It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I want to thank you for sending such fabulous Thanksgiving “stuffed turkeys” to school and for making our party a success. I would also like to sincerely thank the parent helpers who volunteer their time weekly or monthly to help during class time. I really appreciate the special help you give. Because of your dedication, our program is deeply enriched.
As we look ahead to our Christmas celebration, you are invited to come celebrate with us as we have a Christmas Song-fest. Our Preschool Christmas Program will be held on Friday, December 21st, from 10:30-11:30, at Church on the Hill. If you are unable to attend, perhaps a grandma, grandpa, aunt or special friend could attend in your place. This is a half-day so all children will need to be picked-up at 11:45 after the song-fest.
Does your child have a special Christmas ornament? Our classroom tree would love to display these treasured ornaments. The children can bring in an ornament and share its special significance with the class. Please make sure to attach your child’s name to their ornament so they can be returned before Christmas vacation.
Special dates, weekly themes, weekly alphabet letters and numbers, our Bible verse and the parent helpers are noted on the December calendar. Our Christmas vacation is
December 24th through January 7th. School resumes on Tuesday, January 8th.
The next few weeks will be very busy with shopping, wrapping, baking and decorating, and we encourage everyone to try and keep Jesus the central focus of your Christmas celebration. I wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with special memories with your children.
November Newsletter & Calendar, 2018
Dear Parents, The past two months have been wonderful. The children should be bringing home lots of fun crafts and other papers showing what they are learning in school. They should also be singing many new songs and talking about their new friends. We have had a Bible Verse Party for September and October and I would like to say “thank you” for making God’s Word an important and valuable part of your child’s life.
Please note the days that school will be closed on our calendar. Watch for the “Parent Helpers” who are listed at the bottom of each calendar day. If you are unable to help on your assigned day, please let me know. The parent helpers volunteer to work during the art and free-play time from 8:00 to 9:45 each morning. If you would like to volunteer, please turn in your paperwork to the office. I am truly blessed by your devotion to your children!
The character trait for the month of November is thankfulness. The children will be learning about the Pilgrims and Native American Indians of the first Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving party this year is called Stuff the Turkey. I will be sending home a small container (shaped like a turkey) for the parents of each child to “stuff” with feast foods. The contents of the stuffed turkeys are to be kept secret from the children until feasting time, when the children will enjoy discovering what tasty treats (lunch foods) and tiny gifts their parents have sent for them. Since I will provide turkey sandwiches and juice, parents can think of special surprises for their child. I will send home further information regarding this very exciting day in the next few weeks.
On Monday, November 5th, I will be taking the children for a special visit to the ACS Kindergarten class. This is a nice time for the children to see the activities that kindergarten has to offer. They will make a craft, play at kindergarten centers, have a nice snack and get familiar with the kindergarten teachers. On Wednesday, November 7th, the children will also enjoy visits to the kindergarten enhancement classes (art and technology). A notice with further information will be sent home soon.
A few quick reminders:
Don’t forget to get your child to school as close to 8:00 as possible.
Do not forget to send your child’s folder to school each day. If your child loses their folder, you may use any “pocket style” folder.
As the weather becomes cooler, please send a light jacket or sweater with your child each day.
Check our class website photos regularly with your child and begin a lifelong habit of communicating about what is happening in school. (www.MissLinda.weebly.com)
November is a month for thanks and I sincerely give thanks for these special children and for such supportive parents. Thank you! In His service, Miss Linda
October Newsletter and Calendar
Dear Parents, We have had a busy first month! The children are fitting comfortably into the classroom routine. They are making friends and seem happy to be here! We reviewed shapes and colors last month and we have made wonderful progress in recognizing and writing our names. If your child has difficulty with these concepts, I encourage you to help at home. We will continue to work on developing listening skills and learning how to follow directions, along with introducing a new alphabet letter and number each week.
