Mrs. Tipton's Mini-Newsletters

March 8, 2020

Good evening, 

We've had a lot of fun learning about Dr. Seuss and reading his stories. Ask your child about " fiction, nonfiction, author and illustrator ". We'll continue with Dr. Seuss tomorrow and Tuesday.

We will learn letter S- snail with sun and letter T- turtle with triangles Wednesday and Thursday. 


Mrs. McCarty is back tomorrow. I'm still on " stand by" with my daughter's new arrival. 🚼


Three more Spanish classes: 3/18; 4/1 & 4/22

One more country school visit 4/20

Easter party and egg hunt APRIL 7TH, more information to follow...

St Mark's preschool is putting together care packages for some of the troops overseas in the middle east. Our classmate Henry's uncle was recently deployed. We will be making cards and sending a shoebox size box with some goodies for the troops. I will post a list of ALLOWED items on our bulletin board. Please look through the list or consider donating a couple of dollars toward the shipping cost. We DO HAVE DISPOSABLE CAMERAS. 
We want to send boxes by the end of March. Each class is making a box. Thank you in advance for your support!

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Colleen Tipton

March 1, 2020

Good afternoon, 

Mrs. McCarty is out for the remainder of the week. She will be back Monday. Joan Dyott will continue to fill in. 

March book orders will be sent home tomorrow. Please return by THURSDAY, MARCH 12.


We enjoyed our visit with the country school last Monday. The children learned about our planets. They put them in order, played a matching game and took their own planet book home. Our next visit will be in April. 

We also had fun learning about our teeth. We " brushed our teeth " with a toothbrush, made mouths with 10 teeth on top and bottom using mini marshmallows. We also decorated a toothbrush. 
The children were given a tooth book Thursday to keep. It has lots of neat tooth facts about different animals. I was able to order these through scholastic books free of charge. We learned that we have 2 sets of teeth, we visit the dentist 2 times a year, we brush for 2 minutes 2 times a day! Lots of TWOS 😁.

Tomorrow is Dr. Seuss's birthday! We will celebrate this week and some of next with reading some of his stories and making Dr. Seuss related crafts. 

We will also learn letter Q- quilt with quarter and letter R- red robot with ribbon and royal blue letters.

Spanish Wednesday. Please pick up in early birds room. 

See you all tomorrow!
Colleen Tipton

February 23, 2020

Good evening,

REMINDER, Mrs. McCarty is on vacation this week and next week. Joan Dyott will be substituting. 

TELEPHONE NUMBERS: We will start learning phone numbers this week. We will go over them tomorrow. The numbers will be on the table Tuesday. Please go over your number with your child. Thank you. 

A BIG THANK YOU to Melissa Higginbottom for talking to the children about our teeth! We will continue to discuss dental health this week. We will even paint with a toothbrush!

Country school will visit tomorrow. 

See you all tomorrow, 
Colleen Tipton

February 17, 2020
Good evening, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I hope some of you were able to see the amazing ice sculptures downtown Easton.
A HUGE "THANK YOU " to all for making our valentine's day party so much fun!

LIONS VISION AND HEARING TOMORROW. Please let us know if you do NOT want your child tested. 

Spanish Wednesday. 

Mary's daughter Melissa Higginbottom will visit Thursday. She is a dental hygienist. She will talk to the class about dental health. February is dental health month. 

Country school will visit next Monday, February 24th. 

Mrs. McCarty will be out Monday the 24th through Thursday, March 5th. Our substitute Joan Dyott will be filling in. 

There will be a week in March that I will be out. My oldest daughter is expecting her second baby girl March 21. They live in Charleston. I can't pinpoint which week it will be. Arrangements are in place. 

We will be celebrating presidents day this week. We will be making coin rubbings and a bald eagle handprints. We will discuss what a president does, USA landmarks and money. Speaking of money, the family of Joe Hickey ( Ryan Hickey, owner of the bicycle shop by country school) donated Joe's collection of piggy banks to the preschool. Joe unfortunately passed away not long ago due to a bicycle accident. Joe worked many years at Acme. Many people knew him in Easton. We are going to let the children pick a bank to take home Thursday. 

