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

 

April 2019 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

I know there are two more months of school, but I wanted to extend a SINCERE thank you to all of you SPECTACULAR parents! This year has been such a pleasure working with each and every one of you. Your courtesy, respect, love and passion for your children, support of the school, and engagement in our classrooms has been more than notable…it has been OUTSTANDING! Your “Littles” are lucky to have you…and so are we!

Spring is such a fun time of year in the preschool. April and May will be filled with so many adventures, including watching the life cycle of various insects, gardening, learning about Easter, and for our pre-k students, practicing for our big promotion ceremony!

NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Summer Registration – If you haven’t already, please remember to submit your child’s summer registration forms. Registration is space-available and some classes are close to capacity.

Summer Tuition – I want to pay, but can’t find the charges! Fear not my diligent parents….if you submitted your summer registration forms, please log into Smart Tuition and click into the 2019-2020 school year to view your summer tuition charges. Please review carefully and let us know if there are any concerns or adjustments.

Summer Camp General Information – Be on the lookout for informational summer emails. These will be sent out in May and will contain supply lists, placement rosters, etc.

Kinder Camp Orientation Night – Wednesday, May 15 @ 6:15 pm – Location: PCS KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOMS (1492 N. Garfield)

Save the date! If your child will be attending Kinder Camp this summer, please plan to attend our Kinder Camp Orientation Night! This is an important evening as you will get to meet some of the teachers and learn what Kinder Camp is all about. From curriculum and schedules to drop-offs and ordering hot lunch (and everything in between!), this evening will help you acclimate to the “BIG” school environment! CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED & PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!

PRESCHOOL PROMOTION CEREMONY (Rooms 1 & 2) – Wednesday, May 29th @ 6:00

Parents of Rooms 1 & 2 students are asked to mark their calendars for May 29th as this is a VERY special evening for your students! During this evening, you will enjoy a slideshow of preschool memories, a selection of songs performed by the students, and a presentation of certificates. Bring the family and some tissues…you will need them! Invitations to follow.


BIG EVENTS: (Scroll to bottom for full calendar and upcoming holidays)

Week of the Young Child – April 8 – 12

We will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child with a week of literacy-based activities. See posted flyers for details. We encourage everyone to participate each day!

Open House – Friday, April 26th @ 6:30 pm

Please plan to attend our annual PCS Open House. This is a drop-in event where each classroom showcases the work the students did over the past year. You can enjoy visiting your child’s classroom as well as visiting their future classrooms! We also encourage you to visit the PCS campus as there are always treasures to see up there, including the art fair, baby chicks in kindergarten, and more!

PCS Gala – Saturday, April 27th – University Club

The PCS Gala is an evening of dining, dancing, bidding on fabulous items such as student-made treasures, jewelry, art, themed baskets, and more. Please see the invitation for RSVP information.

Preschool Year End Picnic – Saturday, May 18th – 11:00 – 1:00

Save the date for our last “hurrah” of the school year! Families will enjoy water play, crafts, face painting, snow cones, and a picnic lunch.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

WHAT IS THAT $150 charge on my Smart Tuition!?!? Each preschool family is responsible for completing 10 hours of MVP service. If you have not submitted your MVP booklet, your account reflects a $150 charge. THIS CHARGE WILL BE REMOVED PROVIDED YOUR BOOKLET IS TURNED IN BY MAY 31, 2019 (PHEW!).

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: 

Friday, April 12 – Parents of Room 3

Friday, May 17 – Parents of Rooms 4 & 5


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

April 3 – Mrs. Joy (Office)

April 7 – Mrs. Monica (Art), Ms. Melissa (Rm 4), Ms. Teresa (Substitute)

April 23 – Ms. Nellie (Rm 1)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

April 8 – 12 – Week of the Young Child Celebration (see flyers)

April 18 – Accreditation Work Day – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 19 & 22 – Easter Holiday – School Closed

April 26 – Open House – 6:30 pm – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 27 – PCS Gala – Save the date and join the fun! This is a BIG event!

