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“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1

November News

Parent Enrichment Series – Choice Giving: a developmental approach with Leah Miller

Monday, November 4th, 9:15am-10:15am

This month’s series will explore your preschooler’s developing brain. Whether you’re seeking answers to behavioral issues or wishing to gain knowledge in discipline and child development, join us for this workshop led by Leah Fowlkes-Miller, M.A.. Leah, founder of the Counseling Center of Expressive Arts and a specialist in play therapy, will share expert insight into the adult vs the preschool brain.

Leah is the founder and owner of the Counseling Center of Expressive Arts (CCOEA). Leah is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Texas. She is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) through the Association for Play Therapy.
Miner Day

Friday, November 8th

Please invite parents, grandparents and other local community members who have served as we honor them with a Veteran’s Day program. Our children will lead us in a patriot song and celebration at 11am. Send your preschoolers dressed in red, white and blue!

Veteran’s Day

 Monday, November 11th

No school in recognition of the men and women who have served our country.

Sock Lunches

November 21st-22nd

On Thursday, November, 21st & Friday, November 22nd, the children will prepare sack lunches for a team to distribute to hungry children in Juarez. Every year, we have the privilege of providing the children with this meaningful experience in sharing from the abundance with which God has blessed them. You will be asked to contribute socks, small toys, and peanut butter, jelly, apples or bread; details to be shared in a separate communication. Please look out for volunteer sign-up sheets to help the children with this wonderful event.

Welcome New Staff

Our little school family continues to grow and along with new students we have several new staff this year. Please join us in welcoming Vanessa Johnson-choir, Elena Acosta-yoga, Heather Martinez and Karla Arredondo-Pre-K, Melanie Hegel-2yr teacher, Pamela De La O-Pre-K, Italia Gonzales-MMO, and returning staff Joanne Bustamante-3yr teacher. Mr. Frank Montoya our new all-around facilities steward, helps maintain the security systems, the buildings and small maintenance jobs. Frank and the rest of the new staff have truly been a blessing and a fantastic addition to our strong and dedicated team! You can read more about our staff and put faces to these names by clicking the button below.

Thanksgiving Chapel Services

November 21st-22nd at 9:15am

Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

November 25th – 29th

We are so thankful for our precious preschool students, families and community. Enjoy your Thanksgiving week!

Director’s Spotlight

Party on the Playground!

Mason celebrated his almost 4 1/2 Birthday with his very own Fall Harvest Party on our beautiful playground. The weather was fantastic, food fabulous and spirits high! Perfect day to celebrate 4 1/2! Very special thanks to the Bonilla family for supporting the preschool through our “Party on the Playground” package which is an auction item at the Art Show each spring. Your child can celebrate their special occasion on the playground too. Bid on it at the Art Show!

Extended Day Spotlight

Music with Ms. Brooke

Music is a big part of Extended Day. The children listen to music at lunch and in the nap room. They participated in music and movement activities both English and Spanish and on Wednesday afternoons, they have music class with Ms. Brooke. The children are introduced to music and musical theory that is a continuation of the morning class. Some of the musical concepts they work on are keeping a steady beat, pitch and learning that music is a healthy way to express our emotions.
The children are also exposed to new types of music in the afternoons. This last week, in the afternoon, the children learned about lullabies. They had to listen to the lullaby music to learn that lullabies usually have a slow melody and soothing words. They all agreed that lullabies are sung to help babies and children go to sleep.

Ms. Brooke, who is originally from Pennsylvania and has a degree in music therapy understands the importance that music has on children’s language development and also on their social and emotional development. We are always happy to see Ms. Brooke and her music cart at the Preschool!

Choir with Ms. Vanessa

Ms. Vanessa has been teaching choir in our Chapel during Extended Day for nearly two months now. The children are enjoying learning new songs, using their voices, and picking up bells and other instruments. We practice our breathing, diction, body warmups, and musical scales prior to singing our songs. We also enjoy a musical story time, where we revisit traditional nursery rhymes and other books that incorporate song. Finally, we usually end our class in a “campfire” where we sit in a circle and sing or create music together. The choir is working on a four-part medley for a special Christmas program in conjunction with the church. Last Monday, we took a field trip to see the 4,000-pipe organ in the main sanctuary, where we explored a secret chamber behind the choir pipes. At the organ console, the children got to see the four manuals and pedal boards, and Ms. Vanessa played a very loud “Happy Birthday” to our friend Abram.

What’s Been Happening

Coming Up…

    December 16-19 Christmas Program Practice
    December 19th Early Release/Christmas Program at 6pm
    December 20-Jan 7 NO SCHOOL – Christmas Holidays

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First Presbyterian Preschool

First Presbyterian Preschool

1340 Murchison Drive, El Paso, TX, USA