"Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don't really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way."C. JoyBell C.
e-RPDS                                                                                             05/31/2016
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

I have never been good at good-byes, but the end of the school year forces us to do just that. While looking forward to the calmer days of summer, this time of year is always a little bittersweet for me. Storing supplies, taking down bulletin boards and saying good-bye to our classes; sending home the last of the artwork, school projects and imagining hallways without the squeals and laughter of our students, all mark the end of another year.
 
This is also the time of year when we say good-bye to beloved faculty members who have made the difficult decision to move on for one reason or another. Lisa Doherty, Kennon Hanna and Tracy Pohlhaus have all decided to take a break from teaching so that they can be more available to their families. Each one is a very talented teacher, and we are grateful for their service and dedication to Redeemer and its students. They will truly be missed.
 
Every member of our community is a gift. Whether our students, faculty members or families have been here for one year or ten, it is never easy for us to say good-bye, always wishing we had just one more year together. So for now, let's leave it at, "See you soon!"
 
Happy summer from all of us at Redeemer!
 
Best regards,
Mary



What's going on at Redeemer?

Classroom Updates:

Mrs. Hanna's & Mrs. Doherty's 2s:
Where has the time gone? There is so much more that Mrs. Doherty and I want to do with these children! Over the past few weeks, the children have watched their marigold seeds sprout and grow stronger. They have enjoyed celebrating Earth Day, Mother's Day, and each others' birthdays. They are proud of being "big kids" and are looking forward to graduating to the big playground next year. Next week, we will finish up our year with some beachy things: sand, seashells and water play. We will continue to work with the children on being good listeners and good friends right up to the end. And their little marigold plants will need lots of tender loving care at home to flower. It has been a wonderful year with your children and an incredible opportunity and experience to watch them grow and develop. They are happy little learners, and we thank you for sharing them with us. We will miss them terribly. Mrs. Doherty and I wish you all a happy, safe and fun summer!


Mrs. Wyatt's and Mrs. Zuidema's 2s: 
It seems like just yesterday that 22 children walked into our classroom as quiet, shy, and often crying two year olds, a little unsure of what to expect. Next week, we will be saying goodbye to 22 blossoming, confident, and very tall three year olds. We spent time learning about colors, shapes, patterns, and various themes from fall to spring. We watched flowers, candy canes, and donuts grow from the seeds we planted. We painted, colored, glued, and stamped our hands, a lot. We sang songs about speckled frogs, dancing Christmas trees, baby sharks, and little monkeys that jump on beds. We built sand castles, played tag, rode scooters, and learned to pump our legs on the swings. But without a doubt, the best thing we did was make good friends. We hope the summer brings you many fabulous adventures, and we look forward to lots of hugs in September as our old friends make their way to their new classrooms down the hall. Thank you all for a fantastic year!

Mrs. Hooper's and Mrs. Grieves' 3s:
We are all about the Ocean in the 3 Day 3's!!  This week we finished the last page of our Ocean Counting Book (#1-10) with a water colored Maryland Crab and its "10" legs.  The children have marble painted sea turtles, sand painted starfish, stencil painted scallops and seahorses and easel painted octopus to name a few!  We have read many special stories about these underwater friends in addition to learning several fun facts about each one of them. It is such fun to see the boys and girls faces "light up" as they watch, listen and learn about so many ocean creatures!  Be sure to ask your little ones what they know!  Our very colorful and creative Counting book came home today!

What a fabulous year we have had with your precious children....so many wonderful days full of laughter and learning.  It has been a pleasure watching each one of them "blossom" both socially and academically.  Parents remember...you will always be your childs' greatest teacher!  Thank you for all of your support this year. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you all back at Redeemer next year! Hugs and thanks to you all.




 
Miss Libby's and Miss Ball's 3s:
It's hard to believe that this year is coming to a close. We have learned a lot of new things this year and are ready for new adventures. We have finished our color books, our nursery rhyme books, and have finished up the ocean unit. This has been a fun and interesting unit for us. We loved learning new things about ocean life and creatures. I hope you heard we earned our values party by filling out bucket. We could not be more proud of the 5 day 3s. They worked so hard on this all year. Thank you all so much for sharing your kids with us this year. It has been a joy to watch them grow and develop new skills. Have lots of fun playtime this summer. We look forward to seeing most of you next year. Best of luck to those who are moving along.



Mrs. Loeb's and Miss. Sciuto's Pre-k: 
We've finished our alphabet book, enjoyed all the 'lovelies' for teacher appreciation week, released our butterflies, sown seeds, and presented our building project.  We have cooked, painted, sung, and rhymed. It's now time to say good-bye to a fabulous year full of funny, interesting, and endearing children!  You should be proud of them, all they've learned, the relationships they've built, as well as the friends you all have made. You have been a fantastic group of parents: so supportive of the school and so responsive to our needs. Thank You!!!  Enjoy the summer and your little ones. They are only 'little' for a little while!