We will finish our month learning more about dental health next week. 

March snack calendar will be sent home next Monday. 

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. 
Colleen Tipton

February 09, 2020
Mrs. McCarty and I can't THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH for your support for St. Mark's preschool regarding our Applebees pancake breakfast fundraiser! Thank you to all who volunteered, gave donations and bought tickets and attended. It seemed to be a huge success. 

Book order due Thursday. 

Valentine party Thursday 10:45. Please remember to decorate a box or bag and valentine's for classmates. 

We will learn letter P- pink pig with pennies and purple letters tomorrow. We will continue enjoying valentine's day this week. 


Lions club will be here NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18th. They will be doing hearing and vision testing for the four's class only. A permission slip will be sent home this week. I reccomend signing up for this. The vision test caught a couple of issues for our students in the past. 

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! Enjoy your evening. 
Colleen Tipton

January 20, 2020
Good afternoon!
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday. 

We had a lot of fun learning about winter birds last week. We looked at lots of pictures, read interesting facts and listened to bird sounds, specifically cardinal and blue Jay. Hopefully you were able to hang the bird feeders we made in a tree close to your house. 

 Our Friday class learned how winter animals camouflage with the snow. We also made snowy white owls for our tree in the hallway. 

We will learn letter M- MOUNTAIN with mushrooms tomorrow. We will spend the rest of the week learning about arctic animals, polar bears and walruses. 

Spanish Wednesday. 

ENROLLMENT TOMORROW for current students and siblings. 

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JAN 27th. TCPS transition day.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow,

Colleen Tipton

January 14, 2020
Good evening, 
Apologies for no newsletter yesterday. 


Middle names will be on the table starting tomorrow. We went over them today so the children are aware. 



Enrollment begins TUESDAY, JAN 21 for current students and siblings. Forms will go out soon. OPEN HOUSE MONDAY, FEB 3- 9:30-11:00. We will need some parent volunteers on hand to help answer questions. Please see Sarah. Thanks for considering. 

L👀king ahead...

Our APPLEBEES PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be SATURDAY FEB 8- 8:00- 10:00 AM. We will also need parent volunteers. Volunteers need to arrive by 7:30. A sign up sheet is posted on " parent" bulletin board by Sarah's office. It is really A LOT OF FUN!

We are also looking for items for our "silent auction ". Please let Sarah know if you are interested in donating an item or know of a business willing to donate. Thank you in advance. 

We will learn about birds this week and migration. We will paint a cardinal, blue Jay and make a bird feeder treat.

Please wash hands an extra time, sounds like the flu season is here 😷.

Have a good night, 
Colleen Tipton 

January 5, 2020
Good evening, 

The children did a great job acclimating back to our school routine. On to 2020🎉

The children did a WONDERFUL job for our Christmas program! I hope everyone enjoyed the show. 

Hopefully everyone saw our "brighter Christmas fund"picture on line. This is the first year they didn't publish it.🤔

Mrs. McCarty and I would like to THANK YOU ALL again for our generous Christmas gifts 🎁! It is very much appreciated. A HUGE "THANK YOU " to the Hill family for generously donating lots of great school supplies for the class! They will be put to good use 😍.

It appears everyone had a great Christmas! The children enjoyed sharing their treasures for show and tell.
DAVID, EMMA and AYDEN: please bring in a favorite Christmas present tomorrow. 

Book orders will be sent home tomorrow. Please return by Thursday, January 16th. 

due to MLK and TCPS transition day. 

We will make our January handprint tomorrow along with learning letter K- KITE,KANGAROO and letter L- LOLLIPOP, LION and making a snowman for our bulletin board this week. 

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Colleen Tipton 

November 17, 2019
Good afternoon!

I hope everyone had a good weekend.


Please bring in a BIG bag THURSDAY. All of your child's artwork will be sent home.

December book orders will be sent home Thursday. PLEASE RETURN BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 2nd to insure delivery before our Christmas break.

December snack calendars will be sent home Thursday.

