"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb
e-RPDS                                                                                             04/22/2016
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

Because one of our greatest resources at the Day School is our faculty members, we have made collaboration a primary focus of this academic year with our theme being, "Spreading our Talents through Teamwork." 

For the first time ever this year, we created two cross-class curriculum units with the themes of Friendship and Caring for the Earth to bring our students and teachers together to work and learn in new partnerships. This past week, we were able to celebrate the fruits of our labor through a school-wide program focusing on Earth Week.
These are some of the things that happened:
  • Classes joined together to take nature walks and complete scavenger hunts.
  • We discussed how we can care for our earth and created posters.
  • Our science investigations led us to discover how plants stop erosion, how water filters work, how we can test the air for pollutants, how to used recycled materials to plant flowers and the difference between good garbage and bad garbage.
  • We tested our agility with a recycling relay race.
  • As a whole school we cleaned our playground and filled multiple bags of trash.
  • Using recycled materials, our young artists created leaves, flowers, nests, bird feeders and globes.
  • We were treated to a performance titled, "Magic Pots & Recycled Bottles".
  • Chapel was celebrated near the rain garden and together we sang, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."
  • New plants were added to the rain garden by our students and our very special rain garden designer and volunteer from the church, Miss Jean.
  • A poem was written and recited about how we can care for our playground and rain garden.
  • The week culminated with our Charity Trike Ride which emphasizes, in a very concrete way, that our young students can make a difference in our community and to those in need.
We are persistent in our quest to look at what we are doing well and how we can innovate to create a stronger program. We are excited by what we do and the possibilities of where we continue to go!
Best regards,

What's going on at Redeemer?

Classroom Updates:
The bulbs for this garden were planted last fall by Redeemer students and teachers. Everyone had a hand in its creation.

Mrs. Hanna's & Mrs. Doherty's 2s:
Our class thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Earth Day, and we want to thank Mrs. Smith and her Kindergarten class for taking us on a scavenger hunt outside! Our Twos had never been on the big kid playground before and were thrilled to explore it with their Kindergarten buddies! The children found spiderwebs, pine cones, a stick shaped like a "Y", and many other things. The Twos each have a hand in recycling, and you can see their recycling poster outside Mrs. Poe's office. They even helped with the all school playground cleanup. Rounding out the week and finishing up our Earth Day celebration, the children planted marigold seeds. We will watch the marigolds sprout in our very own classroom greenhouse! 

Mrs. Wyatt's and Mrs. Zuidema's 2s: 
The gorgeous weather has finally made its debut, and we hope it's here to stay. As we continue with our farm theme, we have been working on cutting skills by fringing grass for our fingerprint cows. We have also had a wonderful time singing about all of the animals on Grandpa's farm. This week we celebrated Earth Day with lots of fun projects and activities. We enjoyed a playground cleanup, a recycling program, and a nature scavenger hunt with the Pre-K. Next week, we are looking forward to our visit from the Zoo Mobile on Tuesday. Finally, the answer to all of your whispers and questioning glances is yes, Mrs. Zuidema is expecting!

Mrs. Hooper's and Mrs. Grieves' 3s:
Such FUN we had this week celebrating our EARTH. On Wednesday, the children were treated to a show about RECYCLING which included puppets made from repurposed materials. Our weekly chapel service was celebrated outside next to the rain garden....a beautiful day with songs and smiles.  Thursday included a Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt with the pre-first.  We have started our Community Helpers Unit.  The children are engaged in our conversations about the many people in our community who "HELP US."  We were dentists and painted puffy white teeth with tooth brushes and today we were Postal Workers!  Each child decorated and "signed" one postcard for a classmate and then we all "mailed" them.  Keep your eyes peeled for a colorful postcard to arrive in the mail for your little one!  We will continue with Community Helpers next week as Firemen , Police Officers and Doctors; complete with learning a song about 911.  Our year long Nursery Rhyme book is almost complete and will be coming home shortly! The children continue to be very busy learning while having fun!
Miss Libby's and Miss Ball's 3s:
The 5 day 3s are enjoying the spring weather. We have been making spring flowers to celebrate. We are starting our community helpers unit, as well as celebrating earth week. We are making fire trucks, police badges, and mailboxes as well as some other surprises. In honor of earth week, we participated in school wide playground cleaning. Our kids did an awesome job. We will be having a special science class to plant flowers. We are also getting ready for our trike ride Friday. It's a very exciting time of year.

