Building Block of Christian Character:
“We are Helpers”

“If anyone wants to be great, he should be the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

October News

Canned Good Drive

October 1st-31st

Please help us restock the church’s food pantry and feed the hungry in Juarez by bringing a canned good donation to the Preschool Office or shopping basket under the giving tree in the breezeway during the month of October.
Miner Day

Friday, October 4th

Support UTEP Miners by sending your children dressed in their blue and orange spirit wear. We will “tailgate” and cheer on the Miners on the preschool lawn.

Coat Sunday

 Sunday, October 13th

It is that time of year again for our annual and very successful Coat Sunday! The preschool is currently collecting new and used coats until October 11th. Please drop coats in the baskets under our Giving Tree located in the breezeway. Join us on Sunday, October 13th, as the preschool children wheel all the donated coats to the front during the 9am & 11am church service. They will then be donated to needy children in the Juarez area. Thank you for your donations! 

Staff Inservice-No School

Monday, October 14th

Just a reminder there will be no school on Monday, October 14th. Your preschoolers get to take the day off while our teachers and staff become even better and brighter!

Fall Festival

Thursday, October 31st

As always, we welcome parents, grandparents and siblings to join us for this special celebration. The Fall Festival will be a day full of pumpkins, fun carnival games, a petting zoo, bake sale, jumping balloons, and even a class photo opportunity! Please remember no scary costumes or masks will be allowed.

If interested in helping with Fall Festival preparations, set up and/or take-down, please contact your class Room Parent or committee chairs, Scarlett Mercer or Alejandra Ortiz. Set up for Fall Festival will be October 29-30.

We need baked good donations that we will sell at the Fall Festival. Bake goods should be brought in the day before, individually wrapped. Sponsorship opportunities also available, please inquire in the preschool office. We so look forward to seeing our preschool families enjoying time together and celebrating the season, see you there!.

Curriculum Spotlight-Creativity the Reggio Way

Lella Gandini shares ideas such as these on how creativity is part of the Reggio Experience…
“Reggio educators believe children have preparedness, potential, curiosity, and interest in constructing their learning, in engaging in social interaction, and in negotiating with everything the environment brings to them. Creativity is seen not as an exceptional occurrence or a separate mental faculty, but as a characteristic way of thinking, knowing, and making choices. By observing what children do, we can find the seeds of creative exploration that need to be nurtured. And by listening to children talk to one another, we can detect in their words the beginning thoughts that can lead, with support, to novel constructions…”

Layout of the space in Reggio Schools favor encounters, communication, and relationships. The setup of structures, objects, and activities favors choices and discoveries in the process of learning. Children in this process reinvent their own ideas, change their points of view, and seem to love forms and meanings that transform themselves. This is part of creativity!

Extended Day Spotlight

Every Tuesday, during Extended Day, Ms. Elena will introduce the children to new yoga poses and continue to work on breathing techniques with them. While yoga is not new to the Preschool, Ms. Elena is our new yoga teacher and a welcome addition to our staff. Ms. Elena will teach the children that yoga is a great way to establish healthy habits. Yoga will help the children with strength, flexibility and coordination. Building concentration, self-esteem and body awareness are also other benefits that come from practicing yoga. Ms. Elena will continue to help the children focus on breathing and calming techniques, which in turn will help the children manage stress.

Healthy Snack Reminder

Children need foods that consist of good nutrients and are rich in protein, minerals, and vitamins rather than the empty calories found in sugar and fat. Simple, easily digested foods are most appropriate for preschoolers. Please avoid sending hard-to-digest foods such as rich pastries, doughnuts, doughnut holes, cookies or sweets, sauces, gravies, fried foods, pickles or highly processed and seasoned items. Other foods we cannot serve are popcorn, nuts, whole grapes, raw peas, spoonfuls of peanut butter, chunks of raw carrots, meat larger than can be swallowed and raisins and other small dried fruits since these foods can easily cause choking. Snacks should not contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweetener or colors, hydrogenated fats or junk sugars.

What’s Been Happening

Coming Up…

    November 8th – Veterans Celebration
    November 11th – NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day
    November 21st-22nd- Sock Lunches
    November 21st-22nd- Thanksgiving Chapel Services
    November 25th-29th- NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Holidays

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First Presbyterian Preschool

First Presbyterian Preschool

1340 Murchison Drive, El Paso, TX, USA