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

January 2, 2020 Parent Letter

Happy new year to all of our preschool families! I trust everyone had a safe and blessed time of celebration. Our Christmas play and party was a success thanks to all of you. It was great to see many families gathered together to celebrate this special season.

This short week in preschool, Ms. Lilly will be teaching about our new theme, transportation. The children will have a good time learning about things that go. We will also be learning about household pets this month. We continue to make our way through the alphabet and will be practicing the letter “v”.

Happy new year and have a good rest of the week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

December 16, 2019 Parent Letter

NativityThis is the final blog post of 2019! We have a busy week ahead of us. Laughlin Center is here on Monday and Tuesday to test the children’s language skills and hearing. The service is optional and there is a $5 fee. Laughlin Center staff are very helpful and will give a recommendation if your child is in need of further services.

In class, we will be discussing weather including snow and ice. We will be making snowflake mitten crafts to hang on the Christmas tree and other fun Christmas crafts. We are also learning new letters and reading Christmas stories including the story of Jesus’ birth found in the Bible.

We will be rehearsing for the Christmas play this Friday at 10:00 a.m. All family and friends are welcome to attend in the social hall. Drop off for the performers is at 9:45 a.m. in the preschool room. There will be refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus afterwards. Please let the staff know if your child needs day care before or after the program.

Families contributing  a dozen cookies on Friday: Lucy Baker, Rex Beck, Mara Goetz, Camryn Hagan, Emily Kahle, Harper Linner, Melanie Linner, Brody Battles, Gavin Farren, & Rilynn Iverson. Thank you!

Mark your Calendars:

December 16 & 17 – Laughlin Center Speech and Hearing Screening

December 20 – Preschool Christmas Program begins at 10 a.m. drop off 9:45 a.m.

December 23 to January 1, 2020 – Preschool is closed for Christmas Break

Enjoy the break! See you in the new year!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

December 9, 2019 Parent Letter

Christmas_Polar_BearWe are nearing the end of 2019! Please keep posted with all of the preschool news by following the blog and looking at the handouts that are sent home about different events like our Christmas program. As a reminder, we are asking parents to inform us by Friday, December 13th, if their child will not be able to attend the Christmas play and party.

Please also inform us if your child is sick or not attending preschool for whatever reason. It helps us to be prepared for our day if we know who is going to be absent.

We will continue the topic of weather this month and will discuss clouds and rain. We will read stories about polar bears and penguins. We are learning new letters and reviewing letter sounds. Our Bible stories this week will be about Jonah and the great fish as well as the birth of John the Baptist.

Monday and Tuesday of next week, a speech therapist will be at the preschool to test the children’s speech and hearing. The service is optional and there is a $5 fee. Laughlin Center staff are very helpful and will give a recommendation if your child is in need of further services.

Mark your Calendars:

December 16 & 17 – Laughlin Learning Center Speech and Hearing Screening

December 20 – Preschool Christmas Program begins at 10 a.m.

December 23 to January 1, 2020 – Preschool is closed for Christmas Break

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

December 2, 2019 Parent Letter

christmas tree penguinsWe are truly thankful for a great preschool family! Thank you parents for your contributions and volunteering. I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends over the holiday. This week in preschool, we are studying the weather. Our animal theme for December is polar animals, and this week we will look at penguins. In Bible, we will read about Daniel and his friends as they stand for what is right and about Queen Esther and how her bravery helped save her people.

Scholastic book orders for December are due at the end of this week so that orders will arrive before Christmas break begins, so please have a look at the flyers (books make great gifts!) and place your orders soon. Laughlin Learning Center will be here on the 16th and 17th to test students on speech and hearing. There is a small fee for the service, and they give parents a written evaluation. More information will be coming home.

A note about the Christmas program and party (including a visit from Santa Claus) will be coming home this week. Please have a look and communicate with us any relevant information. Thank you!

Mark your Calendars:

December 6 – Scholastic Book orders due for December

December 16 & 17 – Laughlin Learning Center Speech and Hearing Screening

December 20 – Preschool Christmas Program begins at 10 a.m.

December 23 to January 1, 2020 – Preschool is closed for Christmas Break

Have a great week!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn

November 25, 2019 Parent Letter

thanksgivingIt is a short week of school this week, but we have many fun things planned. On Monday, we will learn a new letter and make our own turkey prints. Tuesday and Wednesday are our Thanksgiving parties. We will play some turkey games and read stories about Thanksgiving. During center time, the preschoolers will be able to set the table for their own Thanksgiving feast and stir up a pretend “vegetable soup” at the water table. Bible time this week will be about the leprous man, Naaman, and how he is healed when he washes in the Jordan River 7 times. Then we will begin reading about the life of Daniel, the prophet.

Reminder for our Thanksgiving Parties:

Tuesday, November 26, is party day for the 3 year old class. Contributions include snack: Courtney Battles; sweet treat: Iverson; drinks: Farren and Kusserow; and parent volunteer: Courtney Battles. There are six students in the class. Thank you for your contributions!

Wednesday, November 27, is party day for the 4 year old class. Contributions include snack: Josh Linner; sweet treat: Wojtaszek; drinks: Maji; and parent volunteer: Lisa Kahle. There are 14 students in the class. Thank you!

Mark your calendars:

November 25 – Sarris Candy orders are due

November 26 & 27 – Thanksgiving Parties

November 28 & 29 – No preschool. Happy Thanksgiving!

December 6 – Scholastic Book orders due for December

December 16 & 17 – Laughlin Learning Center Speech and Hearing Screening

December 20 – Preschool Christmas Program begins at 10 a.m.

Thank you, Parents! Have a great holiday!

Jill Garcia

Lilly Kuhn