Mark Your Calendars for Grandparents’ Day Tea & Preschool Derby Races

Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Renee
Hennessy, Preschool
Director

Thank you to everyone who helped make our spring egg hunts so much fun.  Thanks to Terry IMG_0345Boardman for donning the bunny costume, Kelli Schmidt for organizing classroom parties, and to all of the parents who helped the “Bunny” hide the eggs.

We have several events coming up that are special to the Preschool, like Grandparents’ Day Derby Races & Tea and Muffins with Moms.  This year at Muffins with Moms we will be honoring two of our teachers who have been with us for 20 years, Ms. Penny and Ms. Mary Pat! Both teachers have been with us since the Preschool first opened in 1995 in Harrods Creek.  We’re very fortunate to have had their expertise and consistency in our classrooms over the years.

Mark your calendars for our Grandparents’ Day Tea & Preschool Derby Races on Wednesday, April 29th.  A parade of class floats will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.  Then we will “Run for the Roses” by class, beginning with the Twos, and then join our special guests for refreshments.

Muffins with Moms will be Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 a.m.  All moms are warmly invited to join us right after morning carpool to share a muffin or two with your child.

 

4s class learns about Matisse

Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Renee
Hennessy, Preschool
Director

Last week was a busy one with our teachers preparing for parent-teacher conferences and then heading to Lexington for the KAIS conference.  One presenter we enjoyed was Dr. William Mosier from Wright State University, where he is currently the director of Research in Child Development.  He entertained preschool and kindergarten teachers with his humor and energy.  We appreciated that, because you need a little of both to work with young children!  His research in child development focuses on behavior and positive guidance.  Dr. Mosier shared his tips on guiding behavior with the 12 Levels of Behavior Intervention for Implementing Positive Child Guidance. AndrewFrechetteSome of his suggestions included ignoring unwanted behavior, looking at your classroom environment, using circle time/story time to address behavior, and positive feedback on observing behaviors that are acceptable,  He also discussed a few other classroom suggestions to deter disruptive behaviors.  Andrew Frechette, our JK teacher, was a great sport and demonstrated some unwanted behaviors for us.  It was a great opportunity for us to come together as a group and learn from one another.

PS_Matisse_1Starfish parent Leigh Stine (Stella’s mom) shared her passion for art with the 4s classes on Friday.  She showed the children a picture of Matisse and a few of his earlier works, and  she talked about how he “painted with scissors.” Leigh also taught the children about space and how small pieces can make a whole picture. Thank you, Leigh, for sharing your talent with the preschoolers!  We will display our Mini Matisse in the Preschool area next week.

Don’t forget “Spring” eggs are due for our annual egg hunt and donation to Keystone Academy. We are asking every family to bring in two dozen filled plastic eggs by Friday, March 27th.

Registration for summer camp is up on our website. You can click here for a direct link. This year we are offering a 5% discount for early registration through May 9th. Use the code EARLYBIRD.

 

Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Preschool Director Renee Hennessy

Preschool
Director
Renee
Hennessy

Spring Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 12th for Preschool families.  Please use this link to sign up for conferences.  The Preschool will be closed on March 12th for conferences and on March 13th for the KAIS (Kentucky Association of Independent Schools) conference in Lexington.  This conference will allow our teachers to complete the remaining continued education hours required by the state of Kentucky. Dr. William Mosier, professor in early childhood from the University of Dayton, will be leading our session.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Preschool Director Renee Hennessy

Preschool
Director
Renee
Hennessy

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Our 4s classes have been busy this week preparing for their celebration of Chinese New Year. They are very interested in social relationships and are ready to explore the world beyond their families. The 2s and 3s participated in the celebration by making shakers for theParade_1 parade and reading several books about China. Our celebration of Chinese New Year, with a parade, food, and activities, gives our children just a taste of another culture. We find they become more interested in discovering the world around them after these experiences.

Spring Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 12th for Preschool families. Please use this link to sign up for conferences. The Preschool will be closed on March 12th for conferences and on March 13th for the KAIS (Kentucky Association of Independent Schools) conference in Lexington. This conference will allow our teachers to complete the remaining continued education hours required by the state of Kentucky. Dr. William Mosier, professor in early childhood from the University of Dayton, will be leading our session.

A great big HUGE thank you to Zeke Washer’s grandfather for making tree cookies for our natural playground! WhenTreeCookies_G we can see the ground again (hopefully soon), we look forward to watching the creative ways that our children will use them in their play! (insert pic)

Summer Camp info coming soon! Plan on joining us for our summer camp kick-off event for the entire Goshen Campus on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Preschool Director Renee Hennessy, Thoughts

ReneeHennessyIn January, things have been a bit chilly at the Preschool.  Our classes have been exploring all things relating to winter.  Some activities for the 2s and 3s have included making snow from shaving cream and baking soda, and learning about what happens when ice and snow melt.

The 4s classes conducted an interesting science experiment called “blubber mittens.”  First they put some ice cubes in a bowl of water and felt the water with their fingers. Then they put some blubber (Crisco) inside a plastic bag.  Next, the children added a clean plastic bag inside the blubber bag.  Each friend took a turn putting their hand inside the clean bag; it looked like they were wearing a blubber mitten. Then they took turns dipping their mitten-clad hands into the ice water and learned that the water didn’t feel cold at all!  This helped everyone learn how blubber helps animals like polar bears, seals, walruses, and whales swim in that icy water without getting cold.

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Preschool Director Renee Hennessy

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Renee Hennessy Preschool Director

The 3s class welcomed a new friend this week. We welcome Emerson Gramelspacher and her parents Chris & Ashlee to the St. Francis community.

Today we celebrated Donuts with Dad or Special Friends. The excitement has been building as clay hearts have been molded by small hands, pictures glued on hearts, and messages of love dictated on paper doilies. Young children love celebrating and it’s even more meaningful when celebrations include their favorite people, like Mom and Dad!

Preschool summer camp details are coming at the end of this month! This frigid winter (minus the snow) has our minds on sunshine and summer days. A few of the themes we’ve planned this year are Around the World in 10 Days, Treasure Hunters, and Artful Antics. For the first time this summer, a Nibble Nook for children to enjoy on Splash days will be offered. This summer will be chock-full of exciting themes and new adventures, so plan on joining us for a camp preview day on Saturday, May 9th! Preschool camp dates are June 1st – July 31st.

Finally, we are grateful to all of you who tell your friends and co-workers about our Preschool program. We often take calls from prospective families you refer to us. Thank you for spreading the word about all our program has to offer.

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