January 2020 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

 Happy New Year! It was wonderful to see everyone again this morning. We hope you all had an enjoyable break! 


JANUARY CURRICULUM

CLICK HERE FOR THE JANUARY SKILLS SHEET


WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

January Snack Menu

January Hot Lunch Menu


JANUARY CALENDAR – FOR THE FRIDGE!

January Calendar – Printable


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

MOONLIGHT MAGIC REGISTRATION: If you are interested in signing up for Moonlight Magic on February 7th, please click HERE to register. Return your receipt as proof of registration to the preschool office. Please contact BYH to confirm availability if you are hoping to register older siblings as they may be full.

Preschool Re-enrollment 2020-2021 – Thank you for submitting your Intent to Enroll Forms in a timely manner! If you have not submitted your form, please do so this week! Online re-enrollment runs from February 1 – March 1. Registration fees must be paid by March 1 in order to retain your space. Click HERE for the preschool form.

PCS TK / Kindergarten Re-enrollment – If you submitted an intent-to-enroll form for PCS TK/Kindergarten, a Teacher Recommendation Form will be completed on your behalf. 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. Click HERE for the TK/K form.

Reminder! If you would like a TOUR of our PCS Campus, please attend our final Observation Day on January 16th. Register through the PCS website.

Summer Registration – It is hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it! Please remember that our summer program requires a separate registration form; registration forms will be emailed out mid-January. 


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Save the date! Spring photos will be taken February 10-12 by Lifetouch. These are “traditional school portraits”. You will be assigned a photo day. “Graduate” photos will be taken of all rising TK/K students on February 12th.

ROOMS 1 & 2 Preschool Promotion Ceremony – May 27 @ 6:00 – The Preschool Promotion Ceremony recognizes our students who are rising from Rooms 1 & 2 into Kindergarten, TK and Room 1. This is a very special event, so please be sure to mark your calendars and tell your families!


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

We are halfway through the year! Please remember to complete your 10 hours of service by the end of May! MVP fees will be assessed to your Smart Tuition account in March if you haven’t turned in your book, but the fee will be reversed upon submission.

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: 

January 17 – Parents of Room 5

February 28 – Parents of Room 1

March 27 – Parents of Room 2

April 17 – Parents of Room 3

May 15 – Parents of Rooms 4 & 5


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

January 3 – Ms. Melody

January 16 – Ms. Kristin

January 27 – Ms. Terri


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

January 6 – School Resumes

January 16 – PCS Observation Day

January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – School Closed

February 7 – Moonlight Magic

February 10 – 12 – Spring Photos

February 14 – In-Service Day – PRESCHOOL CLOSED

February 17 – Presidents’ Day Holiday – School Closed

February 21 – 2nd Reports Sent Home

February 24 & 25 – Parent Conferences – by request – school open

March 1 – 4 – ACSI Accreditation Visit – School Open Normal Hours

March 6 – Fun Run Fundraiser

March 6 – Moonlight Magic

March 9 – 13 – PRESCHOOL OPEN; PCS TK – 8th closed for Spring Break

March 24 – Association Meeting – Plan to Attend

March 31 – April 1 – Book Fair 

April 9 – Preschool Teacher In-Service – No Students (Preschool)

April 10 – Easter Break – School Closed

April 13 – Easter Break – School Closed

April 24 – Open House @ 6:30 – MINIMUM DAY

April 25 – PCS Gala – Plan to Attend!

May 16 – Preschool Family Picnic – 11:00 – 1:00

May 21 & 22 – End of Year Parties – Pizza Provided

May 25 – Memorial Day – School Closed

May 27 – Minimum Day – Dismissal @ 12:00

May 27 – Preschool Rms 1 & 2 Promotion Ceremony @ 6:00

May 28 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day – Dismissal @ 12:00

May 29 – Faculty Checkout – No Students

June 1 – 5 – Summer Prep Week – No Students

June 8 – First Day of Summer Camp – Registration Required


December 2019 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

 I hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing Thanksgiving break! Without a moment to lose, the Christmas season is now in FULL SWING as there is only 2.5 weeks of school until Christmas break! We are busy decorating classrooms, reading all about the Christmas story, creating Christmas 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! 🙂


DECEMBER CURRICULUM

As you can imagine, December will be filled with everything CHRISTMAS! We will focus on the birth of Christ, family traditions and celebrations, Grandparents, and more!

