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Jamestown, NY 14701
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January 2020 | February 2020

January 2020

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 to our Mitten Tree. The food is donated to First Covenant Church's food pantry.

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 receive do close, a text you alert from will Remind. We will also notify Media One Group (local radio stations) of our closings. You will find the list of closings on their website.

Two By Two

We are beginning to add a little more structure to our classroom routine. After their snack, the children look at books until it is time to be dismissed.

Important Dates

  • January 6 - 10: Show & Tell
  • January 16: Spaghetti Dinner
  • January 20: No School

Thanks

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

Show & Tell

  • January (6 - 10): favorite book
  • February (3 - 7): something your child has made (art/craft project, cooking, carpentry, gardening, etc.)

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.

Spaghetti Dinner

We are excited to be hosting our very first Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser! Joe Conti has been making pasta for community events for over 30 years and we are looking forward to having him bring his expertise and experience to First Covenant on Thursday, January 16. You may dine-in or enjoy our curbside pick-up.

Registration for 2020/2021

Registration for the 2020/2021 school year will begin on Sunday, March 8 - 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.

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, 2020. 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.

February 2020

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, and more!

Registration for 2020/2021

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

Important Dates

  • February 3 - 7: Show & Tell & Food Pantry Donation Week
  • February 13: Valentine Party (T/TH classes)
  • February 14: Valentine Party (MWF class)
  • February 17 - 21: No School, Winter Break
  • February 28: Candy Orders Due
  • March 8: Open House & Art Show!!!

Valentine's Day

The Pre-K, Multi-Age and Preschool classes will 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.

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.

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 8, 1 - 4 pm. They have had many opportunities to explore art materials freely. Friends and family are welcome to attend! This will also begin our registration for the 2020/2021 school year. Please share information about our preschool and invite families of preschool children to attend the Open House.

Art

Children are provided opportunities to use their individual ideas, preferences and thoughts to create. Art is about the process of learning, manipulating and exploring the materials and mediums.

Art vs. Craft

An art experience is considered open-ended, so there's not an end product that the teacher is looking for or that it has to look like, whereas a craft is goal- oriented.

Crafts have a set result or outcome. The main purposes behind crafts in the classroom are direction- following and reinforcing a concept or skill.

Sometimes art and craft can be combined in the classroom, providing an opportunity for the children to explore media and then incorporating the resulting art into a theme.

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 (3 - 7): Something that your child has made or created. It may involve art, cooking, music, gardening, carpentry, etc.
  • March (2 -6): Something from when your child was a baby.

January 2020 | February 2020