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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to 2018!  Preschool resumes on Wednesday and we will start the year off with SHARE Day on both Wednesday and Thursday.  What fun it will be to see the special items the preschoolers bring!  Please remember to help them choose one item!

We will be learning about The Three Wisemen following the star to Baby Jesus and so we will have some fun with shapes and making stars.  

At the beginning of January, I always share with parents that some children have a short time of difficulty re-entering preschool.  This is very normal.  We are very equipped to help with a smooth transition for your preschooler.  As always, please let me know if you have concerns.  

Please remember to send outdoor gear including hats and gloves/mittens.  We do plan to play outside if the weather is above 25 degrees and not raining.  Please double check your child's set of extra clothing to make sure it still fits and is season appropriate.  

When there is snow on the ground, good snow to play in, please bring your preschooler to preschool fully ready in his/her snow gear.  We will play outside first thing in the morning so that we don't have 30 minutes of prep to just get outside for outdoor play!

I'm looking forward to 2018 with your preschoolers and with you!

Happy New Year,
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
1/3  Back to Preschool
1/3  SHARE Day
1/4  SHARE Day
1/15  No Preschool - MLK Jr. Day
1/17  Chapel
1/18  Chapel

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Caring for Babies - Mrs. Krantz

What fun it is to take care of babies!  Our classroom babies have been well cared for lately, just like Mary and Joseph took care of baby Jesus after he was born!  

We wrapped up special gifts today, created nativity stick puppets and decorated trees, all as we thought about the beautiful gift of Jesus!


Star Over Bethlehem - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Beautiful watercolor creations were painted today! Your preschoolers chose each color and brushed it in the exact spot they wanted. These Bethlehem skies turned out amazing! A Bethlehem city skyline will be added and these masterpieces will be revealed at our Art Show!

Tuesday is our Happy Birthday Jesus party! Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Addy's Last Visit - Mrs. King

This morning Addy the Advent Angel joined us for one last time from Italy! We learned that kids in Italy sing Christmas Carols and have a manger for the baby Jesus. The manger stays empty until Christmas Day when Jesus appears!

We had a visit from a flute player who played Christmas carols for us as we sang along. We even got our own "flutes," to play with her!

Don't forget that Thursday is pajama day!! Wear your pajamas, slippers and bring a stuffed animal along with you if you'd like to!



Music! - Mrs. Krantz

We are so thankful to have people volunteer and invest time in our preschool children!  Many thanks to Ginny Hauser who visited us today and shared beautiful flute music with us as well as the story of "The Friendly Beasts."  What a wonderful musical morning we had together!  We even had our own little flutes to play along on the last song!


Tis the Season for Friends - Mrs. O'Loughlin

I have seen so much growth in the preschooler’s friendships this past month! Negotiating with peers is a big developmental building block and this group is doing so well! Watching them build, talk through and problem solve is my favorite part of our learning through play philosophy.

Addy told us about Christmas in Italy and all the beautiful music and carols. We were blessed with a lovely flute presentation and sang some of our favorite carols!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Animals - Mrs. Krantz

What fun Christmas around the world can be!  We learned today that in Denmark, they sometimes give gifts to their animals!  We thought about what we might give our animal friends.  There were a lot of really good ideas.

In worship we heard the amazing true story of the birth of Jesus!  What a wonderful birthday story.  And, Jesus was born for each one of us.  What an amazing gift!

Our class continues to build more intricate structures during centers time.  Today chairs were built along with a table.  A house and Bible building was also created.  I love to hear them talk through the process with each other, negotiate and compromise as they work to create a structure together!




Jesus is Born! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

In worship today, we heard about Jesus being born! Ask your preschooler where Mary put Jesus to sleep? The preschoolers sang beautiful praises about God’s son and how He was born for us!

Addy told us about Christmas in Germany! They love Christmas trees, Christmas cookies and Christmas carols! Mrs. O’Loughlin’s brother was in Germany and recorded beautiful choir music. We listened to the blessing song as we passed around ornaments from Germany!

We will go out if the weather is above 25 degrees. Be sure to send in gloves each day so those little fingers stay warm. Also, this is a good time to check change of clothes to make sure they are cold weather appropriate!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

We are really looking forward to an extra fun, festive week at preschool.  On Tuesday we will have one last visit from Addy the Advent Angel and she will come to see us from Italy.  We will have a visiting flute player come to teach all the preschool classes about the tradition of caroling in Italy at 9:30 on Tuesday.  Such fun!

