"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."
- Helen Keller
e-RPDS                                                                                             3/06/2015
Letter from the Director

Dear Redeemer Community,


As I sit down to write this letter and work on our latest edition of eRPDS, we are experiencing yet another snow day! This latest edition of our electronic newsletter includes updated classroom information, recent photographs and a new slideshow. Be sure to click on it - a picture truly does say a thousand words. When selecting the music to go along with this slideshow, I chose a children's song titled, "Dancing on Green Grass". The title seemed rather inappropriate, considering the time of year. The snow is falling, roof leaks are popping up and many of us are struggling to come to terms with a winter that seems like it will never end - many of us, but not the children!


I admire that they can look past the doldrums of winter and continue to appear to be "Dancing on Green Grass". If it is too cold to go outside, they love nothing more than to don wax paper skates and turn the hallway into an ice rink. They view the logistics involved in getting ready to play in the snow as the perfect opportunity to prove their budding independence. The sky might be grey and the ground frozen, but that doesn't stop our students from painting rainbows and flowers, smiling through the wet and cold, and never ceasing to see the goodness in things. We have a lot to learn from our little ones. Their cheeriness is plentiful, and their complaints are few. They always seem to understand how important it is to be "Dancing on Green Grass!"


Best regards,


Classroom Updates:
Hanna 2s:

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." - Anne Bradstreet


The Twos happily engaged in the multi-sensory activity of making pinecone bird feeders. The feeders have gone home, and the children are excited to birdwatch. Beautiful, pink tissue paper flowers brighten our hallway with the anicipation of spring, and our winter counting books are nearing completion. We will be covering the color black, the rectangle, and farm animals this month. You may hear some mooing, neighing, and cockadoodle doing coming from our classroom.

Longaker 2s: 

We look forward to spending more time with our class this month, weather permitting! This month focuses on the color black, rectangles, and a unit on farm animals and birds. We continue to work on our winter 1-5 counting book, hoping to get it finished before summer!


Hooper 3s:

SPRING is around the corner, and we are ready for some playground weather so that we can have fun exercising our gross motor skills! Purple diamonds are the color and shape of the month and Little Miss Muffet is our March nursery rhyme. Next week, we will begin our Transportation Unit; learning about everything that GOES!!! Wow ... your children are getting so good at recognizing their UPPERCASE letters. Scissor skills and pencil grips are improving as well! Your "little ones" have such fun together and are so kind to one another - a great group and we really enjoy them all. Hurry up spring!


Libby 3s: 

The 5 Day 3s are ready for warm weather! As we approach spring we are working on transportation, diamonds, purple, Little Miss Muffett and the letters U, V, W. The weather is changing and our playground will be muddy! With that in mind we will send notes home, if your children should need extra clothes. Thanks!

Faint 4s:

We are slowly working our way through the alphabet, but it looks like we might need to stay on letter S next week as well since there are so many fun things to do like play with sand, seashells, shaving cream, and talk about the sun, starfish, snakes, spiders, seeds, spaghetti, and then eat sundaes. Notice that we are NOT doing any more snow projects, but instead will focus on spring and summer topics! As the season changes, we are observing the weather and noting if it is a cold, blustery, bundle up lion day or a warmer, gentle lamb day as well as searching our campus for any signs of the new season. Hopefully, you and your child will find some sign of spring in your neighborhood soon!


Loeb 4s:

For our alphabet page this week, we should have done "Ss" for snow! We were a bit more optimistic and did a seahorse instead. Sun, sand, and surf sound better than snow, shovel, and sleet! Keep your fingers crossed that this is the LAST of our wintery weather, as we are all more than ready for spring! We are so glad to have met you all for conferences and hope that you came away with all the information that you needed. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions. We will continue with "S" next week to finish our activities and fit in our "sundaes". We plan to have the children "read" a menu and select options. Vanilla, strawberry or chocolate ice cream? Sprinkles, strawberries, chocolate sauce or whipped cream So many choices! Hopefully it will be warmer, and they will enjoy the sundaes! We have been marching for March and crawling around the classroom (great for strengthening shoulder muscles) as it uses up a bit of energy when we cannot go outside. Please be sure to send water-proof boots, coats, mittens and hats - and snow pants when there is snow on the ground. The exercise and fresh air is so good for them! Wishing you all a snow-free and pleasant Spring Break!



