Summer Program 2018 – July

flags of the worldI trust everyone is having a good summer so far. I know I had a fun on vacation these past 2 weeks with my kids. Enjoy every moment with your children. They are truly a blessing! I wanted to thank Ms. Hannah, Ms. Tara, and Ms. Lily for covering for me while I was away.

Our summer program has started off well. We have already explored Antarctica and North America. Stop in the corner room some time to see our “bubble art” project and flags from around the world that the kids decorated last month. This month we are also looking more closely at South America and it’s varying habitats of rain forests and mountains. We will also be looking at Europe and Asia this month. There are art projects, library visits, science demonstrations, and fun crafts planned to explore our world.

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Summer Program 2018 – June

sunshineJune 11, 2018

Welcome to the Summer Program at PDS for preschoolers and school kids!

We have many fun things planned to do this summer, and I hope we will also learn a little, too, along the way. Our weekly activities will include making crafts and art projects together, playing with bubbles and chalk outside, watching and participating in science experiments, and visiting the library. We will play games and read books, do obstacle courses and relays.

We will be talking about and doing projects related to traveling the world! Each week we will focus on a continent, read stories and watch movies about that area of the world. In the month of June, we will have an introduction to the world and start our travels with Antarctica when we will play with ice to keep us cool this summer. We will begin discussing our own continent by talking about our neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Looking forward to a great summer with our preschool and school kids!

Jill Garcia

May 14, 2018 Parent Letter

rainforest welcomeI cannot believe this is the last week of preschool for the 2017-2018 school year! We continue to rehearse for our program this Friday, May 18th. If you cannot make it on Friday evening, please let us know so we can send home all of your child’s final schoolwork. Please remember to drop your preschooler and snack items off in the infant room on the daycare level a little before 7:00 p.m., and parents and guests will then go down the hall to the sanctuary. A jungle party will begin immediately afterwards in the Social Hall at the bottom level. Please sign up to bring a snack or other item if you have not already done so.

We will have artwork from throughout the school year on display. Before you leave the party, please collect your child’s masterpieces in the gift bag with your child’s name on it that we will provide (it also contains a little gift so don’t leave without it!). Let me or Miss Diana know if you want any help collecting the artwork. We are happy to help!

We are still learning in the classroom this week. Our letter focus is (you guessed it!) the letter Z. We are also reading a fun alphabet book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and making our own trees. Our final Armor of God lesson from Ephesians 6 is about the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. The teachers are still testing the kids on their letters and shapes and doing some end of the year evaluations. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I will be happy to talk with you in person or by email.

We are still taking Scholastic Book orders until the last day of preschool. If you still want to order books this month, we will make sure you receive the delivery when it arrives at the school.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

May 18 – Preschool Graduation, Art Show, and Jungle Party

**Thank you, Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends for loving your children and sending them to learn with us. It has been an awesome year! Have a wonderful summer break!!**

May 7, 2018 Parent Letter

dinosaur-purpleThis week we will be rehearsing for our program and graduation on Friday, May 18th. Every family is encouraged to join us. You can drop your preschooler off in the infant room on the daycare level a little before 7:00 p.m. and go down the hall to the sanctuary. The teachers will lead the preschoolers in and begin our program. A jungle party will begin immediately afterwards in the Social Hall at the bottom level. A sign-up sheet will be made available if you would like to contribute snacks for the party. We will also have artwork from the school year on display for everyone to enjoy!

I will be evaluating the children throughout these last two weeks and sending home a progress report. The three year old class will review their colors and shapes, and the four year old class will be tested on how well they know their letters. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I will be happy to talk with you in person or by email.

Our letter focus is Y this week. We will review numbers and read about dinosaurs and the jungle. The Armor of God continues to be our Bible theme as we talk about the helmet of salvation and the shield of faith.