We will have our own "festival of trees". A large cut out tree will also go home Thursday with instructions. Please decorate tree over Thanksgiving break and return Monday, December 2nd. Extra trees are on our bulletin board if you would like siblings to decorate one as well. Anything goes- use your imagination!

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th -FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th. School is closed for Thanksgiving.

FESTIVAL OF TREES field trip TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd. Please pick up your child 10:45 from classroom. We will meet at the Tidewater Inn 11:00. Our visitation time is 11:00-11:30. Preschool covers the cost of the class. Parent price is $5.00- siblings $1.00. Dismissal is from the Tidewater Inn.

Our Christmas book exchange is now on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11th. Please buy a $5.00 non gender book and send it in wrapped. The children will draw a number and look for book with the coordinating number.

The Star Democrat will be in MONDAY. DECEMBER 16th to collect our donation and take our picture for the newspaper.Please wear St. Mark's t-shirt, if you have one.

Christmas program TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th-9:30 in the sanctuary.Light refreshments will be served in fellowship hall. The children will have ornaments on the trees in the hall. Please make sure you look for them to take home. Sometimes families like to bring in cards etc for the class. I would suggest doing this MONDAY, DEC.16th. All Christmas crafts will be sent home the 16th as well.


Thank you ALL so much for your donations to the "brighter Christmas fund"! The jar is getting heavy! We pass it around once a week for the children to feel the weight. We will collect daily until Monday, December 16th when the newspaper comes.

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. We will continue to go outside for recess as long as the temperature/ wind chill is NOT below 32 degrees. 

We will talk about turkeys,scarecrows, pilgrims and Thanksgiving this week. We will make a scarecrow face, a paper bag turkey, our monthly hand print and a pine cone turkey on Friday. Our Friday class made leaf prints with the biggest leaves I've ever seen. I brought them back from Washington state. Take a look beside our door!

Mrs.McCarty and I truly hope you all have a joyful Thanksgiving with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you all back on the 2nd. Then we will say "Let Christmas begin"!

Colleen Tipton

November 3, 2019
Good evening,
It certainly feels like fall is here to stay. I hope everyone had a wonderful time trick-or-treating last Thursday. I am so glad the rain held off!

 Our Halloween party so so much FUN! The children looked FANTASTIC in their costumes and the party was a Huge SUCCESS! A BIG "thank you " to Wendy Basil and Paige McGarry for organizing the party and a HUGE "thank you" to all of our parents for providing paper supplies, food and crafts for the children!

Our country school first grade class will be visiting tomorrow 11:00-11:30. We are really looking forward to their visit!


REMINDER: I will be out NEXT MONDAY and TUESDAY. We are visiting our son and his wife in Seattle. We will have a substitute with Mrs. McCarty.

REMINDER: We will start collecting money for "THE BRIGHTER CHRISTMAS FUND" TOMORROW. We will collect money daily until Monday, December 16th.I am sending home a past article from the Star Democrat explaining the charity. The paper will come on Dec. 16th to collect our donation and take our picture for the newspaper.

Information was sent home last Tuesday regarding "Operation Christmas Child". Please consider filling the shoe box with special "goodies" for a needy child across the globe. We have the boxes at school. They are due by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th or Sunday ,November 17th if you come to church. Thank you in advance...

We made beautiful leaf collages( ask your child what this means) last Thursday. They are in the hallway. We will be making marbled leaves tomorrow along with Indian corn Tuesday.

The children are doing great with their last names, keep practicing! :)

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow-

Colleen Tipton

October 27, 2019

Good evening-

I hope you were able to make it to our "trunk or treat". I'm sure everyone looked amazing all dressed up! I can't wait to see the pictures! Thank you all for participating .

I think the swim class through the YMCA went terrific! I hope you were happy with the lessons.

November snack calendars will be sent home tomorrow.

There are LOTS of new homework sheets in the bin in the hallway! Help yourself!

All artwork will b e sent home WEDNESDAY, PLEASE BEING IN A LARGE BAG.

