Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
The First Week of School
We are excited to welcome our families to the 2019-2020 school year at First Presbyterian Preschool! Below is a list of the important dates and happenings you can anticipate during our first weeks of school.
New Parent Orientation
Thursday, August 8, 6:30-7:30 PM
To ensure that your child realizes maximum benefits from our program, we would love for you to understand our goals, procedures, guidance policies and educational program. Therefore, at least one parent and preferably both, should plan on attending our New Parent Orientation. Due to the nature of this meeting, your child will be more comfortable at home. We will meet in the Centre at First Presbyterian Church. Please RSVP to email@example.com with your name, your child’s name and phone number. We look forward to seeing you!
Saturday, August 10, 8am-12pm
Please join us for our Playground Workday to prepare our “outdoor classroom” for this school year! Any time you can give is appreciated. We will be doing a safety check, sanding and sealing wood, general garden maintenance, small repairs and having tons of fun! Please email us to let us know the hours you can help, if you need childcare and the number of adults helping.
Back to School Sunday, First Presbyterian Church
Sunday, August 11th, 9am and 11am
Back to School Sunday is August 11th this year! As always, we’re inviting students and teachers of any age to bring their backpacks, bookbags, briefcases, lunchboxes, etc. for a service of blessing. We’ll bless the bags, and more importantly, their owners in the school year to come. Pastor Neal will preach a message about Ezra the Scribe, who, according to the Bible, “set his heart to study the law of the Lord,” and to “teach the statues and ordinances in Israel.” Back to School Sunday is a classic FPC tradition you won’t want to miss, and a great way to begin your school year!
Monday, August 12th
Playday is a special, fun, and informative day planned for you and your child. Your child’s teacher will contact you the week of August 5th to schedule a visit the morning of August 12th. The purpose of Playday is to give your child a chance to meet the teacher and feel comfortable in his or her new surroundings. Small groups are scheduled for approximately thirty minutes.
Room Parent Sign-up
We invite our preschool parents and grandparents to consider signing up to be the Room Parent for your child’s classroom. As Room Parent, you will aid your child’s teacher with special projects and events including Fall Festival and Art Show. You may also take the lead in class teacher appreciation efforts. Sign up sheets can be found in the classroom the first week of school. If you have any questions, please contact Room Parent Committee Chair Monica Spencer.
First Day of School
Tuesday, August 13th
Regular school days will begin including Early Birds, Extended Day and All Day programs.
Nervous Parent Coffee
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 13th-14th, 9am
Are you new to the preschool and unsure what to expect? Ms. Cece (Preschool Director) and Preschool Board Members will be available to talk with you and answer questions after drop-off at 9am in the Centre on Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14.
Congratulations to Ms. Charlene!
We are excited to officially announce that Charlene Lievanos, or Ms. Charlene as everyone knows her, has accepted the role of Assistant Director of the Preschool. As Assistant Director, Ms. Charlene will manage the preschool office in the afternoons and assist with preschool programming and curriculum. Ms. Charlene has taught the children of First Presbyterian Preschool for 19 years, and has more than 30 years experience in early childhood education. While we will miss her in the classroom, this new role will allow Ms. Charlene to use her wonderful talents to impact all of our students!
Curriculum Spotlight – First Pres Teachers Undergo Play-Based Therapy Training
Eight teachers, during the last school year, participated in a qualitative research project with Leah Miller from the University of North Texas titled “The Impact of Child Teacher Relationship Training (CTRT) on Early Childhood Educators: The Role of the Relationship.” Teachers were taught basic play therapy skills and practiced with a child of focus to learn the skills. After learning the skills individually with a child participant, teachers implemented the skills in the classroom. Each teacher participated in 15 hours of training, 15 hours of weekly process groups, 12 hours of implementation of new skills with observers and feedback, and 2 hours of interviews. The results of the study indicated that CTRT was a useful intervention for developing skills to address the emotional and relational development of children.
September 2nd – No School Labor Day
September 5th- Kindergarten Parent Orientation
September 17-18th – School Pictures
August 10th – Playground Work Day
September 27th – No School for Staff In-Service Day