Director's Corner

  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 11/8/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    What a treat to wake up to a dusting of snow today! Make sure to check out our facebook page for a picture of the Kangaroo class enjoying the fresh flakes. It was certainly a beautiful day in Central Pennsylvania. 
     
    This season brings quite a few special events, so please make sure to read the wrap up and communication from your child's teacher. If you miss a wrap up, you can access all of them on the Director's Corner on our website at: https://www.olvcatholicschool.org/domain/389. 
     
    Also, with this season brings weather changes and challenges. In addition to email, we use HiMama to communicate with families. In the event of a snow day we will notify families via a HiMama email alert. Next week I will send out a test message on HiMama to ensure all families are receiving alerts. Additionally, the announcement will be made on our facebook page, WJAC, and Forever Broadcasting. In general, if Our Lady of Victory Catholic School is closed or delayed, the preschool will be as well. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Thanksgiving Feast
    It will be here in no time! One of the unique things about our preschool is that we host an annual Thanksgiving Feast for our children and their grandparents. Watch for invitations to come home in your child's folder. This year, we are excited to have the Knights of Columbus cooking turkey for our special celebrations! Our classes each choose a special dish to make and share at the feast as well. Please see a sign up outside the classroom to sign up to bring an item. 
     
    Adopted Families
    It's amazing to see the donations for our families come in! Donations can be brought in until November 20th. A member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the items to each family. Thank you to all who help make this project a success! 
     
    Book Fair PREVIEW at the OLV  Annual Parish Bazaar  
    The OLV Annual Bazar will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am to 3pm.  OLV School Auditorium 800 Westerly Parkway.  Featuring Crafts, Cash Raffle, Food Galore, Theme Basket Raffle, Baked Goods, Kids Games, Silent Auction, Used Puzzles, Games and Toys, Entertainment, Pull Tab Game of Chance.  Make sure to stop by our preschool table to see some of the great book titles from our book fair!  We will also have home-made ornaments from our preschoolers to sell to benefit Fr. Antony's school in India!
     
    Wear Blue on November 21st
    Join Tides by wearing blue on November 21 to show your support to the grieving children around us. Children’s Grief Awareness Day started to help others understand how important the support of adults and other children is on a grieving child. As a community, we can join together to help kids know that they are not alone or forgotten during a time of grieving...we can make a difference!
     
    The Season for Reading!
    Our book fair has arrived! Next week the children will be creating their wish list in class. We invite all families to stop by our fair beginning during morning drop off and pick up. If you are a late pick up, please see Dr. Lorenz to arrange for a time to shop the fair. We would like all of our families to have the opportunity to shop! As an added bonus for every $5 you spend you will get a chance to win great prizes like a VIP Preschool Christmas Program Package, Child-Director for the Day, or a free book!
     
    Tuition Assistance
    The Childcare Works Program allows for funding to assist families in paying for early childhood education. You can learn more about their program online at http://cdfc.org/CCISCentreClinton.php. Applications are available outside the front office in our brochure rack. 
     
    Positive Parenting
    KinderCare Learning Center and the Children's Aid Society are offering an 8 week class at KinderCare on Positive Parenting.  It is free, light snacks and babysitting are offered during the class. Please see attached flyer for more information. 
     
    OLVCS Kindergarten Open House
    It's never too early to start thinking about Kindergarten! OLVCS is hosting several open houses to learn more about all OLVCS has to offer. Please see attached flyer for more information. 
     

    7th Annual NVRC Boalsburg Turkey Trot. 

    Join in the fun on Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2019 at 9AM) at this 5K run/walk. The event benefits the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy’s Cross Country/Track and Field Teams and the Friends of the PA Military Museum. For more information go to boalsburgturkeytrot.com. Discounted registration for veterans and those registering by November 8th!

    Lady Lions Jared Box Game
    Preschool families are invited to join the Lady Lions for a special game to help the Jared Box program on November 17th at 2pm. Bring a toy for Jared Boxes and admission is only $5! 
     

    Orphan Sunday Event hosted by Centre County Orphan Care Alliance

    Come learn about >More than Enough+ More than enough FOSTER families for every child to have an ideal placement~ More than enough ADOPTIVE families for every waiting child to have a family~ More than enough HELP for biological families who are trying to stay together and get back together~ More than enough SUPPORT for foster, adoptive and biological families. Event will be held at Calvary Church on November 10th from 3-6pm with games and activities for kids 3-4:30pm and program 5-6pm. Free Hot Dogs, Fruit, Snacks and Dessert will be served. Childcare will be provided during program for kids through 5th grade. Contact orphan.care@ccocoa.org with questions or to register for childcare.

    Important Dates
    Tuesday, November 5th: Tuition Due
    Saturday, November 9th: OLV Parish Annual Bazaar
    Monday, November 11th-Friday, November 15th: Book Fair
    Monday, November 25th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, MWF Classes, 4 yr classes
    Tuesday: November 26th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, TR Classes, PreK, 3 yr M-F
    Thursday: November 27th: St. Joe's Turkey Trot, Boalsburg, PA
    Wednesday, November 27th-Monday, December 2nd: No School, Thanksgiving Break
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program 
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 11/1/2019
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    What an honor it was to see several of our preschoolers at mass this morning. I'm so proud of our students and teachers for the amazing work they do! 
     
    Thank you to everyone who was able to help us celebrate our harvest parties and parade this week! November is finally here and has brought the cold with it. Remember, even though the weather is chilly we will continue to go outside as long as the real feel is 25 degrees or above. Please send in coats, gloves, and hats labeled with your child's name as weather gets cooler. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    OLV  Annual Parish Bazaar  
    The OLV Annual Bazar will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am to 3pm.  OLV School Auditorium 800 Westerly Parkway.  Featuring Crafts, Cash Raffle, Food Galore, Theme Baskets Raffle, Baked Goods, Kids Games, Silent Auction, Used Puzzles, Games and Toys, Entertainment, Pull Tab Game of Chance.  
     
    As a thank you to OLV Parish, OLV Preschool will be putting together a basket to raffle at the Bazaar. Our theme for the basket is "Snow Day". Please use the sign up genius to help us gather items for our preschool basket! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B44A9AE23A3FD0-snow
     
    Flu Season is Coming .  . .
    The Department of Human Services requires that we keep an updated copy of immunizations on file for every child. Remember to bring any copies of updated health and physical reports and immunizations (including the flu shot) to the front office. If your family is opting out of the flu shot this season you MUST provide a written statement for your child's folder indicating that you are choosing not to get the flu vaccine as per regulations. 
     
    Adopted Families
    Each year the OLV Preschool Programs “adopt” families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to identify families that could use assistance. We are asking OLV Preschool families to bring in non-perishable food or grocery store gift cards for donations.  Collection boxes will be located in the front foyer where you can drop off items to be donated. A member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the items to each family. A list of needed items went home in children's folders this week. A collection bin is located in the front foyer.
     
    Lady Lions Jared Box Game
    Preschool families are invited to join the Lady Lions for a special game to help the Jared Box program on November 17th at 2pm. Bring a toy for Jared Boxes and admission is only $5! 
     

    Orphan Sunday Event hosted by Centre County Orphan Care Alliance

    Come learn about >More than Enough+ More than enough FOSTER families for every child to have an ideal placement~ More than enough ADOPTIVE families for every waiting child to have a family~ More than enough HELP for biological families who are trying to stay together and get back together~ More than enough SUPPORT for foster, adoptive and biological families. Event will be held at Calvary Church on November 10th from 3-6pm with games and activities for kids 3-4:30pm and program 5-6pm. Free Hot Dogs, Fruit, Snacks and Dessert will be served. Childcare will be provided during program for kids through 5th grade. Contact orphan.care@ccocoa.org with questions or to register for childcare.

