April 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Happy spring! It seems nearly incredulous that we are already swinging into April and that the end of the year is just around the corner. The rains of late have been a nice change of pace and we have enjoyed splashing in a few puddles here and there. But as April begins, we are excited to bound into ‘spring’ themes such as gardening, flowers, insects, life cycles and more! This is always an exciting time of year as we watch new growth appear in nature, celebrate the resurrection, and enjoy the blessings God has bestowed on us.


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 pm in the Auditorium – ASSOCIATION MEETING – Did you know that ALL parents are all members of the PCS Association? As a member, it is important that you participate in our annual Association Meeting as this is an opportunity to vote on new board members, recognize staff members years of service, discuss current school issues, and more. We hope to see you there!

Easter Holiday: We are closed for Easter on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30th. We are OPEN during the PCS spring break of April 2 – 6th.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION!  There is still some availability in the summer program. Please submit your forms as soon as possible. A $50 late fee will incur on registrations submitted after April 23.

KINDER CAMP – Kinder Camp is open to all students entering TK and/or Kindergarten in the fall. Due to the nature of the program, Kinder Camp is only available in 2 4-Week sessions (not weekly). Kinder Camp is held on the PCS campus (in the TK, First Grade and Kindergarten classrooms). Should you need weekly care, your child may join us at the preschool for one last hurrah before heading off to “big” school ;-).

 


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

PCS Gala – April 14th – We would love to see a strong attendance from preschool families at the gala. This is a fun and fabulous event where parents can socialize, get to know each other and bid on classrooms baskets (and other amazing items!) while supporting our school! Order your tickets online. Can’t attend? You can bid for items during the event using your bidpal account!

Open House – Friday, April 27, 6:30 – Minimum Day – We hope EVERYONE can attend our PCS Open House! This is the culminating school year experience where families can visit classrooms, view work and projects from this past school year, tour the art studio, visit your child’s next classroom, and even tour the PCS campus to see what fun the kids have in elementary school!

Preschool Family Picnic – Saturday, May 19 – 11:00am – 1:00pm – Join us for a morning of FUN, FOOD and FAMILIES! Children will enjoy water play, slip and slides, face painting, snow cones, bouncy houses and more! A hot dog lunch will be available for purchase. Help us estimate attendance by signing up on our “soft” RSVP form at the check-in computers. MVP HOURS AVAILABLE! 

Preschool Promotion Ceremony (Rms 1 & 2) – Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 pm – Rooms 1 & 2 families – save the date, tell your families, and get your cameras ready…this event is for YOU! This your child’s culminating event of the year where students will present a selection of songs, view a special preschool-recap video, and receive a special certificate. You will NOT want to miss it!


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

MVP Booklets – Booklets are DUE in May! For those who have not turned in their booklet, a REVERSIBLE charge has been placed on your account. As long as your booklet is submitted by the deadline, the charge will be removed from your account.

Thank you to all who participating in donating towards the preschool auction baskets. We sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness, generosity, and support of our school.

NEED HOURS? Here are a few opportunities to get your hours in!

PCS ALL-SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

Ramirez Family Meal Train – 2 MVP Hours

Hoffman Family Meal Train – 2 MVP Hours

Classroom Easter Parties – sign up via your child’s in-class sign-up

Older Pod Field Trip to the Zoo – May 2018 – Details to follow!

Preschool Family Picnic – Be on the lookout for an email outlining volunteer opportunities to help at our upcoming family picnic. Opportunities will include volunteering at stations, donating food items, etc.


CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

April 20 – Parents of Room 3


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

Belated! March 11 – Joyce (Room 5)

April 3 – Joy (front desk)

April 7 – Monica (art teacher)

April 7 – Teresa G (substitute)

April 14 – April (substitute)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

March 29 & 30 – Easter Break – School Closed

April 2 – 6 – PCS Spring Break – PRESCHOOL OPEN!

April 14 – PCS Gala – We hope you can attend!

April 16 – 20 – Week of the Young Child – Details to follow

April 27 – Open House @ 6:30 – MINIMUM DAY

May 19 – Preschool Family Picnic 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

May 24 & 25 – Preschool Pizza Parties (lunch provided! Pizza and sides will be served.)

May 28 – Memorial Day – No School

May 30 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony @ 6:00 Rooms 1 & 2 – MINIMUM DAY

May 31 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  – MINIMUM DAY

June 1 – June 8 – Teacher Prep Week – No Students

June 11 – August 3 – Summer Camp (registration required!)

