Preschool Weekly Note

Dear Preschool Families,

It’s been a wonderful five full days in the TPS preschool! The classrooms seemed to hum with activity this week as your children eagerly settled into their daily routines. We particularly enjoyed the beautiful weather and have been paying close attention to the changes Mother Nature is bringing. Many children enthusiastically collected pine cones and autumn leaves on our visits to Markward Playground. In our TPS garden, we continued harvesting the beans, tomatoes, and herbs that are ripening into October. We also introduced a basket of rhythm instruments to our garden stage area; outdoor musical “performances” are under way! Ask your child if he or she had a chance to perform today.

As we continue our study of Ourselves and our Families, this week the Explorers and Trailblazers read the story My Head is Full Of…. by Catherine Friend. We talked about what it means to have things “on your mind,” and the children drew self-portraits with thought bubbles full of ideas. They are hanging in the front hallway – come and have a look! We also had our first Friday cooking day with Emily. Today the children made dough and created their own pretzel shapes. They were so excited to begin cooking; each day they asked, “Is today the day we’re going to make our own snack?” The day finally arrived!

Meanwhile, the Adventurers and Wonderers enjoyed listening to The Best Part of Me, a collection of photo essays by Wendy Ewald. In addition to its beautiful photographs, the book features the writing of young children as they share their thoughts about their hair, their eyes, their skin – or whatever they consider the ‘best part of them.’ We interviewed your children about their own ‘best parts’ and photographed them as well. (Ask your child what he or she told us!) We look forward to creating our own preschool “Best Part of Me” book to share with all of you soon!

In other theme-related news, our family tree is filling up with pictures! Thank you to all of you who have sent them in so far. We look forward to seeing many more when we return to school on Tuesday.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for November 2nd and 3rd. You should have received a “Doodle poll” email inviting you to sign up for a conference. Please sign up if you haven’t already done so, and let us know if you have any questions at all.

On Saturday, October 17, TPS will be participating in the Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival at the playground. We have simple crafts activities all planned out. TPS teachers and students will be on hand at the "TPS table," and they would appreciate volunteers to help young festival goers take part in our autumn-themed crafts activities. The festival runs from 11am to 3pm. If you can help out for one or two shifts (10:45-1:00 or 1:00 to 3:00), it would be most appreciated. Email Lois West to volunteer at [email protected].

On Sunday, October 18, TPS will be showcasing its Garden as part of the Center City Residents Association House Tour. We need volunteers for one or two shifts (12:45-2:15 or 2 to 4). We will provide information about the garden to you, and all you have to do is welcome guests and answer any questions they might have. Again, please email Lois West to volunteer at [email protected].

Other dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Friday, October 23rd - Annual Fall trip to the Schuylkill Center (weather permitting). Buses leave at 9:30 and return at 1:30. Families are welcome to join us. The rain date is Tuesday, November 10th.
  • Friday, October 30th - Halloween parade with Kindergarten in the Garden (weather permitting) at 8:30 a.m. There will be a fun alternate activity for children who do not celebrate Halloween.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

The Preschool Team