January 2014

January 2014

It’s hard to believe that it’s the New Year already!   I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday break!  We will keep our fingers crossed for some good snow throughout the winter so we can slide down the hill, build snow people and search for animal tracks.

As the weather continues to get colder it’s important that your child comes prepared for the weather.  Hats, mittens, boots and snow pants are a must!  We will be working very hard to help the children learn to get how to get themselves ready for outdoor play.  This is an important step toward independence and also a chance for hands-on sequencing and problem-solving.    

We will continue to collect new and gently used socks for Catholic Charities throughout the month – a great opportunity to pass on those ill-fitting socks from the holidays!

Thank you so much for everyone’s hard work on Fun with Santa!  We made $2500 for TCNS which will go into our general fund to help keep tuition low for all our families.  We will continue to work on our options for spring fundraisers – watch for details. 

Remember there’s no school on Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King Day.  We won’t be having a parent meeting until February or March, so please let me know if anything comes up or if you have any questions about anything.  We will start working on our parent survey sometime this month.  We appreciate any feedback you have to share J

Just a reminder that we follow the Trumansburg school schedule for snow days – if T-burg is closed then TCNS is closed. Any delay at T-burg will translate into a one hour delay for TCNS. 

January Activities:  This month we’ll be talking about winter, similarities and Chinese New Year.  Hopefully we can get snow in the sensory table.  We’ll be reading Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin,, The Snowy Day by Anna Milbourne, Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, and A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  We will do melted crayon, mittens for our tree, puff paint and shaving cream plus some winter collages.  At the end of the month we’ll read one of our favorites, The Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tucker and make Chinese dragons and lanterns and have rice in the sensory table.

Terrific Two’s:  This month the Terrific Two’s will be enjoying winter projects and building snowmen. The children enjoy circle time, stories, and art projects.  We’ll experiment with some new sensory projects this month and continue to enjoy getting outside.

I’m a little snowman, short and fat

Here is my broomstick and here is my hat!

When the sun comes out, I melt away!

Down, down, down – oops I’m a puddle today!

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