"Please excuse the mess the children are making memories."
e-RPDS                                                                                             03/18/2016
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

When giving tours I always say, "We are a little messy and a little noisy; those are the sights and sounds of learning." Educating our students is obviously at the forefront of everything we do. At Redeemer we continually evaluate our programs to ensure that we are effectively promoting the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of our students. 

This year we have begun to look at the "social choreography", or ways in which we interact together, of our community. Recognizing the incredible impact our Values program has on our school, we continue to seek ways to further permeate those lessons into our day to day interactions. To begin that process, we wanted to define exactly who we are. 

The following image was created by the teachers and an online tool that generates a "word cloud", giving greater prominence to words that are used more frequently. This is who we are, and we are always excited to see where it takes us! 



Please check your child's folder for a copy of the word cloud. All of us together comprise Redeemer, and we appreciate all the support we get from you. 

Have a wonderful spring break and a happy Easter!

Best regards,
Mary
What's going on at Redeemer?

Classroom Updates:

Mrs. Hanna's & Mrs. Doherty's 2s:
We hope you are enjoying the children's winter-themed counting books as we excitedly await the onset of spring. We got a little taste of spring with our Easter egg projects and Easter Egg Hunt this week. Thank you, Heather Fones and Kate Buckley, for hiding 110 eggs and bringing in a special snack for the children. When we get back from spring break, we will review the color black and the rectangle, and we will begin to study farm animals. Don't be surprised if you hear a lot of mooing, neighing, and cockadoodle doing coming from our classroom.Have a safe snd happy Easter, and we will see you back at school on Tuesday, March 29th!

Mrs. Wyatt's and Mrs. Zuidema's 2s: 
 Our Twos are loving the month of March and learning that it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  Our areas of focus have been the color black, rectangles, and farm animals.  There have also been lots of holidays to celebrate.  We started the month with Dr. Seuss's birthday and snacked on green eggs and one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish jello.  For St. Patrick's Day, we made leprechaun hats showing that everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day!  We even set a leprechaun trap.  While we didn't catch one, we know he was near enough to eat our Lucky Charms and leave behind a few gold coins.  To celebrate Easter, we made bunny bags to collect the eggs on our hunt.  It was a wonderful way to end the week before break.  We wish everyone a sunny and relaxing vacation.

Mrs. Hooper's and Mrs. Grieves' 3s:
UP, UP AND AWAY.....We finished our Transportation Unit today and sent home our shiny, silver airplanes!  The children enjoyed our conversations about "All Things That Go."  Our sparkling traffic lights , painted cars and bright yellow school buses (complete with a STOP sign and 'flashing' red lights) were favorites.  "Go Dog Go" and Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You Go" were perfect books for our transportation unit!  We talked about the various ways we are transported...planes,boats, trains,cars, bikes and of course our FEET!  Purple diamonds are our shape and color of the month; so purple marble painted kites will be flying!  Little Miss Muffett is our March nursery rhyme which we will be adding to our special book.  The warmer Spring weather has allowed us to spend time outside.  The boys and girls are really enjoying their creative outdoor playtime together.  Remember...this is a crucial part of their overall development!  Encourage your little ones to work on their small motorskills with scissors, crayons, markers and playdough.  Have a wonderful Spring Break and Easter celebration. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on March 30th to make some colorful Spring flowers! 

Miss Libby's and Miss Ball's 3s:
The 5 day 3s are getting ready or a trip! We are working on our transportation unit. You should have gotten a suitcase to fill up with pictures of things we will need for out airplane trip to Florida. Wait till you see our cutting skills we have been working on. We have made planes, stoplights, trains, cars and buses. We are still working on purple, Little Miss Muffet, and talking about spring. We also had a visit from Miss Donna who led us in a yoga class. They did a fantastic job. We hope you all enjoy the spring break and look forward to warmer drier days! This is a messy time of year outside so please remember sneakers and a change of clothes.

Mrs. Loeb's and Ms. Sciuto's Pre-k: 
Mrs. Loeb's fours are having a great spring!  We went on a class trip (the bus was awesome); we had a yoga class and two birthdays!  We are having fun predicting patterns on the calendar and we are so good at puzzles!!! We are looking forward to "tremendous ice cream sundaes" on Thursday, as a combination of "S" and "T".  We will finish up "Tt" this week and start spring break on Friday, March 18th at 12 noon.  Have a wonderful spring break and see you on the 29th!

Mrs. Faint's and Mrs. Baker's Pre-k:
How fun it was to hear a child proclaim, "I'm sweaty" the first week of March! We took advantage of the warm weather to explore our campus searching for signs of Spring. We have been graphing and counting the lion and lamb days so far this month.  Letter T week has brought turtle crafts, tents, and texture talk as well as trying to write and recognize the teen numbers.  We have been practicing  writing  almost every morning on little white boards where mistakes can easily disappear.  We continue to play rhyming games and sounding out simple words as the children learn more letters and sounds.  Enjoy extra time with your little ones this next week - sometimes traveling provides great opportunities to play sound and letter games!