Mrs. Loeb's and Miss. Sciuto's Pre-k: 
Mrs. Loeb's pre-k has been having lots of fun with "Earth" week. We loved learning a new poem about how to take care of the playground and our rain garden, the nature scavenger hunt with the two's, and having our chapel service outside. Grace was the star "Misty" of the recycle puppet show and there were lots of giggles. We are trying to understand the sound of the letter "X" but it is a little tricky (think 'ksss'). We are keeping our fingers crossed that the "trike" event will go on, as the prediction is rain. Yo 
ur little ones are very excited, and it is such a great event. 

Mrs. Faint's and Mrs. Baker's Pre-k:
Letter X is not as exciting as W was last week, but luckily, it was also earth week, so we kept busy both inside and out. We did go on an EXIT sign hunt around the church, you might want to do the same next time you are with your child at a large store like Target. We also played Tic Tac Toe with Xs and Os and discussed strategy and thinking ahead. Playing the xylophone was noisy so we sent the children out in the hall to do that. Lately, the boys have taken over the doll house and used it as headquarters for rescue Playmobile figures as well as a beach house for their figures. We have been using little blackboards to try writing some lower case letters- once again, exposing the children to the letters, but not expecting them all to be able to write them accurately. Butterfly caterpillars have been ordered and the tank is almost ready for tadpoles to arrive- spring is really happening in our classroom!

Mrs. Pohlhaus's and Mrs. Smith's Kindergartens:
Earth Week in Kindergarten was full of fun school wide activities such as a scavenger hunt with the twos and threes, pledges, poster making, songs, collecting trash, recycling, and a rain garden chapel service. We also had an exciting field trip to Goucher College where we learned how fun science can be. Thank you to our parent volunteers in making this such an exciting day. 
What is an ocean? This is a great starting point to get students thinking and questioning. Our new unit "Life Under the Sea" gives us an opportunity to explore a new habitat and discover the world of sea animals that live there. 

Mrs. Barta's Pre-first:
This past week we have enjoyed our earth day activities from creating 
posters, to going on a "nature" scavenger hunt with the 3 day 3s class, 
to brainstorming ways we can help our earth and to finally writing our 
very own earth day promises. Our promises include always recycling, t
urning off electricity when leaving a room, save water when we can, 
ride bikes to close places, pick up trash and take care of living 
things. Pre-first has been learning all about maps and what they can tell us. Pre-first has been learning all about maps and what they can tell us.
We know that a map is a flat representation and can tell us cardinal
directions. We also know that there are 7 continents and 5 major oceans
in our world. We are honing in on exactly where we live in this world.
The Pre-first is extremely excited about our postcard challenge!! We
hope to receive postcards from all 50 states!!! Please mail your
letters if you have not done so. We can also rely on email and social
media if need be:) Wish us luck!!!

Lunch Bunch:
Lunch Bunch has been enjoying the weather this week! We have been working on keeping our lunchroom clean and tidy and trying to open all of our Lunch items now that we are closer to the end of the year. We have many projects planned for the next few weeks including spring crafts, collages and paintings. We are very excited to start doing outdoor projects. Please remember to put sunscreen on your child in the morning, we love to be outside and do not want to see any one get burned. Happy Earth Day!

Office Notes
Play & Grow Summer Camp at Redeemer 
is a special place for children ages 2 - 6 to meet new friends, explore new concepts, 
build social skills, and most of all, HAVE FUN!

Click here for more information.

We are collecting  plastic bottle caps of all colors and sizes for a school project.

Click here for more information about this family event. Parent Council is looking for a few volunteers to assist with set-up and break-down.  Please click here to sign-up.  We hope to see everyone there! 

Friday, April 29- All school dismissal 11:45- Faculty Meeting 

Thursday, May 12- 5:30 pm- End of Year Family Picnic.

Friday, May 20- 9:15 am- K/P-1 Publishing Party

Friday, May 27- 11am- Pre-k City Project
                           11:45 All school dismissal

Monday, May 30- No school- Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 1 11:45 All school dismissal

Thursday, June 2- 9:15 am- June Jamboree!
*Last day of school-Summer Break begins after program.

Program Highlights:
Earth Week 



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Embracing the Earth:
Lua Smith
Bruce Sheridan
Laura Mattia
Elsa DiMucci
Stuart Fenton
William Reifsnyder
Ryan Keffer
Madeline Oster
Liti Lampton
Reese Kimball
George McDougall
Jack Hodgin
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Interfaith Power & Light
A Religious Response to Global Warming

Right in time for the first week of spring, Interfaith Power & Light is pleased to offer you organic, heirloom, non-GMO seed kits. You could grow a Salsa Garden with all the tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and herbs you need to make your own salsa for a delicious Mexican-style meal. Or, you can plant an Urban Garden, with varieties of lettuce, carrots, beets, spinach, and squash, ideal for those living in urban settings or have small gardens, containers or small raised beds.

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5603 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Mary Knott, Director

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