2019 – 2020 School Year 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 – 2019 Pesticide Application Schedule (conducted by Ecola) is the 4th Saturday of each month. This post serves as the required advanced notice for pesticide application at our school. If additional applications are needed, you will be notified. 

2019: August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28

2020: January 25, February 22, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25

Training

During Teacher Orientation Week each August, the preschool staff at Pasadena Christian Preschool receive the following yearly training in pesticide use (including germicides such as Clorox, bleach, etc.):

  • 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.

Week 2!

Hello Family!

Each week we get to do art, watch a short movie, play in the water, go to chapel and enjoy a show at the big school!

Our National Park this week is: Warm Water Beaches. For our sensory bin this week we explored fine sand and ocean animals! For an extra art activity we painted paper plate fish!

Even though this week has been way to cold for water play, that hasn’t stopped our fun! We have been enjoying running around on the big yard and eating snow cones, singing and hearing God’s Word in chapel, watching Charlie’s Color Form on Netflix and eating a yummy snack, learning how to wrap yarn around a stick, and watching a juggler balance a wheelbarrow on his face (among many other talents)!

Enjoy some pictures below! 🙂

Kinder Camp Fun in the Sun!

Greetings from Kinder Camp!

It is officially summer! There’s so much to share about our Kinder Camp experience so far!

Our mornings begin with morning meeting, and after going over the calendar, reading a Bible story and discussing the plans for the day, we jump into small groups. We’ve been reviewing letter and sound recognition, and writing our alphabet. Then we have journal writing as well as mathematics and number recognition.

After having a delicious lunch and playing outside with some super fun toys, we spend time learning about God during Bible and worship. We’ve learned about Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and the Tower of Babel. We continue the day with arts and crafts. Using our imagination and creativity, so far, we’ve created colorful megaphones, visors, and windsocks!

Fridays are special days of the week! Last week we saw an “Oceans Rock” show. When the show finished, we got to take home two ocean memorabilia! Yay! To end the day, we watched Curious George 2 and had popcorn! Yum! This Friday we got to see a Juggler performance. It was great! In the afternoon, we watched A Goofy Movie and had popcorn for snack!

Let’s not forget the best part of Kinder Camp…water play! To keep cool in the sun, we’ve ran through sprinklers and water slides! We also had a Whale Bubble dance party!

In between all these activities, we are celebrating summer birthdays, having special lunch Fridays, and having dance parties in the classroom!

We’ve been having so much fun and its only been two weeks! We have six more weeks of fun-filled activities in store! So let’s put on our swimsuits and sunscreen, and let’s keep having some fun in the sun! 

Week 1 in Room 5!

Hello Room 5!

We are so excited that summer is here and we get to play and learn together! We have been doing some exciting things this past week from painting rocks, splish splashin’ in pools, going to chapel, watching a short movie and finishing off the week with an Ocean Rocks presentation where we were able to learn about Ocean Animals! Take a look at some pictures of our first week! Enjoy!

Preparing Your Child For Preschool

As your child gets ready to start in any new school or camp environment, it is helpful to remember that all children respond uniquely to their change in routine. Some will jump right into school while others will take some time to warm up. Separation anxiety is a concern for many parents, but with a little preparation, you can help ease your child’s transition into school.

At our school, we encourage you to bring a transitional item such as a stuffed animal, book, or photo of you to keep at school. Keep your drop-off calm, short and sweet by spending only 2 – 5 minutes in the classroom. Once you are ready to leave, reassure them you will be back, give them a hug and kiss, and offer them to to the teacher if they are in distress. Leave promptly after saying goodbye as delaying the exit will cause undue stress on both of you. The teachers will work their magic with love, cuddles, hugs, distraction and reassurance. It is normal for a child to cry when his/her parent leaves…it is their way of saying, “I will miss you.” As they gain confidence in their new routine, build independence, and get to know their teachers, drop-offs will become a happy experience…it may just take a bit of patience.

The following article from Scholastic is helpful in learning about how to help your child (and you!) adjust quickly and smoothly to his/her new experience.

Click here to read: A SMOOTH START

Kidspace Children’s Museum

We had a blast at our field trip to Kidspace Children’s Museum. This was the perfect field trip for our little guys in Room #4. It was a short drive from our preschool and the museum had lots of fun and age appropriate things to explore. Thank you to all our parent volunteer who made this trip an enjoyable and successful experience.

This place was filed with many safe and fun things to see, explore and do, If you have not been there, you might want to check it out, They have the Galvin Physics Forest, Imagination Workshop, Nature Exchange, Roberts Pavilion and the Outdoor play to visit and discover. The kids enjoyed both the in door and outdoors activities. 

Thank you again parents/grandparents for volunteering and joining us in this fabulous, out of the routine adventure. It was a blast!

BAKING CORN BREADt

In class we cooked corn bread with our children in class#4. In this fun and interactive activity the children learned skills needed in life such as, social-emotional development; pride and confidence in their skills and abilities, follow directions and using thinking skills to problem solve. Physical development; spreading and mixing, skills that help develop a child’s small muscle control and eye-hand coordination, and even early concepts of math and science.  Cognitive development; Cooking inspires children’s curiosity, offering new opportunities to make predictions and observations. Language development; cooking is also a great opportunity for language development, children can match pictures to words and articulate questions inspired by their new experiences. Literacy; following written recipe with images.