April 6, 2020 Parent Letter

Live, laugh, love, learnWe really miss our kids! I’ve heard from many co-workers, and we all miss seeing the little ones on a daily basis. I hope and pray you are all staying safe and healthy during this time of crisis.

I hope all of our preschoolers are still able to learn and grow in knowledge in their day to day life at home with family. A young mind is constantly absorbing new material, and, for now, you are the source that they observe the most. You don’t have to use workbooks, stickers, and charts to educate at home (unless you want to). Advice that I followed when I was at home with my children when they were young was “talk, talk, talk” and “read, read, read.” Talk to them while you are making dinner – “Can you find the can of Tomatoes? It starts with a T that says t, t, tomato.”  Talk to them while you set the table – “There are four of us. How many spoons should we set on the table? Let’s count them.” Using descriptive words while they learn to tie their shoe or wash their face helps give young children the verbal skills they need.

Also, read, read, read. Your resources may be limited at home, but your little one will not mind reading their favorite books again and again. You can read picture books, pointing to pictures for them to name, and you can read longer books without pictures while they sit on your lap or play on the floor or cut and paste a picture. Again, the more words a child hears the more their mind absorbs.

Another way to read, read, read and help the school is to look up Clubs.scholastic.com. Scholastic Book Club is making the option of mailing your order directly to your home now. You can still put in the preschool class code: RGR4C and that will help our class earn points for books and resources for the classroom.

Using technology wisely can also be a great educational tool. Children should not spend hours glued to a screen, but they can learn by playing games on a tablet or computer. A couple of websites I would recommend are ABCya.com (one I used for my children during the summer months). It is designed for children pre-K through 6th grade, and there are fun learning games for preschoolers. Another website is learning4kids.net which has a lot of great ideas of things to make and do at home, and you can browse by age or by categories such as alphabet, colors, fine motor, numbers, paint, science, and many more.

I do hope we will all be together soon, and that all of our families will stay safe and healthy! If you have questions about this post or would like more advice you can contact me by email: JillGarcia613@yahoo.com.

Blessings!

Jill Garcia

March 9, 2020 Parent Letter

Humpty DumptyWe had a blast in Wacky Week! The kids enjoyed dressing up and reading some great Dr. Seuss books all week long. This week we continue to learn about rhyming words and looking at classic nursery rhymes such as “Humpty Dumpty” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. The animal focus this week is horses and cows. The preschoolers are already having fun playing with farm animal toys and puzzles. In Bible time, we are reading about various relationships. Jesus shows his love to little children and tells of the Good Samaritan who showed love to his enemy as a good neighbor should.

Teddy Bear Portraits will be back on March 25th. This spring, the 4 year old preschoolers will be getting their picture taken in a cap and gown. Please consider coming to view the photos that afternoon for purchase.

Mark your Calendars:

March 25 – Teddy Bear Portraits

March 27 – Scholastic Book orders due

April 8 & 9 – Easter Party for 4 year old and 3 year old classes

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

March 2, 2020 Parent Letter

cat in the hat readingIt is “Wacky Week” for day care and preschool. Every year we like to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading his books (which are rich in rhyming words and inventive language) and by having fun! We are dressing up using themes that go along with his books on the five days. They are:

Monday, March 2 – Lorax Day-wear orange

Tuesday, March 3 – Whoville Day-crazy hair day

Wednesday, March 4 – Wacky Wednesday (clothes inside out, backwards, mismatched)

Thursday, March 5 – Fox in Socks Day-wear mismatched or crazy socks

Friday, March 6 – Sleep Book Day-wear pajamas

Farm animals is the animal theme for March. We will be reading about, playing with, and doing activities related to pigs, sheep, horses, cows, chickens, and such. In Bible time, we will read about Jesus’ miracles such as feeding 5,000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes and Jesus walking on water.

Mark your Calendars:

March 2-6 – Wacky Week!