The conference sheet will be posted tomorrow on our bulletin board. Remember -FREE EARLY BIRDS-

October is "fire safety" month. The Easton fire dept. will be visiting TUESDAY 11:00. They are bringing a fire truck and will talk to us about fire safety.

HALLOWEEN PARTY THURSDAY 10:45- Children can come to school in their costumes. We will have a Halloween parade through the church office 9:30. Siblings are welcome to come to the party and dress up as well.

The 4's class participates in collecting money for the "brighter Christmas fund" This charity is through our local newspaper the "star democrat". We will start collecting DAILY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4th through MONDAY, DECEMBER 16th. The paper will come and take our picture for the newspaper.We collect anything from pennies to paper money. We explain to the children what the money will be used for ( new coats, hats, gloves, shoes , toys etc). We also encourage the children to do chores to earn money. We've raised well over $200.00 in the past! Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.

NEW STUDENT!! We are excited to welcome Quinn Kershner and her family to St. Mark's! Please help us in welcoming Quinn and her family with a kind word and a friendly smile!

We will finally carve our class pumpkin tomorrow and see "what is inside a pumpkin"! We will also make fire trucks, a leaf collage, and letters E-elephant with eel and F- feathered fish along with learning coordinating sign language.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Colleen Tipton

October 20, 2019
Good evening-

We sure needed the rain but it made for a cozy day to stay inside, that is for sure.

Thank you ALL AGAIN for the items you purchased from our "wishing tree"! It is TRULY APPRECIATED! Thank you also for the WONDERFUL snacks that have been coming in! The children are really enjoying the food this year! They have great appetites!

Conference schedule will be posted NEXT MONDAY. Please sign up if you would like a conference. FREE EARLY BIRDS WILL BE OFFERED. Please let me know if a time does not suit you. We can make other arrangements. The Halloween party sign up sheet is posted now.

Please remember to CHANGE OUT YOUR CHILD'S CLOTHES and look for MITTENS, if you haven't done so already.

Please join us for TRUNK OR TREAT THIS SATURDAY in church parking lot from 2-3 PM. Bring some treats to hand out and have a lot of spooky fun! I, unfortunately will not be there. My husband and I made previous plans to travel to Ohio to visit his mom. I didn't realize the dates coincided when plans were made.I will not be in school Friday as well, Mrs. Schindler,our assistant 2's teacher will be working with Mrs. Wilson. I will miss seeing everyone. Mrs.McCarty will be there .Make sure she gets a picture of your family.

We are having a guest reader Tuesday. Her name is Reagan Goldsmith. She is a past St. Mark's student along with her little sister Reese.


Mrs. Katie Hertelendy's first grade class from the Country school will visit on Monday, Nov 4th 11;00-11;30. We have partnered with the Country school for the last few years. The first grade class visits 3 times a year and will do activities with our children. It is always a lot of fun! They will visit again in February and April.

PRESCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED NOVEMBER 6-8 (Wed- Fri) for the waterfowl festival. I will be out Monday Nov.11 and Tuesday Nov 12- flying to Seattle to visit my son and daughter-in-law.


WE WILL VISIT THE TALBOT HOSPICE FESTIVAL OF TREES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3-11:00: Tidewater Inn. Child's price covered by St. Mark's; parent price $5.00. We will leave preschool 10:40. Dismissal will be from Tidewater Inn.

We will be doing a Christmas book exchange. Please look for a $5.00 non gender Christmas book. Please wrap it. We will draw numbers and child will pick coordinating book. Book exchange will be WEDNESDAY, DEC 11th.

We had a lot of fun learning interesting facts about bats and spiders last week. Ask your child what baby spiders and bats are called! We should be getting an owl pellet to look through as well!

We will make a woven pumpkin this week along with shredded paper candy corn picture ,letter E-elephant with eel and OUR CEREAL BOXES!

Looking forward to see you all tomorrow-
Colleen Tipton

October 14, 2019
Good evening-



SWIM CLASS TOMORROW and THURSDAY Remember TOWEL and underwear in book bags. The children have been doing FANTASTIC! We are so proud of them all!


