"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Ben Franklin
e-RPDS                                                                                            10/23/2015
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

Why Redeemer School? When giving tours I try to help visitors envision the answer to that question. Redeemer is much more than could ever be revealed in one short tour, but it begins with this.

Our school is a fantastic community of people - a community of families, teachers, administration and Church. Bonds and friendships form that last a lifetime. Our fall festival this past weekend was a testament to the wonderful people that call Redeemer home. We had the majority of our teachers and 98 of our 122 students and their families attend the fun-filled day. That's incredible! Thank you to the terrific co-chairs, Aimee Cummings and Erin Cummings, and their many volunteers for providing an opportunity to gather  members of our community from our tiniest little ones to their grandparents.

Redeemer also does an amazing job of creating a balance between play and academics. We have a vibrant learning environment where our students find that they love learning. Walking through our halls you will notice that we can be messy and noisy. We might be sprawled out on the floor or running outdoors. We are curious and playful. We question, and we explore. This is how we learn best.
We also do a remarkable job of preparing our students for wherever they go after us, whether it is to a public school in the city or the county, an independent school or a parochial school. Their choices are as varied and diverse as our students. We hear time and time again how prepared our students are. In 2015 alone our students moved on to this list of schools:
Boy's Latin
Bryn Mawr
Immaculate Conception
Mays Chapel Elementary
Mt. Washington Elementary
Riderwood Elementary
Rodgers Forge Elementary
Roland Park Country
Roland Park Elementary
St. James Academy
St. Paul's School
Stoneleigh Elementary
West Towson Elementary
We have a great thing going at Redeemer, and during this busy admissions' season we thank you for continuing to spread the word.
Best regards,

Classroom Updates:

Hanna 2s:
The Hanna Twos are busy learning through hands-on exploration and discovery activities. They are manipulating playdough, stringing wooden beads, twisting nuts onto bolts, and matching one miniature pumpkin to one corresponding circle. They explored the inside (pulp, seeds) of a pumpkin, and three brave souls even tried roasted pumpkin seeds during snack time. The children are learning the hand motions to Five Little Pumpkins, and they are working with glue and glitter (pinch method) for a sparkly Halloween. We will finish out the month washing and drying pumpkins, and examining leaves, acorns, pine cones, gourds and tree bark.

Wyatt 2s: 
Our class has been learning all about the color orange and the season of fall.  During Circle Time, we have watched the leaves change from green to all of the beautiful colors that fall brings.  We have also had fun with a finger play about golden autumn leaves.  Some of our projects have included painting fall leaves on a tree with a dish brush, and making fall leaves out of coffee filters.  In both of these projects, we noticed that when red and yellow mix together, we see orange.  Next week, we will spend time talking about pumpkins and exploring what's inside!

Hooper 3s:
We enjoyed seeing so many of our happy children and their wonderful parents at the Fall Fair!  Thank you to all of the volunteers for a great day!  The children are finishing up their Fall/Halloween Counting Book and they are truly enjoying all of the corresponding poems and songs which they have done a fabulous job learning.....hopefully, you are hearing them practice. The book will be arriving home next week for you to see. Small motor skills are being strengthened ( with scissors) as the children  cut out different shapes along the lines.  Triangle pumpkins, triangle witches and sponge painted ghosts have kept us all busy!  Our Halloween parade and party is next Friday (30th). Please bring your children to school dressed in costumes .  Their play clothes should be underneath or in their bags!  Parents can line the driveway after drop off and wait for all of the school to parade down the driveway at 9:15.  We finish on the steps in front of the church with a few songs!  Our class party ( just for the kiddies) will be immediately following the parade....Thank you in advance to our party Moms...Mrs.Carpenter, Mrs. Mattia and  Mrs. Mychailyszyn.  Have a wonderful Fall Family Weekend
Libby 3s: 
The 5 day 3s are enjoying the Halloween season, making ghosts and witches hats, and learning songs.  The wonderful friends welcomed a new student, Colbie. The class has been so excited about showing her around.  Our Halloween parade is 915 on the 30th. We look forward to sharing our songs with you if you are able to attend.
With the cooler temperatures coming if your children are wearing boots, please remember to send in sneakers or feel free to leave them here.

