News and Events for
  October, 2018  
Auction items
There's something for everyone to bid on at the Silent Auction, our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year!
Mark Your Calendar
  • Scholastic Book Orders  - Due  Monday, 10/8
  • Extended Day - Registration for Session 2 Extended Day begins Monday, 10/8.  Session 1 Extended Day classes end Friday, 10/19
  • Boo Fest Family Movie Night- Saturday, 10/20 from 5 pm  - 7 pm featuring  Curious George - A Halloween Boo Fest
  • Family Fun Night & Silent Auction - Thursday, 10/25 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Burger Amore Food truck here  from 5pm -  7pm for ordering   
  • PPC's Trunk or Treat - Saturday, 10/27 from 4:30 pm - 6 pm in church parking lot
  • Halloween Parades - Tuesday, 10/30 at 9:15 am at the circular drive between Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary (Quails, Javelinas, Geckos) and Wednesday, 10/31 at 9:15 am also circular drive (Coyotes, Owls and Roadrunners)
  • School Wide Canned Food Drive - Thursday, 11/1 thru Thursday, 11/15 supporting the Foothills Food Bank
  • Superhero Training Academy - Mother/Son event on Saturday, 11/10 from 3pm - 5pm.  
  • PreK Empty Bowl Celebration - Wednesday, 11/14 at 11:30 am on the playground
  • Hearing, Vision and Speech Screenings - Thursday, 11/15 and Friday, 11/16 - forms to come
  • PJ, Pizza & Popcorn Movie Night - Saturday, 11/17 from 5pm - 8pm featuring The Incredibles
  • Preschool Closed - Monday, 11/12 in observance of Veteran's Day and Wednesday, 11/21 thru Friday, 11/23 for Thanksgiving Break
  • Mom's Night in the Atelier - Thursday, 11/29 from 6pm - 8pm - more information to come
Tallulah "Thank You"

A special thanks goes out to the Tallulah committee members for helping our kids create the arroyo near the office gate.  The Tallulah Project began with funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2006.  Since that time, our community has rendered several murals depicting the landscapes of Arizona as they are transformed by water.  The Native American meaning of Tallulah is "  running water " .  As tiles are made throughout the year at our Tallulah Workshops, they will be glazed and carefully added to the wall.  We are very grateful to those families that participated in our first Tallulah Workshop in September.
Boo Fest - Family Movie Night

Your family is invited to join us Saturday, October 20th from 5pm - 7pm for a Family Movie Night featuring Curious George - A Halloween Boo Fest.  Bring a blanket and picnic on the Green with concessions available to purchase.  Cost to attend this festive family event is $20 for the entire family.  Proceeds benefit the Reggio Journey Fund.  You can RSVP by stopping into the office or email by clicking here.
Wine Pull
Proceeds from the Wine Pull benefits the Reggio Journey Fund - Wine donations are welcome!
Family Fun Night & Silent Auction

Save the date!!  Our Annual Family Fun Night will be held Thursday, October 25th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Burgers Amore food truck will be here at 5 pm (closes at 7pm) for families that want to picnic on the playground.  Each classroom will be open to visit, desserts and lemonade in the Atelier, entertainment featured by Arizona's only Singing Cowboy and over 100 items to bid on during the Silent Auction.  This is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year and the money raised goes towards the preschool's scholarship program and continuing education for staff.  There are many ways you can help make this event a success.  One way is by requesting items to bid on or if you'd prefer, you can supply an item from your place of business, donate a gift card for a restaurant or donate a nice bottle of wine to be used in the wine pull.  Below is a link of the letter you can use when requesting donations.  Thank you for your support!  

Reggio Journey Fund

Pinnacle Preschool staff have been invited to participate with a select group of educators from across the US in a Professional Development Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy in May 2019.  During this tour, we will participate in extensive professional development to deepen and strengthen our teaching practices which will have a direct and immediate impact on the learning of our students.  Throughout the year, we will be fundraising in a variety of ways to help teachers with the cost of this incredible opportunity.  The upcoming events below are appropriate for 3 - 10 year olds.  Click here to learn more about this exciting learning experience for the preschool staff.

Little Lambs with Ms. Hillary

Hillary Mackowski, Children's Minisitry Director at PPC
Ms. Hillary, the Director of Children's Ministries here at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, extended an invitation to our classrooms to come and visit with her in the Sanctuary.  Each lesson with Ms. Hillary, also known as "Little Lambs", will include a brief message, interactive game or activity, and a song to remind them of Christ's love.  Thank you, Ms. Hillary for sharing this special message with our preschoolers!  