On Thursday we have our much awaited pajama day!  Your preschooler can wear pajamas, slippers and bring a stuffed animal or friend to school!  We will have the lights down low and enjoy flashlights, glow paint, glow sticks and other fun Christmas activities.  

Our goal is to go outside and play each day that the temperature is above 25 degrees.  Now that our weather is cold, please remember to send a hat, gloves or mittens and a warm coat.  Please label each item with your child's name.  At drop off, leaving the gear in your child's backpack seems to be quickest way for us to find them when we suit up. Thanks for helping us make this transition smooth!

We will be holding a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party on December 19th.  There is an online sign up event the Mrs. Krantz posted on the Facebook group if you are interested in helping with that event!

UPCOMING EVENTS
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser 9:30am 
12/14 Pajama Day!
12/19: Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
1/4 First Day Back after Christmas break!

All the best!
-Mrs. King

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

The preschoolers have absolutely adored their daily visits from Addy, our favorite Advent Angel!  They love her stories of tradition and celebrations in other countries.  This is her final week of travel!

Addy’s Travel Schedule:
Monday: Germany
Tuesday: Italy
Wednesday: Sweden
Thursday: France
Friday: Mexico


Next Monday and Tuesday, Addy wants to hear how children in the United States celebrate Christmas.  In each of your mailboxes is a paper for you to write down a few of your families traditions!  Addy loves preschooler drawings!  Please bring these back and each preschooler will have a chance to tell Addy all about their favorite Christmas celebrations! 

We are blessed with multiple visitors this week to share their skills, passions and knowledge!  On Tuesday Ginny Hauser will be sharing beautiful flute music with us!  And on Wednesday Marsha Olsen will be sharing the festival of St. Lucia with us!  Both presentations will take place over at the church with all our friends.

Thank you to all who have signed up for our Happy Birthday Jesus parties!  A collection bin for items will be placed in the lobby.

Some very special (and fragile) Christmas gifts will be making their way home this week!

Blessings on your weekend!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser—9:30am
12/12: St Lucia Presentation by Marsha Olsen—10:15am
12/18: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/19: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

We are having so much fun with Addy as we learn about Christmas celebrations all around the world.  This week we will learn about Denmark, Italy, Sweden, France and Mexico!  On Tuesday, we will have a special visitor come to play the flute for us and on Wednesday we will enjoy learning about the St. Lucia Festival in Sweden.  

In worship we will hear the amazing story of the birth of Jesus!  Our songs and prayers will speak to the glory of the newborn King!

There is a sign up sheet in the lobby for help needed with our M/W/F class party on the 18th of December.  On our closed Facebook Page, there is a link to an online sign up for our T/TH class party (this is to make it easier for sign up as Mrs. King's class is also taking part).  

A paper will go home on Monday and Tuesday asking about your special Christmas celebrations.  Please fill them out and return them so we can share them in class!

Peace to You,
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser—9:30am
12/12: St Lucia Presentation by Marsha Olsen—10:15am
12/18: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/19: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Giving Bach - All Classes

We had an amazing musical experience with the 8th grade orchestra from Lincoln Middle School!  Thanks for Giving Bach LMS!





Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Night Sky - Mrs. Krantz

Today we had art with Mrs. Hein and we created beautiful night skies for Bethlehem.  These are sure to be treasured Christmas pictures... that will go home after the art show in March!



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Advent in Bethlehem - Mrs. King

This morning Addy the Advent Angel flew in from Bethlehem to tell us all about how Advent is celebrated there.  Bethlehem is a most special town because it is where the baby Jesus was born!  

In worship, we learned about how the Angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her that Jesus would be born.  I am so thankful for the privilege of hearing your children's voices singing 
 "Away in a Manger," and learning motions to go along.  Words cannot describe the preciousness!  We are having so much fun celebrating the season at preschool.  

We enjoyed the sunshine so much outside today even thought it was cold.  We even walked through some snow and found frozen sand in our sandbox!

On Thursday, we are really looking forward to a special presentation from the Lincoln Middle School Orchestra called "Giving Bach."  This will begin at 10:00 in our church basement.  


Monday, December 4, 2017

Ornaments - Mrs. Krantz

It was quite frosty this morning, but not quite cold enough to keep us inside!  We had so much fun exploring frozen things... and turned pine cones and leaves into ice skating fairies!  I love imagination!

