Category "Pre-K Newsletters"

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

4Apr2022

EASTER PARTY AND EGG HUNT
Our Easter party and egg hunt will be Friday 4/15. If your child does not come to school on Fridays 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 sign up to bring goodies for our egg hunt. Items will need to be at school BEFORE the day of our party.

SPRING PHOTOS
Kathleen Ahern photography will be here next month on Wednesday 5/4 and Thursday 5/5 to take school photos. Kathleen and her staff are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and will wear masks while present. Photo order forms will be sent home the week prior to our picture days and must be returned by the date indicated on the envelope.

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 for viewing and purchase at a later date.

KINDERGARTEN DIRECTORY
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. Only those participating in the directory will receive a copy.

CONFERENCING
Spring conferencing will begin the first week of May. Our conference calendars can be found on the sign in/out board this month. Please sign up on our calendar if you would like to meet with your child’s teacher.

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. We will be recording the ceremony to share with those that are unable to tune in live.

TRIKE-A-THON
This month we’ll raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by hosting a Trike-A-Thon. Information will be sent home later in the month. Our Trike-A-Thon will begin at 9:00am on Thursday 4/28. 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 Monday 5/2. Donations can also be collected online at stjude.org/trike.Our fundraiser page can be found under Growing Years Pre-School.

SUMMER SESSION
Our summer session begins June 13th and ends Wednesday,August 10th. Be aware that the school district you are entering into may start at a later date, making it necessary to find childcare.

TAX INFO.
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

REMINDER
Please call the school by 9:00am if your child will be absent.

The Redwoods

Last month we practiced building fun traps to try and catch the Leprechaun on St. Patrick’s day. We had a lot of fun building with different materials like blocks, playdough and the magnet tiles.

We’ve been doing quite a bit of painting with a variety of different tools like cars, golf balls, and our all time favorites, finger painting and salad spinner painting.

We have also been practicing spelling and writing our names and playing games which help us to develop strong listening skills.

This year many of us have taken interest in matching games and building puzzles. We have been playing matching games and working together to build big floor puzzles. Building with the ramps and balls has also been a popular activity that we have enjoyed working on as a group.

We had a lot of fun on Royal Day showing off our fancy costumes and having a fun Royal Dance Party.

This month we’ll take some time to observe the change in the weather, as well as the scenery as all the beautiful flora and fauna begin to grow again. We’ll be paying special attention to our new garden that the Redwoods planted in the backyard. We are excited to water and care for our growing vegetables.

Books We Enjoyed Last Month
The Gingerbread Man And The Leprechaun
Loose At School by Laura Murray
St. Patrick’s Day In The Morning by Eve Bunting
How To Catch A Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
Pie In The Sky by Louis Ehlert
Growing Vegetable Soup by Louis Ehlert
Good Enough To Eat by Lizzy Rockwell

Songs We’ve Been Singing
I Hear Thunder
Hokey Pokey
If You’re Happy And You Know It
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Happy Easter!
Miss Elli & Miss Michelle

28Feb2022

SUMMER REGISTRATION
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. Summer registration must be submitted by Monday 3/14.

Our school year ends June 10th. Children that are exiting for the summer are expected to attend up through the final week of school (regardless of the school district calendar).


REMINDER
We Will Be CLOSED April 22nd For Staff Development

TAX INFO.
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

LOOSE PARTS
We love having loose parts on the playground for the children. Crates, buckets, shovels, pvc pipes, and other random items can be found on our yard to aid in experimenting, constructing, pretending, and exploring. We are always looking for new materials for the children to be creative and have fun with. If you have any “loose parts” for donation, we’d love to have them. Please make sure they are safe for children (no sharp points, lead free, clean, etc.,). Talk to Miss Shalimar if you have any questions or potential donations. Thank You!

Last Month…

Last month we brought in the Lunar New Year by coloring our Chinese Dragons and reading about some traditional ways people celebrate the holiday. Happy Year Of The Tiger!

We celebrated Black History Month by learning about all the wonderful inventions that have been contributed by black inventors.

