Building Block of Christian Character
“We are Happy”
“A joyful heart is good medicine.”
“El corazón alegre constituye buen remedio.”
Cinco de Mayo
We will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the preschool on Friday, May 4. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite fiesta-wear!
Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-12
Teacher Appreciation Week is a great time to encourage our children to thank their teachers for their hard work and dedication throughout the year! Gifts are voluntary and can be given at your discretion. Check with your room parent if you’d like to partake in a group gift.
School year draws to a close!:
Last Day of Extended Day/All Day – May 25
No School Memorial Day – May 28
End of the Year Program & Kindergarten Graduation – May 29
Last day of School – May 30
Curriculum Spotlight: Godly Play
Our Pre-K and Kinder children participate in “Godly Play” during our weekly Chapel services. The curriculum is led by Ms. Marina, one of our Three Year-Olds’ teachers who also serves as the Children’s Minister for First Presbyterian Church. Godly Play helps children to find God’s presence and explore their faith through story and play. The Godly Play approach engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into and pursuing us in Scripture and Spiritual experience. Godly Play experiences teach us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives. We invite preschool families to come join us at Chapel to experience a Godly Play story. Just check your child’s classroom calendar for upcoming Chapel days. For more information, please see Ms. Marina, Ms. Cece, or you can visit www.godlyplayfoundation.org.
Our annual First Presbyterian Preschool Summer Camp is currently accepting registrations for children ages 12 months to 5th grade. This year’s theme is “The Science of the Desert.” Children will exercise their skills and imaginations in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics – to explore and learn about the environment, wildlife and people of our native Chihuahuan Desert. The camp takes place throughout the month of July. Please visit our summer camp page for more details and to download the registration form. Registration is due May 18.
Our annual Art Show fundraiser, “Dream Big Little Star,” took place on April 19 at the International Museum of Art. It was a great success, raising more than $30,000 for the preschool with more than 250 people attending. These are vital funds that support our operations and our scholarship program. A special thank you to the staff and to Art Show Co-Chairs, Aimee Rosen and Heather Cuthbertson, and all the volunteers that helped make this the most successful Art Show to date!
Thank you to Board Members
Thank you to our Board Members who worked hard all year to make this a wonderful learning environment for our children this year and into the future. A special thank you and farewell to our board members who will rotate off the board, including Briana Armendariz, Luis Caballero, Heather Cuthbertson, Mariel Faries, Jill Overley, and Wendy Salom.
Thursday-Friday, August 9th-10th – Teacher Work Days
Friday, August 9th 6:30pm – New Parent Orientation
Saturday, August 11th 8am-12pm – Playground Workday
Monday, August 13th 8:30-12:30pm – Preschool Playday
Tuesday, August 14th – First full day of school; First day of Extended Day and All Day
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 14th-15th 9am – Nervous Parent Coffee gift.