Mrs. Faint's and Mrs. Baker's Pre-k:
Thanks to all of you who were able to visit our city. The children seemed to enjoy constructing and decorating their buildings.  These past few weeks we have also been studying how things grow and change. Our butterflies emerged and have been released, some sunflower seeds have sprouted and our tadpoles appear to have some tiny bumps where legs should appear. Our last few days we will focus on how the children themselves have grown and changed over the school year. This class has been a tremendous group and we truly appreciate the support you give us at home. Their social skills as well as their academic skills have grown while they enjoyed a variety of activities. Their minds truly are in overdrive watching, listening and experimenting as they continue to try to figure out life-enjoy the journey with them!

Mrs. Pohlhaus's and Mrs. Smith's Kindergartens:
Wow, what a year!!! How has time flown by so quickly. We have really enjoyed watching your children grow and learn in so many ways; they have all made such wonderful progress. Thank you for all of your support and time in making this year so wonderful and memorable. Please continue to read throughout the summer with your children and playing math games. Enjoy the summer relaxing and playing, we will miss you all. 

Mrs. Barta's Pre-first:
The Pre-first children were so very proud to share all of their books that they have worked so hard on this year. It was great to see the children's writing and illustrations develop throughout the year...what amazing accomplishments! Thank you for attending the famous Publishing Party.Our postcard challenge has been a huge hit and success. The Pre-first
children are hoping to reach our goal of collecting postcards from all 50 states by the last day of school! We are close!!!
Thank you for sharing your children with me this year! It has been a tremendous year of growth socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. I am so proud of each and every one of the children for their hard work, determination, dedication and enthusiasm. They have each made huge strides individually and I wish them all the best at their new schools next year! Have a wonderful summer!!!


Lunch Bunch:
Lunch Bunch has had a great year! Through the rain, snow and sun we have had been engaged, creative and excited to spend time with our friends! We have loved watching your children grow throughout the year. Many learned new things such as how to open lunch containers, use the bathroom on their own with confidence, initiate play with a new friend, learn to use new art materials and ride the bikes or swing on the monkey bars. Thank you to everyone who has signed their children up for Lunch Bunch this year. It has been a blessing getting to know all of your little ones!



Office Notes
Lost and Found
All lost and found items that are not picked up by the last day of school will be donated to charity. Please be sure to check for your child's items.

Trike Ride
We raised nearly $5,000 for Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology. Congratulations and thank you to our students, families, friends and faculty for supporting this event and raising more money than ever before!



Calendar Events

Wednesday, June 1 11:45 All school dismissal- no lunch bunch or afternoon programs.

Thursday, June 2- 9:15 am- June Jamboree- church
Please meet your children in their classrooms immediately following the service for summer break dismissal.

Program Highlights:
Redeemer Teachers
At Redeemer, we are proud of all of our faculty, whether they have been here for one year or twenty. Combined, our 20 faculty and staff members have 235 years of experience in education. It is exciting to share that the following faculty members have dedicated ten plus years to educating students at the Day School. Please join me in congratulating them for their outstanding service.
Kate Grieves (12 years)
Margy Hooper (16 years)
Eileen Loeb (17 years)
Ruth Faint (19 years)
Judi Smith (27 years)


K/P1 Publishing Party 
Our up and coming authors celebrated a year's worth of hard work at our annual Publishing Party. Not only did they get to share their finished products with family and friends, they learned such a great deal about the writing and learning process and were able to celebrate their incredible progress this year. Congratulations to our students and teachers!



Pre-K City Project
No one can turn a plethora of recycled boxes into the replica of a city quite like our pre-k classes. They used their creativity, ingenuity and painting, cutting and gluing skills to create the city in which we live. What an impressive project!



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In preschool we recognize the privilege, responsibility and joy of educating our youngest students. Alongside their parents, we work diligently at building the foundation for their ongoing and lifelong learning. Be sure to click on the link below found in every issue to see our wonderful students in action. Enjoy!
 


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WEEKLY VALUE:

The following students are being recognized for demonstrating great effort and leadership in the area of:

PERSEVERANCE
Clementine Hensley
Finn Kimball
Benjamin Martinez
Aubrey Read
Natalie Brown
Greyson Stevens
Landon Szymanowski
Jameson Byrne
Emma Cummings
Luca Cronin
Ryan Keffer
Daniel Kropf
Will Masom
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Play and Grow 
Summer Camp

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.

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

Mary Knott, Director
mknott@redeemeronline.com