We had a Valentine’s Day Party where we danced our little hearts out, exchanged Valentine’s and shared a yummy heart-shaped snack! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we discussed what it means to love people, and how being kind and respectful of others plays a large role in loving others.

This month we also explored painting with strawberry baskets, water colors and car painting that turned into finger paint. We have been enjoying collage with different materials and doing a lot of free art using glue and scissors. Building has become popular with many of our friends and the Magnatiles continue to be our favorite.

This month we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s day by making traps to try and catch the tricky Leprechaun. We’ll talk about Spring and all the changes we see.

Books We’ve Been Reading
Bringing In The New Year by Grace Lin
Have You Thanked An Inventor Today? by Patrice McLaurin
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown
I Love You Always by Eileen Spinelli
Fill A Bucket by Carol McCloud & Katherine Martin , M.A.
Acceptance Is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego

Songs We’ve Been Singing
Skinna Marink
You Are My Sunshine
Apples And Bananas
10 Fat Sausages

Happy Spring!

Miss Elli & Miss Michelle

28Jan2022

VALENTINE’S DAY
The Redwoods are having a Valentine’s Party on Friday 2/11. If your child does not attend school on Fridays they’re welcome to join us. Our party will begin at 9:00am. Children who do not attend on Fridays must be picked up by 11:00am. We’ll be sharing Valentine Cards with our friends. Please bring enough cards for 24 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. Its 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 10th.

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

3Jan2022

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. We wish you health and happiness in 2022!

The month of December was a joyful month indeed! We read books about Hanukkah and played the dreidel game.

We read books about Christmas and learned some new Christmas songs. The Redwoods enjoyed sharing their families holiday traditions during circle time.

An Elf On The Shelf came to visit our class and after careful consideration and some good old fashioned voting, we named our elf Kit-Kat! Kit-Kat found some cheeky hiding places throughout the month and kept a watchful eye to be sure we were behaving.

We baked cookies, drank hot chocolate and wore our pajamas to school to top off the year.

This month we will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of his birthday we will be discussing who he was as well as his dream to unite people in a peaceful way. We will explore what our dreams are as well. We will also discuss the changing winter weather.

BOOKS WE ENJOYED IN DECEMBER
Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
Our Eight Nights Of Hanukkah by Michael J. Rosen
The Ninjabread Man by Katrina Charman & Fabiano Fiorin

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

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

REMINDERS
**We’ll be CLOSED Monday 1/17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
**Label ALL coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts with your child’s name.
**Make sure to send your child with warm clothing for outside play.
**January is a 5 week tuition month.
**Miss Ashley is out on leave for the month of January and will be back next month.

Meet Our New Teacher ~ Miss Dorene!
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. Miss Dorene recently closed her Family Daycare business of 7 years and is excited to return to preschool teaching. We are very pleased to have her back with us!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Miss Elli & Miss Michelle

1Dec2021

TUITION
December is a 4 week tuition month (2 weeks full rate + 2 weeks 1/2 rate).
ALL TUITION IS DUE IN FULL BY Thursday 12/16. 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 12/20 – 12/31. We Will Be Back On 1/3.

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 12/17 will be donated to charity.
*READ THE NOTICES POSTED ON THE SIGN IN AND OUT BOARD.

FYI
Miss Ashley will be out for the month of January (possibly longer) recovering from surgery. Miss Roxann will continue to assist Miss Shalimar in the Maple class. We will also bring in substitute teachers when necessary.

We are still 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…

The month of November was very busy for the Redwoods. We welcomed the Willows into our class and we’ve been having lots of fun together. We talked about being thankful and shared what we are thankful for. We also worked on a special Thanksgiving project that we took home.

For letter “M” we explored color MIXING. We participated in different color mixing activities and even created our own color.

During “T” week we made thank you cards for our friends / family and we’ve been practicing using “Thank You” with our thank you jar.

