"A good relationship starts with good communication."
e-RPDS                                                                                             11/13/2015
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

While we certainly missed having our students in class this morning, it was a pleasure to have our building filled with our parents. Because the parent teacher partnership is such a valuable piece of our program, we have spent the past year revamping our conference report form to create a more cohesive format and better communication tool. While the preparation for conferences involves a great deal of time, effort and collaboration among our faculty, it is time well spent.
At Redeemer we are fortunate to have small student teacher ratios and class sizes that promote a great deal of individual attention. Our teachers really know our students. Not only do they have an excellent understanding of each child's learning strengths and challenges, they have a wonderful sense of each child's personality and character. With great frequency, they know their students favorite games and colors, pets' names and so many of the small details that make up their individuality.
We thank you for choosing Redeemer to join in the journey of raising your children and are very grateful for your presence.
Best regards,

Specials Updates:

Our Redeemer artists have been busy creating and exploring many elements of art for our "Gallery of Gratitude." Please come see our Indian Corn, Falling Leaf Sculptures, Radiating Hearts, and Personal Gratitude Murals. Themes have included the color orange, creating  texture, the shapes and colors of Fall leaves, the line design and colors in Turkey feathers, and the concept of Gratitude. 

The threes and fours have been exploring different ways of moving: skipping, galloping, and hopping to name a few. They are enjoying group games like "What Time is it Mr. Fox" and the "Zookeeper" who has to round up the animals at the end of the day.
The Kindergarten and Pre-first classes are learning about teamwork. How to work as one big team using the parachute, as well as in smaller teams in relay games and Red Rover, and in pairs in our latest game "Dragon Tails". We are moving and having fun!

The 3s,  4s,  K and Pre-1st are all working hard on learning 4 songs for the upcoming Thanksgiving program and 10 songs for the Christmas pageant. They are amazing 
ittle singers and have a great capacity to learn songs quickly. I encourage parents to 
sing some of their Christmas carols with them!

The Fours classes explored Thanksgiving science using cranberries. Do they float or sink, and what happens to them in hot water? We also made dried cranberries "dance" in seltzer water.
The Kindergarten class continued its unit on nutrition. We soaked eggs in Gatorade and cola to demonstrate what these drinks can do to your teeth, and learned why it is important to brush.
The Pre-first class investigated the states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Mixing cornstarch and water, we came up with a surprising substance that felt like a solid, but dripped and oozed like a liquid.

Hola!  This week the kindergarten and pre-first enjoyed celebrating Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday.  During Spanish the children made beautiful calavera masks.  They also had fun decorating and eating calavera cookies in the spirit of the holiday!  Next week we look forward to finishing our rainbows and reviewing colors in Spanish.  

The values program at Redeemer teaches respect and dignity for each and every person. All students care about values and have the capacity to positively create and learn when provided the opportunity. The values activities for this age group is short: 15 minutes  and are naturally reinforced during the entire day. We as educators are all committed to a values- based atmosphere. We hope all our families will encourage the practice of these values in our daily lives...

World Cultures:
The Kindergarten and Pre-first are becoming world travelers! After applying for and receiving passports from the White House, our students have begun their journey to far away places. By the end of the year, they will have visited all seven continents. Beginning with Antarctica, the children learned why animals are the only permanent residents. Ask them about the blubber experiment. The next stop on our itinerary is Africa. So far, we have learned about a legend from Ghana and look forward to visiting the Ivory Coast to celebrate Fetes de Masques, with more adventures to come!

Office Notes
Re-enrollment forms
All re-enrollment forms are due by December 1. If you have not turned one in, please do so to ensure your child has a place in our program next year. Click here for a re-enrollment form. If for some reason you will not be sending your child to Redeemer next year, please notify the school office. This helps us determine availability as we have receive many applications from new families interested in enrolling at Redeemer.

Office E-mails
We have been experiencing technical issues with our e-mails.  If you have contacted the office and not heard back from us please do not hesitate to follow-up. 

Irvin Simon Pictures
All unwanted pictures and payment were due back to school today. If you have not already done so please send into school by Monday, November 16th. 

Scholastic Books
If you missed the opportunity to purchase books in October, you can order books online using the information below.  Flyers will be sent home next week and the next deadline is November 30th.
Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: 

RPDS Outreach
We are collecting coloring books and gently used children's books for Govans Elementary School's holiday party, so that every child and sibling who attend the party can go home with a gift.  Please click here for more information. 


Tuesday, November 21- 9:15 am -Thanksgiving Service- break begins after service- no afternoon programs. 

Monday, November 30- School Resumes

Sunday, December 6- 10 am-  RPDS Sunday & Feast of St. Nicholas at the Church of the Redeemer. 

Program Highlights:

As many of you know, every Wednesday morning just after 11:00am we hold our weekly chapel service in our beautiful sanctuary, a time filled with singing, story and simple prayers that the children can say by heart. These prayers include birthday blessings for our chapel friends who are celebrating birthdays and a prayer over our "chapel food" that goes to our hungry neighbors in Baltimore through our local food pantry, thanks to your generosity and care! Chapel is a weekly reminder of God's great love for each and every one of us, love we are meant to share with one another and the world around us: "Put one hand on one shoulder and another hand on your other shoulder, and give yourself a big squeeze and hug, God loves you soooooo much!" Thank you for the gift and opportunity to love and care for your precious children, and see you in chapel!
Mother P.

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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Babysitting Fundraiser
Do you need a night out or time to Christmas shop?
Help the Journey to Adulthood Sunday School class raise money for their trip to the Dominican Republic. A monthly babysitting service here at the Church of the Redeemer. Our teens (along with an adult supervisor) will care for your children  (ages 3-11) from 5:45-8:30 pm on the following Saturdays:
November 14, 2015
December 12, 2015
We'll have pizza, play games, make crafts, and watch a movie while you enjoy an evening to yourselves.  Suggested donation is $10/hour/child, but all donations welcomed. 
Email erin.hagar@gmail.com to sign-up.

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

Mary Knott, Director