Category "Pre-K Newsletters"

30Jan2023

VALENTINE’S DAY
The Redwoods are having a Valentine’s Party on Tuesday 2/14. If your child does not attend school on Tuesdays they’re welcome to join us. Our party will begin at 9:00am. Children who do not attend on Tuesdays must be picked up by 11:00am. We’ll be sharing Valentine Cards with our friends. Please bring enough cards for 20 children. You do not need to address each card, just write your child’s name in the “from” area.

SUMMER REGISTRATION
Its time to start thinking about your childs summer schedule. Registration information will be sent out with next months newsletter. It’s important that you specify any schedule changes, exit dates and vacation dates if possible.

Our current families have priority for summer registration but please understand that we have a full list of students waiting to start and we must maintain our enrollment. Therefore it*s essential that you respond in a timely manner and adhere to your chosen schedule. As a reminder the last day of the school year is June 9th.

TAX INFORMATION
If you need a monthly receipt for future tuition payments, please leave a note for Shalimar in the tuition box. W-10 forms have been completed for your convenience and can be picked up at the parent information board. Our Tax I.D. # 82-4676859

PINKALICIOUS DAY
Wear the color Pink (Or Red) to school on Friday 2/24 in honor of Pinkalicious Day. We’ll read the story “Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, and make yummy Pinkalicious cupcakes for snack. This is only for children who attend school on Fridays.

TEACHER CHANGES
Please be aware of recent staffing changes. Miss Ashlee (Redwood Class) has left Growing Years. Miss Roxann will assist Miss Elli in the Pre-K class.

Miss Dorene will return to Growing Years to assist where needed. Miss Dorene has been a part of the Growing Years Family for many years. She originally joined our team in 1999 and over the years she’s been our cook, meal planner, inventory manager and classroom teacher. We are very pleased to have her back with us!

SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION
Please be aware the sidewalk project on Anita Avenue is set to begin this month. If you drop off after 8am you may want to give yourself extra time to account for any street closures, parking lot closures, and overall traffic. Our staff will do our best to assist with drop offs when we can.

PARKING LOT SAFETY
Please use caution when entering and exiting the parking lot. NEVER let your child walk/run through the parking lot unattended. Drivers should drive slowly and use caution when backing out of spaces. Whether you’re walking or driving, please be aware of your surroundings and be safe in the parking lot.

LAST MONTH…

Last month we created lots of art with winter colors (blue, purple, silver). We made snowflakes, painted with salad spinners and Koosh balls and painted with water colors.

We continue to introduce the letter of the week and we’re always so excited to find our missing caterpillar letter. Don’t forget to bring items from home for our letter box!

We’ve enjoyed playing group games which helps us develop our listening skills and helps us to focus. We’ve also been practicing writing and spelling our names.

We learned about Chinese New Year and had fun decorating dragon masks, reading stories about Lunar New Year and playing with the lucky dragon puppet.

Building has become popular with many of our friends. We’ve been spending lots of time playing with the crystal climbers and magnet tiles. We’ve enjoyed exploring our classroom ramp with different textures and comparing what objects go the fastest.

This month we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’ll continue to talk about kindness and friendship and what it means to be a good friend.

Songs We’ve Been Singing
You Are My Sunshine
Skinna Marink
The Ice Cream song
Apples and Bananas

Books We Enjoyed Last Month
Olaf and The Three Polar Bears by Calliope Class
Mingo The Flamingo by Pete Oswalt & Justin Thompson
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
Sneezy The Snowman by Maureen Wright

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Miss Elli & Miss Roxann

4Jan2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The entire staff would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for all the gifts and goodies given to us this past holiday season. We hope your family had a wonderful holiday season. We wish you health and happiness in 2023!

TUITION RECEIPTS
If you need a monthly receipt for future tuition payments please leave a note for Shalimar in the tuition box. A receipt will be provided when tuition is paid in full for the month. W-10 forms have been completed for your convenience and can be picked up at the parent information board.
Our Tax I.D. # 82-4676859

The month of December was filled with fun and preparation for the holidays. We spent time learning holiday songs and worked on Christmas gifts for our family. We talked a lot about the holiday season and what it means to give. We learned about Christmas and Hanukkah.

We also had a lot of fun working on holiday themed art work. We painted candy canes, made stockings, decorated Christmas trees, and put together our own paper menorah’s. We also made ornaments to decorate our classroom tree.