Inside we learned about Christmas in Brazil and created ornaments to be hung on you tree at home... once they have dried!

In worship, we learned about the good news that Gabriel shared with Mary... she was to be the mother on the Messiah!  What amazing news!


Waiting for the First Star - Mrs. O'Loughlin

In Poland,  boys and girls wait for the first star to shine in the star on Christmas Eve as this marks the beginning of the celebration! Ask your preschooler what they found under their name tags at snack time! It’s something that people in Poland use to remind them of the Christ child!

In worship Mary heard some great news! Ask your preschooler who told her she was going to be Jesus’ mommy!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

I can't believe December is already here!  We had a great week last week at preschool beginning our celebration of Advent!  I love seeing our preschoolers faces light up with the addition of our Christmas tree, nativity backdrop and Addy the Advent Angel.  Coming up this week, Addy will help us learn on Tuesday about how families in Bethlehem celebrate Christmas, and on Thursday about Brazil.  Our main book will be, "Under the Star," a Christmas Counting book by Jane Yolen.  

On Thursday we have a special treat! Students from Lincoln Middle School will come and give a musical presentation for us!  They will show the instruments they will bring with them and even let preschoolers try out some!

Our worship time will be about the Angel who brought good news to Mary of the coming Messiah!  We will begin learning to sing Away in a Manger with motions.  

You won't want to miss the annual Candy Cane Hunt on Saturday starting at 10:00 am!  It will be a lot of fun to get together outside of our normal routine if you are able to come!               

We will have a Pajama Day on December 14!  Preschoolers can wear pajamas to school and bring a stuffed or soft friend with them.  We will have the lights turned low with christmas lights sparkling and make glowing crafts surrounding lights and stars.  This will be a fun, special day for our class!  Let me know if you have any questions! I will send out reminders closer to the day!

We will be holding a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party on December 19th.  We will need specific help with this party so watch for a link to an online sign up!

UPCOMING EVENTS
12/7: Giving Bach LMS Presentation (Time TBD)
12/9: 5th Annual Candy Cane Hunt at Concordia Church—10am
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser 9:30am 
12/14 Pajama Day!
12/19: Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Blessings on your upcoming week!
-Mrs.King

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

Your preschoolers have loved hearing how people all over the world celebrate Advent and Christmas.  Addy’s advent adventures continue this week!

Addy’s Travel Schedule:

Monday: Poland
Tuesday: Bethlehem
Wednesday: Brazil
Thursday: Romania
Friday: The Philippines

In worship Mary hears some wonderful news and she has a lot to do to prepare!  We will discuss all that we do to prepare for Christmas and how we use the Season of Advent as a time to prepare our hearts!  Chapel is on Wednesday!

On Thursday we are being blessed with a wonderful program from Lincoln Middle School called Giving Bach.  M/W/F families are also invited to attend!  Please meet us downstairs at the church.  We will begin at 10am on the dot! This is going to be a wonderful 30 minute presentation of instruments and music!

Our Happy Birthday Jesus Parties will take place on Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th!  Along with Mrs. Krantz’s and Mrs. King’s classes, we will be celebrating Jesus’ birthday with crafts, games and cupcakes!  A sign up for items and volunteers for the M/W/F group will be in the lobby.  Signups for our T/TH group will be an online sign up to make planning with Mrs. King’s class simpler.

I will be out of the classroom on Tuesday.  Mrs. Wilson will be subbing and Miss Stahlecker will be taking the lead. 

Blessings on your weekend!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
12/6: Chapel—9:20am
12/7: Giving Bach LMS Orchestra Presentation—10am
12/9: 5th Annual Candy Cane Hunt at Concordia Church—10am
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser—9:30am
12/12: St Lucia Presentation by Marcia Olsen—10:15am
12/18: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/19: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

This week Addy the Advent Angel will continue to share about Christmas around the world!  Her travels include Brazil, Bethlehem, Germany, Romania and the Philippines.  Addy is one very loved angel in our classroom!

The last two days of preschool in 2017 will be "Happy Birthday Jesus" parties! THe parties are done with all the classes together! We have sign up sheets for helpers and things needed.  The M/W/F class sign up sheet will be in the lobby.  The T/Th sign up will be done online since Mrs. King's class is part of the sign up as well.  I'll be sure to forward you the link. 