May 18 (Saturday) – Preschool Family Picnic

May 27 – Memorial Day, School Closed

May 29 – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 29 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony – Rooms 1 & 2

May 30 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 31 – Faculty Check Out – No Students

June 3 – 7 – Summer Prep Week – No Students

June 10 – July 5 – Summer Session 1

July 8 – August 2 – Summer Session 2

January 2019 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

Welcome back! It was such a treat to see all of our little friends again after the Christmas break. All of our Littles had so much to say about their holiday adventures…from presents to travel and family time. While we all enjoy a little time away, it is also great to back into the routine. January is always such a fun month as it springboards us into learning about winter, cold weather animals, and more!

NEWS, NOTES & MORE:

MOONLIGHT MAGIC REGISTRATION: If you are interested in signing up for Moonlight Magic, please click HERE to pay. Return your receipt as proof of registration to the preschool office. Registration is for preschool only; BYH is full.

Staffing Updates – We wanted to let you know that Mrs. Jen, our Room 1 teacher, resigned at the end of December. While it was an extremely difficult decision for her, the Lord laid it on her heart to home school her son. Ms. Pam will be stepping in as lead teacher for the remainder of this year. Also, please help me in welcoming Ms. Nellie! Ms. Nellie was one of our FABULOUS CSULA interns last spring and then spent the entire summer teaching in Kinder Camp. We are so blessed to have her back and on staff full time!

Preschool Re-enrollment 2019 – 2020 – Thank you for submitting your Intent to Enroll Forms in a timely manner! Unless you were contacted, your scheduled was approved. Online re-enrollment runs from February 1 – March 1. Registration fees must be paid by March 1 in order to retain your space.

PCS TK / Kindergarten Re-enrollment – If you submitted an intent-to-enroll form for PCS TK/Kindergarten, your Teacher Recommendation Forms have been submitted to the teachers for completion. 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.

Reminder! If you would like a TOUR of our PCS Campus, please attend our final Observation Day on January 17th. Register through the PCS website.

Summer Registration – It is hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it! Summer registration forms will be sent out at the end of January.

Preschool Picture Day (Lifetouch Photos)! FEBRUARY 20 & 21 (note the new date!)  – These photos are ‘traditional school portraits’. 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.

Graduation Photos (Lifetouch) – ROOMS 1 & 2 – February 22 – These photos are for students who will be graduating out of our preschool. Students will get to wear an adorable cap and gown for this photo!


BIG EVENTS: (Scroll to bottom for full calendar and upcoming holidays)

February 8th (6:00 – 9:00 pm) – Moonlight Magic! This is YOUR opportunity to enjoy a night out while the kiddos enjoy an evening in at the preschool . The children will enjoy a pajama party, pizza, and of course, popcorn and a movie!

February 12 & 13 – Hear Center Hearing Screenings

February 14 – PCS FUN RUN – This event replaces our annual Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser. Preschoolers will be running in staggered sessions between 9:30 – 10:30 am. More info will follow from the Development office.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

Just a reminder that each preschool family is required to complete TEN (10) MVP hours prior to the end of the year and twenty (20) hours if you have children in Elementary/Jr. High.

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: 

Friday, January 18 – Parents of Room 5


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

January 16th – Mrs. Kristin (Office)

January 27th – Ms. Terri (Team 6/Room 3)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

January 7 – School in Session – Regular Business Hours Resume

Thursday, January 17 – PCS Observation Day

January 21 – MLK JR. DAY – School Closed

January 28 & 29 – Preschool Photos (Lifetouch)

January 30 – Rooms 1 & 2 Graduation Photos

Friday, February 8 – Moonlight Magic (Register via the PCS website)

February 12 & 13 – HEAR Center hearing screenings

Thursday, February 14 – PCS “Love” Run Fundraiser

Friday, February 15 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

Monday, February 18 – Presidents’ Day – School Closed

Friday, March 8 – Accreditation Work Day – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

March 11 – 15 – Preschool OPEN; PCS on Spring Break

March 22 – Moonlight Magic

March 26 – PCS Association Meeting – All parents encouraged to attend

March 29 – Accreditation Work Day – No Students

April 8 – 12 – Week of the Young Child Celebration

April 19 – Accreditation Work Day – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 19 & 22 – Easter Holiday – School Closed

April 26 – Open House – 6:30 pm – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 27 – PCS Gala – Save the date and join the fun! This is a BIG event!

