Building Block of Christian Character:
“We are Encouragers”

“Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

December & January News

Gift Donation Drive

Wednesday, December 11th

We teach our children to give their hearts to God. In preparation, we ask each child to choose a $10 toy or clothing item gift to be given to a child in need. We are also asking each child to bring a vegetable canned good to be donated to help provide a Christmas meal. This year we have decided to give our gifts and food to the Centro Comunitario del Espiritu Santo A.C. in Juarez, the same center we give our Sock Lunches to. This mission group has a feeding center near the Juarez city dump that feeds 260 children 2 meals a day, 7 days a week. This is the only food many of the children receive. When asked what the children would most appreciate, we were told the children really need clothing items to help keep them warm this Christmas. By participating in the giving process, our children will come to think of others while feeling the joy of everything God has given us. Please allow your child to shop for the gift, this is an excellent way to reinforce the spirit of the season. Please have your child bring their unwrapped present by Wednesday, December 11th. The children will prepare and wrap the gifts in class to be picked up December 13th.
La Posada

Friday, December 13th, 9:15am

We will have the Preschool’s Posada on Friday, December 13th at 9:15 a.m. The Kinder and Pre-K children will lead the procession, reenacting Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. They will begin by knocking on each preschool door while being serenaded by the children. Each class will join in and end the procession in the Chapel where we will present the holy family.

Christmas Program, Dress Rehearsal & Early Release

 December 18th-19th

You are invited to share in remembrance of the Nativity of our Lord as the children of First Presbyterian Preschool celebrate on Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All children in our two-year-old through kindergarten classes will participate in the program. The children will meet in their classrooms at 5:45 p.m. Doors to the Sanctuary will open at 5:00 pm. Video and photography will not be allowed during the Christmas program, but you may do so at the dress rehearsal on Wednesday, December 18th and Thursday, December 19th, at 9:15 am. Special thanks to the staff and children for working so hard on this wonderful program! December 19th will be our last day of the semester, with an early release time of 12:00 noon.

Christmas Holidays

December 20st-January 8th

No school. Children will return to school on Wednesday, January 8th. We wish all our preschool families a blessed and joyful holiday!

Pajama Day

Friday, January 24th

Bring your child dressed in their favorite jammies!

Parent Meeting for Kinder/1st Placement

Friday, January 24th, 11:00am, Centre

Before we go through the registration process, we would like to provide you with the opportunity to think about the future needs of your children. This workshop will explain the Preschool’s philosophy on early education and the long-term benefits of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Questions about the next level your child will enter as well as the appropriate number of days they should attend will be addressed. Discussions led by past parents on how different elementary schools meet the needs of our growing families are especially informative. Plan on attending to jump-start your plans for next year!

Director’s Spotlight

5 Meaningful Holiday Traditions for Kids

~Bethany Hardy

Here are five new things you can do to create meaningful traditions that your children will appreciate more than any stocking stuffer. Best of all: most of them are free.

1. WRITE AN ANNUAL LETTER TO YOUR CHILD
A yearly letter filled with your observations as a parent as well as hopes for the future is a wonderful tradition. A special message that will be cherished or a lifetime.

2. SECRET SANTA GIFT EXCHANGE FOR CHARITY
Draw names to determine who’s buying for whom, turn the tables. Instead of buying a present, make a donation or spend time volunteering for a charity of the giftee’s choice. Find activities suitable for even the youngest family members, there are lots of “creative tangible” ways for young children to support a charity.

3. MAKE A FAMILY WALK AN ANNUAL EVENT
Walking is a great way to spend time together. Join the whole family, babies, grandparents, cousins and in-laws to walk off those gingerbread cookies.

4. LEAVE A LEGACY THAT LASTS (and helps the environment)
Each New Year’s Day, plant a tree in honor of your child(ren). Hold a special ceremony and take yearly pictures. “Over 90% of Americans agree that trees are important to the character and quality of life of their community” says Frank Lowenstein, leader at The Nature Conservancy.

5. TAKE PART IN A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT AS A FAMILY
Designate a day that will be devoted to serving others in your community. Create a list of local options, then have a family vote to decide on the project your family will complete.

Whatever traditions you and your family create this year, remember to relax and have fun! The memories you make together and the lessons you teach them about giving, will last a lifetime.

Extended Day Spotlight

Ms. Vanessa and the Pre-K and Kinder children have choir practice every Monday and Thursday afternoon during extended day. The children are learning a Christmas medley to perform at our Annual Christmas program, on Thursday December 19 th at 6pm. The children are learning to sing as a choir. They are gaining voice control, developing an understanding of what their voices can do, and building self-confidence. As the children practice each week, they learn through repetition. They are given the opportunity to sing the same songs many times which helps them to learn the songs but also aids in improving their listening skills. This semester the children in our extended day choir are beginning to learn how to play the hand bells. The hand bells are different colors and each color is a different note. Playing the hand bells is a way for children to learn to play music and make music together in an active way. From the hand bells, children develop a strong rhythmic skills and physical coordination. If you are considering extended day for your Pre-K or Kinder child, please consider letting them experience being introduced to singing in a choir with Ms. Vanessa and their classmates.

What’s Been Happening

Coming Up…

    January 6-7th Staff Inservice
    January 20th NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr.
    February 11th No SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences
    February 10-14th In-House Registration
    February 17th NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

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First Presbyterian Preschool

First Presbyterian Preschool

1340 Murchison Drive, El Paso, TX, USA