We really enjoyed looking for our Elf on the Shelf named “Elfy Delfy” everyday. He was a lot of fun! We read a story about the Elf tradition and had a blast discovering his hiding place everyday.

This month we’ll explore the winter season, the changing weather, and artic animals that live in a different climate.

SONGS WE’VE BEEN SINGING
Jingle Bells
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Frosty The Snowman
I’m A Little Christmas Tree
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Feliz Navidad

BOOKS WE ENJOYED IN DECEMBER
The Elf On The Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell
Sneezy The Snowman by Maureen Wright
Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? by Etta Kaner
The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt
Daddy Christmas And Hanukkah Mama by Selino Aiko

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Miss Elli & Miss Ashlee

29Nov2022

TUITION
December is a 3 1/2 week tuition month (3 weeks full rate + 1 week 1/2 rate).
ALL TUITION IS DUE IN FULL BY Thursday 12/22. We will be closing out the month and the year on December 31st. Late tuition will result in daily late fees and cash payments only. Tuition will NOT be carried over into January so please make sure your December payment is accurate.

We Will Be CLOSED 12/26 – 1/6. We Will Be Back On 1/9.

January is a 4 1/2 week tuition month ( 4 weeks at full rate + 1 week 1/2 rate). January tuition will be collected when we return from winter break on January 9th.

REMINDERS
*Please Call Before 9am if your child will be absent. Attendance for the day is taken at 9am and we need to know our count for the day.

*Check the Lost & Found box. Anything left after 12/16 will be donated to charity.

HELP WANTED
We are searching for qualified preschool teachers to join our teaching staff. If you know of anyone looking to teach at a great school with an awesome teaching team, send them our way!

Our job posting can be found on indeed and our Facebook page. Resumes can be sent to gypreschool86@gmail.com.

LAST MONTH…
During the month of November we talked about being thankful and shared what we are thankful for. We made special gifts for our families and enjoyed learning new Thanksgiving songs.

We created lots of fun art activities like water color paint on giant coffee filters, handprint trees and turkeys and fancy festive necklaces. We enjoyed sensory experiences with water marbles and kinetic sand.

We continue to introduce the letter of the week and practice learning the letters in our name. Some items that were brought for our letter box for letters G and H were grapes, gorilla, heart, horse and hand. Keep those letter box items coming in!

Thank you for all the pictures that were brought for our Ofrenda (altar) to celebrate The Day Of The Dead. We really enjoyed eating Pan de Muerto, drinking hot chocolate and talking about how we celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

This month we’ll talk about the Holiday Season and the importance of giving. We’ll learn new holiday songs and spend time making a special gift for our family.

Books We’ve Been Reading
Dia de Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie
by Alison Jackson
Who Will Carve The Turkey This Thanksgiving
by Jerry Pollotta
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
How To Hid A Turkey by Sye Fliess

Songs We’ve Been Singing
Hello Mr. Turkey
Let’s Be Thankful
Turkey Ted
Smells Like Thanksgiving
Mr. Turkey

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Miss Elli & Miss Ashlee

27Oct2022

Thank you to all who participated in our Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest. All entries were very creative and looked awesome!! Congratulations to our winners and thanks again to all the families for participating and helping us judge. We hope you had as much fun creating them as we did admiring them.

Our Fall Fundraiser Was A Success! Thank you for supporting our school with sales and donations. We raised $1,138 for the purchase of classroom materials. Thank you so much for all your support.

PICTURE DAY
Ahern Photography will be here on Wednesday 11/16 to take school photos. All children in attendance will have their individual photo taken and will also be included in our class photo.

Look for a photo order envelope in your child’s cubby the week before picture day. Please return your photo order along with payment by the morning of picture day. If you choose not to order in advance you will have the opportunity to view and purchase photos after picture day but additional charges will apply.

If your child does not come to school on Wednesdays you’re welcome to bring them in at 10am to have their photo taken. Our class group photo will be taken after all individuals.

HOLIDAY
As a reminder we’ll be CLOSED 11/24 AND 11/25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS
Cold and flu season is upon us. Please keep your child home if they are showing ANY signs of illness. Last month we had to send a few friends home with runny noses. Please help keep everyone safe and healthy by keeping your child home if they display any symptoms of illness. Thank You!

