Drill again this year and it was another successful event! After 2 minutes of simulating the duck and cover position (we call it Bunny in the Hole), we headed up to the big field to “safety”. While the preschoolers enjoyed a snack and songs, the elementary students and staff simulated everything from broken bones to a pretend fire in the science lab. A few teachers were “trapped” in classrooms and several people were taken to “triage” for assessment. While we pray we never need to use these skills, it is affirming to know we are well prepared in the event of an emergency!

Beary Blessed Bear Day

A couple weeks ago we had a beary special, beary exciting day! Bear Day!! Our kiddos had been studying all about Corduroy and his many adventures. We retold his story, learned how to located the beginning, middle, and end of a story, and painted his buttons. We also read numerous books about bears. The students got so into Bear facts we brainstormed how to extend our learning. And what do you know that brainstorming led to the organization of our beary amazing Bear day. We ate Teddy Grahams for snack. We brought bears from home to love on all day. We made Corduroy button picture frames. We sat for photos with our special Bear friends. We constructed Bear hats. We created Bear dens from cardboard packing material. Whew! We were beary exhausted!! Take a look at all our bear-tastic adventures…

APPLES

Dear parents, thank you for bringing all the delicious apples! Your generous contributions made this apple galore an exciting successful apple filled venture with many different activities to do with your children. We have done apple tasting, made apple dumplings, and most recently made apple sauce.

On September 27th and 28th the children participated in apple tasting and charting. On October 3rd and 4th we made apple dumplings and they were able to follow direction such as spreading the dough, placing the apple in the center, shaking the cinnamon and sugar, wrapping the apple with the dough, and enjoying a delicious dessert after lunch. On October 10th and 11th we made apple sauce and the children were chopping the apples into small piece with butter knives. We are looking forward to a lot more fun activities this school year.

Bon a-PANCAK-étit

Our little chefs in Room 3 measured, poured, mixed, and cooked up some delicious pancakes this week, with Ms. Thelma!

Our friends flipped for our first cooking project! They licked their plates clean so it’s probably safe to say this one was a success.

Cooking with preschoolers promotes math, science and literacy skills. It also is a great opportunity to practice taking turns while building community, collaboration, and confidence.

Check out the pancake fun!

A huge THANK YOU to our generous parents! You made this fun project possible.

October 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

What a blessing to have some cooler weather…it *almost* feels like fall! Let’s hope this cooler weather stays for a bit! The month of September seemed to fly by as we adjusted and acclimated to our new classrooms. Now that we are all settled in, the year is really rockin’ and rollin’! The fall season and upcoming holidays are always jam packed with fun and adventure, so be sure to check the calendar and read through this information so you stay in the loop.


OCTOBER CURRICULUM

October will be FILLED with learning! This month, we will dive into the wonderful world of autumn and will investigate: pumpkins and apples, leaves changing (bring some in if you happen to find some red or yellow ones!), cooler weather, families, and the harvest season.

Click the link below to find out which skills we will be focusing on. Please remember that the skills listed are the overarching objectives to be learned by the end of Pre-K. In general, our two year olds will begin investigations with these skills, three year olds will explore and and expand on these skills, while the Pre-K students (entering kindergarten next fall) will refine and gain mastery. As always, social-emotional and spiritual learning is at the forefront of all that we do in preschool as it is the basis of being able to learn successfully!

2 Skills Sheet_October


HOUSEKEEPING:

Classroom Sign-in Logs: Per state licensing, a FULL SIGNATURE is required on our classroom sign-in logs. We can be fined for non-compliance, so please help us stay in compliance by signing your full signature each day.

Drop-Offs: Thank you for continuing to drop off quickly in the mornings, especially during “rush hour” (7:45-9:00).

 Siblings at School: Just a gentle reminder that if you bring a non-enrolled sibling to school during drop-off and pick-up, please keep them within arms reach at all times.