In worship this week we hear about Mary learning that she will be the mother of Jesus! She had a lot to get ready for.  We do to, in this season of Advent.  Chapel is this week on Wednesday at 9:20am!

On Thursday, the 8th grade orchestra from Lincoln Middle School will be presenting for us through a program called "Giving Bach."  This will be held in the basement area of the church starting promptly at 10am.  It is a 30 minute presentation and our M/W/F people are invited to attend too! This will be a mixture of listening, participating, and I hear there is potential for all kinds of giggling.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
12/6: Chapel—9:20am
12/7: Giving Bach LMS Orchestra Presentation—10am
12/9: 5th Annual Candy Cane Hunt at Concordia Church—10am
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser—9:30am
12/12: St Lucia Presentation by Marsha Olsen—10:15am
12/18: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/19: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thank You Ms. Baty - Mrs. Krantz

Today we gave a warm "See you later" to our dear Ms. Baty.  She has been an amazing student teacher and what a pleasure it has been to have her as part of our classroom.  We surprised her with chocolate donuts and a special picture so she will always be able to remember us!

We also made a list of the things we like about Ms.Baty and gave her this special list.  I'm so glad we took the time to tell her how much we love her and will miss her.  

THANK YOU MS. BATY!


Advent in Romania - Mrs. King

What fun we had this morning learning about how families celebrate Advent in Romania!  We finished reading Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani.  Addy had another long flight last night to get to school and tell us about Romania.  I love seeing our preschoolers faces as they watch her "fly" in and tell about Christmas traditions!

During centers we made star "lanterns," decorated our Christmas tree and colored shoe pictures.  Magnetic blocks and ponies were also favorite choices during centers today.  Mrs. Hein also came and helped us work on a special project for Advent! 

What a great first week we had celebrating Advent around the world!  I am so excited to continue learning about new countries and traditions next week! 


Presents in Shoes!? - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Did you know the children of Haiti will place straw in their shoes in hopes it will be traded out for presents?! We thought that sounded like such a fun idea so we gave it a try. While we ate snack our shoes sat in the lobby with straw in them. As a group we checked on them and guess what?! There were presents in our shoes!! Such a fun surprise!! 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Paper Chains and Paper Lanterns - Mrs. Krantz

We had a busy morning together as we learned about Christmas in China from Addy and went on to make paper lanterns and chains, just like they do in China.  We also saw some very special items from China that a friend from the downstairs classroom let us look at!  What fun!  We are also busy building some amazing structures!  Teamwork makes creativity so much fun!

Art was really fun as we worked hard making a super surprise!  


Advent in China - Mrs. King

Today we enjoyed our first visit from Addy the Advent Angel!  She flew in from China to tell us all about how families celebrate Christmas there.  We painted paper lanterns because she told us that families make lanterns to decorate their homes! We even got to pose for a picture with Addy today!

During centers some of our favorite activities were decorating our classroom Christmas tree, and dramatic play with baby Jesus, and our toy nativity set.  

We had so much fun playing outside, even though it was cold.  As the weather turns colder, please make sure to send a hat, gloves or mittens and a coat (and snow pants if appropriate) each day.  And thanks for understanding about keeping track of those items!  We will do our best to make sure they get back into backpacks or coat pockets when we come back inside!


Wrapped Apples - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We are really enjoying this season of Advent and preparedness! Your preschoolers continue to get our classroom ready for Christmas by adding ornaments to the tree, placing nativities on the shelves and decorating our classroom with their creations.

We learned about China today! Addy told us that many people in China don’t know about Jesus so many missionaries choose this time of year to go visit and share the Christmas story. We prayed for those missionaries! You might be wondering why your preschooler brought back apples! In China, colorful wrapped apples are given out as gifts! This was fun! We also were blessed with authentic Chinese dolls, clothes, and New Year decorations to show the preschoolers! Thank you Martin Family!

Art with Mrs. Hein today is top secret!

Friday is SHARE Day!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas in Japan - Mrs. Krantz

This morning Addy the Advent Angel told us about Christmas in Japan.  It is much more like our Valentine's Day, so we cut out hearts and made special candy hearts to take home.  We were also busy with magnets and jingle bells, play nativity sets and building!


Hearts for Japan - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Addy, the Advent Angel told us all about Christmas in Japan today. We found out that Christmas is treated as a romantic holiday. Lots of hearts, flowers and many people choose to get married on Christmas Day. Addy said they don’t know it’s Jesus’ birthday. As a group we said a prayer for the people of Japan and made hearts for them during centers.

We tried out our rock candy experiment! Ask your preschooler if they liked it!

Thursday is SHARE Day and Art with Mrs. Hein!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Around the World - Mrs. Krantz

This morning we were so excited to meet Addy, the Advent Angel.  We all introduces ourselves and then Addy told us all about being an Advent Angel.  As we prepare for Christmas, Addy flies all over the world to find our about Christmas in different countries.  Then she flies back to tell us all about it!  Today we learned about Argentina.

In Argentina, they light fireworks at Christmas and decorate all kinds of Christmas trees, not just green ones!

We are very excited to see where Addy goes next!


Fireworks at Christmas - Mrs. O'Loughlin

The preschoolers met Addy today!! She told us all about Christmas in Argentina. It’s very hot there which means no snow. Some people in Argentina will put fake snow on their Christmas trees. On Christmas Eve, once it’s dark, fireworks are shot into the sky. Addy showed us where Argentina was on a globe and we will be keeping track of her travels by placing angel stickers on the countries she visits!

Centers was busy as there was lots of new games, puzzles, books, building stuff, and even a hot cocoa stand to run! Plus some firework creations and our version of snow on trees!

We ended our morning together by playing Musical ABCs. Ask your preschooler what happens if they’re standing on the letter Mrs. O’Loughlin calls out!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am so excited for preschool this week as we will begin our Advent around the world celebrations!  We have a very special puppet named Addy the Advent Angel who will visit our class each day with news from other countries around the world about how that country celebrates Advent.  Even though Advent doesn't begin until December, we are going to go ahead and enjoy the season a week early! This week Addy will tell us about Christmas celebrations in China and Romania.  We will read the song book, "Jingle Bells," by Iza Trapani.  This book is set to the familiar Christmas tune, but adds verses about various countries around the world and the Christmas traditions found there.  

Our worship time will be about David making a good choice when he could have hurt King Saul.  We will learn about how we can make good choices too even when choosing the right thing feels hard!

We will have a Pajama Day on December 14!  Preschoolers can wear pajamas to school and bring a stuffed or soft friend with them.  We will have christmas lights and make crafts surrounding lights and stars.  This will be a fun, special day for our class!  Let me know if you have any questions!

We will be holding a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party on December 19th.  We will need specific help with this party so watch for sign up sheets with our sign in/sign out book.


UPCOMING EVENTS
12/7: Giving Bach LMS Presentation (Time TBD)
12/9: 5th Annual Candy Cane Hunt at Concordia Church—10am
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser 9:30am 
12/14 Pajama Day!
12/19: Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Blessings on your upcoming week!
-Mrs.King

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break filled with family, friends and food!

Although Advent does not technically start until December 3rd, we are going to begin preparing for Christmas this Monday by meeting Addy, our Advent Angel!  Addy loves to travel the world and see how other countries get ready and celebrate Christmas!  She comes back each morning to share all that she has learned and experienced.  The preschoolers will have opportunities to connect what they have learned from Addy with an art creation, songs, creative writing, or edible activity! 

Addy’s Travel Schedule for this week:

Monday: Argentina
Tuesday: Japan
Wednesday: China
Thursday: Romania
Friday: Venezuela

In worship David is presented with a situation where he has a choice to do good or bad.  David chooses to do good and so can we!

The preschoolers and I realized that we did not get a SHARE Day in the month of November.  So we’re getting one in this week!  Thursday and Friday will be our SHARE days!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you all soon!

-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
11/30: SHARE Day
12/1: SHARE Day
12/6: Chapel—9:20am
12/7: Giving Bach LMS Presentation
12/9: 5th Annual Candy Cane Hunt at Concordia Church—10am
12/12: Flute Presentation
12/12: St Lucia Presentation
12/18: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/19: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and a great start to this holiday season.  We have so much fun in preschool this time of year as we prepare for Christmas by celebrating Advent.  Advent begins on the 3rd of December, but we are going to start a touch early!  Addy, the Advent Angel (a VERY special puppet) visits countries around the world and shares with the preschoolers the Christmas celebrations in each country.  Our crafts and experiences in the classroom that day revolve around the particular country Addy shares that day. 

