Madelyn became a big sister Friday, May 18 to Lucy Wade Jernigan. Born at 9:35 pm at 5 lbs 8.5 oz and 18.25" long.
The Advisory Board of St. Stephen’s Preschool is invaluable! Wise counsel, sharp minds and keen eyes all, this group assures that the preschool’s mission is clear, its finances sustainable and that it functions well as a mission of the church.
This Board is comprised of the Rector and his clergy member, parents, past and present, and community and church members who have a special interest in the school and skills that support it.
It is with appreciation and sadness that we say, “Thank You and Good-bye” to Steve Haas, Rebekah McKay, Stedman Oakey, Taylor Raquet and Susan Taliaferro for their service for the past three years.
The Rector of St. Stephen’s, Gary Jones, and Associate Rector, Penny Nash are members of the Board, along with Chip Tompkins, Vestry Representative. Continuing their terms are Marc Ayscue, Julia Ayscue (Parents’ Council Co Chair), James Driscoll, Jeff Johnson, Caroline Marvel, Mary Douglas Rice (Parents’ Council Co Chair) and Marty Ritter.
We now welcome the new members - Lee Batten, Woody Cheuk, Lee Drummond, Andy Luke and Meredith Watson - as the newest members of the St. Stephen’s Advisory Board. Their terms expire in 2021.
Newly elected as officers for 2018-2019 are:
Wortie Ferrell, President
Burke Lewis, Past President
Bill Armstrong, Treasurer
Katie Payne, Secretary
The school is privileged to be guided and supported by such a strong and committed group.
The children have grown in so many ways this year. Sad as it will be for us to say good-bye to them, we can see that many of them are really ready to move on. Some days it feels as though we have outgrown our space. They started the year with solitary play and are now playing not just in pairs but in groups. There is a lot of talk of best friends and best buddies. The children understand that their classmates are friends they can turn to, invite to play, console and encourage. There is a true sense of camaraderie among them.
We often say to the children, “Use your words.” We are now able to be more explicit, saying “Explain your idea.” We can give them a simple example of what we mean and they implement the suggestion and use it again, transferring it to another situation. It’s remarkable to see. For example, two children are digging in the sandbox and suddenly one is very upset but the other has no idea why. We say to the one who is upset, “Explain your idea. Help your friend see what you’re trying to do. Explain where you want the sand to be and what you’re trying to create. Otherwise he doesn’t understand why putting the sand in the wagon is upsetting to you. Maybe even ask him what his idea was then decide whose idea you want to use."
The children have thoroughly enjoyed planting seeds. Recently, after reading One Bean, by Anne Rockwell, we put beans between wet paper towels and after they sprouted, we planted them in soil. Your child brought home a bean plant last week. Keep us posted if you have a bumper crop! We also created Mixed Media gardens as you will see hanging in the hallway.
We are blessed for the opportunity to care for these children.
Sarah & Amy
The children have grown in so many ways this year. Sad as it will be for us to say good-bye to them, we can see that many of them are ready to move on. Many parents have told me that their child would love to be in school more days. This is when you know they are ready!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed planting radish and cucumber seeds. Last week, after reading One Bean, by Anne Rockwell, we put beans between wet paper towels and this week we will see if they have sprouted, then plant them in soil. We created Mixed Media gardens as you will see hanging in the hallway.
We have created cloud paintings and talked about what we see in the clouds, just like in It Looked Like Split Milk, by Charles G. Shaw.
We have been blessed with the care of these children.
Sarah & Amy
Our SSP family is growing... Welcome to Helen Rene Izac, born to Cynthia and Patrick and is little sister to Marshall in the Toddler Thursday/Friday class. She arrived Monday, May 7 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz and 20.5 inches.
Our Parents’ Council has been charged with making sure the St. Stephen’s community has fun. At Spirit Night they exceeded expectations!
Thank you Kari Hyman and Annie Turner for Spirit Night and the great triumvirate of events we’ve had this year. To Julia Ayscue and Mary Douglas Rice, our Parents’ Council Co-Chairs goes a round of applause for their leadership.
We dressed up, laughed, and got to know each other at the first annual Trunk-or-Treat in October. It was such fun the Parents’ Council has already set the date for 2018 - October 26th.
On the only decent day in January, we tasted amazing chili and mac and cheese, were a little competitive and had a blast watching our children play together and did a little of that ourselves.
At Spirit Night they did it again! We experienced a new venue, yummy food and great company. Thank you Kari and Annie.
Thank you all those of you who have done so much for the preschool. We, the teachers, want each of you to know how much your support means to us, every day. You are in the snack room; you feed us on staff meeting days and you design and distribute all the wonderful St. Stephen’s wares. You read, you host us for parties and egg hunts, you thank us and you are support each of us.
Sooooo, from the bunch of us, a huge thank you and a small token of our appreciation. If you have volunteered at the school in any way this year, we hope you received your begonia at Spirit NIght or from the snack room last week and know that it was planted and tied with love.
Thanks from all of us!
A group of first graders from St. Andrew's School visited our 5-day students today. Their teachers' read Wings of Change by Franklin Hill, to the students about the butterfly life cycle, then the students acted out the life cycle. Our guests, in turn, got to pet our chicks that hatched this week!
Many thanks to everyone who donated much-needed STEAM supplies to St. Andrew's School!
Our sympathy goes to Preston Blackburn and her family on the loss of her mother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Mangum Berry, 84, of Richmond, on Sunday, April 22nd. Preston is our wonderful movement teacher and owner of Pop, Hop & Rock.
Welcome Grace Elizabeth Morton, daughter Matt and Liz Morton, born March 24th at 7 lbs 14 in and 20 inches long with lots of hair. Liz is TMO Assistant teacher and floater and their son, Hank will be joining SSP in the Red Room this fall.