SPARE CLOTHES
Please make sure your child has spare clothes at school that are appropriate for the changing weather. If you think it’s time to update your child’s change of clothes, bring in a new set of fall / winter clothes and put them in our clothes drop off box. We’ll send home the old clothes in exchange for the warmer ones.

JACKETS AND SWEATSHIRTS
Please make sure your child is bringing a jacket/sweatshirt to school everyday. Because of our unpredictable weather, we highly recommend sending your child dressed in layers. Wear a sweatshirt or long sleeves and bring a light jacket. The mornings tend to be cold, while the afternoons get very warm. We spend lots of time outside regardless of the cold weather so please make sure your child is suitably dressed. We can’t stress enough-LABEL ALL JACKETS, COATS AND SWEATSHIRTS! Even if your child has a hook with their name on it, it’s important to label the item. If you’re missing any of your child’s clothes be sure to check our lost and found box near the front entrance.

Please take a look in our Lost and Found box to see if anything belongs to your child. Any items remaining after December 16th will be donated to charity.

REMINDER
Our daily activities begin promptly at 9:00am. DO NOT BE LATE! Children should be at school by 8:45am so they have time to check out the activities in the classroom before we get started. If your child will be absent, please call before 9:00am.

LAST MONTH…

We had a fun time this past month. We learned fun Halloween songs and read spooky stories. We have also been having so much fun listening and dancing to Halloween music!

We have been using fall watercolors to paint leaves and we’ve created art with puffy paint and stamps.

We conducted a science experiment and observed the reaction that occurs when baking soda and vinegar are mixed together.

Thank you for encouraging your children to bring in items for our letter box. Some items we had in our letter box this month include: Elephant, Emma (picture), Excavator, Dog, Doll, Dice, Flounder, Frog, Flashlight and Fish. The children enjoy sharing their special items and it helps them understand the connection between letters and their sound.

Our Halloween parade and party were filled with fun, laughter and lots of smiles. Thank you for those who brought treats to share for our Spooktacular Day!

This month we’ll continue to talk about the season of Fall, learn about Thanksgiving, and discuss what it means to be thankful. We’ll celebrate The Day Of The Dead and remember our love ones that have passed away.

We’ve Been Singing…
Walk In The Dark
Five Little Pumpkins
Mr. Pumpkin
Ghosts and Goblins

Books We’ve Been Reading

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colandro
What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
The Legend Of Spookley The Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Miss Ellli & Miss Ashlee

27Sep2022

HALLOWEEN PARTY
We will have a Halloween party on Friday 10/28. Wear your costume to school today! If your child does not come to school on Fridays, they’re welcome to join us from 9:00am – 11:30pm. Please let us know in advance if your child will be attending so we can set a spot for them at our party table. We’ll share our costumes, play games and parade around the backyard at 10:15am. Parents are welcome to meet us in the backyard and take pictures as we parade around the bike path. Our party will continue after our parade. Please bring a change of clothes for your child if they stay all day. Look for our sign-up sheet to bring party snacks.

**We ask that parent’s refrain from entering our classroom during our party time. You’re welcome to take pictures as we parade outside but please do not come into our classroom. Thank you for your understanding.

PROGRESS REPORTS & FALL CONFERENCING
This month you will receive a report regarding your child’s preschool experience over the last few months. There will be a calendar posted on the sign in/out board for you to schedule a conference if you would like one. Conferences are conducted in the afternoons/evenings and will only be available to those who schedule an appointment.

PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST
It’s time for our annual Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest! If you are interested in participating, you’ll need to register, so be sure to look for the sign-up sheet. Please keep in mind we are looking for FAMILY PRODUCED entries. Make sure your child is an active participant in the decorating process. Pumpkin entries may be dropped off at the preschool throughout the week of the 17th but ALL entries must be submitted by the morning of Thursday 10/20 to be considered for judging. Our judging will be based on 3 categories–Silliest, Spookiest and Most Creative. We need you to help us choose our winners. Please vote (one ballot per family please) for your favorite in each category. More information regarding our contest will be sent home later in the month.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
During the beginning of November we will be learning about the celebration Dia de los Muertos (The Day Of The Dead). We invite you to bring a photo of a loved one that has passed away and we will display it on our Ofrenda (altar). Please have your photo turned in by 10/28.

