Category "Preschool 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.

CONFERENCING
Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place this month. Please look at our schedules on the attendance board and make an appointment. We will review assessments and discuss your child’s growth and progress over the past nine months.

SPRING PHOTOS
Kathleen Ahern photography will be here Wednesday 5/4 and Thursday 5/5 to take school 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.

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.

*If your child will NOT attend in summer but will RETURN in FALL (8/15), your holding fee (equal to 4.5 weeks tuition) is Due by 5/27.

Last Month…
We learned about dogs and cats and different breeds of each. Some friends brought pictures of their pets to school and we displayed them on our Pet Pic Wall.

We had a great time at our Easter Party! We played fun games like Pin The Ear On The Easter Bunny and Easter Basket Bean Bag Toss. We went on an Egg Hunt and spent a lot of time looking for that tricky Easter Bunny.

We did the “Rubber Eggs-periment” by putting an egg in a jar of vinegar and observing what happens when the vinegar reacts to the calcium in the shell. We learned new words like dissolve, reaction, calcium, carbon dioxide, acidic, experiment, and hypothesis.

We explored with magnets and things that are magnetic and experimented with baking soda and vinegar explosions.

We popped corn with the top off the popcorn popper and used all our senses during this experience. We listened to it POP!, smelled the popcorn, watched the kernels fly out of the popper, felt it crunch in our hands and later tasted it for snack.

We participated in lots of cool art activities; Crayon melting on foil, sand art, salad spinner painting, crayon resist painting, impression painting, and free art with scissor practice.

This month we’ll plant flowers and veggies in our garden and learn about insects and reptiles.

Books We Enjoyed Last Month…
The Easter Bunny Is Missing by Steve Metzger
Jack And The Jelly Beanstalk by Joan Holub
Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan
Not Norman by Kelly Bennett
A Dog For Davy by Jean Merrill
He Came With The Couch by David Slonim

Songs We’ve Been Singing…
5 Little Jellybeans
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Peter Cottontail
Mr. Sun
5 Little Ducks
There Once Was A Turtle
Here Is The Beehive

Miss Shalimar & Miss Ashley

4Apr2022

EASTER PARTY AND EGG HUNT
Our Easter party and egg hunt will be Thursday 4/14. If your child does not come to school on Thursdays 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.

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

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.

PET PHOTOS
The Maples said they would like to learn about cats and dogs, so this month we will be reading books and looking at pictures of different breeds of each. If you have a pet cat or dog at home, please bring in a photo of them that we can display in our classroom. Please write the name(s) of your pet on the back of the photo along with the breed of dog(s)/cat(s) they are. If you have other pets that you would like to share, bring their photo in too!

REMINDERS
**Please call the school by 9:00am if your child will be absent.
**If you’re leaving for the Summer and returning in the Fall, a HOLDING FEE (1/2 your weekly tuition rate X 9 weeks) is Due by May 27th.

LAST MONTH…

Last month the Maples spent lots of time talking about St. Patrick’s day and the Leprechaun. We read stories about Leprechauns and talked about ways we could catch him. We learned that if you catch him he has to grant you a wish and take you to his pot of gold. We made up plans and built some very cool Leprechaun traps. We learned that Leprechauns come from Ireland. We listened to lots of Irish Celtic music and learned how to do a jig. On the day of our St. Patrick’s Day celebration, we set up our trap but the Leprechaun was too smart and tricky. He left us a special letter and some treats.

We spent a lot of time exploring rhyming words and nursery rhymes. We sang songs and read stories with words that rhyme and practiced making up our own rhymes. Learning how to put rhyming sounds together is pre-reading and is getting us ready for the next step!

We shared our Family Banners and talked about our family name(s). We had a lot of fun admiring all the different ways each family created their banner. We hope you enjoyed working on this project together.

We explored with light and reflection and did some cool activities with prisms, sparkle plates and flashlights. We talked about rainbows and the colors of the spectrum.

We learned about cars and construction vehicles. We have new monster truck toys in our classroom and we’ve been having so much fun building tracks, ramps and tunnels to play with them. We also have new dump trucks and construction vehicles to play with outside in the tanbark

This month we’ll conduct more cool science experiments, learn about cats and dogs, and plant flowers and veggies in our garden.

Songs We’ve Been Singing
Michael Finnigan
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Peanut Butter And Jelly
Who Stole The Cookie?
Slippery Fish
Yellow Butter, Purple Jelly
Buenos Dias

Books We’ve Been Reading
The Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Families by Shelley Rotner & Sheila M. Kelly
It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Jack And The Beanstalk by Mara Alperin
The Monster Book Of Monster Trucks by Chris Oxlade

Happy Easter!
Miss Shalimar & Miss Ashley

28Feb2022

SUMMER AND FALL REGISTRATION
Be sure to return the attached Summer / Fall registration A.S.A.P. Indicate vacation dates and any schedule changes for SUMMER and FALL.

Note: Children enrolled in the Pre-k program are required to attend a minimum of 2 full days or 3 half days. Children entering Pre-K must be 4 years old by September 1st.

All registration must be submitted by Monday 3/14. Failure to submit summer / fall schedules will result in the loss of your child’s spot.

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

TUITION INCREASE
Please be aware, there will be a tuition increase in effect August 15, 2022 (the start of our 2022 – 2023 school year). Our new rates are attached to the Summer / Fall registration form. Please continue to pay our current rates during the summer session.

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!

THE MAPLES
We’re becoming very independent little people. We put on our shoes after nap, bus our own area after snacks and lunch, and did you know we can ALL put on our own jackets and sweatshirts by ourselves? Ask me to show you how I put my jacket on all by myself using the “jacket trick”. Some of us are already zipping and buttoning by ourselves but if we can’t, we’re using our words to ask for help. Doing things on our own gives us great confidence and self esteem. Be sure to check the “What We Did Today” board daily to see what we’ve been up to.

Last Month…

Last month was full of fun experiences! We played with “icebergs” and excavated polar animals from the ice in our sensory tables. We painted with Koosh balls, balloons, golf balls, and berry baskets. We scooped and poured kinetic sand, cinnamon popping oats, and played with playdough.

We learned about Chinese New Year. We learned how to say “Gung Hay Fat Choy” (May You Prosper). We learned that Dragons and the color red are very good luck. We had a cool dragon parade and practiced using chopsticks to pick up pom poms.

We talked about friendship and Valentine’s Day. We had a great time at our Valentine’s party and we shared our fancy Valentine’s with each other.

We’ve been developing our cognitive skills by singing new songs and playing lots of games. We’ve been playing matching games and working on puzzles. We’re also practicing identifying our names and each letter in it.

We read the book “How Full Is Your Bucket? for kids”. This book explains that we each have an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel awful. We discussed these “great” feelings and “big” feelings. We discovered that by being kind we can fill up peoples buckets and when we’re unkind we dip into people’s buckets. We have begun identifying big and uncomfortable feelings: nervousness, shyness, loneliness, as well as anger and sadness. We will continue identifying these big feelings and sharing activities to work through them with games, meditation and other activities. We have begun naming kind gestures we observe among our friends by using the term “filling the bucket” and we’ll continue to incorporate these terms into our everyday language.

This month we’ll talk about the Leprechaun and St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll talk about families and share our family banners. We’ll learn about Spring, celebrate Royal Wednesday, and learn about cars and construction vehicles (both the Maples pick).

Books We’ve Been Reading
How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath
Polar Animals by Wade Cooper
Penguins by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
10 Valentine Friends by Janet Schulman
Pete The Cat-Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kimberly Dean
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
Dragon Dance by Joan Holub

Songs We’ve Been Singing
Skinna Marink
You Are My Sunshine
I Love Somebody
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Alligator Pie
Little Bunny Foo Foo

HAPPY SPRING!

Miss Shalimar & Miss Ashley

28Jan2022

VALENTINE’S DAY
The Maples 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 23 children. You do not need to address each card, just write your child’s name in the “from” area.

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

Our current families have priority for summer / fall 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. Our 2022/2023 School Year Begins August 15th.

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

FAMILY BANNER
This month we’ll send home instructions on how to create a family banner. Please complete the assignment at home and return it to school by Wednesday 2/23. Please make sure your child is an active participant in the creation of your family banner. We will share our banners throughout the week and have them on display in our classroom throughout the month of March.

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!

Last month the Maples learned lots of new songs and had fun talking and reading stories about Santa and his reindeer. One of Santa’s elves came to visit from the North Pole for a few weeks. We named him Rufus and we had a lot of fun looking for him in our classroom each day.

We also learned about Hanukkah-the festival of lights. We learned new words like Menorah, Shamash and Gelt, and we had fun playing the Dreidel game.

This month we’ll learn about winter and the changing weather. We’ll talk about polar animals (polar bears, penguins, etc…) and hibernation. We’ll also spend time finding out what the Maples would like to learn about and use their interests as upcoming themes.

