With the colder weather upon us, please make sure that the extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack is appropriate.
December Important Dates:
- December 7- 1pm dismissal (PK4 Full Day students only)
- December 11- PS3 “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Pajama Day
- December 14- PK4 “Polar Express” Pajama Day
- December 14- 1pm dismissal (PK4 Full Day students only)
- December 18- PS3 Wear Green to school today!
- December 19- PK4 Wear Green to school today!
- December 20- PS3 Christmas Program (in classroom)- 10:30am
- Parents and family members welcome. No strollers, please, as the room tends to get crowded. Refreshments will be offered. Please be sure to complete RSVP.
- December 20- Scholastic Orders due (Books will be delivered in January.)
- December 21- PK4 Christmas Program (in Ministry Center)- 11:00am
- Parents and family members welcome, please go directly to the Ministry Center. Refreshments will be offered. Please be sure to complete RSVP.
- If staying, this is now a 1pm dismissal day (Full Day students only)
- December 21- Last Day for “Adopt a Grandparent” gift
- December 21- Last Day of School before break
- December 24- January 1- School Closed
Theme: Welcome Jesus! Let’s get ready for Christmas!
Letters: G, H, I, J, K
Religion: Jesus Is Born
Adopt a Grandparent for the Holidays
December 3 – December 21
As a Christmas tradition in preschool, we would like to “adopt” a grandparent for the holidays. We would like to give a small gift to the residents of Shady Lane Nursing Home so that we can make the Christmas holiday brighter for someone who might not otherwise receive a gift. If you would like to, please purchase and wrap a small gift, and indicate whether it is for a “grandmom” or “grandpop”. Then just send it into school with your child. Some suggestions for gifts could be a small box of writing paper, puzzle books, a book of stamps, a throw cover, or slippers. Any gift that you could think of would be greatly appreciated, and just might make someone’s Christmas very special.
PreK Service Project – RMH Candy Collection
Thank you to all who collected and brought in leftover Halloween treats for the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. With the help of SMRS student council members, the children in both PK3 and PK4 classes collected over 500 pounds of candy! Mrs. Chambers and I happily delivered the goodies to the house in Camden on behalf of all of you, and they told us it was the biggest donation this year to date! We are so proud of how generous the students and families at St. Margaret’s have been and we are looking forward to the next service project in the spring!
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House and their mission, please click here to visit their webpage.
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
After the new year, we will be looking for Mystery Readers to come in to our classroom and read a favorite story. 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.
Scholastic Orders by December 20
I will be placing a Scholastic book order on December 21. A flyer will come home December 3 & 4, but there are more choices online. These books will arrive in January, if anyone is interested. Thanks to those that have placed orders already this year. We are building a great classroom library and are earning fun tools for our classroom thanks to your support! “Readers make leaders!”
As we prepare for Christmas, we will be coloring advent wreaths in class. Our religion programs have included daily advent calendars that will be sent home in your child’s folder. Feel free to use this tool at home to count down for Jesus’ arrival!
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 Kindness Winners:
Thank you to November Star Students: Tristan B., Tyler B., Chloe B., and Luke B. 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!
All parents are welcome to join us for our Christmas party and Grandparents Day. 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.