May News and Calendar of Events

It feels like spring barely made it here and now we are counting down to summer! We are in the final stretch with less than one month remaining. What a fantastic year it has been working with your little ones. We have enjoyed each and every one of them so much and we thank you for entrusting them with us.

The month of May is packed with excitement and loads of fun activities, so hang on to your hats…it will be a fun ride to the end!
In the News:

Water Bags for Cubbies

The time has come! Please send in a Water Play Bag with your child within the next week or so. Please see attached Water Play Bag Supply List flyer for details.

MVP HOURS – DUE SOON!

MVP hours are due by the last week of school. Many of you noticed that a charge of $150 was added to your account. This charge was placed on all accounts that did not have a completed MVP booklet on file. The charges will be reversed if your booklet is received by May 26th. Click here for last minute opportunities: https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Not done? No worries! A few remaining opportunities will include the Preschool Promotion Ceremony, Pizza Parties, and Family Picnic.

Summer Camp Registration

We are nearly to the close of our summer registration. Please register by May 8th to avoid a $50 late fee. We still have a few spaces available.

For those who registered, summer information such as calendars and supply lists will be emailed out in the next week or so….be on the lookout!

Upcoming Events:

Moonlight Magic – May 5

Our FINAL Moonlight Magic of the year will be held Friday, May 5th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Don’t let your kids miss out on the fun…sign up soon! We enjoy glow-light dance parties, flashlight tag, pizza, movies, and popcorn while YOU enjoy a night out! Flyers are available at the preschool desk. Spaces are available in preschool. BYH is sold out.

Preschool Family Picnic – May 20

The Preschool Family Picnic is by far one of the most enjoyable events of the year! Families will enjoy bouncy houses, crafts, water play, and a picnic lunch on the PCS field! Save the date…you won’t want to miss it!

Pizza Party Days – May 23 & 24

Each classroom will enjoy pizza parties in their classrooms to celebrate a year of fun. Look for sign-ups for ‘potluck’ side items (MVP hours available!)

Preschool Promotion Ceremony (Rooms 1 & 2) – May 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Preschool Promotion Ceremony is a very special time to recognize our Rooms 1 & 2 students who will be promoting to Kindergarten, TK and Pre-K. This is an event our Rooms 1 & 2 families will not want to miss! Families will enjoy a selection of songs, a slideshow, presentation of certificates, and light refreshments. Invite the whole family and don’t forget the tissues!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Sign up to help here at PCS or the Preschool! https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Preschool Family Picnic – Look for volunteer sign-ups for the annual preschool family picnic. We always need help with preparation, donations, and working the event at this super-fun picnic party!

Communication:

PLEASE FOLLOW the Preschool Blog for classroom updates: www.pasadenachristianpreschool.com

PCS Weekly: Check your emails for the PCS Weekly! This e-letter features links for volunteer opportunities, the main calendar, and more!

Calendar:

Friday, May 5 – Moonlight Magic – 6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, May 20 – Preschool Family Picnic – 11:00 – 1:00

Tuesday, May 23 – Classroom Pizza Parties

Wednesday, May 24 – Classroom Pizza Parties

Thursday, May 25 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony (Rooms 1 & 2) @ 7:00 – Minimum Day

Friday, May 26 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day

May 29 – June 2 – Clean Up Days – School Closed

Monday, June 5 – 1st Day of Summer Camp (Registration Required)

 

Looking WAY Ahead…

*Monday, August 21      Classroom Welcome Party (Meet the Teachers and Handprint Party)

Tuesday, August 22         First Day of School!

