June 2014 Newsletter

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Pearce 4 Kids Post

June 2014

Day Care
Morning & After School Care
Nursery School
Summer Camp

Message from Lydia             
I recently added a page in the parent handbook that gives a brief overview of the history of Pearce 4 Kids. While I have been privileged to have been around for much of it, it was still interesting to be reminded of how we have grown and changed over time, yet our mission of providing safe and quality child care and preschool education in a loving, Christian environment has always remained the same. If you would like to read that history overview, click on this link: Pearce 4 Kids History

On another note, a number of our children and families will not be back next year as the children will move on from Nursery School, Pre-K or Day Care to Kindergarten in the fall or will age out of our school age program. Thanks to all of you for allowing us to care for and love your children. It has been an honor to do so and they have greatly enriched all of our lives. We will miss you all.

For those of you sticking around next year, the P4K Post will be on hiatus for July and August but will return the first of September. Have a wonderful summer everyone!

Lydia Monroe, P4K Executive Director
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A Day in the Life of the BLUE 4 Year Old Class

Pearce 4 Kids is blessed to have Rebecca Watson as one of our 4 year old teachers. “Miss Becky” has been with Pearce for nine years. She and her full-time assistant, Megan Butler, provide the children with hands-on learning experiences and lots of fun each day. It is not unusual to walk by their classroom and see children, and even staff, dancing and singing…mostly to the soundtrack of Frozen these days!  Here is a glimpse into their daily routine as told by Miss Becky:

“Some enjoy a leisurely breakfast with their friends and teachers while others dive right into playing with their favorite toys.  During this “free play” stage of our morning imaginations run wild as the boys commandeer the home area to be their pirate ship or the girls build elaborate castles for their princesses with the wooden blocks. One or two may snuggle with a teacher in the cozy chair with several books or maybe they’ll stage a concert and sing and dance to their favorite songs while someone helps tend to the classroom plants.

It’s the start to another great day in the Blue 4’s class.

All too soon we hear the familiar refrain from our crazy clean up song.  Working as a team we race the clock to set the room back up because we know it’s time to head outside if the weather is nice.  If it’s not, then either the gym with its variety of tumbling mats, balls, hula-hoops, and games or the rec room where we ride tricycles will be our destination.  After all that running and playing we’ve worked up quite an appetite, so it’s back to the room for our morning snack. 

Circle time is next.  We gather together on our alphabet rug to discuss the weather, take attendance, sing about the days of the week, count the numbers on the calendar in English and in Spanish, read a story and learn the theme of the day.  Each week’s theme is carefully planned to develop kindergarten readiness skills and encourage creativity as we learn all about God’s amazing world.  Next we split into small groups to rotate through learning centers that are designed to support our daily theme, letter, or Bible lesson.

Before lunch we gather again on the circle-time rug to sing, dance, play a game or hear some stories. The halls ring with our laughter as our teacher reads stories in her silliest voices.   After lunch, weather permitting, we’ll visit the playground again or enjoy a walk on the college campus.

Next, it’s rest time. We snuggle on our cots with a book and our blankets to listen to a story CD.  Followed by quiet time with the lights out and gentle music playing to give our hard working bodies a rest.  Not all of us will sleep so, after resting for a little while, those who remain awake are invited to play some quiet table games designed to promote our small muscle development and hand-eye coordination.

When rest time is over we enjoy another snack and then gather once again on the circle-time rug to listen to our daily Bible story.  We’ll take another trip to the playground or gym and then end the day with more free play as we bid our friends and teachers good-bye for another day.”

Job Well Done!

Congratulations to our Nursery School & Pre-Kindergarten children who graduated on May 22nd. We are proud of you and wish you the best as you enter Kindergarten in the fall.

 What’s up with our Playground?             
On May 19th the church began the task of re-roofing the Sanctuary which is directly above our school age playground. We will be off the playground for at least four weeks while this project is completed.  A copy of a letter  with more information, sent to parents of school agers, may be found by clicking on this link: Sanctuary Roof Project Information
Save the Dates for P4K!
Day Care Graduation: On Thursday, June 19 we will honor our 4 year old day care children. Some of these children have been with us since they were infants and we look forward to celebrating with them as they graduate from the day care and begin their journey to Kindergarten!
The Day Care Graduation festivities will begin at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall (what your children know as the “rec room”). More information will be forthcoming from your child’s teacher as we get closer to the date.
P4K Family Picnic: On Thursday, graphic-bbq-dad.jpg August 7 we will host our annual family picnic. Last year we gathered at Black Creek Park and had over 150 children, parents and staff in attendance. The lodge at Black Creek only holds 99 so we were very fortunate that we had a beautiful evening and could have many folks sit outside. However, in order to accommodate everyone this year, we are moving the picnic to the church. We will eat in the gym, have bounce houses for the children as well as have the playgrounds available if the weather cooperates. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the date.
School Age Parents: Important Reminder
Unlike previous years, we will not offer full day school age care on the Thursday and Friday of the last week of school (June 26 & 27). Because of the way the calendar falls this year, we will not have the week before Summer Camp to get ready for our campers so we need those two full days to get our staff trained and the rooms readied for camp to start on Monday, June 30.

We will provide half-day care on Friday, June 20 and Monday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 25. The sign up sheet for those who need half day care on those days will be at the reception desk starting Monday, June 9.
If you have any questions please call or email:
Lydia Monroe, Executive Director monroe_lydia@pearcechurch.org
Mattie Benedict, After School Program Director benedictm@pearcechurch.org
School Age News – Summer & Fall Registrations

Only 4 more weeks until we start Summer Camp!! 
P4K Summer Camp is an 8 week program starting June 30th for children who are entering Kindergarten in the fall through children who are 12 years old (or who turned 13 during this current school year). We do limit the number of children we take each week. If you know that your child will join us this summer but have not yet registered we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
We are also taking registrations for Fall 2014 Before/After School Care. You will find the forms for Summer Camp and Before/After School Care in the “Quick Links” above and on our P4K Website – or stop by the P4K Office. If you have any questions please call the P4K office.

Vacation Bible School               

Pearce Church will hold their annual Vacation Bible School this summer from 9am – noon the week of July 14 – 18. Children will enjoy music, crafts, games, stories and snacks that will aid in teaching them that God is their creator, provider, protector, savior and king. Children who turn 4 years old by December 2014 through those entering 6th grade in September 2104 are welcome to attend. A registration form for those not attending P4K for the summer may be found in the Quick Links above.
Already attending P4K the week of VBS?
All age eligible children who are registered for P4K day care and summer camp the week of VBS (July 14- 18) will attend VBS and will be registered for VBS by P4K. Parents do not need to complete a separate VBS registration form. P4K children will be in “crews” with P4K staff and their P4K friends.

Pearce Church Happenings


Pearce is offering a seminar for parents hosted by AgapĂ© Counseling Associates, Inc. Debbra S. Babb, LCSW, will present a seminar entitled, “Permission To Be a Parent: Setting Priorities within Your Family” on June, 1 at 9am in Parmerter Chapel. Grandparents are welcome to attend as well. Contact Pastor Kathy, at petteys_kathleen@pearcechurch.org for more information.


We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

This fall Pearce Church is hosting the David Ramsey Financial Peace University class. Led by Pastor John Keller (a former P4K staffer and currently a P4K dad), the class will meet at Pearce on Wednesday evenings, September 17 – December 12, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Nursery is provided for children through 3 years old and programs are offered for children (age 4 and up) and teens. More details will be forthcoming closer to fall or go to the Pearce Church Website and watch for details in the coming months. For more information about David Ramsey and the Financial Peace University go to davidramsey.com.