March 25 – Teddy Bear Portraits (including cap and gown pictures for 4 year old preschoolers)

March 27 – Scholastic Book orders due

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

February 24, 2020 Parent Letter

humpback whaleFor the final week in February, our focus is the stars and galaxies beyond our own. We will also be reading about big things in the ocean like giant squid and whales. In small group, the preschoolers will be working on fine motor skills doing letter lacing cards and sorting letters and numbers. Jesus’ early ministry, his baptism, and temptation are the focus in Bible Time.

If you are in the Cornell school district, Kindergarten registration is coming up on March 10, 11, & 12. Please see the “Hi5!” flyer for more information on times and what to bring with you to registration.

March 2nd-6th is “Wacky Week” for day care and preschool. Every year we like to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading his books (which are rich in rhyming words and inventive language) and by having fun! We are dressing up using themes that go along with his books on the five days. They are:

Monday, March 2 – Lorax Day-wear orange

Tuesday, March 3 – Whoville Day-crazy hair day

Wednesday, March 4 – Wacky Wednesday (clothes inside out, backwards, mismatched)

Thursday, March 5 – Fox in Socks Day-wear mismatched or crazy socks

Friday, March 6 – Sleep Book Day-wear pjs

Mark your Calendars:

March 2-6 – Wacky Week!

March 25 – Teddy Bear Portraits (including cap and gown pictures for 4 year old preschoolers)

March 27 – Scholastic Book orders due

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

February 17, 2020 Parent Letter

ocean lifeWe had a fun time on Thursday and Friday celebrating Valentine’s Day! Thanks for all of your contributions. We played games, read Valentine’s day stories, made heart rubbings, and ate lots of yummy food. There will be one more classroom party held at Easter time.

We are learning about the planets this week in school, especially our own planet. To continue with our ocean animal theme, we will be reading about sea otters and dolphins. We are also experimenting with magnets this week and continue to learn new letters of the alphabet. In Bible, we continue to read about Jesus, how he does amazing things and is a teacher and friend.

Scholastic book orders are due at the end of this week. Please have a look at the flyers or at the website if you have not do so. Every order helps us earn points to receive free books for the classroom.

Mark your Calendars:

February 17 -Preschool is open on President’s Day

February 21 – Scholastic Book orders due

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

February 10, 2020 Parent Letter

heartsI hope everyone enjoyed the day off preschool and stayed safe last Friday due to the snow day. Please remember to check WPXI and messages with the Remind App for delays and closures.

We continue with our space theme and learn about day and night, the sun and the moon. We are also learning “Fishy Facts” this week. In small group, we are matching patterns on a star and mixing red and white paint to make pink hearts. We are reading about the Old Testament Prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and we will begin reading chapters from the story book My First Book About Jesus.

Our Valentine’s Day parties are this Thursday and Friday. There are 14 students in total in the 4 year old preschool class and 6 students total in the 3 year old preschool class. We have all of the supplies for the parties covered. Here is the list of families who are providing items:

2/13 (3 year old class): snack-Battles; sweet treat-A. Stefanski; drink-already provided

2/14 (4 year old class): snack-Beck, Manniello; sweet treat & volunteer-Seals; drink-Moser

Thank you for signing up!

Mark your Calendars:

February 13 & 14 – Valentine’s Day parties for 3 year old class and 4 year old class

February 21 – Scholastic Book orders due

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

February 3, 2020 Parent Letter

solar systemIn the month of February, the preschoolers will be exploring outer space and the depths of the oceans, two areas where there is still so much for humans to discover. This week, we will learn about our solar system and what types of animals live in the ocean. Looking forward to Valentine’s Day, we will talk about what it means to be loving and kind. We will read in Bible time about what the people of Israel did to rebuild their city and temple after returning from the exile.

Our Valentine’s Day parties are coming up on February 13 & 14. We have all of the supplies for the parties covered. Here is the list of families who are providing items:

2/13 (3 year old class): snack-Battles; sweet treat-A. Stefanski; drink-already provided

2/14 (4 year old class): snack-Beck, Manniello; sweet treat & volunteer-Seals; drink-Moser

Thank you for signing up!

