PCHC Spotlight

October 2016

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Reminders, News and Events:

  • Fall Fundraiser Watch for details in your child's classroom and through email.
  • 12 - Yom Kippur - AACPS Closed (PCHC open)
  • 12 - Fire Safety Day - 10 am. Anne Arundel County Fire Department will visit PCHC and discuss Fire Safety with students.
  • 20 & 21 - AACPS Closed – (PCHC open)
  • 28 & 31 - AACPS – two hour early dismissal
  • 31 - Halloween Parade at 10:30 am - watch for party details in your child's classroom.
  • 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.

12 – Reagan R.

18 – Robbie P.

25 - London S.

29 - Sarah W.

Classroom Updates


Infant A

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 which will connect us to our Fall theme are rolling apples, looking at Autumn colors, feeling Fall leaves with our feet, passing the pumpkin, and making ghost footprints! Our core sounds will be “ba” and “la” and our sign language word for the month is "all done”. On Monday October 31st PCHC will be having our Halloween parade which will include our class. Please feel free to bring a costume that we can dress your child in for the parade.

Ms. Crystal & Ms. Kayla – Infant A

Infant B

Fall is here we are very excited for the new season! This month our themes are “On the Farm” and “Halloween”. We will be doing many Farm activities as well as Halloween projects. One of the many projects will be creating new Sensory bottles for our classroom. We would greatly appreciate your donations of small water/soda/Gatorade bottles. The signs for the month are “sleep” and “bed” and our core sounds are “ba” and “la”. On Monday October 31st the center will be holding its annual Halloween Parade! Please feel free to bring a costume that we can dress your child in for this event.

Ms. Kenea and Ms. Robin – 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 oval in October. We will be reading "Show & Tell” and "Brown Bear". 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. Dottie


We are so excited for the Fall! During the month of October, our Twos classroom will celebrate Fire Safety week. We will also learn about different kinds of food and where food comes from (farm, grocery store, restaurants, etc.). Our letters for the month are Ss and Tt and the numbers are 19 and 20. We would also like to send Happy Birthday wishes to both Isabella and London!

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

Ms. Jenni, Ms. Ashley E. and Ms. India


For the month of October we will be welcoming Halloween and yummy treats. We’ll start the month out with how to make friends and maintain these friendships 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 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 determine what 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 31st. Parents are more than welcome to attend. Watch for details in our classroom.

Ms. Kim and Ms. Sarah


Welcome to the colorful month of October! As the leaves change so will our study unit. Our classroom focus will keep us rolling as we explore “Balls”. Balls provide many opportunities to guess, test and challenge our ever-growing minds. We will also pay close attention to concepts such as texture, weight and size. Throughout the month we will be posting notes in our classroom doorway of items needed to help us with our exploration.

Along with the theme of change is the outdoor weather, which is growing cooler. Please remind your child to bring a jacket for those chillier mornings. We still venture outdoors twice a day when weather permits. Also if you haven't already done so, please check your child's spare clothes to make sure they are seasonally appropriate. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to share them with us.

Ms. Alicia, Ms. Mellissa and Ms. Jenna

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 $20/day when schools are closed. We do not charge an additional fee for half days.

Ms. Jenni and Ms. Jenna

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.