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March 2019

The days are getting longer and, hopefully, spring weather is just around the corner! The approaching season offers so much that is new and exciting for our preschoolers. We will be experiencing many seasonal changes that your children can now begin to understand. We have many opportunities to learn more about this awesome world that God created.

Important Dates

  • March 4 - 7: Show & Tell & Food Pantry Donation Week
  • March 8: No School
    Set-up for Art Show
  • March 10: Open House & Art Show 1 - 4 PM
  • March 14 & 15: Wear Green for Saint Patrick's Day!

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Help us spread the word by copying a picture of the Open House & Art Show announcement onto Facebook or Instagram.

Easter Candy Sale

The candy orders are due this week! They may be turned in on Sunday at the Open House.

Open House & Art Show

The Open House & Art Show is Sunday, March 10, 1:00 - 4:00 PM! Friends and family are welcome to enjoy 300+ pieces of preschool art and refreshments as well as balloon animals, art activities, face painting and more! Invite your friends with preschool-age children.

Silent Auction @ Our Open House

We have 30+ auction items from area business including:

  • National Comedy Center
  • Chautauqua Institution
  • Lucy Desi Museum
  • Fancher Chair Company
  • Russell Roller Rink
  • Tot Spot
  • Pet Animal Hospital
  • Pace's Pizza
  • ...and other small, local businesses

Saint Patrick's Day

On Thursday and Friday, March 14 & 15, the children are invited to participate in the "wearing of the green" as we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. If you have signed up to bring the snack on one of those days, consider bringing green foods as a special treat for the children. Speak to your child's teacher if you need suggestions. We will also be enjoying some green-related activities.

2019/2020 Class options

Two-By-Two (2-year-olds)

  • Wednesday 12:15 - 1:45 pm*
  • Thursday 12:15 - 1:45 pm*

* The class will be on Wednesday if enrollment does not support 2 classes.

Preschool (3-year-olds)

  • T-TH AM: 8:45 - 11:45 am**
  • MWF AM: 8:45 - 11:45 am

** We will have one T/TH multi-age class if enrollment does not support a seperate T/TH class.

Pre-K (4 & 5-year-olds)

  • MWF AM: 8:45 - 11:45 am

Multi-Age (3- & 4- year-olds)

  • T/TH AM: 8:45 - 11:45 am

We have flexible enrollment, if class space is available. Talk to Cathy if you have any special scheduling needs.

The Importance of Art in the Early Childhood Classroom

Fostering the development of children's aesthetic sense and engaging children in creative experiences should be one of the objectives of an early childhood program.

Through art activities, young children will develop abilities and skills that have application in many other areas of the curriculum. Most importantly, however, children will also develop an appreciation for the art of other people, and the confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings through art. This integration of making and enjoying art in the early childhood classroom will result in the "all-sided development" of the children.

Young children feel a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in making art. For young children, making art is a sensory exploration activity. Deciding what they will make and what materials they will use may be the first opportunity children have to make independent choices and decisions.

While making art, young children develop control of large and small muscle groups (Koster, 1997). The large arm movements required for painting or drawing at an easel or on large paper on the floor build coordination and strength. The smaller movements of fingers, hands, and wrists required to cut with scissors, model clay, or draw or paint on smaller surfaces develop fine motor dexterity and control. Making art also helps children develop eye-hand coordination.

With repeated opportunities for practice, young children gain confidence in their use of tools for making art, and later, for writing.

Excerpt from:

Art in Ealy Childhood: Curriculum Connections
By Jill Englebright Fox, Ph.D. and Stacey Berry, M.Ed.

Why Should Preschoolers Use Scissors?

The use of scissors requires, and enhances, many developmental tasks. Cutting allows a child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of his/her hand. These muscles are also used when the child is writing, painting or holding onto anything with a grip. For example, a child needs to hold onto a toothbrush, spoon or fork, and pull up their pants on a daily basis. A second reason is that cutting also enhances the use of eye-hand coordination. This means that the child must be able to use his/her vision, process what they see, and then be able to move their hand while they are looking at something. This can be a difficult task because it requires the brain to be working with two systems. However, eye-hand coordination is used throughout your child's day. It is used when your child catches or throws a ball, uses a spoon to scoop up the food that they want, and zips up his/her coat. A third reason is that cutting encourages your child to use bilateral coordination. This means that your child can use both sides of their body at the same time. For example, when cutting a circle, a child must hold the paper with one hand (and continuously turn it) while the other hand is opening and closing the scissors and moving forward to cut. We encourage you to provide cutting opportunities for your child. Using scissors with play dough is a great way to begin a child's experience s with cutting.

