The November Newsletter

November 06, 2015




Paradise Place Christian Preschool November Newsletter
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Important November News

Parent Teacher Conferences Week of November 6th  

Giving Thanks Luncheon Thursday Nov 19

Thanksgiving Holiday –November 26th & 27th (school closed)

Save The Date:

Christmas Program – Thursday, December 17th

The “Giving Thanks” lunch will be held on  November 19th in the Parlor of the UCC from 11:30 to 12:45.  Everyone is invited to attend and there will be a sign up sheet posted in each classroom of items to bring.  I am asking each family to bring a small dish, which is particular to your heritage or family tradition, to share with the rest of the school.  Because this is a time to give back to our families each classroom will also be providing a larger dish to share with you, our parents. We could use a few volunteers please.

Christmas Enrolment:

Forms are going out mid-November to sign up for Christmas enrollment.  Please fill them out and return by December 4th.

**Remember this is a separate enrollment
from the Fall and you must sign up to attend.**

We will be open our normal hours, 7:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  In order to schedule our staffing needs, it is important that you sign-up your child for your anticipated childcare needs.

Halloween & Pumpkin Party Photos

Will: “Want Drum!”
Pene: “When the timer goes off, Miss Maggie, you can do art!”
Lyra: “No boys are humans.”
Isabel: ” Whatever you get me will be good, but make sure it’s cool” (Talking to Ms. Gwyn about her birthday)
Ms. Gwyn: “What’s going to be inside the pumpkin?”
Piper: “Worms!”
C Sea: “Nuts”

Barrett: “I’m just doing math with those babies”
Barbara: “It might get icy. It’s snowy and sunny and the snow is slippery.” 

We want to take a moment to give a HUGE thank you and to say farewell to Miss Rebecca. She is moving on to a new opportunity and we wish her the best of luck. We love and appreciate you and all you have done in your 7 years at Paradise Place, you will be missed dearly. We also want to ensure our Whale Parents that we will be in costant communication with you during this time of transistion and we will keep consistency in the classroom. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Miss Rebecca’s last day is Friday November 13th – although she will be staying on as our new Spanish teacher on Fridays!

A letter from Miss Rebeca: 

It is with a heavy heart that I write this note. As of December of this school year I will be making a job change.
It has been such a blessing to get to teach and get to know all of the families associated with Paradise Place. I have been with this amazing school for seven years and will miss you all more than you know. You all have taught me so much and I feel lucky to have worked with such dedicated families and colleagues. Thank you for all the smiles, laughter, amazing memories, tears, and triumphs that we have shared over the years. Thankfully I do not have to leave the school completely as I reinvent myself as the Spanish teacher on Fridays. This will allow me to still have a connection with the school!
Love to All, Rebeca Cerio

To Jana for the Coffee; To Dexter for donating his old gloves; To Ian and Lori Mason for coming in and sharing their passion for building with the students! We took a vote and the chalk string is the favorite tool!  To the Kirby’s and Masons for letting us tour your new home! Veronica at the Fire Dept. for the scavenger hunt and tour! Carie for the huge box in the Whales room in our dramatic play area! Thank you to everyone who helped out with the pumpkin party!

Don’t forget to bring winter clothes to leave at school! Tis the Season!

Studies for the Month

*Lambs: Giving Thanks / Orange* Doves: Giving Thanks / Children of the World* Lions: Building / Giving Thanks

* Whales: Clothing / Giving Thanks

11/12 Kathryn
11/22 Evelyn  

Great Parent Idea

Promoting Independence

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think. Here’s how you can encourage them:

1. Expect more. Most people have a way of living up (or down) to expectations — preschoolers included. “At school we expect the kids to pour their own water at snack, to throw away their plates, to hang up their jackets — and they do,” says Jennifer Zebooker, a teacher at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School, in New York City. “But then they’ll walk out of the classroom and the thumb goes in the mouth and they climb into strollers.” Raise the bar and your child will probably stretch to meet it.

2. Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient. Quick hint: Appeal to her sense of pride, suggests Donna Jones, a preschool teacher at Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Children’s Center in Ashland, Oregon. “Whenever I’m trying to get kids to dress, put jackets on, sit on chairs during meals and so on, I’ll ask them: ‘Do you want me to help you or can you do it yourself?’ Those words are like magic,” promises Jones. “The kids always want to do it for themselves.”

3. Don’t redo what they’ve done. If your child makes her bed, resist the urge to smooth the blankets. If she dresses herself in stripes and polka dots, compliment her “eclectic” style. Unless absolutely necessary, don’t fix what your child accomplishes, says Kathy Buss, director of the Weekday Nursery School, in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. She will notice and it may discourage her.

4. Let them solve simple problems. If you see your child trying to assemble a toy or get a book from a shelf that she can reach if she stands on her stepstool, pause before racing over to help. “Provided that they are safe, those moments when you don’t rush in, when you give children a moment to solve things for themselves, those are the character-building moments,” says Zebooker. “It’s natural to want to make everything perfect, but if we do, we cheat kids of the chance to experience success.”

5. Assign a chore. Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency, says Buss. A child who is entrusted to water the plants or empty the clothes dryer is likely to believe she can also get dressed herself or pour her own cereal. Just be sure the chore you assign is manageable and that it’s real work, not busywork, since even preschoolers know the difference. The goal is to make your child feel like a capable, contributing member of the family.


Winter Weather:  It is now getting colder so please bring enough warm clothes for your child to be outside.  Everyone needs a hat, coat, snow pants, boots, and mittens.  Please label your child’s clothes.

Whales in the World:  Please make sure that your Whale student brings a water bottle, good shoes and a lunch that doesn’t require any heat ups on Thursdays. We are still looking for some great adventure ideas.

Diapers, Wipes & Grocery bags: If your child is still using them, we still need to make sure that there is plenty available in their classroom.

Union Congregational Church (UCC):  9:00 a.m.
Queen of All Saints Catholic Church: 8:30 a.m.
Oh Be Joyful Baptist Church: 9:00 a.m.
All Saints in the Mountains Church: 5:00 p.m.Come and worship!

Love and Thanks: Ben, Rebecca, Gwyn, Allison, Carie, Maggie, Jesse, Brittany, Wendy, Leanne, and the Kids!

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