A giant egg was in our classroom ... what on earth could be inside? After many guesses, a roaring dinosaur popped out!! We are learning about dinosaurs through drawing, categorizing, reading and researching. We created "Paleontologist Journals" to record all of our new dinosaur data ... have an amazing Spring Break!



Bones, bones, dinosaur bones! The Pre-first boys have turned into paleontologists and will begin studying all about dinosaurs. In language arts they will be writing and creating their very own dinosaur journals. In math, the boys will be measuring different types of dinosaurs as well as excavating chocolate chip cookies to see how many "fossils" they can find. Thank you again for meeting with me last week. I thoroughly have enjoyed working with all of you to help your boys be the best that they can be!


Lunch Bunch:

Lunch Bunch is seeing rainbow colors! We are doing projects this month that use many colors, such as painting on tin foil, making St. Patrick's Day crafts, starting Easter crafts, painting with tissue and making spring flowers. We cannot wait to start going outside every day again. Please remember our playground will be muddy, and we will do our best to keep the children clean but please make sure there are plenty of extra clothes in their cubbies. Thanks! 



The Maryland Science Center's Traveling Dinosaur Exhibit Visited Redeemer


Redeemer proudly hosted another annual visit from the Science Center. Students from four other local preschool programs visited Redeemer on Wednesday morning to experience this fantastic traveling science program. Not only was it the perfect enrichment activity for our Kindergarten and Pre-first dinosaur unit, the children took great pride in hosting friends from other schools.

Office Notes
Information Regarding our Weather Policy:
Though I have only been questioned by one parent as to why we follow the Baltimore County Schools' inclement weather policy rather than deciding on our own, there are certainly others that must question it as well. While I recognize that we are not impacted by bus stops and routes, it is very important that we follow a consistent policy that keeps in mind the ages of our students as well the logistics of our staffing. Additionally, we do not have the man power nor access to the latest weather information that the county officials have when determining weather delays and cancellations. Please click on the link below for further information regarding the factors considered in making these calls and know that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.





2015-2016 Contracts:

Due to the inclement weather, we have extended the due date for contracts to Monday, March 9. If your child will not be returning to the Day School, please notify us.


Boots for Baltimore

Our Boots for Baltimore change drive was a huge success this year, and your children looked great in their own boots on Wednesday! Special thanks to the Pre-First and Mrs. Barta for sorting and counting $348.03 worth of change! Thanks to your generosity, RPDS will donate 11 pairs of boots and socks to homeless men in Baltimore City. Thank you!




Monday, March 9

All contracts for the 2015-2016 school year are due.


Friday, March 13 11:45

Spring Break begins. No afternoon programs.


Monday, March 23

School resumes after the Spring Break holiday. Please note this day has been added to the school calendar.

Program Highlights:
What's Going on in Music?


The 3s have been working with the beat of music through various activities using movement and percussion instruments. 


The 4s are working on their pitch matching as well as listening and acting out different classical and contemporary orchestral pieces. 


The K and Pre-first worked on the story of Peter and the Wolf, where they learned to recognize the different sounds of the instruments like the violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, french horn and the timpani. They also made a book, coloring what each looked like and the character they represented.

In preschool we recognize the privilege, responsibility and joy of educating our youngest students. Alongside their parents, we work diligently at building the foundation for their ongoing and lifelong learning. Be sure to click on the link below found in every issue to see our wonderful students in action. Enjoy!

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Community News

Peter Pan

Mark Your Calendars for RYG's Spring Musical


March 6, 7 & 8


RYG has been busy rehearsing and preparing for our upcoming spring musical the timeless classic about the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan. Mark your calendars for the weekend of March 6-8, with 7:30pm evening performances on Friday and Saturday, and a 12:30pm Sunday matinee.Fun for the whole family, join us!


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Live Baltimore is a wonderful resource that is committed to Baltimore neighborhoods and families. Be sure to click the link to City Living Essentials to see Redeemer's listing under private city school options.




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Redeemer Parish Day School
5603 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Mary Knott, Director