CLICK HERE FOR THE DECEMBER SKILLS SHEET


WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

December Snack Menu

December Hot Lunch Menu


DECEMBER CALENDAR – FOR THE FRIDGE!

December Calendar – Printable


UPCOMING EVENTS: PLEASE READ!

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! – From gingerbread cookies to Santa hats and hidden elves, there will be a fun activity each day for the children to enjoy! While our primary focus is always the birth of Christ, we A hard copy of the “12 Days” calendar will be in your child’s box or click HERE to download it!

Parent Education Night – December 4th – 6:00 pm – Join us for an evening of learning while your child enjoys babysitting and pizza at the preschool. SIGN UP HERE.

Christmas Breakfast & Kids’ Only Store – December 7th – 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 13th – 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 RSVP form THIS WEEK to rsvp@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.

**IF YOU HAVE PCS SIBLINGS AT THE UPPER CAMPUS, PLEASE TELL YOUR GRANDPARENTS TO VISIT THOSE ROOMS FIRST AFTER THE SHOW, THEN HEAD TO THE PRESCHOOL.

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 14th, 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! Invitations will be sent out soon! DRESS IN CASUAL, but FUN & FESTIVE ATTIRE!

PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Pajama & Hot Cocoa Days – December 16 & 17 Students wear their PJs to school and we provide hot cocoa, popcorn, and a special Christmas movie!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Intent to Enroll 2020-2021 – To prepare for the 2020-2021 school year re-enrollment period, we will be sending out an Intent to Enroll form on December 6th 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 5th @ 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!


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  6 – Parents of Room 4

January 17 – Parents of Room 5


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

December 14th – Miss Kristen G. (Younger Pod Outdoor Specialist)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

December 5 – PCS Observation Day – Tell Your Friends OR View the PCS Kindergarten!

December 7 (Sat) – PCS Christmas Breakfast

December 13 – Grandparents’ Day – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

December 14 (Sat) – Preschool Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

December 16 & 17 – Preschool PJ & Hot Cocoa Day

December 18 – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m. – Happy Holidays!

December 19 – Jan. 4 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed

January 6 – School Resumes

January 16 – PCS Observation Day

January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – School Closed

February 7 – Moonlight Magic

February 10 – 12 – Spring Photos

February 14 – In-Service Day – PRESCHOOL CLOSED

February 17 – Presidents’ Day Holiday – School Closed

February 21 – 2nd Reports Sent Home

February 24 & 25 – Parent Conferences – by request – school open


PCS Orchestra Visit to the Preschool

Each year, a few members of the PCS Orchestra visit the preschool to put on a short performance and demonstrate their instruments to our little students. Comprised mostly of 5th -7th graders, these talented students captured the attention of our little ones! This event is especially fun for our preschool teachers because many of the orchestra members were our preschool graduates!!

November 2019 Preschool News and Calendar of Events


Happy fall! I hope everyone is enjoying this nice break in the weather! While it isn’t “looking” much like fall, at least the weather is cooperating! Thank you to all parents who joined our parent-teacher conferences. We enjoyed the opportunity to speak with each of you about your little one! We hope this conference helped set the stage for a great year of learning and growing!

Please glance through the following information so you can be ‘in the loop’ about all the fun we are having at school this month! Scroll waaaay down for the calendar of events including closures, holidays, fun events and more!


NOVEMBER CURRICULUM

Our November curriculum will focus on friendship, farm life, harvest, and Thanksgiving. Our older pod will take a BIG field trip to Underwood Farms and of course, we spend time reading the book Stone Soup to prepare for our annual Stone Soup celebration!

CLICK HERE FOR THE MONTHLY SKILLS SHEET!!


WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

November Snack Menu

November Hot Lunch Menu


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Underwood Family Farms Field Trip (Rooms 3, 2 & 1) – November 15 – The Older Pod will enjoy a day at Underwood Farms! We will enjoy a hay ride, vegetable show/demonstration, picking vegetables, an animal show and petting zoo! Please remember to complete and return your child’s permission form ASAP!

Day on the ‘Preschool’ Farm (Rooms 4 & 5) – November 15  – This is an ONSITE event where the Younger Pod enjoy tricycle ‘hayrides’, farm-oriented games and activities, and an animal show!

Stone Soup Days – November 21 & 22Please note the change of date! Stone Soup days are an annual tradition where we read the book, “Stone Soup” and then we all participate in cooking a community pot of vegetable soup. As many of our families travel for Thanksgiving, we have changed the dates of this event to November 21 & 22 so that all students can participate in the fun!

Parent Ed Night: Conscious Parenting – December 4th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Childcare (and pizza for the kids!) provided! Join us for this interactive workshop where you will uncover the motivations for your child’s behaviors and how to respond empathetically to them. Presented by Karen Wu.

Grandparents’ Day – December 13 – This special event is for grandparents or grand-friends only! Please make every Our guests of honor will enjoy time classroom activities and a special presentation of Christmas songs. 

Happy Birthday Jesus Party – December 14 – SAVE THE DATE!!!! – This is one of the biggest events of the year…you won’t want to miss it! You will enjoy a presentation of Christmas songs by the children in the PCS auditorium, followed by crafts and games outside on the PCS courts!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

PCS Observation Days! Looking towards PCS as your school of choice?  Sign up for an Observation Day!

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT 2020-2021: If you have a younger sibling who will be enrolling next school year OR if you have friends interested in our preschool, our applications for 2020-2021 are now open! We love our word of mouth referrals! Note this is only for NEW enrollees…re-enrollment for currently enrolled students will open in February.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Click for:  MVP OPPORTUNITIES

Click for: MEAL TRAIN – PARK FAMILY (2 MVP HOURS)

TEACHER TREATS:

Thank you for your generous donations! The teachers LOVE their treat days!

October 18 – Parents of Room 2 – AMAZING lunch, thank you!

November 22 – Parents of Room 3

December 6 – Parents of Room 4

January 17 – Parents of Room 5


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

November 27th – Ms. Pam


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:     

October 30 & 31 – Pumpkin & Apple Day parties (see notices in classrooms)

November 9 (Sat) – PCS Fall Festival – All Welcome!

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Observed School Closed

November 14 – OB Day / PCS Orchestra Visits Preschool

November 15 – Older Pod Field Trip: Underwood Family Farms – Volunteers Needed!

November 21 & 22 – Stone Soup Days (Lunch Provided) **Please note the NEW dates!**

November 27 – 29 – Thanksgiving Break – School Closed

November 25 – 29 – Note: TK-8 & Business Office Closed

December 5 – PCS Observation Day – Tell Your Friends OR View the PCS Kindergarten!

December 7 (Sat) – PCS Christmas Breakfast

December 13 – Grandparents’ Day – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

December 14 (Sat) – Preschool Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

December 16 & 17 – Preschool PJ & Hot Cocoa Day

December 18 – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m. – Happy Holidays!’

December 19 – Jan. 4 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed

 


Great Shake Out

The students did such a great job at our annual Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill. At 10:17 am, on 10/17, we sounded the alarms (well…the elementary school did…the preschool simply played the “bunny in the hole” game). After we assumed the duck and cover position, we headed to the parking lot, took role call, and then continued to the PCS Field where the remainder of the drill was conducted.

While the preschoolers enjoyed snacks and a ukulele serenade by Mr. Tim, the older students and PCS staff conducted mock scenarios of injured students being sent to first aid triage station, staff “stuck” in buildings, sidewalk/pathway closures, etc. The Pasadena Fire Department also came by with their truck to ensure we were all “safe” and to evaluate our efforts.

Each year, we refine and improve our processes so that we are as ready as we can be. That said, we will continue to pray that our school is protected with grace and blessings and that we will not ever need to use our skills at school!

