February Notes from Preschool

School News
Greetings from the Preschool! It’s hard to believe but registration for the 2014/2015 school is upon us. Please continue to keep our school in your prayers as we prepare to welcome new students and families to Zion. What a tremendous opportunity we have to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to small children. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17

Current school families can register now with open registration starting February 10th. Registration information can be found in the school lobby at our new workstation, or it can be found on our website. If you know anyone interested in our school, please have them call the office and ask for me. I’m scheduling tours now.

January was full of winter related activities like snowball fights (play snowballs, of course), singing and acting out the melting snow man song and pretending to be a polar bear in a snow storm! Oh, what fun! It actually felt like we lived in the North Pole…we were actually looking for polar bears and penguins from our windows! We even had a visit from the Pittsburgh zoo…they left the polar bears and penguins at the zoo, but brought some cute furry animals for us to pet and learn about. The kids loved it!

January has come and gone and hopefully the “Polar Vortex” has gone with it! Even though the weather was unbearable, we still felt the warmth of the Son in our school. What a blessing to be able to share Jesus’ love to our little children. Each February our school focuses on Jesus’ love for us. As a way for us to show love to others, our school has teamed up with the Sunday School again in participating in a mission project that reaches out to the local community and beyond. This February we will be supporting our troops overseas through the non-profit organization Operation: Bags of Love. We are collecting items that are desperately needed, and appreciated, by our troops and their families. We have been collecting single serving sizes of cereal cups, crackers and cookies. Hopefully between the school and the church we will have plenty of items , or “Bags of Love” to send to our troops.

The teachers are also busy conducting PreKindergarten evaluations. Before children enter Kindergarten we test them on specific skills that are needed for Kindergarten. We then hold conferences with their parents and review the test results. It is our goal to give the parents as much information as possible before having to make the decision to send to Kindergarten, or to put them into a class like our Stepping Stones class.

As always, we welcome you to come down to the school and see what is going on. There’s always something new and exciting. We would love to see you!

Tracey Harris