Book orders due THURSDAY to ensure arrival by Halloween.

CHANGE OF CLOTHES: Please change out your child's extra clothing for cooler weather.

Please start looking for MITTENS. #130 fingers are quite a lot for Mrs. McCarty and I to try and get into gloves. Thank you for your understanding.

Halloween party sign up sheet and conference sign up sheet will be posted soon. The sheets will be on the hallway bulletin board. Siblings are invited to the Halloween party. Please keep this in mind with providing party foods.

LAST NAMES: We will introduce last names this week. Please help your child with this at home as well, Thank you.

New homework sheets in hallway bin. "D" homework will be sent home tomorrow.

Laminated number sheets are going home as well. These were used in previous years but are definitely usable.

Mrs. McCarty and I want to send out a HUGE "THANK YOU" for ALL our "wishing tree" purchases! We are truly grateful!

We will learn letter "D" tomorrow with "dotted dinosaur" plus the sign language for "D".

We will learn about spiders and bats this week as well along with working on our cereal box craft.

Enjoy the rest of your evening-

Colleen Tipton

October 7, 2019

Good evening,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.


Please send your child IN THEIR SWIM SUIT UNDER THEIR CLOTHES. Please leave top part of suit off for girls that may have a one-piece on. Remember to PACK A TOWEL AND UNDERWEAR in book bag.
We will walk to the YMCA 11:15. Swim lessons are from 11:30-12:00. PLEASE ARRIVE BY 12:00 TO HELP YOUR CHILD CHANGE AND DISMISS FROM THE YMCA.
We will use the women's locker room. We do keep boys and girls separated. Changing rooms are available.
Swim lessons will be EVERY MONDAY and THURSDAY OCT 7;10; 14; 17;21; 24

We learned that yellow+red=orange by finger painting and blending the two colors.We will cut out a pumpkin shape from our finger paint tomorrow and turn it into a jack-o-lantern.We also made our October hand print.

We had perfect weather for our pumpkin patch field trip! The children really had a wonderful time. Thanks to Ayden's mom, Paige for providing a snack for the class.

The children also enjoyed our first Spanish class with Mrs. Ann O'Connor.

September artwork will be sent home TUESDAY along with October book orders. Please return by THURSDAY, OCT.24th.

PLEASE BRING IN AN EMPTY CEREAL BOX BY MONDAY,OCT. 14th. We need this a for special art project.

We will make "not so scary" skeletons, our cut out pumpkins and make an owl and learn fun facts about them. We will also learn letter C-cotton car.

New homework in the hallway bin.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Colleen Tipton

September 29, 2019
Good morning! I'm sending email early today. I trust everyone is enjoying another beautiful weekend.


MUSIC will start tomorrow and will be EVERY MONDAY 10:00.

CHAPEL started last Tuesday and will be EVERY TUESDAY 10:00.

SPANISH will start WEDNESDAY and will be every OTHER WEDNESDAY 11:30. WE WILL DISMISS FROM EARLY BIRD ROOM every Spanish class. No need to go upstairs.

OCTOBER SNACK CALENDAR will be sent home tomorrow.Check your calendar for highlighted days. A few of you have snack scheduled twice because of the long month. There are also a couple of Fridays we will provide the snack with extra food we have.

A sign language sheet will also be sent home tomorrow for you to keep. We are learning the sign language alphabet along with our letter sounds. We will learn letter "B"-blue balloon with buttons and black letters tomorrow.

PUMPKIN PATCH TUESDAY-please WEAR YOUR ST. MARK'S T SHIRTS and meet in Council farms parking lot 9:15. Program will start 9:30. We will listen to a short presentation, take a class picture, pick our our class pumpkin and enjoy the morning! Your child will receive a small pumpkin and the end. You may leave at your discretion. Snack will not be provided.

October book orders will be sent home next Monday- due back THURSDAY, OCT 17th.

YMCA SWIM CLASS starts NEXT MONDAY. It will continue every Monday and Thursday for three weeks. More info next Sunday.

We had our first fire drill last week. The children did exactly what they were asked to do. All classes meet at the church flag pole. Fire drills will be held monthly.

