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May 2017 Newsletter

Excitement abounds at preschool this month! 

……The children are putting on the “finishing touches” as their rooms are being changed into their favorite books for Reading Adventure days.

……The eggs are in the incubator to hatch in 21 days.

……Wonderful signs of spring capture our interest of learning more about God’s world around us.

……The butterflies will be emerging from their chrysalides.

Reading Adventure Days are May 9, 10, 11, 12.  Open House for families and friends is Thursday and Friday May 11th & 12th from 5 – 7 p.m.  This year our featured books are:

Blue Room –             Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Green Room –          Mr. Bear’s Animal Parade by Keiko Kaichi

Red Room –              Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Orange Room –        Over in the Forest, Come and Take A Peek by Marianne Berkes

Yellow Room –         The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Purple Room –         The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

Monkey Room –        Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins

Science Room –        Things that Go by Marie Linney

Gym –                       The Disciples and how to be disciples ourselves

Meet the Disciples!  Our gym room for Reading Adventure Days highlights the lessons from the 12 Disciples of Jesus.  We learned that we are disciples of Jesus and can share God’s love with everyone.  Our recent Bible story on April 19, 20, and 21 taught us of these men who helped Jesus.  They:

…were fishermen, tax collectors, farmers and tradesmen.  They all gave up their jobs to follow Jesus and help him teach

…helped with the miracle of the bread and fish and also the water to grape juice

…got the donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem

…found a place for the last dinner at an upper room in the city

…stayed with Jesus during Holy Week

…greeted Him after His death and resurrection

Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Parent Helpers - if you offered to help during Reading Adventure Days, you will find a reminder attached to this newsletter.  If you are scheduled to help with the last day refreshments, a note will be attached to the Mid-May Newsletter.  Thank you for your support of our school!

The Cooking Class will conclude their year with a special treat on May 16th.

The Mom and Me Classes will eagerly participate in Reading Adventure Day by enjoying most of the rooms and also contributing to the festive decorations in the Gym.

We are grateful for the Shaler EMS and Elfinwild Fire Department for coming to preschool this month and helping us learn how to be safe.

Once again we have been blessed by a gift from an Elfinwild Church member by providing Bibles to each one of our “graduating” children.  Praise God for the kindness of this generous woman.

The last week of school (May 22 – 26) will feature each class presenting their program of favorite songs.  Check below for the date of each program.  Please note that the children attend only the day of their designated program. 

Scholastic Book Orders – Order books for summer reading!  Please note this is the last opportunity to order books through Scholastic for this school year.  The deadline to order is May 12th

Elfinwild Presbyterian Church holds a Vacation Bible School for a week each summer.  This year the dates are June 19 - 23.  Enrollment forms are on the table in the lobby.  A form is needed for each child being registered.  Children need to be 4 years old through 5th grade in order to attend.

Elfinwild Church is looking for an attendant on Sunday mornings to provide child care in the Toddler Room (children ages 2-3 years).  For details about time frame and salary, please call Emily Cooper at 412-486-5400.

Looking ahead to the next school year:

            Open House                                                 Thursday, August 31st from 5 - 8 p.m.

                                                   (This is especially for families new to the school, but all are welcome to attend).  

            First Day Orientation Classes        Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6

            First Day of Regular Classes         Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7, 8



            MON.              MAY 8            NO SCHOOL - Staff Workshop

           TUE.               MAY 9            READING ADVENTURE DAY - All 2 Day AM & PM Rooms, 5 DAY AM Monkey Room

                                                No Cooking Class                                     

           WED.              MAY 10          READING ADVENTURE DAY - All 3 Day AM & PM Rooms, 5 DAY AM Monkey                                                    

           THUR.            MAY 11          READING ADVENTURE DAY - All 2 Day AM & PM Rooms

Regular day for 5 DAY AM Monkey Room

OPEN HOUSE FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS FROM 5 - 7 p.m.                                                                 

             FRI.                 MAY 12          READING ADVENTURE DAY - All 3 Day AM & PM Rooms,

Regular day for 5 DAY AM Monkey Room


                                                                   LAST DAY PROGRAM AND REFRESHMENTS

  (Please Note: Children arrive at regular arrival times and ONLY on the day of their program)

                                                May 22      (Mn.)   9:15 a.m. - 3 DAY AM Yellow & Purple Rooms  (arrive at 8:45 a.m.)

                                                                             1:00 p.m. - 5 DAY AM & 3 DAY PM Monkey (arrive at 12:30 p.m.)          

                                                May 23      (Ts.)     9:15 a.m. - 2 DAY AM Green & Orange Rooms  (arrive at 8:45 a.m.)                                                 

                                                May 24       (Wd.)   9:15 a.m. - 3 DAY AM Green & Orange Rooms  (arrive at 8:45 a.m.)

                                                                                  1:00 p.m. - 3 DAY PM Red, Blue, Green Rooms and 2 DAY PM Red Room (arrive at 12:30 p.m.)

                                                May 25       (Th.)    9:15 a.m. - 2 DAY AM Blue & Red Rooms (arrive at 8:45 a.m.)

                                                May 26       (Fr.)     9:15 a.m. - 3 DAY AM Blue & Red Rooms  (arrive at 8:45 a.m.)