November 14, 2018 Snack Correction

Please note that the family providing snack for Wednesday, November 14, is Iverson. The snack donations scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week remains the same: Manniello and Seals. Thank you!

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November 12, 2018 Parent Letter

transportationThere will be no preschool from Thursday, November 22nd to Monday, November 26th due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Preschool will resume on Tuesday, November 27th. The Sarris Christmas candy fundraiser orders and money are due this Wednesday, November 14th. Thank you for helping us improve our school! We have also sent home more flyers for the Scholastic Books for the month of November as well as a Christmas flyer which is due after the Thanksgiving break. The books on offer are great as Christmas gifts for friends and family!

The Christmas play to celebrate Christ’s birth is on Friday, December 21st, at 9:15 a.m. (the last preschool day before the Christmas break) in the social hall. The children should arrive in the preschool room at 9:00 a.m. as usual to get on costumes. If your child will not be able to attend that day, please let us know so that we can make sure they receive their gift from Santa and we do not cast them in a role. A reception and visit from Santa Claus will take place after the play.

We have had lots of fun playing with trains and cars, and this week we will learn about boats and planes. In Bible, we will read about God’s prophet, Samuel, and the young shepherd who becomes king of Israel, David.

The families donating snack this week are: Quigley (11/14), Manniello (11/15), and Seals (11/16). To make sure we have enough snacks for everyone, I wanted to let you know that our 4 year old class now has 12 students and the 3 year old class still has 9 students. Next Tuesday and Wednesday are our Thanksgiving parties in class. We are asking for just some of the families to donate snacks and drinks to make our day extra special.

Tuesday (11/20) – Snacks: Linner and Maji; Drinks: Wright

Wednesday (11/21) – Snacks: Farren and Hathaway; Drinks: Iverson

Mark your Calendars:

November 14 – Sarris Christmas candy orders and money due

November 20 & 21 – Thanksgiving Parties

November 21 – November Scholastic book orders are due

November 22-26 – No preschool; Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!

December 21 – Christmas play and reception

Jill Garcia

Lilly Masterson Kuhn

November 5, 2018 Parent Letter

trainWe had a good time at our Halloween parties! Thank you for sending in contributions and treats for the children. I hope everyone received the packet about the Sarris Christmas candy fundraiser. The money we raise will go to some much-needed improvements to the day care and preschool. The orders and money are due on Wednesday. November 14th.

November has begun which means we are starting to look ahead to Christmas. We are going to have a Christmas play to celebrate Christ’s birth on Friday, December 21st, at 9:15 a.m. (the last preschool day before the Christmas break). We want to invite the preschool friends and families for both classes to come see the play in the social hall. Afterwards we will have a reception with cookies provided by the staff, and, for the children, we will have a visit from Santa Claus! I will be casting all of the children from the 3 year old and 4 year old classes with a part in the play. If your child will not be able to attend that day, please let us know so that we can make sure they receive their gift from Santa and we do not cast them in a role. Thank you!

We do have another holiday to look forward to before Christmas. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with a class party on November 20th for the 3 year old class and November 21st for the 4 year old class. Again, we will be asking some of the families to provide a snack or drink for our parties. Thank you for your help!

For the month of November, our theme is transportation and travel. We will be talking about cars, buses, and trains this week, and the class on Friday will have some fun activities related to our neighboring country, Mexico. We will also be learning about safari animals this month, such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, and monkeys. Our Bible lessons this week will be about two women of the faith, Ruth and Hannah.

The families scheduled to provide snack this week are: Marsh on Wednesday (11/7), Srikanth on Thursday (11/8), and Morse on Friday (11/9). Thank you in advance for your donations!

Mark your Calendars:

November 14 – Sarris Christmas candy orders and money due

November 20 & 21 – Thanksgiving Parties

November 21 – November Scholastic book orders are due

December 21 – Christmas play and reception

Jill Garcia

Lilly Masterson Kuhn

October 29, 2018 Parent Letter

Happy HalloweenWe are looking forward to the Halloween parties on Tuesday for the 3 year old class and Wednesday for the 4 year old class. Please have your children dress up in their favorite costume and we will have fun playing games and eating treats!

Our focus this week is on reviewing shapes. We will be making pictures with shapes and sorting block shapes in class. We will be learning more letters of the alphabet as well as counting. Please remember to check your child’s folder to see what we are doing in class. Our Bible story will focus on Israel and the time of the judges such as Gideon and Samson.

Snacks and Drinks for Halloween Party:

October 30 – snack items: Baker and Carpenter; drink item: Hagan

October 31 – snack items: Brown and Cannon; drink item: Farley

Thank you in advance for your donations!