February 2019

We have a lot going on throughout the next couple of months! We will be celebrating Valentine's Day in the Multi-Age, Preschool and Pre-K classrooms.

Parent Visitation begins in February. Your child will enjoy having you visit, and so will we. Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin boards.

We are busy preparing for our March Open House & Art Show. In addition to showcasing hundreds of pieces of preschool art, we will have refreshments, face-painting, balloon animals, a photobooth, and more!

Family Swim Night

Friday, February 8, 6-7 pm @ the Frewsburg Pool.

Cost: $2.00 per swimmer.

Approved flotation devices are available for younger children. Children will need to pass a mini swim test to swim in the deep end of the pool.

If you plan on attending you may sign up on the sheet to the left of the wall calendar.

Important Dates

  • February 4 - 8: Show & Tell & Food Pantry Donation Week
  • February 8: Family Swim Night
  • February 13: Valentine Party (MWF classes)
  • February 14: Valentine Party (T/TH class)
  • February 18 - 22: No School, Winter Break
  • March 10: Open House & Art Show

Registration for 2019/2020

Registration for next year will begin on Sunday, March 10 at the Open House & Art Show. In addition to our T/TH and MWF class options, we offer four- and five-day options for 3- and 4- year olds. To help you become better informed about our program and curriculum, extra copies of our weekly lesson plans for our preschool and Pre-K classes are located on the preschool information table.

Valentine's Day

The Pre-K, Multi-Age and Preschool classes wil be celebrating Valentine's Day on February 13 & 14.The children will be creating "mailboxes" for their Valentine cards. If your child would like to deliver valentines to his/her classmates, send the valentines to preschool in a bag labeled with your child's name (do not put individual children's names on the outside of the envelopes). We will help the children deliver their valentines during class.

Open House & Art Show

The children have been busy creating original and unique works of art to be displayed at our Open House & Art Show on Sunday, March 10, 1 - 4 pm. They have many opportunities to explore art materials freely. Friends and family are welcome to attend!

This will also begin our registration for the 2019/2020 school year.

Please share information about our preschool and invite families of preschool children to attend the Open House.

Can You Help?

We have been made aware of a former preschool family that has welcomed a 1-year-old foster child into their home and family. Planning ahead, they will be needing girl's Spring and Summer clothes (18 months - 2T).

Donations may be given to Cathy.

Two-By-Two

Registration for next year is beginning soon. If you have any questions about our preschool program or placement options, please schedule a time to discuss it with Cathy.

Parent Visitation

Parents are invited to spend a morning in the classroom, beginning in February. Sign-up sheets will be placed on the bulletin boards outside of the classrooms. It is fun for parents to see their preschoolers interact with others in the classroom. However, be aware that your child's behavior while you are visiting may not necessarily reflect his/her normal preschool behavior. It is not unusual for children to become timid or silly, or act out when parents visit. They may also wish to show off a bit. If you have any questions regarding anything that occurs during your visit, please discuss them with the teacher. We hope that your visit will enable you to acquire a better understanding of our preschool program and our philosophy of early childhood education.

Show & Tell

  • February (5 - 9): Something that your child has made or created. It may involve art, cooking, music, gardening, carpentry, etc.
  • March (5 - 9): Something that makes a sound.

January 2019

Happy New Year!

We hope that your holidays were filled with peace and joy. Thank you for the cards, gifts, holiday greetings, and for your generosity in donating food, mittens, hats, and scarves to our Mitten Tree. The food is donated to First Covenant Church's food pantry. The hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves are distributed through the food pantry and other locations where needed.

School Closings

We generally follow the Jamestown Public School System for weather- related closings. If JPS calls for a one- or two- hour delay, we will make our closing decisions independently. When we do close, you will receive a text alert from Remind. We will also notify Media One Group (local radio stations) of our closings. You will find the list of closings on their website.

Family Swim Night

A swim night for our preschool families will be held at the Frewsburg Pool on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 - 7 p.m.

Two-By-Two

We continue to add a little more structure to our classroom routine. With gentle guidance, the children are now able to sit for a large-group activity following our snack time.

Important Dates

  • January 7 - 11: Show & Tell & Food Pantry Donation Week
  • January 21: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day
  • Friday, February 8: Family Swim

Thanks

To everyone who contributed to, and helped with, the Christmas Cookie Frost.

