Our Outdoor Classroom Makeover – The New Shed

What did the teachers really do when the children were away last week? Well, aside from preparing the classrooms for their new crew of children, learning new Vacation BIble School songs for this summer’s “Deep Sea Discovery VBS”, and cleaning out all the nooks and crannies, we also gave the Outdoor Classroom a makeover! We can’t wait to show you our new “rustic” shed that was installed last week. On Wednesday, we watched in awe as 5 guys from Shed World came out to hand build this custom shed in one day! This shed adds character to our yard, provides a fun porch for the children to play on, and also creates much needed storage for our outdoor curriculum. It also beautifully complements our newly revamped garden! We can’t wait to show it off to the children when they join us again on Monday!

Check it out from start to finish…

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May News and Calendar of Events

It feels like spring barely made it here and now we are counting down to summer! We are in the final stretch with less than one month remaining. What a fantastic year it has been working with your little ones. We have enjoyed each and every one of them so much and we thank you for entrusting them with us.

The month of May is packed with excitement and loads of fun activities, so hang on to your hats…it will be a fun ride to the end!
In the News:

Water Bags for Cubbies

The time has come! Please send in a Water Play Bag with your child within the next week or so. Please see attached Water Play Bag Supply List flyer for details.

MVP HOURS – DUE SOON!

MVP hours are due by the last week of school. Many of you noticed that a charge of $150 was added to your account. This charge was placed on all accounts that did not have a completed MVP booklet on file. The charges will be reversed if your booklet is received by May 26th. Click here for last minute opportunities: https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Not done? No worries! A few remaining opportunities will include the Preschool Promotion Ceremony, Pizza Parties, and Family Picnic.

Summer Camp Registration

We are nearly to the close of our summer registration. Please register by May 8th to avoid a $50 late fee. We still have a few spaces available.

For those who registered, summer information such as calendars and supply lists will be emailed out in the next week or so….be on the lookout!

Upcoming Events:

Moonlight Magic – May 5

Our FINAL Moonlight Magic of the year will be held Friday, May 5th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Don’t let your kids miss out on the fun…sign up soon! We enjoy glow-light dance parties, flashlight tag, pizza, movies, and popcorn while YOU enjoy a night out! Flyers are available at the preschool desk. Spaces are available in preschool. BYH is sold out.

Preschool Family Picnic – May 20

The Preschool Family Picnic is by far one of the most enjoyable events of the year! Families will enjoy bouncy houses, crafts, water play, and a picnic lunch on the PCS field! Save the date…you won’t want to miss it!

Pizza Party Days – May 23 & 24

Each classroom will enjoy pizza parties in their classrooms to celebrate a year of fun. Look for sign-ups for ‘potluck’ side items (MVP hours available!)

Preschool Promotion Ceremony (Rooms 1 & 2) – May 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Preschool Promotion Ceremony is a very special time to recognize our Rooms 1 & 2 students who will be promoting to Kindergarten, TK and Pre-K. This is an event our Rooms 1 & 2 families will not want to miss! Families will enjoy a selection of songs, a slideshow, presentation of certificates, and light refreshments. Invite the whole family and don’t forget the tissues!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Sign up to help here at PCS or the Preschool! https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Preschool Family Picnic – Look for volunteer sign-ups for the annual preschool family picnic. We always need help with preparation, donations, and working the event at this super-fun picnic party!

Communication:

PLEASE FOLLOW the Preschool Blog for classroom updates: www.pasadenachristianpreschool.com

PCS Weekly: Check your emails for the PCS Weekly! This e-letter features links for volunteer opportunities, the main calendar, and more!