This week we will learn about:
Monday - Argentina
Tuesday - Japan
Wednesday - China
Thursday - Haiti
Friday - Venezuela

Our worship time will be about David making a good choice when he could have hurt King Saul.  We can share God's love even when it is hard to make a good choice and be kind!

We will be holding "Happy Birthday Jesus" parties on December 18th and 19th.  We will need specific help with these parties so watch for sign up sheets in the lobby.

Peace and Joy to You,
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
12/6: Chapel—9:20am
12/7: Giving Bach LMS Orchestra Presentation (Time TBD)
12/9: 5th Annual Candy Cane Hunt at Concordia Church—10am
12/12: Flute Presentation by Ginny Hauser 9:30am 
12/12: St Lucia Presentation 10:15am
12/18: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/19: Science, Happy Birthday Jesus Party—10:30am
12/20-1/2: No Preschool—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Friday, November 17, 2017

WSU Football!

We had a fabulous field trip today!  Many thanks to WSU football for letting us visit!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wocket in my Pocket - Mrs. Krantz

Today was full of fun with our extra people.  We had chapel with Pastor Tim and Miss Ann... and they wore some silly hats!  Later we had Art with Mrs. Hein.

This year, our art time with Mrs. Hein is based off of children's books.  Today the book was "There's a Wocket in my Pocket" by Dr. Seuss.  We made wockets to go in pockets! 

Tomorrow is our field trip to the WSU Football Complex.  Please have your preschooler wear good walking shoes and have a coat.  We will be leaving by 9:10am to walk over to the complex and will return by 11am.  Snack is provided!


Thankful for Friends - Mrs. O'Loughlin

This group of friends have been doing a wonderful job putting the Building Blocks of Friendship to practice. During centers this morning, I observed your preschoolers using these Building Blocks in their interactions:
•Ask to play
•Give a toy
•Give a compliment
•Help a friend
•Taking turns

Miss Stahlecker and I love to see this amazing social growth in your special little person!

Tomorrow is our field trip to the WSU Cougar Football Complex. Please come with your preschooler like a normal day. We will leave by 9:10! Snack is provided!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chapel - Mrs. Krantz

Today we had chapel and I am so thankful that we have people in our preschool who love, value and adore children.  Not only that, they know how to relate to children!  I am super thankful for Miss Ann sharing her beautiful music and singing with us as we worship together.  I am super thankful for Pastor Matt who gets down on the the floor at the level of the preschoolers and shares the love of Jesus and God's Word with them.  They both are fun, silly and the kids love them!


Turkey Count - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Your preschoolers made their very own Turkey Counting game on Monday and today, they played! Roll the dice, count the dots and add that many beads to your turkeys feathers. This game gave us practice on counting, one to one correspondence, adding, balance (not planned but certainly came up as the turkeys became heavy with beads!) and fine motor work! All this is an adorable little game made proudly by your sweet turkeys!

Friday is our field trip to WSU Cougar Football Complex! Please have your preschooler use the bathroom as you arrive, wear walking shoes, and leave coats on! We will be leaving as soon as everyone is here! Also, no snack needed!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Turkey Share Day Fun - Mrs. King

This morning we had our second SHARE day and I am so proud of each of our preschoolers!  At opening circle, each preschooler shared what they brought and one thing about their share item.  What fun to see the progress we've made from our first share day to this one!

During centers we enjoyed getting ready for Thanksgiving.  We made turkey headbands and wrote what we are thankful for on the feathers.  We experienced our light table for the first time and made pumpkin and fall tree designs with the shapes.  In each of our activities we often incorporate conversations about colors and counting and shapes.  

During worship we learned about King David and Jonathan and how they were good friends.  Our class thought they probably shared their toys, and played outside together! We sang, "With Love, Help Each Other."  I love hearing little voices pick up new songs and sign along!



Turkey Trot - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We had the preschool version of a turkey trot this morning! Each preschooler picked a card and then as a group, did what the card said. Your little turkeys were jumping on one foot, doing 10 jumping jacks, rolling around, and so much more actions to practice those gross motor skills! Spatial awareness and body control were also hard at work during this very fun activity!

Centers was full of creating, building, woodworking, weaving, train track engineering, counting, and pretend play! We stay busy at preschool!

Ask your preschooler why Mrs. O’Loughlin gave them a gift at worship! And how is that like the friendship of David and Jonathan?!