October 2019 Preschool News and Calendar of Events


Happy fall everyone! While the leaves are still green here in California, fall colors are popping up everywhere in the preschool! Our classrooms and yard are being filled with pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, textures and sizes. The children are enjoying these fall explorations though sensory bins, cooking activities, art, dramatic play centers, and more! We will culminate our fall fun with Apple & Pumpkin Day parties at the end of October and an older pod field trip to the farm in November. While the older pod is away, the younger pod will have their own ‘farm fun’ on site!


OCTOBER CURRICULUM

Fall is one of our most favorite seasons of the year in preschool. From enjoying pumpkins and apples to farm field trips and harvest parties, we love it all!  This month, we will dive into the wonderful world of autumn and will investigate: leaves changing colors (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 get a preview of the themes, skills and concepts we will be learning this month. As a reminder, 2’s will play with these concepts, 3’s explore and expand, and 4’s begin mastery. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE MONTHLY SKILLS SHEET!!


WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

October Snack Menu

October Hot Lunch Menu


BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 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). Please be sure to greet the teacher with your child in the morning to ensure the teacher is aware of his/her arrival. 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 non-enrolled sibling to school during drop-off and pick-up, please keep them within arms reach at all times. By law, they may not be left unattended on the yard, in the car, or in the classrooms, even if you think you will be “just a second.” We appreciate your cooperation!

Parking Lot: Thank you for your continued “Christian” courtesy in our parking lot…especially when it is busy in the mornings. Drive in slowly, park carefully, and watch out for our precious little ones.


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

PCS Observation Days! If you have friends who are interested in enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, online applications will be available on the PCS website beginning in October. Please tell your friends to call for a tour or attend an Observation Day, and apply EARLY to get on our applicant list. Be sure they tell us who referred them! We LOVE our word-of-mouth referrals!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Preschool Picture Days – Fall candid/yard photos with Adrea Scheidler Photography  will be held October 2 – 4. Teachers will post photo schedules prior to the photography session. Traditional preschool portraits (all students) and “Graduate” photos (rising TK/K) with LifeTouch will be taken in the spring.

Speech Screenings – October 3 – Optional speech screenings will be offered on October 3rd for anyone interested. The cost is $30. More details to follow.

Moonlight Magic (CLICK FOR FLYER) – October 11 – 6:00 – 9:00

Moonlight Magic is coming soon! Student will enjoy an evening of PJs, PIZZA and FUN while you enjoy an evening out!

Space is limited! Register ASAP to reserve your space! Elementary siblings may enroll through BYH. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Site Work Day – Saturday, October 12 – DOUBLE MVP Hours for “labor” 1 MVP per donated item! CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! Help us deep clean cubbies, beautify the garden, till the sandbox, haul in our fresh new mulch, and re-organize our preschool library!

Elks Vision Screening – October 17 & 18  – Elks Vision will be here on September 27 & 28 to conduct FREE vision screenings of our students (donations appreciated!). Permission forms will be available in the front office from October 6 – 10. 

October 24 – Teacher In-Service DayNo Students

October 25 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No Students – Please note that we require all parents to attend our fall conferences. During this conference, you will receive your child’s first Developmental Profile and will have a chance to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. 

October 30 & 31 – Pumpkin & Apple Day! This is a day filled with all things fall! From cooking and art activities to pumpkin ring tosses and apple tasting explorations, the children always enjoy this annual event. Please check with your classroom teacher for details.

Stone Soup Days – November 21 & 22Please note the change of date! Stone Soup days are an annual tradition where we read the book, “Stone Soup” and then we all participate in cooking a community pot of vegetable soup. As many of our families travel for Thanksgiving, we have changed the dates of this event to November 21 & 22 so that all students can participate in the fun!


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the wonderful parents who volunteered to serve each classroom. Please be on the lookout for emails from your room parents outlining upcoming events, the classroom Meet and Greet event, and more!

MVP Booklets/Hours: If you did not receive an MVP booklet, please stop by the preschool office. All families are required to complete 10 hours by the end of the school year. 

TEACHER TREATS:

Our teachers so appreciate these tokens of gratitude! Please watch for emails from your Room Parents regarding your classroom’s Teacher Treat day :-).

