On Monday, October 11th we had a fantastic visit from Pasadena Fire Station 36. They showed us how firefighters outfit themselves to fight fires and even how the truck sprays water! It was awesome! This was a lovely addition to the visit we had from Jeff Ragusa, a Glendale firefighter and dad from Rm 1, who showed us his firefighter gear on Friday, October 1st. With both visits, the firefighters focused on helping the children to understand that the don’t have to be afraid when they see a firefighter fully outfitted, they are here to help. The preschoolers loved having all of our firefighters and we are so grateful for their amazing work. Thanks guys, you are our heroes!
As many of you are aware, Pasadena is dealing with an increased bug population. These tiny pests are, unfortunately, flying, crawling, and worming their way onto our campus and into our lives. Currently we are working with ECOLA, our personal pest management company, to reduce these pernicious creepy crawls as much as possible.
This Friday, October 15th, ECOLA will be treating our play yard and surrounding areas. Attached to this email you will find the specific fact sheets related to what will be used on campus. It is always PCS’s goal to balance safe and effective measures when treating out environment.
Below you will find the “Favorite Things” pages for our staff listed by classrooms/work areas. Please feel free to use them if you are planning on blessing/thanking them with tokens of appreciation.
Click on the buttons below to see the pdfs.
NEWS & REMINDERS
Fire Fighter Presentation – Friday October 1st
We are so thrilled to announce a very special visit from Battalion Chief Jeff Ragusa, one of our Rm 1 Dads. Jeff is going to bring his personal gear and show all of our kids how firefighters prepare and stay safe when battling fires.
We are so appreciative of the amazing work that Jeff does and his willingness to come and share with us. The kids love seeing heroes in action and it’s even better when we know that hero personally.
Candid Student Photos – Wednesday, October 6th & Thursday, October 7th
They’re back! We will once again be taking Candid Photos of all the kiddos at the preschool this year. These photos are different from the traditional school photos as they are meant to catch the kids in action. Our photographer, Adrea Scheidler, is a PCS mom with many years of experience capturing those adorable preschool smiles. Once photos have been taken, Adrea will provide families with individual links for viewing and purchasing options.
Preschool Chapel – Thursday, October 7th
Our second chapel of the year is here! For our first chapel together we focused on the Creation Story. We are now moving onto Adam and Eve and discussing the power of choices, consequences, and God’s love.
Parent Site Work Day – Saturday, October 9th
Parent Site Work Day is your chance to help our preschool, build community, and earn those MVP hours.
We will be cleaning classrooms, refreshing the woodchips, turning the sand, building a bridge and more. Please use the SignUp.com link below to join in all the fun.
We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/dpCjVEK
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.
Fire Station 38 Visit – Monday, October 11th
The preschool will be continuing our firefighting theme with a visit from our Local Fire Station 38. They will be making a stop at the preschool with the truck, crew, and a few surprises. We can hardly wait to see it all in person. Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck!
One of our favorite preschool firefighter songs is Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck.
Use the link below to see the full lyrics.
Teacher In-Service Day – Friday, October 15th
It is time for a teacher in-service day. These days are crucial and provide us the much needed time for training, planning, preparation, and cleaning that can’t be achieved while the children are on campus. We are grateful for these opportunities to grow and improve all that we do in service of the children and families.
The Great Shake Out – Thursday, October 21st
Once again the main campus and preschool will participate in the Great California Shake Out. This will be a full earthquake drill involving practicing “Bunnies in the Hole” aka duck & cover as well as a muster onto the main campus for an official headcount.
The elementary/Jr high will also be involved in a pantomime of pretend injuries and other disaster related activities. The preschoolers, however, will muster on the big field grass where we will read books, sing songs, and possibly have a snack before returning to the preschool campus to resume our day.
Parent-Teacher Conferences – Friday, October 22nd
We are so happy to be able to have in-person conferences once again this year. Please keep your eyes peeled for classroom emails with the specific details and SignUp.com links for you to use.
Childcare will be provided for all our current preschoolers. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accommodate sibling care at this time.
Police Officer Visit – Wednesday, October 27th
The community helper visits carry on with our local Pasadena Police Department sending a car, motorcycle, and even McGruff the crime dog! We look forward to seeing the vehicles, officers, and having a short presentation focusing on child safety.
Apple Pumpkin Days – Thursday, October 28th – Friday, October 29th
Our annual tradition of Apple Pumpkin Days is just around the corner. We will be celebrating this year’s harvest season during the last week of October with special themed books, activities, and treats. Be sure to watch for emails from your classroom teachers or Room Parents about how you can help support this fun filled fall tradition.
Communication – Emails, phone calls, Procare messages…
We work hard at staying connected and will do our best to respond to parent communications during our regular operation hours from 7am until 6pm.
While parents are welcome to send us emails, Procare messages or leave voicemails at any time, outside of emergencies, our staff will respond once they are on campus.
Volunteering at the Preschool
Will you be volunteering on campus this year?
If you are planning on helping out in the classroom or during a special event, we will need a signed Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement on file for you.
We are including a links to the Pasadena Christian School’s Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement for your reference and use as well as the 2021-2022 MVP Program Info Sheet so you know how you can complete your hours this year.
We love to recognize the children and the milestone moments in their lives. Whether acknowledging a birthday or some other special time, our desire is to always appropriately celebrate each momentous occasion with the age and maturity of the children in mind. Below you will find a link to our Birthday Recognition Policy & Pre-approved Birthday Treats list. Please use it as a resource when planning your own special moments that you want to share with us.