2017 April News and Calendar of Events

Dear Parents,

Spring has sprung and we are bounding towards summer! We are on the home stretch! The mood at the preschool has been filled with fun as the warmer weather has allowed for some water play (off an on, anyway!) and sunny days outdoors. Many classrooms are also delving into the wonderful world of insects and you should be seeing caterpillars, silk worms and more making their way into the school. We had our annual Association Meeting last week and we recognized Monica and Joy for their 5 years of service, as well as Pam for her 10 years! Feel free to send a warm thank you their way. Our fabulous parents are one of the many reasons our staff enjoy LONG working tenures at PCS :-). In fact, our 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Gallego, just celebrated 30 years and Dr. Gray was not far behind, with a whopping 25 years at PCS!
In the News:

Water Bags for Cubbies

The time has come! Please send in a Water Play Bag with your child within the next week or so. Please see attached Water Play Bag Supply List flyer for details.

Room 1 Staffing Update

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Joy will soon be having her first baby! She left on maternity leave this past Friday and we ask that you keep her family in your prayers as they prepare for their little one. Miss Kristen will be leading the classroom and Mr. Sam will be joining the Room 1 teaching team for the remainder of the year.

MVP HOURS – DUE SOON!

MVP hours are due SOON! Please make an effort to fulfill your hours and turn in your booklet as soon as possible to avoid the MVP fee to your account. Don’t have a book? Lost your book? No worries…come to the office and we will replace it for you. Enrolled late to PCS? Plan on completing 1 hour per month of attendance. Sign up to help here! https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Summer Camp Registration

Thank you to all the families who registered by the March 8th deadline for summer camp. You should see your first tuition payment posted to your Smart Tuition account for April 1st. For those who haven’t registered, we have a few spaces left in some of the classrooms, so if you are still looking to enroll your child, please do so asap. Submissions received by April 8th may be billed to your account; submissions received after May 8th will be due in full and will incur a $50 late fee.

Upcoming Events :

Easter Parties

Be on the lookout for Easter classroom party information. Each classroom has their own schedule and traditions for how Easter is celebrated, so please look for their information regarding the parties. Just a reminder that PCS celebrates Easter for what it truly is – recognition of Christ’s sacrifice for us. While the “bunny” may play a small part in the fun, please help us in remembering the true meaning of this Christian holiday.

70th Anniversary Gala & Auction

We hope you can attend our 70th Anniversary Gala and Auction! This is a very special event and our very first Gala. Enjoy time with PCS families while joining the fun in bidding on amazing auction items and priceless classroom auction baskets! Visit our BidPal Center at http://bidpal.net/70 to register and
purchase tickets today. Event seating is limited. Advanced reservations are required for entry.

Bidding from home will be available through BidPal! Mobile bidding goes live at 9:00AM on April 22nd.
Watch for our email giving you early access to our event’s Silent Auction!

Week of the Young Child:

Each year we celebrate the Week of the Young child with some daily fun and activities. Join the fun and have your child participate in the following:

Monday, April 24 – Pajama Day – Wear your jammies to school!

Tuesday, April 25 – Color Day – Show your classroom spirit by wearing your class color!

Rm 1- Purple, Rm 2 – Orange, Rm 3 – Green, Rm 4 – Red, Rm 5 – Blue

Wednesday, April 26 – Mismatched Day (we often joke that every day is mismatched in preschool…but on this day…go extra crazy!!)

Thursday, April 27 – Fruit Day – Bring a fruit to share in the classroom Fruit Salad Snack!

Friday, April 28 – Crazy Hat Day – How crazy can you get???

 Moonlight Magic – May 5

Our FINAL Moonlight Magic of the year will be held Friday, May 5th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Don’t let your kids miss out on the fun…sign up soon! We enjoy glow-light dance parties, flashlight tag, pizza, movies, and popcorn! Flyers are available at the preschool and BYH desks.

Volunteer Opportunities:  

Sign up to help here at PCS or the Preschool! https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

PTF Preschool Teacher Treats: April 21 – Parents of Room 3

Meal Trains – Congratulations to the Williams family on the birth of baby Cameron! Help bless this family with a meal while earning 2 MVP hours! https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/6gw20y

Preschool Family Picnic – Look for volunteer sign-ups for the annual preschool family picnic. We always need help with preparation, donations, and working the event at this super-fun picnic party!