    Keep Our School Safe
    Please remember your key fob. If you happen to leave it at home, please look up at the camera above the door so staff can identify you to let you in the building. Our school is only as safe as we all make it. 
     
    Important Dates
    Sunday, November 3rd: Daylight Savings Ends (fall back one hour)
    Tuesday, November 5th: Tuition Due
    Tuesday, November 5th: Picture Makeup Day
    Saturday, November 9th: OLV Parish Annual Bazaar
    Monday, November 11th-Friday, November 15th: Book Fair
    Monday, November 25th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, MWF Classes, 4 yr classes
    Tuesday: November 26th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast, TR Classes, PreK, 3 yr M-F
    Thursday: November 27th: St. Joe's Turkey Trot, Boalsburg, PA
    Wednesday, November 27th-Monday, December 2nd: No School, Thanksgiving Break
    Monday, December 16th: 4 yr, and PreK Christmas Program
    Tuesday, December 17th: 2 1/2 yr, and 3 yr Christmas Program 
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 10/25/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    What a beautiful week in Central Pennsylvania! I hope you all had the opportunity to see some of the amazing things our preschoolers were up to this week on our Facebook page and on instagram at (@olvcspreschool)! Special thanks to Mrs. Poust for helping us share all of the fun we have exploring our world!
     
    A big thank you for getting those Box Tops in! We collect Box Tops all year long, so please continue to bring them in. 
     
    Next week we celebrate our harvest parties. Families are welcome to view the "parade" of preschoolers in costume. We will walk from the Staff Entrance side of the school up to the church, then parade back through OLVCS! For folks who have a child in MWF classes only, the parade will be 10/30 at 10:15AM, all other classes will parade on 10/31 at 10:15AM.
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Change of Clothes
    Check those backpacks! The weather is changing. Now is a good time to make sure that your preschooler has a complete change of clothes that fit and are seasonably appropriate in their backpack. Families are welcome to leave the change at school in a ziploc bag in their cubby. Has your child outgrown a size 2T or 3T recently? We could use extra shirts, pants, and underwear to have on hand just in case. 
     
    OLV  Annual Parish Bazaar  
    The OLV Annual Bazzar will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am to 3pm.  OLV School Auditorium 800 Westerly Parkway.  Featuring Crafts, Cash Raffle, Food Galore, Theme Baskets Raffle, Baked Goods, Kids Games, Silent Auction, Used Puzzles, Games and Toys, Entertainment, Pull Tab Game of Chance.  
     
    As a thank you to OLV Parish, OLV Preschool will be putting together a basket to raffle at the Bazaar. Our theme for the basket is "Snow Day". Please use the sign up genius to help us gather items for our preschool basket! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B44A9AE23A3FD0-snow
     
    Breakfast Club
    Please sign up to bring in a morning snack for our children who use early morning drop off at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4AA5A62AAA8-esdbreakfast. Having something to eat before they go to their preschool class helps them to get the most out of their day! 
     
    Important Dates
    Sunday, October 27th: OLVCS Trunk or Treat
    Wednesday and Thursday October 30th & 31st: Harvest Parties
    Sunday, November 3rd: Daylight Savings Ends (fall back one hour)
    Tuesday, November 5th: Tuition Due
    Tuesday, November 5th: Picture Makeup Day
    Saturday, November 9th: OLV Parish Annual Bazaar
    Monday, November 11th-Friday, November 15th: Book Fair
    Monday, November 25th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast
    Tuesday: November 26th: Grandparent's Thanksgiving Feast
    Thursday: November 27th: St. Joe's Turkey Trot, Boalsburg, PA
    Wednesday, November 27th-Monday, December 2nd: No School, Thanksgiving Break
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 10/11/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    What week of wonder it has been for our preschoolers! This week our preschoolers visited OLVCS for a fun field day hosted by our 8th grade students, met Fireman Dave and learned about fire safety, and completed service projects for OLV Day including Jared Boxes and gifts for A Soldier's Hands project.  We are so grateful to all of those that help to make our school such a special place to learn!
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
     
    Yankee Candle Sales--50% Back THIS WEEKEND ONLY
    Remember Yankee Candle forms are due back October 16th! Preschool representatives will be available after mass at OLV and at Good Shepherd taking orders this weekend. Families may also share the online link  for purchases at https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/store.htm with Group Number: 990018055. Purchases made THIS WEEKEND before 10/13 at 11:59PM will count toward an additional 10% toward OLV Preschool fundraising! 
     
