October 2017 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Fall is in the air! With the smells of apple crisp and pumpkin delights filling our preschool kitchen, we know that autumn has arrived! In a few days, our yard and classrooms will be filled with pumpkins, gourds and fall festivity! Feel free to add to the fun by sending in interesting pumpkins, squash gourds and more as you come across them in the grocery stores.


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Fall Field trip – Save the Date! November 14th to Underwood Farms

 We are excited to announce that our first field trip of the year will be a combined trip for Rooms 1, 2 & 3! We will need oodles of parents and chaperones, so please save the date and attend if you can (1 MVP per hour served as a driver or chaperone). Permission packages will be sent out soon!

Tell Your Friends! We LOVE our word-of-mouth referrals! Applications for NEW students are now open for 2018 -2019. Tell your friends to apply early! Thanks!

PCS Observation Day – October 12th @ 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!

Site Work Day – October 28th – We love clean classrooms and a beautiful yard and parents love DOUBLE MVP hours! Please sign up to help us haul mulch, till sand and deep clean classrooms for double MVP hours! Sign ups for food are also available for single hours. CLICK HERE to help!


 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

 

Moonlight Magic – October 13th – Last call for Moonlight Magic! Enjoy and evening out with family or friends while your little ones enjoy pizza and a movie at school. Last day to register for preschool is Monday, October 9th. BYH is sold out.

TK/Kindergarten Meet & Greet – Saturday, October 21, 10:00-11:00 am – Students who are age-eligible for TK &/OR Kindergarten in 2018-2019 are invited to join us in the morning of October 21st for a Kindergarten Meet & Greet. Parents and students are welcome! Please be on the lookout fro information from Betty St. Peter in the PCS admissions office.

Parent Conferences – Friday, October 27th – No School! – Please sign up for conferences in your child’s classroom. You will receive your child’s first Developmental Profile and will have a chance to chat about your child’s progress this year. Please make every effort to attend.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

MVP Booklets/Hours: If you didn’t receive a YELLOW MVP booklet, please be sure to pick up one from the office. This is how we log our MVP volunteer hours. Each family is required to complete 10 hours. Thanks!

CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

October 20 – Parents of Room 2

ROOM PARENTS:

What a great group of Room Parents we have this year! We had a fabulous kick-off meeting last week and are excited for the year to come. Your child’s Room Parents will be reaching out to you throughout the year with volunteer opportunities, class activities and more. Many hands make light work…please remember to help out your Room Parents for a fun and enjoyable year!

Volunteer opportunities are available! Check back regularly as events are added as the year progresses.  Please follow this link: https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Site Work Day Sign Up – Click Here


WE HUMBLY REQUEST…

Classroom Sign-in Logs: Per state licensing regulations, a FULL & LEGIBLE SIGNATURE is required on our classroom sign-in logs. We can be fined for non-compliance of this, so please help us stay in compliance by signing your full signature each day. Thanks for your cooperation!

Siblings at School: If you bring a younger sibling to school during drop-off and pick-up, please keep them within arms reach at all times. This is also a state licensing requirement for which we can be fined.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

October 4 – Sam

October 4 – Sarah

October 5 – Daisy


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, October 12 – PCS Observation Day – Students entering TK / Kindergarten will want to attend 🙂

Friday, October 13 – Moonlight Magic!

Tuesday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 18 – Speech Screenings

Thursday, October 19 – California Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill – all school earthquake drill

Saturday, October 21 – Kindergarten Meet and Greet

Friday, October 27 – Parent Conferences – No School

Saturday, October 28 – Site Work Day

Thursday, November 2 – Observation Day

Saturday, November 4 – Fall Festival

Friday, November 10 – Veteran’s Day Holiday – No School

Thursday, November 16 – Observation Day

November 20 & 21 – Stone Soup Days

November 22 – 24 – Thanksgiving Holidays

November 30 – Grandparents’ Day!

September 2017 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous start to the school year we have had! Your little ones are doing such a fabulous job acclimating to their new classrooms and are enjoying all the fun activities we have at preschool. We are enjoying happy days, water play, lots of free play, big field (for the older pod), and so much more! We are also very proud of our mommies and daddies who took great strides to make drop-offs short and sweet, despite a few tearful goodbyes. 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!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Back to School Night: A huge thank you to all who came out to Back to School Night! We appreciate your time and commitment. If you weren’t able to come, please be sure to get the packet from your child’s teacher so you can stay in the loop!

Tell Your Friends! If you love them, we’ll love them! If you have friends who are interested in enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year, online applications for next school year will be available on the PCS website in the next week or so. We have numerous applications for next year already, so tell your friends to tour, attend an Observation Day, and apply EARLY to get on our applicant list for 2018-2019. Be sure they tell us who referred them! We LOVE our word-of-mouth referrals!

Please read through these very important “housekeeping” items to help us stay safe and run smoothly…

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 of this, so please help us stay in compliance by signing your full signature each day.

Unattended Drop-Offs: Be sure to ONLY leave your child in the care of a teacher when dropping off. 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 younger sibling to school during drop-off and pick-up, please keep them within arms reach at all times. Please do not leave them unattended on the yard, in the lobby, 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. Avoid parking along the wall when possible. Believe it or not, the parking lot is nearly VACANT until about 7:47am! Come early and avoid the rush!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Preschool Picture Day – We are currently in the process of switching vendors and securing a date for fall preschool photos. We will let you know the date soon. Note that the photo day on Sept. 8th is for the elementary school.

