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New Hope's

January 2012

Congratulations to our Breakfast with Santa Raffle Basket Winners: Snow Day Fun: Jenny Woods It's Game Day: Andrew Owens Treats for the Whole Family: Monica Schrautemeier Family Night: Will Caplin Reading is Fun: Amy Latta For the Ladies: Lori Willard PartyLite Candle holder1: Linda Pointek PartyLite Candle holder2: Leah Mercurio PartyLite Candle holder3: Grace Ingles Beary Basket: Ella Tutshulte Thank you to everyone who contributed to the baskets! What a wonderful addition to our event.

Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived, but there's one thing I am doing: I'm leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God's call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Liberator. Philippians 3:13-14 Happy New Year! I hope that your family had a wonderful and blessed holiday season and sprinting towards the finish line. Looking back on 2011, my heart is filled with much joy. God is good, and He has blessed our preschool with such loving families. THANK YOU to our nearly 100 volunteers at Breakfast with Santa who made the event amazing. McDonald's did a fantastic job, and the food was delicious. The halls were filled with wonder and anticipation as the children waited to see Santa and his reindeer, had their faces painted, and shopped for that "perfect" gift in the Children's Emporium. The PTO officers are already planning for next year's event. I cannot wait, and I hope you will join us once again for our beloved tradition on December 1, 2012. A special thank you to those of you who brought in canned goods. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is much appreciated. Beginning January 9, currently enrolled families will have the opportunity to enroll for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. Enrollment will be open to the community on Saturday, February 4th beginning at 9am. You may pick up your registration packets in the office. Please contact the office at 636-922-9900 or email [email protected] for additional information. I am pleased to announce the launching of our new website! Go to and check it out! (You will be receiving a note with the password needed for the currently enrolled portion of the website.

1580 Kisker Road St. Charles, MO 63304 636/922/9900

In Christ,

Stacy A. Pearson

H a p p e n i n g s

Weather Watch

In the event of bad weather, we will follow the Francis Howell School District snow schedule. School closings will be announced on local radio and television stations.

Father's Night

Dads, mark your calendars! Our annual Father's Night is quickly approaching: January 30th­ 4 and 5 AM Classes (6:30-8pm) January 31st­ 3 AM Classes (6:30-8pm) January 31st ­ Young 3s Class (6:30-7:30pm) February 1st­ 4 and 5 PM Classes (6:30-8pm) February 2nd­ 3 PM Class (6:30-8pm) There will be no preschool during the day on your scheduled Father's Night, but Stay-n-Play will still be in session.

Book Orders

If you are interested in ordering from the Scholastic book orders, orders are due Wednesday, January 18th. Please return your order to your child's teacher. One check is all that is necessary if you are ordering from more than one catalog, or you may order online. Books will arrive 7-10 days after the order is placed.

Once again, we will be collecting used shoes for charity. We will have a box available to collect shoes from January 9th-23rd. If you are clearing out closets, or your children have outgrown another pair of shoes, this is the time to put the shoes to good use!

Shoe Donations

Breakfast with Santa

THANK YOU for an incredible Breakfast with Santa! It sounds like everyone enjoyed themselves, and all our volunteers made it a magical occasion. We could not have done this without all your help! Special thanks to Elizabeth Foushee and all her special helpers, for putting on a terrific Children's Emporium experience, to Aimee Butz, for all the beautiful theme baskets and hard work, to Heather Morisaki, for her extremely organized work with the breakfast tickets and accounting skills, and to Kris Newman and Stacie Reardon, for helping all areas become a success. In addition to the help our wonderful volunteer parents provided, we'd also like to acknowledge the wonderful support and assistance from the New Hope Evangelism committee and the National Honor Society students. We served 550 breakfasts to the families this year. The children enjoyed face painting, making crafts, getting to visit with Santa and Prancer, and spending some story time with Mrs. Claus.