September 27 – Parents of Room 1 – THANK YOU! The teachers enjoyed the bagels for breakfast and Baja Fresh lunch! WOW…we were so spoiled!

October 18 – Parents of Room 2

November 22 – Parents of Room 3

December 6 – Parents of Room 4

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

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

SITE WORK DAY is right around the corner. WE require LOTS of help on this day. Parents earn DOUBLE hours for volunteering at the event and single hours for food donations.

Classroom opportunities will be sent out by the Room Parents and/or teachers. Thank you!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

October 4 – Ms. Sarah (Room 1)

October 4 – Mr. Sam (Substitute)

October 5 – Ms. Daisy (Room 2)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:     

October 2 – 4 – Candid Fall Photos by Adrea Scheidler Photography

October  10 – PCS Observation Day 

October 11 – Moonlight Magic, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

October 12 (Sat) – Preschool Site Work Day, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 17 & 18 – Elks Vision Screenings

October 24 – Preschool Teacher In-Service Day – No Students; TK-8th Min. Day

October 25 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (1st Report) – No Students

October 30 & 31 – Pumpkin & Apple Day parties (see notices in classrooms)

November 2 (Sat) – PCS Fall Festival – All Welcome!

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Observed School Closed

November 14 – OB Day / PCS Orchestra Visits Preschool

November 15 – Older Pod Field Trip: Underwood Family Farms – Volunteers Needed!

November 21 & 22 – Stone Soup Days (Lunch Provided) **Please note the NEW dates!**

November 27 – 29 – Thanksgiving Break – School Closed

November 25 – 29 – Note: TK-8 & Business Office Closed

December 5 – PCS Observation Day – Tell Your Friends OR View the PCS Kindergarten!

December 7 (Sat) – PCS Christmas Breakfast

December 13 – Grandparents’ Day – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

December 14 (Sat) – Preschool Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

December 16 & 17 – Preschool PJ & Hot Cocoa Day

December 19 – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m. – Happy Holidays!

December 20 – Jan. 4 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed

 


September 2019 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Welcome new families and welcome back old friends! It is such a pleasure having all of our little ones back with us for this new school year and we are excited to welcome so many new “Littles” to our school as well. It has been an extremely smooth start to the school year and we attribute that to you as parents, who have helped make the adjustment quick and easy for our students. 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!

SEPTEMBER CURRICULUM

August has been a whirlwind of all things “new” – from new classrooms, teachers, and routines to new friends and entering new developmental stages. We have been getting to know our classrooms, enjoying so many exciting back to school activities, engaging in fun play and learning experiences, and so much more!

What are we learning this month?

CLICK HERE FOR THE SEPTEMBER SKILLS SHEET!!

The Skills Sheets outline skills and outcomes that we will work on  each month. The outcomes listed on the sheets are the desired outcome to achieve by the time a child leaves for kindergarten. Since the Skills Sheets are the same for all classes, each age group (2 year olds, 3 year olds, and Pre-K students) has specific age-appropriate goals and objectives that fall under each final outcome.  For instance, when we introduce letters each month, the goal for 2 year olds will be to “gain awareness” of letters, whereas the goal for Pre-k students will be to identify and recognize the name and sound of each letter. Your child’s Developmental Profile will outline their progress towards these outcomes and will be given to you in October during parent conferences, and additionally in February and May.

As a developmental, play-based school, we believe that a strong curriculum develops the whole child: physical/motor, spiritual, social-emotional, cognitive/academic. Our program supports the development of the whole child through daily routines, self-help activities, large and small group direct instruction, music and movement, story time, free play, independent activities, outdoor play, and more. At the forefront of learning in preschool is the development of a child’s social-emotional skills: learning to share, care,  thrive in a community setting, talk, listen, focus, gain independence, ask questions, investigate, observe, clean-up, wash up, use the potty, etc. These are all critical skills for future success. Many of these social-emotional skills are developed through daily routines, interactions, conversations, etc. In addition to social-emotional development, we also want to stimulate students’ development in the other domains. All activities, whether in the form of free play or teacher-directed, are intentionally planned.

BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 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). Please be sure to greet the teacher with your child in the morning to ensure the teacher is aware of his/her arrival. 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 non-enrolled sibling to school during drop-off and pick-up, please keep them within arms reach at all times. By law, they not be left unattended on the yard, 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.  The parking lot is nearly VACANT until about 7:47am! Come early and avoid the rush!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Tell Your Friends! If you have friends who are interested in enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, online applications will be available on the PCS website beginning in October. Please tell your friends to call for a tour or attend an Observation Day, and apply EARLY to get on our applicant list. Be sure they tell us who referred them! We LOVE our word-of-mouth referrals!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Back to School Night- Thursday, August 29th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Adults only, please. If you are not able to attend, a packet will be placed in your child’s mailbox.

Preschool Picture Day – Fall candid/yard photos with Adrea Scheidler Photography  will be held October 2 – 4. Teachers will post photo schedules prior to the photography session. Traditional preschool portraits (all students) and “Graduate” photos (rising TK/K) with LifeTouch will be taken in the spring.

Moonlight Magic – October 11 – 6:00 – 9:00 – There will be three Moonlight Magic events this year: Oct. 11, Feb. 7 and March 6. 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. ONLINE REGISTRATION is required, so sign up early (look for flyers coming soon)! Elementary-aged siblings may attend the BYH Moonlight Magic on the same night.

Site Work Day – Saturday, October 12 – DOUBLE MVP Hours for “labor” 1 MVP per donated item! CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! Help us deep clean cubbies, beautify the garden, till the sandbox, haul in our fresh new mulch, and re-organize our preschool library!

Elks Vision Screening – October 17 & 18  – Elks Vision will be here on September 27 & 28 to conduct vision screenings of our students. Permission slips will be placed in your child’s mailbox in October.

October 24 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

October 25 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No Students – Please note that we require all parents to attend our fall conferences. During this conference, you will receive your child’s first Developmental Profile and will have a chance to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. 


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

ROOM PARENT & PTF LEADERSHIP SIGN UP! PLEASE CLICK HERE if you are interested in serving on a committee or as a Room Parent. Thank you!

ROOM PARENT & COMMITTEE MEETING!!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 @ 8:15 a.m. (LOC: PARENT LOUNGE @ the PCS LIBRARY)

If you signed up to be a Room Parent or to serve on a committee, or if you are interested in volunteering but want more information, please attend our Room Parent Meeting to get the ‘scoop’ on what is expected, upcoming events, etc. The gate to PCS will be open through 8:15 a.m. – if running late, enter through the PCS main office.

MVP Booklets/HoursAll families will receive a YELLOW MVP booklet at Back to School Night. 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. ALL FAMILIES (INCLUDING ROOM PARENTS/COMMITTEE LEADERS) MUST TURN IN BOOKLETS TO GET CREDIT!

TEACHER TREATS: 

September 27 – Parents of Room 1

October 18 – Parents of Room 2

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!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

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

Meal Train Opportunities! (2 MVP HOURS)

Aaron and Jen Johnson (parents of Silas Johnson – Rm 4)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

September 3 – Ms. Wendy

September 19 – Mrs. Silvia

September 26 – Mrs. Thelma


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

August 29 – Back to School Night, 7 p.m. – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 

August 30 – Labor Day Break – School Closed

September 2 – Labor Day Observance – No School                                  

October 2 – 4 – Candid Fall Photos by Adrea Scheidler Photography

October  10 – PCS Observation Day 

October 11 – Moonlight Magic, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

October 12 (Sat) – Preschool Site Work Day, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 17 & 18 – Elks Vision Screenings

October 24 – Preschool Teacher In-Service Day – No Students; TK-8th Min. Day

October 25 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (1st Report) – No Students

November 2 (Sat) – PCS Fall Festival – All Welcome!

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Observed School Closed

November 14 – OB Day / PCS Orchestra Visits Preschool

November 15 – Older Pod Fieldtrip: Underwood Family Farms – Volunteers Needed!

