It has been a beautiful and amazing Northwest summer and we are all enjoying outside time more. Our kiddos need only to look around to find nature materials to play with, build with and create with. I stumbles across this wondeful opportunity to use nature and our imagination to create stories. Here it is…
PLCP CLOTHING DRIVE FUNDRAISER
Hi lovely PLCP Members,
We will be having a Clothing Drive Fundraiser this month.
From April 6th-30th we will be collecting any and all used clothing items (shirts, pants, socks, shoes, coats, etc.). The clothing does NOT need to be in terrific shape as Goodwill will buy back any clothing items and will find a use for everything! There will be a large box and a sign posted in our classroom for donation collection.
Things to remember:
- Goodwill will pay us a per pound price for the amount collected so the more we take in the more $$$ we raise…woot!
- Clothing does NOT need to be pristine so bring in anything!
- Childrens clothing is great, but adult items, coats and shoes will weigh more and therefore bring in more $$!
- Family and Neighbors are a great source to ask for a donation, AND, if they don’t need to bring the items in themselves they will probably be more likely to donate 🙂
- All of our adorable little kiddos are pretty hard to say no to, so bring them along when asking for donations. Spring Break will be a great time to start collecting!
This will be our last fundraiser for the year so let’s try to make it really count!
Your Happy PLCP Board
Please join us at our Annual Winter Open House to find out about our preschool programs for children aged 2-5 years old, meet our teachers and make a craft to take home. This year’s open house will be held on Saturday, January 31st from 10:30 – 11:30 AM in Classroom 18 at the old Woodway Elementary building. There will be a brief presentation about the program, followed by a time for questions and a tour of the facility.
Also, it’s almost time for open enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year, and families who attend the open house will have priority registration when we open registration for new families in February. We hope to see you there!
We are so excited to start our Read-a-Thon soon. The big kick off will be Thursday, January 22nd from 6:30PM-7:00PM. It will be in our classroom and include snacks, costumes and of course….BOOKS AND READING! Our fantastic Edmonds children’s librarian will be there to lead a reading circle with books all about Community Helpers. Community Helpers will be our theme for the kick off so feel free to encourage your child (and yourself) to dress up as your favorite fire person, doctor/nurse, police person, construction worker, cable guy/gal, librarian or any other “helper” you can think of! Snacks will be potluck style but please remember: NO NUTS.
Jamie Schmidt (our new Registrar) will be the Read-a-Thon contact person and will have packets available soon. Packets will include a daily chart to keep track of materials (books, comics, magazines or anything) you read with your kiddos as well as information on how friends and family can sponsor your little reader. It’s a great fundraiser for our school but it’s also a great opportunity to encourage a love for books and reading 🙂
Looking forward to a fun kick off and event!
With our PLCP Read-a-thon coming up it seems like a perfect time to talk about reading with our kiddos. It doesn’t matter if your little one enjoys picture books, comic books, chapter books or anything in between, watching those little eyes light up when they strike an interest is pretty amazing! But if you have a little one who hasn’t quite found his or her reading nitch, here are some helpful hints to encourage that love of reading by Charlotte Meryman from FamilyFun (reposted in Parents magazine)…
7 Ways to Encourage a Love of Reading
How do you see the first day of school playing out for your family? I would say ours will be somewhat organized chaos, full of “but why mommy”, “but I wanted to eat breakfast with daddy”, “but I dont need to go potty” and then the inevitable “I really, really need to poop, right NOW” as we are finally walking out the door. I do feel incredibly lucky that our little fashionista started dressing herself a little before age 2. Her outfits may be, how shall I say this, ‘original, creative and fashion forward’, but if she does it herself who really cares, right? Taking away the getting dressed struggle does seem to help us during the time crunch of school mornings. Here are some helpful hints about encouraging and teaching kiddos to dress themselves from the website The Inspired Treehouse. Happy reading…
Playful Learning Co-op Preschool is happy to welcome Pamela Frank to our co-op community! She will be teaching the 2’s and AM classes this upcoming school year and we’re excited to see what she has in store. Pamela comes to us from West Edmonds Co-op Preschool where she taught in the 3’s class and served on the co-op board.
Shortly after she was hired, she wrote in a letter to the school community that
“. . . Co-op is near and dear to my heart. I truly believe that being involved in your child’s education at a co-op preschool provides such a special experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Co-op nourishes the relationships with other families and with our own children. As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to uphold the co-op values and to create a playful, fun environment that will inspire learning. Recognizing that each child is unique and learns in different ways, it is my goal to help your child develop their own love for learning.”
On behalf of the PLCP Hiring Committee and the entire PLCP Board, please welcome Pamela Frank into this exciting, new role!
Playful Learning Co-op Preschool will be holding our annual Summer Open House on Saturday, August 16th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Join us to find out more about our programs, see the classroom and meet our teachers. Children will have a chance to play at our variety of learning stations and complete a craft to take home while parents can learn about our classes and philosophy and ask any questions they might have.
Registration forms will be available to sign up for the preschool – classes are filling fast so we urge you to sign up before they’re full (and before school starts on September 8th!). Hope to see you all there!
Please join us on Wednesday, May 21st from 6-7pm for our final open house of the 2013-2014 school year. This will be the last opportunity to tour the classroom and see the school facilities until our Summer Open House in August. Join us for a fun craft, playtime in the classroom and time to meet current co-op members. Learn about co-op and how it could be a good fit for your family. We will be accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year at the open house, and we hope to see you there!
The Playful Learning Co-op Hiring Committee is pleased to announce our new Pre-K teacher for the 2014-2015 school year! One of our own, Jessica Adams comes to us as a Board Member and an experienced Member of our co-op family! She is currently working on completing a degree in Early Childhood Education, and has extensive experience working with and planning lessons for children ages 2-9 years old in a classroom setting. Additionally, she has proven herself to be a leader and a team-player in her work on both of her children’s school boards.
Jessica plans to work closely with the Board, Members, and Students this year to make this new transition as smooth as possible. She is driven by a deep desire to meet the ever-changing needs of our community with an open mind, willing spirit and a humble heart.
Jessica says, “I am overjoyed to be beginning my teaching career with PLCP! I first heard about co-op when my son was 3, and at that time, all I knew was that I was signing my son up for a preschool that allowed me to stay and play instead of forcing us to separate before we were ready. My son Wyatt (9) and now my daughter Penelope (Nell, 4) both thrived as students with Teacher Anna! I also have grown in many ways as a parent and educator in my 4 years of experience as a member and class coordinator, and I believe it has given me an authentic understanding of how our co-op works and what a tremendous impact this setting can have on families.
As an educator, I am wholeheartedly committed to the whole
student, and believe that my strength is in teaching young children the skills necessary for lifelong personal success in an age-appropriate and playful way.
In my spare time, I enjoy finding new books to read with my family, going on adventures, being in the kitchen, playing outdoors and creating!
I am looking forward to an incredible year and want to thank all of you for the opportunity to be a part of such an important stage in your child’s life! Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, or concerns about your child or the classroom. I am here to help!”
Please join us in welcoming Jessica into her new role in our co-op community!