Building Block of Christian Character:
“God’s Miracles”

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
“En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra.” Génesis 1:1

September News

Fall Book Fair

September 5th-11th

Our Fall Book Fair will feature Usborne Books & More and will be held ONLINE from Thursday, September 5 through Wednesday, September 11. Usborne has excellent, high quality books not available in stores, and donates 50% of the fair’s proceeds back to our school to build our own library! To browse and place orders, please visit www.LaurensBookNook.com. No paper order forms will be needed – you order and pay directly online. This makes it easy to share the link with family and friends!
Please support our school and your child’s love of reading by buying lots of books! If you have any questions, please contact our Book Fair Chair Lauren Steinmann at LovelyLF1@yahoo.com or 915-996-1473.
Pre-K/Kindergarten Orientation

 Thursday, September 5th, 6:30 PM

Pre-K/Kindergarten Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30pm. Ms. Cece & Ms. Charlene will present on the preschool’s philosophy on preparing children for a love of reading and writing. Pre-K and Kindergarten parents will then proceed to their children’s classrooms for orientation, while younger students’ parents will learn more about building the foundation for success in Pre-K and beyond. 

 

16 de Septiembre Celebration

Monday, September 16th

On Monday, September 16, the preschool will celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Send your child in their favorite fiesta-wear, and join us for the festivities!

Parent Enrichment Series-CPR&First Aid Training

Wednesday, September 25th

The preschool’s Board of Directors is continuing the Parent Enrichment Series where the preschool will regularly offer a seminar or class on a topic of interest to preschool parents. Our first session will take place Wednesday, September 25th and will cover CPR and First Aid Training.

Birthday Book Club

Now is the time to join the First Presbyterian Preschool Birthday Book Club! This is a personal way of honoring students on their birthdays while helping the school library grow. You may donate a book or provide a contribution, and Ms. Cece will purchase a book in your child’s honor. A book plate with the student’s name and birthday will be put in the front of the book, indicating that it is a special book from a special child. The teacher presents the book in the child’s class, and the class enjoys the book before it goes to the library. Please visit the preschool office for a donation form.

Fall Festival Volunteers Needed!

Each year the preschool celebrates our Fall Festival on October 31. We need lots of volunteers to help work with children on decorations and displays, set up festival booths, coordinate snacks and clean up! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Room Parent Chairs, Scarlett Mercer (scarlettruth@me.com) and Alejandra Ortiz (ortizwellness@gmail.com).

Curriculum Spotlight: Extended Day

We are excited to introduce a new addition to our Extended Day staff, Ms. Vanessa Johnson will be teaching choir to our Pre-K and Kinder groups on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Vanessa has three components that she will introduce to the children during choir practice, they are:

    1. Singing- making music, singing in rounds, breath control and proper posture.
    2. Ear training- Introduction of intervals, scales, notes, chords and recognition of pitch.
    3. Beginning theory- Introduction to clefs, rhythms, and note values.

Ms. Vanessa comes to us with much musical training and experience and is currently the organist for First Presbyterian Church. The class will take place in the chapel. Some of the benefits of learning to sing in a choir are strengthening the cardiovascular system, improving communication skills and as a healthy outlet for feelings. Because of the choir training, the children are learning self-control and teamwork. After choir practice last week, as they were leaving the chapel, one of the children said, “That was beautiful!”.

Curriculum Series – In Praise of Loose Parts
In Jim Greenman’s beloved book, Caring Spaces, Learning Places (recently revised by Mike Lindstrom), there is a description of the value of loose parts (both the literal loose parts children manipulate in the learning environment, as well as the figurative loose parts teachers employ as creative educators):
“Simon Nicholson’s theory of loose parts is powerful in its simplicity: ‘In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kinds of variables in it.’ Teachers also need loose parts and autonomy to turn their creativity loose and create wonderful learning experiences. Teacher-proofing with prescribed curricula and materials leaves their jobs mindless and them as poor role models.” In Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky’s popular book, Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children, the authors write more about Simon Nicholson’s loose parts theory:
“British architect Simon Nicholson…saw people of every age as potentially creative. Environments, he believed, offer many ways for children to interact with variables such as gravity, sounds, chemical reactions, concepts, words, and people. For Nicholson, the richness of an environment depended on the opportunities it provided for making connections.”

What’s Been Happening

Coming Up…

    September 17-18 – School Pictures
    September 23 – Vision & hearing Testing for 4 and 5 year olds
    September 27 – No School for Staff In-Service
    October 14 – No School for Staff In-Service
    October 13 – Coat Sunday
    October 31 – Fall Festival

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First Presbyterian Preschool

First Presbyterian Preschool

1340 Murchison Drive, El Paso, TX, USA