Mark your Calendars:

February 13 & 14 – Valentine’s Day parties for 3 year old class and 4 year old class

February 21 – Scholastic Book orders due

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

January 27, 2020 Parent Letter

puppy kittyI wanted to thank parents for meeting with me this past week. It is always helpful to get feedback from each other, and it’s good to know going forward how best to help the children as they continue to grow, learn, and develop.

For this final week in January, the class will be looking at traveling by air. We are also nearing Groundhog Day (February 2), so on Friday we will be talking about the groundhogs and shadows. In Bible, we are reading about good and bad Old Testament kings like Solomon, Ahab, and Josiah, and we will read how Jesus is the king of kings.

Our Valentine’s Day parties are coming up on February 13 & 14. We have all of the supplies for the parties covered. Here is the list of families who are providing items:

2/13 (3 year old class): snack-Battles; sweet treat-A. Stefanski; drink-already provided

2/14 (4 year old class): snack-Beck, Manniello; sweet treat & volunteer-Seals; drink-Moser

Thank you for signing up!

Mark your Calendars:

January 27 & 30 – Occupational Therapy testing by Laughlin Children’s Center; $5 check or money order and form are due January 27

February 13 & 14 – Valentine’s Day parties for 3 year old class and 4 year old class

February 21 – Scholastic Book orders due

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

January 20, 2020 Parent Letter

sail-boatLooking forward to this week, parent/teacher conferences will be held in the preschool office from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. There is still time to sign up if you would like to talk in person or on the phone about your preschooler’s progress. Reports went home last week. You can contact me through Remind or by email: JillGarcia613@yahoo.com.

Laughlin Children’s Center is returning to our school on Monday, January 27th (for the 4 year old class) and on Thursday, January 30th (for the 3 year old class) for occupational therapy screening. A professional from the center will test the child on developmental skills including fine, gross, and visual motor skills. There is a $5 fee for this service. Please make checks or money orders payable to P.D.S. No cash please. This helpful service may help identify and prevent any school-related problems.

This week in preschool we are talking about transportation in the water. The kids got a demonstration about what items sink and float. We are also reading about cats. Letter and number review continues, and the children are all getting a lesson on how to tie shoes! In Bible, we are reading about faithful men of the Bible, Gideon and David.

Our Valentine’s Day parties are coming up on February 13 & 14. We have all of the supplies for the parties covered. Here is the list of families who are providing items:

2/13 (3 year old class): snack-Battles; sweet treat-A. Stefanski; drink-already provided

2/14 (4 year old class): snack-Beck, Manniello; sweet treat & volunteer-Seals; drink-Moser

Thank you for signing up!

Mark your Calendars:

January 23 & 24 – parent/teacher conferences

January 24 – Scholastic Book orders due

January 27 & 30 – Occupational Therapy testing (more information coming soon)

February 13 & 14 – Valentine’s Day parties for 3 year old class and 4 year old class

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

January 13, 2020 Parent Letter

trainLessons about transportation continue. Last week we read about and talked about cars and trucks. They had fun painting with cars! This week the preschoolers will be learning about trains and practicing the alphabet. We will also continue to read and talk about pets, especially dogs. In Bible, we are looking at Old Testament stories about Moses.

Scholastic Books fundraiser continues this month. Flyers have been sent home, and there are many more books online at clubs.scholastic.com. Don’t forget to link your order to P.D.S by entering the class code for our school, RGR4C. The school was able to receive free books including Pete the Cat, Curious George, and The Pigeon series, and we have already incorporated these books in our story time! Every order submitted gives the school more points to order more great books.

If you would like to discuss your preschooler’s progress, parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday afternoon, January 23rd and 24th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at 15 minute intervals. There will be a sign-up sheet on the table by the preschool door. If you are unable to view the sign-up sheet and would like to inform the teachers about what time slot you would like, we can sign you up. Phone conferences are also available. Please text through Remind or email me at JillGarcia613@yahoo.com to set up a phone call.

Mark your Calendars:

January 23 & 24 – parent/teacher conferences

January 24 – Scholastic Book orders due

January 27 & 30 – Occupational Therapy testing (more information coming soon)

February 13 & 14 – Valentine’s Day parties for 3 year old class and 4 year old class

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn