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Greetings from Kinder Camp!

It is officially summer! There’s so much to share about our Kinder Camp experience so far!

Our mornings begin with morning meeting, and after going over the calendar, reading a Bible story and discussing the plans for the day, we jump into small groups. We’ve been reviewing letter and sound recognition, and writing our alphabet. Then we have journal writing as well as mathematics and number recognition.

After having a delicious lunch and playing outside with some super fun toys, we spend time learning about God during Bible and worship. We’ve learned about Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and the Tower of Babel. We continue the day with arts and crafts. Using our imagination and creativity, so far, we’ve created colorful megaphones, visors, and windsocks!

Fridays are special days of the week! Last week we saw an “Oceans Rock” show. When the show finished, we got to take home two ocean memorabilia! Yay! To end the day, we watched Curious George 2 and had popcorn! Yum! This Friday we got to see a Juggler performance. It was great! In the afternoon, we watched A Goofy Movie and had popcorn for snack!

Let’s not forget the best part of Kinder Camp…water play! To keep cool in the sun, we’ve ran through sprinklers and water slides! We also had a Whale Bubble dance party!

In between all these activities, we are celebrating summer birthdays, having special lunch Fridays, and having dance parties in the classroom!

We’ve been having so much fun and its only been two weeks! We have six more weeks of fun-filled activities in store! So let’s put on our swimsuits and sunscreen, and let’s keep having some fun in the sun! 

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Hello Room 5!

We are so excited that summer is here and we get to play and learn together! We have been doing some exciting things this past week from painting rocks, splish splashin’ in pools, going to chapel, watching a short movie and finishing off the week with an Ocean Rocks presentation where we were able to learn about Ocean Animals! Take a look at some pictures of our first week! Enjoy!

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As your child gets ready to start in any new school or camp environment, it is helpful to remember that all children respond uniquely to their change in routine. Some will jump right into school while others will take some time to warm up. Separation anxiety is a concern for many parents, but with a little preparation, you can help ease your child’s transition into school.

At our school, we encourage you to bring a transitional item such as a stuffed animal, book, or photo of you to keep at school. Keep your drop-off calm, short and sweet by spending only 2 – 5 minutes in the classroom. Once you are ready to leave, reassure them you will be back, give them a hug and kiss, and offer them to to the teacher if they are in distress. Leave promptly after saying goodbye as delaying the exit will cause undue stress on both of you. The teachers will work their magic with love, cuddles, hugs, distraction and reassurance. It is normal for a child to cry when his/her parent leaves…it is their way of saying, “I will miss you.” As they gain confidence in their new routine, build independence, and get to know their teachers, drop-offs will become a happy experience…it may just take a bit of patience.

The following article from Scholastic is helpful in learning about how to help your child (and you!) adjust quickly and smoothly to his/her new experience.

Click here to read: A SMOOTH START

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We had a blast at our field trip to Kidspace Children’s Museum. This was the perfect field trip for our little guys in Room #4. It was a short drive from our preschool and the museum had lots of fun and age appropriate things to explore. Thank you to all our parent volunteer who made this trip an enjoyable and successful experience.

This place was filed with many safe and fun things to see, explore and do, If you have not been there, you might want to check it out, They have the Galvin Physics Forest, Imagination Workshop, Nature Exchange, Roberts Pavilion and the Outdoor play to visit and discover. The kids enjoyed both the in door and outdoors activities. 

Thank you again parents/grandparents for volunteering and joining us in this fabulous, out of the routine adventure. It was a blast!

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In class we cooked corn bread with our children in class#4. In this fun and interactive activity the children learned skills needed in life such as, social-emotional development; pride and confidence in their skills and abilities, follow directions and using thinking skills to problem solve. Physical development; spreading and mixing, skills that help develop a child’s small muscle control and eye-hand coordination, and even early concepts of math and science.  Cognitive development; Cooking inspires children’s curiosity, offering new opportunities to make predictions and observations. Language development; cooking is also a great opportunity for language development, children can match pictures to words and articulate questions inspired by their new experiences. Literacy; following written recipe with images. 

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This morning we welcomed a few Maranatha High School students to be apart of storytime, in Room 3. These third year American Sign Language (ASL) students shared what ASL is and demonstrated their fluency with some fun stories! Our special guests read: How to Babysit Grandma, Butterfly Garden, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Curious George Curious Kittens, and Ten Little Fish. They taught us a few words like: grandma, moose, puppy, and fish. It was a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure to a beautiful language that many of us do not get to encounter very often. Check out this clip from storytime!

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Today the students are collaging using clips from garden magazines the parents donated. A fun way to strengthen their little hands and to properly learn how to use the scissors. This project also builds their composition skills. I also love seeing them light up when they recognize a plant or flowers from their gardens at home. -Mrs. Monica

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Room 1 has had a very busy and exciting week in preparation for Easter! Each day we had a special activity to help our kiddos remember the true meaning of Easter: Jesus’ death and resurrection!

Monday we watercolor painted wooden crosses and wrote our name in the middle to remind us that Jesus died for us! We are so thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice for us that we made a big Thank You card for Jesus and took turns signing our names. We even played Resurrection Bingo!