Some parents have had questions regarding the children’s folders, which should be coming home daily with crafts and work papers. The younger preschool classes have the children give their folders to the teachers in the morning. The take-home projects and school announcements are then inserted into the folders by the teaching staff. In Junior Kindergarten I want to begin to teach the children the responsibility of caring for themselves and so I do not pack their folders for them but will encourage them to do this for themselves. Please do not forget to include their empty folders each day. I also encourage you to let me know verbally, at drop-off time, if your child has anything in their folder or backpack that you want me to have, since I do not check each bag or folder on a daily basis. Thank you!
The children work hard on the projects, crafts and papers they create in school. I ask that you take a few minutes each day to empty their folders and review their school papers while letting your child know what a good job they have done. A special place to display their work shows your child that they are important and that their schoolwork matters to you. Your cooperation will help your child develop a positive attitude toward school, and an excitement in what they are learning each day.
I am happy to say that all the children were able to recite the September Bible verse. We took a vote and the children chose a special trip to the treasure box. Listed on the calendar is the new October verse. If the children recite their October verse, we will again have a Bible verse party for the month of October. We always practice the verse in class, but if you join with us and recite the monthly verse at home, your child will be excited to participate in this awesome activity.
Parent conferences will take place on October 12th. School will be closed all day. This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and parents to get to know each other and to “touch base” on any school and child development issues. A sign-up sheet will be presented at drop-off or pick-up time for each family to choose a convenient time.
Our annual Fun Run (Jog-a-Thon) will be held this month on October 18th. More information will be sent home, along with sponsor sheets, in the coming weeks.
Remember, children should bring a reusable water bottle each day with fresh water, jackets and blankets should be labeled with your child’s name and please send only one stuffed toy to use at “rest time” each day.
Please note that there is no mention of a Halloween party on our calendar. It is the policy of Achiever Christian School not to celebrate Halloween, but Church on the Hill will host the Fall Family Blast on October 26th. It’s a great alternative to trick-or-treating. More information will be sent home soon.
Next month, I will begin our “Parent Helpers”. The helpers may volunteer to work during the art and free-play time from 8:15 to 9:45 each morning, or, they may choose to stay until the academic portion of our day is over at 11:45. Please make sure you check the requirements to be able to be a volunteer on Achiever Christian School’s website for Preschool. If you have signed up to volunteer, and all your paperwork has been turned into the office, your name will be listed on our calendar in November.
I am also excited to begin our Child of the Week program this month. A few weeks before it is due, a large poster will be sent home for you and your child to complete and return to school. (Please encourage patience because some children will be waiting until later in the year for their turn). For an entire week your child will be able to bring “sharing” from home and discuss their poster in front of the class.
I would like to say a heartfelt thank-you to those parents who have donated a grocery gift card in order for us to do special cooking projects in class. We have already made apple trees out of crackers and cream cheese and are looking forward to making a traffic light with graham crackers and vanilla wafers. Following these cooking projects, we will make green eggs and ham while we learn about Dr. Seuss and rhyming. The children truly enjoy creating these special snacks. Thank you!
Many parents have asked if there is anything else they can contribute that would further enhance our program. I love using paper towel rolls and they tend to be hard to collect. If you throw away the Styrofoam containers that meat products are sold in, I would love to have you save these for me (especially the extra large ones). Our class can also use new, or used, manila file folders for special art projects, and post-it notes to jot down quick notes. Also desired are small treasure box toys (such as birthday “goodie bag” toys) for rewarding the children. Finally, any special craft materials such as stickers, beads, foam stickers and shapes, or anything else I can use to excite interest in creative expression. All would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. I dearly love all the children God has blessed me with this year and look forward to the coming months.
In His name, Miss Linda
Check out www.MissLinda.weebly.com for August & September classroom pictures and information.
August and September Newsletter & Calendar:
Dear Parents, Welcome to Achiever Christian School's Junior Kindergarten program. Please bear with me while I put names and faces together during the upcoming weeks as I get to know each family.
We are all adjusting to a new drop-off and pick-up schedule. Here are some reminders of our schedule:
Drop-off at 8:00-8:15 am @ the D-2 classroom
Half day pick-up at 11:45-12:00 noon in front of the D-1 classroom
D-2 Full day pick-up by 3:30 will be in D-2.
Student Life pick-up from 3:35-6:00 pm will be in the C-1 classroom.
Have your visor card visible in the front passenger window at drop-off time. Please stay in your car while in the morning drop-off and pick-up lanes and I will remove your child from your car. If you arrive after drop-off time you will need to park and walk your child to class. Class begins at 8:20 so please arrive on time. This will give your child the opportunity to learn important social skills as well as feel more secure in their new environment. Being on time is very important in guaranteeing your child a successful year!!
Please bring your child’s folder each day. This helps me communicate with you about what the children are learning at school and will also contain any correspondence. Please do not put any notes for the teacher in your child’s folder since I do not check them each day. Thank you!
Each week I will be introducing a "Theme" such as “Apples” or “Pets” and we will learn about this theme throughout the entire week. I will also introduce a new alphabet letter each week that corresponds to the theme. The children will learn to recognize and write each letter, and say the phonic sound. For example, “Apples and Letter A”. (During the month of August we will be working on our social skills and getting acquainted before we begin the letters). I will continue to keep you informed of what we are learning as well as birthdays, holidays, special sharing days and our parent helpers each month on a newsletter and calendar. We are trying to become “paperless” so I will send you the new calendar and newsletter each month by email. You can also check on-line anytime at the class website, www.MissLinda.weebly.com for newsletter, calendar and weekly photos of the children.
In addition to learning about the different themes and alphabet letters, the children will be working (and playing) with numbers, shapes and colors, matching, sequencing, patterning and many other concepts. During the month of August and September, we will work on name recognition and encouraging development of the small motor skills such as cutting, coloring, painting, name writing, etc. The kids will also be working each month with perceptual motor activities, such as jumping, running, hopping, etc. Perceptual motor develops the large motor skills and generates lots of fun and games for the children. Additionally, our music and movement program will be teaching the children lots of new songs and hand movements, so watch for the tunes your child will be singing.
Besides our daily activities the children will have a chapel time each Wednesday with a follow-up video on Fridays. Our chapel time consists of Bible stories, movies, and I will use costumes and props to reinforce the lessons by having the children perform in a “show”. The kids will also have a monthly Bible memory verse to learn. I will help them memorize this in class, but your reinforcement at home will help. At the end of each month we will have a “Bible Verse Party” if all the children were able to recite their verse. Look for the memory verse printed on each monthly calendar.
Quite a few of the children have recently, or will be celebrating birthdays soon. I will provide a special hat and "birthday treasure toy" for each child on their birthday. If you would like to send a special snack to school, please let me know so I can fit it into our snack schedule. Remember not to send any peanut products due to allergy concerns. (WE ARE A PEANUT FREE SCHOOL!) I also encourage you to send in finger foods or treats rather than a cake. All foods need to be prepackaged so I can check the contents for allergens, which means that homemade foods will not be accepted as per our school rules. In addition to having your child receive recognition on his or her birthday, I plan to have each child be "Child of the Week". The "Child of the Week" activity creates an opportunity for each child to have an entire week to be "special" and is the basis of the sharing program (which means there is no regular sharing days except those noted in our monthly calendars). I will explain this program further on Back-to-School night.
During Back-to-School night, parents can sign-up to volunteer in the classroom. Parents who would like to work in the classroom, or attend school parties, are required to send documentation proving that their inoculations are up to date. More information and forms are on the school website at www.achieverchristian.com. Some areas in which I would appreciate parent help are: Bible Verse Snack Helpers (provide a special snack) Holiday and Party Helpers (spend special party days working in class) Monthly/Weekly Classroom Helpers (in-class helpers from 8:15-10:00 am or from 8:15-12:00 noon) Cooking Helpers (provide a grocery store gift card for cooking projects)
I will be starting our "Parent Helpers" program (where parents are encouraged to spend the morning in class working with the children) early in November. Be watching the monthly calendar for those assignments if you are able to help. If you did not have a chance to sign-up for any of the helper jobs, please let me know.
I will always try to keep you well informed about our activities as well as what the children are learning and the new skills they are developing through the monthly class newsletters (like this one) and the class online website. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know, and I will sincerely try to quickly respond.
Thank you for sharing your child with me....each one is special