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JANUARY 2019


“God made this story. He is all around us. It is special because God created it.� -Charles Image by: Charles Thomason | Nativity | Five/Six class | Ink on paper


DEAR FAMILIES, At the Peachtree community, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and caregivers are an integral part of the daily life. Research shows that children recognize the value of their school when families are involved. Visiting Days (for children in the Three-year-old, Pre-K and Five/Six classes) are one of the ways the Preschool includes special visitors. Families are always welcome to visit classrooms and be with children to see and understand the daily work of the children. Early childhood is one of the few times families can be in classrooms with children. Another family time is the upcoming Afternoon of Stories in February. We look forward to seeing you soon! “…..our goal is to build an amiable school, where children, teachers and families feel at home….” Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio approach.

MISS JANE


Calendar JANUARY 7 School resumes. After School Enrichment begins and Extended Stay for Pre-K and Five/Six resumes

10 Prospective Parent Tour, 9:30 a.m., Lobby of the Family Commons

10 Nutured Heart parent class, 9:15 a.m., Studio Annex

FEBRUARY 1 CPR for Parents

4 Coffee Chat, Five/Six Program, 11:00 a.m., Studio Annex

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Nutured Heart parent class, 9:15 a.m., Studio Annex

Chapel Service, 9:20 a.m., Sanctuary, MWF Pre-K, M-F and MWF Three-year-old Classes

21 School Holiday

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Chapel Service, 9:20 a.m., Sanctuary, Five/Six and M-F Pre-K classes

Prospective Parent Tour, 9:30 a.m., Lobby of the Family Commons

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First Aid for parents

Visiting Days

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Afternoon of Stories, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Preschool

Prospective Parent Tour, 9:30 a.m., Lobby of the Family Commons

13 Coffee Chat, The Pre-K Program, 11:00 a.m., Studio Annex

Prospective Parent Tour, 9:30 a.m., Lobby of the Family Commons

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Nutured Heart parent class, 9:15 a.m., Studio Annex

School Holiday

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Nutured Heart parent class, 9:15 a.m., Studio Annex

Food Drive

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Nutured Heart parent class, 9:15 a.m., Studio Annex

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22 Dad’s Day for Three-year-old classes, 8:45 a.m.

25 Chapel Service, 9:20 a.m., Sanctuary, MWF Pre-K, M-F and MWF Three-year-old Classes

26 Chapel Service, 9:20 a.m., Sanctuary, Five/Six and M-F Pre-K classes

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Dad’s Day for Pre-K and Five/Six classes, 8:45 a.m.

Nutured Heart parent class, 9:15 a.m., Studio Annex

SIGN UP FOR FIRST AID AND CPR FOR PARENTS

Register at: www.peachtreepresbyterianpreschool.org First Aid: Wednesday, January 30 at 9:15 a.m. / Room 4303 CPR: Friday, February 1 at 9:15 a.m. / Room 4303 Childcare is available during the classes for children not in Preschool.


From Parents’ Council: Hello Parents! Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday with your families! Parents’ Council eagerly anticipates the events of this new year, and we look forward to seeing many parents involved and participating. Thank you for all you have already done. Whether you volunteer on one of the Parents’ Council committees, read to your child’s class, share a special talent, or even just brighten our teachers’ day with a smile, we thank you for all of this! You are one of the many reasons we have such a special school, and we know you will continue to share your gifts throughout the remainder of the school year. Thank you to all of you who donated toys to the Toy Drive. The collected toys were given to La Amistad and helped brighten many children’s lives this holiday season. Please save the date for the annual Peachtree Family Festival on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This event is so much fun for all of our families and definitely a day you do not want to miss! Since the event is completely parent run, please plan on being there to help. You will receive more information from your room parents, but go ahead and mark your calendars now. As always, we would love to hear from you. If you have any ideas or would like to get more involved in the Preschool, please contact me at alisongrubinas@yahoo.com Best, Alison Rubinas

Image by: Whitney Whittaker | Angel The Coral Room, Three-Year-Old Class

SUSTAINABILITY How to have a “GREEN” Christmas Reuse or recycle gift packing materials.

Bubble wrap can be stored for reuse or recycled. Since foam packing chips are not as easily recycled, if you do not plan to reuse them, take the chips to a shipping center who will accept it for their own use. Cardboard boxes should be opened flat and set out for recycling; storing and reusing these boxes is even more environmentally friendly and cost effective. Save any special gift wrap, ribbons and bows.

When unwrapping large gifts, save the paper for reuse; it can often be cut down for smaller presents. Ribbons and bows are easy to save and reuse. Recycle old electronics.

New flat-screen computer monitors, laptops, cameras, cell phones and other electronic items are common holiday gifts. Older models being replaced are usually still in working order and should not be discarded to a landfill. Visit: www.livethrive. org/charm for locations accepting hard-to-recycle items. Christmas trees can be recycled.

Alison Rubinas Parents’ Council Chair alisongrubinas@yahoo.com

Live trees that have been cut are a useful material for composting. Look for tree drop-off locations in your neighborhood. Artificial trees in need of replacement can also be recycled.


