Chapel – January 2021

We are so excited to be back together at the preschool and to have our very first Chapel of 2021!

Today we discussed what we remembered about the Christmas Story and the birth of Jesus. Where he was born and who Jesus’ first visitors were. Then we learned about the Wise Men from the East and read Matthew 2:1-12 as well as the Rhyme Bible. We learned how the Wise Men (Magi) followed the star from far away to find the new born king (Messiah). The children had a wonderful time learning the first two verses of We Three Kings and discussing the three gifts that the Wise Men brought. It was a fantastic way to start a new year together.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.

John 3:16a

Sand in Your Shoes

Every day at preschool you can find our children excavating, heaping, heaving, sifting, pouring, and learning though the magic of large/fine motor sand exploration and play. Whether it’s digging out a trench to fill with water or heaping a mound for a volcano experiment, the children relish the dusty, dirty, gritty experience of the sand. Over twenty years, our sand has received much love and attention from not only our own children but even the local wild life and a few neighborhood cats. With all that affection and use, it was time for a change and refresh.

Through the help of a grant provided to us by Options for Learning, a free, low cost high quality child care and early learning services program, through the state of California, we were able to completely replace the sand in our large central sandbox together with the sand in our smaller younger pod box. As you can imagine, this was no mean feat in both cost and effort. We are very appreciative of the Options for Learning program and their continued support of early childhood programs, especially during these trying times.

While it might seem like a minor change, sand for sand. In reality it is huge with regards to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff. We are infinitely grateful for the generosity of the Options for Learning program as well as the hard work of our own Pasadena Christian School Environmental Services team. Mr. Dave Ekstrand and his crew spent three days eliminating the old sand and replacing it with the 36 tons of new sand.

The children were elated to find a fresh sandy landscape awaiting them upon our return from the Christmas break. They have wasted no time fully immersing themselves by digging right in. After all, what would a day at preschool be without some sand in your shoe?

2021 News and Reminders

Happy New Year! We are so happy to be back together at preschool in 2021. Here are a few quick reminders about what we will be looking forward to this month.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Mon., Jan. 18th – PRESCHOOL CLOSED

We will be celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with the rest of the nation, by taking the day to remember and reflect on his service and sacrifice. At the preschool, we approach the concept of social justice at an age appropriate level by acknowledging the meaningful contributions of historical figures such as MLK but more specifically by reflecting on the love and nature of God. God teaches us that we are all created in His image (Gen. 1:26), that we are all one in Christ Jesus (Eph. 5:21),  that we are called to stand for others (Prob. 31:8-9), and most importantly to love God and each other. (Matt. 22:37-39, Jhn. 15:12).

Snow Days – Thurs., Jan. 28th & Fri., Jan. 29th

We are so excited to announce an on-site field trip for this winter, Snow Days! Starting on Thursday, January 28th, we are turning the back end of the preschool parking lot into our very own winter wonderland with actual snow! The snow will be provided by an outside company, Arctic Glacier, who specializes in snow/ice events. Each classroom will have an opportunity to explore the frosty fun as an extension of their classroom’s yard time.

We recommend bundling up your little ones on those days and sending snow appropriate clothes and footwear plus sending extra clothes to change into after the event. Each classroom will have a half hour window of time to play in the snow on both Thursday and Friday.

*This event will be postponed if the forecast calls for rain on either of our planned days.

A Christmas Gift from the Art Studio!

Hello preschool artist! I wanted to share this package filled with art projects, stories and songs you can do and explore over winter break. Wishing you a safe and wonderful Merry Christmas. I can’t wait to see you in the New Year 2021.  –Ms. Monica

“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.”

Anni Albers

2020 News & Reminders

Christmas Time is here!!! We are very excited for all that will happen over the three weeks we are together in December. Here are a few quick reminders about what we will be looking forward too.

Grandparent’s Day – December 11th – FULL DAY of PRESCHOOL

This year we aren’t able to celebrate our grandparents as we normally would be inviting them to visit us on campus but we will be working on a special surprise to share with them. Since our esteemed elders won’t be on campus to visit and take the children with them, we have opted to extend our day to a normal full day of preschool. Next year, Lord willing, we will return to the customary minimum day that permits grandparents to visit and take students as well as allow staff to setup for Happy Birthday Jesus the following day.

Happy Birthday Jesus! – Wednesday, December 9th & Thursday, December 10th

We will be celebrating Happy Birthday Jesus with student only school festivities this season. As always, each classroom has selected a couple of holiday songs to present but this year we will be sharing them by means of virtual performance. The children will perform their songs here at the preschool, we will record each classroom, and share their special Christmas jingles via the Preschool Blog.

It is our prayer that by this time next year, we will all be together again for our usual Saturday, full family, event.

PJs and Hot Cocoa Days – Thursday, December 17th & Friday, December 18th

One of our favorite Christmas traditions at preschool are our PJs and Hot Cocoa Days! We love getting cozy and watching a classic Christmas short such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special. Add a little popcorn, a warm cup of cocoa, and a class full of friends and it makes for a wonderful time together.

Preschool Christmas Chapel – Friday, December 18th

On our last day together prior to the Christmas break, we will celebrate the reason for the season in our traditional preschool Christmas chapel. The classes will each enjoy an individual chapel time with me, Mr. Tim.

Friday, December 18th – MINIMUM DAY – NOON DISMISSAL

Monday, December 21st through Monday, January 4th

From our preschool family to yours…

We wish you a bright and merry Christmas break, may your time away be blessed and full of seasonal family fun! We can’t wait to see everyone again in the New Year.

Tuesday, January 5th – Preschool Resumes

Preschool’s Thanksgiving Break 2020

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Dear Friends and Families,

This year has brought challenges like we have never seen before but even in the midst of them, we give thanks. We are thankful for everyone who calls Pasadena Christian Preschool home. We are thankful for being able to be together within our individual classrooms. We are thankful for traditions like Stone Soup Days. We are thankful for God’s continued blessings and protection. Above all though, we are thankful for God’s presence on our campus. 

We pray that however your family celebrates this Thanksgiving, that you would be blessed with love, comfort, and protection now and in the year to come. Thank you for being a part of our Pasadena Christian Preschool family. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving Break and we can’t wait to see everyone on Monday, November 30th! 

Blessings,

Mr. Tim

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

Psalms 118:1

Preschool Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 23rd to Friday, Nov. 27th

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Mosquitoes and Us

For those of who are still trying to find ways to deal with the ongoing mosquito issue, please check out this information shared with us by the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control in the link below.

Vector Control recently visited our site as well as the surrounding houses/apartment buildings. While they didn’t find any breading hot spots, that doesn’t mean that mosquitoes don’t continue to be an nuisance and issue for many of us. For more information and resources you can visit www.SGVmosquito.org/about-repellents.

Chapel – November 2020

November is full of so many things from autumn leaves, squash, farm fun, concepts of gratitude/thankfulness as well as times spent with family and loved ones. It is the family theme that inspires this months Bible focus on Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark is the prefect story for preschool to discuss the concepts of talking/listening to God, family, and of course animals. The children had a wonderful time singing “Rise & Shine” and “This is the Day” along with reading from our children’s rhyming Bible.

Rise and Shine! by Tim Warnes
Our song/story book for today’s Chapel
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Colossians 4:2

2020 News and Reminders

Stay in the know and don’t miss out on the amazing things happening on campus this month.

Farm Days – Wednesday, November 11th and Thursday, November 12th

We will be continuing the Harvest celebration with on-site farm themed activities for all the children over these two days. Songs, stories, games, and possibly some special animal visitors.

Veteran’s Day – Friday, November 13th

SCHOOL CLOSED

Veteran’s Day falls on Wednesday, November 11th this year so the preschool has elected to observe it on Friday, November 13th. We are so thankful and eternally grateful to all the men and women who have served our country and look forward to honoring both their sacrifice and service.

Stone Soup Days – Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th

Stone Soup Days are one of the biggest preschool events of the year. Based on the beloved children’s book, Stone Soup, each child brings a vegetable/food item to class to contribute to the community/class pot of soup. Your classroom teachers or Room Parents will let you know the details of how you can pitch-in and be a part of this wonderful preschool annual tradition.

Thanksgiving Break – Monday, Nov. 23rd to Friday, Nov. 27th

SCHOOL CLOSED

The preschool will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on the 4th week of November. We hope and pray that everyone has a fantastic time off reflecting, even during these difficult times, on what they are thankful for.

From our preschool family to yours’…

May God continue to bless, protect, guide, and grace you all with His presence, mercy, and love now and in the year to come, Amen.