Communication:

PLEASE FOLLOW the Preschool Blog for classroom updates: www.pasadenachristianpreschool.com

PCS Weekly: Check your emails for the PCS Weekly! This e-letter features links for volunteer opportunities, the main calendar, and more!

Calendar

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 4 & 5 – Spring Photos on the yard

Friday, April 14th and Monday, April 17th – Easter Break – No School

Saturday, April 22st –  Dinner Gala – NO MOONLIGHT MAGIC

April 24 – 28 – Week of the Young Child

Friday, April 28th – Open House 6:30 – 8:00 – Minimum Day

Friday, May 5th – Moonlight Magic

Saturday, May 20th – Preschool Family Picnic

Thursday, May 25th – Rooms 1 & 2 Preschool Promotion Ceremony – Minimum Day

Friday, May 26th – Last Day of School – Minimum Day

Monday, June 5th – 1st Day of Summer Camp

July 3 & 4 – Holiday – School Closed

June 5 – August 4 – Fun in the Sun Summer Camp

August 7 – August 18 – School Closed

Monday, August 22 – Preschool Classroom Welcome – Details to follow

Tuesday, August 23 – First Day of School 2017 – 2018

October News and Calendar of Events

Can you believe school has been in session over a month already? We are now “falling” into the autumn season…one of our favorites here at preschool. Though the weather isn’t necessarily cooperating (20-30 degrees cooler would be much more on par with ‘fall’ weather!), all the classrooms are gearing up to study fall, harvest and all that this season brings. Within the next week or so, you will see our Outdoor Classroom transform into a festival of color with pumpkins, gourds, and more adorning the yard.

In the News:

Moonlight Magic: Moonlight Magic is right around the corner (Friday, October 14th). Please sign up by October 10th to reserve your child’s space (flyer attached). You can enjoy an evening out while the children enjoy “Moonlight” yard time (complete with flashlights or glow sticks!), pajama parties, pizza, then popcorn and a movie!

Speech Assessments: Justine Sherman & Associates will be conducting speech screenings on October 11th & 12th. These screenings help assess your child’s expressive and receptive language, as well as his/her articulation. These screenings are optional and cost $45. A permission form is required and will be sent out next week. Please discuss with your child’s teacher their recommendation for your child.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Conferences will be held October 28th. Sign-ups will be available next week. This is a non-student day. Care will be provided for students during your scheduled conference time. Please make every effort to attend these conferences as this is your opportunity to talk with the teachers one-on-one and your teacher will share with you your child’s progress thus far.

Observation Days: PCS offers several formal Observation Days where prospective parents can listen to a short message from Dr. Gray and then tour the campuses. If you are interested in PCS TK or Kindergarten, this is a great opportunity for you to see the school in action. Also, if you have friends who would enjoy PCS, please mention our Observation Days to them! To sign up, visit http://www.pasadenachristian.org/admissions/observationdayres.cfm

Dates available: Thursday October 6, November 3, November 17, December 1, and January 12

Volunteer Opportunities:  

https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

Earn 2 MVP hours for donating to the Qin family’s Meal Train! Click here to sign up: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/rv685w

Communication:

PLEASE FOLLOW the Preschool Blog for classroom updates: www.pasadenachristianpreschool.com

PCS Weekly: Check your emails for the PCS Weekly! This e-letter features links for volunteer opportunities, the main calendar, and more!

Calendar

Friday, Oct. 6th – PCS Observation Day

Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Speech Screenings

Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Speech Screenings

Thursday & Friday, October 13 & 14 – Preschool Individual Photos

Friday, Oct. 14 – MOONLIGHT MAGIC! (aka Parent’s Night Out!) – Don’t forget to sign up!

Thursday, Oct. 20th – Great Shake Out All-School Earthquake Drill

Saturday, Oct. 22 – Site Work Day – DOUBLE MVP hours!