Parent Visitation

Parents are invited to spend a morning in the classroom, beginning in February. Sign-up sheets will be placed on the bulletin boards outside of the classrooms. It is fun for parents to see their preschoolers interact with others in the classroom. Be aware that your child's behavior while you are visiting may not necessarily reflect his/her normal preschool behavior. It is not unusual for children to become timid or silly, or act out when parents visit. They may also wish to show off a bit. If you have any questions regarding anything that occurs during your visit, please discuss them with the teacher. We hope that your visit will enable you to acquire a better understanding of our preschool program and our philosophy of early childhood education.

We request that siblings not attend classroom visitations so that the visits may be a special time reserved for the preschool children.

Winter Requests

Please remove your child's coat and boots before (s)he enters the classroom so that we may keep the classroom floors dry and safe. We have non-skid slipper socks available for children when their shoes are forgotten. Boots, coats, sweaters, etc. should be labeled with your child's name. One more thing...we recommend that you dress your child in layers so that outer layers may be removed if a child becomes too warm.

Registration for 2019/2020

Registration for the 2019/2020 school year will begin on Sunday, March 10 - more information will follow. Please tell your friends...you are our best source of information. Some people select a preschool based primarily on location. Hopefully you can share, with friends and family, the importance of selecting a preschool based on its reputation, philosophy of early childhood education, its facilities, qualifications of its staff, and safety precautions and policies.

Show & Tell

  • January (7 - 11): your child's choice.
  • February (4 - 8): something your child has made (art/craft project, cooking, carpentry, gardening, etc.)

Remember... Show & Tell week will also be Food Donation week for the rest of the school year. Donated items may be placed in one of the baskets under the trees in the hallway.

About Snacks

Please remember to...

  • Sign up to bring a snack.
  • Include milk or juice with the snack.
  • Bring pre-packaged snacks or fresh fruits & vegetables; we have children with food allergies.
  • Check expiration dates.
  • Bring enough for the entire class.

Thinking about next year?

With registration beginning soon, many preschool families are carefully considering their options. Please see Mrs. Byrne for information about our pre-K program for four and five-year-olds. A child is eligible to attend Kindergarten in the public school system if (s)he will turn five on or before December 1, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's "readiness" for Kindergarten, please feel free to schedule a time to come in to discuss it.

If your child will not be attending Kindergarten next fall, we invite you to talk to us about what our Pre-K program can offer your child next year. Parents of children in the Two-By-Two and preschool classes are welcome to visit one of the preschool or Pre-K classes. You are also invited to take copies of our weekly plans (located on the information table) to help you know what is going on in those classes.

December 2018

These first few months of preschool seem to be flying by as the children have settled into their classes and we experience the changing seasons and holidays. We enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of the children as they learn about, and celebrate, these special times.

School Closings

We generally follow the Jamestown Public School System for weather- related closings. If JPS calls for a one- or two- hour delay, we will make our closing decisions independently. When we do close, you will receive a text alert from Remind. We will also notify Media One Group (local radio stations) of our closings. You will find the list of closings on their website.

Show & Tell

  • December (3 - 7): Holiday or Seasonal Item
  • January (7 -11): Child's Choice

Two-By-Two

Sharing, taking turns, and transitions can be difficult for 2-year-olds. Three months into the school year, they are making choices, accepting that they sometimes need to wait for their turns, and focusing on activities for longer periods of time. And they love snack time!

Important Dates

  • December 3 - 7: Show & Tell; Food Pantry Donation Week
  • December 19: Christmas Cookie Frost
  • December 20 - January 1: NO SCHOOL, Christmas Break
  • January 21: NO SCHOOL, MLK Day

Christmas Cookie Frost

Our Christmas Cookie Frost is coming soon... Wednesday, December 19 at 10:30 AM in the church Sanctuary.

Be sure to sign up your child's guests by Thursday, December 6, on the sheet outside of your child's classroom. If you are unsure of who the guests will be, please put the number expected.

Guests will be invited to join us in the church sanctuary for a presentation of holiday rhymes and songs before proceeding to Fellowship Hall to decorate cookies and celebrate Christmas.

Winter Clothing

Please remove your child's coat and boots before (s)he enters the classroom so that we may keep the classroom floors dry and safe. We have non-skid slipper socks available for children when their shoes are forgotten. Boots, coats, sweaters, etc. should be labeled with your child's name. One more thing...we recommend that you dress your child in layers so that outer layers may be removed if a child becomes too warm.

