"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart."
e-RPDS                                                                                             5/5/2017
Letter from the Director
Dear Redeemer Community,

Our hallways this week have transported us to the "Oscars" and our parents have surrounded us with inspiring movie quotes, stars of recognition and many, many thoughtful gestures and treats. Thank you to our parents for making us feel so appreciated!
 
I, too, want to take this opportunity to thank the Redeemer teachers and staff whose dedication and commitment to their students and as educators profoundly impacts our community long after our students have left the halls of Redeemer. Not only do they prepare our students for what lies ahead, they are an extraordinary example of kindness, integrity, and compassion. They have fun, work hard, and care wholeheartedly about each and every one of their students.
 
I have seen many wonderful teachers come and go from Redeemer, but this year's faculty is truly special. They are dedicated and passionate about early childhood education, understand the meaning of teamwork, and are supportive of not just their students, but of one another. It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that each and every one of them plans to return next year. I, for one, look forward to another great year with our Redeemer faculty and staff. It is something to celebrate!
 
Best regards,
Mary


Classroom Updates:


Mrs. Arrup and Mrs. Yanega's 2s:
I can't believe the end of year is in sight! We have been very busy wrapping our units up in the twos. In April we had a special Earth Day celebration which included a scavenger hunt with the Kindergarten children on  both playgrounds. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to search for items in nature while exploring the "big kid's playground". It was and exciting day for all! We will wrap up the year by studying the color yellow, diamonds and ocean life. I want to give a warm thank you to the Parent's Association for Teacher Appreciation week; you sure know how to make us all feel special!

Mrs. Wyatt and Mrs. Zuidema's 2s: 
First and foremost, we thank you all for a fabulous Teacher Appreciation Week. You made us feel incredibly special with all of your flowers and goodies. You are equally appreciated. With April behind us, we say goodbye to our units on insects and spring. The April showers will be bringing us lots of May flowers, and our diamond theme will put kites in our skies. Also during May, we will be focusing on the zoo, ocean life, and the color yellow. We are working hard on our end of the year program. You may even hear us singing one of our songs at home. Enjoy the beautiful weather as we wind down the last few weeks of school. As always, thank you for sharing your children with us. 

Mrs. Hooper and Mrs. Grieve's 3s:
What a FUN week full of FABULOUS surprises!  The lovely flowers filled our room with pretty color and fragrance.  Each day was so delicious and such a treat to have a teacher wide break as well.  We feel very appreciated and are most grateful!  The children are anxiously waiting to check their hanging cocoons, in our classroom, to see if they have turned into butterflies!  MAGIC...We have been busy decorating Mother's Day surprises as well as beginning our Ocean Unit!  The "Under The Sea" Counting Book (#1-10) will take all of May to complete.  The children will create several ocean creatures as well as learn a few fun facts about each of  them. This week we introduced Dolphins. The children's Nursery Rhyme Book was a year long creation and we hope that you all enjoyed each page!  Please remember the importance of rhyming for reading readiness.  Happy Mothers Day to all of our 3 Day 3's Wonderful Moms!

Mrs. Schroeder and Miss Ball's 3s:
Hard to believe that there is only one month of school left! We have worked so hard and learned so much and had so much fun! Our last colors are black and white. We will be working on crescent as our shape. May's poem is Mary, Mary quite contrary. We will be working on an ocean unit. This is always a class favorite. They love to learn about the different sea creatures. We will spend some time working on an ocean counting book. This will use all our fine motor skills. Look for this book as well as our nursery rhyme book later this month. The five day 3s have been such good friends this year earning beans in the bucket. We have earned our special party and will have it this month. We are so proud of them. We have begun practicing our singing for the June jamboree. Hopefully you will begin to hear them practicing at home.

Mrs. Faint and Mrs. Baker's Pre-k:
Now that we have zoomed and zigzagged from A to Z, we will spend May reviewing the letters and their sounds. We will practice writing both upper and lower case letters mostly on white boards where mistakes can easily be erased! We have been playing many games with rhyming and word families to build their confidence with phonics. Though we have introduced the numbers to 100, we continue to focus on identifying and writing 1 to 20.   We are also trying to give the students time to explore the many manipulatives in our room so are putting out magnets, shaving cream, marbles, tubes, water, ice, balance scales and other items that the children have enjoyed already this year.  Our classroom is filled with items growing and changing so we have tadpoles (we are watching for legs!), and caterpillars that have already spun into their chrysalises. We will plant some seeds and hope for sprouts. There is much to discover on our campus and we continue to use our five senses to explore nature outside. Finally, we will talk about how much the children have grown and changed since September. It has been a busy year with tremendous growth- hope you are enjoying the delightful child that lives in your home!

