From the Main Office:
To Preschool Parents:
Please do not leave your car idling in the pick-up line as you retrieve your child. The exhaust fumes infiltrate the classrooms next to the line and students and teachers are getting sick. Thank you.
**With the colder weather upon us, please make sure that the extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack is appropriate.**
If you have not already, please sign up for Gloucester County Alert in the case of school closings.
Special Thanks for a Special Gift….
We are so very lucky to have received a gift of six iPads to share between the preschool classes from Mr. Chambers and Paul VI High School. He was also kind enough to set them up for us with various educational games and learning apps. Thank you from all of us!
February Important Dates:
- February 18– NO SCHOOL (Change in school calendar.)
Theme: Love Your Neighbors!
Letters: P, Q, R, S
Religion: We Talk to God in Prayer
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Classroom Supply Needs
Thank you to all that have inquired about our classroom needs, and thank you to those that have sent things in! This time of year especially, we can always use wipes (wet ones/baby wipes and lysol), hand sanitizer, tissues and paper towels. We truly appreciate your help in keeping our children and classroom clean!
WANTED: Mystery Readers
Thank you to all of our special guests so far!
We will still be welcoming Mystery Readers throughout the rest of the school year. The children will not know who the reader will be until they come in. Please don’t spoil the surprise for your child! Anyone interested in reading must be cleared through the Virtus program and fingerprinted. Our dates and times can be flexible to accommodate many readers. Please send me an email if you are interested with the dates you would like to come.
Summer Birthday Celebrations
In the upcoming months, we want to offer your children with summer birthdays a chance to celebrate with their friends. I will be sending an email as we get closer, but I wanted to give a heads up!
Germs Are Not for Sharing
Many of you are aware and appreciate our policy on maintaining germs within the school to prevent widespread infection during the school year. We would like to emphasize how important it is to ensure your child is healthy before sending them to school. We find it is beneficial for all students and staff to be vigilant and preventative as much as possible. This is especially beneficial for students within our community who fight life-threatening, chronic illnesses each day. When exposed to harmful bacteria, colds, and flu viruses, those children may face detrimental consequences to their health. With that said, please be mindful of those students when sending your children to school and work to the best of your ability to keep your child home if your child is symptomatic. We also ask that you keep these families and children in your prayers for hopes they continue to thrive in our community and one day find a cure to their diagnosis. We want these children to participate in all we have to offer despite the challenges they face. We know these families are very thankful for the understanding, compassion, and support you can provide. We thank you for abiding by our current policies while thinking of these families at the same time. Below are practices to help these families maintain a healthy and positive environment for their children:
- Identify whether your child is unusually tired, hazy-eyed, congested, flushed, or coughing and consider alternate care.
- Encourage and teach your families to wash hands by making soap and water and/or have alcohol-based hand foam/spray readily available should hands become contaminated with secretions, dirt, etc.
- Encourage everyone to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue away immediately, then wash or clean hands. If a tissue is not available, encourage everyone to cough or sneeze into their inner elbow.
- Teach children to refrain from putting hands in their mouths, and encourage them to keep their hands away from their face. Explain how germs spread and how they are contained.
- Teach everyone to be helpful, respectful, and mindful of others, considering the impact of your actions on those more at risk.
Pat on the Back Awards
Our whole school participates in a program known as “Fruits of the Spirit.” A different Christian attribute is chosen each month and children from each grade level are nominated by their teachers for exemplifying those qualities. In preschool we call this recognition, a “Pat on the Back.” Each month we choose one preschooler from our class to receive a Pat on the Back! Ms. Sole, our school counselor, will come into our classroom, explain each virtue with the help of the children, and then present our awards to our recipients. The children soon know the reason for Ms. Sole’s visits, love to be recognized, and learn a little bit about those virtues and what it means to emulate them. These Christian attributes are: Goodness, Peace, Kindness, Joy, Patience, Love, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control.
September’s Goodness Winners:
Luke B. (PS3) Nora R. (PK4) Piper D. (PK4)
October’s Peace Winners:
Tyler B. (PS3) David M. (PK4) James H. (PK4)
November Kindness Winners:
Brayden D. (PS3) Giovanni M. (PK4) Chloe B. (PK4)
December Joy Winners:
Reese P. (PS3), Caroline C. (PK4), Eve B. (PK4)
January Patience Winners:
Emma L. (PS3), MacKenzie L. (PS3), (PK4 Coming Soon)
February Love Winners:
Maddalena M. (PS3), (PK4 Coming Soon)
Thank you to January Star Students: Sasha D., Adelaide D., Caroline C., Piper D., Annalise D., & Rosie F. Students will each have a special week that they get to be Star Student! They will decorate a poster all about themselves to share with their friends. They also bring in their favorite book and an item to Show & Share. Letters will be sent home the week before to give you plenty of time to get ready!
We will have some special days where we can only have a few parents help us. In those cases, volunteers must be fingerprinted and have attended Virtus Child Safety training. Please keep in mind that the trainings are only offered on select dates each month and may fill up. If you have any questions about child safety training, please let me know.