LAST MONTH…

We had fun the first month of school. We played games and sang songs to learn each other’s name. We explored golf ball painting, apple painting, Koosh ball painting and car painting.

We began our letter of the week by introducing “Colorpillar”. Each week our new letter will be hidden somewhere in our classroom, and we’ll have to hunt for it to add to our Colorpillar. Thank you for encouraging The Redwoods to bring something from home each week to add to our Letter Box!

Last month we introduced the letter “A”. During that week we explored apples and participated in some fun apple activities. We cored and peeled apples with a special apple machine, then used a dehydrator to make yummy apple chips. Our classroom smelled so good, and our apple chips were delicious! Thank you for bringing apples to share with our class.

This month we’ll learn about the season of Fall and talk about all the changes we see. We’ll celebrate Halloween, learn new songs, and read spooky stories together.

We’ve Been Singing
Name Game Song
The Ice Cream Song
Slippery Fish
The Wheels On The Bus

Books We’ve Been Reading
The Pigeon Has To Go To School! by Mo Willems
There’s A Monster In Your Book by Tom Fletcher
There’s A Dragon In Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer

HAPPY FALL TO ALL!

Miss Elli & Miss Ashlee

31Aug2022

Family Picture
Bring in a picture of your family by Friday 9/16. Please bring a picture that we can keep at school all year long. These pictures will be laminated and placed in your child’s portfolio at the end of the year. Make sure your child is in the picture along with the family. Pictures should be no larger than 4″ X 6″.

Emergency Comfort Kit
If you haven’t already done so, please compile your child’s Comfort Kit and bring it to school A.S.A.P. Comfort kits should include pictures of your family, a comforting letter written to your child, and a variety of non perishable foods that your child enjoys / is considered a special treat. A book, a small notebook, a pencil and small games were other items suggested on our Comfort Kit instructions.

Fall Fundraiser
On September 29th you’ll find Fall fundraiser information in your child’s cubby. There is no obligation to participate. All profits from our fundraiser will go toward the purchase of items for our school. All sales are online and will be delivered directly to the purchaser. If you would like to make a donation in lieu of catalog sales, please avoid using the fundraiser website as they take a 20% profit from direct donations. Donations in the form of cash and checks (made payable to Growing Years Preschool) can be submitted directly to the preschool. Please label donations clearly so they are not mistaken for tuition payments. Your participation is not required but greatly appreciated.

We’re Collecting Apples
The Redwoods are collecting apples for special projects and activities during the week of letter “A”. Please bring in apples to share for these activities (2 or 3 per child). We need apples of all sizes and colors. We’ll be collecting apples from Sept. 6 – 12.

Letter Box
The Redwood class has a special Letter Box. Please encourage your child to find an item at home that begins with the letter of the week and bring it in to share in our letter box. Be sure to refer to our calendar to see which letters we’re introducing each month. Having tangible items in our classrooms to represent the letter of the week help us reinforce our lessons and understanding of letters and their sounds. Please make sure your child is an active participant in finding something to bring, and remember to have fun!

Air Quality
As we approach fire season we will be checking the AQI (air quality index) daily to determine if it is safe for outdoor play. We will stay inside and play when the AQI is above 150. We may adjust our schedule to allow for outdoor play in the morning before the AQI becomes unhealthy in the afternoon. We run air purifiers in all of our classrooms daily and will run the air conditioners as well.

Covid Test Kits
The California COVID-19 Testing Task Force has provided two COVID-19 test kits for each family enrolled at Growing Years. You’ll find test kits in your child’s cubby along with information regarding the extension of the expiration date. We will notify you when the CDPH has considered these test kits no longer usable.

Reporting Absences
Daily attendance is taken at 9:00am. If your child will be absent or late, please call the preschool before 9:00am so we can have an accurate head count for our day.

We Look Forward To A Great School Year!

Miss Elli & Miss Ashlee

18Aug2022

Please take the time to read the monthly newsletters thoroughly, as they are filled with important information regarding upcoming events. Newsletters (past and present), calendars, and menus may also be accessed on our website gypreschool.com. Please make sure to pick up the hard copy of your newsletter at the beginning of every month.


Reminders

**Children must be at school by 8:45a.m.

**Check your child’s cubby container everyday.

**Count the Mondays in the month to determine the number of tuition weeks when paying monthly.

**When signing your child in/out, you must sign your FULL signature. Signatures must be LEGIBLE so we are able to identify the individuals picking up/dropping off.

