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!

December 2013

December 2013

I can believe we’re almost at the end of 2013! Our classes have grown so much in just a few short months and really enjoy their time at school and with their friends. 

Please send good outdoor clothing!  We’ll continue to go outside every day throughout the winter months.  The fresh air and exercise is important for the growing minds and bodies.  This is also an important opportunity for them to practice their independence skills – they’re learning to identify their belongings and dress themselves.   You can help your child by making sure they have comfortable clothing that they can put on themselves.  Putting names on clothing is also helpful, and putting mittens & hat in their coat sleeve makes them easy to find. 

Fun with Santa:  Remember our big fundraiser is the first weekend of December – Saturday the 7th.  Each family should get their donations in as soon as possible!  We’re also asking everyone to bake two items for the cake wheel and sign up for a shift on that Saturday.  Baked goods can be dropped off at TCNS on Thursday or Friday.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for the great turn-out at the last couple of parent meetings!  We had a great discussion about socializing in preschool and dealing with some typical “you’re not my friend” behavior.  Our next meeting won’t be until spring.  If anyone has any ideas for discussion topics or information they’d like to share, please let me know.  Jackie is going to be keeping our facebook page updated with ideas and links from our meetings. 

Holiday community service:  During the month of December we’ll be collecting new and gently used socks for Catholic Charities.  We’ve collected about 100 pairs each year and the children enjoy counting and sorting the socks.  This is a good chance to go through your children’s socks and bring in those they’ve outgrown – or the ones with the uncomfortable stitching, wrong colors, etc.   Our children will also be making cards and ornaments for the Ulysses Christmas Bureau.  These will be included in the fruit and food baskets that are delivered during the holidays.

Remember, there will be no school from December 21 through January 5 for the holiday break.   I hope everyone enjoys their time together and with family.

December Activities:  December will be a very busy month talking about the changing season, hibernation, and the holidays.  The first week we’ll read Sleep Big Bear, Sleep by Maureen Wright and All About Hibernation by Tori Kosara.  We’ll be talking about how animals prepare for the winter, make a collage and sculpture about hibernation.  We’ll also read a story about Hannukah and make latkes for snack.  Our next book will be One Snowy Night by Christina Butler and make animal puppets.  The last week before break we’ll read Mrs. Wish-Washy’s Christmas by Joy Cowley.  We will spend the week making ornaments and gifts, cutting, glittering, taping, and wrapping.  

 Terrific Twos:  Welcome to December!  We have a busy fun month planned.  Our themes for December are hibernation, families and sharing.  This is the perfect time to send in family pictures for our family board if you have not sent one in already.  Our first book is TIme To Sleep by Denise Fleming. We will move onto Bear Stays Up by Karma Wilson the week before break.   Please remember to check baskets for spare clothes and extra pull ups.  All children are using the potty at least once a day and pullups are needed to help encourage independence.  We also are working on learning how to manipulate snow pants and doing the “flip” with their snow coats.  We do try to get at least 15-20 minutes of outside time every day!   Thank you for working with us!  We have amazing kids and families!





November 2013

November 2013

We’re coming into the holiday season and we have some pretty active classes at TCNS.   So far we’ve been very lucky with the weather and have gotten outside almost every day.  As the temperature turns chilly, please be sure to send your child with warm outdoor clothing.  Lightweight mittens are also a good idea since the chains on the swings can be very cold!  It’s also very helpful to label outdoor clothing to avoid confusion and misplaced items.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the bulb sale.  The bulbs should arrive soon and can be planted any time before the ground freezes.   T-shirt orders will be coming up soon, and tote bags are available anytime for $5.  Both make great gifts for grandparents!

Remember, the week following Halloween we’ll be collecting candy for Operation Gratitude.  Please bring your extra candy to school by Friday November 8th.   It’s a great cause and helps clear the extra candy out of your house!

Make sure to look closely at the November calendar.  There is no school on Monday, November 11th and Friday the 22nd and there are no classes November 23rd to 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our next parent meeting is Tuesday, November 19th at 6 pm with pizza.  Remember children are welcome!  We’ll go over last minute details for Fun with Santa and share some holiday craft ideas.

Fundraising:  Fun with Santa is fast approaching!  Check the list of last year’s silent auction donors at the top of the stairs and sign up.  We’re asking each family to get 2 donations.   A donation of your own talents or family business is also welcome.  The silent auction committee would appreciate having all donations in before Thanksgiving.  That will give the group plenty of time to organize!