Faint Pre-k:
In the Faint pre K, we have had plenty of FUN this week with feathers, fish, Fall counting, and fire safety as we focused on F. The children used watercolors (remember to rinse, rinse, rinse between colors and swish, swish, swish to get good color) as they painted a Fall number book. We are working on quickly recognizing how many objects are in a group- sometimes without really counting! Next week is on to letter G timed perfectly with ghosts for Halloween. We have talked about the geese that can be heard flying south- please call it to your child's attention if you hear them overhead. Some children have had the chance to see them flying in a V and hear them honking. We will be watching and listening on the playground as well for this autumn migration. We are fortunate to have a wonderful campus to enjoy the changing season so will be observing and exploring outside. Inside, the children have been enjoying a wooden train set and  some giant wooden blocks as well as making simple patterns and matching upper and lower case letters. What a super group this is!

Loeb Pre-k:
Welcome to Fall! What a great festival- the Parent Council did a fabulous job. Thank you to all the parents for volunteering and bringing your children. There was much laughter and fun and it was a lovely way to spend a blustery Saturday. We continue to work on our fine motor skills (special thanks for the playdough), our beginning sounds (see if your children can tell you what our fireman puppet's name is), and our fabulous cooking (this week it is fudge). We are busy, happy, engaged and growing. It is a pretty perfect class!
Please remember to check cubbies for up-to-date weather clothing changes. 

Kindergarten began our year long study of seasons with our focus on fall.  Enjoy this colorful season looking for and exploring the changes all around.  The kindergarten classroom is full of fall trees, colorful leaves and pumpkins.  

Pre-first had a great field trip to the farm.  The excitement and energy proved it was a wonderful day full of exploration with the farm animals, the corn maze, the hayride, the pumpkin patch and the free play in the end.Next week, the Pre-first children will learn all about spiders and will begin writing their very own spider adventures book after reading Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin. We do a lot of writing in Pre-first and the children continue to improve their skills.  In Language Arts, they have been working on consonant digraphs and sentence structure/procedures: capitalization and punctuation. We also continue to work on beginning, middle and ending sounds of words.  In math, we have been comparing numbers, representing sums of 10, counting "up" and "down" on a number grid, making tally marks, patterning and  graphing. I hope to see everyone at the Halloween parade next week!

Lunch Bunch: 
Lunch Bunch has been overjoyed in October! We have made cupcakes, decorations and are in the sprit for Halloween.  We still have many more Halloween projects, games and songs to enjoy next week. Please Note that there is no Lunch bunch on Friday October 30th. Have a safe and fabulous Halloween!
Office Notes

Halloween Parade
We look froward to seeing everyone at the Halloween Parade next Friday, October 30th. The parade begins promptly at 9:15 in the driveway after carpool.  More detailed information will be communicated next week. 

Friday, October 30- 9:15 am Halloween Parade
                                  11:45 ALL SCHOOL DISMISSAL

Monday, November 2- No School- Professional Day

Thursday, November 5- 9 am -Kindergarten Sneak Peek (for Pre-K parents)

Program Highlights:
Fire Safety
The Redeemer students had an exciting visit last week. Fireman Dew (better known as Catie Dew's dad) of the Baltimore County Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company brought by one of their fire engines for us to see. We learned how it is important not to be afraid of a fireman and learned all about the engines. Thanks to Catie Dew of the 3 days 2s for sharing her dad with us. 

Rodger's Farm
A beautiful day to see cows, goats, sheep, pigs and nineteen piglets!  The hayride and farm playground were perfect to wear us all out.  We all came home happy, tired and with our pumpkin to investigate in class this week.  The bus ride to and from the farm was an exciting part of the day as everyone squealed and giggled all the way.  Thank you so much chaperons for joining us on this special day. 

Fall Festival
There were spooky places, chocolate faces and pony paces thanks to our wonderful Parent Council this past weekend. Lots of joy, laughter and silliness-what a great family event!  Thank you to our wonderful parents, former students, and supportive teachers for a fabulous day. We know how much work this was and it was totally appreciated by all!

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Community News
Lover Latry, Titular Organist from the Cathedral of Notre-Damme, Paris  is performing at the Church of the Redeemer on Sunday, October 25th at 5 pm. Click here for more information. 

Parent Council Wreath Sales
Wreath Sales have been extended until Monday, October 26th. Please share with family & friends.  They will be delivered in time to decorate for the holidays. Click herefor the order form. 

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

Mary Knott, Director