"Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching."
e-RPDS                                                                                             02/26/2015
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

On February 12 the Redeemer teachers spent the morning with Dr. Susan Grant learning more about Neurolinguistics and the relationship between the brain and language development. Dr. Grant holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, having studied at the Graduate School of Medicine and the College Park campuses of the University of Maryland. After conducting her workshop at Redeemer, Dr. Grant is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a technology conference in Dubai. We were incredibly fortunate to have her spend the morning with us.
 
Dr. Grant began the session discussing the incredible role that the preschool environment and its teachers have on learning. She stated that the years spent in preschool are the most essential in terms of learning and its long term impact. We recognize the privilege and responsibility that we have as preschool teachers and the role we play in establishing a genuine enthusiasm for learning in our students. Because of this, we feel passionate about our own continuing education. Not only do we make it our goal to visit numerous schools where our students attend after leaving Redeemer, but we continue to learn more about the ever changing world of education and how we can implement best practices in the classroom. While this list continues to grow, at this time the Redeemer teachers, in addition to all being certified in CPR and First Aid, have or will attend professional development workshops and conferences this year with the following titles:
 
Neurolinguistics, the Study of the Relationship between Brain and Language Development
MAESA Early Childhood Conference
The Responsive Classroom
Using Reading Strategies in the Classroom
Including All Children and the ADA
Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning
Safeguarding God's Children
Developing Pre-reading and Early Reading Skills in Young Children
Nature Preschool
Managing Health and Safety in Child Care
The Baltimore Orchard Project Tree Pruning Workshop
 
Thank you, from all of us at Redeemer, for the opportunity to educate your children and continue in our own pursuits as lifelong learners.

Best regards,
Mary


What's going on at Redeemer?

Specials Updates:

Art:
Our artists have been exploring the Arctic and creating glittering snowflakes, frolicking foxes, lumbering polar bears and some very cozy penguins. They have experimented with different art media to discover various visual and textural effects. From making their own "watercolor ice pops" in the 3's, salt relief paintings in Pre-K, clay dinosaurs in Kindergarten, and Birch Tree collages in Pre-1st, we have been having a ball creating and celebrating art.

Chapel: 
Chapel on Wednesday morning continues to be a special time, when we sing and pray together and learn important values we are focusing on. A couple of weeks ago, we had a special Chapel service for Ash Wednesday to begin the holy season of Lent, when children were given the chance, if they wished, to have ashes placed on their forehead. We learned about Lent being a time when we can remember it's never too late to change and to practice doing something in a better, kinder way (like asking to play with a toy someone else is playing with, instead of just grabbing it!), and that the ashes help remind us of this. We also focused on the importance of friendship.



Gym:
The snow and wet weather has kept us indoors for gym, but it has not dampened our fun! The threes and fours have been enjoying parachute play, musical games and motoring around on scooters. Their sweet smiles and enthusiasm make every Thursday morning bright and cheerful! The Kindergarten and Pre-first classes love to keep moving with a variety of tag games like "Sharks and Minnows" and team games such as "Steal the Bacon" and "Red Rover". We have also been working on gross motor skills with balancing exercises, throwing beanbags at targets, and balloon ping pong. If only we could harness their energy- it could light up all of Baltimore! 

Library:
Our 3s, Pre-k, kindergarten and pre-first classes continue to visit the library on a weekly basis. We are incredibly grateful to our parent volunteers who help make this possible. It is the perfect opportunity to further foster a love of literature and reading.

Music: 
Music class is a happening place! Lots of singing games and energy going on with Mrs. Hooper and Miss Libby's classes moving to the music!  They also are being introduced to several rhythm instruments as they learn to play to the beat of a song. Mrs Faint and Mrs Loeb's classes are learning how to listen and echo more intricate rhythms. Soon they will  be playing Boomwhackers which are so much fun! Mrs. Pohlhous, Mrs Smith and Mrs Barta's classes are starting up " Peter and the wolf "which is a fabulous way to introduce various instruments in the Orchestra. 


Science:
The pre-k students continued their science alphabet with the letter P this week. We talked about pitch and how this quality relates to sound. We enjoyed making music on the pan pipes we made in class! To complement their classroom unit on dinosaurs, the Kindergarten students compared the size of their footprints to that of a dinosaur and made dinosaur bones out of salt dough. Next week after the bones have been baked, we will try to put together a dinosaur skeleton and will also learn about dinosaur defenses. The Pre-first class began their Earth Science unit this week. We started our month long rock tumbling project and learned about the layers of the Earth by making models. In the next few weeks we will have a dinosaur dig, create crystals, and make volcanoes-so much science fun to come!