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 and talking about how we celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

This month we’ll introduce our own class Elf On The Shelf, we’ll make some yummy cookies for letter “C”, and we’ll talk about Christmas 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
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
The Best Thanksgiving Ever! by Teddy Slater
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
Who Will Carve The Turkey This Thanksgiving by Jerry Pallotta

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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Miss Elli & Miss Michelle

2Nov2021

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 exceeded our goal and raised $2,000!!! We’ll use these funds to purchase iPods for our classrooms and a light table. Thank you so much for all your support.

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!

HOLIDAY
As a reminder we’ll be CLOSED 11/25 AND 11/26 for Thanksgiving Break.

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 17th will be donated to charity.

REMINDERS
Our daily activities begin promptly at 9:00 am. 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 9am.

Share days are WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS ONLY.

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
Bring your Teddy Bear to school on 11/17 and we’ll have a Teddy Bear picnic for the letter T.

Congratulations big brother Ryan and the Hashemi Family for welcoming baby Nick to the family!

A NOTE FROM MISS JENNIFER

Dear Parents,
This is to inform you that my last day at Growing Years Preschool will be November 23, 2021. I will be taking some time off to take care of my son Nicolas.

To the parents, I say thank you for allowing me to be your child’s teacher. It has been a wonderful and rewarding 3 years working with wonderful families.

To all my students, I say thank you, for when I teach I also learn. These past few months we have grown together. A little bit of you will always be with me. Always strive to be the best that you can be!

Ms. Jennifer

THE PRE-K CLASS
Beginning November 24th, the Willow class will combine with the Redwood class making one Pre-K classroom (The Redwoods). Miss Elli and Miss Michelle continue to lead the Redwood Class with the assistance of Miss Roxann when necessary.

We will continue to look for quality teachers to join our teaching team. If you know any fully qualified preschool teachers, please share our job posting. We can be found on Linkedin, indeed and a link is located on our Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/gypreschool

THE REDWOODS
What a fun month October was! We made a beautiful leaf collage, we made slime, and we carved, dissected and studied pumpkins. We used real pumpkins in our science area to experiment with baking soda and vinegar. The results were explosive!

Our Halloween rice table was a very popular place to enjoy sifting and sorting. We made bats, pumpkins and had a great time exploring the playdough using Halloween shapes and cutters.

We have had a lot of participation with our letter box. Thank you to all who have been bringing in something fun to help the children remember our letter of the week.

Our Halloween party topped off our month of fun with costumes, games, dancing, and lots of laughter. We look forward to next month as we will be focusing on Thankfulness.

Our letters of the week will be:
D: For Day Of The Dead as we learn about and celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
M: For Mixing Colors. The Redwoods are showing an interest in mixing colors.
T: For Thanksgiving. We’ll introduce a “Thank You” jar to our class this month in hopes of helping our Pre-k’ers remember to say Thank You. Every time someone says “Thank You” they can add a pom-pom to the jar. When the jar is full, they will get a special surprise! We will also be taking some time to reflect on what we are thankful for.

We’ve Been Singing…
Walk In The Dark
5 Little Pumpkins
Mr. Pumpkin
The Goblin In The Dark
What’s Your Favorite Ice Cream?

Books We’ve Been Reading
Pancakes! by Lotta Nieminen
Chocolatina by Erik Kraft
The Spooky Wheels On The Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! by Lucille Colandro
The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa

THE WILLOWS

October was so much fun! Our themes for the month were Fall, Halloween and pumpkins.

Last month we talked about the changing of the seasons and watched the leaves start to change color on our trees outside.

We painted leaves with watercolors, made Jack-O-Lanterns, ghosts and bats and we even made cool slime!

We explored spooky Halloween playdough, Halloween colored rice and we shoveled out the seeds of pumpkins.

We learned about the different parts of the pumpkin; stem, skin, flesh, pulp and seeds.

Don’t forget to bring items from home to put in our letter box each week. The children enjoy sharing their special items and it helps them understand the connection between letters and their sounds.

This month we’ll talk about what it means to be thankful and share some of the things we are thankful for. We’ll learn about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving.