Calendar:

Friday, May 5 – Moonlight Magic – 6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, May 20 – Preschool Family Picnic – 11:00 – 1:00

Tuesday, May 23 – Classroom Pizza Parties

Wednesday, May 24 – Classroom Pizza Parties

Thursday, May 25 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony (Rooms 1 & 2) @ 7:00 – Minimum Day

Friday, May 26 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day

May 29 – June 2 – Clean Up Days – School Closed

Monday, June 5 – 1st Day of Summer Camp (Registration Required)

 

Looking WAY Ahead…

*Monday, August 21      Classroom Welcome Party (Meet the Teachers and Handprint Party)

Tuesday, August 22         First Day of School!

Tips & Tricks for Traveling with Tots

Traveling with small children can be a hassle, especially when you know you have two little ones who refuse to sit still. Managing snacks, entertainment, and nap time can be quite the challenge when you know you have a long trip ahead. Thankfully, there are a few strategies that will help ease the challenge for the short (or long!) road ahead.

Plan your Snack and Meals Ahead of Time.

Remembering to pack snacks and meals not only saves you money, but also helps keep snacking healthier compared to opting for the fast food alternative. A few healthy snacks that are also lightweight to pack are granola bars, string cheese, fresh fruit and the kids’ favorite – applesauce. If you have a long trip you might want to avoid packing foods  that turn brown or can crumble such as bananas, avocados, and crackers. Stick to snacks that can be thrown in a bag and can be treated as rewards such and edamame, dried fruits, or even cubed tofu! All of these are healthy options and can stand at room temperature.   

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Entertainment for Traveling

Traveling with young children can be a task, but if planned accordingly, it can be a much smoother ride. If traveling by car, bringing small, cheap toys such as stickers, dolls and trinkets can help. Make sure that you bring it along in a travel bag or box to help keep things tidy. For kids older than the toddler stage, you can create a map of your trip and have them check off the locations you pass and even reward them when you reach a checkpoint with a snack, toy or special activity. Bringing your child’s favorite CD and having a sing off in the car can help time go by quicker in a fun way.

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Planning Nap & Bed Time

Whether traveling by car, train, or plane, planning when to sleep can become a real challenge as most younger children need their down time. Making sure you stick to normal nap time schedules and planning your day around them can help avoid the sleepy-time crankies. Try bringing nap time products that help children feel like home such as their favorite toy or blanket. Traveling by night can help children as their bodies are normally getting ready to go to bed. This can also help as you will not have to manage a squirmy little one during a long flight or a crying child in the back seat.

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Author: Stephany Mijanos, CSULA intern

A Private Concert for the a Younger Pod!

Today we enjoyed a special up close and personal concert from one of our fabulously involved parents and family friend who happen to be incredibly talented concert musicians!! We had a counting lesson on the strings of the violin and the cello, learned musical vocabulary, and joined together in song as we were serenaded by our special guests! 

The younger pod extends a huge THANK YOU to Elliston’s mommy, Joo, for arranging and providing such a once-in-a-lifetime immersive experience for the budding minds of rooms 4 and 5. Thank you!! 

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2017 April News and Calendar of Events

Dear Parents,

Spring has sprung and we are bounding towards summer! We are on the home stretch! The mood at the preschool has been filled with fun as the warmer weather has allowed for some water play (off an on, anyway!) and sunny days outdoors. Many classrooms are also delving into the wonderful world of insects and you should be seeing caterpillars, silk worms and more making their way into the school. We had our annual Association Meeting last week and we recognized Monica and Joy for their 5 years of service, as well as Pam for her 10 years! Feel free to send a warm thank you their way. Our fabulous parents are one of the many reasons our staff enjoy LONG working tenures at PCS :-). In fact, our 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Gallego, just celebrated 30 years and Dr. Gray was not far behind, with a whopping 25 years at PCS!
In the News:

Water Bags for Cubbies

The time has come! Please send in a Water Play Bag with your child within the next week or so. Please see attached Water Play Bag Supply List flyer for details.

Room 1 Staffing Update

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Joy will soon be having her first baby! She left on maternity leave this past Friday and we ask that you keep her family in your prayers as they prepare for their little one. Miss Kristen will be leading the classroom and Mr. Sam will be joining the Room 1 teaching team for the remainder of the year.