Parking Lot: To help us through the morning rush, please drive slowly, park carefully, and keep your morning drop-offs (especially between 7:50-9:00) very short.  The parking lot is nearly VACANT until about 7:57am! Come early and avoid the rush!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Parent Education Night: Topic – Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, October 23 @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

California emphasizes earthquake preparedness during the month of October and as a school we practice a school-wide earthquake drill. But are you prepared at HOME? Join us for our first Parent Education Night and hear Joel Gay speak on Disaster and Earthquake preparedness. More info to follow.

Parent Conferences:  Parents conferences are coming soon! This conference is our opportunity to share your child’s developmental progress with you and to give you an overall picture of how your child is doing in school. Please be sure to attend your child’s parent conference on October 26th. This is a non-student day, but we do have child care while you attend the conference.

Preschool Picture Day – Please be on the lookout for an email from Adrea Scheidler containing a link to your child’s photos. You won’t want to miss seeing these photos as you all have the most adorable children EVER!!!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Moonlight Magic: October 5, 2018

We are looking so forward to our FIRST Moonlight Magic of the year! If you signed up, please be sure to read the informational email that was sent out. This is an evening of fun where the kids enjoy pajama dance parties, pizza, a movie, and MORE, while the parents enjoy a night out. If you missed registering for this one, our next one is February 8th, 2019.

California Shake-Out Earthquake Drill: October 18 @ 10:18 a.m.

Each year, we participate in the California Shake-Out Drill. As a preschool, we practice how to duck and cover (we call it “bunny in the hole” at preschool to keep it appropriate), and then we head to the PCS Campus for check-in. While we keep it light for the students (singing, reading books, and enjoying a snack on the field), our staff has the opportunity to practice mock first aid and rescue scenarios to ensure we have our systems in place should we need them in a real disaster.

 Accreditation Work Day: October 19 – This is a MINIMUM DAY. Our accreditation preparation s is coming along well! The preschool teachers have been focusing on learning our new curriculum layout and how to implement it effectively into the classroom. This month, we will be working with our updated developmental profiles (preschool progress reports).

Site Work Day – October 6th – DOUBLE MVP Hours available! Please click here to help us deep clean cubbies, beautify the garden, till the sandbox, and haul in our fresh new mulch.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

MVP Booklets/HoursAll families should have received their YELLOW MVP booklet.  PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE ONE.

CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

October 19 – Parents of Room 2 – Look for emails from your Room Parents.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Volunteer opportunities are available! CLICK HERE to register for all-school events through signup.com!

Meal Train Opportunities! (2 MVP HOURS)

BABIES, BABIES, BABIES! This year, have about ELEVEN families welcoming new members to their family! Please help us bless them with a meal.

Samuel Family


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

October 4 – Ms. Sarah

October 5 – Ms. Daisy


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Friday, October 5 @ 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Moonlight Magic (registration required)

Saturday, October 6 @ 9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. – Site Work Day

Thursday, October 11 – Kindergarten/PCS Observation Day – Interested in PCS? Sign up for a tour online!

Tuesday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 18 – Hearing Screenings

Thursday, October 18 – Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill – Volunteers Needed

Friday, October 19 – Accreditation Work Day (MINIMUM DAY – DISMISS AT 12:00)

October 25 – Preschool OPEN regular hours; PCS minimum day for conferences

Friday, October 26 – Parent Conferences (No Students)

November 1 – PCS Observation Day (register online!)

November 3 – Fall Family Festival – JOIN THE FUN!

November 12 – Veteran’s Day – School Closed

November 15 – PCS Observation Day and PCS Orchestra to play at Preschool

November 19 & 20 – Stone Soup Days (lunch provided)

November 21 – 23 – Thanksgiving Break  – School Closed

 

 

Room 1 Fun!

Well, we’re off and running! We have been so busy getting to know each other, our classroom agenda, and all our pre-k responsibilities. Your little blessings are learning letters, writing our names, counting and writing our numbers, and learning patience (this is a tough one!😉). Each Wednesday we get to walk to the “big school” to have learning fun on the field and attend chapel with the big kids! Our small groups are off to a terrific start as we explore more challenging, focused science, math, language & literacy, writing, journaling, and working independently. We have also studied about Creation,  Adam & Eve, Noah, The Tower of Babel, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses! Phew! We have been busy! Here’s a look at all our fun…