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There are lots of things going on in our small school!
Our Preschool Suds and Vines Fundraiser was a great success! Thanks to the generous support of the congregation, preschool families and community members we raised over $1700 which is our biggest fundraiser to date. Thank you to all who helped make our event a success!
On Thursday December 22 we will be having our annual Preschool Christmas Service and brunch. The children will dress up in costume and wow us with a song or two. Afterwards, we will have a small brunch and a birthday party for Jesus. All congregation and family members are invited and encouraged to come.
In the fall, we began running nature camp programs during school holidays. The program started out with a few kids but each time we offer it, more and more children have enrolled. Our next program will be held from December 27-December 30 from 9:00am-12:30pm and it is available to kids 3-6 years of age. The theme of the program is All about Birds. If you know someone who is interested in registering, send them to www.princeofpeacepreschoolnj.org to download an application.
In January of 2017, we will be offering our next 10-week session of Playmates, a program for 2 year olds and a grown up. This program features free play, art, singing and finger play and outside exploration. It’s a great way for kids to explore a school setting with the comfort of having their grown up with them! For more information, call us at 201-965-3354.
On behalf of our entire staff, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Taking Healthy steps to Success!
Prince of Peace Preschool has joined a Collaborative community of learners that will connect our school with other educators in New Jersey for the purpose of engaging in making healthy change. This collaborative is possible through a federally supported grant and is part of the Michelle Obama “Let’s Move” initiative. Over the next year, I will be attending meetings which will help me facilitate healthy change with the staff and our preschool families. We will also be forming a committee consisting of staff, parents and board members. The purpose of the committee is to make a quality improvement plan with a timeline of implementing the improvements. In the next few weeks, I will be starting an educational area by the back door which will post health tips, exercise ideas, recipes and ways to stay healthy. This board is not just good for preschoolers; it is also good for congregation members! I am very excited to make some healthy change and I hope you will be too!
Do You Know the Signs of a Stroke? Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.
A neurologist said that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently-- e.g. It is sunny out today.)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
And… Stick out Your Tongue ...
Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked,' if it goes to one side or the other, this is also an indication of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Facts About the Homeless
- There has been a rapid increase in the number of homeless people caused by a weak economy and cuts in federal aid.
- The homeless population is largely made up of adult men, but the proportion of women, children and youth has steadily increased.
- Homeless individuals are often estranged from family and other social networks-1/3 are chronically mentally ill-1/2 are substance abusers.
- Today's homeless, however, are mostly non-white, relatively young (middle 30s) and include a large number of women and children-1/3 are veterans.
- 28% of homeless clients report that they sometimes or often do not get enough to eat. 29% also report abuse or neglect in childhood from someone in their household.
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