MVP HOURS – DUE SOON!

MVP hours are due SOON! Please make an effort to fulfill your hours and turn in your booklet as soon as possible to avoid the MVP fee to your account. Don’t have a book? Lost your book? No worries…come to the office and we will replace it for you. Enrolled late to PCS? Plan on completing 1 hour per month of attendance. Sign up to help here! https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Summer Camp Registration

Thank you to all the families who registered by the March 8th deadline for summer camp. You should see your first tuition payment posted to your Smart Tuition account for April 1st. For those who haven’t registered, we have a few spaces left in some of the classrooms, so if you are still looking to enroll your child, please do so asap. Submissions received by April 8th may be billed to your account; submissions received after May 8th will be due in full and will incur a $50 late fee.

Upcoming Events :

Easter Parties

Be on the lookout for Easter classroom party information. Each classroom has their own schedule and traditions for how Easter is celebrated, so please look for their information regarding the parties. Just a reminder that PCS celebrates Easter for what it truly is – recognition of Christ’s sacrifice for us. While the “bunny” may play a small part in the fun, please help us in remembering the true meaning of this Christian holiday.

70th Anniversary Gala & Auction

We hope you can attend our 70th Anniversary Gala and Auction! This is a very special event and our very first Gala. Enjoy time with PCS families while joining the fun in bidding on amazing auction items and priceless classroom auction baskets! Visit our BidPal Center at http://bidpal.net/70 to register and
purchase tickets today. Event seating is limited. Advanced reservations are required for entry.

Bidding from home will be available through BidPal! Mobile bidding goes live at 9:00AM on April 22nd.
Watch for our email giving you early access to our event’s Silent Auction!

Week of the Young Child:

Each year we celebrate the Week of the Young child with some daily fun and activities. Join the fun and have your child participate in the following:

Monday, April 24 – Pajama Day – Wear your jammies to school!

Tuesday, April 25 – Color Day – Show your classroom spirit by wearing your class color!

Rm 1- Purple, Rm 2 – Orange, Rm 3 – Green, Rm 4 – Red, Rm 5 – Blue

Wednesday, April 26 – Mismatched Day (we often joke that every day is mismatched in preschool…but on this day…go extra crazy!!)

Thursday, April 27 – Fruit Day – Bring a fruit to share in the classroom Fruit Salad Snack!

Friday, April 28 – Crazy Hat Day – How crazy can you get???

 Moonlight Magic – May 5

Our FINAL Moonlight Magic of the year will be held Friday, May 5th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Don’t let your kids miss out on the fun…sign up soon! We enjoy glow-light dance parties, flashlight tag, pizza, movies, and popcorn! Flyers are available at the preschool and BYH desks.

Volunteer Opportunities:  

Sign up to help here at PCS or the Preschool! https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

PTF Preschool Teacher Treats: April 21 – Parents of Room 3

Meal Trains – Congratulations to the Williams family on the birth of baby Cameron! Help bless this family with a meal while earning 2 MVP hours! https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/6gw20y

Preschool Family Picnic – Look for volunteer sign-ups for the annual preschool family picnic. We always need help with preparation, donations, and working the event at this super-fun picnic party!

Communication:

PLEASE FOLLOW the Preschool Blog for classroom updates: www.pasadenachristianpreschool.com

PCS Weekly: Check your emails for the PCS Weekly! This e-letter features links for volunteer opportunities, the main calendar, and more!

