Director's Corner

  • Weekly Wrap Up! Week 7

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 10/16/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    There is a lot happening at our little preschool these days! We are so excited to continue to remain open to serve our children and families. Thank you for all you do to support our school! 
     
    A very special thank you to our Parent Advisory Board for sharing a little "light" with our teachers! Thanks to their support and donations from families, each teacher and staff member received a candle with a note that read " You light up our children's world". Staff also received handwritten notes from our board this month as well. I am so grateful and humbled for all that our preschool family does. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dr. Lorenz
     
    Give us a call
    Please let the front office know if your child will be late or absent for any reason. If your child is out sick for the day, please let us know what illness. We use this information to track sickness in our building and monitor areas that may require extra cleaning. 
     
    Boo!
    Announcing a fun, safe way to trick or treat AND have a harvest parade with OLV Preschool. OLV Preschool families are invited to join us on October 31st at 10:30AM for a special Drive-Thru Trick or Treat experience! Come in costume or decorate your car! Cars can enter the "parade" using our standard pick up/drop off route behind the school. Teachers and staff will line the lot to wave and see the wonderful costumes and wish our families a Happy Halloween. A small treat will be given at the end of the parade to preschool families participating. Thank you to those who have donated for the treat bags. We will continue to accept donations for small treat items for the bags through next week. 
     
    With Halloween around the corner we'd like to encourage all of our families to continue to be safe and healthy. Recommendations for fun 2020-friendly Halloween activities can be found on the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html. 
     
    Speaking of Candy
    In case you don't get enough chocolate for Halloween, we will be hosting a Gardner's Candy holiday sale! Order forms and more information will come home in your child's folder next week. 
     
    School Pictures
    What beautiful pictures! Thank you to Forever Young Photography for hosting our fall pictures! School photos were sent home today. If your child was not present on picture day, please let your teacher know. Retakes are scheduled for October 27th. Additional forms are available in the front office. 
     
    Need a Change?
    Is your child yearning for more time at school?  Our extended school options may be a good fit for you. Let us know if you need to add early drop off or afternoon enrichment to your child's schedule for November no later than October 21, 2020. A change form can be requested from Ms. Gigi at petersp@olvcs.org
     
    OLVCS Newsletter 
    Check out what's happening next door this week at on the OLVCS newsletter found here: https://www.smore.com/6fcmv-olvcs-updates?ref=email. 


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  • Weekly Wrap Up! Week 6

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 10/9/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    It's another beautiful week in Central Pennsylvania! We are all so grateful for this wonderful weather we have been having. This week our classes are learning numbers, fire safety, and taking walks around our church campus! We also thank Deacon Dave for blessing our "pets" this week in honor of the celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi Feast Day. 
     
    In a few weeks we will be celebrating harvest parties in individual classrooms. We are working with our Parent Advisory Board to offer another fun not-spooky-socially-distanced family Halloween activity as well. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if your family would like to donate individually wrapped candies or non-edible treats to use for treat bags for our preschoolers it would be much appreciated!
     
    Blessings,
    Dr. Lorenz
     
    Pick Up
    Next week we will continue with pick up held behind the school. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work on improving. 
     
    Tuition
    Thank you to everyone for paying tuition on time. Prompt payments help us to stay on time with facility expenses and employee payroll. Tuition reminders are only in the Weekly Wrap Up email and you will not receive an invoice. Receipts are available upon request from the office. Tuition is due to the office no later than the 5th of each month. Per our family handbook, late payments may be assessed up to a 5% fee per day late. If you are facing an unexpected financial hardship please contact the preschool office. 
     
    Important Dates
    Tuesday, October 27th: Picture Make-Up Day (Please let your teacher know if a make-up is needed
    Thursday and Friday, October 29th and 30th: Classroom Harvest Parties
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  • Weekly Wrap Up! Week 5

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 10/2/2020
    Five little classrooms sitting at a school
    We are all having tons of fun and learning's really cool!
     
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,
     
    We made it to October! Apples, barns, and cats and 1-2-3s fill our hallways and OLV Preschool is such a fun place to be for both our students and our teachers. Continued thanks to all of our families for your support and prayers for this school year. 
     