**Make sure your child has spare clothes at school. Promptly replace any used items of clothing.

**Children staying for nap must have a CRIB SIZE blanket. Blankets must be able to fit folded in your child’s nap mat. Blankets that are too big will be sent home. Samples of appropriate blanket size are displayed in the main building.

**Share items are allowed WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS ONLY! All share items must fit in your child’s cubby. Books are allowed everyday.

**All jackets, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, water bottles, spare clothes, share items, books, etc…must be labeled with your child’s name. Growing Years is NOT responsible for lost items. LABEL EVERYTHING! Check our Lost and Found Box for missing items.

**Be sure to review the “What We Did Today” board in your child’s classroom to see what fun activities are offered each day. This is a great conversation starter with your child at pick up time!

**Make sure your child is coming to school wearing PLAY CLOTHES. We play hard and get messy! Paint, playdough, dirt and other goodies will get on their clothes. The children are encouraged to participate in many tactile and sensory experiences that are often messy, therefore children must be dressed appropriately when coming to school.

SAFETY REMINDERS

Please read and observe the note on the front gate. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO OPERATE THE LATCH ON THE FRONT GATE! The purpose of the gate is to prevent children from exiting through the front door. When you allow your child to operate the latch you are in essence giving them permission to exit the building and potentially causing a safety hazard. Adults should be the only ones touching the gate and the latch. Please prohibit your child from operating the latch from both sides of the gate.

Make sure to close and latch the gate behind you when you are entering and exiting the building.

Please hold your child’s hand when walking in the parking lot. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO RUN FREELY AND UNATTENDED IN THE PARKING LOT. Our parking lot is busy and drivers may not see your child as they are entering and exiting. Please teach your child parking lot safety and enforce holding hands and staying close to their adults.

Do not leave babies and young children unattended in the car while you drop off and pick up your preschooler.

Growing Years Is A NUT FREE School. We Have Children With Severe Nut Allergies.

Please DO NOT Pack Peanuts Or Tree Nut Products In Your Child’s Lunch.

Tuition
If you have any questions regarding tuition please speak to Miss Shalimar. If you need a monthly receipt for your tuition payment please attach a request to your tuition check. You only need to submit one request and after, a monthly receipt will be provided for you. Receipts are sent out at the end of the month or when tuition is paid in full. Receipts should be picked up at the entrance of the main building.

It is suggested that you request a monthly receipt if you need a record for tax purposes or employment reimbursement programs.

Tuition may be paid weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and must always be paid in advance. Tuition checks should be placed in our tuition box located on the front desk. All cash payments should be handed directly to a staff member (preferably in the afternoon) and a receipt will be provided for you. Dependent care forms should be dropped off in the tuition box and picked up at the main entrance.

Portfolio’s
Your child’s portfolio is a compilation of photographs, art work, stories and observations that document their growth and development throughout the course of the year. Each family is required to contribute $40.00 for the cost of picture developing and portfolio materials. Sample portfolio’s are on display in the main building. We prefer the portfolio fee to be paid in CASH (a receipt will be provided). The portfolio / supply fee goes directly to your child’s portfolio therefore we ask for cash payments. Please submit payment for your child’s portfolio by Friday 9/23. The portfolio fee was referred as the supply fee in your admission agreement.

Safety Drills
Throughout the year we will regularly conduct Earthquake and Fire Drills. We’ll teach the children when and where to use “Duck And Cover” and practice evacuating our classrooms in the event of a fire. Occasionally during these drills we will activate the alarm to familiarize the children with the sound. Conducting drills and educating the children on the proper way to react during an emergency is essential. Discussions of earthquakes and the sound of the alarm can trigger feelings of anxiety and nervousness in children. You may notice a change in your child’s behavior around the time of our practice drills. We recommend creating a safety plan and practicing drills at home as well.

Book Orders
When ordering books from our book clubs, please be sure to make checks payable to Scholastic Book Clubs. NO CASH will be accepted. Drop off your order form and payment in the tuition box. Orders can also be placed online (preferred).

Birthday Celebrations
Please keep your child’s birthday celebration simple. Do not bring Pinata’s or Goody Bags. Bringing a special snack is a great way to celebrate your child’s birthday at school. Our class will sing and make the birthday boy or girl feel special.

Some suggestions for birthday snacks: fruit salad, Jello cups, yogurt, rice krispy treats, ice cream cups, cereal bars, cookies, fruit snacks, popsicles, donuts. Please NO CAKE OR CUPCAKES or anything with nuts, as we have children with severe nut allergies. Please consult with your child’s teacher in regards to the number of students in the class.

Star Of The Week
Star of the week is a great way for everyone to get to know your child. It builds self-esteem and shows our class that everyone is special and unique. Every week we will have a new Star Of The Week. The week before your child is the Star we’ll send home instructions and ideas on how to decorate your child’s special Star Of The Week Board. Return your decorated board the start of their special week. During your child’s week, feel free to come in and share stories about your child with the class. You may also bring a special (nut free) snack for the class if you so choose. (You are not obligated or required to visit or provide a snack). Your child’s Star Of The Week board will be displayed in our classrooms for the entire week.

Please DO NOT BRING GOODY BAGS. Bringing a snack to share with your child’s class for their birthday or star of the week is more than enough.

Website–Facebook–Smug Mug
Monthly newsletters, menus, calendars, tuition rates, our parent handbook and lots of other informative information can be accessed on our website~ gypreschool.com

Like and follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/gypreschool

Be sure to check out our PRIVATE photo sharing site at SMUGMUG.COM. Invitations to join our group on smug mug were sent to the email address you provided on your child’s photo/media permission form. If you did not receive an invitation to join Growing Years Preschool on SmugMug.com, be sure to check your spam folder.

If you did not receive an email or would like to add an additional parent email address, please send us an email to gypreschool86@gmail.com with your request to join. Be sure to check smugmug.com regularly to see updated photos and videos of our fun and exciting classroom activities!

28Jun2022

REMINDERS
**Children need to be at school by 8:45am. DON’T BE LATE

**Daily attendance is taken at 9:00am. If your child will be absent or late, call the preschool before 9:00am.

**July is a 4 week tuition month.

**August is a 5 week tuition month (Pre-K families leaving in August will pay the number of weeks attending).

**Make sure to sign your FULL NAME (First and Last Name) and time when signing your child in and out. Signature Must Be Legible!

**Check the Lost And Found Box in the main entrance to see if anything belongs to your child.

**Growing Years will be CLOSED August 11th & 12th. Our staff will be cleaning and prepping for the new school year.

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO OPERATE THE LATCH ON THE FRONT GATE!
The purpose of the gate is to prevent children from exiting through the front door. When you allow your child to operate the latch you are essentially giving them permission to exit the building and potentially causing a safety hazard. Adults should be the only ones touching the gate and the latch. Please prohibit your child from operating the latch from both sides of the gate.

16Jun2022

Thank you for all your support throughout the year. Summer time is here and that means lots and lots of outside time. We’ll also continue to introduce themes as well as review letter and numbers through games and hands-on activities.
Please make sure your child is at school by 8:45am.

THANK YOU!
Our staff would like to thank you for all of the Hearts, Flowers, Food and Treats that were sent to us during Teacher Appreciation Week. We appreciate all the wonderful notes and messages.

SUMMER CHANGES
Some of our Pre-K friends will exit this month for a summer break before heading off to Kindergarten. We wish them luck as they move on to the big school. This month we’ll also welcome new Preschool and Pre-K students. You may notice new faces and hear about new friends as the summer progresses. Please join us in welcoming our new students and their families.

If you requested schedule changes for your child during the SUMMER SESSION these changes will begin June 13th.

SCHOOL CLOSED
Growing Years will be CLOSED the following dates: July 4th and August 11th & 12th.

PIZZA PARTY
We’re celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer with a Pizza Party! There will be dancing, fun games, and pizza for lunch! Friends who do not stay for lunch time are welcome to join us. They should be picked up at 12:45pm.

SUMMER CURRICULUM
During the summer we will be planning a variety of theme days and activities. Please make sure you read your newsletter carefully so you know what’s happening throughout the month.

We try our best to schedule theme activities on varying days throughout the month in order for everyone to get a chance to participate. Because we must maintain our child/teacher ratio, we cannot allow schedule changes or drop-ins in order to participate in the theme day. We’ll make sure your child has a chance to participate on his/her days.

