Director’s Newsletter – April 2017
We hope everyone had a fun and restful spring break! April will be packed full of Spring fun. We will study nature, farm animals, and the environment.
Join us for Family Week. We are going to take an entire week of preschool to celebrate our families. Beginning Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28, we are inviting moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, etc. to visit our preschool. Visits may be any day and time that your child attends preschool and may last as long as you would like (suggested time is 30 minutes to an hour). If the doors are locked, please ring the bell and come in for a visit. You will be able to participate during circle time, project time, music or whatever is going on at the moment. Choose the day and time most convenient for you.
If you have not registered for next fall, please see Kathy Davis. Classes are filling up.
Please check the change of clothes in your child’s school bag or cubbies for the correct size and appropriate clothes for warmer weather. It’s spring now and children grow over the winter.
Looking for summer activities? CLPS offers a summer day camp (3-9 year olds). It is a 10 week program with lots of flexibility. You can sign up for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week with a minimum of 3 weeks attendance. Choices are morning (9-12), afternoon (12-3), all day (7:30-6) or any combination.
Important dates to remember:
- April 24-28 – Family Week and Book Fair
- April 26/27 – Chapel, 11:00 am… please join us!
- May 23 – last day of classes and extended day hours
- May 24 – NO REGULAR CLASSES TODAY – Graduation Day for the Bird, Butterfly and Lion classes
- May 25 – All School Picnic, 11 am-1 pm, Deerpath Park Shelter on Warrington Rd.
- May 30 to Jun 2 – Summer transition preschool (extra cost, must be registered)
- June 5 – Kids Kamp begins
Graduation Schedule – Wednesday, May 24
- Birds (MWF) – Arrive at 8:45 for the 9 am graduation ceremony
- Lions – Arrive at 9:45 for the 10 am graduation ceremony
- Butterflies (TWTh) – Arrive at 10:45 for the 11 am graduation ceremony
Kathy Davis, Director
Tots – April 2017
Spring gives us the opportunity to study nature with many hands-on activities. We will learn about our environment in several ways. Watching the growth of the caterpillar into a butterfly, planting flowers, recycling waste, and learning about farm animals will keep us busy in Tot Co-op.
We will celebrate the promise of Easter together.
Our virtue this month is joy. We will share the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar during Book worms.
Looking forward to the energy of spring and getting on the playground. Make sure you are registered for preschool next September and Kids Kamp this summer. Pass the word along to new families about the Tot Co-op program.
Dates to highlight:
- Tuesday 04/04 – No School / Polling Place
- Monday 04/23 – Friday 04/28 Family Week / Book Fair
- Wed.04/27 Thurs .04/28 – Chapel Time 10:30
- Last classroom day Monday 05/22 and Tuesday 05/23
- All school Picnic Thursday, 05/25
Angelfish and Starfish (Young Three’s) – March 2017
Welcome to March! We will have a full month! We will have fun celebrating pajama day, wearing our pajamas to school. Our themes for the month include the solar system, St. Patrick’s Day and rainbows. Our color is green and our shape is the rectangle. We will continue through the alphabet with letters R, S and T.
Important dates to remember for March:
- March 2/3 – Pajama Day
- March 6 – NO SCHOOL – conferences
- March 7/8 – Letter R
- March 13/14 – Letter S
- March 16/17 – Green Day, wear green today
- March 20/21 – Letter T
- March 22/23 – Chapel 11:00, all are welcome
- March 23/24 – March Science
- March 27-31 – NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
As the weather continues to change, please make sure your child has appropriate outwear. We will try to go outside every day. I look forward to a fun month! And as always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to come see me.
Ms. Susan, Ms. Jill and Ms. Melissa
Sea Turtles and Seahorses (Three’s) – April 2017
Welcome Spring! We hope everyone enjoys their spring break. Thank you to all the moms, dads, Grandmas, and siblings who came in and shared a book or two with the class. The children enjoyed all of our guest readers and were good listeners. We’re proud of them. If you weren’t able to visit us in March to read to us, you are welcome to come in April. Just let us know what day works for you. Typically we have our guest readers at 8:45 or 11:15.
We have a busy and fun April planned. Our themes for the month are “Step into Spring,” “Farm Animals,” “Easter,” and “Earth Day/Arbor Day.” The last week of April brings our Scholastic Book Fair and Family Week.
The book fair is set up in the Narthex and will be open Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28 (see the note that will be coming home from Miss Kathy for exact dates and times it will be open). Also, if you would be willing and able to volunteer for set-up, tear down, and/or cash register duty, please let Miss Kathy know. Our school earns free books and Scholastic Dollars based on how much we sell. We can redeem the Scholastic Dollars for extra items we would like in our classrooms. So please support the book fair! Thank you!
During Family Week we welcome Moms, Dads, Grandparents, or other family members to stop in and visit our classroom. Visits are usually 30 minutes or less. We will have a craft or an activity you can do with the child you are visiting.
