December 18, 2017 Parent Letter

NativityWe are very grateful that you are allowing your child to participate in the play on Thursday, the 21st. We understand it is a busy time of year, but we hope that you will join us at 9:30 in the social hall to see the performance.

We’ve had a good time reading about rain and experimenting with water. This week we are doing fun things with snow and ice. We will be reviewing our letters from A to G and also going over our numbers, colors, and shapes. In Bible, we are reading about Queen Esther and the people of Israel in the time of their exile.

Have a blessed holiday and a great time with family and friends! We look forward to returning on Tuesday, January 2, after a nice break.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

December 20 – Scholastic book orders due

December 21 – Christmas Play and Party at 9:30 a.m.

December 25 to January 1, 2018 – preschool and day care closed

January 2 – preschool and day care reopen

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

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December 11, 2017 Parent Letter

Christmas_Polar_BearWe have been making Christmas ornaments and reading fun Christmas stories. The kids are getting excited about the upcoming holidays! The preschoolers are also doing well learning their Christmas songs. We are looking forward to the play on Thursday, the 21st. Cookies will be provided at the Christmas party following the play.

Despite illness and closing one day last week, we are making progress with our lessons about the weather, letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. This week our letter focus is G, and the number focus is 7. We practice counting and review shapes and colors daily, and we are making glittery gold and silver crafts. In Bible, we move on to the books of 1 and 2 Kings where we read about David and Solomon who built God’s temple.

The families who are responsible for snacks this week are: Taylor (12/13) and Carrabbia (12/14). Thanks for helping provide a snack for the class!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

December 20 – Scholastic book orders due

December 21 – Christmas Play and Party at 9:30 a.m.

December 25 to January 1, 2018 – preschool and day care closed

January 2 – preschool and day care reopen

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

December 4, 2017 Parent Letter

christmas tree penguinsIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the preschool room! We are looking forward to the Christmas play and party on Thursday, December 21. So far, no one has told us that their child will not be able to participate in the play, so we will go ahead and give each preschooler a role to play and a costume to wear. After the play, we will have a visit from Santa Claus!

This week we are talking about different types of weather and about how the sun keeps the earth warm. We will be reading stories about penguins in the Antarctic. Our letter focus is F, and the number focus is 6. We are practicing counting up to 12 every day. Our Bible lessons this week are about God’s prophet, Elijah.

The families who are responsible for snacks this week are: Melius (12/6) and Ambriz (12/7). Thanks for helping provide a snack for the class!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

December 4 – Sarris Candy orders arrive

December 8 – Living Nativity from 7pm to 9pm at the Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis

December 20 – Scholastic book orders due

December 21 – Christmas Play and Party at 9:30 a.m.

December 25 to January 1, 2018 – preschool and day care closed

January 2 – preschool and day care reopen

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

November 28, 2017 Parent Letter

pizzaThanks everyone for contributing to our Thanksgiving feast! I hope you will all have a safe and fun Thanksgiving holiday!

On Monday, the preschool will be closed, but the daycare will be open. Starting Tuesday, we are going to be talking about fun food we enjoy like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pizza. We have also had lots of fun making safari animal crafts like lions, giraffes, elephants, and zebras. Our new theme about the seasons and weather and our animal theme of polar animals will start next week. We will be reviewing our letters and numbers that we have studied so far. In Bible time, we will talk about King Solomon and how God gave him wisdom.

Christmas is fast approaching, and we have already started making preparations for a Christmas play on Thursday morning, December 21, as well as a visit from Santa Claus at our Christmas party to follow. We are asking for the 4 year old class to come on that day even though it is not their usual class day. Please let us know if your child is not able to attend so that we can plan accordingly for the play. All preschool children (3 and 4 year olds) will be assigned a role in our play. Also, if your child cannot be there, we want to make sure he or she gets their gift from Santa before our Christmas break. The preschool and daycare will be closed from December 25 to January 1, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

December 4 – Sarris Candy orders arrive

December 8 – Living Nativity from 7pm to 9pm at the Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis

December 21 – Christmas Play and Party (drop off 9:00, play starting at 9:30 in the                                                 Social Hall)

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

November 20, 2017 Parent Letter

thanksgivingAs the seasons change and colds and flu are a frequent occurrence, I wanted to request that you please call the preschool or daycare if your child is staying home sick or if they have an appointment and have to miss preschool. It helps us to be informed. Thank you! Please also remember to take your child to the restroom before class if you are dropping them off at 9:00. It helps us to get our school day started if everyone is ready when they come.

