"Children are great imitators so give them something great to imitate"
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e-RPDS                                                                                             09/29/2015
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

The new school year is starting to not feel so "new". We have said hello, been welcomed, introduced, oriented, reunited and reconnected. All of that sounds a little exhausting, and we all know that the beginning of the school year can feel that way. But it is also a wonderful time when we celebrate a new beginning and our Redeemer community.
Watching your children from the Back to School Play Date in August through these first few weeks of school has been heartwarming. They are enjoying old friends and teachers while at the same time navigating new friendships and getting to know less familiar faces and routines. They are laughing, playing and working together - and every so often even reminding one another of the rules and solving a few problems along the way! At this young age they are already developing such incredible and necessary interpersonal skills every day.
It isn't a wonder. After watching our parent community at the play date, the rain garden planting and wine and cheese event this past weekend, it is evident our students have wonderful role models. It was touching to see so many families and faculty members at our kick-off events this year. Old friends were reacquainted and new friendships formed. People were laughing, enjoying each other's company and working together for our school community. Thank you!
We are especially grateful to Lori Bourne, Megan Oster, Natalie Bissonnette and Ruth Keffer for all the hard work they put into these events. At Redeemer, we are blessed. Thanks to each and everyone one of you for being part of our community.  
Best regards,
Mary Knott

Classroom Updates:

Hanna 2s:
The Hanna Twos are adjusting to their new schedule and routine. They are becoming more familiar with their new environment and are even learning each other's names. They've enjoyed our good weather and playingoutside: The sandbox, shovels and buckets, and backhoes are favorites.They've also enjoyed looking at the inside of an apple, eating Red Delicious apples and learning apple poems. September in the Hanna Twos is all about the color red, coming to school, friends, and family. Mrs.Doherty and I have been asking the children about some of their favorite things, so look for their answers to come home soon. Happy Autumn!

Wyatt 2s: 
Everyone is settling in nicely, and we are becoming more comfortable with our routine.  We talked about the members of our family, and we are working on an All About Me book.  Fishing for Emotions is a fun game we played to help us understand our feelings and how to know if someone is happy or sad.  Our color this month is red.  Ask your children to point out red things around the house or while you run errands.

Hooper 3s:
Your children are busy making new friends and engaging in "creative play" together.  They are a very active and happy group which is a joy to see.  Today, we made "pizza" with cheese and ROUND RED pepperoni's.  We then treated the class to Little Caesar's pizza ( with the 5 Day 3's)....what a fun Friday we had together!  An exciting activity we have just started is playing I SPY.  We all look for ROUND or  RED objects as well as letters in our name!  Next week, we will finish September with our fingerprint apple tree and then start October with ORANGE TRIANGLES and our Nursery Rhyme, "Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater."  We are encouraging the children to help clean up and we would love your help by reinforcing this at home.  SMILE....next Friday, October 2nd, is picture day!  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and have a lovely Fall weekend! 

Libby 3s: 
The 5 day 3s are settling in and learning lots of fun new things.  We are talking about the upcoming change in season and weather.  We took a last day of summer walk to look at all the green and flowers before fall comes.  We are still working on circles and the color red. We went on a hunt for circles around the school. We are mastering our rug time songs and poems.  Perhaps you will hear your children  reciting Mary had a little lamb.  It has been a great start to the year.  We are enjoying seeing their personalities emerge and new friendships begin to develop.

Faint Pre-k:
Our pre-k class is in full swing as we are focusing on letter B and all the activities that go with it such as bubble blowing, button patterning and grouping, butterflies, balancing bean bags and identifying B sounds. Next week, we move on to C with cats, caterpillars, clouds and counting. We continue to watch our gorgeous campus for signs of the change of seasons and encourage children to check out their own neighborhood too. Ask your child about the eggs that should be chicks by early next week. Finally, please label all those jackets and sweaters to give us a better chance of returning them when they get dropped, left outside etc. Thanks for your support at home, we can tell that families are working on children responding the first time their names are called!

Loeb Pre-k:
Mrs. Loeb's  Pre-K  is a fun, creative, and delightful class!  We are knee deep in bubbles, bears, and butter cake. Your children are examining the rain garden, using their gross motor movements on the monkey bars, and generally enjoying our fabulous weather! Thank you to all who managed to make it to the Parent Wine and Cheese Party! It was so much fun to see you 'outside' of school!  Happy Fall!