Tuesday we had worship with Ms. Sarah and her guitar, with special guest Ms. Joy helping with hand motions. We sang our favorite Jana Alayra songs to worship our king Jesus!

Wednesday we went to an all-school Easter chapel and then had a Resurrection Egg hunt on the big field. We had a great class discussion as we retold the story opening up the eggs one at a time.

Thursday we ended our Holy Week celebrations by watching The Beginner’s Bible: The Story of Easter movie!

We hope you have a blessed Easter weekend and take time to thank Jesus and worship Him… just like we did all week long!

“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:8-11‬

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I know there are two more months of school, but I wanted to extend a SINCERE thank you to all of you SPECTACULAR parents! This year has been such a pleasure working with each and every one of you. Your courtesy, respect, love and passion for your children, support of the school, and engagement in our classrooms has been more than notable…it has been OUTSTANDING! Your “Littles” are lucky to have you…and so are we!

Spring is such a fun time of year in the preschool. April and May will be filled with so many adventures, including watching the life cycle of various insects, gardening, learning about Easter, and for our pre-k students, practicing for our big promotion ceremony!

NEWS, NOTES & MORE

Summer Registration – If you haven’t already, please remember to submit your child’s summer registration forms. Registration is space-available and some classes are close to capacity.

Summer Tuition – I want to pay, but can’t find the charges! Fear not my diligent parents….if you submitted your summer registration forms, please log into Smart Tuition and click into the 2019-2020 school year to view your summer tuition charges. Please review carefully and let us know if there are any concerns or adjustments.

Summer Camp General Information – Be on the lookout for informational summer emails. These will be sent out in May and will contain supply lists, placement rosters, etc.

Kinder Camp Orientation Night – Wednesday, May 15 @ 6:15 pm – Location: PCS KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOMS (1492 N. Garfield)

Save the date! If your child will be attending Kinder Camp this summer, please plan to attend our Kinder Camp Orientation Night! This is an important evening as you will get to meet some of the teachers and learn what Kinder Camp is all about. From curriculum and schedules to drop-offs and ordering hot lunch (and everything in between!), this evening will help you acclimate to the “BIG” school environment! CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED & PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!

PRESCHOOL PROMOTION CEREMONY (Rooms 1 & 2) – Wednesday, May 29th @ 6:00

Parents of Rooms 1 & 2 students are asked to mark their calendars for May 29th as this is a VERY special evening for your students! During this evening, you will enjoy a slideshow of preschool memories, a selection of songs performed by the students, and a presentation of certificates. Bring the family and some tissues…you will need them! Invitations to follow.

BIG EVENTS: (Scroll to bottom for full calendar and upcoming holidays)

Week of the Young Child – April 8 – 12

We will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child with a week of literacy-based activities. See posted flyers for details. We encourage everyone to participate each day!

Open House – Friday, April 26th @ 6:30 pm

Please plan to attend our annual PCS Open House. This is a drop-in event where each classroom showcases the work the students did over the past year. You can enjoy visiting your child’s classroom as well as visiting their future classrooms! We also encourage you to visit the PCS campus as there are always treasures to see up there, including the art fair, baby chicks in kindergarten, and more!

PCS Gala – Saturday, April 27th – University Club

The PCS Gala is an evening of dining, dancing, bidding on fabulous items such as student-made treasures, jewelry, art, themed baskets, and more. Please see the invitation for RSVP information.

Preschool Year End Picnic – Saturday, May 18th – 11:00 – 1:00

Save the date for our last “hurrah” of the school year! Families will enjoy water play, crafts, face painting, snow cones, and a picnic lunch.

PARENT TEACHER FELLOWSHIP (PTF):

WHAT IS THAT $150 charge on my Smart Tuition!?!? Each preschool family is responsible for completing 10 hours of MVP service. If you have not submitted your MVP booklet, your account reflects a $150 charge. THIS CHARGE WILL BE REMOVED PROVIDED YOUR BOOKLET IS TURNED IN BY MAY 31, 2019 (PHEW!).

Volunteer opportunities are available! Check back regularly as events are added as the year progresses.  Please follow this link: https://signup.com/group/1186271400029

CLASSROOM TEACHER TREATS: 

Friday, April 12 – Parents of Room 3

Friday, May 17 – Parents of Rooms 4 & 5

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEACHERS!!!

April 3 – Mrs. Joy (Office)

April 7 – Mrs. Monica (Art), Ms. Melissa (Rm 4), Ms. Teresa (Substitute)

April 23 – Ms. Nellie (Rm 1)

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

April 8 – 12 – Week of the Young Child Celebration (see flyers)

April 18 – Accreditation Work Day – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 19 & 22 – Easter Holiday – School Closed

April 26 – Open House – 6:30 pm – Minimum Day
(dismiss at 12:00)

April 27 – PCS Gala – Save the date and join the fun! This is a BIG event!

May 18 (Saturday) – Preschool Family Picnic

May 27 – Memorial Day, School Closed

May 28 – Preschool Year End Pizza Party

May 29 – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 29 – Preschool Promotion Ceremony – Rooms 1 & 2

May 30 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day (dismiss at 12:00)

May 31 – Faculty Check Out – No Students

June 3 – 7 – Summer Prep Week – No Students

June 10 – July 5 – Summer Session 1

July 8 – August 2 – Summer Session 2

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