Prospective Parent Tours Tours meet in the Lobby of the Family Commons at 9:30 a.m. Please invite interested friends and families to attend the tour. Upcoming Dates: Thursday, January 10 Wednesday, January 23 Tuesday, February 5 Thursday, February 21 Wednesday, March 13 Please contact the Preschool Office with questions. 404-842-5809

2019-2020 Priority Registration Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is underway for both current students and those who will be new to the program. Applications and the accompanying registration fee of $125 per child may be submitted online at www.peachtreepresbyterianpreschool.org/admission. Returning students and their siblings are guaranteed placement for the new school year if applications are received by noon on January 11, 2019. For new families, admission priorities are as follows: *active members of Peachtree Presbyterian Church *families from the community For those applying by January 11, 2019, enrollment status will be conveyed via email and letter on or before February 1, 2019. After January 11, 2019, admission will continue on a space available basis.

mail@peachtreepresbyterianpreschool.org

Teacher Appreciation We wished our teachers a Merry Christmas with a Holiday Cookie Bar on Wednesday, December 12. Parents brought in homemade goodies, and teachers filled a bakery box with the treats. Thank you to our our wonderful parent volunteers!


Teacher Spotlight

JANUARY BLESSING Golden Light, shining bright, Always teach me what is right. Teach me to speak with kindness and care. Teach me to be willing to share Teach me to remember, when playing with others, That all of us are world sisters and brothers. Golden Light, shining bight, Keep our world family safe in Your sight.

This month we are spotlighting the Preschool’s Outdoor Classroom teacher, Cathy Ratigan. She has been teaching for over 13 years at the Preschool .

Amen

Image below: November Chapel

Birthplace: Atlanta, GA Education: Lakeside High School. (With Miss Peggy) I graduated from Presbyterian College. Personal: After working for Delta Airlines for 25 years as a flight attendant, I have worked at PPP 13 years. Favorite Quote: “If not you, who? If not now, when?” -Dr. Frank Harrington, former Senior Pastor at Peachtree Presbyterian Church

VISITING DAYS Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25 Children in the Three-year-old, Pre-K and Five/Six classes invite grandparents and special adults to participate in the daily life of the classroom during Visiting Days. Specific times will be communicated via classroom teachers. Thursday, January 24 Amstutz, Klitenic and Myers Arberg, Sewell and Somodean Beacham and Kirtland Bohntinsky, Gross, Purcell and Traynellis Justice, Williams and Wright Owens, Wells and Young Pope, Rhodes and Smith

Friday, January 25 Barnhart, Olivier and Quintana Bell, Fleetwood and Montana Bomar, Burke and Rackley Carroll, Leete and Sarajian Farr, Legg and Parker Fiveash and Lindler Hatfield, Rothschild and Underwood


The Greatest Story Ever Told

Words from the Children in the Five/Six and Pre-K classes: The Hive, Mosaic and Tapestry Rooms “The story is a song from a long, long, long time ago. They first started going to Bethlehem by donkey. They were going to make the baby. The baby was Jesus. He loves us. He is our Savior.” - Oliver

“The animals loved Baby Jesus. They took care of him. They put their little nose up to him and rubbed noses. They were showing love to Jesus. My mom does that to me sometimes.” - Evie

“I love Jesus. He is a superhero and has super powers. He was a special baby. He saves us!” - Grayson

“It’s not a box ; it is a treasure. These guys (the wisemen) are getting all of their favorite things to Jesus.” - Arthur

“The angel was thinking Jesus would grow up and make the world wider and bigger.” - Maddie

“I love Mary because she is nice. She takes care of the baby.” - Lillian

“Baby Jesus is the Son of God. His birthday is this month. Joseph is there, Mary too. There is a shepherd. He brought sheep to baby Jesus as a gift. There was an angel there, too. The angel was there to give Mary a present, a baby boy. She watches over them because she wants to see Jesus.” - Wade

“Jesus is peace because he’s calm.” - Julia

“Mary named the baby Jesus. The Lord said so!”-Margaux

“The angel was there to protect Jesus (just that night) because he was born.” - Miller

“I love the Angel because it flies.” -Grayson

“The story is about love and peace because Jesus has peace in his heart.” - Ward

“If Jesus wasn’t born our world would be muddy, rough, rusty and no food.” - Maddie, Emma, Julia and Rhodes “Maybe the animals were a little scared because they didn’t know him (Jesus).” - Leif

“The story is from a long ago. We are celebrating his birthday. He made our planet, the people and the sky. It is important.” - Rhodes

“The kings went 6,586 miles to get to Jesus. They teleported to the barn.” - Ben Carver

“The angel followed the star because she wanted to see Jesus.” - JJ

“Baby Jesus is in the hay. The hay was comfortable.” Landon

“Jesus is getting born because it is God’s son.” - Emma

“Look at that star!” - Thomas

“Jesus is stronger than anyone.” -Oren

“I really like the Kings because they bring presents to the baby.” -Rhys “My big sister said it was sooo nice Jesus let us get presents on His birthday.” - Charlotte “All the animals heard about the party to go see Baby Jesus.” - Evelyn “I love the presents at Christmas! Jesus got to Bethlehem by the star.” - Lucca “Mary and Joseph are the parents and Santa Claus was born on the same day as Jesus.” -Mattison