May 18 (Saturday) – Preschool Family Picnic

May 27 – Memorial Day, School Closed

May 28 – Preschool Year End Pizza Party

May 29 – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 29 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony – Rooms 1 & 2

May 30 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 31 – Faculty Check Out – No Students

June 3 – 7 – Summer Prep Week – No Students

June 10 – July 5 – Summer Session 1

July 8 – August 2 – Summer Session 2

December 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and that your time was blessed with family and relaxation. The Christmas season is ramping up and will be in FULL SWING by next week! We are busy decorating classrooms, creating Christmas art and 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! 🙂


UPCOMING EVENTS: PLEASE READ!

Christmas Breakfast & Kids’ Only Store – December 8th – 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 14th – 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 form and return by MONDAY, December 3rd to aandrews@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.

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 15th, 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! Please be on the lookout for the HBJ invitations and emails coming soon! DRESS IN CASUAL, but FUN & FESTIVE ATTIRE!

Pajama & Hot Cocoa Days – December 18 & 19Students wear their PJs to school and we provide hot cocoa, popcorn, and a special Christmas movie!

Christmas Chapel (Rooms 1 & 2, TK-8th Grade) – Wednesday, Dec. 19, 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Rooms 1 & 2 will 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 Day (Lifetouch Photos)January 28 & 29th  – These photos are ‘traditional school portraits’. 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.

Graduation Photos (Lifetouch) – ROOMS 1 & 2 – January 30th – These photos are for students who will be graduating out of our preschool. Students will get to wear an adorable cap and gown for this photo!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Intent to Enroll 2019-2020 – To prepare for the 2019-2020 school year re-enrollment period, we will be sending out an Intent to Enroll form on December 3rd 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 6th @ 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!


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 13 – Parents of Room 4 (THURSDAY)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

December 14th – Miss Kristen (Room 3)

December 25th – Mrs. Jen (Room 1)


 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, December 6 – PCS Observation Day

Saturday, December 8 – Christmas Breakfast and Kids’ Only Store

Friday, December 14 – Grandparents’ Day – MINIMUM DAY

Saturday, December 15 – Happy Birthday Jesus Party (10am-12pm)

December 18 & 19 – PJ and Hot Cocoa Day (children should wear PJs to school!)

December 19 – Rooms 1 & 2 performance in PCS chapel (9:00 – 10:00)

December 19 – MINIMUM DAY

December 25 – January 4 – Christmas Holidays – School Closed

January 7 – School in Session – Regular Business Hours Resume

Thursday, January 17 – PCS Observation Day

January 21 – MLK JR. DAY – School Closed

January 28 & 29 – Preschool Photos (Lifetouch)

January 30 – Rooms 1 & 2 Graduation Photos

Friday, February 8 – Moonlight Magic (Register via the PCS website)

February 12 & 13 – HEAR Center hearing screenings

Thursday, February 14 – PCS “Love” Run Fundraiser

Friday, February 15 – Teacher In-Service Day – No Students

Monday, February 18 – Presidents’ Day – School Closed

November 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

November kicks off LOADS of fun in preschool…from Apple and Pumpkin Day celebrations to Thanksgiving and Christmas; there is no shortage of holiday fun over the next few months.


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!

3 Skills Sheet_November

Click the link to find out which skills we will be focusing on. Please remember that the skills listed are the overarching objectives to be learned by the end of Pre-K. In general, our two year olds will begin investigations with these skills, three year olds will explore and and expand on these skills, while the Pre-K students (entering kindergarten next fall) will refine and gain mastery. As always, social-emotional and spiritual learning is at the forefront of all that we do in preschool as it is the basis of being able to learn successfully


HOUSEKEEPING:

Just a reminder that we are CLOSED in observance of Veteran’s Day – November 12

THANK YOU to all the parents who helped at our Site Work Day. The yard and classrooms look absolutely beautiful!

Fall weather brings cooler temperatures (well…hopefully anyway!). Please be sure to update your child’s cubby box with season-appropriate clothing and send a sweater during cooler days. The playground can be chilly in the mornings.


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Eligible for TK/K in 2019-2020? Be sure to attend the Kindergarten Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 10th. This is for PCS preschool students only and is a fabulous opportunity to meet the PCS teachers and visit the classrooms WITH your students!