Mark your Calendars:

October 30 & 31 – Halloween Parties

November 21 – November Scholastic book orders are due

Jill Garcia

Lilly Masterson Kuhn

October 22, 2018 Parent Letter

rainbowWe are thankful to the Valley Ambulance Authority for visiting us last Friday. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children, and they were able to have hands-on experience with emergency medicine. The children also know some important safety rules, and I do hope that you will talk with them about your family emergency plans.

This week we are focusing on colors. There are fun activities planned to review the colors we have studied so far. We are also reading stories about woodland creatures like rabbits and bears. I have introduced the children to some letters, and we will be learning about “s” and “r” this week. In Bible time, we have been reading about Moses, and this week the Israelites will be entering the promised land.

The 3 year old class have their Halloween party on Tuesday, October 30th, and the 4 year old class have theirs on Wednesday, October 31st. The children are very excited about wearing costumes, and we look forward to a fun day!

Snacks and Drinks for Halloween Party:

October 30 – snack items: Baker and Carpenter; drink item: Hagan

October 31 – snack items: Brown and Cannon; drink item: Farley

The families who are scheduled to provide a snack this week are: Hathaway on Wednesday (10/24), Manniello on Thursday (10/25), and Iverson on Friday (10/26). Thank you so much for your help!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Masterson Kuhn

October 15, 2018 Parent Letter

ambulanceWe have an exciting week ahead of us. October is fire safety month, so we will be talking about fire safety and other safe practices in class. We are expecting a visit from the Valley Ambulance Authority on Friday, October 19. The 4 year old class and the day care will be able to walk around the truck and have a peak into the back. It will be a great way to cap off our week!

The Day School usually gets two visits a year from Teddy Bear Portraits, once in the fall and again in the spring (when the 4 year old class wears a cap and gown for their portraits). This year we have one visit scheduled, and that will be in February. The 4 year olds will be able to take pictures in a cap and gown at that time.

The Scholastic Book orders are due at the end of this week. Let me encourage you to check out the website as well as browse the flyers that are sent home. It is easy to order books online at scholastic.com, and the online orders do get processed and sent quicker. Just remember to include the code for our school so that we can earn points to purchase books for our classroom.

We are planning to have a Halloween party for each class. The 3 year old class will have their party on Tuesday, October 30th, and the 4 year old class will have theirs on Wednesday, October 31st. It would be very helpful to have some snacks and drinks for the parties, and we have created a schedule to have a few families provide items for the Halloween parties and then other families will be able to provide items for future parties. Have your children come dressed up and ready for a fun day!

Snacks for Halloween Party:

October 30 – snack items: Baker and Carpenter; drink item: Hagan

October 31 – snack items: Brown and Cannon; drink item: Farley

The families who are scheduled to provide a snack this week are: Farley on Wednesday (10/17), Maji on Thursday (10/18), and Farren on Friday (10/19). Thank you so much for your help!

Mark your Calendars:

10/19 – visit from Valley Ambulance Authority “Touch a Truck”

10/19 – Scholastic Book orders for October due

10/30 & 10/31 – Halloween Parties!

Ms. Diana begins her maternity leave this week. We will miss her while she is on leave! Ms. Lilly will be filling in for her as preschool assistant teacher.

Jill Garcia

October 8, 2018 Parent Letter

pumpkin patchOur field trip to the pumpkin patch is this Thursday! The address for Soergel Orchards is 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. The location is conveniently close to Exit 73 on I-79. Our group will meet at the covered porch area at 9:15 a.m. We are scheduled to take a hay ride up to the pumpkin patch at 9:30. Our guide will read a story to the children, and then they will be able to pick out a pumpkin. (The hay ride to the pumpkin patch and back takes about 45 minutes.) The tractor and hay wagon will take us back to the farm store area where there is a playground for the children. You can stay as long as you like at that point. We will not be going to the preschool Thursday, but if you would like to take your child back to PDS day care, you can do so. Please let the staff know if you will have your child at the day care on Thursday.

In class this week we will be counting pumpkins and making leaf creatures with the leaves we collected last week. I will be introducing lowercase letters this week. Each week we will learn about 2 letters and their sounds, and we will review colors and shapes throughout the rest of October. In Bible time, we will read about how God saved baby Moses and that he had a plan for Moses to help save God’s people, the Israelites.

We are planning to have a Halloween party for each class. The 3 year old class will have their party on Tuesday, October 30th, and the 4 year old class will have theirs on Wednesday, October 31st. The children can dress up in their favorite costumes that day, and we will have games and treats for them! The families who are scheduled to provide a snack this week are: Brown on Wednesday (10/10) and Cannon on Friday (10/12). Thank you so much for your help!

Mark your Calendars:

10/11 – Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch at Soergel Orchard’s; Meet at 9:15 a.m. on the covered porch

10/19 – Scholastic Book orders for October due

10/30 & 10/31 – Halloween Parties!

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio