April Newsletter


Our Spring Fundraiser is up and running! All orders are due by Monday 4/3. Families selling $250 or more, will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win 1 WEEK FREE TUITION.


Be sure to read and return registration for summer session. If you know when you will take vacation please let us know the dates. In order for us to maintain our enrollment it’s important that you specify the exact date your child will exit Growing Years.


Our Easter party and egg hunt will be Friday 4/14. If your child does not come to school on Friday’s they’re invited to join us but must be picked up by 11:00am. Please let us know if your child is coming so we can set a spot for them at our party table. Look for our party sign-up to bring goodies. Some items will need to be at school BEFORE the day of our party.


Our graduation ceremony will be held on Friday June 2nd at 7:00pm. Additional information will be given in our May newsletter.


Growing Years will be CLOSED Friday 4/28 for Staff Development.


Growing Years Daycamp offers before / after school care to children who are in Kindergarten – 5th Grade. They offer van drop off / pickups to 5 Castro Valley schools. Preschool students receive priority enrollment into the Daycamp. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, make sure to submit your early registration form by April 14th. If you have questions about the Daycamp or would like a tour of the facility you can call 733- 0848 and schedule a visit. The Daycamp does not service children enrolled in T.K. programs.


Spring conferencing will begin the first week of May. Our conference calendars can be found on the sign in/out board. Please sign up on our calendar if you would like to meet with Miss Ashley.


Kindergarten is just around the corner! If you’d like to network with other parents and find out who’s going where, be sure to fill out the Kindergarten info. sheet on the sign in/out board. We’ll compile a directory for the Pre-K parents and have it available in May. Knowing who’s going to your child’s school is helpful with the transition to kindergarten. Some parents have had questions about after school care, A.M & P.M classes, carpooling and district transfers. Other parents who have had previous experience with such things are your best resource! Only those participating in the directory will receive a copy.


Next month we’ll raise money for St. Jude children’s Research Hospital by conducting a Trike-A-Thon. Information will be sent home later in the month. Our Trike-A-Thon will begin at 9:00am on Wednesday 5/3. It is suggested that you collect pledges of a flat donation. Please make checks payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please have all donations collected and submitted by Friday 5/5.


Our Lost And Found box is FULL. Please take a peek to see if anything belongs to your child. Any items remaining after April 21st will be donated.

Our Tax I.D. # 942867388


The beginning of March was spent creating many different types of green, yellow and gold art projects. We enjoyed creating pictures and drawings out of glue and glitter and spent time creating these sparkley pieces. We enjoyed marble painting Shamrocks and painting with a variety of different size paint brushes as well.

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by building traps in hopes of catching a Leprechaun. That sneaky guy snuck into our classroom and broke our traps but left us a letter and chocolate coins.

We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading “Green Eggs And Ham”. We each had a turn cracking an egg and chopping ham for our own version of Green Eggs And Ham.

The Redwoods have become interested in poetry. We’ve been reading quite a few Shel Silverstein poems and creating our won illustrations for these very silly poems.

We’ve started to see changes in our trees and we will begin to watch for signs of Spring.

This month we’ll come to the end of the alphabet with our letter introduction. We’ll spend the remaining part of the year reviewing and playing both visual and phonetic alphabet games.

Songs We’ve Been Singing

The Growing Years Song
Various Versions Of The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Name Game Song
The Alphabet Song

Stories We’ve Been Reading

The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss
Thump, Thump, Rat-A-Tat-Tat by Gene Baer
Poems by Shel Silverstein
The Dirtiest Man In The World
The Dirty Fool Contest
Me Stew


Happy Easter!
Miss Ashley, Miss Brittney

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