Friendship Skills - Mrs. Krantz

We had an all around great morning together.  We added another tool to our friendship tool bag, made some wonderful fall artwork, built an amazing structure using the friendship skill of teamwork, and added leaves to our tree of thankfulness.

We enjoyed the bright sunshine today and played a lot of hide-and-seek in the backyard. 

Tomorrow and Thursday are Chapel and SHARE Days!  Chapel is at 9:20am over at the church and family is always welcome to join us!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Taking Turns - Mrs. Krantz

We added another tool of friendship to our tool bags today!  The tool of taking turns is an important friendship tool!  We practiced taking turns with Albuquerque the Turkey!  Maybe your preschooler can share the silly song with you.

Later in the morning we wove paper placemats and laminated them so they could be used at home!  We also made corn mosaics and turkey headbands.  We're working on letter identification with a fun turkey tail game as well.

In our worship time we learned more about friendship through the friendship of David and Jonathan!  We learned that a friend loves at all times!


Turkey Sensory Bags - Mrs. O'Loughlin

This morning, the preschoolers chose a card and on that card was a number. They counted out that many feathers and created a turkey sensory bag. Having your little ones push and pull and maneuver those feathers around in the bag of gel is exercising their fine motor muscles. And, it’s a lot of fun!

Mr. Levi was here for science! Ask your preschooler what dissolve means and what did we start making!

In worship we heard about the friendship of David and Jonathan. They showed love to each other by giving gifts. We played a gift passing game; have your preschooler tell you about it!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

We have a full week planned with lots of thanksgiving fun.  We will add leaves to our tree of thankfulness, create corn mosaics, do some paper weaving to make placemats and create some fun decorations for you to include in your home holiday decor!  We will keep adding to our tools of friendship focusing in on taking turns and gentle touches.  We have Science with Mr. Levi on Monday and Art with Mrs. Hein on Wednesday and Thursday.  SHARE Day is also on Wednesday and Thursday this week!

In worship this week we will learn about the friendship of David and Jonathan and how friends care for one another.  Chapel in on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:20am.  Family is always welcome to join us!

Friday is our field trip to the WSU Cougar Football Complex for both classes!  If you plan on attending and have not had a chance to sign up, let me know and I’ll add you to the list!  Please keep in mind that we will not be able to accommodate siblings and we're asking one parent per preschooler.  Since this is a walking field trip, please be sure to send your preschooler in good walking shoes.  We will start walking over by 9:10am (or after all the preschoolers have used the bathroom) Rain will NOT cancel this field trip.  Parents who are walking along, feel free to bring your umbrellas just in case!  Snack is provided so no need to pack one.  We will return by 11:15am.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Becky 

UPCOMING EVENTS
11/13: Science with Mr. Levi
11/15: Chapel, SHARE Day
11/16: Chapel, SHARE Day
11/17: WSU Football Field Trip - All Classes

11/20-11/24: No preschool—Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday is our second SHARE day of the year!  Just like last time, please have your child choose one item they would like to bring to preschool and share with the class!  This time we will encourage them to tell what their share item is and one thing about it at opening circle.  When they arrive they may keep their share out and when we clean up our centers we will put their share items in their backpack.  

This week we will also have Miss Baty visiting our class!  She has been a student teacher with Mrs. Krantz all semester and she is spending her last week with us to observe and learn how to work with younger students!  We love having her with us!

I can't believe we are down to our last week of preschool before Thanksgiving!
This week we will learn more about turkeys and thankfulness.  We will make turkey headbands and  use play-dough and feathers to make turkeys.  Our main book this week will be, "The Very First Thanksgiving Day," by Rhonda Gowler Greene.  

We added a new routine to our morning!  Each morning when your preschooler arrives they wash hands, hang up their coat, backpack and put their snack away.  After giving you a hug goodbye, they find their picture on our attendance poster.  They unclip their picture and reclip it under the "here," column.  This is quickly becoming apart of our morning routine!

In our friendship corner our new friendship skill is gentle touch!  We will incorporate more partner work with giving high fives, fist bumps, pats on a shoulder, hugs etc.  What fun to watch them continue to work on making friends and working with partners!

In worship we will learn about David and Jonathan were friends and took care of each other.  This will fit in so well with our friendship skills!

