Backpacker Family December 3-14



     Backpacker Newsletter 

December 3-14, 2018       

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday 12/5        - All School Chapel; Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child ages birth- 18 years old.  To donate to the Salvation Army

Friday  12/7                - Parent Gathering at the Church Site after drop off 9:15

Monday 12/17            - Christmas Program Rehearsal, Drop off at the Church site at 9

Wednesday 12/19      - Evening Christmas Program. Have children a the church site by 5:15pm

Friday  12/21              - Pajama Day

Dec. 24 – Jan. 4         -Christmas Break Preschool Closed

Monday, 1/ 7              - Teacher Work Day Preschool closed

Tuesday  1/ 8              - Classes Resume  


     Happy 5th Birthday Colby! (11/30)


*The Month of December we will begin inside.  It gets very cold at the Grange, please send a jacket for your child to wear. outside If they don’t want to wear it, please put in their cubby. 


*  Write your child’s names on their jackets.


 Welcome back Backpacker Families!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It’s good to be back at school with the children. Everyone was happy and excited to see each other.

As we return to preschool, Christmas is quickly approaching. This time of the year can be over stimulating for children, so here at preschool we try to keep to our routine as normal as possible.  We will be focusing on the desert, the place where Jesus was born and the animals and people that lived in there. We will also focus on Giving and being kind. To show our appreciation, the class will make “Kindness treats” for the people who help around the school, such as our garbage man, Angel the water-delivery man and Mr Paul our maintenance man. The children will be working on gifts and cards to take home to their families. We will also be practicing songs and getting ready for our evening Christmas Program.  If you would like to come in and share one of your Christmas traditions or read one of your favorite books, please let me know. You are always welcome in our class.


Touch Base Reports, You should have received your reports last Wednesday.  If you have any questions, please email so we can set a time to meet without the distraction of children.


The Christmas Tree on the Porch - In the Spirit of Giving, we will be decorating the tree with pinned ADULT gloves, hats and socks to donate to local shelters.


“All School Chapel“/Salvation Army gifts (12/5) The church and preschool are collecting unwrapped gifts for underprivileged children from birth through age 18. The church will deliver them to the the local Salvation Army.


Christmas Program Rehearsal, MONDAY (12/17) Drop off your child at the Church site at 9 in the morning.  Then go sign them in at the Grange and drop off their lunchbox. We will transport the children back in the school van. Please be punctual so we can get started on time.


The Evening Christmas Program (12/19) This a sweet program, the children from both sites will sing several Christmas songs together in the sanctuary. The program will be followed by cookies and milk in the Parish Hall.   All children must be dropped off at the Church site no later than 5:10. This will give them time to get ready for the program at 5:30. This day will be a minimum day and school will end at 1:00. NO AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT.


Pajama Day (12/21) The children come to school in their pajamas. In the morning we will make cookies and hot cocoa. For snack, we will set the chairs in circle area and read a special Christmas book as they eat cookies and sip on warm coco.  Sometimes, a child might be a little hesitant to wear their PAJamas to school and once they get to school and see their friends dressed PJ’s they change their minds. So if they choose not to wear them, bring them in their backpack


Thank you

·        To Carl, Nadja and Lena for making playdough for our class during the month of November. A special thank you for the fun morning filled with yummy muffins, art and music.

·        Elizabeth and Laci for making our class playdough for our class.


The Next Two Weeks:

Art:   Inside:   Desert Mural,Poinsettia Still life, Christmas cards and family gifts

          Outside:   Mural backdrops, spinner art, painting with pine branches

Block Areas:  Colored cubes

Dramatic Play:   Nativity costumes and firefighter jackets

Literature:   “The Mitten Tree” by Candace Christiansen; “The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” by Mo Willems; “The Christmas Story” by Ruth j. Morehead;  “Big Al”by Andrew Clements Yoshi; “Miss Wishy Washy’s Christmas” by Joy Cowley; “No More Toys” by David Shannon; “They All Saw A Cat” by Brendan Wenzel and Journals by the Backpackers

Math:   Number recognition; Shape review; sorting

Science:   What’s in the desert, composting, tending to our garden

Sensory: Inside:  Cutting ribbon station, Light table, playdough with Christmas cookie cutters

Outside:   Ornament Soup, Hot Chocolate - cocoa shells, ladles & cups ; Desert animals in sand

Snack Lesson:  Tearing lettuce for salad


Have a peaceful week, Miss Ruth

Sandy French