September 16, 2019 Parent Letter

preschool handsWe are having a great start to the year! Last week was an introduction to the five senses and the sense of sight. We will be talking about and doing activities related to the senses of hearing and touch this week. We are also learning the colors: red and orange and the shapes: triangle and rectangle. The stories found in Genesis of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph will be the focus in Bible time this week.

Friday, October 25th, we have a field trip, “All About Apples”, planned at Soergel Orchards. We will meet there at 11:00 to play in their play area and then begin the tour at 11:30. It will take approximately one hour and 15 minutes and includes watching how apples are washed, made into cider, and learning the parts of the apple. The group will be given apple cider to try, and each child will be given an apple and a little gift bag. The cost is $8.00 per child and $2.00 per adult. A flyer will be sent home soon for you to return with the payment. Please return it if you are interested in joining us that day. There will not be preschool on that Friday since we are away for the field trip.

Please remember to check your child’s folder for artwork and other communications and to send it in each school day along with a snack.

Mark your calendars:

September 24 – Pittsburgh Popcorn Company money and orders due

September 27 – Scholastic Book orders due

October 25 – Soergel Orchards Field Trip

Thank you and have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

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September 9, 2019 Parent Letter

boy readingWe had a very good first week of school. It definitely takes some adjustment for all of us, but overall the preschoolers did a great job!

This week we are learning about the sense of sight. We will be looking around us and observing our world more closely. We will also be looking at shapes and colors starting with squares, circles, blue, and yellow. In Bible time, we will be learning to sing new songs and about what happened in the Bible after God created man. We will read about Noah and Abraham this week.

By now you should have all received the back-to-school Dr. Seuss bag. Inside are some goodies for your child to keep including crayons to use at home. There is a packet about Parent Information for Preschool. Please have a look over the packet and if you have any questions, let us know. You will also find flyers for Scholastic Books fundraiser. It is simple and easy to order books for your child online. I will submit all orders for September on the 27th, and a box will be delivered to the school about a week following the order due date. The books that you ordered will then be sent home with your child. Every book you order earns our classroom points, and then we can order free books for the classroom. Each month there will be new flyers and new books on offer, so be on the lookout for them!

You have also received a packet of information about the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company fundraiser. Orders and money are due on September 24th. The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company has an excellent selection of delicious popcorn. Please help us raise money for the Day School and enjoy popcorn this fall!

Mark Your Calendars:

September 24 – Pittsburgh Popcorn Orders and Money Due

September 27 – Scholastic Book Orders Due

October – Field Trip to Soergel’s Orchards (more information to come)

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

September 3, 2019 Parent Letter

preschoolWelcome to the first week of preschool! We are looking forward to meeting your little ones and getting to know them. Preschool only families should ring the doorbell after 8:55 a.m. for admittance, then please stop by the restroom on the day care level before coming to the preschool room. You will find a hook labeled with your child’s name. You can hang up their backpack and then send their folder and snack into the classroom with them. Their first day may be a little daunting at first, but we have many fun things planned and we’ll have a great time!

A bag with helpful information about preschool, information on our Scholastic Books fundraiser, and some gifts for your little one can be found on their hook if you were not able to come to orientation. Please have a look at the Preschool Parent Information handout as it may answer some of your questions. We will make sure the bag is sent home with their backpack if your child is staying after preschool for day care.

Our theme for September is the five senses. We will also be getting to know one another and learning how to be in preschool these first several weeks! We will be looking at and learning about animals we find at the beach and coral reef, as well as counting and looking at colors and shapes.

Looking forward to seeing all of you! Let us know if you have any questions. We are happy to help!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

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

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