In-Service Day: September 29th – This is a non-student day. In-service days allow time for teacher training, resetting classrooms, school advancement, curriculum building, and so much more. On this day, teachers will be completing the new state-required Mandated Reporter Training and working on your students’ Developmental Profiles. Have a good long weekend with your Little Blessings 🙂

Site Work Day – October 21st. – DOUBLE MVP Hours available! Keep an eye out for the Site Work Day Sign-up! Help us deep clean cubbies, beautify the garden, till the sandbox, and haul in our fresh new mulch.

Moonlight Magic – There will be three Moonlight Magic events this year: Oct. 13, Feb. 2 and March 16. 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. Registration is required, so sign up early! Elementary-aged siblings may attend the BYH Moonlight Magic on the same night.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

MVP Booklets/Hours: All families should have received their YELLOW MVP booklet. 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. You can turn in your book as soon as it is complete!

If you didn’t receive on at Back to School Night or in your mailbox, we have a few at the front desk.

CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

September 22 – Parents of Room 1

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!

ROOM PARENT MEETING: 

A HUGE thank you to all the moms and dads who signed up to be room parents this year! There will be a meeting later this month for all Room Parents. Please plan to attend if you signed up to be a Room Parent. Date/Time TBA.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Volunteer opportunities are available! Check back regularly as events are added as the year progresses.  Please follow this link: https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Upcoming preschool-specific opportunities include: Meal Train for the Atay family (2 hours per meal), Site Work Day on October 21 (DOUBLE hours!!!), Older Pod Field Trip to the Farm (Date TBA), Apple & Pumpkin Day (Oct. 30 & 31), and more!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

September 3 – Ms. Wendy

September 19 – Mrs. Silvia

September 26 – Mrs. Thelma


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Thursday, August 31 – Back to School Night – 7:00 – 8:00

Friday, September 1 & Monday, September 4 – Labor Day Holiday

Thursday, September 14 – Magazine Drive Kick-off

Monday, September 25 & Tuesday, September 26 – Vision Screenings

Thursday, September 28 – PTF Teacher Luncheon – Sign up to help on Signup.com!

Friday, September 29 – Teacher In-Service (No Students)

Thursday, October 12 – Kindergarten/PCS Observation Day – Interested in PCS? Sign up for a tour here to see what all the fabulous fuss is about!

Friday, October 13 – Moonlight Magic! Registration Required.

Tuesday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 18 – Speech Screenings

Thursday, October 19 – Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill – Volunteers Needed

Saturday, October 21 – Site Work Day – DOUBLE MVP hours!

Friday, October 27 – Parent Conferences (No Students)

 

Session 3 is the Place to Be!

Room 5 has had a blast this month growing together in our VBS summer school “Passport to Learning” program! We have welcomed many new friends to school and are enjoy all the fun water play that summer has to offer!

We enjoyed a unit on France and Mexico, we had a private petting zoo, and our own outdoor fiesta complete with piñata and all! Next week while the preschool explores the culture of Germany, Room 5 will be taking a “layover” in Madagascar!

Here is a quick slideshow of the past two weeks… it’s been fun and fast!


We are forming wonderful loving bonds together in the younger pod as we play and worship together in the Lord’s name. Have a blessed weekend and stay cool everybody!

Switzerland in the Summer!

We’ve had a wonderful week with all our new friends in Room 5! We turned the dramatic play center of our classroom into a Swiss Chalet and Hot Cocoa Lodge to go with our Passport to Learning weekly theme of Switzerland! We extended the experience with a Frozen Hot Cocoa party this morning… it was just the pick-me-up we all needed to get our muscles pumping in the awesome Pump’n Splash playground in the Outdoor Classroom! 




The Frozen Hot Cocoa was kind of a big hit…


The Pump’n Splash playground was a S.T.E.M. learning paradise! Not only did we get awesome gross motor physical exercise, and stay cool in this summer heat- but we learned first hand lessons about weight and mass, suction, balance, force, and conservation! …A pretty fun way to learn about physics in preschool…


Have a safe and blessed Independence Day everybody, God Bless America! 

Session One is Done!

What a hot and fun summer it’s been so far! Room 5 has been busily enjoying the weekly themes and activities in our PCPS Passport to Learning program!

We’ve been to Alaska, Russia, and this week we took a layover in China! We can’t wait for all the fun and new cultures we get to learn about in our next session of summer camp! 😊

Our Outdoor Classroom Makeover – The New Shed

What did the teachers really do when the children were away last week? Well, aside from preparing the classrooms for their new crew of children, learning new Vacation BIble School songs for this summer’s “Deep Sea Discovery VBS”, and cleaning out all the nooks and crannies, we also gave the Outdoor Classroom a makeover! We can’t wait to show you our new “rustic” shed that was installed last week. On Wednesday, we watched in awe as 5 guys from Shed World came out to hand build this custom shed in one day! This shed adds character to our yard, provides a fun porch for the children to play on, and also creates much needed storage for our outdoor curriculum. It also beautifully complements our newly revamped garden! We can’t wait to show it off to the children when they join us again on Monday!

Check it out from start to finish…

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