"Play is the highest form of research." - Albert Einstein
e-RPDS                                                                                             1/13/2017
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

Redeemer Rule #3 - Have Fun!
 
According to Albert Einstein, "Play is the highest form of research." He seemed to know what he was talking about from time to time. What is learning, if it isn't fun? At Redeemer, we like to think we know a thing or two about having fun and learning at the same time. The pictures, updates and information in our electronic newsletters reflect that play and fun are integral to our educational philosophy and mission. Our students' development is dependent on it. A day does not go by when our hallways, classrooms and playgrounds are not filled with laughter, smiles, play and learning. Einstein would be proud! Happy New Year and cheers to 2017!

Best regards,
Mary



Classroom Updates:

Mrs. Arrup & Mrs. Yanega's 2s
Welcome back and I hope everyone had a relaxing, fun break with your families. Mrs. Yanega and I are so happy to have our little ones back after the long break.  Our chilly weather is perfect for our unit on winter.  We will be talking about the differences between summer and winter and how we dress differently. During circle time we will listen to stories about winter, look at simple patterns and work on color identification with snowflakes.  This month our shape is a star and our colors are blue and white.  Be on the lookout for the melted snowman to come home!  The weather has certainly changed so please be sure to send in hats and gloves because it is chilly on the playground! Happy New Year to you all!

Mrs. Wyatt & Mrs. Zuidema's 2s
Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday. The twos are back into the swing of things and learning about winter, dressing for the weather, the color blue, and stars. We have been making lots of snowflakes and a melted snowman. Be sure to check your child's folder for all of our fabulous artwork. We also have some new winter songs that we have been singing about snowflakes, snowmen, what to wear when you are cold, and a walrus washing his winter coat. With the cold weather upon us, please make sure your children are dressed warmly. You may want to leave a hat and mittens in your child's cubby. We do try to get out every day, even if it is only for a minute, and we like our friends to be warm. As always, thank you for sharing your children with us.
Mrs. Hooper & Mrs. Grieves' 3s
January in the 3 Day 3's is all about rectangles, winter, polar animals and the color blue.  Our nursery rhyme for the month is "Hickory Dickory Dock."  We are talking and reading about winter and wishing for a few "flakes to fall" as we painted a "snowy day", a pair of mittens, a penguin and a new snowflake place mat for snack!  We will continue with rectangle stitch cards, polar bears and snowmen to name a few of our winter project!  The children are working with scissors as well as other table top activities to build their hand strength!  Letter recognition improves weekly and your little ones really seem to be enjoying their success!  Our Friday "Library Time"  has begun. We ask our library readers to arrive around 11:15 with favorite books from home...plan to read for about 15 minutes. Thank you, Thank you the children LOVE to have their parents participate at school.  We look forward to seeing all of our Moms on the 19th for "Redeemer Ladies"  Bingo Night....it was such fun last year!!  Stay warm, read to your children and enjoy their company and conversation!


Mrs. Schroeder & Miss Ball's 3s
Happy new year! The 5 day 3s are excited to be back in school. We came back to many new things, new year, new month, new season. The are doing a great job of learning all of these! We are working on the color blue, the shape of a rectangle and the poem of Hickory Dickory Dock. They are champs at this poem already. We are starting a weather unit as well. Our class loves to talk about weather, this is a great way to learn science and math. This week is perfect for talking about weather as we will have seen it all! Please remember to put hats and mittens in backpacks. You can send boots in backpacks as well, we do need sneakers everyday. Snowy days tend to keep us in more and where they need sneakers. Library sign ups were emailed out so please feel free to sign up. Kids love it when their parent comes in to read. 

Mrs. Faint & Mrs. Baker's Pre-k
The holidays are over and we are hard at work in our class! Many M activities this week included marbles, magnets, mini marshmallow math and making  monsters. We have also been practicing writing numbers though that tricky 3 will take a while to conquer. We have also begun to talk about animals in winter and which ones hibernate, which ones migrate and which ones adapt. We made tiny cardinals to put on our winter bulletin board so if you see a real cardinal flying around your yard, please help your child find it. Next week we move on to letter N with more numbers, noses, nests and noise!  Thanks for sending in warm coats, hats and gloves as we do try to go outside to play almost every day for at least a few minutes! Please continue to play informal silly rhyme games with your child eg at the dinner table say each person's name then rhyme it - Daddy naddy and Mommy nommy and  Susie nusie.  The children think it is funny when you make silly rhymes!