    Thank you for the quick pivot to a different pick up procedure on Thursday. The process went so smoothly and added another layer of safety for our children we will be modifying pick up procedures next week using our back lot as we did for the funeral. We will use this one week trial period to see if this continues to provide the best option for safe, quick pick up for our students. You will use the same procedures for pick up as drop off:
     
    1. Enter the parking lot by the church off of Westerly Pkwy
    2. Proceed to the back of the school and pull around the cones.
    3. Pull all of the way forward to sign marked "loading zone"
    4. If the lot is full, use the circle in front of the church and do not block intersections. Try to move to the right as much as possible to allow other cars to exit.
    5. Once in the lot put on parking brake, put on your mask, and exit your vehicle to help load your child/children
    6. Quickly help your child get into their seat AND ensure they are buckled safely
    7. Wait for the "all clear" to move forward out of the parking lot.
     
    Blessings,
    Dr. Lorenz
     

    Tuition

    It's October! Tuition is due no later than October 5th.Checks should be made payable to OLV Preschool. Tuition can be placed in an envelope marked with your child's name and "tuition" and sent in their clear school to home folder. You may also hand a check to a teacher or the director at drop off. If you are mailing a check keep in mind that we have experienced up to a 10 day delay in receiving mail.

    Wash Masks!

    Treat your masks like underwear and wash them every day. Masks provided by OLV Preschool are laundered daily. The CDC recommends a clean mask each day to eliminate the potential for secondary infections from mask wearing.  Treat your mask like underwear--don't share it, and make sure to have a clean one on each day. 

     

    Saint Francis of Assisi Pet Blessing

    Traditionally we have a parish wide pet blessing in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4th. This year we will be having individual "pet" blessings of our student's stuffed animals in their age cohorts outside on our playground. Deacon Dave will visit on both Monday and Tuesday to allow all children to have a "pet" blessed. (Please do not send any real pets). 

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  • Weekly Wrap Up! Week 4

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 9/18/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    Cooler weather is quickly approaching! We are solidly moving into autumn and have hit a good routine at our preschool. Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we navigate a new, and very different year! As the weather gets cooler we will continue to have children outside as much as possible. Please plan on sending in an extra sweater or have your child layer appropriately. 
     
    Additionally, continued thanks for helping us keep our school safe and healthy. Your cooperation with our health and safety protocol helps us to continue to serve our children. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Say Cheese!
    We are excited that Forever Young Photography will be with us next week for our fall pictures. Weather permitting, our photographers will be set up outside and follow the same masking and social distancing protocols everyone at our school follows. A flyer came home with your student this week, and you can also order online at https://www.fysphotos.com! Use code FYF123704 to order! 
     
    Did Someone Say Cheese?
    USDA recently announced extraordinary waivers to the rules for school meal programs.  These waivers allow us to provide meals to all children residing in the district free of charge through the end of December (contingent on the availability of federal funding). When we do return to in-person learning, meals at school will be free for all students while this waiver is in effect.  

    Meal kits distributed on Wednesday, Sept. 23 are available for all children age 18 and younger or those up to age 21 with an Individual Education Plan. The kits will include five breakfast entrees, five lunch entrees, fruits, vegetables, and milk. Meals are free of charge without the need to apply for meal benefits. Meals are also available for your pre-school age children. 

    In order to get meals on Wednesday, we ask that you complete this form by 7:00 AM on Monday.  The link for ordering meals is also available at www.scasd.org/ordermeals and will be updated there as needed if this closure continues into additional weeks. 

    Don't Forget

    Does your preschooler need to be at school longer? We offer an engaging enrichment program for early morning drop offs and extended afternoons. Changes to Extended School Programing can be made on a monthly basis. All changes for October ESP must be turned in to Ms. Gigi by Monday, September 21st.

    Important Dates
    Tuesday, September 22nd: Picture Day--Monkeys, Polar Bears, Kangaroos, Koalas
    Wednesday, September 23rd: Picture Day--Monkeys, Polar Bears, Penguins, Frogs
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  • Weekly Wrap Up! Week 3

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 9/11/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    I know that new policies and procedures have certainly changed some of the things we love. However, one of my new favorite parts of the day is greeting you and your wonderful children at our door. These good mornings with spider man shoes, twirly dresses, and sticky fingers bring joy to my heart. Thank you for all you are doing to help us keep all of our OLV Family safe and healthy. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dr. Lorenz
     
    Teacher Talk
    Need to chat with your child's teacher? Make sure to email them to set up a good time. Teachers love to see you at pick up and drop off, but this is not the safest time to chat. The parking lot is full, and we want to keep all of our children safe. If you do have an appointment to speak to your child's teacher you may pull into a parking spot and wait until pick up is complete. 
     
    Do I need a note?
    Is someone else picking up your child from school? Please remember to send in a note even if that person is listed as an emergency contact. Also, remind them that we will ask for ID if they have never picked up before. 
     
    Need a Change?
    Is your child yearning for more time at school? Remote learning schedules: have you in need of more time with older siblings? Our extended school options may be a good fit for you. Let us know if you need to add early drop off or afternoon enrichment to your child's schedule for October no later than September 21, 2020. A change form can be requested from Ms. Gigi at petersp@olvcs.org. 
     
    Important Dates
    Friday, September 18th: No School--Inservice Day for teachers
    Tuesday, September 22nd: Picture Day--Monkeys, Polar Bears, Kangaroos, Koalas
    Wednesday, September 23rd: Picture Day--Monkeys, Polar Bears, Penguins, Frogs
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  • Weekly Wrap Up! Week 2

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 9/4/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool,

     
    I am so grateful for your continued support and cooperation with our new protocols and procedures. This week our children are getting more used to routine, making new friends, and having a lot of fun learning! As a reminder, we will continue to stay open as long as possible following health and safety protocols outlined by the Department of Human Services, the CDC, and the Department of Health. This means when there is a cancellation or change in scheduling with SCASD it does not necessarily impact the operations of OLV Preschool. Additionally, we are continually revising our plan to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep our children, staff, and families safe. Revisions will be sent in an email and posted on our website when available. 
     
    Thank you again for yours prayers, patience, and support. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dr. Lorenz
     
    Traveling?
    It's a long weekend! Remember, if you are traveling to any of the following states students and employees must quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. 
    • Alabama
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Kansas
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Nevada
    • North Dakota
    • Oklahoma
    • South Carolina
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    Be Safe, Be Responsible!
    As you may know, numbers of COVID cases in our county have started to increase over the last two weeks. Our school is only as safe as our entire preschool family makes it. While at school we work on wearing our masks, social distancing, and LOTS of handwashing and cleaning. We ask families to also be mindful of these practices when out in our community as well. Here are some other things you can do to help us stay safe: 
    • Have children put their mask on before getting out of the car
    • Please remember to wear your own mask at pick up and drop off. It sets a good example to our children and my mask protects you, your mask protects me. 
    • Do not send in backpacks (germs from home come to school, germs from school come home EWW!). 
    • Have children wash or sanitize their hands before eating or right when they get home. 
    • Let us know if a child will be absent for any reason, including illness. This helps us track sickness in our facility and ensure all areas are being cleaned effectively. We also have access to a Halosil Fogger for classrooms that may be experiencing a higher than average number of illnesses.
    Tuition
    Tuition is due no later than September 5. Checks should be made payable to OLV Preschool. Tuition can be placed in an envelope marked with your child's name and "tuition" and sent in their clear school to home folder. You may also hand a check to a teacher or the director at drop off. If you are mailing a check keep in mind that we have experienced up to a 10 day delay in receiving mail. Please do not post-date checks. 
     
    Good Bye, and Thank You!
    Make sure you say a special Thank You to our Ms. Maggie! She will be transitioning to teach at another preschool this week. Ms. Maggie has been a special part of our OLV Preschool Family since 2016 and we will miss her! 
     
    Important Dates
    Monday, September 7th:  Labor Day, No School
    Tuesday, September 22nd: Picture Day--Monkeys, Polar Bears, Kangaroos, Koalas
    Wednesday, September 23rd: Picture Day--Monkeys, Polar Bears, Penguins, Frogs
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