This month we will start Friend of the Week in the preschool classes.  Each week one or two children will be scheduled to bring in 6-8 photographs to share at with the class during circle time.  We usually get photos of grandparents, pets, vacations, whatever your child wants to share.  Please check the calendar for your child’s turn.

I will be available on November 12th, 13th & 14th from 11:30-12:15 for anyone who would like to check in about their child’s progress.  This is not a regular in-depth conference like we will have in March, but offers a chance to bring up any questions or concerns.  We are also happy to meet with you any day after school or on your parent helper day, and you can always email me (austicloz@hotmail.com).

November Preschool Activities:   Our themes this month will be nocturnal animals, health, family & thanksgiving to end the month.  We’ll start the first week by reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.  We will talk more about seasonal changes, the time change, and nocturnal animals.  We’ll watercolor, make a nighttime collage and paper bag puppet.  The following week we’ll read Where’s my Hug by Amy Hest and Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson and talk about hygiene and healthy food choices.  We’ll make a germ collage, and bear picture, and food collage.  The week before Thanksgiving we’ll read Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland and talk about being thankful.  We’ll make pasta necklaces, handprint turkeys, paint with feathers and cornhusks, and bake pumpkin pie! 

Terrific Twos:  In our Twos class we will be discussing families in November.  We will start the month with Move Over, Rover! By Karen Beaumont.  We will move onto Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.  Then finish the month with Feeling Thankful by Shelley Rotner and Shelia Kelly.  Please remember to send in your family picture if you have not yet.  We look at our family board every day and talk about each family.  The kids are so proud and want to share about their own families. This is a great way to expand conversation in our class.

 Jack Frost tapped at the windowpane

He knocked at the door with his icicle cane

Excuse me I said, but the door’s shut tight

I’d rather you not come in tonight

So he wrote his name all over the glass

And the children sneezed “Achooo!”

As they heard him pass.

October 2013

October 2013

It’s hard to believe we’ve already had a month of school.  All the children have been settling into the routine, exploring the classroom, and making new friends.   We’ve been working hard to learn names and figure out which friends come to school which days! 

We’ve been lucky with the weather so far and have made it outside every day.  Please prepare your child for any weather.  Boots are a great asset for the children who have been enjoying digging and driving trucks through the mud, and mittens will become important as the weather cools.  It’s a great idea to label your child’s outdoor clothing.  A number of children have similar jackets and boots and labeling avoids confusion for everyone. 

When we can’t get outside due to weather and end the day upstairs dancing, please try to gather your child’s belongings and meet us upstairs.  It helps eliminate congestion on the stairs, making it safer for everyone. 

Remember, there’s no school on Friday, October 11th and Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day weekend.   Hopefully we’ll have wonderful weather for the long weekend!

Don’t miss the next parent committee meeting – Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00 pm.  We’re going to try something different and start at 6 pm and have cheese pizza (no need to cook dinner!)  Hopefully this will make it easier for families to join us.  It’s a good way to meet other parents, hear about what’s happening, and have input about the program. 

Fundraising:  We’ll be starting our first fundraiser of the year soon.  Watch your cubby for the fall bulb order form.  This is an easy (and beautiful) fundraiser for TCNS.  Just share the order form with friends and families.  TCNS receives half of the money collected.   Orders will be due after the Columbus weekend.   Copies of donation letters and list of past silent auction donors will also be available in the next few weeks.

Fieldtrips:  The TTh class will take a trip to Jesse’s grandparents orchard on Seneca Rd in Trumansburg on October 1stWe’ll meet at the orchard at 9:30 have a tour and snack then walk back to TCNS.  On Halloween children are invited to wear their costumes to school and we’ll have a parade to Juniper Manor.  The residents will share snack with us, and we’ll walk back to TCNS.  Any MWF child who would like to show off their costume the day before Halloween is welcome to bring it in on the 30th.

October Activities:  Our themes this month will be apples, colors, sunflowers, pumpkins and Halloween.  We’ll start the month by reading Apples Here by Will Hubbell.  We’ll talk about apples, do a taste test, cut our own apple, and make applesauce.  Next we’ll read White Rabbits Color Book by Alan Baker and I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont.  We’ll do some color mixing , melted crayon, and even make our own crayons.  Then we’ll read This is the Sunflower by Lola Schafer and make sunflower bird feeders and button sunflowers.  At the end of the month we’ll talk about the life cycle of a pumpkin and Halloween. 