Hillary Mackowski joined the staff of PPC in August, 2017 as the new acting Director of Children's Ministry.  Hillary most recently served as Director of Children Ministries at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church for three years and as a preschool teacher at CASY for four years. Hillary and her husband, Scott, have four children, Ellie 18, Ethan, 17, Eli 15 and Emily 14.
Preschool Blo g

PPP now has it's own blog!  Once a month, we will share useful and informative tips and ideas with our families, colleagues and those that draw inspiration from our Reggio inspired preschool and the desert environment we live in.  To read the latest blog and learn about the magic of Notty, the woodland elf, click  .

Health Care Policy 

If your child will be absent due to illness, it is necessary that you notify us by calling the preschool office by 9am.  Teachers will be notified and notices posted if deemed necessary.  

Please keep your child at home if he/she has:

* Severe cold and fever, sneezing, nose drainage, and coughing.
* Temperature of over 100 degrees in the morning. The child may return to school when he or she has been fever-­­free for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducer such as Motrin or Tylenol.
* Eye/Nose: Mucous or pus draining from red eyes; cloudy and/or colored drainage from the nose. Any child suspected of having pink eye should be examined by a doctor. An infected child may return to school once they have been treated with antibiotics for 24 hours and show no more sign of discharge.
* Conjunctivitis: an eye infection commonly referred to as "pink-­­eye." The eye is generally red with some burning and yellowish discharge.
* Bronchitis: this can begin with hoarseness, cough and a slight elevation in temperature. The cough may be dry and painful, but it gradually becomes productive.
* Rashes that you cannot identify or that have not been diagnosed by a physician. Undiagnosed rashes with or without fever or other signs of illness.
Infected Sores - Sores with crusting, or yellow or green drainage, which cannot be covered by clothing or bandages.
* Sore Throat: Sore throat when fever or swollen glands are present.
* Impetigo: begins as red pimples on the skin, which eventually become small vesicle surrounded by a reddened area. When the blister breaks, the surface is raw and weeping. The lesions occur in moist areas of the body,such as: creases of the neck, groin, and under the arm.
* Diarrhea: watery or greenish bowel movements that look different and are much more frequent than normal. Two or more abnormally loose stools in the previous 24 hours.
* Vomiting: more than the usual "spitting up." Two or more episodes of vomiting in the previous 24 hours.
* If child becomes really sick without obvious symptoms. In this case, the child may look or act different. There may be an unusual paleness, tiredness, irritability, or lack of interest.
* Itching and Head Lice: Persistent itching or scratching of body or scalp. (May be a sign of infestation or severe irritation). The Preschool has a "no nit policy". A child with lice will need to be checked by school personnel prior to returning to school.
* If a doctor diagnoses an ear or throat infection, as an example, and the child is prescribed an antibiotic, the child may not be brought to the preschool until he/she has been on the medication for at least 24 hours.

Certain communicable conditions must be documented and preschool families notified, as required by State licensing.  These illnesses include, but are not limited to: Strep Throat, Chicken Pox, Pink Eye and head lice. Your privacy will be respected at all times and we appreciate your open communication and cooperation. 
Events at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
  • Vistas Magazine - The September/October Pinnacle Vistas is now ready to view with interesting articles and events from Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.  Click here to read.
  • Momma's with a Purpose - October 19th from 9am - 10:30am in the Sanctuary, Upper Level Nursery 
  • Trunk or Treat - October 27th from 4:30pm - 6pm in church parking lot with concessions, music, crafts, and candy in decorated trunks to begin the evening, then we'll move indoors to enjoy the ever popular Phantom of the Organ at 7pm. 
  • Membership at Pinnacle - Are you looking for a church to call home?  Click here for more information about becoming a member of PPC.
  • Wednesdays at Pinnacle - A program designed for all ages from 3 to 93 years.  The evening includes dinner at 5:00 pm, with an opportunity to assist in creating the meal at 4:45 pm, Christian Education classes, and mission opportunities. Membership is open to all. For further information, please contact Hillary Mackowski, Acting Director of Children's Ministries.
  • Connecting at PPC - Click here to see the many ways you can get connected in the Pinnacle's church community.
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