Hat & Mitten Tree

We are collecting non-perishable food items for First Covenant Church's food pantry along with hats, scarves & mittens to be donated to area children through Community Helping Hands. Hats, scarves, and mittens may be placed on the branches and food items, under the tree. As we take time to give thanks for the many blessings that we have, we can encourage young children to care for, and share with, others.

Preschool families are invited to receive food if needed and donate food when able. We will continue to collect food for the food pantry throughout the rest of the school year. Because the need in our community is so great, it is a challenge to keep the shelves full. The first week of each month will be Show & Tell and food collection week.

A Few Thoughts...

Even though the temperature outside is dropping, it can get quite warm in our classrooms full of active children. Please dress your child in layers so that the extra layers may be removed if they get too warm.

Please put your child's name on the labels of coats, sweaters, boots, etc. to avoid mixing up similar or identical items.

Thank You...

... to those who helped with the Thanksgiving Feasts, with both donations and the preparation and clean-up.

... to the families who have been making donations to our Hat & Mitten Tree and to First Covenant Church's food pantry.

November 2018

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly, and this means a fun and busy time for our preschoolers. Throughout November we will be talking to the children about being thankful. We encourage you to take some time to tell your child about things for which you are thankful. Then allow your child to tell you about the things that make him/her thankful. These conversations will help your child to understand the concept of what it means to thank God for the material things that we enjoy daily, and for the special people in our lives.

Facebook Page

We are attempting to keep our Facebook page up- to-date. Don't forget to like us on Facebook.

We are also working on creating an Instagram page.

Snack Reminder

Please remember to include a beverage when your child brings the classroom snack.

Two-By-Two

The 2-year-olds have settled into our cassroom routine. They are developing some independence at snack time... cleaning up the toys, throwing their napkins and cups away and then choosing a book to look at while waiting for everyone to finish.

Important Dates

  • November 5 - 9 - Show & Tell
  • November 12 - No School, Veteran's Day
  • November 19 - Thanksgiving Feast - Mrs. Beresford's Class, Mrs. Byrne's Pre-K and Multi-Age classes
  • November 20 - 23 - Thanksgiving Break

Show & Tell

  • November (5-9): Child's Favorite Book
  • December (3-7): Seasonal/Holiday Item

Thanksgiving Feast

In class the children will be learning about the early Thanksgiving traditions passed down to us from the Indians and Pilgrims and then we will reenact the First Thanksgiving. Our feasts will include foods that remind us of the menu served on that first Thanksgiving.

Watch for sign-up sheets to see how you can help, either with food contributions or food preparation. You are invited to join us for the last few minutes of our celebration. Come to Room 101 at 11:35 am to see our Pilgrims and Indians.

Our Preschool Giving Tree

Throughout the months of November and December we will be collecting non-perishable food items for First Covenant Church's food pantry and children's hats, scarves & mittens to be donated to area children. As we take time to give thanks for the many blessings that we have, we can encourage young children to care for, and share with, others. Hats, scarves, and mittens may be placed on the branches and food items are placed under the tree. It would be wonderful if each child would bring at least one food item each week! The children will have an opportunity to visit the food pantry (2nd floor) to see where their donations are going. Please help us to help others!

About Parent/Teacher Conferences

Because it is our desire to accommodate the varying schedules of our preschool families, rather than scheduling limited conference days, we remain available to parents throughout the school year. You are invited to contact your child's teacher to make an appointment to discuss your child's progress.

First Covenant Church Presents...

...four performances of The Living Christmas Tree on November 30 (8 pm), December 1 (5 pm & 8 pm) and December 2 (5 pm). These performances of music and pageantry last just about one hour. Tickets are available in the church office. Some performances sell out quickly so plan on getting your tickets early! Young children would probably find the program more enjoyable if they sit toward the front offering a better view.

Why Should Preschoolers Use Scissors?

The use of scissors requires, and enhances, many developmental tasks. Cutting allows a child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of his/her hand. These muscles are also used when the child is writing, painting or holding onto anything with a grip. For example, a child needs to hold onto a toothbrush, spoon or fork, and pull up their pants on a daily basis. A second reason is that cutting also enhances the use of eye-hand coordination. This means that the child must be able to use his/her vision, process what they see, and then be able to move their hand while they are looking at something. This can be a difficult task because it requires the brain to be working with two systems. However, eye-hand coordination is used throughout your child's day. It is used when your child catches or throws a ball, uses a spoon to scoop up the food that they want, and zips up his/her coat. A third reason is that cutting encourages your child to use bilateral coordination. This means that your child can use both sides of their body at the same time. For example, when cutting a circle, a child must hold the paper with one hand (and continuously turn it) while the other hand is opening and closing the scissors and moving forward to cut. We encourage you to provide cutting opportunities for your child. Using scissors with play dough is a great way to begin a child's experiences with cutting.