Terrific Twos:  Welcome fall and welcome October!  We will welcome fall with books that will help to bring the outside into our classroom.  We will start with Fresh Fall Leaves by Betty Franco and make our own fall tree.  We will try apple stamping to go with We Love Fall by Diane Muldrow.  Next, We’re Going On A Leaf hunt by Steve Metzger and collage with tissue paper.  We will continue with It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall and introduce painting to our classroom by painting a pumpkin and decorating a jack-o-lantern.  We will end our month on Halloween by reading Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley and make masks.  We do ask that you do not send Halloween costumes into our classroom.  They are too distracting and sometimes fearful for our twos.  Thank you for understanding.  Also, keep practicing independent dressing, especially outside clothes.  It is very helpful, as we encourage the “flip” with the jacket and trying to slide shoes on. We are having a great start to the year!  Thanks for all your help with cleaning and the yummy snacks.  We have a great group this year! 

May 2013

May 2013

I can’t believe it’s May already –time has been flying.  The children are developing by leaps and bounds.  New friendships are blossoming and they are sharing mutual interests with each other.  Our last months of school are going to be very busy.  We have a number of fieldtrips coming up and Sibling Night this month and next month will be an ice cream social and graduation.   

Please remember that our school day starts at 9:00.  We are glad that your children are eager to come to school, but our teachers are busy getting the classroom ready in the morning and we need every minute to provide the best program for everyone. 

Sibling Night will be Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th from 6:30-7:30 pm.  This is a time when your child can bring their siblings (yes, all of them) to school with them. Parents DO need to stay at this event, but it’s lots of fun.   We will have a special project, snack and playground time.   

Don’t miss our last parent meeting on May 21st at 6:30.  We had a number of great topic suggestions from the parent survey – we’ll pick one for this meeting.    We’ll also talk about some end of school events – family ice cream social and graduation coming in June.  Results of the parent survey are posted on the bulletin board.  Remember, there will be no school on May 24th and 27th for Memorial Day. 

Fieldtrips:  This month we’ll be hiking to the falls with both classes; Wednesday May 1st and Thursday May 16th.    On those days, we’ll meet next to the park office to begin, but return to the playground after the hike.  Parents and siblings are welcome to join us.   We are also planning a visit to Goodlife Farm and the firehouse – watch for details to come. 

Community Yard/Bake Sale:  June 1st!   This is a great chance to go through your attics, basements, and garages and hoe out!  Combat your hoarding and benefit TCNS at the same time!  We’ll begin collecting the week before the sale.  We can always use some extra help to sort and price stuff on Friday if anyone is available. 

May Activities:  We have a lot of nature themes this month, from gardening and salamanders, plus Mother’s Day.  We’ll start the month by reading a new book, Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds.  We’ll continue our exploration of our senses with taste and smell by making our own salsa and guacamole and make animal puppets.  In preparation for Mother’s Day we’ll read Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson.  We’ll make a special gift for our mothers and talk about animals and their babies.  We’ll move onto gardening with a favorite book – Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming.  We’ll talk about what plants need, different vegetables, sprout seeds, and make a garden collage.  Next will be Salamander Room by Anne Mazer.  The children will build terrariums and talk about the water cycle and animal habitats.

Terrific Two’s:  Finally, spring is here!  We have enjoyed chicks in our classroom and wool from Ms. Devas sheep.  On our playground we are digging for worms and picking flowers. We are talking about farm animals and exploring with our senses.  We will start the month with a favorite by Ezra Jack Keats, Over In The Meadow.  As a group we will build a pond and explore with water in our sensory table.  We will also be reading Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! A Day On The Farm by Venice Shone and The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming.   Just a reminder, please do not include peanuts in our snacks.  The pastor of the church has an allergy and she passing by our class frequently.   Also, remember to dress according to the weather. We do get outside every day!  Thank you and enjoy the sunshine!

 Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs (yum, yum!)

One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool

Then there were four green speckled frogs!

Four green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log…..

April 2013

April 2013

The children have really been enjoying their developing friendships and stretching their imaginations.   We’ve been playing with rhyming words and looking for signs of spring.  The children really love sharing their ideas at circle time and practicing writing and drawing.   They have all grown so much since the beginning of the school year!

April is a short month, but we have a lot going on!  Spring break is April 1-5!  There will be no school that week.  Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and we can all get outside and enjoy the spring! 