*see notes in Admissions Section for more info.

Staffing Updates:

Welcome back, Mrs. Joy! Mrs. Joy will be returning from maternity leave to her position as Assistant Director on November 5th. Ms. Sheri (who has been doing a fabulous job at our desk!) will be heading to the Younger Pod as their Outdoor Curriculum Specialist.

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Ms. I-Chieh (our long term substitute in the Younger Pod) as she has accepted a full time job beginning November 5th. She will be missed, but we are so proud of her for securing a full time teaching position!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Please be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, December 15th from 10-12. This is our annual HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS party! The children will sing a selection of songs for you on the PCS stage and then everyone will enjoy crafts, games, lunch and more on the PCS courts.

Saturday, November 3 – Fall Family Festival – JOIN THE FUN! There are games, prizes, rides, and more…fun for the whole family! Tickets are available at the door.

Wednesday, November 7 – Annual Playopolis Toy Sale – Our annual toy sale begins next week and will run for 1 week. Get an early start to Christmas shopping; proceeds benefit our school!

November 15PCS orchestra visits preschool – the PCS orchestra will play a selection of songs and demonstrate their instruments to the students

Friday, November 16 – Older Pod Field Trip to Underwood Farms

Please remember to fill out your forms and make your payment through Smart Tuition. Thank you in advance to all the chaperones who will be helping to make this field trip a great success!


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

November 16 – Parents of Room 3 – Look for emails 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 EACH MEAL PROVIDED)

BABIES, BABIES, BABIES! This year, have about TWELVE (and counting!) families welcoming new members to their family! Please help us bless them with a meal.

The Samuel Family
The Zambrano Family
MVP Booklets/HoursAll families should have received their YELLOW MVP booklet.  PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE ONE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

November 27 – Ms. Pam


CALENDAR OF EVENTS: 

Click Here for FULL 2018-2019 Calendar

November 3 – Fall Family Festival – JOIN THE FUN!

November 12 – Veteran’s Day – School Closed

November 15 – PCS Observation Day and PCS Orchestra to play at Preschool

November 16 – Underwood Family Farms Older Pod Field Trip

November 19 & 20 – Stone Soup Days (lunch provided)

November 21 – 23 – Thanksgiving Break  – School Closed

December 6 – PCS Observation Day (tell your friends!)

Saturday, December 8 – PCS Christmas Breakfast & Kids-only Christmas Store

December 14 – Grandparents’ Day / Minimum Day

December 15 – Happy Birthday Jesus Party –  (attendance HIGHLY encouraged!)

December 18 & 19 – PJ and Hot Cocoa Day – wear your PJs!

December 19 – Minimum Day

December 20 – January 4 – Christmas Holidays

January 7 – School Resumes


ADMISSIONS & RE-ENROLLMENT INFO

Admissions season has begun (hard to believe, I know!!)

If your child is TK eligible (age 5 by Dec. 31 2019)  or Kindergarten eligible (age 5 by Aug. 31 2019) for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to attend the specical PCS Preschool Family Meet and Greet on November 10th. RSVP to Betty St. Peter.

You may also opt to attend a PCS Observation Day! Our next one is November 15. Tell your friends about us, too! We LOVE referrals 🙂 Sign up here: http://www.pasadenachristian.org/admissions/tour.cfm

**If your kinder-eligible child does not attend 5 days per week, be sure to check out our monthly skills sheets and chat with the teachers about readiness activities you can do at home to ensure your child is kindergarten-ready** 🙂

TK/K Enrollment: For current preschool families entering PCS TK/K in the fall, there is no separate application…simply fill out the Intent to Enroll form which will be distributed in December.

Preschool Re-enrollment – You will receive an “Intent to Enroll” form at the beginning of December asking you to choose your desired program (2, 3 or 5 days) for 2019-2020 .  Please watch for this form as we create enrollment packages based on this form

Referrals: Do you have friends who would enjoy our school? Send them our way! If you love them, we will love them too!!! Applications for 2019-2020 are available on our website for new students.

