October 23, 2017 Parent Letter

pumpkin patchOur pumpkin patch field trip is this Friday! Diana and I will meet all of you at 9:30 a.m. Our meeting place is by the porch at McIntosh Hall – it is the covered porch behind the main market. The address for Soergel Orchards is: 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. If you are driving north on I-79, it is just after you turn right off of the exit. Please bring cash or check. The cost is $7 per child and $2 per adult. I will collect the money that morning to be turned in to the field trip teachers. If you have any questions, please email me or call me at the preschool.

We continue our talk about community helpers this week and will emphasize builders and teachers. During this final week of October, we are reviewing the six colors and shapes we have learned so far. We are also reviewing “A, B, and C”. Our Bible Time reading will focus on the judges of Israel: Gideon and Samson.

Reminder: Our Halloween parties will be on Monday, October 30 for the 4-year olds and Tuesday, October 31 for the 3-year olds. Your child can bring a costume that day, and we will have lots of games, prizes, and food! I will be providing cupcakes for both classes. The families providing snacks for the parties are: Bruzzese on Monday-10/30 and Ambriz, Carrabia, and Farley on Tuesday-10/31. The Melius family can bring a drink for Monday and the Farren family can bring a drink for Tuesday’s party. We are planning a Thanksgiving feast in November, and the other families can provide food and drinks for that party.

The families providing a snack this week are: Taylor on Wednesday (10/25) and Morse on Thursday (10/26). Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

October 27 – Meeting at Soergel Orchards in Wexford at 9:30 a.m. to visit the pumpkin patch

October 30 & 31 – Halloween Party!

November 3 – Sarris Candy orders are due

November 21 & 22 – Thanksgiving Feast

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

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Parent Letter October 16, 2017

Officer Buckle and Gloria        The Scholastic Books orders for September have either arrived or are in route. New flyers for October were sent out last week. You can order online or send into school the order form on the back page with a check for the amount. The due date for October orders will be October 26. We will then send the orders on to Scholastic and the books will be shipped to the school in early November and distributed to the families. Thanks for helping the school earn points so we can receive books at the end of the year!

This week we are talking about police officers and law enforcement and doing some fun activities that will teach safety. We will also be reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny and other great stories. We will be learning to recognize and count to 6, and the shape we will be learning is oval. The sixth color we will focus on this week is purple, and we are learning the letter “C” and its sound. In Bible Time, we are talking about how Joshua and the Israelites conquered the city of Jericho.

Reminder: Our Halloween parties will be on October 30 for the 4-year olds and October 31 for the 3-year olds. Your child can bring a costume that day, and we will have lots of games, prizes, and food! I will be providing cupcakes for both classes. We are asking for just some of the families to provide snacks or party treats (Bruzzese on Monday-10/30 and Ambriz, Carrabia, and Farley on Tuesday-10/31). We will also need drinks-lemonade or juice, and are asking the Melius family to provide a drink on Monday-10/30 and the Farren family to provide a drink on Tuesday-10/31. We are planning a Thanksgiving feast in November, and the other families can provide food and drinks for that party.

The families providing a snack this week are: Melius on Wednesday (10/18) and Marsh on Thursday (10/19). Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

October 18 & 19 – Laughlin Children’s Center testing for 4-year olds (Wednesday) & for 3-year olds (Thursday)

October 27 – Meeting at Soergel Orchards in Wexford at 9:30 a.m. to visit the pumpkin patch

October 30 & 31 – Halloween Party!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

October 9, 2017 Parent Letter

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           We have a busy and fun few weeks ahead of us! Teddy Bear Portraits are this Friday. The picture-taking will begin at 7:30, and parents can come to view and purchase pictures from 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and from 3:00p.m.-5:00 p.m. We can’t wait to see some gorgeous smiles!

           The forms for having your child tested for Laughlin Children’s Center are due back by Wednesday, October 11. Please send your form and money in if you would like to have this service. Also, our field trip to Soergel Orchards is fast approaching! There is a sign-up sheet on the little table by the preschool door so we can get an accurate count of our group. Remember you will be responsible for transporting your child, and the price is $7 per child plus $2 per adult which includes a hayride and a pumpkin for each child. We hope to see all of our preschool families there.

We continue our new theme on community helpers by talking about doctors, nurses, and emergency responders. We are also making adorable bear faces and forest landscapes. We will be learning to recognize and count to 5, and our shape and color focus is diamond and brown. We are also learning the letter “B” and its sound. In Bible Time, we will read about the end of Moses’ life and how he helped lead God’s people to the Promised Land.

Our Halloween parties will be on October 30 for the 4-year olds and October 31 for the 3-year olds. Your child can bring a costume that day, and we will have lots of games, prizes, and food! More information will be coming soon about how you can contribute to our party. The families providing a snack this week are: Bruzzese on Wednesday (10/11) and Iverson on Thursday (10/12). Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

October 13 – Teddy Bear Portraits

October 18 & 19 – Laughlin Children’s Center testing for 4-year olds (Wednesday) & for 3-year olds (Thursday)

October 27 – Field Trip to Soergel Orchards in Wexford at 9:30 a.m. to visit the pumpkin patch

October 30 & 31 – Halloween Party!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

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October 2, 2017 Parent Letter

Starting out on a personal note: I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers for me and my family during this time of grieving for the loss of my mother last week due to cancer. The dayschool staff and board have been very encouraging to me with their kind messages and hugs. I feel joyful knowing that my dear mom is at rest and in the hands of her Savior.