Spanish:
Hola amigos, "Que tiempo hace?"(what's the weather?) is a phrase we have learned this month. We have been busy predicting the weather and making and playing a weather board game. Next week we will make munecos de nieve (snowmen) while also reviewing shapes. Hopefully the last snowmen of the season! Adios!


Values:
March brings new beginnings.
We will be thinking about being RESPONSIBLE, being trustworthy,dependable and being someone others can count on. We will also practice HONESTY when we speak truthfully and treat others fairly. HUMOR can brighten our daily lives as we smile, laugh and chuckle. Thank you for reinforcing these VALUES at home. 


World Cultures:
Unfortunately, inclement weather stalled our travels significantly during the month of February. After waiting for the snow to melt, we continued onto Australia where we spent time learning about how children around the world celebrate birthdays. We culminated our experience by making, in assembly-line fashion, SPIDERS, a treat native to Australia. Be sure to ask your world travelers why they are called SPIDERS. We look forward to enjoying children's literature in Australia, stamping our passports and moving on to our next destination. Cheers and G'day mates!



Office Notes

Boots for Baltimore
 
It is the goal of our Outreach program to help our students understand that even at an early age, they can make a difference in our community. Please encourage your children to bring their own coins to place in containers in their classrooms now through March 4th. Our hope is that children can identify with the need for warm boots in this cold weather, and can see that if a lot of people give a little bit, we can make a big difference.

Students are encouraged to wear their own boots to chapel on Wednesday, March 9th for a special blessing.

                              CHAPEL FOOD
We are so grateful for the wonderful food donations our PDS families provide for Cares Food Pantry. There are 12 Wednesdays left in the school year.   Please remember that because we are a nut-free school we can not accept any nut products. 

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS:
Friday, March 4- All School Dismissal 11:45- Faculty Meeting

Thursday, March 10- 3s Sneak Peek - for 2s Parents

Friday, March 18th- All School Dismissal 11:45- Spring Break begins

Tuesday, March 29- School Resumes

Thursday, March 31- Parent Appreciation Coffee Hour

Friday, April 8- 8:45-9:45 Dads & Donuts

Program Highlights:

 
 100s Day

Redeemer kindergarten and pre-first students celebrated the 100th day of school this week. Among many activities, they counted out 100 fruit loops and made necklaces, wrote 100 day books, and created self-portraits, predicting how they will look on the their 100th birthday. Please be sure to stop by our upstairs hallway to see the amazing 100 day quilt they made. Most importantly, our students celebrated being 100 days smarter!


 

Dental Hygienist Visits RPDS

To celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month, Redeemer students had a special visit on Thursday from Joppa Pediatric Dentistry. Our students learned more about the importance of dental health and proper brushing techniques. Please be sure to ask your children to see their new toothbrushes and dental supplies.
 

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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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RPDS WEEKLY VALUE:
CURES FOR TATTLING

The following students are being recognized for demonstrating great effort and leadership in the area of:

Solving Problems Independently:

Emmett Connelly
Sparrow McIntosh
Emily Rodgers
Ella Harrison
Sophia Crossley
Will Buckley
Finley Gemmill
Madison Sevier
George McDougal

Community News

     Redeemer Youth Group ("RYG") will offer 3 performances of our spring musical Once Upon A Mattress - a musical comedy adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.

Friday, March 4 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 5 7:30 pm Sunday, March 6 12:30 pm

Fun for the whole family! No cost for admission. Refreshments, hot dogs & snacks are available for purchase during the performance. Donations are most welcome! 

The Ark Preschool is the only state-accredited preschool for children whose families are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City. The Episcopal school serves children ages 3 and 4 years old whose families are homeless and/or in the early stages of addiction recovery. 

They are currently looking for gently used clothing in sizes 5-7. If you have items you are willing to donate please email Mary Buchanan at mbuchanan@ecsm.org

Thank you!


Contact Us
Redeemer Parish Day School
5603 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
410-435-9510

Mary Knott, Director
mknott@redeemeronline.com