October 2018

We are off to a great start of a new school year! Fall offers many possibilities for fun learning activities: the changing weather and seasons, brightly colored leaves, apples, pumpkins, and so much more. Enjoy this season with your child...walking, talking and discovering will provide special moments together.

Halloween

We use fun and non-threatening Halloween experiences to help prepare the children for some of the more frightening customs that they may encounter during this holiday. We also take the opportunity to reinforce the concepts of real and pretend. Also, the benefits of dressing up for our Halloween parties and Treat Street include opportunities for role-playing, creative expression, imagination, and language development.

It is amost time to prepare for our Halloween Treat Street. The 2nd floor of the church will become an imaginary street. Parents volunteer to decorate the classroom doors and provide treats for the preschool children who will be "trick-or-treating". Watch the bulletin boards for our Treat Street and Halloween party sign-up sheets. While many of the children enjoy dressing up for Halloween; some do not. Please do not force your child to do so. However, the costumes of reluctant children may be left with a staff member in case your child changes his/her mind.

Young children may become frightened when they see monsters, witches, devils, ghosts, etc. Please guide your child’s selection of a costume. Something less frightening is more appropriate for this age group. The same applies to the adults in our 2nd floor "houses". Experience has taught us that it is best if masks are not worn by the participating adults. Also, for obvious safety reasons, burning candles may not be placed in pumpkins.

Important Dates

  • October 1-4 - Show & Tell (family picture)
  • October 5 & 8 - NO SCHOOL Columbus Day
  • October 10 & 11 - Vision Screening
  • October 15 - Speech Screening
  • October 23 & 24 - School Pictures
  • October 30 & 31 - Halloween Parties & Halloween Treat Streets

Tuition

Tuition payments may be made by cash (in an envelope labeled with amount, date, child's name), check or credit card. Because we are charged transaction fees, we would prefer that credit card payments be made for 3- month minimums.

School Closings

We generally follow the Jamestown Public School System for weather- related closings. If JPS calls for a one- or two-hour delay, we will make our closing decisions independently. When we do close, you will receive a text alert from Remind. We will also notify Media One Group (local radio stations) of our closings. You will find the list of closings on their website.

Vision Screening

CBA Vision Rehabilitative Services conducts vision screenings for preschool-aged children with the goal of identifying vision problems for referral to an eye spoecialist for treatment. Approximately 80% of what young children learn in their early year is visual. Early vision screening before a child learns to read and write is a great beginning to a lifetime of healthy vision. From http://www.chautauquablind.org

The vision-screening procedure is safe and noninvasive. No device comes in contact with your child.. The device is held about fourteen (14) inches away from your child, using the screening device like a camera with blinking lights. The procedure is comfortable for your child and convenient for you. From http://lionsseeny.org

A Few Reminders

  • Please encourage your child to use the bathroom before entering the classroom.
  • Label sweaters, coats and jacket to avoid clothing going home with the wrong child.
  • Snack Sign-up sheets are located on the belletin boards outside of your child's classroom. Due to health and safety concerns, treats & snacks must be brought to school in unopened packages. Fruits and vegetables will be washed by the staff before being given out.
  • Adults are not pemitted to use the women's restroom in the preschool wing between 8:15 am and 2:00pm. There are restroom located in the rear of Fellowship Hall on the 1st floor and the office wing on the 2nd floor.

Two-By-Two

We are spending these first few weeks helping the children adjust to the preschool environment. Our primary goal is that the children feel safe and secure in the classroom.

They will learn through play and discovery, with our focus on child- directed activities.

The children will spend time, in groups of 2 or 3, in the playroom. A simple snack is provided for the children, as a way to help them transition from active play to dismissal.

Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming opportunitues include Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas events. Sign-Up sheets will be placed on the wall to the left of the wall calendars.

Parking & School Arrival

Handicap-designated spaces may be used by preschool families when dropping off and picking up children. Please do not use the adjacent lot (1st Presbyterian Church). The 5th Street exterior door is unlocked at 8am and the door on the 6th Street (parking lot) side of the building is unlocked at 8:30 with a door greeter available to offer assistance when needed.

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