We learned all about apples and harvest last week. Ask your child about an apple orchard, pips and what foods are made from apples.

Our Friday class was treated to the Easton Middle school marching band! They were practicing and marched down Trippe Avenue. We took the class outside and was treated to a personal performance!

There are still open spots for LUNCH BUNCH-

On to the month of October and Halloween fun!
See you all tomorrow!

Colleen Tipton

September 22, 2019
Good evening,

I hope everyone enjoyed another beautiful weekend! Happy Fall!

We had another great week! We colored body tracings, made our faces to go above our cubbies and made a "friendship quilt". We read stories and discussed how we are all alike but different with eye color etc. We also learned the word COOPERATION.

We will learn all about apples, harvest, and the season of fall this week. We will make apple magnets for our tree, apple prints and foil apple pictures.

A laminated paper will be sent home tomorrow with your child's first and last name printed on it. These are for you to keep at home for your child to practice writing their name. They easily wipe with a baby wipe.

Please return you child's water colored house picture by TUESDAY. Please place a family picture on it. It can be a family picture OR individual pictures. These will hang in our classroom for the year. It's always nice to see friendly family faces.

Book orders due THURSDAY.


LUNCH BUNCH starts TUESDAY as well. There are still open spots for Tuesday and Wednesday. I always work the Tuesday lunch bunch and Mrs. McCarty works the Wednesday lunch bunch so there will always be a familiar, friendly face. Bring a lunch- $10.00- 12:00-2:00- LOTS OF FUN!

We will start learning alphabet sounds this week, starting with letter" A". A homework sheet will be sent home with each alphabet. I would like these to be returned but it certainly is not mandatory. I also have a "homework bin" in the hallway with themed/ seasonal worksheets. These are for you do work on at home and DO NOT need to be returned.You can take the worksheets whenever you like-or not at all.

We still need a couple of pictures for the cubbies.

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow-

Colleen Tipton

September 15, 2019
Good evening! I trust everyone had a wonderful weekend, amazing weather! Mrs. McCarty and I could not be more pleased with our first week of school! The children have adapted to our routine quickly and our new friends are fitting in as if they've been here for years!


We DO have a strawberry allergy. This pertains to REAL strawberries, flavoring is OK.

We have #13 children in class MONDAY through THURSDAY. #6 children on FRIDAY. NO EARLY BIRDS ON FRIDAY. Your child is welcome to join our Friday class at any time.

EARLY BIRDS start TOMORROW. Doors open at 8:00. Mrs. McCarty is our EB teacher. Early birds are offered MONDAY through THURSDAY. Cost $5.00.

LUNCH BUNCH will start NEXT TUESDAY. LB is offered to our 3's and 4's every TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY from 12:00-2:00. Please pack lunch. Cost is $10.00. Dismissal will be from our PLAYGROUND, weather permitting.

our FRIDAY class will also dismiss from playground 12:00, weather permitting.

Please INITIAL by your child's name on our sign in sheet upon ARRIVAL ONLY.

Wendy Basil and Paige McGarry have graciously volunteered to be our room moms. I am sure they would love your help with planning parties etc. We will have parties for Halloween, Valentine;s day and Easter egg hunt.

Scholastic book orders will be sent home tomorrow. Please return by next THURSDAY,SEPT 26th.

Please come see me with any questions.

We went over "school rules" last Monday. We read "the kissing hand" Wednesday. We learned where your palm of the hand is, sign language for "I love you" and what NOCTURNAL means! We also learned that we put out mats away VERTICAL! Ask your child about these- our Friday class sponge painted pencils and wrote their names on them.

We will spend this week learning how we are alike and different. We will make body tracings tomorrow and Tuesday. We will also make our "face" to hang above our cubby and make a "friendship" quilt. We will water color a house picture Wednesday. I will send these home for you to put your family pictures on them. Please return by next TUESDAY.These will hang on our doors all year.

Our first week of snacks have been TERRIFIC! THANK YOU!

I anticipate another great school week ahead!


Colleen Tipton