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This week in preschool, we are beginning a new theme on community helpers. This week we will talk about fire safety and read books about firefighters. We will also be reading stories and making crafts that deal with our new animal theme of forest animals such as owls, bunnies, bears, foxes, and many more. Our number focus for the week is 4, and we will be recognizing the color orange and rectangles. We are also learning the letter “A” and its sound. In Bible Time, we continue to talk about Moses and the Israelites wandering in the wilderness.

Our Scholastic Books orders have come in for the month of September. Thanks for helping the preschool get new books later this year. New flyers for October will be sent home this week.

The families providing a snack this week are: Woodard on Wednesday (10/4) and Farren on Thursday (10/5). Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

October 13 – Teddy Bear Portraits

October 18 & 19 – Laughlin Children’s Center testing for 4-year olds (Wednesday) & for 3-year olds (Thursday)

October 27 – Field Trip to Soergel Orchards in Wexford at 9:30 a.m. to visit the pumpkin patch

October 30 & 31 – Halloween Party!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

September 25, 2017 Parent Letter

preschool hands          This week in preschool, we are reviewing numbers 1 through 3 and counting to 10. We are also learning about triangles and the color red. We finish up our monthly topic of the five senses with the sense of touch. For Bible time, baby Moses has grown into a man, and God has a plan for him to save the Israelites from the Egyptian Pharaoh.

Thank you to those who have looked over the Scholastic Books flyer and placed an order that contributes to our preschool earning points. If we receive a good amount towards our school, we can order free books from Scholastic! As you can see, they offer quality products that are age appropriate for our preschoolers. Thank you also for donating items that we use every day in preschool by picking up apples from the apple tree on our front door. We really appreciate it! There are still some apples on our tree, and from time to time we will add more.

The families providing a snack this week are: Taylor on Wednesday (9/27) and Farley on Thursday (9/28). Just wanted to remind you to please provide a simple and healthy snack that can be easily distributed. Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

On October 13 (Friday), we will have Teddy Bear Portraits coming to the day school. More information and an order form will be sent home soon.

October 18 & 19, Laughlin Children’s Center will be here to do some testing of our preschoolers. Please be on the lookout for a letter being sent home with more information about this program. Note that there is a $5 fee. If you would like your child tested in this very useful program, please fill in the top part of the form that was also sent in your child’s folder.

October 27 (Friday) is the date for our field trip to the pumpkin patch! We will be meeting at Soergel Orchards in Wexford at 9:30 a.m. We ask that a parent or guardian transport and stay with their preschooler(s) for the entirety of the trip. The children will start with a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch where they will hear a story and pick out a pumpkin to take home. The running time is 45 minutes, and the fee is $7 per student and $2 per adult (that includes the pumpkin). Afterwards there is a fun play area for the children to explore, and they have a really nice shop which the adults will like to explore.

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

September 18, 2017 Parent Letter

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September 18-22, 2017

The preschool class has been hard at work! We have been making fun “fishy” pictures and starting to practice counting and recognizing shapes and colors around us. Our number focus this week is 3, and we will be learning about circles and the color yellow. We will be continuing our monthly topic of the five senses by talking about the senses of smell and taste. For Bible time, we are reading about Joseph and baby Moses.

We sent home a flyer for the scholastic book club. If you would like to place an order, you can do so online. Just remember to put in the teacher’s code written on the back page of the flyer. Every order earns points for the preschool, and we can receive free books for the classroom later in the year!

You also may have noticed an apple tree on the door of the preschool room. Written on the apples are items that the preschool room uses frequently. If you are able to donate that item, please take an apple with you as a reminder. There is no obligation, but any donations are very much appreciated! If there are other items that are not on the apple tree that you would like to donate just let a teacher know.

The families providing a snack this week are: Melius on Wednesday (9/20) and Carrabbia on Thursday (9/21). Just wanted to remind you to please provide a simple and healthy snack that can be easily distributed like crackers, Veggie Straws, apple slices, baby carrots, etc., and please save any sugary treats for special days. Thanks again for helping!

Jill Garcia

Diana DiGregorio

September 11, 2017 Parent Letter

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September 11-15, 2017

We made it through the first week of preschool!

Since we started getting settled into a new routine last week and are learning how to be in school, we can start to learn numbers, shapes, and colors! This week we will focus on the numbers 1 and 2, and learn about squares and the color blue.

We will be continuing our monthly topic of the five senses by talking about the sense of hearing. We will read books about animal sounds and will be learning how to listen. For Bible time, we are reading about Noah and the ark.

The Families providing a snack this week are: Bruzzese on Wednesday (9/13) and Ambriz on Thursday (9/14). Please provide a simple and healthy snack that can be easily distributed like crackers, Veggie Straws, apple slices, baby carrots, etc. Please save any sugary treats like cupcakes and cookies for special days like birthdays and holiday celebrations. Thanks for helping!

It is going to take each child a little time to adjust to being in school, but the class is doing a great job so far! Thank you for the opportunity to teach your little ones!

Jill Garcia

Diana DeGregorio