Mrs. Loeb and Miss Sciuto's Pre-k:
First of all, THANK YOU to all our FABULOUS parents! What a lovely week! Your creativity, thoughtfulness, and generosity were much appreciated! We LOVED being 'Award Winners'!  Our class is LOVING our Zoo! We have zoo vets, ticket takers, animal feeders, and tram drivers!  We painted a giraffe and colored and cut out  zoo pictures. We will continue this for the next week, or until the children get tired of it.  We have played Bingo, (letter and number), marveled at our changing weather, and are practicing for our June Jamboree. Our caterpillars are forming chrysalis' and will soon be placed in their butterfly home to hatch. The girls are very excited! We continue to cook, but the girls are voting on what to make. This week it was pizza. So, Thursday will be pizza day!  Jobs will continue to change weekly, and we will practice our handwriting until the end of school! Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Vandenberg's Kindergartens:
We have been very busy writing and illustrating stories and getting ready for our end of the year Publishing Party. This event will be held on May 19th at 9:15. We can't wait to share all of our hard work with you! We have been discussing the resources that the Earth provides and how important it is to take good care of our Earth. Go for a walk in your neighborhood. Look to see how people take care of the Earth in your neighborhood. See if your child can tell you some of the ways that we can take care of our Earth. Thank you!

Mrs. Barta's Pre-first:
Pre-first is loving our postcard challenge...it has been a big hit.
Currently, we have received postcards from 29 states...we are more than half way there!!! Our goal is to receive postcards from all 50 states by the end of the year. We have created a big graph with all the states listed in our room...stop by to see which states we still need. Throughout this unit, we are learning about different U.S. symbols, landmarks, states and capitals of our country. Next week, we will focus on our own great state of Maryland. We have been working hard on our creative stories and the students are excited to share their own written books with all the special guests at the Publishing Party on Friday, May 19th. They are extremely proud of their accomplishments. We look forward to seeing you then!


Lunch Bunch:
Lunch Bunch is blooming! We are ready for spring and are having so much fun with the children. The children are becoming Lunch Bunch experts, they know our rules and schedule and love to help new Lunch Bunchers through their first day! We have many open ended art activities planned for May such as using oil pastels, painting and creating clay objects. We like to let the children explore materials and experiment with different mediums. We also have many fun end of the year activities planned. We have also been discussing our "Summer Bucket List" which is a list all of the things that we would like to do this summer for our bulletin board. Many children chose destinations that they know or would like to see. Some children chose local activities or places to visit around town. Thank you all for sending your children to Lunch Bunch! Please remember to call or email Katie Poe if you would like to drop in, we are filling up some days! Thank you! 

Program Highlights:
Earth Week at Redeemer

We had another very successful year celebrating the importance of our earth. Our older students took our younger students on nature walks, we recycled ice cream cups into bean planters, made posters and learned a lot about how we can all work together to take care of the earth. 

Trike Ride for Hopkins Pediatric

On April 21 the Redeemer students participated in a Trike Ride to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Division of Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Congratulations to our students who raised nearly $4,500 this year! Thank you to the many parents, grandparents and friends who helped make this year's Trike Ride such a success. We want to extend a very special thank you to Sophie Coates, Chrissy Levering, and Margy Hooper for their thoughtful planning and organization. We also want to thank Stephanie Wilson from Hopkins for visiting our children in chapel to give them an age-appropriate picture of how the doctors help sick children get better.

Pre-first and Kindergarten 
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

O ur kindergarten and pre-first classes have spent the week preparing for a Cinco de Mayo celebration with Spanish teacher, Senora Poe, and World Cultures teacher, Mrs. Knott.  They were treated to a taco lunch, complete with homemade salsa and tortillas that they made in science with Mrs. Craig. A pinata, singing and dancing were highlighted with maracas made in art with Mrs. Blair. A fun time was had by all! Ole!

Teacher Appreciation Week

A very special thank you to all of the Redeemer parents for making us feel so special this week. The delicious treats, kind words, and thoughtful decorations made us feel so very special. A very special thank you to Natalie Bissonnette and Jennifer Fitzgerald for their time, energy and creativity in making it such a special week for us!
Office Notes
UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS

Click here for our 2017-2018 Calendar.

Wednesday, May 10th- 5:30 pm - 65th Celebration and End of Year Family Picnic.

 Click here for pizza order form.
 
Friday, May 19th- 9:15 am K/P1 Publishing Party  - Parish Hall

Friday, May 26th  All school dismissal 11:45 - no afternoon programs. 
 
Monday, May 29th- No school- Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th- 2 Day 2s last day of school

Wednesday, May 31st- Last full day of school

Thursday, June 1- All school dismissal 11:45
Faculty Meeting

Friday, June 2 -9:15 June Jamboree 
(3/2, 3s, Pk, K, P1) 

Cilantro
Our garden is full of beautiful student grown cilantro. Please feel free to come by with your child to grab some.

Enrollment Availability
We still have a few remaining spots in some of our classes for next year. If you know of someone who may be interested, please have them contact the school office or email Katie Poe to set up an appointment.

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

Mary Knott, Director
mknott@redeemeronline.com