Extra copies of the Scholastic Books holiday flyer are available on the table by the preschool door. Don’t miss an opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done in advance!

Tuesday and Wednesday we will celebrate Thanksgiving by playing games, making pilgrim hats and, of course, eating! Just as a reminder, for the Thanksgiving Feast on November 21, we are requesting the Iverson, Marsh, and Morse families to bring a snack and for the Newman and Quigley families to provide a drink. On November 22, we are asking the Taylor family to bring a snack and the Woodard family to bring a drink. I will be providing cupcakes and a few other treats as well. Thank you everyone for your help!

The preschool and daycare will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week. On Monday, the preschool will be closed, but the daycare will be open. Preschool will resume on Tuesday, November 28. Have a great holiday!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

November 21 & 22 – Thanksgiving Feast

November 28 – Scholastic Books orders are due

December 4 – Sarris Candy orders arrive

December 8 – Living Nativity from 7pm to 9pm at the Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

November 13, 2017 Parent Letter

Thank you for helping raise funds for new playground equipment by selling the Sarris candy. It was successful! Please consider ordering books this month from Scholastic Books using our preschool’s code, and don’t forget to browse the Christmas flyer also to buy presents for friends and family.

cornucopia-clip-artThe kids have enjoyed playing supermarket and restaurant with a tent in our classroom, and we will keep it up for them to play with for this coming week. This week we will read stories and talk about delicious fruit and vegetables. We will be reviewing letters A-E and their sounds and the numbers 1-5. Our new color and shape are green and a star. We will be reading about David and Goliath and about how David became king of Israel in Bible time. We have started to learn some Christmas hymns as well to prepare for a Christmas play in December.

The families providing a snack this week are Bruzzese (Wednesday, 11/15) and Quigley (Thursday, 11/16). Our Halloween party snack schedule went well so for the Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 21, we are requesting the Iverson, Marsh, and Morse families to bring a snack and for the Newman and Quigley families to provide a drink. The 4 year old class will celebrate Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22, and we are asking the Taylor family to bring a snack and the Woodard family to bring a drink. I will be providing cupcakes and a few other treats as well. Thank you everyone for your help!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

November 21 & 22 – Thanksgiving Feast

November 28 – Scholastic Books orders are due

December 4 – Sarris Candy orders arrive

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

November 6, 2017 Parent Letter

We had a great time at the pumpkin patch and at our Halloween parties. I hope your family has been able to enjoy some fall festivities this season.

As the weather is getting colder, I wanted to remind you of our school closure policies due to inclement weather stated in the handbook. If our school district, Cornell, has a snow day, we are also canceling preschool for that day. You can check with the local news station or news website to see if we are listed. If Cornell calls for a 2 hour delay due to snow, we will cancel preschool for the day, but if the 2 hour delay is due to wind, we will not cancel preschool since our school children are not bussed. You can call us if you have any questions.

Handas-SurpriseThis week we continue to talk about food and where it comes from – how food is harvested and sent to stores for us to purchase. We will be reading Handa’s Surprise about a young African girl who balances a basket on her head all the way home from the market. Our letter focus this week is E, and our number focus is 5. We will be learning to recognize the color pink and heart shapes. In Bible time, we will read about how Samuel was called by God when he was a boy.

The families providing a snack this week are Woodard (Wednesday, 11/8) and Newman (Thursday, 11/9). Thank you for your help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

November 21 & 22 – Thanksgiving Feast

November 28 – Scholastic Books orders are due