We’ve Been Singing…
Mr. Pumpkin
Five Little Pumpkins
Walk In The Dark
I’m A Jack-O-Lantern

Books We’ve Been Reading…
It’s Pumpkin Day by Laura Numeroff
One, Two…Boo by Kristen L. Depken
Happy Halloween Biscuit by Alyssa Satin
I Like Pumpkins by Jerry Smath
How To Scare A Ghost by Jean Reagan
When Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Miss Elli, Miss Michelle, Miss Jennifer

1Oct2021

HALLOWEEN PARTY
We will have a Halloween party on Friday 10/29. Wear your costume to school today! Bring a change of clothes if you stay all day! 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 is coming so we can set a spot for them at our party table. We’ll share our costumes, play games and parade around the yard at 10:15am.

Due to COVID restrictions parents will not be allowed to view our parade in person but we will be setting up a Zoom meeting so you can view the parade virtually. Zoom meeting info. will be sent via email the week of October 25th.

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. Remember, we’re 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 18th but ALL entries must be submitted by the morning of Thursday 10/21 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.

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.

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 10/29.

LETTER BOX
Each of our classrooms 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!

To protect the health and welfare of our Growing Years community, please keep your child home if they are showing ANY symptoms of illness.
This past month we*ve had children out with runny noses and coughs. We appreciate that our families have been keeping their children home, sometimes for extended periods of time as a precaution.
As we enter cold and flu season, we ask that you remain vigilant and continue to conduct well checks at home each morning and keep your child home if they are showing any symptoms of illness.
If anyone in your household is awaiting the results from a COVID-19 test or has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep your child at home and contact Growing Years when you have the results of the test.
We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to keep our Growing Years Community safe.

Watch for Symptoms (From The CDC)
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported * ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
**Fever or chills
**Cough
**Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
**Fatigue
**Muscle or body aches
**Headache
**New loss of taste or smell
**Sore throat
**Congestion or runny nose
**Nausea or vomiting
**Diarrhea

The Redwoods

We had a fun first month of school. We played games and sang songs to learn each others names. We explored golf ball painting, finger painting, car painting and apple painting.

We’ve been playing a variety of music games and have enjoyed starting to decorate our classroom for Halloween.

We began our letters of the week by introducing “Colorpillar”. Each week the new letter of the week will be hidden somewhere in our classroom and we’ll have to hunt for it to add to our existing Colorpillar. Thank you to all who have been encouraging their Redwood to bring something in for the letter box!

For the letter “A” week we explored apples and participated in some fun apple activities. We even cored and peeled apples with a special apple machine and then dehydrated them to make yummy apple chips. Thank you for bringing apples to share with our class.

Last month we also had drills and practiced what to do in the event of an Earthquake or a Fire. We practiced “Duck and Cover” during our earthquake drill and learned where to go if we hear the fire alarm.

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

Books We’ve Been Reading
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
The Duckling Gets A Cookie? by Mo Willems
Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben Barak
The Gingerbread Man Loose At The Zoo by Laura Murray

We’ve Been Singing…
Where Is Thumbkin?
Willoughby Wallaby Woo
Slippery Fish
The Grand Ol’ Duke Of York
Down By The Bay
5 Little Ducks

The Willows

The Willows had a fun first month of school!

Last month we introduced the letter “A” and had a lot of fun with Apples. We painted with apples and made apple prints. We peeled apples with a cool peeling machine and we used a dehydrator to make apple chips.

We explored a variety of sensory activities. We played with playdough, kinetic sand and water blocks.

We painted with our fingers, feathers, mashers, berry baskets and soda bottles.

We had drills and practiced what to do in the event of an Earthquake or a Fire. We practiced “Duck and Cover” during our earthquake drill and learned where to go if we hear the fire alarm.

The Willows have been learning how to count in Spanish. Next month we will continue numbers and introduce the days of the week in Spanish.

We look forward to the month of October! We are excited to learn more of our alphabet, learn Halloween songs and read spooky stories. Our themes for the month will be Autumn, Pumpkins and Halloween.

