For Our Home at Shadow Rock Church, For Our Families, For Our Blessings
Family Night a Success Develop an
“Attitude of Gratitude.”
We are always grateful to
our incredible families. As _
Volume 1,Issue 3
tasted, felt, listened to Because you asked…
music and renewed friend- Playdough Recipe
and we count our blessing, November/December 2004
ships. Mix together:
the fact you share your
Mrs. Thurman and Mrs. Bu- 2 cups flour
children with us is at the 1 cup salt
top of our list. fano in the Rainbow Room
4 t. cream of tartar ☺ One child in the car
felt especially lucky, as
Thank you for supporting Mix & pour over flour mixture: backseat hollers, “She
they hosted an entire dele- 2 cups water pinched me!” A parent
our Family Night. In Smith
gation from Samantha 2 T. oil can blow a kiss their way
Hall we sniffed and tasted
Fisher’s family. The Fish- Food coloring/extract for smell and say, “Here’s a long-
popcorn, played with Gunk
ers had four generations in Cook on medium stirring for 2-3 distance kiss”. (end of
(cornstarch, food coloring discussion)
attendance. (See photo.) mins., form ball, cool 5 mins.,
and water), danced, knead smooth. Store in airtight
painted, We are ever grateful for ☺ Offer choices, but only
your loving support. choices you are willing to
accept. For example, “Do
you want to wear this
outfit or this other one?”
In side this issu e:
Inside Story “What do 2 you
want to wear?”
Inside Story 2
Inside Story 2
☺ Read about your child’s
Inside Story 3
(books in our library) It
Inside Story 5
Inside Story your con-
may relieve 6
Playground Maintenance cerns!
For the last five years our mer preschool student Barry Thanks to all
preschool playground has had Holland chose us and our Bob and Brian Ballou Andrew Russell
assistance from Boy Scout playground as his Eagle Pro- John and Will Banks Mitchell Rutherford
troops. ject. Boys and leaders from Michael Baranowski Nora, Robbie and Tim Hart
troop 323 dug deep holes Connor, Dave & Travis Christiansen Chris, Tim and Kevin Hawk
Troop 820 organized and led Sam Clements Vaughn Hillyard
by Jeff King has twice a year under landings, filled them
Liz Curry Barry, Jeff and Lisa Holland
faithfully moved sand, with sand, removed two dead
Matt Dumas Shane Jones
trimmed trees and bushes, trees, and moved ten tons of Paul and Scott Eastman Matt Marks
and cleaned up our infamous sand. More than half these Willie Fahy Jeff Miller
hill of a playground. families were a part of SR Mark and Matt Golab John and Joseph Replogle
Preschool’s past. Dean and TJ Grandlienard BJ and Dave Whitmire
On November 12 and 13 for- Thomas Gruetzmacher Max and Joe Wingert
Used Book Sale Approaching
Will you be cleaning out closets and
bookshelves for the holidays? If you missed the booksigning
Shadow Rock Preschool has its Annual
and still want a copy of
Used Book Sale January 23. Please
gather up any gently used books, CDs Everyone’s a Storyteller
and videos that you no longer want
by Eileen Hoard,
and hold on to them.
The Preschool will be collecting items copies are in our office and
for the sale starting January 3 and cost $27.95.
appreciates all donations. Because of
This is a great book for gift-
limited storage, we request that you
wait until then to deliver your treas- ing parents, grandparents,
ures.. teachers, nannies, aunts and
Oliver Owl plans to bring 14
In the past we’ve had folks donate a uncles, and all the storytell-
paperbacks and 3 videos on
box of books only to turn around and ers in your life.
shop for some new-used books. It’s
His wife says “Hooray!”
great fun and promotes literacy.