Friday, Oct. 28 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No School

Thursday, Nov. 3 – Make-up Picture Day

Friday, Nov. 4 – NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)

Saturday, Nov. 12 – PCS Fall Festival! MVP Hours available!

Monday, Nov. 21 & Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Stone Soup Days

November 23 – 25 – Thanksgiving Holidays! No School

 

As always, if you have any comments, concerns, questions or praises, please feel free to contact me via email, phone, personal visit!

Blessings,

Kristin Perez

Save the Date: Vision Screenings

Pasadena Christian Preschool will be offering free vision screenings for our Older Pod students (Room 1, 2 & 3) on Tuesday, September 27th and Wednesday, September 28th 2016.
Why are vision screenings important?  Early detection and intervention of vision issues help children to be successful in their overall development and well-being.
Vision screenings are important and can benefit children by detecting any eye conditions early on. Often, due to lack of prior screenings, vision problems aren’t diagnosed  until the elementary school years.
Please use this information to help aid your child’s vision health and have your child participate in the Elks vision screening offered at school. Or, schedule a vision screening with your pediatric optometrist.
Here’s a quick list of some ways to identify if your child is having vision problems:
  • Squinting
  • Eyes turning inward or outward
  • Headaches
  • Holding reading material or pictures closer than normal
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Turning or tilting head to use one eye only
We are looking forward to your child’s participation in these screenings. Permission forms are required. Please be on the lookout for permission forms in your email and in the front office.
Author: Maria Esquivel  CSULA Child Development Intern.

September 2016 News & Calendar of Events

Dear Parents,

What a great start to the year! Our little ones have settled in so well and we are so proud of them. We are also extremely pleased by how all of our mommies and daddies have made drop offs “short and sweet.” We know it is so hard to separate from a crying child, but separating with a sincere “I love you” and “I will be back soon” actually makes the transition quicker, smoother, and easier on everyone. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

In the News:

Room Parent Meeting: You are invited to attend our Room Parent meeting on Wednesday, August 31st at 8:15 a.m. in the PCS Library if you signed up to be a Room Parent, or if you would simply like more information prior to “committing”.

Back to School Night: PLEASE plan to attend Back to School Night on Friday, September 9th from 7-8:00 p.m. This is a very important evening in which the teachers will share classroom schedules, routines, policies, etc. Adults only please.

Volunteer Opportunities: PCS uses Signup.com to track MVP volunteer hours. While you can volunteer for any PCS event to earn credit, the first preschool event is the Site Work Day in which we deep clean classrooms, freshen the yard, etc. DOUBLE hours are earned for cleaning and yardwork, so this is a great event to kick off the year. Check it out! http://signup.com/go/JYJYGF

Grandparents’ Day: If you would like us to send a personal invitation to your child’s grandparent to attend our annual Grandparents’ Day (event date:December 9th) celebration, please complete and return the attached invitation request form asap. Thanks!

Enrollment at PCS: We love personal referrals! Do you have a friend who would enjoy our school? Pass the word…online applications for NEW students for 2017-2018 open on October 1st. Don’t worry…your space is safe! You will receive an ‘intent to enroll’ form mid-year to confirm your desired program :-).

Calendar

Wednesday, August 31 – 8:15 a.m. – Room Parent Meeting (PCS Library)

Monday, Sept. 5 – Labor Day – No School

Friday, Sept. 9 – Back to School Night – 7:00 pm – Plan to attend.

Thursday, Sept. 15 – Magazine Drive Kick-off

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 27 & 28 – Elks Vision Screening

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 & 12 – Speech Screenings

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 13 & 14 – Preschool Photo Day

Friday, Oct. 14 – MOONLIGHT MAGIC! (aka Parent’s Night Out!)

Saturday, Oct. 22 – Site Work Day

Friday, Oct. 28 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No School

Saturday, November 12th  – Fall Festival! This a FUN family event!!!

*Calendar correction: We will be open October 27th.