Books We’ve Been Reading
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Pigs To The Rescue by John Hillman
Under The Apple Tree by Steve Metzger
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin

We’ve Been Singing…
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (In Spanish)
Ram Sam Sam
5 Little Monkeys
Days Of The Week
Alligator Pie

HAPPY FALL TO ALL!

Miss Elli, Miss Michelle, Miss Jennifer

31Aug2021

Welcome To A New School Year!

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’ cubby container everyday.

**September is a 4 week tuition month (count the Mondays to determine the number of weeks).

**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.

**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, 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.

School Pictures

Ahern Photography will be here on Wednesday 9/8 to take school pictures. Look for picture packet envelopes in your child’s cubby the week before picture day. Please return your envelope along with payment by the morning of picture day. Pictures are purchased BEFORE photos are taken. All children will be included in our class photo (even those not purchasing pictures).

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

Emergency Comfort Kit

If you haven’t already done so, please compile / update 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.

Family Picture

Bring in a picture of your family by Friday 9/17. 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″.

We’re Collecting Apples

The Redwoods and Willows 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. 7 – 10.

Tuition

If you have any questions regarding tuition please speak to Miss Shalimar. If you need a monthly receipt for your tuition payments 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 9/24. 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.

Birthday Celebrations

Please keep your child’s birthday celebration simple. Do not bring pinata’s, goody bags or toys. 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 treat for the class if you so choose. Your child’s Star Of The Week board will be displayed in our classrooms for the entire week.

If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday or star of the week with a special snack, please provide pre-packaged, store bought treats as opposed to homemade. All treats must be NUT FREE.

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).

Fall Fundraiser

On September 30th you’ll find Fall fundraiser information in your child’s cubby. There’s 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.

Letter Box

Each of our classrooms 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!

Website–Facebook–Smug Mug

Want to know more about our staff? Be sure to check out our staff profiles on our website~ gypreschool.com.There you can also access our past and present newsletters, menus and calendars.

Want to see current pics and video clips of activities happening in our classrooms? Visit our Facebook page~ 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!

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 100. 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.

Goodbye

We’re sad to announce Miss Patricia will be leaving Growing Years. Miss Patricia is going back to school and will be focusing on her studies. We wish her all the best! Her last day will be 9/10. Miss Roxann will be assisting in the Maple Class until we find a new teacher to join our team.

We Look Forward To A Great School Year!
Miss Elli, Miss Michelle, Miss Jennifer

29Jun2021

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

**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).

**If you need a monthly receipt for your tuition payment, attach a note to your tuition check and one will be provided for you when tuition is paid in full for the month. Only one request is needed. Receipts should be picked up at the main entrance.

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

GROWING YEARS WILL BE CLOSED AUGUST 12th & 13th. OUR STAFF WILL BE CLEANING AND PREPPING FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

JULY & AUGUST EVENTS

July 2…Wear the colors RED, WHITE AND BLUE today.

July 5…CLOSED in observance of Independence Day.

July 7…Sports Day…come to school dressed to represent your favorite sports team or dress up as your favorite player.

July 8…Purple Day…Wear the color purple today!

July 13…Green Day…Wear the color green today!

July 14…Hawaiian Luau Day…Come to school dressed in your best Hawaiian attire. We’ll dance the hula and have some fun. Aloha!!

July 16…Orange Day…Wear the color orange today!

July 21…Yellow Day…Wear the color yellow today!

July 22…Pirate Day…Wear your best pirate outfit to school. We’ll hunt for treasure, hoist the Jolly Roger and turn our structure into a pirate ship.

July 23…Red Day…Wear the color red today!

July 28…Costume Day…wear you favorite costume to school.

July 29…Blue Day…Wear the color blue today!

August 4…Disney Day…Wear your favorite Disney shirt today!

August 5…Rainbow Day…Wear All The Colors Of The Rainbow!

August 16…The 2021 – 2022 School Year Begins!