Peachtree “Decks the Halls”

DIAMOND:

The Waguespack Family The Whittaker Family GOLD:

The Heffernan Family SILVER : Libby Quiner & The Davis Family & Liz Jones and Dorsey Alston Realty

Elise & Chuck Thomason The Vetter Family

HOST:

The Allenbach Family Drs. Early and Bochar The Kaineg Family John & Miriam Moloney The Murphy Family The Nash Family IN-KIND: The Simpson Family

Visit us at: SpringtimeAtPeachtree.org


DO YOU, YOUR FRIENDS, OR YOUR FAMILY OWN OR HAVE ACCESS TO ITEMS OR EXPERIENCES THAT CAN BE AUCTIONED AT THE SPRINGTIME AT PEACHTREE FUNDRAISING GALA? WE’D LOVE YOUR HELP SECURING THINGS LIKE WEEKS OR WEEKENDS AT FUN PLACES, BOTH NEAR AND FAR, SUCH AS: - LAKE HOUSES / CABINS - MOUNTAIN HOUSES / CABINS - BEACH HOUSES / CONDOS - HUNTING LODGES - GOLF COURSES - SKIING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FANCY, JUST FUN!

ARE YOU A SEASONED TRAVELER? COULD YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW DONATE TRAVEL-RELATED THINGS LIKE: - HOTEL POINTS - AIRLINE POINTS COULD YOU DONATE A GREAT EXPERIENCE, LIKE: - CONCERT OR SHOW TICKETS - MEET-AND-GREET WITH A CELEBRITY - WHATEVER ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF!

Questions: SpringtimeAtPeachtree@gmail.com | Visit us at SpringtimeAtPeachtree.org


Book Review The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer In The Big Book of Beasts, Yuval Zommer’s wonderful illustrations bring to whimsical life some of the grizzliest, hairiest, bravest, wiliest, and most fearsome beasts in the animal kingdom. Brimming with interesting facts from beast consultant Barbara Taylor, this charming picture book is a beautiful way for parents to introduce young children to the animal world and for older children to learn by themselves.

What the children have to say... Children in Five/Six classroom “What kind of beast is your favorite?” - Wade

“I love hyenas - they are cool.” - Julia

“The book is cool. I want to show it to my mommy.” - Maddie

“Can we read about porcupines? Why are they spikey.” - Maddie

“I want to learn about bats and why they hang upside down.” - Wade

“How can the air push through the bats’ wings even though wings are so thin?” Charles “My favorite is that one, I think it is called a leopard. I want to learn more about them.” - Charles


Sunday, February 10

An afternoon dedicated to classic tales told in the oral tradition.

The Preschool staff is busy designing sets and rehearsing original and classic tales for an afternoon that is sure to delight. Inspired by Reggioanarra, a storytelling tradition from Reggio Emilia, Italy, the staff is working to stretch their creative boundaries to evolve as storytellers. The event is free and open to the community. Anyone who would like to participate as a storyteller can contact Patty Randall (prandall@peachtreepresbyterianpreschool.org). Sunday, February 10

Preschool - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The Preschool will offer the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) class for families in January. This approach is about celebrating the greatness in children and avoiding making children conform to a set of expectations, which causes undue frustration for adults and children. One of the foundational elements of the approach is to avoid energizing undesired behavior while still holding the child accountable.

The Nurtured Heart Approach is a relationship-focused methodology, founded strategically in “The 3 Stands” for helping children (and adults) build their inner wealth and use their intensity in successful ways. The Nurtured Heart Approach is a powerful tool for awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success. Dates: January 10 January 17 February 7

February 14 February 21 February 28

Class time: 9:15 a.m. Location: Studio Annex Duration: 1 hour Register: www.peachtreepresbyterianpreschool.org

AFTERNOON STORYTIME CREATE The Preschool offers afterschool opportunities, staffed by Peachtree faculty, for children ages 2-6. Pick-up is at 1:15 p.m. in the Family Commons carpool line.

HOLA AMIGOS LANGUAGE OF FOOD MUSIC CLASS SPLENDID DAY

Session Two: Week of January 7 Week of May 13

SUPER HEROES CLUB

www.peachtreepresbyterianpreschool.org

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT


Children in Nature . Outdoor Classroom, The Tapestry Room, Pre-K class “I am not sure bugs or lizards live in bird houses.”- Watts and Grayson “The yellow leaves are my favorite” - Mattison

“I think the lizard is somewhere in there trying to fix his tail, maybe the doctor?” - Mattison

“Shhhh, be quiet I am trying to get him (the lizard) out of the hole with this stick.” - Grayson

“Those holes are where some bees live and make honey.” - Parker


May 4, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine) Peachtree Family Festival is a parent run event, and we cannot do it without you!

If interested in ways you can help, please contact Erica Schwalm (ericalcs@me.com).

In the event of a school closing or delayed opening due to weather conditions, Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool will notify members of the school community via email, website and social media. Peachtree does not follow APS or Fulton County in school delays or closings.

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