December 2010

December 2010I can’t believe we’re already at the end of 2010! All of the classes have been going so well – we have a wonderful group of children and families this year! Welcome Lucas Burton to our TTh class! Lucas has been in our MWF class and will now be coming every day. The TTh class has enjoyed the new addition! We also have a new student Jake in the Terrific Two’s class! We still have space in the two’s class for one or two children, so pass the word!
Winter is coming! We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather so far, but that could change any minute. We continue to go out every day throughout the winter. Hats, mittens, snowpants, and boots are a must! The children will work hard this winter learning how to dress themselves – we encourage the children to do as much as possible. It’s usually easiest to put hats & mittens in their coat sleeve (no denying they can’t find it!)
Remember you can call or email me anytime with questions or concerns – no question is too small! I can also usually schedule you for a specific day as parent helper if you email me ahead of time. Plus, we appreciate if you let us know when your child has a contagious illness. It allows us to do extra disinfecting and alerts parents to watch for symptoms.
Thanks to everyone for the great attendance at parent meetings! It’s wonderful to have such an involved group of families this year. We don’t usually have parent meetings in December and January, but watch for the next meeting in February or March. There was interest in having a presentation or discussion about healthy eating and creative recipes.
Holiday book orders will be ready the first week of December for return before the holiday break. TCNS has received some really wonderful books and it’s a great way to add books to your library. Books make great stocking stuffers!
We collected 25 pounds of candy for Operation Gratitude! The candy will go to our troops overseas – and not the teeth of our preschoolers! During December we’ll do a collection of new and gently used socks for Catholic Charities. This is a great opportunity for children to think about others and give something meaningful.
Schedule: Remember Fun with Santa is Saturday, December 4th. If you are unable to help on Saturday, please let me know so you can help set up on Friday. Remember our last day of school before the holiday break will be Wednesday, December 22nd. We’ll be back at school on Monday, January 3rd.
Fundraising: Thanks so much to everyone for the pampered chef and scrip orders. TCNS made $88.67 for the scholarship fund through pampered chef and $165 through the scrip program! Fun with Santa, our biggest fundraiser, is coming up! Please get the silent auction donations in soon! Please sign up for a work shift – we still need face painters! And we’re asking each family to bring two baked goods for the cake wheel – look for the sign-up sheets. We’re also considering a fundraiser through Greek Peak for a day in the indoor waterpark in March.
December activities: Following Thanksgiving we’ll be talking about hibernation, illness and then holiday celebrations. Our first book will be Good Night, Baby Bear by Frank Asch and we’ll talk about hibernation and migration. We’ll make animal shelters from dough and sticks, build a bear and make bird feeders. Next we’ll read Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson. We’ll talk more about illness and hygiene, and learn to cough and sneeze into our elbow. We’ll make our own quilt, and chicken soup. Next we’ll read the favorite If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff. We’ll make holiday decorations, festive cards, and cut and decorate our own tree. For the last week before break we’ll read Santa’s Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene. This is a silly book in which all the animals pitch in to help get Santa free. We’ll decorate cookies and do a lot of project with glitter!
Terrific Two’s: The terrific Two’s have had a wonderful November. We are all trying to keep healthy, thankfully hand washing is a huge hit with our class. Everyone is sitting nicely at circle time and enjoying our books. In December we will be reading books that are themed on caring and sharing with others. Reading is definitely a favorite activity in our class. We will add a doctor kit to our dramatic play area, I am sure this will be a big hit. Our sensory activities have included scooping pumpkins, shaving cream, oobleck and playdough. We are looking forward to minty playdoh, beans and pasta exploration and finger painting to explore with our senses in December. We also will be baking cookies for the holidays. As well including lots of craft activities to make our classroom festive!

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