A Day in the Life of a Preschool Student by Christina Figgins, Preschool Director
As we begin our 2015-2016 school year, I’ll share a glimpse of what our preschool morning looks like. At 8:15 AM, the students arrive. Mr. Nibbles, our class guinea pig, is anxiously waiting both for the kids to arrive and for some carrots or greens. Soon a line forms to feed Mr. Nibbles. A table is set up with play dough where kids are creating ice cream cones, snowmen and pancakes. Some kids are at the big oval carpet using blocks to construct roads and ramps for toy cars. There are races to see whose car is fastest. Over in the reading area a group has formed around preschool assistant Mrs. Olson. She is reading the Little Critter book, called “I’m Sorry,” for the third time that day. The big Dinosaur book is brought over to me, and the kids laugh as I try to read the long dinosaur names. One of the kids makes up a new dinosaur name “the crocogator.” This is my new favorite word! In the kitchen area, espresso and pizza are being made. Old cell phones are used to call friends and teachers in the classroom to take their orders. And, they deliver! The art area is buzzing with kids coloring and choosing stickers to make cards for their family members.
The interesting part about our morning is that to a visitor it may look like we are just playing, but there is so much learning taking place. By taking care of Mr. Nibbles we are learning about nutrition and the kinds of food he eats. The kids check his water bottle and make sure he has plenty of hay. Molding play dough into objects enriches imagination and is a great tactile experience. Block building is a great way to learn about balance, spatial awareness, and gravity. The kids test car speeds by adjusting ramp heights. Reading stories over and over develops recognition and recall. And along the way we are learning how to be at school, follow rules and routine, take turns and get along with friends. Wow, we’re busy learning!
Calendar of Events
Wed. – Fri. 9/23 – 9/25: 6th Grade Outdoor Education
Wed. 9/23: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kapels 7th grade class
Thurs. 9/24: 6:30 PM Auction Meeting
Fri. 9/25: 4:00 PM Bowl-A-Rama – Drop-ins welcomed
Wed. 9/30: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mrs. Norton 3rd Gr.
Fri. 10/2: Free Dress Day / 1:00 PM Fall Olympics
Spring 2017 East Coast Trip News
Families of 6th and 7th grade students – we have placed the link to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Hope School website for your convenience, in case you have questions as get ready to kick off our fundraising and planning for the spring 2017 trip.
Parent Involvement Program – PIP Volunteer Opportunities
Lunch and recess volunteers still needed – contact Mrs. Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 935-8500.
Office Assistance – Help is needed to sell items from our NED assembly. If you are available this week before or after school for 20 to 30 minutes please contact Mrs. Wallace.
Looking for PIP opportunities? We are looking for volunteers to lead after school study hall from 3-4 PM, along with chess club which typically meets once a week after school but could meet once a month as well. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the school office.
Book Fair Volunteers Needed: Dates: October 5-9, 2015
Help celebrate reading at our fall Book Fair! We need your help to make our Book Fair a memorable reading celebration. Join our volunteer team to:
- Organize and put things in place.
- Offer a helping hand, set up, or pack up.
- Help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book
We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes.
Hope 101 New Member Class – The new member class we call Hope 101 is coming in October! Classes led by Pastor Peter will begin Wednesday, October 7th and run through Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. If you are transferring from another LCMS congregation, we ask that you participate in the first two classes. Upon completion of the class, new members will be welcomed into the Hope family on Sunday, November 22nd, at the 10:30 service. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions or would like to sign up. We are so excited to help you make Hope your church home!