Summer Program 2019 – July

sunshineOur school age kids have had a busy summer already. We have been visiting the library and the garden. The radishes are growing fast, and the kids are helping to pick them. We are still waiting for the carrots and zucchini to grow. We have been playing outdoors and indoors depending on the rain and the heat. There have been fun games of “Simon Says”, “Hide and Seek”, and obstacle courses.

In the classroom we will continue to learn more about animals. Our topics this month include fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and what animals eat and how they migrate to find food. Each Monday is math challenge day, and some of the kids have already earned rewards for solving math worksheets and doing math flashcards. We will continue to practice our math and language arts skills each week. We will learn about rhyming words, poems, sight words, and phonics.

This Thursday is July 4th. The day school will be closed that day. We hope everyone has a safe and fun Independence Day! Stay cool!

Jill Garcia

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Summer Program 2019 – June

Noahs ArkWelcome to the summer program for kids going into kindergarten through 5th grade! We have a lot of fun activities planned for the summer. I will be posting an update once a month to keep you up to date on what is happening.

We will be having weekly activities that occur every morning including visiting the library, watering the community garden plot next door, reviewing math and language arts skills and learning about the animal kingdom. Since it is summer time it will be a more relaxed atmosphere compared to school, but at the same time we will be reviewing important subjects like math and language to keep the kids thinking and ready for the school year in the fall. Math activities will include counting, number recognition, adding, subtracting, and making number sentences. In language arts we will review rhyming words, reading sight words, and reading many books together. The activities will be fun and educational!

Our theme for the summer is the animal kingdom. We will learn about animals by classification: insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and more. We will also learn about different aspects of the animal kingdom such as habitats, camouflage and defense, communication, and conservation. Crafts and art projects will help reinforce what we have learned as well as nature walks on the premises to observe animals.

Please remember to have a bag with a change of clothes in case we get messy and to transport art work and communications. Each child should have a labeled lunchbox with a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack, and each item should be labeled with their name. Every Friday is hot lunch. There is a 3 week rotation when we offer either one of the following 3 meals: MacDonald’s chicken nuggets, french fries, and yogurt; MacDonald’s cheeseburgers, french fries, and yogurt; or 2 slices of cheese pizza. The cost for hot lunch is $3 paid with cash each Friday morning. It does not include drink so please send a drink with your child if they would like something other than water.

Looking forward to summer fun!

Jill Garcia

May 13, 2019 Parent Letter

IMG_1972It’s our final week of preschool! Wow, did it go by quickly! This week we will discuss what it is like to go camping. We are also reviewing the alphabet, counting, and using scissors. We will visit the garden this week and water the new plants. In Bible we will read about how Paul and Silas were freed from jail and about John’s revelation.

The final progress reports will be sent home this week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to seeing friends and family come out to our End-of-the-year program and preschool graduation which begins in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. on Friday, the 17th. Please have your preschoolers in the preschool classroom by 7 p.m. If your preschooler is unable to attend, please let us know so that we can still give them their certificate and gift.

A sign-up sheet for contributing snacks for our party will be available by the preschool classroom door. Send us a message if you are unable to see the sign-up sheet and would like to contribute a snack to the party. Snacks and supplies can be dropped off on the last preschool day or brought on Friday when you are dropping off the children for the program. The Art Show and Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Party will begin in the social hall right after the program.

Mark your Calendars:

May 15 – Last day of 4-year-old preschool

May 16 – Last day of 3-year-old preschool

May 17 – End-of-the-year Program and Preschool Graduation, 7 p.m.

Thank you and have a great summer!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

May 6, 2019 Parent Letter

cowgirl and horseOur “Livestock Show” is Monday and Tuesday. All of the children can bring in their favorite stuffed animal to show their class. We will continue to learn about cowboys, cowgirls, and horses this week. We are also practicing counting and recognizing numbers. In Bible time, we will read about Jesus’ disciples, Peter and John, as they carry on Christ’s ministry and we will read about Paul’s conversion.

This Saturday, May 11th, is the date set for planting in the community garden that is located behind the church building. The Day School has 2 plots that we will plant and we would love to have your help! The final week of preschool, the children will take part in watering and tending to the new plants.

