-eRPDS February 2022
"Smile and change the world!"
Director's Reflection
Dear Redeemer Community,

I suspect most of us will never take a simple smile for granted again. These past two weeks have allowed us opportunity to see dimples we didn’t know were there, missing teeth in our little ones, and the joy of fully seeing one another face to face, in some instances, for the first time.

I recently read an NPR article from 2019 on the science of smiles. The study reviewed data from the previous 50 years and discovered that smiling boosts happiness, but only minimally. The article goes on to report that findings are not congruent, and the science is complicated. The end of the article leaves the reader unconvinced, in doubt, and wondering if perhaps smiles are not all they are cracked up to be.

Watching the interactions among our students and teachers these past weeks, as many removed masks outside and we greeted each other in carline, would convince even the biggest skeptic. At Redeemer, smiles are contagious, a sign of joy. While the science may not prove it, they connect us in powerful ways and boost happiness.

Thank you for sharing your smiles!

Best regards,
Upcoming Events & Office Notes
Our first graders will begin preparing for their debut on stage as they present Lion King Kids to our student body and their immediate families. Stay tuned for more detail!

We still have a few openings for some of our classes for the 2022-2023 program. If you know of a family who might be interested in joining our community, please have them contact Katie Poe at kpoe@redeemerbaltimore.org or 410-435-9510.

Please be sure your child has an extra set of winter clothes for the cubby, including warm pants & tops, socks and underwear. Spare mittens and hats are also helpful.

A sneak peek of our 3s program for current 2s parents will be on Thursday, March 3 at 9:00. Two year old parents received an email invite yesterday. We hope you will join us to learn more about the program. To R.S.V.P., please email Katie at kpoe@redeemerbaltimore.org

Thursday, March 3 @ 9:00 - 3s Sneak Peek (for 2s parents)

Friday, March 11 @ 11:45 - ALL SCHOOL DISMISSAL- Spring Break Begins

Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Friday, March 25 @ 11:45 - ALL SCHOOL DISMISSAL - Faculty Meeting

Monthly PDS Values

A Fly on the wall...
What's happening in the classrooms?
Mrs. Pyzik's and Mrs. Zuidema's 2s

Our month started off on such a sweet note creating our special keepsake Valentines for families. We hope you all loved them! The children giggled as we painted their hands red and pink. We sang, dance, and read books about being good friends and talked about why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. It was so special to see the pride that the children had for sharing their own valentine treats with their classmates. After our Valentine’s themed week, we learned all about community helpers, firefighters, police officers, and doctors! The children dressed as firefighters and used a spray bottle of water to “put out” a pretend fire we drew with chalk- this was a great success and tons of fun to watch the chalk run down large sheet of white paper. The children glued shapes together to make police cars and had fun practicing their fine motor skills to glue cotton balls, popsicle sticks, band aids, and Q tips to make our very own doctor bags. We read “Sick Day for Amos Lee” and talked about taking care of our friends when they aren’t feeling well. Most recently we’ve been focusing on science and having FUN! We mixed watercolor and baking soda and the children took turns with a spray bottle of vinegar and watched it “explode.” We finger painted freely and mixed blue and yellow to make green and the children’s creations were beautiful! The messier the better was the theme for this activity. Lastly, we’re going to end the month talking about “Pets.” Mrs. Zuidema and I can’t wait to hear about everyone’s furry friends. 
Find out what's happening in all our classes.

Program Highlights
February has been busy! We celebrated Valentine's Day and are especially grateful to Sophie Coates and our Parent Council for the cookie kit fund raiser. We raised almost $1,700! Team Marvel arrived to help us celebrate the 100th day of School. They were joined by some centenarians in first grade, our kindergarten classes who decorated t-shirts, and the 2s, 3s, and pre-k who celebrated with crowns, buttons, and Smarties. We are all proud to be 100 days smarter! Our PE classes honored our Olympic Athletes, donning red, white and blue to participate in several events and perform in the closing ceremonies. Finally, our first grade students honored Black History Month with a virtual author and illustrator visit with Adrea Theodore and Erin Robinson who wrote and illustrated A History of Me!