Mrs. Loeb & Miss Sciuto's Pre-k


Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Vandenberg's Kindergartens
Happy 2017! We are so excited to be starting the new year with your kindergartener. We will be starting our "Star of the Week". When it's your child's turn to be the "Star of the Week", they will decorate and fill out a poster that will be sent home. Parents get to come in one morning and share the poster with the class and bring in a special snack. A paper will be going home to explain all of the details. With the colder weather, we are looking forward to learning about polar animals and how animals and people adapt to the winter weather. Please send in boots for the snow and mud, and warm clothes for playing outside. Our homework assignment for the long weekend is to have your child practice zipping their coat and practice putting on their boots. Have a wonderful long weekend!

Mrs. Barta's Pre-first
Happy New Year! The Pre-first children have jumped right back into our  school routine and were very excited to be back together. We have been  busy creating goals and resolutions for the new year. The children have  been extremely creative and thoughtful through this process and it was  fun reading the variety of goals that were set.
We have been working on our reading comprehension skills and creative  writing by discussing the beginning, middle and ending of stories. We  continue to work on decoding, blending, segmenting and spelling words  while reading and writing. In Math, we are learning about money,  symmetry, place value and problem solving. This week, we have discussed  who Martin Luther King, Jr was and why he was so important. We have had  some great class discussions about being kind and fair to all people.  Next week, we will begin our study of polar bears and hibernation.



Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch has been enjoying the snow in the new year! We have crazy weather here in Baltimore and need to be prepared for all kinds of elements. We have been discussing the Spanish words for winter clothes and have been working on learning how to dress ourselves for outside time. Please send in hats, mittens, scarves or anything your child will need to play outside! We still love to go outside when it is cold!
This month we are making many snow crafts and are having fun doing painting projects! We are still having a great time learning new songs and playing new games. The children are becoming experts at unpacking their Lunch and opening food containers. We are continuing to work on this and it has been fun to watch the children gain confidence with their self help skills. We are excited to have children who are in the 2s classes who are 3 and potty trained join us for the second half of the year! It is so much fun having children of different age groups work and play together! Thank you for signing your children up!



Office Notes
Student Contracts
Student contracts and enrollment deposits for the 2017-2018 school year are due on February 10. If you do not plan to re-enroll your child and have received a contract, please notify the office. We maintain an active waiting list of families who are eager to hear about enrollment opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Knott or Katie Poe.
Redeemer Gear
Redeemer gear can be purchased year round in the school office. The following items are available for purchase and make the perfect holiday gifts!
  • Under Armour hoodies and tee shirts (youth and adult sizes available)
  • Fleece blankets (great to keep in the car during cold weather or take on picnics)
  • car magnets
  • Tervis Tumblers
  • school tote bags
Winter is here!
Please be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. We like to go outside. One cold and uncomfortable child can impact the entire class. Hats, mittens, winter coats and warm pants or leggings are a must. If your child comes to school in boots, please make sure sneakers are in your child's backpack. We appreciate your cooperation with this. 

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS:

Friday, January 13th- 11:45 ALL SCHOOL DISMISSAL- Faculty Meeting

Monday, January 16th- No School- MLK

Thursday, January 19th- 6:30 pm Girls Night Out-Bingo Bonanza (Hale Auditorium)

Tuesday,, January 24th- 2 Day 2s Parent Conferences at Redeemer. School WILL BE in session for the 2s. 


Program Highlights:
Office of Child Care Licensing Report
T he Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care and Licensing makes a surprise visit to the Day School on an annual basis to ensure that we are following Maryland state regulations and requirements for operation. The regulations are spelled out in a 49 page document and require compliance in everything from student and faculty records, to professional development and staffing requirements, to classroom, building and playground safety and sanitation to an inspection of our first aid kit, emergency evacuation plans, child security and student supervision - and that is just a portion of the review. Every two years, which includes this year, we undergo a more comprehensive review. We are extremely pleased to inform you that our report stated that, "The full inspection was conducted today at the school. After careful review of the program, there we no non-compliances found during the visit." We were informed by the agency representative that this is an unusual rarity. Way to go PDS!

Yoga in the Day School
Former preschool teacher and children's yoga instructor, Donna Hinder, spent the morning with our students teaching them poses, relaxation techniques, and the peaceful benefits of yoga. Namaste!


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Youth at Redeemer

Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference in Baltimore but didn't know exactly what to do? Well, consider yourself invited to meet this Sunday with youth leadership of BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development) at 3:30 in the Youth Council Room.

Visiting youth from BUILD will share their stories, collaborate with our youth in small group discussions, and lay out the three main BUILD youth policy asks: year-round jobs, safer schools, and better police relations. 

Children 6th grade and older are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Paul at:
 psmith@redeemerbaltimore.org




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

Mary Knott, Director
mknott@redeemeronline.com