Calendar

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 4 & 5 – Spring Photos on the yard

Friday, April 14th and Monday, April 17th – Easter Break – No School

Saturday, April 22st –  Dinner Gala – NO MOONLIGHT MAGIC

April 24 – 28 – Week of the Young Child

Friday, April 28th – Open House 6:30 – 8:00 – Minimum Day

Friday, May 5th – Moonlight Magic

Saturday, May 20th – Preschool Family Picnic

Thursday, May 25th – Rooms 1 & 2 Preschool Promotion Ceremony – Minimum Day

Friday, May 26th – Last Day of School – Minimum Day

Monday, June 5th – 1st Day of Summer Camp

July 3 & 4 – Holiday – School Closed

June 5 – August 4 – Fun in the Sun Summer Camp

August 7 – August 18 – School Closed

Monday, August 22 – Preschool Classroom Welcome – Details to follow

Tuesday, August 23 – First Day of School 2017 – 2018

Why Routines are Important for Kids

Why Routines for Kids are Important

 Predictability is something young children need in their lives. Uncertainty and change is naturally stressful for all human beings. Children are confronted with change daily. Although it is a growth opportunity, it can also be stressful for children. Changes are handled best in environments with familiar routines and if children know what is expected. A daily routine adapted to children’s interests and/or needs is very important because it allows them to feel safe. A sense of mastery in handling their lives is developed, allowing children to adapt to changes in their environments. Young children do not yet fully understand the concept of time, so they order their lives by events that happen, not by hours and minutes. One of the most important things that you can do to make your young child feel safe is to establish as much routine as possible. Children have a better understanding of their world when events happen in the same order every day, which is when they feel the most secure. Routines are emotional regulators that decrease conflict, stress, and anxiety. Children emotionally prepare for changes that are to come when routines are in place. A child with a set routine will progress through it, while also knowing what is expected of him/her when the task is complete. Through routines, children learn social skills (e.g., turn taking), self-control (e.g., waiting), and positive behavior. Routines help children understand concepts such as “before and after”. It is never too late to start a routine. When implementing routines it is important to keep in mind that adjustments may be needed. Know ahead of time that your child will have difficulty adjusting, and be prepared with how you will handle the resistance. Having consistency and limits is key. When you stick to a routine, you teach your child how to arrange his/her time in a manner that is efficient, productive, and cuts down on stress. The sense of order will allow your child to suppress an automatic sense of how to organize his/her own life as they grow up.

 Routines at School:

At Pasadena Christian Preschool we understand the importance of routines and are aware of the positive effects it can have on our student’s emotional development. Our teachers promote a consistent routine day after day, giving our students the sense of security they need to take risks and make choices, which opens the door to exciting learning opportunities. All classrooms have similar daily schedules with different weekly curriculum that target children’s interests. In addition, our teachers make announcements during morning meetings about what to expect throughout the day, which helps incorporate learning with an organized connection. Our students are able to experience a sense of satisfaction and control at being able to perform all of part of the tasks connected with the routine.

Author: Irina Zepeda, CSULA Child Development Intern

Shamrockin’ 🎵

The younger pod had a fabulous Saint Patty’s day on Friday with green yogurt, courtesy of Mrs. Terri, lots of outdoor fun, and a special surprise visit from our dear friend Ms. Jessica who came with a very special gift for our studio!! 


We have been explaining the folklore around Saint Patrick’s Day to our little ones with the concept of “luck” and being “lucky” really meaning “blessed”. We’ve focused and talked at length about what a blessing is and what it means to be blessed- that we are all God’s children, brothers and sisters here to support and build one another up. We understand that we are here to enjoy the marvelous resources the Lord has set before us in our unique and individual ways as each one of us has been fearfully and wonderfully made, unique by God’s design. We put great importance on counting our blessings and living with an attitude of gratitude throughout life here on Earth. When we say we are “lucky” we truly mean blessed, and we are ever grateful for the grace of God, and for our brothers and sisters who let the Holy Spirit’s light shine so brightly through them. 

The teachers were blessed with an over the top “teacher treats” spread on Friday by the hard working Parents of Room 2, complete with a green St. Patty’s Day theme! What a marvelous way to end the week and enjoy the holiday. (Thank you Room 2 Parents!) 💚