Still Playing after 30 Years
...at Shadow Rock Preschool
On March 5 Shadow Rock Preschool quent or are affiliated with, we’d be nered space at
will celebrate our Thirtieth Year with excited to receive a donation of Shadow Rock March 5
a Reunion Auction at Moon Valley goods or services. Church. Circle the
Moon Valley CC
Country Club. Plans are underway for Watch for notes coming home about date today!
a wonderful Starry Night of fun and A Starry Night
the event. Our events help us keep
bargains. tuitions competitive and affordable. Auction
We hope that you will help us obtain We also work to pay our teachers a and
items to be auctioned that evening. reasonable wage for their hard work,
If you have a business that you fre- as well as usage fees for our part-
The 40-year Highscope Perry Pre- program had to repeat a grade (21% vs.
school Project recently released the females 41%)
following findings: required • The group who received high-
• More of the group who received treat- quality early education on average
high-quality early education ment outperformed the non-program
graduated from high school than for group on various intellectual and
the non-program group (65% vs. mental language tests during their early
45%), particularly females (84% impair- childhood years, on school
vs. 32%) ments achievement tests between ages
(8% vs. 9 and 14, and on literacy tests at
• Fewer females who received high-
36%) or ages 19 and 27.
quality early education than non-
Page 2 GRATITUDE
Book Review—The Peace Book, Todd Parr
This delightful and thoughtful book is lead you astray, for the concepts book and see!”
available in hardcover and as a board work with early elementary children,
book. Todd Parr both illustrates and as well. We’ve even seen it used with
writes the book and his simple, ethni- adults.
cally diverse, colorful drawings draw Todd Parr has also written Underwear
in the child Do’s and Don’ts about manners, The
Quotes about peace include: Mommy Book, The Daddy Book, and
Peace is listening to different kinds The Family Book, as well as fifteen
of music. more titles. Each breaks down stereo-
types in a humorous, accessible way.
Peace is giving a friend a hug.
His website address is
Peace is being free. www.toddparr.com. You’ll also find his *********************************
Peace is traveling to different places. books online at Barnes and Noble and
Amazon. DONATE TO EDUCATE
Peace is everyone having a home.
The jacket states: “There are lots of Recycle your inkjet, laser or toner
They are great springboards for con-
different kinds of peace. Open this cartridges and cell phones today!!
versations. Don’t let the simplicity
An Attitude of Gratitude is a dance, “Often people attempt who you
way to live. Focus on what to live their lives backwards: really are, Shadow Rock
one has instead of what one they try to have more things, then do Church sponsors a
wants. Focus on blessings and or more money, in order to do what you Blanket Drive for
anticipate more. Live out of more of what they want so need to do, You will find a large
love rather than fear. that they will be happier. The in order to box in the Parlor
As Margaret Young so beauti- way it actually works is the have what where you can place
a new or gently used
fully states in Simple Abun- reverse. You must first be you want.” blanket to share.
In December our children will have suming the 3rd. Remember that Before you were conceived
several holiday special adventures. there is no afternoon KDO on the
I wanted you.
As he does each month, Mr. Jim will 17th.
lead singing December 8-9. Then on
Before you were born
Your children pick up on your stress.
the 14th and 15th, Eileen Hoard will Simplify the holidays where and when
I loved you.
regale us with holiday stories. That you can, so that their memories, Before you were here an hour
last week of preschool Santa himself which you and we are building every I would die for you.
(also known as Mr. Pabst) will make an
appearance and pass out candy canes.
day, are happy ones.
This is the season of love, hope, peace
This is the miracle of life.
Our holiday runs from December 20 and joy. May it be so with you. —Maureen Hawkins
through January 2, with school re-
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Building with Blocks
Balance—why is it harder, but not impossible, to build with smaller or
rounded blocks on the bottom?
Stability—difference between placing blocks carefully or carelessly—
building on a hard surface vs. carpeting.
Can the cars go faster down a ramp?
Control of hands, wrists and fingers
Negotiation, cooperation, sharing and taking turns (one of life’s most important phrases—“Could I have
that when you’re done?”)
Counting, sorting, matching, weight, measurement, size, comparison, shapes, symmetry, categorizing
Rebuilding after a fall…or 2 or 3
Cause and Effect
“Why did it fall? Do hard hats help? What happens if I just move the bottom one a little bit?”
“It looks like this block will fit right there if I’m really, really careful.”
Comparisons, describing what I built with words, telling a story about my creation, playing together.
“How can I connect this bridge? How do I make a round castle?”
Self-Esteem and Creativity
“This is the pen for the pigs, now I’m building a garage for the tractor.”
Back P age St
Part of every day’s schedule and one of those invaluable life skills.
Happy Holidays from Shadow Rock Preschool