    Box Tops DUE
    Don't throw out that dime! Remember to bring in your clipped box tops for education no later than Monday, October 14th. Last year we raised nearly $400 from Box Tops for Education for our school! 
     
    ESP News
    If you have a child signed up for Extended School Day, you know we go through a lot of snacks. Please remember to sign up for a snack to share at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B48AFAD29A7FA7-octnov. Also, any changes to ESP schedules for the month of November must be turned in no later than October 23rd . 
    Remember to Call  . . .
    Help us stay up to date. Remember to call if your child will be absent for any reason, especially if your child will be out sick. 
     
    Items Needed
    Our Polar Bear class is thinking ahead to Christmas time and would like to repurpose some old coffee cans. If you have any empty coffee cans to donate, please see Ms. Maggie. 
     
    Vision Screenings Available
    The Office of Child Development and Early Learning will be providing the Vision Screener project at our preschool in December. Look for permission slips to come out in November. 
     
    Trunk or Treat
    You're invited! Join OLVCS for a Trunk or Treat at OLVCS on October 27th from 2PM-4PM. Sign up now at
    OLVCS Kindergarten Open House
    It's never too early to start thinking about Kindergarten! OLVCS is hosting several open houses to learn more about all OLVCS has to offer. Please see attached flyer for more information. 

    Important Dates
    Saturday, October 5th: Tuition Due
    Wednesday, October 16th: Last Day for Yankee Candles
    Friday, October 18th: No School, Inservice 
    Wednesday and Thursday October 30th & 31st: Harvest Parties
     
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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 9/13/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family

     
    What a wonderful morning! A special thank you to Pollinator Pam Ford from the Penn State Master Gardners for teaching us about monarchs and their migration! We really enjoyed seeing "AJ" fly away and learning about how we can take care of butterflies that stay here for the winter! Check out our preschool facebook page for a special photo of another monarch that helped to demonstrate how butterflies see, smell, and taste! 
     
    Remember, I send out a wrap up each week. Feel like you've missed something? All past wrap ups are available under "Director's Corner" at https://www.olvcatholicschool.org/domain/389! 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
     
    Stay Healthy!
    Please remember to call the school or email Ms. Gigi at petersp@olvcs.org if your child will be out for any reason. Also, we ask that if your child is sick to please keep them home so that they can heal, and not further spread the illness. 
     
    Yankee Candles--Coming Soon
    They're back! This year we will be selling Yankee Candles as our fall fundraiser. Great news! They are the same price as they are in the store AND they will be here before Thanksgiving. Forms will go home next week and the sale will run from September 23-October 16.
     
    Thank you to Fr. Antony
    Fr. Antony will celebrate mass on 9/19. All are invited to attend. It is a daily mass and Fr. Antony is open to having our preschoolers at mass and the parishioners love seeing them. The upstairs room will also be open if you wish to come for a shorter time. If possible, please try to attend. Immediately following mass we will host a school-wide reception for Fr. Antony in our courtyard with mini-ice cream cups. Parents are welcome to attend. Cards for Fr. Antony can be dropped off to Mrs. Poust in the Kangaroo room. 
     
    Extended School Program Announcements
    We are having so much fun in ESP. Changes can be made on a month-to-month basis for your child. Scheduling a month ahead helps us maintain consistency in programming and staffing. Changes to ESP can ONLY be made in special circumstances and ONLY with pre-approval. Additional days are billed separately at $7 per hour. All ESP forms can be picked up from Ms. Gigi. 
     