Next year’s registration forms were in cubbies last week.  Please have your form back by April 9th with the $50 registration fee to hold a spot for your child.  You can wait until June to pay the tuition deposit.  TCNS will be having an Open House on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm. for new children and families.  Please pass the word along to anyone who might be interested. 

Fundraising:   Kristin Parry has organized a craft sale on Saturday April 20th to benefit TCNS.  If you know anyone who would be interested in a table, please let Kristin know.  There will be a TCNS craft table for any parent crafters who would like to sell.  We’ll also be doing a bake sale and are asking each family to bake something for that. 

Our next parent meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-7:30.  We’ll go over the results of the parent survey and Jackie and I will share some information from the NAEYC conference we’re attending.   

April Activities:  this month we’ll be talking about the weather some more, plus birds and baby animals.  We’ll continue to graph the weather and compare April to March.  We’ll start the month by reading Tillie Lays an Egg, by Terry Golson.  This is a sweet story about a baby chicken who’s afraid of leaving his egg.  We’ll talk about eggs, which animals lay eggs, and do eggshell experiments.   We haven’t chosen all the books for this month, but we’ll continue to explore the signs of spring and talk about our five senses.  We will do wallpaper vases and a spring tree collages.

Terrific Two’s:  April will bring many exciting changes outside and inside. Spring is happily here and we are exploring all the changes around us and within our children.  We will have fun learning about what animals live on the farm with Old Mac Donald. Expect to see and hear many farm animals coming home.

Five little duckies went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Mama duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!” 

But only four little duckies came back.

Four little duckies went swimming one day….

Three little duckies….

Two little duckies…

One little ducky went swimming one day, over the pond and far away

Daddy duck said, “QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!” 

And all five little duckies came swimming right back.

March 2012

March 2013

Spring is coming….  March weather can be VERY unpredictable.  We’ll continue to go outside as much as possible, so please be sure to bring all appropriate clothing.   As the snow melts the playground becomes very muddy and boots and snow pants can help to keep clothing almost clean.  Remember, children love to get dirty!

Preschool classes will be having Special Person’s Night on Wednesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 6that 6:30 pm.  This is an opportunity for children to bring an adult to TCNS who might not be able to come during a normal school day.  Children can show their special person around the classrooms and we’ll enjoy a special project and snack.  

We’ll be having a parent meeting on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 pm.   We’ll talk about the student assessment process, upcoming conferences and fieldtrips, plus spring fundraising plans.  We’ll also talk about some workshop ideas for future parent meetings.  If there’s anything else you’d like on bring up, please let us know.

We’re continuing our student assessments in all the classes in preparation for parent-teacher conferences at the end of the month.  We’re setting aside three days when there won’t be any classes, but you will have the chance for some uninterrupted time to meet with teachers and discuss your child’s progress. There will be no school during the conference days, March 27th– 29th.  Look for the conference sign-up sheet.  If another time would be more convenient to meet, please let us know.  We can easily conference most days after school or any other time.

We will begin registration for next fall later this month.  You will all receive registration forms for next year with time to pre-register before new families.  Open registration for new families will begin sometime later in April if you know any families who might be interested.  It’s time to start thinking about kindergarten!  If your child will be eligible to start kindergarten in the fall you should contact your elementary school office. Most school districts will be doing screening during the next few months.

March Activities:  This month we’ll be talking about the coming spring and changing weather.  We’ll graph the weather, watch for signs of spring, and play with mud.  This month we’ll be reading In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marion Bauer, Spring by Nuria Roca,  Green Eyes by A. Birnbaum, and  One Rainy Day by Christina Butler.  We’ll make puppets, and a spring collage, plus cut rainbows.  The last two days before conferences we’ll read Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells with our favorite characters Max and Ruby.   This will give us a chance to decorate easter eggs.  We’ll also do a walking fieldtrip to visit Trumansburg Acupuncture on March 21st.

Terrific Twos:  Welcome March! In our Twos class we will be exploring with our senses in March. We will start the month with our ears and eyes and we listen and look for trains and what we pass on our ride through our book, The Train Ride by June Crebbin. We will continue to use our senses as we welcome spring with two books by Margaret Wise Brown, The Golden Egg and Home For a Bunny. We will be looking for signs of spring everywhere with all of our senses! We will be fingerpainting, working with easter grass and glue, cotton balls and a favorite, snipping with scissors. We will be tasting and smelling hard boiled eggs and everything we have at snack time. We will continue to sing Hokey Pokey, a favorite, and add Spring Is a Rainy Season to our circle time. There will not be school on Thursday March 28th, only conferences. Thank you

Spring is a rainy season,

Spring is a rainy season,

Spring is a rainy season,

When the flowers bloom!