Ask your kindergartener about the senses they use every day.  The next few weeks we will explore colors.  Look for a color calendar coming home.  We will have fun wearing a different color a day and practicing reading, writing and sorting all the different colors we enjoy so much. We continue to have fun with number searches, counting and writing our numbers.  Our focus in Reader's and Writer's Workshop is phonemic awareness, handwriting and building our word wall. Everyone is feeling much more comfortable with our schedule and transitions throughout the day.

The Pre-first children have embraced their roles and responsibilities as the "big kids" of the school.  We are setting good examples and continue to be good leaders.  We have been quite busy in the classroom working on handwriting skills, phonics, beginning sounds and reading skills.  Our Writer's Workshop has begun and the children are so enthusiastic about the concept of creating and writing their very own stories.  Our Math program is also off to a great start!  We have been practicing our counting, number sense, place value and problem-solving skills.  Our chick eggs have arrived and we are looking forward to the hatching process!

Lunch Bunch: 
Lunch Bunch is having a super September! We have been getting used to having our new color groups and are enjoying the change of pace. The children have been enjoying our new Music, Movement and Games activities in Lunch Bunch. Please remember to watch the weather and send in a jacket or anything else that may be needed due to the unpredictable fall temperatures. Thank you!

Office Notes:
Due to state regulations, we need all parents to sign and date the last sheet of the handbook after reading through it. Click here for a copy of the handbook. Please turn these into the office ASAP. We are required to keep them on file.
Car pool:
Please try to have your child unbuckled prior to arriving at your car pool stop. 
Volunteers Needed:
We are looking for two volunteers to help with picture day from 9-11:45 on Friday, October 2. Please contact Katie Poe if you would like to help.

Friday, October 2nd- Picture Day! - 3/2, 3s, Pre-K, 
                                     K & P1

Sunday, October 4th 4 PM - St. Francis Blessing of the Animals Service (Church of the Redeemer)

Monday, October 12th- Columbus Day- NO SCHOOL

Saturday, October 17th- 10:30 AM -1 PM Fall Family Festival! 

Program Highlights:

International Dot Day

Our Redeemer artists have been very busy the last two weeks. To celebrate "International Dot Day" on September 19th, each class created their own, unique dot masterpieces. The three's and Pre-K worked on two elements of art: shape, (circle and oval) and primary colors. They also explored this process using paint dots, markers, paintbrushes and glue. (Ask them about their "paintbrush ballerinas" who LOVE to paint on their tippy toes!) The Kindergarten and Pre-First incorporated the element of texture to their pieces as well as shape and color. They practiced folding, tracing, cutting, painting and stamping to create their magnificent dots. Please come and see your proud artist's work displayed on the art bulletin board. It is a vision of creativity and an explosion of color! 

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Community News

Friends of Music
Church of the Redeemer

The first Choral Evensong of the season will be offered Sunday, September 27, 5:00 p.m. in the candle-lit chapel featuring Bach's cantata No. 7, "Christ our Lord came to the Jordan", sung  by a chamber choir with instrumental accompaniment. Other music for this service of music includes, William Byr'd Evening Service, Jack Ossewaarde's Draw us in the spirit's tether, Psalms 19 and 46 by Darlington and Luther and God be with you till we meet again by Morse. Come, experience the reverent wonder of this service of special music at the close of day.

Rain Garden  Thanksgiving Celebration
and Dedication

October 4, 2015

The Church of the Redeemer
5603 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
10:00 Service

11:15 Gathering
(Parish Hall, followed by the thanksgiving and dedication ceremony in the rain garden)

The Church of the Redeemer and Redeemer Parish Day School are excited about our new rain garden project which will enhance classroom curriculum and offer our students the ongoing opportunity for hands-on exploration, while helping our environment by preventing storm water runoff.
Please join us for a celebration, as we give thanks for our talented
and dedicated volunteers and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, who made this project possible, and we dedicate the rain garden in memory of Toni Killefer, former PDS teacher, parent and friend whose love of children and nature were daily reminders of her lively spirit.

Celebration of New Ministry: Institution of the 
Rev. David J. Ware

October 14, 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Redeemer

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

Mary Knott, Director