    Women at Prayer
    Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Women's Bible study that meets at OLV from October through April on Friday mornings. We are gearing up for another year of scripture study and welcome new members! If you are looking for a supportive group of women and an opportunity to grow in your faith, please come join us!  We have a kick-off on Friday, September 20 at 9:40 in the OLV Activity Center. Come join us to learn more about Walking with Purpose. We will begin our study on October 4, but welcome new members at any time. Childcare is provided. Please contact Jane Knappenberger at jknappen@gmail.com or Kelly Nelson at kellynelson27@gmail.com for more information. 
     
    Important Dates
    Thursday, September 5th: September Tuition Due
    Monday, September 23rd: Yankee Candle Sales Begin
    Thursday, September 26th: Picture Day (TR Classes, 3s M-F, 4 yr olds)
    Friday, September 27th: No School, In Service
    Monday, September 30th: School Pictures (MWF Classes, PreK)

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  • Weekly Wrap Up

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 9/6/2019

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    I love meeting our families and children! I especially enjoy hearing the school filled with joy! This week our Kangaroo Class boarded their plane for Australia and our Koalas explored prehistoric times! 

    Thank you for turning in your HiMama permission slips. Be sure to download the free app to receive updates from your child's class and securely communicate with your child's teacher. 

    Remember, all past Weekly Wrap Ups are available on the Director's Corner of our website at https://www.olvcatholicschool.org/domain/389

    Blessings,

    Dawn

    Box Tops

    Don't throw away those dimes! Remember to check boxes for Box Tops for Education. Last year we were able to raise $400 for our school through the Box Top Program. Please make sure to check the expiration date, and clip the entire box top. Box Tops can be dropped off to Ms. GiGi in the front office. 

    Tuition/Scholarships

    Still waiting. Thank you for your continued patience as we await information from FACTS. I will alert you when information is available. In the mean time, did you know OLV Preschool is now able to accept payments from the PA Childcare Works Program. For more information on the program and eligibility, please go to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/MenuItems/ChildCareFAQ.aspx?Language=EN. 

    Second Step Home Link

    Next week I will begin visiting classrooms for monthly Classroom Guidance. This year we are using the Second Step program. Each month you will receive a Home Link with information about how you can connect what we are learning in guidance to home. Make sure to join SecondStep.org with the Activation Key SSPE FAMI LY68 to get information about what your child is learning in the Second Step Early Learning program! 

    Extended School Program (ESP) Snack Sign Up

    Have you checked out our Enrichment Program lately? Next week you will receive a flyer with more information about the fun and and educational programs we offer in the early morning and afternoon for students. Changes can be made to contracts on a month to month basis to best fit your child's needs. If you already have a child enrolled in ESP make sure to sign up to bring in a snack to share. You can do this here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080b48afad29a7fa7-espsnacks

    Car Pool Help Requested

    Do you live close to the YMCA, or does your commute bring you by that area? We have a family who could use help with car pooling to preschool. Please reach out to Smita Sawale at 267-994-5103 or smitasawale30@gmail.com. 

    OLVCS Family

    We love being a part of the OLVCS Family. Preschool families are invited to sign up to receive newsletters from Principal, Samantha Weakland at OLVCS. These newsletters often contain helpful information about our learning community, upcoming events, and transition into kindergarten. To begin receiving e-mails please reach out to Mrs. Cindy Kolarick at kolarikc@olvcs.org and ask to be added to the OLVCS e-announcement list. 

    Important Dates

    Thursday, September 5th: September Tuition Due

    Tuesday, September 10th: Playtime with Jesus with Fr. Antony

    Monday, September 16th: Parent Advisory Meeting

    Thursday, September 19th: Monarch Tagging

    Monday, September 23rd: Yankee Candle Sales Begin

    Thursday, September 26th: Picture Day (TR Classes, 3s M-F, 4 yr olds)

    Friday, September 27th: No School, In Service

    Monday, September 30th: School Pictures (MWF Classes, PreK)

     

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