We are so thrilled to be back for summer camp this year! It has been an interesting journey for us, here at the preschool, since the start of the pandemic but we feel very blessed to be back in action for camp again. This of course would not be possible without the amazing talents and dedication of our fantastic staff. We can’t begin to thank each member of our preschool team enough for all they do but we can try. Thank you team, keep up the incredible work! You are deeply loved and greatly appreciated.
We would also like to thank all of our families for entrusting us with the enormous responsibility of caring for their children. It is huge blessing and we are so glad that we can be together enjoying summer camp and all the adventures ahead.
Thank you God for your love, grace, guidance, and protection.
News & Reminders
It’s hard to believe it’s already the last month of the school year! We feel so blessed to have been together since August and are excited by everything we will do over the next four weeks of May.
End of the Year Pizza Parties – Monday, May 24th & Tuesday, May 25th
The last week of preschool will kick off with our traditional classroom Pizza Parties. Pizza will be provided by the preschool but there will be classroom sign-ups for additional side items such as fruit, paper goods, and even table décor. The classrooms will be sharing those sign-ups towards the middle of May.
Aloha Days! – Wednesday, May 26th & Thursday, May 27th – MINIMUM DAYS
For our last two days of preschool this year, we felt that aloha was the perfect sentiment. Hello to summer, goodbye to our year together, and of course I love you. On both Wednesday and Thursday we invite all the kids to dress in their brightest, most tropical, and Hawaiian best. We will be celebrating the conclusion of our year with special photo ops at drop off and much more.
Preschool Promotion – Wednesday, May 26th
This year has been amazing! While we did face unprecedented challenges, it has been a truly fantastic year spent together at the preschool. It is a blessing to watch the children grow up and we are excited to celebrate those students who will be moving on to the next phase of school whether that is here at PCS or beyond. This year, we will be hosting a drive through promotion ceremony. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for your invitation with all the details.
Preschool Closed – Friday, May 28th through Friday, June 4th
The preschool will be closed to students for cleaning and summer prep. The preschool office will be open to answer questions and help with any summer paperwork that may still need to be done prior to the start of camp.
First Day of Fun in the Sun Summer Camp – Monday, June 7th
Our first session of Fun in the Sun: Sea Sand, and Me! will kick off Monday, June 7th. Summers at the preschool are chock-full of good times and new adventures, we can hardly wait to get started.
Summer Camp Registration
Will you be joining the “Fun in the Sun” summer camp this year? If so, be sure to turn in your summer camp registration forms ASAP. Spaces are filling up fast and we only have a few left. Summer camp is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE so don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the fun at the preschool this summer.
Just a friendly reminder of our Preschool Parking Lot Rules/Requests
- Please drive with care keeping an eye on speed and kiddos in the lot.
- Children should be directed to stay on the sidewalk during pick-up and drop-off except when accessing their vehicles. Little people are very hard to spot between cars.
- Due to limited spaces in our lot, quick drop-offs and pick-ups are ideal.
Thanks for helping us keep our little ones safe, healthy, and happy.
This April’s chapel focused on the “Good News” of Christ resurrections. While Easter is a few weeks behind us, we aspire to celebrate Jesus’ love, power, and promise everyday.
We also learned the words and Mr. Tim’s hand motions to Lord I Lift Your Name On High. Below you will find a YouTube link to a fun version of the song and a preschool favorite.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)
We revisited the details of the Easter Story by reading from our Rhyme Bible. It was a great way to recall everything that happened on that incredible day. He is risen!
April showers bring May flowers and so much more at preschool! Hello Spring!
Teacher In-Service Day – Thursday, April 1st STUDENT FREE
It is time for our last teacher in-service day of the school year. These days are crucial and provided us the much needed time for training, planning, preparation, and cleaning that can’t be achieved while the children are on campus. We are grateful for these opportunities to grow and improve all that we do in service of the children and families.
Good Friday – Friday, April 2nd PRESCHOOL CLOSED
We will be celebrating the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ by taking the day to reflect on the gift that the cross represents for all of us.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 4th
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:5-6
Hallelujah, He is risen!!
Week of the Young Child – Monday, April 12th – Friday, April 16th
Each year we celebrate the wonderful little people we serve and the unique world they inhabit with exciting week long festivities. This year we will be selecting special themed books for each day of the week that will be aligned with activities for our kiddos. This week is a national celebration that focusing on acknowledging this fundamental and transformative period of life. Oh to be a young child.
Preschool Virtual Open House – Friday, April 23rd MINIMUM DAY
We will be having a Virtual Open House this year at the preschool. Each classroom will be creating a special presentation that will go live on Friday, April 23rd. We are excited to share the life and happenings of our campus and while we would love to bring everyone in, we will do our best to bridge the gap in new and exciting ways.
Summer Camp Registration
Will you be joining the “Fun in the Sun” summer camp this year? If so, be sure to turn in your summer camp registration forms ASAP. Spaces are filling up fast and we are still limited by our smaller class sizes. Summer camp is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE so don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the fun at the preschool this summer.
Starting in April, we will be opening up any remaining camp spots to outside families.
Practicing staying safe is an important part of our preschool curriculum. This includes periodic fire/earthquake drills. On Thursday, March 11 the entire preschool took part in a fire drill. Everyone exited the preschool to muster up in the preschool parking lot for a quick headcount. The children did a fantastic job listening to teachers and we had an incredibly smooth drill. Great work everyone!