Enrollment for 2012-2013

Enrollment time is approaching! Registration will be sent home at the end of this week. New Hope Presbyterian Preschool will begin enrolling children currently in our program and their siblings on Monday, January 9th in New Hope's education office. Enrollment for New Hope alumni families will begin Monday, January 23rd. Open enrollment will begin on Saturday, February 4th from 9:00am to 11am at New Hope Presbyterian Preschool.

3 Year Old Giggles

The month of December filled our classrooms with Christmas creations and our minds with the spirit of the season. The three-year olds celebrated the birth of Jesus and spent time learning about the nativity. In January, we will talk about "2012" and the New Year. The Butterfly and Caterpillar classes will learn about the wintry weather by reading The Mitten by Jan Brett and doing fun mitten activities, followed by a snowman day, and a day of teddy bears and pajamas (January 19th­ bring your favorite stuffed animal and wear your pj's!).The Turtle class will be painting the Three Wise Men, making a "snowman", and having fun with shaving cream. All Tues/Thurs classes will celebrate Black and White Day on January 17th.

4 and 5 Year Old Chatter

In December our rooms were filled with light as we cut and created bright and beautiful Christmas lights. On candy cane day, we made peppermint scented candy canes with red and white construction paper. We enjoyed all of our Christmas-themed preschool activities as we celebrated the reason for the season. In January we will read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. The children will then make their own unique blotto paint snowman. Hot Chocolate Day will bring lots of fun activities with hot chocolate and marshmallows. To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, we will learn the song "The World is a Rainbow". We will also begin to learn how to write our last names.

Stay N Play Scoop

In January our 3 year old Stay n Play will be learning about China and celebrating the Chinese New Year with a dragon craft and parade. We will be introducing Chinese food and even get to use chop sticks! We will also be learning about the animals of China, and make a panda bear puppet. In our 4 year old classes we will make learning fun by creating a marshmallow snowman to decorate and eat (yummy!). We will be reading the book The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly by Catherine Vase. Watch for our homemade igloos and snowflakes as they come home this month. Our Spanish words of the month will be blanco (white) and negro (black).

The Best Learning is Active Learning

Active learning takes advantage of children's natural desire to move and touch. Young children love to manipulate items and explore new ideas. They enjoy the opportunity to see how things work and to test their own theories. Active learning takes advantage of children's natural motivations, abilities, and interests. Kids get lots of opportunities to investigate what interests them to solve problems, discover relationships, and make comparisons. Children use all their senses to make discoveries: how heavy is it? Does it smell? Can I find another one that feels the same? What does it sound like when I drop it? How is it different from other items? Usually they use their hands, eyes, nose, ears, and mouth to explore an item, children gather more information and remember what they learn. As they interact directly with the environment, children not only gather sensory information, they also refine their senses and motor skills. For example, it takes very refined movement of the hands and fingers to produce the penmanship required for writing. Squeezing clay, picking up puzzle pieces, and lacing thread through beads are ways for young children to practice using hands and fingers. We organize the classroom environment to promote active learning, and we do lots of things to encourage children to think and talk about their discoveries and creations. The next time you want your child to learn abut something, provide the materials, space, and time. Then step back and watch. You will be surprised at how much more the child will discover through active involvement.

Mrs. DeVries

Mrs. Thomas

I have been a preschool teacher for ten years this will be year eleven. I love the work I do with our class. Watching the children learn and grow is such a wonderful part of the job. I have been happily married to my husband Randy for 24 years. Together we have a beautiful daughter named Elise who was 15 in October. We spend most of our free time driving and watching Elise play or practice volleyball. When I have extra free time I enjoy walking our dog Ruffy who is 12 years old. I also love taking photographs and playing on the Internet. I look forward to another wonderful year in the Turtle Room. ~Mrs. Robbin Thomas This is my 14th year with this preschool program. Prior to working at Curiosity Corner, I was a teacher's aid at St. Joachim and Ann School. I am married to Steve DeVries, and we have two children, Erin (24) and Steven (21). ~Mrs. Barb DeVries


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