Never Underestimate a Preschooler! By Christina Figgins, Preschool Teacher and Director
My job as a preschool teacher is to set the stage for play-based learning. I move furniture, rotate toys, and create centers that are based on literacy, science, math, and dramatic play. My intention is to invite the students to play and explore. The interesting thing is that I often have ideas of how the play should look and what they will learn from the structure of the classroom. BUT, I am always surprised and amazed at how the kids use the space and the toys. They know how to completely immerse themselves immediately!
Before Christmas break we had a center set up as the stable in Bethlehem where baby Jesus was born. The kids worked at the Bethlehem Inn and told Mary and Joseph that all the rooms were full. They wore costumes and cared for baby Jesus and even pretended to be the animals in the stable. We read several books at circle time learning about the story of Jesus’ birth. We sang songs and put on a Christmas program. The word “Emmanuel” came up in our stories and in our Christmas program songs. I told the kids what it meant a few times just to let them know. I told them, but didn’t think they grasped the idea of what it truly meant. I don’t think I even truly grasped the idea of what it meant. During one of our last circle times we were wrapping up the day with a Christmas song and one of kids raised her hand and said, “Emmanuel was in that song, and I know what it means. It means God with us.” And she had such a big smile on her face! All the kids nodded and agreed that this was true. I was overcome! Seeing this joy through their eyes and this acceptance changed me. And now I truly know the meaning of Emmanuel – God with us!
This month we will learn about nocturnal animals and the night sky. We will learn about bats and how they use echolocation to find their food and to watch out for predators. These are pretty big words and complex concepts, but they can handle it. They embrace it, act it out and have fun learning about it. And I will get to learn from these 3 and 4 year olds myself how to see the world in a different way, in a way that is more honest and pure.
Wed. 1/9: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter
Tues. 1/15: Pacific Science Center Van Visit – All Day / 6:30 AM
Wed. 1/16: 8:00 AM Muffins with Mom / 8:40 AM Chapel led by 2nd Grade
Mon. 1/21: No School and No ESC – MLK Jr. Day
Re-Enrollment for Fall 2019 – January 15-21
Re-enrollment will begin January 15th to the 21st for currently enrolled families. You will receive our re-enrollment packet next Tuesday, January 15th in the communication envelope with information on enrolling through K12online. All students will receive a new student number and access key.
On January 28, 2019 we will begin processing new applications from the community. If you have any questions about re-enrollment, please email or call the school office or admissions director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool Open House, Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 PM
Invite your friends, neighbors and family members to check out our Preschool Open House on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 pm. Hope School offers 3 year-old and 4 year-old play-based programs with two to five day options and an option for extended care. Bring your little one and see first-hand the learning and fun students have here at Hope.
Science on Wheels sponsored by PTH – January 15
Our Science on Wheels program that is coming to Hope on Tuesday, January 15 is just one of the awesome programs that are possible because of you! Funds raised through our Parents and Teachers of Hope are used to bring this interactive Science program to Hope School. Students from preschool through grade 8 will attend an assembly, have class lessons in their portable Planetarium and/or explore the hands on Space Odyssey exhibits. Thank you PTH.
Muffins with Mom – January 16 @ 8:00 AM – New Event Hosted by PTH!
Start your day off with a little extra love! Mom, or another special guest, can enjoy a muffin and coffee or tea with their student this morning. Gather in our church commons and enjoy fellowship with other families and then stay for our chapel service presented by 2nd grade at 8:40 AM.
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Pacific Science Center Van: Assistance is needed with our Science on Wheels program Tuesday, January 15th. I still need 1 more afternoon volunteer from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to help students through the exhibit area and then pack up. Need help in the morning from 7:15 to 7:45 AM to unload then at the end of the day from 2:15 to 3:00 PM to load everything up. Please call Mrs. Wallace at 206-935-8500 if you are available.
Greet at Open House: Help needed Tuesday evening, Jan. 15th to greet families at our preschool open house that starts at 6:30 PM. Email Sally at email@example.com if you can assist. Thank you!
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New Member Class – January 25 & 26, 2019
Are you interested in finding out more about Hope Church? Then join us on Friday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 26, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Note: If you are transferring from another LCMS congregation, you only need to attend on Friday night. Pastor Peter will lead us through Hope’s vision on Friday night and on Saturday will provide a greater understanding of the Lutheran faith, its history, and statements of belief. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or if you have questions.
Open House for Seattle Lutheran High School – Thurs., January 31, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Join us for our Open House featuring a look at the exciting courses offered during
J-Term, including our environmental science trip to Costa Rica. It will feature a tour of the facility, as well as interaction with Seattle Lutheran’s faculty and administration. We are located at 4100 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98116. For more information contact Rachel Bigliardi at 206-937-7722 or visit our website at www.seattlelutheran.org to RSVP for the open house.