November 25 & 26 – Stone Soup Days (Lunch Provided)

November 27 – 29 – Thanksgiving Break – School Closed

November 25 – 29 – Note: TK-8 & Business Office Closed

December 5 – PCS Observation Day – Tell Your Friends OR View the PCS Kindergarten!

December 7 (Sat) – PCS Christmas Breakfast

December 13 – Grandparents’ Day – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

December 14 (Sat) – Preschool Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

December 16 & 17 – Preschool PJ & Hot Cocoa Day

December 19 – Minimum Day, Dismiss at 12:00 p.m. – Happy Holidays!

December 20 – Jan. 4 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed

 

2019 – 2020 School Year Integrated Pest Management Plan Annual Notification

Per the Healthy School Act, following is the Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) for Pasadena Christian Preschool.

Address: 1485 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104; Phone Number: 626.791.1214

IPM Coordinator: Director of Environmental Services

Integrated Pest Management Plan

IPM Statement: It is the goal of Pasadena Christian Preschool to implement IPM by focusing on long-term prevention or suppression of pests through accurate pest identification, by frequent monitoring for pest presence, by applying appropriate action levels, and by making the habitat less conducive to pests using sanitation and mechanical and physical controls. Pesticides that are effective will be used in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment, and only after the other options have been show ineffective

Our pest management objectives are to:

  • Focus on long-term pest prevention
  • Focus on natural, mechanical and/or physical controls to manage pests when possible
  • When pesticides are deemed necessary, we will aim to use products that minimize risks to people, property and the environment

IPM Team

In addition to the IPM Coordinator, following are other individuals who are involved in purchasing, making IPM decision, applying pesticides and complying with the Healthy Schools Act:

  • PCS Environmental Services Staff
  • Preschool Director
  • PCS Chief Financial Officer

Pest Management Contracting

Pest management services are contracted to a licensed pest control business.

Name of business: Ecola (click to visit website)

Pest Identification, Monitoring, and Inspection

 Pest identification is done by the following groups/individuals:

  • Contracted pest control business (Ecola)
  • PCS Environmental Services team

Monitoring and inspecting for pests and conditions that lead to pest problems are done regularly by:

  • Ecola, the contracted pest control business, conducts inspections and treatment on the FOURTH SATURDAY of each month
  • PCS Environmental Services staff, weekly walk-through and as needed
  • PCS Preschool employees, daily visual inspections

Pests and Non-Chemical Management Practices

We will use the following non-chemical management practices prior to using pesticides should the following pests be found at the center:

  • Ants: sanitation, eliminating food sources, sealing cracks, installing barriers, bait traps
  • Bees: regular inspection, physical removal of nests
  • Termites: eliminate food sources, replace infested structures, install bariers
  • Spiders: seal cracks, physical removal, natural deterrents (painting dark areas white)
  • Rodents: sanitation, eliminating food sources, sealing cracks, installing barriers, physical removal, traps

When the above-mentioned practices are ineffective, the school will use our contracted pest control company to use pesticides as necessary.

Chemical Management Practices

If non-chemical methods are ineffective, our school will consider pesticides only after careful monitoring indicates that they are needed according to pre-established action levels and will use pesticides that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property and the environment.

This child care centers uses Ecola, a contracted pest control business to apply pesticides on our behalf on the FOURTH SATURDAY of each month to treat for ants and other insects as they have proven difficult to manage without the use of chemical assistance. Pesticide data sheets can be viewed in the front office.

Pesticides that may be applied at this center include (data sheets available in the front office):

  • Advantage Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations
  • Temprid SC Insecticide
  • Suspend SC Insecticide

Pesticide Application Schedule

2018 – 2019 Pesticide Application Schedule (conducted by Ecola) is the 4th Saturday of each month. This post serves as the required advanced notice for pesticide application at our school. If additional applications are needed, you will be notified. 

2019: August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28

2020: January 25, February 22, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25

Training

During Teacher Orientation Week each August, the preschool staff at Pasadena Christian Preschool receive the following yearly training in pesticide use (including germicides such as Clorox, bleach, etc.):

  • School IPM training course approved by the Department of Pesticide Regulation

Should you like to view a hard copy of this IPM, it is available in the preschool office per your request.