Preschool Calendar 2016-2017

Following is the general calendar for our school year, including most of our holidays, school closures, and major events.

August 14New Family Picnic

August 18New Parent Orientation Night, 7:00pm (for adults only, no children)

August 22 – Classroom Welcome & Handprint Party – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Drop-in)

August 23 – First day of School

September 5 – Labor Day – School Closed

September 9 – Back to School Night – 7:00pm (for adults only, no children) – this is a MINIMUM Day (dismiss at 12:00)

October 14 – Moonlight Magic!

October 28 – Parent Conferences; School Closed

November 4 – Professional Development Day; School Closed

November 12 – Fall Festival

November 21 & 22 – Stone Soup Celebrations

November 23-25 – Thanksgiving Break; School Closed

December 9 – Grandparents’ Day; Minimum Day

December 22January 6 – Christmas Break (school resumes on Monday, 1/9)

January 16 – MLK Day; School Closed

February 3 – Moonlight Magic!

February 20 – Presidents’ Day; School Closed

April 14 & 17 – Easter; School Closed

April 21 – Moonlight Magic & Golf Auction

April 28 – Open House; Minimum Day

May 25 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony – Minimum Day

May 26 – Last day of school.  Minimum Day. Have a great summer!

June 5 – Summer Camp Begins

May 2016 News and Calendar of Events

And the countdown begins! With only a month left of school, we are making the most of our time by celebrating Cinco de Mayo, spring, Mother’s Day, and more. We are very excited to show you all we’ve been working on this year at OPEN HOUSE (Friday, May 6th). Also, we can’t wait to play in the water at the End-of-Year picnic (May 21) and are looking forward to our Pre-K Graduation Ceremony (June 3). This month will definitely be fast and furious…so hang on for the ride!

In the News:

Moonlight Magic and Auction – Thank you to all of you who joined in the fun at Moonlight Magic and the dinner auction. Both events were amazing and we thank you for your participation.

Site Work Day – We had an amazing turn out at our Spring Site Work Day. Parents helped us deep clean the classrooms, fluff up the sand, and so much more! We love you parents!!!

May 6 – Open House @ 6:00 (6:30 for PCS) – 8:00 – MINIMUM DAY – This is a great event to see your child’s classroom and browse through other classrooms to see what is in store for your child down the road. You may also want to check out the baby chicks in kindergarten, the art fair in the auditorium, and the other fun going on across campus.

PRESCHOOL ART SHOW – Please visit the art fair in the auditorium during Open House to view our fabulous display of preschool art.

Preschool Promotion Ceremony June 2nd , 7:00 – Children and families in Rooms 1 & 2 are invited to our Preschool Promotion Ceremony in celebration of their upcoming move to Pre-K, TK or Kindergarten! This event will be held in the auditorium and is a time to honor their time at preschool with a presentation of songs, receiving certificates, and a light dessert social. Invitations to follow.

Family Picnic – May 21, 11:00 – 1:00 – We hope you will join us at our annual year end picnic! This event is held on the PCS FIELD and features water play, bouncy houses, crafts, and more. Bring a lunch or purchase one using the order form. See you there!

Birthday Celebrations at School: We love to celebrate your child’s special day. Please help us make this day special by following these simple guidelines:

  1. Schedule your child’s special day with your child’s teacher prior to the event
  2. Birthdays at school are “recognitions”, not parties; please keep them simple with one small treat per child
  3. Treats must be store bought
  4. We appreciate treats to be on the healthier side as we have numerous children to recognize throughout the year. This helps us support our Healthy Kids/Sugar Reduced policy. The idea of special recognition and attention is more important to most children than the treat itself.

Calendar:

May 21 – Preschool Family Picnic

May 30- Memorial Day – School Closed

June 2 – 7:00 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony (rising TK/K students) – invitations to follow

June 3 – Last day of school

June 6 – 10 – School Closed

June 13 – First day of summer camp! FUN IN THE SUN!