October 2013 - Notes from Preschool

School News
Our school year is off to another great start. We have the highest number of students enrolled in the history of the school…114! Our classes include 1 Stepping Stones class, 2 PreKindergarten classes, 3 PreSchool classes and 2 Small Steps classes. To accommodate all of these wonderful children, we had to add some new staff members as well. Kara Garrubba is working in the PreKindergarten class with Mrs. Barb, Kellie Stock is working in the Small Steps class with Mrs. Paula, and Susan Liptak spends her time in the Small Steps class Mondays and Wednesdays and in the Stepping Stones class on Fridays.

October will be filled with lots of activities and excitement. We will start the month with a Fire Drill for all classes. October is fire prevention month and we will have a visit from “Firefigher Phil”. Firefighter Phil brings his friend, Al E. Cat along to help teach the children about fire safety and prevention. The program uses magic, games and ventriloquism with Al E. Cat to engage

the children and keep their attention while they learn. Firefighter Phil also brings one of his friends from the Bridgeville fire department in “full fireman gear”. The day concludes with a visit to the fire truck where the children can go inside and explore. What a blast!

We will also have our first Chapel in October…The Parable of the Pumpkin. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” make His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6. This lesson uses two jack-o-lanterns , one happy with a lit candle inside and one unhappy, dark pumpkin. The carved pumpkins help to explain the Gospel story in a very “visual” way. The lesson explains the differences between living life with Jesus and living life without Jesus. We will also read “The Pumpkin Patch Parable.” It is our prayer that these two activities help to make the Gospel message more clear and meaningful to the children. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 

Spaghetti anyone? The date for this year’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show is Friday, November 8th. We will do a buffet style dinner including spaghetti with marinara and meatballs and Fettuccini Alfredo. And, of course, we will have our delicious bake sale. If you would like to donate some “goodies” to the bake sale, please drop them off either Thursday the 7th, or Friday the 8th before 1:00 pm. Tickets will be on sale soon. We will finish the month with field trips to local pumpkin farms for some pumpkin picking, apple tasting and just plain good ol’ fun!

Tracey Harris