August 6 – August 17 – Vacation and Teacher Prep Week – No Students

August 17 – Classroom Welcome Party for 2018-2019

August 20 – First Day of School!

 

 

2018 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 Pesticide Application Schedule (conducted by Ecola) is the 4th Saturday of each month. This posting serves as the required advanced notice for pesticide application at our school.

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27, November 24, December 22.

Training

The preschool staff at Pasadena Christian Preschool have all received the following training prior to pesticide (including germicides such as Clorox, bleach, etc.) use:

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

ABC7 Visits PCS Preschool!

Click HERE to view us on ABC7!

The students in Room 1 have shown a keen interest in news casting and weather reporting over the past few weeks, so the teachers set up an ABC7 themed news room in the dramatic play center. Much to our delight, Phillip Palmer offered to come and visit!!

The students (and teachers!) were brimming with excitement this morning when Phillip Palmer and Mr. Chris, the camera man, made their appearance this morning. The students got to see the camera, hold the microphone and even go inside the truck!

After a presentation from Mr. Phillip, and a very lively Q&A from the students, the children showed Mr. Phillip their “news station” and pretended to put on their own news cast!

This story will be featured on ABC7 on Friday, February 9th between 6:00 -7:00 am.

February 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

During the month of January, the students all enjoyed investigations into winter, snow, ice, and all things COLD! We played with ice, enjoyed a snowball target practice outside, and learned about winter animals. After just a few short days of cooler weather, winter has seemingly come and gone here in SoCal (sigh!).

We are now moving into the month of LOVE here at preschool! Classrooms will be colored with red, white and pink while students learn about loving others, God’s love for them, friendship, and the holiday of Valentine’s Day. Many classrooms will be celebrating with a special party, so be on the lookout for details from your child’s teacher.


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Mark your calendars: Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on February 9th (teacher in-service) and February 19th (Presidents’ Day). Enjoy the extra time with your precious little ones!

ONLINE RE-ENROLLMENT HAS BEGUN! – You should have received your child’s online re-enrollment packet via email from Betty St. Peter. Please check your child’s assigned schedule for accuracy prior to opening the package. If you need to make a change to your child’s schedule, please be sure to email Kristin PRIOR to opening the package kperez@pcs.school

Online re-enrollment and the annual registration fee a is due MARCH 1st. 

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Summer registration forms were place in mailboxes and emailed to you this week. Students are guaranteed their current space until March 8th. Changes to schedules can usually be accommodated during the summer, but submit early to ensure you get the space you desire as they are processed in the order they are received. 🙂

KINDER CAMP – Kinder Camp is open to all students entering TK and/or Kindergarten in the fall. Due to the nature of the program, Kinder Camp is only available in 2 4-Week sessions (not weekly). Kinder Camp is held on the PCS campus (in the TK, First Grade and Kindergarten classrooms). Should you need weekly care, your child may join us at the preschool for one last hurrah before heading off to “big” school ;-).

 


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Valentine’s Parties: Check with your child’s teacher for more information on classroom parties. Just a friendly reminder that we support a

Moonlight Magic – March 16th – 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Calling all night owls! Moonlight Magic is an evening where the parents can go out for a night on the town and the kiddos get to enjoy pizza, a movie, and flashlight dance parties here at school with our amazing teachers. Registration required. Please register through the front office.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

We are looking for AUCTION BASKET donations for the upcoming PCS Gala! Please contact your child’s room parent or Taryn Johnson if you have an item you could donate.

 


CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

February 16 – Parents of Room 1

March 16 – Parents of Room 2


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

February 10 – Mrs. Nora


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

Friday, February 9 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day – School Closed

March 9 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

March 16 – Moonlight Magic – Registration Required

March 20 – PCS Observation Day

March 29 & 30 – Easter Break – School Closed

April 2 – 6 – PCS Spring Break – PRESCHOOL OPEN!

April 14 – PCS Gala – We hope you can attend!

April 16 – 20 – Week of the Young Child – Details to follow

April 27 – Open House @ 6:30 – MINIMUM DAY

May 19 – Preschool Family Picnic 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

May 24 & 25 – Preschool Pizza Parties

May 28 – Memorial Day – No School

May 30 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony @ 6:30 Rooms 1 & 2 – MINIMUM DAY

May 31 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  – MINIMUM DAY

June 1 – June 5 – Teacher Prep Week – No Students

June 11 – August 3 – Summer Camp (registration required!)

August 6 – August 17 – Vacation and Teacher Prep Week – No Students

August 20 – First Day of School (tentative)

 

 

January 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Happy New Year! It was so nice to see everyone this morning and hear of all the fun holiday adventures the children had over the break. We hope you all had a blessed time of togetherness and renewing with family.

Now that we are into the new year, we are ready to begin learning about all things winter! While we don’t experience a ‘true’ winter here, classrooms try to bring in winter fun with winter-themed toys, sensory snow, and more!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Cubby Clothing Update – Now that the weather is getting cooler, please be sure to update your child’s cubby with cooler weather clothing. Also, please be sure to send appropriate clothing for the cooler weather (jacket/sweater, long pants, etc.) so the children can play outside :-).

ROOMS 1 & 2: PCS TK/Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten enrollment is quickly approaching! If you are hoping for your child to enroll in the PCS TK and/or Kindergarten program this coming school year (2018-2019), please complete an Intent to Enroll Form if you haven’t done so already. Hard copies will be placed in your child’s box this week. Submitting this document will notify Betty St. Peter in the admissions office to give you a Teacher Recommendation form that will need to be completed by your child’s teacher.

PCS Observation Day – Check out our fabulous elementary school on Thursday, January 18 @ 9:00Sign up online!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

 

Preschool Picture DayJanuary 29th and 30th  – 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.

Moonlight Magic – February 2nd – 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Calling all night owls! Moonlight Magic is an evening where the parents can go out for a night on the town and the kiddos get to enjoy pizza, a movie, and flashlight dance parties here at school with our amazing teachers. Registration required. Please sign up online!

 


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

Meal Train Sign Up

We would like to bless Mrs. Jennifer with meals as she just had surgery and will be recovering over the next few weeks. Here is Mrs. Jennifer’s meal train: https://mealtrain.com/4dko77

We would like to bless the Houltberg family (Ollie in Room 3) as they celebrated the birth of their new little boy, Leo over the holidays! Here is the link for the Houltberg’s meal train: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/gq8ydm

School-wide 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 19 – Parents of Room 5

February 16 – Parents of Room 1


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

January 16 – Mrs. Kristin

January 27 – Ms. Terri


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

January 15th – MLK JR. DAY – School Closed

Thursday, January 18 – PCS Observation Day

Friday, February 2 – Moonlight Magic (Register via the PCS website)

Friday, February 9 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day – School Closed

 

December 2017 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

We had an absolutely FANTABULOUS Grandparents’ Day last Thursday! The preschool welcomed over 100 grandparents and special visitors and the children enjoyed showing off their classrooms and singing a short presentation of songs. A huge thank you to everyone for making this day such a special event.

The children performed their songs so well at Grandparents’ Day and now they are preparing to sing them again for YOU at our Happy Birthday Jesus Party. This is a HUGE event and definitely an event that you will NOT want to miss! (see details below in the Upcoming Events section).

There are several BIG events and happenings this month. Please be sure to read about them here to stay in the loop! 🙂


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Playopolis Toy Sale! – For ONE week only, the preschool is running our annual Playopolis Toy Sale. Shopping for Christmas gifts in the lobby is quicker than Amazon, easier than Target and totally stress free…AND, it benefits the school as we receive 20% of all sales!

PCS Observation Day – December 14th @ 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!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! – Saturday, December 16th, 11:00 am – 1:00 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 flyers and emails coming soon! DRESS IN CASUAL, but FUN & FESTIVE ATTIRE!

Pajama & Hot Cocoa Days – December 20 & 21Students wear their PJs to school and we provide hot cocoa, popcorn, and a special Christmas movie!

Christmas Chapel (Rooms 1 & 2, TK-8th Grade) – Friday, Dec. 22, 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Rooms 1 & 2 were so fabulous at Grandparents’ Day that they have been asked to 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 DayJanuary 29th and 30th  – 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.

 


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 8 – Parents of Room 4


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

December 14th – Miss Kristen (Room 1)

December 25th – Mrs. Jen (Room 1)

 


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

Thursday, December 14 – PCS Observation Day

Saturday, December 16 – Happy Birthday Jesus Party (11am-1pm)

December 20 & 21 – PJ and Hot Cocoa Day

December 22 – Rooms 1 & 2 perform in PCS chapel (wear festive clothing)

December 22 – MINIMUM DAY

December 25 – January 5 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed

January 15th – MLK JR. DAY – School Closed

Thursday, January 18 – PCS Observation Day

Friday, February 2 – Moonlight Magic (Register via the PCS website)

Friday, February 9 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day – School Closed