What a fabulous start to the school year we have had! Your little ones are doing such a fabulous job acclimating to their new classrooms and are enjoying all the fun activities we have at preschool. We are enjoying happy days, water play, lots of free play, big field (for the older pod), and so much more! We are also very proud of our mommies and daddies who took great strides to make drop-offs short and sweet, despite a few tearful goodbyes. You have done a great job assuring your little ones that you love them and that you will be back, then handing them to the teachers and separating quickly. These short goodbyes actually reduce stress for the children and allow the kiddos to process their emotions so they can gain their confidence and independence to feel secure at school. Well done, Parents!
NEWS, NOTES & MORE
Back to School Night: A huge thank you to all who came out to Back to School Night! We appreciate your time and commitment. If you weren’t able to come, please be sure to get the packet from your child’s teacher so you can stay in the loop!
Tell Your Friends! If you love them, we’ll love them! If you have friends who are interested in enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year, online applications for next school year will be available on the PCS website in the next week or so. We have numerous applications for next year already, so tell your friends to tour, attend an Observation Day, and apply EARLY to get on our applicant list for 2018-2019. Be sure they tell us who referred them! We LOVE our word-of-mouth referrals!
Please read through these very important “housekeeping” items to help us stay safe and run smoothly…
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 of this, so please help us stay in compliance by signing your full signature each day.
Unattended Drop-Offs: Be sure to ONLY leave your child in the care of a teacher when dropping off. Students should never be dropped off to an empty classroom or left on the yard with another classroom. In addition, please do not let your child go ahead of you into a classroom unattended in the morning while you are checking in.
Siblings at School: Just a gentle reminder that if you bring a younger sibling to school during drop-off and pick-up, please keep them within arms reach at all times. Please do not leave them unattended on the yard, in the lobby, in the car, or in the classrooms, even if you think you will be “just a second.” We appreciate your cooperation!
Parking Lot: In a perfect world, we would have a giant parking lot with ample space for everyone. Unfortunately, our parking lot is small and hard to maneuver. 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. Avoid parking along the wall when possible. Believe it or not, the parking lot is nearly VACANT until about 7:47am! Come early and avoid the rush!
Preschool Picture Day – We are currently in the process of switching vendors and securing a date for fall preschool photos. We will let you know the date soon. Note that the photo day on Sept. 8th is for the elementary school.
In-Service Day: September 29th – This is a non-student day. In-service days allow time for teacher training, resetting classrooms, school advancement, curriculum building, and so much more. On this day, teachers will be completing the new state-required Mandated Reporter Training and working on your students’ Developmental Profiles. Have a good long weekend with your Little Blessings 🙂
Site Work Day – October 21st. – DOUBLE MVP Hours available! Keep an eye out for the Site Work Day Sign-up! Help us deep clean cubbies, beautify the garden, till the sandbox, and haul in our fresh new mulch.
Moonlight Magic – There will be three Moonlight Magic events this year: Oct. 13, Feb. 2 and March 16. This is YOUR chance to have a night on the town (or in the quiet of your own home watching Netflix!) while your little ones are safe in our care enjoying flashlight parties, pajama dance-offs, pizza and a movie. Registration is required, so sign up early! Elementary-aged siblings may attend the BYH Moonlight Magic on the same night.
PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):
MVP Booklets/Hours: All families should have received their YELLOW MVP booklet. Please record your volunteer hours in these books. You can have your hours signed off by the office staff, Room Parents, volunteer coordinators of specific events, PTF Reps, etc. Every family is required to complete 10 hours (or 20 hours if you have students at the elem/jr. high) before the end of the school year. You can turn in your book as soon as it is complete!
If you didn’t receive on at Back to School Night or in your mailbox, we have a few at the front desk.
CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS:
September 22 – Parents of Room 1
Never expected, but always appreciated, Teacher Treats are a way to show your love and appreciation for our teachers. Each classroom is assigned two Fridays per school year to bring in treats for the preschool staff. Keep an eye out for information from your Room Parents!
ROOM PARENT MEETING:
A HUGE thank you to all the moms and dads who signed up to be room parents this year! There will be a meeting later this month for all Room Parents. Please plan to attend if you signed up to be a Room Parent. Date/Time TBA.
Volunteer opportunities are available! Check back regularly as events are added as the year progresses. Please follow this link: https://signup.com/group/1186271400029
Upcoming preschool-specific opportunities include: Meal Train for the Atay family (2 hours per meal), Site Work Day on October 21 (DOUBLE hours!!!), Older Pod Field Trip to the Farm (Date TBA), Apple & Pumpkin Day (Oct. 30 & 31), and more!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!
September 3 – Ms. Wendy
September 19 – Mrs. Silvia
September 26 – Mrs. Thelma
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Thursday, August 31 – Back to School Night – 7:00 – 8:00
Friday, September 1 & Monday, September 4 – Labor Day Holiday
Thursday, September 14 – Magazine Drive Kick-off
Monday, September 25 & Tuesday, September 26 – Vision Screenings
Thursday, September 28 – PTF Teacher Luncheon – Sign up to help on Signup.com!
Friday, September 29 – Teacher In-Service (No Students)
Thursday, October 12 – Kindergarten/PCS Observation Day – Interested in PCS? Sign up for a tour here to see what all the fabulous fuss is about!
Friday, October 13 – Moonlight Magic! Registration Required.
Tuesday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 18 – Speech Screenings
Thursday, October 19 – Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill – Volunteers Needed
Saturday, October 21 – Site Work Day – DOUBLE MVP hours!
Friday, October 27 – Parent Conferences (No Students)