September 17, 2018 Parent Letter

preschool handsOur school year has started off very well! We enjoyed talking about families last week. This week, we are learning about our five senses and doing activities to learn about red, orange, circles, and rectangles. The children will also be able to look for buried treasures at the sand table. We will learn about Abraham’s faith in God as he goes to a new land.

Our first monthly scholastic orders are due this Friday, September 21. Check out the flyers sent home or have a look at the website. It is very easy to place an order online and the book selection and prices are good. The books will be mailed to the school around the end of the month, and we will send the orders home with the children. The more books our families order for their own children’s libraries at home will give us more points to order great books for our preschool library!

Thank you to the families who provided snacks last week! All of the children enjoyed them. The families who are scheduled to provide a snack this week are: Farley on Wednesday (9/19), Carpenter on Thursday (9/20), and Farren on Friday (9/21). There are still 9 students in each class. If you need any suggestions on what to bring, please look at the Parent Information handout from orientation. Thank you so much for your help!

Mark your Calendars:

9/21 – Scholastic book orders due for September

10/11 – Possible date for a field trip to the pumpkin patch, stay tuned for more information

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

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September 10, 2018 Parent Letter

Noahs ArkWe had a really good first week of school! The children are adapting quickly to the schedule, and we are learning and having fun. This week, we are going to get to know one another more and talk about our families. We will be learning about sea animals in the coral reef as well. Our education focus for this month and part of October will be on learning colors and shapes. This week we will learn about blue, yellow, squares, and triangles. Our Bible lesson will be about Noah and the ark.

The families who are scheduled to provide a snack this week are: Brown on Wednesday (9/12), Baker on Thursday (9/13), and Cannon on Friday (9/14). There are currently 9 students in each class. If you need any suggestions on what to bring, please look at the Parent Information handout from orientation. Thank you so much for your help!

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

September 5, 2018 Parent Letter

preschool-080113-vr-tifIt was a pleasure meeting many of you at Orientation last Friday! I hope it was informative. If you were unable to attend, you will still be able to receive the “goody bag” with parent information and prizes for your preschooler.

We can’t wait to get started! This first week our theme is “All About Me”. We will be having circle time, making some crafts, reading stories, and checking out the different centers that contain lots of fun materials and toys. We will start working on fine motor skills like how to hold a pencil and scissors.

For the first week, we do not have any families scheduled to bring a snack. The rotation will begin the week of September 10.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the long weekend and the last bit of summer!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

2018-2019 Welcome Letter

Sept 5 letter picWelcome to Preschool!

What an exciting time of development for your little one! Your preschooler is learning and absorbing so much during their early years, and we cannot wait to get started!

We have many exciting things planned here at Presbyterian Day School. Your child will have an opportunity to play and learn with others during story time and circle time where we study a new theme each month such as the seasons, fire safety, the weather, transportation, and many more. We will be focusing on an animal group each month, as well, learning about sea life, woodland creatures, animals in the arctic, and the like. Every day we will have a Bible time where we learn about Jesus, our Savior, in the stories of the Bible. We will also explore our creative sides with art, music, and dramatic play time when we play at the different centers.

Besides learning about these educational themes, your child will learn to name colors and shapes and to recognize letters and numbers. He or she will learn how to count, add, and subtract using manipulatives, and they will practice fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, coloring, and putting together puzzles. There will be a small group time where the teacher and assistant will teach them some of these skills in a more individualized setting. We will send their work home in their folder each day they are in class so that you can see your child’s progress.

Please send in a backpack (large enough to fit a folder), a change of clothes, and a folder for your child labeled with their name on the outside cover.

Looking forward to getting to know your little one!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

Summer Program – August 2018

palm treesluau coconut cupCan you believe we are already in the last month of summer! We continue to explore our world this week looking at stories about people and places in Africa. The last 2 weeks of the program we will be talking about Australia and the world’s oceans. On Thursday, August 16, to finish up the fun things we have planned, we will celebrate with a Hawaiian-themed party where we will play games and eat treats.

Preschool will begin on September 4 at the Day School. I will be hanging a donation tree that has apples with items written on them that the preschool will need this fall. If you have any of the items at home or are back-to-school shopping, please consider taking an apple and bringing it back with your donation. We really appreciate the help!

Thanks for being a part of our program this summer! I hope the kids learned a little something and had a fun time in the process. Blessings for this coming school year!

Summer Program 2018 – July

flags of the worldI trust everyone is having a good summer so far. I know I had a fun on vacation these past 2 weeks with my kids. Enjoy every moment with your children. They are truly a blessing! I wanted to thank Ms. Hannah, Ms. Tara, and Ms. Lily for covering for me while I was away.

Our summer program has started off well. We have already explored Antarctica and North America. Stop in the corner room some time to see our “bubble art” project and flags from around the world that the kids decorated last month. This month we are also looking more closely at South America and it’s varying habitats of rain forests and mountains. We will also be looking at Europe and Asia this month. There are art projects, library visits, science demonstrations, and fun crafts planned to explore our world.

Summer Program 2018 – June

sunshineJune 11, 2018

Welcome to the Summer Program at PDS for preschoolers and school kids!

We have many fun things planned to do this summer, and I hope we will also learn a little, too, along the way. Our weekly activities will include making crafts and art projects together, playing with bubbles and chalk outside, watching and participating in science experiments, and visiting the library. We will play games and read books, do obstacle courses and relays.

We will be talking about and doing projects related to traveling the world! Each week we will focus on a continent, read stories and watch movies about that area of the world. In the month of June, we will have an introduction to the world and start our travels with Antarctica when we will play with ice to keep us cool this summer. We will begin discussing our own continent by talking about our neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Looking forward to a great summer with our preschool and school kids!

Jill Garcia