VACATIONS
Please verbally remind your child’s teacher of any vacation time you will be taking this summer. Just let us know the week before you leave. You can also drop a note in the tuition box or send an email reminder.

TUITION
Our tuition rates will increase beginning August 15th. Our new rates are posted on the parent information board in the main building.

If you need a receipt for your tuition payment, drop a note in the tuition box and a receipt will be provided for you when tuition is paid in full for the month.

LAST MONTH…

We were very busy in the month of May. We finished working on our letters and completed the entire alphabet!

We had fun on Crazy Hat Day and shared our awesome hats. We’ve been busy working on a life size paper version of ourselves which we will display at our graduation celebration.

We created some cool art last month too! We made golf ball paintings, glitter paintings, water color paintings and puffy paint.

We spent a lot of time learning new songs and practicing for our graduation ceremony.

This month we’ll learn some new songs, read some great stories, have some fun theme days, welcome new Pre-K friends into our class, and spend lots of time outside in the sunshine.

Songs We’ve Singing
Number Rock
ABC’s By Me
The Growing Years Song
The World Is A Rainbow
I’m Something Special
Months Of The Year

We Look Forward To A Great Summer Miss Elli & Miss Ashlee

2May2022

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
The week of May 2nd is Teacher Appreciation Week! Show our staff how much you care by sending them a note of appreciation. Our Teacher Appreciation board is located at the entrance of the main building.

SPRING PHOTOS
Kathleen Ahern photography will be here Wednesday 5/4 and Thursday 5/5 to take Spring photos. Photo package order forms were sent home the week prior to our picture days and must be returned by the date indicated on the envelope. Order envelopes must be submitted even if you are paying by Venmo. Photo package order forms are for SPRING PHOTOS ONLY.

GRADUATION PHOTOS
In addition to Spring Photos, the Pre-K will ALSO take GRADUATION PHOTOS and will be posed wearing a cap and gown. NO ponies/pigtails on long hair so the graduation cap fits properly.
Graduation photos will be available online for viewing and purchase at a later date.

MORNING PRACTICE
The Pre-K will be practicing during the month of May for our Graduation ceremony. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time (by 8:45am)! Late arrivals will miss important practice time. DO NOT BE LATE!

PRE-K GRADUATION
Our VIRTUAL graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 10:30am. Families will be invited to join us via Youtube as the Pre-K Class sing songs, receive their diplomas and celebrate their promotion to Kindergarten. An invitation will be emailed to the Pre-K parents the week of May 30th. We will be recording the ceremony to share with those that cannot tune in live.

There is a $12.00 fee to cover the cost of ALL graduation materials including the diploma, graduation cap (Children will NOT wear gowns during the ceremony) other graduation goodies and a Pizza Party at the end of the school year. Please have your graduation fee submitted by Friday 5/20. CASH PAYMENTS ONLY PLEASE!!

CRAZY HAT DAY
Wear your favorite hat to school on Wednesday 5/18. The crazier the hat the better! We love to see original hats that are made from things around the house. Be creative and have fun!

TUITION
*May is a 5 week tuition month.

*If your child will NOT attend in summer, you will owe 1 week tuition for the month of June (6/6 – 6/10). Children are expected attend the last week of school.

Last Month…
The month of April was busy for us! We participated in activities that help us recognize our letters and we have been practicing spelling our names. We’re preparing for our graduation ceremony and soon we will be talking about getting ready for Kindergarten.

We had fun getting ready for Easter! We painted eggs and made some cool Spring art with puffy paint and water color. We had a lot of fun at our Easter party as well. We played fun games, had an egg hunt and ate yummy party treats.

We’ve been spending a lot of time making our own books / flip books and we’ve been sharing them with our class during circle time.

We’ve also found interest in the “Who Would Win?” book series about different animals. The Redwoods have had a lot of fun voting for who would win when they battle.

This month we’ll make a special gift for our grown ups and spend lots of time preparing for our graduation ceremony.

BOOKS WE’VE BEEN READING
Thelma The Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Brave Little Monster by Ken Baker
Easter Eggs Everywhere by Steve Metzger
I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan

SONGS WE’VE BEEN SINGING
Hop Around
If You’re Happy And You Know It
I Hear Thunder
ABC’s By Me
I’m Something Special

Miss Elli & Miss Roxann