St. John’s Parents’ Day Out


Monthly Newsletter


May 2017




Here It Is, May Already! . . .

and the end of another great year at PDO is near.  It’s hard to believe how many changes we have seen in your little ones this year.  They have really grown!



Summer Session

Our program begins Monday, June 12 and runs through Thursday, July 20.  If you are interested in subbing on a day your child does not attend, please sign up on the Summer Sub List sheet on your child’s classroom door. Most of the classrooms are full, but some do not have wait lists and others still have openings, so please let us know of anyone interested.  Thanks!


Summer Class Lists are posted in the hallway between the Crib and Toddler rooms.



Fall Session

The first day for our school year program will be Monday, August 21.  On August 18, we will have an Open House from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. for you and your child to meet his/her teachers and classmates. Those attending Monday and/or Wednesday are asked to come at 9:00 and those attending Tuesday and/or Thursday are asked to come at 10:00.  We are encouraging those new to our program to attend. You will receive a confirmation letter and a packet of information in July containing medical, emergency, (unless already on file), parental responsibility forms, July Newsletter, a check list of items to bring, and an Open House invitation.


Fall Class Lists are posted in the hallway next to the Preschool room. Please check this to confirm your child’s placement for next year.



Parent Teacher Conferences

Since we are nearing the end of your child’s school year at PDO, we are offering a chance for you to meet with your child’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development or progress.  This is strictly optional.  If interested, we ask that you reserve a 10 minute time between 9:00-9:30 a.m. or 2:00-2:30 p.m. with your child’s teachers.



Scholastic Book Clubs

Order forms for May are being sent home this week. Deadline for placing orders is Thursday May 11. You may order online or call your orders in and bring a check in later. To order online, go to  Our activation code for ordering online is GQRQK”. Many thanks to those who have placed orders this year. We have received many free classroom books and materials because of you!


Parent Evaluation Forms

A Parent Evaluation Form will be sent home the week of May 15. We ask that you complete this and return to Nancy’s office. This will be kept confidential, but will be helpful in our planning for next school year. As we are always striving for improving your child’s school experience, we appreciate your honest input. Thanks so much!



Classroom News


Crib Room                                                 

We have grown up so much this year and will be ”graduating” to the Toddler Room!  We continue to enjoy playing with our friends, singing, dancing, listening to books, riding our “bikes” in the big playroom downstairs, and playing on the playground. We have enjoyed coloring, painting with water, blowing bubbles, and coloring with sidewalk chalk out on the courtyard! We are out of wipes, so could you please send a container of wipes? Thanks so much!!


 Toddler Room

We have been learning about our pretty season of spring through books and activities. We talked about April showers bringing May flowers while we painted colorful umbrellas and rainbows and made flowers. Our ladybug and bee puppets and our fuzzy caterpillars and decorated butterflies were all lots of fun to make, as we talked about “bugs”! We loved “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book! We are reviewing shapes through our crafts of kites and picnic baskets this week. We continue working on shape, color, and counting concepts, as well as listening, following directions, and being kind to our friends.


Preschool Room

We have been learning through stories and activities about the many beautiful changes that occur in Spring: windy weather, rain showers, baby animals hatching, butterflies emerging from cocoons, and new plants growing. We talked about our sunny, rainy, and warmer spring/summer weather as we made our umbrellas, pretty flowers, our “grass” pictures and planted grass seed. Our windsocks and kites were fun to decorate and make! Dying eggs, painting bunnies, making bunny masks, decorating sacks, and going on egg hunts were fun Easter activities. We have been watching our real caterpillars grow and spin cocoons. We look forward to having butterflies soon in our room!   We are reviewing our whole alphabet and learning about numbers. We continue working on the concepts of counting, numbers, letters, matching, comparisons, and opposites. We are excited about our program next week for our mommies!


Older Preschool Room

We had lots of fun decorating our room and bulletin board in the hall!  We enjoyed playing with our water table and learning about water and fish during Water Week. Dying eggs, painting eggs and bunnies, decorating sacks, and hunting for eggs were fun Easter activities.During Earth Week, we planted grass seed, learned about how plants grow, talked about recycling, taking care of our planet, and endangered animals. We learned a lot about transportation, with making cars and planes, classifying different means of transportation, and playing a transportation game.  Our letters for April were W, X, and Y, our number was 9, and our color was purple.  We have been watching our caterpillars grow and spin their cocoons and are anxious to see butterflies emerge soon! We are excited about our program next week for our mommies! We have grown and bloomed so much this year! Many of us will be moving on to an older program next year. We will be dearly missed, but always remembered! Please keep in touch!


Our Chapel Theme for the Preschool and Older Preschool rooms for April was “Jesus is our Friend” and for May will be “I’m Thankful for God’s Love”.


Thanks to all of you who brought snacks this year for your children‘s classrooms. Your children enjoyed sharing their treats and your help was appreciated!


For May, we still need snacks, so please sign up on the classroom door! Thank you!!


Many thanks to all the parents who donated toys throughout the school year! Your kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!


School Pictures

Please let Nancy know if you did not receive the email linking you to your child’s pictures.  You may also contact Nicki Griffith at to view your pictures.




Vacation Bible School

St. John’s Vacation Bible School will be held on July 24 – 28 from 9:00 – noon for children ages three (potty trained) through fifth grade. Online registration will begin May 22 at 10:00 am. Please register at or on their FaceBook page.




Before and After School Care

During the summer program, before and after school care will be offered only on days that have enough interested families. Please see Nancy if you want before and after care through the summer program.    We will offer before and after school care again next year depending on the interest. We need attendance from at least three children per time to make this possible. Please let Nancy know by August 15 if interested.


Lost and Found Items

Please see our table in the hallway and our yellow barrel for any items you might have left this year. Thank you!

Thank you!


Reminder to Preschool and Older Preschool Room Parents:


Mothers’ Program and Tea


Older Preschool Room −


Monday and Tuesday


May 8 and 9


  Preschool Room:


Wednesday and Thursday


 May 10 and 11


2:00 p.m. in the Chapel each day




Important Dates:


Last day for this school year is Thursday, May 25.


 Our Summer Program will start June 12 and end July 20. 


Our Open House will be August 18.


Our Fall Program will start August 21.



We have enjoyed your children so much this year!  It has been exciting to see the growth and progress they have made! To those of you who have children moving on to other programs, we will dearly miss you and your children. Our best wishes go to all of you! Please keep in touch and try to stop by and see us next year! Many thanks to all of you for your help and support in making this year a pleasant and rewarding one. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful families in our program!  Have a fun and safe summer.  We look forward to seeing many of you again in June and/or August! 


                          Brenda       Clare      Deena       Hannah      Jill  


                          Karen         Lisa        Mary Beth       Nancy S. 


                Stacy        Stephanie         Valla         Nancy B.