February 2013

February 2013

We’ve been lucky enough to have some great snow already this winter.  Please continue to send in all the winter clothing.  The children are working hard on figuring out how to dress themselves – practice makes perfect!  Remember, we go outside as much as possible.  Not only does outdoor play provide important opportunities for gross motor development, the cold temperatures are very helpful in killing germs and reducing illness.

February is a very busy month.  We have a lot going on – starting with Pajama Day on February 7th and 8th.  Save time in the morning — children (and parent helpers) are invited to come to school in their pajamas.  It’s a lot of fun and we put our snow pants on right over our pajamas when we go outside!   

Valentine’s Day:  We’ll be making tons of valentines this month!  The children really enjoy making valentines for family, friends and neighbors and we use a LOT of glitter!  We will also set up a post office so children can send letters to each other.  To keep things simple in the classroom, we’re asking each child to make one special valentine to share at school.  We put them all into a box and the children will each pick one out to take home.  They really enjoy seeing who gets the valentine they made.   If your child prefers to bring a valentine for everyone that’s okay, but we will emphasize the one special valentine. 

This month we’ll be starting to do assessments with the children in preparation for parent-teacher conferences next month.  We will spend time with each child playing “games” to help get a sense of their comfort with different tasks.  The children really enjoy the one-on-one time and often ask if they can have another turn.  If you have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

There will be no school on Friday, February 15th and February 18th, 19th and 20th for winter break.

Upcoming:   I will be sending out a link for our parent survey this month also.  Please take the time to give us your input.  We really appreciate any feedback – it helps improve our program for your children and future families

February Activities:  We’ll start the month celebrating Chinese New Year by reading Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tucker.   The children love this story!  We’ll practice using chopsticks and make Chinese lanterns and dragons.  Our next book will be The Snowy Surprise by Amy Hest.  We’ll cut and glitter valentines all week and bake surprise muffins.  We will then read the classic A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and make a snowy day collage.  The final week of the month we’ll start talking about arctic animals and read Cuddly Duddley by Jez Alborough.  This is a silly story about a penguin and we’ll make a paper penguin and arctic scene.

Terrific Twos:  In February our Terrific Twos will continue with winter themed books by reading Slippidy Seal by Betty Preston, Skidamarink, a read and sing book, and A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Slippidy Seal is a book that will introduce our class to how seals eat, sleep and play just like we do every day. The book has color photographs that will enable our class to see seals in their natural setting. We will explore with sizes, sorting and matching in our classroom activities. Skidamarink is a wonderful book for valentines day to show all the love we have for each other. We will be baking a surprise to bring home for a family valentine. A Snowy Day is a classic that always is a favorite with the class. We will follow Peter in his adventures on a snowy day. Our children will find connections in is outside adventure with our outside play. We will explore with snow and frozen water in our classroom. Stay warm!

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head,

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

(repeat) Four little monkeys … Three little monkeys…  Two little monkeys…

One little monkey jumping on the bed, he fell off and bumped his head,

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, “Put those monkeys back to bed!”

January 2013

January 2013

It’s hard to believe that it’s the New Year already!   I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break!  We will keep our fingers crossed for some good snow this winter.   Once we get enough snow the children will be able to slide down the hill. This is something they REALLY enjoy!  And hopefully we’ll be able to build snow people and snow forts.

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 dress themselves.  This is a very important step toward independence and you can help by ensuring your child has clothing they can manipulate themselves.   

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.  Also, please remember that school starts at 9 a.m.  We prefer to get all our work done before the children arrive so we can give them our full attention!

Thank you so much for everyone’s hard work on Fun with Santa!  We made over $3000 for TCNS which will go into our general fund to help keep tuition low for all our families.  We appreciate all the time and effort our families put into making this a successful event.

Remember classes resume on Wednesday, January 2, and there is no school on Monday, January 22 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 also be sending out our parent survey in the next month or so.  We appreciate any feedback you have to share J

January Activities:  This month we’ll be talking about winter, dressing for the weather, and snowmen.  We’ll read a number of favorites, Under my Hood I have a Hat by Karla Kluskin, A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay, and The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler.  We will be making a snowy collage, mittens for the tree and snowflakes and snowmen from a variety of materials, plus a sock snowman.  Hopefully we will have some snow to enjoy in the sensory table and on the playground.   

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!