Welcome new baby, Theodore Scott (Teddy), to the Ritter family, delivered this morning, April 24th at 7 pounds and 11 ounces. Congratulations to parents, Jamie and Marty, and siblings Lucy and Griff.
In preparation for Easter the children explored egg dying using both artificial and natural dyes. The colors from the beets, coffee, turmeric, blueberries and red cabbage were subtle and lovely, and the children always love the bright commercial dyes. Thanks to the teachers, all the eggs were hard boiled and ready for both dying and peeling. The children, using their small finger muscles, peeled the hard boiled eggs and then enjoyed a healthy snack.
A new material, modeling clay, was added to the Green room selection, for children to create birds’ nests filled with eggs. Clay is fun, creative and requires a harder touch than play dough, again, building those muscles for holding pencils and strong grips.
In conjunction with talk about eggs and what comes from eggs came a classroom wide emphasis on farms. (Where else would we find eggs?) We were excited to have a visit from the Teeny Tiny Farm last week to give the children an opportunity to touch, feel and listen to a host of very small farm animals.
Now we are counting down with excitement for our seventeen eggs to hatch April 30th in the incubator in the Blue room. We have had fun making chick life cycle flip books. In addition, we have used eggs to watch the process of osmosis. Can dyed water slide through an egg shell? Check out 3 Insanely Cool Egg Experiments - Playdough To Plato to find out!
Next week, we will celebrate Earth Day all week long! Please send in recyclable materials.
Your 5 Day Teachers,
Marcie Moyer, Laura Nelson, Whitney Thouron and Paige Archer
Spring is always a wonderful season in the Purple room. With talk of Easter, bunnies, dragons, gardens, carrots and frogs, we’re enjoying every minute.
We talked about Easter with both its serious and it playful side. In the lighter vein, there were eggs and bunnies in artwork, in fine motor activities and in the sensory bins. Thank you to the Stringers and Drummonds for hosting our class Easter Egg Hunts!
Following Easter we have had dinosaur adventures, construction sensory play, pretend gardening and seed planting. Our radish seeds are an inch tall!
There’s a “market” in the kitchen area in which the children love to pretend they are buying and selling fruits and vegetables. The cash register provides wonderful pretend play opportunities.
Continuing this year’s class endeavor to create the animals in Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, we used sponges and green paint to create the paper which will become "Green Frog”. Check out our walls for the latest addition.
Please apply sunscreen each morning. We will eek out as much time outdoors as we can in the coming weeks and want to be sure those tender skins are protected.
4/26 – Spirit Day, wear purple or your SSP T shirt
4/26 – Spirit Night for families at the Westwood Club, 5:30-7:30
5/22 - Last Day - Class Picnic for Toddler 2
5/24 – Last Day – Class Picnic for Toddler 3
I enjoyed meeting with everyone at conferences. It's so nice to be able to share the pictures of your children at play and talk about how much your children have grown.
Everyone is happy to be at school and back in our routine. The children have been really enjoying playing dress up, painting and playing in our big box house. They especially liked painting the house with brushes and rollers.
We are looking forward to warmer weather and planting and will be getting caterpillars soon. Watching caterpillars go through the stages to turn into butterflies is fascinating for both the adults and the children. It's a wonderful way to end the year.
Thank you for sharing your children with us every week. We are blessed to spend our mornings with them.
Leslie and Christine
The Red room is having a great time exploring the farm with all of its equipment, plants and animals! The children are loving mimicking the sounds of the animals. Another of the activities the children are enjoying is decorating barns using a variety of materials, then sticking farm animals inside.
At the tray table children are sorting and counting animals and matching colored pig tails with similarly colored pig bottoms. They are painting pigs in the mud with marbles and making cow head bands. Playing with farm animals in the mud then washing them off with tooth brushes in soapy water has been a particular favorite. Experiencing the texture of “mud”, made with cornstarch and brown paint, is a new feeling, enhanced by having plastic pigs to roll in the mixture - such great sensory experiences.
The Teeny Tiny Farm will be visiting the school Thursday, April 12th. The children will be able to see and touch a variety of farm animals!
Thank you as always for all of your support and for sharing your children with us.
Blanche, Debbie and Jelena
Tomorrow is Parent/Teacher Conference day for the TMO Wednesday, Thursday/Friday, Toddler 3 Day, Red Room and 5 Day classrooms.
Child care will be available either in the movement room or playground depending on weather. Suggested fee is $5 per family.
Classes will resume Wednesday. Please note the following schedule for TMO, Toddler 2 and 3 day classes:
Wed, April 4: Toddler 2 day class and TMO Wednesday classes meet
Thurs, April 5: Toddler 3 day and TMO M/ T classes meet
Fri, April 6: Toddler 3 day and TMO Th/F classes meet
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter holiday!
We extend our sympathy to Blue Room teacher, Laura Nelson, whose brother-in-law, Brice Emanuel, died unexpectedly on March 17th.
Our heartfelt sympathy to these St. Stephen's families on the loss of their loved ones.
Purple Room family David, Karen and Abigail Schandal on the death of Karen's father, William E. Cox, "Joe" on Friday, March 16, 2018.
Yellow Room teacher, Marcie Moyer, on the death of her grandmother, Marcyne Jones, on March 17.
Red Room teacher, Blanche Bruns, on the death of her first cousin, Mary Fitzgerald Treta, Sunday, March 18.
Our condolences to long time teacher, Leslie Bien, and her family on the death of her mother, Genevieve Mendez. Mrs. Mendez died March 3, 2018.
Congratulations to big brother Jett and parents Kari and Heath on the birth of Jaxon Hawkes Hyman on February 22 at 8 lbs 9 oz and 20 1/2" inches.