Preschool Parents

ST. PAUL’S PRESCHOOL IS A 4 STAR NAEYC ACCREDITED PROGRAM

OPEN REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Open registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now taking place.  To receive the registration link for the 2019-2020 school year please call 412-486-5591 or email us at preschool.office@stpaulsumc.com.

PARENT HANDBOOK REVISED DEC 14 2018

EMERGENCY CONSENT FORM 2018

CHILD HEALTH FORM MARCH 2018

PERMANENT RECORD FORM 2018

The United Way

Did you know that if your employer participates in the United Way Campaign, you can designate the funds you donate to go to St. Paul’s Preschool?  Simply obtain a United Way Contributor’s Choice form from your employer and specify our preschool’s code, 941482,and the monthly or annual amount you wish to contribute.

Preschool Parent Book Exchange

We have two shelves in our Conference Room dedicated to a parent book exchange!  Please bring any books you have that might be of interest to other parents.  These can be great novels you read or interesting parenting books.  After you donate your book(s), check out the ones on the shelves donated by other parents.  You might find a special “treasure” just waiting for you!  This is a great way to recycle books and share with others.

The articles below pertain to traveling with small children.  There are ideas on what type of items to bring both on the road and in the air to keep young children entertained.

web articles for jan 2019

The above articles deal with music in the classroom

SPARKLY SNOWFLAKE CRAFT

You will need:

popsicle sticks (4 per snowflake)

hot glue gun and glue sticks

white glue

sequins, button, glitter and/or jewels

Have an adult glue the four popsicle sticks together to make a snowflake using a hot glue gun.  The regular glue will not work on this part of the project they must be hot glued.

After the popsicle sticks dry, spread the white glue on the popsicle sticks and then add sequins, buttons, glitter and/or jewels.

When finished hot glut a ribbon to hang.

SNOW GLOBE GIFT FOR KIDS TO MAKE

You will need:

A medium sized mason glass jar with lid and flat insert

A printed photo of your child in an action pose

Fake snow

One or two small decorative mini trees

Play dough

Popsicle stick

Glue gun

Take a picture of your child in an action pose outside in the snow if there is any

Cutout and glue to popsicle stick

Take a small piece of play dough and roll into ball

Take the popsicle stick and insert into the ball to secure it for standing

Use hot glue gun to glue ball to lid insert.  Make sure to leave room for the trees.

Once your picture is in place then glue on trees

While drying place fake snow in jar.

Once the lid is dry place in jar and secure

BIRD COOKIES

You will need:

1 cup softened unsalted butter

3 beaten eggs

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

Mixed birdseed

Straw

Cookie cutter shapes

Stir flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

Add butter and eggs.  Mix until well blended.

Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut different shapes with cookie cutter.

Make a hole in the top of each cookie with a drinking straw.

Press birdseed into each side of the cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

When cool, tie a ribbon or string through the hole and hang on a tree branch.

SQUEEGEE PAINT PULL

You will need:

Tempera/food coloring

Window Squeegee

White (non-porous) paper

Tape one edge of paper to table.

Drip several colors of paint along edge

Pull colors across with squeegee.  See how they blend

PEANUT, TREE NUTS AND EGGS FREE SNACKS

In the office we have a list of commonly available snacks that are free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs.  We invite you to stop in and take a look at this list.  You can also access the list by going to: http://snacksafety.com/snackguide.

SNACK IDEAS

Some parents have asked for suggestions on what type of snacks to bring for their child’s snack day.  Here is a list of some simple snack ideas.

Trail Mix – a mixture of whole-grain cereal, dried fruits, sunflower seeds and dried coconut flakes.  You can also add in raisins, cranberries and pretzels.

Small box of raisins

Fruit – please remember that grapes if served MUST be cut in half.  Bananas, apple slices, berries are all good choices.

Mini bagels with cream cheese

String cheese

Yogurt tubes

Applesauce

Whole wheat pretzels and crackers

Crackers and cheese

Chips and salsa

Popcorn

Pretzels

Raisins

Carrots and ranch dip

SNACK IDEA RECIPES

DRIED STRAWBERRIES

Cut strawberries into slices.

Bake for 3  hours in a 210 degree oven.

ZUCCHINI PIZZA BITES

You will need:

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 zucchini, cut inot 1/4 ” thick rounds

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/3 cup marinara sauce

1/2 cup finely grated mozzarella

1/4 cup pepperoni minis

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to broil.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Working in batches, add zucchini and cook filliping once, until golden, about 1-2 minutes on each side; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place zucchini rounds onto a large baking sheet.  Top each zucchini round with marinara, mozzarella and pepperoni minis.

Place in oven and cook until the cheese has melted, about 1-2 minutes.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with Italian seasoning, if desired.

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE STRAWBERRY BITES

You will need:

10 large strawberries

4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature (whole fat only)

2 Tablespoons strawberry jam

1 1/2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1 drop pink food coloring

white non-pareil sprinkles or pink sugar sprinkles

Place softened cream cheese, strawberry jam, confectioner’s sugar, and almond extract, and pink food coloring in a small bowl; stir until well combined and smooth.  Chill about 10 to 15 minutes.

While cream cheese mixture chills, rinse and dry strawberries and cut in half lengthwise.  If you need to level off cut off small portion on bottom of strawberry.

Place the cream cheese mixture in a zip-loc bag.  Cut off one end and pipe cream cheese mixture onto the strawberry halves.

Sprinkle with pink sugar or non-pareils.

BOOK SELECTIONS FOR FALL READING

The Mitten – Jan Brett

William’s Winter Nap – Linda Ashman

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What  Do You See? – Bill Martin Jr.

Snow Flakes – Cerrie Burnell

Let It Snow – Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Winter Wonderland – Jill Esbaum

Loud Winter’s Nap – Katy Hudson 

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