Here are some dates to remember:
April 4 – No School (our school is a polling place)
April 6/7 – Wear the color brown
April 11/12 – Letter “V”
April 14 – No School – Good Friday
April 18/19 – Letter “W”
April 24 – 28 – Family Week and Scholastic Book Fair
April 25/26 – Letter “X”
April 26/27 – Chapel 11:00 (All are welcome)
Over the past 7 months we have enjoyed seeing each and every child make new friends, master some life skills as well as develop the fine and gross motor skills they will use now and in the future. They have accomplished quite a lot in 7 months and you can be proud of them.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Miss Gini and Miss Jen
Monkey Class (Y4) – April 2017
Welcome Spring! I can’t believe that it is April. This year is going by so fast and I am so proud of all the accomplishments the children have made so far. This month we will be learning about the farm. We will talk about what animals we see on the farm and what the farmers grow. We also will be completing some Easter projects and talk about how much God loves us. We will celebrate Earth Day and learn ways to take care of our earth. The last week of the month, April 24-28, will be Family Week. We welcome family members to come to school during the week to visit our classroom and share in some activities. We will have the Scholastic Book Fair that week, as well. Our letters this month are S, T, U, and V.
- April 10 – Letter T Week
- April 14 – no school, Good Friday
- April 17 – Letter U Week
- April 24 – Letter V week
- April 24-28 – Family Week and Scholastic Book Fair
- April 27 – Chapel 11:00
Birds and Butterflies Class – April 2017
April is a month of exploration and discovery. We will be learning about farms, flowers, insects, gardens and other springtime wonders. We will also be celebrating Easter. During our Recycling unit, we will be teaching the children how important it is for us to take care of our environment.
We have scheduled the week of April 24-28 as Family Week. This is a time for moms, dads, grandparents, etc. to visit our class. See Miss Kathy’s email/note for details. We will also be holding our Scholastic Book Fair during this week. Please be sure to visit it.
This month we will be taking an in-class field trip across the street to Autumn Leaves, a memory care assisted living facility. We will be walking across the street to visit, sing some songs, and read some books. The Birds will be going on Monday, April 24 at 10:00 and the Butterflies will be going on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00. Parents are invited to join us, but not required to attend. Both field trips are during our Family Week.
Don’t forget to sign up to come in to read to us. As children explore books on their own or with an adult, they begin to notice that print goes from left to right and top to bottom, that pictures often tell a story and that the story stays the same as it is read over and over. Listening, paying attention, sequencing and thinking skills are all being used as children enjoy a story. Children become acquainted with new vocabulary words and the style of formal written English as they listen to stories. Thank you for helping show how important reading is!
Your child will be continuing to be involved in special projects and experiments at school and will be bringing home many things to share with you. Help your child continue to explore and discover at home by showing interest in these projects and by asking questions!
It is certainly hard to believe that we only have two more months with your children. Where has the time gone?
- April 4 – No School. Our school is a polling place
- April 10/11 –“T” Day, bring in a picture that starts with “T”
- April 14 – No school. Good Friday
- April 17/18 –“U” Day, bring in a picture that starts with “U”
- April 24/25 – “V” Day, bring in your favorite DVD cover;
In-class field trips to Autumn Leaves
- April 24/28 – Family Week – Visit anytime during the week; Book Fair
- April 26 – Chapel at 11:00
Miss Jayne, Miss Denise, Miss Lisa, Miss Uma and Miss Kathy B.
Lions Class – April 2017
Thank you for meeting with us at conference time. It is always a pleasure to talk with you about your child. Please let us know if there is anything else that you would like to share. Also, if you did not get a chance to come in and read a book to the class last month, there is still time. We would love to see you, just let us know what works for you.
The children’s journals are filling up quite nicely, as they continue to draw and write. The stories are getting somewhat longer now and everyone is excited to participate on journal days. Check your calendar for the next date and stay to help us with the writing right at the start of class time. The journals are being send home during the last week of school.
Our themes this month include Easter, Our Environment, Step into Spring, Farm Animals, Earth Day and Arbor Day. Our Easter celebration will include talking about the true meaning of Easter, namely Jesus’ crucifixion and consequent resurrection. We will also embrace the idea of new beginnings – the rebirth of nature and the celebration of new life. And, we are getting close to finishing our alphabet study with only V, W, X, Y and Z left!
During the month of April, an important theme centers on our precious environment. We practice conservation in our classroom daily, e.g. turning off the lights when leaving the room, reusing recyclable items for projects, offering a recycling person job, turning down the heat in the classroom (as our skylights provide plenty of “solar heat”) and more! We must realize that helping our planet is a continuous process which cannot be ignored, as we can all learn how we can make a difference every day.
- Monday, April 3 – School resumes
- Tuesday, April 4 – NO SCHOOL (our school is a Polling place)
- Friday, April 14 – NO SCHOOL (Good Friday)
- Wednesday, April 19 – Wacky Wednesday (wear mixed-up clothes today)
- Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28 – Scholastic Book Fair AND Family week (come visit our preschool; see separate note for more details)
- Thursday, April 27 – chapel at 11:00 am
Miss Charlotte and Miss Devina