Mrs. Pohlhaus's and Mrs. Smith's Kindergartens:
What glorious weather we are having as we patiently wait for spring to arrive. Thank you to all the parents who were able to meet on conference day. We really enjoyed discussing the children's accomplishments as well as the goals for the rest of the year. Kindergarten enjoyed their research and projects on dinosaurs. Now we are enjoying our exploration of the solar system. We loved teaching our younger friends all we have learned and made about space on our Walk in Space today. 

Mrs. Barta's Pre-first:
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!! The Pre-first children have been busy
learning about our solar system: the sun, our moon, the planets, stars and constellations. We have been researching the planets and writing our own factual books about the solar system. We have learned about life as an astronaut: how they travel in space, what they eat in space and what their important jobs are. In phonics, we have been learning about syllables, blends, and suffixes. Our writing continues to improve each day. I have seen such a change in each student's writing abilities. They are using complete sentences with nouns, verbs and even
adjectives. Our Math skills continue to develop as we work on place value, word problems, whole numbers, time, money, addition and subtraction. Enjoy Spring Break with your children!


Lunch Bunch:
Lunch Bunch has been awaiting spring time! We have many spring
activities planned for the upcoming weeks. We will be doing various
projects involving collecting signs of spring, water colors, tissue
paper painting, spring crayon resists and of course making some
necklaces! Please remember to make sure your child has an extra change of clothes in his or her Cubbie. Spring can be a muddy and wet time. Although we try our best to keep the children out of the dirty spots they still often manage to find them! Thank you, and have a great spring break!



Office Notes

REDUCE, REUSE,RECYCLE

We are collecting the following items for school projects:  plastic bottle caps of all colors and sizes, cardboard egg cartons, paper towel tubes. 


STAFF PARKING SPACES
Please do not park in spots reserved for school or church staff. We appreciate you passing this along to anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your children. Unfortunately, this has been an ongoing issue so we appreciate your cooperation with this.

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

Tuesday, March 29- School Resumes

Thursday, March 31- 8-9 am  Parent Appreciation Carpool Surprise! 

Monday, April 4  - 8:45 Parent Appreciation Carpool Surprise - 2/2s Parents

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

Tuesday, April 11- Irvin Simon Picture Day 2/2s

Thursday, April 14th- 6:30 pm  Girls' Night Bingo 
Program Highlights:

   Pre-k travels to Arts on Stage

Our pre-k classes recenty traveled to Goucher College to see, "Are you my mother?", performed by Arts on Stage, a live professional theater group. While the show was certainly a highlight, our students equally enjoyed traveling via school bus.


 

 Maryland Science Center's Traveling Dinosaur Exhibit Visits Kindergarten and Pre-first

Redeemer kindergarten and pre-first students played host to friends from other area preschools last week. After learning all about dinosaurs, this cross-class thematic study culminated with a visit from the Maryland Science Center's Traveling Exhibit. 


 

Children's Yoga Instructor at Redeemer

Former preschool teacher and yoga instructor, Ms. Donna, visited our classes for a special children's yoga class. It was so much fun to see our students so thoroughly engaged.
 

 

Fruit Tree Pruning at Redeemer

Representatives from the Baltimore Orchard Project joined our science classes to teach our students more about fruit trees and the pruning process. After learning about the fine art and science behind pruning, students put their newfound expertise into action by helping to decide the best places to make the cuts for pruning. 


 

Kindergarten Space Walk

Our kindergarten astronauts are sharing findings from their explorations with the rest of the school. Visitors from other classes were treated to a Kindergarten Space Walk and were able to learn a great deal about our solar system from our expert astronauts.

 

 

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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:

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

Honesty:
Quinn Masear
Katie Velazquez
Andrew Masom
Brinley Weiss
Wren Smith
Luca Cronin
Max Spahn-Lechmanik
Thomas Bloomer
Community News

The Church of the Redeemer
Book Club

Baltimore Rising - Join a discussion of The Beautiful Struggle by Baltimore native Ta-nehisi Coates, on four Wednesdays, April 13-May 4 at The Church of the Redeemer.  In an effort to build community and a stronger city, folks from Redeemer and St. James, Lafayette Square (the oldest African-American Episcopal parish in Baltimore) will read and discuss Coates' experience of being a young black man in Baltimore.  Paul Coates was an enigmatic figure to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in free love, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the history of African civilization. Most of all, he was a committed father whose mission was to carry his sons across the shoals of inner-city adolescence-and through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the age of crack cocaine-and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free.  An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.  The sessions will be led by the Rev. Allen Robinson, rector of St. James, and the Rev. David Ware, rector of Redeemer.  We'll begin at 6:30 with a simple supper and be done by 8:30.  Books are available for purchase on line or at the Ivy Bookstore, 6080 Falls Road.  RSVP to dware@redeemeronline.com .


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

Mary Knott, Director
mknott@redeemeronline.com


The Church of the Redeemer | 5603 North Charles Street | Corner of Charles Street and Melrose Avenue | Baltimore | MD | 21210