October 2018 Preschool News and Calendar of Events

What a blessing to have some cooler weather…it *almost* feels like fall! Let’s hope this cooler weather stays for a bit! The month of September seemed to fly by as we adjusted and acclimated to our new classrooms. Now that we are all settled in, the year is really rockin’ and rollin’! The fall season and upcoming holidays are always jam packed with fun and adventure, so be sure to check the calendar and read through this information so you stay in the loop.


OCTOBER CURRICULUM

October will be FILLED with learning! This month, we will dive into the wonderful world of autumn and will investigate: pumpkins and apples, leaves changing (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 find out which skills we will be focusing on. Please remember that the skills listed are the overarching objectives to be learned by the end of Pre-K. In general, our two year olds will begin investigations with these skills, three year olds will explore and and expand on these skills, while the Pre-K students (entering kindergarten next fall) will refine and gain mastery. As always, social-emotional and spiritual learning is at the forefront of all that we do in preschool as it is the basis of being able to learn successfully!

2 Skills Sheet_October


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).

 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.

Parking Lot: 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 7:57am! Come early and avoid the rush!


NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Parent Education Night: Topic – Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, October 23 @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

California emphasizes earthquake preparedness during the month of October and as a school we practice a school-wide earthquake drill. But are you prepared at HOME? Join us for our first Parent Education Night and hear Joel Gay speak on Disaster and Earthquake preparedness. More info to follow.

Parent Conferences:  Parents conferences are coming soon! This conference is our opportunity to share your child’s developmental progress with you and to give you an overall picture of how your child is doing in school. Please be sure to attend your child’s parent conference on October 26th. This is a non-student day, but we do have child care while you attend the conference.

Preschool Picture Day – Please be on the lookout for an email from Adrea Scheidler containing a link to your child’s photos. You won’t want to miss seeing these photos as you all have the most adorable children EVER!!!


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Moonlight Magic: October 5, 2018

We are looking so forward to our FIRST Moonlight Magic of the year! If you signed up, please be sure to read the informational email that was sent out. This is an evening of fun where the kids enjoy pajama dance parties, pizza, a movie, and MORE, while the parents enjoy a night out. If you missed registering for this one, our next one is February 8th, 2019.

California Shake-Out Earthquake Drill: October 18 @ 10:18 a.m.

Each year, we participate in the California Shake-Out Drill. As a preschool, we practice how to duck and cover (we call it “bunny in the hole” at preschool to keep it appropriate), and then we head to the PCS Campus for check-in. While we keep it light for the students (singing, reading books, and enjoying a snack on the field), our staff has the opportunity to practice mock first aid and rescue scenarios to ensure we have our systems in place should we need them in a real disaster.

 Accreditation Work Day: October 19 – This is a MINIMUM DAY. Our accreditation preparation s is coming along well! The preschool teachers have been focusing on learning our new curriculum layout and how to implement it effectively into the classroom. This month, we will be working with our updated developmental profiles (preschool progress reports).

Site Work Day – October 6th – DOUBLE MVP Hours available! Please click here to help us deep clean cubbies, beautify the garden, till the sandbox, and haul in our fresh new mulch.


PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

MVP Booklets/HoursAll families should have received their YELLOW MVP booklet.  PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE ONE.

CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

October 19 – Parents of Room 2 – Look for emails 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)

BABIES, BABIES, BABIES! This year, have about ELEVEN families welcoming new members to their family! Please help us bless them with a meal.

Samuel Family


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

October 4 – Ms. Sarah

October 5 – Ms. Daisy


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Friday, October 5 @ 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Moonlight Magic (registration required)

Saturday, October 6 @ 9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. – Site Work Day

Thursday, October 11 – Kindergarten/PCS Observation Day – Interested in PCS? Sign up for a tour online!

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

Thursday, October 18 – Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill – Volunteers Needed

Friday, October 19 – Accreditation Work Day (MINIMUM DAY – DISMISS AT 12:00)

October 25 – Preschool OPEN regular hours; PCS minimum day for conferences

Friday, October 26 – Parent Conferences (No Students)

November 1 – PCS Observation Day (register online!)

November 3 – Fall Family Festival – JOIN THE FUN!

November 12 – Veteran’s Day – School Closed

November 15 – PCS Observation Day and PCS Orchestra to play at Preschool

November 19 & 20 – Stone Soup Days (lunch provided)

November 21 – 23 – Thanksgiving Break  – School Closed