"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." 
 - Thomas Alva Edison

TIDES REPORT |  September 2017

Welcome to our monthly school newsletter, The Tides Report. Each month you will find our Caring Community & HighScope highlights, upcoming events & reminders, featured teachers, Parent Association info, and MSPC news. Please check our   website  regularly to stay informed, view classroom pages, and find needed resources & documents. Co nnect with us on  Facebook,   Instagram  and YouTube to see up-to-date posts, pictures & videos.  (Click the icons at the bottom of this page.)
Caring School Community (Elementary)
Each month this section will highlight core principles of our caring community. 
Integral to our curriculum is The Caring School Community (CSC) program, a 
nationally recognized research-based  program for grades K-6 that builds classroom and school-wide community while developing students' social and emotional (SEL) skills and competencies.

Creating a Caring Community provides s tudents and their families a warm, safe environment in w hich to flourish. In Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" he states that having one's basic needs met is the foundation for building "higher levels" of understanding. 
We believe in order for young children to become successful learners, their basic needs for "safety" and "belonging" must be met. In a caring classroom setting, students are able to experience a positive and productive sense of their own power and abilities. This benefits students as they learn, grow, and contribute to the lives of others. The classroom community also enables children to maintain positive  interactions, which promotes resilience, as well as cognitive learning.
HighScope  (Preschool) 
What We Teach, How Kids Learn 
Each month this section will highlight specific areas of focus and how we're teaching the materials based on the books we read and discuss.
MSPCS Preschool teachers instruct students using the  HighScope Curriculum, where learning is focused on the following six to eight content areas (age appropriate), which are based on the dimensions of school readiness identified by the National Education Goals Panel.
  1. Approaches to learning
  2. Social and emotional development
  3. Physical development and health
  4. Language, literacy, and communication
  5. Mathematics
  6. Creative arts
  7. Science and technology
  8. Social studies
While learning in these content areas prepares children for later schooling, HighScope takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.

Parent Association

important role in supporting the mission and the needs of the school. Everyone can take part in making a difference in our kids' education & childhood experiences.
Please join our first PA meeting, Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall. We will discuss upcoming fundraisers, school requests, and address any interests and ideas. We are a small, but engaged community and I invite you to be part of it!

Renate Juengling
PA President

Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 1:   First Town Meeting (PK3-5th) 10:15am, All are welcome

Monday, September 4:   NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Wednesday, September 6:   Parent Association Meeting, 6:30pm, Preschool Tie-Dye Forms & Grandparent's Day RSVP Forms Due

Thursday, September 7:  Back to School Night, 6:00-7:00pm
Friday, September 8:  Grandparent's Day (both schools)

Thursday, September 21:  Elementary Picture Day

Friday, September 22:  Preschool Picture Day

Friday, September 29:  NO SCHOOL, Teacher ProD

Thursday, October 5:  Pumpkin Delivery - All hands on deck!

More information on above events sent in individual emails and posted on the website MSPCS Website
Pumpkin Delivery

Our annual pumpkin patch  is our biggest school fundraiser and a time-honored Miami Shores tradition. All proceeds will benefit our students.

The pumpkins will be delivered after school on Thursday, October 5th at 3pm. We will need everyone's help to unload and setup. On unloading day, parents receive double volunteer hours and triple hours if inside the truck. Start the year of volunteering, sign up here:   Volunteer

We are praying for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)(PCUSA) has a mission response on the ground in Houston.

We will be providing options this Sunday at worship for those wishing to donate to Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief. Subsequently, the school will share our support plan. I hope you're able to attend service this Sunday - C hapel 8:45 a.m. and  Sanctuary 11:00 a.m.

Thank you and God Bless,
Pastor Kim 
Our Mission
To offer a Christ inspired educational experience where academic excellence is nurtured and students are treasured and respected.