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! ūüôā

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

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.

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! ūüôā


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