Parents’ Page – March 2019
Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things! Psalm 98:1
Yes, it’s March and that congers up St. Patrick, leprechauns, and wearing of the green. If you don’t know about the Irish flag, it’s green, white and orange: green (Catholics), white (peace) and orange (Protestants). Wearing of the green is for Saint Patrick a Catholic priest.
Isn’t it exciting that spring is just around the corner? Maybe it means the end of snowy weather and we won’t have to deal with anymore school closings or delays. I am so tired of having Snow Days. I know that may sound strange but we have so much to do at school and time is growing short on accomplishing this.
It’s difficult to believe we are looking at our last three months of school. I have so many mixed feelings about this time of year. It always pulls at my heart to see our Pre-K students go off kindergarten. When I was at Saint Rita Elementary School and C C Center, I got to see my former students as they transitioned from year to year and class to class here it seems so final. I guess I’m just an old softie.
Enroll !. Registration for 2019/20 will begin Monday, March 4th. If your child is coming back this fall, there isn’t any need to fill out a new registration form just a continuation sheet. Continuation sheets and registration packets can be obtained from the Teachers or in the office. Please remember to include the $40.00 fee to secure that spot even if it’s a continuation form. Please don’t wait too late to make this decision. I’ve been answering phone calls and emails from parents interested in registering for the fall term. I started getting calls for tours right after we came back from Christmas Break. An unusual number of pre-registration forms have been mailed out to military families moving to Dayton this summer. If a class reaches the number of students allowed by state licensing, I cannot make any exceptions for alumni.
If your child is off to kindergarten, make sure you contact your school district and begin the screening process and registration ASAP. Most districts begin screening and registrations very early.
All Preschools and Childcare centers use Puzzles for obvious reasons so I’d like to list them. The three basic benefits are Physical, Cognitive and Emotional all of which can be transferred to personal/adult life
The physical components are: eye-hand coordination- is just what it sounds like the relationship to what the eyes see, the hands do and how the brain relates to the information, Gross Motor Skills-this enhances the hands large muscles movements by picking up large pieces. This leads into Fine Motor skills- with the precise finger movements by putting the pieces in the correct spot which are leading to better handwriting skills.
The cognitive components are: understanding the world around- it allows children to understand their environment by manipulating the objects in their world. Shape recognition- the earliest puzzles are simple shapes (circles, squares, rectangles and triangles) with time they become more complex shapes and eventually lead into the abstract jigsaw pieces we are familiar with. Memory-children have to remember the shape of pieces, Problem Solving- this promotes and refines critical thinking because pieces will only fit a certain way and you must develop this in order to complete the puzzle or other challenging skills.
The last basic skill is Emotional: this develops setting goals- the three components in this area are solving the puzzle, strategies that will be necessary to solve the puzzle such as separating familiar shapes and colors into groups for future use and patience- you development patience and how to work slowly to finish your task. Social- they learns to share by taking turns, handling frustration, helping others and sharing in the accomplishment with others. Self-Esteem- this is satisfaction of achieving a goal, learning to overcome a challenge, the pride and self-confidence in completing a task which prepares for more complex challenges in life.
Early childhood is probably one of the most studied areas in education to help explain how and what children learn through play. This information came from articles on the internet by Michelle Manno and childrensmuseumblog on puzzle learning. You can find articles on just about any early childhood learning activity if you search the web.
Men’s Night is a time for your child to bring Daddy, Grandpa, or a special person to school to share in the preschool experience. We always have a wonderful evening the Teachers choose crafts that are more father friendly. We hope you will make every effort to attend. We would like for every students to come and bring someone. If Dad is overseas on TDY, Moms are always welcome to come or send a friend. We are here if you should have any questions about the event, give us a call.
Men’s Night is 6:30 a.m. - 8p.m. Monday, March 18th for all students
THERE WILL BE NO MORNING CLASSES ON MARCH 18th.
DATES TO REMEMBER
* Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday, February 28th and Friday March 1st there are sign-up sheets on your Teachers’ bulletin board. This Parent/Teacher Conference is mandated by
Ohio State Law.
* Scholastic Book Orders due Friday, March 8th use Parent Code is H8724 if ordering on line
* St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday March 17th but we will celebrate Thursday, March 14th and
Friday, March 16th (wear your green)
* Men’s Night Monday, March 18th NO MORNING CLASSES
Happy Birthday to Our March Leprechaun!
Elena A. 3/12 Noah L.3/23 Joseph C. 3/23
Believe it or not, March is here and that means spring is just around the corner! We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a week of art projects. Be sure to wear something green on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th.
We will continue to have fun with learning more letters, numbers, patterning, and sequencing a story. We encourage you to spend some extra time working on letters and numbers especially if needed. This will benefit greatly for kindergarten next year.
Please mark your calendar for Men’s Night on Monday, March 18th at 6:30 p.m.
There will be no morning preschool that day.
Mrs. Bange and Mrs. Espinosa
March promises to be tons of fun with shamrocks and a leprechaun search. You must keep your eyes open to find the leprechaun.
Friday, March 15th don’t forget to wear green!
Mark your calendar for Monday, March 18th for Men’s Night from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Dads you are going to have a great time at school. There will not be morning classes on that day.
In class we will be celebrating March 20th, the first day of spring, with a blooming good time.
We will also have a St. Patrick week, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, New Life Week and Zoo Week. It’s going to
be a busy month!
We want you to know we appreciate all you do for our class and our students.
Blessings to All,
Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Misutka
This month we will be going over the letters S, T, and U, the color green and the number 7. We will also have Men’s Night Monday, March 18th from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
There will not be a morning class that day.
We have music with the Pastor on March 20th, the Librarian March 11th and 14th and
Mrs. Bleifield’s P. E. class for the whole school on March 29th.
Don’t forget to register early if you intend for your child to attend Spin-Kemp this fall. Mrs. Lynch is receiving lots of phone calls, emails and giving tours to parents who are interested in sending their children this fall.
Ms. Schroder and Mrs. Bleifield