Our final Scholastic Books flyers for this school year have been sent home, and there is still time to order. I want to thank the parents who ordered books throughout the year. I hope your family has enjoyed them! We were able to order 14 books in total for our class library this year with the points earned from your purchases. Thanks again!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

May 18 – May orders due for Scholastic Books

May 18 – Preschool Graduation, Art Show, and Jungle Party

April 30, 2018 Parent Letter

dinosaurs and eggsWe had a great time at Living Treasures on Friday! If you were not able to go, I would recommend it for a fun family outing this summer. There were many animals and to be able to feed and pet many of them was a great hands-on experience.

We have only three weeks of preschool left! For the month of May, we will focus on learning about dinosaurs and our animal theme is jungle animals like monkeys, tigers, snakes, and tropical birds (like many of the animals we saw last Friday!). We are also reviewing numbers, recognizing #1-20 and counting, and our letter focus is X. The preschoolers will also learn about measuring, sorting, and organizing objects – they will be experts at cleaning their rooms! Our Bible lessons on the Armor of God continue with the breastplate of righteousness and shoes that are put on in “readiness given by the gospel of peace”.

Preschool graduation and program is in the church sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18. There will be singing and a presentation of diplomas and certificates. The art show and “jungle party” will be held afterwards in the social hall. A sign-up sheet will be available next week for those who would like to contribute a snack for the party. This week, the family asked to provide a snack is Quigley on Thursday (5/3). This is our last week to request snacks so here is a special thank you to all the parents who contributed snacks this year!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

May 18 – May orders due for Scholastic Books

May 18 – Preschool Graduation, Art Show, and Jungle Party

April 23, 2018 Parent Letter

zooLast week we had a good time learning about how we can help the earth. Your little one should know all about how to recycle! Just 4 weeks left in our school year! We are learning more about nature, how tadpoles become frogs, and about creepy crawlys like spiders. We are focusing on 2 letters this week (V and W), and the preschoolers continue to count and measure things. The next few weeks in Bible time our focus will be on the armor of God that we learn about in Ephesians 6. We will begin by talking about and doing activities related to the belt of truth.

Living Treasures is this Friday! I am excited about going to the wild animal park for the first time, and I hope you and your little ones are excited, too. Let’s meet at the front entrance no later than 10:15. The address is 268 Fox Road, New Castle, PA 16101. From Coraopolis it takes about 45 minutes to get there. Please note that no outside food to feed the animals may be brought in. We will be provided feed for the animals as part of the fee. Our educational tour begins at 11:00, and we do have a shelter reserved for lunchtime at 12:00. After lunch you can continue to explore the park and leave when you and your preschooler are ready. The park closes at 6:00 in the month of April.

Preschool graduation and program is in the church sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18. We will have singing and a presentation of diplomas and certificates. Please stay for the party and art show afterwards in the social hall. We are asking for families to provide some refreshments. More details will be sent home soon about signing up. This week, the family asked to provide a snack is Newman on Thursday (4/26). Thanks in advance for your help!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

April 26 – Vision screening

April 27 – Field trip to Living Treasures

May 18 – Preschool Graduation, Art Show, and Party

April 16, 2018 Parent Letter

earth dayEarth Day is April 22, so we will be talking about what we can do to help the earth by recycling and picking up litter so that we don’t become “litter bugs”. Our letter focus is “U”, and we will be counting, reviewing numbers, and measuring things that are short and tall. In Bible time, we will read how the apostle Paul’s was helped by his fellow Christians and about his shipwreck on the Island of Malta.

There is a sign-up sheet for the 3 year old preschool parents for our Living Treasures field trip on April 27. We need to have an accurate number as soon as possible, so please let us know if you are coming. The money order or check is due this Friday, April 20. Thank you!

Preschool graduation is just a month away. We invite all of the 3 year old and 4 year old preschool families to join us in the church sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18. We will have singing and a presentation of diplomas and certificates. Afterwards, we will have a party and an art show in the social hall. We are looking forward to a fun evening! This week, the families asked to provide a snack are Melius on Wednesday (4/18) and Morse on Thursday (4/19). Thanks in advance for your help!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

April 20 – Scholastic Book orders due; Field Trip payment due

April 26 – Vision screening

April 27 – Field trip to Living Treasures

May 18 – Preschool Graduation, Art Show, and Party