Mark your Calendars!
11/14 SHARE day
11/16: Chapel
11/20-11/24: No preschool—Happy Thanksgiving

Blessings on your upcoming week!
-Mrs.King

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

We will continue our Thanksgiving fun and learning this coming week!  Your little turkeys will create their own counting turkey game, turkey headbands and sensory turkey bags!  Isn’t preschool fun?!

Being a friend will be a focus during worship as we hear about the friendship of David and Jonathan.  Your preschoolers will be learning a new song based on Proverbs 17:17.  Chapel is Wednesday and Thursday at 9:20am.  Families are always welcome to join us for worship!

Friday is our field trip to the WSU Cougar Football Complex for both classes!  If you plan on attending and have not had a chance to sign up, let me know and I’ll add you to the list!  Please keep in mind that we will not be able to accommodate siblings and we're asking one parent per preschooler.  Since this is a walking field trip, please be sure to send your preschooler in good walking shoes.  We will start walking over by 9:10am (or after all the preschoolers have used the bathroom) Rain will NOT cancel this field trip.  Parents who are walking along, feel free to bring your umbrellas just in case!  Snack is provided so no need to pack one.  We will return by 11:15am.    

I wish you all a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
11/13: Science with Mr. Levi
11/15: Chapel
11/16: Chapel
11/17: Field trip to WSU Cougar Football Complex—ALL CLASSES!
11/20-11/24: No preschool—Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Turkey Tails! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

The new favorite game at preschool is Turkey Tails! A turkey tail is hidden under a turkey and it's up to the preschoolers to guess which one. This game requires the kiddos to take turns and have self control when it's their turn to guess. Each turkey has a number on it so this is wonderful number recognition practice as well!

If you would like to play at home, have your preschooler make at least 5 turkeys (we went up to 7 today) and number them. Take turns covering eyes and hiding the feather under one of the turkeys! We sing this chant before we start guessing:
Turkey Tails! Turkey Tails! 
1 2 3!
Turkey Tails! Turkey Tails!
Where could it be??


Science Journals - Mrs. Krantz

We added our last drawing to our science journal today.  Our drawings have documented the changes in the tree starting in the first week of October up until now.  We have enjoyed watching these changes and are pretty amazed by the rhythm of God's creation!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Bear Says Thanks - Mrs. King

This morning our class really enjoyed,"The Bear Says Thanks!"  We talked about what Bear was thankful for and what we have to be thankful for.  Our stuffed bear and some puppet friends helped us retell the story during centers as well.  

We enjoyed celebrating three birthdays this morning!  Happy Birthday friends!

Each day after snack our class spends a few minutes in the reading center enjoying good books together or separate.  What fun to see the books they choose and enjoy each time we get to read!


Teamwork! - Mrs. Krantz

Today was full of fun, but the best part, at least for the teachers, was watching every single preschooler come together on a building project and work as a team to make something fabulous!  There was problem solving that needed to happen.  Ideas to share and helping each other as the project progressed.  What a great group of kids!


Compliments! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

One of our Building Blocks of Friendship is giving compliments. To teach this, Miss Stahlecker and I have been modeling giving compliments and pointing out when we hear a compliment. Today was our first time using the compliment chair! One preschooler gets to sit in it while the rest give them compliments.. It went very well and we will repeat this so each preschooler has a turn in the chair.

Outside was frosty and icy and led to lots of discovery!

Thursday is Science with Mr. Levi and Art with Mrs. Hein.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Playing Together - Mrs. Krantz

We added a tool to our friendship tool bags today!  SHaring play ideas is an important part of being a friend.  Coming up with ideas and inviting others to play can be a lot of fun, and it can be frustrating if a friends says no.  We found ways to keep the discussion going to come up with more ideas for playing.  Friendship are wonderful, and friendship tools help us make friendships even better!

Centers time was bustling with activity. Mission control made sure space was safe, satellites were being built, dinner being made and shared with friends, bracelets and  necklaces were beaded and leaf rubbings made.  Such a busy, fun morning!


Snow Discoveries - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Outside was full of discovery as the preschoolers realized how different the yard looked with a little dusting of snow! Frozen leaves left imprints on the tables, footprints could be made and bike tires collect snow as they roll over it!

Inside we read a very silly book Turkey Trouble. We discussed all the things we eat at Thanksgiving and the top of that list was indeed turkey just like Farmer Jake! Some very creative disguises for turkeys were created and are hanging in the lobby!

In worship, David shows his love for his brothers by bringing them something to eat! What love David has for his brothers and for God!