Our final due date for ordering from Scholastic Books is May 6th. We need to have orders submitted early enough so that the book orders can arrive before the end of preschool on May 16th. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy some great books for your children and to help the preschool.

Looking forward to seeing friends and family come out to our End-of-the-year program and preschool graduation which begins in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. of Friday, the 17th. A sign-up sheet for contributing snacks for our party will be available by the preschool classroom door.

Mark your Calendars:

May 6 – Scholastic Books May Orders Due

May 11 – Planting day in the Community Garden

May 15 – Last day of 4-year-old preschool

May 16 – Last day of 3-year-old preschool

May 17 – End-of-the-year Program and Preschool Graduation, 7 p.m.

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

April 29, 2019 Parent Letter

cowboyWe had a good time at Living Treasures! The rain held off long enough for us to enjoy seeing the animals. We are starting our final month of preschool! This month we will learn about the Wild West and what it is like to be a cowboy or cowgirl. We will also be looking at desert animals this week. We are reading from our Bible story book about how Jesus ascends into heaven and about the new church.

On May 1st & 2nd, we will have a vision screening available for the preschoolers. Please return the flyer sent home if you do NOT want your child to be tested. Saturday, May 11th, is the date set for planting in the community garden that is located behind the church building. The Day School has 2 plots that we will plant in and we would love to have your help! The final week of preschool, the children will take part in watering and tending to the new plants.

Our final due date for ordering from Scholastic Books is May 6th. We need to have orders submitted early enough so that the book orders can arrive before the end of preschool on May 16th.

Mark your Calendars:

May 1 & 2 – Vision Screening

May 6 – Scholastic Books May Orders Due

May 11 – Planting day in the Community Garden

May 17 – End-of-the-year Program and Preschool Graduation, 7pm

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

April 22, 2019 Parent Letter

earth dayThe butterflies have arrived! We will feed them and observe them for a few days then we will be releasing them early this week. Monday is Earth Day, so we will be talking about how to take care of our planet. Every student has planted their own flower seeds this past week. We will watch them grow, and the children will be able to take them home at the end of the school year. Our Bible story this week is on the resurrection of Christ and how he revealed himself to his disciples after the miraculous event.

This Thursday is our field trip to Living Treasures. The teachers will meet you there at 10:00 a.m. and then we will sign in at 10:15 a.m. On May 1st & 2nd, we will have a vision screening available for the preschoolers. Saturday, May 11th, is the date set for planting in the community garden that is located behind the church building. The Day School has 2 plots that we will be planting in that day and we would love to have your help! The final week of preschool, the children will take part in watering and tending to the new plants.

Mark your Calendars:

April 25 – Living Treasures Animal Park field trip

April 26 – Scholastic books April orders are due

May 1 & 2 – Vision Screening

May 11 – Planting day in the Community Garden

May 17 – End-of-the-year Program and Preschool Graduation

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

April 15, 2019 Parent Letter

Easter bunnyThe caterpillars will soon be butterflies in the preschool classroom. They will be moved to the butterfly habitat where they will emerge from their chrysalis. In class we will talk about the butterfly life cycle and make caterpillar or butterfly pictures. We have finished going over the alphabet a second time covering both upper and lower case letters. We will spend the last few weeks reviewing the alphabet and practicing number recognition. In Bible we are reading about the last supper and other events leading up to the crucifixion.

The price for the Living Treasures Animal Park field trip is $11.00 per person (excludes children age 2 and under). If you are attending please turn in the payment by Thursday, April 18th in a check or money order. If we do not receive the payment on time you will be unable to get the group rate and will need to pay the regular price at the door the day of the field trip.

We are looking forward to our Easter parties on April 17th and 18th (Wednesday and Thursday). There is no need to donate food this time since we will be making a treat in class! The preschool and day care will be closed on April 19th for Good Friday. Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

Mark your Calendars:

April 17 & 18 – Easter Parties

April 18 – Living Treasures field trip payment due

April 19 – No Preschool – Good Friday

April 25 – Living Treasures Animal Park field trip

April 26 – Scholastic books April orders are due

May 11 – Planting day in the Community Garden

May 17 – End-of-the-year Program and Preschool Graduation

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn