Hi Koala Families,
Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for the lovely cards, kind words and generous gifts!
Now until January 5th: 2018-2019 Tuition Assistance applications available. Link to application: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4KK6T
The initial due date is January 5th 2018. If your family currently receives tuition assistance, please note that applications not received by January 5th may incur a 20% award reduction.
The Weeks of December 25th-January 5th: Christmas Break
Monday January 8th: First Day Back to School. Happy New Year!
Monday January 15th: No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Week of January 15th: Sleepy Week:
Tuesday January 16th: P.J. Story Day – Wear your comfy pajama’s to school. Please have your child wear school shoes, but may bring slippers.
Wednesday January 17th: P.J. Story Day – Wear your comfy pajama’s to school. Please have your child wear school shoes, but may bring slippers.
Thursday January 18th: Breakfast at PCP – Children will enjoy cooking their breakfast food snack in class. Please see your classroom Teacher to volunteer. Thank you!
Friday January 19th: Breakfast at PCP – Children will enjoy cooking their breakfast food snack in class. Please see your classroom Teacher to volunteer. Thank you!
Thursday January 18th Kindergarten Night 6pm *More details coming soon.
Wednesday January 23rd: Pip’s Place*
Thursday January 24th: Pip’s Place*
*Pip’s Place is a fun “Restaurant” experience here at PCP. The children will go to the Fellowship Hall at their scheduled reservation time, order from a menu, be served by the waiting staff and pay with real money. Please see your classroom sign-up genius for volunteers needed. Thank you!
Friday January 26th: No School – Staff Development Day
Monday January 29th: 2nd Session of SonShine Kids starts! SonShine Kids is a parent participation class for 18 months to 30 months offered once a week on Mondays for 2 hours. Apply online.
This Week in the Koala Class
What an exciting week it has been preparing for Christmas and our Christmas Program. We have heard many wonderful Christmas stories, “The Christmas Star” “Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear” & “Mortimer’s Christmas Manger”, each having their own special message about Christmas. We continued to work on our Christmas Program, the children are ready and excited for the performance. Thank you for making our Christmas Program so special. When we got back to the room we asked the children if they had fun, it was an over welcoming YES! We wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Coming Up Next Week
After the Christmas break we will slide into winter.
Thank you Mr. Solis (Dominic’s dad) for being our Mystery Reader. The children enjoyed hearing Olaf’s Night Before Christmas.
Thank you to Mrs. Hildreth for being our Mystery Reader on Wednesday and Mrs. Peterson for being our Mystery Reader on Thursday.
Happy 5th Birthday Dominic!
It is amazing to see the friends using all the words that they have learned so far. This week we reviewed the color names and reviewed how to say our names and how to ask a friend’s name. We read Mézclalo Bien which showed us how rojo, azul, amarillo, blanco and negro mix to form new colors. We also learned a Christmas song about a boy on a donkey on his way to go see Jesus. Here is a link to sing the song with your child, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogJSyom8pO8. We also played color bingo with all the colors that we have learned so far. It is so fun to learn and play!
As we close out our week down in the Ocean, the children had a fun time touching a real Octopus. Octopuses are fascinating sea creatures, part of the cnidarian animals which are aquatic invertebrates. Octopuses have three hearts and hard beaks, which they use to break into and eat their pray such crabs and shellfish. Did you know some octopus can be up to 7 feet long? The children also learned about sea stars (starfish) and made their own starfish with various mediums. Sea Stars have 5 arms but some types of star fish can have up to 21 arms. Their arms can regenerate but it takes a long time. We finished the week talking about sea horses, the children make sea horse collages and read the story Mister Sea Horse.
Nature Hut Adventures
Rock and Roll
Geology rocks! In the Nature Hut this week the students were able to learn about the Rock Cycle and the three types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Igneous rocks were the their favorite since they come from volcanoes! There were gemstones and geodes on display for close inspection with the magnifying glasses. The rock, rumble and shake paintings were a noisy hit with the kids. The students had fun prospecting for golden nuggets in the sensory bin outside in the garden area.