PCHC Spotlight

October 2015

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Reminders, News and Events:


  • Fall Fundraiser - Yankee Candle- Starts October 19th and ends Nov. 13th. Watch for details in your child's classroom and through email.
  • 15 – AACPS – two hour early dismissal

  • 16- AACPS Closed – (PCHC open)

  • 16 - Fire Safety Day- 10 am. Anne Arundel County Fire Department will visit PCHC and discuss Fire Safety with students.

  • 26 - Painting Pumpkin Day

  • 30– Halloween Parade at 10:30 am - watch for party details in your child's classroom.

  • 30 - AACPS – two hour early dismissal

  • Flu season is almost here and the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. If your child is experiencing symptoms of the flu, it is critical that you keep your child home and not expose him or her to other children in the center.

Happy Birthday! - October Birthdays

3 -Isabella R.

6 - Elizabeth H.

10 - Munaf I.

20 - Tye A.

25 - London S.

25 - Olivia Z.

29 - Sarah W.

Classroom Updates


Fall has finally arrived and we are very excited for the new season. For the month of October our theme is “Fall”. In this theme we will cover Autumn Apples, Autumn Colors, Autumn Leaves, Pumpkins, and Halloween. Some of the activities we will do during our Fall theme are roll apples, look at Autumn colors, feel Fall leaves with our feet, pass the pumpkin, and make ghost footprints! Our core sounds will be “Ba” and “La” and our sign language word for the month will be ”All Done”.

On Friday October 30 we will be having our Halloween parade that will include our class. Please feel free to bring a costume.

Ms. Kaitlynn & Ms. Liza – Infant A

Ms. Shanell and Ms. Bre – Infant B


Our theme for this month will be “Fun for Fall”. Our sign language word is “Book” and our color is orange. We will focus on the triangle in October. We will be reading "Show & Tell," "Brown Bear" and "Pip & Squeak." We will also be exploring things that are orange. We will be talking about the change in weather, and collect leaves to make a collage and display the colors of fall. We will be decorating the room and having fun celebrating Halloween.

We are excited to celebrate the Fall in the toddler classroom!

Ms. Cheryl and Ms. Asia


We are excited for the Fall. For the month of October, our twos classroom will celebrate fire safety week. We will also learn about different kinds of food and where it comes from (farm, grocery store, restaurants, etc.). Our letter for the month is "F" and our colors are yellow and red. We will also work on focusing on the rectangle as our shape for October.

We can't forget about Halloween this month! Watch for details in your child's classroom regarding our party this month and our Halloween Parade.

Ms. Jenni and Ms. Ashley E.


For the month of October we will be welcoming Halloween and yummy treats. We’ll start the month out with how to make and keep friends and how we can be a part of a group.

One of our small group activities is making pizza. We will continue the month with what sounds we hear at school and where do they come from. We will also play games to help us identify sounds around us.

We will end the month exploring balls of all shapes and sizes, what we know about balls and, what do we want to find out about balls. As we study balls, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We’ll also be using thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.

We will have our trick-or-treat parade and our Halloween party on October 30th. Parents are more than welcome to attend. Watch for details in our classroom.

Ms. Crystal and Ms. Kim


Welcome to the colorful month of October. As the leaves change so will our classroom focus to reduce , reuse & recycle. The Fall provides us with a wonderful opportunity to find fun ways to introduce the concept of reducing waste and only using what we need. Reusing/ repurposing items allows for some creative arts, crafts, writing and reading projects. Through out the month we will be posting notes in our classroom doorways for items we will need for our projects.

As we study how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We will also be developing thinking skills to observe, investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.

With the weather growing cooler please remind your child to bring a jacket. We still venture outdoors twice a day when weather permits. Also if you haven't already please check your child's spare clothes to make sure their seasonally appropriate. As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to share them.

Ms. Alicia, Ms. Mellissa and Ms. Alanna

School Age - Homework Center

The Fall is here and the school age room is ready! We will continue our before and after school routines of preparing for the school day in the morning and completing homework in the afternoon. We ask that the children dress for the weather, as we will still go outside in the afternoons. A light jacket is recommended for the playground.

Please let us know if your child is in need of additional help during homework time. We are always here to assist!

Please let us know which students will be attending PCHC for the full day when schools are closed so that we can plan our day accordingly. You may also let the office know. Reminder - payment for drop in care when schools are closed is due at the beginning of the week (Monday). The cost for care is an additional $17/day when schools are closed. We do not charge an additional fee for half days.

Ms. Jenni, Ms. Tiffany and Ms. Alexis

Pre-Kindergarten Readiness - What can you do to support your child?

The Maryland State Department of Education recommends some things you can do to support your child’s learning in prekindergarten including:

Scientific Thinking:

  • Search for nature books.
  • Go to the library and borrow books about butterflies and cocoons, dinosaurs, birds – animals that interest both you and your child. Talk about the way animals grow, where they live, how they change, and so on.
  • „Help your child with her questions. Listen carefully when your child asks “why” questions and plan ways to involve her in finding answers, such as asking an expert, looking in a book, or observing together to gather evidence.

Social Studies:

  • Talk about your family. Discuss the similarities and differences in your ages, sizes, hair and eye color, and talents (for example: ability to sing, draw, garden, do plumbing, work on cars or motorcycles, and so on).
  • „Talk about the work that people do. As you and your child go through the day, talk about all the people you see doing jobs that help others.

The Arts:

  • „Share your childhood songs. Teach your child some songs you sang at school or camp.
  • Show him you care. Express interest in the work your child does and the art objects she makes.

Physical Development and Health:

  • „Encourage movement and activity. Provide outdoor time in your yard or the park at least several times a week.
  • „Teach him to cook. Get those little fingers busy by letting your child help with food preparation by washing vegetables, mixing cake batter, drying utensils.