Some Books We Enjoyed In December
Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights by Leslie Kimmelman
Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko
Who Will Help Santa This Year? by Jerry Pallotta
Mrs. Claus Takes A Vacation by Linas Alsenas
It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

Songs We’ve Been Singing
Santa Had A Christmas Tree
Rudolph’s Light
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
S-A-N-T-A!
Jingle Bells

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 Shalimar & Miss Ashley

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…
In November we learned about the Pilgrims and Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving Feast they shared together. We talked about what it means to be thankful and shared some things we are thankful for.

Last month we played lots of fun games! Color Matching, Stop and Boo!, The Alphabet Hunt, and Musical Dino Prints.

We made coffee filter turkeys, fall collages, fall leaves and handprint turkeys. We painted with plungers, basting brushes, TP Tubes, toothbrushes and our hands.

We scooped and poured cinnamon oats at the sensory table and squeezed and molded pumpkin pie spice scented playdough.

This month we’ll learn new holiday songs and learn all about Hanukkah and Christmas. If your family has a holiday custom or tradition you’d like to share with our class please let us know.

Books We’ve Been Reading
Who Will Carve The Turkey This Thanksgiving?
by Jerry Pollotta
The Story Of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross
Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks
by Margaret Sutherland
Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell

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

Happy Holidays!
Miss Shalimar & Miss Ashley

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.

REMINDER
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.

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

LAST MONTH…

October was a busy month for the Maples. Our themes for the month were Fall, pumpkins, and Halloween.

Last month we explored pumpkins! We guessed what was inside our pumpkin. We put our pumpkins in the sensory table and shoveled out all the gooshy guts and seeds. We painted with pumpkins and talked about how they grow. We put them in water to see if they sink or float. When we were finished with our pumpkins we put them in our garden so we can watch them rot and create a new pumpkin patch for next year!

We had fun getting ready for Halloween. We learned new songs, read lots of Halloween stories, went on spooky walks, danced to the Monster Mash, thought up ingredients for our Witch’s Brew, and had a great time sharing our costumes at our party. We read the story “Bone Soup ~ A Spooky Tasty Tale” and made yummy Bone Soup for snack.

We created lots of awesome art last month! We painted with feathers, different types of brushes, string, berry baskets, shaving cream, and water color on giant coffee filters. We made Big Green Monsters just like the one in our favorite book, “Go Away Big Green Monster” by Ed Emberley.

We engaged in fun sensory activities too! We scooped and poured coffee sand. We molded and created with playdough.

This month we’ll focus our lessons on Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful. We’ll learn about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and we’ll learn some new Thanksgiving songs.

SONGS WE’VE BEEN SINGING
Mr. Pumpkin
Five Little Pumpkins
I’m A Jack-O-Lantern
Walk In The Dark

BOOKS WE ENJOYED IN OCTOBER
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Bone Soup by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
We’re Going On A Ghost Hunt by Marcia Vaughan
Nighty Night Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley
The Spooky Wheels On The Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Miss Shalimar & Miss Ashley

1Oct2021

The first month of school seemed to fly by and now we’re off and running!

September was the month for getting acquainted. We’re getting to know the routine, our school and each other. We’re making new friends and learning how to get along in our classroom.

Last month we had a lot of fun playing with different tactile materials that offered a sensory experience as well. We scooped and poured coffee sand and colored rice at the sensory tables. We shaped and molded playdough and kinetic sand. We painted with mashers, cars, our hands, feathers, berry baskets, golf balls and salad spinners.

We’ve been focusing in on the children’s interests and have some great themes planned for the future months. Our themes coming up in October are Autumn, Harvest, Pumpkins and Halloween.

Songs We’ve Been Singing…

Ram Sam Sam
Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee
Aikendrum
Willoughby Wallaby Woo
Slippery Fish
Alligator Pie

Books We’ve Been Reading…

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway
Clumsy Crab by Ruth Galloway
Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway
The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border

HALLOWEEN PARTY
We will have a Halloween party on Thursday 10/28. 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 Thursdays 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 information 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.

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

HAPPY FALL TO ALL!

Miss Shalimar & Miss Ashley

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. 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″.

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.

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 that Miss Patricia will be leaving Growing Years. Miss Patricia has been studying to become a medical assistant and she’ll be taking this time to focus on school. We wish her all the best! Her last day will be September 10th.

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 Shalimar & Miss Ashley

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!